Posts tagged ‘football’

November 27, 2013

Holistic Holiday Nourishment

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‘Tis the season to pick up an inspiring, captivating book about 100 successful, goal-oriented women who overcome hurtful, heartbreaking and, in my case, life-threatening obstacles to achieve their personal and professional goals. Aspiring toward a position of influence is the driving force behind most young ladies who compete in pageants. In chapter 45 of the new book, Real Talk, Real Women, I discuss the ups and downs of competition and how entering a stressful environment with a foundation of self-esteem and confidence is imperative. Without first defining who you are and what you stand for, competition can consume you like a hungry lion, without mercy.

ImageLearning how to properly nourish my body propelled me into a healthier level of, well… life, quicker than I could say, “super foods!” I’ve never looked back.  Now, although I’m still fine-tuning my internal domestic goddess status, I enjoy creating healthy alternatives to some recipes. With a little creativity, I think I’ve created a good mix of healthy and favorite holiday fare for my family. Here are two dishes I’ll be making this Thanksgiving, and I’d like to share them with you. Tweet me @LaceyWPruett and let me know how yours turn out. It’ll be like we’re celebrating Thanksgiving together, from a far.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan 

Ingredients

            12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)

            1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

            1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

            3 garlic cloves, minced

            1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

            2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

            1/2 teaspoon salt

            1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°.

Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples

Ingredients

            1/2 cup diced apple

            8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered

            2 tablespoons apple cider

            2 teaspoons olive oil

            1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

            1/4 teaspoon salt

            1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine apple and Brussels sprouts in an 11 x 7–inch baking dish. Add apple cider, olive oil, minced fresh thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; toss well. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until sprouts are tender.

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On stage during swimsuit competition at the 2012 Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, NV.

It wasn’t until I ran for Mrs. Texas United States title that I felt I was a healthy pageant competitor. I guess it worked to, because I won the title on my first try, and went on to place 4th runner up at the Mrs. United States pageant. Learning to nourish my body, mind, and spirit is probably my greatest educational experience to date, as without it, I may not be alive. This was the motivation behind obtaining my certification as a holistic wellness coach. I want to continue helping other young women understand the importance of looking inward to achieve overall beauty and success. It was also my main motivation behind leaving my 12-year corporate career to pursue a full-time career as a spokesperson for health and wellness. Now, I joyfully remind people that: “Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.” It’s not that food is the enemy, but in a world consumed by emotional eating and corrupt body image, it’s a kind reminder that no food item can fill an emotional void or need. Being mindful of this fact is one of the healthiest ways to celebrate the holiday season.

For more about my story and perspective on the healthy side of competition, check out the book at http://www.realtalkrealwomen.net/lacey-pruett/ and order your own copy this December on Amazon.com. Pre-sale opportunities and digital copies are available now at the link above.  Happy healthy holidays! Lacey

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September 4, 2013

Football Season—Time to Kick it into Gear!

Not sure about your home, but mine turns into a consistent gridiron gathering place until Valentine’s Day. If we’re not sitting in the stands at Cowboys Stadium, Kyle Field, Jones/AT&T Stadium, or Denton Ryan High School, we are at home, cranking up the surround sound, letting the fall breeze inside, and probably grilling something on game day. It’s not just the game either. It’s ESPN’s College Game Day, pre-game shows, and post-game recaps.

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“But Lacey—all of this sitting around in front of the tube doesn’t sound like healthy living to me.”

If you know me, or have followed my blogs for a while, you know that creativity and pure stubbornness will ensure the day will not go by without me conquering one hour of activity and proper nourishment. Because I love my “I want to be healthy but I’m a die-hard football fan” friends, I want to share some tips that help me get from Labor Day to Valentine’s Day without packing on the pounds or missing the games that matter most to us (Dallas Cowboys, Fightin’ Texas A&M Aggies, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the Denton Ryan H.S. Raiders.)

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Become a melon head and serve up fruit in a helmet!

Nutrition Tips

–Eat before you go to the stadium. This is the easiest way to ensure you receive adequate nourishment and that you’re not starving at the game, eventually succumbing to poor food options at the stadium concession stand.

–Pack baggies of almonds/cashews and your favorite granola or seeds. All filling options to maintain blood sugar levels and satisfy cravings and nervous play times.  (If you’re not a fan of nuts, check out the different seed cluster products out now.)

–Most stadiums are limiting the size of purses and bags; so don’t fret with protein powders, or meal replacements. Football games are maybe three hours max… you can make it without a full meal.

–Bring a packet of your favorite rehydrate or energy drink (mine, of course, are Advocare’s Spark or Rehydrate products.) Tuck the envelope into your pocket or boot to mix with a bottled water purchase. Just say NO to concession sodas. Unless you’re doing post-game Burpees in the parking lot.

–If you must have a “treat,” find a friend and SHARE. Even I can’t turn away my bonus-son when he says, “OMG you’ve GOT to try Dr. Pepper with peanuts.” What? I mean… sure. The excitement in his voice and the fact he acknowledged my presence is more important to me than temporarily shocking my body. Your body can handle it.

My Favorite Game Watching Party Offerings

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Fresh Avocado Nachos

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Kabobs–your favorite foods on a skewer for easy eating!

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When the temperature drops, this will keep everyone warm.

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Activity Options (All you need is to move your body and get your heart rate up. This can also serve as commercial and half time entertainment.)

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My favorite power move!

Pre-Game Warm up and Stretch (one minute per move): 10-15 minutes total

Jog in place

Jump rope (jump with both feet)

Side hops

Touch your toes (or try)

Sit with feet out and touch your toes (or try)

Sit with legs crossed and walk hands out; hold

Lie down and twist; each side

Folk hands behind your back and pull down

Jump Jacks

High Knees

And end with one minute of jogging in place

Commercial Breaks: (for the length of each commercial)

Jump Jacks

Plank Holds

Push Ups

Abs Holds

Chair Pose Hold/Wall Holds

(Just keep cycling through these simple, effective, no equipment needed moves and you’ll collect around 25-30 minutes of activity DURING the game. Side note: When a commercial of mine comes on, double-time it! J)

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An extra workout for you to try!

Post-Game Rant: (You’re either angry or excited depending on who won, so capitalize on the energy flooding your body! One minute per move)

Quick Feet (pretend you’re quarterback; grab a football if you want)

High Knees

Side-to-Side Jumps

Lunge Run

Mountain Climbers

Plank Jumps

And everyone’s favorite… BURPEES!

The name of the game (so to speak) is to not sit still during game-watching events. Whether you’re in the stands or at a home watching party, move your body! Pretend you’re in the game. Challenge fellow party-attendees! Even bet on scores using pushups or plank sessions for the loser… whatever works for you, the event, and the guests with you. Be the change, friends! Let’s make America healthier during America’s Favorite Past-time: FOOTBALL SEASON!

Game on! –Lacey