The next question on my List journey: Ask someone you know about the kind of foods that they eat.
There has always been this myth that a naturally thin person can eat whatever the heck crap they want and still not gain a pound… but that ain’t true. It may be true of the young folks whose metabolism hasn’t quite caught up to them yet… my metabolism went downhill at the age of 6 months… no jokes right there… chubby baby alert… but once they hit their 20s the bad eating usually catches right up to them and then they become adults with weight problems. But, to remain naturally thin for your whole life is something that requires work… healthy eating and exercise, and just a general healthy way to deal with emotions other than shove food down the ole gullet!
I asked my adorbs cuzzin, Jen-Jen to guest blog on this subject because she is naturally thin and she works at staying that way… even now when she (and her husband Seth… wut up, Seth!?) are expecting their first child after years of trying. She is truly the most healthy eater I know… and she too believes in an all things in moderation method. If a naturally thin person stays thin using this method, then it makes sense for we who need to lose weight to also adopt the same method… she doesn’t eat a crazy “die”t. That’s just preposterous, Humpty! Below is in Jen-Jen’s words! Thank you, Jen! You rock and I’m glad you’re my good pal and cuzzin! Love you!
Health and nutrition has always been a topic of interest to me. Now that I am expecting, I feel even more inclined to make sure I am putting wholesome foods in my body, because more than anything I want a healthy baby. I totally and completely agree with Whitney’s strategy for nutrition which is eating healthy, but still allowing yourself those guilty pleasures in moderation. Eating healthy should be a lifestyle, not an extreme, drastic diet. Maybe I just don’t have the will power, but I don’t find it necessary for myself personally to abstain from sugar, white flour, fat, etc.
My three biggest challenges for eating healthy are:
- My taste buds! I have always struggled with being a picky eater, and a heightened gag reflex during pregnancy hasn’t helped. During the first 18-20 weeks of pregnancy, I really struggled with eating green vegetables so I drank a tall glass of V8 every day, and extra fruit servings to make up the difference.
- Working Night Shifts. It is tempting to eat candy and drink soda to stay awake while working; but I overcome that by packing my own snacks and avoiding the cafeteria and vending machines at work. I do allow myself one small indulgence or treat while working though. It keeps me going at 3 AM.
- I love to cook and bake! Trying new recipes is a hobby and obsession for me. I still make those things that are high in calories; just not every single day. I have had to limit myself to making only 1 dessert a week.
Currently I am 23 weeks pregnant and my total weight gain thus far has been about 10 lbs. I know gaining weight is essential to a healthy pregnancy, as long as those pounds are healthy ones.
I pretty much eat the same things now that I did before I was pregnant with a few modifications. Pregnant women should try to eat about 300 extra calories a day. That doesn’t mean to go McDonald’s every day. These extra calories should be nutrient-rich foods. In the beginning of my pregnancy, I utilized MyFitnessPal.com to track my calories, carbs, and fat to give me an idea of what I should eat and how much. Here is a sample of my typical diet:
- Oatmeal or Kashi Go Lean Crunch Cereal
- Low-fat yogurt
- Glass of low-fat milk
Since lunch meat is not an option during pregnancy, I find other ways to get my protein at lunch in one of these sandwich options:
- PB and Honey Sandwich (I always use 100% whole grain bread)
- Egg salad sandwich (using a low-fat Mayo)
- Chicken salad sandwich
My lunch also might include an apple and carrot/celery sticks or cucumber slices with a glass of milk.
Because I like to cook and try new recipes, I rarely eat the same thing for dinner repeatedly. I do usually pair a protein with a vegetable and a whole grain. One of my favorite dinners is stir fry because it has all three of those things in one dish.
It is important to keep healthy snack options available so you are always prepared when hunger strikes (which is quite often for me lately). When I am hungry at home, it is a no-brainer; I just open the cupboard or refrigerator and choose something. I also like to keep something in my purse or car to prevent me from going through the drive-thru if I suddenly get hungry while out running errands. Little snack-size Ziploc bags are a regular thing on my grocery list, so I can fill them with healthy snacks to pack with me wherever I go.
Healthy Snack Options:
- Hardboiled egg
- Low-fat cottage cheese with fruit (if you don’t like plain cottage cheese, try mixing it with some raspberry yogurt-Delicious!)
- String Cheese
- Whole-wheat toast or English muffin with PB
- A tall glass of V8
- Apple or other fresh fruit
- Homemade Fruit Smoothie with lots of berries
- Reduced fat Wheat Thins of Triscuits
- FiberOne Bar
- Low-fat yogurt with granola and berries
- Nuts and dried fruit
My occasional indulgences:
- Lately I love pudding! I either make it homemade or eat the pudding cups they stock in the refrigerator at my work.
- Hot Cocoa
- Pie or Cake
- Sour Patch Kids
- Homemade Cookies
- Banana Bread or other sweet bread
- Fruit Loops Cereal
- Chips covered in melted cheese with salsa
- Hot Fudge Sundaes from Dairy Queen
Well that about sums it up. Hopefully you have found my eating strategies useful. I greatly admire my cousin Whitney for being so consistent and determined to live a healthier lifestyle. She has got incredible will-power and persistence and I know she will reach all of her goals.
This picture was a pre-pregnancy menu for Jen… but it gives you a good idea of what her food day, as far as quantities, would look like. Say hi to Jen in the comment section!
Question of the Day: What have you learned about eating from a naturally thin person? If you’re a “naturally thin” person what’s your secret? Any tips?
PS – Have a superb weekend my sweet friends and relations. I appreciate each and everyone of you… more than you know! Do something crazy this weekend… report back on Mondee!