got milk?

milk-nicoleThis picture I took at SeaWorld with my cousin reminds me that lots of milk is good for kids!  But do you remember that it’s great for you too?

I am a water drinker.  All day long, water, water, water (which is good!).  But I’m realizing I could add some milk in there too.  I remember to serve it to my kids at meals but not to myself. 

Milk is packed with 9 essential nutrients:  calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, riboflavin, protein, vitamin B-12, potassium, vitamin A and niacin. 

So what?  What do all those things do anyway?  Well…good things like building strong bones and teeth, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, building lean muscle, and supporting good vision and immunity. 

I had been drinking whole milk because I buy the 2 pack of milk at Costco for the kids.  But my pediatrician told me that after 2 years old, kids can have lowfat milk without any problem (the fat is good for their brain development).  I thought whole milk was good until 5, but my doc said it wasn’t necessary to have that extra fat.  Cool!  So now my whole family can get lowfat milk and no one could tell the difference. 

So next time you pour your kids a cup of milk, pour one for yourself!  Cheers!

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Shopping at Trader Joe’s

trader-joes-food1Do you have a Trader Joe’s grocery store in your hometown?  We love finding things at Trader Joe’s.  Yes, there are a lot of good things for you there, but there are dangerously yummy things too that aren’t “waistline” friendly (i.e. mint chip ice cream sandwiches, opera cake, and cookies of every variety). 

Today as I shopped with my 2 kids, I was very tempted to get a treat.  Maybe those dark chocolate peppermints or just a few bars of dark chocolate.  But I know I can’t handle the temptation at home to eat too many at once, so I figured I better defeat the temptation in the shopping aisles!   I was successful, and at the checkout, my son was holding the dark chocolates and saying, “Do you need to buy some of these for your friends?”  He was remembering when I bought them as gifts!  “No, I don’t need any gifts,” I said, knowing that if I took them home they would be gifts for ME!

When you’re losing weight, you must win at the grocery store.  Don’t let yourself buy those treats because YOU WILL EAT THEM!  Make a shopping list before you go and stick with it! 

A few of our Trader Joe brand faves:

  • Shredded Bite Size Wheats cereal – 1 cup, 180 cal, 10 fat cal, 5g fiber, 0g sugar, 5g protein
  • Wheat Crisps crackers – 14 crackers, 130 cal, 35 fat cal, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 3g protein
  • Whole Wheat Tandoori Naan (flatbread) – 1 piece, 240 cal, 25 fat cal, 8g fiber, 2g sugar, 10g protein

What are your favorites?

San Diego residents: Losing Weight After Baby class

logo2If you live in San Diego, I’ll be teaching a Losing Weight After Baby class at Java Mama coffeehouse in La Mesa.  I’d love to see you there!

  • When:  Friday, February 27, 2009, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where:  Java Mama, 8250 La Mesa Blvd. 
  • Cost: $25

You’ll get a ton of personal motivation plus the 31 day audio program valued at $29.95. 

San Diegans, take a step in the right direction and come to the class!

Lettuce Cups with Tofu and Beef

ek0512_lettuce-cups_medLettuce doesn’t just have to be for salads.  When you’re trying to lose weight, your life can seem like an endless salad bowl!  So Monday’s Meal idea lets you make something different with your beloved greens.

From Food Network.com, try the recipe for Lettuce Cups with Tofu and Beef.  It’s from the “Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger” show.  It’s easy to make and is an excellent source of protein, vitamin A and C, folate, iron and fiber.  Eat without guilt and enjoy. 

P.S.  This may be a hard one to pass off as a meal to your husband.  It can be his appetizer.  Unless he’s trying to lose weight with you…

Traffic School!

checkered-flag350Yup.  Today I’m headed for traffic school.  What’s sad is that I got the ticket on my way home from Costco, going about 10 mph too fast down a big street near my house.  My 4-year-old had to go #2 and my 2-year-old needed a nap big time, so there I was going a little fast along my merry way and then bam!  I was hit by that police gun that tracks how fast you’re moving.

Well, I’m going to try to make the most of my day.  For starters, I’ll pack a lunch and snacks, because who knows what kind of food I’ll find there.  Next, I’ll try to wiggle my toes and rock my heels back and forth, not to be distracting, but to keep the blood circulating for hours while I sit there.  And lastly, I’m driving a lot slower these days.  The ticket and traffic school were very expensive, as in more than $300! 

It just reminds me that sometimes we get caught doing something we weren’t supposed to.  Getting caught can have positive impact in your life.  I’m sure I’ll be a better driver from polishing up on my driving rules today.  Is there anything you need to be “caught doing” in order to make some improvements?  (like diving into a carton of ice cream at midnight – ha!)

Why My 4-Year-Old Passed Up a Cookie!

our sonA few days ago, my friend baked us some cookies, each topped with a chocolate kiss.  She wrapped them up in a pretty box.  When my 4-year-old son opened them, he said, “Oh.  I’m not going to have a cookie because my dad can’t have one.  I just eat what he eats.” 

To say I was astonished is an understatement.

For a few weeks, my husband is skipping sugar, so my son knows that dad’s not eating cookies and ice cream.  So in an act of solidarity and love, my little preschooler refused a cookie.  He didn’t even seem disappointed.  He was so matter-of-fact.  “My dad can’t have one, so I won’t have one either.”

Now my son LOVES cookies so this was a big deal.  I was so proud of him at that moment and touched by his love for daddy. 

Doesn’t it go to prove that our kids will DO what we DO.  Set a good example and they WILL follow!

How My Friend Lost 50 Pounds

0903-shelley-stafford-300You’ve probably opened a fitness magazine and seen “before and after” shots of a great success story. Well, in this month’s Women’s Health magazine, I saw a picture of a friend I went to high school with! 

I was so happy to see my friend Chelle Stafford featured right there on page 52. She went from 178 pounds to 123! She knows what it’s like to lose weight after baby and keep it off.  One of her secret weapons?  An Igloo playmate cooler.  “I cook healthy meals on Sundays and pack one each weekday so there’s no excuse to hit the drive-thru,” Chelle said.

It’s been fun to catch up with Chelle on Facebook.  Check out her inspiring story at the magazine rack or online at Women’s Health.  Way to go Chelle!