Living Life Fit with Angel Ballance (Week of Jan 31)

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Faith for Life Fit: The Emotional Eating Rollercoaster 🎢

I still remember that moment gripping the steering wheel thru tears as I listened to a Lysa Terkeurst book and recognized my plea to God thru her words: “God, unsettle me.” ✌🏼
Until we give it over to Him, we’ll continue to think we are wrestling with chips and cookies. When the real battle is going on within our own souls.
The problem isn’t the cookie. We could make the cookie “healthier” but our emotional eating self would still be at it. In that cyclical self sabotage rat trap 🪤 of a life. Reaching for wrapped up goodies and treats in moments of frustration instead of wrapping ourselves up in our Saviour for soul balm and dealing with life His way instead of our own messed up attempts at controlling everything “how we want it”.
After that car ride home … I gave it over to Him and let Him tell me something about what, when, how, and why to eat. And when I felt the urge to run to cookies for comfort, I learned to run to Him first.
And Eventually … Him first became a Way of Life. Completely breaking me free from the bondage of emotional eating.
And yes, sister: make no mistake. I was a 30-something -years slave to it. I never want to see that level of “not” living , ever again.

Recipe: Vegan Slow Cooker Stew

Today, let’s talk veggies – I’ve got 3 easy ways to eat more veggies… plus a tasty veggie-packed stew recipe that makes a hearty dinner! 

🥕 Make a zucchini lasagna – just take your favorite lasagna recipe + replace the pasta noodles with stripes of zucchini sliced with a vegetable peeler. Quick tip: salt the zucchini, let it sit for 15 minutes, and pat it dry with a paper towel to draw out the extra water.

🥕 Add extra veggies to your sauces + dressings – for example, if you’re making a marinara sauce, add some chopped onions, bell peppers, and leafy greens. You can also puree roasted root vegetables for some thick, hearty sauces (carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, beets…). Or try making pesto with roasted beets – yum!

🥕 Blend veggies into your smoothies – think spinach, kale, frozen cauliflower or zucchini… get creative!

Ok, here’s the recipe I promised!

Vegan Slow-Cooker Stew


1 tsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

2 cups low-sodium organic vegetable broth

1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, no added salt

2 15-oz. cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed

1 Tbsp. curry powder

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, finely chopped

½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)

½ tsp. ground black pepper

1 dash ground cayenne pepper (optional)

1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets

1 (10-oz.) bag raw baby spinach

1 cup lite coconut milk


Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over high heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

Place onion mixture in a 3-quart slow cooker. Add broth, tomatoes (with juice), chickpeas, curry powder, maple syrup, ginger, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. 

Mix well; cover. Cook on high for 3 hours.

Add cauliflower. Mix well; cover. Cook on high for 1 hour.

Add spinach and coconut milk. Mix well; cover. Cook on high for 10 minutes, or until spinach wilts.

How do you increase your veggie intake?

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Spirit Week FOR fun !!! Plus… prizes 😉 ♥️

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Hey FIT friends!!! Let’s do this together!!!

Spirit Week is coming! As we get ready to launch our February Fit challenge, we wanted to have a little extra fun in the spirit of being FIT. Check in each day this week for a Spirit Week post and follow along with our fun challenges!

There will be little dress-up challenges and we want to see YOU help us celebrate this incredible community and all the hard work you’ve put in!

Peek ahead at the daily challenges below and make plans to Participate in Spirit Week posts WITH SELFIES starting on MONDAY!!!

💥 Every day you participate gets you entered in our “Most FIT Spirit” prize drawing!

🎟 Win some free goodies from us just by having fun and posting a pic each day 🤩

❤️‍🔥 MONDAY – wear a hat
❤️‍🔥TUESDAY – wear black and red
❤️‍🔥WEDNESDAY- wear a winter item
❤️‍🔥THURSDAY – wear 90s or neon
❤️‍🔥 FRIDAY – put your feet up!

Brainstorm some ideas below in the comments with me as I plan out my week.

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