Post Vacation Real Talk

Trips and vacations sure are fun, but coming back to real life can be hard. I’ve learned that first hand. It’s easy to let loose a little on vacation when it comes to eating because you want to try new foods and celebrate a bit. I get it! It’s been hard for me to get back on a healthy eating plan since I’ve been back. I don’t have any concrete solutions, but I think it’s good to know that not everyone jumps right back into their exercise and healthy eating routine. It’s a process sometimes.

I’d love to hear how you get back on track after a trip!

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My Gluten Free Story

There’s so much talk these days about going gluten-free. Seems like everyone is getting on the GF bandwagon. I personally don’t  believe it’s a fad. I think most people can benefit from eating a gluten-free diet, especially with all the highly processed grains out there now. On the other hand, eating a gluten-free cupcake isn’t necessarily healthy either. Just because something is GF doesn’t mean it’s healthy. You can still easily gain weight on a GF diet. Simply swapping out a normal piece of brand for a GF piece of bread isn’t going to get you any health gains. At the beginning of my GF journey, I thought this was the case though. I said, ” It’s GF! I can eat as much as I want! Who cares if it’s sugar filled because it’s GF!” I quickly learned that was not the right approach and since then I’ve made major diet changes. (Hello Whole30!) Now I incorporate more veggies in place of the GF substitutes. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to have cookies, ice cream, and birthday cake every now and then, but now I can make it GF and not feel terrible after eating it! 

I hope after hearing my story about going GF and all the benefits I’ve reaped from it, that you’ll consider eliminating gluten from your diet for a period of time and see how you feel. 

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I’d love to hear your stories and comments about going GF!

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Whole 30 & Tips for Slaying the Sugar Dragon

Just when you think you got the sugar dragon licked, Christmas cookies show up. There’s been Christmas treats around since Thanksgiving and I never gave in, but on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I let myself have a few treats. I thought, after not having sugar for over 6 months, that I’d be able to stop eating the peanut butter balls no problem. But how quickly my body forgets the Whole30 plan and turns into a sugar dragon. It’s like this switch went off and all my body wanted was more and more sugar. I couldn’t satisfy the sugar dragon!!! All my Whole30 peeps out there know what I’m talking about! That was a scary feeling. Was all my hard work so far going to go down in flames because I couldn’t get control of my cravings? Was I going to gain all 14lbs I’d lost, back  in one weekend! It sends shivers down my spine!

Today I said no more. My mind and heart know what I truly want, but my body is taking a bit longer to convince. I haven’t had any sugar today. My body is screaming for it, but I know within a few days the sugar dragon will crawl back into its hole and I’ll be rocking the Whole30 without a second thought.

I also wanted to share a few things I’ve noticed since having sugar. I haven’t slept well the past two nights. Coincidence? I think not. Since starting the Whole30, I haven’t had a problem sleeping. As long as I stick to my usual bedtime routine of reading before I turn out the light, I fall asleep promptly. But since having sugar on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I’ve tossed and turned, and even though I was tired, I couldn’t fall asleep. Also, I usually go to Crossfit three days a week at 5AM. No, I’m not crazy. I just like to get it done and get on with my day. I’ve really grown to like the morning class actually. That is until this mornings class. The best way I know how to describe it is I felt like a slug. Somehow I could not catch my breath, and I could barely finish the workout! And I’ve been doing Crossfit for a couple years now! A light bulb went off in my head…SUGAR! Darn you sugar! You’re making me look like I’ve never exercised in my life. Isn’t that crazy? Don’t get me wrong. Crossfit is hard. But this was like my body would not do the movements I’ve done a hundred times. I never want to feel like that again. Sugar is no bueno.

All that to say, I’m back on the Whole30 full force! I don’t want to eat sugar because I don’t like the way it makes me feel. I’ve got a goal in mind and I’m going to press on toward. Bye, bye sugar dragon!

I’ve included a few tips below that I’ve implemented when I feel the sugar dragon coming on strong. I hope they help!

Tips for slaying the sugar dragon:

  1. Meal Prep– plan ahead of time what your going to eat the next day. Don’t think you’ll have enough willpower to say no to the snack machine or your coworkers leftover Christmas cookies. Go to the grocery store and get what you need to stay on track. Or at least have some healthy snack options at your desk so you don’t give in to the sugar dragon at work. Some Whole30 approved snacks are: RX Bars, oranges, apple and almond butter, celery and almond butter, Epic bars or other beef jerky.
  2. Exercise– After a weekend of giving in one too many times to the cookie jar, I make myself go to the gym. There’s something about working hard and sweating that makes me NOT want to eat unhealthy. It actually does the opposite! I want to fuel my body with the best since it just put out all that effort for me. Plus, I’m not going to waste all the time I spent in the gym by eating chips and donuts.
  3. Don’t be an island!-Surround yourself with like minded people who will keep you honest. Get an accountability partner. Whether it’s a friend, sister, husband, wife, whoever but get one! This has been one of the biggest reasons I’ve stayed the course this time around on the Whole30. I have two friends that I check in with every week. And I’m honest with them. I tell them when I’ve gained weight and when I’ve lost weight. They are there for me to encourage me to keep going, but also to keep me on the straight and narrow. Don’t put this off! Find someone today! If you don’t know anyone, then contact me and I’ll keep you accountable. 🙂

Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Hello beautiful people! It’s almost been a week since I posted the cauliflower fried rice story on my Instagram account and I promised a recipe forthcoming. So here it is! I love any kind of Asian food. From Thai, to Chinese, to Japanese, Korean and on and on…they always hit the spot. Growing up, my family would go to Happy Teriyaki all the time, and we thought it was healthy! We weren’t quite up on MSG. Yikes! Since then, I’ve come across so many healthy, paleo recipes for classic Asian dishes that are just as delicious and flavorful as I remember. One of the best Asian cookbooks I’ve found is “Paleo Takeout“. Every recipe I’ve made so far has been exactly as I remember it tasting. I would highly recommend it!

Anyways, on to the recipe! This is one of my staple recipes. It can be made with whatever veggies you have on hand. I always keep a bag of cauliflower rice in the freezer for an easy, quick meal. Trader Joe’s carries frozen and fresh cauli-rice. Since you aren’t using rice, you’re essentially eating an entire bowl of veggies! Score!

Cauli-Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 tsp minced garlic

2 TBLS coconut oil

1 cup sliced onions

1 cup peppers

1 cups sliced carrots

1 cup broccoli

1 cup cooked cubed chicken

1 TBLS Thai and True green curry paste

1 package of cauli-rice

1/2 cup toasted chopped cashews

2 scrambled egg

(You can add whatever veggies you want)

Preheat the oven to 400.

Heat the coconut oil and garlic in a large skillet until it starts to sizzle.

Then add the onions and cook until they start to soften. Add all the veggies and cook, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes. Next, add the cauli-rice, chicken, and curry paste and cook another 7 minutes. While the stir fry is cooking, spread the cashew pieces on a baking sheet and toast until fragrant. Lastly, scramble the eggs in a frying pan. Once cooked, cut into small pieces and add to the stir-fry. Remove the stir-fry from the heat and spoon some into a bowl and top with some of the toasted cashews.

I’d love to see what veggies you put in your stir-fry! Tag me in your pics! @iamthefitbaker

 

 

 

 

 

Frustration Nation

One of the most frustrating things in the world has got to be trying to lose weight. And when I say trying, I mean when your eating is on point and your doing things like crossfit, interval sprints and two a days and the scale stays the same! Not cool. I haven’t always been this dedicated. I don’t want you to get the wrong picture. 🙂 But for about the past three years, I’ve been become more and more dedicated to figuring out what is going on with my body. (autoimmune issues, effects of yo-yo dieting, etc…I’ll save that for another post) And let me tell you, it’s quite the mystery! With all the crossfit and exercising I’ve been doing, I’ve definitely built muscle and toned up, but I haven’t lost weight. I’d like the fat off so you can see the muscles! The only way I’ve ever lost weight is by seriously restricting my calories and that only messed up my metabolism. That’s not the way to healthfully shed pounds. Slow and steady is the way to keep it off. I know we all like quick results. Believe me, I’m the queen of trying any diet for quick results, but I finally realized that wasn’t working. I wanted to change my lifestyle. I just wanted to eat  clean and not be consumed with feeling bad after eating something that wasn’t on my current diet. I wanted peace. I was tired of food ruling me. It’s been quite the journey. It didn’t happen overnight, but slowly I began to get the hang of listening to my body. I didn’t see any changes in the beginning, but that was ok because I was learning my body. I thought it was odd that I wasn’t losing ANY weight. Even just one pound a month would have been amazing! I knew I still had food issues, and my sugar addiction would still creep up on me so I decided to get some professional help. I started talking with a counselor and she helped me through so much!!! It’s great to get an outside perspective because we can be so consumed with ourselves and not see the real issues. She gave me hope that I could overcome my body issues. She helped me see the “why” behind my continual food relapses. It was the most freeing thing. I met with her periodically for about a year. I still go back to my journal and look over those notes I took from her and they give me strength and hope and remind me I can do this even when it seems impossible. I look back now and realize this was just another step in my journey. Side note: I would encourage everyone to get counseling. I was scared and apprehensive at first but it ended up being the best thing ever! Promise me you’ll give it a shot?

Anyways, (I got a  bit sidetracked there) my whole point of this post is to encourage you to not give up when you don’t see results right away. I’ve been tempted to throw in the towel (and sometimes I have…hello pint of ice cream) when my jeans only seem to be getting tighter despite being totally on track with my diet and exercise. I feel like people must think I hop from diet to diet and that I’m forever trying to lose weight. That’s the most frustrating part for me. I know it doesn’t matter what other people think, but for once I’d like to prove that all this hard work is paying off and that I’m serious about my health!

The journey continues.

Thoughts?