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5 Tips to Defeat the Cravings Monster … PLUS Flourless Mocha Bacon Brownies~!

15 Oct

Since it’s “Musical Monday,” I thought we could take a lesson from Weird Al on what NOT to do:

“Eat It” by Weird Al Yankovic

If the above image doesn’t refresh your memory enough, watch the crazy video here.

SO it’s Monday afternoon … it’s been a crazy day; maybe even a tough day. You’re feeling a little sleepy and you notice some junk food sitting on the counter …

We’ve all been there. Trying to eat healthy, whether it’s Paleo, Whole30 or clean eating in general, we’ve all been tempted to dive in and devour unhealthy junk when nobody’s watching. This is the work of a beast I call: the Cravings Monster. If you’ve ever given into this evil villain, you well know what quickly ensues: a massive case of give-in remorse where you find yourself feeling guilty, discouraged and maybe like your inner fat-kid is showing.

Sound all too familiar?

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve seen how the Cravings Monster can creep in, unannounced AND uninvited, to put your health in an awkward situation. You’ve got to choose between immediate craving gratification and the more satisfying (although not as immediate) repercussions of making healthy choices.

The good news is, with a little introspection and creativity, you can avoid and defeat the Cravings Monster. Here are 5 Steps that I use to stop my cravings dead in their tracks!

  1. Stop, Reflect and LISTEN to your body. Take a quick self inventory. Is the Cravings Monster telling you that you deserve this little reward? That you’ve worked hard,  had a rough day and deserve to treat yourself? The truth is that you are actually hurting yourself by giving in and not rewarding or treating yourself at all. You have worked hard to be healthier and you owe it to yourself to be strong and kick those cravings to the curb. All that monster wants is immediate gratification. The fact is, you’ll be stronger and more satisfied by NOT giving in. You won’t have any guilt either. What’s your body actually saying? Your body knows that those cravings aren’t what it actually needs. Whew. You just made it past the toughest step. Proceed to Step 2.
  2. Take a food inventory. Are you eating enough? How much protein/vegetables did you have today? If you’re filling up on carbs, dairy and fruit, chances are you need more meat and veggies. So instead of junk, grab some almonds or another nut variety, which will actually help to satiate you because of the protein content. I focus my eating on protein like chicken, beef and nuts (not protein shakes) and vegetables and often go several hours between meals without snacking because of it. On to Step 3 …
  3. H2-O-My-Goodness. How much water have you had today? If you’re craving junk, chances are you haven’t had enough. According to the Mayo Clinic, ladies, you’re supposed to get 9 glasses and guys it’s 13 for you. If you’re eating the right amount of protein, your body needs that water more than ever! So drink up and watch those cravings wash away. Once you drink a glass of water, read more about how water can even make you smarter here. Cravings Monster still taunting you? On to step 4 for support!
  4. Call/text a friend or go online for help. This step can be your saving grace. I’ve had a couple people reach out to me over the past weeks for support and encouragement and I know that I can do the same as needed. This step is simple but packs a powerful punch. The key is to have a friend who is making healthy choices that you can call or text. Friends are happy to help and can really be a great encouragement. Looking for online support? Fan Facebook pages with active communities that are focused on healthy eating and lifestyle are great resources (my Facebook page is a good start!) Pass go, save 200+ calories and move to Step 5.
  5. Treat yourself to something healthier. There are plenty of healthy ways to really treat yourself. If you’re at home, make a healthier version of a treat like the below pictured Flourless Mocha Bacon Brownies from Practical Paleo. Or for a faster and even healthier option, try some fruit! If you’re out and about or at work, drink a Passion Fruit tea from Starbucks (with no sweetener) or treat yourself to a snack you wouldn’t normal splurge on. My favorite thing to do it to visit my local grocery store and get the expensive pre-cut fruit or berries when I’m feeling like splurging.

So the next time the Cravings Monster begins to toy with your emotions, don’t eat it, BEAT IT with these 5 Steps.

Let me know which step is your favorite :)

~ Kate

Happy Friday: Come On Get Happy …

12 Oct

It’s Friday!

Time to finish the week strong and get ready for a fun weekend. To help get your happiness levels up, I thought I’d share a couple fun images that brightened my day …

Happy Friday …

~ Kate

How I Really Feel About Running

11 Oct

So, I think it’s time I get really honest with you guys … about running.

As I’ve said in my previous posts, growing up, I wasn’t part of a sports team and I didn’t have a regular workout routine. I went through periods of time where I would run (I guess at the rate I was going it would technically be considered jogging) with friends and it worked out well but it didn’t last long. I was a lifeguard for 3 years in high school (*ahem* home school to be completely accurate) and taught swim lessons, which I absolutely adored. I’ve always loved the water so I successfully went from my first beginning to swim class to a strenuous lifeguard certification course in a matter of months.

I guess that doesn’t sound so bad in the exercise department. I’ve actually done quite a bit, just never formed a habit long term. Truth is, I’ve always wanted to be a runner. More specifically, a type of runner that I affectionately call a “Gazelle.” I’m sure you know what I mean: a runner whose strides are long, body is lean and running seems to just flow so naturally it’s like a symphonic occurrence. I want to be a gazelle.

Not to be confused with a Cheetah, Gazelles are much more graceful and lengthy in their strides.

Here’s the problem: Although I’ve completed 6 (count em!) 5K’s in the past year, I have yet to be consistent enough in my running to move beyond that distance. I secretly want to be someone who completes a half marathon. Not a full marathon because that just sounds like physical abuse but a half would be quite an accomplishment in my mind.

The problem is, I haven’t really gotten to the point where I “like” running. I hear it all the time, I see it on Pinterest and runner’s blogs: Running is my stress relief! Running calms me! Running is the best!Really? Not quite there yet. My take sounds a little more like this: Running makes my head hurt. Running is cold and yucky. Running is hard. Just take a look at this video to see for yourself that I look completely exhausted and my normal positive demeanor is a little harder to come by:

This “30 Days of Fitness” challenge (#GetFit30 on Twitter) that I proclaimed earlier this moth, has been much more challenging then doing the Whole30 for me. That might sound hard to believe but it’s true. I have to pull myself together, shake myself up and get out there and do it every single day and sometimes, that’s really tough. Other times, I’m happy to do it and I always feel amazing afterward when I’ve really pushed myself. Have you been doing the challenge? How are you doing? What’s been great and what needs improvement?

I wanted to share this with you for a couple reasons. First, I think it’s important that you see this is challenging for me. Second, I wanted you to know what my goals/dream to be a gazelle are and lastly, to get your thoughts on the matter. Are you a gazelle? If so, how did you start out and how long did it take you to transform? Do you love running? Do you hate running? Do you have an exercise that you prefer over running?
Very interested to know.

~ Kate

P.S. Remember how I mentioned really liking swimming? Well, I’m back at it today. Here’s a picture of the gear I’m bringing in case you care to start yourself: A couple suits, lock for lockers, towel, goggles and swim cap. Oh and if you want daily inspiration, check out my Facebook page and subscribe to this blog.