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A Liebster Award

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What a pleasant surprise I got, this morning, when I went onto my computer!

Nina over at http://healingwithfoodblog.com/2015/02/16/a-liebster-award/ nominated my blog for a Liebster award.  I am, both, flattered and honored, that she would choose healthyglowchic to be one of her nominees.    A big THANKYOU is sent her way.  I would encourage you to head over to Nina’s gluten and dairy free blog and check it out.  She has a myriad of recipes from Fluffy Watermelon Ice to Sago Pudding with Lychee & Pineapple.

These are the Official Rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  • Thank the person that nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions about yourself provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide eleven random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate five to eleven blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  • Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Inform the bloggers that you nominated, that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.

Here are the 11 questions that Nina asked me:

1. Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog to share my experiences, with others, as I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to share information that may be beneficial for others.  I think this is a great avenue to meet like-minded people who have similar interests and challenges.  This blog keeps me focused and accountable. It also allows me to get support and give support to others who are striving to live a healthy life.

2. What’s one thing that always makes you smile?

I think, hands down, that would have to be my FAMILY.  I love my husband and children.  My lips curl upwards to form a massive smile when I see, hear or think about them.

3. How many places have you lived? 

I have lived in 3 different homes, but the same area my whole life.  Boring right?  Actually, I love living in Canada and prefer to travel.  I’ve travelled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Poland, Bahamas, Playa del Carmen, Florida, Las Vegas, California, Virginia, Michigan, and even Banff Alberta.

4. Do you have a favourite quote?

“We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing.” (Henry Cloud)

5. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

Don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too short!

6. What things are you passionate about?

I am passionate about health and fitness.  I am passionate about outdoor biking.   I am passionate about my faith and volunteering in my local church.

7. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done yet?

I’ve always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, but haven’t.  I think it would be such an exhilarating experience; perhaps one day I will get the chance to do it.

8. What’s your favourite way to relax?

My favorite way to relax would be on a beach, under an umbrella, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves roll in.  However, that is only available to me for a portion of the year.  The other favorite way to relax is in a big comfy chair, by the fireplace, listening to some music playing softly in the background.

9. Where is your dream holiday destination?

Italy!

10. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Lisa Whelchel.  She recently starred in the reality tv show “Survivor” and was a star on “The Facts of Life” in the 80’s.

11. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?

I would have to say the most unusual food I have eaten is Buffalo.  I had buffalo meat while I was in Alberta and quite liked it.

11 Random Facts about Me: 

  1. I enjoy decorating.
  2. I am a vocalist.
  3. I have never gone downhill skiing.
  4. I love history and science.
  5. I can body surf. (I know eh?)
  6. I cut my own hair (gasp).
  7. I love browsing around antique/thrift shops.
  8. I’ve sailed in a glass bottom boat to view beautiful tropical fish.
  9. I had a Quad pregnancy.
  10. I enjoy photography.
  11. I have two older sisters and no brothers.

The blogs I would like to nominate for the Liebster Award are:

Celebrating Sunshine

Lorie Shaefer

Marpay Fitness

365daysofunstoppablejoy

Fuchsia Outbursts

My questions for the nominees are, as follows:

  1. What inspires you in life?
  2. What is your favorite song?
  3. If you could save only one book from a burning library what would it be?
  4. Where is the most exotic place you have visited?
  5. Who would play you in a movie?
  6. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
  7. What’s your favorite exercise?
  8. How many times a week do you exercise?
  9. What is the most unusual food you have eaten?
  10. Do you have a goal you want to achieve in 2015?
  11. What one character in history do you admire?
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Add a Splash of Red!

Everyone knows that February is known for the month of love, but for some it can be a month of feeling blue!

The lack of light and long winter days can make it harder to maintain a consistent mood and energy.

I want to remain optimistic, joyful, and upbeat.  Adding a splash of red might just do the trick.

Red symbolizes love, desire, passion, excitement, but it also symbolizes energy, determination, courage, and boldness. Red is empowering, it’s an attention getter.  It’s fiery!  It is often where the eye looks first. It is the symbol of life.

So, if you’re feeling a little low and need a pick me up, go ahead, spice up your life with a little red!  When you do you may feel:

Rejuvenated!

Energized!

Determined!

Paint your nails red, add vibrant red lipstick to your lips. Accent your outfit with a red tie, scarf, gloves or hat.  Pull out some red pumps, or runners.  Some red jewellery or a red purse.  Leave the black dress in the closet, and inspire yourself with a new red one! The world of red is your oyster, think of some other fun items you can add to your wardrobe.

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Shake off the blues, share the love, and inspire yourself to be the best you can be.  Live well, eat well and love yourself and others!   Cheers to the color Red! ❤

http://changingminds.org/disciplines/communication/color_effect.htm

https://precisionintermedia.com/color

Get shapely with your food!

Why not kick your food up a notch and add some shape to it!

Since we’re celebrating “love” for the month of February grab your cookie cutters and start cutting your food into fun shapes. I will be focusing on heart shapes as, it represents love and life.   If you have kids or grand children I am sure they would love to help you out.  Enjoy it and have some fun!

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Think Red!

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February is the month of Love!  The flavor of the month is chocolate.  The color of the month is Red, and the shape of the month is a heart!

With that in mind I want to turn it into a month of positive healthy experiences.

The first thing on the list is Love.  Oftentimes when we are trying to lose weight or eat healthy we can be very critical with ourselves.  The weight isn’t coming off quickly enough! The bulges are everywhere! My upper thighs look like cottage cheese!  I’ve got too many wrinkles!  My skin is sagging!  I am ugly!  I don’t like what I see in the mirror. etc. etc.  It’s a great month to put the negative self-talk away and replace it with positive affirmations.  It’s time to pamper yourself and have some “me” timeLove the skin you’re in and appreciate all that you are.  It’s time to give yourself a big hug, and a pat on the back. It’s time to praise yourself for staying on track, for choosing healthy foods, for making positive changes in your life.  Be your own cheerleader and love yourself.

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The second thing on the list is chocolate.  The smell of chocolate is in the air.  Replace milk chocolate for dark chocolate.  It is a good option to turn to when you get a craving to have some. It is low in sugar and high in cocoa. Dark chocolate is good for dry skin and erases small wrinkles and fine lines.  It shields against harmful UV rays and adds shine to your hair.  The other option is carob. The polyphenols in it are powerful antioxidants and it lowers cholesterol. It is a natural raw food that is used as a substitute for chocolate in baking and in chocolate beverages.

The third thing is Red.  We have a myriad of fruits and vegetables that are Red.  For the month of February “THINK RED” .  Eat red grapes, apples, pomegranates, red grapefruit, red berries (strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, cherries) red cabbage, radishes, beetroot, red onions, red kidney beans, tomatoes, etc.  These are all healthy and are full of antioxidants.

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The fourth thing is the shape of a heart. Love your heart! Concentrate on foods that “heart-healthy”.  Whole grains, (oatmeal) beans, legumes, fatty fish (salmon, tuna), flaxseeds, nuts and teas (flavonoids).

There are lots of ways to stay motivated this month, these are just a few ways that will keep me on track. Live simply, love yourself, love others.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/06/dark-chocolate-beauty-benefits_n_3710027.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/250365-what-are-the-benefits-of-carob/

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/25-top-heart-healthy-foods

How much food should I really be eating?

When it comes to portion size, I find it difficult to know how much food I am actually consuming or serving up at home.

Restaurants tend to serve oversized portions of food so I usually divide my plate in half and only eat one portion of it.  However, if I can visualize portion sizes it is easier to control my food intake.

Here is an easy way to eyeball your food with everyday items:

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Baseball = Medium piece of fruit; 1 cup of salad greens

Tennis ball = 1 cup (250ml) of rice, pasta or ice cream

Golf ball = 2 tbsp.(30ml) of peanut butter, jam or salad dressing

Dice ~ 1 Dice = 1 tsp. (5ml) of butter

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Computer Mouse = 1 baked potato

3 Dice = 1oz (30g) of cheese

CD = the diameter of a pancake

Dental Floss Container = 1oz (30g) of chocolate

Large Egg = ¼ cup of raisins, dried fruit

Checkbook = 3oz of baked/grilled fish

Light bulb = 1 slice of pie

Another way to visualize the food portions is to use your hand:  here is a neat diagram to show you the proper portion size.

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A picture says a thousand words!

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Two pictures side by side show a drastic contrast to food.  One picture shows food that is “alive” living, fresh food that will nourish and feed our bodies.  The other picture shows food that is “dead” over processed, filled with saturated fat and stripped of many nutrients.  Each day we choose what foods we put into our bodies.  Today we can choose wisely.

I’m midway through the cleanse this week, and it has been incredibly revitalizing.   My energy levels have increased and my I am getting a good nights sleep each night.  These pictures keep me motivated, and remind me why I am choosing to live a healthier lifestyle.

Hope it encourages you all today, as you continue to strive to be a healthier you!

Pedal exercisers, fun for all ages!

Pedal exercisers, are fun for all ages.  If you’ve been stuck behind a desk all day, or have kids who play video games a lot, pedal exercisers are a great investment.  These little portable exercisers fit under your desk at work or home so you can pedal at your leisure.

I first discovered them when my Mum was having difficulty with exercising, due to severe arthritis and fibromyalgia pain.  It was and is affecting her daily life.  While walking and light weight lifting is the best option for her, there are days when she’s suffering so much she can’t move well.

Knowing the value of exercise, and how weak her muscles would become if she didn’t move I decided to do some research on exercise equipment.   I wanted something that would give her a low impact workout and still keep muscles toned, circulation moving, and heart exercised.  The solution was the pedal exerciser.

The beautiful thing about this is she can pedal in the comfort of her own home, while sitting in her chair. She can pedal while talking on the phone, watching tv, reading a book or doing some knitting.  When she is done using them she can tuck it away under her chair.

The pedals can also be used for upper arm workouts.  She places them on top of her table and is able to tone her arms.

My kids were fighting over them every time we went to her house, so I decided to purchase a pair for our home. (and we already have two exercise bikes),  However, when my kids are playing video games or watching television or just chatting with me in the family room, they grab them and pedal away.

This has been a good investment for my mum to help her to keep moving, and it’s been a good addition to our home.  There are a few different kinds available, but if you have no room for a exercise bike or want to have one at work under your desk these a good option and are reasonably priced.

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It’s such a simple item, but has a big impact on overall health.