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What Did You Learn Today?

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I was going to start this blog with ‘you know how I always say keep learning’, and then it occurred to me that I really don’t know if I have written about that.  

That is something that I have always admired in another person.  The want and desire to be a life-long learner is a quality I really admire but I don’t know if I have put that thought into this blog.  So fine, here it is….. With all my heart I think that being a life-long learner is one of the most underrated qualities a person can have, There, I said it!

No, really,  you know when you go to a reunion of any kind whether it is school, family, or even team or club and you talk to people that you were really looking forward to seeing and you ask…  “so, what’s new?” and they have nothing to add.  They are in the same job, same place, haven’t traveled, haven’t tried anything new or noteworthy, and they have only just aged and that is all that is new.  I find that truly sad.  When people say that they are just as they were in high school or whenever I think that is really sad.  I am so glad that I am not the same person I was way back then.  

Back in the day, I thought all sorts of things. Things that have been proven that I was just plain ignorant.  I truly had no idea what I was doing as a young parent and if I hadn’t taken the time to read as much as I could or talk to other mom’s, my kids could have been totally messed up.  When I was young I had no idea what it was going to be like at the age I am now and why should I?  But if I hadn’t kept learning, I would be a person in a grown up body but still be sounding like a teenager and that is just as bad as seeing people dressing the same as when they were 17.  It’s time to grow people.

The desire to learn actually goes way deeper than learning that huge 80’s hair is tacky and gentlemen, combovers were never in style.  The world is changing too fast to leave learning to the news you watch while eating the same dinner that your mom cooked.  We need to be active learners in our own health, finances, electronics, politics, and nutrition.  It is up to us to keep our brains as active as our bodies should be.  It has been proven that keeping active as we age, even a little activity, helps all aspects of aging.  Just as reading anything, even online or comics helps children’s minds to develop.

In our journey to better health, we read a lot.  We bought books, spent a lot of time online, talked to all sorts of people, even experimented with what we learned.  Learning isn’t just sitting in a quiet library anymore like most of us hated in school.  

  • It is online classes.  
  • It is picking someone’s brain at a coffee shop.  
  • It may be magazines.
  • It may be online subscriptions.  
  • It is podcasts that you can listen to while hiking.  
  • It is video courses that you can interact with.  
  • It can be online masterminds or,
  • What we did this weekend, attend an event with actual live speakers.

We had the privilege to attend a really great event in town this weekend.  It was called the Real Talk Summit.  It was an all day event of conversation with some of the brightest entrepreneurs in the business community.  The day started with Danielle LaPorte and ended with the amazing Gary Vaynerchuk.  In between were some of the most amazing people that had a whole world of advice to offer.

These kind of learning events are the ones that most appeal to me.  I learn the most and they seem to stay with me the longest.  Sometimes I get distracted with other kinds of learning so seeing somebody in person just has much more of an impact for me.  But you really need to do what works best for you.  Going to these type of events usually aren’t even close to being cheap, but most of these people are available online and in books, so their message is out there, you just need to find the way to connect that works best with you.

The most important thing here is that you keep your mind moving.  Find something to stimulate your mind, find something to learn about.  Find the way that works best for you.  Learn more ways to cook, exercise, invest, earn more money, learn how to relax, find out some history, learn another language, paint a picture, learn to grow a garden, find ways to serve, research your faith, just open your mind and learn.

Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning. – William Arthur Ward

Beet & Blueberry Waffles

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I absolutely love this recipe.

When my kids were little, I baked nearly every day.   

  • Some of that was because I really love baking.  
  • Some of that was because it was really therapeutic for me.
  • Some of that was because it was cheap.
  • And when it was because we were having breakfast for dinner, I would colour my pancakes and waffles.  The kids loved that.  They never knew what colour they would be and it wasn’t long and they were never their natural beige colour.  But I don’t bake as much we eat much healthier and my kids are all adults.  Although when I do make them, they still ask for colours.  But, when the kids were little it never occurred to me to use alternative ingredients to make them healthier or a healthier way to colour them.

Putting berries on top is not a stretch for us because it is just one more way to get your daily fruit and veggies and it always fun when you add berries.

Looks like brunch is taken care of or it will be breakfast for dinner this weekend.  

http://www.alive.com/recipe/beet-blueberry-waffles/

10 Ways to Keep Your Grocery Costs Down

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One of the most common complaints by people who are struggling to eat healthy is that it is too expensive.  Well, it can be.  I am not going to sugar coat it.  For some strange reason, some of the most nutritious food is more expensive.  

It doesn’t have to be but manufacturers, stores, and other ‘business people in the food industry’ have chosen to make junk food cheap and make healthy food more costly than it has to be.  But, and there is always a but, if you make some wise choices in your shopping habits, the cost starts to be more livable.

  1. First of all, stop comparing a bag of chips to the cost of an apple.  Seriously, think about what you are doing.  You are comparing apples to chips, it’s like comparing apples to oranges, only chips are basically a bag of fat.  There is a little-processed potato, but the reason you like them is that they are basically fat and salt, not apple.  So, try to remember that this is the fuel you are using to make the engine called your body needs to run.  Sure you can use junk food to fuel your body, but it won’t work as well as it does when you fuel it properly.
  2. Think of the food you are eating as an investment into your single largest investment, your body.  If your body is not fuelled properly, it won’t run properly.  Your body has a long list of nutrition it needs to function and if we short cut that list with too much of the wrong thing, it’s not going to work right.
  3. When you choose to eat right, you won’t have the same desire to eat the junk food, so you will not come home with a buggy of pizza, chips, buns, cookies, frozen food, you will come home with food that will make you feel better and keep you fuller longer, so less snacking on empty calories.
  4. You can learn to eat what is in season.  When it comes to produce, a lot of fruits and veggies are around all year.  They are imported and grown even when they are out of season in most areas.  If you learn what is in season, it will always be cheaper than the summer fruits that you buy in the middle of winter.  So, learn to pay attention to seasonal imports and always try to buy by the season.
  5. Shop local.  Just because the chain grocery stores are huge and generally carry everything for one stop shopping, they are not always the cheapest place for fresh food.  Take some time and shop around.  Quite often local butchers and bakeries are a better value and offer less processed food.  
  6. Changing your shopping habits are harder than they should be but that is because we are creatures of habit and changing habits are always hard.  If changing all your shopping habits are really hard then just change a couple at a time.  Choose to read more labels and shop more around the outside edges of the store.  Make sure that you are getting enough protein.  When you think about snacks, think of them as a meal and therefore there should be protein included in it.  So, if you are snacking on an apple, have some cheese or peanut butter with it.  When planning meals, the same rules apply.  Make sure you have protein with each meal, breakfast, lunch and supper.
  7. Try to take time when shopping for your food.  If you can, spend as much time reading labels as you can.  The longer the ingredient list, the quicker it should be put down.  Stop paying for things that you can’t pronounce.  If you don’t know what it is, chances are your body doesn’t know how to use it, so will store it.
  8. Plan your meals to have leftovers.  When you pick up chicken, plan for some chicken salad later in the week.  Maybe some roast beef sandwiches later in the week.  It is better than fast food.  Soup is a great way to use leftovers and can be eaten all week as lunch.
  9. Read more about ways to have meatless meals without sacrificing protein.  Beans and lentils are super cheap and are really good for you.
  10. Keeping your portion size in mind goes a long way too.  Most chicken breasts are big enough for two meals for most women.  Lots of fruit is now very large.  If you keep your portions under control, you will find that you actually have more food than you think.

The more you learn about ways to eat healthy, the more you will enjoy the food that you do eat and then the special treats you allow yourself will taste even better.

 

Why do I always choose the shopping cart with the squeaky wheel? Is it my bad luck, or are all the carts dysfunctional? – Rachel Nichols

The 5 Best Dumbbell Workouts (that take 10 minutes or less)

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I am not usually a fan of posts that promote getting a full workout done in a ridiculous amount of time.  

If you are truly committed to changing your body, you need to put in the work.  It’s just that simple.  You need to commit to a change in your eating habits and your physical exercise level.  Having said that, I am also painfully aware that we operate on a very limited time schedule these days.  So, if you can only fit a short workout into your day, then some is really better than none.  Also, a common issue for most people is coming up with actual things to do once you have committed to heading to get some exercise in.

I am a firm believer in using weights as part of your workout routine.  Build more muscles and burn more calories.  You need to add weights to your world.  So, here are some relatively simple routines that you can follow at the gym or even at home if you have some dumbells.

Please understand that if you have never lifted weights before, start small.  Use what you have at home or a small weight than you first think.  If after doing these routines for a while they no longer are tough, use more weight.

So the 5 are;

  1. Dumbbell snatch
  2. Full body onslaught
  3. Hardcore
  4. Get swole
  5. Pure Payne.

Give these a chance, all or some.  Just do it!
http://www.daimanuel.com/2014/12/07/the-5-best-dumbbell-workouts-that-take-10-minutes-or-less/?