Sunday, January 26, 2014

The 21 Day Fix

I have one word for the 21 Day Fix --> GENIUS! This program is a breakthrough when it comes to nutrition and fitness. Beachbody introduces it's newest member to their fitness family, Autumn Calabrese, with her groundbreaking portion control system and workout program. Did you know you can still over eat on healthy foods?! It's true! Ever wonder why you're clean diet isn't working quite the way you want it to? Your portions are likely out of whack! 

What is the 21 Day Fix?
The 21 Day Fix program takes the guesswork out of weight loss. It's a unique portion-control system combined with easy-to-follow workouts that fit into anyone's busy schedule. Trainer Autumn Calabrese shares her passion for food and fitness as she shows you how to make simple choices that add up to life-changing results.

How does it work?
The system includes specific containers to create proper portion control for every meal throughout your day. Your activity level, weight, age and gender are all taken into consideration when deciding which containers and how many of them are to be used in your daily diet.  Each container is color coded for specific macronutrients like your proteins, carbohydrates from fruits, fats and even wine! If it fits in the container- you can eat it! Remember: healthy options are best for ideal results! The nutrition guide is simple and straight forward. No counting calories, no stressing over numbers, just simple easy nutrition that WORKS!

What are the workouts like?
The 21 Day Fix is ideal for any fitness level. Whether you are a beginner or are advanced this program is perfect to achieve amazing results in just three weeks time.  From cardio, to resistance training and stretching these 30 minute workouts will keep you from getting bored. Each workout is 30 minutes long for 21 straight days. No rest days=extreme results. Watch your hard work pay off FAST!

How much does it cost?
The only thing better than the concept of the program is the price! For $59.95 you will get the base kit which includes the container system, complete workout program, nutrition guide and calendar.  ALSO During the month of February the challenge pack is discounted at $140.  The challenge pack includes everything in the base kit, a 30 day supply of Shakeology, free shipping and access to our online exclusive accountability groups which help you reach your goals and stay motivated! I highly recommend the challenge pack because you are getting a ton of support at such a discounted price!

When will the 21 Day Fix be available and how do I get it?
The complete program and challenge pack will be available on February 3rd when ordering through a Team Beachbody coach. If you do not have a coach you can register for a free membership with our Team Fit Push HERE completely free.  If you do not have a coach the program will not be available until February 17th. There is no price difference so I highly recommend getting yourself a free membership and coach, and getting the program early with exclusive support.

Will there be an online challenge group?
OF COURSE! Our Team Fit Push will be hosting a test group starting after the release of the program! Fill out the form below and be the next transformation story by spring break! 

They say it takes 21 days to develop a new habit.  Let's break those bad habits and replace them with an amazing new routine for a healthier lifestyle. Let's break bad together! 

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Quinoa Lentil Pilaf

This is one of my new favorite recipes! I used to be terrified that any grain would make me gain weight and be counter productive to the new lifestyle I was creating for myself.  Thankfully the Ultimate Reset kicked that thought and helped me to eat balanced meals that were so beneficial to my health! This quinoa lentil pilaf is clean, filling and delicious! Eat it by itself or pair it with your favorite steamed veggies, like broccoli, and enjoy! Packed with nutrients and full of taste you can also make a big batch and have a meal prepped and ready for the entire week!

Makes 1 Serving
1 1/2 tsp EVOO
1/2 medium carrot, diced
1/2 medium stalk celery, diced
1/4 medium white onion, diced
1/4 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/4 tsp ground smoked paprika
1 dash ground cumin (I used 2 pinches)
1/4 tsp ground turmeric (I used a rounded 1/4 tsp)
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup cooked lentils (I used green)
Himalayan salt to taste
Other Ingredients in recipe that I omitted:
1 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

-Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat 
-Add carrot, celery, onion, bell pepper, paprika, cumin and turmeric, cook stirring frequently for 5 minutes, or until tender
Add quinoa, lentils, (lemon peel, lemon juice, and parsley if desired) to cooked vegetables; Heat over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through
-Fluff with a fork and serve
-Himalayan salt to taste
-Add your favorite steamed veggies for a larger meal


Thursday, January 23, 2014

My Ultimate Reset Journey--Almost at the finish line!

I decided to do the Ultimate Reset in January because I thought that was the perfect way to kick off the new year.  I'll be the first to admit, though I'm not proud, I let the Holidays creep in and get a piece of me. Ever since overcoming anorexia and going through the recovery process, there have been a few lingering tendencies and habits that still hovered over me. I hadn't gotten the control over my nutrition like I had hoped.  It was very hard to lose weight and VERY easy for me to put it back on.  After a short get-a-way in northern Michigan, where I didn't get my workouts in and wasn't eating as clean as usual, the weight gain started and FAST. Even before that my cheat meals were really cheat days. I would find myself over eating and portions out of whack. My body was still in this limbo and I had zero control over it.  I thought mentally I would never be free from food.  That it would ALWAYS be something I thought about, planned my day around, stressed and worried about.  The Ultimate Reset changed ALL of that in just 21 days time. The constant worry if I'm going to gain weight over a meal, if everything needs to be detailed, am I going to be hungry later? -Those mental strains were gone. The Reset helped me learn to LISTEN to what my body was telling me.  To be more conscious of my habits and to change my psychological relationship with food.  Three years into recovery from anorexia and for the FIRST time I feel FREE! 

Another main reason why I decided to do the Ultimate Reset was because I had heard of the benefits it had on sleep.  I have been taking sleep aids consistently for the last year and a half.  I was VERY worried that this was going to be difficult, that I would have no energy and not be able to sleep at all.  By day three of the Reset I was sleeping soundly and had no trouble falling back asleep if I woke up in the middle of the night.  I still can't believe that it's been 19 days since I last took a sleep aid.

So what exactly is the Ultimate Reset?
The Ultimate Reset is a 21 day, three phase detox program.  This isn't a cleanse, it's not a magical weight loss program (though weight loss can and will happen), but it is a total internal detox. Consisting of a detailed meal plan for your entire three week journey, as well as daily supplements to get your internal system working at its optimal function, the Reset is all about creating balance and getting your body back to homeostasis. 

How does it work?
The Ultimate Reset works by breaking the sequence of the detox down into three phases; Reclaim, Release and Restore. Each phase has a strategic meal plan as well as sequence of supplements which are all included. Before each meal there are supplements to be taken 30 minutes prior to eating.  Get ready to be hydrated because you will be drinking a lot of water! Throughout the duration of the program it is not advised to do any strenuous workouts.  This pulls the energy away from all of the internal work going on and you do not get the full benefits of the Reset. Light walking, Restorative Yoga, stretching and Tai Cheng are all acceptable activities to do while participating in the Ultimate Reset.

What are the supplements?

What do you mean by phases?
This is where the supplements and nutrition plan come into play. The nutrition is CRITICAL and the timing of the supplements are crucial to the system as well.

Reclaim: This is your first week. This week is all about inner balance with your body chemistry and preparing it for change. Nutrition is mainly clean and you are eating foods like eggs, oats, salmon, fresh fruit and veggies and chicken. The supplements in Reclaim are;

-Optimize 2 capsules before each meal
-Alkalanize 1 packate mid-day or before snack (this is like a shot of wheat grass. It's not the BEST tasting but it's only a shot-so power through!)
-Soothe 2 capsules before dinner
-64 oz of Naturalize + Distilled water (1/4 tsp Naturalize per 1 gallon distilled water) I averaged about a gallon of water a day.

You may experience headaches and tiredness in the first 3-5 days. 
The only time I experienced a headache was day one.  It could have been from a number of things but I was definitely hurting. It was nothing a good night of sleep couldn't fix.

Release: During this phase your body releases the toxic compounds that are clogging it's cells. In the second week you take the same supplements in phase one but also add in 1 packet of Detox 30 minutes before each meal with your supplements. This drink wasn't too bad but I found it to be better with cold Mineralize water. Nutrition during this week is vegan based.  I was a little apprehensive to this week and thought I would be hungry and miserable the entire time.  Not the case.  The meals were filling and delicious and I started to find myself craving the healthy food.  During Release my energy started increasing and I started seeing some major changes start taking place with my mood, mental clarity and energy.  At the end of Release I was down 9 lbs!

Restore: The home stretch! During this phase you restore your metabolism to it's maximum efficiency.  You reinforce your body with nutrients, enzymes and probiotics that your body needs to maintain healthy functioning in the future. Restore is an entire plant based diet of fruits and vegetables.  For supplements you continue with the supplements as in phase one and two, except Detox is replaced with Revitalize capsules. Again, I had no idea how I was going to survive this week just on fruits and veggies.  It has been much easier than I expected.  Now healthy foods are actually tasting good, my mental clarity is the best it's been in all of the three weeks and I am no longer stressing over food. With two days left to go I am down 13 lbs--Can't complain about that!

What is the food like?
The recipes are AMAZING! At first I was a little hesitant to try some of the foods but I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried everything! It is nice to be able to swap meals around too! If there is something you really enjoy and want to have more than once that week that's fine! OR if you like to meal prep and make things in bulk that is perfect too! HOWEVER you can only swap a lunch for lunch or dinner for dinner within the same phase. 

For example: No trading lunch in phase one for a dinner in phase three. 

TRUST THE PROCESS! You'll be glad you did!

TIP:: Meal prep as much as possible: Cut up your veggies a head of time so they are easy to grab for snacks or recipes. Have lentils, quinoa and brown rice prepared ahead of time.  Make your salad dressings in advance.  Do anything you can to make your Reset as simple as possible.

What has the Ultimate Reset done for me?
I finally feel free from food. Always thinking about what my next meal was going to be, was it going to make me fat, would I always be hungry...My life revolved around food. Emotional eating, binge eating, anorexia--it all controlled me...until now.  My psychological relationship has changed with food.  I now understand food isn't a reward food is what keeps my body healthy and running properly. I have learned to listen to my body and to treat myself better.  I am sleeping better than I have in the last five years AND I've lost weight! The Ultimate Reset has really opened my eyes to treating my body with respect and care.

What can the Ultimate Reset do for you?

-Remove harmful toxins
-Promote safe and healthy weight loss
-Increase energy
-Lower 'bad' cholesterol
-Boost mood and mental clarity
-Reduce inflammation
-Promote healthy digestion and improve regularity

What is included with the Ultimate Reset?

-Six Supplements
All of the supplements are included with your package

-Participant Guidebook
All the information you need AND meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and tips for getting the most out of your Reset.

-Quickstart Guide
Overview and what to expect and supplement schedule.

-2 DVDS: Reset Your Health and Cooking Class  
How to get started strong with your Reset and helpful tips and demonstrations to simplify your recipes and meal prepping

-supplement caddy
A pouch to carry all of your supplements in when you are on the go.

-The Ultimate Reset bracelet 
This will remind you what you are working towards (I wore mine all of week one, it really helped me stay strong and stick with it when I wanted to give in. You'd be surprised the power that bracelet has!)

If you are thinking about a detox program or a way to get control on your nutrition I HIGHLY recommend the Ultimate Reset. The meals are good, you're never starving yourself and the benefits are INCREDIBLE! 

I was very skeptical on what my results would be without doing any workouts. To my satisfaction I not only feel amazing but I'm confident and happy in my skin again :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

At Home Circuits

Circuit workouts are not only super effective for getting you fit, but they are a lot of fun.  Rather than running on a treadmill for 30 minutes hardly burning any calories try one of these circuits instead.  They'll get your heart pumping, hit all muscle groups and help get you bikini ready by summer! Any of these can be done at home and with no equipment at all! Here are some of my favorite circuit workouts!