National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: An Infographic

Cause everybody digs infographics right?

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This information infographic was provided by Bankers Healthcare Group.

It’s yours for the taking :) Simply right click, save as and keep it in your records. Better yet, share with friends and stay educated.

 

 

My Fivesse Bag Review

Ladies! I have a treat for you!

As many of you know, I attended the first annual Blogfest this August. Well, being one of the lightning round speaker, the sweet girls at Fit Approach hooked us up with some goodies. One of my favorite goodies was a beyond fabulous gym bag from Fivesse.

You may not have heard of Fivesse, so let me get you in the loop :) You’ll thank me.

Fivesse is a female owned biz (I’m not against the men, but HOORAY!) and caters to women with gym bags that are fashionable and functional for all that extra stuff we all carry. Let me introduce you to the masterminds behind this wonderful brand (and stay tuned to the bottom for some exciting news!).

Susan & Nancy are sisters who have a passion for pretty things, gorgeous fabrics, and fine

handbags. They love to workout and show their style in everything they do. They believe that

life is better when you feel organized, and also that you should always surround yourself

with things that make you smile.

Both working moms and avid exercisers, they found there was a need for a fitness bag that

not only shows a sense of style, but that also has a sense of organization and functionality.

Their idea was to create the “anti-tote” gym bag. First, they wanted a bag that did not look

like a typical gym bag, but more like a designer handbag with a beautiful shape, in cheery

patterns and colors. Second, they wanted a bag that was more organized and personalized

in size and shape to an individual’s fitness routine.

So came the idea for Fivesse. Organized and smart on the inside, good looking on the outside.

They truly hope that their custom patterns and on-trend colors will make you smile,

while their bags’ organization and ergonomics will help you feel organized and confident.

Shine on, ladies!

You’re ready to see it now right?

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Fivesse offers a variety of bags to meet any need you fit ladies may have:

Introducing Fivesse gym bags, a revolutionary fitness accessory made by women for women. Nancy Apatov and Susan Johnson believe life runs better when you feel organized and smart on the inside and good looking on the outside. They saw a need in the marketplace when they couldn’t find a bag that could keep their items organized throughout the day, and had a look that projects their personal style.

The first collection of bags consists of the Home-Gym-Work bag, which is available in four patterns, an attachable garment bag, and the Home-Gym-Home bag, also available in four patterns. All bags feature individually labeled pockets to keep each item in its place, an ear bud wrap to keep cords tangle-free, a hidden valuables pocket to keep items safe, and a separate laundry bag for sweaty clothes post workout.

The larger of the two bags, The Home-Gym-Work bag, is perfect for the career woman on the go as it will hold all the essentials needed for a busy day ahead. This bag retails for $124. The garment bag attaches to the back of the Home-Gym-Work bag and retails for $64.

The Home-Gym-Home bag is a smaller version featuring back straps to easily attach a yoga mat, and it retails for $99.

The name, Fivesse, is inspired by the Japanese philosophy “5S” – when everything is organized and in its proper place, life just runs better.

Sort, Store, Systemize, Sustain, so you can Shine.

For more information on Fivesse bags, including retail information, please visit www.fivesse.com.

I actually got a gym membership just so I could tote mine around…true story. And I’m loving it! It’s easy to store things (even though my contents aren’t all that girly) and it keeps shoes, soggy sweat towels, water bottles and car keys separate. It’s a no-brainer organizational tool for the girl on the go…who also wants a six-pack and a nice butt. I found that the straps are just the right length to carry comfortably, as opposed to regular long gym bag straps that cause your bag to hit you on the backside every other step and make you limp like Forrest Gump after getting shot in the buttocks….who wants all that awkwardness?

I promised awesome news, so read on:

Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Posts – Pink bags giving back 5% of October sales to Breast Cancer Research

Fivesse, the fitness bag concept that combines functionality and fashion for the woman on the go will be donating 5% of sales during the month of October to breast cancer research. The fun and feminine bags were developed based on the Japanese philosophy of operations and organization…providing women with a stylish bag they can be proud to carry while also keeping each element of their day organized which in turn leads to a happier day.

  1. Anything that you may want in a fitness bag has its specific place and holder, including a secret pocket for valuables and a place for dirty clothes.
  2. The Fivesse garment bag is available to attach to the back of the Home Gym Work bag to avoid wrinkling your work clothes.
  3. For the yogi out there, the Home Gym Home bag contains straps on the bag for all yoga mats.
  4. Each pocket and area of the bag is labeled so nothing gets misplaced.
  5. The bags are designed with a feminine touch to combine fashion with fitness and with function.

That totally qualifies as shopping for a cause! So get to clicking, browse through and purchase a Christmas present that will spur healthy new habits AND maybe just save a life.

To your health,

Michelle

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Cancer Fighting Foods and Spices

For many of us, we do not need the pink colors or ribbons at the market place to remind us of the devastating effects of breast cancer. October is National breast cancer awareness month and I urge all of us to pause and pray. Remember those in your life who have been affected and more importantly make a commitment. Commit to health. Commit to actively engage in life. Commit to never forget. There is no guaranteed way to avoid cancer, but research shows that an overall (that’s more than 5 days of healthy meals and a few trips to the gym) healthy lifestyle has been shown to help in prevention. Commit to health, commit to life, and commit to your loved ones today.

Cancer Fighting Foods and Spices

  • Avocados
  • Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Chili Peppers and jalapeno
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Figs
  • Flax
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruits
  • Grapes, red

Studies show that consumption of green and yellow leafy vegetables has been associated with lower levels of stomach cancer.

  • Kale
  • Licorice Root
  • Mushrooms
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • Papayas
  • Raspberries
  • Red Wine
  • Rosemary
  • Seaweed and other sea vegetables
  • Soy products like tofu
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Teas: Green and Black
  • Tomatoes
  • Turmeric

Consumption of fruits and vegetables has been associated with decreased risk of cancers of the colon and rectum.

 

 

 

Easy Recipes

Kale chips: Make sure that when you purchase your kale it is crisp and never limp. Wash Kale thoroughly and dry between paper towel sheets. Tear leafy parts into sections and drizzle 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil and season with 1 tsp sea salt and pepper to taste. Place in oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes or until crisp. Enjoy!

Morning Mushroom Omelet: In a bowl mix 1 egg + 2 egg whites with 1 TBSP non fat milk. In non stick skillet (on medium heat) place 1 cup spinach and cook down, then add ½ cup prewashed, chopped mushrooms: cook for 1 minute then add egg mixture and pepper to taste. Once eggs are cooked through, top with chopped green onion and 1 TBSP hot sauce for a spicy start to your day.

Avocado Smash: Take 2 medium ripe avocados and mash them in a bowl. Add 2 heaping spoons non fat Greek yogurt, juice and zest of 1 small lemon, ½ tsp sea salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste. Stir and use as a dip for veggies or a topping for chili.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken: When dealing with chicken there are 2 things I ALWAYS do. 1) Soak chicken breasts or tenders in non fat yogurt for 2 hours. This keeps the chicken from drying out. 2) I mix it all in a large plastic bag to incorporate flavors and make sure I can easily pound it into even pieces. Place 4-6 chicken breasts into a large Ziploc bag with about ½ cup non fat yogurt, 1 lemon (zest it and juice it, then throw the whole thing in! When dealing with citrus marinades, the acids will begin to cook the chicken, so do not leave in overnight), 3 rosemary sprigs from a plant OR 2 tsp rosemary seasoning, 1 tsp sea salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, 1 tsp oregano, and 1 tsp thyme. Close bag and mix well then allow it to settle for a couple of hours. You can either grill the breasts or broil them in the oven, cooking the meat through. Pair with a salad with light vinaigrette and some green tea for a great tasting immunity boosting meal.