Making Smart Food Choices

Food. We are surrounded by it everyday almost everywhere we go. How do we make smart food choices while on the go, while traveling, while stressed, while sad, while happy, and while celebrating? 

  
I’ll be honest with you and say there’s no easy answer to this. This involves hard work and making conscious decisions. I still struggle with this myself. I will say, however, that I have had a few victories lately that I’d like to share.

Victory #1
While at a teacher conference recently where breakfast and lunch were provided, I was presented with a table full of pastries upon arriving. Those close to me know that I love, love, LOVE maple bars! Last year, I even had a student who brought me a maple bar to school everyday for a week straight! I, however, confidently walked past the maple bars, headed to the fruit trays, put some cantaloupe and pineapple on my plate, and walked to my table. When I got to my table of 7 other teachers, guess what many of them had on their plate? Yes, that’s right… maple bars! The smell wafting my way almost made me walk back over and pick up a maple bar for myself, but I didn’t! Yay! Victory!


Victory #2
I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I normally take some kind of candy with me to munch on. While I was preparing for my current vacation, however, I did not purchase any candy! Nope, no Skittles, no M&Ms, no Hot Tamales, nothing! Victory!


Victory #3
It’s so easy for me to mindlessly eat. As read above, I eat while traveling, while stressed, while sad, while happy, and while celebrating. Nearly every emotion is connected to food! While vacationing, it’s so easy to mindlessly eat while sitting at the beach, laying by the pool, or relaxing in the room. Today, however, there’s been minimal snacking. One way I have combated the snacking has been by consuming plenty of water. I, in fact, have drank over 3 liters of water today! That may seem like a lot, but you should have seen how much Sweat came from my body today on my run (walk / jog). Lots of sweat, lots of water consumption, and minimal snacking! Victory!


How do you make smart food choices? Do you have any tips to share? What do you struggle with when it comes to food? 

Until next time,

IdealFit Giveaway: Get Fit, Get Lean, and Earn Your Ideal

Happy Friday friends! Fridays are the best! I’ll be honest, however, and say that everyday feels like a Friday when you’re a teacher on summer break! Speaking of summer, how do you get fit, get lean, and earn your ideal during summer?  I don’t know about you, but I when I’m on a quest to reach a goal, I want to surround myself with people and products to help me meet my goal.  As I am quickly learning, being healthy involves making a series of choices on a daily basis; what to eat, whether to exercise or not, how to fill my free time, etc.  Continue reading

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Transformation Tuesday #14


It’s Transformation Tuesday and today I’m taking a look at food. It’s something we can’t avoid and something that we encounter several times throughout the day. So, how do we make wise food choices? 

To be quite honest, this is still something I struggle with from time to time. For example, just the other morning I made myself a plant-based protein smoothie for breakfast, but when I walked into work what did I see… maple donuts! 🍩 I made the right choice and only ate half of one. See… It’s about finding the balance. 😉

To be honest, some things that help me make wiser food choices include:

1) I start every day with a balanced breakfast (preferably I drink a glass of warm lemon water before eating breakfast) 🍋

2) I pack healthy snacks so that I’m not tempted to grab something “junky” 🍏

3) I drink a full glass of water before I reach for a snack (chances are I’m dehydrated, not hungry) 💦

4) I aim for an 80/20 diet (80% plant-based/20% non plant-based) Since becoming a vegetarian 4+ years ago, I have consumed more fruits and veggies than ever before! 🍆

As for the pictures, the one on the right was when I was not following these above principles. I was eating anything and everything that came my way. I was not exercising, sick quite a bit, and felt quite miserable. The picture on the left, however, shows a woman who (for the most part) eats to fuel her body. She doesn’t restrict, but instead asks herself, “Will this fuel me for my busy day ahead / for my long run?” She is healthy, fit, and happy. She still has her “off” days, but she is quick to jump right back on the path of health and wellness. 

Please realize I am still a work in progress and am far from perfect. Also, I am not a registered dietician nor nutritionist. My hope is that by sharing my journey I may encourage someone else to make healthier food choices for themselves and/or their family. 

Remember friends… Food Matters!