Hey lovebugs! Since my last post was all about the kinds of food that I eat to make up my healthy, whole-foods, plant based diet (that was a mouthful, literally), I thought today I would broaden upon that a little bit! One of the most difficult things to master when starting a healthy lifestyle is to figure out what to do with all of the healthy foods you hear about in order to make the best meal possible.
Through Mindfully Miranda, I want to clear up all of the confusion, and give you simple, real-life advice so you can start living your best life NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week, and certainly not next month. Here and now you can start to live life to the fullest and appreciate your body for the amazing thing that it is.
From my experience, I find that YOUR body will tell you what it wants, so long as you slow down long enough to listen. Think about creating a healthy balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in each meal in order to satiate and satisfy your hunger levels, and keep your blood sugar regular. I created a little graphic to give you a more clear idea:
If you look closely, you can tell that my chart is in the shape of a HEART because I love all of my blog readers, and want you all to be heart healthy!
For Serving Sizes, note that these all vary based off of the types of food you are eating, and they are by no means a strict, set amount. I double up, eat half, eyeball, mix up and mingle all of the servings sizes together and it is no reason to stress! Like I said, everything here is a helpful guideline to give you ideas, listen to yourself because you know whats best for you!
General Guideline for Serving Sizes:
Carbohydrates: 1/2 cup serving (cooked) of beans other grains, 1/2 cup oatmeal (dry), 1-2 slices of sprouted whole wheat breads, 1/2 cup cooked pasta, 1.5-3 cups of spaghetti squash, 1 medium/large sweet potato, etc.
Healthy Fats: 1 – 2 Tablespoons of Nut Butter, Unrefined Oils, etc.
Protein: 1/2 cup of plant-based protein (like pulses, beans and grains, cooked) , 1 scoop of protein powder, 85 g of tofu/tempeh, 1/4 cup egg whites, 2 whole eggs, 3/4 cup of yogurts, 3 oz. lean meats (if non-veg), etc.
Vegetables and Fruits: LIMITLESS 😉 You know I love my veggies!
Your body is truly and honestly very intelligent, and you will learn that it lets you know exactly what your hunger cues are telling you. Trust in your body, trust in the process of treating it kindly, and you will reap the benefits of a healthy mind, body and soul. You will see results, and be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the long run and that is what is most important. Be kind to yourself, and remember; a cookie can be just as healthy as a salad, if it’s what your soul is craving. Its all about balance.
Wishing you above all Health & Happiness