The Food You Eat Tells a Tale

There are many sayings about diet and weight. For example:

“You are what you eat.”

“Abs are made in the kitchen.”

“You can’t out exercise a bad diet.”

I could go on, but I think you get my point. Honestly, they are all true. The way you eat, and the food you eat tells a tale. If you eat unhealthy, heavily processed, and sugary foods, your body is going to document the discomfort, excess body fat, and eventual disease that it is feeling.

It will start as a whisper, and continue until it is screaming for change. You might wonder “when did this happen,” but deep down you know it was happening all along.

The opposite happens when you eat healthy, unprocessed, and low sugar foods. Your body hums melodies of health, while your feet skip to the rhythm. You have energy and feel great. The Food You Eat Tells A Tale - Balancing Bites
If you don’t like the way you feel and look then change. Your story is not permanent. It’s not your identity. The only way to transform your health is to change your diet.

Going to the gym will improve your narrative, but it will not give you that ultimate ending you desire. Trying the current fast or fad might improve your story for a few chapters, but again, it will not give you what you want.

You must change the way you eat to transform your body, both in health and appearance. You might think eating healthy is hard and boring, but it’s not if you keep it simple and eat unprocessed foods. Meal planning and searching for new recipes will ensure a healthy diet does not become boring.

But let’s say you’re right, eating healthy is boring, what would you rather feel boredom or discomfort? Boredom or excess body fat? Boredom or disease?

For change to last, you need to realize and accept that you got yourself into this situation, and only you can get yourself out of it. You are the problem and the solution to your situation. You are the creator of your story, and only you have the power to change it.

Don’t let success or failure derail you from your health goals. Take it one meal at a time, and keep it simple. Use the grocery list I posted a few months ago to guide you in buying real foods. Plan your meals, so that you have new recipes to try and won’t get bored.

We all have the power to choose our story.



5 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

 
Losing weight is frustrating, especially if you’re consistent with your workouts and diet. Exercising helps with weight loss, but it comes down to the food you eat.

Many people like the concept calorie in vs. calorie out, but our bodies are not that simple. Processed and low quality foods have chemicals, antibiotics, and heavy metals in them that overtime can damage our body’s cells and hormones without us realizing it.

Here are five reasons why you are not losing weight.

 
1. You’re eating too many calories.

Many people, myself included, avoid calorie counting. It’s tedious; however, sometimes it’s needed when weight loss stalls.

Determine the amount of calories you need to lose weight then use a food scale and track everything you eat.
 

2. If you’re eating within your calorie range and not losing weight then consider manipulating the macronutrients.

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This might take some experimenting to see what works for your body. I do well eating low carbohydrate, moderate protein, and high fat. If I ate more carbohydrates and fewer fats, I would gain weight and always feel starved.

My husband is the opposite and does well on a higher carbohydrate diet. Manipulate the nutrients, and discover what works for you.
 

3. You have unrealistic expectations.

Maybe the goal you picked is not right for your body. It’s easy to pick a weight you weighed 20 years ago as a goal, but in reality your body might not be able to get there.

Pick a reasonable goal, then work to achieve it. Once you achieve the goal, decide if you are happy with the results. If you are, pat yourself on the back. If not, set a new goal.
 

4. You’re not patient enough.

Weight loss is a slow process. Have you given your body enough time to lose weight? It’s best to stick to a new weight loss plan for at least 4-6 weeks before evaluating its effectiveness.


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5. You eat low quality foods.

Look at the quality of foods you are eating. Are you eating too many processed foods? Eat real foods and limit or cut out processed foods. Remove the low fats and reduced fats foods, and consider switching from grain fed meats to grass fed meats. Small improvement in food quality makes a big difference to your body.

 
Weight loss isn’t difficult if you keep it simple and eat real food. Put on your detective hat and experiment with different strategies to determine what works for you.

You might need to increase calories while decreasing carbohydrates. Perhaps you’re eating the wrong types of fats and not enough healthy fats. Keep experimenting until you get it right.

Remember, the best diet for you is the one you can stick to.



Spring Kit Kat Cake

It is hard to believe it has been five months since I last decorated a cake. I used to make a cake every other week.

I miss decorating cakes, so I thought I would make a fun spring cake for my husband to share with his co-workers. And what is more fun than peeps, robin eggs, and Kit Kat bars.

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After I filled and frosted a two layer 9 inch cake, I placed Kit Kat bars around the cake and secured them with two thin pink ribbons. This took about 11 packages of Kit Kat bars. This cake is similar to my Valentine’s Day Kit Kat cake.

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Next, I piped green tinted buttercream using Wilton tip 233 to make the grass. This part took forever!

Balancing Bites - Spring Easter Kit Kat Cake

Then I decorated the cake with peeps, chocolate robin eggs, and flowers. I made the flowers (half fondant/half gum paste) with a flower cutter and attached a small fondant ball cut in half to the center. I used a small amount of water to attach the center to the flower.

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That’s it, a fun spring cake. This cake would also work as an Easter cake.

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