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Vegan Hash

Fun vegan breakfast devoid of soy is a rare find. Enjoy my Vegan Hash soy free, gluten free, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • Trader Joe’s Shredded Hash Browns
  • Hilary’s black rice burger
  • Avocado
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Recipe

If you don’t have a griddle…I highly recommend getting one! We have a cheap one that’s lasted a decade. Spray griddle with coconut oil, heat to 400 degrees. Place hash browns on griddle, flip at 7 minutes then cook another 7-10 minutes (until they are as crispy as you’d like). Add the rice burger to the griddle and heat through after the first hash flip. Smash an avocado and mix with salt and pepper. Avocado is nature’s runny egg, butter, and cheese…it gives juuusst the right breakfast texture and adds some a.m green!

Fad Dieting

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A friend of mine recommended a great article The Weight Loss Trap:  Why Your Diet Isn’t Working.  It’s about why diet fads don’t work for everyone.  I’d be lying if I didn’t include my newly adopted veganism as a fad.  The truth lies in the fact that no one diet works for everyone.

A particular diet that used to work at one stage of your life, may no longer serve its purpose later in life.  For example.  Most teens and young adults simply exercise more and restrict calories to for weight management as oppose to most middle aged adults who tend to utilize a more nutrient dense approach.

As we grow, age, and live in this world with its many exposures to toxins and chemicals what we need to maintain a healthy weight changes, and our perception of health in general changes.  Ultimately we tend to gravitate to what makes us feel the best.

Recognizing the need to change is key.  It’s not a one size fits all or even a one lifetime fits all approach that we need to take.  We must constantly reassess how our body is reacting to the foods we eat and adjust accordingly.

As I teach my patients, make your own recipe for life.  My recipe will not work for your health and weight loss goals.  Your goals can only be met by an effort that is reflective of you, something custom built—so custom, you are the only one that can do it.

The TIME HEALTH article points out that, dietary staples such as eating breakfast every day, daily exercise, weekly weigh ins, and limited screen time consistently contribute to a healthy weight.  Everything else is quite variable among individuals to produce success.

From my perspective there are several key questions to ask yourself when assessing your diet:

  • How is your inflammation today?  I check to see how easily my rings come on and off, how easily my knees can bend.
  • How is your overall pain today?  If I make a poor food decision for my body, I’m often achy and have increased pain.
  • How is your mood?  Is it fluctuating?  Do these fluctuations occur before or after eating?
  • What are your energy levels like throughout the day?  I take note if I am experiencing mid-day or early evening crashes.
  • How is your sleep, and how do you feel when you wake up?  I notice if I slept solidly or tossed and turned as well as whether or not I wake feeling rested or exhausted.

By making it more about how you feel, you will gravitate to a diet that will naturally promote a healthy weight.

This is not an exhaustive list but can be applied to any diet or health decision you may be making from quitting coffee, to cutting gluten or dairy.  Some people function perfectly fine on 3 cups of coffee a day, others have severe mood fluctuations.  Some can drink alcohol, some can’t, some can enjoy chocolate daily, and others can’t.

For me, right now, I feel veganism is the right way to go!  Please note that I have tried many dietary approaches, that produce effective results; however, it’s a constant evaluation process—don’t forget change is the key when something doesn’t feel quite right.

I strongly encourage you to check out The Weight Loss Trap:  Why Your Diet Isn’t Working at http://time.com/4793832/the-weight-loss-trap/ for more details and all the scientific explanations!

You can find me on the web and FB at www.AlternativePTFortWorth.com and on Twitter and Instagram @alternative_pt.

Check out some pretty awesome vegan nutrition, skincare, and makeup at www.AmandaHazel.Arbonne.com

Reference

Sifferlin, Alexandra.  The Weight Loss Trap:  Why Your Diet Isn’t Working.  TIME Helath.  Accessed June 15, 2017.  http://time.com/4793832/the-weight-loss-trap/

Riding a Light Beam

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I’ve always had a fascination with Einstein.  Specifically silly pictures of him…and his crazy hair.  He kinda reminds me of myself.  If I were half crazy/half genius I’d roll the same way.  Plus his name starts with an A, like me, he’s a scientist, like I claim to be, and he had a mouth against authority, like me.  Although I’m no lab rat, I do possess a BS in Biology and a MS.  Unfortunately I had to get out from under the microscope into macro land to find vocational peace and happiness.  Spending a lifetime working in a land essentially nonexistent to 99.9% of the human race can and will make you a little kooky.

How to Think Like Einstein by Scott Thorpe landed in my lap while book shopping prior to a vacation.  I was immediately drawn to Einstein’s crazy hair peeking out from the bottom of the cover.  It was immediately tucked under my arm for purchase.

This book is great for anyone with a problem to solve.

The first basic concept is that Einstein was a rule breaker.  It was his rule breaking and maniacal imagination that issued his answer to quantum physics.  Essentially if you want to find a solution, you need to break the rules, think crazy and outlandish thoughts, and seek advice in places and people you’d typically refuse to learn from.  Here’s the catch.  If you want to break the rules, you’ve got to understand that you have placed rules on yourself that you may not be consciously aware of.  These are the rules that land us in ruts of thinking, which limits solutions (aka a rule rut).  You’ve gotten into a rut of thinking, and you don’t even know you’re in it!  Get out!  He offers magnificent tips on how to accomplish this.

To remain out of rule ruts, and closer to solutions, practice outlandish thinking every day.  Allow your imagination to run wild.  What is the craziest, most insane answer to your problem?  Now brainstorm how this may actually be the solution.  Even if it isn’t, it may lead you to something that is.  Next, ask for the solution from people and places totally unlike yourself.  In doing so make sure it is known that all thoughts and ideas will be received and considered.  The possible solutions will either be used or reserved for use in the future.

My favorite take-home message from the book is the fact the Einstein found his solution through imagining that he was riding on a light beam.  This has encouraged me not to judge my crazy day dreams but to welcome them and to actually practice them.  My Einstein genius will only be revealed in doing so.  How cool is that?!