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busy working bee, with a ton of recipes!

Yes I am!  In fact, I even bought a planner.  The ultimate sign of a hectic schedule.  Besides organizing my work day, it has helped me plan out the meals that I want to make.

One of the recipes that I have recently made, and really enjoyed, was featured on a Dr. Oz episode (of course) about ovarian cancer.  The recipe Dr. Oz and Dr. William Li made was Sea Bass with a Mediterranean Sauce.  Because of the price of Sea Bass, I  made this recipe with Tilapia, another tasty white fish.  If you don’t eat fish, I would just try the sauce, it’s amazing!  I have used it on top of brown rice, and sauted greens (kale, collards, chard).  It really adds nice flavor.

Besides my Dr. Oz recipe (maybe I can be nominated as his biggest fan?), my time in the kitchen has been limited.  Which is a real bummer because I have a ton of recipes to try!  Check these out, make them, and then tell me how they are =]

  • I found a recipe on Yum Sugar for Cream of Tomato Soup.  I LOVE tomato soup, but find the canned version too salty, and too sweet.
  • This healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake  is made with greek yogurt.  Endless Beauty posted a video for this recipe on youtube almost a year ago.  So i’m more then just a little behind on this one.
  • I may be a little bias, but Whole Foods never fails me when I’m searching for a new recipe.  I can’t wait to try this Curried Cauliflower Soup.
  • If you haven’t read Kelly’s Blog (Meals for Miles), check it out.  Currently earning her masters in nutrition/dietetics, she one of my favorite blogs to read for nutrition and health information.  Plus, she is my running inspiration, she is crazy dedicated!  Anyway Kelly, why haven’t I made the salmon cakes that you posted forever ago?!!?  The can of salmon has literally been in my pantry for that long.
  • Speaking of blogs that I love, Emily (Daily Garnish) is a vegetarian culinary goddess!!  After attending Johnson and Whales, Emily (also a momma to be!) lives in beautiful Seattle, Washington.  Two places that I dream of going to.  (You are a lucky girl!)  Emily very recently posted a recipe for Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies made with pumpkin.  And if I am not totally exhausted after this post, I will go make them!
  • My love for white fish always has me searching for new recipes, and I can not wait to try this one I found on the Food Network for Baked Costa Rican-Style Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice.  yummm

So my next day off, I’ve got some big plans

Stay Natural ♥ C

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When counting sheep doesn’t work

A high quality “whole foods” diet and exercise have always been what I rely on in order to feel my best.  But this summer I needed something more.  Feeling lethargic and unmotivated to do anything, I knew there was something missing.  That is when I discovered it, the life changing solution to all of my problems was found.  And the miracle cure is?  A really goodnight’s sleep

I have always considered myself a morning person, and that is still true!  I am much better at getting things done in the morning then I am later.  However, these last couple of years I would deprive myself of an hour or two of sleep in order to work out, and squeeze some extra time into my day.  Because I was feeling so tired, I decided to investigate and figure out how to get not only more sleep, but a higher quality of sleep.

It was Dr. Oz (of course) that taught me about Melatonin, a hormone that is made by the pineal gland (in the brain) that controls your sleep and wake cycles.  When exposed to light, the amount of Melatonin is reduced, causing us to wake up.  This light can be natural, or artificial.  But let’s start with natural.

Step 1: Darkening my Room

It was then that I noticed that when I woke up in the morning, the small amount of light that was sneaking through my window shades and under my door was distracting, keeping me away from that extra hour or two of snooze time.  What did I do?

  • Bought long, dark, brown window drapes.
  • It may sound cheep and ‘tacky’, but I use sticky tack to secure down the sides of my shades.
  • Using a blanket or towel block the bottom of my door, where light was pouring through.
  • Channeling my inner Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffanys) , I use a sleep mask.
Step 2: Limiting Artificial Light 
This one is tough for me, because I love using my laptop and watching my favorite tv shows and movies to relax at night.  But knowing that it can deplete my Melatonin, and effect my sleep, is motivation for me to limit my exposure, and pick up a good book.
Step 3: Drinking my Melatonin 
Did you know that Tart Cherry Juice contains a natural source of Melatonin?  I will drink to that!  That is why I recently started drinking a glass dinner, allowing time for the Melatonin to kick in!
Step 4: Magnesium
For myself, I find that taking a magnesium supplement before bed has improved my quality of sleep tremendously.  This is one step that I would do some research on.  I can tell you that I love this powdered form of magnesium called calm that you mix into warm water.  My favorite is the raspberry lemonade flavor =]
And the benefits to a good night’s sleep?  They are endless.  Just check out these Links.  They offer great articles on giving more tips on how to get a goodnight’s sleep, and the multiple benefits of catching some zzzzz’s.
Time to recharge
you with me?
stay natural & sleep well
♥ C

I basically do whatever dr. oz tells me too.

Well, not necessarily.  However, I do believe he is an incredibly smart doctor that focuses and promotes the power of nutrition and natural supplements.  After catching a show the other day that talked about papaya, K has been obsessed with it!

The show we saw talked about papaya as an anti-cancer superfood, but it has also been featured on Dr. Oz’s show as a secret to Longevity.  All the information talked about on the show can be found through these links that will direct you to his show’s page.

Papaya is an interesting fruit.  I would say it is a cross between a cantaloupe and a mango, definitely a ‘tropical’ flavor.

Since it is not a popular fruit, I thought I would show you what it looks like!

After cutting it in half lengthwise, you will find a ton of little black seeds that can be easily scooped out.

The seeds are edible., but I wouldn’t recommend eating them straight.  They have a peppery taste, and are best used ground up in salad dressings.

As long as the seeds are gone, you can easily remove the skin, and cut the papaya any way that you would like!

Try papaya in your smoothie, or a fruit based salsa!

Link time!!

I really came across sooo many interesting articles this week!

This feature on Bison (Buffalo) meat was my favorite.  It is probably the best meat out there.  Lower in calories, fat, and cholesterol than beef, pork, or skinless chicken, but higher in iron and B12!  PLEASE check out this article!

It is interesting to know how much exercise you really need.

Look at those nails and find out what they are saying about your health.

Still feeling sore after your workout?  Check out these tips.

Stay Natural ♥ C