March 4, 2015

6 Tips for Switching to a Standing Desk

I can’t say this enough: I love my standing desk at work. Years back, I used to split time between a retail job where I stood all day and an office job where I sat. I also worked out 4+ days per week and was losing weight without much effort. That all ended when I started my current job and sat for 8+ hours at my desk. Being sedentary for hours, even with going to the gym, took its toll and soon my clothes were feeling tighter and tighter. Sitting was killing my metabolism.

Standing Desk Tips

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Juhan Sonin

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February 26, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Easy Chili

It’s National Chili Day! Thank goodness, because I’ve been craving comfort food with all this cold weather we’ve been having. This recipe for chili could not be any easier if you tried… hence the name: Easy Chili. The original version uses meatless crumbles for vegetarians. However, if you’re not a vegetarian, just substitute lean ground turkey.

Easy Chili

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Meal Makeover Moms

Makes 4 servings
Serving size:2 1/2 cups chili

Ingredients

16 oz – vegetarian meatless crumbles (or lean ground turkey)
1 cup – onion chopped
1 cup – green bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup – carrot, strips or slices
3 cloves – garlic minced
16 oz – tomato canned, crushed, no salt added
16 oz – tomato sauce, no salt added
16 oz – kidney beans
2 tbsp – chili powder
3/4 tsp – cumin
1/4 tsp – cayenne pepper
Optional: Top with plain Greek yogurt, which tastes just like sour cream, but is packed with protein.

Directions

Cook the meatless crumbles (or lean ground turkey) according to package directions. Chop onions, green peppers and garlic. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large pot. Add crumbles (or meat) to chili sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Tip: If you want your chili to taste even better, you can use a slow-cooker or you can make it a day in advance. Chili always tastes better when it has sat in the fridge overnight.

Nutrition Info:

360 Calories per serving
Fat per serving: 3.12 g

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February 25, 2015

Stop Beating Yourself Up: Speak Kindly to Lose Weight

If you have punished yourself or called yourself names for eating foods on your taboo list, changing your self-talk is the first step to healthier eating, weight loss and a more positive food experience.

self talk reflection

 

Is any of this familiar?

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