wiaw – a lot of green stuff

January 14, 2015 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Diet, Food, WIAW by lindsaymwright

Hey.  Hi.  Hey-o!

I don’t have a whole bunch of time (about to head downstairs and train my MoveMore groups) but I wanted to sit down for a second and document some of the FOOD that we’ve been consuming around here lately.  Yesterday marked the end of a little mini-challenge that I had with myself (the 10-day Advocare Challenge for Nursing Moms if you’re interested) so we’ve been eating A LOT of green things.  Since our food color for the month of December was mostly brown…chocolate brown…a little green in the month of January was more than needed.  Lots of salads, eggs, crockpot chicken and green smoothies were consumed.  Travis and I both feel WAY better and plan to continue this green streak for a little while longer (aka I won’t be making brownies today…maybe this weekend Winking smile ).

A little look at what’s been going down:

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The biggest container of spring mix I’ve ever seen.

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Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter on a sweet potato…try it!

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Crockpot Chicken (I need to share this recipe ASAP – we eat it at least once a week) and BBQ-flavored Good Beans

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I can’t get enough of this Nikki’s Coconut Butter.  It’s good on everything but best on warm/hot items as the oil tends to solidify when cold.  Just a heads up for when you buy it because you should!

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I love shrimp!  I cooked these in a little Kerrygold butter and Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute.

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Told ya.  Love it!

QUESTION:  What’s your favorite VEGETABLE??  <-I like spinach only because it’s so versatile.  But a roasted brussel sprout wins my heart.

splendid…lindsay

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why i’ll never go on a diet

January 6, 2015 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Diet, Food by lindsaymwright

This is probably the millionth resolution-type post that you’ve read this week but I need to write it out so I’m more apt to stick to some of the diet cleanup that I’m doing over here.  If this isn’t your thing, skip it and come back tomorrow.  Judging by the billion dollar weight loss and diet pill industry, I’m guessing that there’s at least a few of you out there who will read any post with the word “diet” in the title.  I get that.  I kept US Weekly in business for many years solely based on the cover pictures of celebrities claiming to have lost a few pounds on some miraculous diet.  I get it.

Let me first say that I’m not “going on a diet.”  That’s not for me.  It might be for you and I applaud you (maybe) but the minute I say that certain foods are off limits, the more and more I can’t stop obsessing over them.  For me, diets lead to very destructive behaviors.  I’m also not counting calories or tracking my foods.  After years of disordered eating, I just can’t.  I just WON’T.

But….Travis and I were kinda starting to turn into Sugar Zombies.  (you don’t want to be one of those, I assure you.)

After the holidays and with the start of the blank-page-new-year feel, we needed to start eating more vegetables.  Or any vegetables.  I’ll tell you – my biggest craving has always been SUGAR.  I’ve been known to go the entire day only nibbling on a pan of brownies ….only to see that the pan is gone two days later and I haven’t shared a single one.  While a brownie diet sounds fabulous (right?!?), it doesn’t make me FEEL good.  So this past Saturday, Travis and I cleaned out our fridge and pantry and got rid of all the desserts.  Nothing too strict – I still have my cereal and my graham crackers – but all the desserts were TOSSED.  It felt good.

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I always make a BIG salad at the start of the week!  Add lean proteins (crockpot chicken or tuna fish) + healthy fats (I love avocados).

Today is Day 4 of my Cleaned-up Diet (combined with a few Advocare supplements) and I must say that I feel wonderful.  I have ENERGY again!!  We’ve been getting in the bed about an hour earlier than normal (more sleep always helps.  Always.).  We’ve eaten a salad every day (sometimes twice a day).  My normal afternoon coffee and Oreo ball has been replaced with Spark and a banana with almond butter.  Travis is actually doing the 24 Day Advocare Challenge so I know that our lives won’t include desserts for at least the next few weeks.  After a straight month of living in a sugar coma, I’m more than ok with that. Smile

Here’s what’s important about all of this:  I’m doing everything moderately.  Yes I suppose throwing out sugary treats might have been extreme but I know that I’m less likely to reach for those things if they’re not in the house.  There was no grand sweeping “No SUGAR whatsoever/No CARBS after 6pm”-sort of declarations.  I can’t stick to stuff like that.  And I’m guessing many of you can’t either.

Balance. 

Slow improvements. 

No quick fixes. 

Moderation.

Those are all things that I can get behind as a adult who needs to eat a little better.  I used to do crazy (CRAY-ZY!) stuff in the past to lose weight or “detox” and I’m just so over that.  Anyway, I hope that if you’re in the same boat, you’ll give yourself a little GRACE and take it all one day at a time.  By this time next year, if you’re a little lighter, a little stronger, a little healther, then that’s a step in the right direction!

QUESTION:  Have you cleaned up your diet this week?  Do you practice moderation or are you an “all or nothing”-type of person?

P.S.  I’ve been asked to write a post on the SUPPLEMENTS I take so look for that in the coming days.  Any other posts that you’d like to see?

splendid…lindsay

wiaw and navigating holiday eating

December 10, 2014 in Blog, Diet, Food, Goals, Rambles, WIAW by lindsaymwright

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve participated in Jenn’s “What I Ate Wednesday” (speaking of did you see her latest recipe?!?  YUMMO!!) – I never tire of looking at other people’s food pics.  Is that just me??  I don’t think so.  People love food.  Speaking of which, I know there’s a TON of food anxiety associated with the holiday season and I thought I’d share my two cents.

Stop Stressing.

Here’s the thing….Christmas comes once a year.  I’m guessing most of my readers are fairly healthy people.  You work out, you eat whole, nutritious foods the majority of the time.  I think that the anxiety surrounding holiday foods is unnecessary if you keep in mind that this is a temporary season.  Do you make Christmas cookies the other 11 months of the year?  Do you eat poorly on a regular basis?  I’d say the answer is NO (at least for me it is).  My normal approach is this –>I aim to eat a salad a day, lean proteins, little dairy (it hurts my belly) and I drink at least 100 ounces of water a day.  I make a point to move regularly.  I don’t track calories and I don’t have food rules.  I know that when I eat trashy foods, my body doesn’t function as well.  Health and energy take priority over weight loss or calorie counting.

During this season of holiday parties and cookie exchanges, I think the biggest tip I’d give is stop putting so much thought into it.  I know that for me personally, if I say some food group is off limits …then that’s the only thing I can think about.  It’s all I want.  Moderation works best.  Always will.  If you want a sugar cookie shaped in the form of a Christmas tree – go for it.  Just pay attention to how it makes you feel.  I can eat a few cookies.  A whole plate of cookies probably isn’t the best.

Anywho….here’s a little glimpse of what I’ve been eating lately.  Lots of greens, chicken, coffee and froyo.  Smile with tongue out

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^^Henry and Clara ALWAYS pick gummy bears as their topping.  I can’t imagine that mixing well with froyo but to each their own.^^

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^^I recently ordered two dozen Spring Sprinkle Healthy Bites.  They taste like a sugar cookie but are WAY healthier.^^

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^^These lasted all of two days.  Reminded me of summer.^^

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^^I got all sorts of Martha Stewart and made my own cinnamon almond butter.  Meaning I shook a crap-ton of cinnamon into a jar of almond butter and stirred it up.^^

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^^Pre-dressing.  I’ve been using Ken’s Balsamic Vinaigrette lately.^^

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^^Best pumpkin yogurt.  Hands down.^^

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QUESTION:  What are your thoughts on HOLIDAY EATING??

splendid…lindsay

why food and exercise shouldn’t touch

December 3, 2014 in Blog, Body, Diet, Food, Inspiration, Over-Exercise by lindsaymwright

“We’re eating turkey and dressing tomorrow. 

Push harder!!! 

WORK!!” 

Head down, legs pumping as fast as they could.  Those mountain climbers had nothing on this group.  Yet as soon as the words left my lips, I cringed at the sound of them.

“No, Lindsay.  NO!  You don’t believe it so don’t coach it.”

And it’s true.

I don’t let the corners of food and exercise touch.  Like those (odd) people who can’t let the juice from their black beans touch the corn on their plate, I don’t allow my mind to even go to that place where exercising X amount burns off X amount of food.  After talking to several recovering ED friends and just women in general, I realize that this is a blessing.

Food and Exercise.  Why DO we put these two things together so much??

We say things like: 

“I ate this donut so I’m going to run for 50 minutes to burn it off.”

or…

“I want to eat a donut later so I’m going to run for 50 minutes to make a calorie deficit.”

Read this:

If you want to lose weight, you need to watch your food intake. 

If you want to get fit and strong, you need to exercise. 

The borders of food and exercise should really only meet when we’re talking about pre and post-workout fueling.  That’s it.

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When we use exercise as a punishment, pushing as hard as we can, for the food we’ve either eaten or want to eat, we dishonor our bodies.

When we binge on food because we worked out really hard (or maybe twice in a day), we dishonor our bodies.

When we use the phrase “let me burn this off,” we get stuck in this perpetual pattern of feeling shameful about our food choices or approaching exercise with an attitude of punishment.  Not good.  Not healthy.

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I want to tell you right now – there is nothing more JOYFUL than moving your body.  It’s a pure blessing!  I think once you’ve dealt with an injury or sickness, you immediately recognize the privilege that is MOVEMENT.  Same goes with food – fueling your body in a way that promotes digestion, clear skin, energy – that’s a gift you can give yourself.  Eating vibrant, energy-giving foods is a way of honoring your body.

To move freely, for fun…for pleasure.  That’s the goal.

To eat healthfully.  That’s the goal.

Not “calories burned.”  

Not all the numbers.  

And most definitely not out of guilt or obligation.

(So long story short – don’t let “calories burned” rule your life, don’t let food and exercise touch and keep your black beans separate from your corn.)

QUESTION:  Are you stuck in this pattern of exercising to burn off what you ate?  Do you count calories?

splendid…lindsay

wiaw – a month of clean eats

September 24, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Diet, Food, WIAW by lindsaymwright

It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in Jenn’s “What I Ate Wednesday” so I thought I’d share some of the food pictures on my phone.  I confess – some of these meals are pretty boring.  Travis and I just finished up the 24 Day Advocare Challenge so we had to focus on real, whole foods for the month.  We ate SO many salads (at least one every day), lots of healthy fats via avocados, nuts and coconut oil, and a lot of fresh fruit!  No junk food, no pizza, no brownies…no “fun” food.  BUT we feel WAY better and hope to continue this long streak of clean eating (with lots of treats mixed in :) )!  I’ll be sharing our before/after results on Friday so stay tuned!

A glimpse at our latest eats!

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^^Yep.  I eat McDonald’s.^^

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^^You must try these!!   I’ve seen something similar called Harvest Snaps around here.^^

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^^LOVE the portability of the Peanut Butter & Co. squeeze pack.^^

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^^In our BACKYARD!!!^^

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^^YUM!!^^

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^^Reduce, REUSE, recycle.^^

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^^Grape Spark & Catalyst!^^

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^^Simple Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies (with stevia-sweetened baking chips!).  Would you like this recipe?^^

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QUESTION:  What type of diet would you say you eat (80/20, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, etc)??

splendid…lindsay

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top four postpartum weight loss mistakes and easy fixes

September 15, 2014 in Advocare, Baby, Blog, Body, Diet, Motherhood, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

Losing weight after pregnancy is HARD.  Sure, there are the select few who somehow look better after they’ve popped out a little one (not fair!), but those ladies are few and far between.  For the great majority, the old rule of, “Nine months to gain, nine months to take it off,” holds true and even then it might take a little longer.  But what happens when you give weight loss your best efforts and you just aren’t seeing the results you’d like?  Here are four reasons why your weight loss efforts could be stalled and how to fix them!

Weight Loss Stalled?  What Gives??

You aren’t working out enough.

You make it to the gym when you can, which often equates to twice a week.  Aim for at least four days of moderate to strenuous exercise – five days would be optimal.  If you’re short on time, you can try TABATA training or HIIT, two wonderful training methods that burn a great deal of calories in a short amount of time.  Try to leave the gym with some sweat on your brow!

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You live at the gym!

Working out has become your daily escape (and for some, a way to be able to eat whatever you want).  If you’re spending hours a day working out and not seeing results, you could be exercising TOO MUCH (read here for signs that you might be overexercising).  When we don’t allow our bodies time to rest and recover, we can actually damage our metabolism which makes it really hard to lose weight.  Make sure you aren’t overdoing it by incorporating at least one, if not two, rest days per week.

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You’re snacking too much!

A post workout smoothie, nibbles of our toddler’s mac and cheese and a daily bedtime snack of ice cream – innocent enough on their own but when made into daily habits, these 200-300 calorie snacks can be the underlying culprit.  If you’re looking to lose one pound of fat per week, you’ll need too end the week with a 3,500 calorie DEFICIT, or a 500-calorie per day deficit.  One of the best weight loss tips?  KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL and write down every single thing that goes into your mouth.  Not only will provide insight into exactly how many calories you’re consuming, but you’ll also be more apt to forgo those spoonful’s of Junior’s mac and cheese!

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You aren’t eating ENOUGH.

Just as one can eat too much, it’s also easy to overly restrict calories, especially when we’re hoping to lose weight quickly.  Please beware:  If you fall under 1,200 calories per day, you could send your body into “starvation mode”, decreasing your metabolism and telling the body to hold on to whatever you feed it.

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For an active 150-pound woman, you’ll need to aim for at least 1,500-1,800 calories per day.  If you’re nursing, you’ll want to aim for 1,800 to 2,200 calories per day!  Dropping below your daily caloric requirements might actually be leading you to GAIN weight!  Try focusing on whole foods (think vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats) and steer clear of processed, prepackaged foods.

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I’m currently sitting about 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  I only know that because of this Advocare Challenge (I don’t normally weigh myself).  In the end, I think it’s really important to stress SELF LOVE when it comes to postpartum weightloss.  Your body isn’t SUPPOSED to look like it did before.  It’s just done the most magnificent and complex work that it will ever do!!  So say thank you, nourish it with healthy foods and daily movement and focus on the NEW, IMPROVED you!  Stretch marks, belly pooch, mom jeans and all.

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QUESTION:  Any HEALTHY tips that you’d like to add that other mamas might need to hear??

splendid…lindsay