Each Wednesday we enjoy a Potluck of inspiration at Hot Pink Apron.com. We bring the conversation starter, you bring your own personal touch.
F U bikini section taunting me as I walk into the mall. I know how much cake I ate this winter, you don’t need to remind me! We won’t let that skimpy little pink number jolt us into a drastic diet, we know better. It’s the healthier lifestyle choices, no matter how small, that will have us peeling it off with greater confidence this summer.
Apronites, what are some of the small changes you’ve made in your diet to live a little healthier?
Dana: Cutting out the mayo was a big step in my weight loss journey. 50 extra calories and saturated fats that were easily replaced by some creamy avocado or my fave O calorie condiment, mustard.
The biggest smallest change I made to become healthier (and ultimately drop 60 extra pounds that I wasn’t really using anyhow) was to reverse my daily meal approach. Most of my adult life breakfast consisted of coffee (a must!) and maybe a muffin or bagel to soak it up with, a slightly larger lunch and then dinner became the feast of the day. I realize now I had it in reverse. After 8 hours of slumber, your body requires nutrients and protein to kick start the day. Start big, feel satisfied, burn off the excess fat and calories and throughout the day decrease your meal size and the amount of fat included. Trust me, a hearty breakfast can change your life.
Kristina: The first thing I did was completely (well 98%-ly) cut out refined white sugar and unhealthy sweeteners in my diet. Agave syrup and/or honey in my tea, coffee, morning yogurt. I buy plain organic yogurt and if my fresh fruit is still a little too tart, a few drops of honey completely balance out the flavours. Forget those pre-blended yogurt/fruit cups! The commercials always annoy me too so there’s an added bonus in making my own. Revenge/Spite is uh…. sweet.
***I say this as I’m making a batch of strawberry rhubarb muffins using white sugar but what hell, we all deserve a treat every now and then.
Kirsty: We are substituting butter for avocado or apple sauce when baking. Agave or honey or maple syrup for sugar. Lots more planning going into meals. Pinterest is a great tool that’s been helpful!!
Kari: Making my own salad dressing is my new favourite thing — it is super easy and healthier than the bottled stuff!
Jodi: I no longer eat anything deep-fried (and my background is Scottish, so that was a challenge) and try and stay away from white sugar. I haven’t eaten red meat since I was 16 (except for the occasional black pudding) and eat a TONNE more veggies than I ever did. Now I just have to cut down on all the bread (pasta, pizza, sandwiches, burritos) we eat. A lot of it’s homemade, but that doesn’t seem to cutting it. It’s making me feel a bit doughy. (Ha!)
Reagan: We generally eat pretty healthily so I don’t actively avoid anything – but just practice moderation if it is particularly terrible (ignoring anything I may have previously posted about Cadbury cream eggs. That’s enforced moderation due to seasonal availability!). So I’ll buy a litre of ice cream and finish it off in a few days but won’t buy it again for a month. Also, making baby food for my 6 month old has forced me to step up my veggie game since I’m trying to expose her to lots of new flavours and since she’s only eating single veggie/fruit meals, I have to keep lots of that stuff in the house. Oh, and water. I drink lots of water.
Michelle: I quit eating dairy about 6 months ago. I haven’t drank milk in eons but did eat greek yogurt and I never met a cheese I didn’t get lady wood over, but, I wasn’t feeling well. So I tried no dairy for a couple of weeks and my skin cleared and looked brighter and then once the heroin like withdrawals over the cheese were over … I felt great! I just bought a juicer I’m stoked for that bad boy to arrive … I’m on a clean eating rampage!
Amanda: Jodi, I’m not sure you *can* be Scottish and give up deep-fried food. I work with a Scottish guy and I have honestly never seen someone eat so much grease and salt!
As for small steps to healthy, you guys all put me to shame! My diet isn’t great to be perfectly honest because no matter how hard I try and kid myself, I don’t think a whole lemon cake counts as even one of my five a day. The best thing for me that I have done recently has to be cycling to work since I moved to Cambridge to help counteract all the chocolate and biscuits I eat.
Caitlin: I’m a big fan of the 80/20 rule–80% of the time I eat as healthy as I can (which for me means steering clear of refined carbs and sugars and other things that don’t agree with my body, as well as loading up on the veggies), and 20% of the time I let myself have whatever I’m craving (usually chocolate and cheese, hello my lovers). For me, feeling healthy is as much about what I eat as it is about knowing that I don’t have to restrict myself ALL the time, and also knowing that even if I fall into a poutine and ice cream rabbit hole, I can get back on the horse and just keep on going. It’s all about listening to your body and finding a balance that works.
…and a little green salad with your poutine can help you feel WICKED virtuous.
Amanda: The difference between you and I, Caitlin, is that I assumed that this was 80% creme eggs, 20% salad.
Caitlin: Amanda, you have just described my perfect meal.
Kristina: I can’t resist: http://www.hark.com/clips/zhplcylzhz-good-food-with-bad-food
Dana: We really need to start pod-casting these conversations.
Eat well, Apronites, and don’t forget to have fun!
What are some of the small changes that you’ve made to your diet to live a healthier lifestyle?
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