Have you ever felt so disconnected from you, yourself? From who you think you are and want to be?
This is how I’ve been feeling lately. Health is my passion. Without a question in my mind, I know that health, nutrition, and wellness are what I am meant to bring into people’s lives. Yet, I’ve been putting my own health on the back burner.
After coming to this realization, I have officially declared this week a self-love week for Maddi!
Here’s how it happened
I was having a conversation with a good friend about how I have all these intentions of putting my health back in the front of my life and she asks me, “Maddi why don’t you love yourself enough to do that?” That’s when it hit me. I do love myself, but I tend to sacrifice my self, my health, my life, for those that I love. Rather than let down a friend, I let down myself.
With all my you as my witness, this week is about self-love for me! What does that mean? It means doing things I truly love. Making choices that benefit me first. It means not sacrificing things that are important to me for the happiness of another. It means taking care of MY to-do list. It means cooking. It means exercising. It means reading. It means taking time to think. It means breathing. It means resting. It means pampering. This week is all about doing things I WANT TO DO and that BENEFIT ME! It’s about being my happiest, healthiest, truest, hottest self!
Do you need some time to self love?
Do you need to commit a day? a week? to loving yourself?
Giving yourself time and space to be the true you?
If so, share with me, what are you missing in your life?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Is Among Us
However, I would like to change it to…
Breast Cancer Prevention Month
Let’s think about this here. We are all AWARE of breast cancer. We are all AWARE of cancer in general. So why the heck don’t we hear about how to PREVENT cancer. Isn’t that really what all this money we’re spending on pink ribbons should be going to?! I think so!
What do you think of when you think of a cancer patient? Do you EVER want to be a cancer patient? Do you ever want to go through with the kind of tormenting treatment that they suffer through? I think we all answer the same to these questions. NO!
We all want to live a cancer FREE life. We don’t ever want to have to go through treatment. We don’t want to go through that tormenting time where you wonder if you’ll even survive! No. Yet all that money we donate never comes back to share with us how to avoid this (cancer) in life.
But there’s NOTHING we can do to prevent it
WRONG. There are definite ways to prevent cancer! Let’s get a few things straight.
1. Why don’t we know about this? Because no one makes money by preventing cancer, so no one spends money to spread the word and make this knowledge known. Also, some of what I will share is quite frankly controversial, because some big companies and lobbies have spent a lot of money to make you and everyone you know think otherwise.
2. It’s hereditary. It’s genetics. This conclusion is more often used when someone doesn’t know how to explain something, so they just assume it must be genetics. Based on science, cancer is only 2% genetic. Meaning if it is IN YOUR GENES and was passed on to you, there is only a 2% chance that THAT alone will give you cancer. 2%!!!!! That means there’s a 98% chance you won’t get cancer, unless an environment is created in your body for the cancer to grow and become CANCER.
3. Cancer grows in acidic environments. So if you keep your body from becoming acidic, you prevent cancer growth! Whoa! No really though, it’s that simple.
4. What you eat MATTERS… A LOT! Sugar, highly processed foods, dairy products, and meats are your ACID forming foods. When I watch what the typical person eats, it breaks my heart. I KNOW they’ll have a disease one day if they keep up their eating habits. Sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich for breakfast, turkey sandwich for lunch, and chicken and rice-a-roni for dinner. There wasn’t one non acid-forming food in that spread. Not one. That is a toxic diet!
5. GREENS, GREENS, & MORE GREENS. There was no better food ever created than green vegetables. Kale, spinach, collards, arugula, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus and this list goes on! Food that comes from a plant is a god-given food. It is food from the sun. It is food from the earth. It is ALKALINE-FORMING food. It is cancer-preventing food. It is disease preventing food. It is life saving food. Eat some!
6. Say no to dairy and meat (most of the time). This is the part no body want to hear. But I’m here to say it. Studies have showed how eating 20% or more animal protein in the diet allows and speeds cancer growth. Eating less than 10% will not allow ANY cancer growth. The same study done using plant instead of animal protein saw 0% cancer growth no matter how much protein was consumed. Think about this. ANIMAL PROTEIN CAUSES CANCER GROWTH! WHAT??? Yes, that is exactly what I just said. If you want to read more about it, check out The China Study by Dr. Colin T. Campbell. (NOTE: this study was done on those predisposed to cancer and carried it genetically)
Dear friends, what have you learned about preventing Cancer, or any disease for that matter? Eat a lot of veggies! And fruits and anything that is plant-based! It’s all alkaline-forming/cancer preventing. Avoid too much dairy and meats. I’m not saying you need to become vegetarian or vegan to necessarily prevent cancer or disease. It’s may be more of a “sure thing” that way, but you really just want to make sure that only 10% or less comes from those products.
None of us are perfect. But surely this is something to be thinking about when making your next food choice, because frankly FOOD MATTERS, a lot!
Share with me!
What have you learned?
Is this new to you or have you heard this before?
What do you want to implement right away?
It’s time to go be a healthy, happy, hot, and cancer-free babe!
Peace, love, and blessings
I cannot even begin to describe how much I fell in love with Silly’s! Off the beaten path in Portland, Maine, hides the gem of a restaurant, Silly’s. As I walk to the back patio, I oggle at the decor made from recycled junk. Recycled doors painted in bright colors hinged together to make one side of the fence. Even an old toilet with flowers planted in it. Each table had a hot pink square lunch box toting its Silly name.
I’m not sure my uncle would appreciate being in this particular picture, so he’s blurred out! ha!
Now, let me tell you, my experience when ordering food at restaurants is usually something like this. Is there a veggie burger? What are the side dishes? And is there a vegetarian section of the menu? If there is a Veggie section, it usually has 6 options tops! Basically it’s never hard for me to decide what I want to eat.
At Silly’s? Oh no! I’ve never wanted to order so many things off one menu in my life. Vegan garlic bread, bruschetta, hummus plate, vegan pizza, burgers, mac and cheese, falafel, vegan desserts too! I was sooo lost. I finally just asked what’s the most popular vegan item and went with that! And boy oh boy, it was better than I could have hoped!
I got the last one. The Zombie Burger.
House made veggie burgers? Made with black bean, sweet and white potato, and quinoa! Holy cow. (Minus the actual cow)
This thing was HUGE! The spicy sauce on here was so good!! Everything about this was delicious! Messy, but delicious. I cannot wait to try and recreate this bad boy! (I asked how to make the sauce, sounds super easy, so be ready to find it on here soon!) I loved the texture of the veggie burger! They’re known for being like cardboard sometimes. Oh no! Not this one my friends!
If you ever find yourself in Portland, Maine, you MUST stop by Silly’s! You will find yourself full of healthy, happy, and hot goodness!
What’s your favorite vegan restaurant?
Where is it?
Have you ever made your own veggie burgers?
As a vegetarian, the one thing you can be sure of is that someone, somewhere, likely more often than you’d like will ask you, “Where do you get your protein from?” And as the educated vegetarian you are, you sigh, and silently ask yourself why people are so ignorant about food and nutrition, but then smile and respond kindly, “You know I get that question all the time, but I get it from nuts, legumes, beans, grains, veggies, and my favorite quinoa!”
Actually I didn’t always respond so kindly. I used to be very defensive about my way of eating and very annoyed by how little people know about food and nutrition.
Now please understand that my annoyance is because I am so passionate about getting people healthy and I KNOW that the number one answer for 90% of health concerns out there is to fix what you’re eating. For me, becoming vegetarian(vegan at the time) fixed all my health concerns. Really though, it’s simply adding “real” food into your life: fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, etc. and getting rid of the “fake” foods. Think anything in a box, can, or package: swiss cake rolls, hot dogs, lunchables, ravioli, Campbell’s soup, macaroni and cheese, etc. Becoming vegetarian or vegan just demands this switch from “fake” food to “real” food.
Now for this protein concern.
Let’s start with the basics here. If you are eating a 2000 calorie diet (you do not need to be counting calories by the way, but that is a whole other can of worms to talk about) you need 10-15% of those from protein. Ok, so that’s 50-65 grams of protein each day. Seems like a lot right?
Not hardly! My vegetarian breakfast this morning had nearly 30 grams of protein in it! More than half of what I need for a whole day and that’s without bacon, sausage, ham, or any other kind of meat! And let’s be honest I’m a 5 ft tall girl. I’m sure I don’t need 2000 calories a day or 50 grams of protein. I personally only need about 40 grams. I’m basically set for the day!
If I go back to my meat-eating days, my breakfast would have been an egg, ham, and cheese sandwich. Follow that up with a turkey sandwich for lunch with chips and chicken breast for dinner with some rice-a-roni and broccoli and cheese. That’s nearly 75 grams of protein. Almost double what a teenage girl my size should eat. And let’s not even look at the lack of fruits and vegetables.
Ok, actually that’s exactly what I intend to do. Why all the protein fuss? Why?! For the average American, that is the last thing they should worry about. Now if you lived in a 3rd world country, protein should probably be a concern. However, that’s not the case here. If you’re eating meat or cheese based food at all your meals that’s 50-70 grams easy. Then we’ve got people drinking 1-3 protein shakes with it. That’s more than 100 grams of protein, but where are all the fruits and veggies?
So what’s the big deal? Too much of a good thing? Yes, that’s what I’m saying. Eating excess protein causes digestive issues. When your digestive system doesn’t work properly you store fat. Not to mention the research on animal protein and cancer growth is a little scary. (Check out The China Study) You could be a work-out machine, chugging down protein shakes and eating a shload of animal protein AND actually getting fatter, sicker and still building muscles at the same time!
What’s the alternative? Stop worrying about protein consumption. You’re getting enough. Really! Start worrying about getting enough veggies and fruits and other plant foods. Yes, plant-based is always my answer. That doesn’t mean you need to go vegetarian, but there are so many plant-based protein sources out there. What’s great is they’re also packed with the vitamins and minerals you find in fruits and veggies (because they’re plants too!).
Examples. Quinoa. Nut butters like peanut, almond, or hazelnut. Almond or soy milk. Nuts and seeds, especially hemp seeds. Two slices of whole grain bread have 10 grams of protein. Beans. Make a bean and rice burrito and get 17 grams there. So many bean options, like hummus. YUM! 1 cup of cooked spinach equals 13 grams, but less than 100 calories. Seriously, there are so many plant sources of protein!!!!!
Try this! Instead of the old-fashion whey protein powder in the can (yes, whey is an animal protein) put a banana, a big scoop of peanut (or other nut) butter, some flax or hemp seeds, a handful of spinach or kale leaves, some cooked oats, almond milk, and some berries in a blender. This will make a protein packed smoothie using REAL foods instead of some powder in a can! 🙂
It’s vegetarian. It’s vegan. It’s good for you. In fact it will fight off half the diseases out there and help you build muscle! Tell me that won’t make one happy, healthy, and hot… chick, dude, grandma, whoever?!
So, Enough with the protein concern!
What are your favorite plant-based sources of protein?
Any good protein-packed smoothies to share?
What is the most beautiful morning to you?
Do you know what I mean? For me, it’s waking up without any alarms blasting in my ears, yet not in the middle of the day either. Those mornings when you went to bed at a decent hour and just naturally woke up as the sun started shining into your bedroom window. Yeaaa that starts it for me.
Having enough time to do what you’d like to before leaving. Not rushing. Cooking a warm and healthy breakfast matched with fresh made juice. Making yourself a homemade avocado facial. Doing some yoga in the morning sun. Taking a warm relaxing shower. Then taking the time to curl your hair and pick out a cute outfit.
A beautiful morning. How often do you give yourself a beautiful morning? Can’t remember? Well, maybe it’s time. I realize not everyone can do this daily or regularly, but can you do it one morning a week? A Saturday or Sunday? Go in to work an hour later than usual.
Let me tell you, I haven’t done this in a while. I sort of lost it. I DID do it today! My oh my, what a difference I feel with my life right now. Taking care of yourself is so important! Not just eating right, but treating your self right, with care.
I’ll share all the wonderful things from my beautiful morning.
Sweet Potato Home Fries and Greens with Mashed Avocado
Cut a sweet potato into cubes, like home fries. Then dice up half of a medium onion of your choice. I used a white onion. Put a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a heated saute pan. Throw in your sweet potatoes and onion. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Cover it with a lid.
Meanwhile, mash up half an avocado with a fork. (Save like a tablespoon of it though. You’ll see why ;))
Add some salt to your avocado. I added a little bit of lime and cilantro too 🙂
When it’s almost cooked, about 20 minutes, sprinkle on some dried rosemary and add a handful of spinach or other green. Stir. Cook until greens are wilted.
Looks Yummy! And Healthy!
Cucumber, Apple, Orange Juice
Pretty simple. Just juice a cucumber, a green apple and an orange. YUM YUM!
Eat your breakfast in peace. I like to dip my home fries in the avocado. It’s much healthier than my other favorite, BBQ sauce.
I had these beautiful flowers to admire while I ate. I bought them for myself, but that doesn’t make a difference 😉 They’re still beautiful.
I’ve shared this with you before, but take that left over avocado I had you save and mash it up really well. Then smear it on your face! Leave it there for about 20 minutes and wash with warm water 🙂
It doesn’t look pretty but your skin will feel oh so good!
What do you like to do in the mornings to take care of yourself?
What gets your day started off right?
As always, be healthy, be happy, and wear it like a hot babe!
I love cooking… most days. Some days, the last thing I want to do is prepare a freakin’ meal. I’m sure you’ve been there, or maybe you’re there most days. Hey, totally get it. But let’s be honest, whatever you’re thinking about throwing in the microwave is just not good for you. Microwavable foods may be the worst thing we’ve ever created to eat, so just hold that thought…
Be prepared, this is easy!
All you need is a knife and some tin foil… and your oven… or grill.
My mom used to do this with potatoes. Well you can do it with any veggie out there. Don’t want to do any chopping? Hey, grab a bag of the mixed frozen veggies, or pre-cut ones from the store. I won’t tell.
Take your cut up veggies and lay them on decent sized piece of tin foil.
Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some sea salt and fresh ground pepper.
Seriously that’s all you need.
If you’re feeling fiesty, add garlic or lemon, or whatever is looking good in your spice cabinet. Cumin! Curry! Cayenne! Whatever, it’s your dinner!
Now to finish this. Lift the two sides of foil together and wrap it. Then wrap the ends in and you’ve got a foil packet.
Put it in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Depending on what kind of veggies you’re cooking this may take a little less or a little more time in the oven.
I did this with potatoes a couple times last week! Got great reviews from my friends!
Sweet potatoes and potatoes is my favorite mix!
Asparagus works great!
Or a whole mix of your favorites! Broccoli, cauliflour, carrots, onions, peppers, take your pick!
No dirty dishes! Just dump it on your plate and enjoy!
Now go be lazy, healthy, happy and hot!
Sometimes we have a little too much fun. Well… sometimes I have a little too much fun. There’s nothing that says you can’t be healthy, happy, hot and fun!
Anyways after some not-so-good food choices and a few extra drinks with my friends, I just don’t want anything to eat or drink. It all sounds heavy and just not happening. That’s when I run to my juicer! Because let’s be honest even smoothies sometimes are just too heavy after a late night.
This is a fabulously refreshing, light drink packed with good -for-you stuff that will kick start your body back to healthy, happy, and hot!
You do need a juicer for this! And if you don’t have one, it is so worth the investment! I’m in love with mine.
What You Need
Whole cucumber with the ends cut off. A green apple cut into chunks. A peeled lime. Ice and water.
Run the cucumber, apple and lime through the juicer. Then add plenty of ice and about 4 oz of water to the juice. Stir it up…
Get ready to feel alive again!
Wait! There’s more!
Why does this baby work so well you ask?
Cucumbers are super hydrating. They’re 96% water, plus packed with vitamins A, B, and C, not to mention the other minerals hiding in there. Because of all the fiber and water in these babies, they work magic when it comes to driving out toxins in your body. Ya know, the crappy food and bar drinks! A little added bonus to cucumber juice, beautiful skin! So don’t just sip this when you’ve wreaked havoc on your body, treat yourself to some beautiful skin too!
Back up that cucumber with a lime and goodbye crappy day. Limes are very acidic, like you didn’t already know that, but the high acidity cleans out toxins in your digestive tracts. Kind of like scrubbing the floors in your kitchen. But it’s also packed with potassium (who knew?!) which will clean out the toxins in your kidneys and bladder!
As for that apple, it’s mostly because I think it makes it taste better! But we all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away. That’s good enough for me for this one!
Time to get refreshed! I think I might just go make another one 🙂
This topic was actually requested by my fiancé and his sales team. While my first reaction is always stop eating junk and eat healthy foods, I have to realize sometimes that it isn’t that easy for others and it’s not that simple. Almost every food package has some sort of health claim on it. Plus there are thousands of conflicting diet theories out there. So no I guess it really isn’t that easy.
Here are my 5 simple tips to having better energy
1. Eat more Alkaline-forming foods. The body is set somewhere around a pH of 7.35. This is slightly alkaline. When it becomes more acidic, it’s a breeding grounds for disease. When your body is fighting the beginnings of disease, there isn’t going to be as much energy left over for you to do what you want to do with it.
Alkaline-forming foods are leafy green veggies, almonds, celery, cantaloupe, molasses, and basically any fruit or veggie is alkaline-forming.
On the same note, it also makes sense to cut back on acid-forming foods. These are grains, fish, meat, poultry, shellfish, cheese, milk and salt.
In simple terms, EAT YOUR FRUITS AND VEGGIES!
2. Get 8 hours of sleep. Like you’ve never heard this before?! Your body needs time to take care of you! Your body has its own clock. Do you remind it to breathe? Tell it when to pump blood? No. Your body has an agenda when you’re supposed to be sleeping and when you’re not sleeping it can’t do its jobs.
3. Deep Breathing. Most people don’t get air into the bottom portion of their lungs. Taking very deep breaths and allowing your lungs to fill completely will increase your energy. Do this in the morning, at work, before you work out, whenever.
4. Drink water. Another obvious one, but if it’s so obvious why doesn’t everyone drink enough water? Dehydration is an energy killer. Drink some water!
5. Laugh. Sing. Dance. Do something fun. Get in a good laugh. Sing your heart out to your favorite song. Shake your stuff. Get moving. All these things bring a lightness to your life. Make you smile and therefore give energy.
Keep in mind, having low energy is a sign that your body isn’t functioning properly. Disease is not as circumstantial as we like to think, but a direct correlation to all the decisions we’ve made that effect our body and minds. Our body is constantly talking to us, giving us signs that we need to fix and change things we’re doing. Your job is to listen to those signs and respond accordingly.
Be health, happy, and hot. Take care of your body!
I recently ran into a recipe in a magazine for vegetarian sloppy joes. Instantly I go back to being a kid and eating this messy sandwich. Across the table my little brother has sloppy joe covering half his face and dang near his whole arm.
It’s time to get messy!
The recipe I ran into had cheese and black beans, which Brett isn’t much a fan of beans. I instead think quinoa! Because I seem to think quinoa is the answer to everything lately. And so, I act on this idea in a few days time and now with great success I wish to share it with you!
Sloppy Joe’s Like My Mom Did… Kinda
When I cook traditional foods like this, I like to keep it as close to the flavor as what I grew up eating, which is why I gave it the name that I did. Only this bad boy is vegan!
1 c water
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
Extra virgin olive oil (about 1 tbsp)
salt and pepper
6 oz tomato sauce
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Dill pickle, garnish
Cilantro, minced, garnish
1. Cook the quinoa in water with cayenne and paprika for 20 minutes or until quinoa is sprouted.
2. Meanwhile saute the onion and bell pepper in some olive oil.
3. Add the cooked quinoa, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and apple cider vinegar. Stir until it is heated through.
Take some dill pickle slices and chop them up. Mince some cilantro as well. These 2 things will really give this sloppy joe that wow factor. YUM YUM.
Put it all together on a bun and enjoy! Beware, it’s as messy as I remember it being 🙂
Eating these made the little kid inside me happy. It was messy. It was delicious. I haven’t touched meat in more than 4 years so this to me- I could have sworn was the same thing my momma served me.
What are your favorite childhood foods?
Have you recreated them to be vegetarian/vegan friendly?
Please share! In the meantime live healthy, be happy, and go about your hot self!
I grew up in an Indiana town. (Sung with Tom Petty’s Mary Jane’s Last Dance) 🙂 Sometimes I get so frustrated living in the Midwest because being vegetarian can be challenging, but being vegan is like being an alien. If you’re from the Midwest you know what I’m talking about. If not, I envy you.
These last 13 days being vegan has really made me appreciate the “diet” the way I used to. I’ve been asking myself why I fell off the vegan bandwagon in the first place. All I hear back is all the excuses I used to make. “I’m not home enough.” “It’s just too hard when I’m working” “If my friends would stop eating cheese I wouldn’t have this problem” “My family puts cheese in everything” etc. etc.
Well you know what? I’m over those days. I’ve been hanging out with my friends more these last 2 weeks than I ever have in the last 4 years. Being with friends means going out to eat more. Now I’m a huge believer in home-cooked meals and would never complain if someone banded me from eating out ever again, but this is real life. We have friends; we socialize; we entertain; we…. eat out!
Vegan Friendly Dining
1. Panera Bread. Cliche maybe, but there are 3 things that are vegan straight from the menu. Pesto veggie soup, black bean soup, and the classic cafe salad. I’m sure you can have your way with any of the salads and a few of the sandwiches too.
2. Red Robin. Shhh don’t tell. But seriously every now and then I get a craving for those big fat burgers! Not the ones with actual meat, but just a big messy burger-esque sandwich. Red Robin has vegan burgers that you can sub on any of their burger options. I asked for them to special make mine, ya know sauteed onions but not in butter… and they were totally cool! They also have one called, keep it simple, and it’s all vegan.
3. Taco Bell/Mexican. Yes my dear friends dragged me to taco bell. Not something I like to admit, but I was thinking about it and I think it’s really important for new vegetarians/vegans to know that it is out there. Taco Bell you can get a bean burrito fresco with no cheese. It’s pretty good for $.99. And almost any mexican restaurant you can get veggie fajitas with salsa and guacamole and be the happiest little vegan ever! Do be careful ordering refried beans or rice. The refried beans are often cooked with lard. And the rice is often made with a chicken stock. Just ask to be sure. (The ones at taco bell are lard free believe it or not.)
4. Italian Restaurants. Pick your pasta. Add your marinara or red sauce or sometimes a white wine sauce. Load in the veggies. Skip the cheese. Easy. 🙂
Don’t be a clammed up vegan. Get out there. Eat and be merry.
What are you’re favorite vegan meals out?
As a little bonus, I want to give you an update on my challenge. First, I’m still a little salad challenged. Second, I have a new favorite smoothie. I call it blueberry pomagranite slam. Third, I’ve lost 2 pounds being vegan! I’m 5 foot and 112 pounds. It’s a big deal. And I feel great! Fourth, I LOVE hula-hooping. I’m spreading the trend everywhere I go. Check it out.