Fellow college friends, don't fret! There is an easier way to lose weight! But you need to promise yourself that you will be patient and positive. I'm a broke college student trying to eat healthier but buying healthier groceries isn't exactly cheap. However, I have found it easier to grocery shop when I have a planned menu out for the week. Below are breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options that I like to indulge in on a daily basis.
Breakfast: I'm from Hawai'i, the breakfast land of spam, yummy portuguese sausage , eggs and sticky white rice. Eating light wasn't exactly an option I grew up with. I found that the typical HI breakfast made me sleepy and I usually took a 9 a.m. nap with all of that heavy food trying to digest in my tummy. I've recently found that eating fruit in the morning gives me that kick-start that a cup of Starbucks coffee could give me.
I also like to make sure that I do the "do" before I leave the house; the fruit's natural fibers help break down yesterday's food and makes my body feel light and clean. If you choose to eat fruit and something else like eggs or oatmeal, be sure to eat the fruit first. If you're familiar with The Beauty Detox Solution by Kymberly Snyder, then you're probably familiar with this method of eating. Devouring fresh fruits and veggies first, will help break down the toxic sludge in your body (yes, causing you to poo). Eating oatmeal or eggs after your fruit will help push the toxic sludge out of your body.
Lunch: Continue to keep it light! Have a salad and a sandwich on whole grain bread. It's yummy and fills you until your next snack.
Dinner: As bad as this sounds, this is usually when I eat the most. My dinner usually happens after I workout (about 7 p.m.) This gives me enough time to digest whatever food I ate before I go to bed.
Healthy Snacks: Be sure to have a healthy snack two hours after breakfast, two hours after lunch and two hours after dinner. Doing this will keep your metabolism up which will help you even more during your workouts.
My personal calorie intake is between 1300 - 1500 calories. This all depends on the amount of exercise I get in for the day. Some days I reach 1500, most days I don't. *Don't feel like you have to have the same calorie intake I do; like I said, this is my personal intake.
Overall, eating healthier isn't as expensive as you think it is. It's cheaper to buy groceries according to your weekly menu. Most dishes like spaghetti or pasta will last you about three or four days (YAY FOR LEFTOVERS!)
I spend about $25 every two weeks to buy groceries. I make sure that I will buy things that I know I will eat. Healthier may not be cheaper but it's worth it in the long run. For more great options, check out Kymberly Snyder's book or visit her blog. I usually tweet about my health life so go ahead and tweet me.
Happy healthy eating + xo,