In The Gym with Vegan Chef Jamila of EarthyCandy

Jamila Crawford of EarthCandy

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers. 

JC:  I am Jamila Crawford; a daughter, mother, sister and creative; mastermind of EARTHCANDY* Food.Fashion.Flyness, a lifestyle brand.

FFFC:  How did you learn to cook? 

JC:  I learned via osmosis! Lol! Seriously, I watched my mother and grandmother cook and decided to make things for myself. I started at 9 years old with omelettes and oatmeal raisin cookies.

FFFC:  What kinds of foods do you eat? 

JC:  I eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Nothing with eyes and ears (except potatoes and corn :))

Jamila Crawford of EarthCandy

FFFC:  Who helped you develop your skill as vegan chef? 

JC:  Again, I was self-taught. There were many meals I enjoyed dining on back in the day that I’ve missed since becoming a vegan over 20 years ago. I took it upon myself to ‘veganize’ some of my favorites, with the help of some plant-based products on the market.

 FFFC:  Who are your typical clients? 

JC:  Everyday people to celebrated entertainers… I don’t discriminate; everybody has to eat, and I make sure that as many as I can, eat WELL!

FFFC:  What is your favorite dish to prepare?   

JC:  My favorite as of late is a raw vegan Cheesecake. I do a web show called EARTHCANDY, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel to learn the really easy process to prepare it!

FFFC:  Any advice to busy women as to how they can prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families with such busy schedules? 

JC:  My advice is to MAKE time to prepare. Take a couple of hours of one day to chop, slice, package, label and refrigerate. Be your own sous chef so when the time comes to cook, you’ve already completed half of the work!

FFFC:  What do you see as the biggest advantage to adopting a vegan lifestyle?

JC:  You’re guaranteed better health, plus it’s more animal friendly  and environmentally responsible than the amount of resources it takes to sustain more conventional eating habits.

FFFC:  Is your family vegan?  Were they always?

JC:  I have two daughters who were raised vegan and as they become young adults, decided to continue their plant-based eating habits which makes me proud!

FFFC:  Who are some of your chef idols (Male or female we don’t discriminate)? 

JC:  I really don’t have any specific chef idols, but I do enjoy perusing through Southeast Asian cookbooks!

FFFC:  What clean eating tips can you offer our readers? 

JC:  Make sure your plate features all colors of the rainbow- if your meal is colorful, you’re on the right path to eating healthy.

FFFC:  Do you have any upcoming events in the next few weeks you want to share? 

JC:  My upcoming projects are somewhat under wraps, so I’ll keep my lips zipped until the time is right.

FFFC:  What is your favorite food? 

JC:  Anything Southeast Asian! So Indian, Thai, Malay, and Chinese are my favorite foods to eat! The flavor combinations of sweet, salty, spicy and sour are mind-blowing!

 

FFFC:  How can our readers learn more about you and your clean eating treats? (i.e. Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, etc.)

JC:  Website:  www.earthcandyarts.com

FB: earthcandy*food.fashion.flyness

IG & Twitter: @earthcandyarts

Thank you, Diatta!

Jamila Crawford of EarthCandy


Pocket Sous Chef Giveaway

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Workout Wednesday Link Up #45

Hi everybody and thank you for stopping by for this week’s Workout Wednesday Link Up.  Today’s theme is:

Workout Wednesday Link Up

 

Of course, if you don’t want to follow the theme we still want you to party with us so don’t sweat it, but if you do, you can find each and every week’s theme here:  http://femmefitalefitclub.com/workout-wednesdays-link-up/

Stay fit and have fun!


Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Jenn | Comeback Momma

Amanda Eat Hard Work Hard

 Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

 

Jenn Comeback Momma

Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

They have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe so you receive regular updates.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us. 


We just created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach. WOW Pinterest Board Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board. Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted. blog-directories Share this TWEET and invite your other BLOGGER/VLOGGER friends to join the party.


Look who’s getting featured this week – Ms. D. of “A Different D” blog.  She is participating in challenges, and getting her workout ON!!  LOVE HER!!!  Awesomeness is SHE!

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Congratulations  D!!!

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Let’s party!!

Disclosure:  Regardless of which blog you post your link, it will display on Femme Fitale Fit Club,  The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, and Comeback Momma, blogs. 

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2.  Post our badge on your site so folks “hear” about our weekly link up

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4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)

5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post so they know how you found them

6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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POPSUGAR Select Blogger – Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner

Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers (i.e. your name, occupation, hobbies, etc.).  

DB:  Currently stay at home mom,, Moms Run This Town Chapter Leader, Girls on The Run Coach, Ambassador of Rock (Rock n Roll Marathon/Half Washington, DC)

FFFC:  How did you get started with your fitness lifestyle?

DB:  I became interested in health & fitness while in college. I went on to pursue a Masters in Social Work with w specialization in Eating Disorders. Worked in the field of eating disorders for a number of years as a psychotherapist encouraging adolescents & young adults to manage their lives in a healthy way.

FFFC:  What made you continue in this lifestyle?

DB:  This led me to develop a passion for fitness and wellness which has stayed with me throughout my life. Later, I obtained my group exercise and spinning certifications and taught classes for a number of years.

FFFC:  What are some of your established healthy eating habits?

DB:  I’ve been a vegetarian since my teen years and have always been interested in healthy cooking and developing my own recipes.

Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner

FFFC:  What do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner?

DB:  Typical meals:  -breakfast is often an egg white omelet with  veggies and Ezekiel bread, lunch- some sort of salad with grains and/or beans or a veggie burger, dinner- stir fry with tofu and veggies, or a bean and rice dish.

FFFC:  What is your favorite fitness activity?

DB:  Favorite activities are running, kick boxing, weight training and cycling

FFFC:  What do you do now to maintain your physique?

DB:  Activities I do now- run 3x per week, weight train and cardio 3x week, boxing 1x week. Cycling or yoga 1x a week and 1 day off.

FFFC:  How did you develop and sustain the willpower to avoid the bad stuff (i.e. junk food, bad drinks, lack of activity, etc.)?

DB:  I don’t like to think of things as “bad stuff”. Certain things I just eat in moderation. I allow myself a small amount of chocolate everyday otherwise I crave it. I feel better and have more energy when I eat well and exercise. It has become a way of life for me and is now part of my routine.

Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own fitness lifestyle but unsure of how to begin? 

DB:  Advice for someone else: Find an activity you love and do it. You don’t have to be good at it just do it. Set small realistic goals. Don’t set yourself up to fail. Baby steps one at a time.

FFFC:  What do you think is the biggest misconception about this lifestyle?    

DB:  Biggest misconception: You don’t have to make big sweeping changes to see positive results. Changing 1 thing can have a big impact.

FFFC:  Who are some of your fitness inspirations?  

DB:  My inspirations are not famous people but moms in my MRTT group. I’ve seen so many of them come so far in such a short amount of time. They motivate and inspire me everyday. I also really like to set a good example for my kids and teach them to work hard to achieve their goals big and small. Sports are a great way to teach them that life isn’t always fair and you can’t always win but you can always work hard to try to achieve your goals. If you fail, go out the next day and try again.

Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner

FFFC:  How can readers learn more about you and your fit life?  (i.e. Blog, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.)?  

 

DB:  Thanks for asking me to participate. If there is anything else you need let me know.  Thanks! Deborah

Blog:  http://ConfessionsofaMotherRunner.com

Twitter:  @deborahbrooks14

Facebook:  Confessions of A Mother Runner

Pinterest:  deborahbrooks14

Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner

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Energems Energy Supplements Review + Giveaway

Energems Energy Supplement Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer:  I was provided a complimentary box of Energems for review purposes as well as a giveaway.  All opinions are honest and my own.

Do you get into your workout and wonder how you are going to have the energy to push through the rest of it?  Are your workouts high energy?  What do you do to prepare yourself?  There are many pre-workout supplements you can take to fuel you for your workouts and with my rigorous boot camp sessions with Sanders Optimum Fitness I am constantly looking for something to help me last.

If you have been reading this blog for a minute then you know we are constantly moving in those sessions from sprints, push up pyramids, jumping jacks and thousands of abs – we get our work in every hour session.  Since I am not much of an eater pre-workout due to stitch cramps, I still desired energy to keep up in class.

Along comes Energems with this review opportunity.  I gladly agreed to review their products given my challenges with energy.

Where to purchase:  This product is available at several local retail outlets including Seven Eleven and Special K.  You can locate a store near you on their website:  http://energems.net/store-locator/

From the Energems siteWhat are Energems?  Energems supplements are bite-sized, hard-coated gems made with delicious milk chocolate. They contain caffeine, B vitamins and our unique energy blend.

Each candy has 15 calories, contain milk chocolate and comes in 3 flavors:  Mint, Chocolate and Peanut Butter.  Three candies are the typical serving size which contains 75 mgs of caffeine.

Energems product sheet

I tried all 3 flavors and consumed 3 or 4 little “gems” about 20 minutes before my boot camp session.

My Review:  I thought these candies reminded me of M&Ms but slightly bigger.  The first flavor I tried was chocolate.  I ate 3 of these.  Initially it taste just like an M&M but then there is a very noticeable bitter after taste that pursued.  I was not happy with that taste.  I went to boot camp and had energy for DAYS!  Even though the workout was tough, I held my own and maintained my energy level.

Energems 3 Flavors

Next flavor I tried 3 Mint Energems which the rep said was her personal favorite.  Upon initial taste, it taste like a Peppermint Patty and then that bitter aftertaste returned.  UGH!   I went to boot camp and BOOM POW….I was a powerhouse full of energy.  I was impressed with my own energy level.  I didn’t have jitters either.  Last flavor I tried were 3 Peanut Butter Energems.  Same result, great initial taste, and bitter aftertaste but by this time I expected it and ignored it.  Went to a new boot camp session and was a ball of energy.

Energems has 15 calories per serving

Rating:  I definitely give this product 8 out of 10 stars.  While it doesn’t contain too much sugar per serving it is definitely full of caffeine (which is what helps with the energy burst so I don’t see it as a bad thing) but I had to take away points due to the bitter aftertaste.  It doesn’t linger but it is evident.  Even my husband tried a few before his weight session at the gym and commented on it.

If you want to try this product then the kind folks at Energems gave me a second complimentary 6-pack box which contains 6 boxes (2 of each flavor)  with 9 Energems in each box to giveaway.  How cool is that?  To enter simply submit entries through the giveaway tool below.  This giveaway is good for US residents only, 18+.  Giveaway closes on Monday, September 29, 2014.  One winner will be randomly chosen.

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What do you eat to fuel your tough workouts?


Farmivore Juicing Subscription Box Haul 10

This week we have some delicious recipes from Farmivore.  I actually displayed a bit of generosity this week and gave away some bags so others could try out this awesome juicing box and they were not disappointed.  Check it out.

If you are interested in trying  Farmivore for yourself order a GREEN or MIXED box at http://farmivore.com and use promo code FEMFREE for a FREE first box.  All you pay is $7.95 for S&H.  I am certain you won’t regret it.

Here’s this week’s meun (each menu is also a juicing recipe):

Zucchini Zest Juicing Recipe

Zucchini Zest

Apple, Cucumber, Ginger, Lime, Green Zucchini

Parsley Potion Juicing Recipe

Parsley Potion

Parsley, Lime, Orange, Apple, Celery, Cucumber

Cauliflower Delight Juicing Recipe

Cauliflower Delight

Golden Beet, Cauliflower, Ginger, Lemon, Pear

Carrot Mint Cooler Juicing Recipe

Carrot-Mint Cooler

Carrot, Mint, Pear, Celery, Lemon

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I have been getting asked about the equipment I use while juicing.  Below are affiliate links of the supplies used for juicing.

Which of these juicing recipes would you like to try most:

Zucchini Zest, Parsley PotionCauliflower Delight, or Carrot-Mint Cooler?

 

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5 Little Known Ways to Get a Leg Workout at Home

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We have all been there at some point: snow blocking the roads, sick child at home that needs pampering, car is in the shop, or probably the most common, I just don’t have the time today.  But you need to get to a gym to get a leg workout, right?  What to do?

While less than ideal, I typically take these days as an opportunity to work not only major muscle groups, but also minor muscles that are often neglected during traditional exercises.  As goes the old idiom, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” so goes a body is only as strong as its weakest muscle. So here are four at-home exercises that can work both your major and minor muscle groups which require little to no equipment.

 

  1. The Windmill Lunge

Typically, when we do lunges, we are doing front lunges, which give the quads a fantastic burn, but otherwise do not work other muscles.  The windmill lunge will work all parts of your leg, including the inner thigh muscles and hip adductors.  To do a windmill lunge, begin with a normal forward lunge, with your right foot forward.  In your next lunge, step forward at a 45 degree angle.  Continue to rotate 45 degrees each lunge, and after five lunges you will have just completed a reverse lunge.  Repeat until fatigued and then switch legs.

  1. Jump Lunge

One of the worst aspect about at home workout is that without equipment, it is difficult to do explosive movements which activate those “Type 2” muscle fibers, which are the muscle fibers responsible for your heavy lifts.  Doing a jump lunge will activate those type 2 muscle fibers. To do a jump lunge, it’s easy; do a lunge, then jump up in the air and switch your foot position for the next lunge, then land.  The faster you move, the better the burn!

 

  1. One-Legged Squat

This exercise requires a lot of balance to execute correctly, so in case you fall over your first few times, make sure you have something to grab onto.  Stand on a step with one foot and keep your other foot off the ground.  Lower yourself with your planted leg until your butt and knee are parallel, then stand back up.  If you can, try not to hold onto anything while doing these.  Again, balancing engages minor muscles as well as your core.

 

  1. Swiss Ball Hamstring Curl

Likely the easiest exercise from this list, find an inflatable exercise ball and lie down on your back.  Place both your heels on the ball and lift your body off the ground.  Now bring the ball in closer to your body by curling your legs.  Repeat until fatigued.  For a more challenging exercise, use a smaller exercise ball, which will throw your body off balance and engage more and different muscle fibers.

Whether your home is your ideal workout spot or you’re crunched for time and can’t leave the house, these exercises can get you the workout your body needs.

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This article was authored by Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards and the all new Weight Loss Stack 52, the most fun and unique way to lose weight. 

 


Workout Wednesday Link Up #44

Hi everybody and thank you for stopping by for this week’s Workout Wednesday Link Up.  Today’s theme is:

Workout Wednesday Favorite Sport

 

Of course, if you don’t want to follow the theme we still want you to party with us so don’t sweat it, but if you do, you can find each and every week’s theme here:  http://femmefitalefitclub.com/workout-wednesdays-link-up/

Stay fit and have fun!


Welcome to this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

Brought to you by your hostesses 

Diatta Harris | Femme Fitale Fit Club and Sheila Simmons | The Frugal Exerciser.

 

Workout Wednesday Link Up co-hostesses

Joining us are our co-hostesses:

Amanda | Eat Hard Work Hard and Jenn | Comeback Momma

Amanda Eat Hard Work Hard

 Amanda | Blog | Twitter | Instagram

 

Jenn Comeback Momma

Jenn Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

They have really cool blogs full of their fitness adventures so stop by there, read some posts, leave some comments, share and subscribe so you receive regular updates.  We are very happy to have them co-host this Workout Wednesday link up party with us. 


We just created a new WOW Pinterest Board where you can also PIN your post pics for more reach. WOW Pinterest Board Make sure you follow the board and let me know via email (diatta@femmefitalefitclub(dot)com) so I can add you to the board so you can start PINNING to the WOW Link Up group board. Add your blog to my fitness and running directory here and follow the ones already posted. blog-directories Share this TWEET and invite your other BLOGGER/VLOGGER friends to join the party.


Look who’s getting featured this week - Janelle from Run With No Regrets.  Read all about her journey, her races and eating well.  She covers it all on her blog.  Simply fabulous.

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Congratulations  Amanda!!

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Let’s party!!

Disclosure:  Regardless of which blog you post your link, it will display on Femme Fitale Fit Club,  The Frugal Exerciser, Eat Hard Work Hard, and Comeback Momma, blogs. 

Simple Rules:

1. Follow, Like and/or Subscribe to your hostesses and co-hostesses:

2.  Post our badge on your site so folks “hear” about our weekly link up

3.  Leave no more than 2 links to your blog, Facebook or YouTube post or video using the link up tool/button below

4.  Invite your like-minded friends!  We love finding and reading new blogs so spread the word so we can increase the size of our parties every week til we make the walls sweat!!!!  I told ya we party hard!  :-)

5.  Use hashtag #wowlinkup when you comment on someone’s post so they know how you found them

6.  Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN!  This IS a party.

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My Favorite Sport – Boxing

Boxing Greats

I love boxing. As early as I can remember I was fascinated with professional boxing. Football, baseball, soccer or basketball can’t hold a candle to boxing in my opinion. I think part of my love for the sport is being exposed to it as early as I can remember (age 4 or 5).   I am a child of the 70’s so I remember the heavy weight bouts and the famous names associated with them:

  1. Muhammad Ali
  2. George Foreman
  3. Joe Frazier
  4. Larry Holmes
  5. Ken Norton

Just to name a few. On the television it looks easy, but it is amazing and fascinating how the athletes work hard to play offense and defense. Build points as well as protect their own chins. Knock outs were never easy to watch and for many, their coaches and fight promoters were just as flamboyant as the boxer himself (can you say Don King).

I recall being allowed to stay up late to watch the famous bouts that were never short of excitement. The footwork, the knock outs, the 10 counts, jab, hook, uppercut, “get off the ropes”……I get excited all over again just thinking about it.

I am still a boxing fan to this day even though I have never attended a live boxing match in Las Vegas, Atlantic City or anywhere but I remain an avid fan. Women have not left this sport just to men. There are some awesome women in the game near past and present. Let’s run’em down:

  1. Laila Ali
  2. Christy Martin

As you can see my list of female boxers is much shorter and that’s because I rarely watch a women’s boxing match. But no worries, I have a “Women Who Box” series spinning up very soon of some current female boxers who are making it happen as athletes and showing how women can showcase their power in this amazing sport. Stay tuned for that and even subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss it. J

What is your favorite sport? Who are your favorite athletes in that sport?


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