Recipe: All-in-one-Meal – Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin w/ Potatoes & Onion

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I made this for lunch this past Sunday for friends; It was a big hit! I used a base recipe and modified it to what I know and like. My version is below.

Recipe: All-in-one-Meal – Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin w/ Potatoes & Onion

Tools:

  • Large Baking Sheet
  • Foil
  • Tongs
  • Toothpicks

Ingredients:

Sauce Ingredients:

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Double line a baking sheet with non-stick foil. Let your pork get to room temperature. Wisk-up your sauce ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Rinse and dry your pork tenderloins. Drying the meat will help it to brown better.

Get a pan really hot on the stove-top, then add some butter, salt, and garlic in the pan. Sear your tenderloins on all sides in the pan one at a time, adding more butter, salt, and garlic in between.

While searing the first one lay out bacon slices on a chopping board and sprinkle with black pepper and herb mix of your choice, I like Bragg’s Organic Herb & Spices Seasoning but you can use whatever you like. Once seared, place the tenderloin on the bacon. Wrap the bacon around the tenderloin, secure with toothpicks, and place on foil lined baking sheet. Repeat for the second tenderloin.

Pour sauce mixture over the top of the tenderloins. Whatever sugar is at the bottom of the bowl, scrape that over the top of each tenderloin.

Chop onion in medium-ish pieces, see picture, and spread around the tenderloins.

Then oil the potatoes, sprinkle salt and whatever seasoning you like on them and spread them around the tenderloins.

Uncooked Pork Tenderloin

Bake for 45 minutes. Broil on Low for 5 minutes (gets bacon crispy). Then remove from oven and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes. Slice with toothpicks in and serve. Drizzle a couple of spoonful of sauce over each portion.

Done! Eat! Enjoy!

Finished Pork Tenderloin

Bone Broth

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Bone broth has become very trendy and all the rage over the past couple-ish years for good reason. It is an incredibly healthy food that was all but lost from most homes. It’s back now and so very important for optimal health and longevity.

Just about every Paleo/Ancestral/Whole Food blogger has a post or multiple posts on the value and nutrition of bone broth.

You can also purchase pre-made bone broth. Other than Kettle & Fire Grass-fed Bone Broth which I do usually keep in my pantry at all times, I find that the others are pretty expensive considering it doesn’t cost very much to make it yourself.

Here are some of the folks I trust, if you are going to purchase instead of make it.

Be aware of boxes of “broth” you can purchase in the average grocery store, they are full of all kinds of yucky ingredients you don’t want in your body. Read your labels.

How I Make Bone Broth

I like using my large oval crockpot or Instant Pot on slow-cooker mode. I prefer the low-n-slow method. You can do my way in a stainless steel stock pot on the stove as well.

I am always collecting bones; large ziploc bag of bones in my freezer at all times. When I get a full gallon size freezer ziploc bag full of bones, I know it is time to make broth.

The quality of your bones is really important; get grass-fed beef, free-range pastured chickens and pork bones. You can also make stock from duck, turkey, lamb, or deer.

The bones that I collect are mostly from our dinners, I save all our chicken bones and steak bones, pork chop bones etc. These work the best because they were seasoned well and browned in the cooking process. I keep the fat on the bones if I can and save it too along with the fat that I cut off and don’t eat. I mix my bones and use all the different types in each batch.

If you buy a bag of bones from a butcher, store, or farm I suggest putting some salt and pepper on them and roasting them in and brown in the oven before making broth from them; it provides so much more flavor.

Bone Broth Instructions

I get my crockpot out and fill it with good filtered water, I turn it on high and let the water start getting really hot.

I add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar and some real salt. You can add additional salt to the finished product as well, should you not add enough at the start.

Then I pull out my very favorite secret – Regency Soup Socks I put all my bones in one soup sock and tie a double knot at the top. I put the bones in the water.

Timing: Some people like to cook their bones for 24 hours. I like to cook mine for 10 – 12 hours because that is how many hours on my crockpot and am able to plan ahead for. The longer you cook the more gelatinous the result should be; it also depends on your bones. The longer you cook it the deeper and richer the flavor will be.

Note: If you use the stove-top you want to get it to a good boil to start then lower the heat to a simmer. Watch to make sure your water doesn’t get too low; you may have to add water. You do not have to add water to the crockpot, since it is sealed, and it creates more of a gelatinous result.

In a second soup sock I add onion, garlic cloves, celery, a couple bay leaves, 1 – 2 lemons cut in ½ or ¼ – I squeeze the juice in and then throw them in the bag. I like to wait until around 4 hours before the broth is done cooking before I add this bag to the crockpot. You can also add fresh or dried herbs, but wait until a couple of hours before you are done before adding them.

Once it is done cooking, I pull the bags out and trash them.

I let the broth cool for a while, but not all the way.

Once it is cooler, I get my jars, strainer, and a ladle and put it in the containers.

I allow them to sit uncovered until completely cooled to room temperature.

I put them in the fridge and freezer and use them as needed.

Uses for Your Broth

It is awesome to warm up a mug and add some lemon and sea salt and drink it every day. The healing effects on your body over time will be very noticeable. I love to use it for my liquid to warm up foods. And naturally, making soup with the broth is a great way to get it in your diet.

Leave me a comment and let me know if and how you use bone broth in your life.

 

I purchase my Kettle & Fire Grass-fed Bone Broth from Thrive Market

Thrive Market allows you to shop for all the healthy food items you know and love at discount prices, because they cut out the middle man, and it gets delivered to your door so it also saves you time. Not only to you save money, but for every paid membership Thrive Gives a membership to a family in need.

I’m currently projected to save $500 – $600 on my groceries in 2016 by purchasing from Thrive Market.

Change the Conversation

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I was listening to a couple of interviews recently that were discussing people’s inability to making lasting changes / modification to their behaviors despite their desire to do so….this got me thinking….

Think About What You Want, Not About What You Do Not Want

Wanting to do something or achieve something – just having the desire to do it, regardless of how much you want it isn’t enough to drive the result of a change to occur.

I think to myself sometimes that I really really badly want something to happen in my life, but struggle to do what I need to do to make that change a reality. Why?

Our brains do not understand negatives. If you think to yourself “I do not want to eat cookies or chips this week” you’ve just put the picture of cooking or chips into your brain. Your brain say “yes, cookies or chips” and that is what you then think about and crave despite your desire to not eat them.

Solution: Instead of thinking about what you don’t want, change your thoughts to what you do want. “I want to eat apples this week.” “I want to eat carrots.” Then your brain will focus on what you do want.

Negative Self-Talk

This sorta thing is also very helpful with negative self-talk. I struggle with negative self-talk. The first step is the awareness of when you are doing it. If you can catch yourself in the act or even after the thought, then you can change the conversation in your mind.

Solution: Stop the thought or right after the thought. Tell yourself the opposite of what your negative thought was.

The Power of Your Brain

There is real power in what you think about and what you believe. If you believe in yourself, what you want, know that you deserve what you want, and make steps towards what you want despite adversity (because you believe in yourself) you are more likely to actually obtain what you want.

Your power for change is held in your beliefs….by the thoughts in your brain. Change the conversation; just remember, your brain believes what you tell it.

This practice is not easy, but it is possible…..start today.

What’s in Your Office Drawer??

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It is my assumption that the majority of people spend most of their day at job away from their home. I do. So it begs the question….What’s in Your Office Drawer??

I keep my biggest drawer at work full of healthy snacks, condiments, and supplements etc.

I wanted to share with you what I have in my office goodie drawer today….right now….on the fly….(please don’t judge my pictures)

Office Drawer Stuffs 1

  • Primal Kitchen – Greek Vinaigrette (made with avocado oil and oil of oregano)
  • Great Lakes Gelatin – I use this in my tea and coffee BUT – I have switched to Vital Proteins brand now, because it has a tight lid for easy clean travel.
  • Frank’s Original Red Hot – I spicy up all sorts of food with this stuff
  • The Republic of Tea – Get Lost
  • Natural Calm Magnesium – – I mix this in my water when I take my vitamin C
  • Super Beets – Beets are super health for you. I found this at a health food store.
  • Health Force Nutrition – Vitamin C

Office Drawer Stuffs 2

I would love for you to leave me comments to tell me what your office snack drawer.

I highly suggest you Sign-up for Thrive Market

Thrive Market allows you to shop for all the healthy food items you know and love at discount prices,  because they cut out the middle man, and it gets delivered to your door so it also saves you time. Not only to you save money, but for every paid membership Thrive Gives a membership to a family in need.

Healing Protocol

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I have purchase and read many many books, blogs, newletters, and listen to numerous podcasts in attempts to educate myself so that I can help myself and others.

First, below are the specific books that I’ve derived the recommendations from.

  1. The Hormone Reset Diet
  2. The Wahls Protocol
  3. The Autoimmune Solution
  4. The Adrenal Reset Diet
  5. The Hormone Secret

I bet you see a trend…..

Hormones rule your body. Healthy hormone function and balance is critical to being healthy.

Healthy Protocol Recommendations

  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Avoid Conventional Dairy
  • Avoid Sugar (stevia ok)
  • Avoid Gluten (Cross-Reactivity: Corn, Oats, Rice, Yeast, Whey)
  • Avoid Grains
  • Reduce Caffeine or Cycle Caffeine (on 3 weeks off 1 week)
  • Stop Snacking
  • Drink Organic Green Tea
  • Drink Herbal Teas (my favorite one is Calli Tea)
  • Drink Organic Aloe Vera Juice

LifeStyle

Minimize Toxins

  • Avoid Flame Retardants
  • Avoid Pesticides
  • Avoid BPA (use glass or stainless steel instead of plastic)
  • Avoid Phthalates (Use Clean Body Products)
  • Sweat (Use Infrared Sauna – two articles linked to each word)
  • Use Mud/Clay
  • Use Air Filters
  • Use Water Filters (drinking and showering)
  • Use EMF Filters

Test Test Test – Test for vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Re-test periodically.

Note: These lists are not a full comprehensive list of things to do or not do, but are various highlighted important things to do or not do. Concentrating on these things will move the needle towards better health.

I wish you all the best of health!

Hit me up in the comments if you have any questions.

 

Introducing: Vital Proteins

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It is my tremendous pleasure to introduce a company to you all….Vital Proteins. I love to support businesses that are doing things the right way! Vital Proteins boasts “natural sources of essential proteins, sourced from pasture-raised cows in Brazil and New Zealand and wild-caught-fish in Hawaii”. The high quality sourcing of Vital Proteins’ products are a result of knowing “collagen production slows as we age” and “the body needs and deserves high-quality building blocks” to “maintain a vibrant life”.

If you have any question about quality for my Jewish friends – the product is “certified kosher by Rabbi David Sheinkopf.” Click here for more Frequently Asked Questions.

Below is list of products that Vital Proteins currently offers:

  • Pasture-Raised Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides
  • Pasture-Raised Grass-Fed Collagen Protein, Beef Gelatin
  • Kaayla Daniels’ Pasture-Raised Grass-Fed Type II Cartilage Collagen
  • Collagen Beauty Greens
  • Marine Collagen, Wild-Caught, Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Organic Pasture-Raised Grass-Fed Whey Protein (unflavored, vanilla coconut, or cocoa coconut)
  • Pasture-Raised Grass-Fed Liver Capsules

I love knowing that I’m nourishing my body with the best highest quality products I can…..Vital Proteins makes me feel good, look good, and age more gracefully.

Use this link to place your order!  

Use Coupon Code: VPA-7689-WFOAD-HVQP  /  Free shipping on all U.S. orders.

I’m wishing for you all a healthy long life!

Want Luscious Eye Lashes?

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I have been struggling with my eye lashes falling out (instead of my outer ¼ of my eye brows) due to issues with my thyroid and adrenal dysfunction due to chronic stress.

Trust me when I say, very little makes you feel more unattractive and less womanly like having bald spots in your eyelashes (well except bald spots on your head, which I’ve had/have too).

I have been using Wellness Mama’s “Natural Hair Growth Oil for Men” on my eye browns and eyelashes for a while now and it works beautifully! You do have to use it most every day for it to work well and if I go a long time without using it my eye lashes start falling out again, but my eye brows stay and look great.

She also has one called “Luscious Lashes Eyelash Growth Serum” which I have not made or used. But, because of this article I did purchase Emu Oil to use on my skin.

Sooooo, I was on Pinterest the other day – surprise surprise….and I saw a Pin about adding Cedarwood and Lavender essential oils into mascara to help grow long full luscious eye lashes.

Since everything counts and I sometimes forget to use my serum “for men” that works great “for women”, I figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try this out. I grabbed my mascara and added one drop of Cedarwood and Lavender oils to it.

I’ve been using my infused mascara for about two weeks……

AND this morning when I was putting it on – I noticed it….my eye lashes were fuller and longer than they had been.

Eyelash Emoji

I am so EXCITED!! This is a very easy and effective way to grow beautiful full and long eye lashes.

Hit me up if you are interested in obtaining these oils or use this link to sign-up to get them.

Stress, Oxidative Damage, and Ningxia Red

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Stress has been a BIG topic all over the inter-webs for a long while now….I’m about tired of reading and hearing about it….to the point that I roll my eyes and read through or listen a little and realize now we are all a broken record on the topic. I’m so tired of hearing “manage your stress” and then no one really tells you how to implement stress management techniques at are practical and convenient. And if you are totally stressed out already, just thinking about adding yet another habit into your daily routine makes you tired. If you can even commiserate with me on this a little bit ….then this post is for you!

I’m doing my best to NOT repeat what everyone else is saying on the stress topic……so here is a short bit of education about stress followed by actual solutions that works!

We live in a world where we are all constantly bombarded by things that put stress on our bodies. The stress can be mental, emotional, or physical and all cause our bodies’ physical harm in the same way. Even “good stress”, like working out, is still stress on the body. Point is “good stress” or “bad stress” are both still stress and creates oxidative damage.

If you are reading this I’m fairly certain you can research oxidative damage, but the basics is that this damage affects your cells right down to the DNA levels. It isn’t a good thing…..it is what makes us look old on the outside and our organs to age and breakdown on the inside.

My personal example of major oxidative stress damage due to long-term and acute high stress levels is that my skin started drying out, flaking off, wrinkles appeared in what seemed like overnight, my hair got dry and brittle…..it was terrible! My body was running through the nutrients it needed to deal with the stress so fast that it couldn’t keep up and it was breaking down.

Shout-out to Dr. Angela Scopel  who recognized that all of this was oxidative damage caused by stress and my body needed support. She recommended to me Ningxia Red by: Young Living every day!

#1 Solution to combat stress on the body is Ningxia Red!

ningxia-red

I drink 1 – 2 shots of Ningxia every day! And it is tasty. I noticed a physical difference after about 2 weeks; not only in my appearance but also in my energy levels. I’ve been drinking it every day for months now and I feel fantastic. I believe this to be my not-so-secret to aging gracefully and feel energized while doing it!

I honestly cannot talk highly enough about this product. If you only do one thing for your health, this should be it!

I order a 2-pack of bottles once per month on a recurring order. The more your order the lower the price goes, you can order 4, 6, or 8 bottles per month as well if you want to give it to your family members daily as well. YL also offers 2oz Singles that are in easy to carry size packages that are great for taking to work or traveling with. Alternatively, there is a Combo Pack with bottles and packets!

There are two ways to get your hands on Ningxia Red every month: 1) sign-up for a Young Living account as a Customer or 2) sign-up for a Young Living account as a Distributor (Note: as a Distributor you will receive the benefit of receiving wholesale price).

If you do not want to sign up for an account right a way (because I know you will after trying the product), but are interested in placing an order, please reach out to me by leaving a comment on this post.

Additional Recommendation is Vitamin C. – great to help with oxidative stress and support your adrenal glands.

Check out my Vit C Post on this food grade highly absorbable Vitamin C.  I recommend including this in your day morning and night, because Vit. C is water soluble and is removed from your body fairly quickly.

Young Living also has “Super C” in tablets and chewables which I find easier and more fun. You can also add Lemon essential oil to your daily Ningxia and or water.

We all have stress in our lives on some level. The better we support our bodies to deal with oxidative damage the better we will feel and look.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the “comments” of the post.

 

 

Essential Oils: When & How

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WHEN

I use essentials oils every day and some as needed. When my body needs some help, I turn to essential oils first or even as a preventive measure. Soooooo….the WHEN is easy!

HOW

The HOW of essential oils takes a little more knowledge, but practically is also easy.

Application methods for essential oils are varied and fun: topical, inhalations, household products, and internally. I personally have not experimented with household products yet, but have used essential oils in homemade skin care products. My everyday use of essential oils is mostly inhalations, topical, and internal.

What I have purchased so far….

I have been using Young Living essential oils since October of 2015 and am still building my arsenal of oils up. I currently have Clove, Endoflex, Thieves, Progessence Plus, Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Lemon, Nutmeg, Lime, Ginger, Stress Away, Peace & Calming II, Eucalyptus Blue, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Orange, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lavender, Sleepylze, and Nutmeg.

          *Inhalations*

First thing I recommend is an Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace. Right now it is free; you pay only for shipping. I like to put Peace & Calming II in the diffuser necklace and wear it during my commute or during stressful days at the office. I also like to put uplifting or oils that promote mental concentration in the necklace. I also like using a diffuser in the house or office to get some good inhalation of oils. A few deep breaths and I feel the effect.

          *Topical*

For topical use it is important to remember that most essential oils need to be diluted before putting them on your skin, otherwise the oils because of their high concentration, will burn the skin. Dilute with what is called a carrier oil. Examples of some carrier oils are: coconut oil, avocado oil, emu oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, or olive oil. Not all essential oils need to be diluted so be sure to read the instructions on the bottle before using. Some of my favorite places to apply essential oils are on my forearms and wrists on the thin skin area, on my face, on my neck, back, and spine, behind and on my ears, the bottoms of my feet, on my stomach, and you can use them directly on the area you need to. I do use essential oils topically every day.

          *Internal*

Internal use of essential oils is somewhat controversial; I advise doing your own research before taking internally. I personally do take my oils internally in a way that I’m comfortable with and feel good doing. I use them mixed with oil, honey, or in a drink. I do not use them internally every day.

Resource

There is a great phone or iPad AP called Reference Guide for Essential Oils (by Abundant Health) that I highly recommend and use daily. The AP has a Guide, Application, Single Oil info, and Oil Blends info.

 

It is important to me to use the highest quality products that I can; Young Living essential oils are top of the line quality and I highly recommend them.

Cost is a concern for all of us, I would love to discuss pricing options with you. If you are interested in learning more about how essential oils can help you and your family live healthy, happy, and save money please reach out to me. I am happy to speak with you.

Essential Oils: Who, What, Why

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Let’s talk essential oils….specifically Young Living essential oils.

My First Order

WHO & WHAT

“Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to a total mind/body wellness they may never have dreamed possible.

Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding nature’s pure essence.”

Source: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/discover/guide/about

WHY

One of the primary reason why I chose to use and work with the Young Living (YL) brand is because they have their own farms in Utah, Idaho, Ecuador, France, and Oman. This allows YL to control the high-quality products they offer.

“By cultivating, harvesting, and distilling many of our essential oils on our very own farms, we have the unique ability to verify perfection at every step of our process. Combine this with our extensive laboratory testing and independent audits, and it’s no wonder that we routinely exceed our own industry-leading quality standards. Our commitment to quality doesn’t stop there, however. Inspired by the fields, forests, and jungles that surround our pristine farms, Gary Young is constantly discovering new botanicals and essential oils, helping us bring more of nature’s greatest gifts to people everywhere.”

Source: https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/company/about/younglivingfarms

Young Living boasts a quality commitment “Seed to Seal”. Please go and check out more on YL’s commitment here: http://seedtoseal.com/en/seedtoseal. I have found Young Living to be a very impressive organization and I am so pleased to be affiliated with them.

My personal goal is not to make tons of profit, it is to spread the word about the benefits of using essential oils for health and offer away for my friends, family, and strangers alike to have access to a superb variety of products.

I know that cost is a concern for all of us; I would love to discuss pricing options with you. If you are interested in learning more about how essential oils can help you and your family live healthy, happy, and save money please reach out to me. I am happy to speak with you.

Stay tuned for the WHEN & HOW….

 

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