Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nutrisystem: WEEK SIX & SEVEN

It was so awesome to be with my family.
We had so much fun!
I did not exercise.
And I did have a little "give" when it came to my eating.
However, I feel good about it.
I was on vacation.
I ate some fun food.
But I didn't go crazy like I have in the past.
If the family had s'mores - I had "a" s'more and not five :)
I felt in control and happy.
It was awesome.
I also love that I had ordered yummy Nutrisystem bars.
They have them for breakfast & lunch and they
make travel a lot easier to stay on track.

My super rad sister, recently shared some fabulous
just being healthy tips with me and I wanted to
share them with you.

Hello! Here are some veggie or otherwise yummy recipes. One thing that has helped me in my quest to eat healthier are the throw away aluminum 8X8 cake pans. I hate cleaning up the mess of making a big healthy dinner and those help out. It's horrible for the environment and more expensive than using your Pyrex, but it helps me get over the hump of grabbing something easy because I don't want to clean up the mess. Also, kosher sea salt makes any veggie yummy - and so does minced garlic.

1. This is a spinach Korean dish, it's super fast. We call spinach and broccoli giraffe food, and then our kids love it more. Make sure you use sesame oil and no other kind for this dish - sesame oil is so delicious, I'd recommend you try it anyway and use it in other dishes. I eat this over Korean rice and a white fish like tilapia.

2. Wheat bread (or Naan bread, you can find it at Whole Foods and Super Target) - it's kind of like pita bread, it's unleavened so it doesn't have sugar in it. So, stack wheat bread (or Naan), avocado slices, spinach, Swiss cheese a slice of tomato and sprinkle with garlic salt then stick it under the broiler.

3. Chop up a zucchini and a squash into squares (I like to peel off a bit of the skin) stick them in a tin cake pan. Mix in about 1 T of minced garlic (or more, I like tons). Then cut up some butter into thin slices and place on top, like 9 pieces. Bake at 350 for like 10 minutes, depending on how mushy you like them and then sprinkle on some kosher sea salt.

4. Have you discovered Greek yogurt? It's my new favorite thing, it's so high in protein and low in calories. I get fat free Chobani Greek yogurt, the big tubs. You can also get the little cups at Costco - my kids are yogurt fiends, and it's way better for them than the sugary ones. SO - cut up some berries, put them in a bowl. Sprinkle with Splenda. I like mine kind of warm, so you can nuke them for 15 seconds if you want. Then, dollop some yogurt on there and sprinkle on GROUND flax seed and grape nuts (I like the crunchiness, so I put on a lot). Your body doesn't digest flax seeds - so you've gotta grind them up before you eat them, but they go rancid fast after you do that. So I buy a little bag at super target and then grind up a 1/2 c or so at a time in the food processor and keep them in a little Tupperware and sprinkle them on everything.

5. You can make your own fat free ranch dressing with Greek yogurt instead of mayo and a packet of ranch dressing and then add as much milk as you want to make it thick or thin.

6. Greek yogurt is also good to make any kind of smoothie. We make monkey smoothies. Greek yogurt, 2 T peanut butter and a frozen banana - I also throw in some flax seeds and the kids don't notice.

7. slice up some cucumbers and sprinkle on a packet of ranch dressing mix. It's delicious and fat free.

8. For the pool and beach I like to slice up strawberries and then sprinkle a packet or two of Splenda and put them in a zip lock bag. They warm up and get all syrupy and delicious. And it's ok if you're all sticky, because you just rinse off in the water.

9. For breakfast I like quinoa with some unsweetened almond milk on top. Add some Splenda or Truvia.

10. Also, I like to have oatmeal for breakfast. Just get a bag of frozen blueberries (the wild ones are smaller). Then sprinkle those on top of a steaming bowl, the oatmeal thaws the berries and the berries cool down the oatmeal. Then, you don't have to worry about your fruit going bad before you can eat it.

Well, there are some starters. One tip I loved that I got recently, was to think about healthy things to ADD to your diet instead of things that are being taken away. I don't like things taken away from me. Even if someone was like, you can never eat lima beans ever again (which I hate), I'd go to the store and walk by them and think, "I REALLY want to try lima beans..." :) Then your diet will be full of healthy things you've added and the unhealthy stuff will have been crowded out.

May the force be with you.

Aren't those fabulous tips?
I found them very helpful and encouraging.
I agree with her - if you think about ADDING to your diet
instead of SUBTRACTING things,
you'll feel more successful and less deprived.

Week One: -6 lbs
Week Two: -3 lbs
Week Three: -.5
Week Four: -2
Week Five: -0
Week Six: -1
Week Seven: -1

TOTAL: 13.5

Thanks so much for all the tips about exercise.
It looks like a majority of you exercise first thing in the morning.
I agree with you.
When I've been successful, it's because I do it first thing.

Things I need help with this week:
  1. What do you do to stay on track during vacation and traveling?

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The Miller Five said...

Great job! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the great tips!

Christy said...

Great tips! When vacationing, I just make sure to limit what I eat while setting down at a resturaunt. I will skip the appetizer, if I really want my meal. Or I will only eat the appetizer and skip the meal.


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