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Who’s starving? I eat all day! A Simply review & of course the 3 giveaways. Don’t miss out!

So yesterday I posted one of my cheats. I received an email from a friend who stated although they thought my journey has been inspiring, they just couldn’t imagine starving everyday to maintain a physical appearance. I was a little taken back by that. I certainly do NOT starve lol.

I explained that actually the opposite was true. I use to eat one or two meals a day mixed in with a bunch of junk food. I now eat 5-6 small meals a day. All of which are quite filling! This is an example of one of my daily meals.

Steamed broccoli, sliced pears, pan seared salmon on a bed of spinach.

I definitely wasn’t starving, nor was I craving more flavor. I do not look at healthy eating as a diet, it is my lifestyle. Cheats are not exactly necessary for me, but there are things that I don’t normally eat, that I do like to indulge in. I just don’t eat them all the time. When I say I am picky about my indulgences, it isn’t because I feel I don’t get enough of them, I am just more picky about what I put into my body!

I never understood fad diets, or people who think they can eat whatever they want as long as they hit the gym. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. Healthy eating does not mean I am missing out on anything! I eat phenomenal tasting meals. The difference between my meals and the ones this particular person was describing to me, is I cooked my food. It wasn’t prepackaged crap that you throw in the microwave or the oven to reheat nor a box meal with powdered mixes that you have no clue what they are. I actually prepare my meals.

As a society I think it is sad that people are more concerned with convenience over quality. I am not sure when catching your favorite television shows over took preparing a healthy and tasty meal for your family? Most of the people I know prepare box meals and their family parks in front of the TV while they eat. What happened to family time and setting examples for our children?

Slowly I am seeing more people wanting to get fit. Hopefully they make the change for their health too and not just the aesthetics of it. I believe we need to teach our children healthy habits while they are young. I strive to set an example for my daughter, not just in the gym, but in the kitchen as well.

Yes, my journey is about making my physical appearance better and looking the way I want, but it is also about being healthy and living healthy. I want Zoe to not have the body image issue that I have had. I want her to be proud of herself and to know that she is healthy! I also don’t want to be spinning my wheels in the gym 😉 I have worked hard to get where I am and I am far from done.

Anyway, my point is that I eat well! I am not starving and the food My family and I eat tastes better than the prepackaged crap you can buy in the store. If you are worried about getting started on your fitness journey because you think that you will starve or you won’t like the food options, trust me that is SO far from true. Do some research and find recipes. Clean eating doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor, it simply means cutting out artificial crap that does harm to your body.

With all that being said, I was sent some protein bars from Wellness Foods called Simply Bars. They are all natural “clean”, milk free, gluten free, vegan, non GMO, kosher, and low gycemic.

There are 6 flavors, I was sent a box of 4 . The flavors I received were Lemon Coconut, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cinnamon pecan, and Caramel Peanut. The 2 I have yet to try are Cocoa Coffee and Cocoa Raspberry. The story on the company is that the founder, C. Richards, has Crohn’s disease and had issues find snacks that wouldn’t upset her stomach. She also wanted something more clean, so developed these bars.  It is an all woman company started in Canada in 2002.

Back to the bars. 😉 They are much like rice crispy treats, but less sweet.

Which, if you are like me is a great thing! Each bar only has a mere 3 grams of sugar and 16 grams of protein. The first bar I tried was the Cinnamon Pecan. I really appreciated the natural flavor! It was nice to taste REAL cinnamon in every bite! The cinnamon pecan and the Caramel peanut were by far my favorites!!! The Lemon Coconut I am not a huge fan of. It isn’t bad, it just has a strong lemon flavor that didn’t bide well with me. Josh is always skeptical about anything clean lol he is a junk food junky. At first he told me he didn’t care for them, but by the end of the week, he was stealing them from my stash so he could snack on them at work. Turns out even the hardest critic in this household was sold on them too! 😉 Zoe enjoyed them as well! She loved stealing bits from both of our bars!

I think what got me the most excited about this company is that they have Protein Chips. Yeah I know right!?!? Chips!!! How exciting is that!!! Unfortunately, they are sold out right now, so I wan’t able to sample those. They come in 2 flavors, Herb and Chili. I am more of a savory than sweet kind of gal, so the fact that a company even produces these has me sold!!! LOL

You can check out their whole selection on their website www.TheSimplyBar.com They are well worth the look!!!

Don’t forget I still have 3 yes 3 GIVEAWAYS going on!!!! Get entered to win fabulous prizes from VitaCost, FringeSport, and GetKombucha. You certainly don’t want to miss out!!!!

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Turning my OOPS moment into a good thing!!!

So I am new to the blogging world and I apparently didn’t do my research, I found out that my WordPress blog, can not have any affiliates. OOPS!!! Lol I will have this blog redirected tomorrow to one that can. 🙂 As of yesterday, I took on Two new affiliates! Vitacost and they everything under the sun from Chia seeds to Zinc And Quest Nutrition!  I am very excited about it!!! Quest has “Clean” Protein bars, which we LOVE and they are still tasty! We got a sample shipment in yesterday, so we could try them out before agreeing to anything. 😉

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   There are several flavors to choose from. What really perked my interest about them, was the fact that they are 20G of protein, Gluten free, No sugar alcohols, No added sugar, No Soy Protein, No Glycerine, and just absolutely No Junk ingredients! They are pretty plain looking when you open the package, but for what they lack in looks, I think they make up for in taste! We read to heat them up for 15 seconds in the microwave to get a cookie like flavor. We tried the Chocolate Brownie and the Apple Pie first.

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     Again, they tasted better than they looked lol. The Chocolate Brownie was okay. I won’t lie and say it was phenomenal. On a scale from one to ten, I would give it a 5 I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. I am not a huge chocolate fan, I actually rarely touch the stuff. However, Josh is a HUGE chocolate fan and he agreed that it was just okay. His actual words were “For being a “clean” protein bar, it was good.” The Apple Pie bar blew us away! it was delicious!!! I wish I had a whole box of just them!!! WOW!!! I was seriously sold after one bite! (I LOVE Apple Pie lol) The biggest selling point to me is that I have an on the go snack that I am comfortable giving my family! Zoe loved them both! She thought they were candy, so that works great for us lol. Links to both places will be on my new site to check out, hopefully tomorrow!!!!!

    I decided to have a “Thank you for reading” Giveaway! It will start on September 1st. One lucky reader can win a prize pack with 2 Quest Bars (Peanut Butter Supreme and Strawberry Cheesecake), 3 of the new Dentyne Ice Split2Fit packs (Peppermint, Spearmint, and Arctic Chill) I am a BzzAgent and I want a lucky reader to try those as well. Gum is actually my only vice. It is by no means clean, but I chew it when I workout or when I have a sweet tooth. And last, but not least, a 10G bag of Brother’s All Natural Fuji Apple Crisps!

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       Again, I will wait till I get this switched over to the new site, so please continue to follow me when I make the big move!!!! I will have a re-direct link. 🙂

     Today was family fun day, which consisted of hitting the grocery store for some Quinoa, touring Costco, hitting the largest local liquor store for Josh’s special Autumn craft beers, a lovely Mediterranean lunch, and a trip to the mall for some nice window shopping.

      We having been looking for new places to eat lunch on family fun days. We try to find low cost places with semi healthy choices. Typically I make Josh’s days off my cheat days. Today we found a place called Mario’s Donuts & Cafe. I know it has “Healthy” written all over it lol. 😉 We went in and they have a good size Mediterranean menu! Josh was super excited to get a Gyro lol. That was his cheat meal, a Gyro and beer battered onion rings. Zoe chose a donut :-/ Lol not a huge surprise that a 2yr old chose that for her cheat meal. I chose a Gyro salad. It was HUGE and Oh my goodness, tasty!!! I only got a picture of my meal, because the elderly man sitting by us looked a little weirded out since I had my camera out lol.

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       So we give Mario’s 2 thumbs up and we will definitely be back there next week!!!! Overall, a fabulous family fun day!

     We have been trying to teach Zoe how to use the camera. She keeps taking self portraits. I am fine with that, because I can never have enough pics of my babygirl 😉 I thought I would end with those today, so enjoy!

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    What fun things do you do with your family? What is your go to cheat meal? Do you have a vice that you just can’t quit? Do all natural protein bars interest you? I love hearing back from you all so please comment away!!!

                                                Hope everyone has a beautiful day!!!!!! 🙂

Food or Poison? What are you feeding your family???

When I was pregnant I was very adamant about not consuming artificial colors or additives, due to the risk of it harming my baby. I got a lot of guff from friends and family!  Even at my baby shower!!! I didn’t want to eat the cake lol. It was a cute cake, I was just scared to risk anything. I had waited a long time for this blessing!!! I did end up having a piece out of guilt lol. 😉

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      Having a horrible craving for fruity candy. As you may have guessed, I had the hardest time finding anything without all the colors. I was told Red 40, Blue 1, and Yellow 6 were the worst. Well, you would not believe how many things, not just candy, have these colors in them!!!! Cereal, candy, chips, juice, soda, yogurt, cheese, Lunchables, heck even pickles!!!

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         Needless to say, I was not a happy pregnant lady lol. I did my best to stay strong. At this point in my life, I had never heard of “Clean Eating”. My diet before pregnancy was anything but healthy!  You ask, what could I have possibly read that made me decide to have a more restrictive diet?

As CSPI reported:

“Almost all the toxicological studies on dyes were commissioned, conducted, and analyzed by the chemical industry and academic consultants. Ideally, dyes (and other regulated chemicals) would be tested by independent researchers.

Furthermore, virtually all the studies tested individual dyes, whereas many foods and diets contain mixtures of dyes (and other ingredients) that might lead to additive or synergistic effects.

In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of dyes (and Yellow 5 tested alone) cause hyperactivity and other behavioral problems in some children.

… Because of those toxicological considerations, including carcinogenicity, hypersensitivity reactions, and behavioral effects, food dyes cannot be considered safe. The FDA should ban food dyes, which serve no purpose other than a cosmetic effect, though quirks in the law make it difficult to do so (the law should be amended to make it no more difficult to ban food colorings than other food additives).

In the meantime, companies voluntarily should replace dyes with safer, natural colorings.”

      If you click on the CSPI link you can get everything in more detail. It basically says that after extensive testing, they linked artificial colors to organ damage, cancer, birth defects, hyperactivity, difficulty focusing, allergies, learning disabilities, and this is just the tip of the iceberg! What is even more astonishing is that if you buy food products in the UK, their government will not allow these artificial colors in the food without a WARNING label! Why? for health reasons of course! So why is the FDA allowing it in our food? Why is our country being poisoned?

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          I am not gonna say that in my household,we never eat artificial colors. I can honestly say, we have nothing in the pantry or fridge that has artificial colors! We don’t buy things with them. I love to bake, but have put my colorful cakes on hold till I can figure out a way to naturally color them. (My chocolate cake has always been the favorite anyway. No added color needed lol)

        I do get frustrated a lot, because I get labeled “The mean mama”  or “The over protector” when it comes to birthday parties and children’s gatherings. I don’t want Zoe having the junk, even if it is only once in a while! Zoe is a very active child on her own, without sugar or artificial colors! Anyone who knows her, knows she never sits still. She can focus and is very smart! She has impressed every doctor she has seen with her knowledge! Josh and I noticed a huge change when we allow her to have colors or preservatives. She spends more time in “Time-Out” than actually playing. We have seen first hand what it does to a child! She rarely has colors or preservatives now. Unfortunately, we can not help what people give her when we are not there or when we aren’t looking. (Grandparents always get a pass on spoiling her lol)

     When she was about 1 year old, we started learning more about eating clean. It opened a whole new world for us! Zoe up till this point was on a pretty clean diet already, because we made her baby food. Josh and I however, were not. We thought we were eating healthy. Boy were we wrong!!! I have since been learning ways to cook and serve more clean meals! We do still have slip ups here and there. Zoe has even had some too. :-/ With everything, there is a learning curve. We are certainly learning more and more everyday!

        Until you start really reading labels, you never realize how much toxic stuff is in our food supply!  Did you know that the dyes in your food, are also in your toothpaste, mouthwash, medicines, shampoos, some vitamins,etc. and even worse, the dyes are made from petroleum! Yeah, the same stuff that fuels your car! Horrible to think that if you feed your child the wrong brand of cheese, you could be giving them something you would put in your car’s gas tank! YUCK!!!

   You may be asking yourself, why do they put dyes in foods? They put them there to make our food look more appealing. Basically make-up for food. They believe it will make the food more palatable for everyone. For instance, cheesy chips should have that orange/yellow color that comes off on your hands, so you believe that it is in fact cheese. It is actually nothing more than cheese flavored powder. The chips themselves are flavored too artificially of course! All junk and all horrible for you and your kids!!! Our children are our future, so why are we feeding them the worst trash possible???

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          Some say it is more expensive to eat healthier. Well, it is true in the fact that your rarely see coupons for fresh veggies or fruit. All the sales are always on soda and chips. I will definitely agree with that! However, my family is on a very fixed income and we make it just fine. We never buy junk food. Everything is homemade in our house. That brings me to the next excuse I hear a lot “I don’t have time to cook!” Our meals do not take any longer than 30 to 45 mins to prep and cook. Snacks in this house are fruit, veggies, nuts, or something we concoct. If we want chips, we buy clean corn tortillas and we bake our own. Nothing is ever that time consuming and it keeps us from needlessly eating, as many people do when they get bored. If you have time to sit in front of the computer or Television, then you have time to make something for your family. (It is actually a gesture of love to get off your tush and serve your family)

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Lemon and blueberry sorbet. Made in my kitchen!

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Clean Garlic and Dill chips made fresh!

   There are some companies that make candy, chips, cookies, and several other foods that do not have all the crap in them. You just have to read labels!!!!  My pregnancy go to candy was Mambas. No, they are not healthy, but they also do not have artificial colors. They always got me through my craving for fruity sweet treats! I have recently discovered UnReal brand candy! I haven’t tried them as of yet, but Zoe and I are going to treat ourselves very soon!!! Once we do I will let you know what we think!!! Stacy’s brand snacks have all natural chips! So, as you can see there are options out there! You just have to do your research.

     People need to be aware of what they are actually consuming or having your family consume! I am astonished at how many kids and adults live on Hot Pockets and microwave dinners!!! It is disappointing to know there are parents out there who would rather be at the bar, watching television, or sitting on Facebook than providing a healthy meal for their family. We make cooking a family thing. If Josh is working, then it is just Zoe and I. She is always eager to help! Whatever she helps make, you can guarantee she is gonna eat too!!!! When Josh is home we all three tackle the job! It is fun and it keeps us close as a family! The meals are made with love, which makes them perfect for us!

        We like knowing what we are eating! I hope this opens at least one person’s eyes to what is going on with our food in this country! If they have to put “make-up” on your food, what are they covering up???

Have your children been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD? Have you tried changing their diet as opposed to drugs?

We are always looking for new healthy treats! Do have any all natural snacks that you like to indulge on?

 I hope everyone has a healthy and happy Wednesday!!!

Starvation diets are all the rage!!!!

So while l perusing Facebook yesterday, I noticed someone posted this picture….

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        At first I thought it was a joke, then I realized some people are actually doing this! I don’t know why I would be so surprised, with all the crazy diets out there. I thought the HCG diet was pretty bad with it’s 500 calorie limit. I find it so hard to understand why someone would want to literally starve themselves! What is more messed up is they believe it will speed up their metabolism! (In case you didn’t know,it will actually do the opposite!) I am not gonna lie, these fad starvation diets infuriate me!!!

         I personally know quite a few people who were or are selling the HCG products. They would always argue the weight loss is from HCG itself not starving yourself, thus it is healthy! Yeah, because that makes perfect sense! :-/ In the disclaimer in fine print on every HCG product packaging and website, They state that they can not guarantee their product. Wow, that is surprising!! LOL

          In 1944, during the World War II era, there was an experiment done called The Minnesota Starvation Experiment. They wanted to look at the effects of starvation’s effects physically and psychologically. They started the subjects (all volunteers) on a diet of 3200 calories. All of the subjects were healthy men. They took some down as low as 400 calories a day! Some of the symptoms they discovered were dizziness, extreme tiredness, muscle soreness, hair loss, reduced coordination, ringing in their ears, sunken faces and bellies, protruding ribs, and edema-swollen legs, ankles, and faces. Other problems such as anemia, neurological deficits, and skin changes became apparent. It took 3 months of rehabilitation for these men to get back to almost normal. Most still complained of extreme fatigue, lack of sex drive, and severe psychological distress. All of the men who started the experiment were around 165-150lbs at the beginning. They were less than 98lbs at the end.

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      I completely understand the want to be fit and have the perfect body. Fitness is one, about health, but there is a superficial aspect to it too. We all, men and women, want to be beautiful! It is understandable with all that the media shoves down our throats as the “Perfect” people. All toting the perfect butt and abs. It makes it hard to look in the mirror sometimes. Fact of the matter is, most, if not all are photoshopped to look perfect. None of them are either! 😉

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      They like the rest of us, they feel the pressure to be beautiful too! Starving yourself is not the way to go! You can develop all the same problems as the men in that experiment, or worse. Starvation diets will lead to nothing, but an eating disorder, destroying your internal organs, or even death. There is nothing beautiful about any of it.

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          Skinny to me, is not attractive. I am not sure when it became the norm to see women walking around with ribs showing, but I do remember as a teen feeling the pressure to be skinny. Not healthy, but skinny.

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         I believe now, that Strong is the new skinny! I am thrilled more women are starting to get into strength training, rather than just cardio or in some cases starving themselves skinny.

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     Your desire to want that perfect body is the first step to achieving your goal. Use that feeling to GET YOUR BUTT UP and start changing things in your life! Clean your fridge of all the crap. Start researching healthier food options, unplug your microwave and start learning to cook. 😉 It is actually fun! We all love to eat, so eat! You can have a healthy body and lifestyle without starving yourself! Healthy eating isn’t just salads lol I have discovered many ways to make the foods I love by just changing how they are made or changing certain ingredients.

   These are healthy meals….

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     Look tasty right? Trust me, they were all scrumptious dinners! 😉 They weren’t hard to make either! On an average day I eat between 2000-2500 calories, some days I do eat more! Your body needs food as fuel. If you have an empty tank you aren’t gonna go anywhere.

     If you put crap like sugar, grease, or leave it empty, your car would shut down right? So why put junk in your gas tank or worse leave it empty. If you are gonna fill it, put the premium stuff in it! YOLO (You Only Live Once) is all the rage right now, so why would you want your life to be cut short by being unhealthy. Fad diets and eating crap are going to shorten your life. You want to live long and be happy, change your diet and your lifestyle and I promise you, not only will you be happier with your body you will be happier with life in general! Once you change your diet and start seeing and feeling results, it will motivate you to want more! Next thing you know, you will be in the gym. Trust me, healthy living is addictive!!!!

  What is your normal calorie intake? Do you know anyone on one of these crazy starvation diets or worse with an eating disorder? What ways would you try to help a friend see the light?

  I hope and pray that these diets will stop, or people will wise up and see that they hurt more than they help! If you have a friend or family member with an eating disorder or on one of these diets, get them help before it is too late!

                                            Hope everyone has a beautifully happy and fit day!!!!

Cha Cha Cha Chia…….

  There are several super foods we love and eat daily. One is Chia seeds. Whenever I tell someone I eat Chia seeds they immediately ask…. Do you mean like Cha Cha Cha Chia? Like a Chia Pet??? 

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  I actually had someone ask what we do with all the ceramic figures lol. They are the same seeds, but we buy our Chia seeds in the organic/health food section of our local grocery store. You can also buy them online. This is what they look like….

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 They are not a new food by any means, they were actually a staple of the ancient Aztecs and Mayan diets. In Mayan, Chia means strength. 

They have high amounts of: Omega 3 fatty acids, Protein, and when I say protein I don’t mean just protein, this protein is complete it contains all the essential amino acids. Antioxidants, Vitamin B’s, Minerals, and they are low in calories and gluten free. So, you can already start to see why they are a super food!!

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  The health benefits list of Chia seeds is longer than one might think! Increased energy, Improved mood, More sustained energy levels, Improved concentration and clearer thinking, A decrease in aches and pains, A decrease in food cravings and less need to eat between meals, A feeling of well being, Better regularity, Supple, smoother skin, Glossy hair and stronger nails. That have even done research that has shown chia seeds improve high blood pressure, high cholesterol, which in turn improves your cardiovascular health! They have even found that the seeds benefit neurological and brain functions as well arthritic conditions!!! They are super high in fiber so they promote bowel health. They also stabilize your blood sugar. If you have Type 2 Diabetes, that is HUGE!!!! Who wouldn’t want to reduce their prescription drugs, or better yet stop taking them all together? I personally believe adding super foods like this to your daily diet, makes it possible!

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  Now the most common questions I get are: what do they taste like? I think they have a slight nutty flavor. I would compare them to Flax seeds. How do I eat them? Well there are several ways to eat them and several recipes! You can find a plethora online!  

One universal recipe is Chia gel. It can be stored in your fridge and added to salad dressings, smoothies, puddings, etc….. 

1/3 cup Chia seeds mixed with 2 cups Water then you can just pop it in the fridge.

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            It doesn’t look very appetizing, but I assure you, it will not affect the flavor of your food. 😉 

  I add the raw seeds to my morning oatmeal. You can add them to soups, sauces, muffin mixes, breads, eggs, the possibilities are endless!!! 

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Image                      Chia seeds are one of the many super foods we love and consume on a daily basis! 

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 What are some of your favorite super foods? Have you tried Chia Seeds? Would you like to see some Chia seed recipes posted here? 

I love feedback and to hear your thoughts! Hope everyone enjoy’s the day!!!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Setting goals and examples!

Typically, everyone who decides to get up and start a fitness regimen has an ultimate goal. Be it losing weight, gaining muscle, health reasons, sports conditioning, etc Setting realistic goals is a huge step to accomplishing them!

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   The only way to accomplishing your goals is with dedication and hard work. There are no magic potions, pills, or gadgets that are gonna do the work for you! I have had SO many conversations with people over HCG diets, magic pills that promise you the perfect body, and useless gadgets that do nothing for you, but waste your hard earned money! If any of those things worked, everyone would be healthy and gorgeous! The reality is 500 calorie diets and pills and gadgets that promise to reduce your weight and help sculpt a healthy physique are anything but healthy and are a sure way to have you rebounding back to your current weight or worse, gaining more weight and or more health problems, not to mention the example you set for your family!

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  Typically, women have more body image issues than men, but men and even children have them too! I have several male friends who are more self conscious about what they look like than most women I know! A healthy self image is important. When you think negatively about yourself, it not only affects you, but those around you. Trying to go from thinking negatively about yourself, to positive is a hard thing to do. I know, because I suffer from depression and it has taken me years to think more positive about myself!  It is very easy to look in the mirror and find everything wrong with your body. I now make a choice to stand in front of the mirror at least once a day and try to find 3 things I love about myself. It truly has helped me a lot! With having a more positive outlook on myself, I have an easier time assessing what goals I need to accomplish to improve the other things that I look at negatively. I also encourage Zoe to do the same everyday! I help her look at herself in the mirror and tell herself that she is beautiful. we discuss what features she has that she likes!

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  I am not saying loving yourself is easy! I have an easier time ripping my self esteem apart that I do lifting myself up, but I will never get to my goal body by hating myself and neither will you! I make small strides every week. I take weekly pictures to help encourage myself. I post them online to keep me accountable! Scales have never done anything for me, but keep my mind negative. I try hard to ignore the scale at all cost. (Super hard thing to do!) I strictly go by what my pictures look like. Some weeks I think I have not accomplished anything, then I look at my pictures and realize I really have!

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   Diet is probably the variable that holds me back the most. I do tend to have too many junk days, but I do not let one or two set backs keep me from forging ahead to my goal! Even with a few set backs I have made HUGE strides!!!

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  Josh and I strive to not only build the bodies we have always wanted, but to set healthy examples for Zoe. We both have grown up with self image issues. We want her to have a healthy and happy childhood and be proud of the body she is in! I feel bad some days, because we see so many children who are starting their life with poor food choices and no one to set an example for their diet and activities. They too, will struggle with their body image and health problems at a young age! You hear more and more everyday about children with high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, bone/joint problems, even liver disease, and the list goes on and on. They all stem from poor diets and no exercise. these issues can be prevented!!!!

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  Unfortunately, obese children are becoming a normal sight when out and about. I take Zoe on play dates where it is normal for the other children’s snack time to consist of soda, cookies, and chips. I am not saying my child has never had junk food, because she has. However, we do not keep items like this in the house and it is on rare occasion that she has had them! She loves having veggies, fruit, milk, and water. Those are her normal snack time food and drink choices. When she doesn’t have other options, then they do not become choices! Kids will enjoy healthy snacks as much as the junk food ones! With a healthier diet they will be more inclined to lead more active lifestyles, versus sitting in front of the television. I think I almost find it more disturbing when parents tell me their kids aren’t over weight, because that justifies them having a poor diet. News flash, your child doesn’t have to be overweight to develop health issues from a poor diet!

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  As adults and parents, I believe it is not only our responsibly, but our obligation to our families, to make sure they are making the healthiest choices they can! In our house,we make our goals as a family, to keep us all accountable and to help each other stay motivated. Obviously with Zoe only being 2, her goals are small. 😉 (Her goals are to eat healthy and have an exercise/activity time for 45 mins to 1 hour everyday) As she grows up, she can develop her goals to whatever she desires them to be. I think setting goals for not only yourself, but for your family as well, will not only help make your personal goals more attainable, but also keep your family healthy and happy! It teaches everyone responsibility.

  Do you have goals for yourself? Do you push your family to keep a healthy lifestyle? What healthy foods do your kids love? What is their favorite activity?

I hope you are striving to keep your family happy and healthy!!! If you have any questions or comments. please feel free to contact me! As always I love hearing back from you!!!

The healthy balance of clean eating and indulging.

We have been doing pretty good with eating healthy as well as clean! I do promote a clean diet and eating whole foods. However, everyone has an off day. We are human and do go to BBQ’s, parties, weddings, gatherings etc. I find it funny when people think you are being a hypocrite about clean eating and or healthy eating when you indulge. The subject was brought up when I visited with the Dreamer’s on Friday, then yesterday I saw a post on Facebook by James Wilson, and he couldn’t have put it better! “Fitness is a lifestyle, not a life sentence.”   I agree that 30 seconds of tasty goodness in my mouth is not worth my health or feeling bad when i can’t fit in my favorite jeans however, I will not feel guilty about eating “Junk” in moderation and I don’t believe anyone who does lead a healthier lifestyle should! There should be a balance in your life.

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  Yesterday, Zoe and I were invited to a BBQ/Birthday party! I knew there was most definitely going to be some “Junk” food there. 🙂 I had actually baked a cake for the birthday boy. Other than the few slices of Bananas on the top of the cake, there was nothing healthy about it lol.

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Dark Chocolate cake, soaked in homemade caramel, iced with banana chocolate buttercream, then drizzled with more caramel.

Zoe was very excited about the cake! We arrived and had a wonderful time catching up with old friends/family and celebrating a birthday!!! I had brought some strawberries and veggies sticks so we could munch here and there. I always bring snacks with us! Zoe won’t go anywhere without her berries. She LOVES any kind of berry! She calls them her sports candy.

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There were also chips and beer to indulge in, which I will admit, we both did have some chips, but only I indulged in the beer lol.

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     I actually haven’t indulged in chips or cake since May, so I didn’t mind having some. 😉 I do have a beer or two occasionally. Again, cutting “Junk” out of your normal diet is great, but don’t make it hard for yourself to have a good time at gatherings. I find if you treat it as a diet, you will resent it and stop it all together. I certainly do enjoy living a healthier lifestyle and I do try to steer Zoe away from bad choices, but I also agree that in moderation you can still indulge. There were several other things to eat that were okay as far as healthy goes. They may not have had the cleanest ingredients, but were tasty and not that horrible for us! We made the healthiest choices for our entree as we could and we certainly enjoyed all of it!!!! Granted the Woodruff’s do know their way around a BBQ pit and kitchen, so eating over there is always a treat!!!

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Who doesn’t enjoy some grilled BBQ chicken?

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Juicy and perfectly cook grilled corn on the cob!

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And of course no BBQ would be complete without Devilishly good Deviled eggs!

Zoe even got a manicure from her Aunt while we were there. So as you can see we enjoyed the day!

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  I try to keep in mind that there is a healthy balance to everything and we try to live by that! Making healthy choices is certainly our goal, but we do enjoy some naughty things as well!

How often do you indulge? Do people make you feel guilty for bringing extra healthy snacks during an outing or for even indulging in the not so good ones? What are your favorite indulgences?

As always I love feedback! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend as much as our family did!

Who said White Potatoes were bad for you???

    I keep seeing people say they have to figure out how to replace potatoes in their diet, since “they are bad for you”. Wait, WHAT??? Potatoes are complex carbs! They are good for you!!!! They are great for energy!!! All complex Carbohydrates form what is called muscle glycogen. Yeah I know, what the heck is that??? Okay let me break it down for you, Complex carbs are slow burning fuel for your body, so you will train harder and longer! They are a vital part of keeping your metabolism up, as well an aid in digestion, and oxidation of protein and fat. Obviously, like anything, you eat your carbs in moderation, because whatever you do not burn, will turn into fat. I eat them in small bursts throughout the day and always with some protein.

   If I plan on eating a large portion of carbs, I do it right after a workout! This is the time I typically like to eat my sweeter complex carbohydrates, ie; apples, lemons, strawberries, bananas. I love to have banana ice cream! Frozen bananas with some coconut milk and some protein powder blended, oh my, it is heaven especially after a hard workout.

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   The most awesome thing is the carbs spike you insulin after a workout, which puts your body into an anabolic state. What does that mean for you??? That means your body is in mega muscle building mode and with muscle you burn fat!!! 

    Okay, I totally got off track with the white potatoes lol What I was getting to, is that they don’t have to be bad for you! Baked potatoes, baked fries, potato salad, and hash browns are all things my family LOVES and still eat. We make them healthier by tweaking the recipes. YES, it can be done!!!! 

   Who doesn’t love some potato salad??? Josh’s favorite type is loaded baked potato salad. I am not gonna lie Zoe and I love the stuff too! 😉 

 

 

 This is a healthier way of making it, without sacrificing the taste! First I wash and cut up 5 small to med potatoes, then into the pot they go. I boil them till they are done but still slightly firm. Some people like their potato salad a little mushy, so by all means cook them longer. 😉

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 While those are cooking I preheat the oven for 400 degrees. You may be wondering why lol this is to cook the bacon, or in this case I used Hog Jowls. Yes, they are not that healthy. However, neither is bacon. Hog jowls cook the same and have the same flavor, but it is stronger and more pronounced in Jowls than bacon, so I can use less with and get the same end result. Therefore, it is in my mind healthier to use the jowls over the bacon lol. Plus, they are cheaper than bacon! 

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  You can usually get them fresh at a farmer’s market or your local butcher, but in a pinch we grabbed the at the grocery store. They are half the size of bacon, but again twice the flavor!  I put  6 of them on a baking sheet and check/flip them every 3-5 mins or until they are cooked to desired crispiness.

   Once the potatoes are done I strain them and pop them in the fridge to cool. While they are cooling I start chopping up the other ingredients. I mince one large garlic clove, 1/2 cup red onion (you can use yellow,white or whatever your choice may be. I like the red because the color pops!), then I chop up the cooled hog jowls. All of these ingredients are added to the potatoes with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4-1/2 tsp of kosher salt. Josh likes a lot of salt, I personally like it with less, but to each their own. 😉  Then add 1 cup of Plain Greek yogurt. I prefer Fage brand. I think it taste the most like sour cream, so is awesome for recipes like this. We have bought other brands, but didn’t like them at all! You can use more if you want a creamier salad. 

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  From there you just mix, I typically will garnish with a Tablespoon of chopped chives, Then enjoy! 

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 Do have recipes you wish you could convert to healthy ones? Maybe we could work together to try to find some! Contact me and let me know! Hope you all enjoy the beautiful day!!! God bless and eat your complex carbohydrates! 😉 

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