The holidays are some of the hardest times to stick with your goals- trust me, normal people TOTALLY struggle. Its hard! There's candy and goodies everywhere, especially on Halloween. So I just wanted to give you some ideas of a few things you could do to stay on track today! It is okay to have a couple of treats, its not okay to binge eat all the candy in your trick-or-treat bowl.... (this also applies to stealing your kids candy, just don't do it!)
Also- as a side note, I totally had to post my costume for Halloween. Cause, DUH. (Disclaimer- you can skip right over the photos to the good stuff below if you really must).
I couldn't let October slip away without doing a post about Breast Cancer- it has become a large epidemic and is one of the top 3 most common cancers in the US. According to breastcancer.org, 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime & about 40,000 women in the US are expected to pass away due to the cancer this year. Talk about scary right? Breast cancer is such a challenge and takes strength and hope from those suffering from the cancer and their family members as well. I've know a few women who have had/still have breast cancer and it is such a trial. I have so much respect for the women who have fought this battle- you are amazing!
Breast cancer affects so many women & families, I think it is important to do our part and contribute what we can to find a cure and help reduce risk and incidence rates. Only about 5-10% of rates are due to genetics or are inherited- that means that we need to make healthy choices in order to reduce our risk as well.
Since the inheritance rate is so low, we should focus on our lifestyle choices in order to reduce our risk:
Also, if you are interested in donating to research to find a cure for breast cancer, my cousin is fundraising money through her Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. The link to donate is found here.
Tip: look for products at your favorite stores that donate part of the proceeds to help fight breast cancer... its a win-win because you get something fun while also donating to a good cause. Boom.
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Ever since I had Convention for work a few weeks ago, my eating/meal prep has been mega crappy. I have slacked so much! I'm working to get myself back on track before the holidays set in... we all know that those can be deadly for our health.
I didn't have a plan for breakfasts last week, so I was making stuff on the fly each morning (arg, I really do hate this cause its so much easier to eat unhealthy foods when you don't have anything prepared) and I created this little gem. Its full of spinach, kale and berries. So like, so much goodness. The almond butter gives it a delicious after taste and the yogurt gives it just the right amount of sweetness.
PS- just to be clear, you can't taste the bitter kale or spinach at all. You're getting all the nutrients and still eating something yummy.
This is husband approved... so also a good excuse to get some green food into your man.
I'm 100% obsessed with these snacks.
The Salted Caramel Pretzel business is my kryptonite.
All I have to say is that you should totally try these snacks out. Your first box is free, so you should most definitely give them a try. They are a little bit on the pricey end ($20 a month) but the bags are decently sized and oh-so-yummy.
Go to NatureBox and set up an account / pick items for your pantry. Wait for your box (which by the way was shipped incredibly quickly) and then die of snack-happiness. Snackiness. Is that a word?
I'm usually pretty hesitant about subscription stuff...but I promise you won't be disappointed!
My first box came with salted caramel pretzel pops, kung pao pretzels, toffee almond granola, sourdough cheddar pretzels and sweet blueberry almonds. Hot dannng. I cannot get over it. These were awesome to send with Skylor on his field trips since they are high energy and easy to grab. Not that I didn't keep those caramel ones at work with me... Also, we took these to Disneyland with us and we didn't even regret it for 1 second.
I'm trying not to snack so much on normal days, but on days we are out and about hiking or whatever- they are great!
Lunchboxes are not just for kids. Cross my heart, hope to die- I swear you won't regret getting one.
First things first, Burlington Coat Factory for the win on this adorable bag. I'm really digging this lunch box- I feel so much better toting this thing around over my last lunch box... (Walmart special not for the win). This Betsy Johnson 'lunch tote' doubles as a purse. Yep, I have used this as a purse too and I'm not even mad about it.
Alright, now onto the reason behind this post- preparation. It's not always easy, nor is it as fun as hitting up a restaurant everyday for lunch- but I am telling you that it is worth the effort and sacrifice. Prepping your own lunches and snacks (and bringing them with you no matter where you go) can make a huge difference on your waistline and your pocketbook. When you plan, prep and bring healthy food for yourself, you'll be less tempted by fast food or other unhealthy stuff, which can definitely help you lose weight (I can attest to this! This is one of my first go-to weight loss tricks). Also- by bringing your lunches with you to work, you can save up to $1800 a year (according to Dave Ramsey). That's so much money! I would way rather spend that on something more fun than fast food.
So you bring a lunch to work... what's next?
This might sound a little silly or weird but pack your lunchbox even when you stay at home. If you put everything you're going to eat for the day (except dinner probably) in your box in the morning, you have NO excuse to hang out in the kitchen. The kitchen is a dangerous place to hang out in- a bite here and a bite there adds up. By having your set food for the day with you, you'll have a better chance of avoiding unplanned eating. Winning.
'Tis the season for all things pie and pumpkin- right?
When I was younger I was not the biggest fan of pumpkin... it was okay but I wouldn't ever crave it. Then I grew up and my taste buds matured after massive inhalation of Great Harvest pumpkin spice bread (no chocolate for me!).
Now I am a lover of all that yummy pumpkin stuff. But instead of nomming on cookies and bread all day (I still eat them but I try to limit the amount of face stuffing so I don't end up to be 500 lbs), I make this delicious smoothie- it satisfies my need for pumpkin in a lower calorie way. Winnning.
If you haven't ever done a cleanse before... go to Mend right now and sign up. Cleansing is challenging and very rewarding- but keep in mind that this isn't a quick weight loss trick or fad diet. The purpose of a cleanse is to detox and get your body plenty of nutrients. Seriously. This is not a drill, its the real deal. Its tough and will test your willpower to the max!
Mend does a fabulous job of having everything ready to go- they've got every hour planned out for you (they send you with a nifty little schedule card). The thing is that you will probably experience some side affects on your cleanse, not including hunger :)
To me, these side affects either meant I was getting toxins out of my system or that I needed a few more calories for the day. If its the latter, broth and soup are amazing at getting in the needed calories while still giving your digestive system a rest. If its the former, try to sweat it out. Turn on a heater- take a hot bath- literally anything that will help get the toxins out faster! Water also helps A TON.
There are some awesome benefits for having someone else prep your cleanse for you/buying a pre-made cleanse; knowing that you can just go pick it up and it will be in your fridge waiting for you is priceless! It also limits the amount of time that you have to spend in the kitchen and around food... I'm a big believer in 'out of sight, out of mind.'
On the other hand, these cleanses can get pretty pricey. I try to wait for deals and coupons to come around but if you want to do a cleanse, and can't afford the pre-made ones, try juicing at home! Invest in a juicer just one time and you can enjoy the benefits whenever you please. I enjoy picking out my own recipes and creating new juices- I can pick and choose exactly what I want in my juices (for example- I HATE the taste of beets... the #4 Mend juice has beets. Usually they can substitute it for you if you make a special request but still). It is nice to control exactly what you want to drink. It will take time and effort but you can't have your cake and eat it too, right?
I won't claim that I was perfect on this cleanse- progress is more realistic than perfection! I slipped up a couple of times- I hope the next time I do a 3-day cleanse, my willpower muscle will be stronger haha. Although, I will say that doing a cleanse when you can stay at home is SO MUCH EASIER. I can control the distractions in my own home... but when I am at work and other people are eating or drinking things that I shouldn't be, its extra tough. I did my cleanse from Sunday-Tuesday and Sunday was by far the easiest day. I could sleep/nap whenever I felt hungry or felt dizzy and the sleep always helped.
Even though I did slip up, and even though it was really hard I felt a huge difference- especially in the restfulness of my sleep. I fell asleep quickly and slept really well. I LOVE that. There are so much perks when you baby your body. Literally- insane. It is easy to forget that you don't feel great when that is your everyday reality. When you give your body a taste of how it should feel- the difference is amazing.
If you end up trying a cleanse or juicing on your own, I want to hear about it! One of these days I will do a post of my favorite at home juices so you can get some recipe ideas :)
PS- if you end up doing a pre-made juice cleanse, save your bottles! They are awesome to reuse for your own juices and drinks! Plus you'll reduce your carbon footprint and we are all about taking care of the earth, right?
I'm a college-grad, certified group fitness instructor and certified personal trainer looking to get my healthy to the next level. I hope you can find a little something here that will help you on your journey too.