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Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle: The Most Delicious Part

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Hi, everyone. My name is Maggie and I am a food snob. There, I said it. I definitely consider myself a foodie. I’m not the kind of person who will settle for any old meal and be happy. Oh, no. I need the top of the line. My fiancé always makes jokes about my expensive taste and how he can’t afford to be with me. And probably 85% of the time, we’re talking about food when he says it. I’m a grade-A, certified food snob.

A typical New Year’s Resolution weight loss tale

Ok so now that honesty hour is out of the way, let’s skip to weight loss (I know, it seems random, but stick with me). One year ago, as 2015 was coming to a close and 2016 was barreling down on me like a freight train, I realized that I was super unhappy with myself and the weight I had let myself get to. I had been eating absolutely horribly and not doing much in the way of exercise. So, like every other New Year’s Resolution maker, I set a goal of losing weight in the New Year. Now here’s the truly groundbreaking part: I actually followed through! I went at the pace of an extremely old, extremely frail turtle… but I did it! By May, I had lost 20 pounds by cleaning up my diet and trying to be a little more active.

girl showing weight loss from healthy lifestyle It might not be obvious here, but there is a 20-pound difference between these pictures.

Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows how difficult it is. The reason I was going at the pace of an old frail turtle was because I’m such a foodie. I just couldn’t bear giving up dinners out with friends, Chinese food (my favorite), Fettuccine Alfredo, ice cream, or any other number of delicious goodies. I just like food too darn much and diet food isn’t always stellar. One way or another, though, I did eventually lose the weight.

Maintaining weight loss

The part that people don’t talk about, though, is maintaining the weight loss. Holy cow! This is probably the hardest part! It has been 5 months since I shed 20 pounds and since then, I have continued to fight to keep the weight off. Granted, I don’t have to work nearly as hard at maintaining as I did at losing but it’s still a battle for this foodie. I don’t want to compromise on taste in order to keep my weight off.

The most delicious way to maintain

freezer meal good for a healthy lifestyle Recently, I was introduced to SMARTMADE ™ by SmartOnes (R) meals. Let’s start with some facts before we get down to business. First of all, SMARTMADE meals made with real ingredients you can actually pronounce. I tried the Spicy Peanut Chicken & Broccoli and the first ingredient is… *drumroll*… vegetable blend. Yeah, seriously. Followed by “sauce” which is made of exotic and scientifically concocted ingredients like “water” and “peanut butter.”

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There is seriously not a single ingredient on the list that I can’t pronounce or that I have never heard of. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! I’ve always found that especially with diet meals, ingredients are random and sometimes even a little scary because they’re trying to make it taste good by adding low- or no-cal flavors. Oh, that’s the other bonus about SMARTMADE meals: no artificial flavors or preservatives! SMARTMADE also makes it super easy to make good choices when it comes to your food. My peanut chicken was made with real grilled white meat chicken and swapped brown rice for white rice as a smart alternative. Other dishes include couscous instead of white rice or whole-wheat pasta.

No, seriously, it’s delicious

But here’s the best part of all. IT. IS. DELICIOUS. I mentioned earlier that Chinese food is some of my favorite food. Eating this SMARTMADE meal was seriously like eating a Chinese takeout without the Chow Mein thirst that hits later (I know you know what I’m talking about). It was so good! I was trying to snap some pictures of it before digging in and the smell was seriously making my mouth water. The pictures couldn’t get taken fast enough and then I tore into it. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a meal so fast in my life. After the first bite, I couldn’t stop myself and I was genuinely sad when it was gone! I contemplated licking the bowl as well. So did my dog. dog peeking over empty bowl working on healthy lifestyle To me, that’s the awesome part about these SMARTMADE meals. They’re not just any old diet food or the usual bland microwave meals. These are top of the line meals made with top of the line ingredients. I found mine at Walmart and they had a big selection of meals – white wine chicken and couscous is next on my list! SMARTMADE really did make me feel like I wasn’t on a diet at all. It felt like an indulgent treat that I wasn’t supposed to be eating but in reality, it’s actually super awesome! This self-proclaimed food snob has fallen head over heels in love with SMARTMADE and I encourage you to give it a shot and fall in love too! meal in bowl working on healthy lifestyle

What SMARTMADE meal are you most excited to try?!

 

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