Feel Good About Your Body: Practice Gratitude, Not Judgment

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Thanksgiving is one week away.  No matter who you are, you have special things in your life to be thankful for.  Is your body one of them?

You’re not alone if you don’t feel great about your body.   There seems to be a natural human tendency to be critical of the way we look and get hung up on perceived flaws.  It doesn’t feel very good, does it?  The way I see it, life is short and feeling bad about yourself isn’t a productive or pleasant way to spend precious time.

Changing negative thoughts takes practice, just like changing any other unwanted habit.    If you’ve lived for years repeating to yourself how fat your thighs are, it’s going to take work to alter that automatic pattern of thinking.  But you can do it.   Your body is where you live.  Treat it with kindness.

Speak to it and care for it with love and gratitude and your world will change.

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One and a Half Minute Single Serving Chocolate Mug Cake

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This is cake in a hurry!!  And all for YOU!

Yes, you DO deserve cake.  If you’ve been thinking you can’t have cake because it’s “bad” then you need to keep on reading this post and realize that those thoughts need to be changed pronto because they are not true.

Quick, perfectly portioned, made with real, whole-food ingredients…. this is the chocolate cake to make when you want cake NOW but don’t want to bake a big one and refuse to settle for store-bought cake made from, let’s just call them un-ideal ingredients.  Mug cakes have been around for years but they are new to me.  If you’ve never heard of them you will be as thrilled as I was to give them a try.

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2- Ingredient Pancakes

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These pancakes are my new favorite breakfast!

I first heard about these amazing pancakes a couple of months ago on a nutrition podcast.  Curious about how the recipe would work, I gave it a try and have been hooked ever since.  So easy and sooooooooooooo delicious!  Not to mention healthier than your typical flour-based pancakes.

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Change is Good

You may think a dietitian has it all figured out for herself/himself when it comes to eating. Not so! It’s beneficial to constantly tweak and adjust eating habits. We’ve all heard the quote: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Basically, when something stops working , it’s time for a change!

When I began noticing lower levels of energy, particularly during runs, I became (extra) curious about my own nutrition.   According to the nutritional composition of my diet I was getting everything I supposedly needed, but I was frustrated with feeling like I was eating right and not feeling as good as I had. That little voice inside of me who loves to question things spoke up. Could there be nutrients (possibly unidentified yet) in animal products that I am missing? Would I feel better if I ate them? How could I ever be okay with doing this due to all I believe in? After a lot of serious thinking I decided I was ready to begin experimenting with adding animal foods back into my diet to see what would happen.

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Almond-Coconut Chocolate-Chip Blondies

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I have been experimenting with coconut flour– so far this is my favorite concoction!  It’s not a flour that you can simply substitute for regular grain flour in most recipes.  It is so rich in fiber that you need extra liquid/moist ingredients because it is very absorbent.  Coconut flour is popular with those who eat gluten-free, follow a “paleo” diet  or are carb-conscious (it is low in digestible carbohydrates).  I just love anything coconut!

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San Francisco: Vegan Food

I can now cross San Francisco off my list of places to visit.  But I am going to go ahead and put it back on because I want to go back!  It may not top Newport, RI as my favorite city, but it is a close second.

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New Changes in the Future for Food Labels

Changes are in the works for the Nutrition Facts panel found on packaged foods.  These labels, which we are all (hopefully) very familiar with, haven’t changed in about twenty years.  I’d agree that some updates are in order.

Changes like this take time; we won’t likely see the new labels for a few years.  While the exact adjustments are still being discussed, there are a few changes that I am hearing we can expect to see:

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Enough with Artificial Additives: Subway is Making Progress

I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with seeing strange, un-foodlike words on ingredient lists.  My solution to this problem is to buy as much food as I can without ingredient lists– or to make sure the ingredients are natural, recognizable foods.

This article is saying that there is hope for change:  The Food Industry Make a Major Shift From Artificial to Natural.  I like that!  More and more people are becoming concerned about the connection between artificial ingredients and their potential negative health consequences.  Subway made the news last week by announcing the removal of one particularly questionable additive in their bread:

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Chocolate Pomegranate Aril Clusters

The perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

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“Successful people do…

…what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”  ~Jeff Olson, author of The Slight Edge

That’s been my latest favorite quote.  It applies to every aspect of life: finances, career, personal relationships and of course HEALTH.  When I think about what differentiates my successful clients from those not seeing their desired results, this quote just about explains it all.

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