Keeping up during my week with snacks

We all need to make sure to take care of ourselves.

I find it even more pertinent as a teacher, especially a teacher of yoga.

I teach at multiple places for yoga and cycle, which means I drive from one class to the next multiple times a day.

My eating schedule depends on my teaching schedule for the day. (Sometimes I have an early lunch or a late lunch. I snack multiple times a day. And sometimes my dinner is early or late.)

In the morning I usually wake up and practice yoga (for myself and to work on the sequence I am teaching for the week). After that is my morning coffee and breakfast, which is usually peanut butter (protein) and banana toast. I get myself ready and I am out the door to teach a morning class (cycle, four mornings a week and yoga one morning a week. I usually have two mornings off during the week.)

After I teach a cycle class I need two things: a shower and protein. After four of my five cycle classes I teach a yoga class following soon after.

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How to survive Super Caloric Intake Sunday

So tomorrow there is this huge TV event where the best commercials of the year are shown and then there is some American football thrown in occasionally.

With this huge commercial/football event lots of drinking and eating will also be happening.

This Super Bowl Food Quiz is a good way to get you to realize how much you and the average American will be eating and drinking.

Though I have to say the average caloric intake seems low. I think this article is a better reflection on how much many will be consuming tomorrow afternoon/evening.

I had planned to write this post anyway. But this evening my friend/neighbor, Jessie, asked me how I planned to survive tomorrow.

Here’s what I told her and a few extras we didn’t talk about:

Major Munchie Monday

Wow, I don’t know what happened today.

All day all I wanted to do was eat. I had the munchies. I wanted to eat carrots and I wanted to eat candy and I wanted to eat chips and just about anything else I could get my hands on.

Since back to a healthy routine I probably haven’t had more than a couple of pieces of candy in one day. Normally I don’t have any.

I lost count on the amount of Rolos, Reese’s, and Peanut M&Ms that went in my mouth.

It’s a good thing I gave myself some wiggle room to work with when hitting my goal weight minus two.

I don’t know if the munchies were because I have been awesome in the healthy lifestyle and needed a break or because of my cycle or because I gave myself permission to have whatever I want starting Wednesday (but I actually started Monday) or or just because today was a day with major munchies and snacking needed.

I did go to my regular Monday night gym class and sweated a ton of calories off. Woo-hoo! And then I came home and made a high veggie dinner with a … Continue reading

Making easy, healthy snack at home

My friend and co-worker Regina let me try a homemade Peanut Butter Ball one day on the shuttle on our way home. It was so good. So I asked her for the recipe.

I went to the grocery this morning for my regular run and to get the ingredients for the Peanut Butter Balls. I found everything except for the the ground flaxseed.

I really wanted to make the recipe and was not willing to hit another store this morning.

(I hate grocery shopping and had limited time this morning as I had to cook a few things before yoga class.)

So I figured it would be OK to replace the flaxseed with sesame seeds. I like sesame seeds, so I figured it would be OK. (I realize there are likely (yup, according to WebMD) more benefits to using the flaxseed than sesame seeds, such as fiber. But sesame seeds have health benefits, too.

I made my sesame seed Peanut Butter Balls today. And they are pretty good. I may adjust the peanut butter next time and add a little more. But these were super easy to make and a good snack, too.

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A good night’s sleep …

As for most or all people, sleep is important. It definitely is for me. Unfortunately, I don’t sleep well. A good night of sleep for me is only waking up two or three times during the night.

Right now for some reason I am in my bad cycle of sleep. This means I wake up 10ish times a night and sometimes when I wake up I can’t fall back asleep immediately. I usually end up in the spare room at some point and sack out on the futon.

I almost never have a hard time falling asleep. I do that great. It’s the waking up all hours of the night that is tough on me.

Now that I get up at 5 a.m. for work, sleep seems even more important. I am not super happy if I don’t get enough. I try to go to bed between 9 and 10 p.m. But really I prefer between 9 and 9:30.

I remember hearing that sleep-deprived people tend to eat more. This article, Why a Lack of Sleep Can Make You Fat and How to Keep From Gaining Weight, from talks about how lack of sleep can alter your appetite.

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Healthier way to snack

I love to eat. I love to snack. I love to munch on things.

Eating, lack of exercise, sedentary job, change in metabolism and hitting that 25th year of my life are the reasons why I gained 30 pounds many years ago.

I lost 30 pounds about four years ago. And probably for two years after that I maintained my weight. I struggle slightly to keep my weight close to my goal weight. The highest I have been away from my goal weight was almost 9 pounds. Lately it has been 3-5 pounds. So not too bad.

We had friends over on Saturday to watch the Champion’s League final. Usually when we host a football (soccer) gathering Curt asks me to make salsa. It is easy to make and fairly healthy. But once I start scooping up that salsa with salty tortilla chips it’s all over. I still wanted to enjoy salsa without going too crazy. So I decided to buy some crisp veggies I could cut into circular pieces, similar to a chip. I cut up carrots, cucumber and zucchini.

The cut veggies were perfect to scoop up salsa. And I got that satisfying crunch without the huge amount … Continue reading

10 easy, healthy snacks

On the back of the Ziploc® brand containers I noticed a list of healthy snacks, all about 100 calories or less:

1 orange

28 grapes

1 3/4 cups whole strawberries

1 small baked potato with a 1/2 cup of salsa and 2 tablespoons of fat free sour cream

1 3/4 cups cantalope

1 3/4 cups raspberries

1 3/4 cups popcorn

1/2 mini bagel and 1 oz. smoked salmon

1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese, plus 5 strawberries

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Healthy snacks keep me goin’

I realized when I got to work today I had plenty of healthy snacks to keep me going for the week. And it wasn’t even all planned.

I did have a yogurt and some light butter popcorn today. I also had some blueberries and strawberries. I still have carrots, edamame (leftovers from dinner last night) and various fresh fruit.

I love summer fruit. The blueberries right now are so good. I also have cherries, peaches, apples, blackberries and strawberries as I mentioned before.

If you plan right you can have plenty of healthy, low calorie and filling snacks available at any time you feel snacky.

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Making healthy choices

About 4 o’clock today I felt snacky. I wasn’t hungry … But I still walked into the kitchen and looked at the snacks available. Not a lot of options. I thought about the peanuts, popcorn, unfortunately we are out of cheese–cheese stick would have been good. I looked through my options and realized I really didn’t need anything and I would be having an apple and peanut butter shortly before heading to spin.

I felt good about my decision to not take in any unnecessary calories.

Tonight I participated in my fourth spin class for the week. Each class has been so different, different teacher each time. Yet all great workouts. I think three spin classes in one week was my previous “record.”

So today I am proud of myself in my hard work and will power. It ain’t easy.

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And the newest Go Fit Girl! is …

… Regina. Thank you to Lisa, Regina and Alicia for your comments. As I had stated before I got the last Comment Contest Tuesday post idea from a friend on Facebook. She received many more comments when she posed the question: What do you eat when you’re feeling very snacky but don’t need (or want) to consume a bunch of calories/fat? And I am gonna share some of the answers she received:

  • Popcorn.
  • Yogurt. Cheese stick. Pretzels and low-fat cream cheese. Turkey pepperoni and mini saltines. Dry cereal. Animal crackers. Avocado.
  • Pistachios.
  • Cucumbers in rice vinegar (or other vinegar with a touch of sugar). Sometimes I will consume an entire cucumber this way.
  • Carrot sticks.
  • Baby carrots, jelly beans, grapefruit.
  • Pirate’s Booty, whole cucumber sprinkled with salt, baby carrots, sugar snap peas.
  • Edamame.
  • Hard sourdough pretzels.
  • Almonds.
  • Try virtual snacking: Imagine for one moment that you are eating the snack that you crave the most. mmmmmmm … tastes good … crunch, crunch … delicious! Next thing you know, craving=satisfied.
  • Edamame.
  • 100 calorie packs of popcorn, apple with or without peanut butter or dark chocolate.
  • Laughing Cow cheese triangles, good on celery.

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