Tip of the Week #12 Eat 6 Smaller meals a day!

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So some people swore by it, some people are totally against it. So let me tell you how it can be amazing and work and you will never be hungry again and then I’m going to tell you in return, how it can have a negative effect and honestly probably hurt you.

The Good :

It is known that frequent smaller meals can not only curb those hunger pains we often get in between our average “3 meals a day” but also speed up your metabolism. Eating more foods (ideally cleaner foods) helps get you the nutrients you need and keeps your energy levels up as well . Here are some examples of how to do this correctly, and what is considered a “small meal”. Each meal (of the 6) should consist of a lean protein, Lower carbohydrate, high fiber, and low fat snack/meal. Always include veggies and fruits in at least 4 if not all your meals.

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Some examples:

  • Half of turkey sandwich on 100% Whole Wheat bread with light mayo or mustard. Side of Veggies and hummus.
  • Big Spinach Salad with fruit and a tablespoon of almond butter on the side.
  • Grilled chicken breast with steamed veggies
  • Protein shake
  • Lean meat with sweet potato and veggie
  • Medium apple with string cheese
  • Hardboiled egg on a slice of whole wheat bread. 1 half of grapefruit
  • Lean meat with 1 cup brown rice and steamed broccoli and cauliflower

Key pointers: Make sure you keep your portion control in check and make sure you aren’t only eating a lot of one key nutrient (i.e.. Grains)

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The Bad:

Eating 6 smaller meals can go back when you either don’t watch your portions (this isn’t grazing all day kind of diet its a cut your meals in half and eat them every 3 hours). Also, it can go back when you aren’t getting a balanced meal every time you eat. Make sure your getting the cleanest forms of foods ideally. You don’t want to have every snack you have to be a protein or granola bar, you need to mix it up.

Also if your eating out all the time. (cheeseburgers, fast foods and processed foods, ) these are not considered cleaner foods… If your eating these at every 3 hours, this will not work either.

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Some examples of how this Wont work:

  • Cheeseburgers all the time. With fries
  • Granola bars and fruit bars for every snack
  • Foods with too much sugar constantly throughout the day (gummy snacks, too much fruits with added sugar)
  • Not a balance of nutrients  (of anything)
  • Too many sandwiches throughout the day or week. (mix it up!)
  • Prepared Salads and meals at fast food chains (sorry but they are ideally not the best but ok when only in a time crunch or you drop your prepared meal or something.)
  • Energy bars and drinks. Some are ok, but usually the ones everyone likes have more sugar than a snickers bar!
  • Pre-made smoothies – your better off making your own.

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Jump Start Clean Eating Meal Plan! (Month 1)

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This meal plan is designed to either get you accustomed to a cleaner way of eating but can also help you drop some unwanted weight as well. Since I know starting something new can be scary, I made it so you will still feel full throughout the day, and it will also be lighter on your wallet.

Before you start :

  • Make sure you drink 3-4 liters of water a day, if not more, depending on activity level! Stay hydrated!
  • Make sure your getting a good nights sleep, you cant feel healthy or be healthier when your constantly drained and tired.
  • Stay Positive!

Month 1

  • (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Wake: Drink 8oz water!

Meal 1: Mixed Egg White Scramble!

1/2 cup egg whites, with whatever veggies you want to add! ( I like peppers, spinach, mushrooms, black olives, and Italian spices! )

Top with 2 tbsp. of Salsa (optional)

Snack: 10 Almonds (natural, unsalted), 1 low-fat string cheese

Meal 2: Grilled Chicken Salad. (can substitute for steak or fish if wanted)

Grill 3oz lean Chicken breast and serve over…

2- 3 cups of mixed greens

1/4 cup black beans

Diced tomatoes (about 1/4 cup)

Shredded carrots (1/4 cup)

Cucumber slices (6 slices)

Chopped bell peppers  (About 1/2 of a whole bell pepper)

* Feel free to substitute or add/take away any veggies, but make sure you add some in their. (Pick 3 of choice)

Top with 2 tbsp. of a oil based dressing like Balsamic Vinaigrette , or 1/2 of an avocado.

Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs, 1 large apple with 1 tbsp. of Almond or Peanut Butter. (Dip apple in butter!! YUM)

Meal 3: Clean Eating Chicken Dinner 

 6oz Lean Chicken Breast (grilled or baked with spices and olive oil)

1 Sweet potato with cinnamon sprinkled on top (cinnamon is optional)

2 cups of steamed broccoli

Snack:  Pick one!

  • Protein Shake made with 12oz Almond Milk
  • 1/2 low-fat Cottage Cheese with peach slices
  • 5 sticks of celery or bell peppers dipped in hummus
  • 1 oz Plain tuna in water (drained) with 10 unsalted almonds.

Before bed: Drink 8oz water!!

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  • ( Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

Wake: Drink 8oz water!

Meal 1:  Oatmeal Mix

1/2 cup oats (made with water) Mix in 1 tbsp. flax meal

Top with 1 tbsp. honey or agave nectar (if needed) and 1/2 cup berries.

1 hard boiled egg.

Snack:  Make a smoothie (any in my recipe index are ok) w/ 1 scoop protein powder -OR- Protein shake with 12oz Almond Milk.

Meal 2: Chicken Lunch

4oz Grilled Chicken

2 cups of steamed veggie of choice (get creative and try things you haven’t tried before)

1 cup Brown Rice or Quinoa

Snack: 1 Greek yogurt cup with 1/4 cup low-sugar granola on top.

10 strawberries

Meal 3: Fish Dinner!

5oz Fish of choice (Tilapia, Salmon, Flounder, Trout)

Steamed Green Beans

1 Sweet potato with cinnamon (cinnamon optional)

Snack: Pick One!

  • Protein Shake made with 12oz Almond Milk
  • 1/2 low-fat Cottage Cheese with peach slices
  • 5 sticks of celery or bell peppers dipped in hummus
  • 1 oz Plain tuna in water (drained) with 10 unsalted almonds.
  • Handful of nuts and seeds (unsalted)
  • 1 All natural, low sugar fruit strip

Before bed: Drink 8oz water!!

** Helps if you make meals in advance to help you stay of track. =) ***

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Nature Box

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So I recently found this cool new website called Nature Box. Its basically healthy snacks delivered to your house every month for one small fee, depending on how long you’d like to receive them. I love it because its all natural, no artificial crap and it makes it easy for people who don’t know exactly where to start when it come to eating healthy or people short on time. There are many studies out there saying that an easy food habit to change is you snacks throughout the day. (since they’re small and easy, I tend to believe that). ….. with that in mind, be sure to check out my recipes page where I put up some fun and simple snacks that I personally love.

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Another cool fact, they have a partnership with Feeding America so with every box delivered, food goes to feed the hungry! =)