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Food Cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them!

Food Cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them!

Food cravings: understanding, reducing and replacing them! Cravings are important messages from the body that guide us in maintaining balance. Here’s a quick guide to understanding and deconstructing cravings and help us understand and address what are body is trying to tell us.

 

Understanding Cravings

The body is a perfect machine. It knows when to go to sleep, wake up, pee and poop! It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees F, and breaks down food into energy and nutrients. Our lungs never skip a breath and our hearts never skip a beat. The body is constantly processing information and monitoring the environment to keep us balanced. Instead of seeing cravings as a weakness we should see cravings as important messages from the body that help guide us in maintaining balance.

 

What is the body trying to tell me (+ how to reduce the craving)! 

 

  1. Reduce sugar intake: sugar craves sugar! Pack your day with foods that are high in fiber, healthy fat and protein. A meal high in carbohydrates and sugar (I.e. bagel with cream cheese, breakfast cereals and other processed foods) leaves us feeling tired and sluggish and promotes sugar cravings throughout the day.   
  1. Drink plenty of water: Hunger and thirst can produce similar sensations in the brain, causing it to become confused. One way to reduce food cravings is to stay hydrated throughout the day.
  1. Get good sleep: Ghrelin is a hormone that controls our cravings for carbohydrates and simple sugars. When we sleep poorly or go for long periods of time without sleep, our bodies make more ghrelin. Make sure to get good quality sleep every night to balance hormone levels in the body and avoid unhealthy cravings throughout the day.  
  1. Avoid hunger: When the body is very hungry, it can crave more calorie-dense foods than usual, including fried and processed foods. Instead of waiting for intense feelings of hunger, it is better to have a regular pattern of healthy, nourishing meals and snacks planned throughout the day to avoid unwanted cravings.
  1. Emotional eating: Allow me to get a little inspirational here! J While it’s important to pay attention to the foods we eat, it is just as important to analyze what else is going on around us. For example: Being dissatisfied with a relationship, felling bored, stressed, or uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice can all cause emotional eating. Many people try to cope with uncomfortable emotions or difficult situations by seeking balance through food. Food can provide a form of relief, or even an escape, when you’re under stress. In this way, food is being used as a strategy to fulfill areas of our lives that aren’t being satisfied. Keep this in mind the next time you experience cravings.

Takeaway!

Remember a healthy lifestyle isn’t only what we eat or how much we exercise. It’s our relationships, our finances, our jobs… it’s the entire package. We must make it a priority to look within ourselves and learn to listen to our body. Only then can we really identify the root cause of any dietary issue. 

As you know, I’m working towards a certificate in Holistic Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). One of the reasons I chose this program is 1. My love for nutrition and understanding how food affect the body 2. Learning to connect the mind and body in order to achieve overall health because one cannot thrive without the other.

We can eat kale for the rest of our lives but if the mind set isn’t right we will never establish a healthy relationship with food.

I’m so excited to share my journey as a Holistic Healthy Coach with you. You will notice more posts like today on mind, body eating and ways we can improve our overall health and lifestyle.

Ok, now back to cravings! Today, I gave you 5 tips that help us understand cravings and what our body is trying to tell us. I can’t stress enough the importance of a healthy breakfast to help beat unhealthy cravings. Here’s a quick and simple recipe for Tofu Scramble Breakfast Wraps using grain-free tortillas and a side of sautéed kale. A perfect combination of fat, protein and fiber!

Until next week, friends! (Don’t forget to check out this week’s Announcements below)

Ingredients 

1 package organic extra firm tofu, water drained 
1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil 
1 garlic clove, minced 
1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped 
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp ground turmeric (optional)

 Extras

Grain-Free Tortillas (I like this brand)

Avocado

Sautéed Kale

Sliced Tomatoes

Instructions

Using your hands or a fork crumble the tofu into bite-sized pieces and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and onions and sauté for a few minutes. Add the crumbled tofu and combine. Season with salt, pepper, and turmeric (optional). Wrap in grain-free tortillas and serve with sautéed kale, sliced avocado and tomato (optional).

Bonus Tip: Adding up to a teaspoon of turmeric will give your tofu scramble the yellow color that makes it look like scrambled eggs plus it’s a great way to incorporate more of this anti-inflammatory superfood into your diet! 

 

Relates Links: Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes , 4 Breakfast Flips For Back To School 

Announcements

 I’m proud to announce that I’ve partnered with Health Coach Martha Gaviria of Sabor Holistico for a Women’s Workshop in Spanish.

Join us on Saturday, July 13th from 10am – 12pm at Freshmade NYC for a fun morning complete with cooking tips, delicious food and other fun surprises! Click the flyer below for event details and reserve your spot. Note:

The workshop will be in Spanish only.

Versión en Español

Antojos de comida: ¡como entenderlos, reducirlos y reemplazarlos! Los antojos son mensajes importantes del cuerpo que nos guían para mantener el equilibrio. Aquí hay una guía rápida para comprender y deconstruir los antojos y ayudarnos a entender y abordar qué es lo que el cuerpo trata de decirnos.

Entendiendo los antojos

 El cuerpo es una máquina perfecta. ¡Sabe cuándo irse a dormir y despertarse! Mantiene una temperatura de 98.6 grados F y descompone los alimentos en energía y nutrientes. Nuestros pulmones nunca dejan de respirar y nuestros corazones nunca saltan un latido. El cuerpo está constantemente procesando información y monitoreando el entorno para mantenernos equilibrados. En lugar de ver los antojos como una debilidad, deberíamos ver los antojos como mensajes importantes del cuerpo que nos ayudan a mantener el equilibrio.

 

¿Qué es lo que el cuerpo trata de decirme (+ cómo reducir el deseo)? 

1. Reducir el consumo de azúcar: el azúcar ansía el azúcar! Empaca tu día con alimentos ricos en fibra, grasas saludables y proteínas. Una comida rica en carbohidratos y azúcar (es decir, bagel con queso crema, cereales para el desayuno y otros alimentos procesados) nos hace sentir cansados ​​e inactivos y promueve los antojos de azúcar a lo largo del día. 

2. Beba mucha agua: el hambre y la sed pueden producir sensaciones similares en el cerebro, causando que se confunda. Una forma de reducir los antojos de alimentos es mantenerse hidratado durante todo el día. 

3. Duerma bien: la grelina es una hormona que controla nuestros antojos de carbohidratos y azúcares simples. Cuando dormimos mal o pasamos largos períodos de tiempo sin dormir, nuestros cuerpos producen más grelina. Asegúrese de dormir bien todas las noches para equilibrar los niveles de hormonas en el cuerpo y evitar los antojos poco saludables durante el día. 

4. Evite el hambre: cuando el cuerpo tiene mucha hambre, puede desear más alimentos ricos en calorías de lo normal, y tambien los alimentos fritos y procesados. En lugar de esperar sentimientos intensos de hambre, es mejor tener un patrón regular de comidas y bocadillos saludables y nutritivos planeados durante todo el día para evitar los antojos no deseados. 

5. Comer emocionalmente: ¡Permítame un poco de inspiración aquí! Si bien es importante prestar atención a los alimentos que comemos, es igual de importante analizar qué más está sucediendo a nuestro alrededor. Por ejemplo: estar insatisfecho con una relación, sentirse aburrido, estresado o sin inspiración por un trabajo, o carecer de una práctica espiritual puede causar una alimentación emocional. Muchas personas tratan de lidiar con emociones incómodas o situaciones difíciles buscando el equilibrio a través de los alimentos. La comida puede proporcionar una forma de alivio, o incluso un escape, cuando estás bajo estrés. De esta manera, la comida está siendo utilizada como una estrategia para cumplir con áreas de nuestras vidas que no están siendo satisfechas. Tenga esto en cuenta la próxima vez que experimente antojos. 

 

¡Conclusión! 

Recuerde que un estilo de vida saludable no es solo lo que comemos o cuánto hacemos. Son nuestras relaciones, nuestras finanzas, nuestros trabajos … es el paquete completo. Debemos hacer que sea una prioridad mirar dentro de nosotros mismos y aprender a escuchar nuestro cuerpo. Solo así podremos identificar realmente la causa raíz de cualquier problema dietético. 

Como ustedes saben, estoy trabajando para obtener un certificado en Coaching de Salud Holística del Instituto de Nutrición Integrativa (IIN). Una de las razones por las que elegí este programa es 1. Mi amor por la nutrición y la comprensión de cómo los alimentos afectan al cuerpo 2. Aprender a conectar la mente y el cuerpo para alcanzar la salud general porque uno no puede prosperar sin el otro. Podemos comer kale por el resto de nuestras vidas, pero si la mentalidad no está bien, nunca estableceremos una relación saludable con los alimentos. 

Estoy muy emocionada de compartir mi viaje como coach de nutrición holístico con ustes. Notará más publicaciones como hoy, maneras en que podemos mejorar nuestra salud y estilo de vida en general. Ok, ahora volvamos a los antojos!

Hoy, di 5 consejos que nos ayudan a entender los antojos y lo que nuestro cuerpo está tratando de decirnos. No puedo enfatizar lo suficiente la importancia de un desayuno saludable para ayudar a superar los antojos poco saludables. Aquí hay una receta rápida y sencilla para wraps de tofu envueltas en tortillas sin grano servidas acompañas con col rizada (kale) salteada. Una combinación perfecta de grasa, proteína y fibra! Hasta la próxima semana, amigos!

(No olvide revisar los anuncios de esta semana a continuación) 

Ingredientes

 1 paquete de tofu orgánico extra firme, escurrido

1 cucharada de aceite de aguacate o aceite de oliva

1 diente de ajo, picado

1/4 taza de cebolla amarilla, picadasal y pimienta para probar

1 cucharadita de cúrcuma molida (opcional) 

Extras

Tortillas sin grano (me gusta esta marca)

Aguacate

Salteado de col rizada (kale)

Tomates en rodajas  

Instrucciones

Usando sus manos o un tenedor, desmenuce el tofu en trozos pequeños y déjelo a un lado. Calentar el aceite en una sartén a fuego medio. Una vez caliente, agregue el ajo y las cebollas y saltee durante unos minutos. Añadir el tofu desmenuzado y combinar. Sazone con sal, pimienta y cúrcuma (opcional). Envuelva en tortillas sin grano y sirva con col rizada salteada, aguacate rebanado y tomate (opcional). 

Sugerencia extra: ¡Agregar una cucharadita de cúrcuma le dará a tu tofu el color amarillo que hace que se vea como huevos revueltos y además es una excelente manera de incorporar más de este superalimento antiinflamatorio en tu dieta!

Anuncios

Me enorgullece anunciar que me he asociado con coach de salud, Martha Gaviria de Sabor Holistico para dar un taller completamente en español! Un taller para mujeres sobre cómo alimentar tu cuerpo para obtener máxima energía, nutrición y vitalidad atravez del desyuno.

Únase a nosotros el sábado 13 de julio de 10am a 12pm en Freshmade NYC para una mañana divertida con consejos de cocina, comida deliciosa y otras sorpresas! Haga clic en el flyer a continuación para obtener detalles del evento y reserve su lugar.

Nota: El taller será solo en español. 

Un fuerte abrazo!!!

 

 

 

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4 Breakfast Flips For Back to School

4 Breakfast Flips For Back to School

Raise your hand if you’re fresh out of ideas on what to make for breakfast before the littles head back to school next week! I totally hear you and came to help! Because let’s face it, we are all on the same boat!

Real TALK! Depending on Caro’s mood (she’s moody now, guys) she’ll either have an impressive bowl of lentils, veggies, and rice or dairy free chocolate chips and a yogurt…NOTHING ELSE! There’s no in between and because there is no in-between I need to make sure she has a healthy, hearty breakfast that keeps her full and alert just in case lunch isn’t as successful as I planned.

I rounded up four of her favorite breakfast recipes, recipes I know she loves and gets excited about and gave them a tweak! BOOM – one less thing to worry about during the most stressful week of the year!

These recipes are my go-to and I’m here to SHARE them with YOU!

Remember to plan ahead, and if time allows, get them excited to help you in the kitchen.

Good luck, guys! We GOT THIS!

 

 

1.Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Guys! This recipe is F (yup I dropped the F bomb) amazing. I always share it with my co-workers, my friends, my neighbors. People ask me for this recipe all the time. It’s GOOD and FILLING! Best part? It’s dairy FREE! Store leftovers in an airtight container and save them for afternoon snacks later in the week, or take some to work if you haven’t already inhaled ½ the batch! 🙂

You can also add nuts (if the school isn’t a NUT free school, super important) or ¼ cup hemp or chia seeds if your kids tolerate chia seeds. Use this recipe to sneak in some seeds or healthy fats!

2. Gluten Free Double Chocolate Pancakes

Holy Moly THESE pancakes are EVERYTHING! Light, fluffy, moist, not too sweet, PERFECTION! Not gonna lie, these take a little more time than the other recipes on this list but not by very much. I suggest making them on a Sunday and saving 1/2 the batter for Monday or saving this recipe for a morning when you have a little more time (if that’s even possible?)

These pancakes are the perfect example of how eating healthy CAN be delicious! Can’t wait for you to try!

 

 

3. Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

If it ain’t broke DON’T FIX IT. Aka – don’t spend hours searching new recipes when you can add fun ingredients to recipes you already know they love. I’ve shared a few versions of this recipe and each time I added a new ingredient. My goal is to get Carolina excited about a healthy breakfast that will give the energy she needs to go on with her business (whatever important business 3-year-olds have these days)

Ok, so here I added ¼ cup dye-free sprinkles to the mix before cooking, then a few more sprinkles before serving and done! You can also add dairy-free chocolate chips. Note: I tend to skip the maple syrup when I add chocolate chips or add fewer chocolate chips if they MUST have the syrup. Chopped berries? Hemp seeds? Anything goes. This recipe is almost impossible to mess up. Try it!

4. Dairy-Free Oatmeal Bars

This recipe is loosely adapted from Bob’s Red Mill (HEY, BOB!). I love it and share it with you because it’s a great breakfast idea for the entire family. It’s basically a bowl of oatmeal on-the-go because let’s face it, hot oatmeal is great and everything but gets boring, who’s with me?

Don’t care or like preserve? Skip it, we don’t judge! Drizzle a little honey instead. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
1/2 cup ghee, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free oat flour
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
2/3 cup naturally sweetened preserve (optional)

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine ghee and vanilla extract. Stir in flour, oats, sugar, arrowroot powder, baking powder, lemon zest and salt until combined. Press mixture into bottom of baking pan. Evenly spread homemade preserve on top and bake, 20-25 min. Let cool before cutting into bars and serving.

Note: Refrigerate for up to 2hrs for a firmer consistency.

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Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

Light, Cakey Brownies (GF)

Do you prefer a Fudgy Brownie or a Light, Cakey Brownie? I choose cakey and Joe LOVES Fudgy with…wait for it….walnuts (if you follow me on Instagram I talk about Joe’s walnut obsession quite a bit).

Brownies are cool and all but sometimes it’s just too much – too dense and too much chocolate. I know, I know most people will think I’m crazy but it’s how I feel, mmk? 🙂
SOOO I developed the recipe for these Light and Cakey Brownies hoping Joe would change his mind and it worked. He said “these are delicious but you know what’s missing…WALNUTS!” *sigh! Noted for next time, Joe!
Made with natural ingredients like cassava flour (a gluten-free alternative to all-purpose flour) and coconut palm sugar, these little gems make the perfect dessert or snack. Plus they’re better-for-you and insanely delicious.

Ingredients

1 stick grass-fed unsalted butter

1 cup coconut palm sugar

3 eggs

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp instant coffee

½  tsp baking powder

½ cup semi-sweet dark chocolate chips, melted

¾  cup cassava flour

¼  tsp xanthan gum

¼ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ºF and grease a brownie pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until butter starts bubbling. Remove from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the melted butter with coconut palm sugar and mix using a hand mixer until well combined. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add cocoa powder, coffee, and baking powder to the egg mixture and combine. Add the melted chocolate and combine.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture and combine until you get a smooth batter.
  6. Sift together the cassava flour, xanthan gum, and salt and fold into the batter.
  7. Transfer batter to brownie pan and bake, 20 -25min or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool before serving.
  9. Cut into squares and enjoy!

So now tell me, are you Fudgy? Or Cakey? 🙂

Karla A Salinari

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OurFlipSideLife is excited to present FlipBox!

Healthy baking kits that encourage a family friendly experience. Each Flipbox includes an easy to follow recipe card, pre-measured dry and mostly organic ingredients, to make our Chocolate Frosted Vanilla Cake Bar plus mini baking supplies that add to the fun!

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Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

This is definitely one of my favorite recipes and a recipe I love making for others. Made with gluten-free flour, dairy-free milk, and other simple ingredients, it’s the perfect example of how something healthy and nutritious can also be delicious. It’s also a perfectly quick and easy recipe to make with your little ones – because who doesn’t love mashing bananas and playing with chocolate chips 🙂 We hope you like it!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

3/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar

2 cups gluten-free oat flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

 

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan using coconut oil cooking spray
  2. In a large mixing bowl mash the bananas. Add vanilla extract, milk, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil and combine
  3. In another large mixing bowl combine the coconut palm sugar, oat flour, baking soda and salt
  4. Add the flour blend to the wet ingredients and combine
  5. Using a spatula, fold in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the baking pan
  6. Bake 40-50min or until edges are golden and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean
  7. All to cool 10-15min before serving
  8. Cut into squares, serve and enjoy!
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Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Pancakes

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Pancakes

Happy Wednesday! Joe and I are back from the most amazing trip to Devon, the English countryside where our friends Katie and Craig got married. We stayed in a beautiful hotel – Hotel Endsleigh – just 2.5hrs south of London by train. The hotel is set in 100 acres and has the most beautiful gardens and views of the river, it was magical and an experience we will never forget.

The bride and groom served healthy meal options to meet all dietary needs complete with an assortment of tea served in antique silver teapots, gluten-free sandwiches, dairy-free desserts and vegan entrees. It was like living in a dream and it was fabulous.

The only way I can top the amazingness of our trip is with these Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Pancakes made with Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour and Enjoy Life Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips. They are moist, satisfying and not too sweet. It’s like having a healthy breakfast that taste like dessert. We hope you enjoy the recipe plus a picture of us at the wedding. And yes, I wore a fascinator! 🙂

Ingredients

2 cups gluten-free Paleo Baking Flour

½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips

½ coconut palm sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon sea salt

4 eggs

1 ½ cup dairy-free milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ghee, melted (more for frying)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and ghee.
  3. Combine egg mixture with the flour blend in the large bowl.
  4. Add chocolate chips and mix in.
  5. Place a griddle or frying pan over low-medium heat and melt the ghee.
  6. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and cook 3-4 minutes until bubbles start to appear on the surface. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Repeat the process with remaining batter.
  8. Separate into plates and add a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of chocolate chips.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
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