Meal Planning October 19th

This past weekend I had a personal awaking, this happened while trying on my half marathon compression pants, that want I was doing in my life wasn’t working. I will post more about this later, but the over all is that things need to change ASAP!

I had gotten away from Meal Planning a little, and it was showing so now back into the swing of things!

Monday:

B: Shakeology (Chocolate w/ PBFit) 

L: Spagetti ( Brown rice pasta, ground sausage, garlic, & sauce)

D: Grilled Chicken for me, Ribs for Jrod, with grilled vegetables

Tuesday:

B: Shakeology (Chocolate w/ PBFit)

L: Adventure (will be running around town before work so this is my ? of the week)

D: Pasta Fagioli Soup *slow cooker recipes last us a very long time*

Wednesday:

B: Shakeology (Chocolate w/ PBFit)

L: Veggie Chop

D: Pasta Fagioli Soup

Thursday:

B: Shakeology (Chocolate w/ PBFit)

L: Veggie Chop

D: Pasta Fagioli Soup

Friday:

B: Shakeology (Chocolate w/ PBFit)

L: Veggie Chop

D: Steak with grilled vegetables

Saturday:

B: Shakeology (Chocolate w/ PBFit)

L: Veggie Chop

D: Asian Chicken Stir Fry

Sunday:

B: Eggs with homemade waffles

L: Jambalya

D: Pot Roast w/ potatoes & vegetables

I will be using the containers from the 21 Day Fix program to help with my portion control. I have been using them a little for my lunches and it crazy how much vegetables get into that small container! I ordered these the day they came out, I love the Beachbody now lets you order just the containers themselves without the workout program!

What are your plans for this week?

 

Interesting article about Chewing

Great article from the Psychology of Eating:

WP_20130907_012
The Psychobiology of Chewing There’s more to chewing than you might think. It’s arguably the first digestive activity that we bring to a meal, and unlike the chemical processes that occur in our gut, chewing falls under our conscious control. Except of course, when we go a bit unconscious and inhale our food. But chewing is more than a digestive aid. It also has a potent psychological function that helps keep body, mind and emotions in balance. Consider the following:

Have you ever wondered why crunchy foods are so popular, why advertisers promote products on the basis of crunchiness – “super crunchy,” “extra crunchy,” “stays crunchy even in milk”? Have you noticed that whenever you eat your favorite brand of potato chips, pretzels, or crackers, they each have a similar degree of crunchiness? What advertisers understand and capitalize on is that crunching and chewing are primal activities, inborn urges dating back to the first life-forms that ever “crunched” on each other.

So important is the level of crunch that many years ago, potato-chip manufacturers developed a sophisticated apparatus to measure the perceived level of crunch that consumers hear in their heads. The most pleasurable decibel levels were deciphered, and potato chips were subsequently manufactured to these standard orgasmic crunch levels.

From a psychophysiologic perspective, chewing and crunching are natural outlets for inborn aggression.

Throw a piece of meat into a lion’s cage and the lion will likely roar at it, attack it and tear it apart as if it were still alive. The lion must do this because its nature is to be aggressive. But aggression here isn’t meant as some mean, vengeful act. A lion doesn’t attack a jackrabbit because of hate. Quite the contrary, the lion attacks because it loves the jackrabbit.

Like the lion, human beings have a distinct measure of innate aggression, and developmental psychologists often see this energy as first experienced through the infant’s desire to bite. Psychologists call the original oral-aggressive act the “hanging-on bite” to the breast. This is a biting that establishes confluence with the mother. The baby must actively hold on for nourishment and will often keep holding on even when mama has had enough. The tension it experiences when separated from the mother before it’s fully satisfied is typically expressed through crying, screaming and facial contortions.

In the many body-oriented disciplines and psychologies, the jaw is associated with anger and aggression. When these emotions are habitually withheld and left unexpressed, they may become “frozen” on the face as a perpetually clenched jaw or tightened musculature resembling a scowl. Just as a dog clenches its teeth when angered or challenged, so too do human beings channel aggression through the face. From an evolutionary perspective, the process of biting and chewing allows for the release of what psychologists call dental aggressive urges.

Many people habitually fail to chew, swallowing their food almost whole.

They tend to derive pleasure not so much from the taste and texture of the food as from the velocity at which it’s eaten. In such instances we deny an important, natural outlet for tension and fail to experience full satisfaction from a meal. In an effort to free the unreleased tension, we may continue to eat past the point of satiation, turn to other oral based habits like gum chewing, or simply internalize the tension, allowing it to build over time and eventually express itself in chronic emotional or biological symptoms. For many people, TMJ disorder is the result of unexpressed anger that’s looking for an outlet.

On another level, by swallowing food whole, we make a statement about the way we approach the world. We want our hungers in life satisfied but aren’t fully willing to take the necessary steps. This need for immediate gratification is reflected in our refusal to chew. Ironically, a side effect of the short-cut method of not chewing is more hunger. Chewing and tasting are basic to hunger satisfaction. When we limit these simple gustatory requirements, the brain screams for more food. Taste, texture, and satisfaction are literal nutritional requirements.

In one fascinating experiment, scientists deprived a group of test rats the sensation of taste. This group of “tasteless” rats, along with a control group, were placed on a normal rat diet. Both groups ate the same amount of food, and in a short time the taste-deprived rats all died. When the rats were autopsied, researchers could only find one cause of death – clinical rat malnutrition. The scientists could come up with only one explanation – that there are important yet unknown physiological connections between taste and health. Similarly, hospital patients fed intravenously or through feeding tubes that bypass the mouth often report a nagging hunger for taste, and can experience digestive, immune and other health issues. Though the mechanisms that govern these phenomena are little understood, this much is certain: to be fully nourished by food, we must experience it through tasting and chewing

In a comparable manner, to be fully nourished by any experience, we must “taste” and “chew” it thoroughly.

It’s no accident that many of the words we use to describe eating are the same ones used to describe the thinking process. When presented with an idea, the mind will first grasp it and “chew” on it. Our conscious mind breaks it down into its component parts, “tastes” it, then “swallows” it into the subconscious for final “assimilation”. When we accept something without “ruminating” over it or when we swallow something “hook, line and sinker,” or when “biting off more than we can chew,” what we say in our metaphoric language is that just as food works with digestion, so too do perceptions work with the mind. Improper chewing of food or ideas are equally disturbing to our system.

The mouth deserves our nutritional respect. It’s the first step in the digestive process. Here the chemical digestion of starches is initiated with amylase, an enzyme that breaks down the complex carbohydrate molecules in a well-salivated mouth. The mechanical digestion of food is also initiated in the mouth with the process of chewing. The surface area increases as the food is broken down into smaller and smaller pieces. When the food reaches the stomach, the number of molecules exposed to the stomach’s acid and enzymatic environment is maximized.

If we swallow something whole, such as a piece of meat, an abnormal series of events occurs. First the stomach must churn the meat with its own muscular movements to help break it down into smaller pieces, a function it’s not ideally designed to do. Next, we go through the lengthy chemical process of breaking down large pieces of food. Because we started with one large bite, only the surface of the meat remains exposed to the stomach’s digestive juices. To digest the meat further, the stomach may secrete more acid than normal. This irritates the stomach lining, which is the reason many eaters experience acid indigestion. The condition is exacerbated if the food is high in protein. The greater the protein content of the food, the higher the level of stomach acidity required to digest it.

Chewing is a “pacesetter”. Whatever speed and number of times we chew sets in motion a rhythm that our entire body adopts. By chewing rapidly and insufficiently, we initiate an unsettled frame of mind that is reflected in the body as uncomfortable sensations in the digestive system. Chewing at a moderate to slow rate promotes a relaxed, grounded demeanor and for many, a noticeable stronger metabolism

Full chewing need not be a discipline, but can occur spontaneously simply by eating with relaxed awareness, and settling in to an attitude of nourishment with our meals. Rather than concentrate on chewing food, eat your food, savor it, delight in it, and let chewing be a natural part of the eating process.

Can you see how chewing is more than just a digestive activity? Do you have your own personal story of how chewing food is a metaphor for how we munch on life?

Warmest regards,

Marc David

- See more at: http://psychologyofeating.com/psychobiology-chewing/#sthash.W9FGY6PW.dpuf

Birthday Giveaway Day 5: In A Pikle

Do you ever find yourself in a pikle? Need a safety pin, hair tie, nail file, etc? Well this AMAZING and SUPER CUTE bag has it all!

The “In A Pikle” bag is the perfect companion for the busy person on-the-go. It’s unique patented design is fashionable and functional! PURCHASE with the Starter Pak of essential convenience items or fill it with the things you use most. With over 13 colors and styles, there is sure to be one to match your style.
The “In A Pikle” bag with Starter Pak comes with over 20 convenience items. Everything fits in 4 double-sided, clear, interior pouches. The pouches can be removed for cleaning or for a different cover. Fill it with your favorite gum, lozenges, or cough drops. Don’t forget to add your essential medicine or antacid. There is plenty of room in the “In A Pikle” bag to always have the things you need!
Starter Pak includes:
1 hand sanitizer pen
1 spot remover pen
3 individually wrapped antibacterial wipes
1 credit card size mirror and floss combo
1 pair of tweezers
1 pair of fingernail clippers
2 emery boards
1 travel size sewing kit
1 retractable mini scissors
1 24″ tailor tape
3 hair bands
5 rubber bands
5 bobby pins
5 safety pins
5 paper clips
1 phillips mini screw driver
1 straight mini screw driver
1 mini pen
1 “In A Pikle” sticky notebook
10 adhesive bandages
1 package travel tissues
1 pill box
Order refills quickly and easily and don’t forget to check our new convenience items including: pocket knife, sunscreen, lip balm, comb, eye glass repair kits, and more!

Today you can win your very own!

Here are the newest colors & patterns that just came out YESTERDAY!!

new spring colors

 

My friend Laura got one for her daughter to use for her Rainbow Loom, and it’s a HIT!

974282_10202885238787565_1915882518_n

I personally use mine in my gym bag, if I forget something running from work to the gym or back it’s in there! I also used mine for my RunDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon, and RunDisney Princess Half Marathon. Both times I was ONE safety-pin short for my race bib!

Enter below to win! You can also host an online party and get your own if you don’t win. Remember to share with your friends!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Birthday Giveaway Week: Day 3! Thrive

Good Morning,

It’s chilly here in VA this morning, but looking forward to a nice warm afternoon. For breakfast I am going to have some Thrive Steel Cut Oats and Thrive Strawberries! I can’t wait, what are you having for breakfast?

Now what is Thrive Life?

Thrive Life is a company that specializes in food storage and storage rotation. Helping families prepare for whatever tomorrow may bring, allowing them to feel confident if disaster strikes and educating people on how to become self-reliant.
Thrive Foods
Thrive Life is known for providing unsurpassed quality in all of its products, and their line of food storage is no different. THRIVE Food Storage is a premium name you can trust. Every THRIVE product has been carefully selected based on taste and quality, and we are confident that you will look forward to using THRIVE in your everyday meal planning and emergency food storage. THRIVE features a variety of freeze-dried and dehydrated food options that are perfect for long-term storage.

Freeze-dried products have up to 25 year shelf life if unopened
Dehydrated products have up to 30 year shelf life if unopened
Shelf life varies per can/product (see individual cans for optimum shelf life suggestions)
All items are suitable for vegetarian diets
Wheat can be easily milled into flour, and non-milled kernels can be cooked to make a variety of recipes
Easy re-hydration instructions, useful tips, and recipes on each can

Best Quality
Thrive Life has searched the globe for only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Their foods and have been personally selected based on the strictest of standards. From the farm to your home, they personally oversee the entire THRIVE development process so you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the finest food storage products available.
Best Taste
Because THRIVE was developed for everyday menu planning, they have made it their mission to ensure the foods you’re eating taste great! Unlike other food storage products that get hidden away and never used, our products have been tested time and time again to verify their freshness and great taste. With THRIVE foods, great taste is the standard – not the exception.
Best Value
With a low per serving cost, THRIVE foods are a great way to save money while guaranteeing your family receives the food variety and nutrition they deserve.
Easy Preparation
Easy-to-make recipes are included on every can of THRIVE so you’ll never be left wondering how to use the food storage you buy. Your family can enjoy the best taste and nutrition possible, all of our recipes have been developed specifically for THRIVE products.
Easy Organization
Colour coded cans keep your food conveniently organized while ensuring your diet contains the proper amount of balance and variety. When used in conjunction with our Food Rotation Systems, THRIVE foods are continually rotated, guaranteeing your family receives the freshest food possible.

Today’s giveaway comes from my friend Tiffany who does Thrive,  it’s a bag of Strawberries!

Tiffany was wonderful to give me a recipe that they could be used in, just to give you an idea.

French Vanilla Crepes With White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 c thrive instant milk, prepared
3 T thrive whole egg powder, reconstituted
2 T vanilla extract
1 1⁄2 c thrive white flour
5 T thrive white sugar, divided
1⁄2 t thrive iodized salt
5 T melted butter
1 1⁄2 c thrive freeze dried strawberries, plus rehydrating liquid (water, juice, etc.)
1 3⁄4 c heavy whipping cream
6 oz white chocolate, chopped

Instructions
*In a large bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, 2 T sugar, salt, and melted butter until well-blended.
*Heat a sauté or crepe pan over medium heat until hot. Coat with vegetable oil or cooking spray.
*Pour about 1/4 c of batter into the pan and tip to spread the batter to the edges. When bubbles form on the top and the edges are dry, flip over, and cook until lightly-browned on the other side and edges are golden. Repeat with remaining batter.
*To make mousse, reconstitute freeze dried strawberries for 5-7 minutes in enough hot liquid to cover. Strain mixture into a small bowl. Sweeten by adding remaining sugar, then stir until sugar dissolves. Process in a blender or food processor until sauce runs smooth. Makes 1 c of sauce.
*In a heavy saucepan on low heat, warm 1/4 c heavy cream with white chocolate, stirring constantly until chocolate melts. Let mixture cool until it is lukewarm. Stir in 2 T of strawberry sauce, then transfer to a large bowl.
*In a medium bowl, whip remaining cream into soft peaks. Fold into melted chocolate mixture, one-third at a time, until no streaks remain.
*Layer mousse into crepes, and serve with the sauce.

She also uses them in her Champagne! How smart!

What are your top 3 Thrive Life products that you are interested in learning more about? Leave your comment below!

 

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Weekend in Pictures

Our weekend is a little different than the normal Mon-Fri 9 to 5 kind, so for me this is my Monday :)

InstagramCapture_6cf374d4-4324-4e7d-9c56-1983416fdaeb_jpg InstagramCapture_11f2765e-f762-4eb4-af58-17b0726aa559_jpg InstagramCapture_12cdfdfb-95b5-4bee-80e6-c8fcd41e61b6_jpg InstagramCapture_283e657b-85dd-470d-b1a3-ba9c756c4e9b_jpg InstagramCapture_85249b3a-c9c5-44d0-8598-c0f379fa3902_jpg WP_20140310_004 InstagramCapture_2adcb11b-8550-4fae-acaa-e2ff06c5e587_jpg InstagramCapture_20a0ba68-f198-4e0b-81f9-5941729f3319_jpg

 

How was your weekend? Did you enjoy the weather? We sure did :)

Giving Essential Oils for Wedding & Bridal Shower Gifts

 Many happy couples will be saying their “I do’s” this summer and odds are that most of us will be attending a wedding or two.

Why not use this opportunity to share the power of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade dōTERRA essential oils with the newlyweds in your life by gifting them this home care starter kit filled with natural homemade cleaning supplies?

All items in the gift basket have step-by-step tutorials on this blog. Click on the link in the item list to learn how to make them.

This Home Care Starter Kit Includes:

resize 1

Window Cleaner: 16 oz. Spray Bottle, 1 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup distilled water, 8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice

Wood Polish: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, 10 drops Wild Orange or Lemon essential oils

All Purpose Cleaner: 16 oz. glass spray bottle, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 3/4 cups water, 30 drops Lemon essential oil, 1 teaspoon borax

resize 4

Toilet Soft Scrub: 3/4 rounded cup baking soda, 1/4 cup liquid castile soap, 1 tablespoon water, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 5-10 drops Lemon essential oil

Mattress Cleaner: 1 cup baking soda, 10 drops Lavender essential oil

Air Freshener: 1/4 cup baking soda, 5-6 drops of your favorite essential oil

resize 6

Dryer Balls

resize 5

On Guard Cleaner Concentrate: Item No. 3814

On Guard Foaming Hand Wash with 2 Foaming Dispensers: Item No. 3807

resize 7

Make Sure to Include Essential Oils so They Can Make Their Own Cleaning Supplies:

Lemon Essential Oil: Item No. 3012

On Guard Essential Oil: Item No. 3110

Lavender Essential Oil: Item No. 3011

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Item No. 3017

resize 8

Assorted Cleaning Supplies:

Towels

Scrub Brush

Sponges

Other Recommended Gift Ideas:

resize 7

Family Physical Kit: Item No. 3279

Introductory Kit: Item No. 3218

resize 2

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online,  or connect with me at Alissa.Smith@gmail.com for more information on how to earn 100pv of FREE doTERRA’s products! 

 

Shakeology Recipes for February 4th!

Yesterday was a CRAZY day with the kickoff of Beachbody’s newest workout program, The 21Day Fix. It’s a 30 min a day, 7 day a week program that includes meal planning & portion controlled meals.

21-day-fix 1544608_10152191687279771_570934516_n

It also includes SHAKEOLOGY! I have to tell you, we got the newest trio flavor box last week and we love it! I was already a huge fan of the new chocolate & vanilla flavors, the strawberry rocks it though. I am not even a strawberry fan, but Jrod let me have a little bit of his and I was hooked! The trio box will be on our monthly order from now on!

 

 

 

 

 

strawberry-shakeology-trio

I 100% understand that putting down all that money upfront for Shakeology is very scary, here is my favorite price breakdown:

shakeologyvs

Going to re think that daily Starbucks now?

Now here are our top recipes for the week:

Strawberry Ginger: 

1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. ground ginger, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Strawberry Kiwi: 

1 scoop of Strawberry Shakeology, 1 cup water, 1 medium kiwi peeled and cut into pieces, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Almond Fudge: 

1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 Tbsp Almond butter, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Chocolate Covered Cherries: My all time fav!

1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup black cherries (pitted), & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Chai:

1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology, 1 cup brewed Chai tea cooled, 1 tsp raw honey, 1/2 tsp. ground allspice, & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

Vanilla Cake Batter: 

1 scoop of Vanilla Shakeology, 1 cup Almond milk, 1/2 cup cherries (pitted), 1/2 cup pineapple & a handful of ice. Blend & serve!

What are you top Shakeology Recipes?