For a very long time my struggles with emotional eating seemed to take over my life.
I developed so much anxiety over each and every thing I ate, meals lost any sort of excitement or comfort. Anything labeled hearty, or filling, evoked a certain amount of fear.
I was so petrified of gaining weight, that I kept my meals light as can be. The problem was I never fully enjoyed them, and because of this I would find myself with my hand in the cookie jar, later that night, or polishing off a carton of ice cream, feeling full of guilt and disappointment.
When I started to tackle my emotional eating head on by doing things such as adding more fun in my life, dealing with my actual emotions, and rebuilding my body image; food became fun again.
Suddenly I looked forward to cooking with vibrant flavors, experimenting with new ingredients, and even putting together the hearty, filling meals I had once placed off limits.
This chili is perfect for a colder night, when you’re craving some comfort. It is full of flavor and loaded with vegetables, so on top of being delicious, it is also packed with vitamins and nutrients. Plus it will leave you full enough that you won’t feel the need to polish off that carton of ice cream after dinner.
It’s spicy with a hint of sweet from the pumpkin, but feel free to play around with the spices and pumpkin to adjust it to your liking. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Turkey Chili
Time: 30 minutes
▪ 1 lb lean ground turkey
▪ 1 red bell pepper, diced
▪ 3 celery stalks, diced
▪ 1/2 cup carrots, diced
▪ 1 small zucchini, diced
▪ 3/4 cup pumpkin
▪ 28 oz diced tomatoes
▪ 28 oz crushed tomatoes
▪ 1 cup vegetable broth
▪ 1 can white beans
▪ 2 tbs. coconut oil
▪ 1 tbs. paprika
▪ 1 tbs. chili powder
▪ 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
▪ Sea salt & pepper, to taste
Heat a saucepan with coconut oil. When it starts to sizzle add in the turkey and cook until it starts to brown.Add in 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth along with the carrots, celery, and bell pepper and continue to sauté until translucent.Add in the diced zucchini and sauté 1-2 minutes longer.Pour in the diced and crushed tomatoes, as well as the pumpkin and let simmer 1-2 minutes.Sprinkle in the spices and add the remaining vegetable broth if needed.
Lastly pour in the rinsed and drained beans. Simmer on low 10 minutes.
Our friend Nathan Agin has been living out of a backpack for the last three years, has never been healthier, and is now launching the show Travel. Eat. Thrive. We’re pretty impressed too and knew we had to share his story with the HCC community.
What’s it all about? Here’s the 40-second version…
HCC: You’ve been a nomad for 1000 days and counting… What sparked your decision to go on the road?
NA: It was May 2010. I had just come back to Los Angeles after a three-month acting gig in Seattle at the Intiman Theatre. Despite being in the best year of my career (stand-up, Super Bowl commercial, regional theatre), I discovered that, after 10 years, I wasn’t passionate about acting any more.
So it became a question: “what DO I want to do?” And then: “if I’m not tied to LA (because of acting), where would I like to go?” At first I just thought of moving to San Francisco (love that city!), but then I wondered if I could recreate my Seattle experience in other places, stopping in for three months at a time and getting comfortable.
As anyone who travels can attest, the bug bit hard and once I actually hit the road, I found myself wanting to visit more and more places. Nearly three years later, I still have a deep love for traveling, meeting new people, and encountering new ideas.
HCC: We love to ask people “what do you eat?!?” so tell us, what does a typical food day look like for you?
NA: As soon as I wake up, I go for a 1-2 large glasses of water with lemon (and honey/cayenne pepper if available) to rehydrate my body and to jumpstart my digestive organs.
After an hour of creative work, 20-30 minutes of exercise, and 30 minutes of meditation, I’ll fix myself a green smoothie: typically water, banana, spinach, celery or cucumber, ginger, and perhaps some frozen berries. Watch my “Green Smoothie in 3 Easy Steps” video here.
Lunch is a GIANT salad, with many or all of the following: spinach, kale, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, onion, bell peppers, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and avocado. For dressing: lemon juice and apple cider vinegar.
Dinner is typically lots of vegetables and herbs (such as zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, garlic, cauliflower, cilantro—either steamed or sautéed), and perhaps wild-caught salmon or free-range chicken. I also love sweet potatoes every now and then.
Snacks might be fresh fruit (apples, grapefruit), nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans), and nut butters (almond, cashew, or sunflower).
NA: Being healthy and eating healthy is a very personal decision. Of course we all know that eating real food and exercising *is* healthy, but in terms of what specifically to eat (and proportions) and what exercise to do, NOBODY can tell me or you the “best” or “right” way—it’s absolutely about experimenting and listening to your body! Do what you enjoy, what feels right, and what delivers the results you want.
To me, being healthy means having an abundance of energy, being able to do physically what I want, having a positive mindset, and feeling focused, clear, and engaged with life!
HCC: What is the show Travel. Eat. Thrive. about? And how does it help people with cooking at home?
NA: The show is designed to share restaurants around the world serving nutritious and delicious food, and then—how you can make those same meals at home! We connect with someone locally—someone who wants to eat healthier—taking that person out to different restaurants, and then to have him or her decide what meal to recreate in the kitchen at home.
I’ve found that many people I’ve stayed with have often been fascinated with how to make a green smoothie or why a plate of vegetables tastes so good. As someone who was horrible in the kitchen, it’s been fun for me to discover how EASY making tasty and good-for-you food can be—and then sharing these recipes with others.
The vision is to bring this out to a wider audience all while still creating a personal connection. There are lots of ideas of how to engage and include the audience (something I think many current food and travel shows are missing)—from viewers directly contributing content to creating worldwide communities around food.
HCC: What is your best advice to people for how to stay healthy when they are traveling?
NA: Usually when you’re on the road, it’s not about dramatically improving your health or training for a triathlon; you just want to focus on what will help you maintain, sustain, energize, and inspire.
I like to say that you need to remember to pack two things: Commitment and Flexibility. Commitment is your pledge to yourself in terms of what you do everyday to hit the four words above; these are more general terms, like exercise, meditation, nutrition, gratitude, etc. Flexibility refers to *how* you can practice your commitment—you might only be able to squeeze in 10 minutes of yoga (instead of your usual 90) or maybe you can find a couple pieces of fruit for breakfast instead of a green smoothie.
The fact is you are doing something—which is WAY better than nothing, and you’re keeping up your routine, rather than letting it all slide, feeling guilty, and depressed (which can add to the stress you might already be experiencing from being in a different place).
Do whatever you can to keep yourself grounded and connected to your regular way of life—these habits will absolutely help you feel more present and energized during your travels.
Quick Fire Time…
Favorite meal to eat? Salad – so many variations, and I feel great afterward.
Favorite meal to prepare?Broccoli, Avocado, Mango salad. Creamy, sweet, and delicious, and I love sharing this one!
Favorite restaurant? I have favorites in many cities—I always love hitting up Café Gratitude (in LA and the Bay Area)
Favorite city? Again, lots of faves. Hawaii ruined me on cities (why so much concrete?!), but I quite enjoy the PacNW trio: Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver (BC)
Favorite daily practice? Meditation. Hands down. Game-changer and life-saver. Haven’t missed a day in over 3 years, and don’t plan on missing one—ever.
Favorite farmer’s market? Sounding like a broken record: again, SO many to choose from; Santa Fe has a really great market surrounded by lots of arts and culture—can’t wait to re-visit that one!
If this kind of info is up your alley, we invite you to check out Nathan’s new show Travel. Eat. Thrive.—where he takes you to restaurants around the world serving nutritious and delicious food, and then shows you how you can make those same meals at home!
Sometimes we crave desserts when what we really want is a little sugar from a special sweetie.
If you crave something more substantial than cookies and ice cream, oh, ya know, like a soul-deep love connection, we need to tell you about our friends, the amazing Love Coach, Kavita J. Patel.
She’s recently unleashed an informative, to the point video training series that answers your most burning questions around dating and dudes.
Video #1: When should I have sex with the guy I’m dating?
Video #2: How can I get my ex back–or finally let him go for good?
Video #3: How can I stop obsessing over a man?
Not sure about you, but we feel like these videos are VITAL for every single woman out there!
Click HERE to get access to these amazing videos and you’ll automatically be on the list for Kavita’s FREE call this Thursday, October 17th @ 7pm EST.
The topic is: Get His Attention and Keep It: The 3 Crucial Secrets to get him to ask you out and keep coming back for more.
We both know Kavita personally and her mix of honesty and intuition never ceases to amaze us.
In fact, there was one time Quinn simply said the name of a guy she went out with and Kavita was like “oh, he likes you”. The next day Quinn got a message from the guy gushing about how it was “the best first date ever”!
This girl’s got skillz and you need to listen. So if you’re Done with Being Single, hop over and watch her videos HERE.
Have questions? Let us know in the comments below!
For the newest installment of our HCC TV show, Saucy, we share a great question from a viewer named Sarah, and we have a sneaking suspicion that some of you will be able to relate…
“Hi my name is Sarah, and I’m a Sugar-a-holic. Seriously though I crave ice cream every single day. Every morning I promise myself I won’t have any, and then the evening comes and I’m standing at the freezer. What can I have instead? Or how can I calm the cravings?”
In the video below we break it all down offering some sweet and creamy upgrades plus a glimpse inside what might actually be going on deep down inside to create those cravings.
Looking for the banana soft serve recipe? You can find it here.
What are YOUR favorite ice cream or dessert upgrades? How do you combat the cravings? Please share with everyone in the comments section!
Let’s step out of the kitchen for a minute and into the real world, shall we?
Do you want to upgrade your food without downgrading your life? Wouldn’t it be amazing to feel energized every day, even when your schedule is booked solid? How awesome would it be if you could feel lighter and brighter without sacrificing any of your fun weekend plans?
As we’ve shown you here at HCC healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. It’s about taking a few simple steps that impact your life in a big way.
You can still live like a rockstar AND be your healthiest you.
Which leads us to a really exciting announcement… Our very own Robyn Youkilis is introducing a new (totally free) video training series that we know you’ll love.
The Rockstar Roadmap is exactly what you need to become your healthiest you.
Have you wanted to know how to get back to feeling fabulous after a late night out? Are you totally clueless about what to eat when you’re surrounded by unhealthy options? If so, this series is for you.
Here’s what she’s going to cover with you:
The one thing you need to know to be able to eat healthy no matter how busy you are.
Three secrets to fending off your cravings – even in front of a plate of fries!
Four solid tools that will help you get to your healthiest weight without sacrifice (yes girl, YOU can do this)