Category Archives: Nutrition

Moving My Blog!!

I want to thank you all for reading and following my blog. I have moved my blog to worpress.org. The new url is http://www.inspiredhealthcoaching.com/2012/

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GMO No or Yes?

Genetically modified organisms are plants, animals and other microorganisms that have been genetically altered to give them “special” features. 30 countries in the European Union have either banned or severely restricted GMO crops. The FDA says there is no “material” difference. I buy organic and there is a Non-GMO shopping guide. What are your thoughts? Does it concern you or do you agree with the FDA?
 

Cook in Big Batches

Taking the time to cook a meal from scratch can seem unreasonable with our crazy, hectic lifestyles, but the end result is so delicious and satisfying. I mostly cook in double or triple batches so I can freeze portions for those crazy nights when there is no time to cook a meal. Tonight we are making homemade turkey chili with lots of beans and veggies and it’s super spicy hot. We will eat it for dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow and freeze leftovers for dinner another time. What great dish do you cook up in big batches and freeze for later?

Whole Grains or Gluten-Free

Whole grains have gotten some negative press and there has been a big push towards gluten-free. While I agree that those who suffer from celiac disease should definitely stay away from gluten, whole grains provide excellent vitamins and minerals and are slowly digested. Give me a couple of slices of Ezekiel’s sprouted grain bread with a bowl of homemade minestrone soup and I’m a happy woman. What do you think about whole grains? Do you stay away from them?

Fullness or Satiety

Do you think fullness and satiety are the same? The physical weight of food in our stomach, that is about the size of our clenched fist, is fullness. But… the emotional experience is satiety that equals satisfaction. That is why we are not satisfied with lettuce, even if we eat a very large bowl. It is also the reason we occasionally have difficulty “satisfying” our hunger, going from fridge to cabinet to freezer back to fridge. We are attempting to fill an emotional hunger. Some foods fill and satisfy us (and they can be nutritious too. Do you have any foods like that? Here’s a photo of mine…

Diets Don’t Work

Open up any magazine, especially the ones targeting women, and you will find the perfect diet. Even physicians have bought into the concept of eating “special” food to lose weight. Anyone who is overweight, eats more than they’d like, craves sugar or other foods will never be successful long-term from dieting. That’s why we still have so many overweight people. There is NO magic pill. I lived it, learned it and now teach it. I’d love to hear what you think…

Trigger Foods

Do you know why you eat half a package of cookies or almost the whole bag of chips? Because it makes you feel better… temporarily. Eating in response to an emotion such as anxiety or loneliness causes habits to be linked to those emotions. If you want to find out what your trigger is, write out a food journal, keeping track of the emotion immediately preceding the habit. Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies are my habit food when I’m anxious. What’s your habit food?