Dieting Trap #2: Unenjoyable Exercise or None at All

This is Dieting Trap #2 of a 4-part series. To read Dieting Trap #1: Creating Rules, follow this link!

2. Unenjoyable Exercise or None at All

Example: This example is a personal one. I used to think being healthy meant running. I don’t run very much anymore, because I don’t enjoy it. Now I walk, practice yoga with Erin Motz, and weight train.

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Dieting Trap #1: Creating Rules

Over the last few years, I’ve worked with people interested in losing weight that have made multiple weight loss attempts before. Many of the programs I hear about are quick-fix diet programs, meaning they emphasize a lot of weight loss as fast as possible. When they come to my class, I find that I am often challenging participants to break out of their usual “dieting” habits and explore behavior changes that support long-lasting weight management. “Dieting traps” are the mind-tricks I’ve noticed trending in quick-fix programs. However, these tricks are not beneficial in the long run. My hope is that you’ll be able to see if you’ve fallen for one or more of these mental traps and after reading this post, will be able to avoid them!… 

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Early Garden Thoughts

So it’s officially March and even though it looks like this outside

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I think it’s finally ok to start dreaming about next year’s garden. Last year was my first garden season, and I started with a virtually no-fail plant: tomatoes. Although, if I’m going to be honest, a couple of years ago I bought a tomato plant, and I learned the hard way that “full sun” is a requirement – not a suggestion…. 

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Mushroom Gyros

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I know what you’re thinking…where’s the lamb?! It’s probably a rule somewhere that vegetarians shouldn’t mess with classic meat-filled recipes. But when I created this one, it was just too easy and too delicious to keep to myself!

Don’t let the ingredients in this recipe intimidate you either. … 

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Baked Sweet Potato Mash

Baked Mashed Sweet Potatoes // Lettuce Have Lettuce

When thinking of sweet potatoes, most people envision those gooey marshmallow and brown sugar drown sweet potato recipes that show up every thanksgiving. This vegetable dish imposture seems to appeal to most veggie hating kids (probably because it is hardly recognizable as a vegetable and tastes more like candy than anything else) except me.  I was always a starchy, white potato kind of kid. I hated sweet potatoes. But I can now honestly say that I’ve seen the light! (vitamin A pun not intended…food geek humor).  I can’t even remember the last time I ate a boring, regular old potato.

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Become a Better Cook in 2015

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I get so excited in January because everyone is so ready to get healthy! The positive vibes are unavoidable!! While we all start out ambitious and motivated, it’s easy to forget to break down hefty goals into bite-size pieces. A fun, bite-size chunk could be to resolve to become a better cook in 2015. Cooking is at the heart of any healthy eating plan. … 

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On the Hunt for Truly “Whole” Grains

On the Hunt for Truly "Whole" Grains
The term “whole grain” has climbed the ranks of nutrition buzzword.  Food companies have begun slapping “made with whole grains” onto any product they can.  The result: even more consumer confusion.  Learning the rules of the grain game can be a challenge.  BUT, knowing the key players will help you debunk food company claims and enable you to make your own healthful decisions.  So let’s grind it down to the nitty-gritty details…

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Healthy holiday eating can be sweet

Healthy holiday eating can be sweet // Lettuce Have Lettuce

People go into a baking frenzy around the holidays, whipping up enormous amounts of their favorite sweets to give to friends and family. It’s a wonderful gesture of giving and a fun activity to do with others. My family has always made at least 5 of our family favorite cookie recipes to share with others for Christmas.  Healthy holiday eating isn’t even a thought while we’re grabbing pounds of butter and sugar off store shelves to begin our carefully orchestrated baking extravaganza.

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Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Apricots

 

Dark Chocolate & Pistachio Apricot // Lettuce Have Lettuce

This dark chocolate covered dried fruit recipe is full of antioxidants and fiber

 

I usually have a sweet craving right after I’m finished eating dinner, I don’t know why. I try to not give in but I usually end up snacking on something sweet. My latest go-to food has been dried fruit. … 

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