Thursday, July 24, 2014

Real Food Fridays #48 Link Up & Giveaway

Hello and Welcome to REAL Food Friday!
I'd like to thank all of the conscious bloggers who followed the guidelines and
shared REAL FOOD recipes and organic gardening and posts. Thank you for sharing!

We have a very special giveaway today. Our very own co-host Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo has published COOKBOOK!!! You can find it on Amazon.
You also have a chance to WIN an e-version.

Recipes that are easy, out-of-this-world delicious, and paleo-friendly? Absolutely!
Written by popular blogger Heather Resler of Cook It Up Paleo, Grain-Free Family Favorites is packed with real food recipes even non-paleo eaters will love! You can bring the dishes to potlucks and parties, serve them to company, or make them for your family to show them that paleo food is amazing! With picky-eater approved recipes like Banana Bread Pancakes, Savory Dilled Crackers, Batter Rolls, Bacon-Wrapped Steaks, and Chocolate Thumbprint Macaroons, your family will always be nourished, fed, and happy!

Includes: 70+ paleo-approved recipes
Tips for transitioning a family to paleo
Tips for eating paleo on a budget
Full-color photos of every recipe
Quick dinner recipes
Lunchbox-friendly recipes
Desserts so delicious you won't believe they're paleo!

About The Author: Heather is a teenage paleo nutrition nerd and enthusiastic chef. She is the brain behind the blog Cook It Up Paleo. She believes that real food is not only healthy, but delicious, and that cooking is not only essential for good health, but a fun way to express creativity.

The Grain-Free Family Favorites giveaway is open 7/24/14 to everyone and ends 8/3/2014

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On to the PARTY! We're your hosts
Lydia @ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen
Marla @ Organic4 Greenlivings
Heather @ Cook It Up Paleo
Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
Joyce @ It's Your Life 

Mary’s Kitchen
If you're interested in co-hosting let us know!
You can email Mary at

In case you missed "What is Real Food" here's a recap...
I know "Real" food may not seem like as much fun as the sugary, chemically, DIY recipes out there on the internet. This is why REAL Food Friday is so unique. This is the place to share your unprocessed, gmo-free, locally grown and/or fair trade posts.
We are trying to make a difference 1 recipe at a time!

If your post includes items like *margarine, *granulated sugar, *food dye, packaged baking mixed with ingredients that you cannot pronounce (betty crocker, duncan hines, pillsbury) then it WILL be deleted.
Link up your Real Food posts! Processed and "junk food" posts will be deleted.
The party runs from Thursday at 7pm EST through Monday at Noon.
Please follow your hosts and consider adding the Real Food Friday button.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Real Food Fridays Link Up #47

Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.

Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.

Monday, July 14, 2014

21 Days to a Better Me

Just because we eat real food does not mean we will not gain weight, or become unhealthy. Our bodies are very complex, and it needs alot of different things to keep it healthy. Exercise is one aspect of our lives many ignore, we were created to move. In this day and age many have jobs requiring them to sit all day. Now don't think because you have a physical job you don't need to work out,  not true. Ladies, just because we are chasing after kids, lifting our babies, or climbing stairs doesn't mean we don't need to work out.

We all need to work out to strengthen our bones, heart, and develop slick defined muscles. Some people might just focus on cardio for weight loss. Down side to that you will be left with lose skin, yuck not very attractive. While you are losing weight you have to tone that body as well. Just as you shouldn't do just cardio, you also should not just tone even if you are just maintaining your weight. That heart needs to pump to stay healthy, and this is what the cardio will do for you.

I just became a Beach Body coach because I love helping others get fit and healthy. For a long time I refused to do this because of the price of the products. Then I did a freelance job for a coach for a new program called the 21 Day Fix. I was impressed by the eating system incorporated into this program using containers for the various food groups. I also started looking at their product labels, I saw organic, non-GMO, and BPA free plastic, okay that really did it. If it were not for those three words I would not have become a coach. I can not, would not, will not sell or promote any product I would not use my self.

You don't just get the containers you also get a Shakeology container to mix your drink in, which also comes in vegan. The eating plan booklet is awesome, there are recipes which tell the containers to use, a chart to mark off the containers used each day, snack ideas, and so much more.The 21 Day Fix DVD contains seven workouts, 30 minutes each, so don't say you don't have time, 30 minutes is one sit com. It is two DVDs and each one also contains a 10 minute ab workout which is the same on both DVDs.You also get the bonus DVD Plyo Fix which is also 30 minutes long.

Next month I will turn 50, and I don't want to look, act it, or have anyone be able to look at me and determine how long I have been on earth. That is why I am taking this challenge however, my issue is not pounds it is inches. Anyone else want to join in this challenge, recipes, and printables will be made available.

If you are interested in taking the challenge please click on the challenge tab. When you do purchase the program you can enter the giveaway by sending in your before and after photo click here to see what you can win, doing this will also get you a free 21 Day Fix t-shirt

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Natural Remedies for Monthly Cycle

I love this book I have learned so much from it, and it has helped me in various ways with my health. The past two months I have used an herb, rightly named, cramp bark for menstrual cramps. Now this will only benefit you if you know a week ahead of time that the "visitor" is coming. You have to start taking it the week before in order for it to work.

Now it has no direction for use with menstrual cramps on the bottle. I received that information from the book. So, if you buy some be sure to remember to start using it the week before.

Another wonderful herb/weed I learned about through this book is dandelion. Dandelion is the best natural diuretic you can get. This is the first  month I used it, and I did not bloat. I drank two large cups once the week before, and the same again during.

 So forget the over the counter drugs that mask the symptoms, both of these will relieve them.

 I have some awesome news as an affiliate of Mountain Rose Herbs I can offer giveaways. After contacting them it was agreed to giveaway a bottle of camp bark extract, yeah!!! Mountain Rose is where I purchased the cramp bark, but I bought the capsules. The dandelion tea came from Target and is Traditional Medicinals organic brand.

I will start co-hosting Real Food Fridays again starting next week. There will be a number of giveaways on there, so be sure to drop by to see what is being given away along with finding some great real food recipes.

This information is  for educational purposes only. I am not a trained health care professional, so always consult with one before taking any type of herb especially if you are taking other medications, nursing, or pregnant.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Eating for a Flat Belly?

 I'm sure we have all seen the ad about eating these foods for a flat stomach. There is truth in being able to eat for a flat stomach, but it really isn't the food. Well, okay it is, but more so it is the order in which we eat our food. We all know our bodies use various enzymes to break our food down.

Turns out some foods are broken down faster like fruit and vegetables. While meat, and fats take the longest, so if you eat meat, and later eat fruit or vegetables, the fruit or vegetables will be standing in line to be digested. During this process fruits and vegetables will sit and start to ferment. Our stomach temperature is 98 degrees which aids in the fermentation process, in turn it starts to turn into alcohol and gas which thus can transform into FAT!

I want to mention that it is important when eating vegetables to make sure you chew them up real good. Our digestive systems has a harder time breaking down fiber. It is also important to chew your food because the enzymes in our saliva help to start breaking down the foods that we eat.

Turns out it may not be what we are eating that is causing us to have fat, but the order in which we are eating our food. Now that is not to say you can eat whatever you want as long as it is in the right order and never end up with fat. Of course it is just as important to be aware of what we are eating along with the order we are eating foods, and exercise.

That being said I have been fascinated with the whole eating in order and combined eating process. Through the book "Food Combining ," and videos I have learned alot. I never cease to be amazed at how intricate our bodies are. It also amazes me that doctors never check our PH level, talk to us about probiotics, or mention how we should eat.

Oh important you do not want to eat startches with meats/fats they cancel out each others enzyme. What???? No steak with a baked potato? This explains alot about why we feel a certain way after we are done eating items together we shouldn't be.

So, recap vegetables, and fruits first, yes you can so a smoothie. Carbs and meats/fats seperate, and always always chew your food. Well that is it for now, but I have learned more so hope to bring that to you soon.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Free Meditation Videos for Various Issues

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Oh my, I just spent a great eight minutes in meditation with Bex from Bex's Life. You may remember her from my earlier post "No Time to Workout," she has a series of Tabata style exercise/warm ups which only take four minutes, you can see them all here. She took that same four minute concept, and turned them into meditation videos. There are some which are longer by request, and if you have a request let her know.

Meditation is a great way to take some time for your self. It is suggested that those who suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks along with other brain health issues benefit greatly from it. It is also a great pick me up, I was sluggish this morning, and even canceled my Bible study due to it. I meditated for eight minutes, and feel great. Gee wish I would have thought about it before I canceled Bible Study. Anyway she has meditations for various issues like rejection featured below. There are many issues, but I am just going to list a few that I think most of us deal with, and you can check out her site for the rest.
 She has also included some videos dealing with various issues and hypnosis.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Blueberry Recipes From Around the Net

Tomorrow I am getting a gallon of blueberries from a local farm. I want to create some great healthy recipes so I went on a hunt for some I'd like to try. I went to Pintrest for my inspiration and here is what I came up with. All the links go directly to the site, and not Pintrest.

The very first pin I found was for 56 Healthy Blueberry Recipes. From those 56 I chose just one! Really?

Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam she used the chia seeds as a thickener, nice.

Next I visited 100+ things to do with blueberries, let's see how many of these peak my interest. When I found out all the recipes came from one site it turned me off, so just one.

Easy Blueberry Syrup just takes blueberries and maple syrup.

                                                     Vegan Banana Blueberry Bread

Found this Churn Free & Gluten Free Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, needs revamping.

Okay I'm done searching, but I'm happy about my choices though a few will need healthier ingredients. The ones my taste buds would like to indulge in are the jam, ice cream, and smoothie how about you?