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Question #90759 posted on 01/26/2018 11:02 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Trying to lose a few pounds and eat a little healthier (esp since my cholesterol levels are at unhealthy levels thanks to my dad’s family history). I’ve tried My Fitness Pal and I never can keep it up for more than a few weeks... logging the food just seems really time consuming to me. I know I need to exercise more but I do want to improve my diet as well. Any suggestions for healthy eating/diets? Quicker/easier lunches are preferred since I do have to pack my lunch, but other than that I’m open to suggestions.

-Can’t fit in my favorite jeans :(

A:

Dear pal,

I would invest in a giant bag of frozen chicken breast and if you're into fish maybe a giant bag of tilapia. Super easy to cook up a bunch at once to have for lunches throughout your week. I'm partial to tilapia because it's a pretty sustainable source of protein and I'm all about that environment. Frozen vegetables are also super cheap. If you fry them in a pan with the smallest amount of coconut oil they end up tasting so so good. It also keeps a lot more of the nutrients in than boiling/steaming them. Rice is not great for you, but it's so easy. Instant brown rice is a little hard to get right, but once you figure it out it's so convenient. Hummus and carrots. Kind of expensive but I could eat it for days and days if not for my acid reflux.

It's important not to let perfectionism slow you down. You have to like eating it, and you have to be able to afford it, and it has to be easy to make, and THEN it also has to be healthy.  I'm sure you get that but eat what you have to in order to keep your momentum. You can do it!

Babalugats

A:

Dear I feel ya there,

So this is going to be a bit of an interesting post, as I'm in the middle of doing the Whole30 diet, which is pretty restrictive. I'm not done with it, but I think that I've already learned a lot of good lessons from it, which I'll share here. First of all I'll just go ahead and recommend some of my favorite quick snacks.

Roasted vegetables are amazing and they're super fast! I've really fallen in love with roasting different vegetables and they're really quick.

Drinking lots of water has been really important for me and honestly a lot of the time it quenches my hunger quite a bit. When I've been limited on the Whole30 diet I've found I can stay satisfied on an apple and some water a lot longer than I really thought I could!

I really like some good protein bars, I've liked Larabars.

Hummus and vegetables, cheese and multi-grain crackers, frozen edamame, popcorn (the low calorie kind), and 100% juice smoothies have been some of my go to snacks. You can get Bolthouse Farms juices for 50% off at Smith's usually, and they are my LIFEBLOOD.

Also, I mentioned that I'm doing Whole30, I've noticed a huge difference when I've cut out processed sugar and flour. I think that for me those are a couple things that really trigger cravings that make it really hard for me to eat healthily. Cutting out sugar was way hard at first, but I've noticed some really good differences in my metabolism. Also going without a lot of different food groups (dairy, grains, sugar, legumes) has really helped me look at my relationship with food. It's not a diet I'll do all the time, but going on it for a month has been really educational.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave

A:

Dear You,

The writers above me gave excellent advice. I'll just add a few more healthy food suggestions to what they said.

  • Greek yogurtOikos makes some without any sugar or fat, but they're still delicious and creamy and filling
  • Roasted chickpeas. I recently discovered them and they're amazing. You just rinse and drain 2 15 oz cans of chickpeas, toss them with 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil and 1.5 teaspoons of salt, then throw them in the oven at 375 for 35-40 minutes on a greased cookie sheet. They're surprisingly delicious.
  • Cottage cheese
  • Premier Protein shakes! You can buy them at Costco, and they're sort of expensive but sooo good. It's like chocolate milk made with dark chocolate. I would drink those things every day if I could.
  • Crockpot food! It takes like fifteen minutes to throw everything in the crockpot, and then you just let it cook overnight or all day or whatever, and you have an easy and delicious meal. You do have to be careful to still cook healthy food in the crockpot, because some of the recipes I've seen look like they'll cause a heart attack, but it's the easiest way ever to cook chicken and veggies.
  • Find a type of fruit you love and could eat every day, and bring it to eat every day as a snack
  • Almonds (or any other type of nut), especially if you get the unsalted kind
Something else I've found is that personally, I have to keep unhealthy foods out of the house if I want to eat healthy. If I have a box of chocolates lying around, I will eat the whole thing no matter how healthy I'm trying to be. So try to not buy unhealthy foods that you know will tempt you, especially in large quantities. You may hate yourself for it when all you want is some deliciously unhealthy food and all you have is spinach and salmon, but it pays off in the long run. However, don't be so strict that you never allow yourself to indulge. It's better to eat something small and unhealthy occasionally than restrict yourself so much that you end up binging tons of it all at once.
 
The archives are also rife with suggestions for healthy eating, so I would recommend checking them out, as well.
 
Good luck!
 
-Alta