Friday, February 17, 2012

What Fuels Your Body?

I remember the first time Jacob and I talked about food. He informed me I'd been under-eating and over-excersising, thus being the reason my body probably hit a stopping point and decided to sit where it was at for so long. (The evil Platue. Oh, and I might mention that Pre-Jacob I was eating 1200 calories a day and working out 5 -6 days a week.) His next sentence included something along the lines of "I'm going to have you eating more and working out less." My first thought was, "Are you kidding? This is never going to work." It wasn't too long after that, that my body started cooperating and the pounds began to melt off. (He started having me eat 1500 calories a day and working out only 4 days a week.) I felt like I was eating ALL DAY LONG! (I was.) This is something that seemed so awkward, especially when trying to lose weight. Eat? And all day long?

Since then, I've learned that the right combinations of food and eating often keeps me going. Believe me, I still have my days when I don't eat enough or the right things and I end up paying for it later. The reality is that you need to think of your body as a car and what it will take to fuel you for the entire day. When you can grasp that concept, (And YES, it took me a while. I'm a stubborn slow learner.) it will make life so much easier. The choices we make on food will be easier as well as what we choose to do for excercise. We like the feeling our bodies get when we are fueled properly and we thrive to keep them in that "feel good" zone. (Way better than feeling blah and sluggish.)

SO, here are a few of MY favorite snacks - ( I do try for a protein and carb every time I eat.)
-Vanilla yogurt and low-fat granaola
-Cottage Cheese and grapes 
-Hard boiled egg and 1/2 an appple
-Chocolate milk and almonds (I REALLY didn't like this one at first, but it grew on me. Sorta.)
-Hummas and Sliced peppers
-Spinach Berry Smoothie - look here for the recipe
-1TBSP Peanut Butter and 1/2 whole wheat 100 calorie round
-Clif Z Bar
**Remember pick things YOU like. This is a lifestyle change not a diet. You want to pick things you can enjoy for quite some time. Like....forever!

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  1. Every two to three hours. 80% nutrition! :)

  2. I appreciate the information and wish to apply it to my life...

  3. I am so glad I found this because it just enforces what I have been doing. I was stuck on a plateau losing one week, gaining the next, the same 1lb for about 3 weeks. I didn't get it at all and was getting frustrated enough to give in - almost. I decided to increase my calories from 1200 to 1400 and keep walking/training the 5kms x 5 days a week as I was doing the week before and what do you know? I started dropping weight again!
    My favourite snack is a tablespoon of mixed raw nuts and a tablespoon of raisins together. I treat myself every night to a few squares of dark chocolate so I don't feel deprived. It helps a lot.

  4. Hi!

    I am currently trying to lose 30 pounds. I have gained 30 pounds over the past 15 years and am normally a small petite person. At 5'2" now weighing 150 pounds I am miserable. I was recently told by my dr. that my thyroid levels are very low so I am scared I won't ever lose this weight. I have been eating well during the week and then the weekend comes and all hell breaks loose eating pretty much whatever I want. I have only lost 4 pounds in 4 weeks. I exercise when I have the energy. I also have 3 small children so that plays a part in that as well. So enough of my sob story and on to questions. I usually try and wait until I am really hungry to eat which is usually around 2:00pm. I take my thyroid medicine and drink coffee until then. I do this because I tend to eat more at night. Is this really horrible? I have also started to drink a green foods drink mid day to get some vegetables in. What would you recommend for me to start losing more than 1 pound a week? Any advice is appreciated! THANKS

  5. Hang in there! You need to be eating within an hour of when you first wake up in the morning then every few hours after that. You want to wake your metabolism first thing in the morning and keep it running all day. Not big meals, just little ones. This was very hard for me to get used to doing, especially because I was so fat. I felt like I was just eating all the time. It works though. I promise. Focus just on the nutrition for one week. Nothing else. Get that down and then move into adding some exercise.

  6. Thanks for the info. Any ideas of what I could have for breakfast that is light? I am also lactose intolerant:( I also feel like once I start eating earlier in the day I am hungrier all day. Its a little tricky that I am supposed to wait an hour after I take my thyroid meds to eat which sucks. Would a something like grapes be enough or would I need something heavier to start the day with? Sorry for all the questions. I did go walking/jogging for an hour last night so thats a start. Now if the scale would just start going down that would be a plus! Thanks!