My Main Struggle: Emotional Eating


Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a tendency to use food as a way to cope with my emotions. Stress, sadness, boredom, you name it and I’d find some snack to enjoy to feel “better”. Decades later, not much has really changed except maybe that now I’m aware that this is a tendency I have.

The last few months have been a little busy. It’s the busy “birthday” season for me and my family, lots of friends expecting babies which means lots of baby showers and lots of crochet projects to complete on top of that I was preparing my house for my boyfriend’s visit, planning for his trip as well as launching my Perfectly Posh Business and preparing to launch my Crochet Shop all while staying on top of my 21 Day Fix eating plan and workout schedule! I wanted to set myself up for success and get ahead so that when my boyfriend visited I could focus on spending that time with him. I knew that when he visited I wouldn’t be able to stick to my eating/workout plan and I figured two weeks off would be okay and that I could just pick up right where I left off. However, what I neglected to think about was that pesky emotional eating tendency. As soon as he left, I didn’t care about eating healthy. I didn’t care about working out. I had the blues and that meant the nasty emotional eating tendency was in full effect. Bring on the chocolate! Bring on the greasy food!

Emotional Binge EatingSo this week, that has been my struggle. I’d eat pretty much on plan and healthy during the day at work, but as soon as I get home it was like a challenge to find and destroy any and ALL of the food in the house. Add to that the fact that most of my “healthy” food stock was completely depleted. Late nights are the worst. I’d just go to the kitchen and graze. It’s safe to say my lowest weight no longer applies. I’m not even going to bother measuring myself to see the damage done on that front but I’m not going to beat myself up about it! It’s natural and I already feel myself getting back to normal and I plan to restart the 21 Day Fix on Monday!

I know there’s a lot of people out there who ALSO struggle with eating to soothe those pesky emotions. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Some people may look at me and my success and think I never go off track and always work out, but the truth is, I’m a human being. I have struggles and I don’t always eat on plan. Sometimes I get overly-obsessive about it and forget the importance of eating off plan (it’s actually GOOD for your metabolism to give it a little shock of some “bad” food from time to time) and self-guilt myself for going so overboard. I might even be overly critical and think I ate TERRIBLE when I didn’t even really. It’s all part of the struggle! I thought I’d share with you all a few helpful tips to overcome the bad habit of Emotional Eating.

1. PAUSE and ask yourself if you’re really hungry.

Chances are you are bored, stressed, etc and you’re not ACTUALLY hungry. Before hitting the fridge in search of the quickest snack, try pouring yourself an 8oz glass of water and drink it. A lot of the time we “crave” because our bodies NEED something. No, that doesn’t mean your body need that chocolate, right now. If the water doesn’t satisfy, ask yourself what it is you are specifically craving.

2. Put down the bag of chips and do something constructive.

I know for me if I keep myself busy with other things I “forget” to snack. So start a new project, learn a new hobby, pay some bills, clean house, go for a walk, get some exercise, SOMETHING! Getting out of the house and getting some physical activity is probably the best option because it removes the kitchen from the equation. Bottom line is ANYTHING constructive at all will distract you from making a beeline for food!

3. Make sure your kitchen is stocked with healthy snacks ONLY.

Funny thing about emotional eating is that we typically want the BAD stuff. I go on an all out search for ALL the carbs and sweets in the house! If you keep yourself surrounded with healthy snacks you might even find that when you go on the prowl that the idea of eating healthy in that moment isn’t even all that appealing. If you know there is a particular type of food you CONSTANTLY go to when you are feeling down, you will definitely want to make sure you DO NOT keep it in your house.

4. Remind yourself of the true purpose of food.

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Food’s TRUE purpose is to fuel our bodies. Sure, a lot of food TASTES good and is enjoyable to eat, but keeping in mind that food is NOT a fix for your emotions might just make you more self-aware and keep you from eating as a means to soothe your bad mood.

5. Determine what the true problem is.

How are you feeling? Are you sad? Stressed? Is there something else you can do that will make you feel better that does NOT involve food?

These are just some ways to combat emotional eating but you really have to find what works for you. For me #2 is the best solution. I have to pour myself into something else and eventually I will feel better and stop turning to food to comfort myself. Do you struggle with emotional eating? What do you typically choose to eat when you’re having an emotional eating attack?

So you had ONE bad week…


A Little Chocolate Doesn't HurtI restarted the 21 Day Fix plan last week after straying from the plan for the last three days of my first round, but I guess I needed a week off first.

I half-way followed the plan last week but I also ate a lot of Easter chocolate, A LOT of nuts without paying attention to how many, a small slice of birthday icecream with cake, a frosty waffle cone, half of a donut, cookies, a mcdonald’s biscuit and lots of other snacks that definitely don’t count towards containers. To summarize… A LOT OF FREAKIN’ CARBS! I still followed the workouts everyday, though, except I forgot to do Yoga yesterday (WHAT? THAT’S THE BEST ONE!). GOOD NEWS? At least I didn’t gain any weight. BAD NEWS? You can’t out exercise a bad diet. So it was pretty much like walking in place for a week and not moving forward at all so I feel like I need to RE-RESTART this week. So I’m going back to following the plan to a T this week. And will be finishing up a week late.

Keep Food Out of Sight Out of MindAnyway, the point of sharing all this is to encourage all of you out there. So you had ONE bad day, ONE bad week, ONE bad month… etc. don’t let that ruin your motivation. It’s easier to get right back on the horse NOW than to give up completely and have to start ALL over again. You’re allowed to stray from your plan from time to time. Enjoy some unhealthy food, treat yourself to something good but don’t beat yourself up about it afterwards! You might come to find that straying just a little bit doesn’t even have the same effect that it used to and start to miss how you felt when you ate healthier. I know for me the minute I give in to the “bad” carbs I start craving them like crazy all over again but afterwards I feel so bloated and drowsy. It’s usually not worth it… however CHOCOLATE = Always worth it. Even if now my face is currently erupting like volcanoes because of all the Easter chocolate I consumed. Oops!

So here’s to a NEW week and a FRESH start and here’s the food for thought I will leave you with today: A NEW start is always right around the corner. Don’t throw in the towel because of ONE bad day/week/month/year! You can overcome that obstacle, that plateau, that temptation, that reluctance.. whatever it is that holds YOU back!

What’s all this about Shakeology?


If you know me at all you know that I’m not exactly the loudest or most talkative person on the planet. However, when there’s something that I’m really passionate about, I pretty much won’t shut up about it. When I think about the things I won’t shut up or just look at my twitter, the main things I don’t shut up about are:

  • God/Jesus/My Church
  • Health/Fitness/Weight Loss
  • Crochet
  • Shakeology
  • I’m sure I annoy people when I get to be a broken record on some topics and I’m sure I’ve lost a few followers/friends here and there because they’re tired of hearing me talk about the same things over and over. The truth is, when I’m a broken record about something, it’s probably because deep down I want everyone else to be on my level and see why I’m so fired up about it to begin with.

    This is definitely true about Shakeology! I love it so much that I think everyone should hop on the bandwagon. I get a lot of people asking me about Shakeology because I’m always talking about it. I’ve convinced some people to try it, some are still drinking it on a regular basis, some drink it occasionally, some just decided it wasn’t worth the cost, some didn’t have time to make them, etc. I’ve heard a lot of success stories and heard a lot of “not for me” stories so I wanted to make a post about what Shakeology has done for me, why I still drink it, why I enjoy it and why I have made it a priority in my budget (despite it being very pricey) and why I think everyone should try it!

    Shakeology

    What Is Shakeology?

    It’d be easier to link you to the website because there is a TON of information there but here’s a brief explanation: A lot of people think Shakeology is just another protein shake on the market with too big of a price tag. While it definitely DOES have some protein it is SO much more than a protein shake. It’s a protein shake, a meal replacement shake, an antioxidant drink, and a probiotic drink all in one. It’s JAM-PACKED full of superfood nutrition AND it tastes delicious to boot.

    Why I Drink Shakeology

    When I started my healthy lifestyle, I learned the value of breakfast. I was skipping breakfast nearly EVERY day when I was obese and the first thing I changed was I started eating decent breakfasts. For me, this is not always easy. I like my sleep and don’t really have time to make a substantial healthy breakfast unless I wake up early. So that’s what first appealed to me about drinking a meal replacement shake. I had a friend let me try a sample and I was pretty much sold after first trying that and the main reason was that it gave me a HUGE energy boost. I felt a whole lot better overall too. I’m already eating better and exercising and it definitely is a great addition to a healthy regimen. I know it helped me get over a LONG plateau and really boosted (and continues to boost) the results of my weight loss. I had a shake EVERY single day while I was following the 21 Day Fix program, have you SEEN those results?

    So to summarize, here’s why I drink it:

  • It’s A Quick & Healthy Breakfast
  • It Gives Me A Boost of Energy
  • Keep Me Regular (TMI, Sorry!)
  • Aids In My Weight Loss/Fitness Goals
  • It Tastes Delicious!!
  • How It’s Helped People I Know

    It seems a lot of people have had different experiences with the shakes. Some notice a boost in their energy, some don’t. Some find that it keeps them fuller longer and that they don’t get as many cravings. I think it definitely varies by the individual. My Mom is pre-diabetic, has extreme asthma and other underlying health issues. She was complaining about fatigue and so I recommended that she try one of my shakes. Since that first shake, she’s had one every single weekday morning. She’s lost 50 pounds since starting to drink Shakeology and she is NOT following a workout routine, just eating somewhat healthy in addition. Not only that, she SWEARS it helps her breathing issues and it even keeps her blood sugar regulated.

    On The Taste

    It’s available in SIX different flavors and I have tried almost all of them: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry, Chocolate Vegan and Tropical Strawberry Vegan. Chocolate is my favorite and the main reason is because it’s so versatile and because it makes me feel like I’m indulging and cheating on a healthy eating plan. One of my favorite things about Shakeology is that you can always change it up. When you order Shakeology it comes with a double-sided recipe calendar with two month’s worth of different Shakeology concoctions to try.

    Strawberry ShakeologyI’ve had a few people tell me they don’t really like the taste. Personally, I’ve tried other shakes before that have tasted like nothing they were supposed to taste like, maybe had a chalky texture and a disgusting after-taste. I personally find none of those to be true with Shakeology (NOTE: I haven’t tried Vegan Chocolate but I did find the Tropical Strawberry Vegan to be a bit chalky tasting when I tried it, however they have since improved the taste so it might taste better now). But I do believe if you don’t like drinking them straight up that there is a recipe out there for you that would make it more to your liking. The only flavor I enjoy as is would be Vanilla. Reason being is that the vanilla flavor is pretty overpowering and so far I haven’t really found anything that is worth adding in the extra calories. I do plan to try Vanilla Chai soon, though and mixing the vanilla with a cup of coffee = AMAZING! Right now I’m obsessed with Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana and Chocolate Spice or Chocolate Chai!

    Greenberry probably sounds/looks gross to a lot of people but before there was Tropical Strawberry Vegan or Strawberry flavors that was the only “fruit” flavor so I wanted to try it. It actually was my second favorite flavor until the regular strawberry flavor was released just recently. Sometimes you just want a fruit smoothie right? That’s why I enjoyed Greenberry and I especially enjoy it mixed with banana and mango! I’ve only JUST tried out the new Strawberry flavor and it is pretty delicious and quickly rose to my SECOND favorite flavor. I’m a little obsessed with strawberries and strawberry flavors (candy, milk, icecream, etc.) so I was really excited about getting a straight up Strawberry flavor and I was not disappointed. Right now my favorite way to have Strawberry Shakeology is a concoction I like to call Peanut Butter Banana & Strawberry Jam AND it’s 21 Day Fix friendly! I’ll share that recipe soon!

    On The Price Tag

    The most common reason I hear for people not drinking Shakeology is because of the hefty price tag. Look, I get it. We live in scary time where money is concerned. We’re worrying about getting jobs, keeping jobs and supporting our families and probably paying off all those loans. Life isn’t cheap. Do I like the chunk of money Shakeology sucks out of my account every month? Nope. Yet, I’ve been getting a monthly shipment of Shakeology for nearly two years now. A single-serving of Shakeology equals around $4.00. Do you know what other drink costs that much that a lot of people drink EVERY day? Starbucks Coffee. I guarantee you that if you chose to spend that money on Shakeology instead of your daily cup of joe, you’d rather spend it towards Shakeology too! I’m not saying to replace coffee (I still drink it and often drink it mixed WITH Shakeology) but I just use that as an example. All things considered, it’s not really as expensive as you think. I think this video is a good example of what you’re getting in Shakeology and shows that you’re actually getting a lot more for your money than you think.

    Can I Sample It?

    I used to give samples away for people to try thinking they would absolutely get hooked like me and order their own but I probably lost about $40.00 doing that. So now I sell them separately or just encourage people to order a Sample Pack. But also, there is a Money-Back Guarantee that they have if you really wanted to give it a try and hated it. You can even get your money back after drinking an entire month’s supply. That’s a pretty sweet guarantee! Anyway, I’ll stop being an infomercial now. I’m sure there are a bunch of skeptics out there saying that I’m only trying to earn some commission. Sure, commission is nice, but if you really think that’s the only reason I talk so much about Shakeology then don’t order it from my site, go order it directly from the website and thank me later for giving you all the information and convincing you to try it! I just want people to benefit from it like I have!

    Where Can I Buy It?

    If you just want to take the plunge instead of trying a Sample Pack first, you can get a ton more info on Shakeology and order it here!

    So I think that about covers it. If you have any specific questions about Shakeology, how I drink it, recipes or ANYTHING please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email! I LOVE Shakeology and I love talking about it! Also, please do let me know if you order/plan to try it! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts, share recipes, etc. Also, I plan to post any recipe inventions here in the future, so keep an eye out for those!

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    Recipe: Pan Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts (21 Day Fix Friendly)


    I made these delicious Brussels Sprouts with dinner last night as my final green container for the day and they turned out so good I just had to snap a photo and post it on Instagram! Who knew Brussels Sprouts were so desirable? I got quite the response as well as a couple people asking me for the recipe. Truth is I used this recipe as a basis and then changed it up to make what I specifically wanted! I thought I’d share here in case others were interested!

    Pan Roasted Garlic Brussels Sprouts

    Ingredients:

  • 4 Green Containers (About 4 Cups) Brussel Sprouts, Halved
  • 2 tsp Coconut Oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic & Herb Seasoning Mix
  • Sea Salt, as desired
  • 1 cup Water (OPTIONAL)
  • Directions:

  • Melt coconut oil in large pan over Medium High heat
  • Add Minced Garlic and Saute for about a minute
  • Add Brussel Sprouts and Seasoning Mix & Salt and cook until the sprouts start to brown about 12 minutes!
  • Note: You can keep cooking them this way, but if you like them soft (like me) continue as follows:

  • Add Water, Increase heat to High and cover, stirring occasionally.
  • When desired tenderness is reached, lower heat and allow the rest of the water to cook out.
  • Recipe yields 4 Servings or Four 21 Day Fix Green Containers (and 1/2 tsp per serving).

    I also shared this recipe on Facebook. If you haven’t already, please “Like” my facebook page for more recipes, inspiration and tidbits throughout the week from my health/fitness journey! Please let me know if you tried out this recipe and share what you thought about it!

    Week One Woes & Wonders – 21 Day Fix


    I’m two days away from closing out my first week on the 21 Day Fix program. The first few days were definitely more challenging than I thought they would be. As someone who already eats pretty healthy I thought it would be a minor adjustment to my already established lifestyle. Boy was I wrong! It’s closer to starting from scratch!! However, after eating according to the plan for the last four days and following the daily workouts, I already feel stronger and more energized! It’s amazing what a difference it makes when you truly fuel your body with ONLY good things.

    Chick-Fil-A Waffle Fries

    Lemon Poppyseed MuffinsI had it in my mind that I was going to stick to this plan for the full 21 days and I wouldn’t allow myself to cheat even a single BITE, but boy there have been no shortage of temptations already! So far temptation has revealed itself in the form of Lemon Poppyseed Muffins and Chickfila Waffle Fries. I was in charge of bringing snack to my Community Group so I brought Blueberry and Lemon Poppyseed Mini Muffins (my favorite!) and a veggie tray. Somehow I mustered up enough willpower to only eat plain veggies! But the leftover Lemon Poppyseed Muffins have been dancing in front of me the last couple days and I’ve still managed to resist them.

    However, with the Chickfila waffle fries I wasn’t as strong. Here at work in order to go to the restroom we have to walk through the kitchen where people leave food and snacks. A lot of the times my sister won’t finish her lunch so she’ll leave it out for people to grab in the kitchen. Those fries taunted me all day and finally I said.. “I’ll have JUST ONE!” but upon putting that cold and soft waffle fry in my mouth I said.. “This isn’t even WORTH it.” So I immediately spit it out and danced a little victory dance! Talk about empowering!! I remember when I first started my healthy lifestyle I somehow had some kind of super human willpower. I resisted everything and it got to the point where I didn’t even crave those things anymore and when I did eat unhealthy, it actually made me feel sick. That was one of the reasons I was really excited to try out this program. I needed something to ‘reset’ my eating habits again and something that would keep me from grabbing a handful of snacks here and there. It was to the point where I would say “Oh this won’t add up to much calories.” and then by the end of the day I ate well over my calorie intake! So it’s nice to have these colorful little ENFORCER portion containers and I’m starting to think of all my food in terms of color now too. Pretty silly!

    I only have a couple more workouts to try out plus the extra Plyo Fix & 10 Minute Ab workouts the standard program came with but so far I’m really enjoying the workouts, too! They are all 30 minutes long and it doesn’t feel tedious. I’ve tried some shorter workouts previously that felt like an HOUR because they were boring and tedious. Maybe it’s just that this program is fresh and new but so far I’m really enjoying the variety every single day of the week. That is a good thing for someone like me who loses interest PRETTY quick when things get repetitive! Plus, I love that I am still waking up a little sore every morning! Can’t wait to see how I fair next week in comparison!

    Feel free to leave me a note, question or share what some of YOUR biggest food temptations and workout woes are!