As a Registered Dietitian, I’ve noticed a ton of confusion about what a proper serving size is. It’s a tricky area, because serving sizes in the U.S. have changed dramatically over the last 30 years. Restaurant portions, in particular, have even tripled in many cases. This, of course, distorts our idea of what meals should look like and contributes to the positive energy balance that leads to weight gain.
It’s a rainy day in New York City and a warming soup is just what the doctor ordered!
There were 30 people at my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, which means that moments to myself were few and far between. At one point during the night I found myself in the basement putting a few of our serving dishes away. I stopped for a moment and listened to the sound of 30 of my closest family members talking, laughing and celebrating; it was my favorite moment of the weekend and a huge reminder that the sweetest, simplest parts of life are in the long seconds of the present.
As we prepare to sit down with our families to celebrate thanksgiving (a day where ingesting upwards of 3,000 calories is commonplace), I wanted to pause and think about incorporating some mindful eating tactics for the day.
A few weeks back I wrote about following your inner compass-that place inside that guides you toward what your soul craves. The thing is, sometimes when you are focused on “following your heart” you can get wrapped up in the pressure to “following your dream or your bliss.” More likely, when you truly follow your heart it is so subtle that you don’t even realize you are doing it. You make gut decisions just because it feels like simply the right thing. However, the more you focus on doing the right thing, the harder and more intense your decision feels.
When following your subtle inner voice two things can happen.
Every Thanksgiving, after we’ve eaten, my entire family gathers around to read what we are thankful for. Before dinner everyone fills out a piece of paper and then we all take turns guessing who wrote it. It’s a fun and interactive way to celebrate what we are grateful for. Last year, amongst the typical accounts of thanks was a more obvious but less popular note of gratitude; it read, “I am grateful for my teeth.” Everyone kind of laughed and blindly guessed who could’ve written it.
Happy Friday! Holly is back on U.S. soil as of Wednesday night and Shauna is enjoying the lovely fall weather in NYC. Here is our roundup of favs from the week.
This is a fun and delicious side to add to your holiday table. It’s an antioxidant-rich and vegan version of traditional scalloped potatoes, which are usually heavy on both cheese and cream. Instead, these potatoes use a rich cashew cream to give it its indulgent flavor.