When LIFE happens

I don’t know about you, but my schedule is pretty jam-packed these days. If our healthy lifestyle wasn’t second nature, I don’t know that I could keep up with it. Luckily, I have things in place so I don’t really have to think about it too much.

Disclaimer: if you have a brand new baby or are taking care of a sick family member, then your situation is different. I’m just talking about the busy-ness of every day life and with the holidays coming up… Ā Let’s not talk about that yet. šŸ˜‰

  • I have my staples, so I can throw together a quick, healthy meal on super busy nights. This is HUGE.
  • I spend about 1.5 hours once a week prepping things for the week. It makes life so much easier.
  • I make 2 batches of MANY meals.
  • I use my slow-cooker almost every day. If not for supper, I use it to prep something for another day, like beans or spaghetti squash.
  • Working out is just part of my routine. It’s kind of like some people have to have their coffee or whatever it is… it just goes into my day. It doesn’t necessarily have to be what you would typically think of as “exercise.”

I find that most people KNOW what to do to improve their health. It’s just hard to actually make it happen. That is why I am really excited to be able to offer “Fall into Healthy Habits.”

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My goal for you after October is to have healthy habits in place so that you can:

Increase your immunity… because who has time to be sick over the holidays?
Enjoy holiday treats without going overboard.
Not feel overwhelmed with sugar cravings.
Make fun holidays treats that might actually be good for you!
Be well practiced at making easy, quick, family friendly meals.

We will focus on eating real foods and healthy smoothies with the option to add in some of my favoriteĀ supplements!

You will receive a family friendly recipe guide, sample meal plan, access to my private Facebook group for added support, one-30 minute breakthrough phone consultation with me, and text/e-mail support from yours truly.

I’m really excited about being able to offer this program and help you!

So, how do you sign up?

Contact me.

I can fill you in on all of the details. I have priced this to be very affordable because I really want to help you my friends! I even have an option where you can have the fee waived. There will also be a giveaway! If you sign up for the program, you gain an entry into the giveaway! If you invite a friend who also signs up, you get an additional entry!

What are you waiting for?

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Madison Mini Weekend

My favorite man and I went to Madison, Wisconsin a few weeks ago to run the Madison half-marathon. I trained really hard for this race, but ended up having to REALLY rest beforehand (due to a leg injury) which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I actually ended up doing really well and FINALLY hitting my sub-2 hour time goal! 1:58 Woohoo!

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The expo was fun because I actually WON something. That is quite unusual. The announcer, whom I happened to be standing very close to, asked for 2 volunteers who wanted to compete to win a $25 Fleet Feet gift certificate. I was game. So, myself and a man had to run to the other end of the expo and find our names on the big banner. Somehow I found mine RIGHT AWAY.

I was a little unsure about the weather. There were storms in the forecast! I don’t mind running in a light rain when it’s warm outside, but I don’t like getting pelted in the face. AND I really didn’t want to be stuck out there if it started to lightning. When we woke up Saturday morning, it was raining, but it looked like the severe weather was going to stay away! I texted my mother-in-law, who had my girls, to tell her… “Tell the girls – Mom is doing this in the rain. #Hardcore” My oldest replied, “Great perseveranceĀ Mom.” I just love her.

Then it stopped raining just before the race started. Yay! I felt really good the whole race. I just kept looking at the next person in front of me and thinking… “I’m going to pass them.” I tried not to look at my Garmin during the race. I didn’t want to be disappointed. So, when I crossed the finish line and looked at my watch, I put my hand in the air, almost cried (because that’s just me – I cry at EVERYTHING), and said “YES!”

After the race, I enjoyed a nice soak in the hotel hot tub. We did a little shopping in the afternoon, including this stop at the Mustard Museum (remember my obsession from one of the last posts?). Ā My husband is a trooper.

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Then we had a celebratory dinner out including visiting an ice cream place that had delicious dairy-free “ice cream.” I had 2 humongous scoops and enjoyed EVERY.LAST.BITE.

Have you had any awesome race experiences? If you’re a runner, what’s your typical celebratory dinner after a big race?

 

Menu planning – 9-18-16

Hello! It’s been a while since I have done a meal planning post! It’s all about quick and easy meals these days. In case you need some extra inspiration this week, I’m linking up with Laura and orgjunkie.com!

Sunday – Black bean tacosĀ 

Monday – Easy MediterraneanĀ collard wraps and roasted sweet potatoes

Tuesday – Butternut squash soup, veggies and hummus and Paleo dinner rollsĀ (new)

Wednesday – Veggie chili nachos

Thursday – Stuffed peppers, roasted potatoes

Friday – Pizza night! Everyone likes to choose their own toppings, but I will be making a cauliflower/almond meal crust. Recipe below.

Saturday – Jamaican Chickpea Stew – over potatoes for the non-rice lovers šŸ™‚

I also made some nut/date caramel sauce for dipping apples! Yum!

Cauliflower Crust

Ā 3 cups riced cauliflower

Ā¼ tsp. sea salt

Ā½ tsp. dried basil

Ā½ tsp. dried oregano

Ā½ tsp. garlic powder

4 T. almond meal

1 T. nutritional yeast

1 T. olive oil

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350.Ā Cut off the florets. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get cauliflower ā€œrice.ā€ Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. You can also steam or water saute. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean towel and cool.Ā Once cauliflower is cool, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring the water out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible.

Put cauliflower into a bowl. Now add spices, almond meal, nutritional yeast, olive oil. Stir the mixture to incorporate all the ingredients. Now add your egg and mix again.

Once mixed together, form the dough into a crust onto parchment paper about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until it starts to turn golden brown and the edges crisp up. Flip and bake another 5 minutes. The edges should start to be crispy brown but not too much because you will pop it back in the oven after adding the toppings.

Add your sauces & toppings (I recommend already cooked toppings) Ā and place back in the oven. Cook for another 5 minutes until the toppings are warm.

What’s for dinner at your house this week? Do you have any non-rice lovers at your house?

Just for fun

I saw a questionnaire about how well you knew your mom floating around. It’s supposed to be for adult kids, but I asked my youngest these questions during soccer this morning just for fun.
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  1. She is sitting in front of the TV, what is she watching? Nothing except maybe Dick Van Dyke – true
  2. Usually what dressing does she eat on salad? Dijon mustard – true
  3. Name a food she hates: raw cauliflower – true
  4. You go out to eat and have a drink, what would she order? Unsweet tea – true
  5. Favorite music to listen to? Christian – depends on the day – I also enjoy Pentatonix and Home Free
  6. What is her nickname for you? Luce – true
  7. What is something she could collect? Dijon mustard – I clearly have issues with mustard
  8. What would she eat every day if she could? Dijon mustard – see number 7 šŸ™‚
  9. What is her favorite cereal? None – true
  10. What would she never wear? Inappropriate clothes – true
  11. What is her favorite sports team? Purdue – true
  12. What is something that you do that she wishes you wouldn’t? Pick my nose – true… at least not in public šŸ™‚
  13. You bake her a cake for her birthday, what kind is it? Chocolate – mmmm I would probably say no cake… cashew milk “ice cream”
  14. Favorite animals? Cats and dogs – I actually prefer BIG dogs over cats
  15. What could she spend all day doing? Working in the kitchen – definitely true

I would love to hear how your kiddos answered these questions for you!