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Say It With Stickers and Buffalo


Article Posted by, Sherri Sacconaghi, Feb 10th, 2014


 

valentinesIt’s Valentine’s Day.  Candied hearts, frosted cookies and chocolate covered everything. 
 
It occurred to me last year as I went through my sons valentine box from school, that this holiday looks more like Halloween than a holiday to express love and appreciation for others.  When did that happen? 
 
Those who know me, know I am all for chocolate but this Valentine’s Day get creative with your loved ones.  Don’t ditch the chocolate, just…well, supplement it with some of these healthier ideas.

  1. Be Different. Instead of attaching a box of those candied hearts to your child’s valentines (the yellow ones are the worst…what is that…banana?), try attaching stickers, pencils, or pretzels.  I would suggest attaching nothing, but according to my son, that is not an option.

  2. Share.  Every year my husband and I go to our favorite Italian place, where we had out first date.  I love going out for a Valentine’s Day meal.  This year, try sharing an entrée and each having a large salad to go with it.  No need to show your love by carbo-loading anyway.

  3. Introduce Something New.  Daikon radish, amaranth or buffalo burgers.  Introduce your loved one to one of your favorite foods.  One they have never tried before.  Maybe even stay in on Valentines Day and cook a meal together with foods new to both of you.   This year my husband wants to introduce me to the “best jo jos in town”.  Um, unless they are covered in kale this should be interesting.

  4. Be Random.  Take the day and practice a random act of kindness toward a complete stranger.  Pass out a gift card to someone in need, let someone go in front of you in the grocery line or help out at your local soup kitchen.  Nothing better for your heart than giving to others (well except for exercise and fatty acids but I’m not going there this week).

But keep the chocolate.  It would not be Valentine’s Day without it.


Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT

Certified Health Coach

www.themissionofnutrition.com

503-621-7549

"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".

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Set In My Ways


Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, January 22nd, 2014

 

Apparently, as I have gotten older, I have become a bit set in my ways. I enjoy routine. But sometimes I need to remind myself to step out of routine so I don’t miss out on the important stuff.

 

Throughout my 20’s and 30’s I have gone on an annual beach trip with three of my best girlfriends. In the early years (pre kids and husbands, and ex husbands), we would throw stuff in a bag, crash on the couch and our biggest concern was who was bringing the brownies and libations.

 

As we got older, the needs and wants became more pronounced. Needing to work around kids’ schedules, and those of our budding careers. We all wanted to sleep in an actual bed and the wine needed to be well, above the bottom shelf.

 

It has been several years since our last beach trip (although we cannot agree on how long it has been) and we decided this was the year to start the tradition up again. We have talked about it, and talked about it, and talked about it. We talked about all needing our OWN bed, a house with enough room for us to have some “space”, and trying to coordinated 4 schedules, 4 different jobs, 9 kids, and 3 husbands, well…needless to say, we are still talking about it.

 

But as I sit her texting my girlfriends about dates and plans, and condo rentals I realize this. Being set in my ways is not going to accomplish finding my much-needed time with my friends. My kids can survive without me shuttling them to and fro for a couple of days, and my husband can open a can of soup for dinner. My tennis team can win without me and my amazing clients will understand a schedule change. I want my girlfriend beach trip back!

 

This has been a good reminder to remember what is important. And although I have gotten set in my ways in my “old age”, I do not want that to get in the way of what is important to me. I love my routine, but I need my friends too. So I’m packing my comfy sweats, my kale soup and a really good bottle of wine and hitting the coast with my buddies.

 

I’m feeling more relaxed already.

 

 

 

Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT

Certified Health Coach

www.themissionofnutrition.com

503-621-7549

"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".

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Three Simple Steps for 2014

Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, January 13th, 2014

 

The New Year means a clean slate to start your resolutions for 2014. If you are like millions of Americans, a change it diet and lifestyle are at the top of your list.

 

This time of year it is tempting to try and make a bunch of changes all at once. You tell yourself you will start eating vegetables, start running, and stop eating sugar. , But wait! Channel that motivation and take it slow. Trying to do it all at once is hard to maintain. And ultimately leads to frustration and by Valentine's Day you will find yourself, throwing out the broccoli for French fries once again.

 

That being said, now is a great time to make some small healthy changes. Try these simple steps. Nothing drastic is necessary to make a big difference in your health.

 

  • Take One Food Out. Choose one thing in your diet that is weighing you down. If you are truly motivated and want to cut out all sugar, go for it. My suggestion though is to pick your biggest trigger and get rid of it. Is it the ice cream in the freezer? The bag of chips that are supposed to be for the kids’ lunch. Or the bag of chocolate chips hidden on the bottom shelf of the pantry. Just focus on taking control over that one trigger food.
    If you can kick that, you can tackle any other food standing in your way of the skinny jeans sitting in the closet.

  • Add One Food In. ( Um yes, I mean healthy food). Whether you want to eat more greens or try some quinoa. Pick your poison. And add it in. For me that means more water. I admit I have fallen off the water wagon and it has affected my energy, skin and sleep so I am recommitting to the 32 oz. water bottle. Bottoms up.

  • Move it. If you area couch potato make a commitment to start walking at least 30 minutes a day (or some sort of movement you enjoy). If you are already a gym junkie, make a commitment to shake up your routine so your mind and body get re energized for the New Year. Whatever you chose to do, make it planful. Schedule it in like an appointment. You will be more likely to stick with it.

 

I applaud anyone who tackles the New Year with determination and motivation. Just go easy on yourself. Achieving a healthy lifestyle is a life long process not a 2 week quick fix. That being said, go do it!

 

 

Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT

Certified Health Coach

www.themissionofnutrition.com

503-621-7549

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Thanksgiving Survival Plan

article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, November 27th, 2013


turkey Oh Thanksgiving dinner. Perfect decor, moist turkey, and hours spent around a table sharing love and laughter. Well, if that sounds familiar, then can I come to your house?

 

Thanksgiving is a time to be with friends and family and to give thanks for all we have but many find this holiday to be wrought with stress and family drama. Whether is it the desire to provide the perfect meal, a room full of democrats and republicans together for an extended period of time or the frustration of deciding which football game to watch. Very few of us have the perfect Thanksgiving Day get together but it doesn’t need to be perfect, just aim for relaxing and maybe even fun.

 

Here are a few tips for making this Thanksgiving family get together a memorable one, and I mean that in a good way.

 

  • Accept The Differences: Go into this day knowing your mom will complain the stuffing is dry, Uncle Steve will have “one too many” and Grandpa Rod will spend more time watching the football game than talking to others. You can’t change your family now so accept and appreciate the little idiosyncrasies going into the day.

  • Divide and Conquer. The food is one of the biggest decisions on the table (pun intended) when it comes to Thanksgiving. Everyone has a “must have favorite”. So let them bring it. This year I have asked each person to bring their favorite holiday side, and then I fill in the blanks, usually with green things to balance out the potato casseroles.

  • Avoid Hot Topics. Perhaps Obama care is not the best conversation piece during dinner this year. And asking cousin Jenny how the job search is going my not sit well with the pumpkin pie. If things do heat up it might be time for an after dinner walk.

  • Keep it Light. No I don’t mean use skim milk in the mashed potatoes (And that is yucky anyway).. Tell some jokes, whip out old family photos, pull out Trivial Pursuit Cards and quiz each other. Keep it fun.

 

If nothing else, look around the room and your crazy family and give thanks that people whom you love surround you and who love you. Having loved ones to share the day with is way more important than the perfect meal.

 

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT

Certified Health Coach

www.themissionofnutrition.com

503-621-7549

"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".

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Clean it Up

Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, November 11th, 2013

 

detox Had enough of the Kit Kats and Snickers bars? You are not alone. Based on the number of requests I’m getting for detoxification plans, sounds like some bodies need a break from the sugar over load.

 

While many people are familiar with the idea of detoxifying the body, there is a lot of confusion on how to do it safely. There is so much information on juice fasting, or calorie restricting cleanses that promise fast weight loss results. But if it seems to good to be true, it is.

 

Trendy cleanses and fasts may show results on the scale but ultimately you are wasting muscle, losing water and will end up feeling fatigued and cranky. In order to detoxify your body properly, you need to give it good clean food. Real food. Macronutrients like carbohydrates and high quality protein. It needs fuel that supports a healthy metabolism while giving the internal organs a break from trying to process junk food.

 

IF your body is feeling heavy, lethargic and slow its time to clean it up and out . If this is your first experience with detoxifying your body, keep it simple. Pick a reasonable time frame of about 7 days (you can do anything for 7 days, even go without cookies right?). Don’t starve yourself, fuel it with real food.

 

Follow these simple guidelines for 7 days:

 

AVOID: CONSUME:

 

Sugar/ apples/pears, berries

Juices/jams/candy

 

Wheat Brown rice, rice pasta

Breads/pasta

Processed foods oats/quinoa

 

Corn Green veggies (broccoli

Brussels, kale cabbage is best)

Frozen is okay too.

 

Meat and shellfish Wild caught salmon cod, halibut

 

Peanuts All other nuts

 

All Dairy Milk/yogurt alternatives from rice, hemp, coconut.

 

For the 7 days avoid all caffeine and alcohol. Stick to filtered water with lemon ( very detoxifying in its own right). Use olive oil and vinegars and all the spices you would like but avoid ketchup, BBQ sauces ,creamy dressings and packaged seasonings. Keep it clean and simple.

 

After just a few days you will feel a jot of energy and a lighter step.

 

Here is a recipe to get you started.

 

Minestrone Soup:

(Adapted from: Metagenics)

 

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

3 carrots, sliced

2 celery stalks, sliced

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

6 cups of vegetable stock or water

1-28oz can of tomatoes with juice

1/3 cup of brown rice

16 oz. can of kidney beans, undrained

1 lb. fresh green beans, chopped

And other greens you would like (kale, spinach, peppers work well).

 

Sautee veggies until soft, add stock, tomatoes and rice, bring to a boil and cover for 50 minutes on simmer. Add kidney and green beans and simmer until tender.

 

Go into the holidays feeling strong and healthy.

 

For more information of how to benefit from a proper detox:

http://www.themissionofnutrition.com/events-sherri-sacconaghi

 

 

 


Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT

Certified Health Coach

www.themissionofnutrition.com

503-621-7549

"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".

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