Happy Monday! Millions of people are waking up across America getting ready to approach yet another popular diet, or take one of Dr. Oz’s latest miracle-in -a-bottle, in attempt to lose those stubborn pounds. Most are people who struggle in cycles, either small scale (5-10 lbs), or large scale (50+ lbs). Although it’s from the Latin word “diaeta“, meaning “way of life“, I think the word diet, gets a bad rap. After all, it has the word “die” in it. It can be a challenge to try to overhaul your life and your habits all at once.
How about this. Let’s try something one of my mentors, Jeff Olson, calls “the slight edge”. He says it’s the small, simple disciplines, done daily that lead to great rewards. But it’s a double-edged sword. Because those so-called easy things are also the the easiest to NOT DO too! That’s why it’s called the SLIGHT edge. The difference between failure and success, health and sickness, weight loss or wieght gain. You have the knowledge. I’m sure you’ve read at least one be-a-better-you type of book. The difference is in the DOING. I, too, am guilty of making lofty goals for myself. In addition to my full-time job, training all summer for a 12.5 mile trail run that’s in a few weeks, taking care of chores and family, starting this blog…the list goes on. Of course, I want to add to that list by thinking to myself I will get up even earlier every morning and practice 60 minutes of yoga and meditate. Ok, maybe 30 minutes every morning. Well, not every morning, maybe every other. Alright, not every other but at least three times a week. And on and on it goes in my head until I end up doing nothing at all. Sound familiar? So this is what I’ve been doing instead. Ten minutes before I jump in the shower, I roll out my yoga mat and do some sun salutations and practice quieting my mind, even if it’s only a few minutes. For an A-type, extremely passionate, almost OCD, perfectionist, those few minutes make all the difference to my day, and in the long run, to my overall pysical and mental health.
Now it’s your turn. What small thing can you commit to do a little of each day? Add one servings of fresh vegetables? Take a break from your desk and do a brisk lap around your office or better yet outside? Drink more water? How about hugging your loved ones more? Ok, so hugging has nothing to do with food but the best food is made and served with great love and care
Speaking of how food is made with love and care ( I did warn you I was an A-type freak), here’s a picture of the frittata I made for my crew and our employee meeting yesterday.
Roasted Vegetable Frittata
Preheat oven to 475 degrees
2 cups roasted veggies of choice, ( I used broccoli, sweet peppers, and onions, chopped into bite size pieces and tossed in olive oil, sea salt, fresh, cracked pepper and granulated garlic roasted in oven while prepping)
2 TBS Butter or Coconut oil
2 TBS Heavy Cream
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
1/2 C shredded cheese ( I used a mixture of raw milk sharp cheddar and pepper jack yogurt cheese)
While veggies are roasting in oven, Whip together eggs and cream. Stir in parmesan cheese and set aside. Check veggies, they should be golden brown. Saute mushrooms in butter in oven proof pan. Add roasted veggies and cook a few minutes more. Add eggs and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top, season with a tad more sea salt and pepper and put in oven for 5 minutes. Frittata is done when it is slighty golden and knife in center comes out clean. Serve hot or at room temperature. Can feed 3-8 depending on the size of your gang. Yum!