Month: April, 2013

Healthy Meals Can Taste Good

Last week I began a Fat Shredder program that will continue for two weeks. It consist of eating a lean protein, vegetables and a fruit for breakfast and lunch, a lean protein and vegetables for dinner. My two snacks a day are TLS protein nutrition shakes ( 18g protein and 10g fiber).I am taking 3 accelerators to help with my belly fat,stress level and carb addiction. As always I include some type of fitness into my day even if I only have ten minutes. This program helps you to get back on track with a healthy daily routine while shedding body fat.

Some of my friends believe this food is DIET food. Not true! This is a healthy lifestyle change not a diet. Below is the recipe for baked eggplant parm that I always make. If you came to my house for dinner you would never think this was a DIET food. Remember I am not a chef and I do not like to measure food so I apologize if this recipe is not like as easy to follow as a cook book. lol Let me know how you like this recipe after you make it.


Wash the eggplant and slice in thick round pieces.

Place the eggplant onto a flat cookie sheet or cutting board. Shake a lot of salt over the eggplant ( this will take out any bitterness).

Cover the eggplant with a clean towel and place something heavy on top for about 30 minutes.

Rinse the eggplant to remove the excess salt and dry the pieces.

Choose your favorite red sauce ( I like Culinary Circle Arrabbiata from Acme) and pour some coating the bottom of a lasagna dish.

Place the eggplant on top of  the sauce.

You will layer the eggplant, black beans (rinsed) , low fat cheese ( I like Sargento 4 cheese Mexican) and the sauce. Sometimes I will add baby spinach as well.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes covered with foil and another 15 minutes uncovered or until brown.


This is absolutely delicious! No oil, no bread crumbs just good healthy eating!

Make healthy choices today!




Get Rid of Guilt

Getting rid of guilt can be a difficult process.  As human beings, we have a tendency to beat ourselves up over bad decisions.  We constantly re-live our mistakes by replaying the situation over and over again in our minds.  Guilt is a very paralyzing emotion.  No one wants to make a decision that will cause a negative consequence but it is in those experiences that a valuable lesson is learned.  Getting rid of guilt means realizing your mistake and moving on.  Don’t allow guilt to stagnate your growth.  Don’t allow your past to cripple your present or dictate your future.  Keep your chin up.  Forgive yourself.

Here are ways to help you get rid of guilt:

– Apologize to the person who you have offended.
– Learn from your actions.
– Don’t dwell on your mistakes.
– Take affirming steps when a guilt feeling comes up.
– Do a good deed.
– Write the experience down, so that you can mentally retrace your actions.


5 Quotes for Staying Motivated & Focused

5 Quotes for Staying Motivated & Focused.

5 Quotes for Staying Motivated & Focused

In the end you only regret the chances you didn’t take. Staying motivated is essential for success and having the opportunity to check off every goal, dream and aspiration on your bucket list is a huge accomplishment. It means you kept your eye on the prize, that you stayed focused, that you made sacrifices to live a few years of your life like most people won’t so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.

When I find myself getting tired, stressed or lacking in inspiration, I read quotes for staying motivated and think about what I’m going to do next. Here are a few that really moved me lately. xo


5 Quotes for Staying Motivated & Focused

  • “Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for each dream precedes the goal.” – Mother Teresa
  • “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
  • “Refuse to emotionally succumb to the negative events around you and tap your mental toughness to thrive in any environment. The good guy doesn’t always win and justice doesn’t always prevail, but where you direct your mental energy will always determine your attitude and it will always be controlled by you.” – Steve Siebold
  • “Get hungry for the things that are truly important to you. Think of the people you respect and love, the moments you relish, the impact you want to have, the legacy you want to leave. Bottom line: don’t waste your time on anything else.”
  • “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”

5 Tips for Avoiding Anxiety at Work

Believe it or not more people suffer from anxiety than you would ever expect. Nearly everyone has moments of anxiousness and for some people learning to avoid anxiety at work is a real challenge. Avoiding anxiety is tough, especially if you have too much to do or deadlines to meet. But when you finally get over the hump and embrace a sense of confidence, you will feel so good. Here’s a few tips to avoid anxiety at the office and get your groove back.


5 Tips for Avoiding Anxiety at Work

  1. Stay busy. The busier you are, the more time you will spend checking things off your to-do list and less time worrying about them piling up.
  2. Redirect your anxiety. Rather than dwelling on something offer to help a coworker or take a walk to turn it into positive energy.
  3. Talk it out. If you’re trying to avoid anxiety at work, grab one of your work besties and talk about it.
  4. Listen to music. Throw your earphones in and rock out while getting your work done.
  5. Get some air. Step outside into the sunshine and fresh air and take some cleansing deep breaths

Ladies I take a product called Feminene Female Support Formula. The purpose of this vitamin is to help with female hormones for menstrual cycles and hot flashes etc….but I found it helps me so much with controlling the symptoms of my anxiety.  I swear by it! The link below will allow you to read all the benefits.

Vacation Time


This is the time of year when we usually begin thinking of where to go on vacation. I have been on five cruises and to Cancun for Spring Break, Disney a few times and to Puerto Rico. But my all time favorite vacation is to head down the shore and camp close to the beach with my family.

We start out preparing the camp site by sweeping the ground to even it out next we map out the tent, screen house and grill. The fun time is putting the tent up trying to remember which way the pitch goes before it gets dark. lol. Building the screen house is next and then add our dining table, set the grill and get ready for the evening camp fire. Finally our camp site is ready for our 10 days of family bliss. A perfect day for my family is to get up for an early morning run around the lake (some of us),  my sister cooking sizzling bacon and eggs, head to the lake for the day with a packed lunch and then dinner on the fire. The best part of the day is to sit around the camp fire roasting smores  and telling great stories. Notice I never said Laptop, Tv or XBOX. The kids never miss it.

I will always have these amazing memories thanks to my children, sister, nephews and niece.It all started with my mom taking us all our lives. Now that she is gone my sister and I keep the tradition going and bring our children for family time camping.

My favorite store to purchase camping gear is Campmor 

What are your family vacation traditions? Do you also like camping or are you an all inclusive kind of person? I’m looking forward to hearing all about it. Where do you like to go to buy your vacation gear? Do you have a favorite store……or site?

15 Foods That Nourish the Thyroid

Thanks to outspoken doctors and the media, instead of being overlooked,  thyroid disease has become a more public and discussed issue over the last decade. Because women are more prone to having thyroid imbalances, we often first notice symptoms through our energy levels, sleep habits, weight and fertility. If you are struggling in any of these areas, I urge you to speak with a medical professional and get your levels tested to rule out any possible thyroid problems. But whether or not you take medication to regulate the gland’s hormones, you can still stock up on specific nutrients and foods that nourish the thyroid for overall better health and function.


15 Foods That Nourish the Thyroid

  • Sea vegetables for iodine
  • Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds for selenium
  • Turkey, whole grains and ginger root for zinc
  • Spinach for iron
  • Carrots for vitamin A
  • Citrus fruits for vitamin C
  • Beans for vitamin E
  • Wild rice and egg yolks for vitamin B2
  • White chicken meat for vitamin B3
  • Fish and bananas for vitamin B6

What’s been your experience with your thyroid gland? Have you found any other natural foods that nourish the thyroid?

Owning A Business vs Working for Someone Else: What You Need to Know

n today’s economy, where jobs are tough to come by, working for yourself is the best option out there. It used to be that if you studied hard and went to school, you’d get a good job – right out of the gate. Unfortunately, times have changed and with a challenged economy, competition is fierce and businesses are scaling back. Want to have a job and keep it? Owning a business may be just the answer you need.

Getting started as an entrepreneur may not be the easiest project you ever embarked on, but in the long run, owning a business versus working for someone will be the best decision you ever made. Here are a few tips for going on the adventure of your dreams, entrepreneurism.


Owning A Business vs Working for Someone Else: What You Need to Know

  • Check your ego at the door. Seriously. This is going to be tough.
  • Be very frugal – from day one.
  • Keep your business simple. Do one thing and do it well.
  • Put yourself out there. Starting your own business means going for it.
  • Be prepared. For….anything.

How about you? Does owning a business versus working for someone else seem like a doable plan?

Top 10 Antioxidant Fruits and Veggies

If you’re stopping by the grocery store for an early-week food run, be sure to stock up on as many antioxidant rich foods as you can. A variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs high in antioxidants and vitamins are essential to prevent aging, boost the immune system and protect against free radicals. Of course, we love beauty products for an extra boost but there’s nothing like a healthy glow that radiates from the inside!


10 Antioxidant Fruits and Veggies

  1. Berries
  2. Broccoli
  3. Purple cabbage
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Red grapes
  6. Apples
  7. Sprouts
  8. Red bell pepepr
  9. Kale
  10. Eggplant