“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” -Napoleon Hill
Everyone has at least one. It weaves its way in and out of our thoughts during fleeting moments. It isn’t until our head hits the pillow at the end of a long day that it decides to show up and get comfortable square in the center of our stream of consciousness. Suddenly all of the to dos that seemed so important throughout the day fall into a void and this one thing is clamoring with such intensity that any hope of calm and quiet rest is hopeless. Instead of sleeping, you stare at the ceiling as your heart races wondering how it has become so distant, but managed to linger for so long. By the morning it will sneak out the back door of your mind into your subconscious yet again until the next day or the day following and, perhaps, after enough sleepless nights, it will disappear altogether.
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” -Jim Davis, creator of Garfield
On the eve of a holiday that is centered around the largest meal most of us will consume this year, it’s hard to ignore thoughts of abnormally sized turkeys, every format of potato imaginable, your family’s version of StoveTop™, and a plethora of sauces and spreads for every variety of baked bread imaginable. In the hierarchy of food centric holidays, Thanksgiving is king. For many of us, the warmth and joy we associate with the holidays is not solely tied to the dining table, but to long standing family traditions and the opportunity for an extended weekend of R&R. During periods of time like this that throw us out of our routine, it’s helpful to have a plan. For that reason, I thought it appropriate to provide a survival guide to keep the kick-off feast to the holiday season from becoming a catalyst for a less welcome annual tradition of derailing your diet.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald
Break out your favorite North Face. Fall is officially upon us and if it hasn’t been made apparent by the leaves changing colors, the cool wind and rain blowing in your face should serve as a reminder that summer is officially over. For all of the grief many of us experience facing the reality that “winter is coming”, fall offers us some of the best culinary experiences of the year and provides us with ample reason to explore the benefits of eating seasonal produce. If you’re new to this concept, it’s a simple one to grasp and a bandwagon you may want to consider boarding.