Did You know: Banana are AMAZING medicine?

This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again.

 

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Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes.

But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

DEPRESSION:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS:
Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

ANEMIA:
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

BLOOD PRESSURE:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

BRAIN POWER:
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

CONSTIPATION:
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

HANGOVERS:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

HEARTBURN:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

MORNING SICKNESS:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

MOSQUITO BITES:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

NERVES:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system..

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.

ULCERS:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chroniclercases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

TEMPERATURE CONTROL:
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many illness’. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’

 

 






 

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Wondering what foods are good??? 39 Grocery Store Foods

39 Great Supermarket Foods

By Kirsten Morningstar and Rebecca Swanner

I always get asked what foods should I eat or what should I stay away from… Well I found this great article Team Beachbody had posted for us!!! I hope you learn alot and enjoy! Keep me posted on if you learnt something new =)

 

“Rule #13: Shop the Periphery of the Supermarket and Stay Out of the Middle.” —Michael Pollan, Food Rules

Shopping for ingredients can be daunting. Even if you take noted nutrition writer Michael Pollan’s advice and stick to the perimeter of the store, where you can gather your fresh produce, dairy products, and meat (or better yet, shop at a farmers’ market), what about when youneed to venture into the center aisles, where you’ll find packaged and processed goods for, say, condiments or chicken broth? Which deli meat is nitrite free? Which veggie burgers aren’t chock full of filler?


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Some of the food products out there are downright scary, so to help you navigate the grocery store minefield—dangerous territory that extends to the deli section and the dairy—we sent our intrepid reporters to examine the many brands out there, in hopes of finding the best food products* available at most supermarkets or online. An interesting discovery during our investigation: Not all food products created by the same brand earned our thumbs up. Some were okay, others were not. These suggestions are not exhaustive—there are a lot of great products out there. If you can’t find the products we mention below, read the label first. Not sure if a product is ok?

Before your next trip to the supermarket, print out the list at the end of this article and bring it with you. You’ll save time and avoid the weird stuff.

Condiments and Spreads

Ketchup

Ketchup
Ketchup, while delicious, is not the best condiment for you. By nature, it contains a sweetener—whether that’s sugar, cane syrup, or (gasp) high fructose corn syrup.
Our Pick: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Tomato Ketchup ($1.99/24 oz.)
The Whole Foods brand of ketchup contains only the ingredients ketchup needs to be “ketchup”—tomato puree, evaporated cane juice, white vinegar, salt, onion powder, and spices. If you don’t have a Whole Foods nearby, Heinz’s Simply Heinz® is the next best option, as it contains sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

Mustard
Mustard is an almost calorie-free way to give a flavor boost to sauces and proteins. But some mustards also include “natural flavors.” And because natural flavors are not always “natural,”1, 2 we’re going with the one that doesn’t have them.
Our Pick: Morehouse® Yellow Mustard ($2.49/20 oz.)
Morehouse’s Yellow Mustard contains only distilled vinegar, mustard seed, sea salt, turmeric, paprika, and spices. We’re okay with “spices” being left a mystery because food labeling laws require these ingredients to be from this list of seasonings.3

Mayonnaise
Real mayonnaise is made from eggs, oil, and sometimes lemon juice or vinegar. Most store brands stray pretty far from this recipe. Miracle Whip® adds high fructose corn syrup, natural flavor, and potassium sorbate (a synthetic preservative that is also used in industrial coatings4). Best Foods/Hellmann’s® adds calcium sodium EDTA.
Our Pick: Spectrum Organic Mayonnaise ($3.99/11.25 oz.)
Spectrum makes several mayonnaises that meet our high standard. All of the ingredients are organic and are actually food.

Hot Sauce
Hot sauce adds flavor, but can also add unnecessary sugar or sodium.
Our Pick: Tabasco® Pepper Sauce ($2.49/2 oz.)
It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to turn up the heat. Classic Tabasco only has three ingredients: red peppers, salt, and distilled vinegar. Many Mexican hot sauces come in a healthy(ish) second. All you need to do is read the ingredients list.

Soy Sauce
There’s no getting around the fact that soy sauce is loaded with sodium. But, grab a random bottle from the shelf and it might also include modified food starch or sugar.
Our Pick: Kikkoman® Low-Sodium Soy Sauce ($3.49/10 oz.)
This soy sauce is tasty, though don’t mistake it for a low-sodium food! We don’t love that it includes sodium benzoate and lactic acid, but we’ve seen worse. If you have a Trader Joe’s® nearby, theirs is best as it contains only water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Plus, it has 460mg of sodium (vs. Kikkoman’s 575 mg).

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter
Peanut butter that’s perfectly smooth and spreadable (even the crunchy kind) is made with added hydrogenated vegetable oil or palm oil (and usually a ton of sugar). Don’t want to stir your all-natural peanut butter every time you eat it? We don’t either. Stir it once, and then store it in your fridge.
Our Pick: Laura Scudder’s® All-Natural Peanut Butter ($3.29/16 oz.)
Laura Scudder’s All-Natural Peanut Butter contains only peanuts and touch of salt. It is also available in organic and unsalted varieties.

Jam
The jam, jelly, and fruit preserves aisle is full of trouble. Reach willy-nilly for any jam jar on the shelf and you might be picking up a jar of fruit laced with high fructose corn syrup, tons of added sugar, aspartame, and Red 40.
Our Pick: St. Dalfour® ($3.99/10 oz.)
St. Dalfour is pure, old-fashioned fruit spread: fruit, fruit juice, and pectin (a natural thickener). A widely available alternative, Bonne Maman® Fruit Preserves ($4.99/13 oz.), gets high marks from us for its real fruit flavor and similarly simple recipe (they sweeten with sugar instead of juice).

Salad Dressing
The best way to have healthy salad dressing is to make it from scratch. Otherwise you risk ingesting a wide range of nasty stuff like corn syrup, artificial colors, and phosphoric acid—a tangy-tasting corrosive chemical.5 We found all of these ingredients in Kraft Free Caesar Italian).
Our Pick: Annie’s Naturals® Balsamic Vinaigrette ($3.99/8 oz.)
Annie’s Naturals uses common, known ingredients: water, oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt.

Dairy and Non-Dairy

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurts are made from the same stuff as regular yogurt, are strained to achieve a thicker consistency, and contain more protein. For the most part, they all get our stamp of approval.
Our Picks: Fage® Total 0% Plain ($6.99/32 oz.) or Chobani® Nonfat Plain ($6.49/32 oz.)
The key is to buy plain Greek yogurt and add your own fresh fruit or honey. Here’s why. In those little pre-flavored cups, there’s a lot of added sugar. 8 ounces of plain nonfat Fage has 100 calories, 23 g of protein, and 6 g of sugar (from the milk). One 5.3-oz. container of Blueberry Fage has 120 calories, 13 g of protein, and 16 g of sugar (from the milk, blueberries, and added sugar). Eating more yogurt and consuming more protein, fewer calories, and less sugar sounds good to us.

YogurtRegular Yogurt
Once again, plain is best. The flavored yogurts we inspected contained a lot more than the fruits showcased on the labels. Light yogurts were even worse with ingredient labels that listed aspartame, gelatin, and modified cornstarch.
Our Pick: DANNON® all-natural plain nonfat yogurt ($4.19/32 oz.)
DANNON plain nonfat yogurt contains 100 calories and 11 grams of protein per cup. The only ingredients? Cultured Grade A nonfat milk, live active cultures (L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, bifidus, L. casei—the bacteria strains that make yogurt yogurt), and pectin (a thickener made from fruit).

A side note: Though we mostly recommend the low-fat and nonfat dairy products in our guides and recipes, it’s OKAY to eat full-fat dairy products. They’re less processed than their nonfat cousins.

Cottage Cheese
Nearly every Beachbody® program nutrition guide includes cottage cheese, because it is a low-calorie, protein-rich, versatile anytime snack. But some brands of low-fat cottage cheese also contain suspect ingredients like modified food starch, mono- and diglycerides, and artificial color.
Our Pick: Daisy Low-fat Cottage Cheese ($3.29/16 oz.)
Daisy Low-fat Cottage Cheese contains only milk, cream, salt, and vitamin A palmitate (a plant-based source of vitamin A added to replace the nutrients lost when fat is removed). Want to avoid the palmitate? Eat the full-fat version.

Cream Cheese
Spreadable cream cheese packs big flavor and protein in just a tablespoon or two. But some brands, like Weight Watchers®, contain extra ingredients like maltodextrin and inulin (a sweetener). Flavored cream cheeses often contain artificial flavors and colors.
Our Pick: Organic Valley® ($4.29/8 oz.)
Organic is always best, especially when it comes to dairy. Organic Valley cream cheese is made from organic milk, organic cream, organic lactose powder, salt, and organic locust bean gum—a natural thickener made from carob seeds.6 If you can’t spring for organic, we also recommend Philadelphia® Original Cream Cheese ($2.29/8 oz.).

Half and Half
Technically, half and half is a blend of cream and milk, but many brands add color, preservatives, corn syrup, and mono- and diglycerides. Fat-free versions replace cream with fillers, emulsifiers, and chemicals.
Our Pick: Horizon Organic® Half & Half ($2.99/pint)
Horizon Organic Half & Half contains only organic Grade A whole milk and organic cream. If you have a hankering for flavors, try adding a few drops of all-natural vanilla, rum, or hazelnut extract instead of flavored “creamers.”

Soy Milk
Ever looked at the ingredient list on non-dairy milk? There’s a lot there that might cause your eyebrow (and your blood sugar) to rise, including all kinds of sugars and preservatives.
Our Pick: Organic Edensoy® ($2.39/32 oz)
Organic Unsweetened Edensoy contains two ingredients: water and organic soybeans. Plus, it has 12 grams of protein and only 5 mg of sodium per 8-oz. serving (compared to 7 g and 70 mg in Silk®).

Almond MilkAlmond Milk
With just 30 calories per serving, almond milk has one-third the calories of nonfat milk. Made from scratch, it contains only almonds and water, but some brands’ recipes include a long list of other ingredients, including sugars.
Our Pick: Pacific Almond Milk ($2.99/32 oz.)
This almond milk contains almonds, sea salt, vanilla, rice starch, carrageenan (from seaweed), and natural flavors. Plus, it’s fortified with the same nutrients as milk. We’ll take it.

Rice Milk
Rice milk is a simple beverage at its core. That’s why we were surprised to see so many extra ingredients and sweeteners in some brands. However, unlike other milk alternatives, rice milk has low nutritional value and provides very little protein. It is not our first choice for your balanced diet.
Our Pick: Rice Dream® ($1.69/32 oz.)
Rice Dream has a handful of ingredients (water, brown rice, expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil, and sea salt), and we like that it’s made from brown rice.

Bread Products

BreadBread
Many—though not all—breads that claim to be “whole-grain” contain processed flours, sugars, and dough conditioners, and that is just the beginning.
Our Pick: Food for Life® 7 Sprouted Grains Bread ($3.49/24 oz.)
Why? What’s in it: brown rice, whole sprouted grains and lentils, wheat gluten, and sea salt. Everything is organic, and each slice has 80 calories, 3 g of fiber, 4 g of protein, and 0.5 g of fat. They also offer a gluten-free version. Another option? Freshly baked, whole-grain bread from your local bakery.

English Muffins
Thomas’ whole wheat English muffins contain preservatives, artificial color, and a host of chemicals including azodicarbonamide, a bleaching agent that is used in plastics and which is banned for food use in—of all places—England!7
Our Pick: Food for Life 7 Sprouted Grains English Muffins ($4.59/6 muffins)
Like their bread, Food for Life’s English muffins contain only organic sprouted grains, yeast, gluten, and salt. Half of one muffin has 80 calories, 4 g of protein, and 3 g of fiber.

Whole-Grain Tortillas
Many whole-grain tortillas, like Mission® multi-grain flour tortillas, look deceptively healthy, but are made with evil hydrogenated oils, sugar, preservatives, and chemical dough conditioners.
Our Pick: Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9® Taco Size Whole-Grain Tortillas
Food for Life’s tortillas are made from organic sprouted grains, seeds, lentils, water, sea salt, and nothing else. Their ideal size (80 calories, 3 g protein, and 2 g fiber) and clean ingredients list make them the healthiest choice for wraps and personal pizzas.

Hamburger Buns
Every hamburger bun we inspected contained a long list of undesirable ingredients like ethoxylated diglycerides, high fructose corn syrup, and chemical dough conditioners.
Our Pick: Food for Life Sprouted Whole-Grain Burger Buns
Food for Life is the clear winner of the bread category. Their buns are made from organic sprouted 100% whole wheat and 100% whole wheat flour (always look for the 100%). Or you can use freshly baked bread. Just check the ingredients before you purchase.

Cereal
We picked up nearly every box in the cereal aisle, reaching instinctively for cereals we thought were made with basic ingredients—they weren’t—and ogling the crazy ingredient lists on some: brown rice syrup, cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, fillers, artificial colors, “coatings,” refined flours.
Our Pick: Engine 2® Rip’s Big Bowl ($4.99/13-oz. box)
This was our greatest find of the day. After giving up hope that an ideal breakfast cereal existed, we found this little red box and snatched one for “further research.” Its hearty whole and sprouted grains and flakes did not disappoint. Their Triple Berry Walnut cereal contains real fruit (actual strawberries and blackberries!) that provides a hint of sweetness. There are no added sweeteners of any kind. They have a diet plan that we don’t necessarily endorse for everyone, but we can’t say enough good things about their cereal.

Frozen Waffles
When it comes to frozen waffles, we’re not touching the highly processed yellow variety (seriously, they add artificial yellow color). But even some whole-grain waffles can add sugar and preservatives to your most important meal of the day.
Our Pick: Kashi® 7-Grain Waffles ($3.49/8 waffles)
We chose these because, while they do contain sugar from cane juice and molasses, two of their whole-grain waffles have more protein (4 g) and fiber (7 g) than other brands. Serve with fruit instead of syrup.

Pancake Mix
Tony Horton likens pancakes to eating birthday cake for breakfast. And it’s no wonder why. Original Bisquick® is made from processed flour and partially hydrogenated oils. Top that with butter and maple syrup and you’re on your way to fewer birthday cakes in the long run.
Our Pick: Baker Mills® Kodiak Cakes® ($5.99/24 oz.)
We were impressed by the 100% whole-grain flour, 7 g of protein, and 4 g of fiber per serving of Baker Mills Kodiak Cakes mix. Sweetened only with honey, it contains no preservatives or industrial sweeteners.

Proteins

Deli Sandwich MeatPrepackaged Deli Turkey or Ham
Luncheon meats can be scary territory in the grocery store. What looks like sliced turkey breast is often poultry pieces that have been ground into a paste, processed with chemical binders and nitrites, flavored with corn syrup and artificial flavors, and molded into a cylinder, then sliced. Ew. What’s the big deal about nitrites and why do we suggest all your meats be nitrite-free? Because nitrates and nitrites have been linked to increased risk of cancer,8 heart disease, and diabetes.9
Our Pick: Applegate Farms®
Applegate’s packaged deli products are made from cage-free animals that were never treated with hormones or antibiotics. Their meats have no nitrites or fillers and stick to the basics—sliced protein, water, salt, and carrageenan obtained from seaweed.

Vegetarian Burgers
A vegetarian diet is supposed to be good for you. Which is why some of the ingredients in veggie burgers were so shocking. Artificial flavor? Modified vegetable gum? Natural butter flavor?
Our Pick: Asherah’s Gourmet Vegan Burgers ($4.99/4 burgers)
Made from organic quinoa, organic sweet potatoes—organic everything down to the spices. Each patty has 180 calories, 190 mg of sodium, 30 g of carbs, 5 g of fat, and 6 g of protein. Our second choice, Original Sunshine Burgers®, are also packed with organic goodness. These are made from sunflower seeds, so each burger is higher in fat and calories, but provides double the protein (350 calories, 21 g of fat, 12 g of protein).

Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are famously made from mystery meat. This takes on new meaning now that the world has been introduced to the horrors of pink slime and horsemeat. Then there are all the artificial flavors, preservatives, sodium, chemical fillers, and corn syrup.
Our Pick: Applegate Great Organic Beef Hot Dogs ($4.99/8 franks)
Applegate Farms links contain only organic grass-fed beef and organic spices. At 110 calories per link, 8 g of fat, and 330 mg of sodium—and the knowledge that their animals are cage- and crate-free—when it comes to hot dogs, these are a good choice.

Dips, Sauces, and Soup

Hummus
Hummus is easy to make and we recommend that. Here’s one you can try. But if you’re going to buy prepared hummus, selecting one that is close to how you would make it from scratch is best.
Our Pick: Haig’s Hummus ($3.79/8 oz.)
Haig’s original hummus contains garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, water, garlic, spices, and salt. With four flavors to choose from, you won’t get bored.

Applesauce
Applesauce is a tasty way to add fruit to your diet, as long as it’s all-natural. Mott’s® and Musselman’s® add high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar to some of their applesauces.
Our Pick: Santa Cruz Organic® Applesauce ($3.89/23 oz.)
Apples are one the most insecticide-treated fruits, so you’ll definitely want to buy organic. Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce contains only organic apples and vitamin C, for freshness.

SalsaJarred Salsa
Salsa is the healthy man’s condiment of choice. But some are healthier than others. We passed on Pace® Picante Sauce because it has 250 mg of sodium per serving.
Our Pick: Newman’s Own® Medium Salsa ($3.49/16 oz.)
Look for jarred salsa without any added sugar, excessive salt, or preservatives. We chose Newman’s Own for its all-natural ingredients and lower sodium content (105 mg/2 Tbsp.). It does have added sugar, but only 1 g per serving.

Soup
Soup is filling, often low in calories, and can help you feel satisfied. But, canned soup can be extremely high in sodium, and contain ingredients like hydrolyzed corn protein. A classic like Campbell’s® Regular Chicken and Rice contains MSG and mechanically separated chicken.
Our Pick: Amy’s Light in Sodium Soups ($3.49/can)
From Butternut Squash to Minestrone to Chicken Noodle, all of these soups are made with the same ingredients your grandmother would put in soup—along with the occasional addition of cane juice. Each can has two servings.

Components

Chicken Stock
Prepared chicken stock can be aggressively high in sodium and may even contain MSG! Not to mention corn syrup and artificial flavorings.
Our Pick: Pacific Organic Free Range Low-Sodium Chicken Broth ($3.99/32 oz.)
Making chicken stock at home is best. And it’s not hard. But, if you have to buy one, Pacific Organic makes the best we found, even though it does contain “chicken flavor.” Whatever that is.

Vegetable Stock
As with chicken stock, making your own is best and can be done with as little as an onion, some celery, a carrot, and water.
Our Pick: Kitchen Basics® Vegetable Cooking Stock, Unsalted ($3.99/32 oz.)
Made from just vegetables, it’s hard to find a better option. Can’t find it at your local store? It’s available online.

BreadcrumbsBreadcrumbs
Do your breadcrumbs contain ammonium sulfate? Progresso’s do. Besides being a dough conditioner, ammonium sulfate’s other uses include plant fertilizer, herbicide, and fire extinguisher powder.10
Our Pick: Ian’s® Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs ($3.59/9 oz.)
Ian’s Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs contain only unbleached whole wheat flour, malt extract, yeast, and sea salt. Basically, they’re made of bread.

Marinara Sauce
If you can’t find the time to make simple marinara sauce from canned tomatoes, make sure your jarred sauce is made from natural ingredients and is low in sodium and added sugars. Hunt’s® Traditional Marinara Sauce sneaks in high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and sugar. Many jarred sauces cut corners by using soybean oil instead of olive oil.
Our Pick: Silver Palate® Low-Sodium Marinara Pasta Sauce ($5.29/25 oz.)
This award-winning marinara sauce has no added sugar or soybean oil. It has ingredients that should be in marinara sauce—tomatoes, olive oil, onions, carrots, and garlic—and is sweetened with pear concentrate instead of sugar.

Olives
Olives are high in iron and vitamin E and impart a nice umami to your salad or sandwich. Kalamata olives are higher in sodium than “black olives” but, unlike that popular variety, they don’t contain ferrous gluconate, an additive that turns green or brown olives jet black and can upset sensitive stomachs.11, 12
Our Pick: Early California® Pitted Kalamata Greek Olives ($5.49/6 oz.)
Early California’s Pitted Kalamata Greek Olives contain the essential ingredients: olives, water, salt, and red wine vinegar.

Snacks

CrackersCrackers
Crackers can be packed with all sorts of scientific-sounding ingredients that help them last indefinitely in packaging. Trying to find whole-grain ones? Good luck.
Our Pick: Wasa® Hearty Grain or Whole Grain ($2.99/21 crispbreads)
Wasa crispbreads are tasty even though they contain just the basics: whole grains, salt, water, and yeast. Their size, hearty crunch, and versatility with toppings make them a good choice for healthy snacks and small meals too!

Tortilla Chips
If you want salsa and chips, try baked chips. They’re lower in fat than their fried cousins and still have that satisfying crunch.
Our Pick: Guiltless Gourmet® Unsalted ($2.99/7 oz.)
These contain just organic yellow corn, oil (canola, safflower, or sunflower), and lime. With just 26 mg of sodium per serving and 120 calories for 18 chips, you can snack without feeling guilty. We recommend serving the correct portion of chips in a bowl rather than digging into the whole bag.

Beef Jerky
Jerky is made with salt and sugar—there’s no getting around that. Avoid brands that use additives like MSG, oleoresin, hydrolyzed soy protein, and sodium erythorbate, and whatever you do, do not snap into a Slim Jim®.
Our Pick: Oberto® All Natural Beef Jerky (6.99/3.25 oz.)
Oberto All Natural Jerkies are seasoned and preserved with ingredients you would have in your own home, like salt, sugar, vinegar, and beef stock. This brand’s worst offense is natural smoke flavor. Their turkey jerky is up to snuff as well. Just remember, those small bags are not single servings!

Iced Tea
Tea leaves, water—and voila! How could something so simple have gone so wrong? Look at the ingredients list of many bottled iced teas and you’ll see added sugar, sucralose, aspartame, or acesulfame potassium. You’ll also see 150 calories and 38 grams of sugar per serving.
Our Pick: Tejava® Iced Tea ($2.09/liter)
We stumbled onto Tejava a few years ago and haven’t looked back. When it comes to iced tea, this is our hands-down favorite. This microbrewed black tea is simply delicious and refreshing on ice. It contains nothing but brewed handpicked tea leaves . . . no sweeteners, no fillers, no added flavors. Just good ol’ tea.

Your Grocery Store Guide

Condiments and Spreads:
Ketchup: Whole Foods 365 Organic Tomato Ketchup or Heinz’s Simply Heinz Ketchup
Mustard: Morehouse Yellow Mustard
Mayonnaise: Spectrum Organic Mayonnaise
Hot Sauce: Tabasco Pepper Sauce
Soy Sauce: Kikkoman Low-Sodium Soy Sauce or Trader Joe’s Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
Peanut Butter: Laura Scudder’s All-Natural Peanut Butter
Jam: St. Dalfour or Bonne Maman
Salad Dressing: Annie’s Naturals Balsamic Vinaigrette

Dairy and Nondairy:
Greek Yogurt: Fage Total 0% Plain or Chobani Nonfat Plain
Regular Yogurt: DANNON All-Natural Plain Nonfat Yogurt
Cottage Cheese: Daisy Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Cream Cheese: Organic Valley Cream Cheese or Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese
Half and Half: Horizon Organic Half & Half
Soy Milk: Organic Edensoy
Almond Milk: Pacific Almond Milk
Rice Milk: Rice Dream

Bread Products:
Bread: Food for Life 7 Sprouted Grains Bread
English Muffins: Food for Life 7 Sprouted Grains English Muffins
Whole Grain Tortillas: Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Taco Size Whole-Grain Tortillas
Hamburger Buns: Food for Life Sprouted Whole-Grain Burger Buns
Cereal: Engine 2 Rip’s Big Bowl (any variety)
Frozen Waffles: Kashi 7-Grain Waffles
Pancake Mix: Baker Mills Kodiak Cakes

Proteins:
Prepackaged Deli Turkey or Ham: Applegate Farms
Vegetarian Burgers: Asherah’s Gourmet Vegan Burgers or Original Sunshine Burgers
Hot Dogs: Applegate Great Organic Beef Hot Dogs

Dips, Sauces, and Soup:
Hummus: Haig’s Hummus
Applesauce: Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce
Jarred Salsa: Newman’s Own Medium Salsa
Soup: Amy’s Light in Sodium Soups

Components:
Chicken Stock: Pacific Organic Free Range Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
Vegetable Stock: Kitchen Basics Vegetable Cooking Stock, Unsalted
Breadcrumbs: Ian’s Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs
Marinara Sauce: Silver Palate Low-Sodium Marinara Pasta Sauce
Olives: Early California Pitted Kalamata Greek Olives

Snacks:
Crackers: Wasa Hearty Grain or Whole-Grain
Tortilla Chips: Guiltless Gourmet Unsalted
Beef Jerky: Oberto All-Natural Beef Jerky
Iced Tea: Tejava Iced Tea

 

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Wondering what foods are good??? 39 Grocery Store Foods

39 Great Supermarket Foods

By Kirsten Morningstar and Rebecca Swanner

I always get asked what foods should I eat or what should I stay away from… Well I found this great article Team Beachbody had posted for us!!! I hope you learn alot and enjoy! Keep me posted on if you learnt something new =)

 

“Rule #13: Shop the Periphery of the Supermarket and Stay Out of the Middle.” —Michael Pollan, Food Rules

Shopping for ingredients can be daunting. Even if you take noted nutrition writer Michael Pollan’s advice and stick to the perimeter of the store, where you can gather your fresh produce, dairy products, and meat (or better yet, shop at a farmers’ market), what about when youneed to venture into the center aisles, where you’ll find packaged and processed goods for, say, condiments or chicken broth? Which deli meat is nitrite free? Which veggie burgers aren’t chock full of filler?


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Some of the food products out there are downright scary, so to help you navigate the grocery store minefield—dangerous territory that extends to the deli section and the dairy—we sent our intrepid reporters to examine the many brands out there, in hopes of finding the best food products* available at most supermarkets or online. An interesting discovery during our investigation: Not all food products created by the same brand earned our thumbs up. Some were okay, others were not. These suggestions are not exhaustive—there are a lot of great products out there. If you can’t find the products we mention below, read the label first. Not sure if a product is ok?

Before your next trip to the supermarket, print out the list at the end of this article and bring it with you. You’ll save time and avoid the weird stuff.

Condiments and Spreads

Ketchup

Ketchup
Ketchup, while delicious, is not the best condiment for you. By nature, it contains a sweetener—whether that’s sugar, cane syrup, or (gasp) high fructose corn syrup.
Our Pick: Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Tomato Ketchup ($1.99/24 oz.)
The Whole Foods brand of ketchup contains only the ingredients ketchup needs to be “ketchup”—tomato puree, evaporated cane juice, white vinegar, salt, onion powder, and spices. If you don’t have a Whole Foods nearby, Heinz’s Simply Heinz® is the next best option, as it contains sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

Mustard
Mustard is an almost calorie-free way to give a flavor boost to sauces and proteins. But some mustards also include “natural flavors.” And because natural flavors are not always “natural,”1, 2 we’re going with the one that doesn’t have them.
Our Pick: Morehouse® Yellow Mustard ($2.49/20 oz.)
Morehouse’s Yellow Mustard contains only distilled vinegar, mustard seed, sea salt, turmeric, paprika, and spices. We’re okay with “spices” being left a mystery because food labeling laws require these ingredients to be from this list of seasonings.3

Mayonnaise
Real mayonnaise is made from eggs, oil, and sometimes lemon juice or vinegar. Most store brands stray pretty far from this recipe. Miracle Whip® adds high fructose corn syrup, natural flavor, and potassium sorbate (a synthetic preservative that is also used in industrial coatings4). Best Foods/Hellmann’s® adds calcium sodium EDTA.
Our Pick: Spectrum Organic Mayonnaise ($3.99/11.25 oz.)
Spectrum makes several mayonnaises that meet our high standard. All of the ingredients are organic and are actually food.

Hot Sauce
Hot sauce adds flavor, but can also add unnecessary sugar or sodium.
Our Pick: Tabasco® Pepper Sauce ($2.49/2 oz.)
It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to turn up the heat. Classic Tabasco only has three ingredients: red peppers, salt, and distilled vinegar. Many Mexican hot sauces come in a healthy(ish) second. All you need to do is read the ingredients list.

Soy Sauce
There’s no getting around the fact that soy sauce is loaded with sodium. But, grab a random bottle from the shelf and it might also include modified food starch or sugar.
Our Pick: Kikkoman® Low-Sodium Soy Sauce ($3.49/10 oz.)
This soy sauce is tasty, though don’t mistake it for a low-sodium food! We don’t love that it includes sodium benzoate and lactic acid, but we’ve seen worse. If you have a Trader Joe’s® nearby, theirs is best as it contains only water, soybeans, wheat, and salt. Plus, it has 460mg of sodium (vs. Kikkoman’s 575 mg).

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter
Peanut butter that’s perfectly smooth and spreadable (even the crunchy kind) is made with added hydrogenated vegetable oil or palm oil (and usually a ton of sugar). Don’t want to stir your all-natural peanut butter every time you eat it? We don’t either. Stir it once, and then store it in your fridge.
Our Pick: Laura Scudder’s® All-Natural Peanut Butter ($3.29/16 oz.)
Laura Scudder’s All-Natural Peanut Butter contains only peanuts and touch of salt. It is also available in organic and unsalted varieties.

Jam
The jam, jelly, and fruit preserves aisle is full of trouble. Reach willy-nilly for any jam jar on the shelf and you might be picking up a jar of fruit laced with high fructose corn syrup, tons of added sugar, aspartame, and Red 40.
Our Pick: St. Dalfour® ($3.99/10 oz.)
St. Dalfour is pure, old-fashioned fruit spread: fruit, fruit juice, and pectin (a natural thickener). A widely available alternative, Bonne Maman® Fruit Preserves ($4.99/13 oz.), gets high marks from us for its real fruit flavor and similarly simple recipe (they sweeten with sugar instead of juice).

Salad Dressing
The best way to have healthy salad dressing is to make it from scratch. Otherwise you risk ingesting a wide range of nasty stuff like corn syrup, artificial colors, and phosphoric acid—a tangy-tasting corrosive chemical.5 We found all of these ingredients in Kraft Free Caesar Italian).
Our Pick: Annie’s Naturals® Balsamic Vinaigrette ($3.99/8 oz.)
Annie’s Naturals uses common, known ingredients: water, oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, and salt.

Dairy and Non-Dairy

Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurts are made from the same stuff as regular yogurt, are strained to achieve a thicker consistency, and contain more protein. For the most part, they all get our stamp of approval.
Our Picks: Fage® Total 0% Plain ($6.99/32 oz.) or Chobani® Nonfat Plain ($6.49/32 oz.)
The key is to buy plain Greek yogurt and add your own fresh fruit or honey. Here’s why. In those little pre-flavored cups, there’s a lot of added sugar. 8 ounces of plain nonfat Fage has 100 calories, 23 g of protein, and 6 g of sugar (from the milk). One 5.3-oz. container of Blueberry Fage has 120 calories, 13 g of protein, and 16 g of sugar (from the milk, blueberries, and added sugar). Eating more yogurt and consuming more protein, fewer calories, and less sugar sounds good to us.

YogurtRegular Yogurt
Once again, plain is best. The flavored yogurts we inspected contained a lot more than the fruits showcased on the labels. Light yogurts were even worse with ingredient labels that listed aspartame, gelatin, and modified cornstarch.
Our Pick: DANNON® all-natural plain nonfat yogurt ($4.19/32 oz.)
DANNON plain nonfat yogurt contains 100 calories and 11 grams of protein per cup. The only ingredients? Cultured Grade A nonfat milk, live active cultures (L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, L. acidophilus, bifidus, L. casei—the bacteria strains that make yogurt yogurt), and pectin (a thickener made from fruit).

A side note: Though we mostly recommend the low-fat and nonfat dairy products in our guides and recipes, it’s OKAY to eat full-fat dairy products. They’re less processed than their nonfat cousins.

Cottage Cheese
Nearly every Beachbody® program nutrition guide includes cottage cheese, because it is a low-calorie, protein-rich, versatile anytime snack. But some brands of low-fat cottage cheese also contain suspect ingredients like modified food starch, mono- and diglycerides, and artificial color.
Our Pick: Daisy Low-fat Cottage Cheese ($3.29/16 oz.)
Daisy Low-fat Cottage Cheese contains only milk, cream, salt, and vitamin A palmitate (a plant-based source of vitamin A added to replace the nutrients lost when fat is removed). Want to avoid the palmitate? Eat the full-fat version.

Cream Cheese
Spreadable cream cheese packs big flavor and protein in just a tablespoon or two. But some brands, like Weight Watchers®, contain extra ingredients like maltodextrin and inulin (a sweetener). Flavored cream cheeses often contain artificial flavors and colors.
Our Pick: Organic Valley® ($4.29/8 oz.)
Organic is always best, especially when it comes to dairy. Organic Valley cream cheese is made from organic milk, organic cream, organic lactose powder, salt, and organic locust bean gum—a natural thickener made from carob seeds.6 If you can’t spring for organic, we also recommend Philadelphia® Original Cream Cheese ($2.29/8 oz.).

Half and Half
Technically, half and half is a blend of cream and milk, but many brands add color, preservatives, corn syrup, and mono- and diglycerides. Fat-free versions replace cream with fillers, emulsifiers, and chemicals.
Our Pick: Horizon Organic® Half & Half ($2.99/pint)
Horizon Organic Half & Half contains only organic Grade A whole milk and organic cream. If you have a hankering for flavors, try adding a few drops of all-natural vanilla, rum, or hazelnut extract instead of flavored “creamers.”

Soy Milk
Ever looked at the ingredient list on non-dairy milk? There’s a lot there that might cause your eyebrow (and your blood sugar) to rise, including all kinds of sugars and preservatives.
Our Pick: Organic Edensoy® ($2.39/32 oz)
Organic Unsweetened Edensoy contains two ingredients: water and organic soybeans. Plus, it has 12 grams of protein and only 5 mg of sodium per 8-oz. serving (compared to 7 g and 70 mg in Silk®).

Almond MilkAlmond Milk
With just 30 calories per serving, almond milk has one-third the calories of nonfat milk. Made from scratch, it contains only almonds and water, but some brands’ recipes include a long list of other ingredients, including sugars.
Our Pick: Pacific Almond Milk ($2.99/32 oz.)
This almond milk contains almonds, sea salt, vanilla, rice starch, carrageenan (from seaweed), and natural flavors. Plus, it’s fortified with the same nutrients as milk. We’ll take it.

Rice Milk
Rice milk is a simple beverage at its core. That’s why we were surprised to see so many extra ingredients and sweeteners in some brands. However, unlike other milk alternatives, rice milk has low nutritional value and provides very little protein. It is not our first choice for your balanced diet.
Our Pick: Rice Dream® ($1.69/32 oz.)
Rice Dream has a handful of ingredients (water, brown rice, expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil, and sea salt), and we like that it’s made from brown rice.

Bread Products

BreadBread
Many—though not all—breads that claim to be “whole-grain” contain processed flours, sugars, and dough conditioners, and that is just the beginning.
Our Pick: Food for Life® 7 Sprouted Grains Bread ($3.49/24 oz.)
Why? What’s in it: brown rice, whole sprouted grains and lentils, wheat gluten, and sea salt. Everything is organic, and each slice has 80 calories, 3 g of fiber, 4 g of protein, and 0.5 g of fat. They also offer a gluten-free version. Another option? Freshly baked, whole-grain bread from your local bakery.

English Muffins
Thomas’ whole wheat English muffins contain preservatives, artificial color, and a host of chemicals including azodicarbonamide, a bleaching agent that is used in plastics and which is banned for food use in—of all places—England!7
Our Pick: Food for Life 7 Sprouted Grains English Muffins ($4.59/6 muffins)
Like their bread, Food for Life’s English muffins contain only organic sprouted grains, yeast, gluten, and salt. Half of one muffin has 80 calories, 4 g of protein, and 3 g of fiber.

Whole-Grain Tortillas
Many whole-grain tortillas, like Mission® multi-grain flour tortillas, look deceptively healthy, but are made with evil hydrogenated oils, sugar, preservatives, and chemical dough conditioners.
Our Pick: Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9® Taco Size Whole-Grain Tortillas
Food for Life’s tortillas are made from organic sprouted grains, seeds, lentils, water, sea salt, and nothing else. Their ideal size (80 calories, 3 g protein, and 2 g fiber) and clean ingredients list make them the healthiest choice for wraps and personal pizzas.

Hamburger Buns
Every hamburger bun we inspected contained a long list of undesirable ingredients like ethoxylated diglycerides, high fructose corn syrup, and chemical dough conditioners.
Our Pick: Food for Life Sprouted Whole-Grain Burger Buns
Food for Life is the clear winner of the bread category. Their buns are made from organic sprouted 100% whole wheat and 100% whole wheat flour (always look for the 100%). Or you can use freshly baked bread. Just check the ingredients before you purchase.

Cereal
We picked up nearly every box in the cereal aisle, reaching instinctively for cereals we thought were made with basic ingredients—they weren’t—and ogling the crazy ingredient lists on some: brown rice syrup, cane syrup, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, fillers, artificial colors, “coatings,” refined flours.
Our Pick: Engine 2® Rip’s Big Bowl ($4.99/13-oz. box)
This was our greatest find of the day. After giving up hope that an ideal breakfast cereal existed, we found this little red box and snatched one for “further research.” Its hearty whole and sprouted grains and flakes did not disappoint. Their Triple Berry Walnut cereal contains real fruit (actual strawberries and blackberries!) that provides a hint of sweetness. There are no added sweeteners of any kind. They have a diet plan that we don’t necessarily endorse for everyone, but we can’t say enough good things about their cereal.

Frozen Waffles
When it comes to frozen waffles, we’re not touching the highly processed yellow variety (seriously, they add artificial yellow color). But even some whole-grain waffles can add sugar and preservatives to your most important meal of the day.
Our Pick: Kashi® 7-Grain Waffles ($3.49/8 waffles)
We chose these because, while they do contain sugar from cane juice and molasses, two of their whole-grain waffles have more protein (4 g) and fiber (7 g) than other brands. Serve with fruit instead of syrup.

Pancake Mix
Tony Horton likens pancakes to eating birthday cake for breakfast. And it’s no wonder why. Original Bisquick® is made from processed flour and partially hydrogenated oils. Top that with butter and maple syrup and you’re on your way to fewer birthday cakes in the long run.
Our Pick: Baker Mills® Kodiak Cakes® ($5.99/24 oz.)
We were impressed by the 100% whole-grain flour, 7 g of protein, and 4 g of fiber per serving of Baker Mills Kodiak Cakes mix. Sweetened only with honey, it contains no preservatives or industrial sweeteners.

Proteins

Deli Sandwich MeatPrepackaged Deli Turkey or Ham
Luncheon meats can be scary territory in the grocery store. What looks like sliced turkey breast is often poultry pieces that have been ground into a paste, processed with chemical binders and nitrites, flavored with corn syrup and artificial flavors, and molded into a cylinder, then sliced. Ew. What’s the big deal about nitrites and why do we suggest all your meats be nitrite-free? Because nitrates and nitrites have been linked to increased risk of cancer,8 heart disease, and diabetes.9
Our Pick: Applegate Farms®
Applegate’s packaged deli products are made from cage-free animals that were never treated with hormones or antibiotics. Their meats have no nitrites or fillers and stick to the basics—sliced protein, water, salt, and carrageenan obtained from seaweed.

Vegetarian Burgers
A vegetarian diet is supposed to be good for you. Which is why some of the ingredients in veggie burgers were so shocking. Artificial flavor? Modified vegetable gum? Natural butter flavor?
Our Pick: Asherah’s Gourmet Vegan Burgers ($4.99/4 burgers)
Made from organic quinoa, organic sweet potatoes—organic everything down to the spices. Each patty has 180 calories, 190 mg of sodium, 30 g of carbs, 5 g of fat, and 6 g of protein. Our second choice, Original Sunshine Burgers®, are also packed with organic goodness. These are made from sunflower seeds, so each burger is higher in fat and calories, but provides double the protein (350 calories, 21 g of fat, 12 g of protein).

Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are famously made from mystery meat. This takes on new meaning now that the world has been introduced to the horrors of pink slime and horsemeat. Then there are all the artificial flavors, preservatives, sodium, chemical fillers, and corn syrup.
Our Pick: Applegate Great Organic Beef Hot Dogs ($4.99/8 franks)
Applegate Farms links contain only organic grass-fed beef and organic spices. At 110 calories per link, 8 g of fat, and 330 mg of sodium—and the knowledge that their animals are cage- and crate-free—when it comes to hot dogs, these are a good choice.

Dips, Sauces, and Soup

Hummus
Hummus is easy to make and we recommend that. Here’s one you can try. But if you’re going to buy prepared hummus, selecting one that is close to how you would make it from scratch is best.
Our Pick: Haig’s Hummus ($3.79/8 oz.)
Haig’s original hummus contains garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, water, garlic, spices, and salt. With four flavors to choose from, you won’t get bored.

Applesauce
Applesauce is a tasty way to add fruit to your diet, as long as it’s all-natural. Mott’s® and Musselman’s® add high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar to some of their applesauces.
Our Pick: Santa Cruz Organic® Applesauce ($3.89/23 oz.)
Apples are one the most insecticide-treated fruits, so you’ll definitely want to buy organic. Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce contains only organic apples and vitamin C, for freshness.

SalsaJarred Salsa
Salsa is the healthy man’s condiment of choice. But some are healthier than others. We passed on Pace® Picante Sauce because it has 250 mg of sodium per serving.
Our Pick: Newman’s Own® Medium Salsa ($3.49/16 oz.)
Look for jarred salsa without any added sugar, excessive salt, or preservatives. We chose Newman’s Own for its all-natural ingredients and lower sodium content (105 mg/2 Tbsp.). It does have added sugar, but only 1 g per serving.

Soup
Soup is filling, often low in calories, and can help you feel satisfied. But, canned soup can be extremely high in sodium, and contain ingredients like hydrolyzed corn protein. A classic like Campbell’s® Regular Chicken and Rice contains MSG and mechanically separated chicken.
Our Pick: Amy’s Light in Sodium Soups ($3.49/can)
From Butternut Squash to Minestrone to Chicken Noodle, all of these soups are made with the same ingredients your grandmother would put in soup—along with the occasional addition of cane juice. Each can has two servings.

Components

Chicken Stock
Prepared chicken stock can be aggressively high in sodium and may even contain MSG! Not to mention corn syrup and artificial flavorings.
Our Pick: Pacific Organic Free Range Low-Sodium Chicken Broth ($3.99/32 oz.)
Making chicken stock at home is best. And it’s not hard. But, if you have to buy one, Pacific Organic makes the best we found, even though it does contain “chicken flavor.” Whatever that is.

Vegetable Stock
As with chicken stock, making your own is best and can be done with as little as an onion, some celery, a carrot, and water.
Our Pick: Kitchen Basics® Vegetable Cooking Stock, Unsalted ($3.99/32 oz.)
Made from just vegetables, it’s hard to find a better option. Can’t find it at your local store? It’s available online.

BreadcrumbsBreadcrumbs
Do your breadcrumbs contain ammonium sulfate? Progresso’s do. Besides being a dough conditioner, ammonium sulfate’s other uses include plant fertilizer, herbicide, and fire extinguisher powder.10
Our Pick: Ian’s® Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs ($3.59/9 oz.)
Ian’s Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs contain only unbleached whole wheat flour, malt extract, yeast, and sea salt. Basically, they’re made of bread.

Marinara Sauce
If you can’t find the time to make simple marinara sauce from canned tomatoes, make sure your jarred sauce is made from natural ingredients and is low in sodium and added sugars. Hunt’s® Traditional Marinara Sauce sneaks in high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and sugar. Many jarred sauces cut corners by using soybean oil instead of olive oil.
Our Pick: Silver Palate® Low-Sodium Marinara Pasta Sauce ($5.29/25 oz.)
This award-winning marinara sauce has no added sugar or soybean oil. It has ingredients that should be in marinara sauce—tomatoes, olive oil, onions, carrots, and garlic—and is sweetened with pear concentrate instead of sugar.

Olives
Olives are high in iron and vitamin E and impart a nice umami to your salad or sandwich. Kalamata olives are higher in sodium than “black olives” but, unlike that popular variety, they don’t contain ferrous gluconate, an additive that turns green or brown olives jet black and can upset sensitive stomachs.11, 12
Our Pick: Early California® Pitted Kalamata Greek Olives ($5.49/6 oz.)
Early California’s Pitted Kalamata Greek Olives contain the essential ingredients: olives, water, salt, and red wine vinegar.

Snacks

CrackersCrackers
Crackers can be packed with all sorts of scientific-sounding ingredients that help them last indefinitely in packaging. Trying to find whole-grain ones? Good luck.
Our Pick: Wasa® Hearty Grain or Whole Grain ($2.99/21 crispbreads)
Wasa crispbreads are tasty even though they contain just the basics: whole grains, salt, water, and yeast. Their size, hearty crunch, and versatility with toppings make them a good choice for healthy snacks and small meals too!

Tortilla Chips
If you want salsa and chips, try baked chips. They’re lower in fat than their fried cousins and still have that satisfying crunch.
Our Pick: Guiltless Gourmet® Unsalted ($2.99/7 oz.)
These contain just organic yellow corn, oil (canola, safflower, or sunflower), and lime. With just 26 mg of sodium per serving and 120 calories for 18 chips, you can snack without feeling guilty. We recommend serving the correct portion of chips in a bowl rather than digging into the whole bag.

Beef Jerky
Jerky is made with salt and sugar—there’s no getting around that. Avoid brands that use additives like MSG, oleoresin, hydrolyzed soy protein, and sodium erythorbate, and whatever you do, do not snap into a Slim Jim®.
Our Pick: Oberto® All Natural Beef Jerky (6.99/3.25 oz.)
Oberto All Natural Jerkies are seasoned and preserved with ingredients you would have in your own home, like salt, sugar, vinegar, and beef stock. This brand’s worst offense is natural smoke flavor. Their turkey jerky is up to snuff as well. Just remember, those small bags are not single servings!

Iced Tea
Tea leaves, water—and voila! How could something so simple have gone so wrong? Look at the ingredients list of many bottled iced teas and you’ll see added sugar, sucralose, aspartame, or acesulfame potassium. You’ll also see 150 calories and 38 grams of sugar per serving.
Our Pick: Tejava® Iced Tea ($2.09/liter)
We stumbled onto Tejava a few years ago and haven’t looked back. When it comes to iced tea, this is our hands-down favorite. This microbrewed black tea is simply delicious and refreshing on ice. It contains nothing but brewed handpicked tea leaves . . . no sweeteners, no fillers, no added flavors. Just good ol’ tea.

Your Grocery Store Guide

Condiments and Spreads:
Ketchup: Whole Foods 365 Organic Tomato Ketchup or Heinz’s Simply Heinz Ketchup
Mustard: Morehouse Yellow Mustard
Mayonnaise: Spectrum Organic Mayonnaise
Hot Sauce: Tabasco Pepper Sauce
Soy Sauce: Kikkoman Low-Sodium Soy Sauce or Trader Joe’s Low-Sodium Soy Sauce
Peanut Butter: Laura Scudder’s All-Natural Peanut Butter
Jam: St. Dalfour or Bonne Maman
Salad Dressing: Annie’s Naturals Balsamic Vinaigrette

Dairy and Nondairy:
Greek Yogurt: Fage Total 0% Plain or Chobani Nonfat Plain
Regular Yogurt: DANNON All-Natural Plain Nonfat Yogurt
Cottage Cheese: Daisy Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Cream Cheese: Organic Valley Cream Cheese or Philadelphia Original Cream Cheese
Half and Half: Horizon Organic Half & Half
Soy Milk: Organic Edensoy
Almond Milk: Pacific Almond Milk
Rice Milk: Rice Dream

Bread Products:
Bread: Food for Life 7 Sprouted Grains Bread
English Muffins: Food for Life 7 Sprouted Grains English Muffins
Whole Grain Tortillas: Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Taco Size Whole-Grain Tortillas
Hamburger Buns: Food for Life Sprouted Whole-Grain Burger Buns
Cereal: Engine 2 Rip’s Big Bowl (any variety)
Frozen Waffles: Kashi 7-Grain Waffles
Pancake Mix: Baker Mills Kodiak Cakes

Proteins:
Prepackaged Deli Turkey or Ham: Applegate Farms
Vegetarian Burgers: Asherah’s Gourmet Vegan Burgers or Original Sunshine Burgers
Hot Dogs: Applegate Great Organic Beef Hot Dogs

Dips, Sauces, and Soup:
Hummus: Haig’s Hummus
Applesauce: Santa Cruz Organic Applesauce
Jarred Salsa: Newman’s Own Medium Salsa
Soup: Amy’s Light in Sodium Soups

Components:
Chicken Stock: Pacific Organic Free Range Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
Vegetable Stock: Kitchen Basics Vegetable Cooking Stock, Unsalted
Breadcrumbs: Ian’s Whole Wheat Panko Breadcrumbs
Marinara Sauce: Silver Palate Low-Sodium Marinara Pasta Sauce
Olives: Early California Pitted Kalamata Greek Olives

Snacks:
Crackers: Wasa Hearty Grain or Whole-Grain
Tortilla Chips: Guiltless Gourmet Unsalted
Beef Jerky: Oberto All-Natural Beef Jerky
Iced Tea: Tejava Iced Tea

 

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Tips on How to Flatten your Tummy & Get the ABS you want

Summer is fast approaching and us women are looking to flatten our tummy before we strip down to our bikini’s! Yes I am one of them, so I have been doing research to Tighten my extra skin and flatten my tummy in record time!

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#1 Tip: Improve your Posture: “If you slouch, your stomach pooch” says a fitness gooroo, Ellen Barrett

Poor posture is hug for many people, you should be walking with your heart in front of your shoulders, not your ears! For better posture while standing, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep the fronts of the shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger, instead of a shirt on a peg. Draw your navel to your spine and keep your weight even on the balls and heels.

 

“With your shoulders back and chest up, the abs pull themselves in,” Barrett tells WebMD. “Your energy level improves when you have good posture. Your lung capacity is better. You’re open and more awake.”

 

#2 Tip: Don’t think abs= floor crunches

When most people think “I need to strengthen my core.” They relate that to being on the floor doing 1000 crunches when in reality they should be thinking WHOLE BODY EXERCISES! “If we could spot reduce, our jaws would be hollow,” Barrett says. “We probably work the jaw muscle in talking and eating more than any other, and none of us have hollow jaws.”

Pilates is huge for this, but so are many of our Beachbody programs! One that I have loved for my tummy is Insanity– you are on the floor in planks and up running and jumping but always reminded to keep your core tight because those ab muscles help you in your performance!

Work your core in 3-D, hitting the sides, back, and middle,” Liz Neporent suggests.

Plank: Start on your hands and knees and come up into a push-up plank position, balancing on hands (or elbows) and toes (or knees). Align wrists under shoulders; keep your back straight and the abs and glutes tight (to keep the back from sagging). Hold the position and breathe out for 10 seconds, exhaling to tighten the abs and draw the navel to the spine.

Leg Lowers: Lying supine, curl the upper body, chest over ribs, with your hands behind your head. Lift the legs up with knees bent at 90 degrees, knees over hips, ankles level with knees. Keeping the hips down, slowly lower the legs toward the floor without changing the bend in the knees, then lift them back up.

Seated Rotations: Sitting up, bend knees and legs together and place arms across the chest or in front of you. Tuck the tailbone and roll back slightly as you alternate rotating the spine right and left.

#3 Tip: Nutrition

Did you know nutrition is 80% the problem in most adults today? You will never have a 6 pack if you still have a layer of fat over top of them! So examine what you are eating, how much and when! I suggest you eat 6 small meals a day, limit your processed foods (slowly wean away and get into a CLEAN Eating Diet), also make sure you are eating a protein and complex carb at eat meal! I have sample meal plans HERE! Are you just starting out and want to cut out processed food and sugar cold turkey? Follow the Stripped Diet

Have you ever heard of shakeology? Check it out! It is one of my meals everyday and is the healthiest thing out there to help you maximize your results!

*** I feel if you can follow these 3 tips you will have a flat tummy before you know it… but follow the last 3 for faster results

 

#4 Tip: Equipment… not necessary

Props are optional, yes when you have to balance and concentrate you are more likely going to hold your tummy in and keep your posture on key!

Ex: Stability balls, Bosu balls, bands and straps, and weights

BUT you do not need these things or any fancy membership, you can hold your core tight while walking- lifting groceries or boxes in your house- while cleaning or washing the car… be AWARE!

 

#5: SLOW and Consistent is KEY

This is a GOAL… There is no quick fix- it will take time for you to get in the habit, the more consistent and aware of your tightened core, the sooner you will see the results

Most people will experience set backs, roadblocks, and utter frustration along the way. Rewards come with time and consistency.

 

#6: Be realistic

Be realistic when you are setting your goals! Ex. Week 1 improve posture, Week 2 press play and get a full body workout in daily, week 3 get eating on track… Always be aware of what you are doing and how it will effect your body =)

 

I hope these tips have helped! If you have any question please feel free to message me!

 

 

 








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Leah S.’s Wedding Prep; Ultimate Reset Transformation and Review

How many of you think you are eating healthy and getting the correct amount of nutrients in your body each day? I would say most of us either have a sense of what is healthy or have actually spent time researching it! Well before I did the Ultimate Reset I thought I knew what to eat and how much as well, WELL I was wrong- I learnt more about food in the 21 days of the reset then I really ever knew! Pretty Amazing!!! Do you need a TUNE UP?

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Meet Leah S. “On January 7th I started my fitness journey–but I was serious this time. I tried a couple of times before and fell off every time. I started insanity, joined a Beachbody group, and finally started listening to all the shakeology freaks (chocolate vegan is my soulmate)!! I finished 60 days straight, only missing 2 days. I lost 10 lbs. this put me at 156.8 down from 166.8, the most I’ve ever weighed!!!  That was college weight! I then started the reset, thinking it would jump start weight loss and get me motivated for wedding weight!! It made me change my ENTIRE outlook on food! I now CRAVE tomatoes, cucumbers, couscous, and quinoa (plus much more)! I lost 7 lbs on the reset, putting me at 149.8 lbs!! I haven’t seen this since freshman year of college!!! I feel amazing, think about food differently, have everyone asking ME of all people how to do it, and I just smile and say, “Beachbody”…I made myself a priority and it paid off!! This is no longer wedding preparation…this is my body, my temple, lets see what all it can accomplish!!!”

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Insanity Challenge Pack Promo for April- 60 day program

How many of you have heard of Insanity or saw the informercials on TV and said “WOW, that looks crazy intense!” ? I know I have, but when I did it, I LOVED IT!!!! This is one of the many programs Beachbody has to offer and is a GREAT cardio program! It is all done at home and in the comfort of your space! FOR THIS MONTH ONLY IT IS $25 off, a TOTAL of $93 in savings!!!! Summer is only a few weeks away =)

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What is it?

INSANITY® is a 60-day cardio- based total-body conditioning program that’s the most intense workout ever put on

DVD. Fitness expert Shaun T drew on his collegiate track and field training, plus his subsequent years of experience as an elite trainer, to create a program that takes total-body conditioning to an extreme level.

Just as P90X is the height of resistance training, INSANITY is the pinnacle of cardio training.

 

Why is it effective?

Interval training allows you to beat the “stress adaptation response,” which is what happens when your body gets used to exercising at one level of exertion and stops improving. An interval workout includes a set where you perform at your maximum, followed by one of lower intensity, with the cycle repeated to achieve a cumulative effect.

INSANITY uses MAX Interval Training, which replaces your moderate- intensity exercise with maximum-intensity exercise, and your short intervals of intensity with short periods of rest. Adding high-intensity exercise, during which your heart rate increases to 80 percent or more of its maximum capacity, forces your body to use fast-twitch muscle fibers not normally engaged in cardio exercise. These fast-twitch fibers continue burning extra fuel even during lower-intensity exercise.

INSANITY’s high-intensity activity is likely to have you working out at over 85 percent of your maximum capacity, instead of the lower rate recommended in other programs. As a result, you’ll experience faster increases in fitness and more efficient burning of carbohydrates and fat—as much as 1,000 calories per hour.

What can it do for you?

INSANITY pushes you beyond what you thought was possible with explosive cardio and plyometric drills and nonstop intervals of strength, power, and resistance. Additional ab and core training techniques will help you transform your body in just 60 days.

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Beachbody Challenge Packs are the complete package, offering total support for achieving health and fitness goals. The formula? Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success. With the Insanity Challenge pack, customers will receive the Insanity fitness program, one of four delicious Shakeology flavors, and a FREE 30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where customers will find all the support they’ll need to complete The Challenge!

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Sleep and Your Workout Performance

Why is it important to get a certain amount of sleep every night? I get the question of how much sleep do I get a night and I am guilty of not getting enough! My body has adjusted to very little (4-5 hours) a night!

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Your muscles begin repairing themselves as soon as you stop battering them in the weight room. But just how important is sleeping to muscle recovery? This article will discuss this issue with the basic weightlifters in mind. Great Experiment done at BodyBuilding.com

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A few things that happen during sleep that help increase your results:

  1. Hormonal release

    The first major way sleep will impact your results in the gym is with the hormonal release that it provides. Your body releases a growth hormone at its highest concentration during a 24-hour period when you’re at rest during the night. Since growth hormones are closely correlated to muscle-size increases, you want to maximize this hormone as much as you can.

     

  2. Muscular repair

    The repair process that goes on while you’re at rest is more evidence of the interdependence of working out and sleep. Every time you lift weights in the gym and overload your muscles, you’re going to create tiny micro-tears in the muscle tissue. It’s when these micro-tears are repaired and built back up that you notice strength and size gains, so shorting yourself of the repair process is a severe hindrance.

  3. Metabolic maintenance

    If you hope to build lean muscle mass without gaining body fat in the process or are looking to lose excess body fat while retaining all the lean tissue you currently have, making sure your metabolism is functioning optimally is essential. This means having a healthy response to carbohydrates consumed, maintaining a strong metabolic rate and showing a good regulatory system of hunger and appetite.

Askmen.com suggests getting 8 hours of sleep every night! So in short every article I have read about sleep and how it may effect or help your results when working out, you should no matter what get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night! This is definitely something I will be working on come the next few weeks!!!

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Top 6 Fat Burning Foods- No Need for the Fat Burning Pills

I am always trying to fire up my metabolism and switch up what I eat to shock my body and Burn Fat! I currently tried going Vegan- did not work well so I added Egg Whites because I was having a hard time with getting enough Protein!!! So I wanted to switch things up YET again!!! My Favorite is and always will be the Abs Diet, But these food are great too (and very similar to my abs diet!)

Health Magazine has great tips and recipes!

Want to Boost your metabolism: Fuel your body with these foods!

  1. Whole Grains: Your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods (especially those rich in fiber such as oatmeal and brown rice) than processed foods.
  2. Lean Meats: Protein has a high thermogenic effect: You burn about 30% of the calories the food contains during digestion (so a 300-calorie chicken breast requires about 90 calories to break it down). for a list of lean meats click here.
  3. Low Fat Dairy Products: Rich in calcium and vitamin D, these help preserve and build muscle mass—essential for maintaining a robust metabolism. ***I have recently cut out dairy, so I get my calcium and Vitamin D from: Almonds, Broccoli, Kale, Oatmeal and Sesame Seed, Figs, Salmon, black eyed peas, and Orange Juice are other great Calcium sources! Fish, eggs, and mushrooms are a great Vitamin D source
  4. Great Tea: Drinking four cups of green tea a day helped people shed more than six pounds in eight weeks, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports. Credit EGCG, a compound in the brew that temporarily speeds metabolism after sipping it. To up your intake, keep a jug of iced tea in the fridge.green-tea-leaves-400x400
  5. Lentils: One cup packs 35% of your daily iron needs—good news, since up to 20% of us are iron- deficient. When you lack a nutrient, your metab slows because the body’s not getting what it needs to work efficiently, says Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, co-author of The Secret to Skinny.
  6. red-pepper-hot-400x400Hot Peppers: I love me some SPICE!!!! Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which makes you melt additional calories. You can get it by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers, says Lakatos Shames. “Add as much cayenne or hot sauce as possible to soups, eggs, and meats.








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Shakeology Spotlight: Goji Berry: Healthy Heart

Goji Berry provides antioxidant support and promotes healthy heart and optimal blood pressure!

 

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Research shows that eating berries — like blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries — offers some definite health benefits. Berries like the goji berry are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses, including heart disease. Antioxidants may also boost the immune system and lower cholesterol.

Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process as well. It does this by minimizing damage from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.

Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.

Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Other studies using goji berry juice founds benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health. These are preliminary studies that need to be repeated before definitive conclusions can be drawn.

While goji berries are a rich source of antioxidants — and early research shows a potentially powerful health benefit — it’s still unclear how they stack up against other berries. Researchers also don’t know whether goji berry supplements have the same health benefits as the actual berries.

 

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Melissa D.’s Beachbody Transformation

Meet Melissa!!! This is one amazing Woman!!

“Every New Year’s, I would say my New Year’s Resolution was to lose weight. But I never followed through—until this past year. I was a new mother. I was totally overweight. I had no energy, no confidence, and no self-esteem. I had headaches every day. So what would I do? Turn to food.

I was literally eating myself into an early grave. Until I made my New Year’s Resolution last year and followed it by starting P90X. I loved that P90X is a routine, sets a schedule so you have something daily to look forward to. It changes daily and it’s fun. Also, the meal plan and recipes kept my eating on track.

And when I started adding Shakeology, I gained a ton of energy, could sleep better, and felt like I could focus better. Don’t get me wrong, there were tons of days when I felt like giving up, but being in a Challenge Group helped me keep up—those people were there to support me, give me courage and inspiration.

And this time it worked. Thanks to P90X and Shakeology as well as TurboJam and TurboFire, I kept my Resolution. I lost well over 100 lbs. I have more energy, more confidence, I haven’t used pills for my headaches, my body doesn’t hurt anymore, my blood pressure and cholesterol are the best they’ve ever been— and I can run and play with my son without pain!”

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5 Benefits of Grapefruit

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SNACKS!!!!!! I love the sweet and sour taste and it totally helps with my sweet tooth!

Grapefruit is a large subtropical citrus fruit generally recognized for its slightly bitter and sour taste. It was first produced in Barbados as a hybrid fruit that resulted from a cross between pomelo and sweet orange. Grapefruit was named after the grape, because grapefruits grow in clusters like grapes.

Many grapefruit varieties are being cultivated in different countries such as the United States and China. The well-known varieties include those with red, pink and white pulp. Like all other citrus fruits, grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C, although this is not the only benefit that you can get from grapefruit. Here are five other health benefits of grapefruit.

 

1. Grapefruit Helps in Losing Weight

Grapefruit is high in enzymes that burn fats, has high water content and has less sodium. A combination of these three characteristics make grapefruit a perfect food for increasing your body’s metabolism. Try eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice every day and you will notice how quickly you lose those extra pounds.

2. Prevents Arthritis and Works as an Antiseptic

Grapefruit contains salicylic acid that helps break down the body’s inorganic calcium, which builds up in the cartilage of joints and may lead to arthritis. If you have arthritis, try drinking grapefruit juice with apple cider vinegar. You will notice a reduction in your arthritis symptoms.

The salicylic acid in grapefruit also works as a powerful antiseptic. In addition, grapefruit seed extracts can be added to water to make an antiseptic spray for treating bacterial and fungal infections.

3. Grapefruit Helps in Cancer Prevention

Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that is responsible for the red color of grapefruit. It is a powerful agent against tumors and cancers as it acts as a scavenger of cancer-causing free radicals. Lycopene works best with vitamins A and C, which are also found in grapefruit.

An antioxidant compound, called naringenin, is also found in grapefruit. Naringenin helps repair damaged DNA in prostate cancer cells. DNA repair contributes to cancer prevention as it impedes the reproduction of cancer cells.

4. Grapefruit Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels

The antioxidants found in grapefruit are effective in reducing cholesterol levels. However, if you are on prescription drugs, do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice. Grapefruit has a negative reaction against many prescription drugs such as those used in treating depression, allergies, high blood pressure, seizures, impotence, heart palpitations and even HIV. Inform your physician if you want to use grapefruit as a regular form of treatment.

5. Grapefruit Treats Common Ailments

Eating grapefruit or drinking its juice helps treat common cold and fever, dissolve gallstones, boost liver function and enhance immunity against infections. As grapefruit contains a dietary fiber called pectin, it thus promotes better digestion. In addition, if you want to have a healthy and smooth skin, try including grapefruit in your diet.

You can get many other benefits from grapefruit because it also contains essential elements such as iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid and B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin and niacin). You can even extract oil from grapefruit peel for use in aromatherapy.-3fatchicks.com

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Are you gaining weight??? Read this to see if maybe this is why!

5 Reasons You Could Be Gaining Weight

By Steve Edwards

Nothing taps your panic button quite like gaining weight, especially when you’re on a weight loss program. Unfortunately, it’s an inevitable fact of life. Luckily, you’ve got me here to tell you that, as long as you’re following a solid program, results will come. It’s a physiological certainty (unless you have an underlying issue, like hypothyroidism).

I realize this might take further convincing, considering our instant-gratification society. But this ain’t my first weight loss rodeo. I’ve seen almost every scenario you can dream up, most of which were solved by patience. That said, there are some strategies you can use to ensure you’re getting the most out of both your diet and exercise program. Let’s tackle five of the most common weight loss conundrums.

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  1. I’m following the program perfectly. Why isn’t it working?! Cortisol is a word you should become familiar with, as it’s a key factor here. You’ve probably heard that it makes you fat, but you have no idea why “they” say that. What is cortisol? It’s actually a performance-enhancing stress hormone that serves an important function in survival situations. Unfortunately, when we force too much daily stress on our bodies, we shift into a state of chronic cortisol release. This can cause us to store excess fat as a survival instinct. While it sounds pretty dire, it’s generally only a serious problem in those with poor lifestyle habits.

    The beginning of a diet and/or exercise program, however, is a survival situation. In a very simplistic sense, your body releases cortisol, which, in turn, causes excess water retention to help you rebuild broken down muscle tissue. While this is cortisol functioning properly, it does lead to a period of water weight gain as you adjust to a new program. It’s nothing to worry about. By following a solid plan, your body will adapt by repairing this muscle tissue. This results in an increase in your metabolism and leads to weight loss if that’s your goal.

    The trick is that there is no hard line on how long this adaptation takes. It’s based on your individual parameters. Just rest easy in the fact that it will happen, unless you force it not to, leading us to . . .

  2. Woman with Small PortionI’m barely eating. Severe undereating causes cortisol release, as it’s the definition of a bodily emergency. Beachbody® offers many kick-start (or express) eating plans where you undereat for a few days, but you’re always encouraged to get back to a solid maintenance calorie level quickly. A short period of strategic undereating with proper hydration will help your body dispense of unneeded food (most of us chronically overeat) and regulate bodily functions. Go too long, however, and chronic cortisol release is the result.

    This is a tough situation because our natural reaction to weight gain is to eat less. When you’re exercising, it’s important to keep your eye on workout performance, as opposed to how much weight you’re losing. You should be eating enough so that your daily workouts improve over time. As long as that’s happening, your body is adapting, your metabolism is increasing, and you will lose weight provided you also don’t overeat.

  3. I’ve been doing hard workouts for weeks. On the performance theme, you need to continually improve, which is why workouts get harder as you move through any of Beachbody’s programs. It’s also why we add resistance (via added weight or gravity, as is the case with jumping) to workouts. If you’re doing the same workouts at the same intensity constantly, you are not forcing adaptations that lead to changes in your metabolism. This is called a plateau.

    A plateau, technically, isn’t gaining weight—it’s remaining the same—but a proper diet and exercise program should continually force improvements (in the form of adaptations). Otherwise, your metabolism won’t continue to increase, which is the goal of most weight loss programs.

  4. My friend and I are doing the exact same thing and she’s losing. Back to adaptation. We all react differently. The only absolute is that our bodies will change over time with a healthy program. A fitness rule called the Specificity of Adaptation states that it takes the body between 3 and 12 weeks to adapt to new stimuli, which is a very broad range. This is why it’s vital that you stick to your program and not change it repeatedly based on your daily results!

    In our test groups, two-week results have almost no bearing on who does best in the end. In fact, many people that undereat early and get off to a fast start will stagnate, while those who stick to the plan and eat as advised will start slower but train harder over time, leading to rapid weight loss as the program wears on.

  5. Woman with Small PortionI lost weight for a while but now it’s stopped. For ages on the Team Beachbody® Message Boards, this was our most frequently asked question. You eat less to lose weight. Things are going great, but suddenly you plateau—or start gaining. Odds are, your metabolism has slowed down in order to deal with the decreased calories. You’re starving your now fit body, so it’s doing what it needs to do to survive. The answer to this problem is pretty simple: eat more.

    Again, this is a tough sell, so here’s an example. One of our early Success Stories lost 40 pounds during a round of Power 90®, eating only 1,200 calories a day. He then stagnated for a long time and was very resistant to eating more, fearing it would kick-start a regression. We talked him into adding calories until, finally at around 2,000 calories, weight loss resumed. It then became so rapid he dropped through his goal, and about 20 pounds below, until finally, at around 3,000 calories, he leveled out. Then a daily diet of around 3,500 calories a day got him to a ripped 175.

So the moral of today’s lesson is to trust your exercise program—at least if it’s a Beachbody program. We’ve been doing this a long time and we know what works. There are no magic bullets. Body transformation is based on making consistent, healthy lifestyle changes. Do that and you’ll never need to ask yourself why you’re gaining weight again.








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Tara G.’s AMAZING Beachbody Transformation!!!

Tara achieved this stunning transformation in a little over a year with the help of P90X®Insanity®, and Insanity The Asylum. Now she can keep up with her Marine Corps husband, and she won $500 in the Beachbody Challenge. Enter your results for a chance to win:http://bit.ly/ChaLNG

“I chose P90X because it was the most intense program Beachbody offered—and I was looking to take no prisoners. My results were great, so I moved on to Insanity. Shaun T is amazing and has a no excuse work ethic that I love! He doesn’t baby you. It’s ‘Get fit or get out!’ You gotta love that. I love it so much, I entered The ASYLUM, and that’s my favorite program so far. I’ve lost 78 lbs. to date. I’m lean and toned, but the best news is that I can keep up with my Marine Corps husband—and that makes me really happy!

 

Way to go Tara!

 

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Shakeology Spotlight Ingredient: Quinoa

Quinoa is one of my favorites! Many people have never heard of it nor know how to pronounce (I didn’t either about 2 years ago)! It is pronounced keen-wa. 

What is quinoa?
While quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain, it is actually a seed, but can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley. Quinoa is my favorite whole grain for three reasons: First, it takes less time to cook than other whole grains – just 10 to 15 minutes. Second, quinoa tastes great on its own, unlike other grains such as millet or teff. Add a bit of olive oil, sea salt and lemon juice and – yum OR vegetable broth! Finally, of all the whole grains, quinoa has the highest protein content, so it’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain, is kosher for Passover, and is almost always organic.

Culinary ethnologists will be interested to know that quinoa was a staple food for thousands of years in the Andes region of South America as one of just a few crops the ancient Incas cultivated at such high altitude. Who would not want to reap the benefits of this amazing superfood?

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. (already stated above)

2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.
3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.
5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation,detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.
7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.
All of these amazing benefits in one little grain??? I love quinoa as a side dish or even the main dish mixed with vegetables! But put this little amazing grain in with 69 other AMAZING superfoods, nutrients, and vitamins and you get SHAKEOLOGY! Shakeology has given many energy, fights diseases, and fights food cravings.

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Tips on avoiding a sweet/ food craving…You don’t want to cheat, it’s not worth it!

What to do when you are craving sweets but trying to watch what you are eating and be healthy?

Here are a few tips that I have used to help me get past grabbing for that candy bar, ice cream, or fruit snack (that I have in the house for my kids)

We should all be eating 5-6 small meals a day, every 2 1/2 -3 hours (if this craving comes at any time between these meals follow the steps below)

1st: Drink a large glass of water

2nd: Get a cup of HERBAL Caffeine Free Tea (any flavor)

if 1 or 2 do not help, proceed to the other options for a fix

  • Grab a piece of fruit (berries, apple, orange, melon- low glycemic fruit) OR dried fruit, nuts, and seeds
  • Grab a piece of gum, try chewing the gum and waiting until the next time to eat
  • Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. “Take a walk around the block or [do] something to change the scenery,” to take your mind off the food you’re craving.

LASTLY: if these things stated above do not help you with your sweet/food craving think QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! I am a firm believer in moderation…For example, choose a perfect dark chocolate truffle instead of a king-sized candy bar, then “savor every bite — slowly.”  “Don’t swear off favorites — you’ll only come back for greater portions. Learn to incorporate small amounts in the diet but concentrate on filling your stomach with less sugary and [healthier] options.”

 

Here are some tips on what you are missing when you crave certain things:

  • ChocolateMagnesium Women should be cautious during menstruation, as magnesium levels do drop. Instead, try snacking on natural fruits, nuts, or take a vitamin/mineral supplement.
  • Sugar or Simple CarbohydratesProtein & Complex Carbohydrates. A quick science lesson: Carbohydrates break down into sugars. Since sugar metabolizes very quickly, it is not a good source of long term energy. The best source of energy includes protein and complex carbohydrates, which break down much slower. Good examples include brown or wild long-grain rice; and pasta or bread made from wholewheat flour. It is called “wholewheat” because it includes the “whole” kernel, of which the outer shell contains the germ, bran and nutrients of the grain. White rice (Minute Rice) and white flour have been stripped of this goodness, leaving only the inner starch (simple carbohydrates).
  • Fried foodsCalcium & OMEGA 3 Fatty Acids OMEGA 3’s are good fat! Try eating more fish, or check your grocery store for milk, cheese, or eggs containing theses essential oils plus calcium (it will state such on the label).
  • SaltHydrationVitamin BChloride When you desire something salty, try to drink water instead. Also, stress can lead to a Vitamin B deficiency, so if your experiencing hardship, take a second Vitamin B supplement half way through your day.

 

***Don’t keep these foods in your house and NEVER go to the grocery stop hungry!

*** Stay around the perimeter in the grocery store, RAW and FRESH is the best way to go! 

Shakeology Spotlight- Shisandra, help deal with stress better plus much more

Schisandra Benefits- deal with stress better, help your organs function properly, and get help with fatigue- increase your energy without the jitters!
 
Schizandra (sometimes spelled Schisandra) berries are a powerful adaptogen. This means that they will help you adapt to your environment allowing you to better handle stress, whether mental or physical. An adaptogen is used as an overall wellness tonic. It is beneficial to the whole body. Like any adaptogen, Schizandra exerts a normalizing effect on the entire body. It will take you from any extreme back to a balanced state. In China, it is said to be the most protective of all herbs and plants.

 
Schizandra can have a very beneficial impact on your health. It can increase capacity for physical and mental exercise and protect you from environmental stress. This herb can increase your energy by stimulating the central nervous system without making you nervous like caffeine would. But since it’s an adaptogen, it can also calm the nervous system when facing stress. Many people take this herb to increase energy. It is especially popular with athletes as it boosts nitric oxide levels in the body. It fights fatigue as well, making it even more beneficial. Schizandra increases energy at the cellular level.
 
The Health Sciences Institute states that schizandra berry can raise the body’s enzyme, glutathione. This enzyme detoxifies the body in a way that improves mental clarity. It is widely taken by students in China for this reason.
Probably its best known property is as a protector of the liver, due to the lignans it contains. It helps maintain its proper functioning and regeneration and is also used to prevent liver damage. Schizandra uses its fat soluble compounds found in the core of its seed to protect the liver from toxins. Schizandra is often used in the treatment of hepatitis C. Besides its liver protecting properties, it is also beneficial to the kidneys as it helps balances the fluid in the body. This amazing herb also contains antioxidants, such as gomisin A and Wuweizisu C, to protect your cells from free radicals and prevent oxidation. This is why it’s often used in longevity formulas in Chinese medicine.
 
Schizandra is very popular among woman for its ability to make the skin soft, smooth and beautiful. It has been taken for many hundreds of years in China for this purpose. It is believed to work by balancing the fluids of the skin. This herb is popular with people who suffer from mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and mood swings. Though it’s unknown how it works for these symptoms, Schizandra has been used for these ailments for many hundreds of years with much success.
 
Though not enough research has been done in this area, there is some preliminary evidence that Schizandra my inhibit cancer cell growth for some types of cancers, such as leukemia. Much more research needs to be done before this will be considered a truly effective treatment.
 
For men, this herb may be beneficial for impotence and erectile dysfunction since it has the ability to dilate the blood vessels, helping men achieve erection.
 
As far as heart health goes, this herb’s blood vessel dilating properties are also good for lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and improving heart function in general. Schizandra is beneficial to the respiratory system too. It rids the body of lung mucus by acting as expectorant. It is also used to treat coughs.
 Found on the herbalist.com
 
This ingredient and 70 more are found in Shakeology, the healthiest meal replacement shake out there, it is all natural and as you can see very beneficial for the function of your body and health!
 
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Brazil Butt Lift Transformation and Spotlight

Transformation Spotlight!
Brazil Butt Lift is one of the lowest impact workouts that Beachbody has in my opinion! That is in comparison to P90X and Insanity. But the results are killer!!! I know myself that I saw a dramatic difference in just 30 days!

Brazil Butt Lift Transformation

 

Reduce, lift, and shape your booty

Leandro’s proven TriAngle Training method works all three major muscles of the buttocks from multiple angles to reduce your hips and saddlebag area, slim your thighs, and lift your butt without bulking up your thighs. You can even customize the workout plan to turn your current shape into the one you’ve always wanted.

Enjoy all this . . .

5 Booty-blasting workouts

  • BUM BUM: Leandro’s signature workout (named after the Brazilian slang for “butt” and pronounced “boom-boom”) combines fat-blasting cardio with the best lower-body sculpting moves you’ve ever tried. (35 min.)
  • HIGH & TIGHT: Focus on all those stubborn trouble zones: the hips, glutes, and saddlebags. Leandro uses his secret weapons—the Strength Band and ankle weights—to lift your butt to new heights. (35 min.)
  • SCULPT: In this video, Leandro takes you through a total-body workout with a sexy Brazilian twist, to sculpt your entire body while focusing on your glutes. Look like a sexy supermodel—lean and toned, without the bulk. (50 min.)
  • CARDIO AXE: Feel like you’re dancing in the streets of Brazil with Leandro’s signature axe(pronounced “ah-shay”), a fat-burning, cardio-blasting, dance-based workout that delivers all-over slimming results fast. (30 min.)
  • TUMMY TUCK: Leandro’s surefire way to get flat, sexy abs in just 15 minutes. (15 min.)

 

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Shakeology Ingredient SPOTLIGHT: Sacha Inchi

Need to reduce depression, lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar, and have an aid to prevent cancers? This is the ingredient that will help you!

Have you heard of Sacha Inchi nuts? Also called Inca peanuts, these nuts are making a big splash in the world of superfoods.

The Sacha Inchi is a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. It produces a seed that tastes like a nut when roasted. Like many healthy nuts, it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as omega-6s and omega-9s. It also contains vitamin A and E. Can you say healthy snack?

A Little More About Sacha Inchi
Though the nuts and oil may be new to many of us here in North America, Sacha Inchi has been cultivated in the Amazon rainforest and along the east slope of the lower Andes for 3,000 years. Archaelogists found evidence of them in carvings on Incan tomb vessels. Plants are said to have a long production time, with some producing year after year for decades. Crops are harvested throughout the year, though costs are lower than those of other oil-producing plants.

The cold-pressed oil is said to contain about 45 percent omega-3 fatty acid, 36 percent omega 6, and 9 percent omega 9, with 27 percent protein. Some experts are calling it the tasty alternative to fish oil supplements.

The oil is used for cooking. It’s said to have a crisp, nutty flavor that’s perfect for salads, meat, fish, poultry, and sprinkled over vegetable dishes. You can use it like olive oil, though it’s said to be lighter, better tasting, and easier for your body to absorb.

Sacha Inchi pulp is a by-product used for soap, flour, bread, and in cosmetics and medicinal creams.

Health Benefits
If you know omega-3s, you can guess at the health benefits of these tasty nuts and oil. Foodies are especially excited about them because the nutrients are apparently easier to digest than those from other sources, so your body can easily take advantage of the healthy properties. Fans say that the oil does not cause gas or irritation, yet it contains more protein than olive oil, and far more omega-3 fatty acids (in the form of linolenic acid) than olive, soy, sunflower, or flax oils.

Because of the omega-3 content, Sacha Inchi nuts and oil are likely to positively benefit cardiovascular health. Specifically, they may lower cholesterol levels, boost brain function, ease joint stiffness, help maintain healthy glucose levels, support healthy skin and hair, relieve inflammation throughout the body, and support the eyes and optimal vision. Scientific studies specifically on Sacha Inchi are minimal at this point, but considering its composition, these are the likely advantages to be gained by incorporating more of this superfood into the diet.

Vegans and raw foodist’s are especially excited about this food as it provides a plant-based way to get a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, the oil is extracted by simple cold pressing, so no refining process is necessary. Because of the antioxidants vitamin E and A, it may also help battle the free radical damage that can lead to premature aging. The nuts are high in protein and amino acids—another plus for vegans. They contain nothing toxic or damaging to good health, so you can eat as many as you like!

SOME OF THE OMEGA-3, OMEGA-6 AND OMEGA-9 BENEFITS:

· Act as natural antioxidant

· Maintain the immune system

· Lower cholesterol

 · Aid colon and breast cancer prevention

 · Regulate nerval transmission and communication – extra brain power

 · Help to maintain a weight loss program by helping to control blood sugar  level

 · Reduce depression and symptoms of other mental health problems

 · Help the arteries and other parts of the body stay inflammation free – boosts the body’s natural immunity

 · Improve arthritis – reduces inflammation

· Regulate hormonal balance during menopause

· Enhance growth of healthy hair, nails and skin

 ·Relieve the PMS symptoms, including bloating cramps and breast tenderness

 ·Clear acne by reducing the number of clogged pores, stimulating the contraction of the blood vessels and reducing the inflammation

 ·Prevent blood clotting by keeping saturated fats mobile in the blood streams which helps reducing the risk of coronary diseases

 · Maintain proper kidney function and fluid balance

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Jessica S. TurboJam Transformation- $1000 Beachbody Winner

My Stats
BEFORE AFTER
Weight 168 128
Dress/Pants Size 14 4
Waist 31 25.25
Hips 41 36
Chest 37 33
Right Arm 13 10.75
Left Arm 13.25 10.75
Right Thigh 24.5 20.75
Left Thigh 24.3 20.75
Body Fat % 0
as-of 01/13/2012
Jessica S.
LOST 40 LBS, and 5.5″ off WAIST! Went down 5 dress sizes!
“I have toned arms and legs and my stomach is better than I could have hoped! I LOVE FITNESS NOW.”

What Jessica S. won:
$1,000
Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?Before I started I was a sedentary, insecure shell of who I am now. I got married at 21, got pregnant immediately and due to medication, was unable to lose the weight that I’d gained. I suffered from depression and anxiety. I HATED going in to my closet and would just cry after trying on outfit after outfit. WIth a very strict diet I lost a little weight right before I got pregnant with my 2nd daughter, but had a very inactive,junk-food filled pregnancy. After the birth of her, I was a 170lb, 24 yr old. I didn’t want to go out to social functions because no matter what the weather, I was going to have to figure out what body slimmer, or girdle, or sweater I was going to to wear to make my body look “OK”. I got to the point where I thought I was too worthless to exercise. I was so ashamed of myself. I wanted to go out, and be active, and live life like a young woman in her 20’s with two beautiful daughters and an amazing husband should, but was too disgusted to even try.
What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?What inspired me to begin was a picture taken of me at a family dinner. I didn’t even recognize myself. That was not me. I am fun. I am not tired. I am excited about life, and active. That was NOT who I saw in the picture. My mom saw how upset I was and said, “you have to try this workout. It’s called TurboJam.” She turned on the dvd and I watched this tiny energetic blonde woman, dancing and kickboxing along side other beautiful bodied, energetic women. “Those are all models that signed up for some casting call and got in the dvd.” I said. Then I watched more and the energy was pulling me in. I listened to the testimonials of the REAL WOMEN doing TJ and realized, “they are NOT models. They are MOMS, they are people that are working their butts off to be like they are!” I took the dvd home and worked out to it that night, 4/12/2008. As I punched and kicked and pumped away with a smile on my face, my husband looked at me and said, “this is the thing that’s going to change your life”
Why did you choose the particular program?I chose TurboJam, because of the amazing energy of Chalene Johnson. She is an incredible motivator and so fun to work out with! The women in the dvd’s are REAL. They have weight struggles, they have kids, and they have amazing bodies and outlooks on life. I had NEVER stuck with a workout program or been excited to do a workout day after day. But, TJ changed my life. It changed my attitude. It’s such a fun, dancey, party workout that I couldn’t help but love it and I sweat like I’d never sweat before! TJ also had so many different workouts to choose from. I started out doing just the 20 minute and AbJam for the first month and still lost 10-15 lbs. Then I revved it up with CP3 and the Live workouts and shed even more weight. It is such an amazing program with tons of variety. Over the years, while maintaining my weight I have had great success with Chalean Extreme and am currently killing it with TurboFIre! Talk about sweating! These programs are amazing and I can’t get enough!
What in particular did you like about the program you chose?The results! TurboJam and the other Chalene Johnson programs WORK. I lost 40 lbs doing TurboJam and eating a healthy diet. I’ve kept the weight off for 4 years through TJ, TurboFire and Chalean Extreme. That is stunning to me! I couldn’t have done it without such an amazing program and fantastic motivator. I felt like I was IN the class with those people. I felt like I knew them, and it made me want to class. It made me push harder than I ever thought I could. It made me sweat and burn and dig deep and that’s what gets results! I am a different person than I was 4 years ago because of these awesome programs.
Tell us about the greatest challenge you faced. How did you overcome that challenge?The greatest challenges I’ve faced all have to do with motherhood. I got pregnant with my 3rd daughter just 5 months after reaching my goal. With my other pregnancies I ate terribly and was completely inactive. Not this time! My third pregnancy was amazing. With my dr’s consent I continued TurboJam and stayed active thanks to the confidence and energy I had gained from the months of training I had just completed. I gained a healthy ammount of weight and was able to burn it off after I gave birth to my daughter. I lost the weight doing TurbJam and TurboFire and have kept it off. Any time you have a family you have to prioritize your fitness. If you don’t MAKE time for it, you will never FIND time for it. I work out every night after my kids go to bed. It’s my time for ME. I am better wife and mother because of it. I constantly set new goals and fire through them, but maintaing and staying in shape once I reached my goal weight was a challenge that I’m SO proud to have conquered.
Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody® program. What achievements are you proud of?OH my! My results were fantastic. I went from 168lbs to 127 from April 2008-Sept2008 and have maintained since then. The weight loss was a miracle for me. I had begun to think I was going to be out of shape and unhealthy for the rest of my life. I dropped my dress size from 14-4! It still shocks me and I still have a hard time buying small shirts even after all of this time. I have toned arms and legs and my stomach is better than I could have hoped! Probably my favorite result though, is my change in attitude and who I am. I LOVE FITNESS NOW. I’m not scared of it. I tell others about the Beachbody programs and have inspired MANY of my friends and family to get in shape and try Beachbody workouts. I recently became a Beachbody coach and am so excited to officially get my friends involved in Beachbody! That’s something I never would have done before. I’m so much more outgoing that I was before. I am no longer intimidated by in shape people. I am one of them. It feels amazing!
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Beachbody Coach Apprenticeship Interview

2013 promises to be the BIGGEST YEAR in Beachbody history, and THIS girl has NO PLANS of slowing down! Because of that, I am currently looking for some NEW BLOOD for Team Dynasty and will be interviewing for 10 apprenticeship positions! (available to NEW COACHES in 2013 only) I will be hand-selecting & personally mentoring these individuals in both a small group setting and with one on one calls.

During the first 3 months, I will focus on teaching you the same system that has helped both myself and the top leaders on my team reach the level of success we have today… I am the #82 Coach in the company, out of 100,000 coaches.

But, remember, it is UP TO YOU to choose to APPLY that knowledge in your own business! What we do in The Bombshell Dynasty WORKS, there is NO denying it! In just over 2 years we have multiple 6 figure earners and some of the TOP COACHES in the entire company!

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6 Diet Killers…. Why are you not losing weight????

Wondering why all your efforts to drop the LBS are just not happening? Here are 6 BIG reasons!

1) You don’t measure EVERY ITEM you will be eating (eyeballing is never good)
2) You don’t drink enough water. (Make it your MINIMUM to get in at least 100oz)
3) You are eating too much fruit! (limit to 1 a day if you need it)
4) You are eating too much Dairy (yeah yeah, “but greek yogurt is GOOD for you, right?” Kill the dairy and you will immediately see changes)
5) Condiment KING! Lay off the “sauce”. Sodium, calories, sugars are typically loaded in these puppies)
6) Skipping meals cause you are not hungry! I know- sounds crazy- but you aren’t hungry! Well, you are eating to fuel your body for optimal function, not for filling the brain with yummy food you want or crave. Eating frequently helps keep the fire burning. Know your daily caloric intake and divide your meals up to at least 5 times a day. So if you are eating 1500 calories a day, make each meal around 300 calories to keep it easier on your brain. =)- Christine Dwyer

 

DO you do any or all of these??? Try to eliminate one a day and see the results you get in just one week! I would love to know how this helps you hit your goals!!! Comment below what your results are like in just one week after eliminating these all!

 

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Kelly L.’s Beachbody Transformation – ChaLEAN Extreme and Shakeology

 

“Ok friends! It’s been 90 days and I have my results from the challenge group I participated in. I ate clean, drank shakeology every day, and worked out 6 days a week. I know the picture isn’t of my front, but I think this gives the best idea of my transformation. I used to be a yo-yo dieter. I never ever ate healthy. In high school, dinner was whatever my mom brought home from Mickey D’s, Wendys, or Burger King. I got plenty of exercise, because I never sat around, so I was relatively thin. In college, I continued my active lifestyle but continued to eat terribly. I consistently stayed at a size 10 or 12. Fast forward to 2003 and I got my first job. I was exhausted when I got home from work. I would sit on the couch, watch tv, and eat an entire box of cereal or crackers for dinner. I had a gym membership but I never went. Once I was home, I was home! I tried it all over the years. Weight watchers, NutriSystem, fad diets, starving myself and guess what – nothing worked. Then I got married and had two babies. My weight had somehow crept the whole way up to 214. At 5’7″, that was just too much. I was at an all time low. My husband even said something to me about it. Talk about embarassing Well, that was the kick in the butt that I needed. I started eating clean, drinking shakeology and working out 6 days a week. In the first month alone, I lost 19 pounds! By the end of the second month of my challenge, I was down 35.9 pounds! When I finished the 90 day challenge, I was down 43 pounds and 5 pant sizes! I’m no where near where I want to be, so I am giving P90X a go this time. I’m really nervous about it but excited at the same time.”- Kelly L

 

Kelly has dedicated herself to her LIFE through working out, being healthy, and helping others CHANGE their lives!!!! She wrote a review on her transformation and Chalean Extreme. Click HERE to read it!

 

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Tips on how to stick to your NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS!

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick!

By Kara Wahlgren

 

Want to lose weight? Get a promotion? Take over the world? Here’s how to make sure your New Year’s resolution becomes a reality.

First, the bad news: The odds are stacked against you. A few years ago, psychologist Richard Wiseman conducted a study of 3,000 people who had set New Year’s resolutions for themselves. At the end of the year, a measly 12% had actually achieved their goals.1 But don’t let those bleak stats kill your mojo—there are a few easy ways to make your goals more attainable, so you’ll be toasting your success next December.


Champagne Bottles


Plan ahead.

It’s January 2nd—do you know what your resolution is? For the best chance of success, set your goals long before you want to start them. Wiseman says that reflecting on your goals a few days before the New Year will make you more likely to choose a meaningful resolution2—which, of course, will make you more motivated to work for it. Still haven’t set a goal? That’s okay. Make one now and set yourself a start date a few days from now.

Shout it from the rooftops . . .

. . . or at least share it online. According to Wiseman’s research, women were more likely to succeed if they told their friends and family about their goals.3 After all, you wouldn’t want to fail in front of a few hundred of your closest friends, colleagues, and high school exes—would you? Make your resolution Facebook® official, tweet about it, or post a “before” photo on Instagram®. Accountability is your friend. Tag me in it! @nikkikubanminton on IG, @nkubanminton on Twitter, and Nikki Kuban Minton on Facebook!

Strategize.

Once you’ve decided on your Big Important Goal, come up with a few smaller objectives that can help you get there. If you resolve to lose weight, commit to doing your INSANITY® workout every day. Or hire a personal trainer and buy sessions in bulk. Or take a two-mile hike every weekend. “Intention is very different than action,” says Daniel C. Stettner, Ph.D., director of Psychology at UnaSource Health Center in Troy, MI, and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. “People have to come up with tactics and strategies. Otherwise, it’s like driving to a destination without directions—you’re not going to be successful.”

Think positive . . . but not too positive.

 Notebook with New Year Resolutions on themIf you paid attention in English class, you might remember “doublethink” from Orwell’s 1984—the ability to accept two opposing beliefs as truth. In this case, you need to accept that you can succeed and that you can fail. In his book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot, Wiseman points to research by psychologist Gabriele Oettingen, who found that imagining success kept people motivated, while imagining failure helped them form “avoidance goals.”4 In other words, it’s okay to fantasize about firing your annoying cube mate when you become manager—but also devise a Plan B in case you get passed over for this round of promotions.

Know thy enemy.

Willpower is overrated. According to a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people were more likely to be successful if they avoided temptation altogether rather than expecting superhuman self-control to kick in.5 So figure out what changes you can make to sidestep your biggest roadblocks—can you take a different route to work that doesn’t pass a bagel shop? Can you block Facebook on your computer to free up more time for new projects? Can you switch from your usual hangout to a non-smoking bar? A few small lifestyle changes can prevent big pitfalls.

Reward yourself.

We all love instant gratification. So when you’re pursuing a long-term goal like weight loss or digging out of debt, short-term rewards will help you power through. Just make sure the rewards jibe with the ultimate goal—don’t reward a week of workouts by eating an entire chocolate cake. If you’re trying to slim down, for example, Dr. Stettner suggests buying a new outfit you can’t squeeze into (yet!) or working out with a friend so the reward is built-in.

Don’t let setbacks derail you.

Spoiler alert: You’re human, so you’re going to screw up. Don’t let it discourage you, and don’t use it as an excuse to let the rest of the day (or weekend, or month) go down the tubes. “There are going to be lapses, but a lapse doesn’t have to be a collapse or a relapse,” Dr. Stettner says. “Seek persistence rather than the dirty P-word, perfection. Don’t think, ‘I went off the plan today, so I’ll start over tomorrow.’ Salvage it. Save the day.”

 

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What is a Beachbody Challenge and How can I benefit?

Do you need change in your life? Need more energy, to get healthy, or to just get fit!? Then please continue to read and watch the videos!

If you are not ready to change- I would keep scrolling! 

 

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Now is this something you would like to join??? Well you might be thinking, this is not for me! I could never do this… Well have you ever felt like this?

 

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I run a challenge group a month so even if this one is not going to work for you- message me and I will get you on the waiting list for the next one! 

 

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What are your favorite Holiday Recipes? Try some alternatives!

How Many Calories Are in Your Favorite Holiday Foods?

By Rebecca Swanner

Think you’re eating healthy this holiday season? Think again. Your favorite holiday foods are loaded with way more calories that you can imagine.

From the Christmas stuffing to Hanukkah’s latkes to New Year’s bubbly, read on to find out how many calories are lurking in your favorite trimmings . . . and how you can cut some calories here and there while still enjoying all of the holiday flavors you love.

Turkey Meal with all the trimmings

The Mains

The Christmas bird. Though turkey is the most commonplace centerpiece of the Christmas table, the traditional bird was actually the goose. Good thing too, as while roast goose is quite moist and delicious, enjoying it with the skin on is 518 calories for six ounces. Without the skin? Still 405 calories. Then again, slathering butter on the turkey, brining it, or bathing it in gravy packs the pounds onto the healthy fowl. Don’t even think about deep frying it. Your waistline—and your house—will thank you later.
Better choice: Turkey. Six ounces of dark meat—skin on—is 350 calories. Six ounces of light meat without skin? 216 calories. Here is a healthy turkey recipe to try.

LatkesLatkes. Pancakes—or latkes—are a traditional Hanukkah food because they commemorate the miracle that the Hanukkah oil lasted for eight nights. Traditionally, these pancakes were made from cheese and fried in oil, but about 400 years ago, potatoes replaced cheese as the main ingredient. This means latkes are marginally healthier than they used to be . . . but one medium potato pancake (3.5 inches in diameter) will still set you back about 100 calories (or more) each. Add some sour cream at 22 calories per tablespoon . . . and it’s not long until you’re not going to be happy with the scale in the morning.
Better choice: Oil is essential, but instead of deep-frying your latkes, spray or coat a cookie sheet lightly with olive oil, place the latkes on the cookie sheet, coat the tops of them lightly with olive oil, and bake at 450° F for 15 to 20 minutes. And consider trying a recipe for vegetable latkes made from cauliflower or cabbage. Here is a healthy latke recipe to try.

Holiday ham. Ah, the holiday ham. It’s the second most popular Christmas dish. And while it might seem high in calories, six ounces is about 330 calories, roughly the same as turkey.
But be careful: The key here is not to go nuts with the glaze. That said, because ham is brined, it’s high in sodium, so if you’re watching your salt intake, stick with turkey.

The Sides

Cranberry SauceCranberry sauce. Oh, hey! A fruit! This is healthy, right? Nope. Though cranberries on their own are healthy—and packed with vitamin C—cranberry sauce is loaded with sugar. Half a cup of the sweet side is about 209 calories and 52 grams of sugar . . . about the same as a peppermint mocha latte.
Better choice: Sweeten frozen cranberries with fruit juices instead. Yes, you’re still adding sugar, but at least you’re also adding some vitamins. Here’s a recipe you might want to try.

Stuffing. Whether boxed or homemade, it’s hard to make stuffing light since it has a bread base and it’s held together with butter. It rolls in around 180 calories for a half cup, and most of that is empty carbs.
Better choice: If you must have stuffing, try a brown rice recipe or at least use a whole-grain or sprouted-grain bread like those made by Ezekiel 4:9®. Swap out fatty meats for turkey sausage and use olive oil instead of butter. And load it up with lots of veggies! It’ll be more filling and much better for you.

Mashed PotatoesMashed potatoes. On their own, mashed potatoes aren’t so bad. A half-cup of plain mashed potatoes is about 200 calories, less if you make them with just potatoes and high-quality olive oil instead of with milk and butter!
Better choice: For a side with a richer, deeper flavor, try dicing up sweet potatoes. They’re higher in vitamin C and other nutrients and their high fiber count goes easier on your blood sugar.

Noodle kugel. This casserole-based side dish is often made using egg noodles, potatoes, or a mix of vegetables such as broccoli or cabbage. Some recipes then call for the addition of sour cream, cottage cheese, and butter. The result is an average 2-inch square that’s 212 calories.
Better choice: For a lighter kugel, consider using olive oil in place of butter, egg whites only, and relying on dried fruits like raisins to add the sweetness.

The Drinks

Eggnog. I don’t imagine that you think a drink made from eggs, whole milk, sugar, heavy cream, and rum—oh, and some nutmeg—would be healthy. In fact, try 343 calories a glass. Yikes.
Better choice: Our nutritionist came up with a fantastic vegan eggnog recipe that’s only 149 calories. Our version is alcohol-free, but if you want to add a splash of dark rum, well, it is Christmas and all . . . Check out the recipe .

Couple Drinking WineWine. As alcoholic drinks go, wine isn’t so bad. Red wine is higher in the antioxidant resveratrol but white wine is supposedly better at reducing free radicals and improving cardiovascular health. A glass of either is about 120 calories.
Even better: Select an organic wine. These don’t contain the sulfites that some people are allergic to and that may prevent you from sleeping well.

Champagne. Want a great hangover? Go for the bubbly. The bubbles will actually get you tipsy faster1, which can lead to one nasty headache in the AM. Plus, each flute contains about 133 calories, and they go down quickly . . . so it’s easy to ratchet up the calories quickly.
Better choice: Cocktail. Water.

 

 

 

I would LOVE to know what your favorite holiday recipes are! Email them to me @ nminton24@gmail.com

Do you love Egg Nog? Check out this recipe!

 

Recipe: Virgin Vegan Eggnog

(Makes 6 servings)

Virgin Vegan Eggnog

There are few holiday drinks yummier than eggnog. But between the raw eggs, milk, sugar, and rum, there are also few drinks more caloric. So we’ve come up with a healthy, cruelty-free take on this classic drink—and we’ve done it without the aid of additive- and preservative-loaded, pre-made faux milks. It’s a great way to put some ho-ho-ho in your holiday party and still be able to drive-drive-drive home.

(And, yes, you can put Shakeology® in it if you want to.)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups raw almonds
  • Filtered water for soaking nuts
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw almond butter
  • 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 tsp. rum extract (or to taste)**

Preparation:

  1. Soak almonds overnight in water.
  2. Rinse and drain soaked almonds.
  3. Place soaked almonds and 6 cups of filtered water in blender or food processor (may need to do in 2 batches). Blend on highest speed for 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Strain milk through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth; discard solids.*
  5. Place almond milk back into blender; add almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  6. Blend for 30 seconds; pour into large pitcher with cover.
  7. Cover and refrigerate until cold.

Tips:

  1. *Solids can be dried out in the oven at a low temperature (225° F) and used as almond flour in baking recipes.
  2. **You can hold off on the rum extract if you think the kids won’t like it, and then add a few drops to your individual glass of eggnog.
  3. Vegan eggnog can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

Calories Fat Saturated Fat Cholesterol Sodium Carbs Fiber Sugar Protein
149 8g 0 g 0 mg 150 mg 16 g 2 g 13 g 4 g

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