Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Apple Salad with Pork Patty

 (1 serving)
1/3 lb. ground pork
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
¼ lb. carrots
5 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 apple, cut into matchsticks
2 tbsp chopped hazelnuts
2 tbsp minced red onion
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
Mix the pork with salt and pepper. Form the mix into a patty, and grill on your barbecue or in a
350F oven for 20 minutes
While the burger is cooking, prepare the carrots by shredding them using a food processor or
cheese grater, or simply thinly slice them. Toss the carrots with the brussels sprouts, apple, red
onion, and chopped hazelnuts. Set aside
Whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, garlic, salt and pepper together
Pour the dressing over the salad, toss to coat, and serve alongside the pork patty

The Secret Ingredient to Feeling Good in your Body podcast

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 Marla Mervis-Hartmann Teds Talk


Do you love your body?

As creator of Love Your Body Love Yourself, Marla Mervis-Hartmann assists women in finding a “YES!” to that question.
After years of struggling with her own dysfunctional body-relationship Marla has transformed her experiences into services to help women honor & appreciation for their bodies.
Professionally, Marla has been featured at TEDx Salinas. She was the leading body image expert & Reiki Master at Journey Malibu, a Rehabilitation center. Marla has followed her passion for women’s health down many paths including women’s sexual wellness; postpartum care; Restore Your Core educator; Tantra teacher certification & Yoga teacher training.This collected body of knowledge shines through in her offerings of Love Your Body Love Yourself. In her work, Marla is devoted to empowering women to feel good about themselves & to live a thriving life.
She lives in LA where she works as a coach, speaker, facilitator & Reiki Master/Teacher.

her message helps women love their bodies and love themselves. 
she assist women who can’t stop thinking about what they look like.
 They hate their bodies and feel controlled by food. 
These women think about food A LOT. These women have big dreams and visions 
for their lives, however are stuck in the diet/binge cycle. They want to stop dieting, b
\ut are afraid of gaining weight. They eat secretly and then eat more because they 
feel guilty for eating in the first place. Gaining or maintaining weight is their highest priority. 
Through her own tumultuous experience with an eating disorder and recovering through Reiki, 
Tantra and other spiritual practices, today she will share her my own experience with an
 eating disorder and The Importance of Pleasure in your relationship with Food, your body 
Exercise  and the
Importance of Pleasure in loving oneself

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Healthy Garlic Bread

1 c. shredded mozzarella
2 tbsp. cream cheese
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. baking powder
Kosher salt 
1 large egg 
1 tbsp. butter, melted
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
1 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan
Marinara, warmed, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 400° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium, microwave-safe bowl, add mozzarella, almond flour, cream cheese, garlic powder, baking powder, and a large pinch of salt. Microwave on high until cheeses are melted, about 1 minute. Stir in egg. 
  2. Shape dough into a ½”-thick oval on baking sheet. 
  3. In a small bowl, mix melted butter with garlic, parsley, and Parmesan. Brush mixture over top of bread.
  4. Bake until golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Sliceand serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Food Addiction




What is it?

Food is essential to human survival and is an important aspect of our wellness, food can be our medicine, in addition to a means of pleasure and enjoyment.  Food not only provides needed sustenance, it also adds a gratification factor through various tastes, smells, textures, etc.  However, for many individuals, food can become as addictive as drugs are to a substance abuser.
For men and women suffering from a food addiction, highly palatable foods (which are often rich in fat, sugar, and/or salt) trigger chemical reactions in the brain that induce feelings of pleasure and satisfaction.  This reaction has been explained as comparable to an addict’s response to their substance of choice, as it activates the same brain reward center.
Food addicts become dependent upon the “good” feelings that are obtained from consuming certain foods, which often perpetuates a continued need to eat, even when not hungry.  These behaviors generate a vicious cycle.  As the food addict continues to gorge upon foods that induce pleasurable feelings, they often overindulge and eat beyond what is required for satiety and normal nutrition.  This can lead to several.
This can lead to several physicals, emotional, and social consequences, such as digestive issues, heart disease, obesity, low-self esteem, depression, and isolation.  A food addict will often re-engage in these destructive behaviors, even amidst undesired consequences, due to the need for induced feelings of pleasure.
Because of the ferocious cycle of food addiction and the detrimental consequences associated with this behavior, it is crucial that professional help is sought and trying NaturaEase the award winning natural food addiction supplement. If you or a loved one has been struggling with an addiction to food, consider the possibilities of a life free of this burden. You can find peace from a food addiction by seeking the appropriate care and help you need.

Causes of Food Addiction

Food addiction is likely the culmination of several factors that interplay in the overall cause of this disorder.  A man or woman may develop an addiction as a result of biological, psychological, or social reasons.  Biological causes that may influence the progression of a food addiction might include hormonal imbalances, abnormalities in various brain structures, side effects from the use of certain medications, or having family members with this type of addiction issues.
A food addiction might also be the result of psychological factors.  Factors included in this category might include emotional or sexual abuse, being a victim or survivor of a traumatic event, having an inability to healthily cope with negative situations, chronic low-self esteem, or experiencing grief or loss.
Psychological factors such as these can influence an individual to use food as a coping mechanism to relieve the painful emotions that may have resulted.  Lastly, there are social implications that may be involved with food addiction, including factors such as disturbances in family function, pressure from peers or society, social isolation, child abuse, lack of social support, and stressful life events.
Food addiction can also be associated with other co-occurring disorders, such as eating disorders or substance abuse.  Because food addiction is a complex mental health issue that can have serious complications if left untreated, it is highly recommended that professional help be sought to effectively heal from this disorder.

Signs and Symptoms

Food addiction can be recognizable by numerous signs and symptoms.  The following are possible symptoms of food addiction:
  • Gorging in more food than one can physically tolerate
  • Eating to the point of feeling ill
  • Going out of your way to obtain certain foods
  • Continuing to eat certain foods even if no longer hungry
  • Eating in secret, isolation
  • Avoiding social interactions, relationships, or functions to spend time eating certain foods.
  • Difficulty function in a career or job due to decreased efficiency
  • Spending significant amount of money on buying certain foods for bingeing purposes
  • Decreased energy, chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep disorders, such as insomnia or oversleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Digestive disorders
  • Suicidal ideations
If you or your loved one has been experiencing any of these above symptoms as a result of food addiction, seek out professional help immediately to work through these pertinent issues.

Food Addiction Effects

If you or your loved one had been struggling with a food addiction, you may understand the implications this may have on the various aspects of your life.   If a food addiction is left ignored or untreated, it can rapidly begin consuming your life, creating damaging and chronic symptoms.   Understanding how food addiction may affect the different aspects of your life may encourage you to get the help you need and deserve.  The following are some of the effects of food addiction:

Physical Effects

- A food addiction can result in many negative physical consequences on the body as an excess of food is consumed.  These are some physical effects that may be experienced:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Problems
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Kidney/Liver Disease
  • .
  • Osteoporosis

Psychological Effects

– Food addiction can be debilitating to mental health, especially if there is a lack of support or inadequate help.  Some of the psychological effects that may be experienced include:
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased feelings of anxiety
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, or in despair
  • Increased irritability, especially if access to desired food is restricted
  • Emotional detachment or numbness
  • Suicidal ideation
Finally, food addiction can have an impact on your social life and relationships.  Social effects of food addiction include:
  • Decreased performance at work or school
  • Isolation from loved ones
  • Division within family units
  • Lack of enjoyment in hobbies or activities once enjoyed
  • Avoidance of social events or functions
  • Risk of jeopardizing finances or career

Food Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one has found yourself stuck in the vicious cycle of a food addiction, you have likely experienced a roller coaster of emotions, including despair, frustration, and hopelessness.  Living with a food addiction may be preventing you from enjoying a life you once lived, though the possibility for healing always exists.
By seeking the appropriate help and care you need, you can find the resources to address your food addiction in an effective manner.  Thankfully, there are specialized food addiction treatment centers that can help you approach this disorder in a holistic and comprehensive manner.  Food addiction treatment centers offer multi-specialty treatment that will focus on and address medical issues and nutritional concerns while integrating psychotherapy.
There are also a myriad of support groups that you can become involved with, such as Food Addicts Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous.  These groups are 12 step based programs that effectively address food addiction on the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects, offering much needed support to individuals seeking to heal from their addiction to food.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Self love

 self-lovee has often been seen as a moral flaw, akin to vanity and selfishness.[1] The Merriam-Webster dictionary later describes self-love as to "love of self" or "regard for one's own happiness or advantage".   However, throughout the centuries this definition has adopted a more positive connotation through self-love protests, the Hippie era, the new age feminist movement as well as the increase in mental health awareness that promotes self-love. this is now concider a desirable rather than a narcissistic characteristic

  but most people still have no clue what that even means! It really means something different for each person, because we all have many different ways to show that we love ourselves. The real question is, why should we even care? I realized the incredible importance of loving yourself unconditionally. Not just when you are your perfect shining self.
When your cooking totally rocks, you’re having one of those awesome hair days, you say the right things, you smash out your work and personal projects, you light up the room and bluebirds follow you everywhere.
You have to love yourself on the bad days too.
I've found that when I feel my lowest, when my body has been the most sick and when I am bombarded with the most self-deprecating thoughts, the only thing to pull me up and out is drenching myself in self-love.

 Know that your body is a loving vessel.
Treating your body like a loving vessel will not only boost your self-love, but also your energy. Be intentional about what you put into your body, not only because you want to look good but because you want to feel good. Feeding your body nutrient-rich foods will have you oozing love out of every pore.

I choose to feel good about myself each day.

I like many things about myself. I am fun, interesting, intelligent, and kind. With so many positive attributes, it is easy for me to have a positive opinion of myself.

I am proud of myself and strive to be even better each day.

I do have flaws. After all, I am human! I can still feel good about myself. I realize that the parts of me that lack perfection help make me unique and are just as valuable as my best parts.

I accept that everyone has flaws and weaknesses. That includes me, too. I focus on my strengths.

On those rare occasions I do feel bad about myself, I remind myself how wonderful I truly am. I list my positive qualities and all the successes I have enjoyed throughout my lifetime.

My positive qualities grow each day, and my successes are increasing in number.

I make it a point to help others feel good about themselves, too. Everyone deserves to feel good about themselves. I make the world a better place when I feel good about myself and I help others to do the same.

Today, I make a conscious choice to feel good about myself. I am pleased with the person I am and the person I am becoming.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What are my best qualities? Why do I consider those qualities to be my best?
2. How does it affect my life when I feel bad about myself?
3. When I feel good about myself, how does it impact my day? How can I feel good about myself more often?

 Know that your body is a loving vessel.
Treating your body like a loving vessel will not only boost your self-love, but also your energy. Be intentional about what you put into your body, not only because you want to look good but because you want to feel good. Feeding your body nutrient-rich foods will have you oozing love out of every pore.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fill Up on These Fat-Burning Lunch Ideas

 Trying to slim down? Make one of these healthy lunch recipes featuring foods  that can help you lose weight.

When it comes time for lunch, you want to keep that metabolism up by choosing ingredients that will help you to keep burning more fat for the rest of the day. These lunches provide a good balance of nutrients that are going to help you stay on track around midday. 

Grilled Chicken and Veggies 
It doesn’t get much simpler than this! You can make a grilled chicken dinner the night before and save leftovers for lunch, or grill some chicken cutlets, slice them up, and put them in individual containers for lunches. You can also try using a rotisserie chicken and cutting it up for your lunches. Choose your choice of veggies for this healthy lunch, such as going with summer veggies like corn, squash, and zucchini, or you can add a southwestern flair by adding in some bell peppers, black beans, corn, and tomatoes. There is really a lot of room for customization with this type of healthy, fat burning lunch. 

Turkey and Avocado Sandwich 
This sandwich can be made either as a simple cold sandwich, or into a melt like a grilled cheese. IF you want to do a melt, you can make it an open-faced sandwich on the grill and use just one slice of cheese on one slice of spout bread. The other half of the bread can contain the  meat and avocado, plus any other veggies you want. When both slices are heated up and browned, remove them from the grill and press them together. It is super easy! You can customize this with any deli meat or veggies you want.
Quinoa Salad 
Here is another healthy and delicious lunch that is light enough for a quick lunch, but is also filling. Quinoa is a type of grain that contains a lot of protein and iron, plus can be combined with just about anything. You can have just quinoa and chopped veggies, add in some lean protein, or top a bed of lettuce and veggies with the cooked quinoa. It is very versatile with a mild nutty flavor that goes great with a lot of other seasonings and herbs. Plus, as a whole grain, quinoa and the veggies you mix it with are going to be perfect for burning more fat. If you make quinoa for dinner and have some leftover, add it to a container to use for a lunch later in the week

My refreshing summer stone fruit salad recipe 

What you’ll need:
Peaches and/or nectarines
Mint leaves
Chopped toasted hazelnuts or pine nuts
Apple cider vinegar (optional)
Drizzle of olive or avocado oil (optional)
Sprinkle of sea salt (optional)