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Today was day one of a new health & fitness journey for me.  I have always loved working out.  I get up early most mornings to make sure I get a workout and devotions in. I have tried to eat a healthy diet.  But I recently have not been feeling as healthy.  Part of it is the fact that the holidays were just here…  And I have a major sweet tooth. The other part is that I have hit a bit of a rut.  I need something different.  A new challenge.  Renewed motivation.

This morning my neighbor and I started a new workout program that is quite intense.  I am super excited to do it together. I can’t hit snooze because she is coming over.  And she pushes me.  It’s good.  I want to get more muscle definition, become stronger, have more endurance and expand my lung capacity which is good for my asthma.  Those are a lot of goals.  But with each day that I work hard and give it all I’ve got, I get closer and closer to achieving those goals.  I become healthier.

Now back to that sweet tooth…  I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted to eat it.  Not so much anymore.  And not just from a gain a few pounds aspect, but also I just don’t feel as good when I am not eating well. I am more sluggish, moody even. And I start to crave carbohydrates and sugar.  It’s a hard habit for me to break. Food really affects us.  It is quite crazy.  This year I want to focus on saying no to sugar, soda, processed foods, white flower.  And focus on eating whole, healthy foods.  I know enough about nutrition, thanks to the passion my dad gave me, to know what actually happens on the inside of my body when I don’t eat well.  It affects so much more then the outward things I see – moodiness and feeling sluggish.

Why the blog post?  A few reasons.  Fist of all, accountability.  When I know I have put something out there, it holds me accountable.  It reminds me to make healthy choices.  Secondly, I wrote this for you.  I hope that there is someone out there that will be inspired to choose a healthier lifestyle.  To go on this fitness journey with me.

I need to keep in mind that changed does not happen over night (bummer).  I have to be consistent.  I have to work hard.  I have to make good decisions.  I also need to keep in mind that I will totally blow it.  And that is totally okay! But when I do, I need to get up the next day and be thankful that each day starts fresh and new.  And with that, I need to get back on track and give it all I got.

I want this year to be different then those past.  I want to take my health and fitness to a new level.  I want to do it for me but also my family.  A healthier me is a gift to those around me. So with that said, let’s do this!!!

~Kristen

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Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar….

 

After giving a nutrition and fitness talk at MOPS, I have decided to do an occasional blog post on Super Foods, other nutritional tips and exercise.  Kind of switch it up a bit from time to time from my normal post.

 

Okay, so like I said, I did a nutrition talk at MOPS and I told everyone about the benefits of Bragg Apple Cider vinegar.  It was so cool because many of the ladies told me they went out and bought some…  but no one said they liked it. They actually did not like it.  So, I have decided to write a little bit about it so we can all learn fun and YUMMY ways to add it to our diet.  Whatever you do DILUTE IT BEFORE YOU DRINK IT : ) There I said it!

 

Lets talk about the benefits of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.  I don’t know about you, but when I know the benefits I try much harder to work it into our diet.  And it just makes eating/drinking it that much more exciting!

 

  • Helps promote youthful skin
  • Helps fight germs and viruses
  • Helps digestion
  • Helps control and normalize weight
  • Use on sunburns and insect bites

 

Those are just a few of the many benefits of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.  You can check out the rest and with more detail in the book, “Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar”  By Bragg.  I recommend reading the book – it is loaded with amazing ways to use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.  And when we talk about Apple Cider Vinegar we have to start it with Bragg… it is the best brand out there.. hands down.

 

Okay, great.  Now we have talked about the benefits… what about how to get it into our bodies.  A few things that I do:

 

  • I use Brag Apple Cider Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my salads as my dressing.  Use as much or as little as you want.  YUM!
  • I marinate meat in it… any kind of meat really.  It gives it such a great flavor.
  • I cook with it when doing things like fish, stir fry, etc.
  • Put it into a smoothie
  • If you are getting sick or just want a tasty drink loaded with benefits… drink it… There is a recipe right on the bottle… 1to 2 tsps Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I use a lot more… up to you) in an 8 oz glass of purified water and 1-2 tsps organic honey or 100% pure maple syrup.  For fun and added benefits, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper (that is not on the bottle, it is what I do sometimes)

 

Are you so excited to go out and buy a bottle so that you can start adding it to your diet?  Let me know if you come up with some good recipes!

 

~Kristen

 

More to come on Health and Fitness!! Stay tuned…