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“The truth is, I spend more time in the kitchen, than the gym, and that’s how I’ve gotten the results I’ve gotten.” -J.Navallo, Orange County. See? It’s what we eat!

This truth changed my perspective. I hadn’t considered how much my intake mattered.

My eyes get wide with admiration when I see these superhuman workouts. I think it’s good to see the 50/50/50, IronCowboy story with James Lawrence. He’s a modern-day endurance hero. It motivates me to think beyond my limitations.

But during lunch time and homework and errands, I probably won’t be thinking about Ironman. I’ll most likely give in to the cinnamon swirls that are easier to eat than the salad I still need to put together.

Jonathan’s words are a reminder that a few minutes of prep and minding what I put IN will make a difference in how I feel and look. It helped me to view workouts from “pushing hard” to “pushing smart.”

I am still in a fuzzy state of routines at this point in my journey. These blog posts are one way that I stay accountable and to be real candid with myself, I’m still sorting through my excuses. I know. Unhelpful. But that is my true state and it will pass.

What is your go-to health food? Mine is spinach. Lentils. Eggs. Okay, and maybe some Cholula. Please feel free to share and include it in your comments!

Blessings,

Mahal

Cutting Carbs for a Rice-Eater/Bread-Lover

No carbs. Just the thought of it makes me sad.

But sitting at a traffic light and feeling the muffin top spill over is just as sad…and gross.

Being Filipino, rice is a staple. I thought I was a superhero when I managed to replace white rice with brown rice.

My celebrity starch status lasted for a few months. Because even with brown rice, I still gravitated toward the breads, waffles, croissants, muffins and bread pudding. And that’s only at church!

So what does the effort of cutting carbs look like for the average single mom who relies on the quick and easy bread solution to fill the tummies of the household? How do I overcome the need for the texture of breads and starchy grains?

1. Writing down what I eat. It’s elementary but it shows me exactly what and when I get my starch triggers. Maybe it’s in the afternoon with the cookies. Or maybe it’s the morning meal with two pieces of toast instead of one. It could also be a pattern that I take in more starch on days when I don’t get enough protein. The data will show after an honest list of what I’ve eaten.

2. Win with one meal at a time. Do I need that portion of rice? What about if I do half? What can I substitute for the pretzel bread? Do I really want to invest that donut in my midsection? Can I wait one hour before eating it? Can I do a set of twenty squats and then see if I still want it?

Cutting carbs also means exploring other foods, like fruits and vegetables and proteins, that will give me a satisfied appetite. It means developing an interest for stuff I may not have tried before and pacing myself so I’m not rushing back to the bagel-only morning again. This effort also means I need to be realistic with what I enjoy. It doesn’t mean “no pizza, ever.” It just means, “not right now.”

What did you do to be careful with carbs?

Blessings,

Mahal