Friday, September 26, 2014

Mesothelioma Awareness Day!

This beautiful woman is Heather Von St James, and her daughter. Heather approached me about sharing her story and helping her with her mission. She was pregnant, given 15 months to live, and eventually SURVIVED!

Mesothelioma is a rare and preventable cancer caused only by asbestos exposure. Heather Von St James survived this terrible disease and has now taken on as her life mission to spread the word and perhaps even eventually eliminate this disease! She has a wonderful website with loads of helpful information, as well as loving support! Read more here: Mesothelioma and pass it on because knowledge is power!

Also see this one-page handout with ASBESTOS Facts and MESOTHELIOMA Facts.

God bless you, Heather! I love your beautiful attitude and smile! Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and I wish you will find the miracles in your own life :)

For another great attitude and smile, check out this Apollos Hester! Texas High School Football Player, Apollos Hester, Gives Epic Motivational Speech

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wish Others Well :)

Today I'm sharing a simple concept: Wish others well!

Have you ever wanted to stop judging others (or yourself!), be less of a complainer, or be less negative?

This is a simple thought you can think of about others, seems to make it impossible to feel these negative emotions! Try it today :)

It's like the modern goodbye greeting some people use today "Best", or as one friend always signs off  her emails "Be well".

Julian Treasure gave an interesting TED Talk entitled "How to Talk So People Will Listen". Julian suggests this way, WISH OTHERS WELL, will help us avoid some gossiping, judging, negativity, complaining, excuses, exaggeration (lying), dogmatism (bombard others with opinions as if they are true).

I really love this simple concept, and love the opportunity to give this simple gift of WISHING OTHERS WELL all day long :) Happy weekend everybody!

Also, for some weekend smiles, a few quick videos:

Back to School: Family Gives Sir Mix-a-Lot a Back-to-School Twist with 'Baby Got Class' (I've watched this several times for many laughs :)

My ALS Challenge:


If you haven't done it yet, consider yourself challenged, and go for it! I love the power of this creative idea :)

Last is a video that still gives a great picture of Girls on the Run:

Girls on the Run is an awesome organization that I am about to begin a program with, on Monday, for 11 excited girls! I am also raising money for this group, running the Cleveland Classic Half Marathon in November. Any amount you can share would be greatly appreciated!! THANK YOU!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Awesome Running Fuel from Costco!

50 days until the Chicago Marathon, baby!

SO I'm sharing a product that's been my staple fuel during my long runs all summer, as well as another awesome product that I also often bring along, and enjoy.

Nature's Finest: Mandarin Dried Fruit and Mamma Chia: Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack
These dried oranges are wonderful! Coated in sugar (long distance running is the perfect time to indulge in sugar!), they are a perfect combination of sweet and tangy! They are almost like a traditional sport gel inside the white flesh of the orange pieces, only without causing belly aches or unnatural aftertaste. Note: I eat plenty of fiber; if you do not, this or the next item may not be the best running fuel choices for you.

The other product is like other fruit squeezers I've suggested before, except this one wisely added CHIA seeds to it's mixture! Brilliant! Chia is perfect for such a mixture! Chia is perfect for fueling modern day long distance runners just like it does for the Tarahumara Indians.

Tarahumara Indians from deep in the mountains of Mexico
The Tarahumara love CHIA and BAREFOOT RUNNING, and so do I. Born to Run, by Chris McDoughall, is a fascinating book that convinced me to try both!

P.S. I buy the oranges and the squeezers from COSTCO. I HEART Costco.

Happy weekend (and maybe long run) to ya!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

tiny magical goals :)

Tiny magical goals

When my dentist cheered "Your gums look really good!", I wanted share with you all how it happened! I learned about changing tiny habits from this fabulous TEDx talk by BJ Fogg, a social scientist from Stanford University:


He says we can very easily make very small changes that will stick. Small changes add up to large changes. Just like every body of water starts with just one drop! It reminds me of some effective workout goals: dress in your workout clothes, or step outside to your sidewalk or drive to the gym. The rest of the workout happens without much notice!

So, here is one of BJ's first examples. I tried it and with very little effort, I had amazing results! Begin flossing just one tooth each time you brush your teeth. After you do it, you must celebrate. The positive emotion will help your brain remember.

BJ shares another personal example about pushups. BJ wanted to start doing push-ups throughout the day. So he began doing two push-ups each time he peed. After a while, he added another pushup, then another until, he was doing around seven push-ups per pee. Now BJ does quite a lot of push-ups each day, with very little effort. I will try this next!


The way I see it, you need a TRIGGER, a SIMPLE habit, and a CELEBRATION.

1.     A "trigger" is something that you ALREADY do (pee, brush teeth, etc.) which will remind you to do your NEW SIMPLE HABIT.

2.     The SIMPLE HABIT needs to be TINY, as in one tooth or one minute or one pushup.*   Here are many examples of tiny habits you may want to try!

3.     Finally, you must CELEBRATE! This need not be extravagant. An audible "Awesome!", a fist in the air, or a "Yessss!" will all work. Plus, some great ways to celebrate from BJ Fogg!

Years ago, I abandoned regular floss for the ease of a REACH flosser. By BJ’s FOGG Method, within a week or two, I accomplished regular flossing without even consciously deciding to make it a goal! Suddenly, I am flossing the old fashioned way, TWICE a day!, and it is no burden at all! 

Next up for me are push-ups, and the possibilities are ENDLESS!

BJ offers a FREE 5-day program EVERY WEEK to anyone interested: the Tiny Habits Program to make the process even easier! Sign up by June 6, to begin on Monday, June 9, to get email updates and advice as you quickly engrain awesome new habits!

*BJ also discusses the importance of choosing the best tiny habit by considering MOTIVATION (your reasons for doing your habit) and ABILITY (for example, if you want to do pushups, but you cannot physically do one yet, success is unlikely). One other important factor BJ suggests is to get SPECIFIC...always important with SMART goal setting!


What are you going to try? How will you celebrate? I absolutely love this idea, process, that a program is offered to help, and how well it works!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easiest Couscous Preparation!

Couscous must be the fastest grain to make, and now it's even faster! Try this:

Boil a kettle of water. Combine 1 part couscous and 1.5 parts boiling water IN your serving bowl, or for a single serving, in the bowl you will eat from! Cover with a plate, wait 3 minutes, and FLUFFY COUSCOUS!

Tomato Chickpea Pesto Salad
Whole Wheat Couscous Chickpea Pesto Salad

Tomato Chickpea Pesto Couscous Salad

1/2 c whole wheat couscous
3/4 c boiling water
1 fresh tomato, chopped (I used 2-3 because mine were really small)
3/4 c chickpeas, (canned is convenient, dried are better -- I made a bunch yesterday!)
~2 Tbsp pesto (I used this leftover from this recipe)

Prepare couscous as described above, chop tomatoes while you wait, mix everything together, and enjoy!

Can't go wrong with beans and fresh tomatoes!
Couscous with no pan!

Cut tomatoes with my ceramic knife -- mine is from Victorian, and I love it; here are others
Fresh pesto is delightful, easy, and cheap!


COMMENTS: This was so good that I ate my bowl right up, probably too fast, and then proceeded to make a whole new bowl, and finish it too! That's how FAST AND YUMMY it is! What are your favorite quickest meals to make?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Apricot Marmalade Sweetness

This idea came to me when I was teaching a nutrition and wellness class several months ago. It took me until now to try this simple, delicious, and healthy idea! I really think these proportions came out just right. Still, it's very sweet, so if you find it's too much for you, add lemon juice.

Non-Cook Apricot Marmalade

2 c unsweetened dried apricots
1 c water
1/8 c lemon juice or the juice of half a lemon, optional
1/4 c chia seeds

Blend for just a minute or so to desired consistency, and enjoy!

Some cranberry or orange peel would probably be tasty!

How cute are these Triscuit Minis?! My kids love them :)

This spread would be great on Ezekiel Bread or on or in pancakes!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are awesome! The dough is also sweetly delicious straight from the bowl! This recipe came about when my three kiddos came storming at me wanting to bake cookies! That first time I only approved and suggested ingredients to add, and it was a pretty perfect combination! We've made these cookies several times since. You probably can't go wrong if you include each of these ingredients, and the proportions below definitely work well!

Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Breakfast Cookies

1 c old-fashioned rolled oats
4 ripe bananas
1/2 c ground flaxseed
1/4 c chia seeds
1/3 c Grape Nuts (they add an awesome tiny crunch!)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 c natural peanut butter

Mix everything up in one bowl, making sure to mash the bananas. Spoon dough onto cookie sheets. I use a silicone sheet over a thin metal baking sheet. You want to spread and flatten dough spoonfuls to about a half inch or less thick. They won't change shape while baking. Small cookies are good, so you have a lot of browning and crispiness on the edges. I baked them in a preheated convection oven at 375 degrees, for 15 min.  SO in a conventional oven, 400 degrees for closer to 20 min should be right :)



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