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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Healthy Eating






































Beauty is rather general. Yes, my minimal makeup tastes may largely differ from the red-lipped gal next to me, but there is a limit to how much of yourself you show. Nutrition, on the other hand, is completely different. Rather than writing 'Fifty Random Facts About Me' or dishing on some other boring topic, I thought that I'd talk about eating. Duh, duh, duh...

I'd like to start out by saying that I'm NO nutritionist, dietician, or any qualified specialist, I'm just an everyday gal who has decided to share my philosophy on 'Healthy Eating' *gulp*.
Also, being the skincare obsessive that I am, I think it's silly when people say that your skin isn't a reflection of what you eat or put into your system. Yes, it differs from person to person, but have you ever seen a starving child in Africa with spots? I think not. For me, milk, in particular breaks me out like nobody's business. Albeit, yogurt doesn't affect me in the slightest and the effects of ice cream are very minimal, but, again, not nearly as bad as milk. This being the case, I've cut milk out of my diet and replaced it with almond milk (which you will see, I'm rather obsessed with). Does this make this post somewhat beauty related?

Okay, now onto the topic of food. I don't eat this way because I want to lose weight  (amen!), but I'm definitely interested in being in the best shape I can be. I've mentioned it a few times, but I am a ballet dancer. Ballet, or dance in general, is rather different because, you can deny it all you want, but we. are. athletes. We demand a lot out of our bodies, but they also have to be aesthetically pleasing. Again, I'm not interested in losing weight, but rather feeding my body with optimum nutrition so that my insides won't hit any bumps in the road. I usually have a three hours worth of classes six days per week (at least), but if I don't then I do other exercise (Blogilates all the way. Cassey will KILL YOU). Nevertheless, I always take one day off a week. Your body needs it to recover.

I try to stick to a few guidelines - 90% healthy, 10% not and eat things from the earth.

Breakfast is my favoorritee meal of the day. I'll eat loads of things including eggs, quinoa, yogurt, etc. I used to eat a lot of cereal, even the good sorts, but they just don't keep me going as much as the other things listed above do. Recently, I've been loving this Apple Cinnamon Pancake recipe from Blogilates. It's not as quick as throwing some cereal in a bowl, but it's so filling and keeps me going for a really long time. It's this simple: one whole egg, one egg white, 1/8 cup of oats, 1/2 scoop of protein powder, 1/4 of chopped apple, and cinnamon. Whip it together in a bowl, and cook in a skillet until heated and it's done all the way through. IT'S DELICIOUS! I like to top it with a little drizzle of honey and (sometimes) some peanut butter. I know, I know - it's quite a contradictory statement for me to say to eat things from the earth then turn around and use protein powder, but I find that I really need the extra protein and I want other ways to get protein rather than relying on meat all the time.

For lunch, it really depends on the day. Normally, it's a salad of some sorts with loads of chicken or turkey (protein, protein, protein!) Add loads of veggies and stay away from 'bad' salad dressings. You know what they are...just stay away. The picture above is a picture of my lunch from a few days ago - spinach, cooked chicken breast (just cooked with a little salt and pepper. I got the flavor from the dressing in the salad), spinach, and some balsamic and lemon juice with some tomato. Done! It was delicious! It really depends on what's in the house but, for instance, today, I had some chicken (cooked the same way), some raw green beans, spinach, and pesto. Yummm...

Alas, we have snacks. Even if you eat smaller meals, it's really important to have snacks to keep your metabolism going. Nuts (almonds are my favorites), greek yogurt (the protein is key), fruit (loads of the stuff - it's from the earth, remember?), bars (Larabar, Luna, and Kind bars are my favorites) and things of that sort. If I wake up early, then I'll have a snack sometime between breakfast and lunch, and I always have a snack between lunch and dinner. Sometimes, since I go to ballet class at 4:30, my snack will be bigger than my lunch...it just depends. Also, I haven't talked much about bread, but bread is okay...just don't go crazy. Ezekiel bread is amazing, as it has zero sugar, just high quality energy. If you really want the good stuff (you know the bread I'm talking about), just remember - 10%.

Dinner is somewhat along the lines of lunch, to keep it simple. But concerning desserts (yes, the part you've all been waiting for), I have a massive sweet tooth. I don't make a separate meal for dessert, but sometimes incorporate them into my snacks. If I'm up really late doing homework and get hungry between dinner and going to sleep, then I'll have dessert/snack here. Just consult Blogilates for my favorites - they're all good.

Yes - a chatty and somewhat personal post for you all. In short, eat well and eat when you're hungry.As long you're feeding your body with good things, you're body will tell you when you need more - just don't mistake it for being thirsty. Drink shedloads of water. And add lemon - it's delicious. I wouldn't count calories unless you really, really need to. It's just an unhealthy obsession. Also, I hope you've learned that Cassey rules the world!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them and tell me what you think - you know how to contact me. Would you like to see more of these posts?
Bon appetite!

4 comments :

  1. So confession time: I definitely spend too much time sitting around and eating junk food. I've been motivating myself to get up and move around more, and definitely less junk food. The odd thing is that I really love my salads, they're just ridiculously yummy! Greens, some nuts, olive oil? I don't think it gets better than that! And wow, your ballet classes are intense! Dancing is definitely a sport! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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  2. Ha! You're funny! Yes - salads are delish. And the dancing can be a lot at times. I think it's hilarious when some people think that I'll be a wimp when I go workout and then I crush them. It's satisfying.
    xo

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  3. i honestly agree with the statement 'eat things from the earth' i refuse to eat packaged heat up /anything/ and will make things from scratch. sometimes i can't believe what the ingredients on packaged goods are. i'm an avid believer of the real food movement.
    jenn

    A Beautiful Zen

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  4. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one. On the contrary, it can be a bit of a pain when I'm eating with friends who don't abide by the same school of thought....
    xo

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