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

top ten food staples in our house

November 12, 2014 in Blog, Food, Lists, Pinterest by lindsaymwright

As I’m preparing to be away this weekend for Refresh Summit, I’ve had to think about what FOODS I need to get at the store.  Travis won’t go to the grocery store (he just won’t think to do that) and they’d be happy eating cereal or rolls all weekend long.  While cereal will suffice in a pinch, I would like to leave them with some actual meals to eat in my absence.

Here’s what I’ve pinned so far:

Friday:  Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

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Saturday:  Grilled Cheese Pull-Apart Rolls

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Sunday:  Sizzlefish Coho Salmon

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Now I just have to get to the store and actually buy all the ingredients…always easier said than done.  The salmon will be easy because it’s already in our freezer, just waiting to defrost. Winking smile

While I’m talking about the grocery store, I wanted to share some of our food staples around here.  The truth is:  The Wright family is pretty boring when it comes to elaborate meals and snacks.  We eat the same thing almost every day.  I don’t really see a reason to change that – most of what we eat is nutritious, budget-friendly and most importantly, it makes us happy.  I think food should be all three of those things!

Here are my TEN FOOD STAPLES – things that go on the grocery list every single week!

#1 – Eggs

We eat a lot of eggs!  Either in quiche or omelets or just scrambled with some shredded cheese on top.  I used to have the grand idea that we’d get chickens and have our own eggs…but I’d rather just just pay for them.  Pick and choose your battles, right?!

#2 – Liquid Egg Whites

I buy at least two cartons of liquid egg whites a week.  I use them in my morning pancakes, in smoothies and sometimes in a pinch I drink them straight up after a workout.  I know that sounds so gross to some of you but they don’t have a taste and they’re pasteurized so you can drink them liquid and not get sick.

#3 – Bananas

A pre-workout must!

#4 – Peanut butter (all-natural)

Travis eats the majority of the peanut butter around here (I’m partial to almond or sunflower butter myself).  He’ll put it on apples or ice cream (fun fact: Travis eats ice cream almost every night unless he’s trying to lose weight.  He adds at least 3 or 4 tablespoons of peanut butter to cut the glycemic index and make it “healthier.”)

#5 – Cereal

Our favorites:  Honeycomb, Bran Flakes, Honey Nut Cheerios and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

#6 – Unsweetened almond milk & Whole Milk

To go with the cereal.

#7 – Spinach (and other greens)

For almost a year now, I’ve tried to eat a big salad for lunch every day.  We buy organic spinach or spring mix for this.  I also use spinach in smoothies or in eggs.

#8 – Trail mix

Walmart brand – I think it’s called “Mountain Man Mix.”  I usually pick out and eat all the M&M’s and then end up buying another bag of M&M’s to restock what I’ve taken out.  Not sorry.

#9 – Apples

Gala or Honeycrisp.  We have one of those apple slicer thingymajigs and it works pretty well.

#10 – Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

Last but certainly not least, I buy a bag of chocolate chips every week.  There’s only one store in town that still stocks the MILK CHOCOLATE ones so I make a special trip for those.  I usually eat them by the handful with some raw almonds.

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QUESTION:  What are some of YOUR grocery list staples??

splendid…lindsay

sizzlefish and cooking lindsay-ish style

October 14, 2014 in BLEND 2014, Blog, Dinner, Food, Review by lindsaymwright

I gotta tell you about this fish.

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And not only because I’ve met the owner, Rob and fell in love with him and his cedar-plank salmon at Blend 2014.  And not because one of my best friends works as the Social Media Coordinator for the company.  And also not because when you go to price this fish out, you’ll find that each filet comes out to about $5 – much less than if you ordered it at a restaurant – AND that’s including the shipping cost!

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I actually really just LOVE fish.

Good fish.

And having it once a year when we’re down in Destin, Florida just isn’t enough.

Sizzlefish offers perfectly portioned, frozen seafood right to your door!  If you’re like me and live at least 7 hours away from the nearest ocean, you’ll understand the hesitation that comes with ordering fish in the mountains.  My mind just doesn’t go there.  If I saw items like “Coho Salmon” or “Sablefish” on a local eatery’s menu, I’d probably make a “ehhhhh-face” and skip right to the cheeseburger (mmmm…cheeseburger….).

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Honestly, when I received a sampler pack of some of their filets, I panicked a little. I don’t cook fish (read the paragraph above).  My friend Katie told me to do something simple.  Something Lindsay-ish, she said.  Hmmm…Lindsay-ish.

So I plopped down on the couch and googled “Crockpot Salmon.”

Yes.  Yes, I seriously did.

To my great surprise, turns out there are like 600,000+ recipes out there for cooking salmon in a crockpot.  Go figure.  I almost went there but decided not to.  This fish is special and deserves better than a 2 hour soak in that little appliance.  Chili, yes.  Coho Salmon, no.

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All I did was pull out my Calphalon sauté pan, defrost two salmon filets (10 minutes in warm water) and then pan-sear them.  Just to get a little bit fancy (and because I’m 4 and like to dip my food into sauces and stuff), I whipped up a quick dijon topping (equal parts spicy dijon mustard and plain greek yogurt).  I served it all up with a side of my spaghetti squash/hummus/spinach creation and Travis and I sat down to a meal in less than 20 minutes.  We “mmmmm-ed” and “ahhhh-ed” through each flaky bite.

I was at the beach, you guys.  Except in my pjs and at my house.

Thanks, Sizzlefish!

**For the month of October, Sizzlefish is offering $10 off all orders. Use the code “OCTBONUS” at checkout.  Shipping is included in the price!**

QUESTION:  Do you like fish?  What’s your favorite kind?

splendid…lindsay

**Disclaimer: I received this product free for review but was not compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own!**

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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stove tops, boiled cookies, no-bakes….i won’t give up on you

September 17, 2014 in Blog, Dessert, Food, Recipe by lindsaymwright

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These cookies are my very favorite in all the world.  I think I like them for their simplicity and the fact that I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  I.e. “on a whim” cookies.  This can be a good and a bad thing, as there’s really nothing stopping you from making these bad boys every single week.  Except your thighs.  Your thighs might scream in protest.

I’ve had a problem lately though.

For the past 5 (ok maybe 10 years), I haven’t been able to make these cookies set up.

I’ve quadruple-checked the recipe.  I’ve measured once, twice, three times.  I’ve used less milk, more milk, less boiling time, more.  And before you tell me not to make them on rainy days, I already know that tip.  We wait until the sun is blazing at high noon before I even dare pull the pot out.  Sometimes I’ll get a fluke batch that sets up, but I believe my failure rate is 90 percent.

They just do not work for me.

But that doesn’t stop me from making them.  Because they taste even BETTER on a spoon.  Because Clara “yoves” them.

And because I’m not a quitter.

Stove Top Cookies

(my mama’s recipe)

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (whole)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp. dark cocoa
  • 2 1/4-2 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine first four ingredients in a pot.  Heat until boiling.  Allow to boil for 2 minutes.  Stir in last three ingredients.  Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper.  Allow 15-30 minutes to set up.  (or just eat them with a spoon)

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QUESTION:  Do you have a recipe that just will NOT work for you??  I’m afraid to ask…but what are you tips on these cookies?

splendid…lindsay