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Don’t let eating healthy be bland and boring!!

Boring, bland food will only lead to feeling un-satiated and you turning to all those unhealthy cravings. I was speaking with a client today and she had this question… “What keeps you from eating all those comfort foods you are craving?”

The answer is two fold –

1. I believe in mind over matter!! You have to train your brain to like the healthier options better. It happens to us every day. We see commercials full of shiny, cheesy macaroni and sizzling steaks next to heaping piles of mashed potatoes. And some guy telling us how much we want it. Your brain is being tricked into wanting that food over the leaner options, not because it WILL actually taste better, but because you are made to BELIEVE it will. You have to take active control over your thoughts! You have to become in tune to your body and realize how you feel after the heaping potatoes versus the grilled chicken and sautéed veggies. I always feel lighter, healthier, cleaner and more focused when eating lean. And I know it. So I do it! And there is no battle over cravings.

2. Don’t let your food be boring! Because it doesn’t have to be. If it is, you will hate it and succumb to the cravings. Take the fish I made today… if I had left it as it were and simply cooked it, it would have been just ok. I would have eaten it but not been very excited over it. By adding pepper, sea salt, rosemary, kelp flakes, garlic and lemon juice it became something I wanted to go back for seconds on!

Zest up your food with some of my favorite seasonings –

kelp, seaweed, season healthy food

Kelp and seaweed are two of my favorites! I love spices and herbs… as you can certainly tell… and I use a LOT of them. But sometimes even I get bored of the same 15 (20-something?). These add a depth of flavor that you don’t get anywhere else. And kelp is a great substitute for salt and high in iodine.

My Must Have list of seasonings (in order of most used/loved. sort of.) –

  • garlic
  • rosemary
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • lemon juice and lemon zest
  • lavender
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • mustard
  • ginger
  • sage
  • lime juice and zest
  • chives
  • red pepper
  • celery seed
  • sesame seed
  • fennel seed
  • balsamic vinegar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • chili powder
  • cilantro

There are tons more that I love, but these are ones I use all the time. Everyday. With every. single. meal. I make. Nothing is ever left unseasoned. I could actually keep going. Grapefruit juice and zest is wonderful. Toasted ground flax seed gives a warm, nutty flavor to salads and sautéed veggies. Have you ever had warm sweet potato with tarragon greek yogurt sauce?

You can make your food totally decadent and still just as healthy as if it were plain raw spinach, plain steamed sweet potato and plain baked chicken. I see this quite a bit with people who are training for big things like competitions. But why? Add some flavor and stop torturing yourself.

PLUS, there are incredible healing properties in herbs. So shake it on and spice it up! And get excited about healthy food!

Live Well!
~S

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