Heading to the Music City this weekend!!

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I am super excited for my second trip to Nashville this weekend to visit a few of my nearest and dearest friends who live in the area. Who knows, maybe I’ll do some Networking and find a job there!

Any suggestions on what to see? I am really excited to watch @Aubreyland325 run in the Women’s Running Series Nashville Half Marathon and 5K someday I hope to join her on one of these runs!

What are your favorite Nashville sites?

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

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Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

That’s a mouthful, literally and figuratively. I just baked these and they are delicious – the second batch is still in the oven. In my quest to make food that is both satisfying and healthy, these will continually make the list. In addition to being gran-free, they have no added cane sugar other than what is already in the chocolate chips. Honey, yet, cane sugar no. I also made my own pumpkin pie spice blend – no need to purchase another bottle of spices blended with the same things already in my cupboard! Another bonus – these are PiYo approved, as in the clean eating menu plan. I win! Anyway, I recommend these for a satisfying snack for the healthier crowd

Sharing the Truth – Misconceptions about Shakeology

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Sharing the Truth stated by Coach SeayStanford (Shared on Facebook). 


#1 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is a protein shake.

Meaning just a shake that provides extra protein. I can’t blame the general public for thinking this since “protein shake” has become nearly an interchangeable term for ANY shake. But, all shakes are not created equal—especially ones that contain superfoods. Shakeology is a very nutrient-dense shake that can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You’d have to eat a whole lot of fruits and vegetables to equal the nutrition in a single glass of Shakeology—and you probably couldn’t do it for less than 170 calories. Shakeology makes it very easy to cut your calories without substantially cutting down your daily volume of nutrients needed. Truth be told, the majority of people are WAY MORE nutrient deficient, than they are protein deficient. So why just stop at a protein shake?

#2 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is about comparing carbs, proteins, and fats to other shakes.

This is not at all what you should be comparing when you look at other shakes versus Shakeology. Sure, other shakes have 0 grams of sugar. But how do you think those shakes achieve that? Hint, it’s not natural. Yes, that’s right, they are probably using ARTIFICIAL sweeteners to get to 0 grams of sugar. Even fruit has sugar in it. A shake with 0 grams of sugar is using ARTIFICIAL sweeteners. Shakeology has NO artificial sweeteners, NO artificial colors, NO soy, NO artificial stimulants, and NO artificial flavors. One of its main sweeteners is Stevia, which is plant-based.

#3 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is just a bunch of extracts, with no whole-food ingredients.

That’s not true. Whenever it’s possible and sustainable for the formula, the superfoods in Shakeology are preserved in their whole-food state to retain maximum nutrient value. It’s a very difficult process to use whole, plant-based ingredients so that the formula retains as much nutritional value as possible, but Shakeology has a whole team of scientists whose mission is to maximize the nutrition in every ingredient in Shakeology. Imagine trying to juice all those superfoods! Shakeology is way less expensive and a huge time-saver.

#4 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is expensive.

To anyone who feels this product is expensive I know that I have not done my diligence in breaking down its REAL VALUE. Most people will agree that they would spend an average of $3 to $7 on a HEALTHY nutritious meal. I know most store-bought salads cost even more than that, and don’t contain nearly the dense concentration of nutrients. But on average, I think we can all agree healthy meals run between $3 and $7. Shakeology, at $4.33 per shake, comes in on the LOW END of average. (You can make Shakeology into a breakfast or lunch that you’d be buying anyway.) Not only are you spending less than you normally would, you’re also getting vital nutrients your body needs, that you just can’t get from your run-of-the-mill salad, plus the normal range of vitamins and minerals. So you can replace your VITAMINS, too. Sure, you may need a specific vitamin, based on your conditions, geography, or age—but in general, Shakeology will provide you with a solid base of your whole-food nutrients.

When was the last time you went to your grocery store and bought THIRTY meals all at once? Typically, I’m guessing, you buy a few days’ worth each time. When you buy a bulk bag of Shakeology, you are buying 30 of your shakes up-front. That means you’ll spend less money at the grocery store. Because of the grocery savings, I actually deduct my monthly Shakeology from my grocery budget. For the price, I cannot duplicate its vast quality of ingredients and nutrients.

#5 MISCONCEPTION: Shakeology is only for weight loss.

Most shakes are marketed this way. But here’s the thing. Anything will induce weight loss if it’s low enough in calories. Just because you are drinking a shake, does not mean the fat will melt off. Actually, if you are not getting enough nutrients and calories you will actually inhibit your weight-loss efforts. Shakeology is about HEALTH. When you put the RIGHT nutrients in your body that it needs to develop, heal, recover, repair, and thrive, you may ultimately have MORE energy, LESS cravings, and FEEL better therefore you eat less and become more active. With Shakeology, weight loss becomes a BY-PRODUCT of dense nutrition.

To make my point, when was the last time you dieted and cut calories only to feel tired, grouchy, and had a ton of cravings? That is because you may have been nutrient deficient. What if you’re at your goal weight, or need to GAIN weight? Because Shakeology is about DENSE NUTRITION you can use it as your base and add clean calories to make it 300 calories or more. Not everyone needs to lose weight, but everyone needs to be healthier. Shakeology isn’t MAGIC. It’s just clean dense nutrition made SUPER easy for everyone at a very affordable price. It’s my family’s “fast food” on the counter. Yes, my family goes through 4–5 bags a MONTH because even though we all have different weight and caloric needs, we all share the same NUTRITIONAL needs. Shakeology isn’t a weight-loss shake—it’s a nutrition shake.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Hot for Halloween – SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!

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Halloween one of my favorite days of the year and I’ve missed the last few due to personal drama… all water under the cauldron. Now, as I’ve mentioned before I am a recovering divorcee on a journey to get back to me…who is buried under the feelings that I ate over the last year. Anywho, if Halloween can’t light a fire under me I don’t know what can.

That brings me to the upcoming 12-Day Challenge “Hot for Halloween” that Yours Truly and a few friends are participating in to shed a few more before the festivities. What do we do? Via a Facebook accountability group we each report on:

  • Exercising at least 30 minutes per day, we can recommend workouts if you don’t currently have one,
  • Eating clean, made easy by our custom meal plan, and
  • Drinking Shakeology, it’s a blend of superfoods giving you all the good stuff you need each day.

Energy goes up and cravings go down while getting your body in balance.

And we measure our success in lbs and inches lost with before and after measurements (we recommend photos too!). Each day we share tips, what’s working and not, triumphs and failures. But the important thing is we do it together. It’s a great way to kick start your fitness goals or lose those last few stubborn pounds. Beginners and seasoned athletes welcome!

I am looking forward to seeing what progress I can make before my beloved All Hallow’s Eve, followed by Dia De Los Muertos, and All Saints Day. I’m getting in the spirit!! Join me? All you have to do is ask!