Yummy honey and better breakfast month

September is also honey month!
Honey has a long medicinal history. The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their Gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing on wounds.
Many people today swarm to honey for it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Not only does it fight bacteria, but it’s also said that it can be helpful in the prevention of cancer and heart disease as well as reducing ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when taken in the right dosage of medicine, it doesn’t harm even diabetic patients.
Cinnamon is a great sidekick to honey. Science shows that mixing cinnamon and honey together can help fight (get ready…) heart disease, arthritis, bladder infections, high cholesterol, colds, upset stomach, gas, immune system problems, pimples, skin infection, weight gain, cancer, fatigue, bad breath, and hearing loss.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your daily dose of tea, add some honey and cinnamon!

Baked Egg in a Ham Shell

handful of plum tomatoes, halved
1 clove garlic
2 slices of ham
1 tbsp. jack cheese
splash of milk
1 egg
salt pepper
olive oil

Preheat oven to 375º.

Grease a small ramekin or one slot in a muffin tin. Place two pieces of ham inside the ramekin, make sure they overlap to create a sort of crust. Set aside.

 In a small pan on medium heat, heat a small amount of oil until shimmering. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add tomatoes to pan, salt, and cook for a few minutes.

Spoon tomato mixture into the ham shell. Add a splash of milk and cheese. Crack an egg on top of the mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place ramekin, or muffin tin, on baking sheet and place into the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes or until egg white has set.

Dig in and enjoy left overs for a quick easy breakfast in the morning!

 Recipe Link

September is self-improvement month!

That’s right, among many other things, September is self improvement month. You know what that means? Time to start focusing on yourself, put a little “me” in your day. 
 
What is that one thing you have been wanting to do for yourself to make you a better person? Getting a new fitness facility membership, eating clean, decreasing your habits that are holding you back, traveling, getting outside more, even just relaxing to let your body and mind reconnect with each other.  These are all simple things that you can take little steps to achieve. 
 
Find an event that you would like to do to make yourself feel accomplished, whether it’s a charity walk or an angry Tough Mudder race.  Making yourself a good person will not happen overnight, take baby steps, and actually focus on changing your mindset from lazy to motivated.  The mind is a powerful thing.  Studies show that putting a simple smile on your face changes your mental state. Seems like a cheap and easy way to be happy! 🙂
 
Live life, don’t just survive it.

To paleo or to not paleo?

So I’ve been in a long struggle whether to go from low-carb to paleo for my nutrition lifestyle. In the past couple months, I feel like I’ve hit a stand still with my body. I always, ALWAYS see room for improvement with my body, so if what I’m doing now isn’t getting me to where I want to be, I’m looking to change something to better myself. I feel like anyone and everyone should always be looking at different and new opportunities to better themselves not only physically, but on the inside also. If you’re satisfied with how you look and feel, by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. But if you feel like you’re either at a stand still or just not happy in general with your mind or body, switch your nutrition lifestyle and/or your way of thinking.

So anyways…. low-carb (Atkins) vs. Paleo. I’ve been on low carb for a couple years now and when I’m 100% on track, I look and feel great! But after a couple years of cutting out most fruits because of the sugar content, I MISS IT! Then POOF, here’s the paleo lifestyle right in my face that allows more fruits but cuts out cheese (what??? no cheese???). Here’s the new pyramids of the Low-carb and paleo lifestyles.

With the Atkins, or low-carb, they recommend starting with very low to no grams of net carbs (total carbs minus grams of fiber) and slowly adding in more to see how your body reacts. With the paleo, there’s no bread. No grains. None of that crap, ever. Low- carb can eat peanuts, peanut butter, legumes, cheese, and a small amount of milk or other dairy that has sugar in it, processed “meats” such as pepperoni, salami, hot dogs, and other weird deli meats. Paleo allows all game meats and fish (yum and yum), sweet potatoes, bananas and other fruits, maple syrup, some honey,  🙂 dark chocolate treats, homemade fruit roll ups, and, of course, coconut butter and regular butter. So there’s things I can add in that might make up for the things I have to cut out with the paleo lifestyle, but that might be what my body needs to get over this hump. I’ve decided while I’m typing this, that I’m going to do paleo the month of September and see how my body feels. So I have a few weeks to find easy recipes for my meal planning. It’ll be a little more cooking, but I have all day Sundays to do that stuff.

Alright so my mind is made up, paleo for at least September. Then, we’ll go from there. Paleo, here I come!!

I encourage all of you to ALWAYS listen to your body. If you’re not getting the results you want, 98% is what you’re doing in the kitchen (or out of the kitchen). If you feel like crap, frumpy, always tired, crabby, etc, etc… maybe it’s time for you to look into a new nutrition plan. Try it out! What’s it gonna hurt??