Hello again, my loves! I apologize for the brief hiatus. Sometimes, life just gets the better of me!
But we are back in business this week, with a fabulous interview with one of my ride-or-die chicas – Cat Booher!
Her and I were on separate but parallel clean eating tracks and we didn’t even realize it at first. Once we did though, we were each others cheerleaders to stay on track (but indulge every so often – at least, I do! hahaha). It’s helped me lose close to 20lbs since last fall, and Cat has lost 25!
First, let’s let ya’ll get as well-acquainted with Cat as I am 🙂
What is your favorite book?
The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
What is your favorite movie?
Despicable Me 1&2
[further proof why we are friends – I can LITERALLY quote Legally Blonde word for word. And The Blindside is just epic]
Favorite guilty pleasure (food-wise)?
Flavored popcorns, especially Chicago Mix
Favorite place to vacation?
Pacific Northwest or Europe
What is your favorite song on rotation on your ipod right now?
Fight Song, it’s awesome to do elliptical sprints
[Also obsessed with this song right now. It’s my ringtone!]
Who is your hero?
My big brother, Eric
Where do you fall in the birth order?
First, last, and only—I get to cover all the bases because I’m adopted
What are three memories from your life that you always share?
How my dog, Buddi, followed my mom home on a walk 13 years ago
How half my genes come from an 2-time Olympic medalist, but that doesn’t mean getting in shape is easy for me
How my grandma taught me how to cook and bake
What is your favorite quote?
Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.
Well behaved women seldom make history
Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday
Would you call yourself a feminist?
I’m more about equal rights for everyone, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or ethnicity—we are all people and I believe we all have a purpose
[That IS a feminist – but her and I can talk more about that later 😛 ]
So now that we’re all on Cat’s level, let’s find out some of her best tips to help you eat clean too!
If you only had one minute to tell someone of your tips to eat clean, what would you say?
Stay on the perimeter of the store to stock up on foods—fruits,veggies, fresh meats. Always choose wheat breads or sprouted grain breads. And aim to cook dinner for yourself and take the leftovers to work. Food is fuel, not a crutch!
Eat foods like you love yourself and eat as many colors found in nature as possible. You’ve seen the produce section at the store? Make it your best friend.
[I loved this quote so much, I made it a tweetable link below!]
[bctt tweet=”Eat foods like you love yourself. The produce section at the store? Make it your bff. #cleaneating”]
How would you describe your job in the length of a Tweet?
Goal digging, people helping, badass, financial gaining, life changer… AKA Coach
[Goal digging! I am now officially obsessed with that phrase. You see why I love her so much?]
What inspired you to eat clean in the first place?
I was overweight and miserable… I would go to the gym and I wouldn’t see the weight coming off…
Why? Because 80% of weight loss happens in the kitchen. I needed help and I needed accountability. I didn’t realize at the time that I needed Shakeology, but I was willing to try. I didn’t gain a single pound between Thanksgiving and New Years.
I’ve lost 25 pounds and working on the last 25.
It’s a really moving experience to know you’ve put in the work and had people support you along the way.
What is a typical daily menu like for you? (breakfast, lunch dinner)
Every day, I eat
– 4 servings of veggies
– 3 servings of fruit
– 3 servings of starches
– 4 servings of protein
– 1 serving of a healthy fat
and 1 serving of dressings/seeds
So, my menu changes every day—there are tons of tasty meals to eat every day, so I try not to limit myself.
I eat 4-5 meals every day, aiming for each meal to average around 300 calories.
I know, I totally sound like I’m starving myself, but I’ve never been so full on a regular basis and losing weight.
Why should someone bother to eat clean? What are the benefits?
Your body is meant to run at an optimum level. If you drive a car that requires high-test gas, you can’t put in regular, or you’ll clog the engine.
Your body is meant to run on quality foods and fueling your body with the cheap and quick option will only clog your body. Like you car, you won’t work properly.
Challenging yourself to eat clean for a week seems like a daunting task, but doing it for that week and sticking with it—my friends and clients have told me how amazing they are feeling, they have more energy during the day, sleeping better at night, and the feel and look better in their clothes.
Not to mention, if you have a rather large bucket list of things to do with your life before you die, don’t cut it short by taking short cuts with your food. You can work out for 30-45 minutes every day and lose weight—you just have to eat right and eat like you love yourself
What are some easy ways to incorporate clean eating into everyday life?
Here’s a 4 step plan to do that:
- (1) Pick something that you do multiple times a week: going to Starbucks, going through a drive thru, looking at a microwave meal in the grocery store—eradicate the cheap and quick option
- (2) Challenge yourself to 1 week
- (3) Swap the quick option with the healthy option
- (4) Find some recipes on Pinterest that interest you and prep them over the weekend
EVEN EASIER: contact me, and I’ll coach you through it. I will not allow you to fail if clean eating is truly something you want!
If someone wanted to really delve into eating clean, what should they do?
Try my clean eating challenge group! It’s 6 days long, you try Shakeology for those 6 days and all your meals are planned for you. You get a grocery list and the meal plans released to you day by day. It requires you to really plan your days, cook food to change your relationship with food, and getting in the habit of taking food to work and eating every 2-3 hours.
You also get coaching and accountability throughout the entire process, my clients have my number, so if they don’t want to check in via the private Facebook group, I’m available via phone throughout the day
What’s your favorite clean eating recipe?
[I turned these into downloadable recipe cards so you can print them out and take them with you!]
I hope you all have enjoyed Cat’s clean eating tips!
Now, on to the giveaway! Check out the Rafflecopter below on how you can win six Shakeology samples from Cat and get a kickstart on your clean eating goals.
Until next time, my loves!