Will You Join the #EatMindfully Challenge?

Hey ya’ll. We’re halfway through the #eatmindfully challenge week! Give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back. And if you’re just tuning in, read my earlier post to find out if you’re really eating mindfully.

Since we’re halfway through the challenge, I wanted to check in to see how you’re all doing and create a space so peeps can share what their experiences have been.

I’ve found this week to be WAY more challenging than I thought it would be. It’s funny, as a RD, I think I’ve got the whole mindful eating bit covered. Piece of cake. I teach it. I know how to do it. But knowing is different than doing, my friends. I guess I’ve never worried about it much because I’m inherently a very slow eater. My friends and family would tell you I’m the most mindful eater they know. So, I’ve breezed through my meals thinking I’m…

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Arugula Pesto Roasted Almonds

Arugula pesto roasted almonds make for a savory salty snack that’s perfect for entertaining or packing with you for on-the-go. 

How was your first day of the #eatmindfully challenge? I’ll be checking in every day this week to see how everyone is doing and share some of my experiences from the challenge. And you can join the challenge at any time this week, so no worries if you haven’t started just yet!

Day 1 was challenging for me. I realized that even if I’m not checking my phone or computer while eating my mind is still elsewhere. It’s paging through my to-do list, it’s remembering that thing I have to add to my to-do list, it’s fast forwarding to tomorrow, it’s backtracking to what happened yesterday. And before you know it, my meal is over. I realized that by removing tangible distractions, I still have one big ol’ distraction to deal with – my…

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Mindful Monday: Are You Really Eating Mindfully?

Are you really eating mindfully? I share an experience from last week when I realized how far I’d gotten from mindful eating and why I’m challenging myself this week (and encourage you to join me) to avoid all distractions while eating and engage fully in the experience of the meal. #eatmindfully

I wrapped up my 8-wk mindfulness/meditation course last week and during our final class, we talked about mindful eating. Actually, we practiced mindful eating – the instructor brought in food for us to share and to practice with.

Being a registered dietitian, I pride myself on practicing and preaching mindfulness and mindful eating and in fact I’ve taught classes around mindful eating. So, I went into the class thinking I already know everything. Big mistake.

After smelling, seeing, feeling, and peeling the little clementine before me, I closed my eyes to taste it. And by tuning into all my sense and being fully…

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Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites 2.26.15

Friday Foodie Dietitian Favorites – my faves for the week – recipes, mindfulness, and inspiration.

TGIF!

On TFD This Week

Mindful Monday: 11 Secrets to Successful Meditation 

Eggplant Parmesan Spaghetti Squash Boats

Chai Waffles with Sautéed Pears 

Fave Recipes

Grapefruit Margaritas via Living Well Kitchen (because I never pass down an opportunity for a citrus marg. Or any marg for that matter)

Chocolate Cranberry Bark via The Meal Makeover Moms (I had a few dark chocolate covered cranberries last night during an eating meditation exercise and they were delicious so this bark obviously must be too!)

Egg Waffles via The Lean Green Bean (such a cool idea! I would sub out the meat for veg but will be trying this with our new waffle maker soon!)

Chipotle Tempeh and Cauliflower Rice with Kale Guacamole via Avocado A Day Nutrition (every component of this dish is sweet, sweet music to my ears – can’t wait…

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Chai Waffles with Sautéed Pears

Chai waffles with sautéed pears are a delicious combo of sweet and spice..and everything nice. Perfect for a weekend breakfast with the fam. 

I’ve wanted a waffle maker forever. And Steve has wanted one since before forever because he loves waffles even more than I do. But I kept putting off buying one thinking one day, we’ll add it to our wedding registry ;). Well, Steve’s Mom beat us to the punch and bought Steve one for Christmas and we finally tore open the package last month. We first made a recipe for oatmeal blender waffles that my cousin sent me. And then I decided I needed to try my hand at my own homemade waffles.

Remember those chai scones with vanilla glaze I made last year? They were so good that I decided I should try making a chai version of all baked goods, breakfast staples like waffles and pancakes…

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Eggplant Parmesan Spaghetti Squash Boats

A classic comfort food gets a fun seasonal twist. Eggplant parmesan spaghetti boats make for a hearty, cheesy, delicious dinner. 

I’m totally an Italian girl at heart when it comes to food. My dying meal involves red sauce and pasta (and a glass bottle of Montepulciano). ‘Nough said.

Giving up meat and poultry at a young age, I had to find a meat-like substitute that I could slather tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on. Enter, the eggplant. Eggplant parmesan is by far one of my favorite comfort food meals. But when you add pasta on the side, it ends up becoming a pretty heavy meal – one that I never can finish.

So, in an effort to lighten up the carbo load, I decided that spaghetti squash (in season this time of year) would be a delicious, lighter substitute for regular ol’ spaghetti. I love spaghetti squash. Mainly because shredding the squash…

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