October 2016 | Dr. Stephen Gullo

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Broccoli Soup

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Serves 6

At only 24 calories a cup, this soup is a nutrient-rich, satisfying alternative to creamed soups.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon dried marjoram or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 scallions, trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 pounds broccoli, washed and separated into florets and stems
6 cups vegetable stock or water
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
Salt
Black pepper

1. Warm the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. (Don’t let the oil get so hot that it smokes.) Add the onion and cook until it is translucent, then add the garlic, marjoram, thyme, and nutmeg. Sauté 3 minutes. Add the celery and scallions and cook 5 minutes. Add the broccoli stems and the stock, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

2. Add the broccoli florets and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and blend in a food processor or blender, adding the dill as it’s blending. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Stay On Track In Your Weight Loss Journey

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Your weight loss journey could be one of the most frustrating, most challenging personal journeys you’d take on in life. But you know you want it. You know the rewards waiting for you at the end will make everything worth it.

To help keep you motivated, here are some things to keep in mind.

1. Stop Trying So Hard

Take it slow and easy. Don’t beat yourself up for your slips. Instead, look at them as reminders of the many challenging and rewarding steps you need to take. If you need to slow down, then do it. Just please don’t quit.

2. Stay Away From Super Skinny Models

Quit pinning photos of very skinny models. Research has found that doing so may actually hurt your progress. These images set unrealistic self-standards. Understand that you’re weight loss journey is your own personal journey. Be your own model.

3. Plan

A successful weight loss journey relies partly on how you plan it. I always encourage my clients to review their past food histories and from there build the necessary steps to take. This way past mistakes are not committed again.

4. Focus On The Now

Many of us wait until we achieve our ideal weight before we can finally say we’ve made it. What we fail to remember is that by just showing up today and deciding to move forward with your weight loss journey is already something to be proud of. So be proud of this moment, of this now.

5. Invite Healthy Into Your Life

Surround yourself with health. Ditch foods you are likely to abuse and instead replace them with healthier alternatives. Adjust your environment according to the lifestyle you want to lead.

Your weight loss journey can indeed become frustrating, but it’s also one of the most rewarding undertakings. So don’t give up. Trust in yourself. You’re doing great!

Source:
http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/tips-plans/22-ways-stay-motivated-lose-weight

Cauliflower Pizza

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Everybody loves pizza! However, they’re usually packed with unnecessary calories and are pretty much against most of our weight loss strategies. The good thing is we don’t have to completely give up on this delicious food. Like what I always say: SUBSTITUTE, do not eliminate. This recipe substitutes the unhealthy ingredients of pizza so you can enjoy it guilt free.

1/3 large head cauliflower or 2 cups cauliflower crumbles
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic
2 eggs
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella

1. Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse until fine. Microwave uncovered for 2 minutes, lay out on a paper towed covered tea towel, and set aside to cool.
2. Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment.
3. In a medium size bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste, and fold in parmesan.
4. Wring out all the moisture you can from the steamed cauliflower, add to egg mixture, and fold together. Roll out onto the baking sheet and form a 9’ circle pizza crust.
5. Bake for 20 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and add sugar-free sauce and mozzarella.
7. Return to the oven and bake for additional 10 minutes.