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Warm Edamame and Tomato SaladIMG_0852


1 T extra virgin olive oil

3-4 scallions, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 cups edamame (fresh or thawed frozen)

1/8 t hot pepper flakes

1½ cups chopped ripe tomatoes

salt and ground black pepper

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2-3 minutes or until the scallions are soft.

Stir in the edamame and hot pepper flakes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 4-5 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning.  Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro and serve.

(Adapted from a recipe found in Mark Bittman’s cookbook, “How To Cook Everything Vegetarian”)

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When it comes to healthy eating, the greatest mistake that I see people make, is not eating frequently enough.

Here’s the tricky part: In order to eat healthy and frequently, you need to 196819_173300072722748_4153699_n-1be prepared. If you’re working, it means bringing snacks to work. If you’re running around with your kids, it means bringing snacks with you. In both cases, you’ve had to do some prep work by bringing food that is not only good for you but that you like! Don’t underestimate the “satisfaction factor”……… it goes a long way. Eat foods that you love and enjoy!  If you don’t get organized, two things will happen:

1. You will get hungry in between meals and search for something to eat. Often the choices that you will stumble across will not be healthy or satisfying.


2. You will wait until your next meal and inevitably overeat because you’ll simply be too hungry. For most of us, that “too hungry” feeling makes us miss the signal that we’re full. Without that, we eat too much.

So stop the cycle of getting too hungry and eating too much. Prepare snacks. Make them healthy and make them satisfying.  Staying organized and on top of this is the key to healthy eating.

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The other day I got a text from a client of mine, asking me how many calories were in a slice of pizza. Well that’s a tough one! How big is the slice? Thin crust or thick? Stuffed crust or not? Lots of cheese or just a sprinkle? Vegetable toppings or meat toppings? The answer could have been anywhere between 250 -800 calories depending on the responses to the questions.

We live in the age of technology, where more and more gadgets and gizmos are cropping up to help us figure out energy expenditure and calorie intake. There are pedometers, fitbits, and fuel bands for exercise and hundreds of apps and websites for calorie counting. These calorie-counting websites have enormous databases helping us to figure out what’s going in. Initially, they take time to figure out and use but over time get a bit easier.

Wouldn’t it be simpler if someone could invent some type of scanner? No Integrated-Circuit-aka-Microchipbig deal………we’d simply imbed a microchip into our mouths for complete accuracy! No fuss, and no time wasted. (KIDDING) I wonder if this existed if people would actually do this?  Based upon the neurosis that I see, I think so!!

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Balsamic Strawberries with Arugula Salad IMG_0842

This salad is not only beautiful to look at but so simple and wonderfully delicious!


3 cups of strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered

1 T balsamic vinegar

freshly ground pepper

4 cups arugula leaves


1 T extra virgin olive oil


In a large salad bowl, toss the strawberries with the vinegar. Season with the black pepper and let stand for 10 minutes.

Add the arugula, sprinkle with salt and toss again. Drizzle with olive oil and toss gently one more time. Taste and adjust the seasoning (You might want to add a bit more balsamic vinegar.) and serve.

(Adapted from a recipe found in Mark Bittman’s cookbook, “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”.)

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Bad habits are extremely difficult to break. Once we’ve FINALLY broken imagesthat bad-habit-cycle, there is such a huge sense of accomplishment that we feel as if we will NEVER go back to our old ways. EVER.

So we proudly march on with our changed routines and good habits. And we can actually maintain this for quite a long time thinking that we’ll never see that crappy behavior again. But then, from out of nowhere, we slip back into our old ways.

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? It’s simple: we’re human. We’re fallible. Crap.

I don’t think it’s worth dwelling on why this happens. Instead, we need to build this into our expectations and understand that lapses are part of the learning curve, too.

So don’t spend time beating yourself up…..that’s just wasted energy. Get back on track and move on. And before you know it, you’ll be in that wonderful mental state where you will think that the bad habit will never get you again.  Isn’t amnesia’s a wonderful thing?

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