New Beginnings

Its April 1 and spring in definitely in the air here in Nashville! I typically see an increase in class attendance in the month of April because the warmer weather and longer days reminds us that summer is just around the corner. In just 60 days most kids are out of school and families are ready for grilling, picnics and swimming! Wait, swimming?! I’m not ready! What have I been doing all winter?! :) If this is what just went through your mind, then this post is for you. ;)

April 1 is the perfect time to make some small changes to your diet and exercise regiment to help you feel more confident this summer! Seasoned fitness enthusiasts can tweak just a little to help them break a plateau, and beginners this is the perfect time to get started! And can’t we ALL do a little better with our eating habits?

My tips for taking advantage of April and its new beginnings:

springintosummer1. Get outside! Make a point to have at least one outdoor workout every week. Go for a walk or run, take your mat outside for some stretching, find an outdoor Bootcamp, etc. The vitamin D lifts your mood and gives you energy!

dumbbells2. Do less cardio. What?! Yes, LESS cardio and more strength training! Most of the time when we want to lose weight we do extra cardio. And while this can start that weight loss process, it cannot sustain it. Cardio not only burns fat, but it also burns muscle. But muscle is what burns the most fat! When we strength train we are building lean muscle that will help us shed that extra body fat. (Ladies, don’t worry, you are not able to look like a man by simple lifting weights!)

allprods3. Triple your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables! It’s the season – produce will start to be abundant and we need to take advantage of it. The daily recommended intake is 7-13 SERVINGS (handfuls) of fruits and veggies every single day. And if you exercise? That number goes up to 16-18! So FILL YOUR PLATES with color at every meal. No deprivation, only abundance! I don’t know about you, but I find it almost impossible to get even close to that recommended intake on a daily basis. I have found something amazing that my whole family has been using for 4 years now to bridge that gap. We get close to 30 servings of fruits and veggies in our bodies now every single day. We will definitely use Juice Plus for the rest of our lives! The best part? YOU can too!

water-glass-pour4. Guzzle water! I know that when it gets warm outside we tend to want pretty iced drinks. Drinks on a patio with friends, or refreshing juices and iced teas are a fun warm weather treat, but we HAVE to up our water intake. There is not room in this post to even list all the benefits! We want to drink enough water to keep our urine clear. That’s different for everybody, but a good general rule of thumb is half your bodyweight in ounces every day.

If we focus on these 4 things for the next 60 days we will be so much more healthy, vibrant, energetic and confident this summer!!

Spring Into March With Tower Garden!

I am so excited for spring!  The warmer weather that will start to move in, and the rain that will bring life and color are my favorite parts.  But this year I am most excited to plan my garden!  In the past, I have tried traditional gardening and raised bed gardening, but this year I’m taking my garden to new heights (pun intended ;) ) with a Tower Garden.

Tower Garden® is a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system. It’s perfect for rooftops, patios, balconies, terraces—just about any relatively sunny place outside. And with the brand new grow light system, it can even be used indoors and year round! This 2 minute video explains how the Tower Garden works.TG

Because of its unique aeroponic technology and vertical design, Tower Garden uses less than 10% of the water and land required by traditional, soil-based agriculture. And a recent study by the University of Mississippi found it also generates 30% more produce than soil-based growing methods.

I am so excited to save money AND have fresh, organic produce right outside my back door!  I think EVERYONE should spring into March with their very own Tower Garden!!

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Eat Like Crap, Feel Like Crap

Did you know that when you eat crap, you feel like crap? Do you ever feel tired, sluggish, bloated, grouchy or a little blah after a meal?  You know the feeling- those fast food fries that looked so good or that big greasy pizza you were so excited about, feel great going in, but then the sluggishness sets in. You may get a stomach ache or even a headache.

Something else happens too – you actually start craving those crappy foods. Have you noticed it? I certainly have! I love Chinese food, but immediately after I over indulge my stomach bloats and I feel crappy. Yet, I still want that same meal again, even crave it. And I actually feel hungry pretty soon after I’ve eaten! It creates a vicious circle that’s hard to break. But the exciting thing is that the opposite is also true! When I make that Chinese food at home instead of ordering out, I don’t get that bloat and sluggishness. That’s because I’m using fresh ingredients and leaving out the chemicals used in restaurants or prepackaged foods. My body is getting things it recognizes and needs! When we give our bodies empty calories that don’t contain nutrients (like sugary snacks, soft drinks and fast food), our bodies still need those essential nutrients we deprived it of – we become grouchy, HUNGRY, crave bad foods and get tired from lack of fuel.

When you eat good foods, you feel good. When you start giving your body proper nutrition, it craves those nutrients. Our body knows what to do with whole food nutrition – leaving us full, satisfied, and energetic from proper fuel. How exciting is that?! I have personally found this to be very true. When I am focused on giving my body good clean whole foods, I actually start looking forward to those foods- even craving things like fresh fruits and big salads.  But during those times that I am being more lax with my diet, allowing some of those not so good for me foods in more frequently, I immediately notice a spike in sugar and salt cravings! This is so eye opening for me. I make it my goal to put as many good foods in my body every single day as I can – not only because I know it’s fueling, repairing and replenishing my body, but because I know that I’m crowding out all that bad stuff, the empty calories that only hurt my body.
I am so excited to tell you about something that has helped me and my family with this goal of fueling our bodies with nutrients! By adding in Juice Plus, I can flood my body with nutrients every single day. Fruits and vegetables in a capsule or gummie give my family over 25 fruits and vegetables every single day, and that’s just a no brainier for me. Having these nutrients in our bodies every day makes us crave more nutritious foods (remember that eat good, feel good experiment). We make better food choices, and feel great – it’s a win win!
Since also adding in the Juice Plus Complete protein shake mix, I’ve really noticed my sugar cravings going away. During the holidays, I participated in a Transform 30 program using my Juice Plus products and I had SO much willpower! I drank 2 shakes a day and continued to take my trio capsules. I still very much enjoyed the holiday parties and get togethers, but I found that I was not craving dessert or over eating those things I used to fill my plate with at these events. And even now if I feel like I might want something sweet, I know that if I drink my Juice Plus Complete chocolate shake, that craving is satisfied. Plus I’ve given my body more whole foods in an organic, vegan, gluten free, non gmo DELICIOUS shake!
Juice Plus has been instrumental in helping my family stay on track with our clean eating lifestyle – helping us make those good food choices daily. Our immune systems are rock solid, our hair skin and nails are strong and healthy, our digestion is normal, we sleep soundly at night, and we have sustained energy throughout the day. I just can’t stop telling the people that I love and care about about Juice Plus!
Juice Plus is an easy #OneSmallChange that I also recommend to all of my clients. If you’d like to make Juice Plus a part of your daily routine, I would love to help you get started!

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