Monthly Archives: March 2014

Is Shakeology a Supplement?

Someone asked me the other day why I drink shakeology every day, and I told her I don’t like to take supplements.  She looked at me funny and said, but isn’t Shakeology a supplement?

Well, I had to really think about that one.  I don’t consider it a supplement.  I consider it a nutrition drink.  Yes, it can replace supplements, it can give you good nutrition for one meal per day, but I don’t think it is a supplement.  I would much rather drink a tasty shake than take a handful of pills.

Shakeology is a premium superfood shake containing over 70 healthy ingredients, including super-proteins, super-fruits, antioxidants, super-greens, adaptagen herbs,  pre and pro-biotics and digestive enzymes.  Shakeology is currently available in 2 whey based formulas and 2 vegan (non-dairy) formulas.  The 2 whey based formulas are fortified with additional vitamins and minerals, and the 2 vegan versions get 100% of their nutrition from whole food sources.  None of the Shakeology formulas contain soy.

If you want to learn more about getting your nutrition from a delicious drink, please check out my website, shakeitforyourhealth.com.

This is one of my favorite recipes using Shakeology ( I drink the vegan chocolate formula!)

cinnamon roll shakeology recipe

If you have any questions about shakeology, please let me know.  I LOVE this stuff!  I really do drink it every single day!

If you want to try it out, but don’t want to buy a whole bag, and who could blame you, go for the Shakeology Taste Sampler pack – you can try all the different flavors and find your favorite!

Oh She Glows!

You all probably know I have a bit of an addiction to cookbooks.  However, I haven’t added any new ones to my collection for a while.  A self-imposed hiatus, I guess.  BUT, I have broken it and bought a new one that I am so excited about!

The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon

oh she glows cookbook

It’s a pretty cookbook ( I like a lot of pictures) and some AMAZING looking recipes.   I can’t wait to try so many. I really love the title ( same as her blog and it is just a wonderful), and it is so true, I find that people that eat a healthy diet really do GLOW! I don’t know where to start.

Maybe with:

Loaded Savory Oatmeal  & Lentils

1/3 c gluten free rolled oats
1/4 c red lentils
1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1 small clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 small shallot, chopped or 2-3 tbsp chopped onion (optional)
fine grain seas salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Optional Toppings:
sliced avocado, chopped green onion, classic hummus, crackers
1.  In a med saucepan, combine the oats, lentils, broth, garlic (if using).  Bring the mixture to a low boil over med-high heat, then reduce the heat to med low and simmer, uncovered for 8-12 mins or until thickened.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
2.  Spoon the oatmeal into a bowl, add your desired toppings and enjoy!
3.  Store any leftovers in an airtight container.  They will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.  to reheat, simply combine the oatmeal and a splash of vegetable broth in a small saucepan and heat over med-low heat until warmed through.

I LOVE savory breakfasts and have made savory oatmeal before, so this really appeals to me!  Do you prefer a sweet breakfast or a savory one?  However I will eat oatmeal for dinner or lunch!

Or the Summer Harvest Tortilla Soup or Perfected Chickpea Salad Sandwich or oh, I could go on with all the recipes in the cookbook.

Do you have a favorite cookbook right now, if so please share with me.  I may need to get it 😉

Does Drinking Alcohol Hurt My Results?

 

Will Drinking Alcohol Hurt My Results?

By Steve Edwards

When it comes to getting fit and healthy, alcohol is one of the first things you’re told to eliminate from your diet. Yet studies regularly show that those who drink live longer and healthier lives than those who don’t. So, what’s the deal? Is alcohol a magic potion for a long and healthy life, or is your fitness the only thing it’s going to take the edge off?


Woman Sunning Near a pool with a Glass of Wine


The consumption of alcohol in some form or another has been around since the first caveman left some fruit in the sun too long, causing it to ferment (what a crazy night around the fire that was). Since we’ve always had it and, if history is any indication, we always will, we should have a strategy about how to use it.

What is alcohol?

Alcohol starts out healthy enough, as a plant, where it’s the byproduct of the decaying process (fermentation). Although it’s technically a depressant, its effect on the human body manifests as making you feel giddy, powerful, and awesome on the dance floor. And because it’s natural, you know, like tobacco and opium, it’s got to be good, right? Oh, wait. Maybe not.

And just like other natural things, the food industry has found unnatural ways to create alcohol that tend to be cheaper and even less healthy. But, I’m nitpicking because ultimately alcohol is alcohol. You’re going to get hammered whether you drink Night Train or single-malt Scotch—although all the chemicals in the rotgut might give you a worse hangover.

Glass of LiquidAnd for you out there who think you’re beating the system with your Diet Coke® and rum, alcohol has calories. A lot of them. At 7 calories per gram, alcohol has more calories by volume than both carbs and proteins and slightly less than fats. (Plus, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Medicine, drinking diet soda with alcohol could get you drunk faster.)

More importantly, these calories have no food value. That’s right. Nada. Zilch. You’re adding calories to your diet, the only performance enhancing quality of which is to help you brag about yourself down at the pub.

The big question people usually ask me is whether or not they should drink alcohol while doing P90X®, INSANITY®, or one of our other boot camp–style programs. When you’re trying to change your body, the crux is making the nutritional switch from high-calorie/low-nutrient foods to low-calorie/high-nutrient foods. Since alcohol is a very high-calorie/no-nutrient food, you can see why it never ranks very high on Michi’s Ladder.

Keep in mind that we’re not telling you to abstain from alcohol forever. We’re advising you cut down on it—or completely cut it out—while you’re trying to transform your body.

What about all the studies showing alcohol is good for you?

The lifestyle studies that show up on the wires almost ubiquitously champion alcohol consumption because moderate drinkers always outlive everyone else. In fact, one major study showed that even excessive drinkers lived longer than teetotalers. There is no scientific surface explanation as to why this would be the case, so most experts chalk it up to lifestyle. Those who drink tend to be less stressed about life, in general, and stress is intricately linked to shorter life spans.

This is why our nutrition guides also generally give parameters for moderate drinking. If it makes you happy then, by all means, don’t quit. Just learn to be a healthy drinker.

But as I said above, when you’re doing one of our programs, the rules of nutrition shift slightly. You’re pushing your body harder, so it behooves you to keep nutrition tiptop. Furthermore, if you can’t go 90 days without a drink, you might want to consider your relationship with alcohol. It is, after all, an addictive substance.

The Dark Side of Drinking

And on that topic, alcohol has a dark side beyond calories. It can easily lead to an excessive path. If you’re a clever writer, you might make a nefarious career out of being a boozer, but it wreaks havoc on most of us.

Behavioral issues aside, let’s take a quick look at how alcohol can add up from a dietary perspective. A 12-ounce beer is about 150 or so calories. Ditto a 5-ounce glass of wine. One shot (1.5 oz) of the straight stuff has between 85 and 115 calories, depending on what proof it is.

Man Lying on the Floor next to a Glass of LiquidUnfortunately we tend to have more than that one serving. Often a lot more. Those longevity studies give the best numbers to folks who have 1–2 drinks a day, not those taking the Silver Bullet Express to every sporting event on TV.

When you pound a twelver during a weekend double-header, you’ve done serious dietary damage. Factor in that in our tendency to offset a drunken state-of-grace with greasy indulgences and it’s easy to see how Monday Night Football® at Cheers might result in unnecessary roughness. And despite the advice you’ll get on Good Morning America®, a quick jog the next day is not going to fight the beer belly you’ll get from those binges.

So the short answer here to whether it’s okay to drink when you’re working out is, “Sure. In moderation.” If you don’t already drink, I don’t think you need to start, but if you’re already a drinker, limit your intake and take the occasional time off, especially if you’re into a serious training cycle.

Do that, and I’ll raise a glass to you!

A Heart Happy Weekend!

Boy, we had a GREAT weekend.  Of course, it is always a good weekend when Chase, Meredith and Miss Madelyn come to town!

We met them for dinner Friday night and enjoyed a nice Mexican meal and then they had to go spend the night with Nana ( Meredith’s mom).  Madelyn was really ready to see Emma, but Jake and Morgan had other plans for the night.  We told her she could spend the next day with Emma and that made her pretty happy.

Saturday morning the guys went fishing ( and had a good day)

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Be sure to contact my son if you want to go spoonbill fishing.  He has a guide service and will be more than happy to take you out!  Check out his facebook page for more info.

So the girls decided to go shopping, have some lunch and get pedi’s.  Perfect day!

madelyn pedi

One of the best moments for me was at the mall, Madelyn saw one of her good friends and the two of them both squealed and ran to each other and hugged!  I wish I had a video of it, it was so sweet!!

That evening was Grumpy’s turn to spend a little time with Miss Mads!  She had the night all planned out ( no big surprise there, she likes to think she is in charge).  Dinner and McAllisters, Orange Leaf, go home to play, take a bath and go to bed.  I’m so glad she planned to go to bed!  I mentioned watching Frozen, but she informed that was NOT one of my options!

This morning, we celebrated Meredith’s upcoming birthday with a birthday brunch.  Make your own breakfast burrito’s and Morgan’s famous hash brown casserole, followed up by a birthday cake.  Mads said there was to be NO singing of Happy Birthday to Mommy since it was NOT her birthday yet.  (see, she likes to be in charge and isn’t afraid to tell you what to do)

The girls played and had fun and my heart was happy!

my girls

Love these girls!

Hope you had a fantastic, heart happy weekend too!

The Tyrant’s Daughter

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  It’s the day that everyone is a little bit Irish!!

I recently read a good book –  The Tyrant’s Daughter by J C Carleson.

the tyrant's daughter

THERE: In an unnamed Middle Eastern country, fifteen-year-old Laila has always lived like royalty. Her father is a dictator of sorts, though she knows him as King—just as his father was, and just as her little brother Bastien will be one day. Then everything changes: Laila’s father is killed in a coup. 

HERE: As war surges, Laila flees to a life of exile in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Overnight she becomes a nobody. Even as she adjusts to a new school and new friends, she is haunted by the past. Was her father really a dictator like the American newspapers say? What was the cost of her family’s privilege? 

Far from feeling guilty, her mother is determined to regain their position of power. So she’s engineering a power play—conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to gain a foothold to the throne. Laila can’t bear to stand still as yet another international crisis takes shape around her. But how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

I really liked this book and it made me think.  This is a good thing!  I had to put myself in the place of many of the characters and wondered how I would react in this situation.  The daughter, Laila had no idea of what her father had done, she was just her father.   I imagine that so much of this could really happen in our world today.

Even though this book is for young adults, I think it should be a must read for everyone.  Grab your copy today and let me know what you think about it!

I’m a lucky girl!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I apologize.  I have just been busy with life, I guess.  Today has been a great day, Brian has been working in his shop and I just have to share how talented he really is!

Not only does he make beautiful bowls, but now he is making other woodwork items too.  This time I got some new light fixtures for the lake house.  I am so excited about them, and we braved the snow today to head to the lake and install them!

They turned out GREAT and we had to do a little adjusting to what we planned to do, but I am so happy with how they turned out!

lake light fixture whole roomThis is the whole room

lake light fixture kitchen

Over the kitchen island

lake light fixture dining room

Over the dining room table

We actually went out and found the wood and then Brian assembled the lights together.  He used mason jars and old style light bulbs.  I really love the way they turned out!  The dining room fixture is made from a wood window shade from an old barn ( a friend gave us permission to use it) and has tin and bailing wire on it.  They are rustic and perfect for a lake house!

I think I’m a pretty lucky girl to have such a talented hubby!  Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!