Get creative in the kitchen to beat stress! This has been helping me so much.
Not to mention all the benefits to:
your immune system
I recently used the pulp of my turmeric-ginger-Apple juice to marinate shrimp and it was outstanding, and so good for the bod
Give yourself permission to get creative in the kitchen! Don't worry about the outcome, just have fun and let your inner chef shine. Who knows what delicious dish will be born from pure creativity!
Going into this new year, I was up to a weight I hadn't seen on my scale for a long time!
A month of travel followed by the holidays, and I was ready to get back to it. I set a goal to lose 10lbs in the new year, and I am amazed that I am almost half-way there already! In just one week I went down 4.2lbs!!
So far, I have been eating Basically It Meals twice a day, along with a green smoothie or juice. It has honestly been the easiest thing I've ever done!
If you're in St. Louis, you can do the 10# challenge with me! Click here to get your meal plan and let's do this thing together!
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
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!
We are all trying to find that healthy balance, but it can be tough, right?
Sometimes we overdo it at the nacho bar, miss our workouts, get sick on ice cream....
So what is a healthy balance? How do you find that in a world full of temptations?
A great rule of thumb for healthy living and eating I use and my clients use is 80-20. 80% of all that you do serves your health:
Healthy meals full of plants (fruits and veggies!)
Plenty of rest (6-8 hours a night)
Getting in movement on a regular basis (it can be just walking)
Plenty of water (at least half of your body weight in ounces per day)
The other 20% is "free".
It sounds like it could turn into an all out binge/rager...but I like to plan mine ahead of time. This helps the 20% become my choice. A lot of times when we eat poorly, it is out of control, unconscious and comes with a whole lot of guilt and shame. Planning ahead of time makes it our choice and eliminates the need to negative emotions around it.
What does your 80-20...
A lot of people suggest counting in some form or another.
Whether it's calories, points, or macros...
Here's the thing, if you think counting calories is something you will enjoy doing for the rest of your life, then by all means, count away.
What you do now to maintain your health and your weight it should be enjoyable and sustainable for life.
Does counting sound appealing to you? Do you think you'll be able to keep it up long term? Will it be easy to do in many different situations?
If the answer is "no", then look for another tool to help you maintain for the rest of your life.
I suggest you try two things:
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!
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!
A few sprinkles of cinnamon went into this almond milk latte and it was delish!!
It was also, secretly nutrish since cinnamon is anti-aging and great for weight loss, too!!
Are you asking yourself how this is even possible? I mean, I drink pumpkin spice lattes with a sprinkle of cinnamon all the time and I'm not squeezing into no bikini right now...
Well, yeah, no on the pumpkin spice front. BUT cinnamon itself does actually lower blood sugar, therefore reducing the weight gaining and aging affect of sugar. Ingesting it regularly (on top of a n unsweetened black coffee, for instance) is majorly beneficial.
Adding cinnamon to your coffee gives it a HUGE nutritional boost!
High in antioxidants (hello, age reversal )
Reduces insulin which means easier weight loss
Full of phytonutrients to boost your health
You can add it to other things, too! How about that baked sweet potato, or your green smoothie?
You have to follow the diet that works for YOU!
Personally, I don't subscribe to any particular diet. Here is what I do...
Finding the best "diet" for me is an ever evolving journey! I love trying new things:
All of this experimenting helps me see what I like best and what fits best in my schedule.
I am constantly learning new things about my body and my health and how I can help my clients apply what I am learning!
What works for you?
This is what I know...
The best diet to follow is the one that works for you while helping you improve your health!
"Do I need to be following Paleo?"
"Is Keto the healthiest?"
"How do I know if I am eating the best diet for me?"
This "diet" is a way of life. It should be flexible to fit with your schedule.
It should serve you in improving your health, feeling good, having energy and looking the way you want to look.
You don't have to follow any diet that anyone else does, simply do what works best for YOU
You have to do what works for you, or nothing will work!