hey there – happy tuesday. how are you? how was your weekend & your monday?
mine was a blast, i had a sleepover with my friend arjibear on friday, went to a festival in marrickville on saturday (post coming), and i spent sunday in the library studying like a #nerd. // i made sure that i took full advantage of the sunshine during the weekend because i knew that i would be missing out on most of it during the week.
sadly, i’m very near that point in the semester where if i tell you i can’t get coffee or lunch with you, it’s not because i don’t want to. it’s because i’m studying, revising and learning right for my upcoming exam period right now – please don’t take it personally.
my lovely blog friends over at chobani recently offered me the opportunity to have a wonderful q&a with their resident dietician, emily. i’m thrilled to share a few of the questions and answers relating to general weight loss.
*full disclosure: this version of #AfterDarkSessions is sponsored by chobani. in a few weeks, i will have Vol #3 of #AfterDarkSessions which covers university related q&a’s with chobani’s resident dietician for students like myself.*
#1: what’s a common nutrition myth that you can dispel?
dairy foods don’t make you fat. – it’s common for younger generations to believe that dairy foods make you fat when in fact; they contain vital nutrients needed to stay healthy. research shows eating 3-4 daily serves of dairy, which could include milk, yogurt or cheese can actually help accelerate weight loss, if included as part of a healthy diet.
#2: how should someone handle having a sweet tooth?
a sweet treat from time to time is nothing to get worked up about – the key is to indulge occasionally. during the day, if you’re feeling hungry for a sweet, reach for a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts or a tub of yogurt instead. choose from one of the 15 chobani greek yogurt fruit on the bottom flavour pots for a healthy daytime snack that’s thick and creamy.
#3: what does ‘healthy eating’ mean for you?
to me, healthy eating is eating a wide variety of foods that provide nourishment, but also enjoyment. it shouldn’t be about restriction and deprivation.
#4: what’s the number one mistake most people make when trying to lose weight?
this may come as a surprise, but the biggest mistake is not eating enough! the key to healthy weight loss is eating the right foods, in portion controlled amounts – not starving yourself. preventing yourself from eating only results in a binge eating session, which will lead to putting on weight.
#5: What 5 foods should everybody have in the fridge/pantry?
1. greek yogurt:
greek yogurt is versatile and healthy. it can be eaten straight out of the tub or used as a healthy substitute in cooking.
eggs can be prepared quickly for a healthy snack at any time of day. they can be poached, scrambled, boiled or even made into an omelette to satisfy your hunger.
3. tinned tomatoes:
tinned tomatoes can be used as a base in many different quick and healthy dishes. after a long day, you can whip up a quick, tasty pasta sauce or soup. trust me, you can never have too many cans of tomatoes in the cupboard!
this aussie favourite is packed full of healthy fats. plus, nothing beats avo on wholemeal toast for healthy comfort food.
a slice of cheese makes for a satisfying snack whether on it’s own or as a sandwich stuffer, and a sprinkle can take that leafy salad to the next level.