What’s Really Worth It?

by Emmy on October 28, 2014

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You’re probably not going to get hit by a bus. I’m so very tired of hearing “I could get hit by a bus tomorrow” as a justification for poor choices in life. The odds of dying as a pedestrian are 1 in 723. The odds of dying of heart disease or cancer are 1 in 7. Sure, 1 in 723 is a lot higher than other deaths, but that 1 in 7 pretty much wipes the others out. Yet it seems like every time someone I know is given a dietary option to cure, or at least improve a serious medical condition, I hear “well I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, I’m going to enjoy life”.

I had this conversation today. Someone close to me was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer some months back. Conventional treatments are not working. In fact, they’re making the problem worse. But overall, this persons quality of life is still excellent. You’d never know they had anything wrong just to look at them. But there is something very seriously wrong, and the doctor is giving them all of their options. One of the most recent requests from the doctor are some dietary changes. Now, I’m not at the appointments, so I’m sure the doctor would like a bit of an overhaul. But, knowing his patient, he’s made one request stand out above them all. Give up ONE food. I’m a vegetarian, so I know you’re thinking that the doctor wants him to go vegetarian. I don’t think that has been suggested. I think he knows that won’t happen. He’s just asked him to give up one food. I don’t know if he’s going to give it up or not. But the person I spoke to about it said that he told him to keep eating it because life is short and he should do what makes him happy.

Now, I’m all about being happy. I’m even more about being happy when you are pretty sure that your time is limited. But does that one food really make you that happy? Does eating it make you happier than seeing your family members reach milestones in their lives? Is that steak, or french fries, or donut really worth it to you? I love food, and eating is a very enjoyable experience. If I could never have chocolate again I would be sad, but I’d never pick chocolate over another year with my kids!

I’m by no means the healthiest person on the planet. I’m an overweight vegetarian who has a lot of changes to make. But there is no food on this planet that I love so much that I wouldn’t give it up for more time being alive. When I went vegetarian so many people said, “Oh I could never give up______” (insert animal product). Yes you could. I’m not telling you to, but I’m saying you could. You may not WANT to give it up, and that’s perfectly fine. But you absolutely COULD give it up.

So if a doctor whom I’d already trusted to pump me full of chemicals told me giving up one thing might mean the difference in more life or death….yeah, it’s not really something I’d even have to think about.

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The Awesomeness that is Hemp Hearts

by Emmy on October 26, 2014

As a plant-based blogger I’m all about finding new sources of protein and fiber for my diet. The kind folks over at Manitoba Harvest offered to send some samples of their Hemp Hearts to a few Sweat Pink Ambassadors, and I was lucky enough to be among the chosen to review this awesome product.

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Hemp Hearts are raw shelled hemp seeds. Whenever I tell someone who is unfamiliar with hemp products that I eat Hemp Hearts, I get a weird look. If you’re giving me that weird look through your computer screen right now, go over to their website, and learn about hemp. Hemp hearts are these fabulous little seeds that taste somewhat nutty and have a little crunch to them. It’s sort of hard to describe the flavor, but it’s mild and fabulous! These things are also packed with protein! They have 10 grams per serving, and they’re also a great source of Omega 3 and 6.

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So what do you use them for? Well, just about anything! I like to sprinkle them on my salad, and mix them in my smoothies in the morning. But, they’re good for so many things! Don’t believe me? Check out all of the recipes they have on their site! I’m thinking their holiday hemp candy is going to be on my list of things to try for the upcoming holiday season.

Think you’d like to try your hand at your own hemp recipe? Well, Manitoba Harvest is having a contest in which they will be giving one lucky winner a five pound bag of hemp hearts! To enter to win: get creative in the kitchen, tag @manitobaharvest, #hemphearts, and #sweatpink in your Instagram and/or Twitter post and you’ll be automatically entered. The deadline for this contest is November 30th, 2014 so get cooking!

In addition to this contest, they are offering a 20% discount on everything in their store until November 30, 2104 as well. Just use code HHSweatPink14 at checkout to get your discount!

I hope you’ll give these awesome little seeds a try. I know you’ll love finding new ways to add them to your recipes!

 

 

Disclaimer: I received a sample of Hemp Hearts in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. 

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Vitamin D – It Does a Body Good

October 13, 2014

In my last update I told you that I was really struggling with fatigue, and that I’d had a visit with a new doctor. Well, I’ve since had my second visit, and I can say that I still like him just as much as I did after the first visit. After the first visit I […]

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The Fitness Games

October 1, 2014

Do you ever feel bored with your workouts, or think that working out would be so much more fun if it were more of a game? Well, I have an app for you! It’s called The Fitness Games, and I was recently offered the opportunity to give the platinum version of the app a try. Let […]

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But You Don’t Look Sad

August 12, 2014

  I’m copying this from my other blog emmycaitlin.com because I think it’s important for everyone. Depression can be managed well with exercise and a proper diet, but it doesn’t cure it. So I think it’s something that everyone needs to be aware of. Now the post… Right now my Facebook feed is full of […]

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Time for an Update

August 8, 2014

Well this blog is supposed to be about my health and fitness, and my journey back to a healthy weight on a plant based diet. I haven’t talked about that too much lately, because I’m doing so poorly with it. My food addiction post is the closest I’ve come, but that’s not the whole picture. […]

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Can’t Eat Just One

July 18, 2014

Pretty early in life I recognized that I have a personality, or chemical predisposition, or something that lends itself to addiction. Thankfully, I recognized it before I gave any drugs or alcohol a try. I have had a few drinks in my life, but I could probably count them all up for you. Alcohol doesn’t […]

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Weight Watchers

July 13, 2014

  I have a love hate relationship with Weight Watchers. Well, more like a love dislike relationship. If you’re a reader from the beginning of this blog, you know that I lost sixty pounds on Weight Watchers, and have since gained back most of that weight. At the peak of my weight loss, I also […]

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Vega Fuel Your Better

June 8, 2014

  The good people over at Vega recently let me try out some of their Vega Sport protein bars, as part of their Fuel Your Better campaign. I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of protein bars, but since I love Vega products so much, I thought I’d give these a try. They […]

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Spartan Up!

April 4, 2014

I’ve talked about the Spartan Race series several times on this blog. I haven’t participated in one of these races yet, but I took my kids to one last year and let them run the kids race. I can tell you, that you can feel the strength and determination in everyone who shows up to […]

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