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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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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Amy

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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Chocolate, Cocoa, Dates, Desserts, Hey, I Can Make That!, Snacks, Sweet Potato, Treats

How to Make Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding

I had not eaten pudding since adopting this lifestyle in 2012. When Beverly, a member of my WFPB Meetup group, brought this dish to our pot luck dinner, it rocked my world! I hope it rocks your world too! Don’t let the ingredients fool you. As with many dishes in our lifestyle, healthy ingredients can put a delicious twist on a dish. 

This dish is simple to make and you can watch me demo by clicking here

Chocolate Pudding – Sugar, Oil and Salt Free!

4 Cups Mashed Sweet Potatoes

1 Cup Pitted Dates or 4 1/2 ozDate Paste

1/2 Cup Cocoa or Cacoa Powder

2/3 Cup Plant Based Milk

2 Teaspoons Vanilla Powder (optional)

In high speed blender, blend ingredients till creamy and smooth.

Refrigerate for several hours or until cool.

Enjoy!

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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!

 

Desserts, Health, Immune System, Need to know, Tea

Conquer Cravings: Coffee

 

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If you are trying to eliminate coffee, I suggest you taper off slowly as many people get awful headaches if they quit coffee too quickly.

Caffeine consumption can mask true hunger and leave you out of touch with your body’s needs.

Coffee has also been shown to suppress the immune system.

Most of us use coffee for a sweet high, caffeine high or to help us to get more energy.

Try to taper off coffee by diluting caffeinated coffee with decaffeinated. Drink 75% caffeinated with 25% decaffeinated and go down in caffeine from there. Also consider decreasing the number of cups you drink per day.

If you adhere to a whole food, plant based diet with minimally processed foods, preferably sugar, oil and salt free, your need for an energy drink should eventually be eliminated.

There are some delicious teas which are health promoting and do not contain caffeine.

I enjoy green tea and it can be fun to try other caffeine free teas.

Hibiscus Tea can help lower blood pressure and also help with erectile dysfunction. You can buy Hibiscus Tea Bags  for one cup serving or make it by the gallon.

I always have a one gallon container of Hibiscus Tea in my refrigerator as my family drinks one cup daily.

I simply fill my tea leaf diffuser with Hibiscus Tea Leaves.

I put one gallon of water in a pitcher with 2 cinnamon sticks and the tea (in the diffuser). You can sweeten the tea withdate sugarand taper off the sweetener over time. I don’t boil the tea water and after a few hours in the refrigerator, I have delicious tea!

I keep my tea stored in the container with the cinnamon sticks and tea diffuser, in the refrigerator.

Is caffeine an issue in your life? If so, how to you combat the Caffeine Beasty?

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Read more about this in my blog Making Deals With Cheat Meals.

I have helped many people recover from going off the wagon. If you would like help to prevent yourself from going off the wagon and learn 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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Check out my blogs below on beating The Cravings Beasty.

Conquer Cravings:  Sweets

Conquer Cravings: Ice Cream

Conquer Cravings: Salty Things

Conquer Cravings: Cheese

Conquer Cravings: Chocolate

Conquer Cravings: Baked Goods

It is not your fault that you are craving highly palatable foods.

Your taste buds have been hijacked by the food industry.

This book is a great resource to help you understand why Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

What strategies do / did you use to resist temptation?

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

Need to know

Stalled Weight Loss? Not Losing Enough? Plateau?

Whether your scale just moved up a few pounds, not down enough or you are   complaining about a weight loss plateau, consider this:

When you step on the scale, are you sure you are not wearing shoes or a heavy coat?

The answer seems obvious. Of course, if you are hoping to see weight loss, you would remove any item of clothing which you felt would add pounds to the scale.

Are you just as diligent about what you eat?

We sometimes kid ourselves into thinking that this “little bit” won’t hurt. If that was the case, we would be at our weight loss goal!

Eat at a restaurant, and even your healthy menu choice probably contains an extra 400 calories (of oil).

That handful of unsalted nuts you snacked on has about 250 calories.

That bowl of air popped popcorn is 1800 calories a pound.

Some prescription medications can cause weight gain or stalling of weight loss. Stay 100% compliant. Keep a journal of your glucose and blood pressure readings (where applicable). Share with your physician to wean off medications.

Remember, it is not just about the pounds. Take in the fact that you have stuck with this lifestyle! So far, you have lost weight, proving that your efforts were worthwhile. Keep in mind you will stall at times but don’t give up, just stay with this and if you do as directed, it will work.

Keep a food diary for a week and share it with me.

Here are some awesome weight loss hacks from Dr. Michael Greger.

Each video is only about 2 minutes long.

Weight Loss Tip #1

Weight Loss Tip #2

Weight Loss Tip #3

Weight Loss Tip #4

Weight Loss Tip #5

Weight Loss Tip #6

Weight Loss Tip #7

Weight Loss Tip #8

Click here to watch more detailed weight loss tips.

I have helped many people achieve desired weight loss. If you would like help to learn helpful 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.

Hiding In Your Food: Oils and Fats

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Be Strong, Be Well and Be Green!

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

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

I have helped many people 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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Check out my BeGreenWithAmy YouTube Channel for lots of whole food, plant based hacks, recipes and more.

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If you would like to help support my blog, consider shopping on myAmazon 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!

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