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10 Easy Ways to Eat Better Every Day

10 Easy Ways to Eat Better Every Day

My husband used to be a big guy. I mean, a really big guy.  He grew up playing football, and after he was done playing and did not need to be so big anymore, he lost over 100 pounds.

I found out a lot of this as we were getting to know each other and I always wondered how he could be so disciplined to lose all that weight, when I have trouble losing 5 to 10 pounds.  REALLY, what is up with that???

The first couple of years we were dating, I would eat tons of chocolate, burgers, pizza or steaks while he would eat salads, fish and fruit for dessert.  FRUIT FOR DESSERT, are you serious!  What is wrong with this picture?  Isn’t the guy supposed to eat more than the girl?  Come on; he is over twice my size!

I knew I needed to get better about my eating habits, but I also knew I did not want to sacrifice my enjoyment of food.  I just did not think there was any joy in eating salads or what would typically be considered “healthy” food.  Healthy eating was boring to me and I had made it a habit to eat a certain way.  So, I had to learn to break that habit.

I found out it takes discipline, but once you find some different ways to make eating right as enjoyable as eating wrong, it gets easier.  There are a lot of ways to make the right choices at home and at restaurants, but here are a few of my favorite tips and examples to change how you eat for the better:

1. Add some variety to your salads

Salads can be pretty boring on their own, so give your taste buds reasons not to focus on the lettuce.  Mix in other veggies, spices, and fruits to add textures and some kick to the boring old green stuff.  I like a little crunch with some peppers, apples, and carrots.  Just stay away from croutons! Another great salad trick: keep the dressing on the side.  I like my salads with red wine vinegar, but if you get a more traditional dressing, just dip your fork into it every couple bites and it will do the trick for your taste buds.

2. Watch out for hidden sugar

Stay away from anything cream based and watch out for sugar.  Things like soup and granola may seem healthy and good for your diet, but a lot of times they can be packed with tons of empty calories because they are made with heavy cream and lots of sugar.

3. Load up on veggies

Eat as many veggies as you like and do not be afraid to dip them in a little hummus to add some extra flavor.  Veggies are great to snack on and carry with you in a plastic bag in case you get the munchies.

4. Water between bites

Drink water between every bite.  The water will help hydrate you, fill you up, and the extra time will help your body realize it is getting full. A lot of times, hunger pangs are our body’s way of saying we are thirsty, NOT hungry.

5. Lemon time!

Add lemon or lime to your food to add a little flavor (veggies/chicken/fish)…it does not just make things taste better, it makes you thirsty and keeps you drinking that water while you eat!

6. Spice up your meal

Spices add some kick to your dishes, and the hot ones like cayenne pepper or red paper flakes make you feel full and again, make you want to keep drinking that water.

7. Potato swap

Try eating sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.  Baked or roasted, sweet potatoes will make you feel full longer and can be a nice healthy starch to add to your diet.

8. Plan ahead for restaurants

Do not be afraid to ask for what you want when you eat in a restaurant.  Asking to make a substitution or to eliminate something you know is not good for you can keep you from feeling guilty and help you enjoy your meal that much more. If you know where you are going to eat, take a look at the menu in advance online.  Make game plan for your meal and stick to it.  This will keep you from making an unhealthy and impulsive decision at the table.

9. Small portions and snacks

Eat several smaller portion meals and snacks consistently throughout the day.  This will help to keep your blood sugar level and fight off those hunger pangs.

10. Give yourself a cheat day!

Do not deprive yourself of your favorites, just do not overindulge.  A cheat day can be a good habit to mix into your routine.  It is never a bad thing to reward yourself for all your hard work.  Just be careful, part of the deal is that you have to get back on track the next day.

On top of these simple adjustments to your diet, another way to adjust your eating habits is to mix in activity and movement.  Sometimes taking a break from your work and walking around for a bit will prevent you from going to the fridge or binging on that candy bar.  If you are still hungry after your walk, at least you earned your snack with a few calorie burning steps!

It’s amazing how just a few simple changes in what you are eating can make you feel so much better.  Trust me ladies, I still have my cravings, especially when I am PMS-ing!  But now I choose not to overdo it, and believe it or not, I have gotten myself to the point that when I do lose control, I lose control with something healthy!

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Greek Yogurt – Creative Snack Recipes

Greek Yogurt – Creative Snack Recipes

One of my articles on the Modern Mom website…..

Growing up Greek we always had Mom’s homemade yogurt in the fridge, usually eaten with a bit of honey.

Here are some other variations of yogurt snacks, meals and substitutions:

Sour Cream Switch

Yogurt can be your secret weapon against unnecessary fat and calories.  Substitute yogurt for sour cream, whipped cream, and mayonnaise when you are cooking at home.  You might not even notice the difference it tastes so good!

Spicy Dip

Mix a couple tablespoons of Greek yogurt, one tablespoon of hummus, a dash or two of cayenne pepper and a tablespoon hot sauce (amounts can vary based on your tolerance).  It is a great dip for cold or hot veggies.

Sweet Breakfast

Mix a cup of Greek yogurt or skim milk, a cup of oatmeal, a half cup of bran cereal, a tablespoon of ground flax seed, a dash of cinnamon and a little sugar free sweetener or sugar free maple syrup.  It can be a power packed breakfast to start your day or a great dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Craving Chocolate?

To get your chocolate fix, without all the calories of a candy bar, combine one cup of Greek yogurt with two tablespoons of Hershey’s Cocoa powder (amount can vary to taste), add two teaspoons of sugar free sweetener (amount can very to taste), mix it up well and you have some delicious “chocolate pudding”.

Dessert Delight!Dessert-Delight!

If you prefer something a little colder for your sweet tooth…try mixing a cup of Greek yogurt, a cup of berries (any berry frozen or fresh), a half cup bran cereal (for some crunch), a little sugar free sweetener.  This will definitely help your ice cream sundae craving!

For a slight variation of my last one and to help out on those warm summer days, try mixing some chopped up fresh fruit with Greek yogurt.  Stir it up well, seal the container tight, and put it in your freezer for an hour.  You just made a nice scoop-able treat for you and your family!

ENJOY!!!

 

*Another great addition is almonds to the Sweet Breakfast, Chocolate Yogurt & Dessert Delight.

Healthy Breakfast

A delicious, healthy and colorful breakfast made my bestie while visiting her in Atlanta!!! #MorePlease #DishWithTrish

Healthy Eating 

Grilled Chicken on a Caprese Salad…Looks too good to eat! Staying healthy & fit while traveling!

Thrive Culinary Algae Oil

A taste of home at the Thrive House!!! Greek inspired dinner by Chef Marisa Churchill using Thrive Culinary Algae Oil.  One of the best home cooked meals I’ve ever had.  Light, healthy and tasty!

STARTERS

Spiced Baked Feta with homemade pita break baked with Thrive Algae Oil

Hummus Dip with homemade pita bread baked with Thrive Algae Oil

Warm Olives with preserved lemon & fried parsley fried with  fried with Thrive Algae Oil

MAINS

Mixed Green Salad with Greek Goddess Dressing and warm lentils infused and sauteed with Thrive Algae Oil

Baked Sea Bass Plaki with caramelized with onions and cauliflower rice baked, sauteed, caramelized with Trive Algae Oil

DESSERT

Walnut Cake with Citrus Frosting with orange segments and honey thyme syrup baked with Thrive Algae Oil

Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Bonbons with “magic shell” made with Thrive Algae Oil

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Healthy Living

Healthy Living

Throwback Thursday…stock photo of me modeling back in the day..eating the way i should have been then, but do now!

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Healthy & Tasty

Healthy & Tasty

Yellowtail sashimi, seared tuna, pureed sweet potato and stringbeans

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