Health and Wellness, Nutrition & Fitness

A Balanced Approach to Eating

Balanced Nutrition Quote

Healthy eating is all about balance. I believe that eating well is a form of self-respect and I care about my body. How I feel, what I look like and how much energy I have are all directly connected to the food I put in my body and how I move my body. My approach to eating is balanced – 80% clean eating and 20% (managed) indulgence.

Healthy Eating & Balance

This approach has proven to be effective for me, because I am able to fill my body with clean healthy foods most of the time and I can still go out with friends and indulge a few times a week. I don’t feel deprived and I actually crave healthy food more often than not. After many years of dieting, I threw it all to the wayside in favor of a clean eating approach. Now I don’t really diet – I just eat well. I am mindful of what I cook and what I put in my body when I am eating out.  I fill my house with healthy snacks and tons of vegetables. Meal prepping breakfasts, lunches and vegetables on Sundays is my key to eating well throughout the week without a lot of thought or effort.

Healthy Eating: Meal Plans

To read more about my meal planning, nutrition and recipes check out this post and this one. If you would like to see an updated meal plan with my more recent pescetarian, gluten free meals, let me know in the comments.

Healthy Eating : Sweet Tooth

Despite adopting a clean eating approach, I still have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying. So part of eating healthy meant finding healthy sweet alternatives. I’ve been creative over the years making up my own “desserts” like the fruit mix or yogurt medley below.

Healthy Eating _Balanced dessert options

I still missed ice cream SO much and sadly, all the “healthy” alternatives were filled with processed sugar, something I have avoided since the end of chemo (Dec. 2015). You can imagine my excitement when I learned about Halo Top Creamery

Healthy Eating: Halo Top Ice Cream

Not only is Halo Top ice cream low calorie (under 300 calories/pint), it is also high in protein and low in sugar! All of that in one pint?! I was sold. They use a mixture of stevia and Erythritol to sweeten their ice cream. Erythritol may sound like a lab creation, but is actually an all-natural sweetener found in fruits like pears and grapes. Though it’s technically a sugar alcohol, erythritol doesn’t impact blood glucose or cause bloating. What a great solution without sacrificing taste.

Halo Top Flavors

Ever since I discovered Halo Top I have been a huge fan. Now I can indulge in a ice cream without all the guilt and avoid the nasty sugar crash. Halo Top is a wonderful brand focused on healthy living and wellness. For young survivors looking to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, Halo Top provides a great option for indulgence without the guilt. I have partnered with Halo Top Creamery to give one lucky survivor 4 free pints of ice cream in the flavors of your choice.

My favorite flavors are Oatmeal Cookie, Strawberry and Mint Chip. I like to enjoy a mix of Halo Top flavors topped with fresh berries, nuts and unsweet coconut flakes.

Healthy Halo Top Dessert

Head to the Halo Top website to learn more about all of the flavors and see the amazing nutritional facts comparison between Halo Top and the other popular ice cream brands.

Halo Top Giveaway

The directions to enter the giveaway are noted below and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, September 5th. Only complete entries will be considered and winner will be selected at random. The 4 Golden Tickets will be mailed to the winner following the end of the giveaway.

Giveaway Rules

  1. You must be a cancer survivor
  2. Follow @MyCancerChic on Instagram
  3. Follow @Halotopcreamery on Instagram
  4. Subscribe to My Cancer Chic
  5. Enter your Full Name, Instagram Handle and Email in the Rafflecopter below

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8 Comments

    studentsurvivor

    August 26, 2017Reply

    I have always loved Halo Top!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

      Anna

      August 27, 2017Reply

      Yay! I am glad to hear that. I love it too.

      Anna

      August 24, 2021Reply

      yay I love them too

    Kimberly Glenn

    August 27, 2017Reply

    Yum! I am also trying to limit my process sugar intake and it is tough! I would love to try this ice cream ?

      Anna

      August 30, 2017Reply

      Me too! It’s so wonderful to have options like Halo Top

      Anna

      September 3, 2017Reply

      Yay! Me too. This is a great option!

    JANET AMDUR

    August 24, 2021Reply

    HI ANNA, I LOVE READING YOUR ARTICLES AND SUGGESTIONS. I THINK YOU ARE AMAZING AND VERY SMART WOMAN. I JUST FINISHED ALL MY BREAST CANCER TREATMENTS. IT WAS VERY CHALLENGING AND HARD FOR ME. I AM FEELING BETTER NOW. YOU NEVER POSTED ANYTHING ABOUT HOW YOU FELT TAKING THE HORMONAL PILLS TO BLOCK ESTROGEN. I AM REALLY SCARED TAKING IT SINCE I NEVER TAKEN ANY PILLS IN MY LIFE. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR MY?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH
    LOVE, JANET

      Anna

      August 24, 2021Reply

      thank you Janet. I do need to write more about my experience on hormone-blocking medication. I can relate to your apprehension but would share that you will adjust. It may not be too fun coping with side effects but if they’re unbearable talk to your doctor as there are multiple meds and each one is slightly different but does the same thing. best wishes for you in this next stage!

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