Today’s Lunch…

idwdiaI often get asked about my eating habits.  I’m a former personal trainer and know just how hard it can be for people to get this healthy eating thing down.

I also suffer from IDWDIA which stands for “I Don’t Wanna Do It Anymore”.  I tend to get all excited about a new eating plan or a new workout routine or even a new business opportunity and then the excitement dies after a week or two.

What I’ve learned over the years is that “plans” rarely work for me.  I do good with challenges and I also do good if I stick to things that I truly love.

For example, taking my one year hiatus from Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups worked well for me because it was a challenge.  However, simply saying I’ll never have Reeses again – well that doesn’t work too well.

So Good!
So Good!

Or taking my daily walks around my neighborhood is awesome for me and I can literally do it for hours.  But getting me on an elliptical machine won’t happen for a continuous amount of time.  IDWDIA.

So I thought it may be nice for me to share some of my meals since so many of you are interested in healthy eating and living.

Today for lunch I am having a few slices of raw cheese, a few cherry tomatoes, and an organic free-range burger over greens and topped with Bubbies Probiotic Relish (so freaking good and good for you!).

This was absolutely delicious and contains no added sugar, no gluten, and no grains.  A pretty quick and easy meal!

What are some of your favorite healthy meals?

The No-Distraction Eating Challenge

If you haven’t already read my post about learning to eat slowly, then do so now.  It’ll give you some nice back-story to my latest challenge.  When you’re done come back here and take the challenge with me!

The No-Distraction Eating Challenge

eat-slowFor the next 30 days I promise to eat with no distractions.  I’ll eat each meal slowly and truly savor my food.  I’ve totally lost touch with food as a form of nourishment.  I tend to treat it more like stuffing to fill an empty hole in my belly.  I just stuff it in until I feel full.

Do you eat on the go too?  Do you eat slowly and have tips to share with me and others?  What challenge are you working on?

Don’t be shy… leave some comments below!

Learning to Eat Slowly…

I don’t know what it is about my grandfather but the guy sucks in his food like a madman.  He has always done this and as a kid I remember thinking to myself… “Why is he so afraid someone is going to steal it?”

eat-slowlyNow I’m grown and I’m a parent.  I find myself shoveling food into my mouth like my grandfather.  Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t make the loud “sssslllluurrrrppppp” noise that he does.  And I certainly don’t eat as fast as he does…

But I eat fast and it’s worrying me a little.  Is this some family trait that I am doomed to repeat?  Am I simply at the beginning of the process and it’ll get worse as I get older?  I really don’t want to be a 75-year old woman slurping my meals.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently because I’ve always been one to enjoy my food.  Others would comment on how long I took to eat.  But something changed.

Learning To Eat Slowly

I think it’s simply a time factor for me.  I feel so busy and overwhelmed with tasks that eating seems like a giant inconvenience.  The good news is I LOVE to eat so I never get too busy and skip a meal.

eat-slowBut in all honesty, it’s getting harder and harder to take time from my day and make a nice healthy breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.  Who has that kind of time?

I find myself over-complicating food too.  There is no reason I can’t take 5 minutes and whip up an over-easy egg and some veggies.  Seriously even I can handle that.

But when my mind feels so overwhelmed with To Do’s… I only think about the dishes that I’ll create.  Yes, the one bowl, spatula and frying pan seem like too much to handle.

So I think it’s time for a new 30-day challenge.  For the next 30 days I am going to eat every meal with focus and intention.  No more eating while I do other things.  No more standing and shoveling food into my mouth.

Check out the details here.

No Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for a Year

reesesMy favorite food in the entire world is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.  My all-time record is eating 17 regular sized Reese’s in one sitting!

I had to have Reese’s when I took road trips.  I would go out of my way to a gas station to pick up a pack.  I would eat them mindlessly and then feel happy and elated.  They are my joy  :)

It was no secret… friends and family bought me Reese’s as presents.  One of my good friends runs a vending machine company and anytime we got together… she gave me Reese’s.  I was synonymous with Reese’s!

I have actually looked up Reese’s Addiction because I was/am convinced that it exists!

Anyway, last year I made it my resolution to go an entire year of no Reese’s.  So this was a HUGE step for me because as you can see… I was kinda addicted.  I told my friends and family about it so they would stop gifting me packs.  I told Facebook so I had accountability.  I even told my nutritionist!

I’m happy to report that it’s been over a year and I have not had a single Reese’s!  It was easier than I thought.  It was mostly a habit that I had to break.  For example, when standing in line at the grocery store… it was hard to pass up a Reese’s.  When I was taking road trips and stopped for some gas and a coffee… it was hard to pass up a Reese’s.

In the end… I’m happy I did it because it served me well.  So this Root Life Challenge is for you to take a look at your life and see what food you can binge on  :)   And make a plan and a commitment to go one year without it.

Remember to make it into a game!  Have fun with life!

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes

Serves 2 – 4

Start your day off right with these coconut flour pancakes! They are gluten-free and taste absolutely delicious topped with a bit of butter and fresh fruit!  I had them for the first time this morning topped with warmed blueberries.  So good!

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey or a pinch of stevia
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • coconut oil (to grease pan)
  • butter (as a topping)
  • blueberries or other fresh fruit (as a topping)

Preheat griddle over medium-low heat.  In a small bowl beat eggs until frothy, about two minutes. Mix in coconut milk, vanilla, and honey or stevia.

In a medium-sized bowl combine coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Stir wet mixture into dry until coconut flour is incorporated.

Grease pan with coconut oil. Ladle a few tablespoons of batter into pan for each pancake. Spread out slightly with the back of a spoon. The pancakes should be 2-3 inches in diameter and fairly thick.

Cook for a few minutes on each side, until the tops dry out slightly and the bottoms start to brown. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

Serve hot and topped with a bit of butter and fruit.

* Recipe Courtesy of NourishingDays.com

Add It Up To Gain The Motivation You Need

Even for some of the most dedicated athletes, sticking with an exercise routine can be tough. It’s often a daily battle that demands a steady stream of motivation to keep going.

If it’s time to get into a fitness and weight loss program that will produce lasting results, there are some great tips and tricks that can be used to keep personal motivation high. One of the best tips is to make sure that results are duly noted. After all, seeing is believing.

Keeping Track

Remember, results from exercise and weight loss plans don’t show up overnight. It can take weeks and months to see significant gains. It’s often best to track the little gains so results can be noted. Even the loss of a pound or two, for example, can show positive, forward progression. This, in turn, can provide the motivation necessary to keep going to see the “big” results most people are after.

So, what things should be tracked to keep motivation high? Here are a few things to consider measuring every four weeks:

  • Waist size – Just measure the waist before starting a workout and weight loss plan and then track results about once every four weeks. This number is a great one to track since results are likely to be fairly noticeable in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Body fat percentage – Work with a trainer or doctor to measure body fat percentage and keep track of it on a monthly basis. Remember, weight might not be the best measure to keep track of if strength training is also part of the plan. Muscle does weigh more than fat. As muscle develops, fat is likely to be reduced, but weight may technically go up.
  • Bench press amount – Keeping track of how much can be accomplished in a workout is also a great way to see real progress. Pay attention to the weight that’s comfortable to lift and the number of reps that are possible. This can serve as an everyday motivator as small gains are made. Other things to consider in this vein include improvements in endurance, speed, flexibility and so on. Anything that can have a mini-goal set to it that’s realistic, measurable and reachable, can deliver the motivation necessary to help keep a fitness program on track.

Fitness and weight loss plans don’t typically produce overnight results. When the desire is to enjoy lasting change in fitness levels, the progress can be slow, but steady. Tracking smaller results is a great way to keep motivation levels high so the big goals can be met.

Grilled Summer Squash and Brie Sandwiches

Serves 4

Use your favorite round country bread for these delicious open-face sandwiches. Cut slices of bread from the center of the loaf and make each about 3/4-inch thick so that you’ll have wonderfully generous sandwiches.

Ingredients For Grilled Summer Squash and Brie Sandwiches

2 zucchini or medium yellow squash, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 thick-cut slices round country bread (sometimes known as a boule)
1 large garlic clove, split
10 ounces Brie cheese, sliced
1 large tomato, sliced
1 cup sunflower, radish or other sprouts

Prepare a grill for medium-high-heat cooking or preheat the broiler. Brush squash with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill or broil, turning once or twice, until tender and nicely browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside.

Grill or broil bread until just lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. Rub bread on both sides with garlic; discard garlic. Cover tops of slices with Brie; place on a cool part of the grill and cover the grill (or broil) until the cheese is somewhat melted. Top with grilled squash, tomatoes and sprouts. Cut each sandwich in half and serve.

Vegan Banana Pancakes

Ah, the pancake.  It’s a classic breakfast food that is often overlooked when trying to eat healthy.  Below is a recipe that is vegan – I recommend finishing the meal off with some fresh berries and a bit of your favorite syrup, but don’t go over board!

Ingredients:
1 ½ C water
⅓ C raw almonds
2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp kosher or sea salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
2 ripe bananas
2 C whole white wheat flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder

Instructions:

Add first 6 ingredients to blender and secure lid.  Blend until juice consistency.  Add remaining ingredients in order listed and secure lid.

Blend until smooth.  Allow batter to rest 5 minutes.  Heat griddle or other pan over medium heat and grease.  Pour approximately ⅓ cup batter onto heated pan and cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancake and the underside is golden brown.  Flip and cook until done.  Repeat with remaining batter.

Green Smoothie Challenge

The Challenge: Drink One Green Smoothie Per Day for the Next 7 Days

Are you game?  I hope so.  I’ll be doing this as well!

I’m trying to build a community on this website and you are an integral part of that!  Please give the challenge a try and post your results below!

Looking for a great recipe?  Try my favorite green smoothie recipe!

Lynn’s Famous Green Smoothie

The green smoothie is gaining a ton of attention lately.  And it should!  This is, by far, one of my favorite drinks because it’s super-easy to make, super-cheap and it’s packed with loads of sunshine and love  :)

Ingredients:

3 Organic Kale Leaves

2 Small Organic Apples or 1 Large Organic Apple (go with a sweeter variety like Red Delicious)

4 Ice Cubes

1 Organic Banana

12oz Water

Directions:

Wash all fruits and veggies.  Break your banana into 2 pieces and add to your blender.  Core and slice the apple and add it to your blender.  Remove the stem from the kale leaves and add the leaves to the blender.  Add in the ice cubes and the water.  Cover your blender and use your blender settings to create a smoothie.

Notes:

This usually makes about 24oz of smoothie which I drink within 30 minutes.  Feel free to adapt the recipe above to include your favorite ingredients.  If the taste is too bitter, use a little less kale, or switch to a “lighter” tasting green like romaine.