Happy Healthy Hormones Day 18

Day 18! I am feeling so much better about all of this. Thank God!

The past 8 months, I have increased the healthy fat in my diet. FYI, I had a physical last week and blood work. My numbers are better than they were last year! My total cholesterol  is about the same. My HDL and LDL ratio is below average risk! I am proud to say my Vitamin D level is 60!

What I am doing works for me and I think it will work for you as well. More about that later on. Launching an exciting new program.

I wanted to write about portion control and my new love of wide mouth BALL jars! Increasing the fat in your diet also increases the calories if you are not careful. Yes, calories do count! I have started to divide my food into the jars. It is perfect when you want to grab a quick snack or a meal for that matter.

This morning, I made coconut banana pumpkin puree and sent it with Thomas for a healthy snack. I divided the rest into perfect portion control jars. It just makes me happy to open up my refrigerator to see all of those jars filled with nutritious delicious food!

Love the Ball Jars!

Love the Ball Jars!

Exciting news !

I know facing 30 days of no gluten, sugar and alcohol can be overwhelming and seems impossible. I have created a 7 day program with my friend Chef Ivone Ventura of Healthy Sage. She is a graduate of Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. We are having a kick off at my house on February 25th at 10:30 AM. The cost of the program is $35. Reply to this post if you would like more info. Tons of support, guidance, tips, and recipes included. Call a friend and do it together!

Not Local?  It will be an online program so you can still join in!  #morefunwithfriends

Love,

Mary

Balance Your Hormones Day 3!

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.

Enjoy!

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!

Love,

Mary

I had a delicious lunch today at Kitch Organic in Red Bank, NJ!

The Super Salad!

The Super Salad!

Balance Your Hormones Day1

I started my 30 Days of No gluten, sugar and alcohol this morning. I bought some organic green tea to see how it would be if I replaced my morning cup of coffee with tea. My tea lady Kirsten at Tea 4 U suggested I have green tea first thing in the morning and if I feel like a cup of coffee later than go ahead. This morning I got up and made a cup of tea. I am amazed that I felt fine with no headache. I did feel calmer.

Sunday is our church day. I went to coffee hour and had a very small piece of egg with spinach. I decided to go home to make coffee. My French press coffee is so much better than church coffee. I make it strong and only drank a small cup.

I feel good. My mouth is still a bit off, a slight burn to it. I have confidence it will be better. No hot flashes.

I am making Danielle Walker’s Chicken soup for dinner. I love her cook books! Very simple easy gluten free and dairy free recipes.

against-all-grain

Would you like to join me? So much easier with friends! Dr. Northrup says we will feel changes quickly. Balanced hormones are key to fabulous health!

Follow me on facebook or instagram. I will be posting and I hope you will be too!

NUT FUDGE

I have been making Nut Fudge for a quick go to snack. I have been increasing the Fat and reducing the grains and sugar. It is my new healthy sustainable lifestyle!

Here is the Basic Recipe. (Add you own pet touches.)

1 Stick organic grass fed butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

8 drops stevia

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup chopped raw nuts

2 scoops of protein powder (I use soy or whey protein.)

Melt the butter and coconut oil in sauce pan. Add the rest of the ingredients. I spread the fudge into a 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate.  Cut into small squares.

The Nut Fudge is high in calories. It won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar. Enjoy a small piece.

Recipe based on Dr. Mercola’s Recipe.

I couldn’t do this 20 years ago.

 

I was a  runner 20 years ago. Pretty much on my way out. I had a strong lower body and a weak upper body.

Today at 62, I can do this.

It is possible for you too! You can start by doing push ups off the wall and then try off the counter and slowly make your way to the floor.

I don’t like them off the knees.

Here are the cues for a great push up.

  • Get into position.
  • Wrist lined up with your arm pits.
  • Back Flat
  • Squeeze your glutes and your quadriceps.
  • Suck in your belly button.

You will do a really strong push up. Push ups are great for your arms, chest and core! You can do them anytime and anywhere! There are so many fun and challenging variations if you get bored with the basics! For another post:)

Practice your Push ups!

Love,

Mary

Fitness & Fashion

 

I love fashion on some level. Feeling good and therefore looking good is important. I really love clothes that are comfortable, #1 and stylish #2! I always enjoy seeing what Ellen Degeneres is wearing. She certainly looks put together and comfortable.

I feel good in my clothes because I am in shape. I have a strong core and my clothes fit. Fitness is my fashion statement.

Thank goodness because here is my closet. Not much in there. It is amazing that I look as put together as I do:)

Socks can make the outfit. I love cool socks. You can have a pair of jeans or cozy black wool pants on with fun socks and you have an outfit!

Now, this is FASHION!

Now, this is FASHION!

One last tip. I use my BOOM products by Cindy Joseph everyday. They make me feel good and put together. Here is my make up demo. One of my most popular videos. Does my audience care more about makeup than burpees? Maybe, it is easier.

I would love to hear from you. What is your go to outfit… the one that makes you feel fit and fabulous?

 

 

“Celebrate your age, embrace your crow’s feet!”

I am excited about Aging Well. I love what I do! I love having my outdoor workouts, where the average age is 56. (I have 2 forty year olds that change the stats a bit.) You get the point. I love coaching people to eat well, empowering them to make changes to look and feel their best.  There is no turning back!

Fit and Fabulous…Aging Optional.

I spend time reading and watching videos about aging well. Instead of embracing aging sucks, it is all downhill from here, it’s over…blah,blah,blah. Why go there?

Why not focus on living the best life that you can? Look and feel fabulous at any age! Celebrate your age, embrace your crow’s feet! How many smiles did it take to create them?

My mentor Dr. Christiane Northrup is coming out with her new book. Goddesses Never Age. Dr. Northrup always  has amazing information about living a fabulous vibrant lifestyle. “Just because you’ve been taught by our culture to expect to be less vital, healthy, or active after  the age of 50, this doesn’t have to be your destiny!!! Your beliefs—and the behavior that stems from those beliefs—largely determine your experience of moving through time. On February 24, 2015, I share everything you need to know about getting older in my newest book, “Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.” Find out how you can be an ageless goddess here: www.goddessesneverage.com.

I came across on FACEBOOK, Cindy Joseph and her product line BOOM. Cindy has created the Pro-Age revolution. She didn’t call it anti-aging or ageless. She called it Pro-Age. It is such a change of attitude and I love it! I have been watching her videos. You know her she is the older model with long beautiful gray hair. (She now has a perky short hair cut.) She has created a makeup line called Boom.

I have never been much of a makeup person. I really don’t know how to deal with it. I am not even comfortable with a tube of lipstick. I do like tinted lip gloss that comes with a stick. It is so easy to put it on. I watched her video, you slap it on, rub it in and look amazing! She has three different Boom Sticks. Watch her video she can explain it better than me. I will let you know when they come. Cindy has many videos about her Pro- Age Revolution. She just makes you happy to be of a “certain age.”

 

This is the kind of information I want it my head about aging!  How about you?

Planking with George:)

Planking with George:)

 

Homemade Crackers!

Watch out Ritz! This is what happens when you become a health coach…You make crackers!

My good friend Jessica Ruth Shepard HHC sent me the recipe. So easy and they were pretty good for the first time. A little thick but still delicious with a piece of goat cheese on top. I will roll them out a little more the next time. It was so homey to take out and use the rolling pin:)

Thomas and I had them for snack and supplement time. A perfect snack, grain free, low-glycemic and full of fiber. I used pumpkin seed and sunflower seed flour instead of almond flour. Throw your seeds or nuts into the vitamix and you create flour. Pretty amazing!

Here is the recipe from Jess.

Gluten-Free Thyme and Rosemary Crackers

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes
Makes about 20 crackers
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (occasionally it’s from almond’s I’ve sprouted and blanched myself….and sometimes not  : )
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (i usually grind mine fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary + 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg (preferably free-range + local and/or organic)
  • 2 teaspoons purified water
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the oil, egg and water to combine. In a larger bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients into a uniform dry mixture.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Once the dough comes together, use your clean hands to mix well and ensure a uniform mixture.
Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. Peel off the top sheet of parchment paper and place the bottom sheet with dough onto baking sheet.
Cut into 2-inch squares and bake 12-15 minutes until lightly golden around the edges. Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Store in the refrigerator up to one week, or at room temperature up to two days.
(Extra notes):
if you live in a dry climate you will need the added water. If you’re in a more humid climate, you may not need to add the 2 teaspoons of water. Thin dough (1/8 inch) makes crispier crackers; thicker dough (1/4 inch) makes softer, more chewy crackers.
  • I used rosemary and thyme here, but two tablespoons of any combination of fresh finely chopped herbs can be used or even adding currants, cinnamon works well!!crackers

I thought I would be done by now!

Have you ever set a goal and didn’t achieve it in the time you thought? Of course! We have all done that. I actually don’t enjoy setting goals because of that reason. I continue to set them anyway.

In July, I posted I was in the process of weaning off my bio-identical hormones. I tried.  I was hoping to be off by my September birthday…didn’t make it. The afternoon that I posted

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

I went back on my bio-identical. I slept well that night. Everything is a process.

Dr. Christiane Northrup just wrote a wonderful article, Traditional Herbs or Bio-identical Which is better?

I am SO grateful for the post. “My position  on this particular issue is the same as it has always been. Use the modality that works for you. And that could be traditional herbs or bioidentical hormones! Though different, both are good choices.”

  This is my life and I want to FEEL MY BEST!

Optimal Health is a Process…

  • I have cut my coffee in half because it was affecting my sleep. I didn’t eliminate it because I love and enjoy one delicious organic cup in the morning.
  • I have added a green smoothie to my day.
  • I walk George the dog in the morning without my glasses to absorb nutrients and sunshine through my eyes.
  • I eat a low-glycemic diet with tons of vegetables.
  • I take the best supplements on the planet.
  • I choose happiness over crankiness.
Eat a ton of vegetables!

Eat a ton of vegetables!

I am a work in progress. What do you do to feel your best? I would love to hear!

 

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

Words of advice from a trusted mentor.  As many of you know, I have been weaning off my bio-identical hormones for the past couple of months.  I have been using a new product, A-ma-ta by Dr. Christiane Northrup to help me with the transition.

I have been doing really well while on vacation, less stress more time to relax etc. I have been totally off the hormones for 2 weeks and I thought I was done. The past week, I haven’t slept well and I am started to forget things etc… I reached out to my friend yesterday who understands this whole hormonal process and her words. “Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️”

Fabulous advice which makes me nervous. I am really good at pushing through. What can I do to bring pleasure?  I took an epsom salt bath last night, I went to OutdoorFit this morning and laughed with my friends while lunging and curling. I have decided to slow down and enjoy the simple things in my life. It doesn’t need to be all done today. What do you like to do for fun and pleasure? I would love to know. I need some ideas:)

Optimal Health= Low-glycemic diet+exercise+high quality supplements+pleasure!

Love,

Mary

PS. I am taking Fit & Fabulous…Aging Optional on the road! Fifty and Fat to Fit and Fabulous!  I will be posting times and places soon.

Ease, Grace, Simplicity

Ease, Grace, Simplicity