Lions, and Tigers, and Omega 3’s…Oh My!

I’ve been reading a lot about Omega 3’s lately and really figured I needed to do some research on this.

Do I get enough of them in my daily diet?

I have a Shakeology each day for breakfast, beans or tuna for lunch (sometimes a bit of both) often with some organic spinach, an array of fruits for my afternoon snack, and usually some sort of grilled chicken or soy meatless protein option for dinner.

I always associate omega 3’s with fish…so if I only have tuna a few times a week, am I getting enough?

What else in a normal diet contains omega 3’s?

Do I need to take a supplement? Hubby takes a fish oil/omega 3 supplement every morning. Should I be taking this too?

As a stay at home mom, I’m moving around with our son a lot. I need to find a way to be sure I can get them in with something quick to make.

I read that salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts are the best sources of omega 3’s. Also, scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves and mustard seeds are really good sources. Good sources include halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

From all that I read, adding flaxseeds and two servings of tuna or another omega 3 rich non-fried fish twice a week will get me to where I need to be with my omega 3’s for the week.

Flaxseed Sources:

Tempeh with flaxseed in it….I find this at Whole Foods and love to saute it in a tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil.

You can just sprinkle it in like you would that fiber powder to most anything! Add it to pasta sauce, oatmeal, or even a smoothie. So maybe I’ll add it into my Shakeology!

How do you incorporate flaxseed or omega 3’s in your diet? I’m looking for more ideas!

Sources for more information:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=84

http://www.wholeliving.com

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Reduced Prices Do Not Mean Zero Calorie :)

This is my biggest temptation every year.

Seriously, even more so than the day after Christmas.

Every year, the day after Easter I love to go to Target, Walgreens, and CVS and hit up their holiday aisle for the CLEARANCE goodies!

I’m reminding myself this year to realize…just because the bags of candy are $1 or less doesn’t mean that I have to buy them. I LOVE the Starburst Jelly Beans and the Cadburry Mini Eggs that are completely full of that awesome chocolate with the thin candy shell. Not to mention those wonderful Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs!

But, I don’t need to derail all the good work that we have done in our home with healthy eating habits by putting all that in our home again. That was part of our original problem.

I believe in all things in moderation. For me, moderation is a pizza night one night a week. As for sweets, I’m down with my chocolate Shakeology, so candy and treats of that sort are reserved for special occasions mostly.

Easter is a very special occasion in our home! Our biggest special occasion! Therefore, we will enjoy our treats on Sunday, but that’ll be it. We can have our favorites and enjoy every bite rather than scarfing it all down, knowing that we’ll have more tomorrow when bargain lady mommy goes to the store and raids the holiday aisle!

Every jelly bean (even if it is zero fat) contains sugar. Sugar turns into fat…which my body does not need.

Those mini eggs…well…my love affair with those will just end up with them being suction cupped to my hips.

I’ll stick with enjoying them on Sunday and being thankful at the end of the week that I didn’t let it trigger more and more treat eating throughout the week.

Everything in moderation…but always on the right track.

As a teacher, I was always careful to keep my students on the right path, even if our conversations went astray for a few moments. I enjoyed getting to know my kids and making them laugh…they worked harder then when it was time to work!

Same holds true here…stray on those holidays! Enjoy! But stay close to the path so you can hop back on without having to take a long journey just to get back on track!

Slow and steady always wins the race!

Healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. 🙂

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All A Matter of Perception

This is my snack today. Guess how many strawberries this is?

7.

I used Anthony’s bowl and his spoon.

Honestly, had I washed and eaten 7 strawberries out of the carton I know I would have thought to myself…”girl I’m still hungry!” before I had even scarfed down the last one.

I took the time to wash and slice them and throw them into a cute little bowl.

Cut up a few for Anthony while I was at it too.

It’s all a matter of perception…