All posts tagged: healthy

Fit Foodie’s Guide to Dining Out

Recently, a challenge group participant posted “How do I know that I’m making the right choices when I’m eating out?” I thought for a moment and realized that most of the fit-work I do when I have a night out actually happens before I get to the restaurant. Once there, I sit back, have fun, and let my plan guide my actions. Know Before you Go — Research! Depending on where we’re going, my approach changes slightly. But the general  principle is that I know what I will be eating before I get to the restaurant. This way, I won’t be persuaded by what others are choosing (“if she’s getting fries, I can have fries”), my decision is made before I’ve had any wine to make me think the “one night doesn’t matter” argument seems reasonable, and it also it gives me time to do some “research. ” If I’ve made my mind before I get there, I focus on conversation and not thinking about the food I’m not eating. Research comes in three categories: …

Meal Prep: the picture book edition

After seeing my post, Meal Prep is the Key to Clean Eating Success, a friend asked for more details about HOW I do it (“it” being the process I follow to prep for a week’s worth of meals in a couple of hours). So I took some pictures of a recent meal prep session from Fresh Direct box to various stages of preparedness for eating or cooking during the week. Here it is!  My family loves grocery delivery day almost as much as Christmas morning! Seriously, my son runs around the house with cucumbers shouting “look everyone! we got cucumbers!!” Next, as I unpack everything and begin to put away the pantry and refrigerated items, I wash all produce. I use a giant bowl in the sink where I triple wash just about everything and set it out on towels to dry on the counter top. While each item soaks and dries, I prepare a list of my prep needs. This list may include breakfast, snack, or lunch items for the week as well as …

21 Days to Healthy Habits – a sneak peek into a challenge group

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” ― Mahatma Gandhi I write a lot about challenge groups both from the perspective of organizing and leading and also my experiences participant. As I’ve mentioned in my prior posts, participating in challenge groups for almost a year was a truly transformational experience. In that time, I developed healthy habits including: 6-day a week workout schedule, increased water intake, clean eating nutrition plan, breaking a late night snacking habit, breaking a stress-eating cycle that included the chocolate drawer at my office, switched my coffee to green tea (at work, still have 2 cups at home before I start my day), creating a healthy bed-time and night-time routine, making healthier choices while dining out, and healthier choices/preparing for weekend temptations.  These huge lifestyle changes didn’t happen over night –  but each month when I participated in a 21-day challenge group, I chose a new area of …

911 Emergency Snacks

Before I made an active decision to be fit for life, being out and about, busy, short on time, out with the kids, or at home with the kids would be an excuse to make poor decisions that would take me off plan. Going off plan didn’t usually mean for that one unhealthy decision though, it would mean being off plan for the rest of that day, weekend or week. Staying fit in my kitchen and out of it meant that I needed to “think fit” for every meal, snack and situation. This meant being prepared with emergency snacks that would not only be there for me when I needed them but also satisfied whatever temptation I may face ahead of me during the emergency.  The requirements of these ESs would be to be yummy enough that I would actually want to eat it over, say, a bag of chips at the soccer field, but not so good that I am able to keep it around and not be so excited about it that I binge …