Five on Friday

For the past couple weeks Dom has been very busy with work.  Which of course is a blessing but its left me having to keep my self entertained during times when we would normally be hanging out.  It has given me the opportunity to catch up on some blog reading though so that’s always fun of course. So I thought I’d just do some link love today and share are some of my favorite things I’ve read or watched this week. Thank Darci  for hosting.

1. How to get flat abs…and rule the world This is not the shallow post you might think it is.  Read it.  Pretty much all of it really resonated with me.  I especially love #s 1, 3, and 4.

2.  Batdad Need a laugh, watch this.  Hilarious!

3.  Coconut oil face wash  My skin has been very uncool lately.  I’ve tried a few different products, including one that has always worked for me in the past but still I’m breaking out.  I don’t feel its diet related either since nothing has really changed. So I was looking up some reviews on a few more natural products and came across this blog post.  I’m totally trying this!  I knew coconut oil was good for skin but I didn’t know it was also good for acne and oily skin. I will let you know how it goes!

4. Can we feed 7 billion people?  I try not to waste food as much as possible.  But this makes me want to be even more diligent at not being wasteful.  This really puts things in perspective.

5.  Neil from GPP Fitness posted this on the gpp website last week and I thought it was really great.  Just another reason why I GPP♥♡. “Question from the Internet about GPP programming. “Hi there.  I’ve been following the site for a while.  I’ve done a few of the workouts here and there, but am afraid of getting big muscles.  So, I cut the weight dramatically and just plain skip heavy days.  Can I get the same results?” Nope. Look, there can be no doubt that GPP will put some “yolk” on a person.  The rigors of daily life demand a greater physicality than most people walk around with.  This leaves them woefully unprepared for  – well, virtually everything.  Greater physicality is the (positive, in our opinion) side effect of obtaining optimal health.  Most folks revel in this new, healthier look. Unfortunately there are some who, for one reason or another, still buy in to that “Cocaine Chic” look.  It’s a shame.  It’s not healthy.  Most “ideal body images” promoted by the popular media (Barbie, Waif, Jersey Shore Goomba) aren’t – unless you are naturally built like it to begin with. Let’s not over-state this increase in muscle mass though.  To think you’d gain a ton of muscle on GPP training is a ridiculous thought.  Especially for females.  Our males tend to gain much more mass than our females.  This is due to chemical and hormonal differences between the sexes.  But, even the males who are looking to “bulk up” are better served by a combination of GPP and the addition of our “Shaping, or Strength” protocol.  GPP just wasn’t intended to add bulk.  The look we obtain from training for optimal health is a very long and lean one.  Using our protocol for bodybuilding types of pursuits is ill-advised.  In fact, if you presented our training to bodybuilders (those in- the-know) as a viable sub for their training, you’d be laughed at.  Bodybuilding and mass building are very unique pursuits with their own specific protocol. People spend years training to gain mass.  Years and years.  To think somehow that you might just stumble into piles of mass by using protocol not specifically designed for it, is just plain silly to imagine.  Especially if you are female.  Especially if you are eating right.  Especially if you’ve taken specific steps to NOT gain mass (doing the workouts as recommended, but going a bit lighter is a viable sub). Bottom line is, you will definitely see changes in your body due to compliance with daily GPP protocol.  You’ll not avoid this.  These changes are healthy and look good ON!  However, not everyone likes the look of these changes (although we can’t imagine why).  Some are dead-set to look unhealthy.  The only way this can happen is to BE unhealthy. To answer your question.  “No – you can’t take something intended to help you achieve Optimal Health, mess with it, and expect to get the same results.”  ”

Hope you enjoyed some or all of these! Leave me your thoughts in the comments if you did!

Have a great weekend!

♥♡

Plant-based Eating with Thrive Kitchen + A Recipe

I have some wonderful things to share with you today! If you don’t know already I follow a mostly plant-based diet with a few eggs and bowls of Greek yogurt thrown in there from time to time.  I started eating this way because for me personally, that’s how I feel best.  I also believe it is the the most sustainable way to eat.  It’s good for the planet, good for our bodies,and good for the animals! Win win win:)

Earlier this year, the creator of Vega, Brendan Brazier launched thriveforward.com which is a free online program where you can get personalized information to help you gain optimal health through plantbased nutrition. It’s really cool.  This week they added something new! A recipe center called Thrive Kitchen.  I’ve been scrolling through it all morning making a list of all the awesome recipes I want to try! Seriously check it out. There are so many good looking recipes to try,not to mention they are all healthy and nourishing for our bodies.

Double Chocolate Banana oat protein pancakes

Double Chocolate Banana oat protein pancakes

DIY plant-based stir-fry

DIY plant-based stir-fry

My mouth is watering.  haha.

 

Before I go I wanted to share my lunch with you!  It’s not quite as beautiful as the above photos but it was definitely yummy!

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Miso Avocado Noodles with Chickpeas

Serves: 1

  • 1 small or about 3/4 of a med/large zucchinni, spiralized. (could also use a julienne peeler or a grater)
  • 1/3 of a carrot, spiralized
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas (I spritzed mine with a little braggs liquid aminos)
  • 1/4 cup of fresh corn
  • 1/4-1/3 avocado
  • 1 tsp of miso paste
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • Optional:  A couple of scoops of sauerkraut

1.  Warm the chickpeas in a pan if desired.

2.  Mash the avocado, miso, and lemon juice in a bowl and then mix into the noodles.

3.  Top with corn, chickpeas, and sauerkraut if using!

4.  Note:  As always, you can use whatever veggies you would like for the “noodles”.  Zucchinni and carrots are just my favorite!  Other options:  cucumber, jicama, raw beets, shredded cabbage, etc.

Easy peasy and delicious.

Hope you all have a fabulous thursday!

Do you enjoy eating plant-based meals?

Fitness Friday: Hip Abs

Happy Friday!!

Hope it’s been a great week!  For me, this week flew by as usual and I’m really looking forward to the weekend.

So today I have a workout to share, since it’s been a bit since I’ve posted one.

The other day my Mom asked me what some good exercises were for hips and lower abs.  I’m glad she asked because it led me to googling why having strong hips are important.

As I’ve said before, having a strong core is super important.  We use our core/abs basically all the time.  Our core helps hold us up, helps us to lift more weight, squat more weight, prevents back pain and injuries, etc.    I’ve never really thought about how having strong mobile hips might help us though.  Here’s what I learned thanks to this article:

  • Most of us sit way too much. (guilty!) This isn’t good because it weakens our glutes and shortens the hip flexors.
  • When those muscles are weakened the lower back tries to compensate and the back isn’t set up for doing a lot of heavy activity so this causes lower back pain.  No fun!
  • When we strengthen our hips we can gain better mobility which will help reduce any lower back pain or knee pain you may have.

There is a lot more in the article but those are the main points.  So yeah, I would definitely recommend working out those hips and abs with this workout.  Plus there is no equipment necassary although you can add weight if you want for an extra challenge:)

Hip Abs Workout

20 minute workout

Do each exercise for 50 seconds, rest for 10 seconds before moving on to the next exercise.  Complete 4 rounds total.  Remember to push yourself to get the most out of your workout!

 

Let me know what you think if you try this out!

Have a healthy happy weekend!

Any fun plans for the weekend?

 

WIAW #3-Jicama Edition

I go through phases every few weeks. Food phases that is. Times where I just can’t get enough of a certain food! Of course there are always constants in my daily food choices. I.e. peanut butter, bananas, zucchinni, avocado, greens. But these past few weeks for me roasted jicama has been where it’s at!!

So allow me to share one of my favorite ways to eat it. First the basics.
If you are unaware of what jicama is, it is a delicious vegetable that is sort of a cross between a turnip, an apple, and celery.  🙂  It looks like this:

0903p22-jicama-mIt has some great health benefits such as:

  • low calories but high in vital nutrients
  • helps your body absorb calcium because of the inulin it contains
  • is a pre-biotic aka promotes good bacteria growth in the body which helps to have healthy digestion
  • high in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and iron

How to roast:  

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel the jicama.  Slice it however you want it.  I like to do a mix of thin and thick slices.  You could also cut it into sticks to be more like fries.
  3. You can season it however you’d like.  I usually leave mine plain and then season it as I wish when I use it.
  4. Place on an oiled pan (I use coconut oil) or on a parchment lined pan
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes flipping about halfway through.

Now onto the Salad I’ve been enjoying lately.  Quite a few times already:)

Roasted Jicama and Curried Tempeh Salad

Serves 2

  • 6 oz of organic Tempeh, grated
  • 2 tsp of braggs liquid aminos (soy sauce or another soy sauce alternative is great too:)
  • 4 tsp of natural sunflower seed butter (tahini or peanut butter would be great too)
  • 2 TB of Nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp of curry powder
  • a squeeze of lemon
  • ~1 cup of roasted jicama
  • a few handfuls of mixed greens
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2/3-3/4 cup roasted squash of your choice (Kabocha or Acorn goes great with this)
  • Optional:  Sauerkraut

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2.  In a bowl, mix together grated tempeh, liquid aminos, sunflower seed butter, nutrtional yeast, curry, and lemon juice.

3.  Layer jicama, squash, and tempeh onto a pan and heat for 10-12 minutes.  Just until warmed up.

4.  While that is cooking split the greens and tomatoes between two plates.

5.  Once the tempeh jicama mix is done cooking split evenly  between the two plates.  Top with sauerkraut if using and extra Sunflower seed butter or tahini and enjoy!

Note:  I have also done this with tofu which was great as well but a much softer consistency.  It became more of a dip on the salad which is definitely not a bad thing.  I found it to be very delicious!  I’m sure garbanzo beans would also be great!

Tempeh Version

Tempeh Version

Tofu Version

Tofu Version

Hope you will try this out!  As always let me know if you do!

Oh and before I forget, check out this great recipe for Jicama Tofu Nachos from Laura at sprint2thetable.com.  Such a yummy recipe and it’s what inspired me to do the whole jicama layering/salad thing!

peace.

Do you go through food phases?  

What’s your current favorite food?