365 Days of Self Discovery: Health & Well-being

8.11.19

Day 3

What changes could you make to improve your physical health?

Again, physical health is very important to me and one that many Americans deem not important until the unexpected happens  — I am a firm believer that when one takes care of their physical health it can make the difference in their attitude and how they carry themselves. Personally, this list is for me but doesn’t mean that others can not take this same advice or follow suit, and as always, if you find other things you want to add to the list, feel free to do so in the comments. 

  • Have my annual check ups with my doctor
  • Take care of my oral hygiene
  • staying active outside of the gym
  • eat less processed foods
  • take care of skin and hair
  • drink water daily
  • again, get enough sleep 
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“The Carnivore Diet”

Check out my newest blog post on my website talking about the “carnivore” diet. I did some research on it, thanks to a client of mine & found out some fun facts. Feel free to share any information, opinions, on the topic as well, I love feedback!

 

Carnivore eating — diet 

365 Days of Self Discovery: Day 118

12.29.18

  • Food, water, love, social interaction, faith & good health (didn’t put a picture for that)

What can’t you live without? — 

Beef stir fry

beef stir fry

Now one good thing about this particular recipe is, you can sub the beef for something else that fits your taste buds, I realize not everyone likes meat or beef in particular, so use vegetables only or add some tofu, perhaps you like chicken — then use chicken instead and if you are feeling really fancy, you can have seafood instead of meat or utilize both at the same time (shrimp and beef, chicken and beef, lobster and shrimp, etc) so make this your own creation if you will. I chose this beef recipe because I have made beef stir-fry in the past (and I have also made other types as well) and it tasted wonderful; my ingredients may have differed from hers but still came out fantastic! I am a firm believer in experimenting in the kitchen, so go for it!

Ingredients: (sauce)

  • 3 tsp cornstarch/ corn flour
  • 2 Tbsp & 1/3 cup of water (separated)
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp of Chinese cooking wine or dry Sherry
  • 1 tsp of white sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp of sesame oil (optional)
  • dash of black pepper
Ingredients: (stir fry)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 7 oz / 200 grams of beef (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 small onion (yellow, white or brown)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 small carrot (sliced thinly on the diagonal, halved lengthwise)
  • 3 baby pak choy/ bak choy (quartered lengthwise)
  • 3 stems scallion / shallots (cut into 3cm pieces)
Ingredients: (To Serve)
  • Steamed white rice
  • sesame seeds (optional)
  • fresh cilantro (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Combine the cornstarch and 2 Tbsp of water in bowl, mix together
  2. Mix in the remaining sauce ingredients, except the 1/3 cup of water
  3. place the beef and 2 Tbsp of sauce in a bowl, mix gently and set aside for 15 minutes
  4. add 1/3 cup of water into the remaining sauce , set aside
  5. Heat oil in wok over HIGH heat, add garlic and cook for 15 seconds
  6. Add onion and cook for 1 minute
  7. add beef and cook until it changes color from red to light brown (but not cooked through)
  8. Add bell pepper and carrots and stir fry for 30 seconds
  9. add pak choy & scallions/shallots and cook for a further minute until sauce is thicken
  10. remove from HEAT immediately
  11. serve with rice
She makes note that one should NOT use light or dark soy sauce but instead ALL PURPOSE soy sauce. If you cannot purchase Chinese cooking wine, chicken broth can be used in place of, use good source of beef and cut against the grain. 
 
If you are interested in more recipes from this particular cook, follow her page: https://www.recipetineats.com/

Thanksgiving Shouldn’t be Stressful on your stomach

Breathe.

Everything will be okay, no need to stress about what to eat, how to eat or when to eat.

It’s quite simple, what I am going to tell you. No reason to change yourself for a holiday, but a good reason to prepare for it, so when it comes in your direction, you are more than ready for the opportunity to enjoy yourself. 

  1. Thanksgiving is about enjoying time with family/friends/peers 
  2. You may attend as many Thanksgiving parties as you wish — don’t interpret this as greedy but instead as there is no number rule when it comes to attending family gatherings — it’s once a year, spend it with people.
  3. Food will be present 

Those top 3 things listed above should help you prepare. The next line will help you get through the holiday with a positive mindset.

  1. Eating is okay. 
  2. Trust yourself to make sound decisions. You will know when you are full because you know your body.
  3. Don’t go in with the mindset: “I will only eat this, this this” or “I will only eat one plate” or “no dessert this year” etc. Those are all grand ideas if you follow through but chances are, you won’t follow through and when you don’t, you will have then failed yourself enough to be frustrated — then comes stress eating because you give up on yourself. 
  4. Instead attend the dinner with the mindset: “I need food for energy, I need food for survival and food fuels me” with these words in mind, you won’t be stressed out, but will be positive.
  5. If you want to stay disciplined during the Thanksgiving Holiday with your weight loss plan: Eat a balanced meal. Drink plenty of water and stay active (go for a walk, attend the gym in the morning before dinner, chase the kids/grandkids around the house/yard, etc) if moving is going to be hard on you, then be sure to stretch every once in a while — you might be stuck in a chair watching football, but make the effort to stretch so you can get some form of movement) it’s better than nothing. Also be sure to share good news with the family about how your weight loss plan is coming along — it will help you stay on track with good support cheering you on! 

I realize the Holiday can be hard with all the temptation of food at work events, home, family gatherings, etc. You have worked hard on yourself and meeting your goals, they shouldn’t be thrown away because you had a plate of mac & cheese — and cheesecake for dessert. Food is fuel for the mind & body. Having a goal that you will eat one plate, is hard.. because whose to say you will be full after one plate? and why should you stack that ONE plate with everything just to meet your needs? Telling yourself you will only eat certain foods is hard too, because when you cook for yourself, you eat what you like & it should be the same during Thanksgiving. The problem people seem to run into is the fear of “overeating” or not making healthy, wise decisions during this Holiday. Many times, overeating does occur and the choices of healthy food is lacking or not something you really want to eat but force yourself to (which makes you unhappy and cranky) — the solution is eating a balanced meal (proteins, carbs, veggies, fiber, fats) – that way you are eating things you enjoy & aren’t missing out on the nutrients! If you are attending more than one Thanksgiving in a weeks time or on the same day, then eat according to how you feel from the previous dinner (if you are full, don’t eat), if you ate less veggies, and more carbs the first time, switch it this time around. No need to eliminate food from the diet UNLESS you choose to do that & can follow through and keep a positive mindset doing it. 

Keep in mind, I want Thanksgiving to be stress free eating and a focus on appreciating the fact you are spending it with loved ones. Keep in mind what you are eating and how much of it you are eating — if you can’t finish the plate, save if for later or the next day. Don’t be afraid of food, but be cautious of what your body is telling you, it will be your guide. If you don’t think you can trust you body with making sound decisions, then hold yourself accountable & be aware of your food choices and portion sizes.  Hopefully this will be helpful for your Holiday 😀 if you have anything you want to add, feel free to leave comments!

Shay-lon Moss

 

365 days of self discovery: Day 26

9.28.18

 

What habit would you most like to break?

  • I have a bad habit of going days without drinking any liquids (bad habit) and very unhealthy way of living. I can’t tell you why for sure, I just never feel thirsty enough to react; and the only time I actually know when I am near dehydration is after I analyze my urine and realize how yellow it is — gross. So now I have made it a part of my everyday mission to drink fluids and drink “enough” fluids. I’ve been doing much better and feeling much better now that I have kicked this bad habit! yay!

9.11.18 Macro’s log

12AM Work snack:

  • Kroger Carb master Yogurt (Strawberry): Calories 60, Carbs 4g, Fats 1.5g and protein 8g
  • Kroger Simply classic trailmix (13 pieces) Calories 150, Carbs 14g, Fats 10g, and protein 4g

2AM Work Lunch:

  • 2 cheeseburgers (bbq) with mayo, ketchup, yellow mustard, 2 hot dogs with ketchup & yellow mustard and chopped onions
  • Potato salad 
  • Bottled water 

This was provided due to it being employee appreciation week. I could not record any macro’s for this meal

6:30PM Dinner @ Home

  • Ramen noodle, white rice, sriracha sauce, fried eggs, fresh green beans, broccoli, white onion, white fresh mushrooms, beef homemade stir fry

Could not provide macro’s for this meal.

9:30PM (Snack @ work)

  • 2 Hamburgers with mayo, velveeta cheese slices, and ketchup

No macro’s recorded. 

As you can tell, the whole day was full of carbs and protein, lol and fats. Not the best options for fats but carbs and and protein was g