Friday, February 27, 2015

Join my mentorship program!

The only thing I ever wanted to do when I grew up was be a stay at home mom. I got my degree and had a great job, but I wanted to be home. Being home has been amazing and I wouldn’t take that away for anything. But I must say that by adding coaching to my job duties has really changed my life just as much as becoming a mom has. I love mentoring other women, especially moms, into being even better at what they do. I have 10 moms in my current mentoring program that starte...d Monday and it’s been amazing to see them build relationships, learn, and be the best version of themselves! I am opening this opportunity to just 10 more people! Do you have 10 days to learn how to live your life by your own design? If you do, please leave your email below or message me. Some day is the day that never comes…so we start Monday!!!

Leg Day vs Chest Day at the gym

I thought this was pretty funny!
 

When you Grow...


6 day shred group starts Monday!

You don't have to eat less...you just have to eat right. I'm hosting a FREE 6 day shred on Monday! This has several NEW meal plan options...even vegan and gluten free!!! Who's in?!

It's almost pool time - upcoming challenge group info

Did you know it only takes 21 days to make or break a habit? I can help you make a new habit that you won't regret! What if in 21 days you felt comfortable enough to go swim suit shopping? 96 days til the pool opens...you could be ready!!! Only a few more days to get a great price on the 21 day fix and be a part of my next challenge group! Contact me for more info!

You only have 2 more days to sign up for my 3 week slim down. What you get:
Meal Plan
grocery list
food prep guide
portion control containers...
30 minute workouts
Food tracker
Support group
Coaching from me

Message me if you're in!!


Team call opportunity

 I was invited to be the guest speaker on Sarah Try's team call on Tuesday.  I was there on vacation but I still made it work.  I had to do the call in the stairwell of our hotel but it went smoothly.  I was nervous that almost 800 people were invited to listen!  It was nothing life shattering but good info for busy people to hear and find a system that works for them...this one works for me.  The link to the recording is below.
 

A Trip to the Dells

Got the opportunity to take a mini vacation with some other moms I homeschool with. Had about 5 hours notice to get all our stuff packed and go!! Again my favorite benefit to homeschooling and entrepreneurship! Brought all our school work...but most importantly I brought my weights and workout to stay committed to my challenge group.
We brought all the kids school work and did that every morning before hitting the pool.  We had 8 kids but this was a 4 bedroom suite with 4 bathrooms and a large kitchen/dining room/living room.  We had plenty of room and brought all our own food.  I got the priviledge of doing our morning devotion.  We focused on patience which was key for us this week as we waited in line and had a long walk to the parks each day.  We really had a fun time!!


Yesterday you said tomorrow

Mondays are great because it's a way to start over. Think about something you've been putting off or saying you would do tomorrow and just go for it! Someday is a day that never comes...but tomorrow?! Make tomorrow be today!

Doubt

Don't let doubt kill your dreams. At least if you fail you are working toward those dreams!

Fit tip Friday - Nutrition Tip


Are you preparing your meals in advance? The surest way to stay on your nutritional path is not only to plan out your meals, but also to make them in advance. If your fridge is full of yummy healthy meals and snacks, you will be much less likely to stop at a drive-thru on your way home from work. So use your recovery day to make your meals.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shakeology Spotlight -Pomegranates are potent, powerful, and delicious!


Have you ever eaten a pomegranate? If you have, you know how delicious one is. If you haven’t, you’re missing out—big time. Not only are you depriving your taste buds of a sweet and tangy treat, but you’re also denying your body of one of the healthiest fruits on this planet.
However, if you’ve ever had a Shakeology®, you’ve fed your body pomegranates, probably without even knowing it. That’s because pomegranates are one of the many superfoods inside of every shake you make.
So now that we’ve told you that pomegranates are incredibly healthy, we have no choice but to elaborate and tell you how this mystical fruit significantly benefits your body.
WHY POMEGRANATES RULE THE SCHOOL:
Packed with more antioxidants than ANY other fruit.
Remember, antioxidants fight those snickering little devils known as free radicals that destroy healthy cells.
Rockin’ with vitamin C.
This vital vitamin promotes a healthy immune system, aids in healing wounds, enhances iron absorption, promotes healthy gums, as well as helps produce collagen and elastin, which are key in helping skin maintain its elasticity.
Incredible source of vitamin B5.
This B vitamin contains tons of anti-inflammatory properties, plus it’s fundamental in metabolizing fats, carbs, and proteins. And who doesn’t want that?
Filled with fiber.
Not only does fiber make our bellies feel full longer, as fiber passes though the stomach and intestines, it absorbs water, which promotes regularity.
Packed with potassium.
Potassium is an electrolyte that helps neutralize acid while restoring alkaline salts into the bloodstream. It also helps prevent muscle cramps, aids in stabilizing blood sugar, and promotes bone and brain health.
Great source of beta-carotene.
Once inside the body, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A—and this powerful antioxidant is critical for good eyesight, and it also helps promote a healthy immune system.
Rich in tons of other vitamins.
Pomegranates also contain a myriad of other powerful vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, folate, folic acid, and vitamin E—which all play an important role in cell metabolism, enzyme function, and general health.
With all that said, what’s NOT to love about pomegranates?
And since this super-round, thick-skinned, apple-wearing-a-crown-looking fruit is such a densely nutritious food, eat and drink as much of it as possible. And to help you out with your consumption, here are a few delicious pomegranate-infused recipes to enjoy.

SHAKEOLOGY RECIPES
(Add ice to make it thick and frosty)
Pom Razzmatazz
1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
1 cup 100% pomegranate juice
½ cup raspberries

Greek Islander
1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
½ cup 100% pomegranate juice
½ cup fresh or frozen blackberries
2 fresh basil leaves

SUPERFOOD SALAD RECIPE

Pomegranate Salad with Walnuts and Cabbage
Total Time: 15 min.
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. raw honey
1 dash sea salt
½ medium head cabbage, finely shredded (about 5 cups)
2 medium carrots, finely shredded
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
2 green onions, sliced thin
12 fresh cilantro sprigs, finely chopped

Preparation:
1. Combine oil, vinegar, honey, and salt in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.
2. Combine cabbage, carrots, pomegranate, walnuts, green onions, and cilantro in a large bowl; mix well.
3. Drizzle cabbage mixture with dressing; toss gently to blend.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Meal Idea! Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This is a great recipe to try for tacos that is really tasty but less calories!!  
And if you are doing 21 day fix...it's one green and one red for 2 tacos!! 
Possibly a blue depending on your topping choices.




1 1/2 lbs of lean ground turkey breast
1 t garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 t sea salt
1 t of garlic powder
1 t of paprika
1 t of chili powder
1/2 tsp of dried oregano
1/2 medium red onion
1/2 green pepper
3/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of tomato sauce (I use homemade)
6 lettuce leaves
1 medium tomato for topping (optional)
1 cup of chopped cilantro for topping (optional)
Greek Yogurt and Avocado for topping (optional)

1) Cook turkey
2) Add spices
3) Add onion and pepper, cook everything til veggies are soft
4) Add water and tomato sauce, cook 10 to 12 minutes covered
5) Top Lettuce leaf with turkey mixture and toppings!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Diffences in Oils


Alot of people ask me what kind of oil I use to cook with.  Mostly coconut or Extra Virgin...sometimes Sesame oil for a more Asian taste!! Here are a couple of charts on oil!


Purposeful Enough

 
Confidence is believing in yourself. Self esteem is believing in your worth. You are worth fighting for! Anything worth fighting for might feel uncomfortable at first. It's time to be your own biggest fan!
 
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Who wants to win this and be in my exclusive accountability group? 
All the workouts, meal plan, containers and more are included in this Challenge Pack. 
To qualify to win this you will need to "like" my Facebook page and comment why you need this!!! 
The drawing will be made tomorrow night (Feb 20th) so don't delay!! 
The only people who will qualify are ones who "like" or have already liked my Lindsay Bauer facebook page (not just the post) AND comment!!
Good luck!!!

Thirsty Thursday - Mint Chocoloate Shakeology


Just say No to other peoples piles of crap!


My theme lately has been drowning out negativity and being confident enough in yourself to not worry about what other people think. A lot of people have objections or are just negative in general about the concept of what I do. Thankfully I read a lot of positive things each day to help me combat all the negativity. I read the following this morning and it made me laugh out loud in my quiet dark house…so it is worthy of sharing. Now I have changed the wording so that it is a little more appropriate for social media I have summarized it…seriously, it’s worth reading. You could actually be one of those people who don’t care what other people think of them. Those people aren’t unicorns. They really do exist. And you can really be one of them. Decide that it is a fact that the other person’s feelings about you have absolutely nothing to do with you. It has no bearing on your self-worth or who you are as a person. You are giving this other person a lot of power when you allow what they think and say affect your self-worth. You are just handing it over as it if rightly belongs to him or her…and it doesn’t. The writer asks “If someone had a big pile of crap in their arms and tried to give it to you, would you take it? Or would you say “no thank you. That’s your pile of crap and I don’t want it.” Now what if you think of other people’s opinions, judgments, and criticisms in the same way? It’s their pile of crap, and you have the choice whether to take it from them or not. Duh. Don’t take it!


     
     

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    What is a coach??


    God Made Me

    I am comfortable in my own skin. God made me...beautiful...worthy...enough. In the past, my confidence was built on something that could never be perfect or fill me up. God made me...and He made me capable. Because I am confident in all these things, I can use the gifts He has given me to the fullest.

    Shakeology Spotlight - Rose Hips

    Ever heard of rose hips? Most haven’t. But you’ve gotta admit, it is a funny-sounding name. But there’s nothing funny about the health benefits of this peculiar sounding, and looking, little fruit. And that’s exactly why we put it into Shakeology®.


    What are rose hips?
    Rose hips are grape-sized fruits that form out of shriveled rose flowers. You probably haven’t seen rose hips before because people tend to prune their rose bushes at the end of the season to encourage new growth. But, an unpruned rose bush would yield a ton of incredibly nutritious and delicious fruit.
    Why are they so good for you?
    Rose hips are loaded with vitamin C—which is known to help boost the immune system. Plus, they also contain vitamins A, E, and B-complex, as well as calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, silicon, and zinc.
    History of rose hips.
    Back in the Middle Ages, rose hips were used to treat those under the weather. Native Americans used them in soups and stews. And during World War II, when citrus imports to England nearly ceased, rose hips were harvested from the English countryside to ensure people got their fill of vitamin C, instead of their fill of scurvy.
    What do rose hips look like?
    Rose hips start out green then mature to red, yellow, orange, or purple longish grape-looking fruit. When cut open, they contain small seeds that are encased in silvery hairs. And since rose hips are in the same family as apples and crabapples, it shouldn’t be a shocker that they sort of look and taste very similar.
    Gimme. Gimme. Gimme.
    But you don’t have to canvas your neighborhood and convince neighbors not to prune their rose bushes in order to get your hands on these potent little fruits. All you’ve got to do is drink Shakeology.
    You guessed it, rose hips are a superfood. And Shakeology is loaded with them. Enjoy!

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    Transformation Tuesday!


    So you know how you try something and you love it and you tell everyone you know about it?  That is how I am feeling right now about something…and if I don’t tell you about it and offer it to everyone I know, I am really doing you a disservice.  My team is AMAZING.  Each of them brings something really special to the team.  We don’t work alone.  That’s why it’s called a team.  We work really hard together and our heart is in this thing to help people and change lives. I think the message is skewed sometimes.  But what we do only has a small piece to do with body transformations.  While body transformations most definitely happen along the way, what I see happening most is the mind and heart transformations.  With Wellness Warriors…it’s all about your health and wellness as a WHOLE.  We deliver the whole package.  There is no magic pill or special diet or plan.  It’s a lifestyle choice that we help you achieve.  Do we fail?  Yes, we are humans too.  But we keep each other motivated and accountable.  And best of all we laugh and have a good time.  We have made lasting friendships that I cannot even describe.  This company has only scratched the surface of a body transformation for me.  For me, it’s the transformation of my mind and heart that have made the biggest change in my life.  And no work out has done that for me (I am not talking about yoga here). Im just talking about the choice to be happy in my own skin…no matter what that may look like.  Im talking about the choice to let go of fears and going for what I want. If this all sounds like something you want ask yourself…Why not me?  You want to change lives?  You want to be your own boss? You want to travel?  You want to have fun and long lasting deep relationships?  Then this truly is for you.  Yes, it might be scary, but so what.  Im telling you that the rewards are so much greater than any of those fears I had.  So if you have been wondering about what we do, join me this week in our coach open house to see what its all about.  You don’t have to have a certificate (we provide training)…you don’t have to be at your ideal goal weight…There are no strings…just read and watch and listen and decide for yourself if this is something you want. Then you have to choose. We would love to have you!!!

    Transformation Tuesday - Meet MacKenzie




    Dream and Take Action

    Are you addicted to your comfort zone? The real magic in building your best life happens outside your comfort zone. The only difference between those people who go after theirs dreams and step out of their comfort zone, and those who don't is ACTION. Am I scared out of my mind to step out of my comfort zone and chase my dreams. YES. But I'm doing it anyway

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    Monday Meals! Lentil Feta Salad




    This lentil salad is a winner in so many ways. It takes a little bit of effort to chop all of those fresh veggies and herbs, but once you’re done, you’ve got enough food for a week’s worth of meals. Eat it in winter, spring, summer, or fall. It’s a good vegetarian source of protein and fiber and has only 221 calories per serving.

    Total Time: 1 hr. 15 min.
    Prep Time: 15 min.
    Cooking Time: None
    Yield: 6 servings, about 1½ cups each

    Ingredients:

    ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
    2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    ½ tsp. dried thyme (or 1½ tsp. chopped fresh thyme)
    Sea salt and ground black pepper (to taste; optional)
    3 cups cooked lentils
    ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
    1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
    3 medium celery stalks, finely chopped
    2 cups quartered cherry tomatoes
    1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
    ¾ medium red onion, finely chopped
    ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
    ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

    Preparation:

    1. Combine lemon juice, oil, and thyme in a small bowl; whisk to blend.
    2. Season with salt and pepper if desired. Set aside.
    3. Combine lentils, cheese, cucumber, celery, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, parsley, and mint in a large bowl; mix well.
    4. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 to 12 hours.
    5. You can eat it after an hour, but the next day is the best!

    http://www.teambeachbody.com/teambeachbodyblog/nutrition/lentil-feta-salad

    Choose to be happy!

    Sometimes you have to choose to be happy, even when you don't feel like it! 

    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    You are the Star for which all evenings wait


    Happy Valentines Day - Update on Foster Care

    Yesterday we spent our Valentines Day away from home all day. We were with each other but we were completing PRIDE classes #3 and #4.  These classes focused on abuse, attachment and loss.  Not very "loving" things to talk about on such a love filled holiday.  I'm glad that we were able to spend it together anyway.  And we are that much closer to completing what is needed for fostercare. 

    We completed class #1 and #2 last week and #3 and #4 yesterday.  So we have done 12 hours. We have 15 hours left and 2.5 more Saturdays.  So we are almost there!  And most of our paperwork has been filled out.  We have a couple more home studies to complete in the next couple of weeks as well.  Then everything we will be sent off to be approved by the state. 

    We are also officially "Safe Family" approved.  So we could potentially receive a call for that. 

    Reach Out to Someone

    People are biologically wired for human connection, but we still try to solve problems and heal all by ourselves. Reach out to someone...you never know what they might be going through. But if you ask, they might get real with you. It really takes a village to have an amazing life!

    Saturday, February 14, 2015

    Meal Plan #3 with grocery list and steps (21 Day Fix Extreme Approved)


    Meal Plan #3 – 21 day fix extreme approved

     

    This plan is super simple as you will eat the same things every day. It makes it easy to plan these meals but you have to keep this in mind and hope you don’t burn out on eating the same things each day. This plan will give you approximately 4 reds, 4 greens, 2 yellows, 2 purples, 1 blue, 1 orange and 2 TBs.

    Meal 1

    Shakeology with almond milk, half of banana (or other fruit) and PB2 (1 red, 1 purple, 1 TB)

    Meal 2

    Oatmeal w/ Fruit (1 yellow, 1/2 purple) See recipe on my recipe page. Or cook oats according to package and top with fruit and almond milk or agave sweetener.

    Meal 3

    Chicken with Veggies and Brown Rice/Quinoa (1 red, 1 green, 1 yellow) See recipe on Recipe page.

    Either Boiled veggies or veggie stir fry (recipe below)

    Meal 4

    Tilapia with Hummus and raw veggies (I did cucumbers, red and orange peppers), sunflower seeds (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 orange)

    Meal 5

    Turkey Lettuce Wraps (1 red, ½ purple, 1 green)

    Recipe for Turkey Lettuce Wraps:

    1 ½ ground turkey

    1tsp garlic powder

    1 tsp ground cumin

    ½ tsp of sea salt

    1 tsp chili powder

    1 tsp of paprika

    ½ dried oregano

    ½ medium onion, chopped

    ½ green bell pepper, chopped

    ¾ cup of water

    ¾ cup of tomato sauce

    6 large lettuce leaves

    1 medium tomato, chopped

    1 cup of cilantro

    1)      Cook turkey on stove for 5 minutes or until no longer pink

    2)      Add garlic powder, cumin, salt, chili powder, paprika, and oregano; mix well

    3)      Add onion and bell pepper, cook 4 to 5 minutes

    4)      Add water and tomato sauce, bring to boil and reduce heat…cover 10 to 12 minutes

    5)      Top each lettuce leaf evenly with turkey mixture, tomato, and cilantro

    Recipe for Veggie Stir Fry

    25 asparagus – cut up

    1 pepper – any color

    1 onion – cut up

    3 to 5 carrots – cut up

    Heat 4 tsp of olive oil in a pan. Add all veggies and garlic and stir fry until 3 to 5 minutes until veggies are tender/crisp

     

    My family will be eating the Turkey lettuce wraps as regular tacos.  I also bought enough fish for them. So they will have tacos twice and fish once this week.

    Grocery List (this list is just if you are cooking for yourself and not family)

    Meat

    20 ounces of Tilapia

    1 ½ lbs of ground turkey

    20 to 30 oz of chicken

    Produce

    3 cups of carrots, plus some for carrot stick snacks

    3 red onion

    1lb of asparagus

    5 garlic cloves

    5 T of lemon juice (for fish)

    Fresh Dill (for fish)

    1 Red pepper, slice

    1 Orange pepper, slice

    1 Cucumber, slice

    3 Green Pepper

    6 Lettuce leaves

    1 Tomato

    1 cup fresh cilantro

    5 cups of fresh fruit

    2 ½ bananas for shakes

    5 cups of mixed veggies (I like to do snap peas, carrots, broccoli)

     

    Spices

    Salt

    Pepper

    Olive Oil

    Cumin

    Paprika

    Chili Powder

    Oregano

    Refridgerator

    Almond Milk

    Hummus

    Boxed/Canned

    Tomato Sauce

    Steel Cut Oats

     Natural PB or PB2

    Brown Rice

    Quinoa

    SunFlower seeds

    Steps:

    In crock pot, cook oatmeal, cool, and portion out.

    Grill all chicken.

    Boil 5 cups of veggies

    Portion out fruit for oatmeal

    Cut up all veggies: Dice red onion & green pepper. Slice up red and orange peppers and asparagus, and cucumbers, and carrots.

    Cook up veggie stir fry, divide into 5 containers.

    Divide up raw veggies for snacking. (red pepper, orange pepper, cucumber, carrots, etc)

    Bake fish:  Add a TB of lemon juice and ½ tsp of dill to each piece of fish.  Bake 400 for about 10 minutes.  Cool and store in fridge.

    Cook up turkey and prepare it for turkey taco wrap recipe.  Cool and store in one container. Measure one red out per day.

    Cook Brown Rice and Quinoa and divide evenly with chicken and boiled veggies. Use yellow container to divide it.

     

    Grocery List Idea

    I saved a grocery list "template" in word on my computer.  I shop a certain way in the store (usually Meijer), so my list goes in the order that I shop the store.  It's nothing fancy but it gets the job done.  I put things on the list that I normally buy every single week and save it.  Each week I print it off and add my other items to it.  It's not too much but it does help me not forget certain things! There a lots of cute ones and I own one but am not able to put it on the blog yet...can't figure out how to attach a document.  And I never use the cute ones :) Heres' what mine looks like:


    Health and Beauty

     

     

    Miscellaneous

     

     

     

    Baking aisle

     
     

     

    Canned/boxed

    Coffee

    Mac

    Goldfish

     

     

     

     

    Refrigerator

    Milk

    OJ

    Eggs

    String cheese

    Yogurt

    Shredded cheese

     

    Freezer

    Strawberries

     
    Bakery

    Bread

     

    Produce

    Bananas

     

    Meat

    Lunch meat




    Week 3/Zone 3 cleaning list


    Week 3:  Zone 3 - Bathroom
    Date last completed
    Look up – Cobwebs/light fixtures/top of windows
     
    Wipe down walls, Baseboards, and window sills
     
    Clean out Trash can
     
    Wipe down vanity cabinet
     
    Blinds 1X a year
     
    De clutter bins
     
    Detailed floor scrub
     
    Light fixtures, Door Knobs/switch plates
     
    Look up – cob webs
     
    Wash shower curtain/rugs
     
    Scrub sink faucet (toothbrush)
     
    Base of toilet and around back
     
    Windows (1x a year)
     
    Air/heat vents/filters
     
    Clean shower stall
     
     
     

    Friday, February 13, 2015

    Fit Tip Friday - Modified Push up

    Did you know there was a way to do a modified push up? 

    Here are 3 tips on how to do the perfect push up (sometimes you need to practice in front of the mirror)

    1) Get into plank position and make sure your hands are positioned slightly wider than your shoulders.  Tighten your core.

    2)Lower your body until your chest almost touches the floor, tucking your elbows in as you do.  When you're at the bottom, your arms should be at a 45 degree angle.

    3)Keep your back flat and do not let your back or hips sag.  If you cant do a push-up on your toes yet, don't give up.  Do them on your knees with your toes pointed up and you'll still get a great workout.

    Shakeology Spolight - Moringa


    What is so great about this “elixir of long life”—as touted by locals? “For starters,” Darin said (creator and ingredient hunter for shakeology), “Moringa contains 46 types of antioxidants and 18 amino acids, making it a complete protein—which is a rarity in plants. Because moringa is so potent, it’s crucial to the health of those living in developing countries.”

    Moringa is packed with essential vitamins and minerals.

    Darin told us that moringa not only has 3x more iron than spinach, but it also has 4x more beta-carotene than carrots as well as 4x more calcium than milk. Plus, a ½ cup of cooked leaves contains 100% of the recommended daily serving of vitamin C. Wow, that’s some serious fuel for your body!**

     Moringa helps curb malnutrition in impoverished nations.

    Locals have nicknamed this superfood the Miracle Tree. “To them, moringa is more than food. It’s medicine. It’s hope for their children’s future. It’s a blessing from above,” explained Darin. He totally lit up when he told us that moringa is an absolute pure gift to these developing countries! And he’s right.

    Not all moringa is created equal.

    When it comes to all the ingredients that Darin has unearthed, he has put more time and effort into researching moringa than anything else. “I’ve spent countless hours of my life bouncing down a road to nowhere so I could talk to farmers and check out their product. And after just 30 minutes of their time I had to simply say, ‘No thanks’ and continue my hunt.” Darin said that he’s talked to more people about moringa, and has been to more places on this earth in search of the richest, purest, and most potent crop than anyone could ever imagine.


    What makes great moringa.

    “What I’m looking for in moringa sources that may possibly be used for Shakeology are plants with deep green leaves growing in rich, fertile soil. I examine the color and the activity of the soil and if it’s dry and clumpy, it’s bad. I look at what life is like around the moringa plants. What’s their spacing like and do the farmers implement crop rotation? These are just some of the factors I’m evaluating when on the hunt for the perfect crop.”
    Darin told us that if you grow moringa in quality soil, it WILL thrive. “Moringa is not governed by a specific geographical area, it’s ALL about the soil. Then I look at the age of the plants. And while young leaves are extremely vulnerable, they’re also very high in quality nutrients. So finding the perfect crop of moringa is somewhat of an art. But you know it’s a good sign when horses can’t stop eating this stuff.”

    Moringa’s harvesting and processing challenges.

    Darin said that moringa is a very easy plant to grow, which is why it thrives in underdeveloped countries. “But you’ve got to remember that sometimes these remote locations present huge problems due to the fact that there is very little zoning or regulations for businesses in those places.”
    Because Shakeology’s standards are so high, Darin’s team can’t just buy a bundle of moringa from a local market. “We need to know EXACTLY where our product is coming from,” Darin said. “There have been times when we’ve showed up to a potential ‘manufacturing facility’ and everything was being done under a tent or near cattle, and they’re washing the plants with well water. And while their bodies are used to all those microbes floating around, we would get extremely sick. And we permanently scratched that potential partner off our list.”

    Mock me or come with me.


    Thirsty Thursday - Neapolitan


    Thursday, February 12, 2015

    What matters most to you?


    Be an Opener to Doors

    "Be an opener of doors" ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
    I know that when one door closes, another one opens...just wish I knew which one was the right one. I don't want to look too long at the one that is closing
     
     

    Do you like peaches?

    This nails how I'm feeling today. A mess of emotions...making some hard decisions and realizations today. This week has kicked me while I'm down. But I'm getting up and kicking it back. Something's good on the other side.

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Acai Berries - Shakeology Spotlight Ingredient #1

    **UPDATE**
    Shakeology will no longer contain acai, effective July 10th, 2015 due to new risks that have been discovered with consumption of the berry. The particular berry Beachbody has used up until now was NOT found to have any issues, but it was removed as an ingredient nonetheless. Other ingredients have been increased so that Shakeology contains the same dense nutrition as before. 

    Açai berries (pronounced: ah-sigh-EE)! They’ve been devoured by the Amazonian people for centuries, but it wasn’t until recently when the rest of the world unearthed their cherished secret superfood. Of course, we put it in Shakeology®, and boy are we glad we did. Because this bite-sized fruit delivers quite a healthy punch.



    Top 5 reasons why açai berries are good for you:
    1. Loaded with fiber.
    Fiber aids in digestion, which helps keep our insides moving.
    2. Chock-full of amino acids.
    Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Protein is fuel. You need it to live.
    3. Overflowing with antioxidants.
    Antioxidants help your body battle free radicals, which destroy healthy cells. And these feisty fruits have between 15 to 30 times more antioxidants than grapes.
    4. Swimming with omega-3 fatty acids.
    This healthy fat has been known to help make your insides healthy.
    5. Packed with plant sterols.
    This naturally occurring substance helps promote circulation and oxygenation of the blood.

    And the #1 reason Shakeology is good for you: Because it contains the superfood açai berries, as well as more than 70 other super-nutritious ingredients. Making Shakeology the most nutrient-dense and healthy shake on the planet.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015

    Im a Coach...

    I'm a Team Beachbody Coach...A coach. I'll help you get results. That's what I do. You set a goal, pick a program, and join my challenge group, and we all support each other. You pay me nothing. I get paid as you continue to make healthy choices. When you buy the right program for you and as you drink the shake that I drink. And if you don't get results? We get you a refund. It either works for you, or you don't pay. Helping people...that's what it's all about. I know I probably over use this picture. But Chalene has been such a great role model for me. She's a Christian mom who works on herself each day and uses her gifts to help others

    Transformation Tuesday - Meet Paul

    To hear more about Paul's story, go here: http://www.teambeachbody.com/teambeachbodyblog/success-stories/paul-lost-33-pounds-won-500

    Monday, February 9, 2015

    Shakeology - Ingredient list


    Shakeology is now clinically proven to help you lose weight, lower cholesterol, and Lower blood sugar levels (as measured by HbA1C).  It also will increase your energy, improve your digestion and regularity, and reduce your junk food cravings.  It is the most super food packed shake on the planet! You could spend more than $700 on supplements, just to re-create all the healthy ingredients in one bag of Shakeology. But why do that . . . when, for only about $4 a serving, you can get it all in one delicious shake.


     
     
    At least once a week I plan to do an ingredient spot light on one of these ingredients til we hit them all!
     
     
    Shakeology is packed with superfoods.
    What’s a superfood, you ask? Superfood is the collective name given to the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. They go beyond meeting basic nutritional needs; in addition, they have high concentrations of multiple nutrients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, or adaptogens that work together to support the immune system and help fight aging.*
    Shakeology’s ingredients fall into these powerful nutrient groups:
    • Proteins and Amino Acids
    • Antioxidants
    • Phytonutrients
    • Adaptogen Herbs
    • Prebiotics and Probiotics
    • Digestive Enzymes
    PROTEINS and AMINO ACIDS
    (Whey, Pea, Chia, Quinoa, Amaranth, Flax, Sacha Inchi; Vegan Protein blend also includes Pea and Rice Proteins [Rice Protein replaces Whey in vegan formulas])
    These two very important elements help build and repair muscles, reduce hunger and food cravings, support optimal brain function, improve your mood, and promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. The bottom line is, your body NEEDS proteins and amino acids to thrive—and Shakeology has lots and lots of them!
    ANTIOXIDANTS (Cacao, Coconut Flower Nectar, Acerola Cherry, Pomegranate, Camu-Camu, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Blueberry, Açai, Green Tea, Rose Hips, Cinnamon, Luo Han Guo)
    Antioxidants are incredibly important in one’s diet because they neutralize molecules known as free radicals. These destructive little devils damage your body the same way oxygen in the air rusts exposed metal on a car. Unfortunately, free radicals are natural by-products that our cells produce, and if you don’t have enough antioxidants to absorb free radicals, they overwhelm your cells, oxidizing and destroying them.
    Moral of the story: Load your body up with antioxidants and super-fruits (via Shakeology) to help keep you happy and healthy for a long, long time.
    PHYTONUTRIENTS
    (Moringa, Spirulina, Chlorella, Spinach, Kale, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Oat Grass, Wheat Grass)
    Phytonutrients are the active elements found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas. All the green superfoods in Shakeology contain phytonutrients that are known to promote a healthy immune system, healthy aging, and help to detoxify and alkalinize the body.
    Alkalinize? What does that mean?
    Think back to science class when you were a kid and did that litmus paper test. If something was too acidic it turned the paper red. RED = BAD. If it was too much of a base it turned the paper purple. PURPLE = BAD. But right in the middle is the neutral zone (which is where we want our bodies’ pH levels to be). To be in that happy zone we need to “alkalinize” our bodies. And the alkaline nature of phytonutrients (which are packed in Shakeology) helps promote alkalinity in your body.
    Unfortunately, the American diet is comprised of waaaaaay too many acidic foods—things like soda, energy drinks, coffee, alcohol, pasta, and processed deli meat. And an acidic environment in the body may lead to disease. So if you’re a self-proclaimed veggie hater (like our CEO Carl Daikeler claims to be), DRINK SHAKEOLOGY and you won’t even know you’re drinking phytonutrients that help alkalinize your body. You’ll just be happy and healthy.
    ADAPTOGEN HERBS
    (Maca, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Maitake Mushroom, Cordyceps, Reishi Mushroom, Schisandra, Ginkgo, Tulsi [Holy Basil])
    If they sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, they kind of are. Adaptogens are special herbs that often grow in harsh climates and conditions, at high elevations and on mountaintops where the soil is rocky and oxygen is thin.
    Because these plants have to adapt to very harsh conditions, they have highly concentrated nutrients that can help your body cope with stress, and help neutralize harmful free radicals. Plus, they fuel your body with energy while promoting a strong immune system.
    Shakeology has a total of 9 adaptogens! So if you want superpowers, consume adaptogens.
    PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS
    (Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes [Bacillus Coagulans])
    Prebiotics pretty much act as “food” that fuels the growth of probiotics (the good bacteria) that are naturally found in your intestines.
    Probiotics are strains of good bacteria that assist your body in absorbing nutrients and minerals, bringing an overall balance to the digestive tract while helping support your immune system.
    Forget what those cleaning product commercials tell you about bacteria being bad, because these kinds of bacteria are important for proper digestive health and a strong immune system.
    DIGESTIVE ENZYMES
    (Amylase, Papain, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain)
    Digestive Enzymes help your body break food down into its individual components, making nutrients easier to absorb. Because cooking can destroy foods’ natural digestive enzymes, there’s a very good chance that you don’t get enough of these enzymes in an average diet.
    Then we loaded Shakeology up with VITAMINS and MINERALS.
    The truth is, most of us don’t get the complete range of vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, like vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, which means they need to be replenished regularly. And other vitamins, like vitamin D, can be difficult to get enough of in food.
    And there you have it, the magical ingredients inside of every Shakeology.
    Now try explaining all that to your friends when they ask you why you drink Shakeology every single day! That knowledge really is a good party trick. Or, you could just say: it’s the Healthiest Meal of the Day® and I love the way it tastes—end of story.
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    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.