The simple fact is that weight loss comes down to two factors: decreasing the amount of calories you are eating, and/or increasing the calories you are burning through exercise! The good news is, you can almost always make a ‘healthier’ and ‘more satisfying’ versions of the foods you love without sacrificing taste and feeling deprived! There is also a way to decrease calories without feeling hungry!
How is that possible you might ask!?! The answer is simple…by adding low ‘density’ foods to your meals. In doing so, you will be able to eat larger volumes of food for less calories and allow you to stay full for longer periods of time!
This knowledge has changed the way that I eat in so many ways! I am now able to to eat larger volumes of delicious food, and stay satisfied longer. I also have more knowledge on which foods to select that will fuel my body more efficiently and give me steady energy throughout the day.
So you may be wondering what is the ‘density’ of food anyway!?! Well, here is a basic description along with some examples to demonstrate what I’m talking about!
I hope everyone had a blessed week! I know I sure did…God has been putting new dreams and visions in my heart for my future that really excite me! Let me just tell you, serving the Lord makes every day an adventure that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world! :)
I had one of the best days in a while this week trying out and creating a few new recipes…and what’s even better is that they almost all turned out great! (Now that is MY kind of day! Except I don’t love cleaning the kitchen after I’m done!)
Now on to the Daily Dish!
WOW~ Hard to believe another week has flown by! Ever since I got married (in August) the weeks have been going by quicker than ever! I guess it’s because being a wife has been such a joy in my life, and it sure does keep me busy…Although I’m sure time speeds up even more when you have kids!
This week was very productive for me, I had two interviews, (both went well) and have sat down with my husband to discuss some long-term goals for our future! :) We also celebrated Mothers Day (a week late) with my mom by having a BBQ at my parents house!
I love BBQ’s…I think it may be my favorite thing to do when the weather gets warm! There are so many things you can make (veggies being my favorite) that just seem to taste better when grilled! I hope you all had a productive week, and took some time to spend with the people who mean the most to you! :)
Now, on to the Daily Dish!
I would say one of the things that frustrates me the most in the world of ‘health food’ is all of the products that give the impression of being ‘healthy’, when in fact they are far from it! It literally breaks my heart when I see people trying to put an effort towards eating ‘healthier’ and they choose products/foods that ‘seem’ healthy, but in reality they are probably doing more harm than good!
I decided to do a post on this subject to shed light on the truth about many of the foods that are ‘hiding’ behind health food labels, but in reality are high in saturated fat, sugar, and empty calories.
I could go on forever about this subject, but instead I chose to compose a list of a few of the foods that are often mistaken for being healthy. (Of course, there are many more than what I listed here, but these are the one’s that I’ve seen to be the most common). I then followed each item with a few tips on how to pick a ‘truly healthier’ alternative!
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!! Unfortunately, this is the first mother’s day that I did not spend with my mom…She was on vacation in Cobo, Mexico… So after church, my sister and I went to Ruby Tuesday’s to celebrate ‘being mothers’ of some pretty cute puppies! :) (we missed you mom!)
In honor of mother’s day, I thought i’d share a picture of my beautiful mother with my sisters and I! I love you mom!
If you haven’t already noticed, I love to eat healthy! Honestly, my body CRAVES healthy food, and I love how I feel after eating a delicious healthy meal! I must admit, however, that there are times when I (like all people) am not perfect! I have days when I eat more than my body needs or I go overboard on a piece of dessert (I have a major sweet tooth!) :)
When those times of ‘overeating’ occur, I usually wake up the next day feeling a bit ‘puffier’ than normal! I have learned that there are a few simple steps that help me ‘bounce back’ and get right back on track! That’s what living a healthy LIFESTYLE is all about after all…Not perfection, but balance!
Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a great week! This is my second ‘Daily Dish’ post, and I must say…I am actually having a lot of fun taking pictures of everything I eat in a day! I hope you are enjoying this section of my site and are getting inspired to live a healthier lifestyle, (and have fun doing it)! :)
For most people, (with an exception to the few ‘genetically blessed’) exercise must become a part of your everyday lifestyle if you desire to loose (or maintain) weight. I think one of the biggest ‘mis-understandings’ when it comes to exercising for weight loss is that you must do ENDLESS amounts of cardio to burn off as many calories as possible! I know this to be true, because I too once thought cardio (for at least an hour a day) was the only way to trim down and stay slim! Well…I’ll just say it now…I WAS SO WRONG!!!
I know this post doesn’t have much to do with fitness or nutrition…But I have realized one thing about both of these topics. Our society always seems to try to motivate people to ‘eating right’ and ‘get fit’ in order to look better. I admit, I do feel better about how I look when I eat right and exercise, but when it really comes down to it, those two things have nothing to do with being beautiful!
Regardless of your weight, height, age, or overall appearance, has anyone ever told you that you were WONDERFULLY made!? Well…You were! The Bible says in Psalm 139:14 that you were both “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!” Now I understand that the Bible is not exactly the ‘common’ or even ‘popular’ standard used to measure beauty…But I have found through my own personal experience that it is the ONLY way. Why do I say this!? Because I have looked to people in the past- men, other women, even myself- to define and affirm my beauty, and it it didn’t matter what kind of validation I received, I was always disappointed. In fact, when I looked to others (or the mirror) to tell me I was beautiful, it was then that I found myself reaping feelings of doubt, loss of self esteem, and seeds of insecurity.
I have to say, I really look forward to my ‘snacks’ every day! There is something about that mid-day ‘mini’ meal that really gives me an energy boost, and gets me ready for my afternoon workouts! (I generally workout with my sister around 5-5:30 pm during the week.)
I also look forward to snacks because they usually don’t require a lot of thought or preparation, and yet they always seem to be pretty satisfying! I generally eat my snack around 2-3pm (or whenever I’m hungry), and they are usually around 150-200 calories. I also try to incorporate some form of protein and complex carbs/fiber to keep me full until dinner time. So…In honor of ‘Snack Time” I thought I’d share some of my favorite snack ideas! And I’d love to hear some of your favorites too!:)