Diet

Your Health: Starting with Small Changes

50 Foods Under 100 Calories

I wrote this entry on diet and nutrition basics years ago when I began my transition from lazy couch potato to a fitness junkie. Four years later, I now know a lot better because reading my first three points sounds like all the generic health advice that I thought I had to follow religiously.

But I did follow it pretty religiously for the first couple months when I was actually trying to lose weight and guess what? It worked. And although I learned that there are different ways to do things and straying away from those rules weren’t going to do much damage to my goals, I still stand by them because:

They help develop good habits.

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    This is NOT a Diet Blog

    Hey everyone, I’ve been MIA from my blog and it’s sad that once life gets busy, this blog is the first thing I neglect. Well, where have I been? Ever since I got back from Vegas, I’ve been busy EATING — and working… and exercising… and biking… but mainly eating.

    A lot of people ask Boyfriend: how come he can eat so much and still be so fit? His answer was because he IS fit so that’s why he can eat so much. I totally agree and while he may not be as ripped or look as strong as other guys, I bet his pain threshold is a lot tougher and we all know when it comes to fitness, it’s all mental and comes down to how long you can push past the pain. His #1 reason to stay fit is to eat guilt-free. My #1 is to look good and #2 is to eat guilt-free.

    One of my goals is to never let food control life.

    …as in letting food make me feel guilty because let’s face it, we all go through days where we feel fat, shitty and disgusting and it may have been caused by that uber cheesy burger you had for lunch or the giant plate of fettuccine alfredo you had for dinner. I use to feel guilty all the time because I would eat and eat but then those were the days where exercise was non-existent in my life. But that was only guilt caused by my own laziness and lack of motivation.

    Now, I’ve worked hard to get myself to a point where I integrate exercise into my daily life— I enjoy it and actually look forward to it …believe it or not! Many people who go into this journey quit or fail but one of the reasons why I am a success story is because I customized the lifestyle to fit my wants and needs. I never followed a strict diet or exercise routine by some well-known trainer— I educated myself and developed a plan that worked for me. I live to eat so I knew I had to program myself to do more exercise so I didn’t have to give up my favorite foods. This made it a lot easier to stick with in the long run because the diet was my biggest nemesis. It took a lot of motivation in the first couple of weeks but overtime, everything just got hardwired into my brain. I discovered how to stay motivated along the way and it’s become such a huge part of my life.

    It’s been an amazing journey.

    So if you come to my blog, expecting a health blog with pictures of protein muffins, green monster shakes, overnight oats and kale chips… sorry but you’ll mostly be seeing this:

    Food

    I do eat healthy the majority of the time, but I NEVER deprive myself from anything if I really want it. Moderation DOES work. I don’t lie to myself nor to the world and make it seem like I’m a crazy health nut. Is it a contradiction that I am a fitness FREAK but so NOT a health nut? I love Poutine, Black Forest cake, Goldfish crackers, duck confit… why deprive myself of any of those just because they are processed and bad for you? Life is too short and it makes me happy— and as long as I’m doing the two things I love: exercising like a maniac and eating like a manic, it’s all good and I’m not feeling guilty about anything.

    Isn’t that what life is all about?

     

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      Food and Us

      hotdogfruit

      Food is nothing but fuel for our bodies, yet it is so much more.

      Food brings people together, cultures revolve around food, people look to food for comfort, rewards and pleasure and much, much more. Food is the answer to so many things: do you want to show your appreciation for someone? Buy them dinner. Are you stressed or sad? Indulge in ice cream.  Want to lose weight? Stay away from junk food.

      Food is so deeply engrained into our culture that it has become so overly-complicated. Over-eating, under-eating, clean eating, dieting… food should be simple yet we tend to over think it and cause unnecessary stress in our lives.

      As I’m writing this, I’m having an immense craving for cheese puffs. I feel like I’m going to die if I don’t have one!! In a perfect world, I would just go get the damn cheese puffs but my mind is telling me to resist because I’m going out for dinner later… and that I’m going to Vegas in 2 weeks and I want to look good… and I had an easy workout today. But I want it so bad. Gimme!! How has my relationship with food turned so complicated?!

      But in reality, I just went to get those cheese puffs. Why? Over the years as I slid into this healthy lifestyle and as my philosophy on food and fitness evolved, I’ve discovered a new mindset that now comes naturally:

      I don’t let food rule my life.

      By setting some simple rules for myself, I eat anything I want. I don’t feel bad. I don’t feel guilty. I don’t feel regretful. This makes me happy because I love food.

      Berries and Cream Dessert Triangles

      Here are some basic rules everyone should follow:

      • Indulge all you want in anything that grows from the ground or in trees.
      • Avoid anything is packaged and contains ingredients you’ve never heard of.
      • Once in a while, treat yourself to something “bad” (see above point) if you really love it.
      • Enjoy, savor and appreciate every single bite.

      Dim Sum

      Here are some rules I’ve set for myself. This may or may not work for you depending on your lifestyle, personality and many other factors. Everyone has to find their own way and this is my way.

      • Eat healthy during the day and indulge at night (because that’s the time I like to eat). People say you should eat more during the day and taper off at night but that’s when I like to chill out and perhaps watch a show while snacking on some good eats. It works for me so why not?
      • Or eat healthy during the week and indulge on weekends when I usually go out. I’m too busy working during the week anyway so there are less distractions for me to fill myself up with junk. This is when my willpower is the strongest so I’ll use it to my advantage.
      • Cook at home most of the time so I can indulge as much as I want and don’t feel guilty when going out to eat. You never know how much butter and sugar they put into their dishes.
      • Exercise lots. This is easy because I love exercise.
      • Never feel guilty about overeating or indulging. I can always push a little harder during my next workout. I love food and like I’ve always said, I will NEVER not eat things I love just because it’s deemed unhealthy or fattening. Knowing I have the discipline to make sacrifices elsewhere makes me feel a lot better about food.

      How is YOUR relationship with food like? Are you still struggling with it or did you already overcome it?

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