I've recently started following you, I really love everything on your blog and find it so helpful! I have a question about living vegetarian, I recently decided to stop eating meat but have a hard time figuring out meals/snacks to eat throughout the day. Is there any kind of meal plan you can suggest?
Hi! The first thing I want to warn you is to not fall into the “carb trap.” Try and not fill up on processed foods, baked goods, excess breads, etc. It’s very easy to do this when you are trying to fill the void left by meat and poultry.
What I’ve been eating this week generally is:
Breakfast: greek yogurt (2%), fruit, pumpkin seeds (raw), gg bran crisp bread. Tea and water around 11am.
Lunch: 2 cups of vegetable medley, chickpeas, seeds, seasoning, and whole wheat bread (julian bakery smart carb #1)
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Thank you! I’ll be looking at your blog for running tips and motivation! Sprinters and Track and Field runners are such an inspiration for me. No one has such determination and the ability to push themselves like a runner. I admire track and running athletes for their ability to willingly go out of their comfort zone.
I watched the gorgeous Olympic champion Allyson Felix run the 400m this weekend, and she inspired me to be finish strong, work hard, and achieve your goals. Watching sprinters and runners shows me that achieving your goals should push you out of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself and endure the discomfort and you will make breakthroughs.
"Working out…allows me to lead a healthy lifestyle.There’s no better feeling than knowing that you are giving 100%. You don’t put anything in you don’t get anything out. It’s always great to feel good, look good. I love how I feel in my work out clothes. I feel really strong, and I think strong is beautiful…You put in so many hard hours and dedication and having it pay off in the moment that it does, it is pretty indescribable."—Allyson Felix
i LOVE moving around streching. but is there any easy ecersise tips for the summer? i feel lazy alot i would like to excersise but i wouldnt know what to do?
If you like stretching, look into YOGA and PILATES!
Do you have access too a pool? If so, swimming is a great form for cardio exercise. Depending on your age, you may want to join summer camps that motivate everyone to move around. Or, if you are older, enroll in a junior college physical education class like I did. Usually, they have tennis or another sport and it is open to the community.
Bottomline is to think about what you ACTUALLY like doing…walking, hiking, sports…and then find a time (when it’s not too hot) to do it! I hope this helped.
I'm 13, and since summer has started, I have been drinking a lot of soda (usually regular coke) and I wanted to know a yummy but healthier substitute for it. I have had Lemon Iced Tea and really liked it, would that be better?
Hi! I have a 13 year old brother who LOVES coke and I’m trying to get him to drink something healthier as well. So far, I’ve gotten him to drink all natural pink lemonade, which has 27g of sugar instead of 65g for regular coke. However, this is still a lot of sugar…
Read the nutrition facts on the Lemon Iced Tea and see if it has about 10g of sugar per serving. You can try Tropicana Trop 50. Also, if you like the fizzy taste of soda, you can buy sparkling water and mix in Tropicana. Hope you are having a great summer! Let me know if you find an all natural juice you like (please stay away from Capri Suns and other boxed drinks).
At the Veteran’s Association Hospital (VA), I met a senior patient who “eats” entirely out of a Gastrostomy Tube (G-tube), which delivers liquid food directly to the stomach, and has no vocal cords. He’s had the G-tube since 1994…meaning he hasn’t had a bite to eat for 17 years!
This made me think about how I cannot go one day without savoring something delicious and how much I was preoccupied with food when someone can go 17 years without eating real food. He is such a brave man and I am inspired by his successful adaption to life after his major surgery of ‘94. It just goes to show that a human being can accomplish anything if it means staying alive.
Nothing says “Eat to Live, not Live to Eat” like g-tube feeding for the rest of your life.
This might seem creeper-ish but i read from an old post of yours that you were once 117lbs. How did you manage to loose the excess weight before?
I was 117lbs with a BMI of 24.5 my senior year in high school. This was due to dropping all sports and activities to work on college applications.
Gearing up for prom, I started going to the YMCA at least 5 days a week and worked out on the elliptical and joined exercise aerobics classes. In addition I picked up running again. And by prom (about 4 months), I was 109 lbs. During the summer, I joined a tennis class at a community college which was A LOT of fun and exercise. I don’t remember changing my diet very much at that point.
In college, I had to focus on my diet a lot more to get to a more ideal weight and am still working on it.
I’m not sure how much weight you’d need to lose, but this summer I highly suggest taking some classes at a local junior college or at the gym. So fun and interactive! let me know if you have any more specific questions!
Cantaloupe and avocados are so cheap right now! At least here in California, I can get a whole melon for $2 dollars. Mangoes and strawberries are in season as well. As for vegetables, do you like beets or collard greens?
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Awesome! What are some of your goals right now? As for me, I’m coming back from 3 weeks of too many graduation parties and being sick for a couple weeks. So starting to consume more wholesome meals and getting back to exercising again. I see you are an engineering major so you must be pretty busy and all-nighters to finish projects may be a norm…let me know if you want to discuss ideas on living healthy or weight loss.