Food Is Not Your Enemy

Forbidden Rice With Onions and Garlic
January 28, 2013, 12:58 pm
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Have you ever tried black rice, a.k.a. “forbidden” rice? It’s a delicious and healthy whole grain that I’ve recently started making as a side dish. I’ve prepared it a couple of different ways at this point; here’s my favorite method:

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 small onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup forbidden black rice, rinsed

1 3/4 cup water

1/2 strip kombu seaweed


Warm the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for one minute more. Add the dry rice and saute for a few minutes, until you hear sizzling. Pour the water into the pan along with the kombu and cover. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for five minutes. Remove the kombu and discard it. Fluff the rice with a fork, salt to taste, and serve.


Tips for Achieving Your Weight Goals in ’13

Are you dreading making your New Year’s resolutions for 2013, because, once again, “lose weight” will be at the top of your list? Or have you made your resolutions already, but fear you won’t be able to stick to them, as you’ve never succeeded in the past?

If so, here are some suggested resolutions, promises you can make to yourself that should help you more than a vague resolution like “lose weight”:

I will not resolve to lose 50 pounds. This is a scary resolution that will likely stop you before you even start. Creating smaller, more manageable goals is the way to go. The next few resolutions will show you what I mean.

I will eat more fresh vegetables. Vegetables have a low-calorie density but are incredibly nourishing. Adding more veggies into your day will help crowd out less healthy, high-calorie foods.

I will move my body. Walking counts. Just get out of your desk chair and do something on a consistent basis.

I will not eat in front of the TV.  Studies show that people consume more food while watching TV. Concentrate on enjoying your meal instead.

I will sleep. Inadequate sleep leads to weight gain. You’ll be fighting an uphill battle to shed those extra pounds if you’re only sleeping five hours a night.

I will make time for my health. It’s so easy to say “I don’t have time”–I don’t have time to grocery shop, I don’t have time to cook, I don’t have time to exercise. But if you don’t do these things, your chances of developing a chronic disease due to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle are significantly elevated. Then you will have to make time to deal with that illness.

And remember that you don’t have to go it alone! If you need support and a personalized program to help you meet your weight and/or health goals this year, please contact me to set up a free one-hour consultation, which can take place either in person or over the phone. You can read my clients’ success stories here, and find out more about the programs I offer here.

Here’s to a happy, healthy 2013!