Today I’m answering another handful of the questions y’all have submitted. Be sure to read part 1 and part 2 to see if I answered your question or just to check out the answer to something you probably wanted to know anyway. If you’re still feeling snubbed, please submit any question you’d like!
How did you get into the whole healthy lifestyle thing? Is it how you were raised, or was it a decision you made for yourself as you got older?
I’d say that my inclination toward health has been a work in progress. As an overweight kid, I’ve always been very body conscious. Losing that weight occurred through a combination of simply growing into my body, Weight Watchers, and sessions with a registered dietitian. Plus, my mom’s a naturally thin woman with naturally healthy eating habits (ugh, lucky lady), and I’m sure that’s also played a significant role in how I ended up where I am today (though I’m definitely not nutritionally perfect by any means).
So, since nutrition was an interest of mine throughout my adolescence, it seemed like a natural choice to major in it. Since then, my passion for the subject has only grown, as manifested by The Slender Student. In about a year, I’ll be set to take the certification exam to become a Registered Dietitian, making it not just a hobby, but my full time career too.
I am dependent on at least 2 cups of coffee a day (one in the morning and one in the early afternoon) to stay awake for a whole day of classes. Are there any healthy alternatives that pack the same punch? I love my coffee but worry it’s inhibiting my true slender potential!
Ah, a caffeine fiend; a reader after my own heart. Before you go any further, read my Coffee Talk post.
Are you back? K, great. So, if by “coffee” you mean coffee, then sit back and enjoy your two cups. But, if by “coffee” you mean a grande caramel macchiato double syrup with heavy whip, then it’s probably time to reevaluate. How do I get my slender caffeine fix while maintaining a bit of decadence? So glad you asked. On colder days, I’ll get my grande coffee with steamed nonfat milk and Splenda . The thick frothiness makes the drink a little creamier, which makes it seem more like a treat than its low calorie count lets on. In the summer, I’ll ask for a half pump of sugar free vanilla syrup in my grande iced coffee. Leave the sugar, whole milk, caramel drizzle and whipped cream behind the counter and it’ll stay off your waist too.
Hi, I am a lactose-intolerant vegetarian, and find it really hard to get enough protein in my diet. I normally end up with meals made majorly of carbohydrates. Do you have any suggestions of ways to incorporate more protein into my diet? Thanks :)
Hey! Ok, so I’m really excited to answer this question because as you may have noticed, I’ve been incorporating Meatless Mondays into my weekly routine so I’m just, like, super revved up about plant-based proteins. As a vegetarian, it’s crucial that you understand how to combine complementary foods to make complete proteins. Once you understand that concept, it’s time to shop. To prepare for my vegetarian meals, I make sure to purchase at least one alternative source of protein (tofu, tempeh), some sort of bean (canned black or garbanzo; reduced sodium is best), quinoa, almond butter, and, of course, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. I’m able to combine these ingredients into nutritious, protein-packed vegetarian meals. Since you’re lactose intolerant, I also suggest you check out dairy alternatives made from soy, almonds, or coconut that are calcium fortified.