This is a new series! Healthy Things from Healthy Bloggers will run every couple months and feature healthy eating tips and recipes from the bloggers doing it right! If you want to be featured in a future edition, just write me a note –> michelledodsonrd (at) gmail (dot) com.
Today we’ll feature four awesome “Healthy Things” from the writers behind the wonderful blogs Eater Not A Runner, Oh She Glows, The Candid RD, and Chow and Chatter. I’ll turn it over to them:
1. If you love something, eat it…..Without guilt!
I think this is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned on my journey to become healthier. I used to think if I wanted to lose weight, there were certain foods that were just “off-limits.” One cookie would turn into a guilt-fueled binge of 10 cookies, with me promising to just “do better tomorrow.” Now I happily eat the cookie with no regret, and just continue to eat healthy otherwise.
It helps for me to look at my diet as 80-20…..80% of the time I eat healthy, whole foods and 20% of the time I eat whatever I want. On some days it’s 70-30 and on others it’s 95-5, but overall I know I’m eating in a way that makes me feel great physically AND satisfied mentally. You would be surprised how liberating it can be to look at chocolate as your friend, not your enemy!
This tip was brought to you by Lauren, the blogger behind Eater Not A Runner. Be sure to stop by her blog and say hey!
2. A delicious Green Monster anyone?
Wait, what is a Green Monster, anyways?
My healthy living website, Oh She Glows, is where I first started writing about my first shot at making a green smoothie that I called ‘Green Monster’. Let’s just say my first attempts did not turn out that great!
Now, I blend together kale or spinach, milk (almond or soy), fruit, seeds, powders, etc. and come up with some amazing Green Monster drinks! I have noticed a HUGE increase in my energy, along with a decrease in cravings for sweets. My skin has also become more clear and my hair and nails started growing like weeds! The response has been huge online and offline.
Try this fail-proof Virgin Green Monster recipe and you too will be hooked.
This recommendation was brought to you by Angela, the gal behind the Green Monster Movement and the fabulous blog Oh She Glows.
3. Natural Born Eater
My biggest tip as far as healthy eating is to be intuitive, and eat like you did when you were a kid. As a kid you ate when you were hungry, and didn’t eat when you weren’t. Most importantly, you didn’t eat everything on your plate if you were too full to finish (unless your parents made you, which is a practice in which I don’t agree).
Most of us no longer eat intuitively, especially the older we get. We no longer listen to our bodies to tell us when we are hungry or when we should stop eating. We are surrounded by food in ads, commercials, on signs everywhere we go, on the internet, and at just about every social event. It’s basically in our face 24/7 and we no longer have the ability to say “no thanks” when food is offered or given to us. It’s as though we think we have to eat when everyone else is, despite what our body is saying or the signals it is sending.
It’s a problem.
We all need to get back in touch with our own hunger cues and learn how to eat intuitively again. It doesn’t mean dieting and eating “rabbit food”. It means eating what you want, when you want it, but not too much, and not at every eating opportunity. This is how we were born to eat.
This tip was brought to you by Gina of The Candid R.D. Check out her site for lots of important nutrition tips and fun stories.
4. Rebecca’s Carrot Soup
- carrots – 6
- 1/2 red onion
- 1.2 l vegetable stock
- 2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- salt and pepper
- fresh coriander/cilantro about 1/2 a bunch
- one cup small red lentils
- 1/2 cup frozen petite green peas
- heat oil and add onions and carrots, then add spices
- add broth, peas and lentils and simmer for 30-45 min until very soft
- use a hand blender to make into a puree
- then add fresh chopped fresh cilantro
This healthy recipe was brought to you by Rebecca, the cheery blogger behind Chow and Chatter.