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If your goal is to eat well and/or lose weight stay clear of the CAN’T LIST and focus on your CAN LIST!

I had an interesting conversation with my walking buddy yesterday (thanks DJ) about diets and fitness regimens that either restrict certain foods or give you that all or nothing doctrine, such as you CAN”T eat carbs, protein, burgers or ice cream. There are also the CAN’Ts  you make up yourself, for example I CAN’T find time to workout, run a half marathon, do a spin class or boot camp. Here’s and idea use a CAN list! For some people, an all or nothing e.g. cold turkey approach works, but for most people this can lead to frustration and abandonment of their goal to become healthy.

Yes I Can

A CAN list is based on moderation and dedication and allowing yourself to be human.  Here is an example of a CAN’T and a CAN list.  Use them as guidelines for developing your own CAN list.

CAN’T List

CAN List

I can’t run!

You can walk, then run!

Read this

You can’t eat white pasta, only whole-wheat pasta!

You cat whole-wheat-and-white blend pasta.

Blends are great because they are less coarse and chewy than 100 percent whole-wheat varieties, while offering more nutrition than traditional white pasta. This is a good choice if you are trying to make the switch to whole-grain, but need a little more time to adjust the taste and texture of whole-wheat pasta.

You can’t eat sugar!

Well, sugar is in everything so in this case the type of sugar and moderation are key!

Aim for naturally occurring sugar found in fruits and whole grains while consuming your treats occasionally. Reducing your sugar intake can be difficult, but can be achieved with a little patience and dedication.

I can’t do indoor cycling/spinning!

Yes you can!

As with any activity you are trying for the first time you need to listen to your body. If you are trying spinning or indoor cycling, you should focus on building up your stamina.  As you start pedaling, choose a resistance setting that provides you with a challenge while still enabling you to pedal for at least 30 minutes. Aim to increase your resistance or speed by a little every time you are on the bike.

The key here is to get accustomed to the feel of the bike and to build a basic foundation for your new cycling lifestyle.  If you are taking a class, let the instructor know you are new to spinning so that they can help you with bike setup.

Healthy Pasta Dishes Kids Will Love

I love pasta and so do most kids. Pasta is satisfying, kid-friendly and easy to make. Here are three of my favorite pasta recipes for kids.

Penne Veggie Pasta

Veggie Penne Pasta


Love this yummy pasta dish that is full of Vitamin A!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


2  cups sliced carrots

1  can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and garlic or 15 ounces tomato sauce (I like making my tomato sauce from scratch)

8  ounces dried multigrain penne pasta

2  tablespoons finely shredded Parmesan cheese


Cook the carrots in lightly salted boiling water in a covered saucepan for 10 minutes or until they’re tender. Use a food processor to puree both the carrots and the tomatoes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan. Add tomato sauce and heat through on medium. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe By Colleen Weeden from Parents Magazine


Pasta with Garlic and Cheese

This super simple recipe your kids will love!

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


1 lb. spaghetti pasta

5 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

3/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese


Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, chop the garlic and parsley and sauté the garlic in the olive oil for about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Combine with the parsley and salt and pepper in serving bowl. Drain the pasta and toss with the garlic/parsley mixture. Top with cheese and toss again.

Serve with more cheese, if desired.

Recipe By Linda Larsen from Busy Cooks Guide


Spinach Cheese Pasta

Spinach Cheese Pasta


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


1/2 (16 ounce) package extra wide egg noodles

2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, pressed

3/4 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach

1/2 (8 ounce) container cottage cheese

1/2 (3 ounce) package finely grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add egg noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and return to the pot.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet, and cook the garlic and spinach 3 to 5 minutes, until well coated. Transfer to the pot with the drained pasta. Toss in the cottage cheese. Top with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Recipe By Allrecipes.com