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Vegan Cafe’ Latte’ Shakeology!

I have been waiting for this since the original version came out!!

Love my morning coffee and I love my Shakeology.  Last year the two were COMBINED!!!! 😍

But, alas, I could not have it because the main protein was whey, and my stomach and whey do not get along 🤢.

I have been finishing up my Vegan Chocolate Shakeology and now my order of Cafe’ Latte’ is on its way 😁

There are a lot of meal replacement and protein shakes available to us now.  And the science behind their development has made vegan versions SO much better in flavor and texture that even non-vegans are switching to vegan proteins for the ease in digestion and increase in plant based protein (i.e. Extra veggies!).

I love this product for myriad reasons,  the main one is convenience.  I get a variety of produce that I don’t usually buy at the store or would have to special order.  I don’t have to think about what is going into the blender to give me a great flavor and texture, that has already been done in the Shakeology labs.  As a parent, it allows me to take care of me quickly, with little effort, while I am busy holding the fort down.

Here’s a little insight into what goes into Shakeology.


This is the ingredient list for Vegan Chocolate Shakeology.  It is a better quality photo of all the ingredients, so imagine no cacao and instead natural coffee flavors!

Every person is different, so their nutritional needs are different.  There is never a one-size-fits-all model, but there are always better starting points.  Many people forget that you cannot out workout a crappy diet, and a true “diet” is not a temporary thing that you do to look good for an event.  A true “Diet” is what you are stuffing in your face on a daily basis.  Is what you are eating helping you with your goals or holding you back from what you want?!?!

If you need help getting your health on track, this is a great place to start

Leave me a comment below or find me on Facebook and Instagram.  Let me know where you are at, what are your goals? What is easy for you, what are your struggles?  The journey is real and it doesn’t have to be alone!

As always, I’ll see you on the other side!

Help reduce exercise-induced inflammation!

“EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!”

We have all heard or said the phrase a million times in our lives.

We all know that produce is good for us, but many people don’t always know “WHY”

I do a lot of research when I am highlighting my favorite foods, and come across many articles that give the information so much better than I could write it.  The following is a portion of one such article written by Trevor Thieme C.S.C.S. A link to Full article below.




… Odds are you, [like many people, have ignored advice to “eat your veggies” at some point or] for even your entire life. Your mom nagged you about eating your broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Your doctor advises you to “eat the rainbow.” And you likely have at least one vegan friend who wants to convert you — or at the very least replace some of the meat in your largely carnivorous diet with plants. Even Michelle Obama has got in on the act, imploring you and every other American to eat more fruits and veggies. And like Murphy (and most other Americans), odds are you don’t listen: Only 1 in 10 people in the United States eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, according to a report from the CDC.

That’s a problem. “If you’re not eating at least two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables per day, you’re not building ‘foundational health,’ which is key for preventing disease and supporting athletic performance,” says Susan Kleiner, PhD, R.D., author of The Powerfood Nutrition Plan. If she had her way, you’d eat eight servings.

While nutritionists have long known about the athletic advantages of increasing protein intake, they’re only just beginning to comprehend the fitness benefits of eating more phytonutrients — bioactive (i.e., body-boosting) compounds found in fruits, vegetables, grains, and other “phyto” (plant) foods.

“One of the most exciting benefits of phytonutrients is their strong antioxidant potential, disarming free radicals that wreak havoc in the body,” says Kleiner. “But it’s also bigger than that—scientists are learning that some phytonutrients seem go deep into the genetic matrix, turning on and off genes that protect us from disease development.”

That potential of phytonutrients to bolster the immune system is hugely important for athletes, who often run themselves down through overtraining. “One of the biggest things that holds athletes back is getting sick, and research shows that some phytonutrients can act as prebiotics, stimulating the growth of bacteria in your gut, thus helping to boost immunity,” says Kleiner.

Polyphenols — found in abundance in green tea — are among them, according to Japanese researchers.

But perhaps the greatest benefit of phytonutrients — especially as far as athletes are concerned — is their ability to fight exercise-induced inflammation. “The nature of training is to tear the body down, and the body is extraordinary in its ability to repair and rebuild its tissues to become stronger,” says Kleiner. “But part of that process involves an inflammatory response — inflammatory cells rush to the damaged tissue, heat it up, and begin repairing it.”

If you’ve ever felt sore a couple of days after a tough workout (a phenomenon known as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS), you’ve felt the inflammatory process at work. A little inflammation is a good thing — it helps your muscles adapt to the demands of training (and you to become more powerful). “But if you don’t have enough anti-inflammatory factors in your body, the inflammation process can proceed unchecked, which can delay recovery,” says Kleiner.

Fortunately, you don’t have to eat every single plant to reap the benefits; you just have to eat a variety of them, according to Kleiner. “And by variety, I mean not only among food groups, but also within food groups,” she says. In other words, while you might love bananas, Amaranth, and Swiss chard, don’t just eat bananas, Amaranth, and Swiss chard. Becoming stuck in a dietary routine is just as detrimental as getting stuck in training rut.
Click for suggestions on what to eat to stay out of a food rut


In short, your mom, doctor, and vegan friend were right — you should eat a greater number and variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. “And whenever possible, skip pills for whole foods,” says Kleiner. “There’s a lot we have yet to discover about phytonutrients, but one thing we do know is that they’re more potent when they work synergistically with other nutrients in foods than when they’re taken [and working] alone.”

Click Here for the full article by Trevor Theime C.S.C.S

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Fitness Just for Moms!!

Many moms struggle with getting there core strength back after having kids.  This is probably the question I get most from moms, “how do I get ‘this’ (grabbing ab skin) to go away?!?”

As a mom I get it, growing a human takes a toll on your body.  It also took the better portion of a year to do it!!!  So the first thing to remember is patience and consistency will be your friend.  Also, I am not a medical doctor, so when you can start exercising again is between you and your Doc, every woman is different.

Here is a great interview with Jericho McMatthews, co-creator of Core De Force,an MMA styled, core building, sweat producing, endorphins releasing workout!

Jericho had her first child in April of 2015, so she has first hand experience of what it is like to go from post baby to athlete body.

As interviewed by Amy Klein

Q: When is a good time for a new mom to start getting in shape?

Jericho McMatthews: Obviously it depends on the doctor’s orders. If you have a vaginal delivery, it’s usually 2-4 weeks. If you have a C-section, it’s around six weeks. After having my son, I was the most deconditioned I’d been since I can remember. As a trainer I’d kept myself in peak condition—even during pregnancy. I was teaching roughly nine classes a week until my eighth month. I delivered six days past my due date and ended up with an unexpected C-section. I remember trying to sit up—I didn’t have the core strength, which was such a new feeling for me. After my first workout—a 30-minute high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—I cried. It was so emotional for me because I knew what I had ahead of me to get back into great physical shape. My body was telling me to start slower, so I modified when needed and my fitness came back fairly quickly.

Q:
How can a new mom find the time and energy for working out?

Jericho McMatthews: I feel like those first several weeks are such a blur. You’re so exhausted, you’re trying to figure out a new schedule and a new groove to get into. What I would advise for new moms is to not focus on the scale or looking a certain way, rather to focus on being healthy and happy, along with the health and happiness of your baby. Focusing solely on the scale or shape of your body is just detrimental to the psyche.

Q
: Do you think there’s a lot of pressure to get your body back?

Jericho McMatthews: Absolutely. There are so many unrealistic expectations placed on new moms to bounce back to their pre-baby body when every new mom’s journey and circumstances are so very different. It makes me sad to hear about women giving up on breastfeeding so they can go on a crazy diet to drop the pounds. Listen to your body and be patient with yourself—don’t beat yourself up if you don’t workout. If your baby is teething or has a fever you might have to miss your workout. Since your child is now your first priority, things are going to happen and you have to roll with it. Be flexible and do your best!

Q
: With everything going on, why do you think a mom should try to get back in shape?

Jericho McMatthews: I think the most important thing about being strong is what it does for your confidence, your self-esteem. It’s a ripple effect that improves all areas of your life. Being in shape helps you sleep better, makes you happier from the inside out. Also, when so much of our youth is overweight, it’s extremely important to set an example. It’s a form of self-respect. Treating your body well, eating healthy food, and exercising are all ways of showing respect for yourself.

Q
: Why is core work so important for new moms?

Jericho McMatthews: Those are the muscles that are the most deconditioned during pregnancy—they get stretched out. Your core is everything—it helps you with your posture, helps to prevent low-back pain, supports your pelvic area, but it’s the muscle group we lose the most during pregnancy, so that’s where we need to work to get back to where we were. Even women that don’t have C-sections will have weak pelvic muscles.
Some women believe that after giving birth they are damaged. But your entire body is connected and with a total body transformation program like CORE DE FORCE, you can get your body back in shape while having some fun. You just need to be patient and stick with it.

The program offers both cardio and resistance-training workouts, and we engage the core muscles with each move by focusing on core rotational movement. So, it’s really perfect for new moms who want to strengthen their core.

Q: And you can do CORE DE FORCE from your home?

Jericho McMatthews: Yes! Which is so helpful for new moms who struggle with getting to a gym and having to pay for daycare. At-home workouts is where it’s at for new moms who don’t have a lot of time, where they can’t go anywhere to do a workout. With Beachbody On Demand, there are so many options for quick, effective workouts new moms can do at home.
                          

Q: How does CORE DE FORCE strengthen the core, specifically?
Jericho McMatthews: Our core extends way beyond our “abs” and has three-dimensional depth and functional movement in all three planes of motion. Mixed martial arts is one of the best ways to train and strengthen the entire core, since striking combinations require full-body rotation with force generated by the core. We focus and emphasize this type of work in CORE DE FORCE along with isolated core exercises that build functional strength from the inside out.
Q: Is it really possible to get your body “back?”
Jericho McMatthews: Yes, but patience is key. There are many factors that play an important role in weight loss for new moms, which vary from person to person. Hormones, genetics, and lifestyle can make a huge difference in the process. Being sleep-deprived produces more cortisol, which is the stress hormone that makes your body hang onto weight. But it is possible. You do the best you can, and in a lot of cases, your body might not look exactly the same. I hope women can be okay with that—because in the end, you have a beautiful child and that’s comparable to nothing!

Just remember to keep moving and listen to your body, rest is just as important to your health as good food and exercise!

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Meal Prep 101

Here is a great article written by Grant Stoddard.

As a working parent I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to get the best food into myself and my kids without making all of us wait at the end of a long, grueling day.

These are some of the basic tips in his article.  I will link to the full article below!

Why Meal Prep?

Be prepared. It’s a slogan that’s stood the test of time because the relationship between looking ahead and successfully meeting one’s goals is undeniable. When it comes to what you eat and how you eat, preparedness matters if you want to reach your health and fitness goals. And, meal prepping helps you do just that!

What is Meal Prep?

Amy Shapiro, M.S., R.D., C.D.N. of realnutritionnyc defines meal prepping as preparing, cooking, or packaging food for three to four days in advance so you know exactly what and how much you are eating.

Research published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine saw a link between the amount of participants spent on home food preparation and the quality of their diet. What’s more, meal prepping can be a great time-saver. “I think of meal prepping as a way to put lunch, breakfast, or even dinner on autopilot for the week,” says Atlanta-based dietitian nutritionist Marisa Moore M.B.A., R.D.N., L.D. “You do all of the major chopping, cooking and cleaning on one day!”

(Hello!  Leslie here!  Had to add my 2 sense – This is also my way of getting my kids into the kitchen and teaching them life skills like using a knife properly, How to use the stove and oven, food safety, clean-up, and best of all there is less fighting about meals because when they help they get a say in what we eat as a family!)

 

How to Start Meal Prepping

Start Small

If you not calculating calories yet, but just want to make more healthy food choices, start small by meal prepping a few of those! Planning ahead and prepping your meals can be a great way to make more healthy choices and avoid temptation! …

Stock Up on Meal Prep Essentials

Before we talk about a grocery list, you may need to dust off some other items to set yourself up for meal prep success. Check the full article for some meal prep basics you should have before you begin!

Pick a Day to Meal Prep

Moore recommends starting on a Sunday or Monday. Sundays often work well since most people have a little extra time. She adds that people also tend to be more motivated to engage in healthy behaviors at the beginning of the week. “Meal prep is a great way to carry that enthusiasm throughout the week with just a little effort upfront,” she says.

Come up with Easy Meals to Prep

Planning your meals for the week doesn’t have to be complicated. At first it might seem a little daunting, but it’s surprising how many different meals you can make with just a limited number of ingredients. Beachbody offers dozens of free meal preps that have already done all the heavy lifting for you!  Most are five days long, there are vegetarian, vegan, grain-free options, and even no-cook options. The meal preps are divided by calorie level and most include step-by-step instructions and a grocery list.
More Tips to Make Meal Prep Easy:
Include some no-cook recipes in your meal prep. Snacks like Shakeology and foods that don’t require cooking (like salads and overnight oats) can help save time in the prep process.

(Leslie, back again! Here is a link to one of my favorite pre-made meals, Stuffed Peppers.  They freeze well, fill you up and the stuffing can be used for many things!)

Here is the link to the full article

If you would like access to the Team Beachbody library of meals to prep for free, Click here!

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Get Refreshed!!

I would like to start off with, yes this post has a product you can purchase and yes I make a commission if you do!  There my CYA is here and I can get on with it😉


It’s Refresh time again, and I’m putting it out there because any diet change, even a 3 day cleanse can be challenging for some.

I try to do this cleanse about once a quarter, but more often if I feel sluggish or just “off.”

I love it because it’s only 3 days, the meal prep is easy and I feel better when it’s done.

This time I’ve added a video from Carl Daikeler and his wife Isabelle who developed the Refresh, to give a better understanding of why it was made and some of the scientifically proven benefits.

http://videos.coach.teambeachbody.com/share/shared-video.html?lang=en-US&videoId=9E2fSe8TTe4&coachId=313434

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As always, I’ll see you on the other side!!

Some Healthy Motivation

New year, new you! How many time have you heard that so far this year?!?

Many of us get gung-ho at the beginning of each year either with fitness, nutrition or both. For some it works, for others the motivation fizzles out around February😬

I think the biggest thing is remembering to meet your body where it’s at, with all of the cravings and weakness. Develop habits one at a time and make a life long change so health doesn’t have to be your resolution each year.

This is a great video showing that the best way to get started is to get started! Make the choice to move each day, put one new healthy thing in your body each day and watch the transformation.

The process can be slow, which sometimes is the cause for becoming disenchanted with the effort. But, remember this, you didn’t get to your level of unhealthy quickly. It took time and effort and habit to get you to where you are and it will take the same things to change. The only difference is the time is being spent moving,stretching, strengthening your body. The effort will move you closer to your goal each day. The habits are positive ones that allow your body to operate at maximum level.

If you want some help getting started let me know. You can also begin your journey at home. Click the link for more information on how to get yourself started, and then let me know you’re ready to begin. Sometimes accountability (and a swift kick in the virtual pants 👖 ) is what is needed to stay on track.😉

Cleaning out the System…

We’ll Fall is upon us and I feel like crap!!!😆. 

I know myself well enough to know when (and, frankly, why) I get off track.  For me it’s summer vacation. And I’m not talking about the week you spend at the beach with the family, I’m talking the whole freaking vacation!  

My kids are super active and therefore I keep them very busy, so our sports and activities usually take us into early July.  With the dairy allergies in the family we are mostly on point with nutrition (cut me some slack for the dairy free ice cream!😍) but once that practice/performance/game routine is broken my personal routine goes right out the window too! And once I stop working out, those little cheats and treats start adding up.

I have noticed in the last couple of weeks I’m craving more sugar filled and processed carb-rich foods 🍞.  I need more than one cup of coffee ☕️in the morning.  The last straw for me was waking up yesterday with my head feeling completely puffed up and swollen and sniffling all day. I made myself have allergies by not taking care of my body!!😡

So back on track I go!  I think this is the hardest part for everyone, getting started!

“What do I do first?” Is a question everyone has. For some it’s getting a movement program going and creating that habit, others it’s cleaning the crap out of the cupboards.  For me however, it’s a digestive reset. I don’t do any major restrictive cleanse or detox, cause frankly I’m a scary person when I’m hangry 😖. So I, instead try to heal my digestive tract for a few days (while cleaning non-essentials from my kitchen).


3 DAY REFRESH LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL GREAT!

This is the product(s) I use. Yes, this is an affiliate link😉!  But I love it, so I promote it. It’s quick, painless, and easy to use. I typically do it over a weekend and my third day is Monday. 

The biggest thing is finding what works for you and getting a system down BEFORE the holidays get here!  Set yourself up right this fall and winter ❄️ so you aren’t fighting next spring for your swimsuit figure. Work now and develop habits that will have you shedding your winter gear with pride!!

Till next time!😉

You are what you eat!

This info graphic explains it all! 

You body literally becomes what you choose to put in it. Are you choosing to be healthy and full of life or are you choosing to be a bunch of junk?!?!?! 

photo courtesy of David Avocado Wolfe at http://www.davidwolfe.com

 
One of the ways I get my nutrition in is by drinking Shakeology.  I feel full for hours and it tastes good, which can be hard to come by.  There’s lots of different flavors to choose from, and you can taste test each one with this sampler pack.  Click on the picture for more information on Shakeology and what it can do for you! 

Shakeology 7-Day Sampler

13 Ways to Get Your Fitness Journey Started

If you haven’t exercised or tried to eat clean in a while (or ever!), Day 1 of a 30, 60, or 90-day fitness and nutrition program can feel intimidating.
It doesn’t have to be. Here are several small things you can do to get started. With these simple tips, you can begin to prepare your body and mind for a healthier lifestyle before you even break a sweat or eat your first green vegetable. Though you could snack on some snap peas while reading this article…

Figure Out How Many Calories You Should Eat

Knowing is half the battle, right? Use this simple method to determine approximately how many calories you should try to eat each day, or consult your fitness program’s nutrition guide, and begin to make small adjustments to reach that daily goal. Using a nutrition tracker like MyFitnessPal can be extremely useful in helping you figure out how many calories are in the foods you eat and where you’re overindulging.

Stretch

Get those muscles ready to move. If you haven’t used them in a while, do some gentle stretching to wake them up and get familiar with the current limits of your flexibility. Knowing where you’re tight can help prevent injury. 

Start to Move More

Even if you’re not Pushing Play yet, you can begin to make an effort to move your body more every day. Take a walk, stand (or do squats!) when you talk on the phone, take the stairs, park a little farther away from your destination, stretch during television commercials, rearrange the furniture in your living room. What suggestions do you have for adding gentle movement to your day? Share your ideas in the comments.

Drink Water

Being dehydrated can make you sore even if you don’t exercise. Set yourself up for success, and minimize initial muscle soreness, by drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to the start of your fitness program. Get in the habit of drinking enough water every day. A great way to start is drink half your body weight, in ounces, each day. Ex: 150 lb person should get in 75 ounces of water each day.

Throw Away Junk Food

Empty your desk, cupboards, fridge, freezer, car, and secret snack stash drawer of foods and drinks you know you shouldn’t be eating. If you want to reach your fitness goal, prevent temptation by removing junk food from your house. If the packaged foods are unopened, donate them. We know you spent good money on those Ding Dongs and Doritos, but they are doing the opposite of helping you reach your health and fitness goals. 

Build a Healthy Pantry

Now that you’ve eliminated the processed junk food from your home, replace it with good-for-you staples that will help you create healthy meals every day. Here is a list of 17 pantry essentials to get you started.

Set Up Your Work Out Space

This could be as easy as moving the coffee table in your living room, or as elaborate as setting up a dedicated gym in your garage or basement. You won’t need much space to exercise, but it’s a good idea to figure out where you’ll do it and make the space usable and inviting for the workouts you’ll be doing.

Plan an Outing that Involves Exercise

A great way to get into the spirit of exercise before you actually commit to a fitness program is to plan activities with friends that get you moving. Invite friends or family for a hike, go ice skating, or organize a softball or flag-football game.

Find Your Reason Why

In this video, Tony Horton says, “If you’re really caught up in the numbers on the scale, or the dress size, and what’s happening with the tape measure, chances are that doesn’t really motivate or inspire you. Find a new purpose. Find a new reason why. The reason why has got to be so powerful, so strong that you’re not going to quit, you’re not going to fail, and you’re going to be consistent, and show up 5-7 days a week for the rest of your life.” Watch the whole video here to find out Tony’s “Reasons Why.” What’s your Reason Why? Let us know here!

Build a Support System

Getting fit doesn’t have to be something you do alone! Announce your commitment to get healthier and stronger to your friends, family, and coworkers. Start or join a Challenge Group, join a Facebook group, or recruit workout buddies and accountability partners to help you stay motivated when your resolve starts to slip or you feel tempted to make unhealthy choices.

Make Time in Your Schedule

Figure out when you’ll fit exercise into your daily schedule and begin to make adjustments to reserve that time slot every day. Will you work out in the morning? During your lunch break? In the evenings? Schedule exercise time in your calendar and commit to it as an important meeting with yourself. You wouldn’t skip a meeting with your boss just because you feel tired or grumpy, would you? No, you’d be there on time with a smile on your face and do your best to impress.

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It’s OK to Start Slowly

You don’t have to Push Play and go full speed on the first day. If you’ve been spending the last few months or years sitting on the couch, just do what you can. It’s OK to start with a few minutes of exercise and work your way up to a full workout. Five or ten minutes of exercise a day is better than no minutes. Try to add one minute each day until you can do a full workout. In his article, 5 Steps to Avoid Muscle Soreness, fitness expert Steve Edwards said, “It’s very tempting to begin an exercise program with a lot of enthusiasm, but try your best to go at a reasonable pace. If you’ve never exercised, or it’s been a long time since you have, go much easier than you feel you are capable of on Day 1 and ramp things up at a pace that is based on how you feel. If you’re not sore, go a little harder the next day. If you’re a little sore, take it down a notch.”

Author – Kirsten Morningstar

Photo Credit – TeamBeachbody.com

X Your Way Through The Holidays!

This time of year we start bringing the workout indoors (if we bring it in at all!!)

I am one to get bored with my workouts, even the one’s I design myself! SO I decided this year I’m starting my New Years Workout Revolution a little earlier.

We are ALL familiar with Tony Horton’s P90 series. If you’re not you must have been living under a rock for the last decade!  This series runs 90 days start to finish which is perfect for the holiday streak of Fall and Winter celebrations that will begin soon.

October 5th I will begin P90X3, this version is dynamic, heart pumping, fat blasting exercise done in 30 minutes each day!💪

Each P90 series has its own focus, so everyone can find the one that works best for them.

P90 – For Everyone

P90 90-Day Body Transformation for Everyone

P90X – The Original

P90X2 – Take it up a notch


P90X3 – Time Crunched?!?


For you who like the freedom of streaming – I’ve got you covered too!

CLICK. STREAM. SWEAT.

 

If you no longer know where your copy is, any of these links can help you get another.

Get a group together, have your spouse jump in with you, help your kids burn off some of that cabin fever (or sugar high!)

Make it through this holiday season heathy and fit, knowing you are going to look AWESOME in each and every party outfit you wear!

Join the Facebook page where we will talk food, water, modifications and just plain keep each other motivated throughout 90 days of Fitness!