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Why I Gave Up Dieting

You were probably initially drawn to my page because it dealt with fitness. Maybe it was because you knew me in “real life” and needed a little kick in the butt to remind you to stay/get in shape. I posted tons of workout selfies, meal prep that I had done, diet plans I chose to use through things like Beachbody (never going to knock them because they helped me when I wanted to start working out more).  Things were really different if you scroll back to just a year or two ago.

But then I stopped. I stopped posting as much. I stopped taking workout selfies. I stopped sharing what I was eating. I was feeling miserable. No matter how much I was dieting and exercising it felt like I was just the same. I felt like there was such a small difference and I was driving myself crazy. I felt like I was failing as the “fitness” role model I wanted to be. I was not going out with friends.  I was avoiding social events. I was limiting what I ate when I was on the road for work. I lived a life that was completely limited.

And when I would “cheat” or get the chance to have something delicious, I was a monster. I was out of control. I would eat the entire bag of chips in one sitting. The entire pint of Halo Top I picked up earlier that day would be gone that night (I know this one isn’t “bad” but eating a pint every other night was not a good thing either). I was ravenous and when I had a chance to eat “bad food”, I went crazy and binged.

It was a vicious cycle. I would diet, be so proud of myself, go out and binge eat, and come back and feel like absolute crap.  Then I would start again.  IT WAS INSANITY. And I was exhausted. Exhausted about hating my body. Exhausted about feeling self conscious all the time when I was eating something deemed “not healthy”.  So I came across certain Instagram feeds that promoted this thing called “intuitive eating”. I know what the two words mean separately but I was curious about what they meant when used together…

I started doing some research and listened to the audiobook “Big Girl: How I gave up dieting and got a life”.  It changed everything for me. I also listened to “Intuitive Eating: A revolutionary Program that works”.  I started practicing what each book taught me: there is no such thing as a “bad food”. I swear that was my wakeup call. Nothing was off limits and contrary to what you may think, this made me want “bad stuff” a whole lot LESS. I knew I could have it so I didn’t have to binge anymore. It was freeing and really helped me start healing my relationship with food.

I also learned to listen to my body. I started asking myself questions like: Are you really hungry or bored? Are you eating because you’re hungry or are you emotional? If I’m feeling emotional, what’s the reason behind it? I became more in tune with myself and recognized triggers. When I was stressed about the wedding, money, or school, I had a tendency to not eat much and reach for things like Hot Cheetos and wine.  But I recognized I was stressed at that point and found ways to try to eliminate stress to make my life a little easier.  I figured out that I didn’t really care for big dinners and shook the need that I had to have some sort of complex carb to eat with dinner like a sweet potato. I opted for meals that were focused on protein and veggies for dinner because that’s what my body wanted and what made me feel good before going to bed a few hours later.  I stopped assuming I was hungry for breakfast at 7am and asked myself “are you really hungry or are you eating out of habit?” I started eating more vegan and vegetarian food because my body was not feeling meat as much. This showed me a whole new world of ingredients and restaurants that have blown my mind.

This changed also brought along a lot of fear. Fear of weight gain because I wasn’t eating 4-6 small meals a day balanced with protein, fat and carbs. Fear of eating items that were previously off limits. Fear of being more than the size 10/12 I’ve pretty much been my entire adult life. But I strive every day to shake that fear and remind myself that my size is not a determinant of my worth or potential. Yes, people that don’t know and people that do know me may think I have changed or look different but if they are people that know me for who I am will love me more now because I can actually go out with them and have a spontaneous dinner date or happy hour date in the middle of the week.  It has freed me to start this new relationship with food, eating, my family, my friends, and my body.

But there’s one crucial piece I have not shared with you…

You will always see me exercising and moving. I just love it.  It makes me feel so good. It helps me with my anxiety. I’m such a busy body and my mind goes a thousand miles per hour and working out helps me slow down and be present. I will move as long as I can and I will always use it as the best form of free therapy. But that works for ME. Maybe you just like to take walks with your dog or go on hikes. Maybe you like to do yoga at home. Just make sure to move the way that makes you feel happy. Celebrate your body and embrace its ability to move.  Don’t use exercise as a form of punishment because you ate a sleeve of Oreos.

I hope this post inspires you to embrace who you are and I challenge you to shake the stigma of dieting. In the books I read I learned that 95% of diets fail. Why do you want to intentionally set yourself up for a life of failure? It’s a culture that makes us feel “less than” and encourages us to buy products that make us “better”. Fit looks different on everyone. I work out four to six days a week and I think I’m pretty fit when I curl those 25 pound dumbbells, but I also wear a size 12/14 in pants and a M/L in shirts. But I am happy. I am thankful for who I am and for all my body is able to do. You are perfect the way you are and you should embrace that and shake that diet stigmas and do what you enjoy.

I am here for each an every one of you if you want to take the journey with me. I no longer entertain dieting or diet culture but I’m ready to help you change your life and find all the happiness and fun I’ve found by giving up dieting.

All hail the #antidiet movement!!!!

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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Raise your hand if you’re from Texas!!  Ok, ok it’s ok if you’re not but just know that we love us some breakfast tacos. My personal favorite is a gas station original that’s potato, egg, bean and cheese, otherwise known as a Q taco for my Valley folks. Best. Food. Ever. (Minus a Las Vegas Restaurant Enchilada, which I’ll totally post about when I go back to Texas one of these days).

But let’s get back to breakfast tacos. Who doesn’t love a good quick meal that satisfies every one of your taste buds for the first meal of the day? Exactly. I love those good ol’ Q tacos but they aren’t exactly friendly for the wasitline. That’s why I came up with this amazing taco recipe that will satisfy you, your significant other (that’s ok if it’s your dog, girl), and your guests. You can always swap the eggs for egg whites as well. Check it out below:

Healthy Breakfast Taco Recipe

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (I prefer Mission because they are low in everything and taste authentic AF)

4 eggs

½ red bell pepper

½ onion

1 small avocado

1 lime, juiced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp olive oil

Cooking spray

Pepper to taste

Optional: Cheese of your choice. I would pick either cotija (Mexican cheese) or feta cheese for best taste

  • Warm two skillets (if possible) to medium heat (that means level 5 for most of you)
  • Once one pan is heated up, add olive oil. Once warm, add peppers, onion, and seasoning to pan. Saute until soft (cover if needed).
  • In the other pan, spray cooking spray. Place corn tortilla in pan and warm for about 30 seconds each side. Place on plate until ready
  • Cut avocado and mash in a small bowl. Squeeze lime on the avocado to avoid browning. Divide on corn tortillas when finished.
  • Once vegetables start to soften and corn tortillas are ready, spray pan (the one that had the corn tortillas) with cooking spray. Remove vegetables from the pan and distribute on the four tortillas.
  • Crack either two or all four eggs into pan that previously held tortillas. Cook eggs until desired firmness (I prefer a little runny (over medium) because it just tastes so good with veggies). Place eggs on corn tortillas with mashed avocado and vegetables.
  • Divide cilantro and top each taco with a little. Serve immediately.

Such a great weekend recipe! Next time I make it I think I’ll roast some sweet potatoes with the seasoning or mash it. Try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!

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Skinny Simple Syrup

Everyone loves a good mixed drink but none of us love the calories it comes with. Simple syrup is an easy way to make your waistband expand, so I’ve been using a skinny version that I have used over the years and recently perfected with my use of Young Living Essential Oils Orange Oil (Here’s a link to save 24% on oils; post on how Young Living changed my life coming soon!).  This simple syrup can be refrigerated after cooled to use other times as well. I do a few different versions of this, including a blueberry simple syrup for my blueberry margarita that’s to die for! Check out this lovely recipe and let me know what you think!

Skinny Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup Splenda/Truvia or any other zero calorie powdered sugar substitute

1-3 drops of Orange Young Living Essential Oil (click the link to get them at a 24% discount as a wholesaler! If you don’t have this and are making my Skinny Margarita, add some fresh squeezed orange juice to margarita)

  • Take pot and pour water into pot. Place on stove and bring to a rolling boil
  • Add sugar substitute slowly to the pot stirring to dissolve until you have poured all the sugar in.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

Bet you didn’t think it was that easy did you? Takes no more than about 5-10 minutes to do and once it’s cooled you can use it in recipes like my Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita recipe and other that are soon to come on the blog!

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Breakfast Quiche for The Not-So-Morning-Person

As you probably realized in my first recipe post, I love me some breakfast.  I think it’s a meal that people tend to forget about until they have some time to make it on the weekend, but I make sure I get that meal in every day.  I used to get up early and make breakfast for my fiancé and I but I realllyyyyyyyy also like sleep, so I re-evaluated what I should be doing.

I remembered my days of meal prepping.  Back before I met John I was basically a 20 something obsessed with working out, sitting by the pool when the weather was good, and eating super healthy.  I still love those things but I was kind of crazy before and I’ve definitely have found a middle ground for myself by following IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros, more on that in another post).

So with my new eating style of actually being a normal person and eating carbs (again, based on my macros) and my dire need for sleep and meal prep, I decided to do some digging around for a cool egg recipe I could make and modify to my liking.  I found a bunch, but the one that I have on this post is officially my favorite version I have perfected.  If you’re single, freeze/refrigerate these and pop them in the microwave/oven. They’ll be delicious even heated up later and should last you for the work week. If you’re in a relationship, he/she may want two for themselves so it may only last a couple of days.  Go crazy with the veggies if you don’t like the ones I picked, I promise I won’t get offended!

I hope you enjoy it and if you try it, please leave a comment below!

Egg Casserole-Breakfast for the week!

Makes 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 13×9 pan

Olive Oil spray

1 tbsp olive oil

2 small sweet potatoes, shredded (1 large is fine, just make sure it covers the baking dish)

1 cup mushroom, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 cup spinach

1 tsp garlic salt

6 eggs

6 egg whites (liquid substitute is fine just remember 3tbsp = 1 egg)

6 strips of uncured turkey bacon (I like Plainville but you can use anything you’d like or you can choose to use chicken sausage and I like al Fresco and I would use 4 total)

¾ cup of shredded cheese of your choice (I prefer sharp)

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Spray bottom of the pan with olive oil spray to make sure it does not stick
  • After shredding the sweet potato, take a cheese cloth (if your fancy, I either use a clean dishcloth or paper towels) and squeeze out some of the water that is naturally in the sweet potato. This will help the crust cook a bit faster
  • Line the bottom of the pan with the sweet potato. This will serve as your hash brown crust to give you those good carbs your body loves!
  • Bake sweet potato for 20 minutes.
  • While sweet potato is cooking in the oven, heat up a saucepan at medium high heat.
  • Once warm, add olive oil and chopped veggies. Add garlic salt and sauté until soft. Add in chopped chicken sausage/turkey bacon and heat through (most of these are somewhat cooked and will cook more in the oven)
  • Crack eggs and add egg whites to a bowl and whisk until yolks have been broken. Add sautéed veggies to the egg mix. Mix in shredded cheese.
  • Remove the sweet potato from the oven. I add a little olive oil/cooking spray just because I’m paranoid about it sticking and being a mess. Add egg mixture to the sweet potato and place back in oven.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes based on oven. Cut into 8 squares once cooled and store for eating later or serve immediately!

What’s your favorite breakfast? Are you a fan of egg recipes or would you like to see some other breakfast recipes from The Fit Britt? Share your comments below!

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Lazy Girl Ceviche

Memorial Day is coming up and if you’re anything like me, you’re terrified of going anywhere for all of the deliciousness that may derail your otherwise perfect diet (total sarcasm here but you know what I mean). I spent a lot of years as a lacto-ovo pescatarian (a person who gives up pork, chicken, turkey, and beef but loves seafood and eggs/dairy). It was a good 6 years (2008-2014) because I learned a lot about how to properly fuel my body. I learned how to cook which sparked a passion in me that I love to share with others.

Sometimes it was hard to come up with a variety of things to eat so that I wouldn’t get bored and turn to unhealthy fast food options (I pretty much don’t eat fast food minus places like Starbucks for breakfast when I’m on the road for work).  I turned to dear old Skinnytaste every moment I got because she had an index of a ton of recipes that were friendly to my diet.

Fast forward to 2017. I now eat chicken and turkey but still haven’t touched beef or pork in almost 10 years, but sometimes I catch myself still eating like a pescatarian, especially when I am out of town for work since it’s just me eating and I don’t have to worry about my fiancé getting tired of having seafood too often. I have fallen in love with a recipe from Skinnytaste that I have adapted over time to make it more Fit Britt flavored (love me some garlic salt!).

So below is my recipe for Lazy Girl Ceviche, a dish that will satisfy others and yourself (I have made this for friends and it was  HUGE hit).  Ceviche typically takes a few hours to make and is delicious, but I always run short on time doing this thing called “adulting” (yeah I know, lame right?). This is great to bring to a cook out or just to enjoy on a lazy summer afternoon. To eat it, you can be a creep like me and eat it without chips or with cucumbers (low carb, low calorie, and serving of veggies) or with my favorite Baked Ritz Crackers (Sour cream for me please!)

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Lazy Girl  Ceviche (Modified from Skinnytaste Zesty Shrimp and Lime Salad)

Total Time: 15 minutes

1 bag of cooked (frozen or fresh) shrimp (12 or 16 ounces, your choice)

1 tomato

¼ cup of sweet white onion (about a quarter/half of a whole one)

2 limes juiced

1 avocado

½ tsp garlic salt

1 tsp olive oil

1 ½ tbsp cilantro

  1. Chop onion, juice limes, and add oil and garlic salt to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Defrost shrimp if frozen and chop into bite size pieces. Set aside
  3. Chop tomato, avocado (careful not to smash avocado when doing this!)
  4. Add shrimp to onion mixture and mix. Add tomato and cilantro and stir that bad boy up. Lastly, add the avocado and carefully mix it as to not smash the avocado
  5. Eat until you’re content!

And that’s it! It’s just that easy and is an INSTANT party pleaser! Partner it up with my skinny margarita (featured later this week) and you’ll be on your way to being the fittest party girl you’ve ever seen! Enjoy!

How do you try to stay fit during the summer holidays with all these cookouts? What are your favorite recipes?

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Are You a Health Hater?

Do you sound like Ruby from this episode of Blackish? Are you constantly questioning people’s choice in food?  When I saw this plus a couple of comments on good ol’ Facebook, I knew I wanted to write about these “health haters”.

Let’s be real. Part of being fit has nothing to do with what goes on externally as far as your physical appearance.  It also deals with what goes into your body.  I try to avoid things like processed food, ridiculous amounts of sugars (but hell, I love margaritas and brownies…balance right?) but it seems that when we start to make lifestyle changes when it comes to food, everyone’s got an opinion about what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve chosen to follow a flexible dieting plan called if it fits your macros (#iifym for short) and I love it! What I don’t love is when people try to tell me what I should and should not be eating.  I have educated myself over the past four years on how certain foods affect your body and I know what works for ME. Remember my last blog post when I shared that being fit is all about what you believe works for you, not what everyone else things.

“Oh that’s loaded with sugar alcohols, you shouldn’t have that.”

“That’s loaded with sodium, you shouldn’t drink that.”

“You really shouldn’t have that second glass of wine if you’re trying to lose weight”

“Ew, cauliflower mashed potatoes.  No thanks, I don’t think I’ll try that.”

Whose business is it what you eat and drink? Who says that isn’t a cheat meal or in your macronutrient count for the day? Now I’m not saying you should call yourself “fit” from the inside when you eat McDonald’s fried chicken sandwiches every day multiple times of day. I love things like Halo Top and other delicious items that do have sugar alcohols in them as well.  And I surprisingly have a pretty good grasp on controlling my sugar cravings when I supplement things like that in my diet.  I used a great IIFYM calculater  (I’ll post how and why I count my macros in another post…can’t spoil all the fun now!) and I account for everything I eat on MyFitnessPal, good and bad.  It’s called flexible dieting…look it up.

And why are people always hating on people who are trying to swap unhealthy foods for a healthier alternative? One big one I saw recently was someone hating on cauliflower mashed potatoes and saying they would never try it.  How do you know you won’t like it? It’s not like asking you to eat raw fish (which is delicious, thank you!), it’s asking you to make a healthier choice to have a meal that feels satisfying.  For someone who loves mashed potatoes, it may be hard to give them up for the sake of losing weight, but having something that satisfies that craving and gives you the consistency and flavor you’re looking for, why not give it a try? I notice a lot of this talk happening in the black community (I am about to get a little controversial, sorry).  I love my fellow black people, but our rate of diabetes, heart disease, and other weight related issues is always on the rise.  Many of us struggle to make the steps necessary to lose the weight and get healthy, so when you see someone trying, don’t bash their decisions to make a healthy choice, try to uplift and encourage them.  Maybe it’s hard for them to get vegetables in their diet because they just really hate the way they taste and they found that cauliflower mash is an easy way to get that food group in their diet.

It’s hard enough to take the first step, so here are some ways you can support others that are on a journey to be more healthy, and ultimately, more fit.  Be open minded, you never know what may change your life and outlook on health and fitdom…

  • Don’t knock it til you try it! You never know if you like something until you try. Try googling what I mentioned earlier—cauliflower mashed potatoes (Check out a recipe for cauliflower mash here and a few more delicious ones!). If you google cauliflower mash or look it up on Pinterest like I did, you’ll even get hundreds of positive reviews about them on various sites.  I challenge you to give it a whirl!
  • Ask the person what they like about it—people often like to share their journey when asked about it, especially if they really like what they made.  I promise you they will want to talk about their experience and you showing your support by asking is a great way to help make them feel assured and more confident about their choice
  • If you’re the one getting hated on, remember you’re doing this for YOU. I’m sure by now you’ve checked out my first post and saw that I’m all about redefining what it means to be fit.  You chose to eat the way you do now because YOU want to see change for YOURSELF (right?).  Don’t let the haters get you down because they’ll always be there.  But for every one of them, there’s ten more people that love and support you (like me!).
  • Do some research and take baby steps—I love all the recipes on skinnytaste.com. She has fantastic recipes and substitutes for many of our favorite comfort foods and you won’t even feel bad about it.  I have made probably over 50 recipes from her page (many of which I’ve added my own twist and will review here) and I have been happy with EVERY ONE OF THEM!  Don’t take my word for it—ask my friends who’ve come over for some of our parties.  Check out my first recipe I created here.
  • Do something daring. I did this back in 2008 when I decided that I was only going to eat seafood and give up all meat.  At the time I BARELY ate fish and had to force myself to get creative because I knew I couldn’t live off of shellfish (well I could but my cholesterol would probably be off the chain and I would probably be broke) and salmon.  I lasted for 6 years and I started eating turkey and chicken again about 3 years ago.  I still stay away from red meat just because 🙂
  • Last but not least, be patient! It takes a while for your taste buds to change! I remember thinking about how gross some vegetables were but now I love them.  Give things a try more than once and slowly ween things into your diet.  Going drastic may shock your body too much and cause you to develop some hatred towards certain foods.

Healthy food doesn’t only have to be boring! It only has to be if you choose not to experiment and try things.  Still afraid? I’ll make them for you and review them right here! If you click the subscribe button below you can stay up to date with all the unconventional healthy meals I make for myself, my fiancé, my friends and family!

Have you been hated on by friends of family for making healthy changes? Have you been a hater yourself? Share what your hesitations or qualms about healthy eating have been so we can better understand one another!