Be Kind To You

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Still resting today but check out this awesome salad that we (Justin) made for lunch today! Followed by me using my new baraka neti pot and feeling better ūüĎćYAY health!IMG_3101.JPG

I also realized today that my mindset this cold is totally different than the last time (back in July) I have not once thought “well this is it for the next while, I hope it doesn’t last too long” OR “forget you body, I’m going to run you in to the ground until you can’t run any longer”. Both are not a good mindset to be in. I’m taking care of my body but I have not “given up” in anyway or felt angry towards myself for getting sick. If you’re feeling that way towards yourself, take a moment with some deep breaths and be thankful for what your body does on a daily basis without you having to even think about it. It’s amazing!

So be kind to yourself today and keep pressing forward towards your dreams!

xoxo, JoyLynn

 

Unleashed (& Stir-Fry)

IMG_3050.JPGSo last weekend the company my outstanding husband works at gave us a wonderful gift to see Anthony Robins Unleash the Power Within. We had no idea what this seminar was about but everyone in management had gone and wanted to give this to us as a couple. It was a wonderful experience, and we were able to do a lot of fun things like meet new people, gain life changing information, and do a fire walk. If you can make it to any of the Anthony Robins events I whole heartedly recommend it.

Anyway, one of the things that they talk about is health and they invite everyone to do a 10 Day Challenge where you eat high alkaline diet for 10 days and then do 30 if you are really feeling it. This means no processed foods, no canola oil (I had no idea how that stuff was processed), and no meats (which I was fine with). What was most surprising was that my husband wanted to do this!

I have been mostly vegan for about 2 months and fully for a month due to a dairy sensitivity and the recent discovery of being egg and peanut sensitive as well. Since food allergies is something I’ve been dealing with for the past 10 years this was not a big deal for me to cut out a few more things to feel my best. However, food has always been a bonding point in my relationship/ marriage with Justin and this was a hard change for him.

I still made his lunches with meat and would make him animal protein every so often but not as often, and I made sure to let him know I didn’t expect him to eat gluten free vegan as well. He was still sad for me though and had a hard time imagining that I was still truly happy with my food options when we went out. But after this event he was all in for this challenge! When we went out for dinner that night after the seminar he wanted to make sure we could eat alkaline, and when we got home we went shopping right away to stock up on healthy options and cook right for this 10 Day Challenge. It’s been a total 180¬į. This morning he got up and made almond milk from scratch, and as I type these words for you he is working on making homemade hummus with dried not canned beans and fresh tahini. I can hardly express how lovely it’s been to have the full support of my spouse with my eating, I feel like we are a real team ‚̧

In honor of this great new food partnership here is the recipe we made last night for dinner.

Alkaline Stir-Fry 

  • 4 cups Cooked organic Brown Rice
  • 1 small Eggplant cubed
  • 1 head of Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 head of Broccoli cut into florets
  • 3 stems of kale stems removed and torn into 1″
  • 1 large White Onion loose chop
  • 2 cups Snap Peas
  • 1 Bell Pepper loose chop
  • 1.5″ diced fresh Ginger
  • 2 tsp Chinese Five Spice (if you think it needs more then add it)
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1-2 good sprinkles of ground pepper
  • 1-2 tsp course ground Celtic Salt
  • 1/2 cup Braggs Amino Acids ( you can find this at almost any grocery store, we got ours at Fred Meyers)
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/3 fresh squeezed Lemon

What To Do

  1. In a wok or large pot on medium high add a couple of tablespoons of healthy oil (avocado or organic coconut oil because they can take high heat. Olive oil will just smoke) and add all of your veggies. Cook stirring constantly until veggies are as desired.
  2. Mix wet ingredients together and pour over veggies, stir until veggies are coated with mixture.
  3. Serve over your warmed lovely brown rice. If you like you can drizzle a little more Amino Acids if you would like more soy sauce flavor on your plate.

I hope you enjoy this meal like we did.

xoxo, JoyLynn

My New Baby

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So sad thing, my car died this weekūüė©

Upside though, I was able to finally fulfill one of my childhood dreams of owning a Volkswagen ūüėä Meet our new (to us) 1978 Volkswagen Rabbit MK1 4 door! I named it Bluebell after a Sherlock character.

Now for the fun adventure of learning to drive stick, and some light repairs. I’ll keep you posted!

xoxo, JoyLynn

Family. Sister-in-love, myself, and the some of the best cousins ever! At our Burbank wedding reception.

Family. Sister-in-love, myself, and the some of the best cousins ever! At our Burbank wedding reception.

So I have married into THE best family ever! I love my husbands family especially all of the women. This June we are doing a girls weekend at a spa resort to 1) get together and hang out since we all live across the nation and 2) to celebrate my Aunt and my (new) Mom’s 50th birthdays that are happening this year. I am really excited but nervouse at the same time. This will be the longest I’ve ever been away from my new husband and I need to find some party dresses.

My new home is the gym lol. I love that I am apart of this family and I am so grateful that I get to spend time with them ūüôā

The Husband Cooks!

So if I haven’t mentioned it before I ¬†have a wonderful husband, and last weekend marked 3 months of marriage.What did this wonderful man do, breakfast in bed : ) ¬†He made a¬†delicious pan salsa on a bed of¬†romaine¬†and¬†quinoa¬†topped with an egg, oh and coffee of course.

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How amazing does that look!! AND it was super yummy and took him about 20 minutes to make. I would even recommend making the pan salsa with chicken and serving it on a bed of quinoa (like he did) or rice for a lovely dinner. Anyhow, here is how to make this amazing meal.

Pan Salsa

1    onion

Italian seasonings

salt

garlic powder

3-4 medium tomatoes

  • Take your medium to large onion and do a course chop, then put in you pan ( medium heat) and saute for couple of minutes (when the salsa is done the onions will kind of transparent but still have some resistance when you bite/ cut into them).
  • Chop the tomatoes into medium¬†pieces¬†and add to the pan once the onions are slightly cooked.
  • At this point add the seasonings. 1 large pinch of salt, and then sprinkle a light dusting of garlic powder and¬†Italian¬†seasoning (to¬†taste) over the onion/ tomato mixture.
  • Let simmer/ cook until it looks good : )

Quinoa

To make¬†quinoa¬†its kind of like rice in that it has a 2 (liquid) to 1 (grain) ratio, but other than that it’s different. I didn’t know that the first time I went to make¬†quinoa¬†and it was tragic. But then I decided to look up directions on how to properly cook this grain and it is now a staple in our house.

Take your pot and on a medium/ high heat put the quinoa in along with a dash of salt and  kind of toast it just a bit until it starts to smell a bit nutty, then I add the water and turn the heat to high. Bring to a boil for about 5 or so minutes, then cover the pot with its lid. Turn off the heat, and WALK AWAY! Do not stir, poke, or prod. Your quinoa will be done in about 15-20 minutes, after that you can check to see if there is still water in the bottom of the pan if there is I cover it and then turn the heat on low or warm for about 5-10 minutes depending on how much water is left over. Fluff then serve : )

Oh and if you would like you can totally make your quinoa with the broth/stalk of your choice, I use Better Than Bouillon. That is also very yummy and usually what I do.

Egg

In a hot pan either add some butter, non-stick spray, or oil. Crack your egg open and let it cook until the whites have set and are no longer runny but the yolk sill is. Then slide it on top of your quinoa and pan salsa mixture.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

♥ JoyLynn

Easy pan salsa breakfast by OhJoyLynn