Be Good at Being Bad

It’s that time of year. Everyone wants to turn over a new leaf. Many people are starting new workouts or joining new classes or even starting with a trainer. Media tells us the majority of you are going to fall off the workout and health wagon by the end of the month, if you haven’t already. I want to prove them wrong so I am going to give you one really great tip. Get comfortable with being bad at working out. Crazy, right?

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Clean Up Your Pantry

I have been asked several times to come up with a list of pantry items that I consider clean. What better time of year than New Year’s resolution time! Last Sunday I was in Whole Foods after 8 p.m. and the aisles were full of people reading food labels. There were some pretty confused expressions. I want to help you stock your pantry with the best items that I consider “clean”. Of course, if you have been following me long enough, you know the majority of your daily eats don’t come from the pantry. With that said, here you go:

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New Year’s Resolution Grinch

I think I might be known as the New Year’s resolution Grinch. I hate New Year’s resolutuions. I am kind of a hypocrite too, though, because I set “intentions” for the year. The thing is, I believe it is important to reflect on the year behind you, decide what you want in your future and make plans to get it. That is not what people do though. I have been coaching people a really long time and I can spot someone a million miles away that is going to fail at their goals. It sounds harsh, I know. This is going to sound even more harsh. Most people use New Year’s resolutuion setting as a way to completely go overboard the last few months of the year. People really do think that something magical will happen in their brain come January 1. Something is happening in your brain and it’s not magical. It’s called addiction. Addiction to carbs and sugar. This is a recipe for disaster.

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4 Holiday Tips

If we believe TV and movies, the holidays are nothing but a time of good cheer. But, for many of us, the holidays are a big source of stress. I have a few tips for getting through this holiday feeling fit and peaceful. 1. Set your day up. Your day is likely going to be filled with inflammatory foods that make you feel sluggish and cause you to crave more after the fact. Start your day out with a glass of water and a nutritonally powerful breakfast and the rest of the day will go better because you feel good. I like to have a green smoothie to start a holiday. It gives me energy and I don’t feel overly full, but, I am getting everything I need. 2. Do not skip your workout if you are already someone who works out. If you aren’t currently on a workout program, do something active. Take a walk, do some self myofascial release with a foam roll or a short core workout so that you get your feel good hormones flowing. 3. Let go of expectatiions. Allow the day to unfold and experience it as it does. Let go of the negative and look for the positive. 4. Remember who you are now. Being with family can cause you to revert to your old habits and lifestyle. Remember who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow. Staying present will allow you to do this, but, you will also enjoy your time with your family much more. Follow these four tips and the rest of the year will be much easier and more fun. Do you have some tips for how you stay fit and happy through the holidays? Email me at [email protected]

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Stock is a simple to make ingredient that is great to keep on hand. You can use it in place of water when cooking things like rice, risotto, lentils, and beans for an extra boost of flavor. It is also a great way to use up extra vegetables you might have in the fridge. Below is the basic recipe that I use to make stock at home. When making stock for myself I usually like to start with a base of mirepoix. Mirepoix may seem like a strange word, but it is something you have probably cooked with before. A basic mirepoix is simply a combination of chopped celery, carrots, and onions. The ratio of these vegetables should be one part celery, one part carrots, and two parts onion. How much of this you need can be adjusted based on how much stock you are making and how much and what type of other vegetables you are using. The recipe below is really just an outline.

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