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Plant Life

Today marks two years of not eating anything with a face. I discussed my reasons for moving toward a plant-based diet here, but two years in, a review of the process seems in order. There have been many failed recipes. Homemade bean burgers that fell apart before we even got them out of the oven,… Continue reading Plant Life

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Culinary Escapades

This week we tried a vegan pulled "pork" sandwich that was featured on Tasty Vegetarian's facebook page. WOW. The flavors did not disappoint, however the jackfruit, was ...messy. (To put it mildly.) Here's the video, if you are interested: It was very tasty, but sadly, we were missing an ingredient so a trip to the… Continue reading Culinary Escapades

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DIY Mayo!

I love LOVE mayonnaise on things like sandwiches, in potato salad, egg salad and also for use in creamy dressings like ranch! What I am not a huge fan of is processed commercial made mayos - love their flavor, but not the preservatives and soy-based ingredients. I went looking for a "tastes like Best Foods"… Continue reading DIY Mayo!

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Soup Saturday

After teaching spin this morning and training a few clients, I decided to turn this dreary rainy weather into food prep day so we'd have delicious meals ready to roll through the week. There is nothing quite like a road trip to remind us why home cooked food is awesome! Yesterday I made this yumminess:… Continue reading Soup Saturday

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Teaching Gumption

"Pull the dumbbell up like this," I told her, "as if you are pulling the cord on a lawn mower." I had borrowed this phrase from my trainer, because it accurately illustrates the movement I wanted her to perform. To this day I cannot start my lawnmower and not think of this move, and my trainer.… Continue reading Teaching Gumption

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Learning, Learning, and More Learning

Since the phone call, I have met with a registered dietician in my area twice and have gained a wealth of knowledge. So much of which is counter to what we are taught as trainers. (Not to mention the crap nutrition info that gets passed around on the internet!) During the first session, I was poised to take… Continue reading Learning, Learning, and More Learning

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The Phone Call

"You're cholesterol numbers look good..." The nurse paused as I anxiously wondered why they were calling me. I'd had the exam last week, and as per usual, no news is good news. Yet, here I was on the phone going over lab results. Okay... But. There's always a but, isn't there? "But...you're blood sugar numbers… Continue reading The Phone Call

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Turn Off the Noise

I'm really tired. I'm tired of all the drama, the hype, the noise around pursuing a healthy lifestyle. Have you heard the term orthorexia? According to the National Eating Disorders Association: Orthorexia nervosa is not currently recognized as a clinical diagnosis in the DSM-5, but many people struggle with symptoms associated with this term. Those who… Continue reading Turn Off the Noise

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Fed Up

When I was in high school, I read Upton Sinclar's The Jungle. It was a novel that highlighted the atrocities of the meat packing plants in the early 20th century. This book is what started it for me. In 2000, I got my hands on a copy of Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, and became pretty… Continue reading Fed Up

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WonderFull Wednesday: Confessions

I admit it. Throughout the entire weight loss journey I never once journaled my food intake. All the statistics say that when you write down everything you eat, you eat less, you make better choices and it's easier to pinpoint problem areas to correct. I know this in my head. I fortunately had an accountability… Continue reading WonderFull Wednesday: Confessions