It kills me when one of my friends says they drink a smoothie on a regular basis instead of eating meals. I will admit I grab a smoothie sometimes when I’m out and about because it’s convenient. My husband does it too. We love them! Smoothie king is our guilty pleasure! BUT we try to eat regular meals as often as possible and not supplement a smoothie in place of a meal.
Smoothies tend to have way too much fruit in them. They also have syrup which the fruit was sitting in, that’s incredibly high in sugar. I don’t know many people who get veggies in their smoothies so you’re basically getting an overload of sugar. The average fruit smoothie is 500-600 calories with around 49-60g of sugar. That’s twice the amount of sugar you should have in a day!
If you are making smoothies at home, this can be a different story. I will still argue that they shouldn’t be replacing meals. However, you can work them into your diet to your benefit! I make a “smoothie” protein shake. In my protein shake I mix protein powder, fruit, spinach, milk and sometimes an avocado. This is my post workout drink. The difference is that there is WAY less sugar than the smoothie places! I measure out the amount of fruit I need for one serving. I also add in spinach for extra magnesium and iron which is great for you post workout!
Remember, just because it has healthy items in it, doesn’t mean it’s the best option. Read your nutrition labels. Check the sugar and fats! And for goodness sake, don’t replace meals with smoothies on a regular basis. Occasionally is ok. Eat your fruits and veggies in the proper portions!
I love telling people I’m on a diet. They always ask “which one?” I respond with “the grocery store diet.”😂 I typically get a confused or blank stare. Then I explain it’s where I go to the grocery store, buy food and that’s what I eat.
People often confuse the meaning of the word diet. A diet is what you eat! If you eat only fast food you have an “unhealthy diet!” If you follow something like Atkins, it’s called a “fad diet.” If you eat a balance of fruit, veggies, etc you have a “healthy diet.”
When I go to the grocery store I get 90% of my food from the walls of the grocery store. Next time you go to the grocery store, look at how it’s laid out. If you follow along the wall you’ll see veggies, fruit, meat, dairy, etc. In the middle of the store, where the aisles are, is all your processed foods. I try to avoid those aisles unless I’m getting something like crackers or tuna. Plus, if I roam the aisles I’m sure to get something not on my list that I really don’t need!
Next time you go to the grocery store try the “grocery store diet” and stay along the walls when getting food. Happy shopping!!
Note: Some produce departments are spread out in one area and they have just the veggies along the wall. The fruit will be on islands. I still consider this “the wall” because it’s not in an isle. 😉
I love this image that’s going around IG! My husband always asks me “is this still good?” when he pulls leftover meat out of the fridge. I have a habit of cooking in bulk and some days I just forget when I made certain meals so I just toss it to be safe. Sounds like a waste but it’s better safe than sorry!
Here are what I call the meat rules! Screen shot it, memorize it, do whatever you need to remember it because it comes in handy often!
Never take a chance. If you can’t remember how long it’s been that the food was in the fridge just toss it!
I always tell people, never go to the grocery store hungry. Guess what I did yesterday………I went to the grocery store hungry. 🤦🏼♀️ I got everything on my list plus two little treats. I’m sure some people are looking at these and saying “but they’re organic” or “it’s better than candy.” Not always! They are still high in sugar and fat! In moderation things like this can be a little better than eating a bag of candy. Fruit sugars are definitely better than refined sugars. However both are processed in the body the same.
Always watch your portion sizes. I make sure to portion things like this out into sandwich baggies when I get home. When I want a “treat” I grab a perfectly portioned baggie! This is to assure I don’t over eat. Because honestly if you leave the bag in front of me I’ll eat the whole thing! 😂 Treat yourself and don’t feel guilty about it. But do it in moderation! And don’t go to the grocery store hungry!!
Some people buy everything organic. This isn’t necessary. However there are a few foods you should always buy organic. Not sure which you should buy organic and which you don’t have to? It’s easy. If it has a thick skin that you don’t eat, like an avocado, you don’t need to buy it organic. Pesticides cannot penetrate the thick skin of an avocado so it’s protected. Same for bananas, spaghetti squash, oranges, etc. Foods like tomatoes, zucchini, spinach, etc with skin you do eat, you should always buy organic. It is also recommended that you buy meats and dairy organic to avoid any added growth hormones that are given to the animals.
Materials and practices not used in organic farming include:
1. Synthetic fertilizers
2. Sewage sludge as fertilizer
3. Synthetic pesticides for pest control
4. Irradiation to preserve food
5. Genetic engineering
6. Antibiotic or growth hormones in livestock
Organic tends to be a little pricier most times than the non organic. But wouldn’t you rather pay a higher price to protect your body from unnecessary and harmful chemicals you could potentially ingest?
To learn more I recommend reading the USDA blog post on organic foods!
I went to lunch with a friend recently and she told me she was wanting to lose weight. She asked me what I typically eat in a day so I explained. I start my mornings with a solid breakfast, then a snack, then lunch, then another snack, then a post workout protein shake, and finish with dinner. None of my meals are huge but they are a good size to where I’m not still hungry after.
When we went to order our lunch I ordered a a grilled chicken salad with no cheese and salsa instead of dressing. My friend ordered a fruit smoothie. This is where people get it all wrong. Food is not your enemy if consumed in the proper amounts! A fruit smoothie isn’t a meal. It’s a snack. Yes fruit is good for you but in small amounts. Your body processes fruit as a sugar. If you want to lose weight, fuel your body properly. Give it the nutrients it needs to burn fat….veggies, proteins, fats (avocado), etc. I wish people would stop being so scared of what they eat. Educate yourself on foods! If you don’t know where to start, then ask!
Sometimes the simplest breakfasts are the best breakfasts. After I graduated from college and got my first real job, I constantly skipped breakfast. I always said I was in too much of a hurry to get to work so I just grabbed a coffee and ran out the door. I was working out like crazy but instead of gaining muscle I just kept getting skinnier. This may be some people’s goal but it wasn’t mine. That’s when I realized my food intake was affecting me more than I realized. For someone with a degree in Exercise and Sports Sciences you’d think I would have caught this right away. Not always when it’s yourself. I decided to make some changes in my diet. Breakfast was a must. So I traded in my coffee for protein and fats (good fats). I saw a huge improvement in my overall energy and eventually my size. To this day I still make sure to eat a healthy breakfast. My favorite is avocado toast! Some mornings it’s difficult with a little one so I grab a protein shake. But that’s better than nothing at all! As a mom of an infant I need all the natural energy I can get so fueling my body properly is a must!
Since you were little you were repeatedly told about the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated. Yet some people have no idea what being hydrated means. Some people think when they feel thirsty is when they should drink something. This is incorrect. If you feel thirsty this is your body telling you you’re already dehydrated.
Your body is composed of 60% water. The functions of these fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temp. Without fluids, your organs can’t function properly. Chronic dehydration can affect your organs and cause kidney stones, cholesterol problems, constipation, liver, joint and muscle damage.
You should drink between half an ounce to one once of water for every pound you weigh. For example, I weigh 127lbs therefore my goal each day should be to drink a minimum of 127 ounces. I leave a water bottle sitting somewhere that I can see. This reminds me to drink water every time I see it. Chasing after a baby all day I sometimes forgot to drink my daily amount so this water bottle is like my personal warning sign! Do whatever you need to remind yourself to drink water!
Every baby is different and will respond differently to foods. However there are several foods that are typical in causing gas. The reason is because they break down slowly in our bodies. Here are a few on that list:
Don’t completely cut these out of your baby’s diet. Some of these are extremely beneficial to your baby’s growth and overall health. If your baby has gas problems, try introducing one every week or every two weeks and stick with feeding them that one rather than do a few at a time. Your baby needs time to build a tolerance. If you have questions or issues make sure to ask your doctor. I always make sure to blaze my doctor with a million questions. Better safe than sorry! (God love her for tolerating me😂)