Fit Chic’s Find Positivity in All You Do …

So this past week, I have been really working on keeping a positive mindset in all that I do! Being mindful of not immediately going to the negative, watching things that don’t serve me, and my associations in the past week. This doesn’t mean I was perfect or didn’t have any negativity by any means .. but the one take away I had was my mood was better all around. I started to look at things from a whole new light, and most of all I felt better physically and mentally!

For example, if I didn’t want to do something like workout, make the bed, fold the clothes, cook dinner I would focus on all the positives surrounding those task. All of a sudden my mood and demeanor about the situation changed. If I was unhappy about movements in the workout I would tell myself be blessed you are able to move! If I didn’t want to fold the clothes, I changed my mindset to be happy I had so many clothes to fold. If I was annoyed by a situation I focused on what i could take positively from it. What I came to realize is how wonderful my life is, How much I have to be thankful for, and How life is really good when you learn to count your blessings!

Happiness and positivity are the two things that fuel and feed your soul. When you start to change your focus you actually perform better and feel better on the inside and out.

What do you need to do to make those tweaks to have positivity and happiness all around? First, do an assessment of the top five people you spend the most time with. This is an eye opening experience and can really make you see why you are in the place you are in! If you are married and your spouse is a “Debbie Downer” or your best friend is always talking about some drama …. This feeds you and sucks you dry!

You need to make a conscience effort to choose your words, the people in your life, and the things you watch or listen to. This will bring so much clarity on why you think and do the things you do! It will expand your horizons and make you stop and examine why you are in the place you are in. If you feel like life is not going your way, or your not seeing the results you want, or getting things you think you deserve start to to look at the same problem from a positive perspective and see how differently you will see this situation or place!

Here is a really interesting article from The Buffer Blog on how to rewire your brain for positivity and happiness.

In order to create ultimate “Happiness and positivity” keep in mind these three things:

Gratitude – When you are grateful and humble you are positive, and you value what’s important, and it attracts happiness.

Give Time – The more you give the happier you become. Winston Churchill said “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Relationships – When you create deep rooted relationships you actually live a longer healthier life. Not only do relationships help to make us happier, but also happy people tend to have more and better quality relationships. So working on our relationships is good for happiness and working on our happiness is good for our relationships. That’s a win win if you ask me!
Take these simple tips and challenge yourself for the next 7 days to chose to have a positive attitude and the results will amaze you!
Fit Chic 

A Fit Chic Friday Leaving You Motivated …

It’s FRIDAY!!!

What better way to get the weekend off to a great start … Then with the most inspirational quotes to put more pep in your step.

Whether you need help to get off the couch, leave your desk at lunch, or get up out of your cozy bed in the morning … Keep these quotes in your vision or memorized in your head to keep you pushing and motivated towards your goals!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Monkey Cereal …

Here is such an easy breakfast treat, midday snack, or after dinner treat that you and the family will love.

The best part is it takes 5 minutes to make.

Ingredients: 

1 banana peeled and cut into 1′ rounds

1/4 cup of raw cashews ( i use cashew pieces)

1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

1/4 cup of diced apple ( I used gala but you can use green or red)

1 tsp of cinnamon

1 – 2 tablespoons of nut butter ( I used almond)

1/2 – 3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk

Directions: 

In a cereal bowl place cut banana, apple, coconut, cashews, almond butter, and cinnamon. Pour the milk over the cereal and mix until the almond butter is evenly distributed.

Grab a spoon and indulge!

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

 

Top Fit Chic Apps To Download to Keep You Healthy and Happy

Keeping track of your nutrition and health is vital to see where you started, where your going, and a plan to get there.

Here are my top 5 favorite apps to help keep your health a priority!

#1 My Fitness Pal – has one of the largest food databases available in a food tracker, Whether you’re making something at home or eating out, MyFitnessPal can help you log it, and supports a number of popular restaurant menus. As you log your food, you get a complete picture of your diet, not just your overall calorie intake—that includes your sodium intake, your vitamin intake, cholesterol intake, and other nutritional information that can give you a better idea of what you’re eating beyond a simple daily calorie limit. It also has a Huge community which is great for support, recipes, tricks, tips, and motivating success stories.

#2 Meal Logger –  works on your desktop, iPhone, or Android and is super easy. Instead of entering each food and portion size individually, you just snap a picture of your food and upload it to your journal. You can also put a note that corresponds with your picture (i.e. “2 scrambled eggs and sweet potato”). Keeping track of your food literally takes 30 seconds! It also is fun and not so obsessive as some apps out there. You can also add a “Daily Note”, which patients have been using to enter some of the symptoms they had that day, keep track of blood sugar levels, or let me know that they had a stressful day.

#3 Shop well -tells you what’s in the food you’re buying at the grocery store and offers suggestions of new foods to try that fit with your lifestyle.
Simply scan any item in the grocery store and we’ll give you all of the information about that product. Create a profile with your food interests, and we’ll suggest similar products that best match your interests right in the store you’re standing in.

#4 My Diet Coach – helps you find your inner motivation, stay on track, make healthy lifestyle changes, resist food cravings, avoid exercise laziness and other weight loss difficulties by setting goals, tracking progress, good reminders (to drink water, walk, etc), motivation, fun rewards (who doesn’t like rewards) …

Now you have all the tools to make this year the most successful one yet!

Fit Chic 

A Fit Chic Hard Boiled Egg and Asparagus Salad …

Wondering what to do with those left over Easter eggs?

Well here is the perfect way to put those eggs to good use!

What goes better than bacon and eggs!!

INGREDIENTS:

2 large hard boiled egg, peeled and sliced

2 1/2 cups chopped asparagus

1/2 cup of cooked mushrooms

1/2 cup of diced yellow onion

2 slices cooked and crumbled bacon

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp of garlic powder

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

pinch pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add the asparagus and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until tender yet firm. Drain and chop into pieces and set to the side.
  2. In a small frying pan place mushrooms and onions in with a tablespoon of grass-fed butter or coconut oil. Cook on medium for 5 to 10 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  3. In a small bowl mix the Dijon, oil, vinegar, garlic and a pinch of pepper.
  4. Arrange the asparagus on a plate, top with egg and bacon and mushroom mix.
  5. Last drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

 

A Fit Chic Spring/Summer Buns and Guns Challenge …

Spring is in the air which means Summer is right around the corner. Warm Weather, Swimsuits, and Tank Tops all around. No need to dread summer this year as I have created a 30 day Fit Chic “Buns and Guns” workout plan to get you game ready for Summer!

Isolating those muscle groups will put a focus on attacking the two areas that are most common people want to see some results!

Now you will be flaunting those guns, and flexing those buns and feeling great.

30 days is also a really great opportunity to have a goal, keep it simple, and make it effective.

My Fit Chic pro tip is to get up first thing in the morning and rock these workouts!

This will help you feel great during the day, check it off the list, and not allow anything to get in the way!

Fit Chic 

Buns and Guns

Fit Chic Easter Perfection …

Easter Brunch brings family, friends, and food … Sometimes you want to do something a little different than ham for an Easter meal. Here is the perfect recipe that still keeps you in Easter spirit, but brings a new twist the whole family will be talking about!

Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast

Ingredients

8 large garlic cloves

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 (3 1/2 to 4-pound) tied boneless pork loin roast

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta

1 1/2 cups chicken broth (free-range)

1 1/2 cups dry white wine

Directions

Blend the garlic, rosemary, thyme, and oil in a small food processor, scraping down the sides of the bowl occasionally, until the garlic is minced.

Sprinkle the pork roast generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the pancetta slices on a work surface, overlapping slightly and forming a rectangle. Spread half of the garlic mixture over 1 side of the pork and between the 2 loins that meet in the center of the tied pork roast. Place the pork, garlic mixture side down, in the center of the pancetta rectangle. Spread the remaining garlic mixture over the remaining pork. Wrap the pancetta slices around the pork. Place the pork in a roasting pan. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour 1/2 cup of broth and 1/2 cup of wine into the roasting pan.  Add more broth and wine to the pan juices every 20 minutes. Roast the pork until a meat thermometer inserted into the center registers 145 degrees F for medium-rare, about 1 hour. Transfer the pork to a cutting board. Tent with aluminum foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour the pan drippings into a glass measuring cup and spoon off any fat that rises to the top.

Using a large sharp carving knife, cut the pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices and serve with the pan juices.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

Fit Chic Fun with the Family this Easter

Easter is all about family, food, and faith. With all these components surrounding this blessed holiday how can we put the “Fun” and “Fit” into it as well?

A favorite past time is decorating eggs and hiding them .. So lets take Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Baskets to the next level.

#1 Make A Workout Game Out of the Hunt:

Grab a dozen or more plastic eggs (purchase the ones that separate into two) and on small sheets of colored or plain paper write fun workout moves to do when the egg gets open.

For Example in each egg:

10 squats

5 pushups

10 situps 

10 mountain climbers

25 Jumping Jacks 

#2 Fitness Easter Egg Basket Items: 

  1. Jump Rope
  2. Frisbee
  3. Sidewalk Chalk for Hop Scotch
  4. Handball
  5. Fun Water Bottles

#3 Activity Themed Easter Baskets: Skip the treats this year, and create a theme around a hobby or sport your child loves. 

For example Make a gardening theme, Beach theme, or a favorite sport theme

Seeds, gardening tools and pots

Pool or beach toys

Baseball Bat, Baseballs, and bases (all can be purchase at the dollar store).

Now you have all the tools you need to keep your kids feeling happy and healthy this Easter Day!

Fit Chic 

 

 

The Perfect Fit Chic Easter Quiche….

 This is Perfect for Easter Brunch, it is one that the whole family will love. It is also very pretty to look at too! This recipe will definitely have everyone talking at this year’s Easter festivities.

Ingredients – Serves 8 
Crust
– 1 Cup almond flour
– 1/4 Cup olive oil
– 1/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp sea salt

Filling: 

16 eggs

1 onion diced

1 cup of  broccoli

1 cup of spinach

2 cloves of garlic

3 tablespoons of sun-dried tomatoes

3 cups of mushrooms

2 Tbsp of Chives (chopped)

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Optional – 2 Tbsp of Goat Cheese

Directions
1.  Pre-heat oven to 375
2.  In a small bowl mix together the crust ingredients
3.  Spread the crust in a thin layer over the bottom of the baking dish  and bake in the oven for 10 minutes – until crust is brown and hardened.  Remove and set aside.
4.  While crust is baking, heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and add the garlic and onions, once onions have browned  add mushrooms, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, and chives until cooked through.
6.   Set aside.
7.  In a bowl, whisk together eggs
8.  Pour the skillet mix into the bowl with the eggs and stir together.
9.  Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish.  If you’re using goat cheese, sprinkle it over the top of the eggs and it will blend in during baking.
10.  Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes – or until the eggs are cooked (stick a fork in and if it comes out fairly dry, it’s finished).

This recipe is delicious and perfect for a family brunch, or luncheon.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic