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Healthy Habits: 5 Things I Do To Eat Healthier

April 3, 2018

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Eating healthy can be really difficult ESPECIALLY when you get busy. I have a full time job as a Digital Project Manager that takes up a lot of my time and I'm now 29 weeks pregnant which makes working out a little more difficult since I'm having some aches and pains I'm not used to. Here are some little things I do to set me up to make better choices.

Work Out

I know what you’re thinking, but honestly forcing myself to work out has a trickle effect to my eating habits. To get myself motivated I’ll tell myself to just do 30 minutes of SOMETHING every day. It could be a walk, yoga, run, really whatever! Usually I’ll end up working out longer, but on those days where I really don’t feel like it I stop at the 30 minute mark. Afterwards you feel great (thanks, endorphins!) and I find that you crave healthier things.

Plan Ahead

I usually make my grocery lists and then go grocery shopping on Saturday mornings AFTER I’ve already eaten. I either create or find healthy dinner recipes for the week and buy everything I need over the weekend. The stockpile of fruits and veggies always encourages me to eat better and finding tasty and healthy looking recipes beforehand gets me excited for my meals.

Protein, Protein, Protein!

When those mid-afternoon cravings start to sneak up on you always try to reach for a protein heavy snack. This will actually satisfy your hunger and get you to your next meal without wanting to dive into a bag of chips. I’ve recently been eating these home-made protein boxes which keep me full for so long. I’d recommend things like peanut/almond butter and an apple, handful of almonds, hard-boiled egg, etc.

Morning Smoothie

One of the things I look forward to the most is my morning smoothie. It is packed with greens so it starts me off on the right foot each morning and kind of hits the restart button if I was over-indulging the day before. I usually put kale, half a banana, peanut butter, almond milk, half an avocado, whey protein powder and some ginger in my smoothies, but there are so many healthy options out there. Just be weary of putting too much fruit in your smoothies since that can set you up for a sugar spike – I try to stay greens heavy with a banana just for flavor.

Stay Mindful

This is the one I struggle with most in all ways, but is so important when it comes to health eating. Just be aware of what you’re eating. If you want some Nacho Cheese Doritos, eat some! But maybe just don’t eat the whole bag. If you struggle with munching on things in front of the TV – make a rule that you can only eat while the TV is off so your conscious of what you’re putting in your mouth. Just think while you eat.

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I’m back and eating more than ever!

March 6, 2018

Hey ya’ll! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted, but I promise it was for a good reason. We found out in the fall that we are pregnant with our first and I could NOT be more excited. I spent some time to just focus on being healthy which did not make for too many exciting meals out or in so overall my food interest really plummeted. Not to mention the lovely all-day morning sickness I had for a bit where I wasn’t eating anything at all. Anyways, I’m back and eating more than ever! I have about 3-ish more months left in my pregnancy and just trying to keep the balance of pigging out vs staying healthy!

A lot of people keep asking me what my major cravings have been, but honestly there’s not one particular thing. I really miss being able to get sushi and italian subs (OH, and WINE), but I’ll rectify that first thing after our boy joins us. Did I mention we’re having a boy?! 🙂 Thankfully, the myth about no caffeine is just that, a myth. It’s totally cool to have around 250mg a day so while I did cut back I still enjoy a Chai Tea every now and again guilt free.

The only difference I notice is that I crave sweets way more than I used to. I usually am a bag of chips type of gal but recently I’ve been eating candy which is crazy to me because I never really ate that much candy.

Overall the second trimester has been great, but as I approach the third it looks like I’ll need to be saying ‘goodbye’ to spicy food. Let’s just say the acid reflux is very real to me right now.

Anyways, I’ll be posting more frequently now – please reach out on Instagram (@clairecraves) on any pregnancy, food or even LIFE tips!!