May 9, 2013
A huge, huge pet peeve of mine is when people accuse me of eating “bird food” – or in other words, not eating much outside of seeds, salad and veggies – because I’m in shape/not overweight, etc. (I stray away from calling myself thin because I really think I’m average or normal size.) I have a particular friend who does this on a semi-regular basis. She asks what I’m having for lunch or what I had for breakfast, and then expresses disbelief in my menu and asks things like “you eat bread?” Really?! REALLY?!
This sho’ ain’t what I eat!
I have to keep in mind that many people don’t understand that food is fuel and that all food – except those nasty processed foods – can be consumed in moderation. I tell her, and others, that I eat EVERYTHING. Pizza, burgers, fries, Jack Honey, wine, rolls, fried chicken and everything in between, but I place time (occasionally), place (homemade) and manner (1 serving) restrictions on them. As for the right time to eat these treats, I believe in the 80/20 rule: I eat well 80% of the time and have a nice treat 20% of the time. (This reminds me of Jillian Michaels’
daily 300-400 calorie treat.) I also try to prepare most of my high calorie meals in a certain place – at home! That way, I can control what goes in the dish and can even eat clean “cheat” meals. And last, I try my hardest to keep the portions in check. I often fail at this last step…what’s one glass of wine?! (But, I am getting better!)
I tell my dear friend all of the time that the key to losing weight is NOT depriving yourself. Yes, losing weight and getting healthy involves discipline and instituting new habits in your life, but neither should suck all of the fun out of eating. In fact, I think understanding this concept is key in creating a lasting healthy lifestyle. No one is going to sign up for a life without bread, burgers and wine!
I will eat this, though!
The other thing that bothers me about being accused of not eating is that it implies I’m lying about my eating habits, presumably in an attempt to come across as a person who eats what I want and stays healthy. There are a very FEW lucky people in this world who have a metabolism that high…and I wish I was one of them! The bottom line is that the majority of us have to work at it. Living healthily is a choice, not chance.
In any case, I use all of these moments as an opportunity to reveal the tips that have worked for me. So while I’m annoyed, I do try to turn it into a positive experience
July 17, 2012
I really, really love croutons. No, really. And, ever since I changed my lifestyle (no dieting, here) in August 2009, I’ve had to control the amount of croutons I eat. Before that time, I never knew that (about) 5 croutons average 30-50 calories – doesn’t sound like a lot, but they go down so easy! I used to (and I always see people) cover salads in croutons, which is a surefire way to suck the nutrition out of an otherwise good salad. So, in order to satisfy this addiction, I decided to make my own.
my ingredients – you can use any spices you want
I bought a french baguette (a day old loaf works too), pulled out my EVOO, salt, pepper, onion powder, crushed red peeper, chopped onions and fresh garlic. As you can see in the picture, I cut up the bread into small squares. I then drizzled the squares with EVOO until they were just slightly damp – not drenched. (I’m very non-scientific when it comes to cooking, so sorry there’s no measurements!) I seasoned with the spices to taste, cut up a clove of garlic and sprinkled that on top.
the result – yum!!!
I then put the mixture in a small pan and popped it in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. (They should be golden brown and crispy when they’re done.) And, I must say – these are some of the best croutons I’ve ever had! Plus, these have no preservatives and have less calories than the ones in the bag! I promptly made a salad with romaine lettuce, egg, bacon, homemade vinaigrette and put these right on top. Can’t beat it!
July 3, 2012
In honor of our country’s independence, many cookouts will take place tomorrow. I’ll be firing up the grill and making my favorite sides to celebrate the good ol’ red, white & blue. But since this is FITNESS, fashion & frank talk, we must keep nutrition in mind…as hard as that might be tomorrow. So, before you set your menu, here are some good choices:
1. 94%-96% lean burger patties: 4 oz = 140 calories, 4.5 g fat (instead of 80-20% beef: 4oz = 290 calories, 22 g fat)
Or, opt for a turkey or veggie burger!
2. Turkey dog: 2 oz = 45 calories, 5 g fat (instead of a beef hot dog: 2 oz = 180 calories, 17 g fat)
3. Pretzels: 1 oz = 110 calories, 2 g fat (instead of potato chips: 1 oz = 150 calories, 10 g fat)
Or, opt for a huge side of veggies with a TBSP of dip!
4. Baked Beans (hold the bacon & butter!): 1/2 cup = 100 calories, 1 g fat (instead of your Uncle’s buttered down beans, LOL, or potato salad: 1/2 cup = 179+ calories, 11 g fat)
Also, before heading to that cookout, make sure to get a good workout in! It will help you make better choices when you get around that yummy food!