Really? Pizza is a Vegie?

November 19, 2011 at 9:16 am | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | Leave a comment
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I am dumb-founded, disgusted, and totally confused. It’s incredible to me that frozen pizza has been “declared” a vegetable by the US congress.

Being in my profession, working young female athletes, and being in the community of athletic, health minded people (both in person and on line) I completely forget there are millions of people who actually choose frozen pizza for a meal because they believe it is healthy. Where do they get this idea? Of course I have served and eaten frozen pizza, but never with the idea that it is healthy. Sometimes it is easier than other foods, sometimes I need to feed a bunch of kids who I know are processed food oriented, and sometimes I heat one up because I think it will taste good. But none of these reasons have anything to do with frozen pizza being healthy and I know that frozen pizza simply is not a vegetable.

I am disgusted on many levels. First, that we have congress people who can be bought for any reason at any cost. Congress declaring pizza as a vegetable is clearly a breach of their job to work for the people. There is no way that any congress person can truly believe that cheese or pepperoni pizza is a vegetable, frozen or not. Second, I am disgusted that schools are willing to allow frozen pizza for lunches, especially for subsidized lunches. Where is the education? Are we only concerned with some minimal academic education? Do they think if they feed our youth with food that creates fat kids addicted to foods that create fat adults they are fully educating our children?

Third, and to me most important, I am disgusted with parents. We as parents have the ability, right, and responsibility to teach our children anything and everything from morals and values, to academic interests, to basic hygiene, to healthy living. Teaching our children to live a healthy life style is the most important thing we can do as parents. By giving them the skills and resources to be healthy we give our children the freedom to live a life of freedom. Statistically, healthy children always score higher on any kind of test given- from I.Q. to physical to creative. Of course we all know the exception: the kid, who against all odds, is amazing. But why do we take the chance, and encourage and provide our kids with foods we know cause ill health?

As parents we really must take a stand. We can be the ones who force schools to give our children real food, with vegetables being actually vegetables. We can become educated about foods and true healthy eating. And pass this on to our children. There is no excuse for anyone to not know about healthy eating, or to implement it. Studies also show that eating unprocessed, low sugar, low salt foods can be done for less money than cheap processed foods.

I’m confused. Since this is common knowledge why don’t people know this? Why are people, you included, holding tight to the idea that your processed foods are healthy and cheaper? I mean can’t you see all those fat kids waddling around? Are people so lazy they can’t deal with being the provider for their family and have to succumb to the whining and controlling of their kids? Who are becoming huge by being bombarded from the media and force-fed addictive foods simply to make some huge food corporations hugely profitable?

Don’t you get it? The corporations are now addicting us, and our kids, to foods that create unhealthy people. They used to addict us to tobacco and alcohol. But they aren’t allowed to do that anymore, so they have turned to addicting us to food. They know it will be nearly impossible to forbid the mass media to advertise about food.

So what can you do? First, educate yourself. Find out what is being done to you and your family from the foods you eat. Second, start to gradually shift from those addictive ill-health causing foods to sustaining health-causing foods. Third, tell one elected official to protect our nations greatest treasure of all, protect our children.

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Coconut Ginger Granola

May 15, 2011 at 7:53 am | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | 1 Comment
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To be able to be my fittest and healthiest and to have my girls be theirs, I make our granola- What I made for the next two weeks or so-Coconut Ginger Granola.  This is great for regular breakfast of course, but is particularly nice to have on hand for comp days- before, after, and even during the events.

Coconut Ginger Granola Recipe

Ingredients
• 8 cups rolled oats
• 1 1/2 cups ground flax seeds
• 1 cup grated unsweetened coconut
• 1 cup sunflower seeds
• 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
• 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
• 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
• 2 cups sweetened dried cranberries
• 1/2 cup molasses
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 3/4 cup honey ginger spread
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground cloves
• 1 tablespoon ground ginger
• 2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. Combine the oats, flax seeds, coconut, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl. Stir together molasses, coconut milk, honey ginger spread, oil, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 minutes. Stir once halfway through. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Cream of Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup

April 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | 2 Comments
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Bunch fresh broccoli chopped in 1-inch chunks

1 leak -Kind of like a huge scallion- thinly sliced till green leaves- be careful dirt gets inside the leaves about where they turn green

1-quart broth- chicken or vegetable- you can get it in a large can or a paper box.

2 Tablespoons olive oil-

4 Tablespoons flour (whole wheat adds a nutty flavor)

2 cups milk

2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese

Soup pot

Large skillet

Blender

Whisk/Spoon for stirring

Ladle or mug for transferring soup to blender.

Put the broth and broccoli in soup pot.  Bring to boil. Then turn down heat.

In skillet put olive oil, heat, add sliced leak- stir occasionally

When soft and looking cooked- about 8-10 minutes- sprinkle flour over leak

Stir till all coated.

Add milk SLOWLY while STIRRING all the time!!!!!

This will get thick in a few minutes.

Add this to soup pot and stir right away.

Put into blender by ladle – Of course, be careful as this is VERY hot.

You will have to put the blended soup either in the bowls or into the skillet or yet another soup pot.

Add the grated cheese to the bowls or to the soup in the pot.

Eat with bread or potatoes.

Deliciouso hot or cold-

Why this soup?  It’s good, easy to make and store- you can freeze it in single serving sizes too.  And you can eat it hot or cold.

So great for when you have to eat away from home.

Enjoy 🙂

Vegetable Shrimp Rice Soup

April 22, 2011 at 11:04 am | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | Leave a comment
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Lunch- homemade vegetable shrimp rice soup-
2 quarts broth- I used Chicken
1 cup wild and brown rice uncooked- 2 cups left over rice
3 large beets
beet greens
1 cup peas frozen petite pois
1 cup carrots
1/2 cup scallions chopped fine
1/2 cup tomato sauce/salsa
1 cup mushrooms chopped
I table spoon Mrs. Dash table blend
1 lb shrimp- omit if vegetarian

Cook rice separately
Put everything else in the pot except shrimp and mushrooms
Heat to boiling then turn down to simmer- 40 minutes
Add rice, shrimp, and mushrooms  for 5 minutes

another nice touch is adding eggs-
beat eggs and drop into hot broth by spoon fulls just before adding rice.

Gotta Diet- Then eat while you do

April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | Leave a comment
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I don’t recommend diets- BUT I also know there is no shortage people who diet.  When you diet as a female athlete you really have to be careful.  Think about why you are dieting.  What is the real value for you?  If you want to be slim and strong you have multiple other ways of doing it than through diet.
I personally see diets as self-sabotage
SOOOO
If you must diet then check out these ways to curb your hunger AND protect your muscles.
Be strong in mind and spirit as well your body-
You’ll last a lot longer as an athlete if you do.

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With Our Busy Schedules, What Are Your 3 Valid Tips for Getting Dinner Ready in a Flash?

October 6, 2009 at 9:29 am | Posted in 1, Diet / Nutrition, Family Time, How To | Leave a comment
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With Our Busy Schedules, What Are Your 3 Valid Tips for Getting Dinner Ready in a Flash?

You know it is truly a miracle that everyday we can do what we as moms do. Who knew that all these modern conveniences would give us all the freedom to run around like chickens with our heads chopped off.

And now we get to have a contest, http://www.twittermoms.com/forum/topics/samsung-blogging-sweepstakes, to try and help each other out of some major daily hassle.

As for me, the dinner thing comes and goes in cycles. For a while I have it all under control. Then you know what hits the fan.

But all in all here are my three best proven tricks to help lesson the hassle of getting dinner on the table- and BTW I do make almost all dinners by scratch.

Best tip- have a menu for the week. You sit down once a week and get it done. No nonsense! Pick your main course, your veggies, carb, be sure to think about condiments and all that goes with the meal. Then put your grocery list together. And post your menu where EVERYONE can see it. Now follow it.

OK I know this is not exactly simple to get going. There are plenty of hassles that can get in the way. But here is the cool thing to do. My second tip- Find a site that has the recipes and use them.

My other favorite thing to smooth the dinner transition is to have the table set for dinner right after breakfast. No one leaves the house till the dinner table is set. This give everyone, including me, the understanding that dinner is valued in our house.

These are my fav ways to get dinner in the groove. Do you have a fav? I’d love to add them to my personal list. Just put in your comment and lets help each other out.

Introducing a Variety of Foods to Kids

September 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | Leave a comment
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My basic tip is very simple.  The child has to eat the number of bites of a food that they are old, until they are ten.  After ten they have to eat ten bites of the food. The bites can be small, but not too small. There is no begging or demanding.  With little ones I do sing songs and have games to get the food in the mouth.  With older ones there is simple a time limit.

Most of the dislike of new foods is simply the issue of newness.  The mouth for a child is a very strong sensory stimulus point.  There is touch, taste, smell; and even hearing all happening at once.  And just before something goes into the mouth there is sight.  With all these senses happening at once it becomes a little clearer why children have a touch time getting new foods in the mouth.

I look at eating new foods as a way to help children be able to overcome fears of the unknown.  Its rather a different way of looking at getting food into our children’s mouths but it really changes the whole thought process.

What do you do to get kids to try new foods?

Thoughtful Thursday: 3 Steps to Skyrocketing Your Child’s Self-Esteem Without Saying a Word

April 10, 2008 at 12:09 am | Posted in 1, children, Creative Crayon Club, dads, Diet / Nutrition, Families, Focused Fridays, Fun Activities, GEM Parenting Secrets, Health, How To, moms, Motivational Monday, parents, relationships, Self Esteem, siblings, spirituality, teens, Thoughtful Thursday, toddlers, Transcendent Tuesday, Tweens, Wednesday Wisdom, Welcome | Leave a comment

 In case you have missed yesterday’s teleseminar, you can purchase a copy to listen at your leisure.

Special guest Rebbie Straubing, D.C.

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Learn how the power of love can deeply influence every atom of your children’s body.How the Yoga of Alignment – an ancient spiritual path- will bring peace and high self esteem to your children.

And best of all Rebbie will teach you so you can live with this strength rather than have to impart on your children.

For only $5.99 you listen to yesterday’s teleseminar and find out the best ways to gain spiritual alignment in your children and have a family filled with high self-esteem.

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Tickle Me Tuesday: Dr. Rebbie Straubing’s Expert Article on The Healing Power of Love

April 8, 2008 at 7:11 am | Posted in 1, children, Creative Crayon Club, dads, Diet / Nutrition, Families, Focused Fridays, Fun Activities, GEM Parenting Secrets, Health, marriage, moms, Mothers, Motivational Monday, parents, relationships, Self Esteem, siblings, spirituality, teens, Thoughtful Thursday, toddlers, Tweens, Wednesday Wisdom, Welcome | Leave a comment
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The Healing Power Of Love

by Rebbie Straubing

In praise of love, lift your gaze and open your heart. In service to love, open your hands and let go of your burden. In a world that lives by the motto, “Seeing is believing,” how do we come to believe in the power of the invisible? You cannot see love and yet it is beautiful. You cannot touch love and yet it can heal you.

The Body of Love. Why bother cultivating the presence of love in your life? This invisible protein builds your muscles. It makes you strong. This unseen balm brightens your face and makes your skin glow. This hidden vitamin provides the missing ingredient that fixes what’s broken and upgrades your functioning. It lubricates your joints and smoothes your digestion. It balances your metabolism and maximizes your brainpower. Your body, when permeated with love, is a brand new body. All parts work in harmony and you become the best version of you.

The Love Within. Where do you find this love that solves all your problems? It resides within every particle of your being. Within each atom, cell, organ and system of your body, you can find another dimension of love. All you have to do is look for it and it will reveal itself to you.

Is one atom more beautiful than another? Yes. The atoms infused with the energy of love compose themselves into things of beauty. In your imagination, call forward the love within your atoms. Atoms are made of love so it is not difficult for them to comply. They are happy to have their love called forward and they shine more brightly as you ask this of them.

Atoms of love build cells of love. Speak to your cells. Ask them to show themselves as love. Call upon their nature as love. See your cells honoring and loving each other and in love with their job as faithful units of your body’s structure. Feel their enthusiasm for the well-being of the organs they form. With atoms flowing love into your cells and cells brightly shining their love into your organs, feel the invisible beauty of the love that shapes each of your parts.

Built from love, they function with ease and cheerfulness and together they form systems of magnificent functioning based on the brilliance and genius of love. These systems, infused with love, beating your heart, breathing your air, digesting and metabolizing, generate a field of power and delight that extends far beyond your skin. This field beautifies not only your body, but your home and your relationships. This love that comes from deep within you, spreads far beyond you and ignites love in others.

The Mind of Love. By consciously calling to you the love tone within every level of your body, your mind becomes tuned to love. Thoughts that ring in harmony with the love between your cells coalesce in your mind. You perceive them as moments of realization. The solution to a problem may appear to your mind plain as day. Even though you were struggling long and hard with this dilemma, now, effortlessly, in the hum of love, the pieces of the puzzle come together in your awareness and the problem dissolves. An insight of depth and clarity replaces your angst. The mind of love is a well-oiled machine and it can lift burdens with more ease and effectiveness than the most powerful steel machinery. It can advance your life with more precision and value than the most cutting edge technology.

Speak to Love. Although you cannot see love and you cannot touch love, you can speak to love. You can call its name and it will hear. You can ask love to reveal itself more and more to you. You can praise love for its infinite abundance and nurturing presence. You can understand love as the foundation of the universe and of who you are. You can know love as the invisible face of God.

Dr. Rebbie Straubing is the author of ”Rooted in the Infinite.” Rebbie is a workshop leader, Abraham Coach and spiritual writer. You can get her free eCourse at http://YOFA.net and sign up for YOFA jhe Sessions at www.AlignmentforHealing.com. Tel: (248)569-3888 Email Address: info@phenomenews.com Fax: (248)569-4512 phenomeNEWS · 18444 West 10 Mile Rd. Suite 105 · Southfield, MI 48075

You can download a copy of Dr. Rebbie Straubing’s article in .pdf form. Just click here!

GEM PARENTING SECRETS PRESENTS: 3 Steps to Skyrocketing Your Child’s Self-Esteem Without Saying a Word.

With special guest Rebbie Straubing, D.C.

GEM Parenting Intro

Check out Rebbie Straubing’s bio

Learn how the power of love can deeply influence every atom of your children’s body.How the Yoga of Alignment – an ancient spiritual path- will bring peace and high self esteem to your children.

And best of all Rebbie will teach you so you can live with this strength rather than have to impart on your children.

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Time: 8:30 p.m. E.S.T.

For only $5.99 you can join this teleseminar and find out the best ways to gain spiritual alignment in your children and have a family filled with high self-esteem.

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How To Rid Yourself Of Unwanted Weight

February 14, 2008 at 10:47 am | Posted in children, dads, Diet / Nutrition, Families, GEM Parenting Secrets, Health, How To, marriage, moms, Mothers, parents, relationships, Self Esteem, spirituality, teens, toddlers, Tweens | Leave a comment
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Lets just get down to the nuts and bolts of how to rid yourself of unwanted weight, which for many of you is quite easy.  The phantom puzzle piece that keeps eluding you is the piece on maintaining the results.

Maintaining the results is not so easy if you don’t know what to do. You may fall prey to the crazy ads and claims that feed off your emotions and not upon your ability to rationalize and determine for yourself what makes sense and what doesn’t.

What saddens me is not the tons of money being lost but the loss of self respect, confidence, and ability to know what is best for yourself in the perpetual effort to “lose weight now.”

As a lifestyle fitness coach, I know how important it is for you to maintain a healthy weight.  And as a woman, I know how important it is to feel confident and sexy within yourself, how your appearance reflects who you really are.  To stop hiding and bodaciously express yourself as if you were you nail color.  (I love that quote by Mary Foley)

So how are you going to find that phantom puzzle piece and finally place it in your weight loss/fitness puzzle to achieve your bodacious figure?

I have the solution!

  • First, it is important that you realize that doing just one thing rarely works for achieving lasting weight loss results.  It usually takes a combined effort of putting just the right puzzle pieces in place to get rid of unwanted weight and live a healthy, joyful lifestyle.  This isn’t rocket science, you probably familiar with a few of these but all you need is some tweaking.

A weight loss program needs to combine supportive mindful nutrition, focused daily exercise, a strong mental foundation, and an inner sparkle that ignites your motivation.

  • Second, is something that most women rarely do.  Believe it will happen!  When I interview women who have lost 50, 60, 80 pounds there is one common factor I see. They started believing in themselves, and visualizing themselves as a fitter, healthier, and happier woman.  Taking one pound at a time and celebrating their successes. 

Visualize yourself doing the things you love as the new you.  Start taking positive action that reflects who you really are.  Prevent yourself getting caught up in guilt, discouragement, worry, and frustration.  This always sabotages your efforts.

  • Third, watch your language!  “We are of what we speak” If you keeping speaking about how fat you are, you subconsciously sabotage your efforts and keep yourself fat.  I know…doesn’t that sound absolutely ridiculous!  But never under estimate the power of your thoughts, language and subconscious mind.  If you keep telling yourself how much you hate your fat thighs you must change your language.  Start expressing gratitude for all your thighs have done for you.  “My thighs are getting stronger and toner through my exercise efforts.  They allow me to glide effortlessly through the shopping mall or while I cross country ski and they help me lift my groceries out of the mini van.” 

Switch your thinking so that the language comes through in a more positive, uplifting compassionate way. Do this every day in conversation and inner self talk.

  • Fourth, look at your past diets and how they effected you not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually.  Most diets cause a backlash of intense emotions that drive women to binge after depriving themselves of what society calls “bad food.”  Diets cause a complete disconnection to the body and mind.  A person learns a mindless form of eating through exposure to one diet after another.  Diets alone have taught us not to live in the now but always look into the future.  As you diet, you look forward to the time when you can eat normally again.  Diets become an outside source of what to eat, when to eat, and how much.  Mindful eating on the other hand has been proven to have an 85% success rate because you learn to honor your hunger and reconnect body and mind to eat when hungry until satisfied.  This is normal eating, watch any two year old eat.  They will leave a half of an Oreo cookie on the counter and be totally content with one bite. How about you?

Reconnect your body and mind with food and listen to your inner biological cues for hunger and satisfaction.  Enjoy the chocolate chip cookie, taste it, smell it, swish it around in your mouth and enjoy the pleasure and feeling of it go down your throat.  You  just may notice that a couple bites are all you need.

Sign up today for Amy’s life changing course Self-Care Before Sit-Ups 10 Week Transformation by visiting www.selfcarebeforesitups.com  Learn how you can effortlessly eliminate excess weight for good and end the cycle of dieting and weight loss failure so that you can live a healthy, vital life full of joy and energy.

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About the Author:
Amy Lundberg owner of Aim For It – Fitness Coaching LLC helps women build an inner foundation to find balance and to bring about a healthier fit body and lifestyle.  She has developed Self Care Before Sit-ups E-book and 10-week course.  Amy is a certified Intuitive Eating Coach, Personal Fitness Trainer and Lifestyle Fitness Coach.  Go to www.aimforfitness.com for more information and receive a free 45-minute consult to gain clarity on what is best for you in reaching and maintaining your goals.

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