Hide the Candy!

I knew we had reached the breaking point Friday night when my 3 year old started jumping up and down faster than a kangaroo and was screaming at the top of his lungs “Give me MORE Candy!!”  The effects of so much sugar on his little system were coming out full force and I knew it was time. Time to call it a night after another fun-filled Halloween for the memory books, and time to Hide the Candy.

After Halloween weekend, it’s easy to look toward the next couple of months and get distracted. We’re still on a sugar high and we know that holiday parties, dinners with family and friends, and cookie exchanges are all quickly coming.  Add to that buying gifts, sending cards, and everything that goes along with the holidays and it can be quite stressful. It is common when your schedule fills up and the stress gets high that self-care is the first thing people give up.  When in reality it should be the #1 thing you hang on to.  We should hang on to the things that give us more energy and the things that help us feel our best for all the coming activity.

Discipline means having a plan. Start now. Hide the candy. And make a decision right now as we start November and look toward the holiday season that this year is going to be different.  This year we are not going to start 2015 with an extra 10 pounds put on from the holidays. This year we are going to enjoy our favorite holiday dishes but stop when we are full. This year we’re going to keep time in our busy schedules for exercise.  It’s all possible and it starts today.  It starts with you hiding the candy.  I know you have a big stash lurking around somewhere. Hide it. Or better yet, throw it out! Start November with your health as a priority.

Have a great week,
Pumpkin Bean soup
There are still more pumpkins in my fall display that need to be cooked! Here’s what’s cooking this week:

Spicy Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Slice pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds, drizzle a little olive oil and roast at 375 for about 45 minutes.
Scoop out the tender flesh and set aside. Once cool, blend to a puree.

Soup Ingredients:
1 Medium onion, finely chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
5-6 Tomatoes, Chopped
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 Box of vegetable stock
2 Cans of Pumpkin Purée (Or 1 medium pumpkin roasted and puréed)
1 Tbsp. Curry powder
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

In a large pot, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Add onion, red pepper, and tomatoes. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes. Add all the spices, black beans, and stock.  Bring to a boil, then add pumpkin purée and more water if needed. Let everything simmer for 20-30 minutes. Enjoy!

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