Eat This, Not That

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Have you seen those articles/posts about what you should eat instead of the junk food you normally go for?  Or those articles that highlight restaurants worst menu items and then tell you what to eat instead?  Or have you ever tried to look up an ingredient or some other food thing online to see if it’s healthy or not and 3 hours later you have a pile of research saying yes it is and no it will kill you?

It’s really frustrating, isn’t it?

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How most people look when they try to start eating better.

Just the other day, I googled quinoa to look up the different varieties and was immediately met with headlines like: Quinoa: Is It The Next Superfood or Will It Destroy Your Gut? And: Quinoa Is The Seed The Acts Like A Grain And Could Be The Way To A Smaller Waistline. Don’t get me started on the back and forth over whether quinoa is “paleo” because that would take an entire day.

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They’re both fine, eat whichever makes you feel better!

While I’m sort of used to nutrition research and know that for every study published stating the benefits of some food there is another one that says it’s horrible for you, I realized that people just starting out on their healthy journey probably feel overwhelmed and confused when trying to figure out if something is good or bad.  I think that’s why I’ve started to move away from that idea.  Food isn’t inherently evil nor is it undeniably good.  It’s food and it either makes you feel your best or it doesn’t.  It helps you meet your goals or it deters you.

So what if quinoa isn’t paleo?  Does it make you feel good when you eat it?  Can you perform your daily tasks without hindrance?  Are you gorging yourself with only quinoa? No, hopefully you have a diet full of real foods like fruits and vegetables.  If you are subsisting on a diet of only quinoa, I’m going to bet you have other things to worry about….

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Anyone else feel like this?

So here is my advice for you health newbies out there and this is something that I wish I had realized early on in my journey because it would have saved a lot of time and stress: Stop worrying so much.  You can always find a reason something is bad or good.  Start looking to yourself to see whether what you put in your mouth is helping you or hurting you.  Start by cutting out processed food and move to whole foods and go from there.  Try new things and if they work for you then that’s all that matters!

Your diet will never be perfect and that is quite alright.  No one’s is.  Not the Instagram stars, not the celebrities, not the fitness guru’s, and not mine.  You aren’t striving for perfect, you’re striving for better than what you were.Eat This Not That | Life Healthfully Lived

Eat this OR eat that.  As long as it works for you, don’t stress it!

Happy New Year!!

Most of you are probably still sleeping and with good reason.  You stayed up late celebrating the New Year in fun ways I’m sure.

Our New Year’s Eve was a little different this year, both of us were in bed by 10 pm.  Yup, we kind of missed ringing in 2016.  But with good reason, Adam has a nasty virus and I’m doing my best to ward it off.  We still celebrated a little.  I made a ton of dip (see Wednesday’s post) and we watched Netflix until Adam decided it was time to pass out.

I hope that you had a little bit more lively celebration, but whatever you did I hope that 2016 is a great year!

I’ll be back on Monday and I’ll share my word for the year as well as get back to my regular posts full of delicious food and simple ways to be healthy.  For now, I’m going to watch the parade and maybe a few bowl games and just relax!

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Happy New Year friends!

I Am Thankful For…

My husband who always loves me, even when I’m being crazy and weird which is more often than not.  Who works hard to provide for me and always puts my happiness before his.  Without him, I wouldn’t be half the person I am now. I Am Thankful For... | Life Healthfully Lived

My family who has shaped my very being.  They know me better than anyone on this planet and support me in everything I do.  They have taught me how to love and live and I cannot imagine me without them. I Am Thankful For... | Life Healthfully Lived

My Faith which is the driving force behind every decision I make, every action I take, every word I speak, and the source of my hope and love.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good. I Am Thankful For... | Life Healthfully Lived

My basic needs which are unfailingly met.  I have never ever wanted for food, shelter, or clothing.  I have never wondered where my next meal was coming from, where I would be sleeping at night, and I have the luxury of opening my closet and choosing from a variety of clothes.  Not everyone gets that security.

My freedom which has cost me absolutely nothing but instead others have paid for with their lives.  I can say what I want, believe what I want, and pursue my happiness because of the simple fact that I am an American.  In a world that is wrought with pain and strife, where people are oppressed and killed for their beliefs and opinions, freedom is no small matter.  I Am Thankful For... | Life Healthfully Lived

My dreams that propel me to do new and sometimes scary things.  Having a dream can be tough but so worth it.  And having people behind you to support those dreams?  That is something to be even more thankful for.

I could go on and on with things that I am thankful for because I am beyond blessed.  I know it’s cliche to think about all the things we have gratitude for this week, but these are things that I give thanks for every single day.  I often take these things for granted because they are so simple.  But for those that don’t have them, they mean the world. I Am Thankful For... | Life Healthfully Lived

Take some time this holiday season and be thankful for the little things you never think about.  They might seem small, but they mean so much.

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving everyone!


Secret Confession Of A Health And Food Blogger

Friday night.  The weekend is finally here and I’ve finished dinner and I’m vegging on the couch watching Netflix.  I know, I’m pretty much a wild and crazy party animal.  I’m not quite ready to go to bed yet, I stay up like an hour past my bedtime on the weekends which is usually 9:30.  Again, party animal.

And it happens.

That little nagging voice in the back of my head.  You want to eat something, Katie.  You want to munch on something  salty, crunchy, sweet, whatever you can get your hands on.  You want to keep reaching your hand into the bowl or bag or whatever large vessel you can fill.  You want to keep eating even though you’re not really hungry, you’re just bored. Secret Confession Of A Health And Food Blogger | Life Healthfully Lived

Every weekend is the same routine.  I know it’s coming.  I know exactly what will happen.  I’ll pretend like I can’t hear that annoying little voice, but I know I will eventually give in.  Because I don’t have any control over this situation.  I have no power here.  I’m stuck and always will be.


Nope.  That is so not true.  I’ve tricked myself into thinking that I can’t beat this habit.  That it is somehow a part of my being, the way I am put together, and there is no fighting it.  It is so much easier to stay stuck and feign that I’m weak against that little voice.  That voice that is really just me.

I’ve gotten into the habit of telling others that they have the motivation and willpower they need to overcome situations like this when it comes to their health.  But I’ve somehow convinced myself it doesn’t apply to me.  Pot calling the kettle black much?Secret Confession Of A Health And Food Blogger | Life Healthfully Lived

I can say no.  I have total control over my own thoughts and feelings and emotions.  I know this because I have done it before.  There are days when I lack the motivation to go for a run or workout just because I’m lazy.  But I’m able to power through those roadblocks and do what I know is best for me.  So I know this isn’t a problem of not being able to exert control over my bad habits.

It’s me being a whiny baby and not WANTING to change.  Some weird part of me finds comfort in those late night binges.  It’s a way to be that person I was so many years ago when my whole day was a binge of unhealthy food.

I’ve talked before about how change is scary and hard for me, but it’s something I should embrace.  I’ve talked about how motivation is something that has to be renewed every day.  Well, it’s time to stop just talking about it and actually do it.  Because I’m tired of letting a little voice control a part of me.  A bad habit doesn’t get to dictate what I do.Secret Confession Of A Health And Food Blogger | Life Healthfully Lived

So there it is out in the open.  My little secret, my stuck-in-a-rut problem for everyone to see.  Sure, it’s a little nerve-wracking to share it with the whole internet, but I know I’m not the only one who struggles with things like this.  I’m human and even though health and food and all that is “my thing” I still have setbacks and things to work on.  I probably always will, but it’s better to face them with the help and support of others rather than alone late at night.

Maybe this post can spark something in one of you.  Maybe it can help change the habit you know is a problem that you’ve told yourself you can’t fix.Secret Confession Of A Health And Food Blogger | Life Healthfully Lived

You can.  Of course you can.  I can too.