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Jeff’s Healthy Philly Cheesesteak Sub

by: Jill Ouhrabka MS,RD, LDN, CHC

You can still eat the foods you love, just make a few changes and enjoy a healthier option!

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4, 8” Whole Wheat Sub Rolls (1 sub per person)
  • 8 slices of 2% American Cheese slices (2 slices per person)
  • 16 oz deli sliced Lean Roast Beef  (Tip: opt for low sodium to decrease sodium content) (4 oz. per person)
  • Pepper,  Garlic Powder,  Onion Powder
  • Optional : 1 cup each of Onion, Pepper and Mushrooms

Directions:

  • Sauté the onion, pepper, and mushroom into a pan (use non-stick vegetable oil and/or a little oil in the pan)
  • Add the roast beef and spices
  • Toast the sub roll
  • Add the slices of cheese to the sub roll and allow to slightly melt (note: you can also cheese to the stir fry pan if you prefer
  • Place stir fried meat and veggies on cheese on sub roll
  • Enjoy!

How does this recipe compare to traditional recipes?

Jeff’s Homemade Philly Cheesesteak Sub vs. Traditional Philly Cheesesteak Sub:

The winner is…Homemade!!!

Traditional Philly Cheesesteak

Homemade Philly Cheesesteak

The Difference

The Healthier Option is:

Total Calories

710 Calories

420 Calories

290 Calories

Homemade

Total Calories from Fat

214 Calories

90 Calories

24 Calories

Homemade

Total Fat

24 grams

10 grams

24 grams

Homemade

Total Cholesterol

113 mg

100 mg

13 mg

Homemade

Total Sodium

1743 mg

1410 mg

333 mg

Homemade

Total Carbohydrates

72 grams

42 grams

30 grams

Homemade

Total Protein

49 grams

41 grams

8 grams

Traditional

Total Sugar

6 grams

3 grams

3 grams

Homemade

Total Fiber

6 grams

9 grams

3 grams

Homemade

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Quinoa and Bean Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings for a main course or 8 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 ½  cups quinoa
  • 1 ½  cups cooked black beans
  • 1 ½ cups cooked kidney beans
    • Tip: If you buy canned beans always rinse them so cut down on the sodium content
  • 1 ½  tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 ½  cups cooked corn
  • 1 ripe avocado diced
  • Tip: Use fresh corn in the summer, or frozen in the winter, again if you use canned rinse it before cooking
  • 1 ½ cups diced tomatoes
  • ¾ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • ¾ cup diced banana peppers
  • ¼  cup finely chopped coriander
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
    • Tip: If you are watching your sodium intake, use salt substitute
  • 1 ¼  teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Making the Dish:

  1. Clean and prep quinoa as indicated on box or bag: Typically you will need to wash the quinoa under water until the water is clear
  2. In a large saucepan bring water to boiling, then add quinoa and cook for about 10 minutes
  3. While the quinoa is cooking, start another saucepan with about 3 cups of water for step 5
  4. Drain quinoa and rinse under cold water
  5. Next, using a sieve you will put the quinoa over a saucepan with boiling water, cover the quinoa with a towel and lid
    1. The object here is to steam the quinoa so you don’t want it touching the boiling water
    2. Steam until it appears light and fluffy (usually about 8 to 10 minutes)
    3. Once light and fluffy, put quinoa into a large bowl and let it cool (stir it occasionally to help cool faster)
  6. Mix the beans, vinegar, salt and pepper in a small bowl
  7. Once the quinoa is cool, add the bean mix from step 6, the bell pepper, banana pepper, coriander, avocado, tomatoes and corn
  8. Make the dressing: Combine the lime juice, salt, and cumin ina small bowl.  As you whisk these ingredients together, add the oil and continue whisking. Once combined, add to the quinoa salad.
  9. Serve salad at room temperature and enjoy!

     

     

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Lose weight naturally

By: Jillian Ouhrabka MS, RD, LDN, CHC

Its 2014, you are determined to start the New Year off right! You have set your health goals, maybe you want to lose weight, or start exercising more. Maybe you think about starting to take some weight loss shakes, or order some home delivery food to help you lose weight. You have joined a gym and already gone 5 times! You feel like you own this year!

Fast forward 1 month…

You decided the home delivery is too expensive, or it doesn’t fill you up. The gym is a good idea but you don’t feel like going as much anymore, you haven’t lost weight but you haven’t gained weight. This is the problem-diets don’t work! They are a short term solution and often people who go on “diets” or follow a high protein, low carb diet plan will not only gain back the weight they lose but often gain it back and then some!

Isn’t there a simpler, more natural and healthy way to lose weight? You want to do it; you just can’t seem to overhaul your current diet/lifestyle.

Enough already!

There are no magic tricks, not special diets that you need. If you are like most of my clients you can actually eat MORE and LOSE WEIGHT! So often we think we have to eat less to lose weight but actually just the opposite is true!

Can I really eat more food to lose weight naturally?

Yes! I struggled with weight and food addiction for my entire life. I restricted calories, and thought if I ate less I would lose weight.  That did not happen, instead I was so hungry I would eat sweets and crave high sugar, high calorie foods which did not help me lose weight. I have finally found freedom from food and been able to achieve my ideal weight by eating more.

I am eating regular meals and snacks, I eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and yes I eat sweets and treats IN MODERATION. I am eating more than I ever have eaten in my life and I have lost weight and kept it off! I feel fantastic, I eat what I want without feeling deprived and you can too!  I can teach you how to feel full, feel satisfied, and have energy all day. The best part is that you don’t have to buy shakes, or special foods to do to this! That means you can make changes to your lifestyle and keep the changes long-term!!! There is not diet or exercise plan to fall off of because you are just learning to eat right. 

How to eat more and lose weight naturally

Tip 1: Eat breakfast and then eat every 2 to 3 hours

  • Space your calories out so that you are eating every 3 hours. This will keep your energy levels up and keep sugar cravings and overeating away!
    • Your day should look like this:
      • 7am: Breakfast
      • 10am: Snack
      • 1pm: Lunch
      • 4pm: Snack
      • 6pm: Dinner
      • 8pm: Snack

Tip 2: Aim to eat 25 to 30 calories per kilogram of body weight

  • Take your current weight in pounds and divide by 2.2 to get to kilograms
  • Now multiply this number by 25 and then repeat this but multiply by 30
    • This will give you a range of calories that you should aim to stay within each day to lose and/or maintain weight (Note: a dietitian can help you calculate your exact needs)

Tip 3: Follow a high fiber diet, and include protein and carbohydrates at all meals and snacks

  • This combination will help keep your blood sugar stable, help you feel energized, and keep cravings for sugar and sweets at bay

Tip 4: Don’t be afraid of fat

  • Healthy fats and oils help you feel full so you are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods

Tip 5: Eat more fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, low in fat and calories so they offer a fantastic, nutrient rich option

Snacking on potato chips or candy bars will not give you the essential nutrition to help reduce your risk of certain types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or lower your blood pressure or cholesterol, but…eating fruits and vegetables can!

  • Fruits and Veggies have antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals
  • Fruits and vegetables promote weight loss, great taste, and when you eat these instead of sweets you are replacing the less healthy foods you would be eating (this saves you calories for weight loss)

Tip 6: Follow the MyPlate guidelines for what your plate should look like: 

  • ½ of your plate should be fruits and vegetables
  • ¼ of your plate should be protein (opt for turkey or chicken breast, baked fish, ham or pork, beans, low fat cottage cheese, tempeh, soy or meatless options,  or egg whites for protein)
  • ¼ of your plate should be whole grains or starch (choose baked sweet potato, brown rice, wheat pasta, or whole grain bread)

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Tip 7: Drink more water

  • Often when you feel hungry you are thirsty! Instead of reaching for some food, have some water to stay hydrated and curb your hunger between meals and snacks

    To learn more about losing weight naturally, or to set up an appointment to see how you can lose weight naturally and get healthier, happier, and live better contact us at info@restorativenutritionri.com . No matter what your goals we can help you!

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Are you starving or tend to overeat when you get home from work?

By:Jillian Ouhrabka MS, RD, LDN, CHC

So many of my clients tell me they eat well all day and then they get home and they can’t stop eating. Does this sound like you? If you are like so many of us, eating lunch and then have nothing to eat until you get home from work-listen up!

The recommendation is to eat every 3 hours to keep sugar cravings away and help you eat less. So think about this….if you eat lunch at noon and nothing until after work you are going about 5 or 6 (or more) hours without eating. This is too long! Now your body/brain is so hungry that it wants to eat anything it can and it doesn’t want a little piece- it wants the whole cake…meaning you will have little to no willpower to make a healthy choice.  This is when you will be cravings sweets, and treats, and be more likely to eat the leftover pie than the leftover salad and you are more likely to overeat and consume excess calories.

How can you stay in control of your eating and cravings?

  • Aim to eat every 3 hours during the day, this means having a morning and afternoon snack
  • Plan to have your afternoon snack (between lunch and dinner) around 3pm
  • Drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated

What should you eat for a snack?

Ideally you want to eat something with protein and carbohydrates to help you feel fuller longer, give you energy and prevent sugar cravings. (Note: If push comes to shove, eating something with just protein or just carbohydrates is fine!)

What are some good afternoon snacks?  (Tip: Bring snacks to work and have on hand in your office for emergency hunger situations!)

  • String cheese and an apple or orange
  • Fat free Greek Yogurt with ½ cup high fiber cereal mixed in
  • 1/2 cup cereal with skim milk
  • A banana or piece of fruit with 1 Tbsp. peanut butter (slice the banana lengthwise, add the peanut butter and put it back together and eat it as you would a normal banana)
  • Save half your sandwich from lunch and eat it at 3pm
  • Share a bag of popcorn with a coworker (don’t add butter or salt to it)
  • Hummus with celery or carrot sticks
  • ½ cup low fat cottage cheese with sliced apple or on a piece of whole wheat toast (or crackers)

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What else can I do to minimize overeating when I get home?

  • Keep some granola bars, nuts, cereal, or fruit in your car (I recommend keeping granola bars in your trunk and grabbing 1 as you get in the car).  When you leave work, eat the snack as you drive home.  This way, by the time you get home you will not be quite as hungry and can either wait for dinner or will be more apt to make a healthy option
  • Plan ahead: If you like to eat right when you get home, keep fruit salad, vegetable salad, or healthy leftovers in the refrigerator and PLAN to eat it when you get home.
  • Put it on a plate: Never stand in front of a cabinet or the refrigerator or eat directly out of a package/bag…always put your food on a plate, in a dish, or bowl and sit down to eat it!
  • Drink a glass of water when you get home-this will help fill you up so you are not as likely to overeat.  Often times we are actually thirsty when we think we are hungry-drinking water first will help you determine if you were thirsty or if you are hungry and can save you calories!

Late night snacking

If you find you are snacking a lot in the evening, take control and plan to have a snack after dinner. Opt for diet hot chocolate, a bowl of high fiber cereal with skim milk, a bag of popcorn, or Greek yogurt.

Tip: Try fat free plain Greek yogurt, mix in 1 to 2 Tbsp. sugar free pudding (try cheesecake, chocolate, or French vanilla) and enjoy a guilt free high protein, low fat, low calorie dessert!

For more tips on how to help maintain a healthy weight email us at info@restorativenutritionri.com or visit us at www.restorativenutritionri.com.

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The power of a breath

When was the last time you took a deep breath?

A moment of silence.  A deep breath. Feeling an inhale and the breath move down your throat to your body.  Your shoulders lifting, heart rate slowing, calmness fills you. The exhale pushes out the old energy and the inhale sparks your senses bringing new positive energy.

Being able to listen to your body, to stop your negative thought patterns, to recognize what you actually need takes practice.

Have you ever eaten a whole bag of chips, or come home from work, stood in front of the refrigerator or cupboard and gone into a food haze? You are eating everything you can and yet you are so unaware of the food you are eating. Does this happen to you? Have you ever eaten food you don’t like just because it is there? Does food have power over you or your life? You can start to change your food habits by becoming more aware. Are you actually hungry? Are you really tired? Did you just have a stressful meeting and now you are on your third donut and don’t even like them?

Food should be eaten to nourish the body, and help fuel your day but so often we eat it for emotional reasons.  Start to notice why you eat or overeat. Are you listening to hunger cues? If you are hungry, eat something. If you are not hungry, do whatever else it is you need.

To heal yourself and to change habits and behaviors you must first recognize what the problem is. Why do you feel anxious, tired, scared, happy, hungry, sad, or stressed?

Focusing on your breath can help you notice what your body needs. Start with a moment of silence. Turn off the radio. Close the office door. Shut off the television.  Start with a deep inhalation (take a deep breath).  With your eyes closed try to follow the air as it enters your throat, neck, and stomach. Feel your diaphragm expanding and your body relaxing. What is happening in your body? Do you feel calmer? Has your heart rate slowed, do you feel calmer? Feel your chest expand as your shoulders reach back, and then squeeze from your core and push out the air for an exhalation.  The exhale pushes out the old energy and the inhale enlivens the senses with new energy. Breathe in calmness, breathe out anxiety. Breathe in health, breathe out stress. Just breathe.

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Struggling with food or your weight?

Do you struggle to eat well, are the holidays overwhelming you? Is it difficult to maintain a healthy weight? Does work and life seem to get in the way of exercising and eating well?

When was the last time you took time to meet with someone and talk about your lifestyle and how you can be healthier?

As we are in the busiest time of the year it can be difficult to take time for ourselves. What if I told you that if you took an hour to meet with me, to talk about your lifestyle and health goals, that I could help you change your life? I am a Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Coach, and recovered food addict. I understand how challenging it can be to make time for yourself, to focus on your health. I also know how critical it is to take time to do just this.

What do I offer you?

  • A confidential and supportive environment
  • A unique and integrative approach to your health
  • Evidenced based knowledge to help you navigate the path to healthy choices and weight management
  • Personal experience
    • I suffered with food addiction and compulsive eating for 14 years, I know how challenging it can be to change and I also know what it takes to do just that!
    • 24/7 support
    • Flexible scheduling and payment option

There is no one answer, we are all different with different goals, lifestyles, and beliefs. I will help you find the path that will lead you to a healthier, happier you. You are worth it. Don’t wait until the 1st of the year, call or email now: info@restorativenutritionri.com.

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Food Addiction Journal Entry

I can see it on the floor as I sit at my desk. One Hershey hug-someone must have dropped it. For a moment I forget that I don’t “do that anymore” I think-are there more? Would I eat that off the floor? Its wrapped…but still.

I have this two second flash of when seeing that candy and denying myself it would have led to me buying $20 worth of hugs and chewing and spitting the whole bag out, never swallowing it. I would probably have picked up that hug and chewed it and spat it out right there.  That one instant may have caused me to spiral out of control with food into the all too familiar negative cycle but not anymore!

I do not take the candy. I do not even think about it for more than that mere momentary flash. Instead I recognize the thought, have a yogurt, and get back to work. I do not give it another thought until I am enjoying my daily treat- some m&m candies- when I get home. If you had asked me ten years ago if I could react the way I did today I would have said NO! I had NO self control. I was so unaware of my mind body connection, and unable to listen to what my body actually needs that I would have had no self control and no chance at not having a binge. Now when I start to crave sugary foods, I recognize that I am hungry and then I do something amazing…I eat!

Learning to listen to your body and your hunger cues is essential for overcoming food addiction. Having regular meals and snacks will help keep blood sugar stable so that when you get a craving or an urge for sugar/binge you can stop the cycle. Learning to take care of yourself, including eating well, being mindful, and managing stress will go a long way to you being free of your addiction.

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    • Topics include:  Basics of healthy eating, eating for energy, snacks vs. treats, reading and understanding food labels, mindful eating, balancing a busy schedule, exercise, dining out, sweets and treats, budgeting and shopping, and how to keep weight off!

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Do you struggle to keep your energy level up during the day?

Help keep your energy levels up by eating breakfast and then eating small, frequent meals every 3 hours. Aim to have some protein and carbohydrates at each snack and meal and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Try one of these ideas for a high protein, energy packed small meal:

  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese on a slice of whole wheat toast or mixed into 1/2 cup high fiber cereal
  • 1/4 cup tuna salad made with light mayo on whole wheat bread/whole wheat pita and a piece of fruit, or add tuna to a green leafy salad with your favorite veggies and balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 cup egg salad made with light mayo with whole grain crackers and carrot and celery sticks
  • 4 oz sliced turkey and low fat cheese rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla with mustard, lettuce, onion, and tomato and a piece of fruit on the side
  • PB&J on whole wheat bread: Nuts are a great way to get added protein- add a piece of fruit or greek yogurt to complete this delicious meal
  • Choose a whole wheat bagel or multi-grain English muffin with 2 tablespoons peanut butter or  light cream cheese and smoked salmon
  • Oatmeal made with low fat milk and a tablespoon of peanut butter mixed in (or try sliced almonds) with fresh berries or sliced banana

Having a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack helps you stay focused and energized, not to mention it helps prevent overeating when you get home from work.Try these delicious snacks to keep energy up all day:

  • Greek yogurt with 1/3c trail mix (dried fruit and nuts)
  • 1/2c almonds with a string cheese and fruit
  • Peanut butter spread on an apple and a yogurt
  • Hummus with vegetable sticks/whole grain crackers and a string cheese
  • High fiber cereal (such as raisin bran, shredded wheat or grape nuts) with low fat milk and fruit
  • Low fat cottage cheese with sliced fruit
  • Try a fruit smoothie made with 1 cup fruit (try strawberries, banana, blueberries, or mango) 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, 3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt, skim or low fat milk, and 1 cup ice, blend and enjoy!

I hope these suggestions have been helpful, please let me know if I can help you further or if you have other questions. Good luck!

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Food Addiction Journal Entry

April 23, 2010

           “After my very inspiring entry on April 19th, 2010 I had another “bad” day on April 20th which I took very hard. I was extremely at peace with going to get the candy and didn’t even try to convince myself to stop. I was just like “ I want it” and it was full force. I felt very out of control and like I wasn’t the one in charge, it was scary. I told my boyfriend about it and he said the “maybe you really aren’t ready to get better” which really upset me-of course I want to get better! He is supposed to be supporting me no-matter-what and he says because I have a set back that I don’t want to get better??? Then I started thinking…could he be right? I don’t know. I don’t think he is right. I think that unless you have or are trying to recover from an addiction you really have no idea what its like. I think he thinks that it should be no problem to get over it if I really want to which makes me feel extra awful when I have a “bad” day. I accept that I will have good days and then a bad day and have to get “back on the wagon” and pick myself up until eventually the good days are easier and more numerous than the bad days. I just wish everyone else got that. Maybe I am fooling myself into thinking I am getting better but I am pretty sure I am getting better.

I look at my life at this time last year and I had just begun to be able to have “good” days during the week. The start of my recovery was really in March last year when we were in Hawaii for my sister’s 21st birthday. When we came back I was doing really well and I lost 10 to 15 lbs and looked great all summer. During the end of August, early September into October things were harder again. I found it harder to have a “good” day and easier to just cave in. I think a lot of it was that I was living with my parents and just not very happy. When I moved out in November I sort of restarted the whole recovery aspect and have been in full force ever since.  I honestly find my boyfriend to be a great source of motivation without his even knowing it. I want to get better so that we can do whatever we want whenever we want and I don’t get all weird or feel like I can’t enjoy the time because of my food addiction. I want to be well so I can enjoy life and do what I want when I want. This eating disorder holds me back from social outings, friends, family, and from being a normal well adjusted person.

Today I read a book at home and actually thought “this is what it should be like.” I was doing a normal activity and just at peace with the day/myself. I thought about buying candy, I even went to a store to buy gum and had to go to the candy aisle to do so. I left with gum, soda, and saline solution for my dog’s eye. I was so proud of myself for not caving. I can go into a store and not buy candy!! I think that is another thing that is hard, I am really all on my own for my motivation and praising myself. I have reached out to a lot of people for help and they are all willing to help however they can but ultimately it is up to me.

I have to say I am really happy that I am now able to go through a week and have more good than bad days. I feel like everyone else wants me to be well but truly has no idea how to help me and honestly I don’t know what to say in regards to that. I just need support and the hardest part is that I need the support the most when I can’t ask for it. How do I get that? How do I tell someone to help me when I need it the most but won’t ask for it?

This is definitely not an easy road to recovery and I find myself frustrated a lot but also am really trying to cut myself a lot of slack. I have my eye on the light at the end of the tunnel and I truly believe I will be well. If I can improve each month and each year then I can eventually be free of this horrible disease.

still contemplate entering rehab and perhaps it would be for the best because I would truly have to surrender my control and would be forced to face myself when I am in addict mode and will do anything for a “fix.” Unfortunately I am not in a financial position to get that sort of help and since I currently have no health insurance there is really no way for me to seek help. I could take out a loan or ask for money from my parents but I really think I can do this on my own with the support of professionals and those closest to me. My brother still asks me weekly (though its supposed to be daily) how I am doing and he keeps a weekly tally of good vs. bad days.  My boyfriend asks me daily for 3 reasons why I want to get better and he is so supportive of me though he often doesn’t know how to help he keeps trying. I have never had someone care so much about me and genuinely want me to be better. I am actually very afraid that I will lose him over this eating disorder. I am afraid he will just pack up and leave one day because he can’t handle “it” anymore or he will get sick of my failing. I would hope he would stick by my side thru thick and thin but I couldn’t blame him if he couldn’t deal with it. It’s a lot to deal with. I wish I could be “easy” and eat whatever I want. I wish I could indulge and enjoy it. I have never been and never foresee myself being the sort of person who enjoys unbuttoning their pants because they are so full. I would rather keep my pants buttoned and eat less. I don’t think that’s about control but more that I find a person should eat for energy and not for enjoyment. I know that so many people would disagree and that is okay…

I would love to see nutrition taught in the schools so kids learn how to eat right. Its ridiculous that there is no nutrition education and it makes me crazy because I really think if someone had pulled me aside or showed me how to eat for energy not for feelings of emptiness or sadness that I would not be the product of an eating disorder…”