Healthy V-Day Ideas

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I am going to preface this post with this: This is not a post about how you shouldn’t eat anything unhealthy on Valentines Day. I am a total believer in treating yourself! Rather, this is post is meant to give you some ideas about how you can treat yourself, but in a more HEALTHY way.

Valentines Day is full of tempting foods; donuts, pizza, fancy dinners, chocolate, chocolate covered chocolate… did I mention chocolate? So it may be difficult to be super healthy that day. Again, that is OK if you don’t go out on a complete binge and make yourself feel sick. Trust me, it can be easy to fall into the Valentines Day vortex, that is why I am going to give you some tips/options as to what you can treat yourself with on Valentines Day…while staying healthy!

The have 1 rule

If you have 1 piece of pizza, 1 donut, 1 piece of cake, this is not going to set you completely back. The keyword here is 1 though. If you have 3 pieces of pizza, some cake, and a donut you are not going to feel good about yourself!

Swap Hershey’s for dark chocolate

There are some chocolate options that are better than others. Dark chocolate is always an awesome alternative to the milk chocolates, reese’s, etc. If you make sure you limit yourself to a few pieces, not the entire bar, you will be fine!

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Make your own

Instead of ordering a bunch of pizza that night, invite your friends over for a night of pizza making fun! You can go to the store, buy all the ingredients, and make it at home! There are some great healthy pizza recipes out there. Click here for my favorite.

Keep it simple

If you are going out on a date to a super fancy place you are still allowed to indulge. However, instead of ordering a ton of appetizers, dinner, and desert, limit yourself to maybe one of each. Or, you could even split the meal with your date! That way you get to try some of everything, but you don’t get super full and feel bloated for the rest of the night.

Remember, Valentines Day is all about love! Love your body enough to want to take good care of it, after all what’s the point in celebrating the day of love if you are feeling bad about yourself!

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#TheLunchBunch

There is this thing in the world that will destroy your health, beauty, and most likely cause some major uncomforted in the belly zone. This thing that I am speaking of is….. School Lunches.

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Fried food, burgers, fries, ketchup, salt, fat, sugar, sugar, SUGAR! None of that is healthy in any way shape or form. Now, those things aren’t bad to have very once in a very long while, but having them on your lunch menu every single day is not a good thing. 

In general school lunches are not healthy, I mean a pizza is considered a vegetable there, and we all know that it isn’t. Sometimes there will be salads or wraps, which are definitely a better choice if you do need to eat school lunches. On that note, if you do eat school lunches here are some better options:

  1. Salads, without dressings, with a fruit cup and a water
  2. Tortilla wraps with a side salad
  3. Pizza with a side salad, no dressing
  4. Bread boat with salad, peel part of the cheese off

It is better if  you can bring your own lunches though, because then you know exactly what you are eating, and you can control exactly how much your bring, etc. Lunch is one of my favorite meals, there are some many delicious and healthy options that you can do! Here are some of my favorites:

Turkey Sandwhich with Grapes and Almonds

Get some thing wheat bread, 100 calorie packs, and place a little bit of mustard on it. Then place 2 slices of turkey on it, bring along some grapes and almonds and you have a great lunch!

Grilled Chicken Salad

Mix 3 oz of grilled chicken, 1 cup romaine lettuce, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, and a few slices of avocado. Drizzle with balsamic dressing!

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese 

Use your favorite tomato soup recipe, and serve with 2 slices whole wheat bread with melted mozzarella!

Those are my fav options… try them out and let me know what you think! Tweet me if you try out any of these recipes at @SGoldstein33 with the hashtag #TheLunchBunch

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!

Teen Calories

 

 

 

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Hey guys! I have been getting a lot of questions lately about how many calories you should be eating. I would like to start off by saying that health and weight loss is not just about calorie intake. The difference between eating 2,000 calories in snickers bars and 2,000 calories in fruits and vegetables is HUGE. But, calorie intake is important, after all, it is logical that if you eat way more than you burn you’ll gain weight, and if you eat less you’ll lose it.

How many calories you eat depends on several things:

  1. How active you are
  2. Weight goals
  3. Age
  4. Weight
  5. Height
  6. Gender
  7. Metabolism rate

Every persons needed intake is different, because we all are designed in slightly different ways. However, there is one rule that you NEED to remember to follow with calorie intake…. Never ever ever eat less than 1,200 calories a day. If you do, it will cause your body to go into starvation mode, and you could actually end up gaining weight. Not to mention that it is not healthy at all.

Here is a formula to figure out how many calories you need:

 

Girls-

655 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)

Boys-

66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years)

Then:

 

 

    • If you are sedentary : BMR x 20 percent

 

    • If you are lightly active: BMR x 30 percent

 

    • If you are moderately active (You exercise most days a week.): BMR x 40 percent 
    • If you are very active (You exercise intensely on a daily basis or for prolonged periods.): BMR x 50 percent

That is the amount of calories you should eat to maintain your weight, if you want to lose weight eat about 300 calories less.

Concluding this post I would like to say that do not obsess over calories. You should be eating for health and vitality, not necessarily weight loss, looking good, and being skinny. Please keep that in mind!

Disclaimer-consult doctor before starting any weightless program. I am not a nutritionist or dietician yet, so these are just tips and things that have worked for me. 

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