MFS Fit Babe Spotlight Series: Andrea Talks Weight Loss Nutrition !

May 14, 2014

Diet TIPS, Nutrition, Recipes

weight loss nutrition - pasta chicken

Time to talk about healthy and effective weight loss nutrition with our badass online trainer & May guest editor Andrea in this month’s “MFS Fit Babe Spotlight Series“! Food is fuel, food is pleasure, food is what makes or breaks us and today, Andrea will be sharing her personal tips that have helped her drop 4o lbs. and regain her health. Enjoy!

Nutrition is key when people say they want to have a healthy lifestyle. In my first article, I shared with you that I had previously lost 40 pounds. Well, that all came down to diet. I have always worked out and been in good shape most of my life. When I was in my mid-20s, I went out like most of the people my age and drank too many cocktails, stayed out late, and ate very poorly at 3am. I did that most Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings.

That caught up with me big time. I would always get my workouts in everyday during the week but would binge hard on the weekends. I really didnt care what I ate or drank. One day I was sitting in a hammock with my then boyfriend and it tipped more towards my side then his side. I was mortified and decided I better step on the scale. I had gained 40 pounds over the course of less than a year. So I decided I needed to change.

I will share with you 6 simple steps I took to help me start losing the weight and regain my health.

  1. Start small- I made little changes. I stopped eating 6 cookies a week and substituted my choice from a cookie after lunch to an apple with peanut butter. I also cut out alcohol – no more excessive nights out. This was a huge change at the time.
  2. Don’t’t weigh yourself daily- The scale is not always your friend. To avoid being discouraged, I went by how my clothes felt and how I looked in the mirror. I then knew I was making progress.
  3. Get creative with chicken- If you eat meat, chicken will be your new best friend. I had chicken in almost all of my meals and found various cookbooks to help me dress it up so I wouldn’tt get bored.
  4. Find a go to veggie- Most people dont eat enough veggies so when I found out I loved broccoli, I ate it at every meal.
  5. Keep track of what you eat- That doesn’tt mean you need to count calories, just be conscious of what youre putting in your body. I would write it down so I could see if I already had too many sweets today, then I would skip the treat and go with a cup of tea.
  6. Meal plan- I also planned out every meal I was going to have so I had a clear direction of what my week would look like and I wouldn’t need to binge on sugar laden crackers or cookies at the grocery store.

Those are my main tips to help people who might be struggling with weight loss.

weight loss nutrition - filled zucchini

Be patient with yourself and before you know it, changes will take place in your body.

As for my current diet routine, it looks a little something like this:

Breakfast

Weekdays
Weekends

Lunch - Lunch is usually my biggest meal. I prefer eating most of my calories early in my day and by the time I have dinner it is something light since I donusually eat dinner until 8/9pm. I love trying new recipes so I go to cleaneatingmag.com quite a bit and cook something on Sundays and have that all week for lunch.

weight loss nutrition - pasta chicken

  • Tacos
  • Chicken, quinoa with artichoke hearts, & broccoli
  • Salmon, green beans, side salad

Snacks

weight loss nutrition - almond energy bites

  • Air popped popcorn
  • Homemade granola bars or almond bites (my favs)
  • Almonds
  • Apple with almond butter
  • Celery with almond butter
  • Berries
  • Tea I love my green tea all day long!!

weight loss nutrition - green tea

Dinner

  • Eggs
  • Bowl of veggies
  • Salmon & veggies
  • Homemade pizza
  • Tuna
  • Sometimes air popped popcorn
  • Green smoothie
  • Lindt sea salt dark chocolate- usually crave this after dinner as my treat

More yummy looking food pics from Andrea….

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Stay tuned for next week’s “Training” post by Andrea Eilerston!

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Andrea Eilertson

Hi I'm Andrea and I run an in-home & online personal training business for women, SaFire Training.Though I like to call myself a fitness lifestyle coach, I work primarily with women who are struggling to lose those last 10-20 pounds, and may have a mental block holding them back.I train them to love themselves again all while achieving their fitness goals.
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3 Responses to “MFS Fit Babe Spotlight Series: Andrea Talks Weight Loss Nutrition !”

  1. April B Says:

    That pasta dish under her lunch section looks fabulous! What is it?! I want that for lunch today!

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