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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!

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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

http://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/

http://www.girlmakesfood.com/avocado-mayo-vegan-mayo/#sthash.mn9LF5CB.dpuf

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your day is filled with love, joy and happiness.  Today is a day to count your blessings, and spend time with your significant other, family, and/or friends.  It’s a day to spread a little love around and even give a little love to yourself.  Wishing you all a blessed day!

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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