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Love pineapple !

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Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits and it has some great health benefits. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme can help your digestion by breaking down the protein in foods. I have a little fresh Pineapple with my meals that contain animal protein and I feel so much better.
Pineapple is also anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer. It is a good source of vitamin C . Small amounts of vitamin A. Also pineapple is rich in b complex and minerals such as copper, manganese and potassium which help our body to function properly.

Pineapple is great to use in marinades to tenderize meat. Adds sweetness to vegetable juices and smoothies. It can be very versatile. So if you don’t eat pineapple or cook with it think about adding fresh pineapple into your diet.

Try out this recipe I found : http://bbq.about.com/od/marinaderecipes/r/bl60302a.htm if your paleo switch out the soy sauce with coconut aminos.

Here is an article that has a cough suppressant recipe starting pineapple juice. http://dailyhealthpost.com/pineapple-fruit-juice-works-better-cough-syrup/

Flaws and all

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We are not perfect there is no such thing. Remember we are role models to kids and others whether we realize it or not.

Stress can wreak havoc on you body physically. Increase blood sugar, weaken your immune system, your hormones and so much more. I know you can’t totally get rid of stress it’s apart of how we respond to bad things or things we perceive as bad. But you have take care of yourself by finding a way to relieve it in a healthy way. Eat right, go for a run , take martial arts, exercise in general, watch a movie you enjoy, or a hobby you enjoy to name just a few. Not relieving your stress in a healthy way can literally end up killing you slowly. So find away to take care of you!

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Slaw sauté with zucchini and mushroom

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Roasted Brussels sprouts . Heat oven to 400degrees. Mix 3 tbs balsamic vinegar 2 tsp olive oil and pinch of salt. Toss Brussel sprouts in mixture. Place on baking sheet and roast 30-35 min and enjoy. I used cherry balsamic vinegar it’s my favorite. #wholefoods #paleo #healthylifestyle #healthyfoodcantastegreat

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Being alone

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I saw this on facebook. Staying on a relationship because your afraid to be alone is not the answer. If you think about it you are feeling alone because the relationship isn’t working. You are probably more like roommates living separate lives. So get away from the wrong person work on yourself and then take those lessons and find someone that doesn’t make you feel a lone. #findtherightperson #yourworthit #dontwaistyourprecioustime

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Enjoy and add your own flare to it.

Balance

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When I was studying martial arts in the shaolin style I remember a yin yang with the dragon and tiger and I fell in love with it. So this weekend I got this symbol tattooed on me. We all have two sides of ourselves and this symbol represents balance to me.
According to Shaolin Martial Arts, the Tiger vs. the Dragon is the symbol of the line overcoming the circle and vice versa. The tiger fights straightforward, bulldozing it’s opponent. Dragons fight in a circular flexible attack style.
The tiger and dragon are old Buddhist symbols. They are known to be oppositional symbols – one reflecting a ‘hard’ style (attacking and unrelenting) form of martial arts, this is symbolized by the Tiger. While the ‘soft’ style is represented by the Dragon and is a form that embodies a defensive and fluid ‘circular-attack’. Thus, they have come to be interpreted to represent duality and balance attained through the balance of oppossing forces, such as the yin and yang symbol. They are often used as symbols of this philosophy found in many Eastern cultures and practices. Many systems of study recognize a need for both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ styles. There fore systems require training in both ‘styles’ in order to create a balanced base of training for their students .
I miss martial arts and have started looking for a new shaolin school to continue my martial arts practice. This style works the internal body and mind as well as the external body.

Impromptu office workout

I had trouble getting started this morning . The weather is changing here very grey in the mornings. I ended up getting to work really early. So to get my activity in a created a quick workout using a chair, a box and my own body weight.

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Chair workout:
Step ups (make sure chair is secured by a wall or door) 1 min

Decline push ups ( feet on chair) 15-20 reps

Chair dips 15-20 reps

Chair bicep curl (used chair as my resistance) 15-20 reps

Chair over head press (careful of office ceiling. If you have something else to press that won’t hit the ceiling use it)

Box touches /stair-steppers soccer drill (place box/ball in front of you. Place one foot on top/ or corner or edge of a box. Now jump and switch feet. Continue to jump and switch feet as safely and quickly as possible. For 1 min.

I repeated this times 2 but should be done 3 times. Nursing a foot injury and after 2 times was feeling it in my foot. So I completed the workout with a 20 min walk.

You can get a workout in almost anywhere. I have tiny tiny office and was able to get my heart rate up and work up a sweat quickly.

Weekly prep done

Made these yummy pulled pork/carnitas with a green piña brine I got from Candace from @beyoutifullydelicious I didn’t make it crispy but did create the pinapple pork with the recipe for the brine. The recipe is on the @whole30recipes Instagram. It consists of pinapple, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, sea salt, water or coconut water. Also made 5 breakfasts, a little German combo or the apple chicken sausage, sauer kraut , & sweet potatoes. Also pineApple teriyaki chicken over steamed veggies.

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