Stacy Rody
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Stacy Rody

  • Getting the right Nutrition with Shakeology!

    Nutrition with Shakeology

    This mama does not have time to worry about getting a ton of veggies in as I run the kids around all day. I also don’t have time to get sick. Since we’ve been drinking this yummy goodness for three years straight, our household has been way healthier. Sure we get sick but it lasts 2 days not 5-6.  Shakeology has been a godsend.  It really has had a major impact.  Some the other things we have noticed is our hair growing faster, nails growing quicker and stronger, better sleep and much more regular bowel movements!  Yep, I said it.

    I believe that food can act like poison to our bodies or it can heal and fuel them. I’m just passionate about sharing what I love and what has maintained our weight.  Shakeology is something we have everyday.  My husband, my kids and myself.  If we do get sick, we usually have it twice a day.  It is a non-negotiable in our household and a great way to get 70+ superfoods.  It also is a meal replacement.  I actually have it for breakfast most the time and it works great!

    No more yo-yoing. No more fad diets. Just simple nutrients. Wish I would have known about it sooner. #payitforward #healthfirst #fivebucksaday #usedtospendmoreonTacobell

  • A Simple and Quick way to Prepare Roasted Asparagus!

    Roasted Asparagus Tip!

    Roasted Asparagus is one of our favorite veggies. If I don’t watch my plate, my daughter will sneak extra for herself!  My husband wants to eat his portion as well as everyone else’s and our son eats it right away….it is magical!

    I break off the hard ends, drizzle a little avocado oil on them and sprinkle Trader Joe’s garlic salt. I stick them right on the top rack of the oven and broil at 500 for about 5 minutes. You have to watch them. I heard it said once, “You don’t actually cook asparagus-you just threaten to cook it.” ?  It really is the most simple meal.  We have roasted asparagus at least once a week, preferably two to three times per week.

    There are some great vitamins in roasted asparagus, and if the kids like it, I’ll take it!  It is an excellent source of all kinds of vitamins and minerals.  I could try to explain them all to you, but I would rather have you hear it from the Nutritionist, Cheryl Forberg RD.  She is a New York Times best-selling author.  She is also the nutritionist for The Biggest Loser.  In an article “5 Powerful Health Benefits of Asparagus You Probably Didn’t Know”, she gives us a full breakdown of how great asparagus really is for us!

    1. It’s loaded with nutrients: Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium.  Chromium is a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
    2. This herbaceous plant, along with avocado, kale and Brussels sprouts, is a particularly rich source of glutathione. This is a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. This is why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, such as bone, breast, colon, larynx and lung cancers.
    3. Asparagus is packed with antioxidants, ranking among the top fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This, according to preliminary research, may help slow the aging process.
    4. Another anti-aging property of this delicious spring veggie is that it may help our brains fight cognitive decline. Like leafy greens, asparagus delivers folate, which works with vitamin B12, found in fish, poultry, meat and dairy, to help prevent cognitive impairment. In a study from Tufts University, older adults with healthy levels of folate and B12 performed better on a test of response speed and mental flexibility. (If you’re 50-plus, be sure you’re getting enough B12: your ability to absorb it decreases with age.)
    5. One more benefit of asparagus: It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, and increased urination not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema (an accumulation of fluids in the body’s tissues). It is also for those who have high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases.

    So there you have it!  If you weren’t eating roasted asparagus, or having your kids eat it, you now know what you’re missing.  You now know how amazing it is for our bodies!  So go have some amazing roasted asparagus.  Put something in your body that will change you forever.  Become more healthy.  Roasted asparagus fit perfect in a green container if you are on the 21 Day Fix!

     

    Asparagus Tip

  • Healthy Starbucks? Here’s how!!

    Healthy Starbucks Drink

    I have officially broken up with my 1/2 pump white mocha americano with whip. To even think that I could have a healthy Starbucks drink….is crazy!  Who knew 2 inches of steamed coconut milk, 1 pack of honey and some cinnamon would be so dang tasty.  A whole new level in Starbucks nutrition! 😉

    Upward and onward with making small but healthier changes all the time.  Are you kidding me?  Having a healthy Starbucks coffee is a dream come true!  And remember, having that whip everyday does add up.  It is compounding interest.  It doesn’t stop and it keeps going and going.  This is what has been so hard for me, with all my sugar

    My prior overweight, binge eating, Taco Bell loving, candy addict self would hardly believe this is the new me.

  • Sugar Detox Day 1!! Let the Fun Begin!!

    Sugar Detox Day 1

    Day one of my sugar detox, green tea and honey instead of coffee, dates as my candy, and Shakeology as my treat. My willpower is in full effect this week.  This is not even a bit easy for me.  I love eating junk.  A lot of us do!  I know I’m not the only one.  The thing is, we are what we eat…. and that sucks.  I used to be able to eat anything and the scale would stay the same, my pants would fit just fine.  Now, I feel like I have to stay on point to keep from gaining those extra pounds or barely fitting in my jeans!

    Cheese, tortilla chips, peanut m&m’s and wine is what gave me this bloat ?

    Dreams of skinny jeans and sweaters is what’s gonna take this bloat away.

    Sometimes you just have to say “NO” for a bit. That’s what I tell myself as I struggle to stay strong. I’m also excited to sleep better and wake up with more energy. Wish me and the girls in my group luck with our sugar detox. We are going to keep accountable and really push through. You’ll have to join us if we do this again next month. ‪#‎powerinnumbers‬ ‪#‎girlpower‬

    Sugar Detox, Remove Bloat

  • Gluten-Free Lunch, easy with the 21 Day Fix Extreme!

    Gluten-Free Lunch Meal Prep, Easy and Quick

    This is a gluten-free lunch, (cause I’m super gluten intolerant), that I think I’ve decided is my favorite food prep combo.  It is simple, healthy and is balanced in every way.  It fills me up perfectly and gives me energy for long lengths of time.  I love it.  Do you have a “go-to” meal that is balanced?  This one is also easy to make in bulk.  I can make enough to last a week and none of these items go bad super quickly, so it works out wonderfully.  Having it placed in my handy-dandy little food prep containers, it is a pretty easy scenario.

    1. Wild salmon {I buy the individually wrapped pieces at Costco}
    2.  Green Beans
    3. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
    4. *Cooked brown rice, grilled chicken and steamed broccoli is a close second.

    Finding variation and little add-ons is so paramount to enjoying healthy food.  I don’t believe that I have to enjoy every bite I eat, all the time, sometimes I need to eat to get the right nutrients, but this mindset has come over time.  It has come from seeing what “always” enjoying food does to my body.  I really love this one though, it really is tasty and great for me.  Have you ever tried the garlic aioli mustard from Trader Joe’s? It is has no dairy and is actually one of the most amazing dipping sauces and a free food on the 21 Day Fix Extreme!!

    If you’re not familiar with 21 Day Fix Extreme, I need to tell you how amazing this program is.  It is 30 minute workouts, you do at home, with little to no equipment needed.  It is intense, fun, challenging and comes with containers for meal prep as well.  It is one of my favorite programs and is perfect as a quick and hardcore 3 week, (get ready for an event) workout.  I know many of my clients do it multiple times in a row and have had great success.

    Thanks for taking the time to read.  Please ask questions below, I love engaging and helping others with their health.  Gluten is no joke, so make sure you test to see if you have an allergy to it.  This gluten-free lunch, really does the trick.

    gluten-free lunch, gluten-free meal prep

     

  • Pesto Alfredo Chicken Gluten-Free Recipe!

     

    Our GO TO Gluten-Free Recipe

    We call it “green noodles” a most delicious gluten-free recipe. If you want to have something yummy and easy for dinner tonight, this is the ticket!  My kids love it like candy, my husband always wants more and I truly enjoy it as well!  I have been making this menu item for the last few years.  I find it difficult at times, to find the right gluten-free recipe that the entire family enjoys!

    Pesto Sauce:

    You combine-

    -The entire basil plant. Leaves rinsed and dried.
    -1/4 cup olive oil
    -3 garlic cloves or maybe just the whole clove ?
    -2 Tbsp pine nuts
    -salt and pepper

    Food process for a 30 seconds and then add either the nutritional yeast or Parma. Either way is good.

    Cook up these incredible #glutenfree noodles and toss it all together. Top with extra pine nuts and thin-sliced broiled chicken and serve.  Watch your kids eyes light up, as they enjoy this delectable dinner entree!  I have never had one of them complain or not eat everything put in front of them.  I usually pair this some sort of vegetable, usually broccoli or asparagus.

    Budget tip: if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, this plant is only $2.99 and for a small pack of basil at another store it’s usually 3-4.99… I buy two at a time because fresh basil is one of the best ingredients for so many dishes. I’ll be posting another recipe soon that has the tasty leaves in it!

    Gluten-free Recipe

  • Makeup Ideas – Primer and Foundation!

     

    My Personal Makeup Ideas

    When looking for makeup ideas, do you know that feeling when you have finally found the perfect combo? I do!!  For years I have been using the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. She makes a couple different kinds but I love the original. It keeps my makeup on way longer AND keeps my skin looking super smooth throughout the day. Having fairly oily skin, this is perfect for me.  I am always looking for new makeup ideas.

    There are some really great silicone based brands but Laura Mercier uses aloe and water and for some reason, it’s perfect!  My skin loves it…. and I have some tough skin.  Even in my thirties, I still have breakouts.  I mean, I am an esthetician, a makeup artist and I still fight acne!!  This product is the best by far, so try it out!  With that being said, I am always on the lookout for new product.  Even though I am loyal to Laura Mercier, I know other people have had great success while using other types, but this is my makeup idea!

    Thennnnn, a friend told me about the Make Up Forever foundation. I mainly bought it because she told me Kim Kardashian uses it ☺heehee, but really- it’s amazing. I won’t lie, I love Kim Kardashian makeup ideas and makeup tips!  I get my primer at Nordstrom and the foundation at Sephora. I love both places…..I would even go as far to say, they are a woman’s best friend!

    P.S. If you spend $50 at Sephora, you get a free makeup lesson. Book an appointment before you go in and try some new makeup ideas while you’re there. I’m due for another lesson, too.

    You’ll have to let me know if you try them!!  Share some of your makeup ideas!!

  • Home Remedies for Acne! Coconut Oil and Melaleuca.

     

    Home Remedies for Acne

    I am always looking for new home remedies for acne.  I have dealt with acne my entire life.  It is one of the most annoying things that is a continual battle.  To those of you that deal with it as well, you can relate.

    This magical combo had been helping me this past week. Melaleuca essential oil and organic extra virgin coconut oil did the trick!  I had a funny sore on the edge of my nose that would not heal. I did a little “googling” and after two applications and some vitamin C pill-popping, it’s almost gone!  I have found that Google has almost all the answers to everything in the entire world!  Then if I need to see it in video form, I go to You Tube!

    As a family we try to steer clear of antibiotics as much as possible. We’ve been known to swallow garlic cloves and goofy stuff like that. I swear it works though! 😉  My husband will literally take three cloves, peel them, cut them up into small pill sized cubes, throw them in his mouth and then swallow them with a glass of water!!  Our at home gym smells a little garlicky from time to time!!

    Now that this bottle of coconut oil is dedicated to skin treatments, I think I will start using it as a body moisturizer (especially on my feet) after the shower. I’ve heard it’s anti fungal, too!  Again, my husband only uses coconut oil as lotion for his skin.  He doesn’t do well with most lotions, so this is an amazing alternative, that is totally good for you!

    Man, now to find more ways to use it!!

    I love learning new ideas.  Any fun combos you’ve tried and loved, let me know any home remedies for acne?

  • Eminem Weight Loss With Beachbody!

    Eminem Weight Loss

    Eminem Weight Loss

    Eminem weight loss recently made headlines by sharing his incredible weight loss secret to the masses. If you haven’t heard, Eminem recently reported to Men’s Journal that he dropped a whooping 81 pounds after completing a combination of InsanityP90X and Body Beast Beachbody workouts within one year of leaving rehab.

    After a long-running addiction to prescription medicine and a near fatal overdose, Eminem transformed his unhealthy addiction into the best body he’s ever had.

    Going the Extra Mile

    It started with the most obvious choice, running. Eminem was well aware of his addict’s brain, and after rehab, he started running to quell his seemingly endless energy. What became a way to quiet his mind and get some sleep soon ran his life – pardon the pun! – and he was burning up to 2,000 calories and logging over 17 miles per day.

    What started as a distraction to function sober turned into an all-out obsession and soon enough, Eminem eventually injured himself in the process. After too much wear and tear on his hip flexors and joints, he had to find the next way of meeting his outlet without the extreme jarring.

    Eminem’s SoulMate Workout + Weight Loss Transformation

    As he phased out running, he gave home workouts a try, starting with Shaun T’s Insanity. After dropping running altogether due to Insanity’s intensity, Eminem added in P90X workouts (he especially loves the ab workout) to avoid plateauing before moving on to Body Beast!

    At the best shape of his life, it seems Eminem has found his soulmate workout.

    “The routine is pretty intense,” said Eminem. “The first time I did the legs, I couldn’t walk for two days. Now I’m doing arms one day, chest the next day, legs the next, and I’m still functioning throughout the day. And I can finally do it without pausing the routine.”

    Eminem’s Success Tips

    Get Support

    Whether you’re struggling with something more serious or simply need help getting through your workouts, Eminem understood the importance of a support system. Not only did he hire a personal trainer as he lost the weight but he also leaned on his friend Elton John as he adjusted to sober life.

    Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Up the Routine

    Eminem added P90x once he noticed he was plateauing with Insanity. As his fitness levels changed, so did his workouts! Don’t be afraid to mix and match programs until you find the one that best suits your energy, ideal body shape and overall goals. For me that was Turbofire, and for Eminem it’s Body Beast.

    Listen To Your Body

    Eminem pushed himself too hard and eventually injured himself while running. As he’s progressed on his fitness journey, he is much more aware of what his body needs. He is much more in tune with it and that really is the key.  Take a moment to check-in with your body everyday to determine what it needs so you can live your most optimal and healthy life!  Nutrition is such a big part of that as well!

    Know Yourself

    Eminem is all too aware of his “addict brain,” as he calls it, and tailors his workouts to support his ability to function. If doing a particular workout doesn’t make you happy, give you an endorphin rush or pushes you too far – maybe it’s not for you! Consider your temperament when picking a workout for optimal success.

  • Transformation Tuesday! Jessica is killing it!

     

    Transformation Tuesday!

    Jessica is this weeks transformation Tuesday success.  I met this strong woman back in February and it never ceases to amaze me what can happy when someone takes action and gets their health in order!

    Here’s a bit of her story:

    “In high school I was so skinny people thought I was anorexic. I wasn’t and my eating habits were horrible. I only ate junk food but never gained weight. I graduated and joined the army and put on about 15lbs (I needed it). Then came home and and got married at 18, we got pregnant with our first child soon after and by the end of my pregnancy I was over 200. After having him we had our 2nd, 14 months later.

    I was exhausted, depressed because of finances and hated myself for abusing my body and looking the way I did. I had no confidence. It effected my sexual life with my husband we drifted apart and struggled in our marriage a lot. I was a yo-yo dieter. But due to being an emotional eater, I just slept and ate all day. I struggled to stay awake to take care of my children and had no desire to live. I struggled with depression for years. I found Insanity on an infomercial and I had seen it soo many times but couldn’t afford it. Then one day I just ordered it.

    I was prego with my third and did very well with eating, but after I had her I looked in the mirror and knew I had to change. I started the workouts and a girl on my page saw I was doing it and invited me to her challenge group. That’s when things really started to come together. I wasn’t a social person at all so being in a group with others that I could talk to, helped me so much. I had an accountability partner and we really helped each other. Then I became a coach helping others along with myself. It gave me a purpose. I made goals and stuck to the plan. Ten years ago I would’ve never thought I could have my body back to where it is. Its not where it used to be but I’m stronger, more confident, no longer depressed, and HAPPY! My husband and I have grown so much since my attitude about myself has changed and I am so blessed to be part of an amazing community!”

    This just goes to show that you can do anything and finding other people to do it with you is so important!! Another Transformation Tuesday success! ?