Food Finds Of The Week

 

Sunfood Super Foods Moringa Raw Vegan Coconut wraps

I found these tasty coconut wraps at Jimbo’s and absolutely fell in love with them. I don’t usually eat wraps because its difficult to find one that is good quality but since I found these, they have been a regular lunch for me. They are raw, vegan, paleo, gluten free and they have such a light flavor and texture to them that is perfect for a lunch on the go.

https://www.sunfood.com/coconut-wraps-moringa-raw-vegan-paleo-7ct.html

 

 

Tazo Glazed Lemon Loaf Herbal Tea

Having a good tea on hand is great for curbing a late night sweet tooth. This tea tastes just like a glazed lemon loaf and leaves you going to bed with the sensation of just having had dessert.

https://www.target.com/p/tazo-glazed-lemon-loaf-dessert-delights-tea-bags-15ct/-/A-52329689

 

 

 

Amazing Grass Green Superfood Energy

I found this treat at Sprouts and let me tell you… it is amazing!! You just mix it with water and you have your greens for the day and the flavor is delicious. I like to make a serving of it before I go workout because it gives me so many vitamins and antioxidants giving me energy and it makes me feel GREAT!!

https://www.amazinggrass.com/store/green-superfood-watermelon-energy.html

 

 

 

Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins

These Almond crackers have quickly become one of my favorite crackers to munch on. They are crunchy, light and pair perfectly with the coconut wraps. The serving size is 17 crackers; however, I usually am good with about 8-10.

https://www.bluediamond.com/brand/nut-thins/original/almond

 

 

 

Urban Accents Meatball seasoning

Last, but certainly not least is my personal favorite. These meatball seasonings by Urban Accents are incredible. Turkey meatballs are my favorite dinner right now because they are quick and simple and and taste great. With meatballs, the seasoning is everything and I must say… these seasonings got game!

https://www.urbanaccents.com/

Achieving your goals with greater success

                                               

   Here we are, almost 2 full weeks into 2018. The holiday season is officially over and most of us approached January 1st as a clean slate, feeling motivated to start fresh on the path towards our goals after spending the past 3 months in a nutritional and fitness downward spiral that we haven’t been able to shake since Halloween. We have our resolutions written down and we’re ready to get healthy and fit… this is our year; however, statistics show that over 80% of people fall back to their previous habits by the second week in February, especially with health and fitness goals. Breaking that down… Out of 100 people wanting to get fit and healthy in 2018, 80 of them will fall off by their fifth week. That’s a pretty significant amount and only 3 weeks away! So, what is causing so many people to fall off track?

   We approach the first day of the year with so much motivation and determination to make a change, yet there is little practical preparation involved and let’s face it, most don’t really have any idea where to start. We are so excited and want immediate change; therefore, we say “I’m going to work out 5-7 days per week (or as much as possible) and eat chicken, broccoli and brown rice every day” and then guess what happens? We are done within weeks, maybe we lost a few pounds of holiday bloat, but we are burnt out and can’t seem to have an actual breakthrough, year after year. I’m going to shed some insight on effectively breaking down your goal and where to start when it comes to creating (and keeping a rocking, healthy body).

  When trying to change your body, you must realize that it is a physical representation of the lifestyle that you live; therefore, if you want to look or feel a certain way then you must live your life as such daily. Many would agree that this makes sense. I mean… you can’t expect to look like a bikini model when you live like a couch potato. Am I right? Therefore, it takes more than just exercising daily to make the change. So how do you change your lifestyle? Your lifestyle is an accumulation of your personal 24 hours every day. What are you doing with your time? Well… the best way to figure that out is by starting a journal and logging your life for 7-14 days. This way you can see exactly what your work week and weekend look like and you can get an accurate idea of what kind of habits you have developed and what areas you need to improve. Some examples of things to keep track of in your journal include, but are not limited to:

  • How many hours did you sleep?
  • What did you do when you woke up?
  • What did you eat all day and at what times?
  • How much water did you drink?
  • How did your weekend differ from Monday through Friday?
  • What are your current stress levels?
  • What are your hobbies? Are they sedentary or active?

The more detail you include, and the more honest you are, the more successful you will be in making a change. We live in a very fast paced world and it is so easy to get busy and lose track of all the little pieces that make up our day. Writing it down creates a sense of awareness. It is important to create awareness of exactly where you are starting from; therefore, you know what you are working with and towards. We spend so much time making goals and plans, but how much time are you spending reflecting on where you are at currently and how/why you got there? You cannot make a clear plan until you know exactly where you are starting from. Once you have a solid understanding of where you are at currently with your lifestyle, habits, strengths and weaknesses, you will look at the task of changing your body in a new light.

 

Now that you have properly assessed the cause and effect, you can begin working on the solution, also known as taking action. This can be a very intimidating step for many people, because they look at the entire mountain, rather than the small steps each day. This mindset leads to many people continually putting it off until “Monday” or “the 1st”. Others try to conquer the whole mountain overnight and do an entire 180 flip with their life which leads them to becoming overwhelmed and ineffective. The best way to create lasting change is to break it into steps and work on one change at a time. I always recommend beginning with the morning habits because your morning is the foundation of your day. For example, if you realized (through your journaling process) that you are rushing out of the house every morning without enough time to have breakfast, so you grab a coffee on the way to work to give you energy and tide you over, but you aren’t putting actual substance into your body until noon, your first focus should not be eating chicken and broccoli for lunch every day. You should be working on creating the discipline to wake up 30 minutes earlier and eat a proper breakfast. Focus on developing only the one habit until it has been ingrained into your lifestyle and you have began to see and feel the benefits. Then, and only then move on to the next portion of your day. Although it feels like it is a slower process, making the changes one step at a time will create new positive habits and a stronger foundation to build from.

“The secret of change is to focus your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new”

 

Written By: 

Entrepreneur and Fitness Coach 

Lacey M. Byrd

www.Laceybyrd.com 

 

Deciding to cut Alcohol and Caffeine out of my life… For good!!!

 

       Today marks 6 months… 6 months clean from alcohol and 7 months free of caffeine. I didn’t do a fancy cleanse or a 12 step program. I simply made the decision to STOP! I know it’s a cliché and an overused saying but life really is made up of choices. Yes, we have certain traits that we are born with and yes, life tends to bring variables that are out of our control but what we can control is how we respond to these things; What we do despite the inevitable.

          My relationship with caffeine started out harmless. I simply enjoyed the flavor of coffee and it was a nice treat occasionally, or a beverage to enjoy socially. The problem was th

at I created neuro pathways in my brain that said caffeine gives me energy and makes me feel good; therefore, when I woke up at 5 o’clock every morning and was tired, caffeine was the first thing that came to mind. The morning coffee quickly became a habit. The problem is that with every up comes a down. I would have energy for a while and then came the crash. My morning routine quickly began spreading to the rest of my day. By the time I realized it was an issue I was having approximately 600mg of caffeine per day (that’s over 6 cups) yet I still felt tired often and was barely getting through my day. The effects of this poor habit brewed another unhealthy relationship with alcohol. Being fueled by caffeine all day came with side effects of making me on edge and anxious. I had trouble sleeping and even just relaxing. I discovered that wine would help me relax. It started with just having a glass when I was with friends or out; But again, I developed a habit. I created neuro pathways that said wine makes me feel good. It helps me relax and more importantly, sleep. Sounds good right? Like I found a solution to my problem? Well, for a while I convinced myself of that. But then this little voice in the back of my head kept popping up. It would say “Is this really the standard you want to live your life by? Just because the people around you are doing it? There must be another way. A way to live a life without constantly altering my state of mind artificially” For months, I just tried to ignore the pesky little voice, but over time it got louder and evolved from a thought to a feeling to a desire. I wanted so badly to live a life where I felt energized, confident and happy all of the time without relying on a substance, especially one that isn’t good for me. This is when I became self-aware of exactly what I was doing to myself. I broke down my daily habits and found the root of the issue.

 

           My first step was to cut out caffeine. My method of choice? Cold Turkey! I slept more in that first week than I had in a month. Any moment I wasn’t working, I was sleeping… taking 2-3 hour naps per day and sleeping 10 or more hours every night. I was tired, cranky and having withdrawals to the max. It only took me about 10 days to not want it or think about it anymore. I found that it was very important to add a new habit in place of the one I was trying to break. My new morning routine consisted of drinking 16oz of water first thing after waking up and then brushing my teeth and taking a shower. By the time my body got an internal and external shock, I was awake. 7 months later, that is still the very first thing I do every single morning. Exactly one month later I tackled the task of cutting out alcohol. The theory behind my madness? Discipline is like a muscle. It takes practice and training to develop. I had just spent the previous month battling temptation and practicing discipline. With alcohol, I found that it was easy for me when I was at home. I just wouldn’t buy any. The times that I found to be the most difficult were when I was with friends and family who were all drinking, my birthday, and the holidays. I had to find other things that satisfied me instead. My go to drinks are now water, La Croix (sparkling water), and decaffeinated tea. Although it has been 6 months, I still have moments that are difficult for me, but I know that any moment of weakness is not worth going back to how I felt before.

 

            Our lives are made up of habits. Things that we have tried or been exposed to and had a positive reaction to; therefore, we continue to do it without realizing the possible negative effect it has long term. It is so important that we are aware of the habits that we have created and make sure that they are good habits, ones that we are in control of. The worst feeling is feeling like you don’t have control of your own life or body.

             Since taking caffeine out of my life I have more consistent energy than ever, my sleep has improved immensely and my mood is much more stable. Since taking out alcohol I feel more and have found other ways to express my emotions rather than just numbing them… but the biggest benefit of all is that I am so proud of myself for deciding to improve my life for no one other than myself and sticking to it despite the level of difficulty and the environment around me. There is no greater feeling than being proud of yourself daily.   

“We cannot go back and change the past, but at any point, we can stop in our tracks and change the course of the future.”

 

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What can protein do for you?

 

 Do you know how much  protein you should be consuming on a daily basis?

 Well I’m here to help clarify some of the questions you may have that surface during any nutrition or fitness related conversation. Whether your active or inactive proteins plays a major role in your overall health. 

  Our bodies musculature are made of proteins, put together into fine strands called myofibrils, that have been comprised of essential amino-acids and pep tide chains to form different bonds within our muscle tissue. Every time we exert energy our bodies contracts its myofibrils and is constantly breaking and reforming bonds. This is exactly where protein comes in the picture, it helps to heal those broken bonds at a molecular level so our muscle will continue to be healthy and strong.

 

How much protein should you consume? * SEE CHART BELOW

These numbers are approximate but gives a clear indication of what is necessary. 

 

Proteins are the only source of food that are continually being metabolized through our digestive system and are not stored for energy. Carbohydrates and Fats are the most important when it comes to energy. Proteins are everywhere in our bodies, our nails, hair, skin and muscles and are found in different foods such as:

 

 

 

Meat

Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Fish, Beef, Eggs

 

 

Legumes

 Lentils, Garbanzo Beans,  Black beans, Pinto beans, Kidney beans, and many more foods.

Vegetables 

Spinach, Green peppers, Broccoli, Cali flower, Green Beans, Brussels Sprouts,  are all high in protein.  

Meal Replacements 

 

The last topic I have here on this page is meal replacement. This is also a valid option to increasing your daily intake if you struggle like most of american’s to get the required amount of protein in their body. It can be hard to have all your meals cooked and prepared for the entire week while your having to travel for work, take the kids here and there and other activities that can distract you from your health.

What many have found to work is to grab a snack bar, or a meal supplement shake. Making sure that you are munching on something that is beneficial to your body.  It is YOUR body, YOU only have one. Treat it with the respect it deserves!

Click here to see my favorite Snacks and Smoothies!  

 

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