I am not going to deny that life hasn't been a little hectic and stressful over the last couple of months. When life gets turned upside down a healthy diet can take a back seat to fast convenient food. Fortunately I am happy to say I have been relying heavily on my "Monster Chop Salads," in terms of convenience and health you can't get much better. Since changing my food, my life has changed in many ways that are SO FANTASTIC! My weight has completely stabilized at my ideal number (without excessive exercise), also my skin, hair and nails are thriving (this hasn't always been the case), my energy is good (especially considering how much I am working and fretting!), and after a checkup yesterday I learned my blood sugar is at an excellent level for optimal health. You would think that I have some crazy diet secret, a personal chef, or a lot of time on my hands to exercise and cook elaborate vegan meals... but no... none of those things. Ready... wait for it................................ My Secret is Fruits and Vegetables!
I eat 6-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which means that my diet consists mostly of fruits and vegetables. My default food is... fruits and vegetables. Whenever I eat a meal or snack, fruits and/or vegetables are the bulk of what I am eating complimented by seeds, grains, nuts, dairy and lean proteins. (I think you get the idea!) Making healthy choices and turning down unhealthy ones is easy now. I rarely find myself in a position where I am forced to eat something that is not so healthy and when it happens... no biggie! I eat healthy 90% of the time so having a little fun at the fair, the movies, or a party every now and then is no big deal! Here's my rule: Eat 6-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day during the week and then play a little on the weekends.
Salads are the best way to eat your veggies and fruits when life is hectic. First, virtually ZERO clean up. Second, it's RAW... no cooking. Third, it's fast! The secret to a great salad that will satisfy even my hungry husband is slicing, dicing and a little creativity with flavors. Many people have commented on my salads saying, "Wow, I should have thought of doing this, it's delicious!" Here's what I do: cube, slice, dice, shred, grate and chop all of the veggies, fruit, lettuce and herbs and add seeds and nuts of any kind, use feta and parmesan cheese, make simple dressings of olive oil and citrus juice or apple cider vinegar and have some warm toasty BREAD (50% whole grain minimum) dipped in olive oil. My "meal" salads measure 2-3 cups (4-6 servings of vegetables) and I feel full, satisfied, clean and lean. My meal cost is approximately $1.50 and I am out of the kitchen in an hour from start to finish. You would be surprised how much more you will like a rutabaga if you grate it... they're so good for you!
I use my food processor to grate, slice and chop and I would highly recommend using one. Be creative, use veggies you haven't tasted before, mix up the colors and textures... just play with it. Bottom line, this is a great way to get clean, super food meals in a snap! Just to prove my point about fruits and veggies take a look at the points below from the USDA's website... powerful super foods that will nourish, heal and CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
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