Healthy, Natural, and Cheap


I got married in August and my husband (who has lost over 100lbs and now is a size 34 waist) and I want to make sure are marriage stays happy by keeping our bodies healthy.

This diet it easy- you will eat more than you have ever eaten. The trick is to not allow yourself to become hungry by eating naturally filling/nutritionally dense foods. Do not worry about counting calories- these foods are not addictive and therefore you won't care to binge eat on them. Try this for a week and you will feel great and save money. My husband and I eat A LOT, and we spend less than $40/week on groceries for the two of us! We also have the energy to work full-time jobs, have a social life, and run 3-5 miles a day. I also do yoga and pilates.

(libbydelay's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Grains, Pasta and Rice
Breakfast Cereals
Baked Products
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc

Not OK

 How To Follow Healthy, Natural, and Cheap:

Only eat foods that are natural. The more complex the food is, the worse it is for you. Eat carbs in the morning (big breakfast), protein for lunch (it will help you stay full) and a light dinner. Here is a list of acceptable foods for each meal:

quaker old fashioned oats with some brown sugar and cinnamon
eggs with extra virgin olive oil and vegetables mixed in
whole wheat toast with olive oil
fruit smoothie with whole milk or pure juice- none of those added sugar juices though
fruit, any and all

Lunch & Dinner
whole wheat pasta
beans or legumes
whole wheat bread
cheese (not fat free, you need the healthy fats in cheese)

dark chocolate
greek yogurt with honey

Drink lots of water. I also drink hot teas and coffee- I like flavored coffee with a splash of half and half.

AVOID ALL FAST FOOD and SODAS, even the diet ones. Always bring nuts or fruit with you when you go out. Do not eat condiments or drink sugary drinks.
  by member libbydelay
member since: 21 Dec 09

More Healthy, Natural, and Cheap Info

libbydelay's top tips

1.If your great grandmother asked you what you were eating, and you told her, would she know what it was? Oatmeal, yes. Pop-tart, no. Eat foods that are not manufactured- eat foods that are natural.
2.If you are craving something salty, eat salted nuts, baked sweet potato chips, or pop your own popcorn and cover it in olive oil, salt and pepper.
3.If you are craving something sweet, eat dark chocolate, bananas, or greek yogurt with honey. If you just HAVE TO HAVE ice cream, go out and get some. Do not get a pint and bring it home. Also do not get toppings.
4.If you are craving meat/fats, eat avocados, nuts, sweet potatoes, or a thick cheese like havarti.
5.If you are hungry, eat. Do not live your life feeling depressed and weak.
6.Be good to yourself. You do not have to feel guilty after a meal ever again.

About / History

Eating this way makes sense. You should not eat food that you do not know where it comes from. If a food is advertised to be "light" or "fat free", then it probably is not good for you. My dad ate like this for six months and lost over 80 pounds. My husband and I started eating like this in August and he is 6'3" and weighs 185lbs, and is a size 34. I am 5'6" and weigh 150lbs and am a size 6. We do not eat food that is pre-prepared. It is more expensive and not as good for you.

  Why choose "Healthy, Natural, and Cheap"?
 Promotes long term weight loss
 Maintain your goal weight
 A body "detox"
 Provides an energy boost
 Improves mood and outlook
 A roadmap for a healthier lifestyle

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