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Simply Fit
By Pamela Liuzzo, Prescott Valley, AZ
simplyfitt@gmail.com
Diets don't work! Breaking unhealthy habits does. Let me share with you how simple changes in your daily life can help improve your waistline and maybe even your entire life.
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Are you taking care of your temple?

 Pamela K Liuzzo DTR, CDM, CFPP

Courtesy photo
One of the beautiful temples found at Chichén Itzá.

Hello Simply Fit readers. My husband Tom and I were fortunate enough to take a trip to Cancun Mexico recently. One of the highlights of this trip was visiting Chichén Itzá. Chichén Itzá was one of the largest Maya cities between 600 AD through 1221 AD. The ancient ruins were amazing to say the least. One ruin in particular has been stuck in my mind though. I wouldn't have looked twice if our tour guide Luiggi hadn't pointed it out. Luiggi stated that the mountain of rocks was actually a temple that had deteriorated due to neglect and non-use while the Mayan people were still occupying the area.

Since fitness and nutrition are my passion, I immediately thought of how some people treat their bodies like that broken-down temple. That temple wasn't leveled by war or a devastating storm; instead, it was destroyed slowly over time by being ignored. So here is my question to you. Are you ignoring your temple?

While on our vacation, Tom and I hit the gym six out of our seven days on vacation. The hotel where we stayed had a huge variety of cardio and weight training machines as well as free weights. It was challenging and fun to try machines that we don't have access to in our home gym. Tom joked that the highlight of our workouts was when he heard the Velcro rip from my exercise gloves because that meant that we were done with our workout.

After our workouts, we treated ourselves to the "Health Bar" in the gym. The menu featured a variety of different shakes, smoothies and juices. All of these concoctions were made in an industrial strength blender that not only blended "duh" but pulverized whole fruits and vegetables into a smooth liquid.

I have always been a fan of juicing but I hated how much of the fruits and vegetables were just thrown away. This mixer eliminated food waste, was easier to clean and more nutrients were preserved. I had to have one!

It was obviously my lucky day when I walked into Costco, because there was a young gentleman doing a demonstration of a Blendtec Total blender. It cost more than what I wanted to pay ($329.99 plus tax) but I was intrigued when I watched him make a perfect smoothie out of a variety of fruit and vegetables. He then cleaned the Blendtec Total blender within 30 seconds. The blender also came with an extensive recipe book. Sold!

I have had the blender for one week now and I love it! I've made my kids fruit smoothies (with spinach sneaked in) which they happily drank down. I've made our post workout smoothies with ease and tonight I'm going to try a lemon frozen yogurt recipe that came with the blender.

I have always considered my diet to be high in fruits and vegetables but now, with this blender, I have more than doubled my consumption and have also increased the amount of fruits and vegetables that the rest of my family consumes. I'm a happy mom!

I'm curious to hear what brand of mixers you are using and what your favorite recipes are.

Peace!

~Lemon Frozen Yogurt~

Ingredients

⅓ c fresh lemon juice

1 ½ c vanilla whole-fat yogurt

2 tbsp agave nectar

½ banana

4 c ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS: Add ingredients to jar in order listed and secure lid. Select "Ice Cream." Serve with your favorite berries or frozen yogurt toppings.

Recipe from Blendtec "A Nourishing Blend of Recipes" Book

Related Links:
• Blendtec Total Blender
• Blendtec on Facebook
• Chichén Itzá

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 08, 2013
Article comment by: Hunky Dory

My temple has money changers...

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Pam Liuzzo

To Vi King...Those are both great recipes. I'll give them a try. The quote you mentioned is one of my favorites.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Vi King

I juice and I blend. I have been juicing for 4 years, and just started blending this year.

The juicer is a Breville, and the blender is a Cuisinart blender/food processor which I have owner for years.

I either juice or blend for breakfast. Whatever is not in the dishwasher.

My favorite blend is: chia seeds, almond milk, blue berries, spinach, and frozen banana. I make a bit over 24 oz.

My favorite juice is kale, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, apple, and carrots.

We buy Organic, NON-GMO whole foods, and stay away from processed foods, and anything Monsanto created in a lab.

If you don't take care of your body, Where are you going to live?




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