Archive for February, 2014

February 13, 2014

Happy Singles Awareness Day!!!

 

Happy Singles Awareness Day! Well I came across this picture above and thought wow… that is so me!  This year on Valentines Day I find myself alone yet again. 🙂 But I’m not sad or depressed or one bit discouraged.

Yes, I had a wonderful trip planned which fell through and yes my daughter is spending the next 5 – count em five long days away from me with her Dad in Florida. I could be blue but I’m really not which tells me yes! I have finally succeeded in being happy with myself! Just little ol me. And that my friends is a cause for me to celebrate! I’m going to enjoy the next  few days doing whatever I want!

Maybe some long over due spa time, shopping, catching a movie that’s not a cartoon and a dinner with friends! Sounds amazingly perfect!

Wherever you are this Singles Awareness Day or as some people call it …Valentines Day! I wish you all the love and contentment you desire.  It’s there and yours for the taking.  

Kathy 

 

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February 11, 2014

Busyness, Juicing, and One-handed Blogging

ImageLet’s be real for a sec… I don’t always eat clean. And I drink alcohol. And coffee. Aaaand I just made Valentine’s S’mores with my niece. (Pausing for reactions and gasps…) When life hands me curve balls, I have my go-to items, products, and recipes to keep me on track. I have the ideals I strive to maintain–eat spinach every day, juice or have a daily smoothie, take my OneBode enzymes and multi-vitamin, and stay away from sugar (loops on the S’mores). Some days are filled with variables out of my control, which is why I carry a fiber supplement in my purse (a drink and supplements for variety on the road), Spark packets (for when I can’t even wait for the coffee to brew before starting my day), ImmuneCleanse (to boost my immune system even when I’m not getting the immune-boosting foods I need.) Supplementing is a way of life for me, and I think it’s fine to use helpers now and again. It’s the consistent choices you make that will appear in the mirror, on your skin, and in how well you function.  

2014 has started off to be one big curve ball, and I’m proud to say all of my helpers still don’t disappoint. I even managed to lean up and gain some muscle as a bonus. As I type this, I am sitting in an airport terminal unable to find a decent meal, so Advocare’s Raw Meal bar is the winner. I have my protein powder with me, but let’s face it, there’s no neat and classy way to prepare that in a crowded terminal. I’m leading a metabolic purification challenge group right now, so I’ve packed my travel smoothie blender to get my greens in. (The travel juicers available are still too cumbersome for me.) The day just goes better when it begins with juiced or blended greens. I blend in protein for heartier meals, fiber for filling snacks, and sometimes even frozen fruit for a different texture every so often. I think nutrition is better blended. Don’t buy it? Try it! I dare you! I wasn’t a believer, at first either. Now, I’m sorry I wasn’t more disciplined sooner. Note that if we ever have a business meeting together, we will probably meet in a juice or smoothie bar. 

Even during these hurried,crazy seasons of life, I still love sitting down to a home-cooked meal with my husband. It’s become even more cherished since we are such an on-the-go family right now. Using a little help to fill in the nutritional gaps in between these precious meal times helps us blend family, career, success, and… well, life well. 

My latest favorite blended creations

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The Apple Crisp

Ingredients

  • Apples – 5 medium (3″ dia) 910g
  • Celery – 2 stalk, large (11″-12″ long) 128g
  • Oranges (peeled) – 2 fruit (2-5/8″ dia) 262g

 

  

 

ImageLean Green Aid

Ingredients

  • Apples (granny smith) – 4 medium (3″ dia) 728g
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long) 192g
  • Kale – 2 leaf (8-12″) 70g
  • Lemon (peeled) – 1 fruit (2-1/8″ dia) 58g
  • Spinach – 4 cup 120g

 

Liver Refresher

Ingredients

  • Apples – 4 medium (3″ dia) 728g
  • Cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, small (4″ dia) 141.75g
  • Lime – 1 fruit (2″ dia) 67g

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A-Game Drink

Ingredients

  • Apples – 3 medium (3″ dia) 546g
  • Celery – 4 stalk, large (11″-12″ long) 256g
  • Ginger – 1/4 thumb (1″ dia) 6g
  • Lemon (with rind) – 1/2 fruit (2-1/8″ dia) 29g
  • Spinach – 5 handful 125g
  • Protein powder – 1/2 serving

 Oh and by the way… I typed, prepared, and posted this blog with one hand, as I rocked by new baby niece to sleep with the other arm. Yes, I have my super hero cape on. Cheers!  –Lacey

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February 10, 2014

Are you bikini ready?

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Now, being in a bikini may not be a goal of yours, but feeling comfortable in your own skin probably is. So, what are you doing to achieve these goals? I normally tell you to step away from the scale…it messes with your head, fluctuates daily, and can impede your progress if you focus solely on that. However, I have found a new scale that I am ADDICTED to and I have to share it with you. So, as you may remember from a previous blog, I have a FitBit, which I am also addicted to. It tracks my activity level as well as my sleep. Well on the app there is place to input your weight. So instead of adding it manually I now have a Withings Health Mate scale, which automatically syncs with my FitBit. It tells me my weight, my body fat percentage, my resting heart rate, and the quality of the air in the room it is in (they recommend you put your scale in your bedroom since air quality matters when getting quality sleep). The actual number on the scale is not what I care about..whether it says 142 or 146, I don’t care as I look good and feel good and know I trained hard. But I like the consistency of tracking the daily fluctuation as well as the body fat percentage and RHR. Put that in with my daily steps, activity level, and sleep and I feel like I am really getting to track my overall fitness and health to lead me to an optimal me. And, if I do just that, I am already on my way to that bikini body! To find out more about the Withings Health Mate , click the link below:

 

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February 10, 2014

Treats for Your Sweets–Homemade Love

dog with heartsAre some of your favorite valentines of the furred or feathered persuasion? Mine too! Because I’m a cat mama, I’ve often wondered what tasty treats I could fix that are also gentle on our cats’ sensitive stomachs. I know our fur children are spoiled rotten, but I can’t help myself! In rooting around for pet-friendly recipes, I found all kinds of cute ideas. Here are a few recipes to get you started treating the treasured beasties in your life. Note: Before you strap on your apron, it’s always a good idea to first check with your vet about foods your pet cannot or should not consume.

Furry Felines

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Baked Tuna Hearts: Take canned tuna, shape into little hearts, and then bake in the oven until warm. For a little extra craziness, you can add a bit of catnip to the hearts. Remember, all cat treats should be shared in small doses—too much unaccustomed food, fat, sugar, or anything can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and indigestion for your kitty.

Heart-Shaped Melons: You can use fresh watermelon or cantaloupe and cut the melon into heart shapes, if you like. But if you don’t have a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a sharp knife will do—and as we all know, cats couldn’t give a flip what shape their fruit is in. They want the sweet treats, pronto!

Mashed Frozen Banana: Sounds good enough for us people to eat, right?  Just slice a banana, freeze it, then when you are ready, blend the frozen banana into a creamy, icy treat. Or you can thaw the banana a bit and mash with a spoon.

More Ideas: The Pet Café (part of the Cockatiel Cottage site I mention later in this post) has lots of ideas not only for your feline friends but also for dogs and, of course, birds. Love it! http://www.cockatielcottage.net/biscuitsnbones/main.html

 

Doggie Love

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Warning: There are a few foods that you do NOT want to use. Dogs can become very ill if they consume chocolate or cocoa (use carob as a substitute), grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol, onions, coffee grounds, and potato leaves/stems/sprouts.

Sweet Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. whole-wheat flour
  • ½ Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ c. natural peanut butter
  • ½ c. low-fat milk
  • Heart-shaped or bone-shaped cookie cutter

Directions:

Start by preheating your oven to 475 degrees. next, combine flour and baking powder in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the peanut butter with the milk. Add the wet mixture into the large bowl and mix thoroughly until it creates a dough.

Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface until it is about ¼-in. thick. Use your cookie cutter to cut out treats. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook for 12-14 minutes. Make sure to let them cool before giving them to your pup friend! Recipe courtesy of Aromatic Delights and the Austin Humane Society.

 

More Ideas: Scampering Paws is packed with great information on all kinds of dog-related issues, and they have a fabulous amount of dog-friendly recipes. Check them out at http://www.scamperingpaws.com/dogtreats.shtml.

Another great site is the pet-centric division of PopSugar, aptly named PetSugar. Here’s the link to 8 pet-friendly recipes, including 1 for cats and another for birds. Super cute! http://www.petsugar.com/Pet-Friendly-Recipes-31915040#photo-31915113

 

Feathered Friends

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We don’t want to forget the bird owners out there, do we? Alyson Burgess, from About.Com, came up with this wonderful recipe:

Honey Banana Birdie Bites
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

* 2 Whole Bananas
* 1 Egg
* 1/4 cup Honey
* 3 tbsp. Banana (or other fruit) Baby Food
* 1/4 cup Millet, Oats, or Chopped Almonds
* 1 tsp. Vegetable Oil

Preparation:
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet with 1 tsp. of vegetable oil and set aside. Peel both bananas and slice them into discs with a sharp knife. In a medium sized bowl, combine the egg (shells optional), honey, and baby food. Dip banana discs into the mixture and place on the cookie sheet. Once you have all the discs in place, top them with millet, oats, or chopped almonds. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, and then let cool to room temperature.

 

More Ideas: The Cockatiel Cottage is another charming site I discovered. It is simply bursting with anything you could possibly imagine about caring for your cockatiel. What I really loved was the massive recipe index for cockatiels or other birds in your life. This whole site was a delight! http://www.cockatielcottage.net/biscuitsnbones/maincc.html

As you can see, there are so many great ideas out there for delighting your animal companions this Valentine’s Day. I’ll bet you find something really scrumptious!

Purrs & kisses, Brooke

My Tiki

My Tiki–he looks thrilled, doesn’t he? Ha!

February 9, 2014

Share the Love!

Share the Love!

Compassion for others and self-compassion are always welcomed and appreciated. The world needs more of both. BIG HUGS!

February 6, 2014

SEXY at 60!

I hope 60 looks like this for me!

I hope 60 looks like this for me!

So if you have been watching the news lately I am sure you have seen that Christie Brinkley turned 60. Yes, peeps, 60! She was one of my favorite supermodels back in the day. I especially remember her in Chevy Chase’s National Lampoon’s Vacation when she was in the red Ferrari, I had a girl crush on her back then. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTN7utu_JSI So funny!(Loved this movie!) As time went on I would see her pop up in the news here and there. Then she caught my attention when she was on the cover of People. I thought “60? No way, has that much time passed by that she is 60 now?” I guess so, I will be 40 this year myself. Wow, where did the time go?

I think I am leaving my 30's in decent shape!

I think I am leaving my 30’s in decent shape!

Seeing this cover, how amazing she looked, and reading her story, I was very impressed. She is a strong woman. I admire her. I can’t compare myself to her, we all have our own story. But I hope when I reach 60, not only do I want to look amazing, but be strong. Life is tough, it is how you handle it day by day with a positive attitude. I will be the BIG 40 this year, even though 60 is far away for me right now, I know that 60 can be SEXY! Thank you Christie for giving me hope for the future. Until then, I will live day by day. 60 will be here for me before I know it! 🙂

Love and Lunges,

Marzia

February 6, 2014

My Angel on Earth

Have you ever met an angel on earth?  Well I did and I want to introduce her to you.  Her name is Nadine Romain, she is a PhD in BioMedical Science, certified hypnotherapist, yoga instructor, and my angel.  She has so many other titles and tons of formal education, too long to list.

I met Nadine when I was 7 months pregnant and looking for an alternate option to a hospital birth.  After touring the hospital where my doctor delivered babies, I learned that my doctor may or may not be around to deliver my child (the person I was most confident and secure with throughout my pregnancy – not available and that in addition to pain meds, medication could be given to me to speed up or delay my delivery process depending on my doctor availability).  I was not impressed and knew I wanted to deliver my daughter without outside interference or the use of drugs and in the most natural setting as possible.

I began researching birthing centers and I found one I liked.  I also began researching birth doulas and that’s when I found Nadine.  She taught a program called Hypnobirthing.  You can learn more about Hypnobirthing here.   http://hypnobirthing.com/howitworks.htm

After a chat with Nadine on the phone I went to meet her and knew that is exactly where I was supposed to be.  She taught me the Hypnobirthing method and so much more.  We met weekly to prepare for the actual child birth and labor.  She equipped me with the skills to deliver my daughter in natural, peaceful, calm environment and to trust in the fact that my body knew exectly what to do when relaxed.  In fact, I was so calm I slept through my entire labor and when I called Nadine in the morning to tell her I thought I was close she immediately rushed over and told me the baby was coming now! We rushed to the birthing center and within the hour I was holding my dear sweet baby girl.

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Now that was my experience and I couldn’t have had such a positive experience without Nadine’s help.  My mother and sisters both suffered horrific labors and eventually went into c-sections.  I’m sure I would have been the same had I not met Nadine and done the preparation work for childbirth.

Since my daughter was born I have turned to Nadine to help me with so many other issues.  She is my hypnotherapist and comes from a place of true love and healing.  I didn’t have the best childhood and she helped me to heal and release the scars of the past through hypnotherapy.  She has helped me release pain from my physical body, shed my old self and continue to develop into the person I want to be.

If you are pregnant and looking for other options, research on your own and if you are even a little curious call Nadine and have a chat with her.  If you need to quit smoking or are blocked somewhere in your life, give her a call, you have nothing to lose and so much to gain.

You can learn more about Nadine in her in her own words.

Nadine’s Website

http://www.painfree-now.com/About-Nadine.html

Best, And in health and fashion of course!

Kathy

February 4, 2014

It Is Well With My…

Check out my 30 Day Guide to Healthier Living at www.lectrochi.com

Check out my 30 Day Guide to Healthier Living at http://www.lectrochi.com

What does wellness mean to you? Are you well if you’re out of the doctor’s office? Are you well if you’re in top fitness condition and eat super clean? Does being happy make you well? As long as you’re disease-free, your well, right? Does completing a detox program make you instantly well? To me, wellness is a state of life when I feel, look, and perform my best. It’s all relative though, because my best may be different from your best and vice versa.

Some days, I am content with getting a good, sweaty workout in. I know if I start the day off with a good workout, I’ll make decent decisions with everything else the day throws at me. I have a friend who has to have her coffee and quiet time every day. If it doesn’t happen in the morning, she schedules a “meeting” at 3 or 4 in the afternoon. She knows this pause in the day is necessary for her wellness. Another client has to watch her nutrition. She feels in control of her wellness if she’s in control of her diet. It’s a game to her, and one she has to win.

Then come the days where we. are. not. well. You can’t plan for these days. Everything gets a bit off in an unintentional, uncontrollable way. Of course, we manage through appropriately, but on these days we may not get our quiet time in, or our workout in, and we may not be eating as clean as we hope. Life goes on. On these days, I like to help clients cope using humor and joy. Life is way too short to be so hard on yourself. Here’s a clip of something I sent to a client who loves animals and who happened to be having a crappy day. She called me, distraught over missing her workout. She didn’t actually miss it, she just didn’t go. She couldn’t make it happen. Oh well!

I sent her this video to 1. make her smile 2. show her some quick strengthening moves she could do before bedtime 3. let my pups show off their talents. Mission accomplished! She called with gratitude and said she snort-laughed. I take that as a good thing. Enjoy the clip! Oh, and just for fun… I added a recipe you can try on a day you need to cuddle with something sweet. Be well, friends! Lacey

Doberobics Time

http://youtu.be/Af_UrLZp604

ImageTough Girl Tiramisu

Oats Mixture:

  • 1/3 C rolled oats 
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp rum extract (almond would also work here)
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed, cooled coffee
Cream Mixture:
  • 3 oz plain Greek yogurt (use soy or almond yogurt to make dairy-free/vegan)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Combine the oats, cocoa powder, cinnamon, extracts, and water in a bowl and microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until the liquid is (mostly) absorbed.  Add coffee and stevia.  Stir to combine, then cover and place in the fridge overnight (or at least 2 hours).

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, vanilla protein powder (I use Advocare’s), 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir until well combined.  This can be done the night before, or at time of serving.  

To assemble, place a spoonful of the oats in a cup, followed by a spoonful of the yogurt mixture.  Repeat until you’re out of each.  

Makes 1 serving.

JOY BREAK: Angry people want you to see how powerful they are. Loving people want you to see how powerful YOU are.  

February 3, 2014

Time to get FIXED

So one of the things that is hardest for most people is not exercise, but food. Knowing what to eat, when to eat it, is often so stressful for some people that they give up on clean eating altogether. I am frequently asked the question: what do you eat? My response is always food, because truthfully that is how I eat. I choose my food based on what I think is best nutritionally for my body. But I know for the majority this is not the case. Between a hectic life of juggling work and family, its often hard to think about cooking, let alone cooking healthy.

What if I told you I could make things simpler for you? If I could provide you with a simple system for eating that would not only help you lose weight but would teach you how to have proper portion control, would you be interested? This is not a starvation diet. I am not going to make you eat weeds, sticks, and grass…you will eat real food, food that you enjoy. Here is how it works: basically there is a container for everything…protein, veggies, oils, and even desserts. If your food can fit in the container, you can eat it. And, there are 7 30 min workouts that come with it too. Its called the 21 Day Fix. Meaning we are going to “fix” your eating habits in 3 weeks.

What is the 21 day FIX? In addition to the workouts (7 for the base kit), the program includes the colored containers that WILL make your life SO much easier. There’s no obsessing over counting calories with the FIX — just simple portion control and solid 30 minute workouts! You also get your Shakeology , which you will replace one meal a day with. And most importantly you get the support of ME and the other people in the group doing the program with us. 

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The Fix challenge pack will be $140 for the month of February, but will go up to $160 in March. Our group begins on February 10th, so you must order right when the program comes out on February 3rd. The challenge pack will be available starting TODAY at 9 am Pacific Time. To order you go to MY SITE (http://3.fitandfunkycoaching.com).
 
To order it as a customer, click SHOP and then CHALLENGE PACKS.  To order it as a coach, click COACH. Sign up and during the upgrade process choose the 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack. Either way you join its $140 for the challenge pack. But starting month 2 your Shakeology will be $97 vs $130 when you sign up as a coach.
 
February 3, 2014

Life Is a Feast

Do you need a little happy in your life? If you do, you can borrow some of mine for a bit—but only until you find your own. I found this talisman of my joy (at least the beginnings of it) at Office Max—who knew?!? Check out my Happy Kitchen Board below:

Just makes me smile!

Just makes me smile!

My Happy Kitchen Board makes me grin whenever I see it. It’s a bright, beautiful representation of my spirit settled happily in my kitchen, the center of our home. It also serves as a visual shortcut to my own brand of happiness, reminding me to stop and savor when I run too ragged and forget. Now I want you to zero in on that rabbit near the flower pot: “Life is a feast.”

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Love this little guy.

There’s so much power packed into that tiny phrase!  Life should be savored, shouldn’t it? With joyful abundance and possibilities unbounded, conjuring up gifts freely shared. Recently, I was blessed with an actual feast for both the body and the spirit–double win! In case you don’t know, I work at a magnificent retirement community, Juliette Fowler Communities, and one of the sweetest parts of my day is Morning Devotions.

Dear friends: Amp and Ruth, and their helper, Tracy

Now, how many people can say that they begin their workday in a place overflowing with love and respect, spending time with treasured friends, sharing coffee and treats, and exchanging stories of how God moves in their lives? Not many! The group of residents and staff members that gather for this morning time together are very dear to me. I swear I’m doused in love and happiness by the time we say goodbye.

Sweet ladies: Hazel, Wanda, and Carolyn

Last Thursday, however, was extra special. My sweet friend and Director of Life Enrichment (the most perfectly named department I know) Marti Miller planned a bountiful, healthy spread for our residents. A quick trip to Whole Foods later, and we were set. Here’s what we enjoyed:

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  • Fresh mandarin oranges
  • Iced mocha (made with almond milk, coffee, and natural cocoa)
  • Activia yogurt
  • Fresh papaya and mango
  • Fresh green juice
  • Cranberry juice with natural ginger ale
  • Hail Merry macaroons
Two of my very favorite people: Marti Miller and Deborah Armstrong

Two of my very favorite people: Marti Miller and Deborah Armstrong

The food was excellent, and the company even better. That delicious morning meal with my friends was a perfect reminder for all of us to keep enjoying this glorious feast of life. Have a super week!

Bon appétit, and God bless!

Brooke