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Veterans Plaza

One of my favorite things to do is walk through different parks or areas of town to explore. Not only is this a great way to stay active but I get to see new places. Veterans Plaza is located in the heart of Boerne off Main Street and is a beautiful place to take some time and appreciate what is around you but also the sacrifice many men and women have made for the lives we have today.

As you walk up the main entrance you will see the names of so many local people who have served in all branches of service. If you are from here I am sure you can find a name you recognize or are related to. As you come up to the center you will read some beautiful stories of brilliance, heart, strength and selflessness.

I grabbed some lunch and sat on a bench in the shade and enjoyed some me time. There is plenty of room for pets and family to enjoy some time outside together or even a great outdoor workout. Many of you have driven by and never stopped. I really recommend taking a moment to walk to the center and read the stories of some amazing people from right here in our community.

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Salt – So Many Kinds

Did you know there are 12 different kinds of salt? Sheesh which one should you use? What is best? What is the difference? Well recently I started looking into this more after trying Himalayan Pink Salt, it got me curious.

  1. Table Salt
  2. Kosher Salt
  3. Sea Salt
  4. Himalayan Pink Salt
  5. Celtic Sea Salt
  6. Fleur De Sel
  7. Kala Namak
  8. Flake Salt
  9. Red Hawaiian Salt
  10. Black Hawaiian Salt
  11. Smoked Salt
  12. Pickling Salt

I hadn’t heard of so many of these, they each have their own benefit and best use. Table Salt is the most common and what you see most of the time being used. It is easy to cook with and it’s fine grain allows it to dissolve quickly. Kosher Salt is flakier and with it’s larger size is great for sprinkling on top of meat to add flavor and texture. (It is not necessarily certified Kosher)

We use mostly sea salt in our house, it comes from evaporated sea water. It is normally unrefined and a larger grain. It can also contain other minerals from where it was harvested, depending on its surroundings. Each can have a different taste because of this.

Of the different types of salt, Himalayan Pink Salt is the purest form of salt in the world and is harvested by hand from Khewra Salt Mine in the Himalayan Mountains of Pakistan. Its color can range from off-white to deep pink. It contains the 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. It is used in spa treatments, as well as the kitchen.

Celtic Salt comes from the bottom of tidal ponds off the coast of France. It is more of a chunky texture, is moist and briney tasting. Fleur De Sel is the most expensive salt, this is due to the way it is harvested. It is a very delicate process and can only happen in weather appropriate conditions. It is hand-harvested from tidal pools off the coast of Brittany, France. Paper-thin crystals are delicately drawn from the water’s surface, a lot like cream is taken from milk. This can only be done on sunny, dry days with a slight breeze, and only with traditional wooden rakes. Someone please try it and tell me if it’s worth the cost!

Kala namak is Himalayan salt that’s been packed in a jar with charcoal, herbs, seeds and bark, then fired in a furnace for 24 hours. Flake salt is thin and papery with a bright, salty taste and very low mineral content. It dissolves quickly for great cooking. Black Hawaiian salt, comes from Hawaii (shocking right lol), the black color comes from the active charcoal, it is course and crunchy. They suggest it for finishing pork and fish.  Red Hawaiian Salt gets it color from the iron rich volcanic clay. It is good for cooking seafood.

Smoked Salt is smoked over a variety of woods to give it a different flavor and normally takes up to 2 weeks to smoke. It can add another level of flavor to veggies when cooking. Pickling Salt is used for pickling and brining, it does not contain any added iodine or anti-caking agents.

So with all of that I see why people use all types. After trying the Himalayan Pink Salt and not knowing all of it’s benefits I really liked it. I could tell a difference in the flavor and it was perfect when I was cooking my pasta. Try them all and let me know what you think.

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What’s in my gym bag?

I pack my gym bag the night before because I work out so early it allows me a few extra minutes of sleep. Since I work out first and then go to work my gym bag might be packed backwards from most people who pack to go to the gym. I pack to go to work.

The first thing I do is decide what outfit I will be wearing to work, I make sure to have all aspects of that outfit including shoes are in the bag. Next I get together any jewelry I will be wearing with the outfit. I place all of that in the bag. Now I add in my personal care items; deodorant, hair products, make up and face wipes.

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I also double check any after work plans I have to ensure I have what I need for that as well. Maybe an outfit change or layering of clothes, sometimes even another workout.

Once I have it all together I put everything in the bag and place it in my closet. I get my workout clothes and shoes for the morning and place them on top of the bag. This way in the morning I go into my closet and get my workout gear on, grab my bag and after washing my face and brushing my teeth I am ready for the day.

I need all the extra sleep I can get!

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Food Challenge Week 1

Happy Monday, it’s been 7 days of the food challenge and I think it’s going well. The hardest part for me is the cheese. I love cheese, really who doesn’t?

I have been enjoying protein balls, recipe is on here as well, smoothies, avocado and egg toast along with a lot of grilled lean meats. For my end of the night I normally like something sweet so instead I have been enjoying a glass to tea. I really like the ritual of it, letting me know it’s the end of the day/no more food.

Some of the replacements I use are below, keep it up only 14 days to go!

Chips = popcorn, zucchini chips or nuts

Cake/Cookies/Ice cream = protein balls or banana ice cream (both recipes are on here)

Alcohol/Soda = Water, carbonated water, kombucha or any other beverage

Cheese = Hummus, yogurt or sour cream

What are some of the things you are using? Share with us!

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Food Challenge

It’s time to get started! Starting tomorrow June 11 the Food Challenge begins, lasting 21 days. Join me by commenting or emailing us.

For 21 Days we will be eliminating the following items from our daily diet. It’s that easy. No measuring, calorie counting, following specific meals we are simply going to eliminate items that will help our daily health.

  • Chips
  • Candy
  • Cake or cake like items /example donuts
  • White Bread
  • Ice cream
  • Cheese
  • Soda/Pop/Coke (whatever you call it) even diet
  • Alcohol
  • Fast Food

The above items are what we are eliminating. I love doing this because it gives me a cleanse and a great boost of energy. It also allows me to try new things.

Join in today to have accountability and ideas for substitutions and recipes.

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Challenge Time

Let’s do this! It’s time for another challenge. I loved my results of core strength from the plank challenge so lets build on that with a food challenge. This will be a 21 day challenge. Why 21 days? It is said it takes 3 weeks to form a habit and I believe it! So lets do three weeks.

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We will be starting Monday June 11. Let me know if you want to join in. We will keep each other accountable and share ideas to help one another.

Each day that you make it through you will get an entry into a drawing for a prize at the end!

I have faith in you so join in now. More details will be posted soon.

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Travel Tips

May was full of travel for me, which can be tough trying to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. I am going to share with you a few tips that help me. I traveled this past month for work and pleasure and those offer different challenges when staying on track.

When people travel for pleasure they tend to give in more to the tempting treats or ignore those workouts. I do my best to stay active and eat well. I went to visit family in Cincinnati and since my niece is just over a year old she offers a free workout! Just playing, chasing and walking with her can give me my activity for the day. Take time to go on walks in the morning or evening to keep you moving, plan to do an activity that will get your heart rate up and allow you to see the sights. We attended a wedding so dancing the night away on the dace floor counts. It all counts! You just want to stay active everyday.

Eating is the next thing that people really have a difficult time with, when traveling for pleasure I do allow myself a treat. At the wedding I enjoyed a piece of cake, but when it was meal time the buffet allowed me the opportunity to have some lean chicken and vegetables. Making balanced choices will allow you to get home and not feel like you over did it and have to start over, it should be a smooth transition back into you normal routine.

When traveling for work there are work dinners and team lunches and this can be tricky. A lot of people may not be making the healthiest choices around you so your will power needs to kick in here. I start my day with breakfast at the hotel, they usually have great options from eggs, lean meats, oatmeal and fruits, but will also offer bagels, cereal, waffles and sugary goodness. I never like to indulge at breakfast because then I am unhappy the rest of the day. I normally choose hard boiled eggs, fruit and oatmeal (always with coffee!) This allows me to feel full until lunch. When that times comes around I choose a salad, no dressing or lean meat and veggies. Another filling meal with flavor. Be careful with your salad choice, a salad with fried everything is not a good choice. My trick is I put my order in and then ask what other people are getting this way I don’t get pressured or swayed into something I will regret. At dinner I allow myself to have whatever I want because I don’t just say no all the time and I do like to try new things. I also enjoy a desert every once in a while but I normally choose the smaller item or ice cream option, this gives me my sweet fix but I am not eating an entire piece of cake and ice cream.

Staying in a hotel offers the opportunity to use the gym. I go at least 50% of the time I am staying in a hotel. Morning or evening, it just depends on what works with the daily schedule. I mark it in my calendar and make sure it is done like any other appointment I would have. This also helps me not feel too bad about that desert or dinner option I may choose. Staying active on a work trip is key to feel great when you return. It can be easy to stay out, not get up as early and totally ignore any activity. Make it a priority even a walk at lunch is a great choice.