Green Grapefruit Smoothie Recipe

Green Smoothie

 

I’m generally not a green smoothie or green juice fan. I like adding green veggies to my otherwise fruity smoothies or Shakeology, but just greens with a side of green apple is not for me. So call me pregnant (7 months to be exact), but while scrolling/trolling Pinterest the other day I actually had an intense graving for a GREEN smoothie. I followed several links to different blogs but none of them appealed to me (I’m sorry but celery and cucumber and mint blended do NOT excite my palate).

The craving was pretty intense so I decided to wing it with what I had in the house and BOOM! I hit the jackpot and knew I had to share this with you ASAP! This smoothie is just barely sweet, but has no bitter green flavor typically associated with … grass…I mean super green smoothies.

 

 Grapefruit Green Smoothie

It turned out so lovely I’ve had one every day since. It’s slightly sweet initially (slightly) and then the grapefruit flavor kicks in as an afterthought. Why have I never seen grapefruit in a smoothie recipe before? It’s such a brilliant, wonderful fruit! It’s definitely a must try.

Any way, this is ah-mazing & I highly recommend it if you are new to green smoothies, or like me, just don’t care to acquire the taste of them.

 

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

30 Day No Sugar Detox – Surviving the First Week

sugar

Today marks Day 6 of my 30 Day No Sugar Detox. If you’re following me on my Facebook page you know the story. I’ve had enough junk, enough exhaustion, and enough cravings – I couldn’t take it any more! I decided to start a 30 Day No Sugar Detox and hopefully get YOU in on it with me. It’s not too late to join us if you haven’t started, and I encourage you to set your own guidelines for the 30 days! For me, No Sugar means fruit is OK but the following are off limits for 30 Days:

• Refined white sugar
• Agave
• Honey
• Maple Syrup
• Juice
• Cane Sugar
• Corn Syrup

I realize now that I did not make things any easier on myself by deciding to start the 30 days in the middle of March. Not only are my eyes swimming in a sea of Easter candy everywhere I go, but we’ve got two family birthdays and I’m 7 months pregnant! I never did like making things easier on myself though, so why start now? I’m glad I didn’t over think starting – some times you have to just go for it.

In the past 6 days I’ve noticed several things that I thought were worth pointing out.

I Eat A Lot Of Sugar!

This may seem obvious, but, MAN, I was having a little bit (or a lot) all day long. A little raw honey or maple syrup in the morning, coconut sugar in my coffee, sweetened almond butter for a snack, sugar for afternoon snack…treat after dinner. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know how bad. Like many things, it took distancing myself from it to fully appreciate how dependent my body and routine were on sugar consumption through out the day.

The First Three Days…SUCK

I almost felt like I had the flu for the first three days. I just wanted to put my head down and sleep, and I was Mrs. Grumpy (trying not to take her poor judgment out on her kids). Lots of water and as much rest as possible helped some, but not much. I made sure I stayed well fed all day so that I didn’t have hunger crashes on top of trying to get through the initial detox phase. Ultimately, these days just sucked!

By day 4 I was starting to feel like a whole new wonderful person. If you’re just starting, hang in there through those first few days. It gets better quickly!

Sugar Crowds Out Real Food & Scrambles Hunger Cues

I was substituting sugar for other important nutrients and then had no appetite for the good foods my body needed to function. I could stomach a few brussel sprouts at dinner because I wasn’t hungry from my afternoon sugary snacks, but then could manage downing a banana drizzeled with honey and chocolate chips (or a bowl of ice cream). No wonder I was so tired all the time. This is the expressway to the hamster wheel of poor eating: I’m tired because I ate poorly, so I eat poorly, then I’m tired because I ate poorly. Once I started fueling my body with actual nutrients, I noticed an immediate change in how my hunger cues worked. I’m hungry, I eat, I get full, I stop. It’s so much easier to read the signals now!

It Was More About Habit Than About Treats

I consumed the most sugar during afternoon rest time and then after dinnertime when the kids were sleeping. I mentally connected sweet treats with relaxing and my body started to expect the sugar rush at those times. This is one of the hardest things for me to deal with. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “it’s just a little bit and I’ve been doing great.” STOP! Do not fall for that line of thinking. It’s a slippery slope back to where I was and I don’t want to go back there. My mind and body need more time to reset and I want to take care of this baby.

My new ritual is herbal tea, and if I just can’t take it I’ll slice a green banana and top it with some whipped coconut cream (you can also mash them together and it’s sooo good!).

Pay Attention All You Health Nuts!

I probably sound like a processed, sugary treat addict turned hippy health nut, right? Here’s what’s scary – not many people (including myself) would have looked at my food log and thought “sugar addict!” The sweet stuff made a very subtle and inconspicuous appearance into my daily routine. I eat almost NO processed sugar (an occasional cookie and those dang chocolate raisins) generally. I love to bake Paleo treats though, and I love raw honey, and what’s a Paleo pancake with a little syrup, and I’m pregnant so what’s 3 handfuls of chocolate chips going to hurt.

My point is, even if you’re a health nut, a vegan, a vegetarian, Paleo, ect. you still need to take a hard look at what you’re actually consuming every day. Reading labels (if you don’t already) will blow your mind. Everything from bread to spaghetti sauce to cereal to frozen foods are often laced with refined sugar, corn syrup, or one of their pesky relatives. Be sure you check your labels if you’re taking the challenge. You could be consuming sugar without even knowing it, and that’s no fun!

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

10 Simple Tips For Controlling Cravings

10 Tips To Stop Cravings

Cravings can get the worst of us. They can turn a great day into something we would rather not remember. Learning behaviors and habits that will allow you to just say no is the key to weight loss, feeling great, confidence, and long term maintenance once you’ve reached your goals!

Remember That Willpower Is Like a Muscle

Willpower is just like any muscle in your body. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. At first, you may find it very difficult to say no to your usual afternoon sugary treat. Over time, your willpower gets STRONGER and it becomes easier to make the healthy choice. You start to recognize the confidence and power that come from being in control of food, instead of letting it be in control of you. Don’t expect it to be easy right out of the gate, but know that it does get easier!

Drink Plenty of Water, Then Drink More

Thirst can mascarade as a craving. I suggest cutting your body weight in half and shooting for that many ounces of water every day. For example, I weight about 145 so I shoot for roughly 70 ounces of water (or 2.5 Nalgene bottles) every day! Make sure you’re not just thirsty before you reach for that treat.

Eat Enough of The Right Foods

It’s not enough to count calories. You have to eat the right foods. The good news is that you can eat much MORE when you eat the right foods. Be honest with yourself, are you actually getting 5 servings of vegetables every day? Do you know what a serving looks like? This is something I struggled with and didn’t even realize it! Programs like 21 Day Fix will help you get your portions and food on track if you need help with what to eat. Without enough of the right fuel in your body you will be more likely to crave something that’s bad for you.

Indulge Once A Week

If you’re trying to lose weight, I recommend limiting true indulgences to once a week. Once you are in “maintenance mode” you can relax that a little more. It’s important to give yourself something to look forward too every week so that you can say no in the moment knowing that if you wait it out you can truly enjoy a treat at the end of the week.

Embrace the 20 Minute Rule

If you’re really feeling like you just can’t live without that piece of chocolate or salty pretzel, wait 20 minutes before indulging. Drink some water and focus on something else. You may find that 20 minutes later you couldn’t care less about that treat or you might gain some perspective about whether it’s a good choice for you.

Don’t Expect to Be Perfect

It’s about progress, not perfection. No one is perfect! If you use a slip up as a reason to quit and throw in the towel for the rest of the day or week, you’ll back track big time. You can’t ruin your progress with one bad choice or even one bad day. Don’t give yourself this easy out.

Get An Accountability Partner

Having someone you can call, text, or email when that craving hits can make all the difference. Choose someone with whom you are comfortable sharing your goals and struggles. Also commit to offensive accountability: it’s not about that person discovering that you’re struggling to make good choices, it’s about YOU taking responsibility for reaching out when you need help.

Sleep More

If you constantly find that you are fighting cravings even after trying these simple techniques, you may just be tired. Permission to sleep more granted! If you’re sure you simply can’t get to bed earlier think about cutting out Television and Internet surfing. Chances are you can sneak in at least one more hour of sleep with some scheduling and discipline.

Operation Distraction

Finding a healthy alternative to your favorite treat couldn’t be simpler now. Google is your friend so use it! There are endless blogs and websites dedicated to making yummy treats out of healthy ingredients. One of my favorites is www.paleomg.com but find the ones that work for you. Remember, it’s better to eat a high calorie treat that’s full of healthy ingredients than to opt for a low calorie treat that’s highly processed and full of chemicals.

Never Give Up

Never give up on yourself. If these tricks aren’t working for you, who cares? Do your own research, be your own advocate, and find something that does work for you! These things work for me, but that doesn’t mean they are perfect fit for everyone. Take responsibility for your health and have confidence that you will figure this out!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Water is your Best Friend

Water is your best friend

You’ve probably heard that it is important to drink plenty of water. Most people appreciate that it is bad to be dehydrated, but few fully understand just how beneficial it is to incorporate enough water into your diet. Let’s look at a few of the somewhat surprising benefits of drinking water.

Water Can Help You Safely Lose Weight

One of the simplest ways to shed a few pounds is to drink more water. This may seem too easy or strange to you, but there are plenty of reasons why it works. One of the first symptoms of dehydration is hunger. You may find yourself craving less food when you increase your water intake, and you are not depriving your body of anything it needs.

Moisturize Your Skin from the Inside Out

Dry skin is a very common problem, especially in the wintertime. Instead of spending a lot on expensive moisturizers, you can provide the hydration your skin needs by drinking water. Your skin cells need water in order to repair quickly, allowing you to enjoy youthful, smooth and firm skin.

Build Your Muscles

Trying to tone up or bulk up during your fitness routine? According to Fit Day, you can strengthen your muscles with the help of water. Your muscles require oxygen in order to work and perform, as you need them to. Water delivers this much-needed oxygen.

Boost Your Energy Levels

If you are feeling run down and do not have the energy to complete your fitness routine, it could be because you are low on H2O. Thirst is actually often one of the last signs of dehydration. When your body needs water, you could begin to feel tired, run-down, or have a headache. Instead of reaching for more caffeine, reach for a glass of water.

Get a reusable water bottle and make a point to drink several bottles every day! Could be the simplest solution you’ve ever tried!

Source:

http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-little-known-benefits-of-drinking-water.html

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Making Sense of Superfoods

 Superfoods

In recent years, the term “superfood” has been thrown around a lot, and may have caused you some confusion. The confusing part is often that no two lists of these miracle foods ever tend to be the same. This is because the foods considered superfoods are subjective.

What Makes a Food Super?

The term “superfood” is a blanket term typically used to describe any food that is densely packed with vitamins, nutrients and/or antioxidants. These are foods that are considered to be particularly beneficial to your health, providing a wide variety of health benefits from weight loss to a strengthened immune system.

Below are a few examples of foods that are commonly labeled as superfoods.

Blueberries

As on this list, blueberries will often come first in lists of superfoods. This is because you will be hard-pressed to find another food that packs so many vitamins and so much fiber into such a small space.

It is important to note, as Live Science has, that most other berries are almost or equally as healthful as blueberries. If you prefer blackberries or cranberries, you will still be doing your body a great service when you have a handful of these.

Spinach

Spinach is more than just a food that makes cartoon characters strong. It is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, Lutein and other important nutrients. Similar to the berries, most dark leafy green vegetables are going to be very good for your diet. Spinach in particular is considered to be good for your immune system, your eyesight and your cardiovascular health.

Salmon

Speaking of your heart health, salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids to help in this area. It is also a very lean source of protein, making it a great way to get the fuel you need for your workouts.

Dark Chocolate

In need of desert? Have a small serving of dark chocolate, which also contains antioxidants. Dark chocolate has actually been linked to lowered blood pressure and improved heart health.

I get my daily dose of superfoods in Shakeology, but I also try to add in as many of these foods into my diet as possible. This is one of my favorite, simple superfood treat!

Rasberries

Raspberries With Whipped Coconut Cream

Ingredients:

½ cup of raspberries
1 can of coconut cream chilled for at least an hour in the refrigerator
1 tbls of pure maple syrup or raw honey
1 tsp of vanilla

Directions:

Place the coconut cream, syrup, and vanilla into a mixing bowl. Whip them together. Top Raspberries with one or two tablespoons of the cream and save the rest for later! The leftover cream is delicious on waffles, fruit, and on top of smoothies!

Source:

http://www.livescience.com/34693-superfoods.html

 

Meagan NorrisMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

 

4 Diet Myths BUSTED

What makes for a great first blog post? Busting the chops on diet myths that could be steering you to weight gain, not loss. There are so many supposed shortcuts promising fast results.  Guess what?  You might actually get fast results with some of these shortcuts!  But don’t you want LASTING results?  The last thing I want is to lose 5 pounds this week and then have my bubble burst two weeks later when I’ve gained back 7 pounds!  The 4 diet myths on this list have been critical to my own weight & fat loss, and the maintenance of my results.  Hope they are helpful for you too!  Have one not on this list?  Share it in the comment section!

Myth #1:   Counting Calories Is The Key That Opens the Door to Skinny

            For me, it’s far more important to consider the types of calories I’m consuming than it is the actual number consumed.  Counting calories is appealing because it’s concrete and straightforward, but learning how to eat whole foods is more beneficial long term.  For example, I might consume 100 calories with 10 crackers.  I would rather eat 150 calories of roasted zucchini tossed in olive oil.  The secret to long term weight loss is learning how to eat well.  No one wants to count calories forever.

Myth #2:  Eating Vegetarian, Paleo, Vegan (ect!) Will Automatically Help Me Lose Weight

Eick!  No matter what lifestyle you decide is right for you, it can be abused.  I might follow a Paleo lifestyle, but if I’m living on almonds, dried fruit and my favorite Paleo treats, I’m still not going to have the body I want.  Balance is critical no matter how I decide to eat!

Myth #3:   Saving Up Calories for Later in the Day Figuring It Will Even Out

Do you know how many times I’ve attempted to prove this statement RIGHT?  Many.  I love dinner time.  It’s when my husband and I get to be together in peace and enjoy a meal (and usually a snack), so I figured if I saved up some calories I would be able to indulge a bit more at dinner.  This strategy backfires every single time and a little indulgence turned into a lot of indulgence every time!   Eating a great breakfast and keeping my body fueled throughout the day allows me to control my portions later on in the day.  If I try to “save up” I’m going to over indulge later when I’m starving and trying to satisfy my hunger.

Myth #4:     Being Hungry All Of The Time Is Just Part Of the Weight Loss Journey

            I’ve been here too, back when I embraced Myth #1.  It’s the worst.  I counted down the seconds until I could eat again, calculating what I could eat the most of based on my calorie budget.  Once I made the switch to focusing on whole foods & eating Paleo, I realized I felt satisfied all of the time and could eat when hungry and stop when full.  I don’t believe you have to be hungry, grumpy, and miserable to lose weight and be healthy!

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!