Your body requires nutrients to stay alive. They are the LEGO'S building blocks of all facets within your body.To say nutrients are vital is a huge underestimation.Nutrients are the foundation of your existence. However, no other subject on earth seems to have as much debate as the diet's nutrient intake does.  It’s a complex subject, it's messy and no one seems to agree or have the answers.

Hot and steamy weather got your hair all frizzy and your face all in a flush? Well that makes two of us. But I’ve got just the perfect thing to cool and delight. These salted caramel-cashew chocolate covered ice cream bars courtesy of Ashley Melillo of Blissful Basil are currently my favorite sweet summer treat.These bars are slathered with a thick layer of caramel and coated in a thin, perfectly crisp dark chocolate shell with none of those nasty ingredients like propylene glycol and ethyl acetate that you'll find in store-bought ice cream.  Take the time to whip up these healthy treats for yourself and for your hot bambinos. I promise you won't regret it!!

Dealing with our daily dramas is never easy.

Though we all hope for success at every turn of life, sometimes life decides to deal us a curve ball, and in those moments we need to deal with our problems while maintaining our self-control.

 

Thursday, 28 July 2016 01:05

Ultimate Unbaked Brownies

Ooey gooey, melty, chocolatey unbaked brownies – the perfect recipe for those days when you just really need a brownie!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 18:35

Strawberry Smoothie Pops

I haven't tasted a fruit popsicle I didn’t like. Refreshing as they are, most of the icy treats on the market are loaded with sugar and dyes that can leave your lips a Cookie Monster blue. This incredible homemade recipe below will put your neighborhood ice cream truck to shame. You’re in control of the ingredients, which means you can adjust the sugar count to your liking. With a few tools and a serving of patience for your mix to solidify in the freezer, you’re on your way to homemade popsicle heaven. And each little pop supplies over 50%of the RDA for Vitamin C and gives you a healthy dose of many other vitamins as well.

You "fell off the wagon", again.  At a family gathering, you sloshed two bottles of wine and then ate 5 cupcakes. Now you’re feeling low.  Depressed even.  Looking at your bloated stomach and hating yourself. Like you used to feel so often.

 

Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:34

GRILLED STEAK LETTUCE TACOS

Grilled sirloin steaktacos uses lettuce instead of tortillas! The steak is seasoned with cumin and spices, then grilled and sliced thin, along with guacamole and pico de gallo – low-carb and super delicious!


Recipe adapted from skinnytaste.com

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE GUAC:

  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste

FOR THE PICO DE GALLO:

  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

FOR THE STEAK:

  • 1 lb thin organic sirloin steaks
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • pinch fresh ground pepper
  • 8 lettuce shells preferably  from large green or red leaf lettuce leaf

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine the salt, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and black pepper. Rub over the steak. 
  2. Mash the avocado in a small bowl with the tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. Combine the pico de gallo ingredients; set aside.
  4. Heat a grill over high heat. Clean grates and spray with oil. Cook the steaks over high heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until the steak is cooked to your liking. Set aside on a cutting board to rest 5 minutes before slicing. Slice into thin strips.
  5. To serve, fill each lettuce cups with 1 1/2 tbsp guacamole and top with steak and pico de gallo.

Close your eyes. Imagine a day of eating only what's good for you without any distracting food cravings.  Imagine hypnosis actually helping you lose weight—because the news is: It does.

Jean Fain is a licensed psychotherapist and a Teaching Associate in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School makes much of her living as a psychotherapist hypnotizing people slim—they inevitably ask: Does it work? The answer usually brightens their eyes with something between excitement and incredulity.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:29

Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms

This easy and delicious chicken recipe is not only low carb, but also dairy free, egg free, nut free, keto, Paleo, and super easy.

Adapted from Mellissa Sevigny I breathimhungry.com

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ cup butter or ghee
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • Four large chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of savory or fresh tarragon, herb, finely chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Season the chicken thighs with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  2. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a heavy bottomed sauté pan, preferably cast-iron.
  3. Sear the chicken thighs on both sides until golden brown - about three or four minutes per side. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan.
  4. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the pan and melt. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden brown, stirring as little as possible for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the water and Dijon mustard to the pan, and stir to deglaze.
  6. Add the chicken thighs back to the pan, skin side up.
  7. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Stir in the fresh herbs and let it sit for five minutes before serving. Serve hot.
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 15:10

Why We Think Change Is Painful

92% of the 17 million people that try to quit smoking each year fail.

 95% of people who lose weight fail to keep it off long term.

88% of people who set New Year’s resolutions fail at their attempt.

Only 10% of the population has specific, well-defined goals, but even then, 7 out of 10 of those people reach their goals only 50% of the time.

This paleo friendly zucchini pasta with shrimp is super simple and fast to make. Great for a weeknight dinner.

The woman sitting in front of me is becoming upset.  "I'm crazy you know", "I can't be with people anymore".  "I can't stop my mind from spinning". "I can't sleep".  "I can't attend any social functions" "I can't work so my husband is the sole supporter of our family".   "I'm nuts"!