Don’t Fret Slow Loser – Part 2

A month ago I posted some advice and tips on what to look for that isn’t working in your plan to lose weight. This time I want to focus on your attitude and your thinking.

In addition to doing the right things, I want to you take a look at what’s rolling around in your head.

- Are you convinced that this is a quick fix and that you just have to grin and bear it while you reach your weight loss goal then celebrate the smaller you with a celebratory meal? If you’re just focusing on fast results and aren’t focusing on your overall health and wellbeing maybe it’s a bigger let down when the scale doesn’t move fast enough. I’d like to suggest that you focus on a plan that will sustain rather than hinder your health. Is this something you could do for the rest of your life? When you are eating a clean, nutritarian diet you’re getting so much more out of it than just weight loss. Your health will improve, your weight will drop and you’ll feel great too.

- Do you trust your body? I know that sounds odd, but are you fighting your body every step of the way? Are you mad at your body for betraying you and are you pushing it too hard? How about you promise to provide your body with the healthy food and movement it needs and trust that your body will turn on it’s natural healing ability and shed the unnecessary fat?

- Are you competing against someone or doing this to prove something to someone? That is a negative mindset and I’m not convinced it will give you the boost you need to remain consistent and in the right frame of mind when faced with a challenge. Why are you doing this? Make a list of the positives reasons why you are doing this and post it in a visible area. Refer to it so you can remind yourself.

- Are you putting yourself first? Are you feeling guilty about taking the extra time for yourself to step away from your family or duties to exercise and plan your meals? Are your workouts happening haphazardly when you find the time or are you making time for them?

- Where is your support system? Are your friends and family available for you to talk to? Do you have a workout buddy that you can check in with each day or week to keep each other on track? Is your family bringing food into the house that sabotages your efforts?

- Do you love yourself? Don’t wait until you’re smaller or firmer to love yourself. You need to love yourself now before you are able to take good care of yourself. Do you get that? How can you become healthier and better if you hate yourself. What kind of care will you provide for yourself if you can’t embrace where you are now? OWN IT. Don’t hate yourself. Forgive yourself for your past mistakes and for whatever shape you’re in now and move forward.

- Do you think losing weight is hard and near impossible? If you believe it you will receive it. Why not do some work on changing that mindset? Look at the overall downward trend and the progress rather than the weekly number.

That’s it. I’m sure there are a lot more things that float through your mind and make this process seem so much harder but I’d like you to examine where your head is in this game and tweaking some of the negative thoughts that pop into your head.

This is a journey and you’ll get there one step at a time. Enjoy the journey and see it as a way to love yourself and let the magic happen.

I’d love to know what is on your mind. Send me a message!!

Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry

mmmmm…This was so good. I wanted to eat it all but I’m really working on leaving the table satisfied rather than stuffed. Yes…even though it’s a plate full of veggies and it wouldn’t be too bad I am developing this skill.

Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry

4 Chinese or Japanese Eggplant (medium/smallish)
2 onions, cut in large cubes
1 large red bell pepper, cut into large chunks
3 med zucchini, cubed
2 cup mushrooms, quartered
2-3 cloves of chopped garlic
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp chili flakes

2.5 T Coconut Aminos
2 T Tamari (low sodium)
3 T coconut sugar
3 T seasoned rice vinegar
1 T arrowroot powder
2 T filtered water

Cut up the eggplant into large chunks and roast in the oven until pretty much cooked through and dried out a bit. I roasted it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes but just check it because I lost track of time.

While the eggplant is roasting, stir fry the onion, peppers, zucchini and mushrooms….Start with the onion then when it’s getting soft add the peppers etc. Add the garlic, ginger and chili flakes and stir to combine.

Remove the eggplant from the oven and add it to the rest of the stirfry. Once any liquid is pretty much gone in the pan then add the sauce and stir it around until everything is coated. Simmer for 5 minutes then enjoy! Continue reading

Very Healthy Artichoke and Spinach Dip

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I have to start out by saying that I’ve never eaten any version of this dip in all it’s full fat, full dairy glory because when this became popular I was already a Nutritarian and the thought of eating all that stuff makes me cringe. If that’s the type you love then this might not be the recipe for you. But if you’re in search of a dip recipe that you can enjoy on a very clean diet then keep reading.

I do like artichokes and I love spinach dip so I figured eventually I’d try something tasty that would pass for a dip that I could enjoy freely without any guilt or fear of a heart attack :) For parties I’d most likely add cashew butter to make it creamier.

Very Healthy Artichoke and Spinach Dip

1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed well
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed then chopped
1 onion, finely chopped and sauteed until cooked very well
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup water
1 tsp garlic powder
freshly ground black pepper to taste
optional – a few dashes of a herb blend such as Mrs. Dash
optional – for a creamier party version add some cashew butter

Puree the beans, yeast, lemon juice and garlic powder in a high powered blender. If you opt to use cashew butter be sure to blend it there too.

Combine the pureed bean mixture and the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and taste the dip. Add more lemon juice or black pepper if required.

Spread in a dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!