Friday, March 29, 2013

{Fitness Friday} Food/ Work Outs/ GMO Overview


Hi! I'm linking up again for the weekly, Fitness Friday, with Mandy at Mommy Musings. 
Mommy Musings
Since I posted my very first link up topic on Fitness Friday, I have gotten a few friends ask me about what a GMO is...I'll post that at the bottom of this post. 

This week has been good in terms of food & decent in terms of exercise... 

I have been eating what is called the Paleolithic diet. 
It seems to be the most natural to me. 

click to enlarge (pinterest)

Cutting out dairy is VERY new to me. I considered it after a friend of mine in medical school sent me this Video that makes complete sense to me. He told me that he feels great after taking it out of his diet and so I have to admit, it made me curious. After all,  I am not a calf! So why am I and other  humans the only species that still drink milk after infancy? And from another animal at that!? If you want to watch the video is attached the article (They say the same thing.) 
Click below: 
Dairy: 6 Reasons You Should Avoid It at All Costs or Why Following the USDA Food Pyramid Guidelines is Bad for Your Health (VIDEO)

Eggs are a go, but I am now avoiding milk and cheese (this will be tough!) 

Here are some dishes that I made. 

 Eggs with basil, peppers, mushrooms with berries on the side 

My first try at almond milk. not bad.  It had a roasted taste so it was pretty good in my coffee.
I did try my mom's almond&coconut milk and preferred it. I'll get that one next time.
(See my new little basil plant over there? I love my basil!)

Grilled chicken, quinoa w/squash, zucchini, and muushroms, with a
 salad ( mixed greens, cucumber, radishes, beets, green pepper) 

That's the pretty little symbol we need to look for =  REAL FOOD! 

Nothing like fresh coconut

Delish! I want to buy Chia seeds and make my own juice for a less expensive alternative   

made me own dressing for my guinoa salad.  I think it was something like mango, pineapple, lime, olive oil ?

Tuna steak, salad, and guinoa with roasted veggies

Amy's pizza with no cheese. OMG was this delicious. There were onions on here that made it sweet almost. Me and mom threw this baby on a pizza stone and put in on the grill, added mushrooms & basil - out of this world.
A non-gmo pizza treat (Wheat is not considered paleolithic)

I absolutely love taking a million organic fruits blending them up into my own juice.
 (I buy a lot of organic frozen fruits as well so that I don't have to worry about them spoiling if I don't eat them in time (especially mango and pineapple because I cook a lot with these two)  

Work Outs:

Not so good. I have just been doing some exercises around the house. Mark got home late about every night this week so it made it impossible for me to go to the gym. I went on Saturday morning and my mom watched Ava on Wednesday so that I could go over for 30 min. Tonight is the last day of the work month so Mark will be getting home super late as well... never ends! 
I do need to utilize the weights we have here in the house more... I'll start that today ;) 

Well those are all the pictures I took... 
I am feeling great! 

GMO Info for those interested: 
Here is a  YouTube video that I enjoyed and helped me to understand a little better. 

This one is a little under 1 hour but I really encourage you to watch it. Click below:

Genetically Modified Foods in America | Health Documentary

I decided to recap a little bit about what we are trying to eat in our household now and why

So rewind back to last September. If you do read my blog, you may remember me ranting a little bit on this post 
The New {Improved} McGuire Diet/Food Challenge
My mom had starting explaining to me why I needed to know what: GMOs, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Monsanto & Round Up weed killer, and the list goes on....was all about. As I listened and did my own reading, it really started to become very simple to understand. If you do your research, you will easily see that the way food is made now is completely different than the way it was made when our parents were growing up. 

Not only are there more processed foods, but the processed foods and "fresh foods" are now a genetically modified



These big companies, who own the smaller companies as well, have millions which as most of us know = lots of political influence on the government's restrictions to our food supply. For example, Kelloggs owns Kashi. (


I encourage you to learn about what you're eating. There are efforts to put forth legislation that would make food companies label their GMO foods so that we as consumers can make the decision for ourselves whether we want to spend our money on "Franken-food" as I like to call it. Hey, it is fine if you we do buy these foods...but I believe if we're going to eat something that is proving to be very bad for our health - we should know about it. Cigarettes and alcohol do. 

Why should our food be any different? I should have the right to know that the food I am feeding my family has been shown to cause Cancer, Autism, etc.  over years of consumption. I know that about cigarettes, therefore I do not purchase them but people who are willing to risk that do. 
It should be a choice!
 Isn't that why we live in this country? To make our own, informed decisions...

Well you all should be outraged that we aren't being given these choices. Companies are pouring millions into fighting labeling so that we are kept in the dark about their ingredients and how they create them. fun stuff...

Get informed, friends. No one wants to be terminally ill one day. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Three Things Thursday! {Link Up}

Today I am linking up with my friend, Kristyn, from college! 
She has a great blog called Carolina Fireflies. Check it out! 
This Week's Topic: 
**3 Things People Would Be Surprised to Know About You**

1.  I have never had a cavity, broken bone, or worn glasses or braces... but I did have 3 surgeries before I was 16. One for a hernia when I was like 4. The second being my TMJ jaw surgery in middle school. And the 3rd being my wisdom teeth being pulled out in the beginning of high school  {is that even considered surgery? I was put under...} 

2. I met my husband when I was in 2nd grade. He's been making me laugh ever since! 

2001 ( I wish we had photos from when we were much younger!) 

3. For the last year or so I have been learning a lot more about the foods we eat and what is in them. I have learned so much and will continue to learn everything I possibly can to properly  nourish myself and my family. For the last month or so have been getting so interested in my findings that I have been eating what I feel is how humans were meant to eat.  About 2 days ago, I found that there is a name for this way of eating. It is the Paleolithic diet .  It is the idea that we eat the way our ancestors ate in the beginning. An organic, omnivore diet. 
A true human diet.  

I will be writing about my eating and learning experiences on my blog -especially on 
"Fitness Friday." 

The First Lady of Paleo :)   ...Halloween costume idea for 2013?? Maybe ! :) Ha 


That's it for my 3!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seminole Service Day 2013 - Broward Noles

Saturday, March 23rd 
Seminole Service Day 2013

"Mark your calendars for March 23, 2013: the second annual Seminole Service Day! Seminole Clubs around the country will wear their FSU colors and uphold the garnet and gold by pitching in on local service projects in their communities. We are asking that you give of your time, not of your treasure - break a sweat, get your fingernails dirty, and represent FSU to the fullest!
The response to the inaugural event was overwhelming, and many of our Seminole Clubs combined their day of service with a social event immediately following their volunteer work: a picnic, a happy hour, you name it.
Seminole Service Day is a great way to represent Florida State University in your area, and to get new Seminoles involved with your clubs. 

 (Florida State Alumni Association website) 

As the Seminole Club of Broward County's

 Community Service Chair, I organized a beach clean up 

through the Parks and Recreation Department of 

Ft. Lauderdale for this fun day. Here are some photos 


Thank you to those who came out. It was great to meet other 

local alums and especially since Broward is small, I got to 

meet Cardinal Gibbons and St. Thomas Alums as well :) 

Thank you Kathy, our historian,  for the great pictures :) 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Those Little Moments

Those little moments. 
You know... the ones that make you just take a deep breath and make you want to freeze time and take a  mental picture 
{ Or in my case -  take a million actual pictures} 

Hopefully those of you that are reading this {parent or not} know how to appreciate every day for each and every moment.  

 I can honestly say that I was not always living my life "in the moment" before I became a mother. 

I still remind myself to step back, look around, and appreciate that. specific. moment. I mean that's all life is, isn't it? 

Moments, seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years...

For me, the moment I looked at Ava for the first time was when I realized that I needed to start savoring each and every moment. 

Now I am not saying that I go around my house smiling at everything I look at and take mental notes while I do it. ha
But I am more aware of moments like Ava smiling a big gummie smile at me while I give her a warm bath before bedtime. 

I almost try and draw out the time with her right before I put her to bed. That is when a lot of my favorite moments happen. She has just finished her bath and we are looking eye to eye as I dry her off, lather her with baby lotion, and put her pajamas on... 

I love shaping her wet hair into a mohawk, listening to her screeching"kitty noises" adorable attempts to talk, and  watching her make a million faces at me that make me wish I had a video camera looking over my shoulder at all times. 

Ava, you have taught me to slow down and live each day a little more calmly, even more grateful, and excited to see what tomorrow brings.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Ava & Friends: Fun In The Sun !

Today was a great and memorable day. 

Ava was invited to attend her first birthday party.. and a pool party at that!

Justine and I went to high school together and her adorable daughter, Karlee Marie turned 1 today :) 
Mark and I had a great time getting to meet their family and watching Ava interact with Karlee. So sweet. 

Ava also got to experience a pool for the first time and wearing a bathing suit. I was very excited about this because those who know me well know that I would live in a bathing suit if it was socially acceptable. 

Oh! I also got to see another high school friend, Kirstyn, and her pretty little girl, Kayden Monroe! 

Here are some pictures from earlier today. Enjoy! 

P.S. those of you who voted... The bikini won! :)