It's FAT Tuesday…Eat up!

It's Mardi Gras, AKA Fat Tuesday and this is traditionally a day of being excused to eat anything you want.  So enjoy the gluttony of Fat Tuesday before you have to fast for Lent.

Well, you go ahead and toss those beads, dance at those Mardi Gras balls and eat good fats on Fat Tuesday to get healthy.

Good fats are actually healthy for you, delicious tasting, made by nature for you,  satiating and fill you up!  A King Cake can't do that.

Whether it's Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday or any other day, It's not about eating less, it's about eating better.  That is our Family for Health motto EAT.MOVE.LIVE better.  Do this and you can eat plenty.

Your diet needs to be plentiful not restrictive.  You have tried restrictive diets and you know they do not work.  And guess what, IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.  When you have a restrictive diet, you always want what you can't have? It's human nature.

Restrictive diets = cheating and binging

When you restrict your diet, you will binge on what you told yourself you can't have and you will probably gain more weight than you will lose on your restrictive diet.

It's not about eating less, it's about eating better.

A Plentiful Diet

Look at this example of a PLENTIFUL diet that can work for you.  Check out what you could eat on Fat Tuesday and lose weight!

You can eat as much of this as you want.  We suggest filling half of your plate or more with veggies.  Here are some examples of your all you can eat veggie buffet.  The image above shows our Mardi Gras Farmers Market take-home veggies.

Family for Health voted and crowned this year's Mardi Gras king and queen as King of Carnival “Butternut Squash” and Queen of Carnival “Kale”!

Roll call at the Ball:

  • Butternut squash (HUGE more than my 5 lb kitchen scale could read
  • Kale x2
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Asparagus
  • cabbage x2
  • carrots
  • purple carrots
  • swiss card
  • cauliflower
  • sweet potatoes 4
  • yams 4
  • celery
  • beets
  • lettuce
  • radishes
  • avocados 10
  • strawberries 4 packs * save this for your all your can eat dessert

After you have half of your plate or more filled with veggies, have an organic protein (preferred pasture raised chicken, grass fed beef, or wild caught fish) that is cooked in a good healthy fat.  This Fat Tuesday “plate of plenty” will be delicious, decadent, filling, satiating, healing and balancing for you to feel better and lose weight.

Now, dessert time has come and you have eaten a plate of plenty so you will be full!  But, if you do want something, feast on those fresh and decadent strawberries or even have a chocolate dipped strawberry or just a piece of dark chocolate that you are going to eat and savor every little bite and crumble to enjoy and feel full after you eat that dessert, just as suggested in the Girl Scout Cookie article.

Here is another example of how you can go out to eat in a non-restrictive, plate of plenty, manner for any celebration.

This hearty, flavorful, good fat filled meal will surprisingly fill you up that you won't even miss the King Cake and it will give you tons of energy to dance and toss beads if you chose to.

What are your favorite foods for your Plate of Plenty? 

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Elaine De Santos

Wife & Mommy | Transformational Nutrition Coach | Lifestyle Entrepreneur at Family For Health
I am a wife who loves falling in love with her husband over and over again! I am a stay-at-home mommy to a sweet girl with a big heart and an energetic boy with a zest for life.

I’m addicted to cooking real foods and shopping locally at Farmer’s Markets.I am a health revolutionary who is writing this blog with a desire to “pay it forward in health”.This desire stems from love and my pursuit to make a difference in people’s health and wellbeing”.

I am a certified Transformational Nutrition Coach that helps women discover their healthy lifestyle that finally works so that they can transform into the healthy sexy and confident woman they want, and are meant to be.

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