Healthy Living

How to Slash Your Grocery Budget by Changing Your Mindset

How to Slash Your Grocery Budget by Changing Your Mindset

Tips for saving money on groceries by changing your mentality about grocery shoppingDo you ever leave the grocery store feeling deflated and defeated because the trip has left a larger hole in your wallet than you would have liked?

A few months ago, that was happening to me nearly every week.

I knew I needed to cut my grocery bill, but for some reason I just couldn’t make it happen. I was so attached to the way I did my shopping—in terms of the types of products I’d buy and the way I went about the trip—that change was tough. Really tough.

Eventually I realized that I couldn’t just show up at the grocery store and hope this time would be different. That wouldn’t work because the problem had more to do with my overall mentality about grocery shopping than it did with my wallet-related willpower.

Once I changed my way of thinking, I was finally able to exit the grocery store feeling victorious—and holding a significantly smaller receipt in my hand. More →

Vegetarian Main Dish: Couscous and Feta Stuffed Peppers

Vegetarian Main Dish: Couscous and Feta Stuffed Peppers

Couscous and Feta Stuffed PeppersI’m a big fan of the sweet and salty combination.

Chocolate covered pretzels? Delish.

Sweet and salty granola bars? I could live off ’em.

Anything sea salt and caramel-flavored? Yes, please!

Turns out the combination works great even outside the realm of snacks and desserts, like in this vegetarian main dish recipe: Couscous and Feta Stuffed Peppers. The saltiness of the feta cheese is complemented by the sweetness of the dried apricots.

At 45 minutes, the cook time is pretty significant for a weeknight meal, so I usually cook the couscous and mix it with the other fillings the night before. Then I just have to stuff the peppers and pop them in the oven the day of.

Also, depending on the size of your peppers, you might have leftovers of the couscous mixture. I love it on top of baby spinach for lunch the next day! More →

My Summer Cookout Go-To Recipe: Guacamole Salad

My Summer Cookout Go-To Recipe: Guacamole Salad

Guacamole Salad NewSummer cookouts are upon us, and that means we all need a quick, easy, go-to dish to contribute to the food table.

This one has been my stand-by for years, and it’s guaranteed to be a hit, both for you and the other party-goers. It requires no cooking—just a lot of chopping—and ingredients can be added, subtracted, and substituted at will.

It can also be served in a variety of ways, depending on the situation. Plopped on top of crushed tortilla chips, it becomes a delicious taco salad meal. Or serve it next to the chips as a dip. You could also wrap it in a tortilla, or just dig into it with a fork as is.

It’ll be yummy no matter what, I promise! More →

5 Ways to Have a Healthier Weekend

5 Ways to Have a Healthier Weekend

5 Ways to Have a Healthier WeekendWe’ve all been there: You fill your weekdays with fresh veggies and exercise sessions, only to spend your weekend eating fried food while sitting on the couch watching episode after episode of The Walking Dead.

Sticking to healthy habits seems a lot more difficult on Saturday and Sunday, doesn’t it?

Not surprisingly, new research shows that people tend to think about their health more at the beginning of the week than at the end.

The study, which was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, analyzed weekly patterns in health-related Google searches. Researchers found that searches for health topics were 30 percent more frequent at the beginning of the week. More →

Want to Feel Healthier Tomorrow? Do This Today.

Want to Feel Healthier Tomorrow? Do This Today.

Want to Feel Healthier TomorrowConfession: Last week I kind of pigged out.

I was facing a case of the “blahs” and, despite my commitment to overcoming emotional eating, I indulged in too many cookies and too few exercise sessions.

When I finally snapped out of it, I did what I always do when I want to look and feel healthier in a flash: I drank a ton of water.

128 ounces in 12 hours, to be exact.

Almost immediately I felt healthier and more energized. All that water made me feel stronger, both physically and mentally.

The benefits of drinking water are no secret. Indeed, water sometimes seems like a magic bullet for health—it increases our energy, regulates our appetite, improves our skin, aids in digestion, and helps us feel refreshed.

It might not be a cure-all, but it certainly does a lot of good.

Not a big fan of guzzling H2O? Struggling to finish those eight glasses a day? Try one or two of these tips. More →

Want to Eat Healthier? Try Seeing the Glass as Half-Full

Want to Eat Healthier? Try Seeing the Glass as Half-Full

Do Optimists Eat Healthier?When my stomach rumbles around 3:00pm, I often struggle to reach for an apple instead of a cookie.

Despite knowing the advantages of choosing a piece of fruit over a baked good, I’m still tempted by the call of a Snickerdoodle.

The solution, I’ve recently learned, could simply be to turn my frowns upside down.

Researchers from the University of Arizona have discovered that when it comes to healthy eating, your attitude matters as much as what’s on your plate. Their new study, which was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found that women who are more optimistic about life are also more successful at adopting healthier eating habits.

Today I’m over at No Sweat discussing this link between healthy eating and a sunny disposition, plus offering some strategies that anyone—optimist or pessimist—can use to improve their diet. Check it out!

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you think your outlook on life affects your eating habits? 

The [Totally Logical] Reason I Can’t Keep the Weight Off

The [Totally Logical] Reason I Can’t Keep the Weight Off

The Totally Logical Reason I Can't Keep the Weight OffFact: I used to really want to be a size “blank.”

Like really really.

It didn’t matter to me that my original weight was perfectly healthy. It didn’t matter that it was easy to maintain. I still wanted to be thinner.

There were times when I would do everything in my power to reach that smaller size I’d idealized in my mind—restrict my eating, overdo it at the gym, obsess over every morsel of food I ate.

And what did it get me? Eventually, exactly what I wanted: I reached my dream size.

But guess how long I stayed at a size “blank”?  More →

How I Get My Toddler to Eat Spinach

How I Get My Toddler to Eat Spinach

how to get your toddler to eat spinach! #kids #healthyPopeye was definitely on to something.

Spinach has long been touted as one of the world’s healthiest foods—indeed, calorie for calorie, spinach and other dark leafy greens contain more nutrients than any other food.

A serving of spinach contains a good dose of Vitamin K, which is essential for maintaining bone health, and it’s also a great source of potassium and iron. Additionally, spinach boasts a host of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.

So of course I want my son to be eating the stuff!

But, as you can imagine, my 19-month-old isn’t exactly jumping up and down with excitement over my raw spinach salad. More →

Will This Make Healthy Eating Easier?

Will This Make Healthy Eating Easier?

Will This Make Healthy Eating EasierIf you’ve ever gone cross-eyed trying to read a nutrition label on your food, you’re in luck.

In February, the Food and Drug Administration unveiled some significant changes to the labels that are intended to reduce confusion about what’s healthy and what isn’t.

The proposed changes—which are the first significant ones in over twenty years— were presented by First Lady Michelle Obama, who said, “Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family.” More →

Does Your Doctor Make You Feel Guilty?

Does Your Doctor Make You Feel Guilty?

Does Your Doctor Make You Feel GuiltyMy toddler is beginning to test the waters of his independence, and subsequently I’ve been reading up on the most effective discipline techniques for the under-two population.

A common theme is to label the behavior as negative but not the child.

It’s the difference between saying, “Throwing  food on the floor is bad!” versus “You’re a bad boy!” The first focuses on the undesirable action without negatively labeling my son as a person.

Turns out that technique is as effective with a patient as it is with my toddler.

Research from the University of California, San Diego has found that leaving the doctor’s office feeling guilty and ashamed is incredibly common. A 2009 survey found that over 50 percent of people have experienced shame based on a conversation with their doctor. More →

5 Easy Ways For Moms To Be More Active

5 Easy Ways For Moms To Be More Active

5 Easy Ways for Moms to be More ActiveAfter a long day of working and child-raising—writing an article here, wiping a runny nose there—the last thing I want to hear is that moms in my generation aren’t doing enough.

So I wasn’t too pleased to read about new research from the University of South Carolina showing that moms today are less physically active than moms in the 1960s. 

The study found that moms today spend significantly less time on active tasks like cooking and cleaning and more time on sedentary activities like TV watching and Internet browsing. More →

20 Reasons for Moms to Work Out

20 Reasons for Moms to Work Out

20 Reasons for Moms to Work Out...What's yours? There’s no question that exercise is good for you—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Breaking a sweat has been a regular part of my life since the days of middle school track and field, but I’ve found that my motivation for hitting the gym has evolved since I’ve become a mom.

Translation: It’s less about my skinny jeans and more about my sanity. Tweet this!

Need a little motivation to go for a jog/lift those weights/attend that Zumba class? Here are twenty reasons for moms to work out. More →