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On The Go? Eat Great on the Run!

strawberriesIn our hectic day-to-day lives it can be a struggle to make healthy food choices when we are always on the go. I’ve looked up some general guidelines on how to decide what to eat for each meal (and snacks) and I also have a few suggestions for meal options when you are short on time or can’t make it home to cook.

Breakfast options

I’m sure you’ve already heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it provides you with the fuel and energy to go about your daily routine. Yet, oftentimes, people skip this meal. They claim they don’t have time or that they aren’t hungry yet. A good breakfast should be a carbohydrate with some protein. Aim for 500 calories and try to get those nutrients from three different types of food.

  • Whole-grain toast with peanut butter and a glass of low-fat milk
  • Healthy cereal with milk and added fruit -Instant oatmeal
  • Eggs with fruit salad, or omelet with vegetables
  • Yogurt with added granola or fruit
  • Banana with peanut butter and a glass of low-fat milk
  • Dried fruit and nuts or trail mix

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I HATE Dieting. I LOVE Food.

plums in a basketThere are hundreds, maybe thousands of diets out there. Some make subtle changes to your lifestyle and some make extreme. 

Personally, I’m not a fan of restricting food groups. Those are the extreme diets in my opinion. I strive to have very balanced and portion conscious eating habits. The reason I don’t like these “flash”, short term changes to your diet is because they aren’t sustainable. How am I supposed to go three months without eating cheese when I can’t go three minutes without thinking about cheese? That’s a lot to ask for. Cheese is delicious. 

I’ve stayed true to diets in the past; I’ve done an all protein and healthy fat diet (all meat, variety of nuts, avocados, etc.) and have seen results. But by the end of it I’m so excited to get my hands on some bread that I end up eating an entire pizza and a Ben and Jerry’s pint of ice cream in one night. And that’s no joke.  By having those cravings, I undo all the hard work I just accomplished. 

After all my trial and error, I’ve settled on three main principles to focus on while thinking about and planning what food I eat:

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Keep Calm & Plan a Wedding

keep calm and plan a weddingWhether you’re just starting to plan your wedding or in the final few weeks before the big day it’s likely that wedding stress has gotten the best of you. With so much pressure for everything to be perfect it’s easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of what that day is really about: you and your hubby-to-be starting a wonderful new adventure together!

As my wedding day draws near here are five things that have helped keep me sane:

  1. Making time for YOU. Between jobs, errands and wedding planning I know that finding time for yourself can be difficult, but it’s so necessary! At least once a week make it a point to spend some time alone. Get your eyebrows done, take a walk, read a book. Just do something to clear your head and relax. Even 15 minutes of solo-time will help you de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate yourself for the tasks at hand.
  2. Get your sweat on.  Seriously. Besides helping you look great on your wedding day, exercising offers positive emotional and psychological effects. So go to yoga, squeeze in a bridal bootcamp class on your lunch break or go for a run after work. These sweat sessions will produce uplifting endorphins and help to decrease your stress levels.

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Confession: I’m a Goal-Digger

bridal to do listTrue life: I am a goal-digger, not to be confused with Kanye West’s song about money hungry ladies. Whether it’s losing 10 pounds, saving more money or teaching my dog new tricks. I am all about setting goals and putting plans in place to reach them.

I’m getting married in June and my 2014 health goals can be summed up in six words: “Operation Don’t Be a Fat Bride.” While my immediate goal is to feel beautiful, strong and confident on my wedding day, I am also hoping to learn to LOVE exercise along the way.

I’ve worked out fairly consistently since I was in high school but I don’t do it to clear my head or because I enjoy it. Heck no. I work out so I can fit into my jeans and not feel guilty when I drink a latte! Right now a particular white dress is what gets me out of bed for a 6 a.m. workout but I still struggle to stay motivated some times.

Here are things that I’ve done that have really helped me stay on track towards reaching my goals.

My 5 tips:

Find something that you love. I saw great results working out with a personal trainer, but I never really looked forward to my appointments. Plus it’s spendy – like serious dough! So I switched it up. I bid adieu to my personal trainer and joined The Fitness Lab, a gym that specializes in group circuit training sessions. These hour-long classes push me to my limits physically and mentally and I love every sweaty minute of it! I actually find myself looking forward to my workouts for the first time in a very long time. 

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