Wednesday, October 30, 2013

12 Weeks of Wellness: Excite

We've made it, it's the final week of wellness. Congratulate yourself because you just spent the last twelve weeks investing in your health. I'm so proud of you! The last order of business is to focus on your external appearance. Your self-confidence runs deep and, believe it or not, promotes your health. Go forth and project this into the world.


This week excite: update your closet to suit your personal style and make an impression

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

12 Weeks of Wellness: Create

Studies show that the majority of people eat fewer than 70% of meals at homes. Reclaim your kitchen, reinstate family dinner, eat together, learn to cook and shop for food (don't forget your reusable shopping bags!), invest in and value your food, and plant a garden to grow your own ingredients. During the 11th week of wellness, I encourage you to make at least 90% of meals at home. 



Check out my recipes page for ideas.

This week create: eat only food that was prepared at home

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Bread

It's October and pumpkin is everywhere. In the past two weeks alone, I've had two pumpkin spice latte, 4 cups of sweet harvest pumpkin tea, a bag of pumpkin spice kisses, five varieties of pumpkin beer (including one from Fate) and this bread... (and no, these companies are not my sponsors).



Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves


Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, water, vegetable oil, applesauce, yogurt and eggs. Beat until well mixed. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and cloves in another bowl and stir until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture. Beat until smooth. Grease two 5x3 inch loaf pans and dust with flour. Evenly divide the batter between the three pans. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10-15 minutes, then remove from pans by inverting onto a rack and tapping the bottoms. Slice and serve plain, buttered, or with cream cheese.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

12 Weeks of Wellness: Practice

The 10th week of wellness is upon us. It's important to remember to have fun in life. If you have a hobby already great keep at it, keep practicing! If you don't, I am giving you permission to give yourself time to relax and do something you enjoy. I will even send signed notes that you can give to your boss. That probably won't do anything but I am willing to do that for you anyway. Just shoot me an email.



PHYSICAL & SOCIAL

  • Any team sport
  • yoga
  • Extreme sports
  • Contemporary dance
  • Boxing
  • Martial arts
  • Volunteering
  • Traveling
  • Bodybuilding


ARTISTIC

  • Taking up an instrument
  • Pottery
  • Photography
  • Learning graphic design
  • Watercolor painting
  • Wood-working
  • Sculpting
  • Building models

INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING

  • Learning a new language
  • Researching a topic
  • Blogging
  • Playing simulation games
  • Creating a comic book
  • Writing poetry
  • Songwriting
  • Completing word games and puzzles
  • Becoming a chess master


COLLECTIONS

  • Wine
  • Shot glasses
  • Postcards
  • Comic books
  • Memorabilia
  • LPs
  • Sports cards and paraphernalia
  • Beanie babies
  • Beer bottles
  • Antique lighters
  • Cigars
  • Pulp literature
  • License plates
  • Decks of cards
  • Stamps


This week practice: take up a new hobby

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Bartolomé Day!

I didn't write this but it's better than what I could write so I'm just reposting. Here's a link to the original on The Oatmeal.



Just to reiterate I didn't write this or make it in any way. I just uploaded the pictures, which is super impressive, I know. You should seriously check out The Oatmeal though. He writes great comics, especially about cats. :)