Get Healthy!...Because Beauty Starts on the Inside.

Monday, January 30, 2012

What an adventurous weekend I had! *More details at the end of this blog...

This past Saturday I had the privilege of attending (for the second time) a "Let's Get Healthy" seminar as hosted by my dear friends Rick & Renee Shaull who pastor Mount Hope Church in St. Johns, MI. 
I have always been a health nut, however, my dear friends have shared 'many' valuable ideas and resources  with me over the years that have helped shape me into a healthier individual. With that being said, I *aspire* to *inspire* you to be healthier too! Let's get healthy together, live long, and celebrate life together!

Many of the things I will be sharing today I have learned over the past two years at "Let's Get Healthy" seminars; However, a lot I have been doing for years on my own out of sheer good habit. I am going to try & cover some serious ground tonight. Ready? Let's Begin! 

Let's Get Healthy! 

Vitamins & Minerals 

I cannot say enough about the importance of vitamins and minerals! I have felt an overall 'boost' in my health & well being since I began taking them a few years back. A multivitamin is essential for all women. I recommend the "Eve" multivitamin by Now. It is highly potent and is full of things that your body is lacking- selenium being an important one! Our soil is deficient in selenium BIG TIME. 

Omega 3 is another crucial supplement that our bodies are craving. Most likely we are not consuming enough of this on a weekly basis in our own efforts. That's why I recommend an omega 3 soft gel 'or' straight up fish oil (if you can handle it). Just make sure you are buying fish oil that is 'Molecularly Distilled' (as noted on the front of the bottle). Another excellent source of Omega 3 is flaxseed! Yum. I love ground flax seed on my cereal in the morning or in a fresh batch of homemade muffins! Flaxseed also contains lignans which are a natural antioxidant. In order to get the health benefits that are in just two tablespoons of flaxseed, you would need to eat 30 cups of fresh broccoli! -That information was found on the side of my Bob's Red Mill Flax Seed bag. Amazing huh?

Vitamin C is something that we also can never seem to get enough of on our own. And in the winter months when cold & flu are prevalent, it's even MORE important. I recommend trying Emergen-C. Mixed in with just one glass of water, you will receive an outstanding 1,000 mg of Vitamin C! Can't beat that. :) 

Eat the Rainbow! 

Remember the Skittles ads "Taste the Rainbow?" The same concept can be applied to our eating habits! Think of it this way- God gave us (naturally) TONS of beautifully colored fruits, vegetables, and grains that when lined up next to each other create a rainbow with an array of colors! 
Plan your meals like your eating a rainbow. Add a little 'color' to each meal and you'll be in good shape. Ben and I LOVE to eat beans, especially in the winter months. Try a hearty chili, stew, or soup full of kidney, northern, lentil, chickpea, or pinto beans (just to name a few)! Think of how much color there is in beans alone. If you're looking for a good Lentil Soup, click here to try my favorite recipe!

Meal and Snack Ideas 

You didn't think I was going to load you with all that information and then just leave you stranded did you? ;) Not my style. Here are a few great meal and snack ideas for families or individuals on the run!


  • Protein Shakes: (GNC) Chocolate Protein Powder is delicious, makes good smoothies, and really amps up your daily protein intake. 
  • Fruit/Yogurt Smoothies: One of my personal favorites is to take 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup Trop50 (naturally low-calorie) orange juice, and 1 banana and blend it up! Delicious, healthy, and quick. 
  • Kashi cereal topped with ground flax seed: Heap on two tablespoons!
My lunch this afternoon! Yum.
  • Wrap it: I like to eat a whole wheat wrap with hummus, tomato, spinach, red onion, and cucumber. DELISH! Sooo good. Just buy some fresh produce in the beginning of the week and have it all cut up & ready to go for weekly lunches. 
  • Guacamole & tortilla chips: Thanks to my good friend Diane who got me eating guacamole, I'm now an addict! Totally delicious. The brand 'Wholly Guacamole' even sells 100 calorie packages!
  • Use your CrockPot! If you're busy, it's your best weapon. Throw in a whole chicken (with loads of veggies), chili, or soup and let it simmer! 
  • Get creative with pasta: One thing I LOVE about Italian cooking is that it is so simple yet complex in taste! You can really work wonders with pasta, vegetables, and meat. This evening I whipped up (entirely on my own) a delicious Italian dish that Ben and I both loved. I am debuting the recipe here for you all tonight! *See the bottom of this blog.
  • Carrots & Hummus: What on earth would I do without my hummus? It is literally a staple in my diet! I have a fabulous homemade recipe that I will be sharing with all of you soon. ;) 
  • Apples & Peanut Butter: My friend Caryn recently reminded me how stinking delicious this is! I can't stop eating it. What a great way to down an whole apple while dipping it in savory peanut butter. *A note about peanut butter::: Buy natural!! Normal peanut butter has hydrogenated oils in it. Can we say two steps away from being a plastic? Yeah, it's gross. PLEASE buy natural. Jiff has a natural version but they do add sugar to it. There are other brands that add 'no' sugar- those are the best. 
As promised, here is the recipe I made this evening for din din:

Italian Yummy (It's the best title I could muster up

Finished Product! 
  • Baby cherry tomatoes (about 12 cut in half)  
  • 1 cup Fresh baby spinach 
  • 1 regular can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced) 
  • 2 tablespoons of butter 
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice 
  • 1 (14.5 oz) box of pasta 
  • Grated parmesan cheese 
  1. Heat butter, oil, and lemon juice in skillet and add garlic. Sautee until it starts smelling yummy. 
  2. Add tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add chickpeas and fresh spinach then cover for about 5 more minutes (or less).
  4. Dump entire box of 'cooked' pasta into a big bowl along with all the ingredients in the Sautee pan.
  5. Mix together well and add about two tablespoons of the parmesan cheese to the mixture. 
  6. Plate, top with more parmesan cheese, and DONE. 
This is seriously delicious. I hope you like it as well as we did! 
I love you all. Thank you for reading! It is my desire that you will see the need for ALL of us to get healthy together. :) It's important to take care of our bodies and then let God do the rest. He is faithful. 
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A little more about my weekend...
Ben and I had the privilege of staying a night at a gorgeous little cabin not far from us. It was relaxing and awesome to just get away and spend some time together. Don't we all need that from time to time? 
Here is a picture of the fire we enjoyed. It really was a picture perfect weekend as it snowed nearly the whole time! See you all back here on Wednesday!!

1 comment:

  1. Loved the seminar too!!! We brought home so many good tips to be healthy! Loved this blog, along with all the others. :) You truly are an amazing woman!!! So proud of you! :)


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