• Food For Thought

    In Guac We Trust

    The average American consumes 6000 calories on Super Bowl Sunday. Yikes.

    It’s ok to indulge and splurge, but come armed with healthy Game Day eats as well. Veggies and guac is a great go-to option. Rock the guac!

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    May The Fudge Be With You…Your Holiday Sweet Tooth Strategy

    I. Love. Dessert.

    I could not care less about fried food, but dessert? Yah. Our relationship runs deep.

    In this Holidaze of plentiful parties, work soirees, and reunions with friends and family, we are constantly surrounded by incessant sweets. How does one navigate through the indulgence of December?

    Here’s how…(drum roll please).

    MAKE. IT. COUNT!

    What do I mean by this? Mindful indulgence. Pick and choose your bon-bon battles.

    If you are at a party, and the cookies presented are a box of generic snowflake cookies someone picked up last minute from Ralph’s. JUST SAY NO.

    If the receptionist brought her famous ginger molasses homemade cookies that are so revered, they actually have their own following on Instagram? ENJOY!

    Along these lines, I make sure to make my infamous rocky road fudge every December. My fudge may not have its own instagram following (yet), but is certainly worth every single morsel.

    This year, I stepped my recipe up a notch, using the baking chocolate from Lily’s. Lily’s chocolate is 55% Cocao, Gluten-free, Non-GMO, and uh, really delicious.

    Now I can’t tell you how I make my fudge, but I can tell you that using Lily’s was a welcomed addition this year. Let’s just say, not one of these pieces of ambrosia was left over…and I kept my share to three pieces this time 😉

     

    Now although using a high quality chocolate is an important tip, THE most important tip of all is to…

    EAT UP GRATITUDE.

    Take a moment to really feel grateful that you get to experience this exciting time in your life. Once you have gratitude, everything else will fall into proper perspective. Health, family, & friends should be the focus of this holiday season. Sure, dessert is part of it, but it’s not the star. YOU ARE. So go enjoy…and I don’t mean enjoy that entire pumpkin pie by yourself. Enjoy this gift of life we get to share.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS, and may the fudge be with you… #EatUpLife

  • Food For Thought

    New Month. New YOU!

    Make the rest of this year, the best of this year.

    One month from today on January 1, you will have wished you started today.

    You deserve to realize your goals. Set one today, and experience the true magic of the holiday season!

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    Your Thanksgiving Survival Guide

     

    Ah, the holiday is upon us!!!First and foremost I am thankful for my health and my family and friends…but you better believe I am equally thankful for Thanksgiving Day itself! It is hands down my favorite holiday besides July 4th (read: the summer version of Thanksgiving), and my family takes this holiday very, VERY seriously. My mother starts preparing right after Labor Day. Word.

    This day in particular connotes a spectrum of emotions for people. Sure it reminds us to be grateful and thankful, but for many of us, it is also a source of anxiety, stress, guilt, and perhaps self-loathing.

    I am here to give you a (turkey) leg up on this! I want you to really keep the below ten tips in mind so you can enjoy this day to the fullest. We want our hearts to feel as full as our bellies.

    1. Start Your Day With Gratitude

    Before you even get out of bed, name three things for which you are grateful. Don’t just rattle them off. Name them aloud and visualize what you are saying. Be in the moment and ground yourself before you start this day of even more thanks.

    2. Fill Your Wellness Well

    Start drinking water, and then keep drinking. All. Day. Long. This will keep us hydrated, alert,  and will help to get us moving. Before we make our moves at the dinner table, make a move to establish a mind/body connection. Hit the weights, go for a long walk, or hop into your favorite yoga class. This will set your intention for the day to be present, leading to empowered decision-making later tonight.

    3. Wear Pants That Uh, Button 

    Ditch the jeggings and put on some structured pants that can help you check in with your “fullness” throughout the day. We want to avoid that uncomfortably full point.

    4. Bring a “Fit To Feast” Fave

    If you are attending someone else’s dinner, bring a healthy dish.  Whip up a batch of Brussels Sprouts or a bountiful Harvest Salad, or simply bring a bowl of raw nuts or a fruit platter. Options On Hand = Better Choices. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail.

    5. You are In Control

    You are an independent adult. No one can make you feel obligated to eat anything you don’t want to. You do not need to feel that you HAVE to “get it all in” because this day happens once a year. Enjoy the food, but more importantly enjoy the fact that YOU are in control of YOU!

    6. Slow Down and Take Inventory

    Thankfully, we don’t need to worry about presents today, so focus on your own presence. Slow down, and breathe. There will be plenty of time to enjoy everything the day has to offer, but just be present and mindful in every sip and bite. See what’s on the table and start game-planning. We don’t want to waste any valuable stomach real estate on the same ole chips and dip, a generic dinner roll or a just ok store-bought pie. Always fill you plate with protein and veggies (not the casserole kind), and then take some tastes of the other fun stuff. Keep in mind, that there will also be an entire dessert chapter to follow, so pace yourself!

    7. Strategize

    Feeling overwhelmed? Here are a few strategies to try:

    -Pick one indulgence category for the night: alcohol, bread/sides, or dessert. But go easy on the alcohol regardless. Too many drinks will throw all of your good intentions out the window.

    -Use the three-bite rule. Try the first bite, if it’s not worth it, stop there. If it is, take two more awesomely mindful bites.

    -Make one plate and one plate only. This doesn’t mean piling as high as possible.

    -Taste everything by taking a small helping of everything there that looks like it’s worth it, but make it count!

    8. Visualize

    Today does not occur in a vacuum. Think ahead to tomorrow morning, and the next day. Picture yourself putting on your gym clothes. You want to be happy with our choices. Enjoying today does not mean gorging ourselves to the point of not being able to move. In fact, you should be able to go for a family walk afterwards. Get to the point where you are enjoying everything, but are enjoying your choices even more.

    9. Remember it’s Thanksgiving DAY!

    This doesn’t mean you eat leftover stuffing for the remainder of the weekend. You had it already. It was awesome, now let’s get back to healthier choices that serve us!

    10. Love Yourself

    Let go and cut yourself some slack. Don’t give this day power over you. Just enjoy it. It’s not an all or nothing day. It’s just another day. A wonderful day! Enjoy every single second of it, guilt-free. Remember, it IS about the food, but it’s mainly about the awesome loved ones around you!

    Eat Up Life,

    Allison

     

  • Food For Thought

    Monday Mantra – Thanksgiving Week!

    Start this week of thanks by being thankful right in this moment. We don’t need a holiday or specific day to be grateful. Be grateful for every gift, moment, and wonderful individual in your life. Thank someone who is always there for you…and don’t wait for Thursday!

  • Food For Thought

    Supermarket Sweep!

    …when battling the crowd at Costco for your weekly grocery stash is part of #SundayFunDay.  

    I’m an animal navigating that cart. #skills ?

    Props to Costco for having a lot of organic options and for having their own single-ingredient almond butter: uh, just almonds what a concept! …And props to me for purchasing (and carefully carrying) 10-dozen organic eggs. Go hard or go home. 
    Now, let’s get #cooking!

  • Food For Thought

    Join the Fit To Feast 21-Day Palate Reset (F2F21) Launching Nov.1

    Ok so Halloween is this weekend, and then believe it or not, Thanksgiving and the holidays are right around the corner. Ahhhh! No need to panic 😉 It’s an incredible time of year, especially when you’re feeling in control and armed to make smart and enjoyable food choices. Now is the time to start implementing some healthful habits setting the tone from now until the new year!

    ENTER THE FIT TO FEAST 21-DAY PALATE RESET (F2F21)!

    THIS IS NOT A CHALLENGE, but rather an OPPORTUNITY for you to prioritize fueling your body with nutrient-dense whole foods. The F2F21 will jump start fat loss, kick both cravings and unhealthy habits, and will allow you to celebrate food freedom. These 21 days will pave the way for you to make smart choices past these three weeks all the way through the rest of the year and beyond. You deserve to feel your best. Your A-Game with me starts here. You’ll get:

    •The F2F21 guide

    •Access to my overview seminar explaining how to rewire your biochemistry by letting food be thy medicine.

    •Accountability and access to the closed F2F21 Facebook Group where I will be answering all of your questions, and you can also share tips, recipes, and support with others in the F2F21 community.

    •Weekly check-ins where I answer all  your questions

    •The opportunity to be part of a group of people who want to be their best, just like you.

    Click the button below to get started!




  • Food For Thought/ Where I Feast

    Re-Think Brunch

    I take my breakfast seriously. Part of the #FitToFeast lifestyle is not only prioritizing breakfast, but rethinking it. 


    Breakfast doesn’t need to be sweet. A pork chop with farm-fresh eggs is sweet enough ?. Thank you, Salts Cure, for keeping it real. #EatUpLife 

  • Food For Thought

    Start Your Day with an Attitude of Gratitude

    I opened two gifts this morning. They were my eyes.

    Start your day with an attitude of gratitude. That’s when the magic happens.

    DTLA, you look gorgeous.

  • Food For Thought/ Where I Feast

    It’s Monday. You Did It Up This Past Weekend. Here’s What To Do Today.

    It’s Monday. It’s possible you are stressed about what you ate and drank over the weekend and you have vowed to start your diet today. 


    Stop right there. Tell the diets to die.

    All you need is a palate reset. You do not need a juice cleanse or any cleanse for that matter. 


    All you need is to Eat. Real. Food. 


    Focus on feasting on fueling plants and animals, and you are on your way to a healthy start of your week. 
    I need a bit of a reset myself so I opted for wild cod with roasted roots & Brussels sprouts.

    • Cod is a great lean protein source high in B12/omega3 and uh, The Rock eats 821 pounds of it a year.
    • Root veggies are high in fiber, vitaminC, & beta-carotene, amongst many other nutrients. 
    • Cruciferous Brussels sprouts are nutritional powerhouses, and interestingly enough contain 3g of protein per cup.
    • Oh and I eat guac with everything. 

     

    Celebrate your mind and body by celebrating food. It’s not about deprivation, it’s about satiation.