Attitude of Gratitude – BE THANKFUL!!!

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The holiday season is HERE!  Let the craziness begin.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year.  It’s crazy, fun, festive, busy, full of love & family time.  It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all so remember to SLOW DOWN and be GRATEFUL for everything that surrounds you TODAY.  It’s easy to always want “more”, to be 5lbs thinner, to want those expensive jeans etc…  Sit down and be THANKFUL for everything that surrounds you TODAY.  I believe that the universe is a powerful tool so it’s important to tell the universe what it is you want but also to thank the universe for your blessings.

Thanksgiving2What are you eating at your Thanksgiving table???  We are making a Paleo Thanksgiving dinner that will include a smoked turkey, homemade cranberry sauce (thank you John Hall for the recipe!), mashed sweet potatoes, something green – possibly asparagus, a pumpkin dessert & of course champagne!

Tips for holiday eating:
*SKIP THE BREAD!!!
*Have one plate of food (YES anything you want) but don’t go back for seconds
*Only have a few bites of dessert
*MOVE – get up before the craziness begins and MOVE
*Don’t overindulge in the appetizers.  Save your appetite for the meal
thin-thanksgivingWe are starting our day with the Pismo Turkey Trot.  See you there???

ThanksgivingBe grateful for everything that surrounds you TODAY!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving & CHEERS to a wonderful holiday season.  LIFE IS GOOOOOOOOD!!!!
Xo

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Pork – EASY Clean Dinner!!

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This is our new favorite way to cook a pork roast. It’s simple, clean & super yummy!!!

1 pork roast (I buy mine at Costco)
10 garlic cloves
1 large onion
Organic garlic salt
Water
Coconut oil

Unthaw your pork first thing in morning. At noon take your pork out of pkg & rinse. Set it in pan and use a paper towel to rub coconut oil on top. Add chopped onion & garlic cloves (no need to chop garlic). Top with organic garlic salt. Add 1-2 inches of water. Put in oven on 350 for 5 hours. Check a few times to make sure there is a tiny bit of water. Once done take a fork & shred it all together.
ENJOY!!!

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Apple Crisp – Amy Approved!!

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We are invited to dinner at a friends house and was asked to bring dessert. I chose this apple crisp and vanilla coconut ice cream.  This gluten free crisp is a perfect light, sweet end to a meal!!

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Ready for the oven!!!

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All DONE!!!!

What You’ll Need:

For the filling:
6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & diced
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsps coconut sugar (you can also use honey)
1 tsp lemon juice

For the topping:
1/2 cup almond flour (I blended raw almonds in my Vitamix for 10 seconds)
1/2 cup gluten-free whole oats
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup honey (I used local)
3 tbsps unrefined coconut oil

What to do:
1.  Preheat oven to 375
2.  In a medium bowl, combine the apples, cinnamon, sugar & lemon juice.  Stir together until apples are coated evenly
3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, honey & coconut oil
4.  Use your fingers (it’s messy) to mix everything together until it has a crumbly consistency
5.  Arrange the apples into a 9″pie dish.  Cover with the crumble topping
6.  Bake for 30-35 min, or until the top is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cover for 5-10 minutes
7.  Apple crisp is best served warm but can also be served at room temperature.  Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to four days

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Crustless Pumpkin Pie – 5 ingredients!

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1 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (such as grade “B”)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine pumpkin, syrup, and spice in a large mixing bowl. Whip egg whites and cream of tartar to stiff peaks. Gently fold egg whites into pumpkin, adding 1/3 of whites at a time. Pour into a greased 1.6 quart casserole dish and bake for 50 minutes. Middle will not be completely set, but edges will be firm. Cool for 2 hours.

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Great advice from a doctor!!!

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Turkey Trot – Thanksgiving Day EXERCISE!!!

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Turkey Trot at the BEACH – how lucky are we???!!!  Plan to start your Thanksgiving morning off right when a local Turkey Trot!!!  There is typically a 1-3 mile walk, 5k and/or 10k run.  Something for everyone!  It gets everyone together, starts your day with BURNING calories instead of consuming them and typically benefits hungry people in your community.

There are two different ones in our area.  One is at Pismo Beach and the other at Avila Beach.  Here are the details:

Pismo Beach – Thursday Nov 27th @ 8:30am
1 mile, 5K, 10K, walk run or run
Entry Fee $1 – no registration required
Thanksgiving morning – Pismo Beach, south side of pier
Info, course etc…: southcountyturkeytrot.com

Avila Beach – Thursday Nov 27th @ 8:30am
2 mile walk, 5 mile run – along the Bob Jones Trail
FREE event (suggested donation $10)
Thanksgiving morning at the Avila Beach Park, San Juan St
Check-in 8am

Where ever you are going to be for Thanksgiving find a local Turkey Trot and start training NOW!!!!  It will help you be more active this holiday season and will start your Thanksgiving morning off on the right foot!!!

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Apple Cider Vinegar – Simple Health Tip!

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I use Bragg’s Raw ACV first thing in the morning & after each meal. It’s the simplest thing you can do to improve your health! Just take 1-2 capfuls in 8oz of water. You can find the Bragg’s ACV at most grocery stores and it only costs $5!

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Get lean & mean BEFORE the holidays with my Early Morning Circuit!!!

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Believe it or not the holidays are around the corner…  My theory – do NOT wait until January 1st… Start TODAY… Get lean & mean BEFORE the holidays with my Early Morning Circuit class!!!!!

Thursdays 6am OR 7:05am
7 weeks
Starts Oct 30th
Ends Dec 18th
(NO circuit on Nov 27th due to Thanksgiving holiday)
Cost: $157.50 (Kennedy Club Fitness member) $192.50 (non-member)

Contact Amy to sign up: amy@ShapeItUp.com  or 805-234-2780

179581_464470473568308_1386868995_nThe small group atmosphere will motivate you to work harder & reach your goals this holiday season!!!

The circuit begins with a dynamic warm-up followed by 1 minute heart pumping circuit intervals and rounded out with a few minutes of yoga.  It is designed to lean you
down, increase your strength, make you a better athlete & shock your
body each and every week.  Let’s reach your fitness goals this holiday season!!!!

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Love this!!!

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Balance out your fitness with this Yoga workshop!!

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Deepening Your Yoga Practice
with certified Yoga instructor Niccola

Join Niccola for a 4 week yoga workshop
Tuesdays 12-1 pm
Begins Oct 7th
ONLY $79
Kennedy Club Fitness – AG
Register at the front desk or call Niccola at 773-592-0627
NiccolaYoga.com

Meditate, Breathe, Learn, Grow, Expand, Understand, Share, Relax…

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