10 Tips to Eat Healthier at the Office!

Monday, November 7, 2016

So someone brought donuts to the office this morning? Or there is a birthday party, so...cake - obviously.

I guess I'll consider myself lucky these days because I work mostly alone or from home. There isn't much temptation at work because I bring the food. I do, however, remember the days of having feasts in the stock room on Black Friday when I worked in the mall (like we really needed that italian hero at 10:30am) or Saturday afternoons in the real estate office which were full of cheese and champs.

So while I don't have to face that anymore, I do completely sympathize with those of you tempted by food in the 9-5 hours. Here are my best tips for getting you through the work day.

1. This is super basic but DON'T SKIP BREAKFAST! If you don't want to be tempted by pink frosted donuts at the office, have a healthy breakfast. Seriously, you know the drill...most important meal of the day. If you're on the run in the morning I highly suggest overnight oats, a smoothie, or a frozen breakfast sammy (I found some bomb recipes for all of these on pinterest). Personally, I drink a vegan chocolate shakeology everyday with spinach, banana, almond milk and ice - nutritious, delicious and filling.

2. Make time for your lunch. If you're like me, you love FOOD. You look forward to eating lunch. It's kind of a highlight of my day. So I make sure to take some time to actually enjoy it. Mindless eating is often the cause of my OVEReating so by stepping away from my work space and actually taking the time to eat, I'm less likely to get the munchies in the afternoon. Love your food.

3. Drink lots of water. Yeah I know, you're saying "DUHHHH" right now but I take full advantage of the water cooler and it helps me in a few ways. I stay hydrated AF and I don't just eat when I'm thirsty. I've also heard that all the good gossip goes down at the water cooler but at my office it's just me talking to myself soooo yeah, anyway bring a big cup or water bottle to work and fill. that. shit. up. many times a day. You already know the benefits of hydration and all that good stuff so I'll end this tip here.

4. Bring leftovers for lunch. It's sooo much easier for me to bring my night-before dinner leftovers for lunches. It's one less meal to plan. I know it's healthy because I made it and it's usually pretty delicious. I'm also a huge hater of wasting food so I'd rather eat something two days in a row than splurge. Plus, when you bring your own lunch, you have more time to enjoy your break and less time to wait in line looking for food. Saves money too, just sayin'

5. Let people know your intention. A friend told me that she has a co-worker that gives her a candy bar everyday at work. She told him she wanted to eat healthier and he still brought a damn candy bar everyday...so maybe this tip doesn't always work BUT you have to let people know what's up because if someone handed me chocolate at around 2pm everyday, I would eat it. If you let your co-workers know that you have a goal that you are working on, hopefully they would be supportive and bring you carrot sticks or something instead.

6. Get a healthy eating buddy! You know how I feel about accountability. It's the shit. It's soooo necessary for situations like this because IMO if you have a buddy eating a kale salad with you at lunch, you won't be so tempted by everyone else eating burgers and fries. I've also found that others will be inspired by your healthy eating squad and want to join along.

7. PLAN a cheat day at work. When I worked in retail (and was broke!), we would always go all out on pay day. Instead of hitting the dollar menu at the food court, we would ball out and order something delicious from a REAL restaurant. If you bring a boring, left over, lunch everyday for two weeks, it is EXCITING to go out for a salad every other Friday each month. It's fun and gives you one day of living it up - order something fairly healthy and watch your portions (you CAN always take half home for dinner).

8. Ditch the junk, stock up on healthy snacks. The time of day where I reach for junk is around 2-3pm so every week, I bring in some healthy snacks to keep on hand at the office. My go-to snacks are apples, berries, celery, carrots PB or Hummus, nuts, pretzels, etc. What I don't keep around anymore is candy, cookies, and other sweets. They taste sooo damn good in the afternoon but they're not helping me reach any sort of goals. If I don't have healthy snacks nearby then I end up making a run to a convenience store and I've never made a good decision there when it comes to snacks.

9. Cut the coffee. A lot of people drink TONS of coffee at work and I'm guilty of some caffeine consumption but I'm very mindful of it. I'm not saying don't have coffee but if you find yourself filling it with creams and sugars then try to cut back. Switch to good old H2O.

10. Don't beat yourself up if you have a piece of birthday cake. This is HUGE. Let's say it's Karen's birthday at work and everyone is singing her HBD and having a big, fat, butter cream covered slice of cake. You can't say no. You eat the cake. IT'S OK! Don't tell yourself that the rest of the day is automatically a food free for all. Get back on track for the rest of the day and be happy that birthday's aren't everyday!

How do YOU get through the work day and what is your biggest struggle with office eating?

Creamy Cauliflower Potato Soup {VEGAN}

Monday, October 17, 2016

So I've been watching vegan youtube videos a lot lately...I've always loved the idea of eating an all plant based diet but I failed at that in the past. These days I try to eat LESS animal products. Soooo anyway, I saw one youtuber make this delish looking soup and it's been cold out so I decided to try my own version!

 This came out so good that most people wouldn't even believe that  there is not one bit of dairy in here. My favorite soups are always  creamy like this BUT this one is ALL vegetables.

 I added carrots and guessed my measurements (sorry I suck at writing  recipes) but I really think this would be amazing with any veggies and  cauliflower. The blended cauli is what gives it the smoooooth and  creamy consistency.

 So here's what you need to get started:
 One head of cauliflower
 4 cups of veggie broth
 3 carrots
 6 celery stalks
 1 small yellow onion
 2 cloves of garlic
 1 medium potato
 Olive oil
 Oregeno and / or Thyme (I used both)
 Salt & Black Pepper

The ingredients are pretty basic. I started out by chopping up the head of cauliflower into big chunks then added them to a bowl and added olive, salt and pepper. I roasted these babies in the oven at 425 for about 40 minutes (I flipped them a few times during cooking). While those were in the oven, I chopped all the rest of my veggies.

 I put my big pot on the stove, heated up some oil and added my onions, letting them cook until they were translucent. Next the celery and carrots go in, followed by the garlic and spices. I let everything cook for a few minutes while I pulled my cauliflower from the oven. Then add the broth and bring that up to a boil.

You can totally skip the step of roasting the cauliflower but the roasted flavor is amazing in here!

Add the roasted cauliflower to the pot and turn the temp to simmer. I let it go until all of the veggies are fork tender.

Now for the FUN part! BLEND AWAY! One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my immersion blender. If you don't have one - you can spoon the soup into a blender. Just be careful and make sure you don't overfill...trust me.

Blend the soup until it is totally smooth. (If you used a real blender, transfer it back into the pot) Throw the one chopped potato back in the pot and let it cook until soft.

This gives the illusion of  a creamy potato soup with a mostly veggie base! I put the ingredients into My Fitness Pal's recipe builder and this should be about 250 calories per HUGE serving.

Yeah I didn't measure those either haha but I did get about 4 giant bowls of soup.

What's your favorite VEGAN soup?

Morning Mantras to Change Your Life

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I know getting out of bed in the morning can be tough.

I used to wake up and want to cry - I hated my job, I hated the sound of my alarm clock and I LOVED the warm, comfort of my bed.

Things have really changed in my life because now I wake up each morning without an alarm and ready to take on the day. I've started my own business, taken control of my health and really grown as a person.

One of the easiest things that I've changed - my morning routine. About 2 years ago, I started using morning mantras to set the tone for my day. Now, I know it sounds a little woo woo, crazy to talk to yourself BUT hear me out here, it WILL change your life.

When you start your day with postive, grateful thoughts you will drastically improve your morning 'tude. Here are FIVE mantras that you can try...so do this - wake up, stretch, look in the mirror and say your mantra of choice out loud.

I also will set an alarm in my phone for around 12pm with my mantra of the day and say it outloud to myself again. Print them out, tape them to the mirror - whatever it takes to remind yourself that you are AWESOME and that you can do anything you set your mind too!

Let me know if you add morning mantras into your routine - I'd love to hear how they help you!

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