I get a lot of emails about Honeybee Health regarding diet, exercise etc. and thought I would use this post to answer some of these questions…..
Question: I was hoping you could do a post sometime about how you really started to eat healthy. My family is really big on eating lots of meat and carbs and I would like to start eating cleaner and generally healthier. Do you have any suggestions of a place to start?
Answer: Great question. I started eating healthy when I moved to California in High School. I just became really interested in researching all the nutrition info in things we were eating. There’s a big misconception that you shouldn’t eat meat and carbs. The key is choosing the right ones! I LOVE red meat! When selecting meats you always want to look for the leanest cuts. Bison (Buffalo), Filet Mignon and Flank are all very lean. Bison contains less fat and calories than a piece of grilled chicken breast!! So anytime I see a bison burger, steak or tenderloin I am ALL over it!!! When choosing ground beef I ALWAYS choose 95% lean!
As for carbs you guys know the drill. You want to have something with nutritional value and that will be filling. Whole wheat bread, rice and pasta are all good options. Quinoa is a great source of nutrients and protein as well. A sweet potato over a regular potato because the sweet potato is nutrient packed and lower on the glycemic index. Just making these simple substitutions will make a drastic impact!
Question: How many times a day do you workout?? Do you ever “diet” and if so which one?!
Answer: I only work out once in a day. Rarely have I ever done two workouts in one day. As for “dieting” I think I tried them all back in high school. Sugar Free, Fat Free, and Carb Free (and I was never even overweight so not sure why I did). I cant stress enough how much those diets backfire on you! You need carbs for energy. The key is just choosing the right carbs and practicing moderation in every aspect of your eating. Sugar Free was probably the worst one I ever tried. Sugar Free products contain malitol which can have “laxative like” side effects and also cause bloating. I never felt good or satisfied eating sugar free products. Over the passed 5 years Ive really come to a great place with my eating. No more diets it really is just a lifestyle. My theory is that if you eat good 80% of the time then you can indulge and enjoy that other 20% thats not so good for you.
Question: Hi Andee, love your blog, I was wondering if on your next Honeybee Health Post you can share what a typical workout looks like for you. I can’t believe you only work out 3 days a week that’s amazing! Is there a particular reason why you cut back on your work outs?
Answer: I used to work out 5 to 6 days a week. I now have been working out 3 (sometimes 4) days a week for the passed year and I have not notice one difference in the way I look. So why workout that extra day if I look the same?! (Again I think it does have a lot to do with the fact that I eat very clean 80% of the time).
Hope this isnt “TMI” but last year I went off birth control and its took me over 7 months to get my period. My husband wanted me to work out less (because I was also training for the San Fran 1/2 marathon) and give my body a break. Low and behold a couple months later I got my period (FINALLY!!) Im not sure if it was a coincidence or because I gave my body a break but it let me see that I didnt have to stress about being in the gym 5 days a week!
Question: I love your blog, and I have a few questions… what type of routine do you have, daily? I am looking to eat better and get a little more trim…I’m pretty thin but just feeling a little … chubby in the hips/midsection! Any suggestions would be helpful, thank you!
Answer: As far as working out I do Cardio 3 to 4 times a week for about 45 minutes. I also do strength training 2 to 3 times a week for about 25 minutes (lunges, squats, weights etc..) When i’m in the gym I PUSH myself. I want to be exhausted and dripping wet when I leave there. I do a “Shred n Tred” class at my gym which is awesome. Its a group running class on the tredmills with an instructor who tells you what incline to take it to and what speeds. Its constantly changing and keeps your body guessing which is awesome! I also take spin once a week and use the elliptical machine and stairclimber.
If you are already fairly thin and want to tone up I would just practice more strength training. I would look into a pilates class or something that focuses on strengthening your core. (again im not a certified fitness instructor but this is my opinion)
Question: What are your guidelines for eating? Do you only eat Oragnic food? and do you have any tips to share about eating out???
Answer: We are faced with hundreds of food decisions a day. Do I eat the homemade cookies that my co worker brought in? Do I have another margarita? Should I have that burger and fries? Im a BIG believer in listening to your body. If you are craving pizza have the pizza! If you want a Sprinkles cupcake…get down on that cupcake 😉 and dont beat yourself up about it (I still struggle to take my advice on that one) I think if you are eating really well 80% of the time (and be HONEST with yourself about if you are truly eating well) then enjoy that 20 % when you do splurge!
I eat very clean. Tons of veggies, grilled leans meats and whole grains. Pretty much you can always find this incorporated in all my meals. I use cheese sparingly and try to have my sugar in the form of dark chocolate and fruit. (Notice I said TRY 😉 I dont eat fried food. My guilty pleasures are wine and sweets so Id rather save my calories for those!
I eat MOSTLY organic because I really noticed a difference with how my body felt after eating non processed foods. I do have some things in my pantry that aren’t 100% organic but the majority are. Eating out is something you have to master. I always feel sorry for my waitress because I am that person that person who says “buffalo burger with the whole wheat bun, dry (because they slather on the butter and grill it) no cheese or mayo and salad with dressing on the side instead of fries. Yes its embarrassing and I always do it in the nicest way but im sure they want to spit in my food haha. Portion Sizes and deciphering the words on the menu are key to eating out. I will definitely do a post on this because there is so much to it! Before you go to dinner look at the menu online. If it is a chain restaurant you can even get the nutrition facts in each dish online.
I hope this was helpful and not to much info. I just get a lot of requests on this and thought I would share a little bit of my daily habits with you girls! Please let me know if you have any other questions!! xoxo