MYTH: If I want toned abs, I should do ab exercises ?

TRUTH: Nope! You CAN’T spot-burn fat from your body (any body part). Focusing on one muscle group vs. another does not melt fat from that area…abs to buns to biceps.  You need a steady plan for your entire body to achieve your goals.   If you start going back to the gym (or where ever[…]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 When I was a kid, my dad’s favorite vegetable was the Brussels Sprout!  Oh BOY!!  I hated them.  Choked them down when we had them and wished they never existed. Mom used to steam or boil them and they really didn’t have much good flavor to them.  As an adult working on clean eating and[…]

Why Am I Gaining Weight Instead of Losing??

Why am I gaining weight?? I keep getting this question right around the week 2 or week 3 mark. So did some digging to see what kind of information I could find. Low and behold I found a great post by Chalene Johnson, creator of TurboJam, TurboFire, ChaLEAN Extreme and many other fitness programs. Chalene[…]

Butternut Squash, Bean, & Barley Stew

LUNCH TIME VIBES! ✨Butternut Squash, Bean, & Barley Stew ✨ •Ingredients• (serves 8) 6 cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped 1 cup dry kidney beans (or mixed beans) 1/2 cup pearl barley 28 oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes 6 cups vegetable broth 1 onion, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 celery[…]

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Happy Monday Everyone!!  I can’t believe how cold it is here in Phoenix!! 42º and raining!!  It really is winter here finally.  I wanted to share an awesome crockpot breakfast recipe for those that need something warm for the morning … do not skip your breakfast and make sure it is healthy and full of[…]

PiYo: Low Impact – High Intensity Fitness

Chalene Johnson’s PIYO: Low Impact High Intensity Fitness Truthfully, how many of you do not LOVE exercise?  Sure, maybe you love how you feel when you’re done, but generally, exercise really HURTS your body and exacerbates aches and pains and then you don’t look forward to it. When you start, you just want to get it[…]

Did you know you can get protein from vegetables?

If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I would consider being a vegetarian, I probably would have rolled my eyes at you 🙂 Well, I am not 100% vegetarian now but I don’t eat red meat anymore and I limit chicken and fish and I make every attempt to eat plant based[…]

Can you get by on just 1200-1400 Calories in one day?

This is why so many people can’t get by on 1200-1400 calories in one day…because of eating the wrong calories. One meal can equal all the calories your body needs in a day.  Then, you get hungry because that junk food burns off and your body needs fuel. Not only is highly processed, packaged foods[…]