Singleness

I recently finished reading, "This is Me Letting You Go" by Heidi Prebe. A paragraph in the chapter titled- What They Don't Tell you About Love- really hit home, and I re-read the passage multiple times because it resonated so deeply.

They don't tell you that you'll forget to be loved. That at some point in the process of reaching and striving and growing and moving always forward in your life, you'll let love slide by the wayside. That you'll subtly forget what it's like to be touched, to be treasured, to be adored and admired by another human being with a mind and a body every bit as real as yours. They don't map out the dull, inconsolable ache that grows inside of you the longer you let yourself forget that you're desiring of love. They don't tell you that you need it like water and air and that no matter how hard you try to prove the opposite, a tiny part of you will always be the smallest bit unfulfilled without it. 

In this chapter of my life I am embracing every bit of singleness. The ability to come and go as I please. No one to worry about or check in with throughout the day. Shimmying as I see fit and doing exactly what I want. 

M&M

However, I know that is why the passage above resonated so deeply. In the midst of all the fun that comes with doing your own thing, there is a piece that is missing. Some days more then others I can pin point it so vividly, and then other weeks it shows up out of no where. The mindless texts and vicious cycle of online dating is excruciating. The "Peter Pan" men who seem to have overtaken Austin is growing more and more every week. We're in the dating trenches.

I will not let the thrill, butterflies, and excitement that come with dating disappear for me. I refuse to become jaded and give up, but choosing to refocus my energy on relationships that bring real value. I am ready more then ever to be touched, to be treasured, to be adored and admired by another human being with a mind and a body every bit as real as mine, and share all the amazing, crazy, and hard things with that special man. My partner in crime. 

What are your thoughts? Does the excerpt strike a nerve in your soul?

Pumpkin Fudge

I love anything with pumpkin regardless if it's the fall or summer. I came across this healthy version of Pumpkin Fudge and thought it sounded delish!

Pumpkin Fudge

Ingredients: (makes 12 squares)
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts (optional)

Directions:
Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Combine the pumpkin, coconut butter, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the toasted walnuts evenly over the top if you prefer a crunch. Place the pan in the fridge for 1 hour, or until firm. Slice into squares and serve.

The Pudge lasts up to 10 days-- that is if you can keep it around that long.

Meet me in the Middle

If this blog post could play music, "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, & Grey would be playing, and I would be jamming out. The lyrics encompass a relationship; however, the premise of the song goes hand in hand with this excerpt. 

SJP

Within the past few years I have become very present to the ever changing stages of womanhood. I am fortunate to be surrounded by all types of women (single, married, with kids, without kids, divorced) given my personal training business, and each are on a different journey. Going from brand new in a career and trying to find one's way, to getting in a serious relationship, to diving head first in owning a business, to getting married and possibly having kids. With each milestone comes amazing stories and a new purpose, but also an unspoken judgement between each other. 

I am baffled at how being single (aka: no husband nor kids) seems to mean that you must accommodate to the ones who have these things. Why is it that my plans of hanging with friends, staying up late working, or simply wanting to lay by a pool or sit on a patio and enjoy a cocktail are considered second rate? It is my mission for women to be empowered and confident in whatever path they take, and I take it to heart when we feel the opposite. I would love to get a phone call and have a friend or family member want to meet me somewhere with their kiddo that is not 100% on their time frame and only ideal for them. Time is precious. I believe it is just as important to sacrifice single gal plans as it is to sacrifice kiddo nap time. To think opposite is not fair. Meet me in the middle. 

As women, I long for us to meet in the middle, to respect each other and our choices. Our lives are different and we are on our own journey. Ideas of fun may have shifted, and I believe it's important for both parties to understand we’re finding happiness in our own way. I am excited and ready to meet my partner-in-crime and connect with friends and family who are in that stage of life, but until then, I am going to walk in my single woman shoes and continue to embrace life with every bit of vigor, love, and gusto.

Success Story: KASEY

Kasey

I met Kasey at RetailMeNot about 6 months ago. He was brand new to lifting weights as his background for working out focused more on running. Within a short amount of time of adding in the corporate wellness Boot Camp and Strength Training along with 1x/week small group personal training, he has seen awesome results! Body composition has improved, and he is significantly stronger. From performing 1 strict pull-up to now repping out multiple sets of 8 reps. His back squat has increased by almost 100lb and all his vertical and horizontal presses have gone up. Needless to say, Kasey is a very hard worker with a great attitude. I truly enjoy the days we get to train!

How has small group training help you reach your goals?

Small group training has helped me reach my goals in several ways. The most impactful has been the 1:1 time where I actually learned how to train. Prior to working out with Megan, I had no idea what was what in a gym. Now I feel confident that I can navigate one and not feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. The workouts that Megan puts together are full body and hit most muscles group. I love this because it ensures no muscle is left out.

Body composition results.

Since I started training with Megan, I have put on ~12 pounds. I've gained several inches in various part of my body: Shoulders: 2", Chest: 1/2", Thighs: 2", Arms: 1.5"

List 3 keys to your success.

  • Persistence - Keeping up with the workouts, pushing myself to go, and making it the priority.
  • Megan - Without Megan and her fabulous attitude I wouldn't have felt comfortable going after my goals.  
  • Support - Having a support network that encourages me to work out and be the healthiest I can.

    What have others said is the biggest change in you?

    From a co-worker: YOUR MUSCLES - but seriously, people have definitely noticed a change in my appearance. They can tell I've put in a lot of work :) My friends and family have also said that it has changed my lifestyle. Now I consistently work out 4-5 times a week. Prior to working out, I didn't really used to think about what I ate, now I try to make sure I get a good balance of fats, protein, carbs, etc. 

      Overall, I really love the change that I have seen in my body after several months of small group training. I feel so much better both in my free-time and at work.

       

      Unplug

      Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes...including you.

      That quote hit me like a ton of bricks. I easily get caught up in crossing things off my check list, creating something new within my business, reading/learning/studying my craft; yet it is the times where I unplug, check out, and simply Be are where things fall into place. I am becoming more present to this every week. I have made it a priority to take a long walk on Saturdays as often as I can over the past few months. The walks are either with a dear friend or by myself. It's chill, fun, encouraging, and therapeutic. 

      unplug

      I am so thankful to have close girl friends and guys I've recently dated that create a space for me to veg out and Netflix and chill =). For some reason, it is so difficult to lay on my couch and do absolutely nothing. I feel better about myself if I am watching something educational on YouTube, reading a self-development book, or simply working. I am hard wired like that. 

      However, my Type A, go-go personality needs these quiet times to unplug and center. Typing that statement and saying it out loud resonates. In my late 20s and early 30s, I would literally work myself into the ground trying to create a business and a brand. Now I have shifted to work smarter, take solid breaks to unplug, and truly appreciate quality of life over finding the next new client or project. The more I unplug, the more clear headed I get, and more opportunities come my way.

      I challenge you to unplug, even if it's only for 5 minutes each day, and see how your mind, body, and soul feels. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. 

      Growth Oriented vs Goal Oriented

      For anyone that knows me, they know I am a big believer in goal setting. I started this practice at a young age due to my involvement in sports. My mom and dad encouraged us to set goals for what we wanted to accomplish that year in the respective sports we were competing. I saw the fruits of my labor at a young age by simply having a focused set of goals, and a plan to get there.

      Growth vs Fixed

      Now as an adult, I continue to implement the same SMART goal setting tools I used as an adolescent. However, there are times I find myself paralyzed in the process. Is this a scary enough BigHairyAudaciousGoal (BHAG)? Am I too caught up in the steps to get there? Am I still living life to the fullest while chasing after my dreams? Are my goals too selfish? Am I living large? Does reaching this goal define me? These are some of the questions that enter my mind when mapping out my goals.

      This is where a growth-oriented mindset has been a paradigm shift for me. I must remain a continual learner and remain growth oriented. I think of SMART goals as being my actions steps as a growth oriented person, and it frees me from placing blame and getting stuck in achieving my dreams.

      Below are 15 Benefits of the Growth Mindset. Check out this article to read in greater detail about each benefit.

      1. Enjoy life, even when you're not good at it
      2. Improve your self-insight and self-esteem
      3. Improve your relationships
      4. Never feel stupid when learning
      5. Never stress about being perfect
      6. Strengthen your confidence
      7. Lower your risk of depression
      8. Be better at taking responsibility for your life
      9. See single events as just that
      10. Increase your resilience to labels and stereotypes
      11. See setbacks as useful
      12. Ditch the stress from constantly trying to prove yourself
      13. Enjoy putting in time and effort, rather then fearing them
      14. Improve your company
      15. Avoid feelings of superiority

      I am encouraged to see myself relating with well over half of these benefits. Are you goal oriented or growth oriented? Why?

      6-Week Clean Eating Ladder

      If you have participated in training with me, there is no doubt you've heard me discuss nutrition. As much as we want to believe that if we workout we can look exactly how we want, this is rarely true for most.  Below is a 6 week clean-eating ladder with each week building upon the next.

      I know there are those few people who can jump in cold turkey and eat super clean and not think twice about it; however, for the ones of us who need structure and a step-by-step process to change our eating habits, I think balance and small changes over time lead to tremendous success. Knowledge about nutrition is great, but if you have no clue how to implement that knowledge you are spinning a vicious cycle.

      PROTEIN: fish, beef, chicken, pork, wild game, eggs, protein powder

      FAT: Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts/seeds, avocado oil, grass-fed butter, ghee, olives

      VEGETABLES: anything green & leafy, carrots, peppers, beets, artichokes, onions, broccoli, cabbage

      CARBOHYDRATES (aka: FRUIT & STARCH): berries, apples, cherries, bananas, grapes, sweet potato, white/red potato, rice, quinoa, beans

      • Week 1: protein packed breakfast with veggies, carbs, and fat. Drink a minimum of 1 gallon of water daily.
      • Week 2: same as week 1 + protein packed mid-afternoon snack.
      • Week 3: same as week 1 & week 2, + 3 salads per week at lunch or dinner. Salad includes lots of kale, spinach, berries, beets, olives, avocado, chicken/beef/fish, artichokes, mushrooms, olive oil & vinegar as dressing, etc. No cheese on salad.
      • Week 4: same as week 1, week 2, week 3 + max of 1 dessert a week
      • Week 5: same as week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 + 3 dinners per week full of protein, vegetables/carbs, and fat. No bread, pasta at these 3 dinners.
      • Week 6: same as week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 + 5 salads per week at lunch or dinner & 5 dinners per week full of protein, vegetables/carbs, and fat. No bread, pasta at these 5 dinners.
      • Week 7 and on: Maintenance. Apply the guidelines from week 6 and challenge yourself to go an entire 6 days of eating clean for all meals. 
      • If you are ready to up the ante, contact me fo nutrition coaching, 1-on-1, online, or group personal training. Share your successes in the comments section below. No excuses.

      Affirmations

      Affirmations

      Affirmation is defined as emotional support or encouragement. Over the past year I have been reading daily affirmations while I brush my teeth in the morning. It's been an easy add-on to my day, because clearLLLLLy I am going to brush my teeth, but now it is a very intentional 2 minutes. I have 13 index cards with powerful statements written on them that encompass exactly what I want in, for, and a part of my life. I fully believe if you cannot see yourself having something or being someone then there is no way it will become a reality. There is a powerful connection that goes from the heart, to the mind, to fruition.

      The picture above is a screenshot of a few of my daily affirmations. I put the note card on the top of the stack each morning based on what my main focus is for that day. This 2-minute practice has been a game changer for me! I have seen transformations in my relationships, business, and spiritual life. I view myself in a different light. I am thankful and love my body more then I ever have. I see myself as more then a personal trainer & nutrition coach, but a business owner.

      Do you have a daily practice? If so, share below in the comments section. If not, I challenge you to pick 3 areas of your life you want to focus on and write an affirmation and read it daily. Check back in 30 days and let me know what has changed!

      Brussel Sprouts

      Brussel Sprouts

      I ebb and flow with vegetables I eat on the reg. I love brussel sprouts but typically only eat them when I go out to eat since I never can replicate how good they taste at a restaurant. However, last week I made the best tasting brussel sprouts and had to share!

      DIRECTIONS: Grease the baking sheet with ghee or grass-fed butter. Salt and pepper the brussel sprouts and douse with coconut aminos. Bake on 400-degrees for 25 mins.

      Water & Fluoride

      If you are unaware of the harmful effects of fluoride, then check out this article. Also, Fluoride Free Austin, is a great site to stay up to date on the latest research and happenings. In a nutshell, how toxic is fluoride--

      • It is a component of rat poison and many other common pesticides
      • It is corrosive enough to etch glass
      • ŸFluoridated toothpastes carry a poison warning on the label
      • The EPA prohibits discharging fluorides directly into natural waterways, including the ocean.  Fluoride disposal is regulated under the rules for hazardous waste.
      • ŸHandlers are required to wear a NIOSH-approved cartridge respirator with full-face shield, tight-fitting chemical splash goggles, and acid-proof protective clothing, gloves and shoes.
      Fluoride Free Austin

      Needless to say, I do not want this crap (fluoride) in my water, especially since I am someone who consumes around 80oz of water daily.

      There are multiple avenues to get fluoride-free water:

      1. If you are looking for an inexpensive way, then make a trip to your grocery store, purchase BPA free jugs, and fill them up weekly. At HEB in Austin, the fluoride free water is only $.35 a gallon; Sprout's, Wheatsville, and Whole Foods also offer fluoride free water refills.
      2. If you own your house, you can put an entire system on your water that removes fluoride, but this is quite the investment.
      3. Lastly, this is a great water pitcher that you can refill that removes all the impurities.

      MOST BOTTLED WATER CONTAINS FLUORIDE. If it does not state that it's fluoride-free, then do not waste your money. Pick one of the options and get to drinking fluoride-free water. 

      Digestion & Gut Health

      It’s safe to say that you’re only as healthy as your gut. The gut is the “first line of defense” because 80% of the body’s immune cells are in the gut.

      Signs of Poor Digestion:

      1. Frequent and prolonged colds and flu- Viruses and bacteria are always around. We don’t just “catch” them. Continually disturbed digestion is a breeding ground for pathogens and decreases our immunity which is when we get sick.

      2. Not sweating when you exert yourself

      3. Bad breath- “Morning breath” may be common but it is not natural. This comes from undigested food sitting in the intestines where it ferments, providing a breeding ground for disease as well as unpleasant odor and taste.

      4. Dull eyes, dark circles under the eyes, and a puffy quality to the face- Signs of undigested food fermenting in the intestines show up quickly in our physical appearance.

      5. Allergies and food intolerance- Most people think these are here to stay. We disagree! We have seen numerous clients reverse their intolerance of foods and be finished with allergies. For example, celiac disease and gluten or lactose intolerance are based in consuming foods like wheat and dairy in improper quantity, temperature, and combinations with other foods. As a result, foods that are naturally heavier and require more energy to digest (like cheese and wheat) will seem to be the problem when in fact they are not! We assume only the highest quality of these foods for consumption.

      6. Feeling tired and lethargic after a meal

      7. A lot of gurgling noises after eating

      8. Experiencing a lot of gas

      9. Feeling bloated after eating

      10. Undigested food particles in stool

      11. Constipation

      12. Loose bowel movements

      Gut Health

      Take Action:

      1. Consume fermented foods regularly. I have a couple of spoonfuls of sauerkraut daily and drink Kombucha or Kevita.
      2. Take a probiotic with multiple strains.
      3. Supplement with HCL. This is a game changer, BUT contact me before beginning to ensure you do it properly.
      4. Drink bone broth.

      Listen to your gut (no pun intended) and take time this year to get your gut healthy and thrive!

      Egg Muffins

      These are great if you need a quick grab and go that is packed full of protein. The prep time is about 20 minutes and well worth it. You can choose whatever appeases your appetite for the vegetable portion, and it will still taste delish!

        EGG MUFFINS   Ingredients:   1 dozen eggs broccoli greens jalapenos Italian sausage coconut oil   Directions:  Throw the broccoli, greens, jalapeños in a food processor and mix and then add eggs to the mix. Saute Italian sausage. Scoop egg mixture into greased muffin tin (I used coconut oil) and then top with the Italian sausage. Bake at 350 for 23 minutes.

      EGG MUFFINS
      Ingredients:

      1 dozen eggs
      broccoli
      greens
      jalapenos
      Italian sausage
      coconut oil

      Directions: Throw the broccoli, greens, jalapeños in a food processor and mix and then add eggs to the mix. Saute Italian sausage. Scoop egg mixture into greased muffin tin (I used coconut oil) and then top with the Italian sausage. Bake at 350 for 23 minutes.

      Sweet Potato Soup

      January in Texas means cold weather and my birthday. How I am born in such a cold month is beyond me?!? Mark your calendars for July 16th (my half birthday) and also National Showout Day. July 16th is more the time of year I should be born. Solar Powered Sun Goddess! Clearly, I'm rambling. Now onto sweet potato soup goodness.

      This soup is absolutely delicious and is super easy to whip together.

      Sweet Potato Soup
      Ingredients:
      4 sweet potatoes
      2 jalapenos (I like spicy!)
      green onions
      1qt of chicken broth
      13.5oz can of coconut milk
      sea salt to taste

      Directions: Peel and cut the sweet potatoes. Chop up the green onions and slice the jalapenos and place in a crock pot with the chicken broth. Cook for 6 hours. Pour the crock pot mixture into the food processor with the coconut milk and blend. Serve and enjoy!

      This made enough for me to last all week. It's the perfect warm yumminess during the coldest time of year for Showout Meg. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

      Give yourself permission to...

      Maybe it's all the New Year hoopla with lose weight, feel great, reach your goals that has people in a frenzy, but I have noticed a trend among my clients of being extremely hard on themselves. I am a huge advocate of working hard to reach your goals, being diligent, and you get out what you put in; however, there also needs to be room for some self-love.

      Give yourself permission to just be. Enjoy the moment. Savor the delicious meal you prepared. When you have a treat, enjoy every single bite of it. I encourage my clients to change their language around food. When you view certain foods as bad or a cheat meal, an entire array of negative emotions also start to associate with this behavior. Over time it can become a vicious cycle and gets you no where closer to your goals. I choose to use treat instead of cheat.

      Pat yourself on the back. Give yourself a hug. Look in the mirror and thank God for the body you have and all that you are capable of doing. Remember, life is a journey not a destination. We are constantly growing and learning, so give yourself a break and live life. Your heart, soul, and mind will thank you.

      Hugs!

      2018 Power Statement

      Every year I come up with a power statement that I hold close to my heart and use as a daily reminder for my intention for the year. I set an alarm on my cell at 1:11 to stop, look up to heaven, have a moment of gratitude, and say my power statement. This year's power statement is I SEEK FREEDOM FOR LIFE.

      When you find yourself hiding, ducking, running, you are ‘seeking freedom FROM life.’ Summon the vitality to look the other way and move toward your hopes and dreams.
      — https://yeahdave.com/books/

      One of the books I read this year was, "Happy is the New Healthy," that my dear friend gave me. It's 31 chapters that you can read in any order, and each chapter ends with a meditate and celebrate. The statement above truly resonated with me. Over the past year I made a major career change and decided to once and for all be 100% my own boss and run Showout Life as its own entity. I grew up a bit more too and got my very own apartment for the first time since I have lived in Austin. It's all been very empowering yet simultaneously scary.

      I SEEK FREEDOM FOR LIFE means I am consistently making choices that provide freedom in relationships, career, finances, travel, love, weekend fun, all of it! All the ideas and goals I have written down are avenues to unlock freedom for life. I am choosing to not hide in fear and run away from big opportunities. I SEEK FREEDOM FOR LIFE.

      What is your power statement for 2018?

      Tomato Soup, kind of...

      Tomato Soup

      One of the top reasons I live in Austin is due to the hot weather; however, there are sporadic moments and a few months where the weather is too cold for my own liking. In those cases, I like to enjoy warm soup. The other night I did not want to run to the store, so I warmed up tomato sauce and added a few extra ingredients.

      Tomato Soup-
      Bertolli Tomato Sauce
      Kalamata olives
      Sauteed spinach
      Avocado slices

      Reset & Restore

      RESET & RESTORE.png

      Every year I do a Reset & Restore with my corporate wellness account, RetailMeNot. It's a 30-day program designed to detox from sugar, processed foods, and give your body the break it needs to fully reset and restore itself and get back on track to feeling great! This is not about weight loss, which will happen naturally, but it's all about being intentional and slowing down for a month. By the end, you will feel rejuvenated, revitalized, and refreshed.

      I am opening up this course to all my local Austin friends and anyone who wants to participate remotely. 

      DETAILS

      • January 8th-February 6th --- deadline to register is January 2nd.
      • Weekly Monday Motivation
      • Reset & Restore handout focusing on what foods to eat, water intake, sleep, how to deal with toxins, & eating guidelines  ---This is the game changer!
      • Private Facebook group to answer all questions and provide accountability along the way
      • 10,000 steps daily Google log chart
      • Detox supplementation (additional cost if interested)
      • Educational visit to Barton Creek Farmers Market on January 20th (optional for Austinites)
      • Team dinner at Picnik on Burnet Rd. on January 27th (optional for Austinites)

      Price: $25 (payments via PayPal or Venmo @showoutmeg)
      Email Megan at showoutmeg@gmail.com if interested.

       

       

       

      Daily Morning Detox

      I start each morning with 1/4 tsp of pink sea salt, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 1TB Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 drops of dōTERRA Lemon essential oil (fresh squeeze lemon works too), and 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil in 8oz of water on an empty stomach. The concoction reaps amazing health benefits. You get sick less, feel lighter, have clearer skin, more energy, and boost your metabolism.

      The Food Babe stated; "Doing this ritual every morning provides a super stimulant to the liver, your main detoxing organ in the body. Your liver will release uric acid and create bile to safely eliminate environmental and lifestyle toxins that would otherwise be trapped in your digestive system longer. Remember keeping your liver and digestive system clean and in optimal condition will help your body prevent diseases like cancer in the future. Combining cayenne with lemon increases the detoxing effect and raises the temperature of your body increasing your metabolism."

      Why are lemons so great?

      Daily Morning Detox

      We all know how rich in nutrients they are, and I have been told my entire life to drink lemon water and honey when I was sick. But besides cold and flu remedy, they also give our bodies an abundance of other benefits:

      • Combat cancer
      • Maintain healthy complexions
      • Prevent asthma
      • Increase iron absorption
      • Boost your immune system

      Why is cayenne pepper so great?

      It is widely known for cleansing and detoxifying, stimulates circulation, and neutralizes acidity. It's also used as a remedy to help all kinds of ailments:

      • Anti-cold and flu agent
      • Anti-fungal properties
      • Migraine headache prevention
      • Anti-allergen
      • Digestive aid
      • Useful for blood clots
      • Detox support
      • Joint-pain reliever
      • Anti-bacterial properties
      • Supports weight loss
      • Promotes heart-health

      Why is Bragg Apple Cider vinegar so great?

      Internal Benefits-

      • Rich in enzymes & potassium
      • Support a healthy immune system
      • Helps control weight
      • Promotes digestion & pH balance
      • Soothes dry throats
      •  Helps remove body sludge toxins

      External Benefits-

      • Helps maintain healthy skin
      • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
      • Soothes irritated skin
      • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

      Why is grapefruit oil so great?

      • Cleanses the body
      • Reduces depression
      • Stimulates the immune system
      • Decreases fluid retention
      • Curbs sugar cravings
      • Increases energy levels & metabolism

      Why is pink sea salt so great? Read on to find out why Premier Pink Sea Salt is my go-to.

      Basically, drinking this combination will help cleanse your body every single day safely and naturally. All in one small 8oz cup. I will do this for the rest of my life. I absolutely love it!

       PRO TIP: After a night of boozing it up, this is a great way to do a quick reset and get your liver and body back to functioning normal.

       Give it a try for a week and see how you feel!

      Pink Sea Salt

      Salt (sodium) used to get such a bad wrap due to heart problems; the irony is the people who had the heart problems were eating fried foods which are clearly laden with salt. Next time you go to the grocery store venture out and try a colored salt. My salt of choice of the moment is pink sea salt.

      pink salt

      Benefits of Pink Salt:

      Iodine- Natural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in.

      Less sodium consumed per serving- Himalayan salt is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 tsp serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.

      Packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elements- Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).

      Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can:

      • Create an electrolyte balance
      • Increases hydration
      • Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
      • Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
      • Prevent muscle cramping
      • Aid in proper metabolism functioning
      • Strengthen bones
      • Lower blood pressure
      • Help the intestines absorb nutrients
      • Prevent goiters
      • Improve circulation
      • Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

      Pink sea salt can even support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

      Pink sea salt is way better than your typical table salt. Table salt is a refined salt and is stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures. In addition, it is treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our system leading to build up and then deposit in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems. Finally, the iodine that is added into salt is usually synthetic which is difficult for your body to process properly. Shockingly under U.S. law, up to 2% of table salt can be additives.

      With that being said, go out to the store this weekend and buy some colorful salt. I found mine at People's Rx. With the warmer temperatures upon us, hydration is key and a pinch of sea salt in your water can do wonders.

      Pizza Spaghetti Pie

       This is one my favorite cold weather dishes--> PIZZA SPAGHETTI PIE, thanks to the delish recipes from  PaleOMG . The prep takes a bit, but it's all really easy and so worth the wait. Let me know what you think.

      This is one my favorite cold weather dishes--> PIZZA SPAGHETTI PIE, thanks to the delish recipes from PaleOMG. The prep takes a bit, but it's all really easy and so worth the wait. Let me know what you think.

      Ingredients:

      • 1 large spaghetti squash
      • 1 pound hot pork italian sausage
      • ½ purple onion, diced
      • 1 cup pizza sauce (no sugar added)
      • 1 teaspoon dried basil
      • salt and pepper, to taste
      • 3 eggs, whisked

      Directions: 

      1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
      2. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Place spaghetti squash cut side down on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the skin of the squash gives when you press on it. Then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
      3. Once squash is done cooking, remove threads and place in an 8×8 greased baking dish.
      4. Place a large pan over medium heat. Add italian sausage and onion. Cook until pink no longer remains in the sausage and it is broken up into pieces.
      5. Add pizza sauce, dried basil and salt and pepper to the pan and mix well.
      6. Add sausage mixture to the 8×8 dish and mix well with spaghetti squash threads.
      7. Lastly, add whisked eggs to the baking dish and mix everything together until you can no longer see the eggs.
      8. Place in oven and bake for 1 hour or until the top of the mixture forms a slight crust that doesn’t give when you press on it in the middle of the dish.
      9. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.