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Sunday, March 19, 2017

#30 day challenge complete

Good Morning Everyone,

Happy Sunday! I hope all going well and that you enjoyed your St. Patricks Day!  Myself I laid low - tummy felt "OFF" Mike's too - maybe from traveling?  All better now!  Que the fireworks - Today is my 30th day of my self-proclaimed workout challenge.  I DID IT! 

In a nutshell, I had to do 30 min or 10K steps of some form of exercise every day for 30 days in a row.  Like Friday night- it was soooooo hard to drag myself outside but just got those steps in like 10, 022 - done.  Honestly, I could have fibbed - I mean what's one day?  But it's the part of making a promise to yourself - I'd know I wasn't being honest so off I went - slow but steady and finished.  I am cutting back on some foods adding healthier options.  Sugar man - it's my nemesis I've dangled the +GUCCI carrot in front of myself for those Marmot HOT PINK mules and GG Blooms Belt - working like a charm!  Tysons Corner here I come!  BTW why don't they answer the phone there?  Called Fri. Sat. 3 -4 times each hmmmmmmmm?

Obviously, I cannot splurge on my victories like that all the time so, I will find new goal oriented motivators (Like new yoga pants - green drinks "to go" & HEY IF YOU JOIN ME MAYBE I CAN OFFER A PRIZE FOR A FEW OF YOU TOO COMMENT BELOW TO BE IN THE RUNNING) but this was a great one to start off with for sure!  HEHE  Follow my +Instagram @loriannmd to see the pure joy when I get my "PRIZE" in my hot little hands!
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Travel Read and Chinese Herbs received from Acupuncture Therapist Delray Beach Fla.

Now we amp it up,  I found this 21-day makeover in my recent copy of +Women's Health with the lovely +GWYNETH PALTROW on the cover.  Actually a link below and seems fairly doable and just with my ease into it method I going for right now.

21 DayBody Makeover With Women's Health Magazine

I am also a big fan of alternative ways of living/learning/growing and I came across +Eldon Taylor several years ago.  I love his programs.  I have several DVD's, CDs etc.  I will look into the self-improvement section and order something today - please check it out when you want to make changes - your mind is a powerful tool and what do you really have to loose?  http://www.innertalk.com

Part of my lifestyle change is to add 2/3 veggies at all meals - eat good carbs less animal meat - already pretty much there chicken 1 time a week or organic lamb now and again and a bit of Mike's steak when we have grass fed organic prime around.  Here is dinner last night - my body was craving crunchy veggies.


Asain Style Vegetable
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Asian Veggies - Cabbage, Snap Pea's, Carrots & Ginger
Begin by julienne carrots & ginger sliced jalapenos, cabbage (I'd use Nappa next time but left over from St. Patty's day) clean peeled snap peas and any other crucibles you have laying around.
Saute in batches - canola oil and a bit of sesame oil ginger carrots and jalapeno first - take off heat and put in a bowl - next cabbage gets color on them DO NOT COVER we don't want stewed we want CRUNCH!  set aside you may need to do cabbage in two batches as well depending on amount and size of pan - than snap peas alone at end toss all back in hot pan with bit more of your oils add soy/tamari hot chili paste etc.  then off heat to stop cooking in shallow wide bowl (cools quicker) top with cashew or almond pieces maybe some of those Asian crispy wontons and look there? Healthy Veggie Focused Dinner! To make complete add toasted cooked Quinoa.

I am also looking into Ayurvedic cooking check out the link below to see some basics and the importance of how you combine your foods - interesting Banyanbotanicals.com Ayurvedic-living food combinations.  
BTW - the coconut cream pie did get the best of me last night! 2 TIMES!  No one's perfect........
Have a great day!  Chat with you this week - wordpress change should happen within next few days!  Yippie - Ciao 




Sunday, March 5, 2017

BRUNCH AKA ACCEPTABLE DAY DRINKING......


brunch
brən(t)SH/
noun:
  1. a late morning meal eaten instead of breakfast and lunch.  


    Happy Sunday - Happy Brunch! AKA acceptable "A.M. DAY DRINKING" for some with out really alarming folks.

My oldest son Joe is almost 26 living in Richmond, VA doing the "millennial thing"  good job (his office now to - just saying) live in girlfriend, 2 dogs, on a pool league and  Brunch is it baby!  They go out almost every Sunday downtown.  There are tons of great joints in Richmond - food trucks, ethnic restaurants and always Divine BRUNCH spots.  Sometimes he and his woman even host at home.  He Still calls for some last minute recipe ideas or to get the secret ingredient's for the BEST pancakes ever.... maybe I'll share with you later if ya want?  

Anyway, this leads me to my post - all of my kids are outta the house 3 boys and my baby girl (just 21....whaaaatttt) I still love to buy them things for the house and get them some cool clothes.  They fit so well in the chic minimalist euro looks that you'll see below.  Don't get me wrong - Mike & I love a good brunch and we do a killer one +The Tasting Room but it's not my life anymore - like it is for them.   Joe told me about Manmosa's - basically a Mimosa with shot of vodka!  (see below) Now that's a hair of the dog.  A top shelf quality hangover cure (really just prolonging the inevitable who is he kidding).  So while your out "brunching" why not look fab - like your not even trying and not breaking the bank.  Check out these cool stuff for that spring brunch date either out or hosted at home.  DON'T FORGET THE SUNGLASSES THOUGH! 
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Here are the details for that manly version of a Mimosa


Manmosa Recipe

  • 1-2 ounces Stoli Orange (because these guys are not lightweights)
  • 3 ounces Blue Moon hefeweizen
  • 3 ounces champagne/sparkling wine
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • orange twist, to garnish

    Combine ingredients over ice in 16 oz. glass.  Maybe throw in a sprig of mint or rosemary for some fancy floral aromas, give it a good stir & it’s off to the drinking races for you go brunch folks.  
NOTE : Pace yourself or you’re going to wake up in a different time zone- these things can be dangerous.  
My favorite brunch classic that never goes out of style......Eggs Benedict: 
  • Melt butter in large skillet over med. heat until foaming - add Canadian Bacon slices and fry - turn occasionally until just brown.  
  • Divide English muffin toasted well - I HATE UN-TOASTED MUFFIN ON MY BENNIE'S with butter in the broiler until light golden brown.
  • Place drained eggs on top of cooked Canadian Bacon add S&P than liberally spoon hollandaise all over each egg - don't be shy with this part.  Fresh pepper on top sprinkle a bit of parsley on top and dash's of Tabasco of course!  Now this is perfection - first breakfast I made Mike when I had the chance - been together over 18 years.... a link?  I think so.

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Enjoy your week and let me know how you did or do Brunch! 
Cheers, 


Friday, March 3, 2017

Update On #30dayChallenge

Brrrrrrrr Come On Spring - We had a taste of it last week and I LIKE IT!


Update on my #30dayworkoutchallenge!  Going well almost at the halfway mark!  Basically just entails me doing something physical for 30 minutes for 30 days straight.   This time around however I have my +iPhone Watch and have to do min. 10,000 steps a day.  That's five miles people........
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It has been really hard some days - ABE our Newfie pup is loving it but like yesterday as temps dropped - I cringed going outside.  I had to do the last 2k in basement on treadmill.  Seriously it was all I could do to reach that goal - some days easier than others for sure.  Like above on first nice day- I was a walking fool.  It's especially difficult after a long day - cleaning, PR work, dog training, making dinner.  Happy to do all these things it's just I get tired really tired.  Next week will be even busier so I need to get some good sleep.  Also make doing detox baths lots of fruit-veggies will be key - maybe sneak some acupressure in and cut back on the sugar.


Speaking of sugar.....are you addicted to sugar? 

I AM!  You’re not alone. In 2007 a group of researchers found that sugar surpasses what is called “cocaine reward” in most mammals, including rats and humans. The frightening result of this study is the conclusion that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. 
Although sugar does not contain opiates (like other addictive substances such as heroin) it does stimulate the release of endogenous opiates. Opiates and their receptors have largely been attributed to what is known as “reward.” When the opiate receptor is filled over and over again, we feel a sense of pleasure and reward. No matter how harmful a food or substance may be to the body, this sensation of pleasure keeps us coming back for more, while at the same time altering our brain chemistry. 

Can't kick your sugar habit? You're not alone. Statistics show that in 1822, the average person consumed 6.3 pounds of sugar per year. However, by 1999, the average person consumed 107.7 pounds of sugar per year! In fact, Stephen Guyenet, a neuro-biologist at the University of Washington, predicts that if we continue eating sugar with as much enthusiasm as we have over the last 200 years, by the year 2606 the U.S. diet will be 100% sugar.  


The mis-education about the dangers of sugar consumption is widespread.  It is in the school systems, the home, and even the medical community. 


Like any addiction, change happens when we realize that we are greater than the sum of the chemicals in our body. This can be tough to swallow - especially when it comes to breaking habits and ending addiction.  Sugar as an addiction is strange concept for most of us.


So how do we beat this?  In addition to determination and discipline, here are some helpful tips.   


WAYS TO BREAK THE SUGAR ADDICTION 


1. Eat sour foods. The sour taste of some foods, like apple cider vinegar ACV this will naturally curb your cravings for sugar.
  I mix some with warm water and drink slowly (not on empty stomach to acidic for me) in the morning.  


2. I also eat fermented foods and probiotic beverages. Fermented foods are sour, easy to make- see this book art of fermentation  and they are relatively affordable.  Probiotic beverages also taste sour, and even a small dosage goes a long way.  Both are full of beneficial bacteria, which drive out disease-causing bugs that increase our desire for sugar.  I will be back to +HEX Ferments this weekend to restock! 



3. Replace it with something else - set reasonable goal and reward your self (maybe you don't find this reasonable but really respond to a good old carrot dangling (hello Gucci shoes)

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or maybe a New Book or dinner out with your BFF.  My daughter Chrissy turned me onto this writer/blogger +Angela Liddon and her books "OH SHE GLOWS"  Love these books - just saying.

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Point is just do something small for your health everyday.  I don't know about you but I have a lot of living yet to do and I want to be healthy and happy while I do it!  Cheers all enjoy your day and be sure to "love yourself first"!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Making Small But Subtle Healthy Changes

Good Monday Morning All;

It was a glorious weekend here on the East Cost, aka the "DMV" (DC, MD, VA not dept of motor vehicles for my outta town peeps).  What a better time to start making small changes to improve my health and heart.  
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Just after bike ride - feeling good ya'll

Cut back on sugar (whaaaat! But I LOVE Sugar) 

Like not having candy or chocolate anytime I want - this has been going on since Halloween people!  It's February!  That means not having 2 Luigi's Cherry Ice's every night (last night not even one. Whoa big progress for me).  Not grabbing a pack of peanut M&M's in the a.m. for extra energy or when hubby runs into gas station saying NO to Reese Peanut Butter Cups ( ahhhhhh you delicious devil you).


Made Healthy Banana Bread 
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Next on agenda - TO MOVE MORE EACH DAY!
10,000.00 steps each day - I got to just over 7.5K yesterday - not too bad - however I soon discovered I desperately need new tennis shoes.  Here I come +If The Shoe Fits, a small shop located in Frederick, MD with great customer service.

Rode bike 2miles (leisurely through my neighborhood - flat easy trail) STILL COUNTS PEOPLE!

Will add a video of some kind 3 times each week Ab video first (goodbye Muffin top)

Pray first each day - while my coffee is brewing - before checking phone or tuning on the news.  Taking just a few minutes to be grateful, hopeful, and to be loving each day (that includes to myself)!
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Tattoo I got a few years back to remind me I have to love myself first before I can of of support and love others 


Read a little in order to learn something of value (gossip mags don't count) 
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Got this one from my oldest for Christmas - thank you JOJO Bear  - XOXO


15 min. of puppy training each day @abethenewfoundland (on insta) 
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ABE's VALENTINE

Off to Good JuJu for wheat grass shot and walk along the creek! Tackle homework for photography class - set up photo studio - and meet with some great women!  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Our SUPER BOWL Shindig


Getting Ready For GAME DAY Folks!
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To be honest not too much into the game but into the food all the way.  Mike and I are having a few people over very casual. However I am running into a dilemma - we've been eating pretty "CLEAN" +Clean Program lately so I don't wanna completely go "off the wagon" but that seems to go hand in hand with super bowl fare right?.  So I am gonna serve a mix of healthy savory food with some gotta have big fat-so bad its good for you favorites! 

Today's Menu


Beer Wine Whiskey & Mocktails
Chips & Dip's
Cheese Board
Poached Salmon on bed of Savoy Cabbage
Clean Green Salad
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Lamb Chops
Lemon Bar Dessert Courtesy of good friend Deb C. 

Guacamole 
3 ripe avocado's - smashed
onion 1/4 med diced
cherry tomatoes - hand full washed & diced
cilantro - bunch remove stem rough chop
Tabasco - to taste
S&P
1/2 tea Olive Oil 

Mix together and serve with tortilla chips - loving this brand right now found in the organic section of +GIANT Food Stores - recently came across on our ski trip to Big Sky and lucky us had it here at home!  Gotta try it they are D-LISH!

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Chops
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6 center cut rib lamb chops ( I prefer Colorado )  
5-6 large peeled cloves of garlic rough chopped
1/2 cup Olive Oil
S&P
1 Tbs crushed red pepper (more or less to taste)
1 - 2 Tbs dried oregano (place in palms and rub together - this releases the oils) drop in bag with everything
2 large lemons halved, squeezed and put in bag juice, lemons & all 

Place all ingredients in shallow dish or large freezer bag ( my fave - easy clean up) mix together refrigerate for 1 hour or over night 9 tossing and turning in bag like giving a mini lamb massage every so often  
Grill or bake chops your preference.

Serve with side Tzatziki - home made or store bought - homemade here. What did you expect people - "married to a chef".  


 So easy to make - get details in recipe post this week - working on healthy condiments, toppings and dressings to share with you all!  My "Mocktail" on instagram feed - more to come soon - so yummy healthy and great alturnitive for you and your guest either non drinkers, desginated drivers or whatever and please serve in a pretty glass - makes world of difference!  






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Things I Had To Share This Week


Hey There - These are things I came across LOVE .... and had to share with you all!








Samosa Chat



Trust me it's stunning!
Love This White Travel Set - Clean Fresh - Imagine So Many Possibilities! Charming Charlie

SAY HI TO "@abethenewfoundland" my BEAR rug! LOL He turned 1 in Dec. 

OK Kids - Off to the races today - clean - pack - Abe to babysitter and finish packing - Big Sky here we come! 




















Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide Big & Small 2016

HO HO HO,

Here's a list of cool gifts to give and receive this Holiday season! Check them out - link below as well!  Happy Gifting!  Comment Below for chance to win 2 great prizes just in time for New years - US residents only due to shipping restraints.  






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Saloniture Professional Multi-purpose Salon Chair / Massage Table with Adjustable Stool   Santa - I really would love this in my spa/basement area to give and receive massage & facials! 

What's on your lists?  Let me know - one lucky person will win +NARS Cosmetics  Matte lipstick in Red color "iberico"and +Essie France nail polish a gold glitter in "summit of style" just in time for New Years Eve.  
Comment for chance to win - winner picked Christmas Eve. Dec. 24th!  Good luck!