Don’t Give Up on Healthy Eating

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Sometimes life seems to conspire against our good intentions when it comes to healthy eating. Tomatoes don’t ripen. That bundle of herbs we intended to use wilts on the window ledge. McDonald’s ends up the only “food source” available within a very tight window of time (my experience recently when sprinting to catch a plane). We all have days where no matter how hard we try to eat well our efforts are thwarted, and it can be tempting to just give up. But if you trip on the way out the door, do you toss in the towel and conclude you’ll never make it down the street? Of course not. You straighten up, find your balance, remove any obvious obstacles and continue to put one foot in front of the other.

The truth is, it isn’t about the stray French fry or the well-intentioned vegetables that didn’t get eaten. It’s about the cumulative effect, the overall trajectory, of each and every choice we make about our food. We all have different schedules, budgets, priorities and responsibilities that pull us in different directions and sometimes those directions will lead to a meal we’re not so happy about. But if we intentionally make nourishing choices most of the time, then ultimately we’re on the right track.

If you find yourself in a bind this week that prevents you from eating the way you want, don’t let it send you into a tailspin. Instead, plan your next meal to be a more conscious one and notice how you differently you feel after each. That, in and of itself, is positive progress and the foundation of mindful, healthy eating for a lifetime.

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Spiced-Rubbed Skirt Steak

Skirt steak is a great choice for a weeknight meat craving: It cooks up superfast and takes great to rubs. A few slices served with a plateful of veggies (like our Romaine Slaw) and whole grains (like our Herb-Flecked Bulgur) brings something traditionally thought of as a nutritional no-no (steak) into a more nourishing category. Make up a big batch of the spice rub to keep on hand for even faster dinners on the fly.

Spiced-Rubbed Skirt Steak


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Yield: Serves 4-6

Spiced-Rubbed Skirt Steak


  1. 2 teaspoons coriander
  2. 2 teaspoons oregano
  3. 2 teaspoons paprika
  4. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 1 teaspoon cumin
  6. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  7. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  8. 1-1/2 pounds skirt steak


Preheat grill to medium-high.

Mix coriander through pepper together in a small bowl. Rub all over steak.

Grill skirt steak for 3-5 minutes per side, until medium rare.

Let rest for 5 minutes, then slice thinly against the grain.


Cook time: 6-10 minutes

  • Denise

    Lia, you started my day off to a great beginning with your inspiring words. Thanks. I enjoyed this — alot.

  • Lia Huber

    Denise . . . I am delighted to hear it.

  • Pat Sinclair

    Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice and some days it’s a lot harder than others. I agree, Lia, you have to get back on track, not give up. I have more success when I have time to plan better but time is an issue.

  • Lia Huber

    Exactly, Pat. If it were an all or nothing proposition, we’d all fail. But I think it’s important that we don’t sabotage our efforts further by feeling like we have failed when we’ve merely tripped a time or two. And you’re right, time is a huge factor when setting ourselves up for eating the way we want to.