Sunday, June 7, 2015

Eat the Rainbow - Veggie Style

In April, I completed the Ultimate Reset, which is a 21 day detox program.  I ate a mostly vegan diet for the 3 weeks on the program.  While I have gone back to mostly eating what I was before, there are some recipes that I will continue to make because they were so yummy and good for me!

One such recipe is the Edamame Corn Succotash.  Without further ado, here it is:

Edamame and Roasted Corn Succotash

4 bags of Dora edamame
1 c frozen corn
1 red bell pepper
1/2 c red onion
1 T rice vinegar
1 T fresh lime juice
Himalayan salt (to taste)

Preheat oven to 400* and arrange corn in a single layer on baking sheet.  Roast for 10 minutes or until golden brown but not hard.  Remove and let cool.  Meanwhile, heat edamame in the microwave or steam, if you prefer.  Saute onion and bell pepper in EVOO for 10 minutes or until soft.

Add corn and edamame to pan.  Cook on medium for 5 minutes.  Add vinegar and remove from heat.  Stir in lime juice and salt.

2 entree-sized servings OR 4 side-sized servings

Also, check out my video if you want a visual!

Please, let me know if you try it out!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Too Much "Stuff"

Every day people all over the world are stressing about money.  Finances is the biggest reason for divorce in the United States.  The truth is that we, as Americans, place way too much emphasis on "stuff".  We feel that if we don't have enough of, or the "right", stuff, we are inadequate, no one will like us, and we will have no friends.

Now, of course, this isn't least, not for most people.  I have been in the same mindset and still struggle with it from time to time.  I really like to travel and go out to eat with my friends. Sometimes, I worry that if I don't go, they will be upset with me and won't ask me to do anything anymore.  My friends are gracious and kind, so I know that they wouldn't do these things but this is what goes through the mind of a recovering people-pleaser/over analyzer.

My only saving grace has been that I began to keep a record of every penny I spend.  I categorize everything I spend.  I prioritize one category over another based on how important I believe it is.  For example, I used to never "have the money" to tithe.  It just seemed like it was all gone.  I had not idea where my paycheck was going.  Even after I got hired on as a full-time teacher and was making substantially more money than I did as an assistant, I ran out of money at the end of the month.

You know what they say, "Mo' money, mo' problems!"  No doubt, y'all.  I was making more money and if my bank account said that there was more, I spent it, not considering what bills or necessities needed to be paid for with that remaining balance.  This is where we get into trouble.  Not planning.

As a, now, health and fitness coach, as well as a teacher, I know the importance of planning.  Without a plan, there is no real, meaningful way to reach a goal.  I plan my meals.  I plan my workouts.  I plan my lessons.  Why would I not plan my finances?

So, I set to work.  With a background in accounting, I knew how to make and set up a spreadsheet.  I knew that the end balance had to equal zero with my income equaling my expenses.  I do particularly love a good spreadsheet so this was fun for me.  I began with this plan for myself years ago, only within in the last couple of months have I considered sharing it with others.  I'm not sure why, but I didn't really think that other people wanted this or that they would do it themselves, but I know how busy I am and how busy those of you who are moms or have full-time jobs are and I want to share this gift with you!  I hope that it encourages you and makes life just a little bit easier...and, hey! Maybe that debt will start shrinking too!  I know mine has.

Without further ado, here is where you can sign up to get my free budget planning instructions and template (digital and printable forms available).

Monday, May 18, 2015

21 Day Fix Meal Planning Sheets

We are over one week in on our portion control group using the 21 Day Fix. This program is a big change for some people.  We don't realize how much we are eating and how much we are eating of the wrong things!

I know that when I first tried this last year I quit.  It was too hard and I didn't like being told what to do. (Womp womp.)  Big failure there.  But since then I have tried a few other ways of eating and I keep coming back to this one.

It's simple.  I don't have to track every single calorie that goes into my mouth.  I plan my meals ahead of time and make sure that they fit with in tiny containers.  Ok, the containers are small but you get a LOT of them.  I am not deprived and I never feel hungry during the day.  

After I started groups teaching others how to use the system to plan their meals.  I decided to create some handy-dandy worksheets for planning and recording.  You can download them here for your use.

I will be starting another group in June.  If you are looking for some guidance, support, and an amazing community of believers to help you through this program, fill out the form below and I'll get with you as soon as I can.  I would love to have you join us!

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