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Dieting does NOT work!

Fads, fads, fads.  Every bit of them.  Going on a diet simply will not accomplish what you want it to accomplish!  Sure, there are several gimmicks out there that can help you lose weight and get fit, but by definition, these diets are TEMPORARY.  If you really want to keep that weight off, well, you can continue spending the tons of money for whatever program you are using until the day you die, or you can change your entire lifestyle and throw all of the diet books away!

For example, yes, I can count points for weight-watchers, but is that going to work if I get pregnant again, if my husband dies suddenly (which I pray AGAINST on a regular basis), if I contract some chronic health problem?  Uh…of course not!  But, if I choose healthy foods, if I get into the habit of grabbing an apple for my lunch instead of a chocolate chip cookie…well…THAT will turn into me WANTING the apple instead of the cookie, and when these life changes occur, it wont be a conscious choice to choose the apple, I’ll just do it.

Another example, even joining the highest ranking gym can’t last forever.  My husband may lose his job and we are poor, or we might move away, or I might break a leg (wouldn’t that be super ironic right now in my life: My three small children would run amok for sure!) But if I choose to live a more active lifestyle, even loss of the gym won’t keep me down.

I can actually use a personal example for this one.  Just recently me and the children have traveled across country to spend the summer with my family.  My family eats TONS of carbs and breads, and obviously, I couldn’t bring my aerobics instructors with me.  I have found myself eating hamburgers with no buns, choosing grapes for breakfast instead of cereal, and I picked up running where previously I had used the gym.  I don’t have to make the choice, it just comes natural for me to *want* the healthier options.  In this way, I can keep living healthy, without having to worry about specific or strict *diets*

Have you ever tried a diet that just didn’t work out for you?

The use of MyFitnessPal

Wanna lose weight and get healthy? One way to do this is by counting calories. As someone who makes a whole lot of meals, dishes, and treats by scratch this was a constant struggle for me. Then I came across the wonderful app for my iphone: MyFitnessPal (you can follow me with OneHotMess_YMamma) and, wow did that make things easy! Not only could I plug in the exact recipe that I created and let the phone do the calculations for me, I can also scan things like granola bars, and apples, and the app inputs all of the information, AND I can even search for restaurant foods and get the caloric count straight from the internet! Calorie counting made easy right here!

BUT, is there a right and a wrong way to count calories? And is it *really* effective?

I strongly believe that when it concerns being healthy and losing weight, WHAT you eat is far more important than HOW MUCH you eat. I have watched the scale go up when I eat one slice of pizza, and down if I eat an entire bunch of grapes. Plus I feel significantly different after eating those different foods. The grapes give me energy and a full, satisfied feeling, the pizza makes me sluggish and hungry, wanting more pizza. PLUS, that entire bunch of grapes is going to be at least half of the calories of that single slice of pizza. When it comes to counting calories, yes, a calorie is a calorie, but to get the full effect of counting calories in order to lose weight, try considering the following points:

  • Eat the largest caloric meal first thing in the morning
  • Pick the healthier foods, it really will make a difference
  • Try not to drink your calories. Water is a neutral calorie
  • Eat more than three times a day, try 5-6 times, spread those calories out
  • Negative calories DO exist! Foods that burn more calories to digest than they give to your body (try celery!)
  • You simply CANNOT out-exercise a bad diet, so don’t even try to burn off the extra calories that you consumed. It doesn’t work like that.
  • Hit your calorie limit every day. Eating too few calories is not going to benefit your health. If you don’t eat enough, then your body is going to start eating itself, and your running into anorexic territory. I have been there and done that, and it isn’t as great as you might be lead to believe.
  • Enjoy feeling proud of the healthy choices, and watching that scale go down!

Do you use MyFitnessPal? Feel free to follow me at OneHotMess_YMamma, and comment below with why YOU love MyFitnessPal!!

Melt in Your Mouth Pancakes – recipe

Hot cake, a name for pancake in Japan, topped ...

Hot cake, a name for pancake in Japan, topped with butter and honey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I made the absolute best pancakes for breakfast the other day. They were thick, fluffy, and just melted in your mouth. My kids adored them too! As a bonus, they are actually somewhat healthy depending on the type of milk/flour you use. I just have to share!

 

Ingredients

 

  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Individual sized yogurt cups in flavor of choice (I used Vanilla)
  • 3 cups flour of choice (I used self rising white because it was on hand)
  • 2-3 cups of milk
  • 3-4 Tbs oil of choice (I like extra virgin olive, but canola or vegetable works too)

 

Directions

 

  1. Pre-heat griddle to 250-300 degrees.
  2. In bowl, crack two eggs, dump in yogurt, and flour. Stir.
  3. Slowly pour in milk while stirring until the batter reaches desired consistency. You may or may not use the entire 3 cups, or might need more.
  4. Cover the griddle with your oil.
  5. Pour batter onto griddle in pancake amounts (small, big, shaped, etc.) a trick my husband taught me: use a measuring cup.
  6. When the bubbles have all surfaced and popped, flip your cakes (it will look like the surface of the moon, all holey and crater-y). It might take a bit longer than your usual pancake recipe, and don’t give in to your temptation to turn up the heat…these will burn easier, and you want to make sure they are cooked all the way through. A few more moments on the other side and they are finished!
  7. If you are part of my family, you would smother the pancakes in butter and drizzle a bit of butter-flavored syrup on. If you are my children, you will ask me to melt some peanut butter to drizzle on top. Feel free to fix these pan cakes in your normal way, or experiment with new drizzles and toppings.

 

These also make for amazing desserts, they are seriously delicious! Using different flavored of yogurt could create a truly unique tasting experience too! What about strawberry yogurt with a blueberry drizzle? Ooh, I am making myself hungry again, haha!

 

 

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