Yes, you heard me right. I love food! But you must be thinking, I thought this was a healthy blog Ana? Exactly! See, healthy eating is about having a good relationship with food. Knowing what to eat to nourishyour body AND your soul. Healthy eating is not about being deprived and restricted every day of the foods you love. The key to eating what you love is moderation. Do you like cookies? Great! Have one or two, not the entire box! Learning to eat in moderation is a skill that can be mastered with practice (heck, I’m still trying to work on that when I have chips & salsa from Chipotle and chili mango in front of me! Boy can I binge on those things) What was I saying?
Moderation and being mindful of what you eat will help you continue enjoying the foods you love. If you deprive yourself of the foods you crave, then when you have a moment of weakness and treat yourself, you will end up eating more of it than you should. When you deprive yourself all you can think of is that “forbidden” food and it becomes obsessive somehow… this is not a healthy for you.
This is why I have ONE treat meal (a.k.a cheat meal) a week where I can eat whatever I want without worrying about the calories. I don’t binge on it, I just eat a normal amount of food to satisfy my craving for it. It’s kind of like a mental break for me. The rest of the week, I do treat myself here and there with something small but I make sure I take those calories into consideration.
On a side note:
If you have a goal to reach (like losing 10 lbs) then you may have to be more careful with what you eat but most importantly, how much you eat. At the end of the day, the amount of calories you consume is what’s going to help you either, lose, maintain or gain weight. This is why is important to know the amount of calories
your body needs for your goals. You don’t have to count your calories for the rest of your life, but doing so for a period of time, will help you be aware of how much you eat. People tell me all the time that they can’t lose weight even though they’re eating healthy foods, it this case, it doesn’t matter what you eat…. is HOW MUCH you eat! You can have the best foods in the world for you but if at the end of the day you eat too much of it, you’re going to gain weight! Is simply as that. You don’t want to track what you eat? I’ll talk more about that later … but for now just think about it; how bad do you want to reach your goals? It comes down to setting priorities.
Having said that, I’ll leave you with a great recipe for blueberry muffins I made this morning. Guess what? I’m going to eat one and the rest will be shared with friends and family this way I’m not tempted to eat all of them by myself :-). What I liked about this recipe is that it has less sugar than any other I’ve seen. They’re a little less sweet but they’re sweet enough to satisfy my cravings.
Oil or melted butter for greasing (I used non-stick cooking spray)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
heaping 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
scant 1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
6 tbsp sunflower oil or melted, cooled butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
finely grated rind of 1 lemon.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with 12 muffin paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and blueberries.
Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl, then beat in the milk, oil, vanilla extract, and lemon rind. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not over mix.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until well risen, golden brown, and firm to the touch.
Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then serve warm or transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Source: 1 Mix, 100 muffins by Susanna Tee