Episode #24 Saved By The Bells

Shari Wagner struggled with her health and fitness her entire life. Over the years she tried many different exercise routines, but boredom, lack of results, and injuries always stopped her dead in her tracks. Until the day she discovered kettle bells. Discover how kettle bells completely transformed her life, including her physical, mental, and emotional health.

At 50, she is strong, healthy, fit, looks better and feels better than she ever thought possible. Learn how she turned her passion into a successful business to help others transform their lives so they, too, can be saved by the bells.

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Episode #23: The Heart Of A Champion

Tricia Downing has always had the heart of a champion. As a life-long competitive athlete and competitive cyclist, nothing could stop her competitive spirit and her desire to excel in everything she did. Even when she was faced with her greatest challenge when her life changed forever. On September 17th, 2000, during a routine training ride, she was hit by a car. Tricia went from being a competitive cyclist to a paraplegic requiring a wheelchair for mobility. But that still didn’t stop her.

Following her dreams and fueled by her competitive spirit, Tricia made the transition from able-bodied cyclist to an athlete with a disability, and has continued to excel in sports. She has completed over 100 races, including marathons and triathlons, since her accident. She was the first female paraplegic to complete an Ironman triathlon and qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship twice. Additionally, she was a member of Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tricia published her memoir: Cycle of Hope—A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility in June 2010, with the second edition released in January 2017. In August of 2018, she published her first fiction novel Chance for Rain.

Download this episode to hear her inspiring story of strength, grit, heart, and determination.

Episode #22: Breathe….Inspiring Insights To Better Health

Breathing and visualization are powerful tools to help relieve stress, anxiety, chronic pain, fatigue, and can even prevent and cure disease. A daily breathing practice can improve your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This episode features renowned wellness educator, professional yoga therapist, reiki master, and breathing coach, Sharon Harvey Alexander.

Sharon shares how a daily breathing practice can improve the quality of your life and give you a new sense of health and vitality. She shares how a heartbreaking loss led her to look for comfort in unhealthy ways, but found her way to peace, health, and happiness through yoga, reiki, self-awareness, and breathing. Learn how this practice helped her reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as a way to celebrate her 50th birthday.

This episode is full of great information, inspiring stories, and even includes a brief lesson on how to start your own breathing practice. Download this episode and discover your own insights to better health and self-awareness.

www.MountainWisdomWholisticHealth.com

Episode # 21 No More Agony of Da Feet

Our feet are an important part of our overall health and well-being. We’ve all experienced the discomfort of aching feet, but it’s easy to ignore the warning signs of what might become a chronic problem. Foot discomfort can quickly spiral out of control to chronic pain and foot deformities that require surgery to correct.

However, regular stretching, strengthening, and self-massage can keep our feet strong, healthy, and flexible. It can even reverse and correct deformities and conditions such as bunions, hammer toes, Morton’s neuroma, and plantar fasciitis without surgery. It’s true, and I have the feet to prove it.

Start a regular program of foot care today, and save yourself from the agony of da feet. You’ll be amazed at how good you’ll feel and how much more energy you’ll have when you get that spring in your step as you walk out into the world each day. Besides, your feet will thank you for it, and never let you down. Even when you’re wearing stilettos.

“Whole Body Barefoot….Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear” by Katy Bowman

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

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Sunshine Beet Salad

I love beets. My husband, not so much. But I don’t know what to do with them when I buy them. Until recently, when I found myself at a Farmer’s Market looking at a beautiful basket of yellow beets. They seemed to be calling my name, and since my husband wasn’t around to stop me, I bought a small bunch.

When I caught up with my husband, he asked me what I had in the bag. I avoided his eyes. “Beets,” I muttered. He got a very guarded look on his face before he asked the obvious question.

“And what are you going to do with them?” “Darned if I know,” I replied. But I knew I’d think of something, or these lovely golden beauties would end up like all of the other beets I buy. Shriveled up in the compost.

I didn’t want that to happen, so I did some research when I got home, collected a few ideas, made my own special changes, (of course), and viola! A fresh salad with beets that even my husband loves. I call it my Sunshine Beet Salad, because I swear, when my husband ate it, I saw the light!

 

Sunshine Beet Salad

2 TBSP olive oil

2 TBSP red wine vinegar

2 TBSP lemon juice

Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

3 small golden beets

1 16 oz bag fresh baby spinach

1/4 cup diced red onions

1/2 cups toasted slivered almonds

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. Peel and thinly slice the beets. You can use a mandoline, but the little ninja in me really loves holding sharp objects like a knife. Besides, I had a bad experience once with a mandoline, but I digress. Toss the beets with the dressing and refrigerate for an hour or two. The vinaigrette will tenderize the beets. Toss with the baby spinach and red onion. Sprinkle with almonds just before serving. For an interesting twist, try adding a small amount of feta cheese on top. In Cheryl’s Kitchen, the rules are there are no rules. Especially when it comes to beets. Enjoy!

Episode #20 Betrayal of Trust and Test of Faith

Trust is a vital component of every relationship. Whether it is a personal relationship, business relationship, or relationship between a student and teacher, the relationship is built on a foundation of trust and mutual respect.

The betrayal of that trust is a devastating experience for the person on the receiving end. The entire foundation of that relationship is shaken to its core, and it requires an ultimate test of faith to not only recover from it, but to thrive in spite of it.

Download this episode to discover a few ninja secrets and learn how one lady ninja recovered from a devastating betrayal of trust, reset the bar in a relationship, regained her human dignity and her personal power. And learn how you can apply the same techniques in your relationships as well.

Episode #18 Fifty Is Fabulous

For a lot of people (especially women), turning fifty seems like the end of the world. However, I am here to tell you that turning fifty is nothing to be afraid of. As a matter of fact, it is something to be celebrated. No, I’m not kidding.

As a deliriously happy woman over fifty, I have to tell you not to fear the big 5-0, because fifty is fabulous, and this episode shares  some fun facts that prove it. Download this uplifting and entertaining episode to discover a few true and tried tips to make sure that you will be fabulous at fifty, and beyond.

Episode #17 The Walk of A Lifetime

How in the world do you conquer life’s biggest challenges? Just ask Polly Letofsky, and she will tell you “one step at a time.” Polly would know, because she’s an expert of the subject.

Exactly twenty years ago, on August 1st, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries and over 14, 000 miles—by foot—becoming the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and supporters around the world came out to walk with her.

Everyday strangers welcomed her into their homes, offered food, accommodation and friendship. The world had embraced her. But it was never an easy road. Every day Polly struggled with adversity. Floods, earthquakes, languages, muggings, religious riots–and antiquated road signage that left her miles off her path and left her lost. The ultimate challenge came in the middle of Polly’s five-year journey when September 11 flung us all in a crossroads in world history. Her journey became much more than a fundraising event. It became a journey personifying the spirit of commitment and perseverance that will compel us all to conquer life’s biggest challenges—one step at a time.

“3mph….The Adventures of One Woman’s Walk Around The World” by Polly Letofsky

https://www.pollyletofsky.com/

Peachy Keen

Ahhhh, it’s late summer and in Colorado its Palisade peach harvest time. If you’ve never had a Palisade peach you just don’t know what you’re missing. The hot days and cool nights of Colorado make it a perfect growing environment for these delectable delights, making them sweet, juicy, and delicious.

However, the harvest season is short, so I have a tendency to over-purchase. As a result, a lot of my peaches are sacrificed. What a waste! A few days ago I looked at my huge box of peaches, some of which were already starting to over-ripen, and I decided to try my hand at freezing some of them.

Looking online, I found several different methods for freezing peaches, some including adding (ack!) sugar and/or artificial preservatives. Nuh-uh. Not for my peaches! They should be treated with the dignity and purity in which they were grown.

So, true to form, I used my ninja skills to choose steps from several different recipes, cut out what I didn’t like and kept what made sense to me. And I came up with one that I could live with. It was actually less work and much easier than I thought it would be, which is why I have a freezer full of peaches to help me get through the long, cold winter. And why I’m going out to buy more.

Here’s my ninja secret freezing technique. However, if you are not using Palisades, you might want to add sugar according to taste. Just saying. Nothing is more disappointing than a sour (or mealy) peach.

Boil water in a large pot. Place ice water in a large bowl, including ice cubes to keep it cold. Make a small cut at the bottom of each peach in the shape of an x. Boil the peaches a small batch at a time for 30 seconds, them remove and cool in the ice water. Gently rub the skin to peel the peaches. I save the skins and put them in the compost bin.

Slice the peaches over a large, shallow bowl to capture the juice as you slice them. Add about 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and toss the peach slices to coat with the lemon juice. Save the juice to use later for syrups, cooking, ice cream, yogurt, etc.

Put the peach slices on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze until solid. To remove the frozen slices, lift the parchment paper off of the baking sheet. Then it’s easy to peel them off without taking the paper with them. Place them in freezer bags or other appropriate containers, store them in the freezer, and VIOLA! Peaches all year round!

Which does beg the question….why did it take me so long to try this?