The humble sweet potato is always a star around Thanksgiving, but how often do you eat them during the rest of the year? They are frequently overshadowed by the white potato, an American staple. But sweet potatoes are one of the best tasting foods available from the dirt! This is largely due to the sugar content (5g sugar and 16g starch per 4.5oz potato), but that doesn’t mean you should exclude them from your diet. Luckily for us, delicious low calorie sweet potatoes are incredibly nutritious. (more…)
It’s that time of year again when everything is pumpkin flavored and the sun goes down at 5pm. I guess that means my favorite holiday is coming up, Thanksgiving! I think I like Thanksgiving even more than Christmas because you don’t have to break the bank buying gifts for everyone you know, but you still get to see everyone and EAT! Who doesn’t love cranberry-smothered turkey and some nice conversation? Football and naptime? Leftover turk-cran-stuff-gravy sandwiches?
So what’s a fit person like yourself to do when faced with a whole table full of delicious, fattening, wonderful, unhealthy foods? Some might say, “It’s only one day a year, indulge!”. But this is a dangerous mindset. After all, Thanksgiving is only one day, but so is Halloween, your birthday, Christmas, Easter, your anniversary, and all the other big food-related days of the year. A quick google search informed me that the average American consumes 4,500 calories at Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t be a statistic! (more…)
Now after my long spiel about eating only clean and whole foods, I’d like to take a moment to be hypocritical and tell you some of the processed foods that pass my test and that I eat on a regular basis. Because we’re all human right? And sometimes you need to grab something quick, or your plain salad needs a little bit of flavor right? That being said, I’m very picky about ingredients and nutrition facts. Basically, if I am going to eat a less-than-desirable ingredient (such as artificial sweetener) the nutritional profile needs to justify it.
Let’s start with my all-time favorite! (more…)
For those of you who cannot tolerate lactose, I’m very, very sorry for your loss. I love milk, and have at least 5 cartons in my fridge at all times, including almond and coconut milk for certain recipes. BUT the real star in the milk department is organic whole milk. When it comes to grocery-store cow’s milk, this is the only way to go.
The Huffington Post came out with a comprehensive article called Got (Organic Whole) Milk? New Study Says It’s Healthier which certainly isn’t new news, but mainstream media almost always condemns whole milk and recommends skim or low-fat milk for weight loss or heart health. This is completely backwards from the truth! Here are some facts taken from the article:
Clean eating is the best thing you can do for your body. It is more important than exercise! Your body is your closest ally, and feeding it well is an investment. Different people may define “clean” eating differently, but the main idea is to eat as close to nature as possible. No packaged, processed foods, no scary lab creations (Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce, anyone?), no added sugars or hydrogenated oils.
I’ve been experimenting with clean cooking for many years and have managed to keep it interesting, but there are always staples I can fall back on if I’m feeling kitchen-lazy.
I prep all my labor-intensive foods for the week on Sundays. Protein shakes and quick breakfasts can be thrown together in the early morning. It all depends on your schedule. This is a sample menu of a normal work-day for me.
Despite your best intentions, some nights you hear the rocky road ice cream calling your name from the kitchen. Or those Cheetos sitting on the table from where you left them yesterday.. There’s hardly enough left in the bag to justify putting it back in the pantry…maybe you should just finish them. Cravings can be your biggest enemy, fighting you every step of the way. So your commitment to healthy eating has to be a lifestyle decision, not a “diet” or a phase in your life. The only way to maintain your progress is to continue with the healthy habits that got you there. In order to really stop experiencing intense junk food cravings, you have to make the decision to completely cut out the foods that are destroying your progress once and for all.
So everybody knows that we should be eating “clean”. But what does that really mean? We have all heard the clichés about “abs being made in the kitchen” and “it’s10% exercise, 10% genetics, and 80% nutrition” for weight loss. And while we know that Pop-Tarts shouldn’t be on the clean-foods list, what about granola? What about protein bars or sugar-free jelly? Would you include zero-calorie Splenda on a “clean-foods” list? The definition of “clean” can be subjective and confusing, which explains why so many people don’t lose weight when they truly believe they have made good choices.
Tosca Reno, the “Eat-Clean Queen” and author of The Eat Clean Diet defines clean food as “whole, nutrient dense food”. She’s exactly right. I’d like to focus on the word “whole” instead of “clean” because it has an actual definition. (more…)
Your health is plain-and-simple the most important thing that you possess.
Author Thomas Fuller has many great quotes applicable to this subject. My favorites are: “Health is not valued till sickness comes”, and “Vows made in storms are forgotten in the calm”. Does this ring true for you?
Maybe you overindulged in dinner and dessert the last time you ate out, and you said to yourself “Oh my gosh I’m stuffed, this feels terrible, tomorrow I’m only eating vegetables!”. And then the next day you ate a burrito from Chipotle and said the same thing again? Or maybe you went out, had a few too many drinks, and the next morning had the worst headache of your life. I’m sure you said to yourself “I feel awful, no more tequila for me!”, until next weekend. It’s easy to say you’ll make better decisions while you’re still suffering the effects of your last health blunder. But the thing is, you are always suffering the effects of poor health choices, even when you don’t feel it so obviously.