Losing weight, slimming down and getting healthy is on everyone’s mind this time of year and we know that sometimes slimming down alone can be a little frustrating (especially when you don’t have the necessary knowledge).  Let’s take a look at the best way to start your day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day — at least, that’s what everyone’s been telling you since you were a kid. But unless you have a Leslie Knope-sized appreciation for waffles, you might be inclined to skip the first meal of the day. After all, mornings are hectic enough as it is — and a calorie saved is a calorie earned for dessert later, right?

Do You Really Need to Eat Breakfast to Lose Weight?

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But skipping breakfast isn’t actually a foolproof way to cut calories. “Even if you do ‘save’ calories, you’ll blast right through any deficit when you finally do get the chance to eat,” says Abbey Sharp, R.D., and owner of Abbey’s Kitchen. “When you let yourself get ravenous, it’s difficult to make mindful decisions at that next meal.”

Eating breakfast can help you establish healthy eating habits and give you an edge in the weight-loss game — as long as you do it right. Here are a few things you need to know to get the best breakfast benefits.

4 Things to Remember About Breakfast When You’re Trying to Lose Weight

A healthy breakfast can set the tone for a healthy day.

When you’re rushing to get out the door in the morning and barely have time to brush your teeth, the last thing on your mind is whipping up a fiesta omelet. But it could be worth waking up a few minutes earlier to make time for breakfast.

“When you start the day with a healthy breakfast, you’ll be more likely to continue the theme later on,” Sharp says. And people who eat breakfast in the morning tend to choose foods throughout the day with lower “energy density,” which is the number of calories per gram of food. (Beans, veggies, and lean protein are all examples of foods with lower energy density.)

Not all breakfasts are equal.

In theory, any food eaten in the morning could qualify as breakfast. But that doesn’t give you carte blanche to start your day with a hot fudge sundae. According to at least one study, a healthy, high-protein breakfast can increase your energy levels… unlike that bowl of cereal. Consider adding eggs, beans, skinless chicken, or salmon to your breakfast routine. They’ll give you more lasting fuel than marshmallows will. Yes, even the star-shaped ones.

Find your own breakfast groove.

Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Despite findings like the study above, some researchers have suggested that breakfast may not deserve all of the credit it gets. If you eat a midnight snack and aren’t hungry again until noon, this might not be any better or worse than “fasting” from dinner until dawn. That’s because we tend to grab less healthy grub when we’re tired. Research has also shown that limiting nighttime snacking reduces total calorie intake for the day.

So if you have no appetite in the morning, ask yourself why. “If you’re not hungry because you were out late or had a big dinner the night before, acknowledge that, and wait until your body tells you to eat,” Sharp says.

But don’t wait ’til lunch before you reassess your hunger: “Check in with yourself and ask, ‘Am I hungry for something, even just a glass of milk or a peach?’ and respond accordingly,” Sharp adds.

Breakfast is not a magic bullet.

Some researchers have noted that in a “free-living” study — where people weren’t told what to eat for breakfast — there was no notable difference in weight loss between breakfast eaters and skippers. This suggests that the simple act of eating breakfast isn’t enough to make you lose weight — as with any meal, you need to pay attention to portion size, calorie count, and nutrients.

Sharp’s go-to breakfast picks are avocado toast and protein pancakes; if you need more inspiration, check out any of our favorite breakfast recipes.

Here is a list of my go to breakfast favorites:

Eggs – Sunny side up, scrambled, poached and omelettes are my favorite ways to prepare eggs.  They give you a variety of options and you can mix in any veggies you like.

Fruit – I prefer a variety of fruits and usually shop seasonal

Pancakes – When I choose to follow a completely Paleo/gluten free/dairy free lifestyle, this was one of the things I was really going to miss.  But I was wrong! Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix is AMAZING! I pair that with Walden Farms Maple Walnut Syrup on Sundays when I make Sunday morning breakfast for my fam.

Shakeology – When I’m in a hurry to get out the door, I just wake and shake.  Shakeology offers

Quick Tips for Clean Eating!

1) Eat only whole foods. That means eating oats and blueberries rather than a blueberry muffin. When you eat packaged foods, only buy brands that contain “real food” ingredients–ingredients you easily recognize, can pronounce, and would use to make a “from scratch” version in your own kitchen. If a food

contains even one ingredient that makes you think “huh?” skip it.

2) Keep meals simple. Delicious, healthy food doesn’t have to contain a lot of ingredients. Keep your meal ingredients to a minimum—just be sure to include a source of whole grains, lean protein and healthy fat at each meal. For example, veggies and shrimp stir fried in sesame oil over a bed of brown rice seems restaurant quality but can be whipped up faster than takeout.

3) Eat slower. Put your fork or spoon down between every bite, and focus on the flavors and textures of your food.

4) Eat on a regular schedule. Try not to let more than about 4 hours go by between meals or snacks. Steady meal timing helps regulate your digestive system, blood sugar and insulin levels, and appetite.
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5) Listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full, meaning satisfied, not stuffed. Rely on your hunger and fullness cues to tell you when to stop and start eating.
Pro Tip: Eating Slow allows your brain to catch up with your stomach.

6) Grocery Shopping: Shop the perimeter. Almost every healthy food choice happens on the perimeter of the store. They keep the processed stuff in the middle. Along the perimeter you will find all of the fresh, whole foods (like fruit, veggies, meat, etc)

7) Don’t go Grocery Shopping while you are hungry! You will convince yourself you NEED that tub of ice cream. When you get home, buyers remorse will set in. Always grab a healthy snack before you go!

#SelfLove365 2017 Challenge

Despite my busy schedule I feel compelled to take on yet another challenge this year. Every year I say I’m going to start this and I don’t. Or, I last a few days and I forget or I quit or I get behind and I just give up. NOT THIS YEAR! You know why? Because I’m inviting YOU to do it with me! We are going to start 2017 with self love and creativity. The two things that I feel we need to embrace every day. Day 1/365 is tomorrow January 1st!

The topic I chose is “self portraits.” I chose this after realizing towards the end of this year that one of the major battles people face with pursuing their dreams is fear of judgment. I feel we live in a world where we care wayyyy to much about what others think of us! My hopes is that whoever joins this realizes they are beautiful, they are worthy and learn how to love themselves on a higher level instead of looking for acceptance. It’s a “self love” self portrait project and every single day, you’re going to love on yourself!

What is a 365 project? It’s a photography based project where you take a photo every day and share it with the world. For this project, you’ll be asked to participate via Instagram by following me: @bohobossbabe7 and hash tagging #365BohoBabe so I can see them as well as tagging this page if you post it on your Facebook (which you should!)

The rules: Take a photo of yourself every day and post it on your Instagram tag me: @bohobossbabe7 and hash tag #365BohoBabe; if you’re using your Facebook too, tag this page as well. You can use a self timer app on your phone, a tripod with a remote or have someone take it for you. In order for it to be a SELF portrait – if someone else takes it they can only be in charge of pushing the button. You have to set up the shot, the frame an art direct the whole image. I recommend investing in a tripod but sometimes you wont have time to set it up and take shots, so do your best and just try to take a NEW photo every day. If you’re as busy as me, you can make a FEW exceptions with other photos that you like if you have multiples from one shoot but try your best to take the time to do this FOR YOURSELF every day. 

If you fall behind, JUMP BACK IN and remember, this is about having fun, taking time for yourself every day, celebrating yourself and practicing self love. I get saddened when people criticize others for “selfies” or posting photos of themselves on the internet. I find joy in it and everyone should be able to share their lives without having to deal with other people’s opinions. So be LOUD and PROUD! Do what makes YOU happy and that’s it. CLICK SHARE and get your friends involved or post on your IG!!! Yes, anyone can join. Any questions?

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Spice up healthy meals like this…

Herbs are a delicious and healthy way to add flavor to any dish.  I love growing my own and keep a fresh variaty on hand in my kitchen from here.  They provide everything you need, including specific instructions on how to grow and keep your plants healthy.

Healthy food has an undeserved reputation for being boring or bland. Whole, fresh foods are actually delicious on their own, with no added seasoning. Unfortunately, many of us have been jaded by too much sodium, sugar, and additives in our food. But there are healthy ways to add flavor to clean foods. Here are some herbs and spices you can use in your daily cooking:

  • 12-26432gBasil: This bright-green delicate leaf contains flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants. It’s also high in vitamins A and K and has a good amount of potassium and manganese. You can grow basil plants on a sunny windowsill throughout the year or grow it in your garden and preserve it by freezing or drying it. Use peppery and minty basil in tomato sauces, salad dressings, pesto, sandwich spreads, soups, and chicken, beef, pork, and fish dishes.

  • Marjoram: This fragrant herb contains many phytochemicals — including terpenes, which are anti-inflammatory — lutein, and beta carotene. Plus, it has lots of vitamin C and vitamin D. Marjoram is delicious in any dish made using beef and is perfect with vegetables like tomatoes, peas, carrots, and spinach. Together with bay leaf, parsley, thyme, and tarragon, it makes a bouquet garni to use in stews and soups.

  • Mint: Mothers used to offer mint to kids for upset stomachs because it soothes an irritated GI tract. But did you know it may be a weapon against cancer, too? It contains a phytochemical called perillyl alcohol, which can stop the formation of some cancer cells. Mint is a good source of beta carotene, folate, and riboflavin. Use it in teas, in desserts, as part of a fruit salad or lettuce salad, or as a garnish for puddings.

  • Oregano: Used in Italian dishes, this strong herb is a potent antioxidant with the phytochemicals lutein and beta carotene. It’s a good source of iron, fiber, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids. Who knew that spaghetti sauce could be so good for you? Add spicy and pepper oregano to salad dressings, soups, sauces, gravies, meat dishes, and pork recipes.

  • Parsley: Do you ever wonder what’s happened to all the parsley garnish that has been left on plates in restaurants over the years? If only people knew then how healthy it really is! This mild and leafy herb is an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, calcium, and potassium. Plus, it’s packed with flavonoids, which are strong antioxidants, and folate, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Use it in everything from salads as a leafy green to rice pilafs, grilled fish, and sauces and gravies.

  • Rosemary: Rosemary contains terpenes, which slow down free radical development and stop inflammation. Terpenes may also block some estrogens, which cause breast cancer. Use this pungent and piney herb in soups, stews, meat, and chicken dishes. Chop some fresh rosemary to roast a chicken, cook with lamb or beef, or mix with olive oil for a dip for warm whole-wheat bread.

  • Sage: Sage contains the flavonoid phytochemicals apigenin and luteolin and some phenolic acids that act as anti-inflammatory agents and antioxidants. Perhaps sage’s most impressive effect may be against Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting the increase in AChE inhibitors. Its dusky, earthy aroma and flavor are delicious in classic turkey stuffing (as well as the turkey itself), spaghetti sauces, soups and stews, and frittatas and omelets.

  • Tarragon: This herb tastes like licorice with a slightly sweet flavor and is delicious with chicken or fish. It’s a great source of phytosterols and can reduce the stickiness of platelets in your blood. Tarragon is rich in beta carotene and potassium, too. Use it as a salad green or as part of a salad dressing or mix it with Greek yogurt to use as an appetizer dip.

  • Thyme: This herb is a good source of vitamin K, manganese, and the monoterpene thymol, which has antibacterial properties and may help protect against tumor development. It’s fresh, slightly minty, and lemony tasting, making it a great addition to everything from egg dishes to pear desserts to recipes featuring chicken and fish.

  • Cinnamon: The aroma of cinnamon is one of the most enticing in cooking; just the smell can help improve brain function! It can also reduce blood sugar levels, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and overall cholesterol levels. Cinnamaldehyde, an organic compound in cinnamon (go figure!), prevents clumping of blood platelets, and other compounds in this spice are anti-inflammatory. Add cinnamon to coffee and tea, use it in desserts and curries, and sprinkle some on oatmeal for a great breakfast.

  • Cloves: These flower buds are a great source of manganese and omega-3 fatty acids. They contain eugenol, which helps reduce toxicity from pollutants and prevent joint inflammation, and the flavonoids kaempferol and rhamnetin, which act as antioxidants. Cloves are a great addition to hot tea and coffee as well as many dessert recipes, including fruit compote and apple desserts.

  • Cumin: This spice is rich in antioxidants, which may help reduce the risk of cancer. It also has iron and manganese, which help keep your immune system strong and healthy. Add cumin to Middle Eastern recipes, rice pilafs, stir-fried vegetables, and Tex-Mex dishes.

  • 12-265hbgNutmeg: Nutmeg is rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C. It can help reduce blood pressure, acts as an antioxidant, and has antifungal properties. The lacy covering on nutmeg is used to make mace. Keep a whole nutmeg in a tiny jar along with a mini rasp to grate it fresh into dishes with spinach, add it to hot tea, use it in curry powder, and add it to rice pudding and other desserts.

  • Turmeric: This spice is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Curcumin, a phytochemical in turmeric, can stop cancer cells from reproducing and spreading, slow Alzheimer’s disease progression, and help control weight. In fact, researchers are currently studying curcumin as a cancer fighter, painkiller, and antiseptic. Turmeric gives foods a pretty yellow color and is an inexpensive substitute for saffron. Use it in Indian foods, egg salads, sauces, tea, and fish and chicken recipes.