MOTIVATION: winter eats.
In winter, your body is craving warm, comforting things to keep itself cozy. So it’s totally normal that you’re not hankering for a light salad. But cooking comfort food doesn’t have to mean huge heavy dishes that put you into an immediate food coma.Below, links to some of my recent favorite winter recipes that keep the comfort but don’t ditch the nutrients! #eatrealfood
I truly believe that the foods you make yourself feed your soul in addition to feeding your body. Cook, enjoy, embrace food and let it feed you in all kinds of ways. #keepwarm
(A surprisingly easy) Coconut Almond Creamed Rice Noodles (pictured above)
A sort of new invention tonight. It’s a keeper.
1 Handful of rice noodles
1 Tablespoon almond butter
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 red bell pepper
Red pepper flakes
Boil water. toss rice noodles in. remove from heat after 5-8 minutes
Blend the rest of ingredients together
Drain rice noodles and combine with sauce
Combine in sauce pan and warm together for 3 minutes
Winter Detox Recipes from GOOP: http://www.goop.com/journal/make/264/winter-detox-mag
Pre-Winter Cleanse Recipe (but also just delicious superfood recipes + ideas if you’re not cleaning): http://thechalkboardmag.com/getting-started-pre-cleanse-food-menu
MOTIVATION: don’t BE healthy. DO healthy.
Now for some January real talk.
The big night is over and the year ahead is staring you in the face. You’ve locked target on big goals and you’re determined that this year will be your year.
But screw that! Let’s talk about TODAY.
Today, “health” isn’t going to be something you ARE or ARE NOT. In fact, you are not going to BE healthy at all this year. No one is. Why? Because health is something you DO. In every moment, you have a choice to DO healthy or DON’T. All those little choices add up. And that’s how you achieve those big goals.
So when you’re deciding whether to set your alarm early to workout or sleep in, eat breakfast, pack your lunch, walk or bike to work, make a workout date with a buddy or cook dinner for yourself or friends, DO HEALTHY. One healthy choice leads into another and your life continues to upgrade. Get DO’ing!
MYBweekend: food for thought.
When you’re moving your booty your relationship with food can totally transform. Food becomes fuel — and you want the best quality fuel you can get. Below are some links about food and eating.
The best thing you can do is eat food that’s around you at this moment - the foods that are in season. This site has an awesome cheat sheet + recipes featuring foods in season now.
Thanks Dr. Alexis Hugelmeyer from The Suah Center for pointing this fascinating article about inflammation — a hot topic you’re going to hear more and more and more about. Beyond heart disease, it’s a great article to tackle what inflammation is in the first place.
Photo by Beth Berg.
MOTIVATION: the answer for everything — water.
Drinking water can change everything. It impacts our energy, focus, your skin, physical abilities, sleep, hunger and more. So how to get in all that water? Three tips below:
Add fruits or veggies to naturally flavor your water — think lemons, oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cucumbers, apples, mint, etc. Pick flavors you love and add them to your water to entice you to gulp it down.
As if you needed MORE reasons to move your booty, working out makes you drink more. Sweat more, drink more. Done.
Play a numbers game. Pick a safe container and set a goal for your typical work (or study) day. Three containers? Maybe five? You wanted an excuse to get up and walk around anyway, am I right?
We’re all looking for a FREE, easy solution for everything. Could water be it? Get chugging.
Emily @ MYB
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MOTIVATION: coming to terms with the kitchen.
@manrepeller has conquered her closet + the fashion scene with her not-your-typical-fashionista sassy outlook on life. Next up? Her kitchen. Cue the DUH DUH DUHHHHHH music. Check out her latest to feeds my fire when it comes to my #eatrealfood mantra:
"Until about a week ago, I took great solace in the contents of my oven (which were takeout menus), but with a recent health kick now pervading my sense of that-which-is-consumable, my wanting to save money and the dubious sense that my home will neverreally feel like my home until food is being produced from it, it seems like high time to put that previously-deemed futile spatula to the pan and cook.”
(Read the full essay here via Coming To Terms With The Kitchen | Man Repeller)
MOTIVATION: food is fuel.
It’s tough to make the right food choices when we’re bombarded at every turn with advertisements engineered to ensure that you consume as much as possible. Food isn’t a reward or a strategic device. Food is fuel. You can’t “fight cravings” or “curb hunger.” Hunger is your body asking for something it actually NEEDS. But what you can do is learn how to tune into those messages and give your body the BEST possible form of what it’s asking for. Because when we ENJOY food is when it’s most delicious and nutricious.
These extra workouts this month will likely increase your appetite. But they will also realign your relationship with food. Some tips:
- Eat REAL food. Is it food if it sits in a package on a shelf for months, even years, at a time? No. The real food is sitting naked without any packaging in the produce aisles lining your grocery store. Getcha some.
- Eat the BEST: Whether it’s a burger or a salad, eat the BEST version you possibly can. Whole ingredients grown with care and assembled with culinary passion feed and nourish you in more ways than one. So whether you’re putting together a killer salad or going all out on the best burger in town, do it up right. Confidently eat the best version of whatever you’re eating — and I don’t mean most expensive, either. I mean the best QUALITY. Your body is working hard this month. Give it the fuel it needs to succeed.
- Marketers know that the worlds HEALTHY! or WHOLE GRAIN! or GLUTEN FREE! are hot sellers right now. Stay one step ahead of them. Usually the foods that already are “healthy” don’t have labels on them screaming at you — they’re just healthy as is.
- Super foods are foods with super powers. And most REAL FOODs have tons of ‘em — even foods you’re probably already eating. Like these: olive oil, fresh fish, blueberries, almonds, dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, collard greens, etc), avocado, lemons, mushrooms, onions, brussels sprouts, broccoli, sweet potato, eggs, high quality dark chocolate. Each some of these foods every single day and ensure your body runs smoothly. Healthy doesn’t have to be a salad snoozefest. Check out more superfoods here.
Emily @ MYB
MOTIVATION: don’t BE healthy. DO healthy.
Healthy isn’t something you are or aren’t — it’s what you DO day in and day out in the decisions you make at every turn (or at as many turns as possible!)
Check out a great list from @mindbodygreen here (via 10 Truths All Healthy People Know):
Like you, and thousands of others, I am on a journey toward optimal health. Along the way, I’ve realized that there is no traditional definition of this lifestyle. ” It’s not strictly paleo, vegan, vegetarian, Mediterranean, flexitarian etc. In fact, it’s so much more.
How do you know if you are part of the new healthy?
These are 10 of the characteristics of the New Healthy:
1. You want to live actively into your 90s.
The life expectancy worldwide is 70 and rising. However, what really matters is how functional we are in our later years. I want to be walking, running, playing, bending all into my last days. Many of my choices today have that long-term goal in mind.
2. You don’t freak out about calories.
Seriously, who wants to track calories and worry about tallying them? Talk about taking the joy out of eating! As we all know, calories are not all equal, so a simple calculation of calories is very misleading (and obsessive).
3. You don’t always believe what the FDA, USDA, or big brands tell you.
Not everyone is invested in your health. In fact, many big name food manufacturers try to sell you products that are addictive or known (and in fact, designed) to cause cravings. Don’t believe me? Read this.
4. You’re not a slave to the scale.
As you know, muscle weighs more than fat, so you might weigh more when you build more muscle. Being a slave to the scale will send you on an emotional roller coaster.
5. You incorporate weight training.
Gone are the days where we do cardio everyday without ever doing weight-bearing exercise. You need it for your bones, your metabolism, and more.
6. You know that fat is not evil.
The New Healthy are intimately familiar with avocados, coconuts, omega-3’s, and favorable fats. It’s the type of fat that matters.
(Want to see up to 10?? Click thru here: 10 Truths All Healthy People Know)
Bowl of Life
Handful of Kale
Handful of Spinach
1 red bell pepper
1/2 red onion
1 table spoon earth balance
curry powder, chilly powder, sea salt
Chop and brown onions in cast iron use earth balance in skillet
Chop and add tomato
Break and add kale
Chop and add peach
Mix and stir for 5 minutes
Add sea salt, curry powder & chilly powder
Add quinoa & stir for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and enjoy!
MOTIVATION: feeling gross.
Ever feel super gross? Like after a long weekend or crazy busy work full of late nights and stress?? Often all it takes is one delicious (and secretly nutritious) meal to turn it all around!
Check out this recipe from the awesome @tarastiles packed with summer goodness. Maybe even throw in some feta and mint?! Go nuts. Go delicious. #eatrealfood
Health isn’t just about food, exercise and our bodies. It’s about relationships, goals, fun and happiness. You can sit and eat broccoli by yourself all day long, but guaranteed you’ll be miserable and UNHEALTHY.
BALANCE IS WHERE IT’S AT!
Click thru to read an article that taps into what Primary and Secondary Health is all about.
via MIND BODY GREEN: I Was Borderline Orthorexic. Here’s What I Learned.