Cleaning House

As my family and I cleaned house today, it had me thinking. In order to bring in the new, you have to clean out the old. I apply that to every aspect of my life. God wants to bless us with new things, but how can he if we are full of clutter. My motto while I clean the house, is if I haven’t used it in a year, I probably won’t use it at all. How many items do we hang onto for years without ever using it. We just don’t want to throw it away. I think it’s there just in case we need it. If you have not needed it all of this time, you probably won’t. Our bodies work the same way. We place food in your body, it uses the needed nutrients and then you eliminate the waste. There are times we may have to do that with our relationships with people as well. If we are not producing positivity within our relationships with people, we may have to clean house and find new ones.

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Veganism

I have been a Vegan now for about 5 months. It was not easy at first, giving up dairy, meat and my hardest was eggs. I love eggs, but everything you love is not always good for you. My eating habits were not too bad. I like to eat sweets and eggs. I did eat plenty of vegetables and proteins. As I was getting older, I realized I had to eat better. I have already put my body through enough, with pizza, hamburgers, barbecue and plenty of eggs and cheese. Our bodies were not designed to put junk in it on a constant basis. God designed us the way he wanted and we are to take care of his creation (us). Taking care of yourself includes placing the right food in your body, exercising and daily prayer (which we all need). We spend more money on the appearance of our outside body than we do on what we put inside of our body. Which is more important? Which will lead you to a healthier and happier life? It’s definitely not the outer shell. If we spent more time putting good stuff inside of us, it will most definitely take care of our outside anyway. Let’s start one day at a time and work on us (inside first and then outside).

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Recipes

QUINOA AND WATERMELON SALAD

Ingredients

  • 6 cups watermelon cut into small bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 4 oz feta cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 cup almonds or walnuts
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Cook the quinoa according to package directions. When complete, drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Toast the almonds (or walnuts) in a dry pan on top of the stove over medium-low heat. It will take about 10 minutes to toast them. Watch the pan as you will need to shake it occasion to ensure they do not burn. When they are toasty brown, remove them from the heat and immediately remove them from the pan (If they are left in the pan, they will continue to cook and may burn) and set them on the cutting board. When they are cool enough to handle, give them a chop. You’ll want large, crunchy pieces.
  3. Cut the watermelon into small bite sized pieces. Put these a bowl. When cooled add the quinoa and nuts. Add the crumbled feta cheese and arugula. Drizzle with olive oil and an entire lemon. Toss together well, transfer to a beautiful bowl and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Enjoy!
  4. This salad is best super cold, so it makes sense to cook the quinoa the day before and chop the watermelon and refrigerate them overnight. The next day assembly is super easy!
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My Quest for Peace and Joy

I am currently on my second day of blogging. I am still updating and tweaking the site. I hope when I am done you will find it very informative. As I try to find the words to type today, I am slightly disturbed by some issues in my life. I am on a quest to find my inner peace and joy. I know from going to church, it can only be found in God. Therefore, I pray daily for peace and joy. I know from experience it is not found in people. As I have grown to learn, people will always let you down, whether it is intentional or not. I am currently reading Joyce Meyers new book “Unshakeable Trust”, she mentions how she has decided to trust with her eyes wide open and not expect anyone to not ever disappoint her, except God. And even when he does disappoint us, it’s for our own good. We can’t expect from people what they don’t have (that’s from me:) If people are not happy and at peace, how can they give that to you.  As God’s child you have the option to decide to be happy. Each day of your life, your are in control of how you will spend it. I know some days don’t go as planned, but it is up to you to make the best or let it take the best of you. Today I could have been sour and ate up everything in the kitchen, skipped my exercise, and just be mean to everyone around me, because things didn’t go my way. I chose, through a lot of prayer, to not let my  current circumstance dictate how my day is going to be spent. I personally call it being disciplined, which I learned through biblical teaching and going to school. You can’t let anything stop you from doing what you are called to do and accomplish.

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Hello and Welcome

I will be sharing my recipes, fitness ideas and nutrition news with you. I have been asked several times, what I eat in a day as a Vegan. I am here to let you know what I eat,  and    my  fitness routines,  that allow me to stay in shape at 42 years old. I am also going to share my ideas for teaching homeschool students as well. I am a retired teacher and I homeschool my 9 year old, as well as run my business, as a personal chef and a partner with my husband in real estate investments.

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