Sore Muscles???

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So if your new to workouts, or even very experienced in the fitness world, sore muscles is just something your not going to be able to avoid. And if you have avoided it… please tell me your secret lol. . . . either that, or you’re doing something wrong.

 

To prevent:

  • Take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug before your workout. (AKA Aspirin or Ibuprofen)
  • Stretch and warm up before your workouts.
  • Drink a shit ton of water – all day, everyday!
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Make sure your diet is in check

 

To sooth:

  • Epsom Salt bath
  • Icy Hot
  • More exercise, when the muscle tissue is warn its less sore rather than when its cold.
  • Good nutrition
  • Ice your muscles
  • Hot/cold shower
  • Get a massage
  • WATER WATER WATER

 

 

 

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Quick Grab & Go Snacks!!!

So I don’t know about you, but Im pretty busy myself so some quick grab and go snacks are always great to have stashed all sorts of places! (work, car, gym bag, …everywhere! ) Here are some of my favorites.

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  • Health Warrior Chia Bar- All kinds of flavors, some fav’s include (Acai Berry, Banana Nut, Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Peanut Butter)
  • Two Moms in the Raw- They make all kinds of things but the main things you’ll find is granola and bars. Favs include ( Blueberry Granola, Gojiberry Nut Bar, Tomato Basil Sea crackers)
  • Kale Crunch-  I like the Southwest Ranch
  • Nut Thins Crackers- Tons of flavors, I like sea salt kind.
  • I Heart Keenwah Clusters- YUMMM Clusters!! Cranberry Cashew is good!!
  • Raw revolution Bars
  • Quest Bars

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  • Hand full of Pistachios or Almonds
  • Purely Elisabeth Granola Minis
  • Veggie Chips
  • The obvious fruits and veggies …. duh
  • Goodness Knows
  • Go Raw Real Live Food Bars
  • Nude Food
  • Fruit strips

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HAPPY SNACKING!

“Healthy” Fajitas

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So I love me some Mexican food but when you drench everything in gobs of cheese and green chili, things can get a bit  unhealthy. Here is my “healthy version of fajitas!” …. man I love fajitas

You’ll Need:

  • Steak or chicken, cut into strips.
  • Green, yellow, red bell peppers
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • Big Romaine lettuce leafs
  • Guacamole ( or make your own with about 1 avocado)
  • Salsa (the hotter the better!! YUM)
  • Low fat cheese (optional)
  • Fajita seasoning

How to:

  1. Heat skillet on medium and put a tablespoon of olive oil in skillet
  2. Cut up peppers and onion into strips. Put into skillet and sauté’. Once they are getting soft add meat strips.
  3. Sprinkle fajita seasoning in mixture.
  4. Place 3 romaine leafs on plate (these are your “taco shells” and spread guacamole in bottom of “shell”
  5. Once mixture is cooked, place an even amount of meat and peppers into each “shell”
  6. Top with salsa and cheese. Serve!
  7. Enjoy!

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Keep a Food Journal! – How to

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So knowing what you eat  and how you eat is a good way to assess what goes in, how it makes you feel and ways to look and see what you can or need to change. Often, people munch and snack and think nothing of it but even a granola bar can add up your calorie count for the day from anywhere from 100- 300 calories. . .

When you start a food journal, try not to nit pick everything you eat. (AKA don’t act like your on a diet, and don’t feel guilty if you ate 5 Oreos… or even 12! Just write it down) ….   Write down everything that goes in your mouth down to the drinks you drink and the gym you chew. There is no point in keeping a journal if you don’t truly assess you eating habits and patterns if you don’t write down the truth and your not honest with yourself. So, I think a week is accurate enough, but if you want do it for a couple weeks, make it a week where there is a party or a get together where you know you’ll indulge a little just to see how you act around food.  Look at what you gravitate to. And ask yourself questions similar to this when the week is over and your looking over your journal..

  • What’s your vice- Are you a carb lover, sugar, salt or all 3?
  • Do you tend to mainly eat sweet foods at night, during the day, in the morning?
  • Do you snack while doing other activities? what are the activities your doing?
  • On a tough day at work, do you eat more?
  • What do you choose to eat when your stressed?
  • Do you eat the same foods your children eat or what are you feeding them? (Mac N’ Cheese, fast food, gummy snacks?)
  • Are you scrambled for time when your eating? (trying to squeeze in meals)
  • Are you skipping meals because your too busy?
  • Do you make your lunches for work or do you go out?
  • How often per week/month do you dine out? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner…
  • Do you tend to eat a lot of the same stuff?
  • What are you drinking?
  • How much are you drinking?
  • How much water are you drinking?

Also, some good tips on when your logging ..

  • Once you eat it, drink it, or chew it…. write it down, I’ve carried a food journal for years… I like the little ones because they can fit easily in the smallest purse and barely take up any room.
  • Note the times your eating at.. (2am? 8 am? 11 pm? ) is there a pattern?
  • No one is seeing your journal but you, so be honest…
  • How did you feel when you eat __ food? (happy, nervous, bored, starving etc. )
  • Where you doing anything while you were eating? (tv, driving, watching kids )
  • How big were your proportions… (if your not sure of sizes in ( oz. , liters, etc.) use things as visuals, like the size of a baseball, or the size of the palm of your hand, as big as a quarter piece…)
  • At the end of the day, write down any emotional things that may have happened. ( was it a tough day at work? Did you have the day off? Were you full of energy or tiered all day? )

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So the switch! …

Once you start embarking on a healthier lifestyle, (i.e. eating healthier or noticing your eating a lot of sweets, so your making a point to not eat as much) notice how your logging is changing. Make sure your getting all your nutrients too. Are you eating a lot of protein and no veggies? or are you eating a lot of fruit and not as much protein? Notice different changes, how they make you feel and how your body reacts to certain foods… (this is how I found out I had a dairy allergy, Every time I would eat something with dairy in it, almost always an hour later, my stomach would hurt, my skin would break out the next day too… )

As you start eating healthier… A. you wont crave those Oreos       & B. You wont want to write it down, to therefore you will be less likely to eat it… I love looking at my journal and see nothing but healthy good choices in it. Every once in a while I will have a food that’s in my journal and when I’m going over it, I think ” ahhh why did I eat that!? ” it happens, but the thing is not to dwell or feel guilty .. but rather to notice what your eating and how you can change it! =)

P.s. there are tons of different logs and graphs and outlines on Google if you need somewhere to start ! Happy logging!!!

Saving more money at Grocery Store!

  1. Make a grocery list and stick to it! Even if something is calling your name… even if its on a good deal. Even though those chips you love are on sale … You don’t need them and they are NOT on your list! Don’t get them. sticking to your list can help with your diet and sticking to it and it can also help you save money!
  2. Plan your list around your meals for that week.. If you plan out your meals and what your planning to make for the whole week, you wont be tempted to buy the extra stuff…. planning is key if you haven’t noticed. I have this awesome app on my phone, it works as a grocery list planner and a meal planner so I know and can stay on track .. . I’m sure there are plenty of free ones online too if you Google search them too. . . =) The app I use is called Food on the table and its a little yellow icon.
  3. Look at your adds! I love Sprouts farmers market for produce, second choice Kings…. but things like cereal can be cheaper at Wal-Mart or Kings apposed to Sprouts.. So when you get to shopping, take a look at the prices and note where things tend to be cheaper for certain stuff… (with my app it shows me deals that are going on it local stores around me)
  4. Generic stuff is usually cheaper than the brand name stuff… most of its the same try it out.
  5. Use cash instead of your card, I know when I use my card I pay less attention to what I’m spending. Where as if I bring 80 bucks with me only to the store Ill make sure I only spend that much. Or also (I know King Soopers has it.. not sure out some of the other ones) They have a credit card for their store, the more you use it, the more point  and so on and so forth then you get free foods and coupons on things you buy regularly.
  6. Sure the pre-packaged items are cute and already in the smaller proportions sizes you should be eating… but chances are they are more expensive than if you were to buy the non pre-packaged stuff. So instead buy the whole package ad the small “snack size” plastic baggies and make your own “snacks”. The serving size is on the back of the bag- if it says 17 pretzels, put 17 pretzels in each bag.
  7. Some grocery stores will give you credit towards the store if you re-use your plastic bags or bring re-useable bags with you to the store.
  8. Cuopons.com or clip coupons… every dollar counts. Also a lot of stores lets you “load” coupons onto your frequent shopper card online so when you get to the store they automatically come out when you pay.
  9. Watch your sales…. stores are really good at advertising things to make them “look” like they are on sale when usually they aren’t really that great of a deal (example: Gatorade, 10 for $10… well besides that , if there isn’t a deal, they usually are $1 anyways… so really 10 for $10 isn’t a deal at all. )
  10. Don’t shop hungry, and try to shop without your kids, then they wont be begging for things that 1. you don’t need and aren’t on your list (because you made a list.. right?!) and 2. it just goes a lot faster haha.

Whats going on currently?

Assess your lifestyle now. How are things going on with your life? Also think about the people around you….

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Look at the food:

  • Are you eating healthy?
  • Can you eat healthier?
  • Is money for food an issue or worry?
  • Have you tried eating healthy and just didn’t like it? What didn’t you like?
  • Do you feel better or worse when you eat healthy?
  • What does your average meals look like?
  • Do you like to cook or prepare meals?
  • Do you know how much you eat or how much you don’t eat?
  • Is snacking an issue for you?
  • Do you feel like you don’t know what’s healthy and what isn’t?

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Look at the physical exercise:

  • Do you workout? If so how often?
  • Do you get into ruts where you workout for 3 days straight and then quit?
  • Do you not know what to do when you step into the gym?
  • Do you like any other sports  or activities? (i.e. running, hiking, walking)
  • Do you feel self-conscious when you walk into the gym?
  • Does exercise hurt?
  • Would it be easier if you had a workout buddy?

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Look at the Emotional/Mental side:

  • Do you think negatively about your body and/or life?
  • Are you depressed? If so why? (work, school, friends, family, weight, love life, social life)
  • Do you eat /not eat when stressed, busy, bored, upset, sad ?
  • Do you crave certain foods? (salt, sweet)
  • Did something happen recently or in the past to cause trauma?  Have you looked for help if so?
  • Are you ready to loose weight? If not why? If yes, why? Create pros and cons.
  • Are you afraid of failure?
  • Do you think its going to be difficult?
  • Are you scared of change and are you intimidated by it?

** IF an injury is present, seek medical help from your primary physician and if there are emotional issues, might want to talk to someone about that too. I know its scary at first, but its worth it not only for your healthy but for your well-being. **

Garlic Chicken Pasta w/ Spinach, tomatoes and chives!

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SOOO Good! Made this the other night and everyone in the family liked it!!

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You’ll Need:

1 box Whole Wheat or gluten free linguini.

3 large skinless chicken breasts (cut into chunks, or you can buy the already cut up kind)

1 small container of mushrooms

3 cups baby spinach

8 small cherry tomatoes (halved)

1 small can sliced black olives

3 chives (chopped)

For the sauce – You’ll need:

2 tbsp. butter ( I used Earth Balance Brand)

4 Garlic cloves (mined)

4 tbsp. Whole-wheat flour or Gluten free flour.

1 1/2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth ( I used chicken this time) -LOOK for LOW SODIUM!!

1 1/2 cups Almond milk, or low-fat milk will work too.

3 teaspoons Parsley flakes

2/3 cup graded parmesan or mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper to taste.

HOW TO:

  • In large skillet, season chicken to taste with some chicken seasoning (I like Ms. Dash) and place in skillet. Add about 1/2 cup water and cover. (My mother taught me this trick when cooking chicken so it doesn’t dry out! =) …)

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  • Meanwhile, in another med-large skillet, put in butter and garlic cloves till butter is melted and garlic is starting to break down. Cook for around 1 min. (this will be your sauce pan)
  • Start noodles according to package in large pot. And drain when does cooking. Set aside.

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  • Go back to sauce pan, add flour and cook for 1 min, stirring so all the flour is dissolved evenly.  After, add broth and almond milk, stirring occasionally till sauce thickens and boils. Then add parsley, salt, pepper and cheese into sauce and cook till cheese is melted and sauce is thick. Turn to simmer-low until ready to serve.

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  • Meanwhile, to keep from burning your chicken, you can always add a little more water to pan and let simmer covered. Cook chicken till done (no pink in middle of the chunks) And when chicken is done, place in bowl and set aside to chop up. In same pan (leaving some of the chicken juices), put in a little olive oil, add spinach, tomatoes, chives, mushrooms and olives into the pan and sauté.

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  • Cut cooked chicken on cutting board into bit size pieces and add to veggie mix.

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Once everything is done, pile noodles on place, add as much veggie/chicken mix as desired and top with a little sauce … YUMM!!

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