We must change, renew, and rejuvenate ourselves that’s why we get away.
We must change, renew, and rejuvenate ourselves that’s why we get away.
We are dedicated to transformation. One of our simple transformation goals is to get away and do something together. Each month we agree upon a destination that will be fun, encouraging, educational and has the ability to lead us on our journey to self transformation.
This weekend our transformation trip took us to the great city of Chicago. We attended the Green Festival at Navy Pier as well as a side stop downtown at the Eataly on Ohio and Grand. We were blessed with a Midwestern fall transformation and experienced gorgeous Indian Summer weather. If you have ever been to Chicago in perfect weather then you know there is no better place for transformation. Two sisters hanging out, having fun, eating good, shopping and learning “gotta tell you it was all good.”
This transformation experience started with chicken wings and freshly made apple juice with chia seeds. Yes, it only got better. We headed to the “Eataly Chicago” where we realized our first mistake; we should not have eaten anything, because this little mecca of all things Italian was a food lovers paradise. After a hour of shopping we quickly agreed; if we did not pull away from the “Foccacceria” laden with all things wonderful and the “Nutella Bar” serving freshly baked brioche and crepes stuffed with Nutella, we would have a weight transformation in the wrong direction of epic proportions. These were only two of the many eateries in this place. Even though we shared to cut down on our portions; all I could say was, “let’s run Roxanne, run and save ourselves.”
Off we went; headed to our next transformation station, Green Festival held at Navy Pier. To find a Green Festival near you go to greenfestivals.org. As we entered the Green Festival we hope the dedicated vegans do not overdose on the dairy and meat toxins seeping from our pores, “lol”, no disrespect intended. Don’t judge, we are on the journey but have yet to reach the destination.
This experience was great. There was so many ways we could experience transformation in this area of our lives. Some simple others more complex but all doable. There was transformation that could take place immediately and others we would have to plan. We left with bags of samples, books and once again food; clean healthy nutritious food in our bellies, in addition to foot and back massages as well as attending the onsite classes.
We exited the venue only to realize our day had turned to evening and we would be returning home in Friday night rush hour traffic. Oh well, c’est la vie! Just look on the bright side; this must be a sign from the universe, we would enjoy the ride home and reward ourselves with pulled pork nachos at BBQ Productions in Third Lake. After all this traffic to end our transformation trip we deserve it.
Hope you enjoyed taking this transformation trip with us. Take the time to plan your very own transformation trip to help you relax, have fun and further educate yourselves on your transformation goals. Your trip could be as simple as a meeting at Starbucks or as complex as an Alaskan cruise. Whatever; just do something, that ignites you and encourages you to move forward. See you next week where we share how the transformation continues.
Much Love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!! Sheila
Chia Seeds has emerged; with really groundbreaking promises and benefits from nutrition in the form of phosphorous, magnesium, protein and fiber, to help people with heart problems, weight issues etc. Let’s explore the benefits of Chia Seeds in your diet. But before that let’s explore the origin of these seeds!
Seeds of Salvia Hispancia are known as the Chia Seeds and this plant is a member of the mint family. This plant is native of only South America and the seeds are black and white in color. From the ancient times Chia Seeds were used as an important diet part of Mayans and Aztecs. The word Chia was given by the Mayans as it means ‘strength’. The following benefits can be achieved by adding these miraculous seeds to your diet. The suggested serving to obtain necessary benefits are 2 tablespoons per day about 120 calories. Although; this is a natural food, we recommend consulting your doctor with all dietary changes.
1. Nutrients – Chia Seeds are filled with many nutrients that are necessary elements for our physical health. Chia Seeds; provide energy and helps in reducing fat, making it a first choice of people who are seeking a healthy diet with weight reduction benefits. The nutrients strengthens the immune system and helps protect the body from harmful bacteria and allergens.
2. Antioxidants qualities – Chia Seeds have high amounts of antioxidants that helps the body to flush out toxins that creates health issues. They are also very helpful for fighting against production of cancer cells. Chia Seeds are said to have 30 percent more antioxidants than blueberries.
3. Suitable for weight loss – This is a perfect dietary element that you can easily add to your diet. It contains fiber and protein that reduces weight without affecting functionality of the body. It doesn’t lower the energy level of the body which is also an added advantage of Chia Seeds. The Chia Seeds will increase ten times its size when added to water or liquid resulting in feeling full and less hunger. Hence, potentially reducing the amount of food intake.
4. Omega 3 fatty acids – These magical seeds contains large quantities of Omega-3 fatty acids. This fat was only found in fish which many people avoid. This fatty acid is crucial for reducing weight as it helps to remove solid fats and toxins from body.
5. Good for hair and skin – They are also helpful for looking younger as they reduce ageing signs and helps for radiant fair skin. Many people have acclaimed that they have received healthy hair benefits as a results also by the regular intake of these amazing seeds.
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Are you looking for Chia Recipes that are quick and easy? Look no more; it is as easy as sprinkling seeds over your yogurt snack. Boom! Done!
Adding Chia seeds to your yogurt gives it a nutty crunchy texture but packs in the extra nutrients gained from the seed. When first being introduced to Chia I recommend that you start with one tablespoon gradually increase to two. This will give your body time to adapt to the increased fiber. Also, with taking increased amounts of fiber you must ensure that you drink plenty water.
You say that was no Chia Recipe, how about “Chia Blueberry Yogurt Dots”.
Homemade yogurt dots are easy, drop dots of yogurt on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours and you have yogurt dots. To boost your antioxidants lets dip blueberries into yogurt and then dip into Chia seeds.
I tried this and after ten berries I was tired. Who really has the time to dip berries into yogurt and then dip into Chia seeds? Yes; if this were a fancy brunch maybe I would take the time, but I wanted something simple.
Here is a Simple Solution to “Blueberry Yogurt Dots”. Rinse your berries, top with yogurt and spoon on Chia seeds, and fold mixture to avoid smashing berries. Spread mixture onto cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours or until frozen. I covered my sheet with wax paper and then spread the mixture.
I enjoyed these more as a morning snack at work because they were not straight from the freezer, however some will love the frozen crunch.
Chia Blueberry Yogurt Dots
2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
5 oz Greek yogurt
1 cup blue berries
“Cancer is not a death sentence, but rather it is a life sentence; it pushes one to live.” Marcia Smith
Dr SheLution is all about holding our selves accountable to transform. Each week we present you with a story, a tip or an idea that will make transformation simple. The month of October is breast cancer awareness month. We want to encourage you to do monthly self-breast examinations.Contact your physician and schedule your mammogram. Take a look at your diet; physical and mental, know what you are eating and what may be eating you. Implement exercise in your daily routine. Increase your water intake and cut back on sugar. Try some of the super foods to eliminate cravings.
Our family and friends have not been exempt from the impact of breast cancer. It seems to have touched many of our lives in one-way or another. So we pray, we believe and we fill our hearts with light, love and hope for health and wellness.
Hold yourself accountable and do your part. Just like in an airplane crisis; first take care of yourself, then become a light and a positive voice for others to follow. Share your experiences to educate and encourage others. Volunteer, donate and pray as we continue on our quest for a cure. You matter and your voice matters.
Much Love, Many Blessings…Namaste!!!
When the temperature drops below 60 degrees and football is on Saturday, Sunday and Monday I become a football widow. This is a great time for me to start experimenting with Chia Recipes. Todays Chia Recipe: White Chili will be added to the rotation of fall favorites.
I had heard people talk about how good White Chili was but I always stuck with the traditional recipe until my sister, Stephanie tasted White Chili at a chili cook off. She gave it rave reviews and tried it herself. You know me; I had to try it too. Sheila and I, always joke about how we never follow directions; this recipe was no exception. We have been reading about the benefits of Chia Seeds so we wanted to start incorporating them into our meals. This would be a great test, would we notice anything different. Chia Seeds can be used as a thickener while adding nutritional benefits. Chia Seeds are packed protein, fiber, omega 3’s and so much more, all without impacting taste. Well, it was true, White Chili with Chia was a thick hearty meal. To make this White Chili with Chia seeds a no brainer I used a crockpot. Yes, I put everything in the crockpot and went to work. I used ground turkey and sausage, however any white meat will do. (chicken, sausage or turkey) The only thing I had to do when I got home was make some Corn and Jalapeño muffins and I had an awesome meal. Take the following ingredients; put them in the crockpot and you have superfood meal packed with favor. This is a must try dish. Click below to order your Chia Seeds today. White Chili with Chia Seeds: 1 lb ground turkey 1 lb ground sausage 1 bag white beans (use can if you drain and rinse) 2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds 1 cup corn 1 medium jalapeño (seeds and vein removed to less the kick) 1 medium onion 1 cup celery 2 garlic cloves 32 oz chicken broth 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 package white chili season 1 tablespoon basil Salt and pepper Directions Put all in the crock pot and let it go. Order your Chia Seeds Today.
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” Jim Davis
This time of year my mom is baking and canning a lot of those garden favorites. Last weekend it was Zucchini Bread. To honor that awesome bread and awesome mom we are posting Sue’s Zucchini Bread. (mom). Thanks mom for sharing your love through cooking.
Zucchini is a versatile vegetable that can be used in everthing from breads, soups, chips or salad, highlighting a sweet or savory taste.
Zucchini is a low calorie vegetable but who can resist a nice cream cheese frosting for your sweet tooth or a pad of butter if made as a comfort bread.
Mom has a variety of bread recipes that she uses, some has nuts, raisins or just plain. It all depends on what she has in the pantry, and she knows this time of year this is the first of many that are made during the fall season.
These days mom can be up and down with her health so she is always looking for items that she can batch cook and freeze. My sister and I are out of state so our bread goes into the freezer until our next visit. The other loaves if not eaten hot out of the oven are shared with family, visitors or at church functions.
As we mentioned in previous posts mom shares her love by cooking and we share our love by giving you simple solutions to everyday problems.
Heat oven to 350. Grease loaf pans with cooking spray. 2(8×4 loaf pans)
In large bowel mix zucchini, sugar, oil, vanilla and egg until well mixed.
Add remaining ingredients.
Mix well and divide batter into (2) loafs.
Bake loaves for 50 to 60 minutes or test toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
Cool in pans on cooling rack for 10 minutes
Loosen sides of loaves from pan and turn upside down.
Completely cool before cutting about 2 hours.
Our Accountability Tip this week is committing to staying connected to family. We encourage you to take whatever moments you can and make them memorable. You may not be able to visit that special someone in person but make a phone call, a video chat or face time. It is not how much but the quality of time you spend.
We live about 140 miles from our parents. Sometimes it is difficult to coordinate our schedules and make the trip. But, our commitment has been for my sister and I to go at least once monthly even if it’s only a one-day turn around.
Today was the day, so off we went, road trip to Indiana. Sometimes our families go and sometimes we travel alone. Today we brought my husband so he could drive back another vehicle.
We met our father in a neighboring town and he said he had something for us to see. We ended up taking the back roads back to the house and we came upon fields of the most beautiful sunflowers you ever imagined. Row after row, these gorgeous flowers were stretching their sunflower faces towards the sun. It was amazing to see my dad and sister taking pictures, laughing and enjoying these beautiful sunflowers. Yes, one mysteriously made it to the car and continued our journey with us. Dad laughed and said I was going to get you the flower, but your sister brought the whole stem. The flower is almost as tall as her, chuckling as he got back into the car. This story I am sure will be told in many variations for a long time.
We finally made it to the house where my mom had prepared a feast fit for queens. All I can say is “there is no place like home.” My mom shows love through her cooking, and despite going through a rough year with her health; she has managed to hold on to her “A” game as it pertains to the magic that comes from her kitchen. Truly “it was all good.”
We did a few chores and before we knew it the time had come to depart. We loaded up our cars, said our goodbyes and headed home with joy in our heart, contentment and memories. It might not have been the most weather perfect day and it wasn’t a prime weekend but we were creating great memories.
So commit to visiting your family and friends on a regular basis. Although it takes time, but it is time well spent enjoying the people you love.
Much love, many blessings…Namaste!!! Sheila