Thoughts on Holidays & Eating

The holiday season is always a struggle for me. Not just because of temptations foodwise, but because of family and other stress. But it’s definitely difficult to stay healthy when there are constant temptations and parties. Here is my approach to the holidays in regards to staying healthy.

My biggest tip is not to completely deprive yourself. I used to go to parties and not eat ANYTHING and then would come home and break into a pint of ice cream. What?? It makes no sense, but it’s a mental thing–I realized it’s better to enjoy myself, listen to my body, and feel good instead of worrying about food and then letting it get to me when I get home. However, this is not saying to go CRAZY at parties. I personally have a very sensitive stomach, and eating too much/eating rich food will put me in a world of pain later on. So I try to treat myself a little, but be cognizant of what I’m eating. This usually means sticking to one plate of food, but getting what I think looks good and indulging a little, which for me is always having a few cookies or some chocolate (or both!) If I’m really still hungry, I’ll have more, but try to wait it out to avoid overeating.

Overeating happens sometimes. You can be enjoying yourself and you accidentally eat too much because you’re not paying attention. It happens to everyone!! So when you realize you are overly full, just stop eating and realize it’s not the end of the world. It’s not good to make a habit of overeating, but stressing will only make things worse! My tip then is just to hydrate and plan to get in a good sweat the next day. Do NOT weigh yourself the next morning!! It will only bring you down and your body will be holding onto extra water weight.

Most of all it’s important to enjoy the holidays! I know I will be drinking more than I like and eating out more/eating more in general, but I think that will just motivate me to make the off days count more. During the week, I try to really focus on eating mostly clean and getting all my workouts in and saving the treats for the weekends when I know I’ll have special events to go to. And if something comes up and I miss a workout, it’s not the end of the world.

The whole point of this post is FEELING GOOD. I don’t necessarily want to constantly overeat and feel like crap all the time, but I also don’t want to be stressing all the time. There IS a middle ground. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean you should “give up” on your normal health and fitness routine, but you also shouldn’t deprive yourself!

Hope this helps a little for anyone who struggles with food stress.

Until next time, xoxo.

 

 

Baking Adventures: Pumpkin Muffins

Hello everyone! It is starting to feel like Fall around here and I absolutely LOVE it. I bought 4 Fall scented candles at Bath and Body Works the other weekend, and my mom had to hold me back from buying more! Thank goodness for her or else I would have blown my whole paycheck at that store. September was still very summery here, but now that it’s October the air is crisper and the leaves are starting to change! Having lived in Florida for the past 3 years, I am so happy to be experiencing my favorite season again.

Anyways, with the coming of Fall, I wanted to cook up a fun recipe, so I decided on these pumpkin muffins! I used this recipe that I found after doing a little research. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a paleo recipe, but these muffins are in fact paleo! I wanted something with healthier alternatives to white sugar and white flour, and with coconut flour and maple syrup as easy substitutes! I found all the ingredients at Trader Joe’s and in my mom’s cabinet 🙂

Ingredient Lineup:

½ cup Coconut Flour
1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Salt
4 Large Eggs
1 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
⅓ cup Maple Syrup
3 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil (measure in melted state)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
⅓ cup Mini Chocolate Chips

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Mixed all of the dry ingredients together:

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Mixed the wet ingredients together and then mixed them into the dry ingredients. Then added 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips into the batter!

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I baked them for about 15 minutes at 375.

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Finished product 🙂

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They’re all being eaten so quickly by my family and me! Such a yummy treat. Let me know if you try this recipe or if you have any other good ones to share! Do you have any favorite Fall traditions?

Meal Plan

While I usually eat relatively healthy, I really want to write down my guidelines for a meal plan, both to hold myself accountable and for anyone else who is interested! I am still trying to eat intuitively, but some of my clothes fit a little tight, so I want to see if watching what I’m eating a little more will make a difference. I’m not a nutritionist, but read a lot about health and nutrition and these are some kinds of meals that work best for me!

The basis for all meals is a complex carb + protein, while incorporating healthy fats and some sweets (because my sweet tooth definitely can’t be denied). For some people, eating 3 meals a day works best, but for me, I would rather eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day! I have some stomach issues from time to time and usually eating a huge meal aggravates it, so if I eat more frequently and in smaller portions, that usually helps!

Breakfast: I usually work out in the morning, so breakfast needs to be out refueling!

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal made with almond milk/water + fruit + optional granola or nut butter
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt with fruit + granola/nut butter/cereal
  • 1 egg + 2 egg whites scramble with veggies and a little cheese/avocado
  • 2 multi grain pieces of toast/waffles with fruit + optional nut butter. Could also add a scrambled egg white
  • Protein bar + piece of fruit (preferably only if breakfast needs to be eaten on the go!)

Morning snack: Breakfast usually keeps me full for about 3 hours after I eat it. Sometimes I can survive without a morning snack, but sometimes I get hungry right around 11am and need something to tide me over until lunch!

  • Greek yogurt + granola/cereal/fruit
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Grapes

Lunch: For lunch I like to pack in veggies because I usually don’t have any vegetables for breakfast (my breakfast 90% of the time is oatmeal)

  • Salad (spinach +  lettuce) + protein (chickpeas, chickenless strips, black beans, tofu, tempeh, veggie burger) + 1/4 avocado + any other veggies you like (ideas: shredded carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, roasted zucchini/squash, etc.) + 1 tbs light dressing with a side (ideas: carrots + hummus, multi grain/pita crackers, apple)
  • Healthy wrap (multi grain or Flat Out brand) with veggies, one of the proteins mentioned above, and a spread (could be avocado, hummus, etc.) with a side of fruit or extra vegetables (carrots, celery, peppers, etc.)
  • English muffin or multigrain/ Ezekiel toast with spinach, avocado, and a protein (I liked a scrambled egg). Protein could also be on the side! Add a fruit or veggie side

Afternoon snack:

  • Protein bar (square bar, larabar, quest bar, clif bar, Go Macro bar — there are sooo many amazing bars on the market right now, the options are endless!)
  • Carrots/celery sticks/bell peppers + hummus/guacamole
  • Fruit/any of the options from the morning snack would also work!

Dinner:

  • Protein (tofu/veggie burger/tempeh) + roasted/steamed veggie (asparagus, carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green beans, etc.) + sweet potato
  • Big salad with a protein
  • Stir fry– veggies of choice + tofu/tempeh grilled on the stove with 1/2 cup brown rice
  • Brown rice bowl- 1/2 cup brown rice, chickpeas/black beans, any veggies! Can add salsa, hummus, avocado
  • Omelet (1 egg + 2 egg whites) with lots of veggies of choice, a little cheese, and 1 slice of toast or english muffin on the side

Dessert:

  • 2 dark chocolate PB cups
  • 3 dates
  • 1 serving of a Lenny & Larry’s cookie
  • Arctic Zero
  • Yasso Greek yogurt bar
  • Greek yogurt + honey +granola
  • Vegan oatmeal bites/cookies
  • 1/2 square bar

Anytime you are hungry: have a half portion of one of the snacks, wait 15 minutes, and assess if you are still hungry. Extra veggies are also always okay too!

Obviously, these are just some ideas off the top of my head! One of my main issues is that I snack too much, so I really want to stick to 2 snacks + a dessert with the CORRECT portion.

My other problem is that I never want let myself stay hungry..if I’m hungry, I need to eat!

If you have ideas for any other meals, comment and let me know! I’m going to try to do some full day of eating posts to hold myself accountable/have a visual of what a day of eating would ideally look like. Again, I am not trained to recommend meal plans, this is just what I am doing right now for ME because it fits my needs. Everyone is different!

 

Zucchini Pizza Adventure/Fail

Sooo last Saturday night, my friend and I attempted making a pizza with a crust made from zucchinis! In all honesty, it turned out more like a casserole, and was technically a fail, but it was fun to try something new, so I’m thinking of it as an adventure instead! The crust didn’t really hold together very well…we definitely should have found a way to soak up all the water from the zucchinis, and I think it would have turned out better. Maybe next time!

Here is the recipe we used (found off of Pinterest):

3 medium zucchinis, shredded

1 large egg

1.5 cups grated Parmesan cheese

That’s it!

The crust before we put it in the oven (you can see a lot of liquid around the outside, we definitely needed to do something to get it out!):

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Crust after baking for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees:

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After adding toppings:

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We topped it with chopped bell peppers and onions, turkey pepperoni, mozzarella, and feta cheese!

Finished product:

Hope you enjoy the awkward picture of me posing with the pizza!

We enjoyed it with some red wine and Caesar salad.

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I don’t try a lot of new recipes, usually just throw things together and eyeball everything, so this was fun to do on a weekend! We had a fun night chatting and relaxing. We rented a Redbox and didn’t even end up paying any attention to it. So even though our pizza didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to, it was still a fun night and good to experiment in the kitchen!