good eats.

when i tell people i have lost 30 pounds the first question is usually, “how” followed by, “you must be starving!”  hmmm.  no.  i love food.  and i am learning how to have a healthy relationship with it.  i still love food.  i am not dieting.  ideally there will be a day where i will crave one piece of pizza instead of the whole but i am not there now.  now i am trying to make healthy decisions, one decision at a time.

it is a balance between buying low-fat, low-calorie because of artificial sweeteners and buying whole-fat, more calorie “whole” foods.  i try to stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as possible.  but lets get real, the less calories the more i can eat.  and i like to eat.  see, it is a hard balancing act.

often times i am standing in the yogurt aisle just weighing my options.  low-fat, artificially sweetened yogurt has practically no calories but a whole-fat, 100% good for your natural ingredients can have significantly more.  i know one is better for my long term health but losing all my weight is also better for my long term health.  dilema on the yogurt aisle.  i usually find a hybrid solution.

here are some healthy, good eats i have been enjoying.

this stuff is worth the calories in my eyes.  grassfed milk is definitely more pricey but the benefits to our bodies is completely worth it.  check it out here.  and do your own research.  i am a believer.  plus it is super yummy.  the consistency is somewhere between yogurt and milk.  i use the banana mango flavor in smoothies.

my bowl of boredom.  i have recognized that one of the reasons i overeat is because i eat not when i am hungry but when i am bored.  major pitfall.  so i have found these bars that are both gluten free, full of 100% healthy, whole ingredients and satisfy my boredom.  i have this colorful bowl sitting out on the counter so when i wander into the kitchen it immediately grabs my attention.

the “pure” bars are around 200 calories.  i love the cashew cherry and the chocolate brownie.  they are vegan, raw, and gluten free.  somehow they are super yum.  for real.  the other bars are “fiberful” from trader joe’s.  they are 70 calories and have 6 grams of fiber per bar.  as we all know, fiber is a girls best friend for several reasons but especially because it fills you up.  the fruit and veggie has the following ingredients, apple, pumpkin, beet, carrot, broccoli, tomato, and celery.  the apricot is both the husband and my favorite.  at 55 cents each we stock up and have no guilt snacking away.

cool whip is super yummy.  it is.  but have you looked at the ingredient list.  super sick to my stomach. i found truwhip at wholefoods and love it.  it has no high fructose corn syrup and is gluten-free.  i dip strawberries for a dessert.  major goodness.

this is what my lunch looked like yesterday.  mango, strawberry, banana yogurt smoothie with a tablespoon of chia seeds.  hummus, broccoli and mushrooms.  have you heard of chia seeds?  the husband picked on me but now he is a believer.  they are easier to digest than flax seeds and have more benefits.  they absorb 10 times their weight in water to help you feel fuller and reduce food cravings.  plus they are the richest plant source of omega-3s, even more than salmon!  i mix them in smoothies and in yogurt.  there isn’t much taste but a little crunch.  i love it!

whole foods has a taco stand and the other night the husband and i ate dinner outside.  i loaded up some hummus with veggies, 2 corn tacos with no cheese but lots of salsa and beans.  whole food eating is delicious.  and i am learning that finding the balance can mean treating my body well from the inside while losing weight.  win, win.