Daily Archives: September 2, 2011

DAY 2: lunch, snacks, and dinner! :)

Good evening! I hope you’ve all had a great day! I’ve been in ONE SPOT all day studying, but I feel TOTALLY accomplished. I got 2 class lectures re-written, a lab 100% finished, and 3 extra credit essays DONE! Now I have all day tomorrow to study and not worry about getting anything finished 🙂

For my lunch today, I decided on a smoothie. I was still not too hungry from breakfast, but I wanted to eat a little something to give myself some energy

I put some almonds on the side and eventually on top for some extra crunch. And a pretty picture of course 😉

In my smoothie: water, unsweetened almond milk, mixed berries, 1/2 a peach, 1/2 a frozen banana, and guess what else?…. Two handfuls of SPINACH! Yes, spinach! It’s sooo hidden, and it’s such a perfect way to get your veggies. Throw them in your smoothie, you cannot even taste them. It tasted like a creamy blend of almond milk & fruit. Try it 😉

For snack today, I had one small green apple, and a handful of pistachios

These snacks gave me some extra brain energy while I studied. You like my place mats in these photos? 😉

For dinner, YUM…. I had a chicken chile lime burger on a bed of lettuce with guacamole I made just minutes before

And delicious, crispy GARLIC sweet potato fries! Sooo good!

This meal was delicious, and will hopefully tide me over through the night because I am off to go babysitt now! See you all back here next time 🙂

I hope day 2 has gone good for y’all! Let me know if you have questions!


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DAY 2: Guidelines to a perfect, healthy Omelet

Good morning everyone! Hope you’re all having a great day so far. I am busy studying, but taking a break in between to blog. Blogging is like my little escape/piece of freedom 😉

Here is my breakfast!


I’m going to show you step-by-step, how to make a delicious omelet (someone tell me the correct spelling! I always see it as “omelet” and “omelette”. It’s even different through restaurant menu’s!)


Get out a small pan for your veggies, put about 1 tbsp. olive oil and one clove minced garlic over MED heat


Chop all the veggies that you want, and put them in the pan once the olive oil is WARM (do no let it smoke)


Grab your fresh spinach…. and if you prefer (like I do) chop it into smaller pieces


Add this to your pan w/ veggies and let that sit


Get out 4 eggs. Use 1 whole egg, and 3 egg whites. Whisk them together.


In a medium pan, coat the bottom with a layer of real butter (this is the trick to pretty eggs). Don’t freak, this is probably less than 1 tsp. It’s a THIN layer


Pour the eggs that you have whisked together into the pan


Once your egg can move around (the top is still ‘jiggly’), it’s time to flip!


Flip your eggs, and with the heat just below medium, add your veggies onto the egg and fold it over.


Next, slide the pretty lil’ thing into a plate and add slice avocado all over the top (don’t forget your sea-salt & pepper, too)


Look how perfect that is!

The avocados are fresh from the Farmers Market, and absolutely delicious!


The veggies tastes soo soft and good. Cooked just right!


This was an outstanding breakfast, and I am SO satisfied! I swear, this doesn’t feel like a diet at all! I feel like I am eating EVEN better! 🙂

Today is DAY 2 of the No Grains, No Sugar, and No Cheese Diet, and I am absolutely loving it! I feel so great, and so littttttttttttttttte! (WOAH! My ‘t’ key got stuck, but it fits so I’m going to leave it, haha!) I hope you guys are enjoying the diet as well! DO NOT let it get boring! Look things up online, find inspirational food photos, make NEW things, try taking this time to LEARN all about healthy, fun cooking!)

Have a great day everyone, I’ll be back the next time I eat & need a studying break! Happy Day 🙂


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Guest Post: Eating Healthy While on Vacation!

This is a great post for us this Memorial Day weekend, as many of us will be going out of town, attending parties, and so on! -Paige

I recently went on a short vacation to Florida with my son, Reid, in order to be in my college roommate’s wedding. We stayed in some Panama City Beach condos right on the beach, and we fell asleep to the sound of waves every night. The Atlantic is substantially colder than the Pacific, so Reid and I spent a lot of time out of the water. To save money, I made all of our food from ingredients I bought at local seafood markets, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores.

The moral to this story is that you can eat like a champ while you are on vacation while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you stay in a condo or kitchenette motel, I advise cooking your own meals whenever possible. This not only helps you save money, but it also makes you keenly aware of what is going into your body. Before leaving, do a little research about the area and locate stores in the area where you will be staying. The Internet is awesome for finding sales and coupons, and finding some of these before you arrive at your destination is a bonus.

As soon as you arrive, head to the stores on your itinerary and load up on groceries. Be sure to buy lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and experiment a little with local cuisine. If, for example, you are staying on the beach, find out what some of the local favorite seafood dishes are, buy the necessary ingredients, and do it up right for your first evening in a new town. By taking care of your food needs right away, rather than eating out and buying food odds and ends as you go, you will ensure a healthy eating experience for you and your travel companions.

If you decide to eat out, it’s okay to cut yourself a little slack. Rather than obsessively counting every calorie, enjoy your food while being mindful of eating a properly-balanced meal. If you make eating out the exception, rather than the rule, while you are on vacation, it will not only seem like a treat, but it may also provide inspiration for future vacation meals.

Exercising while on vacation is a little more difficult to do both in terms of finding a convenient time and location and because most vacations are full of activities that simply leave little to no time for cardio or weight training. If you have an existing gym membership, you might inquire about the possibility of locations in the town you will be visiting, but if this isn’t an option, just be sure to remain active while you are out. This can be something as simple as taking romantic moonlit walks with your honey, or swimming laps in the hotel pool.

It is easy to go on vacation and forget the priorities you have set for yourself in “real life,” such as weight loss and maintenance, healthy eating habits, proper exercise, and so forth. When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to do is count calories and find time for cardio. You want to be able to relax and have fun, and darn the consequences! However, there is nothing relaxing or fun about returning to your life and not being able to fit into your favorite black dress, or falling off of the exercise wagon. With a little foresight, you can avoid this common pitfall and return home in better shape than when you left.

-Nan Gibbons

Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, & Fitness Advisor


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