claudiagrace1 asked: What are some easy ways to loose weight before the summer?
1. Fat loss isn’t easy. Despite what magazines say, there is no “easy” way to lose fat. Any “fast” or “easy” methods are most likely unsustainable/lead to unhealthy habits that could ruin your metabolism.
2. Set the right goals. It’s so easy to say “I want to lose weight” but do you need to? Is that the right goal? Read more here.
3. Remember that loving the skin you’re in is the MOST important step. I’m not just saying this. I’m saying this because loving yourself motivates you to take care of your body. Suddenly, you’re implementing healthy habits for the right reasons: you’re eating kale and running and lifting weights not because you want a slimmer waist, but because it makes you feel good to take care of yourself and eat right. You know you’ll live longer and be happier, and this knowledge makes you beautiful from the inside out.
I know you probably expected me to give you a number of crunches to do or several workouts, but that’s not what this blog is about. Health isn’t just a lifestyle: it’s a way of thinking.
Have a great day!
Anonymous asked: I want to eat healthy but I always find it easier (and cheaper) to eat out. Any advice for a student who's on a budget? And best ways to bring a lunch to school?
As a college student myself, eating well on a budget is my PRIORITY! I think I got my cost down to $9-11 per day for 3 meals + snacks that were ALL healthy.
Eat healthy for $10 per day:
- Oatmeal for breakfast (buy plain oats in bulk and you can get it down to like less than 50 cents for 1/2 cup of oats) and you can use toppings that cost around $1 (banana + walnuts + cinnamon is my go to) BREAKFAST COST: $2.
- Morning snack: celery and almond butter. Buy the generic brand of almond butter without sugar in bulk to bring the cost down. I use about 1tbsp for my celery, and my grocery store sells a pack of 12 stalks of celery for like $3 for all of them, so today’s MORNING SNACK COST: $2
- Spinach salad with fruit for lunch. Spinach is about $4 for the organic kind I get, but the box is huge and I use about 1/4 of the box for my salad. I also throw in some strawberries and some raspberry organic dressing I got from whole foods. One $6 bottle of dressing lasts me a year since I only use a tiny bit for my salads. I also toss in almond slices, around $3 for an entire container of unsalted, and I only use 1/10th of that container for my salads. You can add feta cheese if you want, but I usually don’t. LUNCH COST: $2
- Grapefruit and pistachios for afternoon snack. Grapefruit at my grocery store is $1 for two! Add a handful of pistachios for some protein. Pistachios at the cheap grocery store by me cost about $4 for a huge bag. I only eat about 1/4 of that bag per snack, usually less. AFTERNOON SNACK COST: $1.50
- Black bean veggie wraps. 1 whole wheat tortilla, 1/4 can of black beans, cheese (optional), 1 avocado (optional), any leftover veggies you have in the fridge. This meal is the most expensive, but if you buy in bulk and shop at the right places you can get it down to… DINNER: $3.00
TOTAL COST FOR EATING HEALTHY: $10.50
My estimations change a bit due to what I can/cannot buy in bulk and the price of the produce in my area, what’s on sale, and what I have coupons for.
But $10 for homecooked meals will actually go MUCH FURTHER than going out to eat.
$10 will buy you two footlong subs at subway, not including tax. That’s two not-so-healthy meals. $20 will buy you Chinese takeout for one meal. Not healthy and expensive.
Also, I wrote an article on the 7 best healthy school lunches!