Staying Inspired

I have been having a very emotional and stressful week.  I normally am an upbeat person and always on the go, so when stress and lethargy run high in me, I’m not sure of the best outlet. Because I normally don’t deal with it.
Earlier this week my cat of 12 years started seizing and his health is in jeopardy and I’m a basket case. Dealing with my own heart condition is one thing, dealing with a heart condition in a very loved pet is another.  The thought of losing my long-time companion has me feeling like I’ve been punched in the heart.  Literally.  This pain is real and it’s taking my breath away.
And although I haven’t had much of an appetite lately, part of me has been thinking about comforting my pain by stuffing my head with chocolate and all that kind of goodness.
Oddly enough, a new-found friend has also been suffering through an emotional and stressful week – probably the hardest one he’s had in a very long time , but instead of easing his pain with the kind of garbage one would find in comfort food (like my craving for all that is chocolate), he turned down my offer of coffee and a pastry and instead kept to his healthy journey.  What a man!  What an inspiration.
Josh's lunch

This is his actual lunch – I was very jealous!!

So…thanks to him, I said no to drowning my sorrows in chocolate and red wine and instead picked up some carrot sticks and hummus.  I don’t yet have the appetite, or frankly the desire to eat anything, but when I’m ready, my healthy choices have already been made.

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

I am a huge pumpkin spice fan.  Huge.  In fact, I look forward to this time of year – all the time!  I am obsessed with everything pumpkin and I love me a good pumpkin spice latte.


That being said, although I love a good PSL, they aren’t the healthiest option and are loaded with sugar (and who knows what else!).  So, if I deem myself favoring one, it is definitely a treat.  In the meantime, if I feel like I want to partake in the seasonal goodness, I make my own healthier version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte (I made one this morning).

Here’s what you need

  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1-3 tbsp pumpkin purée (I went on the side of 3 tbs)
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla (not vanilla extract)
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • tiny pinch ground nutmeg
  • tiny pinch ground ginger
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • *1-3 dates
  1. Add the milk and pumpkin to a small pot. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk, until the mixture begins to simmer. Add in the vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg (*if you like your latte a bit sweeter, this is where you add the dates. Let them simmer in the wet mixture and they will literally sweeten the pot). Whisk the mixture until it becomes frothy.
  2. Add the coffee to a large mug, and pour the milk mixture on top.
  3. If you fancy yourself a Frappuccino type, let both the pumpkin mixture and the coffee cool (make the night before and let sit in the fridge), toss in the blender or Bullet with some cubes of ice and blend away.

If you want to make your drink even fancier by adding whipped cream, make this healthy version:

  1. One can of full fat coconut milk (Put in freezer to freeze). Once it’s frozen, remove and let sit in room temperature for 30 minutes.  Flip the can upside down and open from the bottom.  The coconut water separates from the milk (you can save the water to drink or for other recipes).
  2. Dump the coconut milk into a mixing bowl (or blender) and whip it on high until you get a nice whippy, fluffy consistency. Add in a little vanilla (or a dusting of Stevia or teaspoon of date water if you prefer it a bit sweeter) and continue whipping.
  3. Add the whip to your drink and dust with cinnamon.


True Colors

via Women's Health

via Women’s Health

It’s common knowledge that healthy eating requires eating a variety of colorful foods.  The more color on your plate the better.

Foods are not only classified by their color energy, they are also organized  by their nutritional effects, taste, temperature and actions of their properties  and common healing qualities.  The following list is of food categorized by  color:

1.  Red foods – Great source of protein

Red foods are a great source of protein, vitamins, and minerals such as  Vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Consider adding these red and black foods into  your diet: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, tomatoes, watermelon, guava  juice, red cabbage, beet root, radishes, red onions, chillies, red pepper, pink  grapefruit, black beans, kidney beans, red meat, chicken, fish.

2.  Orange foods – Detoxify Your body

Orange foods help detoxify the body and help you maintain good vision, bone  and tooth development as well as healthy skin and hair. Consider adding these  orange foods into your diet: apricots, peaches, oranges, mango, sweet potatoes,  carrots, pumpkins, squash, orange/yellow peppers.

3.  Yellow foods – Generate power

Yellow foods generate power and when you lack energy in your diet it can lead  to poor memory, lack of concentration, tension, irritability, digestive problems  and a lack of proper nutrient absorption. Consider including these yellow foods  for a healthy diet: lemon, bananas, grapefruits, rice, corn, rye and wheat,  eggs, certain fish, fish oils and foods rich in fatty acids.

4.  Green foods – Give you all day energy

Green foods contain the most powerful combination of nutrients in any grain,  herb or food source. Powerful green foods are essential to maintain your energy  all day long and will create a sense of well-being.  Add to that your  strengthened immune system, fewer food cravings and you’ll experience an optimum  balance for total health. Consider adding these green foods into your diet:  asparagus, watercress, spinach, broccoli, parsley, dill, romaine lettuce,  zucchini, green peppers, green apples, pears, avocados, green grapes kiwi and  limes.

5,6, & 7.  Blue, Indigo, Violet Foods – Improve your circulation

The colors found in blue and purple foods are considered high in anti-cancer  properties. Blue foods are helpful for the voice, and the organs and glands of  the neck. Indigo and violet foods work in connection with the pineal and the  pituitary glands. Blue foods also contain water-soluble vitamins that strengthen  tiny blood vessels, which can help relieve swollen feet or ankles, and speed up  the healing of bruises.

Blue, indigo and violet foods are particularly good with your evening meal  specially if your meal was high in fat. Heavy meals like this cause the body to  become sluggish and blood flow slows. Blue, indigo and violet foods contain  nutrients that help to minimize this tendency and improve circulation after  eating.

Consider adding these blue and indigo foods into your diet: blueberries,  black currants, plums, concord grapes, purple cabbage, as well as, Vitamin E,  kelp, iodine and seaweed products. These colored foods are particularly helpful  for maintaining overall health if you have a consistent daily exercise  routine.

Eating has different purposes and we need to have a flexible attitude to  food. Sometimes it provides fuel for the body to keep our energy levels high and  at other times it is a social activity or form of relaxation.  Remember when  your eating habits are pleasurable, it is a way to celebrate your life, your  health and your self-worth in relation to the world and other people.

The powerful colors of food provides healing when necessary, and developing  healthy eating habits is a worthwhile journey when you consider the benefits  that colorful foods bring to your life.

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In addition to the above, below is a link to an article from Women’s Health magazine that can also help you choose the best foods from each color group.

~Fit Bitch