Elements of Fitness – A Mother's Memoir

Overweight Becomes a Lean and Mean Mom of 3

I may not have introduced myself.  Some of you know me, some of you don’t…  some of you I have been friends with for YEARS and some we’ve never met but have only connected online.  I don’t like to post pictures of the kiddos and I’m not all about the selfies as much as others, but you may be able to relate better knowing that I’m a single Mom of 3 and they are my world.  We are just as busy as you and we still make the time to work out.  I keep the kids in sports to make sure they stay busy and aren’t home creating unhealthy habits.  I post a lot about fitness and nutrition but have you ever wondered why I do what I do?

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Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, AZ

Have you ever wondered what exactly I do as a fitness coach?  Have you wondered how I got here?  Have I always been  shape?  (uhhhh no – I haven’t.)  How did a stay at home Mom turn working Mom with a fitness business?

I haven’t always been into fitness.  But I have always been an athlete.  I lived and breathed gymnastics until I was about 14, then I wanted to do team sports for my school (soccer, tennis, volleyball).   I was in shape but working out was not the fun part of my day.   I used to hate running.  I would do it because a lot of sports needed the cardio conditioning but I didn’t like it, and I didn’t eat right, etc.

Before kids, I could eat whatever I wanted just like when I was a teenager and not gain a pound!  But now, that’s not so much the case.  Once I had my first child, Kaitlyn (with whom I gained 64 pounds!), I could not lose that weight.  I tried every diet under the sun, got a gym membership thinking that would help, etc.

Pregnant but still overweight

Pregnant but still overweight

But I didn’t stick with it.  My husband at the time could still eat whatever he wanted and the scale would not be affected so I would gradually go back to eating like he and I always did.  Then 7 months after giving birth we were pregnant again.  It was what we wanted because I always wanted to have my kids close in age and we knew we weren’t done, HOWEVER, I never got back to my pre-pregnancy weight first.

With baby #2, I was determined not to gain another 64 lbs!  (BTW, this before pic ——–>      was really hard to post!) I did a little working out while I was pregnant with her and I ate a lot better.  Not good, like I do now but better.  I only gained 24 lbs with Britney.

After she was born was right around the time that low carb diets were the thing.  And I was sold when I read that I didn’t need to work out, I could just eat low carb.  HA!  I dropped all the baby weight and then some!  Then it became that the only time I would work out was when I ate really bad the day before.  So now that I knew I could just eat low carb whenever I had some weight to lose I went back to eating atrociously!  Then I would work out twice a week if that.

Well as the girls were getting older, I decided to start cooking and making more home cooked meals at home.  I was a huge advocate for nursing since formulas were getting so much criticism for their ingredients and I was reading more and more about baby foods and how easy it was to make at home AND this way you knew what was going in to your child’s mouth.

That lead me to start watching and learning about the foods I was eating.  All the crap sold in the supermarket were 90% chemicals!  I started trading in the commercialized grocery stores for farmers markets and Trader Joe’s (Whole Foods wasn’t in Phoenix yet).  I also started buying organic whenever we could afford to.  I started with vegetables that grew in the ground and then meats was next.

After seeing and FEELING the results of just eating right it motivated me to want to get toned and in shape especially since I knew how to eat now!  Food was fuel now, not comfort.

Now comes the year 2007, I was in better shape then I was when I was a teenager, even had more energy then I did then.  We were running, biking, I had a gym membership where I would do spin class 2- 3 times a week, my girls and my ex and I all belonged to a dojo where we were all there at least 3 times a week.  I even taught yoga there for a while for some of the moms that had kids in the karate classes.  In June I found out that I was 4 1/2 months pregnant with Baby # 3, my son Frankie!  He was due in December!   So I had 4 short months to plan to have a baby!  But I didn’t want to stop working out.  I was mostly doing cardio anyways:  running, hiking, rollerblading, spin class, kickboxing and yoga at the dojo.

Frankie was born and I ended up only gaining 22 lbs.  My doctor towards the end was concerned that I hadn’t gained enough weight.

Then I started to want to help other Moms!  My girls started cheer and would have regular practices in a park, their Coach asked me if I would be the squad’s conditioning coach so now I started doing that every Tuesday and Thursday.  Soon after, some of the Moms of the girls recommended I do a fitness bootcamp where they could come work out.  We did and soon more and more moms showed up.  I would get the girls warmed up for cheer and then I would move over to the Moms!  It was fun.  We all created a close bond and I even helped some of them get ready to run their first marathons.

I started a blog, THIS ONE, hence why its name is Mom-related and not fitness related.  🙂  When I first created it, I started talking about tips to help breastfeeding Moms and nutrition was one of the most common posts because the questions were all closely related to the Mom being able to produce enough milk for a growing baby, etc. and then it started connecting me with women who were likeminded all across the country.

2008It was about this time that my neighbor introduced me to P90X.  Frankie was not even 2, Britney was 7 and Kaitlyn was 8 1/2.  My hands were full.  I was in shape but not getting toned.  I was still doing a ton of cardio.  P90X had weights and I knew I had to add that in.  I was always afraid of weights, always thought I would like a man, etc.  I was ready for a change.  I always wanted a personal trainer and now I had my own in MY HOUSE!!  It was amazing.

1st round of P90X

1st round of P90X

 

This was me in Cabo after the 1st round P90X.  I did the lean program and I refused to eat the P90X way.  I thought I knew more about what my body needed than this nutrition ‘guide’ telling me to eat 100 carbs a day!  At that point, I would barely eat 100 carbs in 4 days!!  I thought I had this whole fitness thing down and all I needed was to add weights.  HAHA.  I would be exhausted half way into the workout, or getting really bad headaches right after.  So I knew something was wrong.

 

 

90 days later 2nd Round P90X results

90 days later 2nd Round P90X results

The lack of carbs is why my first round didn’t get me the results I anticipated.   I added a little muscle but nowhere near everyone else’s 90 day results.  This got me so mad!  So then right away, I started the classic program and I ate exactly how it told me to, even bought Shakeology.  I was posting my results pics on Facebook and friends and family were the first to notice.  Then I started helping other people get through their first round of P90X.

After 3 rounds of P90X, I decided to switch it up with Insanity.  I loved Insanity because it was a more intense version of P90X’s cardio days and guess what I started thinking P90X was too EASY!!  On the P90X cardio days, (Tuesdays and Saturdays) I would do the Max Cardio Circuit from Insanity instead of PlyoX.

I started connecting with people on the Facebook P90X message boards and through my blog.  I was helping people get through the programs but not getting paid for it!  And then Tony Horton shared my blog post of How you know You’re Addicted to P90X.

I knew I could help other Moms too… and realize everyone can do this too.   Being a Coach has been one of the greatest blessings in my life.  It got me in the best shape of my life, I have a healthy relationship with food, I have spent more time learning about myself, learning about others, and learning ways to better help YOU.

You do not have to be a fitness expert or nutritionist to be a successful Coach.  All you need is the desire in your heart to help others.  Beachbody is all about helping others.  They provide the tools you need to change your body, the nutrition your body is craving, a Coach who is always there for you… (ME!) and the network of likeminded people that you can connect with on Team Beachbody.

If you are interested on learning more please contact me.   We do a very brief 15-20 min webinar once a week and you will see how it easy it is to do the same thing I do!

Let’s get in touch and work on You together!  What do you have to lose??  You never know, it could be supplemental income for you too OR even become your main source of income!

 

Send me an email:  at CoachChristysElementsofFitness@gmail.com

OR an Instagram:  @FitnessElements4Life

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Is Shakeology Worth It?

redWith so many options available, I often get asked the question; “ Is Shakeology worth it ?”  A lot of people have trouble realizing that Shakeology is not just a protein shake or a health shake.  It was made to be all in one!

Shakeology has 70+ all natural ingredients.  Other shakes talk about their ingredient list, but are their ingredients actually good for you?  Shakeology has no artificial colors or flavors.  Are there in your shake?  Are their ingredients  made from whole-food sources? They are in Shakeology! Too often the “magic ingredient”  in other shakes has been isolated from the enzymes and phytonutrients that actually make the ingredient useful when consumed.   Also…do other shakes account for the synergistic benefits between the ingredients, or just put together whatever is the new “in” nutritional fad? Shakeology was specially formulated for the collection of ingredients to work together in harmony; this combination is so effective, some people report dramatic benefits within the first week. Other supplements point to one or two individual ingredients and build a so-called “story” around their superfood attributes.  So make sure you pay attention to the ingredient list when doing a comparison. 

 

Shakeology-vs-competitionOther shakes may not cost as much as Shakeology at first glance, but they also do not contain the full amount of the recommended daily allowance for some vitamins and minerals, or whole-food sources of antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, probiotics, or digestive enzymes. If you have to buy a separate vitamin pack to make add to your shake it can cost up to $150 per month! Once you add it up, this is hardly a “good deal,” and it’s usually hardly even a good product.  When You consider the fact that you can try Shakeology risk free for 30 days…there really is no reason not to give it a chance!

The Protein Source

People often forget about the protein source and just look at the protein content when doing a Shakeology comparison .  Protein sources like whey protein hydrolysate have been shown to trigger a much higher insulin response in the body.  That wouldn’t fly with Shakeology!  Our protein source is whey protein isolate, which is more than 90 percent pure protein. Plus, Shakeology is loaded with digestive enzymes and lactase—that’s the enzyme that breaks down lactose and is found in over-the-counter products like Lactaid. This is one of the main benefits that I found amazing about Shakeology since I am lactose-intolerant.  The benefit of isolate versus concentrate is that the fat has been taken out to achieve isolate. The fat in whey protein is what carries toxins consumed by the animal. That’s the reason Shakeology can be used by so many people who are lactose-intolerant—because those toxins have been removed through the isolate process.

The Low Glycemic Index

Another thing to consider when you compare Shakeology with the competition is the Glycemic Index.  In terms of sugar, many protein shakes contain 1 gram of sugar or less. This is because they are using artificial chemical sweeteners. (Check the label for sucralose, aspartame, or sugar alcohols.) Shakeology’s small amounts of sugar comes from natural sources and whole superfoods like coconut flower nectar and luo han guo, which are easily processed by the body and, in fact, have been tested and certified by an independent lab to have a low glycemic index of 24—that’s lower than most fruits! (An apple is 36, and an orange is 43.)

The 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

Why are there so many people that decide to buy Shakeology if it is a scam or hype?  And why do a lot of these same people buy Shakeology on a monthly basis?  I was extremely skeptical about Shakeology !  There were a lot of detractors out there when I was making my decision, but with the 30 day money back guarantee that comes with it, I decided that it would be pretty silly of me not to buy Shakeology .  If a product was promising to deliver the kind of results that I am looking for, then I absolutely was willing to give it a chance if I knew that I could get my money back if it didn’t deliver.  Why not, right?  Well….I have to admit…Shakeology is NOT a scam!  I couldn’t believe the changes it had made in me.  By just substituting one meal a day with Shakeology, I was able to lose 15 lbs (alongside my workout program).

Order Shakeology NOW Risk Free!!!

Now I know there are a lot of stories out there about people who did buy Shakeology and had great success.  But I had to see for myself.  I had to make sure that it wasn’t hype and that it wasn’t people just trying to make money off of it like a lot of other things out there that deliver empty promises.  As I’ve said before…I liked the money back guarantee.  To me that was them putting their money where their mouth is.  If you still need some more information before you buy Shakeology , watch these quick informative videos:

Shakeology Nutritional Info

Shakeology Comparison

What Dr’s Say About Shakeology

….The bottom line is this…if you are looking to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, increase your energy, get more regular,

and find a way to get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs

without having to eat fruits and veggies all day long…then you need to buy Shakeology. 

As I’ve said…you have nothing to lose with the money back guarantee. 

And on top of that…if you order HD (Home Direct),

you don’t even have to pay for shipping and you still get the guarantee!

I know that the decision to buy Shakeology was one of the best decisions of my life

and I can guarantee it will be for you too!

1In a 90-day study, participants replaced one meal per day with Shakeology, ate a balanced diet, and exercised moderately three times per week. Total cholesterol was reduced on average by 30% and LDL cholesterol reduced on average by 38%.

2Participants followed the Shakeology Program, which included replacing one meal per day with Shakeology, exercising three times a week, and eating a balanced diet.

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May 19, 2014 Posted by | Diet and Exercise, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Insanity, Nutrition, P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Products That Work, Shakeology, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good ‘Ole H2O

We all know we’re supposed to drink it, but despite that fact, it is supremely recommended for weight loss!

I love tea and I could drink all different kinds all day long.  Not only that, I could probably survive with just tea.   But that doesn’t mean you – or I – should!

athletesI also work out.  Almost every day… and when you work out regularly you are burning through more of your body’s resources faster than you realize.   Water in the human body carries nutrients to cells, flushes out toxins, sweating and in addition to that, athletes also use it for more sweating, maintaining body temperature, and building new muscle.  We all need water!

The majority of people walk around in a state of constant dehydration – and we overeat when we’re dehydrated.   I always tell clients to keep water next to them, or at least within easy reach all day long.   Because when you have water next to you, you are less likely to reach for sugary drinks, which tends to make you just want to drink more sugary drinks!  Step out of the vicious cycle.

So how much water should you drink?  Well, if you’re trying to lose weight here’s what I recommend and I know it works.  Drink your body weight, divided by 2 in ounces.   So if you weigh 136lbs, divide by 2 = 68 ounces.  That may sound like a lot but if you sip it all day long, it adds up quick and you may even find yourself drinking more.  AND yes I know, especially for us women, you’re thinking “If I drink 68oz of water every day, I will be running to the restroom every 20 minutes!”  Guess what.  You’re right.  But you want to!  That is your body flushing away fat stores, toxins, etc!  It’s a good thing!!   Then, when your body gets used to your new water consumption it won’t have to drain the bladder so often.

Believe me.  I get that not everyone likes plain water.  Especially after spending years of drinking soda.  But you’re here… and you’re still reading thus far, which means you’re probably trying to change your ways and create better habits.  With that in mind, there’s ways to make your water taste good!!  When I first started exchanging water for my sugary addictions years ago, I hated the taste of plain water.  I realized shortly after that when you have good tasting water, it makes ALL the difference in the world.  I started subscribing to a water delivery service and for a while I swore it was the “electrolytes” that were added that made it taste better.  I was wrong.  Better filters than most commercial water companies made all the difference.

Cucumber WaterThen – I started adding cucumber to it.  My favorite!  I hate lemon in my water.  In fact, it drives me crazy that restaurants assume everyone wants lemon in their water.  I can’t stand that.  I know they do it to offset the horrible taste of tap water and to kill bacteria – but ask first.

You can add whatever fruit you like!  In fact, go crazy – add a slice of fruit AND then some herbs like ginger or mint.  Yum.  Strawberries, orange, kiwi, frozen grapes, watermelon, whatever!

Point is:  drink the WATER!

February 20, 2014 Posted by | Beauty, Diet and Exercise, Discipline, Eating Clean, Exercise, Nursing, Nutrition, P90X, P90X Recipes, P90X2, P90X3, Products That Work, Skin Care, Women Today, Women's Health, Working Moms | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The All New 21-Day FIX

21If I could provide you with a 21 day work out program that was just 30 mins daily and a meal plan that is easy to follow, uses a simple portion control system and tells you exactly what to eat (without resulting in you being starving)…and you could lose 10+ lbs in just these 21 days would you be interested?? If so HIT LIKE and comment below saying you want info!

You already know that 70% of your health and fitness is what you eat.  This program is designed to shrink your stomach using portion control and workouts that are easy to follow you won’t even realize how HARD you are actually working!

It’s that easy!!   The 21-Day Fix is comprised of 7 varied workouts, 30 minutes each for three weeks, correctly portioned containers, a meal plan and fitness calendar so you know which workout to do each day… PLUS an entire month’s supply of Shakeology – The Healthiest Meal of the Day is included as well!!!

We have literally made it so easy and very affordable now too!  If you choose to take the Beachbody Challenge with this program you will not only be entered to win cash, vacations and prizes but you will also have the chance to be the next featured Beachbody Success Story!!

We are very excited that Autumn Calabrese has decided to team up with us at Beachbody to design a program that’s easy to stick with for 21 days.  You know the old adage:   ‘Just stick with it for 21 days to make it a habit’… that goes for anything you set your mind to doing!

21_day-fixOptimize your health and fitness to reach your desired results in 21-days instead of 60 or 90-days AND eat good AND clean food!  It’s that simple!  This program comes with containers for each meal of the day so there is no more guessing and calorie counting.

This program will be available in February!  Be the first to know when its available to buy by subscribing to my blog below!  🙂

Contact me for details!  I will be starting a Challenge Group for people who want to do this together!  You can holler at me on Instagram:  FitnessElementsForLife or Facebook/ChristyPourciau

You can even go to my website and hear what everyone else is saying about it on the message boards here!

2014 has big things in store!!  Let’s keep your health a top priority!!

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January 30, 2014 Posted by | Beauty, Being a Mom, Cooking, Diet and Exercise, Discipline, Eating Clean, Exercise, Low Fat Recipes, My Low Carb Recipes, Nutrition, P90X, P90X Recipes, P90X2, P90X3, Products That Work, Shakeology, Women Today, Women's Health, Working Moms | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clean Eating – Parmesan Crusted Chicken

You’re not going to believe how easy this is to make and how GOOOOOD it turns out until you make it – and it’s HEALTHY!   The chicken comes out so tender and juicy!

Parmesan Crusted Chicken:

  • 3/4 cup grated and/or shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Mix the first 5 ingredients and then spread mixture over chicken on both sides.  Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes

parmesan crusted chicken

January 13, 2014 Posted by | Being a Mom, Children, Cooking, Diet and Exercise, Dinners Kids Devour, Discipline, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Exercise, My Low Carb Recipes, Nutrition, P90X Recipes, P90X2, P90X3, Products That Work, Women's Health, Working Moms | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

BodyBeast for Women!

I have been getting a lot of women asking me, “Is Body Beast just for men?”   The answer is NO!  Women are so afraid of “bulking” or getting “big” and no longer looking like a woman.  You will not look like the HULK type of female bodybuilder unless you are taking steroids or other illegal substances.   Muscle EATS fat!   If you want to lose weight and tone up then you need to add muscle!   The program comes with a calendar for men (HUGE Beast) and one for women (LEAN Beast) and it’s easy to follow.

Body Beast is for anyone and you will feel absolutely amazing with the results you get from the 90 day program.  Don’t be afraid of the BANNERS that say BULK UP or GET HUGE.  This won’t happen for you unless you have huge amounts of testosterone already AND you eat some SERIOUS, I mean SERIOUS calories and lift VERY heavy weights.  If you follow the lean schedule below and give it everything you have you WILL have an amazing transformation like my friend Jenna.  She was able to change the way her Body looked in 90 days and did it together with her husband.  Do you want to be our next Female Body Beast Transformation?

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“When I first started Body Beast, I was hoping to gain a little muscle and build. I’ve always been naturally small and wanted to bulk up a bit. When I heard this program was coming out I was ecstatic because I knew it was something my husband and I could do together. When starting this program I was at 25% body fat, and about 120 lbs. When I completed this program (bulk phase) I was 15% body fat and about 127 lbs. IT is amazing and I am the smallest I’ve ever been, at the heaviest weight I’ve ever been. This is an amazing muscle gain program, with a fantastic nutrition plan. Ladies, please don’t be intimidated by this program, it makes you lean, strong and toned!”   – Jenna

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Click here for the LEAN BEAST schedule:

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Lean Beast

There’s even more exciting news.  Now you can order Body Beast and Shakeology at the same time for only $180.   That is a huge discount As you all know,  I drink Shakeology every day and I also just started the Body Beast program this past Monday so the fact that Beachbody has combined the two is very exciting.

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The nutrition plan for Body Beast is pretty difficult.  At least for me, because I have not counted calories for a very long time.  But now I’m making sure that I get the correct amount of servings of fruits, veggies, protein, fats, legumes and even starches!   Eating often is my biggest difficulty because I’m just not hungry for all these meals!  I now need to eat 2200 calories a day!  But Shakeology actually counts as 2 servings of the 10 I need a day for protein, and 1 fruit portion of the 5.   So it’s quite helpful.

BodyBeast_Extreme_NutritionI am also using the Body Beast supplements to make sure that all this hard work is for good reason!   So I’m taking the Body Beast base shake, Fuel Shot, creatine monohydrate and the SUMA.   I didnt buy them initially when I bought the program so I bought them all together for the discount this past Monday.  I’ve noticed a big difference especially in my energy levels so far!

If you want some one on one help with your journey then feel free to contact me below and leave me a way to reach you and we will come up with a game plan to help you with YOUR transformation!   We can even discuss what foods can be substituted if there is something you absolutely will not eat.

May 31, 2013 Posted by | Body Beast, Diet and Exercise, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Exercise, Insanity, Low Fat Recipes, My Low Carb Recipes, Nutrition, P90X, P90X Recipes, P90X2, Products That Work, Shakeology, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 5 Best Foods To Eat Before Bed

moonWe’ve all been told eating before bed is a huge weight loss no-no.  You’ve probably even heard that it will make you gain weight.  But sometimes we will lay down at night to go to sleep and all of a sudden our stomachs start yelling at us that we didnt quite get enough of calories, etc.

Well, as we all know and probably already live by…. there are foods we can eat, foods we should eat in moderation and foods we should NEVER put in our bodies at any given time.

This is what got me interested in the science of nutrition, not just for weight loss, but how our bodies react and break down foods depending on the time of day we eat them.  That amazed me!   It was like a mystery novel I couldnt’t put down.   I became so eager to understand and know more.  For example, did you know there are only 2 times during the day to eat a banana?  Since bananas are such a high glycemic food, it is only needed at one time of day.   The only time(s) your blood sugar needs a spike is right when you wake up for the day or, if you workout, it is ok to have a small banana right before or right after a difficult workout but I would skip it (if you ate one in the morning).

Now for before bed, where we are lucky to burn 60-80 calories an hour during the night, there are actually late night snacks we can eat that can and will INCREASE your fat loss.  Here’s the key:  choose slow digesting high quality protein and healthy fats.

Slow digesting proteins provide your body with a steady flow of amino acids
throughout the night to help you recover from exercise and maintain your
calorie-burning lean muscle as you lose fat.

Ok, enough of the rant.  Here’s what you came here for:

hunger pangsTop 5 Pre-Bedtime Foods:

  1. Lean Protein – chicken and turkey digest slowly and have a very low insulin release and actually produce a hormone that helps break down stored fat
  2. Cottage Cheese – also slow digesting due to the casein protein naturally found in curded milk and cheese.  And also produces the same hormone in the body that breaks down stored fat.   Just don’t ruin this by adding fruits or raisins (sugar) to it.  Instead, add stevia and/or cinnamon.
  3. Greens – no there’s no protein, however, salads are full of fiber and there are no calories.  Which means you are burning more calories while you sleep in just digestion!  If you must use dressing, just use oil and vinegar, or lemon juice.
  4. Almonds, pecans, walnuts or pistachios – why?  because these nuts are great sources of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants PLUS fiber and healthy fats to control your late night cravings.
  5. Low carb protein shake –  low carb is the important focus here.  A lot of protein shakes are high in carbs and if you have one of those before bed it would actually be worse than having a slice of white bread!  So read your labels carefully.  Also you can add some almond butter for the above healthy fats.

By the way, these pre-bedtime foods are recommended for anyone.  Not just people trying to find their abs or lose weight.   Vegans can do 3-5, vegetarians can do 2-5 and everyone else can do any of the 5, unless you have food allergies, etc.

Enjoy! 

May 20, 2013 Posted by | Diet and Exercise, Discipline, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Exercise, Insanity, My Low Carb Recipes, Nutrition, P90X, P90X Recipes, P90X2, Shakeology, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Now There’s a Reset Button for Your Body

Having trouble losing weight?  Are you tired all the time?  Feel bloated, maybe you’re thinking you’re allergic to something?  Well what if there was a Reset button for your entire body?

Considering it has taken decades for your body to get to the shape it’s in right now that Reset button is NOW a 21 day detox and cleanse.  You will not starve and it is not a fast.

You will experience an increase in energy, you’re lose weight, and lower your cholesterol in 21 days. In just 3 weeks, the Beachbody Ultimate Reset™ will help your body get rid of the toxins you’ve been taking in for all those decades. This gentle, no-starvation cleanse helps restore your body to its optimal “factory settings,” so you can feel, look, and be healthier than before!

Live the Ultimate healthy lifestyle by continuing with both the Ultimate Reset™ Maintenance Kit and Shakeology® Tropical Strawberry after your cleanse. Help keep your body in a healthy pH balance and your digestion at its peak with Alkalinize and Optimize. Our delicious new Vegan Shakeology formula offers high-quality, readily-absorbed nutrients that supports your cleansing process.

Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset is the breakthrough, three-phase inner revitalization program designed to detoxify and restore your body to its original, maximum state of balance, purity, and health—gently and naturally. Created by wellness experts Isabelle Daikeler and Darin Olien, with help from former Presidential nutritionist Dr. Bill Wheeler, it encourages your body to get fit—on the inside.

Meet the creators of Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset

Isabelle Daikeler, health and fitness expert, and Darin Olien, superfood ingredient hunter, previously worked together to create Shakeology®. With Dr. Wheeler, they took on the mission to create a healthy cleansing program. They searched around the world for just the right minerals, supplements, and ingredients for the program. Now, in the Ultimate Reset, you’ll feed your body some of the healthiest substances on earth.

Dr. Bill Wheeler has been a board-certified nutritionist for more than 30 years. He’s served as Chief Nutritionist for two U.S. Presidents and helped train dozens of professional athletes as a consultant to the Green Bay Packers. As Chief Science Officer of Beachbody, Dr. Wheeler participated in the first Beachbody Ultimate Reset test group and lost 12 pounds, along with 2 inches off his waist.

Give your metabolism a healthy makeover.

Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset transforms your body in 21 days, coaxing your body, step by step, to a feeling of perfect health.

Is Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset for me? How the Beachbody cleanse program works

There are three phases in this 21-day cleanse program. Each is 1 week long.

* In PHASE ONE, you RECLAIM your body, preparing yourself for change. You’ll slowly remove foods such as red meat and dairy, which are known to place stress on the digestive system.

* In PHASE TWO, you RELEASE toxic compounds that are clogging your cells and blocking proper nutrient absorption. This phase includes a gentle colon cleanse. You’ll now be eating a full vegetarian diet.

* In PHASE THREE, you’ll RESTORE your metabolism to maximum efficiency, putting proper nutrients back into your system, along with enzymes and pre- and probiotics. You’ll be further cutting back on your grains, eating mostly fruits and vegetables.

As your body systematically cleanses and detoxifies, it also becomes more efficient at processing the healthy food you’re now eating—so you may naturally experience gradual weight loss.

Completing your 21-day cleanse program will help your body feel brand new, maybe for the first time in years. More energy, less fat, and better digestion.* The result?

Your body will feel better than it has in years.  If you’re interested in learning more contact me here:

AMothersMemoir@beachbodycoach.com

April 19, 2012 Posted by | Diet and Exercise, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Low Fat Recipes, Nutrition, Organic, P90X, P90X Recipes, P90X2, Products That Work, Shakeology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Choose Shakeology?

Simplify your nutrition with Shakeology, the Healthiest Meal of the Day®. Replace one meal a day with Chocolate, Greenberry, or Tropical Strawberry (Vegan) to increase your energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, and feel great.  When you choose Home Direct, our monthly autoship program, you get FREE basic shipping every month, plus a FREE gift.   

Enjoy healthy nutrition RISK FREE for 30 days with our Bottom-of-the-Bag Guarantee

  • If you don’t feel healthier, more energized, and simply amazing, you won’t pay. You can return Shakeology for any reason and get your money back (less s&h)—even if the bag is empty!
  • To return, simply make a short call to our friendly Customer Service team, rated “A” by the better Business Bureau®.
  • Get FREE standard shipping with Home Direct**
  • Plus get online access to 2 FREE workouts as a thank-you gift for choosing Home Direct. Just follow the link in your order confirmation email.**

Shakeology. The Healthiest Meal of the Day.

Why you need Shakeology now*

Shakeology can help you:*

  • Lose weight
  • Reduce cravings
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Promote healthy digestion and regularity
  • Lower cholesterol1

Tastes delicious, too.

How Shakeology works

  • Ingredients derived from whole-food sources deliver the daily vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs to curb cravings, allowing it to shed stored fat.
  • More than 20 different antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce free radical damage that can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke.
  • Fiber, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes help your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently and promote better absorption of nutrients.*

What’s in Shakeology

  • Protein and essential amino acids help build muscles and reduce food cravings.
  • Prebiotics and digestive enzymes aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption.
  • Antioxidants and phytonutrients help counteract free radical damage that can lead to degenerative diseases.
  • A daily dose of vitamins and minerals provides your body what it needs to function for optimal health.

Choose how to purchase Shakeology

  • The Shakeology Convenience Pack contains 24 single-serving packets you can take anywhere.
  • Choose the 30-day supply in a bag to keep in your kitchen.

FREE gifts when you sign up for Home Direct, the monthly autoship program

  • FREE standard shipping every month†
  • Online access to 2 FREE workouts

30-Day Money Back Guarantee If you don’t start to see and feel the benefits of Shakeology within the first month of using it, or if you’re not 100% satisfied for any reason, just return it within 30 days for a full refund of the purchase price, less s&h—guaranteed. That’s our promise to you.

Send me a message or comment here if you have any questions.

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1In a 90-day study, participants replaced one meal per day with Shakeology, ate a balanced diet, and exercised moderately three times per week. Total cholesterol was reduced on average by 30% and LDL cholesterol reduced on average by 38%.

2Participants followed the Shakeology Program, which included replacing one meal per day with Shakeology, exercising three times a week, and eating a balanced diet.

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February 18, 2012 Posted by | Beauty, Diet and Exercise, Eating Clean, Eating Low Carb, Exercise, Insanity, Nutrition, P90X, P90X2, Products That Work, Shakeology, Skin Care | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Who loves Olive Garden?  Out of all the chain restaurants out there I think Olive Garden is the best!  It’s really the only one that doesn’t make people cringe.  After all, who doesn’t love soup, salad and breadsticks??!!  YUM!

I just went to Olive Garden for my daughter’s birthday (her fave place) and while ordering any entrees can throw you off any diet you are on, your plan doesnt have to go awry if you stick with their salad and soup (skip the breadsticks if you can!)

And if going there is too tempting then make their soup at home.  I am pretty positive you will think this soup came from Olive Garden’s kitchen.  Give it a try and this recipe makes enough to serve a dinner party of 10-12 plus more for anyone who wants seconds!  🙂

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small white onion diced small
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini (skin on)
  • 1/2 cup frozen cut green beans
  • 1/2 large stalk celery
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 oz) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 oz) great northern or small white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (fresh for more aromatics while it cooks)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup small whole grain shell pasta

Measure olive oil into a large stock pot and heat on medium and saute the next 5 ingredients for about 5-7 minutes or until the onions become see-through.

Add the vegetable broth, drained tomatoes, beans, carrots, hot water and spices to the pot.

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Add the spinach leaves and the pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

ENJOY!

December 27, 2011 Posted by | Cooking, Diet and Exercise, Dinners Kids Devour, Eating Clean, Family Friendly Restaurants, Low Fat Recipes, Nutrition, P90X Recipes, P90X2 | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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