WARNING. Do Not Do’s in the New Year.

I just love blurred xmas light photos and I'm here to shed some LIGHT. Pun intended.

Time to toss some serious words of wisdom your way as I’m feeling quite yogic. Straight from the NURU herself. What’s a nuru you ask? Well my yogini friend just called me that. It equates to: nutrition guru DUH.


I think you all know I have a passion for vegetables, oh and helping others feel good. Feel good about YOURSELF that is.

So, If you’re one of those people (you know who you are) who make some absurd resolutions (or just want a laugh or know who you should share this post with), sit back for a moment and put the leftover christmas cookies down (wipe the crumbs off your lap first) and become….ENGLIGHTENED.




That dreaded word. First of all, take a peak at the word DIET. The first three letters are D-I-E. Yup. Now let me be the smarty pants I am and tell you why you shouldn’t do it. Cause this is what happens when you diet: You start out super psyched and motivated. You even pack the fridge or clean the fridge so it’s naked to fit all those fresh pressed juices for your 7 day detox (which I’m not opposed to, but…). Then you lose weight. Then you can’t handle the restrictions anymore and frankly you need a carb. Next thing you know you’re off the diet.  You possibly gain weight back.Then you decide it’s time to try another diet.  Then you come see me cause you need a diet for the diet that didn’t work in the first place. Does this sound vaguely familiar?

This recent article was spot on about setting the right goals. the NYT (New York Times: “The Fat Trap.” I suggest you read it. 

With a third of the U.S. adult population classified as obese, nobody is saying people who already are very overweight should give up on weight loss. Instead, the solution may be to preach a more realistic goal.

p.s. don’t be the AVOIDER.



Yogis believe you are perfect as you are. And the word YOGA means “to yolk” or “union.” In english, this means to connect with who you really are and then….drumroll… “accepting it.” (p.s. if you’re a cat burglar that’s ok to cause you’ll probably keep coming back as a snail)-these are the yoga jokes people. But really, Isn’t there enough self bashing going around? Statistics say that 86 percent of people report the onset of their eating disorder by the age of 20. Sad. It’s exhausting to worry about what you look like all the time and frankly, it’s unnecessary. Happiness is way better! (p.s. this is not meant to be a joke re: those who suffer with Eating disorders).


Goals are good. In fact they’re likely necessary to get you over habits and hurdles to “feeling good.” However, it’s the type of goals (as mentioned from the NYT article) you create that will help you keep your sanity. So expecting yourself to lose the 30 pounds in 2 weeks, train for a triathalon that launches in 1 month when the most physical activity you’ve endured is lifting your finger to change the channel on the remote or type something on your new fabulous iPad does NOT a good goal make.

Oh, and if your idea of energy booster consists of chomping on a snickers bar or having 3 shots of espresso, you’ll need to start with something like “replace daily dose of sugar shock with a veggie.” Need some help? I wrote this article on goal setting and just read my colleague’s (Danielle Omar) 3 Words post. Not a resolution person? Love her thoughts.

Crank Pants Pup


We all know em. There’s likely one person that you high tail it out the door from or screen phone calls cause they suck the blood, I mean are sources of constant negativity for you. The people who look for something bad to say about anything and anyone. Are you that person? Do you want to be that person?

One word: GRATITUDE (will change your attitude-yeah I really just wrote that).

You can’t avoid everyone. BUT, you can change your response to them. It’s that response, or lack of response that will leave you with peace of mind. Also, start giving more then you receive and relish in the moments of others happiness….you set yourself up for joy. And JOY is rooted in… MY BLOG amongst other things (hee hee). Oh, and I found this to be a very informative article on creating positivity. 

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Why? Cause it ain’t cool. And frankly can you imagine how you’d be better off by refraining from commenting on that woman’s shoes, that guy’s hair, the homeless person on the street, celebrities, the Kardashians, the choices a friend has made in their career path yadayadayadayada I can go on and on with this one. We all do it, some more then others. But take a moment and reflect on something you’ve done lately that might’ve been JUDGE-EE.

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”

 Carl Gustav Jung quotes

So, tell me how do you FEEL after reading this and what are you going to do or NOT do in 2012? 

p.s. if you do have awesome resolutions, share them!


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Namaste and Have a Happy Healthy New Year! -Jen


The non pizza, pizza. Squash style.

This is what I think is going on mid-December. 

1) Your eyes are glazed from slamming back loads of holiday cookies. Or you’ve sunk so low you’re eating them for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and sneaking one more for dinner. What the hay?! Right? Oh boy.

2) You’re singing joy to the world cause you’re drunk on holiday cheer (or eggnog).

3) You’re working out every day cause you don’t want to let the holidays bring you down from all the hard work and efforts you put in eating healthfully and exercising tons. Hmmm.

OK, so if you’re the number 3 person, bravo, but “sometimes one should eat a cookie, or at least some rum infused eggnog or a peppermint martini.” Just sayin.

Today I decided you all probably need to add a little holiday health or just a reminder about your health. Oh and if you are having trouble controlling yourself this holiday season, read this Part I.

Anyway,you know I eat pizza (as evident from this post, and this one), but I knew I could concoct (love that word) something with a squash and make it taste beyond….well a veggie.

I know some of you don’t even like the word vegetable, but you’re here to learn.

What I don’t know is what people think of when they hear the word spaghetti squash. It’s weird, I’ll admit that. I assume “squash” stands out, but the spaghetti part leaves one guessing.


The yellow football of a squash is mild tasting and once you string it’s guts you can pretty much flavor its insides to whatever your hearts desire (ummm, not so much like tofu but close enough). Oh, and it will never taste like cheesecake but you catch my drift eh? It’s high in fiber (bonus), Vitamin C, low in carbohydrates and low in calories (not that anyone’s counting). It’s good stuff, got it?

While I created this idea all up in my head my aunt Josie helped me figure it out and gave me the basic recipe. Props to her.

So put down the breakfast cookie and mug of I dunno….gingerbread eggnog latte whatever and make this!

Serves: Depends on the size of slices, it can be quartered, halved or eaten with a fork and the pie plate in your lap (ooooh that’s naughty and not portion controlled, use a plate, preferably a WHITE PLATE as this article suggestsre: how the color of your plate effects how much you eat).

Time: Pre-roasting the squash takes 45 minutes ( I roast it on 400 degrees F on a cookie sheet sliced in half). You can do this the day before and save almost an entire half of squash for another meal like this one. This meal takes ~35 minutes.

Pre-heat oven: 400 degrees F


  • 1 spaghetti squash (roasted and forked so stringy innards are scoopable)
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used part-skim)
  • 2 eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites)
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh or dry oregano
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of tomato sauce (home made or I like Muir organics or Pomi)
  • pepper to taste
  • your choice of toppings


  • Place 3 cups of squash, 2 eggs and shredded mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Stir to combine. (p.s. you don’t have to beat the eggs, just combine).

  • Place all in a pie dish, bake  at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top this puppy with whatever you desire (ummm, not chocolate). I ran out of spinach yesterday, but sauteed spinach and garlic would’ve been a perfect addition if I don’t say so myself.
  • Bake another 25 minutes and tada!!!! Holy smokes it smells like a pizza kitchen in here!


Go a step further:

  • Let’s talk TOPPINGS. I mean, add more veggies to the veggie, hello! Mushrooms, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, butternut squash puree? OMG.
  • Try different cheese combos.
  • Pesto would’ve been a unique topping all by its lonesome. Pesto Pizza!
  • Make it mexican style and add a bean/salsa topping? Ole!

So, when you need a healthy, simple and oh so yummy dinner (or a break from the cookies)….here it is.

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What’s your favorite pizza topping?