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Healthy Living-Choose Health!

One of the greatest things about Whole30 was seeing a change in my waistline and skin. The photo above was taken after 3.5 rounds of Whole30. It has not been modified. It just is a selfie taken at a weird angle. The dress I have on I could not wear for a long time. Now it fits.

I guess it would help to show you where I started in 2017. The photo below is of me and my friend in Phoenix this May. I had already started Whole30 and dropped about 7 pounds. I was quite uncomfortable as clothes were becoming more challenging to fit.

I made a choice I wanted to be healthier.

Being healthier or healthy for me was not about dropping 4-5 sizes, which I did. Nor was it about being skinny or meeting a number on a scale. It was about becoming a healthier person.

Healthy is about living a better life and being a healthier person.

Whole30 changed the way I view food and health. I tried other plans, worked out like a crazy person and saw slow unsustained change. I worked hard for any progress.

Whole30 brought about change that I can see lasting a long time. It was only challenging at first. Afterwards, it became a blessing. Once my body adjusted to the plan, foods off the plan tasted not so good to me. They were too greasy, too salty, and more food was needed to be satisfied.

No more slavery to the gym…

I did not workout while doing Whole30, other than just walking. I can not imagine how the results would be if I hit the gym like crazy.

What does it mean to be healthy…

  • To love thy self. Loving me is vital to loving anyone else.
  • To cease the busy. It’s so easy to be busy. Busy can lead to stress. Stress can lead to weight gain or poor food choices.
  • To cease investment in one sided or toxic relationships. I chose January 1rst to stop investing in one sided relationships; best decision ever.
  • To cease using food for comfort. Food is fuel.
  • To cease the fast food and out to lunch habit while working. Whole30 forced me to buy groceries, pack lunch, and forgo fast food options.
  • To give thanks. Lots of great things happened this year. Lots of hard things too. Giving thanks re-calibrates things for us.
  • To look up and around more. There is beauty in God and nature.
  • To pursue the best option. Candy, cake, chips are not the best steady options. Fruit, veggies, and lean protein are steady options.
  • To think of what will be a blessing to my body, soul, and spirit. Asking the question, “Will this help or hurt?,” was and is beneficial.
  • Rest is a weapon. Going all the time is hard on the body and soul. A wise person takes time to rest. Inhale, exhale.
  • Meditation/Prayer are vital to thriving. As a person of faith, part of thriving is the ability to focus on God, listen, and not simply ask for things-give thanks and meditate on the goodness of God.
  • Meal Prep is for my health, not a mundane task. Healthy meals make for an energetic week. Taking the time to prep meals is vital to healthy living. So the time spent doing something else needs redirected to what is the most beneficial.
  • To let go. I love the serenity prayer which leads us to let go of the things we can not change and to acquire wisdom for the things we can change. Some things we simply must lay at the feet of God and let it go!

My encouragement to you is pursue health. So many people make New Year’s Resolutions. How about starting today? How about choosing health today? How about moving towards a healthier you today? It takes one decision, followed by another healthy decision, that brings about a healthier you!

If I can do it, so can you. What’s stopping you?

To your health…you can do this!!

Erin

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Cheat Meals

Hello fitness friends,

So I finished two rounds of Whole30. Delighted with the results. Now that it’s over, I have been trying new foods and old foods. What I have learned is the non Whole30 foods do not satisfy my hunger. I eat them; I am still so hungry.

Last week I tried pizza and I was famished later. The calorie content was far higher than my normal meal plan and I was so hungry.

There is something to be said about whole foods. They are packed with nutrients and fiber. Our bodies respond to healthy food like great fuel. Clean eating does a body good.

My plan is to return to a Whole30 plan on Monday. It has been the most effective program for fat loss I have ever done. I have lost over 30 pounds. It’s just beyond what I expected. I did not exercise beyond walking.

I think we need a break sometimes, to just eat those favorite foods. I also see how sticking with a program is beneficial and changes the way we view food. I prefer eating whole foods and feeling great over processed foods and feeling crummy!

My encouragement is to not allow a cheat meal to become a cheat lifestyle. Think of the progress you have made, don’t shrink back into poor eating habits.

If you struggle with the restrictions of Whole30 or clean eating, try an 80/20 approach. 80% of the time eat very clean, 20% of the time splurge a bit. Your body will thank you for eating clean!

To your health!

Erin

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Meal Prep is Your Friend

Aloha fitness friends,

One of the ways we can stay on track with our goals involves meal prep. Planning ahead helps with staying on track throughout the week. Planning ahead can also help with the monthly budget.

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail,”~Benjamin Franklin.

Americans spend approximately 1,000 a year on eating out (just lunch). The average meal out costs 10-22 dollars. If a person goes out to eat three times a week, that piles up to 3,200 a year. Imagine saving 1,000 to 3,000 a year.

Now let’s talk about the waistline. Many meals out have more sodium, fat, and calories than a home prepped meal. The portion sizes are often much larger in restaurants, enough for two to four people. Some are not as nutritionally dense as what you can make at home. The less nutritional content in our meals, the more we eat.

When I do not prep meals, I end up going out to lunch. When I go out to lunch I end up buying a salad for 7 dollars and fruit for 2-3 dollars. With that one meal I could have purchased a bag of apples, bag of spinach, dressing, and grilled chicken strips. I could have made 3-4 meals out of one. Fortunately I am on Whole30 again so there is no temptation to fast food. Yet if I were not doing Whole30 I would be drawn to the drive through experience and eat 2-3 times more calories than needed.

So what are you prepping this week?

I cooked potatoes, sweet potatoes, later this evening I will boil eggs, cook fish, and prepare other proteins. I will place spinach and arugula in sandwich bags. The goal is to have lunch and breakfast ready to go. I even started making my own coffee at home to save money!

P.S three rounds of Whole30 has produced 30 pounds of fat loss.

Cheering for you!

Erin

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Life After Whole30

I hope you gave Whole30 a shot. I did and do not regret it. I lost 14 pounds without exercising much. I did take my Whole30 further than the 30 days. I went for two rounds. Yet 7 pounds a month is great progress. It is healthy progress. 

If you did or are trying Whole30, I highly recommend easing back into eating non Whole30 foods. They provide guidance for reintroducing foods-one group at a time. I started with some grains, example corn. I was okay with grains. Then I tried dairy. Ummmmm…my stomach hated it. So I am less prone to eat dairy post Whole30. It is rare to have it. I tried beans. Another irritant. Therefore, I have built a new meal plan that is 80/20. Eighty percent is Whole30 and 20 percent is non Whole30. 

I have not gained weight by reintroducing non Whole30 foods. I am still losing and have incorporated more exercise. 

After talking to your doctor, I would highly recommend this program. Whole30 changed the way I view food. It changed the way I make meals. It changed the way I eat. 


Eating processed foods does not appeal to me. In the rare occossion of eating junk food, it does not make my body feel good. I prefer fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. My body runs better on whole foods. I still read labels, and ditch foods loaded with chemicals. I have a fondness for bananas, mangoes, berries, almonds, olive oil, purple potatoes, steak, roasted chicken, natural salad dressings, spinach, broccoli, and tomatoes. 

Learning a new way to eat is good. All the exercise in the world does not negate a poor meal plan. Changing the way we eat is a lifestyle change, not a temporary diet. Changing the way we eat leads to a better life, to wellness. 

So ditch the excuses and do something for your health! 

XO, 

Erin 

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Supplements Review

Upfront disclaimer: Please talk to your doctor BEFORE taking any supplements. Some may not be for you dependent on your health history, condition. 

Here is my assessment of some supplements. I will go from left to right. 

Gaia Stress Response: herbal supplement with adaptagins that help with stress and excess cortisol. I found this supplement helps keep you calm when life is in chaos. It helps your body adapt to stress. The formula is gluten free, vegetarian, and dairy free. 

With Wild Oats grown on Gaia’s own certified organic herb farm, plus Ashwagandha and Holy Basil, this unique formula helps calm and nourish and over-worked nervous system.

You can read more here Gaia Stress Response
Estroblock Pro: there are synthetic estrogens in some materials we eat from, in the food we eat, and chemicals we are exposed to. These synthetic estrogens can cause chaos in the body. Extra belly fat, extra upper body fat, hormonal acne, trouble losing fat, exacerbated PMS can be a body overloaded with synthetic estrogens. This natural formula can be taken by males and females. It is non gmo, gluten free, began, and soy free. 

Estro Block® helps clear toxic estrogens, while helping to restore good estrogens. Acne breakouts can be caused by toxic estrogen buildup that alters androgen activity (such as DHT). These estrogens have also been linked to cancer.

I have seen radical reduction of belly fat with this product. Fat loss I was not seeing with workouts or dieting. You can find out more here Estroblock Pro

Triple Chlorophyll: I love this supplement! It binds to toxic metals, detoxs the body, treats candida, oxygenates the blood, fights cancer (in some cases), and so much more! It is found in plants and contains healing properties. 

Health benefits of chlorophyll include strengthening of blood making organs, prevention of anemia and abundance of oxygen in the body. Loaded with antioxidant power, it exerts beneficial effects towards various medical conditions such as cancer, insomnia, dental ailments, sinusitis, pancreatitis and kidney stones. Chlorophyll helps in normal blood clotting, wound healing, hormonal balance, deodorizing and detoxification of the body and promotes digestive health. It has healing effects on oxidation and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. It has anti-aging and anti-microbial properties and helps strengthen the immune system of the body.

You can read about the amazing benefits of chlorophyll here 21 Benefits of Chlorophyll

Maca: I do not take this every day. I do take it sometimes. Maca is root and considered a super food. It is boasted to boost energy and vitality. You can read more here Maca Root Info

Organic Spirulina: spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is quite good for the body. It is toted as helping with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, source of antioxidants which fight against free radicals/cancer causing pollutants, help with anemia and blood sugar control. 

A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains (2):

  • Protein: 4 grams.
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.
  • Copper: 21% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 11% of the RDA.

It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.

You can read more here Benefits of Spirulina

Forskolin: this supplement has been boasted of for fat loss. It is a plant that comes from the mint family and grows in India and Thailand. 

Forskolin has a long history as a folk remedy for asthma. Some research supports that. Forskolin appears to work in a way similar to certain types of conventional asthma drugs, by boosting the levels of a compound called cyclic AMP. This helps relax the muscles around the bronchial tubes to make breathing easier. Forskolin has also been used to try to treat glaucoma. A small study indicates that forskolin may help relieve pressure in the eyes, which is often seen in glaucoma. It has also been found to be a safe alternative to beta blockers in glaucoma patients having concomitant asthma.

Another potential use of forskolin is for people with idiopathic congestive cardiomyopathy, which can cause heart failure. In a small study, patients who took forskolin through an IV showed improved heart function.

You can read more here Forskolin Info

Hair, Skin, and Nails: this supplement has vitamins and nutrients to help with strong hair, nails, and healthy skin. I have noticed my nails are stronger and my hair is thicker. 

You can read more here Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails

Best wishes for a healthy future! 

To your health!! 

Erin 

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Focus on Losing Fat (December Challenge) 

  
Hello fitness peeps! I hope you have started the December challenge. You can view it again here Get Moving: December Challenge

Today I wanted to talk about a pitfall you will want to avoid. That pitfall is being more focused on the scale than measurements. 

Muscle weighs more than fat and takes us less space. We want muscle; we want to minimize fat. 

 

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I asked you in the challenge start to take your measurements. Have you done this? Be honest. We are only three days in so there is still time. At the end of the challenge we can compare and look at inches lost. 

I also want you to calculate your body fat. See how to here Body Fat Calculator

You can be skinny and have lots of body fat. The best method is to schedule a session with a gym for body fat measurements, yet this will due for now. 

Lean muscle is also healthier than copious amounts of fat. Muscle helps to support your bones. Muscle slows the appearance of aging, minimizes sagging skin, and boosts your metabolism. 

Look at the differences in these photos. 

 

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It’s so easy to hop on and off a scale or feel great when you see a decline on the scale. Yet we can lose weight and it’s muscle and water. Muscle loss is less than ideal because muscle burns fat.  Muscle looks better! 

So, after consulting your doctor and doing measurements/body fat calculations…get moving! 

We add our body in muscle growth with resistance training, circuit training, and healthy physical challenges. We also need to consume enough lean protein. 

How to Lose Fat and Gain Muscle
 

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And one last motivation for you! 

 

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I will be checking back with you throughout the month! Get moving and let’s do this! 

Xoxo, 

Erin 

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Detoxing and Losing Weight

  

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Hello wellness friends! It’s almost a new year. Are you excited? I hope so. There are so many things to give thanks for. One is you and I are alive and hopefully in our right minds. 

I spent part of the day yesterday with the mentally and physically ill. I walked away from that experience with an increased appreciation for physical and mental health. So, if you’re healthy and have proper cognitive functioning, that is reason to give thanks. 🙂 

Today I wanted to talk about toxins and weight loss. Our bodies can become overloaded with toxins from pollution, chemicals from processed foods, and the lack of cleansing of our systems. Things can simply build up within the body. 

If this happens, we will struggle losing weight and may experience brain fog or decreased energy. 

Our bodies are like vehicles that require the proper fuel to run. In our vehicles if we don’t use the right oil for the engine or gasoline, the vehicle may not run at all. Our bodies are far better at running on the wrong fuel than our cars. We do still feel the impact of poor diet choices and living on a planet with pollution. We also consume far too much sugar which weakens the immune system. 

How do we rid of these toxins? 

Great question. You can go to a drug store and purchase an over the counter detox kit or colon cleanse. Please consult with your doctor if that’s the route you’re thinking of. I’ve found with these pill cleanses they basically increased urination or elimination (going number 2). I did not feel better or lose fat. 

When the body is filled with toxins, the body will not easily give up fat. Why? Because releasing fat would mean releasing toxins. They get trapped together. 

Release the toxins, free up the body to release fat. 

My detox goal will be for liquid detox. Once again, talk to your doctor and I make no claims you’ll lose 20 pounds of fat. Diet plays a major role too! As well as exercise. Detoxing is a great way to jump start everything and improve success! 

 As for cleaning up the diet. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Ditch the processed food. Opt for whole foods. If you look on many packages there are chemicals that you may not be able to pronounce. 
  2. Limit or eliminate sugar. Okay I know it’s in almost everything, yet we eat way too much of it. Say no to fake sugars. Honey is a better alternative. 
  3. Ditch the unhealthy fast food.
  4. Increase the water intake! Purified not tap. I recently purchased a Brita water bottle with a filter. Love it! 
  5. Eat or drink antioxidants. 

Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells in your body from free radical damage that can occur from exposure to certain chemicals, smoking, pollution, radiation, and as a byproduct of normal metabolism. Dietary antioxidants include selenium, vitamin A and related carotenoids, vitamins C and E, plus various phytochemicals such as lycopene, lutein, and quercetin.-nutrition.about.com

 Here is some more information on detoxing! 

Detox and Weight Loss
  

I hope this upcoming year there’s increased blessing on your health. I bless your health! May you prosper and be on health even as your soul prospers. 

Happy New Year!🎉 

Cheering for you…

Erin 

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21 day fix update

  
Hey fitness & wellness friends. I wanted to check in on you & see how you were doing. How is the nutrition going? Are you working out? I hope so. I’m cheering for you! 

Here’s my cheer face! 

  
You can do this!!! 😝

I’ve been doing 21 day fix. My friend let me borrow her DVDs and I didn’t have the containers to go with it. They are measuring tools and a meal plan. I truly believe I would’ve had better results if I had those tools and the following…

The ability to drink water all day. I work in a lab and some days I’m in the lab 4-8 hours. This means no eating or drinking. I am trying to find ways around it but it’s a struggle. I can’t drink water all day because…. 

  
It’s true! So it’s a work in progress. 

As far as actual results….drum roll please….

Lost about 6 inches, dropped one pant size. Not bad for 21 days right. Lost fat! You can see it in my abs, face, back. More muscle tone! Certainly a program I would recommend. Yet follow the meal plan! I’m sure that gives even better results. I’ve been eating healthy, just not a clean as the program says.  

So, if you’re looking for a program that will work your entire body and give you great results, try 21 day fix. I’m going to purchase it so I have the containers and more closely follow the program! 

Best wishes to you! You can do this! 

Oh here’s a snap shot of breakfast today…

  
Aria protein powder from Trader Joes (3 scoops=45 grams of protein). 

Cup of mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, snozeberries (jkidding…)). 

Distillers water! 

It’s yummy! Not kidding. Best tasting protein I’ve had. 

  
Love,

Erin💋

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Eating Healthy Away from Home

 

Hey gorgeous fitness friends, 

I hope you are drinking tons of water and eating healthy. Last time I talked about cooking your own meals. Today I want to talk about eating well away from home. 

I have not had time to cook and prep meals. Yesterday was an 11 hour work day. So, today I ate the following… 

Stopped by Panera and picked up their  oatmeal, red quinoa, with almonds and cinnamon. Yummmm!!!

 

I’m staying  away from bread which meant breakfast sammies are out. This dish was yummy and filling. 

Tips:

Look for whole food choices when dining out. 

Look for fresh items if you can find them. 

That moves me to lunch.  I’m a fan of Subway’s chopped salads. I opt for spinach as the base and ask for double chicken, extra protein. They have so many options. 

  

So, instead of those burgers and fries…how about a chopped salad?

It is possible to eat healthy on the go. 

If you have the time, the best meals are the ones prepared in your kitchen. You can determine the sugar, salt, fat intake! If you’re on the go, you can still make wise choices. 💪👍

Here’s to your health! 🙌

Love, 

Erin 

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Eating at Home

 

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Hello fitness friends! I hope you are continuing to eat healthy, workout, and take care of yourself. One of the things I’ve been doing is cooking more meals at home. 

When you prepare your own meals there’s knowledge of what you’re eating. I’ve noticed by cooking my own meals there’s less bloating, less fatigue after meals, and I’m losing weight. I’m losing fat. 

So what am I eating?

Lots of vegetables, omletes, low fat organic frozen yogurt, fresh berries, spinach, kale, tomatoes, fish, farm fresh or organic eggs, mushrooms, a bit of cheese, shrimp, wild caught salmon, wild rice, a little red meat, and drinking tons of water. 

Favorite meals, snacks…

Omlete:

Omelette recipe: 

2 organic or farm eggs

1/8 cup baby portabella mushrooms

1/8 cup spinach (organic, baby) 

1/2 tbsp butter

1/4 salsa verde

1/8 cup queso blancos (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano)

1/2 tsp sea salt

Dice spinach & mushrooms, set aside. Heat pan to low medium heat. Add butter & sea salt. Slowly add veggies to the pan & sauté. In a separate bowl whip together the eggs. Once eggs are whipped, pull your veggies to the side of the pan. Add the eggs to the empty space. Lower heat to low. Cook for one minute. Fold veggies into your egg, cook one minute. Fold over. Remove egg from the pan once done. Top with queso & salsa verde. 🍳

Dessert:

Cup or two of low fat organic vanilla frozen yogurt. 

1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries. 

Place frozen berries in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute or until thawed. Pour mixed berries over frozen yogurt and enjoy. 🍨

Dinner: 

Baked shrimp and Tilipia (or Salmon, other fish)

Spinach salad

French green beans

Preheat oven to 350F. Season shrimp and fish with a dash of sea salt, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 tbsp of melted butter or virgin olive oil, and I use Spicy Greek Seafood seasoning. You may use garlic or your favorite seasoning. I start with frozen veggies and seafood. Drop green beans in your baking dish with the seafood. Bake 30-40 minutes. 

Spinach salad is fresh organic baby spinach, diced Bella mushrooms, tomatoes, feta cheese, and topped with cilantro dressing from Trader Joes or another dressing of choice. 

Here’s to cooking at home! Cheering for your health! 

Warm regards, 

Erin 

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