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A big Sunday shout out to all my new subscribers! I'm so glad you're here. I've spent the week collecting thoughts and highlighting articles for you all . . . pour yourself a hot cuppa and read on to see what's up this week.

Around the 'Net

Theme for this week? Let's get our heads on straight. You might've made some resolutions about 10 days ago . . . how're they working out for you, so far?

Perfectionism: When Beautiful Isn’t Beautiful Enough — Rob Sulaver, Schwarzenegger.com

Your Brain Is A Jerk: 5 Cognitive Biases That Are Sabotaging Your Fat Loss Goals — Mike Howard, Burn the Fat Blog

5 Common Mistakes That Cause New Habits to Fail (and What to Do About Them) — James Clear

Recipes I've Tried & Loved

Coleslaw with cumin-lime vinaigrette - a great side for any Mexican-inspired meal.

Roasted cod with potatoes, fennel & tomatoes - I've made this twice, once with the tomatoes, once without. You decide whether you like them . . . the acidity does add a nice bite!

Paleo Meatballs, Asian Style - I made these with ground turkey (combo dark & light meat for more richness) to lighten them up, but they would be great as written using pork.

New Ideas

I haven't made resolutions for the new year (gasp!), but I'm working on intentions, a list of things I want to try, etc. One was "eating mindfully." You've heard the advice before, I'm sure. If you banish distractions while you eat, you will find your meal to be more satisfying over all. This can up your satisfaction quotient and help you lose weight (if you're looking to do that). I'll confess, I've pooh-poohed this for a while. My habit has always been to read emails, check FB, surf the web at lunchtime. This week, I decided to eat all my lunches without distractions . . . and you know what? I think there's something to the expert advice. SMH. I mention this for two reasons: 1) so you understand that even trainers and coaches are human and even WE have biases and blinders (shocker!) and 2) so you might try it yourself. Even if you do it for a day or two. I took 10-15 minutes out, tops. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week . . . be sure to use the comments or the contact form to LMK what you like here, what you'd like to see, and how I can help YOU to THRIVE.



Precision Nutrition » The Paleo problem: Examining the pros and cons of the Paleo Diet.

A terrific account of what Paleo does right and what it gets wrong . . . and ultimately a great explanation for why I eat "Paleo-ish" but don't adhere stringently to any "plan" or set of "rules" with regard to what foods to eat.

While I encourage all my clients to move towards whole foods, away from packaged foods and artificial ingredients, there is a huge variety of foods within the "whole foods" category and I appreciate that what works for you is what's most important. Enjoy!

7 Habits of Highly Effecient Shoppers: Your Quick Guide to Food Acquisition and Preparation

My top 7 tips for more efficient food shopping and preparation!