Wow. January is, like, over. Done. Bye Bye! One Bombcyclone, several below 10 degree days, a few podcast episodes in the can, and many nights of staying in to Netflix ‘N Chill with Mr E helped pass the cold days. For the final addition in my NEW-trition Goals for the New Year series, I wanted to address something that is definitely becoming as much of a food trend as it is a health and environmental matter. As I wrote about in my FNCE recap, plant-based protein is where it’s at this year. So, without further ado, I present to you NEW-trition Goal for the New Year #4: LEAN OUT THE MEAT
Oh mid-January. That time of year where the magic of the holidays is long gone. Not only are we dealing with saying bye-bye to the fun vibe of the holidays, but the time has come where those darn credit card bills have come rolling in. Now it’s time to pay for all those awesome gifts you didn’t care what they cost as long as they made the other person happy. Which is why it’s a great time to address NEW-trition Goal for the New Year #3 this week: CUT FOOD COSTS
How do you and your significant other handle a house divided? For me and the Mr, this comes into play with our football team loyalties. My South Jersey Boy loves his E-A-G-L-E-S, while I root for the Big Blue. Two days a year we can’t watch football in our own home, so we go to “Neutral Territory” (aka. the local sports bar) for game watching. That’s the compromise we made Year One. Likewise, when a major shift in eating habits come into play, you and your significant other need to be in communication with how you’ll work that out. Hopefully you’ll find your own Neutral Territory.
Yesterday I posted about my experience following a vegan diet for a month. I have the upmost respect for those who choose to be strictly vegan. A vegan diet was strongly enforced as part of my yoga teacher training for ethical reasons. However, I did a lot of soul searching and meditation during this time to reflect if I could realistically continue being vegan after training was over. And here is where I am at this point in my life. Continue reading “My 30-Day Venture Into Veganism Part 2: Why I Got Off The Bus”
In February I attended an intensive 10-day yoga teacher training. As part of the training we were strongly encouraged to follow a vegan diet in the month preceding and during the training days. As a semi-vegetarian most of my life where I’ve cut out beef and pork due to personal preference, I didn’t think I’d have too much trouble. I mean, hey, I always treat myself to the local vegan spot whenever the Mr goes out of town. But you learn quickly how animal-based foods play a prominent role in the foods we eat. And I also soon began to miss those foods in my life.
In honor of FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign turning 5 this year, I’m challenging my couples out there to #GimmeFive days of eating meals together cooked at home this week! Share your creations with me in the Comments and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #NNsaidGimmeFive. Share 5 days worth of home-cooked meals and enter for a chance to win a $25 Amex gift card towards your next grocery shopping trip! Last day to enter is Sunday April 12th.
Remember healthy kids grow up in healthy homes. Start good habits now and new family members will join right in. For more information or ideas on how to get moving, visit Let’s Move!
There’s a lot of focus this National Nutrition Month® on making changes to our nutrition and fitness habits. So where do you start when you want to make change in your life? I’ve created a Mandy-original helpful acronym to help get you out. When it comes to having a successful, healthy life with your partner, you need to PAVE™ the Way for Success!
Continue reading “PAVE the Way for Success with Your Partner”
Creating a life together certainly has its challenges. Whether or not you realize it, your dining habits can play a major role in your relationship with your significant other AND the potential for weight gain. Maybe you’ve started to put the habit in cohabitation– and maybe you have no clue where to get started. Never fear, some handy Registered Dietitian tips are here! Continue reading “Getting into a Dining Groove”
As I say in Divorce these Words, “diet” is a term that needs to be phased out. Once someone puts the idea of “diet” in their head, they automatically have determined if they are going to be challenged or defeated. I like to use the term “Eating Lifestyle” instead. Rather than putting emphasis on what you should not be doing (or should be doing to the EXTREME), “eating lifestyle” focuses on how you eat as opposed to what. Make it a 2015 goal to start using “eating lifestyle” in place of “diet”. Continue reading “What’s your Eating Lifestyle for 2015?”