November 29, 2017

1. Don’t give up the things you love to eat.

When we think about dieting and losing weight we often times immediately associate that with “oh no!! No more pizza and wine!” Or whatever guilty food pleasure you enjoy. Going cold turkey with the things we love has in fact been proven to not be effective for weight loss and habit change. It has been shown that when you make something forbidden there is a section of our brain that actually strengthens the desire- making it increasingly harder to “stick with it.” This explains the failure of chronic crash dieting. You can only stick to a restrictive diet plan before eventually you give in. So instead of restricting these items learn how to balance them into your diet in a healthy way.  

2. If you change nothing else, portion control will go a long way.

No matter what it is we eat, controlling portions will ultimately help control calorie consumption. This goes for healthy foods and unhealthy foods. Portion control will serve you well...

November 10, 2017

By now I’m sure most of us have heard of and even started incorporated chia seeds into our diets. Sprinkle some in your shake, your yogurt, salads... and even your water! ..huh??

I’ve recently been getting some questions around this hottest new trend. “A chia seed water a day keeps the (fill in the blank) away.” I’ve heard claims about weight loss, glowing skin, resolving digestive issues, boosting energy and others. The packaged food industry is also catching on to the trend. If adding chia seeds to water yourself is too much, you can now purchase bottled chia seed water for about $4-6 / bottle.

So what’s the deal? Is this the latest hyped up health fad or something you should get on board with? In general incorporating chia seeds and more water into the diet is a great thing. Chia seeds are the latest deemed “super food” and for good reason.

Although there is no single “super food” – there are certainly nutrient dense foods out there and chia seeds are one of them. High in fiber, low in...

November 8, 2017

Now that the colder weather is here a hearty comfort meal is exactly what we crave. If you're searching for a healthy option, look no further! After posting my weekend dinner pic I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the recipe. Confession: rarely do I ever follow a recipe when cooking. I typically make it up as I go, which can lead to some amazing meals!  ..and also some that end up in the trash. It’s certainly not a full proof way to a delicious meal, but it sure is fun! See below for my latest creation: ratatouille!😊

Quick history about why I love this meal so much. Growing up I lived in 3 different homes before graduating high school but in each place my parents had an amazing vegetable garden and a love of cooking. Rarely were there meals that weren’t cooked from scratch incorporating something fresh they had grown from the garden. Whether it was the pulmp garden tomatoes, crisp green beans, savory herbs, squash, carrots, berries or peaches… the list goes on! One favorite weekni...

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