Our lives, like Swiss Cheese have inevitable holes, imperfections, and ups and downs, yet it is these holes that give us our unique character and depth. Your mind can play tricks on you, especially when it comes to nutrition, working out, and your efforts to build a stronger, leaner, and healthier body. You must keep things in perspective. Lets delve a little deeper into this topic of perception, and why its so vitally important.

Completing a single workout, no matter how productive it may be, won’t improve your physique over night. Just because you dominated through a tough training session doesn’t mean your physique is going to be dramatically different tomorrow, no matter how hard you trained. After all, it was just one workout.

You know that.

Eating healthy for an entire day won’t mysteriously cause you to wake up the next day with a flat stomach and drastically lower bodyfat. So you ate nothing but real food for your meals and drank a ton of water. It doesn’t mean you’ll weigh much less tomorrow or have defined arms.

You know that, too.

Even though you “know” all of that, why is it we often feel like total failures, like we blew our entire plan, if we miss a workout?

Why do we think we’re going to wake up 5lbs heavier if we eat something we deemed “unclean”?

I used to think this way and it drove me insane. This thinking doesn’t make sense. Its a double standard we know itsn’t logical. Celebrate small victories, and forget the minor set backs. Keep everything in perspective and take things in stride.

Swiss is not like any other cheese and likewise, you are unique and not like anyone else!









Mushroom Swiss Burger with Eggplant and Zucchini Chips:


For the Chips –

Cut up zucchini and egg plant

1/4 cup egg whites

2 tbsp wheat germ

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

For the Burger –

1lb extra lean ground chicken

1/2 cup green onion

2 tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard

1 tbsp basil

2 tsp garlic powder

4 slices fat free Swiss cheese

4 portabella mushrooms


For the Chips –

1. Dip the veggies in the egg; once coated in egg, dip in the wheat and seasoning.

2. Transfer to a cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until crispy.

* Sugar free pizza sauce dipper optional although recommended

For the Burger –

1. Combine all the ingredients except the cheese and mushroom.

2. Cook the burgers – approximately 10-12 min a side.

3. Transfer the burger to the mushroom, add a little more mustard, a few spinach leaves and the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes at 350F. Broil to get the cheese bubbly and gooey.

With love from the Trench Kitchen,

xo Erika ♥