Show Those Pearly Whites!

I ran across a very interesting article called, Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body? The Impact of Teeth, Breath & Gum Problems, on WebMD. It listed 6 ways that having healthy teeth and gums helps boost overall health.

  1. Boosts your Self Esteem and Confidence
  2. May Lower Risk of Heart Disease
  3. Preserves your Memory
  4. Reduces Risk of Infection & Inflammation in the Body
  5. Helps Keep Blood Sugar Stable
  6. Helps Pregnant Women Carry to Term

To read about each one…visit the article for some interesting information! But this got me thinking about my own dental hygiene. It is good but not great. I typically brush twice a day (morning and night) and floss once or twice a week. I use just plain old Aquafresh toothpaste and a plain old soft bristle toothbrush. Now let’s take Keith. He brushes his teeth easily 3 to 4 times a day, flosses every night, uses the Sonicare toothbrush and rinses with fluoride a few times a week. He is clearly better at his dental care than I am. Yet I don’t have cavities when I go to the dentist and despite my coffee addiction I have very white teeth, I never have a lot of tartar or plaque build up and the only real problem is that I brush too hard and am causing my gums to recede. But I will say that in all my areas of ‘health’ this is where I tend to slack of the most. I will shamelessly admit that there have been many nights where I have gone to bed with a ‘dirty mouth’ out of the sheer laziness of getting up to take the 5 minutes to brush. And I will admit that on occasion a ‘tooth-brushing’ event might only last about 30 second.  Hum…probably something I need to work on! 🙂

Do you have a good oral hygiene regime in place?

On another childhood obesity note! (YAY YAY for awareness) Anna Miller sent me this link today because she thought it would be something my readers (and me) would be interested in. SHE IS RIGHT!! 10 Ways to Fight Obesity in Your School! Great read! I urge you to read and forward it out! I am loving all the attention you guys are giving to this issue! MY READERS ROCK!

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Who’s Who Wednesday

Good Morning!!!

Good morning peeps! How is everyone doing this fine Wednesday morning. I am gggrrreeaaattt! (think Tony the Tiger!) I just busted out an awesome 10 mile run at 7.0 with a 1 % incline (had to treadmill it this morning because I gotta lot going on and had to start early) I feel awesome! I am currently doing the breakfast thing: coffee, egg whites and yesterday’s cinnamon raisin steel cut oats before heading out to meet Janet for a nice 3 mile run. Janet is my running lady on M,W, and F and I have to brag on her really quickly.  About a year ago she came to me not being able to run 5 minutes without stopping…and now sheesh…she is a running fool! She can easily go an hour without stopping! It is amazing what hard work and dedication can do! GO JANET! Woot! Woot!

Another person I need to mention is one of my best friends, Hilary!! She and her husband are AMAZING and Keith and I love love love them! Well she has entered the blogging world! YAY! And I urge you to go check her out. She is a good soul and I am lucky to know her (and live about 10 minutes away!!! JEALOUS? You should be!) She ran my first marathon with me, has been there for me through good and bad times and basically just rocks! Anyway…go check her out here! And for good measure I am posting this adorable self portrait of her:

Aint she cute?

Dinner last night was an easy easy one. Keith had grilled some fresh red snapper and flounder (THANKS JAMES) the other night and I just reheated that and paired it with a big salad (mixed greens, avocado, cucumber and sunflower seeds) and we were good to go.

Easiest dinner ever...thanks Keith!

Thanks for everyone’s opinion on the Brazilian Butt Lift post from yesterday. I think after doing a little research and thanks to Ellen’s advice, I am now considering the Physique 57 Program. I am one that needs a program like this. I can run all day everyday and am easily the most self-motivated person on the planet when it comes to running. But for weight lifting I need a class…hence why I do body pump…and this program looks like something that would be very complimentary to my workout routine (of running and body pump). What do you think about this one? I am also planning on being Katie’s Insanity Partner when she finishes P90X in a few months! That is going to be F-U-N!

Has anyone done the Physique 57 Program?

Okay last thing, then I gotta jet out of here. Is there one thing that, no matter how bad the day, always makes you smile? For me it is simply completing the daily crossword in the paper (in pen). There is just something about opening the paper and finding the blank crossword and then making it all work that makes me happy! 🙂 And with that…guess who finished today’s? Today is gonna be good….

What simple pleasure do you find each day?

Mama Knows Best (and more great recipes)

One of Keith’s favorite things is egg salad. I have tried time and time again to make it for him and each time he smiles, eats it and tells me is was good. (not great, not fantastic, not please make again…just good) Then every time we go visit the in-laws in Dallas his mom makes egg salad and Keith is over the moon, tongue hanging out, drool slowly sliding down his chin, excited! Obvioiusly…mama knows best! So I called Keith’s mom for the recipe and today is Keith’s LUCKY day because I made him his mama’s egg salad. He tasted it…I waited…and ever so slowly that look of sheer food coma bliss started to emerge! I DID IT! I successfully recreated the classic and I owe it all to my mother-in-law! 

EGG SALAD from the mother-in-law’s kitchen! 

Mom's Egg Salad

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 jar of green olives & pimento (5 3/4 oz)
  • 2-3 ribs celery
  • 2-3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper; to taste
  • paprika for dusting

 In a food processor, first dice celery. Remove. Cut the eggs in half and add them to the food processor and pulse a few short times. Then add the entire jar (juice included) of olives, the celery, the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Pulse a few more quick times to incorporate everything. Pour into a container and dust with paprika! Tada…yumminess awaits! 

I also made up another batch of steel-cut oats in the crockpot. This is the way to go people! Forget the stove top! They come out so creamy and delicious. Today’s rendition: 

Cinnamon Raisin Steel Cut Oats 

Cinnamon Raisin Steel Cuts

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Mix everything in the crockpot and cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. PERFECT! 

Serves 6-8

(based on 8 servings) 125.1 Calories; 2.8g Fat (1.2g saturated fat); 3.9mg Cholesterol; 150.9mg Sodium; 24.7g Carbohydrates; 2.8g Fiber; 5.4g Sugar; 3.3g Protein

What dish do you (or your significant other) love that ‘mama’ just makes better? 

On a more serious note, Jill, wrote this post last week and it is AWESOME! Please go read this. She commented on my blog that this was right up my alley and she knows me! It definitely hits to the heart of the childhood obesity problem that I am so passionate about! WAY TO GO JILL!

Tuesday Fighter

Hey everyone…thank you so much for all the feel better wishes you sent me yesterday. I got sick on Sunday and it lasted until about yesterday afternoon. I am feeling much better today and I am determined to fight my way through this! There has been a NASTY stomach bug going around mine and Keith’s gym and I guess it was just my turn to get it! UGH! But being down for the count I was able to complete my personal training rectification test and get that mailed off. It was due by April 9th so I was definitely pushing the envelope. I just couldn’ make myself sit down and do it these last few weeks because the weather has been SO gorgeous! So at least that is one positive coming from this stomach blah! I also literally think that is 2 days I probably got close to 24 hours of sleep…seriously. I needed it! Keith was great…he actually told me I was beautiful (even though  hadn’t showered in 2 days and was not smelling the greatest)..what a guy! 🙂

When you are sick what makes you feel better?

Today, I am going to take it easy. I did run 10 mile this morning but at a comfortable (8:34) pace. I am still feeling a little dehydrated but the run felt awesome…I needed to stretch those legs out! I am a F-I-G-H-T-E-R and I am going to knock this thing OUT!  Just you watch!

In between bathroom runs, while laying awake in the middle of the night on Sunday I was watching infomercials (don’t ask) and I came across a 30 minute spot for a product called Brazil Butt Lift – A Brazilian Butt Lift Workout by Leandro Carvalho.

Brazil Butt Lift

Has anyone heard of this?

I must admit, in my sick state I did find this kind of appealing. I tend to not be a believer in gimmicks but this actually caught my attention. Now before you ask, no I did not whip out my credit card and order this system at 3:00a.m. (you thought that didn’t you??) but I did make a mental note to ask you guys about it. Truthfully, my bum has always been my ‘trouble spot’ and I am always on the lookout for something to help with it. But I don’t want to be one of those gimmick-suckers either. So c’mon people…give me you opinions!

To Brazilian butt lift or not?

Monday Woes

Hey guys…just a quick post to pop in and say I am SICK! Like…sleeping on the bathroom floor, not holding anything down…kind of sick. Be back tomorrow….

Saturday Re-Cap

So last night was a BLAST!!! We went to  Fogo de Chao and Keith was so surprised! Like I said he has been wanting to go there forever so when we pulled up in front of the restaurant he was so happy. To see him light up was the best part of the night!!

Here is the set up:

Step 1: Sit down, relax, and enjoy a drink while we explain the Fogo® dining experience.

Step 2: Visit our gourmet salad and sides bar. Enjoy over 30 items including fresh-cut vegetables, imported cheeses, cured meats and Brazilian side dishes.

Step 3: Turn your card green side up, signaling that you are ready for our gaucho chefs to begin tableside service.

Step 4: Choose from the 15 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats that are brought to your table, sliced, and served by our gaucho chefs.

Step 5: When you are satisfied, flip the disc to the red side until you are ready for more offerings.

Step 6: If you wish, end the meal with one of our delicious desserts.

The salad bar WAS amazing and I could have easily just eaten that!!  The main meat I dined on was lamb while Keith sampled ALL! It was so fun!

Let the night begin!

Our favorite dining partners!

Eat Up Baby!

We got complimentary desserts for the birthday boys! Keith got NY style strawberry cheesecake!

Jim chose Key Lime Pie!

We had so much fun!!

 After we left the restaurant we headed back to my mom’s house to watch the second half of the West Virgina/Kentucky game and eat Guinness Cake!

Guiness Cake Ala ME!

It was SO good!

We went home full and happy!!! Happy Birthday Keith and Jim!!! 🙂

A Saturday To Remember

Happy Saturday! How is everyone this fine morning? I am SUPER excited because tonight we are celebrating Keith’s birthday!! Woot Woot!! It has been a weekend long process. On Thursday (his actual birthday) he got his cake and then on Friday he got to open his gifts! In honor of being 40 he got 40 gifts!!

40 GIFTS!!
One Happy Boy!

Then tonight we are going to a surprise dinner at Fogo de Chao which is a Brazilian steakhouse. Keith has been wanting to go here FOREVER and tonight he will finally get his wish! According to their website here is how the dining experience works:

Step 1: Sit down, relax, and enjoy a drink while we explain the Fogo® dining experience.

Step 2: Visit our gourmet salad and sides bar. Enjoy over 30 items including fresh-cut vegetables, imported cheeses, cured meats and Brazilian side dishes.

Step 3: Turn your card green side up, signaling that you are ready for our gaucho chefs to begin tableside service.

Step 4: Choose from the 15 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats that are brought to your table, sliced, and served by our gaucho chefs.

Step 5: When you are satisfied, flip the disc to the red side until you are ready for more offerings.

Step 6: If you wish, end the meal with one of our delicious desserts.

Should be quite the experience. My mom and stepdad, Jim, will be joining us as well because TODAY is Jim’s birthday!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM!! With that enjoy your Saturday!!

Have you ever eaten at a Brazilian steakhouse? What was your experience like?

Jim is so AMAZING and in honor of his birthday I wanted to do something special as well. Jim LOVES (and that is probably an understatement) Guinness Beer. A few months ago  I ran across a recipe for Chocolate Guinness Cake and I have been saving it until now! So after dinner tonight we are going back to mom’s house to enjoy my homemade Chocolate Guinness Cake! YAY! Here’s the recipe (WARNING…this is NOT low-calorie or healthy in ANY way, shape or form…haha! But that’s what birthdays are for, right?!?)

CHOCOLATE GUINNESS CAKE

Cake:

  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups superfine sugar
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350° and grease and line with parchment paper a 9-inch springform pan.

Pour the Guinness into a large saucepan and add the sliced butter. Heat until the butter is melted and remove from the heat. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar. In a separate bowl, beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla. Add the sour cream mixture to the Guinness mixture in the saucepan. Finally, beat in the flour and baking soda.

Pour the batter into the greased and lined springform pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. (I baked mine for 53-55 minutes, checking with a toothpick for doneness and it came out well. Your oven may vary.) Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

For the frosting, beat the powdered sugar and cream cheese together until well combined and creamy. Add the cream and beat again until it’s a spreadable consistency. I found slowly adding the cream and beating the icing very well gave excellent results.

Guinness Cake

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!