Ready for an EASY way to portion out your meals at the speed of LIGHT?!

Seriously, this 4-part method is exactly how I portion out every single one of my meals, and you don’t need a food scale or measuring cups or any other fancy tool to use it. 

 
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All you need is your HAND!

Check it out below

1.  PROTEIN — 1-2 Palm-sized servings at each meal 🍗⁣
2.  VEGGIES — 1-2 Fist-sized servings at each meal 🥦⁣
3.  HEALTHY FATS — 1 Thumb-sized serving at each meal 🥑⁣
4.  SMART CARBS — 0.5-1 Fist-sized serving at each meal 🍠⁣

I PROMISE, if you use this system precisely you CAN lose weight without ever counting a calorie or macro! ;)

Do YOU have an easy way to portion out your meals that works?  If so, drop it in the comments below! 🍴

Food Cravings are NOT your problem!!!!

We’re often taught that food cravings are EVIL, and that we must AVOID the foods we crave at all costs.

 
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Women come to me asking “How do I get rid of my food cravings?” OR “What do I do when a serious food cravings hits?!” ⁣

The truth is that ALL of us have food cravings at times. ⁣

For some of us, it comes from the pure satisfaction of enjoying a particular food… And for others of us, cravings hit because we use food as a coping mechanism for stress and emotions. ⁣

When we fight our food cravings, we only WORSEN our relationship with food, because we try to completely eliminate and avoid the unhealthy foods that we crave... Which tends to lead to a late-night binge session... ⁣

Can you relate⁣?!

So, back to the GOLDEN question... ⁣

WHAT do you do when a food craving hits?! ⁣

You remember that YOU always have POWER over your decisions with food.  YOU ARE IN CONTROL of your choices. ⁣

Stop allowing your food cravings to control you. ⁣
Stop thinking that foods are “bad” and “good” ⁣
Stop letting your emotions and fear take control over your eating.

START TRUSTING YOURSELF.

Instead of fighting your food cravings, be mindful, make a PLAN to help you navigate your cravings, and learn to TRUST YOURSELF to take power over your food choices. 👍🏻⁣

I promise that THIS is one way to help heal your relationship with food. ⁣

Tag a friend in the comments below who needs to hear this message today! 

Ready to IMPROVE your confidence and really SHINE?

On a scale from 1-10, how CONFIDENT and RADIANT do you FEEL in your life right now? 

 
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If it’s anything less than a 10, you’re selling yourself short. You deserve MORE.

You see, almost every woman I work with comes to me because they want to simply “lose weight.” While using the scale is a great tool to measure progress, it surprises me that so few women understand how creating a healthier life will make them FEEL!

How would you FEEL if you slept 7-9 hours a night? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you fueled your body with the nutrients it craves? ⁣

How would you FEEL if you consciously chose to ate dessert simply because you WANTED it, without any strings attached or without using it as a comfort for stress or emotions?

So... how do you bump your confidence up to a level 10?

You remember that you always have a CHOICE, and that is your POWER. Decide to take action. ⁣

If you’re not happy with how you FEEL, share in the comments below… How can you change your daily actions (which directly changes your feelings)?

My BEST Secret about how to exercise to lose weight!

Want to know my SECRET for exercising to LOSE WEIGHT?!

 
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Find something you ENJOY doing, and GO with it! ⁣⁣
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Some of my clients love yoga, while others love running. Others like walking their dog, and others lift weights.
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Exercise should NEVER be a punishment, nor should it be something you dread. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the gym... Heck, I can kick my own ass in 20 minutes in the gym.⁣

At the end of the day, exercise should be something that you enjoy and do consistently. It empowers you and leaves you feeling stronger than you thought possible.
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In my weight loss coaching program, the Freedom with Food Formula, I help my clients create an exercise routine that is FUN, safe, effective, and unique to each woman!
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Share YOUR favorite workout in the comments below!

Results? Or Excuses?

Being totally honest, I’ve been slacking when it comes to running lately.

I’ve used the terrible Michigan winter and “hating the treadmill” as an excuse to NOT run. I went from running 100+ miles a month in November and December to 11 miles in January. YIKES.

 
 

One of my goals for 2019 is to run another marathon and to break 4 hours (I finished my first in 4 hours and 11 minutes).

Guess what though?! That WON’T HAPPEN if I don’t start incorporating a mix of running AND strength training. More importantly, if I don’t start preparing now, I’ll end up getting injured like I did last year. ⁣

This past weekend, I hopped on the treadmill and instead of focusing on how much I hate running in the same place, I shifted my mindset and focused on how grateful I am that I’m healthy enough to run. And guess what? I survived and I WAS NOT MISERABLE. ⁣

Would I rather run outside? You bet, but I don’t take those risks when the sidewalks are snowy or icy. ⁣

I don’t care if you’re trying to lose weight, or run a marathon, or start dating, or make a career change... IF YOUR EXCUSES HOLD YOU BACK, YOU WILL NEVER REACH YOUR GOALS.

“I’m too busy…”

“I don’t have time…”

“It’s too much work…”

“I’ll never be able to succeed.”

ALL OF THESE ARE EXCUSES.

Yes, there are times that we have VALID reasons for not taking action towards our goals. For example, if I am injured I WILL NOT RUN. Or, if you’re trying to lose weight but the ONLY option for lunch at an all-day work seminar is pizza, you NEED TO EAT THE PIZZA..

Chances are though, OUR EXCUSES are the biggest reasons that we aren’t achieving our goals.

Can you think of any excuses that have been stopping YOU from achieving your goals?!

Drop them in the comments below!

The Top 3 Reasons Women Struggle to Lose Weight

 

Losing weight is HARD work. I won’t deny it. I won’t pretend it’s as easy as eating one salad.

With that being said, there are many reasons that 95% of women who are on a journey to become healthier struggle to lose weight.

Check out the top 3 reasons that most women struggle to lose weight:

  1. Consistency and patience are KEY!

 
 
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When it comes to weight loss, consistency has two meanings.

First, let’s talk about consistency in regards to eating nutritious foods (protein, lots of veggies, smart carbs, and healthy fats). It is 1000000% possible to lose weight while still eating chocolate and drinking wine.

My current clients have lost over 220 pounds while still enjoying their favorite foods and drinking wine.

The KEY is to enjoy those indulgences seldomly. Maybe that means once a week, maybe twice a week, or maybe once every two weeks! It’s really different for every woman, and comes down to your bodies’ metabolism and physical properties.

Second, consistency means waiting a few WEEKS and sometimes MONTHS to see results. Often times, women start to eat very nutritiously and expect to see results THAT WEEK. It takes the body time to adapt to being in a calorie deficit, so you have to give yourself time to see results. Again, how long varies from woman to woman. Be patient, be consistent, and the results will come!

2. Getting back on track is CRUCIAL to success!

When it comes to losing weight, there WILL be events where you’ll eat non-nutritious foods, and that’s OKAY!!! For example, let’s look at family pizza parties. Do you really expect to bring your own nutritious foods, or never enjoy the pizza? Of course not! Just because you eat non-nutritious foods (especially when it’s out of your control) does NOT mean you can’t lose weight.

What’s MOST important is to getting right back on track after you eat non-nutritious foods. One of my personal mottos is “never miss a healthy meal twice in a row.” When I eat foods I love that aren’t the most nutritious (for example, I ate tacos, rice, and beans for dinner last night), I make SURE that my next meal (and the ones that follow that) consists of lean protein and loads of veggies.

Many women fail to lose weight because they allow one not-so-nutritious meals turn into a not-so-nutritious day, week, etc.

3. Mindful eating is EXTREMELY important and often overlooked.

What does eating mindfully mean? Eating mindfully means only eat when you feel hungry, eating slowly, and paying attention to your fullness levels after each bite.

Are YOU an emotional or stress eater? SO many women use food as a way to escape emotions or stress.

At the end of the day, food rarely helps the root cause of the emotions or stress.

If you struggle from emotional or stress eating, keep telling yourself that your struggles are NOT related to food... Meaning that eating food won’t help the cause of your stress or emotions (unless it’s true hunger). Honor and FEEL your feelings, but don’t use food as a way to try to escape them.

Eating mindfully also means paying attention to how slowly you eat, and how you feel WHILE eating. Ideally, you want to STOP eating as soon as you feel satisfied and before you feel stuffed.

Losing weight while enjoying your favorite foods and drinks is 100000% possible. I’ve helped my current clients lose 225 POUNDS while enjoying their favorite foods AND while feeling satisfied (no 800 calorie/day crash diets needed!)

Have you struggled from any of these 3 weight loss roadblocks before? Are you struggling to lose weight because of another roadblock? Share with me in the comments below!

Stop "SHOULD-ING" on yourself! 💩

 

I SHOULD eat healthier.

I SHOULDN’T eat this pizza.

I SHOULD go exercise

I SHOULDN’T drink this glass of wine.

 
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Anytime you tell yourself you “should” or “shouldn’t” do something, you’re asking for a speeding ticket on the highway to the city of Guilt, located in the country of I’M NOT ENOUGH.

Whatever action you “should” or “shouldn’t” be doing makes your current task or behavior seem WRONG… Which automatically leads to feelings of anger, resentment, failure, shame, lack of control, etc.

What happens when we SHOULD on ourselves? We create a ton of pressure within ourselves to do or be something which we feel we’re supposed to do. Basically we are telling ourselves that we’re not good enough, we’re not healthy enough, we’re not smart enough, etc.

If we don’t do what we “should” do, or if we do what we “shouldn’t” do, we feel wrong or guilty for our choices. SHOULD-ING strengthens our belief that we can’t trust ourselves, or that we don’t have enough willpower to reach our goals… Both of which are huge piles of POOP.

Many of us use the words SHOULD and SHOULD’T so frequently that the words that follow these phrases (I should workout, I should eat healthy, I shouldn’t eat pizza, etc.) become MORE POWERFUL in our minds than our actual desires.

In other words, our minds’ preconceived ideas about pizza, exercise, eating healthy and glasses of wine make the decisions FOR us, as opposed to what we really want.

Feeling overwhelmed, guilty, anger, or resentful of the things you SHOULD do keeps you feeling stuck… The more you feel you SHOULD do something, the less likely you are to actually DO IT.

SHOULD-ING is often tied into foods because we label foods as “good” or “bad” in our minds (which unconsciously leads to feelings of either happiness or anger/resentment).  On a nutritious level, foods can’t be labelled as good or bad because foods don’t have power over their actions.  Think about it: good humans are those who help others around them and are kind and loving.  Bad humans murder, commit crimes, and take advantage of those around them.  Foods can’t do EITHER of those things.  Now I understand that you can have “bad” pizza at a restaurant, but that is because of how the restaurant prepared and made the pizza, not because of the pizza itself.  

All foods are simply more-nutritious or less nutritious for our bodies.  At a biological level, our bodies CRAVE healthy foods because we need those nutrients to survive.  A donut may have 500 calories but has little nutrients for it’s caloric count, compared to a chicken breast with veggies that has the same 500 calories but is loaded with nutrients.  The calorie count is the exact same, so does it matter which one we eat? YES!  

Because the donut contains little nutrients, it won’t keep us feeling full and satisfied for very long.  We will quickly feel hungry, and eat MORE foods than we don’t actually need. Because the chicken and veggies contain more nutrients, they will do a better job of keeping our bodies’ satisfied and feeling full for a longer time. 

Ultimately, when we associate foods as being “good” or “bad” instead of “nutritious” or “not-so-nutritious”, we feel we have messed up when we eat something “bad,” or we feel better about ourselves when we eat something “good.” In other words, research suggests that we feel BAD about ourselves when we eat “bad” foods, and we feel good about ourselves when we eat “good” foods.

Remember that food is just food. It has no power over us UNLESS we give it power.

So here is the golden question: How do we STOP should-ing on ourselves?!

First, we become aware that it is happening. Start to notice your feelings and HOW you choose the foods you eat. Are you telling yourselves you “SHOULD” or “SHOULDN’T” eat certain foods, or are you taking control over food and consciously choosing to eat foods that you WANT to eat?

In the moment, ask yourself some of these questions: Why should I choose this? Who says that I should choose this? Will this help me reach my goals? Does the BEST, HEALTHIEST version of me want to enjoy this?

Next, try to get as specific as you can with your goals AND your wants. In other words, what not-so-nutritous foods do you truly LOVE? What goals are you hoping to achieve and what’s realistic for YOUR lifestyle? For example, I absolutely LOVE pasta. When I was on my own personal weight loss journey (you can read more about it HERE), I wasn’t willing to give pasta up in order to lose weight… So I decided to eat more nutritious foods MOST of the time, but to still consciously CHOOSE to eat pasta on special occasions (simply because I loved it!)

Lastly, start to replace the word SHOULD with I WILL… I CAN… I CHOOSE… I AM... I WANT.

It’s a complete mindset shift that takes the pressure off of you. It takes the power away from the food and gives YOU the power to make the decision about what to eat without the emotional strings attached to it.

Instead of telling yourself “I should eat more veggies,” try telling yourself “I will choose more veggies.” Or, instead of telling yourself “I want to be someone who exercises regularly,” try telling yourself “I am someone who exercises regularly. I promise that small mindset shift will help you think twice about your nutrition AND your exercise choices.

By slowing shifting your mindset, you take back your power and you OWN your decisions.

This doesn’t mean you never enjoy pizza, but it means that you can CHOOSE when you enjoy the pizza, which is extremely powerful. You also get to CHOOSE to eat more protein and veggies so that you lose weight and reach your goals.

If you can stop SHOULD-ING on yourself, you can remove the stress and emotions associated with foods, and you can take back the power to choose what YOU want to eat.

Does this post resonate with you? Do you struggle with SHOULD-ING on yourself, whether it comes in the form of eating healthy OR any other goal you’re trying to achieve? Drop a comment below!

 

Ready to measure portions WITHOUT counting calories?!

 

SO many women believe that in order to lose weight, they have to strictly count calories. In reality, calorie counting isn’t the best long-term strategy to leading a healthy life. What happens when you go over to a friend’s house for dinner and she doesn’t have the calorie count? Or, what happens when you go to a restaurant and there are no calorie counts on the menu?

Here’s the truth:

YOU DON’T NEED TO COUNT CALORIES IN ORDER TO LOSE WEIGHT!

SERIOUSLY! My system of measuring portions helps my clients to lose weight without ever counting a single calories. And NO, my system doesn’t mean that you feel hungry all the time either!

The only tool you need to correctly measure out portion sizes is your HAND!

Your hand goes with you everywhere, so you’ll be able to keep your portions in-check while eating at your friends’ house AND while dining out at restaurants!

 
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Here’s how it works:

  1. PROTEIN: Every meal you eat should contain 1-2 PALM-SIZED servings of protein

  2. VEGGIES/FRUIT: Every meal you eat should contain 1-2 FIST-SIZED servings of veggies & fruit

  3. SMART CARBS: Every meal you eat should contain 0.5-1 FIST-SIZED serving of smart (whole grain) carbs

  4. HEALTHY FATS/CONDIMENTS: Each meal you eat should contain about 1 THUMB-SIZED serving of healthy fats (like nuts or avocado) and/or condiments.

Especially if you’re trying to lose weight, be aware of your carb and fat portion sizes. If you need, cut back on those portion sizes and add 1-2 portions of veggies to your meals.

I’d love for you to try out this system to help you portion your meals, and then comment below and share how it works for you!

 

Expectations vs. Reality of Weight Loss

 

In October, I ran my first marathon (26.2 miles). While I EXPECTED the race to be a challenge, I expected to finish and feel amazing. What I DIDN’T expect was the reality of those last 6 miles.

The first 20 miles I felt strong and quick. The last 6 were a completely different story. They were the HARDEST 6 miles I have ever run in my life. My legs were screaming at me in pain. I was physically and emotionally drained. I cried at Mile 22, where I called myself stupid and wanted to quit. Needless to say, my expectations of running a marathon and the reality of running a marathon were VERY DIFFERENT.

 
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How I expected to cross the finish line…

Versus the reality of how I felt at Mile 25.

 

In a similar way, almost every woman I work with must come to terms with the reality of weight loss, versus her own expectations.

After helping hundreds of women lose weight throughout the course of my career, I’ve learned many things about the expectations of weight loss, versus what REALLY happens. Be sure to set yourself up for weight loss success by using these tips to help you become realistic about your goals.

EXPECTATION #1: Losing weight will make you happier.

  • REALITY: Current research suggests that while losing weight can lead to feelings of satisfaction and will make you temporarily happier, your overall happiness depends on MANY other factors in your life. As you lose weight and become healthier, focus on creating healthy work relationships, personal relationships, and hobbies too.

EXPECTATION #2: The scale will immediately start to change the second you begin implementing new habits into your routine.

  • REALITY: It probably comes as no surprise that changing your daily habits is one of the biggest determinants of long-term weight loss success. However, because habit change often starts off slowly, it takes TIME for results to happen. Expect that it might take weeks or months for the scale to change, and that’s NORMAL. Instead of focusing on instant results, focus on consistency and patience.

EXPECTATION #3: Weight loss will be perfect & linear.

  • Reality: Once you start seeing results, many of us expect the scale to change every single week. In reality, it’s NORMAL for results to vary! Some weeks, depending on the types of foods we eat, the last time we used the restroom, or even our hormones, the scale might go up before it drops more. Expect the scale to sometimes go up and other times go down... Daily fluctuations are healthy and normal.

EXPECTATION #4: THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE IS THE ONLY WAY TO MEASURE PROGRESS.

  • REALITY: There are literally hundreds of ways to measure progress as you begin to eat healthier and exercise. Are you more energized? How are you sleeping? How are your clothes fitting? How are your workouts feeling? Do you get tired and “crash” in the afternoon? How is your skin looking? There are just SOME of the questions you need to ask yourself as you strive to lose weight. Remember the scale is only ONE way to measure progress.

These examples I give are only the tip of the iceberg. As you begin your journey to lose weight, give yourself some extra love when reality differs from your expectations. And whatever happens, DO NOT give up on yourself. Now that I know the reality of running a marathon, instead of giving up on running completely, I can better prepare myself for the next one!

Share in the comments below… Have you ever experienced something where your expectations differ from reality? What was it, and how did you react?

 

4 Ways to Stay Healthy on Thanksgiving

 
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YIKES!!! That is a TON of calories to consume within the span of 24 hours!

Even though Thanksgiving revolves around eating, there are ways to navigate your day so that you still ENJOY your favorite foods without going overboard! Check out my 4 best tips on how to stay healthy (yet still ENJOY) your Thanksgiving!

  1. Eat Breakfast. It may sound counterintuitive, but eating breakfast can help prevent you from snacking all day. “Saving up” for the big meal rarely works because you end up becoming SO hungry throughout the day, that you overeat before the main meal is even served.

  2. Pitch in and Bring Something Healthy! What makes Thanksgiving amazing is the number of options to choose from! Most Thanksgiving options are high in fats and carbs (ahem stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy). Be SURE there is a healthy choice at dinner or as an appetizer by bringing along a veggie tray or veggies as a side dish.

  3. Fill HALF of your dinner plate with veggies and protein. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’m a believer in ENJOYING your favorite foods and drinks on special occasions. And for most of us, Thanksgiving is a special occasion! That doesn’t mean you can eat 5 servings of stuffing and expect to lose weight. Set yourself up for success by filling at least HALF of your plate with veggies & turkey, and allowing yourself to indulge in smaller portions of your favorite, heavier foods.

  4. Pay attention to your hunger and fullness levels! This one is harder than it sounds, but really try to eat ONLY when you feel hungry on Thanksgiving. Often times, this day turns into a “grazing day” when food is available to eat all day. Instead of mindlessly eating everything that is offered to you, focus on eating ONLY when you feel hungry. When you feel full, politely pass on food or take some home as leftovers!

Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday to stay on track, but it’s possible with a little planning and knowledge. Most importantly, when it comes to appetizer and overall food choices, decide what you are COMMITTING to do, and what you’re NOT willing to do before Thanksgiving arrives!

Do you have any other tips that help you stay healthy on Thanksgiving? Share them in the comments below!

 

EASY & DELICIOUS Turkey and Egg Casserole

 

Often times, the women I work with struggle to make healthy breakfast choices that keep them feeling full and satisfied all morning long.

Today's recipe is a fantastic option to meal prep for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner!  Plus, it’s EASY! Seriously — it takes about 5-10 minutes of prep work, and once you put it in the oven, you’re free to do other things! Make this on a Sunday and have breakfast or lunches ready-to-go all week long!

Turkey & Egg Breakfast Casserole 

 
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Ingredients: 

- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil + more for coating the pan
- 1 lb Ground Turkey
- 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
- /2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 12 Large Eggs
- 1 small Sweet Potato (peeled and sliced thin)
- 1 cup Baby Spinach
- Salt & Pepper for Seasoning
- Additional Veggie Toppings: Tomatoes (Diced Onions, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Broccoli)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 baking dish with Coconut Oil as well as heat the 1 tablespoon in a medium sized skillet set to medium-high heat. Once the oil has melted add in the Ground Turkey and season with the Chili Powder, and Salt and Pepper. Continue to cook the meat until it begins to brown.
2. While the turkey is cooking peel and slice your Sweet Potato. Make sure your slices are fairly thin because if they’re too thick they won’t be as tender. Line the bottom of the greased baking dish with the sliced potatoes. In a medium bowl beat the Eggs with a whisk and season with salt and pepper.
3. Top the potatoes with the turkey and then pour the eggs on top. Layer the Spinach on top of the eggs as well as any additional toppings you’d like to add.
4. Place the dish in the oven and cook for 35 to 40 minutes or until the edges of the egg begin to brown and the casserole is firm throughout. Check the dish with about 5 minutes to go to see if you need to add any time.

ENJOY!

Note: If you want to make this as part of your meal prep (or the night before serving) and freeze it for later go ahead and fully prepare the dish then place in the freezer. To cook, let it defrost and then reheat at 275 to 300 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Festive Fall *HEALTHIER* Pumpkin Brownies!

 

As the weather turns chilly, fall is a festive season for some HEALTHIER brownies! Today’s recipe is SUPER easy (seriously — it only uses 2 ingredients), and removes the egg, butter, and oil from traditional brownies.

 
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Pumpkin Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of 100% pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

  • 1 box of any brownie mix you’d like to use

Directions:

  1. Mix the ingredients together well.

  2. Bake according to the box instructions; NOTE: you may need to add more time (I usually do). Cook until a toothpick comes out clean

  3. Allow them to cool and ENJOY!

 

Are *HEALTHIER* snacks really healthier for you?

 
 
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I'm not going to lie to you...  Years ago, these nutrition facts surprised me when I compared the two! 

Back when I was trying to lose weight, I *THOUGHT* trail mix was a great snack choice!  Often times, it's labeled as healthy, organic, or high-protein.  YES, it may be organic, or contain a good amount of protein, or healthy to some, but it has almost the EXACT SAME nutrients as a Dairy Queen Blizzard.

This is really important to note--I'm not trying to compare what's the "healthier" or "better" option between trail mix or a DQ blizzard.  I'm simply showing that a food that MANY of us believe(d) to be *healthy" is loaded with just as many calories (and fat) as a Dairy Queen Blizzard.

At the end of the day, the quantity of calories you eat, no matter where they come from, will dictate whether you gain weight, lose weight, or maintain the same weight.

So how do you know you're choosing the healthiest snacks, especially if you're trying to lose weight?  

Should you count calories and check nutrition labels? NO and YES!  If you've been following me for awhile, you know that I DO NOT BELIEVE IN COUNTING CALORIES!  Seriously, it takes so much time and ISN'T necessary to lose weight!

But should you be checking your nutrition labels?  YES!  I highly encourage you to check the ingredients of your snacks.  Here's my general rule of advice for snacks: The fewer ingredients, the healthier it probably is. 

If you're looking for the healthiest snack choices, stick with the basics!  Try to choose foods that come in their natural state.  Whole pieces of fruit, vegetables, greek yogurt, or cottage cheese all make great snack choices!  

If you're looking for more healthy snack or meal choices, be sure to join my *FREE* Facebook group for Women here!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Check out this On-The-Go WORKOUT!

 

This workout is PERFECT for you to complete at work or at home!  

It doesn't require any equipment.  You can take 5 minutes or 60 minutes to complete this workout.  Complete as many cards as you can in the time you have to exercise. 

Plus, if you travel often for work or for pleasure, it's super convenient to complete in your hotel room! 

 
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If you're looking for more free workouts, be sure to join my Facebook Group for Women here!

 

Peach BBQ Lettuce Wraps

 
 
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I'm all about finding healthy recipes that taste delicious and that DON'T contain too many added calories or fat.  Today's recipe is healthy and EASY to make.  Plus, the leftovers make great lunches!

Note: the ingredient list is a bit longer but the prep time is only about 25 minutes!

Also note that the bbq sauce recipe makes about 3 cups, so you can freeze 2 cups for next time or use it as a marinade for chicken breasts!

Peach BBQ Lettuce Wraps

INGREDIENTS:

PEACH BBQ SAUCE

- 4 dates, pitted

- ½ cup boiling water

- 2 Tbsp. ghee (I recommend Pure Indian Foods ghee)

- ½ cup minced onion

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste

- 1 12-ounce can tomato sauce

- 2 medium peaches, peeled and roughly chopped (may substitute 2 cups frozen peach slices, thawed, when fresh peaches are out of season)

- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

- ¼ cup dijon mustard (such as Annie’s or 365 Everyday brand)

- 1 tsp. smoked paprika

- 1 Tbsp. chili powder

- ¼ tsp. ground cumin

- 1 pinch ground cloves

- Sea salt and pepper to taste

 

CHICKEN:

- 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

- 1 cup Peach BBQ

- 1 head of lettuce

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place pitted dates in a blender or food processor. Cover with boiling water and set aside for 5 minutes to allow dates to soften.

2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt ghee and saute onions 7-8 minutes or until translucent and soft. Add garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds until fragrant.

3. Transfer onion and garlic mixture to blender with the dates.

4. Add remaining sauce ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.

5. Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker.

6. Pour 1 cup BBQ sauce over chicken. Stir to coat chicken then cover with lid and cook on LOW heat for 5-6 hours or until cooked through.

7. Allow chicken to cool slightly before shredding with 2 forks right in the slow cooker.

8. Dish chicken into lettuce leaves and ENJOY!

Looking to cook other healthy and delicious meals at home, without spending hours a day in the kitchen?  Be sure to grab a *FREE* copy of my perfect meal planner here!

 

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.  

 

4 Reasons You Should Start Exercising NOW!

With Memorial Day kicking off the summer season, it comes as no surprise that summer is the one of the busiest seasons of them all!  Between work obligations, family life, and social functions, it's hard for many of us to find time to exercise.  Aside from looking great on the beach this summer (because let's be honest, we all want too), check out these reasons why you should begin exercising today:

1. Exercise boosts energy AND happiness

It's science. Today's research suggests that exercise releases feel – good endorphins into our bloodstream. In fact, a study at Penn State University suggests that people who exercise, regardless of the intensity, had more pleasant feelings than those who did not work out. This study also noted that participants were happier on days that included physical activity, as opposed to days they did not exercise.

2. Exercise can help you sleep better.

If you're prone to tossing and turning at night, exercise actually helps to strengthen your body's circadian rhythms and can help you to fall (and stay) asleep!

However, the results are not immediate. Research suggests that it can take up to four months for exercise to help study your circadian rhythm's, so start hitting the gym now to get a better quality sleep over the next few months.

3. Exercise helps to reduce stress in a positive way

As I mentioned earlier, it comes as no surprise that we all lead busy, complicated lives. There are tons of ways to deal with stress, many of which can negatively impact your health and fitness goals.  Eating a pint of Ben & Jerry's may seem like the best way to deal with a stressful situation, but I promise you that you'll end up feeling worse about yourself afterwards.  You know that exercise can make you happier, but it can also help to reduce stress by stopping the release of stress hormones that flow throughout your body.

4. Exercise helps improve your confidence and willpower

Sure, it's great to see the physical results of exercise. I'm talking tone arms and abs, a tiny waist, and chiseled legs. For me, the mental results that my clients gain are much more important than the physical ones!!  By slowly increasing how much weight you can lift or how far you can run, you'll gain confidence that will bleed into other parts of your life.  It's simple--crushing your workouts and FEELING the gains helps you to feel good in all areas of your life!

In addition, exercise improves your mental strength. Let me be real with you, there are definitely days when I wake up and do NOT want to work out.  However, once I complete the work out, I feel energized and never regret putting in the work!  Plus, I know that I can push myself into that zone that's a little bit uncomfortable. Sure, it can be scary to lift heavier weights than you're used to, or running a further distance than you ever have before, but that's where the real magic happens!

A 30-minute workout is 2% of your day. That's all you need to gain the benefits listed above, and to start seeing great results. Instead of finding excuses and reasons that you can't exercise today, take action find a type of exercise you love.  Get up and get moving!  Make a commitment to your health today, and look and feel better tomorrow!

5 Amazing Benefits of Strength Training!!!

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It's no secret that I'm a HUGE believer in the idea that reaching one's health and fitness goals comes down to having healthy nutrition habits.  However, this doesn't mean that you can just forget about exercise and sit on the couch all day...(don't we all wish?!).  

long with solid nutritional habits, exercise plays a critical role in losing weight, gaining lean muscle mass, and becoming stronger.

Often times, the only experience with exercise that my clients have before working together is as a "cardio queen." I'm talking about women who spend hours and hours on the treadmill or the elliptical. Does it sound familiar?

While cardio is important, strength training has many more benefits that can help you get to your goals quickly and safely. Check out these 5 benefits strength training, especially for women:

1. Weight training burns more calories than cardio.

Overall, weight training burns more calories than steady state cardio. While you're lifting weights, you'll burn fewer calories. However, after your weight session, your metabolic rate will be higher, and you'll be burning more calories for a longer period of time!

2. You can eat more food!

It's simple; muscle requires more fuel to maintain than fat does. The more muscle you have on your body, the more calories you need to eat to keep your body properly functioning. Especially if you're hoping to gain lean muscle mass (hello six pack!), you must add protein-packed foods to your diet!

3. Your bones will be stronger. 

Weight training add stress to your bones. As a result, your bones become stronger and more sturdy. This helps to prevent the loss of bone density, which can begin when women hit their mid-30s. Strengthening your bones can help protect you from fractures and breaks in the future.

4. Weight training boosts your immune system.

Studies suggest that moderate weight lifting reduces stress levels. This allows for the production of more white blood cells within your body, which helps to fight off infection and disease.

5. Your body will age better.

All of these benefits add up to a stronger and healthier life for you to live longer. Improved circulation from weight training helps to keep your hair, nails, and skin in great condition. Gaining lean muscle mass and burning more fat will enable you to wear the clothes you love. You will have better balance with a decreased chance of falling. If you do happen to fall, your chances of fracturing and breaking a bone are lowered.

While cardio is important to add to your exercise routine, The benefits of weight training surpass those of cardio when it comes to gaining muscle and losing weight.  If you're looking for a beginner strength workout, grab a set of weights and click here for a free leg workout!