Take control

In today’s society, Americans have been taught that in order to complete a meal one must eat everything on your plate. NEWS FLASH – overeating stems from consuming larger portions than necessary, larger portions will lead to weight gain which can result in obesity. The overarching issue is that obesity and weight gain can be controlled, but it takes self-control.

How many people actually stop eating when they’re full? I am guilty in this category as well because I LOVE dessert and would prefer eating cake over a meal. The problem is that much of what we do when we eat is controlled by emotions and your surroundings. If you’ve had a bad day or heck a bad week, you’re more likely to go for that pizza on a Friday night as oppose to a salad. Those days that we crave chocolate, it has been said that dark chocolate is the way to go but again remember our portions.

Lastly, restaurants are another issue when it comes to measuring portions. When we order a piece of chicken it is usually double the size of a normal portion, plus the sides. Some may think ordering a salad is a smart option, try again. The added dressing, salt and god knows what else they put on your plate can occasionally add up to the amount of calories you should consume in a day.

Some may be thinking, well it’s a Friday and I have plans to eat out tonight. Don’t let me stop you! My only advice is to make smart decisions when you eat, go to restaurants that offer healthy options and lastly support local places rather than chains. 

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Side Dish

It has been a few weeks since my lost post and I have been feeling as though I need to get a bit more creative with my cooking. Now that is a bold statement to make seeing as though I rarely cook as it is, never mind becoming more creative.

Cooking has always been something that fascinates me, but seems extremely overwhelming. I did not grow up around parent(s) that cooked and I have never been introduced to great family recipes. I’m not sure if anyone in my family would consider themselves a “good cook”. Regardless, I need to venture out and begin my own cooking journey.

I came across a fabulous recipe for my ultimate favorite POTATOES. As someone who is Irish and spends every holiday enjoying potatoes, I figured it was time to search for a recipe that incorporates the best starch around!

Twice Baked by Martha Stewart
2 pounds red new potatoes (about 14), halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
coarse salt and ground pepper
3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup snipped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
Directions
1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each potato half so they rest flat. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss with oil; season with salt and pepper, and arrange bottom side down. Bake until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool on sheet.
2.When cool enough, scoop out about a teaspoon from the center of each potato into a medium bowl. Add sour cream and chives, and mash; season with salt and pepper. Stuff potatoes with filling. (To store, refrigerate stuffed potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet, up to 1 day.)
3.Bake potatoes at 450 degrees until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Garnish with chives.

Boston has G-Free Options

How many people check a menu before heading out to lunch or dinner? If you love to dine out and you have an allergy it can occassionally become an issue. There have been multiple times I’ve gone out and stuck to having a cocktail, rather than daring to try something I’m unfamiliar with off the menu.

For many years my family stuck to “chain restaurants”, such as the 99 or Legal Seafood. Two years ago gluten free menus were unheard of! Now, there are many restaurants throughout Boston that have incorporated a gluten free diet into their menu.

One of my favorite restaurants, Nebo, serves an array of gluten free options that are delicious. I know many people would say cutting wheat out of their diet is nearly impossible and by all means it is difficult, but far from impossible. Trying new restaurants can be exciting, so try one of the restaurants listed below and let me know what you think!

Nebo
The Elephant Walk
Legal Seafood
Beneventos
Uno’s
Stone Hearth Pizza

You can also check out how “g-free” the menu really is at many of the local restaurants by clicking this link: