Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Make Plans, Not Resolutions

It's a fact that many New Year's Resolutions don't make it past the second month.  Armed with these statistics you should choose to 

I have never really been a big believer in New Year's Resolutions. Why? Not sure. I guess I've just felt if you want to make a change in your life you just DO IT! And waiting until the date of January 1st just seems silly. But, as the date of January 1st is quickly approaching you can make the conscious choice to make a change. Pick YOUR day, and make a change to be a healthier YOU!

 I decided in October of 2010 to make a change. I took it day by day and here I am over a year later in a better, healthier place. Changing a lifetime of habits isn't easy, but it isn't impossible. That HOPE alone should give you motivation to move forward.

Instead of focusing on the things you SHOULDN'T do, you should really focus on the things you SHOULD do.

Eat more {fresh} fruits and vegetables.
Exercise weekly.
Drink more water.
Get to know your food by reading labels.
Eat more UNrefined foods.
Avoid Trans Fats at ALL costs.
Limit Saturated Fats.

Get out your calendars and make plans, not resolutions. Lay foundations instead of boundaries. Get excited about food.  Embrace foods you've never tried. Take a cooking class.  Get educated about your food.

If you are ready or in need of a change, TODAY could be your day. You decide. Your life is in YOUR hands.  Go grab any Tosca Reno book at the library or bookstore and start reading.  You are stronger than you realize.

"If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end." -Julius Erving

Best Wishes for a HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Rehydrate with Glaceau Vitamin Water ZERO

It's very hard to find a {clean} flavored water these days unless you make your own at home. Most days I drink a lot of plain water but from time to time I like to change it up a bit and have something sweet.

Here is a flavored water that is {clean}. These come with a hefty price tag of $1-$1.39 a bottle depending on sale prices or stores.

Glaceau Vitamin Water ZERO
GLOW: Strawberry Guanabana

Each flavor has a different amount of vitamins and electrolytes in them. They have quirky marketing messages on each bottle which I find fun to read. Make sure to read the labels because only the ZERO has natural sweeteners, natural flavors, and ZERO calories. Another thing to point out is the fact that each bottle is 2.5 servings. I like to pour a serving in a glass of ice and sometimes mix it half ZERO and half water.  It is super sweet to me without diluting it. 

With all of this being said, I still don't suggest drinking this on a daily basis since water is still your best choice. However, if you are looking for something as a special treat from time to time. Or, better yet, if you are in need of some hydration after a night out celebrating the end to a new year, this might just be what you need.

Cheers to a Happy Healthy 2012!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Is 2012 your year to change?

I know I have come a long way on this {eat clean} journey in 2011 but often times I don't even get to read the labels of the "crap food" on the shelves. Mainly because I've gotten {that} good at knowing what to choose on the first try. However, I do want to make a point to stop by a few of the items we used to consume often and read the labels a year later, but it's Christmas time, who has time for that sort of "fun"? 

It's amazing how many foods are artificially flavored and colored these days. And, the sodium in prepackaged things is shocking when you really start paying attention! If you are always feeling bloated and eat a lot of prepackaged/prepared meals, it's no wonder if you take a look at the sodium. However, it's reassuring to see many companies making changes to their ingredients, but it makes me wonder if they are just trying to trick me into buying something that isn't {clean} by renaming it.  I am getting off track here...

If you are looking to make some changes in 2012 and would like to completely overhaul your life and embark on a {clean eating} journey, here are some of the major things you will need to know.

Avoid all over-processed and refined foods (especially sugar, white rice, and white flour)

Avoid saturated and trans fat, instead consuming healthy fats

Avoid soda and other sugary juices and drinks

Avoid high-calorie, zero nutrient foods, (i.e., junk food)

It sure looks simple listed there, but I can assure it's not so simple at first. If you are still drinking soda or other sugary drinks you are in for quite the fight to detox off of those.  I'm here to prove that it can be done as I am 17 months "sober" off the Diet Coke. (and only crazy ex-addicts still count after the year mark)

Now, here are a few things you SHOULD do:

Drink water. It's recommended you drink half your body weight in ounces daily. (ex. A person weighing 150 lbs. should drink 75 ounces.)

Exercise. Start with 2-3 hours a week. Even walking counts. Heck, have you ever played Wii Just Dance game? That counts too!

Always eat breakfast. Always. Even if you aren't hungry.

Eat 5 to 6 small meals daily. That's 3 main meals and 2 {healthy} snacks.

Stick to these 8 "rules" and master them and you will see huge results.  I will say that I am not 100% {clean} and never claim to be. But I strive for 85% each month.

Wishing you happy healthy life in 2012. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts

Are you crazy for nuts? Are you crazy for Chipotle? If your answer is yes, then I have a recipe you MUST try. This recipe is AWESOME! It's sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next holiday party, tailgating, or dinner party. Or, even better, it would make a great personalized gift.

If you used Chipotle Chili Powder before, you know it comes with heat! I opted to use less than the original recipe called for and added a bit more chili powder instead.

Chipotle Honey Roasted Peanuts

Recipe adapted from: 

  • 1/3 cup raw sugar cane (fine)
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili cowder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbps no salt added butter
  • 2 Tbps honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 pound {unsalted} raw skinless peanuts
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Stir together sugar, chipotle powder, chili powder,and garlic powder in a small bowl and set aside.
2) Stir together the butter, honey, and salt in a sauce pan over low/med heat until butter has melted and it begins to bubble. Stir in peanuts and mix well until all peanuts are well coated. Then pour them into a 9 x 13 baking dish. 
3)  Bake in preheated oven until peanuts are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Stir the mixture 2-3 times while baking to ensure even cooking. 
4) Once out of the oven, sprinkle the peanuts with the spice mixture and stir until coated evenly. Allow the peanuts to cool to room temperature, tossing them a few times so they won't stick together.

NOTE: I found my Chipotle Chili Powder at Kroger.