Tianna Feaster, ESSENCE.com blogger and founder of Feast Your Eyes On This, a Personal Chef business located in Washington, DC, brings people together through balancing overall good health in mind, body, and soul. If you are jonesing for comfort food this week, check out Tianna's Mac and Cheese with shrimp recipe.

Jan, 05, 2010



Sometimes we wonder, "Why am I struggling?" However, whether you believe it or not there is strength in the struggle. We all tend to struggle with our eating habits and working out. Remember it is a mindset and you have to constantly renew your mind about your eating habits and exercising. I know I do.

We also give the excuse, " I don't have time to exercise!" You have to make the time. You have to ask yourself, "Do I have time to take care of me?" This takes hard work, discipline and sacrifice and we all have it. We just have to believe it and watch it manifest. There are days when I don't feel like exercising, but I do it because my body needs it. Some times there are days when I want to just eat a hot dog, french fries, a burger, pizza or just have some chips and I will eat the whole bag of chips, especially if I am in the red zone; there is nothing like that salty taste. LOL!

However, what I try to remember is that it's okay to treat myself but, do not go crazy with it. I know I need a cheat day, don't you? Sometimes I know it can be hard because we tend to find comfort in food especially when we are dealing with personal issues.

Find the strength within your spirit to not overindulge and pick a day or time when you want to have it. Remember we eat so we can live, we don't live to eat. Now, I am not saying don't enjoy your food but just be sensible with the choices and portions and always do some form of exercise to maintain overall healthy.

If you are looking for a comfort food this week, please check out Tianna's Mac and Cheese with Shrimp recipe below:

Ingredients

2 cups of cottage cheese (low fat)
1 cup of sour cream (low fat or fat free)
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1-2 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 cups of chedder cheese
1/2 of guyere cheese, shredded
1 pound of shrimp (deveined)
1 (7-8 ounce) of elbow, macaroni, drained
1/4 cup of panko (Asian bread crumb)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Remove shell from shrimp and season with salt and pepper. In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, salt, garlic, and black pepper. Add cheddar and gruyere cheese and blend well. Add shrimp.  Cook macaroni as directed on package and drain well. Add cooked macaroni to cheese mixture and blend until well coated. Add macaroni mixture to a greased 2 or 2 1/2 quart baking dish and bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.

For more amazing advice on balancing your mind, body and soul, visit Tianna's Tasty Tips.

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