What’s Cooking?

What’s for dinner tonight?

Let’s share what we’re all having for dinner tonight, in hopes to inspire anyone who needs some delicious ideas to cook the rest of the week.

Bonus points for dropping a picture in the comments of something delicious you’ve made recently!

You can also check out my priceless resources page for a few eBooks with meal suggestions and recipes 🙂

How to Avoid Binge Eating No Matter What’s Going on in Your Life

A widespread coping mechanism when we are stressed, upset or overwhelmed is to turn to food for comfort. There’s a term “comfort food” after all – and it’s a genuine thing. Even boredom can trigger mindless eating, such as when you’re curled up on the couch enjoying your favorite show and feel the need to snack your way through it.

Is binge eating something you struggle with, too?

So, how do you avoid binge eating even when life gets crazy? Here are some tips to help guide you through.

1. Know your triggers
Knowing is half the battle! If you find that you tend to overeat after stressful projects at work or when you spend time at your parents home, you can head it off at the pass.

2. Take notes on your stressors
Write down everything you eat (both good and bad) for an entire month. When you do, be sure to note your mood with each meal and snack. By doing so, you can pinpoint what’s sending you into the kitchen to overindulge and retrain yourself to handle it without food.

3. Choose active activities with friends
Often, we make plans to go eat with friends. But there are other ways to socialize without doing it over plates of food. Suggest a meet-up at the park, trying a new class at the gym, going to a pottery workshop, or something that gets you away from the dining table.

4. Choose healthier foods first when eating
This tip is perfect for the upcoming holiday party season but can be used year-round. When you’re presented with loads of tempting foods, first fill your plate up with healthy items. Eat them slowly and wait. If you’re still hungry, go back for a small plate of seconds when you can enjoy the not-so healthy dishes you had your eye on.

5. Drink more water
Water keeps us hydrated and is useful for flushing out toxins. It’s also a good helper when it comes to preventing overeating. Drink it before you have a meal and you’ll be less inclined to overeat.

6. Don’t eat in front of the TV
In front of the TV is where much overeating takes place. Do something else with your hands if you can’t help eating while watching your shows. This will keep you busy and less likely to snack. Fold your laundry or take up knitting to keep your hands busy.

7. Seek stress-busting alternatives
Indulging in foods you love is fine in moderation, but if you’re doing it to battle your feelings, it’s not a healthy habit to continue. Stop this from happening by going with other ways of reducing stress. If this is a problem you’re struggling with, really dig deep into what truly relaxes you, and learn to implement these tactics in your everyday life.

What do you find helps calm you the most?

Have you ever used cauliflower rice as a substitute?

It’s incredibly easy to make on your own, or very easily found in the frozen section of nearly any grocery store these days.  You’d be surprised to know that you can barely tell the difference in regular rice, especially when you’re using it in stir-fry, soups, and stews.

Give it a shot next time you’re making a dish it’d blend well in.  You can fill your plate with it knowing you’re eating a vegetable instead of a plate full of carbs you’d get with regular rice.  Best of all, it’s delicious!

Have you tried it?

How much time do you spend outside on a daily basis?

On some days, you may not leave your house.  You get wrapped up in household chores, and by the time you realize it, the sun is setting and the day is over.

It’s not always possible, and in the coldest winter months, we naturally spend more time indoors out of the frigid air — but it’s imperative to spend time outdoors as much as possible.  Our bodies thrive on the Vitamin D we get from the sun, and gives us the face-to-face social connection we need.

So I’m curious, how much time do you spend outside on a daily basis?

 

I just want you to know that your exercise doesn’t have to be perfect.  You don’t have to look like an ultra-fit volleyball player in your workout clothes, you don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else but your own body when it comes to working out.  Exercise is to honor and respect YOU, and there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to it.

I know so many of you are waiting until you lose a little weight before you join the gym, or keep putting that new exercise routine you pinned on Pinterest off until xyz… I want to give you permission, right here and right now, to start where you are, with what you have.  Today.  You’re worth it.

Relaxing Bedtime Routines to Help You Sleep Well

Do you have trouble falling asleep each night no matter how tired you are? If so, you need to enact a relaxing bedtime routine to help get your body and mind in the right mood for sleep. Repeating these actions nightly can help signal to your body that it’s time to go to bed, which might be all you need to actually get a restful night’s sleep.

Here’s how to get into a relaxing bedtime routine for yourself.

1. Power down
Smartphones and electronic devices have made our lives easier in many ways, but at night, that blue screen stimulates our brains, keeping us awake. Try to avoid looking at your devices for about one hour before you go to bed to calm your mind. You might think you’re getting ahead for tomorrow by reading those emails, but the reality is you’re just adding more fodder for your brain to worry and mull over. Forget about it until morning.

2. Meditate and unwind
If your brain just doesn’t stop it, try meditating or performing relaxation exercises. Even yoga poses that prime you for sleep are a good idea. By
doing these, you get your body to relax and de-stress, which is good for sleep.

3. Read a real book
Sit in your favorite nook and read a book for pleasure. Make it nothing to do with work or school and devote yourself to reading for a good 20 to 30 minutes nightly. Your brain will relax and go to another place, allowing you to feel more primed for sleeping.

4. Relax with music
You might love music, but it really is good for your soul. Just choose something relaxing instead of upbeat, and you’ll find it helps you get the shut-eye you need.

5. Write that down
If you have a habit of laying down in bed while your brain nags at you about upcoming projects or things you shouldn’t forget at the supermarket, then before you wind down, write it down. By taking it out of your brain and putting it on paper, you free your mind from having to remember it. And by doing that, it will actually stop pestering you to remember. Ah, relief!

6. Check the thermostat
Research has shown that if your bedroom is too hot, it can keep you from sleeping. Lower temperatures signal to your body that it’s time to sleep. By keeping your room at a comfortable temperature, you’ll sleep more soundly and without waking often.

7. Get up if you can’t sleep
Still can’t sleep and find yourself wide-eyed and awake? Get up and go into another room. Keep the lights dim and do something relaxing like reading or listening to calming music. Give it 15 minutes and then try to lay down again.

Don’t forget that during the day, take care of yourself by getting exercise and eating right. These things will help your body feel good and can help you get the sleep you need when it’s time to go to bed.

Do you ditch the phone before bed, or do you crawl in bed with it aglow and scroll as you drift off?

If you’re a scroller, try slowly abandoning the phone at bedtime and see how your sleep improves.  The blue light from the screen meddles with our natural sleep patterns, and drifting off to sleep with a clear mind as opposed to processing everything you just saw on your phone is the recipe for better rest.

I know it’s hard to change your habits, but try by just doing one day a week, increasing a day each week until you’re phone-free at bedtime.

With the Fall in the air and the cold weather approaching, it is the perfect time to start implementing hot lemon water in the mornings (if you aren’t already, of course).  Try starting off your day with warm water and freshly squeezed lemon — you can even add apple cider vinegar, honey, or ginger to the mix to pump even more health properties into it.

This concoction helps jumpstart your digestion for the day, helps keep you regular, and helps boost the immune system.  With those cold and flu months approaching, it’s the ideal time to get into the habit of drinking it every morning and building up an even stronger immune system to protect you through the fall and winter.

Have you ever tried drinking warm lemon water in the mornings?

 

What’s your favorite thing to do outside in the Fall?

Campfires, hiking, leaf peeping, visiting a pumpkin patch, fall festivals… there are so many wonderful things going on in the autumn outdoors.

What do you and your family do outdoors in the fall?

Now’s a perfect time to check out the events calendar where you live -macaronikid.com is excellent if you have children- and check out what’s going on for the next few months, so you don’t miss anything fun.

Grounding Foods To Eat To Get Into the Groove for Fall

Fall is rapidly approaching, and so begins the whirlwind of a busy summer winding down and readjusting for the upcoming slower season. Fall means it’s time to get back to school and for parents, get back to life without the kids underfoot. Believe it or not, eating the right grounding foods will help you make the shift for the next season and keep your healthy goals on track, too.

Since ancient times, the Chinese have believed that all foods have different energies that benefit your body in specific ways. Forget about calories and vitamins for a minute, this goes way deeper. This energy is responsible for affecting things like your mood, your level of energy, your awareness, and your health.

Using this principle of grounding foods, you can get your mind and body into prime health, restore balance and feel like you’re on the right track.

So which foods are good grounding foods for fall?

Root vegetables
Any veggie that has roots that stretch down into the ground is ideal for grounding. Think carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, garlic, and ginger. The
belief here is by adding these to your diet, you’ll feel more rooted in your life and more ready for the fall. Additionally, sweet potatoes and yams are an ideal grounding food for the season. They can really help you kick those sugar cravings to the curb since they naturally satisfy the desire for sweets, as well. All of these vegetables will help your body prepare for cooler temperatures to come.

Go for the proteins
Focusing on protein helps to ground you, as well. Healthy protein-packed foods help keep your blood sugar on an even keel. Plant-based proteins
deserve their own slot because more and more people are turning to them to cleanse and feel more grounded year-round. However, as fall approaches, eating more plant-based proteins will be even more beneficial. Think nuts, seeds, and lentils. In particular, pumpkin seeds
are superb for this season. They help you balance your body and mind and give you healthy energy to get through the day.

Eating well at any time of year is always a good idea, but eating right to serve the season can really help you harness your full potential.