Thursday, September 25, 2014

Real Food Fridays #57 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Do you Have a Health Goal?

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Do you have a health goal you would like to achieve? Maybe to loss some pounds, inches, start meditating, or clearing out negative thoughts, eat real food, or grow closer to the father? To truly lead a healthy life all parts of the body need to be addressed mind, body, and soul.

We need a strong, fit, and toned body in order to remain healthy on the inside out. A healthy body helps us fight off illness, prevent or reverse osteoporosis, and builds a strong immune system. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day six days a week is enough to build a strong healthy body inside and out.

Meditation is very important for relieving stress and allowing us some time for our selves to focus on what we want and need. It can also be used to meditate on scripture. It is also important to make sure we are not focusing on negative thoughts about our selves and others.

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Our food supply has become null and void of any vitamins, nutrients, and minerals due to various factors. When our bodies do not get those important properties from food it acts like it is still hungry. Does this happen to you? You just get done eating and an hour or less your hungry again. No, your body is not asking for more food it is asking for the things it is not getting in the food you are eating. This could lead to illness and weight gain.

As a believer I know what it is like to live without the Father in my life and with Him in my life. It did not give me a picture perfect life, but having Him in my life gives me hope. I know that no matter what happens He has my back. Now I actually am glad when something goes wrong, crazy huh, because I have learned that when bad things happen and I trust in Him something good is coming and it always does. That is not to say that I don't worry, but not as much, and I can pray, read the Word, and talk to Him where I receive comfort.

If any of these things are something you want to address join us in November for the 30 Days to a Better You challenge. Each day you will get ideas for incorporating a lifestyle change in all these areas. There are currently three bloggers putting together the challenge we need one more for real food. If you are a blogger who blogs on real food, creates recipes which include allergy free, and love to help others email me at edjumpoff@yahoo.com with the word challenge in the subject line. If you are a blogger and would like to offer this challenge to your readers email me for details again with the word challenge in the subject line.

If you would like to participate in this challenge please leave a comment below. Please be sure there is an email address attached either by means of your name, blog, or typed in.

The bloggers who are already involved in creating the challenge along with my self are very excited to help others begin to lead a healthier life. There is a Facebook group page set up for daily motivation and a way for all participants to support, share, and encourage one another. There will be prizes for a number of top participants at the end of the 30 days. These are still in the works and will be announced as time gets closer to the start of the challenge.

Any other questions feel free to contact me.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Only Positive Thoughts Allowed


When I  became a Beachbody coach my upline Mindy encouraged us to read 11 pages of a motivational book every night, listen to 20 minutes from a motivational speaker and create goals daily. The only thing I haven't done is create daily goals, but I'm trying. The thing is I find my goals are the same for every day and most do not get done. I have started meditating, reading every day and listening to motivational speakers every day.

The first motivational thing I did was watch the documentary "The Secret." This was put off before because I thought it was some hippie new age thing. Nothing against hippies, hey I grew up in the 70s, I felt it didn't meet my beliefs as a Believer. I was wrong and very intrigued by what I learned and wanted to learn more.

It was weird because it made sense to me we attract what we think negative or positive. I know I'm a good writer and therefore I attract freelance writing jobs. I know I can't sell anything, even though that is not my true focus, so I don't make sells. Oh my gosh this is so simple, or is it? Every thing we attract comes from our sub-conscience not our conscience mind. Therefore we need to change our thoughts, but this takes time. It took time to build our thoughts as they are and therefore will take time to change certain thoughts. I have found that some are easy to change while others are not.

 I had my sub-conscience trained to get every day at 8 o'clock, but I wanted to wake up earlier. During my meditation I saw my self getting up earlier, felt how I would feel and said out loud how I love waking up at 6:30 in the morning. Low and behold I started waking up at 6:30 only problem is I go to the bathroom and back to sleep lol. Okay that needs some work, but the point is it worked no matter how small it worked.

 I just finished a book by Marc Allen called "The Greatest Secret of All: Simple Steps to Abundance, Fulfillment, and a Life Well Lived." It is a small book 119 pages, but very meaningful with some great quotes. From the book:

This is the greatest secret of all:

Loving and serving yourself and others is the key to fulfillment, happiness and inner peace.

There are three very simple things we can do to realize the greatest secret of all in our lives.

Love, serve, and remember, Remember what? Remember to love and serve, always.

I also purchased Zig Ziglar's audio series "Qualities of Success" to listen to in the van. When I first started wanting only positive things going into my mind I noticed all the music on the radio was negative even the Christian music. This is the only CD set I have right now and have already listened to the whole thing and am on my second time listening. I would rather hear it again than listen to anything that is on the radio.

I feel I have to get every negative thought out of my mind in order to truly become what the Father has created me to be. A good friend of mine who is a psychologist teaches a class at church called "Freedom From Your Past." She wrote this when she was battling breast cancer and dealt with her own horrific past. I decided to take the class even though I felt I had dealt with any and all issues from my past. However, if there were any I had not I wanted to find out and deal with them. Releasing my self from any negativity that would stand between a new life and living the current life. Not that it is bad, but come on we all must admit it can always be better.

Before the class started I searched my mind for any issue/issues I might be dealing with. Ahhhhh yes there is an issue inadequacy, steaming all the way back into my childhood. Do you remember the Brady Bunch episode where Jan has to deal with all of Marsha's achievements?  She says Marcia, Marcia, Marcia if you are to young to know what I'm talking about just watch the clip. The way Jan felt was how I realized I felt towards my older brother, he was smart, good looking, a great athlete, he won every game we ever played as children.It would have been fine if I didn't have to hear how wonderful and good looking he was every where I turned. I struggled in school, gained weight at age nine and was okay at the things I did. At any rate yes, I have some issues I need to deal with.



I have heard so many times that love would change this world and you know what it would. If we all would love each other where each of us is in our lives and for our unique qualities and stop criticizing and judging the world would be a much better place. The Beatles were right all we need is love, love is all we need.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Real Food Fridays #56 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.

My features.

I love this recipe for Fermented Dill Pickles Recipe from Simple Life Mom


I love donuts and have not had one in years, but this Baked Glazed Doughnut recipe is one I can eat, thank you Abundant Wellness.


Finding new ingredients to make a crust are a love of mine and this Eggplant Pizza is a winner with me from Julie's Lifestyle.




Balsamic Glazed Cauliflower (Wings) from Best of Long Island and Central Florida, I'm so making these.





Coming in November myself and some other bloggers are putting together a 30 Days to a Better You challenge. It will include daily challenge for the mind, body and soul. If you would like to participate please email me at edjumpoff@yahoo.com for more details.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Hops/Link Ups About & Etiquette


I meet bloggers who are unaware of what a blog hop/link up is. So, this is for them and for those who participate and need some help with etiquette.

A blog hop/link up are the same thing a blogger or bloggers host a party where other bloggers can share their posts. There are RULES and these should be respected. I participate in a Workout Wednesday link up when I have a workout post to add otherwise I don't link up. I host a link up called Real Food Fridays, this is for all posts that are related to organic food, gardening, and other posts that deal with non-GMOS. I can't tell you how many posts I deleted because the rules were not obeyed.

There are blog hops and link ups going on alllllll week long. Just conduct a search "Wednesday link ups" "Wednesday blog hops" and you will find a ton. Also look for a I link up here, or I party here tab on other blogs to find more link up and hops. I have one on my blog and I also have a Pinterest board that includes more.


Now this is a great, fun, easy, and inexpensive way to promote your blog. Some blog hops/link ups suggest you visit two to three other blogs. I participate in a lot of blog hops and link ups and it is time consuming enough to scroll through the posts just to find one I am interested in. So, I made a rule for my self, visit at least one after all the purpose is to meet and interact with other bloggers.

Another rule some bloggers include is to add the link for the blog hop/link up in your post, or grab their button and place it somewhere on your site. The majority of time this is if you want to be featured, but does not guarantee it. Being featured is a great way to get your blog promoted for free. Many blog hops/link ups share posts that have been featured on Twitter, G+, Facebook and Pintrest. Some, such as the Real Food Fridays link up I host, have a special board on Pintrest for posts that have been featured. Being featured also means your post is mentioned at the beginning of the next party where more people will see it and click on it.

The majority of hops and link ups offer for others to be a co-host for a specified time. As a co-host it is our job to make sure the party starts on time, includes all the information about the party, such as rules, hosts, co hosts and how to follow if that applies. The majority of the parties feature posts every week from the previous party. These can include posts that were viewed the most or that the host and co-hosts favored. If you co-host a blog hop/link up be aware if you have to chose features. Choosing features can be very time consuming, so make sure you will have the time. This is especially true for the the parties that attract 100s of bloggers.





I have made a number of friends with other bloggers through blog hops and link ups. We follow each other, share each others post, and associate as friends and not just bloggers. It is also a great way to meet other bloggers of like minds, and network.

Has this post been helpful?

Update: When visiting other blogs from a party I always tell them where I followed them from at the end of my comment.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mashed Cauliflower with Veggies & Cheese (GF) (DF)

I have fallen in love with mashed cauliflower, but became tired of eating it the same way all the time. So, yesterday I created a new dish pretty simple really. I had some green beans from the garden and decided to use those. Than I remembered the other day I had a taste for corn so I threw that in.

We have Bible study on Saturdays and I was going to do something else until I found out taco salad was being served. I decided to make some cheese using nutritional yeast and spice it up for a Mexican flare. Then I thought how perfect is this for the 21 Day Fix, especially if someone who is vegan is doing it. Thus this post was born.

Mashed Cauliflower and Veggies

1 Head of cauliflower
Corn
Green beans
Salt, pepper, garlic, all purpose seasoning, celery salt, onion powder

My green beans and corn were frozen so I just threw them in the pot with the cauliflower and cooked them until the cauliflower was tender. After it was cooked I cut up the green beans you could do this before. After the vegetables are cooked add the seasonings to taste and with a fork mash up the cauliflower.

While the vegetables were cooking I was busy making pancakes and the cheese.

Nutritional Yeast Cheese

3/4 Cups of filtered water or choice of milk
6 Tbsp Nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp non-dairy butter I used soy free Earth Balance
1 Tbsp gluetin free flour I used Bob's Red Mill corn flour
Salt and pepper to taste along with other seasonings of choice

Melt the butter in a pot and combine the flour and water/milk together in a separate bowl and whisk together. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and whisk over medium heat until it thickens. It will also thicken more as it cools so if it is not real thick not to worry. Once it cools add whatever other seasonings you want to taste.

Because I wanted mine to go along with the taco salad I added cayenne and Tabasco sauce. This one thing I love about this recipe is you can customize it anyway you want. It also makes a great dip for nachos, or raw vegetables, use your imagination. Use this as lunch, dinner, or a snack.




To finish this dish off for tonight I am going to saute some mushrooms and onions in some butter and garlic. Because the mushrooms have so much water this will be enough to saute both. Once that is done I am going to poor everything into the vegetables and mix it together. The cheese I made is spicy and because there will be children there I am leaving the vegetables and cheese separate.





Do you like my image? I created it on Polyvore, wondering if anyone else uses Polyvore to create images for their blog, or even know about it? Post coming soon on how to use Polyvore to create graphics for your blog.





Friday, September 12, 2014

Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway!!



Welcome to Mary's Birthday Celebration Giveaway!  
I'm participating in a HUGE bash to celebrate and YOU 
get a chance to win one of 3 prizes from Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
That's "Auntie Mary" on the right!
2 Winners will receive an assortment of Heirloom, Non-GMO seeds as well as organic gardening supplies totaling over $60 in value.  Each prize pack Includes (but not limited to) Radish, Golden Beets, Squash, Chinese Cabbage, Culinary and Medicinal Herbs, Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes as well as Coconut Coir Pellets for seed starting made simple AND Organic, Vegan Plant Nutrients.
**Seed Varieties will be tailored to the winner's planting region*

Mary's Heirloom Seeds
1 Winner will receive the Baker's Dozen heirloom seeds variety pack. 
Easy to grow and wonderful to eat.  This pack contains a large variety of seeds  for a very low cost.  13 seeds from 13 varieties.  Includes:  Calabrese Broccoli, 5 Color Silverbeet Swiss Chard,  Black Beauty Eggplant,  Waltham Butternut Squash, Tam Dew Melon, Bloomsdale Spinach,  Cal Wonder Bell Pepper, Marketmore Cucumber, Pink Oxheart Tomato, Atomic Red Carrots, Self-Blanching Snowball Cauliflower, German Giant Radish,  Detroit Dark Red Beet.


At Mary's Heirloom Seeds, all of the seeds listed are open-pollinated, non-gmo and non-hybrid, non-patented, untreated, heirloom garden seeds.  All of are seeds are sourced from small, family farmers and seed growers.  
Mary has signed the Safe Seed Pledge!

Mary's Birthday Giveaway opens 9/12/2014 and closes 9/20/2014 at midnight EST.  
Open to residents of the US and Canada.

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