Slique in 60 Day 1

I decided a couple days ago that I needed to buckle down and finish my weight loss journey by getting to my goal weight!  In order to help motivate me I signed up for Young Living’s Slique in 60 challenge, and I’m going to do it twice for a total of 120 days.  I have been on this journey for awhile, and I would really like to get to the stage of maintaining my healthy weight instead of always battling to lose more.

I am excited for this because it helps give me a fresh start on my journey and helps me continue stronger with an invigorated spirit and perspective.

Tonight I made Sweet Potato Chili in my Instant Pot!  It was SO yummy.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1lb. ground turkey
    sweet-potato-chili

    Here it is all packed up and ready for my husband’s lunch tomorrow!

     

  • 1 large sweet potato (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1-15oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1-15oz. can black beans
  • 1-15oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 c water

On saute mode drizzle a little olive oil and add onion, carrots, sweet potato, and red pepper. Stir and let cook for 2 minutes.  Add ground turkey and cook until nearly completely browned.  While cooking add the seasonings.  When it’s nearly browned add the tomatoes, beans, and water.  Stir and switch to “chili” mode and 10 minutes, place lid on and allow it to cook.  Do a quick release when finished and enjoy!

After a fairly easy Day 1, I decided to begin a video log of my 120 day adventure!  Here’s day 1!

Unplanned Healthy Meals

So one of the biggest things I have learned with food (as well as many other areas of life) is when I fail to plan, I plan to fail. Fail to plan, plan to fail So MANY times I’ve failed.  Life gets busy, things don’t go as planned, kids need more attention so dinner doesn’t get made, we get home late from piano lessons or gymnastics, the list of excuses can go on and on!  It used to derail me from healthy eating quite easily, but with time and practice I developed a plan for my “unplanned days” that has helped keep me eating healthy!  Here are the steps I take to put together dinner for us on those days…green veggies

Step 1: Vegetables!  What vegetables do we have and what can I do with them.  I try to use any fresh veggies we have first.  I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping our freezer stocked
with frozen veggies we can steam in a pinch, but fresh
veggies are our favorite.  Generally I roast them in the oven with a little olive or coconut oil and salt and pepper.  I try to choose a green one because usually those provide the most health benefits, but I use what we have.  Learning to build our meals around a vegetable instead of a meat, definitely took some adjustment!  Almost all of us are raised to think of what meat we are going to prepare first and build sides around it.  Making the vegetable the star of the meal is still new to us, but I think we’ve embraced it well.

Step 2: Protein!  Sometimes this is a meat, sometimes it quinoa.  When cooking my unplanned meal those are generally the 2 we bounce between.  The most common for us is leftover chicken breast, lean steak, or turkey burger that we season with our homemade taco seasoning.  I think that is my favorite!  Sometimes I add onions and peppers to it and place it on a bed of mixed greens and a scoop of guacamole or avocado slices.  🙂

Step 3: Eat it! Yes, it’s that simple.  Meals don’t need to have 3 or 4 sides.  Keep it easy and simple and you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully satisfying it is to eat REAL food!  That’s how I adopted this unplanned yet planned meal idea in the first place…make it easy and I’m more likely to see it through!

Back Up Plan…Worst Case Scenario  So this happens sometimes.  I’m SO hungry and it is SO late, that I don’t even have time for what I’ve laid out above.  So, what do I do?  Well, I used to hit the nearest drive thru, but now that I’ve kept to healthy eating for so long, going through the drive thru makes my body feel horrible!  Now I just make a protein shake.  We have a couple protein shakes that we use.  We love Pure Protein Complete from Young Living, (contact me for wholesale pricing) or the All in One Nutrition from Vega. (I’m not affiliated with Vega, just love some of their products!)  Those are our favorites.  We just add a little unsweetened almond milk, sometimes a little frozen fruit and blend it up in our Ninja.  It helps keep me on target and even on days that it’s not what I really want, it tends to hit the spot.

How can you make dinner easier when you’ve forgotten to meal prep?  What are your favorite healthy go-to meals for your family?

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Super B…super Me!

Not too long ago someone asked me how I could possibly have so much energy with all that I do?  Working from home, homeschooling my children, pursuing this healthier version of myself and going to 3-4 TRX classes a week, running, multiple activities at church, and of course taking care of my children and running a household!  You know, we pursue and do everything that the Lord puts in front of us.  Have you heard that saying that the Lord will never give you more than you can handle?  Many times I question that!  (I think we all have our moments)  I took the time to really think about her question before I responded.  It took me a few minutes to realize that ever since I started taking better care of myself, and taking Super B every morning, my life doesn’t seem so busy.  It doesn’t seem like it’s more than I can handle because I have the energy to handle it!

Super B is a comprehensive source of the B vitamins essential for good health, like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B12, biotin, and folic acid.  It even includes minerals that aid in the assimilation and metabolism of B vitamins.  I realized that even though I was working hard to eat a healthier diet, getting a better source of B vitamins really gave me the energy I needed to “handle it all” so to speak.  🙂  Now I don’t go a day without it!

What are some ways that you like to boost your energy naturally?

*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

 

Who needs Minerals?

One of the promos that I received this month from Young Living was a supplement called Mineral Essence.  People have told me good things about this supplement, but I have also heard that it tastes HORRIBLE!  It made me VERY reluctant to try it.  Since I knew that I’d be getting it as a FREE promo product, I decided that I needed to learn why my body might benefit from it.

“Minerals are inorganic substances that are found in soil and rocks. They are essential nutrients that the body needs to survive and carry out daily functions and processes. You receive minerals by eating plants that absorb them from the earth and by eating meat from animals, which graze on plants. Minerals keep you healthy and have key roles in several body functions. You require these important nutrients from your daily diet.”  ~http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/main-functions-minerals-body-4171.html

The big ones I kept running across in all the articles and research I found were Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, and Zinc.  These all happen to be in Mineral Essence!

“Mineral Essence is a very balanced, organic, ionic mineral complex with more than 60 different minerals.  Without minerals, vitamins cannot be properly assimilated or absorbed by the body.  Mineral Essence has a natural electrolyte balance.  Minerals are necessary for proper immune and metabolic functions, and essential oils enhance the bioavailability of minerals.” ~Essential Oils Desk Reference pg 266

Mineral Essence Contains:

  • Honey as an emulsifier and natural sweetener.
  • Royal Jelly a substance fed to queen bees that allows them to live 30 to 40 times longer than worker bees.  It is very rich in amino acids, minerals and vitamins B5 and B6; promotes the production of collagen; and stimulates the adrenal glands to increase energy.
  • Essential oils lemon, cinnamon bark, and peppermint
  • Trace Mineral Complex includes beryllium, bismuth, boron, bromine, calcium, carbon, cesium, chloride, chromium, copper, gallium, germanium, god, hafnium, indium, iodine, iron, lithium, lutetium, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, nickel, niobium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, rubidium, scandium, selenium, silica, silver, sodium, strontium, sulfur, tantalum, thallium, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, yttrium, zinc, and zirconium.

So…

after all that info, you probably wonder how it tastes because I said that I heard it was horrible.  Well, I was brave and tried it this morning in my NingXia Red.  It wasn’t bad at all!  Mostly just tasted the cinnamon with a little bit of a funny aftertaste.  With all the working out I’ve been doing with TRX training camps, I am thinking this will really support my electrolyte balance.  With all that exercise I’m doing, I need these minerals!

What are ways that you are supporting the natural functions of your body?  Young Living not only has superb essential oils, but also a marvelous line of supplements that assist in so many areas of our health!

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