5 ways to get healthier

March is National Nutrition Month and while the activities on the eatright.org site leave a lot to be desired, I’m always game to talk nutrition!

Their theme this year is: Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right and I must say, it’s one that I can fully get behind. “Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most.” – eatright.org Ummmm, YES! Nutrition is a field based on science, but I’ve always thought that if it was strictly science, no one would be overweight or struggling with other nutrition-related diseases. We know that vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins are healthy for us, but we still love pancakes, cheeseburgers and cupcakes. Food has got to taste good (and I think look good) to be satisfying.

And thankfully, it is possible to enjoy eating right and still enjoy the fun food. Part of “eating right” (in my opinion) is adding nutrition/health/wellness – instead of always focusing on what to remove – and it’s why I came up with my five favorite ways to get healthier. Most of us, no matter how healthy we are, have room for improvement when it comes to health. I know I do! Instead of grandiose plans to completely overhaul our diet and fitness, make some small improvements every day.

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lately i’ve been…xvi

(I started writing this post SO long ago…where does the time go?)

Republique

eating an AMAZING dinner at Republique. I think it was one of the best meals of my life.

Christmas

really wanting to send out Christmas cards. It seemed like the adult thing to do. But we just couldn’t get our act together so I made a “virtual” one and shared it on facebook instead. Next year?

celebrating New Year’s Eve with an old-school dinner with friends: standing rib roast + roasted fingerlings + mushroom sherry sauce

making some 2014 resolutions/goals. Some are really cool like a big trip and others are…wearing lipstick + perfume every day.

reading and seeing The Wolf of Wall Street. (Thoughts?!)

oatmeal scones

baking these oatmeal scones

eating at L & E Oyster Bar in Silverlake with friends who were visiting.

picking up a copy of kinfolk. Have you seen these magazine/books? Motto: Discover things to cook, make and do. They come out quarterly and are simply stunning. (Recommended by same friend.)

seeing James Turrell exhibit at LACMA. (Also, with same friends…it was a great weekend!)

subsequently deciding that an annual pass to LACMA was necessary.

LA Times

taking a tour of the LA Times. This tour was FANTASTIC. (Did you know that the LA Times is one of the only papers in the country that has a test kitchen?)

on a total smoothie kick. (How to make a green smoothie.)

Getty Villa

visiting the Getty Villa. No words.

Malibu

drinking overpriced wine and mediocre food at Moonshadows in Malibu. (At least the sunset was amazing.)

really busy at work. It’s Spring newsletter season!

loving this lunch: veggie burger (Qrunch and Hilary’s Eat Well are my faves!)  + a slice of melted goat cheese + fresh avocado. OBSESSED! I add baby carrots and deli turkey or chicken on the side for a prep-free meal that is SO satisfying and delicious.

What have you been up to lately?

meal prep in 3 easy steps

I’m a planner.

I plan my evenings. I plan my weekends. I plan my mornings. And I definitely plan my meals.

When you plan and prep your meals in advance, it makes life easier, but it’s also really important if you are trying to eat healthier or lose weight. 

Depending on your life/work/school schedule, meal prep can go in a few directions. Because I eat breakfast and lunch at the office, I specifically plan out those meals and pack everything up in separate containers (or double up portions and leave at the office fridge). 

Step One: I start by planning the meals I want to make first. It might be a fun meal from pinterest or something I tore out of a magazine, or a recipe that I’m testing for my blog or other work. A lot of my meals during the week are really simple and I save the fun meals for the weekends when I have more time to actually enjoy the cooking process.

Step Two: After you’ve planned your meals, consult your pantry/fridge/freezer for the ingredients you already have, and make your list. Decide which ingredients it makes sense to buy cooked or cleaned ahead of time and which ingredients you’ll prepare from scratch.

Step Three: Cook! Set aside a few hours and prepare and pack up all of your meals (for me it is just breakfast + lunch) so they are ready to grab on your way out the door!

Enjoy!

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lately i’ve been…xv

drinking tea again. I don’t drink much tea in the summer, but now that the weather has (sort of) cooled down, I’m all about it. I also try to use Sugar Cookie tea as a dessert in the winter. Sometimes it works. :)

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finishing my half marathon! I ran the Rock N’ Roll Los Angeles on an early Sunday morning. I hit my goal of finishing under two hours (I think my time was 1:57) and I’ve got the terrible race photos to prove it. It feels like that was SO long ago now!

discovering starbucks rewards app. So many convienient things about this app. I can load money and pay with my phone which is the most amazing thing. I’m hooked.

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having little bro in town! We had a great weekend full of exciting hikes, football games, rum at the Tiki Ti and lots of chicken wings.

making fun cocktails. Bourbon Maple Apple Cider from fruetcake was a big hit. I’m not a huge cocktail person, but I tried a sip and Richie loved it. I think it’s a new favorite in our house. Not to mention we now have 78 ounces of apple cider…

having friends in town! SO fun. Dinner at Connie & Ted’s, lunch at Villa Blanca (complete with a Lisa & Ken Vanderpump sighting), shopping, drinks at The Beverly Hills Hotel and dancing at SUR. We packed a lot into 48 hours.

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updating my “About” page. It was long overdue!

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obsessed with all things holiday parties and holiday decorations. (Above is one of my favorites, from Haiti.)

not running. I don’t think I’ve run since the half! I’ve been doing elliptical and/or incline walking, the 7-minute workout and barre3 dvd’s.

getting some Christmas shopping done at Uniuqe LA (modern, made-in-America goods).

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trying out a new restaurant in Culver City called FIN. Delish sushi (and my favorite, crispy rice)!

wrapping lots of gifts and getting them in the mail! CB2 has the cutest wrapping station FYI.

watching my friend Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on The Today Show! She did absolutely amazing, I’m so proud.

What have you been up to lately? Ready for Christmas?