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5:10 pm - Posted by Gregg

Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t necessarily the toughest holiday to navigate, healthy-eating and -living wise, I still (along with my pooch, Latte) wanted to take a moment to wish you lots of luck today (and everyday).

Should you be yearning for a little green beer today, you can try making your own (perhaps even with light or non-alcoholic beer) with these simple instructions for making green beer.

And for some healthier takes on some favorite St. Patrick’s Day meals and foods, check out these Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Recipes and Menus (featuring better-for-you recipe makeovers for Irish Lamb Stew, Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread, Mini Shepherd’s Pies and more.

And if you do decide to treat yourself today, do it with a grateful heart and open mind. Remember that one meal won’t hurt our health – especially if we combine it with healthier choices for other meals on the same day and mix in a little exercise (or a brisk walk) before or after said meal.

Oh, and you might want to wear a little green today to avoid being pinched!

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March 10, 2016

It’s not too late!

12:53 pm - Posted by Gregg

It’s not too late to join me, nutrition guru Lisa Goldberg and a slew of other diet, exercise and mental wellness experts for the free Well Fed Mind Online Summit.

There is no charge for signing up and being treated to 21 top experts in the field of health and wellness that will speak about nutrition, a healthy mindset and the kind of movement that can help you get off of the diet roller coaster once and for all. These experts (including yours truly) will help you create lifestyle changes that are permanent and sustainable. All for no charge at all. Simply click here  to sign up today.

I’m truly so excited to be participating in this free online summit. I hope you’ll join me. (And please feel free to share this link with anyone else you think might value this kind of motivational information. After all, we’re all in this together!)

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1:09 pm - Posted by Gregg

Short and sweet: What is it you’re putting off and what excuses are you using to continue this cycle? We can always find reasons to give up on our commitment to healthier eating, abandon our promise to workout and move daily and let go of our pledge to think the kind of thoughts that motivate us rather than distract us. But when we do, the only person we’re hurting is ourselves.

Today can be the day that makes a difference in your life. It can be the day that you stick with all of the methods that can transform your body and mind in positive ways.

That’s right… Just one day. Heck, just this hour. Or even this minute. Whatever increment of time is easiest to focus on, choose that — and then move onto the next increment afterwards. Step by step. Commitment by commitment. You are worth it. And so are all of the health-minded goals you’ve set out for yourself. The life you save (and enjoy) can be your own.

Need a quick reminder of what you gain as you get healthier? Click here. (And go, team, go! I believe in you!)

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4:34 pm - Posted by Gregg

Have you ever thought about your relationships? The ones that mean the most to you? I’m willing to bet there’s one important relationship you may have a habit of neglecting — your relationship between your body and food.

There’s a fine line between healthy eating and gluttony that many of us teeter on and sometimes all it takes is one bad day at work or one comment from a loved one to send us running straight to the kitchen cabinets (or the drive-thru of the nearest fast food restaurant). A disastrous relationship with food can often be as damaging as being addicted to an abusive ex you can’t seem to get rid of… But what if you could stop this kind of self-destructive behavior? And what if you could stop making decisions about food and about your body that just don’t serve you or your mental wellness anymore?

All of this can come to an end once you learn how to change your habits, behaviors and become more mindful so you can change your relationship with food.

Maybe you’ve tried every diet out there and you’re sick and tired of working out all the time with little or no progress to show for your efforts. Maybe there’s something you just haven’t tried yet — and have no idea what that is or what it could mean for your health. That’s where my incredible friend Lisa Goldberg’s free Well Fed MIND Summit comes in! This exclusive online summit can help us all focus on being more aware and mindful of what our bodies need so that we can feel good and have the energy and vitality we need all day (every day).

If you’re truly ready to break up with that box of cookies for good, you can find all that you need to know in this upcoming virtual tele-summit where 21 nutritionists, doctors, authors, psychologists, coaches, therapists and other transformational experts (including yours truly) will be gathering for 11 straight days, during which time they’ll be sharing their most useful techniques, tools, trade secrets and more — allowing everyone who participates to have a healthier and more fulfilling relationship with their bodies, eating and food.

(I also happen to know that a lot of the summit experts will be giving away free gifts to those who participate… Although you didn’t hear that from me!)

Let me also tell you what this summit won’t be about… It won’t be about dieting, what you can and cannot eat – and it won’t be about spending countless hours at the gym. What it will be about sustainable, long-term changes regarding the way you think of food. You’ll learn how to be mindful of this relationship and take away lots of healthy ways to nourish your body while also nourishing your mind.

Because I’m a guest panelist for the event this year, I’m able to invite whomever I want to attend the event 100% free of charge. That means you (and whomever else you would like to invite)! Spots are limited, but you can register right away by clicking here. (Lisa told me I could share this free participation link with anyone I wanted… Hope she doesn’t mind me making it public this way! LOL!)

I hope you’ll take part in this online summit. (Again, it’s 100% free!)

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12:54 pm - Posted by Gregg

Nutrition rockstar Joy Bauer (seen regularly on NBC’s TODAY show) has a brand new book called From Junk Food to Joy Food, which is chock full of recipe makeovers that takes everyday favorites (each loaded with calories, salt, etc.) and swaps them out for brand new, healthier recipes — each of which guarantees the same amount of flavor and satisfaction (but without the food hangover).

From Junk Food to Joy Food (which also happens to feature gorgeous food photography) is based on Joy’s popular ongoing series on NBC’s TODAY show, which transforms fattening favorites — including Barbecue Ribs, Vegetable Lo Mein, Boston Cream Pie, Spaghetti and Meatballs, Chocolate Crunch Bars, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream and even Devil Dogs — into lightened-up versions that even those trying to lose excess weight can enjoy any time. Says Joy, herself, “People who are tired of restrictive eating plans, juice fasts, and other programs that forbid favorite fare will love this new way of eating.”

Joy has always been someone who inspires me. And lucky for us Just Stoppers, she’s allowed me to feature one of the delicious recipes from her book here. This Apple Cobbler Oatmeal makes for the perfect weekday breakfast — or even a fun brunch idea for friends and family on the weekends. And we don’t have to “go off” of our diets or healthy eating plans to make and enjoy it. Joy also uses all natural ingredients in the recipe, which is a big plus.

JOY BAUER’S APPLE COBBLER OATMEAL
Junk Food version (before): 420 calories
Joy Food version (after): 246 calories

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons whipped butter
1 apple, finely chopped with the skin on
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 ¾ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Add the butter to a skillet and place over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the chopped apple and cinnamon. Stir to combine and sauté until they are just cooked but still crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine the oats and almond milk in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the oatmeal reaches your desired consistency. Stir in the vanilla.  Split the oatmeal between 2 bowls and top each with half of the apple-cinnamon mixture. (Makes 2 servings.)

To check out Joy’s latest book, From Junk Food to Joy Food, you can click here.

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