Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bon Appetit!

With the holidays approaching and rich food, gaining weight over the holidays is pretty common. Since the holidays are meant to be enjoyed, I don't think you have to go into "dieting" mode. Which, really, I don't understand anyways. Your whole life you are going to be on a "diet?"

Since last March I have lost almost nine pounds. With nursing and pregnancy, my body is crazy and won't allow me to lose the weight until my babies are 2.5 years old.

2013 with Ryder 

2014 with Ryder! 
More than dieting, I feel it's a mindset of healthy and whole eating. Whole eating means not eating out as much and packing snacks, instead of going through the drive through. And planning out meals that are filling, lean and balanced with lots of fruits and veggies.

So, here are some of the things I have found after having three babies helps me.
  • Pack healthy snacks for on the go and water 
  • Make eating out a treat and not a daily occurrence. But, when you go out, enjoy it!! It's supposed to be a treat! I order pretty much whatever I want, including beer. I might take longer to lose the baby weight, but it means I will stay motivated. 
  • Trim out the red meat and use lean proteins like eggs, chicken and seafood. 
  • Beans! Ask my husband. He gets a little tired of having beans, but they are so great for your health and budget friendly.
Speaking of budgets 
Eating healthy is actually healthy for your wallet! Michael Pollan says you can make anything you want that you would eat at a restaurant, if you can make it at home. And the link to his site has some great resources to cooking videos.

Some of our favorite foods include: 
  • Homemade french fries with homemade ranch (half mayo, half yogurt with herbs and smashed garlic with kosher salt) 
  • Suishi rice at home - So much better than regular rice because it's sticky and it's easy kid cleanup. 
  • Homemade chinese stir fry 
  • Homemade hot chocolate - a great alternative to ice cream
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies - a treat and great when you want to know what's in your cookies. Some cookies have soy or palm oil. Gross! 

  • Smoothies and milkshakes - Honestly, most restaurant smoothies are stocked with sugar. I use Stonyfield Whole Plain Yogurt. It has enough fat to keep you full, but low sugar. And a bag of frozen foot, juice or milk and about a cup of yogurt as a base recipe. 
All yogurt is not the same
And while we are on the topic. Can I just talk about low-fat or fat free yogurt? It's horrible for you. Like Sophie said, "it tastes like medicine!" Whole milk yogurt in a small portion size is better for you and will keep you full longer. 

Want to know a secret? I love the Stonyfield whole baby yogurt. It's 4 oz and tastes amazing, but only has 13 grams of sugar. 

And can I show you what will be on our envelopes for Christmas cards? Julia. : )

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