The Minimalist’s Guide to Eating

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Eating Strategies, Foods

There’s more to life than food.   I mean gosh, we spend a hell of a lot of time in the kitchen and thinking about what we’ll eat.  We all have those days where we wish we could just inject ourselves with a liquidy goo of calories.

Well, I think adopting the minimalist approach to eating could save you some serious time.

You don’t have to own less than 50 items or live in a mini-house to adopt aspects of the minimalist way of life.   We’re just talking about keeping it simple.   Pair down your routine and you will be released from the constant struggle of decision.

And it’s healthy!

Freaking healthy as can be!   Yeah, that’s right – healthy AND easy.  It’s probably the last bit of diet advice you’ll ever need.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d love it if you subscribed to this blog and kept hanging out and talking healthy with me- but it’s probably not necessary.  This is a philosophy you could adopt and use for the rest of your life.   You’d probably live longer and feel better.

I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore minimalist, but I do have tendencies.  I’m fine living in a little apartment and keeping a few possessions.  Nate and I have moved twice in the last two years so we’ve kind of been forced into this lifestyle.  After selling some of the larger things (couch, bed, etc), we have been able to fit all of our possessions in a Subaru forester!!

We appreciate the sense of freedom from living a minimalist lifestyle and have begun to look for other ways to simplify our lives.   We paired down our meal-plans and grocery lists and are really enjoying it.   We still give ourselves a couple of meals per week where we make fun recipes, but more often our meals are really basic.  Today, I’m excited as heck to share our ideas with you!  Here they are:

1)  Buy Fewer Ingredients

Go to the grocery store or farmer’s market with a simple plan.  Stick to fresh veggies, fruit, milk, yogurt, eggs, nuts, grains, legumes, and maybe one or two others.   Buy essentials such as tamari,  hot sauce, spices, herbs, and oil in large quantities when it’s on sale so you don’t typically run out (maybe check on prices if getting low).   Bake your bread and get your meat locally.  Vegetarians and vegans can simplify further.

2)  Prepare Simply

Cook your foods only a few ways.   No elaborate sauces or extensive preparations.  A sprinkle of fresh herbs, a dash of salt and pepper, or spritz of lemon can go a long way.  Here are some examples:

  • Slice hearty veggies and roast in the oven with fresh herbs for around 45 minutes,  putting meat in halfway or so
  • Steam fish, rice, and veggies all at once
  • Sauté tofu and tender veggies in butter and olive oil and serve with brown rice
  • Cut up tons of raw veggies and fruit for a large salad and maybe throw in a protein (chicken, tofu, beans, quinoa, hard-boiled egg, etc).  Toss with olive oil and balsamic or red-wine vinegar.
  • Throw leftovers between two pieces of bread with cheese.

You can try using a 5 or less ingredient rule (besides seasoning & oil) – which shouldn’t be too hard.   Examples:  breakfast – oatmeal, nuts, fruit.   Lunch – (sandwich) bread, goat cheese, lettuce, tomato, sprouts.  Dinner – black beans, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, corn tortillas.

3)  Eat Less

Down a large glass of water as you begin to prepare a meal.  Use the smaller 8-inch diameter salad plates for all your meals and try to fill them halfway with veggies.  This just leaves room enough for a small amount of protein and whole grain or vegetable starch.

Do like one of the oldest living populations on the planet – the Okinawans, and only eat until your %80 full.  Don’t clean your plate completely and never go back for seconds.   Leftovers become new meals or a quick snack for later saving you even more time.

Simplify your diet and you’ll simplify your life.  Feel the weight lift and the stress melt.

Does anyone have any ideas for simplifying further?

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9 Healthy Tweeters You Should Follow

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Foods

My hope is to suggest 8 people that all offer something a little different from one another.  In their own way, each of them makes a unique contribution to the healthy living community.

Join the conversation – follow these people to get a wide perspective from the wellness front.

@drweil – (The Love-able Doctor) Don’t follow him for his sweet beard alone, follow him because he walks the walk and talks the talk.  When it comes to integrative medicine, natural health and well-being – this guy knows what he’s talking about.  I happen to LOVE his cookbook The Healthy Kitchen.

@101cookbooks – (The Super Natural Cook) Heidi from the site 101cookbooks.com tweets about all things healthy and vegetarian.   Plenty of links to amazing recipes.  I love her website and appreciate her lifestyle of super natural eating.  She’s awesome….follow her….thats all I’ve got to say.

@HarvardGUTS –  (The Team of Doctors)  Tweets from The Growing Up Today Study (GUTS).  GUTS was started in 1996 as a long-term prospective investigation to evaluate factors that influence weight change.  Expect good tweets about nutrition and general wellness.  And they share lots of clinical studies.   Brand new twitter account, so go show your support for trustworthy medical advice.

@FarmForward – (The Educator)  Ben Goldstein tweets about Farm Forward’s core mission of working to promote conscientious food choices, reduce farm animal suffering, and advance sustainable agriculture.

@rawgoraw – (The Raw Food Queen) Natural Health Consultant, yoga teacher, raw foodiest, and artist.   Gabrielle Gingras tweets mostly about raw food and links to some great recipes.   Although I’m not an advocate of strictly raw food, it obvious  its good for you.  And raw food can make a really quick snack or meal.

@MichaelPollan – (The Policy Guy) The bestwelling author of the amazing books The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food:  An Eater’s Manifesto, and Food Rules. Michael is a graceful communicator and very well-educated on the problems of American’s Industrial Food Complex.  Follow him for good public policy and nutrition tweets.

@cookingupastory – (The Film Crew) Tweets from the grassroots variety show about people, food, and sustainable living.   Lots of good information from the local foods front.   After visiting their twitter account, be sure to head over to their website and view some of the amazing short films they have produced and dig around for great recipes.

@kevinrose – (The Health Conscious Techie)  This is kind of a fun/random one I thought ‘d throw in to the mix.  Kevin Rose is the founder of digg.com. He’s a tea enthusiast and general health and well-being type of dude.   Lots of good and funny technology related tweets if your into that sort of thing.

@healthychelle – (The Dork)  FOLLOW ME!!!  Of course you should follow ME!  I’m too busy to tweet a ton so I promise not to clog your stream.  I’ll lay down some random healthy tidbits every now and then.   I would be absolutlely honered if you’d follow me.  And say hi when you get a chance.

Well thats it folks!  Get on twitter and get talking healthy.  In my opinion, this is the most important conversation our world can have.  By eating a local whole foods diet, we can reduce childhood obesity, reduce global warming, and lower the price of health care.

Let me know in the comments any other healthy living bloggers you enjoy following.

See you on twitter!

How To Start Gardening

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Foods

Do you garden?   No…. ooh man, bummer.  Well, I’d say this year you take the plunge.  This article will tell you why and how.  (reading time: ~2 minutes)

Time to get yourself a taste of the immense joy you’ll receive from growin’ your own.  There is no better feeling than planting seeds in the ground and watching them sprout into little happy plants (or massive, depending on the plant I guess).   You’ll also benefit from:

  • eating the freshest food on the planet earth
  • enjoying the healthiest foods in the world
  • saving significant amounts of cash money $$$
  • getting outside to breathe in fresh air and get some light exercise
  • the stylish look of dirt under your fingernails (you hipster you)

And guess what?  You can live anywhere, in any type of housing situation, and grow at least a few plants.  If your an absolute newbie to vegetable gardening, be sure to start small.  The last thing you want is to get overwhelmed your first year and get a bad taste in your mouth for gardening.

Grow some vegetables you know you like and maybe one your less familiar with.  You never know, you could end up with a new favorite food.

Here are some ideas and resources to get you started:

Conventional Style -Bury your yard in a thick layer of compost and till it into the soil.  Test and tweak until you get the soil the way you like it.   Maybe build a couple raised beds while your at it.

The conventional gardener has some amazing resources available at their fingertips.  There’s really no need to even purchase a book, there are so many great resources available online.  Here are a couple awesome websites to check out :

Containers -If you have a sunny porch that will fit some pots, we highly recommend the book Bountiful Container by Maggie Stuckey (weird side note: same exact name as my good friend).  For info on the web, check out here, here, and here.  If your porch isn’t sunny but some of your windows are, consider getting a window box.  You could probably build one easily, but here’s what Target’s got just in case.

Go Indoors  –If you don’t have a sunny porch, plant a few pots indoors by a window.   Most herbs grow really well indoors.  Or, you can ask your landlord if you can either place some pots on the stoop or plant a little garden in the yard or landscaping.   Don’t give up, find a way to do it.  At least one tomato plant, I beg you!

Community Style -Nate and I have always wanted to join a community garden but we’ve been moving too often (Bloomington, then Portland, now Michigan).   This looks like a great way to get into gardening on the cheap and with easy access to hands-on expert advice.  Community gardeners share tools, resources, and even crops.

And BONUS:  Get to know your neighbors!!  I can imagine it now, a potluck supper with unique amazing dishes from the garden everyone shares.   I honestly believe getting involved and connecting to your community is one of the most important things you can do to be happy.

Note:  Portland, OR’s got a website called yardsharing.org that connects people who have extra land with those that want to farm.  Search for or start a similar site in your area.

Sharecropping -This is coming back folks.   While living in Portland, I remember reading a newspaper article about two guys that will plant out your backyard and you get a share of the crops.  (maybe it was these guys?)  If you are an extremely busy person (with bare lawn space), you would at least get to watch a garden grow and enjoy the fruits of someones labor.  It might be hard to find out if someone in your city does it, but check around and see what you come up with.  Let me know what you find, try searching for:  urban farming, backyard farming, etc.

Here is a woman in NYC that’s doing it.   (side note:  visit this link!  Foodcurated.com is awesome!)

Going Rogue  –Take some seeds and plant them in that ugly empty lot you always walk by or in the back corner of your local park and let mother nature do the work.   Scatter seeds in nooks and crannies around your neighborhood, and go for “harvest walks” at sunrise when most people are still sleeping.  Get creative, the sky is the limit.  If you go rogue, please be careful about trespassing and other laws, etc.

Well, there you are folks- lots of good stuff to get you thinking and hopefully doing!  Growing vegetables is the best way to start eating and living healthy.

Remember, spring is quickly approaching.  If your planting outdoors, now is the time to be coming up with a little plan for your garden.

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Egg Connoisseur

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Blog

Ever since my husband started the SCDiet, our egg consumption has skyrocketed!

Before Eggs didn’t consume our lives, we were purchasing them from Kroger’s………blah.

But once I found the secret egg man, things changed.  Read more to find out how I met this crazy man.

 
 
 
One rainy morning my sister had me over for breakfast.  And yes, we had
Eggs…Scrambled eggs!  The first thing I noticed about her eggs was the shell color.
They were not just white or brown, but they were green, blue, and yellow!  I screamed, “where did you get these eggs!”
 
 
 
She replied “my friend Seth, he raises his own chicks just down the road”.  As excited as I was about the different colors, she had me hooked when she cracked the first egg open and plopped it into the mixing bowl.  I felt my mouth drop, my eyes widen, and a little drool drip from my lip. These eggs were not only good lookin on the outside but beautiful on the inside too.
 
 
The yolk was so vibrant that it nearly blinded me. I was able to finally use my food chemistry knowledge about the anatomy of eggs and point out to her the albumin, and inner/outer membrane. Kroger eggs don’t even compare to these eggs.  It was at this point I decided I would never eat another Kroger egg again!
 
 
So I bet you are wondering about the crazy egg man.
 
After consuming the rich and delicious scrambled eggs with some piping hot coffee I stated to my sister “I’ve gotta get me some of these”. The next week my sister introduced me to Mr. Crazy Egg Man (AKA Seth).  He gave me four cartons of eggs for the week (remember eggs consume our life now). He said “Here ya go mam, can I get you some goose eggs, ostrich eggs, duck eggs, or quail eggs to go along with those chicken eggs.  I didn’t know what to say…so I stuttered and spit out the words “You are a crazy egg man!”  So that’s the story of the crazy egg man.
 
 

Since eggs became a major staple of our diet. I decided to research them a little bit more and share some knowledge with you that I stumbled upon.

When shopping for eggs, its best to buy pastured eggs (and local if possible).  Pastured eggs are more nutritious than factory eggs.

Pastured eggs contain:

more Omega-3’s
10% less fat
40% more Vitamin A
34% less cholesterol
5 times more Vitamin D
3 times more Vitamin E
8 times more beta carotene

Pastured eggs are not only healthier for your body but for the hen too.

Pastured hens get to roam around outside and soak up the sun, while factory hens are forced to live indoors in crowded cages.  Since factory hens are not able to roam free on pasture and have to live in their own feces they get sick easier and have to be pumped full of antibiotics. Pastured eggs do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs.  And they get to live a stress free wonderful life.

Diet of:

Pastured Hens Vs.       Factory Hens

Bugs                                   Grain based

Earthworms                    Antibiotics

Grass                                  Feces

other critters

So pasture eggs are not only good for you but are delicious too!!
Try this recipe with the first batch of pastured eggs you buy.  You will be obsessed!
http://whatscookingamerica.net/Vegetables/AsparagusEgg.htmIf you don’t know a crazy egg man you can look one up at http://www.localharvest.org/pastured-eggs.jsp and search by typing in your zip code.

6 Lightning Fast Mini Dinners

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Eating Strategies, Foods

Written by Michelle Nardine RD. Follow me on Twitter.

(Warning:  this strategy might not work so well if you have kids or a grumpy spouse)

I don’t know about you, but when summer comes around, I’m not big on slaving away for hours over a hot stove. I like to enjoy some free time outdoors. You know – get outside and really experience life.

I’m not against cooking nice filling dinners in the summer, but doing it every night is a real time drain. I’d rather be hiking around a neat park or reading on a blanket in the shade. I’d rather be playing tennis and taking the dogs to play at the dog park. You with me?

When you don’t get home from work until 6 or 7pm, spending an hour or more on dinner is a good way to drain the rest of your energy while simultaneously killing your good mood.

As long as you get an adequate breakfast and nutritious lunch (lots of veggies), there’s no need to go overboard with big dinners all the time – especially if you’ve packed on some winter pounds.

Here are some ideas for tiny snack-like dinners that you can prepare and eat in just a few minutes. They all have enough protein to give you some energy to go out and explore the world.  And you could always toss them in a cooler with some wine and go for a picnic in the park.  (Tip: If you get hungry again close to bed, sip on some warm milk with cinnamon and nutmeg.)

1.  Banana w/ nut butter and granola. Grab and partially peel a banana. Use a knife to spread a blob of your favorite nut butter on the next bite of banana. Dip it into a bowl or bag of granola to coat.  Eat and repeat.

2.  Tuna in a pouch. (made using the solid-white albacore tuna in air-tight pouches)  Cut open the tuna pouch and throw in a small forkful of mayo (or avocado instead) and some random stuff from the fridge. Maybe toss in some grapes or nuts or a little lettuce and some radish. Eat straight up with a fork or on crackers (my favorite crackers are Wasa).

3.  Fresh mozzy’s. Cut up a fresh mozzarella ball and put on toasted bread, crackers, or in a wrap with fresh basil and tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and add a sprinkling of salt and pepper and enjoy.

4.  Simple  salad. Grab a handful of spinach or micro-greens and throw on a hard-boiled egg  (precooked earlier in the week) or goat cheese. Add a couple other veggies of your choosing (onion, radish, broccoli, etc) and drizzle with a quick dressing (whip together extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and fancy brown mustard). You can crumble some cracker on top if your feelin’ it.

5.  Cottage cheese with strawberries. Pretty simple stuff here, just slice strawberries on some cottage cheese (or yogurt if you’d rather) and eat with a fork or wrap in lettuce and eat with your fingers.

6.  Yogurt dipped veggies. Combine just a little bit (to suit your taste) of a ranch seasoning packet with some plain yogurt. Serve with raw veggies of your choosing.

So, there you go. I’m giving you permission to eat small for dinner once and a while. Permission to get out of the kitchen and out enjoying the world.

Do you have any idea’s of your own?? Leave them in the comments.

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(photo by Antikris)

Are Chia Seeds Good For You?

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Blog

I’ll admit that I quickly became excited about chia seeds when they first entered my world. I did a bit of research after reading about them in Born To Run, and got excited about this newly discovered supposedly excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

I ordered a big bag off Amazon.com and started incorporating some into smoothies and otherwise eating them by the spoonful. Recommending them to family and friends, I was a major chia fan to say the very least.

If you’ve never heard of chia seeds, here is a quick rundown:

  • They were a major food source of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations
  • They ARE the same seeds that grow chia pets (just don’t eat these ones, they’re processed differently)
  • They are very high in Omega 3 fatty acids (even higher than flax seeds)
  • They are becoming BIG TIME popular with a mention on Oprah by Dr. Oz
  • Hold approx. 12 times their weight in water, and thereby aid in hydration
  • High in antioxidants

A one ounce serving contains approximately:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids:  5g
  • Omega-6 fatty acids:  1.6g
  • Fiber:  11g  (primarily soluble) – total carbs 12g
  • Protein:  4g
  • Calories:  137
  • Calcium:  180 mg

Pretty good stats right?

These stats are great for such an inexpensive food, but they don’t form the complete picture.  Much like flaxseeds, the Omega-3 fatty acids contained in chia seeds are in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) form. Herein lies the problem. The main benefits of Omega-3 ALA consumption is to try and get our bodies to convert it into EPA/DHA fatty acids (the kind found in fish oil), but in most cases our bodies just don’t seem to be efficient at making the conversion (sources: 1,2,3). ALA bio-conversion to EPA is very limited and conversion to the even more important DHA is practically absent. I said “in most cases” because there has been some evidence of the conversion rate being higher in vegans and EPA conversion higher in chronically-ill African-Americans (sources: 1,2).

To put all this more simply: most of the Omega-3’s we get from chia seeds get wasted.

Getting enough of the right (EPA/DHA) Omega-3 fatty acids is extremely important for overall good health – one of the most important dietary things you can do in my opinion. In order to reduce chronic inflammation, we should try to get closer to a 1:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids. This is vitally important. Most of us get far too much Omega-6 fatty acids, with the typical American’s ratio more around 30:1.

What does all this mean for you?

Most people should be supplementing with Omega’s 3’s to get the O6 to O3 ratio closer to 1:1. And as long as your not vegetarian/vegan, you probably should be taking fish-oil instead of relying on chia seeds. Chia seeds (or flax seeds) just can’t give you the proper Omega-3 benefits.

That being said, I’m going to recommend you still eat them, but for different reasons than you’ve previously heard. Chia seeds are mainly a good food option for their high content of soluble fiber and antioxidants as well as their hydrating properties (when prepared as a gel). So yeah…don’t give up on them just yet!

Any questions?  Leave a comment and I’ll be sure to respond.   If you haven’t already – please subscribe so you don’t miss out on more healthy eating tips in the future.

Recipe: Chicken Breast Zucchini Pappardelle

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Blog

If you want something light and refreshing to eat for dinner then you’ve got to give this a try.  I made it last night…its amazing and very easy!

Serves 2

Start to finish- 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb zucchini
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup torn basil leaves
  • Accompaniment: Lemon Wedges

Directions: Shave zucchini lengthwise with carrot peeler or slicer and put in a large bowl.  Thinly slice garlic and reserve separately.  Pat chicken dry, then cut crosswise into thirds.  Season chicken all over with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers.  Saute chicken until golden brown about 8-14 minutes.  Add chicken to the bowl of zucchini.  Then add garlic to skillet and cook until pale golden, about 1 minute.  Add the 1 Tbsp water to skillet and scrape up any brown bits, then drizzle over chicken and zucchini.  Add basil and 1/8 tsp salt to bowl and toss until zucchini wilts slightly.  Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!!

4 unconventional tips for healthier eating

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Blog

Written by Michelle Nardine RD.  Follow me on Twitter.

We’ve been told a million times to eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce processed carbs and sugars. Oftentimes, healthy eating advice can be boring and ineffective. What follows are four actionable ideas that are not conventionally preached as eating advice. Some may even help you save a buck.

1. Get Smaller Plates

The main reason people gain weight is by simply eating too much. We forget to watch our portion size. Although I definitely don’t advocate fast food, an interesting video documentary by James Painter called Portion Size Me proved that even a 30 day diet of nothing but fast food can make you lose weight and lower cholesterol. The key is proper portions.

Want to automatically trick yourself into eating less food? Get smaller plates. Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, refers to studies that show you eat less food with smaller plates. The average plate size in America has been steadily increasing since the early 80’s, resulting in national weight gain.

To get back to the way things should be, get yourself some nice 8-10 inch diameter dinner plates and donate the big ones in your cupboard to your local charity or throw them off train tracks (I’m kidding, I swear!).

2. Start Gardening

Most everything that comes out of a garden is healthy and delicious. You will be eating the freshest food on the planet resulting in a maximum amount of nutrients.

And BONUS- you will be saving money! According to Vegetable Gardening for Dummies, a garden that is 20 feet by 30 feet requires an initial investment of $70 for things like seeds and soil, and produces more than $600 worth of vegetables over the course of a season.

There are several ways to get started depending on your situation. You can start small by potting plants in containers on your porch or just growing herbs from your kitchen window. Take it up a notch by creating raised beds in your backyard or at a friend’s house. You might also look into joining a community garden, where you’re sure to get expert advice and meet friendly neighbors. You can find more tips and links in my article “How to Start Gardening“.

3. (Beef Eaters) Organize a Cow Share

If you’re a beef eater who has seen documentaries such as Food, Inc that expose the horrors of factory farming, you’re probably interested in getting more of your beef from local farms raising animals on fresh pasture. You may also have noticed that grass-fed beef is more expensive.

For some, the high price of grass-fed can be beneficial by causing you to rely more on fruits and vegetables. For many people however, it’s a deterrent which causes them instead to choose factory farmed beef that’s higher in saturated fat and lower in good fats and omega-3s. To make the switch to grass-fed without killing your wallet, buy in bulk.

Get a few friends together who prefer grass-fed and go in on a whole or half cow from a local farm and store it in your freezer. With whole butchered cows typically selling for less than $3.00 a pound, you can stand to save a lot of money over time. Visit eatwild.com to find an ethical farming operation in your area.

4. Read a Compelling Book

Sometimes, a well-written compelling story is needed to drive a point home and solidify it in our minds. Over time, these ideas can turn into habits that shape our actions. I think one easy way to eat better is to read about healthy food and the surrounding industries. Here are 4 books you might consider to get started:

  1. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. Great information! If you haven’t already, check out Darya’s thorough review of this life changing book.
  2. The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan. One of the most talked about food books of the last few years and for good reason. A beautifully written book that is part policy and all heart.
  3. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan. This is a great follow up to The Omnivores Dilemma, loaded with fascinating information I hadn’t a clue about.
  4. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink, Ph.D. It shows why you might not realize how much you’re eating, what you’re eating, or even why you’re eating.

Nerd Surfing: April 2010

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Blog

Here are some neat, hilarious, healthy, awesome, or interesting things I found while on the nerdbox surfing around the web the last couple months.

Bored or want to procrastinate on your creative projects for a little longer? Click around and see what you find.  Some things deal with healthy food and some are just straight up random.

Food Stuff:

First, these two blog posts could just change your life:

Honeymoon planning is super fun! This AWESOME breakfast pizza recipe was adapted from a bakery in Big Sur, CA that we’ll be visiting during our honeymoon in September (so excited!).

For desert, this is about as healthy as amazingly delicious brownies get:  Almond Butter Pumpkin Brownies (only 5 ingredients!!)

I know lots of people reading this are either curious about or probably drink kombucha tea.  We brew it here at home so this article (even though important) made me a little sad. (hat-tip to Gina at Candid RD)

Meat….

If you want, we would love to have you chime in on our discussion on wholeliving.com about “What’s the hardest part of Eating Healthy?“  Lots of great responses so far…

Here is the Greek’s secret to longevity:  cook amazing dishes like this Green’s Pie (video) and share it with your friends and family (ohh, and drink plenty of red wine too).

Straight Up Random Stuff:

Thinking about having kids? Your going to want to teach them how to tie their shoelaces this way so they can be the coolest kids in their class.  And make sure to stay organized with this incredibly simple online to-do list.

(Interesting) Get rid of your car, pull your kids out of school, and cancel your cable TV.  On a re-imagined society:

OK, that’s it for now.  I hope I didn’t make you procrastinate on your projects for too long.  I think maybe you should read this one last article.

Have a great week everyone! Love, Michelle

Healthy Things from Healthy Bloggers #1

Posted June 19th, 2019 by admin and filed in Blog

This is a new series!  Healthy Things from Healthy Bloggers will run every couple months and feature healthy eating tips and recipes from the bloggers doing it right!  If you want to be featured in a future edition, just write me a note –>    michelledodsonrd (at) gmail (dot) com.

Today we’ll feature four awesome “Healthy Things” from the writers behind the wonderful blogs Eater Not A Runner, Oh She Glows, The Candid RD, and Chow and Chatter.  I’ll turn it over to them:

1.   If you love something, eat it…..Without guilt!

I think this is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned on my journey to become healthier.  I used to think if I wanted to lose weight, there were certain foods that were just “off-limits.”  One cookie would turn into a guilt-fueled binge of 10 cookies, with me promising to just “do better tomorrow.”  Now I happily eat the cookie with no regret, and just continue to eat healthy otherwise.

It helps for me to look at my diet as 80-20…..80% of the time I eat healthy, whole foods and 20% of the time I eat whatever I want.  On some days it’s 70-30 and on others it’s 95-5, but overall I know I’m eating in a way that makes me feel great physically AND satisfied mentally.  You would be surprised how liberating it can be to look at chocolate as your friend, not your enemy!

This tip was brought to you by Lauren, the blogger behind Eater Not A Runner.  Be sure to stop by her blog and say hey!

2.   A delicious Green Monster anyone?

Wait, what is a Green Monster, anyways?

My healthy living website, Oh She Glows, is where I first started writing about my first shot at making a green smoothie that I called ‘Green Monster’. Let’s just say my first attempts did not turn out that great!

Now, I blend together kale or spinach, milk (almond or soy), fruit, seeds, powders, etc. and come up with some amazing Green Monster drinks! I have noticed a HUGE increase in my energy, along with a decrease in cravings for sweets. My skin has also become more clear and my hair and nails started growing like weeds! The response has been huge online and offline.

Try this fail-proof Virgin Green Monster recipe and you too will be hooked. :)

This recommendation was brought to you by Angela, the gal behind the Green Monster Movement and the fabulous blog Oh She Glows.

3.  Natural Born Eater

My biggest tip as far as healthy eating is to be intuitive, and eat like you did when you were a kid.  As a kid you ate when you were hungry, and didn’t eat when you weren’t. Most importantly, you didn’t eat everything on your plate if you were too full to finish (unless your parents made you, which is a practice in which I don’t agree).

Most of us no longer eat intuitively, especially the older we get.  We no longer listen to our bodies to tell us when we are hungry or when we should stop eating.  We are surrounded by food in ads, commercials, on signs everywhere we go, on the internet, and at just about every social event.  It’s basically in our face 24/7 and we no longer have the ability to say “no thanks” when food is offered or given to us. It’s as though we think we have to eat when everyone else is, despite what our body is saying or the signals it is sending.

It’s a problem.

We all need to get back in touch with our own hunger cues and learn how to eat intuitively again.  It doesn’t mean dieting and eating “rabbit food”.  It means eating what you want, when you want it, but not too much, and not at every eating opportunity.  This is how we were born to eat.

This tip was brought to you by Gina of The Candid R.D. Check out her site for lots of important nutrition tips and fun stories.

4.  Rebecca’s Carrot Soup

It is my great pleasure to contribute to Michelle, a fellow RD blogger.  I love this soup, it’s simple to make and packed with nutrients. It’s wonderful for little ones even when weaning and with the addition of the lentils it packs in some protein. In today’s culture families are always running here and there with their kids, but with a little forward planning healthy nutritious meals can fit it. A soup like this would be great to have on hand for a light meal or snack.

Ingredients:

  • carrots – 6
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1.2 l vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander/cilantro about 1/2 a bunch
  • one cup small red lentils
  • 1/2 cup frozen petite green peas

Method:

  1. heat oil and add onions and carrots, then add spices
  2. add broth, peas and lentils and simmer for 30-45 min until very soft
  3. use a hand blender to make into a puree
  4. then add fresh chopped fresh cilantro

This healthy recipe was brought to you by Rebecca, the cheery blogger behind Chow and Chatter.  Be sure to visit her site for plenty more awesome recipes.