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I have made Overnight Oats in the past, but this morning – they were perfect! One of my favorite blogs to read is called Carrots ‘N’ Cake. She has so many GREAT ideas for healthy eating and living, and she (self-proclaimed) loves to eat (as do I)! Here’s a recipe I adore from her blog.

My Overnight Oats
(as adapted from Carrots ‘N’ Cake)

1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup almond milk
1 tbsp milled flaxseed
1 heaping scoop o’ peanut butter
1/2 cup frozen blueberries

I combine the oats, milk, and flaxseed and let them soak over night. In the moring I through in the scoop of peanut butter and blueberries.

The possibilites are ENDLESS with these oats. You can use any kind of oat, any type of milk (soy, almond, cow, coconut), any topping (fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, nut butters, honey, granola, cereal, etc.) Every combination is delicious.

I had the above (not  the prettiest picture, but SO tasty) for breakfast this morning at 7:30 am with a Coconut Americano. And I am still full at 10am! I love feeding my body the good fuel – especially because I am hitting the gym later for a cycling workout.

You have not lived until you’ve tried Overnight Oats!

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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.

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!

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.

Everything must have a beginning, so this the first installment of my blog. I am on the road to my wedding in 6 months – and I want to look great! Not only do I want to look good for my wedding, but I also want to look good for myself and start healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

I already ordered three new bathing suits from Victoria Secret…so now I kinda sorta hafta get into good shape – or it’s just wasted money. So I am trying a new strategy. Strategy #1: Buy a piece of clothing that you will use as a goal to look good in. Nothing is more motivating that a skimpy bathing suit! Hey, maybe if all goes well – I’ll look like one of those models. 😉

Another thing, this week is going to be a challege – I am working 4 ten-hour shifts at work as I am flying out of state to go wedding dress shopping this weekend! My job needs me and since no one can do my job – I feel like I need to be here full-time this week or I will be in a deep rut. So how am I going to be able to fit work-out into my 7am to 5pm work week? After a bout of sickness the past week, I need to get back on that exercise horse. I think my plan of attack will be exercise DVDs – Jillian Micheals is my friend, right?

So, for weeks where time is short (much like this one!), I will be using a DVD to get something done in the comfort of my own home on my own time (without going into the snow storm that we got last night, removing drive time and “set up” time at the gym to give me more time at home and time to visit with my fiancee!). I also have some workouts that I pieced together from Health Magazine. It’s fairly easy to squeeze something in, just sometimes I am too tired to get it all in. I try to exercise even a little everyday – obviously, some days, like when you are sick – motivation is hard to come by. I can’t wait until the warm weather is back so my fiancee and I can talk walks or ride bikes on days it’s hard to make it to the gym.

Hold up! I am going wedding dress shopping this weekend (another reason to get on that exercise horse). And I think I have the perfect dress in mind, I love the Vneck dresses. I think that they are so pretty, and flattering. When I first got engaged – I had no idea what I would want in a dress. But I just love these. So this weekend, the hunt in on. And if I want something that fits nice, I will get my butt in gear and tone up! No bodice’s for me, or fabric that squeeze me tiny. I want to feel healthy and strong. Time to put my “Three E’s” into action: 1) Eat healthy, 2) Exercise strong, and 3) Enjoy life!

Breakfast: Overnight Oats with Vanilla Soy Milk and a big scoop of homemade Peanutella. And of course, no day can start without: coffee with soy milk and coconut coffee cream (yum!) 😀

Morning Snack: A banana the size of Florida.

Lunch: A PB & J with two salt water taffy’s.

Back to work. Time to get some stuff done in my long week! 😉

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