Happy Thursday. Is it just me, or is this week flying by? I’m so happy it’s October. I love this time of year.  We’re still riding that wave “back to school”/new season energy without the looming holiday craze, and I love the productive vibe. Seasonal Affective Disorder has as yet to rear its nasty head. I’ve got some random good things to share with you for this week’s link-up. Enjoy!

*Now that the fall weather is here, I’ve been craving orange veggies like crazy. I need to watch it or I’ll start turning orange! Gotta love that beta-carotene. Have you checked out my recipe for roasted kabocha yet? It’s even delicious in soup. I can’t get enough.

kabocha

*The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally rethinking its definition of the term “healthy” (a-f***ing-men), and I was honored to be able to share some thoughts with Self about what “healthy” means to me.

As I told Self, when I use the word “healthy,” I’m referring to nutrient-dense foods that provide the essential vitamins and minerals as well as protein, healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbs in amounts that meet an individual’s needs without exceeding them. I am over the moon that FDA has finally begun to differentiate between types of fat instead of labeling all fats as bad. We actually need enough fat for normal body function and nutrient absorption.

avocado and hemp hearts

*Have you heard of fitness tracking app LoseIt’s new SnapIt! function? It allows users to take pictures of their food instead of writing it in, and it logs and calculates the nutrients. I was interviewed about the new feature for Women’s Health last week. Though there are some caveats, I love the concept. Even if the nutrient calculations are not 100% accurate, I find with my clients that even snapping a quick photo can enhance accountability and help someone stay on track.

*The other day I was sitting down with a new client when they pointed to the bracelet I was wearing, the one my aunt gave me over the summer that says, “SHE BELIEVED SHE COULD” on it.

“Is that a Mantra band?”

“Oh, yeah! I think so. My aunt got it for me.” I held my wrist up. “It’s a little tarnished, but yeah. It was a really thoughtful gift.”

“That must mean you love it wear it all the time.”

“That’s true, actually. I do. I never thought of it that way.” Since then I’ve been thinking about all the stuff I wear day to day and reminding myself to live in my clothes rather than think I need to keep buying new ones. So often I try to save the good stuff for a special occasion, but when is that exactly? Why not consider every day worth celebrating? So my new habit for the fall is to wear the nice clothes and shoes, use the good plates, and enjoy it. And to not apologize for a love-weathered piece of jewelry that looks far from new.
*It’s been a while since I was last in school, but I was so excited to pass my first online exam on Monday night! This fall has been all about continuing education and new endeavors, so it’s great to feel like I’m retaining the information and incorporating what I learn.

What’s on your mind today? Any habits you’re working on for fall? 

This has been another installment of the Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

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