Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy

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So i have started reading this new book that was recommended to me called Maximum Achievment by Brian Tracy. Now i had never heard of Brian Tracy so did not know of his work or his fame in this area. So i took the recommendation and ordered it on Chapters, collected my book last night and today on my lunch began the journey into some more knowledge on self discovery and reaching my ‘Maximum Achievment’ .

As i am moving to Edmonton soon with my other half and i am happily finishing up the job i have worked the last two years in (like a DRONE) i might add i have been really gaining my inner power to really try and reach my maximum and not let myself be limited by my own doing or others doing for that matter, which i feel i have let myself do for the last 2 years in this job, i have squashed my intelligence, creativity and power…but NO MORE!

So i wanted to share with you some of the already inspiring words that i have gotten from this book and i am not even 20 pages in……Needless to say i am more than excited to keep reading…

Peace of mind is central to your very existence. It is the basic precondition for enjoying everything else.

I learned that if i didn’t commit to achieving my own happiness, no one else would. If my aim in life was only to make others happy, i would always be at the mercy of the feelings of others, whoever they might be.

If you achieve all kinds of things in the material world but lose your health and piece of mind, you get little or no pleasure from your other accomplishments.

How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh alot when they’re together.

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Mmm Dinner indulgence made Healthy

Mmm night in with myself tonight while saving for my mum’s visit to Vancouver so being super hungry I wanted to indulge but thought how do I get something healthy out of this….

Wheat-thin
Spinach
Shredded cabbage
Grilled Portabella mushroom
Grilled Turkey Bacon
Slice of Mozzarella cheese
Pepper, small bit of salt
Sitatcha Sauce for some kick
Pesto and Dijon mustard

WOW it was soooooo good……!! Total food ecstasy right there! Highly recommend for healthy food indulgence!

Hope you enjoy

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Be Food Aware…….NOT Food Beware….

Be Food Aware…….NOT Food Beware….

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So something I would like to address and I think we all have the same issue…..Going out to eat!!! Dun Dun Dun, every ‘dieters’ nightmare, around here we don’t live by ‘diets’….we live by healthy eating and living (which actually has better benefits and long term weight loss) so let me tell you there is savvy ways of eating out. Sure don’t get me wrong I love having a burger and chips/fries when I am out but unfortunately my body doesn’t like it all of the time…so let me tell you some tips on “Be Food Aware…NOT Food Beware’.
Everyone expert will tell you…’Choose the Salad’…well sometimes you don’t want a salad…especially if you eat them a lot and you are out for a fun meal with friends or partner.. so opt for:
·        Salmon Burger/Chicken Breast Burger/Turkey Burger: (Ask if the chicken is grilled/steamed)
– hold the fries and ask for salad on the side
 – ask for half salad and half fries
 – hold the bun on burger
 Your regular burger and chips can pack in anywhere from 700 – 1100 calories PER meal, and upwards of 30-70g Fat, unwanted amount of sugar and salt :O , shocking amount! Vegi and Meat eaters alike!
·        Stir-Fry / Chicken / Prawn / Salmon (Ask if they are fried and in what oil)
-Ask for brown rice if option
– Ask for more vegetables and less noodle
·        Soup – Be careful – some soups are laced with Salt and Sugar and cream
-Ask if soup is made in house, usually less preservatives (salt), if any cream was used to make it
-Ask for wholegrain bread or crackers with you soup instead of thick soda bread or white bread
-Ask for side green salad with your soup instead of bread or get the salad, you may not eat as much bread as vegi’s are filling!
·        Don’t be fooled by Sandwich’s/Wraps/Flatbreads on a menu- they can sometimes be just as high fat,calorie,sugar as a burger if not more sometimes (450-650 cals, 6-15 g fat avg):
– Wholegrain bread, Ezekial Bread….If you can
– An Open Sandwich (1 Piece of bread, instead of two), Take off the second piece and eat with one
– Choose lean cold meats, turkey, chicken, tuna, or eggs/egg whites or vegi options
– Watch out for hidden cheese/or ask for lower fat cheese, e.g. low fat mozzarella/cottage/low fat cheddar/goats cheese ( to put it in perspective, about 12-15g fat on average cheese sandwich, 6g SATURATED)
– Watch out for Mayo, Chipotle, Pesto, Butter, – hidden additions, ask for lower alternative or none.
·        Pasta Dish’s- The creamy one’s – Alfredo/ Carbonara / Lasagna – As a lot yummy pasta dishes are packed with cream, butter and cheese let me shed some light:
– These are high calorie and fat dishes, each one can pack about 500-700 Cals per serving
– Ask for kids size portion, the pasta is filling and so is the sauce, we don’t need that much food and on a   kids plate you will feel like it’s enough
– Ask your server for a little less Sauce on the pasta
-Ask for a side salad of greens, it will fill you and you probably won’t eat as much of the pasta.
·        Steak/Red Meats – They are all a little more high fat/high cholesterol
– Ask for just the vegi’s with the meat and none or less of the Carbs, red meat/steak is filling
-Ask for the steak with to be grilled or seared in Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of vegetable oil or fried
– Ask for the sauce on the side instead of having it pre-poured on the steak before it comes to your table, you control the sauce portion then.

A Note on Dressings:

Dressings on salad are often forgotten about or deceiving, a lot of them time we don’t think about them because we are ‘eating a salad’ so it seems healthy, they more often than not, are laced with salt and sugar and don’t get me started on those like ‘ranch’, ‘honey mustard’ or ‘chipotle’ . So some tips:
        Ask for your dressing on the side – You control the portion then
        Ask for no dressing but Extra Virgin Olive oil on the side and squeeze a lemon, it is good for you and a delicious combo on a salad with some black pepper
        If it is those creamy dips that come with your food, then ask for it on the side – Portion Control.
These are all tips that can be transferred to any type of restaurant, it is about thinking about your body and still being able to indulge and have fun. They can be transferred to your own cooking as well at home. We are all capable of making changesJ.
I went for dinner and a drink with my Bessie and Roomie after work last night to watch the Canucks playoffs game, believe me the menu was yummy: I opted for:
A seafood fruit Salad (prawns and an in house made CrabCake) with dressing on the side, didn’t need most it with a lovely glass of Red Wine. A followed this with some hot water and lemon! Mmmm! Go nucks! J

Daily Inspiration……

So i have come to LOVE Affirmations and daily inspirations….so much so that i have an app that gives you these wonderful affirmations as soon as you open it making you feel like a total super hero before you have even had your breakfast and making me feel like the wonderful, amazing person i am. They are great, i instantly get an injection of positive non judgmental self esteem from them.

I have seen coming from Ireland particularly that there is a total stigma surrounded by positive reinforcement of self affirmations such as saying ‘i am amazing’ ….its is picked up as ‘ego’ or ‘big-headed’ when really if you are coming from a non egotistical place and a place of total acceptance and love for yourself and others then saying ‘I AM AMAZING‘ or ‘I AM LOVED AND CAN LOVE’ or ‘I HAVE THE POWER IN ME TO DO ANYTHING’ should be totally acceptable. I reckon maybe if people said this a bit more to themselves along with thousands of positive other non-ego affirmations we wouldn’t have so much pain, hate, jealousy, greed, depression, melancholy, spitefulness, hurt, poverty, hunger, gloom, conformity, self hatred, low self esteem, along with a whole barrel load of things that these spur…..eating disorders, addictions, cancers, dis-ease’s, confusion.

I know this as a person that had a mild eating disorder and then subsequently was never comfortable with my own body, constantly saying in my mind how much i hated it, wish i had someone else’s or how it was never good enough. That mixed with anxiety, fear, bottled up anger, doubt and total confusion i was a right mess. I have since recently in the last few months/year had a wonderful movement into self appreciation and self love for the beautiful body i was given and want to give it the best clean nutrition and health and balance i can and love and acceptance for my skills and gifts that i hold.

I am no-more saying i am not good enough or i cannot do this because or its …..fault i feel like this or  i hate my body, its such a mean thing to say to yourself, think about it….If someone said to you ‘I hate your body’ ..or ‘You really suck at that’..how hurt would you be….hurt enough to say Shut the ****** up anyway, well then why would you let yourself say it and hurt yourself….see….doesn’t make sense. I have only realized this recently and so Everyday i look at myself in the mirror and say “I Love you” and i mean it, everyday i think about the wonderful things i can do or will achieve, i try and give myself love and give it to others without conditions or judgment, i stopped feeling guilty about the past or worrying too much about the future and Affirmations have helped this. I listen to them, i read them, i watch them being done in the form of good deeds to others and im so not joking they are working….i have started to see myself physically differently, of course im sure there will be days where i need it more than others…and hey there is always room for self growth, learning new skills, succeeding in sports or a job or working hard and learning to be done….but for now its not about the Ego attached to them, its about saying i really Love and Accept myself and not to let others stand in the way of that.

So i wanted to share my daily inspirations with you and the story about why i find them so beneficial….

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This is from the app that makes you think so positively about YOU…. 😀
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Ain’t it the truth…..
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ooooo I LOVE THIS one!!!!
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A good and harder lesson to learn than i thought….
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Let the haters hate….it doesn’t effect you, its their problem, not your’s.
Concentrate on love.

5 Essential Fats that are good for your body…

5 Essential Fats that are good for your body…

Good Article on ‘Hungry for Change’ about EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) and the benefits of having them in your diet or for your skin everyday compared to chomping on processed fats everyday….

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Mostly just for eating….unless you want to rub hard nuts on yourself…..pun intended
Avocado
Food….OR FACE….
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Food ….OR FACE Also

 

Honey & Cinnamon ….wonderful wonders of both!

Found this great Article on Facebook on the benefits of Honey & Cinnamon…apart from the fact that they are delicious! Honey in particular is a wonder food!

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Amazing on just about everything,.,,,,,Thank you to the Bee’s…!

Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:
It is found that a mix of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals alongside a cup of peppermint tea…

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey  and lemon and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month, my Dad did this with cod liver oil too and it definitely prolonged his time when he had Leukemia…

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

So i think we need to say a Big Thank you most of all to….BEE’S….without them there would be no Honey., I use it in everything, cooking, breakfast, tea, snacks, skin-care…so many uses..!

Few of my favourite things…

This is my new blog with a few of my favourite things….I did originally have a blog with just my Health and Fitness advice/interests/articles but i thought seeing as i have a compulsion to constantly look up yummy receipe’s (good and bad) and constantly on the look out for awesome crafty idea’s for home/gifts/storage/food etc i thought why not just put it all in ONE place….and even if no-one reads it, at least i will ;D ..

I hope you find some of my idea’s/advice interesting and useful…

Enjoy x

Kick your Own Ass…..When your tired and making excuses

Kick in the Ass! * while yawning….

So we all have those days, like me today, where we know wewant to workout, we know our bodies need it, we know we don’t really want tobreak our routine but that little red devil on our shoulder is happy to whisperin our ears… ‘no its ok to go home’ ‘ you did enough yesterday’   ‘you’re tired, relax’ …DON’T LISTEN. I know it’shard but try and keep your goals and the vision you are working towards firmlyin your mind. IT will eventually prevail.
 I have had a throatinfection for the past week and trust me I know what it feels like to go back toworking out after days of couch cuddling….Its ain’t easy…..BUT these are thetimes when we need to kick our own ass’s the most!
You will most likely for the rest of the evening , even ifyour go through with your workout and reach that gym door or put on thoseworkout clothes continue to tell yourself you don’t want to do this and in turnend up doing a workout only giving 50% effort and over-all not really enjoyingthe fact that you worked out at all….SWITCH YOUR MIND OFF.
I right now feel tired and sluggish and this tune is in myhead “ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…..” from doing a 90 min Bikram Yoga session last night andwould love nothing more than to jump right on that bus at 5 pm and high tail ithome……BUT no I am going to the gym, I am going to do my work out because I knowafter my 45 mins…..yes 30-60 mins is all you need (not slaving for 1hr and half)I am going to feel on top of the world and yet a little closer to my goal ofre-shaping my body and getting stronger/ leaner and fitter.
You may be saying right now to yourself…yeah right Emma, butI have had a really busy day or you don’t understand I just don’t have enoughenergy….. I know, I get it, I really do, I know what it’s like to be crazy busybut I also know what it is like to achieve a goal and especially a fitness one,and the feeling is worth everything especially if it makes a difference to yourconfidence, self esteem or sports goal!
You will never see results without giving something ofyourself…..so give that extra little bit of energy, push yourself a little moreand see if your efforts start to show. I know I will be shaking off my yawn’sand giving myself a swift kick in the bum to wake up and make the most out ofthat 45 mins to get my goal. Go on, you can do it 😉 …..

And the end result……. happy (sweaty) head… In the end I gave it 100% (as can be seen by the vain popping out on my forehead.. :P) and had my deserved mini protein shake straight afterwards for my muscle recovery! It is all worth it in the end ladies and gents! The endorphins will lift your mood anyway so your bound to feel great in the end 🙂 , and good on you if you went and did your workout and if you didn’t…..SHAME on you… ;P only kidding…. You’ll get them next time

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and snack Idea’s…..under 1500 cals per day.

Some more Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner, Snack/sweet/treat choice’s:

Remember to add in as much vegi’s as possible in your meals, they are filling and you need the essentials nutrients. Each portion amounts to a certain amount of calories, but be mindful that both salt/fat and sugar content of your food is just as important as calorie content and can negatively affect your weightloss or fitness goals even with a so called ‘low calorie’. Remember also try and eat small – moderate meals  every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism at a healthy rate. Enjoy eating healthy and balanced for your body.
**You may sub any eggs for egg whites. My boyfriend Mikey who has the appetite of a horse when he is training and seriously loved eggs has just recently started to eat egg white’s instead and he loves them so give them a try instead of full egg’s. Also try all natural nuts butters e.g. pure peanut butter, with no added ingredients.

BREAKFAST

300 CALORIES PER SERVING
1. Peanut butter and apple quesadilla: 8″ whole-wheat tortilla + 1 Tbsp peanut butter + 1 sliced apple
2. Apricot ricotta breakfast sundae: 1 cup nonfat ricotta cheese + pinch nutmeg + ½ tsp agave nectar + 4 chopped apricots
3. 1 egg scrambled in 1 tsp oil; 1 whole-wheat bagel thin; 1 turkey sausage link; 6 oz low-sodium vegetable juice
4. Strawberry French toast: 1 slice whole-wheat bread dipped in 1 beaten egg and cooked in 1 tsp butter + 1 cup sliced strawberries
5. 1 cup toasted oat cereal + 1 cup 1% milk or soy milk + 2 Tbsp tart dried cherries + 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts
6. Egg sandwich: 1 whole-wheat English muffin + 1 egg fried in 1 tsp olive oil + 1 oz Canadian turkey bacon (about 2 slices) + 1-2 slices tomato
7. Pancakes and bacon: 2 wholewheat flour pancakes + 1 tsp honey + ½ sliced banana; 2 slices turkey bacon
8. 1 cup bran flakes + 1 cup 1% milk or soy milk + ¾ cup blueberries
9. Huevos rancheros: 6″ corn tortilla + 3 egg whites fried in 1 tsp olive oil + ½ cup black beans + ¼ cup fresh salsa + ¼ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
10. Sunflower pear waffle: 1 whole-grain frozen waffle + 1 Tbsp sunflower butter (tastes like sunflower seeds—loaded with protein) or any nut butter + 1 sliced pear
11. Honey almond oatmeal: 1 cup cooked oatmeal + 1 Tbsp almond butter + 2 tsp honey
12. Smoked salmon roll-up: 8″ whole-wheat tortilla + 1 Tbsp whipped cream cheese + 1½ oz smoked salmon + 1 sliced scallion
13. Smoothie! 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt blended with 1 cup frozen peaches + ½ cup calcium-fortified orange juice + ½ banana + 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed + pinch nutmeg
14. Greek yogurt parfait: 8 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt + 1 diced nectarine + 1 tsp honey + 3 Tbsp sliced almonds
LUNCH
400 CALORIES PER SERVING
15. Veggie Jack burger: Veggie burger + 1-oz slice Monterey Jack cheese + 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce + lettuce and tomato + whole-wheat hamburger bun; 1 cup watermelon cubes
16. Turkey-bacon-avocado pita: 2 oz deli turkey + 2 pieces of thinly sliced avocado + 1 slice bacon + 1 Tbsp honey mustard + lettuce and tomato + 6″ whole-wheat pita; 1 nectarine
17. Blue cheese chicken pita: ½ cup shredded skinless rotisserie chicken breast + ½ cup shredded romaine lettuce + ¼ cup sliced celery + ½ cup shredded carrots + 1 Tbsp light blue cheese dressing + 6″ whole-wheat pita; 1 peach
18. Turkey Swiss burger: 4 oz lean ground turkey patty + 1 thin slice Swiss cheese + 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce + lettuce, tomato and onion slices + whole-wheat hamburger bun; 1 cup cantaloupe cubes
19. Black bean-tomato soup: 1½ cups chilled tomato soup or low-sodium vegetable juice + 2 tsp red wine vinegar + ½ cup black beans + ½ cup corn niblets + ½ yellow bell pepper + 1 tomato + 2 Tbsp red onion; 15 all-natural tortilla chips
20. Grilled shrimp Caesar: 3 cups romaine lettuce + 10 large grilled shrimp + 2 Tbsp Caesar dressing + 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan; 12 whole-wheat pita chips
21. Pasta salad: 2 oz* whole-wheat penne pasta, cooked, then cooled and refrigerated + 5 halved cherry tomatoes + 1 oz part-skim mozzarella, diced + ¼ diced yellow pepper + 2 Tbsp Italian vinaigrette dressing + 2 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
22. Chicken Cheddar sandwich: 3 oz grilled chicken + 1-oz slice reduced-fat Cheddar + lettuce and tomato + 1 Tbsp light mayo + whole-wheat sandwich thin; ¾ cup grapes
23. Takeout! 1 slice cheese pizza; 2 cups tossed salad + 1 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
24. Mediterranean tuna wrap: 3 oz water-packed tuna + 3 chopped Kalamata olives + 1 tsp capers + 2 Tbsp chopped onion + 1 tsp olive oil + 1 tsp red wine vinegar + 8″ whole-wheat tortilla; 1 apple
25. Couscous with chickpeas: ⅓ cup* whole-wheat couscous, cooked + ¾ cup chickpeas + ½ cup diced tomato + ½ cup diced cucumber + 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil + 2 Tbsp crumbled feta
26. Cheese quesadilla: two 8″ whole-wheat tortillas + ¼ cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar, cooked in nonfat cooking spray; ¼ cup salsa; 2 Tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt; 5 grape tomatoes
27. Roast beef horseradish sandwich: 2 slices rye bread + 2 oz lean roast beef + 1 Tbsp reduced-fat canola mayo mixed with ¼ tsp horseradish + lettuce and tomato; ½ cup coleslaw
28. Asian spinach salad: 3 cups baby spinach + ½ cup skinless rotisserie chicken breast + ½ chopped apple + ¼ cup shelled edamame + ½ cup grated carrots + 2 Tbsp Asian vinaigrette
DINNER
500 CALORIES PER SERVING
29. 4 oz lean sirloin steak; ½ baked potato with 2 Tbsp nonfat plain Greek yogurt; 2 cups mushrooms sautéed in 2 tsp olive oil
30. Lemon pasta with salmon and asparagus: 2 oz grilled salmon + 2 oz whole-wheat penne, cooked and tossed with + 1 Tbsp olive oil + 2 Tbsp lemon juice + 1 clove garlic, sliced + 1 cup chopped asparagus + 1 Tbsp fresh basil
31. Mexican burrito bowl: ⅓ cup* brown rice, cooked + ½ cup pinto beans + ½ cup grilled vegetables cooked with 2 sprites of olive oil cooking spray + ½ cup shredded lettuce + ¼ cup corn salsa + ¼ cup guacamole
32. Takeout! 3 oz ginger chicken with broccoli + 6 oz brown rice
33. Italian tilapia: 6 oz tilapia baked with 1 cup canned diced tomatoes + 4 chopped green olives + 1 tsp olive oil + pinch Italian seasoning; ⅓ cup whole-wheat couscous, cooked
34. 6 oz roast pork tenderloin; 1 baked sweet potato; 2 cups green beans sautéed in 2 tsp olive oil
35. Chicken stir-fry: 4 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast strips + 2 cups broccoli florets + 1 sliced scallion + 2 tsp peanut oil; ½ cup brown rice, cooked
36. Pasta with cannellini and feta: 2 oz whole-wheat pasta, cooked + ¾ cup cannellini beans + 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes + 2 tsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil + 1 Tbsp crumbled feta
37. Spaghetti and meatballs: 2 oz whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked + 3 turkey meatballs (1 oz each) + ½ cup marinara sauce; 2 cups tossed salad + 1 Tbsp Italian vinaigrette
38. Portobello burger parmigiana: 1 portobello mushroom cap, misted lightly with olive oil spray and broiled or grilled + ¼ cup marinara sauce + 1-oz slice part-skim mozzarella + fresh basil + whole-wheat hamburger bun; ½ romaine lettuce heart + 1 large sliced tomato + 1 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
39. 5 oz tuna steak; ½ cup brown rice, cooked; 2 cups broccoli sautéed in 1 tsp peanut oil
40. 1 cup summer chili: ¼ cup chopped onion + 2 oz lean ground turkey breast sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil + ½ cup canned white beans + ½ cup corn niblets + ½ cup canned diced tomatoes + hot sauce to taste; ½ cup brown rice, cooked
41. Pasta with chicken and spinach: 2 oz whole-wheat pasta (or mix 1 oz whole-wheat pasta with 1 oz regular), cooked + ½ cup shredded skinless rotisserie chicken breast + 1 cup baby spinach + 1 clove garlic, sliced and sautéed in 1 Tbsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp Parmesan
42. BBQ! Grill 4 oz skinless chicken breast, then baste with 1 Tbsp barbecue sauce; 1 ear corn; ½ cup potato salad
SNACK, SWEETS AND TREATS
150 CALORIES PER SERVING
6-oz container 0% fat fruit-flavored Greek yogurt
45 pistachios
6-oz glass wine
½ pear + two 1″ Brie cubes
Three 2½” cinnamon graham cracker squares + 4 Tbsp nonfat ricotta
1 hard-cooked egg sprinkled with celery salt; ten 1″ whole-grain crackers
1 sliced bell pepper + ¼ cup hummus
One 12 oz beer
½ banana + 1 Tbsp peanut butter
¾ cup light chocolate ice cream
4 cups lowfat microwave popcorn tossed with 1 tsp cocoa + pinch chili powder
12 oz nonfat latte; 1 Oreo
1 mini cinnamon raisin bagel + 1 Tbsp soy butter
½ cup soft-serve vanilla frozen yogurt + 1 cup mixed berries

Cheat and Eat….some Positive Advice and Support

Getting to Cheat and Eat….Some advice and support J
 So peeps, I wanted to do this blog on eating and cheating. When I use the term cheat, I don’t mean it in terms of being able to get healthy while “cheat eating” all of the time, what I do mean though is, Being able to live a healthy and fit lifestyle while being able to have your cheats every once in awhile and even every week. J
I myself love chocolate, wine, going out for dinner or desert or having those comfort foods. But what I try to do is each week, 90% good, 10% cheat! You need to have balance and be able to allow yourself the nice things in life so don’t fret if you think by leading a healthy and fit life you can’t have so of those extra yummy things out there, it’s not true, YOU can….HOORAYYY :D, otherwise we would be miserable having to constrict ourselves all of the time.
The key though as I said is balance. During the week keep 90% of all meals and drinks healthy/organic/unprocessed and as natural as possible where you can and the same for drinks; water/herbal teas etc. Then 10% use this time to have some little treats that you really like or if you are having time with the girls have that glass or two of wine or a beer with your boyfriend/girlfriend or some popcorn at the cinema or whatever your taste buds will love. It won’t destroy your balance if you do, but THAT KEY….don’t do it all the time and it won’t destroy that healthy balance you have. Problems I see people having is too many cheat days in a week and leading to it not being a cheat day at all OR not having any at all and then binging and then feel guilty and mad at themselves!! So here is a little sample of my cheat day this week J
Here in Vancouver we have something called Dougie Dog, it’s a hot dog place that does yummy hot dogs, myself and my girl Alma decided we deserved a cheat day so on Wednesday after work we went and got ourselves a DELISH Dougie Dog hotdog and a hot chocolate to finish J ,it was yummy and hit the spot, now  for the balance:
That day I had:
Breakfast:  homemade vegi juice with wheatgrass and rice cake with 100% peanut butter
Lunch: more vegi juice with wheatgrass and a salad with a boiled egg
In between this I had an apple to snack on, my breakfast and lunch were both mostly natural products and healthy so this gave me the allowance for that cheat meal in the evening with Ali. Note, the whole day wasn’t a cheat meal and I didn’t have to feel guilty when I did get to cheat and have my yummy treats. I also combined this with a 1 hour spin class and 20 resistance training on Tuesday and 1 hour resistance training on Thursday so burning up any excess fat. I literally got to have my cake and eat it too, who doesn’t want that :D, And so can you.
But remember eat healthy and keep fit and you don’t have to feel guilty about having those cheat days if you want to see results in health and weightless ;), just don’t have every day be a cheat day and dont try and eat 20 chocolate bars on a cheat day to try and compinsate for not having them everyday this also defeats the point and not to mention is bad for your body and health.  Wait and see how much you really enjoy that chocolate bar when you have them only every so often….taste even nicer 😉
Remember we are not about DIETS here people we are about Healthy, Fit, Balanced Lifestyles….lead to healthy, fit bodies and minds J