Wednesday, 18 October 2017

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Stove-Top recipe)

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!
This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

A few weeks ago I share this Instant Pot version of a One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce using jarred marinara sauce and turkey instead of beef. Tons of questions if it could be made on the stove, so of course to answer those questions I had to test it on the stove for the timing of the pasta. I wanted to make the meat sauce in this version from scratch and was craving beef in my sauce, but of course you can make this with turkey and jarred sauce if you wish!

BTW, I swear by Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes (green label) when I make my sauce from scratch! You can't make a bad sauce with them unlike other brands that tend to be acidic and need lots of doctoring. Bonus, they are also non-gmo and use a non-bpa liner in the cans.

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (Stove-Top recipe)

8 Smart Points 377 calories

Total Time: 30 minutes

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb 90% ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, I love Tuttorosso
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 torn basil leaves, plus optional more for garnish
  • 8 ounces wheat or gluten-free spaghetti, broken in half (I love Delallo)
  • Grated parmesan cheese, optional for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over high heat.
  2. When hot add the beef and salt and cook, breaking up about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the onions, and garlic and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, black pepper, water and basil and stir, add the spaghetti, making sure the liquid covers everything without stirring.
  5. Cover and cook medium-low heat until the water is absorbed and the pasta is cooked, about 17 minutes.
  6. Serve topped with grated cheese if desired!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 5 servings, Serving Size: scant 1 1/2 cups

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 8
  • Points +: 9
  • Calories: 377
  • Total Fat: 10.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5g
  • Cholesterol: 58.5mg
  • Sodium: 567mg
  • Carbohydrates: 43.5g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 6.5g
  • Protein: 23.5g

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!

This EASY Spaghetti and Meat Sauce is cooked all in one pot! The meat sauce is made from scratch on the stove and cooked with the spaghetti all at the same time. No extra pots to wash, fast and delicious!



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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Episode 375 – Mark Bell – Intelligent Workouts, and The War on Carbs

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Sleepcocktails_banner_540x66_LeftThis episode of The Paleo Solution podcast we have my friend Mark Bell joining us. Mark is a former top level competitive powerlifter, owner of Super Training Gym, and a big, strong, jacked, and knowledgeable guy when it comes to training.
Listen in as we chat about working out intelligently, slow lifting, diet and The War on Carbs, and more!


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Habit Mastery: My New Course to Help You Level Up Your Skills

By Leo Babauta

I'm excited to tell you about my new video course, Habit Mastery, which is designed to help you practice and level up your habit skills.

It's a 12-week course with two video lessons a week, daily practice, and interviews with 11 other amazing habit experts.

Guys, this is one of the best things I've ever created, and I really hope you'll join me.

The course includes weekly Q&A where I answer your habit obstacle questions, a Facebook group for support from fellow participants, and 7 bonus ebooks. All of this for $299. The course will start on October 23, 2017 (but you can start anytime) … and it will run for 12 weeks.

Level Up Your Habit Skills

What will we cover in this course? Basically, the goal is to get you from one level of mastery to the next:

  1. Beginner to Intermediate: You struggle to create habits, and feel a bit lost in sticking to anything over the long term. We'll have you practice the basics and some key skills to overcome the most common beginner problems.
  2. Intermediate to Advanced: You have successfully created some habits, but often have them fall apart when things get disrupted, and struggle with more difficult habits. We'll have you practice advanced skills, and your habits will get more solid overall.
  3. Advanced to Habit Master: You are pretty good at creating habits, but are in a place where you're trying to optimize your day, and are dealing with the more dynamic aspects of habit creation. Also, you'd like to tackle some of the hardest habits — mental habits. You'll practice these and be amazing at everything.

Of course, it will all depend on how much work you put into it, but with the video lessons, daily practice, Facebook support group and ability to ask questions … we believe you'll be in the optimal conditions for getting good at habits.

Topics We'll Cover

Some of the topics we'll cover during this course:

  • How habits work, and how to get started getting good at them
  • The most common obstacles, like disruptions, other people, your tendency to give up, starting again after stopping, and more
  • How to structure your environment to make yourself more likely to stick to habits
  • The common obstacles for common habits such as exercise, diet, meditation, waking early, decluttering, finances, procrastination, and more
  • How to quit a bad habit
  • How to change your mental habits
  • How to get good at keeping your word to yourself
  • And much more (seriously, we'll cover a ton of amazing stuff)

Habit Expert Interviews

I have had the honor of interviewing the most incredible lineup of habit experts I could imagine, and their interviews will be a part of the course:

  1. Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek and The 4-Hour Body
  2. Charles Duhigg, author of the Power of Habit
  3. BJ Fogg, director of Stanford University's Persuasive Tech Lab and the Tiny Habits program
  4. Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits
  5. Chelsea Dinsmore, co-founder of the awesome Live Your Legend blog, and one of the most grounded people I know
  6. Dr. Sean Young, author of Stick with It
  7. James Clear, author of Transform Your Habits
  8. Courtney Carver, author of Be More with Less blog and Soulful Simplicity
  9. Tynan, author of Superhuman by Habit
  10. Scott Young, author of How to Change a Habit

Honestly, I am so psyched to bring the incredible wisdom of these experts to you, they are all quite amazing!

Bonus Ebooks

In addition to the course, which I believe is already very valuable … I'm offering seven bonus ebooks that I've written:

  1. The Habit Guide
  2. Discipline, Solved
  3. Essential Zen Habits
  4. The Do Guide
  5. Un-Procrastinate
  6. Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness
  7. Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction

This is about a $50 value (some of these books aren't for sale anymore), but honestly I think if you put them to use, they could help you change your life.

Ask Questions, Leo Will Answer Them

In addition to the video lessons and exercises, I'm creating a Facebook group for discussion among participants, as well as the ability to submit questions about your particular struggle.

I'm going to do my best to answer most or all questions in articles and videos that I'll publish during the course.

In answering these questions, I'll be customizing the course for you. And I think we can all benefit from a discussion of whatever habit obstacles you face.

Please Support Zen Habits

If you sign up for this course, you'll be helping to support my business and my family, and I would greatly appreciate it. I don't run ads, do affiliate promotions, or sell products on Amazon. My entire business model is to create great content (books, courses, Sea Change Program) that will help you guys live a better life.

Again, this is probably the best thing I've ever created. I would love it if you supported the site by taking part in the course, and in the process, get good at a key set of life skills.

I hope you'll join me.



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Monday, 16 October 2017

“PB&J” Energy Balls

Nope—there's actually no peanut butter or jelly in these bite-size "PB&J" energy balls, but their nutty crunch and sweet strawberry flavor never fail to bring back fond memories of munching on my favorite after-school snack. In fact, I created this recipe for our latest cookbook, Ready or Not!, because I wanted a portable and crave-worthy bite that's easily made in a flash. (If you don't already own a copy of our second cookbook, what are you waiting for? Buy one here!)

Unlike the PB&J sandwiches I used to make for myself, these homemade no-bake treats are made with just nuts and fruit (and a pinch of salt). So when you need a pick-me-up after a long run, a hard workout, or an afternoon of gardening like a maniac, just pop a ball or two in your mouth, and I guarantee you'll feel like a kid again. And yes, your kids will love them, too!

Feel free to substitute another freeze-dried fruit of your choice for the strawberries to mix things up. I've had great success blitzing up these energy balls with freeze-dried blueberries and raspberries. Also, if your dates have been hanging out in your pantry for a while and are no longer super moist, add a few drops of water when you're blending them together, and your balls will form beautifully!

Makes 15 balls (I eat 2 balls as a snack)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (10 grams) freeze-dried strawberries
  • ½ cup (60 grams) dry-roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup (150 grams) pitted and chopped dried Medjool dates
  • Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted in a 300°F oven until golden, about 3 minutes

Equipment:

 Method:

Pulse the freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor until it forms a powder. Let the pink dust settle.

Toss in the almonds.

Pulse to roughly chop the almonds. Transfer the chopped almonds and strawberry powder to another bowl.

Throw the dates into the now-empty food processor bowl, and pulse a few times to roughly chop up the pieces. Then, pulverize the dates until they form a sticky ball that thwacks against the side of the work bowl. (If your dates are especially dry, you can add a few drops of water to get the right consistency.)

Add the strawberry powder, almonds, and a pinch of salt to the sticky date paste in the food processor bowl.

Pulse a few times until combined. The result should be a dense mass that comes together as a nutty dough.

Pinch off about a tablespoon of the dough and roll it in your palms to form a smooth ball. Repeat 'til you're out of dough.

Put the toasted shredded coconut in a shallow plate or a piece of parchment paper. Toss each of the balls into the coconut, making sure to coat the entire surface.

You can refrigerate your balls in a covered container for up to 1 week, or freeze 'em for up to a month.


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You'll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013) and Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017)!


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"PB&J" Energy Balls

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Yield 15 balls

Nope—there's actually no peanut butter or jelly in these bite-size "PB&J" energy balls, but their nutty crunch and sweet strawberry flavor never fail to bring back fond memories of munching on my favorite after-school snack. In fact, I created this recipe for our latest cookbook, Ready or Not!, because I wanted a portable and crave-worthy bite that's easily made in a flash. (If you don't already own a copy of our second cookbook, what are you waiting for? Buy one here!)

Unlike the PB&J sandwiches I used to make for myself, these homemade treats are made with just nuts and fruit (and a pinch of salt). So when you need a pick-me-up after a long run, a hard workout, or an afternoon of gardening like a maniac, just pop a ball or two in your mouth, and I guarantee you'll feel like a kid again. And yes, your kids will love them, too!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (10 grams) freeze-dried strawberries
  • ½ cup (60 grams) dry-roasted unsalted almonds
  • 1 cup (150 grams) pitted and chopped dried Medjool dates
  • Diamond Crystal brand kosher salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted in a 300°F oven until golden, about 3 minutes

Instructions

  1. Pulse the freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor until it forms a powder. Let the pink dust settle.
  2. Toss in the almonds. Pulse to roughly chop the almonds. Transfer the chopped almonds and strawberry powder to another bowl.
  3. Throw the dates into the now-empty food processor bowl, and pulse a few times to roughly chop up the pieces. Then, pulverize the dates until they form a sticky ball that thwacks against the side of the work bowl. (If your dates are especially dry, you can add a few drops of water to get the right consistency.)
  4. Add the strawberry powder, almonds, and a pinch of salt to the sticky date paste in the food processor bowl. Pulse a few times until combined. The result should be a dense mass that comes together as a nutty dough.
  5. Pinch off about a tablespoon of the dough and roll it in your palms to form a smooth ball. Repeat 'til you're out of dough.
  6. Put the toasted shredded coconut in a shallow plate or a piece of parchment paper. Toss each of the balls into the coconut, making sure to coat the entire surface.
  7. You can refrigerate your balls in a covered container for up to 1 week, or freeze 'em for up to a month.

Notes

Feel free to substitute another freeze-dried fruit of your choice for the strawberries to mix things up. I've had great success blitzing up these energy balls with freeze-dried blueberries and raspberries. Also, if your dates have been hanging out in your pantry for a while and are no longer super moist, add a few drops of water when you're blending them together, and your balls will form beautifully!

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 96)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 96)
Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 96). I've added some comfort food dishes old and new to the meal plan this week! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Pictured below is The Skinnytaste Meal Planner where I plan my dinners for the week (you can of course use any meal planner). Meal planning is a great way to get organized before heading to the supermarket to get ready for the week! My breakfast is usually something quick like eggs with fruit, a smoothie or avocado toast. We're a family of four, so if a recipe serves more, it's either packed up for everyone's lunch or eaten the next day as leftovers. If you would like to see some of the previous week's dinner plans, click here.
Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 96)

Skinnytaste Dinner Plan (Week 96)

Monday: Pumpkin Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies
Tuesday: Enchilada Chicken Roll-Ups with salad and Mexican Cauliflower Rice
Wednesday: Pork Chops with Dijon Herb Sauce with cauliflower rice
Thursday: BBQ Chicken Chili
Friday: Lasagna Soup
Saturday: Dinner Out
Sunday: Chicken Marsala Meatballs with noodles for Madison, butternut noodles for me

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!
What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!
These turned out better than I could have expected! The turkey chili is mild and savory, which is the perfect balance to the slightly sweet acorn squash (would be great with delicata too!). If you want to make this dairy-free and Whole30 friendly, simply omit the cheese.

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!
I had this for dinner last night and I loved every bite of this. It was filling and so good I am excited to have leftovers for lunch today. This reheats well, if you want to save half for another night, leave the cheese off until you're ready to reheat.

Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash

5 Smart Points 320 calories

Total Time: 45 minutes

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 acorn squash, halved, seeded
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 ounces canned Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/2 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 tablespoons shredded sharp cheese
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Place squash halves on the baking sheet, cut sides down. Bake until soft, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and cumin.
  4. When meat is browned and cooked through add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and bay leaf.
  6. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat about 25 minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove bay leaf, flip the squash over and fill each half with 3/4 cup chili.
  8. Top with cheese and bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Top with cilantro.
To reheat, bake in a 350F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 1 stuffed half

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 5
  • Points +: 8
  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg
  • Sodium: 650mg
  • Carbohydrates: 29.5g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 3.5g
  • Protein: 28g

What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too! What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too! What happens when you stuff an acorn squash with turkey chili? You have an edible bowl that's not just good for you, it tastes great too!



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Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Ultimate Productivity, Simplicity, Finance, Happiness & Weight Loss Hack

By Leo Babauta

I'll share the ultimate hack in just two words: letting go.

These two words, if practiced and lived, can be the key to all the self-improvement in your life:

  • Productivity: By letting go of trying to do everything, or be updated about everything, you can focus on just what's important. This simple focus can make you incredibly effective, and you'll accomplish more.
  • Simplicity: Our lives get filled with clutter and complexity when we constantly want to add things. By letting go of what we want to have, and some of what we already, we can simplify, declutter, create space, let go of complexity.
  • Finances: Our finances would be much better if we didn't spend so much. Of course, you could argue that we could just earn more, which is true. But spending less and earning more is actually better than all of that! Anyway. Letting go of things we want to spend on is the key to better finances. More on that below.
  • Happiness: When we are frustrated with someone, disappointed with ourselves, unhappy with our situation, angry at something in the past … what is standing in the way of our happiness? We could blame the other person, or ourselves, or our situation, or the thing in the past … but actually, the thing preventing our happiness is being stuck on an ideal or expectation. We could let go of how we want others to be, how we want our lives to be, how we want ourselves to be … and find contentment in the way things are. This is hard for people to accept — because they aren't good at letting go yet. Again, more below.
  • Weight loss: Eat less, by slowly reducing portion sizes and eating more vegetables and beans (low in calories, high in bulk). This is a simple recipe for weight loss (I would add strength training and other exercise, but let's keep things simple), but what stands in our way of eating less? Wanting to eat pleasurable foods, junk foods, comfort foods, bigger portions. If we let go of these wants, we could eat less. Yes, it's possible (I've done it many times).

More on all of this in the sections below. But first, let's look at what letting go actually means.

The Process of Letting Go

What does it mean when I suggest that we let go? It means that we are attached to something (we all are, most of the time), and to let it go means to loosen that attachment.

It's opening up of our grip, and letting the cherry blossoms blow in the wind as they will, out of our grasp.

When you are angry at someone, you are unhappy with how they acted. You believe they should have acted some other way. The should have acted is what you're holding onto. If you didn't have the should so firmly attached in your mind, you wouldn't be angry.

So the answer is letting go of the should.

The answer is to loosen the tight grip on the way you think things should be. And let the should blow away in the wind. Because in reality, we have no control over the should of reality. We can't make other people act the way we'd like them to, because they're not puppets. We can't even make ourselves act the way we want, much of the time.

We don't control the should, and so letting go of our tight grasp of them, loosening up and learning to accept the uncontrollable nature of life, leads to many benefits. Let's look at some of them below.

Productivity & Letting Go

I've already given an example of how letting go of all that we want to do allows us to be more focused and effective, and accomplish more.

Let's look at a few more examples of how letting go improves productivity:

  • If we pick just three things on our to-do list that are important, and let go of the rest (for now), we can focus on the important things.
  • If we let go of needing to stay current on everything, that will allow us to be less distracted by news and social media and messages and emails. We can then just focus on what's important.
  • If we let go of needing to say yes to every request, we will free up a lot of our time, and instead focus on what's most important.
  • If we let go of our urges to be entertained and distracted, we'll free up time to focus on the important.

Attachments are getting in the way of our meaningful contributions to the world. Letting go is the answer.

Simplicity & Letting Go

This past week, I started decluttering different areas of my life. I had to let go of a lot of hopes and dreams, because the reality is, I am not going to have time to do everything. That means I can let go of books, hobby equipment, and all kinds of other clutter that represented my aspirations.

Holding on to how we think our lives should be … stands in the way of simplicity. This attachment clutters our lives, both with physical clutter and with days filled with complexity.

Instead, we can let go of some of these aspirations, and focus on the ones that are truly meaningful.

The clutter is flowing out my door, as I practice letting go.

Finances & Letting Go

Recently Eva and I took a close look at our finances, and identified areas where we could trim down. It was a long-overdue look at our spending, after years of letting things creep higher and higher. I'm so happy we did it, but it meant letting go of things we have gotten used to. Ordering something as soon as we wanted it. Getting things for the house or the kids as soon as we decided we "needed" it.

Now, we're putting things on wishlists. And for my personal wishlist, I'm practicing changing the heading of that list from "wishlist" to "letting go of list". I visualize all of these fantasies I had of buying the "perfect" anything, and letting them go into the breeze. It's both frustrating and freeing.

Letting go isn't easy. But if we do, our finances can become so much healthier.

Happiness & Letting Go

A lot of times, I'll get frustrated with my kids. Or Eva. I'll find my chest tightening up, and have a very strong urge to tell them what to do. To control them. To make them act as I think they should act. Other people can be so frustrating!

But honestly, the problem isn't with them. They're all beautiful human beings, and my attachment to how they should act is getting in the way of me seeing that.

I'm missing out on their gorgeousness because I want them to be the way I think they should be. Instead of just seeing how awesome they already are!

So I have to let go of my shoulds. I have to let go of the source of my frustration, which is my ideals.

Instead, I can let go and open up to who they already are, and savor the deliciousness of that.

Weight Loss & Letting Go

I have a bit of a belly. Yes, I know, I'm a horrible person. The world should shame me for having 20% bodyfat!

But seriously, I decided I need to tighten up my diet a bit, because I've gotten into the habit of eating a bit too much every meal, and over the long term, that leads to a chunkier Leo. Still lovable, still wonderful, still sexy … but not good for my health.

So I've set myself a plan: a green protein smoothie for breakfast, and a set meal for lunch and dinner (half a sweet potato, lentils, edamame, hummus, leafy greens, roasted cauliflower and broccoli, some sriracha sauce drizzled on top, some pickled daikon radish, yum!). No sweets or flour. Only eat between 11:30am and 5:30 pm (I haven't implemented this last part yet).

Anyway, it's a simple plan, and it will absolutely work. Until my wife bakes vegan chocolate chip cookies, or the kids have vegan pizza. My two greatest nemeses.

It's hard dealing with the urge to eat these delicious comfort foods. I have to see the urge, and let go.

Loosen my grip on these tastes, and let them blow into the wind.

Letting go, I open myself up to enjoy the yumminess of the food I already planned to have. Weight loss is that simple, if you practice letting go.

Getting Good at Letting Go

So it's all easy and breezy, right? Not so fast. Letting go is the ultimate hack, but in truth, it's hard as hell.

We don't want to let go. You might already have had that reaction to some of the things I've written: "But I like my (insert the thing you're attached to here)! Why should I let go of it?"

Because of your attachment.

If you get in the habit of letting yourself hold on to all your attachments, you're going to develop many difficulties in life. Maybe you already are dealing with those difficulties. Practicing letting go is a way to greater happiness, health and focus.

So practice. In small doses, try noticing your attachment, and letting go of it, just for a few minutes.

Try letting go of your distractions and need to be updated for one hour. See what that's like.

Try letting go of your electronics for two hours. What can you open up to instead?

Try letting go of your usual comforts, for one day. What deliciousness can you experience instead?

Try letting go of the things you want to buy, for one week (no buying anything but necessities like soap and toilet paper). What is that like?

Practice letting go, just for a little bit. Every day.

This daily practice is how you master it. And that's mastering life.

Zen Productivity Workshop

Interested in working live with me, on Zen Productivity, simplicity or letting go? Let's do it!

I'm going to be coming to a city near you soon and doing a 2-day workshop.

Sign up for updates here, and I'll let you know soon!



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