My last post gave you two new health-ified recipes to add to your arsenal of healthy meal options. I feel like I spend a lot of time making unhealthy recipes into healthier options. When I began my weight loss journey, nearly 4 years ago, I realized many of my “go to” recipes were filled with unhealthy junk. No wonder I was overweight! I’ve learned to change my eating habits to attain a better weight… a healthy weight. For instance, this weekend the Hubs and I wanted a steak dinner. It helped that the ribeyes were on sale. I made sure to buy cuts of steak that were leaner, without a ton of fat marbling throughout. In the past, we would have accompanied those steaks with a loaded baked potato. Loaded meaning covered, smothered, and soaked in butter, cheese, sour cream, and bacon. Yeah, not very healthy. Because I am trying to reduce my body fat (stubborn fat from the pregnancy around the abdominal area), I’m reducing the amount of carbs I eat. I decided to stick with cauliflower as the potato substitute. I did have 4 slices of bacon I needed to cook leftover from my breakfast meal prepping. So, I baked and crumbled those. I roasted the cauliflower in the oven on 400F for about 25 minutes. I sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top and melted for a couple of minutes in the oven. I topped with the bacon crumbles and chopped green onions. My “loaded” cauliflower was a much healthier option than the loaded potatoes of the past. My other side was my steamed garlic and onion green beans. All I do for those is sauté minced garlic and onion in a little oil (whatever works for you…I like ghee) for 7 minutes, add my green beans to the pan, add a 1/4 cup of broth (can be veggie, chicken, or beef…I do opt for no added salt) and top the pan with the lid. I keep a small opening to vent the steam. It takes about 20 minutes on medium high heat. Another healthier meal for you. I pair those sides with roasted chicken, pork tenderloin…whatever, really, even salmon. I obviously cannot make some recipes healthier, like brownies. I mean, there are countless recipes on Pinterest that try; but there is nothing like brownies made with flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. That’s where your willpower has to kick in. You just cannot eat those types of food all the time and lose weight. Valentine’s Day is coming up. You are bombarded with candies, cakes, and other mouth watering delicacies. It is fine to indulge on an item or two. I know I will be enjoying a dessert. However, don’t undo your hard work. I try to keep my desserts to special occasions, like Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or social occasions. I will admit, there is a certain week of the month, where I have strong cravings for chocolate or sweets. It could be brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or cake. I find that if I deny myself that one craving, it gets worse. However, if I go ahead and eat that craving, just once, it totally disappears. This last time was an Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen. I haven’t had one in a year; but the craving was intense. I shared one with Hubs and I’m good on them. That’s all I needed. That also helps you to tell yourself “no” for the next craving. It’s like parenting myself. “No, Kayleigh, you may not indulge your craving this month because you did last month.” It sounds weird, but I feel it holds me accountable to my fitness goals.
I have a very special day coming up this week. My daughter’s pre-school does a “Donuts with Dad” program. Unfortunately, Hubs cannot make it this year. It will be donuts with Mom and Little Bro, who will have his specially made donuts. I will enjoy every bite of that donut with my little girl. I won’t go overboard and eat five of them, but I will enjoy at least one…maybe a donut hole or two if they have those. This is why it is so important to make each workout count. Push yourself each time, and there shouldn’t be any guilt when you do indulge.
Onto a slightly different topic about health, let’s talk about the flu. Holy Cow! It is bad here. Everywhere I turn someone else’s kid is down with the flu, strep, or a stomach virus. I’m trying to keep us germ free. I probably look like a crazy mom sanitizing hands, spraying Lysol on everything, wiping everything down with Lysol wipes, and constantly washing my hands.
While some people knock them, I’m using my essential oils too. I’m diffusing several times a day and applying my Immunity blend roller to feet at night. My viewpoint is, if it hasn’t been 100% debunked for effectiveness, I’m using it. Haha! Seriously, the oils have helped me with my sleeping issues. I used to be an incredibly light sleeper. I would wake up every time Hubs moved. Not to mention, any time I was stressed or worried about something; I would stay up most of the night unable to calm my head for sleep. I have zero sleeping problems. I have a few blends I mix for peaceful, deep sleep. Even Hubs is amazed at how well I sleep at night.
I couldn’t help but laugh at this meme. Hubs recites Shakespeare’s Macbeth the witches scene to me every time he sees me making oil blends. We have an on going joke about my oil use being related to witchcraft. (Disclaimer: We are simply joking and do not believe that essential oil use is in any way associated with witchcraft.)
Realistically, all you can do to protect yourself from these germs is to wash your hands. If you or your kid does begin to have any symptoms of being sick, stay home or go to the doctor. For goodness sake, do not go to work, school, or any other place to spread your germs.
Stay save and healthy!