I haven’t blogged in a while and I apologize for that. But tonight I actually have something to say and hope you enjoy reading the post.
Today as snack time approached my daughter asked me a question about calories in a drink she got as a treat. My daughter is only 8 so I proceeded to tell her that she need not worry about calories or anything else that mom and dad will help by having healthy food in the house. There was a lot more to the conversation but that was the bottom line.
But when did it become the norm for little kids to worry about calories and fat and healthy versus unhealthy foods? And when did it become the norm to throw a granola bar at kids instead of a piece of fruit? Not just the norm but for it to be common and normal for them to worry about food, when they should be worrying about which park we are going to go play at.
I think it’s sad that marketing use tactics to get kids to eat unhealthy foods. I think there should be restrictions. Most kids know the Big Arches of McDonalds before they can speak.
At our house we are in the process of getting rid of processed foods for the kids. But you know what, we have been so programmed to give our kids convenience snacks that coming up with snack ideas isn’t easy. But it will get easier the more we do it. We are finding alternatives that both the kids love and that we feel comfortable giving them. Let me tell you thou at the moment they are eating us out of house and home…I’ve done some research and talked to other parents and this is normal and will regulate itself once their bodies have rid themselves of certain ingredients in convenience foods.
What types of snacks do you feed yourself and your children?
Well I’ve been busy living life and I haven’t updated you all in a few days. So here’s what’s been going on.
I previously mentioned that I signed up for Beach Body On Demand. I am making good use of this program this time around. My son loves martial arts but they are expensive and with three kids it just wasn’t going to fit in the budget. But thanks to Beach Body me and the littles are doing the Core De Force program and loving it. I love that we can do this workout in our pj’s and all of us together.
The other really cool thing I did with the family this weekend was have a Harry Potter day. We are currently reading thru the books with the kids and watching the movies as we got. But this weekend we took it to a whole new level. We decide to to watch the third movie but also make our own wands and theme all our food after magic/ Harry Potter. For breakfast the kids had Cheri Owl( Cheerios) Pixie Puffs ( corn pops) and oatmeal. I had a banana bread breakfast bake since sugary cereal doesn’t agree with me and I wasn’t feeling in the mood for oatmeal. Lunch we had deconstructed pizza casserole. Then supper was suppose to be roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and gravy but we ran out of time. So instead the kids had ham crackers and cheese and I had some donair chicken meat. We also made some Butter Beer and Rock Cakes!
On the other days here’s a list of foods we ate
double chocolate breakfast bakes
chicken parmesan wrap
chicken cordon blue wraps
home made pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket
roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes and carrots and Gravy ( this is a small side plate by the way and I made the Yorkshire puddings mini)
and lots more that I can’t remember at the moment.
We are working our way slowly but surely thru the food that we have in our freezers. But I can tell you for sure that you can eat healthy and have fun themed days without worrying about it. I tried a sip of the butter beer on Saturday which wasn’t good for me since it had carbonation and I did have a rock cake.
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Earlier this week I attended a meeting about how to handle eating during the holidays. I had been looking forward to this meeting for quite some time as I was hoping I would get some new information on how to handle the holidays. Sadly that wasn’t the case. The same old information that has been going around for years was regurgitated throughout the session. I left the meeting thinking I might have outgrown the program I am in or I am just more determined to stay on track. Be warned I am about to rant.
One of the things that struck a nerve with me was being told to follow the 80/20 rule. If your not aware of the 80/20 rule let me break it down. You eat healthy 80 % of the time and allow yourself treats 20% of the time. In a perfect world this rule works. In reality with this rule we are feeding the disease we have by giving ourselves permission to eat crap. If you can follow this rule I tip my hat off to you. However in my case if I was able to follow the 80/20 rule I would never have gotten to 274 lbs. I would have been successful on the many diets I tried that told me I shouldn’t deprive myself. But guess what it didn’t work for me. I find with all the information available to us now we shouldn’t be encouraging the 80/20 rule. We should be looking for healthier alternatives. How does that saying go If you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results that’s insanity or something along those lines. This applies to food as well. If you keep allowing yourself to eat cakes laden with sugars and fat and empty calories and then step on the scale and gain weight that’s pretty much to be expected. But what if you found a healthy dessert that was high in protein, low in sugar, low in carbs and healthy for you. Guess what craving is satisfied and you are fuelling your body properly.
Do you follow the 80/20 rule? How is it working for you? Have you found alternatives to your favourites? How are you handling the holidays?
As you guessed I won’t be following the 80/20 rule. I am making meal plans and figuring out my protein intake and finding healthy alternatives or eliminating certain foods altogether from our spread like mashed potatoes. The holidays can be stressful enough without going thru them feeling bloated and overstuffed. This year make sure to treat your body right.
For breakfast tomorrow I wanted to make the kids and myself something we could grab and go So I made muffins. These muffins below are what I baked. There’s no added sugar, there’s no refined flour and they taste amazing! If we are serious about our weight loss journeys and wanting to be healthy, we need to put extra work and effort into it. We didn’t get obese by eating one piece of cake or one treat meal but clearly we need to change our ways it we want to be healthy.
2 cups quick oats ground in food processor
2 medium bananas mashed
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup applesauce(unsweetened)
1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop protein powder ( I used GNC ISO BURST french vanilla)
1/2 cup no sugar added chocolate chips
What to do
preheat oven to 400.
Mash bananas. Stir in yogurt, applesauce, extract and milk. Once that’s mixed together add ground oats, baking powder, protein powder and cinnamon. Fold in chocolate chips. Let rest for a couple minutes then divided into 12 cup muffin pan and bake till toothpick comes out clean. I baked these for 22 minutes.
Hope you enjoy the recipe and I look forward to hearing how you are going to handle eating during the holidays.
I thought once I could add carbs back into my diet that I would have no issues. Well I was wrong trying to find the perfect balance between the proper amount of carbs and the proper amount of proteins is a real struggle. I seem to be able to hit my carb goal and then some no problem but now my protein is lacking.
Thankfully I can fix this. I have my chef’s papers and have been researching some delicious recipes that I’m excited to try and that fits into my allowed foods. This week I want to try a chicken teriyaki recipe and a few others. Now I have made chicken Teriyaki before but now I have to have low sugar foods for the time being so I’m experimenting with Splenda.
Now as I mentioned on my Facebook page I got the ok to slowly start some Zumba. What I didn’t mention was the reason I didn’t get the ok to start lifting weights. Last night was a night like any other where my husband was reading to the kids but my youngest started having a major meltdown. He threw himself at me and then as I was trying to get him to quiet down he jerked back and I instantly got a sharp pain. Ended up spending quite a few hours in the emergency getting looked over to make sure I didn’t cause any damage and ultimately ended up getting some extra strength tylenol. So I can’t lift any weight for at least another month because of this crazy ordeal.
I have to say that for those that have had to deal with medical staff with being overweight or obese don’t expect them to be happy to treat you after weight loss surgery. I went to the closest emergency since there was a wind storm here. The intake nurse was great and congratulated me on becoming healthier. But the nurse I dealt with in the emergency room he was another story. After explaining for the third time what happened he first lectured me on having to discipline my child better and then proceeded to tell me that since I had this surgery I should have stayed away from my kids for three months. Now I don’t know many mom’s that could keep away from their kids for that long. But I also think that for a man who has never met me or my kids he seemed to have a lot of opinions on children and how having weight loss surgery was a waste of time if I wasn’t going to take care of myself. I have been taking care of myself and this was the first incident in 6 weeks that happened. We are all adjusting to the changes. I once met a Dr that I will never forget. I had been having health issues and at the end of my rope when he told me that opinions are like a**holes everyone has one, but only a select few will let their opinions of how you look like, dress or act affect them, the others will get to know you then judge you. So last night I left knowing that I can;t change that nurses opinion but his opinion doesn’t need to affect me.