Do not be a “Diet”

Diets.

I hate the word. I hate what it represents, and I hate that people abuse them.

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When and why do we usually diet?

For weddings, upcoming vacations, high school reunions, post holidays or because of an illness that led us to change our eating habits.

But here is the thing about “diets”…They are a TEMPORARY FIX to an ONGOING PROBLEM.

What happens once that wedding passes, vacation ends, or when you have finally reached your goal weight? For most, success becomes an excuse to begin eating the way that they were before; the way that led them down this road in the first place.

It is a cycle, a constant 5-15 pound cycle that will never end unless you finally decide to STOP DIETING, and instead, CREATE A NEW WAY OF EATING

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If an alcoholic stops drinking, they’re not going to go back to their daily beers, unless they truly have not changed their mind-set or urge to drink. And if that is the case, they end up back where they started. Stuck. And in a dieter’s case; bloated, unhappy and defeated.

And yes, both instances are diseases. Alcoholism is caused by using alcohol as a crunch, or a distraction. Obesity is a disease, caused by poor eating habits, using food as comfort.

Stop making excuses.

Stop temporarily fixing an ongoing problem. Find the permanent solution that will change everything and break the cycle.

CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING.

Throw out every trigger food that you have in your house. They are not allowed back in, if ever, until you are able to have control and eat those foods on occasion and in moderation.

Ask for guidance from a nutritionist. That is what they are there for! Use your resources.

Fill your fridge with fresh fruits, vibrant vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and healthy fats. Eat more plants. Eat less “food” from a box. Eat nothing that you cannot pronounce the ingredients..and no, Jicama doesn’t count ;)

Stop drinking alcohol for the time being. We are all familiar “drunk munchies”, and right now is not the time to be in that state of mind. Even one glass of wine can get you craving chocolate or the salty crunch of pretzels.

And if you begin to think, ” But red wine is good for me ” or “But I can’t live without my Caramel Macchiato” or “But I LOVE pizza!“… then that proves you need to reevaluate what your goals are. What is more important?

Realize that these foods do not have to be gone forever. They are EVERYWHERE. Food is everywhere.  But that does not mean that you should eat that way everyday. 

Start to take notice of what you are putting into your body.

Is your body changing? Are you losing, gaining, maintaining? How does your skin look? How do you feel; bloated? tired? anxious?

Do not live your life on auto pilot. This is something that YOU can control. You just need to show up and step up. No one will take care of your body for you. 

Do not be a “diet”. You are BETTER than a diet. 

You are meant to be the healthiest version of yourself. Find that person. Bring him/her to life.

It all starts with what you put into your body. And you should start right now. 

This is your moment.

April Showers…

And I’m back!! Time is flying by!

So much wedding planning has been done, and I soon will be a bride in less than two months. Crazy!!

My shower was this past Sunday at L’ANDANA in Burlington, and it was absolutely breathtaking.

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(party favors: Potted Herb Planet-basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage)

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My place card table had a “love tree” centerpiece, which had 70 words hanging from it’s branches that Matt and I chose to describe our relationship.

When the guests arrived, they each took a word from the tree and brought it to their seat. While Matt and I opened gifts, I chose 5 words from a glass bowl and read them aloud. Whoever had a matching word got to pick an envelope off of the “Prize tree” which held dinner certificates to 5 different restaurants.

The restaurants included The Captial Grille, L’ANDANA, Abe and Louie’s, The Oceanaire, and Davio’s.

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It was the perfect way to break up the gift opening portion of the shower, and to keep everyone from getting bored while eating dessert.

My florist, Michele Bernard, is the angel that took my ideas and brought them to life. She is phenomenal in everything that she does, from place cards, to flowers, to menu designs.

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I am also FINALLY the owner of a Vitamix Blender and Omega VERT Juicer!

Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low Speed Juicer

It’s the little things Smile

What’s My Healthy?

Meditating before the hectic day begins

Begin each day with a grateful heart

Waking up my body with warm lemon water, a cup of tea, and a cleansing green juice.

Allow for at least 30 minutes a day to MOVE.

This may include cardio, yoga, or resistance training. Get that heart rate up!

Fueling with color

Super Simple Ground Chicken Gumbo!

1 lb. Lean ground chicken
1 package of frozen stir fry veggies
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
Cook and place on top of spaghetti squash or brown rice!

Green Smoothies!

Spinach, kale, frozen berries, maca powder, spirulina, ground flaxseed, brown rice protein, cinnamon, water and ice.

Reading instead of watching.

My current book of choice…

Cameron Diaz Encourages Women to Keep Their Pubic Hair in Her New Book | E! Online Mobile

Family time

Getting enough sleep!

Having a new puppy has definitely led to many interrupted nights, but Madi’s bladder has gotten stronger with every passing week Smile

Thank God

Getting out of my own way.

#quollectiveyou paint the picture that is your life. - May Cause Miracles

xoxo

What is YOUR healthy?

Holiday Baking and Burpees

With all of the baking and taste testing going on this month, why not have fun while spending time in the kitchen?

Pair any amount of time left on your baking timer with your favorite power exercise, and fit in a quick workout while you bake!

I paired my last 12 minutes with double jump burpees, and ended up with a good sweat and a delicious batch oatmeal chocolate chip bars.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup canola oil (or melted coconut oil) 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2  cups Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add and mix oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix your oil, eggs and vanilla extract
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry, and beat until the dough holds together (the dough may seem oily and crumbly. this is okay). Add 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.
  5. Push half of the batter into your greased pan. Add some extra chocolate chips on top. Place the remaining half of the dough over the first layer, and add more chocolate if desired.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Do not over cook.
  7. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing.

They taste really good served with Vanilla bean ice cream.

Find the time this holiday season to move more..wherever you are!

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Eat, Enjoy, and Stay Healthy this holiday season.