Tuesday, January 7, 2014

How Some Healthy Food Swaps Miss the Mark

I was over at my parents' house the other day and we were watching a show called "Cook Your A** Off" on Upwave from HLN. It was a competition where three chefs tried to make healthier choices for people with certain cravings or lifestyle challenges.  One episode was particularly irksome. It included a round where they were supposed to offer substitutes for cheesy fries.  Two of them at least tried to do potato dishes, though they weren't really all that close in my mind. The third chef was trying too hard to just make a very healthy dish and presented a tuna wrap plate.

The problem is....if I'm in the mood for cheesy fries, a tuna wrap just isn't going to cut it. It's all about the similar tastes, textures and experience eating it. If you really want to help me eat healthier, ease me into it. Offer some choices that are similar, but healthier. For the fry challenge, Dad and I both thought it could work if you made some sort of baked or roasted fries that were drizzled with olive oil and some Parmesan.

I had the same problem with an article about "22 Smart Sugar Swaps" from Prevention Magazine.  Some were just fine, like eating Polaner All Fruit with Fiber Strawberry Jam instead of Smuckers.  The one that made me shake my head, though, was the one where they told me kettle corn instead of gummy worms. Again, these are incredibly different eating experiences and don't translate well in my mind.  Something like 100% fruit leather would be closer, I think.

I may be heading back to Weight Watchers soon. I do like that no food is off limit...it's learning all about moderation, planning, and healthy substitutes in some places. I will be making changes to my diet so it will be more nutritious...but I will be doing it in a way that makes more sense than food swaps that can seem arbitrary.

What are some reasonable food swaps you've made where you didn't miss the old food?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Weight Loss After Baby

...Yep, that's right. After a baby :)

I know it's been pretty quiet on here Pregnancy and motherhood has, at times, been painful, tiring and stressful. I was down to 245 or so when I got pregnant. I didn't have an easy time of it. From about Week 20 on, I began having pelvic problems where there was excruciating pain any time I lifted my leg, rolled over in bed, did some walking, etc. As you might imagine, that put a bit of a damper on any exercise. Chiropractic adjustments helped to ease some of it, but it still hasn't fully gone away, even 6 months later.

I managed to put on 55 pounds during my pregnancy. I do think a lot of it was water retention since I was induced, in part, for high blood pressure which may have been pre-eclampsia. Sigh...so if you do the math, I reached the dreaded big 3-0-0 on the day I was induced. I did get to have the fun experience of losing about 30 pounds in one week.

However, it's stabilized since then...I am not one of the lucky ones who has pounds fall off from breastfeeding. I often found it hard to eat period with all of the nursing, holding, etc.  Miss ZZ is more independent, now, so I can get my exercise and healthy eating back on track.

Last night I weighed myself and it said 265.2.  Just a number...but sigh.  I want to be at least under 200 by the next pregnancy.

Some current ideas I am mulling:

Anything is a step forward, right? How did you get back on track after baby?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Just Dance Disney Party Review

Thank you to Ubisoft for sponsoring this post. Please click here to learn more about Ubisoft. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. #UbiChamps

As a huge fan of the Just Dance video game series, I was excited to have the opportunity to review Just Dance Disney Party.

In order to properly help me check out this game (rated E for Everyone), my good friends brought over their cute kids who are 7, 5 and 2. They had also danced with me while I was on the Just Dance Dream Team and own Just Dance for Kids 2. Mom and Dad also joined in for the fun.

We turned on the game and scrolled through the songs.  I recognized almost all of the Disney Favorites but none of the Disney Channel...it's been a while since I watched it :) Mister J picked "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book and we were off!

If you've played one of these games before, it's much like the others; hold the controller in your right hand and copy the movements on the screen.  There are four different modes available: Regular (on your own, competing against the others), Team High Score, Freeze & Shake and Balloon Pop.

We didn't like the Freeze & Shake or Balloon Pop modes as much as the others.  It was hard to notice and remember to freeze while the dance steps kept going like normal. I suppose that is part of the challenge, but the other modes are preferable.

I tried "I've Got a Dream" from Tangled, The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book and "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid (this one was a duet and neither kid wanted to be the boy, so I stepped up for them :).  This game doesn't have as many songs as some of the other versions (only 25), but there is still enough to keep you interested.

As for the kids' opinions of the game:

Miss N said she liked how this game was a lot like their Just Dance for Kids 2. 

Mister J said he "liked all of the songs, even the Squirrel in My Pants one..it's so funny"

They really liked playing it and so did I! It's a fun way to get some exercise in without it FEELING like exercise.  I recommend this edition too. You can buy it on Amazon.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The End of Weight Watchers...for the Moment

I canceled my Weight Watchers membership for the time being. Oh, I still love the program and I plan on rejoining in the future.  I have a good reason why I decided to stop for now that I will write about soon enough.

I still would encourage everyone to try it.  I love that you can basically eat anything you want...not portion-wise, of course, but in the sense of no food being off limits. You just have to work on balance and making sure you don't go overboard all of the time. I know I can do that all too easily if I am not careful.

So for now it's one day at a time...and life is good :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tired All The Time

I haven't gotten much accomplished lately. Even if I get eight hours of sleep a night, I still feel like I'm in a brain fog all day and need a nap.  If I do go take a nap, it sometimes lasts a few hours.

It's hard to get any writing done.  The kitchen isn't as clean as I'd like. I need to exercise more. Maybe if I do something "easier" like yoga, it will help me not feel like a slacker.

I just get frustrated a lot right now that I feel like a zombie all the time.

What helps you get your energy back?

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