How I Stay In Shape As A Professional Baking Blogger

I am a professional baking blogger and I have been making cupcakes since I was in the second grade. When you are as much of an expert in something as many people expect me to be, it’s easy for your passion to take over.
I’m always on the lookout for new recipes that will make my blog stand out from others. Today, there is one thing that really prevents me from staying healthy: sugar addiction! It can happen so quickly too; all my favorites deserts seem less appealing when they’re filled with refined white sugar instead of whole-wheat flour or honey. So today, I decided to take matters into my own hands (pun intended). After some research online and talking with friends who also bake professionally, this is what came together…
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I am a professional baking blogger and I love to bake. But, how do I stay in shape? My secret is healthy baked goods.

When I meet new individuals, the most common question I hear is, “But… you bake.” “How do you maintain your slim figure?” When people ask how I eat brownies and salads, I usually chuckle and make a lighthearted joke. But, because I’m asked this question so often, I figured it’s about time I shared how I remain in shape as a professional baking blogger with you all.

So, first and foremost. I despise the term “thin.” It has a negative meaning. “In shape,” on the other hand, entails maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle despite being slender. To someone else, though, being in shape may mean being your “I just dropped 20 pounds” self. It might also refer to a BMI that is within the “normal” range (whatever that is). The point is that these are my criteria, and I recognize that everyone’s notion of fitness is different.

Second, I do not follow a diet. I just do not believe it. Diet is a horrible term in and of itself. It implies that you should stray from your usual eating habits. Finding long-term and regular dietary and physical habits that work for you is, in my opinion, the most crucial aspect of becoming and staying in shape.

Finally, I’ll share what I’ve discovered works for me. It’s possible that this will not work for everyone. But, after years of worrying about food, I can now declare that it no longer seems like a tug of war between indulgence and limitation. 

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Setting up a regular regimen has removed a lot of the guessing out of my appetite for me. Rather of wandering to the kitchen and munching on crackers, then returning 30 minutes later for a couple slices of cheese and a taste (or five) of leftovers to tide me over until supper, I make sure to give myself substantial, satisfying breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. After that, I usually have a snack in the afternoon and nearly always have dessert at night.

I prepare a smoothie in the morning. My most recent smoothie was inspired by a farm I visited in Israel that creates daily smoothies from veggies grown in their own garden. 3/4 cup frozen mango, 1 cup low-fat greek yogurt, 1 date, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 teaspoon bee pollen, and a large bunch of curly parsley are the ingredients in my version. It keeps me full until midday and is high in protein and slow-releasing carbohydrates. The chia seeds are high in fiber, and the parsley delivers 550 percent of your daily Vitamin K and 50 percent of your daily Vitamin C. This smoothie keeps me satisfied until noon, even if I have it at 8:00 a.m.

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I toast two slices of flaxseed bread for lunch, then cover them with low-fat canola mayo, dijon mustard, Whole Foods house-roasted turkey (the rosemary garlic one is delicious), avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro, eating the sandwich open-faced. I also have an orange, an apple, or an Asian pear, as well as chips.

Chips are one of my favorite foods. They are one of my vices. I always make it a point to get a full helping. I seldom feel the desire to return to the bag for more when I give myself a full serving rather than, say, 1/2 serving. Fun fact: Lay’s Sour Cream & Onion chips are my fave. I’m completely smitten.

This is really vital to my fitness: I always eat the whole bag of chips, cookies, or chocolate. I can’t tell you how many times in high school and college I cut myself a sliver of brownie, only to return minutes later for four more slivers. When I ate this manner, I usually ate more than if I had allowed myself to consume the whole brownie. Allowing myself a full plate of decadent meals prevents me from feeling compelled to grab for more later.

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I usually prepare something full yet healthy for supper. Here are a handful of my favorite dinners:

–Enchiladas with Skinny Chicken and Refried Beans (seriously these are amazing) –Thai coconut curry soup (instead of tofu, I occasionally use shredded chicken) –Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad –Butternut Squash Lentil Stew –Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken + Caramelized Onions –Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken + Caramelized Onions

I like to have lighter meals so that I can reserve space for dessert. Because I adore sweets. And I know myself well enough to admit that, although tasty, black bean brownies simply don’t cut it for me. I’m craving Triple Chocolate Fudge Pie or Salted Caramel Scotcheroos, both of which are rich and chocolaty. So, knowing that I’m going to overindulge, I make supper a bit lighter.

I make sure to have a full portion of supper, just as I do at lunch. If you haven’t figured it out yet, my best trick to being healthy is eating large amounts of the foods I like. To be honest, this means accepting the fact that when I serve myself a full dish of enchiladas or lentil stew with french bread, that’s all I’ll receive. Of course, if I’m still hungry after finishing everything on my plate, I’ll return for more. But first, I determine if I’m physically hungry or emotionally hungry. Whether it’s the latter, I try to wait 15 minutes before checking to see if the problem still exists. In most cases, it does not.

I’ve created a couple additional dietary routines that benefit me:

-Drink enough of water (I have a water bottle with me at all times) -Eat plenty of vegetables There are plenty of them (in the summer, getting a CSA share is a GREAT way to eat fresh produce) -Find a few blogs you can depend on for meal ideas (my favorites are Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, Pinch Of Yum, and Ambitious Kitchen). -Force yourself to plan your meals (Alex and I do this every Sunday) so you know precisely what to buy at the shop. -Cooking at least three meals at home each week (we aim for 4)

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It’s no surprise that I like baking. Quite a bit. Our flat sees a batch of cookies, a cake, a quick bread, and muffins in a typical week. And there’s more.

So, what am I going to do with it all? To be honest, I give away a lot of what I create. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that constantly consuming baked goods isn’t healthy for you. There’s a lot of wheat, sugar, and butter in this cake. As a result, I decided to share the joy. I hand it over to our next-door neighbors. I package some for pals. Alex delivers items to the hospital for his coworkers.

At the same time, I eat everything I create (yes, everything) in moderation. I created the most incredible mocha cake last week. I sat down after shooting it and sliced myself a little piece, savoring every single mouthful. It was delectable. I folded up the remaining cake and accepted that this would be my main meal for the day. Because I ate it in the afternoon, I opted for a little piece of dark chocolate for dessert that evening to avoid overdoing it on the sugar.

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My sweet desires have actually diminished as a result of the fact that I bake so often. It’s all in my head— knowing that I’ll be cooking ice cream tomorrow and coffee cake the next day, I don’t feel compelled to eat the brownie in front of me. More will be added in the near future. Because I always have sweets around me, their attraction is less “omg I need that NOW NOM NOM NOM,” and more “this tastes good, I’m going to enjoy it.”

Even if you don’t bake every day, I’ve learned that a lot of our hungers are truly desires. When it comes to baked items, this is particularly true for me. My body, for example, does not need a brownie. It could want a brownie, but it’s up to my intellect to determine if that’s the greatest thing to eat right now. Before I eat dessert, I try to consider the following factors:

–Are you sure I’m hungry? If that isn’t possible, I attempt to wait 30 minutes. – Did I have dessert earlier that day? To be honest, the answer is almost always yes, therefore in that case, I limit my serving size. – Is this going to be enough for me? I mean, is this really what I’m looking for? – Will I like this if I eat it, or will I feel bad afterwards? Is it just for a fast hit of sugar, or do I think this will help me finish my meal for the day?

It’s also worth mentioning that I don’t go through this checklist every time I eat dessert. But it’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind before diving into the cookie jar or reaching for extra Oreos. It’s been suggested that just enabling your brain to become aware of certain things might affect your behavior. Saying these words to yourself before you eat dessert is a smart method to become more aware of your eating habits, even if it doesn’t immediately affect the quantity of food you consume at that moment.

The most important thing I’ve learned from baking is that I always make sure that anything I’m eating is absolutely excellent. “Ice cream doesn’t have calories,” one of my dear friends used to joke. Ice cream was so tasty to her that it didn’t matter how many calories it contained. I use a similar method when it comes to dessert: as long as I keep to a regular serving size and enjoy every mouthful, eating the brownie is always worth it.

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Working out is a vital part of keeping healthy as a baking blogger. I’ve always been active, but it wasn’t until I experienced high-intensity vinyasa yoga four years ago that I became hooked on a long-term fitness program.

I pushed myself to go to yoga at least three times a week at first. I couldn’t even make it through a lesson. When I completed a chaturanga, my triceps trembled, and I thought my legs would never be strong enough to keep me in airplane position for more than five seconds. However, after approximately 4 weeks, I began to see changes in my physique. My triceps gained definition, and one-leg balancing poses became second nature.

But, even attending three to four times a week for two years, yoga still didn’t give me the overall muscular definition I desired. I still had trouble engaging my stomach, and squats and lunges made my knees tremble. So I turned to a different form of workout: HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, which has become particularly popular thanks to Kayla Itsines’ BBG series. You do it three times a week, and each day’s exercise focuses on a different region of your body (think arms & abs, legs & cardio, etc). What’s the greatest part? There are just four 7-minute sets in all, for a total of 28 minutes of effort. BBG is challenging, but after just a few weeks, I went from performing 7 to 15 pushups (true pushups, not knee pushups!) and could see my ab muscles clearly for the first time.

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I’ve been practicing a combination of high-intensity yoga and BBG 3-4 times a week since then. While all routines have advantages and disadvantages, I’ve found that this combination of cardio and weight training gives my body the most comprehensive workout. It burns a good number of calories, but it also works my muscles and heart in a timely and efficient manner.

Working exercise is not something I do to lose weight or burn calories. That type of thinking can only lead to a sour relationship with fitness. Instead, I consider working out to be something I do to strengthen my body and mind. I feel better about myself, my endorphins and feel-good hormones are up, I get to binge-watch TV while working out (heheh), and I’ve learnt to be more in tune with my body.

Now let’s go back to the meal. After I work out, I always eat something. Energy balls, peanut butter and apple, or a granola bar are common choices. The greatest post-workout snack for my body is a combination of carbohydrates and fat. I’m not sure why this works for me, but it seems to. Of course, everyone’s body is different, so my best suggestion is to pay attention to what your body craves after a workout and feed it something comparable (craving a burger? It’s possible that you’ll need iron. Do you have a strong desire for bread? Get some carbohydrates!).

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I won’t dispute that working from home and working out whenever I want has been a joy. But there was a time when I had a “real job” and could manage exercise and my work schedule. I located a yoga studio two blocks from my workplace, so I could simply leave work and get some exercise.

If you’re having trouble integrating exercise into your schedule, I recommend searching for a fitness studio or club that is as near to your workplace as feasible. My sister follows a similar routine; her gym is located midway between her workplace and her home. After a hard day, it’s simpler to get in an hour of exercise or weights. It’s difficult to rationalize not doing anything when excuses are removed. You have total control over your fate, whatever it may be. The rest will fall into place after you’ve set yourself up for success.

My Go-To Yoga Routine will be posted next Sunday, followed by my Go-To HIIT Routine in a few weeks. I’m very excited to share all of my exercises with you!

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I believe it is reasonable to assume that many women have battled with eating in some form. I’ve had periods in my life when I confined myself to 600 calories a day (more on that in another piece) and others when I depended on others’ cues to determine my hunger (She’s eating a snack? It’s time for me to get a snack as well. Is he making nachos? Yes, I’ll take some.)

The most essential thing I’ve learnt about keeping fit is to relax a little. I remind myself that one meal does not define me, and I try not to become angry with myself if I eat more fries than I wanted or eat intoxicated pizza at 2 a.m. When I work out, I push myself hard so that I may physically feel like the most powerful being on the planet. And I am a believer in self-love. I allow myself the freedom to be flawed. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good,” says one of my favorite quotations (John Steinbeck, East Of Eden). It applies to almost every aspect of my life, including eating.

For instance, I just returned from a weeklong cuisine trip of Israel. I’ve never consumed that much food in my whole life. A few years ago, I may have spent the whole week worrying about how much we were eating. But before I went, I told myself that because of what we’re doing (a culinary tour), I’m going to be feasting this week. I was basically munching my way from place to place. There’s so much food.) But it’ll be OK, and nothing awful will happen as a result. Make time to exercise, and then go back to your regular regimen when you come home.

I did not limit my food consumption when I returned home. For the following week, I didn’t eat any salads. I just resumed my normal routine and moved on. And this week, I weighed myself (which I do once or twice a month) and found that I was the same weight as when I left on the vacation. The point is that our bodies are much more competent than we realize.

 Last week, my close buddy The Healthy Maven told me something. When she writes, she says she’s writing for her 15-year-old self. For the girl who had her head in 10 separate locations at the same time. For the girl who may have benefited from some advice. I hope that something in this article spoke to the girl or woman in each of you, because you are beautiful and deserving of all the joy in the world. You’re a superstar, and you’ve got all it takes to rule the world.

Oh my god, I’m weeping now. GAH, I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU GUYS.

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