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PAMPERS V. HUGGIES

When I was pregnant with my first child, a good friend of mine, who had an infant daughter, said, “Whatever you do, don’t use Pampers because they don’t work—you must use Huggies.” Ok! I was armed with this great information, only to be perplexed when Huggies didn’t work for my daughter. Oddly, I felt extremely pampers-huggies-300x186-1.jpgdisappointed.

Given the diet information overload that bombards us 24/7, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Intermittent fasting? High-fat diet? The new Weight Watchers plan? The F-Factor diet? Frequent meals throughout the day? What’s the best way to eat?

Well, just like the Pampers v. Huggies scenario, there is not one plan that will work for everyone. It is so easy to get sucked into a new fad and jump right in. The problem with this, is that we lose our common sense. I have seen this with many of my clients. Extremely smart, rationale women seem to lose the plot and want to try an eating program that they either have tried in the past and have failed, or embark on an endeavor that makes no sense.

I, for example, can’t do a very long fast, even though intermittent fasting has some health benefits.  If I go too long without food, I feel shaky, angry and get a headache. Clearly, this isn’t the best way for me to eat, given that I have an active job and have to work with people all day long. However, just because this doesn’t work for me, doesn’t mean that this wouldn’t work beautifully for you.

So, if you’re reading an article about a new method of eating, or listening to a podcast showcasing the best way to lose weight, pause for a moment. Give yourself some time to weigh the pros and cons to see if this will really work for you given your lifestyle. If it doesn’t make sense, don’t do it. Trying new plans and failing is not good for your brain, your confidence, or for your sense of well-being. Instead, it promotes negative feelings, shame, and self-loathing.

Bottom line: Huggies don’t work on every baby.  Many of the new eating plans and  programs are the same way. Stop, investigate, and think critically so you can figure out what works best for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LOW-COMMITMENT WEDDING SOUP

The best thing about making soup is that there are no rules–you can tweak any recipe to make it your own. This is a wonderful soup recipe! If you don’t want to use sausage, substitute ground turkey or chicken. I didn’t want to be bothered making the panko garnish, so I just sprinkled the soup with Parmesan cheese and it was perfect. I also used Swiss chard instead of the escarole and pinto beans instead of cannellini. Have fun with this!! REALLY DELICIOUS!

ingredientsbonappetit_low-commitment-wedding-soup

1 lb. sweet Italian sausage

¾ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided

6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

8 garlic cloves, divided

Kosher salt

1 medium head of fennel with fronds

2 medium onions

½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

½ cup dry white wine

1, 4-oz. piece Parmesan with rind

1, 15-oz. can cannellini (white kidney) beans

1 small head of escarole

directions

Cut shallow slits in each sausage link, then remove sausage from casings; transfer sausage to a medium bowl. Add ½ cup panko, 2 Tbsp. oil, and 2 Tbsp. water. Peel and finely grate 1 garlic clove on a microplane into bowl. Season lightly with salt and mix with your hands until breadcrumbs are evenly distributed.

Portion meat into small meatballs about 1″ in diameter (oil your hands to help with rolling if mixture gets sticky) and transfer to a plate.

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a Dutch oven over medium. Add meatballs, spacing evenly apart, and cook undisturbed until first side is dark brown, about 5 minutes. Using tongs, turn meatballs and cook until other side is also well browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer back to plate and set aside.

Remove pot from heat and prep the rest of the soup ingredients: First, remove fennel fronds from 1 head of fennel and save for garnishing the soup. Cut fennel head in half lengthwise. Cut a V-shaped notch in each half to remove the core. Place halves cut side down, then thinly slice crosswise.

Peel and trim 2 onions. Cut in half lengthwise and coarsely chop. Smash 6 garlic cloves (keep remaining clove for the end) and peel. Place Dutch oven back over medium heat and add fennel, onion, and smashed garlic; season with salt and ½ tsp. red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are golden brown and softened, 6–8 minutes. Stir in ½ cup wine and scrape bottom to dissolve any remaining stuck-on browned bits. Add 8 cups water; season generously with salt. Slice down along Parmesan rind to remove and add to soup; set cheese aside. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook uncovered until broth is golden and flavorful, 25–30 minutes. Season with more salt if needed.

Open 15-oz. can beans and pour into a strainer or small colander. Rinse beans and shake to remove excess water, then transfer to pot along with meatballs. Bring back to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until broth is slightly thickened from beans and meatballs are cooked and have released some of their flavor into the broth, 10–15 minutes.

While soup is simmering, separate leaves from 1 head of escarole and rinse to remove any dirt. Tear into small pieces, then stir into soup in batches to wilt. Remove soup from heat.

Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a small saucepan over medium. Finely grate remaining 1 garlic clove into skillet. Add remaining ¼ cup panko. Season with salt and cook, stirring often, until panko is golden, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Prepare your other garnishes: Finely grate about ½ cup cheese from reserved hunk of Parmesan (you might not need it all). Finely chop fennel fronds. Taste soup and season with salt if needed. Ladle soup into bowls and top with chopped fronds, grated cheese, and toasted panko.

(Recipe found on https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/low-commitment-wedding-soupIf you click on the link you will see a video of this recipe—very helpful!)

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