Get Healthy Challenge Week 4

Winter Thermometer

Right from the get-go I will say that weather can be a drag!  Check out this thermometer!Winter ThermometerIt’s hard to motivate for anything outside with this temp!  I’m lucky that I can plan my outdoor activity around the sun and wait until the temperature rises a bit.  Last week Chris shared her ideas for when the weather is less than pleasant.  What do you do if it’s uncomfortable to go outside and exercise?

SnowshoesAs promised, this week we will focus on healthy meals.  In the past I have shared my recipe for veggie omelettes.

Body is a third of our Get Healthy Challenge for Mind, Body, and Spirit.  I believe that when we take care of our bodies, we are also taking care of our minds and our spirits.  If you eat well, your mind isn’t feeling guilty about the extra dessert you wolfed down and your spirit is more relaxed and at ease without sugar hyping it up.

Today I made chicken meals.  Three chicken meals to be exact.  I encourage you to take an hour or more if you have it and prepare meals for times when life is crazy busy.  Time invested in a block portion will have payoffs later on.

I had eight boneless chicken breasts which I cut into small pieces.  With two breasts I made a casserole including brown rice and broccoli.  Gone — utterly gone in one meal!  My guys had shoveled most of the day and were ravenous when they got back.  I didn’t even get a photo of this!

With two more breasts I made a soup that has green beans (canned from my garden!), carrots, brown rice, and sprouted mung beans.  I added turmeric, cumin, and coriander for seasoning.  This seasoning combination is popular in Ayurvedic cuisine.  The last three breasts were sautéed and will be used for quesadillas or sandwiches for my guys.  I am still avoiding gluten, so I won’t partake in sandwiches or quesadillas.

And speaking of gluten, I’m not missing it that much.  It has been a good thing for me to let go.  Wait a minute.  Honestly, when the homemade biscuits or breadsticks come out of the oven, oh, my!  That’s a wee bit tough.  But I’m persevering.  I’ve found some really fun recipes for salads and slaws that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

First up is a salad of the garden variety.  I like to add kale and spinach with my romaine lettuce.  I toss in some tomatoes, green and Kalamata olives, banana peppers, green pepper, onion, avocado, and some seeds.  Finally I may add some chicken or salmon.  This is a meal in itself!  For on-the-go salads, check out our Salad in a Mason Jar post.

I’ve been enjoying making slaw and feel I have come up with quite a satisfying combination.  I use one head of green cabbage, two or three organic hard apples (Jazz, Braeburn, etc.), dried cranberries, sesame seeds, juice of one lemon, and a tiny bit of coconut oil with salt and pepper to taste.  De – lish – us!Healthy Cole Slaw

Other healthy meal ideas include using our Satisfying Stir Fry Sauce.  This goes together super fast and you control what veggies and meat, if any, you stir fry.  Use coconut oil in your wok for extra health benefits.  We encourage you to peruse the recipe section of our site for more ideas.

Here’s a link to an encouraging article from Mind Body Green.  We hope you’ll read it thoughtfully and commit to being your own best fan for this Get Healthy Challenge and for your day-to-day stuff too.  Here’s a portion to entice you:

instead of loading on more pressure and setting yourself up for failure, I recommend focusing on a few daily habits you’d like to incorporate into your life instead. Believe it or not, it’s really the small daily habits that have the ability to transform your life into what you’ve always dreamed it could be!

See you next week, and stay strong, motivated, and most importantly love yourself!Snowshoe TracksWe know parties are still in full swing and with Super Bowl on it’s way, you are left with so many unhealthy choices. Try this Crockpot Buffalo Chicken recipe from our freezer meal series for a healthier option.

There are so many healthy recipes out there and ways to tweak the unhealthy ones. It’s a choice we have to make. Every day we need to choose if we want to overdo our portions, eat that extra sweet dessert instead of fruit… It’s a challenge we struggle with every day. Hopefully our recipes above have given you a couple ideas and as always, we’d love to hear yours!

Week 5 we are going to look closer at bad habits. We all love looking at them, lol. We have found some great tips about those bad habits and how to reverse a few of them for a healthier us. If you have any tips about changing bad habits, we’d love to hear them!


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