Thursday, October 16, 2014

Real Food Fridays #60 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
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.

Notice
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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

30 Day to a Better You Challenge:The Mind




Do you think you need to get healthy? Is it that you think you need to start exercising, or start eating more healthy? You might have answered yes to one or both of these questions. What most people don't know, and I didn't, is we need balance for good health. That means when we decide to get healthy we need to incorporate the mind, body, and soul.

The mind plays a very important role in our over all health. Our minds are very powerful and control more of our lives than we realize. The important thing to know is that it is not our consciousness mind that effects our every day lives, but our subconsciousness mind. It is important to note that our mind is not our brain. The brain we can see, the mind we can not see.

Our minds have been and continue to be programed by what we are told, what we hear others say about us, what we think about our selves, and what we decide to believe about our selves. These are the things which are store in our subconsciousness mind which control our lives. They determine how much money we make, how we live, how we feel, every aspect of our life.

In order for us to live a healthy, happy life we need to reprogram our subconsciousness. How do we do that? Over time, thinking new thoughts about our life. Instead of thinking I'll never get out of debt, I'll never lose weight, I'll never be happy we have to change them to I'm not of debt, I've lost weight, I am so happy. You don't have to be there yet just say it, this is the beginning of changing your subconsciousness.

Does it work? Yes, I have been reprogramming my subconsciousness for over a month now. I will say somethings happen faster than others. My theroy is it depends how deeply rooted the negative thought is imbedded in the subconsciousness. I continue to meditate and speak positive affirmations every day with new results. I want you to be able to do what I am doing so you can live the life you were created to live. That is why I want you to join my self and three other bloggers as we help get you started on a new healthy lifestyle.

There will be daily challenges through out the whole month of November geared towards the mind, body, and soul. You don't have to do all the challenges if you have your diet and exercise down than just do the mind, and soul. I have learned that in order to be healthy we need to have all three in balance. There is a Facebook group set up for the challenge. It will also serve for the challenges them selves, be a place to share what you have learned, accomplished, or done, make friends, encourage others, get daily encouragement, and there will also be prizes for some of our lucky participates.

Please share this with others who might be interested, and we look forward to aiding you on your journey to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Krista Nelson from the blog Just Get it Done will be our mind coach. I will be posting an introduction post, so you get to know more about her.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Real Food Fridays #59 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
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.

Notice
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.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Workout at Home Arsenal


Over the years I have gathered quiet alot of workout products for my home workouts. This took time and usually came with the purchase of a new workout DVD. For instance I purchased my step in a package from The Firm which at the time came with three workouts and two steps. Later they came out with the incline step which also came with three workouts. The incline offered more versatility for working out, but allowed me to also use the previous workout videos I had.

When I first started working out at age 17 I purchased an exercise mat, ankle weights, and a set of hand weights. As years went by more products for working out at home became more abundant. Now I don't own a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike and never have. First off these are big ticket items that I did not have the money to buy, or a place to put it. Yet I have managed just fine without those items and even after working out at the gym, at various times in my life, I prefer my arsenal.The step is great to use for a combination of cardio and toning at the same time. This makes for a shorter more effective workout incorporating the entire body.

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At this time I have four sets of hand weights 3 lbs for flies, 5 lbs for rows, biceps, triceps, lying down flies and use them on my inner thigh for extra weight. I have 8 lbs for using on the step for extra weight and for some other step work along with chest presses. Last I have 15 lbs for working the lats which is the muscle shown on the left. As you can see this is a big muscle and can handle heavy weights. However I would start with 5 to 8 lbs and work your way up. Currently I do 30 upright rows on both sides. I need to move up to 20 lbs which is what I used at the gym.

I do have a set of ankle weights, but in order to use them I have to tie them on because the Velcro is no longer holding. Wish they would come back with the ones with straps.

When the stability ball came out I was in love and had to have one. This is the best piece of equipment for developing a creating a strong core. It is also very versatile for working the body all over while still engaging the core.

Resistance bands, I got my first pair when I purchased the Boot Camp Tae Bo  series. I then found a set that had weights in the grips by Tae Bo and purchased those. When purchasing The Firm DVD, I no longer have or remember the title, I got a different type of resistance band. At the time I had no workouts that utilized this type of resistance band, but as of now I have two.

Then I purchased Cathe' Friedrich's DVD "Butts & Guts* " I purchased my 8 lb medicine ball. I use this to enhance ab work like Russian Twists, along with the stability ball and for uneven push ups. All of the workouts I do that incorporate the medicine ball are from Cathe' Friedrich.

At the suggestion of my health man I bought a rebounder. This is a great workout for those with joint pain because it is easy on you joints. The rebounder hosts a lot of benefits. You can see my post "The Rebounder/Mini Trampoline Benefits."

The last part of my arsenal is the most important because all of my other items would be useless without my library of workout videos/DVDs. I also use YouTube for various workouts and have an extensive list on there between two different play lists. If you would like to go through them and see if you are interested in anything you can explore my "Fitness" play list and my "Exercise" play list.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Real Food Fridays #58 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
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.

Notice
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.

Baked Pears with Blackberry Sauce


Southern man and I went to visit his cousins who he has not seen since he was five and doesn't remember. It was a two and a half hour drive and we knew we were making the day of it. His male cousin works on private planes and rents out three hangers at a local airport. I have never seen a private plane up close and was excited to do so. He even let me sit in his personal push pull plane for a picture. To bad I'm on the wrong side to be driving, lol it was fun.

We went back to house where my husband and his female cousin and southern man looked at pictures from earlier days. It was getting late time to head home, but not before we were giving a dozen  eggs  from their chickens, a bag of pears, and some pictures. His cousin's wife said she was  not sure what type of pears they were, but felt they were for cooking and not eating as is.

It was almost a week before I used the pears and some of them went bad. I decided to bake the pears like my mom use to bake apples with butter and cinnamon. There were some frozen blackberries left over from an earlier barter and I took them out to thaw not knowing what I would do with them.

Baked Pears with Blackberry Sauce

10 Baking pears
8 Tbsp butter
Cinnamon

Core and peel the pears, slice into bite size pieces. Be careful with how small you cut them they will shrink. Pre-heat the oven for 350 degrees, put 5 Tbsp of butter in a baking dish and melt it in the oven. Place pears in the baking dish, sprinkle with cinnamon and mix everything together. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until tender.

Blackberry Sauce

4 Cups of blackberries
1/2 cup raisins
4 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla

Add everything to a pot and cook on medium heat stirring as you go while gently smashing berries with a fork. Add the raisins after you have smashed up most of the berries cook until it starts to boil and remove from heat.

Once the pears are done add the blackberry sauce and enjoy. I took this to Bible study and it was very popular with the kids up point it is sugar free.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Real Food Fridays #57 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
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.

Notice
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.