Monday, December 31, 2018

feels good to feel good // ultimate reset cleanse and detox

in September 2018, my husband and i committed to doing the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. the Ultimate Reset is a 21-day cleanse and detox. it was so successful for us that we decided to maintain the new eating habits after the 21 days were over! and we also decided to do the Ultimate Reset again in January! it feels so good to feel so good.

the Ultimate Reset is a 21-day process of eliminating certain foods and toxins from your diet, cleaning up your system, relaxing the nervous system, and providing antioxidant support for the immune system. the Ultimate Reset includes supplements and meal planning tips. dairy, sugar, caffeine, and meat is eliminated and by week 2 you've transitioned to a plant-based diet. but there is plenty of yummy food - we never felt hungry. our bodies respond positively when we treat them well! after three weeks, my husband and i felt completely healthy, clean, light, and strong. 

before beginning the first round of Ultimate Reset, my eating habits were way off whack. there were days i'd look at the clock and realize at 3pm that i hadn't eaten anything. i was literally running on coffee and water. 

other days, i'd have my yummy Shakeology shake and coffee, and the only other time i ate a meal was at dinner time. i've never really been a breakfast person - i love breakfast food but typically

don't feel hungry until 10 or 11am. but there were too many days when i wasn't a lunch person or a snack person either. yikes. 

when i did make a point to eat, i made healthy choices, yes, but eating wasn't a priority and i definitely didn't make time for it. my eating schedule was nonexistent. no wonder my metabolism was non-responsive! i was working out 4-5 times a week but my results had completely plateaued. i had unhealthy eating habits and my body was hanging on to every calorie for dear life, not knowing when i'd nourish it again. i knew in my head that i was in a bad cycle, and my body was showing physical symptoms too: bloating, digestion discomfort, lack of appetite, low energy levels, unstable moods, trouble sleeping, and overall feeling of sluggish.

so my husband and i committed to doing the Ultimate Reset together! it was not easy. but it was 100% effective. 

// i re-learned to fuel my body properly
// i re-developed a healthy relationship with food 
// i re-learned to prioritize mealtimes, learned to listen for my body's hunger and satisfaction cues
// all of the physical symptoms were completely reversed
// no more bloat, no more poochy/soft tummy 
// my ab muscles showed up (abs are truly made in the kitchen, by EATING not by skipping meals!)
// my fitness results started showing, plateau breakthrough (more toned muscles)
// my metabolism was jumpstarted, responding positively to nutritious foods
// my energy was restored, stable - no mid-day slumps 
// i sleep like a champ 8-10 solid hours a night with no drugs/aides
// i felt lighter, stronger, cleaner, and healthier: mind and body!

real Ultimate Reset results from // based on my experience, these photos are realistic of what you can expect after completing the Ultimate Reset! 

i don't use a scale to weigh myself but my husband does. he lost more than 10lbs. i could tell by the way my clothes fit that i lost a good amount of weight and inches, too. and while most cleanses/detoxes cause you to lose water weight, which is easily gained right back, the Ultimate Reset actually helped us to lose any unhealthy weight we were carrying because it detoxed our bodies of toxins. i saw most change (weight loss) in my tummy area, hips, thighs, and upper arms. other cleanses/detoxes made me feel deprived, starving, and afterward, i felt scrawny and weak. but on the Ultimate Reset, we never felt deprived. there is plenty of food! and afterward, i felt completely healthy. i love looking in the mirror and seeing a HEALTHY body, not a skinny, unhealthy, scrawny body. 

can i just say, why do we sometimes expect results without putting in any effort? we are grown-ups and we can do things that might seem hard. like not eating sugar, dairy, meat, caffiene, or alcohol for 21 days. good grief. if we want to see changes, we have to make changes. it's as simple as that. the truth is, if you want to be healthy bad enough, you'll be willing to do what it takes to get there even if it makes you a little uncomfortable at first. you'll be willing to make a commitment to prioritize your health. 

my husband and i continued eating a plant-based diet September through November until Thanksgiving or so. and then we were eating about 75% vegan. now, with the start of the new year upon us, we are ready to do another round of cleansing and detoxing our bodies for 21 days! perfect time to start fresh! kicking off the new year HEALTHY and WHOLE because it feels so good to feel so good. 

the Ultimate Reset comes with everything you need to completely cleanse and detox in a healthy way!

i shared real-time results and Ultimate Reset tips on my INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
if you are interested in committing to the 21-Day Ultimate Reset, ORDER HERE and let me know! i'd love to be your support system, answer any questions you have, and help you achieve your health goals! 

you can read more about my health and fitness lifestyle, including the workout program i'm currently doing and why i drink Shakeology daily: HERE.

here's to a happy, healthy, whole 2019! 

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, 
do it all for the glory of God." 
-1 Corinthians 10:31



Monday, December 17, 2018

ideas for a God-centered Christmas with kids 🎄

With the world quickly transforming into a magical Christmas wonderland right before your child’s eyes, it can become easy for them to lose sight of the reason for the season. The bright lights, ornate trees, and festive gatherings with loved ones bring about a great deal of excitement, often distracting from the reason for the holiday we so eagerly count down to. The holiday season is not only the time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but also to pay our appreciation to God for sacrificing his only son so we may have the many blessings that surround us. Christmas is the perfect time to remind our kids that God is the giver of every good gift and blessing in our life! Help your child reconnect with God this season by incorporating Him into their holiday routine!

Here are some intentional ways you and your children can have a God-centered Christmas:

// Wake up and show gratitude 
Although we should find time to be grateful for God’s guidance throughout the entire year, the holiday season is the perfect time to further emphasize this and condition it into your child’s morning routine. When you wake up, immediately go to your child’s room for morning prayers. Whether you’re laying in bed together or kneeling beside it, this is a great way to bond with God and one another while showing Him recognition of all that he gives you.

Be intentional about teaching your child why this is an important part of their routine, explaining the importance of not exclusively asking God for help when we need it but also showing consistent gratitude even when we don’t. Make it a family affair by waiting until everyone has woken up for breakfast so you can do a group morning prayer.

// Read and reflect on holiday scripture This season is a significant part of scripture, and therefore it’s important for your child to interact with these holiday verses and incorporate them into their lives beyond the Bible. Dedicate one or two verses to each week leading up to the new year. Challenge your child to not only memorize each verse by the end of the week, but also be able to summarize its meaning and significance in their own life. 

Holiday scripture is a perfect way to bring your entire family together once or twice a week to reconnect with God’s word. Each member can share their relationship with the selected passage, learn and grown from one another’s interpretation, and become mindful of God’s presence this holiday.

// Teach about the Nativity The Nativity story is without a doubt one of the most recognizable symbols of the holiday season. After all, it is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Although there are many additional reasons for loving this time of year, remind your children of the holiday’s origins. There are tons of resources available for teaching them about the Nativity, from storybooks to educational shows- in fact, there are so many Christian movies your family can watch together that will engage your children in the story of Jesus’s birth.

Teaching them about the Nativity early on in the holiday season will provide valuable insight for those moments when they become too overwhelmed by the material side of Christmas. It will serve as an excellent reminder you can use each day to keep them focused on the true meaning of the season.

// Create a tree of blessings
Now is the time to truly celebrate the season as God would. To behave with grace as He would, it’s important to be mindful of all the blessings in your life so that you may fully appreciate them. Put up a small tree (2-4 feet high) and deem it your family’s blessings tree. Purchase inexpensive and simple ornaments to decorate with, as well as a permanent marker. Each day have your child pick one blessing they are grateful to God for and write it on the ornament. Have them hang it on the tree as recognition of God’s work in our lives. For a quicker and more space conscious version of the blessings tree, mimic it using branches and a vase.

// Being intentional about giving back God is gracious and selfless, and the holidays are the perfect time to focus our energy on following in His footsteps. Help your child be mindful of all the ways, big or small, they can help those around them.

Each day challenge your child to do one act of kindness for a friend, one for a stranger (or a peer they’re not as close with!), and one for someone they love, such as a sibling or cousin. This will get them into the habit of living day in and day out as God would, perhaps even extending their holiday grace well into the new year! 

"The secret to having a joyful, peaceful Christmas lies in keeping our families focused on the miraculous birth of Jesus and the incredible gift that God gave us when He sent us His only Son!" -R. Vincent

Christmas is the perfect time of year to teach our children about the unconditional, unmatched, sacrificial love of God. When we focus on creating a Christmas that is centered on Jesus, we teach our children the true reason for the season, and that is a gift that has eternal impact.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!