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November 17, 2017 / Christina Bognet

Christina's Pre-Year Resolution: Day 7

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If you’ve been following along, I’m now 6 days into my healthy eating challenge and I’ll be honest … it’s taking all my willpower not to buy the dark chocolate peanut butter cups at Trader Joe's and eat the entire 99 cent bag (what a steal) while watching outtakes from The Office (if you’ve never done this, I highly recommend it -- the Office part, not the candy part).

To make it tougher, yesterday was my birthday and I felt like I was deserving of *all* the treats so not only did I not weigh myself but I also consumed at least 5x the sugar I usually do.

So what do you do when your mind is telling you all the wrong things?

I talked with Darya Rose, the creator of the popular food blog Summer Tomato. She’s also a PhD in neuroscience, so I wanted to ask for her healthiest eating tips at the grocery store and in restaurants.

My favorite line: “I refuse to be miserable.” Should probably apply this to more in life than just junk food ;)

I’ve found packing lunches to be one of the most effective weight loss strategies out there -- because getting takeout for lunch means it’s really hard not to consume at least 700 calories. It’s a restaurant’s job to make food taste good not to help you lose weight. But that's why my favorite "healthy" salad from the cafe down the street is probably contributing to weight gain.

Here's what's in it:

Romaine lettuce 60 cal
3/4 cup Chickpeas 200 cal
1/2 avocado 120 cal
Chicken breast 230 cal
Too many olives 50 cal
Olive oil vinaigrette 200 cal

= 860 calories

Holy crap. Honestly, before I calculated that out, I had no idea it would be that high. Calories are *not* everything but they're not meaningless either, and that's a lot for a lunch. The salads I make are smaller, not drenched in oil, and still keep me full. (Plus, they're half the price.)

Here's one I made this week:

Christina's Favorite 5 Ingredient Salad from platejoy on Vimeo.

(You can make a salad out of anything, by the way. Nuts, seeds, chickpeas, hummus, cheese, etc. Since I’m excluding sugar, I avoid fancy dressings (which are often sweetened with honey) and dried fruit.)

Founder/CEO, PlateJoy

P.S. Just a reminder that annual plans are 50% off this week so you can start your own Pre-Years Resolution! Use code PREYEAR + select the annual plan.

Christina Bognet
CEO & Founder @ PlateJoy

PlateJoy Health was founded in 2012 by Christina Bognet, an MIT neuroscience graduate who successfully lost 50 lbs by modifying her diet, with the goal of making healthy eating easier and more sustainable through personalization technology.

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