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SHINE~ON SUMMER GROUP

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I hope you will join my July accountability group. We will meet daily for the month of July in a private Facebook group to encourage each other. You can register to be a part of the group through this link. Once you have registered I will add you to the group! Challenge begins Monday, July 1st and goes through Wednesday, July 31st. My previous clients contact me to get a $5 discount!

Shine~On Summer Group

July Accountability Group

$20.00

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Summer E-zine and Sale!

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Did you know that the summer E-zine is out? It is packed with recipes and articles to help you on your journey. You can get to the E-zine by clicking on the image below.

Also there is a sale going on right now AND the hydrates are back in stock! Click on the image below to head to the sale and I thank you for considering shopping through my affiliate link!

Motivation, Testimony, Words of Encouragement Wednesday

Words of Encouragement Wednesday ~ The Journey

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You may have noticed that I have changed the look of my blog just a bit lately. I’d like to take just a minute to tell you why.

I’ve spent the last couple of months reflecting on my first year as a Trim Healthy Mama Lifestyle Coach. It has been such a pleasure for me, and such a great learning opportunity as well.

I’ve been teaching people the THM plan for 6 years now. Last year, when I decided to take the leap and become a certified coach, I had this big broad vision in my mind. But lately I have been focusing in on the journey. I have always had it in mind (it is part of my business title after all) but it has been becoming more central in my mind.

And that is why I wanted the look of my site to reflect my focus. My daughter found the picture that you see in my header now and I thought it was a perfect pictoral description of my focus as a coach. This lifestyle is just that: a LIFESTYLE. It is not a diet. It is not a sprint to a goal. There is nothing fast and furious in this approach to health. It is a JOURNEY. And as you know, most journeys don’t take a straight path. The path meanders, it winds around, sometimes, it actually winds back around on itself and you feel like you are going backwards! But all these twists and turns are for a purpose. Each bit of struggle, each hill and valley, makes you stronger for the next portion of your journey. Each twist and turn has something for you to learn.

Take a good look at that path through the mountains you see in my header picture. Could you get through the valley faster if your path lead straight on? Sure; but you’d miss a whole lot along the way. Sometimes faster doesn’t equal better. We know that, we really do. We’ve heard of lottery winners who’ve had to declare bankruptcy just years later. We’ve heard of people who’ve lost lots of weight really quickly, only to put it back on with a little extra to boot. We know in our own lives we’ve gotten gifts we thought we wanted desparately only to discard and forget about them within a few months. But those things that we work for. The things that take time and discipline to acheive, those are the things we value and maintain over time.

Are you enjoying your journey? Are you learning from the twists and turns? Don’t despise the slower portions of your journey. Sometimes those curves that seem to slow us down are just preparing us for the next portion of our journey. Keep your focus on why you are doing what you do. You are choosing health and wholeness. You aren’t “dieting”, you are choosing health. You are not depriving yourself to reach a false goal quickly, you are nourishing yourself to gain health that will bless you for your entire lifetime. Don’t despise the journey, EMBRACE IT!

Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.

Bread, Recipe, S

Monday Makeover ~ Vidalia Onion Upside Down Cornbread

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It is  Monday, so it is time for another recipe makeover. I love to take favorite recipes and make them THM friendly. One of the biggest hurdles people have to overcome is thinking that healthy eating means never having their favorite foods again. The truth is that you can make a healthy version of almost any meal. And most meals don’t require that much work to re-make!

I got my inspiration for this recipe from a recipe I found on Sweet Savant. It sounded great but it was definitely not on plan. So I set about tweaking it to make a delicious “corn bread” style accompaniment to any S meal. I really love cornbread so I hope to try an FP and E version in the near future! This cornbread is not only low-carb but seriously high protein, 16 grams per slice!!

Do not expect a dry crumbly texture with this cornbread. It is a little denser and more moist than most cornbread. In fact, have you ever had cornbread casserole, you know, that one made with the Jiffy box mix, a can of cream corn, sour cream, etc? It’s more like that texture. It is soft, but holds together for slicing. Adding another 5 minutes of cooking time may dry it out more if that is your preference, but watch the top to keep it from browning too much.

It does have added sweetener, but it is not as sweet as other sweet cornbread because of the turmeric. If you like sweeter cornbread I would add another 1/4 cup of sweetener. If you don’t like sweet cornbread at all I would cut it by 1/4 cup. Personally I wouldn’t leave the sweetener out altogether.

Please note: This recipe is an 8 serving recipe. It is important to keep to the serving size (they are generous) to stay in S territory. With the addition of the masa, each serving has 5g net carbs. This slices nicely with a serrated knife.

What you will need:

Vidalia Onion Upside-down Cornbread ~ THM S

Servings: 8
Author: myhealthyjourneyforlife

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon optional
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 Vidalia Onion
  • ½ cup masa harina
  • 1 cup THM Baking Blend
  • ½ cup oat fiber
  • 1 ½ teaspoons mineral salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • cup xes sweetener or gentle sweet
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 1 cup nut milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Fry bacon in 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. IF you are using pork bacon you don’t need to add anything to the pan ahead of time. If you are using turkey bacon add 2 tablespoons of the butter to the pan with the bacon. If you are not using bacon at all skip to step 3.
  • While the bacon is crisping, slice the Vidalia onion into rings leaving the rings in order if possible.
  • When the bacon is finished cooking remove it from the pan and chop it finely. If you used pork bacon, drain the grease from the pan. If you used turkey bacon and butter do NOT drain the pan.
  • Melt the butter (4 tbsp if you used pork bacon or no bacon, the remaining 2 tbsp if you used turkey) in the cast iron skillet. If you have already cooked bacon in this skillet you can turn the heat off after the butter is melted. If you are starting without having cooked bacon you will want to keep the heat under the skillet on medium.
  • Arrange the onion slices close together into the butter, Finely chop the remaining onion and sprinkle it in any spaces between the rings.
  • Let the onions cook on medium heat for 5 minutes then turn off heat and sprinkle the cooked chopped bacon evenly into the pan with the onions.
  • Add the masa, baking blend, oat fiber, sweetener, salt, turmeric, and baking powder in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • In a large bowl, food processor or blender beat eggs, nut milk and the cottage cheese until smooth.
  • 1Mix the egg/milk/cottage cheese mixture, dry mixture together. Mix until smooth. Batter will be thick but pourable.
  • 1Pour the batter over the onions and bacon. Pour carefully, trying not to disturb the design you have created.
  • Smooth the batter evenly in the pan.
  • Bake the cornbread for about 25 minutes or until skewer inserted in the center comes out clean and edges are golden.
  • Let the cornbread cool for 10-15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cornbread to loosen it.
  • Place a plate, cooling rack or cutting board over the pan and using oven mitts carefully flip the pan over and remove the cornbread from the pan.

Notes

You can dress this cornbread up even more if you’d like! Do you like it spicy? Add some chopped jalapenos or green chiles to the batter. Want it cheesy? Cheddar would be a fantastic addition to the batter. The recipe I got my inspiration from included broccoli in the batter so you could even add some veggies if you’d like!
Do not expect a dry crumbly texture with this cornbread. It is a little denser and more moist than most cornbread. Adding another 5 minutes of cooking time may dry it out more if that is your preference, but watch the top to keep it from browning too much.
It does have added sweetener, but it is not as sweet as other sweet cornbread because of the turmeric. If you like sweeter cornbread I would add another 1/4 cup of sweetener. If you don’t like sweet cornbread at all I would cut it by 1/4 cup. Personally I wouldn’t leave the sweetener out altogether.
Please note: This recipe is an 8 serving recipe. It is important to keep to the serving size (they are generous) to stay in S territory. With the addition of the masa, each serving has 5g net carbs. This slices nicely with a serrated knife.

Do you have a favorite recipe you would like me to THM’ify? Comment below and I will see what I can do!

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Have you ever considered getting a coach to help you on your journey but you aren’t sure what a coach could do for you? Contact me for a free consultation. I can explain to you how I would help you with no strings attached.

Motivation, Testimony

You Are MORE Than A Number

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How does the image above make you feel?

Does it make you happy? Sad? Slightly panicky? Angry? We have an unhealthy obsession with this little machine in the US. We have been sold the story that the number it tells us should define us. But you know what? This little machine does not tell the truth! At least, it does not tell us the whole truth!

This morning I got an e-mail from a client. She had not weighed for the entire month of May. She rocked her eating plan, leaving behind sugar and heavily processed foods and nourishing her body with healthy foods. She told me throughout the month how much better she was feeling. She was experiencing greater energy, less achiness and joint pain, and her clothes were getting looser! When she got on the scale this morning the it told her she had gained 3 pounds. Needless to say, she was frustrated!

I reminded her of all the progress she had made in the past month and told her not to let it get her down. 15 minutes later I got another e-mail. She had measured and found that she had lost 3 inches in her waist and 1 inch in her hips! Regardless of what the scale told her, she is shrinking!

I went an entire year once without losing a single pound. I ate right, seriously no cheating, for a whole year and didn’t lose a pound. In fact, at the end of that year I weighed 5 pounds more than I did when I started. So what kept me going when the scale wasn’t cooperating? Because the scale wasn’t telling me the whole story. My body was shrinking. I lost a few sizes in that year and my energy went up. My skin, hair and nails improved and my overall health improved.

So please, please, whatever you do, don’t base your sense of accomplishment on the scale! It does not tell the whole story. Take pictures (be sure they are easy to replicate along the way). Take measurements. Keep track of all the ways you are experiencing victories on your healthy journey. You are so much more than a number! Don’t let that number define you!