Hey, What’s Up?
With our 7th year anniversary coming up, I’m pretty nostalgic lately. I remember back when I first created m.e.l.t. in 2010, the first meal plan was heavy on Greek yogurt and whole wheat bread.
Fast forward to today, I don’t do either.
Greek yogurt is fine if you choose a high quality product (Fage, for example) but I have recently made the decision to steer clear of lactose. I’ll never stop eating meat, poultry, and eggs, but for me, getting my protein from Greek yogurt is no longer worth the issues that lactose causes my body.
And commercial wheat breads are just the worst. So many of them are inundated with chemicals and preservatives and are loaded with processed gluten that causes digestion issues & fat gain.
As a replacement for both foods, I eat about 8-12 servings (actual servings) of broccoli and spinach per day. In addition, I have lean proteins and 3-5 servings of healthy fats for energy.
Just recently, I added lactose-free milk back into my diet to give my Shakeology shake a thicker texture, so it was even more filling. And so far that combo is working great for me!
Why I am Sharing This With You?
Just because you’ve always done something in the past doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do NOW. For me personally, making these changes dramatically helped me to stay lean and feel great.
These changes may or may not work for you. But I strongly encourage you to periodically re-evaluate what you’re eating and drinking. The more you pay attention to your body’s response to the foods you eat, the better you will be able to keep what is working and eliminate what clearly no longer is working. And there WILL be things that, as you get older, your body will decide it can no longer tolerate. Sad but true.
Log your food for a week and take a hard look at it.
- What do you need to cut down on?
- What do you need to add more of?
- What is giving you energy?
- What is making you feel bloated?
- Has the way your body handles any foods changed for the worse?
Nutrition is ultimately a one-person game. While there will always be basic nutritional standards, adapting those standards is part of YOUR fitness journey. There is no “One Size Fits All” in nutrition.
You’ve got to constantly re-evaluate and readjust your food intake so that it’s working for YOU, wherever you are on your path.