Category Archives: Healthy Eating

Over-thinking

As many of you know, the past several weeks were difficult for me. My energy levels were low and I had my first gain in several months. After a lot of thought, reflection, and prayer, I have realized something. I was thinking waaaaaay too much. Yes, we need to be mindful of what we eat. Yes, we need to make sure we have enough protein, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. However, I think the problem was that I was thinking about it so much and trying to make everything so perfect, I was completely negating what I was trying to accomplish. The goal here is a lifestyle change. It is overall health and well-being. If I am driving myself crazy about every little thing I am doing, it defeats the purpose. I started thinking about what was so successful the last seven months, and what had changed. I used to try my best to eat well and exercise. That was good enough. A few weeks ago, I let old self creep back in a little. Not to the point that I wanted to quit, but I was making this much more stressful than it should be. No more! In the last two weeks, I am back to trying my best and allowing rest days without feeling guilty. I feel better, my weight is coming off again, and I am back to working out regularly.

The next time I feel myself over-thinking, I am going to re-read this and take my own advice. Thank you for taking another trip inside my brain and hanging in there with me! I have some exciting posts with healthy eating tips coming up!

Let’s go to the movies!

Happy Friday everyone! One of my favorite things about going to the movies has always been a big, buttery bucket of popcorn. The more butter, the better. Today, for the first time, my mom and I did not get a bucket of popcorn! We brought our own healthy snacks! It was kind of fun trying to choose what to bring. We chose Chicago Mix popcorn (semi-healthy anyway), apple slices, and Annie’s organic fruit snacks (in lieu of candy). I know they ask you not to bring your own snacks, but they don’t really give you any healthy choices. Popcorn with butter popped in oil, hot dogs, nachos, candy, soft pretzels, and pizza. Those are the options! Maybe one day, they will start offering something healthy. We can hope! What are the snacks you eat at the movies?

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Pickles!

Hello everyone! Just wanted to share a quick tip for a low-point snack idea. I am really loving pickles right now. A lot of people just eat them on a sandwich, but they are a really good snack. You can choose dill pickles if you want something salty, or bread and butter pickles if you want something sweet/sour. You can eat them alone, with cheese or lunchmeat, or on a salad. Just make sure you are careful of the ingredients and any hidden sugar or sodium.

I have recently discovered these:

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They are locally made, which brings me to another point. Whole Foods has a lot of local brands, which you should really check out. Sometimes they are a little more expensive, sometimes not. You can discover a lot of great new things and support local businesses!

I hope everyone is having a great week! I am feeling better…still working out the changes to my diet. I’ll get there! It is a process!

Let me know if you have any low-point snack suggestions!

Everyone’s got one…

One of my best friends and my worst enemies in this whole process has been the Internet. Everyone’s got an opinion. Eat more carbs! Don’t eat so many carbs! More protein! Less protein! Make sure you get enough fiber! It gets a little overwhelming at times. The whole thing is a process, figuring out what works for you. What makes you feel the best, makes your body run the best, makes you your best you. This is a struggle I have been going through lately, and it’s all trial and error. I am still figuring it out, changing my diet again. Don’t worry, I am still on Weight Watchers and the plan still works. I am still losing weight consistently. I am just not feeling at the top of my game energy-wise. This is about carbs/protein/fiber, and how to get enough, but not too much. In the interest of transparency, I just wanted to share this with all of you. Have you experienced the same things on your weight-loss journey? What is working for you?

Pizza for dinner!

Tonight we had a delicious homemade pizza, created by my brilliant mom! It is 5 points per slice (or you can add another point if you drizzle it with homemade ranch). I will post that recipe below as well!

Boboli 100% Whole Wheat Crust
1 package Laughing Cow Light Swiss
13 oz. package of Rosie Organic Free Range Chicken Breast Strips
Your choice of veggies (We used zucchini, mushrooms, and onions)
1/3 cup Mexican Blend Shredded Cheese (You can leave this off to save a point)
Your choice of seasoning (We used dill, garlic, and herb & cheese blend)

Cook the vegetables a little, just to get some of the water out, and drain. Spread Laughing Cow cheese on crust. Top with chicken, veggies, and seasoning. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

We drizzled this homemade ranch on top. It is adapted from an Ellie Krieger recipe.

Ingredients
1/3 cup nonfat Greek style yogurt
1/3 cup lowfat buttermilk
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
Salt

Directions
In a medium bowl, combine the Greek-style yogurt and the rest of the ingredients. Add salt, to taste. (This is the recipe as written. I use dill, salt, and garlic without the chives).

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I hope you enjoy this pizza! Don’t be afraid to get creative! Let me know if you make one with different ingredients.

What to eat…what not to eat…

You may have noticed I’ve been a little MIA for the last couple of weeks. I went on a trip, on which I lost over 3 pounds (more on that in a future blog), came back sick, and then was beyond exhausted. Basically, I got really discouraged and frustrated by the fact that I had no energy. Because I had no energy, I didn’t work out, and because I didn’t work out, I had no energy! All of this lead me to have absolutely no motivation to write, because I didn’t feel like I had anything worthwhile to say. What I should have done instead was be honest with all of you. I am human, and I don’t have to be positive and encouraging all of the time to help others. By sharing all of our experiences, good and bad, maybe someone out there will relate and see that it is okay to have a bad day (or week), and it is okay if we aren’t saying “Woohoo! Let’s go to the gym!” every day. When this happens, we need to look at what we’ve been doing (or not doing) and reevaluate things to see if we can improve. So, that is what I am doing…lying on my bed, half-asleep, eating kale chips and string cheese, and figuring out what I can do to make things better. More protein? Less protein? More carbs? Less carbs? Definitely more sleep! Trial and error…that’s all it is. If you research and/or ask for advice, you’ll get a million different opinions. You just have to sift through it, give something a try, and figure out what works best for you.

God has gotten me this far, so I just have to keep praying, keep pushing, and keep being honest with myself, and with you. If you are still reading this rambling, I hope it is some help to you. Now i am off to get some rest, so that I can hopefully get myself to the gym tomorrow! Thank you for reading, and please feel free to share your own experiences in the comments if you’d like!

Make it work!

So the other day, I was at a fan event at Disneyland. I had less than an hour to get lunch and get back. I hurried to a bakery that had sandwiches and salads to try and find something low in Weight Watchers points. I got a Chicken Caesar salad because it had a decent sized chicken breast on it, thinking I would get different dressing for it. I asked for Balsamic vinegarette, since that was the best they had. I figured I could just dip my fork in it, using only half of it. I removed the croutons and cheese, then ate the chicken breast plain. I tried the dressing and it tasted like it was pure oil. This would not work, and it didn’t even taste good. My lunch break was ticking away, so I began looking around trying to think of something else to put on my salad. There was a bottle of mustard on the table. “That would be kind of weird,” I thought. I looked at the time. It was my only option, because I had no time to go to another restaurant just for dressing. “Well, I put mustard on a sandwich or a burger, and those have lettuce. Why not?” I squirted some mustard on the side and dipped a piece of lettuce in it. Not bad! I squirted mustard all over my salad and ate most of it. It was a healthy lunch, full of protein and veggies…and only three points! This is one example of making it work with limited food options. Try it! It’s not as weird as you think.

Quick, yummy, low-points dessert!

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week! I just got back from a trip, and I am working on a blog post about sticking to your health and fitness plan while traveling. For now, I wanted to share a dessert idea. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a sweet tooth. Sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming when it hits, and in the past, I didn’t know how to make the right choices. A lot of people will tell you that fruit will satisfy it, but I think you and I know that isn’t always the case! Here is a quick and easy dessert that is very low in points, and satisfies my sweet tooth!

1/4 cup Fat Free Sugar Free Jello pudding, prepared with 2% milk
1 tbsp. Lite (or fat free) Cool Whip
1 reduced fat graham cracker (meaning 1 sheet with the 4 little squares)
Fresh strawberries
3 Weight Watchers Points, as prepared here

I hope you enjoy this dessert! Please let me know if you have any other dessert ideas!

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