(Closed) Naturally slim bees- what do you eat?

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Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

classylassie:  

1) What kinds of foods you eat in a typical day? I drink usually a shake with kale, greek yogurt, fruit for breakfast; then lots of salads, sandwiches,tuna, i love veggies I eat them a lot. I also love bread. My only fruit intake is typically in the morning. I try not to eat a lot of meat.

2) Do you only eat a “normal” meal times, or do you snack in between? I don’t usually snack to much, if I am hungry between meals ill eat a protein bar. 

3) Do you eat all 3 meals or do you sometimes skip meals here or there? (I know when I was smaller I rarely ate breakfast) I never, ever, skip meals. I get hangry!!!!! 

4) How often do you “indulge,” be it with sweet things, salty things, other junk food, etc.? Whenever I feel like it. If I want chips Ill usually get baked chips, I do eat pretzel m&ms a lot.  I have a bag at my desk at work and i nibble on them. I used to eat ice cream every day. I still eat a ton of ice cream. 

5) Do you exercise? What kind and how often? I work out ALL THE TIME. I teach yoga and yoga sculpt, and play in 2 separate soccer leagues. I would say I work out anywhere from 10-15 hours a week

6) And the last one that I tend to struggle with: Do you only eat when you feel physically hungry? Yes. I do have an issue with always finishing my food ( like, If i get full while eating a sandwhich I usually will just finish the whole thing instead of stopping )  but I rarely start eating when I am not hungry. 

 

 

 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

classylassie:  This is my typical breakfast, sometimes there is cheese and crackers to go with it.

Lunch is usually left overs or a BLT

Dinner is usually homemade mexican food or peruvian food.

I snack throughout the day on cheese and crackers and some sort of fruit.

I indulge all the time for breakfast see the cookies and cream cupcake above.

We go hiking for hours on the weekend.

I am always hungry so I am always eating….

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

classylassie:  cut out carbs and you will likely see a big difference over time! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again on here – go paleo!! It becomes a lifestyle and doesn’t feel like a diet. 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

classylassie:  i’m 5’4″ and fluctuate from 95-98 pounds naturally. There was a time when I was at my highest weight ever, which was 118 (late college) and looking back this was due to lots of drinking, eating processed foods, and only doing regular cardio (no strength training). Once I remedied each of these things I went back down to my current weight and have maintained it easily ever since.

1) What kinds of foods you eat in a typical day? Basically I choose foods based on what sounds good but also fits into my general parameters of 1) as whole/minimally processed as possible 2) low sugar (NO processed sugar) 3) low or no simple carbs 4) high protein 5) moderate/highish health fats, like olive oil, avacado, nuts etc. 

2) Do you only eat a “normal” meal times, or do you snack in between? I’m a huge believer in listening to my body to tell me when to eat, so this is a ‘no.’ I eat whenever I feel like it — sometimes at very odd times (it’s not uncommon for me to have pan seared chicken at 6am!) I also work from home (or whever I want) though, so this makes more sense. When I had office jobs I ate at more regular ties but did have snacks throughout the day back then too. During that time starting my day with a smoothie was a huge help since my days were much more out of my control — that way I would avoid feeling starved and wanting to eat too much later, should work prevent me from eating when I wanted to during the day.

3) Do you eat all 3 meals or do you sometimes skip meals here or there? See above — as a result of that, some days I’ll eat 2 meals or even 1 actual ‘meal’ but have various snacks, some days ill have 3, etc.

4) How often do you “indulge,” be it with sweet things, salty things, other junk food, etc.? I got sort of lucky in that I really just don’t care for sweets — every once in a while a dessert item sounds appealing, but after a few bites and I’m good. I never feel the urge to seek sweets out on my own. I do, however, LOVE butter, pasta, bread, stuff like that — but I found after a few years of really eating clean/whole I crave these things less even though I love them. When I do crave them, i do 1 of 2 things: If the situation is such that i’d have to “work” to have them (i’m at home and would have to go out and specifically buy them), then I make myself give it some time — cravings usually pass in 20 minutes if you can power through. This of course requires not keeping these things on hand regularly. 🙂 If it’s ‘easy,’ such as when out at a restaurant, I eat it, and enjoy it. (See #6 below for another key component to this) We eat out a lot so I probably ‘indulge’ 2 or 3 times a week, but i don’t overeat when doing so.

5) Do you exercise? What kind and how often? I aim to lift heavy (weights at levels heavy enough to max out at 6-8 reps) 2-3x a week for half hour sessions. This is the only dedicated ‘exercise’ i do, but I do live in an urban area and do not have an office job, so I try to walk virtually anywhere and everywhere I can. I use a pedometer app on my phone and try to get at LEAST 5,000 steps a day, with 10,000 being my reach goal. I also try to walk fairly briskly to get heart rate up during these times.

6) And the last one that I tend to struggle with: Do you only eat when you feel physically hungry? This is KEY i have found. Not only do I only eat when I feel physically hungry, but I also STOP eating once I feel physically full. I also eat slowly enough so my brain can register ‘fullness’ properly — it takes the brain about 20 minutes to fully do this once the body has had enough. Many people eat so quickly their brain can’t catch up to register their fullness until they have already overeaten. This is an especially good lifestyle practice when enjoying an ‘indulgence.’

The good news with ALL these things is that the more you do them, the easier they become, and the less you even WANT to engage in any habits that counteract your fitness/weight/health goals. As opposed to following a diet, I don’t really consciously think about these things anymore, they are just how i live. I definitely would not recommend a ‘diet’ but finding habits and parameters that work for you — every ‘body’ is a little different and you’ll need to invest a little time to try different practices.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m 5ft7 and 134pounds so I guess I qualify as a healthy weight..

1) What kinds of foods you eat in a typical day? – Breakfast is yogurt, or porridge oats and yogurt, or a banana, or a piece of bread and honey. Lunch anything from bread, cheese and salad to risotto, pasta, broccoli, .. I eat meat max twice a week and dont’ like take-out.. I eat home-cooked stuff and have 2-3 kinds of vegetables with each meal.

2) Do you only eat a “normal” meal times, or do you snack in between? – I eat at normal mealtimes but if I’m hungry in between (like at work) I will have one piece of fruit, a muesli bar or a chocolate bar if I feel like eating chocolate.

3) Do you eat all 3 meals or do you sometimes skip meals here or there? (I know when I was smaller I rarely ate breakfast) – I always eat all 3 meals.. skipping meals did not work for me.. when I was younger I sometimes skipped meals and it threw my metabolism out of whack

4) How often do you “indulge,” be it with sweet things, salty things, other junk food, etc.? – If I crave something sweet, I eat it.. I just don’t eat too much of it. Self-denial does NOT work for me so if I feel like eating a bag of crisps then I will, I will just then compensate by having a smaller dinner.

5) Do you exercise? What kind and how often? – I exercise about twice a week (cycling, swimming, roller-skating, walking)

6) And the last one that I tend to struggle with: Do you only eat when you feel physically hungry? – Not always no.. if I feel like snacking then I will snack, but I try and do it in moderation and then compensate by having more veg at the next mealtime.

 

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

I consider myself naturally slim, when I eat right! I didn’t take care of myself from around the time I started college until about 3 years ago, so I had gained a ton of weight before I made a lifestyle change. Now, I try to eat balanced meals in the correct proportions for my size. Currently, I wear a size 0 or 2, depending on the brand, and I’m 4’11.5″ at 102 lbs. I wouldn’t mind gaining a couple lbs, but I’m not actively trying to gain weight.

1) What kinds of foods you eat in a typical day? I eat a mixture of meat, fruits, veggies, grains, and dairy throughout the day. For breakfast this morning, I had 1/2 cup of non-fat greek yogurt with 1/2 of an extra small banana, 1 tsp of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. For lunch and dinner, I try to have 1/2 of my plate filled with veggies and/or fruit, 1/4 full of protein, and 1/4 carbs. I usually eat a larger dinner. My total calories for the day are usually between 1320 and 1500, depending on how active I was during the day. When I exercise heavily, I eat between 1500 and 2000 calories. I keep track of my daily activity throught my Fitbit Flex, and I keep track of my calories with My Fitness Pal.

2) Do you only eat a “normal” meal times, or do you snack in between? I snack in between. I have breakfast before I leave for work at around 7:30, then a snack around 9:30 before lunch at around 11:30. I have another snack around 3:00, then dinner when I get home – usually sometime between 5:30 and 6:30. If I get hungry, which I usually do, I’ll have a snack around 8 or 9.

3) Do you eat all 3 meals or do you sometimes skip meals here or there? (I know when I was smaller I rarely ate breakfast) I only ever skip a meal if I sleep through it, which is usually only breakfast on Saturdays.

4) How often do you “indulge,” be it with sweet things, salty things, other junk food, etc.? I actually eat junk food and sweet things all the time! I just make sure I eat small portions so it doesn’t take up the majority of my calories. I don’t always succeed at this, but I try to balance it out with healthy food.

5) Do you exercise? What kind and how often? We have a wellness program at work, so I follow their requirement of 150 minutes a week. I will usually go walking w/ Darling Husband for 20 to 30 minutes 2 to 3 times during the week. We might go hiking for 30 mins to an hour on the weekends. Then I use a stepper, pilates videos, or calisthenics workouts to fill in the rest of the time. I usually end up doing the majority of my exercise on the weekends since I work during the week.

6) And the last one that I tend to struggle with: Do you only eat when you feel physically hungry? I make sure to eat my normal meals whether I’m hunger or not – usually, when I start eating, I’ll get hungry! However, I will not snack inbetween if I’m not physically hungry.

Post # 22
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Worker bee

And, water, water, water…drink tons of it…believe it or not, water fills you up and then (obviously) flushes you out so skip the bubbly beverages and drink that water.

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I empathize with you, OP. Throughout my teen years and the majority of my twenties, I could eat virtually whatever I wanted and I never gained weight. At 5’8 and 110lbs I was actually underweight, but I never dieted, it was just the size I had always been. Even throughout my disgusting college years of eating nothing but cheese pizza, beer, peanut butter, and mac ‘n cheese – I stayed that same weight.

Now at 28 I’m noticing that, while I’m still slim (I hover just below 120 now), what I eat makes an impact. I’ve really had to rein it in a bit over the last couple of years. I’m well aware that at my height I would be fine to gain more weight, but I don’t want it to spiral out of control. And more than anything, I just really don’t want to have to buy a whole new wardrobe. So to answer your questions…

1) What kinds of foods you eat in a typical day?

Breakfast: smoothie (recipe: 1/2 frozen banana, 3/4 cup dark chocolate almond milk, 1/2 cup 0% greek yogurt, 2 tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter, handful of ice) or Special K Protein Cereal w/ skim milk.

Lunch: it differs; sometimes dinner leftovers, sometimes a multigrain english muffin with almond butter, sometimes a Sweet Earth frozen veggie burrito.

Dinner: I cook 4-5 nights per week. I’m pescetarian (vegetarian + fish), so vegetable stir-fries, baked fish, vegetable pastas, quinoa or brown rice casseroles, or vegetarian tacos are in heavy rotation. On the nights that I don’t cook, it’s usually because I’m working late (in which case I’ll just find something in the fridge like my lunch options above), I’m going out to eat with my husband, or we’re visiting a friend or family member for dinner.

Snacks: Think Thin Lean Protein & Fiber bars (I LOVE these), Kind sweet & salty nut bars (good “treat”), carrots, fruit, smaller versions of my breakfast smoothie (or versions with just fruit and greek yogurt).

2) Do you only eat a “normal” meal times, or do you snack in between?

I definitely snack in between.

3) Do you eat all 3 meals or do you sometimes skip meals here or there? (I know when I was smaller I rarely ate breakfast)

Sometimes my day more closely resembles 6 small meals/large snacks, but I wouldn’t say I ever completely skip a meal – especially breakfast.

4) How often do you “indulge,” be it with sweet things, salty things, other junk food, etc.?

At home, almost never. I don’t keep junk food or sweets in the house unless we’re entertaining. But my husband and I do love to go out to eat and I don’t restrict myself when we do (well, within reason – it’s not like I’m ordering fettucini alfredo every time, either). My big indulgence is wine, and we do keep that in the house – but one of my favorite wines (Argyle Pinot Noir) is only 60 calories for a 5oz glass, and I’m usually more than happy with just having 2 glasses.

5) Do you exercise? What kind and how often?

Yes. I do about 30 minutes of cardio (elliptical) roughly 4 times a week. In the summer I get some supplemental exercise from going for bike rides and playing golf with my husband, both of which we do roughly once a week. In the winter I try to kick up my indoor workout routine to make up for the loss of those activities.

6) And the last one that I tend to struggle with: Do you only eat when you feel physically hungry?

I’m definitely guilty of “boredom eating,” but not keeping snack food in the house has helped immensely with that. I also find that I need to make sure to keep myself occupied! If I’m just sitting here doodling around on my computer (oh, hmmm, like right now?), I predictably get the urge to snack. So after I write this post, I’m probably going to go do some yard work and I’ll probably forget all about wanting a snack. 😉

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

1) What kinds of foods you eat in a typical day?

lots of vegetables, a bit of bread or rice, some chocolate, fruit, more vegetables, some kind of vegetarian protein, tons of water

2) Do you only eat a “normal” meal times, or do you snack in between?

I snack, but not excessively

3) Do you eat all 3 meals or do you sometimes skip meals here or there? (I know when I was smaller I rarely ate breakfast)

I sometimes skip meals but I try not to. I usually skip breakfast and snack all morning.

4) How often do you “indulge,” be it with sweet things, salty things, other junk food, etc.?

I’ve eliminated that word from my vocabulary. I eat what I want and try to maintain overall healthiness without regarding any one thing as “guilty” or an “indulgence.”

5) Do you exercise? What kind and how often?

I walk all the time and work out a few times a week

6) And the last one that I tend to struggle with: Do you only eat when you feel physically hungry?

 Yup.

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Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

classylassie:  I’m 5’9″ and weigh 125 typically (currently I’m 7 months pregnant, so weight 140). 

 

1) What kinds of foods you eat in a typical day? Cereal with fruit for breakfast and a coffee, yogurt and fruit as a snack, soup and salad for lunch (if I don’t have leftovers from dinner), dinner is usually a protien with some carbs and veggies, granola bar or trail mix for a snack, and usually a little treat of ice cream or some chocolate.  I also drink about 10 cups of water per day.

2) Do you only eat a “normal” meal times, or do you snack in between? I snack in between; I have yogurt & fruit between breakfast and lunch, and usually some raw veggies or trail mix between lunch and dinner.

3) Do you eat all 3 meals or do you sometimes skip meals here or there? (I know when I was smaller I rarely ate breakfast) I eat all three meals. Everything you read online talks about how bad skipping breakfast is for you.

4) How often do you “indulge,” be it with sweet things, salty things, other junk food, etc.? I have something very small almost every day, or every second day. Usually just a couple of pieces of chocolate, or a small bowl of ice cream.

5) Do you exercise? What kind and how often? Yes, 4-5 times per week. Yoga 2-3 times, and cardio 2x per week. I usually also play basketball 2x per week in the winter, and baseball 2-4x per week in the summer, but can’t this year because of the pregnancy.

6) And the last one that I tend to struggle with: Do you only eat when you feel physically hungry? I always eat breakfast, even if I don’t feel physically hungry. That way, I choose to eat something healthy at home, rather than grabbing something unhealthy and easy (like a muffin or cinnamon bun) at 9 or 10 when I’m hungry.

 

Post # 26
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Does anyone else find it kind of odd that the question was “naturally slim” (which to me means not having to work out)… but if everyone here is working out 3-5x a week… that’s not really “naturally slim” is it?  That to me is working for it.  lol.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m 5’7″ and about 120-123 lbs., depending on the day. For me, I used to eat like crap (and still remained relatively thin), but I felt bad. I had these weird, knotty stomach pains for like 2 years, on and off. I could never pinpoint exactly which foods were causing the pains, and I think I eventually realized it was just my whole diet, rather than something specific.

In the last year and a half or so, I’ve been SO much healthier in regards to my diet, and I feel like a million bucks. I haven’t had the stomach pains since.

1) In the morning, I usually make a smoothie (very veggie heavy) or eat yogurt, if I’m in a rush. I’ve found that dairy is a food that kind of bothers me, so I try and stick to non-dairy yogurt (coconut milk ones are delicious). For lunch, I usually have leftovers from the night before or a salad of some kind. For dinner, I stick to lean meats (I don’t like red meat, so there’s none of that in my diet) and proteins like beans and quinoa. I love to cook and make a lot of different things – I’d say chicken, salmon and various veggie entrees are the most common. I don’t really cook with basic carbohydrates like regular pasta (sometimes I use whole wheat pasta) or rice. Actually, I limit my carbs as much as possible – I very rarely eat bread of any kind. Usually only when we’re out to eat.

2) I usually don’t snack between breakfast and lunch, but I sometimes do between lunch and dinner (as my husband gets home on the later side and so we don’t eat until later). My go-to snacks lately are cashews and sliced cucumbers with hummus.

3) I occasionally skip breakfast, and I always regret it.

4) I indugle probably more often than I should. I drink wine almost every night, and when we eat out (maybe once a week), I’m not as “good” as I should be. I’m not huge into sweets – but I always have these 100 calorie chocolate fudge bars from Costco on hand when I want a little treat. I’m not at all opposed to indulging, but I try to cook at home as much as possible, which helps limit things for me.

5) I run or go on the elliptical a few times a week. I also do some arm and ab strength workouts every day (or every other day).

6) I usually only eat when I’m hungry. As a teacher, I don’t really have any extra time during the day to think about eating, so it’s not a huge issue for me.

Hope all of that helps! I think, like many PPs have said, it’s not about dieting – it’s about making lifestyle changes that work for you and are realistic. Healthy food is really the most delicious food anyway, it just takes some getting used to.

 

Post # 30
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

pinkshoes:  I took it to mean those who were naturally slim in their youth and/or have never struggled with weight gain, but I’m not sure if that’s what she meant.

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