4 Ways to CONQUER Meal Prep!

 
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When I say the words "meal prep," do you imagine spending five hours on a Sunday in your kitchen measuring out about 30 ingredients, and having at least 20 reusable storage containers to hold your meals?

Newsflash: meal prep does NOT need to be time consuming more complicated!

Meal prep isn’t rocket science, but it’s also not very intuitive. 

Check out these 4 hacks to help you ace your meal prep game WITHOUT wasting your entire Sunday measuring out ingredients in the kitchen!

1. Spend money on the right storage containers.

Please note, this does NOT mean that you need to buy the most expensive food storage containers from a high-end department store! Wherever you shop, I encourage you to invest in some glass storage containers that can easily go from the oven, the refrigerator, to the freezer, or even to the microwave. In addition, you can buy special produce storage containers that keep fruits and veggies fresh for longer. I HIGHLY recommend using these! 

2. Focus on preparing ingredients instead of meals.

Do you ever find that eating the exact same thing for a few meals becomes boring and bland? Instead of preparing a casserole or soup that will last you the entire week, focus on preparing ingredients that you can have multiple uses. For example, cook and chop up chicken breasts so that you can use it in salads and in wraps. Or, wash and chop up veggies that you can add to salads or sauté as a side for dinners. 

3. Try to follow the 4/2/1 rule. 

Every week, try to prepare 4 different vegetables, 2 different proteins (such as chicken and eggs), and 1 starch (such as potatoes) ahead of time. By preparing mostly proteins and veggies, you’re automatically setting yourself up to lose weight or simply eat healthy, balanced meals. 

4. Don’t be afraid to cook different ingredients on a single pan.

If you’re looking to save time, cook all of your proteins, starches, and vegetables all at once. Simply toss your vegetables and a dash of olive oil and spread them on the pan along side the protein and roast everything together. Add different spices and sauces when you go to eat your meals to add flavor and variety.

Planning healthy meals doesn’t need to take up your entire weekend, but it DOES require a little bit of planning. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to prep/cut the food, and another 30 minutes to bake everything. Remember though, you can multi-task while your ingredients are baking! 😉

If you’re looking for other healthy and easy meal ideas, be sure to join my FREE Facebook group for women here!

 

3 Healthy Meal Choices for when you're feeling LAZY!

 

Often times as women, we assume that cooking healthy meals means spending hours a day prepping and cooking in the kitchen. 

What happens when you want to cook healthy meals on a limited budget or with a limited amount of time?

 
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There's nothing worse than getting home from a long day at work, only to feel uninspired to cook ANYTHING.  It's moments like this where a frozen pizza may sound appealing, but if you're trying to lose weight or eat healthy choices, what else is there to eat?

Good news!  There are PLENTY of healthy meal options that are delicious and can be made quickly.  In fact, enjoying a laid-back, healthy meal is a great way to establish a healthier relationship with food and cooking.  

What do these quick meals have in common?  

First, they're nutritious and can help you to lose weight.  Second, they help to keep you feeling full for a longer period of time.  Lastly, when you fill up on the good stuff, there's less room in your stomach for the not-so-healthy stuff (like cookies, chips, and ice cream).  

Check out my 3 FAVORITE healthy recipes for when I'm feeling lazy:

1. Stir-Fry

Stir-fry can be made in a matter of minutes, it contains plenty of nutrients, and they are filling.  Keep frozen veggies in your freezer and quinoa or brown rice on hand in your pantry.  Chop up chicken breasts to mix with the veggies.  Throw all ingredients into a sauté pan, add your favorite seasonings, and saute with a bit of oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon, low-sodium soy sauce, or your favorite chili sauce.  

2. Omelettes

Omelettes are one of my FAVORITE go-to meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Grab plenty of your favorite veggies, scramble with eggs or egg whites, add a tiny bit cheese if you'd like, and cook in a frying pan.  Omelettes are loaded with protein, healthy fats, veggies, AND they keep you feeling full for hours!

3. Pasta with Tuna and Beans

When you're tempted to make a box of macaroni and cheese for dinner, take these few extra steps and I promise that you won't regret it!  Cook a cup or two of whole wheat pasta.  Drain a can of tuna fish and garbanzo beans (or any other beans of your choice).  Toss the pasta, tuna, and beans in a dash of olive oil and fresh lemon juice, and top with a bit of parmesan cheese.  If you're looking for extra flavor AND fiber, add a can of artichoke hearts!

Cooking healthy meals at home doesn't always mean spending hours every day prepping healthy meals.  Always remember that spending 5 minutes a day or spending 95 minutes a day doesn't change the QUALITY of meals that you cook.  

If you're looking for more easy, healthy meal options, be sure to join my free Facebook group for women here! 

 

Can you lose weight and STILL enjoy your life?

 

HECK YES YOU CAN! 

I'm being serious.  

The *ONLY* way that you can sustainably lose weight and keep it off long-term is by developing healthy nutrition habits, and a healthy relationship with food, that are strong enough to keep you fit, but also flexible enough so you ENJOY life!

 
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To maintain your current weight, focus on eating nutritious, whole foods at LEAST 80% of the time.  Examples of nutritious foods include lean protein (like turkey or chicken breast), vegetables, fruits, and smart carbs (like sweet potatoes, brown rice, or quinoa).  

Allow yourself to indulge in your favorite "fun" foods NO MORE than 20% of the time.  

If you're hoping to lose weight, I encourage you to follow a similar plan, but make it more conservative.  Try to eat whole, nutritious foods 90-95% of the time, while still allowing yourself to indulge in your favorite treats (or drinks) 5-10% of the time. 

Always remember that the best way to permanently lose weight and lead a healthy life is NOT to completely cut out certain foods or food groups.  

If you're trying to lose weight but currently feel STUCK, and if you're looking for the support, accountability, and motivation to create a realistic nutrition plan that you can stick with, click here to book a free consultation call with me!

 

What happens when you doubt your fitness and nutrition plan?

 

When you begin to doubt your fitness and nutrition plan (because let's get real... it happens to all of us! Especially if we aren't seeing results as quickly as we would like,) focus on what matters most!

 
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Within a matter of seconds of googling "weight loss," you'll be bombarded with advertisements for fad diets, magic potions and pills, body wraps, juice cleanses, and detox teas.

Here's the worst part.  They all have raving testimonials.  You'll see pictures and quotes from people who got "amazing" results with little to no effort.  

... And you're going to start wondering if it really IS possible to lead a healthy life or lose weight while still enjoying chocolate and wine on special occasions.  

How are you supposed to choose the *BEST* product for your body and your goals with all of the options on the market?  

What often happens is you can't decide which is best... So you don't commit to ANYTHING and you end up staying stuck exactly where you're at today.

HERE'S THE TRUTH:

There's always going to some fad diet or program that is the latest and greatest way to lose weight.  Often times though, the programs promise weight loss but can be detrimental to your overall health.  They eliminate important nutrients that your body needs to properly function.  Or, they include too much of one macronutrient, placing additional stress on your bodies' organs.

Plus, these "hot off the press" fad diets and programs don't really teach you anything.  Once you finish the program, you usually end up gaining the weight back that you lost because you haven't learned how to sustain a healthy lifestyle. 

No matter what, your body needs to burn more calories than you consume to lose weight.  This does NOT mean you need to count calories, but it DOES mean that you need to eat nutritious, real foods (such as lean protein, vegetables, fruits, and complex carbohydrates) MOST OF THE TIME.  You'll want to include strength training into your exercise routine so that you can build muscle and rev your metabolism.  

Most importantly, you'll have to be PATIENT.  Losing weight, creating healthy habits, and leading a healthy life long-term takes a LONG time.  

Don't let this discourage you, but let it EMPOWER you.  Every decision you make on a daily basis affects your fitness and nutrition habits.

Focus on what matters most, be patient, and ENJOY YOUR OWN JOURNEY.

If you're looking for the knowledge, support, and guidance to start creating your own healthy journey today, I encourage you to book a free consultation call here.  On the no-pressure call, we'll talk about your body, your goals, and how I help my clients to achieve the body and the life of their dreams.

 

 

What do you *TELL* yourself about your body?

 
 
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As a nutrition & exercise coach, I’m bummed that most women don’t talk about mindset more when it comes to our BODIES!

You’re probably aware that your mind BELIEVES what you tell it... Regardless of whether it's the truth or not.  Yep, you read that correctly... Your mind often believes what you tell it, even if it's different than reality.

Ask yourself this question: What do you *TELL* yourself about your body?

If you're mind is always full of negative or criticizing thoughts, it will feel impossible to have a healthy & peaceful relationship with food, exercise, and your body.

Instead of focusing on the negative self-talk, celebrate every step of your journey… And start giving yourself (and your body) some credit!

There's absolutely NOTHING wrong with wanting to improve your health while transforming your body... 

Heck—my ENTIRE business is based on helping women create the healthy body of their dreams. ;)

But remember that BELIEVING you can achieve your goals and TELLING yourself how strong and beautiful you are (no matter what the damn number on the scale says) is the key to being successful.

You may be wondering… How do you *start* shifting your mindset so that you can actually start loving your body??

My favorite way is to write a body positive affirmation (like I AM BEAUTIFUL or MY BODY IS STRONG) on a sticky note, and place it on your desk or your bathroom mirror. EVERY time you see the sticky note, say the affirmation to yourself.

If you're looking for some help to overcome your mental hurdles, so you can create a healthier relationship with food and your body, I encourage you to book a FREE coaching call!  

On the call, we'll discuss your current relationship with food, and you'll leave the call with 3 strategies to implement immediately to help you love your body (and your life!)  Don't let fear stop you from reaching your goals... Let me help you push past the roadblocks that have stopped you from reaching your health and fitness goals!

 

What would happen if you only got ONE CAR in your life?

 
 
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Yes--I am a nutrition, fitness, and weight loss coach.  You're probably wondering WHY I am writing about cars.  

I promise this blog post is extremely important, so please read the entire thing!

I'm starting this with an analogy by Warren Buffet.  

Imagine that you turned 16 years old, and that you got to pick ANY brand new car that you wanted.  It could be a BMW, a Lexus, a Mercedes... ANYTHING you want!

Here's the catch though: You only get that ONE car to last your entire life.  If something happens to that one car, you can't get another one.  

  • How would you treat your car on a daily basis? 

  • What would you do to take care of your car?

I'm guessing that you would do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in your power to take care of that car.  Because you KNOW it's the only car you'll ever have, chances are you'll take AMAZING care of it.

In reality, if something ever happens to your car, thankfully you are able to get a new one.

Remember that we all have only ONE body and mind.  

And how you treat it on a daily basis matters.  Treat your body and your mind like they are your most prized possessions--because they are.  And just to be clear, I'm not talking about buying yourself luxury items... I'm talking about making your health a priority.  

Work on creating healthy nutrition habits.  Find time throughout your day to exercise.  The actions you take on a daily basis matter.  

Sure, enjoying one alcoholic drink a week probably won't negatively affect your health... But enjoying one or more alcoholic drinks a day probably will affect your health.  

Remember that treating your body well involves more than just watching the foods you eat.  It also includes watching the foods you DON'T eat.  For example, if you're following a strict diet and you never eat carbs, you're probably missing out on important nutrients that can help prevent against Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular problems.  

If you're ready to take the next step in changing your life by learning how to take care of your "car," I encourage you to check out how I work with my clients.

Every single day, YOU are the one who is in the driver's seat of your car.  You have the power to decide how you want to live your life and how you want to treat your body.  

And how you treat your body on a daily basis matters.  

 

5 Ways to Show Your Body Love this February

 

February is the month to celebrate LOVE!  

The most important type of love you can find is love for YOURSELF.  Self love doesn't mean selfish love... It means loving yourself so that you have the humility and acceptance to love others.  

 
 
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Check out these 5 ways to help you show your body love:

1. MOVE!

It doesn't matter how you exercise, or where you exercise, or what time of day you exercise... All that matters is that you MOVE!  Movement helps to keep your bones, muscles, and heart strong and healthy.

2. Make a love list.

Our bodies are amazing.  Physically, our bodies are strong enough to carry us throughout our daily lives... from birth to death.  Mentally, our bodies get us through the most exciting AND the most tragic events we encounter on a daily basis.  Make a list of all the things your body has done for you that you are grateful for.

3.  Spoil your body.

Treat yourself!  I'm talking about a manicure, a massage, or even a relaxing bath.  You don't need to spend lots of money... Just find some time and quiet space for you to relax!

4.  Eat something amazing.  

It could be a juicy piece of fresh fruit, or it could be a decadent brownie... But ENJOY something that you've been craving.  Try not to go overboard on the portion size, but truly enjoy eating it.  Eat your treat slowly and mindfully, so that you can savor every bite.

5. LAUGH!

Find your favorite funny movie, or a funny book... Read your favorite jokes... It doesn't matter what triggers it, but I encourage you to LAUGH until you're crying.  Research suggests that belly-aching laughter relieves stress and physical tension.  Plus, it decreases stress hormones and boosts your immune system.

During this season of love, by all means, SHARE love with others!  But don't forget to take care and love yourself too!  

If you're interested in learning how to love your body on a deeper level, I encourage you to book a no-pressure consultation call with me.  On the call, we will talk about your current relationship with your body, and how we can work together to help you lose weight, improve your energy and your confidence, and your self-love.  

 

5 Reasons to Hire a Weight Loss Coach

 
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Do you feel like you've tried every diet or exercise program under the sun to lose weight, without any real results?  Or, maybe you lost weight while on the diet, but gained it all back once the diet was over?  Worse yet, maybe you felt miserable and deprived on these restrictive diets and exercise programs?

Just because you've struggled in the past does NOT mean that you should give up on your health and fitness goals.  Ultimately, most diets and exercise programs don't work because of the following:

  • Traditional diets don't ever focus on your mindset... Or WHY you became overweight in the first place
  • They don't provide the motivation and support to help hold you accountable
  • They don't teach you the skills to keep the weight off long-term

Instead of trying to lose weight and create a healthier life on your own, check out 5 reasons why you should hire a weight loss coach to help you safely and efficiently lose weight, gain confidence, and lead the life of your dreams.

1. You can't seem to lose weight even though you have all of the nutrition and fitness information under the sun.

When you already know WHAT to do to lose weight, but you're not taking action and DOING it... It almost always comes down to a mindset issue! The wrong mindset can account for 90% of your struggles to lose weight.  This should tell you where the real problem lives.  It's not with the food or exercise, but with your mental relationship to the food and exercise.  If you work on fixing this, losing weight becomes easy.

2. You can't stop eating no matter how many diets you've tried.

No food diet has ever given you the coping skills to understand why you emotionally eat... Or why you eat when you're bored... Or why you eat when you're stressed.  Working with a weight loss coach can help you get to the bottom of these issues, so that you can move past these roadblocks once and for all!

3. You're constantly telling yourself you'll "start tomorrow" or "start next Monday"

The idea of waiting for the perfect time to lose weight is constantly paralyzing you from reaching your goals.  It might be out of fear, or it may be because you're not sure how to get started... But either way, try to realize that by constantly pushing back your "start" date, you'll never lose weight.

4.  You'd love to feel "normal" about food and be able to enjoy just "one"

Have you ever dreamed about food just being fuel for your body?  Imagine leaving a bag of chocolates on your counter for 2 weeks without eating one... Just because you didn't want one!  Imagine enjoying one cookie because you want it... Without the worry of eating the entire box, or the added stress and worry of gaining weight from one cookie.  

5. You believe that you deserve the help of a professional who has a proven track record in helping other women to lose weight.

You've hit a point in your life where you're ready to start taking care of YOU for once.  You've always put others first, but you've realized that you can't give to anyone what you don't have for yourself.  The more frustrated and fed up you feel with your weight loss journey, the less joy, love, and patience you have for your loved ones.  The struggles with your weight, your confidence, and your happiness are always in the back of your mind, and you can't seem to escape them.  

Since YOU believe that you deserve to hire a weight loss coach, so that you can permanently achieve a weight loss mindset that will allow you to have a healthy relationship with food AND your body, I encourage you to take the next step and book a complementary call with me.  On the call, we'll discuss your current health & fitness levels, your goals, and how I can help you gain the positive mindset to lose weight, keep it off long-term, and create a healthy life AND a healthy relationship with food!

 

Struggling to eat fruits and veggies? Check out these tips!

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One of the habits that I find my clients struggle with most is eating enough fruits and vegetables. In a perfect world, we would all eat five servings of fruits and veggies daily. As you and I both know, the world is not perfect, and unless you're really focusing on it, chances are you are not eating enough fruits and veggies on a daily basis. This week, I'll be sharing tips and tricks to help you out, so those five daily servings won't seem so daunting.

1. Eat at least one serving of fruit (or veggies) with your breakfast! 

I'll be honest, the idea of eating raw broccoli for breakfast kind of grosses me out (unless it's in an omelet!)... It just doesn't sound appetizing in the morning! However, I DO try to include some fruit with my breakfast every morning. Check out a few of my favorite options that can help you kick start your breakfast with fruit: 

--A banana with almond or peanut butter

--Greek yogurt with fresh berries

--and orange or grapefruit with some Almonds

--cottage cheese with pineapple or mango

2. Make a super smoothie!

Making a super smoothie for either a snack or meal is a great way to get in multiple servings of fruits and vegetables. The more fruits and veggies, the better! Just be sure to include at least one source of protein as well.  Spinach is an easy, nutrient-packed veggie to add to ANY smoothie because it usually acquires the taste of the other ingredients.

3. Include one serving of fruits or veggies as an afternoon snack. 

If you find yourself getting hungry between lunch and dinner, it's totally fine to eat a snack! Just be sure your snack is properly portioned and includes a bit of protein! Check out these easy to grab (or pack) afternoon snacks:

--Carrots and hummus

--Celery with peanut or almond butter

--Turkey rollup with a cherry tomato inside

--A cheese stick with Some broccoli

4. Include at least one serving of fruits or veggies with both lunch and dinner!!

It sounds simple enough, but be sure you include at least one serving of fruits or veggies at lunch and dinner. When choosing what to include, the more colorful the better! If you struggle to find time to prep your fruits and veggies, buy packaged, ready-to-eat ones! 

5. Pump up the flavor!

I think that raw vegetables are boring and bland on their own... is anyone else with me? Check out these ways that you can make your fruits and veggies taste better:

--Dip raw veggies in a bit of salad dressing, peanut/almond butter, or hummus

--Roast veggies to bring out their natural flavor: sprinkle a bit of olive oil on them and throw them in the oven until they are tender

--Season cooked veggies with lemon juice and a splash of olive oil; add fresh herbs such as sage or basil

--If you're looking for a healthier dessert, try baked apples or pears topped with a bit of honey and cinnamon

Comment below, which of these can you add to YOUR daily meals?

6 Practical Tips to Make Weight Loss Simple

Starting a new health and fitness routine is a difficult task!  Especially when your goal is to lose weight.  It means making changes to your already-busy schedule.  Here are 5 tips to make losing weight, and your life while losing weight, easier.

 

1.     Set your exercise schedule and clothes out on Sunday night:  Make a pile for each set of clothes you plan to wear that week for exercise.  Include everything from socks, to shorts, to a sports bra, to shoes,  to a shirt.   In addition, commit to your workouts for the week by writing them into your calendar.  On the days of the week you plan to workout, grab a pile of gym clothes in the morning, and you’re ready to go!

2.     Empty your fridge and cupboards of junk food, and don’t buy more!  It’s much more difficult to eat junk food if you have to leave your house to go get it.   It’ll also make you think twice about whether it’s really worth your goal to eat the treat.  Try to keep fresh fruit in your kitchen for when you crave a sweet snack.   If you don’t buy the junk, you won’t be tempted to eat it!

3.     Measure your progress!  Set your goal weight, and then decide how much time you want to get there.  Take your current weight, and create a simple line graph to help keep you on track.  Be sure you are consistent with your weigh-in.  Weigh in on the same day and time every week (usually first thing in the morning is best).  This is a great way to measure progress, as well as to see when you need to kick things up a notch to hit your goal.

4.     Hire a trainer or coach.  If you can afford it, work with an expert!  It makes the entire process easier when you are told exactly what to do to lose weight.  Plus, it helps having an accountability partner and cheerleader for your weekly goals.

5.      Eat your meals on small plates.  This may seem like a silly tip, but research shows that you change the amount of food you eat depending on the size of your plate.   Trick your brain by choosing a smaller plate to fill up, as opposed to a large plate. 

6.     Drink a glass of water before every meal.  Sometimes, when our bodies signal hunger, we are actually thirsty.  Plus, it’ll prevent you from over-eating by helping to fill your stomach.

 

If you'd like to step up your weight loss game, I am offering you a FREE 15-minute call, where we will discuss your goals, and look for a way to get you there as quickly and safely as possible.  Click HERE to register for a call.