Hungry Runner

Fit Tip: Pack breakfast when you’re on the go!
It’s much easier than trying to navigate the mostly unhealthy, highly processed, Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks/McDonalds menus! 
I’ll be running bright and early at 5AM tomorrow morning and work starts at 6! At least work and the gym are the same place. What a nice convenience! But, breakfast for after my workout is packed and ready to go. Having a busy schedule is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to eating healthy, but that DOESN’T mean it’s an excuse! It means you have to PREPARE.

Fit Tip: Pack breakfast when you’re on the go!

It’s much easier than trying to navigate the mostly unhealthy, highly processed, Dunkin’ Donuts/Starbucks/McDonalds menus!

I’ll be running bright and early at 5AM tomorrow morning and work starts at 6! At least work and the gym are the same place. What a nice convenience! But, breakfast for after my workout is packed and ready to go. Having a busy schedule is one of the biggest challenges when it comes to eating healthy, but that DOESN’T mean it’s an excuse! It means you have to PREPARE.

Spotted this AWESOME t-shirt at the gym today!
[image via Snorg Tees]

Spotted this AWESOME t-shirt at the gym today!

[image via Snorg Tees]

Is it really healthy? Starbucks “Perfect Oatmeal”

In last week’s “Is it really healthy?” post I took a look at Starbucks Protein Bistro Box. It turned out to be not quite as healthy as it deceivingly appears. In response to that post, reader "SimplySundance" commented to ask whether or not Starbucks Oatmeal is a healthy meal choice. Good question! Let’s find out.

[image via Starbucks.com]

Here’s a quick look!

Nutrition Facts for Starbucks “Perfect Oatmeal”

So far, so good. I’d place this in the “healthy” category. However, ingredient information is not provided on their website, which as we know is just as important as the nutrition facts. So, if you ever find yourself at a Starbucks, about to order their oatmeal, I’d recommend glancing over the ingredients to make sure their are no crazy additives or preservatives that would quickly take this  from “healthy” to “DO NOT eat that!”

Other things to consider: Toppings! Which include, nuts, dried fruit, and brown sugar.

Nutritional Facts for Starbucks “Nut Medley Oatmeal Topping”

This looks OK to me. All-natural nuts without an excessive amounts of added salt are always a healthy option. But again, double check the ingredients to make sure there are no sneaky “unhealthy” added ingredients here!

Nutrition Facts for Starbucks “Dried Fruit Oatmeal Topping”

At a first glance, this doesn’t look too terrible because the calories are fairly low and there’s not much else to it besides sugar. But, that’s the problem. Dried fruit tends to be high in sugar, and 1 serving of this has 20 grams, which is a high amount to consume in one sitting, especially for anyone trying to cut back on their daily sugar intake. Also, it’d be hard to imagine that their are no preservatives in this. So again, double check the ingredients! (Can’t stress that enough!)

Nutrition Facts for Starbucks “Brown Sugar Oatmeal Topping”

This looks pretty OK too. But if you’re trying to keep it really healthy I wouldn’t recommend adding this to your oatmeal because, it has no real nutritional value. Why add 13 grams of pointless, non-nutritive sugar to your daily intake? Instead, have an apple or banana, which will offer you lots of essential vitamins and minerals!

Overall (without knowing specific ingredient information), Starbucks Oatmeal turns out to be a pretty healthy option. I’ll always recommend making your own oatmeal over purchasing it from somewhere like Starbucks, but when you’re in a pinch, this probably isn’t a bad option. Even including all of the toppings, you’d end up with a total of 390 calories for one serving. However, I wouldn’t recommend indulging in all of them, mostly because you’d end up with an excessive amount of sugar. Instead, I would recommend buying an apple or a banana (which, I’m pretty sure they sell at most Starbucks) and adding that to the oatmeal instead!

This is me asking my body for forgiveness.
Last night I let my taste buds run loose and as a result, much of what I chose to eat was not healthy. In fact, I made several quite unhealthy choices (gasp!), but honesty is important, and if I’m constantly sharing all of the healthy foods that I eat, I think it’s only fair that I sometimes disclose my not-so-nutritious endeavors too.
Because let’s be honest, nobody’s perfect and everyone eats junk food sometimes. But the important thing I’ve learned about diverging from The Clean Eating Path every now and then is that you should never feel guilty for it. Going down the guilt path after eating junk food is the same as a dog chasing it’s tail; you’re running your mind around in circles, chasing after something that can only hurt you. It’s not worth it. If you ate some junk food- whether you consciously admitted “Today’s a cheat day, I’m eating Oreo’s and Pizza and I don’t give a flying fart,” or you slipped-up on a day where you had planned to eat 100% clean- just accept the fact that you chose to eat it, enjoy it, (because it probably tasted delicious!) and move on. The next time you eat is always another chance to feed your body something more nutritious.
It just occurred to me that I’m advocating for occasional Guilt-Free Junk Food Eating, but that I contradictorily prefaced this by apologizing to my body for doing just that. Wow, what a hypocrite I am! Just kidding. What I really mean when I’m saying “sorry to my body” is, “I’m sorry I didn’t treat you with the highest regard that I normally do, and shocked you by making you have to process and digest such alien foods, but I’m not sorry for eating them because they tasted good and I enjoyed it!”
Now that that’s all cleared up, look at some of the yummy, yummy stuff I ate last night!

For dinner, I went to my All-Time Favorite Pizza Restaurant (like, they have The Best Pizza in the World Ever) with my mom. Before you even order anything, they give you a bread basket filled with the fluffiest Italian bread and some other sort of cheesy bread concoction that you can’t not eat when it’s placed in front of you. I had a few bites of each. When I reached my hand over for the basket my mom looked at me with raised eyebrows and said, “You’re gonna eat that?!” Uh, yeah I am! (“You know you’re healthy when people are shocked that you eat bread.” Quick, someone make that into some kind of inspirational poster!) We also had fried calamari, tomato and mozzarella “salad,” and of course, the best, most greatest food of them all…. PIZZA!
And then later on in the nigth, I went to the bar to celebrate Ryan and Andrew’s birthday (Birthday’s? If people are twins is it two birthdays or one? Ponder that…) and there was THIS:

Yes, you are reading that correctly. That is Banana-bread-flavored beer and after Pizza it is the second most greatest food product on this earth. Try it. You will not regret it.
On the way home from the bar, everybody wanted Taco Bell. I won’t lie, I’m a fiend for late-night Taco Bell. What the heck is it about the nighttime that makes junk food seem so much less villainous? I’ve pointed this out before, but it’s like, during daylight hours I’m all, “No way, never. I’d never eat fast food ever, at all…ever.” And then it’s the weekend, and the sun goes down, and my evil Fast Food Twin comes out and she’s like, “It’s dark and no one can see me eating this faux excuse for “food,” so let me just scarf down this Crunch Wrap Supreme before the sun comes up and pretend like it never happened.” I mean she only ever comes out like once a month, but when she does, I’m just like, “What the heck, self?! Stop lying and just admit you eat fast food sometimes.” (Never! No one will know if I continue to only consume it after midnight! Mwhahaha!)
Anyway, I know I’m not alone in this late-night fast food frenzy, because we didn’t end up getting Taco Bell last night, and do you know why? Because when I say the drive-thru line was backed up into the street at 2AM, I’m not exaggerating even one, tiny little bit. There were more people waiting to order Taco Bell on a Friday night than there were at the bar. (Oh my god, America, what is wrong with us?!) Anyway, nobody wanted to wait that long for fake tacos, so we went to Wendy’s instead and yeah, I ate their Spicy “Chicken” Nuggets and some french fries. So sue me.
And with the conclusion of this Unhealthy Food Extravaganza recap, I’m off to go for a nice, long run!
Have a Happy Saturday, everyone! :)

This is me asking my body for forgiveness.

Last night I let my taste buds run loose and as a result, much of what I chose to eat was not healthy. In fact, I made several quite unhealthy choices (gasp!), but honesty is important, and if I’m constantly sharing all of the healthy foods that I eat, I think it’s only fair that I sometimes disclose my not-so-nutritious endeavors too.

Because let’s be honest, nobody’s perfect and everyone eats junk food sometimes. But the important thing I’ve learned about diverging from The Clean Eating Path every now and then is that you should never feel guilty for it. Going down the guilt path after eating junk food is the same as a dog chasing it’s tail; you’re running your mind around in circles, chasing after something that can only hurt you. It’s not worth it. If you ate some junk food- whether you consciously admitted “Today’s a cheat day, I’m eating Oreo’s and Pizza and I don’t give a flying fart,” or you slipped-up on a day where you had planned to eat 100% clean- just accept the fact that you chose to eat it, enjoy it, (because it probably tasted delicious!) and move on. The next time you eat is always another chance to feed your body something more nutritious.

It just occurred to me that I’m advocating for occasional Guilt-Free Junk Food Eating, but that I contradictorily prefaced this by apologizing to my body for doing just that. Wow, what a hypocrite I am! Just kidding. What I really mean when I’m saying “sorry to my body” is, “I’m sorry I didn’t treat you with the highest regard that I normally do, and shocked you by making you have to process and digest such alien foods, but I’m not sorry for eating them because they tasted good and I enjoyed it!”

Now that that’s all cleared up, look at some of the yummy, yummy stuff I ate last night!

For dinner, I went to my All-Time Favorite Pizza Restaurant (like, they have The Best Pizza in the World Ever) with my mom. Before you even order anything, they give you a bread basket filled with the fluffiest Italian bread and some other sort of cheesy bread concoction that you can’t not eat when it’s placed in front of you. I had a few bites of each. When I reached my hand over for the basket my mom looked at me with raised eyebrows and said, “You’re gonna eat that?!” Uh, yeah I am! (“You know you’re healthy when people are shocked that you eat bread.” Quick, someone make that into some kind of inspirational poster!) We also had fried calamari, tomato and mozzarella “salad,” and of course, the best, most greatest food of them all…. PIZZA!

And then later on in the nigth, I went to the bar to celebrate Ryan and Andrew’s birthday (Birthday’s? If people are twins is it two birthdays or one? Ponder that…) and there was THIS:

Yes, you are reading that correctly. That is Banana-bread-flavored beer and after Pizza it is the second most greatest food product on this earth. Try it. You will not regret it.

On the way home from the bar, everybody wanted Taco Bell. I won’t lie, I’m a fiend for late-night Taco Bell. What the heck is it about the nighttime that makes junk food seem so much less villainous? I’ve pointed this out before, but it’s like, during daylight hours I’m all, “No way, never. I’d never eat fast food ever, at all…ever.” And then it’s the weekend, and the sun goes down, and my evil Fast Food Twin comes out and she’s like, “It’s dark and no one can see me eating this faux excuse for “food,” so let me just scarf down this Crunch Wrap Supreme before the sun comes up and pretend like it never happened.” I mean she only ever comes out like once a month, but when she does, I’m just like, “What the heck, self?! Stop lying and just admit you eat fast food sometimes.” (Never! No one will know if I continue to only consume it after midnight! Mwhahaha!)

Anyway, I know I’m not alone in this late-night fast food frenzy, because we didn’t end up getting Taco Bell last night, and do you know why? Because when I say the drive-thru line was backed up into the street at 2AM, I’m not exaggerating even one, tiny little bit. There were more people waiting to order Taco Bell on a Friday night than there were at the bar. (Oh my god, America, what is wrong with us?!) Anyway, nobody wanted to wait that long for fake tacos, so we went to Wendy’s instead and yeah, I ate their Spicy “Chicken” Nuggets and some french fries. So sue me.

And with the conclusion of this Unhealthy Food Extravaganza recap, I’m off to go for a nice, long run!

Have a Happy Saturday, everyone! :)

[image via Fit Sugar]

- You’re not too busy to cook: Find quick, easy, go-to recipes for your favorite foods so you can enjoy healthy eating even if you’re on the go!

- Always order an appetizer: "…[order] a healthy appetizer, like shrimp cocktail, green salad, or a broth-based soup, to cut hunger (but step away from the breadbasket!)"

- Keep the “essentials” in your pantry: Lisa makes sure to always have foods like tofu noodles, almond milk, and high-fiber Tortillas on hand so she can easily prepare her favorite healthy meals without a hassle.

- Find an exercise routine that works: Even healthy eating is no excuse to skip physical activity!

- Avoid your food “weaknesses”: Lisa says she almost never orders the unhealthy foods that she loves when she’s dining out, but waits until shes home so that she can whip up her own healthier version instead.  “‘Anything that is my favorite weakness food is something that I try to avoid [when out],’ Lisa says.”

- Learn how to navigate the fast food menu: For times when the drive-thru is unavoidable, always remain in control of the situation. For example, Lisa will order a grilled chicken sandwich, remove the chicken from the bun, cut it up, and put it into a salad instead!

- Remember that calories count: Lisa says, “…calories do count and some people don’t believe that. They say, ‘well as long as I’m making choices and I’m eating all natural, organic whole foods then it doesn’t matter how many calories I’m taking.’ And that’s definitely not true…”

"Lisa keeps a notes in a draft email in her inbox, and at the end of the day figures out roughly how much she’s had. This helps her plan her meals better. ‘I think that the most successful people, if they’re trying to lose or even maintain weight, are people that can think ahead. If you know you’re going out to dinner, and you know you want to make certain choices that night, alter how you eat throughout the day. Don’t starve yourself, but don’t make the bad choices during the day if you know you want to splurge a little at dinner.’

[image via Organic Authority]

Organic Authority shares the frighteningly long list of ingredients used to make fast food chicken nuggets, revealing just how much of that fried, golden goodness is actually made of chicken. (Hint: it’s not much!)

"…don’t be fooled – the true cost of fast food does not come out of your wallet, but out of your body, your health, and your years on this earth."

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