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Thailand Eats

Sham

If you've been anywhere near my Instagram (@Shamera_RDN), then you know I recently returned from a trip to Thailand. There are no words to accurately describe my experience. The people were engaging, the culture was powerful, the landscape was awe-inspiring... BUT THE FOOD?! Oh, Thai food has forever changed my life. Words may not do justice, but pictures always help!

Vacation Eats: Thailand Foodie Photo Blog

Early Mornings

Thailand is twelve hours ahead of EST, and the flight took 20+ hours. After about two days of jet lag, I was ready to take the breakfast scene by storm. Please know that it did NOT disappoint. (hover over picture for quick description)

The largest veggie omelet I've ever laid eyes on. I'm sure they used at least six eggs... And I devoured every piece!

The largest veggie omelet I've ever laid eyes on. I'm sure they used at least six eggs... And I devoured every piece!

This mango pancake was the perfect mix between a crepe and traditional pancake. The only way to elevate pancakes... fresh mango!

This mango pancake was the perfect mix between a crepe and traditional pancake. The only way to elevate pancakes... fresh mango!

Thai baked eggs: Baked eggs with Chinese sausage, shitake mushrooms, and minced pork -  topped with fresh coriander

Thai baked eggs: Baked eggs with Chinese sausage, shitake mushrooms, and minced pork -  topped with fresh coriander

Listen! Coconut infused pancakes served with caramelized bananas and candied cashews. SAY LESS!

Listen! Coconut infused pancakes served with caramelized bananas and candied cashews. SAY LESS!

 

Late Nights

There was no shortage of adventure! Whether we rented motor bikes, swam with elephants, or hiked to the peaks of Thailand.. the night always ended with food.

This Thai curry pineapple fried rice tasted even better than it looks... seriously

This Thai curry pineapple fried rice tasted even better than it looks... seriously

KA NA MHU SAB: Stir fry Thai kale with minced pork. LIFE!

KA NA MHU SAB: Stir fry Thai kale with minced pork. LIFE!

Can you ever go wrong with stir-fry vegetables?!

Can you ever go wrong with stir-fry vegetables?!

Already missing our group lunches prepared by locals!

Already missing our group lunches prepared by locals!

 

Long Sips

I don't typically drink juice, but I couldn't stay away during the trip. There were so many fruit stands offering fresh squeezed juice (no added sugar, no preservatives... just fruit).  How can you say no to ingredients so pure? 

Apple - Beet - Carrot - Ginger juice to start the day.

Apple - Beet - Carrot - Ginger juice to start the day.

I call this.... Mango In A Bottle. I wish I had a better picture, but I drank it too fast!

I call this.... Mango In A Bottle. I wish I had a better picture, but I drank it too fast!

The most delicious mojito from Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. All hearts!

The most delicious mojito from Chalong Bay Rum Distillery. All hearts!

 

Sweet Treats

This section doesn't really need an explanation. I also didn't really know the names of the treats I ate in Thailand. But honestly... when someone says dessert I typically don't ask many questions!

Heres my "sweet potato bite thing"

Heres my "sweet potato bite thing"

Check these "green tea Twinkie cakes"

Check these "green tea Twinkie cakes"

A caramel shake straight from the high heavens! Words cannot describe how this shake transported my WHOLE life!

A caramel shake straight from the high heavens! Words cannot describe how this shake transported my WHOLE life!

 

Thai Cooking Class!

I tasted so much food in Thailand, but the experience would not have been complete without learning to make a few traditional Thai dishes!

Food prep!

Food prep!

...and more prep!

...and more prep!

Hot and Sour Prawn Soup

Hot and Sour Prawn Soup

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Fried Spring Rolls

Fried Spring Rolls

Deep Fried Banana

Deep Fried Banana

Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango

Sweet Sticky Rice with Mango

The End.

I cant wait to share my next Foodie Adventure with you!

Love,

I RISE

Kamaria Mason

A message from Juhanna Nixon (Part 1)

My journey of losing over 70 pounds and keeping the weight off was such an emotional journey and still is today.  The journey of better health,  active fitness,  and spiritual growth is a lifestyle that will never change or end. Prior to starting, I felt the need to be paired with someone to help me stay accountable which in turn caused a cycle of downward attempts because I wasn't just holding myself accountable but someone else. The more now; as I sit here writing this; I realize that I had put the other individual above me and hadn't focused on what I needed for myself. I had to learn and acknowledge that I have  to do this on my own and for my good, this is not for anyone else,  IT'S FOR ME. The only way to do that is to have God with me to help push me through this. All I do in life is for his glory.  I couldn't watch myself or allow myself to go down a road of high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, dialysis, heart problems, morbid obesity.


I had to RISE UP, above my feelings of doubt, above my compulsion to put others needs before my own. I had to face the fear of being at risk for chronic diseases, take action and fight to avoid becoming another statistic!

You Know What's In Your Food, Huh?

Sham

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The clouds were breathtaking and the sky was beautiful. I was on a plane headed to Miami when things got interesting. My mind was clear. My heart had peace. ..but my stomach?! Oh, my stomach waited until mid-flight to act a complete fool. My brain started searching for quick fixes for an upset stomach. Luckily, the stewardess was making her way down the aisle with the refreshment  cart. I usually get water, but this time I went for ginger ale. You always get ginger ale to settle your stomach, right?   

Ginger can absolutely help with indigestion (and even cramps). I quickly poured my drink and proceeded to sip. While I was sipping, I took a look at the ingredient list.

[Side Bar: Foods are written on the ingredient list by weight. This means the predominant (heaviest) ingredient in the product is listed first... and so on.. ]

So, I'm convinced ginger must be listed in the top three ingredients of my ginger ale... Nah. The ingredients read: Carbonated Water. High Fructose Corn Syrup. Citric Acid. Sodium Benzoate. Natural Flavors. Caramel Color.

I was drinking whole can of soda to help settle my stomach, and ginger wasn't even on the ingredient list.  The closest thing to ginger was natural flavor - who really knows what that means?!

Moral of The Story..?

We have to become informed consumers. Experience has taught us we cannot believe everything people say, and that also applies to food. Please understand these food companies will sell you a dream faster than these men. All you need to do is take an extra seven seconds to glance at the ingredients. There is no reason you shouldn't be able to recognize the things going into your body. 

Love,

Upgrade Your Morning Routine

Sham

"Eat your vegetables." We've all heard it, but how many of us actually do it?

The answer is 13%. THIRTEEN PERCENT of Americans consume at least 2.5 cups of vegetables per day. This means nearly 9 of 10 of us just aren't getting enough.

...So what?

Vegetables are full of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help protect your body from chronic diseases. Meeting the recommendation (2.5 - 3 cups per day) can help you avoid high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and excessive weight gain.

...Now what?
The best advice we can give is simple - Start Early! Even if you have the best intentions, it is hard to squeeze three cups of veggies in at dinner time. You may plan to have a huge salad once you get home in the evening, but as soon as you get the call to go out for pizza with friends... Well, that plan is out the window.

It's time for us to shift the way we think about our meals, and the best place to start is breakfast. Here are 5 ways to upgrade traditional breakfast foods and bring you a step closer to meeting your recommended vegetable intake.

5 Ways To Rethink Breakfast

1. Smoothie - For anyone looking for breakfast on the run, a quick smoothie is a great option. However, not all smoothies get the green light from us. If you load your blender with a ton of fruit, then you are missing the point. Use your morning drink to sneak vegetables into your day. Spinach and kale are always easy additions, but don't be afraid to add other colors. Bits of beet or butternut squash can add a sweet splash.

2. Eggs - Love them or hate them, eggs are a great source of quality protein to begin the day. Even better? ..It is easy to sneak a serving of vegetables in for a delicious meal. You cant go wrong with an omelet or veggie scramble, but sometimes this takes too much time in the morning. Check out our Mini Egg Frittata recipe for an easy grab and go breakfast idea.

3. Toast - Ahhhh.. Toast! We don't mean "dab of butter with a squirt of jelly" toast. We mean the fully loaded, nutrient packed, start your day the right way toast. Avocado toast has made a grand appearance on the brunch scene, but there are other ways to get your veggies up. Here are a few ideas...

  • Red pepper hummus with cucumber, onion, olives and sprinkled feta
  • Thinly sliced mozzarella topped with tomatoes, garlic and basil
  • White bean spread with mushrooms and caramelized onions

4. Oatmeal - Savory oatmeal is on the rise. Yes, people are adding arugula and onions and zuchinni to oatmeal. Not your speed? We understand that not everyone is ready to let go of warm, sweet oatmeal for the sake of a vegetable. We'll just drop this carrot cake oatmeal here.

5. Pizza - ...No, it's not delivery. There is absolutely nothing wrong with pizza for breakfast, but we need to do it right. Have you tried individual pita pizzas? Try taking a whole grain pita and adding your favorite pizza toppings... as long as those toppings include a vegetable. Bake your pita on 425ºF for 8-10min and flourish!

 

Vegetables offer nutrients that have been shown to lower risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and beyond. These are proven #FACTS, and nearly 90% of us still missing the mark. Don't forget that taking the time to properly fuel your body is self-care too.

Love,

Running Forward

Sham

Have you ever felt tired? I mean perpetually tired.. the type of tired that follows you to bed and wakes up with you first thing in the morning. Well that was me for the past two months! Eventually, I realized I needed a vacation.. So somehow I ended up in Miami last week. In addition to getting some much needed rest, I had the opportunity to support my friend during the Miami Marathon (Shoutout to Double A the Juiceman).

Please understand that I am NOT a runner. I had never been to a marathon, let alone considered running one! I had no idea what to expect while searching for a place to spectate. I finally settled in a small cheering section at the end of the race. As I stood at the finish line waiting to see a familiar face, something happened. Every face started to look familiar. I saw people crossing the finish line in tears. I watched people stumble across the finish line in disbelief. Others jumped across the line in vibrant triumph. I could not help but cheer as I watched people push their bodies to new limits. I began to empathize with the emotions I witnessed.

My friend always insisted that running was much bigger than exercise. He continually talked to me about the physical/mental/emotional/spiritual challenge that running can inspire. Standing at that finish line helped me fully understand the message he hoped to convey. In the moment, I decided I would run. Even if I have to do a quarter mile at a time, I will run. And if this inspires you, then I want you to run with me!

I've been diligent with planning healthful meals and practicing discipline in my  faith, but it is time to push my physical limits.

I'll see you at the finish line!

 

Love,

What's Stopping You?

Sham

Photo courtesy of Legacy Design & Photography 

Photo courtesy of Legacy Design & Photography 

Sometimes, the best way to defeat your enemy.. is to admit you have one. As we took time to reflect on 2016, it was easy to pinpoint our biggest rival. Go ahead.. Take a guess!

The thing that held us back the most last year was none other than.. PERFECTIONISM! We spent endless hours and phone calls and emails planning the perfect products for you. We always want to give you our absolute BEST! Often times, this desire for perfection led to extended deadlines and deleted content. Other times, it stopped us from sharing our ideas altogether. 

We know, we know... "It's about progress not perfection." Our transparency is not only to help hold ourselves accountable, but it is for you to hold us accountable too. We have claimed 2017 as our year of why not? When ever an opportunity presents itself to us, then our response will now be "Why -freaking- Not?!"

Now that we've made all these big promises.. there is some exciting news we must share! The Full On Faith store is now open (check the tabs). Our lovely reusable grocery tote is now available for purchase. We are crafting all types of goodies to help you on your empowered wellness journey, so stay tuned!  

Your support means the world to us!

Love,

Kam & Sham 

 

Do you not see it?!

Kamaria Mason

Image courtesy of Pixabay!

Image courtesy of Pixabay!

But forget all that, it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NLT)

NO God, I don’t!!  See most of you are closing out this year celebrating because the holiday season is near, which means new “things” (presents), new experiences (vacation), followed by a new exciting year. However, others of you like me may be struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel because certain events of this year made you feel like you were getting beat down by Floyd Mayweather Jr.! So NO I don’t see it...due to a series of very unfortunate events and terrible people this year may have shaken you to your core.  Making it difficult for you to trust in your friends, family, yourself, even in God. For some of you, this year started out as one of the best years of your life! Things seemed to be falling into place, you were happier than you ever before, and in a moment everything changed.

It's hard to SEE IT, to trust that God is doing something great and new for you, when you wake up in the morning and it feels like as soon as you put two feet on the floor, someone sucker punches you in the stomach making you cower to you knees. It’s hard to FORGET about former things and not dwell on the past when situations in life continually remind you of your past. But Isaiah tells us that we have to get over it! We must forget about former things. That’s our responsibility, that’s what is required in order to receive the promise in this verse.

See if we’re constantly dwelling on our past we can’t see the NEW thing(s) God is doing in our life. We can’t see God making a path in the wilderness (aka the hot mess of life’s current unpleasant circumstances). We can’t see God creating rivers in the dry wasteland (aka my present situation-insert *poop emoji *poop emoji *poop emoji). When we dwell on the past it's impossible to have the faith to see anything new. Essentially, we inflict a self-imposed blindness on ourselves, prohibiting us from seeing the good thing(s) God is creating in NOW.

It’s time to forget on purpose! Take this first step so that you can position yourself in such a way that God can to reveal His newness!

LOOK FORWARD!

LOOK FORWARD!

A Dietitian-Approved Thanksgiving

Sham

We have officially entered holiday season!

Thanksgiving came quickly this year, and dietitians everywhere have been scrambling to find ways to make our holiday favorites a bit healthier. Don't get me wrong... I love lean protein and whole grains as much as the next RD, but there are just some dishes I dare not disrupt. Am I the only dietitian who prefers to indulge in the real thing? ....Of course not! I polled a few of my foodie friends to see what recipes they plan to enjoy "as is" this holiday.

You might be surprised to out these four things...  

 

1. Side Dishes Reign Supreme

Image Captured by Marisa Moore

Image Captured by Marisa Moore

Turkey is cool and all.. but would Thanksgiving really be an event without the sides?

While Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, notes this Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe as a Friendsgiving hit, her real weakness is a bit different. She uses Thanksgiving to savor homemade dinner rolls (join the club), but she doesn't keep them around very long!  "I don’t need extra buttery, soft dinner rolls in my house because I know how it will end. Out of sight = out of mind," said Marisa.

The mastermind behind Bucket List Tummy also chimed in with her cherished holiday tradition - green bean casserole! Sarah Schlichter, MPH, RD, believes there is no touching mom's famous recipe. "I love the classic recipe that my mom has always made, with lots of cream of mushroom soup, whole milk and fried onion ring toppings," noted Sarah. "While I know there are plenty of ways to lighten it up, it's a tradition for my family to have the real thing. Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so I try to focus less on the overall nutrition, but more about the quality of the food and the memories we make eating it."

 

2. Carbs Are A Must-Have

Image captured by Kristina Todini

Image captured by Kristina Todini

Do dietitians only eat non-starchy vegetables for Thanksgiving? ....Ha!

Kristina Todini, RDN, would say otherwise! "While I love to serve colorful vegetable sides, what I really look forward to at Thanksgiving are my Scalloped Potatoes with Leeks, Enoki Mushrooms & Taleggio. Cheese, creamy and oh so delicious," she shared.

However, the carbohydrate train doesn't end with potatoes.  It would not be a good holiday post without mention of macaroni and cheese. Shannon Ebron, MS, RDN, declared "Macaroni and cheese is a holiday favorite where healthy substitutions will not fly with my family." Shannon continued to deliver the facts by adding "This dish is ALL about the cheese, so using whole milk cheese is a must and lots of it. Save the butternut squash and quinoa for something else!"

[ perfect place to insert nail painting emoji 💅🏾 ]

 

3. Sweets Do NOT Get Skipped

Image Captured by Valerie Agyeman

Image Captured by Valerie Agyeman

Is it a side dish or is it a dessert? Who really knows where to place sweet potatoes?!

No matter where you decide to place it, Nathaniel Stritzinger (RD2Be) has a Twice Baked Sweet Potato dish that cannot be denied. "The sweet potatoes are first baked, their contents removed and mixed with just a few tablespoons of butter, and then baked a second time with a scattering of delicious maple brown sugar pecan streusel on top. That’s it," Nate admits. "Easy and attractive, delicious and nutritious. You really can't go wrong!" 

You also can't go wrong with this sweet potato cake (pictured above) from Valerie Agyeman, RDN . "It’s a lightly spiced cake, similar to carrot cake, but made with sweet potatoes and ohhh so moist! Spread some cream cheese icing on top, and your whole holiday is made," said Valerie. She continued to exclaim "I love the holidays, and if you know me, you know that sweets put a smile on my face!" 

 

4. Dietitians are Real People Eating Real Food

Image Captured by Nathaniel Stritzinger

Image Captured by Nathaniel Stritzinger

For anyone who might think dietitians sit around eating salads everyday, understand that is not true - especially not on Thanksgiving!

Eating well means making smart food choices, but it also means allowing  indulgences from time to time. We [FullOnFaith] passionately believe that promoting a healthy relationship with food is just as important as encouraging nutritious eating. This is a judgement free space!

 

So what's a dietitian-approved Thanksgiving? 

A dietitian-approved Thanksgiving is enjoying delicious food, creating amazing memories with family/friends, and finding resourceful ways to express gratitude for all of life's blessings! 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wellness Revolution

Sham

Where has Full On Faith been all month? ...Well, we are glad you asked!

All October we were hanging out at SkyZone Raleigh. We teamed up with the best SkyRobics instructor in NC to bring you Working on Wellness Wednesday. 

 


WHAT WENT DOWN...?

SkyRobics     [@iamjuhannafitness]

  • A jam-packed trampoline workout targeting heart health as well as core strengthing, calisthenics, and weight loss. Can you imagine burning up to 1,000 calories each class?

Full On Faith    [That's Us!]

  •  Understanding nutrition may be the most important piece of building a healthy routine. Are carbs really bad? Does coconut oil save lives? Each week featured a fun chat where we answered those frequently asked *food* questions. 

B Good    [@bgoodraleigh_nc]

  • A chain dedicated to making fast-food "REAL." The lovely Tiffany (best marketing intern) was there providing taste tests to help everyone refuel. Of course, the Kale Crush smoothie was a [not so] surprising crowd favorite.

 

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Working on Wellness series during October. We couldn't imagine spending our Wednesday nights any other way. - Cheers to November -

Bringing food, fitness, and FAITH to every place... even the trampoline park

 Catch us next time! 

FaithFit Feature: Meet JL

Sham

“Hey! Are you a trainer? I am trying to [insert fitness goal here] and I was wondering what is the best exercise for that?  What say you?"
J ohn Lyon , Certified Personal Trainer 

John Lyon, Certified Personal Trainer 

The answer is yes I am a trainer but although I love physical fitness and talking about exercises that are the most efficient for “toning” or strengthening different muscles, I am convinced that many people can find good exercises to do. The real problem is doing those exercises consistently. A lot of exercises that have been around work well when done consistently. So instead of sharing the hottest, new exercise, I am going to share 5 tips that have helped many of my clients consistently workout when they feel like their “get-up-and-go has gotten-up-and-gone.”

 

5 WAYS TO BUILD A CONSISTENT WORKOUT ROUTINE

  1. Find a Workout Partner: Whether you are a beginner or a professional bodybuilder, finding a good workout partner is invaluable.  When you have to be accountable to someone else, it gives you the extra push to get up and go.  You can no longer just hit snooze and go back to sleep because you know you have to answer to someone else.  I recommend finding a partner who is going to be committed so that you feel the pressure to actually be at the gym.  You can even make it fun by agreeing with your partner to charge each other a “fee” on Venmo whenever someone is late or misses a workout. $$$

  2. Dont be a Committment-phobe: There are soooooo many great workout programs out there to choose from (crossfit, circuit training, HIIT training, etc).  However, flirting with each program without committing to just one sets you up to be disappointed.  It is always great when you can consult with a trainer to find a program best suited for you BUT if you cannot do so, simply find a program that works well for you and stick with it.  Depending on the program, I would stay committed for at least 8-12 weeks.  You will see benefits if you stay committed to mostly anything.

  3. Program your body and your mind: Whatever program you choose to follow, workout at the same time on the same days.  This will train your body and your mind to be ready and actually look forward to working out when those times approach.  

  4. Set Goals: Most people that I have worked with were the most disciplined about working out when they were getting ready for their beach trip, wedding, big photo shoot, etc. Those same people would immediately relapse into inactivity after the event was over only to have to do it again the following summer or family reunion.  Continuously setting performance goals for yourself helps you to consistently exercise. I recommend strength/endurance goals vs. body image goals, as those tend to best encourage people to remain consistent and inevitably lead to physique changes. Examples are: Doing 40 pushups, Squatting 30 more pounds, Running a mile 30 seconds faster, etc.

  5. Keep a Record: One way is to keep a journal or simply mark off on a calendar all of the days that you went to the gym.  This will allow you to accurately and visually note if you are being faithful to your plan and will allow you to make accurate judgments to whether you need to change your plan or just be more consistent.


Remember that going to the gym can become very fun and rewarding.  Just give these tips a try and let us know if it helps you stay more consistent.

 

- JL

What's The Real: Peanut Butter Crackers

Sham

Moment of Truth
Now, I have to be honest with you. I grew up in a house FULL of chips, cookies, candy and beyond. If you even mentioned the word "snack" in my parents house, then honey buns might start falling from the sky - (yes, it was that bad). The pantry was always stocked with [junk] food.

Peanut butter crackers, affectionately known as Nabs, were always my favorite childhood snack. You know... the crunchy, smooth, salty, sweet deliciousness that comes in packs of six?

Well, there comes a point in life when you must commit to the upgrade. When I began craving this crunchy goodness last week, I knew it was time to revamp my admired snack. See my equation below!

The Switch Up
Whole Grain Cracker + Natural Peanut Butter - foot long ingredient list = PERFECTION!

The Proof

The Regular Ingredient list

Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Peanuts, Vegetable Oil (contains one or more of the following: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Palm Oil, Soybean Oil), Dextrose, Sugar, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Corn Syrup, Salt, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier).

The Upgraded Ingredient List

Whole Grain Wheat, Vegetable Oil, Sea Salt, Peanuts, Apple (Optional)


It's Your turn!
Feel free to comment with some of your favorite guilty pleasures. We just might find a healthier way for you to enjoy it in our next What's The Real post.

 

 

All food ideas welcome - strict no judgement zone.

 

 

FaithFit Feature: Meet Juhanna

Kamaria Mason

Juhanna you lost over 70 pounds in 1 year and kept it OFF! Tell us about your wellness journey. What inspired you to achieve such significant weight loss?

Growing up I was always about a size 16. I grew up in a small town, so when I went off to college at Wake Tech in Raleigh a lot of things changed and I began to lose weight. When my husband and I had our first child, I started to gain weight again. My pre-pregnancy weight was 148 pounds, at delivery I was 198 pounds, and post-pregnancy I was 193 pounds. At this point I was really concerned about my weight, both of my parents are obese and have several obesity related conditions.

My mother is nearly 300 pounds and she struggles with hypertension and heart problems. She also has a difficult time exercising because the weight caused her to have knee problems, as well as, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. My father is a diabetic who currently is on dialysis. Seeing my parents sick and having to deal with these complications motivated me to change.

What was the first big step in your weight loss transformation?

In 2014, my mother and I set out to start a fitness challenge, but that didn’t last. She quit after 1 week and I quit after 2 weeks. After this failed attempt, I knew something had to change. I wanted to be better for my daughter and my husband. One of my coworkers asked me to do a weight loss challenge with her at work. I won the challenge. I lost 30 pounds!!! This success pushed me to keep going, to fight on. I was determined to achieve a healthy weight.

What challenges did you face during your weight loss journey?

Motivation:
My husband is naturally a small person. So often I was up late at night exercising when he was sleeping and that was in addition to the exercise I would do throughout the day. I had to find an inner motivation.

Backlash:
It was hard for me to stay committed to losing the weight when some of my family members were struggling to lose weight. Due to the challenges they faced, they were not very supportive of my efforts and did not celebrate my successes. I had to constantly remind myself that I was getting healthier for myself, my daughter, and my husband. I had to stay committed regardless of the outside influences, negative or positive. The pushback from my family, pushed me to keep going and made me to fight HARDER!

Sounds like you’ve done the impossible with this weight loss journey. What was your Power Source?

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! That word would come up in me and it gave me the boost to do what I had to do, even when I didn’t I feel like it. I kept saying God I know I can do it, in your Word you said I can, so I’ve gotta keep pushing and keep saying it to myself. My family having obesity-related health problems also motivated me. I had to keep moving FORWARD…God was my force!

What inspired you to start I am Juhanna Fitness?

My desire to help people with their health. An evangelist told me that evangelism occurs in many different forms, ministering to people about being more in tune with their health not only physical but also spiritual. Juhanna means gift from God. So for me, I am Juhanna Fitness is about letting people knowing that they are a gift and showing them how to treat their bodies as a gift.

I’m ready to get movin...where can I work out with you?

After hearing about my weight loss, the owners of Skyzone Raleigh invited me to become a fitness instructor and teach aerobics classes on trampolines (i.e. Skyrobics). I love Skyrobics! I think it is a great fitness alternative because it is low impact, improves balance and it is fun! It is not just jumping, it is a core workout, calisthenics, strength training and cardio. You can burn up to 1000 calories in 1 hour!!

I teach Skyrobics classes at Skyzone (2101 Westinghouse Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604) on the following days:
Wednesday, and Thursday evenings 6:45-7:45pm
Saturday, 9-10am

Be Strong and Courageous!

Kamaria Mason

It’s time to CLAIM the promises of God!

God has promised us joy, peace, love, health and financial freedom, but it’s up to us to claim our promise. God is not your Fairy Godmother always givin handouts. Sometimes you need to put in some work. For you, work may be dismissing the Devil's lies, resisting depression, choosing peace, establishing healthy eating behaviors, becoming more physically active, or creating a budget and paying off debt!

However, you won’t be victorious by wallowing in sadness, being paralyzed by fear, dismissing hope, overspending, eating a pint of ice cream everyday while you watch TV feeling discouraged because you’re overly focused on your undesirable circumstance.

It’s time to GET UP!

It's time to Take Action
It's time to Put in Work
It's time to Open the Door
It's time to Claim What God Promised You!!

I choose to be HAPPY!!!

Kamaria Mason

Dear brothers and sisters, when trouble of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great JOY. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  James 1:2-4 NLT


When is the last time you rejoiced when all hell broke loose in your life? Not the fake it 'til you make it, or puttin on a cheerful church face, but genuinely Rejoiced!  Have you ever sobbed with a smile on your face?  James tells us that WHEN trouble comes our way that we should consider it an opportunity for great joy! To me that seemed crazy...testing of our faith rarely feels comfortable and is often associated with great pain or loss, but yet it is supposed to be an opportunity for joy...Really James?!  But then my faith was tested...it was target practice at Satan's firing range and I was the "Bullseye." The weight of the trials was so heavy that my mind could not comprehend what was happening. All I could do was fix my mind on Christ and smile, even laugh at times. It was then that I experienced supernatural endurance. At my weakest point, God grew my faith through my pain. I chose to fix my mind on His promises, His provision, His reality, and I received His Joy

Make a decision to rejoice today, through the trials, through the pain...chose to fix your mind on Christ and receive His joy. 

Full on Faith Declaration: "I AM HAPPY! I WILL REJOICE!!"

What's The Real: Yogurt

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 We hear so much about the benefits of yogurt. While this creamy snack can be great for protein, calcium, and gut health… There Are LEVELS

For those of us who haven’t tried plain yogurt, it can be a little tart. Some manufacturers sneak in additional ingredients to make their product more appealing. Dyes, preservatives, and thickening agents can all be found in your yogurt container, but the most common add-on: sugar. Yogurt has some naturally occurring sugars (lactose), but these sugars are often accompanied by added syrups, artificial sweeteners, cane juice, juice concentrate, molasses, and beyond.

A small cup of yogurt can have up to 30+ grams of sugar! (For women, the American Heart Association recommends around 25 grams of added sugar per day.) If you have a yogurt snack with 30+ grams of sugar, then how much of that sugar is natural? ..added? ..artificial? Who really wants to play that guessing game?!

Yogurt can be an amazing addition to your food regimen, but not all yogurt is created equal.  Here are three ways to enjoy plain yogurt the way life intended!

 

3 Ways to Make Your Yogurt a LITuation

HONEY ALMOND

The creamy-crunchy-sweet combo is second to none. Make this even better by adding a dash of cinnamon. A drizzle of honey works wonders… don’t you overdo it!

 

 

FRUIT FAVE

I love adding sliced strawberries for sweet treat perfection, but just about any fruit can do the trick. Don’t rule out a good bag of frozen berries! 

 

PB&Dark CHOCOLATE CRUMBLE

 Reese’s who...? Completely transform your snack by swirling in a quality peanut butter and topping it with dark chocolate shavings.  

 

I always crave something sweet after dinner, and these are often my top choices. While it doesn't hit the same spot as a thick oreo milkshake, it certainly satisfies my sweet tooth [and my "summer body" efforts]. 

Comment with your go-to yogurt toppings!

The Narrow Way

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13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

-Matthew 7:13-14


As I read this verse, something struck me. It became clear that it's not enough to apply the word to our spiritual battles. It's not enough to apply the word to our emotional battles. It's not enough to apply the word to our financial battles. The word must apply to every area of our lives. So now it is time to be intentional about applying the word to our HEALTH & FITNESS.

Chances are… If you aren’t personally dealing with chronic disease then you know someone who is. We have gotten to a place where things like high blood pressure and diabetes have become “just a part of getting older.” Well I am here to say this does not have to be the case for you, your family, or anyone in the entire kingdom. While prayer is essential to protection and healing, there is still work required. It takes work to be intentional about making a change.

Now if you want to join this journey, understand THE GATE IS NARROW. There is no quick & easy way to serve God with your life, and this includes your health. So am I saying that you can't order that waist clincher to get your curves popping? Or that juice detox is a bad idea? Not exactly. What I am saying is that those quick fixes will not bring you any closer to meeting your health goals. Things that come easy are often fleeting, and there's not enough time in the world for temporary change.

You’ve been promised an abundant life, but you’ve also been instructed to enter by the narrow gate. You’ve been warned that it will not be easy. Changing your habits WILL NOT BE EASY. Incorporating healthy eating and fitness will not be easy. Ordering the grilled chicken option at chickfila might not be easy. But in the end it will be so worth it to serve God at your best… spiritually, mentally, and physically.

 

What a beautiful day to be Full On Faith.

FaithFit Feature: Dom Talley

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   "Do not spend time expressing your philosophy, but rather embody it. I live fitness, fitness is a part of who I am."

"Do not spend time expressing your philosophy, but rather embody it. I live fitness, fitness is a part of who I am."

Meet Dom! 

 

Q: What should the world know about your testimony?

A: Growing up I had plenty of sports trophies, but not many girl friends. I began to struggle with self-esteem. I just wanted to be like the other little girls. I began to surrender the beauty of Dominique to what I thought a girl should be…all of this just to fit in. Shifting from this confident athletic young girl into what I believed was socially accepted; I began the search, I wanted to know, who was Dominique?

 

Q: What was the biggest key in shifting your focus to fitness?

A: After going on a blind date with a friend of mine and hearing my date say “ I never told you I like big girls” to his friend, I turned to fitness, FAST.  I began to enjoy the journey of finding Dominique. On this journey, I began to make physical, mental, and spiritual changes necessary to fill my personal love tank.

It was not what others thought of me that called for this change; it was centered around how I felt about myself that allowed me to seek my personal legend and continue on this path. Consistency brought forth the results I always envisioned. I began to fill myself up with so much love from the physical care it needed to the mental that it started to overflow to those who surrounded me.

 

Q: How has faith impacted your fitness journey?

A: Life is nothing but a journey; your story has already been written, It is solely up to the individual to fully enjoy each step. As you enter your process understand that it is only a part of the journey and to trust the process 100%. I learned to first trust Him, and then trust myself.

FaithFit Feature-Dom Talley

Stay tuned for a workout from Dom Talley!

The Mission

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CC image courtesy of Georgie Pauwels on  Flickr

CC image courtesy of Georgie Pauwels on Flickr

As soon as I stepped through the doors of the convention center, my heart fluttered. That was my first time sharing an arena with so many women. Thousands of women linked through faith. I felt an immediate connection with every person attending Woman Thou Art Loosed  [women's spiritual empowerment conference] because we were all visibly believing God for something personal. As we joined together in worship, I knew these ladies were not strangers. They were my sisters.

Health was a primary focus throughout the weekend -- much to my excitement. The conference featured stretch breaks and cooking demonstrations to highlight the importance of health, but it was a message from the keynote speaker that really drove it home for me. I listened closely as the lead speaker began to call people to their feet for prayer. He called on women dealing with diabetes to stand. This was followed by a call for women battling obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. Condition after condition until I was the only one left seated on my row.

I looked around this arena through a new lens. I saw thousands of women praying over various chronic diseases... thousands of sisters. At that moment, I realized that I must join my faith with my passion for healthy living to help reach the women standing in that space and beyond. I was smacked in the face with purpose, and Full On Faith was born. 

Our mission is to inspire communities to put action steps behind faith for healthier lives through nutrition, fitness, and spiritual growth. Through trials and triumphs, we promise to share everything about food and fitness on this journey of faith. 

 

Without further delay.. We invite you into the heart of Full On Faith.