As a vegetarian, I’ve learned to like a lot of “strange” foods. As you might imagine, it’s difficult to get enough protein from just eating vegetables all of the time. Hence, soy is a staple food in my diet. Edemame bean snacks, tofu stir fry, tempeh spaghetti sauce or tacos; soy makes its way to my plate at least 4-5 days a week in some way, shape, or form. However, out of all the various disguises soy hides behind, tempeh is by far the strangest and most delicious (in my opinion, and my meat-eater husband even agrees!)…
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, someone in America has a heart attack every 43 seconds. With those odds, it’s likely that you or someone you know have experienced a heart attack. Heart attack victims are typically instructed to “go on” a heart healthy diet and are given a handout on what that means. The handout outlines everything needed to change in your diet: what you can have, and what you can’t. What numbers to raise, and what numbers to stay below. What to do and what not to do. It’s common to feel overwhelmed and discouraged at this point.
If you’ve been approached with one of these extremely-detailed information packets, you may feel like balling it up and chucking it at the wall. Instead, calmly tuck it away in a safe place, and forget about it. For now. It is important for you to know that less than 1% of Americans follow a diet considered ideal by the American Heart Association. Obviously we have much to improve upon, but that doesn’t mean we can change what we eat overnight. It doesn’t work for weight loss, and it doesn’t work for a healthy heart.
Make my own BBQ sauce? You cannot be serious… Oh but I am! The task may sound daunting but I know you’re up for the challenge.
I was making MRob ribs for dinner (I bite the bullet and cook a slab of meat for him every now and then). I peered into my fridge, scanning the door of sauces and right past the two bottles of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce. These ribs deserve something more exciting than bottled, processed sauce. I consulted my How to Cook Everything Vegetarian cookbook for a base recipe to get started (this book is a GREAT tool to own, Mark Bittman also wrote How to Cook Everything if you don’t want to limit yourself to just vegetarian dishes)….
I cannot remember the last time I actually ordered pizza. Since learning how easy it is to make my own, I’ve become really particular about my pie. “Light on the cheese, please” “Can I add spinach, mushrooms, and extra peppers to that?” “Do you have feta?” “Do you have whole wheat crust?” I’m probably a server’s worst nightmare! But local pizza joints need not worry about me walking in with my list of demands, my own homemade pizza trumps store-bought any day of the week.
The first time Laurie and I got together to cook, we made pizza dough. I had never attempted it before, honestly, making anything that involved yeast scared me away. But fear not! Yeast is not difficult to work with, especially when making dough for pizza. This simple pizza dough recipe requires just a little mixing and one rise before it’s ready to pop into your oven.…
First harvest of the season is here! As you can see by my last garden update, I’m a stereotypical Type A dietitian that has to plan everything out. The thing about the garden, though, is that you can make lists and draw diagrams, but that doesn’t mean Mother Nature is going to follow your plan. She’s going to do whatever the heck she wants. Right now I have the following in my plot: cilantro, basil, broccoli, peas, beets, onions, and tomatoes. A very different list than I imagined, but I’m so happy the way it’s turning out!…
Last summer, Laurie came out to St Louis for a “business meeting” that consisted of farmers market shopping, eating, cooking, biking, followed by more cooking and eating. We stayed up late that night tackling wordpress and by the next afternoon, our site was FINALLY up and running.
After sitting in front of our computers for hours we took a break to eat dinner. I grilled some veggies to splay across brown rice and Laurie whipped up a batch of delicious Everything White Bean Hummus. We were discussing how to categorize our recipes when the topic of appetizers came up….
This is the 4th and final Dieting Trap series. Click the links to read other articles in this series:
Dieting Trap #1: Creating Rules
Dieting Trap #2: Unenjoyable Exercise or None at All
Dieting Trap #3: Using Food as a Reward for Good Behavior
4. Too Much Change Too Quickly
Example: Someone who dines out nearly every meal of the week joins a juicing program that requires daily juices made with kale, strawberries, blueberries, and fresh lemon juice.
This diet trap is a side effect of the “hurried” nature of many diet programs. Quick-fix diets are often linked to a time limit, like 30-day fat burn or 10-day cleanse. On one of these programs, you may find yourself willingly exercising at the expense of free time, drinking less-than-satisfying shakes daily, and micro-managing your diet. You may not be happy about it, but you do it because you know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. We can handle a lot when we know it will end.
3. Using Food as a Reward for Good Behavior
Example: I have been good all week, so I’m going to treat myself to (insert treat of choices – chocolate, ice cream, chips, fast food, soda, I could go on, but you get the idea).
This weight loss fallacy is related to creating rules (Dieting Trap #1), except now I focus on the reward, itself. People trying to lose weight often reward positive behavior with food, typically food that is considered “off-limits” or “bad”. But consider for a moment if a smoker treated him/herself to a cigarette for finishing a smoke-free week. Is that really going to help the smoker stop the addiction?…
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.
I’ve made some real progress these past couple weeks as far as garden planning, but I think the biggest accomplishment has been the spring-like weather! It’s amazing what a little sunshine can do for for my attitude and work ethic.