So you’ve finished a round of whole30, maybe a cleanse, or a 21 day diet… now what? How do you transition back into “normal life” while still fueling your body with nutritious foods and avoiding slipping back into eating cookies for breakfast and a bag of chips every night?
I don’t pretend to have all the secrets, but I feel like I have found a few ways to stay on track with eating healthy beyond that set 30 days. Here is a little glimpse into what I do to eat healthy when I’m not doing a specific set diet. (These tips are my own personal opinion and not meant to help you lose weight or cure health problems or anything like that.) Be sure to check out my meal plan to help you kick start you healthy eating!.
1- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
I know we hear that all the time, but that’s because it is true! If I start my day out with a healthy breakfast – full of protein, healthy fat, and veggies – then it motivates me the rest of the day to continue making good choices with my food. Also eating breakfast starts your metabolism for the day!
2- Meal plan and meal prep!
You’ve got to set yourself up for success. If I have healthy food available quick, then it will be much easier to eat that instead of being tempted to order pizza or eat a bowl of cereal. I like to meal plan and grocery shop on Saturday and prep a few things on Sunday. Cook some meat you can use for quick lunches, hard boil eggs for easy breakfast protein, and chop veggies ahead of time.
3- Continue using your favorite recipes from your whole30 or diet.
Just because you’re not committed to a set amount of days doesn’t mean you have to stop using those recipes! They worked for you then, and they can continue to work for you after! The recipe I am sharing with this post is perfect for during whole30, but it’s so yummy and easy you could make it after your whole30 is done as well. My daughter and husband like to sprinkle a little cheese on top and eat it with some tortilla chips, and those would be awesome choices for after a whole30.
4- Allow yourself a “cheat” once a week.
Don’t hold yourself to whole30 forever. It’s not sustainable and it’s not meant to be a lifestyle. I try to stick to mainly whole30 eating during the week, and then on the weekend I’ll indulge on date night. But that means one meal, or one treat, not a full day of anything and everything! By allowing yourself a treat here and there, you’re going to help your body avoid big binges after you come off a set diet.
5- Be patient with the process and with yourself.
Sometimes it’s tempting to jump back into a diet or whole30 after you eat a few too many treats. From my own experience, I’ve learned that this just prolongs the inevitable binge cycle. You have a weekend where you eat too many sweets, go back on a diet for a couple weeks, and then pretty soon you’re right back to eating sweets and feeling guilty. Eating healthy is a lifestyle, but if you “screw up” or have a bad day, don’t beat yourself up! Jump right back in the game the next day or the next meal, but you don’t necessarily need to force yourself back on to some restrictive diet. I still have days where I don’t eat ideally, but I continue moving forward and going back to the basics of eating healthy. That’s where I have found the most success for eating real food in real life.
If you’d like more recipes and tips for eating real food in real life, come on over and check out my instagram and/or blog. I have some exciting things coming your way soon, so I’d love for you to come over and be my friend!
Of course I can’t leave you without sharing a delicious recipe. This white chicken chili is full of flavor and SOO easy, I could make it in my sleep!
White Chicken No-Bean Chili
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 jar (16 oz) salsa verde
4-6 cups chicken broth
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut cream (the thick part of canned coconut milk)
Toppings of choice: avocado, cilantro, lime, plantain chips, etc.
1. Place chicken, sweet potatoes, salsa, chicken broth, and spices into a crockpot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, until chicken and sweet potatoes are cooked through.
2. Shred or cut chicken into pieces, and mix back into the soup. Add coconut cream. Adjust seasonings to taste.
3. Serve with toppings of choice.