This is your year to Function!!!

Morning Inspiration…

Do you surround yourself with people who can help you go to the next level? – I Got This Part 2….

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Celebrate Yourself

celebrate yourselfMorning Inspiration… In the words of Iyanala Vanzant: Have you doubted your progress, regretted your choices, put yourself down? Remember that you are doing just fine. Remind yourself right now that no matter what it looks like, you are doing the best you can. And getting better. Encourage yourself, support yourself, and celebrate every little thing about yourself.

Why Cut the Carbs

french friesNo-Fry Fries

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large russet potatoes (2/3 lb each), peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 450°. Cut potatoes in half horizontally; cut each half into 1/3-inch-thick fries and place in a bowl of cold water. Remove from water and dry thoroughly. Toss with oil and sprinkle with salt. Place fries on a cookie sheet. Roast until browned and cooked through, turning occasionally, 25 minutes.

THE SKINNY: 175 calories per serving, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 27 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein

Recipe courtesy of: SELF

Husbands

Morning Inspiration…You should always feel needed as a woman,wife,mother,sister,daughter,friend,lover, and  companion

our husbands“I used to think my husband didn’t need me. When my boys were really young, I gave them all of my time and attention. I wanted to be a really good mom so I read all kinds of books about parenting and kids’ learning styles. I kind of became a student of my kids so I could meet all of their needs.
The only problem was, I gave so much to my kids that when my husband got home from work in the evenings I had no energy and focus left to give him.

One night J.J. and I were having a challenging “conversation” and he ended up saying he felt like our marriage wasn’t a priority to me anymore. I got all defensive and told him the kids needed me more because they were children and he was a grown man.

But that night, God showed me that my priorities and my perspective were off kilter. He helped me see that my husband does need me just in a different way than my kids.

Our spouses need to know they matter to us; that we want to spend time with them and meet their needs too.” – Renee Swope

No Gym Needed

jumping ropeIn a perfect world, we’d all be at a healthy weight, chow down on perfectly-portioned and balanced meals three times a day and spend several hours a week hitting the gym. But if that sounds impossible to you, maybe you’ve been trying to suss out which heart-healthy habits are skippable.

Hint: It’s not the exercise.

Starting at age 30, physical inactivity has a greater influence on women’s heart disease risk than any other risk factor, including smoking, excess weight and high blood pressure, according to a new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers looked at women from a large health study in Australia and found that compared with factors like high BMI, tobacco smoking, high cholesterol, diets low in fruits or nuts, and alcohol use, physical inactivity had the greatest impact.

Short version: While we wouldn’t give you the green light for any of those other factors, either (sorry not sorry!), you definitely can’t skip exercise.

Article courtesy of SELF: http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2014/05/health-the-one-way-to-avoid-heart-disease.html

Great Snacks

raspberryRaspberry Cheesecake Dippers: 1 cup fresh raspberries and 1 laughing cow cream cheese wedge mixed with 2 tbsp vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt for dipping. This snack not only satisfies your sweet tooth, it also packs a punch to hunger pangs by combining a third of your daily fiber needs from the raspberries with 7 grams of protein from the yogurt-cheese dip. Fiber and protein take longer to digest than simple carbohydrates, so they keep you fuller longer and prevent a blood sugar spike and crash that can lead to cravings.

Easy Olive Tapenade: Dip 4 Endive leaves in 1/2 tbsp hummus each and top with half of a pitted olive. This snack cures a craving for something salty while providing healthy fats from the olives and hummus. Research shows that people who consume more of these monounsaturated fats do less mindless snacking and have less belly fat. Easy Olive Tapenade

Parmesan Popcorn: Place 2 tbsp of popcorn in a brown paper bag, fold over the top several times and microwave on high for 1:30 minutes or until popping slows. Top with 1 ounce shredded Parmesan. Ounce for ounce Parmesan cheese has more protein than any other food–more than meat, fish, or eggs! And don’t worry about making it low-fat — women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds. And why popcorn? Researchers found that people ate 32% fewer calories when they snacked from a large bowl of popcorn instead of potato chips. That makes sense because a 1-ounce serving of popcorn packs six times more volume than a similar serving of potato chips. So, you can nosh on a larger portion of popcorn than potato chips and still consume fewer calories!popcorn

 

Snack ideas courtesy of SELF:http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2014/05/nutrition-three-ingredient-diet-friendly-snacks.html