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A fad by definition "a practice or interest followed for a time with exaggerated zeal." We have all taken part in these short lived crazes. When it comes to the foods we eat and we want to be healthy, find our comfortable body shape, or just feel at home in our physical vessel, fads are not the best way to go. Take this into consideration, fad diets are futile if you are looking to create real, lasting change in your life. What can be said of dieting is that it inspires us to try new things and creates a playground to explore how certain foods or ways of eating affects us. Trial and error carries veritable clout. We can hear all the information there is on why this or that manner of eating is the best way, but nothing takes the place of first hand, anecdotal experience.

When our motivations for eating this way come from external sources, and not from a deep listening to our own body's needs and cravings, that is our signal that we have fallen into a fad diet and may be neglecting our body's actual requirements for optimal health. There is a certain respect that takes place when we accept ourselves as we are in this moment. What feels right to you this moment may not feel right tomorrow, let alone a month or even a year from now. Your body will change, constantly!! Be weary of dogmatic attitudes in the realm of food, for this leaves little to no room for the inevitable shifts we feel from our twenties to our fifties, or from spring to autumn, or even from morning to evening.

If you find a certain way of eating that fits your body, celebrate and embrace it! And then keep your mind open to the infinite possibility of changing circumstances. Stay flexible and let your body expand, contract and morph as it most definitely will do and eat according to the signs you receive. Our bodies are incredibly wise and highly functioning as long as we allow them to be!

Chicken Cacciatore


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp fresh thyme, minced

1 tsp fresh rosemary, minced

¼ tsp himalayan salt

¼ tsp fresh black ground pepper


2 tsp olive oil

½ yellow onion, sliced

½ yellow bell pepper, sliced

½ red bell pepper, sliced

8 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced

½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Salt and black pepper to taste

½ cup dry white wine

½ cup fresh basil, chopped

¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley chopped

15 oz crushed tomatoes


In a small bowl combine all the chicken ingredients and rub over all the chicken breasts.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add 1 tsp olive oil swirl to cover the pan and put the chicken in once heated.  Cook the chicken about 2 minutes per side then remove from the pan. (Chicken will not be cooked all the way through at this point)

Add 2 tsp olive back into the same pan, add the onions, peppers, mushrooms, crushed red pepper flakes salt and pepper.  Saute until the peppers start to get tender.

Pour in the white wine and simmer until reduced to about half.

Stir in basil, parsley, thyme and tomatoes and stir everything together until well combined.

Place the chicken back into the skillet, spread the sauce over the top. Reduce heat and simmer covered for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Chicken Cacciatore

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