The word “dieting” is a touchy subject for so many people, especially women.  I am so sick and tired of people feeling like they have to be fit and be a certain size.  Society has programmed us to think everyone needs to look a certain way.  News Flash “Being fit is not a size, it's a feeling."  So love what your momma gave you and embrace those curves. 

I have never been a huge fan of dieting.  I feel like we should never get so far off track that we drastically change what we’re doing in the kitchen.  Soup diets, fat-free diets, sugar-free diets are not my thing. Hence the “balanced” B!  I eat pizza, ice cream, drink alcohol and have my fair share of red meat. But I also eat loads of healthy and nutritious foods every day!  Life is all about balance!

Being an athlete I have always looked at food as F U E L.  Never good or bad.  Food is there to nourish my body and helps build muscle and recover from skiing and working out.  Sweating your ass off and starving is ridiculous and NOT healthy.

I see it all the time— people go hard core ( usually as a New Years Resolution) with what they eat.  They cut out everything from wheat, dairy, sugar, and meats. To me, this is not sustainable if you are working out and trying to build fitness and muscle tone.  So join me #thebalancedb and strive for a balanced diet. 

Many people think eating healthy is tasteless and no fun.  I'm here to tell you it does not have to be boring, and it can taste delicious. By choosing the right ingredients and developing a few staple recipes into your weekly routine, you can save time and enjoy wonderful and flavorful meals.  I try to stay away from packaged food.  Most of the time they are loaded with sugar and crazy long words that I have no clue how to pronounce or what they are.    

Here is a Jerk Chicken Marinade Recipe that I love.  It is fresh, healthy and yes, full of flavor! 

Ingredients : 

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 habanero pepper

  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, chopped

  • 3 cloves (large) garlic, chopped

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 2 tsp all spice

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8 small or 4 large)

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  1. Place all ingredients except chicken in a blender or food processor and puree.  Pour half the marinade into a zip lock bag with chicken, reserving the rest in a lidded container in the refrigerator.  Refrigerate chicken for at least 2 hours. 

  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.  Remove chicken from marinade, scraping (and discarding) the excess.  Grill chicken until lightly charred outsidee and cooked through.  You can serve the reserved marinade as a sauce on the side. 

  3. E N J O Y !

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