Enjoy your favorite Halloween candy without the guilt

Are you going Trick-or-Treating with your kids today or staying home to hand out candy to the neighborhood ghosts and goblins?  Either way, candy will likely be in your face.  If you are trying to eat healthier and lose some weight, you might find yourself feeling guilty if you give in and eat some candy.

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Why not try something different this Halloween (or anytime)?  Eat what you want, just do it mindfully.

Here are a few steps you can take to get through today and every day in a mindful eating way.

  • Give yourself permission to some candy. If you don’t, you may find yourself overeating because you don’t want to feel deprived. Restricting yourself from certain foods may also keep you craving them whether you’re hungry or not.
  • Focus while you eat. Instead of unconsciously popping candy into your mouth as you go about the day, STOP to enjoy it.  Take a moment to sit down and JUST EAT your candy; don’t do anything else.  Make it a special fun event.
  • Savor the flavor.  Engage your sense of smell and taste to fully enjoy your treat. Appreciate the delicious smell before you take a bite.  Then as you bite into the candy, notice the texture — is it soft or hard, chewy, or crunchy?  Take your time and let it melt in your mouth a bit before you start chewing.  Move it around your mouth to let all your taste buds get in on the action.
  • Reflect for a moment.Once you finish, take some time to think about the experience. Was it as good as you imagined it would be?  Did you thoroughly enjoy it? Do you feel satisfied and happy or guilty and worried about the calories?  The latter likely means that you weren’t able to fully enjoy the candy and you may be stuck in “diet mentality” thinking.  With time and practice, you can move beyond this.
  • Decide what’s next. Do you really (really, really) want more candy? If so, repeat these steps.

Does the idea of eating whatever you want scare you?  Are you afraid that all you will eat is junk food –chips, cookies, and ice cream?  If you’ve dieted for a long time, this way of thinking is understandable.  Just know that with practice, mindful eating will become more natural.  When you use your internal cues for hunger, appetite, and satiety to guide you in eating, you end up eating just the right amount and kind of food to truly nourish your body.

Lorraine

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Savory Spaghetti Squash Recipe

With Halloween coming up and Thanksgiving right around the corner, pumpkins are everywhere.  Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkin pie are a big part of the traditions during this time of year. But did you know that pumpkins are actually a type of squash?!  That’s right; they are in the same family as Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, and Spaghetti Squash – all nutritious and delicious vegetables.

Although I enjoy all types of squash, my favorite is Spaghetti Squash. This unique vegetable produces thin, translucent spaghetti-like strands that can easily be scraped out with a fork after cooked. I know it’s hard to imagine how squash can resemble spaghetti, but it does. If you’ve never cooked or eaten this type of squash, I recommend giving it a try.

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Not only is Spaghetti Squash a fun food, it’s loaded with potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and other antioxidants.  And –  to add to the appeal – it’s low in calories (only 40 calories in one cup cooked), fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. So, if you are watching your weight, this veggie makes a tasty alternative to pasta and it’s high in fiber to keep you feeling full longer.

Check out this yummy recipe. It’s an easy way to get a couple of servings of vegetables in one meal.

Cheesy Veggie & Spaghetti Squash Bake
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 whole spaghetti squash
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  1. Poke spaghetti squash all over with a knife and cook in the microwave for 8- 12 minutes until soft. If you don’t have a microwave, place the poked squash on a baking pan and bake at 375° F for 45 to 60 minutes.
  1. While squash is cooking, add the oil, garlic, pepper, zucchini, and carrots to a pan, cooking over medium heat.
  1. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and scrape the flesh from the peel with a fork. It should flake off easily in strings, resembling spaghetti. Place the spaghetti squash flesh in a casserole dish. Add the cooked veggies, diced tomato, sauce, and most of the cheese and mix well. Sprinkle leftover cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
  1. Allow to cool for five minutes, serve, and enjoy!

(Recipes source:  www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org)

Lorraine

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Is permanent weight loss possible?

As a nutritionist who has worked with hundreds of clients over the years, I have examined the weight issue from every angle.  One thing I know for sure is that there is no quick solution to weight loss. My clients who get to their personal best weight do so slowly while developing healthier habits along the way.  Diets that promise quick weight loss simply do not work for most people over the long term – and this includes the currently popular keto diet.

So what’s a dieter to do?  First and foremost, be aware that the world is full of bad weight loss advice. Next, believe that there is no quick fix. And last, know that there are some tried and true steps that can be taken to achieve permanent natural weight loss. Here’s what you can do to get started immediately.

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1. Eat a healthy breakfast

Start your day with a high fiber breakfast such as bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh fruit or a veggie omelet with a slice of 100% whole wheat toast. This will keep you well-nourished and satisfied throughout the morning so you’re less likely to overeat later in the day.  Furthermore, you will have more energy and be more inclined to exercise.

2.  Eat slowly and pay attention

Take one bite at a time, chew it well, and swallow before putting more food in your mouth.  Take a few deep breaths before the next bite.  This allows you to really enjoy your food and makes it less likely that you will overeat. When you eat quickly, you may go past the point of satisfaction without realizing it.

3.  Consider whether you’re really hungry.

When you feel like eating at a time that is not part of your plan ask yourself the question, “Am I really hungry or is this just a craving?” Hunger is your body’s way of telling you that you need fuel; it’s a physiological response.  A craving, on the other hand, is usually triggered by a psychological need. Learn to listen to your body and figure out what it is trying to tell you. Perhaps you need something other than food.

4.  Limit temptation

Enjoy your favorite foods but do so wisely by limiting temptation.   For example, if your weakness is cookies, buy one or two small fresh bakery cookies instead of a whole box. It’s not necessary to cut out your favorite foods entirely but it is important to take charge of how much you eat.  Having a box of your favorite cookies in the house may not be the best idea.

5.  Keep healthy convenience foods on hand

Stock up on healthy staples that can be used for simple breakfasts and quick dinners such as oatmeal, unsweetened dry cereal, individually frozen portions of fish and chicken, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, canned tomatoes and beans, and frozen vegetables.

6.  Eat at home most of the time

One of the best ways to control your weight is to be in charge of the ingredients that go into your meals by preparing them at home.  Restaurant and fast food meals tend to be too large and typically provide high-doses of salt, sugar, fat and calories. When cooking dinner, prepare extra and bring it for lunch the next day.

7.  Do it mostly every day

Stick to your eating plan most of the time; don’t take the weekends off. A planned indiscretion here and there is not a big problem but taking off every weekend will set you back. You are much more likely to achieve and maintain your weight goal if you stick with your plan seven days a week.

8.  Include more fruits and vegetables

Add more vegetables to both lunch and dinner, and even breakfast. The extra fiber will fill you up so you’re less likely to go back for seconds. If you are hungry between meals, go for veggies and fruit to keep you from reaching for unhealthy snacks.

9.  Plan for exercise

Regular exercise increases the rate at which your body burns calories helping you to see results faster than with healthy eating alone.  And adding exercise to your plan can keep you motivated during the times when the scale won’t budge since exercise helps you lose inches.

10.  Enlist allies

Surround yourself with family and friends who are sensitive to your weight loss goal. Fill them in on the details of your plan and let them know you have made a personal commitment to succeed. Invite them to join you on your quest to improve your eating habits and health.

Bottom line

The key to achieving successful weight loss is having a sustainable plan that works. With all the bad diet advice out there this can be extremely challenging. If you need help, please get in touch.  I can help you create a personalized plan based on proven techniques and strategies that will get to your personal best weight and stay there for good.

Lorraine

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Quick + Easy breakfast ideas (recipes)

I always wake up hungry and love eating breakfast.  Honestly, I couldn’t get going in the morning without it. No matter what, I make sure that I eat breakfast every day.   But that’s not the case for everyone.

With time being in short supply in the morning, breakfast can be the most difficult meal of the day for many people – and it often gets skipped.  Aside from the time factor, some people don’t eat breakfast because they are dieting and think it will help them with weight loss.  Many of the clients I’ve worked with over the years who have been on diets report skipping breakfast to cut calories so they can lose weight quicker, but quite the opposite is true.

People who eat breakfast are able to manage their weight more easily than those who forgo the morning meal.  Research shows that breakfast eaters actually eat fewer calories overall – most likely because they don’t overeat later in the day due to hunger. Have I convinced you that eating breakfast every day is the right thing to do?  Excellent!

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Prep any of these easy healthy breakfasts tonight and in the morning, just Grab-and-Go!

Banana Peanut Butter Tortilla: Lay a whole wheat tortilla on a flat surface; spread about 2 TBSP peanut butter over it; place 1 medium peeled banana in the center;  roll up and cut in half.  Additional toppings include chia seeds, sliced strawberries, unsweetened shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips.

Greek Yogurt Parfait: In a small bowl, blend together 6-oz plain Greek yogurt with 1 tsp real maple syrup; layer yogurt and selected add-ins in a small mason jar or container with a lid.  I like to do two layers each of yogurt and add-ins including any fruit (such as berries, sliced banana, chopped apple), almond butter or peanut butter, chopped nuts or seeds, cinnamon.  Top with 1 TBSP healthy granola.

Veggie and Cheddar Egg Muffins:  Store these in an airtight container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Make a batch in advance and then heat them up in the microwave (usually 10-15 seconds is enough) when you’re ready to eat!  Click here for the recipe.

Overnight Oats:  To make overnight oats, all you have to do is mix oats together with a few other ingredients in a jar before you go to bed at night.  Let them soak overnight and when you wake up in the morning, ta-da, breakfast is ready for you to enjoy!  Watch this quick video on how to make Overnight Oats and grab a copy of the recipe.

Breakfast Smoothie:  Smoothies can be super healthy but add too much fruit and the sugar calories will add up quickly.  Add too little protein and you will lack energy and feel hungry in no time.  Use these tips to make a nutritious and filling smoothie.

Lorraine


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Is bottled dressing ruining your salad? Make your own with these tasty recipes.

What’s a salad without salad dressing?  Most people would agree that it’s not very tasty.  In fact, it can be bland and downright boring.  A salad with the perfect dressing however – delicious!  And when you’re working on getting to a healthy body weight, salad can make an awesome entrée or side dish.

The problem is that most store-bought bottled dressings are loaded with artificial flavors and colors, sodium-rich preservatives, added sugars like high-fructose corn syrup, and even unhealthy saturated and trans-fat.  So what’s the solution?

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Make your own salad dressing!

Home-made salad dressings are quick to make and healthier than most bottled dressings – not to mention, really delicious.  There are endless combinations of ingredients you can try.  Experiment with olive or canola oil; yogurt and avocado; wine, cider, balsamic, and other vinegars; chopped garlic, cilantro, and parsley; mustard; spices; and lemon or lime juice.

Check out these quick and easy recipes for Balsamic Vinaigrette, Easy Ranch Dressing, Tex-Mex Dressing (or dip), and Strawberry Citrus Vinaigrette.  You’ll never go back to store-bought dressings again.

Lorraine

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5 easy no-cook summer dinner recipes

For many people, one of the barriers of eating healthy is cooking – especially on hot summer days when turning on the stove is out of the question.  Understandable, for sure!  But, there’s no reason to let this get in the way of preparing satisfying healthy meals.

Skip the fast-food drive thru.  Forget about calling for take-out.  With a little prep and a few basic ingredients, you can get a healthy dinner on the table without ever turning on the stove.

Check out these easy summer meal ideas – no cooking required. 

Avocado tuna salad

Avocado Greek Yogurt Tuna Salad (no mayo)

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans high quality tuna fish (I like Wild Planet)
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • ½ small red onion, minced
  • Juice from ½ of a lemon

Directions

In a medium bowl mash the avocado; add Greek yogurt and stir until smooth.

Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and relish to avocado mixture and stir until combined.

Add tuna, red onion, and celery to the bowl and mix together.

Squeeze in lemon juice and stir.

TIP:  Make a complete meal by serving on a big bed of lettuce greens with a slice of your favorite crusty bread (preferably whole wheat).

Additional no-cook recipes to add to your list of favorites

Shrimp Poke 

This quick veggie-loaded recipe calls for cooked peeled shrimp and pre-cooked seasoned brown rice.    

Tapas Plate With Marinated Chickpeas

Tapas are a Spanish tradition of little bites and small plates.  Just enough!

Chicken Salad With Herbs and Radicchio

This meal is ready in under 20-minutes with the help of a rotisserie chicken.  

White Bean Salad

Ingredients straight from the garden or farmers market.  A cinch to throw together and so tasty.

Lorraine

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The benefits of eating beets (+ salad and dessert recipes)

Like all vegetables, beets (aka, beetroot) make a wonderful addition to your healthy weight plan. They are high in antioxidants and an array of important micronutrients including folate, manganese, potassium and vitamin C.  One cup of beets contains just 59 calories and about 15% (3.8 grams) of all the fiber you need for the whole day.  Fiber promotes a healthy weight because it moves very slowly through the digestive tract which helps to keep you feeling full.

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Although beets are available throughout the year, their peak season runs from June through October making them readily available at farmers markets in the summer.  They come in a variety of beautiful colors including purple, red, pink striped, and golden.  They can be eaten raw, boiled, or roasted and taste great when paired with cheese, added to salads, made into a slaw, or used in smoothies. Because of their natural sweetness, they even work well in certain dessert recipes.

In addition to the beetroot, beet greens are actually completely edible and rich in nutrients including beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. They taste similar to Swiss chard and can be used interchangeable in recipes so be sure not to throw them away.

Besides the role beetroot plays in weight loss, it may help to decrease inflammation.  Although far from conclusive, research suggests beetroot supplementation holds promise as a future strategy to at least help manage some of the symptoms of inflammation in cancer.  In one human study, it was shown that both cooked beets and beetroot juice were able to lower levels of inflammatory markers in people with high blood pressure.

Make beets part of your healthy weight, anti-inflammatory eating plan.

TRY THESE DELICOUS BEET RECIPES 

Refreshing Strawberry Ginger Beet Sorbet makes the perfect dessert on a hot summer day.

This Roasted Beet Salsa can be eaten with tortilla chips, over a taco salad, or served on top of fish.

If you’d prefer not to turn on the oven to roast beets, you can steam or boil them.

Prepare these Sautéed Beet Greens in about 15 minutes for the perfect side dish.

Naturally sweet, this Beet, Apple, Lemon + Spinach Smoothie is a nutrient-packed thirst quencher.

Lorraine

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Is corn okay to eat? The answer may surprise you.

Fresh sweet corn on the cob is one of my favorite seasonal vegetables.  It’s so delicious and yet corn has the reputation of being a food to avoid – especially by dieters.  Fortunately this bad reputation is unwarranted.  Corn (which is actually a vegetable, grain, and fruit) is relatively low in calories – a large ear of corn has only  about 125. It has more protein and fiber than white bread, breakfast cereals, baked goods and most other refined grain products – and no added sugar.

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Corn on the cob (and even plain popcorn) has plenty of nutrients. They include:

  • protein
  • fiber
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • B vitamins: thiamine, folate, B-6
  • magnesium
  • potassium

Some of the health benefits of whole corn:

  • supports the immune system and defends the eyes and skin against oxidative stress due to its carotenoid antioxidants especially lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • contains a good dose of fiber that feeds the “good” gut bacteria creating a healthy microbiome and digestive system.
  • complex carbohydrate content supports a steady energy level and longer feeling of fullness than refined carbohydrates.

Although whole corn is nutritious, many processed packaged foods contain unhealthy corn-derivative ingredients. Therefore, its best to eat mostly real whole foods and limit those that come in packages as much as possible to minimize consumption of GMO-corn, corn oil, and high fructose corn syrup.

Try this recipe:  Learn how to cook perfect corn on the grill with these tips and recipes.  Be sure to go easy on the butter and salt.  Enjoy!

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July.

Lorraine

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Get Your 28-Day Summer Refresh Meal Plan

Are you struggling to lose those extra pounds you gained over the winter?  If so, you’re not alone. I’ve been hearing this lately from quite a few of my clients. It’s frustrating; and what’s worse is the feeling of sluggishness and fatigue that goes along with the weight gain and unhealthy eating habits.

Ready to do something about it?

Kick off the summer with my 28-Day Refresh Plan and jump-start your weight loss!

Unlike most cleanse plans that require severe calorie restrictions by drinking only special juices or teas, the 28-Day Refresh Plan is not dangerous for your health – it’s a healthy cleanse.  In fact, this plan contains selected low-glycemic recipes aimed at stabilizing blood sugar, promoting healthy weight, normalizing hormones, supporting healthy digestion, and reducing inflammation associated with many chronic diseases.

I worked with a team of credentialed nutrition professionals and chefs to create this plan to help you get started with meeting your health goals. You will receive delicious recipes for three meals per day plus snacks – all with easy-to-follow directions for people of all cooking levels.

This healthy eating meal plan emphasizes the preparation of whole, plant-based foods.  Research suggests that these life-giving foods should make up at least 75% of your plate.  Wondering about the other 25 %?  That’s easy – you’ll get recipes for high-quality proteins that can be simply prepared.

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Grab your FREE trial for the 28-Day Refresh Plan and start your transformation today.  You’ll receive delicious recipes for meals and snacks as well as grocery shopping lists to help you get started.  I know you’ll love it!  And if you have any questions at all, please get in touch any time.

Lorraine

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Burn more calories by eating whole grains + Summer Salad Recipe

Have you been told to cut out carbs (aka, grains) in order to lose weight?  Well, get this?  According to a recent study, whole grains increased weight loss by decreasing the number of calories retained during digestion, while simultaneously speeding up metabolism.  Researchers say, “The extra calories lost by those who ate whole grains was equivalent of a brisk 30-minute walk – or enjoying an extra small cookie every day in terms of its impact.”  The scientists caution that the study doesn’t prove that whole grains cause weight loss, but they suspect that it does. It’s estimated that this could translate to losing around  five pounds a year – just by just eating grains.  Now, who wouldn’t want that benefit of whole grains?

When planning meals and snacks, aim to make at least half of the grains you eat whole grains. 

What are whole grains? When shopping for whole-grain foods, look for labels that say “100% whole grain” or “100% whole wheat.”  Terms like “multigrain” or “made with whole grains” are usually not 100% whole-grain products. This stamp on the label from the Whole Grains Council is an easy way to identify authentic whole-grain foods.

To lose weight, you may need to cut down on your total grain consumption.

In general, 1 slice bread, ½ small bagel, 1 cup ready-to-eat cereal, or ½ cup cooked rice, cooked pasta, or oatmeal is considered to be one (1 ounce-equivalent) serving.  The number of servings of whole grain foods you need each day will depend on your overall calorie and nutrient requirements, as well as any health issues.  Consult your registered dietitian nutritionist for personalized recommendations.

I prepared this delicious whole grain recipe instead of potato salad at my Memorial Day BBQ this year and it was a big hit.  My family gave it two thumbs up and asked that I make it again.  Happy to oblige!

Meditarranean Farro SaladWant more recipes like this?  Let’s talk. Learn how to prepare delicious quick meals for yourself and your family – and lose weight while you’re at it.

Lorraine

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