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"No matter how much time you spend in the kitchen; there is always something new to learn!" These were my thoughts last week while I was cooking in a kitchen at Barilla in Chicago. Teamed up with 3 other amazing registered dietitians, we were part of a pasta cooking challenge (there were 4 teams total). Our team won (OK, officially it was a tie!) and yes, I am competitive; but what really resonated with me is what I learned from my teammates and Barilla's own amazing Chef Lorenzo Boni.Read More
To know me, is to know I dine out a lot. Ask any patient I've had over the years and they could probably recite this quote of mine by heart: "You can eat out 365 days a year and still maintain a healthy body weight!" YES - that is my mantra (well, at least one of many!). I believe that when dining out it all comes down to choices. What you eat might not always be ideal - but it can almost always have a better ending.Read More
Today in yoga I tried a variation of a pose that I haven't done before. Well - that isn't exactly true. I tried it 3 days before for the first time but couldn't get my legs up. Yet today - up they went and it felt so good. Still need to work on raising my chin, but I'll leave that for another day. I thought about this after class for a while and it reminded me of so many conversations I have with my patients. Losing weight/eating healthy might now happen right away. There will be plenty of stumbles and times when you are extremely frustrated that it might never happen. And I get that.Read More
As I'm writing this it is pouring outside and all I want to do is drink my coffee, curl up on the couch with Henry and binge watch Wentworth on TV. (Amazing women's prison show I found on Netflix - similar to Orange is The New Black.) BUT - it's really not a choice, since it is a Monday and I have a sh*t load of work to do! So here's my point - yes, I do have one - that on most days the stars are not going to be completely in line with what we need to do, but we do it anyone.Read More
Guess what today, September 13th, is? Give up? Ok – it’s National Peanut Day! It seems to me there is a National _______ Day for just about everything. I do wonder who started this or how a food gets its own day in the calendar; but I’ll leave that detective work for another day. Here’s the thing - I don’t know about you, but I’m already eating peanuts regularly throughout the year! And truthfully, it’s not only because I have partnered with Planters peanuts; but it is because I am a genuine peanut lover. But for those of you who aren’t aware of why you should love peanuts year round let me tell you:
- Peanuts are a perfect better-for-you snack. Did you know that every single 1 oz. serving of dry roasted peanuts delivers 7 grams of protein and 6 essential nutrients? Impressive!
- Peanuts are plant-based friendly! The newly released 2016 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasizes choosing nuts and legumes (like peanuts!) is part of a healthy diet.
- Peanuts, despite popular belief, are not high in sodium. Dry roasted peanuts have 150 mg which is below the FDA sodium limit.
Goodbye summer. Hello fall. Goodbye warm weather. Hello chill in the air. Labor Day is the official end to the summer and with that everything I had planned to do these last couple of months. For example, didn't clean out my basement. (I know crazy thing to even put on a summer to do list.) Didn't practice handstands every day on my lawn. But OK, did it twice which is better than not at all, right? Yet on the other hand, did get to a lot of other things on my list. Kayaking, check! Happy to report went three times. Trying new restaurants as opposed to just going to my usual hangouts, check! Made it to the beach (OK, it was only the bay beach) with Henry. Next year the actual main beach!Read More
"All good things must come to an end." Really? Not sure who originally said this - but I think there needs to be a second sentence; such as, "to make room for more good things!". And that is how I have decided to deal with the end of summer. Instead of thinking about the days getting shorter and the weather colder (....DEPRESSING), I will focus on all the exciting possibilities that lie ahead in the fall and to take some of that summer attitude with me. Why is it in the summer we spend more time with friends and family? Disconnect more from social media? (OK - maybe for me not so much!) Engage more in outdoor activities? Eat more fruits and veggies, and hydrate more often? It's because we make it happen!!! So instead of saying goodbye begrudgingly to summer - I am saying HELLOOOO fall with open arms! Now if only the weather would cooperate.Read More
My family visited this past weekend and as you can imagine when you get a group of siblings together with their spouses and our mother heated discussions can ensue. In many families a common topic of banter is politics, but oddly enough with this upcoming election we mostly agree. What we don't agree on is nutrition. Mind you, I am the nutrition professional in the family, so you would think my opinion would count for something. Nope! It seems the internet is a much preferred resource, even if unaccompanied by any scientific research. Moral of the story: Don't invite family for the weekend :))))Read More
I always find it funny when someone says to me: "You really eat ______!" No silly, I just post it on Instagram and pretend. YES...i eat that!!!! I eat burgers, bagels (OK - scooped), french fries and gasp.....pizza! I am that boring nutritionist who thinks ALL foods can fit. As I always tell my patients, it's what we do the majority of the time that matters most. So having a bacon cheese burger with fries for lunch on a Monday, three slices of pizza for dinner on Tuesday, 1/2 pint of ice cream for dessert on Wednesday, etc., would not be at all what I mean! Remember in healthy eating, consistency NOT deprivation is what wins!!!!Read More
It's been a busy week. During the month of August my house sometimes can seem like a B&B with me being the housekeeper, chef and social director! Now don't get me wrong -- I LOVE when friends or family visit, but is sometimes hard to stick to one's normal schedule of work (since I work from home) and meals (some guests really enjoy trying new restaurants!) I'm pretty good at sticking to my yoga schedule, since anyone who visits knows that it is non negotiable. (Yes Mom - I'm talking to you!) As I always tell my clients, it doesn't really matter if temporarily you veer off course - what matters is how quickly you can get back on!!!Read More