Happy 2014 everyone! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with tons of happy moments and celebrations! We sure did! This first blog post of the year is all about what we are doing to get back on track after indulging in holiday treats and outstanding cuisine during our recent trip to New Orleans. We've made big changes to our diet in the recent months by simply substituting some of the richer foods we normally would eat with healthier options. We don't believe in dieting, we believe in a balanced lifestyle. That's why we made a decision a few months ago to take better care of our bodies and get back to the weight we were almost five years ago when we got married. We had each put on about 10-15 pounds over the years and lost it all in about four months by just making healthier meal choices.
Picture of us 25 pounds ago at the end of July 2013 with our niece Audrey
Picture of us last week - Michael lost 10 pounds and Cristy lost 15 pounds!
It's no secret that we love to cook and eat. We thought it would be harder for us as foodies to make this change, however we learned that because we have a passion for food and cooking, it actually made it easier! You see, if you love experimenting with food as much as we do, then half the battle is already taken care of. All you have to do to become healthier in the new year is to eat less of the "bad" stuff and eat more things that are good for you. For example, we used to have ice cream or dessert almost every night while watching television or blogging. Now, we only have dessert once a week on the weekend. If we have a sweet craving during the week, we don't ignore it (that only makes it worse), we simply have an 8 ounce glass of low-fat chocolate milk, non-fat greek yogurt, some fruit or share a serving of Skinny Cow Divine Candy.
We also discovered that we were eating too much of certain things that are considered healthy. For example, now instead of eating an entire banana as a snack, we split one in half and share it. It is just as satisfying wether you eat the whole thing or half of it. The key is to listen to your body. Only eat when you are hungry and stop eating when you are satisfied, not full. As food bloggers, we are always working on delicious recipes to share with our followers. It can sometimes be difficult to control ourselves from overeating, however it is more important to us to be able to enjoy a small portion but still feel good in our skin then to over eat and then feel miserable afterwards. We encourage all of our followers to do the same - enjoy our recipes sensibly (like you would with alcohol.) It's all about balance. Sometimes we do eat a little more than we should, but then we will balance it out by eating less the next day.
One of our secret weapons to keeping a slim figure is Lean Cuisine meals. We don't know what we would do without this easy, quick meal! We both have office jobs and take lunch to work. We rarely go out to eat for lunch during the week unless it is a co-workers birthday or special occasion. Sometimes we have healthy leftovers from the night before or if we got up early enough, we will prepare a small turkey sandwich for lunch. But at least twice a week, we each take a Lean Cuisine to work for lunch. We love Lean Cuisine not only because it is satisfying and delicious, but also because it has a money-back guarantee, which we have never had to use, but are glad to know it's there!
A typical healthy lunch for us: Michael had Lean Cuisine's Wrap Additions with a side salad and fruit and Cristy had Lean Cuisine's Stuffed Pretzels (Three Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Pretzels) with a side salad and fruit.
A typical lunch for us look like this - a lean cuisine meal, a spinach and kale salad with tomatoes, a sprinkling of cheese and a teaspoon of olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice and a cup of fruit. The portions are perfect because we are neither full or hungry afterwards. If we are hungry in the afternoon, we'll either have a cereal bar or a piece of fruit to hold us up until dinner. We are not big breakfast people, so we normally have some coffee with sugar-free CoffeeMate and oatmeal or cereal.
All of the foods we mentioned in this post are available at Walmart. Here's a shopping list of the items we got this week: Skinny Cow Devine Candy, LEAN CUISINE® Sesame Chicken, LEAN CUISINE® Simple Favorites™, LEAN CUISINE® Morning Collection™ (Turkey Sausage English Muffin), LEAN CUISINE® Wrap ADDITIONS™, LEAN CUISINE® Stuffed Pretzels (Three Cheese & Spinach Stuffed Pretzels) and CoffeeMate (Sugar-Free French Vanilla). As multitaskers, we love shopping at Walmart because we could buy groceries, toiletries and just about anything else we need for the home all in one place. For information on other Nestle products at Walmart, visit http://www.walmart.com/nestle
If you have any questions on how we lost the weight and keep it off, please comment below. Good luck!