Posts tagged ‘healthy living’

May 6, 2014

How to Undo an Overdo

ImageYou did it–rather, you overdid it. You ate too much, drank too much, or simply had two desserts you didn’t need and fell asleep on them. This morning, you feel well, frumpy. Don’t fear, you didn’t do as much damage as you think. Remember a pound equals 3,500 calories. So, even if you ate the entire box of donuts, and washed them down with a jug of whole milk, you’re out a pound. Despite the sugar shock you placed on your body, you’re going to be okay. In the whole scheme of things, it’s really not a big deal. Chock the day up to an “off day” and gear up for a new day. Here’s the game plan:

Image#1. Spend the day drinking (guzzling) water. Drink water as often as possible. You need to literally flush your system of the toxins you consumed during your indulgence.
#2. Eat 24-30 grams of fiber throughout the day. Do not go to sleep until you’ve ingested this fiber. Fiber works as a broom within your system to “sweep” out toxic buildup which makes it easier for fat cells to move through your body.
#3. Get 30-1 hour of activity. Literally, go sweat out the toxins. (Are you noticing a key word?) If possible, book an ion cleanse to help move toxic debris along. 
#4. Stick to stuff from the earth: grains, water, fruits, vegetables, beans as much as possible. Grab most of your calories from these foods.
#5. DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF or limit your calories below 1,000 calories. Depending on your height, weight, and age, you need a certain amount of calories to keep the fire burning within your system. Think of your metabolism as a fire. Think of these foods as lighter fluid, which boosts flames. On the contrary, foods that are high fat, highly processed, high sodium, or with many preservatives act like dirt/sand which puts a fire out. Trust me, you don’t want your fire to burn out. If it does, your body stops burning fat and calories as efficiently. This tip is especially important immediately following a day of over-indulgence.
#6. Drink tea once or twice throughout the day. I say caffeine is a-okay!* It’s my experience that caffeine also helps keep things moving–if you know what I mean. That is exceptionally important after a splurge as well. (*I want to make it clear that there is zero scientific research attached to this statement. It is purely my personal opinion.)
#7. Your taste buds may feel a little deprived since they got a mouthful–literally–yesterday, don’t give into them. Remember that the first bite of anything is the most savory, so if you are feeling weak, just have one bite of the indulgence. One small bite will not derail your efforts.Image
#8. Get a good amount of sleep. Your muscles and digestive system regenerate as you sleep, so give your body time to do this. Also, if you’re asleep, you’re not consuming anything
#9. Plan out tomorrow’s meals. Planning ahead ensures that you’ll have the supplies needed and fuel yourself appropriately.
#10. Spend a few minutes looking in a full length mirror before you go to bed. Say three nice things about your body and appearance. Smile at yourself. heck, even blow a kiss!

For more tips like these, or for personalized, goal-specific wellness coaching, email: lectrofit@gmail.com. Love yourself! 

January 1, 2014

Happy Detox Day!

I’m kidding… Happy New Year! If you’re considering a detox diet this New Year’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. As a Healthy Housewives Team, we are your online source for all things healthy and fit. I won’t speak for the other girls, but I am a big supporter of periodic detoxification. The operative word there is PERIODIC. Like most other things, if you detox too often you risk not absorbing enough nutrients for your body to grow and thrive. That’s no way to live.

Detoxing for up to 30 days is not only healthy, but it’s becoming required to maintain optimal health in such a toxic society. I’m not talking just food either—your cell phone, pollution, stress, smoke, and yes, the chemicals in our food supply all lead to over-toxic bodies. As part of a detox, you’ve probably purchased your choice detox support product, a bunch of organic produce, and several jugs of water. Good for you! Here are some recipes that will fit into most detox plans, and won’t drive you bonkers with time in the kitchen. (Who has extra time to spend? Not me.)

ImageCran-Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Salad:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 cups mixed greens such as spinach and arugula

Dressing:
1/4 cup cashews
1/8 cup pine nuts
2 tsp miso paste
1/4 tsp agave nectar
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

COOK quinoa according to package instructions.

While quinoa cooks, COMBINE all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add water if dressing is too thick.

In a large serving bowl, COMBINE cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with olive oil and garlic-infused vinegar. Serve chilled.

ImageBasil Avocado Salad

Serves 2

1 large fennel bulb, slice stalks and bulbs into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups fresh baby arugula
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 large carrot, finely chopped
Juice from 1 organic lemon
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp lemon zest
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cashews

FILL a large bowl with ice water.

BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add fennel and cook for 3 minutes. Drain fennel and immediately submerge into ice bath. Set aside for 3 minutes. Drain.

TRANSFER fennel to a large serving bowl; pat dry. Add avocado and carrot.

DRIZZLE salad with lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, basil, sea salt and pepper.  Gently toss to coat.

DIVIDE salad between 2 serving dishes. Top with ground chia seeds and cashews.  Serve at room temperature. Eat husband’s if he doesn’t finish it.

ImageSweet Pea Juice

Serves 2

2 large McIntosh apples, cored and diced
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup sugar snap peas, peeled
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp stevia powder (if desired)

PULSE apple, orange juice, peas, cilantro and stevia in a blender until liquefied.

POUR into serving glasses; serve chilled.

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My last grocery list:

veggies, avocado, salsa, eggs, fish, spices, coconut water, almonds, grass-fed beef, and wasabi peas (LOVE them.)

Success Tips: Choose veggies you’ll eat. Try out different spices to shake up flavor! Don’t let one set back kill your goal—get back on track asap. Warm lemon water or herbal tea is more satisfying than you think. Spend time alone to really feel what your body is feeling. Get and stay in tune with your body! Celebrate small wins with a new playlist, book, or a massage—not food.

SMILE! A game I play with myself is to ensure nobody knows when I am detoxing. I’m still as energetic, joyful, and productive as always. I’ll be leading a detox support group via Instagram @LectroFit and via email at: lectrofit@gmail.com if you’d like to join.

Stay glued to what the Healthy Housewives will be doing in 2014—you’re sure to be inspired, educated, motivated, and perhaps a bit entertained along whatever health journey you are on.  Happy detoxing!  –Lacey

August 29, 2013

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

With school back in swing and me working full time, meal planning is the only way to provide a healthy home cooked meal for my daughter and dad, plus save time and money.  I try to plan and to cook 3 or 4 meals at home and grocery shop just once a week.

Kathy

1. Grocery List/Meal Plan.

  • Look at your calendar for the upcoming week.  Note how many dinners you will need to make, and anything else you need to shop for (breakfast, school lunches, snacks, get togethers, etc.)
  • Decided what (2 or 3) proteins you want to use and plan your meals accordingly.
  • Pick proteins that can be cooked once and used twice, for example lettuce wrapped tacos and squash spaghetti – use the same protein source.
  • Check your refrigerator, pantry and freezer and note what needs to be used.
  • Review your grocery store sale ad in advance. Can be a good savings especially at Whole Foods.
  • Keep your menus simple during the week.
  • Use a form grocery list already completed with your kitchen staples.
  • Add items as soon as you run out.

2. Shop Smartly.

  • Don’t forget your grocery list and coupons.
  • Shop on a day that works best for your schedule. Weekdays at 5 are usually not it!
  • Review the sale ad in advance.  Again.
  • Don’t overdo the fresh produce and end up throwing valuable money and fruits and veggies out.   Always keep your freezer stocked with frozen organic vegetables for quick side dishes or ad-ins.

3. Eat healthy!

  • Plan meals and snacks using healthy basics.
  • Limit processed or prepared foods.
  • Serve at least one serving of vegetables and/or fruit with each meal.
  • Always keep your kitchen well-stocked with organic and healthy basics.
  • Limit use of microwave – most items can be warmed just as quickly on the stove (enamel cast iron pot) or (cooking sheet) in oven.

4. Save time.

  • Use leftovers for lunches or as part of another meal.
  • Pre-wash your fruits and veggies, store in bowls in fridge (rather than drawers) for quick healthy snacks.
  • Use time-saving appliances: slow cooker, rice cooker, toaster oven.
  • Rotisserie chickens are great too and can be used a multitude of ways.
  • Salad bars can be a big time saver for chopped fresh produce.
  • Grocery delivery.

Other Resources:

Here are a couple of websites that will do the meal planning for your for a monthly or yearly fee which is really not bad.

The Nourished Kitchen

The focus here is on whole, unrefined foods prepared according to traditional methods that optimize nutrient density.  Cherish your body, nourish your kitchen.

http://nourishedkitchen.com/about-the-nourished-kitchen/

E-Meals

Emeals can be customized for Paleo, vegetarian and organic and then further planned by your grocery store.

https://www.emeals.com/account/signup.php

August 28, 2013

Healthy Traveling in a Zip (Lock)

As I travel around, eating healthfully and making good choices gets challenging at times. I have several travel buddies that make it easier. Check’em out:

1. Almonds: protein, good fats, convenient, no smell (for close quarters like airplanes). Also, you can add them to cups of oatmeal, yogurt, even an ice cream and/or frozen yogurt treat to offset the sugar a bit.

2. Freeze-dried Fruit: anti-oxidants, sweetness, vitamin C, adds flavor to oats, hot water/tea, mix with nuts for quick, pre-workout fuel

3. Chia Seed: Excellent for added crunchiness and fiber! It has no taste, so add to anything from chicken soup to eggs.

4. Oats/Steel Cut Oats: Great on-the-goal fuel. You can go to any restaurant vendor/coffee shop and ask for a cup of hot water. I haven’t been turned away yet. Put some of your cashews and dried cranberries inside for more vitamin punch.

5. Teavana Tea Bags: Soothing for the traveler’s soul. Calm anxiety or nervousness over potentially-delayed flights or long security lines with a cup of hot tea. Also, sip on a cup of tea to avoid excessive snacking on flights.

When traveling for more than three days at a time, I pack a baggy with the following: plastic spoon, fork, and knife; Stevia in the raw packets; Lavender essential oil (small tube); 100% lemon juice packets. Why?

I like to be prepared with my own utensils. Once, I settled into my seat with my freshly-made cup of steel cut oats, with crushed cashews and a sprinkle of stevia only to find myself without a spoon, or any access to a spoon. I won’t do that twice. If you want something sweet, there are way too many temptations around airports, so why not sprinkle some Stevia or dried fruit in something that needs a little bit of sweetness? I love the smell of Lavender and a little dollop comes in handy after a full day of traveling, or several hours in an airport. A few deep breaths, and I’m a new person. A drop goes a long way, which is why only packing a small tube is necessary. Finally, I’m confident that warm, lemon water will cure any digestive issue you encounter during travel.

A bonus beauty tip: I pack a separate baggie of emergency tools in my carryon with the following: blotting papers (let your personality shine; not your face–men and women!); three travel envelope-sized toothpaste for emergencies (chewing gum in public, especially within close quarters isn’t attractive); travel packets of sea salt (for food and lavender foot soaks in your hotel room). Sometimes I’ll pack anti-bacterial lotion (you can find these in travel sized envelopes too) as a refresher, if needed. Traveling dries your skin out!

Favorite Lunch/Dinner Tip:

Choose a restaurant that has spinach on the menu and order a large spinach (only) salad. Pull out your almonds, dried fruit, and chia seed and sprinkle each on your plate of spinach for a nourishing meal. If you choose to, order a chicken breast or fish filet to add into your salad, but go easy on the sauces.

If you ever see me in an airport or on your flight, you know what I’ll have with me! I’ll have extras to share too. Happy traveling! –Lacey

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