16 Healthy Summer Produce Recipes

I can’t believe the weekend is here already. I was a day off all week. Tuesday was Wednesday, Wednesday was Thursday…you get it. Now that it is Friday, I’ve finally straightened my brain out and realized what day it actually is.

Last month I put together a list of 16 Healthy Summer Produce Recipes for the Diet-to-Go blog. There are some delicious foods to try while summer produce is still at its peak.
SummerProduceI suggest making the Peach and Blue Cheese Salad, Edamame Succotash and Raspberry-Orange Sunrises. Those are my favorites from this list. My new house is only three blocks from downtown, where every Thursday there is a large farmer’s market. This sets me up for the perfect opportunity to buy fresh food without excuses.

Do you have any recipes using summer produce that you love to make?

Top 100 Healthy Lifestyle Blog

I have been trying to catch up on life post Glass City Marathon. In doing so, I have a few things to share with you!

I have been named a Top 100 Healthy Lifestyle Blog by Diet-to-Go!

Top100-BloggerBadge250x250This is beyond amazing in my world! I am sharing this list with some huge bloggers who I have followed for years. I have been listed as having these special features: Inspirational, Fitness, Weight-Loss, Mind & Body and Entertainment. I am still shocked at this honor and I have something to aim for next year-staying on this list!

I also wrote an article for RunHaven a few weeks ago that has taken off like wildfire.TwitterHeader2013-12-30-18.55.28I talk about how My Pace is My Business and yours is yours. No one knows the internal or even external struggles that you go through during each run. I have always tried to be a voice for the slower runners of the world and I think it is finally working. I never thought so many fellow runners would support this in such a huge way. This just proves that the running community is strong and committed to each other in a big way.

I am so happy this week, and these are two reasons why.
Thank you all for your support!

Dairy-Free Diet Substitutions

The word ‘diet’ sounds frightening because it means some food restrictions or limitations and changes in your usual way of life. When most people hear the word diet, they think about slimming down, keeping fit and reducing calories. However, a dairy free diet has nothing to do with weight loss. The reason is inability of a digestive system to cope with lactose (sugar). All animal milks contain it. So a person suffering dairy intolerance or allergy has to avoid products containing milk to prevent health problems.

Can you imagine your childhood without ice-cream or your morning without a cup of awakening coffee with milk? And what about chocolate that sweetens any bitter moment of our lives? It seems that it’s harder to stick to dairy free diet than to reduce calories. But this is a wrong impression. Nowadays there is a big variety of products replacing dairy ones.
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**Certainly dairy free chocolate is the best food invention highly appreciated by vegetarians and candy lovers who avoid dairy products. Such chocolate contains no butter, milk or lactose. So it still gives pleasure and does no harm to your health.

**Milk is high in calcium that is essential for our bones, teeth, muscles and heart. Plant-based milk is a good alternative. Rice, almond, soya, oat, hemp, coconut and even potato have come to help those of us suffering dairy intolerance and allergy. Vegetable milks are rich in health properties of the plants they are made from. It is interesting to know that you can get enough calcium by eating broccoli, whole grains, beans, nuts.

**It may happen that a person can be very sensitive to cow’s milk and at the same time can be tolerant to milk of other animals. In this case sheep, goat or buffalo milk as well as cheese and cream made from them will be great substitutes to enrich your daily ration. Make sure that you can drink these kinds of milk before you stock up

**Butter can be replaced with dairy free margarine, or you could use coconut butter (here’s how to make your own). Feel free to use coconut, soybean, olive and canola oil in cooking and baking.

**Yogurt’s benefits make us include it in our daily ration. It is a mere digestion saver and supplier of probiotics for our gut. And again plants are here to replace this wonderful product. You can choose either soy or coconut yogurts with different flavours.

Dairy intolerance or allergy will not necessarily change your usual way of life, or make you forget about your favorite dishes. Quite the opposite, you have a chance to broaden your gastronomic experience and feel new taste of ordinary products.

This post is brought to you by Catherine Lavinia.

Let’s Play Ball

Many Americans celebrate an unofficial national holiday in April each year, Major League Baseball’s opening day! The ballpark’s all prepare for opening day during the offseason. It makes months to make improvements, prep the iconic ballpark hot dogs and concession items, and make sure the fans have the ultimate baseball experience when they cheer on their home team.

The best way for the fans to prepare for their team to dominate, is to show their support with a new personalized baseball jersey!
shirtYou can personalize each jersey with your first name, last name or even a nick name. If you have a baseball fan in your family, this is a gift that they will treasure for years to come.

Majestic Apparel is an on-field partner of Major League Baseball, producing official game jerseys and workout gear for major league teams. They also have sports apparel for men, women and children. Having custom MLB gear cut for women is essential! There is nothing worse than trying to look stylish in a boxy men’s cut shirt. This raglan tee is something I would love to have as a Detroit Tigers fan!
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There is nothing like your first game of the season in the ballpark. Many fans wear their custom baseball jerseys or new tees for team support. When you catch your first look at the field, that bright green grass is just waiting to give you nine innings of action that you can’t feel through the television. The electricity that buzzes from a ballpark is infectious with team spirit.

I can still remember my first baseball game. My family was in the Kingdome watching the Seattle Mariners play. Ken Griffey, Jr. stepped up to the plate and as we all held our breath with anticipation, he hit a grand slam to win the game! From then on, I was hooked as a baseball fan. I have seen games breeze through nine innings and I was once at a game that went on for 17 innings. Baseball is the true American past time and majestic Apparel can help you be a part of the team while you cheer from the stands.

The Good and Bad of Being an Adult

No one tells you what being an adult is truly like.
It is equal parts amazing and horrible in my book. Maybe slightly more amazing, but there are so many ‘must do’ items that make your personal world go round.

There are things that are necessary in life, such as dishes, laundry, taxes, showering, planning, driving, daydreaming, working, budgeting, computering, shopping and the list goes on and on and on. There are so many things that I would rather not do (see most of last sentence), but have to do because being an adult means doing things that you don’t want to do.

But, everyone has necessities in a more positive way. These types of necessities make the dull, adult ones tolerable. Vacations, new cars, alcohol, tattoos, candy and cupcakes whenever you want (yup, necessity), I get to set my own bedtime and freedom to set my schedule and allow to as much lazy couch time as I want.

One of my least favorite things (EVER) is shaving. Thankfully, winter in Ohio means pants, which means that no one ever sees my legs. Let me rephrase that, I love having smooth legs, but I hate the physical act of shaving and the time suck that it is. I have actually checked out laser hair removal in Michigan and Ohio (I live right at the border). Clarkston Dermatology located in Clarkston, Mich., offers laser tattoo removal, laser hair removal and wrinkle reduction. I only know one person who has had this done, but I would love to make this happen. I would rather go to a dermatology office than other types of offices to get these types of services done.

Another thing I hate taking care of as an adult is my car. Between gas, oil changes, brakes, insurance and car repairs, the car likes to devour my money. Don’t even get me started on taking care of the house…there are so many days where I wish I was still renting. The exterior top of our chimney is slowly rotting and dripping water into my closet. This sounds ideal, right?

This is where being an adult and budgeting comes into play. How do I pay for the chimney and still have money for all of the vacations and cupcakes I want?
Again, no one tells you what being an adult is really like. There are days where I wish I was 12 again but there are days where I wouldn’t trade 33 for anything.

MealEnders Review & Giveaway

Overeating is one of the most talked about topics in American healthcare. Americans overeat and are not using the correct portion sizes. We also overindulge on our sweets and snacks. I am horribly guilty of this. Sweets are a huge downfall for me, I have problems saying no. MealEnders is trying to help Americans get a hold of our cravings and overeating! They sent me four packages (one of each flavor) of their Signaling Lozenges. The flavors are Citrus, Mocha, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Mint.

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They are low-calorie, drug and stimulant-free Signaling Lozenges, designed to help people learn to avoid overeating and master portion control by clearing the desire to consume more than needed from the mouth and mind. At the end of a meal, when you would typically reach for the candy or baked goods, pop a Signaling Lozenge and do not chew or bite it, savor it! There is an outer coating on each lozenge that provides a measured sweet cue for dessert replacement, followed by a palate cleansing to reduce cravings. By keeping your mouth occupied for up to 20 minutes after a meal, it will naturally transition you away from the desire to overindulge.

The outer coating is fantastic! It melts away and is great tasting. The next part of the lozenge has a stronger flavor that is there to engage the trigeminal nerve to cue the cessation of eating and engages your taste receptors to transition you away from foods being consumed.

MealEnders Signaling Lozenges come in 25-piece pouches. They are low-fat, stimulant-free, gluten-free, kosher, and contain no high fructose corn syrup or MSG.

2015-02-13 18.09.00I did not try the Mocha flavor because coffee is disgusting in all forms (my opinion), but my coworkers tried that flavor and I gave the other three flavors a go. The melt-away layer really does give you a small, sweet treat to enjoy. The palate cleansing layer did have a strong flavor in each of the flavors. The cinnamon was by far my favorite, but I also loved the meltaway layer of the chocolate mint!
Enjoying a MealEnders Signaling Lozenge is a smart way to allow your stomach to tell your brain that you are full. I didn’t find myself reaching for an after lunch snack, as I typically do. The lozenge did the trick!

My coworkers loved them so much, I had to hide a few so I would have them when I wanted them! They particularly loved the Mocha flavor, I have a lot of coffee lovers around here!

I have MealEnders to give away! You can sign up to win one bag of each flavor (four bags total). You can also purchase your own at MealEnders and save 30% on your entire order by entering coupon code WINNER-TOO at checkout! Good Luck!

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Natural Pain Relief

I was thinking over the weekend about how badly I want a massage. The last time I had a massage was when I bought Jeff a gift certificate to a local massage therapist and he handed it right back to me. They weren’t his thing, because he didn’t want it and it was just going to go to waste, I got a massage. There is something to magical about a massage. And it is amazing to me that someone running their hands along your muscles can be so relaxing.

I have two trouble spots when it comes to my muscles, my right shoulder and my lower back. My right shoulder because I am on my computer 40+ hours each week and moving that mouse around puts some strain on my muscles and my lower back from my herniated disc.

Now, my only issue here is that getting a massage is divine in every way and that they are expensive. But it is a great way to reduce aches and pains naturally. I take anti-inflammatory meds when my pain gets bad, but I prefer to just try and take care of it without meds if possible.

Natural pain relief methods, such as using the MELT Method roller, can also help with stress relief when you use a simple, proactive approach to maintain a healthy, pain-free and active lifestyle. The roller is designed to simulate the results of hands-on massage therapy by offering gentle compression without any unnecessary discomfort.

The roller can help with lower back pain relief, which is something I am always looking for! My disc pain is typically felt in an area where fingers can’t get to when I need the massage to lessen the pain. An all-over roll on my lower back can reduce inflammation and decompress the area, which can help with pain relief.

I would love to be able to visit a massage therapist every few weeks and have my muscles loosened. Who wouldn’t, right? When I look to natural pain relief, a massage is at the top of my list. When I look at my budget, I take natural pain relief into my own hands and simulate a massage using a MELT Method roller.

What do you do for natural pain relief?