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Guest Post + Recipe: Lifestyle Change vs. Diet After the Holidays

Balance Diet and

A healthy life is about finding a balance between what your body wants and what you want. Where a diet cuts you off completely from everything, so even if you ate smart all week but ended up at a children’s party and gave in to a slice of cake, you’re going to kick yourself for the remainder of the next week.

As a working health coach, I really dislike the word “diet.” It implies that there is an end to whatever it is you might be doing that’s helping to make you healthier at the time. The big kick right now is the “Whole 30” where apparently  there is a healthy diet for 30 days, and then you can fall back into poor patterns once you’ve hit your goal weight? Then 3 months later, start the cycle over? That sounds exhausting! A healthy lifestyle isn’t about giving up the things you love and sacrificing every day for the remainder of your days

Can you imagine no donuts for forever?

Our bodies crave things based on what we put them through. When you’re super active, your body craves “healthy carbs” such as fruits, vegetables, good starches and protein to fuel your muscles. It also craves healthy fats to help strengthen your body on a cellular level as well as keep a solid balance of hormones in your system. Super important! When you’re not active and find yourself lounging on the couch every day after already sitting for 8 hours at work, your body begins to store whatever you put in. It’s not working off the food that you’re giving it, so even though apples are healthy and you snack on several a day, that’s around 25 grams of carbohydrates in each apple. If you aren’t finding ways for your body to use those carbs to fuel itself, it won’t break down and be used as a positive source of nutrition.

If you stop looking at food in terms of whether it will fit your diet, and look at them instead as “how will this fuel my body” you no longer are living in months of different diets, but you’ve created a lifestyle change for yourself. Teaching yourself is lesson number one! Learn what’s in your food, and teach yourself how it can benefit your body. When in doubt, you can look for people such as myself who help you construct a diet to meet the needs of your life at the present, and work your way to the lifestyle you really want!

When you want something sweet but your body is craving protein, compromise (that’s how all healthy relationships last, right?) Pick up one of the MANY brands of protein pancakes and drench those pancakes in some calorie free Walden Farms brand syrup. BOOM. That’s dessert. You can also look for a huge amount of either all natural, low fat, low calorie, low carb recipes on Pinterest or on any one of the multitude of bloggers out in the world today making it easier for everyone to cheat smart! For me, because I have to keep my carbs and fat at certain levels on a daily basis, I’ve developed hundreds of recipes to keep me still completely satisfied with what I’m eating and to indulge the chef in with me a good challenge.

One of my favorite recipes I’ve made are my Oat Flour Blondies. I found a way to sub out brown sugar, which in case you weren’t aware, has 216 grams of carbs and 836 calories in 1 cup tightly packed 😱. It’s eye opening, I know, therefore I decided to use my knowledge as a chef to create with something similar. It worked, and as a result, the Blondies were the bomb.com and I’d like the share them with you.


Oat Flour Blondies
12 Servings
Macro Count Per 1: 2.3P/10C/9.1F

1 Cup Whole Grain Oat Flour
1 Cup “Brown Sugar”
-1 Cup “Pyure Sugar”
-1 Tbsp Walden Farms Pancake Syrup
-1 tsp maple extract
1 Egg
3 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Grass Fed Butter, softened
1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. Combine oat flour, “pyure” sugar and baking soda.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the softened butter, egg and vanilla.
4. Slowly stir in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. It will seem kind of pasty, but that’s okay.
5. Take a 9×9 pan and lay greased parchment paper down on the inside. Pour in your mixture and use your fingers to push the mixture all around to fill the pan.
6. Bake for 25 minutes.


Find me on Instagram @alexandraheight if you decide to make this recipe and let me know how you enjoyed them!


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