This dietitian adores carrot cake. Adores with a capital “A.” Growing up, each person in my family got to choose what type of cake we wanted to enjoy on our birthday and every year, there was no need to even have a discussion with me- carrot cake with cream cheese icing. I was a little bit predictable. Through the years I have attempted making healthier versions of my beloved treat…some good and others an epic fail.
Mortified. Day by day I watch purple veins pop to the surface of the inside of my left knee and spread down my calf like a spider web. It looked awful. I tried to ignore it, pretend it wasn’t there, but as the weeks of pregnancy passed by I realized this was something that was not going away…
Years ago, Rachael Ray had a tv show on the Food Network called Week in a Day. In the course of 60 (tv) minutes, she would show you how to make 5 different meals for your family and how to reheat and serve them each night. The idea of having a yummy home-cooked meal on the table for your family each night is quite appealing and beneficial.
Do you ever wake up with ravenous hunger that doesn’t seem to go away, no matter what you do or eat?! Those days when you can’t get food off your brain and it seems to take captive your thoughts? Maybe you eat a meal only to find you are hungry shortly thereafter. I get those days too and they are NOT FUN! But, not only are they dreadful, they can be downright scary, especially to anyone that is losing weight or has lost weight and is trying to keep it off. Our ‘security gland’ is triggered and we can easily feel out of control because we may not know HOW to turn off the hunger signal.
Grilling season is still going! Outdoor cooking is a great way keep the heat exactly where it should be- outside! Some individuals hunt for the perfect cut of meat to place on those open flames, going from market to market until it is found. But have you tried grilling veggies?!
Only 5% of adults exercise at least 30 minutes every day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. But we know that exercise has a plethora of benefits- literally, life changing results! Obviously, there are dozens of reasons that keep us stuck in inactive cycles, but allowing ourselves to stay in these unhealthy patterns only sucks us dry of life and energy.
Rushing in the door with groceries in hand and coaching my toddler in out of the heat, I set the bags down on the floor with a “Humph.” We had just returned from running errands. It always takes longer to run errands with a 2-year-old. I know this. But now, the time was slipping away and I needed to get her lunch fast, before a royal meltdown…