Humans struggle with addiction. We can be challenged by behavioral or substance addictions, or both, which manifest in the brain in nearly identical ways. Why is addiction so common and how can we work to overcome our susceptibility to excess?
The most frequently dispensed advice from nutritionists and doctors regarding diet is: “everything in moderation.” But what happens when it’s clear this approach isn’t working for so many in our society? It’s time to reconsider moderation.
In our home, we try to not consume processed foods. But let’s be honest, sometimes that’s hard — especially with kids. Enter (the Ella-named) Cashew Coconut Yum Yum Balls. They’re perfect for an on-the-go mini-meal or snack. I love having one alongside an entrée salad for a light lunch. Or I’ll have one after dinner if I need a little something extra. They’re even a nice substitute for dessert. Ella loves one as a snack or a couple with a piece of fruit for breakfast.
Guilt is a powerful emotion. Guilt can creep into our lives, stealthily permeating every interaction we have. The guilt we continually carry can trigger stress, overwhelm, anxiety, and depression. We’re enculturated to feel guilt about everything we’re not doing right, about everything we should be doing.
I took the month of July mostly off from work. I did a few client sessions, and posted a recipe or two, but mostly, I enjoyed time with my family and friends. During this time I did a lot of thinking about new directions I’d like to take personally and professionally — it was an incredible luxury and I was able to see some subtle signs of inspiration.
Summer is the perfect season for copious salad consumption. We eat some type of salad with nearly every dinner and frequently with lunch or breakfast, and this entrée-sized salad with lemon tahini dressing has become a staple.
Basil pesto is one of those summer condiments that I crave all year. It’s perfect hot or cold and is a simple delicious way to add a ton of flavor with very little effort. This version of basil pesto is vegan and paleo as I swapped nutritional yeast for parmesan cheese.
Sweet potatoes are my favorite source of complex carbohydrates. Sweet potato chips are a super yummy way to munch on these nutritional powerhouses which are packed with vitamin A, fiber, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. In addition, sweet potatoes have an array of antioxidants that make them arguably the most anti-inflammatory source of complex carbohydrates we can consume.
I’m a toddler minimalist — I’m fairly new to this formalized concept of living simply and I’m still learning what aspects I value most. As I’ve undergone the process of discovering what is essential to me and my family and shedding that which isn’t, I’ve particularly relished minimizing our wardrobes. Yes wardrobes — plural — keeping both my and Ella’s wardrobe lean makes both of our lives easier.
Although I’ve already posted two recipes for overnight oats (classic and cacao strawberry), I think in the case of this healthy staple, having more options is better. I also recently discovered that the overnight soak is not necessary. Turns out that a 3-4 hour soak at room temperature does the trick. With the increased versatility in preparation, I developed 13 new flavor combinations to make soaked oats an easy and never boring part of your breakfast routine.