Blueberry Smoothie

Hi all! Just thought I’d share this great smoothie I made yesterday, since smoothies might be the one thing you can preserve during this Halloween holiday for yourself and the kids.

Blueberry Smoothie

  • 2 cups of Blueberries
  • 2 cups of Kale
  • 1 cup of Parsley
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 Kiwi
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 cups of water


A couple of things… I only added the kiwi because I noticed it came very soft from the store and I didn’t want it to spoil – so its not really necessary for the recipe.

Also, at first when I made it, my son Orly didn’t like the consistency of the parsley in there. But I noticed after I left it in the blender for a while and then gave it a quick stir, it the consistency changed on it its own and was quite tasty. This might be the kind of smoothie best made the night before or first thing in the morning before everyone gets dressed so it has time to settle. Just food for thought. 🙂


Getting ready for Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching and if you’re like most people, you probably already have your house stocked up with candy. To me, Halloween marks the beginning of a very difficult time for most adults  – yes adults…kids are governed by us!!!!! It starts off with binging on candy and works its way into Thanksgiving and Christmas. Halloween is the first of the ticking time bomb we all know as… THE HOLIDAYS!!!!!

These are tough times for everyone. There are parties at work, at home, family reunions, gift exchanges, and on and  on and on. And everywhere you turn there are delicious, unhealthy treats just taunting us from every direction. It is very difficult to sustain a diet during these times. And often people find themselves throwing in the towel and giving up until January where they feel they can have more control.

So how do we handle these times for ourselves and our children? Here are some of the tricks I use on Halloween and I believe we can apply this throughout the holiday season.

I do let my children indulge on Candy at Halloween but I do try to take this opportunity to educate them about healthy eating habits.

  • Load up on green smoothies. Breakfast is the one meal that your children will not be exposed to any candy unless its sitting on your countertop. So take advantage of the morning to even out the score. Make a healthy, generous sized smoothie for breakfast for the whole family and load up on some greens. The beauty of a smoothie is that you really aren’t limited to any recipe. You can put in there anything you want. For some examples, visit our smoothie page.
  • Limit juice. I do not offer my kids juice ever but if you do give them juice with their meals – even if its organic or 100% pure juice, I would opt out of it this week. Juice has sugar, and they will be getting enough sugar throughout the day at school, parties, or trick or treating – so drinking plenty of water will be good to keep them hydrated and cleansing their little bodies.
  • Replace dessert. I offer my kids a little piece of chocolate after their dinner every evening. Its either a small piece of york peppermint patty or a small piece of dark chocolate. They love it and always request it. But if they’ve been eating candy all day I will likely skip the little piece of chocolate…or if they are still asking for candy when we’re eating dinner at home, I offer them one piece of their stash instead of the chocolate. I’ve done this before after a birthday party or something and sometimes they’ll choose a lolipop instead of the chocolate, but other times they will choose their little piece of dark chocolate instead of the candy. I love those times!
  • Let them indulge…but not binge. I don’t want my kids to feel that they have to eat every single piece of candy that is offered to them at that moment for fear that I am not going to let them have it again until next year! I think that process of depriving and then treating is one of the habits that gets us all in trouble with our lifestyles. So instead, I let them have their candy – a few pieces, something reasonable. And then I explain that they can’t have any more because I don’t want them to get sick. But I reassure them they can have another piece tomorrow after lunch or dinner. And I give them a couple of pieces of candy every day for a few days until gradually I disappear it and go back to their york peppermint patty.
  • Talk about it. I talk to my kids about food ALL the time. I talk to them about the importance of vegetables and healthy food and how it makes our bones and muscles stronger, etc. And likewise I talk to them about candy and sugar and how it tastes good but in excess can make us gain weight and not feel so great. I talk to them about special occasions and daily life and try to teach them balance and control.

During these times we all have to make choices. Make your choices wisely and teach your kids to do that also. Don’t indulge on everything but make choices to indulge on your favorite treats. If soda is not your thing, skip the soda and drink water with your meal if you’re already eating something you don’t usually eat. Or maybe your aunt made your favorite mashed potatoes, so skip the rice and eat the potatoes. Limit your portion size. If you’re participating in a pot luck,  make your contribution a delicious veggie side if you know that your family is already bringing 10 different desserts and carby side-dishes. Remember this is not a diet…this is a lifestyle. Enjoy this holiday season, but never stop


Pregnancy glucose test

I am 25 weeks this week and its time for my glucose test. I am getting tested for gestational diabetes. Although this is my third time around, this test has been a little more difficult for me this time than the last 2. I had to drink this orange drink which i guess is like Sunkist. It’s the most sugar I’ve ingested in one sitting in over a year! It’s been about 15 minutes and I’m already feeling queezy and gross. This is not fun. Hopefully it’ll all be over soon


Frozen Vegetables vs. Fresh Vegetables

A conversation with a friend of mine struck my curiosity and made me do some research on whether frozen vegetables lose their nutritional value. To be completely honest with you, I thought Fresh is best always without exception. But every day is an opportunity to learn something new and I definitely learned something new today!

As it turns out… Here’s the deal with frozen veggies.

Vegetables are blanched in hot water or steamed prior to being frozen- so they do lose a few nutrients in that process…but then they are “flash-frozen” which keeps them in their nutrient-rich state. But here’s the important piece of information… they are allowed to ripen prior to freezing, so they are being frozen at their peak nutrient state.

Fresh vegetables are usually transported and in order to avoid being spoiled by the time they get to the fresh produce aisle, they are taken off the vine prior to being ripe. So they never actually get to their peak nutrient state on the vine. Then they are exposed to outdoor whether conditions in transit from Farm to Store so they encounter a loss of nutrients in that process. So the longer they travel, the more nutrients they lose. And the longer they sit on that aisle waiting for someone to scoop them up…the more nutrients they lose as well.

So what’s the conclusion:  Move to a farm!!!! 

Just kidding- some nutrient value is going to be lost whether you purchase fresh or frozen vegetables, but the recommendation is the following:

1. If you are buying local, in season vegetables – your best bet is FRESH.

2. If you are buying vegetables that are not in season and not locally grown – your best bet is actually FROZEN!

You can also gage how quickly you intend to use those veggies – if you’re making dinner that night and want some fresh delicious vegetables, go ahead and enjoy. But if you just want to have them available at home for later in the week, you may want to try some frozen ones and see how it goes.

NOTE: One additional comment; frozen vegetables do start to lose nutritional value if they are stored for an extended period of time. So I highly recommend buying what you need and using even your frozen vegetables on a regular basis. Don’t leave them in the freezer for months because then you are not getting their full benefit.

OH, and for cooking – avoid boiling – that causes the water soluble nutrients like vitamin b and c to leach out into the water. (Although if you’re making a mash you can pour the very same water back into the blender to mash the vegetables and keep the nutrients.)



Breast Cancer Awareness

I walked into my office last week and saw pink everywhere. Pink balloons, pink tablecloths, and people wearing pink shirts. As I approached the tables, I asked what was going on and a lovely lady whom I am extremely fond of told me that they were doing a “Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast.”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month as described by Wikipedia is:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Everywhere we turn we see something related to breast cancer awareness month. Football players are wearing pink shoes, foods have pink ribbons on their labels…pink is everywhere. Clearly, breast cancer is a hot topic and everyone wants to show their support…

Yet as I stood by that table that morning, I found myself feeling angry and frustrated. This is what I saw:

What’s the big deal? People are simply getting together to support a cause, why am I so grouchy about the whole thing?

Look at the menu items being offered: Doughnuts, Cookies, Rice Crispy treats, Pastelitos, Bocaditos, Juice, and on and on. Are we really creating awareness?

Here are some interesting facts:

In 1984 Canadian physicians published a 30 year analysis of cancer incidence amount Inuit* in the western and central Arctic. These canadians could not find a single breast cancer case in an Inuit before 1966. There were 2 cases between 1967 and 1980. And then…the Inuit adopted our diets, and coincidentally their breast cancer rates have steadily increased, as well as their Diabetes Rates.

Most researches will agree that the link between Western diet/lifestyle and cancer manifests itself through an association with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome – NY Times, Is Sugar Toxic? Gary Taubes

As Taubes writes in this amazing article, Craig Thompson, president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York best explains this process as follows:

… the cells of many human cancersthat the cells of many human cancers come to depend on insulin to provide the fuel (blood sugar) and materials they need to grow and multiply. Insulin and insulin-like growth factor (and related growth factors) also provide the signal, in effect, to do it. The more insulin, the better they do. Some cancers develop mutations that serve the purpose of increasing the influence of insulin on the cell; others take advantage of the elevated insulin levels that are common to metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes. Some do both. Thompson believes that many pre-cancerous cells would never acquire the mutations that turn them into malignant tumors if they weren’t being driven by insulin to take up more and more blood sugar and metabolize it.

I’m sorry for being harsh, but when we offer these foods at a breakfast for Breast Cancer Awareness, we are not contributing to the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure… we are fueling this disease. Why is it that research institutes are all arriving at the same conclusions, yet doctors are not offering us changes in our diet as well as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery? I believe we all want to contribute to this cause and many of us make donations to organizations, run in 5ks and attend charity events to fund treatment…but how many of us are investing in our own health when we go to the grocery store?

We saw a great documentary on HBO the other day regarding food issues and one of the comments that struck us the most is that we have a “cheap food model. “Meaning, we don’t want to spend money on the food we eat…yet we are all paying a high price on the back-end when we get sick and need treatment.

Breast cancer and cancer in general is a serious disease. We are all affected by it one way or another. I personally have had a loved one die from Breast Cancer and most of us have come in contact with a woman who has been hit with this disease. We need awareness. But I don’t believe that wearing pink and gathering for sugary breakfasts is creating awareness. We need to change our lifestyles. We need to eat better. We need to offer our children a better way. The more we fund these giant companies by buying their products, the more power we are giving them and this disease.
I’m not suggesting that a woman that eats healthy can guarantee she will not get breast cancer…obviously genetics plays a role and diet and exercise alone will not beat our genetics. But I do believe that it helps our odds…and let’s be honest…. the only thing we can do is try to help our odds.

So the next time you buy vegetables for yourself and your family, or say no to the pastry being offered at your office, or get on a treadmill…remember, YOU are contributing to Breast Cancer Awareness and YOU are leading by example.

Let’s all educate ourselves and truly participate in the prevention of this disease.


*Indigenous people of Northern Canada

A great cold and flu recipe

I found this awesome cold and flu remedy and just had to share it with you guys. We all get colds and they are terrible. We feel lousy and stuffy and just want the symptoms to go away. Unfortunately whether we take antibiotics or Nyquil to hide the symptoms, a viral cold simply needs to run its course. I happen to believe that when you take a lot of over the counter meds to hide the symptoms, you actually end up prolonging the virus in your body. So I avoid using meds and instead try to alleviate myself with natural remedies.

This remedy I found online was so good and powerful that I felt compelled to share it:

It has 3 ingredients:

Ginger, Lemon, And Honey

  1. Fill up your teakettle and get it boiling.
  2. Meanwhile, grate a one-inch piece of fresh ginger root.
  3. Put the ginger in the thermos or a container with a lid. 
  4. Put a dash of lemon juice in the thermos. A dash is about 4 tablespoons. *1 lemon = 2 tbsps. 
  5. Add a dash of honey as well. A dash in this case is about three tablespoons. 
  6. When your water is boiled, pour it in the thermos.
  7. Cover it up and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  8. Strain into a tea cup and enjoy!
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Its so easy to make and yet soothing to the soul. I would start drinking this tea when I have a hint of a cold, in hopes that it doesn’t hit me too hard. Its definitely not a quick fix but combined with other natural remedies, it really does help.
To healthy healing!

Coconut Nectar – sweet but safe?

With this “anti-sugar” and “high-fructose corn syrup” movement, we are all looking for viable replacements that give us that sugar happiness.

Let’s face it…people like sweet stuff. The sugar replacements or alternatives are abound

  1. sugar
  2. agave
  3. honey
  4. hfcs
  5. evaporated cane juice
  6. organic sugar
  7. splenda
  8. nutrisweet
  9. equal
  10. stevia
  11. truvia
  12. maple syrup

The list is extensive. And really whether artificial or from a tree…the desired result is the same…make our food sweeter! The problem is that a lot of these sugar equivalents are no good from a health perspective and really should not act as a substitute.

Well, a good friend of mine, Rosana, who lives in Nevada, recently recommended COCONUT NECTAR.

I’ve been using Stevia and am happy with it so I didn’t go out of my way to find it…but the other day I was SHOCKED when I walked past an aisle in Winn Dixie and actually saw the product!  There it was in front of my face, Organic Coconut Sugar. I had to buy it!!!  I tasted it and was impressed at how delicious it is. I know some people hate stevia. I don’t. But for those who do this might be a good option.

I looked up some of the health benefits of coconut sugar and found the following:

Coconut nectar is taken from the flowers of a coconut tree. In my opinion, the highlights are that it is:


I can’t say that it is better, or even as good as Stevia. I have to inquire a little bit more on that point. But it seems to be a “healthier”alternative to other sweeteners and good for people who are struggling with their sugar addiction.

That being said, I have to emphasize that I believe the first step to a healthy lifestyle is to curb this sugar addiction that we all have. Our focus should be in moving AWAY from sugar…not only finding a substitute for it. So, although I am happy to report that there is a healthier sugar you can use…I can’t stress enough that this substance should be used in moderation and with caution.

And whenever you can…skip the sweets and PILE ON THE GREENS!

Smoothies & Rotating Greens

Smoothies are a great way to incorporate leafy greens into your diet that you wouldn’t normally eat. And best of all, they are RAW so you are maximizing their benefits.

I’ve seen a major Kale movement in the last few months and it seems to me that everyone knows about it and lots of people are using it in their smoothies. Everyone that I speak to that is transitioning into healthy eating says something about Kale. Kale is wonderful and I highly recommend using it in your smoothies, salads, or as a cooked vegetable. That being said there are more greens out there other than Kale and they should not be ignored.

For Example there are Collard Greens, Watercress, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, chard, etc. All are excellent for smoothies and all offer different nutrients and benefits for your health.

But there is one more thing to consider. These greens fall into families. And as the saying goes…there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Leafy greens  are wonderful but they all contain small amounts of toxins. (Although to be honest, if only a few leaves are used daily in a smoothie it shouldn’t be a big deal.) But to err on the side of caution is always best so here is a list of some leafy greens and/or vegetables and the families they fall into:

Brassicaceae/Cruciferae: Kale, Collards, Watercress, Arugula, Turnips, Cabbage, Bok Choy, Radish Greens, Mustard Greens, Broccoli, Cauliflower

Amaranthaceae/Chenopodiaceae: Spinach, Chard, Beet,

Asteraceae: Dandelion, Romaine Lettuce

Apiaceae: Parsley, Cilantro, Celery, Carrots

So don’t get stuck on one kind of green. I don’t rotate by any given cycle but I’ll buy a bunch of collard greens and use those until they run out. Then the next time I buy Spinach. Then Collard greens, then Romaine lettuce…so on and so forth. I don’t buy too much at once because I don’t want to risk my greens going bad.  Use greens from different families from time to time and enjoy the benefits and variety of as many vegetables as you can!

Speaking of variety… This week I bought Collard greens and Mint. MInt is an herb and falls into the Labiateae family. I’m trying it in different smoothies like chocolate mint, etc. I’ll keep you posted throughout the week.

I made an interesting smoothie today:

  • frozen coconut
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • collard greens
  • mint leaves
  • 1/2 banana
  • strawberry Kefir by Helios
  • water

I didn’t add the 1/2 banana initially. When I first tasted it, I really didn’t like the texture of it. I thought maybe it was the coconut and it was a little bitter.  Justin liked it and drank his whole cup but Orly hated it. I ended up adding a 1/2 banana to it and that made it much better.

Note: After Orly got home from school and had his quiet time, he asked me for some fruit. I had some smoothie left over in the fridge and I stirred it up and made him try it again. He ended up liking it (probably because I had put the 1/2 banana in it) and he drank the whole thing. Yet another example of how important it is for one to try things over and over again, especially kids!!! I found the consistency to be much more liquid-like in the afternoon. Not sure why but that helped a lot.

It wasn’t my best smoothie but it had leafy greens, herbs, probiotics, and antioxidants – that’s a plus in my book!!!


The Sniffles

So I had a late start this morning. I’m usually up and about at 5am but I didn’t sleep well the night before so my body needed the rest this morning.

I’m in a deep, delicious slumber when I hear my 3 year old at the side of my bed saying “Mami, I can’t breathe” 6:47AM. After thanking God that it wasn’t 2AM and that I got a full nights rest….I got up and gave my son some tissue and said Good morning to him…and the cold that I know he’s getting.

I felt like saying… “Hello, cold, It’s been a while. Welcome, but don’t get too comfortable…I want you out of my house as soon as possible.” And so it begins, the stuffy nose, and whatever will follow from there.

People have asked me before…how come your family eats so healthy but your kids still get sick? I think the mentality is why bother eating all this healthy stuff if you’re gonna get sick just like everyone else. I chalk it up to the same argument certain smokers use when they say..I know a guy who never smoked a day in his life and got lung cancer so what’s the point of giving up smoking. I have tried to find a reasonable answer to that question that has been posed and I even asked my guru doctor about it once…and his response was “part of the problem is that we spend too much time indoors. Therefore, the germs are constantly circulating (especially in schools) and its almost impossible to avoid catching a cold or a virus or the flu from time to time.” And he also tells me…”life is not perfect, people get sick anyway.”

So I have come to grips with the inevitable: we have an almost 4 year old and an almost 2 year old at home. They go to school. It is IMPOSSIBLE to prevent them from getting sick. It doesn’t matter how healthy they eat, how well they sleep,  or what we do…they will get sick. Especially right now… for the last few days everywhere I go I see people blowing their noses, or mentioning they don’t feel well. These colds travel in cycles and you can avoid some and some you can’t.

Although I can understand the “smoker’s theory,” I simply cannot subscribe to it. I see a different side. What I see is that although every single member of my household will unavoidably catch something from time to time… the time it takes us to recover, the severity of what we catch, and how often we can avoid catching that little something or avoid taking medicine is really what I focus on.

So here I was at 6:47AM with a little boy who is on the verge of catching a cold. He only has the sniffles but his body is officially under attack. My response: let the battle begin!

SInce I have been down this road, I know the drill. What foods are good for colds and viruses?

  • lots of liquids
  • water with lemon or lime. (lots of lemon or lime is great)
  • chicken soup
  • ginger
  • garlic
I opened my fridge and saw that I had some red beets in there that my cousin gave me the other day. (She tried them and felt they tasted like dirt so she dropped them off at my house!)
I happen to know that beets are preventative for colds and flu and lowers body temperature in addition to a plethora of other benefits.  I tend to always have fresh ginger root in my home because it is so medicinal; so I use it for a lot of different recipes. And I had carrots which have vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin K, biotin, fiber, potassium and thiamine.
So I decided to make a Beet, Carrot, Ginger Juice. I usually add apples primarily for taste, although they too have antioxidants, but I only had 1 apple at home so I used that apple and 2 pears – mainly to sweeten my juice a little.
I added
  • 3 medium beets
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 2 medium pears
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger
  • 16 ounces of water

After I blended it, I put it through a strainer because beets and carrots are 2 vegetables that I just can’t tolerate the pulp of. When blended it comes out so thick that for me its impossible to drink. So I put it through a strainer and make a delicious BEET JUICE to begin our war against the sniffles!!!!!

Beet Juice

I also learned something very cool…after you strain the beet juice, keep the pulp and store it. You can use the pulp later to make a healthy soup. So I did just that and will experiment with a soup later today or tomorrow. Will keep you posted!

Hopefully we can all avoid the sniffles from becoming a full blown cold but nevertheless at least we drank a delicious, nutritious, healthy breakfast to help us fight whatever is coming.

And the best part is the kids were happy.

A word to the wise on Fruits and Weight Loss

We often talk about eating WHOLE FOODS as a method of becoming healthier and losing weight. This, of course, includes Fruits, Vegetables, Lean Proteins, Nuts, Seeds, and small quantities of Whole Grains -preferably sprouted, or gluten free.

We have emphasized how much we like smoothies for breakfast, etc. This, of course, remains our philosophy and our lifestyle. But I often talk to people who tell me that they eat healthy and still can’t lose weight, and they just don’t understand why. Upon asking some more questions on their food choices and lifestyle, I have seen in various instances, that people who are trying to lose weight attach themselves to the Fruits much more than the Vegetables.

Why do we do this, and What’s wrong with it? 

My theory is that when we start cutting out processed foods, refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, and processed carbs…we initiate a process of detoxification. This process sucks. It can cause sugar cravings, headaches, irritability, etc. Fruits have sugar and therefore help us satisfy these cravings and reduce the symptoms. Plus, they are delicious. The argument of course is that they are whole foods and therefore are perfectly acceptable to eat. But my theory is that if you’re trying to lose weight (and this really only applies to those who are battling with their weight) then it would be wise to increase your greens and reduce your fruit intake.

Case in point – my research has revealed that smoothies are actually healthier for you than juicing. Why? because the process of juicing strains out the insoluble fiber. We definitely need fiber so when we blend our fruits and veggies into a smoothie we retain the fiber plus the vitamins and the nutrients. However, in an article I recently read on the benefits of juicing versus smoothies – I was intrigued by some of the arguments promoting Juicing instead of making smoothies.

The Pros to Juicing included:

  • People often use vegetables, including some they might not normally consume, not just the fruits typically used in smoothies.

The Drawbacks to Smoothies included:

  • Not usually made with veggies, only with high-sugar fruit.

The Drawbacks to Juicing included:

  • If made only with fruit, juices can be loaded with sugars.

This confirmed my suspicions. People naturally tend to have an aversion to vegetables, so when making things such as smoothies – they throw in the fruits and feel good that they are eating healthy, but tend to skimp on the vegetables.

Fruits also make for delicious snacks so its easy to pack some melon, bananas, apples, etc in your lunchbox and snack on that whenever you are hungry or craving sugar. And its definitely better than snacking on junk food or a sweet treat. So if you fall into this category, you are making progress, but may become frustrated when you don’t see the results you were expecting. Especially since replacing the bad stuff with fruits is already a large sacrifice.

My suggestion to those who are really trying to lose weight, is to reevaluate their fruit consumption. Here are some tips to maximize results when trying to eat healthy.

  • Eat fruits in the morning – I’ve read a lot on the process of food digestion and food combinations and something I have found interesting is that fruits are better digested in the morning. So I enjoy my fruits in my smoothies and also I like to chop up some apples or pears in my salads, which I usually eat before 1pm.
  • Focus on low-sugar fruits at first – When I first starting my NO-SUGAR journey, I was shocked to find that fruits had so much sugar. Even though they are whole foods, fruits still can spike your glycemic levels. The only way to know for sure what kind of spike you get from eating a fruit would be to test your sugar levels an hour after eating the fruit. Most people don’t want to do that…so as a general rule, focus on the fruits that are lower in the glycemic index – Berries, Grapes, Watermelon, sliced apples.  Mangoes, for example, are very high in sugar. In fact, I was getting so skinny at one point that I started using mangoes in my smoothies to aid me in gaining weight healthily instead of with bad foods. Bananas are also very high in sugar. I will confess that 1 banana in a smoothie goes a LONG way. It really makes the smoothie delicious and it is important to enjoy what you eat. So live in moderation, if you enjoy putting a banana in your smoothie, by all means, do it. But don’t eat bananas throughout the day as well.
  • Increase your vegetable intake –  Think Green and Pile on the Greens!!!! I increased my vegetable intake by trying to put something green in every meal. Example – add romaine lettuce, kale, watercress, or collard greens (to name a few) in your smoothie in the morning. Eat a salad for lunch and toss the iceberg lettuce; replace it with some dark leafy greens like arugula, spinach, etc. Then add some raw broccoli to your salad and anything else you can think of. Making an omelette? toss some spinach into it. Try some roasted vegetables for dinner. Intimidated by vegetables? Hide them in soups but get your fill.
  • Use seeds/raw almonds for snacks – we need good, healthy fats. A great way to incorporate them in our diets is to snack on raw almonds and seeds, instead of snacking on a banana or melon.

So I guess really the point I’m trying to make is that if you’re trying to lose weight and change your eating habits, you have to break away from your comfort zone. Its easy to pick up one healthy habit such as eating fruits instead of a Twix bar – but it is not as easy to really make the changes you need to lose weight.  It can be difficult to work through sugar cravings and the discomforts that come with them, but you need to go through that to move forward. The results are well worth it.

Good luck and well wishes to all!