It’s happened to all of us I think, whether work gets too busy so you decrease your workouts, maybe the birth of his child leads you to sleep less so work out less, or you put on those “I’m in love” pounds.
However we get there, all of a sudden we realize we’re suddenly five or 10 pounds overweight!
I think the real success is the realization that you did gain five or 10 pounds. Because at that point, it’s doable. It can be caught and tended to.
One thing I did was start eating one small salad, extra, a day. And what I did was a few things: regulated my taste buds, made me crave less sugar fat or salt, added fiber to my diet so I felt more full, and reminded me that I needed to watch what I was eating. The salad looked a little something like this:
I think the trick is to make it small, very easy to make, very minimal ingredients, so that you can make it fast and it’s not a huge thing.
All I did was chop up half a head of romaine and a quarter of a pepper.
And then I made the dressing: Half a teaspoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, dried Greek seasoning, a teaspoon of fresh salsa, and a quarter teaspoon of turmeric/salt.
I found a little container that keeps the dressing separate from the salad and keeps the salad cool. It’s good I like it for a small salad, but any container will do.
Would you add a small salad to your diet every day for a week? Have you before? Do you think it’s a good idea or not?
It’s filling, gluten free, vegetarian and tastes fresh! It’s vegetable pho and it’s important that you find one that you like.
Since good authentic pho isn’t easy to make, (often broth takes hours to make and the consistency of noodles can be finicky) I think it is important for you to find a good vegetable broth from a restaurant that you love!
I am so happy to say that I have found one. Other restaurants had broth with too much weird stuff in it, there was salad and cucumbers in my noodle soup, totally unacceptable!
But not this one.
And, did I mention that this restaurant is close to my house?
The broth was clear, delicious and fresh. Vegetables perfectly cooked. Very fresh. And a great selection. I got carrots, onion, broccoli, cabbage, Red peppers, celery … And the noodles were awesome.
Vegetables are nutrient dense foods, this soup filled me up. it was totally satisfying. And the best part? This huge bowl of soup has 300 to 400 cal in total!
What is your favorite dish to order in a Vietnamese restaurant?
Starches are great for your body. Throughout the world, in for the past centuries, human beings have lived off of starch. Today many starches are over processed, removing the most healthy part of the food.
Here is a helpful chart to illustrate the healthy benefits of starches:
Carbohydrate g per 100g serving
Fiber g per 100g serving
Carbohydrate g per 1cup serving
Portion Size Notes
Other Notable Nutrients
Vitamin C, Thiamin, Folate, Potassium, Manganese
Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, potassium, manganese
1c= 154g (slices)
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Potassium
1c= 136g (cubed)
Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Potassium
white potato, peeled
Not much very high, some Vitamin C
1c= 328g (mashed)
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Iron (non-heme), Vitamin E
Just a reminder about what intermittent fasting is: you aren’t cutting calories. You’ve already calculated your BMI and BMI so you know how many calories you need to eat every day to achieve your goal of either losing weight, maintaining it or gaining weight.
You don’t cut calories when you are doing intermittent fasting! You are simply eating your daily calories within an 8-hour window of time.
For example, if you start eating at 12 noon, you stop eating at 7 p.m. You don’t eat after 7 p.m. and when I started this was my personal schedule. I would work out at about 11 a.m., eat at noon or one and stop eating (begin my “fast”) between 7 or 8 p.m.
So for those of you who are used to late night snaking this poses a problem! What if you get WAY too hungry at night to stick to the intermittent fasting eating window and fasting times?
Here are some of my personal tips and hints to curb the appetite late at night:
Now I know some of you will scoff at this. But try this first. Hunger is often disguised as thirst and remember, you are allowed to drink water, in fact encouraged to drink water during intermittent fasting periods.
These are foods that pack a nutritional punch and fill you up. They are foods like vegetables, oatmeal, whole grains, fruit. Vegetables and fruit have skin which contains vitamins and fibre that keep the body healthy and full. Same with fruit. Whole grains contain the husk, which contains vitamins and also more fibre. This will help curb your appetite at night.