Shakeology: The Fields

This gorgeously-produced video segment brings Shakeology from the highest cliffs and densest jungles to a screen near you. Follow “Ingredient Hunter” Darin Olien through Peru as he pieces together the REAL magic that goes into Beachbody’s #1


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My thoughts on P90x2 Phase 1 | Female P90x2 Review | P90x2 Review

Today is day 2 of Phase 2 in the P90x2 workout.  I have recently completed Phase 1 and feel amazing!! I started my Beachbody journey way back when when I did P90x and dropped 2+ pant sizes, and tons of body fat.

Phase 1 is called the Foundation Phase, the reason for this is that rather then slap you in the face like P90x did, this phase helps you build your foundation so that you can kill it in your next 2 phases.  The phase is flexible unlike P90x.  P90x is strictly written as Phase 1 = 4 weeks, 3 weeks and a Recovery Week.  P90x2 gives you the option of doing the Foundation phase between 3 to 6 weeks based on your success in it.  I found that by week 3 I was going to have to go at least another week because my balance and core was still not stable going through these workouts.  But I was definitely progressing.  Week 4 I knew this was my last week in this phase and I was going to really have to bare down and focus and my workout sheets proved it.  PROGRESS NOT PERFECT.


Workouts in Phase one or Foundation Phase: (so fun to watch because I have many friends in the workout programs, all Beachbody Coaches that were Success Stories themselves)

P90x2 Core: Lots of Stability Ball work and some Medicine Ball work but very doable by both men and woman of all levels (there is always a modifier in the workouts including one that has zero equipment)  My friend Barbie Decker is one of the Cast members and she is such an inspiration.

Plyocide: A variation of Plyometrics in the original P90x but with a new twist, there is less jumping involved, ie NO ROCK STAR JUMPS 🙂  you feel incredible after completing this workout.

Recovery/Mobility: Here is your introduction to the Foam Roller.  What is a Foam Roller?  Well it is like paying someone to give you a Thai Massage, but this magical tool does it for you.  This is intended to get those knots and kinks out of your body before your workout so that you are not horribly sore the next day.  This workout is an extended version of the warmup foam rolling in the other DVDs.

P90x2 Total Body: My friends Traci Morrow and Mark Briggs are in this workout and again a total inspiration!! Traci is an adoptive mother like me so I have a special place in my heart for her.  This workout is exactly what it sounds like, head to toe workout and you are BEAT after the workout but feel amazing!

YogaX2:  A SHORTER YOGA!!! Very little repetition like the original version but still very tough!

P90x2 Upper Body: Balance and Power 🙂 This one is a doozy!! but by day 30 you will be so proud of yourself for accomplishing what you never thought you could possibly do, yes if you do them consistently you will progres..

So finishing this phase:

I feel Stronger, Leaner–my legs and arms are leaner and I have lost some more belly fat.

As far as Nutrition goes: I have been doing a 30 day Vegan cleanse.  So I have been following the cleanse and not the nutrition guide but still seeing amazing results.  Now that the cleanse is over I will be following the VEGAN VERSION of the p90x2 Nutrition guide.  Like the workouts, the Nutrition guide is very flexible based on your current nutrition likes.  There is a grain-free version, a vegetarian, a vegan and then your standard.  I do believe that this nutrition guide is much easier to follow then the original so people should really embrace it.  If you have a hard time following it then make sure to upgrade your Team Beachbody Club Membership to use their Custom Meal Plans.  I look forward to getting back on my daily Shakeology especially with a NEW VEGAN SHAKEOLOGY scheduled to launch Feb 14th.  You NEED this in your diet.  You don’t want all your hard work to go to waste by not tying in your nutrition!

Stay tuned for my Review of Phase 2.

The Importance of Drinking Water

The Importance of Drinking Water

Do I REALLY Have to Drink Water?

Yes.  You do.  We all know that drinking water is important, but the reasons why are not always so clear.  And with so many other beverages at your finger tips, it’s easy to bypass the plain, boring water unless you really have a buy in as to why it’s so necessary.


Reasons Why You Should Drink Water

  1. Weight loss– Drinking water is one of the best tools for weight loss!  First of all, it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar.
  2. Heart healthy -Drinking water, a good amount of water, could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
  3. Energy – Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired — even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
  4. Headache cure– Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking water enough. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
  5. Healthy Skin– Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
  6. Digestive problems- Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
  7. Cleansing– Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
  8. Cancer risk– Related to the digestive system item above, drinking water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
  9. Better exercise– Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to lift weights. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure you are drinking water before, during and after exercise.

How Much Water is Enough?

waterglassTo figure out how much water you need to drink daily, simply divide your weight in half and the answer is the number of ounces you need.  So for me, that’s 114/2=57 oz. which is seven 8 oz glasses per day.  If you’ve never measured out your water, be sure you do!  Most people think a ‘glass’ of water is much more than it actually is.  🙂 (hint: it’s more like the short glass, not the tall one)

When Should I drink my Water?

The best time for drinking water may not be what you expect.  Most of us are in the habit of having a glass of water with our meals, but this is actually not the best time for water intake.  At meal time, your stomach is filled with digestive acids and enzymes who’s job it is to digest your food.  If you dilute those acids and enzymes, they will not be able to digest your food as efficiently, slowing or disrupting your digestion.  Cold water makes this problem even worse.  It is recommended that you avoid drinking water (or other fluids) 30 minutes before or after your meals.  A few sips of room temperature water to help wash down your bites is ok, just avoid large amounts.

My daily water intake schedule goes like this:

  • One warm glass of water with fresh lemon juice first thing in the morning, followed by my workout and additional glass of water throughout.  Wait 20 min while prepping breakfast….
  • BREAKFAST  Wait 30 min then…
  • Water, at least 16 oz.
  • Water, at least 16 oz.
  • Water, at least 8-10 oz (can’t drink too much before bed!!)
  • BED

What’s This I Hear About Lemon Water?

lemon--300x289Warm lemon water in the morning helps kickstart the digestion process for the day.  There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.

HOW TO DO IT: You should be using purified water and it should be warm-lukewarm not scalding hot. You want to avoid ice cold water, since that can be a lot for your body to process and it takes more energy to process ice cold water than the warm. Always use fresh lemons, organic if possible, never bottled lemon juice. I squeeze 1/2 a lemon with each glass and I drink it down first thing before I eat a single thing, or workout, etc.

Can I Add Anything to My Water?

orange-mint-waterThere are lots of great things that you are free to add to your water to give it some interest for fun or if you are having trouble with plain water.  Here’s some suggestions:

  • Give a Squeeze: Add fresh citrus juice, lemon, orange or lime
  • Infuse: Fill a large jug with water, add sliced fruit (try citrus, berries, melon or pineapple); refrigerate overnight.
  • Leaf It: Tear up some fresh mint or basil leaves and steep in water before drinking.
  • Cuke It: Add sliced cucumber!
  • Tea Time:  Any herbal tea is a great way to add flavor and can be served hot or cold.

What About Coffee and Caffeinated Teas?

coffeeHaving a small cup of coffee or caffeinated tea is acceptable while eating clean.  It’s the stuff you put IN your coffee that’s often the problem.  Too much caffeine however has some nasty side effects so limit your intake to about 200 mg (2 small cups max).  Remember that caffeinated coffee and teas like Green or White are ok once or twice, the teas are actually quite beneficial, but the caffeine acts as a diuretic, so you will need to add a little extra water to compensate.

Paleo Cashew Garlic Basil Crusted Chicken

Paleo Cashew Garlic Basil Crusted Chicken

I had to post this Recipe by Popular Demand.  Originally came from “Make ahead Paleo” by Tammy Credicott and was originally Labeled Macadamia, Garlic and Basil Crusted Chicken however I did not have any Macadamia Nuts on hand but did have Raw Cashews and JUST ENOUGH 🙂

I also loved this because I was able to Freeze this for a couple weeks and pull it out when I had NOTHING in the house to cook.

cashew crusted


1 1/2 cups raw macadamia nuts (or Cashews)

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

1 clove garlic, peeled

1/4 tsp sea salt

Sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper



4 chicken breasts, boneless or bone-in


1/4 cup Honey, slightly warmed



1.  Place the crust ingredients in a food processor, and pulse until a coarse crumb forms.  Place the crumbs in a 1-quart, freezer bag, and seal.

2.  Place the chicken in a separate 1-gallon freezer bag, and seal.

3.  Place the crust and chicken freezer bags in another 1-gallon freezer bag, and seal.  Place the bag containing the crust and chicken in the freezer until needed.



1.  Thaw the chicken and crust overnight in the refrigerator.

2.  When you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

3.  Place the chicken on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and pat it dry with paper towels.

4.  Mix the crust a little with your hands to work out any large chunks.

5.  Brush the chicken with the warmed honey.  Divide the crust mixture evenly over 4 pieces of chicken, and press gently into a thin layer.

6.  Bake the chicken until it is cooked through adn the crust is golden, 30-35 minute for boneless chicken and 45-50 minutes for bone-in chicken.