Friday Fun!

In LA at the Beachbody Summit.  Having a great time.  Here’s a few photos from yesterday.  It was a down day and no activities planned.  Just had fun meeting friends and making new friends!

Friday Challenge!  Let’s burn those calves.  Calf Raises – 100.  You can do them with weights if you are a die-hard. You can use the stairs to really get the calves burning, or you can just stand there and lift on your toes. To do the calf-raises properly, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and raise up on your toes as high as you can.  Repeat.  You can do them all at once or spread it out throughout the day!
We have the group workout tonight.  I’ll have a ton of photos for tomorrow if I get time to be online!

Travelin’ time

I am going to be missing for a few days. I’m headed to Los Angeles for the Beachbody Summit!  I am so excited.  This is sooo fun.  I have been the last two years and don’t plan to miss one!  We get to learn about new products coming out (Body Gospel, Turbo Fire) and workout with the trainers.  I’ll be working out live with Tony Horton (P90X), Chalene Johnson (Turbo Jam, ChaLEAN Extreme), Leandro Carvalho (Brazil Butt Lift), Brett Hoebel (Rev Abs), and last but not least, Debbie Siebers ( Slim in 6).  This is going to be so much fun!!!

We will also be learning how to maximize our businesses!  Here’s a peek at what Summit is like.

I will be posting photos and updates as I can.  Not sure about internet availability.

Have a good week and I’ll talk soon!

Be sure to watch Kirstie Alley’s Big Life on A&E Sunday!  Tony Horton will be on teaching Kirstie about P90X!

Smarter way to satisfy your sweet tooth

Yes, there are smarter ways to eat your sweets.  You can grab a candy bar and run out the door, it may satisfy your sweet tooth for a short period of time, but I have found that when you eat sugar, you crave sugar.  So, instead of getting on that sugar treadmill, reach for a healthier option instead.  You can always snack on fruit which will help with the sugar cravings or you can try one of Nature’s Path new granola bars.  I know, you’ve heard that granola bars are not such a great choice, but if you shop smart, they are!  Nature’s Path Granola bars are good!

Nature’s Path has recently expanded their granola bar line and were so generous to send me some of the bars to sample.  I have to say, I could have used a few more boxes 🙂  These are good!  I received a box of Pumpkin Spice, Sunny Hemp and Peanut Buddy bars.  I don’t eat dairy, so I requested only bars that didn’t contain any dairy.  There are other flavors that sound just as wonderful!

Jake immediately opened the boxes and started checking them out. He LOVED (this is really saying a lot, he doesn’t show much interest or share many opinions!) the Pumpkin Spice bars and even asked me where HE could purchase them.  I liked these a lot as well, at least the one I got to try! Pumpkin Spice Bars include pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and cinnamon!

Peanut Buddy bars were a hit with everyone as well.  Meredith thought that they were tasty and filling.  She likes to have a snack on hand when she has to work at the pre-school since she may not have time to sit down and eat.  Worked out great for her. Peanut Buddy bars contain peanut butter and whole roasted peanuts.

Sunny Hemp was my favorite.  I really thought they tasted a little like a rice krispy treat.  However, my kids told me that they think my tastebuds must be different from theirs.  They liked them too, but didn’t think they were like the treats at all.  Sunny Hemp is a blend of sunflower, hemp and flaxseed and raisins.

Nature’s Path also introduced 2 new flavors:   Mmmaple Pecan and Berry Strawberry bars.  All the bars are USDA certified organic which means no artifical preservatives, additives, GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) or synthetic pesticides.

The bars are 140 calories, so it is a pretty good snack option.  I love that I can throw these in my purse or gym bag and will have a healthy option.  No candy bars for me please!

Another great feature of the bars is that they are packaged in a more sustainable box, using 36% less cardboard!

Check out Nature’s Path on facebook, become a fan or “like” them and you will have a chance to win in their contests!  You can also follow Nature’s Path on Twitter!

muscle burns fat!

I just love Chalene Johnson!  She is so motivating and truly wants us to be healthy and happy!  If you have done her Turbo Jam videos, you know that she is so full of energy and peppy!  I know that I have mentioned it before (probably many times over), but Turbo Jam is what got me started back on my physical fitness journey.  It is so much fun, you don’t even feel like you are working out, it’s a blast!  I liked it so much that I even got certified to teach TurboKick ( the live version of Turbo Jam) and piyo ( a combo of pilates and yoga, it’s unlike any pilates or yoga you’ve ever been to!)    Check out Chalene Johnson on twitter or facebook and be sure to watch her motivational videos on youtube!
Chalene came out with ChaLEAN Extreme a little over a year ago and it is another favorite!  In this workout she talks about muscle burning fat!  You will not bulk up from lifting weights, you will get lean muscle mass and look GREAT!
ChaLEAN Extreme is a 90 day program that will boost your metabolism and have you burning body fat like crazy!  15 workouts and a motivational cd by Chalene and a healthy eats and  kitchen makeover dvd.  You also get a meal plan and recipes that will help you reach your goals!

I have done 1 round of this program and will be doing it again when I finish the current program of P90X and Slim in 6.  I highly recommend this workout if you like to lift weights and want to see great results!

The meal plan is heavy on animal products.  I think it can be subbed for a vegetarian or vegan plan, but it will take some modifications.

High Fiber Breakfast Muffin

1 – 1/2 cups wheat bran fiber
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
12 paper muffin liners

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper muffin liners.  Mix the wheat bran and the buttermilk and allow to stand for 10 mins.  Then beat the oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and ad this to the bran mixture.  In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Sift the flour mix into the buttermilk mix and combine, but do not overmix.  Then fold in the walnuts.  Spoon batter into muffin tins and bake for 15 – 20 mins or until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean.  Serve 1 muffin with 1/2 cup cottage cheese or 1 egg for breakfast.

Previewing this workout tonight at Fit Club!  If you are in the area, please let me know and I’ll get you info on our local Fit Club!  Try the workout, you will love it!  Muscle truly does burn fat!

Carpe Diem!

Not only do I love that phrase, Carpe Diem (Sieze the Day), I love the Carpe Diem Kombucha.  I am fairly new to the Kombucha world.   Kombucha is a fermented tea that you drink for health purposes.

Kombucha was first drank in Russia, China and Japan.  Kombucha contains many different cultures and organic acids, active enzymes, amino acids and polyphenols.  Many people claim health benefits including detoxifying and energizing and some even claim cancer-curing.  I don’t know about all of those claims, I do know that when I drink it, I do have more energy and I feel better!

The first couple of times I tried Kombucha, I wasn’t too fond of it. It has a distinctive taste.  I think Brian described it as vinegary.  Then I had some of the best tasting Kombucha  at 105 degrees in Oklahoma City.  After that, I was on the search to find a great tasting Kombucha.  I’ve tried several different brands, but Carpe Diem is my top pick!

Carpe Diem Kombucha comes in 3 flavors, Classic, Quince and Cranberry.   I was so excited when my package arrived in the mail.  Evidently so was Brian because I had the bottles on the counter, went to get my camera to take a photo and when I came back into the kitchen Brian was drinking the Cranberry!  So, in the photo, you see that it isn’t full 🙂

Carpe Diem contains only natural ingredients, no artificial sweeteners or additives.  I really liked all the flavors, but I think the Quince was my fave and Brian liked the Cranberry the best. 

I like to drink it before a workout, it just gives me an extra energy boost to get through some of those tough workouts.  I also think the Kombucha helps with bathroom issues.  If you have trouble going, try some Kombucha!

You can find Carpe Diem on amazon and in some Whole Foods Stores.  Not near me though – too bad, I’ll just have to order online!  I do love shopping online!

Be sure to check out Carpe Diem on facebook,  “Like” them ( still not sure I am liking all the changes facebook continues to do). 

Discussion:  Have you tried Kombucha?  What are your thoughts?  Does it give you an energy boost?

Meatless?

Good Morning!  Yay for Friday!

Today’s Friday Challenge is a good one!  Go meatless!  You can choose how long you go meatless for:  1 meal, 2 meals, or all day!

I eat a mostly vegetarian diet with no dairy (except for the whey protein isolate that is in my Shakeology) on a daily basis.  As soon as they come out with the vegan version of Shakeology, I’ll be switching over to it and will not have ANY dairy!  (Note to Beachbody:  ANYTIME would be fine!)  When I changed my diet, I lost weight, I had a dramatic change in my health, no more headaches, no more stomach aches, and my skin cleared up.  WOW!

So, choose which option you will do – I really do encourage you to challenge yourself and not eat any meat at all today ( or if it is too late – tomorrow!)

So, what do you eat?  There are LOTS of options – fruit smoothie or shakeology for breakfast, veggie pasta salad with a nice crusty bread for lunch, beans and rice for dinner?  Soup, a big ol’ salad,  I could go on and on.

There are many vegetarian cookbooks out there.  A few of my favorites:

Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Diet

Dreena Burton – Eat Drink and be Vegan

Isa Chandra Moskowitz – Vegan with a Vengenance

Here is my favorite beans and rice recipe!  You can even use canned beans, just make sure to drain and rinse.
beans of your choice ( black, pinto, adzuki, or a combo of all are some of my faves)
brown rice ( or quinoa, millet, or a combo of all)

Put these in your bowl and on top:

add chopped mango, salsa, avocado,red onion, cilantro and hot pepper sauce.  I also like vegannaise on top.  YUM!  I may have to have this for lunch now.  Sounds so good!  Let me know if you try it!  I’ll get a photo of it today and add it.  It’s a pretty dish!

Friday Follow:

Friday Follow is a great way to meet new people, read new blogs and have a fun day!

Join in the fun and get to browsing!!!

Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day! I’m excited for many reasons, but most of all because it is a day that we can all celebrate this beautiful planet we live on! 

What can we do to celebrate you might ask?  Good question!  I plan to pick up garbage and trash. I am still amazed that people are so trashy.  I was driving down the road yesterday and a little red car was in front of me.  The driver rolled down the window and threw out a napkin.  WHAT?  WHY?  I just don’t understand why people throw their garbage out for everyone else to pick up.  Can’t you wait until you get home?  What is the urgency of needing to throw it out the window?
I am also going to plant!  This year I am so excited, I am helping (well, kinda) my friends with their garden.  I will get to work it and then eat from it.  There is nothing as satisfying as eating something you have grown.  I also keep containers on my deck for tomatoes and peppers.  A couple of things I can’t live without in the summer months.  However, this year I am going to try planting my tomatoes in the ground.  They just haven’t produced many tomatoes the last couple of years.  I’m exicted to give this a try too!  I’ll be sharing photos and updates on both gardens!
I am also going to continue recycling.  We take our newspapers to the Humane Society.  They need them to line cages.  I love that I get to help out both the environment and the animals.  I also recycle our plastic and glass bottles ( although we have switched to a brita pitcher for water)  Highly recommend the Brita Pitcher.  Recycling in our town means that you have to haul it to the recycling center.  I will be so glad when we get recycling savvy around here.
I have been making some of my own cleaning supplies as well.  I love the Gorgeously Green Books for recipes and tips.  You can also make your own beauty supplies.  This is a lot of fun and there are a couple of recipes here on the blog for you to check out.  Just click on the recipes tab at the top and scroll down.  You’ll find them!  A great book for making your own beauty supplies is:  Organic Body Care Recipes.
Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle!

Discussion:  What are your plans for Earth Day and what are your tips for reducing, reusing and recycling?

Salad anyone?

I love it when the weather gets warmer. I can eat more of the foods that I love in warmer weather. There is more produce available. I can grow my own, which is even better!

I love having salads, soups and fresh fruits and veggies. Living in the midwest, it can be hard to find fresh produce year round and the stuff they ship in isn’t always that good. So, we eat seasonally.

Today, I made a wonderful salad. I got the recipe off a new website that you have to be a member of. If I get permission, I’ll post the recipe. It was really easy and quick and sooo tasty! It’s beautiful as well!

Tomorrow is Earth Day! It’s a great day to plant, to pick up trash and to recycle! What will you be doing?

Perfect 10 Diet

I was given a copy of the Perfect 10 Diet by Michael Aziz, M.D. book to review. I’ve been reading and the diet intrigues me.

The Perfect 10 Diet is based on hormonal balance. 10 key hormones that hold the secret to losing weight and feeling great!

The Perfect 10 Diet is the culmination of more than 10 years worth or medical research and a breakthrough diet plan that The Perfect 10 Diet is NOT a low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie diet, but instead a REAL FAT, SMART CARB plan designed to balance the hormones that control health, weight and gagin in order to speed up metabolism and lose weight the smart way.

The diet is broken down into 3 phases:

Stage One – 3 weeks – follows the Paleolithic diet ( veggies, fruits, poultry, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds)

Stage Two – Flexibile – human diet ( veggies, fruits, poultry, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds and whole grains)

Stage Three – Life – modern diet with a few modifications ( veggies, fruits, poultry, seafood, beans,nuts and seeds, more whole grains. Sweets or refined carbs sparingly.

Dairy is kept to a minimum at all times. Alcohol should be in moderation only in Stage Two and Three.

A typical day on the Perfect 10 Diet, Stage One:
breakfast – full fat yogurt with sliced kiwis
optional mid-morning snack – a few chick peas
lunch – baked calamari with mixed green veggies
optional snack – celery with 2 tsp cream cheese
dinner – butternut squash soup

Typical day – Stage Two:

breakfast – 2 egg omelet with 1 slice bread
optional snack – blueberries dipped in reduced sugar dark organic chocolate
lunch – Indian mulligatawny soup (lentil, curry, coconut milk)
optional snack – fruit salad
dinner – moroccan girlled chicken with mixed veggies

Typical day – Stage Three

breakfast – 2 slices multigrains bread with macadamia butter
optional snack – 1 small latte with organic milk
lunch – mediterranean salad
optional snack – 1/2 – 1 cup herb roasted red potatoes
dinner – fish poached in champagne

Mediterranean Avocado Boats
Serves 4

Prep Time – 30 mins.

1 tbsp lime juice
2 ripe avocados, peeled and halved
1/2 tsp butter
5 medium eggs, beaten
2 green onions, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 olives, chopped
pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Pour the lime juice on the avocado halves, and set aside.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over low heat.
Mix together the eggs, onions, cilantro and olives and place in a large skillet with the butter.
Cook for 5 mins over med-heat, stirring often. Set aside.
Place the cooked egg mixture in the avocado halves. Add salt and pepper. Serve.

More sample recipes can be found on The Perfect 10 Diet website.

Perfect 10 Shopping Tips

1. Dont’ buy low-fat or fat-free products, especially fat-free dairy.

2. Gravitate towards fruits like berries, cherries and cantaloupe which contain less sugar.

3. Love those saturated Fats! Use real eggs, whole milk, and butter instead of egg substitutes, skim milk and margarine

4. Avoid low-carb products with soy protein isolate.

5. Integrate “healthy fats” like avocados, olive oil and nuts into your diet.

6. Don’t buy products with artifical sweeteners such as diet sodas.

7. Bring your reading glasses to the supermarket and read ingredients.

8. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t put them into your body.

9. Listen to the bumper stickers and GO ORGANIC!

10. Eat before you go grocery shopping.

I think the book has some great ideas and love that you are staying away from processed foods and dairy. I think it might be hard for me to follow since I eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but I’m willing to give it a try. Now that I have read the book, I’ll be implementing it. If you are interested in my progress, let me know and I’ll post about it!

Check out The Perfect 10 Diet on facebook, twitter and their website for more information!

You can pick up your copy of The Perfect 10 Diet at your local bookstore, or online at amazon.com (one of my favorite online places!)

Rockin’ Monday!

It’s Monday! I still love Mondays! Fresh start to the week, a new set of goals to accomplish and a clean slate! Last week is history, leave it there!

Each week I start off by setting a few goals for the week. This week I want to: move more, eat clean, workout 6 days, spend more time with my family and friends and reach my Beachbody coaching goals for the month ( I am very close to reaching them!). Do you set goals for each week?

It’s Fit Club Monday and every week I highlight a workout and provide a yummy recipe for you to try!

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Fit Club Recipe:

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