Losing weight means one thing is fact: it’s time to start a diet… right?

This thought is common to a lot of people when they consider losing weight, diet = weight loss, and yeah it’s 100% true, but what does DIET really mean?

Head on over to wiki, and you get this in the first line of the definition:

“The use of specific intake of nutrition for health or weight-management reasons (with the two often being related).”

But the conception that diet = weight loss is usually accompanied by other thoughts:

Calorie restriction & counting points,

cutting carbs & limiting fat,

following trends & fad diets,

and  monitoring, obsessing & limiting.

This isn’t our style.

What the heck got lost in translation from ‘health + weight management being related’ to where we are today? We definitely stopped focusing on the word ‘nutrition’ and started obsessing about weight loss and being perfectly skinny, but actually, here’s what reality looks like:

Not everyone is perfectly skinny. As a matter of fact most of us aren’t! Thicker frames are AWESOME and every body is different. Some of us work hard to get thin, and others work hard for a juicy booty. We all have insecurities, and weight loss and health should never be measured by numbers, but rather by how we feel physically and mentally.

Even we’ve had to work hard to get to our happy places from a health perspective, you can check out our stories to learn more about our battles here: Jenni’s Diary of a Party Girl And Mirna’s 5 Lessons I’ve Learned.

Both of us have been through a lot to be thin and stay thin, but it never worked. Cravings for sugar and carbs were always there, and we always fell out of our diet patterns and turned to binge eating. Our weight fluctuated, we were bloated, were always hungry for crappy food, and always obsessed about the way we looked.

It hasn’t been easy, and a harsh truth to be told, you simply can’t expect it to. But, if you focus on it and really search for what you want with your health and weight loss goals you can find balance and happiness with your body. You don’t need to cut out foods or restrict calories to lose weight, you just have to be the master of your choices and learn balance.

Here are 7 ways that you can eat what you want (and more of it) and still feel happy and healthy:



A friend of ours was recently on the Master Cleanse, and if you don’t know anything about it, it’s basically 14 days of water, lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Yes, you drink a spicy lemonade for 14 days and DONT EAT ANY FOOD! Whatt??! If you visit their site, they make great health claims; a cleansed liver, extreme weight loss, re-setting the body… and they have some pretty fancy packaging to reel you in!

But what actually happens on this ‘cleanse’?

You lose weight over those 10 days, but at the cost of what? The human body was meant to eat, people! You cannot just stop eating for 14 days! No way, no how. You will be angry, starving, irritable, maybe have headaches… and then when it’s over you are so darn hungry you reach for anything and everything ending up in a carb frenzy, which usually results in more weight back on than initially lost.

This is just one example of an extreme diet, and other diet trends fall into this category as well (there are so many), but just because a diet worked for someone you know, it doesn’t mean it will work for you. So, why not try a method that lasts for life?

Here’s what we recommend: Start observing how foods make you feel – energized, lean, tired or bloated. When you realize which foods make you feel less than awesome, you will not want eat them again anyways. *Hint: most processed foods would fall in this category.



Macronutrients are your carbohydrates, fats, and protein, and they are needed for your body to thrive and survive. The way you get an adequate amount of all of them is eating whole foods as close to their natural state as possible!

A whole food diet will help you combat cravings, lose weight without thinking too much about it, and allow you to fall in love with your so called ‘diet’, because it’s not a diet anymore, it’s just the way you live.

Here’s what we recommend: Try to stick to well rounded, whole food based macros. Here is an amazing list of the healthiest macros to start adding to your diet today, Top 15 Healthy Carb, Protein & Fat Rich Foods.



Hello sugar babe! We want you to go to your cupboards and read some of your labels: yogurts, granola bars, nut milks, soups, salad dressings & sauces, unfortunately, most of these items will have some kind of sugar in them. Whether it’s a high fructose corn syrup, or a more natural sugar like cane or honey, bottom line is sugar is sugar and it definitely adds up.

Even if you are ingredient conscious, being careful of the amount of sugar, whether natural or not becomes important for weight loss and overall health. Excess processed sugar (and even natural sugars) not only contribute to many health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cholesterol and heart disease, but if unused it gets stored as fat by the body.

Here’s what we recommend: Avoid sugar in pre-packaged foods and make your own sweet treats using more natural based sweeteners. Make sure your sweet snacks have plenty of protein and fiber to balance those blood sugars out.



You love brownies, pizza, pasta or french fries, that’s ok many of us do. You’d be surprised at how amazing healthier versions of those foods taste. Instead of a regular sugar packed, white flour brownie why not try a sweet potato brownie made with raw cacao, sweet potatoes, dates, almonds and brown rice flour? Don’t believe us, check out these Reese Peanut Butter copy cats here.

Here’s what we recommend: Going back to the second point, keep your food as close to it’s natural state as possible, try to cook your favourite meals, and do some healthy swapping. Cut back on processed and pre-packaged foods, and be mindful of your sugar consumption.



Ever notice when you eat white bread or cereal for breakfast (simple sugars), and then lunch comes along you feel the need for a sandwich, pasta, muffin, or anything else that is high in carbs? That’s most likely your blood sugars acting all loopy.

We say protein/ fiber, but it’s also important to make sure what’s on your plate is a balanced meal, containing plenty of whole foods, rich in nutrients. It’s a very simple equation actually, consider:

  • MORE veggies & whole grains
  • MORE plant based protein
  • LESS animal products including dairy
  • LESS sugar
  • And aim for foods as close to their natural state as possible
  • A whole food diet is always the best diet

Here’s what we recommend: Protein + fiber for breakfast, healthy snacks high in protein throughout the day, and a balanced meal at night. Here is a list of 21 High Protein Vegan Snacks to Crush Your Munchies.



Your body is made up of about 65% water. Water is needed for all your organs and processes including digestion, healthy bowels and healthy skin. In addition, staying hydrated increases satiety, weight loss and your metabolism. And water is not the only way to hydrate, you can have herbal tea, soups and veggies – all contribute to your water intake.

Looking for new ways to stay hydrated that isn’t boring old water? Check out our Tea Guide for Weight Loss.



Check out what you are eating in the day, and start applying some of the tips above to your lifestyle. To get you on the right track, here is a 1-Day Weight loss kick-starter meal plan, with plenty of delicious food, and even some chocolate.


Breakfast: Brownie batter overnight oats

Lunch: Sweet Potato Taco Bowl

Snack: Roasted Chili Garlic Chickpeas

Dinner: Veggie & Goat Cheese Loaded Flatbread with salad

Dessert: 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

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