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Self Love– Putting Myself First

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< Breast Cancer Prevention

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

Love and Loss and Primary Food

It has been nearly a month since I’ve last posted, but A LOT has been happening in my life since then.  I’ve been traveling- like crazy. I’ve been living an unbalanced, caotic life.  And the biggest thing is that my relationship of 3 years ended.  I went from getting married to being single in the matter of a day.

Now let me first tell you that it is my fault entirely.  I broke my best friends heart, but I had to, and I’ll be the first to tell you that I did some not so great things in this process, but I still had to.

This big change, this big decision, this big heart-break has made me do a lot of thinking. It’s forced me to do a lot of soul searching. I lot of digging into my heart and my mind and my fears and my tragedies. I was afraid that I was just a bad person, but what I discovered was that I have been a long time broken.

So what do you do once you discover there’s a 13, 14, 15 year old girl who is broken and trapped inside you? How do you heal her? How do you teach her that she doesn’t need to be wreckless? How do you heal yourself from something so long ago? I’m not sure I know the answer to this just yet, but I know I need to figure it out. I know now, that that’s why this tragedy happened in my life. Because I could never, can never be a good wife until I heal.

Here’s what I’m doing

I’m working with a coach who can teach and guide me to heal this abandoned broken girl inside me. That’s probably going to be the biggest key.

I’m also focused on ME and my primary food. Now, primary food is the areas of life that give you energy, or take your energy, but are NOT food. Everything from your relationships to your career to your spirituality. What most people don’t realize is just eating healthy and being active won’t necessarily be the key to good health or ultimate health. It could be, but what’s missing a lot of times is primary food.

Try this exercise to see where you’re at with your primary food. 

For each category give yourself a rating between 1 and 10, 10 being fantastic, for how this area is going in your life.

Career:         Education:         Health:          Physical Activity:           Joy:

Home Cooking:           Finances:           Home Environment:        

Social Life:          Spirituality:          Creativity:          Relationships:

You’ll probably notice some really high areas of  your life and some really low areas of your life.  If most everything was a 7 or above, you are probably feeling really great about life right now. If you had a lot of 6 and unders, you’re probably feeling pretty low in life right now.

Where ever you’re at, it doesn’t matter, this next step will still elevate your health even if you’re already pretty good. Here’s what you want to do next. Ask yourself what would make my primary food better? If you’re finances were rated low, maybe something as simple as saving $500 or whatever would increase that area of your life. Or paying off a credit card, etc.

Here are some of mine.  Feel free to steal some 😉

Practice yoga at least once a week.

Read the Bible.

 Go to Body Pump class.

Pay off school.

Save $1000.

Journal.

Spend 1 hr/day marketing my business.

Eat out less.

Do a puzzle.

Spend quality time with a girl friend.

Practice breathing.

Cook seasonal food.

Spend more time outside.

Go to bed earlier.

Give thanks daily

Now that you’ve reflected, keep your answers somewhere and redo the exercise in a month and see what’s changed and how your life has improved 🙂

So tell me, What do you need to improve your primary food? 

Where are you lacking? Where are you doing great?!

How can you improve those areas?

Share with me! Maybe I’ll want to steal some of yours 😉

In good times and bad, always be Healthy, be Happy, and then you’ll always be Hot!

Vegan Dream Restaurant

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?

 

Enough With the Protein Concern

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?

My dear friend, Taylor, also a health coach, wrote this article! I agree with her on so many levels! Rather than rehash it. I thought I would give you a chance to read it from Taylor’s perspective!

Cheers and thanks Taylor!

A Beautiful Morning + Recipe

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.

Avocado Facial 

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!

Lazy Cooking

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!

Seriously Refreshing

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…

And done!

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 🙂

Ciao!

Dear Mommies, a Hard Question

To all the mommies and future mommies in the world

I remember being so afraid of what it would be like to have a baby. Having seen movies and tv shows with the mom in a hospital room screaming, crying, and in pain what else should I expect?

As I’ve come deeper and deeper into holistic health and what it means and means for me, I knew the right answer was not to have drugs or surgery when I have a baby, but man is that scary to think about.

Until recently.

I read an article on natural births using midwives and dulas.  The experience they describe is completely opposite of what I see on TV.  These women are calm and confident through the birth of their baby.

It really is Beautiful.

Think about it like this. The body is a perfect machine. You never need to ask it to breathe for you, to pump blood for you, to clean your liver, to make you eat, to think, to move your fingers. Your body is all powerful. It knows exactly what it needs all the time.

So why don’t we listen to it? Why don’t we let it do its job? Why do we use meds to speed up contractions? Why do we use epidurals? Why do 1/3 of women get c-sections?  Why is that how we bring babies into this world?  In a disease ridden hospital, with our body pumped full of all sorts of drugs? How does this make sense?

The body, if brought into labor naturally, will create oxycontin all by itself. You might find yourself wanting to argue that its safer this way or that if it wasn’t safe then we wouldn’t be doing it. BUT let me tell you, in all of the world where do you think we rank as far as maternity deaths go? In the top 10? Surely. NO.  We  rank 51st! 50 other countries, most of which still use dulas and midwives for a good portion of all births are better than us.

Thirty-three percent of births are by C-section.  So that means 33% of women are not able to give birth, naturally?  They’re bodies are not capable? I find that hard to believe, but something is certainly flawed.  In fact, only 2% of births using midwives and dulas result in a c-section.

I’m not saying doctors aren’t needed or are bad, but I think we, us women, we can  do this! This is what we were created for.  This is what our body knows and wants to do.  Embrace it. Consider  your options. Because maybe, just maybe, there’s a better way.  And maybe, “progress” isn’t the right answer for this. In fact, maybe we really can enjoy having babies.

As always be healthy, happy, and hot!

Ciao for now!