Monthly Advice | Eat good, but eat healthy too!9/15/2014
I don't limit myself on what I consume. I don't think there should be such a thing as limiting what you take in for energy. Now I know some people will disagree with me, saying you shouldn't eat meat, and other stuff, but what happens when you get a craving for a certain food? I read the book Skinny Bitch earlier this summer, and the book has some good insights, and some bad ones.
Cravings:If I crave something I will eat it. For example chips. I know they are bad for me, hell they're bad for everyone, but I will only take a handful of chips on a plate and eat it. I don't sit there and eat the entire bag of chips (that should be reserved for crappy breakups with asshole ex-boyfriends, and possibly sad movies only) I like ice cream like the next person, but I rarely eat a whole tub of it. Because I know that if I eat too much of it, it isn't good for me. Cravings are a part of being a human, but you have to control how much you intake, unless you're pregnant, then by all means go ahead and eat anything you want.
Buying Food:If I go to the grocery store, I pick up the smaller size of whatever it is I'm buying. I pick up a pint of ice cream, or the small sized bread. I don't go for the huge ginormous tub of ice cream. That should only be reserved for Costco runs and it should be limited to toilet paper and tissue paper only. If there is a small size pick it up. I know, it saves money to buy the big one, but trust me, if you pick up the big one, and you see it in the fridge or on the counter, you are more likely to pick it up and eat it. And unless you are planning on feeding the entire country, and it's just you by yourself, then please choose wisely.
Moderation:I eat moderately. Which is what I think everyone should do. I know, I post pictures on instagram with a huge plate, but usually that plate is more or less for my brother. He's a lot taller than me, and therefore needs to consume a lot more food. I usually take a smaller plate and load my food on it. Trust me when I say what you've heard is correct. Half of your plate should be veggies, and a small palm size should be meat. Don't be piling up the protein (meat) part of your plate up to the ceiling. What are we kids, on a candy high on halloween? Ain't nobody got time for that.
White Rice, White Bread:I eat white rice and white bread like no other. Mainly because it's cheaper and because I grew up in an "Asian" household. What that means is that even though we do have brown rice at my house, and every once in while, we have wheat bread, it doesn't deter from the fact that we still carry white rice, and white bread at my place. So my thing is moderation is key. Don't eat 2 bowls of white rice at dinner. I usually only fill my bowl which by the way is small, up halfway. If I feel hungry afterwards, I will make a smoothie, with frozen fruits, and water. Or I will drink a large mug of hot tea (I prefer peppermint, green, or chamomile tea).
Cheat Days:You can have cheat days. I have a cheat day once a week. This usually ends up being on Friday for me. Friday is the day when the week is over, and I feel a little more relaxed, and I'm able to eat a little more. Though honestly, I still don't even eat that much. For example, when we go out to eat hamburgers, I will usually just eat my burger, and my fries. I rarely go for seconds.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner:If I end up not eating that much during the daytime, I have a tendency to get really hungry later on. So I always try to eat something even if it's small, or not that much. If you've heard of this saying "Eat a big breakfast, a moderate lunch, and a small dinner", that saying is true. I don't often eat that much for dinner anymore, because I eat a lot more during the day time. Besides why do you need to eat such a big dinner? It's the evening, and you aren't going to be burning off the calories! Unless you are going to go exercise at night time. And if you are the type of person who exercises before dinner time, you should change your mentality to eat a smaller dinner. I have a tendency to exercise after dinner because it's cooler over here in SoCal (please be advised that your geographical location is important) during the summertime.
I hope that this blog post helped some of you out, and hopefully it made some of you laugh. I'm not a typically funny person, so when I write up blog posts, I have a dead focus to just deliver.
What are some of your eating good suggestions?
*Article edited by Leena. Check out her instagram: @leenacuisine.*
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