Warning: This is a continued post on Kayla Itsines’ HELP Guide and my eating habits, so if you didn’t read this post, this post here probably won’t make that much sense.
So back to this discussion. I just bought Kayla Itsine’s HELP Guide. HELP stands for Healthy Eating Lifestyle Plan. Kayla made this guide so that her clients (us) could have a plan for eating healthy. This is not a quick fix to lose weight. This is not a restrictive diet- it is anything but that! This guide encourages the consumption of foods that nourish your body. These foods will help you and your body to function correctly. This guide doesn’t focus on counting calories, counting macros or micros, and most importantly, it is customizable to your needs. This is for people who are underweight, overweight, or at a healthy weight, and it no matter where you stand with food, this guide focuses on changing your outlook on food.
In my last post that links with this “to be continued” post, I discussed my past eating habits that seem to always take over my attempts at healthy eating. I have been trying really hard to follow this guide because I know that once I get the hang of it, I will feel so much better.
For the jist of this guide, I am not going to give anything away as I think that you should purchase this guide yourself, but I am going to tell you my thoughts on it.
When I first read it all the way through, the plan for eating every day didn’t seem so tough. Kayla focuses on each food group and she thinks that it is important to include all of the food groups: grains, vegetables, dairy, lean protein, healthy fats, and fruit. She has a recommended serving size for every day.
What surprised me most was the fact that the serving of grains per day is a lot. For me, because I just tried out eating paleo, I had not eaten grains for a couple of months- I honestly didn’t even know what classified as a grain. I thought that Wheat Thins, white bread, and other unhealthy foods classified as grains. After reading the guide, I realized that grains were not what I thought they were. The grains that we are supposed to eat are those that contain Whole Wheat. Because the guide recommends eating a lot of grains, I had to, and still have to figure out what grains I can incorporate into every meal.
The grains that I have found are:
100% Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Oatmeal (Rolled Oats)
Brown Rice Rice Cakes
I am still experimenting with more grains, but so far, these are the ones that I like to eat.
On the first day of eating grains, I could not believe how much food I was supposed to eat. Eating 6 servings of grains each day is a lot, especially because I was so used to eating no grains every day. Grains are important because they include many minerals and nutrients that are vital for our bodies, and according to USDA MyPlate, grains can even help with weight management! This is really eye opening because so many magazines and fads are focused on no carb diets or no grain diets, similar to Paleo, and now I am kicking myself for depriving myself of these wonderful grains.
Another hard thing about the guide for me is how often I am supposed to eat. Kayla recommends eating every couple of hours to keep your metabolism running at a high speed, and to make sure that you don’t get too hungry and binge eat. I am still struggling with eating 5-6 small meals a day because I have never eaten like this before. I am trying to just stick it out until it becomes a habit. Abbie, from Corporate Sneakers has really helped me in my transition, and she has been following the Kayla Itsines HELP guide for a long time now, and she attributes her rockin bod to Kayla’s guides. She is so inspirational and motivational! Please go read her blog, it’s awesome and helpful.
Because I am still struggling with how often I eat, sometimes, I am not hungry for my next meal but I eat in anyways. Abbie says that she had this same problem when starting the guide, but it was because her metabolism was so low due to her lifestyle of how she ate prior to following the HELP guide. Now, she is hungry for each meal, and her metabolism has grown faster- how awesome!
I know that things take time, so I am just trying to stick it out and stay with the program.
Another thing that is different for me is the servings of fruit. The serving size for each day is way lower than I would have guessed. It is kind of hard to get used to, but I am slowly adjusting.
The amount of vegetables to eat in a day is respectable, and the same goes with the dairy. I am happy that the dairy serving is low because if I eat too much dairy, my stomach can hurt. So far, though, I have been doing great with no stomach aches (yay!). For dairy, I have found a new liking to Greek Yogurt. I am eating the Chobani greek yogurt with fruit at the bottom because as of right now, I don’t think that I can handle the taste of the plain greek yogurt. As I said, I am a picky eater, but hey, I tried Greek Yogurt, so I’ve gotten somewhere. Another thing about being a picky eater is that I don’t like cheese. This may be kind of weird for most people because so many people love cheese, but for me, I’m not too fond of the taste. I have actually been eating two containers of greek yogurt every day for my dairy filling, but I am trying to figure out something else for my daily intake.
I’m sorry that this is so long again! One last thing! The servings for healthy fats (olive oil, avocado) is two servings, and I used to think that eating one full avocado was perfectly fine! These healthy fats are high in calories, which isn’t a big deal, but one serving size of avocado is 1/8 of it, so I had definitely been eating too many healthy fats! I have been trying to scale it down, but don’t try to stop me from eating as much guacamole as I want when I go to Chipotle!
Overall, I think that once I get adjusted to this guide, I will really see the difference in changing my eating habits! I am very glad that I bought this HELP guide, and I really do recommend it! Although it is hard to figure out your meals every day, it is possible, and there will be trial and error, trust me. I will keep y’all updated on my eating and if you want, I can post my meals- just give me some feedback! Tell me what you want!
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