Jan 09 2016
The Busy Mom
Who reading this is a busy mom?!! I don’t think there is such a thing as not being a busy mom. Busy is our middle name. If I’m not doing laundry, cleaning, calling, emailing, texting, picking up toys, helping with homework, cooking, cleaning some more, breaking up a fight, counseling, drinking wine……..you get my point and I’m sure you can relate! Oh I forgot going to the grocery store, paying bills, doing makeup (randomly), driving to school, picking up from school, you name it…..we do it. We don’t know any different but it wears on us and at times we can get lazy….at least I can.
Then, while you’re doing all the things above, cause none of us are a busy mom at all, we get the, “Mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mom, mooooooooooooooom!!!!”, about 50 times a day! 😉 We are distracted all the time, interrupted and everything in between. It is not easy being a busy mom, for me of two kiddos. I can’t imagine those of you structuring life with more! I applaud you!
But we have to remember something. Being a busy mom is not an excuse, it’s a reason????? They watch you, they pick up your habits, they need you to help them learn why they eat veggies. None of us are perfect but we can sure try. It may feel like survival mode for a bit but then it becomes easier and easier. See, I catch myself getting impatient. Instead of giving my kids broccoli, I put a gluten-free frozen pizza in the oven because it’s easy. Is there anything wrong with the pizza? No. But in this mindset it could be setting the wrong example for our kiddos. They see me being tired and I do the easy thing. I don’t want them to do the easy thing. I want them to give life their all! Their best! To be excellent.
So let’s encourage each busy mom to push through. Whether we are a “working” mom with a job or a “working” stay-at-home mom with a job ;), we all have to keep pushing one another! We need to remember the little guys and push through for them. Keeping focused on allowing them to see us push through as we press on to be the best busy mom we can be! I love working with women to be their best. A lot come to me having given up one of their most important strengths…their health. Are you someone that is fighting that?! That’s my specialty! Supporting a busy mom that has allowed the “crazy” to creep in a little too far. Trust me….I’ve been there, we all have. Don’t let another day pass you bye!! Come join me and the hundreds of women that are all on the same journey!
And for the record, the loose stomach skin we have from babies actually looks and feels tighter when our body fat percentage goes down!!! Mine fluctuates and I can really tell. It’s crazy! I call it love skin?? we love why we have it and hate it all at the same time. #loveskin #momlife
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Jan 07 2016
A Healthy Meal that Really is Healthy!
Having a healthy meal, that is a “go-to”, that the whole family loves, is hard to come by. Healthy meal plans are a labor of love. This journey is never ending and that means being on the lookout or experimenting should always be in the cards, to find a new healthy meal. The BEST meal we’ve been having lately.
Here’s my husband talking about his favorite dish that he came up with!!
Healthy Meal Recipe:
- 2 Tablespoons of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil. (This is the best coconut oil we have found.)
- Melt coconut oil down, turn heat to medium or medium low. (Otherwise you will be doused by hot coconut oil when you add the next items!)
- Add 8 cups of kale, mix and make sure the coconut oil is evenly mixed up, stir every 30 seconds or so for about 3 minutes.
- Add some Himalayan Salt, amount is up to you!
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of Sriracha or other flavor you want to add.
- At this point vegetables should be braised down and really soft.
- Add 4-6 organic eggs or 3 eggs and egg whites. Matt adds 1.25 cups of egg whites for more protein and less fat. (The jury is out if it is really that bad to eat whole eggs. Very debatable.)
- Turn up heat a bit, mix and brown as much as desired.
The oil makes the kale leaves crunchy? #yum
We buy Safeway’s organic pre-washed and cut kale. It has stems in it still but they get soft in the cooking process. We eat this healthy meal once a day and it kind of depends on the day if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Jan 02 2016
Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas!
Holla back ya’ll, you better believe I have delicious gluten-free lunch ideas ready to go! I always try to balance out my salads with a few different ingredients. I love adding fruit. Lunch is served. 2 ?‘s 1/2 ? and 1 ? This is chopped romaine, chopped celery, grapes and hemp seeds. Not excited about the celery but I’ll deal with it!.
Put the other half ? in my superfood shake (Shakeology), that counted for a ❤(protein). When you don’t have any meat prepped, this is what you get. Couldn’t do the 21 Day Fix without my shakes!
Dec 29 2015
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!
I know there are a ton of family tradition-style cookies being made this time of year -but if you want a treat to have that is on the healthy side, these gluten-free chocolate cookies will do the trick! They freeze amazingly well, too!! I bet you’ll have all these ingredients in your kitchen right now so no need to brave the grocery store. I love finding simple recipes that are easy to make and that my kids continually love! I am always looking for new ones. It is not easy finding gluten-free snacks that my kids can actually eat and this is one that works. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
2 cups oat flour (I took gluten-free oatmeal and blended it in my Blendtec blender)
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cardamom (I omitted)
1 cup Enjoy Life Foods vegan gluten-free chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 maple syrup or agave
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 Tbsp almond milk
1-2 tsp vanilla
Heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine dry ingredients with the chips and wisk together to break up the lumps. In another bowl, wisk syrup, oil, vanilla and milk. Pour the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Refrigerate the cookies for 10 minutes. Place in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. They are so rich and delicious! This recipe is from the cookbook Karma Chow!! Tony Horton is a huge fan of all the vegan recipes in the book and wrote the foreword. I highly recommend it! So many great recipes!!! These gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are so very amazing, don’t hold back, indulge.
Dec 25 2015
Gluten-Free French Toast!
Need a fast warm gluten-free breakfast for the family? Gluten-free french toast is one of our favorites. We always do what we can to add in a little extra protein into the kid’s diet. It is hard to get them to eat eggs all the time, so between gluten-free pancakes and this gluten-free french toast, we sneak in the protein on a normal basis!
Here’s what my fast mommy hands do:
Wisk two eggs in a bowl and add:
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
1 Tbsp of almond milk
1 tsp of vanilla
I soak a piece of gluten-free bread (currently using Essential Baking Company from Costco) on both sides and then cook it for a couple minutes, each side, in a non-stick frying pan.
Top it with maple syrup and cut for the kids. Warm, fast, healthy and YUMMY! Do you have any fast warm meals you throw together for your kids?#frenchtoast
Dec 23 2015
My Favorite Healthy Snack!
My healthy snack today, I’m splurging on a tall Americano with one inch of steamed eggnog! This is a huge improvement from the FULL ON eggnog latte I used to order ?
I’ve been thinking about what simple clean eating means to me. Especially when I see all these traditional Holiday foods that are packed with way more butter, breaded-ness, cream, milk, sugar than they truly need. I know it’s fun to splurge but for everyday dinners and meals, we can cut out the extras to preserve our waistline.
Here’s what I have done to think outside the box:
? I don’t do butter on my gluten-free toast, pancakes, gluten-free french toast, just either some peanut butter and jam or just straight jam. We don’t do milk or mayo. Veganaise and almond milk replace them.
? When eating a healthy snack like veggies…..no more dips for my veggies or prepackaged dressings or spreads unless the ingredient list is short and clean!
?I pick and choose my carbs very carefully! No more sticky rice, breaded stuff, carbs late at night. Now it’s about grabbing a healthy snack like sweet potatoes and brown rice or quinoa.
? I do salads instead of sandwiches and tacos. Never underestimate the power of greens!!
I seriously used to want every meal to be like a celebration. It had to have massive condiments and flavor, being exactly what I was craving. Luckily I got free from most of mine and realized that I can adjust my taste buds over time. Now for major Christmas FUN!! Only a few more days!???#salads#glutenfree #cutouttheextras
Remember that a healthy snack is relative to where you have been. I have continually gotten better. I used to have an eggnog latte with a bunch of whip cream on top. Then this healthy snack became an eggnog latte with no whip cream. Then this healthy snack became an eggnog latte with less eggnog! Then, the healthy snack became an Americano with a fair share of eggnog added to it! This year it finally became the Americano with one inch of steam eggnog on top. It has a fraction of the calories it once had, and way less fat. It is called an evolution and change of my body and mind. I can drink this healthy snack, a steamed eggnog Americano with no guilt!! That is the power of changing your health and nutrition from the inside out! Now tell me how you have evolved with your healthy snack.
Dec 19 2015
This is my weight loss journey.
Oh my goodness, weight loss is no joke! It is so much easier to gain it than make it go away! How many can relate with that?! It took a lot of hard work and patience, as well as consistency to for weight loss to happen. In my case, with the help of Chalene Johnson and Turbofire, as well as getting my nutrition on point grounded with Shakeology, I was motivated to have a transformation like never before!! Come with me and watch how my life was changed and how you can too!!!
How I Reached My Weight Loss Goal!!
This is me in a nut shell!! I love Turbofire, it has changed my life. I am a stay at home mom, with two beautiful children. My kids and husband are my life! I knew I wanted to get in the best shape of my life and finally found a way to do it. This was me prior to Turbofire, and actually before being pregnant with kids. Being married and lazy, I started getting chunky. I was eating way too much and definitely not eating the right foods. I needed some weight loss bad!!
I purchased Turbofire and my life will never be the same, the weight loss began. I not only lost weight, I transformed into what I had always wanted. I had gone to the gym most my life. I had done weights, circuit training, some crossfit……. You name it I had tried it. But working out from home, consistently, with a trainer/coach like Chalene Johnson, changed the game.
I also changed my eating. I started using Shakeology. This gave me both energy and a better frame of mind. I literally could feel the difference as my body got used to it the first few weeks. Now it is a staple and my entire family has it everyday. I also found out I was allergic to gluten. I removed it from my diet and has really changed my life. The bloat is gone and feel so much better.
I want to encourage women and men, that no matter where you are in your life, you can always make a change, you can have a transformation!!! I thought I was doing great before kids. I thought I was in great shape! I was so wrong and I feel so much better now! I lost 41lbs in the eight months….that’s a lot of weight loss. I since have lost about 3 or 4 more. My body likes to be around 137 or 138, being 5’7″! Even though I feel I need more weight loss, my body really doesn’t like going below that. It has been an incredible journey.
I finally have my Lulu gear fitting the way I want! That is the benefit of working hard to reach your goals. Since my transformation I still workout all the time and am continually transforming into a better “me”!! What is holding you back from becoming a better “you”?!! I want to help. The journey is not easy, but it is doable and can be done.
I love helping others and this has been life changing. You may need a life change and I would love to see you transform into a more healthy and fit you!! Feel free to contact me….I will help you along the road as you create your own transformation!!
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Dec 18 2015
Gluten-Free Recipes – Gluten-Free Brownies
It is not always easy finding quality tasting gluten-free recipes. If you are looking for a yummy but also “healthy” treat to take to a Christmas gathering…look no further. This recipe even passed the husband and kid test, I’m in no way taking credit! The creator of the 21 Day Fix Autumn Calabrese put it in her new cookbook. #genius
FLOURLESS CHICKPEA CHOCOLATE BROWNIES – One of the Best Gluten-Free Recipes
Makes 16 brownies and for better nutrients and taste, use all organic ingredients
- 1 can chickpeas-rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup grass-fed butter or coconut oil, melted (by favorite brand is Tropical Traditions because it doesn’t have a strong coconut flavor)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder, gluten-free
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat over to 350.
2. Line 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly coat with spray.
3. Place everything except the choc. chips in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
4. Add c. chips and mix by hand.
5. Evenly spread batter into prepared pan
6. Bake for 25-28 minutes
7. Cut into squares and enjoy!! If you use an 8×8 inch pan the brownies will be a thicker.
1 square = 1 yellow container
These are so much better than you think they will be. If you want the cookbook for you or a gift, today would be the last day to get it in time for Christmas. Here is the link to my website:http://teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/ShkSuperSmpl… If it doesn’t pop up, just search for the Fixate Cookbook. I know some people have made these with Shakeology…I have not tried that yet….but I will!! Another one of my gluten-free recipes, that will be made over and over!
Dec 16 2015
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars
Gluten-free pumpkin bars are a recipe that the whole family loves. I love finding new delicious gluten-free recipes and this one should fit the bill.
Sugar Detox Diaries: Day 3
I’m still alive. That’s all.
Kidding, today was actually better than yesterday. Had energy and focus and remembering all the healthy (and sweet) alternatives there are to gummy bears lol!
???The good news is-it’s PUMPKIN season!!!???
Here is a fave! Grain-free, gluten free food, vegan, and they actually taste good!!
1 can pumpkin
1 cup chilled almond butter
1/2 cup honey
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
Spray coconut oil spray in 8×8 baking dish. I used glass.
Stir all ingredients until blended
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes
These gluten-free pumpkin bars are amazing. Try to eat only one and make sure the family saves you one for the next day to have with your coffee. ☕?
Sep 21 2015
Gluten-free meal plan? Paleo? I don’t need any of that stuff…. little did I know. It feels like yesterday that I was pregnant with my baby boy and this sweet girl and I would roam around town doing whatever we wanted. We mainly ended up at a Starbucks because we’d split a Chonga bagel as our snack. Almost every day. I am a licensed esthetician and I worked right up the road from a wonderful little restaurant! It was called Taco Time! Yep, one of my favorite fast food stops. I would get done with a client, go grab a couple crispy burritos, a Coke and head back to work.
My second pregnancy was much harder and I couldn’t figure out why. Bloated, tired, swollen are words I used often. I would talk to my midwife and chiropractor and a few times they both said to me, “sounds like a gluten allergy.”
I obviously didn’t want to hear that because the thought of going “gluten-free” sounded so overwhelming. So intense. Plus, breaking up with the Chonga bagel and fast food was overwhelming to consider while pregnant. So I did what any other busy mom would do. I waited until conditions worsened. ☺Baby girl had a diaper rash that would not leave and my hand eczema was getting more intense. I remember having that full, swollen feeling during my #HIIT workouts, too. Jumping would hurt.
Immediately my doctor took us both off gluten as soon as she saw our conditions. She saw the writing on the wall instantly. If I snuck some bread or pizza after I had cut gluten out, I would look 5 months pregnant again almost instantly. ?? It was time for a gluten-free meal plan!
I share this to tell you that living this lifestyle has helped my fitness results a TON!! I’ve learned to pre-plan before parties and events because I can’t eat most of the food there. I am forced to eat more whole foods because processed and packaged foods usually make me feel yuck. It also keeps me away from maple bars ?!!
GLUTEN-FREE MEAL PLAN AND FREE GROUP!
I run groups on Facebook all the time. This free, 5 day #Paleo and gluten-free meal plan group is one I run on a continual basis. You’ll have a sneak peek into the foods we eat, new recipes for you to try and hopefully pick up a new habit or meal idea.
It’s a free private group you’ll have access to so go to this LINK and fill out your info! Remember to invite a friend. The gluten-free meal plan can always use new ideas! The more the merrier!