Fit Friday for September 1st

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Thoughts and prayers go out this Friday to one of our own! Pearly is having surgery today, so we are wishing her a fast recovery! ❤

Since I know several of us will be heading to the hospital to show our support, I kept the Fit Friday pretty simple today. It’ll only take 15 minutes and there are only 6 exercises.

Here’s your workout! Have fun! ❤

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Fit Friday for August 25th

Can you believe next week will already be the first of September? Cooler weather ahead! … Hopefully! 😀

For your Fit Friday this week, you get to Build Your Own. You’ll go for 1 Round… 60 seconds on, and 20 seconds rest in between.

Remember, the Power exercises, you really want to do slow and controlled to maximize the burn. The Cardio section is to be done quickly (yet safely) to increase your heart rate.

Watch your form and have fun! ❤

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Vegan Gluten Free Bread

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I love, LOVE me some bread… So, when you can’t have gluten anymore, it’s pretty devastating to have to give it up. During our meal swaps with my parents, my mom was making this super tasty gluten free, vegan bread. I just couldn’t get enough of it. She gave me the recipe she had been using, and I only made a few little adjustments to reduce the oil and sugar… and, I didn’t have the exact ratios of flours, but it didn’t make a noticeable difference in taste. Next time, I’m going to test it out using unsweetened applesauce instead of the oil and see how that turns out. 😀

If you are looking for a fairly simple, but super yummy vegan, gluten free bread, this is a great one to try. It was adapted from A Little Insanity, Soft Gluten Free Vegan Bread. She has a lot of great gluten free recipes on her site.

Vegan Gluten Free Bread

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Here’s what you need:

YEAST MIX:

  • 1½ Cups Warm Water
  • 2½ Teaspoons Dry Active Yeast

AQUAFABA:

  • ¼ Cup Aquafaba – Liquid from canned Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)
  • ½ Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

DRY MIX:

  • 1 ¾ Cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 1 ¼ Cup Tapioca Flour
  • ½ heaping Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

WET MIX:

  • 1/8 Cup Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Here’s what you do:

YEAST MIX:

  • Measure out warm water (not too hot or cold). Stir in Yeast. Set-aside & let proof while you are preparing everything else.

AQUAFABA:

  • Pour the Aquafaba (Garbanzo Bean Liquid) along with the Cream of Tartar into the bowl of your stand mixer. Beat on high until stiff peaks form. With a spatula, scoop out the mixture into another bowl and set aside.

DRY MIX:

  • While the Aquafaba is mixing, combine all of the Dry Mix ingredients together in a bowl.

COMBINING IT ALL:

  • Add proofed Yeast to the stand mixer bowl.
  • Add in Dry Mix ingredients with the yeast. Beat slowly while adding in the Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Mix on Medium speed until dough is smooth.
  • Stop the mixer, then add in your aquafaba.
  • Mix on low speed until everything is well combined, being careful not to over-beat. (It only takes about 30 seconds.)
  • Spray a 9×5 Loaf Pan.

LET IT RISE, THEN LET IT BAKE:

  • Pour the bread mixture into your loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Set somewhere warm while your oven is preheating.
  • Preheat your oven to 375.
  • Let your dough rise about 20 minutes. It should not rise above your loaf pan.
  • Bake between 50-60 minutes.
  • Once the top is nice and golden brown and the center is cooked through, remove from oven and let cool only 1-2 minutes, then turn it out onto your cooling rack (lay the loaf on its side). Allow to cool completely before attempting to cut into slices.
  • Enjoy! ❤

 

Fit Friday for August 18th

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I’m SO ready for fall! Can y’all imagine how nice it’s going to feel to workout in 70 degree temps? I’ll probably turn some serious cartwheels when that first cold snap comes through! 😀

Here’s your workout for this weekend. At least you can do it inside in the air conditioning if you want to!

Have fun! ❤

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The Plant Based Revolution – Part 1

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Hippocrates was a brilliant man. Food can help or food can harm…which do you choose?

6-weeks ago, my husband and I went “vegan” (along with my mom, then eventually my dad too!). I say “vegan” because that word has such bad connotations, but it’s what most people know to mean, no animal products. The preferable term is “Whole Food Plant Based”, but not many people have heard of that. The difference is that “Whole Food Plant Based” is narrowing down the vegan diet to foods that are in their natural form, not highly processed and from plants. Technically, Oreos, Potato Chips and Coke are vegan, but that, of course, would not constitute a healthy diet. Oreos, Potato Chips and Coke are not whole foods and they’re all highly processed, so, they would not be a part of a WFPB diet.

I know the power of food. Suffering from migraines and eczema and actually healing my body with foods, I understand the importance of what’s on the end of your fork. What you put in your body is as important as what you leave out. Stayed tuned for future posts on my journeys to healing!

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I love research and scientific information. I love documentaries on health and nutrition. Knowledge is power and I believe in having a lot of it. So, when we came across the documentary What the Health on Netflix, I was really excited to watch it. It was shocking. Not only because we are ruining our planet by raising so much livestock, or because of the inhumane, cruel treatment of the poor animals that end up on our plates, but also because of the corruption of leading health organization, the government, Big Pharma and agribusiness. I wanted to learn more, so we binge watched more documentaries: Eating You Alive, Forks Over Knives and Vegan Everyday Stories. They all had the same basic premise: animal protein is not health promoting, corruption of our system, inhumane treatment of animals and the detrimental effects that agribusiness has on our environment. This led me to read the book, How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger, and watch videos on his website, www.nutritionfacts.org. With all of this scientifically based information, it all started making so much sense. Because of my eczema, we had already eliminated most of the animal protein we were eating. This time last year, we were having animal protein at least three times a day, then we reduced down to twice a day, then eventually, only once a day. I had researched how animal protein was acidic and inflammatory to your body, and with an inflammatory condition like eczema, I figured that cutting back was a good idea. After adding all of this new information to my knowledge toolbox, we went full-on vegan and haven’t looked back.

I also had an epiphany. Ever since I was a small child, I’ve always had a profound love of animals…any living beings, really. I’ve always been the kind of person that catches the spider in a glass, then carefully takes it outside rather than just squishing it. After witnessing the treatment these animals endure, it turned on a light bulb that really made me question why I had been eating the very beings that I so love. Like most everyone else, I was culturally and socially conditioned to not make the connection between what was on my plate and what it used to be. I felt so guilty and ashamed. The first Yama of the Yoga Sutras is ahimsa, translated as: nonviolence. Being a yoga instructor, I know this. But, by eating meat, I was condoning the violent treatment of those poor animals. It may have taken 35 years for that awareness to slap me in the face and open my eyes, but I’m certainly glad that it did. For me, there’s no turning back… I intend on fully practicing ahimsa without blinders on. I already feeling like I’m making a difference by not voting for violence with my dollars.

Of course, we’ve encountered the very common questions… “Where do you get your protein?” “Where do you get your calcium?” The same place that the biggest, strongest herbivores like cows, horses and elephants get theirs… PLANTS! Protein is found in abundance in the plant world, just like calcium. I mean, just look at these poor malnourished vegans, lol.

For us, we have loved the switch. Typically, we had a rotation of about 6 or 7 meals that we would have all of the time. Since we’ve gone plant based, I haven’t made the same thing twice! You try things you would have never tried before. It opens all of these possibilities and it’s been quite fun. I also sleep better, have more energy, my skin continues to clear, I’ve had less knee pain, and the list goes on. There’s no question that my body prefers the plant based lifestyle. We finally convinced my dad a few weeks ago to join us on this journey… He recently went through surgery to remove a massive tumor from his colon. In my studies, it has been found that animal protein and processed foods are the leading contributors to colon cancer. Luckily his tumor had not spread, so he got a second chance. We felt that he should make the most of it by taking better care of himself and not indulging in the very things that contributed to his cancer in the first place.

Plant based diets have been scientifically proven to REVERSE the number one killer in America, which is heart disease. (Check out Dr. Esselstyn) That is powerful! If simply changing your diet can prevent and reverse the leading killer in America, then you must be able to see why more organizations aren’t promoting this change. Money. Plain and simple. Doctors, hospitals, Big Pharma & health organizations don’t profit from you being healthy. They profit from sick people… If they can keep you just sick enough to keep coming back for medicine after medicine and procedures and surgeries, then they keep making their mega dollars, all the while, the cure for your ailment was probably right there in the produce department. It’s all so mind-boggling to me that our system is set up that way, but, it’s the sad truth.

I know that nutrition is so confusing. One day you’ll read that ______ is good for you. The next day you read it’s bad for you. Ahhhhh! So what do you do?!?!?!  For one, you must consider the source. If a study is funded by say, the beef industry, then of course their funded study will have favorable results. Dr. Greger put it best… He says that if all of these industries can keep you just confused enough to the point you don’t know what’s right and what’s not, then you’ll eventually just throw up your hands in frustration and decide to just do what you want to do. Most everyone will tell you that they don’t eat enough vegetables or that they know they need to eat more. Why is that? Because most everyone will agree that vegetables are what’s healthy for you. If you know that, then just eat more… it’s that simple and it might even make you feel better! What you eat now is going to affect you later in life. Why wait until you have a health problem to make a healthy change?

It is not my intention to bash anyone that eats a certain way, or to try and force anyone into my way of thinking. Each to their own… Everyone has their own reasons for doing what they do and I certainly respect that, just as I hope you respect my decision for doing what I do. My goal is simply to share my own personal experiences and knowledge I’ve obtained through research, then you may do with it what you will.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

Peace & Love,

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Fit Friday for August 4th

Happy Friday Campers!

We’re keeping it simple this week with exercises you’ve all done MANY times! This is actually a Fit Friday from last session. It’s always a good idea to revisit ones you’ve done before to see how much you’ve progressed!

I’m feeling generous this week, so, alternatively, you can choose a different workout if you like. It doesn’t even have to be a prior Fit Friday. Running, swimming, biking, hiking… anything that gets you moving!

I’ll be thinking about you all while we’re on the beach today! See ya Monday! ❤

 

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