Last week I shared a blog about the secret to weight loss success.

I am going to go even DEEPER into that topic today with a solid tip to help keep you motivated!

As a refresher, the secret to success that I shared last week is that there is no secret.

It boils down to this: Consistently applying the BASICS will bring you the most results, the fastest.

But here’s the thing, BASIC is NOT the same as BORING. In fact, it’s far from it!

I’m going to talk about how you make the journey to weight loss FUN and ENJOYABLE!

OK… so let’s dive in! When it comes to weight loss, the basics give you more energy, faster progress, and basically lay the foundation for everything else in your life.

Think about it like this:

The basics are like a little black dress you can wear anywhere.

It’s simple, no-nonsense, and always delivers!

And the little black dress of weight loss is eating the right kind of real food, moving your body, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, managing stress, and working on your mindset!

But the fun part is, you can MIX UP or ADD to your basics once you have them under control.


You can try new foods … experiment with different workouts … play around with stress-reduction techniques … and more … to stay interested and find out what keeps you motivated.

As long as you are true to the basics, mixing things up can also keep your results coming and help you avoid plateaus.

PLUS … All of this goes a LONG way toward keeping the basics anything but boring! It makes the process FUN.

One way I mix up MY basics is to try a new recipe every week.

Or you could … go for a walk in nature which has the added benefit of reducing stress and increasing feelings of wellbeing and happiness

I hope this inspires you to take action on YOUR basics today … and to make them fun!

One of the BEST reasons to work with a nutritionist is they keep you ACCOUNTABLE on your basics and help you stay motivated along the way, with a proven program that gets RESULTS.

If you are ready to get serious about your goals, I’m here for you. All you need to do is email me at debbie@realfoodnutrition.ca.

Broccoli & Cucumber Salad

(Makes 4 servings)



  • ¼ cup (65 grams) natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground ginger (or 2 tsps fresh grated ginger)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp warm water, to thin dressing
  • (OPTIONAL: a dash of sriracha or hot sauce)



  • 1 lb broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 small seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries


TO MAKE THE DRESSING: Place all the dressing ingredients into a mason jar and shake well to incorporate. (This will keep for a week in the refrigerator).


TO MAKE THE SALAD: combine the broccoli and cucumbers in a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss well to combine.


Place the salad on a platter and spoon the peanut dressing over it. Top with cranberries and serve.

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