Celebrate Inspired Living

celebrate inspired living” I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2

I’m always grateful for those unexpected sweet moments .  One such moment was spending time with my friend, Angie Gallagher, at a quiet table in the Starbucks café at Target. What girl doesn’t love coffee and Target?  As we caught up and talked about body image with both the struggles and triumphs of age related changes, I came to realize how important it is to prosper in body as well as our soul and spirit prospers.

Angie and Jackie

Me and Angie

Anyone who knows Angie will tell you how  compassionate and caring she is.  As a busy wife, mother, and dietician/ nutrition expert, she still has time to encourage.  I love her “no condemnation” approach to nutrition and  this girl really knows her stuff!  She encourages growth  with a grace and gentleness that creates true lifestyle change.

As we sat there sharing our thoughts, one resonated with me the most. We don’t have to deprive ourselves just for the sake of vanity.  We can embrace the changes to our bodies and celebrate by being our best self while making small steps toward better health.   That’s not to say we can’t enjoy an indulgence once in a while.   The keys are balance, wisdom and acceptance.

Check out Angie’s website: http://www.inspirRedLiving.com for healthy recipes and nutrition advice.

For a simple healthy recipe why not try my celery and tomato salad as a side dish or snack:

Ingredients:  (3) celery stalks, 3 fresh garden tomatoes, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard.

Recipe:  Dice celery sticks and tomatoes in cubes and mix with 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbls. balsamic vinegar, 1 tbls. Dijon Mustard.  Mix with salt, pepper and Parmesan Cheese.  ( add more balsamic or oil for taste)

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