Hi sexy sisters, welcome back to the Sexyfit podcast!
I’m beyond excited today because I’m bringing you the nicest, most kind, giving and caring person I’ve met. Her name is Erin Woodbury and all of her wisdom in this episode is mind-blowing.
Erin has been a group exercise instructor for 15 years and served as a Master Trainer for 4 years. She’s a cast member for several fitness infomercials and TV shows, and currently balances her love of fitness with her passion for nutrition as a celebrity media chef for Quest Nutrition and as a freelancer for several blogs and TV personalities, creating fun and healthy recipes for press, social media, cook books and at live demo events. She’s a certified nutrition consultant, a wife, and mom to 3 super-fit kids.
In this episode we discussed how healthy eating and eating for fitness can be completely different. We spoke about healthy substitutions for holiday snacks, the swaps we can make in our baking so we can make our dishes healthier and the best healthful food gifts. With holidays approaching, this is an important topic as we don’t want to lose all the hard work we’ve been doing for 11 months in just one month.
Here’s a sneak-peek into Erin’s food philosophy.
Do a recipe rehab on your biggest trigger foods if you know you want to indulge. It’s quite easy with a few simple swaps, and often you cannot taste the difference. If you do not wish to mess with a comfort-recipe, or Grandma’s apple pie, no problem. Let that be a splurge and enjoy it without guilt, but then be mindful of all the other food be passed around as well. Pick one or two things to indulge in rather than all 10 at the table. If you’re going to a potluck, always bring something that you’d be able to eat if everything else at the party was a food trap. Don’t trust that someone else is going to bring a salad… YOU bring the salad and a dressing that’s not full of fat and sugar. Instead of buying candy for teachers, church leaders, employees and babysitters, do them a favor by giving something healthy instead.
Erin shared so many secrets with us today. We need her wisdom before we get ourselves into trouble, so make sure you note all of her tips, swaps and cool ideas in this episode. Now let’s go to the interview.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN:
- The difference between healthy eating and eating for fitness
- The importance of your diet as 80% of your fitness results
- How awareness of what food does to your body can help reduce cravings
- How to make great food gifts for holidays
- Great ideas for healthy cooking swaps
- The best substitutes for flour
- The best substitutes for sugar
- The best substitute for chocolate
- How to be more confident and creative with your cooking
- How to motivate yourself for healthy eating throughout the holiday season
TOP THREE KITCHEN CONFIDENCE TIPS BY ERIN WOODBURY:
- Go into the holiday season with a plan and have small, bite-size nutrition related goals for what you want to achieve
- Pick up books, magazines or listen to podcasts that will keep you motivated during the toughest part of the year. Whether it’s a book on eating paleo, clean eating, weight loss, clean cooking… Just start it now so that you’re mindful during the holiday season
- Go and buy some fun kitchen stuff and use it until Christmas
ERIN’S BEST HEALTHFUL FOOD GIFT SUGGESTIONS:
- Overnight Oat Starters in Mason Jars (provide a tag with the amount of liquid to add)
- Smoothie Starters in Mason Jars (provide a little recipe card as to how much liquid and ice to add to a blender)
- If it must be chocolate- serve Lily’s stevia sweetened. I make an amazing Quinoa-Chocolate-Bacon Bark that’s sugar-free but tastes decadent
- Make “Emergency-Readiness Kits” for your besties by creating a jar or box with Turkey Jerky, portion almonds, protein bars, dried seaweed and kale chips
- Homemade nut butter
- Dehydrate bunches of kale and season them up and place in big mason jars
- A box of Harry and David pears
- Give a gift card to thrivemarket.com
- Buy some FlavorGod seasoning for friends
ERIN’S BEST COOKING SWAPS:
- Get rid of all soy, canola and GMO oils (use ghee, coconut oil, avocado oil or olive oil) and use less of it, or instead add in a little veggie or chicken broth
- Oat flour, or almond and coconut flour which make a great combination together, instead of all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- Stevia, erythritol, monk fruit or xylitol for sugar. For those on all-natural train, the options are dates, honey, maple syrup or melassa
- Lily’s stevia sweetened chocolate for regular (it’s lower in carbs, sugar-free, chemical free and has a decent amount of fiber)
- Use filling veggies like Brussels sprouts instead of potatoes
- Eat seasonally; this time of year is great for squash, which is filling and can be cooked to resemble unhealthy favorites, like French fries
- Ditch the buns, try sweet potato buns and sandwitch your sliders into them
- Watch the alcohol, one drink slows metabolism. Serve a skinny signature cocktail in cute way and do not have too many!
- Pumpkin puree is incredible for baking and adding moisture to baked goods (as is acorn squash and sweet potatoes)… I have even added sauerkraut to cupcakes as a way to add moisture, and you cannot even taste it
- Riced cauliflower is incredible. It replaces rice, makes pizza crust… and I have even made Taste-Alike Almond Joy Candy Bars using cauliflower!
- If co-workers are bringing in baked goods and cookies or if they want to do a cookie exchange, kindly suggest doing a scarf-swap instead, or suggest donating the cookies to a shelter
- Kids get way too spoiled with sweets this time of year. From grandparents to parties to cookie decorating, it becomes one giant sugar-fest. You need to be the one to bring something healthier than huge cupcakes with mounds of frosting. I usually serve mini apples on sticks with a little dip of sugar-free chocolate and nuts. Kids love them!
- To make soups taste rich, sweet and creamy, caramelize onions. When blended, they elevate the flavor of the soup. Use low fat canned coconut milk as well. A simple butternut squash soup is only a couple of ingredients, and you can freeze it to have it in the coming weeks when things get hectic
- Get friendly with roasting veggies at high temps to get a chip-like flavor and texture or a French-fried texture. Delicata squash, eggplant, Brussels sprouts, broccolini, sweet potatoes, zucchini… they all work well. Then, just toss in fillet of fish during the last 6 minutes. Otherwise, you might start grazing on the unhealthy foods left lying around
We need more women like Erin, don’t you think? She was a perfect expert to speak to on the subject of healthy cooking. In this episode we covered the best cooking swaps to turn regular dishes into healthful dishes. We also spoke about creative and on-the-budget ways to make healthy, delicious gifts for your loved ones. I’m sure you’ll bookmark this episode and check out Erin’s amazing website for more wonderful and inspiring ideas for your holiday menu.
And remember, your outside is the mirror of your inside. Know your food and give yourself credits for being creative with it.
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:
Erin Woodbury’s Website – Living Lean with Erin
Erin’s Facebook Page
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