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Does today feel like a borderline day? Do you feel that you can go either way with your day?

Everyone has those days when you feel like giving up but aren’t completely sold. It could be business, it could be your eating or exercise. Whatever the case, they are all the same. The decision you make will alter your life in some way. The verse, Isaiah 41:10 says

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold yo with my righteous right hand.”

The cool part is the one before ” I have chosen you”

If you pray, seek God he will show you what to do and how to do it. Many times we get discouraged because we aren’t “hearing” anything from God and we get so hyper-focused on that, we miss the blessing or direction. Don’t focus on the weightloss, business, finances… but, focus on God. It says in Phil 3:14: Keep your eyes on the prize, do not look at what is behind you but strain toward what is ahead. Press forward to the prize for which God has called YOU.

Like in Proverbs 4:27, “Do not sway left or right but keep your foot from evil”. Meaning do not let your eye wander from what God has you to do, regardless as to what is said. Now, we are to pray because we could be on a path and if the path doesn’t make sense or we are making the wrong decisions and God brings someone into our life to help guide us the right way, we need to be open to that person. As to why, pray without ceasing and to keep your eyes on him.

Only God can move that mountain but it is your faith in him that will move that mountain. You ask, with faith, without swaying and it will be done. But there are some things in which God does give us to teach us a lesson because we just won’t get off of it.

Be careful what you wish for, is the saying. God may grant it but are you ready for the responsibilities it will bring. That’s why in business slow growth is important. (Proverbs 13:11).

The rule 10% applies in running, training, and business. It is the same. Success can happen overnight but rarely is it forever. A hurricane and tornado can rise up in an instant and destroy everything in its path.

Have discipline in your work, be persistent and knowledge to grow your wisdom to make the right choices, pray without ceasing. Do not lean on your own understanding as to why something is going on. Know that you are not in control. But in the same hand, do not worry. Worry is fear, and fear is distrust. Then why pray if all you are going to do is “give it to God” then talk about all the negative that you have, what you don’t have and how you don’t know how you will do it.

If you live alone , don’t have anyone for support. Know that God is your provider, your cheerleader, your dad, your friend. Like a phone call to a person, you have to call on his name. The sparrow has nothing to worry about, for that little bitty thing knows that food will be provided. A child has no fear and goes for it. Sometimes our extended knowledge of the world brings us fear. Fear isn’t real. Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.

Nothing is impossible for everything is possible through God. You, ” I am Possible” I am possible to do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Go out into the world and change your fears into possible things. Cast your fears far from  your thoughts because it is in your head that you can harm your health, and make you think you can’t do it. Anxiety, worry, fear… are all in your head. Cast out the thought so it doesn’t move down into your heart, to your stomach and make you sick with worry, fear, anxiety… which is the leading cause of so many health issues, stomach, digestive issues.

sunriseToday, put your feet on the floor knowing today is your day to make a change and be the best you can be with what you have, eyes open, ears open like someone on high alert ready for positive change and success.

Whether you believe in God or not, the thing is that Proverbs has a lot of wise advise so does a lot of the bible that makes sense and many apply what is in the bible to life that don’t know they do…. interesting but true.

Love one another.

 

 

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Today is a beautiful day in Miami, FL. I am at the Fairchild Garden Spring event as one of the demonstration chefs. As the owner of Skinny South Incredible Treats, I want to always put forth healthy dessert alternatives. For this one it is Apricot Toasties: Gluten free, vegan… the diabetic friendly part I will show you.

The ingredients:

Coconut : Deliciously valuable and a large nut fruit. Very popular in South Florida and grown all over. It is high in Saturated fat, but rich in Omega 3, contains some protein and carbs, fiber. Traces of B, E, potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, copper. Very diverse from cooking to yogurt… to topical to drinking…

The value of this oil is it is not like the hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils and fats which are usually fortified with Vitamin A, and other additives which tend to function differently in the body ; therefore, it increases the blood cholesterol, yielding to cardiovascular problems and cancer risks. Lard, butter and chicken fat do the same.

Now, I hear the switch to polyunsaturated fats / oils so the saturated fats are less consumed, hoping to keep the heart healthy. Well heating a polyunsaturated fat is not wise because science talk: it has one unsaturated bond which hydrogen atoms attach.  Simple talk: the heating affects the chemical structure which is less usable for the body and difficult for the body to process. If you heat the oil it will oxidize which destroys cell. Whereas, antioxidants repairs, heals and keeps cells from breaking down thus preventing cancer, cardiovascular issues.

The fat that coconut contains: B, C, E… these burn fat. Also, having traces of potassium and Magnesium helps calcium absorb into the body. This little nut fruit is essential to have in your pantry, if you are not allergic.

Vegetable shortening The vegetable oil I used today is organic and rich in E, essential fatty acids and linoleic acid which is Omega 6 and also found in wheat is germ, safflower, sesame (rich in protein) and sunflower.

On a side note, after I wrote this, I had questions from the chef’s demo ….

Why don’t I use coconut oil? or shortening? Because I am already using coconut flakes, unsweetened, but I don’t want an over load of coconut. Instead this is a palm oil which contains monounsaturated and saturated oils. The apricots containing C and Beta Carotene will help burn the saturated oils and is why I used dried fruit in the recipe, without it would be just sugar and oil … thus less healthy.

It is wise to use a polyunsaturated fat and an E together for better fat absorption. Sunflowers added to your salad is an easy fix.

Apricots : This little guy is awesome ! Rich in A, high in C, Iron , potassium, manganese. Beta Carotene is an antioxidant which helps cells, skin , hair. Remember heating of the oil causes oxidation…. and antioxidants help the cell… well this is beta carotene, and C…. two things the apricot has.

Sugars: table  sugar glycemic index is 65 whereas the organic brown rice syrup found in many health food items like hemp milk is 98 on the glycemic index. My advice, know your sugars but foods like blackstrap molasses mixed with organic cane sugar reduces the glycemic load into the bloodstream.

Other food items to pair with sugars is cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, protein and fat. Protein slows down the sugars running through the bloodstream and fat does too.

With the Apricot toasties, I add cinnamon in the mixture to help slow down the sugars rushing through. You can also substitute pea protein 1/4 cup gluten-free flour for added protein .

Organic Stevia

Organic cane sugar and brown sugar

Vanilla Extract and Almond Extra

Other questions from the chef’s demo:

  1. can I use quinoa flour?

    you can but it is heavy and it contains high carbs and fat. We are just making toasties. I suggest a pea protein isolate so that it stays light and no carbs and no extra fat because we are using coconut and palm oil. Too much carbs in your dish then you will have added weight on your hips.

  2. Can I use just stevia?

    A few reasons why not, but at the end of the day, its your journey….1)  if you like the aftertaste of some stevias. 2)  the pure stevia,  like pure olive oil is very expensive.  3)This dish was designed with a budget. It yields 60 toasties. 4) Also, the glycemic index is reduced when using real sugars with protein and spices. Again, table sugar is a less glycemic index than brown rice syrup or evaporated cane juice/ syrup in most health foods. Remember food pairing is the best choice. 5) Because even stevia is processed down. If you ever had a stevia plant and tried to extract sugar from it… like trying to get juice out wheatgrass, takes a lot. Yes, I speak from experience.

  3. Can I use brown rice flour instead of white rice flour?

    Yes but it is the difference between brown rice and white rice… brown will be heavier than white and remember we are using flaxseed meal for toasties… toasties are to be light and if you have too much fiber then your guests may not visit with you, they will be reading the bathroom materials instead.u

  4. Do you do cooking classes?

    What I do is I come to your home, church or business and I teach you how to pair the right foods together. Based on the type of environment or what we discuss previously, yes I can do cooking classes. 

    Just email me at lovelifenutrition.tracy@gmail.com and we can discuss. Its affordable. My clients currently include: Helena Chemical, MLGW (electric company), celebrities, chefs, schools and Cigna health insurance (as a third-party vendor to their corporate clients).

  5. Do you have a book?

    I am finishing it up . A couple of books. One is Journey with Food and the other the Journey Within. Journey with Food comes out in a few months and will be available on Amazon.com site.I am a published nutritionist in several magazines like Premier Bride, Dallas Bride, Justine Teen Magazine.

  6. What has been your experience?  My experience has been life and other’s lives. My father, stepdad, grandmother…. experienced diabetes. I myself, experience hypoglycemia. I cannot pair certain foods together and I cannot have anything that has more than 10g of sugar at one time. I can feel my blood sugar rise. I can feel my body and then I know I will crash in a few moments into a deep sleep for 2 hours. I am an avid athlete, an aspiring Olympic hopeful at one time but life got in the way…. sometimes our journey takes us a different way than what we wanted. I am a mother of a 12-year-old with several types of moderate mental disabilities. I was in a severe car accident that  left me in the bed for 3 months and then learning to walk again … told I would never walk again and if so it would be with assistance… I mailed the doctor my autographed 5k and marathon photo a year later. I am a single parent who is a business owner which comes with its own financial challenges. When I was with food stamps, how I built my Skinny South Incredible Treats business, the most important thing to remember is nutrition. Regardless, I always put the right foods together keeping the staples of spinach, pasta, apples, carrots, milk, butter, bread, peanut butter, tomato sauce… that’s all we could get at times and many times I wouldn’t be able to eat dinner, lunch… whatever. But, blessed with the Lord’s hand, we are doing much better. Now, I want to show others it can be done but not to focus so much on the hype or the type, but focus on the ingredients and the nutrients.

Any more questions can be sent to lovelifenutrition.tracy@gmail.com

 

Apricot Toasties

Preheat oven 350 ( because it is gluten-free you will reduce the temp and time it is baking) Less processed food items take less time to prepare. ….

Create “egg” vegan egg… 2 tbsp flaxseed meal to 6 tbsp warm water , stir and let set for 5 minutes

in a saucepan combine:

1 ½ cup chopped dried apricots (put in freezer and then taken out, thaw they will be sweeter)

½ cup water

cover and cook together 5-8 minutes

sift or blend together:

1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour

¾ cup gluten-free brown rice flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp kosher sea salt

Cream together :

1 cup vegetable shorten

¼ cup confectioner’s sugar

¼ cup stevia in the raw

½ cup light brown sugar ( or make your own with ½ cup organic cane sugar and ¼ cup blackstrap molasses in a saucepan and stir regularly until well blended over low heat , do not burn)

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp almond extract

blend in the flaxseed meal egg mixture

stir in dry ingredients and cooled apricot mixture

take 1 tsp of mixture and drop into 1 ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

and shape into balls

place 1 “ apart and on baking sheet

top each one with a whole almond or sliced

bake 350 10 min or until coconut is slightly toasted

makes 6 dozen

yum yum enjoy !

enjoy

The tallest mountain in the world Mount Everest, has seen many deaths but since the 90’s the success has nearly tripled.
Why?
Better gear and better guides.

We all have mountains to go over and only 56% are successful. Good part is that many people are becoming more successfully due to better gear and guides.

We constantly have struggles, and those struggles are won over by the resources we have.

There are more self help books than ever before but they mostly are people’s opinions, and studies. Their struggle may or may not help you.
My struggle may or may not help you. However I do suggest that you take a little from everything and with help from Trusted source, custom design your own rope.

God has been an amazing tool in my life.
Many times I have turned to materialistic things or people unfortunately that only satisfied me for the day and I was back or worse than before.
People have their own things going own and their own opinions from their own educational standpoint. But with the educated guide, which is a strong woman or man in Christ and your guidebook, the bible you can conqueror your Mount Everest.

Galatians 6:2-9
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived:God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

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