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Deliciously Easy Weight loss Recipes

As we know, we can’t maintain a healthy lifestyle without eating properly and fueling our bodies the right way. Exercise alone is not enough to be healthy and feel good inside and out, which is something that has taken me a long time to realize. I have definitely ranted on here about how parenthood leaves little time to focus on ourselves and our needs but thats not an excuse so I am trying to make sure that healthy eating stays a priority and is not only necessary for me but for my son as well. Funnily enough I have actually been inspired by my toddler who prefers salads to burgers and snacks on fruit and veggies like they’re going out of style. Here are some easy recipes made from whole foods that are delicious and fan favorites around my house. If you give these a try I’d love to hear about it! Until next time xo Chrissy

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients

Head of cauliflower
Franks Red Hout Buffalo Sauce
Butter or plant-based butter alternative
Garlic Powder
Himalayan salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet and set aside. Cut cauliflower into bite size pieces and place in oven for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a bowl mix together about 2/3 C buffalo sauce, a spoonful of butter (melt to make mixing easier,) a few dashes of salt and same for the garlic powder. Take out cauliflower, flip and pour buffalo sauce until pieces are well coated. Place back in oven for about half hour, flip one more time. Dip in ranch or any sauce you love!Let cool then enjoy!!

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Tasty Tofu Burritos

Ingredients

Broccoli
Snap peas
Bell peppers
Firm tofu
Organic salsa or pico de gallo
Whole wheat wraps
Himalayan salt
Garlic powder
Cumin

Directions
Cut broccoli and bell peppers into bite size pieces. Spray pan with oil and place broccoli, snap peas and peppers. Sauté until they start to get soft, then cut up some tofu and throw into pan. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder and cumin to tasted. Place in tortilla and top with salsa, voila!

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Pineapple Refresher

Ingredients

Pineapple slices
1/2 lime
1/2 lemon

Directions

Place ingredients in blender filled half way with ice and serve. Pineapple aids greatly in immune support, strength, digest and is anti-inflammatory which is why it is a great healthy choice and tastes so delicious!

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Counting Calories: Why I Changed My Mind

I won’t lie, I was very against counting calories during this weight loss journey and pretty much in general. Being someone who has fluctuated and suffered from weight-related disorders for half their life, I felt that counting calories was unhealthy for me and would send me back to a mindset of obsession over calories, macros, etc etc etc. So I simply wouldn’t even entertain the idea and figured that if I ate healthy enough meals and increased my activity I should be able to do this on my own like I’ve done before in life. Well, the thing is, I’m not a teen or in my early twenties anymore and I know 30 is not old in the slightest, but my body just doesn’t react the same way to weight loss as it used to. As I’ve shared before, I’ve been stalled for a while now and knew I needed some help; to maybe take a step back and see if I’m truly eating as well as I thought I was. I decided to download a food tracking app and have been tracking my meals for the past few weeks ON TOP of not weighing myself every single day. I actually could feel that I was doing better with tracking and did my once a week weigh in this morning to find I was down a couple of pounds, whereas before this I literally have either been the same or a pound higher. The thing I’ll say is that I’m not driving myself crazy with the tracking or letting myself get stressed out about it. For example, last night I had tracked most of the day but had a couple snacks (mainly consist of vegetables and a few vegan-paleo type crackers) while I was busy doing laundry, getting Sean in the tub etc., and didn’t track them but knew the snack itself was around 100 calories and I had a couple hundred left for the day as is. The tricky part is not doing this too much since as we all know 100 cals + another 100 cals + one last snack of 100 cals is going to add up, so I’ve just been getting in the groove of knowing whats good for my body and what types of food are going to energize me without using half of my daily intake at once. It was time for me to admit that while I study about nutrition, I wasn’t implementing that knowledge like I should be and it’s been a long time since I’ve been physically and mentally fit. It was time to put myself in check and re-learn how to treat my body and lose weight in a healthy way. Food and weight loss shouldn’t be as daunting as we tend to make it out to be in our heads and what I’ve been forgetting is that it takes time..so if you’re on this journey with me just remember that; we need to do this for the long haul, not just a quick fix. So for now, I’m going to continue to track until I can get myself to a healthier weight and mindset and will keep you updated as always. Thanks for listening and if you have any weight loss advice you’d like to share with us please mention it in the comments. Until next time, xo Chrissy

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Cute Enough to Eat! Toddler Summer Lunch

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These are almost too cute to eat…almost. Let me say that I am taking inspiration from a friend of mine who has made similar treats in years past I just added my own flare, and am sure there are many other versions online so I do not take credit for the idea, just wanted to put my spin on it. These honestly were really easy to put together and since Shark Week is this month I really wanted a shark themed meal to kick off the fun. I hope you guys give these a try or if you make your own summer lunch project please share and let us know! Until next time, XO Chrissy

Underwater Shark Sandy

Ingredients

Bread (we used wheat)
Sandwich fillings (we did a veggie sandwich)
Sandwich condiments of your choice
Chocolate chunk for the eye
Two strips of fresh chive for the mouth
Cut some banana into triangles for the sharp teeth
Blueberries
Cheerio-type cereal

Directions

Cut off the crust edges of bread and try to make the shape of a shark’s body. Save crust/bread not used to the side. Make sandwich as you would normally and place on whatever plate you will be using. Use the crusts and remaining bread to cut into the fins and tail. Take two small pieces of chive to form a mouth and put the bananas slices inside to make the teeth. Place chocolate chunk as an eye and cereal to make bubbles form the sharks mouth, then finish off with blueberries to make the ocean. Took only a few minutes and Sean went crazy for it.

Ladybug Crackers

Ingredients

Round crackers
Cream cheese or dairy-free version (we used Kite Hill)
Fresh chives
3 Cherry tomatoes
Black Olives

Directions

Smear cream cheese onto cracker. Cut a cherry tomato in half to make wings (or in fourths depending on size of the tomato.) Place tomato halves to resemble wings then place one olive in the center to make the head. Inside olive place two strands of chives to make the antenna. Cut an olive into small pieces to make the spots on the “wings” and voila! Adorable ladybug crackers for these warm summer days.

 

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When the scale won’t freakin budge!

I know I’m not the only one on a health/weight loss journey so I know I definitely can’t be the only one struggling during it as well. As I’ve mentioned, I started going back to the gym a couple months ago and incorporating workouts into my routine but one thing I’m nothing is that the scale won’t freakin BUDGE! Now let’s be real, some days my diet isn’t the epitome of health nut but I have tried making a lot of improvements and have definitely lowered my caloric intake so when I’ve stepped on the scale I have felt pretty confident; to which I’m greeted with the exact same number as the week before and instant disappointment. As I shared in a previous post, I don’t think it’s healthy to weigh yourself every day so I have gone to weekly weigh-ins, and have decided to take my own advice by shaking off the disappointment and to just keep moving forward. I know if I keep doing what I’m doing and stick to these changes I will continue to feel better and healthier and eventually it will all catch up and lead to weight loss on the scale. One thing I’ve been paying attention to is the fact that this month has been, for a lack of better words, stressful as hell and I really haven’t been able to get adequate sleep or rest. For the next few weeks I’m really going to try to work on allowing myself to deal with the stress better because as we all know that can be a huge hinderance on weight loss. Another step I’ll be trying is to switch up my workouts and not just do the same ones all the time to try and kick this plateau and get things moving again. One last thing I’ll be doing is making my breakfasts a priority again. Having so much going on has led to me not putting an emphasis on that and therefore by the end of the day being so hungry and probably eating too much for lunch and dinner. This is the point in weight loss where I usually get ridiculously discouraged and just give up, but that wouldn’t benefit me in any shape or form so let’s keep going and I’ll do another check-in next month. Do you guys have any advice for getting out of a weight loss rut? Until next time, xo chrissy

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Lazy core workout + killer Guac recipe

I don’t know if it’s this never-ending allergy season or the fact that I’m officially thirty now but wow, I am really freakin tired lately, and that’s saying something since us parents are always severely over exhausted am I right?? This past week of birthday festivities has been so fun, however I ate like a 21-year-old on a drinking bender and haven’t slept a wink so my body is slightly dazed and confused in the aftermath. I got back into the gym yesterday for some time on the elliptical and today was my core day. I really took a lazy approach to it due to my current state (ha) and still managed to get a great session out of it with enough sweat to float a boat; albeit that could be my body trying to detox but moving on! SO if you’re having a lazy day or are just getting back into working out, here’s a good core workout that you can literally do from your own living room while your child doesn’t leave you alone..I mean..plays.

Modified Core Workout

(Start with a 8-10 minute warmup on the bike or rowing machine if you’re at a gym or some running in place, high knees etc. if at home.) Now obviously if you have been working out or feel energized etc you can add more reps to this workout, and each week that you do this tack on another rep. Also, if I don’t explain something well enough just message me or the good ole’ internet should help as well. Heres what I did:

Leg raises: lay down flat and engage your core while lifting your legs up off the ground and back down. Repeat movement 10 times (reps), do the 10 reps 3 times ( aka a set of 3) so 30 reps total
Standard crunches: 10 reps, set of 3
Shoulder tap planks: Get in plank position, lift one arm up and tap your opposite shoulder, repeat with opposite arm. Each tap counts as a rep. 5 reps, set of 3
Bicycle crunches: Lay down flat, twist torso with hands at you head, bring right elbow to meet left leg then repeat with opposite arm and leg. 10 reps, set of 3
Hand walkout (harder than it sounds just a warning): Stand up tall then engage core as you lower your hands down to touch your feet, then use your hands to literally walk on the ground as far as you can while continuing to engage your core, then walk your hands back to meet your feet and slowly stand upright again. 5 reps, set of 3
Dead Bug: lay down with arms spread out wide above your head and legs spread out as well. With arms and legs staying straight, lift right arms up to touch left foot, repeat with other side. 10 reps, set of 3

Do this once a week and continually add to your reps as you get stronger. Now onto the fun part. What does a workout have to do with guacamole? Welp, we do the workout..now stay with me here…then..we EAT the guacamole! Your mind is blown, I know. If we don’t know each other in person let me just state that guacamole is one of my favorite things on this planet and I love to experiment with funky recipes but there’s just something about a creamy, classic guac that I just really can’t resist. If you try this or have another killer guac recipe you know I simply can not live without, please let me know in the comments below.

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Killer Creamy Guac Ingredients:

2 Hass avocados
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2-1 tomato finely chopped
1/4 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
pinch or two of Himalayan salt

Directions

Scoop out avocados and place in a bowl, use potato masher to start mashing them, add in the mayonnaise and continue to mash until it reaches a nice smooth consistency. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Use within a day or two as with most guac or and dips. Enjoy!! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Weight loss tips from a mom trying to get fit

What an enticing title to this blog..how could you resist right? Ha. But seriously thank you for those of you who have been so supportive of my posts since I started up blogging again, and for any new readers, welcome to the ride! As many of you know, I’m on a weight loss and health journey. I have struggled on and off most of my life but have gotten pretty unhealthy since having my son…over three years ago mind you but whose counting. To sum up my fitness, I have never had a problem with getting my cardio on; I love going to spin class (inconsistently) and take my son on walks or do the occasional YouTube fitness videos but what I’ve realized is that unless I’m actively losing weight, I’m just gaining those damn LBs. I do however study nutrition a lot and read many different publications/watch documentaries on food health and I am trying to find balance with the nutritional side of health as well. The thing thats different about trying to lose weight at this point in my life is that I’m not just aiming for a number on the scale, I’m trying to fuel my body in a much healthier way and get strong as a motherrr. I’ve been seeing a personal trainer for a little over am month now and thought I’d share a few things that he’s taught me as well as ones I’ve been realizing myself. Per usual, I am NOT a doctor but just someone who knows others struggle like I do and want to share my journey. Alright enough rambling Chrissy, here are some tips that have been helpful so far:

Eat Your Damn Breakfast: Welp unfortunately its true, our parents were right about yet another thing. When they said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, they knew what they were talking about. I always would eat at least a little something but never put much emphasis on breakfast, and since incorporating consistent workouts in my routine Ive realized how important it is. On days, for example, I eat a piece of toast with one scrambled egg I hardly have any energy to put into my day let alone a workout. Ive learned that calories aren’t only what counts but what KINDS of foods you eat and that applies to all meals. Now, especially on days that I have weight training, I will eat literally probably 3/4 of my calories by my noon workout. Sweet potatoes, peanut butter, bananas, fruits, whole foods..those are what give us the energy needed to properly workout and feel good while doing it.
Weight Train: “Oh, no, girls shouldn’t weight train they’ll get bulky, stick to cardio.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard versions of this sentence since I was little and what I’ve seen now is that it’s absolute bullshit. First of all, as we get older (especially us women) we lose so much strength so its important to build on it while we can. Weight training also greatly aids in fat loss and builds up muscle; the more muscle gained the more calories your body burns just to keep up, which is amazing. It also helps with flexibility and for me personally, starting weight training has helped me feel more focused mentally and has given me my own fitness goals to strive for. Also on a side note, find cardio based workouts as well that are FUN to you. For example I love my spin studio classes because it feels like a party and I also go to 24-hr fitness which has really fun fast paced Zumba classes. Experiment and find something you actually look forward to.
Put..the scale..DOWN!: I will be the first to admit that I have had a messed up relationship with the scale for as long as I can remember and sometimes weighed myself multiple times a day, which is so ridiculous and unhealthy mentally. Especially with weight training, you gain so much water weight when you begin and even though my trainer literally explained it all to me, I still would weight myself every day and not understand why my weight wasn’t budging. This then turns into a vicious cycle of becoming discouraged and feeling defeated before even truly beginning your journey. So, for now, put down the scale and focus on other achievements like how your clothes are fitting as well as how you feel emotionally and physically. Check your weight at most once a week to make sure you aren’t completely going the wrong direction but its so much more beneficial to ease up on it a bit.
Eat whole foods: No I don’t mean go to your local Whole Foods and buy some of their awesome fresh made baked goods, I mean eat real foods, like from the earth. I’m still in the process of transitioning to better, healthier foods but after about a month I’m really starting to enjoy adding things like snap peas or fresh fruit (yes it’s ok to eat fruit, don’t let people convince you otherwise, there are SO many health benefits to SO many fruits and I can talk about that later if people want) or edamame beans etc., things that help fill you up and give you natural sustainable energy. And on that note, carbs are ridiculously important for brain health and fuel your body for workouts or just everyday life so don’t fear carbs just learn about which ones are good for your body. Make as many of your meals as possible and avoid overly processed foods, especially for now when your body is adjusting to so many positive changes. You cant out-workout a shitty diet and that has been something that has been really hard for me to understand and am working hard on finding that overall balance with health and fitness.
Live with the discomfort: What I mean by this is when the 9 pm cravings for candy or fast food hit you, just live with that discomfort and DISTRACT yourself. When I feel this way, what Im realizing is that it is extremely temporary, so if a craving hits hard I’ll open my laptop and look at some fun YouTube videos or browse for a new show to binge or literally do anything else to distract me and before you know it the craving and strong urges will pass. And while they may be more common for some than others, just remember that this is soon going to pass and remind yourself why you’re starting this journey in the first place.
Make yourself a priority: I’m sure other stay-at-home parents relate with me on this but I have a hard time making my needs priority, when in reality if I’m not healthy mentally and physically I’m really not able to be the best parent to my son that I could be. So without any guilt, start making yourself a priority. Set a schedule that allows you to get to the gym, even if it means having to go late in the evening when your partner or parent or friend is home form work and can watch your child for an hour or two. Take time to research nutrition and really make this journey something that you do for YOU first and foremost because we all deserve to feel healthy and happy.

As always thank you guys so much for stopping by and I really hope this helps some people in a similar boat as myself. If you are just starting a fitness journey too or have been on one for a while and have more advice please feel free to share in the comments. Until next time xo Chrissy

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