Monday, May 11, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Trim Healthy Mama Style!

What's on the menu for this week? That's what I am trying to figure out! Today the hubs had thin, shaved steak with gravy sandwich and green beans. My stomach was upset so I opted for rice with a small bit of grilled chicken and steamed green beans. What's happening for the rest of the week? Well, here's what's for dinner this week.
Noodles Alfredo. Yep, Noodles. On THM you can have Dreamfields pasta and I've yet to find it in fetuccini form. I have used penne and macaroni and it comes out well.
Tuesday: Noodles Alfredo
Alfredo Sauce
1 stick of butter
16oz heavy cream
3 oz cream cheese
Heat and stir until melted, then add
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 
clove of garlic (or garlic powder or salt to taste)
Simmer on low heat 30 minutes stirring occasionally

It is so incredibly easy to make and it s super delicious! I've made it 2-3 times now and it is so good. The original recipe is HERE.  That's Tuesday.
Wednesday is all meat chili.
                        This is my recipe for chili seasoning. You don't need that packaged stuff!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Effortless Healing: Book Review

Effortless Healing by Dr. Joseph Mercola is such a valuable resource for anyone wanting to heal their body naturally. As I get older, more and more I am looking to be more gentle on my body and find natural ways to heal myself. I am also eating more whole foods (in fact, I eat almost no processed food now!) This book goes into detail about 9 simple ways to help your body fix itself. And they really are simple. One is to simply drink water and not drink soda, or sugar filled drinks. He goes into much greater detail about different types of water and which is best, but really, any water is better than drinking soda or sports drinks!

These 9 ways really are simple and anyone can easily implement them into their lives. Some of the other healing principles are Let Your Gut Flourish, Enjoy the Sun and get Your Vitamin D, Go Barefoot (one of my personal faves!) It really is easy to add in these things, and they are all pretty much FREE!

I received this book for free through Blogging For Books. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Heart's Danger: Book Review

Danger is in the air...Not just with the Sioux Indians, but with Ben Croftner and Jessica DuBois. A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble is the third install in her Journey of the Heart Series. (You can read about book 1, A Heart's Disguise; and book 2, A Heart's Obsession as well.) Sarah Montgomery is trying to move on with Isaac, but her heart just can't love another man. It belongs to Rand. He is following through with his commitment to marry Jessica DuBois even though he truly loves Sarah.

When Jessica goes to Ben Croftner (Sarah's jilted ex-fiancé who has an evil streak and plans to take Sarah back by force) with a devious plan to keep Rand and Sarah apart for good, he just can't pass it up. Will Rand make it out of the plan alive? Is Sarah in greater danger with Ben Croftner, or the Sioux Indians? It's all in the book people!

I found this book to be good. I did like the other two a wee bit better. I can't quite put my finger on why. Still, it was enjoyable. It is another really thing book (around 100 pages) and there are still 3 more books to come in this series. I REALLY wish this were all in one book! That is my biggest complaint. Still, I will be waiting for the release of the future books to see what happens with Rand, Sarah, and all the other characters.

I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Adrenal Reset Diet: Book Review

I have heard about adrenals a bit, although I'll admit, I had no idea what they were for or what adrenal fatigue was. I feel completely exhausted all the time, and that was my main reason for getting this book. I wanted to see if I had adrenal fatigue, and I just think I might. The Adrenal Reset Diet
by Alan Christianson, NMD
I was interested in learning all about adrenal fatigue and this book was very informative. I learned that most people have this condition simply by the way they live their lives. Most people are overstressed and eating too much processed food. This book was easy to understand. First, you learn all about what your adrenals do. Next, you need to find out where you are on the "adrenal spectrum".  He then gives suggestions on various things to try to help reset your adrenals.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and learned a lot. I am implementing slowly, some of his suggestions to see if it would help with my fatigue, and so far I am still tired all the time. I do feel better in other ways though. I'm going to read it again and really dig in with both feet this time.
I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A Heart's Obesession: book review

A Heart's Obsession (Journey of the Heart) by Colleen Coble is the sequel to A Heart's Disguise. This is a series of short novellas. They are very short, quick reads. So, you can read all about the first book in the link above. This is a continuation of that book. In this book, Sarah's dad finally passes away and urges her to go to Rand, her true love. Rand left their little town to continue to be in the military and moved out to Fort Laramie. Sarah is certain that Rand will be excited to see her and they will be able to resume their relationship.
Little does she know that Jessica DuBois has already put her sights on Rand. When Sarah arrives, she finds out that Rand is engaged to Jessica! Still she tries to make the best of it by teaching the Native American children English. Little does she know that her ex-fiancĂ© Ben Croftner has decided to follow her to Fort Laramie and his intentions are to have Sarah no matter what.
I like this book. I am enjoying reading them, however, I wish they were put altogether instead of into  6 smaller books! I'd much rather have one larger book to read. Overall, it's a good story, but it is made so that if you want to know the end, you HAVE to buy the next book. 
I received this book for free through Book Look Bloggers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Trim Healthy Mama Style!

Another Monday, and another time to menu plan for the week! I find that when I plan out my meals, it makes my week go so much smoother! Don't forget...I've been using the menu planner from over at Gwen's Nest. (she also has some great THM recipes if you are following that lifestyle! You can search Trim Healthy Mama on my blog to see my journey and you can also check out the Trim Healthy Mama Site.

Monday: Breakfast: Cheesecake Berry Crunch (Page 373 S)
Lunch: Chicken Stir Fry (Peppers/Onions/Brown Rice E)
Dinner: Sausage stuffed mushrooms (S)
Snack: Triple 0
cheesecake berry crunch
Tuesday: Breakfast: THM Pancakes, FF Redi Whip, Berries (E)
Lunch: Fat Stripping Frappa (Page 240 FP)
Dinner: Chicken Wings
Snack: Wasa, LLC cheese, Jerky (FP or E)
Wednesday: Breakfast: Cottage Berry Whip (FP)
Lunch: Black Beans and brown rice (E)
Dinner: 3 cheese chicken casserole (S)
Snack: Triple 0 (FP)
I did a little organizing of my ingredients this weekend. :)

Thursday: Breakfast: Apple Pie Oatmeal (E)
Dinner: Mini Quiche (page   S)
Snack: Wasa, LLC, jerky (FP or E)
Friday: Breakfast: Cheesecake Berry Crunch (Page   S)
Lunch: Grilled cheese tortilla with LLC and Light tomato soup (page 293 FP)
Dinner: Out :)
Snack: Berries with FF Redi Whip (FP)
Saturday: Breakfast: THM pancakes with FF Redi Whip and Berries (E)
Lunch: Big Boy Smoothie (Page    FP)
Dinner: Mini Meatloaves (S)
Snack: Triple 0 (FP)
Cheese Danish with Strawberries

Friday, March 6, 2015

Organic India Moringa: Product Review

Organic India
If you are like me, you try to do your best to be healthy. You make sure you eat your fruits and veggies, cut back on sugar, and drink lots of water. :) If you are like me, you've also never heard of Moringa! After reading about it I was super excited to give it a try and give you my review. First, I got a fantastic trial pack through Moms Meet. Take a look below:
My package of goodies! (not pictured is a reusable shopping bag)

I got many different flavors of tea, and I LOVE tea! I also got the Moringa powder and some supplements. First, I'll tell you more about Moringa. I had never heard of it before and maybe you haven't either. Here are the facts about Moringa straight from the India Organic website:

Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.

• Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.

• Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.

• This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.

• ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.

• One 8 oz. canister of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.

The powder is so simple to use. You can sprinkle it on just about anything! Mac and cheese, in a smoothie, mixed in your pancake batter, in a cake mix! Really the possibilities are endless. And when done this way, there is no taste at all other than what you are eating! It is so easy to get the added nutrition with the powder. The tea is pretty good. My absolute favorite is the cinnamon flavored tea with a bit of Stevia. (You could sweeten it with whatever you'd like, or not at all! I also love honey in my tea.) It is so relaxing to smell the cinnamon aroma from the tea. I have tried the supplements and to be honest, I haven't noticed a ton of difference, but that could just be me. I am always exhausted no matter what I try. But I still am trying to be healthy from the inside out, so I keep trying. The powder I usually sprinkle into a delicious chocolate protein shake. I don't even notice it's in there! It is such an easy way to get so many health benefits.

 On another note, I did notice it had a label that says in California it was known to cause birth defects in babies. I was a little leary when I read this, but I have heard that this is on many things in California. I have not had any adverse reactions thus far, and I am done having babies. :) :(  Overall, I like the product, the teas taste great, and it is so easy to use the powder!

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group