Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Try Shakeology for FREE!


Hi there!! I’m so happy you are looking into trying Shakeology! It is truly the healthiest (and tastiest!) protein shake available. There are two ways to try it for free. The first being a free sample through me (there is a limited amount per month). The second way is detailed below. PLEASE READ the rest of this post before asking for a free sample! Thank you :)

So, why get a sample packet for free when you can get the ENTIRE BAG FOR FREE! Yup! You read that correctly! Did you know that Beachbody is backing up their Shakeology products with a BOTTOM OF THE BAG GUARANTEE? Shakeology works so amazingly well that you can actually have 30 ‘samples’ in a bag or 24 packets with different flavors (depending on which one you get) for the whole month! That means, you can try it every day, with different recipes in shakes and even with baked goods for a whole 30 days. If you don’t like it, you can cancel your order within those 30 days and get a FULL REFUND. If you’re honest with yourself, one sample pack that I’d give you won’t be enough to figure out if Shakeology is really for you. Yes, you’ll see it tastes great, but you won’t get the full benefits of Shakeology. If you get it for the whole month, you’ll realize you won’t have any more cravings, you’ll feel more energized, and it will help you lose weight! There are different flavors you can choose from – Vanilla, Chocolate, Greenberry, Strawberry, Chocolate Vegan, and Tropical Strawberry Vegan.

Here’s how to get it for free for 30 days:
Step 1: ORDEROrder which ever flavor you’d like! There are one-flavored bags and there are different flavored combo packets. Choose HD (Home Direct) to receive FREE SHIPPING, otherwise it would be around $12. Remember, if you don’t like it, you can cancel HD PLUS to get your full refund. There’s really no losing!

Step 2: DRINK IT EVERYDAY – You are drinking this for your health so take it seriously and commit to drinking it everyday! If you are looking to lose weight, as opposed to just drinking it for the nutrients and super-foods, then replace it with one meal or snack a day. If you’d like to learn to eat healthier and learn to eat clean, follow my blog or contact me and I’ll help you!

Step 3: DECIDE IF YOU’D LIKE TO KEEP IT – I’m sure you’ll FALL IN LOVE with Shakeology like we all have. However, if you want to cancel it, do so within the first month (at least three days before the 30 days are up) and you’ll receive your FULL REFUND. If you’d like to keep it, you don’t have to do a thing since it’s already on Home Direct. See? Easy peasy!

Check out this video to see how AWESOME Shakeology is! It’s clinically proven to lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar levels, and lose weight. This super short video will explain all of that in detail :)


>> Now it’s time to decide. <<


(I’ll need your address and preferred Shakeology flavor).
Note: Before doing so, you have to create a FREE Team Beachbody account and have me as your free coach. If you already have a coach, please contact them for a free sample. This free sample is meant to introduce Shakeology to those who do not have a coach and to those who have not tried Shakeology before. If you already have a Team beachbody account but do not know who your coach is then contact me to have me as your new coach.

If you have any questions or just want to tell me how AMAZING Shakeology is please feel to email me any time!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vegan Almond-berry Tarts

OMG! I’m dying to try these!! The picture alone just makes my mouth water!


1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup almond flour (not almond meal)
1/3 cup turbinado sugar
Dash salt
1/2 cup vegan shortening Ice water
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 cup coconut milk
1 vanilla bean
3 Tbs. raw, unfiltered honey
3 1/2 Tbs. arrowroot or organic corn starch
1 pint raspberries or assorted other berries
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Don’t the ingredients alone just sound delicious?!
Check out the rest of the recipe over at Nourish & Heal Mag!


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Monday, July 7, 2014

Clean Eating 101: 2 Keys To Eating Clean

2 keys

Hello my lovely fellow healthy friends! This post is part of the Clean Eating 101 series. If you haven’t read my other posts, please click HERE to check them out. If you have any questions  or comments please post them below. Hope these posts are helping you #BuildYourBestSelves :)
Although there are a lot of tips and tricks to eating clean, I feel there are two main keys to succeeding:

Oftentimes we go about our day and don’t realize everything we stuff in our mouths, I know I’ve definitely been guilty of that! That is obviously not good. This is a surefire way of consuming unhealthy foods and adding unwanted pounds. So, what exactly is ‘mindfulness’ and how do we apply it to eating?
According to The Center for Mindful Eating, here are the principles and definition of Mindfulness and Mindful Eating:

Principles of Mindfulness:

  • Mindfulness is deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment.
  • Mindfulness encompasses both internal processes and external environments.
  • Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations in the present moment.
  • With practice, mindfulness cultivates the possibility of freeing yourself of reactive, habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting.
  • Mindfulness promotes balance, choice, wisdom and acceptance of what is.

Mindful Eating is:

  • Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. 
  • Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.   
  • Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
  • Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating.

Someone Who Eats Mindfully:

  • Acknowledges that there is no right or wrong way to eat but varying degrees of awareness surrounding the experience of food.
  • Accepts that their eating experiences are unique.
  • Is an individual who by choice, directs their attention to eating on a moment-by-moment basis.
  • Gains awareness of how they can make choices that support health and well being.
  • Becomes aware of the interconnection of earth, living beings, and cultural practices and the impact of their food choices on those systems.
You know what they say “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”! Planning your meals in advance will not only help you eat properly and healthy but it will also help you cut down on your grocery bill (and who wouldn’t want that)?! If you take 30-60 minutes out of your day just once a week to write down all your meals in advance and write out your grocery list, you’ll be ensuring yourself of a week full of healthy meals and snacks!

Stay tuned for my next posts on Clean eating 101!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Clean Eating 101: What is it and how do you do it?!


Eating clean is a lifestyle. A way of life. It is NOT a diet. Diets are temporary and the weight you lose is temporary too (Actually, you tend to gain the weight back and then some)! When you eat clean, you eat whole foods and eliminate processed and refined foods. Say bye-bye to those Cheetos and soda (Don’t freak out. You knew that was coming.)! The main goal of this lifestyle is to nourish your body, eliminate and avoid diseases and toxins, lose weight, and have an overall sense of well-being.

You first begin by being mindful of what you’re eating. That may sound like something you already do but I want you to take a moment to stop and think about everything you’ve eaten today. Can you remember every little bit of it? Unless you’re reading this in the morning and the only thing you’ve eaten is breakfast then chances are the honest answer is NO. We’re all so incredibly busy and distracted in our daily lives that we tend to gravitate towards the fast and easy meals and snacks. Feeling hungry and pressed for time? Taco Bell is right around the corner! Bored at your desk at work? Well hey, Suzy from accounting brought some cookies in... let me eat a dozen! The good news is that eating clean can be easy too if we’re mindful. Heck, you’re even suppose to eat more throughout the day! Now, does that sound bad or like you’re going to starve? I didn’t think so!
The next thing you should do is follow the principles listed below:


  • EAT MORE – EAT SIX SMALL MEALS EACH DAY: When you eat smaller meals throughout the day, you’re helping your metabolism increase and stay running longer. You’re also reducing the chances of getting really hungry and grabbing the nearest cookie. When done properly, you’ll never feel like you’re starving or being deprived.
  • EAT BREAKFAST EVERYDAY, WITHIN AN HOUR OF RISING: This one is IMPORTANT! Take the time to eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. If possible, eat oatmeal. Oatmeal is nutritious, fills you up, and is recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as having medical benefits. Oatmeal is full of fiber that helps control your blood sugar,helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, and it also helps with weight loss. If you start your day off on a full healthy tummy, you’re setting yourself up for healthy greatness the rest of the day.
  • EAT A COMBINATION OF LEAN PROTEIN AND COMPLEX CARBS AT EACH MEAL: This sounds much more complicated than it really is. Complex carbs can be found in whole grains, veggies, and fruits. Easy huh? Combine those with lean proteins such as sea bass, skinless/boneless chicken breasts, or lean turkey breast and you’ve got yourself a winning combination!
  • EAT SUFFICIENT (TWO OR THREE SERVINGS)HEALTHY FATS EVERY DAY: Yup! You can eat FAT! As long as it’s the healthy kind. Healthy fats need to be eaten each day because your body does not produce them. They are considered healthy because they help aid digestion, decrease inflammation and bloating, keep your cells in working order, and helps keep your skin hydrated. A few examples of healthy fats are almonds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and cashews.
  • DRINK 2-3 LITERS OF WATER EACH DAY: We all know drinking water in incredibly important to do yet we always have an excuse not to do it, “I hate water... I prefer coke... Water is boring...’ I get it. I was like that too. Until I realized just how much body was screaming for it! I bet your body is screaming for more water too. Water helps with your digestive system, helps flush out toxins, maintains healthy skin and hair , and it helps keep your body cool (which sure helps me living in Miami)! So... DRINK MORE WATER! If you need to, look up some water infused recipes to add a little something extra to your water. JUST DO IT.
  • CARRY A COOLER PACKED WITH CLEAN FOODS: This is will help keep you on track and will help when you get hungry. Instead of grabbing your co-workers cookie, you can grab the grapes you have out away in your cooler. It’s a win/win.
  • DEPEND ON FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR FIBER, VITAMINS, NUTRIENTS, AND ENZYMES: Avoid simple sugar and refined foods. Instead, replace the cupcakes and the chips with fresh fruits and veggies.
  • ADHERE TO PROPER PORTION SIZES: Starchy Complex Carbs – You should have 2-4 servings per day. The proper portion for these are a cupped hand per serving / Lean Proteins – You should have 4-6 servings of protein per day. The proper portion size should fit in the palm of your hand / Carbs from Fruits and Veggies – You should have 4-6 servings per day. A proper portion of these are whatever can fit into two cupped hands.

  • Avoid all-over processed foods, particularly white flour and sugar.
  • Avoid chemically charged foods.
  • Avoid foods containing preservatives.
  • Avoid artificial sugars.
  • Avoid artificial foods (such as processed cheese slices).
  • Avoid saturated and trans fats.
  • Avoid sugar-loaded beverages, including colas and juices.
  • Avoid (or do your best to limit) alcohol intake.
  • Avoid all calorie-dense foods containing little or no nutritional value.
  • Avoid super sizing your meals

Getting healthy is 80% nutrition, 10% fitness, and 10 % genetics. If you eat clean, you’ll be nourishing your body. You’ll lose and/or maintain a healthy weight. You’ll have mental clarity. You’ll be building a stronger and healthier immune system so you’ll fight off diseases easier. You’ll have much more energy because you’re feeding your body everything it needs to function properly and you’ll also be eating at regular intervals so you’re body won’t crash. And you’ll sleep better!

Doesn’t all that just sound phenomenal?! No wonder so many people are eating clean!

Stay tuned for my next posts on Clean eating 101!
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