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Beating the odds!

The Superbowl is over and what a game it was!  My husband, being a Patriot’s fan, was beginning to lose heart. The Falcons were crushing the Patriots, making it nearly impossible for them to recover, or even win.  Nevertheless, a most extraordinary game unfolded!  For the first time in Superbowl history it went into Overtime.  With baited breath my husband and I watched as the Patriots dug deep, and with focus and determination overcame the impossible.  We were astounded!

The Patriots had one goal in mind,  they wanted the victory.  Nothing was going to get them down. They were gonna fight hard, and fight to win. Inch by inch, line by line they got closer to their goal, and created a big upset for the opposing team.  It was incredible to watch.

In a similar way, those of us who are trying to lose weight, eat healthy and get fit, have setbacks that can throw us in a downward spiral.  Feeling defeated, they can stop us in our tracks and self-doubt can hold us back.  The task before us seems impossible to overcome and for many of us we give up.

Watching the Superbowl was encouraging, and there are valuable takeaways that can help us on our journey.

  1. When the mountain seems impossible, don’t give up, victory is just around the corner.
  2. Stay focused, keep your eye on the goal and run for it.
  3. Be determined! Fight hard, fight to win.
  4. Overcome ~ don’t let despair, self-doubt, or defeat get you down.  Remind yourself you can overcome.
  5. Take little steps ~ set small goals, win small victories, and the bigger goal will be within your grasp.

Today, as you bask in the epic game, bask in the victory that is within your reach!  Stay healthy, keep fit, and keep glowing!

Worth-It Wednesday!

Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle and Worth it in the end!  Be kind and patient with yourself.  Creating a healthy lifestyle, making changes to lose weight and shape up takes time.  Setbacks happen, but keep pushing through…it will be Worth It!!

 

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Project You

My home is nearly 30 years old.  I can’t imagine that I have lived in the same house for that length of time. Most of my friends have moved several times, but my husband and I have remained here and raised our three children in it.

With age, the house has needed some repairs, as well as some major renovations in the bathrooms and kitchen.  Windows and roof shingles have all be replaced, as well as, the water heater and furnace.

While flooring has been changed in most rooms, the ceramic tile in the kitchen, bathroom and along the hall is showing it’s age and needs some attending to.  Come to think of it the walls could use a fresh coat of paint, our deck outside could use a face lift and I can think of a list of repairs that need attention.

Being a homeowner means that there will always be projects around the house to keep it in good repair and functioning well.  If I neglect it, the results would be disastrous.

Our bodies, are just like our homes.  We need to keep them in good repair and functioning well.  If we neglect eating well, exercising or getting our proper sleep we are doing a disservice to ourselves.  There are going to be times that we don’t follow through with proper maintenance due to the busyness, stress, celebrations, vacations etc. and that’s ok!  However, if we understand the need to work on those areas and get back on track we will be able to live healthier lives as we age.

The next time you look in the mirror, or reach for little treat remember that you are an ongoing project and it’s vitally important, for your health’s sake, to keep working on you.  You are a work in progress; upgrade, maintain and renovate.  Be good to yourself and love your body.

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Think “Green” for March!

March nutrition month

March is national nutrition month so why not think “green” for the month and choose to add a green fruit or vegetable into your eating plan daily?  It’s a great way to add variety and flavor to your meals.  It’s also a fun way to keep nutrition at the forefront of your mind.

I grew up in an Irish household.  My parents were both Irish and we celebrated our Irish heritage throughout the month, especially on St. Patrick’s day.  One of my sister’s was actually born on March 17th and my parents called her Patricia (true story, no I’m not kidding).  To add to that our house was green from floor to ceiling.  I didn’t really think too much of it, but when friends came over they commented that even the “loo” was green.

March was filled with wonderful delicacies like corned beef, champ (mashed potatoes with scallions and loads of butter), cabbage, potato bread, soda bannock, wheaten bread, bangers and mash, blood pudding, fish and chips (Mmmm chip sandwiches too), Irish stew, pouring mince,.  Of course, it didn’t stop there, fresh cream pastries, pies, cakes, shortbread, flans, trifles, fern tarts, empire biscuits, mince tarts, custard, chocolate etc.  It was heavenly and we always looked forward to it.

Today, I still anticipate St. Patty’s Day, but choose to eat these foods in moderation and to avoid some all together.

I challenge you to join in the March this month for nutrition and “think” green. Reach for a green fruit or vegetable today. You have a bounty to choose from so get creative and explore the possibilities and search out new recipes.

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Nature’s Mayo!

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When I think of avocados, I think guacamole.  I haven’t had avocado any other way.  However, I know some people use them in sandwiches, smoothies and salads so I decided that I would buy a few and incorporate them into my meal plan.

One of my favorite sandwiches is tomato and green onion on ancient grain bread with a light layer of mayo.    This time I decided to add avocado to the mix and boy did I ever get a pleasant surprise! It was so creamy and delicious.

Avocados are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and contain no cholesterol.  Their potassium content is higher than that of a banana.  Avocados are also high in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are very important for eye health and lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Avocados truly are “Nature’s Mayo” and this superfood is a far healthier choice than store bought mayonnaise.  Why not give it a try?

Below is an easy “Avocado Mayo:” recipe.

Avocado Mayo (Vegan Mayo!)

Prep time: 5 mins. Serves: 6

Ingredients:

2 Avocados

1 tablespoon White Vinegar

Juice of ½ Lemon

⅛ teaspoon garlic powder

⅛ teaspoon onion powder

Sea Salt (to taste)

Instructions

With a Food Processor: add all the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor (fitted with the blade) and puree until smooth (you may need to stop and scrape down the sides a couple of times) – Add salt to taste

With a Fork: add all the ingredients to a medium bowl, mash until it is relatively smooth and combined – Add salt to taste

To store: place plastic wrap with direct contact to the mayo to prevent browning, it should last well for 1-2 days in the fridge

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Rainbow Veggie Bake

This is a nice recipe to serve as a main meal or as a side dish with your choice of meat.

Rainbow Veggie Bake:

  • 7 cups of, uncooked, chopped or sliced vegetables of your choice.  (Some options are  squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, carrots,  turnip, potato, yellow or green beans, cauliflower).
  • 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes (can substitute with canned tomatoes)
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 2 Tbsp. of light tasting olive oil.
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tsp. dried basil leaves.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Rub oil on the inside of baking dish or roasting pan.

2. Toss veggies, tomatoes, onions, green bell pepper, olive oil, garlic and basil leaves in a large bowl.  Once veggies are coated well, transfer them to the baking dish.

3. Bake for 90 mins.

Serve and enjoy!