My Three Exercise-Friendly Halloween Costumes

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Hello everyone! I hope you’re having (or have had) a great Halloween this year.

I must take a moment to send out some thoughts on Hurricane Sandy. I’ve been watching the news and looking at the related photos over and over again, and it’s mind-boggling how devastating this storm has been for some parts of the country. My heart goes out to all of you struggling post-Sandy. From those of you who lost power to those of you dealing with flooding or home damage. I hope you all stay safe and strong, and I wish you a speedy recovery.

If you would like to help those recovering from Sandy, TIME wrote a great article with lots of ways you can give and volunteer. Click here to view the article Sandy’s Aftermath: How to Help

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Since it is Halloween, I thought I’d share some of my holiday experience from the week. When I was kid, Halloween was all about the candy. When I was in college, it was all about the party. And now, it’s all about…Zumba. I guess it’s sort of unexpected, but it works. My dance fitness company decided to celebrate Halloween for a couple days leading up to Halloween, and not just on the holiday, itself. Thusly, I ended up attending two Halloween-themed Zumba classes and hosting one. This required multiple outfits (or the time to do laundry every night, which was unlikely), which was okay for this Halloween-lover.

Here are the three outfits I wore to class. I centered them all on things I could work out in, so they’re all exercise-friendly Halloween costumes. Lululemon wunder unders were a staple for me. Not only are they great to work out in, they’re easier to work into costumes than Zumba cargo pants.

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Class #1 – I went as Catwoman à la Anne Hathaway

Everyone thought I was wearing a one-piece body suit, but it was black wunder unders with an old black turtleneck I got from a Victoria’s Secret catalog back in college (yeaaa, I used to rock it at the bars back in the day). I added a black leather belt I already had (Vince). And I got some cheap accessories at Party City. The mask was $1.99 and the ears were clip-ins and only $3.99. I wore some black dress boots for the class intro and then changed into black tennis shoes to dance. So, basically, I wore stuff I already had and only had to get about $6 worth of extras. Not too shabby.

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Class #2 – Lady Gaga

I bought this wig for my friend’s birthday party earlier this year, and since then, I’ve tried to wear it as much as possible…basically, any chance I get. I mean, it wasn’t cheap! Anywho, this outfit was a combination of my Lady Gaga concert outfit, regular Zumba clothes, and the wig. I wore purple wunder unders, American Apparel shorts, a Zumba sports bra, and a sparkly-sequin bra on top. The sequin-bra is fun, but I wear it over the sports bra for back-up and support. Can you believe I already had all of this crazy stuff? Cost = $0. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I’ve now worn the wig 3 times!

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Class #3 was my class! I went as Wonder Woman!

This outfit took by far the most effort. I actually made the gold accessories for this outfit, which I’m planning to blog about separately. But basically, I wore blue wunder unders, a red Margaritawear sports bra, black tennis shoes, plus all the gold, handmade accessories. I’ll share more photos of my costume and the class later!

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Farmers Market at Atherton Mills {Atherton Tour 2/2}

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After visiting the Savory Spice Shop and Vin Master (click to view), we headed back to the farmer’s market to visit some of the vendors and learn more about what they do.

Tip for newbies: The great thing about the farmer’s market is that you’re not talking to a sales representative of some large corporation. Oftentimes, you’re talking to the creator, grower, or artisan themselves. You can really learn the stories behind the products and ask all the questions you want. That’s the best part – the conversations! Don’t by shy, talk to these vendors and learn what makes their product so special.

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I have my favorite vendors at the market already, but I was looking forward to meeting some of the newer (potential future favorite) vendors.

We first spoke with Microfarm Organic Gardens.

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Microfarm will help you with all your gardening needs. They’ll help you grow gardens in your back yard or even on your balcony. They can set up a chicken coop for you (hello fresh eggs!) or even help you with a mushroom log. They also assist with composting, greenhouses, and general maintenance.

Personally, I kind of want one of those chicken coops! You think hubby would go for it?

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They were kind enough to offer us a couple seedlings, so I snagged two baby kale seedlings. So cute! And delicious.

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Lynn told us more about the market, as well as, some stories from a recent convention she attended.

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The market has a lot of events coming up, so be sure to check them out on Facebook to stay in the loop. Their web site will be up soon, too.

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As we headed into the market, we were greeted by Señor Pops. Unlike boring grocery store pops, these are made with fresh ingredients like actual pineapple ginger root. Just check out their Facebook page to see photos of the raw ingredients. You don’t have to see the photos to know, though. One bite, and you can tell that these pops are made with real deal ingredients. The passion fruit and coconut are my favorites, that I’ve sampled so far. I really want to try Greek yogurt and avocado next! The last time I had an avocado popsicle, my family made it for Thanksgiving last year!

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Next up, we visited the pickle man of Pickleville.net. I’ve enjoyed these pickles since he was back at the tail gate market back in the day, and I’m glad to see he’s still an integral part of the market. He makes various flavors of traditional (cucumber) pickles, but he also pickles other things. And, he makes delicious salsas! My favorite flavor is the garlic.

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Here we have the Essential Soap Company, which features all natural, handmade soap and skincare. For years, I loyally used liquid gel soaps on those colorful plastic squishy things, but I’ve recently switched to more natural bar soaps (I’ve been meaning to do a post or video on this). Anywho, I need to try out one of these soaps because they smell lovely!

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Rio Bertolini offers fresh pasta in North and South Carolina, and we’re lucky enough to have them available at this market. They offer a wide variety of fresh pastas – from squid ink pasta to gnocchi. They even have prepared “take n bake” dishes available for only $8, as well as, pizza dough!

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Rio Bertolini offered us a ball of fresh pasta on the house, so I got one of the saffron pastas for later! Woohoo!

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Chosen Roasters features premium roasted nuts.

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From their web site:

The peanuts are super, extra large, and the cashews are jumbo size. Our nuts are roasted in a unique fashion. We use their own essential oils and roast them slightly darker than what you have seen in the past. This provides a taste unlike anything you have experienced before. We can produce them with, or without, salt.

They recently added a make-your-own-trail-mix bar, which features a variety of roasted nuts and dried fruit. Hit them up if you need a quick & healthy snack for later.

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The Cast Iron Waffles guys weren’t there, but their sign intrigued me! Must. get. waffles. soon! The nutella one has my name all over it!

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And here we have my favorite vegetable vendor, Coldwater Creek Farms. Their slogan – Don’t panic, it’s organic!

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This farm features a wide variety of organic and oftentimes heirloom fruits and vegetables. I’ve found some pretty cool stuff here, plus most of the usual suspects.

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And here’s the Surf N Turf area!

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For surf, we have Lucky Fish Seafood, which features fresh & local seafood. They sell out fast, so if you want seafood, get to the market early! Even though we aren’t big seafood eaters, hubby and I have gotten a few things from these guys and have always been happy.

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For turf, we have Windy Hill Farm Meat & Eggs, which offers a variety of local products – from eggs to lamb and chicken to beef. And according to their sign they have Lamb Bratwurst! I’m not a big sausage person, but I’ve never really heard of that before, so it sounds like a cool and unique offering!

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Cluck Around Urban Farm Supply was one of the newest vendors for me, but I really liked their style. Talk about getting back to basics!

From their Facebook:

Sustainable supplies for crafting food in the city. We dig chickens, cast iron, cheese-making, preservation, brewing, baking & fermentation.

Yes, please!

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I loved seeing all their cultures for things like yogurt and cheese! I’ve always wanted to try making my own yogurt. But, I would also like some of their beautiful wooden spoons or even a cast iron skillet. We have a large one, but they had a cute medium sized one available!

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Whispering Willow was another one of the newer-to-me vendors, but I found their booth full of lots of fun things. The handmade soaps were fun to smell, but I was most interested in their handmade and natural house cleaning products.

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From their web site:

“Whispering Willow is a purveyor of natural, handcrafted soap, lip balm, laundry detergent, and related products. We use only organic oils in our products, we use minimal and recycled packaging, and we commit 10% of our profits to charity.

All of this means you can enjoy our products with peace of mind, knowing that not only are they great for you, but they are also helping to create a cleaner and healthier world for everyone.”

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Here’s John modeling the lavender neck warmer.

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And here’s what I really want to get – Lavender Dyer Sachets. This two pack sells for $6, contains two sachets, which will work for approximately 30 loads of laundry total to make your clothes smell lavender fresh. The best part, when you’re done with them, you can add a couple drops of lavender oil to them and put them in a clothes drawer. Or you can even throw the whole thing (yes, the bag, too) in your compost.

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Skye Turtle Designs features beautiful, handmade jewelry. It may be a good time to check them out seeing as how the holidays are right around the corner. *hint-hint*

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And here we have Farm Incubator. I have to be honest, I didn’t get a chance to speak with this vendor, but they clearly feature USDA certified organic product, which is right up my alley. I wanted to make sure I at least took photos of the vendors who made it a point to be there Tuesday night, even if I didn’t get to speak with them as in depth as I would like. have plans to return and get to know this booth better, as well as, some of the others.

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Ohh-lio Express features a nice selection of olive oils and vinegars. This guys is pretty cool (and different) because he actually travels to Italy to locate the vendors he wants to source his product from, trying to utilize the smaller businesses whenever possible. Talk about quality control, eh?

We have been enjoying one of his balsamic vinegars over our salads for a clean eats salad dressing. Yum!

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Ohh-lio also offers cool sampler boxes should you need a gift idea for your favorite foodie in your life. You can get 4 mini bottles in a boxed gift set for the holidays.

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Simply Local features a collection of local products.

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I hear the milks (Homeland Creamery!) are especially popular. From bulk rice to almond butter to milk to wine. There are a slew of products available for your local-loving self.

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Cardais Gourmet probably has a sweet for you. From granola to cupcakes to cinnamon rolls, there are lots of goodies to choose from at this booth. And many of the treats available are gluten free!

From their web site:

“My specialty foods include homemade granolas, baked goods, chutneys, and many other delectables, all of which can be ordered online or by phone. Whether it’s a gift for yourself or someone else, everything is made with the freshest ingredients – no preservatives or additives here. Don’t see what you want in my Specialty Food section? No problem. Just give me a call, and we can customize an order to your tastes.”

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I sampled quite a few of the goodies, and they were all delish. I especially liked the Almond Honey Energy Bar, which reminded me a bit of the granola bars I like to make (without all the elbow grease!). Hello delicious convenience!

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And last but not least, we have the Monk’s Groovy Beans. We’ve purchased their coffee a couple times in the past and really enjoyed it. But, they have recently added additional coffee offerings featuring an espresso machine! I hear the barista even learned how to make coffee in Washington (state, not DC), so she knows her coffee! I’m really excited to come back to the market for a waffle and a latte!

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Phew! And now that I’m done with this post, I’m thinking I could have split it into 3 posts!

Anywho, you can click here to view the first post of this feature on Atherton Mill & Market, featuring Savory Spice Shop and Vin Master.

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I hope this post has inspired you to check out Atherton Mills. Or, if you don’t live in Charlotte, I hope you’ll consider visiting your local farmer’s market. These are great places to support your local small business owners and get some of the freshest fruits and vegetables and neatest products, snacks, and treats.

Thanks for reading!

Reader question: What item on this post would you most like to have (or eat!)?   

Savory Spice Shop & Vin Master {Atherton Tour 1/2}

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I had the pleasure of attending a special blogger event at my favorite local farmer’s market – Atherton Mill & Market this past week. Per the usual, I took too many photos, so I’m breaking this feature into two parts for easier reading.

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I’ve been frequenting this market since it first opened. Since before it opened, if you count the tailgate market in the empty lot across from Phat Burrito. Does anyone remember that? I’ve enjoyed seeing it grow over time, and I was excited to learn more about it.

We visited three areas of Atherton Mill & Market:

  1. Savory Spice Shop
  2. Vin Master
  3. The Farmer’s Market

The first two are covered by this post since we visited them first.

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Lynn was our tour guide for the evening.

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{Wine samples from Vin Master – available at the market}

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Our first stop was the Savory Spice Shop, which is a chain featuring a huge selection of herbs and spices.

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After a quick greeting, we were off to explore.

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Herbs and spices are available conveniently pre-packaged in small or large bottles, but you can also get small bags filled. If you don’t see the bottle or bag you want, you can get one of the friendly folks at the shop to fill one for you. The spices are ground fresh every week, by the way, so the quality is great.

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Gift boxes area available in cute kits (like this Curry Collection or BBQ Lovers). Hint: They’re going to do a sale on their gift boxes if you purchase (I believe) 5 or more…coming soon. Call them for more info!

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Besides herbs and spices, they also have blends, from various seasonings to rubs and more!

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Fun salts. I’m starting to develop a thing for cool salts. I blame this recipe.

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The shop is easily grouped and marked with orange signs so you can find jus what you’re looking for. But if you can’t, you can ask for help. The staff is very knowledgeable…not just about what’s there, but about what you can do with the various bottles of flavor. Not only can you get spices, you can get ideas for dinner, too!

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I see myself spending a lot of time here. It’s such a neat, little place. I just love the variety, availability, and product utilization knowledge. Did I also mention that the prices are totally reasonable? You may expect a place like this to have ridiculously priced goods, but I found everything (that I looked at, at least) to be comparable to the grocery store. Oh, and for you clean eaters out there, they have nice ingredient lists. More on that another time. ;)

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I left with something for dinner (we were grilling steak) and something for later (you’ll see).

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After the spice shop, we headed over to Vin Master. I didn’t even know this place was here! It’s right across from the market (basically across the parking lot).

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Inside is the most adorable wine boutique. They have a limited selection of wines, but they explained that they picked the good ones so you don’t have to. I love a time saver.

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The biggest selling point for me was when Lynn said that you could come in and say, “I need a bottle of wine for a $15 friend”, and they’ll pick one for you. I tried this out this weekend and found a bottle for a friend in about 2 minutes. It was pretty fantastic. As someone who is not very knowledgeable about wines, a place like this is great for me.

Next time on The Chic Life – the farmer’s market tour!

Reader question: Have you visited a spice shop before? Do you have one in your town? What did you like most about it?

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe & Zumba Fun

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I bought a doughnut pan about a year ago with good intentions. But good intentions don’t yield fresh-baked doughnuts. Some QT in the kitchen does, though! I experimented with a sour cream doughnut recipe several months ago but didn’t quite love the finished result. After taking another break, I finally returned to doughnut baking this month, inspired by those amazing apple cider doughnuts from the apple orchard. While those doughnuts were delicious, they were also fried, which besides being not-so-healthy take a lot more work. As much as I love coming up with recipes and cooking yummy eats in my kitchen, I generally have a lazy side to me.

So, I give you a…

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

It took me roughly 3 (4 if you count those sour cream doughnuts) batches before I settled on this recipe. In researching baked doughnuts, I found most recipes started with 1 cup of flour. But, I found this to yield way too much batter for my doughnut pan, resulting in something that looked less than doughnut-like (click). In wanting to keep measurements simple, I jumped straight down to 3/4 cup flour and adjusted other ingredients till I liked the finished result. Hope you like it, too!

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

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Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts {Recipe} & Zumba Fun
 
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Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts are surprisingly easy to make and yield a healthier option to the traditional fried version. Made with sweet apple cider and spiced cinnamon, these will make your house small like fall and make your heart feel happy. These doughnuts are light and fluffy, though you can skip the vinegar for a more cake-like texture (pictured below). Did I mention they are pretty fast, too? Wouldn’t you like from-scratch doughnuts in only 20 minutes? I know I do! *Vegetarian, Vegan options listed below*
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • butter, oil, or non-stick spray (to prep baking pan)
  • ¾ cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (I’ve also used spelt flour with great results)
  • ¼ cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons (preferably raw sugar)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon, plus ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 large egg (or sub flaxseed egg)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or sub vegan milk substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub a 6-count doughnut pan with butter (or brush with oil or use non-stick spray).
  2. In a medium-large bowl, add flour, ¼ cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In another medium-large bowl, whisk together apple cider and egg. Add milk, canola oil, vanilla extract, and white vinegar and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined (careful to not over-mix).
  5. Evenly distribute in doughnut pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until doughnuts are cooked through (when a toothpick inserted into the doughnut comes out clean). (Mine were perfect at 9 minutes, but oven temperatures can vary, so check at 8 minutes)
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together (or stir with fork) 2 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon until cinnamon is evenly mixed in. When doughnuts are safe to tough, but while they’re still warm, dip each side into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, pressing and twisting to get good coverage.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

Delicious doughnuts!

Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe

By the way, here’s what they’ll look like if you skip the vinegar (photo just above this line)  in this Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe. The result is still delicious, but more dense and cake-like. We preferred the fluffier version, but now you have both options so you can decide for yourselves.

Zumba stage

In other news, one of my Zumba classes got moved to a new location with a stage. A STAGE! I’m so excited. I’ve never taught a class with a stage before, so I think this will be great…mostly for my class participants so they can more easily see what I’m doing! I remember when I first started doing Zumba, the hardest part was just seeing what the instructor was doing (since I was hiding in the back and all). Not gonna lie…the cool lights and better room acoustics are a nice perk.

We did our kick-off class this week, and my 3 favorite songs were:

  1. Booty Shake
  2. Mueve la Colita
  3. El Alacran (we do a dance-off to this song!)

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Thanks for reading and for your patience this past week! Hope you enjoy this Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts Recipe.

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Reader questions: What’s your favorite kind of doughnut? I’ve always loved straight-up glazed. How do you like your doughnuts? Fluffy? Dense?

The Forgotten Component of Health: Wellness

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The Other Component of Health

I bet a lot of you reading think a lot about your physical and nutritional health, but do you ever think about your mental health? I remember when I first started doing Small Changes, Big Results by Ellie Krieger, almost four years ago now (click here to read about my journey), that wellness was my weakest area (nutrition and fitness were the other two). And this is likely a common problem, not just for me.

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According to Ellie:

“The third component of the program is often overlooked by fitness-minded people. They realize it is important to eat better and move their bodies more, but they’re surprised when I tell them there is one more key factor – to examine their lives to determine the biggest stressors, and figure out ways to reduce or eliminate them. You can learn to eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly, but if you ignore your mental health and emotional well-being, you won’t feel good.”

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Oops. I know I’m guilty of this. What about you?

Stress: Pain in the Neck…Literally

I found myself rethinking my approach to healthy living when I woke up at 6:30am this past Sunday with excruciating neck pain. My neck had been sore most of the weekend, but on Sunday morning, I could barely move, and I felt sharp pain radiating from my neck even though I was just laying there. Not fun.

As I lay there, I wondered how to remedy my situation. I felt like traditional medicine would only focus on treating the symptoms with pain medicine. And though I did take some, I really wanted to think about my situation from a more holistic perspective. What was the cause of the pain? That was what I needed to fix, maybe for the present but mostly for the future. I didn’t have to think long before I came to the conclusion that I’d been working myself into the ground the past few weeks without giving de-stressing or relaxation a second thought. Heck, I couldn’t even make myself get a decent amount of sleep. Sound familiar?

Later that morning, my dad (we were visiting my parents) decided to turn to Dr. Weil for some advice, so he consulted his copy of “Spontaneous Healing.” I’d quote the book, but it’s at my parent’s house, and I just ordered it on Amazon today. Hopefully, I can share more later. But, basically, the book confirmed my suspicions. We read that neck pain, even if tied to a previous injury, is usually related to stress. Hmm…

I knew I’d been pushing myself a little (way?) too hard, but what was I doing about it to counter that stress along with other, everyday stressors? I tried to think back to the last time I’d paid any attention to relaxation and de-stressing. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d thought about either of those things. I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d gotten at least 8 hours of sleep. In fact, as I tie all of this together, I’m reminded of how I didn’t pay as much attention to the wellness challenges of Small Changes, Big Results. I guess I’m stubborn like that. Always pushing rest and relaxation to the side burner. In some ways, I don’t feel like I deserve it. Like I haven’t earned it or something. Who knows.

Going Forward

But, I think it’s time to re-evaluate things. Healthy Living is about more than just food and fitness. And I guess I could just pop some pain medicine every time my body flips out, but I’d rather fix the cause than treat the symptoms. Stress is going to happen, but what can I do to minimize it? Additionally, what can I do to better handle it?

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According to Dr. Weil from this article:

“While it is always worth trying to change external situations that are destructive, keep in mind that you have a choice as to how situations affect you. In time, you can learn to change your reactions to them – simply making changes to what you see as the external aspect of stress (such as getting a new job, moving, ending a relationship) does not give people tools for managing future problems any better. Therefore it is also important to learn how to relax and protect yourself from the harmful effects of stress.”

So, what does this mean for you? If you’re good at relaxing and handling your stress, then, probably not much. And I’d be surprised to see you’re still reading this, though maybe my train-wreck-workaholic-self does lend some entertainment value. Either way, I hope to be more like you one day. But if you’re stressed out like me…if you’re paying little or no mind to rest and relaxation, then I invite you to start doing so.

My Plan for Better Managing Stress

My plan is to spend more time (even if only 5 minutes a day) focusing on relaxation and learning how to better handle stress. I think I’m going to take another look at my SCBR book and maybe do just the weekly wellness challenge for the next 12 weeks. But, I’m also planning to do additional research to find more helpful info. It’s time to pay more attention to the third aspect of healthy living – wellness. Care to join me?

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You can start now.

Challenge: The first challenge in SCBR is to spend 5 minutes focusing on your breath. Pay attention to how it changes. Do you feel more relaxed? I tried this last night right before bed and fell asleep. Not sure if that’s what Ellie was going for, but I did feel more relaxed, at least. I’m not going to give away all of Ellie’s challenges, but this 5 minute breather is one that is simple enough, anyone should be able to include it in their daily activities. If I can do it, you can too!

Ready for more?

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Reader questions: Do you devote time to relaxation? How do you handle stress? Do you have any recommendations for further reading on relaxation and stress-management? Please share in the comments!

Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe

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One of my favorite frozen drinks is the Piña Colada. I know…stereotypical-girl-drink. But, I can’t help it. I like it. I thought it would be fun to do a play on the frozen drink with something more suited for breakfast (or a snack). A regular smoothie is great, but my lazy side loves adding a handful of greens for a quick & easy dose of veggies. So, I came up with this healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe.

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Healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe #healthy #smoothie #breakfast #greenmonster

Healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe #healthy #smoothie #breakfast #greenmonster

Healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe #healthy #smoothie #breakfast #greenmonster

Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie {Recipe}
 
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Here’s a healthy version of the famous Piña Colada (sans alcohol) – a single serving smoothie! I added a handful of baby kale for a quick way to get some greens in my eats, but you could sub regular kale or baby spinach. Or, you could skip the greens for a non-Green-Monster, but still-delicious smoothie. Bananas aren’t in most Piña Coladas, but I like them as a base ingredient for my smoothies.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby kale or sub regular kale, baby spinach (or sub ¼ cup frozen kale/spinach)
  • 1 banana (a frozen banana will give you a thicker consistency, but non-frozen works, too)
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple pieces
  • ½ cup canned light (non-light would probably work, too) coconut milk (shake the can well first)
  • ice cubes, optional, use as needed to get preferred texture (I didn’t use any)
  • sweetener of choice, to taste, optional (but you probably won’t need it – the pineapple and bananas are very sweet naturally)
Instructions
  1. In order: place baby kale, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk in the blender.
  2. Cover and blend until ingredients are processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes (if you need to make the smoothie thicker, stop and add a couple ice cubes and blend again until smoothie starts blending and/or reaches desired texture, repeat as needed). Taste test and if desired, blend in sweetener of choice to taste.
  3. For a pretty look, garnish with a pineapple wedge and some coconut flakes. Enjoy!
Notes
It’s easy to multiply this recipe to make more servings!

 

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