Fitness and Exercise, Hey, I Can Make That!

Hula Hoop Anxiety Depression Weight Loss

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We burn 420 calories an hour, we strengthen our core, improve balance and coordination and we increase our happy hormones!

Back in February, I had the opportunity to take a Hula Hoop lesson. It was a lot of fun. I could not believe that I was able to Hula Hoop!

When I was a child, I totally failed at this. After a few quick tips from Heather from Peace, Love and Hoopiness, I was actually able to keep my hoop up for 1/2 a minute! I was hooked and began to hula hoop at home for at least five minutes a day.  After learning how to hoop, I wanted to share it with all of you.

Watch the hula hoop lesson here.

A step by step video of how to make your own hoop is coming soon to my you tube channel. I will post the link to it here.

Watch how to make a hula hoop.

You will need these supplies to make your own hoop:

Tubing

Here is the connector 

Tubing Cutter 

or

Hack Saw 

Duct Tape 

Measuring Tape 

or

Have a hula hoop delivered to you! 

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DISCLAIMER: I strongly recommend that you consult with your health care professional before beginning any exercise program. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. You should understand that when participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge Hooplovers from any and all claims or causes of action, known or unknown, arising out of Hooplovers’ negligence. You are 100% responsible for your body and actions.

 

 

Carrots, casserole, Ginger, Hey, I Can Make That!, Salads and Sides, Sweet Potato

Easy, Raw and Delicious Dish

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make this dish! That’s why I included it in my “Hey, I Can Make That!” series which you can watch here.Raw Sweet Potato Salad

1 large sweet potato, grated 

1 large carrot grated 

1 small piece of Fresh Ginger 

2 Apples – slice with apple slicer  & grated

2 Lemons juice with lemon juicer 

2 Tbsp raisins

parsley to garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Use a food processor to grate

Allow to marinate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Note: I do not peel the sweet potato, carrot, apple or ginger (I use organic)

If you would like help with learning other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

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Health, Need to know

Blood / Stool Tests Without A Physician

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For those of you who would like to track your success while following this lifestyle, our Green Star Member Laura shared a great resource with our group recently. Many of us wanted a way to view our blood markers in between our annual physical exams. Some of us wanted to test markers that our many physicians do not include in their lab orders, like B12, D, Omega-3, zinc, iodine, etc..

Laura showed us how to do this without a trip to our physician for the lab order. Laura found this company useful because they utilized a local lab from where Laura could get her blood drawn.

A blood or stool test can show you areas to improve, or reaffirm that your  lifestyle is working for you and is one way of understanding what’s happening in our bodies.

Check out Laura as she presents her experience with a blood test without her physician’s prescription.

There are many companies which offer this service. We do not have any relationship with this service provider, nor can we speak to the effectiveness or accuracy of its’ tests.

Please note that nothing replaces a physician to help analyze the results. This company offers you an option to share the results with your physician who may be helpful in avoiding missing the identification of a red flag or avoid misinterpreting the findings.

The No Meat Athlete, Matt Frazier gives these tips for some blood tests you may consider ordering: 

1. Complete Blood Count with Differential and Platelets also known as CBC provides an overview of key markers, like red and white blood cells. This allows a doctor to diagnose anything from infection to anemia.

2. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel: A CMP helps to measure liver and kidney health.

3. Lipid Panel: Measures your risk factors for coronary artery disease (among other vascular diseases). This shows your blood cholesterol level, total, high and low density lipoprotein and triglycerides. You can also order tests which measure particle number and particle size.

4. HS-CRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein): This measures systemic inflammation in your body.

5. TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, which comes from your pituitary gland, serves a critical purpose of  stimulating your thyroid to excrete two hormones that are essential to proper metabolism in every tissue of your body.

6. Hemoglobin A1C: gives you an average range of your blood sugar over the past  2-3 months.

Some who follow this lifestyle wish to monitor levels of elements which may be modified with supplementation.

1. Vitamin B12: There is no plant-based source of B12, so it’s critical for vegans to supplement.

2. Vitamin D3 (25 Hydroxy D): 

3. Methylmalonic Acid, Serum (MMA): Some say this is a better way to determine B12 status.

4. Homocysteine: A common amino acid, homocysteine can help your doctor get a better sense for your risk factors for various chronic conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases. It also plays a role in determining kidney health and, as described above, B12 deficiency.

5. Omega-3 Index: For some vegans, this index may be too low, even if they consume flax seed and walnuts. Not everyone absorbs Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA equally. If you are not testing this, you may consider supplementing as you would B12. Here are some DHA/EPA supplements.

6. Zinc, Selenium, Iodine: although these nutrients can be derived from plants. some may find that their bodies don’t absorb these well and may need to consider supplementation.

7. Vitamin K2: K2 helps to move calcium away from soft tissues, like heart and brain, and towards hard tissues, like bone and teeth. There is a Japanese dish called natto, which provides some K2. 

8. Iron (Ferritin), total and TIBC: learn if you are like some vegans who may not absorb iron (heme and non-heme iron) as easily from plants.

9. Folate: An essential nutrient, folate (or B9), plays a key role in the conversion of homocysteine into methionine, utilizing B12 in the process. According to the  EPIC-Oxford study, vegans were found to have the highest levels of folate compared to omnivores and vegetarians. It can be deleterious to your health to supplement with Folic Acid which is a petroleum derived form of Folate. Eating plenty of greens should provide sufficient Folate levels.

Here is the link to the company which Laura uses for ordering blood tests and more.

If you would like help with learning other ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my AmazonStore for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

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Digestive Issues, Health

Constipation

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If you are constipated after adopting this lifestyle, you may find this article helpful. 

One reason for constipation may be the exclusion of coffee. While some may use coffee to aid in going, this should not be an excuse to drink coffee. What About Coffee and Wine?

Here are some suggestions:

Avoid over the counter remedies as they can be deleterious to your health.

Eat raw red cabbage. Chew, chew, chew all food to a cream. 

Add ground chia seeds to your smoothie or make into a Chia Drink. Chia seeds are a natural laxative. Chia seeds hold water in the digestive tract and make the stool softer.

Before you get out of bed, gently massage mid section of front of body over intestines starting from top right side of rib cage closing inwards in a spiral circle. 

Use this and look behind you, as you do in spinal twist, left and right. 

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

Of course, if you have prolonged symptoms, seek the advice of your physician.

Are you having challenges with this lifestyle?

If so, what are / were they and how do / did you deal with them?

I would love to provide you with more help. Please contact me for a coaching session:

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Acorn Squash, Batch Cooking, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Hey, I Can Make That!, Main Dishes, Mushrooms, Onions, potato, Sweet Potato

No Oil – Roasted Vegetables Recipe

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Easy to make!

Best to make 2 batches because you might eat one all by yourself. I love this method of cooking! If you have a root vegetable that you don’t know what to do with, like a turnip, beet, yam, radish, etc., this is the simple way to make it taste delicious!

You could roast other vegetables as well. I love this method of cooking because you don’t have to stand over a stove and you can fill all the racks of your oven, with trays of deliciousness!

INGREDIENTS:

12 ounces Brussels sprouts
2 large stalks broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
8 ounces baby carrots, cut in half
1 bunch asparagus, hard ends removed and cut into 2″ pieces
6 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup (my favorite) salt substitute

 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning

 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
To prepare Brussels sprouts, cut off stem base, peel outer leaves and cut a cross 1/4″ deep in base of stem.

Toss all ingredients, (except dry seasonings) in a large bowl. Pour into a large baking pan that has been lined with a silicone baking mat  or unbleached parchment paper and spread evenly. Sprinkle with dry seasonings.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the cover, stir, and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

Note: Can use frozen vegetables instead of fresh. In the picture, I just used the vegetable I had, the vegetables in the recipe are just a suggestion. Also, you can vary the seasonings to your taste. 

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If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Need to know

How to Keep Fresh: Spoiling & Unpacking

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Here are some easy tips to follow to help keep your produce from spoiling before you can enjoy!

The first thing you MUST do when you bring home produce is to remove everything and dry everything off thoroughly. Moisture is the enemy.

Don’t store fruit and veggies together! Keep Vegetables in the Vegetable drawer and Fruit in the Fruit drawer.

Remove any ties or rubber bands and trim the Greens if you see any visible rotting.

If you see any visible mold REMOVE it to stop it from growing and spreading.

Another tip is to use these Green Produce Bags . I used based on the recommendation of my CSA produce provider. They really work!

If your produce is organic, it doesn’t always look perfect but can be tastier than non-organic.

Check out my post about storing vegetables.

Do you have any tricks you would like to share for keeping produce fresher, longer?

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Fitness and Exercise, Health, How to own this lifestyle, motivaton, Need to know, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Exer…sighs

 

The “E” word just hangs in the air…

If you haven’t gotten to the lucky place where you are addicted to it, exercise can be something you dread.

Limitations:

Whether physical  or mental, limitations can feed the excuse monster.

If you are physically unable to stand, you can do something in a chair. Use small hand weights, soup cans or water bottles to do curls, etc. Can you do 5 curls today?

If you can’t use your arms, do leg lifts while seated. Can you do 5 leg lifts today?

If you can’t walk long distances, buy a cheap pedometer and add one step each day.

What is one simple move you can do one of today that perhaps you can do two of tomorrow and three the next day?

Check out:

Is Exercise Necessary?

Tip: Easily cut about 400 calories per day

Is Exercise Necessary?

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I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

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Need to know, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Do Some Thing Each Day

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               Do Some Thing Each Day

When my daughter created this space for me to blog, I was full of uncertainty. I knew there was so much I wanted to say but I was unsure of how to make it interesting to readers.

We spoke this morning about my commitment to daily exercise and eating healthy foods. These are things I do each day, they have become habits.

So today, I will attempt to write something each day.

What habits will you create? Do a little of something each day and before you know it, you will have created a habit which will enable you to move towards achieving your goals.

They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but every day they laid down more bricks.

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How to own this lifestyle, Need to know, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

Tip: Easily cut about 400 calories per day

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Don’t eat food cooked with oil.

All oil, even olive oil and coconut oil are about 150 calories per tablespoon.

Eat food sautéed in oil and you could be consuming 400 extra, tasteless calories.

Learn how to easily cook vegetables without oil.

Instead of oil, sauté in vegetable broth, citrus juice or water.

You won’t miss the “taste”. Sorry, but if you are eating in a restaurant, your food most likely has been prepared with oil and / or prepped with things like Italian Dressing which is made with oil.

Isolated plant oils are a cheap, unhealthy version of real food. Don’t buy the propaganda about olive oil, coconut oil or any oil. According to Dr. Fuhrman, “When fats are ingested in the form of extracted oils, they are rapidly and efficiently absorbed by the body and immediately converted into body fat. If these fats were instead ingested from whole foods, such as seeds, nuts and avocado, their absorption would be much slower, over hours, not minutes and these fats would be mostly burned for our energy needs and not stored.”

Olive oil is not a whole food—it is a fattening, low-nutrient, processed food, consisting of 100% fat. Unrefined plant foods, rather than olive oil, provided the bulk of the omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, phytochemicals and minerals “

Hiding In Your Food: Oils and Fats

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Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

Avocado, Garden, Need to know, Tips, Tricks and Hacks

How To Keep Fresh: Avocados

Ripen on the counter (or in a paper bag* if you want to speed up the process).

Be sure to check avocados often, as they can go from unripe, to perfectly ripe, to soft and moldy before you know it.

As soon as they yield to gentle pressure, you can move them into the refrigerator, where they should last for a few more days.

Depending on how you plan to use them, if you mash them with some lemon or lime juice, the mixture can be frozen for later when making guacamole or dip.

Check out my blog Do I really Need to Buy Organic?

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Also, Subscribe to my Be Green With Amy YouTube Channel for recipe demos, lifestyle hacks and more! 

Need someone to get you through this? Contact Amy. 

I have helped many people maintain this lifestyle. If you would like help to learn ways to navigate this lifestyle, please contact me for a coaching session. I have learned many strategies, tips and hacks while coaching people since 2012. I would love to help you be successful as well.

Amy holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and eCornell

If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on my Amazon Store for Whole Food, Plant Based kitchen gadgets, books, food, home delivered food and more!

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Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!