8 Tips to eat healthy on a budget

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Eating fresh, healthy, organic, local foods sounds great—but what if you’re on a budget? Maybe you dream of shopping at Whole Foods, but the cold, hard light of day finds you wheeling down the aisles at ShopRite®.

We feel your pain. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to eat well and actually save money in the process. Your shopping list isn’t going to include vegetarian, brown rice sushi rolls from the macrobiotic deli case, but trust us, you’ll live.

1. Don’t shop hungry!

How often do you swing by the market on your way home from work, tired and starving? While this seems like grandmotherly advice, it’s firmly rooted in current research; a new Cornell study shows that people who shop while hungry are more inclined to buy more calorically dense food. Keep a piece of fruit or a small Ziploc® bag full of raw nuts in your bag to guard against filling your cart with foods you’re craving now but wouldn’t buy on a full stomach.

2. Buy flash-frozen fruits, vegetables, and fish.

While any processing takes away from a food’s maximum nutritional value, flash freezing is a great way to preserve vitamins and minerals when vegetables and seafood are at their freshest. And the convenience of a bag of veggies or a filet of fish in the freezer can’t be beat. The price? For seafood, there’s no comparison: fresh is much more expensive—when you can get it at all. (If you check at your local grocer’s fish counter, you’ll find that much of what is being sold in the case as fresh has in fact been previously frozen.) Produce is trickier: frozen is sometimes, but not always, cheaper than fresh, in-season, fruits and vegetables.

3. Shop at your local farmers market.

This may surprise you, but it’s cheaper to get your veggies—organic or not—at the local farmers’ market than at the local supermarket. A 2011 study by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is one of several around the country showing that farmers’ market prices are consistently lower than those of neighboring grocery stores. Who knew? So have a great time shopping with your neighbors and supporting local farmers, and be happy in the knowledge that you’re saving money too.

4. Stick to your list.

Don’t cave in to the snazzy packaging on the supermarket shelves. Make your meal plan and shopping list at home, and then stick to it. Here’s the exception: when you shop at the farmers’ market or local produce stand, sometimes a gorgeously fresh fruit or vegetable will stand out—one you hadn’t planned on. Build some flexibility into your list to account for these unanticipated treasures…just decide which meals you want to add them to before purchasing. A good rule of thumb is to stick absolutely to your list of pantry items, but give yourself some leeway with fresh, seasonal foods.

5. Eat lots of beans and always soak your own.

Beans are a great source of protein and fiber, and form the cornerstone of many world cuisines. And they’re dead cheap—if you buy them dried. Soaking your own beans is easy, though it does take more planning than opening a can of them. But it’s no big deal. Just decide the night before what you’re going to eat the next day. If a meal includes beans, then put them in a pot of water to soak and leave them overnight. In the morning, let them cook as you’re getting ready for the day.

6. Buy in bulk.

Costco® and other warehouse stores sell fruits and vegetables at ridiculously low prices—if you’re willing to buy, say, 15 pounds of potatoes or 8 pounds of oranges at a time. You’re in for some work at home, but at those prices, who’s complaining? Also, in many regions it is possible to pair up with another family or two and buy a portion of either a cow or a pig directly from a local farmer. In exchange, you will receive many, many neatly wrapped and labeled packages of meat. An extra freezer is necessary for this, but well worth the investment if you live in a region where such arrangements exist. Another huge benefit of this is that you know the animal was not raised on a factory feedlot. Therefore, the meat will likely be free from the steroids and antibiotics that plague grocery store bargain meat cuts.

7. Join a CSA.

Community Supported Agriculture is another way to save money by cutting out the middleman. With a CSA, you pay a flat fee up front. On the East Coast it’s typically $400-$500—for a whole growing season of produce! Every week you get a box of whatever came out of the farmer’s field. Like buying in bulk at warehouse stores, this calls for some time and creativity in the kitchen. In late summer, we sometimes freak out trying to figure out what to do with all those perfect, ripe tomatoes. What a problem to have!

8. Cut your consumption.

Over the last few decades, restaurant portions have become gargantuan, and we somehow seem to think that a platter of food is actually a single serving. Most restaurant entrées can easily feed two or three. So when you’re out, either share a single entrée, or get half boxed for another meal. And at home, serve smaller portions on smaller plates. It won’t take long at all before you’re satisfied with sensible portions!

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Zigzag Dieting

Zigzagging is the most powerful tool in your nutrition arsenal for adjusting your diet as your fitness or your goals change.

Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or just eat so that you perform at your best, the most effective tool to figure out how much you should be eating is known as zigzag dieting. Also referred to as “refeeding” in bodybuilding circles, it’s a technique I’ve been using for years.

Here’s how to zigzag diet: On 2-3 days of the week, eat the same number of calories you usually would. On the remaining 4-5 days, eat more (or less) calories. The general practice is 4 days of change and 3 days of remaining the same, but some prefer 5 and 2, or even changing daily as shown in the graph below. No matter which plan you follow, your body will tell you if it was a good idea by responding better (or worse) to your workouts. While it’s generally used to add calories (hence, “refeeding”), it works the same in both directions. Continue zigzagging up and/or down until you feel like you’re performing at your best.

Zig-Zagging aka Refeeding

 

How many more (or fewer) calories should you eat while zigzagging?

The bigger and more active you are, the higher number of calories you should add or subtract. Most people move in a 200-500 calories per day range (or more, as you can see in the image above, though that’s more of a deficit than I’d use unless I was well versed in it). Don’t get too caught up in the number. There’s nothing wrong with going too low, and then zigzagging again. Unlike yo-yo dieting, zigzagging won’t negatively affect your metabolism. Instead, if you pay attention to your workouts, and keep zigzagging until you’re nailing every workout, your body will respond by raising your metabolism to handle the stress and gaining or losing weight will become easier.

 

How zigzag dieting can break a plateau
Say, for example, you’re eating 1500 calories a day and you’ve lost weight. But, now your weight loss has stagnated. That’s because the new, fitter you has a different body composition than the former you. You have more muscle and a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR). In order to continue your weight loss you need to eat more, because 1500 calories isn’t enough and your body is reacting by slowing down your metabolism and releasing cortisol in a protective response (this is often called starvation mode because this is how your body would respond to being starved).

For the sake of this example, let’s say your run a calorie calculation and determine that you need to 2500 calories per day. (Here’s an article to help you figure out how many calories you should be eating.) You don’t want to jump straight to 2500 calories. First, it would cause some shock to your system and, second, it might be inaccurate, as those calculators only give ballpark figures. The most effective thing to do is to zigzag your caloric intake. In this instance, I would recommend eating 2000 calories per day 3-4 days per week and 1500 calories on the other days. Note how your body responds. My expectation is you’d feel good on the higher calorie days and famished on the lower calorie days.

You want to be energized but not hungry and not full. So, after a week or two, bump up your calories to around 2200 calories for 4-5 days and 1500 calories on 2 days. Do this for about a week. If I’m still starving on the low days, try bumping them up to 2000 and see how you respond. You can tell when you’re eating too many calories because you’ll begin to feel full, you won’t digest your food between meals, and you’ll feel more lethargic at the beginning of workouts.

Do you have questions about zigzag dieting? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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How to save money on Shakeology

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How to Save Money on Shakeology #1:  HOME DIRECT

When you first order Shakeology, be sure to choose the Home Direct option to get free shipping (you can cancel that anytime).  You can also modify your shipping dates and flavor options at any time in your Teambeachbody.com account.

How to Save Money on Shakeology #2:  ORDER A SALE CHALLENGE PACK

When you get a Challenge Pack through teambeachbody.com, it comes with a full program and a month of Shakeology at a reduced rate.  There is usually a Challenge Pack on sale for $140 – just a little bit more than Shakeology alone.  For example, right now Shakeology is $124.95. For just $15 more, you can get one of these challenge packs:
-PiYo
-21 Day Fix
-21 Day Fix Extreme

To me, it’s a no-brainer.  I’d rather spend $15 more to get a program I don’t have already AND Shakeology.  As a customer, you will only have one opportunity to purchase a challenge pack.  However, the best option is below (#3).

How to Save Money on Shakeology #3:  SIGN UP AS A COACH

Beachbody coaches get 25% off Shakeology, so if you’re going to order more than one month you’ll recoup your coaching fee of $39.95 in two orders.

BY FAR THE BEST DEAL:  Your coaching fee is waived if you buy a challenge pack when you sign up.  By far the best deal is to sign up with a $140 Sale Challenge pack, get a program AND Shakeology, and start getting Shakeology at a discount month two.

Don’t let the term “coach” scare you!  Many people sign up to be a coach for the sole reason to get the Shakeology discount.  Beachbody set up the coaching opportunity in such a way that even for those who don’t want to do the business, can save 25% on products like Shakeology.   The Shakeology discount alone is worth it if you plan on using Shakeology on a regular basis. There is a one time fee of $39.95 and a monthly account maintenance fee of $15.95. The monthly fee covers your two web sites that Beachbody provides to you, your coaches online office (COO).

Of course if you’d love to do more with your Beachbody business than just get a discount on Shakeology, I’m here to help you with that as well.  This is why I decided to become a Beachbody Coach.

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How to MAKE MONEY on Shakeology #4: EARN THROUGH REFERRALS

Also, as a coach, if you decide to recommend Shakeology to others you will earn a 25% commissions on every sale.   Once your friends see your success, they will ask you what you’re doing – so it’s easy to just give them your link to order when they do. The commission isn’t just on the first shipment either, it’s for every month your friend continues with Shakeology.  Start referring them to the challenge groups as well, start earning even MORE.

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Why does shakeology cost so much?

Why Does Shakeology Cost So Much?

That’s a question that I get a lot. I find that it’s because, like me; most people don’t understand what Shakeology really is. It is not simply a protein shake (although it does contain protein). I wouldn’t describe it as a meal replacement shake either, although that is how it is marketed. I like to call it a Superfood Health Shake.  The superfoods it contains is why I drink it.

My Shakeology story is a reluctant one.  Before I was introduced to it, I was drinking a simple whey protein shake after my daily workouts.  I liked the taste, and I was building muscle – which was my goal.  Why Shakeology?  It costs nearly four times what my current shake cost (I was using the Simple truth brand from Kroger/Dillons).  However, as a new Beachbody coach I felt I should give it a try to see if it was a product I felt I could endorse.  Long story short, I’m still drinking it daily over a year later and would never go back.

What Shakeology did for me was curb my cravings for Diet Coke.  I had a habit of drinking 2-3 cans of soda a day.  Shakeology got me weaned off that, and a few months later I was done with it entirely and didn’t miss it at all. I also have a great way to get rid of my sweet craving! I have a huge sweet tooth and have always struggled with rewarding myself with food. It is how I got to my heaviest and when I finally had to stop and reassess.

Now on to addressing the original topic: Why is Shakeology so expensive?  It’s because of what’s in it.  It’s packed with exotic superfoods scouted from all over the globe  that are known to promote health and wellness.  I was looking at all of these superfoods in the grocery store and boy they are crazy expensive!  Getting them all in one drink instead of buying them separately just makes good sense to me.

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Remember that buying stuff that’s cheap usually isn’t the best strategy.  It’s about finding the best value for your money.  I fully acknowledge that Shakeology is expensive, but to me it gives me the biggest bang for my buck.  If you’re frugal like me, you may also be interested in Ways to Save Money on Shakeology.

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I do encourage you to do your own research on other shakes on the market.  Knowledge is power.  For me, it took learning about Shakeology and trying it for myself to convince me.   It’s also why so many of my challengers continue on with it after they hit their weight loss goals and sign up as discount coaches.  They can’t imagine not having it!

What is YOUR Shakeology story?

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21 Day Fix review

21 Day Fix Review

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So what comes with The 21 Day Fix:

21 Day Fix Eating Plan

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A simple eating plan where you don’t have to worry about counting ounces, cups, and calories.
You get seven color-coded containers that are different sizes for measuring green = veggies, purple = fruits, red = protein, yellow = carbs, blue = healthy fats, orange = seeds/dressing, teaspoon = oils.
You figure out your calorie level, which is based on your weight. There are four different calorie levels and each involves a different number of containers. I was in the 1,200-1,499 calorie range and was supposed to eat 3 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit, 4 servings of protein, 2 servings of carbs, 1 serving of healthy fats, 1 serving of seeds/dressing and 2 teaspoons of oil/nut butter per day.
You’re encouraged to drink plenty of water, but you can still have coffee and tea.
There’s room for treats like wine, oatmeal cookies, trail mix and chocolate as well. <— woot woot! Fair warning on this one, for wine the portion size is 4 oz a.k.a 2 sips. :)

The book includes a list of food ideas for each container and a few basic recipes.

For even more amazing recipes Autumn’s new cookbook FIXATE is amazing!

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21 Day Fix Workout DVDS:

Total Body Cardio Fix — Includes moves that keep your heart rate up and your muscles engaged.
Upper Fix — Targeted resistance training helps to shape your chest, back, shoulders, arms, and abs.
Lower Fix — Firms and tone your entire lower body (glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves) while you blast fat and burn calories.
Pilates Fix — Strengthens your core, elongates your muscles, and firms your hips and thighs.
Cardio Fix — Gets your heart pumping and your body moving with body weight movements like jumping jacks and burpees.
Dirty 30 — 4 rounds, 8 exercises.
Yoga Fix — Active rest workout that helps to improve balance, flexibility, and strength.

It also comes with a few extra bonuses like the 3 day quick fix eating plan — Autumn’s secret weapon for losing weight fast before a competition or photo shoot. My package also included the Plyo Fix workout DVD — a tough but awesome workout.

Click Here To get Your 21 day fix!

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Transition Diet

I was going back through the Beachbody blog archives and found this gem. I have done it before and loved it!

Transition diets are one of the easiest ways to become a healthier eater.

It’s often said that no one diet works for every individual. While this is true, you may have noticed that all Beachbody eating plans target a similar goal: Eat more natural, whole foods and less junk. That’s because there are no secrets to healthy eating. There are strategies that can lead to various performance benefits, but 99% of the goal of eating healthy is to minimize junk and get your diet to consist of real food (you know, the stuff nature makes). With this in mind, our Beachbody nutrition guides use various strategies, all designed to lead you to the same place.

While those nutrition guides tend to be detailed, the 8-Week Transition Diet is for those of you who want simple. Outside of a small list of what you can’t eat, you’re free to chow down on anything. How hard can that be? You should also find that by making your transition gradually, the road to healthy eating is pretty easy.

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Week 1

No junk. Eliminate junk food from your diet. That’s it, just junk. Other than this, you can eat whatever and whenever you like. The definition of junk is obvious stuff, like potato chips, candy, ice cream, cake, etc. You may be stricter if you’d like, but for Week 1, don’t be too hard on yourself. Just stay out of the 7-Eleven. For many of you, this step alone will reap huge benefits.

Cheat Days: 2. Since no one’s perfect, you get two days to cheat. That’s right, two days where you can eat anything you want! A trick on cheat days is to listen to your body. At first, it’ll probably tell you it wants whatever you’ve been denying it. However, over time, it’ll start to crave nutrients you’re deficient in. Learn to read your body’s subtle signs. If you’re craving ice cream, you may be short on essential fatty acids. If you crave a hamburger, your diet may lack protein. By listening to your body and learning what it really needs in this way, you can make better food substitutions. It’s a way of getting in tune with yourself that will benefit you for your entire lifetime.

Weekly focus: Water. Not swimming in it, though that’s good, too, but staying hydrated with it. “They” say you should drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water per day, but I say you should drink more. Shoot for a gallon (though don’t worry if you fall short). Yeah, that probably seems crazy but almost all of us walk around dehydrated for most of our lives, which not only hurts the way we function but also makes us hungry when we’re actually thirsty. A glass of water when you feel hunger pangs both staves them off and helps you fill up faster when you do eat. As for other drinks, juices and sugary sodas also (obviously) fall into the junk category. And alcohol should be kept to a minimum. We tend to forget (purposely or not) that alcohol has calories. A lot of them: 7 calories per gram. Mixers can be even worse—not only can they add calories, but these sugary calories influence the way alcohol reacts with your body. When you do drink, try and follow theseguidelines.

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Week 2

Each week’s rules are cumulative, so the “no junk” rule from Week 1 will apply until the end, as will each subsequent week’s rule. Remember that this is a process. Treat it as though you’re in school and the subject is your own body.

Eat small, eat often. Eat every couple of hours while you’re awake and try not to eat anything for about three hours before you go to sleep. Following these rules will keep your blood sugar levels more static and your energy level will stay consistent. Try to keep each snack or meal balanced. Something like a 30% protein, 40% carbohydrate, and 30% fat ratio, though you don’t need to worry too much about it. Just realize that you need a bit from each macronutrient group. Eat based on what you’ll be doing for the next few hours (if you’re working out, eat a little more; sitting at a desk, eat a little less). The three-hours-before-bed rule is important, especially for fats and carbohydrates. By allowing time for all the carbs you eat to get into your bloodstream, your body will sleep in fat-burning mode, rather than in calorie-storing mode. This is important because undigested carbs in your stomach at night are stored as adipose tissue (fat).

Cheat Days: 2

Weekly focus: Carbs are not the enemy. Your body needs them, just like it needs proteins and fats. The trick is to choose the right carbs. As a society, we eat too much refined sugar. Complex carbs, like whole-grain breads, whole-grain rice, sweet potatoes, and legumes are outstanding foods. Even fruits, which have simple carbohydrates wrapped in fiber, are exceptionally healthy. While you don’t want a diet based on nothing but carbs, making the right carb choices will maximize your body’s potential. Try to avoid white rice and flours. Read labels, and try to avoid ones that use the word “enriched,” because this means these products have been stripped of their natural nutrients, overprocessed, and then fortified with a few random nutrients.

 

Week 3

Eat some colorful, low-density food at every meal. These are foods that take up a lot of space without a lot of calories. Veggies are the most obvious example. You can eat a salad bowl overflowing with lettuce and veggies and you most likely won’t exceed 100 calories. By eating low-density foods like veggies and fruits, you’ll keep your portions under control naturally, because they have very few calories for their size. Conversely, high-density foods, like chocolate and butter, are loaded with calories in even the smallest amounts. So beware of salad dressings and other things you add to salads and veggies. Only add enough for flavor; don’t fill up on them. When it comes to live foods, the richer the colors, the fresher the products tend to be. Try to eat a variety of colors in your diet. This simple-yet-random-feeling act will help ensure that you’re covering all your nutrient bases.

Cheat Days: 1

Weekly focus: Protein at every meal. This becomes even more important as you eat more low-density food, because protein tends to be high-density. Many veggies have a lot of protein, but the quantity you must consume starts to become prohibitive. Try to get some protein—meat, dairy, legumes, nuts, or seeds each time you eat, especially when you’re working out hard, because you need to repair broken-down muscle tissue. Since your body can only utilize a certain amount of protein at once, do your best to eat small amounts often (starting to see a theme?) Reading labels is a simple way to learn how to estimate your protein intake. You’ll notice natural foods don’t have labels but once your diet is comprised mostly of these you’ll no longer need them. More on this later.

 

Week 4

Cook at home. One of the best ways to control your eating is to prepare all your meals yourself. Eliminate all fast food (which hopefully happened in Week 1) and most other restaurant food. You may still eat food from certain restaurants where you can be sure of the ingredients (most will be savvy enough to make a point of how healthy their food is). As you may have seen in the news, restaurants tend to use alarming quantities of salt, among other things. This single step will often bring your body closer to homeostasis (its desired state of balance). This can be hard for many of us because we now have to plan our meals and prepare ahead of time, but try to treat it like vocational school—you don’t learn a new “job” without a little retraining.

Cheat Days: 1

Weekly focus: Fat is essential. Remember that fat is a vital part of your diet, not just something that makes you fat. What is not vital is junk fat in processed foods. Healthy fats come from fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, etc.—natural sources. You need to be careful about that amount of fat you eat because it’s very dense. At 9 calories per gram, it contains more than double the calories of carbs and protein.

 

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Week 5

Reduce starchy carbohydrates. Starches include rice, bread, potatoes, corn, beans, and other legumes. While many of these are in no way bad foods, most of us eat too much of them. The goal here is to cut way down on them, if not totally out, and then add them back in when your body feels like it needs energy. This will teach you the relationship you have with carbs. They are vital for energy but eating too many of them leaves us lethargic (and eventually fat). Once you figure this out, your entire relationship with food will change.

Cheat Days: 1

Weekly focus: Sugar is only beneficial after a hard workout or during a long one. Your body doesn’t need processed sugar. But if you really enjoy it and can’t avoid letting some sneak into your daily diet, the one-hour period after you exercise is the best time to indulge. During this window, your blood sugar is low, because you’ve used it up to finish your workout (assuming you pushed yourself), and eating sugar during this time will help you recover faster because it speeds into your system and initiates the recovery process. Adding a little protein, but not too much, will enhance your recovery even further.

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Week 6

If man makes it, don’t eat it. This is likely to be the hardest week of your diet. You want to eat only whole foods and eliminate all processed foods, even good ones, for the week. This includes breads, most salad dressings, all cereal, luncheon meats, cheese, dried fruits, anything with preservatives, and alcoholic beverages. What you can eat are whole foods such as fruit, raw or steamed vegetables, meat (sans any type of sauce), natural whole-grain rice, poached eggs, etc. Since your eating habits have been slowly changing, this shouldn’t be that big a shock to your system, but it will still likely be hard. Try and get creative. There are now many raw and whole food “cook” books that can help keep you entertained.

Cheat Days: 1. The “cheat day” mentality is a good one. Decadent desserts, a night at the buffet, drinking with friends, etc., can be good for you as long as they are rewards and not habits. Studies proving this have been steadily appearing for about as long as we’ve been studying things. All work and no play does, indeed, make Jack a dull boy.

Weekly focus: Nuts and seeds make great snacks. A handful of raw almonds or cashews is a quick and easy snack that goes a long way. Don’t be put off by the high fat count of nuts, because this means it takes fewer of them to satiate you. Nuts and seeds are loaded with important phytonutrients, as well as good fats, proteins, and fiber.

Week 7

Be yourself. No rules—just try and eat as healthily as you can and do it by feel. Trusting yourself might seem like a lot of responsibility, but by now you’ll be up to it. Learning to eat by feeling what your body needs is an important step in your transformation. Consider the way you’ve been eating over the last six weeks, but don’t worry about what you should and shouldn’t do. Just fuel yourself. The point is to take a mental break. Relax and allow yourself to eat in a way that feels normal. You may be surprised to find yourself craving something healthy instead of a candy bar or soda. You’ll be better at listening to your body because it’ll tell you what it needs to eat, as opposed to what you’re used to eating. Your body should feel somewhat transformed.

“Reward for a Life Well Lived” Days: 1

Weekly focus: If you’re so hungry at night that you can’t sleep, try a protein shake. A recent study confirmed what’s been a focus of this diet for two decades; that protein before bed can raise amino acid activity for a full night of rest.

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Week 8

Eat a perfect diet. Let’s get after it. No one is better able to tell you what you should eat than you. Our bodies are all different, and the key to your own perfect diet is learning about how your body reacts to different foods under different circumstances. Your journey over the last seven weeks should have brought you to a new understanding of how food affects your body, both for good and for bad. The time has come to test it. See how well you can eat for a week. In fact, see how well you can eat for the rest of your life. Live and enjoy.

Reward Days: 1, of course!

Weekly Focus: Don’t bonk. Bonking is a state when your body runs out of blood sugar and glycogen for energy. If you feel like your workouts are going backward instead of forward, this is a likely culprit. Use your energy level as your gauge. As soon as it starts to drop, start adding carbs back into your diet until you feel energized all day long. When you feel energized during your workouts and the rest of the day, you’ll know you’ve found the right balance between carbs and other nutrients. Also, remember that as your body puts on more muscle, you will need to eat more. Muscle weighs much more than fat, so as you gain muscle and lose fat, your body shrinks without losing weight. You will also require more calories in order to maintain your muscle. So, when you’re working out hard, don’t be afraid to eat more carbs than you do otherwise.

 

So in conclusion a great way to slowly change your eating lifestyle is to do it with a transition diet!

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21 Day fix is on Sale!!

Ahhh I’m so happy/bummed at the same time! One of my favorite programs is on sale right now! The 21 day fix is an amazing program and gets amazing results! It makes nutrition so simple and easy and the workouts are short and effective. What’s even better? Right now the 21 day fix is on sale!!! So that is why I am happy…..Why am I bummed? The sale ends tomorrow……wah wah! I want to repeat the good though….the 21 day fix is on sale!

Why is this sale so amazing? well…..

21 day fix, shakeology, on sale, hurry offer ends July 31! http://www.teambeachbody.com/checkout/-/bbcheckout/challengepack/21-day-fix?referringRepId=432950

let me break it down for you. If you buy a month of shakeology you will get the 21 day fix for $10. You buy your healthiest meal of the day for a month and get a workout program plus a fail-proof nutrition guidelines for $10. Click Here to watch a video and learn more about the 21 day fix! I am starting a 21 day challenge group soon for all of my new participants that purchase this program! It is an amazing deal!

Oh and even more, you not only will get a support team helping you with your journey and me as your coach. You will/can also get 30 days free of the club membership which includes hundreds of workouts that you can stream! That means you can try out some of the other programs and see what other one you might fall in love with as well!!

But remember….the sale ends tomorrow…..hurry, Hurry, HURRY!!!!

P.S. if you want more information on Shakeology and why it is so amazing….go HERE. Words cannot describe how much I love this stuff.

xoxo

Abby

One more time….21 day fix is on sale but it ends tomorrow July 31st! Click HERE to order!!!!

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Healthy Chicken Margherita Pasta

Oh my goodness!  You guys have to try this new recipe. It is amazing! I am always on the lookout for quick, easy, and healthy recipes. Freezer friendly that can be portioned out and ready for the microwave straight from the freezer are also a huge plus for me. Well this recipe has all of those qualities! I found this Healthy Chicken Margherita Pasta recipe on Once a Month meals and tried it out the other day. 

 

Here is the picture that they have of it. Mine looked pretty darn close to this. I only made a few modifications!

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The first modification was to use whole wheat pasta instead of white. I used Barilla Whole Grain Penne pasta.barilla

Second I changed the amount of chicken and tomatoes and increased the number of servings!

Healthy Chicken Margherita Pasta
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Cuisine: Itallian
Serves: 8
 
A great freezer friendly ready to eat meal that is done in about 30 minutes!
Ingredients
  • 1 box Barilla Whole Grain Penne
  • 24 oz cook and dice Chicken, Boneless Breasts
  • 1.5 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chop Basil, Fresh
  • 2 cup halve Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 cups Mozzarella Cheese, 2%, Shredded
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil.
  3. Gently fold in grape tomatoes and half of mozzarella cheese.
  4. Transfer to a glass baking dish, top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake, covered, 350F for 15 minutes until heated through.
  6. Divide between 8 microwavable and freezer friendly containers. Freeze
  7. To re-heat, place in microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 372 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 39 Protein: 36

 

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Beachbody Fixate Cookbook

The new cookbook from Beachbody was just released! However, it is only available through a Beachbody Coach at this time. Follow the links below to get your copy! I can’t wait for mine to arrive but until then, here is a rundown of what it is and more details. The Beachbody Fixate Cookbook is something you don’t want to miss out on!

abbysilerfitness.com, weight loss, healthy recipes click link for free fitness and health coaching!

Here is a post on the Beachbody Blog to get 5 sample recipes! Free Sample!

What is fixate?

21 Day Fix® creator Autumn Calabrese takes her simple color-coded container system for measuring perfect portions and applies it to 101 of her favorite family recipes to give you Fixate, a delicious approach to healthy weight loss. So you’re not just eating tasty, healthy foods-you’re eating just the right amount. Each Fixate recipe lists color-coded container equivalents and nutrition  facts, so you can use Autumn’s system for measuring portions and make sure your nutrition is on track when you begin 21 Day Fix, 21 Fix EXTREME®, or any other fitness program.

How much does it cost?

Fixate Cookbook Retail Club Members Coach
Fixate $19.95 $17.96 $14.96
Fixate + Containers $34.95 $31.46 $26.21

Get your Copy!

As you can see there are 3 different price tiers available for all beachbody products. If you want to learn more about getting the coach price or club price fill out the form below and I will get in contact with you!

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Mango Shakeology

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I have a new favorite shakeology recipe! For a long time, even before shakeology, I made Mango Vanilla protein shakes! I absolutely love this recipe. It is so fresh and tropical!

 

Mango Shakeology
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Recipe type: Shakeology
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 scoop vanilla shakeology
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen mango (I also like the dole mango/pineapple chunk mix)
  • Ice to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend and enjoy!
Notes
I find with the frozen fruit I don't need any ice but it is up to you!

 

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