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Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Soup!

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Sometimes eating healthy can seem like a drag…especially when you are someone who houses a serious sweet tooth!  Do not give up hope – really healthy ingredients can be made to taste like chocolate strawberry ice cream!

Here is the simple recipe for a fabulous chocolate strawberry shake; or, eat it with a spoon like you would soup!

  • 1-1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • tbsp cocoa powder
  • stevia sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • a scoop or two favorite all-natural (no chemical fillers) protein powder.  This recipe used Pumpkin protein powder.
  • 1/2 cup chocolate unsweetened almond milk (or other milk of choice)
  • ice cubes (8-15 depending on desired consistency)

Just blend and there you go!  Sweet awesomeness in a glass or a bowl!  You can also experiment with flavors, i.e. blueberries or mixed berried, or flavored protein powder (keep it natural) and different milk or alternative milk flavors, flavorings, etc.

 


Eat Right For Your Blood Type

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Did you know that, according to Dr. Adamo, people require different diets (i.e. eating plans, not a lack of eating) according to their blood type?  Someone with Type A blood is optimally sustained by different foods than someone with Type O, Type AB, or Type B blood.  While fruits and vegetables are a mainstay for any and every human out there, there are even certain produce items that are recommended for or detrimental to various blood types.  It is interesting to learn about!

A few fun facts:

  • People with Type A blood are considered the first vegetarians, and are best served by a diet with no red meat, no dairy, little white meat, and a few servings a week of fish?  This blood type should primarily get protein from nuts, seeds, legumes, soy, eggs, and the occasional fish/chicken (they can also skip chicken and similar meats).
  • Type B individuals have a tolerant system and can eat most things (like difficult to digest dairy and red meat) but should not eat wheat, corn, or lentils?
  • Type O is the oldest bloodline, hence the O, and should only avoid wheat, grains and legumes but requires vigorous exercise (compared to Type A for which gentle exercise is recommended).
  • Type AB is a more modern blood type and its hallmark is a very sensitive digestive tract; people with Type AB blood should completely avoid meat, chicken, and pork.

While there is debate as to the scientific validity of eating for one’s blood type, it does make some sense in terms of historical origin, lifestyle, heritage, and ancestry.  But as a Type A, this blogger has to completely disagree with the prescription for gentle exercise; plenty of Type A individuals love and thrive on lots of vigorous physical activity!

Check WebMD and the aforementioned Dr. Adamo website for some interesting facts on blood type eating; if anything it is an education!

 


It’s Official…303 sold!

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While a few more might yet sell in the coming weeks (I have yet to figure out how one can get a Groupon after the deal expires but apparently you can) I have sold a total of 303 Groupons in the last 1.5 months.  This is extremely exciting since building a business is a huge challenge and there is only so long a person can survive without covering expenses, going into more debt, etc. before re-evaluating and considering other opportunities.

But as of now things are on track and the business is poised to grow.  People are calling and emailing, excited to begin their new fitness plan, and we are delighted to have them on board!  Loving what you do is vital to success; working with people who are also excited to have your help and support makes it a lot better and that much more fulfilling.

Now that Groupon is over, it is back to other health-related topics, items, articles, monologues, and so forth.

Lets start here:  Happiest (and unhappiest) States in America!  The Huffington Post has some interesting articles in its Huffpost Health Living section, like this article:  Happy March! 7 In-Season Superfoods.


Dedicated Groupon Clients!!

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It is wonderful to see all of the people who are not only purchasing Groupons for Pilates mat and reformer classes (and private lessons) but also scheduling those classes so quickly!  Those dedicated to their own health and fitness are inspiring to us all.  Thanks to all of my great clients, old and new, who make coming and teaching a pleasure!

If you have yet to get your awesome Groupon deal, you still have 24 hours!  Click here to purchase!


Tipping Trainers

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Tipping etiquette is a touchy and debatable topic, but the question of tipping personal trainers, Yoga & Pilates instructors, etc. is an issue worth addressing.

While tipping is technically never required, it is something we do to express gratitude for a job well done, and ultimately it is an engrained part of American culture (others as well, to greater and lesser extent).  Overall Americans are generous tippers.

It is standard to tip hair stylists, massage therapists, aestheticians, and other one-on-one service providers between 15% and 20%.  These service providers have undergone special training and are creating a (hopefully) positive experience that clients both want and need.  When it comes to trainers, private exercise instructors and the likes, in theory it should be no different.  Once again this is a specialized individual whom, at least in the case of a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor, has spent many hundreds of hours learning and honing his or her skill set.  A private session is taking place, and individualized attention to specific needs, conditions, concerns, and more are factoring into the interaction.

If you think about it, physical trainers are facilitating physical wellness; from a physiological, purely medical perspective this is very important to living a long, healthy life.  Indeed haircuts and facials are important and beloved services, but someone could suffer from serious and life-threatening conditions and find help through something like Pilates or Yoga (burn fat, build muscle); no one ever died from not enough hair cuts or too few massages.  Having said that, one would think a client would LOVE tipping the health instructor who is making life more livable.

It is also important to consider things like rental space and other costs that instructors incur.  Just like many hair stylists split their earnings with the salon, instructors give a (sometimes very large) percentage of earnings to the studio they use.  Or, if employed by a studio, work at a rate that is often far less than is paid by the customer.

Bottom line, as a society we are not conditioned to tip trainers in the same way as we are hair stylist, massage therapists, etc. and yet these services fall within similar categories.   If you see an instructor 3 times a week a smaller tip is certainly understandable, but overall a Pilates or Yoga instructor or Personal Trainer working in a private setting (versus a big box gym with certain policies) should be viewed like a ‘body’ stylist and tipped accordingly.  Remember, personal exercise instructors/trainers are not dieticians or acupuncturists; those are medical providers and often are dealt with and paid for by insurance companies.

Next time you take a private Pilates or Yoga lesson for $70 consider giving the instructor $10 -$15.  Of course there is no need to tip in group classes – the point is to express gratitude for a customized, individual service.

 

 


Check out the First Public Food Forest!!

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This is amazing – the city of Seattle is planning to plant and sustain an urban food forest!  Trees, plants, and bushes will yield fruit, vegetables, nuts, and herbs for public consumption.  Listed among the items to be available are apples, pears, blueberries, raspberries, guavas, pineapples, chestnuts, walnuts, herbs and more.

Click here for the details: FOOD FOREST IN SEATTLE!!

One of the best things about this is that people can get nutrition that was previously unavailable to them due to cost – anyone can take what they need.  Yes problems could arise, but better to deal with some potential issues then to never test out innovative ideas.

Good luck Seattle!


Hello Healthy (TASTY) Dinner Round 2…

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The recipe in the last post was found courtesy of the Bob’s Red Mill website.  If you are not familiar with the comprehensive line of healthy baking and cooking items produced by this fantastic LOCAL Oregon company you are mission out!

Check out Bob’s Red Mill and get your healthy on.

By the way, healthy food tastes really good when done right.  There are ingredients such as nuts, olive oil, avocado, and more that are chock full of unsaturated, extremely beneficial fats that lend a rich flavor to all sorts of meals.  While vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds do make up the bulk of a natural and nutrient-rich eating plan, certain oils are a great addition to the menu.  Of course it is ok, even recommended, to splurge from time to time.  No one can be  good 100% of the time, so let yourself enjoy treats and mainly stick to the good stuff.

Have a great dinner!


Hello Healthy (TASTY) Dinner!

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Cauliflower Chia Baked Falafel

Contributed by: Sarena Shasteen of The Non Dairy Queen

This recipe was not tested by Bob’s Red Mill. Gluten Free, High Fiber, Lactose Free, Low Cal, Low Carb, Low Fat, Low Sugar, Soy Free, Vegan.

 

 

Directions

Step 1

Pulse the cauliflower and onion in a food processor until it’s finely chopped. Remove the cauliflower mixture from the food processor and place in a bowl. Next, process the chickpeas until mostly pureed. Leave it a little chunky.

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix the chia through pepper until well blended. Next, add the cauliflower mixture and chickpeas to the oat mixture and stir until completely combined.

Step 3

Scoop 1/4 cup balls out onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 425. Allow to rest for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Juicing

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Has anyone seen the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead?  If not it is worth the watch and quite an inspiration!

While the film is not about promoting juicing (the practice of drinking your fruits and vegetables), it shows numerous examples of the benefits of allowing the body to receive such a high level of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential cell building blocks.  If a person tried to eat the amount of fruits and veggies used to make a nice tall glass of fresh juice they might explode.  There is way too much bulk when eating produce if one desires an extremely concentrated level of nutrients in one sitting.

Breville juicers are supposed to be very high quality; this one is on my short list:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out JUICING to find all kinds of juice recipes for different ailments or concerns.  From arthritic conditions to stomach problems to respiratory illness, there are juice blends that will assist in healing the body.

Looking forward to getting this juicer in the mail then going to Whole Foods’ organic produce section and picking up tons of fruits and veggies!


Pilates Leads to Better Sex

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In reference to the last post, here is an article detailing exactly how a Pilates practice can improve one’s sex life!

Practice Pilates and have great sex!


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