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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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Check In

Can you even believe we are half way through 2018? I really can’t. This year has really posed many challenges for me mentally and physically. I have encountered things I never imagined would be a part of my life, good and bad. I have had moments I wish never happened and moments I wish could last forever. Our lives change everyday and sometimes we need to take a moment and check in with ourselves and what is really going on.

So here is my check in.

This year I wanted to focus on my mental health. I have taken several steps to that, I have tried therapy, attend church regularly, use essential oils, read more, focus on my sleep schedule, stay active and try to communicate more effectively. Each one of these things helps with my mental focus/personal stability. I am in no way perfect at any of these. I don’t attend therapy regularly and I don’t think I will at this time. I have had some Sundays that I just couldn’t get out of bed. I stay up to late. I focus on the negative. I skip a workout (yes I do that too!) I am here to tell you that it’s hard. It is hard for all of us.

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I do notice a difference however and trying is half the battle. Everyday I truly wake up with a positive attitude and a feeling of new opportunity. Some days this lasts longer than others. lol I keep my to do lists with me at all times to help keep me focused on my day and I include the fun stuff on that list to so I make sure to make that time for myself. I have had some days when I finished it all, with some extra and had time to spare. Other days I look at the list and wonder what did I do today?

However last year I wasn’t doing a lot of these things and I really think my mental focus and health has improved. Waking up each day happy and ready for the day is a huge benefit. Don’t let your small mistakes take your focus off the change you want to create. If you fall one day that’s ok, try again the next. Nothing changes in the an instant. It’s all a process.

What goals did you set for your year? How are you doing with them? Check in and share some of your tips and tricks with us.

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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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House Happenings

I always say everything counts in being active and house projects are a big part of that. The yard work, house work and DIY projects usually give you a great sweat and keep you moving.

We have been doing several different projects around the house along with the normal activities of mowing, weeding, watering, cleaning the house and all the fun stuff! We have had a year long battle with armadillos, I can’t even believe I am saying that but it’s true. They have destroyed our yard by digging a hole and coming under our fence from the nature center behind us, they burrow into the ground looking for bugs so it uproots everything. About a week ago I had a run in with 2 of them (huge by the way) very early in the morning while I was trying to get to a workout. The dogs went crazy. Needless to say it was time to fill the hole. We decided to fill in the hole and line our fence along the back with stones to ensure they don’t come back. So far it is working!

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We also did a full house clean out, we went room to room and got rid of everything. I went through every drawer, closet, cabinet and corner. After it filled almost an entire bedroom, I mean what on earth, after selling some things, giving some away and donating the room is cleared out again and I feel so much better.

Trimming trees and bushes, planting new plants, tending the yard to repair from the armadillo damage has take up several days/weekends as well.

Next on our list is to hang a new chandelier and paint our kitchen island. I am hoping to do these this week! Wish me luck on the chandelier.

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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.