Portion Control

If the writing of this seems a little weird, like you missed something, it’s because this is a series of posts for the GenFit Program. It is a fitness accountability program designed to help us reach our health and fitness goals as a small team online. If you would like more information about this Facebook group, which can help you get fitter, leaner, and stronger, let me know!

Today we are discussing a topic that is pretty difficult in our society. In a world of Big Macs, Double Whoppers, and $5 Foot-longs, how are we supposed to have portion control? How do we know how large a portion is? Is it the same as a serving size? What is the point of it all? Well, stop asking me so many questions, it’s a little overwhelming! When I first came across the concept of portion control, I didn’t know what to do. I’m from one of those households that said a plate need to be cleaned before you could be excused. So all I knew was that I needed to eat everything, regardless of portion. Unfortunately, this can have a disastrous consequence for your waistline. So here are a few helpful thoughts when it comes to portion control.

  1. Don’t skip meals: You ain’t gotta tell me twice! Like we talked about with meal prepping, you never want to find yourself in a food emergency. Making sure you are eating all your meals will help you avoid a binge.
  2. Eat more raw fruits and veggies: One of the things I often try to do when I’m trying to cut a few pounds is to include raw fruits and veggies into each meal. They have high water content and tons of fiber which helps to fill you up, but tend to  have proportionately fewer calories.
  3. Measure your food: This one is tough but has tons of benefits. I use these containers to measure each of my food groups to help me manage my intake. We’ll discuss how to use these in the GenFit series. They can work wonders for training the eye on how much food we should actually be eating.
  4. Don’t eat out of the bag: Eating chips and cookies straight of the package is a horrible idea. First off, we’re trying to limit these foods all together. But when you are eating them with no regard for serving size can be even worse. Put things on a plate or in a bowl to get an accurate estimate of your intake.
  5. Eat out smart: One of the biggest challenges to a new fitness journey is the eating out. No one wants to be a hermit while dieting, so don’t When you get  your plate, have in your mind that you’re going to get two meals out of it, one for now and one for later. Eat half and ask for a to go container. A little tip is to ask for any condiments on the side so you don’t have to eat soggy food later.

Honestly, portion control is one of the most important things concerning your fitness journey. I’m not a person who believes in arbitrary self denial but I am in favor of eating with wisdom. If I want french fries, I’m going to have french fries. But I’m not going to McDonalds and ordering a large fry. I’ll make them at home and be conscious of how many I’m consuming. Eat what you want, just don’t eat as much as you think you want.

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Meal Prepping

If the writing of this seems a little weird, like you missed something, it’s because this is a series of posts for the GenFit Program. It is a fitness accountability program designed to help us reach our health and fitness goals as a small team online. If you would like more information about this Facebook group, which can help you get fitter, leaner, and stronger, let me know!

Your health journey is your own. I am here to provide the tips and tools that can help you on that journey. It all STARTS here but you have to make the daily DECISION to stay healthy. The decision to be fit is you own, and I can’t make it for you. What I can do is give you support and encouragement while you take steps each day toward achieving your goals.

This week must start with a trip to the grocery store and some meal prepping. Here are a few tips to help you out:

  1. Stay on the perimeter: Most of the healthy whole foods are found on the perimeter of grocery stores while the isles have all of the over processed, artificial, sugar added, junk foods. Now, you will have to go down a couple of those isles for things like whole grains, but focus on the outside where you can get fruits, veggies, and proteins.
  2. Don’t shop hungry: This was my first key to success. I ate before going to the store and was able to actually stick to my grocery list. Focus at the store is essential! I don’t know about you, but if there are Oreos in the house, I’m going to eat them. And if I go to the store hungry, I’m going to buy Oreos. So eat right before you go so you aren’t tempted.
  3. No kid food: Unfortunately dino nugs, smiley fries, Lucky Charms, and cookie dough are not on the shopping list. Instead of reaching for these (not so) child friendly items, focus on fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds. You can even grab chocolate covered almonds to help get rid of that cookie dough craving.
  4. Know your schedule: We want to avoid food emergencies. How often have you been driving from one place to another and find yourself starving in the car. The fantastic convenience of fast food, is a nightmare for our bodies. So, if you know what your schedule will be, you know you need to have snacks in the car and an easy to grab breakfast that doesn’t include Pop Tarts (because of number three).
  5. Be prepared: Life sometimes throws wrenches at us and just because we thought we were going to have time to make a nice home cooked dinner, the world may have other plans. That’s why I like to keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer so that I don’t find myself in a food emergency.

Meal planning and list making is a habit that does take a little effort on the front end. I have found that the more I do them, the easier it becomes. Part of the reason for that, is I have a few foods I know I like my family likes. I can always go back to old tried and true lists. But that takes patience and diligence.

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Genesis Resources {Week 7}

Welcome

Welcome back! This is week 7 in the Genesis study and I can’t believe how fast we are moving through the scriptures. This week we are going to see some of the struggles and triumphs of Jacob. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, download it here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, February 19 Chapter 31
Tuesday, February 20 Chapter 32
Wednesday, February 21 Chapter 33
Thursday, February 22 Chapter 34
Friday, February 23 Chapter 35

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Label Reading

If the writing of this seems a little weird, like you missed something, it’s because this is a series of posts for the GenFit Program. It is a fitness accountability program designed to help us reach our health and fitness goals as a small team online. If you would like more information about this Facebook group, which can help you get fitter, leaner, and stronger, let me know!

This is the third post in my Clean Eating Series, created to inspire everyone to take control of their eating and make wise choices. This post is about label reading.

Reading food labels is really important because we want to put good balanced food into our bodies for fuel and nutrition. We don’t want to fill ourselves with garbage or too much of something good. So here’s what to look out for at the grocery store.

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  1. Serving Size: This can be tricky; companies like to have really small service sizes to trick you into thinking something has few calories. Take a look at things like candy, chips, and cereal.
  2. Calories: Now a calorie is not a calorie, as we’ll talk about in the Spring into Fitness group. But things in packages, generally aren’t the kind of good calories we want to consume. Be aware that recommended daily calories for the general public is 2,000.
  3. Calories from Fat: These are often empty calories, so keep them as low as possible. These aren’t the good fats like avocados and almonds.
  4. Total Fat: This is the number of grams of fat. There are three different types: saturated, unsaturated, and trans. Unsaturated are good fats that help the body. The other two will fill your arteries.
  5. Cholesterol: You need some cholesterol, it used by the membranes in your cells. But too much can give  you heart disease.
  6. Sodium: Again, sodium, in moderation is excellent. It helps the kidneys and keeping fluids in your body in balance. But too much can also lead to heart disease.
  7. Fiber: This is good stuff! It helps to regulate your digestion and aid in expelling waste.
  8. Daily Value: The daily value on the table is for the general 2,000 calorie diet. I recommend not paying too much attention to them because chances are, your ideal caloric intake isn’t 2,000. You are an original!
  9. Carbohydrates: Carbs have a little bit of a bad reputation, which is really unfortunate. The body needs carbs for energy, it is the body’s favorite fuel. But you don’t want to eat too many because they’ll get converted into fat if not used. One thing I always check is subtracting the amount of fiber from the number of carbs. That gives you a more accurate view carbs for fuel your body will use.
  10. Protein: This is the final macronutrient we’ve talked about on this list. All of them are necessary for your body to function optimally. Protein is used for muscle recovery and is used by the body’s cells.

Ingredients

Now let’s talk to about ingredients, don’t eat things you can’t pronounce. It’s that easy, if it’s a tongue twister, it’s probably because it was manufactured in a library, not grown in a garden. God gave you real food to eat, not science experiments.

Avoid GMOs when possible. They are genetically modified foods and 80% of packaged food contains GMO ingredients. The problem for you is they can cause toxicity in the body or you may have an allergic reaction. As for the environment, they can cause resistant insects and be harmful to biodiversity.

Next is MSG. It stands for monosodium glutamate and is a flavor enhancer. But some tests suggest it causes you to crave more of this chemical. Although the FDA says it has no long term consequences for those who aren’t pregnant, it does admit some short term consequences like headaches, swelling, sweating, and chest pain. None of that sounds healthy.

The point to take away is to be suspicious of foods in bags and boxes. Remember this weekend when I said to focus on the perimeter, this is why. Fruits and veggies are your best health food. Eat more things that grow and fewer things that have been manufactured in a laboratory.

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6 Things to do in Seattle

One day I was talking to my parents about veganism and yoga, my father said something very funny, “Your’e such a hippie. But not like a San Francisco hippie, more than that, you’re more like Seattle or Portland.” Well thank you Daddy, how would you like me to make you a green quinoa bowl when I get back from Bikram. He actually hates the whole concept of hot yoga, he thinks it should all be like a yin flow. So I am really excited to see the amazing city of Seattle, home to Amazon and the Space Needle.

Here are my top 6 things I’d love to see on my Catholic millennial road trip:

  1. Space Needle: Since I’ve already mentioned it, I might as well do it first. This place is 520 feet in the air and has 360 views of the city. It has a restaurant called Sky City for those who aren’t afraid of heights.
  2. Museum of Pop Culture: This is possibly the place I would be most excited to see. It has a Fantasy World exhibit which has things from The Wizard of Oz, Game of Thrones, and the Chronicles of Narnia.
  3. St. James Cathedral: This spectacular parish is built in a Renaissance architectural style and has a shrine devoted to the Blessed Mother. But I think one of the coolest things is that it houses the relics of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini who actually worshipped our Lord there.
  4. Chihuly Garden and Glass: This beautiful glass house is 40 feet tall and houses 8 galleries with three drawing walls. The gardens have four huge structures great for photos.
  5. Seattle Great Wheel: This is a giant ferris wheel that reminds me of the London Eye. It’s 175 feet tall! I don’t really like heights but Seattle seems like the place that I’ll have to get over that fear.
  6. Kubota Garden: If you’ve been following this series, you know I love the nature preserves, gardens, and the like. This is a 20 acre Japanese style garden fit with streams, waterfalls, and ponds. The designer, Fujitaro Kubota, was a self taught gardener!

If you have any recommendations on things to see in Seattle, please write them in the comments below. If you’ve missed any of the other Dream City Trip posts, click here. And subscribe to see more, we have a lot of cities left to cover, and hopefully travel diaries of these amazing places some day. If you enjoyed this post, consider sharing it on social media and becoming a supporter of TheGenFem, here.

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Get Your Ash in Church

We are just days away from one of the greatest non-holy days of obligation in the Church. I always have mixed emotions around this time of year. On the one hand, I love Lent. It is the wonderful time of year when we contemplate our own mortality and focus on our necessary ongoing repentance. At the same time we work on fasting and penance. Lent is a time of year that always makes me cry, either during Stations of the Cross or Good Friday. Tears are a gift from the Holy Spirit that we can experience during this time, all starting with Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday is one of two days (Good Friday) during the year we are called to fast. That means those who are 14 or older are to refrain from eating meat. Those between the ages of 18-59 are allowed one full meal and two small meals that do not equal one large meal. Fruit juices are acceptable but snacks are not. If you have a medical condition that would be affected by this, you are excused from this prescription.

As mentioned, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, contrary to observation. It is good to go to Church as often as possible, including Ash Wednesday. I will definitely recommend you go, but you don’t have to. The whole point of this holy day is to remind us that we will die and we want to go to heaven. That means we must make a daily practice to go following Christ.

During Ash Wednesday, I typically fast from all solid food, because it’s my preference. I like to go to Mass in the morning and get my ashes, then spend the day reading and journaling. I always choose a spiritual book that will help me get into the Lenten spirit. This year I’m reading Consuming the Word by Dr. Scott Hahn. I will do a book review for it in a couple weeks, subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can see it.

When it comes to your choice of penance, I recommend praying and asking our Lord what he wants you to give up or add to your daily practice. Some people choose give up Starbucks, chocolate, or reality TV. Some people choose to add a holy hour, daily Mass, or Divine Mercy Chaplet. What ever you do, it should be something that draws you closer to God. If you feel the Lord moving you to do a bible study, you can check out this one I made.

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Genesis Resources {Week 6}

Welcome

Welcome back! Last week we talked about how God requires sacrifice. God put Abraham to the test to see if he truly loved and trusted God. Abraham passed God’s test by almost sacrificing his son. I shared how I was in the midst of a struggle with needing to sacrifice something, though my faith wasn’t as strong as Abraham’s. Well I sacrificed the thing God asked me to just this morning, but I don’t really feel much better about it. I’m sure it’s just because it’s fresh, things will get better in the coming days, I have no doubt. Today’s application is about God’s blessing after sacrifice. I’ll share with you what I’m looking forward to from God even though I don’t know what might happen next.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of the workbook yet, download it here. You can check out YouTube to see what is included in the workbook and what to expect from the study.

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Monday, February 12 Chapter 26
Tuesday, February 13 Chapter 27
Wednesday, February 14 Chapter 28
Thursday, February 15 Chapter 29
Friday, February 16 Chapter 30

As I said in one of the preview videos, I like to have posters of the memory verse as well as note cards around my house and my car to help me with the memory work. You can download a FREE 8.5″ x 11″ poster and a 3″ x 5″ card by clicking the image below.

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I truly believe this blog is God’s will for my life. I believe he wants me to focus all of my attention and energy to building the blog, creating e-courses, and doing other things surrounding this blog. Awhile back I heard the voice of the Lord on my heart ask me to leave my job and focus on this full time. I was apprehensive, but eventually did what the Lord was asking me to do. But it took me a long time to tell my parents what I’d done.

I knew and still know that they wouldn’t understand. It is highly illogical to quit one’s job and start blogging without not already making an income from it. I know that! And I said that to the Lord. In prayer, I had been asking that he monetize the blog because I wanted to focus on it but I knew I couldn’t leave until I was making money from it, that’s what rational people do. Well, that’s not what God was asking me to do. He wanted me to quit first, then tell my parents. As expected, they didn’t take the news well.

Here’s the thing…I’m pretty immature. I may be 25 years old, but if I’m honest, I have the behavior of a 16 year old. I’m sure there are plenty of reasons for why. I’m a millennial and statistically we have had a hard time growing up and flying away from the nest. I have helicopter parents who thought it was perfectly logical to keep us under their noses our entire lives until the age of 17 when they expected us to suddenly start acting like the other kids. It could also just be that I’m lazy, unfocused, and irresponsible.

That is my background, but if I’m being honest with you, I truly in my heart believe this is what God wants me to be doing. I’m not making any money from it, and I don’t really see where he is going to bring me financial security from it. I hate ads and have no intention on running ads on my blog or YouTube channel. I also don’t have a ton of followers of this blog, YouTube channel, or any other social media outlets. I don’t know what he is going to do. But I do know two other things.

I know that the Lord loves me abundantly. He loves me so much he would go to the cross for me. And I know he seeks to bless me. That is out theme this week, God seeks to bless us through all of life’s complicated circumstances. I had to find courage to tell my parents I quit my job today. I’m probably going to have to find humility to find a new place to live because my mom is ready to kick me out of the house. No matter what happens, no matter where I go, I must take to heart the words I have on my purity ring from Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you, and not for woe.

Each of us is made to live a life of abidance and beauty. One of the things Father Sports asked me in our first meeting was, “Do you believe God wants to make you happy?” If I’m honest, the answer is no, I don’t believe that. I didn’t believe it then and I struggle to believe it now. But my faith is bigger than my doubt; God is bigger than my fears. No matter what happens, I will lean on him, his will, his wisdom, and always do my best to walk where he asks me to walk. That is my goal and purpose and it is what I will do.

 


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Should I do Beachbody?

I’ve recently began playing around with Instagram. I know I’m really late to the party. So far I’m loving it. It’s like Twitter for visual people, which is grand!The things that get’s me most are the delicious vegan recipes. More than once my mouth has started to water just from scrolling through my feed.

I follow some vegans, I follow several Catholics, some bloggers, and some fitness profiles. One of the things that keeps popping up is this company called Beachbody . I’d never heard of it, but I saw a woman post on one of the profiles I follow about fitness and and accountability, which intrigued me. So I commented on the picture and did this Facebook explanation group about the opportunity. She didn’t say it was Beachbody until the third day when she casually talked about how much it cost to join.

Beachbody is the company that put out 21 Day Fix, P90X, and Piyo, all those programs have such amazing reputations and people swear by them. But the infomercials don’t tell you about this really cool accountability coach you can have when you use the programs.

I have spent the past week doing research on this company and there is so much information out there. A lot of good things, and some bad things. I do enjoy health and fitness (as you might be able to tell from looking around my blog). I would love to be held accountable on my journey and to be a support to others on their own journeys, but I’m not sure it’s the right opportunity for me at this time in my life.

Protein shakes are gross and they say you have to drink Shakeology everyday. I guess it isn’t just a protein shake, it’s a superfood shake. But as I’ve said before, I don’t know what determines a superfood and who is allowed to vote on these things. It’s over $100 a month which I think is a little high considering it’s like a fifth of my family’s grocery budget each month. But can you do coaching without it? It is realistically a viable business opportunity. Is the market saturated, because my Instagram feed sure seems to be.

Id’ love some feedback on this. On the one hand I know the programs are amazing and well loved by all. I would love to host accountability groups on social media to support people as they improve their health. But on the other hand, that price is steep and are the shakes worth that much? I don’t know, what do you think?

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Produce More Produce

If the writing of this seems a little weird, like you missed something, it’s because this is a series of posts for the GenFit Program. It is a fitness accountability program designed to help us reach our health and fitness goals as a small team online. If you would like more information about this Facebook group, which can help you get fitter, leaner, and stronger, let me know!

Welcome to the second post in this Clean Eating series. I hope you all drank plenty of water yesterday and are working to adopt the habit of water consumption. One of the tips I gave for getting more water into your system was to eat more raw fruits and vegetables which have a high water volume. Today we are going to be talking more about the importance of putting more produce in your diet.

  • Potassium: This fantastic micronutrient can help reduce blood pressure, lower your risk of developing kidney stones, and decrease bone loss. Potassium can be found in sweet potatoes, soybeans, and spinach.
  • Fiber: Fiber can be found in pretty much all whole fruits and vegetables. It is great for bowel function but also helps to keep you fuller longer with fewer calories than a cheeseburger.
  • Folate: Folic acid is vital to the formation of red blood cells, you know the oxygen highways of the body. You need those. You can find it in avocados, broccoli, and lentils.
  • Vitamin A: This is a beauty nutrient. It is great for skin and eyes. Carrots, apricots, and liver have high amounts of vitamin A.
  • Vitamin C: We know vitamin C is found in orange juice which is delicious. It helps to heal wounds quicker, aids in iron absorption, and can foster healthy teeth and gums. Strawberries, sweet peppers, and kiwi have tons of vitamin C.

There are so many different micronutrients the body uses to function optimally. A well balanced, clean, diverse, and colorful plate at every meal can do wonders for your overall health. Now that you know how good all these things are for you, here are a few tips to help you get into the habit of eating more fruits and vegetables.

  1. Have smoothies: This was the game changer for me. Having a fruit smoothie after a workout helped me get my day started, gave me plenty of energy, and can curb a caffeine addiction. Pumping all those micros through the body is great! But do it early and within 30 minutes of a good workout. All that fruit is a lot carbs and sugar so consume with wisdom.
  2. Snacks: One thing you’ll probably notice in our meal plan, is all the fruits and vegetables for snacks. The fiber is great for keeping you full and the natural sugars are good for energy.
  3. Shop twice per week: If your schedule and geographic location allow, take a midweek grocery trip I found this super helpful for things like bananas and avocados which can go bad quickly.
  4. Fill with veg: Being a midwest girl, I was raised to center my meals around the protein (usually some kind of beef), some carbs, and a bit of green. I recommend you think of your veg first, then the protein, then the carbs at lunch. If weight loss is your goal, I recommend not eating carbs after 6:00pm. But I’ll talk more about why and how to do that in the Clean Eating Challenge.
  5. Go meatless: Have meatless meals and meatless days planned into your meal plan each week. This will push you to consume more fruits and vegetables to remain satiated and energized.

Here’s the thing, you need plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet to be healthy. Your food should be pretty, full of fun colors and textures. But that shouldn’t be from artificial colors and chemicals.

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6 Things to do in Honolulu

It’s snowing right now, like really bad. So you can imagine the inspiration I have for this post. I’m totally over winter, I have been since December 26, yet we’re getting several inches right now. Not that I’m complaining right now, but I’d LOVE to spend some time in sunny Hawaii. One of my favorite YouTubers is Ellen Fisher, she and her family live in Hawaii and it usually looks so spectacularly gorgeous. I say usually because every once in awhile she’ll show these wicked spiders she says are harmless, but the small bugs is the greatest thing about living in the midwest.

Anyway, the point of this post is not to compare Hawaii and Illinois, it’s to share the top six things I would like to see on my Catholic millennial road trip. So here we go!

  1. USS Arizona MemorialObviously I have to start with the Pearl Harbor Memorial. I don’t think I could ever make a trip to Hawaii without paying special respect for the men and women who died on the day that will in infamy. It was a moment that altered the course of history and all visitors should take a moment to reflect on it.
  2. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of PeaceA visit to the memorial must be followed by a trip to the Basilica to pray for the 2,403 people who died and the loved ones they left behind. It’ll be a lovely visit with its delightful Romanesque style. 
  3. Diamond HeadThis is a volcano you hike around on. It has a military lookout and 475 acres. Apparently, the cool people who complete the hike can get a certificate of completion. It must be difficult.
  4. Iolani PalaceThe youngest state in our union had a thriving culture before Americans went in and changed things. They had a royal family and this is the palace of the last Hawaiian monarch. The name of the last king was Kalakaua and this was his official residence. 
  5. Bishop MuseumSpeaking of Hawaiian culture, this place looks so fun! It shows the gods and legends of the islands before contact with continental Americans. It honors he beauty of the natural landscape that Hawaiians work to preserve. It has a garden, planetarium, and history museum.
  6. Manoa FallsThis place just looks like a picture, it is so pretty. It has a 150 foot waterfall that I bet is breathtaking. It has a 1.6 mile hiking trail and arboretum. One note, visitors are not allowed to go swimming. There is a lot of bacteria in Hawaii, and this sounds like it is an infectious soup. But it looks pretty.

The thing about finding the top six things to see in Honolulu, is that I would just want to go to the beach all day everyday or hike the mountains. The beach and mountains don’t need websites.

If you have any recommendations on things to see in Honolulu, please write them in the comments below. If you’ve missed any of the other Dream City Trip posts, click here. And subscribe to see more, we have a lot of cities left to cover, and hopefully vlogs of these amazing places some day. If you enjoyed this post, consider sharing it on social media and becoming a supporter of TheGenFem, here.

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