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Best Youtube Channels for Healthy Eating

Today is my birthday (!!!) and I felt like giving back. Here is a list of some of my favorite inspiring healthy eating channels. In addition, there are some general videos on kitchen skills that I’ll link to at the end. I hope you find some inspiration here as well. If you have favorites that I didn’t mention, please comment below!

Mind Over Munch


“It’s all a matter of mind over munch!”
Alyssia’s channel Mind Over Munch is one of my favorite channels; if not my favorite channel. She is consistent with her uploads, super positive, knowledgeable without being preachy, and her editing skills are on point! For those who are vegetarian and vegan, she has recipes for you too!

Alyssia created a fantastic series for Bento Box Lunches that blew me away. She made 30 short videos in 30 days and they were so creative! You can binge watch that series below.

Fit Men Cook


I randomly stumbled upon Kevin’s videos last year and I’ve been hooked ever since. Kevin encourages experimenting and being creative in the kitchen. He has a great personality and an infectious smile.

If I recall correctly, he shares the macros for all of the recipes. Lately, he’s been posting more keto-friendly recipes for those of you doing keto. There are also vegan and vegetarian recipes too. In addition, if English isn’t your first language he offers Spanish subtitles as well.

Fit Couple Cooks

I aspire to be like Stephanie and Adam! They post a lot of meal prep videos if you’re looking for more channels like that. I try to meal prep the best I can, but let’s be real; it’s typically done the night before. They showcase low-carb, vegetarian, and vegan recipes. In addition, they offer calories and macros information for all of their recipes!

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Below are random videos I’ve found that are helpful if you simply want to increase your knowledge in the kitchen.

This videos gives you information on which pans you should use and why.

Jamie Oliver demonstrates to teenagers that they can cook, and for much less than eating out, and gives them a lesson on how to chop safely.

Gordon Ramsay’s kitchen essentials — great for those starting out.

Gordon Ramsay demonstrates a few helpful tips from chopping herbs, ripening up food, how to cut difficult foods, and lots more.

COMING SOON: I’ll be sharing my recommendations for my favorite blogs and cookbooks! Let me know if you want to see anything else!

Day to Day

The inspiration of tight pants

It’s no secret that I’ve been off the wagon for about a year now. The weight has slowly crept up, and at the time I was dealing with a lot of other emotions, such as anxiety and depression. Needless to say, working out and eating healthy was far from my first priority with school and everything else.

Today as I was getting ready for work, I realized my usual pair of khakis was in the wash and I had to face the truth. I put on a pair of Dickies’ that are a size 18, they weren’t exactly loose when I bought them, and they have zero stretch to them. As I pulled them up to my hips, I realized just how much weight I’ve put back on. I inhaled and sucked in long enough to get them zipped and reluctantly buttoned. I found a loose blouse I could wear so no one could see my body protruding over my pants. At least I hope they couldn’t.

I’ve made a point to not weigh myself recently and I know it’s not good to avoid the scale when you’re not exercising and eating poorly. I know. I should’ve weighed myself when we got back from Europe, because we walked anywhere from 15-23K steps a day even on days we spent the airport. I know I lost some weight on vacation. Even as we were coming back, my thought was: I’ve got a good start, focus on getting over 10-12K steps a day. If I lived in Europe, that wouldn’t be a problem. Living in Kentucky, I can’t get that just by commuting. I actually have to do some work if I want to get the recommended 10K steps.

Sure, I could make more excuses as to why I’ve put on weight or how hard it is to get start over again. It is hard as hell to start over yet again. Unfortunately, my excuses don’t burn any calories. Even if it’s hot out, I have a gym membership that I’m paying for every month; I have workout videos if I don’t feel like driving. I need to own this weight I’ve put on and quit talking about the fact it’s there and do something about it.

I’m not going to make some sort of sweeping declaration like I’m going to do x, y, and z, because I will set myself up for disappointment changing too many things at once. I’m just going to try moving more at the moment to get my body back in the habit. Typically when I exercise, I tend to eat better and eat less bad stuff without even trying. We shall see how this goes…

Getting Started

Finding motivation

Starting Monday I begin a dietbet challenge. I just recently heard about this site and quite honestly I need something to give me motivation. Every dietbet has a certain amount that you have to put in to join, the one I joined apparently is one of the “cheaper” ones, but is still $30. At the end of the challenge, every one who achieves the set goal (in this particular bet it’s 4% of your body weight) receives money! Currently there’s almost $6000 in the pot so it could be a good payout if you reach your goal. If you want to join the challenge I’m apart of there’s still some time and it’s only 28 days of your time. Here’s the link: Anti-Jared’s Summer Blast.

I’ve been struggling a lot lately trying to eat better and lose weight. It’s not for lack of trying. I can’t remember if I mentioned this in a recent post or not but I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about six months ago. They’re still working on getting my thyroid level down to where it needs to be. It was around 9.8 when I first began and was down to 5.6 during my last check up. It’s been incredibly hard to lose weight despite the fact that my doctor said I might lose weight easier. I spent well over a month counting every little thing I put into my body and exercising, and I was lucky if I saw a single pound loss some weeks. It’s frustrating to say the least.

Due to my underactive thyroid, I go through spells of low energy a lot, and most recently I’ve been feeling more anxiety and depression. None of these things help weight loss. I try hard to remain positive but this week was a rough one. I’ve done things that I’ve had to do, like go to work, but other than that I just want to stay in bed and sleep. The weather has been beautiful lately, so it makes me sad not to have the energy to get out and enjoy it.

Something else that has been bringing me down is watching friends constantly write about everything they’re doing in terms of getting healthy and how much success they’re seeing with their bodies and on the scale. Yes, I want to see friends successful, but there’s a fine line between being motivating and making others feel bad about their choices and that they aren’t doing enough. Please think of that because you don’t know who you’re making feel bad and discouraging.

I had my lovely boyfriend take full body shots of me this week so I can compare before and after the dietbet. Looking at these photos made me cringe a bit. I’m not sure if I’m alone in this or not, but I have this idea of how I look based on how I feel, and in my head (most of the time), I feel much thinner. Seeing these photos makes me think about areas I need to focus on which I guess is a good thing.

Getting back to the dietbet, I’ve accepted I might not see big numbers each week given past experience, but I need something to keep me moving. I’ve spent $30 on worse things. I’m going to try my hardest and do everything within my power to make positive changes in my life and my mind. Yes, I want to win some extra money but I’m using this dietbet as motivation to keep going. Getting my energy level back to where it used to be is too important to me right now.

I hope things are well in your world!

Day to Day

Looking back + looking forward

I’ve been putting off buying new running shoes for a while. I love shoes and I’m not sure why I’ve been procrastinating this task. I currently have two pairs of running shoes (the same style — but one is almost 9 months old and the other 5) and a pair I use for strength training. I’m getting rid of the 9 month old and getting a new pair to start training for a mini-marathon in November. (I’ve gone crazy if you can’t tell!)

I’m not really one to hold onto things for sentimental value, but I’ve been having a hard time parting with this pair of Brooks. I bought these in September as I got started. These shoes have seen over 1,000 miles. They’ve seen a lot of blood, sweat, and tears along the way. OK, maybe no blood but definitely a lot of the other two. And so instead of holding onto them, I decided to take a picture of what’s left of them.

During the 10-miler my friend Christina kept encouraging me to think about how far I’ve come more often, and to more or less not to brush it off as not being a big deal. It is a big deal. When I began, I could barely run a few feet without having to stop, 9 months later I can run a lot further, have completed a 5K, 10K, and 10-miler, (people congratulate me on this and often I’m quick to say “Oh, I walked most of it” — see?) and in 6 months I can say I completed a mini-marathon. I’ve also been more active at the gym in terms of more than just going there to workout. I joined their Relay for Life time last month and walked in the wees hours of the morning for the team, and most recently completed a 6-week TRX class.

Honestly, this whole experience has changed my life. I still have a ways to go, but if this is how I feel just 9-months in, what will I feel like years down the road? My outlook on life has changed, I feel like I can take on whatever comes at me, and most of all, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and I’d like to think it’s showing. :D