Wednesday, November 28, 2012

80/20 Approach

“I just ate a cookie, I’ve TOTALLY blown it!”

“Either I’m completely on my diet or I’m completely off my diet.”

"I can't eat that. It's not on my diet."

The holidays are here and I have officially heard all of the above statements more than once. These statements are examples of All-or-Nothing Thinking. In All-or-Nothing Thinking everything is considered good or bad, black or white. There are no shades of grey or middle ground. This type of thinking will undermine your health and weight loss efforts by leading you to give up when you stray from your plan.

So what’s the alternative? Ease your mind and try the 80/20 approach.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Easy Single Serving Pumpkin Pie (Vegan!)

Thanksgiving is about a week away but I've been trying to master pumpkin pie for the last couple of weeks. My excuse was that traditionally, vegan pumpkin pie can be tricky (to get it to set) and I needed some practice. Totally lame excuse. Truly, this recipe was so incredibly easy to put together and I can't quite get enough pumpkin...ever.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Life is about the simple things...

Well, one best friend is officially married. She looked divine, in the perfect combination of sparkle and lace. It was chilly outside (Minnesota in November, enough said for Ms. Florida), but rosy pink covered everyone's faces as we celebrated remarkable love shared by two people.

It got me thinking...life really is about simple pleasures. Just like the beautiful wedding day, not showy or snobby, but genuine smiles. It seems like as we get older, life gets more  complicated. We forget about the simple pleasures or all of a sudden, it's not enough. Watching the sunset all of a sudden seems overrated when we're so focused on tasks at work to land a promotion. Or, savoring a home cooked dinner may seem inconvenient when we're hustling from one thing to the next.

The simple things should bring us joy, everyday. However, the more stressed out we get, the less time we spend on these moments. What IS making you happy these days?? Cuddles and kisses or expensive cars and clothes? Instead of trying to 'have it all' or 'do it all,' relish and feel content with the present moments. Appreciate your life for what it is and where you are.

This next week, focus on the simple things and notice any differences in your attitude and happiness. It could be anything from slowly sipping your coffee in peace and quiet, even if you have to get up before the kids to talking a lunch break walk to notice the change in leaves.

On a final note, in light of love in the air this past weekend...

"Love doesn't make the world go round, but it makes the ride worthwhile."

What are your simple pleasures??

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal

I'm often asked what I eat for breakfast. Breakfast seems to be a meal that people love or hate. I love it; easily my favorite meal. I understand not everyone relates to my breakfast sentiments. Part of the reason we have so many non-breakfast believers is partially related to eating dinner too late. A large dinner at that. If this is you, I could blanket you with suggestions. Most obviously, the portions and time of your meal need to be scaled back. That way you can make room for a delicious breakfast, like spiced pumpkin oatmeal.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Split Pea Soup

Poor beans. The unsung super food. I encourage my patients to eat 1 cup of beans per day. Some accept the challenge. Others look at me befuddled, "Did she really say 1 cup of beans?!" Yes, I did. Not sure how you're going to get there? Everyday? Make this split pea soup. Its' simple, hearty, and the mild flavor will please the not-sure-I-like-beans bunch. Now I'm looking at you befuddled, "How can you not like beans?!"

Friday, November 2, 2012

Roasted Kale and Apple Flatbread Pizza

I'm a sucker for new (healthy) products, so when I saw the new Flatout Thin Crust Flatbreads, I decided to give them a whirl. They were on sale after all. Oh, and I should preface this post by saying I'm not the biggest fan of Flatout breads in general, but this one, and this combination totally sold me. If you don't want to try the flatbread, the combination would work just as well on a large homemade pizza, or my favorite, Pita Pizza.