As we have entered into the month of March, two things come to mind: time is ticking away to get my summer body in tip-top shape and what can I eat to keep it in check… I’M A HUMONGOUS FOODIE! Please let me try to quickly explain this. Throughout my adolescent and teen years, I never felt that I had a love/hate relationship with food until I went away to college. Attending my undergrad years at the University of Illinois gave me an excellent academic education, but it also taught me how to eat well on a budget. Grade A steaks in the cafeteria, lobster night every other month, 1:00 am grocery shopping at Meijer Supermarket, and etc., you can’t help but gain weight on campus and during home visits. My taste buds began to fiend for certain flavors, spices, and specialty dishes.
To curb my cravings for pasta (spaghetti/fettuccine/lasagna), I create these same dishes without the carbohydrates of white or wheat pasta. I substitute the noodles for a baked and shredded spaghetti squash. The cool thing about this versatile winter squash is that it can be spiced up with a sprinkle of cinnamon/nutmeg or cayenne pepper (whatever is your pleasure). Once it’s baked, you shred the flesh of the fruit with a fork and create the best and freshest noodles your taste buds can truly appreciate. After watching Dr. Oz last year, I no longer buy store brand tomato sauce but opt for a healthier version by making it myself with my trusty food processor. Believe it when I say that it is totally worth making! For those who may not know, tomato sauce is originally orange when the tomatoes are first blended and turns to various shades of red as it simmers over the fire.
To curb my cravings of cheese or mayo, I use sliced avocados on my sandwiches, tacos, in my tuna salad mixture to cut the bad fat and my intolerance to dairy products. I love guacamole so I cut the high fat (still good fat) content by blending my mashed avocados with chopped spinach and it still tastes AWESOME!
To curb my cravings for meat, I prepare a heaping pot of beans/peas. It doesn’t matter whether its lentils, baby lima, black-eyed, pinto, kidney, etc., I cook it with a side of sautéed vegetables and it helps me feel satiated throughout the day.
To curb my cravings for sweets and snacking, we keep fresh fruits, vegetables, and organic applesauce in stock. Grapefruits are great as a snack and a healthy fat burner. Sliced cucumbers and sweet baby carrots are great for late night guilt-free snacking.
To curb my cravings for anything fried, I make my homemade kettle corn popcorn. I pop the kernels in coconut oil and a little raw sugar. Once every kernel is popped, I toss in (depends what I have a taste for) cinnamon, cayenne paper, and kosher salt or garlic salt.
As your New Year’s Resolution has come and slowly dwindles away, think about what your resolution really means to you. This time of year, for many, health and fitness is an important focus as we advance towards the spring and summer. Many will try inconsistent diets and numerous workout plans; however, know that you will succeed in anything that you have passion for, so look within for that inner desire for a lifestyle change. Your internal drive will keep you motivated, influence others in positive ways and create change around you.
The initial step is the most difficult, but most critical to your achievement. First, maintain a consistent healthy lifestyle, i.e. do not yo-yo back and forth. Be fully committed to your lifestyle change. Second, refuse to accept failure no matter how many opportunities arise where others and bad habits try to influence you (parties, social events, family outings, etc.). Third, promise yourself that you will make a positive difference to others. No matter what you think, your actions do affect others.
It’s time to go back to the basics, make a difference and preserve your greatest asset … you and your life!
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