• eating right for weight loss
    Health,  Weight Loss

    Eating Right for Weight Loss

    Weight loss does not have to be complicated.  However, you do need to be strategic, knowledgeable, and conscious of eating right for weight loss.  Most of all, understanding calories and how they affect your body is very important.  If the main goal is to lose weight, eating unlimited calories will simply not work.  It is vital that you pick foods that will sustain your body, and ensure that you are eating the right calories.  Thus, incorporating quality calories to your diet through proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber will be the key to success.   Calories for Weight Loss vs. Weight Maintenance First, the number of calories you consume during weight…

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    Food,  Recipes

    Pesto Veggie Pasta Salad

        My pesto veggie pasta salad is veggies first and packed with great pesto flavor.  If you’re watching your weight like me and trying to limit “bad” carbs but sometimes still craving it, this recipe is perfect!  With only under 250 calories per serving, you can satisfy your “bad” carbs cravings while loading up with great fresh veggies.  The key to this recipe is portions, portions, portions.   More than just a Pesto Veggie Pasta Salad I was driving home from the gym and I needed to run into the grocery store real quick to grab some things.  Since I’ve been trying to shed some pounds, I’ve been very cautious of walking through the…

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    Barley Lentil Soup with Chicken Sausage

        The weather has been pretty gloomy the last couple of days.  Automatically, my mind goes straight to comfort food – a nice warm bowl of soup.  I wanted to make something that was easy, quick, delicious and of course healthy.  As of late, I’ve been way obsessed with barley.  I was inspired and wanted to try out this barley lentil Soup with chicken sausage. This recipe is very well balanced.  If you are watching your weight like me, a bowl of this soup is less than 300 calories.  Filled with vegetables, greens, grains, and protein it will keep you full and satisfied throughout the whole day.  It is also…

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    Health,  Weight Loss

    The Egg Diet – Modifying a Diet Plan that Works for You

      My weight loss journey started a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve made great strides at being more active, drinking more water, and trying to make better food choices.  While I had been quite successful with the first two, I did slip up a couple of times and fell off the wagon during a late-night Pizza Hut run and another late-night beef chow-mein trip to our go-to Chinese joint.  My diet was sometimes good, but sometimes quite bad. These unfortunate set-backs got me thinking.  Why was I making progress at being more active, but not at making better food choices?   It’s all about your diet I hate to admit…

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    Water: A Tool for Weight Loss

      Weight loss itself is hard enough.  But one thing we can all do is drink more water!  In all my previous failed attempts at losing weight in the past, I’ve always focused solely on exercise and diet, never on water.  While the first two are very important, water intake definitely has a lot of positive benefits that are sometimes either ignored or taken for granted.  Water is amazing at boosting your metabolism, flushing out toxins from your body, improving your mood, treating headaches and those hangovers, and helping with weight loss.  It is natural, healthy and has zero calories!  I figured that this time around, I wanted to be more conscious…

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    Food Relationship Status: it’s complicated

      I’ve finally put it out to the universe, ie. posted it on my IG, that I want to lose weight.  What on earth do I do next?   Understanding my Relationship with Food Me staring very fondly at food: “You complete me.” I figured that my very first step should be to address my relationship with food.  Let me start out by saying that I LOVE FOOD.  I literally LIVE to EAT.  I think about food quite a lot during the day.  In fact, I plan out what I’ll have for breakfast as I go to sleep, wonder about lunch right after my morning caffeine fix, and dinner plans, of…

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    “Don’t just talk about it and be about it.”

      Today is the very first day of March…  “So what?”, you say?  Well, there have been many first days of many months that I’ve said to myself and to others that those days will be the day that I will make an effort to lose weight.  It’s on those first days of the month that I’ve said: “I will eat healthier, I will exercise more, I will go to the gym regularly, I will give up chips and burgers, I will cut out carbs, I will go paleo, I will go vegan, I will do a juice cleanse…” So many times I’ve said to either a friend, a family…