It’s All Fun and Games Til Your Jeans Don’t Fit……

Earlier this week we talked about going guilt-free when it comes to food and having an open relationship with it.

I got some positive feedback from some of you who are actively working toward separating food from guilt (cause honestly, it stinks).

However, with great power comes great responsibility right?

It is my firm hope that you gain the power over food so that it no longer racks you with guilt, but here is the other side to that:

You have to take responsibility for your actions and your decisions.

Eat the cheeseburger and fries or not. Say yes to dessert or No… it is your choice.

I say, make conscious decisions about how and when you move and what and how much you eat.

Acknowledge and accept that all of your actions and choices will determine an outcome and you will need to accept full responsibility for that outcome. [Read more…]

Guilt Free Dieting

“guilt free dessert”

The other day when I was scrolling through facebook I saw one of those recipe videos that are so popular pop up. The headline was something like “guilt-free brownies” I scrolled right on past. I scrolled a little faster actually. Then I chuckled because I realized that I always scroll past those a little faster.

It’s not because they are not great tasty and useful recipes, it’s that the very first thing, I kid you not, that goes through my head is “I eat whatever I want guilt free.”

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Protein Shake or Frappuccino?

In case you missed it I am chronicling my everyday food and 16-week focus on snapchat (getfitwithsarai), which by the way is the most fun I have had on social media in a long time. It’s so in-the-moment I can just let go and be who I is. But I digress…

I’ve been getting some questions and one I thought was a great topic to talk about; “As long as I stay in my calorie range, why can’t I eat whatever I want?”

This particular person said that she was actually able to eat a McDonalds breakfast sandwich in the morning and grab a Starbucks latte in the afternoon and still stay within her calories.

It got me to thinking about calories VS Nutrition.

Since I don’t believe in starving oneself (all it does is make you lose muscle, not fat) if you’re following my snaps you’ll see I eat a good amount of calories a day (around 2,000-2,200)

If I wanted to I *could* actually eat ton’s of “treat” type foods and still stay under the 2k mark.

However, it doesn’t work that way.

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Follow My Food Prep

Right before I left on my Dominican vacation I did something that I have not done in a few years; I recalibrated my visual scales, I took a refresher course in portion size and calories count and did a check up on my macro nutrient ratios.

I did this with 20 days of very structured eating. And when I say structured I mean I weighed EVERY. SINGLE. THING I ate and drank.

If I couldn’t measure it and log it ACCURATELY I didn’t eat/drink it.

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Eye Opening ONE THING To Try

“All this self-acceptance is cool but I also really want to lose weight”

I’m on it. I have not forgotten that and I’m here to help ☺c8d4e04d25a64a33c185ad462b7c868f

Yesterday we talked about focusing on just ONE thing to change instead of trying to change everything at once.

We also talked about the need for it to be specific. So instead of just a blank “I need to clean up my diet” you should focus in on what area of your nutrition needs some 1-on-1 time.

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The Truth About Your Diet

Can I just be real with you for a minute?

I am going to speak to you from my heart a bit and it’s going to seem likes it’s all about me. But really it’s about you.

It’s about how I want to help YOU finally get to where you want to be with your health and fitness goals.

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Not Your Average Holiday Party Nutrition Advice

It seems that this is the weekend for holiday parties. I’ve heard more than a few people mention their plans for this weekend.

But not just the holidays, this time of year in general we tend to take a few more days off from our normal schedule and visit places (like Apple Hill) and people that may not be around the rest of the year.

By now you know I heavily lean toward enjoying life and choosing your indulgences because this is a lifestyle right?

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The Season Of Squash (recipes)

Pumpkin Spice has taken over. I guess that means fall is here :)

Now I’m not here to tell you how sugar loaded those PSL lattes are. You already know that right? lady-in-forrest

I mean you haven’t missed that fact that a Grande, nonfat, no whip PSL has 49g of sugar.

And you know that compared to the fact that an adult female should strive for no more than 25g of added sugar a day that PSL is off the charts.

The fact is if you like ’em you’re gonna get ’em right?

Are they a good idea? I’ll hold my opinion to myself.

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The Most Critical Meal Of The Day?

I have this friend that is always talking to me about getting lean.

We have these passing conversations a lot. They go like this:

Her: I want to start eating better. I really need to.

Me: Okay, what do you plan to do for your lunches this week?

Her: I don’t know. It’s really hard because I don’t always know where I’ll be, whats around or if I’ll have a microwave.

Me: Then all the more reason to make your lunch and take it. Then you won’t be left to the mercy of whats around.

Her: Yeah…but I try to eat healthy…..

Me: (blank stare) Alrighty then……hey so are we gonna go to mall or what?

Now please don’t think badly of me. I don’t lack patience or compassion most of the time. Promise.

It’s just that I have this same convo with this friend ALL. THE. TIME. Like, EXACTLY the same.

We just can’t seem to get pass this one thing…..

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What You’re Really Eating (this is kinda gross)

WARNING: THIS IS GROSS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT.

Before the first detox in September I told you about pink slime; the unsightly chunks of sinew, cartilage, bone, fascia and other musculoskeletal system innards that are tossed into a centrifuge and end up in YOUR food.

Many people after learning about the pink slime swore off beef.fear

But it’s not that easy.

You see there is PLENTY of gross stuff in all kinds of processed foods.

For instance:

Flame Retardant–Laced Soda -The toxic flame retardant chemical brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, was initially used to keep plastics from catching on fire.

Scientists have linked too much BVO to bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders.

For decades, the food industry has been adding it to certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks to keep the artificial flavoring chemicals from separating from the rest of the liquids.

Paint Chemical in Salad Dressing -Titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.

The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make dingy, overly processed items appear whiter.

Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, big food corporations add it to lots of things we eat too, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing. [Read more…]