December, 2014

  1. New Year, New You?

    December 31, 2014 by Heather

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    Happy New Year!  Have you thought about your New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you written them down?  I find that a goal not written down quickly gets forgotten.  You know all those New Year’s Resolutions you made in the past that lasted two weeks?!  Ya those…..  Make this year different.  Write them down and put them somewhere where you can see them EVERY day!  I put mine on my phone and I read them EERY day.  How about that dress you want to fit into?  Take it and hang it up somewhere so you can see it EVERY day.  You could do the same thing with an old picture of yourself that you want to get back to.  

    Do you have a plan?  A goal without a plan will most likely fail!  What exercise will you do?  How will you change your eating habits?  How will you fit that water into your day?  How will you make time for YOU?  

    Guess what?!  I’m here to help!  Reach out if you need help!  Let me know if you have questions!  I have a few great groups starting soon that’ll help keep you accountable!  The great part is you’ll make some great new friends along the way!  If you’d like to get started in one of these groups contact me soon because there is a limited time to join for January AND our New Year’s Resolutions often go out the window if we don’t do something about them right away!  

    If you’re going out this evening stay safe my friends!  Here’s to a happy, healthier, more pain free 2015!


  2. Adventures in Gluten Free Bread

    December 21, 2014 by Heather

     

     

    Adventures in... (2) I typically make gluten free bread in my trusty bread maker.  It usually comes out just fine.  Last weekend I apparantly could not follow directions and ended up having to bake a loaf in the oven.  I have no idea what happened but it turned out very hard.  It was still good and I still ate it because I’m not a huge fan of throwing food away.  My Italian boyfriend on the other hand, did not approve.  So I went about finding a recipe that I could make in the oven because sometimes you just don’t want to drag out the bread maker. 

    I found a few recipes and daringly tweaked them to suit my needs.  I mixed it all up and anxiously waited for it to rise.  It seemed to be taking forever.  I decided to walk my dog in the hopes that when I got back it would have risen.  Upon my return, it had risen a bit more but still very SLOW….  I did start to panic wondering what the heck was taking so long.  But, alas, about 3.5 hours later it rose about an inch above the pan and was ready for the oven.  I think the issue was I didn’t add a bit of sugar to proof, so maybe try that.

    50 minutes later the top was browning good so I took it out and the internal temp said it was ready.  While waiting for it to cool I went to take a bath.  My boyfriend came in eating a piece a few minutes later and it was Mikey approved!  Now that is HUGE since he’s a pasta and bread man!  So here it is the anxiously awaited recipe.  I’m sure you could make it in the bread maker too.  If anyone tries it in there please let me know how it turns out.

    Ingredients

    1⅓ cups brown rice flour
    1⅓ cups tapioca flour/starch
    1⅓ cups cornstarch
    1 tablespoon potato starch
    1 tablespoon xanthan gum
    1 tablespoon gluten-free egg replacer
    2 teaspoons himalayan salt
    ½ cup almond milk
    9 tbsp water and 3 tbsp ground flax seed (or 3 large eggs if not vegan)
    ¼ cup coconut oil melted
    2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    ⅓ cup honey
    1 package (2¼ teaspoons) active dry yeast (not INSTANT dry yeast)
    1 1/2 cups warm water

    Directions:

    Spray cooking spray into two 8-inch bread pans.

    Add the yeast to the 1 1/2  cups of warm water and stir until mixed. Set this aside to activate while you mix the rest of the ingredients. (don’t forget to add the tsp of sugar)

    Mix the flour blend, xantham gum, gluten-free egg replacer, and salt in a medium-size bowl and set aside.

    Put eggs, butter, vinegar, milk, oil and honey in the bowl of your mixer. Mix together for about 30 seconds. 

    Add half the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in the mixer. Mix just until blended, and then add the remaining dry ingredients and mix for another 30 seconds, until blended.

    With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the warm water and yeast mixture, then turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat for 4 minutes.

    Spoon the dough into your greased bread pans. Set aside in a warm place to rise for approximately about 50 to 60 minutes. Mine took a lot longer but again I think that was because I didn’t add the sugar. While dough rises, preheat oven to 375 degrees. I put the pans right on my preheating oven to keep them warm.

    When the dough has risen to about an inch above the top of the pans, place the pans in your preheated oven on the middle rack and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the bread’s internal temperature reaches 200 degrees.  I used a meat thermometer because that’s all I had.  It said 200 when it came out.  If you don’t have a thermometer you’ll just have to hope and pray it’s done. 😉  For some odd reason my bread deflated a bit when I poked the hole in it with the thermometer.  Too much air?!

    Remove the bread from the oven and let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Then remove loaves from pans and place on a rack to cool.  Make sure it’s cooled completely before cutting into it and go easy with the cutting.  Gluten free bread takes a bit of extra care.  

    Enjoy!  And let me know how you like it!!


  3. The dreaded Holiday bloat….

    December 17, 2014 by Heather

     

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    We all know about it.  That dreaded holiday bloat.  You ate too much during the Holidays, ate things you don’t typically eat and now you feel uncomfortable and just blech…..  I’ve been there!  These days I try to indulge just a little so I don’t feel so awful.  Who wants to feel icky in that brand new Holiday dress?  But alas, it happens and we find ourselves on January 1st wondering what the heck happened to all our good intentions.  Does this sound like you?  Do you have a plan for the post Holiday blech?!  If you don’t, then you’re in luck because I’m writing this post to let everyone know of a few post Holiday groups I have coming up that’ll get you back on track the right way!  I think that’s important to mention.  Fad diets, starvation diets and exercising until you drop is NOT the way to head into 2015.  That stuff doesn’t work and almost always blows up in our face.  Raise your hand if this has happened to you over the years!  We start out awesome but then those carrot sticks start to taste like cardboard and we fall off the wagon…again!  

    So why don’t we head into 2015 getting fit and healthy the RIGHT way with something that is proven to work!  Quality nutrition + exercise + a support system = success!  I have several groups starting in January so if you’re ready to have a plan on January 1st then send me a message so we can chat about your goals.  And don’t fear the group!  We have lots of fun and you will make new friends along the way!  Looking forward to hearing from you!


  4. What did I do?!

    December 10, 2014 by Heather

     

     

     

     

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    The other day I’m going along my merry way, minding my own business when I checked my Fit With Fibro FB page to see if I needed to respond to any messages or comments. I noticed a comment on my 10 Day Detox post so I clicked on it. Lo and behold it was a comment by someone slamming me for taking advantage of Fibro people. Now this isn’t the first time this has happened of course because there is always someone with nothing nice to say. But every time this happens I get very offended and hurt because my intention is and always has been to help others just like me. I know I shouldn’t take it personally, but I do. If I’m taking advantage of Fibro people I guess then I’m taking advantage of myself too?! I think the thing that bothers me the most is that this person does not know me. She just automatically assumed I was a bad person. I deleted the comment. In retrospect I think I should have commented explaining myself but I was so upset and really, do I NEED to explain myself? After all, I did nothing wrong but post a picture. And I did not want to create drama on my page, as that’s not what I’m about. Perhaps she was just having a bad day. But that’s not fair to take it out on the person that is just trying to help. Do I make money selling my products to others just like me? Yes I do. Am I out to take advantage of said people?  Not at all! I simply share what I love and know what works.  If you were to go out and ask all my customers I’m sure they will tell you that I created a relationship with all of them first and sometimes it took them years to buy ANYTHING from me. But I still contacted them consistently and I never pushed them to buy a thing. If they were ready great! If they were never, that was fine too. So to be attacked on my own page for doing nothing wrong rubs me the wrong way. It goes back to that old saying, “if you have nothing nice to say.” If you don’t like what I do, don’t come to my page. Simple as that. I wish this person good luck in their journey and if they were having a bad day I hope they are having a better one today! To those that support me and my page I appreciate you!!