Shrimp Pad Thai
If I had to pick I would probably choose shrimp as my favorite protein. I feel like it goes so well in so many different dishes. This is a fun way to eat a bunch of different vegetables yet still feel like you are having an indulgent meal. You can very easily take out the shrimp for a vegetarian version (maybe add a hard boiled egg or peanuts) or replace it with something else. Either way, it's delicious and easy!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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We live in a world of instant gratification.
Amazon is a "prime" (hah, get it?) example of it. You can basically order anything you want and get it within the next hour or at least within two days. Think of how you feel when your order is postponed or if you order from somewhere else and it takes several days or (OMG) how about several months (especially during COVID-19 times)?! We want it NOW!
With technological advancements in this day and age, it seems like if you can't get something almost instantly, it isn't even worth it, right? Wrong!
I'm not saying instant gratification is bad, but delayed gratification can be even better. Now, this applies to a lot of things in life but I am going to direct it specifically towards living a healthier lifestyle.
What is instant gratification in the health and wellness field? Maybe it's something like "lose 10 pounds in one week with this diet", "run a couch to 5k in one month" or "take this supplement and sleep better overnight".
While in reality, sure those things all might SOUND nice, let's dive deeper into what happens when you give in to those instant gratifications and what you can do instead.
1. To lose 10 pounds in one week maybe your diet calls for you to only eat protein and some vegetables, no carbs, no fruit, no sweets, no dairy, no juice, no alcohol and not enough calories. Ignoring the fact that you most likely will mainly lose water weight - sure, the idea of 10 pounds in a week SOUNDS great. Only one week of hard work and then you get the benefits of being 10 pounds skinnier, right? Nope. Either you won't even be able to make it through the entire week without "cheating" OR you do it (miserably), lose the weight and then go back to your normal way of eating and end up gaining even more weight than you tried to lose in the first place because that diet is not sustainable.
2. Running a couch to 5k in one month seems cool because you only have to put in the work for one month and then you can run the race. You can do anything for one month. You go from nothing to running several times a week and you get super pumped for the race (which is great) - BUT because you didn't build upon a base, your body is feeling worn out, you aren't fueling and recovering properly and when you make it to race day - you get injured because you are not properly trained. One month is not enough time (for most people who aren't doing anything prior to beginning).
3. You start taking a random supplement that you didn't research and doesn't have much science to back it up. It knocks you out at night pretty quickly. You go to sleep but still don't feel energized when you wake up. You want a solution now though so you keep taking the pills because it gets you to sleep. You never think that your nightcap while watching TV and scrolling social media on your phone has anything to do with it. You still feel tired and you are starting to experience some side effects from the pills.
While wanting to make changes to your lifestyle and health is fantastic, there are safer, better ways to do it than ANYTHING that promises instant gratification. These behaviors and habits you have developed throughout your ENTIRE life, are not going to go away in one week. There is no shortcut. You have to put in the work. The harder you work for something, the greater you'll feel when you achieve it. I also have to emphasize, putting in the work does not mean you have to do everything perfectly. There will be lapses and relapses and ups and downs along the way and that is 100% okay. Slow and steady is the way to go to make lasting changes. Nothing good happens overnight (normally). Stop trying to do everything so fast. "Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." ~Arthur Ashe
Put in the work even if you can't see or feel the results yet. You will, and it will be worth it.
Think of your body as a 401K. The veggies you eat and activity you do each day is like depositing money from each paycheck into your account. When you are young, it might not seem to make that much of a difference, but as you continue to do it over time, you are building up bigger and better habits that will work to keep you safe and sound in the future. You would hate to wait until you are 50 to find out you have nothing to keep you going. It is impossible to catch up at that point. Wouldn't you rather look back and see how those small changes you made throughout your life added up to create vibrant results when the time came and it really mattered?
Invest in yourself. Don't sell yourself short. Your reward will come. Trust in the method.
If you are done with quick fixes, contact me for lasting results.
Please ROMAINE calm, even though school is back in session, summer is NOT officially over yet.
LETTUCE TURNIP the BEET and celebrate another month and a half of long summer days!
Join us on August 22nd at 5pm (CDT) via Zoom to make a filling and satisfying summer salad. $20 per household (we encourage the whole family to join in)!
We will be making:
Chopped BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad (naturally gluten-free and dairy-free)
Skillet Cornbread (can be made gluten-free and dairy-free but doesn't have to be)
Peach Rosemary Shrub (best made with gin or bourbon but really any alcohol would work)
Salads don't have to be a boring, obligatory side dish, make them the highlight and the main meal! This is the type of salad you will tell your friends about. No, no grill is required for this BBQ. Also, you can never go wrong with cornbread as a side dish ;) Let's soak up this summer feeling for as long as we can and enjoy these southern BBQ specials!
After you register, the week before class starts, you will receive an e-mail with a list of ingredients so you can buy your groceries and prepare ahead of time, as well as the Zoom meeting information! See you soon!
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I am a food loving, activity seeking health coach who resides in Franklin, TN with my husband and two sweet dogs (Lola & Penny).
I believe everyone should eat balanced and not cut food groups if you don't medically need to. All foods can fit in a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I have to avoid gluten and also limit myself with dairy, so my goal is to provide healthy, gluten-free/dairy-free recipes so EVERYONE can enjoy all foods, even if you do have to cut out certain food groups. My recipes are encouraged for everyone to eat, not just for those with sensitivities/allergies! Most of my recipes can be easily converted by using real dairy and whole-wheat in place of my allergy-free substitutes.
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