Q&A

You have mentioned your struggle with food, what made you decide to change your unhealthy eating habits?

Honestly, I knew I needed to make a major change before my trip to Italy, but until that time, I didn’t have that final push to make it happen. However, I knew I needed to change because I realized that I was not being the older sister that I wanted to be to my younger sister. I felt terrible that she was watching me live through such an unstable time in my life and this really woke me up. She would look at me with such sadness and uncertainty, as if she didn’t remember the ‘real’ me, and this is what truly sparked a change in me.

What are some foods that you tend to crave more than others?

I really feel like I crave a nice mixture of ‘bad for you’ and ‘good for you’ foods. I always always always crave a big salad at least once a week. I love the endless combination’s I can create — chicken, tofu, croutons, grilled veggies — I’m making myself hungry! I also tend to crave smoked salmon and cream cheese… the combo is just ridiculously good. Peanut butter and frozen yogurt (together or separately :)) really take the cake. And sushi! I could probably eat sushi every day if I had more money than Oprah.

Based on my schedule, I normally go to the gym late after work or after dinner, around 8 or 9pm, and was wondering what would be the best thing to eat as a post work out snack. I am always so hungry before I go to bed.

Such a good question! I am more of a morning person, so I tend to work out before work. However, I have worked out at night as well and know that snacky feeling you’re talking about! Here are a few great options for a before-bed snack: any type of dairy is good to eat before bed because it is high in protein and easy to digest. Try this; take your favorite yogurt and place it in the freezer before your workout. Once your workout is over, you’ll have a nice frozen treat that almost tastes like frozen yogurt! Stir in a little granola for added crunch.. BAM πŸ™‚ You may also want to slice an apple (fiber-easy to digest) and top it with a spoonful of peanut butter (protein), which should definitely do the trick.

I have recently discovered that my TV has free exercise videos, so i have been doing hour-long Jillian Michael’s videos. I think they are fantastic, but some of my friends have been saying that home videos are generally not as effective because you don’t push yourself to go “all out” when doing them. What do you think?

Pushing yourself ‘all out’ is entirely up to you. There are many times when I am at the gym and I see a lot of people not going ‘all out’, and instead, they are just talking up a storm! Workin’ out the wrong body part if you ask me πŸ˜‰ DVD work outs come in all different varieties–>cardio, arm sculpting, ab blasting, booty shaking, making for a great workout. Just a quick tip; I like to make sure that I balance the workout, meaning that if I do an ab blast, I try to make time for at least 30 minutes of cardio in whatever shape or form.

What are some low-carb breakfast options?

One of my favorite breakfasts is quite low carb! Take a cup of 0% greek yogurt (I love Chobani and Fage) add 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries, 1/2 sliced banana, a handful of walnuts, and drizzle with a bit of maple syrup. Seriously delicious and so filling. You could also scramble one egg and two egg whites and pair with a cup of fruit or some sauteed veggies!

I have been having a severe sweet tooth lately. Usually I run to peanut butter and bananas for a quick fix, but i gave up peanut butter for lent. Are there any healthy peanut butter alternatives?

I admire that you can give up PB for lent–not this girl over here πŸ˜› PB is a difficult replacement for sure, but if you want to keep with your routine of the banana, why not melt some dark chocolate in the microwave, and once melted, drizzle it over the banana. Then, let it sit in the freezer for about an hour before digging in. A quick and tasty sweet-tooth treat! If you’d like to incorporate nuts of any kind, simply crush any nut of your choice and sprinkle on top before freezing. You can essentially add any topping you’d like.

What is your favorite workout?

I have been running since my senior year of high school… while I find it to be the most rewarding of workouts, sometimes I cant stand it am just not in the mood to run. I have been working out my arms lately (I am in my friend Breanne’s wedding and my bridesmaid dress is strapless) and always wind up feeling stronger after a good session with the weights. So yes, I guess running is my favorite workout, but it’s not always the most fun for me, personally.

I love yoga, but afterwards I always feel a little antsy and regret that I didn’t do some kind of cardio workout. Do you think yoga is really as effective as a kickboxing class or a nice long run? Should it be used as a supplemental work out?

In my opinion, nothing feels as sweat-tastic as a good run. I have taken a few kick boxing classes as well — which definitely burned some serious calories. While yoga is an awesome workout, I would suggest adding in some cardio before or after the yoga session. Nothing too extreme, yoga still works the muscles, but something to make you feel a bit more satisfied with the overall workout. Yoga is gratifying for the mind and the muscles, but for me, a more rigorous cardio workout does the trick. But remember to always, always listen to your body – if you just need a yoga sesh, go for it!

What are some types of food that really boost your energy level?

Carbs are the answer for boosting energy – but tons of pasta ain’t the way to go! Try some whole grain or rye toast with a smear of jam and topped with crushed almonds. A little protein can go a long way too; a great snack is half a pita, toasted, spread with a tablespoon of hummus and two slices of turkey on top! πŸ™‚

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