Change for you and no body else.

Gandhi

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” – Anatole France

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When it comes down to it, most people are fearful of change. It’s always perplexed me yet I completely understand. There is a lot of comfort in being content. Is being content the same as being happy?

I have been going through the process of  transformation for a while now and I can say in absolute faith that it is the best thing I could do to LOVE MYSELF and improve the quality of my life. When it comes down to it, you gotta take care of your self and love yourself. Otherwise, what good are you to anyone else – especially your most loved ones?

I fought with this concept and still do sometimes. Yet, if I am completely honest with myself – the more I love myself – and care for myself, the more my loved ones are benefitting. The more courageous I become, the less fearful I become and the more love can fill my life. It’s all connected

The point of this message is that it starts with You. No one is going to be able to make you happy. You have to make yourself happy and everyone and the things around you can add to your happiness. They do not have the power to give you the TRUE happiness you seek and deserve.

For me the change began when I decided to and took the steps to lose my pregnancy weight. That was just the beginning. So many things followed and now over a year later – the layers are still falling off and the truth of who I am is coming to the surface. And it’s beautiful.

The journey is not fat loss for everyone. It may involve eliminating or healing the unhealthy relationships in your life, getting involved in a new hobby, moving to another country, making new friends or even taking a spontaneous, unplanned vacation. This list is endless!

The thing is, when you take that first step to change for Yourself, the universe will conspire with you and for you to help make it happen.

Then the journey begins. There will be bumps along the way – and these are opportunities for you to face yourself, embrace yourself, and examine why things are the way they are. Once the lesson is learned and/or cleared, new and often wonderful things follow. I don’t know what your journey is going to be like. That’s part of what this life is about. It’s a journey.

Enjoy it. It’s not a race to the finish line.

Love yourself and care for yourself to the point where you are so strong that nothing that happens in the external world can affect you.

It’s a gift.

Love,

Ginger

PS. On a side note, sometimes change will choose you. If it does, remember – it’s all for the good in the long run.

Stay true to yourself! And Much LOVE!

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Fitness friendly & clean blueberry loaf!

Clean blueberry loaf

In an earlier post about whey protein powder, I mentioned that one thing I love about a GOOD QUALITY (<—- important!) whey protein supplement is that I am able to enjoy sweet treats – baked goods included – without the repercussions of sugar and other unhealthy additives.

I found a recipe and made some tweaks and it is OH SO GOOD – for just 250 calories. High in protein – refined sugar and additive free! 

Here’s what you do!

1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F)

2. Take 30 grams of gluten free or regular oats and blend until fine.

3.  Combine the following in a bowl:

  • 30 grams of blended oats
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 50 grams of blueberries
  • 15 grams of vanilla flavored whey protein powder (I used Foodin’s natural vanilla whey)
  • 1 t of all natural vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon and stevia to your liking

4. Place mixture in lightly coated loaf pan (a light brushing of coconut oil works great) and bake for 30-40 min.

5. Remove and eat!

You can slice it up and serve it with coffee for guests or eat the entire thing yourself! Nom nom!

Macros: 250 calories, 30 g protein, 23 g carbs, and 3 g fat

Clean as a whistle!

It’s also a PERFECT treat when you are having cravings for something that’s not so good for you. :-)

Blessings and much love!

Ginger

PS. If you would like to try a clean, sugar free, stevia sweetened GMO free Finnish vanilla whey protein powder – visit Foodin.fi – and enter coupon code PATH00 for an 8% discount off this product and anything on their website!

To see the website in English, open it in Chrome.

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High protein, strawberry & vanilla chia pudding!

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Want an YUMMY, EASY, and POWER PACKED BREAKFAST?

All I can say is that I was finally craving something a bit different than my usual oats for breakfast.

For a while now I started seeing a ton of chia pudding posts on the internet and wondered, these look amazing – but how can I make it more fitness friendly?

And I came up with something simple, easy and delicious! It’s clean as a whistle, high in protein, refined sugar and additive free! 

If you are looking for an easy, power-packed, grab and go breakfast – you gotta try this!

1) Take the following ingredients and combine in a bowl:

  • 30 grams of chia seeds
  • 15 grams of gluten free or regular oats (oats have a trace amount of gluten)
  • 100 grams of rice milk (works with almond milk too!)
  • 17 grams of vanilla flavored whey protein powder (I used Foodin’s – it’s GMO free and sweetened with stevia)
  • 2-3 T of water

2) Place in the fridge overnight or at least 4 hours.

3) Remove and top with 50 grams of strawberries (or berry of choice) and 5 grams of all natural peanut butter!

4) Stir the ooey, gooey yummy mess and eat it up!!!

Macros: 341 calories, 23 g or protein, 24 g of carbs and 15 grams of fat

Makes one very satisfying serving or two smaller snack sized ones!

By the way – chia seeds are great for many reasons! It’s an excellent source or protein, fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids! There is clearly a few reasons why the Mayans consumed so much chia! Boost your endurance and energy with chia.

With love & health,

Ginger

PS. If you would like to try a clean, sugar free, GMO free Finnish vanilla whey protein powder – visit Foodin.fi – and enter coupon code PATH00 for an 8% discount off this product and anything on their website! Available in 300g and 750g bags! They also have organic chia seeds available

To view the page in English, open in Chrome!

I love this stuff so much that I will be doing plenty of give aways on our Facebook page – come like us and keep your eyes peeled!!!

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The powerful green pill…

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One of the many fun aspects of this journey are the new things I learn each day I go forward. There are times I like to take a risk and try something new. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t.

For a while I had heard about and read about how wonderful this thing called chlorella is.

I am a bit stubborn so I did not try it right away.

A month or so ago, I decided to add chlorella tablets to my morning routine. I drink one glass of wheat grass juice and take 3-5 chlorella tablets before breakfast.

What is chlorella? It’s a single-celled fresh water algae that is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and easily absorbed protein. Not only does it have more chlorophyll than any other plant, it contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and vitamin K. Taking one tablespoon of chlorella day can provide you your daily recommended allowance of iron and calcium! You can see why it’s referred to as nature’s multi vitamin :-)!

What can chlorella do for you?

  • Aids in digestion because it promotes the production of healthy flora and probiotics through the digestive system.
  • Aids in detoxification because it can bind with toxins like chemicals and heavy metals and move them out of the body.
  • Many people report elevated mood and energy when supplementing with chlorella.
  • Improves insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels over time. This could help diabetes management and insulin resistance.

This is just a short list. There is so much information on chlorella on the internet – just Google it!

BTW. Isn’t it great how Google has become a verb? 😉

Have a great and healthy day!

Ginger

PS. If you are interested in a high quality, raw, organic, gluten free, dairy free, GMO and preservative free chlorella tablet, I highly recommend visiting Foodin.Fi. Available in 100g and 250 g bags. Enter coupon code PATH00 for an 8% discount off this product and anything on their website!

If you want to see the website in English, open it in Chrome.

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Take your life back!

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This is just something I have been wanting to get off my chest for a long time.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Dont be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intutition, they already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, 2005

It’s taken me years to realize the truth of this statement, although I have been seeing snippets for a while.

If I look back in reflection, I see how many of my actions, behaviours and even beliefs were not that of my own. They were the result of dogma (others’ opinions).

Over a year ago I decided to take my power back and it’s been the most revealing and empowering journey and it continues to amplify each day. It started with small steps and those steps got bigger and bigger as my courage grew. And now, I am beginning to see that I am living the life of my dreams because I took action to make it happen. The most amazing thing is the journey has just started.

The reason I wanted to share this with you is that if you feel trapped, locked or just plain unhappy – you DO have the power to step up to the plate and make the changes you want in your life. Your GUT knows what needs to change.

It’s may take time, it’s going to take commitment, it’s going to take follow through. It’s gonna be painful at times because you are going to have to face yourself. You will make mistakes. It’s okay. It’s all part of the journey.

But what happens as you take your power back, the layers of the bullshit will fall away and you will begin to feel free. You will begin to see who you really are and have always been.

Dream big and make it happen.

Love you all!

Ginger

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Strawberry Vanilla Coconut Oatmeal! Vegan friendly!

Strawberry, whey, coconut oil and berries!

What’s this girl’s deal with oatmeal?

I love it for a million reasons and I will elaborate more in a later post.

Keep your eyes peeled for it. You may start loving it too! 😉

If you are looking for a clean, delicious, protein & energy packed way to start your day – try this recipe. It takes less than ten minutes to make and will leave your tummy happy and spirits soaring!

Ingredients:

  • 40 grams of oatmeal (gluten free or regular)
  • 80 grams of strawberries
  • 10 grams of coconut oil (I use Biona’s raw virgin organic)
  • 20 grams of vanilla rice protein powder (I used Foodin’s)

Here are the instructions….it’s really complicated….you ready?

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, reduce to medium and add 40 grams of oatmeal. When your oats are ooey gooey and ready to eat, pour them into a bowl and add all remaining ingredients. Stir well & enjoy! Drizzle with a little bit of rice milk and sprinkle with some cinnamon.

I am getting hungry now….

Macros : 340 calories, 20 grams of protein, 31 grams of carbs and 14.5 grams of fat.

Enjoy!!!

Ginger

PS. If you would like to try a clean raw, organic, gluten-free, GMO free, gluten free and vegan friendly Finnish vanilla rice protein powder – visit Foodin.fi – and enter coupon code PATH00 for an 8% discount off  this product and anything on their website! Available in 300 g and 750 g bags.

This rice protein powder truly is amazing. I am a fanatic about protein powders and am always on the look out for the best. IMO, this is the best rice protein powder out there – kicks Sunwarrior’s booty, IMO. Perhaps it’s because it’s infused with the all powerful MCT (medium chain triglycerides).

To see the website in English, open it in Chrome.

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Whey protein – a true superfood!

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Barring lactose intolerance, the majority of the population can benefit from whey protein supplementation.

And if you have sensitivity to lactose, there are many brands out there that are made of “whey protein isolate” which is usually lactose free or very low in lactose. 

The great things about whey is that it gives you many the benefits of dairy without casein – the part of milk that causes most milk/dairy allergies.

You don’t have to be a bodybuilder or fitness fanatic to benefit from adding whey protein in your diet.

Whey is very popular in fitness circles for its excellent muscle building properties. But there is so much more that whey can do for you than help you build big muscles :-)))!

In fact, I would consider whey protein a superfood….why?

– Studies indicate that it could help increase lifespan

– It contains all 18 amino acids in a form that’s readily absorbed by the body

– It contains immunoglobulins which help boost the immune system

– Maximizes glutathione – a powerful antioxidant that detoxifies the liver, enhances the immune system and neutralizes free radicals.

– Helps stabalise blood sugar and insulin levels

– Helps you feel full for longer (a huge plus if you are dieting)

– Helps preserve lean muscle mass

– and that’s just for starters…

Oh and my favorite! You can enjoy sweet treats without the impacts of sugar, fat and excess calories because whey is fun to cook with!!! That’s if you choose a good quality clean whey!

Here is the deal, there are a million, gizzilion different whey protein products out there an it is SO IMPORTANT that you take the time to choose the right one for you.

Read the ingredients label – choose one that is natural and does not include excess ingredients. Look for whey protein isolate or whey protein concentrate. Make sure, if you choose a flavored one, that you select one that is sweetened with stevia. There are a million brands out there with sugar in the powder or aspartame/sucralose. All which have been proven to have severe negative health consequences.

DO YOUR RESEARCH. It will be well worth it in the end. :-)

Until next time,

Ginger

Here are some recipes if you are interested in cooking with your whey:

Creamy Vanilla Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Apple Spinach Pancakes

Ginger Spiced Carrot Cake Oatmeal

PS. If you would like to try a clean, sugar free, stevia sweetened GMO free Finnish vanilla whey protein powder – visit Foodin.fi – and enter coupon code PATH00 for an 8% discount off  this product and anything on their website!

To see the website in English, open it in Chrome.

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Omega-3 and improved body composition!

Omega 3

Omega-3 fatty acids are among one of the most important “good fats” that we can include in our diet.

Get them in daily.

Not only have they been proven to improve insulin resistance; research has shown that they improve lean muscle mass as well as aid in fat-loss by reducing stress levels (cortisol levels). 

Yes, stress has been shown to lead to fat storage..

Here are some whole food sources of omega-3 fatty acids:

  • salmon (wild atlantic salmon is best)
  • cod liver oil
  • walnuts
  • flaxseeds & flaxseed oil
  • chia seeds
  • sardines
  • sprouted, raw radish seeds

Enjoy and have an amazing day!

Ginger

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Creamy Vanilla Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!

Vanilla oatmeal!

Creamy Vanilla Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!

Okay so I had a minor crisis a few nights ago.

I was preparing to bake my oatmeal for the next morning’s breakfast and realized that I had zero eggs! Rather than panic I chose to adapt. I substituted my egg whites with protein powder and the result was delicious.

Quick, easy, yummy and protein packed!

Combine the following in an oven-proof bowl:

  • 40 grams (1/2 cup) of oatmeal (regular or gluten free)*
  • 15 grams of protein powder (vanilla flavored, I used Foodin’s vanilla whey)
  • 55 grams of chopped apples
  • 1 cup of water (appx. 2.5 dl)
  • 1 t of baking powder (aluminum free)
  • Stevia to your liking
  • Cinnamon to your liking

*Although oatmeal contains a small amount of gluten, studies have shown that oatmeal is well tolerated by those with celiac disease.

Bake at 175 degrees C for 30 minutes. Eat immediately for a warm  treat or save for the morning!

Macros : 276 calories, 19 g of protein, 33 g of carbs, 3 g of fat.

It’s really good – sweetness without any refined sugars or additives. Au natural!

Oh – did you know that increased protein intake is important to fat loss and muscle retention? 

Enjoy!

Ginger

PS. If you would like to try a clean, sugar free, GMO free Finnish vanilla whey protein powder – visit Foodin.fi – and enter coupon code PATH00 for an 8% discount off  this product and anything on their website!

To see the website in English, open it in Chrome.

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The battle of the nut butters! Peanut butter versus almond butter!

Nuts!

There has been a rise in the popularity of nut butters now that it has been widely accepted that nut butters are a great way (and delicious way) to get fats in your diet.

Yes, fat is an essential part of a healthy and balanced diet!

And of course, we are talking about the sugar free and additive free kind – au natural. No Skippy or Jiff here ;-)!

There are many kinds of amazingly delicious and healthy nut butters out there : macadamian nut butter, brazilian nut butter, hazel nut butter, cashew nut butter…

Nut buttered out yet? :-)!

They are both healthy – but which is healthier? 

Both nut butters are abundant in body friendly protein, gut cleansing fiber and fatty acids.

Both nut butters contain approximately 190 calories per 2T. However, read your labels – brands vary in calories and macro nutrient ratios :-)!

Almond butter is rich in vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.

Peanut butter is a great source of magnesium, folate, fiber, and vitamins B3 and E.

The general consensus now-a-days is that almond butter beats peanut butter in terms of “healthiness” because it contains 26% more Vitamin E, 3% more Iron, 7 % more calcium, is more alkaline and contains up to 25% less saturated fat.

The challenge is that peanut butter, is much easier to find than almond butter – and almond butter generally costs more.

Nonetheless, enjoy your nut butters in moderation (they do carry a large caloric bang) and all natural.

Love,

Ginger

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