Wednesday, October 12, 2022
It’s time to talk about healthy living because it’s been awhile! I find this time of year very difficult – do you? First we have all the Halloween candy, my birthday is right after Halloween and that means cake, then Thanksgiving comes around, and then all the Christmas treats that surround me at school and at home. None of this is bad in moderation, but for me, it is a slippery slope. If you give a mouse a cookie…
I am trying to get back to basics until my birthday. I made the mistake of buying some candy corn and some Halloween chocolate for a couple of our candy bowls and now it’s gone, thankfully, and I didn’t do too badly. But, I don’t plan on buying anything else until a couple of days before the trick or treaters come. A holiday is ONE day, Amy – not an entire month! A trick to help with that is to not go in the stores. Use the pick up service!
Here is what I am working on currently:
-getting enough water – this is a constant struggle at school. You simply cannot drink enough water as a teacher because you just can’t get to the rest room as much as you would need to! I am trying to drink a big Tervis tumbler of water before my coffee at home and then at least one Stanley cup at work, followed by 2-3 more Tervis tumblers at home. I am also drinking La Croix on the patio most days in the afternoon, because it feels like a treat.
-getting enough protein – I have really let this slip. I am aiming for 30-40 grams per meal. If I can get this back up, I think my sugar cravings will be lessened.
-I never sit down during the day, so I am very active, but I still need to get back to the gym consistency and add more walking. This is my favorite time to walk, but I just struggle with being so spent by the end of my workday. I realize that walking would give me more energy, but… Teaching is hard, y’all. Teaching has never been harder than in 2022. That’s a separate post, though.
Let’s talk about favorite products and foods!
I am still enjoying two cups of coffee each morning before work. I take a tablespoon of this:
and a splash of a skinny syrup and…
froth it in the bottom of my coffee cup now before starting my Keurig. It is better this way than spooning it on top and I dirty one less cup. I’m serious, you need a frother. Starbucks who?
Thank you to the person who recommended Costco’s Kirkland brand egg whites. They come in a box with 6 of these cartons. I do a mixture of real eggs and this for my burritos and faux egg mcmuffins. If I am home making a breakfast bowl, I usually use one real egg and a couple of splashes of these. They taste great! Yes, I am an egg for breakfast person and I am a breakfast person. I wake up hungry, but wait about 3 hours to eat. On a perfect day, I stop eating at 7 p.m. in the evening, so I am hungry!
I am still taking my iced proffee (protein coffee) to work for my mid morning snack. Current favorites are these:
I usually reserve these for the afternoon because it feels like a treat. Favorites right now are black razzberry and razzcranberry. There are some flavors I don’t like. I think LaCroix is my fave sparkling water.
For an afternoon or evening snack, I like the portion control of the baked box of chips from Costco. I am pretty satisfied with these or the plain flavor.
I have to have a string cheese once a day. Ernie hears that wrapper and comes running. So, I really only have half a string cheese a day!
I have popcorn a few times a week.
I alternate breakfasts that I take to school – faux egg mcmuffins are on tap this week. I use the light Thomas English muffins, a half slice of Kraft American, a square of egg (I made them on a sheet pan in the oven) and two slices of Canadian bacon. Who knew Canadian bacon was so light and provides some protein?
Having these all packed up really makes me happy! My goal is to have as little to do in the morning as possible!
I am still loving Slender Kitchen for my recipes. (Click on the red type to go directly to the site.) Thanks to Erica, fellow Spanish teacher at my school and meal prep partner, for finding it. Tom is amenable to these meals for dinner and he also cares about getting lots of protein and being pretty low carb. He will eat anything, but he does sometimes say things like, “I would rather not see this on my plate again”. He says he just really appreciates not having to make a decision about dinner after making so many during the workday. He is fine with a dinner of frozen Totino’s pizza – the cheapest on the market – or tuna salad, too. He can make these himself if I’m tired!
I cobbled together a few non-light recipes for stuffed peppers this week and subbed cauliflower rice for regular rice. Brown rice would be good, too. These ended up being very low in calories, WW points, and high in protein. I used Laura’s lean ground beef and only did a bit of shredded Mexican cheese. I should have cooked the peppers for longer. You have to cook them before the filling is in and I only did about 30 minutes. I think they need 45-an hour and maybe even the broiler would be good at the end. These would make a great Halloween meal and you could also do orange peppers and yellow peppers. I did yellow here:
All packed up for school:
To keep with the orange theme, I did roasted baby carrots. Roasting any fresh veg just makes them so delicious, in my opinion.
I cooked onion and mushroom this week to throw in with eggs or some of our dinner meals, possibly. I like having this on hand.
I truly enjoy the chopping and stirring and find it very relaxing. I want to buy exclusively fresh fruits and veg, but having a few cans and frozen bags of certain things can be so helpful, too.
Ok – I ordered this for $15. I had been very curious. You can only get it online and there are 12 flatbreads in the bag. You have to keep it refrigerated. They are paper, paper thin. I used one as a wrap and it was not that satisfiying, but I made “chips” out of them to dip in hummus and they were so good that way! All I did was spray some Pam and salt them. I think 8 minutes at 350 in the air fryer was what I did.
I am pretty sure that anything you can do with a Cut Da Carb, you can do with my beloved La Banderitas, but I have not tried making chips with them yet. Also, I love to make my own tortilla chips out of very thin corn tortillas. They are seriously better than some of our Mexican restaurants’ chips. All it takes is Pam and salt!
I recently tried this and yum! They taste like buckwheat pancakes and I didn’t think I really needed much syrup. I used some of my spray butter.
I am still taking two of my multivitamins, but I have gone down to only one of my Vitamin D. My Vitamin D levels were low a year ago and this year they have increased tremendously! Yay! My cholesterol is higher than it should be so I am taking this liquid fish oil and getting it re-tested in a few months. I am also still obsessed with taking one Ashwagandha gummy 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. It contains a bit of Vitamin D, too. I think the Ashwagandha helps me to stay asleep. I really don’t care if it’s a placebo effect!
My WW app stopped working because we had to get a new credit card and I hadn’t changed the billing credit card. I tried for a week to “do it on my own” and “just write it down” but I decided that $20 a month is still worth it for me. Again, I have not yet reached my goal and I think this is the healthiest and most balanced approach. I just don’t think I am ready to be without the app yet.
Erica and I have both been struggling since August 10th when school started to get back on track. She says she is emotionally eating and drinking cocktails because school is hard. Her husband wants to eat out a lot during the week, too, which derails her. She does great during the school week until she goes home ravenous. I am struggling the most with after dinner treats right now.
My jeans all still fit, but they are tighter than they were last spring. I am trying to wear jeans a few times a week for accountability.
I want to repeat that I refuse to eat anything gross. I am not buying a lot of processed, packaged foods, but am cooking most of the stuff I eat myself. I have the time to do this, but honestly it doesn’t take much time. I spend about an hour on a weekend morning doing my breakfast prep and I cook every night for maybe 30 minutes and that gives me two dinners (Tom and I) and two lunches (Erica and I). I was making different things for our lunches and decided to work smarter like Erica had been doing.
My mom reads my blog every day (thanks, Mom!) and recently said “How are you doing on your diet?” I don’t feel that this is a diet, but rather that I am learning to feed my body in a healthier way, thus my blog post title “Healthy Living”.
She then went on to say, “From your blog, it looks like you are on a french fry diet!” That made me think maybe others think that, too! To that I say, I don’t want to live in a world without french fries. I probably have some french fries two-three times a month. I share them with other people and it’s a treat. If there are 21 meals in a week, I am eating a pretty good meal for 18-19 of them. It’s all about balance. That is why WW is so good and why it works. It retrains you about portion size. It lets you live your life. It is sustainable whereas diets are not in my humble opinion.
Of course, I show my treat meals more than my everyday meals in my blog posts because they are more fun to look at. I’m constantly working to figure this lifestyle out. I’m not trying to be fake up in here. I still eat too fast at lunch (we only have 20 minutes) and that sometimes carries over into my other meals. I still think I’m a member of the “Clean Plate Club”. As a child, I think our generation was taught that we had to clean our plate, but now I am working on learning to listen to my body’s fullness cues. I am working to take home half of my restaurant meals. I’m learning that a bite of something sweet does the trick just like the whole darn treat.
What I’m thankful for:
Tom – he is great at splitting things with me at restaurants, will eat any of my new experiments, and is super supportive.
Erica – it is so great to only have to make lunches two or three times a week. And, we eat like the Queens that we are! Ha! We have helped each other by all the new recipes we have tried. Erica has certain specialties and I have certain specialties.
That I like to cook! I feel for people like my sister Kate who just don’t enjoy it at all. It really makes it easier when you don’t feel like it’s a chore.
The people in my life who are supportive and say nice things. Never underestimate the power of a kind word.
You all! You are included in the above! No one can understand how supportive the blogosphere is if they don’t read and comment on blogs.
What recs do you have for me? Thoughts? I hope I gave one helpful tip today?