Flexible Dieting

Flexible dieting

I have been flexible dieting for about two weeks now and I have to say, it is working!  I am someone who is always looking for new meal plans, but nothing ever seems to stick.  I love variety in my diet, I love sweets and I eat with my family quite a bit, so sticking to a strict meal plan just isn’t for me.  When I have a very specific meal plan, I tend to buy a weeks worth of food, prep it, and then after about three days, I am sick of it, or, I am invited out to eat and I just can’t seem to ever hop back on, does this happen to you too?  If you are similar, I am telling you, flexible dieting is the answer!  I did a lot of research online and the first step is calculating how many calories you need here:

Calorie Calculator

It will ask you for your age, gender, height, weight and activity.  Here are my results:

2,361 Calories/day to maintain your weight.

1,861 Calories/day to lose 1 lb per week.

1,361 Calories/day to lose 2 lb per week.

2,861 Calories/day to gain 1 lb per week.

3,361 Calories/day to gain 2 lb per week.

I’m starting off slow, but I do want to lose weight, so I chose “Lose 1 lb per week” so my caloric intake is 1,861.

The next step is to download My Fitness Pal on your phone.

My Fitness Pal

Here you will need to adjust your macros, meaning how many grams of protein, carbohydrates and fat you will need per day.  There is A LOT of information on the internet with different percentages, but I found the most well suited for me because I work out is:

40% Carbohydrates: 186 grams

30% Protein: 140 grams

30% Fat: 62 grams

My Fitness Pal will calculate this all for you once you put in your caloric goal and percentages.  Go to “More” at the bottom, then “Goals”, then Calorie and Macronutrient Goals.

Once you have that info entered you are ready to start!  You will enter in ALL of the food you eat each day.  The first couple of days is the hardest, trying to enter in all the food you eat, and then trying to hit all of your macro goals, but it is a great learning tool!  I was clearly not getting enough protein and I had no idea!  After the first couple of days, you will get a good idea of what has more protein, what has a lot of carbs, etc.  For me it is kind of fun to try to get my numbers very close to my goals!

When my family gets together, we usually eat dinner, so I just pull up my app and I can see what macros I have left and order accordingly!  I’m telling you, it fits my lifestyle really well and it keeps me from eating a lot of bad things in the same day 😉

Thanks for reading, I hope this helps!

-Kristin 🙂

 

 

 

 

Egg Coloring

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I was at Target in the Easter section and I came across a $2 marble egg coloring kit so I thought what the heck, let’s give it a try!  It came with 9 different color tabs, I ended up only using the blue, purple and pink.  I quickly realized you can do this at home with regular food dye (if you have it).  I added 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to the dye and then 1/4 cup of room temperature water.  Then I added 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and stirred very quickly and added the egg to swirl around for about 30 seconds. It was a bit messy and slippery, so be careful!  Check out the video below!

Fridge Organization

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Hi there!

This past weekend I was able to re-organize my fridge!  Here is a before shot:

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As you can see, everything is just tossed in where it can fit, the only organization going on was vegetables in the lower left drawer and cheeses and meats in the bottom right drawer.  I started out by clearing everything out and getting rid of anything I don’t use. (Like the whip cream my mom brought over about 4 months ago) LOL!  Then I sorted things by group, and wrote down what size containers I would need.  I bought a total of 6 clear containers.  I purchased 3 long skinny ones, one for my husband’s yogurts, one for my son’s yogurts and one for apple sauce squeeze pouches.  The largest one I use for my Greek yogurt and cottage cheese containers.  The 2 medium sized ones I use for fruit and the other for nut butters and my espresso.  I also purchased a clear egg container, which I LOVE!  I kept veggies in the left drawer and cheeses in the right drawer.  Cleaning out my doors, also gave me a bit of room to store things on the door instead of the main space.  It just feels better to me.

Here is the right side door before:

Fridge Door

And after:

fridge door

Here is the left side door before:

Fridge Door

And after:

fridge door left

I hope you enjoyed my fridge makeover!

Thanks for visiting!

-Kristin

Fridge Makeover

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