Which Way Should I Go?

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“Cat: Where are you going?

Alice: Which way should I go?

Cat: That depends on where you are going.

Alice: I don’t know.

Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

 Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Where are you going in life? Are you on the right path?  It’s an important question to ask yourself and you may be surprised at the answer. Without purpose or direction we become stagnant and feel empty.  Have you considered what you value most in life?  If you don’t know, then you may end up on the wrong path.

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It can be a challenge in our busy lives to achieve balance when it comes to family life, career, and health. However, if you don’t know where you’re going, you may find yourself at some point in life, full of regrets.

Stop spinning your wheels and write down an action oriented plan with specific goals that will help you live your best life.

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In an interesting article by James Clear  The Four Burners Theory , he reports:

One way to think about work-life balance is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory. Here’s how it was first explained to me:

Imagine that your life is represented by a stove with four burners on it. Each burner symbolizes one major quadrant of your life.

  1. The first burner represents your family.
  2. The second burner is your friends.
  3. The third burner is your health.
  4. The fourth burner is your work.

One of the most frustrating parts of The Four Burners Theory is that it shines a light on your untapped potential. It can be easy to think, “If only I had more time, I could make more money or get in shape or spend more time at home.”

One way to manage this problem is to shift your focus from wishing you had more time to maximizing the time you have. In other words, you embrace your limitations. The question to ask yourself is, “Assuming a particular set of constraints, how can I be as effective as possible?”

For example:

  • Assuming I can only work from 9 AM to 5 PM, how can I make the most money possible?
  • Assuming I can only write for 15 minutes each day, how can I finish my book as fast as possible?
  • Assuming I can only exercise for 3 hours each week, how can I get in the best shape possible?

This line of questioning pulls your focus toward something positive (getting the most out of what you have available) rather than something negative (worrying about never having enough time). Furthermore, well-designed limitations can actually improve your performance and help you stop procrastinating on your goals.

Consider writing down a small goal for each area of your life that you feel needs improvement. Here are some ideas:

Relationships–  Take time each day to tell your loved ones how much you care for them. Set restraints on social media and use that time to spend with your family. Get in the habit of giving hugs more often. Read books, play board games, or put puzzles together with your children each week. Try and set up a consistent schedule to call your parents, siblings, and friends. Create special memories!

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Career-  This is a biggie! We all need to make money to live but if you hate your job, you will most likely be miserable. Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time at work so it’s vital to find something that is compatible with your family life. Also, if you have small children, you will regret working 60 or more hours a week. That’s precious time away from loved ones that you will never get back. Consider your options for another job with better hours or maybe a work from home option. Set a goal to improve this area of your life by determining the pros and cons of your current working situation and where you can make small positive changes.

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Health-  This is an area many of us end up sacrificing due to time restraints. However, it’s easy to set just one or two weekly goals that can make a substantial difference in your health.  Number one is the food you bring into your home. Learn to make healthier food choices when shopping for groceries. It’s important for your children to learn the relationship between their health and what they eat.  Take them shopping with you and let them make their own grocery list of healthy food choices. Restrict splurges on fast food to special circumstances or occasions. Additionally, consider how you can add activity into your day?  Ride a bike or walk to work if that’s an option.

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Set your alarm an hour early and get your workouts on your calendar.  Even a ten minute workout once or twice a day can make a difference. Determine specific days and times each week for physical fitness and stay consistent. You will never regret this.

Consider what you value most in life and make a plan to make sure you take the right path. Because if you don’t know where you’re going than it doesn’t really matter.

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Three Amazing Quick And Healthy Breakfast Choices

  1. Avocado Toast- This is one of my favorite breakfast/ snack foods- I love to use Ezekiel bread and then add mashed avocado with a splash of olive oil, red pepper flakes, and top with hemp or flax-seed

2. Protein Oatmeal Bowl- This is another one of my healthy go to meals- I like to use a single serving of organic oats, scoop of your favorite protein, 1 tbsp of almond butter, handful of organic blueberries and top with flax-seed.

3. Spinach and Egg Breakfast Quesadilla – These are quick, healthy, and can be made ahead of time to warm up if short on time. Simple recipe includes – scramble eggs in tbsp of avocado or olive oil , toss in any optional veggies and then place on tortilla. Top with cheese and heat until cheese melted. Delicious!!

Two Ingredient Healthy Juicing

Juicing can be a great way to get your daily recommended serving of fruits and vegetables. If you’ve tried juicing before, you’re probably aware it can be time-consuming and costly.

Most organic fruits and vegetables tend to be quite more expensive than non-organic and it takes a lot of produce to make just one glass of juice.

Additionally, you have to factor in the food preparation such as the washing, cutting, and peeling required for just ONE GLASS OF JUICE

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Luckily I stumbled upon V8 Healthy Greens juice a couple of months ago in the grocery store.

I’ll admit I don’t like the taste of most green juices but I was delighted that the Healthy Greens V8 Juice was low in sugar and contained healthy ingredients.

Also, I decided I could easily boost the veggie content of the juice by simply adding a handful of pre-washed organic spinach. And presto; I discovered my new two ingredient green juice and it’s nutritious, quick, easy, and delicious.

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Here’s my Two Ingredient Healthy juice:

One cup of organic spinach

8 oz of V8 Healthy Greens

Add ingredients in blender, add optional ice cubes and blend

So delicious, healthy, and easy. Doesn’t get any better than that…

Now if only my workout was that easy 🙂

Easy Homemade Bone Broth

Organic bone broth for the week. This soup reduces inflammation, and is loaded with vital nutrients to support weight loss.

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Carton of Organic chicken broth

Two handfuls of Organic raw spinach

Sliced fresh avocado

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Cook in crock pot 6 to 7 hrs

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

I’ve been wanting to try these since I found the recipe a couple of weeks ago on facebook

The thought of chickpeas in brownies did not sound appealing but definitely sounded like a healthier version for a higher protein snack.

To my surprise, they were delicious. Make sure you rinse and drain the chickpeas and process until smooth.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15oz/425g) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips + 2 tbsp for the top
  • Coarse salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350℉/180℃.
  2. Line a 8in x 8in (20cm x 20cm) tin with parchment paper.
  3. Add the chickpeas, almond butter, maple syrup, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and egg to a food processor container or a high-powered blender. Pulse 5-10 times to break down the chickpeas, and then process on high until smooth.
  4. Gently mix the dark chocolate chips into the batter with a spatula.
  5. Pour the the batter into the lined baking tin. Spread the batter with spatula so you have one even layer covering the bottom of the tin.
  6. Sprinkle the batter with the remaining chocolate chips and a pinch of coarse salt.
  7. Insert the tin into the oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes until the batter no longer jiggles. Your blondies should be golden brown around the edges of the tin.

Makes 9-12 squares.

Gluten And Dairy Free Alternatives

I’ve significantly cut bread and dairy from my diet over the last several years due to my son’s autoimmune disorder.  I’ve also determined that I probably have a sensitivity to dairy products since I tend to develop headaches, bloating, and a worsening of allergy symptoms after ingesting milk products.

Several studies suggest a link between increased inflammation and autoimmune disorders related to gluten and dairy in the diet.

Although I’ve always loved milk since I was a kid, I’ve found almond milk to be a great tasting dairy free alternative.

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I really like the unsweetened plain Almond Breeze almond milk brand, and find it tastes  most like the skim milk I drank as a child.

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I’ve also found dairy free yogurt and ice cream products that are pretty good although a little pricey.  I love Breyers Non-Dairy Oreo Cookies and Cream.  It’s delicious for an occasional splurge.

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Non-Dairy Oreo® Cookies & Cream

However, gluten is another story.  I’ve tried many different brands of gluten-free bread and almost all of them have a strange consistency and taste bad.  Therefore I  decided to eliminate bread from my diet but only have it occasionally when eating out. 
 

Dr. Mercola reports

Despite the prevailing skepticism, studies are now confirming that many people do indeed experience adverse reactions to gluten even if they test negative for celiac disease. This suggests gluten-sensitivity is a real problem,6 and that gluten-free diets may benefit many — not just those with celiac.

  • The number of Americans following a gluten-free diet has tripled since 2009, even though the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease has not increased
  • Studies are now confirming that many people do indeed experience adverse reactions to gluten even if they test negative for celiac disease. Those who react to gluten despite not having celiac tend to have leaky gut
  • Gluten-containing grains have been linked to more than 200 adverse health effects, with 20 adverse modes of toxicity, including neurotoxicity

 

Although I decided to eliminate bread from my diet, this past weekend I discovered this bread and was pleasantly surprised at the consistency and the taste.

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I can honestly say that if it didn’t say gluten-free on the package, I wouldn’t suspect it was a gluten free product.  So far I’ve used it for sandwiches and prepared them with the bread slightly toasted. It’s a delicious alternative for people on gluten free diets.

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

 

OMG Protein Pecan Bars

I love all the recipes by Sunwarrior.com

This recipe is made with healthy ingredients and is a good source of protein from healthy nuts and Sun Warrior protein powder. The flour used is almond flour which is simply ground almonds in a food processor. How awesome is that?? Great choice for pre or post workout snacks!

Protein Pecan Bars

INGREDIENTS

Crust

Pecan and Walnut Filling

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a mixer combine all crust ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are well combine. Line a 6 x 6 baking tray with parchment paper. Remove crust from mixer and press into pan firmly. Bake for 12–14 minutes or until light golden brown. Leave oven on. Let the crust cool for 1 hour.
  2. In a small bowl combine flax meal with water and let sit for 5 minutes
  3. Place pecans and walnuts onto a parchment paper lined baking tray and bake for 6 minutes
  4. Place coconut oil, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt into a small pot on medium heat. Bring to a slight boil and remove from heat immediately. Add pecans/walnuts and flax mixture. Stir well.
  5. Spread pecan mixture onto cooked crust with chocolate chips and a few extra walnuts.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Place in fridge for one hour before slicing

Healthy Nut And Seed Bread

Yum!!  Check out this recipe for a healthy nut and seed bread.  It is flourless and unlike most bread is lo-carb and loaded with protein.

Things You’ll Need

1 cup raw almonds

 

1 cup raw walnuts

 

1 cup whole flax seeds

 

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

 

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

 

1 cup sesame seeds

 

5 eggs

 

1/3 cup olive oil

 

1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

Get the recipe here- Healthy Nut And Seed Bread Recipe

Per Maya Marin at  www.ehow.com

Packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, this wholesome grain-free bread is as tasty as it is stunning to behold. According to Danish chef and blogger Kirstin Uhrenholdt, this bread was created by the staff at Kong Hans restaurant in Copenhagen after they embraced the Paleo diet. Since then, it’s become a hit in Denmark with Paleo and non-Paleo eaters alike — and for good reason. It’s incredibly simple to make, very filling, and delicious, especially when toasted and topped with cheese or jam. The recipe is also easily customizable, so feel free to experiment with your own favorite combo of seeds and nuts.

Perfect Post Workout Snack- High Protein Smoothie Bowl

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Here is a great recipe for breakfast and/or the perfect pre-workout or post-workout snack. This healthy snack is loaded with protein from the Greek yogurt and the SunWarrior protein powder which helps fuel your muscles and aid in recovery. It also contains berries loaded with antioxidants and nutritious healthy fats from the walnuts and flax.

Oatmeal Protein Smoothie Bowl

1 cup of plain Greek yogurt

Individual Package of organic oatmeal

1/4 cup of raspberries and blackberries

1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp of organic flax

1 tbsp of walnuts

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare your package of oatmeal and stir in 1/2 scoop of protein powder. Place prepared oatmeal in one section of smoothie bowl. Combine the other 1/2 scoop of protein powder with the cup of Greek yogurt; mix until smooth and place in one side of smoothie bowl. Finally add the raspberries and blackberries into the last section of the bowl. Sprinkle flax and walnuts on top and enjoy!

Healthy Marble Breakfast Bread

A Perfect Make Ahead Valentine’s Day Breakfast Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, and as much as I would love to wake up without an alarm clock, sip on my coffee and make a big breakfast for the two of us – it’s just not going to happen. I wasn’t going to let that…

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