When it comes to your diet, it can be easy to fall off track. The last thing you want to do is become discouraged. It can be difficult when spending time with family and friends. With all the hotdogs, hamburgers, frozen treats, and so much more, it’s a surprise we aren’t all 500lbs. I mean friends and food go hand in hand after all, right? It happens to everyone, its best to regroup on your dieting and slowly but surely get it back on track. Read on and find some helpful tips to get your dieting back on track!

Healthy Eating

Fresh Starts on Your Dieting Adventure

I always say you can’t just hop right back onto your diet and go “all out.” Meaning you can’t go from eating an unhealthy diet and then the next day you are strictly eating a clean diet. You need to start off slow and go from there. It’s best to start by adding one healthy meal to your daily diet. What I did is started with breakfast. Cooked it every day until it was a part of my daily routine. I then moved to lunch, then to dinner, then finally to adding my healthy shake. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your diet.

Keep Track of Your Progress

It can become difficult to stay aware of your eating habits and calorie intake when you aren’t really tracking your progress. When you track your food and activity you make yourself aware of your good and bad habits, making you more responsible for your actions. There are tons of tracking apps out there. Find one that suites your needs and roll with it!

Planning is Key

Planning is so important when it comes to your meals. It is best to plan your meals a few days to a week in advance. This will give you the opportunity to stock up on all those healthy goodies. When you stock up, you want to think about the snacks you wants to get and what your meals are going to consist of. Make sure you prepare a thorough shopping list so you aren’t going back to the grocery store because you forgot something. Some go-to snack include:

  • Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Whole Grain Crackers
  • Hummus
  • Fruit and Vegetables

With these helpful tips you will be back on track in no time. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your diet. Start off slow so you don’t become discouraged and go from there.

If you ever have any questions about dieting or gym routines, we here at Elev8 Performance can help! With our years of experience, we know we can help. Whether you need diet advice, private training, semi-private training, or group classes, we have got you covered now and into the future! When you thrive, so do we!

~Bonus Recipe~

Chicken, Chickpea, and Roasted Vegetable Salad



2 medium bulbs fennel, cored and cut into 8 wedges, lengthwise

1 cup Brussels sprouts, roots trimmed, halved

4 medium carrots, peeled and cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons olive oil

Pinch of kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

1 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast

¼ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon raw, unsalted sunflower seeds

¼ cup basil leaves, torn

Drizzle of balsamic vinegar


Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cut fennel, Brussels sprouts, carrots, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Toss together to coat the vegetables. Spread the vegetables out over the parchment-lined baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, take the sheet tray out and move the vegetables around so that there's room in a corner of the sheet tray for the chicken breast.

Place the chicken breast in the corner and put the sheet tray back in the oven.

Continue to cook until the vegetables are roasted and the chicken is cooked through (a thermometer inserted in the center of the breast should read 165°F), about 20 minutes more.

For more helpful recipes, check out our blog on Quick and Healthy Recipes!

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