This week’s #FavoriteEverydayProduct, Want More Energy (WME), is our answer to the sugar and chemically-loaded Gatorade and other sports drinks of today. It is really sad what they have done to Gatorade over the years. These days the average 20 oz. bottle of Gatorade contains 10 tsps. of sugar….10! The average grams of sugar is over 20 grams! After water, sugars are the next TWO ingredients in Gatorade. While you think you are doing your kids a good thing by giving them electrolytes and other nutrients, don’t be fooled. Mostly they are synthetic which we won’t even get into here.
Why do Mark and I LOVE WME? It is a great way to keep yourself hydrated without having caffeine. For Mark especially, since he works outside in the hot sun, (I’m working on changing that) he can get his hydration quicker and gives him an alternative to boring water (his words). I personally love plain water, but every once in a while, it’s nice to change it up. Just a few facts about WME:
Want More Energy? is natural fuel for the body, helping you sustain your energy without caffeine or stimulants.
Want More Energy? tastes great and is a healthy alternative to high caffeine and-sugar energy drinks, containing only natural ingredients, a few grams of sugar, and only 35 calories per serving.
Includes Ionic Alfalfa™, our alfalfa juice concentrate enriched with trace minerals to keep your body running at peak performance.
The Want More Energy vitamin complex comprises of the essential B Vitamins -Vitamin B2, B3, B6, B12 plus Biotin, Choline and the Amino Acid L-tyrosine. This extensive complex contributes to the proper functioning of almost every process in the body.
If you’d like more information or would like to order yourself, click here, or give me a call at 407-545-8113 and I will help you get the right products to reach YOUR goals!
I have been looking for a good different salad to share and to MAKE as I have been tired of the same old, same old green salad. For me it’s usually some sort of mixed greens with chopped broccoli, cauliflower, onions, maybe some carrots and peppers, garnished with a little shredded cheese a few craisins and vinegar and oil dressing. Almost EVERY time. This one looks like it will fit the bill for crunch and what’s NOT to like when there is BACON involved????
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
- 2 large carrots, thinly sliced on the bias
- 2 bunches baby bok choy, stems cut into thin 1/2-inch-long slices and leaves cut into 1-inch pieces
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 6 oz turkey bacon
- 1 1/2 cups BPA-free canned cannellini (aka white kidney) or navy beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 tbsp shaved Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- In a large steamer basket set over top of a pot of gently simmering water, add carrots and steam for 4 minutes. Add bok choy stems and steam for 1 minutes; add bok choy leaves and steam for 1 more minute.
- Meanwhile, mist a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Add bacon and cook, turning once, until lightly browned, about 1 minute per side. When cool enough to handle, slice thinly.
- Prepare dressing: In a blender, blend dressing ingredients and 1/4 cup water until smooth
- In a large bowl, combine carrots, boy choy, beans and tomatoes. Top with bacon, dressing, cheese and basil.
Nutrients per serving (2 cups): Calories: 241, Total fat: 11 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1, Carbs: 20 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 5 g, Protein: 17 g, Sodium: 475 mg, Cholesterol: 43 mg
This week’s #WhatsREALLYInOurFood posting was more disturbing than I thought it was going to be. I know synthetic anything is not good for our bodies, and synthetic caffeine would be no different. Was I WRONG. As I read the articles on how much synthetic caffeine is in energy drinks to how it is made, it was a huge OMG moment. First off, synthetic caffeine gives us an quicker energy spike which is why there is so much in the ever-so-popular energy drinks. But remember Newton’s Law….there also as a quicker crash from those drinks as opposed to coffee our other natural sources such as the plant Yerba Mate.
When it came down to finding how synthetic caffeine was made…THAT is what I found most disturbing. After reading what is to follow, you may never want to drink those chemical concoctions again. At least I hope not! And we wonder why our bodies are aging prematurely and cancer is rampant…
Chemistry formulas for producing synthetic caffeine:Chloroacetic acid (1) is neutralized in water. This neutralized product is treated with an equimolar amount of sodium cyanide (2). An equivalent amount of acid is added: sulfuric or hydrochloric (3) and the mass concentrated to a thick syrup. Benzene (4) is added and the salts removed by filtration. The benzene is removed by distillation to yield cyanoacetic acid.
(1)Chloroacetic acid is a chemical reaction of splitting trichloroethylene (1A) using sulfuric acid as a catalyst.
(1A)Trichloroethylene, aka TCE is a chlorinated hydrocarbon commonly used as an industrial solvent. Banned in Europe & most countries as a known carcinogen, poisonous & infectious material, it remains legal in the USA.
(2)Sodium cyanide is an inorganic compound with the formula NaCN. This highly toxic colourless salt is used in gold mining.
(3)Sulfuric acid is a strong mineral acid used in car batteries, ore processing, fertilizer manufacturing & oil refining.
(4)Benzene is an organic chemical compound with the molecular formula C6H6. It is a colorless and highly flammable liquid. Because it is a known carcinogen, its use as an additive in gasoline is now limited, but it is an important industrial solvent and precursor in the production of drugs, plastics, synthetic rubber and dyes.
The 8-methylcaffeine obtained from uric acid (uric acid is the final oxidation product of metabolism and is excreted in urine.) is chlorinated using sulfurylchloride (sulfurychloride is not found in nature & is composed of sulfur (1), oxygen & chlorine) to yield trichloromethyl (2) -caffeine, then hydrolyzed to yield caffeine.
(1) Sulfur is most widely used in black gunpowder, matches & insecticides.
(2) Chlorination of methyl chloroformate produces Diphosgene. Diphosgene was originally developed for chemical warfare by the Germans in WWI. It’s vapors were found to destroy filters in gas masks & it then became a pulmonary agent in the victim’s body.
There are some days where we just have to look back at our life. Since Mark and my retirement from sled dog racing, fall tends to be the time of reflection for me as I see the photos of all our musher-friends on training runs with their teams. They post about how proud they are of a certain dog who they had thought about selling in the spring who has come into their own and are doing absolutely fantastic. Or another youngster who they tried in lead for the first time and it put it’s head down, tugline tight and never looked back. As they post how proud they are of THEIR dog, I still get warm feelings in my heart of dogs of our that had done the same.
In working with people in my business now, I coach them to NOT look backward in their life, but only because most of us look back at what seem like failures so I work with them to keep their focus forward on their goal. Once I can get them on their path to their goal, we do look back from time to time to see how far they have come! THAT is what feeds our souls!
Last week’s #FreedomFriday posting shared my Top 3 ways to create “internal” freedom. #2 was feeding your soul. There are many ways you can and just like everything in the Universe, there is an way to suck the life out of your soul…here are my Top 5 ways to suck the life out of your soul, and The Top 5 Ways to FEED your soul.
Feeding your soul is part of living the Aging Youthful Lifestyle as getting rid of the “soul suckers” in your life and feeding it what it really wants, it will rid your body of stress. Stress can not only make you a bear to be around, you are also aging yourself internally! When you rid yourself of stress, you start looking and FEELING better, younger and more vibrant. In the coming months, Aging Youthful will be going through a expansion/transformation where we will be sharing stories of others who are defying their age, more stories on feeding your soul as well as feeding your body the proper nutrition and get up and moving it, as we were built to do!
For me, now that I have access to the ocean, sitting on a beach is one of the things that feeds my soul best with Mark by my side. Adding a sunrise or a sunset to the scene and it fills my heart with such joy and gratitude for being alive.
What feeds your soul?
Get out your vintage crock pot as it makes eating healthy a breeze and without excuses and can help you eat healthy on a budget! I have had my crock pots for years, while this photo is not my own, I was too lazy to get up from my computer and pull it out of the cupboard and took this one off the internet, mine has just about the same brown spots on it! If memory serves me correctly it was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law!
How it makes eating healthy a breeze: Well, who has time when they get home from work to make a full blown batch of soup or stew, OR who has time in the morning to make a big breakfast…YES you can put together your ingredients for an awesome breakfast the night before, turn the crock-pot on low and VIOLA! You have breakfast ready to go! In a super big rush, pull out the inside ceramic bowl, cover and pop in the fridge to take care of storage and clean up later!
The crock pot can also make eating healthy on a budget a breeze: By slow cooking, even the cheapest of roasts come out moist, juicy and fantastic! I will drop in a cheap arm roast, cover with water, add some organic beef boullian and extra pepper and sea salt and put on low all day long! By the time I get home at night, the roast is as tender as it gets, no need for a knife and has some of the best au jus you need! The best part? YOU control the amount of sodium! One of the absolute easiest recipes I make in my crock pot is Salsa Chicken….I put in boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh or frozen) cover with a cup or so of may favorite salsa (amount depends on how many chicken breasts I use), put on low and you have some amazing chicken! All you have to do is steam some veggies when you get home and you have a super-easy meal!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, stews, and just about every type of meat can be done in the crockpot. Prepare the night before, pull out in the morning and put on low all day…VIOLA, it’s like having your own personal chef!
I’d love to hear from you. What do you make in your crock pot? Share your story with me at email@example.com and I may just feature YOUR recipe on the blog!!!
This recipe comes from the Paleo Grubs website under their “100 Best Paleo Recipes“. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! I have just started to crave soups as the weather has cooled off a bit here in FL (I KNOW…it is Florida and the daytime temps are still in the 80′s…but it’s NOT at night!). I LOVE a good tortilla soup, and since I’m not a fan of beans to begin with, this recipe from Linda’ Wagner’s blog fits the bill! If you are true Paleo, leave out the tortilla strips too!Paleo Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
This healthy version of Chicken Tortilla Soup will knock your socks off! You
don’t need to add cheese or tortilla strips the soup is full of flavor on it’s
Author: Linda Wagner
2 large chicken breasts, skin removed and cut into ½ inch strips
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
32 ounces organic chicken broth
1 sweet onion, diced
2 jalepenos, de-seeded and diced
2 cups of shredded carrots
2 cups chopped celery
1 bunch of cilantro chopped fine
4 cloves of garlic, minced – I always use one of these
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
sea salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
1-2 cups water
1. In a crockpot or large dutch oven over med-high heat, place a dash of olive oil and about ¼ cup chicken
broth. Add onions, garlic, jalapeno, sea salt and pepper and cook until soft, adding more broth as needed.
2. Then add all of your remaining ingredients and enough water to fill to the top of your pot. Cover and let
cook on low for about 2 hrs, adjusting salt & pepper as needed.
3. Once the chicken is fully cooked, you should be able to shred it very easily. I simply used the back of a
wooden spoon and pressed the cooked chicken against the side of the pot. You could also use a fork or
tongs to break the chicken apart and into shreds.
4. Top with avocado slices and fresh cilantro. Enjoy!
5. This is an easy one-pot meal that’s loaded with veggies, low in fat, and full of flavor! You don’t need to
add cheese or tortilla strips the soup is full of flavor on it’s own!
Each week I as I look for a subject on the What’s REALLY in our food posting, I get more and more sad about what is allowed to go into our food supply. What is most disturbing; many of these ingredients are banned in other countries, so when you go to a McDonald’s or buy a Gatorade overseas, they will NOT have the harmful ingredients in them, PROVING that it can be made without it and still appeal to the masses. If that doesn’t get you angry, it should!
Forbes magazine researched the ingredients in fast food breakfast egg sandwiches. While eggs are an ingredient, you may be surprised to find other nasty ingredients as well: propylene glycol (Subway), Potassium sorbate (McDonalds), Soy Oil (Dunkin’ Donuts). Article author, David DiSalvo says:
I found several interesting ingredients, and one big surprise (at least it was surprising to me). I fully expected that McDonald’s or Burger King would take the prize for the most unrecognizable ingredients, but neither one stacks up to the egg manipulation of Subway. McDonald’s still takes second prize, but as you’ll see, it’s the “Eat Fresh” folks whose list is easily the most baffling.
I would have to agree that I am surprised Subway made the top of the list…”Eat Fresh” anti-freeze ingredients? Again, choose to have fresh foods as much as possible. If you are in a rush for breakfast, choose a protein meal replacement shake, but again be sure to READ THE LABELS. Many of them are full of harmful and artificial junk and fillers as well. There is a reason I chose organic, undenatured whey protein concentrate from an exclusive cattle herd in New Zealand!
It’s #FreedomFriday at #AgingYouthful For each of us and different aspects of our lives, freedom can have many meanings. I believe freedom begins with how we feel about ourselves and our lives; an internal feeling. My Top Three Rules for internal freedom:
1. You must learn to FLY: First Love Yourself
2. You must feed your soul and follow your heart
3. While listed last, but the most important: You cannot give a damn what other people think.
What would you add to this list?