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Why Can’t I Just Stop Overeating?

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It’s 7:30pm.  I had a very healthy dinner and I do not need any more food today.  But, as I sit on my couch my mind sounds something like this: “I could use something chocolate.  Is there something in the cupboard?” “You know, I think there is some popcorn in the pantry.” “Ohhh, that would taste great with caramel drizzled over it.” “What about some crackers with cheese.  Just a couple, maybe 10.  Oh, and a glass of wine.” ……. It goes on and on, even though I know I am not going to eat.  I rarely give in anymore.  Mostly, I just tell my brain that I am not really hungry.  “Yes you are” my brain says.  “Well” I answer. “If I am, I am still not going to eat”. Sometimes I just go to bed or I drink lots of herbal tea.  Other times I read, clean house, listen to music, etc. Sometimes I ask...

Bookmark for January!

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Let’s talk about a woman’s body image / food / life …. Here are a few of my beliefs: Pick what you want to be and be it – but know that if you are heavy and unhappy, you have the power to be happy Know that our world is very visual… it just is. You can change your body, but only if you want to – not if someone else wants it for you. Sometimes when you are heavy –  it is like a blanket. When you are ready, the way to remove the blanked becomes apparent Life is a journey – every experience teaches you something You can be fit, healthy and thin and not obsess about it – revolutionary concept! I won’t bore you with the details of my life.  But, just know that I was an overweight kid from 4th to 6th grade.  Kids were mean to me.  It made me more compassionate and more understanding, but it also made me more determined.  I thinned...

Protect Your Family From Food Poisoning When Eating Out

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Las Vegas Food Poisoning Protection For Your Family With the recent restaurant scare at Firefly in Las Vegas that sent over 100 people to the hospital with salmonella, I decided to do some research on advice to help minimize your chances that you or your family will get food poisoning when eating out.  Here is what I discovered: Dr. Oz has published a few very informative articles online including “Restaurant Secrets Putting Your Health At Risk”  and “Shocking Restaurant Secrets – Avoid Food Poisoning” where he talks about different solutions to restaurant practices that can make you sick.  I read them, took my favorites and made more suggestions below.  At the bottom of this post are two links to the articles, that go into more depth on the food poisoning subject. Restaurant Lemons Are Dirtier Than The Floor … Dr. Oz discovered five out of five...

21 Day Cleanse

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I have a favorite 21 cleanse that I try to do once or twice a year.  What I love about this cleanse is that it is very easy to follow.  I feel great the whole time I am on the cleanse and my family can do it with me. Some of the days I modify for my kids, as you will see.  If you are looking for a gentle way to give your body a toxic break, this might be the cleanse for you. This is a progressive cleanse, meaning each new elimination builds on the food already eliminated from your diet. MY 21 DAY CLEANSE  Day 1 – 3 Eliminate from your diet:  Alcohol, All Sugar, Caffeine, Artificial Sweeteners, Artificial Coloring, Artificial Flavoring, All Packaged and Processed Foods Begin taking your Cleanse Vitamins to support your system Day 4 & 5 In addition to the foods eliminated already, eliminate All meat/fish/poultry Begin taking 1/2 scoop of protein powder twice a day – I use...

Making the Paleo Change Step One

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Barriers to better eating for me and my family: 1. I am hungry now … I waited too long and now I am hungry and busy 2. I am tired and I don’t want to cook 3. I don’t like to be hungry Let me back up.  I want to lose the rest of my baby weight.  Yes, my kids are 10 years old!  I have 20 more pounds to go and that weight does not want to come off.  Understandably, this weight has been with me for over ten years now. I also want my family to be healthier and more fit.  I can see some bad habits around food forming in my kids. And, I am a huge exerciser.  I exercise 5-6 times a week for at least and hour and do all the crazy running / bootcamp / crossfit stuff that takes you to exhaustion.  So, I know my issue is what I am eating and how much I am eating. Enter Paleo.  My friends have done it with much success.  I love meat & veggies.  It goes well with my body...

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

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HEALTHY Back to School lunch ideas for kids by Mary Ricciardi, local fitness & nutrition expert 1.  Make your own lunchable: whole wheat crackers & nitrate free turkey cut up to fit crackers real cheddar cheese cut up to fit crackers   grapes & a be kind bar 2.  Make your own pizza lunchable: 2 whole wheat pita breads cut in halfs (makes 4 mini pizzas) mozzarella cheese & low sugar pizza sauce (whole foods or Trader Joe’s) carrot sticks & celery to dip in hummus (or ranch) if kids won’t eat hummus (my kids like red pepper & guacamole hummus) 3. PB&J made Healthy 2 slices of Ezekiel bread (sprouted Whole wheat) Organic fresh jelly or jam from Whole Foods Fresh honey from Whole Foods or Trader Joes All Natural Peanut Butter (my kids love the Whole Foods Brand) – make sure yours doesn’t have any Hydrogenated vegetable oils Cut up apples...