Joy is Your Only Job- With Jessica Santonato

 

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Today’s Guest is Jessica Santonato. Despite the things she has had to face, she is the most kind, and giving soul. She’s making an incredible impact on the world using her experiences to pave the way for women of the future.

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Jessica had a hard time fitting into the right groups, no matter where she went. She always felt like an outsider, and through her search, landed in the company of street gangs, which then lead to an abusive marriage. Her catalyst for change was the night her husband almost killed her. She found herself raising her three children on her own in New York City.

She is now the Co-Founder and Managing partner of Syndicate 33, a social enterprise that delivers a mentorship program to young adults who have the desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Jessica mentors women and children of abuse and has improved the lives of adults affected by trauma after her own experiences of domestic violence, rape, self harm, and abuse.

To Top all of this off, she’s the author of two, soon to be three books. The third

“Joy is your only Job”

will be released in 2019

Jessica has created a 6 Week Online Program that helps women who’ve been through sexual trauma, create a fulfilling love life (including sex and intimacy) Email jessicasontonato@gmail.com

P.S For the listeners of the Experience your Potential Podcast, you will receive $100 off the program with the Promo Code “STEPH”

 

LOW CARB LASAGNA??

cabbage lasagna

LOW CARB COMFORT CABBAGE LASAGNA

Trust me, you won’t miss the noodles!! 🙂

Do you get invited to potluck after potluck, and stuggle to think of something to bring, that won’t sabotage your weight loss goals??

I made this lasagna originally for my gym girls luncheon a LONG LONG time ago, and just haven’t had enought to get it in a blog!!! We all like to eat as healthy as we can but we also like to feel like we are having a treat!!! This lasagna checked off both!!!

I combined two different lasagna recipes that sounded good, and adjusted to fit my personal goals, and this is what I came up with!!! It was fantastic if I do say so myself 😉 Trust me, you won’t miss the noodles!!! I’ve been kinda OBSESSED with Cabbage lately, so why not??

Please Share with Whomever you think would enjoy!!!

Video on How to Remove Cabbage Leaves Here

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Of Crushed Garlic
  • 1 3/4 Lb 99% fat free ground turkey breast
  • 1 (28 oz) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 (6.5 oz) Can Tomoto Sauce
  • 2 tsp of Stevia (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 4 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Large Head Of Cabbage
  • 24 oz low-fat or 1% or 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 Egg or 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Non-fat or low-fat mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 Cup)

1. Boil water in a large pot. Clean cabbage and gently peel leaves. Place in water, boil for 5 minutes or until soft and tender…they won’t soften when you cook the lasagna. Remove from water and drain.

2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

3. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce. Season with stevia, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 2 TBS parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese ( squeeze out as much moisture as possible with paper towel or cheesecloth) with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 tsp salt.

You can use Paper Towel or Cheesecloth

 

5. To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Arrange cabbage noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the cottage cheese mixture. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over cottage cheese and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

The picture below is before Mozza and Parmesan was added.

 

ENJOY!!!!

P.S There may be a lot of extra “juice” if you don’t get enough of the moisture out of the cottage cheese. If so, you may have to drain a little off with a large spoon.

This ends up even BETTER, and stays together fantastic the second day!! Leftovers are SOOOOO delicious, so double it up while you are at it, and freeze if you like!

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The Follow Thru Can be Scary

Have you ever had a plan in your mind, like something big, time consuming and REWARDING, that just keeps getting put on the back burner.
It keeps getting put off over and over cause it’s not integral to your everyday tasks that NEED to be getting done, even though it’s important to you and you know it’s going to make a difference?
Part of your excuse is because it’s time consuming and stressful things keep popping up making you tell yourself that you don’t need to add anything else to your plate.
But REALLY in the back of your mind it’s also because you’re scared.
You’re scared to put yourself out there,
scared to tell your story,
scared of what the reaction others will have regardless of what you HOPE their reaction will be.
You’re scared that what you dreamed up won’t become a reality, no matter how much you effort you put in.
Another perspective could be to think, how much time am I going to waste thinking about this if I don’t just DO IT!
So there’s your answer, just do it!!
You have nothing to lose…
With all of this being said, I’ve been planning to start a podcast for over a year.
I listen to podcasts every single day,
On my Drives To/From Work
During my Workouts,
While Cleaning
Basically any time that I’m doing something that doesn’t take 100% focus, and this makes me feel more productive.
I’ve never ONCE told myself that it had been a waste of my time to listen.
As I listen, I always think of all the things I would want to add to the conversation if I had a chance. I think about what I would love to share through my experiences.
As I get older, and gain more life experiences through all the highs and all the lows,  what I want to teach evolves.
I don’t think I’ve been quiet about how stressful these past couple of years have been, despite all the highs that came along with them!
Through these experiences, I feel like I have so much to share.
Every time I do, the dialogue opens up and I find out, I’m not alone. I suffered by myself for most of it, cause I didn’t want to bother friends,family, or acquaintances with the details, little did I know, it would have been a lot easier on me if I did!
Once the biggest recent stress was wrapped up last month, my plate felt empty, which is NOW why I finally have time for my passion project:

My Podcast-

Experience Your Potential

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I’m interviewing AMAZING women who have come from very stressful situations (all different) but have persevered through the negativity, abuse, shame, stress, heartache, and so much more, to become INCREDIBLE members of society because they believed in themselves, worked hard, and didn’t give up!
My hope is to reach all women who are struggling and showing them that there’s still hope.
To show them that their future is bright and to give all of us as MANY examples of triumph as possible
My Plan was to Have Episode 1 Released in January, but like life can be-SHIT HIT THE FAN, and it got put on the back burner again. Deadline Missed…but that’s ok, cause I didn’t give up!

So TODAY, I’m releasing Episode #001-MY STORY

In this first episode, I tell the quick version of my story, and my plans for this podcast. Over future episodes, I will get a lot deeper into my story as I chat with my phenomenal guests!
Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to get ahead with recordings, so I can release an episode each week.
I have my first guest under my belt (who was AMAZING by the way, I can’t wait for you to hear it) and 4 more AMAZING ladies already booked and ready to go.
Download on iTunes HERE and subscribe so you don’t miss any future guests that could change your life.
When you’re done, if you love it (or if you don’t) please please please leave me a review, good or bad. I want to make every single episode better!

One thing that won’t change (viewer discretion is advised) is that there is foul language. Myself AND my guests are passionate about our experiences, and it comes out with the odd (or frequent) slip of the lips.

I also know, that when I’m happy, or excited, I’m really happy, and I laugh too loud, and that will be a work in progress!

Regardless, let me know what you think,
I couldn’t be more excited to be getting this out and into the world, and hope that we can all change for the better one episode at a time
P.S If you know someone who has surpassed the odds, and has become magnificent, please let me know. Finding amazing stories that NEED to be told is challenging, and I could use some help finding the best of the best!
Steph
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Tanya West-Survive or Thrive, it’s your choice

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Tanya has had her hands in the health and fitness industry for several years. Going thru cancer changed her life forever and she committed herself to learning all about health and nutrition, specifically cancer prevention. Now as a certified Holistic Practitioner, she wants to help you feel healthy and stay healthy and to “Supercharge your Life”

She’s a:

Certified Nutrition Cancer Practitioner

Registed Nutrition Product Advisor

Certificate in Applied Holistic Nutrition

Bsc In Computer Science

Reiki Level 1+2

Tanya was sick for years, diagnosed at the age of 30 with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She then lost her mom to breast cancer 2 years later.

After Radiation she was left with Fibroids in her breasts and she made the choice to have a double mastectomy with three reconstructions over the years.

6 years later she lost her father to a sudden heart failure. It was at this point she had hit her rock bottom, not knowing what to do to move forward with her life…

You’re going to have to listen to find out when and how she transforms her life!

SUPERCHARGE YOUR LIFE IN MIND BODY AND SPIRIT will be launched July 2018

She currently offers Supercharge your Life ONE on ONE. In this program you will complete a nutritional assessment and a detailed health history questionnaire, so Tanya can dig deep on how to BEST assist you. She then follows up with 4 -One on One, online sessions Via Zoom video conference calls so you can adjust the plan as you progress.

If you have any questions for Tanya, you can book a FREE call with her, or email her through her website, listed above.

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Moderation Mindset-With Camilla Dempster

camilla DempsterI hope you were able to download my first podcast last week. If you missed it, you can check it out here
Every Wednesday I will be interviewing a new guest who will help you Experience your Potential. If you have someone in mind (maybe you have a great story to share?)  that you think would be an amazing guest, please help connect us!

TODAY, In episode Number 2 I interview Camilla Dempster!

 

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Cam and I discuss everything from abuse in relationships, PCOS, taking leaps of faith eating disorders and how to balance our three brains (Head, Heart and Gut) to make the best possible decisions for ourselves! There are a few swears, so listeners discretion is advised.

Cam teaches women how to grow their own self-respect, live a #moderation247 life and trust themselves again after many moons of diets.

She’s here to take women from a place of restriction and self sabotage to power, confidence and happiness in body, soul and mind.  To give women, just like you, the invitation to define exactly what you want from your health, fitness and lifestyle. Then the ability to choose how you’re going to get there.

She firmly believes that everyone should feel ‘enough’ and empower women to build beautifully functioning bodies.

What you’ll find with Cam is a somewhat messy yet dreamy concoction of multiple facets of what she does and has a deep rooted passion for.  And that’s going to be stuff to do with fitness, nutrition, mindset, pain management, lifestyle tweaks and a rad-ass-tribe of women all looking for the same thing.  Radical self-respect

You can find Camilla at www.nlperform.com and @camilladempster on instagram

If the life coaching that Camilla describes is what you need, you can reach her below:

WWW.NLPERFORM.COM/GO-AHEAD-COACHING/ 

WWW.NLPERFORM.COM/MODERATIONMINDSET/

The Above is the link for Camilla’s 14 day check in online challenge to teach women to ditch the binge/restrict/guilt cycle.  I give inner mindset skills and out physical moderation skills.

As always, you can find me at @operationlean on Instagram and Project Lean on Facebook! See you here next week!

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Bringing Back the “Pupcake”

These AMAZING muffins/cupcakes are kinda special to me, because they were the FIRST baking exprience my daughter Haley and I had together, and she couldn’t wait to try the “pupcakes” she made.

The best part, they are healthy and she thought they were DELICIOUS, moist, and decadent. I don’t feel the least bit guilty making them time and time again!! 🙂

The first time I posted a blog for this recipe was 2014, my how time flies. It’s been ages since I’ve made these and they are just as good as I remember !!

Could do without the sprinkles

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:

• 1 3/4 Cup Oats

•  3 Egg Whites

•  3/4 Cup Saco Premium Cocoa

• 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce

• 1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla extract

• 1/2 Cup FAGE Total 0% Plain Greek Yogurt

• 1/2 Tsp. Cream of Tartar (or 1-1/2 Tbsp. vinegar)

• 1-1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder

• 1-1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda

• 1/4 Tsp. Salt

• 1 Cup Hot Water

• 1/4 cup + 2 tbs Stevia In The Raw

• 1/2 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (or use white chocolate or peanut butter chips)

• I’ve use a little mint extract to make chocolate mint cupcakes and they were divine!

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

• Line (12-cup) muffin pans with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

If your boyfriend doesn’t own a muffin tin 😉 cupcake liners on a baking sheet worked just fine!🤪

• In a blender, (or food processor), mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.

I didn’t blend this time because my food processor is packed and they turned out just as good

• Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in the chocolate chips

• Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans.

• Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes or untill a toothpick comes out clean!! I find 12 minutes is perfect!! I like them a little gooey 🙂

• Cool muffins before removing from pan.

MACRONUTRIENTS

12 Large Muffins (Serving size 1 muffin)

Calories 75 5g Protein, 12g Carbs, 2g Fat, 2g Sugar and 3g Fiber

Enjoy!! Try them out and let me know what you think!! If you make them, take a photo and tag me on Instagram @operationlean

P.S I’m thinking I may replace some of the oats with some PB2 next time (powdered peanut butter with the fat removed) this would be a way to make that chocolate bean it butter flavour without increasing the amazing calorie count!

 

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