January, 2014

  1. Edamame and Kale Fried Quinoa

    January 27, 2014 by Heather

    Edamame and Kale Fried Quinoa
    Serves 4
    This was SO tasty! I skipped the egg part but it tasted like fried rice! Hard to tell it was great for you!
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    Total Time
    40 min
    Total Time
    40 min
    Ingredients
    1. 1 cup quinoa
    2. 2 cups veggie broth
    3. 2 tbsp coconut oil
    4. 1 tbsp minced garlic
    5. 1 tsp minced ginger
    6. 1 cup finely chopped red cabbage
    7. 1 small red bell pepper, diced
    8. 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
    9. 2 cups stemmed, thinly sliced kale leaves
    10. 2 tbsp braggs aminos
    11. 1/4 tsp pepper
    12. 4 large eggs
    13. Sriracha (optional)
    14. Cilantro leaves (optional)
    Instructions
    1. Toast quinoa in a medium saucepan over medium high heat, swirling pan occasionally, until fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve under cool water; return to saucepan, add broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Spread quinoa on a rimmed baking sheet to cool.
    2. Heat 4 tsp oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring constantly, Until fragrant but not browned, 30 seconds to a minute. Add veggies and cook, stirring constantly, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add braggs, pepper and quinoa and cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 2 minutes.
    3. Brush remaining oil in a large nonstick skillet and place over medium high heat. Crack eggs into skillet and cook 3 to 4 minutes for sunny side up; for over easy, flip and cook until the white is set, 1 to 2 minutes more.
    4. Divide quinoa among four plates, top each serving with an egg, and garnish with sriracha and cilantro if desired.
    Adapted from Fitness Magazine
    Adapted from Fitness Magazine
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  2. My shoes

    January 20, 2014 by Heather

    A member of my Fibro group posted this on my Facebook wall today. It really struck home. It’s the inspiration for this post and I wanted to share what came to mind when I read it.

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    I just spent 30 minutes rolling on a tennis ball. My last week has revolved around getting this flare under control. Tennis balls, foam rollers, Epsom salt baths, stretching, supplements, Yin Yoga, various topicals,the list goes on and on. I often wish certain people could live just a month in my body. I’m not sure they would survive. But maybe they’d understand. I think Fibro peeps are the strongest people I know. Why? Because every day we get up despite pain and fatigue and we do the thing. For those that have chosen to fight and kick Fibro’s ass, every day we get up and manage what we are given that day. We exercise despite pain and fatigue because we know it is good for us and it’ll make us feel better. We do everything “normal” people do because just because we are sick doesn’t mean the chores don’t need to be done. We cook a healthy dinner despite the fatigue because we know eating clean makes us feel better. We do our research and we become our own advocates, because we know what happens when we are not. We’ve been there.
    So I think we are pretty bad ass. Not everyone can do what we do and maintain the positivity on most days that we need to get us through. Do we have days that are less than stellar where things fall by the wayside and we turn into a bumbling mess? Yup! I was there the other day. But the bad ass ones have a good cry, brush themselves off, reassess and call it a new day.
    Not everyone can do that and I think we all need to remember that quote, print it out and hang it where we can be reminded of our strength every day.


  3. The Body Beast Journey

    January 8, 2014 by Heather

    A few months ago I decided to take the plunge and do a round of Body Beast. Let me give you a little background info so you get a better picture of why this is so huge. I pack on muscle very easily and the scale and I are not the best of friends.

    Going in I knew I would put on muscle and as a result the number on the scale would most likely increase. I was well aware I would freak out as a result. I could have avoided this by staying far far away from the scale but, alas, it is an obsession. Healthy? No! But truth be told I am in a much better place mentally than I was when I started this whole Beachbody journey.

    So I am more than halfway into the program, heading into my last phase, with only four weeks left. How am I fairing? Well, the scale has gone up a few pounds. Did I freak out? Heck ya! I have put on a bunch of new muscle and I am seeing my body take on a totally different shape. I’m enjoying lifting again. It takes me back to my body building days.
    But to my amazement I’m trusting the process and even though that scale still freaks me out I’m ok with it. Because despite that I seem to be smaller in certain areas and tighter, I’m seeing some awesome new definition and I know I needed to do this in order to get the results I’ve been looking for. When I started Chalean Extreme a couple years ago I never completed the program as written because the second the scale went up or my legs got a little bigger I would freak out. So this, to me, is a huge step in the right direction in regards to my journey towards healing from something that has burdened me for so long. I thank Beachbody every day because it has taken me on this wonderful journey toward self love!

    So what’s next for me? A Brazil Butt Lift/Insanity hybrid! I’m looking forward to shredding this new muscle up!

    Be well my friends!