Mood Boosting With Exercise

I am simply unmotivated to work out because I could get an amazing body or even drop a few pounds. However, when I have a case of moodiness or feeling a bit grumpy my workout always turns it around!

According to J. Kip Matthews, Ph.D, a sport and exercise psychologist, “When your body comes under stress or experiences pain (hello, burpees), neurochemicals called endorphins are produced in the brain’s hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Endorphins, which are structurally similar to the drug morphine, are considered natural painkillers because they activate opioid receptors in the brain that help minimize discomfort. They can also help bring about feelings of euphoria and general well-being.” He further explains, “Endorphins are also involved in natural reward circuits related to activities such as feeding, drinking, sexual activity and maternal behavior.”

So there you have it folks, exercise is a natural pain killer and stress reducer! In my experience you don’t have to put in hours at the gym to reap these benefits. I have taken 20 minute brisk walk and felt these wonderful side effects of moving my body.

For more information about the psychology of exercise and the brain. Read the book Spark by John J. Ratey. It was such an eye opening book about medicine and how our bodies can produce many of the chemicals we need by just exercising.

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Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne Dyer

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Currently I am reading this book about  manifesting and I am trying to wrap my head about the concepts presented. I love learning about different ways of thinking and all things spiritual.

The book is teaching me how to tap into my subconscious mind by saying only what it is that I desire as if it’s already true each day and also at night before nodding off to sleep. I have to say I have been sleeping better! I have a bad habit of reviewing the days problems before sleep, and according to the book, that trains your mind to stay focused on what it is that you don’t want!

Also I am finding as I think through the material and practice its principles I’m becoming more aware of self talk. Prompting me to take action in changing any thoughts that don’t align with my goals or don’t come from a place of love.

As always, Dr. Dyer encourages me to stay connected to God and remember that I am here to serve others!

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Kombucha is Ready

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Well it’s officially ready!

It is so yummy! I had more fizz this time than anytime I have made it in the past. This was my first 2nd ferment. I am really surprised by how apple it tastes. I only added 2-3 oz per jar. I know from fermenting veggies in the past that putting any spice or herb in the jars intensifies a great deal so I will need to remember that when making future batches!

The hubby approves as well! I have a couple more jars in the pantry that I didn’t think had enough fizz and I am planning to leave overnight to see what happens. Then on to the next brew!  I am sure this batch won’t be around long…

Sprouted Grain Bread

 

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Trying out some new bread this week! I’m so excited about the protein count and clean ingredients it’s made from. It was located in the freezer section at the local grocery store but I found a link on Amazon that allows you to buy in bulk.

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We had some this morning in the toaster with some natural chicken sausage and it was so good! Chewy and nutty! Sometimes you just need something new, to keep meals fun.

Has anyone else tried this brand? Or sprouted grain bread in general?

 

 

 

 

We Don’t Owe Prettiness To Anyone

One of my favorite quotes, by one of fashions most interesting ladies…

“You don’t have to be pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t owe it to your mother, you don’t owe it to your children, you don’t owe it to civilization in general. Prettiness is not a rent you pay for occupying a space marked ‘female’.” Diana Vreeland

How To Make Healthy Choices On a Busy Day


I’ve got a busy day ahead but I can’t let that be an excuse to make unhealthy food choices and skip my workout! The secret to getting it done? Make a plan!

I am making my plan early and looking at my list of “must do’s” for the day. It’s longer than usual but having a plan will ensure that it all gets done. I am going to complete my reading and blogging early, next getting my workout in; even if I have to chase a toddler around to get it done!

Clothes are chosen and steamed.

I have healthy snacks and a shake packed in a bag along with a water bottle that can be refilled. And that should do it! Of course, the unexpected can always happen but being flexible about your plan can reduce stress and help you get the most our of day!

Happy Thursday, make the day great!

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

This is an amazing recipe from Seattle’s Best Brunch. Yogurt parfaits are fun and can easily be altered to suit your taste and keep things fresh for breakfast! This recipe can also be made into 2 parfaits to save calories or make as a snack.

Greek Yogurt Parfait with Banana, Granola and Chocolate Chips
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serving Size: 1
Calories per serving:350
Fat per serving: 11 g
Carbs per serving: 117 g
Protein per serving: 27 g

Ingredients
1 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 table spoons of organic granola

1 table spoon of organic dark chocolate chips

1 banana, peeled and sliced

Instructions
In a serving glass or cup, add Greek yogurt.

Top yogurt with granola, chocolate and banana slices

Mix and enjoy each spoonful!