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How to stay on your diet and still cook what the family wants!

It was very hard for me to cook for myself and the family. My husband was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and grew up eating what seems like nothing BUT carbs and starches. My problem is I am really not a carb person. Literally every meal for him is a meat, rice, and potatoes (YUKE). He won’t eat anything else. No Veggies, No Salad, No fruit, No Fish, I mean nothing else (sigh)… Worse is my daughter loves to eat like him too so I am outnumbered. I can only hope when my son gets older and can eat solid foods that he turns out like me and will like to eat everything and try new things.

So you can imagine eating all those carbs has done to my waist line and my confidence. I have gained 35 pounds (this was even pre-baby!) and it is so hard to lose. I really had to figure something out. My husband’s advice, “Just do portion control love and workout more.” When he said that to me I glared at him and threw a pillow in his face. He also had the nerve to try to argue that white rice is healthy for you because your body needs carbs. My husband obviously needs a course in food education on good and bad carbs.

If only it was that easy to just portion control more and workout more. Instead I was thinking I am going to have to cook two separate meals and buy twice the groceries then in order to accommodate for me and my needs. Yes this is a need because I wasn’t happy with the food I was eating and then feeling. The problem in this is I really couldn’t afford to buy extra food just for me to eat healthy. What could I do then?

I started to reevaluate what I bought and had to think of another way to use most of those ingredients I use to cook his unhealthy stew and Latin food to making my clean eating meals. What I noticed is a consistency of onions, tomatoes, peas, carrots, green peppers, and garlic. I could use most of those ingredients not only for his stew and meals but also for separate meals for me. I realized I wouldn’t have to exactly buy as much as I thought. Instead of putting all the ingredients into his and my daughters dish I could take my portion of that out and use it to make a salad or something lighter. Below is an example of how I started to cook smarter!

Theirs: Chicken stew – chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, garlic, lots of seasonings (so much sodium), potatoes, peas, carrots, cilantro, and beer (to create the broth of the stew). Then there is a side of rice and a hardboiled egg.

Mine: chicken cooked in tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and garlic (baked). Then there is a side of steamed broccoli and salad – lettuce, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and boiled egg.

The only thing extra I had to buy was broccoli, lettuce, and salad dressing. Everything else was already used for the stew. Since I already was cutting everything up for the stew it worked great because I would then just put that in with my salad or chicken. There really wasn’t any extra work! I still have to plan out the meals for the week but that’s what I do now. I see what I am going to cook them and the ingredients they will need. I then figure out what I can make from those ingredients that can be healthy for me.

I started to lose weight right away and feel better too! Don’t get me wrong I began to work out and watch my portions as well. Yes occasionally I would eat the food my husband likes to eat everyday but the key word here is occasionally. So next time your planning your family meals think what you could do to make your meal healthier and still satisfy them! Want to keep following what I do? Watch me on snapchat at caciastyle to see my food inspirations and quick workouts throughout the day!

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Blogging in the Moment

Image of the Phone

When we step outside and join society we don’t really join society. We can be physically there next to someone but thanks to technology we rather connect with other strangers through the web than the ones next to us. For instance, when was the last time you went to a restaurant? (For me its been forever, can’t take my toddler to where she can sit with strangers because she will!) You rarely sit down at a table, look around you, and not see majority on their phone. Even the kids! The average age of a kid having a smart phone is 10. Really! At ten I was trying to figure out the tv or radio, yet alone a cell phone. We played on Nintendo’s and had to go outside to interact with kids. But I shouldn’t complain, it’s because of phones I am able to run my business.

In the Now

With smart phones in everyone’s hand they are able to keep up with the latest news, trends, and stay connected with people. We jump up with joy when we hear that bing sound to let us know exactly when things are happening on our social news feed. And we live for those bings! Groups or individuals are able to reach each other at any time and view what each other are doing right in that moment. It makes us feel like we were actually there. Families and friends can now be thousands of miles away and still feel like they are with you at special events.

The Necessity of the Phone

I do not know if you read my about me page but I am a very busy mom. I have two little ones, work a full time job, a side job of web design/development, as well as my own blog. Let’s not go into the things outside of work, that’s a whole other novel. When I am working I focus on what I need to accomplish. But of course there are moments in those hours that I really want to capture and share. Especially my ah ha moments to help other busy Do It All Moms! With my phone I am able to capture those events instantly and express genuine feelings. Followers want to see what happens in your life. It’s their real life of Keeping Up with the Kardashian but somewhat more personal. As a blogger I can respond to their reactions, comments, and questions.  I can also follow fellow bloggers and partner up with them at that time. There are periods when something happens that I realize I need to share or question for help. I am able to write down ideas when they happen in the note’s section in my phone. In all without my phone I truly believe I would not be successful at what I do.

Bad Images

Constantly being on the phone can set off a bad image to those around you. You can come off rude to those who do not have an online business. Family and friends might not understand the need of taking pictures every time they meet up with you and the constant posts. It will appear like you can’t live without the phone. It can seem to others around you that you can’t live in the now with people in that moment. You might appear fake because most of the time you are repositioning everything so that it looks perfect. Or they think worse that you had alternative motives to really catching up and hanging out with your friends. There is a gap of understanding what we really do as bloggers and what it takes to have a successful one.

Ways to Edit

Here are a few tips I use to correct those bad images that can be portrayed when constantly on the phone. When I do use those moments in my blog I include that person in it. I give them a shout out in the article expressing how I felt and why that moment was special with them. I always link the blog post back to that person so that they can see that I truly appreciated the time and why I had to brag about them. In my post, Pampering on the Dime, you can see how I utilized this technique with my mom. It’s something simple but she really enjoyed reading it and wanting to know the stats on that page. Also she couldn’t help but share the post on her social media threads. These little things help the ones around you understand what you do and make them feel exceptional. Now my mom sends me ideas and links to things so that she can be in every post!

In the Moment

Blogging in the now takes a lot of effort and time. To me it’s not just a 9 – 5, Mon – Fri job. Of course blogging can make you money but it’s even more about the strangers you meet that then become friends. My friends and family get to see another side of me and get to know what I was really thinking. It’s very personal and something I really enjoy. I am very passionate about my blog and why shouldn’t I be? It’s about my view on life and if I’m not passionate about myself than who will be. It’s a way to include my family, friends, and myself in life’s moment!