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Healthy Living-Choose Health!

One of the greatest things about Whole30 was seeing a change in my waistline and skin. The photo above was taken after 3.5 rounds of Whole30. It has not been modified. It just is a selfie taken at a weird angle. The dress I have on I could not wear for a long time. Now it fits.

I guess it would help to show you where I started in 2017. The photo below is of me and my friend in Phoenix this May. I had already started Whole30 and dropped about 7 pounds. I was quite uncomfortable as clothes were becoming more challenging to fit.

I made a choice I wanted to be healthier.

Being healthier or healthy for me was not about dropping 4-5 sizes, which I did. Nor was it about being skinny or meeting a number on a scale. It was about becoming a healthier person.

Healthy is about living a better life and being a healthier person.

Whole30 changed the way I view food and health. I tried other plans, worked out like a crazy person and saw slow unsustained change. I worked hard for any progress.

Whole30 brought about change that I can see lasting a long time. It was only challenging at first. Afterwards, it became a blessing. Once my body adjusted to the plan, foods off the plan tasted not so good to me. They were too greasy, too salty, and more food was needed to be satisfied.

No more slavery to the gym…

I did not workout while doing Whole30, other than just walking. I can not imagine how the results would be if I hit the gym like crazy.

What does it mean to be healthy…

  • To love thy self. Loving me is vital to loving anyone else.
  • To cease the busy. It’s so easy to be busy. Busy can lead to stress. Stress can lead to weight gain or poor food choices.
  • To cease investment in one sided or toxic relationships. I chose January 1rst to stop investing in one sided relationships; best decision ever.
  • To cease using food for comfort. Food is fuel.
  • To cease the fast food and out to lunch habit while working. Whole30 forced me to buy groceries, pack lunch, and forgo fast food options.
  • To give thanks. Lots of great things happened this year. Lots of hard things too. Giving thanks re-calibrates things for us.
  • To look up and around more. There is beauty in God and nature.
  • To pursue the best option. Candy, cake, chips are not the best steady options. Fruit, veggies, and lean protein are steady options.
  • To think of what will be a blessing to my body, soul, and spirit. Asking the question, “Will this help or hurt?,” was and is beneficial.
  • Rest is a weapon. Going all the time is hard on the body and soul. A wise person takes time to rest. Inhale, exhale.
  • Meditation/Prayer are vital to thriving. As a person of faith, part of thriving is the ability to focus on God, listen, and not simply ask for things-give thanks and meditate on the goodness of God.
  • Meal Prep is for my health, not a mundane task. Healthy meals make for an energetic week. Taking the time to prep meals is vital to healthy living. So the time spent doing something else needs redirected to what is the most beneficial.
  • To let go. I love the serenity prayer which leads us to let go of the things we can not change and to acquire wisdom for the things we can change. Some things we simply must lay at the feet of God and let it go!

My encouragement to you is pursue health. So many people make New Year’s Resolutions. How about starting today? How about choosing health today? How about moving towards a healthier you today? It takes one decision, followed by another healthy decision, that brings about a healthier you!

If I can do it, so can you. What’s stopping you?

To your health…you can do this!!

Erin

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Eating at Home

 

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Hello fitness friends! I hope you are continuing to eat healthy, workout, and take care of yourself. One of the things I’ve been doing is cooking more meals at home. 

When you prepare your own meals there’s knowledge of what you’re eating. I’ve noticed by cooking my own meals there’s less bloating, less fatigue after meals, and I’m losing weight. I’m losing fat. 

So what am I eating?

Lots of vegetables, omletes, low fat organic frozen yogurt, fresh berries, spinach, kale, tomatoes, fish, farm fresh or organic eggs, mushrooms, a bit of cheese, shrimp, wild caught salmon, wild rice, a little red meat, and drinking tons of water. 

Favorite meals, snacks…

Omlete:

Omelette recipe: 

2 organic or farm eggs

1/8 cup baby portabella mushrooms

1/8 cup spinach (organic, baby) 

1/2 tbsp butter

1/4 salsa verde

1/8 cup queso blancos (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano)

1/2 tsp sea salt

Dice spinach & mushrooms, set aside. Heat pan to low medium heat. Add butter & sea salt. Slowly add veggies to the pan & sauté. In a separate bowl whip together the eggs. Once eggs are whipped, pull your veggies to the side of the pan. Add the eggs to the empty space. Lower heat to low. Cook for one minute. Fold veggies into your egg, cook one minute. Fold over. Remove egg from the pan once done. Top with queso & salsa verde. 🍳

Dessert:

Cup or two of low fat organic vanilla frozen yogurt. 

1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries. 

Place frozen berries in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute or until thawed. Pour mixed berries over frozen yogurt and enjoy. 🍨

Dinner: 

Baked shrimp and Tilipia (or Salmon, other fish)

Spinach salad

French green beans

Preheat oven to 350F. Season shrimp and fish with a dash of sea salt, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 tbsp of melted butter or virgin olive oil, and I use Spicy Greek Seafood seasoning. You may use garlic or your favorite seasoning. I start with frozen veggies and seafood. Drop green beans in your baking dish with the seafood. Bake 30-40 minutes. 

Spinach salad is fresh organic baby spinach, diced Bella mushrooms, tomatoes, feta cheese, and topped with cilantro dressing from Trader Joes or another dressing of choice. 

Here’s to cooking at home! Cheering for your health! 

Warm regards, 

Erin 

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Whatcha Eating?

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Photo: baked salmon with Seasonings of Salonica seasoning, steamed kale, red quinoa, and shrimp. Topped with a light lemon and butter sauce.

Today’s post is about food! What are you eating? Are you bored with your food options? Part of wellness is nutrition. You can work out all the time and fail in the area of nutrition. If the body doesn’t have the right fuel, it will not run well. If the body doesn’t have the right food, you can still gain weight with exercise.

The picture above is from my own kitchen. I confess I get bored with the same menu all the time. I eat loads of seafood and vegetables. I have to come up with creative ways to eat healthier.

Some ideas…

Season it! I highly recommend the Seasonings of Salonica-Spicy Greek. http://www.spicygreek.com. The seasoning is not spicy. It’s delicious. They have seasonings for fish, chicken, vegetables, meat, and it’s tasty. It’s a great way to cook fish, chicken, or meat dishes with a new flavor!

Join Pinterest and look for new recipes. I have thousands. Granted I don’t cook them all, yet there are tons of ideas.

Grill it up! There are so many healthy options for the grill. If you don’t have a regular grill, there’s always the George Forman Grill.

Farm fresh goodness. Think of your plate like a paint canvas. Aim to cover it with many colors of fruits and vegetables. Make it colorful and beautiful! Visit your local farmers market and look for new ingredients.

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Slenderize your favorite food items. I love Mexican food. It’s delicious. I’ve found the best way to eat it is at home with healthy options. More salsa and less cheese/sour cream.

Last night I made Carne Asada tacos.

Skirt steak
Light sour cream
Salsa
Salsa verde
Spinach
Fresh tomato
Small amount of Mexican cheese blend
Corn tortillas

It was far healthier than the restaurant versions.

When you make your own food, you control the fat content, salt content, and portions.

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So, cheering for you to have a diverse plate. Add more spices! Try new things. Make cooking an adventure. 🙂

xoxo,

Erin

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