I’m NOT a Shake Person

“I’m not a shake person.”

“I can make my own smoothies.”

“I can’t spend that much on a shake.”

 

You might think these are things I hear all the time about Shakeology. But, the truth is, they’re also things I’ve SAID or THOUGHT myself. I resisted trying Shakeology for months after it came out and was irritated that as a Beachbody Fitness coach, I was being asked to promote a SHAKE. Yuck.

 

Eventually, I tried it.

 

I didn’t want to like it. I didn’t want to think it did anything for me.  BUT, I knew the FIRST TIME I tried it that it was the real deal. I had more energy immediately. I literally picked up the bag to figure out where they were hiding the caffeine or some other stimulant, only to find that there really wasn’t any. Just whole foods, superfoods, vitamins, minerals, adaptogens, pre and pro-biotics, and other healthy stuff I hadn’t even heard of. All natural and sourced from farmers/growers and my cells actually BUZZED from all the goodness.*

 

As I continued to drink it, I found the other benefits…in addition to increased energy, it reduced cravings, kept me from getting sick, and provided a sort of “insurance” policy that I was getting in a ton of nutrition regardless of what else I ate every day.* I found that while I wasn't a "shake for breakfast" person – I was a "shake person" after all!

 

I still wondered how to afford it.

 

Here’s what I realized:

  1. I stopped thinking of it as a shake or supplement – and started thinking of it as a meal that also included a multivitamin and the equivalent of a ton of supplements.  I’m guessing that to re-create something that even came close, I’d need to spend more than $20/day.
  2. I realized I was eating less CRAP when I drank it. I was looking forward to coming home to have my shake instead of stopping for a “pick me up” snack or coffee when out and about. I found that I was actually SAVING money in the long run.
  3. I started thinking about what else I spend $5-$10 on without even thinking – Coffee? Smoothie? Adult beverage? A healthy meal out? A less than healthy meal out? A movie? All things that have no long-term benefit and/or can actually lead to long-term problems.
  4. After a while, the price of Shakeology started to seem like what it is – a bargain. To pay less than $10/shake is a screaming deal…and you can get it for between $3.50-$5.50/shake, depending how you order it.

 

red arrow downThere’s also a 30 day BOTTOM OF THE BAG Money Back Guarantee so you can try it yourself for a full month with no risk and an option to get a fitness program at a major discount when you order Shakeology.

 

I have trial kits (3, 5, or 7 days) of Shakeology ready to go out if you’ve been wanting to try it and see for yourself.

Message me for more info about any of these options – even if you’re “not a shake person” 🙂

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

FIXATE – 101 Personal Recipes by Autumn Calabrese

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Enjoy the foods you love and still lose weight with the FIXATE cookbook, Autumn Calabrese's very own collection of 101 delicious, portion-controlled recipes designed to work with the 21 Day Fix® food containers.

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A Delicious, Simple Way to Lose Weight.

Autumn Calabrese Presents FIXATE—101 Personal Recipes to Use with the 21 Day Fix® Portion-Control Program takes a unique approach to healthy eating by making it simple to eat just the right amount of your favorite foods.

21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese applies her simple color-coded container system for measuring perfect portions to 101 of her personal recipes, so you can have the best of both worlds: the delicious foods you crave along with the nutrition you need to help you hit your fitness goals.

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FIXATE includes:

Easy-to-follow recipes (each marked with their color-coded container equivalents) designed to work with 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix EXTREME®, and Portion Fix—or use the deliciously nutritious recipes to create balanced meals for any other Beachbody® program.

Simple, time-saving, and delicious meals.

Get Autumn's personal tips on preparing meals quickly and upgrading leftovers, so you can have delicious dishes even on your busiest days.

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo recipes.

Autumn knows we all make different food choices, so FIXATE includes a variety of recipes fit for every nutritional need.

Tasty treats and mouthwatering drinks.

Enjoy snacks, desserts, and the occasional cocktail—eating clean doesn't mean depriving yourself!

An inside look at Autumn's personal journey.

Follow Autumn's path to healthier eating and get firsthand advice on making the best food choices, organizing your kitchen, and creating your own lifelong healthy habits.

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How to Eat for Health and Weight Loss

Wondering what and how to eat for health and weight loss? Confused by all of the info available that seems to be contradictory? Fed up with juicing / paleo / gluten-free / insert-extreme-diet-plan-here?

 

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OK, let me break it down for you. It's not complicated, friends.

1. Eat close to nature (the fewer labels or ingredients the better!)

2. Buy local and know how it was raised/grown/treated whenever possible.

3. Eat a reasonable amount of good stuff (portion control!) and find something active to do that you don't hate.

4. 80% of the time, make healthy choices and the other 20% of the time don't sweat it. Over time you will find that even your 20% choices will be healthier because they taste good AND make you feel good!

 

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This method WILL take longer to show results. This method WILL also last a lifetime.

 

time will pass anyway

 

You're worth it.

 

Click Here if you're interested in more information about clean eating, portion control, workout options, or anything else discussed in this post.

 

 

Real Talk San Diego Interview!

On Wednesday, 6/3 at 10am, I was live on the radio at ESPN 1700 for Real Talk San Diego!

 

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Listen to the recording of the show here: https://soundcloud.com/realtalksandiego/kristen-scott-6-03-15

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Fit for the 4th Uncle Sam

21 Day Fit for the 4th Challenge:

Interested in joining a fun, supportive group on Facebook that will hold you accoutable and motivate you through a 21 Day Challenge? You've come to the right place. Your 21 Days will consist of 30 minute DVD on streaming online workouts in a variety of styles and a realistic meal plan that will teach you portion control (with color corded containers!) and much more. You also get 30 days of access to on demand streaming workouts from various Beachbody programs/trainers AND access to my free "coach upgrade" program to save you money!

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What Pumpkin Seeds and Turkey Have in Common

What a great article on pumpkin seeds I found in a newsletter I get from "Get Waisted," written by Mark Wendt. I love putting "pepitas" (pumpkin seeds) on my salads and here is a really cool benefit from this plant based source of tryptophan (commonly associated with turkey meat):

Pumpkin seeds are one of the most nutritious snacks on the planet. They have to be. In order to grow into a huge pumpkin they have to be loaded with great stuff. While we could have a nice discussion about nutritional benefits of eating pumpkin seeds, I’m going to focus on just one.

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Pumpkin seeds have a very high tryptophan to protein ratio. As many of us already know, tryptophan is a precursor to the neurotransmitter, serotonin. In folks who are experiencing depression, keeping those neurotransmitters in the brain is a good thing. That’s what anti-depressants do. They act as uptake inhibitors, and prevent neurons from re-absorbing the stuff.

Vegetables are loaded with neurotransmitters. However, eating them may not be enough because they are not in a position to cross the blood-brain barrier. On the other hand, tryptophan can because it’s an amino acid. But for those of you thinking that you’re going to raise your levels by eating a turkey sandwich, guess again. While tryptophan levels from an animal source increase levels of the stuff in the body, it doesn’t make its way to the brain, where it’s needed. For various reasons tryptophan pills failed too. The only winners here where the plants.

So keep the “Happy” in Happy Halloween and eat your pumpkin seeds 🙂

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fighting-the-blues-with-greens-mao-inhibitors-in-plants/

http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/08/28/how-to-boost-the-benefits-of-exercise/

 

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