Ultimate Reset Review | Day by Day account | Tips |Final Results

Today Marks Day #22 of the Ultimate Reset for my husband and myself.  I am not going to lie and say that it was not difficult and we completely breezed through our 22 days.  Truth is if I didn’t do this with my husband it would have been much more difficult.  The great thing was that our 5 and 8 year old were so supportive and even tried some new foods.  The house on day #22 is a happy place.

Jeremy Ultimate RESET Results

Recap

Day’s 2, 3, 4 for myself were a breeze.  I had very little mental haziness.  Very little headaches.  Now keep in mind that I was a mult-coffee a day lover!  I haven’t had soda in 3 years so I am grateful for that.  But these days were absolutely no problem.  There was a lot more food prep then I thought.  Multiple trips to the grocery store for fresh food (really I can’t complain about that right??) I drank more water than I have probably drank in months so I was flushing those toxins away.  The infamous Alkalinize supplement that I had kept reading about was scary and smelled a bit green.  If you are familiar with wheat grass, it smells and tastes like that.  But I have to say that if my husband could get down Alkalinize for 21 days straight, ANYONE CAN!

Day’s 2, 3, 4 for my husband were a completely different story.  See he was used to eating processed, frozen, restaurant food, drank sweetened latte’s, and prides himself in his pizza connoisseur-ness, and someone that had not had a good night sleep in 20 years using sleep aides for the past 10 years.  These days were by far the hardest for him.  His symptoms were a large headache and his stomach did not agree with him.  He did not sleep well and felt udderly horrible.  I can quote him that day “I will give this 4 more days and if I feel this same way I AM DONE” I had to agree with him.  It was miserable watching him go through this.  But I know that THIS would be EPIC for him if he was able to complete it.

Day #6 for me was the worst day of the whole reset.  I experienced similar symptoms as my husband.  Lack of appetite, exhausted and just wanted to sleep.

Day #7 Clarity for the both of us.  It was like we both came out of the fog and said “we made it through the hard part” It is only up from here.  Se we trucked along

Day #8-21  We managed to eat all the food on the RESET, some things were better than others but none were absolutely horrible, it was fun to experiment and make soups and other veggie dishes in the kitchen, fun to have my kids join me and participate.  When it came time to take the dreaded DETOX supplement we found it was NO PROBLEM for us.  It was not bad at all.  The last week we did struggle with hunger a bit so we upped our portion sizes and that seemed to resolve the issue.  I did sneak some Vegan Chocolate Shakeology on a couple occasions which is allowed (and was HEAVENLY)

Best part of the RESET is that we were able to spend incredible amount of family time together because we didnt go out to eat so that we wouldnt be tempted and we were able to eat together and hang out together as a family.  Something I will never forget.

Results of the RESET were:  I have lost those 9 stubborn lbs of belly fat I had slowly gained over the last 3 years even after all my working out and eating clean. .  I am human!!   (I did not workout during the 21 days as directed (feel free to contact me to ask me why)Jeremy has lost an amazing 22.5lbs in those 21 days.  He lost 12lbs in the first week.  He was diligent with this program and what he got out of it was HIS SLEEP back.  Yes he lost weight, Yes he feels better about himself in his clothes.  But he has been able to fall deep asleep without any sleeping aides and it shows and makes me so incredibly happy I cannot contain myself.

If you are looking to shed those stubborn pounds, looking to clean up your diet, looking for a good night sleep, looking to just feel better about yourself and RID those toxins that have been in our system for so long.

***UPDATE*** Here are our Lab Results: Jeremy AMAZING results, My Results

If you are looking to start the RESET here is all you need to know to get started  posted by another fellow coach that completed the program Ultimate Reset TIPS

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Why Himalayan Salt?

You have probably seen more and more recipes or cooking shows adding Himalayan Salt to their recipes and wondered why?  Does it just sound fancier?  Is it just more expensive salt?  NO!  There is a reason why we are seeing it more and more.

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My first exposure to it was when they added Himalayan Salt to the Shakeology Formula.  Hmm, well the healthiest meal of the day has it, there must be a reason.  Then Beachbody added it as a Staple in the Ultimate Reset.  So why is that?

Well, Himalayan Salt is not your mom’s table salt by any means.  In fact table salt is not what it even used to be.  Your table salt is actually 97.5% sodium chloride and 2.5% chemicals such as moisture absorbents, and iodine. Dried at over 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, the excessive heat alters the natural chemical structure of the salt.  (mercola.com)  This natural salt is also not exposed to pollutants unlike Sea Salt.

Himalayan Salt includes many trace elements needed for your body to function optimally so it is more than just salt, it is a mineral that your body actually needs!  So, actually enjoy your salt on your food, if it is THIS salt.

Of the 84 elements found in the human body, 72 are believed to be essential ingredients of a healthy diet. Himalayan Pink salt contains these 72 elements.  Some of these include: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron.

Natural salt replaces the essential minerals which are vital to life, from building strong bones to nervous system function, aiding in the absorption of nutrients through the digestive tract, and even helping to prevent muscle cramps.

 

 

 

 

8 Tips to Eating Healthy on a Budget

8 Tips to Eating Healthy on a Budget

By Kim Kash–Taken from Beachbody’s Newsletter #288

Eating fresh, healthy, organic, local foods sounds great—but what if you’re on a budget? Maybe you dream of shopping at Whole Foods, but the cold, hard light of day finds you wheeling down the aisles at Trader Joes.

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We feel your pain. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to eat well and actually save money in the process. Your shopping list isn’t going to include vegetarian, brown rice sushi rolls from the macrobiotic deli case, but trust us, you’ll live.

1. Don’t shop hungry!

How often do you swing by the market on your way home from work, tired and starving? While this seems like grandmotherly advice, it’s firmly rooted in current research; a new Cornell study shows that people who shop while hungry are more inclined to buy more calorically dense food.1 Keep a piece of fruit or a small Ziploc® bag full of raw nuts in your bag to guard against filling your cart with foods you’re craving now but wouldn’t buy on a full stomach.

2. Buy flash-frozen fruits, vegetables, and fish.

While any processing takes away from a food’s maximum nutritional value, flash freezing is a great way to preserve vitamins and minerals when vegetables and seafood are at their freshest. And the convenience of a bag of veggies or a filet of fish in the freezer can’t be beat. The price? For seafood, there’s no comparison: fresh is much more expensive—when you can get it at all. (If you check at your local grocer’s fish counter, you’ll find that much of what is being sold in the case as fresh has in fact been previously frozen.) Produce is trickier: frozen is sometimes, but not always, cheaper than fresh, in-season, fruits and vegetables.

3. Shop at your local farmers market.

Farmer's Market Shopper This may surprise you, but it’s cheaper to get your veggies—organic or not—at the local farmers’ market than at the local supermarket. A 2011 study by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is one of several around the country showing that farmers’ market prices are consistently lower than those of neighboring grocery stores.2 Who knew? So have a great time shopping with your neighbors and supporting local farmers, and be happy in the knowledge that you’re saving money too.

4. Stick to your list.

Don’t cave in to the snazzy packaging on the supermarket shelves. Make your meal plan and shopping list at home, and then stick to it. Here’s the exception: when you shop at the farmers’ market or local produce stand, sometimes a gorgeously fresh fruit or vegetable will stand out—one you hadn’t planned on. Build some flexibility into your list to account for these unanticipated treasures . . . just decide which meals you want to add them to before purchasing. A good rule of thumb is to stick absolutely to your list of pantry items, but give yourself some leeway with fresh, seasonal foods.

5. Eat lots of beans and always soak your own.

Bowl of BeansBeans are a great source of protein and fiber, and form the cornerstone of many world cuisines. And they’re dead cheap—if you buy them dried. Soaking your own beans is easy, though it does take more planning than opening a can of them. But it’s no big deal. Just decide the night before what you’re going to eat the next day. If a meal includes beans, then put them in a pot of water to soak and leave them overnight. In the morning, let them cook as you’re getting ready for the day.

6. Buy in bulk.

Costco® and other warehouse stores sell fruits and vegetables at ridiculously low prices—if you’re willing to buy, say, 15 pounds of potatoes or 8 pounds of oranges at a time. You’re in for some work at home, but at those prices, who’s complaining? Also, in many regions it is possible to pair up with another family or two and buy a portion of either a cow or a pig directly from a local farmer. In exchange, you will receive many, many neatly wrapped and labeled packages of meat. An extra freezer is necessary for this, but well worth the investment if you live in a region where such arrangements exist. Another huge benefit of this is that you know the animal was not raised on a factory feedlot. Therefore, the meat will likely be free from the steroids and antibiotics that plague grocery store bargain meat cuts.

7. Join a CSA.

Basket Full of Vegetables Community Supported Agriculture is another way to save money by cutting out the middleman. With a CSA, you pay a flat fee up front. On the East Coast it’s typically $400-$500—for a whole growing season of produce! Every week you get a box of whatever came out of the farmer’s field. Like buying in bulk at warehouse stores, this calls for some time and creativity in the kitchen. In late summer, we sometimes freak out trying to figure out what to do with all those perfect, ripe tomatoes. What a problem to have!

8. Cut your consumption.

Over the last few decades, restaurant portions have become gargantuan, and we somehow seem to think that a platter of food is actually a single serving. Most restaurant entrées can easily feed two or three. So when you’re out, either share a single entrée, or get half boxed for another meal. And at home, serve smaller portions on smaller plates. It won’t take long at all before you’re satisfied with sensible portions!

 

If you find these tips helpful and would like more, please Comment below or message me at coachannagray@gmail.com

Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

I have this app on my phone call ZipList.com. It stores recipes you find online and put them in a virtual recipe box. Once you are ready to shop for it, it will create your shopping list. So, I have had this Skinny Enchilada Recipe in my recipe box for months in hopes that I would make it soon. Now that I am home full-time I have decided to do more healthy food experimentation and share with you. I want to show that busy working moms can still cook and eat healthy. The good news is this recipe was so easy and I would only make one minor change to it if I were to make this a technically clean eating recipe. The only processed food in this recipe are the tortillas, they are the little carb tortillas by La Tortilla Factory.  Otherwise, this recipe is clean.

IMG_4098 Here is the recipe:

Low-fat Chicken Enchiladas

Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 enchilada Calories: 159.5 • Fat: 5.9 g • Protein: 16.2 g • Carb: 17.8 g • Fiber: 8.3 g 

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp chipotle chilis in adobo sauce 
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

For the chicken: 

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 8.5 oz (2 breast halves) cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 8 (7-inch) reduced carb whole wheat flour tortillas (la tortilla factory)
  • 1 cup shredded low fat Mexican cheese
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions or cilantro for topping

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, spray oil and sauté garlic. Add chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.
IMG_4092 Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Heat the vegetable oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onions and garlic on low until soft, about 2 minutes. Add chicken, salt, cilantro, cumin, oregano, chili powder, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

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Spray a 13 by 9-inch glass baking dish with non-stick spray. Put 1/3 cup chicken mixture into each tortilla and roll it.
Place on baking dish seam side down, top with sauce…  Then top with cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes.Top with low fat sour cream or scallions if you wish. Makes 8 enchiladas.

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I forgot to cover with aluminum and it turned out just fine.

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My Review:

The sad thing is that I have never made shredded chicken at home. My mom used to make it all the time and I just never paid attention. So I went to quote the “Google ” and discovered it is just boiling your chicken breast for 15 minutes.  DUH!   I will add garlic to the water to add some flavor. Once I got the chicken made using organic free range, I purchased at sprouts, it was time for business.  I followed the recipe to a T including the low-carb whole wheat tortillas. I did notice that the sauce with a little too spicy for my six-year-old, so I strained out the peppers and seeds to tone it down. It works perfect. All four of my family gave me two thumbs up and had seconds.

Now if I were working full-time tip:

–Boil the chicken while the kids are doing their homework.

–Cook time is only 25 minutes, so totally doable if the chicken is cooked otherwise.

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5 Ways to Survive Holiday and Party Weight Gain | My Methods

It is now fall/winter, although in Southern California right now it sure doesn’t feel like it and it is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a couple days away.  What this time a year means to me is Birthday, Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Birthday, Birthday, Christmas…..When September hits I know its time to turn the focus on strong.  So rather than avoid all of these great events because I am afraid I will screw up with food.  I embrace it.  So here is how I survive all of these events, including what kind of food I choose to eat.  Research shows that the average person puts on a couple pounds during this time of the year and they end up keeping those pounds on.

First and Foremost, I force myself to workout!

  • Weather is colder so working out late at night is not appealing, sitting on the couch is.
  • I am not a morning person but have chosen to take on the 5 am workoutbefore work for a couple reasons
    • I know that if I do this I will be consistent with my workouts, this way will not feel guilty for eating AND NOT working out
    • I get to sit on the couch with my husband after putting the kids to bed and enjoy quality family time
    • I do this while the family is sleeping so that I am not sacrificing their time with me since I am gone for work most of the day

 I don’t have Extra Goodies in the House

  • I never take home leftovers from family functions or parties because I follow the same guidelines as I do when these events are not happening.
    • If it is not in your house, you will NOT eat it!!
    • If you bring home the extra pieces of pizza from your work party or that extra cake, guess what.  PICTURE those EXTRA pounds.
    • DON’T TAKE IT HOME

I have lots of healthy snacks around my office

 

  • I like to keep lots of healthy snacks at work.
    • I have the benefit of having a refrigerator at work, so I steal the bottom drawer, where no one wants to go and I typically have
      • Almond Milk (for my Shakeology), Fat Free Greek Yogurt, Agave, Fat Free Half and Half for my coffee, Peanut or Almond Butter, some kind of sprouted wheat bread (to keep me fuller)
    • At my desk I usually have a stash of Protein Bars (Quest Bars, Pure, Beachbody’s P90x bars are my favorite)
    • I am lucky if I have fruit but I try to have a banana or an apple
    • I typically go to the grocery store at lunch on Monday so that I have my stash for the week.
    • By having these I eat every 3 hours and if there is candy or sweets around the office, I don’t typically grab for them since my cravings are not even there.

What I eat at Parties

  • 90% of the time there is a veggie platter, I like to much on the snap peas like crackers, I will sometimes take some carrots but for some reason I feel the snap peas are as close to the same experience and there is no limit to how many you can eat
  • If I dip I dip once, I don’t want to be deprived.  So I take a dip!  Once or twice will satisfy me and I will not feel like “oh my gosh I am on a diet and I cannot enjoy anything”  Not sure if you can do this?  I say give it a try!! If you still do not succeed, message me and we will come up with solutions! Email me
  • The Buffet Table.  So as to not be rude of those that slaved over their stoves or picked up food at the local restaurant, I take a spoonful of something, like a tablespoon full, this way I can say how great the dish was and not feel like I am a whale when I walk away
  • Stay away from the Soda…WHY do it??? What a waste of bloatingness (is that a word?? it is in my book)  Stick to water, it is easy to do if you say you will allow yourself other treats.  If you are with family, I do splurge on a glass of wine…thats me and I love the taste and I work darn hard enough to enjoy the finer things in life….Wine yes, Soda No! (again in my books)
  • Cake or the sweets (what I do) I dont eat the cookies lying around, I think they are just empty calories and if I do eat them then I always feel like “Why did I do that??”, pie or cake on the other hand I will only take a sliver to try and enjoy.  By a sliver I mean probably 2 1/2 Tablespoons of.  This way again, I can say to the person that made it how wonderful it was and not feel like I ruined all my hard work

My Magic Potion

  • For the last 3 years before I leave for any night out on the town or party (year around) I will make myself a Shakeology, usually with Almond milk, Ice, 1 Tbs of Peanut Butter and blend.  I typically drink this while I am getting all dolled up.  That way I get to the party or the restaurant and I am not STARVING and could eat every appetizer laid in front of me.  It works for me and I do it like clock work.

3 years after I said enough is enough I have been able to maintain my weight and size through the parties and celebrations and guess what I have not deprived myself a bit.  There is no “Diet” in my world.  It is a lifestyle and I choose to take each day one bite at a time, not one plate at a time.

Comment below and let me know how you survive the holidays, what tips or tricks do you use to get you by.  Any favorite recipes you have?

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Eating Clean While Traveling | Tips

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Eating Clean While Traveling

The Beginning of the Summer is here, long hours during the day are upon us and family reunions or beach vacations are awaiting.  How can you stay on track with all of the hard work you have already put in and not throw in the towel.

Here are some quick tips for staying with the plan while on the road

Foods that you can take:

  • *Tea bags for use with the coffee maker in the hotel room for hot water.

 

  • *Bottled Water. (Hotel water can be very expensive or they may just not have any)

 

  • *Your Shakeology and a Shaker Cup

 

  • *FRUIT (Raspberries, Bananas, Strawberries – washed and de-stemmed, Kiwis – sliced, Grapes, Oranges, and Apples)

 

  • *VEGGIES (Sugar snap peas, Baby carrots, Celery, Roasted veggies (brussels sprouts and zucchini)

 

  • *PROTEIN (Lara Bars, Chicken Breasts, Cheese Sticks, Hard Boiled Eggs, Hummus)

 

  • *CARBS (Whole wheat tortillas, Brown rice crackers, Whole wheat crackers, Pre-made oatmeal packs (quick oats, whey powder, nuts)

 

  • *If you package these all in Ziploc bags or Tupperware they will travel well.

 

  • *For the chicken, eggs, milk, cheese sticks pack a cooler, you can also fit as much of the fruit as you can get in there.

 

Supplies and utensils and dishes, yes.

  • *A cooler for cold foods, a large bag for dry foods and another bag for dishes. It’s easier to find things if you keep things separated.

 

  • *Bring a plastic bowl, plate, cup, and plastic ware set for each person. (You can find these at the drug store during the summer months when all the picnic stuff is on sale)

 

  • *A clean sponge in a zip lock bag for doing dishes.

 

  • *A small container of dish soap, or you are stuck using hotel bar soap to clean your dishes.

 

When you get there:

  • *Set up a “kitchen area” and unpack your food.

 

  • *Get housekeeping to give you some extra hand towels (for drying dishes)

 

  • *Make sure you get your shopping done ASAP so you are not starving and give into that hotel restaurant or that fast food joint in the parking lot.

 

When you eat out:

  • *Most restaurants can cook any of their meats plain. Order a salad with no dressing (or use vinegar, or lemon juice), a piece of plain meat and lots of veggies.
  • *Drink plenty of tea or water. It’s easy to dehydrate when you’re out of your element. So be mindful of water consumption.

On your way home make sure and use that extra plastic laundry bag to pack up some ice for your leftovers.