Reset Your Body, Reset Your Life: So What’s Really Involved Here?

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First of all, if you don’t know me, I’m the BIGGEST procrastinator in the world!! I finished my cleanse at the end of February and it’s now April and I’m just getting around to writing about my journey.  At least I’m writing about, right?!

“So, what’s really involved with this cleanse?” A question I get asked ALL the time.  Most people hear the word ‘cleanse’ and think you have to starve or drink only juice for a week. That’s not the case here! This is the real deal, inner body tune up!

What I love about this cleanse is that it’s not just a something that helps your body eliminate waste, gently and naturally, but it helps revitalize your mind and body, and refuel your body with the micronutrients and macronutrients it craves.

This 21 day program was designed with three distinct phases, each lasting for seven days, to get you back to a healthy state.

In Phase One, you reclaim your body and prepare the inner chemistry for change. The gradual removal of red meat and dairy will remove added stress that is normally put onto the digestive system. To go along with the three meals and one snack allotted each day, the first seven days introduce you to four cleanse aiding supplements-Power Greens, Mineralize, Optimize, and Soothe.  These supplements and well planned meals are critical in restoring proper hydration (that most of us neglect) and help the body maintain the body’s alkaline/acidic balance. This week long process will properly prime, balance, and nourish your body to continue on the detoxing journey.

In Phase Two, you being to release unwanted compounds that have been holding your system back. This is the start of the detoxification process.  This phase of the cleanse offers a gentle colon cleanse and digestive support. At this point in the process, your diet has transitioned to a full vegan diet.  During this second week, you are also adding another supplement to your daily routine-Detox. This was designed to help optimize the body’s ability to eliminate unwanted substances. Not only will you experience the release of waste from your digestive tract, but you may find your body releasing in other ways. It is very common to see increased skin breakouts, releasing toxic emotions, or dropping negative habits you’ve been holding on to.  This process can effect everyone differently, so be open to the process and allow it to work for you.

Phase Three brings restoration to the digestive system and other internal processes. This phase puts nutrients and enzymes back into the body as well as provides vital pre- and pro-biotics. The third phase will cut out grains completely, leaving you on a mostly vegetable and fruit diet to give the digestive system a break. During this final phase, you will be introduced to the last supplement-Revitalize.  This was designed to restore the natural bacteria to your freshly cleansed digestive tract, something that most cleanses often neglect!

Completing all three phases can certainly be challenging but with a little extra effort the results can be extraordinary! And the results are totally sustainable with the transition period in the weeks that follow. Advice on food and exercise, along with helpful tips and ways to continue to build are all included with the program so you don’t revert back to your old ways.

Sound like something you need? Comment on this post and let’s have a conversation to determine if this is right for you.

Want to know more about the supplements used in this program? Check out our next blog post!

 

Vegan Chili

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I completed a 21 day cleanse a couple weeks ago and ever since completing it, I have been trying to stay on a vegan diet. My body seems to function so much better when I remove animal products from my diet. When my hubby decided he wanted chili one day, I thought it would be nice to find a way to join him, that didn’t mean I had to consume meat.

After searching online for vegan chili recipes, I decided to combine a few together and make it my own. I made a huge pot for a week’s worth of lunches and it’s even more amazing the second and third days!! Here is the recipe for you to enjoy.

Ingredients:
2 Tbs olive oil
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
2 Tbs chili powder
1 1/2 cups each of cooked kidney, black and garbanzo beans (or 1 (15oz) can of each – drained and rinsed. discard the fluid)
6 oz tomato paste
2 28 oz cans crushed tomato
8 oz vegetable broth
1/2 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen edamame

Directions:
Sauté onions in olive oil until tender. Add spices and cook additional 1 – 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and heat, covered, over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for about 30-45 mins.

Banana Smoothie Pancakes

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Holy Pancakes!!!
I grew up in Kentucky, home to KFC and four major food groups; meat, carbs, fat, and sugar. When I used to think about becoming a vegan, I found it super overwhelming!! Kentucky is definitely behind the times, so finding good whole foods and animal protein alternatives can be difficult depending on the seasons.

I recently completed a three week long cleanse that helped me transition into more of a vegan lifestyle and I actually found it quite easy! Educating myself on the most nutritious foods and the types that can offer high amounts of protein are probably what made this journey a lot less taxing. I’m very proud of my success so far and I’m excited to see how it goes in the next few months.

Along my journey I came across a lovely pancake recipe. I was sooo delighted because I LOVE carbs. Pancakes used to be one of my favorite breakfast items until I became aware of how horrible they made me feel. Now, I can enjoy them AND get in lots of nutrients from replacing the ingredients I use!

Here is the recipe for these scrumptious breakfast cakes:

Pancake Ingredients:
1 heaping cup of rolled oats (use gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 ripe banana
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Topping Ingredients:
1/2 cup blueberries
2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

Pancake Directions:
1) Combine all pancake ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
2) Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes. This gives the oats time to soak up the liquid and thicken up.
3) Preheat a pan coated with coconut oil over medium high heat. Once hot, pour in 1/4 cup of batter.
4) Cook for 1-2 minutes or until you can easily slide a spatula underneath. Flip and cook on opposite side for 1-2 minutes.
5) Repeat until all the batter is used up.

Topping Directions:
1) Place blueberries in a small saucepan on high heat.
2) Heat until berries are slightly oosing  with juice.
3) Remove from heat and add in pure maple syrup.
4) Pour over your stack of pancakes and ENJOY!

Happy Eating,
Carmen

Greek Salad

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I’m in my last week of my cleanse and this week it’s all about fruits, veggies, and healthy fats. Luckily everything is super tasty and full of flavor!!
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This Greek salad has been a staple lunch for me during this cleanse and becoming one of my favorites. It is absolutely delicious and keeps me full and energetic throughout my day.
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Greek Salad
-1 head of romaine lettuce
-1 medium cucumber
-1/2 medium tomato
-5-8 kalamata olives
-1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
-1/2 avocado
-2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
-1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
-1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
-Himalayan pink salt to taste
-Sprinkle with basil, parsley, and oregano (optional)

Reset Your Body, Reset Your Life: Acne Attack

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This is super hard for me to talk about because let’s be honest, I love putting on makeup and most people don’t see what’s underneath. I used to be ashamed of what I looked like. I never felt beautiful unless I had my ‘face’ on.
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For years I struggled with acne. I thought it was just the whole teenage puberty thing, but when I never grew out of it, my self esteem dropped. I grew up with the impression that everyone had to be perfect. The perfect hair, the perfect skin, the perfect sense of fashion. I had NONE of that!!  I wanted soooo badly to fit in but I was the girl who tried way to hard to impress people. I wore makeup that I thought was great, but was made fun of for my lack of application skills. I was trying hard to cover up any imperfections! (and there were a lot!)

When I started taking birth control, in my late teens, it all my skin problems went away. I was thrilled! People actually started to comment on how good my skin looked. That just boosted my confidence and gave me the motivation to work more on fixing myself. Work more towards finding out who I was and how I could love myself. I mean let’s face it, I felt great knowing I looked better on the outside, but I was still missing self love on the inside.

Fast forward 8 years and my hormones start to get funky. I’m starting to have pre-menopausal symptoms and my acne was coming back. Not having the options of taking medication to treat my problems, I had to find another way to combat the problems. That’s when I realized the ONLY relief I could get was to change to a healthier lifestyle and ridding my body for toxins and impurities eating real whole foods. After a year of this new lifestyle, my face cleared up and I was back to the old me. But of course, I let myself fall back to old habits and my poor eating choices throughout the holidays brought back my breakouts.

THIS is why I’m cleansing. My body is holding on to so many toxins that it is clogging my pores and causing my breakouts. Detoxing the body can stop this completely and continued maintenance can prevent breakouts all together. I never thought I’d say this, but this is what healthy acne looks like. This cleanse is helping my skin, the body’s largest organ, eliminate impurities and toxins. This is a sign that my cleanse is still working and that I’m soon to be back to having healthy looking skin. Back to a balanced system. That’s the ultimate self love!
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This picture was from the first week of my cleanse. My acne is getting better and I’m so excited to see the end results. Goodbye toxic cheats, hello glowing skin!!

Vegan Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

I am on my cleanse but that doesn’t mean I can’t indulge in a little chocolate covered strawberry action!!! These are completely vegan and completely clean!! Every ingredient (there’s only THREE) are ALL approved by my cleanse!!!
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Here’s the recipe:
-6 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
-1/2 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
-12-20 Strawberries
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Combine Shakeology and oil, let thicken, and dip in your strawberries!! Sooooo delicious and provides you with vital vitamins and nutrients your body needs!
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Who wants some Shakeology? Free coaching is included when you start your journey with me!!

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Taco Tuesday: Vegetarian Tacos

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I’m still dreaming about the tacos I had last Tuesday night!!!

As I venture on my 21 Day Detox journey,  I am discovering new ingredients and new recipes that are absolutely DELICIOUS!! Last week, my dinner for day two was a nice plate of vegetarian tacos. When I read the recipe, I thought it would seem kind of bland with all the rice and beans, but to my surprise, this has become one of my new favorite taco fillings!! The ingredients are basic but when put together, it’s like a flavor explosion in your mouth!!

Here is the recipe for the fantastic rice and beans mixture to go inside your tacos. I combined a 1/4 cup of corn kernels with my rice and beans, served on warm corn tortillas, and served with homemade guacamole.
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Ingredients
-1/2 cup black beans
-1/4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
-1 dash of chili powder
-1 pinch of cumin
-1/4 tsp. coriander
-1 tsp. of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
-Himalayan pink salt to taste
-3/4 cup cooked brown rice
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Instructions
Combine beans, oil, spices, aminos, and salt in a sauce pan. Mix well and heat over medium heat. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat and fold in rice.

YUM!!

Reset Your Body, Reset Your Life: The Journey Begins

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You’re 116 lbs, why in the hell do you need to go on a cleanse? Don’t you know you’re already skinny enough as it is? People are going to think you are crazy!!! 21 days with NO coffee, alcohol, or dinners out? NO Valentine’s Day sweets? Yea, I’ll believe it when I see it!!

This are all the things that ran through my mind for over a YEAR!!! I had heard so many amazing things about this 3 week detox that my company promotes, but yet I had always been so skeptical to try it. I knew this cleanse was to help with weight loss and get the body back on track, but I had never really seen anyone go through who has NO weight to lose. This scared me. Not only did I have the thoughts mentioned above, but I wondered if I’d even be able to make it through the day. Would I get enough calories? Could I still coach gymnastics and work on the farm? I’m those two things keep me pretty active.

After a year of research, hearing success stories, and getting out of my own head, I remembered a quote I once read. “Great things never came from comfort zones.” For the last year and a half I’ve been living my life by this quote!! It has brought me great opportunities and good fortune, so after remembering this simple little thing, I finally said ‘why not?’ to this whole cleanse thing. What do I REALLY have to lose? If anything, this will be a learning experience for all of us!!

I ordered my program, that included my supplements for 21 days and an entire guide of food and meal plans to follow. When my kit came in the mail, I was quite surprised by how in depth the guide goes into explaining the detoxification process. Everything from why this cleanse helps the body, how it helps the body function, why you shouldn’t exercise while cleansing, things to promote the cleansing process, to the exact meals to eat every day including a grocery list for each week, snack ideas, recipes for each meal, and a separate eating plan for those always on the run. I was amazed at how easy this whole thing seemed. Read the directions. Do what the book says. Follow the program to a T. See fantastic results.

And so, this journey begins!! I slip on this natural fiber bracelet (that came with my kit) as a commitment to myself and my body’s health. THIS bracelet serves as a reminder, for the next 21 days, about the positive decision I’ve made to be the healthiest me! The decision to rid my body of the toxins, pollutants, and impurities my body has struggled to process for MANY years.

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Stay tuned! I plan on documenting my ENTIRE journey!

Mini Capri Kabobs

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Are you attending a party, a potluck, baby shower, or bridal shower? Need a healthy but tasty dish to share with family and friends? These mini capri kabobs are the PERFECT finger foods for any event!!

Tomatoes are the main source of nutrients in this dish. Tomatoes provide the body with an excellent source of antioxidants including vitamin C and beta-carotene. Need more manganese in your diet? Tomatoes provide a great source of this important mineral, as well as, a tremendous amount of phyonutrients like flavonones, flavonols, hydroxycinnamic acids, carotenoids, glycosides, and fatty acid derivatives.

What does all this mean? It means that tomatoes help reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular failure. The heart and bloodstream are responsible for taking oxygen breathed the lungs and circulating it through the body.  In order to keep this oxygen in check, antioxidant nutrients are needed in an ample supply. So, eat up! This healthy snack could save your life!

Ingredients:
-20 oz. cherry tomatoes (yellow and red tomatoes are shown)
-16 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
-4 oz. fresh basil, stems removed
-1 box of toothpicks
-balsamic vinegar, optional

Instructions:
1) Wash and dry all cherry tomatoes and place to the side.
2) Assemble kabobs by adding 1 tomato, 1 basil leaf, and 1 mozzarella square to a toothpick.
3) Repeat until all tomatoes are used.
4) Serve on a platter.
5) Optional!!! Drizzle balsamic vinegar over top before serving OR place cup of vinegar next to the platter for dipping.

FINALLY, It’s Here!!! All Access Pass!!

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I know, it’s almost New Year’s and everyone will be getting back to their health and fitness goals! I’m not sure what your plan is for 2017 but I wanted to let you know about a huge ONE TIME ANNUAL SPECIAL! I think this might help to make the new year super successful for YOU on the health front and it’s kind of too crazy awesome to not share …
Carl (our CEO) just announced that we are doing a ONE YEAR ANNUAL PASS to our Beachbody On Demand!! This is basically the Amazon Prime of FITNESS!
EVERY PROGRAM UNLOCKED!!!
ALL of our workouts stream LIVE from your computer, tablet, phone and smart tv’s (roku, apple, etc.) ! You’ll have access to over 700 workouts…but the best part…we are including not only all of the OLDER workout programs but ALL the newer workouts like Core de Force, 21 Day Fix, Insanity, Country Heat, etc… as well! PLUS…ANY programs that are launched in 2017, which we are launching FOUR new ones, you will have INSTANT access too as soon as they launch!
I’m personally excited for this because I have purchased 4 programs this past year, so this is going to SAVE me so much money. So, you have a FULL ACCESS PASS to ALL workouts ever created by Beachbody for all of 2017 for one super low price which I can’t believe they are even doing but I’m so pumped about. No more getting bored with ONE workout program because you’ll have over 700 workouts to choose from! YYYAAAYYY!!
ALL of this PLUS your first month of shakeology is only $199…crazy right?! Less than $17 a month!?!?! I was SO excited to get mine today!!!
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Here is everything you get:
  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology – the superfood supplement shake with dense nutrition to help support weight loss, healthy energy levels, and reduced cravings, Shakeology is your catalyst for change to simplify your nutrition without compromising on taste—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly automatic shipment delivery program which you can cancel at any time.*
  • Annual Membership to Beachbody On Demand includes unlimited, total access to every single program, even all deluxe and Beachbody On Demand exclusive workouts. Your Membership also includes access to Beachbody’s newest Cooking Show – FIXATE. There’s nothing more to buy, and all future programs are also included. When a new program launches, you get it, FREE. When it’s time to renew your membership, you’ll automatically be billed annually until you cancel. Cancel anytime!*
  • Portion Fix – an easy-to-follow system with seven color-coded containers, Shakeology shaker cup, and nutrition guide that tells you how much to eat to lose weight!
  • Premium annual membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where you’ll find all the support you’ll need to get amazing results, plus a 10% discount on all future purchases on TeamBeachbody.com.

 

I also want you to know that you will have ALL ACCESS to my 2017 New Year New You group as well! We have a brand new APP on your phone where it reminds you to workout daily and drink or eat your shakes!!! It’s very cool and it makes it easy for me to see WHO is on track and who I need to reach out to.  If you give me permission, I will be that girl to kind of call you out and help you get back on track and going so that way you build a healthy LIFESTYLE in 2017 and not some quick fix for 7 or 21 days. On top of that you get access to ALL meal plans for ALL the workout programs on Beachbody on demand (BOD) and all of our team meal plans as well… as well as cell phone access to me 🙂

If this sounds like something you want to do please give me a shout back and we can talk more about getting you going!
I would love to hear from you!!! As always my services are complimentary! Doesn’t cost you a thing!
If you would rather work on your own… the link to the super amazing deal is here:
But I would love to talk, shoot ya some awesome recipes and help you reach your goals. Hope this is your best year ever!!!
Carmen