Elimination Diet 101 Starts here…

For the past 2 1/2-3 months I have been learning a lot about my body and I have found that my body runs so much better on a paleo type diet. Now when I say Diet it doesn’t;t mean I will eat this way for a small amount of time and then go back to my old habits. The reason I have 101 on this title is because this is the beginning phases of learning how to incorporate this eating as a lifestyle. So phase 1 is to eliminate all the dairy, sugar (artificial), grains, and legumes (beans and peanuts). If you followed my Whole30 journey you saw this is similar to the meal plan that I ate, but with incorporating Shakeology It is NOT Whole30 compliant. So I will take a lot of the principals that I learnt through Whole30 and put them into play here. I will use recipes from the Whole30 Cookbook, Well Fed Weeknights by Melissa Joulwan, and Plain Jane through protein and veggies together =) *** This is also color coded for 21 day fix or anyone using portion containers =)

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Breakfast will always be my post workout fuel = Shakeology with 1/2 banana, spinach, chia seeds, and cashew butter. I like to pack my shake with a variety of food groups to cover it all and keep my energy level up! I have a hard time with veggies some days so the spinach helps! Chia Seeds give me the extra protein I lack throughout the day ? 

Lunch will always be eggs of some sort, overhard- hard boiled- or scrambles with hot sauce. AND berries- mainly strawberries, but I like to mix it up some days too with raspberries and blueberries (usually what we have on hand) and the veggie days will mainly be peppers but i may switch it up with tomatoes because I like that combo (eggs and tomato). 

Snacks will be on my drive to get the kids from school- so it will be easy! Hummus and peppers or cucumbers. Apple and mixed nuts (I buy the unsalted mixed nuts from costco- buy sometimes i mix my own- almonds, cashews, and pistachios)

Then Dinners… I am pretty plain jane- I love to be as simple as possible, because once i start getting into recipes I tend to get side tracked and burnt out! SO I through chicken breast in a crock pot and make shredded chicken on sunday- use that for wraps and salads for the week…. recipe here 

Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce will be simple… I cut the spaghetti squash in half, take out seeds- coat with EVOO, salt and pepper, place down on cookie sheet- add 1/4 in of water and then bake on 450 for roughly 20-45 min (depends on size and how you want the texture)- less time for more crunchy. Then I buy sugar free sauce at the store and add ground turkey to it!

Turkey Chili recipe here (we will do without beans) 

Veggie Stir Fry and Cashew Chicken will be on next weeks meal plan and blog post ? so subscribe to my page to follow me! Also Share this with whomever you think would enjoy this journey!

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Whole 30 Week 3 and 4 Review

These Past two weeks I have found that maybe I became lazy… or I know what works for me! They always say, “Don’t fix what is not broken” right? Well This program has taught me what to eat, what foods are complaint, and what foods my body (and family) enjoyed.

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We were pretty simple the last 2 weeks and did not try anything new… We knew that we liked simple with 1 new meal a week… I liked having the family try something new and hope that it worked well. If not, we knew not to try it again!

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Today I honestly can sit here and say- I know this program has worked for my family… Not only in weight loss for my husband and I, but for the aspect of having my children be able to focus more while at home and in their activities! Sugar is more than a yummy goodness our bodies crave- it truly deteriorates your brain and functionality! After Whole30 we will incorporate the same meals into our days with the occasional treat and cheat, the kids will get their Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks, their Honest Juice Boxes, and pringles/goldfish- hey- they are kids and I grew up eating toaster strudels and frosted flakes for breakfast- and I survived!

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I am excited to start Whole30 again, with a few exceptions and helping a group of ladies into the GAME CHANGER!!!!! We start February 6th… will you join us?

Top 5 Tips: Fitness Success

Today I would love to chat Goals and how you can reach them, but you know what- thats for another day… Today is going to be my top 5 tips on how to succeed when you are on your fitness journey!

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#1: Support: You have to have support, whether it is at home-friends-or online support, like myself. You can reach only so much by yourself- you can also sacrifice and give up easier when its just you! So before you move onto tip #2, you have to commit to getting a support partner! If you need me- I am a message away! 

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#2. Be mentally prepared: You have to mentally be ready to commit to your fitness. You have to know that you will be tempted, you will have setbacks, but you will have the mental strength to put one foot in front of the other! We all go through ups and downs in our fitness journey- but you have to have the willingness to keep going, every day, no matter what you are faced with. 

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#3. Plan: You have to plan and be prepared to start, When will you start? What is your start date? What is your fitness regimen? What is your nutrition and meal plan like? What will you do every day to stay accountable? How will you plan for that birthday party or office lunch in? You can fail to plan or plan to fail. You have the decision to make- what will it be? Will you have your commitment, plan, and support ready to start on X date? 

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#4. Start: When you have your known supporters, you’re mentally prepared, you have your plan in stone. You have to just start- You cannot procrastinate. The longer you say tomorrow the longer your results will happen. The longer you wait the more time you are setting yourself up for failure. You must start and stay on track- Progress not Perfection.

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#5. Decide. Commit. Succeed.: Now it is time for you to decide, commit, and succeed. Your success is a direct reflection of how ready you are for change! If you are ready to conquer the world, then you need to have your plan in place! You need to commit- write your goals down and strive to do better each day. You will succeed, but you have to have the confidence that your goals are worth it to you! YOU ARE WORTHY! Make this fitness journey like no other journey out there!

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Next we will touch on GOALS, those are scary! Stay tuned!