Be a gorilla...it's okay to eat the same things. It's not boring, it's SIMPLE!
Use the KISS method: Keep It Simple SMART. Some people like to use a different S, but I like to keep it positive, so SMART is what I use. Plus, being SMART about your choices is more appropriate for this blog.
So what do I mean when I say keep it simple and smart when dieting? What's one of the first things you think about doing when you are dieting? For me, cooking. And when you think about cooking, you think about your grocery list. And when you start getting creative and looking for recipes, your grocery list ends up being a million pages long and you're spending a ton of money. You think when you start dieting you need to still make food creative and find recipes and use all different ingredients, etc. WRONG. In my opinion, leave the creative shit up to professional chefs in restaurants. Instead, keep your meals simple and pick smart or beneficial foods for your body and macros. This will not only keep your grocery shopping list shorter and more concise, it will save you time and money and stress.
Alex and I often eat a lot of the same things, so our grocery list is pretty simple and is typically the same every week. The only time we get creative is if we want a fancy steak for a date night or if we are just craving something different. I often get asked what my grocery list typically looks like so I will share what we typically buy on a weekly basis at the end of this blog.
This is the best way I have been able to stay consistent with my dieting, especially through show preps, is by keeping what I have to buy and cook and eat as simple as possible. The less I have to stress and think about in the kitchen, the more I can put attention to other important things...like my relationship, my animals, my training, my family and friends, my business and clients.
I hope this helps you in your dieting!! I would love to know how this works for you, so please comment below any successes or other ideas on how to keep it simple and smart.
I highly suggest you making a list before going to the store. This will keep you organized, save you time, and keep you from going through the store looking lost and not sure what to buy. Also - how many times have you gone in the store without a list and you get home and have forgotten something?? Make the list while you're standing in your kitchen so you don't forget anything!
Our Typical Dieting Grocery List:
- Whole Eggs
- Egg Whites (in the carton...sorry I am not taking the time to separate my whites from the yolks...#aintnobodygottimeforthat)
- Sliced Cheese
- Fairlife Reduced Fat Milk
- Ezekial Bread
- Maranatha Almond Butter or Coconut Almond Butter
- Chicken Tenderloins
- Ground Beef (85/15 or 90/10, depends on
our macros...do we have enough fat in our diet to get the 85/15 or do we need to be a little more conservative?)
- Green Beans
- Baby Bella Mushrooms (we go through a ton of these so we buy A LOT)
- Pickles (spears or the big jar of the whole pickles or sometimes both...)
- Romaine Lettuce Hearts
- Tortillas (sometimes the whole grain Flatout Flatbread ones and sometimes the traditional flour ones)
- Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Mix
- Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
- Topo Chico