A Journey Toward Optimal Health

PTSD and Vitamin Suppliments.

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I’ve been a believer in supplements for over 30 years. I’ve had some issues though. My struggle has been with stress. PTSD has dominated my life from the age of 16 on. Progressively it got worse and worse, but recently I’ve had a breakthrough that has been remarkable.

I recently heard that Double X vitamins are the finest quality organically grown, phytonutrient-rich, multi-vitamin on the market. Phytonutrients are the natural nutrients found in plants. They offer broad antioxidant protection and provide many other heath benefits.

I’ve been taking these for about 2 weeks now. For the first week, I was a little confused because my energy level was not up to par. Then for the past few days I’ve had a steady supply of energy.

Yesterday, I felt great. I knew I would have extra activities that I would need an extra boost of energy for, so I complimented my supplements with an XS energy drink.  4900% DV (daily value) of B12 went into my body. Then something unusual and scary happened. I went downstairs to get into my truck and saw that it had been broken into! Normally this would have thrown me for a loop. The tears would have started flowing and it would have ruined my day. But not yesterday! I think I hit on something, finally that can beat the PTSD thing! I DIDN’T EVEN MISS A BEAT! Did it upset me? Yes. But I didn’t go into a total freak out! That’s what’s amazing.

I can not accurately tell you that these are the answers to PTSD nor would I suggest that they are. I can only tell you that this iw what I personally experienced and these are the products that I am using. Anyone who struggles with PTSD knows how vulnerable you feel under stress. Yesterday I felt like Super Woman! To me this is enough credence to begin some further investigation. I just got so excited I wanted to share.

Vision is a very powerful tool in helping us realize our future .

I’ve come to understand that what we focus on we empower. God gave me a revelation one day that showed me just what vision does to us. He showed me a horizontal line with a dot on the left end and a dot in the middle and a dot on the right end. He than told me that the left dot represents all past, sin, sickness and sorrow in my life. The middle dot represents now/present. The right dot represents future, faith, His promises, health and prosperity. Then he showed me as we stand in our present we have a choice to make. We can either focus on our past and it will pull that past into our present and if we allow it, it will destroy our future. OR… if we will trust Him and focus on His promises of our future and stand in faith, that reality is what will manifest in our present and will continue on to completely destroy our past!

So you decide… what is your vision going to bring into your present?

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Okay… you know those Power Wraps I posted the other day? Well guess what we did with them? We made ourselves breakfast that taste like we were at a fast food joint! Problem is… it’s hard to feel guilty when you know you are eating healthy!

So here is what you do…

Take 3 slices of turkey bacon and cut them in half. Cook them in a skillet until lightly browned.

Warm up 2 Power Wraps in your microwave on power 8 for 20 seconds. Top each wrap with a slice of Fat Free American Cheese.

Then lay 3 strips of the turkey bacon (that should be half of it) on the cheese.

Take 1 cup of egg beaters and scramble it in a sprayed skillet and top the bacon with it when done.

Wrap them up and eat!

This make 2 servings. Each serving has 193 calories, 19 grams of protein, 2 g carbs, 5 g fat of which .75 g is sat fat 0g trans fat, 3 g monounsaturated fat, and 5,143 lignan antioxidants, 385 g sodium

Power Wraps

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I have to say that these are an awesome and extremely healthy alternative to tortillas. My husband and I both love them. YUMMY!

Like tortillas but with ZERO carbs!

You will need:

Cooking Spray

1 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill Isolated Soy Protein Powder

6 Tbsp Bob’s Red Mill Whole Ground Flaxseed Meal

1 tsp Onion and Herb Mrs. Dash

1/2 tsp NOW Foods Stevia Liquid Extract

2 cups liquid egg whites

1 2/3 cup water

In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients and stir to get lumps out.  Spray a large (preferably stainless steel) skillet with cooking spray. Spray both sides of metal spatula with cooking spray. Heat skillet on medium heat for just under 1 minute. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to spoon out 1/4 cup of batter and place it in skillet. Use a rubber spatula or back of a spoon to spread batter out into an 8″ circle. This will need to be done somewhat slowly as not to rip the tortilla wrap. Cook on first side 60-90 seconds and then flip to other side.  Cook an additional 45-60 seconds and remove from skillet. You can freeze the leftovers and use later!

This makes 14  servings. Each serving has 70 calories, 12 grams of protein, 0 g carbs, 3 g monounsaturated fat, and 5,143 lignan antioxidants.

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Do you want to start choosing healthier low-fat, low carb, high nutrient foods to get your family healthy? Well you have come to the right place! These pancakes are packed with proteins and nutrients that our bodies crave.

You can freeze the extras and heat anytime for an easy on the go meal too! Put some peanut butter and a banana on one and roll it up for a wonderful filling meal or high energy snack before hitting the gym!

You will need

Cooking Spray

1 cup of <a title=”Soy Protein Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Isolated Soy Protein Powder, 14-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""” target=”_blank”>Soy Protein Powder

1 teaspoon <a title=”Aluminum-free Baking Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda — 16 oz""” target=”_blank”>baking powder

4 Tbsp <a title=”Sugar-free French Vanilla Coffee Syrup” href=”Da Vinci Gourmet Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup Plastic Bottle 25.4oz""” target=”_blank”>Sugar Free French Vanilla Coffee Syrup (or you can use 1/4 tsp<a title=”Stevia Extract” href=”NOW Foods Stevia Liquid Extract Alcohol, 8 Ounce Bottle""” target=”_blank”> Stevia extract and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)

2 egg whites

1 cup original flavored Silk Soy Milk

1/4 cup water

2 Tbsp <a title=”Milled Flax Seed” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""” target=”_blank”>milled flax-seed

Combine the protein powder, baking powder and milled flax-seed. Add the sugar-free coffee syrup, egg whites, soy milk, water. Mix batter well.

Mist the tip of a spatula and the inside of a 1/4 cup measuring cup with cooking spray. Heat griddle to 400 degrees. Spray griddle with cooking spray just before putting batter on it. Scoop up 1/4 cup batter using sprayed measuring cup and pour onto griddle. Use the back of a spoon sprayed with cooking oil (or a sprayed spatula) to quickly spread out batter till it makes a 6-7″ diameter pancake. Cook pancake until slightly golden brown on bottom side then flip with sprayed spatula. Second side will cook faster than the first side did. Remove from griddle. Top with 2 Tbsp. sugar-free maple syrup and enjoy!

Per 1 pancake serving (including syrup)

78 calories, 15 g protein, 2 g carbs , 0 g fats

NOW STACK A FEW PANCAKES AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT!

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Nana’s Kahlua Chocolate Mega Power Muffins

This recipes definitely satisfies the need for chocolate! Put some fat-free cream cheese sweetened with a little Splenda or stevia, some peanut butter or a dab of  fat-free sugar-free chocolate or butterscotch pudding on top for a real special treat! Try them with your kids next time you want to make them a healthy alternative to chocolate cup cakes!

3 cups <a title=”Soy Protein Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Isolated Soy Protein Powder, 14-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""“>soy protein powder

3/4 cup <a title=”Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa” href=”Hershey’s Cocoa, Natural Unsweetened, 8-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)""“>Hersey’s Natural unsweetened cocoa

3/4 cup <a title=”Milled Flax Seed” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Meal, 16-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)""” target=”_blank”>milled flax-seed

1 1/4 cup <a title="Sugar-free Kahlua Coffee Syrup” href=”DaVinci Gourmet Classic Sugar Free Syrup, Kahlua, 25.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 3)""” target=”_blank”>sugar-free Kahlua Coffee syrup

6 tsp <a title=”Aluminum-free Baking Powder” href=”Bob’s Red Mill Aluminum Free Baking Soda — 16 oz""” target=”_blank”>aluminum free baking powder

1 1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups liquid egg whites

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin. In large mixing bowl add all ingredients and mix well. Fill each muffin cup to just below the top and bake for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins. Each muffin (without any extras topping it off ) has 111 calories, 1 g carb, 18 g protein, 5 g fiber, 2 g monounsaturated fat, (8,000 epicatechin & 12,000 Omega-3 lignan antioxidants)

These muffins are delightful. My husband loves them. They remind me of chocolate pudding cake. Enjoy!

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Tuna Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

1 5 oz can white albacore tuna packed in water

1 stalk of celery

2 green onions

One package of ditalini style miracle noodles*

½ of a hard boiled egg

1 T shredded fat free cheddar cheese

2 T fat free mayonnaise

1 t brown mustard

Pepper to taste

Prepare noodles according to directions on package (choose the boil method not the dry roast method) and pat them dry.

Mix all ingredients.  Chill if desired (flavor will be better if you refrigerate for about 1 hour).

Enjoy this alone or serve on lettuce.

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