Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May in Review

Just sayin....

Woahhhh May is almost over? When did that happen? I feel very fortunate to have had the most AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, ASTONISHING, and BLESSED year of my life! I felt like reminiscing about the last month so here is a mini recap


Santa Monica Sunset =)
Friends don't let friends skip workouts!
Hanging on the beach with some of the sweetest people I know 

Shopping! Ok WINDOW shopping ;)

Fit Club! Getting my sweat on with my pals!

Yea, you better watch out ;)

Beach day! We saw dolphins!
Boom!
Universal Studios
Beach! This will NEVER get old!
Ha! Love these!
I'm learning to stop and smell the roses more. You come back to life/work/family/friends refreshed and with a HUGE sense of gratitude and appreciation. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Apple Crisp with Frosting



I daydreammmm about being able to eat without getting fat haha Wouldn't that be the life!?!? Luckily I've discovered how to make some delicious breakfast/desserts that FEEL like you're cheating but actually are healthy alternatives. Can I get an Aaaaa-men!

Seriously, I love breakfast so much that I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner....any time, any where. MMmmmmmm! French Toast Eggs, Protein Cinnamon Roll, and my recipe collection just got a little bigger with latest creation.... Apple Crisp with Cinnamon!

Let's talk about this for a moment....just imagine the cool, creaminess of cool whip paired with the sweet tartness of apple....as you bite in you taste the cinnamon and little pieces of almond mixed in the oatmeal. Mmmmmmm oatmeal ;) 

Ok so down to business....here's how you make this baby

 Ingredients:


  • Old Fashioned Oats (I HATE quick oats- icky! they are chopped into a million lil bits and it tastes like gruel)
  • Almonds (I like Slivered)
  • Apples (any variety will work- I used Granny Smith because it got bruised in the trip home from the store)
  • 0% Fat Greek Yogurt
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Sweetener (I used Agave & Stevia but you can use Maple Syrup, honey, etc)
Ok so for starters, I cored the apple and cut into small pieces. Put in a pot on the stove, add cinnamon (use your discretion- I like A LOT). Add 1 tsp of agave, honey or syrup. Again, use what looks right. Turn on medium heat, stirring occasionally until it looks like apple sauce.

Note: I made this while I was cooking dinner so I'm not sure how long it took on the stove. You don't have to babysit it but keep an eye and maybe turn down to low heat after a little bit

Once you have your "apple sauce" mixture you can add it to your oatmeal. I used 3/4 cup. I like mine very "oatmealy" lol
Add almonds and more cinnamon- stir together

Now for the "frosting"

1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt + 1 packet of stevia + dash or two of vanilla. Stir. Voila! 

Top your apple crisp with the frosting! And enjoy!

For more recipes, check out my Recipe Page

Do you have a favorite recipes that feels like you're cheating?? Share in the comments below! 





Wednesday, May 23, 2012

High Protein "Cheesecake"


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Want something quick and simple, requires only two ingredients, is high in protein, low in sugar, and tastes like cheesecake?
If yes, then you’re gonna love me.

Behold – The Cheesecake Bowl

You only need two ingredients and you’ll have a yummy bowl that tastes like cheesecake. Plus, it’s high in protein (about 43-48 grams, depending on the protein powder you use) and very low in sugar. Win-win!

Ingredients

1 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 Scoop Protein Powder (use your favorite flavor)
That’s all you need.
Use your favorite protein powder brand and flavor. One of my personal favorites is Myofusion or BSN Dessert  You can't pick a bad flavor because they are all awesome =) 
You can also try plain protein powder and then add your own flavoring, such as cocoa powder and cinnamon and if you need more sweetness- use a packet of Stevia 

Directions

Mix 1 Cup Greek Yogurt with 1 Scoop Protein Powder

And you'll have a high protein, low sugar, quick and easy to make, cheesecake-like recipe.
The next time you have a sweet tooth moment or you want to tame your hunger with a high protein treat

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ultimate Reset Week 1 Results

I wanted to share with you guys some results pics from ONE week of the Ultimate Reset!


These are NOT me- but other coaches who are currently doing the ultimate reset as well! 

So far with the Ultimate Reset! This is my results after 7 Days!

Less bloaty 
Thinner thighs
More energy
Skin looks great!

I've heard reports of cellulite disappearing. I don't have any but increased circulation is always a plus!

I look smoother!










Ultimate Reset Day 8

Today was easily the hardest day for me as far as cravings go. My mood was awesome, energy was great, I FEEL fantastic but....I can't stop thinking about chocolate! And pizza! 
Up until now, there has not even been a twinge of wanting to cheat but right now that idea seems pretty impossible.


It was the first day of the Release Phase, which focuses on cleaning the colon. With phase 1 you only take the following supplements: Alkalinize, Optimize,Oxygenize and Mineralize, but the 2nd phase has added the Detox supplement in addition to the previous four listed. The first 4 supplements aren't difficult to take, but the Detox supplement is NOT tasty! Bleh!

Detox helps remove toxins and waste in the colon.


Contrary to common belief, the colon does more than eliminate waste. Who knew? It influences your hydration, nutrient absorption and immune system function. Woah...that's a lot going on!
If your colon isn't processing and eliminating waste properly- your poor digestive system can back up. This can cause evil bloating and discomfort. We've ALL been there!
I have some good news for ya, this Detox formula is NOT a "run to the bathroom" cleanser! Thank goodness!
It gets the job done, cleansing, restoring and resetting your intestinal ecosystem- while not forcing your body to release...ahem...waste.
Breakfast:


DAY
8
 Welcome to Day 8, Kati
Welcome to Phase 2! Today you'll be adding Detox to your supplement regimen. While some don't notice its effects for a day or two, others react more quickly—though not suddenly (don't worry!). If you feel a bit more gas than usual, that's entirely normal. Have you noticed other more positive changes, like your clothes fitting differently?
Food
BreakfastLunchDinner
 Fresh Fruit Plate
 Microgreen Salad
 Pinto Beans and Rice
Fresh fruit plate with whatever's seasonal and fresh in your area. Make lower-glycemic choices. For example: 1 cup of blueberries, 7 navel orange segments, and 1 cup of fresh grapes.Microgreen Salad, ⅛ sliced avocado, and dressing of choice from recipe guide.

Men may have an additional ¼ avocado OR an additional ½ serving of pumpkin seeds.
Pinto Beans and Rice, 1 cup of steamed zucchini, and string beans with lemon

Men may have vegetables with either 2 tsp. olive oil OR 2 Tbsp. of toasted slivered almonds.

Supplements
Week 2: Release
SUPPLEMENTSMINERALIZE
(a pinch in distilled water)
OXYGENIZEOPTIMIZEALKALINIZEDETOX
MORNING12–32 oz.10–15 drops2 capsules  1 packet
Wait 30 minutes.
BREAKFAST
                                  Wait a minimum of 2 hours.
AFTERNOON12–32 oz.10–15 drops2 capsules  1 packet
Wait 30 minutes.
LUNCH
Wait a minimum of 2 hours.
12–32 oz.  1 packet
Wait 30 minutes.
SNACK (optional)
                                  Wait a minimum of 2 hours.
EVENING12–32 oz.10–15 drops2 capsules  1 packet
Wait 30 minutes.
DINNER

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ultimate Reset Day 7

Day 7! The end of Phase 1! The Reclaim Phase!
I can't believe how quickly it's gone by. Looking back on this past week, I was just reflecting on what I learned about myself and my relationship with food.

#1 I eat a lot of the time because I WANT to...not because I'm actually hungry

#2 I've been eating foods that don't serve me- for example: brown rice makes me feel bloated and totally icky. The next day, I felt like a blimp lol 

#3 Since the reset, I've stopped eating and doing a million other things. When it's time to eat, I get off the computer, put the phone away and just FOCUS on my food. Focus on chewing it and enjoying it.

#4 I've decided that I need to make this ice cream and about a million other fun looking dessert recipes! 

Tomorrow I start the Release Phase (phase 2). Phase 2 is about cleaning out your colon, so I'm curious to see how I'm going to feel during this next week. The next 2 phases remove all animal proteins and bi-product. No more eggs, meats, dairy, etc. All veggies and grains. Really looking forward to it.

As far as how I feel, I haven't experienced anymore headaches, no stomach issues and I'm NOT tired anymore. YAY! The other positive is that I noticed that I had more energy today than I have had lately. During the Reclaim phase (phase 1), I did experience some emotional struggles and irritability, but that has gone away now…thank goodness. I think everyone can agree that's a mega bonus! 


The food!

Breakfast1 cup oatmeal with 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed, ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ cup chopped apple, and ½ cup organic plain yogurt (sweetened with maple, honey, or stevia).

Men may have an additional ½ cup of yogurt OR an additional ½ cup of oatmeal OR 2 additional Tbsp. of flaxseed. 


 
Lunch1 serving Zuccini-Cashew SoupMicrogreen Salad, ¼ sliced avocado, and 1 serving dressing of choice fromrecipe guide
 
Dinner1 serving Baked Tempeh, 1 serving any steamed vegetables, and 1 servingBrown Rice. 

Men may have an additional ½ serving of rice OR toss their veggies with 2 tsp. olive oil OR finish the meal with 1 small apple.


Went to fit club tonight just to get out and be social, but didn't workout. It was nice to get out of the house and see friends without being tempted by food! 

Ultimate Reset Day 6

Woweee Day 6! Not only is this week over, but it's MONDAY so I am ready to get down to business! Tummy still hurts a lil bit but I've been downing water like crazy which has really helped. 
I've been using my Shakeology cup to track how much water I am drinking instead of being willy nilly and using 6 different cups which were all over the house. 
The meals today were outside of my normal food comfort zone but they were surprisingly good.

Breakfast:
Baked Tempeh, 1 Slice Whole Grain toast, steamed Spinach and 1/8 Sliced avocado
Lunch:
Roasted Root Medley, ½ serving Zucchini-Cashew Soup, and 1 serving Toasted Millet.
The zucchini-cashew soup = out of this world! That is absolutely going into the normal rotation of food!

Today was pretty uneventful- watched Tower Heist which was funny...but I'm one of those people that can't just enjoy the movie because I'm too busy questioning the outlandishness of the plot =) 

Emotionally I feel better- keep having lil outbursts of irritation. It's weird because everything seems like a monumental deal. I feel like I'm 13 again lol 


Ultimate Reset Day 5

Day 5! Easily the WORST DAY of the reset for me. The stomach pain persisted from yesterday and this might sound like me being a ginormous baby...but the pain was so bad that I didn't even want to roll over from by back to my side. The pain took my breath away. Not in a romantic, sweep me off my feet kinda way...more like I felt like I was dying. 


Headache, stomach pain. Total hell. I slept or laid in bed most of the day. Probably spent about 15 hours laying down. I spent the rest of my time trying to sit up to work, read or in the bath tub. 

Whether you are doing the reset or not, I discovered how much I LOVE Epsom salt baths. Seriously, my skin feels SOOOOO SMOOTH! I ended up taking two baths because THAT is how much I love it. The best part about this stuff...it costs like $1! 

Onto more important things...THE FOOD.  I realize that I've said this everyday....but this was the BEST BREAKFAST EVER! It was like dessert and I got to enjoy my beloved oatmeal again. Now when I "cook" my oatmeal, I used rolled oats (not instant! barf) I boil a tiny bit of water and pour that in. I like it super dry and granola-y. Mmmmm!

I mashed it all together! mmmm! 
Right after breakfast, I went back to bed to live in misery. I got on the Beachbody Ultimate Reset Support Group and after posting and getting some feedback...I realized that I was RESPONSIBLE for the HORRIBLE stomach pain! Me!!! I did it to MYSELF! Ughhhhh! So please please please take a lesson from my debilitating pain and DRINK YOUR WATER PEOPLE! 
Body weight divided by 2 = the amount of ounces you need to drink! MINIMUM!

LUNCH TIME
Quinoa Salad, ⅓ cup hummus, raw vegetable plate (10 baby carrots, 8 to 10 grape tomatoes, 10 slices red bell pepper, and 5 string beans).
Can we just talk about this salt for a second? I love salt and this stuff is the bomb diggity. Seriously salt is the only reason anyone eats pretzels. Salt less pretzels = eating cardboard. 
But this ain't your mama's regular white processed table salt that we're all used to. This is Himalayan salt, which is actually good for you because it is packed with trace minerals and is NOT processed or bleached. I strongly encourage you to switch your salt to Himalayan salt. You can find it at a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and even.....TJ MAXX! I got this one for $5 at TJM because shopping for everything at Whole Foods would require me to take out a second mortgage on my house. 
I also discovered I like this liquid aminos stuff that I've never heard of- makes rice taste awesome
Dinner! 
By dinner, I was so wiped out that I didn't have the energy to make everything so I just stuck with the stir-fried veggies (delish!) and I used left over Quinoa because I didnt have the energy to spend 50 minutes cooking brown rice lol 
Miso Soup, Stir-Fried Veggies, ½ cup cooked brown rice, and Nori Gomasio. 

Food
BreakfastLunchDinner
 Cooked Rice Cereal
 Quinoa Salad
 Miso Soup
1 cup cooked rice cereal (farina) or oatmeal with 3 Tbsp. toasted walnuts, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, and ½ to ¾ cup fresh fruit.

Men may increase cereal to a total of 1 ⅔ cup OR cook it in 1 cup of skim milk.
Quinoa Salad, ⅓ cup hummus, raw vegetable plate (10 baby carrots, 8 to 10 grape tomatoes, 10 slices red bell pepper, and 5 string beans).Miso SoupStir-Fried Veggies, ½ cup cooked brown rice, and Nori Gomasio

Men may have an additional ½ cup rice.