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Ask The Nutritionist!

Question: "Are vegetarian lentil burgers lower in calories than beef burgers?" -Kelsey


Answer: While calories are a popular measure of healthy-or-not, I encourage you to explore how well the food keeps you satiated as opposed to just looking at calories! Every body reacts differently to foods; some bodies enjoy more protein, some do better with less protein and more complex carbs. That is up to you and your body to find out!

To figure this out: eat both foods in question slowly and on totally separate days. See how the foods feel as you eat; how quickly are you filling up, do you feel energized, sated, queezy, tired? 30 minutes later check in again; tired, nauseous, light, energized? Two hours later; hungry, sleepy, sick, bloated? This simple check in can tell you exactly what foods work well for your body and you can use it as a measure to determine how to eat in general.


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Diets don't work try this instead

I was interviewed on Fox 2 Now recently about New Year's resolutions.

Kim asked, "how do you make a New Years diet easy to stick to?"

I told her by not going on a diet! Seriously, you don't need another diet!

No one does. We've all tried one, and rarely do they work.

You need something practical and realistic, especially during this hectic time of year.

What is more practical and realistic than healthy balanced meals, designed by a nutritionist, ready to eat, and delivered to your door?

There really is no reason to get any more complicated than that...If you are in St. Louis, sign up HERE to receive weekly meals that are already prepared, delicious, and loaded with nutritional value!

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3 Foods That Are Easy to Overdo It On!

1. Frozen yogurt: While this can be a slightly healthier alternative to ice cream, that is what makes it dangerous! We tend to eat more when we know its "healthy-er". Keep your portion small and limit your toppings to one favorite!


2. Popcorn: I too am a fan of all the delicious popcorn flavors you can find everywhere nowadays, and while popcorn is far better than chips or pretzels, it can still be overdone. While popcorn's nutritional stats are decent, it goes down easy and by the handful. Topped with some artificial butter or cheese powder, it can pack a punch of calories without you even realizing it.


3. Peanut butter: Yes, a wonderfully healthy source of fats, fiber and protein, it is also very calorically dense and the serving size can disappear alongside crackers or veggie sticks with two bites. Portion it out ahead of time to be sure you know how much you are eating.

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Celery Tips & Tricks!

Celery is an AMAZING food with so many health benefits. Here are some ways I look to incorporate celery into my diet:

Celery juice mixed with aloe Vera juice. I had some seriously dry skin at the start of this season. I used this combo to help me rehydrate and acclimate to the weather change!

Make your own homemade celery juice! This is one of my favorite ways to get my daily nutrients.  All you need is organic celery and a juicer! I find it way more cost-efficient than hitting the juice shop. Sometimes I like to add extras like lemon and ginger. Ginger is especially great for cold and flu season

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Wine About It

Who else loves wine!! If you didn’t know, I host a weekly Facebook live called, Wine About It at @BasicallyItMeals where I take questions and cover a topic you are interested in!

The advice you get gives you a clear next step and teaches you how to easily implement healthy changes in your life. Did I mention there’s wine? Ya, we get to drink wine together, too! I’m live every Thursday at 5:30 pm Central so I hope to see you there!

Check out last week's episode here!

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Italian Tip!

Italian tip: get your veggies in interesting ways! On top of pizza, or in a sauce; it makes no difference!

Veggies can enhance the flavor of everything, not to mention the nutrition value. Get a rainbow of colors each day, this ensures your plant foods can work synergistically with one another!

I teach you exactly how to do this in No-Diet Diet Club which is launching in 2020!! Click here to get on the waitlist

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Do this instead of the grocery store

During these cold days, there is nothing better than a warm hearty bowl of roasted squash, sauteed kale, and spicy sausage.

OMG it is so delicious and part of our Fall Menu.

You know what the most amazing part of this cold fall has been for me? NOT having to trek out to the grocery store!

I don’t have to do that because, of course, I use Basically It Meals. Everything is super nutritious, gluten-free and ready to eat. All I have to do is pop it in the microwave and I am good to go.

THIS is the time of year to use our healthy meal delivery service. Your life is double hectic and it’s cold! Spare yourself some time and make your life a little easier. Click here to try our meals now!

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What the heck is "lymphatic drainage massage"?

Have you ever noticed when your sick you get lumps in your neck, armpits and/or groin area?

That is your lymphatic system gearing up to fight infection!

To help aid your body in this process, you can add a little lymphatic massage. Lymphatic massage is a super gentle process, as light as pulling skin that moves fluid out of swollen lymph nodes.

When I did this exercise I could feel so much swelling leaving my face and neck, and the swelling in my lymph nodes went down tremendously!

Here's how to do it:

Start in your neck: with all your fingers together, tug the skin on the left side of your neck down towards your collar bone. No pressing, just lightly tugging the skin. Repeat this motion 10 times, then switch to the right side.
With your fingers together again, tug the skin above your collar bone from shoulder to center on the left ten times. Repeat on the right.
Using the same fingers and tugging motion, pull from the center of you collar bone towards heart. 10 times left side and...

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4 Tips to Rewind Aging- it is totally possible!

 

Unfortunately, those wrinkles you saw pop up last week, those aren't going anywhere.

Your body is aging...

All. The. Time.

That is science.

BUT it is preventable. We can slow it down, even reverse it, with a few small tweaks.

In this video I break down my 4 BEST TIPS to rewind and reverse aging, so you can look your best for a long long time.

This is actually one of my Facebook Live Wine About It that I do each week. I am there every Thursday at 5:30pm bringing you a nutrition tip that will give you fast results. Join me, won't you?! See you next Thursday!

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Don't let healthy food punish you

Healthy food shouldn't feel like a punishment.

Yet, so often it tastes like one!

Why does healthy equal boring?

Plain chicken with steamed broccoli...

Raw cauliflower dipped in air...

Plain brown rice, hold the salt...

It doesn't have to be that way!

  • Open your spice cabinet
  • Put garlic on everything
  • Grab the pink Himalayan salt
  • Squeeze lemon over the top
  • Grab some fresh herbs to finish

All of these enhance flavor while also enhancing health! It doesn't have to be complicated or time consuming, just delicious.

To learn more about how to cook healthy at home, check out the No-Diet Diet Club!

If you are in St Louis, click here to see about having your healthy meals delivered from our delicious kitchen!

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