Monthly Archives: June 2014

Ch-Ch-Ch- Chia!

Do you remember that silly song that was on the chia pet commerical? I think of it every time I hear about chia seeds. I never had one of the chia pets until a few years ago, Brian decided he needed the Obamachia.  We even grew it and everything!  It was funny!

Now, I get my chia seeds in my Shakeology!  I love that I don’t have to think about it, they are just in there and I get the nutrition I want/need in one delicious glass!

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Stay Slim With a Chia Seed Smoothie

Registered Dietitian Reveals the Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

 

Long before Chia Pets were a pop culture fad, Chia seeds were considered a staple of the Aztecs. According to Keren Gilbert MS, RD, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist, this ancient “superfood” is an item that everyone should incorporate into their daily diet.

 “Chia seeds are rich in many nutrients including antioxidants, minerals, fiber, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids,” notes Gilbert, Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm. “In addition to nutritional benefits, Chia seeds are low in calories and are a great supplement for weight loss because they are an appetite suppressant.”

 Chia seeds are considered hydrophilic or “water-loving” and can absorb nearly 12 times their weight in water. Gilbert explains that this process can prolong hydration and regulate the body’s absorption of nutrients to keep clients feeling full longer. “Many clients make the mistake of skipping meals to try and lose weight. In reality this just slows down your metabolism because your body is trying to conserve energy,” adds Gilbert. “Instead start your morning with a filling snack by simply sprinkling the seeds on oatmeal or adding to shakes and smoothies.”

Below is Nutritionist Keren Gilbert’s recipe for a Chia Seed Smoothie:

Recipe:

  • 1 large peeled orange
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon of stevia sweetener like SweetLeaf or Nu Natural White Stevia Powder
  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth, and enjoy!

 If you want a GREAT shakeology recipe – try this one!

strawberry almond shake recipe

 

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Summit Recap

I am home and so stinkin’ excited about all that I learned this weekend!  We had so much fun, I didn’t get enough sleep or food, but good grief, I’d do it all again!

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There is nothing like re-igniting your fire and passion for your business!

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We started out with an amazing morning listening to Carl Daikeler speak, learning about all the new products coming out ( Piyo, Power 90, 3 Day Refresh, a new app for challenge packs) and catching up with old and new friends!  Live workouts, walking until our feet felt like they were going to fall off and laughing my head off!

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Day 2 was very similar to the first day, but we got to listen to Darren Hardy of Success magazine speak, got photos with a lot of the trainers, got my own copy of Piyo and the 3 Day Refresh, did a piyo workout in our room, live workouts with the trainers again, met up with my team for dinner and again, laughed our fool heads off!  I LOVE spending time with these people!  Walked all over the place, made one of the worst videos ever and laughed and laughed about it and posted it anyway!

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Day 3 was pretty special!  Listening to Diana Nyad speak was one of the highlights of the trip for me.  She is so inspiring.

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Then we had our BIG celebration.  For me, there is nothing better than seeing the finalists stories of how they overcame their health challenges.  They are from all over the country and of course, it is exciting to see someone win $100,000!  Even the runners-up win $25,000.  So cool, they get their health back and get rewarded for it!  This is truly what our job is all about!

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Then we get to party and dance!  My feet were aching ( I don’t wear heels very often, I’m a flip-flop gal!) So, I took those darned heels off and went without on the walk back to our room.  After 3 hours of sleep it was time to get up and go home!

I LOVED every minute of this trip ( well, maybe not so much the long lines) and I LOVE these people even more so!

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Oh yeah, it’s Vegas, baby!

I’m heading out for Beachbody’s annual summit in Vegas, baby!  I’m excited to re-connect with my fit friends.

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This year I am really looking forward to Piyo!  This is Chalene Johnson’s newest workout (at home version).  I am certified to teach Piyo, so this will be great for so many people to get to try it!  Piyo is a combination of Pilates and yoga.  It is a low-impact, high intensity workout!  Ain’t no thang, just get to do it live…..

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I am not taking my computer with me on this trip, so I will have to do my post about my trip after I get back.  If you want to see what all is going on, follow me on facebook or instagram.

Lots of fun to be had and I hope you all have a wonderful week!

 

It was a Party!

Boy, do we know how to party!

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Emma had her 1st birthday party on Saturday and we had a blast!

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She loved her cake, was a little bored with opening presents, but luckily Madelyn and a few others were there to help her out, and she kept her crown on!  Yes, she wore a crown for most of her party and didn’t try to take it off.  She really IS a princess!

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I have glitter everywhere in the house, but it was all worth it!

This might be my favorite photo of the weekend, cousin love!

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Then yesterday to celebrate Father’s Day, we went to Arkansas to see Jake and Morgan’s new apartment and to have lunch.  Nick and Lauren joined us and it was a GREAT day!

Emma was really tired after all the partying on  Saturday and loved taking a nap on her new fish pillow!

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I wish I had a big ol’ fish pillow and could take a nap!

How was your weekend?

5 Foods to Help Flatten the Tummy!

Five Foods to Flatten Your Tummy

Registered Dietitian Reveals the Best Foods to Eat This Summer

 

Forget the beach cover up, it is time to banish that belly for bikini season! Keren Gilbert MS, RD, a registered dietitian and certified nutritionist, believes that a diet rich in hydrophilic or “water-loving” foods is the key to tightening your tummy.

 Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm,  “Consuming water absorbent foods helps detoxify the body’s system,” notes Gilbert, Founder and President of Decision Nutrition™, a nutrition consulting firm. “Incorporating these foods into your diet will not only keep you feeling full longer, it will also help to curb your appetite. Not to mention, they will keep you feeling slim all summer long.”

 Below is Gilbert’s list of the top foods to snack on this summer:

           Chia Seeds: Once a staple food of the Aztecs, these little black seeds offer a high natural source of Omega-3s, which is proven to lower fattening stress hormones like cortisol. “Chia seeds are also rich in antioxidants, minerals, fiber and protein,” adds Gilbert. “They can easily be added to any meal; whether it is sprinkling on salads or veggies, or mixing them in yogurt, oatmeal, or shakes.”

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          Apricots: Replacing refined sugars (such as those found in white pasta or white rice), with carbohydrates from fruits will reward your waistline. Not only do apricots have high levels of antioxidants like Vitamin C and beta-carotene, the water-absorbing fiber helps you stay full and fends off belly fat.

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           Oatmeal: This tried and true breakfast dish is a favorite for a reason. Oatmeal contains soluble fiber, which means it attracts water and stays in your stomach longer. This helps reduce blood cholesterol by flushing bad digestive acids out of your system. “It is most beneficial to eat unsweetened oatmeal because the added sugars in sweetened oatmeal cancel out the health benefits,” says Gilbert. “Adding fresh berries or a little almond milk for added flavor is the best option.”

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           Broccoli: A highly nutritious green vegetable, broccoli is packed with vitamins and minerals and is very high in fiber. The vegetable is a great choice for those looking to slim down during the summer months as broccoli has enzymes that assist in digestion and metabolism.

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           Almonds: Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats and rich in the minerals magnesium and selenium, all of which have been shown to support adrenal function and boost metabolism. In addition, they keep you satisfied and full for a long time. “Be cautious of salted or smoked nuts which contain a lot of sodium as it can cause bloating,” warns Gilbert. “A handful of raw almonds a day will keep the belly fat away!” 

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Are any of these your favorite foods?  Do you have these foods in your diet on a daily/weekly basis?  Of course, if you add in the right workout for you then you  are on the path to success in your health!

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Emma is 1!

It is hard to believe that our dear, sweet Miss Emma, aka, Princess, is having her first birthday already!

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She is such a joy in our lives and we are so blessed to have her!

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I was supposed to keep her today ( it is Wednesday after all) but I have a cold, so all our big plans for the day will have to wait until the next time she comes to see us!

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They recently moved to Arkansas so my Emma Wednesdays are coming to an end, I only get to keep her for the month of June while Morgan finishes up her job.  Luckily, they are only an hour away, so it won’t be too hard to go see them!

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Happy Birthday sweet cheeks!

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Love you bunches!