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

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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wiaw – just pretend there are pictures

July 23, 2014 in WIAW by lindsaymwright


Dude.

Put a flippin’ fork in me.  I am donezo.

I just spent the last hour and a half dealing with blog problems.  Things are still not working out and I’m kinda over it.  I took pictures of everything I ate yesterday for a WIAW post and now it’s taking me like 15 minutes PER PICTURE to upload.  I don’t have time for this.

So just pretend that you can see pictures.

Before a track workout, I drank a watermelon Spark.  {the workout rocked – thanks Katy & Callie}

For breakfast, I had a green smoothie.

Then a banana and Nuttzo.

Then some peanut M&Ms on the drive to the pool.

For lunch, I ate a sandwich, carrots & hummus, cherries and a string cheese.

Then I had a Simply Protein bar.

Then I sampled all three varieties of brownies that my sister made to get me fat.

For dinner, I ate a grilled chicken salad so I wouldn’t get fat.

Before bed, I ate cereal with banana and honey.

When I type it all out like that, it’s not very interesting.  So here, I’ll take the 15 minutes and upload the BEST thing I ate all day yesterday.

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[red velvet, dark chocolate, & almond joy brownies….the almond joy won, hands down!]

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QUESTION:  What’s the best thing you ate yesterday??  Anybody else having blog problems?

splendid…lindsay

wiaw – the knoxville edition

July 2, 2014 in Blog, Food, Trips, WIAW by lindsaymwright

Hi friends!!

First, thank you SO much for all the support and well wishes I received about yesterday’s adventure!!  I had so much fun and I’m planning to blog about the experience on Friday – so please come back!  I can say this – live television is crazy fast and very much a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants world.  And did you know that this was the FIRST time we’ve stayed in a hotel with Henry and Clara (that can’t be right!?!  But neither Travis nor I can remember an overnight stay).  THEY LOVED IT!  Note to self –> put more money into the “Travel” envelope each month!

Today I thought I’d join in for a little WIAW fun and show you some of the eats and highlights from our trip!  You KNOW (or maybe you don’t cause you’re not tacky) that we had to hit up Cracker Barrel on the way over!  Plus Brittany gave me a great recommendation for lunch yesterday – Tomato Head!  It was spectacular – fresh, healthy and some of the best homemade hummus I’ve ever had.  We had some other yummy meals and a few too many car snacks.  I enjoy eating out as much as the next guy but a couple of days is enough for me.  I’m happy to be home!

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QUESTION:  How often do you eat out?  <-maybe once a week.  How often do you stay in hotels?  <-apparently not often enough!

splendid…lindsay

wiaw – all the #blendswag

June 25, 2014 in BLEND 2014, Blog, Food, WIAW by lindsaymwright

I’m welcoming Wednesday with open arms!  (And a early morning run!)

Wanted to say THANK YOU for so much support on the #15minutesforyou Challenge!  I’m excited to see what you guys come up with and how you plan to spend that time each day.  I already have a goal in mind for myself (and it involves Travis – lucky him)!  Remember – we start NEXT MONDAY (June 30th).

Linking up with Jenn today to give you a look at what I ate yesterday.  Sometimes my eats get super boring but I know that if I’m showing other people, I’ll try to change things up a bit.  Is that odd?  The blogs holds you accountable in many regards…food just happens to be one of them.  Anyway – here’s everything I ate yesterday, save a few handfuls of random stuff here and there that I was too lazy to snap a picture of.  There are SO many great Blend swag items in my pantry right now – I didn’t even see the theme until I put all these pictures in the post!

Breakfast – (recycled pic)

FlapJacked Protein Pancakes with extra egg whites and blueberries (must remember to spray the pan!), coffee + So Delicious French Vanilla creamer

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AM Snack

Golden delicious + Peanut Butter & Co squeeze pack <-love these for car snacks!

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Lunch

Grilled chicken + side salad + cantaloupe (Ken’s Caesar dressing added after pic)

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Afternoon Snack

Onnit’s Hemp Force protein bar

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Afternoon Snack #2

Stovetop cookies

(made these for Everett & Kathryn – had to lick the pan to see if they were poisonous.  They weren’t.  Phew. 

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What they WERE was too soft so I had to spoon them into an old Christmas-cookie container and make them into a “bar.” This happens more often than I’d like to admit.  To top it all, I slapped a big “A” on the top ….for artistic points.)

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Dinner

Pizza Hut pizza + salad

(Travis’ brother Everett just welcomed a new baby so we took them supper.  Oh my word, he’s a cutie!!!  This is how I “cook” when a friend has a baby – takeout pizza and bagged salad and stovetop cookies that don’t set up.  Luckily everyone’s so busy eating the pizza and the cookies that they don’t notice that I’m lazy.  #hoodwinked)

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Bedtime Snack

1/2 Quest Cookies & Cream bar (broiled for 1 minute – split with Travis)

(Quest sent everyone at Blend Retreat even MORE swag!  Two boxes of Cookies & Cream bars showed up on our doorstep yesterday, so we just had to try one out!!  Soooo good!  Thanks, Quest!)

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QUESTION:  Best thing you ate all day yesterday!  GO!

splendid…lindsay

wiaw: the “dessert-all-day”-edition

May 14, 2014 in Blog, Diet, Food, Motherhood, Postpartum, WIAW by lindsaymwright

Happy ONE MONTH birthday, Porter!!  I’m working on a postpartum/baby update for you guys….but it’ll be a “better late than never” situation.
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As promised from a couple weeks ago, I just have to share with you all of the food(s) that I’ve been eating lately.

Namely DESSERT.

aka SUGAR.

aka “I’ve-got-the-nursing-sweet-tooth!!”

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This guy will eat anywhere…

I would tell you that blaming this sweet tooth on nursing Porter is just a cover for eating more sugar (which I’ve always, always loved).  But there’s actually some evidence that I’m not alone in the raging beast – but nursing is not to blame! It’s SLEEP DEPRIVATION.  (Go check out the research!)  Since my little man wakes me about 4 times a night, I definitely fall into this category.

I say until Porter gives me more sleep, BRING ON THE SWEETSSmile  Here’s a look at the sweet (and some salty) that I’ve been eating these past four weeks.  To my credit, I’ve been eating more than my fair share of vegetables and salads too….

(….but only to counterbalance the sugar.)

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Rice Crispy Treat cereal…just do it.

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There are some healthy-ish things there….

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An Atomic Fire Ball.  Remember these?

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Easter candy (I actually only ate one piece.  Sad.)

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Basil Rolls

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Stove Top Cookies (with dark cocoa)!

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Cereal.  Every night before bed.  Always a mix and always topped with banana and local honey.

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Grilled Chicken Salad

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Mother’s Day pizza (grilled chicken, spinach, mushroom and pineapple) plus a complimentary (!!) baked apple thingy with ice cream

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Brownies, peanut butter bars, McDonald’s vanilla soft serve, Sour Patch kids and lots of Ghirardelli chocolate chips.

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QUESTION:  What’s your favorite SWEET food??  (and if you say, “I really just love fruit.  It’s so naturally sweet.  It’s all I ever wanted,” then we can’t be friends.

splendid…lindsay