Enara food and health journey through pictures!  You have heard the saying every picture tells a story.  Here are some food pictures from active and engaged Enara clients.

Power Your Breakfast!  

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Power Your Breakfast!  Two egg scramble with 1/4 avocado and one multi-seed grain bread.  Enara participant on alternate day fasting and hitting 10% weight loss! 

O.K.  Roll your eyes if you like, but the old advice about breakfast being the most important meal of the day is true. Breakfast eaters tend to have better diets overall with the inclusion of more fruits and vegetables.  Conversely those who skip tend to include more sweets and sweetened beverages throughout the day.

And because the time between dinner and the next morning’s meal is the longest your body goes without food, breakfast has an effect on you that’s different from any other meal. Eating within 2 hours of waking can make a difference in the way you metabolize glucose, or blood sugar, all day.

The Power of Herbs

Did you know herbs not only add complexity and flavor to dishes but good health too?  Here are some benefits:

Heart Health: Using herbs reduces the need for salt and improves blood pressure.
Antioxidants Properties: Herbs can neutralizes free radicals-substances that damage cells and are believed to accelerate the progression of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related diseases.
Weight maintenance: Herbs as flavor enhancers forego the need for added fats and sugars in recipes.
Anti-Inflammatory: Many herbs fight inflammation-the precursor to many chronic diseases.

 

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Enara participant on VLCD and off to a great start with a 20 lb. weight loss.  Using fresh herbs like cilantro and parsley with chopped veggies, beans and shrimp.

Make Eating Out Work For You

You can always make eating out work for you.  Plan ahead by scanning the menu.  If you don’t know what a sauce is made of or how big an entree item is, ask your waiter!  Or scan plates around you to get a general impression of serving sizes.

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Eating out and making it nutritious and declicious!  Enara participant lost 20% of initial weight and still going strong!   Meal compliments of Billy Berks.

 

Most restaurants will allow for substitutions. They are very used to questions like:

  • Can I skip the rice or potato and have another vegetable or more of the vegetable item?
  • Can you put the sauce on the side?

 

Sometimes it costs a few extra dollars to modify the meal but I would rather spend more for vegetables vs. pills.-

Convenient, Attractive, and Normal

Did you know that sometimes an improvement in healthier eating comes down to  3 basic principles?

 

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Use an appealing setting and spices to enhance a dining experience:  5 oz seared salmon topped with parsley, cauliflower ceviche and sundal (garbanzo, yams, roasted coconut, lemon, salt and cumin).

 

Dr. Brian Wansink of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab analyzed over 100 studies and and found that most healthy eaters did so because a restaurant, grocery store, school cafeteria, or individual made foods like fruits and vegetables visible and easy to reach (convenient), enticingly displayed or prepared (attractive), and appear like an obvious choice (normal).  He calls it the CAN Approach to Healthier Eating.

 

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Cilantro lime shrimp on a bed of butter lettuce topped with a sprinkling of grated cheese and chili flakes.

 

 

Send us your pictures and tell us your unique story!

Posted by:stuwaki

Susan Kirkpatrick, RD, CDE has over 20 years’ experience in nutrition counseling and over 10 years in diabetes counseling and education. Susan joined the team at Enara Health early in 2016. She is passionate about teaching and working with clients as they journey to better health and wellness. She also enjoys spending time with her spouse, friends, family and cats. Reading, hiking, traveling and spending time in nature are her main personal interests.

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