How To Stop Eating Junk Food

I have mad love for Michael Pollan and his book “Food Rules.” I have basically tried to follow these rules myself, and encourage my family to do so as well.

To me, these are perfectly reasonable rules. Take this, for example –

It's not food if

And this —

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He points out that gas stations now make more money inside selling food and cigarettes than they do outside selling gasoline. But consider what kind of food this is…


The most difficult part for some people, however, is to stop eating junk food.

Michael offers a simple answer for this.


This is the main rule I try to abide by, and I have been able to hack into all of my old unhealthy recipes and make them over to make them over without grain or processed sugar. However, since cooking and baking takes time, many people are unwilling to do this.
Here is a solution to the time problem:


2 Words: Trail Mix

Trail mix (homemade, of course,) takes less than 5 minutes to make. It satisfies both sweet and salty cravings.

And, it’s both filling and nutritious. If you drink coffee, tea or water with a handful of trail mix, you will feel full without feeling bloated.

And better yet, in research studies people who eat nuts lose more weight than people who don’t.

It’s because nuts have both protein and fiber. Filling, delicious and satisfying!

And one more thing – it’s easy to keep on hand, and portable. You don’t want to get caught out somewhere without food. Carry it with you all the time, and you will never get stuck starving without a snack. That’s when much unintentional overeating occurs.

So go make a big batch right now!


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Don’t Waste Your Willpower On Food

Brian Wansink (Mindless Eating) says that we make 200 food decisions every day.

Decision-making depletes our willpower.

So for many of us, we are using up the very resource that we need to make healthy choices and avoid defaulting to easy, less-than-healthy junk food.

Self-control / willpower is a good asset to strengthen, of course. But we need to conserve this asset to get through a stressful day.

What’s the answer?

My answer is to set up my life so that I don’t need willpower. With a little bit of time, effort and planning, you can do the same thing.

The first thing to do is create substitutes for your favorite foods, and be willing to make them yourself, so you can always have them on hand.

Of course, you can use tools, like tapping, to get through any tempting situation.

But if you are willing to take the time and effort, you can create healthy substitutes that are equally satisfying, such as 3-ingredient ice cream with chocolate drizzle.


3-Ingredient Ice Cream With Chocolate Drizzle (Serves 2)

For the Ice Cream

3 Bananas (sliced and frozen)
2 tsp. Cocoa or cacao powder (unsweetened)
1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter (or other nut butter)

For The Chocolate Drizzle

1 Tbsp. Cocoa or cacao powder (unsweetened)
1 Tbsp. Coconut oil (melted)
1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

1. Put the frozen banana slices into a food processor and process for 5-6 minutes until creamy and smooth. You will need to keep stopping and pushing the bananas down the sides.

2. Add the cocoa powder and peanut butter and process until smooth.

3. Mix the drizzle ingredients together and serve. Voila!

Whatever you do, don’t waste your limited supply of willpower on food. It’s unnecessary – if you take the time to make your own sweet and satisfying treats. In my book, cultivating willingness goes a lot further than depending on your limited supply of willpower.

Ice cream, anyone?

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The #1 Anti-Cancer Vegetable

What’s the #1 anti-cancer vegetable?

If you are going to eat vegetables (and you should :-),

you might as well do yourself some good by eating the right stuff.

Watch this short video to find out (very informative!)


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My 2-Ingredient Ice Cream

Watch this hilarious video with Brian Regan talking about Food Labels and portion sizes. It’s so true!

It got me thinking about how much I love ice cream!

Check this out!


2-Ingredient Raspberry Ice Cream

1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (Plain)

Blend these 2 ingredients together in a small food processor and amazingly – you have ice cream!

How simple is that?


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This Made Me Cry!

Finally! Some help for children with Epilepsy (and lots of other things too.) Our states are finally passing laws that make sense. This is amazing!

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Mind Over Milkshakes: How Your Mind Can Change Your Metabolism

Ever try to change your metabolism?

Heh – it’s not that easy.

Or is it?

Maybe you just went about it the wrong way.

Psychologist Alia Crum’s research, dubbed the “Mind Over Milkshakes” experiment, shows that changing your digestion, and possibly your metabolism is only a matter of using your mind.

On 2 separate occasions, participants consumed a 380-calorie milkshake under the pretense that it was either a 620-calorie “indulgent” shake (“Decadence You Deserve”) or a 140-calorie “sensible” shake (“Guilt-free Satisfaction.”)

When participants were led into having an indulgent mindset, it actually affected their digestion. They had a dramatically steeper decline in ghrelin than those who thought they were consuming a “sensible” milkshake. Ghrelin is the “hunger hormone” that is responsible for us seeking food and becoming ravenous when hungry.

Ghrelin is the hormone that causes us to reach for another cookie just because we remember how good the last one tasted. People given this hormone in studies become so ravenous that they eat markedly more than their usual food intake. In short, ghrelin is one the driving forces of overeating.

While eating, ghrelin levels normally change, spiking downwards, basically speeding up your metabolism and telling you that you are full.

When ghrelin levels are low after a large meal, we feel satisfied and no longer seek out food. In Crum’s studies, the ghrelin levels of participants who “thought” they were drinking an indulgent 620-calorie shake dramatically decreased. The participants felt more satisfied than those who “thought” they were drinking a “sensible” shake.

In fact, both groups drank the same milkshake. The only difference was how the shakes were labeled. The “sensible” shake was labeled as having no fat, no added sugar and low calorie. Ghrelin levels in these participants were unchanged.

What this means is that your beliefs may have a more significant impact on driving down your appetite than the actual calorie count. This finding shows one reason why “diet” foods do not help us lose weight. They don’t give us the signal that we are satisfied and it’s time to stop eating.

Even though salads can be quite indulgent, for instance, many people can’t get themselves to eat it because it reminds them of dieting. Or it just doesn’t seem like a “satisfying” meal.

Other people think they are eating “light” when they order salad, and then piling on the dressing and rich toppings. If you “think” your salad is rich and indulgent, you may get the added benefit of feeling full and satisfied, regardless of the calorie count.

Food labeling is a tangled mess easily manipulated by the food industry. A product may be labeled “low-fat” (because it is lower in fat than a full fat option) but still be a high-fat food. A food product might be a good source of fiber but still have a sugar content that is exorbitantly high.

What does seem true is that:

1. The old metabolic formula “calories in…calories out” has a few more holes punched in it.
2. Labels are not just labels. They evoke a set of beliefs.
3. There are no idle beliefs. We don’t give them enough credit for how much they influence our physiology.

We’ve always known that our minds are powerful. Maybe now, we just need to practice how we think about what we eat. I’d say that it’s a lot easier to fool your stomach by using your mindset than to change your metabolism using exercise alone.

It may come down to how we think about salad.

Eat healthy. Think indulgent 🙂

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Dear Sugar, I’m Breaking Up With You

Dear Sugar,

I’m breaking up with you.

You’re my bad habit, my secret addiction, and I don’t like myself when I’m with you.

It’s not me.goodbye2

It’s you.

Yes, you are tempting and sweet in the moment, but it’s hard to avoid overindulging…

and overindulging doesn’t make me feel good.

You are draining my energy.

Exhausting me.

And when I’m with you, I get that same sluggish feeling as I do with a glass of wine.

So I have decided that you are a drug and I don’t want to be addicted. I don’t need anything that makes me feel regretful and hungover after I’ve indulged.

I’m dumping you.

Yes, I may feel withdrawal, but it’s not nearly as bad as giving in to your temptation and how that makes me feel about myself.

It’s not nearly as bad as running from my feelings and stuffing them with sweets.

It’s not nearly as bad as spending my whole life numbing my pain and choosing the brief, but costly reprieve for my problems.

Yes, I may feel deprived. But so what?

Who promised me a life without feeling deprived?

I am stronger than I give myself credit.

And you know what?

It’s part of being human.

I embrace my humanity and all the feelings that are a part of it.

If I’m not attempting to avoid them, numb them or control them, then I can actually feel what it means to be human.

What if I just make space for those feelings?

If I do that, then they can dissolve quickly, easily and naturally, without my attempts to control.

All I need to do is allow and accept and know that this is part of life.

Feelings are part of being human.

Is this final?

Sugar, this is not about abstinence. It’s about choice.

I choose to take care of myself. I choose to create my own sweetness. And once I get out of the habit, I don’t think I’m going to miss you very much.

Sure, we can still hangout sometimes… in small doses. I’ve never been much for cutting someone out of my life completely. That just feels too restrictive.

But you are no longer my only sweetness. stress-eating-list1

You can no longer fill in the empty spaces where my loneliness resides.

I don’t need you to feel good.

I don’t need you to have sweetness in my life, or to soothe my tired, aching feelings.

I don’t need you to soothe the places where my heart is shattered.

I don’t need you as a mute button on my crazy whacked-out life.

You can hang out with me sometimes… but I definitely need some space.

For right now.


I choose to feel my feelings.

I choose to face whatever is there that I haven’t been facing up to.

I choose to face everything that I can’t control.

And to let it be.

Will it make me want you even more?


But remember, you are not the only sweetness in my life.

Don’t try to make up.

You say you can take away my pain and my loneliness.

You say you can comfort me.

You say we’ve been together so long. Who will fill in?

Don’t try to make up.

I’ve fallen for your empty promises too many times.

I’m stronger than I give myself credit.

I’ve been dependent on you far too long.

You say you are my friend and you’ll never be the harsh critic I may have to face in the world.

That may be true.

But I am ready to face the world with a clear head.

I want my freedom.

You say you will always be there for me.

You say you can soothe my hurt feelings.

I see you for what you really are.

A sweet obsession.

And I’m not falling for it.

You exist in so many places.

But mostly, you live in my head.

You are no longer my everything.

Because I don’t need you to be my everything.

This is about how I show up in my own life.

What I am willing to feel.

And what I feel worthy of having.

This is about knowing what I need and being willing to give it to myself.

Sugar, I’m not perfect.

This is about knowing I don’t need to be perfect.

I can have slip-ups, knowing –

I am stronger than I give myself credit.

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I Just Can’t Resist Sweets

One of the most frequent questions I get from clients is this:

“I just can’t resist sweets. How do you just say no to certain foods?”

Personally, I’ve weaned myself off of most grains and sugar, which does NOT mean that I am perfect or that I have stopped eating sweets – no way!

I still crave treats like anyone else.

Try this pumpkin gingerbread cake, for instance! Or my chocolate chunk scones.

No matter what food is calling your name this holiday season, here’s my guide for passing it up, without feeling deprived.

You’ll need 3 things, so put these on your gift list to yourself.

1. The Gift of Willingness

Are you willing to make your own healthy substitutes?

No matter what you love, there’s a simple, healthier version. That means being willing to take the time to research it and create substitutes for the rich, fattening version that disturbs your waistline.

If you are willing to do this, then you won’t ever feel deprived. And there won’t be any struggle about whether to have something or not. Freedom!

2. The Gift of Planning

Are you willing to make a plan for any event that may be challenging? If you are, then you will always feel prepared and calm. (Hint: Tap before all events – mandatory!)

Your plan may include sampling your favorites, sharing dessert, or bringing your own (see #1). If you minimize grains and sugar, you’ll feel good leaving the party. Success!

3. The Gift of Mindfulness

The last thing you want to do is go unconscious during a social event that is loaded with carb-dense foods. There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve overeaten and then having to wait several hours to feel better. If you stay mindful, eat slowly and savor every bite, then you will feel satisfied and in control at the end of the meal without overeating.

Best of all, instead of feeling defeated, you’ll feel GOOD about yourself, with a growing confidence that you are the type of person who can do this.

And that is the best success of all!

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Gluten Free Coconut Chocolate Chunk Scones

Gluten_Free_Coconut_Chocolate_Chunk_SconesServings: 16
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup organic sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/3 cup shredded coconut (toasted)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine almond meal, salt and baking soda. Whisk together sugar, eggs and coconut oil in a smaller bowl.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. Then fold in remaining ingredients.

Drop the batter in scant 1/4 cup portions onto the baking sheet. Brush the tops with cream or egg wash if desired.

Bake 14-17 minutes until golden brown, or toothpick inserted in the center of a scone comes out clean. Cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.


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How I Conquered Snickers

Success Story #1:

My Life-Changing Experience (Excerpt from Lose Weight Now…Stay Slim Forever)

How I learned to be kinder to myself, to purposely interrupt the cycle, to take myself out of the power struggle, to give myself permission.

I had a number of “food fears”. I was terrified to walk down the candy aisle of a supermarket for fear of buying all the candy and then consuming it. I felt out of control and didn’t think I could trust myself not to overeat. So I avoided and actively steered myself away from the candy aisle whenever I was in a supermarket. I tried to keep a tight rein on myself thinking it was the only way to stay in control.

But it wasn’t working.

The tighter I held the reins, the more I would rebel and fight myself. I would go on a binge, which only reinforced my vision of being out of control. It was a vicious circle.

I had a special affinity for Snickers-probably because my mother had a reputation for hiding them from us as kids. I used to eat Snickers on occasion and thought it was such an indulgence that I probably didn’t even taste them. I felt too guilty to really enjoy them.

At some point, I decided to break the cycle.

I decided to face my fear and to do exactly what I was most afraid of.

I went to the candy aisle purposely and bought 2 bags of Snickers. I carried them everywhere-in the car, at home and at work. Snickers were my new best friend. I gave myself permission to eat them whenever I wanted them. It was one big experiment. I had no idea what the results would be. I only knew that I couldn’t keep going on the way things were. And avoiding the problem was only making things worse.

Having that permission made me feel a lot more relaxed. I no longer had to fight myself. I went through the 2 bags and bought 2 more bags. I ate them whenever I wanted. I ate them slowly. I tasted them fully. I enjoyed them. I kept buying more bags until one day, something strange happened. I didn’t want them anymore. I had finished a bag and had no urge to go and buy more. The Snickers magic was gone. They weren’t charged for me any more. I didn’t dislike them. They had just lost their power. They were neutral.

I haven’t been afraid to walk down a candy aisle since-in fact, I don’t think I’ve had a Snickers bar since then.

What happened? What made the difference? Did I just satiate myself to the point of not wanting them anymore? It’s possible, but I think it was something more than that. It was something about being able to be kinder to myself, to purposely interrupt the cycle, to take myself out of the power struggle, to give myself permission. The result was like a temper tantrum without an audience-it just doesn’t have the same impact. It can’t be maintained without something to push up against.

I knew I had given myself a life-changing experience. It felt different. There was no vicious cycle. The life was gone out of it-I had crossed a threshold. Unfortunately, despite the victory of sorts, I had to wait a long time to fully understand the experience and how to apply what I already knew to my whole life… [ Continued in the book]

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