I want to (and know I should) exercise more. I actually like to run—but I often go long stretches (weeks!) without running. I find all kinds of excuses to skip exercise: the baby didn’t sleep well, I’m too busy at work to break at lunch, I’m too hungry at dinner to run first. You know what I mean, life stuff.
When I get into these ruts, I try to remind myself that even President Obama makes time to exercise. But that sort of reasoning doesn’t really get me out the door on a run.
What does work for me? These are my 4 tricks to get myself to exercise more:
My biggest diet downfall is tortilla chips. The problem isn’t so much that chips are unhealthy, it’s that I don’t stop at one serving. Or two. For a time, I tried to keep the chips out of the house but that wasn’t really fair to my husband, Jon. Plus, I missed them.
So I figured out that I could enjoy my chips without going overboard by pairing them with yummy, low-cal Chile Con Queso. It may seem counterintuitive that eating more would help me to eat less. But it works for me—and here’s why: Grabbing a couple of chips on the fly always results in eating a few more chips… until I’ve eaten three or four times what I should. But my chip-and-dip combo is a legitimate “snack.” I measure out a portion of the dip—a quarter cup, which has only 84 calories—and count out one serving of chips....read full post »
I spent a lot of time in the kitchen during the past month baking, cooking and roasting up a storm. And some of what I made and ate—dozens and dozens of cookies, decadent desserts, super-cheesy appetizers—wasn’t the most healthful fare. I’m not ready to get on a scale just yet to see how much damage was done. But I am ready to switch gears and eat a little more healthfully. This week’s menu is made up of dinner recipes with 350 calories or less that are ready in 30 minutes or less.
MONDAY: Moo Shu Vegetables (171 calories per serving)
Start-to-finish: 20 minutes
This vegetarian version of the classic Chinese stir-fry, Moo Shu, uses already-shredded vegetables to cut...
“How can I have fun, but avoid gaining weight, during the holidays?”
It’s the most common question I get this time of year—an occupational hazard of being a registered dietitian, I guess. But it’s no wonder everyone wants to know: from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, the holidays are all about the food. And not just any food, but the rich celebration foods we look forward to all year long. When forgoing these foods just isn’t an option, follow these 7 tips and tricks to stay in your skinny jeans all season long.
1. Lighten up. Give your favorite traditional recipe a healthy makeover that preserves its original deliciousness so it can still fit...read full post »