Hello! what types (steel cut, rolled oats, or quick cooking) and brands of oatmeal do you recommend?
Hi! The brand doesn’t matter, but the type does. I like rolled old-fashioned oats because they are quick, yet give a thicker consistency than the quick/instant type. Taste wise, I like steel cut oats for the chewy texture. Steel cut oats take longer to make though. I eat oatmeal everyday =]
Okay, so I’m against dried fruits and bars because I believe fresh grapes rules over raisins and bananas beat any complex protein bar…BUT if you musttt indulge over this crazy commercialized holiday, these are some fun ideas!
Dried Apricots (they are orange!! therefore festive)
Instead of a big bag from candy from Costco, get a box of Kashi Go Lean Bars for a chocolate treat. It is better than a Snickers…
Apples PARTIALLY dipped in Peanut Butter or Caramel and decorated.
Typical recipe includes:
1 package (3.5 servings) of Popcorn (Orville SmartPop)
1 Tbsp sweetener
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbs Earth Balance spread or Butter
Hope this helps! I plan on just eating my regular supply of European dark chocolates, shunning the cheap commoner candy, and not pushing unhealthy foods towards others. We gotta practice what we preach! If you’re trying to eat healthier, why encourage others to eat junk food by giving out trans-fat laden candy? And do not try and eat vicariously through other people…I’m tired of my deprived friends pushing Sprinkles cupcakes, lattes, and cake at me because they won’t eat it. Does this happen to anyone else? (or maybe I’m just imagining things…)
Recently I feel like I'm perpetually pregnant with a 2nd trimester food baby ALLL THE TIME. I have a problem in which I can't stop eating! I don't stop when I'm full, I just keep eating until it gets physically uncomfortable for me. Needless to say, my waistline has taken a hit. Do you any advice on my chronic binging problem? :/
Hi, I’m going to do a creative post about binge-eating/overeating soon, but I just wanted to reply to you in case I can help you ASAP!
I see that you are an engineering major. Are you stressed about school? Stressed about post college things? Procrastinating? For me, I used to consume food until I felt sick because I didn’t want to start doing my work…That only increased my stress and my weight. Direct ways to address your work/school related stress is well…start studying! Honestly, just GO FOR IT. Tell yourself, that whatever food you want to eat, it will be there once you’re done with this problem set or project. so relax =) Also, you can’t focus if you’re snacking…
I don’t think you have a chronic binge eating problem…If you find yourself eating a lot at night, you need to plan to have things to do after dinner. I.E, “I have 1 hr to make and eat dinner, then I have to go and do A, B, and C.”
If you just enjoy the feeling of being full, and not into the whole 80% “full” thingy, then fill up A LOT on water, carbonated water, low calorie vegetables like spaghetti squash and butternut squash.
What helps me eat healthy and avoid binge-eating is to limit my added sugar intake. I try and not eat sweets unless I feel really light headed. For example, eating fruits (even if it’s a lot) doesn’t make most people give up on eating healthy for the rest of the day. However, having a doughnut or slice of cake in the middle of the day makes people feel like the whole day’s lost and they binge because “it doesn’t matter anymore, I already screwed up.”
Hmm anything else I can think of…Plain tasting foods also doesn’t promote binge-eating…ie think plain oatmeal, plain yogurt, milk, etc. (These are all things I love!)
Also, I remember you started running…I had this crazy appetite problem when I first started running long distances. I was hungry 24/7! It takes some time to get used to the mileage and exercise. But some advice to keep your food in take in control…log your food daily and log your exercise calories burned at the end of the day. Do this for a couple weeks at least to practice portion control and meal-planning. That way you will keep on a stricter budget and be able to save some more calories for dinner.
Okay hope something here clicks for you! You can do it, just take one meal at a time and try not to procrastinate. Think about the positive side about whatever you have to do. Be excited to tackle new challenges!
I am not exactly sure even as to how I ran across your blog, but it is truly inspirational! I'm guessing you are a dietitian, and if not, you should be! Also,I have a question for you,I am a healthy weight and I "look" healthy. But I most certainly have allowed my eating habits slip and practically live off of chinese take out, etc. Is there an inexpensive way to go about living a healthier lifestyle and fit in work outs into my schedule and eating healthy on a budget? I need advice! Thanks!
Hi Dani! Thank you for reading my blog! :D I’m glad you find my ideas helpful. yay! I’m not a dietitian, but I’m applying to medical school right now, so I’ll definitely be in the health field and promoting wellness throughout my career. Anyhoooo, now about you!
Do you only have to feed yourself? Because then it’s really easy to eat healthy on a budget! For starters..
Lunch: Limit buying lunch to only 2 days of the week. This will save enough money to buy a whole week’s worth of food!
Snacks: Fruits and Vegetables that are easy to pack, buy nuts from bulk foods
Dinner: Dried beans are the ultimate power food (high in fiber, high in protein, low in fat, and flavorful). Also, chicken breast is relatively inexpensive.
At least these are the things I do…I only take about 20 minutes to prepare weeknight dinners. In a week, I think I spend about 50 dollars on food. Is this a lot??? My biggest expensive is GREEK YOGURT! Friggin A!! (healthy girl problems…)
Making time to work-out
Start small: Aim to work out 30 minutes on 2 weekdays, and both days on Saturdays and Sundays.
Fit exercise into your daily tasks: aka walk to work/class
Take a 10 minute walk before and after lunch.
Not so sure what your schedule is like…so these are pretty general tips. Basically, schedule 30-40 minutes into your day for having fun exercising!
I exercise 6 days a week, bike to work/school, walk to grocery stores/mall, and take a walk if I’ve been sitting for an hour or longer.
Personal Advice: Eating healthier on a budget and exercising is going to take time, so be prepared! It’s sooo worth the effort now, and for later on. I’m happy you are at a healthy weight, but eating better (and definitely getting away from Chinese Take-out) will help your skin, your bodily functions, and give you a sense of pride. Aim to eat out for less than half the days of the week, and make-over one meal at a time until you find what works for you. You can do it!
I love your blog. Thanks so much! (I read an older post about how you had obsessed about your weight before and are now just trying to find a balance/be happy/healthy.... I can definitely relate). It's so refreshing to have a healthy & active blog :)
Hi! Thank you for reading. Nowadays I’m blogging for so much more than to help myself reach my own goals, but to connect people and create a community of those wanting to be their unique, best self.
I WAS SO OBSESSIVE. I don’t even know why…I look at old pictures of myself and cringe at my collarbones. I think before, I just didn’t have enough to be proud of. Also, I realized that when I was actively trying to lose weight, I wasn’t focused on the quality of my calories and did not learn good habits. I was eating Lean Cuisines, deli meats, frozen foods, chewy bars, and candy in small amounts. All processed foods! I thought I was healthy because I knew the calorie counts of things. Now, I feel like I’m making much more progress and actually changing my habits by limiting my sugar intake and caring about getting nutrients good for your skin and brain!
I challenge you to look in the mirror, and think of something you are proud of yourself for achieving. You are someone who…
Earns good grades
Works a part-time/full-time job while studying
Treats others with respect
Volunteers your time to improve your community
Reads a lot of books
Knowledgeable about current events
Plays an instrument
Passionate about an activity
Has many friends and loved ones
Doesn’t give into pessimism
Represents their culture and family heritage
There are so many things about yourself to be proud of other than your weight. Losing weight/Reaching your “UGW” can be a great accomplishment. But look in the mirror and see someone who has made a difference in their community. Your weight affects you…but your actions help others.