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How, What, When of Eating Healthy


I'm not a health nut and I didn't always eat properly.  In fact, growing up I used to put about 10 teaspoons of sugar on my cereal in the morning (I still have a major sweet tooth).  Even when I was single, working and traveling so much, breakfast was a cup of coffee and my go-to dinner was chips and salsa.

Being a mom now to twins forced me to eat healthier.  Not just for myself, but I want to set a good example to them on HOW to eat, WHAT to eat and WHEN to eat.  Now I eat breakfast with my coffee, not just coffee.  I eat more fruits and vegetables so my kids see me eating them.  They'll ask me what I'm eating and I'll say (what ever it happens to be), "carrots!"  Usually their response is, "I don't like carrots!"  But my rule is that you can't say you don't like it unless you've tried it.... more than once!

The HOW on eating.  I know it sounds strange, how to eat.  But it's important and I didn't realize it until after I had kids.  I have noticed that since having kids, I eat leisurely inhale my food.  I guess it's because I'm getting up 5 times a meal for more milk, more ketchup, more this or that, I try to gobble everything down.  My Jack, is a fast eater also.  Ella will still be sitting at the table an hour after we've all finished our plates.  She takes her time and I need to remember to do the same.  We all know, but forget, it takes your stomach longer to feel full than what our eyes see on the plate.  To remember to eat slower , I take a bite and then put my fork, or sandwich, whatever I'm eating down between bites.

The WHEN on eating is of course eating when you feel hungry.  This sounds like a simple concept, but for some people and a lot of kids it's not.   Ella would eat all day if I let her.  I have come to realize that it's because she is bored.  This girl needs to be busy ALL day.  In a matter of 2 hours, we'll make chili together, play dress up, hide and seek, I painted her nails, played with play dough and did a craft project - no joke.  She has so much energy and when it's not focused on something else she feels like she needs to eat when she just had a meal an hour ago.  I'm trying to teach her to eat when she's hungry (a large undertaking with a 4 yr. old).  Same goes for us, right?  Do you find that when you have a busy day you not only don't have time to eat, but you forget to eat?  Or not feel as hungry?  If you feel like you're always hungry, get busy!

WHAT to eat.  I could write about this for a long time.  What to eat is such a personal choice.  Do you have a sweet tooth or are you a savory person?  I've taken foods that I enjoy and tweaked them to make them more healthy.  I eat organic when I can and foods without GMOs (learn about GMOs here and here, make your own conclusions).  What I'm planning to do is share with my readers a weekly recipe that's easy, filling, healthy and most of all yummy (yes, yummy).   So below are some things that I eat regularly and my first recipes. Enjoy!

My typical breakfast: 2 Tbsp of oatbran, 2 Tbsp of oatmeal, 1/3 c of water (microwave for 1.5 min.), add pinch of cinnamon and 1 to 2 tsp of Truvia.  Add fresh strawberries.

salad with mixed greens, grilled chicken, red onion, red pepper, cucumber, feta cheese, craisins, walnuts & sesame seeds with non-fat balsamic dressing (Trader Joe's - THE best!)

turkey chili, gala apple, tortilla chips & diet Coke (NOT healthy, but it's something I indulge in once a day)

Simply Lulu's Turkey Chili recipe:
*I try to use mostly all organic ingredients.  I also make enough to freeze and keep for many meals to come.

2 lbs of ground turkey
1 large red pepper
1/2 a large white onion
1 clove of garlic
1 large jalapeno
1 can, 32 oz. diced tomato (use a little more if you want it "soupy")
2 Tbsp. of tomato paste
1 tsp. of garlic powder
1 tsp. of onion salt
1 tsp. of chili powder
1 tsp. of chipotle chili powder
1 tsp. of cinnamon
1/2 tsp. of cumin
3 Tbsp of brown sugar
salt (I use Jane's salt)
pepper

Brown turkey, saute pepper, onion, garlic & jalapeno (separately), mix together all the ingredients and let simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve with chips!  Enjoy!
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  1. Awwww.. it's very good!
    I'm hungry!
    Have a nice day, my dear :p
    Kisses ;*
    http://misiayou97.blogspot.com/

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  2. That is so great that you are making a change. Sometimes it is hard to eat only when you are hungry but it is so great that you are trying to help your daughter and that you are trying to be a good example for your kids :)

    xo, Amy
    itwasloveat.blogspot.com

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  3. Haha, food is all I think about all day so I sympathize with your little girl! Love this post, sometimes we tend to neglect what's most important when we're busy. And I'm definitely a savory person! I've been known to finish dessert, then take a bite of leftovers to get that sweet taste out of my mouth! My mom says I've been doing it my whole life.

    xoxo, Julie @ OBSESSED

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  4. I am so glad you found my blog, I adore yours! It's right up my alley & I totally agree with your healthy eating tips. The hardest for me is the when of eating, I'm a huge snacker! I also indulge in diet coke more than I should :) I'm a follower now, can't wait to keep reading your blog!

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    1. My downfall too - I love to snack. Finding the right thing to snack on is the key! Following you back!

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  5. Awesome insight to learning how to eat healthy. Thanks for the recipe to that turkey chili - it looks amazing!

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  6. looks delish! being healthy is always a great thing. even if it's changing ONE bad habit. great post girl

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  7. Yummy! That looks delicious! I will definitely follow you. consider it done, and would appreciate if you followed me as well!

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  8. Eating healthy isn't always easy but there's some awesome healthy tricks and snacks!

    xoxo
    Haylee
    http://www.dolledupdaily.com/

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  9. I have an addiction to Diet Coke as well! Eating healthy really takes a conscious effort every day but it really makes me feel so good!
    I love your blog and am a new follower! I tagged you in my Liebster Award and I would love it you could follow me too!
    xo
    LJ
    jonesyloves.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks for stopping by and following! Definitely following you back now (: That's yummylicious!xx

    Kisses*
    www.fashionholicsparkle.blogspot.com

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  11. Healthy eating is important to me, I try to eat clean food and on time. This however did not happen when I was younger. I used to eat anything and whenever I want! Good post, Lulu!

    Kisses from Dubai!
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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  12. Hello, I'm glad to read your comment. of course we can follow each other

    greetings! I'm your new follower!

    :)

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