Recipe Vegetarian Weight Loss Zoodles

Cheerful Healthy MESS…..

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Welcome to my Cheerful Healthy (sometimes messy) Life.

Let’s just eat REAL food. 

Let’s just DO healthy things.

Let’s just BE healthy….together.

How did we get here? By “here” I mean this self confidence thing.
The one that lets us define each day, and how we feel about ourselves….based on a number on the scale?

I mean….I know how I got here (you’ll learn more about me as we go) but how did you get here?

Truly one of the biggest things I have struggled with during my own health journey is how that daily number affects me.  

Anyone else? Maybe it’s just me…..

My advice?


Just do healthy things.
Move more.

That’s what I did.

One day I just got fed up.  I was tired.  Tired of trying so hard.  Is THIS healthy? Is THAT? Why this constant battle with what the scale says….or what I think it should say?  I don’t think I even realized how exhausted I was with the whole process until it just hit me.  After years of the watching….and the trying… the “being careful” and the “just screw it moments”. I finally decided…..I was done.

No more.  I’ll just deal with the consequences.  If it’s up, it’s up.

I’m TIRED of the head game. I think I just don’t care anymore.

So, for about 6 months, that’s what I did.  NOTHING.

I ate what wanted.
I exercised when I wanted.
I did, what I wanted.
No “good” food.
No “bad” food.
No weighing.
I just LIVED.

I experimented with my food a bit.  I ate pretty healthy overall because….guess what?  I AM pretty healthy.  Over the past 7 years I’ve started some pretty good habits, and they were still there.  The biggest difference was I didn’t freak out when I didn’t do so well.

Oh trust me, I KNEW when I had a bad night (or bad day, or bad weekend) and I just moved on.

So, six months later when I finally did weigh?
The scale hadn’t moved.  That’s right.

It didn’t move.

Even though I ate WAY too many chocolate chip cookies when I made them last week.

Even though I had pizza many (many) times….and even PASTA a few times (GASP).

What about that girls dinner we we all GOT OUR OWN dessert – can you imagine?? Oh, and I ate it.

And on vacation? Oh yes.  I splurged on vacation.  I drank wine AND had dessert ….and ICE CREAM almost every night?!?!
I don’t even eat ice cream at home!

And the scale still hadn’t moved.  
I mean, I’m sure it shifted over the course of 6 months, up a few….down a few….that’s how life goes right? But as far as what I saw? There was virtually NO CHANGE.

If this sounds anything at all like what you deal with then I’m glad you’re here.  Together we can focus on doing more of the GOOD stuff…..and the bad stuff?
Well, yes it is there, but we’ll focus on crowding it out with MORE good stuff.
When the good begins to overtake the bad you begin to LIVE.
You can even lose weight!

It can happen (I promise!).

A couple of times month I’ll be sending out this newsletter.  Hopefully it will resonate with you somewhat.  My hope is it will give YOU hope.  It will help you realize that your HEALTHY LIFE is there already, just waiting for you to live it.

Let’s live healthy RIGHT NOW.  We’ll start out with this delicious spiralized noodle recipe from below.  I’ve been OBSESSED with it lately – so easy to throw together and I use whatever I have in my fridge.  I add some grilled chicken for the hubs and extra veggies for me.

Guess what the number 1 thing is that healthy people eat? VEGGIES!
So you’ll see a lot of that in my newsletters and in my blogging (more of that to come).

-Embrace the glorious mess that you are. -


Noodles and Zoodles Primavera
Serves 6

2 TBSP Olive Oil
1/2 cup diced white onions
8oz white cut mushrooms
6+ garlic cloves, peeled & minced (c’mon….you can never have too much garlic right?)
1/2 cup loosely chopped fresh basil leaves
dash of red pepper flakes (gives it a kick, alter to your taste)
28oz can petite diced tomatoes
2 TBSP tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 large zucchini’s – spiralized into “noodles”
4 oz whole wheat angel hair or thin spaghetti noodles, cooked. (WHOLE WHEAT.)
OPTIONAL – add cooked protein

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Add onions and sauté until translucent, approximately 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms are softened and tender.  Add garlic, red pepper flakes and basil, stir around a bit until fragrant. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, S&P and continue cooking until it begins simmering and reduce heat.  Continue to simmer until sauce is reduced. Taste and season if desired.Add zucchini zoodles, cook 2-3 minutes until softened a bit.  Add cooked whole wheat pasta noodles.  Stir to combine.  Serve immediately.Garnish with parmesan cheese if desired.One of the many things I love about this dish is the versatility.  Want to cut the noodles out completely and use only zucchini? Do it! Want to raise the nutrition value even more? Add some steamed broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, or any other veggie you have on hand. Need more protein? Add some grilled chicken or maybe some ground turkey? Frozen meatballs? The possibilities are endless.

Health Coach TIP: Try going meatless one or more nights per week and see what happens.  By adding the mushrooms to this dish it is quite “hearty” and you may not even miss the fact it’s completely vegetarian (which means you’ve cut quite a few calories as well – BONUS).


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