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9 ways a KETOgenic lifestyle can improve your health!

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The Family Camping Handbook

The Family Camping Handbook will show you how to survive and even thrive out in the woods with young children. You can bring your babes and your real food, too!

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Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Just in case you haven’t read about the Wildcraft game or the Learning Herbs books in any of my previous posts I’m going to share this with you now. My kids have absolutely been loving the Herb Studies we’ve incorporated into our Kirby’s Kids Academic Adventures. Recently I came across the Herb Fairies book series that they are enjoying as well. When I purchased the book series Amazon had recommended this game, Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game, as others had also purchased it. I did buy the game and my kids love it!

Continue reading Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Chicken Bacon Avocado Wraps

These things are amazing and good for you too! You could add a variety of other things to them but they are so easy and simple to make I’m sure they’ll be added to our menu plans on a regular basis. This recipe is for one to two people but can easily be doubled or tripled to fit your family.

You can prep a lot of these ahead of time to make these super easy to throw together. These also work great for any meal or as a quick snack when you need a little boost.

Chicken Bacon Avocado Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 oz cooked and seasoned chicken breast or canned chicken
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1/2 tomato, sliced thin
  • 1-2 slices bacon, cooked crisp
  • lettuce, sliced thin
  • mayo, sour cream, or salad dressing of choice
  • 2-4 tortillas, flatbread, or Wonder Wraps p. 204 Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Directions:

Spread a thin layer of mayo or sour cream on your wrap. Add the remaining ingredients as desired. Fold and enjoy!


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9 ways a KETOgenic lifestyle can improve your health!

The ketogenic lifestyle is here — it’s one of the most searched terms on the internet today!

It’s not just because people are searching for it that gives it merit; it can actually create remarkable, beneficial changes in the body that dramatically improve your wellbeing.

The ketogenic lifestyle isn’t only for helping with weight loss goals. It can also provide increased energy, performance and help your body overcome certain health conditions, from moderate to severe.

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Here are 9 ways a ketogenic lifestyle can benefit you…

1. Reduced inflammation
A ketogenic lifestyle drastically lowers inflammation due to the reduced amount of free radical production that occurs when burning ketones for energy instead of glucose. This allows for more energy production and a more efficiently functioning body, as well as a heightened ability for the body to heal.

2. Improved Fat Burning
By definition, being in a state of ketosis means you’re burning fat for energy. If you have excess body fat, you’ll be able to burn it at a much more efficient rate.

3. Mental Clarity & Sharpness
Neurological inflammation is insidious and has been linked with depression, anxiety and poor cognitive function. A reduction in inflammation due to a ketogenic lifestyle can be helpful for neurological disorders and generally improve mental performance.

4. Abundant Energy
Increased energy from a ketogenic lifestyle is due to less inflammation, upregulation of mitochondrial biogenesis, more ATP per molecule of ketone and more stable blood sugar.

5. Clearer Skin
Skin conditions like eczema, acne, and psoriasis are often rooted in chronic inflammation or autoimmunity. While other factors should also be addressed, following a ketogenic lifestyle can also help to quickly lower inflammation and accelerate healing.

6. Reduced Cravings
Getting into a state of ketosis balances blood sugar, provides the brain with stable energy and completely eliminates cravings. In fact, people in a ketogenic lifestyle often say they barely think about food between meals.

7. Mitochondrial Biogenesis
Most of us have been using sugar for energy our entire lives, this is what our mitochondria are comfortable with. During the transition phase, old and weak mitochondria die off to stimulate the growth of new and stronger mitochondria for more energy production, in many cases.

8. Anti-Aging
Because mitochondria have such a profound impact on energy production, inflammation levels and gene expression (and therefore the overall function of the body), promoting mitochondrial health can be of great benefit when it comes to anti-aging.

9. Reduced Risk of Chronic Disease
A ketogenic lifestyle may protect your body against a wide array of disease processes. The combination of anti-inflammatory effects along with improved mitochondrial function simply allows the body to heal and mitigate disease processes more effectively.

—>A ketogenic lifestyle could help you address: cancer, autoimmune conditions, depression, anxiety, neurodegenerative processes, autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease…

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Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day

Did you know it’s National Sugar Cookie Day? I didn’t until just a few minutes ago. I’m not sure if it made our July Holidays list but I do know my kids love helping out in the kitchen and we have so many great memories from making cookies and such.

The folks over at UnitStudy.com are having a FLASH SALE on their Crunchy Cookies unit study… it’s just $5.oo for today only! So hurry and grab this deal so you can get started making some great memories with your kids and grandkids today! While you are over there check out some of the other great deals they have as well.

In case you don’t want to grab that deal you can check out our cookie recipes HERE.


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Homemade Grain-free Pizza

As many of you know I’ve been on this Trim Healthy Momma kick for a bit now. While I admit that there are some foods that I do miss on occasion, I am feeling so much better in so many ways that I will never go back to the way of eating that I had done before.

One of the things that I’ve missed out on was pizza which I have bought a few times for the kids but I usually just have something else instead. I know you can take the toppings off and eat them on or along with a salad but the bread is what I like the most… I know I’m weird.

I have been working on cleaning out my emails this week and ran across one from Katie over at Kids Cook Real Food. She had a video of her kids making this Grain-Free Pizza recipe which I think will work with my new way of eating and I’m so excited to give it a try. She said her kids made it so hopefully, it won’t be that hard for me to duplicate and I know my kids will love making it as well. They’ve been begging for a homemade pizza night as we haven’t had one in a while.

Check out the post HERE or  their video here:

I’m so ready to try this out soon!

Do you have a favorite pizza crust at your house? If so you can share the recipe in the comments below!


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Easy Homemade Popsicles

Put those sugar-filled frozen treats back on the shelf, and get the kids in the kitchen with this easy healthy homemade popsicle recipe!

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Need some popsicle molds? Check out these I found on Amazon!

U.S. Kitchen Supply 18-Piece Classic Reusable Jumbo Ice Pop Mold Set

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Plastic Free July Challenge

I read about this Plastic-Free Challenge earlier this week but haven’t had a chance to post about it until now… If you’ve been following the blog you’ll know that I’ve mentioned that we’ve been extraordinarily busy this past couple of months and hopefully we’ll be able to share what we’ve been up to sometime later this month… it’s really exciting!

Back to the post though… part of my New Year’s goal was to start using less plastic and disposable items in our house. I know we probably won’t be a zero waste household anytime soon but I know that we can have really cut back on single-use plastic items in our home.

Just the other day I realized that our plastic storage containers have been disappearing. Where have they gone? Well, that’s a question that may never be answered but I do know that I really need to replace them. I’ve been looking at a few Plastic-Free options on Amazon and Walmart but haven’t decided what to get yet but I will need to find something soon.

I know that some things will not be replaced soon like our favorite lunch boxes but I have found some replacements for some time in the future. I have also been looking for non-plastic/non-glass replacements to the kids’ water bottles that they use at home. We do try our best to use reusable shopping bags when we go for groceries. I’ve even been suggesting that they need to add an option for using your own bags to the Walmart Grocery Pickup service but I don’t know if that will happen anytime soon.

Here are a few ideas of things we’ve replaced recently:

I know that there are some items that might hard to replace but there are new solutions coming out every day. Making these changes one at a time will make a difference and you may find that it saves you money as well!

Join the Plastic Free Challenge Today!

So many places around us are putting bans on plastics as well so this is something that everyone really needs to adjust to. It’s crazy to see the numbers on the plastic pollution crisis and our family wants to do our part to help out with this. With the Plastic Free Challenge, you can choose where you will be going plastic free, what you choose to refuse, and how long you choose to go plastic free.

This week I got an email from Life Without Plastic about their Plastic-Free Tooth Tabs which can replace those plastic toothpaste tubes and are packaged in a paper box. They also talked about their new Plastic-Free Lunch Boxes which were funded on Kickstarter. They also have a wide variety of Plastic-Free Containers for packing those delicious lunches in.

Take the Plastic Free July Challenge with www.goingzerowaste.com

Take the Plastic Free July Challenge with www.goingzerowaste.com

Here are a few more interesting articles I’ve found about this topic:

 

It’s not too late to join the Plastic Free Challenge Today!


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The GREATEST health discovery of this century may ALREADY be inside your body…

And, it’s one of the MOST SEARCHED words on the internet today, for good reason.

“KETO.” Ketones. Keto diet. Ketogenic lifestyle.

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Dr. David Jockers overcame skin cancer in part by switching to a ketogenic diet. Within 6 months of diagnosis, his cancerous nodule had vanished — and, he gained significantly more energy and mental clarity.

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+ Myths, and how to separate fact from fiction!
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+ Whether you should start a keto diet (or not!).
+ How to shop, live and eat on a ketogenic lifestyle.
+ And more!

The Keto Edge Summit is online and free from August 5-11, 2019!

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50+ Dairy-Free Frozen Treats to Make at Home

Beat the heat with these healthy and delicious frozen treats that you can make at home!

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Meal Plan: June 30 – July 6, 2019

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crockpot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

We have also been using the Trim Healthy Mama books to try to convert some of our favorite recipes to be healthier. Meal planning really does help keep this tired Momma from completely losing her sanity. It also helps when I can quickly locate the recipe and ingredients I need for grocery lists and meal prep. Don’t worry if you don’t have all the supplements and such that we are using. You can always buy them a few at a time or many of them can be substituted or even omitted, if necessary.

Some recipes are from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and the  Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table. These will have a link to the product on Amazon as I can not post the recipes online without prior permission. In many cases, I have tried to tweak our recipe to be more in line with THM but I can’t guarantee that they would be 100% on the plan but I can say that they are healthier than their previous versions.

I do still have a lot of recipes that I need to convert so this will be a bit of a process for us as well. Some recipes are better as they are and we will try to make them work as best we can. I know the kids need a few extra calories and nutrients so we do usually have a few extras (like bread and rolls) that us grown-ups will need to exercise caution with but other than that it has been pretty easy to follow along with this plan so far.

I know the THM plan says that you may not see any weight loss at first but that your body will be healing from the inside. I know that we are eating much healthier than we were before and I’ll try to be content knowing that we are getting healthier one meal at a time.

I also love to utilize the grocery pickup services from Walmart and Sam’s Club not to mention that Amazon Prime Deliveries can make life so much easier as well.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for Meal Prep Ideas to make this week a little easier.


Sunday 

Breakfast:

Banana Crumb Muffins or Banana Nut Muffin (S) p. 277

Scrambled eggs

Lunch:

Super Simple Egg Salad with or without bread

Sliced Cucumbers

Dinner: ++

King Ranch Cauliflower Chicken

Green Beans

Baked corn tortilla chips

Snacks/Desserts:

Popcorn

Fruit


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and the  Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table both have some great ideas for cereal alternatives you can make at home.

Lunch:

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches w/Cheese

Veggies

Dinner: ++

Creamless Creamy Chicken Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook p. 78

Rice

Pan Fried Green Beans

**(This is usually a fairly quick meal to put together as we have a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

Soup

Oven Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Dinner: ++

Upside-Down Meatloaf

Super Yummy Caulitaters

Salad

Snacks/Desserts:

Boiled Eggs

Fruit


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins or Blueberry Muffins with Lemon Glosting (S) p. 364

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches – Use the Peanut Junkie Butter recipe (FP) p. 481

Fruit

Dinner: ++

Poppy Seed Chicken

Brown Rice

Veggies

Rolls w/butter (As long as you aren’t on the weight loss plan. I am working on a few bread recipes because I know it is one of the hardest things for me to give up.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins

Fruit


Thursday

Breakfast:

Protein Power Pancakes (3 variations) or Trim Healthy Pancakes or Waffles (E) p. 259

Blueberry Syrup (with healthier options) or Pancake Syrup (FP) p. 480

Lunch:

Leftovers

Dinner: ++

Free Day (July 4th)

**Cook extra for tomorrow

Snacks/Desserts:

Holiday Themed dessert

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and the  Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table both have some great ideas for cereal alternatives you can make at home.

Lunch:

Tuna Salad Sandwiches w/or without the bread

Veggies

Dinner: ++

Leftovers

**(This is usually a fairly quick meal to put together as we have a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments at the dance.)

Fruit


Saturday

Breakfast:

PB Toast w/ Fruit

-or-

Stuffed Mushroom Omelet

Super Simple Sauteed Spinach

Lunch:

Hot Dogs

Veggies

Dinner: ++

Breakfast for dinner

Snacks/Desserts:

Banana Splits

Fruit

++I have a few kids who seem to be going through growth spurts right now and are always HUNGRY. I have been keeping a pot of beans, blackeyed peas, or another vegetable as a side. I also have been buying a few extra snacks like fruit, veggies, yogurt, etc. 


Meal Prep Ideas

You could also mix up the pancake and muffin batters the night before to make your mornings a bit easier.


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