Summer Is Coming!

With less than 60 days to summer my Facebook and Instagram feeds are full of weight loss ads, friends ‘shaping’ up and women worried about bikini season.

Let’s be real, I am not one of those people right now because of my current situation. However, I am concerned about maternity swimsuits for our upcoming lake trips. LOL!

With all of the hype about summer, I figured I’d share my best tips for starting (and keeping) a healthy lifestyle.

To create a habit of any kind, you truly need 21-30 days of doing. Whether this includes exercise, nutrition focus, or water intake, 21-30 solid days of doing this will create a lasting habit. This is why I recommend a program such as Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix. In just 21 days you create a habit of working out daily for 30 minutes, while altering your nutrition for your best results!

The second tip is water, water and oh yeah, more water! I reside in Arizona, where it’s a very dry heat and dehydration is an every day occurrence here. Did you know that lack of enough water causes headaches, fatigue and can lead to poor skin? Sure enough, lack of water can do more than just that! A quick calculation will you give you a desired amount of ounces per day. That calculation is your body weight, divided by two.

The final tip is all about my current favorite thing, NUTRITION! You can exercise all day long, you can drink an excess amount of water but, if you’re fueling your body with CRAP you won’t get awfully far. Additionally, eating the right food but the wrong portions can be harmful to your goals.

I hope this helps you kick off your summer goals and maintain them into fall! As always, I’m readily available to be YOUR coach! Even pregnant with twins, I’m still out here hustling to make sure my body is as prepared as possible.

XO – Sabrina

Try It Tuesday – Shopping Aisles

Happy Tuesday!

As many of my followers know, I have been on a fitness journey for quite some time. I can attest that I have tried lots of different diets such as keto, paleo, NSNG, and so, so much more. Yet, with all of those diets, one thing remained consistent. Whatever I lost, I gained back almost immediately. Can you believe that? I can, and now I understand why! The diets I was trying were not sustainable for me. I was limiting and restricting myself so much, that every treat became a cheat for not just one meal but every meal.

I changed that consistent fluctuation of gain and loss with small color coded containers for portion. I changed my mindset by utilizing a program called Ultimate Portion Fix. Now, I had known about the containers previously and had been using them since Autumn Calabrese came out with them. Shes definitely my girl crush, FYI! But, this program was a game changer for me!

Ultimate Portion Fix isn’t just a one size fits all program. Oh no! This is a program that provides you the education you need in order to make smarter choice regarding portion control, grocery shopping and so much more! So, for this ‘try it’ Tuesday, I am encouraging you to give this a shot!

At the grocery store, do you often find yourself gravitating to the inner aisles? You too, huh, know that you are not alone! Food is quite literally, addictive! In an average year, we consume well over 100 lbs of sugar each year? This sugar is found almost every where, especially in processed foods, which you guessed it is in the inner aisles of our grocery stores!

Take a trip to the outer aisles of the grocery store, can you make a whole shopping trip out of these aisles? These include the produce, the meats, the dairy, frozen, and deli sections of your store. Can you plan a week’s worth of meals on these aisles alone?

I know I can, and I’d love to show you how too! If you’re interested in a FREE work shop on meal planning and grocery shopping, I run a free work shop every month! Let’s get together and focus your family on nutrition!

XO – Sabrina

Simplicity in Food.

Let’s be honest, I am no Top Chef. I cannot beat Bobby Flay. I will never compete on Guy’s Grocery Games (though I really, really want to!). It’s just not me! I’m more of the ‘I saw a recipe on Pinterest, I didn’t read it but I tried to make it my style’ type of gal. Ya feel me?!

Now that you know my style, let’s talk about what I do to keep mi familia healthy. It’s simple, I promise.

If there’s one thing I don’t like, it’s a recipe with a TON of ingredients. I really speak to the KISS method. Keep It Simple Sabrina! That’s why when I went to my meal prep for my work weekend, I went to my Fixate Vol. 2 cookbook. Autumn Calabrese with her brother, Bobby, have made some culinary genius when it comes to food and nutrition. However, you don’t need to be a genius to cook the dishes in this book.

The book contains a variety of recipes that you can use to replace your every day food items. Which is why, when I played a game with social media the day it was such a hit! Lots of my followers said they could never give up sugar to eat healthy, and let’s be honest that is not ‘their’ fault. Food these days is made to be addictive and its made with SUGAR! So, when some said they could never give up their sweet treats I countered with delightful dessert recipes!

When another said they could never give up breakfast sandwiches, I countered with a healthier version of that frozen crap they’d been eating. When someone said potato chips, I said awesome – let’s talk about making your own pretzel chips instead!

The point of all this is that, food is simple. You do not need any elaborate recipe, you don’t need a fancy grocery store. You just need to know what you’re eating in order to make healthy changes. Which is why I prepped two recipes out of my Fixate book for my weekend of work.

The first recipe is a broccoli salad. If you know me, or my kids, you know we LOVE our broccoli and when a fellow coach highlighted the recipe earlier in the week I had to have it! This recipe was ridiculously simple. Your ingredients are: turkey bacon, red onion, broccoli florets, celery, almonds and medjool dates. Chop those all up and throw ’em in a bowl and you have your base! For the dressing I can almost guarantee you have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. You’ll need: dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, water, olive oil, salt and pepper, onion powder and xanthan gum. You combine majority of the ingredients (minus the olive oil), and then blend with an immersion blender while slowly pouring in the oil. Toss the salad in it and call it delicious!

The second recipe is actually a breakfast recipe. Did I mention this cookbook has breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, holidays and even cocktail recipes?! Well, if I didn’t now I did! The second recipe is a simple sweet potato hash. Again, I tend to look at pictures and recreate my own. This week I am craving a bit of heat so I tossed in jalapeños! You’ll need sweet potatoes, onion, bell pepper, garlic, and seasonings such as paprika. You start by sautéing the onion and bell pepper, in my case jalapeño, to softness. Fun tip – the recipe calls for boiling the potatoes, and I just don’t have patience for that. Instead, I poke a bit of the potatoes to pop in the microwave. You’ll want to pop them in for 2 mins at a time and then turn. BE CAREFUL! The potatoes will be HOT! Once the potatoes are all done, I diced them up and threw them in my skillet. Simple right?! A couple of stirs and you are done.

Now, for those of you are pro-chef’s don’t fret. The dessert recipe Almond Milk Granita sounds like your type of recipe – scrape a pan every 30 mins for like 3-4 hours? HA! I just can’t do it. This cookbook truly has something for every one!

If you’d like to know more about the cookbook, or the program that it accompanies reach out! You’ll never know what you can do unless you say YES to an opportunity!

XO – Sabrina