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The high cost of New York City living means Carlos and I are cooking at home more often. Even with those tried and true tips like cook once eat five times, I still wanted to simplify. Could I find a way to eliminate the step I hate most, finding recipes?

Enter my colleague, health coach and personal chef, Brigitte Theriault of White Apron Chef. I knew that some of you, like me, were looking for a way to elevate and simplify your cooking. I interviewed her for some workarounds to even those tried and true tips like spending all day Sunday cooking. 

Here’s my interview with Brigitte.

For those of you who want to skip to the highlights, below find the minute marker where you can hear the key takeaways:

2:40: One of the biggest beliefs that makes cooking more complicated than it needs to be

4:54: The first step to simplify cooking

7:25: The three (simple) tools that makes cooking easier. One we talk about helps you get out of the “let’s keep it simple but I don’t want to be bored of what I’m eating” conundrum!

16:30: If you’re looking for permission to end the Pinterest time suck, you’ll love Brigitte’s ideas on how to stop wasting time there and outline some cooking basics that eliminate the step of even following a recipe! This includes her current favorite spice rub that will mix up multiple meals.

28:05: How to cut corners without cutting flavor

39:00 What foods freeze best

43:15: The surprising side-effect benefits of cooking

48:00: How to save money eating healthy (guess what? You don’t have to shop at Whole Foods!)

Our conversation about Pinterest recipes being, in the words of one of my clients, a “time suck”, got me thinking. There are plenty of actions those committed to losing weight take yet, unknowingly, are counter-productive. For example, does thinking about food more help you make better choices?

There’s this idea that if you constantly monitor yourself around food, you’ll make the right choice. But in reality, that monitoring mindset also makes “bad” food more tempting. You inevitably end up eating more. I’ll be sharing more about what actions and measurements matter in the coming months. And most exciting, how to get out of this hard-to-crack mindset.

Be well,
Ali

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Happy New Year.

While it seems the rest of the world is ready to start writing on a clean slate, I’m still centering myself after a wild 2014. This past year made me appreciate how important it is to have a Truce with Food. Without this understanding and “skill-set”, I’d have gained 20 pounds instead of losing six!

One of the most profound lessons of my own Truce with Food journey is to trust my quiet inklings. While I’m a pretty analytical person, my most magical life decisions have been intuitively based.

For example, and on a personal note, Carlos and I moved out of our Philly home recently to New York City. After 9 years! I love Philly and my life there. Yet, I needed a change. I’ve felt an incredible surge of inspiration in my new environments, following the inkling that I needed a geographical change.

As promised in last week’s how to break the eating cycle of all or nothing, my surge of inspiration led me to refine my super successful reboot plan to help you gently and profoundly reset from the holidays.

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Sue Boehm, who did this plan last year, remarked:

“On Ali’s refined detox plan, I lost weight and more importantly, felt amazing during and afterward by eating real food, not shakes, juices or broths! Everything feels healthy: my skin, hair and nails. I’ve now integrated many of the foods and recipes into my regular diet. When I have made some of the dishes for friends and family, they have no idea the meal was a part of a detox program. They just compliment me on the wonderful flavor!”

For those of you like Sue who did this plan last year, here are two new recipes to liven things up. First timers can, of course, use these recipes too.

You’ll see the bonus recipes are compliments of my friend and personal chef Brigitte at White Apron Chef. I interviewed her a few weeks back on how to set-up your kitchen and think about recipes to make cooking simpler and taste good. I’ll be sharing that interview here shortly.

In the meantime, try my reboot plan. If you have any questions, email me. I’m happy to help!

And if you’re like me just yawning and stretching out of the year of the Horse, don’t worry, the Chinese New Year on February 19 is our chance to come fresh out of the gates.

Be well,

Ali

P.S. I will have a few private health coaching openings in the coming weeks. The first step is to sign-up for a consult. If you’re in New York City, we can meet at my Soho office. If you’re around the world, we can do phone or video chat. I have current clients from Germany to Sydney, Australia to California, so distance isn’t an issue.

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If you’re anything like I was in my days where I was preoccupied with food, you’re not thinking about tackling any weight loss goals until after the New Year. You don’t care right now AND you really do.

You feel like one giant contradiction. You believe you can be the exception to the 95% dieting failure rate. And deep down, you doubt you can ever truly succeed at weight loss.

You are great at all or nothing…

The truth? You aren’t a contradiction. Rather, you have contradictory stories.

In 2015, I’m going to be diving into the beliefs and stories that keep you over-analyzing your food. While it feels like you’re taking action when you do this, it isn’t necessarily productive. In many cases, analyzing food is actually counter-productive. I’ll be sharing what you can do instead for maximum results, including to restore your sanity!

In the meantime, suspend the belief that you’re an all or nothing person. Start to unlearn this idea about yourself by doing one tip I outline in this short video:

When you can connect your actions with results (versus just checking off the box that you counted your calories), you’ll learn that subtle is powerful. Most exciting, weight-loss doesn’t require a “gearing up”.

Holiday time, with its emotional range and ensuing eating extremes, is one of the richest research opportunities you will get all year. So practice now when opportunities abound!

And I’ll be back in the New Year with healthy ways to reset and innovative ways to stay inspired.

Be well,

Ali

P.S. Old habits die hard (without great coaching). So for you over-achieving types, Video 1 & Video 2 offer more subtle tips to reduce the “all or nothing” idea that is certain to weight you down.

P.P.S. Last year, I provided a gentle detox plan to reboot after holiday eating without going to extremes. I’ll send this refined detox out in the New Year. So don’t panic about wanting a healthier alternative to the extremes of diet insanity land. I got you covered!

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Are you feeling like you don’t care what you eat or drink at this point, but also really do? Isn’t it interesting that overeating cheese and crackers and peanut butter blossoms is often to feel gross?

Last week, one of my clients was talking about her family cheese fondue tradition. Every year, the fondue attracts her as if she and it share a magnetic field — for the entire evening.

This year will be different for her. We’ve identified alternate ways of her feeling grounded amongst the chaos of subtext that will unearth anxiety for many over the next few days.

I’ve included a tip in the video below that she’ll be using. I know it will help you too if you want to eat moderately AND experience some genuine holiday magic.

Be well,
Ali

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Phillip Larkin said most stories have a beginning, muddle and end. In jest, his muddle reference was when the story slacked in tension. This is when reader interest usually wanes.

Is your interest in healthy holiday eating waning?

If you don’t want your ending to be an extreme (panicked) detox in the new year, watch this week’s video (my first DIY attempt!) for how to get back on track while in the muddle.

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Ali

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Last week’s gentle holiday reset ideas were quite popular. So here are some detox martinis I didn’t mention, but are included in this blast from my NBC past below!

The segment includes easy strategies that will enable you to moderate your choices this season without wearing yourself out from over-thinking. Click the image below to play the video.

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If you’re a wine drinker, here’s the sweet spot of low carb wines that taste good.

Stay tuned next week for an emotional anchor to prevent “moments of weakness” when those red, green and silver Hershey kisses invade your mind and swear they won’t leave until you eat “just one”.

Be well,

Ali

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