Sunday, August 27, 2017

Down the Cape & Back Again

Hi, guys! I hope you’re having a nice weekend. I’m doing a little catch up this morning with some blog posts from a couple days ago. Let’s rewind to Thursday morning… and go!

I woke up ready to eat and immediately made myself two rice cakes – one with sunflower butter and one with peanut butter – and topped them both with ground pumpkin seeds and banana slices. Delicious and filling!

After breakfast, I got myself ready for a trip down to the Cape with Kerrie for a podcast with Mobius Media Solutions. I was actually pretty nervous for it, but it ended up being really fun in the end. We shared our story and how Designed to Fit came to be as well as some of our philosophies regarding food, health, and balance. We also chatted about the business side of things since, right now, the two of us are running four of them and trying to make it all work. I’ll be sure to share the episode with you guys once it’s live!

Once we finished the podcast, I dropped Kerrie off at the ferry (she was heading to Nantucket) and then drove home. On the drive, I chatted with Mal, who said he was hungry for lunch. I was too, so we decided to go out and grab some food together at Scarlet Oak Tavern.

By the time we got there, I was starving, so as soon as their warm cornbread was served to the table, I immediately grabbed a piece and spread some butter on it. Feed me.

For my entree, I ordered their chicken avocado sandwich with pickles and chips on the side. It totally hit the spot!

After lunch, on the way to pick up Quinn, Mal needed to stop at Home Depot.

He purchased a few more outlet face-plates. I know, super exciting. His project for the summer has been updating all of the old ones in our house, and he’s almost done!

Back at home, Quinn and I snacked on some mango coconut rice bites from CVS.

After that, I slipped out for a walk/run with Murphy. It was Thursday, and I had only worked out once that week , so I figured maybe I should try to get in some activity. I did 2 miles with Murphy (walking) and then 2 miles on my own (running).

When I got home, I quickly showered and then made us dinner. Then, Mal and I cleaned, organized, and purged Quinn’s playroom. I have no idea how he’s acquired so many toys in three years!?

The next morning, we all headed back down to the Cape to spend a couple days with Elizabeth and Nick and their family. Murphy hung out with a friend of ours for the night, but he still enjoyed a ride in the car to her house!

We arrived at Elizabeth and Nick’s house just an hour later and immediately got ourselves ready for a morning at the beach.

Around nap time, we all headed home to put the little ones down. The adults ate lunch and had some time to catch-up. Nap time actually turned into a little happy hour while we waited for them to wake up. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?

Once the kids were awake, there was plenty of water-table fun times and the adults continued our happy hour! 🙂 (Mine may have included a coconut donut. Clearly, I need a post-summer slim-down in my life! Haha! I actually sent the photo below to my friend – we joke about how much we’ve indulged in donuts/ice cream and wine this summer. We both signed up to do the 3-week meal plan together, and I can’t wait to get started in a couple of weeks!)

Eventually, it was time for dinner, so we fed the little ones and then got them ready for bed. Once they were asleep, the adults enjoyed an awesome seafood dinner!

On Saturday morning, we headed to a huge playground.

The kiddos had so much fun!

What was even more fun was taking the kiddos to ride go-carts!

Please note: Quinn’s tiny hand as he waved to me. So cute!

It was such a fun few days! As much as I’m ready to get back into a routine, I’ve loved everything about this summer! 🙂

Question of the Day

Seafood – love it or hate it?

Let’s say we wanted to buy a house on the Cape – what’s the part (town) in your opinion? 



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Weekend Link Love – Edition 466

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Just having your phone in the same room drains your cognitive capacity, even if it’s turned off.

99% of your gut bacteria are a complete mystery.

Belly fat increases cancer risk.

Researchers used Twitter to discover the geography of happiness.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 183: Elizabeth Baldwin-Lodge: Host Elle Russ chats with Elizabeth Baldwin-Lodge, an author who found her calling after two failed celebrity marriages were unable to fill the void in her life. Despite having “everything,” she was only able to be truly happy when she figured out how to be happy within.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why omega-6 seed oils may be the primary cause of the diseases of civilization.

How weighted blankets could help with stress and anxiety.

Media, Schmedia

Tressa’s inspiring success story.

High-dose B12 supplementation when you don’t really need it may raise the risk of lung cancer.

“I don’t trust people to take so much control over the future of human nature.” Me neither.

Everything Else

“Whole Paycheck” might stop making sense.

Babylonians did trigonometry. Well, some of them.

Why vertical farms probably won’t work like proponents think they will.

Cheer yourself up.

All’s clear for the decisive trial in MDMA for PTSD patients.

As the prospect of human embryo genetic engineering draws closer to reality, some Chinese parents are asking for alterations to alcohol processing genes that would allow social drinking for business purposes.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

The kind of addiction I can get behind: To learning.

Study that made me go “Hmm”: Humans from the ancient past had a higher load of genomic disease risk than humans from today.

Article I’m pondering: “The day I found out my life was hanging by a thread.”

Kickstarter for awesome cooking equipment I’m excited about (and you should be too): Dr. Michael Eades’ SousVide Supreme Touch+.

Video I think you’ll dig: What Primal Health Coaches love about the course.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 27– Sep 2)

Comment of the Week

Thanks for opening up some seriously sexy pillow talk: Hey, baby, let’s clear out some deleterious mutations.

– Whoa, this is a family-friendly blog, KidPsych.


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5 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

How frustrating is it when you just can’t lose weight? You’re trying to eat right and exercise, but the numbers on the scale don’t move. Many registered dietitian nutritionists work one-on-one with clients and have experience as to why your waistline isn’t shrinking. I asked 5 dietitians the most common reason folks don’t lose weight and you’ll be surprised by what they had to say.

1. You’re cutting too many calories
“When you diet and restrict calories too low, your body’s metabolism starts to slow down, necessitating a larger caloric deficit to lose weight. Meanwhile, your hunger hormone (ghrelin) gets out of control, which simultaneously leads you to overeat,” says Abbey Sharp, RD, blogger at Abbey’s Kitchen.

Instead: Sharp recommends stopping the good food, bad food mentality, and focusing on your body’s unique hunger and satiety signals. Once you stop restricting, your body will stop feeling the need to overcompensate and binge whenever it gets the chance. When you eat mindfully, you eat in response to your body’s true needs, which helps prevent episodes of overeating.

2. You’re eating too much of a healthy food
“My clients often have trouble losing weight because they are consuming too much of a good thing,” claims Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club. “When I share that 1/5 of an avocado is one serving, people gasp.” Other good-for-you foods that are high in calories include nuts, nut butters, olive oil, and hummus.

Instead: Measure portions of higher calorie good-for-you foods until you get the hand of it.

3. You’re eating more than you think
Oftentimes folks underestimate the amount of food and calories they are eating. They forget about the handful of nuts or half a homemade muffin they were offered by their officemate. Drinks also tend to fall off the grid, and if you’re downing specialty coffees or numerous cocktails during happy hour you’re for sure taking in hundreds of calories there.

Instead: “When I first started in private practice 22 years ago, I found that without fail, my clients who consistently kept a food diary were the ones who were more successful in their weight loss efforts,” says Colleen Gerg, MA, RDN, a nutrition and mindfulness coach. Writing down everything you eat and drink creates awareness of habits and keeps you honest.

4. You’re stressed out
“Stress affects our eating, exercise, and sleep habits-most often in negative ways. Stress also affects our cortisol levels which makes it hard to lose weight,” declares Rebecca Clyde MS, RDN, CD owner of Nourish Nutrition. Clyde explains where “I have so many clients who are trying to be perfect at following restrictive diets who just are terrified to ‘fall off the wagon’ and stressed out about sticking to their diet.”

Instead: If your diet is stressing you out, it’s time to find a better way to eat healthy and lose weight. There is no need for you to be miserable when trying to lose weight.

5. You’re not getting enough sleep
Most people don’t get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. “Lack of sleep can make us feel foggy headed and lethargic the next day,” explains Lauren Manganiello MS, RD, CDN owner of Lauren Manganiello Nutrition & Fitness in NYC. “Our body then craves food, especially sugar, to help combat our lack of energy. It’s very difficult to eat mindfully and listen to our hunger cues when we’re sleep deprived.”

Instead: Get to bed at a decent hour and remove things keeping you awake. This means turning off the television and charging your electronic devices in a separate room so you don’t have the urge to get on them in the middle of the night.


Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

*This article was written and/or reviewed by an independent registered dietitian nutritionist.

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