Week three, and I’m going strong, mostly because you are holding me accountable. Some of you I see physically in my daily surroundings, while others are following through virtual means. But no matter whether you show support with an actual atta girl pat on the back, a comment on these posts, or through email or social media, please don’t stop. I need you, and my greatest hope is while I partner with God to help myself, I help a few others along the way.
And I’m happy to report, to date, I’ve lost 7.6 pounds.
This week, I’d like to share some healthy eating changes that are making a difference in how I feel inside, and how I look on the outside.
- My Pinterest Board with a selection of lower calorie yummy recipes
- Homemade Smoothies (See my fave recipe below)
- Drink 6 to 8 full glasses of water (add an equal amount of additional water for every amount of caffeine I consume)
- Add sprinkled Cinnamon to coffee, tea, or plain water to reduce inflammation and boost my metabolism’s power
- A touch of local honey helps the allergies go down
- Substitute pumpkin in sweet breads and cakes (It’s moister and denser than applesauce)
- Hit the minimums — 3 servings of milk, cheese, yogurt, or other dairy/6-8 servings of fruits and/or veggies/2 servings of healthy fats/6-8 glasses water
- Eat less more often — going too long lowers my blood sugar, causes overeating on the wrong foods when I do grab something, and makes my body hoard fats
- Fool the tastebuds with a lighter indulgence (My current fave is a root beer float made with diet root beer and vanilla frozen yogurt. YUM!)
Eating better is only one part of my makeover formula. To keep my life in balance, I must also focus on mental, emotional, and especially spiritual aspects. Accountability is the key to keeping me on track in all of these areas, and you are the one holding that key. Thank you for helping me achieve another week of success.
Easy Berry Smoothie
Kale 3/4 cup (Bagged kale freezes nicely and works great for a quick healthy smoothie anytime)
Blueberries to taste — Fresh or frozen
Strawberries to taste — Fresh or frozen
Banana — One fresh medium
1/4 cup Whole cranberries (I bought discounted bags to throw in the freezer after Thanksgiving, and still have a couple left)
3/4 cup Greek Yogurt — Plain, non-fat
3 TBS Flax Seed
1/4-1/2 cup of 1% milk (depending on how thick you want your smoothie)
2 packets of Stevia natural sweetener
1 tsp vanilla
1 scoop vanilla flavored whey protein powder
I use a Ninja Smoothie maker. Wash all fruits and veggies with a natural wash, rinse well, then toss half of them in the blender. Add yogurt, flax, milk, Stevia, vanilla, and whey powder. Then top with the other half of fruits/veggies. Blend to desired consistency. I drink half at a time, and give each serving 3 Weight Watchers Points, 1 Milk serving, and 3 fruit/veggie servings. It’s refreshing, energizing, and leaves me feeling like I just had a thick, high-cal shake.
Try one, they’re a great way to start or end the day.
Have you tried smoothies as a high energy way to satisfy your sweet cravings? I must thank Sharon Cadle for turning me onto them.
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker. She’s the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — Biblical Secrets to Make You Irreplaceable on the Job. Now available for pre-order on Amazon.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.