I hate Cooking, I hate Fast Food – What are my options?

I came across this question the other day and figured I would spend some time addressing it because hear it a lot “I hate cooking, but I also hate fast food. Is there a natural option that’s extremely quick to prepare that will give me all of the nutrients and energy I need every day, especially when working out?”

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This question my friends IS MY LIFE!!! So I am going to share a few go-to’s that I eat during my day.


Breakfast Ideas

1.  Steel Cut Oatmeal – Super hearty and Super Healthy to grab and make on the go.  In fact Starbucks has a great option

2.  Hard Boiled Eggs – I like to prep them on the weekend and have a dozen ready for the week for me to just grab and go.  My kids also love them so sometimes I need to make less.

Snack Ideas

1.  Almonds – I like to take a Bulk Bag of Almonds from Costco and then separate them into snack bags (12/bag)

2.  Apples and Almond Butter – Apples stay fresh for quite a while and are sturdy so I like to have them in my house.  I also never eat Fruit without eating it with some sort of protein or healthy fat.  It slows down the absorption and therefore keeps you fuller longer.

3.  Starbucks – Protein Platter or Chicken Hummus Plate are my go-to’s

Lunch Ideas

1. Turkey Slices (Applegate Farms) – I do the same with Turkey Slices and put them in small Ziploc Bags so I can quickly grab them on the run.   Add a Gluten free Tortilla and some Mustard and you are good to go!

2. Shakeology – I get all my greens for the day even when I don’t have time to eat my Greens.  Find out more about Shakeology Here

Dinner Ideas

1.  I always have Grassfed Beef, Ground Turkey, or Chicken and throw a bunch of spices on/in it.  Pair it up with some Steamed Veggies and you are good to go.

I am a creature of habit and some may say my food is boring but it gets me through the week and on the weekend I am able to splurge and taste test all those fun things that we would love to indulge in everyday but can’t.  It is all about balance for me but you can absolutely get by without being a gourmet cook.

If you would like to learn how to cook CLEAN.  I encourage you to sign up for one of my private Challenge Groups where I provide a Meal Plan, Shopping List and one on one help throughout the challenge.  I have learned over the years how to be successful and keep off the weight even in my 40’s so you will benefit from my mistakes.  Click Here to Find out more about my Challenges.  

How does Paleo differ from the Slow Carb Diet?

I wrote about how I was testing out The Slow Carb Diet a couple years ago when I discovered what it was by the famous author and entrepreneur Tim Ferris.

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If you have never heard of the Slow Carb Diet here are the basic guidelines

Slow Carb Diet

1 – Eat Lean Meats, Beans and Veggies.  Don’t eat Fruit, white foods (breads, pastas, potatoes), or sugar.

2 – Give yourself a Cheat Day Each Week where you are allowed any of the forbidden foods.

You can read more about it in the Book 4-hour Diet by Tim Ferris

Why is this Diet Healthy?

You are rapidly burning fat as you are avoiding foods that promote fat storage.  It does use a bit of wild Hack-techniques like eating immediately upon waking and binging on a “cheat” food once a weak to give your Metabolism a little SPARK of confusion.

Other Guidelines

Eat the listed approved foods, eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and Lunch.  Most of us actually already do this.  Don’t drink your calories.  (1-2 glasses of red wine is ok — hee hee like this one).  Start your day with protein — 30 grams immediately upon waking.  Don’t eat fruit (Tomatoes and avocado in moderation).  You should be getting at least 20 grams of protein with each meal.

HERE is an Example of Approved Foods

Paleo Guidelines 

1 — A Paleo diet should be high in fat, moderate in animal protein, low to moderate in carbohydrates.

2 — Eat a generous amount of saturated fats like coconut oil, or clarified butter.

3 — Eat a good amount of animal protein.

4 — Eat a generous amount of vegetables.

5 — Eat a low to moderate amount of Nuts and Fruits.

6 — Cut out cereal, grains and legumes.

7 — Eliminate Sugar.

Paleo dieting has been the latest trend in food.  I will admit this is how I typically eat when I am dialed in my nutrition.  I accompany my Paleo eating with the 21 Day fix portion control system.  I do this because I could eat avocado all day, lol.  No really what I say is moderate and what you say is moderate can be completely different.  When we have the portion control system, there is ZERO guessing and I have been incredibly successful in weight loss and keeping my weight off this way.

So do I think one way is better than the other.  Absolutely not!  Do I think Sugar is bad and you should avoid it, YES!  Both programs avoid sugar which is KEY.  I actually encourage you to try both and see what works for your body.  I like to talk about our body’s having Bio-Individuality.  Everyone is different and what works for me may very well not work for you.  But you will never know unless you commit to something for at least 3 weeks and pay attention to how your body reacts.

I would be happy to help walk you through any of these programs in my coaching program and challenge groups.  Please email me at coachannagray@gmail.com with your concerns.

Comment below if you have tried either of these and let me know what your experience has been.

Body Beast Female Review | Customer Testimonial

I love to hear from customers of mine after they complete a program as they are the ones that keep me going as a coach.  This spotlight comes from my friend Dina.  Here is what she had to say about her experience.

My Body Beast Journey

I just wrapped up round 1 of Body Beast in mid February 2015 and my coach, Anna Gray, asked if I’d write about my experiences with the program.

Early one morning last November, I was sitting on the couch drinking my coffee, flipping through the channels and stumbled upon a Body Beast infomercial.  Before the 30 minutes were up, I was on the computer ordering the DVD’s.  I’d done weightlifting before and really enjoyed it but it had been at least 15 years.  I’m 46 and 5’10”, and at that time, weighed 214lbs…I’d done a fantastic job turning myself into a couch potato.  What I saw on TV looked perfect for me and I was mentally ready to turn things around.

The DVD’s showed up, I read the materials and jumped right into the Lean program.  I couldn’t lift that heavy on day 1 but having done it before I knew I’d build muscle and get stronger pretty fast.  What wasn’t real clear to me though was the eating part…Body Beast recommends a high caloric intake right from the get-go managed through macros that were frankly foreign to me.  Even though I lost 4 lbs in the first two weeks, I really felt like I was consuming way too many calories, didn’t understand the amount of protein I should eat and felt lost and alone.

What do you do if you feel alone?  You go online!  🙂  The absolute best thing I did (2nd only to ordering the DVD’s) was to google “body beast for women”.  What should appear but a link to a blog from none other than Anna Gray, who’s done the program and knew others that have as well, so I reached out to her.  I am so grateful for her willingness to work with me, as I didn’t come as a referral via Beachbody.  Her eating and supplement information, including an introduction to Shakeology, helped me get on track right away and she continues to be a wonderfully supportive coach, even though we’re 3000 miles apart!

You’re probably wondering what my results were after my first round of the Beast!  By eating at a deficit (averaging 1600-1800 calories) and using Beast phase macros, I lost 19 lbs, lost 10 inches overall and feel so strong and fantastic!  I wish I’d measured my body fat before starting round 1 but I did before starting round 2, so now I’ll have a much better sense of progress going forward.  My journey is a process and I’m just beginning!

Beast Up!


If you would like help with getting through your program feel free to reach out to me at coachannagray@gmail.com I would love to help you get your results!

Dina testimonial

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Sample 21 Day Fix Meal Plan and Shopping List

This was taken from Amanda Meixner (https://instagram.com/meowmeix/)  One of Beachbody’s Social Media Managers who is also doing the 21 Day Fix.

For three weeks she’s following the portion plan for 21 Day Fix EXTREME. In order to maintain her weight, she falls in the 1,800–2,099 calorie bracket. Of course, it’s not necessary to prepare this much food at once, but Amanda does it to save herself time later in the week. Plan your meals on Sunday? Save this for the weekend!



Breakfast: Shakeology with a banana, flax seeds, and 3 tsp. almond butter (1 red, 2 purple, 1 orange, 3 tsp.)

Snack: Two egg muffins (every 3 is equal to about 1 egg, 4 egg whites, with spinach, & red bell peppers) & oatmeal (not shown) (1 red, 1 green, & 1 yellow)

Lunch (Mon/Wed/Fri): Chicken, sweet potato, and broccoli (1 red, 2  yellow, & 1 green)

Lunch (Tue/Thur) – seen above: Tempeh, sweet potato, and broccoli (1 red, 2  yellow, & 1 green)

Snack: Trout with 1 tsp. olive oil, asparagus, and a small apple (1 red, 1 green, 1 purple, & 1 tsp.)

Dinner (Mon/Wed/Fri): Cooked shrimp,  bell peppers, & mushrooms sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil, edamame, and ¼ an avocado (1 red, 2 greens, 1 yellow, 1 blue, & 1 tsp.)

Dinner (Tue/Thur) – seen above: Ground turkey, kidney beans, bell peppers, & mushrooms sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil, and ¼ an avocado (not shown) (1 red, 2 greens, 1 yellow, 1 blue, & 1 tsp.)

Grocery List

• 1 pound shrimp
• 1 pound chicken
• .75 pounds turkey
• 1 container tempeh
• 1.75–2 pounds trout
• 5 large sweet potatoes
• 1.5 cups edamame
• 5 bananas
• 5 apples
• 5 cups broccoli
• 50 large asparagus spears
• 4 cups mushrooms
• 5 red bell peppers
• 4 yellow bell peppers
• 2 avocados
• 1 10-oz bag spinach
• 5 packets Shakeology
• 1 can kidney beans
• Olive oil
• Flax seeds
• Almond butter


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