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WIAW and 6 tips for healthy living

I’m a teacher. I teach grammar and writing. If you want to know all about prepositional phrases, I’m your girl. Also, thanks to my Jr. High girls, I’m an expert on Flo Rida. And when I say “expert”, I now know his name isn’t pronounced like the state…

However, I make absolutely no claims that I’m qualified to teach about health. Nevertheless, I do have some tips for healthy eating on a “different” day. It’s one thing to stay on track when you have your normal “day in, day out” schedule. It’s another thing when you’re out of your “comfort zone”.

So today, in honor of What I Ate Wednesday, here are my tips for staying on track on a different day. Class is in session…

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Tip #1: Start out your day the healthiest way you know how.

For me, this was 3 miles on the treadmill (it’s crazy cold here – there’s no way I’m running outside…) and a green smoothie. In the vitamix went 1 frozen banana, 1 TBS ground flax seed, 1 TBS peanut butter, 1/4 cup soy yogurt, 2 giant handfuls of spinach, ice and enough almond milk to get it all moving. Enjoyed in the car, with some coffee, on my way to Curriculum Committee.

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Tip #2: Decide early on what you will and won’t eat.

When I walked into my meeting this morning, I was immediately greeted by a bevy of snacks. Some were healthy (clementines), some not so healthy (M&M’S). I immediately decided that later on during the day, the fruit and mixed nuts would be great snack choices me. Decided. Done.

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Tip #3: When you’re bored, drink water or tea.

And don’t tell my boss, but I was pretty bored today. Sitting through countless presentations on curriculum and testing was a little…dull. And while I had already decided which snacks I would nibble and which I would not, mindless munching of mixed nuts purely for boredom’s sake is no good. Stay hydrated and also, blueberry tea keeps you warm when the conference room is freezing. Blast those old men in their suit coats.

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Tip #4: At meals, fill 50%+ of your plate with vegetables.

Meals at away meetings are always a little scary. While they’ll definitely be vegetarian (I work for a Christian school district with a health message), they probably won’t be vegan and they might just be piles of pasta.

Today wasn’t too bad. Gluten steaks with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, broccoli and salad.

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My planned snack- dried mango and 1/4 cup mixed nuts. I love me some cashews!

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Tip #5: Plan ahead for an easy, healthy dinner.

Not knowing what my lunch options would be, I forecasted ahead for dinner. Burgers is something fast and easy that Matty B can start at home and I can pile up with veggies when I arrive.

Boca burger topped with hummus, cucumber, lettuce and pickle. Roasted Brussels on the side. I dipped them in ketchup. Is that weird?

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Tip #6. Always eat dessert. Always.
Giant medjool date (x2:)

I hope these tips were helpful! Just like my students help me stay up on pop culture (is it Minecraft? Or Mindcraft?) I’m only trying to pay it forward…

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12 responses »

  1. Thanks for your tips teacher!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ They sound very wise to me!

    Dates are most definitely my fall back food! And yes I eat dessert every night!!!!! I eat dates over chocolate anyday!

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  2. Oh yes, dessert = happy = healthy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I think tip #6 is my FAVORITE ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I love tip #3! Often people mistake boredom for hunger, so if you feel ‘hungry’ then try drinking a tall glass of water and waiting 10 minutes to see if you still feel the same way. If not, perhaps you were just bored!

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