Ready to Ditch the Diet?

You Ain't Your Weight with Jenna Free

Imagine waking up tomorrow feeling comfortable in your own skin, knowing you are worthy and perfect just the way you are. Imagine having a positive relationship with food; no more stress, no more tension, just enjoyment and nourishment.

As an advocate for self-love and true happiness I have talked to many who have found that diets just aren’t working. You feel like you’re on a rollercoaster with high victories and low failures. It’s frustrating and leaves you feeling discouraged.

This is why I’m so grateful that Intuitive Eating Counsellor Jenna Free invited me to join her on this free interview series.

It’s called, You Ain’t Your Weight: How to ditch the diet, stop obsessing over food and cultivate genuine happiness.

As a member of my community, you have a free ticket for the event reserved just for you.

Get your free reserved ticket here >> http://bit.ly/2okEGK5

If you would like to start making your life bigger instead of constantly trying to make yourself smaller then this speaker series is going to highlight how you can begin down this transformative path.

You will get insights into:

+ how to stop the body hate thoughts

+ how to create healthier habits without dieting

+ how to navigate a world obsessed with dieting

+ top tips on how to stop the food obsession

You will get useful advice from 21 of the top body image and happiness experts on how to take action on changing your life by changing the way you act around food, how you feel about your body and how to live a life full of joy and happiness that lets you no longer need to wait on the weight!

This speaker series is something I believe everyone should attend so they can stop obsessing and start living. The weight loss will not bring you the happiness you’ve been searching for but this very well could!

Be sure to reserve your spot so you don’t miss my interview where I share my top tips on how to be content in the body you’re in right now.

Get your free reserved ticket here >> http://bit.ly/2okEGK5

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I Tried Blue Apron for Two Weeks and Here’s What Happened

My husband and I have been doing the Dave Ramsey program for a while. We make monthly budgets, and for the most part, we stick to them. But there’s always been one problem area that never seems to go away– food.

We eat out too much. Both my husband and I are incredibly busy. He works most nights and I get home an hour before my daughter has to go to bed. It doesn’t leave much time for cooking, washing dishes, etc. So we often grab something, which ends up being a $30 meal for unhealthy junk. After looking around for a better solution, I recalled the hype around unprepared meal delivery. I’ve had friends who have tried Blue Apron and I wondered if it was the answer we’d been looking for. Could this be just the right thing to save us money and encourage us to eat healthier?

Well, it’s been two weeks now and I have to say that we’re pretty happy so far. I’ll admit that it’s been a bit of a stretch for us since we are all picky eaters in this house. But the good thing is we’ve tried everything we were given, even when we were asked to eat turnips for the first time. And, you know what? I found out that I like turnips! I never thought I’d say that. All of the meals are health conscious and fresh from local farms. We seriously haven’t eaten this healthy in years. Sadly, I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had vegetables for several days straight. Each meal is low carb and lean but you don’t notice it. The recipes they provide ensure that every bite is full of flavor. We’re also reassured by the rating system. If we don’t like a meal, we can give it a low rating to let them know what works for us. We haven’t rated a meal lower than 3 stars so far. It’s all been so good and I feel great about the fact that I’m eating quality meals.

I also love the convenience of Blue Apron. We come home to a box at our door with the week’s meals. They are protected with huge blocks of ice so that we don’t have to stress about getting our delivery in the fridge right away. Every single ingredient we need to create the meal is provided all the way down to tiny bottles of sherry vinegar. In the past, my husband and I had wanted to try new recipes but were bummed that we’d have to invest in a full bottle of some ingredient we weren’t even sure we were going to like. This is a great way for us to try new things without us having to invest much.

The only downside so far is that the meals take a good chunk of time to prepare and cook. We haven’t figured out a great system for that yet. Each meal can take between 30-45 minutes for us novices. With everything being fresh, you have to learn how to chop your own parsley and clove your own garlic. The taste is worth it but it’s a time sucker for us currently. As of now, this isn’t enough to hold us back from continuing our plan. I’m sure we’ll either get faster with experience or find just the right tag team equation.

I haven’t lost any weight yet or felt some huge benefit from this new diet plan yet but I will say that I feel good about what’s going in my body. I hope to see physical benefits as well with the coming weeks. Even still, Blue Apron gets a thumbs up from our family.

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Less Cows, Less Fouls

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Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been tipping the scale a bit more than I’d like to. There are times when I stop paying  attention and before I know it, I’m at a weight that I’m not okay with. Sometimes I feel like the Internet is reading my mind. While scrolling through my Facebook feed, an interesting article caught my eye. Now normally I take these with a grain of salt but I do always like to look.

The title was “Obesity: It’s Not About the Carbs” and it led to the Forks Over Knives site. I had watched this documentary not too long ago and definitely see some of it to be true. If you haven’t watched it, it’s on Netflix and is worth checking it. The documentary talks about the vast benefits of eating a heavily plant based diet. While I’m not sure about all the documentary touted, I can certainly agree that eating a heavy plant based diet is one of the best things you can do for your body. Now, do I do that? Not really, it’s easy said than done. However, I’d like that to be my goal one day. So when I saw this article and skimmed over it, I decided to do something about it.

As if I needed a little more encouragement, I saw another article that caught my attention. It showed photos of a week’s worth of food in different countries. The photo of the American family showed plenty of junk food like chips, cookies, etc. Mixed in was loads of meat. As I continued to scroll down, I saw countries like Mali and Ecuador that featured photos of families surrounded mainly by grains and vegetables. That really caught my attention and further pushed me towards trying something new.

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Let me start by stating this pure and simple, I love meat. There’s nothing like a mouthful of juicy Texas brisket or a big plump burger to sink my teeth into. But when I really take a step back and assess what I’m eating, I realize meat is in every single meal. I don’t know where it started but somewhere down the line I began believing that if I didn’t have meat in a meal, it didn’t count. Crazy, right? For the past couple of weeks I’ve worked at changing my thinking. I don’t cut out meat all together. Heck, I don’t have that kind of will power, but I have cut it down to once a day in most cases. On Saturdays I don’t mind letting this slip. It’s fun to cheat sometimes.

While I didn’t initially start this to lose weight, I have lost a little– probably about three or four pounds. Not bad. The reason why I really wanted to focus on eating this way was because my past habits were unnecessary. The fact is, I need more fruits and veggies in my diet. Since cutting the meat, I’ll admit I’ve been going a little crazy on the carbs. But I’m aware of it and hoping to reign it in. I don’t adjust to change very well. At first I thought this change was going to be extremely difficult, but it hasn’t been bad. I often have a smoothie or acai bowl from breakfast. Eggs are another good source of protein. For lunch, I’ll have salad or cheese and crackers, things that are filling but don’t contain meat. I have noticed I need to snack a little more often. I don’t mind this since nutritionists recommend you eat more frequently to keep your metabolism up.

So, there it is. I’ve found something beneficial for my body that I can actually accomplish. I want to pose this question to you. How many of your meals contain meat in them?

Acai Bowls, Guys

Okay, I realize that this isn’t a novel concept and, in fact, this has been around for a while. Please forgive me while I crawl out from the cave man sized rock that I’ve clearly been living under. I have to admit that I had no idea that these existed leaving me thinking, what have I been doing my whole life?

A work friend of mine came down to visit last week for some training. She’s a lot of fun and I was excited to get to schedule out a lunch with her. She’s very health conscious, frequenting CrossFit and making good choices when it comes to food. Basically, she’s everything I’m not. I completely admire her for that, so when she suggested trying out acai bowls, I was definitely game.

Now I have to be honest, I was a little skeptical. Most things that are considered healthy meal substitutes are not up my ally. I enjoy smoothies and juices, but that’s about it. I’m certainly not a salad girl. So when I heard that I’d be having a fruit filled bowl with granola, I wasn’t thrilled. However, you can’t judge a book by its cover so I gave this little trend a try.

There’s a new place out by my work called Blenders and Bowls. Apparently, there are a few in Austin but I hadn’t heard of them before. When first walking in, I definitely felt the place was trendy and fun. My first thoughts were if things tasted as good as they looked, I’d be leaving happy. After looking over the menu, I decided to go with The Chill Berry. The bowl featured an acai smoothie topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, goji berries, granola and honey. After one bite, I was hooked. It was sour and sweet and crunchy. I found myself quickly scraping the bowl clean. The craziest part to me was that I was actually full! That’s right, a smoothie with fruit and granola got this plus sized girl full!

With my successful acai encounter I began to get skeptical. This couldn’t be healthy because it was delicious. There had to be a catch like a lot of hidden sugar or something. Well, after plenty of research it turns out, yeah, it’s totally healthy. All you’re ingesting is fruit, honey and granola. So, it’s totally worth a meal replacement or even an dessert since it has the consistency of icecream. Oh, and there’s a lot of health benefits from acai like:

  • It is a great source of antioxidants
  • It is a good source of vitamin C
  • It is great for your skin

So, if you’re looking for something nutritional that tastes amazing, look no further than an acai bowl. Trust me, it’s totally worth it!

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Why I’m Late to Work: The Soup Peddler

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the healthiest eater. I want to be but the stress of life gets in the way. I tend to get overwhelmed with work, my hobbies and being a mom. So, last on the list is my diet. However, I have found one solution that has really helped.

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The Soup Peddler is a local Austin business with multiple locations. I went to check it out when a new location was added close to our apartment. After talking with the owner, I was instantly in love. The Soup Peddler’s menu features sandwiches, salads, soups, juices and smoothies. But here’s why they’re so amazing, they have prepackaged healthy meals for an incredible price. That means, I can walk in grab a large bag of healthy soup and walk out with dinner for the family. The ingredients are organic and of the highest quality. Plus, it’s just good. So, when I’ve had a particularly bad day binging on donuts and burgers, it’s good to know I can end it on a good note.

Soups are a great meal, especially if you get it from a place like this. Look for something really hardy, chocked full with protein and vegetables. I promise if you find the right soup, you’ll feel full and that will help you maintain or lose weight.

Then, there’s one of my favorite meal replacements- smoothies. I need breakfast. I mean, I need it! Otherwise, I’m hangry and unproductive until lunch time. I often vouch for smoothies over other breakfast items. They give me lots of energy and I’m getting plenty of fruits and vegetables (which I need since I eat like a 5-year-old kid most of the time.) I’ve noticed it really helps me with my waistline as well.

The Soup Peddler really turned me on to finding the best smoothies to replace meals. I had always thought any smoothie would do but owner, David Ansel, showed me quite different. When replacing a meal with smoothies, get something with a protein to keep you going until your next meal time. The Soup Peddler has many selections with peanut butter or crushed nuts, like cashews. My favorite smoothie there is called, Magic Carpet Ride. It features cherry, pistachios, tahini, sumac, banana and coconut water. But what really makes this drink for me in the Himalayan Salt. Such a unique taste that I continue to come back for! Another great one is Nina Simone. So why am I always late to work? Because I’m waiting for this place to open up at 8:00am so I can head to work with an amazing breakfast.

As you can see, I highly recommend trying out the Soup Peddler, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for a healthy meal to help you lose weight, try doing a soup or smoothie. Just a quick warning: be on the lookout, some smoothies have a lot of sugar in them. Find a local place with organic ingredients that will make you something without any added sugar.

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Happy eating!

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