Make Peace NOT War with Food -Jump Start the New Year

Make Peace NOT War with Food -Jump Start the New Year

Happy New Year!

Let this year be full of positive changes that promote health and self-care. Let us make peace NOT war with our food by taking the time to shop for fresh ingredients and cooking those ingredients into meals that feed our soul as well as our bodies. According to “Statistic Brain” 41% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and out of those 41%,  half of them commit to weight loss and health goals.

Throw the word “diet” out of your vocabulary

A study in the journal “Psychosomatic Medicine” revealed that dieting may not be the answer to being overweight or obese. Dieters often gain back the weight they lose, and dieting causes several psychological effects, such as stress, anxiety, lower self esteem, depression and irritability because it is a temporary solution.

Make Eating Healthy the Norm

We need to look at changing eating habits  as making a move toward overall health. Don’t focus on the number on the scale but on the food we eat, the progress we make, learning a new recipe and how those changes make us feel! As we make healthy life changes as opposed to “going on a diet” our rate of success increase.  Our negative food concepts then begin to change into positive self empowering food strategies.  Dana Paine, of  A Path with Heart, states that changing unhealthy habits and addictions require consistent support and accountability which is why he helps clients overcome food addictions through group solution therapy. Talking about those food hang ups help us begin to repair our food relationship.

It is easy to make food the enemy as we begin making healthy habits, we are hyper concerned with the food we are putting in our mouth and food we might be missing out on. It might help to think of food as our helpmate in succeeding at our weight loss goals. Learning how to shop and cook things that promote body balance such as kale, broccoli, napa cabbage, ginger and garlic. Using spices that promote circulation and remove toxins such as turmeric, cayenne, and coriander help us add flavor without calories. According to Food Addicts Anonymous, food addiction is a disease of isolation and shame. Unhealthy habits and addiction thrive in isolation and they heal and resolve with honesty and consistent loving support from ourselves and externally. Almost half of Americans are overweight and that statistic is increasing every year. That is not ok.

Food is not the enemy; Stop Labeling

We battle with labeling; labeling food as either good or bad. Food is not the enemy rather the habits we have developed over time, are. We may single out specific foods like bread, sugar or take broader approach by battling with entire macronutrients such as carbs.Labeling food as good or bad severely impairs our relationship with food as well as our body concept. I encourage us to look to food as nourishment; stay tuned for more strategies on repairing our food relationships in the upcoming weeks as we start a New Year.


Here is a quick recipe that is delicious and low cal.

Chef Joy’s Tortilla Soup

235 calories

Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 Yellow Onion – small dice

5 carrots, peeled and diced

4 oz can Green chilies – chopped, drained

2 Garlic – Minced

2 tablespoons Vegetable oil

1 Can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes

2 cubes of beef bouillon

2 Cups Chicken Bone Broth

1 1/2 cups Water

1 1/2 cups Tomato juice/ Garden Patch Juice

1 teaspoon ground cumin, Coriander and ancho chili powder

1 teaspoon Salt

1/8 teaspoon Pepper

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon A-1l Steak sauce

2/3 Grilled Chicken Breasts diced and added to soup

Garnish Options:

3 Corn tortillas – cut in l/2-inch Strips toasted

Shredded Cheddar cheese

Cut Avocado

Recipe Instructions

Saute onion, carrots, chiles and garlic in oil until soft. Add tomatoes, bouillon, chicken broth, water, tomato juice, cumin, coriander and chili powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire and steak sauce. Bring soup to a boil, lower heat and simmer covered 1 hour. Serve w desired garnishes.

Food is Love,

Chef Joy