Tips To Prevent Nightly Binge Eating

Happy Sunday Ya’ll!

With a new week ahead of us, it’s time for a fresh start! I wanted to share some of my own personal tips when it comes to binge eating at night. I don’t know about you all, but during the evening is the hardest for me when it comes to wanting to munch. I do great throughout the day, but once my husband comes home from work and my kids eat dinner, they can eat whatever they want and not gain a pound. I’m not so lucky. I watch my husband eat and gain the pounds. So, I started to incorporate some ways to refrain from binge eating at night. In the end, it all boils down to self-control. You need to tell your mind you don’t need those chips or those delicious chocolate chip cookies. Everyone has their own ways to refrain from overeating, but here are a few of mine that seem to work out great!

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  1. Drink Water. This is a pretty common tip. Drinking tons of water tricks your mind into thinking you are full. So, when your body tells you they want a snack, chug a glass of water. You should feel fuller and that craving will hopefully subside. Water is the best thing you could possibly drink when trying to lose weight.

 

  1. Brush Your Teeth. For me, after I brush my teeth I don’t want to eat anything. For some reason, when my teeth are clean and that minty taste is stuck in my mouth, I don’t want to get rid of it. It also curbs my hunger immensely. Plus, you can never brush your teeth too many times. It’s a win win.

 

  1. Eat When Your Kids Eat. I am the Queen of picking off my kid’s plate when they are eating dinner. If they don’t want their chicken nuggets, I’ll grab it. Don’t even get my started on stealing french fries. I’ve learned to have my meal prepared at the same time as theirs so I can concentrate more on eating my food then theirs. Then when they are finished, I take it right to the trash can and dump it out. No more picking for this Mama.

 

  1. Walk Away From The Kitchen. If you’re not eating, don’t sit in the kitchen. It’ll give you the urge to rummage through the cabinets. If my husband or kids decide to eat before I’m hungry, I make their plates and either walk in the living room, or clean the house a little (vacuum, dust, work in laundry, etc.). I try not to think about food until I’m ready for my meal.

 

  1. Whiten Your Teeth. Yes, this is a totally crazy tip, but one of my favorites! I’ve recently gotten into whitening my teeth. I’ll put the strips on for an hour a day, and of course you can’t eat while you have them in. With all that said, the perfect time for whitening is in the evening. I’ll put those on, and it’ll keep me from eating for a good hour. Plus, your teeth get whiter! Another win!

 

  1. Exercise. When you get the urge to eat, just start working out. Do a few squats, hop in the treadmill for a little. Exercising seems to control your hunger. Just sweat that craving right out of you, and you’ll feel better then you did before. Also, if I work out right before dinner, I tend to feel fuller with my meal.

 

  1. Have Snacks During The Day. When I say have snacks, I don’t mean grab a handful of chips or eat some chocolate. In between meals during the day, have a small snack. Eat some almonds or a protein bar. I like to eat three meals a day and two snacks in between those meals. This really helps me from picking at night.

 

8. Keep Motivation All Around Your House. Post some pictures on your refrigerator of some fitness quotes, or the body you are working towards. I have my letter board in my living room to remind me every day that ‘I Got This’ and I can do whatever I put my mind too. I take one glance as those motivational posts, and hop right back on track.

 

Give some of these tips a try and let me know what you think! As I said before, these are tips that personally help me. Don’t get discouraged if they aren’t effective for you. Do some trial and error, research and find what’s best for your body and mind. But always remember to try and have self-control.

Follow my fitness page for extra motivation! @kcunnifit

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Happy Thursday Everyone!

So, I just wanted to write a quick post about this homemade taco seasoning I decided to try. I wanted to meal prep turkey taco bowls for a few days because it’s a low carb and delicious meal, but I ran out of store bought seasoning so I made my own, and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s simple and these measurements worked out perfectly with my one pound piece of ground turkey.

Ingredients:

• 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder

• 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

• 1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder

• 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

• 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika

• 1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

• 1 Teaspoon Salt

• 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Just mix them together in the small bowl and add it to your meat while cooking. I definitely recommend it over any brand packet! Give it a try! Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll!

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So after all of the copious amounts of ham and turkey we’ve been consuming over these past few days, my husband asked me this morning if I could make a pot roast. Of course I agreed, and ran to the store to pick up what I needed. Pot roasts are one of my favorite dinners. They are simple yet so full of flavor. Here’s my recipe along with some homemade gravy made from the left juices in the slow cooker!

Ingredients

• 1 Pound Red Potatoes

• 1 Cup Fresh Baby Carrots

• 1 Boneless Beef Chuck Roast (3-4lbs)

• 1/4 Cups Dijon Mustard

• 2 Teaspoons Dried Rosemary, Crushed

• 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt

• 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme

• 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper

• 1/3 Cup Chopped Onion

• 1 1/2 Cups Beef Broth

• Cornstarch

Start by dicing the potatoes. Add the potatoes and carrots to the slow cooker.

In a small bowl combine the dijon mustard, rosemary, garlic salt, thyme, and pepper until mixed thoroughly.

Cut the chuck roast in half and rub the mixture completely on the roast and lay in the slow cooker. Add the chopped onion and beef broth on top and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Once completely cooked, set the roast and the vegetables aside and strain the extra juices from the bottom into a stovetop pan. Bring the juices to a boil and slowly mix in COLD water and cornstarch as needed until the consistency of the gravy is slightly thicker.

Pour overtop of your roast and veggies and enjoy!

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I hope you love it! Have a great Tuesday!

Slow Cooker Chicken Taquitos

Happy Tuesday Ya’ll!

It’s that time of the week again where I share another slow cooker recipe! This week is taquitos! I guess we can call it Taquito Tuesday ;). My son’s favorite food is tacos so I tried to mix it up a little and give him something different, but still with taco flavor. It’s another simple recipe so it doesn’t take much time to prep at all. I doubled the recipe since I have a hungry husband and growing boy to feed so it can always be cut in half. Enjoy!

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Ingredients:

4 Uncooked Boneless Chicken Breasts

2 Packets of Taco Seasoning

12oz Cream Cheese, Cubed

1/2 Cup Water

3 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

12-16 Taco Sized Flour Tortillas

To start lay the chicken in the slow cooker and cover with both packets of Taco seasoning. Add in the cream cheese cubes and water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours. (I chose the low option)

Once cooked unplug the crock pot and shred the chicken with two forks. Add the cheddar cheese and stir evenly to coat the chicken.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spoon the shredded chicken into the center of the flour tortillas and roll tightly (The kids can even help with this step). Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and coat the tortillas with olive oil.

Cook in the preheated over for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and serve with cilantro ranch dressing or salsa.

Peppermint Pretzel Crisps

Okay guys, so this past weekend I went to a friends holiday party and they had these peppermint pretzel crisps. They were absolutely delicious. I had to find the recipe and make them myself and they were too good not to share! If you’re a fan of peppermint and something sweet & salty combined, these are for you. They are the perfect non bake holiday treat! Everyone deserves a little treat during the holidays.

Ingredients:

24oz bag of white chocolate morsels

1-2 drops of pure peppermint extract

1 large bag of plain pretzel crisps/thins

1/2 cup of crushed peppermint (candy canes)

To start, line a counter or some baking pans with parchment paper.

Melt your chocolate in a large bowl, however you prefer and crush your candy canes. I simply put them in a ziplock bag and hit them with a mallet until crushed. Once your chocolate is melted, add one or two drops of pure peppermint extract to the chocolate and stir until combined.

Once crushed, use a large fork to dip the pretzels into the chocolate and coat entirely. Be sure to let the excess chocolate drip off then place the coated pretzel on parchment paper. Sprinkle on some crushed peppermint and repeat!

Be sure to let the chocolate cool completely and then store in an air tight container! Did I mention the no baking part?! 😉

These can be a perfect small gift for teachers, friends, family, whoever! You could always just make a small batch for yourself enjoy! I hope you like them!

FabFitFun Winter Box Review

Okay Ya’ll! So here is it. My review of each product for my Winter FabFitFun Box! I’ve tried each one of these products over the past week, and every season I fall more and more in love with this subscription. Here we go!

 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. All you needed with this exfoliating mask was a small dime size amount, so the bottle will last a while. It was green and gooey, but exfoliated well! It tingled when it first went on, so I was a little skeptical and anxious that my sensitive skin would get really red, but once I rinsed it off my face felt cleaner than ever! It felt a tiny bit dry, but I added some moisturizer and I was good to go! I’ve already used it twice and my black heads seem to be diminishing! Happy mom!

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AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream. I’ve been using the lotion after I wash the dishes because my skin tends to get really dry afterwards. First thought was it smelt good! Nothing too overbearing, and it wasn’t very thick and tacky like some lotions can be. It also made my skin super smooth. I will definitely continue using!

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Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle & Energizing Eye Masks. I’m in love! By far my favorite product in the box. My eyes felt completely refreshed after the masks came off. My puffiness was reduced also! Plus, they felt nice and cool on my eyes. I would use them every single day if I could. Even if you don’t get the FabFitFun box, I would 100% recommend these to another exhausted mama out there!

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Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks. These socks might be the most comfortable socks I’ve worn. They are unbelievably soft on your feet. I wore them to bed when I first tried them on and my feet stayed cozy and warm all night. They didn’t get too cold or too hot. These will be my winter socks for sure. I might even see how they work in the snow when I go out with the kids. I’m not a big sock person at all, but these have been on my feet just about every day!

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DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Nude and 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker in Silver. So, I used these two products at the same time. My son’s birthday was this past weekend, so I got myself dolled up. The makeup was great, the colors were neutral so It went well with my black top. It wasn’t too crazy on my eyes. It was very subtle and could most likely go with any shirt. It also lasted all day which made me pleased. As for the necklace, I loved it! It rested flawlessly on my chest and the choker was an awesome addition with the shirt I had on. I love how simple it is, so you can where it with a patterned or solid shirt.

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FFFTV Fitness Ball w/ Jillian Michaels Videos. What I love about this ball is that it isn’t super huge like a lot of the other fitness balls. The product came with the equipment to blow it up which I really enjoyed. I didn’t have to search for something to blow it up with. I’ve been using it during my ab routines, passing it back and forth between my arms and legs. Plus, the kids enjoy playing with it too! So, it’s mom and kid approved. I’ll take it!

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The BB Dakota Poncho. This poncho was super cute! It looked good paired up with some leggings for a comfortable look, and I’m sure it would look just a good with some jeans and ankle boots (which I will be trying). It was soft and cozy. It’s something I would wear again. It is more of a piece that I would wear in the fall though, so I wouldn’t have to put a coat overtop.

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Last the Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug, which I have used every day since it came. I just adore it! It’s suits my personality perfectly, so it’s totally a win for me. The colors are bright and exciting, and the mug isn’t too big or hold to hold. It fits perfectly in my hand. I love it!

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With all that being said, I still believe the FabFitFun box is by far my favorite mail subscription. Over $300 worth of products, that I pay only a fraction of that price for! Plus, when you first join you take a survey to customize the box to your needs so you love it every season! Here’s my referral link again if you’d like to subscribe! http://xo.fff.me/hfrrL

The Little Things

I just wanted to share a quick post about my evening.

Tonight Kyle and I had some time together and we made sugar cookies. When Liliana was born, Kyle had to learn that I couldn’t put all my attention on him anymore. He now had a little sister that needed my attention just as much as him, if not more. He had his jealous moments and he definitely still does. So I always make sure to take time to have some big brother time, just me and him, no matter how little the activity is we do.

I don’t always have the time or the money to do extravagant things with my kids, but it’s an awesome feeling to know the little things are what matter most to them. Today at Target, I bought a cheap bag of pre-made batter and told Kyle we were going to make cookies tonight, just me and him. His face lit up like no tomorrow and he was excited all evening. We sat in the kitchen for about an hour and a half and just talked and baked. Of course some moments I yelled at him because he was eating the sprinkles, flinging dough everywhere, and messing with the cutouts. I enjoyed every moment of it though.

At the end, he wasn’t feeling the cookie baking anymore so I let him watch his tablet while I surprised him and made him his own personal cookies. It was his name and a tractor, and that was all he needed to have an amazing night with me. He quickly said “wow, thank you mommy, I love you”. That was it, that was all I needed to hear for my entire day to be made. I could have had the worst day, but when my child says I love you, my day is made. Just the little things. All I had to do was spend $2 at Target for a fun time with my boy. Now we have a bunch of yummy cookies to eat.

These are the moments I live for. All the messes, the frustration, the patience. It’s all worth it. It’s quality time with my kids.

I just wanted to share our evening and to tell everyone to just enjoy the little things. They aren’t little for long, but these memories will last a lifetime. No matter how messy or inexpensive, the kids see it as an enjoyable time with their mommy or daddy.

Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken

It was Chinese night in the Cunningham household and our go to is always General Tso’s Chicken when we order out, so why not make it, slow cooker style! This is also a healthier alternative then ordering from a restaurant. I always make sure the recipe is extra saucy because the cornstarch does soak up a lot of it, plus that’s the way I like it! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  •  1 Green Onion
  •  1 Cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 4 tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
  • Sesame Seeds
  • 4 tbsp Seasoned Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Rice (optional, I used Jasmine)
  • Broccoli florets (optional)
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

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Start off by cutting the chicken breast’s into bite size cubes and toss them in a large ziplock bag with the cornstarch.

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Pan fry the coated chicken with the vegetable oil until each side is golden brown and then add to the slow cooker. (The Chicken should not be fully cooked, and that’s okay!)

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Add the hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and brown sugar into a bowl and whisk until it’s all combined. I added in some red pepper flakes to add a little heat, which is optional! (I had a helper stir it for me)

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Pour the mixture over top the chicken and stir to coat the chicken. Cook the chicken on low for 2-3 hours.

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Steam up your broccoli and rice, and served the chicken on top, with greens onions and sesame seeds (If desired, this is optional)

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Dig in & enjoy! Super delicious and super simple!

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

The crock pot is out again for another delicious dinner! I was in the mood for something spicy, so I went for buffalo chicken sandwiches. They were super simple to make and my hubby said they were amazing so i’ll take that as a win.

The ingredients are

  • 6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast’s
  • 1 12oz bottle of Buffalo Wing Sauce (I used Frank’s)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Ranch Mix Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Hamburger Buns (optional)
  • Cheddar Cheese Slices
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing (I went with ranch because the hubby hates blue cheese)

Start off by slightly greasing the crock pot (I used Pam Original Spray) and laying the 6 pieces of chicken in.

In a separate bowl, add the buffalo wing sauce and ranch mix seasoning and mix well together.

Add the mixture on top of the chicken and cook on low for about 6-8 hours until the chicken is cooked through.

Put the chicken in a bowl and shred it completely with two forks then return it to the crock pot. Mix in the butter (I cut the butter into smaller pieces) and stir until completed melted. I let my chicken cook for about an hour after so the chicken can soak up the juices.

If you want to use hamburger buns, turn on the broiler, and broil the buns with one slice of cheddar cheese on top for about 1-2 minutes. Enough to toast the bun and melt the cheese some.

Finally add some buffalo chicken to the bun and top it of with some ranch or blue cheese dressing and dig it!

If you prefer the no bun option, just add some shredded buffalo chicken to a bowl, put some cheese and dressing on top and enjoy! I even added some blue cheese crumbles to mine!