Committed to eating healthy

I am having a food intervention with myself.

I am coming along great with the exercise. I exercise 6-7 times a week and I vary it with yoga, spin, weights, abs and body conditioning.

When I was working on losing my 30 pounds about five years ago the first 20 pounds I lost without any exercise. I lost 20 pounds by portion control and making better food choices. The last 10 pounds lost was a combination of my “diet” and exercise.

Many things that I have learned over the years I continue to practice. Such as dressing on the side; Splenda instead of sugar; at least eight servings of water a day; fruits and vegetables make healthy and filling snacks …

I feel like I am not fully committed to my healthy lifestyle. I need to be fully committed, not partially committed. I know how to lose weight. I know how to maintain my weight. I know how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is some will power involved. And I just don’t always practice will power.

Planning meals and regular grocery shopping are a big part of maintaining my healthy eating. I don’t enjoy cooking and wouldn’t say I … Continue reading

My healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana

I love Eggplant Parmigiana. It is so delicious but so unhealthy with it being fried and all.

I also love eggplant. Lucky for me I like most vegetables (and fruit).

At Monday’s Earth Day event at work there was a mini Farmer’s Market. I bought some eggplant, which I normally steam in my rice cooker/steamer and mix with brown rice, seasonings and Kung Pao sauce.

Since I bought two I thought with one I would try to make a healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana.

I sliced the eggplant and baked in the oven for 10 minutes on each side at 350. After that I lightly slathered spaghetti sauce on both sides of each sliced piece of eggplant. Right now all I have is goat cheese. So I sprinkled a little goat cheese on top of each slice.

I had some last night on its own with some healthy and delicious sides. It was pretty good. Of course not as good as the real deal. But good enough.

For a late lunch today I cooked up some penne with a little bit of spaghetti sauce. I put the remaining two eggplants on top of the pasta and had a delicious meal. … Continue reading

Dates are sweet, great alternative to candy

It has been about 13 days since I had a piece of candy.

This quitting candy for 39 days has been a lot easier than I thought it would be.

And I have to say that the candy bowl, which sits on my desk, has really not been that alluring. I look at it and I know I can’t have it and I am OK with that.

Last week when I checked with Jessica she said quitting candy for Lent has been easy so far as well.

Though we both have noticed that we seem to have the munchies more lately and we wonder if it is because we have cut out a decent amount of sweets.

(I seriously don’t know how someone could cut out all sweets, even if the item is made with Splenda or some other sweetner.)

The other day I wanted something sweet. So I had a few dates. Dates are good and sweet with some fiber as well.

I mentioned the dates to Jessica. We also discussed hot chocolate curbing a sweet craving or even prunes.

And the Peanut Butter Balls I made over the weekend could also work a sweet tooth.

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And the latest Go Fit Girl! winner is …

… Alicia. Congrats, Alicia! And thanks for participating in last week’s Comment Contest Tuesday.

Last week I asked my readers: What do you do to take care of yourself and love yourself? (I also told my readers what I do to take care of myself and love myself.

Stephanie mentioned that she likes to take alone time; relaxing and taking time to read; home facial or mani/pedi; and, of course, reading Go Fit Girl! among other things.

Jen mentioned regularly exercising; spending time with the ones she loves, baking and cooking among other things.

Alicia mentioned that work is very stressful for her so she has to take time just for herself away from work; swapping out yogurt for breakfast; keeping fruit at her desk to not be lured by junk food among other things.

I regularly exercise; practice yoga at least three times a week; try to take Restorative yoga a couple of times a month (my studio only offers the class once a week);  try to limit alcohol intake; try to limit caloric intake; blog; watch movies and TV; knitting; (when Joey was still alive, cuddle time … Continue reading

Slurping green

I survived Day 2 of my cleanse. But I was only substituting one meal with a one green smoothie today and yesterday.

Tomorrow will be the real test: three green smoothies=three meals. If all goes as planned I will do that for the next five days. We’ll see how it goes.

My friend Karen asked if the green smoothie I had today was actually green. I think the picture reveals the answer to Karen’s question.

The smoothies are so thick that I can’t actually drink it out of the water bottles I have been filing. Heck, I can’t even drink it. So I have been eating it with a spoon. That seems to work pretty well.

And the smoothies are so thick and filling that they take a long time to eat. It gives me a chance to eat my meal slowly and digest it slowly.

You may be wondering why I am doing this cleanse. I am doing it for a variety of reasons.

Lately I have been really paying attention to what I am eating and drinking. I decided that the cleanse would be a good addition to this. I do already eat a lot of fruits and … Continue reading

Let the cleanse begin

I recently signed up for a 7-day super cleanse with Lory Benson Pilates.  The cleanse actually started on January 14. But the timing wasn’t right for me. I needed a time where I knew I could dedicate seven days to this green smoothie cleanse.

So I start the cleanse today. Today and tomorrow I will substitute one meal with a green smoothie. I have decided to have the smoothies for breakfast. Last night I made smoothies for today and tomorrow. I had a quick taste of each and they tasted pretty good.

The amount of smoothie seems like a lot of stuff to drink. But they are supposed to be filing. This cleanse focuses on green smoothies and raw food. A green smoothie’s two main ingredients are greens and fruit.

I plan to write updates on my cleanse throughout the week. Not sure if I will write about it every day. I hope to make it through the full seven days. Days 3 through 7 I will have three green smoothies a day. If I can’t drink three smoothies a day for five days I will try to do one or two. I will just try to do my best. It’s all … Continue reading

Planning, dedication, hard work pays off

Last week I talked about how planning my meals and my exercise was keeping me on track.

Well, the regular exercise and healthy eating has proven to be worthy. I got on the scale this morning and I lost 2.2 pounds from a week ago.

I haven’t tracked my food or counted Points or calories. I just paid attention to what I was eating and I planned.

I did a lot of cooking two weekends ago and most of my meals were fresh (hardly anything processed) with very little meat. I ate lots of fruits and vegetables. I drank water or tea.

I have been limiting my caffeine intake as well as my alcohol intake and trying to keep the imbibing to the weekends.

I plan to keep this up. We’ll see what happens next week.

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Low cal Sexy Sangria for the win

Last night was our friends’ Monica and Malcolm’s annual holiday Cocktail Competition party. The past three years the party has been a competition.

We didn’t make it the first competition party because we were out of town (but had been to it in the past).

The idea is everyone makes some sort of cocktail. We write the name of our drink on the board, a motto and why we think our drink should win. Everyone gets a certain amount of votes to give out. This year we each got three votes to make.

Last year I made Hungry Girl’s Winter Wonderland Peppermintini. My drink won by a mere two votes. And I really have to say it was the presentation that pushed me over the edge. I also really pushed that the yummy cocktail was 125 calories. A yummy pretty drink that won’t get you fat. 🙂 (Well, all in moderation.)

This year I made Hungry Girl’s Party-in-a-Pitcher Sangria, which for the party I renamed Sexy Sangria. (Curt actually came up with the name.)

Because of my close win last year I knew I had to up my A game. My Sexy Sangria had a Barcelona theme with … Continue reading

Not exactly detoxing

After three days of no exercise and pretty much stuffing my face with Mexican food and other delicious and delightfully unhealthy stuff I was back at it with my regular routine today.

I hit the gym for 45 minutes of endurance spinning and 15-20 minutes of some arm weights and abs.

For lunch today I had a salad. I tried to make it healthy and filling with a little grilled chicken, spinach, carrots, a little cheese, beets, a little corn, quinoa, strawberries, onions, mushrooms, etc. For dressing I had oil and vinegar.

I wouldn’t say I exactly detoxed today. I had one cup of coffee and then water for the rest of the day. Though that is usually the norm.

For dinner tonight I had steamed broccoli and brown rice with some seasonings. It was filling and pretty tasty. It’s one of my regular and favorite dinners when eating healthy.

The two Hershey’s kisses were much better than what I could have been stuffing my face with. Plus, there were leftover breakfast burritos from some morning meeting and I didn’t have any of that. Especially since I had already had my Bagel Thin with Light Laughing Cow cheese and a … Continue reading

I’ve gone bananas

Today’s post is all about bananas.

Bananas have been an integral part of my life lately. For some reason I have been eating a lot of bananas–mostly with my breakfast.

I usually have this bad habit of buying bananas and never eating them and then they go bad and I have to throw them away. (Or actually throwing them in the compost.)

In Sunday’s Vinyasa class the past two Sundays we have done a pose called Banana, which I had never heard of until last week or had done it before last week either.

The Sunday Vinyasa class I attend regularly is a heated class with lots of flows to get us heated up and sweaty. Before savasana we usually do one Yin Yoga pose. Today we did Banana. It’s a great stretch and a rather comfy position to be in.

Here are a few facts about bananas, the fruit: A medium-sized banana has about 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber and not even 1 gram of fat. According to About.com, bananas have 422 mg of potassium. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of … Continue reading