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Motivational Monday – I Shape Me!

Oops, totally forgot yesterday was Monday! Oh well, let’s get motivated!

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Have a great week!

Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #28 – Eat Clean

Hello everyone! Happy Friday!

How has your week been? Are you following through with the daily challenges? We’re getting close to the end… I hope you have adopted a few new healthy habits and that they have become part of your healthy lifestyle 🙂

TODAY’S CHALLENGE is to:

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Why?

I’m a huge believer in the Clean Eating lifestyle…here are some of the reasons why…

Clean Eating promotes (source)

  • fat loss
  • weight loss
  • increased energy
  • clearer skin
  • shinier hair
  • better sleep
  • increased mental well-being

And a decreased risk of (source)

  • cardiovascular disease
  • obesity
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • type 2 diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • some cancers – colon, prostate, lung, breast

How?

  • Well, I guess the first step is to understand what Clean Eating is….

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Here is a grocery shopping guide to clean eating20130627-215606.jpg

For some great recipes check out the Clean Eating Recipes page in the menu above or go to The Eat Clean Diet or Clean Eating websites.

Share your favourite Clean Eating recipe (or the link to it) in the comments section below. I’m always looking for new ones!Happy Long Weekend to all of my Canadian friends! Have a good one!happy canada day

Motivational Monday – Effort = Results!

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WIAW #2

Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a fabulous day!

This week is flying by…can’t believe it’s Wednesday already!

I usually forget to take pictures I everything I eat in a day, but not today! I’m super pumped to join Jenn over at Peas an Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!

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Breakfast

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A mixed berry smoothie with skim milk, Greek yogurt and protein powder. Totally forgot to add the chia seeds, hemp hearts and ground flax seed, oops! Next time!

Snack

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After my 3 mile run, I wolfed down 2 Eat Clean Honey Peanut Butter Cups and some strawberries.

Lunch

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Lunch was leftover Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Pears and Parmesan.

Snack

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After my workout I was starving! Unfortunately all I had left to eat were plain old carrot sticks. They did not hit the spot 😦

Dinner

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Hubby made a yummy dinner tonight. Ham, bacon-cheddar scallop potatoes and broccoli. Yum! I love it when I don’t have to make dinner 🙂

Snack

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Yep, that’s a wagon wheel! I haven’t had one of these since elementary school! I could not resist buying a box at the grocery store last night, lets hope my husband eats the other 7 or I’m going it have to do a lot of running to burn them off!

Overall today was a pretty good food day – minus the wagon wheel. Packing a lunch and snacks definitely helped me stay on track. I wish I would have brought a little bit more to snack on. I’ll have to remember that for Friday.

Do you pack a lunch and snacks to take to work?
I’m in desperate need of healthy snack ideas, please share!

Elf For Health Challenge #1 – Go Meatless!

Today is Day 1 of the Elf For Health Holiday Challenge and today’s challenge is to prepare a meatless meal.

So, for dinner tonight we had Pesto Pasta with Fresh Veggies and it was delicious! I first had this dish last summer while visiting my sister and her family at their cottage. Not only did I taste amazing, it was quick and easy to make, and it’s healthy – my kinda meal!

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Interested in making it….here’s how:

Ingredients:
3/4 box whole wheat spaghettini
2 tbsp Classico pesto sauce
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon
White wine
Fresh veggies – peppers, broccoli, asparagus, snow peas, (or whatever fresh veg you like)

Cooking Instructions:
1.Heat frying pan
2. Add pesto sauce, garlic, olive oil, and a splash of white wine and the juice of 1 lemon.Mix well.
3. Add fresh veggies and cook for 5 minutes on med-high for crisp veggies
4. Pour over drained pasta in pot and heat for 2-3 minutes on low to combine it.
5. Add Parmesan or asiago cheese and salt and pepper to finish.

I love the idea of eating a least one meatless meal a week, so meatless Monday is going to be a regular thing in our house. With that, I ask…

What are your favourite meatless dishes? Share your recipes (or link up) in the comments section below!

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Motivational Monday – Small Change = Big Difference!

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Do you have bad habits that are preventing you from reaching your goals?

If so, now is the time to replace those bad habits with good ones. It’s surprising how small changes can make huge differences. Check out how cutting down on your consumption of pop, eating breakfast, and getting more sleep can help you reach your weight loss goals.

Are you a pop drinker? Do you drink 1 or 2 cans a day? Let’s do the math on that….a can of pop on average, has 150 calories (Source), if you drink 1 a day, thats 54,759 calories a year. At 3500 calories per pound, that’s a gain of 15.64 pounds in just one year. Crazy! Replacing just can of pop a day with water can really help you reach your weight loss goals. Small Change = Big Difference!

What about breakfast? Do you eat breakfast everyday? If not, you should start… Breakfast skippers consume 40% more sweets, 55% more soft drinks, 45% fewer veggies, and 30% less fruit than those who eat breakfast. (Source)Eating breakfast also helps speed up your metabolism for the rest of the day by up to 10%! (Source) Don’t have time for breakfast? Check out this easy, healthy and delicious breakfast idea that will keep you satisfied until lunch time! Small Change = Big Difference!

Are you getting enough sleep? Short sleepers (those who get 6 hours or less a night) on average eat about 300 more calories a day than those who get a full nights sleep. They also have slower metabolism and higher levels of cortisol – a hormone that increases your appetite. (Source) Getting more zzz’s can help you shed up to 30 pounds a year. Small Change = Big Difference!

Time to make some small changes!

Waking Up to Yumminess!

I’m super pumped to be waking up to deliciousness!

I just spent less than 5 minutes making this recipe from He & She Eat Clean (actually, I cut the recipe in half, otherwise I’d be eating this stuff f.o.r.e.v.e.r!) and tonight, while I’m getting a full nights sleep, my crockpot will be prepping some delicious Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!

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Now this might seem a little silly, but I’ve set my timer for 8 hours so I don’t overcook/burn it! It’s all set to come on at 10:30 tonight and shut off at 6:30 tomorrow morning…I hope it works!

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With breakfast taken care of for the week, I’m off to bed!

Have a great week everyone!

Have you ever made crockpot oatmeal? Do you have a delicious recipe you can share?

What about other crockpot breakfast ideas?I’m always looking to easy, healthy breakfast ideas!