The Honeynut Squash is a mini version of the butternut squash. I first discovered it at Trader Joe’s and then at the local Farmer’s Market. They are easier to slice and peel compared to butternut squash. I have been using a lot of squash this fall. It is so nice to cook in season!
I saw a version of the Squash soup recipe on Little Bites of Joy’s Blog. I was inspired to try it with the Honeynut Squash. You can substitute butternut squash or acorn squash.
Honeynut Squash Soup
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 Honeynut squash, cubed (or about 5-6 cups)
1 can full fat coconut milk
Chicken or Vegetable Broth
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Saute the chopped onion in coconut oil until soft. Add the cubed squash and cover with broth. Bring to boil and lower hit to simmer for 25 minutes until the squash is soft. Add 1 can coconut milk and blend with an immersion blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
A special treat: Topped with crumbled cooked Niman Ranch Maple Bacon.
Elaine Milner, 79 came to my outdoor workouts about 3 months ago. She felt she was beginning to lose her balance and flexibility. Her daughter Jennifer encouraged Elaine to try my program. The first day I was concerned because her balance was off. Elaine kept at it and within 2 weeks she was so much better!
You don’t want to move like an old person. WORK ON YOUR BALANCE!
Here is LOVELY ELAINE…
She also joined my 7 Days…Feel Fabulous Program. I designed the program to help get your hormones in balance so you feel your best. You lose your sugar cravings, sleep through the night and you might just lose the nagging aches and pains. “I felt so much better within a couple of days. The gas and bloat were gone. ”
It is time to Lighten up in so many ways. It is springtime. Fit and Fabulous Lovely Elaine shows that it is possible and FUN at any age! I am so grateful that she is part of my Program.
“In order to live an extraordinary life, you need Extraordinary Healthy!!! ” Kate Northrup
I was on a Facebook Live business training last Saturday when Kate said the above quote. It really stuck with me. I came down with the flu which lingered on for two weeks. I haven’t been sick like that for years. I take really good care of myself. Many people around me have had high fevers. I didn’t have that. It pays to take eat well, take your supplements, exercise and sleep!
You really appreciate having good health when you are sick.
I am back! How is your health?
Would you like to have more energy? Are you tired of feeling bloated and achy? Suffering from Hot flashes? Are you craving sugar, salty carbs or caffeine in the afternoon?
A Beautiful Organic Salad
I have put together a 7 Day ..Feel Fabulous Program which will put you on the path to Extraordinary Health. Your next step is up to you.
I am on the journey right along with you!
Check out the program and see if it is right for you. I hope you will join us. It is so important for your health to be part of a supportive community.
“I feel really good. I haven’t eaten so many vegetables in a long time. Your jump start is exactly what I needed. I feel so much better!”
” I feel great. I lost two pounds and the bloat!”
“The Program has been amazing. My aches and pains are gone!”
Did you see the video from yesterday about our 7 Day Program to feeling Fabulous? LOOK at my face! Yikes!
It was a little concerning and hard to post. I am 62 and can do kick ass Burpees. I feel great and I have tons of energy. When I saw my face in the video yesterday, to be honest it set me back a bit.
I am in a great time of my life. I created this blog a few years ago and I have people who don’t know me following me. I have women who are between 40 and 79 that get up on a Saturday morning, 23 degrees and windy to workout with me. I have people who join my nutritional program and give up grains, sugar and alcohol to feel better. I recommend the best supplements and they take them.
I have a wonderful supportive family.
I am very grateful for all of it. So what are a few wrinkles and aged spots? Embrace where you are in your life! I tell myself I am a natural beauty. I am going with that.
Would you like to join our 7 Day Program… FEEL FABULOUS?
Yesterday on Day 22 of no gluten, sugar or alcohol I had a break through. I have been fighting the program just about the whole time. I don’t especially like rules even my own rules.
I have been agitated and stuffing myself. I am stuffing myself with good things, blueberries, red peppers, carrots… Whenever I go to cook I start eating. I decided yesterday to stop it. I feel so much calmer since then. I love to chew gum as well. It is the same kind of habit. Yesterday, I slowed down, sat down and ate my meal or snack. I enjoyed my meals so much more. Mindfulness.
I also spent 15 minutes sitting on my cushion in my bedroom. I say I am going to meditate on a daily basis but I don’t. It is so very helpful.
These past 22 days have not been super easy. You know what? I do feel so much better. Why do I fight it???My sleep, my body , my energy is fabulous! I want to tell everyone. Do you suffer from aches and pains, insomnia, lack of energy? Get off the grains, sugar and alcohol and see how you feel. I am telling you it is so worth it!
I have put together a 7 day program of No grains, sugar and alcohol with my friend Chef Ivone of Healthy Sage.
You will be amazed at how much better you can feel in a short period of time. Are you ready to look and feel your best?
I am here to tell you that you can start to feel a difference your first week.
It is so much easier to do it in a group and with a friend.
We are getting together at my house to kick off the 7 days on February 25th.
We will give you recipes and tips to support you during the week. Delicious coffee will be served and maybe even a no grains, no sugar yet scrumptious treat!
We will have a secret facebook group. We will be providing daily support, guidance, recipes and tips. You will have lifetime access to the group.
I hope you will join us. More fun with friends! Your hormones will thank you. Happy Healthy Hormones!!
This is an online program so you can join without coming in person.
For now during the 30 days of No gluten, sugar, alcohol it is important to eat 4-5 times a day to keep your blood sugar balanced and your hormones. After the 30 days, I will see how it feels to take it down to three meals a day. I want to keep everything steady especially in the afternoon. My meals are higher in protein and healthy fats so I think the transition to 3 meals will be fine. Just not right now. The point is pay attention to how you are feeling. Everyone is different.
The difficult time for me is when I go to make dinner and I am not having a glass of wine. The afternoon snack helps and I try and lay down on the floor for 20 minutes in the afternoon. Balance is the key.
Here is my recipe for Nut Fudge. It is so easy to make. Nut Fudge is a wonderful go to snack. It is very dense and lots of calories so please consider portion size.
It is not too late to join in … Gluten, sugar and alcohol free for 30 days! So much easier with friends! Dr. Northrup says we will feel changes quickly. Balanced hormones are key to fabulous health!
All you need to do is follow me on facebook or instagram. I will be posting and I hope you will be too!
It is not really a secret but I feel my typical breakfast has been very helpful. My son Thomas has it as well. My son Tom as many of you know is 27 and Developmentally Delayed. It is really important to me that it eats well. I make him a shake and give him a bowl of my secret weapon to start his day.
My friend and mentor Penny Northrup Kirk told me about this. She is 65 and looks phenomenal. She is down to her fighting weight.! Since starting this protocol I have released 4% body fat and weaned myself off my bio-identical hormones.
1/4 cup Organic Full Fat Cottage Cheese
2 TBS Organic Flax seed oil (buy the good stuff in refrigerator section)
1 TBS Organic Ground Flax Seed
Pet touches…I like to add sliced pears or apples with pecans. Or Turmeric with black pepper and pumpkin seeds. The possibilities are endless!
Relieves Constipation , Diarrhea
This is also called the Budwig Protocol. Here is a link to an excellent article by Dr. Josh Axe that goes into more details of the Budwig Protocol and the amazing benefits of flax seed oil.
Each month I have been launching a 7 day jump start program leading into the 28 day Fit and Fabulous Program. This month I decided to do it differently. December is always a busy month for people. I encourage you to look at the 7 Day Program during the Holiday season. Start when you are ready!
This is what it looks like… a delicious balanced no sugar shake for breakfast and lunch. Mid morning or mid afternoon will be time for a balanced protein bar with coconut oil for a handy snack. In the evening, make a simple dinner of Protein, Vegetables and maybe a little fruit. It is so important to take your supplements everyday twice a day!
Perfection! Lean Protein, Fruit and Vegetables
I want this to be your last program! This is about maintaining a sustainable lifestyle. I promise you this works. Make a commitment to yourself! Of course, I will be here to coach you along the way.
The Fit & Fabulous Program…Aging Optional is designed to help you:
Release excess weight
Reset your blood sugar
Increase your energy and improve sleep
Support your immune system
Get rid of cravings
Balance your mood swings
Increase your fitness level
Does a 7 day Smart Start sound right for you?
The Kit has 2 meals, a snack and the best supplements on the planet to get you started.
$19.71 a day
Please contact me if you are out of the USA. I will set you up.
“I have been on the Fit and Fabulous program for the 2nd week and am happy with my progress. The best part of the program is that I do not have food cravings, which has been the biggest barrier to losing weight and body fat. Following the program, the shakes and bars are tasty and satisfying. The support I get from Mary, particularly the advice and tips she provides, increases my success. I am not doing this on my own. Since last week, I have lost .9% body fat, in less than two weeks. Doesn’t sound like much, but it is significant for someone my age and most importantly, I feel good, and satisfied, on the program. I am looking forward to the next few weeks.” From Joyce, a Fit and Fabulous client!
I feel a shift. It is all coming together. In the flow… 2 months ago I decided to increase the fat in my diet. I put coconut oil in my coffee and avocados in my morning smoothie. I have decreased the waffles, bread and pasta in my life. AND THE BLESSING ? It has been easy.
The Benefits? I feel good, I am sleeping better, NEWS FLASH… sometimes through the night! I have lost a few pounds. The bloat is gone and my menopausal belly is shrinking. BONUS ROUND. I am off my bio-identical hormones! Friends are starting to tell me that I LOOK GREAT!
I am not telling you all of this to brag. I am telling you this because it is possible for you too!
More info? Here is a video that I created for Team Northrup and the MY JUMP START program. (The 7 day JUMPSTART Kit is coming out soon.)
I will keep you posted. Are you looking for an excellent protein base now? 0 grams of sugar. I have been using the soy base this week. I know it is non-gmo and Pure! It is good to switch things up.
“Fat Makes You Smart, Sexy and Happy.” Chapter 9 of Dr. Hyman’s book EAT FAT, GET THIN.
Great news in this book!
I will give you some great bullet points from Dr. Hyman’s book.
EATING FAT REVERSES TYPE 2 DIABETES (and improves blood sugar control for Type 1)
EATING FAT PREVENTS BRAIN AGING AND DEMENTIA
EATING FAT HELPS WITH SEIZURES, DEPRESSION,ADD, AUTISM, TRAUMA AND MORE
EATING FAT REDUCES INFLAMMATION AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE
EATING FAT BOOSTS YOUR SPORTS PERFORMANCE
EATING FAT GIVES YOU BEAUTIFUL SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS!!!! (exclamation points are mine, image is everything:)
EATING FAT ENHANCES YOUR SEX LIFE
FAT AND CANCER: SHOULD WE BE WORRIED?
I have increased my fat quite a bit in the last ten days. It is important to eat high quality healthy fats. For example, I am having coconut oil in my coffee every morning and eating an avocado daily. I feel grounded, less bloated, less hungry and it has been easier not to overeat.
I am very interested in all of this. I am putting together a 28 day test group to see what the effects are. My intention is to lose a few pounds, reduce the menopausal belly and feel absolutely fabulous! Would you like to join me?
“It is about finding the simplest, most effective ways to get the body you want with as little effort and anxiety as possible.”