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Pick Your Pocket- Chick’n Salad Pita Toppers

Tune in every day this week and pick your favorite pocket and eat it too!

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Be Thankful

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Curbing Obesity in America- Is It Possible?

Public opinion and attitudes must change to defeat the obesity epidemic.

Since when did education and prevention become politically dirty words?

Is our country so divided that encouraging our kids to eat their vegetables is now a form of government intrusion on our rights? Read more

The Evolving Swimmer: Drill It

Drills get a bad wrap but they actually bring focus and break up the monotony of a swim workout.

Welcome to Part III of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I & II? Click here.

Rarely do I complete a swim workout that doesn’t include a few drills. Drills address specific components of your stroke. Designed to improve your swim mechanics by breaking down the freestyle into elements. Drills help improve weaknesses and achieve better balance. They train your body to feel the water.

The goal, of course, is to perfect individual elements of your stroke so you can put them all together into a fast and efficient freestyle. Read more

Tribal Spaghetti with Black Bean Balls

This noodle-less spaghetti is a low calorie, high fiber, water rich, Italian meal you'll want to make over and over again.

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The 5 Things Those in the Driver’s Seat Want You To Know

Being in control ALL the time can be exhausting.

Who are the strong leaders in your life? Those you can count on to be decisive. That uncanny ability to cut through a mess to bring the light shining in. We all know someone we love to hate because they always seem to have their s@#t together. But deep down we don’t hate them. We appreciate having them in our lives. They are our solid wall, firmly grounded, and we know we can throw any ball at the wall and it will bounce back to us in a way we can catch it. Read more

Burgers & Beer: Crunchy Pita Burger

Experiment with bun-less burgers so the patty is the stand out.

This Crunchy Veggie Burger’s Gone Nuts!

Many veggie burger recipes require a considerable amount of prep time and this one is no exception. The only difference is this one’s worth it! The patties are more beautiful than the average and full of flavor and crunch.

This garden burger recipe was originally created by Beverly Lynn Bennett, vegan chef, and contributor to VegNews magazine. There’s plenty of room for tweaking this recipe but I stayed true to the original so I could offer an honest review.

I recommend serving this burger in a pita pocket. It reminded me of a falafel sandwich due to the amazing crunch. These patties would be great crumbled and served over rice or beans.

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The Evolving Swimmer: Smooth Strokes

It's much easier to master basic stroke technique in the beginning than try to correct bad habits later on.

Welcome to Part II of “The Evolving Swimmer” series. Missed Part I? Click here.

I learned to swim as a toddler. The younger you are when you first venture into water, the more comfortable you’ll be swimming as an adult. If you swam as a child but haven’t been in the water in years, have no fear as you’ll be at ease again quickly. Remember getting comfortable comes first!

Today I will reveal the number one best instructional swim site. It won’t replace one-on-one swim coaching but it comes close. Seeing is believing and this site is very visual!

I originally learned American Red Cross swimming techniques, methods I think are outdated now. I engaged in a 6 hour one-on-one private lesson with a top British swim coach of the Total Immersion school of swimming (in one day) which I will review later in this series. My stroke has been evaluated by 7 different swim coaches. Let’s just say I’ve been around the pool a few times and am here to share a few universal habits of good freestyle technique.
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The 6 Needs That Drive All Human Behavior

Understanding your personal hierarchy of needs is key to sustaining happiness or creating change.

I’ve spent most of my life interested in what drives human behavior. Always believing there has to be a formula to motivate people. The belief that if you have the will, you can find the way.

Walk into any bookstore and the secrets to happiness are in abundance. So why isn’t everybody happy? There is someone in the world who has been successful at whatever you’re failing at right now. Find that book, read it, and follow the instructions. Why isn’t it that simple?

Because happiness, personal drive, desire, perseverance, and success are personal. Very personal. We attach pain and pleasure to different things leading us to happiness or despair. These attachments are based on a hierarchy of 6 universal needs. How you meet these needs determines your level of satisfaction and fulfillment. I first studied these driving forces decades ago in the book, Awaken the Giant Within, by Anthony Robbins.

While these 6 needs are universal, the key is to determine the hierarchy for you. As you rank them, keep in mind what brings you immediate joy may not be behaviors that ultimately make you feel good, are actually good for you, are good for those around you, and serve the greater good.

True life mastery is achieved when your experiences align with these six priority needs. Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Why Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is an easier path than enlightenment when it comes to our nation's animals.

My dog, Shayla

A pig I’ll call Petunia

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