kierstyn

Healthy Eating: On the Go

Do you have a busy schedule? Are you never at home? Do you want to eat healthy? If so, this blog post is definitely for you!

For me, I’m usually only home between the hours of 8pm and 5am- 6/7 of those hours I am sleeping which means I have to plan my time wisely. The number one thing that has helped me the most when it comes to eating healthy is meal prepping. Every Sunday I buy my groceries and make my eggs, chicken and vegetables for the week. By doing this and separating them into each container, I am able to grab what I need and go! This doesn’t leave very much room for creativity but it gets the job done. Since I already have all of my meals packed for the day, there is no reason for me to spend money carelessly on food that isn’t good for me.

When choosing what to meal prep, you have to look at your circumstances. For me, I eat my dinner at school which means I need to remember to bring a fork and knife. If you’re going to be eating in transit, you need to pack something easier to handle like a sandwich. For snacks, I always try to pack something I can eat while walking like an apple or a protein bar. If you’re in a rush in the mornings, maybe you need to opt for a smoothie that you can drink as you go?

In addition, if you’re going out to eat, look at the menu prior to going! Decide what you’re going to eat before you get there that way you don’t have to think about your temptations!

Other than that, I’ve found that eating at the specified times I’ve planned really helps when trying to stay on track. I don’t let anything get in the way of me eating and honestly, if something does… I’m not a happy camper! My body is on a clock and it knows when it’s not getting fed at the right time. That’s why meal prepping has become such a saving grace. There are many ways in which you can make the food you already enjoy perfect for when you’re on the run! Inbox me your snack or meal and I can find a way to make it possible to eat while on-the-go!

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– K

Dominika

Sunday Breakfast

Good afternoon everybody! This morning I decided to switch things up for breakfast and try out something new- breakfast bowls!

This easy recipe only requires 3 ingredients:

  1. Fruit
  2. Yogurt
  3. Cereal

The first step is to slice up your favourite fruit and put it at the bottom of the bowl. This morning, I decided to use bananas because they are one of my favourites! Feel free to use whatever fruit you like- strawberries, blueberries etc.

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Next, you add yogurt of your choice and layer it on top of the fruit- I chose vanilla.

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Lastly, you top it off with cereal. I used Special K’s Nourish Apples, Raspberries and Almonds with granola & wheat, rice & quinoa flakes.

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And look at that- as easy as 3 simple steps and SO delicious! You could even do smaller portions of the fruit, yogurt, cereal and layer them to make breakfast lasagne in a bowl.

Comment down below what breakfast bowl creations you can think of- I would love to see them!

-D

Dominika

Balance & Moderation

This week was the first week back to school in full swing and somehow I managed to survive between going to class, doctor appointments, the gym and the terrible Windsor weather. But let me tell you, it was not easy.

This is the first semester that I have night classes three days out of the week and they really took a toll on me, meaning I definitely ate foods that I shouldn’t have (McDonald’s fries at 10 pm, one too many chocolate covered raisins). I felt so incredibly guilty when I did this because I am never one to have cravings or eat junk late at night. I almost always stick to my healthy eating plan and never binge.

Despite making poor food choices this week, I did make some accomplishments. This week I went to two AxFit classes and I absolutely LOVED them! We did a fit test (15 different exercises + beep test) in both classes and within the week I had already improved. In Monday’s class I got up to level 5 in the beep test and was EXTREMELY sore the next day (literally all my muscles were on fire) but at Friday’s class I was able to get up to level 7 in the beep test and was hardly sore the day after! I also improved in being able to do more reps in the exercises and perform them properly.

I was so unbelievably happy when I saw this improvement because I pushed myself to do better. This also made me realize- we are all human and we all make mistakes. Even though I had some late night snacks, I made the accomplishment of going up two levels in the beep test. I still improved in my fitness journey some way and I was able to learn from my food binging mistakes.

It’s all about balance and moderation. So next time, I will bring a healthier snack (apple, banana, protein bar) for after class to prevent myself from buying junk. And if I want to eat some chocolate covered raisins? Sure, why not! As long as I don’t eat half of the box. It’s okay to want to indulge sometimes in sweets or salty snacks, keeping in mind to do it moderately. I am not going to eat McDonalds fries every night at 10 pm so doing it that one night won’t kill me, but I did learn for next time.

We’re not perfect. Nobody is. We’re human. We are born to make mistakes and learn from them. There will be bumps along the road but picking yourself up back on your feet is the important part- that is why it is called a journey.

There is a quote I saw online not too long ago that I thought would fit well to end this post: “Eat clean. Stay fit. And have a burger to stay sane.”-Gigi Hadid

-D

kierstyn

My Battle with Food

For as long as I can remember, food has been my safety blanket. It’s been the one thing that can make me happy after a stressful situation. It’s been my comfort. Over this past year, I’ve been working hard to heal the previous memories I have that lead me to food every time I am placed in a situation that leaves me feeling uneasy.

I can still remember coming home from school every day in high school and eating everything in sight because I got into a fight with one of my friends or because I did poorly on a test. I can still remember every argument with my parents where food was the only thing I could turn to. I can remember thinking that eating copious amounts of food when stressed was okay because that’s what everyone did. Right?

Wrong. I taught myself that binging on food was the norm. That it was healthy because it released small amounts of dopamine which made the stress leave. It only left temporarily. It was almost like some sort of drug… an addiction and habit I just couldn’t break.

Last April, I made a vow to change my life. I made the choice to eat healthier every chance I could. Most importantly, I never once told myself I couldn’t have something I wanted. Instead, I always gave myself a healthier alternative. I traded in ice cream for greek yoghurt. I chose almonds over chocolate. I opted for fresh fruit instead of candy. My life was slowly starting to change. I had more energy, I did better in school and I put myself out there more. Who knew that fuelling my body with the right nutrients was going to change my life that much?!

One of the most important things I learned during this process was that each person is different. I already knew that one person could eat junk all the time and be skinny and another person could do the same but be overweight. What I didn’t realize was that skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. Society places this image in our minds that being skinny is healthy but that isn’t the case 100% of the time. If you aren’t giving your body the nutrients it needs, you’re not healthy… no matter what you look like.

If I told you that I no longer have problems with food, I’d be lying. There are days, especially around exams, when I want to eat everything. Some days I do and I’m rewarded with a nice stomach ache and pounding head ache. Some days I push through and it feels really good. Food was always my comfort, but now I’ve found comfort in other things.  My relationship with food is still an ongoing war but each day I get one step closer to taking over.

I know what it’s like to go to food because it’s always there and I know that there are days when you feel like you can’t handle the world. Don’t feel like you are alone (I did for a long time.) Channel that energy into something else- a new hobby, a new exercise routine, reading a good book or cooking (healthy meals!) I like to find distractions like after-dinner walks or throwing myself into my school work. One day when you are under pressure or stress, you’re going to look at that food and think… “there’s a better way to handle this situation.” Work towards that moment.

– K