The grocery checklist below is the same one I use on my weekly Trader Joe’s haul. The list is not in order because I’ve added and deleted items over time. On the right column, I list the macronutrients (Fat, Carbohydrates, and Protein), and cost for each item.
What are Macronutrients? Macronutrients (macros for short) are what makes up the calorie content of food. The three categories of macros are fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Getting the right amount of protein, fat, and carbs will determine whether you are building or losing muscle and whether you are putting on or losing fat. We all have different fitness goals, so it is essential to track your macros according to what your goals are. For more information on how to calculate and count macros, please click here.
What sparked the ideas to write this blog was a text I received from my best friend Amanda (not her real name) that said, “I’m so unhealthy. I miss the days when I was healthy and 125 pounds.” Amanda looks great! She weighs between 135 and 140 pounds (5’5 in height) — perfect weight for a twenty-eight year old. But Amanda has the misconception that being thin correlates with being healthy.
Being healthy does not mean you have to be skinny or be a certain weight. Being healthy means that you eat the right amount of nutrients daily and exercise regularly. Fitness trainer and model, Anna Victoria, states in her blog, “Why I don’t Weigh Myself:”
It took years for me to realize that weight does not matter–that looking skinny does not mean that I am healthy. We all have a different figure, height, and weight; what matters is what makes you comfortable.
Below I share six guidelines to inspire and push you to start living a healthily.
1. It is the 21st century. Many inspirational bloggers could suggest ways of living a healthier lifestyle–and it is all free!
These bloggers share their personal experiences on what they’ve learned and are passionate about it. Find an influencer you could relate. Below are some of the girls I follow that knowledgeable about healthy eating, working out, and more.
Macronutrients (macros for short) are what makes up the calorie content of food. The three categories of macros are fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Getting the right amount of protein, fat, and carbs will determine whether you are building or losing muscle and whether you are putting on or losing fat. We all have different fitness goals, so it is essential to track your macros according to what your goals are. For more info, click here.
I learned how to calculate macros from lifestyle blogger and influencer, Claire Guentz. I highly recommend you to read her blog on “How To Figure Out Your Macros Should Be,” because it was her blog that influenced me to count macros. I never knew how important it is to calculate your macros, (not just your calories) because WHERE you’re getting your calories from is so imperative.
3. Start slow and make gradual progress.
It is never okay to start something out rapidly and expect results. Doing that will only make you feel restrained and discouraged. Begin doing what you can. The great thing about counting Macros is that you can sometimes have cheat meals, as long as you eat the right portions.
Some suggestions to help you be accountable are, writing a contract to yourself, journaling your progress, or promising yourself something that you truly want and then getting it once you have accomplished your goal.
5. Making delicious recipes and having fun when exercising.
Look for delicious, healthy recipes online. Your diet should not be tasteless or boring. Also, find workouts that you enjoy doing. Don’t force yourself with exercises you dislike. For example, don’t begin running three miles because it is a fast way to lose weight. Other cardio exercises are also practical.
6. Listen to your body– take your time.
Often when starting any diet or health change, your body needs time to adapt. So give it time while it does. Everyone is different, and if your body is taking longer to get in better physical shape, it is okay, don’t give up — be patient and keep working on it and promise you will see results.
Living a healthier lifestyle is choice you have to make, but once you do, I guarantee you will look and feel amazing. It is your life, and it is up to you on how to live it. I suggest you become in sync with realistic goals that are right for you and your body.