10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain


It’s no surprise that most people decide on a New Year’s Resolution that revolves around weight loss.  It’s due in large part because of the weight Americans tend to gain during the holiday season!  The average American gains between 5-10 lbs from Thanksgiving to Christmas alone.  That can and should be avoided since added weight gain has an impact on your health and will carry over into your family’s health as well!  Here are 10 tips to integrate into your life to AVOID the holiday weight gain! Don’t wait until January 1st to make the commitment to better you! It’s almost Thanksgiving! Be thankful for a better, happier you and start NOW!

1. Drink a glass of water immediately after you wake up in the morning. BEFORE you eat or drink anything else!

2.  Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day. Water has countless benefits and is responsible for helping every part of your body work efficiently.


3.  Cut sugars and fake sugars out of your diet unless they exist in the food naturally (fruit, vegetables, dairy, etc)


4.  Do not eat any fast food!  Take your lunch to work and, if you HAVE to eat out, choose a salad with grilled chicken and use balsamic vinegar and lime or lemon juice instead.


5.  Make breakfast your biggest meal of the day.  Enjoy a healthy lunch and eat a balanced, healthy dinner with protein and veggies. Avoid sugars and carbs later in the day when you likely will not burn them off.


6.  Watch your portions!  When you eat out and order a meal, put half of it into a to go container immediately.  Eat the rest on your plate slowly and IF you’re still hungry after eating and waiting 10 minutes, eat some more. 90% of the time you won’t be AND you’ll save half of the calories!


7.  Make these healthy substitutions during meals and while eating snacks.


8.  Eat MORE vegetables! Eat them with every meal and increase the number of greens especially!


9.  When eating fruits, try to stick to low glycemic or low sugar options.  They will keep your blood sugar regulated and prevent you from increased hunger between meals.


10. STOP drinking soda. Diet or regular.  Drink water and save yourself the calories and harmful effects of the fake sugar!



What is Beachbody Coaching?

This week I am running a private group on Facebook where I discuss the most frequently asked questions about What Beachbody Coaching is.  I have been a coach for 5 years and last year I earned the coveted 2013 Elite Team Beachbody Title, so I have definitely learned and applied the best practices of coaching and teach the coaches on my Team to do the same.  Here are the Videos that I shared in that private group.  If this sounds like something you are interested in doing please fill out the application below and I will be contacting you to make sure and get you started right.

Anna Gray and Tony Horton

TOP 10 Frequently Asked Questions – Click on Playlist to see All the Videos that should answer all your questions.

What are the Responsibilities of a Coach?

What is My Story and How did I become a Coach?

What does it cost to be a Coach?

Can I be a Full Time Beachbody Coach?

Do I need to have a Transformation to be a Coach?

What if I am not a good salesperson?

Do I need to be a nutrition expert?

What is Beachbody Coaching? (Webinar – 30 min)

5 Min Homemade Ketchup

Quick Homemade Ketchup

my 5 min ketchup


If you have kids like I mine, they are dippers, why have store bought preservative laden Ketchup……

OG “Mom, ok I hate to admit it you were right it is good”



Avocado Pesto Pasta | Paleo and Vegan

I love Cookbooks.  I grew up with Cookbooks, my mom loved to cook.  I thought I would never be able to spend the time experimenting with different recipes until I retired from my Nursing Career last year.  My goal now is to experiment and share those that I wished I knew of when I had my horribly busy schedule.  This recipe my friends is perfect for you and your busy life.  It is super simple, super healthy, super healing gut friendly, and super yummy!  It came from one of my favorite New Cookbooks Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli

Avocado Pesto

This Created plenty of Leftovers to use for Whatever PESTO is needed for.  I think I will coat some Chicken with it.

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If you are following the 21 Day Fix – this would be considered 1 Blue without the noodles



Paleo and 21 Day Fix Friendly Crockpot Chicken Curry

Lets start by saying how much I love Chicken Curry.  I grew up with it.  I have no idea what my mothers recipe was but I love the flavor and the spice of it.   So, when I picked up my new copy of Danielle Walker of Against the Grain’s New Cookbook Meals Made Simple I had to give this one a go.  I first had to take a look at the recipe to see if it met the Gray Family Checklist.

1- Was it Grain Free

2- Was it chalk full of Protein (hubby complains about being hungry)

3- Did it have any “ickiness” that the girls would stick their nose up and shun

It passed the TEST!   So, how was it?  First, the smell in the house was AMAZEBALLS and second it was SUPER DUPER easy to make.  I did modify the recipe from the original and that is what you see.  Would I change anything?  Yes 1 thing.  If you do not have all the spices listed but have curry powder then I would substitute them with Curry Powder.  I will be making this again using the Curry Powder and will report back on how much to use.  I felt this may have been lacking the kick I was expecting.

Paleo chicken Curry


But here is the response from the family.

Sasha “awesome” 
OG “good”
Jeremy “very good” 

Looks like it was a winner!

I did Serve this over Cauliflower Rice