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Thoughts Create Feelings, Coconut Oil Uses, Movie Actress Comparisons and More

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Meditation, Spirituality, Things I've Learned | Posted on 17-02-2014

What I Learned the Week of Feb. 10 – 16, 2014

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

Do You Need Help Living Your Own Healthy Lifestyle?

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Meditation, Nutrition, Yoga | Posted on 11-02-2014

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Through my nearly 18+ years in the SEO industry, I loved helping people make their websites be the best they can be through my newsletter/blog and my seminars/presentations, as well as through my paid consulting.

While I’m very happily outside of the SEO space now, I do miss the helping people part. That’s a big reason why I’ve been sharing many of the lessons I’ve been learning in my personal life through this blog. But I keep thinking that I’d love to be able to reach and help even more people. Unfortunately, most of my audience right now is still comprised of online marketers.  That’s okay because they are also human beings who have lives outside of marketing, but I’m itching to branch out. I know I’m not yet an expert in living a healthy life, and I don’t have a degree in nutrition science, but  I have spent the past few months immersed in learning everything I can about health and wellness. And even more than that, I’ve been immersed in actually living it. Read the rest of this entry »

Habanero, Choffee, Manifesting Gifts From the Universe and Open Hearts

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Healthy Eating, Meditation, Spirituality, Things I've Learned | Posted on 10-02-2014

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Last week was definitely an interesting one for me. Lots of learning through books and videos!

Also, I wanted to mention that my husband and I are gearing up to do a stair climbing fundraiser for the American Lung Association on February 22.  They ask us to each raise a minimum of $100 in order to participate. While I’ve reached my goal through promoting it on Facebook, my husband (who’s not into self promotion like I am) could still use some donations. If you’ve got a few bucks you don’t mind parting with for a good cause, please consider donating to this worthy cause through my husband’s link here.

Back to what I learned last week: Read the rest of this entry »

Green Tea, Mother Nature, Bad Dog Owners and People Talking to Me

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Healthy Eating, Things I've Learned | Posted on 27-01-2014

What I Learned the Week of Jan. 20 – 26, 2014

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It was not the most productive week in terms of what I learned this week. Still, I did manage to come up with a few tidbits.  Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Mini Pizzas

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Recipes | Posted on 20-01-2014

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Healthy Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Mini Pizza

Healthy Whole Wheat Pesto Caprese Mini Pizza

Today I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to make/eat for lunch. When my body isn’t screaming for something specific, I generally open my fridge and cabinets to see exactly what I have available, and go from there. This time, my homemade pesto caught my eye as well as my palate. But what to put it on? I could have boiled up some whole wheat pasta, but I try to avoid that unless I’ve just done a good workout. I also had a spaghetti squash that’s been sitting on my table for quite some time and I nearly gave that a go. (I absolutely adore pesto spaghetti squash.)  But then I thought I might try the squash later for dinner with a bolagnese recipe my daughter mentioned that she just made. So I looked around at what else I had on hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Tinnitus, Probiotics and Prebiotics, Calories In/Out, and Bossy Girls

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Things I've Learned | Posted on 20-01-2014

What I Learned Last Week (Jan. 13 – Jan. 19, 2014)

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You’ll notice a lot of references to Hay House and some of their authors in what I learned last week, because I listened to many of their “Start the New You Now” interviews which were only available last week. There was definitely some interesting content, although much of it overlapped because their authors and what they write about are very similar. Read the rest of this entry »

Add Veggies To Existing Meals – Healthy Lifestyle Tip of the Week

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Nutrition | Posted on 14-01-2014

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Here’s a tip I’ve been doing for awhile to keep me fuller and eating healthier.

When I’m craving carbs such as pasta, I make it healthier while still satisfying my carb craving, by simply adding some veggies to the dish. Read the rest of this entry »

Wearable Cameras, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Chickpea Cookies and Beading!

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Spiritual Teachings, Things I've Learned | Posted on 13-01-2014

What I Learned Last Week (Jan. 6 – Jan. 12, 2014)

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Last week was definitely an interesting week of learning for me. Something that I’ve come to realize, not just this week but since I embarked on my new adventure, is that life is supposed to be joyful. It’s something I’ve pretty much lived anyway, but I never realized that it was life’s intention for everyone. (Sadly, not everyone lives this way.) There will likely be a blog post about this coming in the future as I ponder the concept more deeply. Meanwhile, here are some of the other things I learned last week: Read the rest of this entry »

In Defense of Food, Snowy Hikes, Diet and Health Myths

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Hiking, Running, Things I've Learned | Posted on 05-01-2014

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What I Learned This Week – (Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014)

Monday, Dec. 30, 2013

  • That I can go a whole week without any alcohol. (Although this may be the first time I have in many, many years.)

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

  • Being downwind from a Chinese Food restaurant’s fried food smell when you’re running can cause you to almost barf at the side of the road.

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Filet Mignon, Hangovers, Siddhartha and Skepticism

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Hiking, Spiritual Teachings, Things I've Learned, Yoga | Posted on 30-12-2013

What I Learned Last Week (12/23/2013 – 12/29/2013 )

As you’ll see below, it’s a good thing we don’t do anything for Christmas day!

Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

  • How to cook filet mignon.
  • Jim Carrey wrote himself a check for $10 million (before he ever had money) and kept it in his wallet. He gave himself a few year deadline to make that much by a certain day, and he just made it!

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Compassion, Sledding, Baking and Having Fun!

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Things I've Learned | Posted on 23-12-2013

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What I Learned Last Week (12/16/2013 – 12/22/2013)

When I’m not doing something physically active or cooking, I spend a lot of my time reading and listening to educational/inspirational videos. In order to try to remember a bit of what I’m learning (even if it’s just silly stuff) I decided to write down a few things that I learn each day.

In that spirit, here’s what I learned last week: Read the rest of this entry »

Super Healthy Corn Muffins: Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Recipes | Posted on 20-12-2013

Healthy Gluten Free Corn Muffin

One of the finished products!

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For awhile now, I had been using a slight variation of this cornbread recipe to make healthy corn muffins for my breakfast on some days. It was the only recipe I found that uses REAL corn in it! I had been making a few substitutions such as using whole milk instead of low fat (because that’s what I always had on hand), plus I used all natural maple syrup for the sweetener (but slightly less then the recipe called for), and I used coconut oil instead of canola. The muffins always came out to my liking and I would often eat one for breakfast, sliced in half and warmed in the toaster oven with some of my homemade sunflower butter on them. They were delicious!

My Quest to Reduce Wheat Consumption

That said, I’ve been reading the book “Wheat Belly” this week, which made me think about how much of what I eat contains wheat, including my corn muffins. While I don’t seem to have any sensitivities to wheat or gluten, the book did make me wonder if I should attempt to give it up, or at least eat less of it. In my quest to be healthy, I’ve definitely been eating less wheat than I used to, but I have been under the impression that whole wheat was a good thing to eat. Perhaps not so much <sigh>. Read the rest of this entry »

Cooking Pumpkins and Making Pumpkin Seed Butter

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food | Posted on 24-11-2013

I’ve been eating a LOT of winter squash lately and have been enjoying trying lots of different varieties.  While  spaghetti squash seems to have its own unique characteristics and texture, I found that butternut, buttercup, acorn and the like, seem to taste pretty similar. They’re sweet and  buttery and yummy!

I have been gobbling up half a squash as my lunch on the weekends for the past month or so. But this weekend I realized I was all out 🙁  Then I remembered the sugar pumpkin a friend had given me from his garden ages ago. Surprisingly, it was still in great shape and not at all soft. Read the rest of this entry »

My Misadventures Opening a Spaghetti Squash

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Nutrition | Posted on 07-11-2013

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I truly wish someone was video recording me while I was trying to slice a spaghetti squash in half. But I didn’t think it was going to be a big deal! I’ve sliced plenty of other types of squashes with little problem. I found that at least for buttercup and acorn squashes, a bread knife works well.

I started out with my biggest (widest) knife, figuring that might do the trick on the large spaghetti squash. However, I barely dented the flesh with that one. I know I don’t have the best knives in the world, but they’re typically good enough for this sort of thing!
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