Weight Working Out and Wellness.

Weight Working Out and Wellness.

These 3 simple words, mean SO much.


When I think of weight I think back to when I was a young adolescent going through hormone changes and body image issues. I grew up in a home with a very critical father, who was very vocal to my sister and I about his opinions on our weight. Ever since I was 12 or 13 I can remember being concerned about my weight, and always felt like I was in a constant battle with it. And I’ve done every diet under the sun to prove it!

  • The Cabbage Soup Diet
  • The Atkins Diet
  • The Fiber Diet (can’t remember the name)
  • The Frozen Yogurt Diet
  • Weight Watchers
  • Cleanses

(And many more…)

I also, spent money with nutritionists, took diet pills, read books, and even tried starving myself… (that didn’t work, because I like food so much)!
Anything to “lose” weight, and I would do it.

Working Out

Once I went on to college, I definitely felt the pressure to be “thin”. I was obsessed over it. It was around that time, I started working out to burn calories baby! I would be up at the gym, running on the treadmill trying to get my weight down, and sweat!! Working out, became a slight addiction and my main focus was to lose weight and be thin –not such a healthy outlook 🙁
Then life happened…
I got married, became pregnant and gained over 50 pounds!! Not once, but twice.

That was hard for me! Gaining the weight and losing the weight 2 times was a struggle. If you relate to this, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below, and share your experience with me…
I worked so hard trying to lose that weight both times, and you know what– it’s been 4 years since I had my second daughter, and I still struggle with my weight!
Will the battle ever end?
But, now life looks really different than before…

Enter: Wellness

A little over two and a half years ago, my husband was diagnosed with a very serious cancer. He and I did a lot of research on health, cancer, and healing foods. Before his cancer, eating for me was about “staying thin”. Eating for him, was about shoveling food in his mouth that was convenient at any given moment (no judgements)!

We learned a lot about ingredients, GMO’s, and the healing properties in certain foods. Jordan made a conscious decision to really change his eating habits, and I was on board. 5 years ago a typical dinner for us would have been, homemade penne ala vodka (cooked by moi) or take-out pizza. Today, a typical dinner for us is: wild salmon, ½ of a sweet potato (sometimes for me- he eats a whole one), and a big kale salad with lots of different veggies! We cook and eat home about 4-5 nights per week because we feel better making our own food these days:) If you want to hear more about what we eat weekly, please let me know and I will write more about our VERY healthy dinners lol!

Shift in Mindset

It’s amazing how when a life event occurs your whole mindset can totally shift! I used to be consumed with “losing weight” and now, I am concerned with staying healthy and fit!
Working out isn’t about losing weight anymore for me. It’s about feeling strong, and giving myself the opportunity to be the BEST mom, wife, business partner, and caregiver I can. I am often reminded that as a grown woman, I have to take care of my mind, and body. No one else can do that for me.
Do you make time to exercise on a regular basis? It’s the best hour of my day 6 days a week:) If you don’t think you can, try to set aside just some time. It doesn’t have to be 6 days a week. Just start with one or 2 days, and you won’t believe what it can do for your psyche!

But I’m Not Perfect

Sometimes my “old” way of thinking creeps in, and I think that’s ok because I am who I am! As much as I am on a path to wellness like Jordan, I am still a woman, who watches what she eats.
Do you love to snack? I do! I am a chip and cookie kind of gal…
I’ve managed to find some GREAT snack foods that I always have on hand in our pantry, and I’ve compiled a list of them for you! But, if you have a great snack that you can’t live without, PLEASE PLEASE comment here with what it is! I am always on the hunt for something new and tasty…And I want to KNOW all about it!

Here are some of my can’t-live-withouts:

  • Organic Girl Romaine Leaves – I use these in place of bread for turkey sandwiches. The romaine leaves are nice and big!
  • Fresh cut-up cantaloupe for a snack- cantaloupe is really good for you!
  • Apples for snacks on the go, and my girls love them too!
  • Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt (Vanilla) – I am addicted to it!
  • Flex Bites Peanut Butter Balls- great snack with very little sugar
  • 70 Calorie Cinnamon Thinables – I always have these on me! They are filled with Fiber and have very little sugar in them. Nice and crunchy!
  • Avocados- we add them to our salads all the time, and the girls love them too!
  • Nuts- I love nuts… But I like them roasted. I just found these almonds at Trader Joe’s. They are a single serving of roasted nuts and NOT salted!!! Love them.
  • Trader Joe’s Baked Cheese Crunchies- like a Cheeto but not as bad!
  • Fiber Thinables (kind of like a healthier wheat thin) for a savory snack, and delicious to dip in hummus
  • Oven Roasted Almonds in the chocolate flavor- very low sugar, but enough of a sweet to curb a craving
  • Thindulgent Chocolate Bark- No words to describe! (Publix FYI)
  • Smartcake – 35 calorie muffin/cookie
  • Trader Joe’s 100 calorie chocolate bar
  • Lots and lots of water

I get these items between Publix, Trader Joe’s, and my favorite health food store called The Healthy Way!

I hope you like some of these snacks and tips that are mine, and not necessarily Jordan’s… He never really eats any of these snacks except for the Flex Peanut Butter Bites, and raw organic nuts, and has a pretty specific healthy diet he follows. Which if you are interested in, I would be happy to share with you in another post, or on a FB Live!
But, I do want to share with you a special meal that Jordan has come up with! It is the salmon we eat about 2 x per week and it is delicious! If you cook this up, please let us know how it came out:)

Jordan’s Famous Salmon Recipe:

What you will need:

  • 1 lb of Wild Alaskan King Salmon (ask for bones to be taken out and definitely needs to be wild
  • Savory Salmon Seasoning (Braswell’s Select Seafood Collection) – Whole Foods
  • Sesame Teriyaki Sauce & Marinade (OrganicVille) – Whole Foods
  • Fresh ginger, garlic, and turmeric (shaved or minced) 1 TB of each

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Place the salmon in a glass dish
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning on top of the salmon
  4. Then shmear the ginger, garlic and turmeric on top
  5. Pour about ½ cup of the teriyaki sauce on top of the salmon and bake for about 20 minutes

Voila! Enjoy with a salad and veggie of your choice. Jordan eats A LOT of kale, but I prefer romaine lettuce:) I have found that in order for me to enjoy eating the kale, I have to really massage it. I know that sounds so silly, but it’s true. Once it’s massaged, it becomes much softer and not so hard to eat. We love steaming asparagus too!

Here’s what our typical salad looks like on most nights! This salad has kale, onion, endive, cucumber, carrots, olives, celery and red cabbage in it. The more colorful the better!

For the dressing, I use a combination of organic olive oil, organic rice wine vinegar, and a dash of organic dijon mustard! I don’t have any specific measurements, as I just watched my mom make this over and over growing up. Somehow, all the flavors just come out perfect. The secret is the rice wine vinegar…I also frequently toast pine-nuts, and sprinkle them on to of my salad for a little extra flavor. If you make it, let me know how it comes out:)
This cookbook is also one of our favorites. It is filled with nourishing recipes that are not complicated to make. Jordan and I both love soups, so I frequently make the Chicken Vegetable Soup with Ginger Meatballs and the Curry Cauliflower Soup (both very soothing soups).
Remember, I am NOT doctor, or dietician by any means, and I’m not pretending to be one!
I am just sharing what’s been working for Jordan to heal after having rigorous treatments and for me to cope with lots of stress. We are on a wellness journey, and these are some of the stepping stones that have put us on the right path! Thank you for coming along for the ride!

Rachael Braunshweiger

The voice behind Guts & Gloss, Rachael is on a mission to share everything she’s learned about having guts, taking risks, turning obstacles into opportunity — and living with style (of course)!

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