IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 78 of the 100 Day Challenge! Dr. Franson joins an enthusiastic group at Reebok Crossfit 1 for some Tabata Sit Ups! An exciting work out on so many levels, as Reebok is a partner in our 100 day challenge! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Finding new ways to cook and season simple vegetable side dishes is always a challenge, but not with our Steamed Squash with Italian Herbs!  Steaming is quick, easy and it preserves nutrients, so enjoy! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive -to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. ~ Marcus Aurelius

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: In your journal – write down the top three typical thoughts you have upon waking. Are they rushed cluster of days plans? Rehashing of events from the day before? Gratitude for the day that’s ahead? After jotting down the usual – consider what it might look like to wake a few minutes earlier and give life a few moments to itself. Think – pray – give thanks – refocus on your purpose. Consider including this as a part of each morning this week. [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 11 of the 100 Day Challenge! Dr. Franson Tabatas with his kids and even his pup during a challenging session of Mountain Climbers! Gotta love the commitment to health these kiddos are learning at an early age! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
As new vegetables start arriving from your Summer Farm Share, get prepared to try this delicious side: Baked Squash with Sage[Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself — the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us — that’s where it’s at. ~ Jesse Owens

Essential Element: Weightlifting stresses a muscle and causes an adaptation – muscle growth.  The same response is evident in our neurological functions, immune systems and social skills.  Resistance, friction and struggle produce advancement in our ability to cope and succeed.  We get stronger. [click here to read Spark Insight: The Value of Struggle]

Journal:  Where do you physically see yourself getting stronger? What have you been doing to get there?  Has some new training method been added to your routine? Write in your journal one way you have challenged yourself over the last month. Then decide how you will challenge yourself with something new in the coming one.  [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]

Baked Squash with Sage

by admin

1 acorn or butternut squash
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Fresh sage
Sea salt
Fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive or grape seed oil

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Oil small to medium baking dish
  • Peel and cut squash into ½” cubes; place in baking dish
  • Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Sprinkle chopped sage and garlic over squash
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes

Steamed Squash with Italian Herbs

by admin

Finding new ways to cook and season simple vegetable side dishes is always a challenge. Steaming is quick, easy and it preserves nutrients.

1-3 crook-neck yellow squash per person
Italian seasoning
sea salt
olive oil or organic butter

  • Place pan with steamer insert and 1″-2″ water on medium burner
  • Wash squash well
  • Slice into rounds
  • Place squash into pan; steam 3-5 minutes until tender yet still firm
  • Remove to bowl (or back into pan without steamer or water – the pan will be warm and there’s only one thing to wash)
  • Drizzle lightly with olive oil or toss with chunks of organic butter
  • Season with sea salt and Italian seasoning (or simply oregano, basil and marjoram)