Kicking Cravings November

Hello! We’re entering the busy holiday season. There will be food EVERYWHERE, in the break room, holiday  parties, restaurants tempting you with their pumpkin lattes & “only available now” pumpkin & chocolate/peppermint treats.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could walk past the break room OR drive past Starbucks OR walk past those tempting smells at the mall and feel empowered to say, “I don’t want that.” Or at the holiday parties, “I am in charge of my body. Cravings won’t get the best of me!”

That is exactly what I want to help you do for the month of November. In October, I worked with a great group of ladies to work on developing some healthy habits,  so that healthy eating would start becoming second nature as we enter the holiday season. I know some of them and many of you are nervous about what will become of your healthy habits with tempting foods lurking around every corner.

We will discover that holidays don’t have to be all about food. They’re supposed to be about spending time with the people we love and thanking God for how He has bountifully blessed us. Sure, food is a part of it, but how many “celebrations” do you attend each year? I know people that go to 3 or 4 Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving to make sure they see everyone. That’s great that they try to make sure everyone feels special, but we will talk about ways to navigate those situations so you don’t feel defeated in January because you gave in to cravings. You can CHOOSE & PLAN to indulge once in a while without giving in to cravings or being gluttonous.

So,  I’m obviously really excited for this group! There are a couple of different ways to join. Again,  I make my groups very affordable because I want to help you! Let’s chat about what option might be best for you.

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Meal plan – 10-24-16

I’m linking up with Orgjunkie for Meal Plan Monday! I’m loving soups and my slow-cooker right now, so that is definitely reflected here. 🙂

Sunday – Cauliflower mushroom soup, veggies,  hummus

Monday – Stuffed peppers (crock-pot) & roasted sweet potatoes

Tuesday – Thai Red Vegetable Curry – (new) over brown rice (potatoes for the rice hater)

Wednesday – Black bean tacos with all the fixin’s

Thursday – Veggie chili, raw veggies, hummus, GF corn bread

Friday – Stuffed potatoes (slow-cooker!) and salad

Saturday – out?

What’s on your meal plan this week?

Vacation and a Recipe!

Hello friends! Life has been good! We went on vacation  earlier this month. We did a “stay-cation” for the 1st half – hitting up the super fun pumpkin patch, doing some hiking, and visiting good ol’ Purdue!

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A park  very close to our old house.

Then we headed to St. Louis, only a 3 hour drive. We had so much fun! If you are close to St. Louis, I definitely recommend it.

We went to the zoo first. It’s huge and it’s FREE. You have to pay if you want to do some of the extra attractions, but it’s really not necessary. You can even take in your own food.

On the second day, we went to the City Museum. Seriously, so fun and SOOOO tiring! It’s basically floors and floors of caves, tunnels and slides that kids AND adults can do. We were there for 5 hours and did not make it through everything. After 5 hours, hunky husband and I were P-O-O-P-E-D. The kids were still full of energy, but we called it a day. I thought we would be really sore the next day, but we actually weren’t. Thank you Shaklee.

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Some of the climbing structures were outside. I carried the backpack on my front to make the tunnels a little easier.

On the third day, we headed to Six Flags. I must say that I can’t ride some of the rides that I used to enjoy. Those wooden roller coasters bang me around too much! Little Miss Spunky is not quite big enough to ride the really big rides yet, so we rode some of the smaller coasters, and we rode the big ship 4 times. Hunky husband and my Little Lady rode some of the bigger coasters!

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The scrambler

On the fourth day, we headed to worship with the Christians and heard a really great lesson about having realistic expectations. It’s amazing how God knows JUST what I need to hear. Then we went to the Arch and back home. Everyone had Daddy withdrawal on Monday. I’m so thankful we love spending time together!

On to the recipe!

You know I can never leave a recipe alone, so I altered 2 recipes and came up with this delicious dairy-free broccoli “cheeze” soup. YUMMMM!

1 head cauliflower
2 cups water
3 celery stalks, diced
1 large onion, diced
16 oz. chopped frozen broccoli
2-3 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Himalyan sea salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast

Cut cauliflower into small pieces. Steam cauliflower in large pot until fork tender with salt, pepper, and garlic. In the meantime, water saute celery and onion in a separate skillet. When cauliflower is fork tender, process in food processor until smooth. I used a slotted spoon and just added the pureed cauliflower back to the water.
Add celery, onion, bag of frozen broccoli and nutritional yeast. Cook for 20 minutes. Add almond milk until desired consistency.
Cook until heated through.

I actually made this earlier in the day – stuck it in the fridge and heated it up when I got home. So, the flavors were more intense.

It was a huge hit. Definitely a keeper!

What’s your favorite thing about vacation? Have you ever stuck close to home for a “stay-cation?”