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To Paleo or Not to Paleo? That is not a question!

Hello readers! I hope you are having a fabulous day and that you’ve had a fabulous week! I can say that  mine has been pretty darn nice. I started a new training plan this week that you can find by going to Mother Pumper and signing up for her newsletter. You will receive the entire 60 day program FREE! She also uploads the workouts to YouTube! Yay!

With this amazing training plan I’ve decided that I really need to take control of my diet. Like, for real. No more excuses.

So, I’m looking into the Paleo diet. While it seems like a tough transition, it seems to be SO worth it! I’ve absolutely noticed intolerance to certain foods like grains, dairy, etc. since eating a cleaner diet. Now I really want to take it to the next level of “clean” and see what my body is truly capable of, without the restrictions these foods put on it.
Restrictions? Yes. When I eat certain foods I feel tired, lazy, no motivation, less interest in just about anything. Not to mention the stomach/ gastro issues that come along with it.
I’m going grocery shopping Friday so I’m making my list now and researching all things Paleo.

I found this interesting and worth sharing:
“Why No Grains?
*Not healthy, no nutrients, not suitable for our digestive system – (causes weight gain and bloating)
*Contain anti-nutrients (phytates- more on that soon)
*Contain lectin (grain protein causes gut irritation) > celiac: gluten intolerance > destruction of villi in intestines > a vast array of digestive/gastrointestinal problems: constipation – heart burn – colon disease – IBS – varicose veins – indigestion – colitis – gall stones – hemorroids – appendicitis – hiatal hernia – duodenal ulcer
*Gluten (wheat, oats) disrupts insulin signalling (1 in 33 people have celiac disease)
*Lead to carb addiction (bread anyone?)
*Kitava study: No cancer, diabetes, heart disease or obesity. Intro to grains/dairy/legumes = disease started
*Inuits: 85% fat, 15% protein, no carbs = no disease”

(You can find the rest of the article here.)

I will NOT be going 100% Paleo because I do LOVE my Body FX products. There are a couple that I can’t live without like our Protein FXEnergy FX and After FX. The Shake FX will be a tough one, too. I’ll probably keep those babies on hand for those days when I just need something quick or I know I’ll be too busy to eat right. 

The hardest part for me is finding clean/ Paleo recipes that everyone will enjoy. I see all kinds of delicious looking recipes all over the web only to find ingredients not pleasing to my husband. If you have a favorite recipe site SHARE IT in the comments! I need all the help I can get!

 

Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page to keep up with my journey. I’m a fitness/ workout selfie photo junkie, too! Also, you can find lots of fun photos on my Instagram!

 

My 30 Day Transformation with Body FX!

My 30 Day Transformation with Body FX!

Wow!! I never would have thought that I’d be a true testimony like this. I knew I’d get results with our fantastic products, but to change my body the way I have still has me in awe.
This is my 30 Day journey.
I used Body FX products regularly. Some days I’d drink a Shake FX if I needed something quick and fully nutritious. I’d drink After FX post-run to help me recover and sometimes after doing JNL Fusion depending on my time schedule. I took Slim FX on the days that my cravings were trying to take over and on days when I caved and cheated to help me stop the binge from taking over my day. Protein FX was a staple as I LOVE grain-free protein pancakes in the morning. The Energy FX got me through those long days with JNL Fusion in the morning and the 1hr long interval training class at the gym.
I was working out 5-7 days a week doing JNL Fusion, light weight training, running (I was doing C25k during this 30 day period), walking and attended a couple interval classes at my gym, played basketball with my son and went on a few bike rides. On top of everything, I ate clean almost 100%.
I had a wonderful support system with my Body FX sponsor who helped push me and keep me accountable, as well as all the members of our amazing team. My family supporting me in this was the best! They kept me going, encouraged me to stay on track, and even had to get stern with me when I wanted to cheat. I probably would have had more slip-ups if they weren’t here to smack my hand. 😉

I hope I can inspire others to take back their health and get the body they so desire. Body FX is so much more than “weight loss” and meal replacement shakes! Our products are truly changing lives because we are HEALING our bodies with proper nutrition and more importantly the PROPER DOSAGE of key ingredients.
I encourage you to take a look for yourself at my website, watch some of the videos from our incredibly caring and committed formulator, Don Bodenbach. Read over the white papers and see what our products can do for you. It’s not anything you’ve seen before. People may try to compare us to our competitors, but there really is no comparison. We have what you need to feel great inside as well as out.
You can always contact me at fitifitness.bodyfxdirect@gmail.com if you need anything!
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Today’s Gluten Free Finds from My Favorite Place to Shop

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I actually found these items a couple of days ago, but thought I should wait to post a blog until I’d actually tried them.

Let’s start with the marshmallow treats. While edible, these were not all that great. That being said, I believe it was the flavor; peanut butter caramel. Had they they stuck to one or the other, peanut butter OR caramel, these probably would have tasted better. As you can imagine, they are not as sticky and mashmallowy (yeah, I just made that up) as your typical marshmallow treat, either. Neither of my kids were too fond of them, although my son’s friend thought they were tasty.
Consensus: Likely to not purchase again. (Luckily I found them at the discount store for cheap.)
Now on to the crackers. I actually really like these crackers. They have a very different, distinct taste that I just love. They are super crunchy, which is extremely important and the serving is 40 crackers! At 120 calories I’m pretty happy with this product. My daughter, on the other hand, does not like the flavor. I believe “weird” was her word of choice in describing them.
No one else has tried them.

I have to tell you, I LOVE having a discount store nearby! It has been a great help to our food budget and introduced us to many different things that we wouldn’t have otherwise tried because it’s just so expensive in the grocery stores. There’s also a bonus that comes with ours, they carry fresh produce, eggs and other locally produced goodies like honey, jams & jellies and salsas!
They just celebrated their 1 year anniversary last month and I hope they get to celebrate many more! DWP’s Facebook page keeps us updated on new arrivals, produce days and specials. Go check them out!
I encourage you all to find some place similar where you live.
Support small business, buy local!

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DIY Taco Bowls and One Week with NO Flour or Dairy

In my house when we have taco night, I usually make homemade corn tortilla chips for myself and have a taco salad. I try to stay away from flour tortillas due to the calorie and sodium count. Yesterday, while I was on Facebook I came across a shared photo in my news feed of DIY taco bowls. This was perfect since we had tacos planned for last night! There were no instructions with it; temp, time, ect., so I decided to use my chips as a baseline for the recipe. They turned out great, and fun!

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Using an upside-down muffin tin you create the bowls. How neat is that?!
I baked mine at 400* for 10 minutes after I sprayed them with spray butter. With the fillings I chose, each bowl is only 236 calories, and one bowl is plenty if you pair it with a side dish, such as Spanish rice.
Here’s what’s in mine:
2 tbs refried beans in the bottom
2 oz lean ground beef (I make my taco meat with Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime blend and a little chili powder)
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1 tbs plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tbs salsa
Yum!! The bowl was overflowing with my mixture and I just love that. These are super easy, super tasty, and super fun!

No Flour and No Dairy for 1 Week
    This challenge I’m doing with a friend. The same friend, in fact, that I BodyRock with long distance. Starting today, for an entire week, we will avoid all foods with flour AND all dairy products. Why? To eliminate the processed foods that are flour and dairy products.
Already on day 1 this is a challenge for us both. She is attending a cookout sure to have burgers and buns galore. In my house we have a visitor; our daughter’s best friend from out of state. We’ve tried planning meals as much as possible for her stay. On the menu for tonight? My husband’s super delicious English muffin pizzas. I’ve been racking my brain to think of some way to still enjoy a dinner that’s pizza-esque. I really don’t want to resort to eating a salad for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good salad. Tonight though, they’re having yummy little pizzas, and I want some too! My brain racking paid off as I tried to imagine what would work under the sauce and toppings… Rice cakes! Oh yeah!
Wait, as I’m typing this I realize something. Something pretty important, too. Cheese goes on pizza, cheese is dairy… I forgot about the cheese. Thinking cap back on!

Yellow Watermelon (yes, it’s actually yellow), and a little fitness and diet update

This is just going to be a quick little post. I purchased a yellow watermelon from my locally owned produce and discount grocery store. I LOVE this store. I have tried so many new things since I started shopping there, and the owners are super nice. That’s always a plus. 🙂 So I basically try to purchase as much as I can from there to shorten my list and reduce my costs from the big chain grocery store.
Yesterday I brought home a yellow watermelon!

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Yellow Watermelon

For those who have never heard of such a thing (I hadn’t until they brought them in a couple weeks ago), they taste pretty much the same as a red watermelon. I didn’t notice any difference in texture, either. It seems to me it’s all about hype with this unusually colored fruit. But hype is cool, and everyone loved seeing it was actually yellow! We are now stocked up on yellow watermelon…

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Does it look like I'm a watermelon hoarder?

**Fitness Update:
     I have one day left of the BodyRock February Challenge, and it’s my final fit test. I can’t wait to see my scores! I feel so much stronger, and proud that I actually committed and completed a full month’s program! My weight hasn’t really changed, but I’m pretty sure my snacking choices and inability to limit myself are to blame for that. It’s a work in progress.

**Diet Related:
     We have started implementing rules for choosing breakfast cereals. It’s actually a little test I learned from another site. There’s three requirements a cereal must meet to be considered; first ingredient must be whole grain, it must have at least 4g fiber, and no sugar (or other forms of sugar) listed in the first three ingredients. We’ve done well so far. Our first trip to buy cereal was a huge success. My son was very avid about following the rules. He checked every label and ultimately made a great choice which led him to trying something new, something that he liked, too. My daughter made an excellent choice and picked shredded wheat. Other than the fact that it’s one of the healthier choices by far, it’s a cereal that you can add your own flavor to. A little chocolate, a little honey, some fresh fruit, or even just a little sugar. The possibilities really are endless.
So we’ve made a deal: if everyone keeps their meals as healthy as possible, I’ll give a little on the not-so-healthy snacks. The balance has worked out nicely. 🙂

*Question*
1) How is your fitness coming along? Have you tried anything new lately? As I’m coming to the end of this challenge I’d love to hear of some new ideas. 

2) What things do you do to keep the household happy in the food department? Are there special rules for certain foods or meals? I’m sure we’d all love to have a few more tricks up our sleeves for getting the kids and spouses eating better.