This Is Not A Diet

not a diet but a healthy lifestyle

 

Did you know that I have lost 30lbs!

 

Actually I’ve lost WAY more than 30lbs if you count all the times I’ve lost 10lbs then gained 5lbs then lost 8lbs then gained 2lbs.. hahaha.

It is SOOO much more than just WEIGHT, I am SHAPING my MIND!

For me this is not a diet, it is not a fad or trend.
I am CONSTANTLY learning, growing, diving in deeper.. falling off the wagon.. JUMPING back in FULL FORCE.. struggling EVERY.DANG.DAY and SUCCEEDING!

It is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE for me.
I want to LEARN as much as I possibly can about being as healthy as I can. And I have changed SO much since starting my journey. I am a different person.

AND I am learning more and more how to help OTHERS get in shape and make HEALTH a lifestyle change for them too! It is no longer JUST ABOUT ME!!
I have a OBLIGATION to society to help others CHANGE THEIR LIFE and the life of their FAMILY BETTER!! <3 <3 I have researched the heck out of gut health, diabetes control, IBS, skin disorders, etc. I’ve just finished my THIRD ONLINE COLLEGE NUTRITION CLASS to help me BE BETTER!(and NO I am not interested in getting a degree or changing my profession, just picking and choosing what I want to learn FOR ME- I have no desire to change professions right now) All I want is to STAY CURIOUS! To KEEP LEARNING and continue to better the world a little everyday, one person at a time!

We should all do our part to BE HEALTHIER and help those around us to be healthier too!

Pass it on! Keep learning! Team up with a friend.

If you are stuggling with losing weight or eating healthy and would like to join my next 30 Challenge contact me and fill out this form.

I would LOVE to help YOU become SUCCESSFUL.

It isn’t about SIZE, it isn’t about numbers on a scale!! It is about YEARS OF YOUR LIFE added!!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust – 21 Day Fix

On the way home the other day I had an intense craving for pizza! It might have to do with the fact that the office had ordered pizza for lunch.. Yeah, probably had to do with that.

Luckily on the 21 Day Fix you are allowed to eat one slice of pizza as a ‘cheat’, but I have had such great results and I am making really great progress… so I decided to find another way.

cauliflower pizza crust 21 day fix & Insanity max:30 approved recipe

I had heard of cauliflower pizza crust recipes and had really great success with cauliflower mash ‘potatoes’ so I thought I would give cauliflower pizza crust a try! I had plenty of cauliflower on hand so all I had to do was pick up some mozzarella cheese and we were good to go.

Basically what it is, is using a veggie like cauliflower instead of using bread dough. The egg holds it together when you bake it to form a pizza crust.  (if you are vegan try using a egg substitute, but check which container your substitute will fall under.. it probably isn’t a red)

 

We found a good recipe and modified it to our liking:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust – 21 Day Fix

  • 1 green container of shredded cauliflower
  • 1/2 green container of diced tomatoes (and/or salt free organic tomato paste like we used)
  • 1/2 green container of spinach
  • 1/4 red container 1/2 egg
  • 1 blue of mozzarella cheese
  • 21 Day Fix all seasoning mix
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • oregano

First we boiled the cauliflower for about 4-5 minutes. You should preheat your oven to 450 while you do this.

Then Adam chopped up the cauliflower to a rice like consistency (enough to fit into a green container – this was roughly 1/4 of a cauliflower head) using a food processor, but a blender will do. Don’t over blend – this makes mashed ‘potatoes’! 

He put it aside to let it cool and squeezed some of the water out with a dish towel. The more water you squeeze out the crispier the crust.

Now mix the egg in a bowl with the cauliflower, we used about half an egg for my pizza, but Adam’s pizza needed the whole egg.. not sure why, but I think I didn’t squeeze enough water out of mine. Cauliflower can sometimes taste a little bit sweet sometimes so we added a touch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and the 21 Day Fix Season All here.

I sprayed a cooking sheet with coconut oil (or use parchment paper) and made a round shape with the cauliflower egg mixture. Put the crust in the oven for 20 about minutes. It may take less time if you did a good job ringing out the extra water. After 10 minutes, Adam flipped the cauliflower crust over.

While letting the cauliflower crust bake, Adam blended up some of the diced tomatoes, the tomato paste, a basil leaf or two, 1 -2 tablespoons of water, and the 21 Day Fix all seasoning mix in our Vitamix. Once it was nice and blended he poured it into a small pot and brought it to a simmer. I also added tons of oregano here because I love oregano! He probably let it simmer for a good 10-20 minutes.

After the full 20 minutes of baking in the oven, I piled on my toppings! I used half of the tomato sauce, some of the diced tomatoes, all the mozzarella cheese, and chopped up spinach and a fresh basil leaf. I put it back in the oven for 5 minutes at the same temp to melt the cheese. I then put it on broil for a minute or two so the cheese would melt and brown a little. I would recommend you keep your eye on it when you use broil!

 

We made a mini pizza for each of us and I ended up not finishing mine. So I’d say this recipe is great at filling you up and satisfies your pizza craving.

We chose to make it a movie night and curled up on the sofa and watched ‘Maze Runner’, which was very good! Can’t wait to see the next movie.

Adam liked it enough to actually consider reading the book. 😉   haha, he is not a reader.

All in all, this recipe gets an A+ from us! 🙂

 

Time-Saving Tip: I recommend making a double-batch of cauliflower pizza crusts- make one for now, and save one for later. After baking the crusts, wrap up the extra pizza crust in foil, and FREEZE it for a quick “frozen pizza” to enjoy another night! All you need to do is add toppings and bake at 400F, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Instant Online Fitness Streaming by Beachbody On Demand

OK, Remember when I said I had some EXCITING NEWS!!!
Well, There was a HUGE announcement at Super Saturday this past weekend!!!!
Oh My GOODNESS I am SO EXCITED!!!

Did you ever wish you could take your fitness program with you WHEREVER/ WHENEVER ?!

I HAVE!
Nothing worse than being on vacation with your DVD’s PACKED and finding out your hotel DOESN’T HAVE A DVD PLAYER.. seriously! >:-(

Ok ready?   DRUMROLL……..

BEACHBODY IS GOING DIGITAL!!!!

Online Fitness workout instant streaming by beachbody on demand

 

 

Laptop, iPad/tablet, iPhone/smart phone !!!!
Instant streaming!! Like Netflix…    FitFlix?     hahahha!

Coming THIS SPRING teambeachbody members will have instant online access to MOST of Beachbody’s fitness programs and nutrition guides! It is going to be SAHWEET!!!!!

 

Online Fitness workout Instant Streaming by Beachbody On Demand

I am SO happy to work for a company that is continually progressing and listening to their customers !!!

Good bye excuses!! ;-D Let’s EndTheTrend!

Instant Online Fitness Streaming by Beachbody On Demand!

Beachbody’s ON DEMAND announcement:

Get ready to workout wherever you are, because Beachbody is going digital!

This Spring, Beachbody On Demand comes to Team Beachbody Club and a device near you. Simply join Club, and hundreds of workouts — including world-famous P90X® and INSANITY® — will be at your fingertips.

This Spring 2015, get ready to stream, click and sweat from a laptop, mobile, tablet – anywhere, anytime, so you’re always on track with your fitness goals.

Watch this video below to find out more.

 

How do you get access to Beachbody On Demand?

Coming Spring 2015, Beachbody On Demand will be the newest addition to our Team Beachbody Club.

You must be a Club member to get access!

What’s the Team Beachbody Club?
The Team Beachbody Club helps members reach their health and fitness goals 3 times faster than non-members. When you’re part of the Team Beachbody community, you have all of the tools, support and accountability you need to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Club membership gives access to awesome discounts, personalized meal plans, VIP access to celebrity trainers and Beachbody experts, a personal Coach for guidance and support, and so much more! But coming Spring 2015, you’ll get all of this PLUS unlimited access to hundreds of workouts in our digital library via Beachbody On Demand. And it gets even better, each month we’ll be adding new workouts as well as sneak peeks and exclusive access to new programs. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s time to join the Club, and it’s all yours for only $2.99 USD a week!

Want to learn more about Beachbody On Demand? Ask me for more info.

Not a Team Beachbody Club member but want to join? Sign up today!

Get More Sleep – A First Step To Better Health

New years is upon us and everywhere I look I see people talking about new years resolutions and ‘Healthy Habits’ (how to eat better or what exercises are most effective), but what I don’t see a lot of is how important sleep is and how it can affect weight loss and health!

Get More Sleep – A First Step To Better Health!

get more sleep, your first step to better health in the new year

Really when you think about it sleep affects ALL aspects of your life. Your mood, your skin and health, your energy and productivity during the day…

Sleep is often one of the first things to go when people feel pressed for time. People often overlook the potential long-term health consequences of insufficient sleep, and the impact that health problems can ultimately have on one’s time and productivity.

But it shouldn’t be that way! Although scientists have just begun to identify the connections between insufficient sleep and disease, most experts have concluded that getting enough high-quality sleep may be as important to health and well-being as nutrition and exercise. Whether YOU feel tired or not if your are getting less than 8 hours a night your body is not getting enough sleep to perform all it’s functions. And I find that when your body is sleep deprived you are more likely to eat unhealthily, find it HARDER to commit to a workout routine and quit your workout sooner.

You might be aware of how all the modern day trappings can keep you from getting good shut eye, with all the blinking lights, bright alarm clocks, buzzing phones and dinging computers, many of us struggle with getting quality sleep. They certainly keep a bedroom from being relaxing. Many reasons why people find it hard to fall asleep have a lot to do with the technology we’re viewing before bed and how it can interfere with our sleep patterns.

The circadian rhythm seems to be especially sensitive to light with short wavelengths—in particular, blue light in the 460-nanometer range of the electromagnetic spectrum. This light, which is given off by electronics like computers and cell phones, and also by
energy-efficient bulbs, has been shown to delay the release of melatonin. In other words, electronics could keep you feeling
charged past bedtime.  ~
National Sleep Foundation                     

But that might not be the only thing keeping yo from dream land! There are several things that can keep you from dosing off or staying asleep.

Here are 4 Reasons you may not be getting more sleep:

  1. LIGHTS-
    Just like the animals, who somehow know when to be awake and when to be asleep, we have an internal clock that has cycles of day and night. In an area of the brain called the hypothalamus, this timekeeper regulates many of our body’s functions, such as sleep, energy, and hunger. Sunlight detected by cells in the retina of the eye sends messages to the brain that keep us in a roughly 24-hour pattern. These light cues trigger all kinds of chemical events in the body, causing changes in our physiology and behavior. For example, as evening approaches and the light in our environment dwindles, the hormone melatonin begins to rise and body temperature falls—both of which help us to become less alert and more likely to welcome sleep. With the help of morning light, melatonin levels are low, body temperature begins to rise, and other chemical shifts, such as an uptick in the activating hormone cortisol, occur to help us feel alert and ready for the day.

    THE FIX- Turn down your lights an hour or so before bed. Use soft, soothing lighting instead of bright overhead vanity lights. Hang blackout curtains or wear a sleep mask.

     

  2. TEMPERATURE-
    The body’s core temperature decreases as we sleep. If it’s too warm in your bedroom, your body can’t cool properly, and people with a higher core body temperature are more likely to experience insomnia and sleeplessness.
    During the course of a normal day, your body temperature rises and falls slightly. This pattern is tied to your sleep cycle. As you become drowsy, your temperature goes down, reaches its lowest level around 5:00 a.m., and climbs slightly as morning begins. This is why the air in your room can affect the quality of your sleep: if it’s too hot, it may interfere with your body’s natural dip and make you more restless through the night. In fact, studies indicate that some forms of insomnia are associated with an improper regulation in body temperature. Of course each of us has a slightly different optimal temperature for sleep, so experiment with keeping your room cool and find what makes you most comfortable.THE FIX- The ideal bedroom temperature is a cool 65 degrees. As a bonus, a colder bedroom may boost your metabolism. A recent study in Diabetes Magazine found that people who sleep in cool rooms- 66 degrees- have increased energy expenditure even in their waking hours.
  3. TECHNOLOGY-
    You’ve heard that your smart phone and other devises are responsible for sleeplessness, still the National Sleep Foundation says that 95% of Americans use some type of tech gadget within an hour before going to bed. The more time you spend on those devices, the more wired your brain will be, and the more wired your brain is the harder to fall and stay asleep.THE FIX- Check you social media and emails one last time at least an hour before you go to bed. Watching TV before bed is a no-no too. (sleeping with the TV on I imagine would be even worse. Time to kick old comforting habits aside if they are affecting your quality of sleep)
    I suggest reading a book or listening to an audio book if you really need to do something before bed.
  4. STRESS-
    Unfortunately anxiety can create a cycle of sleeplessness, it can cause you to take longer to fall asleep, wakes you up early or can wake you up in the middle of the night.. lack of quality sleep then causes more anxiety.. and on it goes. Worry and anxiety keep your body and mind from relaxing and going into ‘off’ mode.THE FIX- Here are some things that might help: Listening to soothing music for 45 minutes before bed, drinking a relaxing (non-caffeinated) tea before bed, taking a warm bath, keeping a routine bedtime and having a set routine before bed. And of course, exercise. I find that adding exercise to my morning routine has helped me immensely with my quality of sleep. I know longer suffer from restless leg syndrome. I also find that I am sleepy on schedule before bed, unlike my previous night owl ways where I never felt tired, until my alarm went off, that is.

 

SO if you are thinking about making a change in your health for the better or are ready to commit to a new lifestyle… make the first step a step towards more and better quality sleep! Make your New Years resolution to have better quality sleep and see how it positively affects all your other resolutions this year!

Private Fitness Challenge Group

If you are looking to get healthy from the inside-out while having support and encouragement to do so then my private fitness challenge groups are for you!
You are probably asking yourself why do you want or need me as your coach. Well, I am going to teach you how to balance “life” while living a healthier life. I will show you how to make exercise a part of your daily life, how to plan healthier meals along with meal prep, and how to stay motivated to reach your health and fitness goals!
We are on this journey together and I want to help you reach whatever goals you have for yourself and family!
In my private challenge groups you will get:
1:1 Health coaching from me
Customized meal plans
Healthy, clean recipes
Meal planning strategies
Support
Accountability
Motivation
Long-term results
A Happier, Healthier you
I try to hold a Bombshell Challenge Group about every month or so. They range from 21 days long to 60 days long.
It’s not just a body transformation though… it is going to set you up for long-term success in ALL areas of your life. I will warn you… It is going to stretch you to become more of who you are meant to be… You will need to be willing to open up and realize what has been holding you back in the past in order to let go and change your life for the better!
There are a few rules.
1. I must be your assigned coach, so if you DO NOT yet have an account, click this link and create a FREE ONE!
2. You must be willing to give your all and participate daily in the private online group.
These challenge groups are incredible, they are LIFECHANGING. So DECIDE today to COMMIT to this challenge and you will SUCCEED!
Everyone has a different health and fitness goal and I want to help you reach yours.
Email Me so we can make a plan to get you on track to living a healthier happier life!