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Fitness Talk & #plantPOWER Turkey Day Recipes from Christina!

Posted Nov 20 2012 2:59pm

It has been quite some time since I talked about fitness, huh? Well, let’s change that.

I’m still honoring my body and, without getting into too much detail, I am noticing subtle, gradual changes in a positive way. I’m still taking progesterone every three months and currently doing none (or one) HIIT workout per week. I’ve also increased my fat intake a bit more since increasing it in July. It’s a journey, and I have to keep reminding myself of that. I’m a very goal-driven person and like to see results immediately but, when it comes to our bodies, we often have to wait some time for results. I think it’s God’s way of teaching us to settle into our new engine that keeps everything going. In short, it’s all good!

Every morning I wake up to workout, I’m so excited. I love fitness and the benefits that go along with it. Starting the day on an accomplished note is always the ideal start to my day! I’ve settled into a nice routine of 5-6 days per week, alternating between a yoga day and a toning day. I feel incredible and am even seeing small strength gains – an unexpected added bonus! Right now, I’m loving the This Is Yoga collection from the amazing Tara Stiles. I’ve almost made it through all four DVDs, at which point I’ll do a vlog review, as promised!

Yoga and I are quickly becoming bonafide BFFs. I’m really starting to view it as a spiritual practice and a gateway for honoring my body – not just working out my body. Connecting with my breath and flowing through the moves makes me feel like I’m floating through water. Tara has really helped me recognize that. It helps that she constantly reminds you (in a gentle, loving way) of the importance of connecting your breath with every routine I’ve done so far.

Toning days are fun too! I usually turn to YouTube and create a mish-mosh workout or use my Tone it Up Beach Babe or Physique 57 DVDs.. This always keeps my muscles guessing and keeps me from ever getting bored. Today’s YouTube mash-up looked like this:

 

The entire workout took about 40 minutes and flew by! That arm routine with 8 lb. weights is no joke! (Side note: I really love the Livestrong Woman YouTube channel . All of the trainers are so unique yet so brilliant. Plus, new routine are updated each weekday, so it’s impossible to get bored. There’s always a new workout waiting for you to try! I’ve been loving the Pilates Bootcamp workouts from Cassey Ho. They’re super challenging yet fun and are perfect for my personal fitness goals right now. The Inner Thighs workout is my favorite!

Just remember to always do what is best for your body. Our bodies are smart. When something isn’t right, it’s our body’s way of sending us a message! Sometimes, that message isn’t what we necessarily want to here, but be grateful for those difficulties. Those difficult times are opportunities to make a change and mold ourselves into stronger, better versions of ourselves!

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Today, for #plantPOWER Turkey Day, we have two amazing recipes from Christina, author of Fork you, No, fork you ! (Side note: I always think of Austin Powers: Goldmember when I see her blog name. Always a good thing!) Anyways, Christina was kind enough to give us a couple of her insanely delicious and simple #plantPOWER recipes, just in time for Thanksgiving! 

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts

Maple Glazed Brussel Sprouts
Makes two side dish platters, can be easily doubled / tripled!

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce bag of brussel sprouts, halved
  • 2 Tbsp of pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp of lemon juice, or juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to your liking (or none at all and add at the end)

 

Directions

  • Heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix all your ingredients in a bowl. In a lined baking dish (*see note), add your Brussels sprouts.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes until lightly golden brown and carmelized.

*Note: You definitely want to line your baking dish with either parchment paper or foil, you don’t want to spend the rest of your evening scrubbing a baking dish. Trust me, it’s no walk in the park.

 

Black Eyed Pea Ceviche

New Orleans Black Eyed Peas Salad
Black Eyed Pea Ceviche (vegan, oil-free, soy free)

Ingredients

  • 1 large can (1 lb 13 oz) of black eyed peas, rinsed and strained well
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 small or medium yellow bell pepper diced
  • 2 carrots shredded (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2-3 Tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

 

For Ceviche dressing

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon juiced (about 2-3 tbsp roughly)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions 
  • In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for your ceviche dressing.
  • Dice, shred and prepare your veggies and add to your ceviche dressing.
  • Rinse and strain your black eyed peas and add to your vegetables. Add salt and pepper and mix well. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

 

Have a beautiful rest of your day. I love you dearly! Make sure you check out Kasey’s post today too!

Stay lovely,
Heather 

P.S. – Don’t forget that tomorrow is #jadorelavie  instead of Thursday. Please keep your email submissions coming! Hurricane Sandy victims need us!

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