HEALTH WITH JESSICA

Tortellini Soup

It was a perfect day for soup today! Lazy Sunday (although I did my taxes & that made my brain hurt), chilly out with snow mixed in the rain a bit…

We LOVE the 21 Day Fix program and this is a recipe I found & modified that is 21 Day Fix approved! The 21 Day Fix is all about clean eating, balanced macros and portion control…all things I teach health coaching clients and guidelines we live by. 

So here you go…I hope you try it, it really is delicious!


INGREDIENTS (serves 8)

  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil finely chopped
  • 2 quarts organic chicken broth
  • 2lbs grass fed ground beef (or turkey)
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 1 package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (for the topping)

DIRECTIONS

Brown the meat in a large skillet. Add  onions and garlic in the same skillet and cook until tender. Season with a little italian seasoning, salt and pepper

Add all the ingredients except the tortellini & Parmesan cheese to crock pot Cook on low for 3-4 hours, or all day.

Right before you’re ready to eat, cook the tortellini according to package instructions. Then add to the soup.

Dish soup out and add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the top. Serve hot ūüĒ•1 cup = 1 serving


21 Day Fix containers: 1 Green 1 Yellow 1/2 Red 1 Blue

ENJOY!! 

XOXO, Jess

If you would like to learn more about the 21 Day Fix please send me an email: jessica@healthwithjessica.com

Dark Chocolate PALEO Truffles

I LOVE sweets. Like really love. However, following a PALEO template for the past 2 weeks, I really haven’t craved sugar. And…I feel amazing!! Tonight I decided to try a PALEO dessert. It looked delicious! I admit, I tried a PALEO apple crisp the other night and it was FAIL!! Ick. 

I was surprised at how creamy and tasty these were. In fact, I used 86% dark chocolate…my son HATES dark chocolate and this stuff was super dark! But…he had two truffles and would’ve had more but we polished them off to fast! 


INGREDIENTS 

4 dates

1 Tbsp Almond Butter

2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (85%-100%) 

Coconut sugar 

DIRECTIONS

Soak dates 10 min in hot water then drain.

Pur√©e dates in food processor then add almond butter and melted chocolate and blend just until mixed. 

Take a heaping spoonful of mixture and roll onto ball. Roll in coconut sugar. 

If these last, you can keep them in a sealed container in the freezer. They didn’t last long enough for us!! 

Makes about 6 truffles

Wedding Dresses and Running Shoes

So many things are happening right now its slightly insane‚Ķin the best way possible!¬† I appreciate that I have friends who have had or are operating their own businesses that I can connect with.¬† The support, encouragement, advice and common ground…its kind of awesome.

Adrienne is one of these friends.  She owns an adorable bridal boutique down the street from my office in downtown Albany, called, Merrime.  I have visited her there several times for other reasons, but now I get to go in as a client!  Can I just tell you how much I love walking into her boutique?!  It’s elegant, but warm and inviting.  Adrienne is one of the sweetest people you’ll meet and you can tell without a doubt that she loves what she does!

Adrienne in her boutique!

Okay, we‚Äôve hit on the ‚Äúwedding dresses‚Ä̂Ķnow for the ‚Äúrunning shoes‚ÄĚ!¬† Adrienne and I are both excited to support one another as women in business and so we‚Äôve been chatting a lot about what we do and how this whole ‚Äúowning a business thing‚ÄĚ works.¬† Health and fitness is something Adrienne values greatly in her life and has been on an awesome journey of her own with it.¬† However, starting a business can sure shake things up in terms of how the structure in our lives looks and the impact of it all.¬† She, like many of us, has found that she would like to refocus on this for herself.¬† So‚Ķwhile she‚Äôs coordinating my wedding reception, I‚Äôll be health coaching her‚Ķand you lucky people get to read about all of it!

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Wedding Coordinator and Health Coach unite!

So very excited for all of the above! Please check out Adrienne’s boutique:
website: merrimebridal.com
FB: merrimebridal
Instagram: merrime_bridal

XOXO,
Jess

Stress and adrenal fatigue

Chances are if you’re part of this fast paced, over stuffed, over stimulated, over stressed culture you have experienced adrenal fatigue. ¬†This is an issue plenty of people deal with, however there is very little knowledge about it in mainstream medicine and therefore our society in general. Typically, doctors don’t recognize a problem until the adrenal issues have gone to an extreme level and thyroid issues ensue. ¬†This is not to point at doctors, it is simply outside of the realm of the modern medical perspective at this point in time. I will add though…awareness seems to be slowly occurring and I remain hopeful.

So what exactly is adrenal fatigue? ¬†Our adrenal¬†glands are small walnut sized glands located above the kidneys. ¬†They create corticosteroids like cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline that then communicate specific messages to our brains that release certain hormones in response. I am¬†going to keep it simple for the moment and focus on “CORTISOL”.adrenal glands

Our bodies are amazing and designed to work in very intricate ways with impressive communication skills. Cortisol may be a familiar word to some as it is linked to stress and weight gain.

Here is what happens: stress comes in different forms, physical, emotional, mental.  What is stressful to me may not be to you and vice versa.  We all have different tolerance levels of stress as well as different ways in which we deal with (or avoid) stress. However, when stress becomes chronic, our bodies become overwhelmed.

If I am dealing with a high level of stress for a prolonged period of time, rather than stress hormones spiking and then returning to normal, they will remain at an elevated level. ¬†Specifically focusing on cortisol today…if I have an overload of cortisol I will likely experience things such as headaches and backaches, cravings for junk foods (salty and sweet…refined stuff), sleep will be an issue perhaps having a hard time falling or staying asleep and then feeling tired even if I do get an adequate amount of sleep. ¬†A big one for a lot of people is weight gain and difficulty losing weight. Cortisol tends to make us hold on to¬†body fat especially around the belly (aren’t we lucky?). ¬†Then it gets overzealous and won’t let go. ¬†Some people will experience depression and/or anxiety as well as gastrointestinal issues. ¬†Infections and allergies are also more prevalent with high levels of cortisol. ¬†And one more…it can kill your sex drive.

Anyone relate to any of this stuff in conjunction with some stress you’ve been dealing with? ¬†Yup. ¬†We all do at least at some point in life…especially in our crazy, fast paced society that has too much, is too busy and far too distracted.

If these type of stress responses continue for long, because we are not able to change the level of stress in our lives or haven’t figured out how, then our adrenal glands get worn down. ¬†**newsflash** ¬†We are not meant to have chronic stress in our lives. After a while our adrenal glands say…”well, I’ve put in my hours. ¬†This ‘overtime’ was not in my job description…I’m out”. They end up slacking off, but it’s because they aren’t equipped for the overload.

When adrenal glands become fatigued, the symptoms are like those I mentioned above. ¬†The symptoms often become more pronounced and you will likely have a more difficult time “shaking” whatever you feel you are dealing with.

I went to a naturopath several¬†years ago because of this heavy fatigue I was experiencing that I didn’t understand. ¬†I eat healthy and balanced and exercise regularly…but the doctor sat and talked to me about my life in general. ¬†He even talked about past stress (yes, some childhood questions came up). ¬†He essentially brought to light how spread thin I was and how my body just needed rest (not just the sleep kind of rest) and more balance in all areas. ¬†I do struggle with this and have learned to be aware of it and manage it far better than ever before. This whole issue with our adrenal glands can really be a good thing…IF we listen!! ¬†It can motivate you to seek balance in your life. ¬†And balance, as we know, is one of my favorite things. <3

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My hope is to help individuals to start recognizing the havoc that is being reaped on their bodies BEFORE it gets to such a critical level that medication and other things are necessary just to regain some form of “normal”.

ATTENTION: ¬†once we reach critical levels with our health in general, we risk never being able to return to “normal” without the aid of modern medicine…which can often lead to other issues. ¬†It is super important to address problems and symptoms when they are manageable!

Our issues are an opportunity to create healthy change!!!

As I finish this I am noticing it is nearing midnight. ¬†Oops. ¬†I am a work in progress ūüėČ

Good night sweet friends…
XOXO,
JESS

 

 

 

We’re Better Together: Part 2

I’ve had the privilege of health coaching this guy who has done such a phenomenal job of staying committed and just working dang hard to follow the program. ¬†It’s inspiring in a big way!! He doesn’t even realize it. ¬†It’s hard for people to stick to stuff, so my heart is happy watching it! Because of his dedication he’s lost 30 pounds so far and, according to him, has 5x more energy! Freaking awesome.

What else is freaking awesome about the whole thing is that his girlfriend is the one who connected us (adore her!) and her gentle support and encouragement is so cool. ¬†I mean SO cool. There’s not an ounce of “shoulding” on him from what I’ve seen. ¬†It’s just been about rolling up her sleeves and doing it with him and cheering him on along the way. ¬†She gets into the shopping and cooking and helps him where he needs the help to make his healthier choices easier. ¬†Tonight as they got ready to leave he paused, turned and said “I couldn’t do this without her” as he hugged her. ¬†*watery eyes moment!* They are awesome.

I’ve thought a lot recently about how THANKFUL I am to have the kind of person in my life that I can share this stuff with. ¬†We have SO. MUCH. FUN. playing, being dorks, creating, exploring, working hard and pushing ourselves together! ¬†LOVE it! ¬†How important it is to be able to do this with your person!!

My guy
My guy <3

Sharing health and fitness in a relationship should be a requirement! ¬†Haha! ¬†I kid…but for reals. The benefits are ridiculous! ¬†Working¬†hard, pushing past comfort zones, setting goals together, getting stronger and feeling SO DARN GOOD! ¬†Why wouldn’t you want to?!

If you’re not currently making health and fitness a thing in your relationship…go do it! ¬†Make it happen! ¬†Just go outside for heck’s sake!! ¬†Take a walk around the neighborhood. ¬†Go to the park. Get on our bike. ¬†You don’t have to run 10 miles! ¬†Heck you don’t have to run ONE…or ANY! ¬†Go for a hike or a swim! ¬†Just get outside and BREATHE fresh air and PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN (unless you’re doing a handstand…we need to see pics! Haha)! ¬†Too many couples just exist, go through the motions, are stuck in a rut, an autopilot, numbed out on TV, being BUSY, alcohol, laziness, electronics, STUFF…you name it. ¬†Regardless of how you feel about it…get up and move! Do it together! ¬†You won’t regret it!

If your person isn’t super excited about this whole health and fitness thing…DO IT ANYWAY! ¬†You might just inspire them! ¬†You might not, though. ¬†Entirely possible. ¬†BUT keep going. ¬†Do it anyway and then keep doing it. ¬†Even if they don’t love it, YOU will be happier and healthier for it and that alone will be awesome for your relationship!

To my guy: THANK YOU for being that person with me!  I look SO forward to more exploring, nerding out on all this, creating more goals, smashing those goals and working hard while just living life vibrantly together!  <3

Now get to it people!  YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

XOXO,
Jess <3

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