Chocolate Snowcap Cookies (Chocolate Crinkles)

We made these cookies on YouTube, check it out!

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[VIDEO] How to Ferment Veggies at Home (It's SO Easy)!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas

This recipe is so easy, and the whole family loves it!

We had ours with pearled couscous and mini corn muffins (two more family favorites) and steamed broccoli, but it’s also delicious over steamed rice, buttered noodles, or plain!

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The Right Coach is Always A Student

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Self-Care: Fall Movie Bucket List!

I love watching movies. Not like at the theatre, but rather, curling up on my own sofa, in my comfy clothes, and watching a movie in my own home.

Don’t get me wrong—I love meditating, journaling, and all of the things that I actively do in order to grow personally. However, when I want to just chill out and not engage my brain in anything strenuous, Netflix is my outlet.

I have been really looking forward to the weather getting cooler outside, because not only is Fall my favorite season ever, but also because I love staying inside on the cold, rainy days during early Fall and watching movies. My kids love it too (although, they aren’t always crazy about my movie choices), so I try to make it something that we plan ahead for and get excited about.

This year, I asked my friends and coworkers for suggestions, and we came up with a solid list of “Fall Bucket List Movies. Now, I’m sharing it with you, because maybe watching movies on Netflix is part of your own Self-Care routine!

Just click this pic of the list, and it’ll take you to the free download on Google Drive!

ENJOY!



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The Magical Eating Manifesto and a Reintroduction to Me!

Hi Everyone! Since so many new people are coming to check me out lately, I wanted to take a moment today to reintroduce myself!
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Hiyaaaa, and WELCOME!! I’m Elisabeth (or Beth, or Bethie, depending upon the audience)! 

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^^^ that is my serious face...but it's more likely that I look like this when you see me...

Eyes closed, full on snort-laughing.


I grew up in beautiful Central New York, where the air is clean and the population is low. When I was a wee 21-year-old, I moved to Maryland, where I still live in the ‘burbs between Baltimore and DC. Since 2007, I have been a mentor and coach to women who are on a journey to heal from disordered Eating. 

I made this decision at the suggestion of my own mentor, after having been treated for bulimia/EDNOS from January 2006-July 2007. I found it extremely rewarding to be able to help other women to heal from their disordered eating behaviors. Also, I experienced great personal growth when I put myself into the role of being a mentor to others.

Despite the fact that I was obsessed with health and nutrition (to my detriment) for a good portion of my life, it was impossible to deny that I truly loved health and nutrition! I retained a ton of the information that I had studied over the years on my own, and I knew that this obsession and ultimately my years of disordered eating had a greater purpose. It became my dream to be able to share this love for nutrition and health, along with providing the skills for other women to heal from disordered eating.

I was an accountant for my entire adult life, but in 2016 I decided to get my masters degree in Integrative Health and Nutrition, and to become a Certified Holistic Nutrition Specialist in Maryland.

In September 2017, after the birth of my third baby, I became deeply committed to expanding myself and my life to the next level.

 He's pretty great. <3

He's pretty great. <3

I hired a spiritual mentor and business coach, and in addition to sharpening my skills in business marketing, I also started to dive deeply into all of the Woo-stuff that makes so many people uncomfortable. It even made ME uncomfortable, at first, TBH. Then I realized that all of these "new" things that I had brought into my life were objects and processes that my ancestors had used for centuries before me.


I started practicing meditation, learned about healing the blocked energy centers in my body, started communicating with myself and my spirit guides on a divinely magical level, started reading tarot cards again (as I had done briefly as a teenager), fell in love with Oracle cards, began using crystals in my life, and ramped up on the essential oils that I had been using for years. I knew that this...the MAGIC...was the piece of myself that I needed to become more in touch with, and this was the piece that I needed to be able to teach to other women. 

And something amazing happened. I began healing myself on a deep, meaningful level—all the while, learning more about myself, my anxiety, my past decisions, and exploring lots of things that I had ignored for many years. I had already been through a period of massive healing back in 2006-2008, but this time it was different. I had opened up to the possibility that in addition to the standard "textbook" ways of healing that I had relied upon in the past (which had helped me out immensely), there was another deeper level of healing that I could achieve.

The truth arose that if I allowed the Magic to take over to a higher degree, and  if I trusted myself a little more, then I could achieve my dream of helping other women realize their own potential for Magic and joy. I could teach other women how to allow magic into their own lives, and in this way, allow themselves to become more in tune with their bodies, and allow the magic to flow into their relationship to food.

This was such a valuable lesson to learn, and although I have been coaching and mentoring women since 2007, the actions that I’ve taken over the past two years have not only made me SUCH a better mentor and coach, but they have literally changed my life.

And so, I opened myself up to new possibilities, and 'Magical Eating' was born!

 


I challenge you today to own ALL of the parts of yourself that make you shine, and don't be afraid to wave your magic wand when you need to.

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Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

This is one of my family's favorites, you guys.

It's super quick and easy, since you just pop everything into the Instant Pot. It's great by itself, on tacos, or atop a salad (that's how we ate it last night)!

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This is also tasty if you serve it over top of rice or egg noodles. I've tried every combination, and they've all been delicious!!

Enjoy!

Are you eating magically?

Everyone loves a quiz, am I right??!!

Of course I love a mindless (UN-magical?) quiz about which famous movie star I was in a past lifetime, but I am a nerd, so I tend to LOVE the quizzes that are based on scientific research and facts! The quizzes that actually help me on my journey towards personal growth are my favorite.

Most of the ladies who find me have been on a quest to lose weight for a long time, and they want to know WHY they can't seem to keep weight off or be happy with their bodies. They want **SOMETHING** to help, but they don't understand why I could help them, when nothing else has ever helped.

Honestly, the skills that you need to coexist in a loving, carefree relationship with food and your body were there when you were born. You just forgot how to use them (due to various social and personal factors), and I just know how to teach you to tap into them again.

And these skills...the magical ones?

They're based on science.

There...I said it!

I didn't make up the whole idea. It's not some new-fangled, new-age thing. It's just science, research, and personal growth.

So, I developed a quiz...because as previously mentioned...everyone loves a quiz!

MY quiz is research-backed, and although I've given it a fun spin in which it will assign you with a cute mythological creature at the end, this is the ACTUAL questionnaire that I use with every single one of my clients. Although you won't see this unless you ask for the free detail, this quiz can tell you which areas of Magical eating are challenging for you, and that's where I come in.

When I can pinpoint the skills that will help you to begin eating magically, I can personalize your experience so that you can strengthen those specific aspects. This quiz, when scored fully by me, can tell me how to help you with that.

I'm offering FREE full analysis of EVERYONE'S quiz results right now--after you take the quiz, you just have to chat me to ask (after you receive your results, click the "Chat Now" button right here on the website, and let me know that you'd like a full analysis)! When things get crazy (since I know that this thing is going to blow up like a "Which Full House Character Are You" quiz on Buzzfeed), the full analysis will be a paid feature. So if you're curious, now is the time to get some insight from me in a quick, easy, and FREE way!

And, if you just want to take the quiz for fun, that's cool too! You are not obligated to leave me ANY personal info for just taking the quiz, because it's none of my biz unless you want to make it my biz!!

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You can also head over to Facebook and join my closed group, Magical Eating with Elisabeth Smith. We'd love to have you!

Take the quiz here!

Self-Care Isn't Always Baths, Manicures, and Massages!

Everywoman knows at this point that self-care is key to maintaining your sanity from an overall perspective. It also is really important when it comes to being able to use your Magical Eating skills, because you have to be connected to your body. When our brains are spinning and we don't take even a minute to slow down the chaos and internal dialogue, we aren't able to be aware and observe, which means that we can't use the remaining skills in our Magical Eating Toolkit! 

I am a busy mom of 3, I work a full-time 9-5 job, plus I'm in the process of spreading my Magical Eating message. My husband works most evenings and weekends because he has his own business too, and let's be real--when the kids go to sleep, I mostly want to watch Netflix. 

One thing that I try to do at least once a day though (in addition to my regular Magical Eating check-ins), is spend a minimum of 15 minutes reading and journaling. I always have a book that I'm reading, and for journaling, I sometimes use my journaling method when I'm actively dealing with a situation or manifesting something amazing, and other times, I may use guided journaling prompts from other resources. Both are great ways to see where my thoughts are.

I love to drop some essential oils into my oil diffuser, sit down in my comfy chair, and just BE for a few minutes. 

This story is most significant right now not only because self care is important (even if you only have 15 minutes...or 5), but also because I have been on a quest to find a really great essential oil diffuser, and I think that I have finally done it.

I literally have about 10 diffusers, because of my love for essential oils, and also because we do not use artificial air fresheners in our home...but we like the house to smell nice. I always end up disappointed with my diffusers because they don't dispense a strong enough mist, the water is exhausted within a couple of hours (even when the mist is only intermittent), or because they're just plain ugly. 

I found the perfect diffuser. 

It's beautiful, the mist is hella strong, and yesterday, it took almost 12 hours before the water was exhausted! 

Here's a video of the Sierra Modern Home Smart Wifi Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser in action...

I hope that you find the essential oil diffuser of your dreams, and that you take at least 15 minutes out for yourself to relax today!

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This is my new weekly series, called Self-Care Sunday! If you want to share you favorite ways to add self-care into your busy life, share them in the comments and I'll add them into the rotation here!

Calories Are Not The Reason Why You're Overweight

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Calculating your deficit of necessary calories in versus calories out isn’t going to help you.

You are not a math problem.

Neither is restricting sugar, fat, carbs, or spending hours at the gym.

If you’re like most women, you’ve tried diet, after diet, after diet. Although you might decrease the number that displays on your scale temporarily, nothing ever really changes. The number inevitably creeps back up on the scale, and then you feel like you’ve failed.

In the aftermath of your “failed” diet, you still feel pretty terrible--maybe worse than you did before you started and “failed” on your Diet.

You are not a failure, but the Diet that you just tried is.

That doesn’t changed the don’t like the way that your body looks.

You still aren’t happy.

You have counted, weighed, measured, portioned, memorized, and obsessed about food for a considerable amount of time. Maybe you can’t remember a period in your life when you WEREN’T doing all of these things.

The thing is, before you were doing all of that dieting, you knew what you were doing. Your body was born with all of the skills that it needed in order to properly, perfectly, purposely, nourish itself. You just forgot how to do it along the way.

It’s been a long journey to get here, but all you really need...like REALLY need...is to be reminded of those Magical Skills. When I was reminded of my Food Magic, back in 2006, I was recovering from 15 years of disordered eating. I didn’t trust myself to be in the same room as a bowl of candy. I couldn’t share the same house with a bag of potato chips. Ice cream was demolished as soon as it stepped foot in my house.

Needless to say, after so much struggle with my relationship to food, I was SHOCKED to realize that the Magic was always right there inside of me. I just needed to tap in!

If you want to know more about the skills that I teach to my Magical Eating clients (I call them “Magical Unicorns”), you can check out a few of them in this short (raw/barely cut) video series.

If you’re ready to join me on this Magical Journey, sign up now and get early bird pricing! We’ve been waiting for you!

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VIDEO: Magical Eating In A Modern World - Day 4 Preview

Hey Magical Eaters!

Last week, I spent the week sharing a preview each day on Instagram of 5 out of the 7 skills that I teach during the full Magical Eating in a Modern World 7-week course. I wanted to share those with you, here on the website as well! 

Here's the video for Day 4, when I talked about Being Mindful in the Environment.

Ready to enroll in the 7-Week course? You can get early bird pricing for another week! 

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VIDEO: Magical Eating In A Modern World - Day 3 Preview

Hey Magical Eaters!

Last week, I spent the week sharing a preview each day on Instagram of 5 out of the 7 skills that I teach during the full Magical Eating in a Modern World 7-week course. I wanted to share those with you, here on the website as well! 

Here's the video for Day 3, where I'm wearing my favorite green dress =) , and I talk about Being In The Moment.

Ready to enroll in the 7-Week course? You can get early bird pricing for another week! 

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VIDEO: Magical Eating In A Modern World Preview Day 2

Hey Magical Eaters!

Last week, I spent the week sharing a preview each day on Instagram of 5 out of the 7 skills that I teach during the full Magical Eating in a Modern World 7-week course. I wanted to share those with you, here on the website as well! 

Here's the video for Day 2, where I talk about Observation.

Ready to enroll in the 7-Week course? You can get early bird pricing for another week! 

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You Are Not the Problem, Your Diet is the Problem.

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“Just eat the cake!”, my therapist said.

I had called her from the bakery aisle of the grocery store, in a state of absolute mental turmoil over whether or not I should honor a craving that my body was experiencing.

“But I’m afraid that I’ll eat the whole cake! If I eat the whole cake, I’ll get SO FAT!”

“Have you ever eaten a whole cake before?”

“Not a WHOLE cake, but close.”

“And what happened when you did that?”

“I felt sick and probably threw up.”

“Ok, and what else?”

“I don’t really remember anything else happening, I just felt terrible.”

“So, that time that you almost ate a whole cake didn’t make you SO FAT?

“No, it took more than that one cake to make me SO FAT.”

“So go ahead and eat a slice of the cake for dessert today, if you want it.”

I had this conversation with my therapist in 2006, and I credit this conversation as being one of the major ‘a-ha’ moments on my journey to practicing magical eating.

There are biological, neurological, and hormonal reasons why restricting ourselves from food and dieting don’t provide us with forever weight loss and weight stability.

The problem is that in our society, we are fed this notion that the only way to achieve health is to actively engage in restrictive, dieting behaviors. It’s just not true, and there is a body of research to prove that it’s not true.

There is another way. It’s non-restrictive, it honors your needs, it listens to you as an individual, and you can personally grow exponentially larger than a scale could ever measure as a result.

You can learn more about how I teach my clients about the freedom of Magical eating by subscribing to my VIP list. If email isn't your thing, I get it! Head over to Facebook instead, and join my closed, ladies-only group. There is a Magical group of ladies over there, just waiting to pull you into the Sisterhood, with shared experiences around eating, dieting, and our relationships with food.   

Five Reasons Why You SHOULD Just Eat the Cake (If You Want the Cake)

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For women who find themselves struggling to lose weight and feel "better", the most logical solution in our society is to go on a diet! If we go on a diet, we'll lose weight forever, and we'll feel better forever, right?

Wrong!

A diet plan may help you to temporarily reduce your weight, but research has shown that diets don't help us to maintain that weight loss over a long period of time. In fact, studies have shown that rather than maintaining the weight loss, we actually tend to gain back the weight that we lost plus MORE weight in the long run. The problem with dieting is multi-faceted, but at the crux of the problem is that diets just aren't designed for long-term weight loss.

Companies (and people) who build diet plans and sell diet products are not in the business of helping you permanently lose weight--they want you to be a customer for life! The process of regaining all of the weight that you lost within the first 6-12 months of the diet (plus some MORE, possibly), is an inevitable part of the diet plan itself.

Dieting is not the answer. 

Here are my five reasons why you should just eat the damn cake (and not judge yourself for it):

  1. DIETERS EAT MORE THAN NON-DIETERS, WHEN DISTRACTED.

According to Dr. Traci Mann, author of "Secrets From the Eating Lab", and someone who has been conducting research about diets and dieting behaviors for over 20 years, 

We’ve conducted studies where we have brought dieters and non-dieters into the lab, and distracted them a little bit. What we have found is that when distracted, dieters eat more than non-dieters. In fact, distraction only affects how much dieters eat. A simple little thing like that tells you that if you’re trying to resist eating, the subtlest things can mess you up. All these little things cause dieters to fail in resisting food that don’t really affect people who aren’t dieting.

2. YOUR METABOLISM WILL THANK YOU FOR THE CAKE.

All of the rumors are true--when we engage in dieting behaviors that include food restriction, our body becomes more efficient in processing calories. The less calories we take in, over time, the slower our bodies process the calories. The beautiful thing about our bodies is that when we consistently decrease our calorie intake, our bodies actually become SUPER efficient at utilizing the calories, and our bodies actually tend to have even MORE calories left over! Sadly, those leftover calories will be stored as fat, and that has the opposite effect than intended.

3. YOUR HORMONES WILL THANK YOU FOR THE CAKE.

When we lose body fat, the hormones that help our bodies to feel full actually decrease in production. This means that the more body fat we lose, the hungrier we will likely feel, and the less likely we are to feel full. That is also counterproductive to the weight loss that we're striving for!

4. YOUR BRAIN WILL THANK YOU FOR THE CAKE.

    Ever notice how, when you're on a diet, food just seems to be EVERYWHERE? It's as if you're all of a sudden surrounded by food, it all looks and smells delicious, and you want to eat all of it. This is because our brains are programed to do this! When we're restricting ourselves of food, our brains and bodies are literally trying to save us from dying. This neurological response that we feel to 'EAT ALL OF THE THINGS!' is basically just our bodies doing their jobs. 

    5. YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE WILL THANK YOU FOR THE CAKE.

    If you are living in a perpetual state of "Diet", you are perpetually also in a state of restriction. Arguably, even if you aren't actively engaging in a diet plan, you are probably running through the same old inner dialogue:

    "You shouldn't eat that."

    "That is going to make you fat."

    "I hate grilled chicken...but I'll eat it anyway because it's 'healthy'"

    So, even though you haven't committed to the 'next best thing', or the 'old best thing', or the 'high fat/low carb/raw/vegan/gluten free/etc.' diet plan that you read about online yesterday, your brain is still churning out that same tired playlist about what a failure you are at dieting, and how you have no willpower.

    Being 'successful' on a diet plan has nothing at all to do with you. Diets are not designed for success. Thankfully, there is a better (Magical) way!

    You can learn more about how I teach my clients about the freedom of Magical eating by subscribing to my VIP list. If email isn't your thing, I get it! Head over to Facebook instead, and join my closed, ladies-only group. There is a Magical group of ladies over there, just waiting to pull you into the Sisterhood, with shared experiences around eating, dieting, and our relationships with food.   

    I can't wait to talk to you about it!

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