In four weeks I’ve lost 10.5 pounds! If this last month didn’t drill into my brain how much diet has to do with your weight, I don’t know what will! I thought with my background in fitness and kinesiology that losing the baby weight would be a breeze. What I didn’t expect was for my eating to get so out of control and not having the discipline to shape up. Until I worked with Bethany at Nutritious & Delicious!

It wasn’t always the easiest, I had a Wendy’s episode one day, but with Bethany’s help and recipes I was able to reset my eating habits. My biggest reset was getting real about portion sizes.

How many of you had to stay at the table until you finished your plate? I did! Did you also have a Grandma whose feeling were hurt if you didn’t take seconds? I did! This meal plan like this helped show me how much food I actually need to feel full and fuel my body.

I can’t describe how good it felt when I tentatively pulled up my pre-pregnancy jeans and they buttoned up no problem. They say to give yourself up to a year after having a baby to strengthen your body and they were so right!

December v. February

The Main Reasons I Succeeded

ACCOUNTABILITY

The reason I thrived so well this month is because I had someone I was accountable to. My meals were on the Nutritious & Delicious app and knowing that Bethany could see what I eat was major motivation to stick to the plan. And if you’re thinking “it would be easy to cheat and not put everything on the app” I’m too competitive to cheat like that on a challenge.

EASY RECIPES 

The second reason I was able to stick to this plan is because the meals and snacks were super easy to make. When I did my introductory call with Bethany (you do three throughout the month) I told her it had to be easy to make stuff or I wouldn’t do it. I tried one plan and quit after a week because I was so sick of the elaborate recipes and all the time I had to put in the kitchen.

Speaking of recipes, I am OBSESSED with this special treat recipe, Heaven in a Bar. It truly is heaven! It’s so sweet and satisfying that I had to share the recipe here.

Heaven In A Bar (GF)(DF)

INGREDIENTS:
58 gram(s) (Zazubean) 70% Chocolate Nutbar (VG)(GF)
0.25 1 cup Honey
0.5 1 cup Nuts, almond butter, plain, without salt added
1 1 cup, sliced Nuts, almonds
0.5 1 cup, shredded Nuts, coconut meat, dried (desiccated), sweetened, shredded
0.5 1 cup Oil, coconut
0.5 1 cup (not packed) Raisins, golden seedless
0.25 1 cup Seeds, flaxseed
2 tea spoon Vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Place almonds, ground flax, dried fruit, coconut, almond butter in a food processor.
Pulse briefly to combine.

In a small saucepan melt coconut oil over low heat, remove then stir in honey and vanilla.

Add coconut oil mixture to food processor and pulse until it forms a coarse paste.
Press mixture into a greased 8X8 baking glass dish.

Chill in fridge until mixture is hard and then over low heat in a double broiler melt
chocolate pieces until runny. Spread over bars and put back in fridge for 30 min.
Cut into 15 bars.

1 bar is a serving Makes 15 servings. Nutrition Information per Serving Calories: 235.14 Fat: 18.91g Carb: 15.34g Protein: 4.22g

As I’ve said before, I plan to continue eating clean to help me get as healthy as possible. The only difference is that I’ll give myself a little cheat day where I can have a treat, glass of wine, or indulgent meal.

WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT? YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

It’s easy to say you’re eating healthy and working out, but how healthy are you really eating? If you really want to lose weight, you need to change your eating habits and a plan like this may be just what you need!  I HIGHLY recommend working with Bethany for personalized service and emotional support as you go through the process.

The goal at Nutritious & Delicious is to reduce the time and remove the stress of organizing healthy eating for the long term. Their clients are people who want long term physical and mental health.

You can start off by booking a free 30 minute consultation if you want. Visit her website today!

As a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Bethany doesn’t provide ready made meal plans. She works one on one with clients to tailor a healthy nutritious lifestyle plan for the whole family.    

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29 Comments

  • kage2015 April 1, 2019 at 10:40 am

    We only eat what we grow and put up ourselves. We raise our own grain, mill it and grind to bake with. Grow our own herbs. Yes you are what you eat and exercise has to be included.

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 11:22 am

      I love that! I like to grow my own veggies in the summer because it’s so much better!

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  • Naza Holliman April 1, 2019 at 10:48 am

    This all looks so delicious! I really need to follow your journey. I’ve started a fit journey of my own and it’s not going that well. Last two days have been horrible. Thanks for the reminder to do better for myself.

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Trust me- the bad days (and sometimes weeks) will absolutely happen. You have to just forget them and look toward making tomorrow better. Best of luck! 🙂

      Reply
  • Hayley April 1, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I remember putting on my pre baby clothes and felt amazing when they fit!

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 6:33 pm

      It was like angels singing in the background! Ha!

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  • Emily April 1, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Fantastic! I love all these recipes! Very motivating!

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Bethany knows her stuff!

      Reply
  • FitFamilyLifeBlog April 1, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    One day at a time!

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Exactly!

      Reply
  • Tara April 1, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    It can be hard making the adjustment to better eating but it’s so worth it. 10lbs in a month is amazing.

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      Oh man was it ever! And I do miss going for seconds and thirds, but it’s worth it!

      Reply
  • Danica April 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I have bad days a lot but eating healthy is always the plan!

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      Exactly! There’s no such thing as perfection.

      Reply
  • Ericka April 1, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    These meals are right up my alley. They look so good. I have started changing the way I eat and I have seen 2 inches off my waist and shedding pounds. I just want to be healthy and no longer eat unhealthy. This year is going great.

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    • Rachel April 1, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      Atta’ girl! It’s hard to change your eating habits at first, but then the new habits become.. habit! Best of luck!

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  • jessica April 1, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Great job! You look awesome!
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    • Rachel April 4, 2019 at 7:10 am

      Thanks!

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  • Mom LA and Beyond April 1, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Love your inspiring pictures!! Great meal options!! Healthy can be tough but its do-able!!

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    • Rachel April 4, 2019 at 7:11 am

      Exactly! It takes a lot of planning, but it’s doable!

      Reply
  • marie April 2, 2019 at 1:32 am

    The meals look delish! And yesssss portion sizes are tricky for me too, ouch!

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    • Rachel April 4, 2019 at 7:11 am

      Me too! I love that stuffed feeling, but my waistline doesn’t! Ha ha!

      Reply
  • Laurel April 2, 2019 at 8:16 am

    We have been eating super clean too for about 9 months now. (With the occasional cheat of course) I have seen major improvements in my children’s moods and behavior and my energy has spiked! I used to drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day and now sometimes just 1 is too much for me lol

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    • Rachel April 4, 2019 at 7:12 am

      It’s so true! If I eat a lot of junk one day, I have no energy the next day!

      Reply
  • Tiffanie A Westgor April 3, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Proud of you girl!! You look great! Keep up all the great work!

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    • Rachel April 4, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Thanks!

      Reply
  • rosie April 3, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Ok this is really inspiring! I’m actually going to attempt Whole 30 in a few weeks and am really digging your meals!

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    • Rachel April 4, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Good luck with the Whole 30! Sometimes it takes a reset like that to change our habits for the better!

      Reply
  • sevenbykat April 18, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Love the before and after! What in inspiring transformation! 🙂

    Reply

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