There seems to be a big trend on social media with people sharing recipes. What I am finding, however, is that a lot of those recipes are filled with empty calories, lots of sugar, fat and other unnecessary junk that literally weigh you down instead of fueling your body appropriately. I am constantly on the lookout for recipes that are relatively quick, inexpensive and full of flavor. In the past five months I’ve put away the bacon fat and pulled out the olive oil. I also use more spices, less salt and absolutely no sugar. The no sugar element is a big deal for me because sugar used to be a main staple in my diet. Making the decision to get healthy is a great first step, but maintaining that decision and working toward a goal every single day can be a bit more daunting. Quite often we find ourselves in a food rut, meaning that we eat the same bland, boring meals day in and day out. After a while when we can’t take it any longer we give up and return to our old ways of eating because quite frankly we miss those wonderful flavors and the way good food makes us feel. For food addicts like myself, it’s difficult to stay interested in healthy food choices; it’s necessary to not only fuel your body but to enjoy the fuel you are putting into your body. Food can be good and healthy at the same time.
A friend messaged me the recipe below a couple months ago and I love it. Not only is it easy to put together it is extremely low in calories and tastes amazing. The flavors and textures make it difficult to believe that each half is only 150 calories.
Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat the peppers with olive oil and roast in a baking dish about 20-25 minutes just until cooked thru. Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle them.
Cook the turkey in a pan on the stove. Saute the onions until cooked thru, added in cooked rice, black beans and corn. In a bowl add the taco seasoning, cooked ground turkey, chopped onions, black beans, corn and rice. Add in the jar of salsa and mix well. Carefully spoon the turkey mixture into each half of the bell peppers and place back into the baking dish. Cook the peppers for another 15-20 minutes or until the peppers are cooked all the way thru. Before removing from the oven sprinkle the tops of each pepper with shredded cheddar cheese. Place back into the oven just until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro, avocado slices and/or sour cream just before serving.
This week I encourage you to mix it up a little in the kitchen. Try new things, get creative and allow yourself to enjoy your meals. By filling your body with healthy food choices that you enjoy you will find that your weight loss and fitness success will rise.
Clean Eating Weight Loss Recipe
With my trainer out of town most of the week, I’ve spent most of my gym time on the treadmill staying focused on logging miles. I’ve even started running a bit which for me is a pretty big deal. Having dealt with arthritis in my knees for several years I was quite hesitant to run but have been pleasantly surprised that I am running and my knees do not hurt. My goal is to participate in a 5K in June which means I must prepare myself by conditioning my body now. I find that my body reacts differently to running than walking; it works harder which I think is a good thing.
One of the biggest obstacles anyone faces when taking on a new lifestyle or breaking the habits of a poor diet is sticking to it. Anyone who has ever made the decision to change their eating habits, lose weight, start exercising, etc. knows how difficult it is to stay on target. Making the decision I think is easy; the difficult part is sticking with it. Keeping our eyes on the prize (better health and fitness) can be difficult for various reasons. Parents with young children will find it difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan when life pulls you in multiple directions and quick drive thru meals provide convenience in a chaotic day. For those without children or a significant other will often find it easier to grab food on the go because cooking for one can be a time consuming chore. Whatever the reason (there are many more than the two I mentioned) it is easy to veer off the path of healthy living than to stick to it and reach our weight loss goals.
In the past several months I have been asked if I have cheated or taken “just one bite” of something unhealthy; the answer is no. In the past 142 days I have not veered off the path I set for myself. While it’s not easy for me to always make the right choice, I find that the longer I am on this journey the better I feel and the better I feel the easier it is to make the right choices. I believe that staying committed is not just about dieting; it’s about keeping a promise to ourselves. If we struggle to keep committed to a plan we set for ourselves, I wonder if we are able to stay committed to anything or anyone else.
What I have learned about staying committed, not cheating or giving in to that “just one little bite” mentality is that I am strong enough to say no. Will I ever eat fried chicken again? Gosh! I hope so. Will I ever eat a cheeseburger again? I’m sure I will. But for now, while the journey is new and my weight is not where I want it to be I must refrain from giving in to the “I deserve a treat today” attitude. Staying focused on the goals I set for myself is important. Listed below are a few tips that I use every day to stick to my plan and achieve my daily goals.
I encourage you to eliminate the obstacles you can and those you can’t meet head on and conquer them. It’s not easy but it’s very worth the effort. Nothing will ever taste as good as being healthy and happy feel. And once you’ve reached your goal you will learn to maintain the healthy lifestyle while allowing yourself a treat once in a while.
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Topic: Quick Weight Loss Tip
Wow! I did the Advocare 10 Day Cleanse. I thought I would share what I learned. How I handled it and what my results were. I have been blogging about the Advocare 24 day challenge. I know you have been following Karla’s Advocare journey. She got the jump start she needed to lose weight by starting with Advocare 10 Day Cleanse. Check out Karla’s latest good weight loss tips below.
What I’ve Learned in 59 days of Healthy Living….
As I sat down to write this week’s article for Wellness Wednesday I found myself chuckling. In just a few months my life has taken a major turn from a life of stuffing my body with junk, no exercise, aching joints and a sluggish spirit to a life of healthy eating, daily exercise that fills not only my body but my spirit with energy. What a difference a couple of months make. In recognition of my 59 day journey to health and well-being I share with you the top ten things I have learned along the way.Continue reading