Cravings are often the cause of why we fail on a healthy eating plan. We have good intentions, but then we find ourselves giving into our cravings. A friend of mine recently told me a story of how mac and cheese dish was "calling out" to her. Can you relate? I can. Food can call out to me too. The chocolate in the fridge says: "You deserve it, it's just a little treat." Cookies in the cupboard softly whisper, “Come get me!” But then my friend was reminded of how the mac and cheese would be and how it would sabotage her diet, so she went to the fridge, pulled it out and tossed it. But in order … [Read more...] about Crave This … Not That!
Legumes contain resistant starch, which received its name because it resists the enzymes that normally would break down starches during digestion resulting in a reversal of the order in which the body burns food. Usually, carbohydrates are burned for energy first, but resistant starch reverses the order making fat burned into energy first. This cuts down on fat storage. Can I get an Amen?! When you are trying to lose weight, eat one meal of a resistant starch daily. Legumes contain a higher percentage of resistant starches than other resistant starches such as brown rice and other whole … [Read more...] about Legumes for Weight Loss
Do you have a sore throat? Stuffy nose? Feeling achy? This tea will help! Each ingredient in this special drink has a purpose! The heat and the ginger will warm you right up. The steam will help your sinuses. The ginger and the honey will work to soothe a sore and scratchy throat. The lemon will give you much-needed vitamin C. Ginger Honey Lemon Tea 1” fresh ginger, grated (no need to remove skin) 1 Tbsp. raw, unpasteurized honey (Click here to see why we recommend Manuka honey, especially for illnesses) 6-12 oz. hot/warm water (too hot will destroy the vitamin C) Place … [Read more...] about Ginger Honey Lemon Tea
Eating processed-free foods has many benefits for our bodies; toxic and denatured ingredients are avoided and eating whole foods means you are getting the complete package. What do we mean by a complete package? Just like with the whole grains vs. refined flours story, nature presents us with a little gift in whole foods. For example, there are over 100 vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals PLUS oils, fibers, and enzymes in a whole wheat kernel that work together to break down and digest wheat, all while delivering the nutrients to our body. ~~The same can be said for sugars~~ It’s … [Read more...] about The Sticky Truth on Refined Sugar
Most of us are looking for ways to shed a few pounds and trim down. It may surprise you to hear this, but going on an extreme diet or trying to completely overhaul your eating habits all at once may not be the answer. Making small and reasonable changes may be the way to get the best (and most lasting) results. Here are a few ideas you could implement NOW! No shopping, no pills, no books required. Eat only when hungry. Babies have it all figured out – have you ever tried to feed a baby when they are not hungry? They know when to quit eating but somewhere along the line, we lost that! Paying … [Read more...] about Little Choices for Weight Loss
Do you need to get more organized? Do you feel like you are surrounded by messes? It is a proven fact that people who are organized feel better and are generally happier; getting organized is a little choice that matters. When you clean up your living space, your work space, your car, your purse, your junk drawers (ahem!), you are cleaning up a mess. A mess can be defined as "any disagreement between the way you desire things to be and the way they actually are." Where are your messes? Did you know that messes or disorder can actually steal your peace, create anxiety, and drain your … [Read more...] about Get Your Ducks in a Row!