TOP 8 Reasons Mindful Eating Is NOT Your Jam

Ok - so this concept of mindful eating isn’t NEAR as trendy or popular as dieting. You would never hear Regina George (Mean Girl reference) talk about mindful eating. No way.

Dieting is popular.

It’s seductive.

It’s accepted as a cultural norm.

It’s everywhere (omg just check out Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, we are a nation obsessed with food). And everyone seems to be dieting or reading the best selling diet book so it must be the road to food salvation, right? If everyone is on the diet band wagon then there must be something out there that I just don’t know about is the trap we all can fall for. The latest and greatest diets packaged up with the guarantee and promise that you will have all the things you totally deserve.

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Breakfast comfort food... Loaded Cacao Oat Bowl

One food that will never go out of style for breakfast is oatmeal. This versatile grain is nutritious, filling, inexpensive and loaded with fiber! This might sound a bit Forest Gump but you have overnight oats, oats on the stovetop, microwave oats, slow cooker oats, oatmeal in the instant pot, oatmeal bars, oatmeal muffins… you name it, you can make some kind of breakfast or snack deliciousness with oats.

When the weather turns chilly, I love to experiment with comfort foods! So while I was whipping up a large mug of protein hot chocolate I decided to just drink half and then experiment with creating a Loaded Cacao Oat Bowl. I mean, chocolate anything is game in my book and this breakfast bowl is no exception. I love adding cacao powder because it’s high in epicatechins, the antioxidants in dark cacao which are super heart healthy and all the more reason I give it a thumbs up for breakfast.

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Amazon: healthy things I can't live without

We ALL order from Amazon. There isn’t a week that goes by where we don’t receive some box of Amazon goodies because it’s so simple to just order on line. Ya feel me, right?

The purpose of this post is long overdue because these products are some of my personal favorites (and if you are a client, it’s easier for me to post on a blog instead of writing about them in your Action Plan over and over and over again).

SO here is a very short list of some of my favorite things that I really can’t live without. Hope you enjoy - drop me a message if you have any questions or comments about something you want me to discuss here…

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Top 10 Pre-wrapped Halloween Candy loved by Nutrition Atlanta

Halloween is just around the corner and that means one thing…. CANDY!

Most savvy mom’s are curious about what’s the best of the worst out there, especially the ones who have kids with allergies and food intolerances to many of the additives and food dyes. My best friend from college has a son who is so intolerant to FD&C Red #40 that he landed in the ER with a colitis diagnosis after Halloween binges on Twizzlers years ago. True story. In fact I’ve worked with a handful of mom’s who have children with severe reactions to food dye’s so it can be a concern this time of year.

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Can Mindless Eating Trigger Extra Weight for Life?

I realize this may seem a bit premature to many people because it’s mid-October and I’m already talking about how mindless eating can lead to feeling out of control with food and holiday weight gain. Ugh gross right? Halloween is still 2 weeks away.

But the reality is that inconsistent food choices or yo-yo’ing back and forth on diets then off diets can trigger health issues including permanent weight gain for life (I’m more concerned about the health issues). This is not just during the holiday season, it can actually happen any time of the year.

In case ya didn’t know it, yo-yo dieting is bad, bad news. Dieting is bad, bad news.

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I’ve been in a weird funk.

This year has proven to be quite challenging in so. many. ways.  And I know I’m not the only person experiencing personal struggles.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing them from a “why me?” perspective OR you have the choice to reflect inward, observe your thoughts about the situation and ask “how can I grow, evolve or change from this experience?”  

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Cacao Tofu Mousse {V}

One of my fave fitness instructors use to say “tofuuuuuwwwww”. Nose turned up. Voice inflection = pure disgust. Utter hatred. I get it, tofu can be weird and it has a funky texture if ya don’t know how to work with it!

The first time I had tofu was when I was living in Hawaii: is healthy cafe in Honolulu used to sell a tofu, tomato and alfalfa sprouts sandwich. I remember patting myself on the back thinking, I’m so healthy eating this because my guy-pal from Southern Cal used to eat it after he went surfing. So I adapted my taste buds all in the name of health. ‘Cuz I was far from healthy but wanted to be…

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Atlanta’s Great Yoga Wall Studio -- All Life Is Yoga {Inman Park}

I am ashamed that I let yoga fall out of my life for so long.  

There was a time where I practiced yoga every. day. every day. every day.  And then life got in the way. Can you relate?

The thing is, like all healthy habits, is that they can definitely cycle back around. You can add them back into your life.  And my feeling on the matter is that it gives you tremendous perspective. In this case, with yoga, I go through periods where I’m dedicated to the practice.  And then it might get “easy” and I can lose interest in things that feel easy. I know, I’m weird but I need to be challenged the majority of the time. And when I don’t feel like that’s happening, my interest can fizzle.  

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☆ Baker Dude Cafe at The Beacon in Grant Park ☆

New Atlanta restaurant opening alert! Baker Dude Cafe at The Beacon has opened and serves not only the best vegan and paleo cupcakes, but also healthy bites at this Grant Park hip eatery. When Orran aka Baker Dude asked me to create healthy menu items for his cafe I bolted to the kitchen to re-create my favorite menu items and do a tasting. I KNOW healthy!

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