Don’t Forget the PUMPKIN!

Don’t forget the pumpkin, just because it’s summertime!  Pumpkin is packed with super nutrients and should be enjoyed all year long!

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We usually enjoy pumpkin treats during the cozy fall and winter months, but when you know how very amazing this wonderful super food is, besides being very tasty, you will no longer want to wait for the leaves to start falling to enjoy it.

You can enjoy pumpkin in so many different ways!  It’s not just for baking.  You can use it in soups, stews, shakes and baked goods.  You can use it to replace the oil called for in baked goods, such as brownies, no one will ever notice the difference, except how extra delicious they are!  Your brownies will still be just as chocolatey delicious, but better!  and will not taste like pumpkin, it will just add to the richness of the brownie.  Just substitute half a 29 oz can of pumpkin for the oil suggested in the brownie mix and enjoy healthier and tastier brownies.

There are no limits to how you can use this super food.  The sky is the limit.  Only your imagination and ability to try new things, could ever limit your options with pumpkin.

I created a new recipe today and it is fabulous!

RECIPE for Pumpkin Cashew Maple Raisin Bread/Cake: enjoy anytime. breakfast, noon, or snack

1 can (29 oz) pure pumpkin

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1/2 cup raisins

2 tbsp. cinnamon

3 cups cashews with sea salt ground up on Vitamix

2 eggs

Bake 350 for about 45 minutes depending on oven and size pan used

Enjoy pumpkin all year long to fight disease and feel fit forever! #feelfitforever

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Here are some of the amazing facts about pumpkin:

The nutrients in pumpkin are really phenomenal!  Extremely high in fiber and low in calories, pumpkin packs an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients, including potassium, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and vitamins C and E.

The key nutrient that boosts pumpkin to the top of the SuperFoods list is the synergistic combination of carotenoids. Pumpkin contains one of the richest supplies of bioavailable carotenoids known to man. Just one half-cup serving of pumpkin gives you more than two times the recommended daily dietary intake of alpha-carotene and 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary goal of beta-carotene.

Foods rich in carotenoids have been shown to decrease the risk of and fight certain cancers including those of the lung, colon, bladder, cervical, breast and skin. In the landmark Nurses’ Health Study. Women with the highest concentrations of carotenes in their diets had the lowest risk of breast cancer.

Carotenoids have also shown great promise in their ability to lower rates of heart disease. Carotenoid consumption also decreases the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Preparation is the single best thing you can do to succeed in eating healthy

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imageThe single best thing you can do when trying to eat healthy, is to prepare for it.  We are all pressed for time, but I find that it is best to make sure you find the time to do this because the payoff is well worth it! Even if you take those few minutes here and there, they can really add up if you take advantage of them.  The best time to cut up all your fruits and veggies is when you get home from shopping, but if you are not able to do this all the time, just try to get some of them cut up and put into easy to grab and go anywhere containers.  You will feel better when you eat better and once you get used to doing this, you will notice it doesnt really take as much time as you originally thought it might.  Just like anything else in life, it takes time to make a new good habit but it is always worth it.  Prepare your foods in advance to feel fit forever. #feelfitforever

2 Medals in 2 Days! 1st Time Back to Back RACES!

2 medals in 2 days 2 medals in 2 days.

6-13-15 and 6-14-15 will forever be in my memory as an awesome and unforgettable experience!

My back to back races weekend was so incredibly amazing!

I urge all of you to try it!

Now that I know what’s involved, I want more!

I am amazed that I was able to do it!

Even though I BELIEVED, fully, that I could do it. I went in to both races with complete and  total determination and mindset of getting it done. But even though I believed I could do it, and would do it, I still didn’t know for sure, until I did do it.

Saturday was tough after mile 7 but I kept going to finish the half marathon. Sunday started rough when it felt like I couldn’t breathe during the swim because of my Thoracic Outlet and missing rib compressing my breathing.  This happened because I was not able to train in open water with the wetsuit, if I did, my body would have acclimated to the chest compression and I believe this would not have happened.  I was fine last time I did a triathlon 3 years ago. This time I didn’t know if I could make it to the 1st buoy but glad I kept going. Sunday finished well and Saturday started well, you never know how things will work out, but I sure do LOVE THE JOURNEY!

I  have now completed 7 triathlons and 4 road half marathons.  I also raced 1 trail half marathon.  

I am most proud of this most recent triathlon because it was the 1st time I swam freestyle.  

I swam my 1st 6 all side stroke!  

I taught myself how to swim freestyle over the past couple of years.

It sure was a wonderful, amazing feeling to swim like “all the other kids”.  

I represented Pearl Izumi and Trail Whippass on Saturday, and Bikeway and Pearl Izumi on Sunday.

I am so very thankful to be a sponsored athlete for Pearl Izumi and am a proud member of Team Trail Whippass and Team Bikeway. Thank you everyone.

Push your limits, try something new and the feeling you get will make you feel fit forever.

‪#‎PearlIzumiRun‬ ‪ #‎Bikeway‬  ‪#‎TrailWhippass‬  ‪#‎feelfitforever

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Who doesn’t LOVE peanut butter?

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I love fresh warm homemade peanut butter! I love it on a rice cake with dried tart cherries. Dried tart cherries are a huge super food! They are credited with providing a long list of great health benefits including anti inflammatory, as a sleep aide, and as both a great recovery and training food for athletes as well as many other things such as to reduce pain from gout. Eat super healthy and super delicious foods every day to feel fit forever. #feelfitforever

Super Healing Foods: Cinnamon and local Honey are better than any medicine

bananas cinnamon local honeyQuick breakfast, snack, or for tummy troubles, this delicious combination tastes incredible! And it is packed with super healing foods! Bananas, cinnamon and local honey. Cinnamon and local honey are super healing foods.  They do so much for you and so quickly, more than any medicine, they are fast acting.  Helping you with anything from aiding in digestion to a more serious ailment including cancer, studies show the incredible healing powers of these partners in power.  Eat these 2 super foods often to stay healthy, and eat them daily if having any issues.  The dose varies among people and what ailments they have, so you will have to try and see what works for you.  I feel good most every single day, but every once in a great while I dont.  I like to nip it in the bud if I can, so I will have 2 tbps. of local honey and see how I feel.  Sometimes, I take a 3rd tbsp if needed.  Food really is medicine.  As a matter of fact, many of our medicines are made from our whole foods, such as the bromelain from fresh pineapple is used to make many different kinds of medicines because it is the only source of bromelain in the world.  Eat a variety of healthy whole foods every day to feel fit forever. #feelfitforever