Food is Not the Enemy

Sometimes, certain mindful eating strategies are ineffective until you go a little deeper as to why food is being used to numb, or when feeling bored, angry, or frustrated.

There are some great ideas for slowing down at mealtime. Putting your fork down between bites, drinking water or tea, removing the trigger foods from your house or using smaller plates; are just a few. Many of these work for some people, but if there are underlying issues which haven’t been fully dealt with; they may not be very effective at all.

If you’ve tried some of these tips only to feel frustrated (which may lead to further overeating) then this post is for you.

Lifestyle Design is more than just providing meal planning, exercise programs, rest & recovery and breathing techniques. My system helps you to understand the triggers that create unhealthy patterns so that you can learn to feel satisfied and to utilize food in a healthier way. Food is not the enemy. Food and guilt simply do not belong in the same room together.

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Fabulous Fall Foods

There are plenty of good reasons to include Pumpkin in your meal planning.  Not only does Pumpkin add a rich, nutty taste to many stews and soups; it can provide your body with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals.  Pumpkin also helps the immune system work properly and protect the body from disease.  Pumpkin is low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.  It does contain monounsaturated fats;  the fats that are good for the heart.  Pumpkin is a good source of dietary fiber, which not only helps with weight management, but aids the body with proper digestion. Pumpkin is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.  Inflammation present in the  body is believed to lead to many chronic health conditions.


Pumpkin has many healthy benefits

Pumpkin is a rich source of Vitamins and Minerals

  • B-complex group (Folates, niacin, vitamin B-6, Thiamin, Pantothenic acid)
  • Copper (strengthens the connective tissue and brain neurotransmitters)
  • Calcium (necessary for bone and teeth health, muscle function, nerve transmission, vascular contraction / dilation)
  • Potassium ( necessary for fluid and electrolyte balance as well as the role in muscle contraction and nerve impulses)
  • Phosphorus ( a component of DNA and RNA)


Pumpkin is a rich source of Anti-oxidants

  • Helps the immune system work properly and protect the body.
  • Leutin ( for your skin and vision)
  • Xanthin (helps protect against “age-related macular disease”)
  • Carotenes (converts to Vitamin A in the body)
  • Vitamin A ( necessary for good visual sight and maintains skin and mucus membranes)
  • Vitamin C ( helps make collagen that helps heal wounds)
  • vitamin E (fights viruses and invading bacteria)


Health Benefits

  • Low in Calories ( 110 grams provides 26 calories)
  • No Saturated Fats 
  • No Cholesterol
  • Monounsaturated Fats which are good for the heart
  • Rich in dietary fiber ( good for digestion and weight management)
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
  • Disease Prevention (fights against certain cancers, such as lung cancer)
  • Reduces inflammation (inflammation may lead to many chronic health conditions)