Baptism

As some of you have heard or seen I got baptized last Sunday. Many have asked if it was my first time being baptized. I was baptized long ago as an infant in the Lutheran church. While I do believe in child baptizsm or dedication, I feel you don’t remember the baptism, or becoming a true believer of Christ.

Baptism is an expression of our trust in God.  It says, ‘I believe Jesus when he says that he can save me and bring me back home.’  Baptism symbolizes the death of our old life – that it was worthless as far as getting right with God is concerned – and the start of a new life.  But crucially, this new life is not our own,  we’ve been made alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

My family and I have been attending the same church since 1995, my attendance off and on of course through high school and college. I am certain I have sat through hundreds of baptisms thinking, wow this is cool, but “it’s just not my time” or “I am not where God wants me to be in life”! Each time I have felt the holy spirit giving me that nudge, but the devil was holding me back. Through studying scripture over the years I have come to realize, God doesn’t want us to be perfect, he doesn’t want us to rely on ourselves for change, but to seek only him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Before Sunday I had no plans to partake in the ceremony, however the Pastors sermon got my attention. “Great change happens in a moment”. There’s never going to be that perfect time in our lives to make a change. I had this idea in my head that being baptized would mean I would have to be “perfect” or I would need to prove myself to others. In fact I’m probably the furthest away of who I want to be in life right now! The change that needs to be made is relying  on God and not my own understanding and fears. And while I’ll still have the same demons and fears, I’ll be making more of a conscious effort to make better decisions in life. 🙂


Blessings, Bre

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Diet Beta Testing

Sorry it’s been a while! I feel like I am finally recovering from my crazy winter of basketball and hockey season;) I got a pressure cooker for my birthday last month and finally have had time to make some real meals. I’ve been experimenting a lot over the past years with different “diets” and really have come to the conclusion that not one diet fits all. Going vegan/vegetarian for a few weeks (probably 80%) was refreshing but had it’s challenges. I would say in this time of my life with kids and not having a husband on board made it a little bit more difficult. It is truly a lifestyle change and commitment. I loved experimenting with new foods and spices, and loved researching the topic of veganism. However it was interesting going from lower carbs to higher carbs (but whole grains) my body bloated a bit. I may have had unrealistic expectations as I thought I would drop like 10 pounds out of the gate;) I did find however I had much more energy!  Anyways I really appreciate you guys following all my crazy ideas. I’m on a mission though to find something that works best for myself/body.

I have been following Chalene Johnson over the years (former Beachbody coach, health/fitness guru) and she recently launched this new “Diet Beta Test”. While I am not participating in the test I listened to her podcasts of how the test works and found it fascinating. There is really no one size fits all or way of eating that works best for every person. She explains a bit how the test works and for a small fee you can participate in a group setting to find a way of eating, etc that works best for your body type. I believe a questionnaire, meal plan and directions are provided.  I would also recommend her podcasts! Here is the info, check it out!

https://www.dietbetatest.com

Switching gears a bit..not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty sure tonight I made on of the best meals we’ve had in years. All with only a few simple ingredients. If you don’t have a pressure cooker you should consider it. It has been life changing! If you have any favorite pressure cooker recipes I would love to hear from you!

http://nomnompaleo.com/post/111934821818/pressure-cooker-kalua-pig

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I hope you are all doing well!

Blessings, Bre

Plant-Based Eating

I’ve been following or researching the plant-based diet for about a year but just couldn’t commit to it, or it was too daunting to think about making the change. I continued to eat meat and dairy products at every meal, even knowing the side effects. In fact, most “diets” I have been on were low carb/high fat, which included a A LOT of meat, and a lot of dairy! While I was Still eating a lot of plant-based foods, at least one or two meals per day included eggs and or meat. About a year ago a friend sent me a YouTube video by Dr. Greger called Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Common Diseases with Diet https://youtu.be/d0IhZ-R1O8g deep down I knew I should make the change, but again the odds were staked against me (in my head:) and I LOVE meat!! I would recommend the video for everyone, even if you are not thinking of changing over to a plant-based diet as it was very eye opening!

It took me finally getting my cholesterol checked last month to really realize a change needs to be made. The results were eye-opening..borderline high/high.  But since I had a good HDL level (good cholesterol) and a low triglyceride number, doc says I am in the clear for now. However since heart disease runs in my family (my biological father has had a triple bypass) and all 4 of my grandparents suffered from heart attacks, it was suggested I make some changes.

Where I am going with this is, out of all the diets/eating plans I have researched over the years the one that kept coming back to me that prevents heart disease, cancer, lowers cholesterol, and many other benefits is that of a plant-based diet.

I have yet to make the official commitment, however I have been experimenting this past week with mostly whole/plant-based foods. I am actually surprised that I do not miss meat or eggs! Cheese either. I haven’t drank much milk or had much yogurt in the past few years so that part has been easy. I honestly did not know how I was going to function without eggs! I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence but I have a lot more energy as well.

I know there’s a lot of conflicting information/opinions out there but I would love to hear from anyone who eats this way and has had positive results.

I made this coconut curry in the crockpot a couple of days ago and it was amazing! You would  be surprised at how much flavor there was without meat. Now I’m off to make cauliflower fried rice, but with no eggs;)

Blessings, Bre

https://www.simplyquinoa.com/slow-cooker-coconut-quinoa-curry/

Get your Vitamin D!

When the new year rolled around I had all these big goals and plans for kicking the year off to a good start. The usual which included working out, eating healthy, reading more, etc. But I just didn’t have the energy. I wondered around like a zombie for a couple of months wondering why I could not get myself motivated, or out of bed for that matter. Typically a morning person, I’ve been pushing snooze about 10-15 times every morning! This is even after a night of 8-9 hours of sleep.  Even bringing my son late into school which is not the normal. I was eating healthy but feeling awful. This time of year can be hard for most people so I kept thinking I will snap out of it. After a couple of months of being in a constant brain fog I decided to go in and get checked out. According to my blood test showed my vitamin D level was extremely low.

Levels of vitamin D are expressed in nanomoles/liter (nmol/L) or nanograms/milliliter (ng/mL). According to the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), the results can indicate the following:

  • deficiency: less than 30 nmol/L (12 ng/mL)
  • potential deficiency: between 30 nmol/L (12 ng/mL) and 50 nmol/L (20 ng/mL)
  • normal levels: between 50 nmol/L (20 ng/mL) and 125 nmol/L (50 ng/mL)
  • high levels: higher than 125 nmol/L (50 ng/mL)

My level came back as a 5!

Here are symptoms to look for in having low vitamin D:

  • difficulty thinking clearly (brain fog)
  • bone pain
  • frequent bone fractures
  • muscle weakness
  • soft bones that may result in deformities
  • unexplained fatigue
  • insulin resistance, which affects your ability to use insulin to process blood sugars
  • impaired immune system functioning, which puts you at a higher risk for infection

Symptoms may vary but brain fog, fatigue, and muscle weakness hit me hard.

While this information isn’t anything new I thought I would share if it could help anyone feeling these symptoms. Vitamin D deficiencies don’t always cause symptoms until levels get very low or have been low for some time. This can make the condition difficult to diagnose. Sometimes getting some good old sunshine just doesn’t work! While I am on a supplement now it can still take weeks or months to replenish. Check with your doctor on a blood test and the correct dosage right for you.

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Spring anyone?!

Blessings, Bre

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Blessings, Bre

Whole30 Week 3 Update/My Week of Wellness

Well it’s been a busy last couple weeks at the Berg household, but I’ve decided I’m not letting “busy” get in the way of my passions and goals anymore! For the most part I’ve stayed on track with the W30 program but have had a couple of “slip ups”. The old me would have definitely threw in the towel but I’ve decided to just keep going even if I haven’t followed the exact rules:). The thing I love about The Whole30 is it really does teach your body the type of eating that is right for you, there is no one right way for everyone! If you are ever able to truly stick with the entire 30 days which I did a few years ago it is truly life changing how you look at food. I have so much more energy and feel less bloated. I’ve found a few staples that have helped with being on the road, however I’d say the most challenging part was not planning ahead of time being on the go most of last week as far as meals. I’m posting a few of my favorite new recipes/snacks below. To make posting easier to share I have been experimenting with a Facebook page. Check out my page here and like it if you are interested! Thanks in advance ❤

https://www.facebook.com/fitandfaithfusion/

Last week I started dabbling a bit more in meditation with yoga and also some other techniques I’ve learned. I can’t wait to share one technique you can do right in your own home, 5 minutes a day. It’s really helped me focus more and relax.

I also met with Michelle Guggenburger, a licensed Natural Health Practitioner and Diplomat of Pastoral Science & Medicine from Renew2Thrive. She is offering a FREE initial 60-minute consultation. There is no catch!  I have to say that one hour last week I met with her was the best hour of my new year! She helped me with setting some goals and recommended a couple of supplements specifically to my needs. I learned so much! Here is a list of some her services she can provide:

  • I want to start eating better but I don’t know where to start.
  • I’m constantly battling blood sugar issues or are pre-diabetic.
  • I suffer from allergies and food sensitivities.
  • I’m always stressed out and tired.
  • I was recently diagnosed with an illness or condition and need to address my diet and lifestyle.
  • I feel overwhelmed at just the thought of trying to live a healthier lifestyle – it all seems so difficult.
  • My digestive system doesn’t work right.
  • I’m always sick.
  • assist with shopping lists, meal planning and tackling the grocery store.

Check out her website! She has some awesome resources and recipes. Also, follow her on Facebook for the latest updates!

https://www.renew2thrive.com

https://www.renew2thrive.com/services/

https://www.facebook.com/renew2thrive/?fref=ts

Here are some new staples I picked up at Wholefoods last week:

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And as promised a few new recipes I tried! I didn’t get pictures of everything:) My kids LOVE the Paleo Drumstick Chicken.

Cauliflower Fried Rice:

http://www.skinnytaste.com/cauliflower-fried-rice/

Instead of the veggies they mention and head of cauliflower, I used the below from Trader Joe’s (Frozen Riced Cauliflower Rice and Mirepoix mix veggies) in addition to the garlic. So much quicker!

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Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts:

http://www.food.com/recipe/oven-roasted-brussels-sprouts-151594?soc=socialsharingpinterest

The brussel sprouts were even better with a little hot sauce!

Paleo Drumstick Chicken:

http://everclevermom.com/2014/05/easy-weeknight-paleo-chicken-best-drumstick-recipe-ever/

Blessings, Bre

 

 

Whole30 Day 5

I have made it to day 5! With two sick kids this past week I didn’t get a chance to update the past couple of days. I’ve decided to make things easier I will update you guys a couple of times of week, but just sharing any new recipes or ideas I have. Plus, I am sure no one cares what I am eating for every meal;) With that said, I am still tracking everything if you want more examples. One acomplishment for me was passing up popcorn last night at the basketball game.

I’ve been forced to be creative this week with the kids being sick and not being able to meal plan as I’d like. Here were some of my favorites.

Chipotle Bowl: Veggies, chicken (you can have any meat there since grass fed), mild/tomato, salsa ( I used hot), guacamole, lettuce. The only salsa that isn’t complaint is the corn one.  So yummy!!

Egg Scramble: 2 Eggs, 1 Egg white, sautéed with any veggies I could find. Peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc. Added hot sauce:)

Almond Fruit Salad: Chopped apples, bananas, raspberries. Added 1 TBLS of almond butter on top and a splash of almond milk (unsweetened).

Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp: Frozen shrimp thawed and sautéed in grapeseed oil and garlic. Added zoodles, one egg scrambled, hot sauce.

 

Whole30 Day 2

So far so good! The only challenge today brought was limited groceries. I would recommend meal planning for at least a week ahead of time and not to wing it! However, this is my second round so I have learned to be creative with what I have. The only worry is if you aren’t prepared temptations could rise and you might go back to your old ways. You’d be surprised what you can make with random stuff you find in your fridge:)

Before I post my menu I wanted to share this verse my dear friend Molly shared yesterday. I saved it to my phone and keep going back to it. Just a great reminder that you can do anything with the help of God!

Breakfast:
Bullet Proof Coffee (see recipe in day 1)

I finally tried mixing the coffee with my blender! The recipe calls to use a blender, however since it’s too loud in the early morning I typically use my hand frothier or shaker. However I may never go back, the blender method is the way to go! So rich and creamy! Tasted like a latte, but better.

Mid Morning:
2 eggs over easy
2 slices of bacon (Peterson’s)
1/2 avocado

Lunch: 
Leftover Pesto Chicken (see day 1)

Snack: 
Apples and raspberries with Trader Joe’s Crunchy Almond Butter.

Dinner: This is where the creativity came in. I just used whatever I could find in my fridge that was Whole30 compliant! Not sure if this even counts as a recipe;)

“Easy Beef Zoodles” 

Ingredients:
Grass-fed ground beef
Spiraled zucchini noodles ( I use my vegetti)
1-2 Garlic cloves minced
Chopped yellow onion
Chopped red pepper
Chopped mushrooms
Garlic powder, salt, pepper, everything seasoning to add flavor.

I didn’t do much measuring so just eye it to however much you want to make!

Directions:
Sauteed garlic in olive oil for a couple of minutes, add ground beef, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until done and then transfer to a bowl.

Add more olive oil to pan, saute peppers, mushrooms, and onion for a few minutes. Dump in spiraled zucchini noodles. Cook for another 3 minutes or so adding more seasonings.

Dump back in ground beef mixture and cook through a minute or so.

Since I LOVE spicy I added a little Sriracha sauce to mine. SO GOOD.  I feel like this was better then pasta. You could add any meat, and any veggies you had on hand.

Will have my apple cider vinegar tea coming up:)

Whole30 Day 1

Have you ever been sick and tired of being sick and tired?! LOL

Day 1 has been great so far, but to be honest I know the worst is yet to come slaying the sugar dragon. I’m already sensing a dull headache coming on. Another thing not working in my favor is all the junk I have been eating the past few months.

Here is what I tried today, so far I have to say I have felt FULL all day. Sadly the hardest part for me will be no beer or wine tonight while watching the Wild game with my husband (tradition).

I’ve taken my before pics and measurements (EEKS!). Will share those at the end!

My goal really is to keep things simple, maybe trying a couple new recipes per week. I’ve found keeping it simple sets you up for better success. Defiantly need to up the water intake!

Breakfast (very late): 
Bulletproof Coffee
2 Baked eggs with Avocado
2 Slices of Bacon (Peterson’s brand)

Recipes here: 
Avocado Baked Eggs:
 http://bit.ly/2aybDe3

Snack:
Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Apple
Handful of black olives
Lacroix Water

Dinner:
Easy Pesto Chicken
Recipe here:
https://www.buzzfeed.com/robertbroadfoot/step-up-your-meal-prep-game
I made red potatoes on the side for Bob, those are also compliant now! He doesn’t even know he’s eating W30;)

This was SO good! Will have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Nightcap: Apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water and lemon like a tea. 🙂 
Blessings, Bre

Welome

Disclaimer: While I am working on a few certifications, I am not licensed or trying to sell you anything! 🙂

Before my first official post I thought I’d introduce myself quick. I’m a married stay at home mom of 2 great kiddos a boy Preston (almost 9!) and a daughter Dru (3). We are a very busy family these days with school, sports, and family & friends. Some of my interests or passions include but are not limited to health and fitness, wellness, beauty, cooking, reading and writing, organizing, saving money,  scrapbooking, jewelry and fashion, faith, Jesus, and serving or helping others. To be honest I don’t have near as much time as I would like to spend on all these things! My reason for creating a blog was so maybe I could use this as an outlet to connect with other people with the same interests or get new ideas. I have had a couple of blogs in the past but never went public, or published them as I could not decide which one thing to blog about! So this time I have decided it will be a little of everything from a good book I read, to a recipe, depression, anxiety, a quote or bible verse I read, or an interesting article. While I am a Christian and a true believer in Christ, I have friends and family from all walks of life.

Another idea I love is sharing products and other peoples work. So don’t be surprised if you see me sharing my favorites.

 I am looking to make some life changes and thought no better way to kick that off by starting my second Whole30 today. A few years ago I completed my first Whole30 and felt amazing. But to be honest I’ve let myself slip the past year or so. So my initial posts may be more focused on Whole30 recipes and ideas. Last round I didn’t track or document anything, so I am hoping this will help me stay on track. For those of you who haven’t heard of Whole30 here is the website: http://whole30.com

I am going to throw it out there, I don’t have it all together, I am never going to be perfect, but why wait to start!? I am excited to try something new and hope you will join me on this journey!

Blessings, Bre