Vending Machines–Cut The Crap

 I attended a conference over the weekend which had  its share of challenges for a girl trying to “Cut the Crap”.  There was dessert after both lunch and dinner and enough emotional stress to make you want to eat as much CRAP as humanly possible!!! I will give them credit and say that I could always have a salad and there were plenty of veggies and low carb items at most meals.  However, there were NO snacks.

In  retrospect, that was probably a good thing because snacks at a conference usually consist of cookies and soda:(  Nonetheless, with all the packing and situating I did just to get there, I did NOT plan ahead and bring my own healthy snacks.

So this hungry girl had to go to a vending machine to get a snack one day…a huge dilemma! What is NOT crap in a vending machine?

That is a loaded question because pretty much EVERYTHING in vending machines are CRAP.  However, some things are better than others.  In the real world, sometimes you have to choose the lesser of the evils.  Yes Divas, Imperfect Progress (slow steps of change wrapped in grace)–Lysa Terkeurst.

What are some of the healthiest choices from a vending machine?

Nuts are usually the best choice however, the sodium content can be a little high.

If you are a chip girl, go for the baked lays.  If there are no baked lays, choose sun chips.

Stay away from rice krispie treats, pop tarts,  and cheese crackers.

Read Fitness Magazine’s article on the 10 Healthiest and Worst vending machine snacks.

I chose Sun Chips and I made a mental note to pack snacks on my next conference.

Have you ever tried to make a healthy choice from a vending machine?

If so, what did YOU choose?

Cut The Crap-Eating Out Tips

Happy Tuesday Divas! How are your “Cut the Crap” efforts coming?  Weekends are hard but sometimes Mondays are even harder in terms of staying on track.

 I JUST posted about planning ahead and alas….I did NOT plan ahead yesterday.  I got home a lot later than usual yesterday because I had a CPR class.  I FORGOT to take out our lean ground beef. Soooo,  I tried my Mother’s method of putting the frozen meat container in cold water for 30 minutes.  NOTHING, still frozen solid.

My children are chanting about how hungry they are and my husband says….”Let’s just go and pick up something”.  Just before the horror music started to play in my head, my oldest daughter asked if she could pick the restaurant since she made an “A” on her math test.

She studied really hard so we let her choose.  MISTAKE! She chose a local diner/dive that sells breakfast 24 hours a day.  This is not my favorite place to eat normally but now that I am “Cutting the Crap” it is soooo NOT on the list.

So we get to the restaurant and slide into the booths.  It takes me at least ten minutes to read the entire menu then decide what I was going to order.  I ended up ordering some ol dry chicken, asparagus and water.   

Let’s just say I left that meal unfulfilled.  However, I DID laugh and talk with my family which is priceless! 

So Divas, learn from my mistake!  Follow these tips when eating out and ENJOY your food:

1.  Research the restaurant BEFORE you go.  (Here we are right back at planning–smh!)  Most restaurants have their menu online.  Most large chains also have the nutritional information and ingredients online as well. (Local dives like where we went…not so much.)

2.  Eat something at home before getting to the restaurant.  This will make passing on the appetizers and bread easier because you won’t be famished.

3.  Drink water.  Free refills are an  easy way to large amounts  of sugar or chemically altered products that are turned into sugar.  For a little flavor, add lemon or lime to your water.  If all else fails remember, drinking water saves you almost $3.00 per meal!

Do you have any tips for eating out while following a healthy meal plan?

Cut the Crap Plan Ahead

Hello Divas!  How did the C-R-A-P cutting go this weekend?

CRAP stands for…Caffeine, Refined Sugar, Alcohol and Processed Foods.  Want to know more about our challenge?  Go HERE.

 Ok so, what IS on the menu?

 Things prepared by human hands NOT a machine!…Whole grains!…..Fruits!…….Veggies!….Lean cuts of meat!

Your challenge this week is to PLAN what you are going to eat before you get hungry. GO TO THE STORE and buy veggies, lean meats, and fruits!  Eating whole foods is not that hard when things are ready when you are ready to eat.  Things get tricky when you are hungry and all the healthy stuff is uncooked, frozen, or simply unavailable.

 Some of you asked me if you would receive a meal plan telling you what to eat.  The answer to that is a resounding NO! We are taking this challenge to get more healthy– not to commit to a fad diet.  You know what you like and what you will realistically eat more than anyone else.  So YOU have to make your food choices.

 Remember, you don’t plan to fail–you FAIL TO PLAN!

I found an excellent article on how to make any recipe “clean” or without the CRAP!  Go here.

 I know some of you may feel like there is NO WAY you can be successful with this whole cutting the CRAP thing.  But I would like to ask you to consider a term I learned from Lysa TerKeurst, Imperfect Progress:  slow steps of change wrapped in grace.  One day at a time Divas!

When you feel challenged remember when we are weak, HE is strong!

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)


Cut the Crap 2013 Day 1

Hello Divas! Today is the first day of our Cut the Crap Challenge!  If you have NO idea what I am talking about, click here.  Just as a reminder CRAP stands for caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol and processed foods and we are eliminating them from our diets for 21 days–til January 31, 2013.

I know 21 days sounds like a long time but it actually takes about that long to create a habit.

We have done this challenge before as a class and the results were AH-MAZING! Remember, the point of the challenge is to jump-start your healthy lifestyle changes !!!

Here are some first couple of days tips:

1.  Plan what you are going to eat BEFORE you get hungry!!!

2.  Fill half of your plate up with NON-Starchy veggies (green stuff like spinach)!

3.  Realize that when you stop eating junk, your body actually starts to DETOX!

When you stop any substance that is addictive, your body goes into withdrawal.  Armed with only decaf coffee and NO candy out of my co-workers candy jar, I felt like I was waaaay overdue for a nap at 11:30am! Couple that with some computer issues and I wanted to scream!  I did scream!

Sugar/junk food addiction is REAL y’all.

Know the symptoms of detox/withdrawal so that when they happen you will know that is what it is and not use it as an excuse to stop Cutting the Crap:

•Skin breakouts •Bloating, stomach pains •Headaches •Food cravings •Trouble sleeping, nightmares •Diarrhea and constipation •Fatigue, drowsiness, low energy levels •Irritability •Congestion or Mucus that feels like a cold

Think of it as deciding to dust off a very high ceiling fan in your house for the first time in years. When you start dusting, dust will almost rain down on you making you feel horrible for waiting so long and making it a hard to breathe!  Once the fan is clean, the air clears and you begin to feel better!

The same goes for detoxing! You will feel the ill effects of stirring up all those toxins! Once they’re out you’ll feel better, but the process is SO NOT fabulous!

All that being said, the results of detoxing/”Cutting the CRAP” ARE FABULOUS:

•Clearer sinuses •Weight loss •Clearer skin •More energy •Regular bowel movements •Mental Clarity •Emotional stability / eliminated depression

Good luck cutting the CRAP!

*Consult your physician before starting any exercise or eating plan.

1 Peter 5:10 In his kindness God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.