I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do in the Summer is to sit by the fire and make S’mores with my kids. The problem is that it doesn’t always fit into my healthy eating plan. Instead of feeling deprived (and Hangry!) I searched for alternative solutions to my cravings and came up with this life-saver. It really does taste like Summer. (If you haven’t given Chocolate Shakeology a try and would like to- just give me a shout! Happy Summer!
Join me in getting healthy this month for a great cause! For the remainder of this week Carl Daikeler, CEO of Beachbody has decided to donate $10 of every 21 Day Fix Challenge Pack to the International Justice Mission in order to combat human trafficking. IJM is an organization close to the hearts of Beachbody’s coaches and one that we are proud to support.
Want to know more about the 21 Day Fix? Read on…
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• A 21-day program of simple portion control and 30-minute workouts that anyone can do • Simple, fast weight loss—no weighing food or counting calories, carbs, or points • You can lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days
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• Portion-control containers take all the guesswork out of losing weight • It’s the simplest way to control how much you eat • 30-minute workouts that anyone can do and fit into everyone’s busy life
•7 color-coded portion-control containers • Shakeology® shaker cup • 6 easy-to-follow 30-minute workouts • 21 Day Fix Start Here quickstart guide and workout calendar • 21 Day Fix Eating Plan that shows you exactly what to do • 3 Day Quick Fix Guide, Autumn’s secret weapon for fast weight loss • Dirty 30 bonus workout • Exclusive FREE bonus workout—Plyo Fix (a $19.95 value)
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I hope that you will join me and fill out this challenge group application for more information.
Food dollars are hard to come by some weeks and I HATE to spend on things that I can make at home for less money and more health benefits. Cereal is one of those things. I do not purchase cereal with loads of added sugar or cute characters. My family knows that if they say to me “Hey, we are out of cereal!”, then I will surely, grudgingly return with generic shredded wheat. AND I will grumble about it.
Through Divine Intervention, my current workout love suggests Power Granola as a great breakfast. The macro balance is quite different with this program and has me deviating from the standard egg whites and oats of my past programs. So I began mixing up baggies of what would become my now famous Firefly Fitness Granola Cereal. Famous because my students (I teach high school television production) literally LEER at my between class breakfast. I can eat it on the go and am told that it smells delicious. When high school kids covet your food, it is time to take notice!
FIREFLY FITNESS GRANOLA
1/3 c. Old Fashioned Oats
1 Tbsp Walnuts (or nuts of your choice- raw, unsalted)
1 Tbsp Raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 Tbsp Raisins or Dried Cranberries (unsweetened if possible)
1/2 scoop Protein Powder ( I use Vanilla Shakeology)
Healthy doses of Ground Cinnamon & Ginger
1/2 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. unsweetened cashew milk
1. Mix ingredients together and store in container. (This recipe can easily be multiplied. I make it in large batches and portion for the week.
2. Mix still frozen blueberries with milk (and keep in separate container for transport if you are on the go).
3. When ready to eat, combine and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13 g 20 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 2 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 3 mg 1 %
Sodium 144 mg 6 %
Potassium 730 mg 21 %
Total Carbohydrate 44 g 15 %
Dietary Fiber 19 g 75 %
Sugars 18 g
Protein 16 g 32 %
Vitamin A 55 %
Vitamin C 153 %
Calcium 24 %
Iron 25 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Scrolling through the news in preparation for our morning show, I came across this article on CNN. It talks about a “Grandparent Deficit” and so it caught my eye. My Mama was ripped from my life way too soon at the age of 57 due to complications of cancer. I was 27 and had not had my babies yet. My Daddy died just a few short weeks after Emma was born. As you might imagine this is a topic that still brings tears to my eyes today and so I checked it out.
The article speaks about the inherent problems to having later life children and I was keenly aware of them. I had after all had Emma at 31 & Lukas at 36. Struggling with undiagnosed postpartum depression, sleep deprivation and managing it all without the support of my mother was painful in ways that I may never reconcile. This article discussed the struggles of parents like me.
I continued to read as it spoke of the next problem; dealing with elder care while simultaneously caring for toddlers. I had hoped that at this point the article would take the opportunity to discuss the importance of caring for ourselves NOW- while we can make a difference and impact the amount of time that we are vital and independent. There is no natural reason that we cannot remain vibrant and healthy well into our 80’s and beyond if we just do a few simple things daily NOW. It would appear to never have crossed the author’s mind.
Instead, CNN decided to promote a different point of view- one that left me flabbergasted.
Kelly Wallace writes,
“Lori Day sees another “grandparent deficit” but not one resulting from grandparents passing away or requiring care from their children.
It is one borne out of a culture where 60 is viewed as the new 40, and grandmothers are “aghast at being seen as elderly, and dieting to excess and having plastic surgery and so forth to try and look young,” said Day, author of “Her Next Chapter,” about mother-daughter book clubs.
What happens then is kids are “deprived of grandmothers (maybe increasingly grandfathers, too) who are comfortable in their own skin, aging gracefully and being a good role model to kids, showing that growing old is not the worst thing that can happen to a woman.”
Day said she’s thrilled to have grown up at a time when grandmothers were “a little chubby, had ample bosoms, smelled like Jergens lotion and were comfy to snuggle with.”
Seriously? Is that really what we are promoting? No thank you. I will care for my mind and body so that God-willing I will not be a burden to my children due to preventable illness. I will have the energy to run and play with my grandchildren, support my own children’s need for a break in childcare and be a role model of healthy living. That, in my opinion is aging gracefully.
Here is a resource to help you in preventing the most common age related diseases.
What is your take on this article? Have you given any thought to these challenges? I would love to hear what you think.
WHY HASN’T ANYONE SHOUTED THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS?
According to a BBC.com article in 2014, they did just that. I guess I wasn’t paying attention. Even if I had been, I surely would have been skeptical. It goes against everything we’ve been told so far. And that is exactly why I took another look.
As it turns out, popular science doesn’t tell the whole story. We all agree that pasta, potatoes, and rice are all carbohydrates. We agree that once they hit your stomach they are absorbed as simple sugars, which in turn makes your blood sugar soar. This triggers a release of insulin to combat all of that sugar. Then we enter the “carb coma”. Our sugar levels decrease rapidly and we lose our energy. We know that too much free roaming sugar in our blood is unhealthy as is the rollercoaster of glucose-insulin response. Sugar that isn’t used up in the form of energy makes us fat. That must mean that pasta makes us fat. Period. This is why we are encouraged to eat carbs rich in fiber to slow that ride down. Are you with me so far? Good.
Now Let’s talk “resistant starch”.
Resistant starch, according to http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/diet-tips/lowdown-resistant-starch, “is a carbohydrate your body can’t digest. It behaves a lot like fiber, helping food move through your system, says Mary Ellen Camire, Ph.D., University of Maine food science professor.”
Wait, what????? “Like fiber, resistant starch helps control blood sugar and keeps you regular. It also acts as a prebiotic, nourishing healthy gut microbes. Those bacteria then produce a type of fatty acid that may protect against cancer.”
This could be revolutionary. Back to pasta… So, according to scientist Dr Denise Robertson, from the University of Surrey, “if you cook and cool pasta down then your body will treat it much more like fibre, creating a smaller glucose peak and helping feed the good bacteria that reside down in your gut. You will also absorb fewer calories, making this a win-win situation.”
Even better, the surprise came when the doctors decided to do an experiment. You can read all of the details here. I am excited to report that they found something that I really didn’t expect – cooking, cooling and then reheating the pasta had an even more dramatic effect; an even smaller effect on blood glucose! In fact, it reduced the rise in blood glucose by 50%.