Sunday, December 14, 2014
I made a sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving that called for Pomegranate seeds and my son found a tip on how to best open the fruit and obtain the seeds. Here's how:
Simply cut the pomegranate into quarters and soak in a pan or sink of hot water. The seeds will easily separate from the fruit membrane and you will not get pomegranate juice all over your clothes.
Now that we know how easy it can be we are much more likely to eat this super healthy fruit and I hope you will too!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
I was posting this recipe for my Natural Remedies for Healthy Living team and decided to share it will ALL of my spark friends because it is just that good! Its something different to offer on your holiday table than the tried and true sweet potato casserole that some of us have just grown weary of. This was a huge hit with my family, even for those who don't like sweet potatoes. So give it a try!
"Baked Sweet Taters and Fruit"
2 medium sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp butter or alternative
1/2 cup chopped pecans or nut of choice
1 tart apple, cored and cut in chunks (granny smith is a good choice)
1 cup dried pitted plums, halved
1/2 pomegranate, halved with seeds scooped out
1 concord pear, cored and cut in chunks
1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F
2. Rinse and peel sweet potatoes
3. Grease 9x9x2 pan with 1 Tbsp butter
4. Add sweet potatoes, apple, pear and plums and mix well. Top with remaining butter and chopped nuts
5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with aluminum foil
6. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender, about 40-50 minutes
7. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and ENJOY!
Serves 4, so double or triple recipe for larger groups.
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Some of you may already know that I've been job hunting since late last spring, but without much luck. I've had one offer but it was't viable and one very close call, with me being 2nd choice for a very prestigious clinic in Seattle. I was really disappointed I didn't get the job but to be 2nd choice from all the applicants in such a high-end prestigious clinic where standards are unbelievably high definitely eased the pain somewhat. Since then I've been lazily submitting applications and resumes here and there.
Somehow, through loose lips (yes, they really do sink ships...) the owner of my clinic found out that I am looking for a new job. So yesterday she told me that she has decided to start looking for my replacement and is giving me roughly one month's notice. I was shocked, not to mention hurt by the betrayal of someone I trusted. However, I didn't let it ruin my day and finished my work day as if nothing had happened, although I admit that my lunch didn't stay down...nervous digestion!
My boss, a cold and somewhat vindictive woman, told me that she also wants to replace me because my severe perfume allergy (which almost killed me on the job back in September) is a problem for the clinic. As much as I don't want to be out of work come early December, I can't really feel too bad about leaving this job which is so poorly managed and where I have a few really nasty, toxic coworkers. I've been grossly underpaid since I started there with no hopes of a raise, medical benefits or increased hours. SO, I am merely picking myself up and dusting myself off and ramping up my job search with the high hopes that I will find my dream job and with the knowledge that I have lots to offer with my many skills, years of experience and the fact that I am one major rockstar medical assistant and phlebotomist.
In fact, I already have a couple of interviews set up for next week and one of them is especially promising, in Cardiology, a specialty I have not worked but think I would enjoy very much. I love doing EKG's and that would be a big part of the position as well as many other skills I have used in the past and many more I will learn if I get the job.
I've decided not to let this little hiccup at work upset me or give me a reason to look down on myself. Sometimes a push is whats really needed to get one moving in the right direction and I believe that this is what I needed to really get fired up about my job search. Before it was something I wanted but felt no real urgency in attaining but now I'm super motivated to get another job, my dream job. I'm not going to let this become a reason to let go of healthy habits, in fact it gives me more reason to stay healthy and keep up the exercise, so that I'm ready and able to take on anything that comes my way! The more I exercise the more confidence I will have for each and every interview.
So I hope you will all wish me well, send up some prayers and keep me in your thoughts as I jump full time into the world of job hunting once again.
Thanks for listening and for all your support!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
So I've been struggling with exercise lately, not really in doing it because I've been working out each day but in the way that I think my routine needs a change. So I have this new plan.
Instead of doing both cardio and alternating upper/lower body ST each day I'm going to do 2-3 full body workouts each week and do cardio as many days as I can, usually 6. I plan to rotate some ST workouts between Rachel McLish's awesome ST program, Jackie Warner's 40 minute full body ST and some various S90 workouts.
I think this new structure will help me. I tend to forget from one day to the next if I'm due to do upper or lower body and don't always have time to hop on spark to check my workouts the last few days. I also don't feel I'm getting as much progress in working my 15 minute ST workouts so what the heck...I'm going to try something different up until Halloween and then decide what works best for me.
I've been trying to look at my diet and figure out ways to improve it but haven't really come with any solutions yet. For now I'm trying really hard to stay away from all sugar and simple carbs, aside from fruit, and thats a challenge enough for the next couple of weeks. This morning instead of eating sweetened yogurt for breakfast I had plain yogurt with some of my own fresh blackberries and some ground flaxseed. I added a half packet of stevia which made it just sweet enough to eat and to help my taste buds make the transition to life without sugar. Unfortunately, just in the last few years I've really begun to enjoy fruit so eating only one serving of fruit a day is a real bummer for me and I'm still getting in 1 1/2 to 2 servings of fruit a day...and I want MORE!
Things are going well with my son suddenly living with us. Without going into it, we've had real serious problems in the past and he's 29 and starting over, so this is a real adjustment for all of us, but I'm happy to report that so far so good. He's working around the house and yard, getting in a lot of jobhunting and has 2 interviews tomorrow. He's also decided to go to phlebotomy school so he's looking into that as well.
Thanks for reading my blog, I appreciate your support! I would like to know how many of you do cardio and ST each day and how many of you do ST on specific days of the week? What brought you to that decision and is it working well for you?
Thanks for all your help spark friends!
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