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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?


Slow Does Win… In Health

Although it may sound counterproductive, slowing down will actually help you to accomplish more. We seem to go-go-go from morning till night and still not complete everything we’d like and living at that frenetic pace eventually takes a toll on your health. Instead, try a deceleration in important areas first, like eating, cleaning, spending time with family or any others that you typically rush through quickly. You’ll feel calmer, in control and more productive. Where can you SLOW down?

Peppermint and Hunger

Just as the aroma of food wafting through the air can entice us to eat, smelling peppermint can distract you from hunger and you tend to eat less. A study done by psychologist Bryan Raudenbush, a professor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, concluded that peppermint scent may also control cravings from emotional hunger. Eating peppermint candy or chewing gum does not work, so use peppermint oil.

Killing Bacteria on Veggies

Some fruits and vegetables are best purchased as organic due to the high levels of pesticides and chemicals, but the EPA has advised that other “regular” produce is acceptable. Concern regarding bacteria has prompted many to buy special veggie washes to get rid of most of the germs and pesticides. You can clean your produce with a vinegar and water solution ( 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water) and then rinse under water for 30 seconds. According to Alyse Levine, MS, RD, founder of Nutrition Bite LLC, the vinegar solution reduces bacteria by 90% and viruses by 95%.

Diet for Pain Relief

Chronic inflammation can cause pain and other serious illnesses such as heart disease, some forms of cancer and Alzheimer’s, according to Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. William Welches, a pain specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as Dr. Weil, recommend an anti-inflammatory diet, limiting sugar, refined flours, processed foods, saturated and trans fats and hyrogenated oils and animal protein. Increase fish, nuts, seeds, beans, fruits, veggies, whole grains, cook with olive oil and canola and drink plenty of pure water.

Serve from the Kitchen & Eat Less

Keep the food on the counter or stove in the kitchen and fill your plate from there. Bringing the food into the dining room will likely mean a 19% increase in the amount of food that you will consume. According to Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating, having food at least 6 feet away gives us a chance to stop and ask if we are really hungry enough to go back for more. Better to be mindful…

Is Your Salad Healthy?

A salad loaded with veggies is a great way to get in all your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But when you add high-calorie, high-fat bacon bits, cheese, croutons and dressings, salad loses some of its value. Try adding beans, extra veggies, hard-boiled eggs, grilled or broiled chicken breast or tuna, and homemade dressing. If you don’t like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, try this Maple Vinaigrette: 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup and dash of sea salt and pepper.