Archive for February, 2011

I’ve been MIA for the last three weeks because I’ve been studying for and taking the Connecticut bar exam. It was Tuesday & Wednesday of this week. Now I’m studying for the ethics portion to take the test on March 5. I hope everyone is doing well and I’ll be in touch again as soon as these exams are behind me. Every day I think of things that I want to share with you, but since my time is so limited with my four month old daughter, I stop myself from blogging and instead study.

If you are really jonesing for some Daily Balance information, please look through my archives, by month, tag, or category, or search the blog for specific information.

Thanks for your patience, and wish me luck! I look forward to blogging daily for you soon!

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Hearty Lentil Stew – Again

I posted this recipe back in October, but I love it so much — and it’s so easy — that I wanted to share it again in case you missed it. It is from my Rival Crock-Pot Incredibly Easy Recipes book:

Makes 6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: Low 9-11 hours


1 cup dried lentils, rinsed & sorted

1 pkg (16 oz) frozen green beans, thawed

2 cups cauliflower florets

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup baby carrots, cut into halves crosswise

3 cups (fat-free reduced-sodium) chicken broth (I use regular broth)

2 teaspoons ground cumin

¾ teaspoon ground ginger

1 can (15 ounces) chunky tomato sauce with garlic and herbs

½ cup dry-roasted peanuts (most of the time I don’t have these and don’t
use them)

  1. Place lentils in crock-pot. Top with green
    beans, cauliflower, onion, and carrots.
  2. Combine broth, cumin and ginger in large bowl.
    Mix well. Pour over vegetables in crock pt. Cover. Cook on low 9-11 hours.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce. Cover. Cook on low 10
    minutes. Ladle stew into bowls. Sprinkle peanuts evenly over each serving.

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Only 4 More Pounds? Really?!

Two days ago I weighed myself and couldn’t believe what I saw. I lost 3 more pounds. That couldn’t be right, could it?! Of course not. I held myself back from posting about it because I figured it was a fluke. So I weighed again yesterday and… the same number! I lost three pounds in three days. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that I did it by not eating for three days because I had the worst cold in the history of colds. Let me be clear, I don’t advocate simply not eating as a form of weight loss. Why?

First, it’s not healthy. When you don’t eat sufficient food, you don’t get sufficient nutrition, and that can make you lethargic, depressed, irritable, and sick. In order to lose weight healthfully, you should eat nutrient-rich foods with lots of fiber that fill you up and sustain you for longer than quick-burning, simple carbohydrates that leave you feeling hungry an hour later so that you eat more calories.

The second reason I don’t recommend simply not eating as a weight loss plan is because it doesn’t work long-term. The less calories you consume, the more your body goes into conserving mode, storing food in the form of fat in order to use later since the body knows you aren’t going to give it enough calories later to function well. As time goes on, you will eat less and less and still not lose weight.

Continuing to suffer through this cold (really, I don’t usually get sick and I don’t remember ever having a cold this bad), and having given it to my poor little 16 week old baby girl who can’t blow her stuffy nose, I’d rather have the three pounds than our suffering. But I can at least say there is a silver lining to it: only four more pounds to go!

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Top 10 Foods for Stress Relief

If you are like me, you can use all the help you can get with stress relief. But sometimes trying to find time to fit those stress-busters into your schedule (like exercise & massage, for example) causes another source or stress because it becomes just one more thing to try to fit into your day.

Thankfully, my friend Lizette sent me this link to a great blog post at The Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog that lists foods that you can eat to help relieve stress. (Thanks Lizette!) You gotta eat anyway, so no extra time is needed!

The foods include:

– carrots
– hot tea
– almonds & walnuts
– milk
– yogurt
– dark chocolate
– avocado
– banana
– fatty fish, like salmon

Read the entire post here.

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Get a Healthy “Tan”

I have a friend whose mother used to say “It’s better to look good than feel good!” Of course, that’s a bit drastic and certainly not good advice. Fortunately, recent studies have shown that you can look and feel good by eating more yellow & orange fruits and vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and oranges.

Turns out the carotenoids in these foods actually give your skin a healthy orangish-yellowish glow. As someone who has a very fair complexion, I can use all the help I can get avoiding that pastey, white look.

Read more: http://health.msn.com/health-topics/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100269450&ocid=xnetr3-2

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So I lost another post-partum pound and can now fit back into my looser pre-pregnancy jeans. Yay! But as you can see from my exercise log, I haven’t been exercising that much. So what has caused the lost pound? I think my gluten-free diet has played a large part.

I am eating gluten-free at the advice of my lactation consultant, but there are certainly weight loss benefits. For example, when I go to Starbucks for a coffee or chai latte, I can’t get a scone to go with it. In fact, there is almost nothing gluten-free there. The same is true at Dunkin’ Donuts. A drive-thru coffee doesn’t also result in a chocolate cake donut.

I can’t fix a quick dinner of frozen or delivery pizza. No brownies or cookies at my friend’s dinner party. No cereal bars when running out the door late for some appointment. The result: I eat less snacks, treats, and junk.

And I lost another pound!

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This recipe sounds easy & yummy! Full disclosure: I haven’t tried it yet. If you do, let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it. http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/recipes/_superfast-one-pot-chili-super-bowl

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