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countin’ the cals..what are your thoughts?

Don’t forget the chia seed giveaway – only a few more days!

Hey all!  How has everyone’s Monday been?  Mine’s been just fine, but I’m glad it’s over and we’re on to Tuesday!  Jon and I are going to my hometown for Easter this weekend, and I am stoked!  My aunt and uncle just had a baby last fall, but they live out of town so this Saturday will be my first time to meet her.   I can’t wait!

I started off this morning with my usual green monster (not pictured, I figure you guys know what my gm looks like.  You don’t need to see it everyday:) – 1 cup almond milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp natural peanut butter, 2 handfuls of spinach and a half a banana.  Okay, are you ready for my shameless plug for my chia seed giveaway? Chia seeds really make all the difference in my morning green monster.  On days that I include them (which is most) I stay don’t get hungry near as quickly as I do on days that I don’t have them.  Plus, I have had a problem with anemia in the past, but between the iron in my spinach and the iron in the chias, I know I’m getting a healthy dose!

Here are my snacks – all packed up and ready to go for the day!  I ended up not eating the carrots and cucumbers and only eating half the larabar because I was just too busy!

Lunch was spaghetti squash with steamed brussels and humnut sauce (1tbsp hummus+1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast+water).

Love this little meal!  This combo was originally posted by Heather, and I have been addicted to it ever since.  It really tastes like a vegan form of mac and cheese – the texture is a little different, but the health value is phenomenal!

Due to a lack of sleep last night, I have been super exhausted all day.  So exhausted, in fact, that Jon and I totally copped out on dinner and went with cereal and peanut butter toast.  So exhausted, also, that I failed to snap a shot of it.  Oops!  We are both huge cereal mixers, and we’ll mix just about anything.  My mixture included Kashi U Black Currant and Walnut + Post Shredded Wheat ‘n’ Bran + Puffins with almond milk.  Not the most fancy dinner I’ve ever had, but it worked!

One thing I wanted to mention tonight is that I’ve started “sort of” counting calories again.  I’ve basically started keeping a rough estimate using Spark People.  I usually just calculate how many I eat up until dinner, and then I have an idea of the range I should stick to from them on.

It seems that it isn’t very “popular” in the world of health food blogs to count calories, and I understand why.  One of my biggest goals with my health is to learn to eat intuitively and not count calories.  However, I am still in the weight loss phase, and I know that lately my portions have maybe become a bit distorted, which is affecting my progress.  So, while I think it is a great ultimate goal to not count calories, it works for me to check in occassionally and just give myself a bit of a reality check.  Just keepin’ it real;)

One other thing I wanted to add is about my recipe for Mexican Fiesta Pasta.  My sister made a batch last night, and one thing she mentioned (besides that she loved it:) was that she used less ground red pepper than I advised, and it was still super hot!  So, I just wanted to mention that if you’re planning on trying it out, you may want to use ground red pepper “to taste” rather than the full 2 tbsp that I recommended.  I’m a GRP addict!

Question for today: What do you think about counting calories?  Do you think there is a negative vibe in the blog world about counting calories?

Have a great night everyone!

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One Response to “countin’ the cals..what are your thoughts?”

  1. Sometimes cereal for dinner is perfect! I don’t count calories b/c I know myself and know that I would become very obsessed with it. I think you have to do what is right for you. Period. If you need to count calories right now, count them. Who cares what’s popular or not. I follow several fitness competitors and many post their calories (total nutritional breakdown actually). So, short answer, do what you need to do.

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