Mid-Week Inspiration: Work Out For What???

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In the beginning of a new year, we all have goals to work out and eat less in order to look good, oh and to be healthy too. I have to be honest, entering into my thirtieth year, I’ve been on a mission to be in the best shape of my life by May 15th (aka my 30th birthday). By shape I mean a two pack, not six, a healthy set of calf muscles and you know tuning up all the edges.

Being so fixated on having this 30-year-old perfect physique, I disregarded the other little benefit of being fit…health. You know, the small fine print that increases your chances of a longer, more satisfying life. It took me sitting here pondering what to write about while dipping carrots into peanut butter, to determine that there has to be greater purpose behind my #fitnessgoals than just to look a certain way.

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

While the above scripture is referring to sexual immorality, it so thoroughly applies to all areas of lust whether lust for food, physical idleness, etc. Our bodies were handcrafted by the Creator. How dare we disrespect them by eating whatever we want when we want, neglecting its natural need to be trained and active, and simply overlooking what it tells us? Yes, our body talks to us. When we get a stomachache from eating the wrong foods or a headache from lack of sleep, our body is communicating to us its top priorities. But we ignore them to satisfy our internal flesh.

I get it, we are busy. This generation operates in overdrive. We are taught that we are most successful when we are doing as much as we possibly can within a 24-hour span. We have to work eight plus hours a day while staying plugged into what is going on in the world, maintain all of our social media while producing two shows , writing a book and taking out the trash. Our to-do list is longer than Bill Gates’ bank account. But in the midst of checking off the items on our agenda, somewhere we forget about the one thing that should be at the top of the list; that’s right look in the mirror and you’ll find the answer.

My goal for all of us is to take inventory of the time we spend investing in ourselves. If you have a day full of accomplishments and none of them include ensuring that you are whole–spirit, mind, and body, then you have worked in vain. None of your other achievements will provide fulfillment without first fulfilling the need to take care of self.

I finally realize that my drive to be fit expands beyond how an outfit sits on me. It has to do with the fact that it really isn’t okay that I’ve gotten accustomed to being tired all day even after a consistent pattern of 7-8 hours of sleep or feeling nauseous after eating certain foods that our human bodies were not created to consume or being winded after climbing three flights of stairs. These are all common issues that God has given us the tools to address and correct but it will require discipline. It will mean sacrificing lifelong patterns as well as some of the things that you love most, but it will all be worth it; if not to you then to your children and their children and the legacy that you will leave behind.

I am encouraged today to work out toward a purpose. I want my #goals to extend beyond the exterior to an interior cleansing. I want to run into a new mindset and eat a God-led diet balancing time spent studying His Word and talking to Him, with training my body to perform at its full functionality. I want to be able to hear from Him more clearly by ridding of the impurities that block my understanding. I want to be healthy in the full sense of the word as dictionary.com defines it “soundness of body or mind,” and “vigorous mentality.” Will you join me on this journey? Comment below with your real life #fitnessgoals or hit me up on IG @ms_disclosednative with any tips, struggles, or just to talk it out. Let’s hold each other accountable!

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Kitchen DIY: Banana Pancakes & Scrambled Egg Whites

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With the takeover of Pinterest and DIY projects, exploration of unique recipes has become a household trend. Having experienced my share of cooking disasters, I can appreciate a DIY success. This morning, deciding to take a healthier approach to breakfast, I went to an old faithful, flourless banana pancakes. I got this recipe from Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s cooking show Tia Mowry at Home on the Cooking Channel. I tried it, loved it and have since left “Just Add Water” pancake mix on the shelf.

I have been staying away from dairy but had eggs in my frig and a taste for an omelette. I decided to try something new and use only egg whites; another task that I had failed on previously but thank God today I was successful. As I have been informed by a few friends, I am not the only one who has attempted an omelette that later turned into scrambled eggs. So I scrambled those bad boys up with spinach making lemonade out of lemons (not literally). I started my day on a high note and a full, nutrition-filled tummy.

Check out the recipes below. Once you try them out, comment on this post or email us at disclosednative@gmail.com with your results.

Scrambled Egg Whites

2 eggs

1/2 cup chopped spinach

2 mixing bowls

Cooking spray

Small skillet

  • Crack egg. Transfer egg yoke over a bowl, from one shell to the next until all of egg white contents are in the bowl. Place egg yoke in a separate bowl. Do the same for second egg.
  • Place spinach in bowl with egg whites. Whisk until spinach is fully emerged in eggs.
  • Place skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking oil.
  • Pour the egg mixture into skillet. As eggs whiten, use a spatula to pull the ends from sticking to the skillet. Fold the eggs until cooked to your likeness.

Banana Pancakes

1 cup oats

2 eggs

1/2 cup of Almond Milk (less or more to desired pancake batter thickness)

1 chopped banana

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Butter/margarine

Honey, for serving

Food processor/blender

Large skillet

  • Whisk the two egg yokes left over from scrambled egg preparation.
  • Add chopped banana and mash into egg yoke.
  • Mix in vanilla extract. Refrigerate.
  • Pulse oats in food processor or blender until like coarse flour.
  • Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda and pulse until fully mixed.
  • Pour oats into banana/egg mixture.
  • Add almond milk and mix to desired pancake batter thickness.
  • Place butter/margarine in skillet at medium heat.
  • Pour two scoops of batter into skillet to make two pancakes.
  • Flip as edges become brown and repeat for remaining pancake batter.
  • Drizzle with honey.

*Serving for one, as pictured above.

Healthy Taste Buds: Grape Tomato, Avocado and Spinach Sandwich

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We all understand that there are levels to the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. It’s not enough to just run the neighborhood each morning, strength training is also required to build muscle, burn fat, and become stronger. But once we sweat it out, we can’t stop at Burger King to refuel, we have to make smart eating choices to complement all of the work our body has endured.

Healthy eating is a constant struggle. There is a Mc’Donalds on every corner and a Chick-Fil-A right across the street deceiving us with their waffle fries and wheat sandwich buns. On that note, there are so many brands that use the fitness trend to promote foods that if you read the labels, are not as healthy as they seem. A product may be low in calories but if high in sugar and sodium, it is not any better for our bodies.

What is exciting about the fitness movement is that there are plenty of healthy foods with pleasurable tastes and affordable costs. My favorite meal right now is a simple sandwich that consists of grape tomatoes, avocado, spinach and olive oil. First of all, let me say that I have just been introduced to grape and cherry tomatoes and the greatness that they contain. They taste even better than traditional tomatoes, packed with flavor and a sweetness that substitutes the need for seasoning or sodium-packed dressings. Pair them with a green veggie and you have a yummy snack that you won’t later regret.

Check out this recipe for my new fave meal and share your healthy recipes below in the comments:

Tomato, Spinach & Avocado on Whole Wheat

Ingredients

2 slices 100% whole wheat bread

1/2 cup sliced grape tomatoes

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 sliced avocado

2 tablespoons 100% extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon of garlic powder if desired for taste

Directions

  • Pour olive oil in saucepan on medium heat. Add tomatoes and spinach stirring occasionally until softened.
  • Toast bread slices.
  • Place tomatoes and spinach on one slice.
  • Add avocado and top with second bread slice.

 

-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative