How to Spring-Clean Your Eating Habits
It’s a natural impulse to purge your closet this time of year. Who wants itchy, pilling sweaters when they could be wearing crisp tees and cute sundresses? I also get the urge to clean my windows so I can get a better view of the (sometimes) blue sky and flowers on my trees. And I can’t wait to finally put away the stack of hats, gloves, and snow boots that has overtaken my entryway (since it snowed this past weekend, I’m going to wait a week or two on that one).
by The FIRM nutrition expert Sara Ryba, R.D., C.D.N.
I remember my first sleepover as a young child, when my friend’s mom said we could have a midnight snack. It was so exciting to be able to eat junk food so late at night!
Of course, my opportunities to gorge like that were few and far between. But regular late-night noshing plagues many of us and can cause weight problems if you don’t control it.
Do you find that you consume too many calories after dinner? Are you continually returning to the kitchen for “one more thing”? Do you wake up in the morning annoyed that you snacked too much the night before? If so, you are not alone. Studies have suggested that people feel less inhibited to overdo the snacks after dark.
So, let’s do something about it! Nighttime eating is my weight-loss clients’ single most common obstacle. But it is a challenge worth taking on, as conquering this habit will open the door to long-lasting, successful weight loss.
Nice … half-frozen veggie scraps molded together in a solid mass. Not exactly what I want to see in my compost bin. With at least five more months of cold weather before warmth and sunshine reappear, why do I even bother keeping the pile going?
Well, I guess I do know why. Diverting even a handful of potato skins from the trash gives me an unexplainable sense of satisfaction. (If you aren’t yet a composter, you just can’t relate to this strange obsession with vegetable scraps.)
So after filling my compost bin with a big batch of freshly raked leaves this weekend, I did a little online research to see what I could do to make it a wee bit more productive this winter.
We love this healthy, vegetarian- and vegan-friendly spin on Indian food from the Gaiam Cafe: heavy on the veggies and spices, light on the oil and devoid of any animal products. Serve it as a side dish with chickpea masala and creamed spinach for a hearty, Indian-inspired meal.
Serves 4 to 6
For a quick-and-easy side dish with a kick, sauté up this healthy Mediterranean broccoli recipe from the Gaiam Café kitchen. For a slightly different take, try adding the broccoli as a topping to pizza before cooking, then drizzle with the yogurt sauce before serving.
Serves 4 to 6
- 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and the Gaiam Café kitchen is swapping cool summer treats for warming fall foods. Chock full of fresh veggies, this recipe for Chicken and Dumplings is one comfort food dish that you can feel good about eating. Pair it with one of Chef Ruben’s wine or beer suggestions for a meal that takes the edge off. Vegetarian? Check out the meatless substitution suggestions at the end of the recipe!
When you see the world in yourself, there are no more outward obstacles to happiness. The inner and outer worlds are mirrors of each other. They change according to your level of consciousness. If you are vibrating at the level of fear, your inner world of thoughts and emotions and your outer world of events and relationships will reflect that. Similarly, if your consciousness vibrates at the level of love, then love will be present in both your inner and outer worlds. A flow of happiness and abundance will manifest when you have reached the deepest level of yourself.
– Deepak Chopra, The Happiness Prescription (Harmony Books, 2009)
You probably think that that, as a professional chef and food writer, my kitchen is immaculate and orderly, with a place for everything and everything in its place. But I have a confession to make: My kitchen has gotten out of control. It’s a Herculean effort to drag a baking sheet out from the cabinet, where it’s wedged in place by plastic containers that are missing their tops. My knives are on the opposite side of the kitchen from my cutting boards, and I need to completely empty a kitchen cabinet to get out my canisters of flour and sugar. I could use the excuse that I have a small, poorly designed kitchen, but the truth is that I’m a bit of a slob.
In our disposable culture, learning how to make the things you already have last forever is a key component to any green lifestyle. The little-known secret to long lasting pots and pans is to put down the steel wool. That’s right: Step away from the steel wool.
You may think the toilet or trashcan is the dirtiest spot in your home, but believe it or not, your drains have them beat. Yet, we never really think about — much less clean — all that scary bacteria, hair, skin and myriad of other scummy drain inhabitants until it backs up.