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Is your diet killing you?

16 Jul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Confession: recently I went on vacation, and when I came back, I’d gained five pounds!  Eeeek!!

It made me want to get serious about my eating patterns.

Just this morning, a friend of mind invited me to go exercise with her because she found out she had high blood pressure and heart palpitations, and knew it was because of being overweight and eating badly.

We decided it’s time to make some big changes; here they are:

1. Stop eating fast food – bring food with us when we go out with the kids so we don’t end up at the Chick-fil-A drive through.

2. I do this one already but want to get even better – buy less processed bagged, boxed food, and cook for your own food – it’s healthier. Ex: make your own meatballs, chicken wings, etc.

3. Exercise more!  I know it’s hard, but we really have to step it up in this area!

4. Start writing down what you eat to avoid mindless snacking.

It’s not all about being skinny, swearing off eating out, or going on crazy diets.  We have to change the way we live!

Any other suggestions that have helped you? 🙂

Be blessed!  :)

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Are you eating your money?

23 May

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Yesterday I took the kids to meet up at the park with a few other mom friends and their kids.  Between stopping our kids from eating dirt and playing with “ABC” gum, 🙂  we did find a little time for some mommy conversation in the shade of the picnic area.  It was a warm, beautiful summer day, and we were relaxed as could be as we talked about everything from our children’s education, Memorial Day plans, and finding time for romance with our husbands.  During a lull in the conversation, I realized that three out of four of us had stopped at Starbucks before coming to the play date, so immediately, the new conversation turned to how we needed to get better at saving money, meal planning, and packing lunches so that we don’t have to spend our hard-earned money at Starbucks, (or eight-bucks,) which is what you’re really more likely to spend. 🙂

So let me ask you the same question we asked each other –  Are you eating your money?  I recently read in another blog an analogy that has stuck with me for some time.  One woman spoke of how every time she bought fast food or went to a restaurant, she realized that she was in essence “eating money” that could be used for a family vacation, her daughter’s ballet lessons, or even a romantic getaway with her husband.  While I am all about eating at a nice restaurant every now and then, I also think that it’s important to consciously do what we can to save money here and there, (especially when it comes to eating out!)

Here are a few ways we came up with to cut back on “eating your money.”

1. If you’re going on a play date with the kids at the park, or even running errands for a few hours, bring a snack.  Most likely, you’ll get hungry, and end up taking the kids through the McDonald’s Drive through or getting a candy bar and a vitamin water while waiting in the long line at Wal-Mart – (I’ve been guilty of the latter so many times.)  🙂  Instead, make your own snack pack complete with a few carrots, some cheese slices, a turkey roll, and a couple of grapes.  And bring a bottle of water and some snacks that the kids will like too so that you won’t have to grab a bag of chips for a hungry toddler who is yelling “chippeeeeees,” during your trip to the grocery store.

2. Instead of eating dinner out, eat lunch or brunch out.  Often, the lunch menu is way cheaper, as well as the Sunday morning brunch menu.  You can get the same meals, (such as the Seafood feast at Ruby Tuesdays,) for almost half of the price on Sunday mornings/afternoons.

3. Bring coupons with you, or go to the places where kids eat free.

4. Eat dinner at home!  People often end up ordering pizza or Chinese b/c they don’t know what to make for dinner.  So many people have caught onto the meal planning craze, as have I! 🙂  I use Dave Ramsey’s emeals – they are easy and yummy, and I have bought dinner for seven nights for two for 44.00/week!  Definitely worth it!  It even lets you choose low fat and low sodium options, the store where you want to shop, and it tells you where the items in the store are located, (such as the deli section, produce section, etc.)  And to top it off, it even plans the meals around items that are on sale for the week, and the meals are never longer than five steps, (and have few ingredients!)  Find out more info here –> http://emeals.com/dave-ramsey

I hope that these tips have helped you!  Please leave (nice) 🙂 comments if you can think of any other ways to save money on food!

***The book is due out in the fall.  I’m just editing all summer.  🙂

Yummy Weight Loss Smoothie!!

20 Apr

I know.  Summer is right around the corner.  And we want to look good in our bathing suits! 🙂  Here’s a smoothie that I found when doing the Daniel Fast – it’s really easy, sweet, and I have one almost every morning.

A few cups of cold water (I know you’re thinking “water in a smoothie..eww!”  lol..but trust me..it actually works, believe it or not!)

Frozen mixed berries (“Wyman’s of Maine – Fresh Frozen triple berry blend) (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

A whole banana

coconut flakes (they come in a bag in the baking goods section)

Mix it all up, and you’ve got a yummy smoothie that keeps you filled!  🙂  Add a little protein powder in there to keep you full, and you’ll be good to go for breakfast or a mid-day snack.  I have these at night too when I’m hungry but don’t want to eat a lot before bed.

Enjoy!

(The book is all done..look out for it in the Fall.)  🙂

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