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"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Processed food really is junk. It often tastes great but lacks the nutritional content that our bodies need. With my working too much recently, we have not made it out to restock on fresh fruits, veggies and healthier foods. I'm not eating all junk, but much more than usual. I would still occasionally eat processed foods of some sort, even after changing how I eat months ago. It never really affected me because it was rare. (Who can resist a couple BAKED Mrs. T's pierogis with a huge pile of steamed veggies? Not me!!)

I haven't had as much time to devote to meal planning and cooking as usual. I am leaning heavily on whatever is quick and convenient to make right now. I have been so shocked at how quickly after eating those foods I feel hungry again. Starving, standing in front of the fridge every half hour, thinking how many calories do I have left today... I'm just lucky that I've never been a huge fast food takeout eater or I would be in TROUBLE!!

I am still staying on course and making healthy choices based on what we have around. But this has really opened my eyes to how these processed foods make me FEEL - like the junk that they are. While eating healthier foods, I would often reach my lowest calorie range and not want to eat anymore. Eating healthy does make you feel FULL and for LONGER.

I'm going to make steel cut oats or quinoa in the crockpot overnight to try and start off the morning better than I have been. I have my lean proteins in the fridge to thaw and I am hoping to make something that lasts more than one day. A grocery run tomorrow is an absolute must! I need all the energy I can get to help myself over this pile of work I have. Processed foods are not getting me anywhere....

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MARVEEME 4/11/2011 11:43PM

    Think PROTEIN if you're having hunger pangs that often. I lean heavily on turkey breast and pistachios for good solid fillers. One good healthy peanut butter and banana sandwich on honey whole wheat bread will fill you for a good long time too. I love to cook once and eat multiple meals, so I cook a whole turkey breast, slice it up, and freeze some of the slices so I can defrost as I need it.

Hope these ideas SPARK others!

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Family First!!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

My husband and I are the kind of people who love kids, yet have NO desire to have kids of our own. Most people don't understand how we feel that way, but we do. We enjoy every minute with our seven nieces and nephews. (ages range from 7 months to 17 years old.) We spend a lot of time babysitting these days. It is hard work! I watched my niece Lily yesterday for seven hours or so. She is such a joy!! Yesterday was no exception. (Thankfully her teeth coming in were not bothering her too bad yesterday. She is NOT a joy on rare occasions, lol.)

I love being an Aunt - best Aunt EVER!! lol

I have been working too much and have a huge backlog of work, but certainly can't turn down by brother and sister-in-law when they need me to babysit. FAMILY FIRST! Especially when my SIL has been having serious health issues that they are trying to figure out. (Luckily they have ruled out brain tumors, stroke and a long list of other major conditions) But they have been spending lots of time with doctors getting tests.... yesterday was a spinal tap. Please say a prayer for them. (Eric and Erin)

Now I have to get back to work! I must work an insane amount this weekend to catch up. Vacation coming up - I can't wait to get some time off!!! :)

Hope you all have an awesome weekend!!


Calories & Nutrients Over Time

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I usually got to the end of my day and see that I haven't met my carb of fiber goals for the day and eat one gala apple and it fixes everything. :)

Today I splurged a bit on a carb-heavy dinner and went a tiny bit over my daily recommendation. I just thought it was funny, as I'm not usually a 'carby' eater. I certainly love carbs, but the healthier foods I am eating now just tend to be lower in carbs. I still admit to eating white bread, white rice and flour tortillas, but I make sure i am eating smaller portions and not eating them all in one day... until today. I tried a new recipe for spinach and chickpea curry. I made enough that I will have leftovers for our meatless dinner tomorrow. It was pretty good - I served it on 1/2 cup of rice with one piece of garlic naan (the most wonderful bread in the world!) Eek. Should have eaten a half piece on naan when my brain started to warn me. lol

It spurred me to look over my nutrients over time reports and I figured I'd post them. If you've never done this it's under MY TRACKING > REPORTS.

Overall I'm still doing well. I'm getting better at getting fiber in and reducing sodium. I can't believe that there is sodium in EVERYTHING. I rarely add salt to the food I cook. There are some days that I have no clue how I've gone over my sodium. Still learning.

My naan splurge hasn't made me feel more secure about weighing in tomorrow, but it was a worthy splurge since I'm always super-low in my carb range.

Hope everyone has an awesome Friday. I'll be babysitting my 7 month old teething niece (instead of working like I should be, but family first!) Need to get ear plugs...

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MARVEEME 4/8/2011 8:01AM

    Nice work! The numbers are guidelines, not commandments. You're doing a great job, and learning important lessons that you put into action toward your success in reaching your intended goal.

The most important and rewarding aspect is "family first"!


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BEACH_BOUND120 4/7/2011 10:27PM

    Hey you are doing awesome!!! you are right in the middle with everything that is pretty good. just an FYI potassium works with sodium to balance out your body so if you find that you are on the high end on your sodium start tracking you potassium and try to keep it on the higher end so they can balance each other out. read up on it there are a lot of good articles about it but here is one to get you started:



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BIGSLINK 4/7/2011 9:49PM

    After posting this blog, I realized that I had a post-workout snack logged in that I hadn't actually eaten yet. I swapped it out for a lower carb snack and voila! I an in my range. (at the top) Fixed!

And if you look closely, when I started tracking my fiber, I was averaging single digits... I knew it was probably low, but never imagined single digits!!

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Mentally preparing myself for disappointment

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The last two weeks have been pretty rough - working until the wee hours of the morning, not getting nearly enough sleep and skipping a lot of workouts. I've come to terms that something had to give and that has unfortunately been exercise recently. I'm so proud of my progress to date and hate to take a step back at this point, but I'm already working until 2-3 in the morning most nights. This is pretty typical for my line of work as a freelance designer - it ebbs and flows - sometimes working a lot and other times like a free vacation due to a lack of work.

I have still kept on track with what I eat every day and done really well with drinking water. (Those two things go fairly naturally for me now unless I am outside of my controlled environment.) I try to stay on the lower end of my ranges due to lack of exercise and sleep. I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for a weigh-in tomorrow. I realize I may not have lost any weight the past two weeks... but what if I have gained?!?! Mathematically I should have at least maintained my weight. A nagging, 'what if...' is in my brain now though.

It always seems that I can go strong with my weight-loss efforts for three months, then my motivation fizzles out. FOR THE FIRST TIME my motivation is totally there - I have the SPARK! But I have taken on a bit too much at once and am burning my candle at both ends so to speak. I can't wait to catch up with life and get myself back on track. I miss Jillian Michaels kicking my butt every night and how fabulous I feel after a workout.

Praying for the light at the end of this tunnel.

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    Oh, I am right there with you, working 2 jobs! I have to be very creative to get my workouts done, if they're going to happen, and they're really hard to track! emoticonHang in there! We can do it! emoticon emoticon

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I LOVE Fruit!!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I have come across multiple instances recently where a person refuses to eat ANY fruit because all fruit is BAD for you. I understand a lot of fruit is high in sugar and can affect your glycemic index in cases of having diabetes or pre-diabetes. But refusing to eat ANY fruit is unfathomable to me. Fruit is what gets me through the day when I need a quick snack, am craving something sweet or need to increase my fiber intake. Yikes!

In a timely fashion, I received this article in an e-mail newsletter today:

It breaks down the nutritional benefits and concerns for certain common fruits.

Why the trend to go to the extreme of outlawing an entire food group these days?!?! No meat, no eggs, no carbs, no FRUIT? This is one thing I LOVE about SparkPeople the most. They teach you to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet (If you are willing to listen), not eat too much of one food group or another, make better choices, feel good about food - it is nourishment for your mind, body and soul. My belly is happier than ever about what I feed it and my body is showing it. I've started wearing size 10 pants that I haven't worn in a long time. (down from 12/14 in three months) All from eating lots of good foods. I'm rarely hungry between meals, and if I am crave healthy snacks.

I just get worked up about all of the fad and extreme diets people torment themselves with! I truly feel for them. It saddens me to see friends lose weight and gain it back repeatedly. I know that it is up to a person to change their lifestyle on their own and commit to it 100%. I don't mean to sound judgmental, but talking to a person who thinks eating almost nothing a day is good for them, it upsets me.

I wish I could help all of the poor *hungry souls*... If you are one of them, please remember to feed your mind, body and soul. Your body will thank you, and so will I! I don't need to be a health expert to know that starvation is NOT good for you.

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BEACH_BOUND120 4/6/2011 8:31PM

    I emoticon fruit too, I could not get through this journey with out it either. I can't imagine who would say such a thing about fruits.... yes they are high in sugar BUT HELLO they are the natural sugar is not like the kind pour in coffee or the kind you use to make pastry.

I say ignore them. but if you want to watch your calories figure out the best fruits that will work for you. All fruits are high in carbs but good carbs and some higher in calories than others. i find that grapes are way to high in calories especially since i can eat a lot of them. I try to eat a lot of strawberries they are a lot lower in calories. cantaloupe are low in calories as well, and watermelon are my favorite they are high in sugar but hey have a lot of water in them and they can really clean you out.

keep eating your fruits girl that's the kinda of sugar you need. portion is the key like anything else you would eat.


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LAINYC 4/6/2011 5:43PM

    emoticonI love fruit too.

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17FERGIE 4/6/2011 5:19PM

    I agree! I love fruit as well. I can't stand how so many diets say to cut out everything from fruit to meat, dairy, carbs...and what does that leave us with? Basically just eat veggies! Raw! jk... Well, enjoy your fruit! I know I will :)

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