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Healthy Lunches

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. By skipping breakfast, you’re more likely to gain weight too. Once you get out the door and on your way to work, lunch becomes the next big decision. Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) and Amari Thomsen (a registered dietitian) share some simple lunch ideas.

About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.

 

 

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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables has many benefits like lowering the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Many people are opting for more vegan choices in their diets, but it might be difficult or shocking to try to cook a meal without meat. 

While vegans sometimes have lower obesity rates and tend to live longer than omnivore counterparts, Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) and Amari Thomsen (a registered dietitian) share some simple vegan recipes.

Amari's Advice

"When building a vegan recipe you want to include protein, colorful fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. Think about a southwestern quinoa salad. Combine whole grain quinoa with black beans, red bell pepper, corn, avocado, lime juice, olive oil, and spices to create a tasty vegan salad!"

Elyse's Advice

"Use an avocado or sweet potato to create a quinoa bowl with chopped avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, and taco seasoning. Black beans burgers can be made by mashing black beans, sweet potato and green onions and baking for 20 minutes at 350 degrees."


About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.

 

 

dietitians-share-favorite-diets-videoThere are thousands of diet books on the market. Each year, more new books on nutrition clammer for attention to help you lose weight. Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) and Amari Thomsen (a registered dietitian) share what their favorite diet is for their clients. See how these nutrition experts feel about diets in general and why we should depend more on the food we're eating.

 

Elyse's Advice

"My favorite diet for clients is not a diet at all. I look at clients through a holistic lens and together, we create an eating lifestyle that will uniquely fit their needs."

Amari's Advice

"Many of my clients are most successful in their weight-loss endeavors with a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, and healthy fat approach. Most people looking to slim down struggle with their weight because their carbohydrate consumption doesn’t match their activity level. If you consume a large proportion of carbohydrates on a daily basis, but you aren’t very active, it’s going to be challenging for your body to get rid of weight. I’m also a huge advocate for food quality and encourage my clients to seek out foods that provide the most nutritional bang for their buck. The more vitamins and minerals per calorie, the more nutrient dense the food is.
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About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.

 

 

how-to-shave-calories-video

A little can go a long way. If you swap English muffins for bagels, you could shave off 100 calories from your daily breakfast. If you’re looking to lose a few pounds or just eat healthier, Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) and Amari Thomsen (a registered dietitian) share some ideas on how to shave calories from your diet.

See what foods they suggest food swapping for a lower calorie count.

Amari's Advice

"One soda has 65-grams of sugar (that's neat 1/3 cup). In other words, cut the soda from your diet. One 20-ounce soda has nearly 250 calories. Don’t be fooled by diet sodas either. The artificial sweeteners added to diet sodas can cause increased insulin production in the body and result in unwanted sugar cravings later in the day. Instead of soda, go for sparking water with a fresh lemon or lime. Another easy tip is substituting avocado spread on a sandwich in place of mayonnaise. You can also try spreading almond butter on your morning toast instead of butter for an extra boost of protein and healthy fat!
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Elyse's Advice

Focus on whole real foods that are nutrient dense. You don't want energy dense foods, which are commonly found in processed and convenient foods. You'll look and feel better too!"

About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.

 

 

should-you-be-gluten-free-video

The number of people suffering from food sensitivities and allergies is growing, as is the awareness. Many experts report that more than 50 percent of the population is lactose intolerant, leaving them unable to easily consume and digest dairy products. Yet another hot topic these days is the gluten-free trend. Many new products have been introduced to the market and no longer is the gluten-free person unable to enjoy some of their favorite foods.

Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) and Amari Thomsen (a registered dietitian) share some thoughts on knowing if you should try a gluten-free diet.

Amari's Advice

"Gluten is the protein found in specific grains including wheat, barley, rye and oats. The protein gives these grains an elastic quality that is beneficial in baking. Gluten intolerances and sensitivities are becoming more and more recognized. Gluten can be extremely inflammatory to the gut, and many people experience signs and symptoms such as digestive distress, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches and fatigue when they consume it. Individuals with Celiac disease and gluten allergies have lab test results that show an obvious intolerance to gluten. Those individuals should absolutely avoid gluten when possible to avoid a reaction. Today, more and more individuals are self diagnosing themselves with “gluten sensitivities” without lab testing to show a full blown allergy. Through their own self experimentation, these individuals have found that many of their digestive signs and symptoms subside when gluten is removed from the diet."

Elyse's Advice

"The simplest way to know if you should be on a gluten free diet is if you are suffering from numerous physical and emotional issues. Some of your symptoms may be alleviated by going gluten-free. Observe how you feel after eliminating gluten to see if it is a right decision for you."


About the Experts

 

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.

 

 

Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.

 

 

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