Thomas lost 13 pounds and Marlene lost 14.4 pounds!
Thank you again members, who participated in this charitable weight loss challenge. With your help we have reached our fundraising goal of $275.00. Between your weight loss, your very generous donations and Jim and Kathy's contribution, we will be donating nearly $600.00 to Pájaro Valley Loaves and Fishes.That is more than we have ever contributed.
Many families in need will benefit greatly from this donation. We are so grateful for the supportive community we have at Seascape Village Fitness
With this cold, rainy weather weather we are having, this protein powered pumpkin soup from Protein Pow will hit the spot.
1 small red onion, chopped
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) of grass-fed butter or olive oil
1 small can of pumpkin puree (or fresh in which case you’ll need about a 1.5 cup [325 mL] worth)
2 cups (500 mL) of coconut milk
Salt or Herbamere + black pepper to taste
1 tsp (5 mL) of powdered chicken stock
A small sprinkle of nutmeg (it’s optional but nice)
1 cup (recipe serves 2)
30 minutes total (10 min preparation time + 20 min cooking time)
Heat a large soup pot and add the butter or oil. Add the onions and garlic and stir well, then cover the pot. Let things cook for 5 minutes, or until onions are transparent and soft.
Add the pumpkin, milk, and seasoning. Using a hand-held immersion blender, liquefy the vegetables with the rest of the ingredients. You can also let the mixture cool and blend it in a regular blender, then re-heat it before serving.
If soup is too thick, add a little water until it has the consistency you prefer.
1 large white onion, diced
1 package white button mushrooms (10 oz) sliced
1 package baby portobello mushrooms (10 oz) sliced
10 stalks fresh thyme, leaves removed
1 cup organic vegetable broth
1 tbs. tapioca flour
1 cup almond or cashew milk (unsweetened)
1 dried bay leaf
½ tbs. soy sauce)
½ tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, add the diced onions. Allow to sweat while slicing the mushrooms. About 5-7 minutes.
Move onions to the sides of the saucepan and add mushrooms, allow to cook 5 minutes uncovered.
Stir the onions and mushrooms together. Add fresh thyme and allow to continue to cook, at least 10 minutes.
You will notice a substantial amount of water has come out of the mushrooms, and they are reduced in volume by half.
Add the bay leaf, the salt and the soy sauce to the mushrooms.
Stir the 1 tbs. of tapioca starch into the organic broth. Add to mushrooms and stir. Add almond milk.
Allow to cook for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
This soup is amazing the next day as well and can easily be doubled.
Adapted from Pancake Warriors
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Try this healthy and delicious side dish:
ROASTED SWEET POTATO AND WILD RICE SALAD
2 medium sweet potatoes (~3 cups chopped)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package (4.3 ounces) Long Grain and Wild Rice Mix
1 large apple, honey-crisp
1 ripe avocado
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
8-10 ounces mixed greens lettuce
Optional: crumbled goat cheese or feta
It's a law of thermodynamics: A calorie in equals a calorie out. Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
The body uses calories in one of two ways: general metabolic requirements, from simply standing and breathing to exercising, or energy storage. In other words: Calories don't disappear.
The idea is that as long as you're eating fewer calories than you're expending, you shed pounds. You can do this with a diet of Twinkies and candy bars or with salmon and arugula.
But food is more than just its caloric value. All calories are not created equal. Healthy food contains nutrients, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and so on, that add value above and beyond calorie content. Likewise, there's a significant difference between 200 calories of chocolate-frosted doughnut and 200 calories of chicken breast, researchers said. Because they're providing different vitamins and minerals, the body processes them differently.
The problem with focusing on a calories in/calories out method of eating, also referred to as 'energy balance', is that it's based on science that is more than 100 years old.
For more help your nutrition choices, schedule an On Point Assessment with Roy, a Level 2 Precision Nutrition Coach.
Confused about what carbohydrate choices to make? Try swapping out rice for quinoa, steel cut oats instead of cereal, and try high fiber flour (quinoa, coconut, brown rice) in your favorite recipe instead of AP flour. For more information on how you can reach your nutritional goals, set up an appointment with Roy to discuss your nutritional and fitness goals.
Mindful/intuitive eating from Roy Fowler, Certified Personal Coach, Certified Level 2 Precision Nutrition Coach
Have you ever observed an infant eating? They eat when they are hungry, and they stop when they’ve had enough. If they don’t like something, they spit it out.
Mindful/intuitive eating is kind of like that.
When we eat this way, it promotes physical and psychological well-being. Physically, it’s gratifying to not feel overly stuffed or empty. Psychologically, it’s gratifying to be able to honor the internal cues of hunger and satiety, much like it’s psychologically gratifying to drink water when thirsty, get warm when cold, urinate when the bladder is full, or breathe after diving 8 feet to the bottom of a pool.
Years of mindless eating, restrictive dieting, and the ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ food mentality can warp the way we respond to internal body signals.
When the idea of ‘bad’ food is discarded, it often removes the punishing cycle of restricting and gorging. Why? Because, when we acknowledge that a food is available to us whenever we want, we can begin to select a variety of foods we enjoy and become the expert of our own body.
Check out our member Yvette Wilson, who has lost 50 pounds since joining Seascape Village Fitness!!
Yvette says, "I went from a size 14 to a size 8. I have seen improvements in my strength, endurance and my ability to move. I also have less aches and pains. I’ve also seen improvements of my overall health and mood. I stay motivated because like feeling strong and healthy and want to maintain that."