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Another crazy Saturday morning!  My lack of hunger this morning definitely threw me for a loop — by 2:00 PM, I was STARVING and out of snacks!


Lunch was eaten at work and thus on-the-go:


I packed a Sesame Goji Pro Bar, which I really enjoyed! In fact, I liked all the Pro Bars I’ve tried so far.  Some people might be turned off by how calorie-dense they are (400 calories), but I just split them into two portions.  Today I ate 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the afternoon.  Ta-da! Two snacks in 1!


My lunch was a cold rice and bean mix:


I had 3/4 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup chick peas, and a bunch of steamed asparagus.  Since the mix sat in my fridge over night, the asparagus-flavor infused the whole thing, and it was divine!


As mentioned, by the time I got home I was ready to chew off my arm.  Not a pleasant feeling — I quickly threw together my go-to snack:


Chobani, Kashi Heart to Heart, and blueberries


New Additions to the FAQ Page


Leslie commented earlier that I should add the following question to my FAQ page: "What about some pointers for those of us who are less fit but want to start eating healthier and moving more?"


This question really got me thinking, so I’ve added a whole new subsection to the FAQ page.  Here it is:


About Healthy Living

What are your tips for people who looking to adopt healthier habits?

What’s the most important food change you think someone can make?

What’s the most important fitness change you think someone can make?

What’s the key to healthy living success?



What are your tips for people who looking to adopt healthier habits?

The biggest piece of advice I could give anyone is start slow.  The worst thing you can do is try to overhaul your fitness and eating habits overnight.  It took years to develop your "bad" habits; it will take more than a few days to break them. 


Let’s say you’re starting from healthy eating ground zero — fast food, frozen dinners, no vegetables.  Trying to figure out how to cook all your meals, eat more produce, and manage your own snacks could be overwhelming!  Instead of a complete diet overhaul, just focus on improving one meal (like breakfast) for two weeks.   Or try replacing one of your snacks with a piece of fruit. 


Same thing goes for exercise — instead of attempting to go from couch potato to marathon runner in three months, just commit to doing 30 minutes of exercise three times a week. 


In summary, choose goals that are quantifiable and attainable, and then work your way up from there!


The other piece of advice I would give to healthy living "newbies" is to take what you see on blogs and read in magazines with a grain of salt.  What works for one person might not work for you.  It’s important to listen to your own body and figure out what YOU need.   Also, do not demand perfection from yourself.  Part of healthy living is eating chocolate cake, having a few glasses of wine, and watching TV instead of going for a run — balance is very important, and it helps prevent you from getting burnt out.


What’s the most important food change you think someone can make?

In my opinion, the most important thing a person can do is READ LABELS.  And I don’t mean just the nutritional information — I mean the actual ingredient list.  I’m a big believer in eating whole, unprocessed, natural foods as possible given your lifestyle.  You literally are what you eat, and do you want to be a bunch of chemicals?  I think not!


If you don’t recognize an ingredient on the list, GOOGLE IT!  I look up ingredients all the time.  Being an educated label-reader is a must.


What’s the most important fitness change you think someone can make?

It’s important to find a healthy activity that YOU like to do.  Some people like running; some people hate it.  Some people love yoga; some people hate it.  There is truly an activity out there for everyone, so if one particular workout makes you miserable, explore other options! 


What’s the key to healthy living success?

The key to healthy living is having the right mental attitude.  You can eat perfectly and exercise regularly, but if you are miserable on the inside, it really doesn’t matter, does it?   Speaking from personal experience, I know it is possible to "train" yourself to be more positive and happy.  You can CHOOSE to have a better mental attitude.


One little thing you can do to improve your mental attitude is stop fat talking!  For more info, visit my End Fat Talk page.



  • Amy May 23, 2009, 1:29 pm

    Great tips and you read my mind! I just about how I was avoiding working out today because I wasn’t planning to do what I really like to do – just get out and run! In fact, I’ve been burning out because I’ve been trying to do more lifting and cross training, but it just doesn’t give me the same satisfaction of running.
    I realized a mix-up of activity is not what I truly enjoy—so now I’m taking myself for a nice long run and am excited for it!

  • Amy May 23, 2009, 1:30 pm

    Whoops — **I just *posted* about…

  • runsarah May 23, 2009, 1:30 pm

    I am loving all your awesome "to go" lunches – great idea on the cold rice & peas mix.

  • K from ksgoodeats May 23, 2009, 1:53 pm

    LOVE the new additions to the Q&As! Great job!!

  • Catch Me If You Can May 23, 2009, 2:07 pm

    Great tips! Your fat talk pages are great. I think a HUGE thing is not to beat yourself up for mistakes. I ate too much potato salad and a GF flax cookie today that I probably didn’t need, but it’s one day tomorrow can be better and really they WERE good!

  • Meredith May 23, 2009, 2:09 pm

    I agree with your tips. I think it is so important to start slowly and expect change to be slow. Anything that promises quick results doesn’t have much chance of being long-lasting.

  • Julie May 23, 2009, 2:15 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about the asparagus soaking into the rice. it make it so much better! YEah i would be intimidated by the calories of the probar but thats a great idea just to make it 2 snacks!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 23, 2009, 2:28 pm

    I totally agree with your tips. I always google ingredients!

  • jane May 23, 2009, 2:34 pm

    so i just read your “about” page and saw that you ran martha’s run in 2006. that is RIGHT by where i live!! hilly, huh?! i think i even it ran it that year! so weird…

    and i dont know if you remember from the race but fleet feet pittsburgh was one of the big sponsors for that event and at that point my mom owned the store! so you can imagine i volunteered at that race many times 🙂

    crazy what a small world it is!

  • jenngirl May 23, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Yay for yogurt, cereal, and berries…one of my go-to snacks also!

    Great FAQs, as always Caitlin, your responses are well thought, and very applicable. I think mentality is 99% of living healthy, because once you can think healthy, you can BE healthy 🙂

  • Peter May 23, 2009, 2:50 pm

    great post –

  • just me May 23, 2009, 3:09 pm

    love the new FAQ additions!

    and i want that lunch…not the pro bar, the bean/rice mix. love cold rice mixes!

  • Jessica May 23, 2009, 3:19 pm

    I love everything you have written on “fat talk.” I think this is an issue that every woman deals with on a daily basis and I am glad we are not only talking about it but talking about it intelligently and with a positive attitude!

  • Christina May 23, 2009, 3:42 pm

    Great FAQs! I never thought to look up ingredients online, altho it seems so obvious now lol. I’ll definitely be doing that from now on!

  • Help Meghan Run May 23, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Great tips Caitlin! Especially choosing to have a better mental attitude 🙂

  • Siobhan May 23, 2009, 4:41 pm

    Thanks Caitlin! I don’t know how you find the time in your busy schedule to come up with such great advice!

    I am definitely going to take a closer look at food labels- I tend to just glance at the calories and disregard the ingredient list.

    Have a great night!

  • Bec May 23, 2009, 4:50 pm

    love the tips!

  • Adi ( May 23, 2009, 5:13 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to post the tips! Great advice.

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009, 7:45 pm

    good faqs but I wouldn’t quite say you’re a big believer in eating whole, unprocessed foods when you consume tofu and/or tempeh so regularly. those foods are processed to the max….

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 23, 2009, 7:49 pm

    anon – well im a believer in eating as many whole foods as possible, but that doesn’t mean i always eat perfectly, of course.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point May 23, 2009, 7:51 pm

    plus, obviously something like organic tofu doesn’t contain the chemical and pesticides some weird diet bar like fiber one has in it. i’ve modified the response as appropriate. 😉

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009, 7:57 pm

    its still heavily processed and is not a ‘whole food’ and tempeh contains a lot of strange ingredients. both foods are not created by nature, they’re man made.

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