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Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits

I have read so many diet and exercise book that I could write my own. The funny thing is, how many times they contradict each other. One tells you to eat 5-6 small meals a day, and another tells you to eat 3 well balanced meals with absolutely NO snacking.

It can get confusing!

I have SIX times put on pregnancy weight and FIVE times lost it. I have recommitted myself to doing it again.

These are the habits that I have found to be the most helpful and effective in dropping unwanted pounds and keeping them off…

  1. Get rid of temptation.If you know that chocolate cake donuts or chips or (fill in the blank) are your go-to treat, give them away and DO NOT buy them again. If you don’t have it, you can’t eat it.
  2. Don’t shop hungry. This is especially true if you are pregnant! If you (or any shopping companions) are hungry while shopping  you are more likely to grab quick snacks, junk food, candy, or processed foods. Anything that looks good will end up in the cart.
  3. Look at the ingredients.There are lots of rules about ingredients – what to avoid or look for. I simply see how many there are listed. More than five usually means it is a “food-like substance” and not actual food.
  4. Turn off the TV and sit down at the table. Make eating with family the entertainment. With the TV on, you are more likely to eat more because your eating is mindless. Even if you are eating alone, get a plate and a drink of water and sit at the table. This tells the brain that you are eating. Grazing from the pantry and refrigerator (even if you eat the same amount) leaves you unsatisfied and unsure of what you have eaten.
  5. Eat on time. If you let yourself get too hungry, you are more likely to eat more. Or you will snack on “little” things and the calories will add up.
  6. Say a blessing of thanks before each meal. Take a moment to thank God for the food on the table. This helps you remember to be grateful for what you have and not take for granted the blessing of your body and the ability to nourish it.
  7. Know portion size.Learn what is a “serving” of each food. If you are counting calories, it is important to be accurate.
  8. Eat 3-4 veggies or fruits at each meal. Fruits and veggies really are the best fuel for your body. You plate should be 50-75% veggies and fruit (more veggies than fruit). If you do snack, pick a veggie or fruit.                        
  9. Don’t drink your calories.I usually stick with water. If I drink my calories, I end up hungry and the eat more than I should.
  10. Skip the bread. Yes, the breadsticks at the Olive Garden are SO yummy, but bread is basically simple sugars with a Fast Pass to tummy fat.


***Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a puppy. Don’t give yourself treats for good behavior. (example: If you run 3 miles, you can have ice cream.) You don’t want to train your brain to associate one leading to the other because that will form habits. If you are going to splurge, don’t justify or rationalize. Don’t hate yourself or punish yourself. Eat a little. Enjoy it. Move on.


Fresh Strawberry Pie

Last night half of my Littles were sleeping somewhere else. The two oldest girls were at Abuela’s house. My oldest son was sleeping under the stars at a Scout campout. It was unusual to only have three! Strangely enough, the noise level was about the same…

This morning, I went to the kitchen to get breakfast for the two little boys and noticed in the back of the fridge two cartons of strawberries! Perfect for making pies!!! This is my go-to recipe for pies. It comes from Lion House Classics cookbook. I really haven’t made too many other recipes from this book, but as the title suggests, it has many classic recipes. It would be a great gift for a new bride!

Fresh Strawberry Pie

3 c water

1 c sugar

1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin

3 TBSP cornstarch

3 c fresh strawberries, washed and hulled

1 baked pie shell

In a large sauce pan, bring water and sugar to a boil. In a small bowl, mix gelatin and cornstarch. Gradually add to boiling mixture. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Stir constantly! The mixture will turn clear and slightly thicken. Let stand at room temperature until just warm, about 15 minutes. While mixture is cooling, wash, hull, and slice strawberries. Place in large mixing bowl. Pour gelatin mixture over the berries and fold. Mound into baked pie shell. Chill for at least an hour before serving. Top with whipped cream.

My adjustments…

I always use 4 cups of strawberries. I like having more berries in each bite. Plus, if I use the regular size pie shell (not the 2 extra serving one) I can get two pies. I also mix in 1/2 c dark chocolate chips. If the mixture is too hot, they will melt too much. If it is just warm, they will melt a little, but won’t change the color of the gelatin. My hubby is a “chocolate only” kind of dessert guy, with the exception of this pie!



Anyway, the recipe is quite simple, however I don’t let the two little boys use knives or do the cooking at the gas stove top, so all they were able to do was lick the spoon!


Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Happy Friday!!! To celebrate making it to the end of the week (and to use the 4 overripe bananas in my fruit bowl) we made Double Chocolate Banana Bread!!!

I bought the recipe book Chocolate Never Faileth by Annette Lyons a few years ago, and I am SO glad I did! Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest and the ability to search for and see which recipes my friends are preparing, BUT this book has so many yummy chocolate recipes and I don’t have to put my computer on the counter. 😉

My helpers… always ready to assist in the kitchen!



I never pre-mash the bananas. The mixer can do it!



The mixer just about shook his arm off!


Here are my two main bakers and the recipe book.

P.S. Thanks Nat and Pat for the BEST loaf pans in the world!!!

Truth be told, I let the Littles eat it for breakfast. It is better than cereal or donuts!

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

1/2 c sour cream

2 tsp baking soda

1 1/3 c sugar

1 stick butter

2 eggs

3-4 ripe bananas

1 tsp vanills

2 1/2 c flour

1/3 c cocoa

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease the bottom of 2 loaf pans. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and baking soda (it will puff up). In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter. Add eggs, bananas, and vanilla. Mix well. Add sour cream and soda mixture. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Add chocolate chips and mix on low until incorporated. Split the batter between the two loaf pans. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Test with a tooth pick. Remove loaves from pans right away and cool on racks.

Enjoy. You might want to let a few bananas get too ripe!

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