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10 Easy Ways to Eat Better Every Day

10 Easy Ways to Eat Better Every Day

My husband used to be a big guy. I mean, a really big guy.  He grew up playing football, and after he was done playing and did not need to be so big anymore, he lost over 100 pounds.

I found out a lot of this as we were getting to know each other and I always wondered how he could be so disciplined to lose all that weight, when I have trouble losing 5 to 10 pounds.  REALLY, what is up with that???

The first couple of years we were dating, I would eat tons of chocolate, burgers, pizza or steaks while he would eat salads, fish and fruit for dessert.  FRUIT FOR DESSERT, are you serious!  What is wrong with this picture?  Isn’t the guy supposed to eat more than the girl?  Come on; he is over twice my size!

I knew I needed to get better about my eating habits, but I also knew I did not want to sacrifice my enjoyment of food.  I just did not think there was any joy in eating salads or what would typically be considered “healthy” food.  Healthy eating was boring to me and I had made it a habit to eat a certain way.  So, I had to learn to break that habit.

I found out it takes discipline, but once you find some different ways to make eating right as enjoyable as eating wrong, it gets easier.  There are a lot of ways to make the right choices at home and at restaurants, but here are a few of my favorite tips and examples to change how you eat for the better:

1. Add some variety to your salads

Salads can be pretty boring on their own, so give your taste buds reasons not to focus on the lettuce.  Mix in other veggies, spices, and fruits to add textures and some kick to the boring old green stuff.  I like a little crunch with some peppers, apples, and carrots.  Just stay away from croutons! Another great salad trick: keep the dressing on the side.  I like my salads with red wine vinegar, but if you get a more traditional dressing, just dip your fork into it every couple bites and it will do the trick for your taste buds.

2. Watch out for hidden sugar

Stay away from anything cream based and watch out for sugar.  Things like soup and granola may seem healthy and good for your diet, but a lot of times they can be packed with tons of empty calories because they are made with heavy cream and lots of sugar.

3. Load up on veggies

Eat as many veggies as you like and do not be afraid to dip them in a little hummus to add some extra flavor.  Veggies are great to snack on and carry with you in a plastic bag in case you get the munchies.

4. Water between bites

Drink water between every bite.  The water will help hydrate you, fill you up, and the extra time will help your body realize it is getting full. A lot of times, hunger pangs are our body’s way of saying we are thirsty, NOT hungry.

5. Lemon time!

Add lemon or lime to your food to add a little flavor (veggies/chicken/fish)…it does not just make things taste better, it makes you thirsty and keeps you drinking that water while you eat!

6. Spice up your meal

Spices add some kick to your dishes, and the hot ones like cayenne pepper or red paper flakes make you feel full and again, make you want to keep drinking that water.

7. Potato swap

Try eating sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.  Baked or roasted, sweet potatoes will make you feel full longer and can be a nice healthy starch to add to your diet.

8. Plan ahead for restaurants

Do not be afraid to ask for what you want when you eat in a restaurant.  Asking to make a substitution or to eliminate something you know is not good for you can keep you from feeling guilty and help you enjoy your meal that much more. If you know where you are going to eat, take a look at the menu in advance online.  Make game plan for your meal and stick to it.  This will keep you from making an unhealthy and impulsive decision at the table.

9. Small portions and snacks

Eat several smaller portion meals and snacks consistently throughout the day.  This will help to keep your blood sugar level and fight off those hunger pangs.

10. Give yourself a cheat day!

Do not deprive yourself of your favorites, just do not overindulge.  A cheat day can be a good habit to mix into your routine.  It is never a bad thing to reward yourself for all your hard work.  Just be careful, part of the deal is that you have to get back on track the next day.

On top of these simple adjustments to your diet, another way to adjust your eating habits is to mix in activity and movement.  Sometimes taking a break from your work and walking around for a bit will prevent you from going to the fridge or binging on that candy bar.  If you are still hungry after your walk, at least you earned your snack with a few calorie burning steps!

It’s amazing how just a few simple changes in what you are eating can make you feel so much better.  Trust me ladies, I still have my cravings, especially when I am PMS-ing!  But now I choose not to overdo it, and believe it or not, I have gotten myself to the point that when I do lose control, I lose control with something healthy!

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Los Angeles Times The Taste

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LA FOOD & WINE FEST 2014

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TIME TO EAT!!!!

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Team Trish on the Red carpet for LA Food & Wine Fest 2014

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ZARATE RESTAURANT: Chef Ricardo Zarate – Yellowtail Tiradito

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PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR : Chef Ernesto Uchimura – Crab Cocktail Roll Up, Bloody Mary Leather, Crab Salad, Pickled Asparagus, Bacon Powder, Flowering Herbs

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THE POLO LOUNGE AT BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL: Chef Kaleo Adams – Corn Tortellini, Jidori Crackling, Chanterelle Mushrooms & Parmesan

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MR. CHOW in BEVERLY HILLS: Chef Eddie Wong – Five Spice Tofu Salad, Mini Squab with lettuce

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LITTLE SISTER in Manhattan Beach: Chef Vuong – Indonesian Shrimp Sate, Cashew Curry, Fried Shallot, Sambal

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PAKPAO THAI: Chef Jet Tila – Five Spiced Pork Belly Taco

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STK Los Angeles: Chef Robert Liberato – Locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Atlanta, London, Washington D.C,

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SQIRL in Los Angeles: Chef Jessica Koslow – Zucchini Socca Blini with California Caviar

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GREENSPAN’S GRILLED CHEESE: Chef Eric Greenspan – “The Med” Grilled cheese with roasted red peppers and tomato soup dip

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FIG in Santa Monica: Chef Ray Garcia – Duck Chile Verde

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WATERGRILL in Santa Monica: Chef Damon Gordon – Salmon Sashimi

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VALENTINO in Santa Monica: Chef Nico Chessa – Baked Ricotta Salad, Citrus Balsamic dressing, white asparagus spinach

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LA VECCHIA CUCINA in Santa Monica: Chef Mark Mollica – Guancia Di Vitello Con Polenta E Tartufo Nero – Braised Veal Cheeks & Creamy Black Truffle Polenta

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Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse: Chef Megan Logan – Charred Octopus, Smoked Potato, Olive Piquillo Peppers & Relish

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BESTIA: Chef’s Ori Menashe & Genevieve Gergis

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Chef Miriko Padermo: Oliverio@Avalon Hotel, Livella@L’Ermitage in beverly Hills – Cavatelli with Black Summer Truffle

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Chef Masaharu Morimoto – Cheicken Dumplings

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Chef Graham Elliott in Chicago

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Chef Graham Elliott from Chicago

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HAMASAKU: Chef’s Wonny Lee & Yoya Takahashi – Tori Cheese Kushiage Osaka Style Sauce

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HAMASAKU: Chef’s Wommy Lee & Yoya Takahashi – Summer Truffle duck “tsukune” Meatballs Teriyaki Glaze

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FICKLE: Chef James Ta – Cambodian Beef Heart Tartar with Butter Cracker, garnished with Micro Basil, Daikon Sprouts and Crispy Shallot

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THE SLANTED DOOR GROUP in San Francisco: Chef Charles Phan – Shrimp & Chive Cake

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SOTTO: Chef Steve Samson – Warm Suckling Pig Salad, Pickled Cherries, sweet onion, pistachios

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BLUE C SUSHI in Hollywood: Chef Jeffrey Lunak – Pork Belly, Octopus, calamari, Big eye Tuna, Fish Sauce & Puffed Rice

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PHORAGE: Chef Perry Cheung – Crispy Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Ball, Cilantro Emulsion & XO Chili oil

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PAKPAO THAI: Chef Jet Tila

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HERRINGBONE: Chef Brian Malarkey – Tuna Tartare

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HERRINGBONE : Chef Brian Malarkey

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Lexus Booth: Caprese Skewer with 100 sweet tomato, bocconcini, sweet basil, balsamic syrup and a sprinkle of sea salt

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Lexus booth: English cheddar and pork belly grilled cheese

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Lexus Booth: Braised beef brisket, pickled pearl onion rings and jalapeno hollandaise on mini brioche

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2012 Bernardus Sauvignon Blanc in Monterrey

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Lexus Booth: Korean BBQ short rib tostada with kimchi slaw

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FISHING WITH DYNAMITE in Manhattan Beach: Chef David Lefevre – Cold Poached Passmore Ranch Sturgeon, tiny beets, citrus, horseradish & dill

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GORGE in Hollywood: Chef Elia Aboumrad – Chicken Liver Pate with Cornichons, Rabbit Rillette, House Pickled Baby, Trumpet, Royal Mushrooms

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DRAGO: Chef Celestino Drago – Lobster Salad, crushed peas, pinenut soil

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Dish with Trish

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As a proud Greek girl from Chicago, I have always been very passionate about food!  I grew up watching my family make all of our food from scratch and run restaurants and bakeries from the ground up.  Everything from traditional cuisine to deep dish pizza and juicy burgers to high end sushi; food has been something that has always brought me together with my family and friends.  I thoroughly enjoy the process of preparing a meal at home, taking in the ambiance of a fancy restaurant, or letting loose at a backyard barbeque.  The experience that surrounds food is always what makes a meal the most memorable to me.  My favorite thing to do is to try something new and then spread that to as many people as I can, as quickly as possible!  This idea and finding those amazing places where a table of two can rapidly turn into a table of twenty is what helped inspire my passion project, “Dishwith Trish”, an entertainment piece that exposes all the food, culture and parts of life that people are missing for themselves.  It gives me the ability to spread the joy that I experience to others and give people an opportunity to open themselves up, becomfortable, and see what life can really bring with it!

To learn more about me please visit my website http://www.PatriciaKara.com

And to subscribe to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePatriciaKara

 

 

DWT at Estiatorio Milos Las Vegas

GREEK LUNCH!!!

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http://www.milos.ca/restaurants/las-vegas located in the Cosmopolitan Hotel

5 locations: Montreal, New York, Athens, Las Vegas, Miami

Greek Meze Plate: Tarama, Tzatziki, Htipiti, manouri cheese, olives & cherry tomatoes

Grilled Octopus: sashimi quality Mediterranean octopus, charcoal-broiled.

Shrimp Saganaki:  cous cous, tomato and feta

Organic Chicken Breast Skewer: grilled mushrooms & onions, served over pita

 

Dish with Trish at Farmshop The Brentwood Country Mart

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Ladies lunching…Lisa, Bonnie & Trish!

http://farmshopca.com/

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Albacore Tuna Salad

line-caught albacore tuna, aïoli & black olive tapenade with a carrot, cabbage & raisin slaw

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Red Rice Salad: 
schaner family farm orange, hass avocado, redwood hill goats milk feta & tarragon

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Poached Chicken Salad
little gems lettuce, shaved flora bella farm radishes, flying disc ranch dates, herbed local walnuts
& creamy pepper dressing

Michael Mina Restaurant Experience

Michael Mina restaurants are quite the amazing experience!  Loved the food & service! They have 20 restaurants nationwide.  I had dinner at the Las Vegas location in the Bellagio Hotel!  www.MichaelMina.net

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Maine Lobster Pot Pie Baby vegetables, Truffle-Lobster Cream

Rack of Lamb Special

Rack of Lamb Special

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Ahi Tuna Hudson Valley Foie Gras, crispy potato, Chanterelle

shrimp tortellini shrimp tortellini hawaiian blue prawn, saffron rouille

Shrimp Tortellini Hawaiian Blue Prawn, Saffron Rouille

Ricotta cheese and honey dip
Ricotta cheese and honey dip

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