saladgood2I heard Jillian Michaels  talking recently and she said she had to be the tough persona she is on Biggest Loser because,
“These people are suiciding with food.”
What an incredibly powerful statement.
-And yet, I guess it is an accurate way to look at morbid obsesity.
Slowly killing one’s self with food.
I think what makes that show in particular so successful is that they work not only on what people are eating and how much they are excercising, but what’s behind the eating.
It is rarely as simple as a love affair with food.
Often it is a void that is attempted to be filled
or a sadness that is temporarily being forgotten by food.
I think at some point we all, myself included, have chastised ourselves for our bodies or had unhealthy relationships with food.
Getting to the heart of emotional eating is the key to  successfully losing weight, to making a  true lifestyle change.

–And most importantly, to wholly love ourselves.
Our bodies.
To be incredibly strong.
Both inside and out…

What do you think about what Jillian said?
Food for thought, right?
In the meantime and on a lighter note,  here’s a tasty salad…


Here’s What You Need Salad: (For each)
1 Handfuls of baby spinach
1 mandarin orange (I love Cuties)
Handful of walnuts
1 celery stalk, diced
(Best Life Spread, Salt + Pepper, Cayenne, Agave)
2-3 TBS of wild rice (I like the microwaveable one from Target Archer Farms for how easy it is!)

Here’s What You Need Dressing:
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp of red wine vinegar
Salt + Pepper
1 TBS agave or honey
1/2 TBS orange juice

Here’s What You Do:
Preheat a pan over medium high and add the walnuts along with about a tsp of the Best Life Spread, salt and pepper and a good dash of cayenne and cook until the “butter” melts. Drizzle with agave and then stir to coat. Meanwhile pile the lettuce onto a plate and top with the rice, celery and orange segments. Top with the still warm walnuts and drizzle with the dressing to coat. Season with s+p.

Kid Tip:
My kids do not dig salads! But I gave them the celery and the oranges along with their dinner–basically deconstructing the salad.

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  1. This looks really yummy! And that’s pretty crazy (and sadly true) what Jillian said…

  2. val says:

    This is a perfect salad for any day of the week.

  3. Amee says:

    This looks AMAZING Bree!!! I am sharing on my page…yummy!!! xoxo~

  4. This is so awesome, Bree! LOVE the flavors you combined to make one stellar salad!

  5. This looks so good and just might be my lunch for today!

  6. Leslie says:

    Uggg…killing oneself with food..I am sure it is easily done!
    Love this healthy salad!

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