Ok so my first two weeks in LA weren’t exactly as healthy as I thought they’d be… Yes, it’s true there are SO many more options for healthy eating out here but at the same time there are just as many places that are beyond delicious, not healthy at all, & calling my name. Some of my favorite spots I recently discovered were Milo + Olive (famous for their bread aka pizza, giant garlic knot, & banana walnut cake–all of which I consumed), Sugarfish (sushi so somewhat healthy, right?), & Edoughble (edible cookie dough I buy at Whole Foods that I’m freakin’ obsessed with). Trust me, I’m not complaining about eating any of these. They were all beyond delicious & I’ll definitely go back to/eat all of them again very soon. However consuming meal after meal of carbs & sugar led me to feel bloated, exhausted, & well the jeans a little tight… So in order to slim down I implemented some of my tips that I usually use before/after traveling (more on that: HERE) & figured I’d compile a little food diary for you all in case you’re ever feeling the same way.
I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, I’m no dietitian but this is just what I’ve found to work for me. That being said, it may or may not work for you. We all have different goals & habits, I’ve found that writing down a meal plan & scheduling workout classes in advance does it for me. Let me know any tips & tricks you have!
For breakfast I first like to have a huge glass of water. Actually it’s more like a few glasses but it helps to let my body know when I’m full & is great to help flush out all those toxins. I usually add a lemon to it because 1. I love the taste of lemon water & 2. apparently warm water (which I prefer over cold) is really good for you. I also take my vitamin around this time which is either 1 of the Women’s Everyday Vitamin from Honest or 2 of the Gummy Vitamins from Honest (don’t judge, they’re amazing & I alternate them every other day with the women’s ones–it’s all about balance!). About an hour or two later (aka 2-2.5 hours after waking up) I’ll either make a Daily Harvest smoothie (use code PLSR for 3 free ones!) or a Be Well By Kelly smoothie. Today I made a BWBK one that had 1 serving of Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp natural almond butter, 1/4 cup frozen organic cherries, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup almond milk. It was amazing & left me SO full until around 1pm (I woke up around 7 & had my smoothie around 9) which is when I had a late lunch of…
I don’t work a standard 9-5 which means my hours tend to flow pretty quickly from one to the next. While that’s a huge perk of my job, I often forget to stop for lunch or in this case, just wasn’t hungry after my smoothie. I used to graze a ton since my kitchen is only about 5 feet from my “desk” but especially on days when I’m trying to detox, I cut that out entirely. Today I had a sweet potato that I popped in the microwave for a few minutes served with 1/4 avocado. I know, I know, it looks boring but it’s actually really delicious.
Dinnertime is usually the time I go HAM. It’s bad, I know, especially because I don’t go to bed too soon after… Tonight I was good (go me!) & just had a piece of wild caught grilled salmon with a little lemon slice for added flavor & some kale. It was honestly really filling but in a way that didn’t make me feel like I immediately needed a nap after. When I’m really craving flavor, which happens after a few days of restrictive eating, I’ll add about 1/4 tsp of Marie Sharp’s hot sauce which I recently discovered & am obsessed with. Like could seriously put it on everything if I wasn’t scared my taste buds would burn off…
It’s by no means exciting & by no means indulgent but we all have those days or times in our life when we just need to treat our bodies better. It should be everyday but I’m only human (and run a food blog predominately focusing on desserts…) so this is what ya gotta do. After all, it’s our health for cryin’ out loud! P.S. check out my What I Eat In A Day video below!
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Thank you for the recipes! I am working hard to lose weight!
Aw so happy to help!! You got this! xx