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Weeknight Recap- Tuesday

8 Nov

Hey guys!  I’m glad so many of you enjoyed this mornings post on curbing your sugar tooth!  I hope to add more posts on nutrition in the future!

Today has flown by so fast and I managed to get a lot accomplished.  I’m exhausted tonight and haven’t had a chance to sit down all day so I’m going to keep this short.

Workout

This morning the alarm went off bright and early.  I did 45 minutes of cardio split between the treadmill (walking and incline walking) and the elliptical.  I noticed my heart rate was high than usual this morning so I’m curious to see if that is the case again tomorrow.  I was also uncomfortable walking as I could feel the baby pressing into me with each step and have hip pain while on the elliptical.  Needless to say, I pushed through and burned about 460 calories.  I think my body was just off. On a side note, I really need to get some workout pants that fit.  I was almost embarrassed to step foot in the gym.

Eats

Eats from today were as followed:

  • Breakfast-  (pre workout) 1 scoop almond butter, I woke up starving today and didn’t want to workout on an empty stomach.  (post workout) 1 cup of coffee with creamer, 1/2 banana and an Ezekiel English muffin with egg, cheese and tomato.  <—so good!
  • AM Snack-  2 small apple
  • Lunch-  Cliff Mojo bar + a small cup of Greek yogurt with almond butter, chia seeds and a drizzle of honey
  • PM Snack-  Peanuts in shells
  • Dinner-  Baked chicken breast in pasta sauce with whole wheat pasta, salad and left over sprouts

Breakfast

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Lunch

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Dinner

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Outfit of the Day

My standard pregnancy look.  This picture made me realize how pale I am.  Holy moly, I don’t know if I’ve ever been this pale!  Any suggestions on self tanners?

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  • Jeans- Indigo Blue from Macys
  • Grey Tunic Tank-  Niki Biki from Hot Mama
  • Sweater-  Hot Mama
  • Necklace-  Unsure

 

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Adapted from Ann Conrad

  • Prep Time:  5 minutes
  • Cook Time:  10 minutes
  • Servings- 4-6 people

Last night, Keith and I had Brussels sprouts for dinner.  I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of them but I do enjoy them from time to time.  I wanted to make something other than salad last night and knew I wanted to make Brussels sprouts when I found them at our local natural market .  So, we called Keith’s mom who made them for us last spring and they were the only Brussels Keith and I both absolutely loved.  So, I wanted to pass along the recipe to you guys and hope you give them a try too.

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds Brussels sprouts
  • 2-3 slices of bacon (or more if you love bacon.  I like using uncured, natural no nitrites or nitrates bacon.  You could also sub for turkey bacon to make this dish even healthier)

Directions

1.  In a sauce pot, add the Brussels sprouts and cover with water.  Bring the water to a boil.  Once the water is bowling, cook the sprouts for five minutes. 

2.  While the sprouts are boiling, cook bacon to your desired crispiness in a skillet.  Once cooked place bacon on paper towels to blot of extra grease and crumble bacon.  Also, taking paper towels, blot up most of the bacon grease in the skillet, leaving only tablespoon or two (or more if you love bacon).

3.  Drain sprouts and cut in half.  Place them in the bacon skillet and toss.  Sprinkle bacon crumbles over top.  Serve and enjoy! 

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See, I told you, you would love Brussels sprouts!  Bacon makes everything taste better!  I should have another sprout recipe for you guys next week that involves lemon juice!  Yum!

 

Question:

  • Do you use self tanner?  Any brand suggestions?
  • Do you like Brussels sprouts?  What is your favorite way to prepare them?

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Curbing a Sweet Tooth

8 Nov

Ever since October rolled around, my sweet tooth has reared her ugly head.  She started out small.  Maybe a couple pieces of candy corn here and there.  But, before I knew it, I was craving ice cream and cake.  I typically don’t even like cake.  As October progressed, we had lots of reasons to celebrate, Keith’s 30th birthday and Halloween.  Our usually bare of sweets pantry was now full of candy corn/pumpkins and chocolate bars for the kiddos. 

Halloween was my last sweets day for a long time.  It isn’t that I ate a lot of candy on that day, I think I had 4 fun size bars, but it was the fact I was craving sugar all day long.  I didn’t allow myself to eat a lot of it, but having it sitting out in the house just wasn’t helping my cause.  Sugar is not beneficial to the growing baby in my belly, not one bit. 

Since I’m a trainer and am highly educated on nutrition, I knew I needed to kick my sugar consuming habit to the curb and increase my protein.  By increasing my protein, my sugar cravings would eventually go away in a few days.  As my doctor suggested, when I called about seeing spotted lights a few days during the Halloween week, I as ready to give up sugar.

Last Tuesday, the day after Halloween, I got rid of every sweet in our house.  Knowing we have both sugar cookie holiday tea and candy cane green tea I knew if I wanted a sweet treat, I could have a cup of tea.  The first few days were hard, but I knew that the sugar cravings would be gone soon.  By Friday, I was actually feeling a lot better.  I wasn’t thinking about sugar anymore and instead was craving fruits and vegetables.  My body was feeling better as well.

Here are my top tips for curbing a sweet tooth:

  • Eat a balanced diet consisting of lean protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Eat 5-6 times a day.  This helps you stay full and doesn’t let you get so hungry, that you start craving junk foods.
  • Drink plenty of water.  I’m a huge fan of water and probably drink 4-6 liters a day.
  • Keep trigger sweets out of the house.  If you must have them at your house, place them in out of sight areas or in the top shelf of cabinets to make them harder to get too. 
  • Have limited small treats you can indulge in that wont set off cravings.  I have found buying one bar of dark chocolate a week for the husband and I to nibble on after a meal works for us.  Also, like I mentioned above, tea is also an excellent choice, especially the new holiday flavors like sugar cookie and candy cane green tea.  I also like having low calorie packets of hot chocolate (25 calories) and apple cider (10 calories) on hand.  The sweetness of the drink satisfies my sweet tooth, while the warm liquid makes me feel full.
  • Make daily goals I wont have any candy/sugar today.  Taking things a day at a time is a great way to get rid of cravings, plus we can all last one day without sugar. 
  • When a sugar craving comes, eat a piece of fruit instead.  I like eating fruit early in the day (before lunch) so I can burn off all its natural sugars before bed.  Eating fruit will also help curb cravings as it is loaded with fiber (to fill you up) and water.  I find eating a couple pieces of fruit each days also helps my body not crave sugar.

Those are my best tips for overcoming a sweet tooth.  I’m typically not a fan of sugar, but I did get caught in the holiday sugar trap.  Before the holidays sneak up on us and sweet treats are everywhere, remember to only indulge if you really really want something.  I would probably pass on a handful of typical M&Ms from the candy jar in favor of one of my Mom’s homemade cookies.  Remember to choose your treats wisely and make sure if you do indulge, it was on something truly amazing.  Don’t feel guilt, just eat greens (or something similar) at your next meal and move on.  Remember no food is ever off limits if you are eating a healthy diet, you just need to make sure you keep your portions in check.  Sugar treats should be limited to only a couple times a week, if that

One more tip before I wrap this up, if you are planning on baking (and I’m sure you are, just like I am during the holidays), try slipping in healthy ingredients to up the nutrition value such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, nuts and whole wheat flour.  You can also play around with cutting back on how much sugar a recipe calls for.  The more nutrients you can sneak into your recipe, the better!

Questions:

  • Do you find yourself eating more sugar during the holidays?
  • How do you curb your sweet tooth?  Have any good tips?
  • How often do you let yourself indulge during the week?