5 Chocolate Recipes for the Holidays
I hope you're enjoying the season so far. My family enjoyed a very low-key, high-laughs weekend. It was filled with lots of jokes, cooking, and chocolate.
Yes, chocolate. My younger sister makes great holiday chocolate bark. She whipped up a deliciously healthy batch this past weekend and I have been happy ever since. Her recipe inspired me to share something with you today:
5 Chocolate Recipes for the Holidays.
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7 tips to beat holiday weight woes.
November 24 2013
Thanksgiving is 2 days away. I’m ready for the cooking party, dance fest, and comedic sibling roasts that go on during this day. I look forward to it as much as I do my mom’s maple bourbon gravy (seriously, the best thing since hula dancing!).
With all the food and festivities, I know it can be an anxious time of year if you’re trying to lose weight. I want to make sure you’re taken care of and feeling ready for the celebration without feeling like you need a mega helping of ......
Don't wait for weight loss to shop.
November 19 2013
I recently hung out with my little sis at the boutique she works at here in Sacramento. I found a ton a beautiful dresses and tops to try on. And I did, from juicy red pumps to an $800 fuchsia party dress. If it fit, I was in it!
Shopping around like this really reignited my creative love for clothes. It had been years since I really bought anything new or just enjoyed trying things on. When I thought about it, I hadn’t bought anything really great for myself since before I......
Put down the pizza and forgive your ex.
November 11th 2013
I forgave my ex about a year ago. I didnt want to at first. After all, this was the same person who went on a German vacation 2 weeks after I miscarried. I was left at home trying to keep it all together for the sake of being able to study for my finals. We tried to mend things but it didn'twork. The cuts were too deep and I refused to keep bleeding.
The next few months were a blur. I really didn't know how a ten year relationship could end so devastatingly. But, I did know I was angry and heartbroken. I ate to numb the feelings. I sat on my couch after class and ate whatever I could find. The comfort was temporary and my weight kept creeping up. It wasn't until I was staring at an almost empty pizza box that I got a clear wake-up message.
Why you don't need willpower to lose weight.
November 4th 2013
There seems to be a willpower deficiency going on. Or, so many people think. I did too. At some point in my life, I thought my willpower went out the window. It seemed to do that when food was around.
The more I begged it to stay, the more it stayed away. I blamed my ‘lack of control’ on its absence. I was convinced that there was something wrong with me. Some of my friends seemed to have willpower in the bag, but I struggled.
So do many women.
If we could only control ourselves! Control! Control! Control! Why is it so hard to say no to that second helping, that dinner party, or that office coffee cake? Here’s the thing.....
Why not diet?
October 28, 2013
If you flip through any woman’s magazine today, you’re bound to see an ad for a weight loss drug. You’re met with images of thin, fit women grinning ear to ear, celebrating their big lose. Walk into any health food store and there’s an entire aisle dedicated to ‘natural’ weight loss pills and slimming shakes. And, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but every strip mall has a big brand weight loss center tucked away somewhere. Seeing these things lets me know one thing:
I had to learn how to say 'yes'.
October, 21, 2013
This Sunday is my birthday! I’m so lit up! I feel like a little girl again waiting for the strawberry shortcake and caramel ice cream. I’ve been counting down the days and thinking about what I’m going to get into this weekend. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll involve cooking, laughter, and great wine!
This isn’t my usual response to my birthday. The last few years I can remember dreading the day. I mean put-my-head-under-the-pillow-and-sleep-until-its-over kind of dread. It wasn’t until recently that I sat down and really understood why:
Get more support from your guy.
October 13, 2013
An old friend of mine called me this week. She’s been successfully losing weight since the birth of her son a year ago. She was feeling frustrated with her guy’s snack habit and how much it distracted her from eating healthy.
Sometimes his ‘stash’ of candy or chips would greet her when she came home and she couldn’t say no.
“He doesn’t need to lose weight!” she told me. “I do so well when he doesn’t bring it home.” This brought up an interesting question...