Let’s Get Active: Stretching

One of my goals for 2018 is to incorporate stretching into my regular routine. I have this goal because I want to become better at yoga, have less tightness when I spin, and have better posture.

To help me achieve this goal I have a stretching plan that I try to do 3 times per week. I came up with this plan by doing a little research online, deciding which stretches felt good, and what areas of my body needed more flexibility.

So far this year I have really noticed a difference:

  • My yoga practice has improved
  • My hips are less tight
  • I have less back pain

I usually do these stretches in the evenings while I watch TV. The whole sequence of stretches only takes about 15 minutes.

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Italian Mushroom Chicken

Looking for a recipe that is super easy, tastes really good, and works well for meal prep? Then this Italian Mushroom Chicken is for you!

It includes two of my favorite ingredients – mushrooms and capers! The best part is that this recipe works perfectly for any type of healthy eating plan you are on – Ideal Protein, Keto, Whole30, etc.

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I am Choosing not to Drink Alcohol…Now What?

While on the Ideal Protein plan I am not supposed to drink alcoholic beverages. Most of these drinks have a ton of sugar and calories…and to be honest I would rather eat my calories than drink them anyway.

But, what are you supposed to do in social situations when you are choosing not to drink? Happy hours, dates, dinners, going out with friends, dinner parties usually all include some sort of beverage!

I have become quite the master at just not drinking alcoholic beverages. The most important thing to remember is this: All the occasions where you would go out and drink are really set up so that you can interact and be with friends, family, coworkers, etc. So, instead of concentrating on the drinks, concentrate on those around you!

However, here are a few options that I habitually rely on when I don’t want to order an alcoholic beverage:

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Cauliflower “Tortilla” Tacos

Guys…I think I may have one-upped myself with this one. This recipe may be better than the very popular Lettuce “Burritos” with Mexican Cauliflower Rice.

I have been trying to make the perfect cauliflower tortilla for a while now. Time after time they didn’t hold up. You couldn’t pick up the tortillas without them falling apart or they got weird when you refrigerated them. But, alas!! I finally got the right combination of ingredients…and for my fellow Ideal Protein folks out there, there is not a shred of cheese in them!

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Let’s Get Active AND Help Others

Spring is slowly starting to poke its head out from the clouds! That means getting out and enjoying the warmer weather. You will no longer be forced to stay in the gym. You can double up – get physical and outside at the same time!

Well, I suggest you triple it up – get physical, get outside, and help others! There are so many physical volunteer and fundraising opportunities coming up. I recommend you research your favorites and participate!

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