Healthy snacks to curve cravings

A few weeks ago, I started a group on facebook. Team Knockout. I know, really cool name ;-)

I started it, not only because I am a beachbody coach, but because I wanted to help people. After losing 15lbs, I wanted to help other people too! I still have more to lose, but I know that feeling when you are actually eating well, working out, and you feel great! And I want to be a part of that and helping them succeed!

This week, I had a friend who asked about healthy snacks that would help with cravings. I thought what a great way to share some ideas, and help with that sweet tooth! And those strange people who have salty cravings (haha jk!)

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 Sweet tooth

~apple and peanut butter

~dark chocolate chips (try sugar free if dark is too much)

~grapes

~watermelon

~colby cheese and apple slices

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Salty

~cashews

~homemade trail mix (cashews, almonds, and some dried fruit)

~cottage cheese (can add fruit)

~kale or sweet potato “chips”

Of course, there is always carrots or a shakeology shake :)

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The big thing is, you NEED to have these available. When you are making your shopping list (make sure you aren’t hungry!) and add fruits, veggies, nuts, and cheese. If you are worried about things going bad, get frozen. Andrew will have frozen blueberries with his eggs for breakfast. That way, I don’t waste money on fruit going bad.

These are the foods that are going to help you curve cravings. And each day it will get easier to step away from the cake, move away from the chips.

Question for you:

What is your favorite GO TO snack?

Do you get sweet or salty cravings?

 

Random articles/blogs for motivation

When I went to type of something, I noticed I had a few drafts still left that I never published. And I went to see what I thought was interesting a few weeks back…..

I follow several blogs, sites, and different twitter accounts and I always find some great recipes. This time I found a few, along with some great articles!

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I love following other blogs, healthy twitter accounts, and seeing other workouts. This is motivation for me to eat healthy and get off my butt! Of course, I also had to share the pumpkin recipes because, well, its PUMPKIN!

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Question for you:

What sites/blogs to you most enjoy?

Follow up Weekly Goals 1

Last week, was a week for new beginnings for me. I wanted to refocus on my health, both physically and emotionally. I noticed that I was straying away from things that keep me…well…together. Working out, eating well, sleep. They ALL effect me A LOT! I decided to set some goals, to get back on track :)

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1.) keep track of food on myfitnesspal MET: Kept Track EVeryday!

2.) try to keep calories -500 for the day UMM: I did great until this weekend.

3.) workout on days on off (if it happenes after a 12hour shift too,  great! ) MET: p90x3 still going great!

4.) get 10,000 steps a day NOPE: I did great Monday,Tuesday, and Wednesday getting almost 12,000 steps! I guess it balanced out to 10,000 a day.

5.) bed by 10 I did really good about this until Friday and Saturday. (then I was crabby on the weekend)

6.) do One Destressing thing a day Need to do better at this…

7.) off the computer phone unless answering a phone call when Andrew is home. Put it in my purse and LEAVE IT THERE!

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So it seems I didn’t do too bad, but that definitely by the end of the week I lost track of my goals. I am going to follow along with these as well as add the new one #7. I have been HORRIBLE about talking to him while having the phone in my hand. It is so easy to be checking email, facebook, twitter. And guess what, its all ridiculous and I need to pay more attention to him. I might even print these and put them on the frig :)

Question for you:

What is your goal for the week?
How was your weekend?

Weekend o’ fun

Andrew and I had a jam packed weekend o’ fun!

Photo overload… Haha

~Saturday~

Andrew had requested pancakes for breakfast, so I whipped up some paleo pumpkin pancakes

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(not as good as the apple, but you can’t go wrong with pumpkin!)

Next up was the grocery store, and then to some estate sales with my sister in law.

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I picked up this small table for Andrews room(to paint), some tools for the house, small container of stain,  and then this coat for $4!

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It needs to be dry cleaned, but I have been looking for a coat like that, and they go for $80 bucks at kohls!

After a quick lunch, and 30 minute workout with p90x3, we decorated the house.

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This year we were definitely behind on the decorations, but it turned out really cute. now just a nose a mouth for the front door ;-)

After running around the house, cleaning and putting things away, along with cooking, it was time for a bon fire with some of my friends.

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It was such a nice night out. We had pulled pork, salsa and chips, and smores. Lots of eating!

 

~Sunday~

I love that weekends can start with a great breakfast. (when I’m not working… )

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Pancakes, bacon and egg for a paleo egg sandwich :)

Andrew and I then went to church. I then did one of my favorite p90x3 workouts.

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After that, it was lots of laundry, dishes, cooking, and cleaning. And baseball out front with Andrew since it is in the 80s here! After that we headed to my parents for dinner. My sister in law made this amazing cake!

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It was REALLY delicious too! There has been a lot going on in the family, so we haven’t had many family dinners, and this one was needed. There is A LOT going on this week, but more on that later….

Question for you:

What was your favorite part of your weekend?

dealing with stress, with goals

There has been a lot going on here in St Louis, some good, some bad, some indifferent. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of it. So I thought I would turn to you guys and tell you the plan :)

I found an article on pinterest (yep. I love that site) talking about weight lose and the paleo diet. I eat paleo about 98% of the time. It helps with my belly issues, I am have a better attitude,and more energy.  I love how I feel,  but I know everyone isn’t on board. It was hard at first, but now its a no brainer. (I still eat cupcakes and cake and all that other stuff, just only a few times).

Anyway, back to the article. It states that there are three reasons why someone might not be losing on the paleo diet

1.) calories. Too many calories

2.) too much caffeine

3.) not enough sleep

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Wellllll I have been getting too many of the first two, and not enough on the last one. This is where my plan for the week begins. I have been trying to lose this weight for a long time, but it is still a learning experience for what I need to do for ME to get some results.

I need to stop putting pressure on myself

- when I say I am going to lose x amount by x date. It never happens. Now if I say, I want to lose weight this week. If I just want my pants to fit better. then I will lose. The pressure of a certain amount, NEVER works for me. I said I wanted to lose 2.5lbs by the end of october, and I haven’t lost, I gained.

Destressing starts with sleep

- I am a night owl at heart. Having Andrew made me have to get up earlie, so I have been switching to more mornings. But I still love reading in bed with a good book. And that means saying “just one more chapter. Ok. seriously. last chapter” Then its 11pm. That is too late for me.

Lack of sleep equals more coffee

- If I dont sleep, I have found myself drinking two or three cups of coffee. It was just a cycle of no sleep, more coffee, no sleep. Well,  and coffee is just awesome :)

The stress that I have been having is related to work, my family, and stressors that I have put on myself. This week I am only working my goals:

1.) keep track of food on myfitnesspal

2.) try to keep calories -500 for the day

3.) workout on days on off (if it happeneds after a 12hour shift too,  great! )

4.) get 10,000 steps a day

5.) bed by 10

6.) do One Destressing thing a day

The Verdict!

Tuesday was a success!  I tracked,  was -535 calories,  workout when I got home,  get in 10,267 steps,  I’m in bed now getting ready to read till 10

A great start :)

Questions for you:

-do you find its better to have one big goal for you self,  or break it up into pieces? 

Do you have any goals before the end of the year?

 

Weekend Adventures (photo overload)

After a busy, but fun weekend, it is time for an update.

Saturday started with delicious pancakes

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Andrew and I then picked up my mom and we headed to the Gap. Great sales this weekend! And I bought some fall/winter clothes :) Andrews new kicks

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While Andrew had a friend to play, I painted the garage door the final color.

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It looks so much better

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Andrew spent the night at a friends.  I worked on house projects and watched divergent. A nice little night,  and a good movie.

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Sunday started with a not friendly visitor

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He scared me when I came in and he was staring in the window haha

My new tshirt!

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after finished t25, I have lost 15lbs. So I sent in my stats and pics and got this shirt! I wore it with pride

now to lose 20 more….

Andrew and I made our own applesauce after church

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And then we went on a bike ride with the family.It was the perfect day.

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Now to begin a great week, plans to come….

Question for you:

What did you do this weekend?

 

Apple Cinnamon Paleo Pancakes

For the first time, in a long time, Andrew and I were able to make a good breakfast. Not even that, a great breakfast!

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Whenever I have the time, and I want a new recipe, I always go to pinterest. And this time, I found a good one. I just modified it a bit

Apple Cinnamon Pale Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2tbsp cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 full fat coconut cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1tbsp grassfed butter
  • cinnamon

Directions:

1.)Mix the dry ingredients. and set aside

2.) In a medium ball, whisk eggs

3.) Mix rest of the ingredients with the eggs.

4.) Mix wet ingredients into dry

5.) Cut and dice apple. Place in bowl with butter and cinnamon. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes.

6.) Fold apples into mix.

7.) Let sit for 5 minutes. Add more tapioca flour or water depending on consistency.

8.) Cook on skillet

9.) Top with butter and maple syrup.

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Easy as that! and super delicious. Andrew loves them as well. You can find almond flour at trader joes or online. Also if yoi dont have coconut flour or tapioca flour, jist use almond for the whole thing

I found the original recipe here

Question for you:

What is your favorite type of pancake?