Habit is Stronger than Motivation

The thing with motivation is that for most people it is fleeting. Take, for example, reading an article about someone completing their first half marathon. The article is inspiring, it makes you want to run a half marathon.  You decide tomorrow morning you will get up early and go for a run. Fast forward to the next morning when your alarm is going off an hour earlier than usual – are you still feeling motivated?  For some the answer is yes, they hop out of bed and go for a run. For many of us the answer is no, hitting the snooze button is much more appealing in the moment.

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Diet Doesn’t Have to Be a Four-Letter Word

The word “diet” can feel so loaded.  It has multiple definitions, the first being simply the foods a person usually consumes. However, for most of us, the word diet can be negative - something restrictive, punishing, and of limited duration (because you just can’t do it another day!).

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Strawberry Cinnamon Sauce

Yogurt can be a health promoting food full of live and active cultures (aka probiotics). However most of the flavored yogurts for sale are loaded with added sugar (or worse, artificial sweeteners) and devoid of fat. When selecting yogurt go for plain, whole milk (full-fat) options.

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Dairy Free Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup Recipe

If there was such a thing as a state soup (wait, is there?), I think the soup of Minnesota would be creamy chicken wild rice. More traditionally it is a soup made with a flour based roux and finshed with cream, not so friendly for those avoiding gluten and dairy. This version has all the same great creaminess, flavor and thickness but instead of flour and cream I use cashews.

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Tahini Brownies Recipe

My heart swoons for fudgy, rich brownies. If you are on team fudgy brownie these ones are for you. They also happen to be grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. They are easily made refined sugar free too, just look for chocolate chips, chunks or bars sweetened with something like coconut sugar. But forget about all that because they are good. Not good despite being free from all those things, just good, period.

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Grass Fed Beef Chili Recipe

This pot of meaty chili is easy to make and freezes wonderfully. I usually make a double batch so I am set for the week and can stash a few jars in the freezer for those times that meal prep or planning don't quite happen.

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Instant Pot Turmeric Coconut Chicken Thighs Recipe

The Instant Pot can make quick work of cooking up a batch of tender and flavorful protein. For chicken I like using thighs as they tend to be a little more tender and juicy than super lean breast meat. This recipe is full of warm spices and creamy flavor, perfect for cooler weather. Serve it up on cauliflower rice and garnish with a sprinkle of green onions and chopped cilantro for a bit of freshness.

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Grain-Free Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

The base of these muffins is tender and moist but not too dense. Even those who don't typical eschew grains will enjoy them. They make a tasty addition to breakfast or brunch served up along side some eggs or as a quick treat with a hot cup of tea in the afternoon. I recommend slathering them with grass-fed butter for good measure.

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Why I Don’t Focus on Calories

Looking back now I think of all of the things I could have done instead of focusing all my time and attention on memorizing or tallying calories. I could have written a book, or learned to play the piano, or invented some revolutionary product. Who knows? My mind was otherwise occupied with thoughts of food and calories.

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Apple Walnut Chicken Salad Recipe

Chicken salad is one of my favorite ways to use cooked chicken from meal prep. The salad keeps for a few days in the fridge for fast and easy meals and snacks. For the mayonnaise look for those with 100% avocado oil, expeller pressed safflower oil, or try making your own. Avoid products that list damaged oils like canola or soybean in the ingredient statement.

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