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Learning the 10 principles of intuitive eating

Intuitive Eating is a lifestyle approach to eating, weight and healthy habits that rejects the idea that dieting is healthy and an effective approach to losing weight. It involves implementing 10 principles of intuitive eating that help you change your views on dieting and restriction […]

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Practicing intuitive eating: NO food is off-limits

Learning that all foods have a place in a healthy lifestyle and that no food is off-limits is part of one of the intuitive eating principles, “Making Peace with Food”.  The 10 principles of Intuitive Eating were first introduced in the book, Intuitive Eating by […]

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Trusting yourself with intuitive eating

Trusting yourself with intuitive eating is a big part of making the shift in your mindset.  Especially since at the heart of each and every diet is a list of rules and restrictions telling you that you can’t be trusted with your own body.  And […]

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Intuitive eating can be the answer to your weight loss failure

Intuitive eating can be the answer to your weight loss failure

How long have you been dieting?  For me, it feels like my entire adult life.  I think my first “real” diet where I followed a strict calorie count was in my early twenties.  And of course, in that first attempt the weight came off and […]

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Assorted whole grains are shown in this photo including brown rice, wheatberries, quinoa and soba noodles

My favorite healthy whole grains

Are you tired of your basic everyday grains and looking to change up your menu just a bit?  Here are my favorite healthy whole grains that I use regularly for my meals and meal prep. I know that nutrition still matters even when I am […]

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My top 5 smoothie boosters

Who doesn’t love a good smoothie?  For me, they are the perfect breakfast on the run because I can make them quickly and take them in my on-the-go cup to drink during my morning commute.  Also, you can prep your fruits and veggies ahead, so […]

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Self care to support intuitive eating and a healthy life.

Self care to support intuitive eating & a healthy life

Using Intuitive Eating to support a healthier lifestyle is more than just changing your eating habits.  It’s also based on learning how to take care of yourself through building healthy habits. Having good self care habits in place work to keep you sane when things […]

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Intuitive eating beginnings

I’ve been using Intuitive eating lately to help guide my food choices and it has been a true game changer.  I give my body the fuel it needs and wants, when it wants it.  And, I’ve discovered much including… Less obsession with food Stabilized weight […]

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Chickpeas and veggies in glass container to go.

Mix and Match Meal Prep Made Easy

Did you know that one of the main keys to healthy living is meal prep?  Yes, it’s true!!!  Why?  The reason is simple.  [bctt tweet=”When you have a plan or a roadmap for your meals all laid out it’s easier to make healthy choices when […]

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Pan roasted veggies featuring sweet potatoes and chickpeas are plated in white bowl.

Pan Roasted Veggies with Sweet Potatoes and Chickpeas

How many times each week do you come home exhausted after a crazy day at work and just want to collapse??  Or maybe cooking just isn’t your thing and you want to spend as little time as possible preparing meals?  It could be that you […]

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Photo of workout on video screen.

Simple Workouts to do at Home

Did you know that it is possible to find and implement a variety of simple workouts to do at home? I have two top excuses that I use regularly to avoid exercising. #1 The first excuse I use consistently is about money.  Whether it’s that […]

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D.I.E.T. Did I really eat that!?

My perspectives on the healthiest diets

Let’s face it dieting is hard and figuring out which are the healthiest diets is even harder.  I feel like over the years, I have tried more than my fair share of different diets.  Some with positive results and others not so much!!  And as […]

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Six toasts topped with various fruit and veggie options

Easy healthy snacking strategies

Let’s talk about all the different ways to approach easy, healthy snacking!!! Snacks are foods eaten in between meals and it can be argued that the increase in snacking has certainly contributed to the increase in the number of overweight and obese folks now in […]

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Cooking with healthy spices bowls of various spices

Using spices as a healthy seasoning

Last week I shared a post with you about cooking with herbs as a healthy seasoning.  Today, I am back to move on to spices.  What’s the difference between herbs and spices?  Herbs are generally considered to be the leaves of plants which are used […]

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Baskets of herbs freshly cut

Exploring health and herbs through cooking

Herbs and spices add flavor!! Lots and lots of flavor!!  Using different herbs and spices to flavor your food allows you to use less of other unhealthy ingredients such as salt and butter or oil.  Salt and butter contribute a lot of flavor and mouthfeel to […]

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Turmeric Almond Milk Latte in cup on saucer with wooden spoon

The Sleep and Weight Loss Connection

There is no doubt that sleep has changed for most of the world in the last 100 years or so.  And even more recently, with even further advances in technology.  Today we are way more connected than ever before.  It used to be “back in […]

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Keep your new year goals

Approaches to keep your new year goals

NOTE:  This post may include affiliate links which means that if you click through and purchase, I do receive some small financial benefit which helps me to continue to provide you with free content.     Follow my blog with Bloglovin Did you commit to a […]

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Collection of holiday beverages garnished with cranberries, pine and flowers.

Healthy Party Planning for Your Next Event

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I don’t know about you, but the holiday season seemed to come out of nowhere this year.  I have my first holiday Christmas party to attend this weekend.  And that started me thinking about healthy party planning and the strategies […]

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How to Survive the Holidays with Healthy Habits

How to Survive the Holidays with Healthy Habits

It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me at all this year.  I mean I can’t believe it’s actually already December.  Part of the reason I feel this way is that it’s sunny and hot here in Peru.  In the past, living in NYC, leaving the […]

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5 Lessons I Discovered While Living Abroad at Thanksgiving

What does Thanksgiving mean to you?  Do you learn from experiences outside your comfort zone? What happens when things don’t go your way?  Are you open to new experiences? These are some of the questions I asked myself this past week.  I thrive outside my […]

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Eat nutritious and delicious meals and save time with Easy Cookin’

Hi there everyone!!  I am taking a bit of a diversion today from posting a recipe or a piece about nutrition.  I hope that’s okay with y’all.  Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a new plant-based meal planning service, Easy Cookin’.  […]

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Cooking foods with Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin

Cooking Foods with Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin

Did you know that your body actually makes vitamin D from the sun?  Exposure to the sun in minimal amounts triggers a process in the skin that creates vitamin D in the body.  That’s why it is often called the sunshine vitamin!!  Another source is […]

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Finding healthy fats…an important part of eating well

This week I am talking about dietary fat, the last of the macronutrients.  Fats are another nutrient discussed as being a problem in the typical western diet.  And I definitely agree that it is often a problem for many of us.  We are consuming too […]

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Carbohydrates - Your body's favorite energy source

Carbohydrates – Your body’s favorite energy source

Last week I tackled proteins, so today I want to continue taking a close look at another macronutrient, carbohydrates.  Carbs have really gotten a bad rap lately.  Between the obsession for the keto diet and gluten-free becoming trendy, they’ve truly suffered, and many people have […]

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Eating plant-based protein • Quinoa and spinach stuffed sweet potato

Eating plant-based protein • Quinoa and spinach stuffed sweet potato

Protein is one of the three macronutrients our body needs to function.  The other two macronutrients are fat and carbohydrates.  The foods that we eat are made up of these three macronutrients in varying amounts.  I hear lots of talk about concerns with not getting […]

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The Keto Diet: Healthy or not?

The Keto Diet: Healthy or not?

Losing weight is a complicated subject and unfortunately there are no quick and easy solutions for many of us.  Diets that promise us quick and easy weight loss are unlikely to result in weight loss that lasts over the long term.  Why? Because as soon […]

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World Vegetarian Day – My thoughts on why we should all eat less meat

Today is World Vegetarian Day.  According to Google and Wikipedia in 2010 more than 1 billion people worldwide were vegetarian.  Today I suspect that number is higher since the world population has likely increased and more people are choosing to be vegetarian.  Today kicks off […]

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Kicking the sugar habit

Kicking the sugar habit – My strategies for reducing sugar

Sugar is my number one food struggle – no doubt.  I regularly eat a variety of foods, eat mostly plant-based and consume an reasonable amount of fat.  However, when it comes to sugar and sweet foods it’s constantly an issue for me.  I love it […]

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Meditation and health - Why it's good for you and how to start?

Meditation and health – Why it’s good for you and how to start?

Today I am not sharing about food or a new recipe. At the heart of what I believe, is that our health and well-being isn’t just what we eat or how we move, but also has to do with what we think and how we […]

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Save money on food while eating healthy

Save money on food while eating healthy

Looking for some ways to trim back on your food expenses and save money on food?  Maybe you have a trip planned to save up for in a few months? Or perhaps you are just looking for areas you can make a few adjustments in […]

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A bit about Peru, chocolate and what's new on the blog

A bit about Peru, chocolate and what’s new on the blog

So maybe you noticed that I took a week away from posting last week.  There were definitely some reasons behind this mini-break.  The main reason being that after getting the blog launched here at cookeatlivelove.com, I began to feel the need for a little break […]

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Tips to Start Moving More

Tips to Start Moving More Every Day

I have been feeling really stuck in lots of ways lately. In many of these different areas, I know what’s holding me back, and for now it’s just a matter of moving through it all one tiny step at a time.  One of these areas […]

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Altering a Recipe: Tricks for Making Recipes More Nutritious

Tips and Tricks for Making Recipes More Nutritious

Have you ever stumbled across a recipe only to look at the ingredients or the nutritional information and realize that while it sounds fantastic, it is not something you feel is a healthy option to serve for dinner? Is there a recipe from your childhood […]

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Nutrition and Healthy Habits for Brain Health

Brain health is a topic that hits very close to home for me.  In 2016, my mom received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  She wasn’t that old, only 69 when diagnosed and she did not survive long with the illness.  For certain, I feel her […]

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Tips for using social media and the web for meal planning

One of the fundamental habits I recommend to create and live a healthy life every day is to implement some form of meal planning.  This way, when time is tight you are prepared.  Let’s face it nowadays many of us are in homes where all […]

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Why is eating a diet rich in plants is so important

Why eating a diet rich in plants is so important?

The main reason we should all be eating more plant-based meals is because it’s healthier than eating meat products.  Plants offer a range of healthy nutrients including antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.  In addition, they do not contain saturated fat which […]

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Strategies when the scales are stuck

Strategies when the scales are stuck

NOTE:  This post may include affiliate links which means that if you click through and purchase, I do receive some small financial benefit which helps me to continue to provide you with free content.     Follow my blog with Bloglovin I am sure that like […]

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Moving through difficult times

Reflections on Moving Forward During Difficult Times

There’s been a lot to process lately.  In the last month, I’ve experienced the death of my mom, a move to another country, and the prospect of starting a new business. So here I am in Peru on my own, which is scary enough for […]

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Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

A healthy holiday season may a challenge for many of us.  The holiday season kicks off on the fourth Thursday of November each year and continues all the way up through January 1st. This year there are 38 days in between Thanksgiving and New Years […]

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My experience eating sugar free for 31 days

My experience eating sugar free for 31 Days

Recently, I gave up sugar for a month.  Yes, that means 31 days of sugar free eating! Let’s start with a little background first. I love sweets especially chocolate, but let’s face if something contains sugar I will eat it.  In addition, I am one […]

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Cauliflower Magic: increasing nutrition & reducing calories

Cauliflower Magic: increasing nutrition & reducing calories

It seems that cauliflower is all the rage these days. I can’t look at any form of social media without seeing a post with a recipe of some kind of cauliflower magic.  Cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza and cauliflower toast are just a few that I […]

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Spice up your meals with foods from other countries

Are you bored with your diet? Are you looking for ways to spice up your meals? Do you believe that healthy food can’t also have great flavor and taste great? Exploring food from another culture may be the answer.

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Goal setting with a new approach in 2017

Do you find it hard to stick with the resolutions or goals you set in the New Year?  Is it already mid-January and you’ve already failed those workout or diet goals you set?  Well, you are not the only one.  Research shows that setting resolutions […]

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