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Impromptu Kitchen Sink Primal/Keto Taco Salad

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Very brief back story.

When I am trying to get to a recipe I want to get right to it without scrolling through a lot of prose, so I will get to the recipe very quickly.  At this stage of my  journey, I have a goal of less then 50 grams of carbs daily, around 55 grams of protein and the rest of my calories from healthy fats.  I use myfitnesspal.com to track my macronutrients and make adjustments at dinner time to round out the day as much as possible.  This is surprisingly easy.  At this time, I only had a few grams of protein to go, a little more leeway with carbs, and of course unlimited fat, so this is what I devised.  Feel free to substitute whatever veggies you have handy, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower or even leafy greens like lettuce or spinach if you like.   All recipes are for one unless otherwise specified so the math is easy to feed your lover or your family too.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 Oz. grassfed ground beef browned
1 oz. goat cheese
1 cup mixed chopped bell peppers
1 slice red onion chopped
1/2 medium avocado
1 TBS Organic Olive Oil
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
Chili Powder
Freshly ground black pepper
1 TBS Sour cream

 

Sprinkle of Cayenne (optional)

 

Instructions

Mix beef and cheese in ramekin or other oven safe dish and sprinkle generously with chili powder to taste.  You can add some cayenne here if you like it really spicy.  Pop in the toaster oven or oven for 10 minutes at 350.  The beef is already cooked so this is just for warming up and softening the cheese.  Adjust time accordingly.

While beef and cheese are heating, chop peppers, (take this opportunity to slice the whole pepper to have handy for snacks or salads) onion and avocado, add olive oil, salt and pepper and mix together.  Top with beef mixture, add sour cream and enjoy!  Delicious!

Nutrition Information

Fat – 38 grams
Carbs – 14 grams
Protein – 20 grams

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How to Navigate this Site

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Welcome!  I’m so glad you’re here!

My favorite thing in the world to do is to study and observe, ponder, discuss, discover new ideas and then to share them!  This results in a vast variety of information from pet care, to cooking, fitness, health and wellness, religion, the stars, the weather……  all interesting and fun but maybe you want to know about something more specific.  If that’s you, please do use the search function (Way up in the upper right hand corner of every page, you’ll see a little magnifying glass.  Be Sherlock Holmes!) Look for what you really are interested in and  narrow down the posts that pertain to what’s on your mind today.  I always love hearing from you so if there’s something you want to talk about, let me know!  Leave a comment, join me on Facebook, send me an email, sign up for my email list, send smoke signals!   Let’s be in touch.  Much love and joy to you!  Welcome!

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Beautiful You! From the INside out!

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BEAUTIFUL YOU! FROM THE INSIDE OUT!

All day Saturday, January 13, from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, this day will change your life.  We will have a LOT of interactive learning, with games and stories and experiments in dreaming to help you craft a vision of YOUR amazing life!  Jennifer Armstrong, our hostess will teach us about ways to move and we will enjoy a fantastic, delicious, homemade, HEALTHY lunch together.  The admission for this event is only $$149 and we only have room for 10 people, so don’t wait!  Secure your seat before Tuesday January 9 and save!  Discounted price $125.  Let us know you’re coming or ask for more information.  email lauren@behappyfirst.org or aimforhealthandfitness@aol.com.  Or visit Facebook here.

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Events Coming up in Asheville!

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ATTAINABLE! SUSTAINABLE!  WEIGHT LOSS!

Let this be the last year that you “resolve” to get in shape!  Attend this information packed workshop from 5-7pm, January 4 at Performance Pilates.  It is FREE, but space is limited so get signed up right away!.   More information and tell us you’re coming here.  

You will learn how to get your mind and intention in the game, along with ways to move and eat and supplement.  Make 2018 the best year EVER!  More information?  email lauren@behappyfirst.org.  Can’t wait to see you there!

BEAUTIFUL YOU! FROM THE INSIDE OUT!

All day Saturday, January 13, from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, this day will change your life.  We will have a LOT of interactive learning, with games and stories and experiments in dreaming to help you craft a vision of YOUR amazing life!  Jennifer Armstrong, our hostess will teach us about ways to move and we will enjoy a fantastic, delicious, homemade, HEALTHY lunch together.  The admission for this event is only $125 and we only have room for 10 people, so don’t wait!  Let us know you’re coming or ask for more information.  email lauren@behappyfirst.org.  Or visit Facebook here.

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Just A Number

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EMBRACE CHANGE

Over the last year there have been a lot of changes for my body.  Turning 52 and all that goes with that and putting down my beloved electronic cigarette are at the top of that list.  A new phase of life and recovering from a lifelong habit/addiction have presented great challenges.  One of those challenges;  I am carrying around about 20 extra pounds that I don’t like, but they REALLY like me!   In the summer of 2016, right before I quit “smoking” I was creating a program called “Be Happy and Grow Fit”, a weight loss and self-esteem building program.  I abandoned that program when I acquired my new friends (lbs 124-144) because I thought I had lost credibility.  I am re-considering that, however, because these challenges are teaching me a LOT that is going to be of great service to those I help with that program.  More details on that as they evolve.

CELEBRATE YOUR WINS

For now, don’t let the number on the scales have the power to make you cry.  Weigh, of course.  Weigh daily because what you measure you can change, but treat that number as just one small piece of a much larger puzzle, as just the useful and interesting information that it is.  If you are releasing unwanted pounds and the scales reflect that, by all means take the opportunity to celebrate and milk all the joy you can from that.  BUT, if the number isn’t changing or is going up, make note, and then turn your attention to other things you can celebrate.  Maybe you feel great, or you have fantastic energy, or your skin is glowing.  Perhaps you sleep like an angel and you’re in love with your new self-care rituals.  Maybe, like my client who inspired this post, your pants are looser and you’re notching up your belt.   Focus on what pleases you.  Be grateful and happy and basking in the thousands of things that are going “right”.  Love your life and your body and they will love you back.

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The Art of Gift Giving

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“Life is what we are alive to. It is not length, but breadth…. Be alive to… goodness, kindness, purity, love, history, poetry, music, flowers, stars, God and eternal hope.” Maltbie D. Babcock

This quote was on the first page of a brand new journal that was a gift to me from a student and I feel compelled to share how this simple gift package contained so many gifts.  And how the ripple from this one small action can be so very very huge.  Mona sent me a journal, a little wooden stand with a handful of affirmation cards, a beautiful card and a couple of very sweet, personal notes.  It was all wrapped in pretty paper with special touches like stickers and stamps. Gorgeous in every way.  Just the act of opening it was a treasure.  The journal I will use multiple times every day and will think or the gifter with love and appreciation every single time.  The notes and cards went on to my vision board so that I am reminded every morning that I am having an impact on the lives of others in a very positive way.  I have a new standard for myself for how I will give gifts in the future and I am so grateful for this example.

We are all presenting the gift of ourselves to the world every day.  What if we did that with the love and care and attention to detail that Mona used in preparing and sending this gift?  How rich does that thought feel; to wrap up every smile or hug or kiss with exquisite presence and attention to the moment.  To give the gift of our words or our time with love and care.  I am so in love with life and these amazing gifts that just show up.  All the time.

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BE the Kind of Person/Mate/Client/Lover you want to Attract!

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If you are starting or growing a service based business, looking for your soul mate, or building a customer base as a sales person, a great way to start attracting the types of people you want in your life is to BE that type of person.  This means, of course that you have to first know what your ideal client looks like.  Create a Client Avatar that is as specific and rich and detailed as you know how to make it.  Include everything that matters to you.  This does not mean that you won’t serve people who fall outside of this description, you are just creating a very clear vision or picture for all of the forces of the Universe to work with.  Once you have that very clear picture, begin to BE that type of client in your own life.  Here is an example of a version of my avatar client.

She is between the ages of 40 and 60 and is a salesperson or business owner (or wants to be).  She has studied or been exposed to Universal Principles like the Law of Attraction, the Law of Vibration and positive psychology.  She realizes that it is not only possible, but her right to have an amazing life in every way and she is eagerly seeking ways to live that dream quickly, with ease and grace.  She understands the value of coaching and mentoring and having a structure of study and is willing to invest her time, money and energy into the pursuit of her dream.  She pays up front with complete willingness, always comes to her appointments prepared and on time.  She brings an open mind, the mind of a student or a child to every lesson and tries everything on for herself before dismissing any new idea.  She loves getting in better touch with her highest nature and becoming a better version of herself every day.  She is a thirsty sponge, dedicated to developing a mindset that is “open to everything and attached to nothing.”  She is more and more in love with her life every day and is eager to share what she is learning with others and to bring them along on her journey.  She is involved and invested in class and openly shares her thoughts and experiences, bringing even greater value to the group experience.  She is a bright shining light!  I love her and feel so blessed to be included in her journey.

I re-write and revise this avatar all the time and I LOVE the practice every single time!  And this is the kind of student I attract and the type of experiences that are happening in my newly formed groups.  Now that I have a clear picture of her, it is time to BE her.  I am always studying and learning, in programs of structure and support for my own growth, and I strive to show up for my coaches in just the same way that I want my students to show up for me.  Not only does this help me to attract the kind of client I want for my business, but it exponentially increases my results in my other “classes.”  I am currently in a program with Dannie Frey of Ready Set Go! Leveraging Your Time, and I recognize some paradigms rearing their ugly heads.  For instance, I have a rebel inside my head.  A know-it-all that wants to argue with things.  The rebel doesn’t get banished, but she does get corralled to her proper place and that is NOT in a position to inhibit my growth.  I am reminded to be a student, to be open to everything, to look for something new to learn…. and in doing this, I get better at it.  The beautiful spiral continues and everything just gets better and better!  Delicious!  Lol!

I got carried away with this post, but the message is this.  Be the person that you want to have in your life.  The client, the friend, the lover, the worker……  You get to make all of the choices.  Have an amazing day!

Much much love.

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Decide to BE The Person in Your Dream

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“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand
Theme for the Month – Intention
The month of July is a really big one;  we are going to be learning all about Intention.  This is the most basic life skill, the premise on which all of the other lessons are built.  Thoughts are the makers of things.  Everything was created twice, once in thought and again in form.  You are a creator whether you like it or not, but you can choose to be the master of what you create, or you can continue to create by rote, at the mercy of your past and your circumstances.   It is all about setting your Intention for what you want, and then giving your attention and energy to that.  It is about becoming, at the cellular level, the being that is living the life you want.  Dig in!  Make a note of where you are today and set your intention to look back in August and see the amazing changes you have wrought in your life.  July 2017 will only happen once, so make it the best month of your life; on purpose. Watch this video to help you know if the time is right for you to jump in and really get serious about building the life of your dreams.
Decide to BE The Person in Your Dream
If you have not yet done so, start a daily “To BE” practice and begin each day in this way.  First read your vision, or listen to it, or look at your vision board….. any and all of the tools you have to keep your vision close, review them.  Really feel the feelings of being in that life.  Then write your I AM statements, qualities that line up with that greater version of yourself.  I AM RICH!  😃  I am loved, I am healthy and vibrant….  the most powerful words there are.  I AM.  Finally, commit to the things you are creating by writing it down.  I AM Creating….  this can resemble a to do list of the important projects for your day, week, month or year.  I am creating an empire as a legacy to my children.  I am creating a beautiful, healthy body.  Use these three exercises to begin to migrate at the same frequency as the life you want.
Who is creating your life?  Are you living by default or by design?  You decide.
Make it an outstanding day, on purpose!!
Namaste’ 
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Be in Love With The Truth

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
Theme for the Month – Intention
The month of July is a really big one;  we are going to be learning all about Intention.  This is the most basic life skill, the premise on which all of the other lessons are built.  Thoughts are the makers of things.  Everything was created twice, once in thought and again in form.  You are a creator whether you like it or not, but you can choose to be the master of what you create, or you can continue to create by rote, at the mercy of your past and your circumstances.   It is all about setting your Intention for what you want, and then giving your attention and energy to that.  It is about becoming, at the cellular level, the being that is living the life you want.  Dig in!  Make a note of where you are today and set your intention to look back in August and see the amazing changes you have wrought in your life.  July 2017 will only happen once, so make it the best month of your life; on purpose. Watch this video to help you know if the time is right for you to jump in and really get serious about building the life of your dreams.
Be in Love With The Truth
Remind yourself of the gigantic, awesome and amazing power that is working all around, all through and as you!  You are a divine child of God, with limitless potential to be, do, and have whatever you wish.  Be in awe of this power and unimpressed with your daily dramas and the “facts” of your life.  Your current weight, your bank balance, your relationship status, where you went to school… these are all “facts”, they are not the truth.  They are merely conditions that are complete putty to your thinking.  Fall in love with the truth and watch the facts line up to match that.
Who is creating your life?  Are you living by default or by design?  You decide.
Make it an outstanding day, on purpose!!
Namaste’
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