I never thought I’d be able to eat clean consistently. I was always getting in my own way – I’d have two good meals, then order fast food for the third. Or, I’d have a salad for lunch and a big brownie for dessert. Any progress I made was cancelled out by my bad habits that I just couldn’t shake.
Then, in April, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Suddenly, sweets and junk were off limits – not for my health, but for the health of the baby. It gave me a reason to clean up my diet for good.
I worked with a nutritionist and followed a very strict eating plan, and I found out it wasn’t as hard as I’d thought. I finally proved to myself I could eat clean and stay on track, and I haven’t looked back since!
Here’s another edition of “what I eat in a day” while I’m breastfeeding. I don’t restrict calories, but I do balance my macros.
Breakfast: vanilla protein Greek yogurt, grapes, and two egg and turkey sausage quiches (from Aldi).
Lunch: a chef’s salad with turkey lunch meat, avocado, cucumber, onion, and a few crackers served over spring mix with an oil and vinegar dressing.
Protein Shake: right now, I’m loving GNC’s 100% Whey Protein – and it doesn’t upset the baby’s tummy.
Post-Workout: my nutrition plan calls for high carbs after my workout – so I had an apple, a rice cake with peanut butter, crackers, and another protein Greek yogurt.
Dinner: a Mediterranean chicken patty with brown rice, peas, and a homemade tzatziki sauce made from plain greek yogurt and dried dill.
Before Bed: another rice cake with peanut butter, a mini Babybel cheese, and an RX Bar made from dates and egg whites.
I love the eating plan I’m on (RP Diet) because I can create my own meals based on their guidelines. It makes it so easy to put together food that I’m in the mood for!
I’ve discovered that eating clean doesn’t have to be challenging – the trick is to find foods you like and get creative. If you enjoyed this post, please follow my blog on WordPress and find me on Jnstagram @healthywithhaileigh.