My tips on how to stay Thin during summer vacation.

Hi friends!

I’ve been in a whirlwind lately; new house, new job, crazy schedules, turning 30 years old, celebrating 10 years of marriage and then of course always trying to fit in a vacation in here and there. So, I cannot complain! Although it’s been crazy; life is good!

With this being said, I haven’t really been cooking a lot of new recipes lately, we mainly stick to cooking on the grill and then of course going out to eat in all the local summer bars & restaurants, as you know Italy is famous for all their little outdoor places to eat and/or drink that open up just for the summer (as we live in a beach town) so we are taking advantage of that. And then we just celebrated our 10 year anniversary in Mykonos, Greece. It was amazing.

The reason I wanted to write a post about how to stay thin during summer vacation is simply because I know that the summer is awesome, but also a time were you tend to gain weight. I know they say that you gain weight during the winter, but I really think that it varies, because during the summer you enjoy a few more cocktails, you eat later, you stay out later and you just try to have a little more fun while enjoying the beautiful weather.

10 years of marital blissLike I mentioned earlier, we celebrated our 10 year anniversary recently (actually July 12th, so just a few days ago). And, just got back from Mykonos where I think is the first time I lost weight during a vacation. No, I don’t know how much as I didn’t weigh myself, but my clothes fit looser and I feel great. I didn’t at all change what I ate and just stuck to what I generally do at home, I might of had wine every night but that’s all I changed I promise. It got me thinking that if you stick to what you do everyday and don’t act like you were starving this whole time and use your vacation as your time to overeat, you might just be in for a pleasant surprise.
So here are a few tips for how you can try to stay yourself without sacrificing on anything all the while still enjoying your summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated. Drink water!! During the summer your body tends to bloat because you retain fluids due to the heat. If you stay hydrated your body will automatically de-bloat and you’ll feel a whole lot lighter. And your skin will glow too! Besides water helps your body naturally detox, so do it!
  2. Eat your greens and your proteins. Make or Order a nice salad and add chicken, or shrimp. This will help your body detox and keep your digestion on track so that you don’t get bloated. It also makes you full faster, making you eat less. Causing you to not have to not eat crap!
  3. Have yourself a snack made of pure watermelon. Yes, believe me watermelon is ridiculously hydrating and super filling.  It goes through your system so fast and you’ll feel so light. Same goes for Pineapple! Eat this if you crave anything sweet and do yourself a wonderful favor.
  4. Workout! I worked out 5 days out of the 7 days during the vacation and I felt awesome. I mean I am on vacation to feel good not to feel bad. So, if I feel good while I workout then why give it up on vacation? To me working out is not a chore it’s a pleasure and I feel great after I complete it. So, workout!
  5. Soak for 20-30 minutes in an Epsom Salt bath! This should be at the top of the list. You wanna know one of the secrets of thin people? This is it! You soak in Epsom Salt and you will feel energized, relaxed, tight & fabulous. Try it and then tell me what you think.
  6. Yes… you can drink. Opt for white wine. Try to stay away from all those sugary drinks and if you still want them, then please make sure to drink 2 glasses of water after each of them, thus trying to flush out the sugar and helping your whole system stay on track.
  7. Don’t eat just cause it’s free or included. I see people shoving food down their throats simply because it’s free or included and I think that you are better than a free binge that will cause you to feel horrible the next day. If you are hungry then eat; but stop overeating just because it’s there. You’re without a doubt going to feel horrible the next day, or even later. I ate only what I really wanted when I wanted (isn’t that what vacation is all about?! Only that! and I was really impressed to notice that I actually loved this vacation because I didn’t go on a vacation to come back and have to go on a diet. I went on a vacation to come back feeling relaxed and glowing. So be mindful of what you eat.

These are a few of my tips. They are nothing crazy, they are not hard but they truly are so simple and so easy to follow that you will wonder why you haven’t done them all this time. Remember a vacation is something you wait for all year to feel good. Not something you wait for all year to feel horrible. Stay connected to your body and mind and you’ll truly have an amazing summer! We are beautiful creatures and we deserve to always: no matter what the circumstance, to feel that way. Have a wonderful Summer!

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Pomodori Ripieni (Stuffed Tomatoes)

This is a traditional roman dish that is vegan, vegetarian and oh so delicious!

It’s a simple, quick summer dish to make and it even tastes better the next day. I know it might sound crazy that this would be a summer dish but it really just is.
So, if you find yourself with little time or rushing around with not enough time to dedicate to the kitchen I would say that this dish was designed specifically for you.
I wanted to share this recipe because even if it’s not something that I invented or something so known, it’s actually a very healthy and fast meal for either lunch or dinner. The original recipe calls for wedged potatoes to be baked along with the tomatoes but I left the potatoes out and made myself a side salad and or veggie dish. I really hope that you like as much as we did.

Here goes. Enjoy!

Pomodori Ripieni 3

Ingredients:
Serves 9

  • 9 Large Tomatoes
  • 9 Tbsp. Rice
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • Few leaves of Basil &/or Parsley
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Rinse the tomatoes and slice the top off and set them aside to then use later to cover the tomatoes with.

Grab a medium sized bowl and with a spoon carefully scoop out pulp of tomato into it. Place tomato face side down and continue process until all tomatoes are done.
Now blend or chop up the pulp of the tomato and return to bowl. Add the garlic chopped finely to the bowl along with the evoo, basil, salt and pepper.
Now add the rice and mix all ingredients well, allow to sit for atleast 1 hour and 1/2.

Preheat your oven to 200°C (380° F).

Grab a baking dish drizzle some evoo and then place the tomatoes inside face up. Scoop rice inside each tomato and once completed top the tomato with the tomato tops you set aside.

Bake for an hour. And then you can either leave them to cool for the rest of the day or you can eat them right away. Either way I think they are delicious.

 

Homemade Gluten-free Gourmet Crackers

I am a cracker fanatic. Anything that is a crispy, crunchy and made with flour or should be made with flour is my friend.

Over the years I have stopped buying these delicious crackers if they are made with white flour, yeast and any ingredients that I can’t pronounce and I love eating the crackers that are made with spelt, or kamut flour with maybe some extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and maybe some rosemary, flax, or other similar ingredients. Trust me they taste a million times better than regular old crackers that have all this processed crap in them.

I shy away from gluten free because generally the replacement ingredients for the flour and binders are just more crap and sometimes high in sugar. This of course isn’t all of them you can find some really great Gluten free products but you do have to read the labels on gluten-free products because just cause they are gluten-free does not mean that they are healthy.
I like Elana’s Pantry and her recipes for all things gluten-free are pretty great. I came across this recipe that I thought looked interesting and I really had an itch to try it because it seemed so simple and I love almonds so why not. I am curious and always up for a good ol’ recipe that stimulates my taste buds. Well the outcome was great.  But I have to admit that I did non like the taste the egg left, the almond flour tends to absorb the taste of anything you cook it with….it tasted a bit eggy to me so I decided to make a few changes and I must say they are delicious. You should try them too!

I think these would be great served with a cheese board or even with some charcuterie or served with some preserves or even peanut butter and honey…you choose either or, but this Monday is Memorial Day and I’m sure as hell eating these. ‘Nuff said. Here’s the recipe. Enjoy!
Ingredients:
Makes about 20-24

  • 1 1/3 cup Almond Four
  • 1tbsp. ground Flax/Chia seeds
  • 3tbsp. Water
  • 1tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1tbsp. Rosemary, freshly chopped
  • Sprinkle of Sea Salt

In a small bowl combine the ground flax/chia with the water. Let sit for 3 minutes.

In a large bowl combine almond flour, rosemary and sea salt and mix ingredients.

Add Olive oil to the flax & chia, mix and stir into the Almond flour mixture.

Roll the dough in between to pieces of parchment paper until about cracker thickness (so thin)

Remove the top piece of parchment paper and cut into 2 inch squares.

Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes. Until lightly golden.
Allow to cool completely.
Variations:
  • Use and egg instead of the flax and water
  • You can incorporate 1/4 cup sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds
  • Replace rosemary with turmeric, cayenne, and any other spice you would like.
  • Hey go ahead and add something that you might like, shaved parmigiano  or black pepper. Try anything!

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Cooking Ideas

So today is all about Thanksgiving. It’s wonderful to give Thanks always but it’s also nice to have a day that you for sure need to stop and give Thanks for what’s in your life!

Kinda like Valentines you can or do tell your other half that you love them all the time and show gestures of love throughout the year but when that day comes you know you just have one more excuse that you need to do something cute or special for them because it’s the international day where everyone shows love to one another so why not take advantage of this day!

With that being said it does seem that as soon as Thanksgiving comes around the corner, so do all the holiday parties, dinners, Christmas, New Years and so on… (here in Italy we have other Holidays throughout that time), but it does seem like there are endless events to attend and tons of reasons to eat! I love eating but I’m also one of those people that just don’t have the stomach to eat all these heavy dishes, I feel like my body starts rejecting and starts asking me to give it something green, healthy and not too heavy.
Click on these links below for my tips on how to:

I love to indulge, but my indulgences also consist of more simple things like wine, cheese, bread, pie and maybe some baked goods or one of my favorite Panettone.
I don’t like stuffing, casseroles, creamy salad dressings, fried foods, frosting or icing, candy, chocolate (except the occasional 70-80% and generally only on Easter), sweet cocktails, sodas, or any of that stuff. I guess I wasn’t raised with it so my taste buds never acquired a liking to them.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that it might be easier for me to eat too much when it comes to cheeses, wine and that sorta stuff and although not as unhealthy as say maybe fried foods still too much of anything is not good. So, I always incorporate an array of veggie side dishes anytime I cook; especially on events such as these ones coming up this way I fill up on greens vs. pie.

I am glad about the lifestyle that I was raised with because eating and loving food the way I do is easier for me and I am able to stay on track because of the foods that I truly crave are after all not really that bad for me.

I know you’re thinking that this is a load of crap or that I’m strange how can I not crave french fries, or a huge burger with bacon & cheese, or sausage muffin, a chocolate sundae, a blizzard, coke, a bloomin’ onion, deep dish pepperoni pizza, fried chicken and waffles, etc…. well I had a tough time writing those down just because honestly those don’t come to mind when I’m hungry or craving something. I think truly it’s the human body what it’s accustomed to and what really wakes up your taste buds and mine are on a whole other array of foods.

Listen I’m not saying that you are a bad person if you eat these things, but what I am saying is that you have to really watch for these things because they aren’t good for you, they have to be occasional indulgences, especially living in the USA where they are so readily available. If you are a person that craves those things then I have to say that I am absolutely proud of the fact that you manage to live a clean healthy life with these occasional indulgences. You’re awesome! I’m not saying I don’t crave unhealthy stuff c’mon we are all humans and what I crave might not be what you crave.
But I have learned to satisfy my ‘cravings’ generally with one or three bites i.e. Cinnamon Rolls from Cinnabon; oh yes I went there they are delicious but also super high in calories, fat and carbs, I can’t generally finish a whole one on my own and generally take about 2 days to digest it so I know that if I order one I generally will be able to eat 1-2 bites and the rest will have to go I used to be able to finish it but now I can’t I have tried to make simpler yeast-free versions (recipe here) but I still don’t make them all the time because I know that I shouldn’t eat them all the time so I avoid. You see you have to learn to listen to your cravings but also be wise enough to know that you can stop and always go back for more another time. It’s not like you have to eat as much all in one seating. Space these cravings out throughout the year this way you won’t hate them and your body won’t hate you!

This is one of those things that I am thankful for: Being able to live a healthy lifestyle and sharing it with others. So others can learn to be happy about themselves and live a longer, happier, healthier, sexier life!

Now for my healthy cooking ideas.
For Low-fat cooking Ideas Click Here.

If you are having trouble trying to figure out what to make for sides here are some options I posted with a lot of recipes: (click on any of the links below)

Or maybe some healthier dessert options: (click on any of the links below)

And there you have tons of ideas for this lovely Thanksgiving Day. I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love, happiness and most of all Thankfulness.
With Much love from Mythineats! XO

Happy Thanksgiving

Something Sweet & Simple: Nectarines with whipped Honey Mascarpone

I’m in need of summer comfort food right now. Today I got a rhomboid muscle strain or spasm, which pretty much is in the upper back inbetween the shoulder blades which hurts immensely; but what hurts more than anything right now is the fact that I am going to have to be on pause with the whole working out factor because I just can’t and simple put: WORKOUT!! (that’s me shouting…I am so disappointed).

I know this isn’t the end of the world and that this is happening for a reason, as I have been working 12 hours 7 days a week non-stop since June and will continue till September (which is why I haven’t been blogging as much) but I haven’t stopped working out; OK well maybe I went from working out 6 days a week to 5 days a week but I have been on a roll, no matter how tired I am I still make time to work out and now I can’t even if I wanted to!! 😦

I guess I just have to deal with it, like many things in life this isn’t the worst thing that could happen but it is going to be tough to get out of this routine that I so much love. I guess its also a form of therapy for me and I just am afraid of not doing it anymore. And more so for how long I won’t be able to workout because as research shows it could take quite a few weeks to heal. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that mine will be only a couple of days.

With all that being said I just need something sweet and simple (other than the hubby) to comfort me that isn’t too heavy or fattening (as seeing that I can’t workout) but that can still hit the spot and this is exactly the dessert I am talking about. It’s totally seasonal, refreshing and so fast to make that you could whip it up without having to whip yourself out of shape (pun intended).
You can make the nectarines the day before or the morning of or whenever just make sure to allow them to sit for a bit. Enjoy!

Ingredients:Serves 4

For the Nectarines:

  • 4 Nectarines
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 3 tbsp. Cointreau
  • 1 tsp. powder Ginger

For the Mascarpone:

  • 250 gr. Mascarpone
  • 3 tbsp. Honey

Slice the Nectarines and place them in a bowl with rest of ingredients cover and place in fridge for atleast 2 hours.

Once you’re ready to serve whip the Mascarpone with honey until smooth, a minute of two.

Serve your Nectarines topped with a few dollops of Mascarpone.
*If you like you could top with some Graham Cracker Crumbs, Crispy Granola, Nuts or just leave plain; you decide. Ciao

Nectarines with Honey Mascarpone

Soft, Healthy, Dairy & Gluten -free Oatmeal Cookies

Experiments, Experiments. Seems like I am always trying to find a way to think up healthy good for you alternatives to some of my favorite meals and treats.

So, let’s start off with me heading to the store on my bike; I only had to get a few things some fruit and veggies. Like most of the time I ended up buying way more than I planned, not thinking much of it I got this heavy bag put it on the back of my bike and secured it with the latch. I started riding my bike and I could feel as though it might be a bit too heavy and without even giving me the chance to stop the bag flies out of the bike onto the middle of the street, argh……. so I stop start picking up my bananas, melon, nuts, and so forth put them back on the bike and try to hold onto them while trying to pedal and maneuver this bike to the house at the same time; as if one time weren’t enough the bag flies out onto the middle of the street for a second time bringing a car to a screeching halt, eyes rolling at me as if I were some idiot (which I guess I sorta was). I raise my hand politely saying sorry and pick up my fruit again. This time I put some on the side bags and then the rest in my basket up front. Got home without any other unbearable embarrassment. Phew!!

I’m sure you can guess at this point that my bananas were completely bruised 😦
Although thankfully enough the rest wasn’t really damaged, I lost a good portion of my nuts, but I guess that’s what I get for not thinking this grocery run through correctly. (BTW I like to go to the grocery store on my bike, but I generally get just a few things and this sorta sh@#t doesn’t happen.)

Well I had to figure out a way to use these poor, poor bananas (no way in hell I was going to throw them out after all I had been through!)
Ummmm, well what is great with bananas none other than our friend oats?!
I decided that I would try to make healthy oatmeal cookies adding a nice alternative to my breakfast or a snack. They actually turned out quite tasty. And to top it off healthy, so what more could one want. I’d say they are a breakfasty, protein packed, pre-workout or just anytime cookies. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Makes about 6 cookies

1 Banana

1/4 cup Peanut Butter, (all natural)

1/2 cup Oats

1/2 tbsp. Sucant Sugar, Or raw

1 tsp. Baking soda

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 cup Raisins or Dried Cranberries

Preheat your oven at 350°F (180°C)

Mash up your banana and mix in a bowl along with peanut butter.

Add baking soda, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar mix well. Now add the oats and raisins. Mix thoroughly.

Spoon onto baking sheet and cook for about 15-20 minutes. Enjoy!

Tips to a Binge-free, Thin and Healthy Life

I have been asked the question about binge eating from mythineats readers and how to overcome this habit.
I believe a lot of people struggle with this, so today I will broach this subject and give you a few tips that work for me; you must remember that I am not a medical or professional or doctor and before you change anything in your life please consult a medical professional.

BINGEING PRESENT PARTICIPLE OF BINGE
Indulge in an activity, esp. eating or drinking, to excess: “she cannot help binging on food”.

This is the dictionary definition. What I mainly want to discuss and help understand is why are we bingeing and how to overcome it.

To me there is a huge difference between eating to excess and eating one more piece of cake. I also believe that the reason people binge is because we are stressed, unhappy, angry, lonely, bored and more than anything tied to the idea that food is bad and we shouldn’t eat it if we want to feel good about ourselves or look like the girl in the magazine then we need to abide by the rule of no eating. Right? Wrong!

Society sets us up to believe that we are gaining weight or miserable because we eat too much, they publish a ton of articles with skinny, long legged models on the cover and then next to it say “want to look like her here is the diet”. So, we go on this diet because for some reason we think that we are going to end up looking just like the model if we do it and then when the diet comes to an end we are left to fend for ourselves except that we feel starved and possibly still unhappy (because not much has changed) that we decide to eat whatever we want because we were good and we did the diet and we deserve this much, and of course not to mention that our body just wants food but we don’t have a guide to follow after the diet so we eat everything and anything and lose control. This is what I think leads to a lot of binges. If we just had a healthy relationship with food we could stop constantly thinking about it and obsessing over everything that we put in our mouth and just really eat when we are hungry and hopefully be conscious about making healthy decisions not just for weight-loss, but mainly for health. If you are unhealthy there is no way that the food you eat is beneficial towards a gorgeous figure but more likely towards healing our bodies, and using up energy just to keep us functioning.

As you know I believe in eating everything in moderation and that if you listen to your body you will know when and what to eat. You are not going to get fat because today you ate a handful of chips, or because you had a piece of chocolate cake after dinner, but you will gain weight (and binge) if you put it off too long, restrict and tell yourself you can’t have it at all; because the minute you are stressed or let your guard down you are going to attack the whole bag of chips or end up eating the whole cake in one sitting, giving you the feeling that you have done something horribly wrong, and punish yourself by never eating a chip or cake again until the next time comes around and you are weak and do it all over again. It’s a cycle.

I’m fortunate enough to have been blessed with good genes and also with healthy eating habits since a very young age, with that being said I still had my shares of struggles. As you know I started cleansing about 7 years ago and after the 3rd time I got pretty addicted to it doing it about twice a year. Initially I started doing it because I really felt and looked good, I had energy, my skin glowed, I felt fantastic; but with that also came 10lbs of weight loss (mostly water and muscle mass) little did I know that I started using it as a crutch, I would cleanse and then when I would come off it in order to maintain I would try to eat about as little as humanly possible.
Let’s say just a green salad all day because I knew that I would gain all weight back if I ate normally, the problem is that you can only go so long (especially if you are a foodie as myself) eating just salads and 10 almonds a day. Then come the weekends and I would allow myself a glass of wine maybe some warm fresh baked bread (my utter addiction) with some cheese, you feel bloated and think “what the hell I ate badly already I might as well have more bread and maybe some chocolate and some of this and some of that”. I never binged to where I would eat a whole pint of ice cream but I definitely felt hopeless at times because I just over did it and started to look for more food in the cupboard to eat because I messed up and needed to punish myself tomorrow by not eating anything so I needed to eat as much as possible today. Then I would cleanse to be able to get “back on track” with my weight and eating only a salad bowl. Bad! But true! So, here as some tips that I use and that have completely and utterly changed my life for the better, I feel great and am in the best shape of my life, but mostly I eat what I want, when I want and I don’t punish myself because of it. Yes, there is bread in my life and many more foods that you would be shocked about (Lasagna, Pasta, Pizza, etc..) I eat it when I really want it and don’t actually crave it as often as you would think because it’s not forbidden it’s allowed and I know I can have it when I want it. It doesn’t have those bad effects on me because my body is in a good shape and these foods are not staples but mere accompaniments to my healthy Lifestyle where I mainly (because I love) eat Vegetables, Fruits, Lean Proteins, Nuts and Whole Grains. I hope that you find these tips helpful.

1. No more Dieting
I know this is hard but trust me they don’t work. Just try to live a healthy life style, food is fuel and it’s what we live on so it will be around your whole life. Make it your friend not your enemy. Eat mainly lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (aka nuts, olive oil, avocados), whole grain carbs and starches. Eat foods in their natural state as much as possible. Like raw sugar vs. white sugar, or dark 70% chocolate vs. white sugary chocolate, or steamed, grilled, baked, roasted, sautéed vegetables, meats vs. fried or battered.
2. Portion Control
Try not to eat out of the carton, bag or box. Serve yourself and let that be your portion. Say you want Almonds, serve yourself a ramekin and take it with you and let that be your portion. Just because they are healthy doesn’t mean you need to eat the whole container today, remember you are not on a diet so you can have them again tomorrow. Same goes for any other food, try to serve your snacks or treats in small bowls or ramekins. Your body will thank you.
3. Listen to your Body
Learn the difference between hunger and cravings. Say you get a sudden craving for sweets but you just ate; drink a nice tall glass of water give it 20 minutes and if you are still craving something sweet have a delicious apple or any fruit. This should satisfy your craving for sweets. Now, if you continue to have the craving the next day or later on in the day I say go for it; serve yourself a scoop of ice cream and enjoy every bite of it. I say no dieting, but make mindful decisions also. Choose the best for your health, what is going to make you feel better about yourself, not disgusting and gross.
4. Keep a food Journal
I started keeping a food journal about 5 years ago, I write everything I eat throughout the day and how I feel. I have since figured that I am intolerant to soy (because although everyone said that it was good for me and milk was bad) I still always felt fatigued, bloated and really uncomfortable, turns out I am really intolerant and have a very hard time processing it. I eliminated it from my life and I am back to enjoying my cappuccino in the morning. Again this journal helps with listening to your body and its needs, but also helps you with tips 1 & 2 because you need to write everything down and sometimes you don’t want to write down “ate pint of ice cream today”. Catch my drift. 😉
5. Don’t deprive yourself
If you forbid or deprive yourself from foods that you might crave but don’t necessarily fall in the “good for you list” don’t put it off too long or you will be just setting yourself up for failure and a binge. Remember tips 2 & 3 and enjoy! Don’t overly restrict your diet. I like to follow the 80/20 rule which is you eat healthy 80% of the time and then you can indulge 20% of the time it’s easy and fair.
6. Move on
Come to terms with the fact that no one is perfect and there will be times when you might not be able to say no (say Christmas,  Holidays, your Birthday or Special Occasions) you had a piece of cake more, well move on. No one got fat off eating 2 pieces of cake you don’t have to go on a binge to punish yourself. You indulged now make better choices for your next meals. Maybe instead of having a scoop of ice cream for dessert have a fruit. It’s ok!
7. Set yourself up for success
You will reach your goal of weight loss or feeling fantastic. No one got toned and looks fantastic from starving and bingeing. It takes determination! Live a healthy lifestyle and try to go for walk, get some exercise these are the only ways you are going to get rewarded for the hard work you are putting into your life. Starving will only make you lose mass and without mass you get skinny fat, which means that if you binge you gain weight and if you gain weight without muscle mass you look bloated and soft, no definition and you retain a lot more fluids. So, set yourself up that if you do eat a cake for dessert you won’t lose all the hard work of eating healthy and exercising that you put in everyday. It might be a slower process but its long lasting. Believe you me.
Also don’t buy a bag of chips if you know that you can’t control yourself around them. Don’t spend money on failure. Why are you going to buy the bag of chips for just incase you start craving them you have them around? The store doesn’t go anywhere, so leave them at the store and if you get a real bad craving for them and really, really want them at 10 o’clock at night get dressed, get out of your comfy, warm clothes and go to the store to buy them, make it to where failure is harder to achieve not right there in your cupboard.
8. Take Control
Most importantly you need to remember that you are in control of your body and you make the decision of what you feel like eating or need to eat based on how you feel or what you want for yourself. No one can tell you what to do. Suggestions are welcome but don’t allow them to overwhelm you. We are all different and respond to foods differently. Just because I can’t drink soy and feel better on lactose-free organic milk doesn’t mean that you can’t feel great on soy or drink it. Don’t stress if you are invited to a restaurant to have dinner with friends just because you feel that you are going to lose control remember what you had the day before or for lunch and balance your meals out. If you feel like ordering the baked potato go for it, try to have it as healthy as possible (like just the sour cream, or just the butter and chives, not cheese, bacon, sour cream, etc.. all at once), and if you do and you really were craving it then don’t order the fried chicken or fried shrimp as well order a nice side salad, some steamed veggies and some grilled protein. Balance! Train yourself to remember that this is not your last meal; today you are craving the baked potato, eat it. If you still want the molten lava cake then come back tomorrow and order it. It’s not your last meal; it’s one of many to come. Take control of your life and enjoy it.

I hope that this helps answer how you too can live a healthy and binge free, balanced lifestyle. No more punishments and no more restrictions. Just try to make healthy choices and train your body to crave good for you pick me up foods not the bad foods that make you feel worse about yourself after the 2 seconds are passed. Enjoy life and mostly the array of foods this world has to offer. Here and here you can learn some healthy eating habits. Regain control of your life and know that you are gorgeous and there is only one of you so no need to compare because no one in this world will ever be you! Have a fantastic week.

This is me and I had just ate a plate of pasta with my sister.This is me at the beginning of The 90 Day Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis Method. I started doing it in November of 2012 and I will post about that and how it’s going soon. A lot has changed and I feel fantastic considering that I’m up to day 130….My body looks and feels great. It’s tighter, way more toned (yes I have kind of a six pack). I’ll post about that and a new picture too soon. For now I just wanted to show you that you can eat and be in shape too! That’s why I picked a picture of only eating healthy without the workout body! Ciao