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No Guilt Carbs

No Guilt Carbs

The end of the week brings leg day for me! I usually save my leg day for Saturday to allow for some extra carbs in my nutrition.

Did you know that your carb storage tanks are in your muscles (and liver)? So having some extra carbs on leg day is a great way to build lean muscle. Complex carbs are best (steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes) but this is the day I work in an occasional treat with no guilt!

These are some of the things that my clients are learning as they are going through Refine YOU’s FAT (Fast, Attainable, Transformation) Program.

Little tricks like having your treats work FOR you and not against you is key for success LONG TERM.
Severely restricting your nutrition may be attainable short term, it is not a good long term strategy. Focus on finding techniques that will get you the results and that you can maintain indefinitely.

The next Program begins soon and spots are filling up. If you have any questions, PM me! I would love to hear from you and answer your questions. To check out more information about the program click the link here.

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Salmon Health Benefits

Salmon Health Benefits

Salmon can be so easy to make and is one of my favorite dinner go to’s. I always keep some frozen salmon filets in the freezer for a quick, easy, healthy dinner.

Salmon has many health benefits:
✔️Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
✔️Great source of Protein
✔️High in B vitamins, Potassium, and antioxidants
✔️Good for cardiovascular health and thyroid function
✔️Improves brain function and cognition

Choose high quality salmon. When looking for salmon, you want to stick to the wild-caught varieties. These can be coho salmon, sockeye salmon, or king salmon. Sockeye has a stronger flavor and is the leanest. King salmon is the most expensive and is thicker and more rich tasting. Avoid the farm raised fatty Atlantic salmon. These are often fed an artificial diet and are lower in nutrients. It is better to buy frozen wild caught salmon than fresh farmed salmon.

Working salmon in your rotation is a win, win! It's delicious and good for your health!
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Fat Vs Muscle

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Fat Vs Muscle

Hey gang!
Do you struggle with the scale? Are you constantly weighing yourself and getting frustrated? You are NOT alone in this battle.  You need to know about fat vs. muscle!

Fat vs Muscle!
In the pic, both of these "people" are the same height and weigh the exact same. The person with more muscle and less fat is visably smaller than the other even though the number on the scale is the exact same. This is because FAT takes up more space than muscle so if you have more FAT you will look... larger. Also, fat is less dense so the more fat you have the more "loose" your body appears.
More lean muscle supports bone health, burns more calories at rest, as well as helping you look fit and toned.
Muscle does not build by itself. You will not build much muscle by running an hour everyday. Nor do you gain muscle by severly cutting your caloires. Your muscles need a certain amount of protein and carbs to grow. To help you body build lean muscle, your nutrition and your activity should support this, not hinder it.

When participating in a program, do not set yourself up for failure by using a body weight scale as the only method to track your progress. 
Remember, the number on the scale may not budge, or it may go up, but the way you FEEL combined with results of other measurements can show that you are succeeding in so many ways! If the scale is not budging, especially in my program, you are most likely gaining muscle, losing fat, losing inches, and fitting into your clothes better. During my program, I encourage my cleints to NOT weigh themselves and despite this I always have a few that do.  Then, they contact me frustrated that they are not losing weight. I reinforce to them the imprtance of not weighing themselves and the importance of losing the inches and not focusing on the scale.  At the end of the progrram the measurements are in. They are amazed at dropping 13+ inches to up to over 20 inches and only losing less than 10 lbs!

What matters most? The scale? OR dropping sizes in your clothing, feeling more energized, sleeping better, improving your sex life, lowering your blood pressure/cholesterol, bettering your overall health, etc.?  It might be difficult to break up with the scale and rely on other methods, but once you do, it is totally worth it!

Do not let the scale or unrealistic expectations rule your life and pull you away from reality! You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than a picture of somone else that you think you should look like. Your mind, body, and spirit deserves more! Once you step away from the scale and focus on what matters... the way you feel, you will gain control and a sense of satifaction.  The most important transformation that takes place is the transformation that is not visual but the one that happens in your mind and spirit. 

If any of this seems impossible for you to do on your own, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are not alone in this struggle.  Get your family involved or a friend. Enlist the help of a health professional, like myself, with a program for you to follow and tools to guide you to success. Having someone there for guidance and having support from others who are in this journey with you, a "tribe," is a game changer. This is the primary reason my online fat loss programs go in "rounds." Every 6-7 weeks a new program starts and everyone, even though you are all at different levels, goes through it together. We share recipes, celebrate each other's wins, and lift each other up when we are down.

With any program or change, take it all in and learn from your wins AND failures. Remember, to achieve long term results, it is important to approach a new program with a good mindset and with a positive attitude. After all, this is a lifestyle change not a quick fix.

My company, Refine YOU's FAT Loss Program, The Fast Attainable Transformation, is a jump start to a lifestyle change. It is a 7 week online program that is customized to your level. We incorporate cutting edge nutritional strategies along with effective workouts to lose fat, gain muscle, regulate hormones, and improve your hunger and energy levels.  To learn more about the program, hear from some of my clients, or to contact me click here. I would love to help you on your journey gain control and live a healthy lifestyle.

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Spicy Ground Beef with Butternut Squash

Spicy Ground Beef with Butternut Squash

My meal prep included one of my favorites courtesy of www.myheartbeats.com

Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash.

This recipe I will do anytime I come across butternut squash already cubed at Costco.

I saw it... I bought it... I get to make it!  If you do get the squash from Costco I typically just double the recipe and that will use up the entire container of squash. I have also done this recipe with brussel sprouts and asparagus in the past but I just love it with the squash! I'd say this recipe is 5 servings so the macro breakdown is 

Calories 250 NET Carbs 8g Fat 15g Protein 20g

2tbsp avocado oil

1 onion

1 serrano Pepper minced

4 garlic cloves minced

1 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp pepper

big pinch of nutmeg

1 lb ground beef

1 lb cubed butternut squash

Small handfull of minced fresh sage

1. Heat oil over med heat 2. Add the onion and pepper to brown 3. add garlic spices and beef and mix well 4.Once beef brown add squash and mix well. 5. Reduce heat to med-low and cover lid for 10 min until beef is cooked through and squash is cooked. 6. Add fresh sage, mix well, and serve.

This recipe is a great low carb staple!

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