ALL New Stuff…..

Well….hello there….

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IF you have followed the blog at all, then you will notice my absence as of late. To be real, it was a myriad of different reasons.

First, I did have surgery and decided to actually take some downtime.

Second, I was truly questioning why I do what I do and if it matters at all in the grand scheme of things (jury is still out on that one).

Third, I was working to try and fill in the gaps of training, so to speak.

While first and second will be saved for another day, I’m going to share a little of the third with you now.

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I have been truly bogged down by the fact that a lot of people who come for help don’t get very far. Truth is, it felt as though there was a part missing…..let’s say, a spoke from a wheel wasn’t there. So, it made it very difficult for us to get anywhere. So I began to research other areas of expertise and talk with other trainers who have been successful at making their client, well, successful. The answer came again and again: an online training platform.

If you’re like me and you don’t dig technology all that much, then the thought of online training can seem daunting. The fact is, in today’s fast paced environment, you need something that will stay a step or two ahead so you can focus on life and not be overwhelmed by workouts. This online training platform can be held in the palm of your hand and is as easy as checking in on Facebook so everybody knows you’re handling your business ;)

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I have teamed up with TRAINERIZE to offer plans to help you reach any goal. Since my specialty is Corrective Exercise, this can be used in conjunction with your current training program. The app itself is extremely user friendly and you can track your progress in-app so you can see exactly where you’re headed, whether you want to lose fat, gain muscle, get stronger, be quicker, or simply move through life with less pain. You can see it all and track it all here.

It’s also simple to set up and doesn’t keep you bound to JUST seeing your trainer on certain days/times.

Start by checking into Pricing and available Schedules (online only option is available). Then, you will receive a message from your trainer to confirm a time for training that week. You have the option to see your trainer face to face 1-2 times per week, depending on your goal and schedule. For example, Olympic lifters usually see me once per week to focus on mobility and flexibility. Fat loss clients usually opt for twice per week. Once established, you will also get training programs uploaded into your app. These program will be personalized for your goal and lifestyle. This way, you know exactly what to do and can keep track of your workouts in-app. Your trainer can keep track as well and is informed of workout consistency. This creates an accountability that will propel you forward DAILY.

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I’ve also added meal planning capabilities to the app (all plans are done by me, not generic) so you can choose to add that option OR simply opt to get your nutrition in line while staying with your current trainer or training program.

Important Notes:

  • ALL face to face sessions are semi-private.
  • Private training sessions ARE offered, but are priced differently and not available for purchase in-app.
  • Meal planning is priced separately and requires a brief Q&A with your trainer.
  • You are totally allowed to switch times during the week, but must let your trainer know.
  • All plans are month to month and must be cancelled NO LATER than 2 weeks prior to next billing cycle.
  • Specialty training, such as MMA and Sports Performance, are also offered in a group setting.

This allows you to finally have the tools you need to reach THAT goal and start setting new ones. So, check out the app today, pick your program, get in a group, and start seeing and feeling results within a week!

Summertime News and all things healthy :)

Good Morning!

I hope this post finds you feeling healthier and if not, drink some water……chances are you are dehydrated :)
So, I get that blog posts have been sporadic and that is due to contest prep. I am now 11 days out from my FIGURE debut at the Musclemania Lone Star in Galveston, TX on May 16th. If you want to read up on contest prep and check out photos, go HERE.

 

Posts will resume more normalcy once the competition is wrapped and my new goals settle in for the long haul. Since this is the final post pre-contest, I wanted to use it to address a few things and let you in on some of my upcoming news.

GYM RULES (watch out for these things if you want to reach your goals):

I’m going to be overly blunt here, but I’m tired of everybody wandering around totally lost….so here we go.

  1. KNOW YOUR GOALS!!!!! If you do not have specific you-centered goals written down then you are flying blind…..and everybody knows it.
  2. Be careful what “advice” you take. Over the past 6 months I have heard more bad advice escape the mouths of gym goers than I could read off the internet in a lifetime. I hear it on the gym floor, in the locker room and ALWAYS in the sauna. My personal favorite is the group exercise instructor who told a group of older ladies they should ALWAYS do their cardio fasted…..because obviously group X instructors have a PhD in exercise and nutrition science and just teach for the heck of it (I can say that, I was one). Do you realize that training fasted has never been scientifically proven for greater fat loss? More so, do you think a spin instructor knows that if there is a pre-existing condition like high blood pressure (which is rampant) training fasted can actually be a terrible thing? Food for thought…..by picky about whose advice you take. It doesn’t matter if you think they look fitter than you. Do they have more education then Google University?
  3. Don’t camp out on the machinery. Those fancy machines were designed for a purpose: bodybuilders who could no longer utilize heavier loads without risking injury. The machines stabilize you and make it possible to lift heavier and tear down more muscle fibers to produce muscular gains. Get it right with free weight and body weight FIRST, then move on.
  4. Don’t just sit there. Many people think they are taking an appropriate rest between sets, but 2 minutes is far too long. If you need more than 90 seconds of rest, lighten your load a bit.
  5. Mind your mouth…or at least what you put in it. Post workout nutrition is key to a sleek physique. Your muscles need energy or they can’t recover and perform.

Whew! Those are really my top 5 tips for YOU to get where you want to be. It’s not always about the size, scale or mirror…..it’s about goals.

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What’s new?

LOADS of new things are coming and I am experiencing a refresher this Summer. Out with the old and in with the new :) I dig change….in fact, I crave it. Due to that, we are doing a total overhaul. Here are a few things you can expect:

  • Weekly real-time training videos. These will be termed Tabata Tuesday and will cover awesome workouts in minimal time with minimal equipment. You can do these workouts ANYWHERE, even on vacation (I’m even shooting some on vacation).
  • Nutrition programs. You requested it and I am hard at work on beginner, intermediate and advanced nutrition programs you will be able to download based on current goals.
  • Goal setting webinars. You know I’m a stickler for goals and I’m setting up FREE webinars so people can get a handle on how to set goals so they can actually reach them.
  • Monthly recipes in the newsletter.
  • Form videos on some of the most popular strength training moves.
  • A whole lot more including hang outs, Q & A’s, guest trainers, success stories, pretty pictures, and maybe even some fit getaways.

So stick with me as I finish this goal and head on to the next!

In health and fitness,

Michelle

Want to train with me? New services offered.

You’ll see a lot more happening around the site in the next few weeks. I’m opening up some new services I have been working on so that YOU can reach your personal and physical goals.

Check out what’s coming SOON:

ONLINE PERSONAL TRAINING

This is designed for those who either can’t get to me, can’t get a spot, OR find themselves ready to prod their own hiney out of bed and get it done! If you’re in that last category, then we have something in common: awesomeness :)

What does it include?

  • Macronutrient calculation and meal planning help individual to YOU and your goals
  • Macro adjustments as needed
  • Strength training plans adjusted to suit your goals AND your current abilities and facilities (no gym, no prob)
  • Cardio/conditioning programs for body fat loss
  • Tips and tricks

Who is it for?

  • Competitors (novice and experienced) looking for an edge and fresh concepts
  • Athletes needing conditioning, strength and nutrition for their sport
  • Youth athletes seeking and edge to a scholarship
  • Athletes who have struggled with injury and need help getting back on top of their game

Need more info? Email me at michelle@michellecfitness.com

Cost varies based on the length of training.

 

SPECIALTY DIETS

Feeling low on energy ALL THE TIME?

Having trouble focusing?

Do you feel the need for a nap right after you eat?

Struggling with achy joints?

Did you know that even a small food intolerance OR yeast buildup can cause these symptoms and many more?

I can help guide you through getting to know what could be plaguing you in a safe and effective way.

Each case is handles individually and I do also work with doctors. Email for info: michelle@michellecfitness.com

 

QUICK DROP

What is it?

This program is designed for a guaranteed weight drop, as fast as SAFELY possible. I utilize the highest of safety standards and stay in contact with each individual to make sure it is done correctly.

Who is it for?

Those in need of cutting weight quickly for a sports or insurance related issue (known as making weight). Nothing over 20 pounds on this one :)

Those who need a plan laid out and easy to follow. The QUICK DROP plan comes with easy to follow meal plans and effective workout plans to increase results.

Need more info? Shoot me an email michelle@michellecfitness.com

Cost is $250 for 4 weeks

 

21 DAYS TO HOPE

Are you truly desperate to lose weight?

Do you just not know where to even start?

Do you think, or have you been told, that surgery is your ONLY option?

All you need is 21 days to start changing the habits that put the weight on! You can do this, because others have.

In just 21 days, here’s what you’ll see:

  • Increased energy
  • Lower body fat
  • Water weight loss
  • Less bloating
  • Fewer gastrointestinal issues (acid reflux, gerd, IBS, etc.)
  • You’ll learn how to ditch the negative thoughts
  • You’ll find hope

Why wait? Get started by sending me an email and let’s talk about your goals! michelle@michellecfitness.com

 

Skype Sessions

These sessions are an hour in length and can cover any area where you feel you need a little more guidance such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Muscle gain
  • Proper exercise sequencing
  • Proper recovery
  • Supplementation
  • Nutrition
  • How to hush the negative thoughts that hold you back
  • How to embrace your changing body
  • How to get your family on board
  • How to handle haters
  • Special subjects for trainers as well

BRAND NEW 30 DAY GROUPS!

Want to get a trainer, but money is a little tight?

I am now offering 30 day challenge groups for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain (2 separate groups) that make your goals affordable and within reach.

Email now to get on the wait list michelle@michellecfitness.com

New groups start October 20th.

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NOW is the time to take it to the next level!

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Re-igniting the Elite

Welcome to hump day! :) My favorite day…

As a general disclaimer: I am embarking on my first round of Figure Competitions this year and will be blogging about the journey once per week here. So, if competitions don’t intrigue you, feel free to check out some other blogs in the archives :)

One week into a light prep (being that my official PREP stage doesn’t hit full on until January 13th) and it’s been a roller coaster already. I have to be SUPER honest with you on this prep stuff because I believe it helps us all a lot more. Let’s start with the meal plan shall we? TUNA. That’s the majority of my meal plan. My hubby and I hit the grocery store ready to conquer prep like a couple of seasoned pros. We loaded the buggy with tuna cans, salmon fillets, chicken breasts and LOADS of veggies (that’s normal though). I got home and immediately wanted to rebel though…

It started innocently enough. I wanted to enjoy meals with my family since my training schedule would kick back in this week and I would be working during meal times. So, I started with “just a little” of what they were having. Mind you, we all eat healthy, but their meals were not on my plan. After that it was accepting the chocolate my kids would offer since refusing would be so rude. By the week’s end I can honestly say I stuck to my plan a good 2 days….SHEESH!

I have also grown very fond of movies over the holidays. Our family got all caught up on the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and Star Trek. We threw some cooler genres in there to even things out as well. Anyways, I really enjoyed being still and cuddling with my kids. I never skipped a workout, but then I would loaf around the rest of the day. This is the very behavior that I warn my clients about. So, when I went last week to get my check up AND hire my coach (unfortunately, not at the same place) I have to say I wasn’t totally shocked that I had gained about 15 pounds over several month. I wish I could ask my doctor if it was hormones, but I know it was me. So, I had a choice: I could feel sorry for myself and try to convince myself that my body was just acting out…OR I could get honest.

It has been my experience in the past that being TRULY honest with yourself is the ONLY way to make the necessary changes. SO, I started with the WHY…

I put on my tights and tank top (as opposed to sweats, which you can hide ANYTHING in!) and headed out to my gym so I could have an honest assessment. As I worked through a grueling conditioning routine for my legs (note: conditioning is a term we use for “WORK YOUR FAT OFF”), I was able to break through several mind and emotion issues that I was allowing to hold me back.

I had been looking through my progress photos over the past year and realized that I was MUCH leaner as the began. So I had to trace my steps backward to figure out what has happened. Wowza, did I discover some issues. So why do I share these faults? I think a lot of us hide behind them on a daily basis.

Let’s discuss where I live first. Baytown is far from the mecca of health and fitness. As a matter of fact, if people see somebody walking outside it is often assumed this person must be homeless or else they would be sitting in their car. The local gyms are used more as meet-ups and social gatherings, as evidenced by the people who go but never show a change in physique. Baytown has more places to eat than it needs and we still push for more establishments and faster service. When I am on my game, I stick out like a sore thumb. I’ll be honest in another respect: I don’t seek out company that challenges me. I don’t surround myself with those who seek to challenge my physical limits, therefore I always feel “good enough”.

Looking over the course of 2013, I was able to pinpoint when it started to get lazy for me. NOTE: where you live and the company you keep are not a viable excuse. They have no bearing on the outcome of your goals unless you allow them to. SO, around the time my son turned 14 I had already been to Moldova and was planning a trip to Ethiopia. The pictures that kept my resolve going slowly started coming off the walls and I slipped into “comfortable” gym workouts. Upon my return from Ethiopia I poured any extra energy into a new business and homeschooling my daughter. I detached myself from my goals and picked up a more socially acceptable laid back lifestyle. When my jeans started getting tight, I lied to myself and said it was muscle. This statement always takes my back to a famous Arnold quote, “If it jiggles, it’s not muscle…it’s fat”. Painfully true…

Now, is having some laid back time bad? Is family movie night bad? No, of course not. What had happened though was that I no longer held myself up to a higher standard. I was so worried about what others thought of my lifestyle that I started to alter it. This is craziness. For starters, we cannot control what others think or how the react to us. Second, why should we dim our light so others can operate on half batteries and still “feel” good? That’s me trying to anticipate others feelings again and that’s wrong on so many levels.

So what am I doing about it? I’m going to work work! I had a long face to face with myself and decided that there was once a time when I loved being part of the ELITE. Why? Because this particular lifestyle is available to everybody! You don’t have to be born special to get into this club and the endorphins are free :) . AND…everybody is in a good mood due to said endorphins. What do I identify as ELITE in my life?

  • I don’t skip workouts. I don’t take a month off for Christmas and then “get back in the game” . My health isn’t some game to be tampered with…it is my lifeline to seeing my kids get married and life full lives.
  • My kids don’t have their own food. We don’t have a “kids shelf” in the pantry. That’s plain stupid. If you don’t eat it, don’t feed it to your kids.
  • I live the example. I don’t expect my family or clients to do anything I haven’t already done.
  • I realize that self-discipline is the ONLY thing that will get me there. No pills, potions or motivational speeches will do it. Discipline…something this new generating lacks greatly.

So it is with this new resolve that I have changed the way I think about prep time. I take the hateful comments and use them as fuel. I set forth to create an example of discipline and perseverance. I try to be the very version of myself that God intended…not a copy of what I think people want to see. I will revel in the good and let the bad slip by. I will realize that I cannot and should not try to control how others perceive me. I will not dim my light to make others feel comfortable. AND…I will stay away from Facebook as it just upsets me :)

Until next week’s installment I encourage you to seek out YOUR very best self and burn bright!

Michelle

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What would a nutritionist do?

This time of year tends to be hectic for most and down right crazy for some, but there is an easy way to stay on track with your goals and keep your energy up.

WHAT IS IT?!?

The answer is found in your food!

Don’t clock out on me now people. This is important stuff. Just pay attention for a few more minutes…

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We get busy this time of year AND, let’s face it, we crave the goodies that seem to be more socially acceptable around the season. So we end up eating more overall as well as eating foods that don’t contribute to our energy levels in a positive way. HOLD UP: “You’re not really going to tell me to diet during the holidays are you?!?” Of course not! I don’t believe in deprivation at any time of the year, and I am a firm believer in little indulgences during the season. What I am going to do is let you in on the little secrets I use to stay in..ahem…bikini shape even during the holidays. Hey, you never know, somebody may gift me with a trip to the islands (hint, hint).

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Let’s get started on those little tricks shall we? Grab a pen…

  1. Lemon water. You can do this ANYTIME during the day (or all day if you fancy it). Take the juice of 1/2-1 whole lemon and squeeze it into 16-24 oz water. Sip on it throughout the day OR drink it as a hot beverage. This trick livens up your liver so you can burn off more fat.
  2. Liquid meals. Now, I want to be very clear here: I do not promote meal replacements. I think they are part of the problem in our lack of weight loss and results. I do however, choose to enjoy a smoothie each day as one of my meals. I have a favorite meal and you can get the recipe for that right here in the archives. Check around this site or the great wide web for Whole Foods Smoothie recipes. These should be easy to make and top off at a calorie count of about 180-300, depending on the additions you throw in. I drink mine for breakfast, post workout, but feel free to figure out when you most enjoy yours.
  3. Don’t skip meals…but pay attention when you’re NOT hungry at meal time. This one can get confusing, but I’ll try to clear it up quick. Eat 4-6 small meals a day. The actual number will depend on your own lifestyle. I eat 5-6 times per day, BUT I wake up at 4 a.m. and I move most of the day. If your designated meal time (which should be about 3-4 hours after the last time you ate) has you still feeling full, the chances that you ate too much at your last meal are 100%. Scale down your portions to ensure you are hungry AND burning more fat, plus avoiding that pesky afternoon slump, all day long.
  4. Move daily. This time of year is actually a bit of a break for me. I tend to stick to whatever workouts I really and truly enjoy. Why? It keeps me moving. Yours can be walking, running, weight lifting, aerobics classes, Pilates, yoga, skipping, 10 minute sessions, WHATEVER! Just make it a point to move more. More movement doesn’t have to be all about weight loss. More movement throughout your day will help your joints, skin and even your energy levels and mindset. SO pick something fun and go get it!
  5. Hydrate. Even though it’s cold, you still need to drink water. If you indulge in extra sweets or alcohol, drink an extra 8-16 ounces that night before bed. Hydration is key to fat burning and warding off depression that can sometimes creep up in the colder months.

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Don’t forget! You can still grab a FREE copy of my new book: 5 Steps to Surviving the Holidays to get meal plans, workouts, recipes and even stress relief tips. Just email me at michelle@michellecfitness.com to find out how!

Healthy Holidays!

Michelle

Tight Skin Thursday: The TSD Principles

As many probably know, the questions I get asked the most when it comes to weight loss is about keeping the skin tight. Let me rephrase that: it’s about getting skin tight post-weightloss. So, today I’m focusing on my speciality….keeping it TIGHT!

TSD PRINCIPLES:

  1. First and foremost, it’s important to lose weight the right way….like the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race and has more skin elasticity (that was left out of your beloved children’s tale). Fad diets, quick weight loss promises and surgeries (though I DO believe they have their place) can lead to loose skin and lacklustre complexions. Know that it will take time, but you will also come out the victor. It took me over 6 years….you can put the time in to reap the rewards.
  2. Resistance training is key. Whether you prefer to lift super heavy (me! me!) or lighter with heavier sets and reps, make sure you are getting 4-5 resistance training sessions per week. Yep, you need more the more you have to lose. Resistance training helps to stimulate collagen production as well as testosterone, which keep the skin tight.
  3. WATER! I know I keep beating this dead horse, but water is really important for your skin. Drink upwards of 100 ounces per day, and remember that vegetables, fruits and herbal teas can contribute to that number as well.
  4. Green is good. Up your vegetables, seriously. Add them to smoothies, make a glowing green smoothie and drink it every morning, opt for salads at lunch and dinner….whatever it takes, get them in your body.
  5. Lean protein is important. Choose chicken, turkey, lean game meats, lean beef, LOTS OF FISH (seriously, I can’t stress that enough), protein powders, etc. Lean protein is the building block for the lean muscle you need to burn more calories, drop fat and keep skin tight.
  6. Ditch the breads, but keep some carbs. Carbohydrates are important for healthy, glowing skin. Over processed breads and pastas can pack on pounds and stress out your gut though….so ditch them. Whole grains like oats, rice, quinoa, etc. are better bets.
  7. Limit alcohol and sweets. Both can break down collagen if overused. You don’t have to avoid them like the plague, just utilize them as treats which are earned.
  8. Break a good sweat every day. Learn to dig the sweat people. Sweating helps clear the pores and it helps to tighten the skin through detoxification….so sweat on.
  9. Love the life you live NOW. Happy people reach goals faster because they aren’t always looking back at past failures. Know your goals, make a plan of attack and live each day to the fullest.
  10. Have SEX…a lot of it. Sex increases testosterone which helps build lean muscle AND it’s good for your skin, so there you have it! Headache be darned, do it. And for you husbands seeking validation, simply tell your wife that you are really just contributing to her goals :)

 

So, there you have the principles that will get and keep you fit and healthy.

Have a healthy day,

Michelle

Happy Monday! Switching the Diet for Optimal Results

Hello Babes and Beauties!

Hopefully y’all had a wonderful weekend. We were able to enjoy some great Ethiopian food here in Houston (at the Blue Nile, if you’re interested) and I was quite impressed :)

As I reefed this weekend (a result of a hard diet, ZERO alcohol and hitting ALL my workouts), it made me think about all of the confusion around diets.

First off, your diet is simply a makeup of what you ingest on a day-to-day basis. So, the term “I’m on a diet” really doesn’t apply to your daily intake. What I have noticed to be increasing is the “need” to use that phrase so we can go hog-wild on the weekends. I see it over and over in clients and friends: we stay on track (at least somewhat) and then throw caution to the wind and pig out on the weekend. While there is no one food that will undo your efforts, there is such a thing as an excessive amount of calories in any given setting….and that can lead to trouble.

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Our bodies are built to adapt. This is a great fact to keep in mind when finding a coach. Your plans should be tailored to you. I have some templates and all, but I really do talk to my clients about goals, like and dislikes and all that goes into an effective, efficient and well thought out program. Your nutrition should not only match your goals or your workouts, but also your overall lifestyle. In my opinion, it is far better to know what works for YOU than what everybody else is trying out. It only makes sense that the food you ingest should match you. If your coach thinks differently, I would challenge it….

So what about things like competing? Even competition diets should be tailored to fit you better than your bejeweled bikini :) . Seek out a coach who knows about nutrition and how foods affect the body. That way, as your protein uptake is increased and you start to feel bigger…..your coach should be able to calm your fears and settle your nerves because they know this effect won’t last long and will pay off in tighter muscles in the end. Your contest prep shouldn’t be ALL losses ALL the time. You’re building a body and that takes a process.

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For those with no competing on your mind, be aware of how food can affect your energy levels. Fad diets can crush your metabolism and make it harder to grow lean muscle, burn excess fat and fit into those jeans in the back of your closet. So, keep your mind focused on the nutrient content of the foods you are ingesting and reap the benefits of a clean and lean diet.

If you’re looking to start something fresh, check out the STORE for the nutrition package. If you have something much more specific, like a competition, please email me for consults: michelle@michellecfitness.com

Much love,

Michelle

Tough Love Tuesday! The Nutrition Issue

Ditch Diets to Lose Weight

Good morning!

I hope this finds you feeling fresh this beautiful Monday :)

Today will mark the beginning of a nutrition series meant to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

The tip for today: DON’T FALL FOR DIETS!

Here’s the most important thing you can remember is that YOU do not fail diets, diets FAIL YOU! Diets are not meant for success, period. There is not a single diet that can be pointed to as the magic pill. How can I say that? Well, let me pose a question:

If you have to stay on a specific DIET for LIFE, does it really work?

In other words, is a diet working once you start living life?

Your personal diet should be just as different as you are! As you can imagine, mine is pretty weird :) We are all made different, from our hair to our intestines and our diets should reflect that difference. Each of us should eat for health first, but we should also have an enjoyment to our food. Eating clean isn’t a “diet”, it is a lifestyle that many who expect great things from their body adhere to. Why? Well, it’s customizable to each individual. This is precisely why the meal plans you find on here are only for a range of 1-4 weeks. You shouldn’t have to stay on a strict plan forever…that’s not enjoyable.

Scientists have found that is we do not enjoy our food then we are more apt to feel deprived. Notice that has nothing to do with calorie count, but rather the enjoyment factor. Personally, I enjoy salads in the warm weather…it’s the body’s natural response to the external change in temperature. However, if you offer me a salad in the winter, there is no way I’ll touch it! It’s all about the enjoyment.

So, how do you up your enjoyment of your daily diet? Invest some time in it! You don’t have to have 5 course meals every time you eat, but you do need to put forth a little brain effort to plan ahead. Like soups and stews? Fix them on the weekends so you always have something satisfying to eat for a meal. Swap out fatty meats for leaner cuts (i.e. ground chuck for ground sirloin) and amp up your veggies. Those who say they are picky veggie eaters, look for different ways to prep your vegetables. It probably isn’t the vegetable you do not like, but rather the preparation or memory tied to it. Not all veggies taste good raw and there is a LARGE percentage of us that have a hard time digesting raw veggies.

Today, I have a treat for you. EVERY week (since it’s still a little cool) I cook a pot of vegetable soup. It’s easy to digest and pairs well with anything OR can be eaten alone as a light dinner. I encourage you to PLAY around in the kitchen! Mix up your veggies and seasonings and figure out what works best for you. Remember, in season veggies are cheaper on the budget and better for the body.

Vegetable Soup

BASE:

In large soup pot, place 4 tablespoons EVOO (or 2 TBSP coconut oil)

add 1 roughly chopped onion, 4-6 cloves minced garlic and 4-6 celery stalks, chopped

once the onion starts to turn clear add in 2 cups chopped mushrooms (I like baby bella) and simmer with a pinch of salt and pepper for about 6 minutes

Add to this 3 sweet potatoes (small cubes) and 3-4 chopped carrots

Bring all to a simmer, cover and cook 10 minutes

While this is happening, I usually bring the tea kettle to a boil.

After 10 minutes, add in any veggies you want (during the colder months, I usually keep frozen veggies on hand and add those)

cover with the hot water from the kettle AND done.

Your soup is ready and can be paired with burgers, deer sausage (my family fave), chicken breast, center cut pork loin, etc. Keep your meats lean and your body will respond :)

Being the queen or king of the kitchen doesn’t take a ton of time. All it takes is a little prep work and some imagination.

Come back later for more on healthy cooking and eating!

Bon Appetite! and have a healthy day,

 

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