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Making Time is Necessary. And Your Weekly Recipes!

on January 8, 2013

Alright folks, so the first week back into your fitness and nutrition journey after the holiday season, well my dying burning question: HOW ARE YOU DOING?!! Are you overwhelmed again? Or have you been sticking to your plan and slowly improving? In any case, I hope that you still know that if you believe in yourself the change will happen. It will be challenging but if you are not taking that first step and challenging yourself then what are you doing to make that change and how do you expect to change if you don’t put the effort in? Just remember no one else can do this for you, yes the tools are there and the help is there, but you are the one that has to put everything you can into it and morph into that beautiful butterfly you are and gain what you really want out of it not what you stand to lose. Think about that; the confidence, the sexiness, the life lesson, the value in yourself, the friends, the community, and the lifestyle worth living, all of it is what you will gain. Take a moment and really write it out in front of you, your goals, what you want to see, what you want to gain, and how to get there. Make it your priority and you will be surprised how fast the motivation will sneak up into your life every day and how fast you will encourage yourself to your own success.
Now, for a little nutrition talk. How is the meal planning coming along. Are you following up on some of the ideas that I have posted? Has any of it helped? Are there any suggestions you can give me to really help you get on track with your nutrition or are we just talking the lack of time to prepare and willingness? How about this; here is a common statement among many people looking to get healthy, or start a new lifestyle.
Statement:
I’m too busy to cook and I end up eating a lot of fast food, although I try to order healthier options. I realize that I do want to eat better, but the reality is that I don’t have a lot of time to cook or bring foods with me to work or outside of home. What can I do?
Answer:
First off I would like to ask do you cook meals at home at all? If yes, then next time you are cooking your dinner, throw a couple extra chicken breasts (or other proteins) on the grill or in the oven and make a little extra of the side dish you are preparing and Tupperware it up just like you would for left overs and you will be amazing that you just created at least two extra meals for yourself for the week. Now, I do want to tackle the eating out. Eating out is fine once and a while, there are plenty of restaurants that have healthy options available and even have nutrition guides to help navigate you to their best options, but remember having a fast food diet is not the key to happiness nor the key to a slimmer waist line. It’s all about timing and prioritizing your life, if it is important to you to make this change in your life, then you will do it and succeed at it. Will it take a while? Yes. Will you fail? Sometimes, but don’t look at it negatively and keep it positive and learn from your mistakes rather than dwell on them. Remember you have a body that is made primarily of food, so consider how you can invest a little more time in nourishing it. I encourage you to demonstrate self-love by deciding that it’s okay to take the time to seek out healthy nutrition. It is all about believing in you and dedicating your time to YOU and YOUR LIFE. The time is now, so why not? No more excuses. Remember you have all the tools in front of you, use them and ask for help.
So, now onto the weekly recipes and fun Kylan and I have been up to!
Breakfast:
Have time for a quick scramble? Try this one out for a change. In a pan put a little olive oil or coconut oil over medium-high heat, scramble 3 egg whites, a small handful of spinach leaves, some black beans and pre-cooked lean meat of your choice . Season it with pepper or your desired seasonings. Wrap mixture in an 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla or top a whole wheat slice of toast and finish it off with salsa and avocado.
Lunch:
Since we are all about the quick and easy; yet satisfying, try this lunch idea out! Grab a whole-wheat pita and spread one side with 2 tbsp. hummus. Add 1 large roasted and sliced ( you may opt for it to be fresh, cold and crisp) red pepper, 1 tbsp. crumbled feta, 1 tbsp. black olives, a few slices cucumber, and a small handful of mixed greens or baby spinach. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and black pepper if you prefer and enjoy!

Dinner:
Thinking hot and spicy to really get that metabolism going? Heat 1 tbsp. olive oil or coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper and ¼ sliced and diced onion and cook for about 4 minutes. At this point you can add fresh garlic if you want, do use a garlic press for this option and one clove. Add ½ a red bell pepper (again sliced and diced), ½ cup zucchini and squash (sliced and diced; yet again), and ¼ cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned) and cook for a good 5 minutes. Add ¼ lb. shelled and de-veined shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink in color and opaque. You may top with avocadoes and salsa if desired! Or even lay it in a bed of steamed brown rice, quinoa, or white rice.
How about that? Sound good? It is my favorite time again, here is what Kylan and I have been cooking up!
As usual our week always involves a little prep-cooking. We decided on a little steak and pork chops smoke grilled with a couple sweet potatoes rubbed with coconut oil and garlic.

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Of course, Kylan loves putting together his dinners so why not have a little fruit on the side and a pudding with sprinkles as a desert? Haha.

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Next, since the rainy days are usually the best days to cook a crockpot meal we decided on a pot roast with sweet potatoes, onions, and carrots. Yes it was simple and delicious!

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And as I am sure you know by now, I love to make Kylan laugh and enjoy special treats, I surprised my sick lil’ guy with some “car” pancakes! Check them out!

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Well, there you have it. Just a simple and sweet moment in the life Kylan and I live. Do not forget to surround yourself by the positives in life and really take time for a laugh or two a day. We do! 🙂

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