1. Tell everyone a little bit about you and your blog...
I blog about healthy recipes, "real" life stuff, my family, skin care (I am a licensed Esthetican) and fun do-able DIY's. It's a little bit of everything really :)
2. What is your overall philosophy on eating healthy?
Make it fun! Healthy eating does not need to be boring. If you want cookies- make them healthy. Use almond flour instead of wheat flour and honey instead of processed sugar.
3. What is your favorite go-to, quick recipe that you love making for you and your family? Lately, I have been loving the crock pot. I stick some chicken in there with onions, carrots and whatever other veggies I have on hand. I love serving this up with a side of cauliflower rice. So easy and delicious.
4. You just had another baby not too long ago (who is adorable by the way) and you look amazing. How did you bounce back so quickly?
Oh you are too kind. The secret is...there is no secret. After you have a baby you must make exercise and eating healthy a priority. I try to make it to the gym or do at least an hour of weights/cardio a minimum of 4 days out of the week. I also really watch what I eat and try to stay away from processed food.
5. Being a diabetic can't be easy, but you seem to do a great job at getting your sweet tooth fix without spiking your blood sugar. What are the best eating tips you have for other diabetics trying to manage?
These are great questions! My best tip would be to stick with a low glycemic low carb diet. It is just not worth it to eat a bagel and have horrible blood sugars for the remainder of the day. It makes you feel like crap! BUT if you do have a a craving, get your running shoes out and take a little jog. This will help with the blood sugar spike.
6. What tips do you have for eating a low glycemic diet?
Get creative with your veggies and cooking! For example, if you want pasta, make it using shredded zucchini or baked spaghetti squash. Top it with your favorite "pasta" sauce and ta da! My other favorite camouflage veggie is cauliflower. You can make mashed "potatoes" with it "rice" and so much more! If you want pancakes make them with almond flour. You can still have all the things you love, you just need to find alternative ways to prepare them.
7. I've noticed more paleo recipes lately. How are you feeling eating that way?
I can not say enough good things about eating Paleo. I have completely cut dairy, wheat, and processed sugar out of my diet and I have never felt better! My skin is the clearest it has ever been and I have so much energy...and that's saying a lot considering I am still getting up in the middle of the night to feed my five month old.
8. What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
I always start my day with a cup of coffee and a green smoothie. I carry around a little zip lock baggie of mixed nuts and snack on those up until lunch time. For lunch I typically eat some type of protein (usually chicken that I prepared in the beginning of the week) with a spinach salad. Dinner is my favorite meal to prepare since I feel like this is the only meal where we are all actually sitting down and eating together, so I try to make it fun. I tend to cook a lot of salmon, grilled shrimp, baked chicken, etc.... And I like to pair it with a big side of stir fried veggies. If I am feeling like making a quick and easy treat I will make coconut milk ice cream with gluten free chocolate chips. It is SO yummy and my two year old always thinks I'm pretty cool when I make it :)
How awesome is she? Thanks for the inspiration Lindsay!