Friday, January 31, 2014

21 Day Fix Containers Explained

I’ve been eagerly waiting for the new 21 Day Fix to be released (3 days and counting!!!). But, I've also been curious to learn more about the details of the meal plan and  the color-coded portion control containers included with the challenge pack. This really does seem to be absolutely FOOL-PROOF. Check it out…

The 21 Day Fix will be released for sale on Monday, February 3, 2014! If you are interested in learning more, contact me. I have a wait list for orders and Support Groups beginning February 17 and 24th!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

RECIPE} Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

I know, I know. It's an oxymoron to have healthy, chocolate and ice cream all in the same sentence… But I swear to you, that is exactly what this recipe is, at least in comparison to any other ice cream you'll eat! This stuff is packed with over 70 vitamins, 30 super foods and only made with 4 ingredients! I know you don't believe it, so I'll just lay it out for you and share the recipe.

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Serves 5

2 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
1 C Almond Milk
2 Tbsp All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
2 Scoops of Chocolate Shakeology

Peel, slice and free the banana's for about an hour. 

Once frozen, place all ingredients into blender and blend on lowest setting for about 5 seconds. Then turn to the highest setting and let blend for about 30 seconds. 

Pour mixture into freezer safe container and place in the freezer for four hours. 

Serve and Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 154   Carbs: 20    Fat: 4    Protein: 9    Sodium: 108    Sugar: 9g

7 Reasons to Drink More Tea

Hydrating your body is essential to living a healthy life and on any weight loss journey. I'm sure you have been told to cut the soda, pop, alcohol, juice and to guzzle down the water. But, I'm here to tell you that you have options! Tea is a GREAT hydrating source and there are many benefits to it also. Read on for seven reason to drink more tea!

1) Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel. Wait, did it just say that tea helps burn fat? Sign me up!

2) Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack and may also assist in protecting against cardiovascular and degenerative disease. 

3) Because tea is mostly water, it is hydrating to the body (despite the caffeine).

4) Tea could keep help keep your waistline in check. Study's have shown that those who regularly consumed hot tea, had a smaller waistline and lower BMI than on-consumers. 

5) Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.

6) Stressed? Black tea Black tea can help to reduce stress levels. One study found that black tea actually helped in reducing levels of the stress hormones in study participants. 

7) But wait, there's more! A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that six months of black tea consumption lowered systolic blood pressure.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Beachbody Contact Info

Beachbody Contact Info

As your Team Beachbody Coach, I'm here to help you in any way that I can. I'm here to show you the tools available, and help you succeed on your health and fitness journey. If you ever have an issue with a product, please feel free to let me know and we can resolve the problem together, with the assistance with the Beachbody Customer Service department. 

You can contact the Beachbody customer service or Beachbody Coach Relations, in order to have issues, regarding orders resolved. Below, you'll find the contact info for each department. You can contact each department via phone or email, whichever is more convenient for you. 

-Beachbody Customer Service 
            Phone 1.800.470.7870  Monday – Friday from 6 am – 6 pm  Pacific Time

-Beachbody Coach Relations
          Phone1.800.240-0913  Monday – Friday from 6 am – 6 pm  Pacific Time
Fax: 1 (213) 201-7225

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Weight Loss Transformation - The Beginning

I started my journey just about two years ago. I then got pregnant and felt like I was on a hiatus for nearly 10 months while pregnant. Don't get me wrong, I worked out and ate healthy throughout my pregnancy, but it's difficult to FEEL like progress is being made when every time you go to button your pants, it becomes a bit more of a workout in itself. 

Then because my son was breach,  I had to have a c-section, putting my workout schedule on hold for nearly three months, due to minor complications. Then came breastfeeding… Again, I worked out and ate healthy, but my body only seemed to want to let go of so much during this phase.

So I was attempting to lose the weight on my own, I was slightly successful, but realized I could do more. So I went to the gym and hired a personal trainer. Again, it was working… but for the money i was spending, I wasn't sure it was everything it was cracked up to be!

Here is where Beachbody, shakeology  and Coaching entered my life… 

This is when my whole life changed and turned around. This past summer I hit a MAJOR mile stone in my life. I hit the 100 pound mark for weight lost! I decided at that point, it was time for me to share my transformation through a video… but I was NOT ready! 

After months of thinking about it, I finally decided it was time. So, I present to you… MY STORY through pictures and video :)

If you are looking to lose weight, have hit a plateau, or are just ready to get into a healthier lifestyle I can help you! Contact me.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Shakeology Benefits - Prebiotics and Probiotics

Pre and pro biotics are all the buz these days. I have heard time and time again that they are good for you. As I progressed in my new found healthy, clean eating,  lifestyle I was always looking for ways to improve my healthy and my families. Cut to July 2012 and my first month with Shakeology.  A friend of mine had recently started drinking it and told me that Shakeology was the healthiest meal of the day, and I had to learn more about it! There are so many wonderful benefits to Shakeology and through my trying shakeology and doing some research on the various ingredients, I learned a lot about health and nutrition. One of the most vital components of Shakeology is the probiotics!
My number 1 goal when I first started my weight loss journey was WEIGHT LOSS. So I needed to figure out WHY Shakeology helps you loose weight. Well, for me the most appealing reason is that  it reduces cravings, and helps you to feel full.  But why does it help you loose weight?! Pre and Pro biotics play a major part!
Our bodies are full of bacteria! Good and bad bacterias make up our intestinal track. That sounds Gross right!?! When we eat things like carbs, and sugars it feeds the bad bacteria in our body, causing our immune system to suffer. When we have an abundance of bad bacteria in our intestinal track, we crave more and more sugar and carbs in order to feed those bad bacterias. It is a vicious cycle. Not only does sugar make you gain weight and make your blood sugar rise, it also causes you immune system to grow weaker. Now how does pre and pro biotics play into that? The pre and pro biotics help to put the good back into our intestines It helps to balance out your good and bad bacterias. Good bacteria to help aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients. These friendly bacteria are critical to the proper development of your immune system and to protect against disease. Creating a balance in your system is very important and diseases can manifest for those who are out of balance.
Where does Shakeology play into this? Shakeology contains a proprietary nondairy probiotic blend that includes bifodobacterium longum, lactobacillus acidophilis, lactobacillus acidophilusDDS-1, lactobacillus bulgaricus, lactobacillus casei, and streptococcus thermopiles.  
If you are like me, you have no idea what any of that means! Basically, it has all of the goodies to help create balance in your gut, helping your body to digest your food properly, which in turn will help you to lose weight. You metabolism will work more efficiently and you will have more energy as your body will not hold to waste as long, and you will absorb all of the nutrients that your body needs to run properly. You will also see a decrease in your sugar cravings, as the bad bacteria in your gut will decrease.
Another factor to keep in mind is stress. When your body is experiencing an in balance such as Irritable Bowl Syndrome  you will experience stress in the body, which in turn causes cortisol in the brain. Cortisol is a major contributor to belly fat!
So Here is a review:
1. Probiotics help to balance the good and bad bacteria in your gut. This balance helps the digestion process.
2. The introduction of probiotics increases the number of good bacteria in your gut, causing an improvement in your immune syste.
3. Probiotics help to reduce cravings of sugar and carbs.
4. The balance of good and bad bacteria reduces stress on the body, causing a drop in cortisol. Cortisol plays a major role in stomach fat.
5. Probiotics help to keep a healthy balance in the vagina. The vagina requires bacteria and yeast to keep a healthy balance. When these two components are out of balance women will experience yeast infections, and Bacterial Vaginosis.
Thre are so many wonderful benefits in of shakeology. Watch this video below to learn more about this life changing substance!
Hempel, S, et al. Probiotics for the Prevention and Treatment of Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea: A Systemic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA. May 2012. JAMA. 2012;307(18):1959-1969. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3507
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Monday, January 13, 2014

Quick, at Home Workouts

I hear ALL of the excuses: It's too cold, the weather is too bad to go to the gym, I'm too busy, too tired, to sore, don't have the equipment, don't have the time… it goes on and on!

So, my gift to all of you is that I'm creating videos of workouts that you can do right from your home AND with minimal to no equipment. I'll give you ideas to be creative and you exactly what you have. If we are lifting weights, find a few heavy books, or a smaller box! 

Here is a clip from my workout this morning. It's a full body workout, using nothing but your body weight! It's the Pushup / Arm Balance. Two exercises in one and will work MULTIPLE muscle groups. 

Remember to tighten your core, which will automatically tighten your booty. Oh, and most important… remember to BREATHE! 

You can find more videos like this one, by following me on youtube page or instagram.

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