I found this article from Lisbeth Darsh and thought it was such a powerful read ..
We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others, not feeling good enough, Not fit, too fit, not tall, too tall etc ..
Women are never satisfied and always harping on “how we can be better” or “why we are not good enough”.
Why don’t we choose to focus on all the value we are adding to this world, all the beauty we have to offer, and all the talents we are willing to give …
This article will directly coincide with finding answers for the roadblocks above.
Love the beautiful YOU that you are!
Don’t let this Super Bowl Sunday Get You off Track!
Here are some great recipes to indulge, enjoy, and still stay on track!
A Veggie Platter:
Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Peppers, Mushrooms, Squash, Tomatoes, zucchini etc…
Buffalo Chicken Wings in a Gluten Free Peanut Sauce
1 lb. chicken wings
2 T. almond butter
1/4 C. hot pepper sauce
1-2 T. wheat-free tamari or hoison sauce
2 t. olive oil
Bake wings at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
In saucepan, melt almond butter heating slowly.
Stir in hot pepper sauce, tamari, and olive oil. If sauce gets too thick, add a little more tamari and oil.
Brush wings with sauce.
Bake for 10 more minutes.
Turn over and baste with sauce.
Bake 10 more minutes.
Sweet Potato Chips
1 small mango, peeled and chopped
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Carefully peel mango and slice flesh from seed. Follow above instructions to peel tomato and coarsely chop. In a food processor, combine chopped red onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, and lime juice. Pulse until coarsely ground. Add mango and tomato and pulse until desired texture is achieved. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust any other ingredients as necessary. Pour into serving dish and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
4 ripe avocados
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of red onion
cilantro to taste
a pinch of Tony’s Creole Seasoning
a splash of salsa
(for added spice put in jalapeno)
Mash avocados, then add chopped onion, cilantro and garlic. Mix throughout, and then add salsa, creole seasoning, and jalapeno.
4 lb pork roast
2 onions, sliced, divided
1 onion, chopped
5 or 6 whole cloves
2 cups water
16 oz bottle of gluten free BBQ sauce
salt and pepper
Place one sliced onion at the bottom of Crock Pot.
Stud pork roast with cloves and season with salt and pepper.
Place roast in slow cooker on top of the sliced onion. Cover with the second sliced onion and add enough water to fill Crock Pot two-thirds of the way.
Cover and cook on low 8 to 12 hours.
Remove roast. Remove and discard cloves, bone and fat as well as any water, onions and grease remaining in pot.
When pork roast is cool enough to handle, use a fork or your fingers to pull it apart until the entire roast is shredded.
Return the pulled pork to the crock pot. Mix in the chopped onion and BBQ sauce and cover. Heat on high for 1-3 hours or until the onions are soft.
Bacon Wrapped Dates:
Ingredients: (adjust for the amount of people you have, usually plan on 2-3 per person)
Whole Pitted Dates
Roasted Pecan Halves
Uncured Bacon (raw) sliced in 1/2 or 1/3 to fit around date
Preheat oven to 400
Place a pecan piece inside each date. Wrap date in a piece of bacon and secure with a tooth pick Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes (start checking them when it gets close). The bacon should be cooked and crisp-ish. Serve Hot!
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 large steak cut into chunks (or stew meat)
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes and chilies
1 small can tomatillo salsa (in the Mexican food aisle)
large onion diced
1/8 cup almond flour (this is optional for thickening, omit if you have a nut allergy)
about 2 cups of beef broth
3 cloves garlic minced or about
2 tsp garlic 1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbs ground cumin
3-4 tbs chili powder
Put about 2 tbs olive oil in a pan and get it screaming hot. Sear the chunks of steak in batches (don’t crowd or it won’t brown). It doesn’t have to be cooked at this point, just brown and pull it out. Add a little more oil if needed and add diced onion to kind of brown a bit. Add the beef stock and let it cook until it is reduced by half (this gives a really meaty base). Add in ground beef and almond flour. Stir until it browns a bit. Add garlic, spices, tomatoes, and steak chunks. Simmer on low heat for a couple of hours.
and last but not least….
Buffalo Sliders Wrapped in Romaine Lettuce Leaves:
2lbs of ground bison
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
2 cloves of garlic
2 tsp of Olive Oil
2 tbsp of Butter (grassfed preferably)
1 sliced onion
1/2 cup of mushrooms (optional)
In a large skillet heat oil, garlic, onion, mushrooms, pepper, and butter till onions are grilled and browned.
In a separate bowl add the bison and pour skillet mixture into bison and mix throughout.
Then throw on the grill, or put them back on the skillet and fry them.
Save the Best for Last … Super Bowl Cocktails:
Why do we have to take the “fun” out of parties just because we are living healthier…
WE DON’T! Here are a list of Cocktails these taste delicious and aren’t loaded with extra calories and sugars.
4. Super Bowl Punch
Not too sweet yet not too tangy, delicious for any occasion
3 6 oz. of Lite lemonade
1 2 liter bottle lemon lime flavored water
1 750ml. bottle red wine
1 orange sliced
1 lemon sliced
1 oz of Hypnotiq
1 oz of Blueberry Vodka
Splash of Club Soda
Handful of Blueberries
Fill a tall glass with ice, sprinkling the blueberries throughout as you do. Add the Hypnotiq liqueur, blueberry vodka, and club soda. Garnish with mint.
1 oz of Cointreau
Prosecco or Champagne
Half an orange – sliced
Top with orange flavored soda water
Fill a wine glass with ice and slices of half an orange. Add soda water and cointreau. Fill remainder of glass with your choice of prosecco and champagne.
Wine is always a plus too especially not high in sugar like a Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Shiraz.
Now Super Bowl will be extra enjoyable this year!
Are you feeling full, bloated, and uncomfortable?
Are you wondering why you are constantly having stomach pains or gas?
Here are some of the top Fit Chic Tips to ease your stomach pain and bloating naturally for good!
# 1 Hot Lemon Water: A Glass of lemon water a day keeps the doctor away .. Lemon is good for you in a number of ways, but one of the biggest benefits is it eases gas pain. The acidity in lemon stimulates the production of HCL (hydrochloric acid) which is what breaks down our food. More HCL = food breaking down more efficiently = less bloating and gas. The water flushes your system and keeps your digesting tract moving along smoothly. So instead of a warm glass of milk, try a warm glass of lemon water !
# 2 Ginger – Not only does ginger taste great in stirfrys, dressings, or just as chews it also helps with bloating prevention. Ginger is a metabolism booster and a thermogenic food, so it helps to heat the body from the inside out and will help with weight loss and bloating.
# 3 Peppermint: Peppermint is great for soothing churning stomachs and easing gas pains. Its essential oil contains menthol, which has an helps relax your stomach and ease digestion. It also soothes nerves, and therefore can soothe stomach aches that stem from stress and nervousness.
# 4 Enzymes: Such as NOW super enzymes helps break down your food and support healthy digestion. Formulated with Bromelain, Ox Bile, Pancreatin and Papain, Super Enzymes helps to optimize the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates and protein, and leave you feeling great after every meal.
# 5 Fennel Seeds: Fennel has been used for thousands of years as a healing remedy. The fennel seed contains several key essential oils that help with inflammation, kill bacteria and microbes, Which is the perfect solution to reduce any inflamed tummy!
Now you have the tools to be a lean mean fighting machine.
I love quick, easy, delicious recipes that the whole family will love. Pizza is everyone’s favorite so why not have the pizza taste without the pizza aftermath hangover!
1-2 lbs of grass-fed beef.
5 lbs bulk Italian sausage
1-15 ounce jar pizza sauce
1 6 oz can of diced black olives
3 cups fresh spinach
16 slices pepperoni
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup of diced onion
1/2 cup of diced green pepper
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/2 cup of bone broth
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon of thyme
2 teaspoons of basil
2 potatoes peeled and diced
In a crock pot, combine sausage and ground beef with potatoes, onions, mushrooms, green pepper, broth, spinach. olives, and tomatoes.
Next, add pizza sauce and spices, Then place pepperoni and sun-dried tomatoes on top.
Cook on medium for 4-6 hours. Let cool slightly and serve.
Refrigerate remaining and it tastes even better left over!
Resolutions are so often focused around weightless or physical results. But what if you used this 2016 to change your outlook and change your life.
What if this year we took a happiness and positivity challenge?
What is this you ask?
What if for the next 30 days you chose to look at the glass half full. Smile not frown, Love instead of hate, treat others the way you want to be treated instead of how you feel they “deserve” to be treated.”deserve” to be treated.
Here is a calendar to keep you on the track of feeling happy and positive this 2016 ..
I have been personally doing this in my own life and the results have been so amazing!
Here’s to making 2016 your Best Year Yet!
Did you know that Fruits and Vegetables are not only great for your overall health, they can also help with weight – loss. too!
Here are the top fruits and vegetables to add to your list …
Here’s a list of foods rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Not only are they healthy for your body they taste delicious too!
Blueberries and strawberries are one of the tops foods to aid in your health and fitness goals…
- Bell Peppers
- Chili peppers
- Sweet potatoes
Which Bottle Are You Going to Pick?
Why when we start a health plan do we associate that with being a hermit and not being able to have any fun at all. Just because you have made your health a priority does not mean your social life has to become extinct.
Here is some great advice on how to drink responsibly and not feel like you have completely sabotaged your goals in the process.
I personally have used these tips when going out, and I never feel hungover, too drunk, or unhealthy. So try it out for yourself, and feel what a difference tequila and soda water make!
# 1 Act like a Fine Wine: – red wine in particular. Because of antioxidants such as resveratrol, which can help prevent damage to blood vessels, lower “bad” cholesterol, and prevent blood clots, when consumed in moderation, red wine is often considered to be a healthy alcoholic option!
A tip I like to use it drink a glass of water before I order and after I finish my glass. Now I am drinking two to three glasses of water for every 1 glass of wine and keeping my body hydrated.
#2 Add Soda Water and Lime to Tequila – This has a low sugar content, very refreshing, and keeps you hydrated and satisfied! This is a Fit Chic Margarita that will leave you feeling festive not foggy.
# 3 Avoid Beers and Stick to Low Sugar Ciders – Beer is made from wheat, barley, and hops which inflames us, bloats us, and gives us a gut that isn’t healthy for us. Try Cider Beers which are fermented beer from apples and or pears.
Watch out for Cider Beers that are high sugar content and stick to the following brands below: Crispin Cider
# 4 Stick to clear booze and add a splash– like vodka (derived from potatoes), or bacardi (white rum),. I love the Bacardi O and soda water with fresh oranges. You can do lemon vodka and fresh lemons with water or soda water. You can also tell your bartender to make a vodka soda water and add a splash of cranberry. Now you are getting the cranberry taste without the loaded sugars and calories.
Also the key is to drink earlier in the day that way by 9,10 o’clock you will be ready for bed, just when your body and mind are ready for bed too. The more sleep that you get, the better your body will feel!
So try it out for yourself, and feel what a difference tequila and soda water make!
This is the perfect recipe for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner!
2 large sweet potatoes mashed and skin removed
1 tbs coconut oil
1 small onion diced
1 green pepper diced
1 red pepper diced
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon of ghee or grass-fed butter
1 tsp of cilantro
1 cup of full fat canned coconut milk
1 cup of steamed broccoli
1 cup of diced Brussel sprouts
1 6 ounce can of diced green chili’s
1 avocado diced
8 pieces of bacon diced
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine warm mashed sweet potato and coconut oil. Place in the bottom of a 9 inch round pan. Place in the oven for 10 -15 minutes until lightly brown and a little crisp.
In a medium skillet place ghee or butter bacon, garlic, and vegetables until bacon is cooked and vegetables are soft.
Pour veggies into bowl and top with eggs, coconut milk, and avocado.and whisk until ingredients are completely mixed.
Pour egg mixture over sweet potato crust and Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 minutes … Until eggs are lightly brown on top and the sides.
It makes me so excited to see wonderful articles, pictures, instagrams etc … about professional athletes incorporating yoga into their training and seeing amazing results!
Have you heard of Lebron James, Novak Djokovic, Vernon Davis, Kevin Love, Evan Longoria, Tom Brady (just to name a few)?
Not only are they the top Professional Athletes in the world they also all practice Yoga!
They all say how much yoga has impacted their sport in such a positive way! They are calmer in games, strengthens muscles and helps with nagging aches and pains/injuries during the season.
Tom Brady States: “it’s great for flexibility, it’s therapeutic, and great for your attitude.”
With yoga, you have sustained muscular contraction, and you’re building strength through that range of motion and adding function.
The best part it doesn’t take much to make a BIG impact. You can do 1-2 yoga practices per week for 30 -90 minutes and you will feel like a million bucks!
If the top athletes in the world are “practicing” and seeing results why wouldn’t’ you?