Get Healthy and Lose Weight: How to Get Started on a Plan

Today’s post is all about ideas to help you adopt a healthier lifestyle and slim down while you’re at it!  I was inspired to write this post by two individuals:  a friend who specifically asked me to make a {loose} plan of healthy meals and workouts, and Aimee Song of Song of style.  Ahem, whom I had the pleasure to meet last week, ahem….Say what?!  But more on that at the bottom of the post, hehe.

Anyway, people I know ask me for dietary advice quite often even if I’m not an RD, but I still felt so honored that someone wanted a detailed plan and was willing to put in some hard work!  So pretty much every meal and snack I feature in this post is an idea of what I eat regularly—unless it’s a semi-healthy dish or just plain indulgent—then I always leave some wiggle room and “let loose”, haha.  Most of you know that my philosophy is most definitely not crash dieting, because for most people that can lead to future {extra} weight gain and mental burnout.  Not to mention, it’s a surefire way to get yourself an eating disorder if you’re not careful.  As crude as that sounds it is an heartbreaking problem our world is facing today.

Like I always say, what works for my body might not work as well for yours, but I eat in a manner that is 75% healthy+25% lenient.  This way I can enjoy everything I eat without ever feeling restricted.

 The pictures make it rather self explanatory, but if you’d like more details please feel free to ask!  You can find the strawberries and coconut cream smoothie and cajun mac ‘n cheese recipes on the links.  Of course, I wouldn’t want you to get the impression that I eat like this everyday.  I would say that it’s a great way to start and then taper off into more leniency, kind of like the polenta and nutritional yeast crusted chicken we had last night….Let me tell you though, it was a good one!

Meeting Aimee of Song of Style

Like I mentioned earlier, I got to meet Aimee last Thursday evening!  She was hosting an event at the Beverly Center Ann Taylor store in honor of Kate Hudson’s black dress creation.  I literally drove there last minute because Greg offered to watch Selah and got there 15 min. before the closing.

I am so glad I got there late because the crowds were gone and I had Aimee all to myself.  We surprisingly were able to talk about many things like prayer, blogging, healthy living, and staying in shape.  Since Aimee’s work requires her to stay in shape and slim, she mentioned that she needs to start eating better and exercising.

Thus, I felt inspired to hopefully motivate others to pursue a healthier lifestyle not only for weight loss, but also to live a more fulfilling life.  Meeting Aimee and her sister Dani was such a pleasure, and seeing Aimee’s humility in her field of work is so inspiring!  You don’t see that very often, right?

Have you met bloggers whom you’ve “hoped to run into someday”? 

How do you incorporate healthy meals into your day?  Are you all or nothing, or somewhat lenient?

Which fashion blogs do you love? 

Spring Breakfast Parfait {vegan+gf}

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Some of my best memories with my mom include the most mundane experiences, and I’m sure that to you they don’t mean much…but to me?  They mean the world!

I don’t mean to sound like I’m whining or anything, but it was pretty rare to spend time doing fun things together due to her busy work schedule, so any little memory I could guard inside my heart, I did.

Those experiences which still make me smile to this day were simple--helping her make a month’s worth of kimchi in a huge tub and going to McDonald’s every Saturday after Korean class.  Whenever we went to the McD’s in the central area called Rivadavia (in Argentina) I would always choose a Happy Meal, and after I was done with the burger I proceeded to coax her into buying me either a swirled cone or a parfait!  Back then those parfaits tasted so amazing!  Now that I’m older and wiser I realize that they are laden with sugar, so in honor of thinking of my mom and watching out for my health, I came up with this vegan parfait recipe.

Not only are these perfect for breakfast in the spring, or summer, or winter…hehehe…but they are packed with healthy fats, fiber, protein, and natural sugar.  At first I wasn’t so sure if one serving would fill me up, but I soon realized that it kept me satiated till lunch time.  Delicious, cute, and satisfying?  Sign me up.

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If you’re on the lookout for a fun and easy breakfast recipe, then look no further my friends.  I’m thinking this is also a great alternative for entertaining guests or for a picnic with your loved ones.  Enjoy!

Spring Breakfast Parfait {vegan+gf}

This is a truly easy and customizable recipe.  Instead of coconut milk you may also use soy or almond milk. 

Makes 3 medium or 2 large servings

Ingredients for Quinoa Base

  • 2/3 C dry quinoa
  • 2 1/3 C water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp allspice (or cinnamon)

Ingredients for Chia Pudding

  • 3/4 C full fat can coconut milk (I use Thai Kitchen)
  • 2 1/2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 3 TBSP pure maple syrup

Fruit Ingredients

  • 1 large banana, sliced in medallions
  • 8-10 medium strawberries, sliced (or other berry)

Directions

  1. Make the quinoa at least an hour ahead of time.  In a medium pot cook the quinoa and water by first simmering it on medium heat.  When it simmers for a little while, bring it down to low heat and cook it slowly—about 25 minutes or until the water is soaked up and quinoa is tender.  Make sure to come back to it every few minutes and stir it a bit.  After it’s done, let it cool down or refrigerate it till ready to be used.
  2. In a small-medium bowl, combine the milk, chia seeds, and syrup.  Whisk it thoroughly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  The mixture will be thick and gel-like, like pudding!
  3. If you are using a long glass like I did, start by layering it with about 2 TBSP quinoa.  (If you’re using a bowl the measurements will differ.  Just try to eyeball the measurements as you go, you can’t go wrong. )
  4. Then place a few banana slices and berries.
  5. Top with chia pudding.  Repeat steps 3-5 one more time and garnish the top with berries.  Eat it cold and feel refreshed!

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Just keep in mind that these don’t taste like yogurt. They have their own unique twist and that’s what makes them so fun to eat.  Bon appetit!

What are some of your best memories with your parents?  (or guardians?)

Were you a fan of MCDonald type restaurants as a kid?  What was your go-to meal?

What classic favorites do you wish to recreate with a healthier nutrition profile?

love-ellie

Family Day in Hermosa Beach+Intentional Living

selah-in-peach-dress Hi there!  Selah and I wish you a happy Tuesday, and hopefully the weather is treating you well depending on where you’re reading from.  The LA area has definitely gotten the memo that it is finally Spring…and although it’s gorgeous out there I can already tell that it’s going to be a scorching one this year!  But maybe that’s not such a bad thing since I get to dress Selah in beautiful little dresses like this one.

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A lot of people have been asking me where I got her peach dress, and with good reason.  I mean, look at the etherealness of it, hah!  I would like one in my size, thank you very much.  Unfortunately I can’t tell you where it’s from—all I know is that my friend got it from Korea—and it’s pretty obvious because Korean fashion has that particular look to it…the clothes are very flowy and always have details like the ruffles that give it a unique touch.

Okay enough about baby fashion.  Can you tell I’m in love?

Yesterday was so beautiful out that we couldn’t bear to be cooped up inside, so we had what Greg loves to call “family day” in Hermosa Beach.  We usually leave Selah in the car seat and click it on the stroller, but this time we decided to put her in the stroller like a big girl in order to keep her entertained.   Oh myyyyy isn’t she growing so fast?!

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photos taken with the iPhone

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Selah has been to the beach plenty of times already, but yesterday she got to see the waves crashing from up close.

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We didn’t let her play in the sand since we’re planning on doing that when she turns 1, but she sure loved standing on sand.  I imagine the novelty of it all made her smile like this and now the picture above is probably one of my favorites.

And as I transition into a somewhat deeper note…one thing I always want to clarify on my blog is that our life isn’t perfect, and like I’ve said before, I don’t want anyone to walk away thinking we’re a perfect family because it’s so easy to assume that about others through social media…even when we know better!  But the one thing that sets us apart is that we know we are blessed beyond measure and always aim to live with gratitude, forgiveness, fun, and God’s love for each other.  Now that’s the best part!  Because intentional living is where it’s at, my friends.  So let’s be intentional today in our relationships and endeavors.

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Also, stay tuned for this scrumptious and wholesome recipe later this week!  The best part about it is that it’s filled with healthy fats, fiber, protein, fruit, and it’s vegan+gf to boot.  I will probably be posting it on Thursday early-late morning, so even though you might just want to reach into the screen right now, don’t do it.  Just..don’t…that would not be good for your computer.

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Tell me what’s been making your day/week amazing!

Have you ever tried outfits from Korea before?  What did you think of them?

How did you spend your family days when you were a kid?  Or how do you spend them now that you have your own family?

-We honestly didn’t have many opportunities to get out as a family when I was little, but that’s probably the reason I want to do that as much as I can with Selah so she’ll have memories stored up in her heart.

In what ways do you need to be “intentional”?

love-ellie