HOW WELL DO YOU DO YOU? 

We are told over and over gain how important it is to become a person comfortable in our own skin. The reality is however, that we live in a society that makes this extremely difficult. Social media facilitates feelings of inadequacy and lowered self-esteem.  i.e. If Tom can afford to take his family to an all inclusive in the Caribbean, then I am not making enough. I’m not a good husband. I’m failing as a Dad. I’m not enough. These are real thoughts that cross our minds as we click through our friends most recent posts. But what if Tom and his wife sleep in separate rooms and barely speak? What if Tom is away on business more than he is home? In that case, are their children really happier?

Similarly, clients are constantly telling me they want to lose weight but when I ask them why-superficial reasons aside- they can’t always tell me. They’re going to a high school reunion or a wedding and so and so will be there. Who says there is something wrong with the way we look now? Side note: Americans are sick, and they are often sick because they are overweight. I wouldn’t be in the career I was if this was not the case. However, most of our concerns have very little to do with health until our health is compromised. We are consumed by this need to be enough. We constantly compare ourselves to others and guess what, people who appear to “have it all” usually do not.

Instead of focusing on looking like someone else, working a job you hate, or staying in a toxic relationship, get to know your body (what nourishes it, what doesn’t), take a painting class (if you like to paint), and if someone isn’t a contemporary mirror of yourself, let them go.

How well do you know YOU? Even more importantly, how well do you DO you? I work at this every single day. My career is not typical, neither are my priorities. This means that my life is going to look A LOT different from most of my generation’s. I have to constantly remind myself of this. However…over the last few years, I have gotten to know myself enough to know what my ambitions are and that if I am not pursuing them, I’m not truly happy. Stop looking to other people to make you feel whole and look within.

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LUNCHBOX WORKSHOPS

Hosted my first lunchbox workshop tonight with the help of a fellow health enthusiast who has two of her own munchkins that she aims to constantly nourish. More recently I have begun combining my two biggest passions-children and holistic health! I could not be more excited to share the projects I am working on as I strive to create my brand, Lean Life Inspire. 

Parents and caregivers are invited to come assemble balanced, wholesome and creative lunches once a month at Holisitcally Well in Guilford, CT. Packing healthful foods for fussy eaters is not an easy task. We offer tips and tricks to energize your child(ren) through their summer activities and conintue building healthy habits!

Register for the next workshop by emailing info@leanlifeinspire.com! 

  

MAPLE SUGAR ACORN SQUASH

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of Water
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Ginger
  • 1/3 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • Glass Baking Dish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse squash, cut in half, and scoop seeds.
  3. Place face down in 1½ cups of water
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Combine butter, cinnamon, ginger, and pure maple syrup in a small bowl.
  6. Remove from oven, drain water, and flip squash.
  7. Pour combined ingredients into the center of each half, dividing them evenly.
  8. Bake 10 minutes.

2 Servings

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CHICKEN SAUSAGE VEGGIE “SPAGHETTI”

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large Spaghetti Squash
  • EVOO
  • 1 medium Zucchini
  • 1-2 cups Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Red Onion
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • 3 Applegate Organic Chicken Sausage Links
  • Organic Garlic cloves
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Baking Dish
  • Frying Pan
  • Large Bowl

Directions:

  1. Rinse spaghetti squash and carefully stab with a knife to allow heat to escape.
  2. Cook spaghetti squash in the microwave (cuts cooking time in 1/2). Approximately 6 minutes on each side. The squash will be soft when cooked.
  3. Once squash is done, carefully remove from microwave, cut in half, and let cool (15-20minutes). Squash will be extremely hot. I would recommend using oven mitts.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Heat a teaspoon of EVOO and garlic, add chicken sausage, and cook until brown.
  6. Rinse zucchini and tomatoes. Slice Zucchini (1/2 inch thick) and cut tomatoes into halves. Finely slice onion. Roast in baking dish with 1 tbs of EVOO for 20 minutes.
  7. Scoop seeds from spaghetti squash and fork into large bowl.
  8. Once veggies are done add to spaghetti squash with 1tbs of EVOO and sea salt & pepper to taste. Toss dish.
  9. Slice chicken sausage and add to dish.
  10. Enjoy!

2-3 servings

TURKEY BURGER BACON CAESAR

Turkey burger patty over turkey bacon wrapped asparagus, mixed greens and fat free feta cheese tossed in yogurt parmesan caesar dressing

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Turkey Burger Ingredients:
•1/2 lb ground turkey
•2 tbs chopped red onion
•2 tbs yellow bell pepper
•salt-free garlic and herb dressing

Combine ingredients in a bowl and form into two 1/4 lb patties. Grill until desired.

Turkey Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

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Bake asparagus on 375 until it starts to brown. Wrap turkey bacon around 1-3 spears (HOT! be careful!) and continue to bake until bacon is cooked.

Salad Fixings for 1
•1 cup of mixed greens
•1 tbs of Bolthouse Farms Parmesan Caesar Dressing
•1 tbs of fat-free feta

Toss in a bowl.

SESAME GINGER CHICKEN BOWL

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Ingredients: 1 package of Broccoli Slaw
1/2 head of Broccoli
Newman’s Own Lite Sesame Ginger Dressing
1 cup of brown rice
Thin-Sliced Organic Chicken (1 pound)
Sesame Seeds
Garlic Powder and Ginger (optional)

Directions:
1. Marinate chicken in dressing for 1-2 hours.
2. Steam broccoli/broccoli slaw either via microwave/in separate pans.
3. Boil Rice until cooked.
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5. Sauté chicken in a separate pan on medium heat. 20140102-210147.jpg
6. Add chicken, additional dressing, ginger, garlic powder, and sesame seeds to big pan and sauté on medium heat until desired.
7. Enjoy guilt free!!

Serving: 3-4