If you let diets tell it, eating for weight loss has to be complicated. There’s a list of banned foods that’s as long as your arm and you usually start your meal planning with the things you can’t eat instead of thinking of what you can eat to fuel your epic life.
But what if we took an alternate path? What if we start thinking about food, nutrition, and our bodies differently…in a way that doesn’t make us prisoners to our food choices? Or risk our health in the process?
Thinking differently about food can make have a big impact on how you eat because it can help you start focusing on what you can enjoy instead of what you can’t have and this can help you:
- Reduce cravings.
- Take control of what you eat.
- Make modifications to your weight loss meal plan that’ll help you get results without feeling like you spend all your time in the kitchen or all your money on exotic foods.
To help you focus on what you can have, I’ll introduce you to the true first step to taking control of what you eat…and that step is to identify the healthy foods that you have access to in your everyday life.
To help you do this, I created a tool called VAFs®…a four letter word that shows you exactly what to eat to lose weight without dieting.
With VAFs® all you need to do is remember what the four letters mean to know what to eat to lose weight. Here’s what they mean:
V: non-starchy Vegetables & Fruits
A: Animal & Plant Protein
F: healthy Fats
s: starchy vegetables & whole grains
And here are some examples of these foods:
V: Spinach, cabbage, bell peppers, oranges, bananas, apples
A: Chicken, beef, black-eyed peas, lentils, peanuts
F: Olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, nuts of any kind
s: Sweet potatoes, plantains, brown rice, yam
I purposely used everyday foods that most people can get as examples because I wanted you to see that you don’t have to eat quinoa, kale or some other exotic-sounding foods to get the results you want.
Now we’re going to use this four-letter word to help you create a food list that starts with what you can eat. You get to create it yourself so you’ll be choosing foods that:
- You like
- Have access to every day
- You’re willing to experiment with even if you don’t like them right now.
This will make your weight loss journey cheaper, easier, and more accessible instead of starting from the generic food list on a meal plan with foods that are hard to find.
Here’s how to make your food list: ask yourself
- What non-starchy vegetables do I have access to every day?
- What fruits do I like to eat?
- What sources of protein are easily available at my fingertips?
- What sources of healthy fats do I use to cook my meals?
Your answers are the beginning of a food list that you can use to:
- shop for food when stocking your pantry,
- plan your meals each week,
- or order the healthiest meals that you can from your favorite restaurants.
When you take action to create your food list, you just might surprise yourself to see that you have a good bit of healthy food around you.
Before I leave you, I’d like to share a free resource with you that’ll help you take your quest to lose weight without dieting even further…because it’s one thing for me to tell you to ignore the hype and eat using a food list you created with VAFs, but it’s another thing to put it into practice every day.
So, I wrote a free eBook called You Don’t Need a Diet where I explain:
- Why you can safely ignore the hype of fad diets (a.k.a why diets are the problem and not you)
- The solution that’ll help you lose weight without dieting
- The step you can take to start taking action as soon as you’re done
It’s a short read, but it’s one that’ll get you what you need to start losing weight without dieting.
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