Meditation Reduces ADD Symptoms

Over the last year my guides have lead me to meditation as a holistic way I could continue growing on my journey with ADD. It may seem crazy for a person who is easily distracted to even attempt meditating. I have tried at various times in my life and have failed.

Yet this time around I want it deeply, checking my excuses as to why I can’t meditate at the door. This time around I am devoted to the process.

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Needless to say yesterday I watched Dr. Sara Gottfried speak on the power of meditation on Wanderlust’s site (which btw I recommend you watch here).

There was a moment around 18 minutes into her speech that she said ADD symptoms could be greatly reduced  by meditation. The ideal that meditation can help reduce ADD symptoms was the greatest selling point for me as I write you today.

Your invited you to watch the video below from Mind Body Green and consider meditation as a way to garner more peace, clarity, and focus in your life.

Shine ON,

Jillian

Cashew-Less Vegan Queso

CASHEW-LESS VEGAN QUESO

Cashew- Free Vegan Queso Dip! Made with a secret ingredient to keep it creamy, velvety and totally cashew, soy, gluten and dairy free! #vegan

Good afternoon loves,

So the truth is when I am not singing, writing, or cooking I am always on the hunt to find the most delicious vegan foods that are quick to make and easy on the budget.

This year with The Distracted Beet I am going to be taking a different approach. Essentially, since I am full time on the road performing with The Bergamot and spreading The Unity Collective USA to all 50 states I figured it would be neat for me to share some of my favorite recipes and tips with you from my very favorite blogs!

I will also incorporate hip coffee shops and restaurants we hit up along the way on tour.

Plus, if I get a chance to access a kitchen while out on tour I will of course share my own recipes with you.

So we can think of this as a multi-faceted approach to blogging something old ( grabbed from one of my favorite blogs), something new (sharing a hip restaurant from out on the road), and something delicious just for you (from my own recipe collection).

Minimalist Baker : January 20th, 2016 

It always happens. Just as I’m about to drift off to sleep at night, a recipe idea zings into my brain out of nowhere. This time, for vegan queso.

Roasted Eggplants

EXCITING NEWS.

I’ve tried vegan cheese based with cashews. It’s good, and it’s the first way I learned to mock cheese texture and flavor without using dairy. But I knew there had to be a better way.

I mean, not that I’m into counting calories, but cashews are very high in calories and fat and you can detect them in sauces unless you really build up the flavor from spices and otherwise.

So, the thought was, “What else is creamy but neutral and would make a good base for cheese sauce?”

The zinger I got at midnight whilst falling asleep: EGGPLANT!

Roasted Eggplant

Eggplant is amazingly versatile, especially once roasted. I enjoy it in pastas, whirled into baba ganoush or even roasted and layered into a hearty veggie sandwich. I adore the creaminess of baba ganoush and suspected its eggplant base would make an excellent base for vegan queso.

DING DING DING. I was correct.

Vegan Queso Recipe!

This sauce starts with roasted eggplant. I speed up the process by slicing it into thin rounds and broiling. A little steam in foil and then you can pull away the skin with ease. Then, just throw it into a blender with almond milk, nutritional yeast and a handful of spices and you’re good to go.

Look at that creamy queso goodness.

Vegan Cashew-less Queso Dip! Healthier and creamier than nut cheese and SO delicious!

A little cornstarch in the mix helps it thicken up once heated in a saucepan for serving. This is an optional step but I recommend it for that ultimate luxurious cheesy texture. (If you don’t use cornstarch, try another thickener, such as arrowroot powder.)

Easy Vegan Queso - CASHEW FREE! #VEGAN #GLUTENFREE

All that’s left to do is add in a few Tbsp of slightly drained Rotel (just like real queso dip!) or your favorite chunky salsa. This really sends the texture and flavor over the top to mock the real thing.

Rotel Vegan Queso Dip!Easy Vegan Queso Dip! Cashew, soy and glutenfree! #vegan #glutenfree

Oh. My. Word.

You’re not gonna believe how delicious this is. And guess what? HUSBAND APPROVED!

John tried it, and he doesn’t like cashew sauces, and he really liked this dip! We agreed that it was ridiculous how close it was to real queso dip. Seriously amazing!

Cashew-Less Vegan Queso! Thick, creamy, velvety and almost undetectably close to real queso!

So what does it taste like?

Creamy
Velvety
Savory
Super cheesy
Slightly spicy
Perfectly dippable
Totally pourable
Begging to be added to all your favorite dishes

Don’t worry. I have a few recipes in the works utilizing this dreamy dip! And another bonus, itreheats extremely well! If you’ve ever made cashew cheese you know it doesn’t exactly reheat well. But with this, you can just pop it in the microwave or put it back in a saucepan and it’s just as good!

Creamy Vegan Queso Dip! Cashew, Soy and Gluten Free! #vegan #glutenfree #queso

Yet ANOTHER bonus? This dip is cashew-, soy-, dairy-, and gluten-free!

And did I mention it’s way lighter in fat and calories than nut- and dairy-based quesos? Just 55 calories and 3.5 grams of (healthy) fat per serving! What’s not to love? Make this dip! And if you do, take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram so I can see! Cheers!

 

Cashewless-Vegan-Queso-DipTHE BEST Vegan Queso Dip! CASHEW FREE! Cashew, soy, gluten, dairy free and SO creamy and delicious!

4.2 from 83 reviews
CASHEW-LESS VEGAN QUESO
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Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Appetizer, Sauce
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 7-9 rounds of eggplant, sliced 1/4-inch thick (~half of a medium eggplant)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1.5-2 cups unsweetened original almond milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp nutritional yeast (see instructions)
  • 1/4 tsp finely minced fresh garlic (I used crushed garlic from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cornstarch (optional for thickening | sub another thickener if desired)
  • 1/4 cup chunky medium salsa, slightly drained (OR 1/4 10-ounce can of Rotel original diced tomatoes and green chilies)
  • OPTIONAL: Smoked paprika and hot sauce for added color and flavor upon serving.
Instructions
  1. Slice your eggplant into thin rounds just under 1/2 inch (not quite 1/4 inch), then sprinkle both sides of the flesh with a little sea salt and arrange in a colander to help draw out some of the moisture and bitterness. Let set for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water and thoroughly pat dry between two clean towels.
  2. Preheat oven to high broil and place an oven rack near the top of the oven. Arrange the dried eggplant rounds on a baking sheet lightly spritzed with non-stick spray and drizzle both sides of the eggplant with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with a very small amount of salt.
  3. Broil on high for 4-5 minutes on each side, watching carefully as to not let them burn. Flip at the halfway point to ensure even cooking. Once the eggplant appears tender and both sides have golden brown color, remove from the oven and wrap loosely in foil to steam.
  4. After a few minutes, unwrap and peel the eggplant skin away. It should come right off. If you pack your roasted eggplant into a 1-cup measuring cup, it will be almost 1 cup.
  5. Place eggplant in a blender with the 1.5 cups (to start) almond milk, 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, minced garlic, cumin, chili powder and cornstarch and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a pinch more sea salt and a little more nutritional yeast. To thin, add more almond milk.
  6. Transfer to a small saucepan and warm over medium to medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly – about 5 minutes. The longer you go the thicker it will become.
  7. NOTE: If it isn’t looking as thick as you want, thicken with a slurry of cornstarch by adding an additional 1 tsp cornstarch to a small bowl with a little almond milk and 2-3 Tbsp of the cheese mixture. Whisk to combine and then stir back into the pot. This should thicken it right up.
  8. Once hot and thickened, remove from heat and stir in DRAINED salsa or Rotel. Don’t put the liquid in or it will make it runny. Pour into a serving dish and top with a little smoked paprika and hot sauce for flavor/color.
  9. Serve with chips, crackers or veggies. Keep warm in a mini crockpot or over a tea light warmer if you have one. Microwaves well.
  10. NOTE: When this dip sits out for a long time it loses its orange hue. It doesn’t affect the flavor but it doesn’t look as appetizing, so it’s really best when fresh!
  11. Refrigerate and cover leftovers. Reheats extremely well in the microwave or in a saucepan. Will keep for up to a few days, but best when fresh.
Notes
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 6 servings.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ~1/4cup Calories: 55 Fat: 3.5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 4.7g Sugar: .7gSodium: 326mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 2.3g

Raleigh, North Carolina :: BREW Coffee + Yellow Dog Bread Co.

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Finally, after a couple months working hard from Brooklyn, New York we are back out on the road touring with our new project The Unity Collective USA.

In essence we (The Bergamot) are spending 2016 sharing our message of Peace + Unity with America and the world. My husband Nathaniel and I are thrilled to take our uplifting music, and mission to all 50 states.

For the next year we are dedicated to releasing our new album TONES ( 2.11.16), touring all 50 states, while creating a documentary of this journey. We hit the ground running and even brought on a full time documentarian named Leah Tribbett.

The Unity Collective USA is a peace movement we started this year.

We’re taking our 2002 Volvo V70 with 271K miles on it to all 50 states inviting our fans to join in this peace movement by coming out to our shows and signing “The Unity Car” with their message of Peace + Unity.

At the end of the tour we are going to auction the car off  as an art piece.

At the conclusion of the auction we will donate the proceeds to Memorial Children’s Hospital of South Bend, IN in order to help build a brand new children’s hospital in our hometown of South Bend IN.

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On January 2nd, 2016 we launched The Unity Collective USA Tour from NYC. The launch party was a massive success!

Tons of New Yorkers and people from all over the world joined us for an unforgettable event and first car signing ever. “The Unity Collective Car” got inked up in a BIG way with unique and thoughtful messages of Peace + Unity.

Now everyday on tour as we garner more signatures on the car we get to read all of these beautiful messages. And every day a huge smile forms on our faces as we further this movement.

A huge goal of ours is to perform for and have Ellen and Jimmy Fallon to sign the “Unity Car” with there message of unity. Hey a duo can dream, right???

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Now, we have just crossed over the Florida state line. Its ten at night we are getting tired. Needless to say, we are grateful that we spent the afternoon in Raleigh attending business meetings and connecting with some of the worlds greatest movers + shakers.

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But first, coffee at BREW COFFEE.

As we stepped out of the car I am pretty sure I hopped with a little extra joy in my step because we were about to open the door to BREW COFFEE.

A recap on the coffee:

The pour-over coffee was exceptional. We laughed, as we sipped a Kenyan pour-over which was bright, citrusy, and sweet.

Plus the workers there were so joyful, sweet, and shared great vibes with us and the other customers. We look forward to stopping at BREW COFFEE again soon, defiantly check out this coffee bar next time your in Raleigh.

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Next up, was a stop at YELLOW DOG BREAD Co.

OK, I have to admit this just fed our never ending adventure to find the best sourdough bread in the Nation.

We have a few loafs on our list thus far, one exists in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This is our hood and one of our very favorite sourdough loaves comes from Bakeri.

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Needless to say, upon opening the door to YELLOW DOG BREAD Co. a wall of sweet and savory freshly baking bread hit me, instantly overtaking all of my senses.

This was a very good sign of what was to come.

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Like a small child walking into a candy shop I eagerly ran up to the counter to look at all of the sweet/savory delights.

I was there only to get the sourdough and left with a loaf of sourdough and a peanut butter cookie which was pretty good considering I wanted to buy the whole store.

I really could have bought a dozen chocolate scones to but since we are sitting all day traveling to our next stop I had to restrain.

However… with that said after I broke bread tasted my first bite I am pretty sure I said in my head I will be back. It was soooo good. Next time around we will make a stop here and then headed over to to try Boulted Bread.

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The low down on the treats:

The peanut butter cookie was  lightly sweet and well balanced with a salted peanut flavor. It did not stand a chance, my husband and I devoured it before we got back to the car.

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The sourdough loaf had a robust savory yeast flavor, hard shell, crackled mildly ashy bottom with a satisfyingly dense chewy moist and pliable center.

Pretty much all you can ask for in a sourdough loaf, hats off y’all.

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I wanted to note that all of the gorgeously delicious photos were taken by Leah Tribbett our amazingly talented documentarian. We are thrilled to have her out on the road joining us on this journey. I hope you all get a chance to stop at these two places next time you hit the road and in the mean time…

I must bid you fair well for we are back to the road.

Shine ON.

Jillian

5 Proven Ways To Lose Weight

About four years ago I met an amazing women named Melissa who is the creator behind the amazing wellness blog – Real Nutritious Living.

Needless to say that day in Whole Foods we hit it off over vegan sweet potatoes and sweet pumpkin drink that she made in her Vitamix and the rest is history.

Today I wanted to re-post her most recent blog post for you to enjoy on your wellness journey.

5 Proven Ways To Lose Weight

1. Make your plate as colorful as possible

By filling your plate with half fruits and veggies (aka color) you’ll be well nourished from the fiber, vitamins, minerals and disease fighting phytochemicals, which will prevent illness, keep digestion on track and  your energy up. This is one of the easiest ways to watch your portions.

2. Eat the rainbow first 

You don’t have to deny yourself a homemade roll or a slice of pie here and there…just make sure vegetables are the main part of your meal AND eat them first. That way, you will fill up on healthy, nutritious, and low-calorie foods before you splurge. This will ensure there’s less room for the treats.

If all else fails take these greens caps to keep your system running on all cylinders and aid in digestion.

3. Just add water

Soda water that is. It’s hard to avoid the holidays without partaking in a celebratory libation here and there. Many specially drinks weigh in at 500-600 calories a pop! Whenever possible skip the sugary mixers and opt for soda water with a couple wedges of alkalizing lemon or lime.  Always have a glass of water per cocktail and try to limit yourself to 2 cocktails drank only after a meal or snack containing some healthy fat and protein. Never drink on an empty stomach. It starts a nasty carb craving cycle and you’ll likely end up munching.

If you’re not into soda water check out my kombucha kocktail recipe HERE

4. Start each day with breakfast 

When we skip breakfast, the body increases production of stress hormones and starts to break down muscle (not fat – muscle!) to use for energy. It’s a very stressful situation for the body and wreaks havoc on blood sugar balance for the rest of the day. Breakfast should be consumed within 60 minutes of waking and it should be balanced including protein, fat, and carbohydrates.

Try this seasonal smoothie

5. Make your movement festive 

The holidays are supposed to be fun so get out of the gym and melt some stress (and fat) with friends or family by skating, playing a game of touch football,  take a hike with your bestie or consider a 5k for charity.  Did you know ice skating burns 420 calories per hour? Who said you have to be inside a gym to make your workout count?

To find more amazing posts and recipes head over to http://rnlblog.com/

Energizing Chai Chia Breakfast Pudding Recipe

  

Lee’s Energizing Chai Chia Breakfast Pudding Recipe

Serves 4

Stuck for a breakfast idea that will switch on your senses and entice a happy morning mood? This chai chia breakfast pudding will do just the trick. Full of antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and an exotic blend of chai spices, this pudding will fill you with joy.

Ingredients

1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt (we like Eden Foods brand)

1/4 cup hazelnuts

3/4 cup raw cashews

1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract

6 drops stevia liquid, or 2 tablespoons sweetener of your choice

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup chopped nuts, to serve

strawberries, to serve (optional)

almond milk, to serve

Supercharge It:

Combine the salt, hazelnuts, cashews, vanilla, stevia and spices with 750 ml (26 fl oz/3 cups) of filtered water in a blender and whizz until smooth.

Transfer to a bowl and add the chia seeds. Stir to combine well, then cover and place in the fridge overnight.

To serve, scatter with chopped nuts and strawberries, if using, and add almond milk.

Why we love it:

Chia seeds are teeny tiny, but impressively clever. When soaked in water they transform into a highly detoxifying gel. They absorb other flavors well.

A special thanks to http://dannyseo.com/2015/09/supercharge-my-energy/ for sharing this recipe with us. 

Delicious Autumn Butternut Squash Soup 

This is one of the most delicious and simple soups I have ever made. I found the recipe on the “Minimalist Baker” and have reposted the exact same one from there site.
I just made the soup today for a fall gathering and the reviews were contagiously joyful. 

  
They asked if I could send them this recipe ASAP.

Then I thought humm… I should share it here for all to be able to enjoy this soul-warming soup.

So here you go an “AMAZING 30-Minute Curried Butternut Squash Soup! Creamy, flavorful and perfect for fall.” (Minimalist Baker)   I just love the couple who posted this up, infinite gratitude.

  
   
    
   
Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Prep time :: 5 mins

Cook time :: 25 mins

Total time :: 30 mins

Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Soup infused with coconut milk and yellow curry powder. A savory, simple soup that’s perfect for the fall and winter months.

Author: Minimalist Baker 

Recipe type: Soup, Side Dish

Cuisine: Vegan, Indian, Gluten Free

Serves: 4

Ingredients

SOUP

1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or grape seed oil

2 shallots, thinly diced (~40 g)

2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)

6 cups (840 g) butternut squash (~ 1 small butternut squash)

Pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste

1 1/2 Tbsp (12 g) curry powder

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1 14-ounce (414 ml) can light coconut milk

2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth

2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) maple syrup (or sub coconut sugar)

optional: 1-2 tsp chili garlic paste

FOR SERVING optional

Toasted pumpkin seeds

Chili garlic paste

Full fat coconut milk (this is what I used)

Instructions

Heat a large pot over medium heat.

Once hot, add oil, shallots, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add butternut squash and season with a pinch each salt and pepper, curry powder, and ground cinnamon. Stir to coat, then cover and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, maple syrup or coconut sugar, and chili garlic paste (optional – for heat).

Bring to a low boil over medium heat and then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until butternut squash is fork tender.

Use an immersion blender, or transfer soup to a blender, and purée on high until creamy and smooth. If using a blender, return soup back to pot.

Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more curry powder, salt, or sweetener as needed. Continue cooking for a few more minutes over medium heat.

Serve as is or with garnishes of choice (options above). Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month. Best when fresh.
Notes

*Inspired by my Simple Pumpkin Soup and Spicy Sweet Potato Curry Soup.

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 4 servings without additional toppings.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/4 of recipe* Calories: 231 Fat: 9.3 g Saturated fat: 7.8 g Carbohydrates: 36.8 g Sugar: 10.9 g Sodium: 455 mg Fiber: 4.2 g Protein: 6 g

9 ingredient Black Bean Hummus 

  
Hummus has got to be one of my all time favorite go to snacks. I eat hummus at least 6 times a week, no joke. So when I came across this black bean hummus recipe I had to give it a whirl and I am so glad I did because it rocks!

It is even hubby approved. He is my biggest cheerleader and toughest critic so when I get Nathaniel’s stamp of approval I am on to something worth sharing.

   

Your going to love this Black Bean Hummus its, creamy, smokey, smooth, and the perfect dipping consistency. Not to mention you might just have all the ingredients in your cupboards. 

   
    
    
   
Ingredients

9 ingredient Black Bean Hummus 

1 15-ounce (425 g) can black beans, drained and reserve the liquid

1 clove garlic  

2 Tbsp’s lemon juice 

1 1/2 Tbsp’s tahini

3/4 tsp each cumin 

1/2 tsp each sea salt

1/4 tsp chili powder 

1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil, for drizzling

1/4 tsp smoked (or regular) paprika, for sprinkling on to finished hummus 

Mince garlic in the bowl of a food processor. Add black beans, 2 tablespoons, reserved black bean liquid, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, tahini, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon chili powder; process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Add additional seasoning and liquid to taste. Garnish with smoked paprika, olive oil, and Greek olives. Dip generously with sliced carrots, cucumbers, and warmed pita. ❤️

Shine ON ///

Jillian 

How to Cure ADD & ADHD Naturally

With ADHD sugar is a major problem because it will cause blood-sugar spikes, which then really causes focus levels to drop when the blood-sugar spikes down — which will cause lack of focus. Then on a high spike, it will cause that hyperactivity behavior. So kicking your sugar addiction and getting sugar out of the diet, especially processed sugar, is No. 1.

Other foods to avoid include:

  • Gluten
  • Conventional dairy
  • Food coloring and dyes
  • Caffeine
  • MSG and HVP
  • Nitrates
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Soy
  • Personal food sensitivities and allergens
  • Foods and Supplements to Eat on the ADHD Diet

    The next step in terms of diet is loading your child up with healthy protein, fat and fiber during the meals. That’s going to keep the blood sugar steady. So following a nutrient-dense diet — a diet high in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and organic meats — is an ideal diet for anybody with ADHD symptoms. Also a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids.

    The typical ADHD diet should include:

    That leads me into the top supplements for treating ADHD. The No. 1 supplement is fish oil. For most kids, I recommend taking anywhere between 500 and 1,000 milligrams of fish oil a day. Several studies show that fish oil and cod liver oil have been very effective in the treatment of ADHD. Fish oil benefits those who suffer from ADHD due to the omega-3 in fish oil.

    The next supplement that can help ADHD is a vitamin B complex. Vitamin B complex contains things like vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate and biotin, and these vitamins are essential for supporting the nervous system and brain and improving focus.

    In fact, vitamin B12 is very important, because it really helps in improving energy levels and cellular function, and for that reason, taking a good, quality vitamin B complex is critical. Also, children with ADHD tend to consume more carbohydrates, and B vitamins really support the body in processing and metabolizing carbohydrates as well. So the best supplements are fish oil and vitamin B.


    Essential Oils for ADHD

    I want to talk about something else I think is incredible — essential oils for ADHD. The most effective essential oils are vetiver and cedarwood essential oil. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that vetiver oil had a 100 percent effective rating on treating ADHD and cedarwood oil an 83 percent effective rating.

    Take two drops of vetiver oil, two drops of cedarwood oil, and just rub them on a child’s neck or your own neck and then up around the temple area. If you need to dilute it a little bit, you could use some coconut oil; rub that on the area, and that’s going to help improve focus as well.

    Other essential oils you can use to treat ADHD include:

  • All of this information has be shared from Dr Axe.com for more information please visit http://draxe.com/adhd-diet/

Shed Weight & Feel Great (Part 2 of 2)

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Shed Weight  Feel Great -07 plan ahead

 

Shed Weight  Feel Great -08 My top

Shed Weight & Feel Great -09 Work it out

Shed Weight  Feel Great -10 thank you

 

Many idea’s and phrases have been inspired and/or cited directly in http://www.sakaralife.com/ be sure to check these awesome ladies out. 

Shine ON //

Jillian