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Summer is Great Environmental Control

 


 

It’s official!  Summer’s a-comin’.

 

This weekend marks the beginning of bathing suit season. And I think you can start wearing white. (Is that still a thing?)

 

It’s the season for BBQs, swimming, getaways, longer days and warmer nights.

 

The combo of more daylight to fit in exercise, hotter weather that may curb appetite and encourage hydration and yummy seasonal fruit that can replace denser desserts makes summer the biggest and...

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Salad Makeover: 4 Hacks for your Salad

 


 

My favorite salad bag . . .

 

Side note: I heart salad bags. Those things are awesome! Great time savers and portion controllers. I love anything that makes eating healthier more convenient.

 

So, my favorite salad bag has the calories listed as 110 without dressing and double with it. Double!

 

And that’s only for one third of the bag.

 

No way do I eat one third of a bag of lettuce—to me one bag is a single serving size.

 

So if I ate the...

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A 3-Step Mother’s Day Strategy

 


 

Mother’s Day brings to mind brunches and big family gatherings. I’m imagining hats, but I may be confusing it with Easter.

 

While coming together to celebrate can be joyous, this day may also be fraught. Anytime we gather as a family it’s a mixed bag of love, resentment, laughs and stress.

 

Resentment, stress and food often don’t play well together, so over the years, I’ve honed a strategy to get through the day with more ease:

 

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Do These 4 Things the Minute You Hit Your Goal Weight

 


 

You’ve finally reached your weight goal and it's time to transition to maintenance . . .

 

Yikes!?

 

It should be a time of great celebration, but often there’s fear and resistance.

 

Many people are afraid that if they stop trying to lose they’ll gain. Yo-yo dieting memories flood in.

 

Understandable.

 

Without guidance and patience this process can go awry.

 

In order to set yourself up for success in the maintenance phase,...

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Stop to Smell the Sweet Peas

 


 

Sweet Peas are my absolute favorite flower. They’re delicate and beautiful and bunches of them together form a messy abundant looking spray of color. But the thing I love most about them is the smell. The sweet perfume from one small bunch can fill a room.

 

I have a few raised garden beds in my backyard and three years ago we planted all sorts of peas including Sweet Peas. Well, this is the second year in a row we have grown “wild” Sweet Peas (meaning I...

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Celebrations, Grief and Food

 


 

Remember the movie, Four Weddings and a Funeral?

 

Well, last weekend, my version was 2 Bar Mitzvahs and the first anniversary of my father’s passing (not quite as catchy).

 

It’s a set up for rampant, justified, even necessary emotional eating.

 

The angst had been building for the past couple of weeks as my body remembered the difficult months from the year before. I stopped being surprised by the daily tears. The anniversary would be the...

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3 Ways to Weigh

 


 

Data is invaluable when making any decision or plan. Weighing things is one way to gather relevant data. So, consider weighing these three things regularly:

 

 

 

  1. Weigh . . . Yourself

 

So that you are comparing apples to apples, weigh at the same time of day with the same clothes (or lack there of). I recommend first thing in the morning in the buff.

 

If you are in weight loss mode, I highly recommend getting on the scale only once a week (same day...

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Spring Cleaning

 


 

When the sun starts breaking through the clouds and shoots begin peeking though the soil, do you feel like it’s time to start fresh?

 

I do!

 

I love the idea of a fresh start.

 

The rain (and we’ve even had some in Southern California) purifies everything, signaling a new beginning.

 

Spring cleaning can be our purification process.

 

Now, I love a good de-cluttering session—a clean, organized closet or drawer makes my heart skip a...

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Spring Break Survival Guide

 


 

Spring has sprung! 

 

My Sweet Peas are just about to bloom, Easter and Passover are on the horizon and kids are off from school.

 

That means family time, a few large meals, abundant chocolate and shifting schedules.  It may even mean some travel.

 

Good time for a refresher of the Happier Holiday Habits:

 

1.     Set a goal for the week.

2.     Plan it.

3.     Stay connected.

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Last Bites

 


 

Geneen Roth is a genius. 

 

She’s a writer, observer and knower of women and food. 

 

You may recognize her as the author of the best selling book, Women, Food and God

 

Her latest offering just came out this month and it’s an incredible read. This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide builds on her kind, keen, shared experiences with food and growth. 

 

I often say, how we do one thing is how we do everything. ...

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