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Take care of those kiddos.

6 Aug

What’s the most important thing to a mother? Or let me rephrase that. What should be the most important thing to a mother/parent? Health. You cannot put a price on the health of your child. Never. As a mom I do the best I can.  If you know me well, you know what my little family has gone through with our son’s health since he was born. We do not dwell on the things that have happened, we think of his future. Through all of the research I’ve been doing for myself about nutrition and fitness it cannot be more obvious to me how much food effects our health. Yes, I know there are exceptions and I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. But, I am a mom with the power of knowledge! I do not give Maddox crap to eat. It’s funny because he doesn’t even like that kind of stuff anyway. He’s trained at a young age! As parents we have the responsibility to teach our kids a healthy lifestyle. When I grew up my mom and dad would let us have a little treats, but we always had to ask and we always got a small amount. We were never crazy, bounce off the wall kids. I was actually the most boring kid in the world…ehem…anyway.

Maddox has to be on an antibiotic everyday. So, we have been giving him greek yogurt every night for his tummy. I found a really great product on Vitacost called Garden of Life RAW Probiotics. This is another way for us to keep his gut healthy with all of the antibiotics he takes.

Their description, “RAW organic, whole food probiotic formula specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children, RAW Probiotics Kids is formulated with powerful probiotics, 23 RAW and organic fruits and vegetables, plus RAW inulin, a prebiotic that supports probiotic growth. RAW Probiotics Kids delivers over 5 Billion live probiotic cells per daily serving.”

Check out these facts:
Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 3/4 Teaspoon (1.6 g)
Servings per Container: Approx 60
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
RAW Organic Fruit & Vegetable Prebiotic Blend
Inulin, Banana (fruit), Strawberry (fruit), Cherry (fruit), Blackberry (fruit), Blueberry (fruit), Raspberry (fruit), Beet Juice (root), Carrot Juice (root), Spinach Juice (leaf), Broccoli Juice (flower & stem), Tomato Juice (fruit), Kale Juice (leaf), Red Cabbage Juice (leaf), Parsley Juice (leaf), Brussels Sprout Juice (leaf), Green Bell Pepper Juice (fruit), Cucumber Juice (gourd), Celery Juice (stalk), Garlic Juice (bulb), Ginger Juice (root), Green Onion Juice (bulb), Cauliflower Juice (flower & stem), Asparagus Juice (flower & stem) 1.52 g *
Probiotic Blend
Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus 81 mg *
Total Cultures 5 billion CFU

What the heck is my point you ask? My point is, we need to keep our kids healthy. So what if the other moms don’t do the same thing you do. So what if you weren’t brought up that way. I think kids this generation are an exception. There is so much crap in the food we eat, the juices, sodas, everything! We need to be on guard and protect them the way you see fit. There are just too many studies out there now that prove the food we eat can effect behaviors and health. We can’t look away anymore. We’re the parents. It’s our job!

Banana Bread Oatmeal

18 Jul

Did you see my post on Facebook this morning? My yummy Banana Bread Oatmeal? I made it ALL by myself and it turned out delicious!

1/2 cup oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill 5 Grain Rolled Hot Cereal)

1 cup Almond Milk

1 teaspoon Nutmeg (to taste)

2 teaspoon cinnamon (to taste)

1 tablespoon vanilla

Banana

Mix all ingredients except for banana in small pot and heat until oats are cooked through. When it is to the consistency you prefer take off heat. Pour in bowl and cut up a banana and place on top. Enjoy!

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I ran this morning before work. After I run I ALWAYS have Shakeology. It’s important to replace lost minerals and nutrients. It also re-energizes and reduces muscle soreness. There are so many more reasons why I still drink this every day. I could go on and on. Want me to? Later? Ok.

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Anyways, about an hour after I drink my shake I make my breakfast and it’s usually oatmeal. Peanut butter oatmeal is one of my favorites, but I decided I was in a banana bread mood. Hence, the new recipe.

About once or twice a week my husband and I do our own things for dinner. That’s when I make something I know I love and he doesn’t. Then I can eat it all! I found a zucchini (a huge zucchini) sitting in my garden today. I decided to chop it up and just roast it with a bunch of other root veggies like beets, carrots, and onions. I doubled the batch so I can I have left overs tomorrow. I made some quinoa to go along with it. They pair nicely.

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Tomorrow is my Friday. Tyrell informed me that he hates when people say that. He’s just jealous. I’m getting excited for the weekend. It’s our class reunion (10 years). We had such a small class, only 13 of us, so it will be fun to see and visit with everyone. I better start looking for something to wear now…

Cookies and Wisdom

2 Jun

Workouts:
Thursday-Rest (no workout)
Friday-Walk
Saturday-Run (Treadmill)

I took an unplanned rest day on Thursday. My body told me to, so I listened. Yesterday, I went for a walk with a friend. I wouldn’t classify it as a workout at all, just good girlfriend quality time. Today I ran on the treadmill. Do you like to listen to music when your running? It’s a must for me. I put the t.v. on closed caption and watch to pass the time. What do I watch? Frasier. I have a billion of them on my DVR. Shut up. It makes me happy.

I made some delicious chocolate chip cookies last night. They’re called clean eating chocolate chip cookies. I got the recipe from one of my favorite sites for clean eating ideas and recipes. They are super easy to make and you aren’t putting any junk in them (which is why they are called it CLEAN). No bleached flour, butter, eggs, or sugars. Just good stuff, that’s good for you!

Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Tools
Food processor
Large mixing bowl
Spatula

Ingredients
2/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup cooked oatmeal
3 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips (or dairy free chips)

Note: If you don’t want to use the chocolate chips, they could be very easily substituted with raisins, nuts or dried fruits of any kind.

Directions

Step 1 – Mix everything except the chocolate chips in the food processor. You should have a nice wet, sticky dough when you’re done.

Step 2 – Using your spatula, scrape dough into your mixing bowl and mix in chocolate chips.

Step 3 – Spoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Step 4 – Bake for 20 minutes.

have made alot of changes this past month with food. I have learned so much, so I am trying to apply it to my daily life. I have not had any meat in over a month, very small amounts of dairy if any, still no pop in over a year, and no coffee for almost two months. I have nothing against eating meat, I grew up on a farm I know how it goes. I just feel so much better not eating it. If I don’t like something, I won’t do it. Simple. We’ve grilled a couple of times in the past couple weeks and I have been eating veggie burgers with veggie cheese. I can’t tell the difference. I think they are delicious. And I don’t feel guilty or cruddy when I’m done eating. It has not been a challenge at all for me. I don’t crave it. I just don’t want it. This wasn’t planned, it just happened! Believe me, there are plenty of other ways to get my protein, which I do. It’s all good!

I keep going back to this, but it seems like it is something that people don’t want to face. You are what you eat. Period. So many people complain about the way they feel, look, etc. I wish they would just realize that if they tweaked their diets a bit and stuck to a workout routine, they would feel so much better. I know, there are alot of medical conditions that have nothing to do with this and sadly cannot be fixed without medicine, but there are alot of things that can be.

Staying active and eating right will certainly change your life. It has changed mine. When I had my son two years ago, I was 80 pounds heavier than I am today. 80 pounds! I didn’t take some magic pill or drink a magic juice. I worked my ass off, changed what I ate, and changed the way I look at food. My back doesn’t hurt anymore, my feet don’t hurt, I don’t have heartburn, I can sleep at night, I rarely have headaches, I rarely get sick…I could go on and on!

Educate yourself, ask for help, do whatever it takes. We only get one shot at life, why not make it great?

You know I’m here to help. All you have to do is reach out and ask 🙂

Miracle Sauce

23 May

Workouts:
Sunday-P90X 2 P.A.P Lower
Monday-Treadmill run
Tuesday-P90X 2 P.A.P Upper
Wednesday-P90X 2 P.A.P Lower

I am getting back into my groove! I am so freakin’ sore, but that’s a good feeling though. According to the scale I am 60 pounds lighter than I was last year before I got a brain and started taking care of myself.

Cooking has been fun this week because I can make what I want. Still keeping it healthy and as clean as possible. I am back to having my beloved Shakeology for lunch again. SO happy about that! I have been making them with almond milk, water, ice, PB2, and a quarter of a banana.

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I have been eating fresh fruit for breakfast and snacks. Except this morning, I had oatmeal. I was in the mood for something warm, so I switched it up a bit. Because I’m crazy like that.

Dessert last night.

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I was prepping for supper and I was thinking about all the work that goes into cooking a healthy meal. Now, it doesn’t bother me, but I can see how it can discourage people, especially if they are not big on cooking. My biggest tip is organization. After you come home from the store wash all of your produce and store on the shelves in your refrigerator. I like to put the foods I use the most in a basket. I usually use onions, peppers, carrots, zucchini, and cucumbers in almost every meal I make. So I have all of these in a basket and I can just grab it and get to work. I don’t have to dig around in the crisper and search through all the plastic bags. This is much more efficient and fun. Plus, it makes your fridge look fancy inside…

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Tonight’s dinner was somewhat of a miracle. I made homemade spaghetti sauce. I made a separate batch for Tyrell with some meat. The sauce had zucchini, green and red peppers, mushrooms, garlic, onion, and carrots. All over organic whole wheat angel hair pasta. I also made a big spinach salad.

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The miracle occurred sometime around 5:30 pm. My son, I repeat, MY son, ate this meal with me. If you know Maddox, you know he is the pickiest eater ever. The best part, he kept picking out the tomatoes and zucchini. Moms, you have to understand where this excitement comes from. May not seem to be much to some, but to me, it was a miracle! Keep it healthy. Amen.

Ultimate Reset: Day 21

19 May

My last day, day 21! I had a great night’s sleep. We even got to sleep in a bit. Felt good.
I just had an apple and a pear for breakfast this morning. Being the space cadet I am, I forgot to take a picture.

I had another giant salad for lunch.

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Dinner was avocado and cucumber soup and roasted vegetables. The soup was OK. I couldn’t eat it all. It just wasn’t my cup of…soup. Budump bump. The veggies were great. How could they not be? If you ever have a bunch in your refeigerator and you don’t know what to do with them, chop them, drizzle with olive oil, spice them up to your liking, and place in oven. Ta da!

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This 3 week journey is sadly over. I am a weirdo and I like to have my days planned and written down for me. This was a very strict three weeks. I enjoyed it very much. It was not difficult, I never cheated, and I never wanted to quit.

Do you know how much better I feel? I can’t even describe this to you. I have been eating a plant based (Vegan) diet for three weeks. I feel like my insides are shining, sparkly clean, and happy. You are what you eat! So very true. You eat crap, you feel like crap.

I have learned so much. How to cook food I have never tried before and new ways to cook the food I love. I appreciate the colorful fruits and vegetables so much more. I never felt like I was missing out on anything. I loved eating all of this food. I mean, there was a ton of food!

Now, don’t think that tomorrow my first meal is going to be bacon and eggs, some pizza for lunch, etc. That doesn’t even sound good. I have to slowly incorporate foods back into my diet. Such as dairy, eggs, and whole grains. This will be a great way to see how my body tolerates this food. If something that I consume doesn’t make me feel right I will cut it out of my diet completely. An easy process of elimination.

I lost 12 pounds during the Reset. I plan on doing my measurements tomorrow morning before I WORKOUT! I am so excited to get down there again. I will be starting month 3 of P90X 2 and running 3x per week.

Thank you so much for following me these past 3 weeks. Posting this every night was a great way for me to be accountable. If you have any questions, want a recipe, whatever…please ask! I am here to help! Want to know more about the Ultimate Reset? WWW.ultimatereset.com/lindsayelaine

Ultimate Reset: Day 8

6 May

The start of another week! I am now in the “Release Phase.” Here is what it’s all about, straight from Beachbody:

“In Week Two, you’ll continue to refine your diet. You’ll have stopped eating animal proteins and dairy and you’ll be eating vegetarian meals. You’ll also be adding the next element in the Beachbody Ultimate Reset™ protocol: Detox. This supplement will help restore optimum health to your entire gastrointestinal tract, while detoxifying your body through improved bowel movements.
Although the Ultimate Reset is gentle, you may find you’re releasing toxic substances from more than just your digestive tract. Some people experience skin breakouts, while others find themselves releasing toxic emotions or dropping negative habits they’ve been holding on to.”

Oh boy. The food today was yummy, as usual. But, the detox that I have to drink…three times daily…not so much. I have a trick for drinking disgusting things. Plug my nose and drink, then keep exhaling until I am ready. The taste still lingers a bit and I sound like I’m going into labor, but it works. Hey, it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Ok I will stop yapping. I am sure you are dying to see my food art for the day….
Breakfast (I feel like I have to think back
really far) was a fresh fruit plate.

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Lunch was another microgreen salad with avocado. The microgreen salad had cucumbers, shredded carrots, sprouts, red peppers, and pecans. Don’t you just love the smell of cucumbers?

I had a late dinner. My parents were over for a visit and I didn’t want to freak them out with my weird drinking ritual. Dinner consisted of pinto beans and rice, green beans, and zucchini. Kind of a weird combo, I mean they should put some more beans in this recipe…. It was very good though.

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Weekend is over and it is time to get back to my normal routine. Looking forward to the week ahead.

Ultimate Reset: Day 7

5 May

Week one is done! This week has not been difficult at all. I actually went for a run on my treadmill this morning. I know we are supposed to take it easy, but I don’t want to fall behind in my training. So, ssshhh.
I went to bed early and I got to sleep in until 8:30. So refreshing!
After my run I had breakfast. Nothing like a hot bowl of oatmeal when you’re dripping with sweat! I also had a side of apple and greek yogurt.

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I even got to take a nice warm bath after breakfast, thanks to my sweet husband. It’s nice to have some quiet time to myself once in a while. Even if I have to bathe with an elmo bath mat…
Lunch was another cashew and zucchini soup. I didn’t feel like going through the whole process of making the soup. So, I steamed the zucchini and had that with a pile of cashews. I also had another microgreen salad.

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Dinner was large! I ate a little more since I ran. Steamed veggies, brown rice, and tempeh.

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Very excited for the week ahead. I will be taking the same supplements as I did this week, but I will be adding Detox.
Also, I am looking forward to new foods and recipes!

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