November 26th, 2014

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies with Coconut Flour

Hi all!

I’m really looking forward to this short, easy week… how about you? As kids, it was a tradition in our house that we would decorate the house for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving and start some holiday baking.

 

Raspberry thumbprint cookies

If you find yourself baking this weekend, here’s a cookie recipe we tried this weekend and loved! I’m continuing to experiment with less grains and these are made from coconut flour so they are technically gluten free and grain free.

Coconut flour requires extra liquid or eggs.  It’s not a 1:1 substitute for white/wheat flour.  A little goes a long way which makes the extra pricey bag worth it!

GF Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

by Mommy, Run Fast

Ingredients (15-20 cookies)

  • 7 Tbsp butter
  • 5-6 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 c. coconut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • low sugar raspberry preserves

Instructions

Cream softened butter and coconut sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and beat until light and fluffy.

Add vanilla and coconut flour and stir to make a stiff dough.

Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Roll tablespoonfuls into balls and place them on a greased baking sheet. Use a finger to poke a small hole in the top of each and fill it with a 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of raspberry preserves.

Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes and cool on a wire rack.

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I signed up for the local Turkey trot, so if I’m really on top of things I’ll have a recap up for you on Friday.  If not, enjoy your holiday week and I’ll be back on Sunday with the usual meal plan and workout recap!

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Hosting? Traveling?

Do you enjoy holiday baking?

November 24th, 2014

How Journaling Can Help Stop Mindless Eating

Through most of middle school, high school and college I kept a journal by my bed that I used like a personal diary, recording life updates, joys, fears, crushes, dreams for the future, and anything and everything.  Much of it is embarrassing to read now but having that space to write a letter to myself was a powerful tool that helped me process life and connect inwardly with my emotions as well.

The concept of a food diary is popular for weight loss or providing accountability for your food intake, but did you know that journaling out your emotions is also effective?

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way recommends stream of consciousness writing first thing in the morning to help capture all the things swirling around in your mind and put them out on paper.  She began working with groups of women using this tool to help recapture their creativity and connect with themselves and found an interesting side effect: many of the women also began to lose weight!

Food is the most widely abused drug

When we think about emotional eating, this makes a lot of sense.  We are often eating mindlessly to ‘feed’ our emotions- food to cover up pain or fear, food to celebrate successes, food to procrastinate a daunting project.

Instead, if we can be honest with ourselves and face our fears, write out our worries, and see our emotions poured out on paper we can attend to them and to ourselves in healthier ways.

We can acknowledge those feelings (rather than squash them down each morning.)

We can discover an emotion we didn’t know was brewing (and do something more productive with it.)

She recommends writing whatever comes to mind when you first wake up for about 30 minutes.  But I’ve found that even if it’s 5 minutes before bed a few times a week, it makes a difference.  Taking time to check in with yourself allows you to attend to your own needs and be more present and mindful throughout the day- including in your food choices.

When I eat like crap I feel like crapThe opposite is also true!

This is a great tool to pull out to help get you through the holidays, too.

Do you journal, either personal journaling or keeping a food diary?

How do you make time to slow down and check in with yourself?

PS- The theme of this year’s January Reset challenge will be learning to eat intuitively.   I’ll announce it in my newsletter first.  If you aren’t subscribed, you can join here!

November 23rd, 2014

Post baby PDR + Meal planning

To Turkey Trot or not to Turkey Trot… are you doing one this week?

We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year but everyone is coming Thursday night or Friday morning so I might squeeze in the local 8k race.

Here’s the workout recap from this week:

Sunday: 15 minute strength circuit

Monday: 5 miles (8:20 pace)

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November 21st, 2014

I Run Because I Love It

Sometimes I feel like I have to explain myself and my love of running … can you relate to this?

Non-runners assume I’m out running for hours on Saturday mornings to lose weight (not true!) Cross fitters or weight room fanatics assume I haven’t yet heard that strength training and high intensity intervals are more [...]

November 19th, 2014

Marathon training plans + WIAW

Hi friends,

Thanks for all the great feedback on Monday’s post- I always enjoy reading and sharing research around fitness. (Speaking of which, if you’re in the area I’ll expand on some of these concepts in a talk at the Westfield Running Store tomorrow night- stop by and say hi!)

I got up before the [...]

November 17th, 2014

The most efficient way to strength train

Hope you all had a great weekend!

In the September Reset Challenge, I shared the foods that help and harm metabolism. Besides what we eat, our physical activity has an impact on our metabolism, too.

In my post about the 7 Reasons Runners Struggle to Lose Weight I mentioned that if we run (and only [...]

November 16th, 2014

Recovery week + Meal Planing

Brr… this was the first weekend I pulled out tights for running, how about you? I hope I’m ready for a long winter of training. Winter running is not my favorite but with an April marathon, I really don’t have a choice this year.

Workouts this week after Saturday’s half marathon:

Sunday: recovery 4 [...]

November 14th, 2014

Fun for Friday Survey

I’m ending the week with this fun survey. Feel free to play along. Thanks, Angela, for the tag!

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

Kid- my husband’s nickname for me, not sure why Lollipop – my grandparents chose for me as child Mama – my favorite Lar – not [...]

November 12th, 2014

Boost Post-Workout Recovery with Pumpkin Almond Muffins and a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Hey everyone!

I don’t know about you, but winter squash and pumpkin are still finding their way into our grocery cart every week. My 4yo will even eat canned pumpkin in a bowl with a tiny drizzle of maple syrup. I’m willing to compromise a little extra sugar for an extra serving of veggies!

Pumpkin [...]

November 10th, 2014

Trenton Half Marathon Recap

Hi friends!

Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was a whirlwind – I raced Saturday morning and then we hosted both sets of grandparents for the weekend for Julia’s dedication yesterday. So much fun!

So the race went well… even better than I expected, actually. (Except for the broken night of sleep- why do [...]

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