IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 90 of the 100 Day Challenge! Lunges.  An oldie, but a goodie. And with ONLY 10 days to go, we’re proud of you and your commitment to your health! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Cucumber Turkey Avocado Rolls. A quick, breadless, balanced lunch that has all the delicious fillings of a sandwich!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Being stuck is a position few of us like. We want something new but cannot let go of the old-old ideas, beliefs, habits, even thoughts. We are out of contact with our own genius. Sometimes we know we are stuck; sometimes we don’t. In both cases we have to do something. ~ Inga Teekens

Essential Element: Repetition is the mother of mastery.  Clinical research shows that new habits can be formed through repetition.  Our brain cells actually create novel connections and new habits are formed.  [Click to read Spark Insight: 'Creating Change'].

Journal: Bad habits and good – both have the power to completely rule our lives. The ones we are stuck in cry out for change. The good ones we’ve established are daily patting us on the back.  In order for the bad to be replaced by the good, our brains must start the process. Slowly, by our pain staking and initially obnoxious focus, the beautiful nature of rewiring occurs, and the action becomes second-nature! What have you wanted to become second-nature for you? Unquestionably holding its place in your life; unwavering in its defining of your very character? Reflect on 3-5 of those things in your journal today..  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 84 of the 100 Day Challenge! Tire Flip Flop Hop. Flip a tire… hop in.. hop out! Repeat! Start your day right with this full body, FUN Tabata!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Dr. Bruce’s Almond Flour Pancakes. Satisfy your cravings for a pancake breakfast treat (and your familys’) without the setback on your clean, green tummy!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.

 ~ Joseph Priestley

Essential Element: Every day you get to decide if you will start rushed, anxious and stressed or relaxed, connected and inspired [click here to read Spark Insight: Morning Rituals].

Journal: How do the first moments of the morning with your family usually go? Are they cherished – spent hearing each others first thoughts? Or are they rushed and hurried, tainted with “get moving!” and “hurry up!” Realize the gift that pre-movement minutes could potentially be for your family. Use the time to count blessings, think of someone you love or who needs prayer, talk about one thing you’ll do that day to serve someone you know. Be creative – and write down the magic you find waiting behind the morning… [Click here for additional Journal exercises] 

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 82 of the 100 Day Challenge! Row, row, row your Tabata today with Renegade Rows! This is one of those exercises you’ll be talking about all day… and feeling all week!  A terrific, full body challenge. Good Luck!  [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Dough-y bread and wheat-filled tortillas won’t slow down your afternoon! Our simple Lettuce Wraps are satisfying and nutritious. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it. 

~ Richard Whately

Essential Element: Enjoy something that you’ve been missing because you “don’t have the time”. Create the time. Do something that connects you with your bigger purpose [click here to read Spark Insight: Morning Rituals].

 Journal:  Often our morning hours can be some of the most precious. However,  such time doesn’t simply become beautiful on its own. It takes some intentionality to make  our mornings meaningful. Make the first hour of your morning count by  consider what your most important elements of each day are. Then make a mini-morning plan – scheduling a few of these valuable events in an early morning hour. Journal your response to the effect of early morning productivity on your day. [Click here for additional Journal exercises] 

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Even if you don’t feel ready to ramp up your Push Ups, its important to know what you’re trying for! So add a few Clapping Push Ups to your routine this week and start goal setting! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Lettuce Wraps: All the delicious filling of a burrito, with none of the gluten or that heavy, weighed down feeling after your lunch break! Try our filling suggestions, but get creative and try your own!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  Writing  (the physical act of holding a pen and  paper in hand) – distills, crystallizes, and clarifies thought – helping us break the whole into parts. ~ Stephen Covey
Essential Element: Well people don’t necessarily experience any less stress; they simply develop better strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with it. [Click here to read Spark Insight: Coping Mechanisms]
Journal: Just as deep breathing helps integrate body and mind, the act of writing bridges the gap between the conscious and subconscious minds. Take this week to give journaling a shot.  Even those of you devout non-journalers – give it  try for 7 days. Start by getting yourself a journal you like and will look forward to picking up.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Start the week with this gluten-free treat! Our Banana Almond Flour Waffles are a fun breakfast alternative that will jump start your day without weighing you down with gluten and sugar for the day!   [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Dumbbell Presses are a great way to tone those upper arms and shoulders. Make sure to start with an appropriate weight and work your way up from there! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  When in doubt, choose the harder task. Take the path of MOST resistance. ~ Darren Hardy
Essential Element:  The key to finding balance in your life is tied to the choices that you make in the daily management of your limited resources[click here to read Spark Insight: 'Balance']
Journal: What’s the thing you’ve lost control of? Is it your sleep schedule? Your nutrition? Your exercise routine? Your budget? Write down the one habit you know you need to recommit yourself to. Chart out seven days worth of it for this week – and let this be the week you remind yourself who is boss!  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ
FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Pasta doesn’t always have to be full of gluten! Healthy Spaghetti, for example can be made with brown rice noodles or even squash!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Handstand Push Ups can seem intimidating, but start small and work your way up! This is a great goal to work towards, and an amazing exercise to have locked down in your repertoire! [Click here for additional Workouts]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.
~ Barbara De Angelis
Essential Element: We are social beings who crave and depend on emotional “strokes” to develop into whole and complete people.  These strokes come in many shapes, but can be easily identified when they come in the form of gestures, attention, physical contact, kind words or actions.  These are all as much part of our “required nutrients” for optimal health as Vitamin C, amino. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love']
Journal: Consider giving a gift that has no financial ties. One that’s not purchased, paid for, or provided to anyone in a monetary sense. Write down five ways you can give of your resources this week – leaving your wallet intact  and your heart open.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Add a little resistance to your standard squat  today with Goblet Squats. This more challenging version will have those muscles confused and have YOU ready to hit your next level of fitness! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Cucumber Turkey Avocado Rolls: The ‘Old You’ would have piled all these treats on two gluten-filled pieces of sandwich bread, right? Not anymore! These nutritious lunch ingredients are a wrap all in and of themselves!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote: Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.~ Dr. Joyce Brothers
Essential Element: The greatest way to foster love is to offer it freely.  Choose to extend love to those around you without attachment to their response.  Do not give to get.  Give to give. [click here to read 'Spark Insight: Love']

Journal: Consider the difference be between an outcome based response value-based response. A outcomes based response reacts to a scenario based on the situation. A value based response responds to a scenario based on a person’s highest ideals (what they value most ). Write down in your journal the last time you responded to a difficult scenario with a value-based response – choosing to recognize the situation and it’s outcome and then basing your response to it on your highest values.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY – Tuesday

by admin
Dish of the Day:
Raw Tabbouleh  So many Tabbouleh recipes are vetoed from the Bonfire recipe library because of the bulgar wheat! Not with this recipe – this Mediterranean dish is gluten-free and delicious!(Click here for additional recipes)

 

Movement of the Day:
Burpees Yep, everyone loves burpees (okay, maybe everyone loves to hate burpees), because pound for pound of sweat, burpees rule!(Click here for additional workouts)

Journaling of the Day:
Quote of the Day: “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”  ~ Mother Teresa
Essential Element: Recognizing the difference between stomach/physical hunger and head/heart hunger is not easy.
Journal: Write down the things your heart hungers for. Acceptance? Joy? Unconditional love? (Extra Credit: Write down what sorts of everyday distractions you might be using to divert your attention from that head/heart hunger.) (Click here for additional journaling exercises)

Dr. Paul’s Pumpkin Pie [video]

by admin

Watch Dr. Paul and his daughter Hope make this delicious pumpkin pie made with a nut crust instead of a traditional crust (so it’s gluten free!) It’s easy to double this recipe and make two pies if you have company.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 425 F

NUT CRUST (make this first)
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw almonds
6-8 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon grapeseed or coconut oil

  • Add nuts and dates to food processor and blend/process until granular
  • Press nut/date mixture into deep pie dish (lightly oiled with grapeseed or coconut oil) and slightly up the sides

PUMPKIN FILLING
1 can organic pumpkin
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup organic heavy cream (no rBGH – recombinant bovine growth hormone) or use NON-DAIRY SUBSTITUTE: 1 cup coconut milk (not “lite” but regular coconut milk)
2-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or use individual spices in amounts listed on can of pumpkin)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup organic raw honey or pure maple syrup

  • Mix all ingredients in medium-large mixing bowl
  • Pour into deep pie dish over nut crust
  • Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 F and bake for 40 more minutes

FRESH WHIPPED CREAM (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Place cream, sugar and vanilla into medium glass or copper mixing bowl
  • Beat until peaks form – don’t overbeat