Thursday, October 27, 2016

Your November Workouts Are Here!

Hey, hey! Happy Friday, friends!

Ok, so I’m trying something new over here. I was originally going to share a November workout plan via the CNC newsletter (btw, THANK YOU to those of you who signed up!), but then I thought publishing them on the blog was a much better idea since this month can be an especially tough time to stay motivated. All of these workouts can be done in the comfort of your own home (or gym) with minimal equipment, which means you can do them just about anywhere when it’s most convenient for you (i.e. during nap time, business travel, lunch break, etc.). Each one is 30 minutes or less, so they’re quick and efficient– giving you the most bang for your buck. That said, here are your November Workouts (and giveaway details) to keep you moving and grooving all month long!

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If you guys like this workout series, please let me know. I’d love to continue it in the future! 🙂

Happy sweating!!



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6 Lightened-Up Sweets for a Healthier Halloween

Halloween is not the night to restrict your diet, but that doesn’t mean your evening of revelry should be quashed by a sugar coma. If you’re hosting a party this year, skip store-bought sweets and opt for homemade goodies instead. Don’t hesitate to whip up everyone’s favorites — cookies, candies, even a cocktail or two. But a few mindful alterations (and moderation) can save you from a sugar hangover the next morning. Here are five festive recipes that are sure to hit the spot without going overboard.

Spider Bites
Sandra Lee’s homemade chocolate-peanut butter clusters are incredibly quick and convenient — and at a glance, they’ll raise the hair on the back of your neck. The recipe calls for creamy peanut butter; for an extra fiber boost, use all-natural PB.

Spiced Pumpkin-Raisin Cookies
Normally, a Halloween dessert spread consists of a heaping bowl of store-bought candy, but these homemade pumpkin-raisin cookies are geared toward a more mature crowd. Simply add pumpkin puree and allspice to classic oatmeal-raisin cookie batter for a comforting fall spin.

Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
If your guests are partial to kettle corn, give them a lighter version to nibble on. Food Network Magazine created an updated spin on the crunchy fall treat simply by mixing freshly popped popcorn with a little bit of caramel and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Orange Sherbet Cups with Blackberries
Try finding a Halloween treat that’s more refreshing — or more festive — than this one. Play up the orange-and-black motif by hollowing out some orange halves. Then, fill each half with a generous spoonful of your favorite orange sherbet. Complete the sinister look by topping each “cup” with fresh blackberries.

Mexican Pumpkin Punch
It isn’t a party without a cocktail, and as alcoholic beverages go, this one isn’t too bad. Plus, it comes with the bonus of seasonal pumpkin flavor. Simply combine pumpkin puree with brown sugar, cinnamon sticks and water, then garnish with pineapple chunks, pecans and a splash of rum, if desired. You’ll save calories and fat by taking cream and sugary juices out of the equation.

Pumpkin Caramels
Sure, you don’t want to eat these chewy caramels every day if you’re trying to be a more health-conscious eater. But Halloween comes only once a year, and what would it be without a classic confection to sink your teeth into? One piece contains 92 calories but just 2 grams of fat, so use moderation and you won’t wake up with a stomachache the next morning.

For more spooky treats, check out these recipes from our friends:

A Mind “Full” Mom: Mini Pumpkin Pie Cookies
Creative Culinary: Halloween Mummy Cupcakes with Espresso Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Buttercream
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Twix Bar Brownies
Devour: 5 Horror and Sci-Fi TV Show-Themed Halloween Bites
The Mom 100: Mummy Cupcakes
Foodtastic Mom: Bourbon Bacon Pumpkin Seeds
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Mini White Pumpkin Milk Fudge with Dry fruit Filling
Taste with the Eyes: Three Truly Gruesome But Tasty Halloween Recipes
Mom Loves Baking: Pumpkin Cupcakes
Swing Eats: Spooky Halloween Buckeyes
Pinch My Salt: Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
FN Dish: When Food Gets in Costume: Edible Takes on Creepy Halloween Things



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It’s Here Early! Grab Your Calendar Today and Get Four Free Gifts!

pb_2017_calendar_400pxI’ve been writing a blog a day for the last decade, and I’m not gonna stop. But I was thinking, what about those days when my readers don’t have a full few minutes to read through an entire post? I can still reach and inspire on a limited word count, right? That impetus spawned the creation of Primal Blueprint’s latest publication: The Primal Blueprint Day-to-Day 2017 Calendar. We just got a limited shipment in, so I wanted to tell all my Mark’s Daily Apple readers about it in case you’d like to order the calendar in plenty of time for 2017.


Each month is inspired by a Primal Blueprint lifestyle law or Primal Connection law. For instance, we start January with Law #1 Eat Lots of Plants and Animals, and each day of the week reflects that law with a recipe, an exercise, a nature connection, or an activity that helps you de-stress and recalibrate to primal balance. It’s a terrific resource of easily digestible daily tidbits to keep you focused, inspired, and enlightened with primal information.

We formatted the calendar as a desk calendar—a five-inch square pad rests on a plastic base that you can lay flat or prop up. Many of the days are jam-packed with succinct messages about vitamin D health, the Primal Essential Movements, the psychological benefits of play, the hormonal aspects of fat adaptation, the physical and psychological benefits of spending time in nature or limiting use of digital technology, and so forth. These educational offerings are interspersed with inspirational quotes, recipes, and quick de-stressing tips—all honoring the monthly themes to get you into a good reading rhythm and diverse and fresh experience every time you peel back a new page. You can peel off your favorite workout or recipe tips and stick ‘em on the fridge!

The calendar also serves as a great introduction to primal living by providing simple, bite-sized inspirations and practical tips one day at a time, so consider gifting the calendar and turning someone you care about on to primal.

I’m in a gifting mood myself, so if you order The Primal Blueprint Day-to-Day 2017 Calendar by November 3rd at midnight, I’ll throw in three of Primal Blueprint’s most recent and popular publications. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, The Definitive Guide to Troubleshooting Weight Loss, and 6 Foods You Should Be Eating for a Healthy Gut.

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In case you’re not familiar, here’s a back cover blurb for each.

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook

I wrote this innovative cookbook with acclaimed chef/food writer/photographer Jennifer Meier. It includes over 100 mouth-watering recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and nearly 400 brilliant full-color photographs to guide and inspire you to primal cooking heights. Save time with intuitive recipe steps, easy navigation, and great visual support. I published The Primal Blueprint Cookbook in 2010, and it still takes up prime real estate in my kitchen.

The Definitive Guide to Troubleshooting Weight Loss

Weight loss stalls are a huge issue for people. If you type “weight loss p” into Google, the first autofill suggestion is “plateau.” So in this eBook I provide a simple framework for tackling weight loss plateaus and slowdowns by explaining the 23 weight loss stumbling blocks that most frequently trip people up (and how to overcome each one)…describing the eight most common weight loss plateau archetypes (and how to figure out which one you are)…and showing you how to construct a weight loss plan that will work for you.

6 Foods You Should Be Eating for a Healthy Gut

Your gut is your body’s second brain. It is inextricably linked to your moods, your immune system, your skin health, your ability to lose weight…virtually every component of your body in some way depends on a healthy gut. Here I spill the secrets to a happy digestive system. You’ll learn about your gut’s microbiome and how to keep it thriving, 6 of the best foods for gut health, 3 foods you should never eat, the dietary pattern to avoid at all costs, and much more!

Okay, I’ll thrown in one more freebie. How about a 20% off coupon for your next order on PrimalBlueprint.com?

The coupon alone can pay for the calendar in savings depending on what you order. The coupon isn’t valid on digital products, but it’s good for anything else at our online store.

You can grab your copy of The Primal Blueprint Day-to-Day 2017 Calendar here, and have your 3 FREE eBooks and coupon emailed to you upon purchase.

(Offer expires November 3rd at midnight.)

Looking forward to inspiring you every day of next year and beyond.

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Singletasking With Rescue Products

This post is sponsored by Rescue

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Stress is a fact of life, and we all go through periods of more or less stress. So often people use the term “de-stress,” but we can’t remove the stress from our lives – but we can control how we react to it.

I have had bigger stresses come and go over the past few years – cancer on both sides of the family, the loss of grandparents, parting ways with my husband. While at the time those major life events caused a lot of worry, most of the stress and anxiety I experience on a daily basis revolves around trying to wear two different hats at the same time: a businesswoman and a mother.

Balancing life as a “singlepreneur” (aka one-woman business) and a mom can be quite the challenge, as neither role ever completely turns off. So often I credit myself with being an excellent multitasker, but I have started to wonder if that means I’m not giving 100% to things that deserve my focused attention.

For example, I might receive an email from a client that a link in a post isn’t working right as I’m trying to get Mazen’s breakfast on the table to get him to school on time. Or maybe I’m in the middle of making a recipe post that has taken a lot longer than anticipated when it’s time to go pick him up at school. Or someone leaves me a comment that my site is down while I’m pushing Mazen on the swings at the park. Ahhh! My role as a mom takes priority, but that doesn’t mean my shoulders aren’t tense if my posts aren’t writing themselves or I have something time sensitive that will have to wait until bedtime.

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I recently listened to this Lively Show podcast interview with Cass McCrory about how she juggles balance between being a mom, wife, and business owner. She set a goal to have more time to “go with the flow” in her life and live the spontaneous, carefree lifestyle we all dream about. So she took a hard look at all of the hours in her week and reevaluated her priorities. First she subtracted out time for sleep, as that is a non-negotiable, and then subtracted time for her family and other essentials, like taking the kids to their scheduled activities. She budgeted 27 hours (don’t quote me on this – I listened to this podcast in the shower! #multitasking) for her business and the rest of the time was for “flowing.” This meant that she had to compress her work week into far fewer hours than she had been previously doing, but if she worked efficiently then she would have time for the things in life that mattered most to her. This also meant that when work was done for the day, she could put away her phone, laptop, and worries and turn the work part of her brain off. Isn’t that we all need most? Designated time to not be allowed to think about work?

Listening to Cass’s schedule makeover appealed to me so much. I want to work smarter and more efficiently during set work hours too, and then I want to single-task on whatever or whoever I am with the rest of my waking hours. Obviously mini fires that need to be put out might come up – say Mazen is home sick on work time or a work thing comes up during an afternoon outing – but ideally, I’d wear only one hat at a time.

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Similarly, I was listening to another podcast – this time a Young House Love episode with Grace Bonney – and she commented that having the idealized work-life balance might be something that no one really ever achieves. In real life, some days you might work really hard and your family misses out on some of your attention, and other days you might spend all day with your family and work falls to the wayside. The important thing to remember is to focus on the present and what needs your attention most on any given day and let go of the rest (as much as you can, at least!) Work-life balance means that work and life are going through their own version of the Squiggly Line Effect, ups and downs that even out to a happy balance.

In order to work more efficiently, I’ve started to tweak my own schedule. I used to be a faithful mid-morning exerciser, followed by a shower and then a work-heavy afternoon, especially when Mazen was younger and napped. But one thing I’ve realized, most notably when Mazen started 5-day-a-week school, is that I am most focused in the mornings. If I want to really work efficiently, I need to knock out my work hours before noon and just after lunch and then use the afternoon to workout or play with Mazen. When I work in the afternoons I tend to either be sleepy sitting at my desk or procrastinate on the internet too much. I don’t focus as well. So my schedule has gone through a bit of a flip lately. I’ve been working in the mornings while Mazen is in school (most days of the week, at least), exercising in the late afternoons, and showering late in the day. I don’t know how long this schedule will continue this way, but it has definitely made me more efficient and more focused – both as a businesswoman and as a mom.

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When I do need to be on task in the midst of a stressful day, I’ve been enjoying the products that Rescue sent to me for this post. I recently had something upsetting happen (everything is ok, but it was not the best day!) and my friend commented on how calm I was. I actually had a Rescue Pastille in my mouth at the time! Coincidence?! The Rescue Remedy formula was developed more than 75 years ago and contains an all-natural blend of Bach flower remedies. The flowers are steeped in spring water much like tea. I keep the Rescue Remedy Spray in my purse so I have it on-the-go, including while I drive – eek! There is also an alcohol-free version that is safe for kids. If this is all a little “woo woo” for you, then at the very least, the deep breathing and placebo effect will calm you. Read all about Rescue and their products on their FAQ page here and look for where to buy them here.

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Thanks to Rescue for sponsoring this post! 



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