Bye Bye Belly Bloat

When it comes time to get yourself on track with your nutrition, many people ask where do they start?? I’m personally a big fan of a detox/clean eating plan to help launch you onto you healthy eating plan. Now I know what you are thinking, and nope this is not one of those weird things where you drink green juice for 3 days. Its simply a clean eating food plan, with the option to use a plant based drink, to help get your body back on track.

 

1888590_10151937408343364_473944547_nThe reason I like to do this is it helps to get toxins out, plus for many people who follow it, it takes away the cravings for sweets! It also gives you an energy boost which is a big help for most people!!!

 

How does it work?? You simply follow my meal plan! You can substitute as needed but the closer you follow the plan, the better!

 

For breakfast you can have things like oats, greek yogurt, egg whites, or a protein shake.

 

Lunch options are sweet potatoes, brown rice, any vegetables, and protein such as chicken, ground turkey, fish or tuna.

 

Afternoon snacks are items like hard boiled egg whites, almonds or a protein shake.

 

Dinner includes a meat of your choice, more veggies, and brown rice or sweet potato.

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As you can see, its plenty of food and your portions can be adjusted to meet your own personal needs. The point of these foods is to eat clean items, not things that are processed and high in sugar.

 

You can also use a plant based detox drink to really see some truly amazing results. I love using this and am amazed how great I feel after!! With this drink, you are truly detoxing your body!!10730959_881109898589144_6589449028529981948_n

 

This plan is great to start your nutrition and fitness goals, get ready for a beach trip, or just get yourself back on track after an indulging weekend. Whatever your needs, it will work great for you! Go check out some of the results and testimonials of the over 300 people who have used it here.

Dana

Skinny Peanut Butter Cookies

pb cookiesI’m a personal trainer, sports nutritionist, and have lost over 80 lbs. How did I do it??? By not depriving myself of treats! I simply found healthier ways to have foods I loved, and that helped me stick with my plan. Many people cut out the foods they love, so then they feel deprived and binge eat. When they do that, they gain weight back at a faster weight and are farther behind on their goals than when they started. The fix for this??? Don’t deprive yourself! Have the foods you like in moderation and try to make them healthier.

Peanut Butter cookies are one of my favorite treats, and this recipe gives you 24 cookies at 36 calories each!!!! This is a great way to have a snack that doesn’t ruin all your hard work. Not to mention kids loves these too!!

INGREDIENTS:
1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 Cup Sugar (I used stevia)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350. Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Form into quarter shaped balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for approx 10 minutes.

Add a chocolate kiss and bake for another 2 minutes

With kiss: 58 calories

Dana

Skinny Puppy Chow

chexI love sweets. Forget pizza and pasta, sweet snacks are my go to item!! I can eat salad all day long if need be if it means I get chocolate for dessert haha. I’m always on the hunt to find ways to make my favorite treats a bit healthier, and this week I made Skinny “Puppy Chow”. No its not dog food, its peanut butter chocolate covered chex mix. SO GOOD!!!! Its also a great sweet snack for kids!!will and chex

Here is how I made it:

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Wheat Chex Cereal (you can use regular too)

2 Tbsp Natural Low Fat Peanut Butter

2 Tbsp “I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter”

2 Squares Sugar Free Dark Chocolate

1 Package Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding

1 Tbsp Powdered Sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the butter, peanut butter, and chocolate in a large pot on the stove. Melt over low heat and stir consistently to prevent it from burning.  Once it has all melted, remove from the stove.  Pour the chex mix in the pot and mix it up well. Dump the chex onto a foil lined cookie sheet to cool. Once it has cooled (approx. 20-30 minutes) pour it into a large Ziploc bad and add the pudding and powdered sugar. Shake gently to mix. Store in an air tight container or bag for 3-5 days.

Dana

The Perfect Job

One question I get all the time is “Dana, how In the world do you get started working from home???” I’d love to say the answer is quick and easy, but the truth is it’s not. The reason behind that is different things work for different people, and to be successful, you need to find what works best for YOU!!!

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When I first started making an income from home, it was unplanned! I was in school full time and my kids were 2 ½ and 1, but we were struggling to pay our bills let alone put any money in savings, so I started with a company selling a product I personally used. Now, let me say that I went about that all the wrong way haha!! I burnt myself out following the advice of my “leader” and burnt out my team. The money earned did help me pay for my personal training certification, but during that I learned the product I was promoting had some iffy ingredients, so I left the company!!!

 

I decided to focus instead on my personal training business as my experience with selling a product left a very sour taste in my mouth haha. I had finished college so I had a lot more time for this type of business!!  It took me awhile to put my foot back into the world of direct sales, but when I did I made sure to do a lot of research and find the perfect job for me!

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Direct selling is not for everyone of course, and some people have to try multiple companies before they find one they love. Because if you are promoting a product you don’t love, people will see that and not only will they not buy, you will be miserable yourself!!

Of course this is NOT the only way to make an income from home, but for me its what works best!!! With 3 kids, I can’t spend hours online and most days when I work, varies greatly. Sometimes its an hour, some-days its not at all!! For me, flexibility is the most important thing as my kids always come first. If you can work set hours, in a quiet place, MANY companies now hire people to do customer service over the phone from home. That’s a steady income if you can devote 40hrs a week.

Remember, you have to find what works for you. Sit down and figure out what you are looking for in a job, how much time you can devote, and what your goals are financially. And never be afraid to ask for help from others in the work from home industry!!!

 

Just because one thing works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for you….but it never hurts to try!!!! One thing that makes me successful is I NEVER EVER EVER force my company on someone. Instead I help them find the perfect fit for THEM!!!!! Find something you love, and you never work a day!!

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Dana

Not SuperMom

Today:

  • The baby was up every 2hrs last night plus has a giggle fest from 2am-3:30am
  • The coffee pot went crazy and ruined my MUCH need energy in a cup
  • I accidentally charged something I didn’t want to buy
  • I forgot to defrost the meat for dinner
  • Did I brush my teeth??? Who knows!

As a Mom, and also a women its very important to remember that we all have off days!!! I tend to be hard on myself and forget that I spend most the night up with an infant, so I have good reason to be tired. I make a to-do list each day and sometimes I get everything crossed off, sometimes nothing. And that is ok!!!! We are all human and most day’s Moms do not get a normal lunch break, privacy time when in the bathroom, a chance to fully wash and rinse our hair, or the opportunity to drink our coffee while its hot. But that’s ok!!!

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I remind myself, and every other Mom out there, that this too shall pass and what matters is that you do the best you can each day and remember you are raising beautiful children, the most important job!! So who cares if the laundry goes through the dryer for the 4 time in a row. Or if that bill was one day late. Haircuts can wait til next week. You deserve a moment to sit down, do nothing, drink some coffee, and surf through Pinterest aimlessly.

Because tomorrow is a new day. Take the SuperMom cape off for today, and just relax and take it easy, that’s my plan for the rest of the day <3

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Dana