What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows

What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows

We have all been there, worrying about those ding dang goals we did not keep. But for reals people, where does that get you? Yesterday is over, bye-bye, see ya later alligator. The three words that I have learned to live by these last few years are “LIVE FOR NOW”. Yesterday is in the past. Let’s work on TODAY. Change can only happen in the now. So the great news is, you did not fail, you get a chance to start again right now and make that goal.

We live in a world of goal-setting and always working on being better tomorrow than we were today. All too often though, our commitments can fall by the wayside. Life intervenes and bam things go in different paths then we expected.  We usually end up exchanging the important to address the urgent.  Maybe a better question to ask is this, “what can I do today that will improve my tomorrow?” It might be eating better, exercising more, treating all people with respect, or telling your friends and family how much you love them. Today will only be a waste if you choose to not do something that will make your tomorrow better.

The beautiful thing about all of this is we all have now. If you are reading this then this is your chance. Start right now, this very instant, and let go of any judgments you have placed on yourself. Remember what you do today can and improve all of your tomorrows.

You got this!

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows

 

Creating a Stress-Free Holiday

Creating a Stress-Free Holiday

The holidays are among us – a time of year that’s known for its busy nature that can lead to quite the load of stress. After all, you likely have several invitations to gatherings collecting on your counter, a long list of people you need to send holiday cards to, and the daunting task of braving the shopping mall crowds to find the gifts for your loved ones. All of this, on top of your normal every day life. It can be overwhelming to say the least.

I wanted to share with you some of my personal favorite ways to navigate this busy, stressful time of year and make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful and a time you will remember with fond memories.

These secret weapons of mine include…

Put forth great effort to be present. It can be difficult, I understand. It’s almost a reflex to pick up our phones and scroll through Facebook or our email when we have a free moment – do you do the same? One way I like to dodge this is to leave my electronics in another room. Don’t even allow yourself the temptation to pick up your phone and disengage from communicating with your gathered love ones. When I’m feeling particularly scatter-brained, what really helps ground me is focusing on my senses. What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I feel? Stopping and thinking through what’s going on around you at that very moment really brings you into the present moment unlike anything else. It’s a wonderful tool to use to dial in and be present – and is a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays!

Give up those expectations. A lot of the stress we put on ourselves this season lies in the notion that we expect things to be perfect. That’d be lovely, of course – but putting your entire extended family in one house is bound to have something go awry. Therefore, dropping the expectations of perfection will allow you to be prepared for when something may spring up. There is joy to be found in each situation, so even when things don’t go exactly as planned – spend your energy finding gratitude in your circumstances and enjoying as much of your time as you possibly can. Tis the season!

Find time to move. It’s incredibly important to keep movement in your schedule, no matter how busy you may feel. Even if it’s just a brisk walk after lunch or dinner – make it a habit to bundle up in your favorite scarf and winter coat to go for a walk alone to clear your mind, or with someone you enjoy being around. Be sure that you are getting your time outside in nature, breathing in fresh air, while burning off some calories and keeping your heart rate up.

What are your favorite ways to get some movement in during the cold months? My favorite way is to rebound. I have been rebounding for years now and I just love the way it makes me feel after. I also love that I can watch the latest episode of This is Us at the same time ?. I would love it if you hit reply and told me about your favorite way to stay moving this season or any other holiday tips you have that have worked for you.

Vegetable and Fruit Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegetable and Fruit Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This weekend we received some beautiful produce from our CSA. I love them and I just LOVE their dates, fresh farm eggs and their produce. If you live in Southern CA then please check out their site. They are good people and grow FABULOUS stuff.  I love to challenge myself in the kitchen. This weekend I wanted to  create a new recipe with all of this lovely produce. It was a success, well at least in my books. One of my neighbors loved it, one of them wished it was a tad sweeter and my husband ate 3/4 of it AND the last piece! (grrrrrrr)

gluten free vegetable cake

Ingredients
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup plantain flour
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp pomegranate powder
6 pitted dates- I make a date paste with them. (CSA)
1/4 cup organic raisins- Dried fruit is really heavily sprayed so organic is nice if you can
1/4 cup dried organic berries-Dried fruit is really heavily sprayed so organic is nice if you can
1/2 cup walnuts or any other nut you like. Finely chopped
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup shredded carrot (CSA)
1/4 cup shredded zucchini (CSA)
1/4 cup cauliflower rice ( I used the frozen organic rice from Trader Joe’s.  I cooked it for 2  minutes before adding it to the batter.
1/4 honey
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs (CSA)

Frosting
1 package of cream cheese
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 lime and 1 lemon for zest

Handful of shredded carrots for optional topping

Directions- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

First things first, make your date paste.  I make my date paste in my Blendtec Twister Jar. I love this jar and this blender.  Place your eggs, vanilla, date paste, and honey in your food mixer and blend for a minute or two. Next add in your pomegranate powder, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, shredded carrot and zucchini, raisins, and other dried fruit and mix well. Lastly slowly add in your almond flour, plantain flour, ( I like to always keep my body guessing by using different gluten free flours but if you don’t want to do this you can just use all almond flour ) coconut flour, and walnuts. The batter will be thick and yummy.

Pour the batter into a prepared 13×9 baking dish and bake for 25 minutes. Every oven varies in regards to cooking time so watch it carefully. If you want the cake to be thicker then just reduce the oven temperature to 325 degree and cook an additional 5-10 minutes and use a smaller dish.

After the cake was done I let it cool completely and then topped it off with some yummy cream cheese frosting. I just took one container of cream cheese and put it in my Blendtec Twister Jar and added 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and whipped it up good. I then topped each bar off with shredded carrots and lime and lemon zest.

Gluten free vegetable and fruit cake

Mushrooms are packed with amazing benefits!!!

Mushrooms are packed with amazing benefits!!!

OMG have you been hearing about the mushroom craze? At first I was a little afraid of mushroom powders and elixirs out there because I tried some once and it was so bitter and honestly just gross. I was googling information on mushrooms and found this amazing resource from Four Sigmatic and learned so much. Then I purchased some mushroom powder from Four Sigmatic and was hooked and I mean HOOKED.  As you know I am always studying how to improve my immune system and keep my gut happy and healthy. Mushroom powder is magical in this area. I have also used the mushroom powder from OM ( you can read my blog post on OM here )but I have to say I think I like the stuff from Four Sigmatic better. I love the way they educate you on everything. These are the kind of companies I want to support all day long.

Chaga Mushroom Powder

Whenever I find a new product that looks promising and something I want to share with my clients and friends I first drive them crazy with questions about the product. I always want to make sure I only recommend things that I think are the bees knees. This stuff is the bees knees and then some. ( I will be doing a review of my favorite mushroom powders from them in a few days )

After trying a few of their products I immediately contacted my new friends over at Four Sigmatic and asked them if I could get a special coupon code for you all so you can try this stuff too. You never know until you ask right? 🙂 Mike thinks I am so funny the way I do this but guess what????????????? They said YES but the coupon code is only good till 9/1/2017. Since this offer is only for a limited time I would like to highly encourage you to try it. (Use coupon code allinthebalance at checkout)I promise you I would not recommend this if I did not do my research and truly believe in the healing powers of mushroom. AND OMG the sleep benefits(reishi) and the energy benefits(cordyceps)of some of the blends have literally blown me away.   Here is some info on mushrooms just to give you an idea.

First off did you know that mushrooms are one of the world’s most well studied superfoods and are jam packed with amazing benefits? I still can’t believe we have not been using these in western medicine, it is almost criminal.

CHAGA – ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES:

Chaga mushroom can help support immune functions. It is called the king of mushrooms. You’ll find growing naturally in the wild and it has antioxidant properties.

LION’S MANE – BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM

Lion’s Mane is an all-natural cognitive enhancer. It has been shown to support memory and concentration.

REISHI – STRESS & SLEEP

If you have occasional stress and difficulty sleeping, Reishi mushroom can help you relax and get a good night sleep.

CORDYCEPS – ENERGY & PERFORMANCE

Cordyceps is an adaptogen, not a stimulant, so it helps you produce and maintain steady energy levels. Coffee can give you an energy spike, followed by a crash; cordyceps, on the other hand, helps your body produce its own energy. A few of my clients use cordyceps as their pre-workout drink and they LOVE it.

Have you been hearing about green coffee? This was one of their products I could not wait to try. I think I starred out the window for two days straight waiting for the UPS man lol.

green coffee

Click here to get 10% off your first Four Sigmatic order  Use coupon code allinthebalance- Remember the offer expires 9/1/2017 so just click on one of them and try it. The Saver Value Packs are a great way to start.

The guys at Four Sigmatic have made consuming mushrooms and superfoods delicious and super easy to do with their Mushroom Coffees, Mushroom Superfood Blends and Mushroom Elixirs. Just add their products to a cup of hot water, mix them into your smoothies or shakes or add them to one of your favorite recipes. I have added them to my coffee, smoothies, muffins and yes even my pasta. You can not taste a difference. Mike is a huge fan too. You guys know I am always saying the answers to some of our health woes are literally laying on the ground we walk on. Four Sigmatic is proving me right. The more I learn from them the more I am soooooo excited about what this fungi can do for our health.

PS if you are having sleep issues than grab the reishi. I love it and it works. Reishi Mushroom Powder

This offer ends 9/1/2017 so be sure to grab your discount now before it’s too late. I do not think you will be disappointed. Remember to use coupon code allinthebalance to get that 10% off.

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Cheers!

 

Carrot, Zucchini Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce and Scallops

Carrot, Zucchini Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce and Scallops

Have you heard I am on a mission?  Some of you might know that I have an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s. It is a thyroid condition and how you get it, how it reacts in your body and what you do to heal it is a big controversial topic right now.  There are a lot of things that the experts in the field agree on and a lot of things they don’t.  I am digging in, learning, researching, interviewing and paying strict attention to my body as I head into this challenge of healing my Hashimoto’s. I have gone into FULL research and learning mode two times in my life, once when I was told I had psoriatic arthritis, also an autoimmune condition and now with Hashimoto’s.  According to lab tests I have had this condition about 10 years. Honestly I think I have had it a lot longer but it was not until I started learning about autoimmune conditions that I stood up and demanded more detailed blood tests to be done on my thyroid. YOU HAVE TO BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE. I say that in bold big letters because I shutter to think of where my health would be today had I not stood up and took over. Enough about autoimmune conditions for now, there will be much more later on but today it is all about this yummy recipe. This was a recipe I created working with what they call the autoimmune protocol. (AIP) I will be chatting with you a lot about this protocol in the near future but if you want to know more about it now here is a website for you to check out. This AIP protocol is just one way I am taking charge and healing my autoimmune condition.If only I knew back then what I know now. Poor lifestyle choices and food choices can haunt you forever but you are not a victim, you can heal.

Carrot, Zucchini Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce and Scallops

Makes 2 Servings
Pasta Ingredients
You need to spiralize 2 medium zucchinis- I love the kitchen aide spiralizer   
You need two cups of spiralized carrots. I used Trader Joes already done for you carrot spirals (in the frozen section)
You need one small onion chopped
You need 2 garlic cloves chopped
1-2 tablespoons of ghee or olive oil

Topping Ingredient
You need 8 BIG scallops- I like the big bag of frozen scallops from Trader Joes- bigger is better 🙂
1-2 tablespoon of ghee or olive oil

Sauce Ingredients
You need 1.5 cups ( give or take ) of cooked butternut squash. You can use the frozen stuff, the canned stuff or the fresh stuff.
You need 1/2 cup of coconut milk, full fat
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Season to your taste but if you are following the AIP diet avoid the spices here

Directions
Saute your onion and garlic in a little ghee/oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Next add in your carrot and zucchini and stir it well. Try and coat the noodles as best as you can with the ghee/oil. Move the heat to low. While this is cooking get out your blender, I use my blendtec and twister jar. (They are my FAVORITE blender and I use them both  several times a day)  Place your cooked butternut squash, coconut milk and cinnamon in the blender and blend till it has a creamy consistency. You can add more milk, squash and/or spice if you want to change the taste and consistency of the sauce. Taste it first and then add. You can use any of the AIP approved spices.

Next place another pan on the stove and add approx. 1 tablespoon of oil oil or ghee and put the heat on medium. Once the pan is good and hot add your scallops. You want them to cook at least 2-3 minutes on each side depending on their size. The goal is to cook them till they are no longer transparent. Once they are cooked, turn off the heat and leave them there. Now take your sauce and mix it in with the noodles. I like to transfer this to another bowl so I can really mix it well. I have tried mixing it in the noodle pan and I just make a mess 🙂 Now the crowning finish, plate the pasta and top each plate off with 4 cooked scallops.

Get creative, get in that kitchen.

Scallops are good sources of three minerals – phosphorus, magnesium and potassium
Carrots are an exceptionally rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A
Zucchini is one of the very low-calorie vegetables; provide only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is an excellent source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.
Butternut squash is rich in the B-complex group of vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid.

 

What does FIT mean to you?

What does FIT mean to you?

Hi readers, I am curious about something and I would love to hear from you. There is no right or wrong answer here. Before I start with a new advising client I ask them “What does FIT mean to you?” The answers vary all the time and I just find all of it fascinating. I love the way we are all unique and beat to our own drums. Remember there is no right or wrong answer here.

So what does Fit mean to you?

For me it has changed a little over the years. I am not sure if it is age, wisdom, getting tired, gaining more knowledge or what lol. I am wondering if it changes for others as well?

Ten years ago it was all about the size of my clothes, and a little bit about nutrition, honestly exercise was not even a thought of mine at this time of life.  5 years ago it was all about nutrition, how I looked in a selfie and obtaining some kick ass muscles.  Today it is ALL about the mind, body, balance and blood tests result thing for me lol. The mind body connection has taken over my desire to fit in a certain size or even looking good in that selfie. My doc laughs at me because I am always saying lets run a test and see how I am doing. I want them all to be green. ( green is optimal, yellow is borderline risk and red is high risk ) I take some pretty deep intense blood tests so I can work on being optimal not that silly in range stuff you get from your average lab.  We use the blood tests to measure where I am doing well and what I could improve on. Perfect would be nice but my goal is always to feel fit and feel groovy. Sometimes a blood test cant measure that nor is it the end all be all answer.  I only take them every six months but they have been such a great learning tool for me as I dive deeper into learning about my health. ( my new project is learning all I can how to heal autoimmune conditions- YES I 100% believe this can happen through lifestyle changes, supplements and other simple tweaks )

I now determine my health by how I feel not how I look. Do not get me wrong I am not saying I don’t want to look good, there is nothing better than feeling swanky in those jeans or yoga pants. How I look is just no longer the factor I use to determine if I am fit. A lot of people my age hide behind hormones as the reason they have gained weight. I have gained weight over the last 3 years and my hormones are changing BUT I am feeling fabulous, my blood tests rock and I feel FIT so – Yippee Skippy right? I get it if you are thinking “No-  not right”  This is where it is so awesome that we all think differently.   I am not saying my way is your way or the right way for everyone. I have clients that are in their 60’s and the #1 thing that motivates them to make a change is fitting in their clothes, it is what motivates them and they feel on top of the world when they pull out that dress and it fits. I have a new client who solely cares about her blood sugars. She does not care how I help her get there, she does not care about her clothes or how much she weighs, she just wants that one test to improve. Her motivating thing is different than another clients motivating thing but what matters is it is HER motivator to feeling good and FIT.

I have a lot of friends that are really into working out and I mean REALLY working out. I use to think they were obsessed and that it was not healthy to workout 3 times a day but then as I pondered the whole what does FIT mean to you question I realized it is THEIR feeling FIT that matters. Let’s be honest they probably think the same thing about me when I chew on salad and meditate all the time lol.

I am fascinated by this question and would really REALLY love to hear your thoughts on what being FIT means to you. Would you hit reply and share ? 🙂

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