Motivational Letters and Recipes

Perfectionism and the “All-or-Nothing” Attitude

Published on: 2017-11-17 6:33:54 AM | Motivational Letters

Adapted from www.prevention.com: “Break free from an ‘all-or-nothing’ mindset to reap real weight loss success” Many people tend to be perfectionists when it comes to weight loss – they adopt an “all-or-nothing mentality” when embarking on a new food plan or exercise regime.  Being a perfectionist can actually create a lot of animosity towards healthy eating & exercise, because the second we’re not “perfect”, we give up ...

Grilled Chicken Chermoula

Published on: 2017-11-17 6:26:36 AM | Recipes

Chermoula is a marinade often used for fish or seafood in Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian cuisines.  The bright flavours of the fresh herbs lend themselves to chicken dishes too.  This dish is best if you allow the chicken to marinate overnight. Ingredients: 6 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp cumin ½ tsp salt ½ tsp coriander ½ tsp sweet paprika 1 medium red chili pepper, seeded and chopped Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 ½ ...

Discipline equals Freedom

Published on: 2017-11-10 8:32:38 AM | Motivational Letters

(Disclaimer; this is not my own title, it is the title of a great book by Jocko Willink) Jocko Willink is a former navy seal and commander, who developed his own consulting business applying life lessons from his dangerous occupation in one of the most difficult units in the American military.  As I listened to one of his podcasts, I wondered if his lessons and teachings could in some way apply to any of us.  We can all learn from anybody; there are always a few nuggets of ...

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

Published on: 2017-11-10 6:18:52 AM | Recipes

Ingredients: 750g stewing beef cubes 4 slices bacon, diced 2 onions, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 C beef stock 1 C bottled strained tomatoes (passata) ½ C dry red wine 1 can (156 ml) tomato paste  1 tsp sugar ½ tsp each fennel seeds and dried Italian herb seasoning ¼ tsp each salt and pepper 1 bay leaf Method: In slow cooker, combine beef, bacon, onions, garlic, broth, strained tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, sugar, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, ...

Smoked Salmon, Avocado & Arugula Breakfast Salad

Published on: 2017-11-03 10:35:15 AM | Recipes

Smoked Salmon, Avocado & Arugula Breakfast Salad Ingredients 1 ½ cups of arugula, washed ¼ avocado, sliced ¼ cucumber, sliced 2oz smoked salmon, sliced 1 egg, hard boiled, sliced in half 1 ½ tsp sesame seeds Juice from ¼ lime 1 ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil Salt, to taste Method • In a salad bowl, combine the arugula, avocado, cucumber, salmon and egg, • Top with sesame seeds, lime juice, olive oil and salt to taste ...