I once mistook a head of cabbage for a head of lettuce!


Until I was 25 years old I felt intimidated by the produce section in the grocery store.  There were so many different types of vegetables and I knew nothing about how to prepare them.  New York City is where I learned how delicious vegetables could be, what they were, and how to prepare them – broccoli rabe, brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, squash, peppers.

At the Happy Dog in Cleveland with Emily

My love for veggies didn’t come naturally, it took exposure and consistency.  Once I opened my mind to trying new types of vegetables and started to brave the produce section discovered I actually liked some vegetables, and could make most others taste good with the right recipe

The Little Black Apron: A Single Girl's Guide to Cooking with Style and Grace

(this book helped me along, thanks for the gift Emily).

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Simple Breakfast Recipe


Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day when you’re losing weight (read more here http://www.m.webmd.com/diet/features/lose-weight-eat-breakfast).

During my weight loss I would wake up, drink a small amount of water, go for a jog, and then eat breakfast.

Cereal is a great food to start your day with. Today’s recipe is simple, you’ll need the following 5 ingredients:

1. Cereal (see this list for help choosing the most nutritious option this list)

2. Skim or almond milk

3. Dried fruit (cranberries are my favorite and can be added after you’ve increased your workout intensity)

4. Flaxseed (learn more here http://www.m.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed)

5. Water with lemon or Coffee (add only skim or almond milk, no sugar)

Sprinkle flaxseed over your chosen cereal, add the dried fruit, and skim milk and enjoy!

Wake up 15 minutes earlier to make sure you have time to make this simple breakfast. After a few weeks of eating a healthy breakfast combined with exercise and healthy eating daily you’ll see results!