Why I Stopped Working Weekends (Mindful Monday)

This Mindful Monday, I share why I stopped working weekends and what questions to ask yourself if you do work weekends to be more mindful about your choice.

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a delicious Thanksgiving full of quality time with family and friends.

In my post about what to do when you’re not feeling mindful, I mentioned that I gave up working over the weekend. Many of you said you were working on this yourself and wanted to hear more from me about my experience. Well, here it goes.

For the first half of this year, I was the Energizer Bunny. I just kept going, and going, and going. As a new business owner trying to “make it”, I felt a lot of pressure to hustle and put in long hours. And I did. Saturdays and Sundays were spent teaching yoga, making and shooting recipes for the…

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How to Cultivate Joy and Magic During the Holidays (Mindful Monday)

The holidays can be stressful but they don’t have to be – change up your outlook and actions to cultivate joy and magic during the holidays. The holidays can conjure up stress for a lot of people. Pressure to find the perfect dish, cook the perfect meal, entertain, be social, and then there’s the worry of over-indulging.

Remember when you were a kid and the holidays were such a joyful time? A time when you got to see all your cool Aunts and hang with your fun cousins, and believe in magic and endless possibilities.

At what point did that shift for you? When did the holidays go from magical to stressful?

Is there a way to go back there? To get back in touch with the magic and joy that the holidays are really all about. I think so. If you’re willing to try.

Here are a few ways to…

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50 Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes

Happy Friday ya’ll!

In the spirit of I-can’t-believe-it’s-almost-Thanksgiving, I’m throwing 50 healthier Thanksgiving recipes at you. We’re talking apps, salads, soups, mains, sides and most importantly, dessert.

Happy menu planning!Appetizers

Butternut Squash and Sage Crostini via The Foodie Dietitian

Cheese Fondue in a Roasted Pumpkin via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Sweet Potato Polenta Bites with Thyme-Marinated Mushrooms via The Foodie Dietitian

Creamy Blue Cheese and Persimmon Crostini via Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

Kid-Friendly Cheddar and Apple “Turkey” Appetizer via Holley Grainger

Kabocha Flatbread with Rosemary Roasted Grapes and Shallots via Nutritioulicious

Low-Fat Asian Holiday Cocktail Meatballs with Hoisin Apple Glaze via Abbey’s Kitchen

Wild Blueberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta via The Foodie Dietitian 

Soups & Salads

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup with Cardamom via The Foodie Dietitian  Award Winning Vegan Sweet Potato Soup via The Nutty Nutritionist

Vegan Savory Squash Stew via Simple Swaps

Fall Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad via Nourish Breathe Thrive

Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Pistachio…

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Butternut Squash and Sage Crostini

Sweet, savory and satiating, this butternut squash and sage crostini made with cottage cheese is the perfect comforting appetizer for your Thanksgiving menu. Guys. It’s ONE WEEK from today!!! Thanksgiving is JUST around the corner.

It’s funny. Even though I’ve been posting Thanksgiving recipes for the last few weeks, it still hasn’t hit me. Maybe it will once we’re in the car for eight hours heading back to Buffalo, NY next week but for now I’m living in ignorant bliss pretending it’s still October.

This year, my Mom has to work on Thanksgiving (Wahhhhh!). It’s the first time this has happened since…EVER! As much as I want to protest, I am realizing this means I get not one, but two Thanksgivings. Hollaaaaa. We will have Thanksgiving on Wednesday night and then I’ll head to Steve’s family’s Thanksgiving on Thursday. Win-win. Two tofurkeys? Two servings of mashed potaters? Don’t mind if I…

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Mindful Monday: What To Do When You’re Not Feeling So Mindful

An update on my own mindfulness journey – where I’ve been – and what to do when you’re not feeling so mindful. 

Hi, friends!

It’s been a while…for Mindful Mondays at least.

I could sit here and fabricate the truth and say that it’s because I was on the road every week last month and because I’ve had more client recipes and projects to work on (all of which is true) but the fact of the matter is I haven’t been writing Mindful Monday posts because I haven’t been feeling very mindful.

Here’s why. I have a hate/love relationship with travel. Travel is amazing because it brings new experiences and perspectives but it’s not so amazing when it completely derails your wellness routine. That was my October. Nashville –> Buffalo –> Vermont –> Richmond –> Denver.  And with each trip came indulging in food and drink, not exercising, not meditating and not taking care of…

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Healthier Hemp Pecan Pie (No Corn Syrup or Refined Sugars)

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods. Thanks for supporting organizations that align with my values and help make TFD possible. I was compensated for my time but as always, all opinions are my own!

A healthier hemp pecan pie that’s dairy-free, gluten-free and made with no corn syrup or refined sweeteners. And did I mention there’s hemp seeds for an extra nutty taste and nutrition boost?!

Ah, Thanksgiving. How I love thee. Not only for the delicious, homemade food traditions you bear but more importantly for the quality time with family and friends you bring. Oh, and for the fireplaces. And the wine. But mostly family and food ;).

Every family has their holiday tradition dishes, right? Those dishes that procure fond memories of holidays past and the grandparents who started them. Those dishes that if they don’t make an appearance on your holiday table, you’re like stop, hold the phone….

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Wild Blueberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta (& Wild Blueberries Sweepstakes!)

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wild Blueberries of North America. Thanks for supporting organizations that align with my values and help make TFD possible. I was compensated for my time but as always, all opinions are my own!

A festive appetizer for the holidays – wild blueberry and pomegranate bruschetta is sure to wow your guests with its vibrant seasonal flavors and colorful appearance. Guys. Where has the time gone?!?! Am I really sharing a holiday recipe with ya’ll today? Is it really already November?? I can’t believe the holidays are already around the corner (probably because it’s 70 degrees here in Boston this week). Have no fear though – I’ve got some pretty delicious holiday recipes lined up over the next couple months to help with your holiday menu planning.

Starting with this one.Who doesn’t love a good bruschetta or crostini as a party appetizer?! It’s the perfect vehicle for seasonal ingredients,…

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