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Healthier, Easier

Quick!  Let’s do a little word association: When I say, ‘health food’ what’s the first thought that comes to mind?  Does the very notion conjure up images of huge grocery bills or tearful children?  Fear not!  Though a lot of people think that eating healthier would necessarily require a complete diet overhaul, just a few tweaks and sneaks can make a huge difference.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

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Crock Pot Coconut Curry Chicken with Red Potatoes

Crock Pot Coconut Curry with Chicken

Okay, okay.  It is true that in the past (in fact, not that many posts ago), I have prattled on about the glories of enameled cast iron and how such braises prepared therein are vaaaastly superior to what you can cook up in the humble Crock Pot.  However!  That is NOT to say that there aren’t some seriously delicious Crock Pot recipes out there (I’ve been secretly amassing them).  Add to that the fact that most of these recipes are just so easy.  While some may involve a little saute action prior to being added to the slow cooker, others require nothing more than a can opener, a bit of chopping, and your ability to dump ingredients into the pot.  Gotta love that on a crazy day.

I’d say this dish is worth the effort, but there really is no effort involved.  So.  Easy.  You can also tweak this recipe in any number of ways–more/less curry, more/less spice, more veggies, different meat (or tofu!)–you get the idea.  Plus!  If you are trying to lose a little of that jiggle in 2013, this recipe would be an excellent addition to your repertoire.  Just a quick nutrition analysis will tell you this dish is rich in antioxidants, a great source of protein, includes complex carbs for lasting energy–even the capsaicin found in those tiny chili peppers might just give you an edge with your weight loss efforts.  All of this–and more!–for a  mere 333 calories (442 if you serve it up with some rice).

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Reach Your Resolution in 2013: January 1st

Welcome to 2013!  It’s a new year and for many, a chance to turn over a new leaf.  Resolutions abound–what are yours?  If weight loss happens to be on your radar, I’ve got a great series of posts coming your way in 2013.  Stay tuned for delicious (and waistline-friendly) recipes, weight loss tips, and strategies for dealing with those ever present obstacles we all face.

Speaking of which, let’s begin with a common obstacle that hits many hopefuls right out of the gates….

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A few more swaps…

So I’m gearing up for the launch of another weight loss program and am in the midst of sprucing up the program binder.  This time around, we’ve extended the program to 6 weeks, which means I get to plan two more classes and put together two more chapters.  This is good.  Though a 30 day program was great, I felt super rushed and wished I could have covered more.  So!  For the October launch of Nutrition Makeover, I’ll be adding specific classes devoted to Eating on the Run as well as Fact or Fiction:  Diet Trends and Supplements.

For the Eating on the Run section, I imagine I’ll be writing tips for how eat out without blowing the calorie budget.  One of these handouts will be a ‘swap this for that’ sort of article to show how, even when eating fast food, what you choose can make a big difference in your waistline.  I’ve actually done a post on this topic before and will be adding to it, including more restaurants.  Here are a few of the additions…I think you just might be shocked at a few of them!

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One pound at a time, one tablespoon at a time

When it comes to weight loss, don’t discount the small things.  Though drastic measures may be tempting in moments of desperation, lasting weight loss can be yours with a few tweaks here and there.  Don’t get me wrong–weight loss almost always requires due diligence and commitment.  But!  If you are a clever one, you might just be able to lose a few pounds without too much heartache.  But like I said, it’s about the small things.

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Plan to Fail

Get back on it.

Get slim with these 3 easy steps!

Change your habits in just 30 days!

Six weeks to a new YOU!

Despite what self-help books might promise, don’t fool yourself into thinking that any lifestyle change will be easy.  Overhaul your life in a matter of days or weeks?  Please.  It took you YEARS (if not a lifetime) to nurture those habits; how could anyone claim to reforge them in just 30 days?  No, real change takes time and stubborn commitment.  There will be ups and downs and certainly 30 days of focused effort will give you a running start, but changing your regimen, your rituals, your mindset, is an endurance event.

When you set your mind on change and begin to imagine the steps before you, the question isn’t, Will I stumble?  Rather you should be asking yourself, When will I mess up and how will I deal with that?  Will it merely be a lapse?  Or an utter relapse?  How you deal with the reality of failure will determine whether you will truly change or if you will remain as you ever were.

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Down the hatch…

Have you ever tried keeping a food journal?  Though it can be a pain, tracking your food intake is an extremely helpful tool whenever you’re trying to change the way you eat.  Not convinced?  Here are just a few reasons why jotting down your daily fare can help you reach your goals.

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Nutrition Makeover

It has been awhile since I last posted!  June and July have been *quite* busy, due in part to a new program I am launching for Gold’s Gym.  While Gold’s Gym might be famous for its yearly Challenge–a national contest which started right here, in my own valley–I have wanted to start a different sort of group program for the past couple years.  The timing is finally right and after much work, Nutrition Makeover will be launching in just over a week!

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Fats: The Good, The Bad, and The UGLY

Fats and Oils

We began with figuring out calories, carbohydrates, and protein.  I even spent some time chatting about alcohol.  Now fat is finally on the docket.

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More on Protein

Suppose you find yourself needing to add more protein to your diet.  Perhaps you’ve mixed up your workouts and want to make the most of them.  Or maybe you’re trying to lose weight and you’d like to preserve your muscle as you shed body fat.  You could be recovering from surgery or entering a difficult medical treatment that will sap your strength and nutrient stores.  Whatever the case, boosting your protein intake could make all the difference.

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