Wednesday, June 18, 2008

You Can Heal Your Life

I love this from Louise Hay's book "You Can Heal Your Life"

I highly recommend reading this book and putting it into practice in you life. It is certainly challenging, but the changes you can make are amazing. I go back to this book often.

Deep at the center of my being there is an infinite well of love. I now allow this love to flow to the surface-- It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being, and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied. The more love I use and give, the more I have to give-- the supply is endless. The use of love makes me feel good. It is an expression of my inner joy.
I love myself; therefore, I lovingly take care of my body. I lovingly feed it nourishing foods and beverages. I lovingly groom it and dress it and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy.
I love myself; therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter, including myself, will feel this love and be nourished by it.
I love myself; therefore, I work at a job that I truly enjoy doing, one that uses my creative talents and abilities, working with and for people whom I love and who love me., and earning a good income.
I love myself; therefore, I behave and think in a loving way to all people-- for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. I only attract loving people in my world, for they are a mirror of what I am.
I love myself; therefore, I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I am free.
I love myself; therefore, I love totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good and knowing that my future is bright and joyous and secure-- for I am a beloved child of the Universe, and the Universe lovingly takes care of me now and forever more. And so it is.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Protein Pancakes

I've completed Week 3 of BFL with great success. I am very pleased with my results so far, though I admit I wish it was going faster. I never claimed to be patient. :) Along my journey I have discovered some very yummy things. One of my favorite recipes that I have revised as my own is Protein Pancakes. Sounds kinda gross I admit, but the taste is out of this world. How could something sooo yummy be healthy? I find I can make these and eat them plain- kinda like a cookie- you know- not using a fork to eat them. When I feel like a little more in the carb area I add a TSBP or less of Simply Fruit and it does the trick. My last cheat day I used maple syrup and almost went into shock. Oy! TOOOOO much sugar. Even my very picky husband likes these. Anyway, here is the recipe. (sorry no photos this time)

Protein Pancakes
(makes 6 pancakes- you choose if its 2 or 3 servings- I say 2)

1 Cup Oatmeal (NOT instant)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 Cup Egg whites (or 3 if separating whole eggs)
3/4 Cup 1% Milkfat Cottage Cheese
1/4 Cup Skim Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla UMP* protein powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • Use a food processor (or blender) to grind up oatmeal to a powder.
  • Place ground oatmeal and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Next add cottage cheese to processor and blend until smooth.
  • Add scoop of protein powder to blended cottage cheese and process again until protein powder is mixed in.
  • Add cottage cheese protein mixture to oatmeal. No stirring needed at this time.
  • Next add egg whites and skim milk and vanilla extract to processor. Blend for 20-30 seconds. Add to oatmeal and cottage cheese.
  • Stir mixture together until smooth.
  • Heat non-stick frying pan at a med-high temperature.
  • Add by 1/4 cups to pan and cook until surface begins to bubble. Flip pancake over and cook the other side.
Nutrition Breakdown: (per pancake!)

Calories: 91.6
Carbohydrate: 7.3g
Protein: 11.5g
Fat: 1.5g
Fiber: <1

A 3 pancake serving gives you 275 calories, 34.5g of protein, 4.5g of fat, and 21.9g of carbs. Nice way to get your protein in. :)

* UMP- Beverly International Ultimate Muscle Protein. SOOOO yummy.
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Sunday, June 8, 2008


Okay so last time I reviewed Muscle Milk- and it still is quite the tasty treat! However, for the sake of calories its best made with water- no matter what I want to think. I also found that it was already balanced with carbs so adding it to meals that were filled with carbs is counterproductive. I ordered some Ultimate Muscle Protein from Beverly International. LOVE it! I like having a protein powder that I can use in recipes. Protein Pancakes, Fortified French Toast, Yogurt and Protein Powder "pudding", awesome shakes... its extremely versatile and great tasting. I also have to hand out kudos to the folks at Beverly International for their commitment to quality. Knowing I can rely on a solid product during my fat loss/ muscle gain journey is important. I have been making great gains in muscle and a nice steady loss in fat so far. I have more energy and I feel great. I love being able to have a shake at the end of the day that is more like a treat than just another protein drink. My favorite blends so far:

Strawberry Shake
6-7 ice cubes
1/2 c frozen strawberries (Target has frozen strawberries in individual servings- awesome!)
1 cup skim milk
1 scoop Vanilla UMP
Blend 45 seconds.
ENJOY! Yummm!

Blueberry Cheesecake Shake
6-7 ice cubes
1/3 c frozen blueberries
1 cup skim milk
1 tbsp Sugar Free/ Fat Free Cheesecake pudding mix
1 scoop Vanilla UMP
Blend 45 seconds.
ENJOY!! Yummmy!

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