The Treat/Cheat Dilemma

 

 

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I’m not going to lie, one of the hardest parts about eating healthy is saying no to some of those foods that are SO GOOD! I am a sucker for carbs-pizza, pancakes, the works. So when I am offered them and have to say no, it’s very difficult. Actually, I don’t have to say no, I choose to say no because I know that I don’t feel as good after I have eaten them. Anyway, all I am saying is I know your pain.

But, we also can’t go through our entire life not allowing ourselves to enjoy the foods that we love. This is where the treat/cheat dilemma comes in. Do we treat ourselves and have our favorite foods? Or are we cheating ourselves when we have them? Here is my answer, or rather, my opinion:

You can call eating your favorite not so healthy meals anything you want. Treat, cheat, it really doesn’t matter because you are eating it either way. The main thing you want to focus on is enjoying the meal when you have it, and to make sure you aren’t eating these meals to often or in to big of portions.

There are many different way’s you can incorporate these meals into your life. Here is my personal plan that works for ME:

  • 1 treat per week, small, like a piece of chocolate or a small portion of sushi/asian food
  • 1 big treat per month like pancakes, pizza, etc.
  • 3 days a year I allow myself a *cheat DAY- Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday

I put a * by cheat DAY because I need to explain exactly what I mean by that. There is a huge difference between a cheat meal and a cheat day.  A cheat meal is when you allow yourself a portion of one of your favorite foods  a few times a month. A cheat day is when you allow yourself whatever you want to eat in one day. You SHOULDN’T have a cheat day every week. It is unhealthy and will eventually cause weight gain and bad habits, trust me I have been there too.

Now remember, this is all my own opinion so make sure that you are taking my advice and using what works for YOU.

Whats your guy’s favorite cheat meal?!

 

 

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The Breakfast Club- Health Nut Edition

Having breakfast with my friends is one of my absolute favorite things to do! Waking up, and filling the house with the smell of fresh coffee and delicious food is the best way to start a day after a long night with friends. But, if you aren’t careful, you could end up filling your body with a bunch of crap that will make you feel badd throughout the day. And who wants to feel like that? Luckily there are some delicious and healthy food options out there for you to cook for a special breakfast with friends!

Some of my favorites:

  • You wouldn’t even know its Vegan Cinnamon Rolls
  • Original French toast made with Ezekiel bread (Can be found in the frozen organics section) Prepare like regular French Toast
  • Yogurt topped with fruit, nuts, honey, peanut butter, with a side of fresh toast
  • Pancakes with banana, blueberries, and greek yogurt to top
  • Veggie Omelets
  • Fresh Fruit salad
  • Chocolate fried bananas
  • Turkey bacon with eggs and Ezekiel toast, topped with hot sauce

All of these recipes are delicious… I have tried them all and so have my friends, there were a very big hit. The cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and chocolate fried bananas are more “treats” so make sure that these aren’t an everyday occurrence. Everything in moderation!

And… to make the morning even more fun, do a yoga routine right before you start cooking! Something like Sun Salutations, or a quick vinyassa flow you find on YouTube.. Speaking of YouTube… I should have my business up and running soon, lots of videos coming, I am so excited!

Your Friend,

Sierra

Crafting Your Summer Bucket List

 

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May 1st is here… that means we have about 1 month before our lives are all about tans, relaxation, and fun with friends. For some people, well at least for me, knowing that it’s only a month away is HARD! It’s not here but it’s not far away… So how do we keep ourselves going? That’s easy. Craft a summer bucket list!

Yes sometimes bucket lists can be cheesy, but when you really put a realistic effort into crafting a bucket list you would be surprised at how much of it you accomplish. Not to mention how much fun you’ll have while doing it!

But how do you create a realistic bucket list? Here are 5 “tips”:

1. Make sure that it’s something you really WANT to do

2. Make sure you have potential transportation

3. Dont make anything to expensive

4. Include other people so you aren’t alone

5. Don’t make it to big

All of those 5 things take into account the usual issues that people have while making bucket lists, especially if you are a teen/ young teen.

Now that you have an idea of what your bucket lists should consist of… you may be at a road block. Then what DO I put on my bucket list? Below is my summer bucket list. Keep it mind these are just suggestions/ideas, you may not want to do what I do! And, yes, I took my 5 tips into account!:

  •  Go to the local Drive-In once a month for the double showing
  • Take a road trip to California
  • Get my first paid acting job
  • Teach Paddle Board Yoga
  • Go Horseback riding in the mountains
  • Try kayaking
  • Attend a pie eating contest
  • Run 15 miles
  • Surf
  • Shop until I drop
  • Ride my bike all the way to my favorite smoothie shop 30 miles away… and ride back
  • Take a week long camping trip… in my backyard
  • Get Henna tattoos with my best friends
  • Let go of all fear
  • Get in WICKED shape
  • Plan my 16th b-day party
  • Start my business
  • Reach 7,000 followers on twitter

That’s what I have so far… What is going to be on your bucket list?

Amazing Acting News and The 30 Day Challenge

Wow guys! So many great things are going on in my life right now (and they are over balancing the bad and stressful things which is always good)! I hope that your new year is starting off amazing, as it should because 2013 is going to be YOUR YEAR. You are going to achieve all your goals and dreams, and… your life is going to attract your NEW WORD that you put out in to the universe. (Click here to read post about how to choose your NEW YEAR WORD)

As I told you in my previous post the word that I chose to focus on this year is ADVENTURE. And let me tell you, it is already coming my way. Particularly in my acting career world, hence the title Amazing Acting News.

Well, let me tell you what’s going on!

I got invited to do an intensive with an established acting coach down in Denver for 3 weeks… and then off to L.A. for me baby! Yes! I am so very excited to have this opportunity and can’t wait to keep you guys updated on everything. And hopefully I will be able to post some videos of my doing a few skits so that you can see my mad skills, well my mad skills in progress. It is such a creative outlet for me, I get so excited that I can’t even sleep sometimes as crazy as that sounds.

Which brings me to our next order of business…. energy!

It can be so hard to keep our energy up when we are going to school, sports, and maintaining our social life with our friends. The whole shebang can be very draining, which is why I am here to give you a tip on how to turbo blast your energy first thing in the morning, afternoon, or at night before you go out. And the secret is………

Green Smoothies!

Now, please don’t yell at your computer and shut my blog! Yes it is a green colored smoothie, but I can also guarantee you that it will be one of the most delicious smoothies you have ever tasted, and nutritious. Here is the recipe for your major energy blasting smoothie:

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 chopped apple
  4. 1 scoop tango VegaPowder
  5. 1 cup kale
  6. 1/4 avacado
  7. 1 cup spinach

Procedure

Personally I like to chop up all the ingredients as fine as I can and then blend them altogether at once. However, you can blend the veggies and almond milk first and it makes the end result a little bit more creamy.

Now that you have the recipe I’ll tell you what The 30 Day Challenge is: Drink 1 green smoothie for any of your 3 meals a day, snap a picture, and tweet it to me @SGoldstein33

I will be participating in this challenge as well…. ready, get set, gulp!

#SUP Man…. I Have A New Passion

Hey guys! To start off, for those of you who don’t know what #SUP is it is…… STAND UP PADDLE BOARD! Yes, you are standing up on a board and paddling your little booty (well technically arms but that didn’t sound as good) off! I tried for the first time this summer and absolutely LOVED it! And I got to do it again while I was on vacation in Mexico for Christmas last week.

It was one of those things that I felt like a complete natural at, it came easy, it was fun, and I completely and fully fell head over heels in love with it. I love when that happens! You think that you are going to try something that really, in the grand scheme of things, won’t do anything to change your life, and then suddenly BOOM! You have a new passion and all you want to do is do that thing.

That is what paddle board is for me! All I can think about is being up on that board, out on the ocean paddling around, hopping into some yoga poses, and doing some sit ups. Yes you read that right, you can do yoga… on a paddle board… in the middle of the ocean…. that to me, is heaven.

The point of me telling you this is because there is a very good chance that next year…. I am going to be able to do that all day, everyday. My family and I are creating a business plan to go town to _ (can’t tell you yet!) to start up a paddle board and boutique hotel business where people can come to reconnect with their body, mind, and spirit. Although, me and my mom would still have to travel back and forth when my acting career takes off. Perfectly fine with me! Doing both of the things that I love all the time, not a bad deal.

Even typing that makes me want to jump up and down. I know that this is what I am supposed to do with my life: act, teach, eat healthy, be on the beach, help others achieve their goals… ahhh creating heaven on earth my friends.

Busy day ahead of me… Keep following your dreams and remember to comment with questions, or if you just want to chat!

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