HOMEMADE CONDIMENTS!!!

Meet Tricia and Cary Bush.
Tricia is one of my good friends, and my official LIVING HEALTHY Mentor!  She is a focused, uncompromising homeschool mom.  Somehow, she runs the healthiest home I’ve ever seen for her husband and 5 children!  


 
I’m now very excited to say that Tricia is passing along her HEALTH wisdom to more of us through her new 
Isn’t that a great idea?  
 

Zucchini Lasagna

As I was making this weeks meal plan, I realized I hadn’t put this  ZUCCHINI LASAGNA recipe we had on the  Fitness Vacation last November with all of my other recipes.    This week I am making homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs.  It is VERY good and leaves me with lots of delicious spaghetti sauce, so that’s why I will be making ZUCCHINI LASAGNA as well this week.  YUM!

This is how I make 
ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

layer 
spaghetti sauce – diced zucchini – ricatta cheese – pepperoni
Top with Cheese
Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  And done.
This is definitely one to add you your menu.  
Super good, easy and quick to make.
Enjoy :)

Slow-Carb: 2 MORE WEEKS!!!

For most of us who have taken on the 
SLOW-CARB CHALLENGE 
this winter, we only have 2 more weeks left!!!!  
We have been at it for 4 weeks now and I have SO LOVED hearing all of stories!  Great things are coming from this push towards a healthy lifestyle!!!


A FEW THINGS:

  1. Be sure to check out the details for the slow-carb CONTEST and enter to win!!!!  Take a look HERE.  There will be great HEALTHY prizes given :) :) :)
  2. If you have a story or comment regarding the slow-carb challenge, let us hear it!  You can tell talk to us in the comments or email it to me and I will add it to the  “Quotes and Conversations” blog.
CHECK OUT SARAH’S BLOG!   
 She is a Slow-Carber and has shared some amazing recipes with us!  Thanks Sarah :)


This is SO good.  Everything about this is Slow-Carb except for the cheese.  I will be making this soon :)


Hummmmmm, I think that’s all for now.  
Oh, be sure to FOLLOW this blog to keep the HEALTH & FITNESS encouragement coming!

Thank you,
Ashley

IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD!

recipes…                                
24 DC = Advocare 24 Day Challenge   SCD = legal for the SlowCarbDiet

SOUTHWESTERN OMELET 24 DC, SCD
STIR FRY PIZZA SCD
ZUCCHINI LASAGNA 
TOMATO BASIL SOUP
SLOW-CARB SANDWICH SCD
3 MINUTE MEAL video/SCD
8 HEALTHY SALAD OPTIONS SCD
THE BEST BEANS  SCD
 CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
*** For more great health recipes, check out Holistic Chef Laura Lea

smoothies AND shakes AND working out…



eating out…

KEEP CALM AND PRAY

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This morning I was reading the book of Proverbs in the bible 
and something stuck out that I want to share.  

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

I have seen God be faithful to this promise in my life many times.  
In the area of health and fitness, for instance, we can get extremely confused on what we should do.   What is the best “diet”?  What is the best exercise program?  What food brands are best?  The answers contradict each other.  Who do I listen to?  Every new fad claims to be the answer.  Every topic seems to be debatable. 
It is confusing and overwhelming!  
Not only do I search to find the right way to keep me and my family healthy, but I am responsible to you as a health and fitness trainer!  It is a HUGE responsibility that I don’t take lightly.  I don’t want to be pulled in by the latest trends,  I just want to give the best advise and true information.  
This responsibility is bigger than me.
The GOOD NEWS is that I have a God who cares about even the smallest things in my life… and yours! 
  • Invite Him into your meal planning. 
  • Invite Him into your grocery shopping. 
  • Invite Him into your cooking. 
  • Invite Him into your workouts.  
  • Invite Him into your muscle repair after your workout.  
  • Invite Him into your energy.  
  • Invite Him into your metabolism!!!  
  • Invite Him into every part of your life! 

 

HE WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO!
I hope you have a great, healthy, energetic day!
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Benefits Of Coconut Oil!


Coconut Oil 
has been described as the 
“Healthiest Oil On Earth” 


It is rich in
FIBER, VITAMINS, AND MINERALS!
Here are some health benefits:


  • hair care
  • skin care
  • stress relief
  • maintaining cholesterol levels
  • weight loss
  • increased immunity
  • proper digestion & metabolism
  • relief from kidney problems
  • heart diseases
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • cancer
  • dental care
  • bone strength 

Check out The Coconut Research Center for a list of various references on scientific research done on coconut oil.



This is what Dr. Oz has to say about the 
amazing benefits of coconut oil:


Diabetes This is one fat that diabetics can eat without fear. Not only does it not contribute to diabetes, but it helps regulate blood sugar, thus lessening the effects of the disease. Island people have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were disastrous.

Weight Loss The connection between coconut oil and weight loss is interesting. Farmers in America discovered this early last century when they tried to fatten their cattle by feeding them coconut oil. Instead of gaining weight, their cattle lost weight! So again, this is not news. Do a simple Internet search such as “benefits of coconut oil” and you will get plenty of details.

Bone and Dental Health Coconut oil improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body, which in turn is greatly beneficial to dental and bone health. The improved calcium absorption created by coconut oil use ceases tooth decay and aids in the development of strong teeth. The combined increased calcium and magnesium absorption are of great benefit to middle-aged women who may become afflicted with osteoporosis.

Coconut Oil: A Good Saturated Fat? You may ask, isn’t coconut oil a saturated fat? And aren’t saturated fats harmful? Yes, coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fats. But whether or not saturated fats are harmful depends on who you ask. Among mainstream nutritionists, the idea that saturated fats cause heart disease is an “absolute truth” that is never questioned. Those who question this belief, however, point out that mankind has been consuming mainly saturated fats – in the form of butter, lard, coconut oil, etc – for thousands of years, yet heart disease was rare before the 1920s. If anything, the rise of heart disease in recent decades may correspond to the increasing use of polyunsaturated vegetable oils like corn, safflower and canola, as well as margarine.


the BEST PLACE to buy COCONUT OIL is TROPICAL TRADITIONS!

Read more about 
HANDCRAFTED VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 
and
 MASSED PRODUCED MACHINE MADE COCONUT OIL here.

People are using Coconut Oil for…


Check this out for recipes and tutorials!


Check this out to learn more about the different types of Coconut Oils.


               Be sure to consult you doctor before you try coconut oil for medical purposes.

Please share how you use coconut oil!


The 14 Anti-Aging Foods List

We can’t turn back time, but we CAN

 slow down the inevitable aging process 

that we all must face!

We can improve our quality of life and reduce our risk of age-related diseases by what we eat!

Choose HEALTH by choosing these

Anti-Aging Foods:

  1. Wild Salmon

  2. Green Leafy Vegetables

  3. Blueberries

  4. Nuts

  5. Apples

  6. Cruciferous Vegetables

  7. Beans

  8. Pomegranate Juice

  9. Red Wine

  10. Prunes

  11. Dark Chocolate

  12. Oatmeal

  13. Spices and Herbs

  14. Tea


Treasures in My Kitchen

When I’m in my kitchen preparing food for me and my family, I always think of how I can make our food more nutritious.  By adding simple ingredients, I can give nutritional gifts that will make our bodies strong and healthy.  Some of the time I have to sneak these natural jewels into our food, but most of the time they are well received and make our menu delicious.  So here are a few examples of the treasures I use everyday….


GARLIC


Yes, we should add garlic to our meals because it makes food SO yummy, and Rachel Ray tells us to, but also because it is a blessed herb.  Here are some of the benefits:

  •  a powerful antibiotic – the active component is a chemical called allicin that helps the body inhibit the growth and reproduction of germs

  •   promotes a healthy heart and blood circulation!  (warning:  can thin blood- similar to aspirin)

  •   helps promote a healthy immune system- it strengthens the body’s defenses

  •  Studies are now showing that garlic can reduce cholesterol

  •   has germanium (an anti-cancer agent)- more of this than any other herb

  •  can strengthen your body’s defenses with allergies

  •  helps regulate blood sugar levels

  •  it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients


Helpful Facts:  
Garlic & Onions are toxic to cats and dogs
Drink lemon juice/eat lemon to stop bad garlic breath. :)

                                                                                                                             



CINNAMON
  • regulates blood sugar

  • reduces LDL cholesterol levels- may help reduce risk of cardiovascular disease

  • reduces pain like arthritis

  • may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells (according to research at the University of Texas- published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer)

  • a natural food preservative

  • contains small amounts of fiber, calcium, iron and manganese

  • proven effective for menstrual pain and infertility (contains a natural chemical-cinnamaldehyde) = increases the hormone progesterone & decreases testosterone production in  women… helps balance hormones

  • holds promise for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, and meningitis – according to research at the Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, and The University of Texas.  Their research shows that cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with these neurological disorders.


SO ADD CINNAMON WHENEVER YOU CAN!




HONEY
  • can build up immune system

  •  has antioxidant & anti-bacterial properties

  • helps improve digestive system

  • has carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties… helps fight against cancer!

  • has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that inhibits the growth of certain bacteria

  • helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection

  • has an anti-inflammatory agent- can reduce swelling & pain, and even scarring

  • helps treat sore throats- not only soothes the throat, but can also kill certain bacteria that cause the infection


Honey is also a great pre-workout snack!  
It’s a great source of carbohydrates that provides strength and energy in a workout.  The glucose in the honey is quickly absorbed and gives an immediate energy boost while the fructose is absorbed at a slower rate providing sustained energy.  Honey is know to instantly boost performance and endurance for athletes.


So, enjoy a spoon full of honey before your workout, or if you are feeling tired and need a boost of energy.




FLAX SEEDS


Flax seeds are a SUPER FOOD because of these 3 nutrients they contain:
  1. Omega-3 essential fatty acid- our body needs these “good” fats.  They are great for heart health and weight loss.

  2. Lignans-have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities.  These seeds contain 75-800 times more lignans than other plant foods.

  3. Fiber- contain both soluble and insoluble type


So here are some of the wonderful treasures found in Flax Seeds:
  • At least 2 of the components seem  to protect against cancer- specifically breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer .  They can block enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism and interfere with the growth and spread of tumor cells.  There are also antioxidant properties.

  • Flax Seeds help the cardiovascular system with it’s anti-inflammatory properties and can normalize the heartbeat.

  • New studies suggest significant blood pressure-lowering effects

  • Can prevent hardening of the arteries and keep plaque from being deposited in arteries

  • May help lower cholesterol levels

  • May reduce inflammation from certain illnesses (like asthma and parkinson’s disease)

  • Can help prevent heart attack and strokes

  • May help reduce hot flashes Ladies!


PREGNANT WOMEN  AND BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS SHOULD CONSULT THEIR DOCTOR BEFORE SUPPLEMENTING THEIR DIETS WITH GROUND FLAXSEEDS.





I don’t know about you, but I feel tempted to be discouraged all the time with the new findings on what might causes cancer.   Let’s be encouraged, however, that God has given us MANY treasures in the earth that can fight against all the dangers!  There are MANY MANY more treasures in our kitchen and I will continue talking about them.  For now, however, I need to go make my kids a peanut butter and HONEY sandwich, with a little CINNAMON and FLAX SEED sprinkled inside!