Reduce Heat…

Reduce Heat

 

Many conversations in my house this week have revolved around the topic of anger and intense emotional states as well as actions taken during that kind of emotion. We’ve talked about how we feel, things that happened to cause anger and intense emotion, what should have been done, what could have been done, etc.  One of these such conversations happened while I was cooking one of dinners this week, and the mantra was manifested in our house.

Reduce heat and simmer. 

It’s the simple idea of cooling down before you irrationally do something or say something that could be harmful to you, the person involved, even affecting people you may not realize that could be affected.  We’ve all heard it before in many ways (think before you speak sound familiar?), but this was one of those moments that just made it click, you know? 

We’re all human. To feel is human. To get angry is human. To get emotional is human. That’s the joy of being human. But the GRACE of being human is to recognize that you can change everything by

Reducing heat and simmering

Emotions can cloud words and actions. Speaking and acting in that intense state won’t convey what you really want to convey. Let peace settle in before you react. 

Reduce heat and simmer.

On a physical sense, being angry and intense just stresses your body out. Your body uses all your energy feeling so much that it’s totally drained for any positive action, except maybe sleep. Not to mention potential digestive issues and headaches you can be prone to with prolonged emotional intensity. You can’t be the best you can be holding all of that it…so, let it go, release it, or as in the house of the Jock in a Skirt…

Reduce heat and simmer.

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Monday Meals: Spaghetti

One of the biggest questions I get about food is “How can I make my family favorites more healthy?” I love these questions because it gives me the opportunity to share healthy substitutions and show how easy it is to swap and add foods to fit your nutrition goals.

One of our family favorites is spaghetti, and we eat it at least once every 10 days, if not more frequently.

Turkey Spaghetti ... a healthier version

Turkey Spaghetti … a healthier version

Here are ways to make spaghetti healthy and still keep the family happy:

  • Substitute whole grain wheat noodles instead of the regular “enriched” noodles, or if you’re gluten-free, rice or quinoa noodles work great as well.
  • Use ground turkey or chicken instead of hamburger. The fat content goes down, and with seasonings, tastes just the same.
  • Add finely diced/chopped veggies to the sauce: red onion, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, bell peppers, squash are just a few ideas.
  • Make your own sauce (make it ahead of time and freeze for those of you short on time in the evenings). A fresh batch of tomatoes, roasted and simmered with onion, garlic, parsley, basil, and oregano makes a great sauce.
  • Don’t want to make your own sauce? Go for all-natural brands such as Newman’s Own or Marinelli’s. Your local grocery store may also have a good organic brand. I know Kroger has the Simple Truth Organic line, which is all organic and all clean, including the oil, which is EVOO and not soybean.

Let me know what you think of the healthier spaghetti and how your family likes it.  Do you have any other recipes you would like to see a healthier version?  Comment on this post or email me at jockinaskirt@gmail.com

NEW FEATURE: Monday Meals

Starting next week, I will begin featuring healthy meals, meal plans, and cooking tips to fit your lifestyle as well as your family’s. Healthy eating is possible in a quick and easy fashion, especially when everyone is asking “What’s for dinner?”, even when it’s your own stomach!

Since this will be reader-guided feature, I’d love to hear what you read more about when it comes to healthy eating.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope this post finds you ready for the holiday surrounded by friends, family, and gratitude. I hope you are happy on your journey, and celebrate this holiday by remembering what or who brings you value to your life.

Over the last month, I’ve been working on ideas to update this site for you, my readers, so after the long wonderful holiday, you will slowly see the changes coming.  Again, I wish you an amazing Thanksgiving.

 

Let-us-rise-up-and-be-thankful

 

 

The Weekly Chase #5

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The fact that this post wasn’t scheduled to post Monday morning should give you an idea of how my week kind of is going! It’s been insane…all in a good way though.

Last week’s list of goals:

Goal #1: Make sure I get my cross-training and yoga in along with my 3 marathon training runs. I was spot on with my running and cross training. I probably could have used another yoga session though.

Goal #2: Eat clean and eat as plant-based as possible. I did okay with eating clean, but not really with plant-based. I really wanted the meat. But the beer over the weekend …  I earned those carbs.

Goal #3: Wake up early. This is getting more difficult as my schedule demands increase along with my training mileage. I’m all about getting enough sleep right now.

Goal #4: Book, Focus, Build, Consistency. I read. I focused. I built. All on a small forward scale.

This week’s list of goals:

Goal #1: 3 yoga sessions with my 3 training runs. My hips are aching for some yoga….so this is a must.

Goal #2: Eat clean and eat as plant-based as possible. Revisiting this one again to really focus on eating plant-based.

Goal #3: Schedule self-assessments. I’ve been going through a pretty major part of my mental and emotional, heck, even spiritual, journey. To keep the right frame of mind, I find that self-assessing on a daily and even sometimes multiple times throughout the day, I stay right where I need to be to be the best Carin I can be.

Goal #4: Book, Focus, Build, Consistency . Same business goals for the week too. Keeping the same goal helps keep me consistent. We all know consistency is key!

What are your goals for this week? Please share!

Paleo Bird In A Nest

I’m not sure if this is the actual name of the recipe, but I’ve seen it floating around Facebook and different Paleo sites, so I decided to give it a shot.

Paleo Bird in a Nest with Black Beans

Paleo Bird in a Nest with Black Beans

It’s a really easy recipe. Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 large egg
  • Black or cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Tabasco (optional)
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked
  • 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180° (I actually did 225°)
  2. Slice avocado into two. Remove pit. With a spoon, hull out more avocado where the pit was.
  3. Crack egg into hole.
  4. Sprinkle your choice of pepper and Kosher salt over the top of the egg and avo. Sprinkle cheese as well.
  5. Bake for at least 20 minutes or until egg is at desired cooked stage. Heat black beans while the bird in the nest is cooking.
  6. Place on plate. Serve black beans on the side. Add greek yogurt on top of beans. Sprinkle Tabasco over everything.
  7. Serve while everything is still warm.

I hope you give this a try! Enjoy it!! I found it very filling, yet light as well. 😀

The Weekly Chase #4

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Last week’s list of goals:

Goal #1: Make sure I get my cross-training and yoga in along with my 3 marathon training runs. Running was on track. I got 1 cross training workout in and my two yoga classes taught.

Goal #2: Eat clean. I did okay eating clean this last week.

Goal #3: Wake up early. I actually slept in almost everyday. I think my body really needed it.

Goal #4: Book, Focus, Build . I read. I did not focus or build. I won’t beat myself up for not meeting my goal. Just moving forward.

This week’s list of goals:

Goal #1: Make sure I get my cross-training and yoga in along with my 3 marathon training runs. I will get my personal yoga session in as well as 2 cross training sessions.

Goal #2: Eat clean and eat as plant-based as possible. I’ve been lagging a lot lately, and I feel like I’m just heavy. Sometimes giving myself a break from meat can help rejuvenate my body.

Goal #3: Wake up early. Planning on embracing the early despite the now chilly Texas Fall temps in the morning.

Goal #4: Book, Focus, Build, Consistency . My success partner and I set weekly goals as well. Adding onto last week’s goals, it’s “Book, Focus, Build, Consistency”. We’re reading the same book, focusing on what needs to be done, and building our teams….all doing this consistently every day.

What are your goals for this week? Please share!