I Couldn't See the Beauty in This...

This might sound crazy to you… but I was really disappointment by my trip to Hawaii.

At first.

You see, I had been to Oahu before and I vividly remember the beautiful sandy beaches, water so warm it felt like the world’s largest bath (even at night!), and the calm and serenity of the island.

And that’s what I was expecting on my trip to the Big Island. But instead, I got this… 

Whaaaa? Cue the questions: "What is she complaining about? Is she crazy? This is gorgeous!!"

Yes, I know. Totally crazy.

The thing is, I couldn't see the beauty in Hawaii because I was expecting Oahu.

Hawaii is raw and powerful (not calm and serene), the beach at our place was rocky lava (not smooth and sandy), the water was tepid at best...  

It's not that Hawaii wasn't gorgeous and spectacular... it's that it wasn't was I was expecting.

Have you ever felt let down by your expectations? Have you ever missed the beauty of your own journey because you thought it would look different?

I get it.

Maybe you're frustrated because your husband can lose weight at the drop of a hat - so why can't you? Or maybe you're disappointed because you slipped off track - again. 

Whatever your situation, you can flip it in an instant. It's all in your MINDSET.

It took me a while, but once I was able to let go of my expectations, I was finally able to see the beauty in Hawaii. As I connected to the raw beauty of the island and the power of the island, I started to feel it within myself. And I started to fall in love with the island.

So instead of pining for someone else's journey, how can you appreciate your own? Instead of seeing all the ways you've "failed," how can you see your wins?

One of the most powerful transformations my clients experience is in shifting their mindset.

Once they're able to let go of expectations, appreciate where they're at, and see the successes along the way, everything changes. EVERYTHING. And that's when the weight comes off. 

Recently, one of my clients shared that it was hard at first to not see the immediate changes that you get in a "quick fix" diet, but things have now shifted for her in such a deep and profound way and the weight is coming off without even trying - she's so excited she wants to shout from the rooftop and share this with the world!

She said she's done so many things before, but "this is different - this is real." 

Want to be able to lose weight without "trying"? Let's talk. Click here to book a complimentary Weight Loss Breakthrough Session with me for YOUR breakthrough NOW!

With love,
Kristen

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Chicken and Spring Greens Gratin

I'm back from Hawaii (which was an incredible experience I'll be sharing about next week) and continuing my travels in Bend, OR! This month is full of travel and adventure :).

Being on-the-go, it's always great to have some one-dish recipes in your back pocket. 

One of my favorites is this Chicken and Spring Greens Gratin that's super healthy and delicious. It's perfect to slice individual servings to keep in the fridge or freezer for an instant meal when you're short on time!

Bon appétit!

Ingredients

1 c. whole grain (quinoa, brown rice, etc.)
2 c. water
1 T. + ½ t. sea salt
4 pastured eggs
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
¼ red onion, diced
Pepper, to taste
1 bunch Swiss chard (or other greens), chopped
4 oz. cheese, grated
18 oz. cooked chicken breast, cut or shredded

Instructions

1. Cook grain, water, and 1 T. sea salt in a rice cooker, or stovetop according to directions.
2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, onion, ½ t. sea salt, and pepper.
4. Add chard, cheese, chicken, and cooked grain to the bowl. Mix until combined.
5. Pour into a prepared baking dish and bake for 25 – 35 min. or until gratin is set and top is golden brown.

Mixed Greens With Apple, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese

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Yesterday, when I asked my mom what she wanted for her birthday dinner, she requested a salad.

But not just any salad... one of my "special salads." 

It seems to be a favorite every time I visit family for dinner. Out of all the dishes I've ever made, it's my most popular request!

And the great thing is, it's healthy, it's versatile, it's delicious, and it's so easy! 

I don't believe in "cheat days." I believe that ALL of your meals should be delicious. In order to have a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, you have to love what you eat. 

I've decided to let you in on the recipe so you can enjoy it, too...

Here's to a healthy, delicious life!

With love,
Kristen

Mixed Greens With Apple, Walnuts, and Blue Cheese
(Serves 4)

Ingredients
8 c. lettuce
1 apple, sliced
4 T. freshly toasted walnuts
8 oz. grass-fed beef or lamb, or roast organic chicken or turkey (optional)
4 oz. blue cheese
1 T. vinaigrette (recipe below)

Instructions
Add lettuce, apple, nuts, protein, and blue cheese to bowl and toss with vinaigrette.

Ingredients for Vinaigrette
4 T. evoo
4 T. vinegar (apple cider, balsamic, etc.)    
1 clove garlic, minced
1 t. Dijon mustard
Pinch sea salt

Instructions for Vinaigrette
1. Whisk all ingredients together.

Bon appétit!