The Fit Housewife. I want to share my success story with you. I want to share how I exercise and eat right. I want to share our family's favorite healthy recipes so that you can feed your family healthy food as well as give yourself the body you deserve...all without sacrificing flavor!
If you’ve been here a while, then you know I’m a HUGE fan of chocolate. I actually enjoy some dark chocolate every night before bed. You know it has good antioxidants, right?!
A few months ago, I found some Nutiva Chocolate Spread in the store. It’s like Nutella, but made with coconut oil rather than vegetable oil. I have nothing against Nutella, but if I’m going to be enjoying one of these every day, I would rather have coconut oil than highly processed vegetable oil.
You can definitely use Nutella to make these though if that’s what you prefer!
These are so delicious! I love the chocolate flavour. I thought maybe the chocolate would be too overpowering with the mini M&M’s and chocolate chips, but it’s not.
I love having these when I’m feeling a little hungry and don’t need a full snack, just a little bite. They keep my full for about an hour, which is perfect.
We switch up these Chocolate Monster Cookie Bites with my other Monster Cookie Bites each time we make them. That way, you can enjoy a different flavour. The recipe is fairly similar, the main difference being the spread I used. The other difference is I decided to cut back on the honey in this recipe because the chocolate spread is sweet already.
These keep in the fridge forever, but they also freeze really well. What I do is freeze half the batch and keep the other half in the fridge.
Chocolate Monster Cookie Energy Bites
A delicious, chocolatey snack that is so easy to make and great when you're on the go.
In a large bowl, combine oats, Nutiva (or Nutella,) honey, and vanilla extract using a rubber spatula. Add in mini M&M's and chocolate chips. Use your hands to combine everything together. (Yes, this part gets sticky!)
Place bowl in fridge for 30 minutes so mixture can set. After 30 minutes, remove from fridge and roll into balls.
Store chocolate bites in a sealed bag or container and keep in the fridge or freezer.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been hanging onto summer. I find as I get older, I despise winter more and more. However, there is one good thing about the cooler weather: PUMPKIN SPICE!!!
I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks yesterday. It was delicious. But I don’t want to be spending $5 on a pumpkin spice latte everyday to enjoy the flavour of pumpkin spice.
As you know, I’m a huge muffin fan. I’ve been posting muffin recipes for a long time on this blog, including my popular pumpkin spice muffins a few years ago. Some other popular pumpkin recipes here include:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, wheat bran, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, honey, eggs, buttermilk, and coconut oil.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake in oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of muffins comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan, then remove from pan and cool on a wire rack (or eat them warm with some butter!!)
We don’t order in Chinese food that often, but when we do, the Fried Rice is one of my favourite dishes.
Since I like to serve rice at dinnertime about once a week, I thought, why not make my own Chinese Fried Rice! And I’m so glad I did, because this recipe is one of my family’s favourites. Even my picky middle son who HATES rice, will eat this Healthy Chinese Fried Rice.
So, what makes it healthier than take out?
I’m assuming that most take out restaurants use canola oil to fry their rice in. Now, I’m not saying that a little canola oil is bad, but because it’s such a highly processed oil and heavily used in food products, I like to avoid it as much as I can at home. So rather than using canola oil to fry my rice in, I use grass fed butter. The butter adds such a rich flavour to the dish. You could also use coconut oil if you prefer.
Just look at all those delicious veggies in there with the rice!
I used white rice for this dish, but brown rice would work just as well.
And don’t be scared to make this, it’s one of the easiest dishes to make. Just cook the rice ahead of time (even a day or two) and then use it when you want to make this Fried Rice. I love to use my rice cooker to precook my rice.
I hope your family loves this Healthy Chinese Fried Rice as much as we do!
I have to admit, I’ve never been a good traveller. Since I was a kid, I’ve always hated travelling and I get so nervous before trips. But when I started dieting, my anxiety about travelling went to a whole new level. Why? Because I was so stressed out about what I was going to eat while away from home.
I kid you not, I would pack half my suitcase full of foods I could eat while away. Things such as:
sprouted grain bread
I would even cram stuff into my kid’s suitcases because I didn’t have enough room in mine.
This summer, we were attending a wedding on the other side of the country. Because I’ve been practicing intuitive eating for the past few months, I decided that I didn’t want to bring much food with me on this vacation. I had decided that I was going to just “go with the flow” this trip.
I find that people have two attitudes when it comes to eating on vacation:
They are like me and get extremely anxious about staying on track with their eating. They pack a lot of food and have anxiety when eating out because they are afraid to enjoy other foods NOT on their plan.
They go “all out” on vacation and eat, eat, eat everything. When they get back, they feel horrible and go on a juice cleanse.
I’ll admit, ditching those attitudes was EXTREMELY scary for me. For the past 10 years, I’ve never allowed myself to just leave my food up to chance. But I knew that in order for me to heal from my relationship with dieting, this was a must.
I knew there would be times when I wouldn’t be able to eat fresh foods because we would be on the road and the only thing available would be gas station food. I knew there would be times when I would eat past fullness because we were celebrating a happy occasion. I knew there would be times when I would be hungry but I couldn’t eat because there wasn’t any food available.
Here are a few tips that helped me enjoy my vacation without worrying about the food:
Seek Pleasurable Foods
For so long, I denied myself any pleasurable foods. I would never order dessert, eat ice cream, or fast food, PERIOD. But this trip, I allowed myself to enjoy these foods if I wanted them.
For example, we had stopped at a Wendy’s restaurant for lunch. My first thought was to order a salad with dressing on the side and a water. But I was really craving a Spicy Chicken combo with fries and a Coke. So, that’s what I ordered, and I enjoyed every single bite.
Another day, we walked to an ice cream store with the family. I decided not to have any ice cream because I just wasn’t in the mood for it.
Rather than asking yourself, “What should I eat?” Ask yourself, “What do I feel like right now?” You may be surprised that sometimes you want the fun foods and sometimes you want the healthier stuff. Either option is okay!
Trust Your Body
This has been a hard one for me, to trust my body. I used to eat every 3 hours, even if I wasn’t hungry. I also didn’t trust myself around “junk” food. I thought I would binge on everything in site if I was allowed to.
Surprisingly though, learning to trust my body has been a wonderful thing. I’ve learned to experience true feelings of hunger and fullness, which means I don’t eat on a set schedule. I’ve also realized that I don’t binge on everything when I allow myself to eat anything.
We need to trust that our body knows what it needs. For example, after that Wendy’s meal, I was really craving some salad with dinner. I felt I needed some fresh vegetables.
I know it can also be scary to trust that our body won’t gain a bunch of weight during vacation. Did you know that your body actually works really hard to keep itself at it’s set point weight? It’s normal for our body to fluctuate, especially while we are away from home. A week or two away, eating more that usual, isn’t going to cause you to lose control and gain a ton of weight. As soon as you get back home, your food returns to normal and everything balances out again.
Bring Some Snacks
It would be a lie if I told you I didn’t bring any food in my suitcase. Because I knew there would be many times when we were out sightseeing, I thought it best to bring some snacks with us.
In my suitcase, I packed a box of Cliff Bars and some Energy Bites. These actually turned out handy because there were many times we were in the car or touring around and I needed a little something to tide me over until our next meal.
It’s okay to be prepared, there is nothing wrong with that. But when we start planning for every single meal and refuse to allow ourselves to take a break and enjoy the moment, that’s when disordered eating creeps back in.
I’m pretty proud of myself for going with the flow this vacation and allowing myself to enjoy foods I haven’t eaten in a long time. It was nice to let go, enjoy moments with my family, and not worry about food, my weight, judgement, etc.
Are you ready to start listening to your body, even while on vacation? Do you have any tips for eating intuitively while away from home?
If you were went to the Apple store to buy an iPad, and on that iPad it stated that there is a 95% chance it wouldn’t work, would you still buy it?
My guess is you would NOT buy that iPad if it had a 95% failure rate.
Well, guess what my friends? Diets have a 95% failure rate!
So, why do we continue to diet? Why do we continue to support the $60 billion/year diet industry?
The reason we keep going back to diets is because they don’t focus on long term weight loss – because if they did, we wouldn’t have a 60 billion dollar industry. The diets would do their job and we would move on.
I can’t tell you how many women I sold diet programs to over the past five years. Women would purchase the latest and greatest diet program, do well for about 2 – 8 weeks, start to fall back into old habits, and then a few months later, come back and purchase the NEXT latest and greatest diet program, hoping that this new program would be their magic ticket to success. And the cycle just continued to repeat itself.
For years, I thought that I was an anomaly, that diets actually did work. I managed to keep off the weight I had lost dieting for 10 years. But guess what? Eventually, the weight started coming back on.
So the question we need to answer is, with so many different diets, and so many differing approaches, and so many experts and books — why are we not seeing lasting results?
It turns out that the very premise of dieting works directly against our biology, psychology and our unique needs. And it’s these three things that can help us understand the three KEY reasons why diets don’t work.
Reasons Diets Don’t Work
Biological: Diets Slow Down Weight Loss
Diets tell us that if we eat less and move more, we will lose weight. Sounds about right, doesn’t it?
I hate to break it to you, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
This will sound counterintuitive, but hear me out…when we start eating less and moving more, our bodies actually start to work AGAINST us! This is because our bodies experience dieting as a stressor. When our body is under stress, we produce large amounts of the hormones cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones cause our body to slow down the rate at which we burn calories (metabolism.) Our body intentionally slows down our weight loss efforts because it perceives our reduced calorie intake as a threat to it’s survival.
Our body is just trying to keep us alive and healthy, every day, all day long. So when it perceives a threat such a dieting, it will try it’s best to counteract that. You will notice you start to crave more foods, especially starchy, sugary foods, you become more lethargic, you become more moody. These are all things the body is doing intentionally to try and get you back into balance. Since your body doesn’t want you to starve, it responds to overly-restrictive diets by slowing your metabolism which of course makes it harder to lose weight.
Psychological: Diets Aren’t Fun
All diets have an element of deprivation. There is often a list of “don’t eat this” foods to avoid. Diets require us to have willpower and an ability to stick to the rules.
But what happens when we have rules placed on us?
We want to rebel!!!
I remember when I first started dieting, I had to give up red liquorice. This was a hard task, since I enjoyed it so much. But you’ll never see “Twizzlers” allowed on any diet plan. So I gave it up cold turkey. It was so hard not to think about that delicious red liquorice though. I thought about it constantly. Eventually I caved and bought myself a package of Twizzlers. I think I ate the whole package in about an hour.
Diets deny our pleasure, there is no joy in becoming healthier and trying to lose weight. We give up foods that were once pleasurable. We deny ourselves that feeling of complete satisfaction. We start obsessing over the foods we miss.
I can tell you that since becoming an intuitive eater, I’ve allowed foods like red licorice and cookies back into my normal eating. And guess what? I don’t obsesses over them anymore. I’ll have a piece or two of licorice and move on. I’ll have a cookie and not think about it anymore.
When we start denying ourselves food and put so many rules on food, we become entrenched in a battle of willpower, until eventually, we give in and end up overeating and gaining more weight.
And as a side note, let’s not forget that many cases of obesity and disordered eating is usually caused by some sort of childhood trauma. So trying to diet to lose weight is futile. We need to get to the root of the problem, and dieting only offers a bandaid solution. Cognitive therapy would probably be a better prerequisite to health — it could help clients identify the feelings and situations behind emotional over-eating and replace it with healthier self-care patterns.
Diets Take A “One Size Fits All” Approach
Every month you see a new diet out on the market touting weight loss and amazing results. But are we asking the question, “Would this work for ME?”
Sure, this diet could have worked for the person who created it and some people in their test group. But do they show the people it didn’t work for? Do they show those people 3, 5, 10 years from now? NO.
For every ONE person who has success, there are usually NINE who don’t.
Diets don’t take into account that each person’s metabolism operates differently. Diets assume that if we all just eat the same way and exercise the same way, we will all look the same way. But there is so much more that goes into a person’s ability to lose weight that calories in vs. calories out: stress, hormones, genetics, our job, our relationships, and so much more.
Diets give us rules to follow, and our unique circumstances, personal history, and individuality are rarely considered.
For example, someone who is very active all day needs more carbohydrates than someone who is sedentary all day. But do you see low carb diets telling those who are active to stay away? I know for myself, I have days where I’m ravenous and days where I’m not that hungry. When I was doing the 21 Day Fix, I had to eat a certain amount of calories each day. Some days, I was starving for more. Some days I was so stuffed I felt sick.
Our bodies are not calculators or machines that require the SAME amount of fuel each and every day. Our bodies are complex and require different amounts of food and exercise based on our own unique situations.
Only YOU know what’s best for your body.
If you would like to hear more about my story about how I dropped the diets and started eating intuitively, please grab my FREE Food Freedom Guide.
Have you tried diets and failed? Are you ready to give up dieting for good? I would love to hear about your experiences with dieting. Just leave a comment below!
These Monster Cookie Energy Bites are delicious and so easy to make, the perfect on-the-go snack!
I’m excited to share this recipe with you. I absolutely LOVE easy and delicious snack ideas. My kids are snack-a-holics, so I always need to have yummy, healthy snacks on hand.
But these Monster Cookie Energy bites aren’t just for kids.
Do you ever get that feeling that you’re a little hungry, but dinner is only an hour away, so you can’t have a full snack, otherwise you won’t be hungry for dinner?! Happens to me sometimes. That’s where these energy bites come in handy – when you just need a little something to hold you over until lunch or dinnertime.
My kids love the mini M&M’s, I love the peanut butter and oats.
You can store these in the fridge for a few days, or the freezer for a couple of months. I like to split the batch in half and keep some in the fridge and some in the freezer.
These Monster Cookie Energy Bites would also make a great pre-workout snack!