Friday, December 26, 2014

Top 10 Tips for Restaurant Survival

To lose weight people assume that they have to avoid going out with friends and loved ones because it usually involves going out to eat. This might be true if you are on a diet, but anyone that has experienced a weight loss and maintained it can tell you that losing weight wasn't about dieting but a lifestyle change. It's about continuously making healthier options but when you make not so healthy choices do it in moderation. 

So in short there is no reason to run and hide from going out to eat (on occasion) if you know how to do it right. Here are my top 10 restaurant survival tips:




1. Look at the menu before you go. Being prepared before you go to a restaurant is always a great way to stay on track. Knowing what the healthy options are and planning on what you will eat will make it easier to stick to your lifestyle change and be less tempted to order what someone else is. Some restaurants even have lighter meal ideas on their menus or at least online.

2. Have it your way. That saying isn't just for Burger King. All restaurants will accommodate within reason. Don't feel bad about having them hold, add, or substitute anything. 

3. Choose chicken or fish over beef. By choosing poultry or fish you are usually going to consume less fat and calories, but this tip goes hand in hand with the next one...

4. Choose grilled or baked over fried. Too many calories and fat can be added to a meal if it's fried. In most cases it's better to get a leaner piece of steak then a friend chicken sandwich. 

5. Choose veggies for one of your sides and eat them first. By making sure that you get your vegetables in first it will help you fill up faster and have less room for things like desert. 

6. Skip the bread basket or limit yourself to one. You can still have carbs and be healthy but a lot of mindless eating can be done with the bread basket. Those calories can add up fast especially if you are smothering that roll in butter. So limit yourself to just one or skip it all together if you can.

7. Get the dressing/sauce on the side. Most restaurants will already bring you the sauce and dressing on the side but it's better to ask just in case. This way you can control how much goes on your food so you can still get a little for taste but not have your food smothered.

8. Hold the salt. When you can ask for less seasoning or no salt. With the amount of sodium in restaurant dishes, a lot of water weight can be gained and make you feel sluggish for days

9. Keep portions in mind. There are too many restaurants that have huge portions that are double the size of what they should be. You want to keep in mind exactly how much you are eating. This is why I love doing tip #10. 

10. Get a to go box with your meal. By asking for a to go box with your meal you are able to put half of your meal away so you don't consume two meals worth of food. Out of sight out of mind, right?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

To post or not to post, that is the question...

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and soon we will be entertaining family members and making memories.

Although I am looking forward to the next few days it has been a struggle getting there. This year I  just feel so unprepared for Christmas. It seems that time has flown by and I have been moving through sand when it comes to accomplishing anything. 

Maybe it's the stress of school, the recent medical issues, or all of life's stresses that have caused this season to be so unproductive. To be honest it was exceptionally hard to hear that I might have trouble conceiving another child. This news was especially hard to hear since my husband and I were planning on having a child in the near future. I have been debating for awhile about even posting this; but I figured with how open and honest my group participants and followers are I should open up a little more. 

Luckily some of the recent test results have come back better than anticipated and it seems that I need to do a lot of de-stressing and internal healing to ensure I am healthy to carry a child. I am just hoping and praying that my blood work on Friday goes well and I get some even better news. Confirmation that everything will be ok would be the best gift I could get this year. Regardless of how the next test results come back, I have decided to take certain steps to better my health both physically and mentally.

These steps are just part of my bigger picture for 2015. I want to make sure that this coming year is my healthiest and most productive year yet. To help me reach these goals I have decided to do what a lot of the top performers in Beachbody do and that is to create a vision board.  It seems silly to think about doing a vision board, but it seems to work. Some of the most successful people that I know are very proactive about putting together a vision board. It's like a blue print for the future. I will be sharing my vision board with everyone later this week and I am excited to hear what is on yours. 

On Facebook I will now be starting a free private group that will focus on creating and reaching 2015 goals. This group will also begin January 5th, but will be on a separate board from the New Year New You Challenge Group. If you are interested in joining this free Big Goals Big Year Group please send me an e-mail (resolutionslimdown@gmail.com) or simply send me a friends request on my private account and private message me that your are interested. To add me on Facebook click HERE.

I will be sharing some of my Christmas Spirit on my fanpage (Facebook.com/ResolutionSlimDown), but will post another blog this weekend with a recap. Until then I wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Upcoming Challenge Groups & 21 Day Fix Approved Strawberry Milkshake

We are fast approaching the New Year and I am beyond excited to see where 2015 will take us. Starting January 5th I will be starting a New Year - New Year Challenge Group for a small group of women looking to get fit. This group will not only focus on simple nutrition and fitness but also on personal goal development. One of the best ways to accomplish your hopes, dreams, and wishes is to have the right mind set and tools to develop yourself and help you reach your goals. There will be weekly discussions and daily checkins/recipes/support. 

I only have 2 more spots open for this group and I am expecting them to go quick. If you are interested in joining this group please e-mail me at: resolutionslimdown@gmail.com and reserve your spot now. I will also only be taking on 5 more 1 on 1 clients for January. Please feel free to contact me about any questions you might have in regards to the challenge groups or 1 on 1 support. 

Other then prepping for my 2015 groups I have come up with some more yummy 21 Day Fix Recipes and I am looking forward to sharing them with all of you! I don't know what I can say other then THANK YOU to everyone who has offered support and suggestions for this blog. I encourage everyone to e-mail me with anything so I can better serve my audience. Also don't forget to follow my blog which you can do so by entering your e-mail address on the right. 

Finally... what everyone has been waiting on, here is this week's Fix Approved Recipe:

21 Day Fix Strawberry Milkshake

1 purple, 1 red, 1 yellow, & 2 tsp from coffee section

Ingredients
  • 1 purple container of partially thawed frozen strawberries
  • 1 red container of plain Greek or regular yogurt
  • 1 cup milk (almond, coconut, or 1% cow)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tsp of honey (or organic sugar)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It isn't the Holidays Without a Little Hot Cocoa

This weekend was fun and full of Christmas cheer even though the weather felt like we should be closer to seeing the Easter Bunny then St Nick. Since it was so nice out I figured we would make a trip an hour north to see the Lights Before Christmas at the local Zoo. I should have known that was going to be a bad idea since everyone and their brother had the same thing on their mind. Unfortunately after sitting in dead traffic for over 20 minutes, just 5 minutes from the zoo, we made it there only to be turned away because the parking lot was full. Luckily my little one was ok with visiting a local outdoor mall for some grub at her favorite restaurant and a horse and carriage ride down the main strip. After meeting the horse Katie we went into Hallmark where she picked out her yearly ornament and we drove around looking at lights. Even though the evening didn't turned out as planned it still turned into a fun memory making evening. 

Getting into the Christmas spirit more I decided there must be a way I could have Hot Cocoa on the fix. Although I wouldn't recommend doing this all the time, on occasion it is more then ok to enjoy a little holiday fun when it comes to food. So a quick search through a lot of "clean" recipes for hot cocoa I found one from the website cleanmama.net that fits into the fix. 

21 Day Fix Hot Cocoa Mix
This recipe yields 32 servings. 1 serving = 2 tablespoons

1 yellow, 2 tsp (coffee section); 1 serving is 

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups of organic sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the above ingredients into a bowl and whisk until blended well. Store in a air tight container to keep fresh for later use.
  2. To make one serving boil one cup of nonfat or 1% milk. Poor into mug and then slowly stir in 2 tablespoons of the hot cocoa mix. Enjoy

Monday, December 8, 2014

Who Says You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?

It's only been a little over a week since the Hot for the Holidays group started back up and I am beyond elated to see how far my group has come on their weight loss goals. Even though the fattest holiday of the season has past everyone in my group has managed to stay on point with their goals while still enjoying their favorite holiday treats. It just goes to show that with the general 80/20 rule and keeping moderation in mind you can really transform you body while not depriving yourself. 

With that said there are only a couple more weeks until Christmas is here and then we will be celebrating the start of another year. On Instagram I posted about my January 5th Challenge Group, A New You for a New Year, that will begin January 5th. I have decided that this group will not only focus on getting you bikini ready for the summer but also on personal development by focusing on positive self talk and creating and focusing on personal goals. There are only a couple of spots left for this small group so if you are interested please send me an e-mail (resolutionslimdown@gmail.com) with the subject New You for a New Year. 

This week's Recipe...

Chocolate Shakeology Mug Cake
Serves 1: 1 Red, 1 Yellow, and 2 tsp from Coffee Section

Ingredients
  • 1 scoop of chocolate shakeology
  • 2 Tbsp of coconut flour or almond flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 tsp of organic sugar 
  • a sprinkle of baking powder
  • a splash of vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a coffee mug place all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Cook on high in microwave for about 60 seconds and then mix
  3. Place back in the microwave and cook for another 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Enjoy!

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's hard to believe that November has come and gone already. December is already here and Christmas will be here before we know it. This four day weekend was much needed and allowed me to catch up and spend time with my family. The holiday was nice and relaxing and even was Black Friday. Unlike most people who run out before the roosters crow, I was still snug in my bed catching Zs. Once I got up I decided to do my shopping online and found some excellent deals! No lines, no crowds, and I accomplished more in a matter of 30 minutes then I would have shopping in a few hours. 

By getting it all done in the morning I was able to spend some one on one time with my little girl. I figured a quick trip to a nearby city would be fun so we could go to her favorite restaurant and see the new Penguins of Madagascar movie. In all honesty the new Penguin movie was pretty cute and I would recommend to go see it with your little ones! 

Besides spending time with my loved ones this weekend, I was also able to come up with another 21 Day Fix recipe. I had been craving potato soup and figured there must be a way to make it Fixed Friendly. So I tweaked my traditional potato soup recipe and this is what I came up with: 

21 Day Fix Potato Soup
Serves 2. Each serving consists of: 1 Green, 1 yellow, 1 Blue, 1 tsp

Ingredients
  • 1 medium potato, peeled
  • 1 green container of cauliflower
  • 2 blue containers of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp of olive oil (or organic butter)
  • 1 cup low sodium organic chicken broth
  • Water
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut your medium potato into tiny pinches (as big as you want in your soup). 
  2. In a medium pot add the chicken broth, 1/2 cup of water, diced potato, and cauliflower. Brin to a medium boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. 
  3. Once the potatoes and cauliflower are cooked take out half of the potatoes and place in bowl to the side. 
  4. Take the broth and remaining potatoes and cauliflower and place it in a blend. Add a cup of hot water and blend until smooth. 
  5. Once blended smooth place the mixture back into pot and put on low heat. Add cheese and stir until cheese is mixed well and add in remaining potato chunks. 
  6. Add sea salt and pepper to taste, serve, and enjoy.