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Fighting Diabetes & Helping your thyroid

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Ugh!!! Yesterday I had two of my favorite people tell me they’ve received a diagnosis. Nothing unmanageable but it still makes me 😡. These two ladies happen to be members of my tribe because (but not limited to) they are both blonde, hilarious and super smart. AND they’ve been working at health and fitness so things like thyroid and diabetes are like a slap in the face.
This is why I push so hard. So many women I know are getting that thyroid diagnosis or an autoimmune diagnosis. And my genetic history tells me personally to fight against diabetes.
These things are a REALITY. I am all too aware of that.
The thing is thy CAN be overcome. So that’s a blessing. And they CAN be prevented too. Don’t ever let people tell you that you’re going to “get” something just because your family did. Sure, if you live the same lifestyle and don’t be purposeful with the way you live, your body might respond in the same way. But you have power in that.
As for thyroid–man we are so stressed out! That has a toll on the body. That’s why we say you need even MORE nutrition than ever before. And most of us are getting less thanks to poor food/farming quality. I also personally think birth control is taking its toll there but I have no science yet. 😜
Anyway, health is work in today’s age. I love working out. I enjoy eating clean because it makes me feel good. But I take Shakeology like it’s medicine for these reasons. I want to have every gun firing health wise. You should too. It’s clearly not a CURE-ALL but I think it can definitely help-I’ve had people report to me personally their doctors have noted the improvement and there a thousands of testimonies out there. Consider it!

Shakeology + Diabetes Testimonials

I swear by Shakeology! It reversed 10 years of diabetic A1C levels in me in just 4 months of daily use. Can’t and won’t live without it! My endocrinologist has it written in my medical file as a requirement for me to take now, and another doctor was so impressed that she started taking it and it reversed her diabetic levels she had for 7 years. –Gwyn M.


My mom told me again earlier today how beautiful her blood sugars are. Shakeology has helped to dramatically reduce her insulin. Sometimes she doesn’t even need her insulin. I’m glad I made my mom try Shakeology a year and a half ago. ~Shakeology customer.


“Shakeology works, because I am a diabetic that was on 9 pills. But once I started drinking Shakeology, it changed my overall numbers in blood pressure, sugar levels, and cholesterol. To this date of 6 months of drinking Shakeology and working out – NO PILLS!!” –Sydney


I’m a 57 yr old insulin dependent diabetic, on insulin for 47 yrs. I’ve been using Shakeology daily since 4/8/10 and it’s a predictable meal, in that the carbs are exact. That has been a major benefit for me. Since then I’ve dropped 22 lbs, reduced my daily total insulin by nearly 40%, and am now off bp medication. Also, the only workout I’ve done is the one that comes w/ the drink mix… I call ’em Shake30 and Shake50 workouts. I haven’t worked out much at all the last six weeks, other than running a bit, but the weight continued to drop and it must be due to the Shakeology. _BH


Being DIABETIC, and HAVING KIDNEY & THYROID DISEASE, I had to do something.

Thanks to Beachbody, I have lost a total of 75lbs. and now living a more fit and healthier lifestyle. I come from a family of Type 2 Diabetics and was borderline diabetic myself, and had Kidney disease, Thyroid disease and back pains. Doing Beachbody’s workout programs and drinking SHAKEOLOGY has changed all that! My thyroid results are normal!!! My doctors are AMAZED at my results!!! My lab results are ALL NORMAL now and show that I am NO LONGER DIABETIC!!! I have so much more energy, strength and stamina than I have ever had when I was in my teens and 20s. I started at 196lbs. wearing a size 16 and am currently 125lbs. wearing a size 4!!! I have never been a size 4 before in my life!! ~Jenny, mother of 4, and works full time.


My wife’s Type 2 Diabetes was reversed thanks to Shakeology. – Sean K.


My friend’s doctor (YES DOCTOR) said she should try SHAKEOLOGY and she has DIABETES! SMART DR! -Stacie M.


I was borderline type 2 diabetic for the past few years. I also had gestational when I was prego. (3-4yrs ago) In December (2013)I signed up for shakeo and was just hoping to lose weight. But it dropped and regulated my blood sugar within the first few weeks of using it. I am no longer get the headaches from my blood sugar rollercoastering. I no longer considered borderline. My blood sugar is normal. -Amy S.


My fasting number this morning was no longer in the “diabetes” range but in the “pre-diabetes” range…with NO meds! I am so amazed. – Kristie M.


My parents have been drinking SHAKEOLOGY for a little over a month now. My mother’s sugars are almost normal! AND she was suffering from major diabetes headaches when she ate badly and we were getting ready to increase her insulin!!! She is now coming off her meds all together and is exercising and losing weight! Dad’s sugars are now under control and he is getting ready to cut out his meds as well! Shakeology has changed the blood chemistry in my household and family for the better! – Ilene W.


I have been drinking Shakeology from Beachbody everyday since the middle of December. I am proud to report that I had my A1C (for diabetes) tested yesterday​ and it is down from 7 to 6.3 I love the energy that Shakeology gives me and the best thing is it tastes great!!!! -Mayme Brown

Shakeology + Thyroid Testimonials

“I started drinking Shakeology in September 2009 after hearing about the good results it had for other people since it’s release in March 2009. After trying out a few different recipes for the Chocolate flavor, I found a few I liked and began making a shake every morning as my breakfast. A week or two went by and I began to notice that my energy level would pick up within the first 10-15 minutes of drinking it. I didn’t feel jittery like I did when I drink coffee, but I felt energetic, more awake. Funny thing was, I didn’t attribute that to the Shakeology at first because it had become such a part of my routine & my concoctions I made with it tasted so good I had forgotten how good it was for me. A month goes by and I notice my digestive tract is more regular than usual (which hadn’t been the case for awhile due to the side effects of varying thyroid levels) & my energy level continued to stay up for a longer period of time without that big crash you can get from drinking coffee or caffeinated soft drinks. For me, that was reason enough to keep drinking it. Before I would have days that I could barely keep my eyes open while driving into work and/or driving home from work. I have those days less and less often now.

Being hypothyroid, I really didn’t think this drink would help me lose weight, which has been another positive for others that drink it. At most, I have lost a pound or two while drinking Shakeology but I have noticed that I am able to maintain my weight very easily just by drinking it daily. I noticed this after drinking it continually for about two month and, for me, that is a huge positive! I am very close to my “ideal” weight so having something to help me maintain it is very exciting to me. I also use it as an additional way to keep my immune system strong. Although, I have had to fight off a few colds/bugs the past month or so – when I drink Shakeology everyday (along w/ taking my other vitamin supplements recommended by my doctor) I feel like it’s an extra boost to the immune system, which during these winter months is very important. With these positive results after four months of drinking Shakeology, I am happy to share it with others that have thyroid conditions and hopeful that you see many (if not more!) of these same results.” ~ Beth Y.


“I suffer with a debilitating energy-sucking disease. Most days I feel as though I am buried up to my neck in sand and it is a struggle to get out of bed. I am happy to say that I have found a way to energize myself and to be able to do a workout in the morning which is nothing short of miraculous. I will never go a day without my Shakeology ever again. It has literally changed my life and given me a new lease on life.” ~ Mickey K.


“As a coach and a fellow Hypothyroid patient I recommend Shakeology 10 fold. It has restored the function of my thyroid fully. I’m not saying that it can do that for everyone but it did for me and my #s were really bad and I was told I’d have to take meds for the rest of my life. Shakeology has such power-packed nutrient to support many aspects of the body. Don’t hesitate because of the price. The price is not bad at all and there’s no price tag for your health. I save money now that I’m on it.” ~ Alisha T.


“There is Iodine in Shakeology and it really boosts the function of the thyroid gland. I have hypothyroid and I haven’t had to take meds for almost a year because of Shakeology.” ~ Christina B.


“I was diagnosed with Hashimotos when I was 18 (but suffered from symptoms earlier) and struggled with all the side effects – depression, weight gain, inability to lose weight, dry skin, brittle hair and nails, no energy. I was taking 200 mcg of Synthroid daily. Within 6 weeks of regularly drinking Shakeology, my thyroid levels were staying consistent – and I’d been getting tested every 4-6 weeks for several years and my Synthroid dose adjusted every 4-6 weeks because my levels never were even. The next 6 week test my dose was lowered, and the next, and the next – and it consistently went down! My condition is hereditary, and I’m not fully off my medications, but I am at a very low dose now, and not having ANY of the symptoms! I’ve lost 57 pounds and feel AMAZING!” ~ Trish M.


“I have Hypothyrodism as well. Have had it for the past 16yrs. Been drinking shakeology for the past year, I haven’t lost a lot of weight. But I have noticed a change in my body. as well as some inches off of my waist emoticon)..I was going to stop drinking shakeology due to price,but have decided that the results speak for themselves. sometimes you get what you pay for. and with shakeology you really get a lot !!” -Mrs. Kato


“I am hypo and have been for 23 years! I started on Shakeology about 4 weeks ago with a Cleanse and I absolutely love it. It has given me great energy and appetite control. Since finishing the cleanse, I have replaced one meal a day with Shakeology and really like the results I am seeing. Not a lot on the scale (I never really do), but my body shape is changing dramatically. Much leaner and toner.” -Kim


“I have been hypothyroid for 15+ years, I have Hashimotos. I am completing my 1st month of Vegan Chocolate and LOVE it…I can tell a huge diff. I am on Armour thyroid, I switched to that a year ago and did get a little more energy but I think the Shakeology REALLY helps.” -Angie


“I also have Hashimoto’s Thyroid disease. Been up down and all around since 14. After my son’s birth o have been just hypo, he is five and I still have the baby weight. Started Shakeology and TMT June 11 and I’m down 16 lbs and 7 inches. I believe the Shakeology is the reason. I have always been active (as a competitive horse rider) but stayed over weight.” -Cait


“I used to suffer with hypothyroidism. I was on all kinds of medications…it wasn’t until shakeology that I started to lose weight! FINALLY! I lost 12 pounds & 2″ off my waist in 6 weeks.” -Priscilla


 

Nutrition

Meal prep tip!

Meal prep tip: Carrots edition. 
Carrots & nut butter are a great snack. Fat & raw veggies = good combo. But!

▪️Don’t buy baby carrots. Robbed of nutrition. They’re also more expensive. 

▪️Get whole carrots. Organic if you can. ▪️Wash but don’t peel. Keep a little wet to keep crispy. 

▪️Slice into own carrot sticks. 

▪️Store in meal prep containers but add the nut butter the day of otherwise it will harden. Boo.  

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Hammer & Chisel review

Day 1: Chisel balance!

This workout was the most similar beachbody workout to what I create for my clients that I’ve done!!

I loved the PIYO-esque warmup! I also loved that you could use a chair (I used my foot bench or whatever they are called) if you don’t have one for these moves. Great moves, my butt and hamstrings felt goooood!! Shoulders worked too. I am sure our backs will be feeling it too in a few days!

Side note-who decides the water bottle situation. Two of them have $20 Shakeology water bottles and two of them have $5 Walmart water bottles! 😂

Grade: 5! Loved it!

My review! Day 2: Hammer Plyometrics

I chose plyo because I know I hate It therefore I should do it. Might’ve gotten MORE out of masters cardio because I don’t have a pull-up bar or bench so a lot of moves had to be modified. Keep that in mind when you choose which one you want to do because day 2 is optional!

I was REALLY ANNOYED that he didn’t seem to know Chelseas name but he picked it up at the end there. And at the beginning I thought he was trying to scare me. 😂

It was a touch workout but even though his intensity made me chuckle, it worked because I kicked booty! 

My favorite move? Rev lunge to knee driver

Hardest move? Plyo push-ups!!!! 

Grade: 4 Short but tough. (Would’ve been a 3 if he hadn’t said her name!)  


Alrighty roo!! Day 3: Hammer & Chisel–ISO Strength Chisel! That was fun!! Felt some of those muscle fibers tearing! 😉 Favorite move was side step up. Hardest wasthe Bulgarian split squat. Rude. And the easiest one was the c spine crunch. I HAVE a six pack. Strong abs. They are just currently hiding. 😂😂

Autumn is very motivating. From the very first time I worked out with her I thought, “She’s a talking Pinterest fitspo board. 😂

Grade: 5 Felt the burn. 

Hammer and Chisel, Day 4 (kinda). I’m taking my rest day Sunday so I’m a rebel. ISO Soeed Hammer. This workout is less that 20 minutes of actual WORK. I’m convinced they are easing us in with this stabilization phase. I hope. 
I don’t have a chin up bar but otherwise that workout was too easy. Yeah. I said it! Especially if we were supposed to have a rest day yesterday!!! 

Grade: C 

Day 5: Hammer& Chisel Endurance done!! 

I liked it, similar to what I do on my own with balance and flexibility added into strength. Little too much spalining time though. I also like how there are options for those without a bench or pull up bar! Decline balance-y push-ups are hard. 😂

Grade: B!

Day 7: Hammer & Chisel Total body hammer!! 

Felt a nice overall burn and a gots good sparkle going. Too much taking, could’ve gone a little faster. 

Day 8: Chisel Cardio
This was a great cardio workout. Other than running I don’t like cardio 😂 There’s a meme out there that says-you mean lift weights faster? That’s what this was for the most part and I liked it. I also like function movements like step ups because they challenge balance in a realistic movement pattern. Woowoo. 
Burpees are always stupid but autumn has a way of making them tolerable. 
I felt like she was talking to ME when she said you don’t want to walk away not having Given it all you had. So I tried a little harder. 😂
Favorite move was the side step/kick. Didn’t love the plank kicks but I did them. 😂 And Alvin just doesn’t know how to row the boat!!😂
I still think it’s kind of easy. But that’s not terrible, you don’t have to feel like you’re gonna die to get a good workout right! 😂
Btw read in fixate that Autumn moved to Cali to be an actress. Welllllll. I think that turns out best case scenario huh?
Grade: A
Day 12? Is that right? Lol. Anyway… Hammer Power!

For me it was okay. Not the biggest fan of Olympic power lifting but it has its place in weight training!! I liked it at the beginning but then it was kind of repetitive at the end. I do appreciate doing something new though, and Sagi wasn’t too bad!!
🎯 Loved the illustration of him get getting kicked in the butt because that is EXACTLY what it looked like. 

🎯 Liked the use of light weights to warm up the muscles. 

🎯 Love how power lifting only involves like 10 reps max. Ever. 😂😂

🎯 Favorite move is deadlift. 

👎 Still waiting on biceps. 

Grade: C. Not because of the workout, I think it was a good one for other people. I’m just not a fan of cleans and jerks and snatches. 😂
Happy flex Friday!!

21-day-fix

It all comes together and just works!!!

Reflecting on our Sunday check-ins. ONE week in (we’ll except that rockstar at the top left, that’s been a commitment to healthy habits) and people are feeling better and getting results!!! THAT’S why I love this program! I was telling my girl Ashley on our call this morning…the reason I love this program is we aren’t just taking a hodpoding a goo idea from here, or a workout from there, or trying the latest eating plan or pill! We are combining meticulously planned & programmed nutrition 🥑 with meticulously planned and programmed exercise 💪🏻 and meticulously planned and programmed supplementation. And it all comes together and WORKS! It reduces the noise, gives us a plan and it just WORKS. 

#21dayfix #21dayfixresults #healthyhabits #shakeology

Healthy Habits, Nutrition, shakeology

Ashwagandha

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🔦 Shakeology spotlight!
🍃Ashwagandha. Fun to say, nicely spelled so you can be confident in doing so! 😂
I have MANY friends and family members who suffer from poor thyroid function. 😴
I know many who take this herb or that supplement on top of this one and that one over there 💊💊💊💊 to help their thyroids and adrenal fatigue!
I get it, we are all trying to improve our health using the information we have! 🤓
Studies have shown Ashwagandha improves thyroid function and treats adrenal fatigue. There are other goods in Shakeology that ALSO help your thyroid-iodine, zinc and iron to name a few. But instead of this or that, Shakeology has totally been FORMULATED to treat our bodies. To meet them where they are and start developing health. To BE what we need nutritionally in this crazy modern society.
Part of that formula includes the use of adaptogens-like ashwagandha-which help your body adapt to stress. Adaptogens (read: tonics) are seen A LOT in ancient Chinese & Indian medicine. They work to normalize MANY functions/systems/organs. Not just one! What’s really cool is that the plants that contain the MOST adaptogens and are the MOST beneficial for you are that way because THEY THEMSELVES have had to adapt to a lot of environmental stressors. Ashwagandha, for example, has to overcome its native hot, humid & dry climate…it can grow in droughts and be prolific in dry soils. Scientists don’t really understand how these little guys can be SO effective-they can balance you so well…but they’ve DEFINITELY done enough studies to prove they do!
There’s LOTS more just this ONE herb- ashwagandha- has been studied to improve including energy levels, immune system, brain health, blood sugar stabilization and even lowering cholesterol.
And there’s a LOT more than just ONE herb in Shakeology. #winwin #getinmybelly #shakeology#daikydoseofdensenutrition

21-day-fix, Nutrition

Unstuffed egg rolls

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Makes 5 servings. Each serving is 1 red, 1 green.

 

What you need:

  • 2 lb of lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken (I use beef)
  • 1 head of cabbage (on the smaller side)
  • You can also add bok choy (optional)
  • 3-4 medium carrots
  • 1/4 onion chopped finely
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 heaping tsp of fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 TBS oil (sesame or vegetable)
  • 4-5 TBS low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBS rice vinegar
  • 4tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  1. First, shred cabbage with a serrated knife. It is important to cut the cabbage with a serrated knife because it will shred the cabbage. Or chop bok choy. Then place cabbage and bok choy in a large mixing bowl. Shred the carrots with a vegetable peeler and toss well.
  2. Then brown your ground meat with finely diced onions and minced garlic. Drain grease from meat if needed.
  3. Fill the pan full of cabbage, bok choy and carrots. Then add fresh grated ginger, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder and ground black pepper (or crushed red pepper).
  4. If you have to split the mixture because you do not have a large sauté pan or wok, half the cabbage mixture, ground meat, ginger, oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic powder, and black pepper between batches.
  5. Once you have everything in the pan toss with tongs until coated evenly. Cover and cook over medium heat until cabbage has wilted, toss occasionally!

Credit: http://www.southyourmouth.com/2016/01/egg-roll-stir-fry.html

shakeology

Shakeology ingredients

I love me some Dr. Axe. If you read up on his backstory, how can you not? Anyway, I am a person who researches. I did LOTS of research on Shakeo before deciding to invest in it for more than a year!! It’s good stuff. We can’t get what we need without supplementation these days. That’s just a fact. 

But, while researching Camu Camu-Shakeology ingredient-WHAT IS THAT?😂-came across this info from good ol’ Dr. Axe. These days people are trying to figure out supplementation. There are so many good things out there! What’s cool about Shakeology is it puts them all together-and responsibility so…from supporting small local farmers all over the globe to dehydrating ingredients in the shade to keep the optimal level of nutrition. On to Camu Camu!

Camu camu is a shrub found in the swamp or flooded areas of the Amazon rainforest and could be the next superfood to hit the North American markets soon. The shrub bears large berries that can look like cherries. These berries turn out to be one of the top vitamin C foods, for they have more of this vitamin in them than any other food source on the planet, sometimes as much as 60 times more vitamin C than an orange! 

Camu Camu also comes equipped with a powerful concoction of amino acids like serine, leucine and valine, as well as phytochemicals and minerals that can help a range of maladies in the body. Camu camu has been used for everything from inflammation, gum health and herpes to eye health, mood and more. Animal studies have shown that camu camu has antioxidant and antigenotoxic affects.

Acerola (also in Shakeo) and acai (also in Shakeo) are two superfoods known for their extremely high vitamin C content, but camu camu contains even more vitamin C. Camu camu is fairly new to to the global market, but it’s popularity worldwide is growing. 

There’s a lot more to the Camu Camu story but that’s a good start!! #shakeology #superfood #getinmybelly

Shakeology spotlight!

Are you paying attention? 😳 This is the HEALTHIEST supplement you can get. It’s so full of stuff our bodies crave! It might be unnoticeable but this stuff IS making you healthy-and healing years of less healthy habits. So many people take one or two or a few of these 70+ ingredients. But if you drink this daily it’s like a multivitamin PLUS PLUS PLUS! 
Today, let’s talk about:

Monk Fruit (Lo Han Guo) Monk fruit is also known as Lo Han Guo in mandarin. Luo Han Guo, literally translated, means “arhat fruit” in English. Thanks to its amazing health benefits on cough relief, colon cleansing, weight loss, physique enhancement, this Chinese herb has long been hailed as “the immortals’ fruit”.

Luohanguo is a cousin of the cucumber, and a member of the gourd family of fruits. It’s a round and smooth, dusty green-brown fruit that is covered with fine soft hairs, and a hard but thin shell. The fruit is used only after it is dried, and can be processed into a powder that contains natural substances calledmongrosides in it. These natural compounds make luohanguo a whopping 300 times sweeter than sugar, and are also responsible for some of the health benefits associated with this fruit: The mongrosides in luohanguo: Are under investigation as potential tumor inhibitors. Have antioxidant properties. May help manage diabetes because of their inhibitory effects on blood sugar levels. May defend against heart disease. In addition, teas made from luohanguo are known to: Relieve throat inflammation or cough. Cool heat stroke. Help elimination in the elderly. Relieve digestive distress.