Balancing My Meals Using the 85/15 Rule

In 2010, I was pregnant with twins, a girl and boy. This was my first pregnancy and all I wanted was to deliver healthy babies. I was nervous the babies and I wouldn’t gain enough weight so I started eating more calorically dense foods. The babies were delivered at a healthy weight and I was 59.5 pounds heavier. Yikes. I gained a little more than I wanted.

Luckily, I was able to get the weight off. When the babies were 6 months old, I had lost all of my pregnancy weight and an additional 10 pounds. My twins are now 16 months old and I am 15 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. I was able to lose the weight by a combination of balancing my food intake, working out and breastfeeding.

There are several aspects that go into balancing my meals, but the main one is to eat 85/15 on most days. This means 85% of my meals for the day are healthy and 15% are more indulgences. Some days my intake might be 80/20 and other days 90/10.

85% looks like:

-Slow cooked oatmeal mixed with cinnamon and banana with a vanilla protein drink.

- An ounce of raw almonds and two handfuls of raw carrots.

-Romaine and spinach salad with diced hardboiled egg and a greek yogurt.

- Low fat string cheese and an apple.

-Lean turkey burger on whole grain bread, grilled zucchini and small spinach salad.

Carrots Almonds

15% looks like:

-Two chocolate covered pretzels with my morning coffee.

-Full fat cheese on my burger.

-Small bowl of vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate sauce.

Choco Pretzel Coffee(I ate the other pretzel.)

I never feel like I’m on a diet when I eat by this rule. I do not feel bad if I have a piece of chocolate or a slice of cheese. On days when I eat more 80/20 meals, I will usually follow with a day or two of 90/10 meals. Eating by this rule helped me lose my pregnancy weight without feeling deprived. However, if you are eating a balanced diet and have hit a plateau in your weight loss, you might need to have more 90/10 days.

Everything in life requires a balance of some sort. Finding strategies to balance it all will lead to a happier and healthier you.

Do you have any rules or strategies balancing your food intake?

-I have several strategies I use to balance my meals, but the 85/15 is the main one.

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