How you can change your eating habits in one easy step

Nobody likes the word diet, I myself prefer “health goals”.And goals can be difficult to stick to. You know the drill: New Years day is the time you make that commitment to lose a certain amount of weight by choosing your favorite fad diet. Fast forward 3 months later, your cheat day becomes  a daily event and you decide it is just. too. hard.

I am going to help you make one easy change to get yourself a headstart on reaching your health goals. Taking care of your body does not have to be a chore, it can, in fact change your life. By changing your eating habits you can look forward too: better sleep, more energy, lower stress and anxiety levels, and so so much more. Are you ready for your one  easy step?

I'm Ready!

 Cut your sugar intake. “Why does this matter, Erin”?  Sugar messes with your insulin level,and causes calories to turn into belly fat. It can raise blood pressure which it turn can cause damage over time to the whole circulatory system. It also creates a vicious cycle of intense cravings and effects our mental state by impairing memory and learning skills. Also if you have ever experienced a sugar crash, you may understand the feelings of depression and anxiety; these  come on due to your insulin levels rapidly rising then dropping.

“Many Americans eat about five times the amount of sugar they should consume” says Natasha Janacic-Kahric an associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Public enemy number one lurks in way more than just candy, such as: salad dressings, sauces, french fries, breads, and so much more. Start off by cutting your intake in half. How can you do this, beyond limiting sweets? Here are some ideas:

1.) Make your own salad dressing

2.)Don’t keep treats  readily available in the house

3.)Choose whole, fresh fruit over juice or processed fruit drinks.

4.)Stop buying processed foods and  read labels

5.) replace unhealthy snacks for filling ones like nuts,skinny pop,almond butter

6.) read labels to see what is in your foods

7.) Drink more water; we often mistake thirst for hunger

These are just a few of the many ways you can cut your sugar intake . It is so important that we teach our kids and peers healthy habits, and the mental and body changes that they can look forward to by investing in these simple steps for a better and healthier future.

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You are Enough

Have you ever just felt ” I am not enough”? We all have those sinking feelings of inadequacy that haunt us, often daily.  Well, I am here to tell you that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Your existence in this world is enough, you just need to believe it.

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Now, look. When I say you are enough it does NOT mean you have been sized up, and judged and determined to finally be enough. It just simply means the who you are ,RIGHT NOW, is enough. You are your own worth, AND you are worthy.

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I want you to repeat after me: I am worthy of of abundance, of happiness, of prosperity , of kindness, of good fortune, of loving relationships, of adventure, and every day after this I promise to remember : I AM ENOUGH. Now go on, get out there and rock your life. you totally deserve it!

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But what if they don’t like me?

As humans we spend countless hours doubting ourselves, and wondering those 2 words that we fight with daily :

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What if I can’t do it? What if I don’t get the job? What if I fail? What if I just suck at life? What if my business fails?

Let’s look at how negative those two words can really be , and why it is time to change the stinkin thinkin. Take out the “what if” from each Question and this is what you are left with: 

I can’t do it. I don’t get the job. I fail. I just suck at life. My business fails.

See how taking the what if out of these questions leaves you knowing how you REALLY feel about yourself? Not so fun to see it in it’s raw, naked form, huh?

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As the phrase suggests above, you CAN change, and it begins with you! First, know that you are not the only person that feels this way. We all experience feelings of inadequacy from time to time, some more than others. We have all had failures both personal and business wise; it is how we bounce back from these failures that really matter!

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Repeat after me: Failure is good. “Say whaaa, Erin??” Yes, failure is good! If have never failed, you have never tried! Most people only dream of accomplishing certain things in life, but the moment you try, and put forth an effort to succeed, whether you fail or not is irrelevant; YOU TRIED! YOU are an inspiration for going for it!  I am going to give you some amazing facts below that will blow you’re mind: 

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Ok, time to close that agape mouth 😉 This is to show you that not everyone has life handed to them on a silver platter, they work, and work, and work , and WORK for what they want. If you have a dream, goal, and vision you CANNOT give up. Every venture in life, whether a success or not provides you with valuable information on how to continuously make it better.  Practice truly does make perfect, but remember, there’s no shortcut. You’ve got to try, fail, refine, wash rinse and repeat.

Do not just sit there expecting life to come to you, get up, move your feet and grab onto the life that you want, what have you got to lose? Nothing. What have you got to gain? Everything.

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Holiday drinks for warmth and happiness

MMM. Snow, cozy sweaters, heaters, blankets, hats, gloves, and yummy for the tummy drinks. I sure do love winter…. except it is still fall for a few more days but feels SO winter! 

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I am pretty sure my favorite part of the cold weather is drinking hot and cozy drinks; there are so many to choose from , yet that makes it easy to rotate them for yummy goodness all the cold season long!

I would like to share with you some of my favorite recipes for hot drinks. They are simple, only take a few ingredients, and who DOESN’T  enjoy homemade over store bought?? It is also very fun to have friends over for a holiday/winter shindig and make a huge batch of your favorite holiday drink for everyone to enjoy.

Enjoy, and be sure to comment on which one you decided to make!

Oh so yummy, is this homemade cocoa; and who DOESN’T like whipped cream? More please! Find this recipe on Wicked Good Kitchen.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix – World’s Best ~ The perfect Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix! Makes exceptional rich and creamy classic “real deal” hot cocoa that can be customized with our many variations. Includes Top 10 Secrets to Make the Very Best Cup of Hot Cocoa. Kids and adults will love this recipe! | diy hot chocolate drink recipe

Did someone say hot toddy? Bourbon apple hot toddy? oh yes! Great as an adult beverage, great for colds, or leave out the bourbon for a kids drink! Find this recipe here at the Food network.

Bourbon Apple Hot Toddy : Nutmeg-laced apple cider forms the base of this warming sipper. Prefer to leave out the bourbon? That works; Bobby notes that it's optional.:

I LOVE apple pie, and I love this recipe even more! Drinking my apple pie? Why OF COURSE! Sorry. Talking in caps is FUN. Ok, no go off and make your cider here at Martha Stewart’s site.

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Non -Alcoholic Apple spice sangria! There I go wit the apple recipes again! This is a great beverage for a party with kids in tow, and your guests will be BEGGING for the recipes; find it here at cook with manali.

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Spooky Treats and Ghoulish Delights

That frightful holiday is just around the corner, and I am sure you are still asking yourself ” WHAT AM I GOING TO BE?!?!” Well you still have time to put together a ghoulish get-up(eh, that was good, eh?) and make the children giggle with delight when you answer the door.

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But maybe you are having a rocking spooky party and you need some spooky treats to make your guests GASP in horror? Well I have a list of the best of easiest tastiest Halloween frights to make your guests howl with delight! With only a few ingredients , these tasty treats will be a definite crowd pleaser.

How can you not love these adorable looking bat treats?! Just don’t get the real thing anywhere near me….

*Find this easy DIY @ Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Bite-Sized Bat Treats. Only 4 ingredients are needed and the assembly takes mere minutes!:

Oh my Gosh golly I am dying of cuteness over this DIY, they are so ADORABLE! Plus, ya know MARSHMALLOWS, NOM.

*Find this adorable DIY @ My Baking Addiction 

Halloween Marshmallow Pops are the handheld treat you want at your Halloween party. They're simple and adorable! from @bakingaddiction:

CACKLE CACKLE! Hop upon my pretzel cheese broomstick! This delightful and easy DIY can be found @ Cook pad

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I hope you have enjoyed these easy Halloween treat DIY’S , your kids will LOVE them! And adults too 😉

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Take a stand, make a change

Did you know that Over 75 million pounds of PVC material from plastic cards enter this country’s waste stream each year? Dumping PVC in a landfill takes up precious land and squanders a valuable resource.PVC can be very difficult to recycle, and contains harmful ingredients like chlorine. Fortunately, company’s like “Earthworks ” are now offering ways for retailers and manufactures to recycle their cards. According to Earthworks ” we have developed a system in which scrap polymeric material is recovered from consumers and retailers, reground into recycled scrap polymeric particles, and then recycled into a section of polymeric sheet material which is then distributed for use manufacturing new plastic cards”.

Why just PVC, you ask? Well, there is much more than PVC destroying and filling our landfills, but the focus remains upon this subject as I, Erin Bass, Fashion Designer extraordinaire am entering the “Upcycled Oregon ” contest where one must create a piece of runway fashion that is a minimum of 75% recyclable.  I have an amazing design with PVC material  and paper planned and cannot wait to share it  here with my readers, so keep checking back, and be sure to subscribe so you get daily notifications!

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Remember, recycling is not something to be ignored or joked about. As our landfills overflow, there will come a day they cannot handle anymore and we cannot control the flow. Start caring and make a change now.

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Be creative, save the earth

As this entry title suggests, being creative is easy. We do not all feel like we ARE creative, but creating something out of nothing is something we do everyday, so by default we are creative! I know, brain melt, right?! But have you aver created something new, out of something old? Woah, more brain melt!!

Up-cycling is actually fairly new in terms of the name, but is is something we have been doing for years. It  was first  coined in 1994 by Reiner Pilz, stating that “what we need is up-cycling where old products are given more value not less.” Up-cycling is an even greener way of recycling, and the only energy being used is your own. Bonus?  It can save you money too.

 

The need to find alternative ways to deal with our waste has never been greater ;in the US we throw a stunning amount of stuff into landfill.If waste-water is factored in, the total annual flow of waste in the American Industrial system is 250 trillion pounds. Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage, and less than 2% of the total waste stream in the United States is recycled.  

According to the film The True Cost, a fashion documentary focused on answering the question of who really pays the price for our clothing,we purchase 400 percent more clothing today than we did 20 years ago, largely because of the dropping cost of fashion.

 American tosses 82 pounds of textile waste each year, which adds up to 11 million tons of the stuff from our country alone.

There are ways that YOU can contribute to ensuring the regrowth of this Earth, instead of the fast decline it is experiencing.There used to be a stigma that needing to reuse something or ‘upcycling’ it meant you could not afford new things;That is hardly the truth anymore and  we need to  realize the positive impact that upcycling has on the environment. Did you know that you can even BUILD your home out of recycled waste?The majority of timber pallets are  discarded after only six uses. Which means about 70% that are discarded are a reusable resource! There are many types of materials you can use to create your very own up-cycled home!

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Upcycled container house; source: www.tinyhousetalks.com

Think about how even your smallest decisions can impact this earth, and strive to make a change, starting now.

Dear Kanye West, You’re a twat

Ok, I didn’t say Kanye was a twat, “Shirley Manson” of the awesome band “Garbage” did, and I am NOT going to disagree with her. This means I also think Kanye West is a Twat. Ooo. I feel dirty and evil saying that word! But I only reserve it for people that deserve it.

Read Shirley’s letter to Kanye below. And Kanye, in the 1 and  billion chance you read this? Don’t be a twat(giggle). Go blow some money on your wife, be rich, sleep in, don’t worry about paying your bills, or whether or not you can afford groceries; oh BTW, this is what all of us normies do on a daily basis! gasp! Stop wasting your time being acting like a ……yup, you guessed it.

Shirley Manson’s open letter on her Facebook to Kanye West:

Dear Kanye West

It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry.
You disrespect your own remarkable talents and more importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.
You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.
In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.
Grow up and stop throwing your toys around.
You are making yourself look like a complete twat.

Ps.I am pretty certain Beyonce doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”

Can we say BURN!?!?! Go SHIRLEY!

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