ELLYKA'S MENTOR PROFILE
My Low Calorie Corner
Why I want to be mentor in this category:
As a person who has struggled with being overweight my whole life, I feel like the success I've had with weight loss and a healthy lifestyle over the last few years can help others.
What inspires me in this category:
Fresh, clean food makes you look good but most importantly, it makes you feel good.
About 4 years back, I decided I needed a lifestyle change. I focused on portion control, lean proteins, good fats & carbs and have maintained a 60+ lb. weight loss due to my (now automatic) healthy habits.
Biggest Lesson Learned:
Healthy food can be extremely tasty, filling, and make you feel great. A lot of people don't eat poorly so much as they eat too much in general. Portion control is a huge factor in nutrition. Everything in moderation.
Books, classes, teachers that have helped me:
Reading nutrition labels is the biggest thing. Also, learning about eating clean (and using Body for Life as a bit of a resource) has helped tremendously.
Education, Awards, Pro Experience:
I have a "light" tag on my blog with lots of great, healthy recipes: http://ellysaysopa.vox.com
- Don't buy into the "don't eat after 7:00" rule. As long as you are within your calories for the day, it's fine. In fact, it's encouraged so you aren't going 12 hours without food, which is not good for you.
- Eat the right portion. Yes, the first time you eat 2 or 3 oz. of pasta, you may feel like it's a kiddie portion. But bulk it up with a lean protein like chicken or shrimp, veggies and a light sauce and you'll be surprised at how much it fills you up.
- Carbs are not the devil! Focus on good, complex carbs - whole wheat breads and pastas, barley, quinoa, brown rice, oats, fruits.
My Greek Corner