Go ahead, eat a homemade cookie…and ENJOY IT!!!

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Happy holidays! Tis the season to eat (mindfully), drink (more water) and be merry!

Eating mindfully is all about empowering yourself to choose what you want to eat and how much, and making sure to enjoy every bite.

It’s also about shirking the notion that any whole food is inherently “good” or “bad” but rejoicing in the beauty of increasing the variety of foods you choose to put in your body.

Below is an excerpt from the great holiday email I just received from Precision Nutrition co-founder John Berardi. Inspired!

Enjoy a real cookie or two this holiday season! Or some other thing you enjoy but think is “off limits”.

Just do it consciously, mindfully, and – as we teach in our coaching programs – slowly.

Instead of scarfing it down and waiting for the guilt, taste what you enjoy. With intention. Then move on.

Because, with the right approach, you can work toward more enjoyment and connection PLUS improved health and fitness.

All at the same time.

But even if you’re not ready to embrace this mindset yet because restricting is your only way to feel in control…

Because you can’t believe that enjoying certain foods guilt-free is possible…

Because you’re stuck in the middle of a nasty cycle of restrict, collapse, guilt, repeat…

My family and I will still share some laughs, shed some tears, and nosh a few cookies this holiday season.

We might even raise a glass of egg nog in your honor.

Because, around here, we know that connection, love, and enjoyment CAN exist while working toward better health together.

And we’re hoping that somewhere along they way you’ll discover the same thing.

Besides, we’ll probably burn up all those cookies climbing the local sledding hills anyway 😉

 

Protein! Building Blocks of Muscle

eatprotein200x200_0Protein has long been a buzzword and focus for fitness enthusiasts, trainers and researchers. I really like how Runners World presents this topic in this article…the info can be relevant to all endurance athletes and this excerpt below especially jumped out at me.

“Protein may not be a magic bullet–increased supplementation has not been found to automatically improve performance–but if your intake is low, you may start to feel fatigued, lose muscle mass, become rundown, and increase your risk of injury.”

http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-for-runners/protein-for-runners-101?cm_mmc=NL-Nutrition-_-1593142-_-02132014-_-Protein-for-Runners-101

10 Foods That Sound Healthy (But Aren’t)

Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 8.20.53 AM Cooking Light posted this article and I’m stoked they did. So many fallacies out there and buzzwords to mislead the nutritionally unsure…

Check it out and feel free to share comments below if you have something to add!

Links to websites I like to consult for a variety of suggestions, opinions and healthful recipes (NOTE: If you dig eating flesh, go ahead and add ONE SERVING to your portion of a veg-only recipe.)

Mayo Clinic – Nutrition and Healthy Eating

Vegetarian Times

Livestrong – Diet and Nutrition

Runner’s World (even if running’s not your thing, their dietician is awesome and the recipes are delish!)

Superdinner #2

Superdinner #2

No doubt last night’s feast got me through a full day of intense work on some of the most kickass athletes I’ve ever worked on! Tonight’s dinner was a sweet, sweet reward and great prep for tomorrow!