Monday, May 30, 2011

Eat Fuel, Not Fool



I have had this post floating around in my mind for a while but I ignored it because it sounded a little cheesy but here it goes...there are times when I think to myself as I begin to eat something "Is this fuel or fool?"

Does it fool my body into thinking it is something important but has limited nutrition and abundant calories, making my blood sugar spike than crash? Does it make me want more later because my body wants more calories with less work (no fiber) or is it fuel in which I feel good for for hours after and yields glorious long term results? Less calories but more nutrition?

I discovered a long time ago that I can get a day long buzz from exercise. Seriously I LOVE That feeling. I have always been an exercise junkie and I continually go back for more. I recently discovered within the last year or so that I can get a similar buzz from eating healthy...sounds odd right?...but it is true. There is so much satisfaction in eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and drinking lots of water. Ya just have to do it to understand.

So next time you go to eat think "Is this fuel or fool?" :)


Just a thought! Happy Clean Eating!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Healthy Ice Cream- One ingredient

I know it sounds too good to be true but it is!!! The secret ingredient? Drum roll please....Bananas!

I have always noticed an ice cream texture when using frozen bananas in my protein shakes but never dreamed that you could make a yummy ice cream simply out of pureed frozen bananas! It's true! I thought they would turn out flakey or blobby or something but if you take this treat and put it side by side with vanilla ice cream you really can't tell the difference in it's consistency. A fair warning if you don't like bananas you won't like this but if you do like bananas, want a healthy dessert and it is a hot day you will love it!

Kidometer results

6 yr old- "Hey this is banana ice cream! I don't like bananas"

Other 6 yr old- Takes two bites no further comment (this is typical)

3 yr old- "I love this!" and then he promptly eats his and what is left of the twins and some!

Husband- "I really like that!"

Me- I am satisfied with one scoop. Not a perfect ice cream replacement for those who are seeking an exact match in delight but it is filling and flavorful. Wonderful on a hot day!

Recipe- Freeze bananas in 1 inch cuts. Puree if it blocks up use a tbs water. Serve with a ice cream scoop. Must be eaten immediately after serving or it loses a little bit of its charm.

2 bananas equals about 6 scoops
Serving size 1 scoop

I stole this from http://www.thekitchn.com/ thanks to a reference from my friend Lisa Wiley. Thanks Lisa you're the best!!!

Happy Healthy Eating!

- Susan

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Choices


I wish I could say I was an expert at clean eating, but I am not. I wish that I could say that I am past temptation and mistakes but I am definitely not.

I hit my goal weight after the baby several months ago. I should have done a post on it. It was a very proud day and honestly it is very nice to achieve hard earned goals. I then switched my focus to trading out fat for muscle with a greater focus on protein intake and proper strength training. I felt awesome and started once again to have people approach me and ask what I was doing.

But then Easter came, along with the daunting task of moving out of state once again. I had to pack up our house and four small children and move across the state. That is why it has been so long since my last post. Consequently it seems like whenever I let my guard down old habits slip back.

After eating terribly for several weeks I feel awful and the health of my husband and children goes critical. Every body suffers for my bad eating.

I have two choices right now:

Choice One- I can succumb to my demons and survive on my old habits and watch my free-will continue to disintegrate. In this state I am driven by my craving for sugar or chocolate, always thinking about my next fix and not really free to choose what is best to eat. My mind is also consumed in contempating about how I am going to change but without the real change. It is funny how thinking about changing relieves the guilt a little but does little for the results.

Choice Two- I can stop making excuses and once again plan my meals and create an environment of success around me. By planning, getting the junk out of the house and not getting too hungry before meals I am more likely to stick to my guns. I will expect the initial resistance of my body as I take away its calorically dense, high glucose foods and let all my systems return to normal. As I eat healthy my energy begins to be restored, my sleep returns to normal and my headaches subside significantly. My mind is freed to think about I become a much happier person and a better mother and wife. Fruits and vegetables once again begin to have flavor. When I am eating high sodium, high sugar foods they rob me of the flavors of other foods. It seems to take two weeks of clean eating for my body to catch up, for me to feel and see the results.

Well anyway, wish me luck. The time is past. I must do something now. This isn't always easy but with two recent deaths in my immediate family (cancer and heart attack) and the future of my own husband and children looming in the mix I feel completely confident that change is imminent. I need to do this again, no matter what obstacles I face. Also I want to give myself a Happy 35th Birthday present this year by eating clean for 3 months in a row. That would make my world rock!

On that note, don't give up on me. More posts are coming things are still a little crazy we only got in last night from our move. I also still need to update my clean eating plans. I have been making them cleaner and less expensive.

Happy Healthy Eating!

- Susan

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