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In The Heat Of The Moment

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“It may take some courage and faith for you to find your gifts, and then a little more courage and faith to share them. Follow your heart. The universe has a way of confirming your direction with open doors.” ~Richard Carlson (Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff)

Each week we will present you with a truth or dare. It’s your job to tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Often, by just focusing on one change…just one, it’s much more palpable and achievable and becomes the jump start you need. This week, here’s your truth:

Truth: When’s the last time you did something for yourself?
We go about our crazy lives…hours turn to days, days to weeks, weeks to months…and before you know it, you realize you have not made any time for yourself. Or worse yet, your body fights back with fatigue, medical issues or ailments. Let’s set the record straight. Self care is not selfish. It’s necessary. We all need time to recharge and taking time for yourself is OK.  Just as we fit in all the meetings and the to-dos and the laundry, it’s critical to fit in me-time to create more balance and peace in your life.

Self-care is crucial for our physical, emotional and mental well-being. It allows you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself (your needs are important too), it allows you to avoid overworking (read: stress, exhaustion, emotional depletion and illness), it elevates your mood and boosts your energy level, it allows you to start living and stop just “existing” and offers you better physical health.* Life is short – take those moments.

Find something every day – whether it’s sipping a tea before you go to bed, scheduling that long over-due pedicure (we like the colors “All the hot spots” and “Best face forward”) or just meditating for 5 minutes before you start your day, to put yourself ahead of your to-do list and take care of yourself.

*Source: Forbes.com

We don’t claim to know everything – so sometimes we have to ask the experts.

We all know exercising is good for us – and most of the focus is typically on health and weight loss…but did you know the benefits go far beyond those simple ideas? K2 Fitness, one of our on-going partners, chimes in on the extra goodness:

There is an important side effect of exercising – how you feel after doing it. Every workout has an immediate impact on your energy, mood, body chemistry, and even mental functioning. The endorphins released are specifically designed to make you feel good. All of these factors combined create your overall feeling of well-being.

The tricky part is that most of us are habit driven, and so our activity level (or lack thereof) is fairly consistent day-to-day and week-to-week. This makes the impact of each sedentary day less noticeable, since another similar day causes no obvious change. It simply perpetuates your current state, with a slow decline.

Why this matters: You could begin feeling a lot better than you do today by simply adding exercise. By maintaining a consistent, challenging exercise plan:

  • Your aches and pains can disappear.
  • You can feel light and your energy levels can soar.
  • Your mood can naturally become more optimistic.
  • You can avoid illness and disease.
  • You can think and process information quicker and with more clarity.

All of a sudden, once you’re in the groove of exercising regularly, you’ll forget about the pain, the sluggishness, and the discomfort that you used to live with. It’s a gift that you give to yourself with each workout. K2 Fitness offers private and group fitness classes. To learn more visit their website.

Naomi Parker Fraley.

Or otherwise known as the infamous Rosie in the Rosie the Riveter poster. 

This 96 year old powerhouse passed away this January, but her legend lives on as she continues to inspire us as one of the most recognized icons of our time. Would you believe she went unrecognized for 70 years? A report entitled “Rosie’s Secret Identity”, authored by Dr. James J. Kimble, revealed her true identity. The original wartime industrial poster hung in Westinghouse Electric Corporation plants in the 1940’s and was never meant for public display. It was intended to deter absenteeism and strikes against Westinghouse during war time. In the 1980’s it was rediscovered and became what is recognized today as a feminist symbol of power.

The “we can do it” message rings truer than ever today – in a time were women have risen to the top and fought for equality.

You may have noticed this image on our home page – where it continues to shine, symbolizing our passion to unite and empower women everywhere to live the best lives they can live. We adorn you, Rosie.

Sometimes, you just gotta have it.

Live It Up
We all need them (life reminders) and a daily dose is just the way to get it. We peel away the pages of this calendar day by day, as we continue to get inspired and start each day with words of wisdom.

Beam Me Up, Scotty
We are consistently asked about multi-vitamins and which ones to take. Many believe that if you are following a balanced diet, you do not necessarily need a vitamin. However, we all know how challenging that can be and most of us are lacking in sufficient levels of essential vitamins and minerals. Women are specifically low in Vit D, Iron and Vit B’s. So, we do believe taking a multi helps your body function at optimal levels. This vitamin is one of the purest, most well sourced and nourishing options we have found and includes balancing, strengthening and immune health blends. Their motto is “farm to table” as they only use real, fresh, whole foods and blend them into their tablets. There are no additives (gluten free, soy free, vegetarian, dairy free, farm fresh, kosher). Farmtastic!

What The F
Fill me with some fiber. Fiber helps keep things…shall we say, regular. It is the indigestible part of plant foods that travels through our digestive system, absorbing water along the way and easing bowel movements. There is soluble – dissolves in water and binds with fatty acids to slow down the time it takes to empty the stomach and the rate of sugar absorption by the body;  and insoluble fiber – does not dissolve in water and stays in its original form and moves bulk through the digestive tract & controls pH (acidity) levels in the intestines. Foods with fiber: oats, brussels sprouts, oranges, flax seeds and beans. This is one cereal we have always loved, with 10 grams of fiber and only 4 ingredients.

All of our recipes will always be quick, healthy, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.

We know we promised most recipes would be super-easy. This one takes a little more effort – but believe us when we say it is all worth it. This is the real deal. You will not believe it is healthy.

Sticky, Ooey, Gooey Paleo Cinnamon Rolls
(approx 10 small rolls)


For The Dough
For The Filling
  • 1 tbsp organic cinnamon (see previous post)
  • Honey, for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup pitted organic Medjool dates, finely chopped (Trader Joe’s or Costco)
  • 1/4 cup organic walnuts, finely chopped (optional)
For The Glaze
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut cream (Trader Joe’s)
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Whisk together the coconut oil, egg, honey, and vanilla in a medium bowl.  Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir well to combine.
  • Transfer the dough onto a sheet of wax paper. Cover with another sheet of wax paper and roll out into a long rectangle. Remove the top sheet of wax paper. Drizzle the dough with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Top with the chopped walnuts and dates.
  • Use the wax paper to roll the dough into a log. Place the log in the freezer to harden for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Slice the log into individual pieces, about 9 or 10 rolls. Place onto a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze by stirring together the honey, coconut cream, and cinnamon. Once the rolls are golden, remove from the oven and drizzle with glaze. Serve warm.
You’re welcome.
Source: PaleoGrubs.com

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Seven Dieting Myths

Every year there are new trends and updated suggestions for healthy eating and weight loss.  Some are simply useless and others can be counterproductive.   After reading about many of these trends, we came across an excellent article from Refinery29  that was re-posted on The Huffington Post . It embraces the Heels to Laces way of life: avoid fad diets and instead live a healthy and balanced lifestyle.  We have posted a portion of the the article below:

As a culture, we go through phases with our diet preferences — low-fat gave way to low-carb, dairy-free begat gluten-free, and eggs (poor eggs) are either omega-rich wunderkinds or insidious cholesterol bombs depending on the current political climate and whether or not Mercury’s in retrograde. Yet, there are some out-there diet myths that we simply can’t seem to shake.

Myth #1 You shouldn’t eat dinner (or anything else) after 7 p.m.

“There is no universal time that everyone should stop eating,” says Kinsella. “People get up at different times, go to sleep at different times, and eat at different times. Many countries eat dinner later than Americans but their populations weigh less than Americans do. Unless someone has an eating disorder and needs to eat at regular intervals to establish normalized hunger cues, or someone has a self-care reason for eating (like they’ll soon be stuck in a meeting without access to food), it is more important for people to be connected to their internal hunger cues than to be eating based on an external influence, like the clock.”

What’s even more curious is how this diet myth originated. Kinsella wonders if the don’t-eat-at-night rule may have more to do with how we regulate our earlier meals while dieting. “Some people get in bad cycles of skipping breakfast and then overeating at night,” she says. Furthermore, it’s often not about the time we eat but how we’re eating. “Sometimes, people find themselves late-night snacking out of habit while they’re watching TV. Both these patterns should be addressed simply because they aren’t self-care behaviors. But, non-hunger mindless snacking at 9 a.m. would be just as much of an issue as [it is at] 9 p.m.”

Myth #2 Your body doesn’t need carbohydrates. Carbs make you fat.

This line of thinking is central to quite a few diet programs, but Kinsella puts it right to bed. “With the exception of specialized diets for medical necessity, if someone isn’t eating carbohydrates, they aren’t functioning at their optimal level,” she says. “The brain alone uses 130 grams of carbohydrates per day. Carbohydrates are also necessary for serotonin production.”She adds that the maligned molecules are even more important if you engage in even moderate exercise. “Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for exercise and many people do not feel good when exercising without them. Since exercise is an essential component of self-care and health, eliminating carbohydrates can be detrimental to overall health.”Again, no one’s arguing that you need more Wonder Bread in your life, but “whole grains, beans, fruit, and vegetables all contain carbohydrates and are excellent sources of fiber. For this reason, many people on low-carb diets experience an unwanted side effect: constipation.” We’ve all been there. Let’s not go there again.

Myth #3 Paleo is the ideal diet, because we were all once Paleolithic people.


This one particularly irks me. It’s at once so attractive to the dieter (“Of course! Ancient man didn’t have spaghetti, so I shouldn’t, either!”) and so ridiculous (Ancient man didn’t have lentils, and therefore lentils are bad for you?). We also need to acknowledge that we don’t live like ancient man. Consider, for example, that modern produce bears little resemblance to its Paleolithic ancestors. And, hunter-getherer diets varied drastically depending upon where the population lived. Lastly, when is the last time you actively pursued your steak before eating it?

No matter how healthy we aim to be, most of us will not continue an eating program if it doesn’t satisfy us. And, Kinsella warns, “the Paleo Diet certainly doesn’t emphasize enjoying your food. When people don’t enjoy their food, it’s difficult to eat mindfully and it is very difficult to sustain… If we look at the research on losing excess weight, it’s clear that people that include highly enjoyable food are actually more likely to maintain their loss.” In other words, we can put in painstaking dedication and effort to supplement the nutrients that paleo lacks, but the call of the bread or cheese — or even lentils —almost always wins out.“The Paleo Diet is based on eating food that can be hunted, fished, or gathered, such as meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs, veggies, roots, and fruit, like berries. It does not include grains, dairy, beans, salt, and sugar. Whole grains, dairy, and beans are nutrient-rich foods. By eliminating them, you could be setting yourself up for a deficiency or eliminating nutrients that help prevent disease.”

Myth #4: There is such a thing as eating right for your blood type.

“No. There is no scientific evidence to support special diets based on blood type.”

Myth #5: Juicing is healthy and cleansing is necessary.


I think we all know where this is going, but just in case:

 “The liver and kidneys are the body’s own detoxification system. They do a fantastic job of continuously removing waste products and toxins without the help of juice. Furthermore, there are some obvious drawbacks of juicing; juices are inadequate in protein, fat, essential fatty acids, and fiber. These nutrients are crucial for satiety and vital components for a balanced meal. The protein factor is particularly crucial here. When protein intake is inadequate, the body catabolizes protein from muscles and organs. Hence, someone on a juice cleanse ends up losing muscle mass — a major contributor to metabolism. They’ll likely end up with a worse body composition in the end.”

Read the rest of the article at http://bit.ly/1u0LYME

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