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I cannot seem to get enough fruit and veggies lately. They are fresh and colorful, I’ve been eating cataloupe like candy lately. And that’s a good thing. A cup of cantaloupe is around 60-70 calories. It’s a yummy thing to fill up on, and it’s packed with vitamins! Since I’ve been incorportating more of these items into my diet (and less complex carbs) – I have felt more energetic, less “heavy” (more “light” – i.e., less weighed down), and seen healthier changes in other aspects of my life.

Incorportating these fruits and veggies have been relatively easy for me. It was just a matter of having them in my house. They are so easy to grab now that I have a variety of fruits and vegetables around my house. And every week I have something new and different (there is so much variety!). It makes packing a lunch a breeze, and the tastes are vibrant and fresh.

Just cutting up an apple for a side dish with dinner, grabbing a bagged salad for a fast pairing, throwing copped up peppers and corn into beans for zesty burritos, throwing sweet peas into a fresh potato soup, or roasting veggies to add to pasta. The possibilities are truly endless!

I have also been enjoying (and pushing myself to) drinking more water. It’s not always easy, sometimes I just want flavor. So I throw a slice of lemon, cucumber, or even melon. It’s refreshing, and I’ve noticed how much smoother my body functions when it’s well hydrated. I still enjoy my coffee and tea, but nothing hydrates the body like water. By making it a priority, I’ve made my health a priority.

Start your love affair with fruits and veggies (and water) today! I guarantee you’ll thank yourself for it (and your body will too)!

Tips for Eating More Fruits and Veggies, just click here.

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Just by incorporating fruit and veggies in my diet, I am FEELing much better (more energetic, less sluggish). One of the things I have been dealing with inregard to emotional eating is carb withdrawl. I still get PLENTY of carbs, but the amount I was eating was a lot. I get these crazy cravings, but if I don’t have access to those sweet, sugary carbs all the time – I eat a more balanced diet. I pack a lunch with the tips below, to ensure that I reach for the healthy snack (and how to avoid those pesky office treats that pop up!).

Healthy Lunch Packing Tips!
1) Don’t always reach for the pre-packaged snacks and goodies – they are often overly processed and not-so-great for you.You can pack those tasty treats, but not for your whole lunch. (For example, in my lunch today – I totally packed a Quaker Chocolate Chip Chewy Bar).
2) Make sure you have lots of fruit and veggies on hand at home. It’s so easy to grab a banana, rinse an apples, snatch some baby carrots, and soon enough – you have half of your days snacks packed.
3) Brings some tea to work and store it in your desk. If the boredom “hunger” hits, make yourself a cup of green, oolong, or calming tea – it’s actually works and it’s good for you!
4) Pack a satisfying lunch – I ususally pack at PB&J – and I look forward to it everyday! Don’t pack a salad if you don’t want one – pack something filing and delicous.
5) Pack “mini”-meals. Eat when you are hungry and fill your stomach with fresh foods and tasty homemade goodies. Be aware when you are hungry vs. boredom.
6) Load up at the store on healthy “to go” snacks, like yogurt you can toss into your lunch. Make snacks at home to throw in as well – like I made individually wrapped scones for breakfast and made salt-and-vinegar chick peas for a snack as well.

Avoiding Office Treats:
1) If your willpower is low, navigate around so that you aren’t around the treats very long. Grab your coffee and go!
2) Think to yourself: “Do I really, really want this cookie, cake, treat?” OR could you save it for something later in the day, or that dessert at the fancy restaurant you are going to later that week? Chances are, that store bought cookie and CostCo muffin, probably isn’t the dessert you want to splurge on this week.
3) If it’s homemade cheese cake with huckleberry sauce – cut yourself a small piece and DIG IN! If it’s a worthwhile treat, something every now and then won’t kill you.
4) Be aware of your boredom eating habits, and emotional eating. Taking just nibble could turn into 3 cookies if you’re not careful.
5) Weigh your options and make a smart, healthy choice! It’s your body and think about the fuel you are putting into it. 🙂

Try incorporating some of these tips and see if helps you!! It certainly helped me. 😀 And always be sure to throw some exercise in there as well.

Last night was full of delicious food and lots of little noshes. I finished off work with a giant pear and an Oatmeal Raisin Quaker Chewy Bar. I then met my sweetie at the food store for the 12 hour produce sale! We got lots of goodies – bananas, onions, potatoes, apples, cantaloupe, peppers, butter, tofu, yogurts, frozen tater tots, frozen peppers, plus other munchies for under $20!! It was fabulous and now my fridge and counter are stocked with fresh veggies and fruits, and lots of healthy ingredients here and there. Love that feeling! Money Saving Tip: go online once a week and read the circulars from your local food stores, you can get some STELLAR deals for healthy items that normal might be a little pricey!

Last night I made Mac and Cheese, which I had with a huge side salad drizzled with balsamic! Mmm! I forgot to snap pictures, which I really need to be more diligent about, it’s good to see what I am putting into my body. We then went on a short, but speedy walk. I then made some homemade Salt & Vinegar Chick Peas – holy yummy! I think I will top my salad with these tonight. I felt rushed last night because we had to make it to a concert last night, so my exercise wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. And then I found myself noshing when I got home, with a big cup of camomille tea. I am heading to the gym today for a nice, long workout! And boy, am I looking forward to it. Tonight’s dinner will be a big salad, with some cheese, basalmic, chick peas, grated carrot, and who knows what other goodies I will throw in there! 🙂

This morning started out with Overnight Oats (HUGE scoop of PB, I LOVE that stuff)  like yesterday, except I got a picture before I dug in! I am so happy it’s Friday and I am enjoying my coconut coffee as well. My goal is trying to drink 2 nalgenes of water before 3:30 today (That would be 64 oz of water). I need to get more water in my system! I am working on incorporating more healthy habits into my life. I’ve read that it takes 30 days to form a habit. Here are some habits I would love to form:
1) Drink more water.
2) Eat more whole grains, less refined products.
3) Keep active (do something active every day).
4) Continue to cook more homemade.
5) Keep workouts fun!

Slowly but surely, my body has felt so much better eating the way I have and exercise. I think it’s been worth it so far! 😉

Coffee creamer is my vice! I am addicted to it. I look forward to my cup of joe with a splash of creamy, processed deliciousness. I am in love with coconut flavored anything. There is a limited edition Almond Joy flavor hanging out on the shelves now; and my trusty standby, coconut cream, is always available. Taking a look at the side of the bottle though is slightly cringeworthy. Because for me, a little does not go a long way. A one tablespoon service can have as much at 3 grams of fat (60% being saturated) and 30 to 35 calories. One tablespoon on top of the other can really add up. I usually add almond milk and then a tablespoon or two of the creamer to make my coffee “watered” (or “milked”) down to not put as many calories in my coffee. I just am trying to decide if my morning “treat” is really worth it, or if there is another alternative to my delicious coconut coffee cravings. I love it. But maybe it needs to be a “treat”, only a few times a week with other options in between. Sugar Free flavoring? Black? Plain old vanilla soy/almond milk? Maybe these coffee should be reserved for weekends and on Wednesdays. This habit will be hard to kick, so I need to muse on this one a little longer.

Boredom eating. Serious stuff. At work is when it hits me the worst. I eat because I am bored. And when I am not even hungry. When I am not enjoying something, I like to eat. Because I love eating. I love good food, I love tasting things. I just love it! The key I noticed to this is actually recording, and watching what I eat. If I am hungry, I should eat something. If I am eating and not hungry, I am wasting those calories in my “calorie bank”. Which means I won’t be able to enjoy that cookie later after dinner. This comes back to emotional eating. Boredom eating is actually a form of emotional eating. For me, the challenge has been how to tell if I am actually hungry or if I think I am hungry. I don’t like to get to the point where I am famished and my stomach is growling with hunger pains. This is just helping me get in touch with my body a little better and I am beginning to understand more of it’s little quirks.

For more information on emotiomal eating, visit WebMD here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/emotional-eating

These are things I have been doing in order to eat better and enjoy my food more. I present, Healthier Me Tips:
1) Keep lots of produce in the house. Whether it’s fruit or veggies. I’m morel ikely to make a smoothie, or grab a piece of fruit on the go instead of a high calorie granola bar or cookie from the counter. Packing my lunches for work are also a lot healthier.
2) Eat slower.  I actually take time to chew my food, and enjoy the taste. Before I would scraf some down and then some more. Now, by taking my time – I enjoy the taste and then I am more likely to stop when my  body has had enough. Before I would just eat until I felt full, but when I listen to my body, I was TOO full.
3) Portion Size. Portion out food. You don’t need to eat out of the bag or container. You can always go back for more, but it eliminated mindless eating.

Lunch and snacks for today have been spread out, but delicious none the less. I had another cup of coffee with my vice, more Almond Joy creamer. A meeting at work today provided a spread of CostCo Muffins (diet buster supreme!), rugelah, OJ, and fruit. I decided to eat my lunch before hand, and sip my coffee throughout. Instant waist saver. 🙂

Midmorning with my coffee, I had a few bites of apple sauce. I realized I wasn’t super hungry so I didn’t finish off the apple sauce. Soon it was time for the meeting and my tummy was grumbly. I ate my PB&J on SmartWheat bread. And then finished off the apple sauce. Off to the meeting I went, full and drinking my TASTY coffee. Right now I am snacking on some delicious carrots, and I am going to satisfy my sweet tooth with 3 honey sesame crunches. MMM! Overall todays been a good day. Tonight on the menu for dinner is homemade mac and cheese, and exercise will be a simpler off day. A walk with the soon-to-be-hubby as we have a concert he is conducting tonight. Time to finish the day strong!! Gym tomorrow, picking up produce at the store tonight, meeting at bank, and switching my overpriced cable package over. Busy afternoon!

So I know I took a break from blogging. But I am back, and living my life a whole different way. For lent I had to decided workout every day, or be active in some way. And I have started to incorporate more veggies, and fruit in my life. I realized that I am a HUGE emotional eater. I use it for comfort, celebration, and about every other mood I might be feeling.

Growing up, I had sweets around all the time. We, as a family, overate. And it’s a nasty habit I have taken with my into the beginning part of adulthood. I have realized this and am taking the steps to make sure I do not continue this bothersome habit. I have never “struggled” with weight, I just carry around a few extra pounds that I know my body doesn’t need to survive.

So something I was giving to Jesus for lent has helped me start the life change that I always wanted. I am eating healthier foods, counting most of my calories to see where I am at, and exercising (and pushing myself! Instead of just going through the motions). I’ve realized how unhealthy our lifestyles can be here in America. We eat, and don’t move – everyday. I want to break the mold and be healthy. I want to feel energized and strong. Feed my body with good stuff, but allow myself to indulge as well.

After much research, I’ve discovered it’s a pretty simple equation. Exercise and portion control to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My upcoming nuptials are less than 4 months away and I want to be toned and feeling good about how much clothes fit and how I look.

I found I am constantly surrounded by women who are on “diets”, complaining that they are fat, and yet they don’t do anything about it. I am trying to change that frame of mind where if you are unhappy about something – change it! And we all have the tools to be healthy…and happy.

Enough of my rambling! Started my day off right with some Overnight Oats with PB (my daily addiction). No day is complete for me without peanut butter.

Overnight Oats with Flaxseed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup vanilla Almond milk
1/8 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1.5 tbsp peanut butter

Put first 4 ingredients in tuperware overnight. In the morning, scoop a big scoop o’ peanut butter right on top and enjoy! I dug into mine because I was craving it so bad this morning! I had it with an Almond Joy Almond Milk french roast coffee. Usually the Overnight Oats look like this (this one complete with chocolate chips – optional):

I seem to suck at tracking my food intake so far. My days are so busy and full of meetings, and work, and after work meetings and life in general gets in my way. But this who getting into shape thing is really really important to me. Lately I have been busy and tired. So I feel like I just keep making excuses for myself. It’s easy to not exercise when I am tired. It’s easy not to eat 100% right when I am feeling burnt out and grab what is easiest. But is this helping me reach my goal? No. Is it good for my health in general? No.

Today after work, I am heading the store. To pick up some needed items as well as to get a bunch of fresh vegetables and fruits. If I have that stuff in the house. I eat it. But when I don’t. I reach for the chips or pretzels or carb loaded snack item. Tonight when I go the store, I am picking up the vegetables and fruits – I want to get carrots, celery, apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, etc. etc. etc. I am doing myself a disservice – and I don’t feel as good as I did when I was exercise 4 to 5 times a week, eating veggies and fruit everyday. I am just in a rut. Time to get that fixed.

I have also be super dyhrdated too. I drank over 2 Nalgenes and I wake up with a horrible feel in my stomach. I have NOT been taking care of myself . IT’s been work and go, go, go, for 2 weeks now. Time to get back on track. Not a good formula for the content life.

7:00AM: Cup of coffee with coconut creamer and overnight oats with chocolate peanutella.
9:30AM: Second cup of coffee with three vanilla creamer cups.
10:34AM: Hunger strikes. Eating a banana. Drinking more water.

Yesterday. I kinda failed at most things. Ha! I worked so hard yesterday and I had a killer headache. So I failed at tracking my meals, at being super productive, and at exercise. I mostly just went through coupons and crashed on the couch. My head was pounding when I got to bed around 9ish.

I woke up this morning, and my head is still a little poundy and I felt SO dehydrated. Why can I not get enough water in me??

This morning I drank water while I got ready for the day, and then had my usual cup o’ coffee. I am not drinking my water and a cup of green tea. I had my lunch. Which consisted of leftover pizza with pesto sauce, and a chocolate mint square. It was an early lunch, but my body needed the food. Lately, I feel like I can’t get enough to eat, I’ve felt weaker, and just plain RUN down. I am thinking I need to recoup from travel and then non-stop work weeks. This weekend is my time to recoup – it is my birthday and then we are going to the Bridal Expo here in town. Then I am taking Sunday to just SIT, and probably hit the gym. I need to get back into that habit…and I also want to incorporate more FRESH fruit and vegetables in my diet. When I am at the store, I want to spend at least 50% of the time I do in the produce section.

This got me thinking? How does tiredness and exhaustion play a part in the content life? To some, probably not at all. BUT, if I wasn’t so tired I wouldn’t take the time to just sit. Which I have been doing. Also, I don’t worry as much as I usually would…because I am frankly too tired to worry. Some times things come into my mind, but they just kind of come and go. I think it helps unwind people when things are go, go, GO! I am getting through today, have a meeting from 5:30 to 7pm tonight. And then I am going to sit. Recoup. And exercise tomorrow.

Nothing like coming into work with a passive aggressive co-worker. Oh well. The day is still young.

Last night, I was exhausted. I did not get very much done. We got a new dryer though! We walked around Home Depot and found a stellar deal which had a 10% discount off of it – with free delivery, install, and haul away. How could we go wrong? It’s super nice and exciting – we should have it in several days (they had to order it) – but it’s one more thing crossed off the list and this bad boy should last us a while!

So I have been horrible at tracking my dinner (meaning, not taking pictures or really doing anything at all). Last night’s dinner consisted of Digornio pizza spread with some homemade pesto! I dipped my pizza in Saracha, of course! I had three pieces and I was set for the rest of the night. I did not exercise last night, after looking at dryers and then getting settled back in at home (i.e., straigtening up). We heated up a pizza and then I crashed on the couch. I NEED to start exercise again. I am going to do a DVD tonight, most likely 30 Day Shred or Power Yoga. Once the weekend hits (it’s my bday!), I am going to start hitting the gym again too. My bathing suits are hanging out at UPS. Need to get those too. Today has started off busy but I really need to work out, I am starting to feel “doughy” and “jiggly”. Not a good feeling. I think I may have gotten close to my water goal but didn’t quite make it. Trying again today. Drinking two Nalgenes today! And….go!

Breakfast today cosisted of a palmful of nuts and my standard coconut coffee. But then I got hungry (obviously) like an hour later. So I had my applesauce – which filled me up! I just finished my coffee so I am on my way to rinse my mug and filled it up with some hot Organic Green Tea. I used to drink a lot of tea, and I have been slacking lately. It was so good for me and I would drink that instead of snacking mindlessly. Plus the antioxidants in the tea are great for me. I need to drink more water though – that just needs to be done.

Just getting out of college and starting my first “real” job. I love finding tips for being frugal and saving every little bit I can!
Money Saving Tip: check money saving blogs and request for all the free samples you want! You’d never guess it, but it saves a ton. You get coupons usually with the free samples, and the samples last for about a week or more depending on the size. Also, they are great travel size items that you don’t have to pay for! Great for flying or that road trip you need to take.

Lunch came early today- I ate at about 11 am. I had a PB&J on homemade honey wheat bread (made by my sweetie’s grandmother!). I also had a palmful of dry roasted Starbuck’s cashews (that were super expensive! Almost $2.00 for a small bag). I think I am going to have a little bit more in just a tiny bit once the hungries comeback. I am still drinking water, slowly but surely. I finished most of my second coffee but the exhaustion is setting in. I am frustrated with all the work I have to do and so here are some tips for getting through the work day, ’cause let’s face it – we aren’t all cut out for a desk job. Sometimes I feel downright lethargic, and worn out (from sitting!). Here some things I do to make the day go a little better when I am ancy and tired.

Desk Ridden Tips:
1) Take a deep breath, when things are not “fun” – think about something fun upcoming in your future that you are looking forward to.
2) Get up and move! Jog up the stairs (if you have them) or take a walk around the building. The fresh air will wake you up and give you that extra jolt caffeine can’t/won’t give you.
3) Listening to music. I wrote a report in college about how music can help with productivity and calm people down. Listen to your favorite tunes!
4) Chat with a co-worker – it’s good to talk about “reality” sometimes outside of “work, work, work” chat.
5) Drink water – it helps you feel…fresh! When you’re feeling sluggish, chug some water. Always keep a (full) water bottle on your desk.
6) Dealing with a cranky co-worker? (I do quite a bit!) Try to look at things from their perspective (maybe they’ve got something hard going on in their personal life? Or they are feeling ill?) Take everything with a grain of salt and thank God for your blessings!

I am so hungry today! [Unhealthy] afternoon snack (leftover greasy pretzel from the airport:

Water check-in:
64oz goal
28oz consumed
36oz remain

Back from my whirlwind trip with 90% of wedding decorations, 50% of vendors figured out, and a wedding dress! Also…I ate A LOT this weekend with my family and going to all the fancy restaurant. And guess what’s coming in the mail today? My bikini’s. Guess who needs to hit the gym? This kid.

Want to see some of the things I ate this weekend? Totally tasty, not so good for the waist line. 😦 Did exercise one day with my sis, and then we did do A LOT of walking. So I think we still were pretty active.

Homemade pizzelle from my sister!

Veggie sandwhich with Sugar Free Soy Coconut Latte.

California Burritos from Jalapeno’s!

Mac and Cheese dinner with pretzel from airport, for dinner last night.

Today started off with a cup o’ coffee with coconut creamer and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Zone bar. Not my first nutricious choice, but I forgot I had a meeting from 7:15 am to 8:15 am, so I scarfed it down! I am not on my second cup of coffee and I just realized it some how became 10 am. So I am hungry again. I need to start eating well again, this weekend – I ate out so much and I did not hold back! I think I may have gained about 3 pounds. So let’s get this thing going. I am now having a second cup of coffee with vanilla and caramel machiatto creamer, plus drinking water (gotta stay hydrated), and about a 1/2 cup of apple sauce. Mmm! So tonight is going to be tricky – got a late flight in last night and early morning at work (doing for ten-hour shifts again). Tonight I wanted to exercise, but on 5 to 6 hours of sleep – my body needs rest and I think we might do a frozen pizza for dinner.

Speaking of water – I do not drink enough of it. I am going to log my water throughout the day to reach a goal.  
+ 10:00am: 4 oz (out of my goal, 64oz)

A long day ahead of me.

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