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‘You Can’t Be All Things to All People’: Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Offers McDonald’s Some Advice

‘You Can’t Be All Things to All People’: Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Offers McDonald’s Some Advice


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The celebrity chef has some pretty thoughtful tips for the struggling American icon

Geoffrey Zakarian thinks McDonald’s should work on a more focused menu and fix the lighting.

This week, The New York Times took celebrity chef and Food Network personality Geoffrey Zakarian (The Lamb’s Club, The Palm Court, The Plaza Hotel) on a lunch date to McDonald’s, for what was Zakarian’s first-ever experience at the Golden Arches.

It’s no secret that McDonald’s has been dealing with a lot of problems lately, culminating in the recent replacement of its CEO Don Thompson with a new head of the McFamily, the U.K.’s Steve Easterbrook.

Yet, as one of America’s most iconic brands, the company invokes at least a few fond memories for most, and might be worthy of an impressive comeback story. Here’s hoping.

Zakarian, a former Iron Chef America contestant, knows something about separating himself from the competition. McDonald’s, he suggested, should focus on what it does best.

“That’s the message from Shake Shack and Chipotle,” Zakarian told The New York Times. “They have very limited menus. McDonald’s should do what it does well. You get the feeling they’re throwing things against the wall to see what sticks. You can’t be all things to all people.”

Read more of Zakarian’s thoughts on McDonald’s at The New York Times.


Panera's Entire Soup, Sandwich, and Salad Menu—Ranked!

Comfy couches, free WiFi and even a fire crackling in the hearth—a visit to Panera Bread is like stopping at your best friend's house for a bite on your way home.

But don't get too cozy. While Panera is home to a wide variety of seemingly healthy options like soups, salads and breakfast sandwiches, finding something that's actually good for your weight loss goals is harder than it might appear. Menu items that are low in calories can carry up to half your daily recommended amount of sodium and a day's worth of fat—while some of Panera's more caloric entries may actually be among your best choices.

And another tricky dilemma at Panera: In 2014, the restaurant announced a commitment to "clean" ingredients and full nutritional transparency. That means they no longer allow partially hydrogenated oils—those unhealthy trans fats you've been warned about—in their food. And yet, in some cases, you'll notice that Panera actually lists trans fats in the nutritional breakdown of their menu items. What gives? The trans fat at Panera is a naturally occurring lipid called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, that's found in beef and turkey (but not chicken or pork). This good-for-you fat actually helps burn off belly fat—so don't freak if you see "trans fats" show up in some of our recommendations. (In fact, the healthier the beef, the more CLA you'll get, which is why there's a greater percentage of trans fats in Panera's grass-fed beef than in, say, the conventionally raised meat at Subway.)

A little confusing, we know. So to cut through the noise — and all the numbers — we've sorted through the nutrition facts (everything from calories and fat to sodium and fiber) to find the best and worst sandwich and soup options at Panera Bread. To make sure we were recommending the absolute best choices, we iced all seasonal items and just included Panera's regular menu. Although calories played a role in our rankings, we also dinged items that were too high in sodium and saturated fats. Now settle in on that couch and enjoy. (And for more great weight loss tips, check out these 50 Best-Ever Weight-Loss Secrets From Skinny People.)


Petition calls for removal of 2nd-grade teacher after 'absolutely pathetic' comment on student's work goes viral

A petition calling for the termination of a second-grade teacher at a Pennsylvania public school has garnered more than 7,000 signatures after a social media post regarding her feedback to a student went viral.

Chris Piland took to Facebook to voice his displeasure with his son's second-grade teacher at Valley View Elementary School — identified as Alyssa Rupp Bohenek by the Scranton Times-Tribune — after she wrote a remark on a math assignment.

Written in red ink above the assignment, which features 50 subtraction problems, the teacher allegedly wrote of the 7-year-old’s work: "Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 min! Sad."

"I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a childs work," Piland shared.

According to the Times-Tribune, school superintendent Rose Minniti, was made aware of the remarks written on the assignment on Tuesday. After a meeting between the Valley View School District and the teacher, an investigation has been initiated.

“It’s a personnel issue and the results of that are not going to be dictated by social media,” Minniti told the news outlet. “It’s going to be dictated by the facts and evidence.”

Still, many online are calling for the teacher to be fired.

"Alyssa Rupp Bohenek is a teacher for the Valley View school district that thinks it's ok to bully and talk down to her students, and needs to be removed," reads the petition, "Fire Alyssa Rupp Bohenek."

A counter-petition has been launched in defense of Bohenek, although it did repeatedly misspell her last name and only has 62 signatures so far. Those in support of Bohenek believe, "it is something she should [be] reprimanded for but certainly not fired over."

“As always with everything, we’re going to try to do what’s best for the students and what we need to do for the employee under investigation,” Minniti said.

Piland, Minniti and Bohenek did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.

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Recipes for "Cola chicken" are abundant for a reason. While most people are more familiar with the soda in its drinkable form, there's something to be said for frying chicken in it, too. If you think about it, it is still a salty-sweet combo. And it's not much weirder than other sweet meat flavorings, like teriyaki or sweet barbecue sauce.

Strawberries and balsamic vinegar are an age-old Italian combination that works surprisingly well. The savory balsamic flavor makes strawberries taste even sweeter, complementing their already-juicy nature. Intrigued? Try the strawberry-balsamic combination in our Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe.


I run a Costco fan account with over 390,000 followers. Here are 12 of my favorite recent purchases.

I've been shopping at Costco for years, and I run the popular @CostcoBuys account on Instagram.

I share my latest finds and favorite deals at the wholesale store to over 390,000 followers.

I love buying Squishmallows, chicken nuggets, taco kits, and more for my own family.

This food-court dog-toy pack lets your pup join in on the Costco fun.

As a lover of Costco, I thought it was only fair to grab this themed four-pack of dog toys for my favorite furry friend.

It includes fun twists on all of your favorite Costco food-court treats, including "pupperoni pizza," "all squeak hot dog," "soda pup," and the "good dog member card."

The soda pup happens to be our dog's go-to toy.

It's from the makers of BarkBox and costs $14.99 in stores.

Chicken street-taco kits make for a delicious dinner in a snap.

It wouldn't be a normal Costco trip for me if I didn't grab one of these taco kits. They're a huge hit with my family.

Each one includes 12 flour tortillas, grilled chicken, Mexican-blend cheddar cheese, shredded veggies, lime slices, salsa, and the delicious cilantro-lime crema for $4.99 per pound.

It's perfect for those days you don't feel like cooking, and each kit feeds roughly three to four people.

Adorable Squishmallows are perfect for kids or adults.

My kids go wild for Squishmallows, and I don't blame them. They're ridiculously comfy, adorable, and come in many fun colors.

Costco frequently stocks the plush toys, and right now it has these 16-inch ones for only $9.99 each.

I haven't seen them cheaper anywhere else.

The cinnamon pull-a-parts from the Costco bakery are dangerously good.

These cinnamon pull-a-parts might be my favorite bakery item Costco carries.

Be warned, these are highly addictive, I tend to eat too much every time.

They're made with sweet dough, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cream-cheese icing, and you get 12 pieces for only $6.99.

I love to microwave these for 20 seconds to give them a nice melty feel.

This kitchen bin set can help keep your refrigerator organized.

I've always had a habit of mindlessly throwing things in the fridge, leading to clutter and disorganization.

Thankfully this four-piece bin set has saved me so much hassle.

It's $19.99, BPA-free, and also freezer-safe. I even bought a second set for my pantry.

Just Bare chicken chunks are my favorite Chick-fil-A dupes

We always make sure to have a bag of these chicken chunks in the freezer. They're loved by both the children and adults in my house.

These are very similar in taste and texture to Chick-fil-A's nuggets and cost just $13.99 for 4 pounds.

We usually throw these in the air fryer and they come out so crispy and delicious. You can't go wrong putting these on a salad either.

These frozen organic dragon fruit cubes are one of my smoothie staples.

I frequently make smoothies, and I love using this organic dragon fruit when I do.

It goes well with pretty much every smoothie ingredient and, as an added bonus, it turns my smoothies pink.

I usually throw these in with a banana and some almond milk, but it also goes great in margaritas.

The 3-pound pack costs $9.99.

Mexican-style street corn is the perfect side dish.

With roasted corn off the cob and a tasty sauce made from sour cream, chili powder, and lime, this street corn is perfect for summer barbecues.

It can either be prepared in a skillet or the microwave, and it also includes a pack of cotija cheese to top it off.

This amazing side dish is found in the freezer section and comes with 56 ounces for $10.99.

Melona creamy fruit bars are one of my all-time favorite Costco finds.

These creamy fruit bars are basically gelato on a stick.

The box comes with melon, mango, and coconut flavors, and they're the perfect combination of sweet and creamy.

These always hit shelves near the middle of spring and sell out quickly. Whenever I spot them, I always make sure to stock up on as many as I can. They're that good.

Each pack has 24 bars for $11.99.

Red's keto-friendly egg'wiches are my go-to breakfast.

I love these egg'wiches as a tasty breakfast option. They use egg patties instead of bread and also include turkey sausage and cheese.

In addition to being keto-friendly, these are packed with 17 grams of protein per serving and come in a pack of eight for $12.99.

They take only about a minute and a half to microwave and another minute to cool, making them the perfect quick breakfast or snack.

These dark-chocolate, toasted-coconut cashews are my favorite sweet snack.

These cashews are layered in a vanilla créme and dark chocolate and rolled in toasted coconut.

They're dangerously delicious. If I eat them straight out of the container, I always grab too many.

For $8.49, you get almost 29 ounces, which sounds like a lot, but they'll be gone fast.

Costco's everything-bagel seasoning is actually everything.

The everything-bagel seasoning from Costco is my favorite version of this popular blend.

It's less salty than other brands I've tried, but it tastes just as good.

I love using it on avocado toast, but it's also great with snack mixes, salads, breading, and more.

Each bottle comes with over 11 ounces for just $4.49.

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‘You Can’t Be All Things to All People’: Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian Offers McDonald’s Some Advice - Recipes

I have now been writing about Restaurant Week for over 5 years. It is one of the most frequented sections on the blog, so I wanted to make it a bit easier and summarize the best, the good, and the bad. I will continue to add to this list as we try new places for Restaurant Week. (Last update is from Winter 2015)

A brief synopsis on Restaurant Week: Participating restaurants serve a prix fix, 3-course menu for lunch ($25) and dinner ($38). (Prices updated for Winter 2013). They participate on all weekdays for lunch, dinner, or both, and some also participate on Sundays. More information for each season, participating restaurants, and menus can be found here. You can also book most reservations on OpenTable, though the best reservations usually go as soon as the newest Restaurant Week is announced. There are two each year, one in the winter and one in the summer, and while it is called “Restaurant Week,” it is usually about 3 weeks long and some restaurants extend even beyond that.

So who had the best Restaurant Week menu? Who didn’t skimp on portions? Who obviously thinks Restaurant Week is a total waste of time? Read on! (Click on the restaurant name to link out to the original review I posted)

Top RW Noms (Book now! Even if RW is another 6 months away):

  1. ilili: I have been to ilili twice for Restaurant Week and I think they are the best of the best. Great selection, plentiful portions, and gosh darn GREAT food. Everyone left raving about it. : An amazing meal when not Restaurant Week, an amazing meal at a better value when it is Restaurant Week. The up-charges are worth it for their (famous?) uni bucatini and the short rib for two. I do not know how you cold possibly leave disappointed from all’onda.
  2. Riverpark: Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark does Restaurant Week right by featuring their usual menu so diners can try out the Restaurant exactly as intended. Each bite was fantastic and totally worth the supplemental charge, and we imagine would be totally worth it even if you don’t pay for any supplements.
  3. Bar Primi: Restaurant Week offers a great way to try this great restaurant. They RW menu offered a great sampling of what the restaurant has to offer and felt like a great value for the quality of food. If you need an excuse to try this Caramellini favorite, let Restaurant Week be it! : Chef Geoffrey Zakarian opened a restaurant that lives up to his impressively amazing looking television cooking. The Restaurant Week menu here is one of the best with great dishes throughout. I would just be sure to add the delicious brussels sprouts to your order!
  4. Cafe Boulud : This was just barely edged out by the top restaurants. The braised veal cheeks and the chocolate dessert still both echo in my mind as some of the best bites I have EVER had. Their menu was limited, but there were enough items to keep me happy. I have been dying to go back.
  5. The Modern – Bar Room: Delicious. Small portions but well worth it (and it’s not like you leave hungry). Service was a terror, but the food made up for it. (I went back for Summer 2011 and it was just as good and with great service this time around).
  6. Olives: Small selection but all very tasty. It’s a nice intro to a Todd English restaurant, especially since it’s usually a bit pricey
  7. General Assembly: A great choice for non-Restaurant Week that I keep recommending as a crowd favorite, an even better selection for Restaurant Week since you can sample the menu without spending too much money. Just be sure to add the side of corn creme brulee to your order!
  8. Barbounia: Fantastic food and good portions. Impressed by the food and the nice service. They understand that Restaurant Week is all about giving people a reason to return.
  9. Ai Fiori: They only participate in lunch, but it’s a very nice menu with some hits (the skate) and some misses (the terrine). The skate alone was good enough to recommend despite the so-so terrine app.
  10. Butter (the original):We stuck exclusively to the Restaurant Week menu and enjoyed every bite. I wanted to lick every plate clean. Amazing flavors, fair portions, and a real taste for why Chef Alex Guarnaschelli won Next Iron Chef. We tried Butter Midtown but didn’t manage to reserve on the right day for Restaurant Week. Our first meal was fair but latter ones were better!

Average RW Noms (I’d probably go back and try them again, but they weren’t special enough to hit the list above):

  • Kutsher’s TriBeCa: This was a tough choice about making into the top category. The only reason it’s here is because the meals above were just that good. Restaurant Week is a very good way to try this restaurant, but I’d probably go for their regular menu just as easily.
  • City Hall: The food was quite tasty and it’s nice to be able to enjoy a meal at a classic New York establishment at Restaurant Week Prices without feeling like you’re getting Restaurant Week quality service and food, which is typically lackluster. I thought they put some creative dishes on the Restaurant Week menu (besides the usual chicken, fish, or meat selection that most have) and that we really got a taste for what’s on their regular menu.
  • Aquavit: The entrées here were a bit on the average side, however, the uniqueness of the food, the fun of doing a flight of Aquavit, and the INCREDIBLE desserts just barely pushed this one to the top list
  • Todd English Food Hall at The Plaza: This meal was good but there were a number of executional problems with the dishes and service. The menu is VERY limiting in comparison to the huge menu (that has many different stations), so you can’t truly enjoy what makes this a “Food Hall.” I would probably not bother with Restaurant Week here and just go and get whatever you want off their regular menu.
  • Craft Bar : I can’t put this in the top list since we actually accidentally booked a reservation that was NOT Restaurant Week (be sure to review the list carefully so you know who serves on weekends). I do think it may belong there, however, as the food was great and the servers were AMAZING about taking care of us since we made the mistake (they gave us 2 apps on the house) : Everything was just fairly average. The desserts were especially sub-par. Passably good but just not good enough.
  • Pera: Very average. I didn’t feel like the food was anything outstanding but this place is always hopping and is convenient to Grand Central. Probably no need to wait for Restaurant Week if this falls into a convenient meeting location to get a solid meal. : This was very hit or miss. Amazing appetizers followed by a total let-down for the entrees and so-so desserts. They also billed their lobster as the “Rolls-Royce” of lobsters and it was one of the worst I’ve had. And from our experience, don’t bother with the wine pairing.
  • Millesime: The food here was fair, with a stand-out dessert that elevated the meal. I was disappointed by my pasta dish due to its blandness, but those that ate off the regular menu seemed to enjoy their dishes.
  • Black Duck:A solid Restaurant Week experience. The initial choice of fish, chicken, or pasta wasn’t an awesome selection, but each dish tasted great. I would like to try this place again and order off the regular menu.
  • Tribeca Grill : My short ribs were pretty good, but I’ve seen better Restaurant Week menus and tried better food. I’m not sure if this was the fault of RW or if the restaurant itself just isn’t top of the heap.
  • Delmonico’s: Good but not great. I’ve had better steaks in Manhattan by far, but there is something fun about going to this place just for the history of it.
  • Ruth’s Chris : Been meaning to try this place but haven’t gotten around to it? Restaurant Week is a good time to get a taste. Their regular specials menu is also quite good, so if you don’t make it for RW, it’s okay. : Total average in every way. Standard food that was good but not great. A solid choice but not a top one. : A great meal, as always, but it’s reasonable enough to go anytime rather than making a special Restaurant Week reservation to check it out.
  • Angelo and Maxies: I was actually impressed with this place, but I think their non- Restaurant Week offering is probably just as good. (NOW CLOSED)
  • 10 Downing: We had an enjoyable experience here, however, something just wasn’t totally right for most of the meal. Service was spotty, there were too many inedible things on my plate (shallot skin? garlic skin? seriously untrimmed meat?) Everything was plated beautifully with a lot of attention to detail, color, and the season (summer). Not to mention, one of the best panna cottas I’ve ever tasted. (NOW CLOSED)

Disappointing RW Noms (Not sure why they bother with Restaurant Week):

  • Park Avenue (Summer): While we had some great nibbles, it really felt as if this is one of those restaurants that doesn’t like Restaurant Week and it comes out in their food. I might try them again for their regular menu, but I wouldn’t suggest it for Restaurant Week at all.
  • Perry Street: Come on Jean Georges! I expect more from you. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great. A Restaurant Week faux pas perhaps.

Bad RW Noms (Just plain wrong):

    : After a fantastic dessert tasting in Chef Richard’s new bakery shop (Pomme Palais), we were curious to try the restaurants in the same hotel, but scathing reviews had us tentative to try at full price. Restaurant Week proved the perfect excuse to check it out, and it proved all those reviews absolutely right.
  • Mercer Kitchen: Awful in every way. This place is what gives Restaurant Week a bad name. Awful menu. Small portions. Food that seemed like it could have been cooked at McDonald’s. I haven’t been able to eat cooked salmon since this night. It was THAT bad.
  • Russian Tea Room : Bad service. Food that hardly could pass for wedding food. This place could have such great potential as a NYC icon but instead, it’s just tacky and bad.

What are your favorite Restaurant Week places?


Wine service in South Florida: Sour grapes and sweet success

Scanning a wine list can tell you much about a restaurant and how it views patrons. Some restaurants make wine interesting, affordable and accessible, precisely what you want from a good host. Others mark up the price to the point of unarmed robbery. That means they take customers for fools and see their pockets like ripe grapes, just waiting to be picked.

"I was out with my girlfriend at a restaurant the other week, and I just looked at her and said, 'I'm sorry, we can't buy any wine here. It's just ridiculous,' " says John Bates, a general manager who oversees wine for 32 East restaurant in Delray Beach. "The markup was 3 ½ to four times retail. It can sour your whole experience."

I had a similar episode in April at Point Royal, a seafood restaurant from celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian that opened this year at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. I refused to order wine there after seeing markups more than triple the retail price, including $170 for a Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir that sells for $50 at Total Wine and $125 for a Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel that sells for $35. I heard from many readers and restaurant people after writing about it, including one local chef who said he called the restaurant to complain about pricing soon after it opened. In recent weeks, Point Royal has lowered prices on wine and other menu items. The Belle Glos is now offered for $135, and the Ridge is listed at $100.

With National Wine Day approaching on Thursday, May 25, I'm still mystified by the way many restaurants in South Florida seem more eager to alienate wine drinkers than to stimulate wine sales. Too many see wine as a way to pad the bottom line, or to pull one over on novices and tourists who don't know the difference between Bordeaux and Budweiser. If the point is selling wine and encouraging a new generation of wine lovers, then restaurants would be wise not to gouge, and to offer decent wines at all price ranges. Why must some places insist on selling wines above three times retail price, my personal barometer for boycotting, or having no good bottles below $50?


The Superstar Paradox: 5 Reasons Overachievers Miss the Mark

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How F&B biz overachievers can stop sabotaging their own success—or level of satisfaction after attaining superstar status

In today’s fast-paced food and beverage industry where nothing is certain but rapid-fire change, masses in business and work life have surrendered themselves to “overachievement” in pursuit of career success. Not just ordinary success, but rather the kind that exceeds expectations courtesy of excessive “above and beyond” effort put forth. Some relent to a life of overachievement willingly and enthusiastically as they yearn to earn, while others grievously succumb to a multitude of pressures (both external and self-inflicted) and work themselves to extremes in order to achieve and maintain an enviable stature and lifestyle overall.

Indeed, overachievement is a concept that’s seemingly become a gold standard on how to become a “superstar” in business, career goals and life overall. Just Google search “how to overachieve” and the web will dutifully deliver over 355,000 resources to help propel your prosperity.

While overachievement certainly has it’s tremendous share of virtues, having induced profound innovation, breakthroughs, productivity and abundance for individuals, organizations, industries and economies at large, there’s oft a dark side to this extreme approach to advancement. For some, yes, dreams come true, but throngs of others miss the mark despite best efforts. “This often happens because they’re aiming for achievements instead of at a deeper understanding of themselves and of what they want,” asserts Keren Eldad, a certified business coach and keynote speaker—trusted advisor to industry-leading executives, acclaimed entrepreneurs and premier organizations like Beyond Capital, Luxxotica, Van Cleef & Arpels, YPO, LVMH and IWC.

“It’s a silent story shared by many who present a happy, accomplished and enviable image: one of putting on pretenses and internally writhing with angst and anxiety, of never having enough, of insecurity, doubt and dissatisfaction—a state I have coined the ‘Superstar Paradox,’” Eldad says. “The paradox is when pursuing the illusory things we think we want actually produces undesirable results like strain to keep up low self-worth and general unhappiness—and those consequences actually impede our ability to attain what we want. It can become an exhausting and hugely debilitating vicious circle.”

According to Eldad, the Superstar Paradox is a tough condition to solve because there’s one major, difficult hurdle to get past: admitting there’s a problem. “This requires relinquishing our main armor: that we know everything that we have things ‘figured out,’” she says. “The key lies in accepting that ‘we don’t know what we don’t know’ and developing the courage and means to swap illusory happiness for a bona fide pursuit of wisdom that can bring true fulfillment, power and possibility.”

That’s easier said than done, of course, and as daunting and even enigmatic as it might seem, taking that proactive first step is critical. So, in the spirit of “starting somewhere,” Eldad offers the five foundational insights below to help ensure some of your overachievement behaviors or mindsets won’t actually be undermining your success—or your level of life satisfaction even after you’ve actually realized superstar status.

  • Reframe your success story. Overachievers often believe that success only comes from power, money or status. Yes, those things are important benchmarks for career measurement, but being successful in life overall should be the true Holy Grail. So, if you are a C-suite executive, or aspire to be, but are riddled with anxiety, stress, pain and dissatisfaction–with relationships suffering in that wake–it’s evident that money and status isn’t proving as worthwhile as it can and should be. To initiate needed change, be brave enough to reframe your personal story, from cover to cover. Life isn’t meant to be one-dimensional or even work-centered, so actually sit down and map out what you would hope for each facet of your life to look like if it were a true success. Sure, start with career goals to get the juices flowing, as that might come most easily, but then do separate exercises for as many other areas of your life that you can break down. This can include marriage, children, extended family, friendships, professional networks, social media/networking, investments, travel, physical fitness, self-care/beauty, fashion and style, transportation, entertainment, hobbies and passions and so on. Life is abundant. You’ll soon see that life fulfillment means—and needs—so much more than what happens on the work front. It can be a means to an end, but there’s much in between. Once you start mapping it all out, you might come to the realization that you’ve been missing out on quite a lot in your quest for career glory. Reframe your success story with a more holistic approach—know what success “looks” like for each facet of your one and only life and commit (for real) to get there on all fronts.
  • Get out of your own way. Even superstars create self-imposed limitations based on what they originally perceived their goal or benchmark of success to be. Once achieved, it’s instinctive to want to bask in that “place,” both emotional and physical. After all, you worked to extremes to get there. But, overachievers inevitably will want more, and then other kinds of self-imposed limitations kick in that are often founded on what we perceive our own capabilities and opportunities—or lack thereof—to be. Even the most confident overachievers suffer the “can’t rant” internal dialogue. Take heed that “can’t” usually is not a real thing. From “I can’t afford to do what I really want” to “I can’t start over now,” this word usually really means “I won’t”…I won’t try, I won’t make it, I won’t have good ideas and on the self-deprecating dialogue goes. Yes, you worked damn hard to earn your current accolades and are pleased with yourself and where you are, but sometimes a hard pivot is needed to get you where you really want to go. The truth is never that you cannot, you just have to get yourself past the “will not.” Resources like talent, money, conditions, time, etc. are often not a genuine end game, but rather merely obstacles and challenges that CAN be overcome with the right amount of ingenuity and chutzpah.
  • Classify and conquer your “fatal flaw.” One definition of a “fatal flaw” is that which causes an otherwise noble or exceptional individual to bring about their own downfall, which can be their own death—whether figuratively or literally. The idea that any particular fatal flaw is holding us back is a primary reason why so many overachievers become hooked on their actualized achievements and come to rely on fake confidence and aggrandizement versus operating from a place of vulnerability and authenticity. This in an effort to hide or cover up that flaw, whether consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes the phrase “character flaw” is synonymous, with this notion revealing a bit more that the flaw is about the person, themselves, and not really his or her circumstance. One report cites that, “Heroes have a fatal flaw which they wrestle with on a consistent basis. This may open them up for specific conflicts later,” again underscoring that this most sinister kind of flaw can not only hurt you now, but also well into the future. So, to achieve true superstar status fostering genuine, lasting happiness, it’s imperative to discern if you have a fatal flaw and, once identified, work wholeheartedly to resolve it—or learn how to effectively function at a high-level amid it (if that’s even possible). One piece of published research identified “Ten Fatal Flaws That Derail Leaders” that included things like “don’t collaborate,” “resist new ideas,” and “accept their own mediocre performance” with one particularly eye-opening point of note: that the flaws identified “sound like obvious flaws that any leader would try to fix. But the ineffective leaders we studied were often unaware that they exhibited these behaviors. In fact, those who were rated most negatively rated themselves substantially more positively. Leaders should take a very hard look at themselves and ask for candid feedback on performance in these specific areas. Their jobs may depend on it.”
  • Course-correct crippling self-constructs. A common obstacle to a “superstar” realizing genuine happiness is their own reliance on self-esteem, which is different from self-acceptance. Self-esteem is defined as “a positive or negative orientation toward oneself an overall evaluation of one’s worth or value” and, for overachievers, depends on external conditions being met (i.e., what they are achieving) and how they then “rank” against the others in their society. Self-acceptance, which is a critical factor in genuine happiness and authenticity, is founded on other key self-constructs like self-compassion—a person’s ability to forgive them self for essentially being human and, thus, imperfect. Overachievers and aptly accomplished superstars are susceptible to being heavily dependent upon the opinions of others, their corresponding status and their perceived stature versus understanding, and primarily relying on, self-acceptance. In many cases, this feeling of unworthiness is what coaches like me consider to be fatal flaws for the overachiever. It’s that “something” about themselves they feel makes them “less than.” That which they feel if others knew in full, it would cause those others to disrespect or outright reject them. For overachievers, what become fatal flaws are often regular imperfections like weight, assets, health, children, relationships and even their home. Anything can be regarded as a flaw to be perfected, really, in what becomes a never-ending and sometimes futile battle. This persistent effort fosters stress, and the fallout can be similar to those with a penchant for perfectionism, though not quite as extreme. Ultimately, this tendency can cause “superstars” to make tradeoffs, preferring “safe” and “lucrative” jobs and titles over pursuing their true passions, resigning themselves to a life in “golden handcuffs” or one that’s “good enough.” It also causes them to settle for mere connection over true bonding, real friendship and even true love (like marrying the “right” person on paper versus the person you actually are in deep love with).Resolution here can be found when an overachiever consciously fights back against the urge and instinct to beat themselves up for not being exactly “done” or for other self-assessed shortcomings, and replace those notions with ideation promoting high self-esteem characteristics. According to reports, this can include “being open to criticism, acknowledging mistakes and being comfortable with giving and receiving compliments,” while also knowing what your values are and living life accordingly. Some or all of which may sound easy, but given these insecurities have forged a well-honed path in an overachiever’s mind over time, it’ll take deliberate and sustained effort to course-correct. But, once the mind starts to habitually recognize internal dialogue promoting low self-worth, combating it will become perfunctory. Truly happy superstars are steadfast with the practice of being kind to themselves unequivocal in their belief that self-criticism is self-defeating.
  • Pray for a sh*tstorm! If you didn’t buy all the above points yet and think (as many superstars do) “nah, I got this,” then brace yourself because a curve ball is bound to present and throw you off your game. But, this unimagined disruption can be a GOOD thing! So many overachievers spend most of their lives working to avoid the pain of uncertainty or problems, assuring themselves with zealous over-confidence that “it’s all going to work out” based on the current approach or way of thinking—and never mind that nagging dissatisfaction and angst. However, I’ve found that when superstars are at their most comfortable or when stress finally boils over, they not only find themselves immersed in a major “issue,” but often a major storm. When this happens, embrace it and open yourself to the series of new possibilities it presents. Yes, it will be uncomfortable and tremendously unsettling, but it can also present an exciting opportunity: the wake-up call to finally recognize where you are and what got you there, what weaknesses and threats have gotten the best of you, and work on thoughtfully-strategized resolutions that’ll make you emotionally stronger and your circumstances better than before.

Given these advice-points are based on Eldad’s years of work and research on C-suite executives and entrepreneurs at the very top of their fields, this front-line perspective can be a prudent pivot point amid your own potentially falsely-fixated career trajectory. “There’s been a common starting point with every single C-level superstar, multi-millionaire and just general overachiever I’ve worked with,” Eldad notes. “They all think they know ‘what to do’ and ‘where they want to be’ in the world but get tripped up since these doings and places aren’t necessarily what will bring them genuine fulfillment.”

Statistics seem to confirm Eldad’s contention across departments, including entrepreneur mental health issues divorce, suicide and anxiety rates escalating workplace stress and dissatisfaction, anti-depressant use, narcissism disorder data in relation to anxiety and panic disorders … the ominous list goes on.

“It’s time to stop living life for achievements, money, accolades and the validation of other people,” Eldad urges. “It is my hope that those locked in patterns causing anxiety and misery–and a life devoid of meaning, purpose, self-love and happy relationships–seek and find a trusted way to question themselves and find out who they really are and what their authentic path is, leading to genuine answers and clarity. First, you must admit and even embrace the notion that ‘you don’t know what you don’t know,’ which is to say that you have a few things left to learn, and then actively aspire to attain that knowledge and wisdom. In doing so, you may actualize profound happiness—the truest measure of success.”


The Beginner’s Guide to the 5:2 Diet

Intermittent fasting is an consuming sample that includes common fasting.

The 5:2 weight loss program, also referred to as The Quick Eating regimen, is presently the most well-liked intermittent fasting weight loss program.

It was popularized by British journalist Michael Mosley.

It’s referred to as the 5:2 weight loss program as a result of 5 days of the week are regular consuming days, whereas the opposite two limit energy to 500–600 per day.

As a result of there are not any necessities about which meals to eat however reasonably when it’s best to eat them, this weight loss program is extra of a way of life.

Many individuals discover this manner of consuming to be simpler to stay to than a standard calorie-restricted weight loss program ( 1 ).

This text explains every thing it’s essential to know in regards to the 5:2 weight loss program.

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The 5:2 weight loss program is definitely quite simple to clarify.

For 5 days per week, you eat usually and don’t have to consider limiting energy.

Then, on the opposite two days, you scale back your calorie consumption to 1 / 4 of your day by day wants. That is about 500 calories per day for ladies, and 600 for males.

You possibly can select whichever two days of the week you favor, so long as there may be at the least one non-fasting day in between them.

One frequent means of planning the week is to quick on Mondays and Thursdays, with two or three small meals, then eat usually for the remainder of the week.

It’s necessary to emphasise that consuming “usually” doesn’t imply you possibly can eat something. In case you binge on junk meals, you then in all probability gained’t lose any weight, and chances are you’ll even acquire weight.

You need to eat the identical quantity of meals as in the event you hadn’t been fasting in any respect.

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The 5:2 weight loss program includes consuming usually for 5 days per week, then limiting your calorie consumption to 500–600 energy on the opposite two days.

There are only a few research on the 5:2 weight loss program particularly.

Nonetheless, there are many research on intermittent fasting basically, which present spectacular health benefits ( 2 , 3 ).

One necessary profit is that intermittent fasting appears to be simpler to comply with than steady calorie restriction, at the least for some individuals ( 4 , 5 ).

Additionally, many research have proven that various kinds of intermittent fasting might considerably scale back insulin ranges ( 2 , 6 , 7 ).

One research confirmed that the 5:2 weight loss program brought about weight reduction much like common calorie restriction. Moreover, the weight loss program was very efficient at decreasing insulin ranges and improving insulin sensitivity ( 8 ).

A number of research have seemed into the well being results of modified alternate-day fasting, which is similar to the 5:2 weight loss program (in the end, it’s a 4:3 weight loss program) ( 9 ).

The 4:3 weight loss program might assist scale back insulin resistance, bronchial asthma, seasonal allergy symptoms, coronary heart arrhythmias, menopausal scorching flashes and extra ( 10 , 11 ).

One randomized managed research in each normal-weight and chubby people confirmed main enhancements within the group doing 4:3 fasting, in comparison with the management group that ate usually ( 12 ).

After 12 weeks, the fasting group had:

  • Lowered physique weight by greater than 11 kilos (5 kg).
  • Lowered fats mass by 7.7 kilos (3.5 kg), with no change in muscle mass.
  • Lowered blood ranges of triglycerides by 20%.
  • Elevated LDL particle dimension, which is an efficient factor.
  • Lowered ranges of CRP, an necessary marker of irritation.
  • Decreased ranges of leptin by as much as 40%.

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The 5:2 weight loss program might have a number of spectacular well being advantages, together with weight reduction, lowered insulin resistance and decreased irritation. It could additionally enhance blood lipids.

If it’s essential to reduce weight, the 5:2 weight loss program will be very effective when achieved proper.

That is primarily as a result of the 5:2 consuming sample helps you devour fewer energy.

Subsequently, it is rather necessary to not compensate for the fasting days by consuming way more on the non-fasting days.

Intermittent fasting doesn’t trigger extra weight reduction than common calorie restriction if whole energy are matched ( 13 , 14 ).

That stated, fasting protocols much like the 5:2 weight loss program have proven lots of promise in weight reduction research:

  • A latest evaluation discovered that changed alternate-day fasting led to weight lack of 3–8% over the course of three–24 weeks (15).
  • In the identical research, individuals misplaced 4–7% of their waist circumference, that means that they misplaced lots of dangerous belly fat.
  • Intermittent fasting causes a a lot smaller discount in muscle mass when in comparison with weight reduction with standard calorie restriction (15, 16 ).

Intermittent fasting is much more efficient when mixed with train, reminiscent of endurance or energy coaching ( 17 ).

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The 5:2 weight loss program must be very efficient for weight reduction if achieved accurately. It could assist scale back stomach fats, in addition to assist preserve muscle mass throughout weight reduction.

There isn’t a rule for what or when to eat on fasting days.

Some individuals perform finest by starting the day with a small breakfast, whereas others discover it finest to start out consuming as late as attainable.

Usually, there are two meal patterns that individuals comply with:

  1. Three small meals: Normally breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  2. Two barely larger meals: Solely lunch and dinner.

Since calorie consumption is restricted — 500 energy for ladies and 600 energy for males — it is smart to make use of your calorie funds correctly.

Attempt to concentrate on nutritious, high-fiber, high-protein meals that may make you are feeling full with out consuming too many energy.

Soups are a fantastic possibility on quick days. Research have proven that they could make you are feeling extra full than the identical elements in authentic type, or meals with the identical calorie content material ( 18 , 19 ).

Listed below are a couple of examples of meals that could be appropriate for quick days:

There isn’t a particular, right strategy to eat on fasting days. You must experiment and determine what works finest for you.

Scrumptious low-calorie meals

There are many web sites with scrumptious meal plans and recipes for the 5:2 weight loss program.

  • Try this site for loads of low-calorie meal concepts. provides concepts for 10 fasting days which might be price testing. are 27 meal plans for 500-calorie quick days.
  • You will discover every kind of data and recipes on the chat forum of the official Fast Diet website.
  • There are additionally a number of books and cookbooks out there for the 5:2 weight loss program, together with the best-selling e book referred to as The Quick Eating regimen.

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There are a lot of meal plans and recipes out there on the Web for 500–600 calorie quick days. Sticking to nutritious, high-fiber and high-protein meals is a good suggestion.

Through the first few quick days, you possibly can count on to have episodes of overwhelming starvation. It’s also regular to really feel somewhat weaker or slower than normal.

Nonetheless, you’ll be stunned at how rapidly the starvation fades, particularly in the event you attempt to hold busy with work or different errands.

Moreover, most individuals discover that the quick days develop into simpler after the primary few fasts.

In case you are not used to fasting, it might be a good suggestion to maintain a small snack useful throughout your first few fasts, simply in case you are feeling faint or in poor health.

However in the event you repeatedly end up feeling in poor health or faint throughout quick days, have one thing to eat and discuss together with your physician about whether or not it’s best to proceed.

Intermittent fasting is just not for everybody, and a few individuals are unable to tolerate it.

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It’s regular to be hungry or really feel somewhat weaker through the first few fasts. In case you repeatedly really feel faint or in poor health, it’s best to in all probability cease the weight loss program.

Though intermittent fasting may be very protected for wholesome, well-nourished individuals, it doesn’t go well with everybody.

Some individuals ought to keep away from dietary restrictions and fasting fully. These embody:

  • People with a historical past of eating disorders.
  • People who usually expertise drops in blood sugar ranges.
  • Pregnant ladies, nursing moms, youngsters, kids and people with kind 1 diabetes.
  • People who find themselves malnourished, underweight or have identified nutrient deficiencies.
  • Girls who’re attempting to conceive or have fertility points.

Moreover, intermittent fasting might not be as helpful for some ladies as it’s for males ( 20 , 21).

Some ladies have reported that their menstrual interval stopped whereas they have been following the sort of consuming sample. Nonetheless, issues went again to regular once they returned to a daily weight loss program.

Subsequently, ladies must be cautious when beginning any type of intermittent fasting, and cease doing it instantly if any hostile results happen.

The 5:2 weight loss program is a simple, efficient strategy to lose weight and enhance metabolic well being.

Many individuals discover it a lot simpler to stay to than a traditional calorie-restricted weight loss program.

In case you’re trying to reduce weight or enhance your well being, the 5:2 weight loss program is certainly one thing to think about.


South Beach Diet Says “Yes” To Snacking

Three squares a day is yesterday’s information. Now we know how to go is three balanced meals plus two wholesome snacks.

Snacks now make up one third of our every day caloric consumption. Greater than 50% of People snack two to 3 occasions a day, and morning snacking has trended up prior to now decade, so all of us higher be snacking strategically with scrumptious, nutritious snacks, or we can pay the worth in undesirable weight acquire.

Strategic snacking — the fitting, well-timed snacks — helps you shed kilos, hold weight in examine, and never overeat at your subsequent meal.

The South Seashore Food regimen provides these strategic snacking ideas:

  • Keep away from handy snacks loaded with sugar, energy and fats — there are simple, great-tasting, nutritious options for you
  • Examine so-called “wholesome” snacks simply because its identify or bundle says “wholesome” doesn’t suggest it’s many have all types of junk in them, like synthetic flavors and preservatives — learn the diet label
  • Select snacks with the whole lot you need — it is not simply carrots and celery sticks there are objects like yummy high-fiber, high-protein crunchy bars and creamy smoothies to maintain you full and happy plus so many quick-to-prepare nourishing snack recipes
  • Shun snacks with synthetic flavors, synthetic sweeteners, sugar alcohols, or grams of trans fats — they work towards your strategic snacking weight and well being targets

South Seashore Food regimen provides a well-liked and rising line of scrumptious, easy-to-carry-along snacks for protein- and fiber-rich snacking wherever you’re. They fulfill all the best way to the subsequent meal, stabilize your blood sugar, and assist curb candy cravings. South Seashore Food regimen snack merchandise embody: great-tasting protein- and fiber-packed 100-Calorie Snack Bars in flavors like Whipped Peanut Butter and Chocolate Caramel Nut thick, wealthy South Seashore Food regimen Smoothies — the solely “shake” within the eating regimen aisle particularly designed with solely 100 energy — which have 45% much less sugar than the main weight-loss shake* South Seashore Food regimen ProteinMatch bars in Vanilla Caramel and Honey Peanut lined in a delicious Greek yogurt coating and providing 16 grams of protein South Seashore Food regimen Good to Go Bars made with pure entire grains tasty Gluten-Free Bars in Darkish Chocolate Gluten-Free Chewy Nut Bars in Chocolate Chunk, and flavorful South Seashore Food regimen Good to Go Bars — Further Fiber in Darkish Chocolate, amongst different objects.

The South Seashore Food regimen app helps information readers away from synthetic junk meals and towards near-perfect snacks. It consists of nice recipes, recommendation on snack timing and strategies, data on how your physique reacts to wholesome snacking and why it really works so effectively, and the most recent on choices obtainable available on the market for tasty strategic snacking.

As at all times, South Seashore Food regimen has the thin on strategic snacking concepts, recipes, meal plans, and extra at SouthBeachDiet.com, and nutritious, scrumptious merchandise in shops nationwide.

*South Seashore Food regimen Smoothies: 8g sugar per 8 fl. oz., vs. the main weight-loss shake, which has 18g sugar per 10 fl. oz.