Weekend Eats: Dining Out & Treating Myself

by healthyhitsthespot on April 24, 2015 · 1 comment

Saturday was filled with pampering myself, shopping, delicious food, and eating out with our friends. I love sharing my weekends with you!

eggs and toast

Saturday morning started with breakfast right after the gym – eggs on toast. So simple, so yummy!

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After breakfast I threw my hair up in a bun and headed to Starbucks to do some work. I wrote quite a bit for the new “WHY Intuitive Eating?” series (did you see posts 1, 2?) and had a two hour meeting with my friend Abby over at @eatworkplaybalanced (any of you follow her instagram? It’s great!).

I ordered an Unsweetened Matcha Green Tea Latte w/ Soy Milk. Mmmm! This has been my favorite drink lately!

After my phone call I walked around town for a while & went shopping. I landed myself at Gap & Old Navy. Ah, two stores I love so much! I hit some major sales! My closet is in that weird transition period right now, where I’m tossing some clothes from High School and adding in new ones that feel more my style.

chips and salsa tofu black bean mix

After I went shopping I came home and had some lunch – leftover Tofu, Quinoa, and Black Bean bowl with chips & pico de gallo. Ate all of this :). (See recipe for this meal here.)

I climbed into bed with my laptop after lunch (note: Marco works all day Saturday) and turned on Netflix. I wanted to work on writing for the blog, and also have background noise. I ended up writing for hours! I went through Good Luck Chuck, Mean Girls, and Clueless. HA! Hadn’t seen any of those movies in a long time!

turkey sandwich and tea

After I finished my writing spree I did a few workouts from some instagram accounts that I follow.

I’ve realized lately that if you actually do the workouts people post for you, and you make the recipes people put out there, you can actually get a LOT of really useful information! I’m being less of a lookie-loo and more of a participant with the people I follow these days and it’s been really fun! More on this in another post, because I feel like there’s a lot to be said here!

Around 4:00 my belly was a-grumblin’. So, I made myself a small turkey, cheese, and tomato sandwich to hold me over until 7:30/8:00 when I knew we’d be out to dinner. This was an afternoon hold-me-over kind of meal :).

paige schmidt, hc

Saturday was such a good day. I got to do so much that I wanted, and it felt really special. Working from Starbucks, shopping, writing in bed with movies playing, doing an at home mid-day workout from instagram… So, to top it off, I also: painted my nails, plucked my eyebrows, and did my hairstyle differently :) I also wore my new black Old Navy tank, and hoops (which are actually my fav!). It felt so fun to spend time pampering myself, just because :).

side salad

For dinner we went to SLO Brew. My cousin Megan and her friend Seth came to see us in SLO :) It was great! We had a really fun time with them – it’s always a laugh when you’re with Meggy :).

I had it so set on my heart that I was going to order a side salad and their “Rockin’ Taco’s” when I got there… but to my (sad) surprise, they totally changed their menu. So, I went for a side salad and a burger.

burger and french fries

They ended up bringing out my side salad at the same time as my meal, so I got full pretty quickly. Plus, my cousin ordered Jalapeño Poppers & I had split one with Marco (those were actually so fresh and good! Surprised me!). I ate half my burger, and shared my fries with Meggy & Marco. It was good! I also had 1 Honey Blonde Beer, which you see in the picture (more of a post on alcohol later, since I’ve never really talked much about it on the blog!).

After dinner Megs & Seth came back to our house to hang out. We watched a million helium app (I really don’t know what it’s called?!) videos on Megans phone. We were dying laughing. You know, the app that makes your face like a balloon and makes your voice like a chipmunk? I have to share a video with you on insta sometime! Haha! It was so great…

When they left Saturday night Marco and I PASSED OUT. We were sooo tired!

The next Weekend Eats post is coming Tuesday! It’ll be the day after: Sunday. Monday is post 3/4 of the “WHY Intuitive Eating?” series. Don’t miss it! Sign-up for updates by email.

xo, your coach

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With these “Weekend Eats” posts I hope to show you that it’s possible to live a healthy life & feel good in your body without counting calories. (I am adding a new category on the blog called “Weekend Eats.“)

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Series: “WHY Intuitive Eating?” (2/4)

by healthyhitsthespot on April 23, 2015 · 2 comments

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Did you see the first of the “WHY Intuitive Eating?” series? Have you been considering walking down a different street, since? Here’s a little reminder of where that post started.

For six years of my life, I did one diet after the other. Constantly gaining and losing between 15 lbs. It was horrible. I was trying so hard to keep my body at a weight much lower than it needed to be at. At the same time, I wanted SO desperately to forget about calories. To have more fun. To just NOT care. I used to say: “I JUST want to feel normal.” 

Intuitive Eating allows you to finally forget about calories, have more fun, and feel normal.

Do you want to eat amazing food and stop worrying about it? Imagine: higher quality, full of flavor, real ingredients. Imagine getting excited about your plate. Getting excited about going out to eat, because there are so many options, and you are free to choose any of them. What does that feel like?

Do you want to have more fun? Do you want to say yes to those dinners? Going out with friends? Imagine: getting excited about Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, without worrying about how much food & candy you’ll eat. Imagine going on vacation for the pure fun of vacation, and not freaking out because you’re going to “go off your diet” or, even worse, you’re going to try and hardcore control yourself while you’re trying desperately to have fun. Imagine: focusing on the FUN! Having all the conversation, laughs, and feeling happy. Imagine getting to be real with people, getting to be there for your friends when they need you. Imagine not being so distracted by what you’re going to eat next, what you ate for breakfast, what time you’re going to get to the gym, etc…

Do you want to feel normal? Then perhaps you want to give Intuitive Eating a chance.

I have a some ideas about what Intuitive Eating is and is not. I’d like to share them with you here.

Intuitive Eating is not:

  • eating whatever you want without putting any thought into how you’re feeling &/or what you’re craving
  • continuing to regularly eat in front of the TV, while driving, while in a rush, etc (mindless eating)…
  • eating past your fulness consistently
  • starting on Monday, after Spring break, or starting tomorrow
  • finding a new way to diet and control your body (it’s not about being perfect or forcing your body to be a certain way)

Intuitive Eating is:

  • about honoring your body and learning how to cultivate a trusting relationship with her through attention
  • creating a positive encouraging dialogue with yourself around food & your body (you will talk to yourself so much with Intuitive Eating)
  • cultivating a calm mindset, one that you can return to in any moment
  • giving yourself full permission to enjoy any food you want while also paying attention to which foods do and do not make your body feel good (eat more of the ones that DO make you feel good &/or learn how much of the more indulgent food you can eat while still feeling good.)
  • paying attention to which foods you actually like or do not like
  • giving yourself a fresh start, forgiving your past behaviors, and moving forward
  • recognizing when you’ve made a choice that doesn’t feel so great, and committing to making your very next choice one that feels better (not waiting for the next day to start over)
  • allowing your body to get to her most natural weight
  • being able to say “no” when something doesn’t sound good to you in the moment, even if someone else: made it for you; wants you to indulge with them; says they won’t eat unless you do
  • taking charge of your own body, and understanding that you are in control, not the food
  • getting comfortable with being uncomfortable in situations where you’re feeling different than other people (you won’t believe just how many people have dieters mindsets and talk about it)
  • being willing to slow down when you’re eating in those high/low moments & instead learning to live with a neutral mindset

Intuitive Eating means adjusting your priorities, making time for the things that you know make you feel good. It means slowing down, paying attention, tuning-IN and not tuning-OUT, and it EVEN means taking responsibility for your life/choices (which can at times, be the hardest part – we don’t want to!).

With Intuitive Eating comes Intuitive Living, which is super important to think about before you start.

Intuitive Living is:

  • getting rid of clothes that make you feel bad and buying new ones that are honoring and respectful of your body (at the very least put them away in the garage/attic/back-of-the-closet)
  • separating your great relationships from the ones that are totally draining you and taking from you
  • finding the courage to let your yes’s mean YES and your no’s mean NO
  • tuning-IN and not tuning-OUT. In other words, dealing with life, and not using food to cover up the discomfort that often brings
  • getting comfortable with yourself, your down time, and those empty moments that life brings (example: you’re waiting for someone to get home; you just came home from a really fun vacation and you’re thinking about going back to work tomorrow; it’s Sunday, and you have a ton of free time that you’re not sure what to do with; you’re not really sure what you’re feeling – you’re neither high nor low and just want to feel something 
  • treating yourself respectfully, and spending more time on yourself – do the things that you know make you feel good. Examples may be: getting dressed for the day; doing your hair a different way; getting your nails done; moving your body & not sitting all day long; keeping your house clean to avoid the feeling of overwhelm… Whatever those things may be for *you!*
  • tossing the excitement around weight gain or weight loss and making it more of a normal, natural thing that our bodies are constantly going through – we need to find peace in this area, for our bodies are always changing

Do you like this series? Let me know! These posts are meant to be shared. Please, share this with a girlfriend :).

Follow along this series. You’re currently reading post 2 of 4 of “WHY Intuitive Eating?”. Sign-up for updates so you don’t miss a post!

In between posts of this series I will be sharing “Daily Eats” posts, which give you an example of how it might look to eat Intuitively – we’re each different, but I have found that it does help to see examples.

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Daily Eats: Turkey & Artichoke Cheddar Melt

by healthyhitsthespot on April 22, 2015 · 2 comments

Today I am sharing eats from last Friday. I made the most amazing turkey & artichoke melt, and am sharing that recipe here! 

eggs and toast

Breakfast – two over medium eggs & one slice of multigrain toast from Alpine Valley. Mmm!

smoothie leftover

Mid-morning snack – leftover smoothie from the day before. It turned green overnight!

turkey sandwich melt

Lunch – turkey melt with artichoke, tomato, & mushroom. I’ll list the ingredients for you below. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

  • whole wheat tuscan pane bread slightly toasted
  • mayonaise & mustard
  • chopped artichoke hearts & mushrooms (chopped up in food processor)
  • sliced tomato
  • turkey slices
  • 1 slice of cheddar cheese
  • Place all together (as you see) under the broiler until the cheese gets little bubbles

blueberry smoothie

Afternoon pick-me-up – smoothie (same as Thursdays smoothie, see here).

quinoa tofu and black bean bowl

Dinner – Tofu, Quinoa, & Chicken Bowl (same as Thursdays dinner, see recipe here).

popcorn

The evening was filled with unplugging, watching movies with the hubby, and checking-in early for bed. Thursday through Saturday we have to wake up between 4:30-4:50 for Marco to go to work. At this time, I head to the gym. It’s the easiest time of day for me to go. It’s nice getting to leave at the same time as him!

Did you like this post? Let me know! 

xo, your coach

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With these “Daily Eats” posts I hope to show you that it’s possible to live a healthy life & feel good in your body without counting calories. 

P.S. tomorrow, post 2/4 of the “WHY Intuitive Eating?” series will be live! I’ll meet you here, or sign-up for updates to get the post right in your inbox! (See the first of the series here.)

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Daily Eats: Chicken, Quinoa, & Black Bean Bowl Recipe

by healthyhitsthespot on April 21, 2015 · 5 comments

Today I am sharing what I ate last Thursday. Here’s to new food ideas & living a healthy life without counting calories!

Morning’ ladies! How did you like the first of my new series “WHY Intuitive Eating?” yesterday? Did you see it? Make sure you’re subscribed to posts by email so you never miss a post (sign-up).

Alrighty, let’s jump into Daily Eats from last Thursday!

eggs and brussels sprouts

Breakfast – two over-medium eggs & steamed brussels sprouts with olive oil & sea-salt. This craving hit me out of nowhere! So good though.

crackers and cheese

Mid-morning snack – multigrain pita crackers with a slices of cheddar cheese & turkey on top. Does this remind you of childhood? It does, me!

eggplant parmesan

Lunch – leftover eggplant parmesan (Dad made it this weekend while in Ventura, and I packed some to-go). It’s amazing!

yogi tea stress relief

Throughout the workday I sipped this honey lavender Yogi tea. I love these teas at night & through the day!

smoothie

Afternoon pick-me-up – smoothie with greek yogurt (plain), banana, blueberries, spinach, whole milk, and flaxseed. Mmm. I’ve been craving yogurt in smoothies lately. So creamy and filling.

tofu and quinoa dinner bowl

Dinner – Chicken, Quinoa, & Black Bean bowl. Below, I’ll list what’s inside.

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 chicken breasts cut into cubes & cooked in olive oil with chopped, spinach, onion, and mushroom (chopped the veggies in a food processor and added them in with the chicken when it was almost fully cooked)
  • 1 can of drained black beans
  • 1 bag of steamed broccoli florets
  • pico de gallo (fresh, store bought)
  • Mix all together in a large bowl once cooked/prepped as listed

{Updated 4/23/15 – I accidentally said tofu bowl! This is chicken :) But, you can do this with tofu, too!}

The Hubby enjoyed Haagen Daaz & Oreo’s for dessert. At times I join him. Knowing that I can join him whenever allows me to pick & choose when it really sounds good. I opted for more tea instead. Plus, I was feeling fulfilled watching rules of engagement & cozying up in my pajamas.

Come back tomorrow for 2/4 of the “WHY Intuitive Eating?” series!

Do you like these posts? Let me know! 

xo, your coach

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With these “Daily Eats” posts I hope to show you that it’s possible to live a healthy life & feel good in your body without counting calories. 

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Series: “WHY Intuitive Eating?” (1/4)

by healthyhitsthespot on April 20, 2015 · 5 comments

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“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.”

― Portia Nelson, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery

Pause for a moment. What does this bring up for you? What do you keep doing over and over again?

For me, it was dieting. For six years of my life, I did one diet after the other. Constantly gaining and losing between 15 lbs. It was horrible. I was trying so hard to keep my body at a weight much lower than it needed to be at. At the same time, I wanted SO desperately to forget about calories. To have more fun. To just NOT care. I used to say: “I JUST want to feel normal.” Can anyone who has been stuck in dieting before relate?

Intuitive Eating allows you to change. It allows you to walk down another street. It allows you to say: “this hasn’t been working for me. I am going to do something DIFFERENT and still feel good in my body (or, perhaps in your case, start feeling good in your body)”.

The biggest part of WHY I eat intuitively, is because it allows me to feel good in my skin, AND honor my body. It has given me the FREEDOM FROM DIETING (<– which kept me trapped for 6 years too long).

Sure, I still have days where I struggle with body image. We can’t just expect those issues to “poof!” disappear after they’ve been so real in our lives. Body-image/temptation-to-control still come up for me, but it’s what I do with them that counts. I can either entertain the thoughts like I used to, and fall right back into the same hole, or, I can reach out. Get accountability. Ask for support (which I absolutely do!). I can walk down another street. 

It’s up to you to decide.

So, WHY did I diet for so long?

Dieting was my safety. It allowed me to ignore everything else going on in the world, and just focus in on what my body was doing. How much weight it wanted to lose or gain each day. What number the scale would say. What mood I’d get to be in that day – not because of anything other than my diet. It was an “escape” for me.

The shame of it all? I skimmed right past SO many things that were going on in my life that I was too distracted to see. Maybe you can relate? I went through this in High School and College. Let me show you some of the things that dieting blinded me from:

  • I had a deep need for a Spiritual relationship with God
  • Seeing that I only tried to control my body because there were BIG things going on in my life that I couldn’t control
  • Realizing that my true desire was to belong & be liked (who doesn’t want to be liked?). I couldn’t see that controlling my body didn’t control the outcome of belonging.
  • Being able to find my true adolescent joys – instead, I just followed everyone else
  • Seeing that I deserved respect from all relationships (friends, romantic, etc.)

Remember, I was blinded from all of the above. I couldn’t see these things until much later. This kept me STUCK in dieting to control my life. I felt like I couldn’t get out of it. Had I heard the poem above, I would have really struggled walking down a new street on my own. I had to allow my journey time, and I had to get support.

Since eating intuitively, I can see these things. I have a relationship with God that brings me true joy. I know that I can’t control certain areas of my life, and I’ve learned to be okay with that instead of fighting it or ignoring it. I feel a huge sense of belonging with my Church, my friends, my Husband, my family, my brand new niece, and all of my darling little cousins. I know that I deserve respect, and I live my life in a way that brings me respect these days. I have FOUND my true joys. I have accepted and begun to embrace all parts of myself that I used to ignore. I LOVE blogging, staying inside for long periods of time and allowing my creativity to go wild, sitting in coffee shops, having meaningful conversation with friends, getting to be there for someone I love, relating to other women, HEARING from other women, and sharing my story & listening to others.

Can you relate to my entire story? Or pieces of it?

I aim to be real with you, so that you too can learn and grow.

I have a friend who says “my Dad teaches me his mistakes so that I don’t have to make them.” Honestly, I admire her because she follows through with this. When I was several years younger, I gave a big fat “NO” to learning from other peoples mistakes. I was always insistent on finding out for myself (hello, stubborn). If by sharing this I can encourage at least ONE of you to walk a different road, it will all be worth sharing.

Did you like this post? Let me know! These posts are meant to be shared. Please, share this with a girlfriend :).

Follow along this series. You’re currently reading post 1 of 4 of “WHY Intuitive Eating?”. Sign-up for updates so you don’t miss a post! 

In between posts of this series I will be sharing “Daily Eats” posts, which give you an example of how it might look to eat Intuitively – we’re each different, but I have found that it does help to see examples. 

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