LauraLynn Jansen

Body Cravings & Fast Food

Body Cravings

This really is such a new concept for me. My body craving to move, now for some who read this it may confuse you if you have meet me in the last decade. I grew up eating chips and drinking soda pop with my mom; I had a pouch belly and acquired the nick name Thunder Thighs from my little sister. I only went out for one sport in high school for one season, curling (don’t have the faintest clue why). Though I loved to be outside I dreaded the cold and I never thought about exercising for my health. All through my teens and young adult years I never visited a gym or desired doing anything labeled as exercise. Yes, cancer did get me eating healthier in the beginning of my second decade of life, but it still didn’t influence me to exercise regularly. I actually couldn’t stand the thought of going into a gym. It was probably a combination of intimidation and not knowing what the heck I was doing.

Now it has almost been a decade since I went to a fitness center for the first time. My secret passion for hip-hop dancing brought me in and a friend who knows this enticed me into her class. I LOVED it!!! I still have such a great desire to move my body to word slinging music and deep, ground shaking bump, bump sounds.

Now on days when I know it is warmer somewhere else I am

jealous of who ever is there and not impeded by the rainy cold outside. I took a quiz in the newest issue of Women’s Adventure magazine to determine my favorite type of weather for being outdoors (I knew the answer before I even began), but being someone who loves to explore I went through the questions to see what they had to say. No brainer I love the heat and warmth.

As we head into the deepest part of the late fall and dreaded winter I find myself sadder, missing my outdoor adventures in the sun, so I am working hard to simulate this feeling by picking the sunniest treadmill at the gym when I walk at my 12% incline so I don’t lose my muscles I built up to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this summer.I get outdoors every little moment it is bearable, even if it is a short walk around the neighborhood. Keeping that connection feels vital to my physical health and mental well-being.

Eating well is now very crucial with lowered activity. So here is a recipe for one of my favorite any time of the year lunches. I eat it also with marinated tofu or organic chicken.


Broccoli, Turkey and Cheese Lavish Wraps

(pictured with a refreshing drink of sparkling water with Emergen-C and a tad of Stevia)

Serves 4

2/3 C broccoli florets

¼ C (2 ounces) tub-style light cream cheese

2 T fat-free Italian dressing

½ t Italian seasoning

6 slices (about 6 ounces) low-sodium turkey breast, thinly sliced

1/3 C bottled roasted red-peppers, chopped

4 lavash wraps

1.Steam broccoli, covered , for 5 minutes or until crips-tender.

2.While the broccoli cooks, combine cream cheese, and Italian seasoning in a bowl.

3.Combine broccoli, cream cheese mixture, turkey, and bell peppers in a medium nonstick skillet; cook turkey mixture over medium-high heat until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.

4.Spread turkey mixture evenly over lavash wraps; roll up.

I adapt this when in a hurry and just eat it all with cooking, except I do steam the broccoli and add greens to the mix. YUM! From Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Cut book.

When I am pinched for time I layer items on wrap (instead of warming in skillet) and roll up wrap around mixture and eat it. This a great, healthy quick lunchtime meal or light dinner.

Calories 216; Fat 7g; Protein 14.3 g; Sodium 664mg;

Fiber 1.6g; Carbohydrates 24.4 g per serving

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