Gary’s Healthy Salad Dressing Recipe

The following recipe was sent in to the mom blog by Gary Furnas, author of The Niburian Sequence. It is happening everywhere.  There is a real grassroots movement sweeping the nation and it is all about buying produce that is locally grown using organic methods.  While these products can be more expensive than store bought groceries the health and taste benefits are enormous and you are supporting local farmers. Today we are all looking for … [Read more...]

Steamed Vegetables Made Easy

Unfortunately I was never made to try anything I didn't want to as a child.  My dad said I had to and my mother said that I didn't have to unless I wanted to.  That seemed very good for me at the time, but now as a mom, looking back on that, it wasn't as good for me as I thought it was.  Now as an adult, I am just getting to where I think about cooking vegetables and eating them on a daily basis.  I can remember broccoli being served with cheese … [Read more...]

Probiotics – Which and Why?

You've probably heard the word on the grapevine, or you may have read it on your container of yogurt.  Probiotics are not a new thing to the world, and what the word basically means is 'good bacteria'.  Many health professional advise the use of a probiotic because of all their benefits. The benefits Probiotics are a source of good bacteria for the stomach.  Digestive health is hugely important in overall health, and is not something to … [Read more...]

Post Pregnancy Exercises For You

I have a friend who just had a baby, and she was finally cleared to start working out again.  She has decided to start with strengthening her pelvic floor because let’s be honest, having a baby really does a number on your body!  There are four essential moves to help strengthen your pelvic floor. The first one is the wall squat. Stand against a wall, feet hip-width apart. Inhale, engage your pelvic floor and lower into a squat as though … [Read more...]

Two Easy Ways To Cook Squash & Zucchini

I have never been a vegetable eater.  I was never made to try new foods as a child and as an adult, I never had any urge to try vegetables until now.  I have been counting my calories for some time now and always on the lookout for new foods that I can enjoy that do not come along with low calorie counts.  After pushing my heard headedness aside, I realized that vegetables were my answer! Above you'll see a Summer Squash Blend of Yellow Squash … [Read more...]

SnackNation.com Healthy Snack Sampler #Giveaway ENDED

I was given the following Snack Box from SnackNation.com to use in facilitating my review of their healthy office snacks.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This was such a FUN package to find on my front porch!  Who doesn't love snacks?  They were all individually wrapped and low calories, just the way I like them! Here's a view of the box when we first opened it.  The font slot contains small snacks, such as nutritional bars … [Read more...]

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Watching your weight can be very tough, but if you use the right types of foods, this becomes much easier.  Here's a great salad that can be quickly made at home that will be a great addition to your meal plan. Cucumber Salad           2 cucumbers sliced 1 bell pepper coarsely chopped 1 carton cherry tomatoes cut in half              Fat free Zesty Italian dressing 1 sweet onion coarsely chopped Mix altogether with fat free Zesty … [Read more...]

Obsessed With Chia Pop Popcorn

I count calories daily, which means that it is important to me that I find low calorie snacks that I enjoy eating on a regular basis.  Low calorie popcorn is one of my favorites, but I have to measure it and put the bag up or else I'll eat too much of it. When I am on the go, it's important that I take a snack with me in order to keep myself in line while I am out.  Above you will see my favorite "road trip snacks."  I like flavored water, … [Read more...]

Is The Sensible Diet For You?

Are you looking for a great diet plan that works for you?  Have you dieted in the past without finding the results you were looking for?  Breaking your eating habits and staying focused in the beginning of a new diet plan can be very hard and overwhelming in the very beginning.  Once you can make it through the initial first two weeks, it gets easier to stay on track. I'd like to introduce you to the Sensible Diet for women which includes a … [Read more...]

5 Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight

We’d all love to have the perfect figure and to feel fit and healthy, but losing weight can be a real struggle.  If you’ve been unsuccessful so far in your weight loss journey, you might be wondering where exactly you’ve gone wrong.  To help you get to the root of your weight loss problems, here are five possible reasons why you’re struggling to get in shape. 1) You’re skipping meals The best way to slim down is to reduce the number of … [Read more...]

Enjoy Restaurant With Your Family Without High Calories

Yes, you can do it! When your family goes out to eat all the time, it is hard to resist your favorites, but it isn't good for you if you are trying to drop or maintain your weight.  I started bringing meal replacement bars in restaurants with me about a year ago.  When I first started, my family wasn't too happy with me as they wanted me to enjoy the same meals as they were enjoying when we stopped at our favorite restaurants.  Now they … [Read more...]

You CAN Exercise At Work!

There are a few exercises you can do while sitting down that will strengthen different parts of your body!  This would be great for those who have a sedentary job and do not have a lot of time to exercise during the day.  You can do some “clenches,” which means to (ahem) clench your butt cheeks.  If you can clench and hold for ten seconds, you could have buns of steel if you make this a routine! Do this about 5 times for 8 reps if you … [Read more...]

Treadmill Tips To Beef Up Your Game!

Do you worry about those rainy / cold days where you are stuck on the treadmill rather than outside at the park on a track?   Are you worried that you will not get in as good of a workout as you would have if you were outside?  There are a few ways you can burn more calories on the treadmill during your workout. The first way is through interval training. During shorter workouts you should increase the intensity by including speed intervals … [Read more...]

Beef Lite Crockpot Recipe

Are you looking for a great tasting, easy, light recipe that your whole family will love?  Then look no more, this recipe is a keeper and my whole family enjoys it every time it is served.  I took this recipe from the Fix It and Forget It Lightly Slow Cooker recipe book by Phyllis Pellman Good.  It is the only cookbook that I use on a regular basis.  Below you will see the recipe as it looks in my Fix It and Forget It Lightly recipe book.  Each … [Read more...]

Proper Breathing While Running

One of the most common complaints while running is that it is hard to breathe and you end up with a pain in your chest.  There are a few proper breathing techniques you can try to see if running gets any easier for you! First, try rhythmic breathing.  There are a few breathing patterns you can try out to see which one works best for you.  This can get a little confusing – when you are running, try to exhale when your when your feet hit the … [Read more...]

Trying to Drop Those Last Holiday Pounds?

Are you still trying to lose those last few lingering pounds from the holidays?  It can be done just keep going!  My family loves Popeyes chicken tenders but there is no way that I can get full on the amount of calories that I am giving myself if I eat Popeyes chicken tenders with them right now.  I am counting calories and eating Popeyes chicken tenders would either run me way over my daily calorie count way too soon or I wouldn't be full after … [Read more...]