Get it done

Such a rough night of sleep last night. Our daughter wakes up 1-3 times a night and while she may be able to fall back to sleep rather quickly, I do not. Well, 1800316_10201430673075551_1515725993_n (2)sometimes I do, but not always. And on those mornings where I’ve lacked the proper hours for my personal sleep time, I am not so full of spunk. To top it off, today was a cardio day. Ugh.

I walked our cute little talker to school in the rain and on the way back was dreading my workout. I knew I had to push through the tired and mopey me to get to the better me. I knew my day would be brighter, despite the rain, if I could just get it done.

After an hour of procrastinating and doing things that didn’t need doing, I put on my trainers, grabbed my jump rope, put on the tunes, set my timer, and had at it. And then? I was done! My body felt better. My mind felt clearer. The leftovers from the night were gone. I bounced and planked my way to a better day. In less than 30 minutes.

When you find yourself struggling to get your workout in, wanting to order take away rather than use your fresh veggies, or put your child in front of the tube so you don’t have to listen to her talk, remember this: you will feel a whole ton better if you just “get it done”. The 30 minutes you invest in a healthier lifestyle are totally worth it my friend.

Starting Over

156As a long time group fitness instructor, with every new year I saw an explosion of people sweating it out at the gym. A lot of “newbies”, or people trying to start up their fitness routine, for the third straight year. It was always an exciting time for me. I loved connecting with people who were dedicated to staying healthy and with those wanting to make healthy changes. After teaching my class you would find me in “the circle”, as we liked to call it, laughing, stretching, and chatting with my kickboxers. They became my friends outside of the gym and we will forever be a fitness family.

Here we are, another new year with resolutions to live a healthier life. This might mean getting back into a fitness routine, starting a fitness routine, eating more fruits and vegetables, eating less meat, spending more time with your children, spending less time on FaceBook, and the list goes on. I am here to tell you that you CAN do it. You CAN make it happen. You CAN make healthy changes last longer than a few weeks or months. Here’s how to do it:

Start out slow. Ease into change. Those that take baby steps can and will arrive at their dream destination. It is so much easier to go this route than to burn out quickly. If you are starting over again, or starting from scratch, ask yourself; what is one small thing you can do for yourself today that reflects your long term goal. Then, get it done.

Feel good about every accomplishment, big or small. Remember, baby steps. If you took a walk outside for 20 mins rather than looking at mindless social media, be proud of what you did. If your goal was to lose 2 lbs in a week and you lost 1, you still made a step in the right direction! What if you lost none? Keep moving forward. Feel good about the changes you are making to be a healthier version of you.

Make sure your goals are attainable. Don’t get fooled into believing those crazy ads that try to sell you quick fixes. This is your life and your body. Take control of it. Make realistic goals that you know you will be able to reach in a reasonable amount of time. They can be as simple as getting 20 mins of exercise in every other day, shutting off your mobile and playing with your children for 20 mins a day, or having greens with one meal a day. These are easily attainable goals! And when you reach these goals you will feel SO good that you will stick with it.

Back at the gym, come March, the crowds will thin out again. The people that made those resolutions will have burned out from doing too much too soon. Don’t be one of them! You CAN start over and make your new health routine stick. I know you can.

Who am I? And why am I here?

Two very good questions. The answers are endless really. However, I will keep it simple so as not to fall into the rabbit hole.

I have started many blogs (because I have grand ideas and intentions!) but fall off rather quickly. I know this is due to lack of discipline and routine…as well as lack of dedication. I decided to join Blogging 101 to help me change my ways this year. To become a blogger who puts out good content on a regular basis is something I know I am capable of, and I am determined to see it through. With your help, of course.

The things I am consistently passionate about are food, health, fitness, and teaching. As far back as I can remember I have always been interested in keeping a healthy lifestyle. Certainly my grandmother had an influence on me in that area, and still does. She is 95 years young. I was once a certified personal trainer, and taught group fitness classes for 10 years. Cardio kickboxing was my specialty. I LOVED teaching those classes! Every once in a while I put on my favorite cardio mix and kickbox my own ass in my living room. In 2007, I gave birth to a baby girl who developed eczema at 6 months. Her pediatrician said it was normal. Our daughter developed respiratory problems soon after that and, because of the lack of answers, my trust in conventional medicine suffered. I began to research alternative healing methods which in turn led me to nutrition. It’s a wonderful maze of connectedness!

So here I am. Looking to connect with people over a healthy lifestyle. Wanting to teach people how it can be done. Showing them how easy it can be if we just take it one day at a time.

Yummy Hummy

At least once a week I need to take stock of what we have left in the fridge so that I don’t waste any produce. If I am tossing any of that fresh-gone-bad produce in the trash, I have not only wasted food, I’ve wasted our hard earned dough. No bueno! 

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this yummy hummy:

1 medium sized zucchini, peeled and cut into chunky rounds

red bell pepper, a chunk the size of my palm

1/4 cup soaked sunflower seeds 

1/8 cup fresh lemon juice

1 clove of garlic the width of my thumb

1 tsp Himy salt

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

2 pinches of cayenne 

minced parsley

Using a Vitamix or high speed blender, toss your zucchini, red bell pepper, seeds, lemon juice, and spices, going easy on the cayenne unless you like things spicy.  Blend until smooth.  Taste and adjust flavors to your preference.  Pour and scrape your hummus into a bowl and top with minced parsley.  

Share with a friend 🙂

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Favas are mighty

Spring has sprung and favas are in!  Have you seen them yet?  Oversized lumpy green beans are what they look like to me.  I found them at New Seasons last month and had to have a go with them.

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Before I offer up a simple yet tasty recipe, maybe we can get a little 411 on the fava.  I heard it was packed with all sorts of good nutrients but wanted to check for myself.  Sometimes I like to think of myself as a food detective.  Besides being packed with protein, (10 grams per 1/4cup!) fava beans are a good source of:

Riboflavin (B2) – essential for energy production and normal cell function & growth.  Supports function of the nervous system.

Folate (B9) – see Riboflavin.

Copper – improves the health of connective tissue, production of elastin, prevents premature aging, protects against greying of the hair and maintains eye color.

Manganese – supports the formation of connective tissue, proper functioning of the thyroid gland.  Aids in absorption of Vitamin B.

Did you see that?!  Manganese helps us absorb all that Vitamin B goodness in the fava bean! Nature proves to be brilliant, again.  Always!  This just reminds us that no matter how much we like to break it down in the laboratory, the perfect dose of vitamins and minerals is already prepared for us.  All we have to do is eat food in its most natural state.

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Without further ado, I introduce to you a simple and fresh recipe for the Mighty Fava.

as always, please read through the recipe instructions before beginning

1 pound fava beans

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/4 cup EVOO

juice from 1/2 a lemon

one sprig of thyme

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 of a serrano pepper, finely diced, seeded (or not!)

healthy salt

fresh ground pepper

     Note:  this recipe does not yield much but is very satisfying due to it’s high nutrient content.  I could eat the whole dish myself post work-out or share it as a side with my man.  Another note:  I am rather tiny.  🙂

First we unzip all of the pods to get the beans out.   You may choose to use the beans as is at this point, though I prefer a less waxy bite.  If you are like me, let the beans sit in boiling hot water for a minute or two to soften and remove the skin.  If you prefer to keep things RAW, you can get the skins off without using hot water.

IMG_0870Next, we toss the beans in a glass bowl with the remaining ingredients.  Adjust the amount of hot pepper you use to how spicy you like things, remembering that the oil will mellow the heat.  Allow the flavors time to party for about 2 hours at room temperature.  You can also choose to put this in the refrigerator if you’ll  be out all day.

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Eat with love,

Sheri