30 days. Day twenty.

by Stacey Jayne


delightful mouth experience. 

delightful mouth experience. 

Breakfast: 

My daughter had her last day of school shindig in a nearby playground this morning. We basically had a go with the flow kind of day as far as eating was concerned. Bagels with cream cheese, muffins, juice and coffee at the park with the rest of the families. Cupcakes for her friend's birthday. I then had the most delightful mouthful of awesomeness: a gluten free almond macaron. It was marvelous. As soon as I get my hands on the recipe I'll post it!

Lunch: 

There is a bit of construction happening in our kitchen today. Luckily I was able to get into the fridge to grab some of the leftova quesadillas, guac and tortilla chips, and some cut up pineapple. She wasn't that into the leftovas, but happily shoveled the pineapple into her hungry little face. 

 

Delightful dinner salad. Fries eaten but not pictured. 

Delightful dinner salad. Fries eaten but not pictured. 

Dinner: 

Since the kitchen was a dusty mess from all the work today; we ate out, and I'm excited to share how yummy it was! We decided to try Bareburger based on a few cool facts I had heard about it. 1. They serve organic & local foods. 2. I heard that everything is delicious. 3. They offer pitchers of beer. SCORE! I LOVE ordering a pitcher of cold delicious beer and sharing it with freinds. We didn't do that tonight, but... DATE NIGHT HERE WE COME! 

 

 

Yay Bareburger! 

Yay Bareburger! 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind. 

 


30 days. Day nineteen.

by Stacey Jayne


Okay. let's do this.

Let's make stuff happen. And by stuff, I mean the fun, funny, loving, time saving, day brightening, heart expanding stuff that makes you feel healthy. That kind of stuff.

This entry is part of a 30 day journey where I share what goes on in our kitchen. I also share what's been working for me as I experiment with courageously healthy living. Friends and clients often ask me what WE eat. If you check out some of the past posts you will find recipes, tips, and stories that I hope will inspire you. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've really learned a lot. Truthfully I learn something everyday. I struggle with, celebrate and absorb all the truths in my life and how they effect my approach to healthy living. For today, I've only included breakfast and dinner, because I had lunch with a bestie and who knows what my hubby and Ivy concocted. At least I know there was broccoli involved as I used the leftovas in our dindin. 

 

lets.   

lets.

 

Breakfast. home made muesli. Walnuts, cashews, goji berries, oats, dried banana chips, pumpkin seeds, and puffed rice cereal. Add almond milk and tu mangi. 

Breakfast. home made muesli. Walnuts, cashews, goji berries, oats, dried banana chips, pumpkin seeds, and puffed rice cereal. Add almond milk and tu mangi. 

Mama's muesli.

Mama's muesli.

Dinner. Flour tortillas, cheddar cheese, small slices of chicken, broccoli. Organic goodness makes me smile. 

Dinner. Flour tortillas, cheddar cheese, small slices of chicken, broccoli. Organic goodness makes me smile. 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind. 

I (... was searching for deep, dark, fearless chocolate and ...) found this today. It's rich and giving and it made my day brighter. 

I (...was searching for deep, dark, fearless chocolate and...) found this today. It's rich and giving and it made my day brighter. 


30 Days. Day eighteen.

by Stacey Jayne


Oh yes. 

Oh yes. 

I began using the label Courageously Healthy about a half year ago to describe my current approach to growing my life and my business. Maybe it's because I played the cowardly lion in my elementary school play (some day I'll post some video footage). Not quite sure where my brain came up with it, but Courageously Healthy felt right, so I ran with it. 

Today I came across this definition for courage: The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger or fear with self-possession, confidence, and resolution.

I call upon my valor often, especially when I have no idea what to do (...often). In my last blog entry I wrote about the importance of action. Thoughts and dreams are wonderful, but ascribing real action to them is what makes the magic, or results, happen. This knowledge gets me out of bed in the morning! I would prefer to stay in bed with my husband, but I know that If I don't exercise (almost daily) I get sad, I gain weight, my back issues flare up, and my life feels anxious and unsettled. I know that if I don't keep my workout clothes, sneakers and head phones near my bed, I may not make it out the door. I also know that 2 minutes into my walk I feel magically more awake and positive. I have badass music pumping in my ears and the vision I have for the way I'd like to live my life is coming true. It's a little victory!  

I want you to be as courageous as a poker player with a royal flush when it comes to your health. I promise you will feel lighter and brighter sooner than you think. What's on your courageously healthy to-do list for tomorrow? I'd LOVELOVELOVE to hear, so pretty please share in the comments below? I will cheer you on.

If you are new today to my blog- welcome! This is part of a 30 day food and lifestyle sharing thingy I decided to do for fuuuuun.  Friends and clients often ask me what the heck we eat, so I've been blogging about just that. 

Breakfast: 

Berry almond smoothie.  

Smoothie! 

Smoothie! 

One very ripe banana, frozen blueberries, strawberries, cherries and some of my home made almond milk. I also threw in about a tsp of spirulina, about 3 tsp of chia seeds and some love. Spirulina is a natural “algae” powder that is incredibly high in protein and nutrients. When harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. It is largely made up of protein and essential amino acids, and high in natural iron content. Love is... well you know what that is, sillyface. 

Lunch: 

Salad n' rice bowl with a poached egg on top. Man, this meal in my mind is perfect. It tastes delish and everything about it just screams yes! (I need to get out more, clearly.) Here's what's in it. You can completely make up your own concoction to make your mouth happy. 

YES!

YES!

Wild rice (I made a BIG batch on Sunday night, so this is a leftova)

Salad greens  (from our CSA)

About a tablespoon of capers

One poached egg 

Dressing: lemon juice, olive oil, s&p.  

YES!  

Dinner:

Veggie stir fry with peanut sauce. This was another win.

I chopped up zuchinni, squash, carrots, red onion, garlic scape (From my csa- it's only in season for a couple of weeks, so hit your farmers market this weekend and grab some. Your mouth will be so happy.)  and some left over cannelinni beans from yesterday's dinner. On the side I made the peanut sauce. Here's how I made it:

 1 1/2 cups hot broth

Little dipper.

Little dipper.

4-5 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter (sugar-free)

1 tablespoon Tamari sauce

Juice from one fresh lime

1 tablespoon of raw honey

I stirred it on the stove top and while the veggies were cooking it thickened a bit. I liked that it wasn't a thick sauce, the veggies and rice (more leftova wild rice) soaked it up quite nicely. Ivy LOVED it and dipped her veggies in more of the peanut sauce. 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind. 



 


30 Days. Days fif-six-seventeen.

by Stacey Jayne


I've been thinking a lot.

For those of you who know me personally... that's no surprise. I just loooove to sit around and think. If you are anything like me, you know how easy it can be to get caught up in your own thoughts. My thoughts, and yours, are valid and important; but action is where the magic happens. 

Putting thoughts into action is crucial in my Courageously Healthy System. Taking thoughts and turning them into small steps = delicious results. It's seriously all about action. 

So now you are thinking: how can I turn my thoughts into action?  Baby steps. Don't over think it, just do it.

Ok. Lets talk food.

It's been a few days and by now you know how many leftovers we eat, so I'll give you the greatest hits.

Breakfast: 

Berry chia pudding made with homemade almond milk.  

I'll start with the almond milk. 

1 cup of raw almonds

3 cups of filtered water

1 pitted date

How to: soak the almonds over night. Drain the water from the almonds and discard. Blend the 3 cups of filtered water with the soaked almonds and pitted date. Blend for about 2 minutes. Drain with an nut milk bag or cheese cloth to separate the almond meal from the milk. You can use the almond meal for other stuff too. If you are accustomed to sweetened milk, you may want to add 2 more dates. Your mouth will tell you whats right. After I made the milk I thought it was a good time to try chia pudding. I had never made it before and it always sounds so yummy. This is how I did it.

2 cups of unsweetened almond milk

4 tbsp chia seeds

5 drops of liquid stevia  (if you don't have this, or don't like it I'd use honey)

1 cup of your choice of berries

A  handful of walnuts and pumpkin seeds

Chia pudding n almond milk. 

Chia pudding n almond milk. 

You'll need a 30 ounce mason jar or something else with a air tight cover. Pour milk into the jar, add the chia seeds and cover. Give it a good shake. Put it down for about 20 minutes and then give it another good shake. Refrigerate over night.  

The next morning you can can add berries and nuts and enjoy!! I really liked it, but the consistency is different than I expected. I thought it would be more like rice pudding, but it was thinner. Which is why the nuts are a nice addition. I'd love to hear what you think about it.

Lunch: 

Rice bowl goodness. 

Rice bowl goodness. 

Kale rice bowl recipe.  This was the inspiration for my favorite lunch this weekend. I used wild rice, sauteed greens, slices of avocado, and a poached egg. I had broccoli rabe, bok choy and garlic scape from my CSA this week so I chopped them all up and thew them in the pan with some grapeseed oil. I seasoned them with a little braggs liquid aminos and pepper. I let them sautee for about 2 mintues, leaving them just a little crisp. Very pleasing little dish. 

Snack:

schnack. 

schnack. 

Rice cake with a thin layer of hummus, and a piece of jarlsberg cheese on top. This satisfying snack is about 150 calories and totally delish. 

Dinner: 

Easy peasy dinner.  

Easy peasy dinner.  

Tonight I threw together a very easy last minute dinner. Wild rice with cannellini beans,  and left over steamed broccoli. I sprinkled it with some nutritional yeast (nooch) and pepper. Easy and yummy. Took no time at all because I had cooked everything yesterday! 

An important note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind.

 

I ran into this little quote by accident in a public garden this weekend. Nice reminder. 

I ran into this little quote by accident in a public garden this weekend. Nice reminder. 


30 Days. Day fourteen.

by Stacey Jayne


Keeping the balance. 

Dinosaurs eat salad, I told her.

Dinosaurs eat salad, I told her.

Today I'm feeling really tired, my eyes feel heavy, it's very difficult to concentrate, I'm irritable, and my teeth ache a little... my cue that I need to take care of my sinuses! I grew up with chronic sinusitis. I spent the majority of my childhood (and most of my twenties) on antibiotics trying to cure infection after infection. It wasn't until I was about 27 that I realized that something else had to be done. I started to do some research on the internet about how to heal my sinuses naturally. I remember reading ten or so articles and deciding to try a few different things at the same time. I picked up my first (of maaaaany) bottle of organic apple cider vinegar and added it to my water (about a tsp or more) a few times a day. Then I basically did an elimination diet with out realizing it. I removed wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and all processed food. I remember feeling amazing. Walking down the street with a clear head felt so different! I had been dealing with "brain fog" (feels like medicine head) for so many years that it felt normal. I remember almost feeling angry thinking about how hard it was for me in school to concentrate and how crappy I felt,  only to realize that all I had to do was change my diet! My life completely changed.

So now I feel the early symtoms today and I'm armed to fix it before it gets any worse. I'm having apple cider vinegar tea right now. I like to make chamomile tea, with a little raw unpasteurized honey, about a tbsp of ACV, and I will sip on that 2-3 times a day. Starting tomorrow I will also avoid all dairy, alcohol and sugar. I'm also going to use my netti pot twice a day for the next week or so. This should clear it up. Sinus issues really suck the life out of you, don't they? Have you ever experienced this? As I get older I realize that many people suffer from terrible sinus conditions, so I know that I need to share my story. 

Be gone boogers!  

Breakfast: 

Radishes. Olive oil. Salt. Yum.

Radishes. Olive oil. Salt. Yum.

Egg scramble with spinach topped with the black bean dip from yesterday. Ivy would only eat the eggs n spinach and talked about lollypops the whole morning.  

Lunch: 

I made a nice simple salad and on the side we had more of that bean dip! It's really that delish that we don't mind eating it for two meals out of the day! I also chopped up some radishes and tossed them with a bit of olive oil and salt. Make this tomorrow, it's so nice. Invest in a high quality olive oil and use it for salads only. You will use less and the flavor difference is unbelievable. BTW I got Ivy to eat some salad by pretending we were dinosaurs. Score! 

Our lunch. 

Our lunch. 

DInner: 

I was so distracted that I forgot to take a pic! I stopped at a great local butcher called Fleishers  to pick up some chicken and beef. Scott had mentioned wanting to use the grill and I was close by so I stopped in to see what moved me. The link above is some info about why higher quality meats cost more money. I like the way they explain it and I like supporting them for the few times a month that we eat animal meats. It was very delish BTW! 

Sweet treats: 

I made a strawberry rhubarb crumble this am! You guys!! Both strawberries and rhubarb are in season! GO GET THEM TOMORROW at your local farmers market. You won't be sad. BTW I used this recipe. I mostly followed it and YUMMMMMM.  

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind.

 

 

 


30 Days. Day thirteen.

by Stacey Jayne


Use your words, I tell my 3 year old daughter.

Today she was frustrated about... everything. It's funny when you find yourself mid-sentence explaining something to a child, realizing that you should be taking your own advice. I told her that talking about how you feel really helps you feel better. I told her that when you feel mad or sad that the people who love you want to help you, but they won't be able to if you don't use your words to explain how you feel. She was finally able to articulate how she was feeling, and after, we both felt better. In my experience, talking about how you feel about your health, body and mind is huge. The problem for some of us, is that we don't know who to talk to. And maybe we also don't know where to start. We carry around questions, worries, regrets, and perceived failures about our health and our bodies for years and years. I have embarrassing memories from my childhood (we all do) that are just as emotional as if they had happened earlier today! Shifting habits as an adult can be so scary, and can seem really overwhelming. If your gut is telling you that you are ready to feel better, ready to make courageous choices that will change the way you live your life, listen to it! There is no right or wrong way to start your journey. 

Dancing to 80s music can be healing. well, for me. 

Dancing to 80s music can be healing. well, for me. 

What is one tiny little thing you can do today to feel better? When I'm feeling overwhelmed I like to take a walk outside. I like to make a list of the things on my mind that I'm having trouble juggling. I like to take a bath. I like take deep breaths. Maybe enjoy a cup of tea. I like to blast 80's music and dance in my kitchen. These are the little things that make me feel better.  

I'm just trying to make a point that good health is about eating well and exercising, but it's about all that other stuff too. The stuff that makes life feel heavy. I believe that there are simple things we can do to lighten up. Connecting to the earth by eating fresh real foods, taking a walk, taking some deep breaths outside.... these are all free! They can can turn a moment from bad to better.  When you practice choosing one simple thing a day to make YOU feel better, those things add up. This is how I live lighter and shine brighter and you can totally do it too. I know because Tiffany told me so. 

Breakfast:  

Ivy's breakfast

Ivy's breakfast

Scrambled eggs, GF english muffins and strawberries. Ivy had the last two buckwheat pancakes too.  

Lunch: 

I told you in a previous post that I throw everything in my salads. I had a few leftovers in the fridge along with the delicious greens from our CSA. I threw it all in there. I actually don't even remember what was in there and it really doesn't matter. I invite you to make a crazy salad this weekend! Go nuts. Throw a cupcake in there. Who knows, maybe you will find your best meal yet.

Dinner: 

Ivy and Scott had a daddy daughter night and had some yummy sushi. I was busy all day fixing snacks for a local cloth diapering service's info workshop. I made two of my favorite snacks. Collard hummus wraps and black bean dip. They are both truly delicious and make me look really cool. 

Collard wrap apps. FUN!

Collard wrap apps. FUN!

The collard wraps are easy peasy because all you need is collard greens and hummus. Done. Omg make these tomorrow, they rock.  

Fabulous bean dip passed along to me by my bestie Annemarie

1/2 CUP OLIVE OIL

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. salt (I use about 1/2 tsp)

1/2 tsp Tabasco or other pepper sauce

2 cans, 16 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed (I find BPA free cans- Eden is a good company) 

1 can, 16 oz. corn, drained

1 large tomato chopped

1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and chopped

1/2 cup minced red onion

In large bowl, combine oil, vinegar, salt and tabasco.  Add black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and red onion.  Toss to mix.  Serve dip with chips.  Makes 5 cups 

Thank you Annemarie! Bean dip deliciousness. 

Thank you Annemarie! Bean dip deliciousness. 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind.

 


30 Days. Day twelve.

by Stacey Jayne


Happy hump day folks! What a lovely hump day it was. Sunny, breezy, warm; I wouldn't mind if most days were just like this one. If you are new to my blog today, welcome! Friends and clients often ask me what the heck we eat, so I've been blogging about just that! There will be nothing fancy about our meals. I  like to cook big meals so I have left overs. If your family is anything like mine, using organic, fresh foods is important. Saving money when ever possible is also pretty rad. I like to keep our kitchen stocked with healthy options so we all have happy healthy smiles on our faces. I've found that getting and staying healthy takes practice, patience and courage. Courageously healthy living has really worked out for me, but it does take consistant attention. I rode my bike into the city to teach a client this morning and as I went over the Manhattan bridge I thought to myself... damn, this freakin' bridge just doesn't get any easier does it?! Then I got to thinking... this bridge is a metaphor for staying on track- especially when life throws you curves and punches. Some parts never get any easier, but you get to know them, so they make you stronger. That's why practicing healthy living = joy.

With courage comes strength. With practice comes joy.

So say we all. (My husband told me that only battle star galactica nerds (me) will get this, and to take it out. I'm leaving it in in hopes that I make at least one person smile!)

Breakfast: 

Buckwheat pancakes galore.

Buckwheat pancakes galore.

This am we enjoyed baked oatmeal along with more (bob's red mill) buckwheat pancakes and grade B maple syrup. I often spread a thin layer of almond butter on them... for fun. 

Lunch: 

I enjoyed almost the same salad that I had yesterday. I had pre-made a big batch of quinoa the other night, I had also pre-cut a bunch of my favorite salad veggies. I find that stocking the fridge with options that we all like and that I know won't go ignored really helps in terms of staying on track and saving money. In a moment of weakness and confusion it's very easy to order in. Take out can get pricey, especially when it happens a couple of times a week, or more. Summer quinoa salad: quinoa, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, scallions, black beans, avocado, and love. Mix with some apple cider vinegar, s&p ... you will be shoveling happiness into your mouth. 

Snack: 

Me n' Ivy shared some dark chocolate today. We both danced afterwards. I felt really good about it. Later we also had some apples and bananas. 

Dinner: 

CSA sign. I belong to one called: Sweet Pea CSA. 

CSA sign. I belong to one called: Sweet Pea CSA. 

Scott threw together some left over GF pasta from last night with a (new to us) tomato sauce that I bought the other day. Ooooh it was so good. Dave's Gourmet roasted garilc and sweet basil organic pasta sauce. Go there you guys, it's delicious and would be wonderful with veggies mixed in or however you choose to use it. When I got home I mixed some with the rest of the quinoa I had and some scallions. Delish. After dinner we all snacked on the strawberries that I picked up from my CSA today. If you are curious what it's like to be a part of a CSA read more here. I'm new to the CSA game and it's been really fun so far. Feels good to know exactly where my food is coming from too! 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind. 

 

 

Big ol' batch of quinoa. 

Big ol' batch of quinoa. 


30 Days. Day eleven.

by Stacey Jayne


Today started quite nicely. It was sunny and lovely out, so I was a happy me.

Breakfast: 

Baked oatmeal bars. 

Baked oatmeal bars. 

We enjoyed some of the baked oatmeal I made last night along with reheated buckwheat pancakes from last week. (BTW for the oatmeal I used this recipe along with this recipe and voila! I added my own twist: cocoa nibs, quinoa flakes and gogi berries.) Then I hopped on my bike and headed into the city for a pilates client. It was a great bike ride into the city and I was thankful that my legs could work that hard after a weekend of beer drinking! After, I rode back home and whipped up the loveliest salad with all the ingredients I prepped yesterday.  

lunch: 

summer quinoa salad

summer quinoa salad

Quinoa Summer Salad ingredients: quinoa, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, thinly sliced green apples, toasted macadamia nuts, and black beans. I tossed it with a bit of apple cider vinegar, olive oil and s&p. It really hit the spot! After lunch I ran out the door to have an interview with a new friend of mine. I will post the interview after it actually happens- it will answer some of the questions you have regarding genetically modified foods. I didn't make it to the interview because I got into a very unfun car accident. Luckily everyone involved was fine, just shaken up. I was more mad that I didn't get the interview! I spent about two hours waiting for my car to be towed, so AGAIN I didn't get to prepare the other yummy foods I wanted to. But at least I got to sit and relax in lower manhattan with a nice stranger who really calmed me down. 

unfun. very unfun.

unfun. very unfun.

Dinner: 

I got home and threw together a nice EASY dinner, as my nerves were too shot to do anything exciting in the kitchen. Gluten free pasta (my favorite brand is bionaturae organic) , pesto, peas and cannellini beans. I mixed some nutritional yeast (nooch) into the dish as well. Have you met nooch before? Let me introduce you. Nooch and me... we go WAY back. Nooch has been an intricate part of my stove top pop corn making, my pasta seasoning, it's been there for me as I let go of my dairy devotion. I'm truly happy I met my nooch. 

 As I was sitting around today waiting for my car to get towed I was reminded of a thought I had in my car this past weekend.  I thought: The only thing that is standing between you and your health goals, is practice. I would say that I practice courageously healthy living as much as I can. Because It feels good. I'll write more about this in the coming weeks, but I invite you to practice things that freak you out, especially if your gut is telling you that you are ready. Small steps love, teeny tiny little steps. 

I believe in you, big time. If I can do it... you TOTALLY CAN!

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind. 

 



 


30 Days. Day ten.

by Stacey Jayne


cereal

cereal

I was away for the weekend, and just got back to Brooklyn this afternoon. I had planned on cooking quite a few options for the week, but I hit crazy traffic and got home later than I expected. I did get some good things done though! BTW a while back I wrote this post and was thinking about it in the car on the way home, so I thought I'd share. It's about how to get right back your old healthy self after a vacation. This time I was only away for 4 days but I'm very much ready to sweat and eat some greens.

Today I prepared: 

Baked oatmeal, a huge bowl of quinoa to use in a few different dishes, I made another batch of muesli, I hard boiled 6 eggs, chopped cucumbers, scallions, tomatoes, carrots, and a red pepper so salad making would be a piece of cake. I'm going to hit the grocery store tomorrow afternoon so I can whip up the rest of the magic that will keep me from ordering that mid week pizza.

Tomorrow I will post the recipe I used for the baked oatmeal!  

 

Baked oatmeal. Yummers.

Baked oatmeal. Yummers.

Plain white and red quinoa. 

Plain white and red quinoa. 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

PS. If you are new to my blog, go ahead and "like" me on facebook and sign up for my newsletter. I will send you healthy doses of love and insight on how to make courageously healthy choices fit easily into your already lovely life. Oh, and please share your thoughts below. I'm the curious kind. 


30 Days. Day six. Then 7 ate nine.

by Stacey Jayne


I just want to tell you that I've been thinking about you guys for the whole weekend! I had a total blast from the past adventure up to Rhode Island to attend an 80th birthday party for a college professor/director. It was such a reflective trip for me. I remembered how I used to feel when I was in college. I LOVED my college experience, but I suffered from chronic sinusitis, I was about 40 pounds heavier, I was afraid to talk about my emotions and dreams. I was disconnected from my body and mind and not in control of my health. Now I know living can feel delicious!

Here is the story of my weekend and what I learned.

 

Dorm living. 

Dorm living. 

When I left Brooklyn on Thursday afternoon I had plenty of healthy options at home for Scott so he wouldn't resort to buying outside food (This really saves so much money. I picked up some greens for salads, some eggs and bread. Frozen and fresh fruits for smoothies etc. The stuff he likes.) When Ivy and I arrived at my first stop, my mom's, we stopped into a local healthy market (Mrs Greens) to pick up options for her house. I like to stock my mom's cabinets with heathy snacks when Ivy stays with her. I buy single servings of apple sauce, walnuts, cashews, gogi berries and raisins, grapes, and a couple of frozen options like waffles and annie's pizza. My mom is awesome and stocks up on Ivy's other favs too like blueberries, strawberries and almond milk. My mom is respectful and buys organic food for Ivy when she can. I'm happy that not only is she willing to carry on most of the rituals and standards that we celebrate in our house, but that she has even started buying higher quality foods for herself. Makes me a very happy daughter. It has taken some time to get here though, but I realized along the way that the more open I am with our family members (only when they ask of course)  the more they will understand where we are coming from. I personally believe that if people are ready and open to changing their eating habits, they will lead the way so that it is a comfortable conversation. For example: my in-laws know how we roll. We all went on vacation last year and they were always willing to try new things that I had prepared. I truly adore spending time with them so I'm thrilled that they've been so open. I know it isn't always this easy for you guys. In my experience being prepared really helps. For me being prepared means having snacks on hand, knowing where to go to pick up foods you need (google the closest health food stores and farmers markets so you arrive in a new place armed), and then reminding yourself that it's ok to go with the flow when you can. Trail mix and fresh fruit goes a long way too! You can pick up a couple of other ingredients (yogurt, nut butter, oats etc.) and have a few meals taken care of. 

Yes please.

Yes please.

So Thursday night I tried to log in to my squarespace account to update my blog from my mom's home computer (she doesn't have wifi so I couldn't use my ipad) and it didn't work! For some reason my password wasn't working. I reached out to the website and indeed the system wasn't recognizing my information (weird, right?) so they had to reset some stuff so I could get in. That brought me to Saturday when I was in Rhode Island. I sat in a dorm room (which felt so funny and exciting) and typed a lovely post on my ipad, only to lose it when I suddenly got disconnected from the wifi there. I wanted to throw the ipad out the window, but I took the whole thing as a sign to chill out for the weekend. To soak in what I was experiencing and put it all together today. I felt as if I was letting you guys down but then I looked back on my original intent for this blog journey. I wrote:   I'm not aiming for perfection. I choose June to do this project because our lives will be all over the place. We are doing some travelling, I'm going away for a weekend without my family, at the end of the month I'll be partying with some friends.... this is life for most of you too. We are all over the place and it can be tricky to make healthy choices. For me, making healthy choices = feeling good. For me, true wellness = joy. For me, the reward for making courageously healthy choices is a consistently happy me. When I'm feeling happy, I can celebrate living. So! I reset my mindset and had a great time. Reeeeeaaly good choice Stacey!  

Werk it Kristen. 

Werk it Kristen. 

My partying started on Thursday night with a delicious family friend Kristen. We have been meaning to get together to chat about some possible speaking engagements that she has lined up for me in the future. To spice up the evening she was gracious enough to make us some fresh pressed grapefruit n vodka cocktails. They were just awesome. All three of them. Went to sleep far too late, but it was all worth it. 

beet tongue.  

beet tongue.  

Btw before I left my mom's I made a lovely dinner. I made broccolli and beets, a killer salad and my mom made some salmon and cod in the oven. Friday am I was off to Rhode Island! For the whole weekend I did the best I could to stay true to what makes me feel good. It was wonderful. I feel inspired to be home so I can cook some more foods this week that save me time AND money while feeding family healthful meals that they love. 

I'm cooking RIGHT NOW for the week. Stay tuned loves! 

SJ

shot of wheat grass. it was that kind of weekend. 

shot of wheat grass. it was that kind of weekend. 


30 Days. Day five.

by Stacey Jayne


Today, I'm feeling a bit slow.

I rode my bike over the Manhattan bridge to teach this morning, and I felt like it was going to break me. I made it, thank heavens. Even the old people passed me today.

It's just one of those days... one of those days where you get your nails done.

Ivy walked over to me after her nails were dry (I was getting my toes done) and she showed me a blue lolly pop. She said "Mommy she offered me some candy, and I said that my daddy doesn't let me eat candy, so I choose a lolly pop instead." Riiiiiiight.  

Ivy walked over to me after her nails were dry (I was getting my toes done) and she showed me a blue lolly pop. She said "Mommy she offered me some candy, and I said that my daddy doesn't let me eat candy, so I choose a lolly pop instead." Riiiiiiight.  

Luckily healthful foods were here available within my reach! Today is the kind of day that I'm so thankful that I cooked all that food on Sunday. Today was also the first pick up of the CSA that we joined about a month ago! CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Basically we bought a share of a local farm's produce for this season (jun-nov) and get to pick up fresh veggies n' fruits every week. If you would like to find out more about what it means to join a CSA travel on over here and find out! BTW if you are new to this little 30 day journey check out my last four posts. Here is the first post where I talk about my intention

Breakfast: 

Today was the perfect morning for muesli. We all had some. I threw a batch together on Sunday which included oats, walnuts, gogi berries, chia seeds, rice puffs, and banana chips. You can make your own with whatever you like. AND you can make it a fun family  project and the kids can make their own too. 

Just add a milk of your choice (my favorite is unsweetened almond) and you are golden. 

Lunch: 

Leftovaaaaas! Scott and I once again had the nada egg wraps, and again they were delish. Did I mention we add hot sauce sometimes? Really brings it home. Ivy had a big snack at school apparently and wasn't hungry, until we were out later and a lollypop was offered. 

Snack: 

I took out quinoa bars that I had made last week from the freezer. I did not follow the recipe exactly, I substituted the apricot with some baked sweet potato that I had in the fridge, and I used two eggs instead of the flax. It's really just what I had on hand. Oh, and I added some all-purpose gluten free flour too. Next week I'm going to make these bars, so stay tuned. Also we snacked on some fresh strawberries from our fruit CSA. They were wooooonderful. HEY here is a great idea- check out your local farmers market this weekend and get the most delicious strawberries you've ever had. Check out the pic at the bottom of this post to get you excited. 

Dinner: 

 

Everything in my salad!

Everything in my salad!

Leftovaaas... with a CSA spin. I took the rest of the quinoa/kale dish that I prepared and tossed it with the arugula and mixed greens and added a bit of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and s&p. I also took out some Italian Field Roast grain sausages (vegan), chopped them into small pieces and sauteed them for about ten minutes and threw them into the salad too. I reheated the last piece of cauliflower cheese pie (moosewood recipe) from two nights ago for Ivy. She wanted nothing to do with this and ate an apple, carrots, a string cheese stick, and some walnuts. I'm so thankful today that we had stuff in the fridge for me to throw together. Each meal took hardly any time at all to prepare, and luckily I have a dishwasher! 
 

I'd love to hear any meals that worked for your family today! Don't be shy, you.  

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

 

 

They are in season folks! Bring some chilled wine to a park and eat some strawberries for fun. Come on now, that sounds like perfect weekend afternoon. 

They are in season folks! Bring some chilled wine to a park and eat some strawberries for fun. Come on now, that sounds like perfect weekend afternoon. 


30 Days. Day four.

by Stacey Jayne


For me, the best thing about this little 30 day journey is simply that I'm truly aware of what I'm eating. Though my eating habits have shifted drastically over the years (for the better) I still get distracted by the business that is life, and eating is just another thing that happens while I'm cleaning the kitchen, writing an email, responding to my mom's text... you know how it goes. If your lovely life is anything like mine, it's tricky to give eating and food preparing the respect it deserves. The foods we eat become the blood that our bodies make, which in turn becomes our energy; this fuels our thoughts and feelings. It's a big freakin' deal. What's in your way from eating foods that really nourish you? For me being prepared and having healthy homemade options (ready to grab) sets me free. I find that I eat less and feel better about myself as a mother/ human. I did some experimenting and what I'm sharing with you is what works for me. What kind of support do you need to take your own steps in a courageously healthier direction? I'm all for teeny tiny realistic steps. My routine could be the wrong fit for you. What do you think is right for you? What does your gut tell you to try?  Share with me! I'm the curious kind. 

Breakfast:

Breakfast!

Breakfast!

I had to teach (pilates)  this morning in the city, so again Ivy and Scott were left to fend for themselves. Before running out the door I toasted a GF english muffin, topped it with sunflower butter and scarfed it down. It's my fav. They did just fine on their own with scrambled eggs and GF toast. (Just a little background on the gluten free thing- I have found over the years that when I minimize gluten and dairy in my diet that my allergies and asthma pretty much disappear. It's awesome. I Also used to suffer from chronic sinusitis. As I shifted my diet it stopped plaguing my life. (I used to have so many boogers, you guys.) Scott and Ivy came along for the gluten free ride willingly. I know this because Scott won't eat anything he doesn't like. This is why he won't eat any fake cheese. We have had long discussions about how he feels that fake cheese shouldn't be called cheese. They should give it a whole new name. Ask him about it- if you have a half hour.) (One more thing. This past week I've been indulging in some cheese and my asthma is TOTALLY letting me know. It's amazing how when you learn to really listen to the signs your body sends you, you will learn what is right.) 

 

Lunch: 

Leftovaaaas! Scott had the last serving of the whole chicken we cooked on Sat night, along with the last of the grilled taters (check out day one for the full details on that yummy meal). I packed a lunch for me and Ivy to take with us to her last ballet class. We sat outside (what a beautiful day it was) and snacked on carrots and cut up apples which we dipped in almond butter. I didn't do any dipping, instead I had a half of an avocado (the other half from yesterdays lunch). I also had some of the quinoa dish I made from last night. It was super. Then off to ballet we went! It was her last class, and the parents were given a chance to sit in on the class (like I don't watch in the window each time already!) so it was a full class. The kids were adorable, they are so imaginative and anything is possible with their bodies. I wish us grown ups could be as free as that. 

Sticky fingers.

Sticky fingers.

lets wrap it.

lets wrap it.

Dinner: 

Leftovaaaas! I took out frozen rice and beans that I had made last week and left them out to thaw. Scott and Ivy used sprouted grain wraps and made little rice and bean wraps with some steamed broccoli (tossed with nutritional yeast) on the side. I had the same sans the wrap. Totally satisfying. After dinner they had a little chocolate Ice cream, and I had a small handful of dark chocolate chips.

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

 


30 Days. Day three

by Stacey Jayne


Breakfast:

I was a bit late going out for my walk so Ivy and Scott fixed some eats on their own. They made open faced almond butter n' fruit spread (we have trader joe's organic super fruit spread. I chose this brand because it has 1/3 less sugar than other jellies tend to have. I also sometimes use it to sweeten plain yogurt. A typical fruity yogurt has about 20 + grams of sugar, and if you only use one tsp of fruit spread you are SEVERELY cutting back on sugar intake. FYI if you flip any food around and check out the grams of sugar- 4 grams = a tsp. WOW Right? Do the math when you are consuming drinks too. It's so (SO!) easy to drink a ton of sugar.

When I got home I had left over oats (that I had made Friday morning) with some of that pumpkin puree that I used yesterday for my pancakes and I topped it with a few walnuts and pumpkin seeds. I also drizzled maple syrup on top, because both the oats and the puree weren't very sweet. It was totally satisfying.

Lunch:

Lunch was fun. I used the "egg" salad that I made yesterday. I got out some collard greens, cut out the thick stem in the middle, gave em' a quick rinse and voila, I was able to use them as a wrap! For Scott I gave him a collard leaf and a real wrap (Ezekiel sprouted grain tortilla-big pic below) cuz that's the way he rolls. I also gave him a few slices of avocado. Because I love him.

I knew Ivy really wouldn't try the tofu egg salad yet, so I made her a small wrap sandwich with it just incase today was her courageous day. I also threw a big handful of tortilla chips (Xochitl no salt added chips which are my favorite- there is a little pic below of ALL NATURAL, NO PRESERVATIVES etc... just as I like it) into the toaster oven with small pieces of cheese on top of them. When they came out I added small slices of avocado. She ate them all up and then asked for carrots. What a champ.

It's a good day.

It's a good day.

Snack:

Walnuts, banana & green apples for me n' my little baby girl. We got stuck in the bank for a while so luckily I was prepared. I never leave the house with out some nuts n' fruit. 

Dinner:

One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf- adapted from FOOD52

Takes about a half hour to cook and about 7 seconds to eat. SO Good!

2c salted water

1c quinoa

1 bunch lacinato kale, washed, ribs removed ripped up in smalled 1" pieces

juice of 1 lemon

zest of one lemon

1 tbsp of olive oil or walnut oil

1/4 cup of crumbled feta cheese

3 tbsp toasted pine nuts

2 scallions, chopped (green and white parts)

s&p

1. Bring salted water to a boil in a covered pot. Add the quinoa, cover, and lower the heat until it is just enough to maintain a simmer. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. (in a separate pan- toast pine nuts till they are just brown. I've made this dish now three times, and this time I used pumpkin seeds because I almost had a heart attack when I saw how expensive the pine nuts were. Next time I won't skimp... the pine nuts are MUCH tastier and really add something special to this dish- there's my two cents.)

2. Add kale to the pot, piling the leaves on top of the quinoa. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, leaving the covered pot on the stove. Allow the kale and quinoa to steam for another 5 minutes. It’s done when all of the water has been absorbed and the quinoa and kale are tender. If the quinoa still has a hard white center, add a little bit of water and steam longer.

3. In the meantime, in a large serving bowl combine lemon zest, half of the lemon juice, oil, feta, pine nuts and scallions.

4. Fluff the quinoa and kale pilaf and add it to the bowl with the zest, juice, oil and other ingredients. Toss to combine. Add remaining lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serve!

One pot kale and quinoa pilaf!

One pot kale and quinoa pilaf!

(I almost forgot that I wanted to share a  video I took of myself from Sunday morning. I'm talking, walking and sweating all at the same time. Scroll down to see it. (Don't get too close to your monitor or I'll suck you into cyber space through my nose. SERIOUSLY!) Please share if you have any thoughts about this BTW! AND share it with someone you love if you think they would benefit from it.

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ


30 Days. Day two.

by Stacey Jayne


Today was big cookin' day! I like to cook a bunch of food on Sunday so I DON'T have to cook that much during the week. It all starts on Friday when I make my grocery list. This is more organized (pic below) than I usually am- but I found it to be SUPER helpful. Shocking how organization can set us free. 

Zee list! Organized and lovely.

Zee list! Organized and lovely.

Breakfast:

Buckwheat pancakes (Bob's Red Mill buckwheat pancake and waffle mix) for the whole family. I used pumpkin puree instead of oil and my choice of milk was almond, but other than that I followed the package instructions. I cooked the WHOLE DARN BAG so I could have them in the freezer. I noticed a while back how much money we were spending on frozen waffles and now I always have frozen pancakes on hand! It took me about 40 minutes to make the whole bag. I had two pans on the stove top going at the same time... very exciting. FYI Buckwheat is high in protein and gluten free (these pancakes are not GF however- they are combined with some whole wheat flour).

***A note about freezing pancakes, as you can see in the pic collage below I used paper towels to get out extra moisture. When they are finally completely cool- bag em' up! BUT make sure you double bag them to prevent freezer burn.***

We topped our pancakes with some grade B maple syrup. They were lovely. If you are curious about the awesomeness that is grade B maple syrup go here.

Lunch:

Leftovaaaas! Thanks to our dinner last night we were all set for lunch today. My feeling is this: if you are going to be cooking, might as well cook for two or three meals! You can get creative how you use the left overs so your not eating the same meal for three days. There were left over grilled yams, potatoes, corn, chicken, vegan grain sausages, and some salad too (if you drain the dressing out of a salad it usually holds up till the next day). I grabbed some arugula and made it a bigger salad. I took the corn off the cob and threw that in there too. I really throw everything into my salads. Don't come too close or I'll throw you in there too. That's my pops in the pic below BTW. He admitted to me one time that If I were to cook for him every day, he would be a vegetarian. That's KIND OF a big deal... makes a girl proud. My salad dressing was just a bit of red wine vinegar, olive oil and s&p.

Dinner:

I got a bit cooky for dinner. I decided to make a recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook that my friend Julia made during the week and she brought a piece for me to try. She used a pie crust instead of the potato crust, but I thought well dang I should cook somethin' smart for my friends so they can see how fun cooking is. Honestly the potato crust is yummy, but the real flour crust tasted just as delicious (but took a long time to prepare). Ivy and Scott loved it which I was psyched about! Here is the yummy recipe. This dish is gluten free if you use the potato crust. 

Meals I cooked for the week:

Buckwheat pancakes, Muesli (uncooked), Curried Nada-Egg salad, and I also hard boiled 6 eggs. Ingredients I have on hand to make meal preparing easier: Hummus, collard greens (I love to make wrap sandwiches with collard greens and a quick hummus collard wrap is so easy and delish), nut butter, chopped and peeled carrots for snacks, assorted nuts for trail mix (Scott is out for long days walking and often needs a snack- trail mix is always a win) and frozen and fresh fruit for smoothies or snacks. I also have left over rice and beans in small dinner size portions frozen from last week. All this should keep us happy.

So to wrap this up... Sunday is a GREAT day to prepare for the week. If you find yourself thinking man I'd really like to feel better, have more time, boost my families immune system, and rock my casbah well then it's time to get prepared! It will free you. Perhaps healthy living is really just about making space.

Life is like a big game of Tetris if you ask me. 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

A little bit of everything today.

A little bit of everything today.


30 Days. Day one.

by Stacey Jayne


This is my morning ritual- I wake up and drink 16-30 ounces of water (sometimes with lemon) every morning. I keep the it next to my bed and drink immediately after I get up. I'm someone who forgets to drink water during the day, and this habit has really helped me stay hydrated. After I hydrate I get outside for a nice walk (I try and get out 4 or more days a week) with music that makes me feel awesome. My morning walk really sets the stage for my whole day. It gives me a chance to think about life, what I'm excited about and it makes me feel strong.
Eggs from our neighbors chickens. Yep, our neighbors have three chickens who make pink, green and brown eggs. They are lovely and share with us! 

Eggs from our neighbors chickens. Yep, our neighbors have three chickens who make pink, green and brown eggs. They are lovely and share with us! 

Breakfast: 

Today we made eggs (from our neighbors chickens) with salsa on the side, gluten free english muffins and Ivy also had some leftover oat bran pancakes with maple syrup. This took ten minutes to cook.

Snack: 

We all had slices of apple and banana, with a side of walnuts and cashews. Pairing good carbs (in this case fruit) with protein helps to stabilize your blood sugar. Score!

Lunch: 

Leftover pizza muffins!  

Recipe: Make or buy a dough of your choice. We had dough that I made a while back frozen in our fridge. Pour a small amount of flour on your counter and hands to mold the dough. Spray or drizzle oil to coat the pan evenly. Section off the dough into small sections, flatten it into a small(ish) imperfect circle and smoosh them into the muffin pan. Dice up a few tomatoes and put about a tablespoon (or a little more if you like) in each one. Top with shredded mozzarella & a chopped cooked veg of your choice. I used cooked broccoli that I had left over waiting to be loved. Cook at 425 for about 12 minutes. Oh man... these rock... mostly because they are fun! Top with any spice of your choice and a fresh piece of basil and... yum. As you can see in the pic below the shapes of each one are different. Don't try and get pretty with these, just go for it. 

Pizzas made as if they were awesome little muffins. How freakin' cute are they?!

Pizzas made as if they were awesome little muffins. How freakin' cute are they?!

Dinner: 

Green salad with chopped cherry tomatoes & pumpkin seeds. Red wine vinegar & olive oil dressing. Marinated and grilled yams & baby confetti potatoes, corn on the cob, whole chicken (on the grill too), and (Field Roast) vegan grain sausages. It was all delish! 

Dinner - day one!.

Dinner - day one!.

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but with my courageously healthy system it's joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.  

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me!  Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock. 

Love, 

SJ

 


30 Days of Courageously Healthy goodness- Week 1

by Stacey Jayne


We are starting this journey today, which really excites me! Mostly because I hit the farmers market this am & I'll be cooking for the week tomorrow, two things I love. Let's get a few ground rules on the table so you know exactly where I'm coming from.

1. I'm not aiming for perfection. I choose June to do this project because our lives will be all over the place. We are doing some travelling next weekend, I'm going away for a weekend without my family, at the end of the month I'll be partying with some friends.... this is life for most of you too. We are all over the place and it can be tricky to make healthy choices. For me, making healthy choices = feeling good. For me, true wellness = joy. For me, the reward for making courageously healthy choices is a consistently happy me. When I'm feeling happy, I can celebrate living. 

2. I'm going to be transparent about my struggles along the way. We all struggle. Maintaining ANYTHING takes attention, thought and support. I have made choices over the past ten or so years that have changed the way I live my life and the way that I see the world. Shifting my lifestyle (slowly over the years) has brought on a health transformation! I've created the Courageously Healthy Living System based on what has worked for me, and It's what I use with my clients as well. 

3. I'd be honored to have your input. When you see something you like, don't like, have questions about- reach out and share. Just as you may learn from me, I will learn from you. Others may learn from you. That is where the magic happens. So share, share, share.  

This is the most import one... 

4. Reach for the stars, but make sure they are your own stars in YOUR OWN SKY.   In other words, make your goals realistic. I've been experimenting with caring for myself and changing my life for a while. If you are just starting out... be where YOU Are. Not where I am. Look at your life (with kind eyes, please don't let those mean voices in your head tell you that you aren't ready for this- you are!) from where you are. Where you are is information that will help you make the choices you need to make. What are the truths in your life? What's in your way? What are you gonna do about it?! 


I  just want you to know that my main goal with my career (right now) is to be part of the solution. Lots of people don't feel very good. They aren't getting to live their lives fully and courageously. I'm where I am right now because I've learned that feeling good can have many labels. Feeling good long term is practiced and maintained. And I want to warn you that feeling good can lead to feeling amazing. It can lead you to a place in your life that you never thought you could reach! 

I'm thrilled to be part of your solution. PLEASE keep me informed where you are and what is working for you. You completely rock.  

Love, 

SJ

 

 

I went back to being a red head last night. It feels SO RIGHT! YIPEEEEE!!!

I went back to being a red head last night. It feels SO RIGHT! YIPEEEEE!!!


30 days of Courageously Healthy goodness... FOR YOU!

by Stacey Jayne


I have decided to pull back the veil on our little Brooklyn kitchen!

I often get emails and FB messages asking me what the heck I eat. Join me! I'll have my apron on.

June 1st - 30th.

Real foods, easy recipes, tips for cooking for the week, tips for family cooking, grocery lists, etc. I will teach you how to save money and time while using real foods to nourish your you

Love,

SJ

deeply

This crazy, beautiful, fleeting phase.

by Stacey Jayne in


Farmers market treat

Farmers market treat

My husband and I wake up a half an hour late with our daughter between us.  We oversleep as a team then scramble to start our day. This usually includes him swearing about the time, her crying: BUT mahmaaay it’s nooooot faaair when denied her Curious George computer game and me sweeping up maniacal amounts of dog hair. He rushes out to walk the dogs and she cries because she can’t imagine an hour without him. I try and get her to eat some peanut butter off of a spoon, and then we rush out for a playdate. She plays at her friend's house for a couple of hours then we head back home again for lunch. We prepare and eat lunch, duel about napping till I finally get her down (with force) in our (unmade) bed. I return to the kitchen, clean up the mess from lunch, the morning’s toys and the dog hair. Again. I then have an hour or so to work on building my business, preparing for dinner, answering some emails and taking a 2 (or 5) min break to check out how many grey hairs I have. She wakes up, he comes home, dogs get walked, we eat dinner, recap our day, then off to bed for her. He takes care of bed time, I clean up the kitchen (for the 3rd time) and put away the same toys I put away that afternoon. I finally sit down to do some more writing while imagining healthy foods magically preparing themselves in the kitchen without me.

My dream reality looks like this: I wake up every day and leisurely exercise, shower, eat a delicious healthy breakfast, see clients, write, create, grow my business (and my garden) and still have time for a few sun salutations and nostalgic daydreams while I sit with my feet up on the deck. I’m (very) well-rested and everything is checked off on my to-do list. My house is clean (not by me) and my laundry is tidily put away (by that same other person). I make a healthy dinner with my daughter's help, and we eat as a family with smiles on our faces and flowers on the table.

Ok, to be honest, some days ARE like my dream reality (without the house keeper and sun salutations), and then some days are totally chaotic and I want to buy myself a one-way ticket to someplace warm where I can sip frozen drinks and lazily kick sand for exercise.

I am dedicated to my healthy lifestyle and making compassionate choices, but this particular phase in life is tiring and unpredictable. In an article I just wroteI talk about how confusing it can be to even FIND healthy foods let alone factoring in the chaos. 75% of the time I’m successful in making healthy choices. 25% of the time I have to embrace the chaos - this crazy, beautiful, fleeting time in life. One day my daugher will be ten, and I’ll be shaking my head happily remembering her bolting around the apartment naked with socks on her hands. I’ll be seeing clients with ease and making the money I deserve because I learned from it all.

I can’t help but look back at all of those romantic visions of good health I had before my daughter was born. My favorite visions took place in the fall, all sweatery and snuggly where I imagined the chilly afternoons -cinnamon apple sauce simmering on the stove and morning glory muffins baking in the oven while baby and I danced to 80s music.

Reality check. My first actual fall involved my getting over my daughter’s colic and realizing that I’d just spent the past 5 months eating only bread and cheese. Three years later I’m building my coaching business and learning what it takes for me to feel alive and healthy.

My passion is helping families and young women lessen their chaos by eating real foods and removing toxic habits so they can truly love life. Nothing confirms how much I love my job then when I hear a client share a small success. Just hearing her say the words: I'm so excited about this Stacey makes ME so excited too. Yesterday I had a client write: I just wanted to thank you again for all the encouragement. I finally feel like this is a step in the right direction! And honestly, I was elated! I'm so thankful for the work that I'm doing.

If you have been making small steps to remove toxic foods and habits so YOU can feel amazing and live a healthier life, share them below in the comments. I'd LOVE to hear what works for you. I know that if I'm inspired by what you write, you could be inspired too. And when we are both inspired, that's when the magic happens.

You totally freakin rock.

Love,

SJ


Why does feeing my family healthy foods feel so confusing?

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Here in Brooklyn we have a sea of options. We cook. We order in. We raise chickens. We juice. We pizza. We make choices everyday based on what is accessible and what feels right. At times we think we are making healthy choices only to find out that some of them are totally off.  Will we ever feel like we are buying the right foods? I want to be transparent here and share that I don’t have this all figured out. I do not consider myself an expert player in this game, but I am driven by the journey I’ve had so far as a parent who truly cares about my family’s well being. I will say that my passion is feeding my family real foods. I hope that doesn’t scare you. I’m eating gummy bears right now if it makes you feel any better.

When I got to the other side of my pregnancy I was doused with a healthy serving of nutrition overwhelm. Once my daughter was eating real foods, I felt forced to figure out what that really meant. What I found was that real foods (foods that are not genetically modified, that are not filled with additives, dyes, sugars and other toxins to make them last for years upon years on a shelf) are not that easy to find. Real foods come from plants and animals that have not been altered. They are foods that go bad when you don’t eat them in a fairly short amount of time. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It may seem simple, but the supermarket is a very difficult place to navigate. There is an abundance of food options from whole foods, packaged foods, drinks, candies, cereals, with words like nature, natural and farm fresh on items that are far from it.

So the question is: how do we find real foods. Oh, and how can we keep from feeling like crazy food Nazis so our friends will still invite us over for an occasional BBQ?

This is what I do to find my real foods.

  1. I shop at farmers markets and I’m about to join a CSA (community supported agriculture).  A CSA is a way to purchase a “membership” to a local farm. I will receive a box of seasonal produce each week throughout farming season. With both of these options you get a chance to know where your food is coming from. You can do your own research and make your own choices. It’s empowering. FYI Shopping in this way does not always mean that it’s going to be organic and free of pesticides, but you can easily ask to find out what their practice and philosophy is.

  2. I buy bulk organic ingredients. There are a bunch of grocery stores that have a bulk section where you can purchase whole grains, nuts, popcorn, dried fruits and other fun organic ingredients.  When you buy organic you are buying foods that are free of GMOs and pesticides. I make my own muesli, trail mix and other convenience snack foods. It saves lots of money when you shop this way AND you know what’s in your food. You can add your own amount of sugar, and you can tailor it to your family’s likes and dietary restrictions. You can also bring your own little baggies and reuse them each time for an added earth friendly twist.

  3. I found a butcher I can trust. Though our diet is predominantly plant based we do consume some animal products. Knowing what I know about the overuse of hormones, antibiotics, torture of factory farm animals and the negative impact factory farming has on our already suffering environment, it’s easy for me to spend the extra money to make sure that what I’m buying is high quality.

  4. When I’m at the grocery store I buy foods with ingredients that I am familiar with. I try and stick to the 5 ingredients or less rule. There are a couple of books by Michael Pollan that I highly recommend. One is called “In defense of food” and the other is “The Omnivore’s dilemma”. Both books are full of invaluable advice and tips in healthful eating and food buying. He suggests avoiding foods that your grand parents wouldn’t recognize as food. I think about this all the time when I’m at the market!

This is what I do to keep myself sane when I show up for that occasional BBQ.

  1. I aim to consume real foods 75% of the time, the other 25% of the time I relax and let life happen. I celebrate eating and cooking with my family and friends as much as I can. We talk about the foods I choose to buy when they ask me. They ask great questions and I enjoy talking about the choices I make.

  2. I go easy on myself in social situations. My goal is practice good health and kindness and if someone is uncomfortable with that I just move the conversation along and remind them that I eat lots of different foods. Including gummy bears, and cupcakes and…

  3. I bring back-up snacks. When I’m going to a party I usually bring some nuts and fruit in my bag. Whether or not I choose to eat them will be up to me, but it’s nice to have the option if I’m stuck.

This is where I’m at so far. I’d LOVE To hear what you are doing to celebrate real foods with your family. Please also share your frustrations and questions. I’d love for this to be a place where we can learn from each other. I believe we need to work together to practice compassionate food buying. I want the shift into buying real foods to be fun, funny and exciting for families. We all have the resources we need; we just have to be creative how we spend our money and time.

Love,

SJ

serisouly?

Six Weeks Till Summer

by Stacey Jayne in


http://www.dreamstime.com/-image20444680Six Weeks Till Summer

April 18 – May 23

Let getting in shape feel like a girl’s night out.

This is the time of year when you start thinking:

This summer is going to be different. I’m REALLY going to get serious about taking off that extra weight before the warm weather gets here. I’m going to start exercising everyday. I’m going to REALLY pay attention to what I’m eating.

 

BUT just then you start thinking:

I eat “relatively” healthy already. I’m not sure what to do differently. I feel so out of shape, I’m embarrassed to even go to the gym. I don’t even know where to start!

 

When you join us for Six Weeks Till Summer you will:

 
  • Slip into your “skinny clothes” with ease by Memorial day
  • Start your summer with more confidence and joy
  • Sleep more soundly
  • Naturally ease up on caffeine and sugar or get rid of them all together
  • Look and feel younger

 

It look us years to learn this but we have discovered the secrets of making lasting change. Together Stacey and Mina have lost over 80lbs and kept it off for years. We want to share what we have learned with you so you can celebrate this summer!

 

Six Weeks Till Summer Details:

  • 6 week program
  • Weekly informational and inspirational emails
  • Support of a group to keep you focused and accountable
  • Group facebook page for extra support
  • Optional workouts
  • Meet on Thursdays from 730-9pm

 

Some topics covered in our group meetings:

The right foods to be eating on the go to give you the energy you so desperately deserve
Easy ways to integrate exercise into your already busy life
Tips and gentle exercises to reduce stress and get a better nights sleep
Ways to increase your energy throughout the day
Healthy AND easy delicious recipes

 

What if I told you in 6 weeks YOU will be exercising regularly and eating healthfully and LOVING it?!

Would you believe me? Would you trust in yourself to do it?  This time you can, and we will support you to keep you accountable to ensure you get there.

 

Find early bird prices here.        

WE (me and Mina) are SO looking forward to meeting and supporting you as you change your life. 

 

Love,

SJ