Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Get Healthy Blog Hop



Welcome to the Get Healthy Blog Hop! 





First, let me thank the hosts of this hop, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Stephen Tremp, L. Diane Wolfe, Michael Di Gesu, for teaming up and putting together this hop! 

The Objective of this hop is to share with everyone something you've done that affected your health in a positive way. I'm going to share 5 easy tips anyone can do to keep from overeating and packing on unwanted pounds.

1. Eat on a lunch plate instead of a dinner plate. Dinner plates are bigger, and therefore easier to load up with too much of a good thing.

2. Wait 10-15 minutes before going back for seconds. Sometimes it takes our stomachs a little time to tell our brains we're full.

3. Before you super-size your meal, make a fist. Now remember that your stomach is the size of your fist and ask yourself if you really need a super-sized portion.

4. Avoid empty calories, especially at night. Sugary drinks, alcohol, and junk food may help satisfy quick cravings, but those empty calories add up. If you drink or eat before bed, then you aren't burning off those calories. Can't give up the treats? Try cutting back or switching to low calorie beverages and healthy snacks after 6pm.

5.  Get your family involved in eating right. It's much easy to make healthy choices when you aren't doing it alone.

Before I go, I'd like to share with you a recipe for what my husband and I like to call Carnival Stuffed Peppers because they are not only healthy but colorful, too.


Carnival Stuffed Peppers:
Ingredients:
  1 lb. ground turkey
  1 Tbs olive oil (or coconut oil)
  1 tsp Spikes seasoning
  1 Tbs oregano
  1 Tbs basil
  1 Tbs minced onion
  ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  1 cup fresh spinach (rinsed)

  3 bell peppers (I like to use 1-green, 1-red, and 1-yellow)
  Season salt

  1 cup cooked brown rice

Cooking Directions:

-  Cook brown rice according to directions (start this first since brown rice takes longer to cook)

-  Cut bell peppers in half and then slice off ¼-inch from each pepper
-  Dice the ¼-inch slices of bell pepper and set aside
-  Place halves in a casserole dish and sprinkle with season salt
-  Set aside

-  Brownie meat with small amount of olive oil, Spikes seasoning, salt, oregano, basil, minced onion, and crushed red pepper
-  Add in the diced bell pepper
-  Mix in cooked brown rice
-  Stir in spinach and cook until spinach starts to become soft
-  Pour mixture over bell pepper halves. 

Bake covered for 30 minutes on 400. And enjoy!

If you're near Twitter this Friday, 7pm EDT, look for hashtag #Omnilicious. You'll find several authors from Omnific chatting about all sorts of things and giving away books.


Be sure to follow the links below for more tips on being healthy!


37 comments:

  1. My very first diet counciler told me never to drink my calories.. wish she had suggested smaller plates :)

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    1. Sometimes it's the small things that work the best :)

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  2. That sounds like a yummy recipe!
    I do the small plates thing too . . .it really helps. I like the fist tip . . .I'm going to start using that one.

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    1. It's a nice change from the traditional stuffed peppers and so far everyone I've made it for has enjoyed it.

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  3. That's a great tip to wait fifteen minutes before going for seconds. Some cultures will serve the food on smaller plates than what we use, then put the food away, then sit down to eat.

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    1. Putting the food away before eating is a good way to avoid seconds. Although, I'm not sure if my family would appreciate that. :)

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  4. Lunch plate idea is genius! And then if you wait...usually you don't want any more. Nice to meet you :)

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    1. I've found it really helps me keep my portions in check. It's nice to meet you, too!

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  5. That's a great tip about your fist! Portion sizes can be more destructive than the types of food - you can still put on weight by eating too much of the healthy foods.

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    1. I forget who first told me about the fist, but I remember it every time I get take-out.

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  6. Oh my goodness, the stuffed peppers sounds delicious!!!!

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    1. They are :) You'll have to try them.

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  7. Mmmm that pepper recipe sounds yummo. Thanks for sharing. Great practical, easy-to-implement tips too.

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  8. Oh yummy - thanks for the recipe! The hubster just planted peppers in his garden so I'll be looking for something to do with them.

    This is all really good advice - especially the night eating! I'm hoping this fest will be reinforcement to get me out of some of the bad habits I've been letting slip.

    Looking forward to the Twitter party on Friday!

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    1. Oh, home grown peppers would make that recipe even better!

      I'm looking for to the Twitter party, too!

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  9. Supersize is never a good idea.

    I eat healthy because my husband and I both eat that way. He's not a total vegan like me, but we still eat many of the same things.

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    1. It helps when your husband eats healthy too. Mine's the same way.

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  10. The pause before going back for seconds is a good tip. You may realize your not hungry any longer. Great tips.

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    1. It's stopped me from getting seconds. :)

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  11. Ground turkey I can do! The recipe sounds good.
    Your wait fifteen minutes before seconds rule is like my drink water and wait fifteen minutes before eating rule.
    Thanks for participating in our bloghop!
    Cherie, did you know word verification is on?

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    1. I do know it's on. And I know it can be a pain, but as soon as I turn it off I get spam. I'll try one more time to turn it off and see if my mail blows up again.

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  12. My family likes stuffed peppers, so I'll have to give your recipe a try. Great tips!

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  13. I've used the trick about eating on a smaller plate and I almost never go back for seconds when I do that. There's a definite mind game with that one. It's amazing how we can manipulate ourselves into developing better eating habits.

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  14. Sadly I think my stomach has grown bigger than the size of a fist. ;-) See ya soon at the Twitter party!

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    1. Too funny! See you tomorrow on Twitter.

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  15. I should really try that lunch plate at dinner. My family all eats the same thing in the evening and that would help me eat a healthier portion!

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  16. Hi, Cherie,

    I love the idea of smaller plates... that is brilliant! And eating slowly and waiting for second portions is also a terrific tip.

    You recipe looks amazing! Something yummy to try.

    Thanks for joining in on the HOP and for the amazing recipe..

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    1. Thanks for hosting it! I'm having fun reading everyone's tips.

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  17. Hi, So true about involving the family. When I cook it's smaller portions and smaller plates. When my husband cooks there's enough to feed the town (and I don't live in a small town LOL)! And one of my biggest failings is willpower, so if it's sitting there enticing me - well, I am enticed LOL!
    Suzanne @ Suzannes Tribe

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    1. I find I'll keep nibbling if there's a lot of food or it's right in front of me, too. The temptation is too strong not to. :)

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  18. Wonderful suggestions! Another that works for me is to stop eating at least three hours before you go to bed. Not even one grape! :D

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