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How to gain 7 lbs in SAN FRAN & lose it with a juice cleanse. Check out my awesome weekend away full of DELICIOUS NON-DIET FOOD.

In blogger fun, cleanse, friends, life, Never perfect, Reviews, Sunday funday, vacation, Weekend Vac On March 26, 2014 1 Comment

You guys!!!!! Hiiiiii!!!!<3
Goood lordy I’ve been a bit MIA, I do apologize! Although I don’t have a recipe to share with y’all today, I DO have a fun post for you!;)
If you don’t already know, a couple of my best girlfriends live in the heart of beautiful San Francisco, and I was in dyer need of a mini vacation;)
So I arrived Friday early morning, by the way….SOOOO proud of myself for navigating my “awful sense of direction self ” though the BART system. phweeeeee! lol. Such a nervous dork….”um, excuse me sir…this way? Oh um, can you help me figure the ticket machine??” Bahahahaha wtf.

Anyway…. I made it alive and managed to walk…with my luggage…all the way from my stop, to my girlfriends house. That was my workout for the whole 4 days. Woops. 😉

Unfortunately this pic does not do this view justice. It looks gloomy out, but in reality it was sunny and high 60’s low 70’s the whole time. I am one lucky betch!

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Walking through the streets, yes…with my luggage (total tourist) a dropped everything to snap a pic of some gorgeous fresh flowers. Flowers are a weakness. Obsessed. So much variety, full of color, absolutely STUNNING!

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Omggggggg…now THAT’S a view babes! Over looking the bay on Telegraph Hill. My friends are blessed to wake up to this every morning. WOW.

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Cheers-ing to a fab day with a beautiful and crisp Rose by Donkey & Goat. Even if you think you are not a “rose” person, please give this a try. I soooooo enjoyed it!
Oh, and btw…since I became a total WINO, I joined delectable which is a super fun app for wine lovers. The fun part is, that you get to share and post reviews on all the wines you enjoy with friends! Look into it, it’s really cool!

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O, so this pic right here…prrrrrety much sums up all my faves at once. Well, I lied actually…that German Riesling (trader Joe’s ) not my fave…but otherwise, the view, the triple cream cheese, prosciutto, figs, and nuts…HOT DAMN! I swear I could eat that everyday. Every SINGLE FUCKIN DAY. oh…wait. I’m missing some dark chocolate. Lol

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OHHH yessss….and the drinking continues. (No shame)
On this particular night, we decided to cook at home. Very gourmet daaaaaalinggggg.
The cheese plate was our first course…. (In France..the cheese plate would actually be more for dessert paired perhaps with dessert wine) but here in the states….gimme that shit firrrrst! 😉

These delicious crostinis were course #2.
This is such a great idea for a dinner party.. Super easy and everyone loves them.plus a great way to add variety and make some vegetarian, vegan, are carnivore! Helllllllllo.

We’ve got here:

CHICKEN SAUSAGE/BRIE/CARAMELIZED ONION

TRADITIONAL BRUSCHETTA

PESTO/ PARMESAN

Paired with a bottle of Sorelle Bronca Prosecco. Super crisp and clean finish, with a very slight sweetness. Yummmmmmm

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Course #3:
Pear/ Gorgonzola salad with chopped pecans and a lemon vinaigrette.
Paired with: Manincor Réserve Della Contessa 2012. ( a delicious white blend of Pinot Bianco- Chardonnay- Sauvignon)

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Oh hunnnnY!!! Get ready for it……
Here’s comes the carb-o-load!
Mixed seafood linguini pasta with a cream sauce. I mean…….
Just STOP IT!
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had real pasta ( non miracle noodles. Lol) Maybe like…fuckin yearssss ago.
So worth it! Devoured 2 plates full.
And yes, we made it. Byeeeeeeee

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The “HOMEGIRLS” …”BESTIES” ….”RIDE OR DIE BETCHES”…”AMIGAS”

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A serious must while visiting San Francisco… Famous Irish coffees from The Buena Vista! it’s actually VERY hard to have just 1…. Just sayin.

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Shit! This is all merging together here… I don’t even remember where the hell we were in this pic….lol

Oh yes…some Chinese bar with pool tables and happy hour. My kinda spot. I think this was also before I fell asleep at the other bar.. Yep. I remember now.

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Up and at em’ early Sunday morning with a great walk along the water. Seriously… Look at this beautiful day!!

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Acting alllllll kinds of touristy through the Fisherman’s Warf.

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Oh look! What a surprise….. CARBS! this spot is the booooommmmbbbbb for DA NOOOOODLE HUNNNNNAYYYY!!! Chubby noodle in North beach is pretty much the shit.

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So I stuffed by biscuit ass into a mini black dress, and Nat & I hit the town! Woot woot!

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Had some great tapas at El Techo…oh…and that’s also a pitcher of grapefruit margarita… That May or may not have been the best idea.

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And this is when shit got weird….. Lol

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Headed to Nat’s favorite local bar and met up with some friends;) by last call…we almost got into a fight with the lady who wouldn’t let us use the pool table (cuz she kept winning, bitch) lol.
Caught an Uber , and stumbled are way up the stairs to her building.
LIGHTS OUT.

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Pretty safe to say…the next morning, was a bit rough. Lol. We had planned to go to a boot camp class at 9:30 am at the local StudioMix, but we decided that walking to breakfast would be a much better workout. Hangovers justify laziness.
But hey, at least we have our workout clothes on…..

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After breakfast, we walked, & WaLkEd..& WALKED! Up and down loadz of hills, of course feeling better after some food. Nat took me allllll over the city. No joke. We were feelin grrrrreat! So, it’s 5 o’clock somewhererreeee! Maybe it was time to try out some local brewskis! Lol

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Don’t judge us!
We stopped at Magnolia to try a super delicious Kalifornia Kölsch hand crafted and local beer. Not quite a shot glass, but not quite a pint. Just right.

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Oh yes, and the San Francisco FOOD TOUR continues…..
We HADto hit up TARTINE of course. This was our lunch spot. TARTINE is one of SF’s most well known restaurants. Mostly famous for this ridiculous bread pudding. Omgggggg. Gimme gimme moreeeee.
Here’s the problem…you walk up…you order…they hand you the dessert first, since it’s already prepared. Then, you go sit down with your number and wait for your actual lunch.
Well…..in the next shot you will see what we ordered. But in the meantime, let’s talk about HOW THE FUCK YOU’RE GONNA MAKE ME STARE AT MY DESSERT WHILE STARVING WITH NO LUNCH IN FRONT OF ME!!!

SO……we ate dessert before lunch. Bahahahahahaha.
We of course ordered the bread pudding, and I just HAD to try the lemon bar. I LOVE anything lemon. I had to.
So we both sat…moaned and ga-ga’d..(call it an orgasm) and devoured that shit. Wowowowowowow. It was so worth it, and people were staring. Then you see it…now you don’t.

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Lunch is served…. Holy grail of GRILLED CHEESE! The “cheese tasting” sandwich. 3 different melted cheeses inside a perfectly pressed and crusty panini. Served with a delicious pickled carrot, and a green salad. This is where I gained pound 5.

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We continued to walk and attempt to digest. This is what I appreciate most about this city. People are out..people walk everywhere..the art. Omg the STREET ART is just…OUT OF THIS WORLD. everywhere you look, vibrant splashes of color on the walls. Like real artists…not just all that gross tagging with sharpie shit you see all over LA.

where’s Waldo…?

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The day, unfortunately, was coming to an end. I had to be at the airport by six. Of course, our thoughts immediately went to, ” well, I mean…..we have to have a last meal!”

Jesus. Here it comes.

DELFINA. There are no words.
Appetizer….bomb mussels.

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Main course…. Broccoli Raab pizza.

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Dessert…. Almond brittle gelato & blood orange sorbet.
Seriously…just stop.

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Well. That was my idea of a fuckin vacation! I ate and drank through the damn city like a champ. Thank you to my beautiful friends who showed me such a wonderful time! Love u.
This is me….7 lbs heavier…happy as a clam…and ready to head home. Time to CLEANSE!!!! 😉

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Alright y’all. I’ve been home now 4 days, and wanted to wait to post this so that I could review this 3 day cleanse by Juice Crafters. First…I chose juice crafters cuz they were close to my house, but a lot of the cold pressed juice pleases have a cleanse of their own in which I’m sure, serve the same purpose and give similar results.
So here’s the deal. I was soooo ready for this. I’ve never been sooo excited to NOT eat, in my life. I needed to shrink that tummy back up. I’ve never been a “juice cleanse” type person, but I was ready to try something new.

I chose the #1 Master Cleanse

It’s a 3-day detox (no food) in which you receive 8 juices a day for three days. That’s right, clear your freakin fridge and make room. Each day you will consume the following:

Greenest #3 (the greenest of the day)
Cleaner #10 (lots of pineapple, apple, mint..bomb)
Rootier #6 ( beets, ginger, lemon,apple, & more)
Alkaline Tonic #13(cayenne, apple, lemon,ginger..zesty)
Cleaner #10(same)
Cleanse Guru #12 (cucumber, coconut,mint)
Almond Nut Milk #15 (heaven in your mouth)
+
Aloe Vera H2O ( Complimentary)

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It felt like a breeze! I felt amazing and light as a feather! I really thought I would be a shaky crabby bitch on this but frankly, I was never really hungry. Lol. Consuming 8 of these is actually very filling and a bit of a task to get them down every 2 hrs. They were DELICIOUS, but I mean…I wasn’t like, pounding them, you know?! So by the time I would finish one, it was time for another;) perf!

In fact, it went so well, that I added a 4th day! I know!
The only thing about this. Type of cleansing….I was always cold!! Lol
Oh, and I couldn’t do any strength training at the gym. Just did light cardio and walked a lot. Fine with me, I felt like a skinny bitch!

Today is my first day eating actual food.
I’m taking it slow and incorporating fresh fruits, veggies, avocado, a sweet potato, and 1 juice for today.
I’m really thinking about trying to become more PLANTPOWER lady. Lol. Time to cut out a lot of animal products. Maybe a figure out FINALLY what makes me so bloated. Perhaps dairy? Hmmm. This is gonna be an experiment.

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I’ve missed you! I hope you enjoyed my little vacation with me;) love uuuuuuuu,
P.

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LIVE FIT WEEK 2 RECAP & some amazing RECIPES to keep you on track!

In At home cooking, bodybuilding, Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fitness, fitness plan, LIVE FIT TRAINER, meal prepping, new faves, popular recipes, protein, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, weekly workout schedule On September 21, 2013 1 Comment

Happy weekend my loves!!! Today is Saturday, ( I’m sure you won’t be getting this post till tomorrow though;) but….I wanted to start catching you all up on how well the LIVE FIT TRAINER program has been going.

I just finished 2 weeks, and I feel super fit. I’ve been lifting heavier than I have ever lifted, without any cardio. Well, except my Zumba class on Mondays;) shhhh. Don’t tell Jamie Eason🙂

Anyway…if I didn’t know the extreme importance of a healthy diet then…… I sure doooooooo now!!!!! Wow! I was actually imaging my body looking like a fuckin gladiator with all this lifting and no cardio, but in fact, the opposite. My body feels tighter, not bigger. Here’s the mistake people make. Lifting heavy with no cardio….and EATING BAD!!!!! That’s when you look big. Because my meals have been super clean and consistent calorie intake, I’ve been able to stay lean WHILE bulking. Genius.

Yes, it’s not the easiest thing to do. Eat healthy all the time. Honestly, this program has you eating beyond healthy. You must make it a lifestyle. Weighing your food, counting your calories, making sure you are in the right %’s within your macros. (protein-fats-carbs) it’s a science people, and I get it. It’s not for everyone.

Check out this amazing article. It will OPEN your eyes to bodybuilding for women, and why you will NOT get bigger. THE FEMALE FITNESS BIBLE.

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So far, this is working. It’s also helped me control my binging. Myfitnesspal has kept me feeling really accountable. I’m guessing that’s what I needed. If you want results…you’ve got to make changes in your life that must be permanent. Just like my friends who have had babies…I always tell them when they’re feeling like cows after giving birth, I say… “Hey, it took 10 months to get your body like that, it ain’t gonna take 1 month to take it off!” Ok, not like I’ve ever been preggo, but…its the same thing with women struggling with weight all their lives. It took 29 yrs for my body to look like this, it ain’t gonna take 2 wks to get it exactly to where I want it. It’s about being patient, consistency, and 75% diet & 25% fitness. Your head has GOT to be in it. Trust me, throwing in the towel, which I’ve done many times over, is much easier, but seriously chicks. Lets get it together. Enough already.

Here are some of this weeks FAVORITES!!!!

All orange everythaaaaaang! New NIKE workout tights.

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Typical morning breakfast:

1/2 cup egg whites, spinach, assorted veggies, and 1/4 cup quinoa scramble with a dollop of Trader Joes fat free sour cream ( 15 calories for 2 tbsp) and hot sauce

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Typical lunch:

6 oz lean chicken breast. ( preferably organic, veggie fed) —PROTEIN
1/4 cup quinoa—STARCH
1/2 cup steamed broccoli & zucchini—VEGGIES
Add a tbsp salsa.

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Story of my life… Protein prepping… I ran out mid week 😉 tilapia and chicken breast.

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Favorite afternoon snack:
Jamie Eason’s CARROT CAKE PROTEIN BARS:
94 calories for 2 squares.

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Jamie Eason’s Carrot Cake Protein Bars
 
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Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • 4 egg whites
  • ½ cup erythritol, Truvia, or Ideal ( I used xylitol) or even a couple packets of stevia
  • 8 oz baby food carrots
  • 4 oz water

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, whey protein, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Mix egg whites, Splenda, baby food carrots and water (optional) in a bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
  5. Spray glass pyrex dish with non-stick butter spray.
  6. Pour ingredients into dish.
  7. Bake 20-30 minutes.
  8. Makes 16 squares.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 94 Carbohydrates: 10 Protein: 10

 

 

Makes 16 squares.

Check it out…already have got them packed and ready in zip lock baggies. 2 a day= a 94 calorie balanced snack. This is how we make our lives easier boos:)

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Super stoked on my new creation and DINNER idea!

VEGGIE STUFFED PEPPERS!
These are wildly delicious and only 123 calories for one whole stuffed bad boy!!!! Absolutely amazing!
Clearly, you could add some ground turkey or lean beef, but I’ve already done that here.

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This is sooooo easy! Try them out. I’ve been really into using nutritional yeast in dishes lately, and it adds this really fantastic, kind of cheesy taste to things. I am dying over it. Soooo good.
Tis recipe makes 4 large stuffed peppers.
4 servings—- 125 calories per serving. 4 gr FAT. 10 gr NET CARBS. 9 gr PROTEIN!

 

VEGGIE Stuffed Peppers
 
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Author:
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 4 large peppers (any color)
  • 1 large organic zucchini
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup organic grated carrot
  • ¾ cup chopped white mushrooms
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp peeled canned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup fresh grated parmesan
  • spices: salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash seasonings, oregano, red pepper, garlic powder
  • Topping: Fat free sour cream and onion mix in a pouch.

Instructions
  1. Make a circular cut through the top of your peppers with a knife. remove all seeds.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Chop all your veggies & garlic like pic above.
  4. In a med-lrg pan, greased with a bit of pam or coconut oil spray, add all your chopped veggies, garlic, and seasonings.
  5. Sautee until softened. About 10 minutes.
  6. Once softened, remove from heat, and place in a lrg mixing bowl.
  7. Here, you will add…egg, nutritional yeast, parmesan, and the 3 tbsps tomatoes from the can along with some more seasonings.
  8. with that mix, you will fill the peppers to the rim.
  9. Cook in a small baking dish where they can be standing upright.
  10. Bake for 35 minutes on 375 degrees.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 125 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 15 Sugar: 9 Fiber: 5 Protein: 9

 

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My new GO TO DIP!!
Trader Joes is my bestie right now…
Fat free sour cream ( 15 cals for 2 tbsp) mixed with TJ’S onion mix! Bomb.com. I topped these awesome stuffed peppers with a tbsp of this mix, and fell in love. I’ve been adding a tbsp to everything, especially on my eggies in the morning;)

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And last but not least……
Probably maybe favorite meal of the day…last meal of the day….
PROTEIN BEFORE BED!!!
CHOCOLATE CASEIN “rice” PUDDING!

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Holy mother of god.

INGREDIENTS:

2 packages of SHIRATAKI Miracle Rice

2 scoops chocolate CASEIN ( I use gold standard)

2 1/2 cups SILK unsweetened vanilla almond milk (30 cals per cup)

1 tbsp unflavored gelatin

2 tbsp fat free sour cream or 0% Greek yogurt

4-5 drops stevia

DIRECTIONS:

Remove “rice” from package, place in meash colander and rinse for a while.
In another bowl, mix 1 tbsp of unflavored gelatin with the 2 1/2 cups of milk & microwave for 1 min 30 sec.
Remove and whisk in casein protein.
Once combined, add stevia & sour cream (or 0%greek yogurt) and mix thoroughly. Place covered in fridge for a few hrs. Eat as night meal.
ONLY 118 CALORIES A SERVING. Serves 3
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OHHH and of course, I can’t be forgetting to share my re-feed meal for this week. Lots of sushi last night along with a couple glasses of wine and beer.
How many calories over my max of 1460 you ask?..
Well….this meal took me 600 calories over my macro limit for the day. Taking me up to 2099.
Not bad though. Generally, refeed meals will be around 400-600 over your macros.
Yuuuuummmmmyyyyyy. I enjoyed it like such a fatty.

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THIS WEEK IN WORKOUTS:

MONDAY: chest and tri’sTUESDAY: back & bi’sWEDNESDAY: legs & calvesTHURSDAY: shoulders & abs

Here’s a little FIT-spiration for you out there!!!!
KEEP UP THAT GREAT WORK!

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We’re gonna have to remember this heading into week 3 of the LIVE FIT TRAINING PROGRAM because instead of 4x a week workouts….it’s now 5x a week.
Man up ladies!
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Happy Sunday babes! Just a lil bathroom #selfie for y’all. How is it all going??!
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MEANWHILE…..sighhhhhhh, DREAMING OF THESE…..
Beats by Dr. dre.
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August…it’s been real. HELLO SEPTEMBER!

In abs, At home cooking, bbq, Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fitness, fitness plan, GPP FITNESS, lebert equalizer, Never perfect, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac, WOD, yoga On September 3, 2013 1 Comment

Well, well, well…. If it isn’t already September….

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Hi babes! Hope everyone had a fantastic & safe Labor Day weekend;) I just can’t believe that August has already flown by! There is still absolutely NO sign of the weather cooling down. Nope. In the valleys, it’s still triple digits! I need a pool! For the holiday weekend, me and some friends decided to get outta the smoldering, desert heat, and head to the beaches of Ventura, CA.

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Pierpont Beach….. Amazing weather…amazing friends…and a whole lot of partying;)
Willy came along for the ride;)

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We got there around 11:30, and set up our spot. I got the BEST lil table that folds up from crate and barrel, that I’m completely obsessed with, and take everywhere…so we payed out all our snacks and drinks:) we started with mimosas of course, but used light Minute Maid 50% less sugar OJ instead of regular. Some more friends met up, and we moved to light beer. There’s just something so refreshing about an ice cold beer at the beach. Michelob Ultra to be exact. It’s super light, and low carb! Cheers to fun & tan lines;)

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Around 4:30 we headed up for a killer (&low carb) BBQ! It was amazing! Lean Jennie-O Italian sausages, marinaded chicken breast, carne asana, bell peppers, spinach salad… OHHH myyyyyyyy!
Chips & salsa…(not so low carb, but still indulged) oooooooo, and some homemade rum, vanilla liquor cake that my friend Jules had brought. A bit of a food coma set in, but, hey…it’s a holiday:) lol.

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Willy loosing his shit….as usual. He LOVES his beach time.

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After din we all headed back down to enjoy the gorgeous sunset. Spectacular. Absolutely stunning.
That night, (sunday) we all went out in downtown Ventura, and had a ball. Super fun..lots of cocktails, and bar hopping. You know what that means…. Monday breakfast would be a cheat… Lol. I was dying for a rich, and delicious Blueberry Cornbread Muffin from Café Nouveau. Hands down fave breakfast joint.

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Well, luckily..we made it home without traffic:)
Tuesday came far tooooooo fast.
Somehow, my pretty yellow roses lived though my un-air conditioned apartment for 2 days. WTF. So happy.

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I woke up this morning feeling pretty defeated. I gotta tell ya, I cannot hang like I used to. My body was yelling at me for sure. I felt bloated, heavy, and lethargic. At that moment….I made some decisions.
Chill the Fu*% out…

Chill on the drinking!

I quit sugar. (Again)

Stick to low carb… ( with the exception of these healthy carbs: sweet potato (limited) squash. Tomatoes (limited) most fruits. Gluten free oats (sometimes)

Limit snacking.

(Holiday..or not!)
Listen, all of these things I’ve got to keep reminding myself, and even write down because THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME.
Start your SEPTEMBER SLIM DOWN NOW!!!!!!
Shake it off ladies. Jump back on the fit train! Today is Tuesday….the day after the holiday…lets do werrrrrk!!!!
I threw on shorts and a sports bra and looked up today’s GPP Fitness WOD.
This was a really great one. Kicked my ass.
Not too busy at work today, so I also plan to take a Corepower class around 4:30 today… Really starting to feel like myself again, after a few days of whatever the fu%*.

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Breakfast this morning was DA BOMMMBBBB! Doesn’t look very exciting, but it was exactly what my body was screaming for. Protein..protein..and omegas. Lol.
Work didn’t start till 11:00 am, so I had time to bake a fresh wild caught salmon:)
I made a delicious runny egg and yes, I did eat the yolk. Yummmmmm. I’m a new person.
Lately I’ve stopped using oil sprays, even the organic ones. I’m just over them. I’ve now switched to a teeny bit of coconut oil or Ghee.

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Oh you know…just a little selfie this fine Tuesday…. Loving my new Ray Bans btw. September is mos def lookin up;) feeling really strong and looking forward to keeping up with the decisions I’ve made.(above)

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LUNCH:

A large handful of spinach leaves.

Low sodium organic turkey slices. (3)

1 small avocado

2 hard boiled eggs. (Only 1 yolk)

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar.

4:30 Heated Power Yoga Sculpt (w/ weights) at Corepower, Sherman Oaks.

HEATED POWER YOGA WITH WEIGTHS
A total body workout, CorePower Yoga Sculpt classes are set to energizing music and designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to the CorePower Yoga 2 (C2) sequence, creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass. You will see visible results in your body. It is recommended that you take at least one CorePower level 1 or 2 (C1 or C2) class before a Yoga Sculpt class.

DINNER:
(Haven’t eaten yet, but will be….)

1 filet Alaskan Cod baked with Dijon and lemon.

Sautéed spinach and garlic in 1 tsp coconut oil.

DESSERT:

Low carb vanilla mug cake.

side note: I just got back from Corepower Yoga.. Holy mother of god!! That yoga sculpt class kicked my ass soooo hard!

Not trying to re-live the past or anything, but……
I can’t help bu t share some really great moments from last month.
BEAUTIFUL AUGUST.

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Received the beautiful photos from my bestie Brooke’s wine country wedding. Loved seeing theses.

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Absolutely love this quote! Sooooo my friends.

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This picture says it all! My best friends… We’re crazy, we like to dance, we say gross things, we don’t judge each other, and we’re there for one another no matter what. Tru dat.
Holla at a bitch.

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August also came with a big surprise. A new business opportunity, and I took it. I made the leap to a new salon. Come see me at Román Salon for the best haircuts and Brazilian Blowouts you will ever get;)
Check out www.paulabedo.com for info (hair inspirations and looks to come)

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AUGUST PIN OF THE MONTH:
Ummmm…there are just no words.
These cupcakes are the most adorable lil thangs I have ever seen!!!!

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Leaving you with something to remember…. Get it. You skinny lil bitch;)
Love you all!

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A BETTER tummy… some NEW yummies, and a whole lot of healthy, girly fun!

In Beauty, Breakfast, cleanse, Dinner dates, friends, giveaway!, new faves, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized, yoga On July 11, 2013 12 Comments

Helooooo..helllllllllooooooo! I’m back! Just feeling like I’m finally getting back into my groove and this week has started off AMAZING! My house is still a bit messy, but hey. Whatever.
Started off the week full force at the gym and now a proud new member of COREPOWER yoga.
I’m really into it right now, and the best part…. It doesn’t irritate the tendonitis! Thank god. I used to loathe yoga, now…it’s the ONLY thing that makes me focus in every sense of the word. My breath…awareness in my body and allowing myself to truly understand how to clear my racing mind. So into it! I’ve been doing the heated fusion classes, but still really enjoy traditional and non-heated.
Anyway… I am feeling strong, and I’m enjoying my new practice and progress.
What are you guys into right now? Do you listen to your body?

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My breakfasts lately have been incredible POG’s!!! that’s right.. (pots of greatness!) my Instagram friends inspire me to change it up constantly. 1- to stay excited about clean yummy foods and 2- especially to avoid binging eating.
I literally fill a mason jar full of super delicious & nutritious foods such as
chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk, & maca powder
Greek yogurt with your favorite protein powder,
Favorite nut mix
Berries,kiwis, stone fruits

The possibilities are endless:)
Just keep layering and changing it up! So fun and AAAAAAMMMAAAZINGGGG.

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Prep for the pot of greatness, along with some David’s tea:)

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Today on the tea menu… Mint Julep, with fresh mint of course. I discovered David’s Tea while on my Vancouver trip, and now, can’t get enough. Remember now…I was always Miss. Coffee. Kinda over that now… Weirddddddd.

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Wilbur, aka…white ninja sidekick is stoked to be hangin’ with his mama all day:) I sneak him into shops and I don’t care if I’m judged. Lol. On days off, this is my rolldawg.

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As you know, I’ve been on a mission to finish my upstairs and finally get an actual office space for more organization. Sooooo with the help of my Amiga, I went on a gnarly desk hunt.

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I was at my folks house (house-sitting) so we decided to hit up Urban Home. There she was..in all her glory. My new desk! ok, it may or may not actually be a dining table…but eff it. Honestly…the pic just doesn’t do it justice, and no it’s not 2-toned wood. It’s the light. So annoying. I swear, it’s really pretty. Best part, it’s a bigggg ol’ thang! ok.. So I bought it, then we both realize….”um, how are we gonna get this to my house 25 miles away.?” Mos def not in my VW Golf. Lol. Figuring this out mañana… Also a few more items I need to find…preferably like, tomorrow….
night stand lamps
A tv wall mount
One more small dresser. ( I have a lot
of sports bras.
oh…. And a desk chair, maybe two.
Eeeekkkkk…thank goodness for that check comin. Jussssst a lil home decor addiction, that’s all. Ugh
This bitch is a sucker for a good sale!

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NEW FAVE PRODUCT ALERT!!!

Along with my bomb.com new Le Roche Posay regimen, I’ve been blessed with these perfect little soap treats and body lotions by LaBellaVieSpa.
Took a quick shopping break for a soap photoshoot. Lol

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These products are free of petroleum, sulfates, parabens, synthetics and un-natural preservatives that plaque your skin’s products.
Made with natural ingredients that are seriously beneficial for you. All products are created by loving hands using vegan ingredients and fine essential oils that your skin will fall in love with. No secrets here. The ingredients are listed so you know exactly what your putting on your skin.

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Time to chill, have a beer, and enjoy a delicious dinner with the homie. Outdoor patio of course.

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We ordered light beers. My low carb go to.. Michelob Ultra. In an extra cold glass.
An amazing seafood ceviche. I actually managed to only have 4 or 5 chips. Honest. Lol

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Japanese cucumber salad.
( not pictured: veggies with hummus)

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Pretty damn shocked at how healthy you can eat at The Lazy Dog Cafe. Apparently, you can bring your dog there…pfffff, who knew? Delicious, satisfying, and a gorgeous night out.

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THIS WEEK IN REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS!!!

Reviews are fun! Not only do I get to sample some really great products, ( sometimes not so great 🙁 lol) but It allows me to share with all of you, foods and products to encourage continues success in your fit and healthy lifestyle. Plus, sometimes you just need to switch it up. We all get bored of the same shit different day.
So first up… DETOUR BARS.
I tried these for the first time at the Blend Retreat a couple months ago, and had a secret crush on them, particularly the new flavor. Neapolitan. Well maybe cuz that was my favorite ice cream flavor growing up. Seriously.
The lovely folks over at Detour, sent me a lil box to get me hooked, lol. I also had a copule of friends, who aren’t Neapolitan obsessed, try it to see if they would be into it….and the main consensus, “MMMMMMM, YUMMMMMMM. That’s lovely.”
This is a LOW SUGAR, WHEY PROTEIN BAR.
I don’t think it’s considered a meal replacement bar. For me, it’s a snack bar. Mid day, or after a workout in between meals.
It is actually low in sugar, but I’m not a huge fan of sugar alcohols. I used to not mind them, And I’m sure a lot of you also don’t, but lately, I’ve noticed that when I consume certain sugar alcohols, I get gassy, and bloated. Not cute.

I’ve been eating 1 bar, as a snack, every other day, and luckily, so far, no bloating. Stoked! If you are not familiar with sugar alcohols…click here.
What I absolute LOVE, is the taste! Not too sweet at all! Pheeeew. Some bars are so sweet it almost makes me sick! These are the perfect texture. Slightly nougat-ty, with no chalky after taste.
only 5 grams of fat. 15 protein. 3 sugars. 3 NET carbs!
Check out more about they’re other products and how to order here!

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So here’s what’s up…. Overall, I’m really into these. They’re perfect for on the go busy chicks. These are just the right size. If you’re someone that can easily sub a meal for a bar, they do offer larger meal replacement bars as well. I’m tired of 100 calorie almond packs. These are protein packed and without all the fat. Oh and taste way yummier:)

And for the finale….they are awesome. They are offering my readers 25% off your order!!! Ohhhh heeeeyyyyyyyy. Honestly go order yourself some yummy, healthy snacks. You deserve it.
Just enter this coupon code when checking out: 25neapbb
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Onto some really important business….. Our internal systems….
Let me start by saying, PROBIOTICS SAVED MY LIFE!!
Ok, not like I was dying…but I swear, since starting to incorporate these amazing products into my life, my everything has become better!
Here’s where I go into a lil TMI. (Too much info) lol.
My whole life (no joke,whole life), I’ve struggled with sluggish digestion, CONSTANT constipation, and I believe, consistently battled with candida. Seriously, awful. I always felt that my good bacteria often battled the bad bacteria and lost. Never a nice feeling.
Before really understanding and becoming knowledgeable about how probiotics worked, I would just eat a bit of yogurt or maybe even buy some light over the counter “no name” shitty pro-b product, and I remember thinking, ” this is bull shit, I don’t know why “they” say this is suppose to help me?”
Well babes, do your research. You MUST take your body to a MUCH higher level of healthy flora to encourage optimum health benefits.
Taking a daily probiotic supplement has been shown to help restore a balanced digestive sytem and promote healthy digestion and natural defenses. My belly is a happy lady now:)

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Did you know, that as we age, the amount of healthy bacteria in our bodies begins to decrease? Also, things like, stress, illness, and antibiotics, can really upset our digestive balance, and create a segway for harmful bacteria to make your body it’s new home. Um, no thank you.

These Ultimate Flora “Extra Care” are made with all natural ingredients.
* NO gmos
* NO soy or dairy

* DO have 30 billion active cultures
*DO
offer delayed release capsules to avoid acidity in the belly

Totally obsessed with their probiotics, I came to realize that I had tried another one of their specialty products!! Remember when I did my 7 day cleanse??! it was unbelievable! I loved it. They offer all strengths of probiotics, immune system builders, total body cleansing, you freakin name it! They are the LEADING company in all that is digestive care.
Honestly, when Renew Life first contacted me about possibly reviewing a couple of their products, I FREAKED OUT! I emailed them right away, like…omggggggg, it’s a sign! I’ve been needing you in my life! Ahhhhhhhh. Lol. Just like that.
I have absolutely benefited from taking these products. I may or may not stock my fridge with a few different strengths. I’m telling you. Obsessed.
Let me ask you now….. Have you ever experienced digestive issues, bloating, constipation, irritation, yeast infections, etc?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those, you need to give these a try. They are worth every penny. They are like gold to me. I’ve even got a batch of 50 billion & 100 billion in the fridge that I have on hand for critical digestive health. Here is a LIST of places where you can find Ultimate Flora products.
Here’s where you may get LUCKY!
Renew Life has freakin HOOKED IT UP!
They are offering to give away a 2 month supply of Ultimate Flora products to 1 lucky winner!!!!
Seriously, what are you waiting for!!!!!!!

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So much to be grateful for! Lots of stuff going on!
Please DO NOT forget that the APS Grass Fed protein giveaway is till going on, but will end in 6 days!!!! Get in there!!!!! Click here!

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TRUST THE PROCESS…ENGOY THE PROGRESS!!!

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Xoxo,
Your Amiga.
P.

Eat better…Feel better….

In Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, fashion, get the look, Uncategorized, WOD On January 30, 2013 0 Comments

Hot DAMN, was I sore when I woke up!
Hey guys! It’s Tuesday night and I’m catching up the rest of today’s post while I watch some news. I was super busy at work, so I didn’t get the chance to “blog as I go” today.
Late night post;)
This morning, I woke up, checked emails,took my cleansing pills, and I added my L CARNITINE to the mix as well. ( on an empty stomach)
Had a yummy breakfast of the Flax Banana squares and some espresso. God, really, I sound like a broken record. I feel like I just keep posting the same shit. This food doesn’t feel boring to me though..I actually really enjoy it. It’s only when you eat SHIT foods, that you think CLEAN foods taste boring;)
Anyway…I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast.
Anddddd, guess what?? It’s officially the last day of my 7 day cleanse!
Heyyyyy….hooooooooo…heyyy..hooooooo
You saw what I’ve been eating this week, not bad huh? I didn’t feel restricted at all!

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After breakfast, I put some warm clothes on, grabbed the pup, and went for a 2 mile run. It felt so great. I stayed at a moderate pace, cuz Willy’s little legs can’t keep up:) ah. He’s so cute. When I got home, I did a little circuit workout in the “at home gym” I tried to make a video of what I was doing, and when I went back to see the footage, the light had come in through the window, making it nearly impossible to even see me because of the glare! ANNOYED.COM
I will try that again mañana.

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I was so snacky today, it was pretty impossible to take pics of all the ” just a bite” snacks I ate.
This is just one of them that I can’t live without.
A spoonful of real, unsalted peanut butter.

Not pictured:

1/4 of a cucumber
1/2 cup of my RAW trail mix

Pepitas
Walnuts
Cacao nibs
Sunflower seeds
Coffee # 2

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SNACK# 2

Don’t get too excited… More egg whites. At least scrambled this time.

& A handful of walnuts.

LUNCH: was leftover chicken breast, broccoli, a few bites of a sweet potato, and handful of cilantro with some siracha

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Dinner:

Oh whatta ya know…. Chicken and hard boiled eggs.

Oh, and another Flax banana square;)

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I also used this with my chicken. I am a HUGE fan of fermented vegetables. The taste is probably something that you will need to get used to. It grows on you, and now, I can’t live without it. It “regulates” me completely. If you are wondering why the hell I am eating fermented foods, here you go……
Fermentation is the process of cultivating lactic acid as a natural preservative to prevent putrefication. Starches and sugars in vegetables and fruits are converted to lactic acid by the many species of lactic-acid producing bacteria. It has multiple health benefits as described by Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions:

“The proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anticarcinogenic substances. Their main by-product, lactic acid, not only keeps vegetables and fruits in a state of perfect preservation but also promotes the growth of healthy flora throughout the intestine.”
Source:passionate homemaking

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Today’s outfit inspiration:

“That 70’s show tres chic”

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Get the look on a budget:

Dress with slip: TJMaxx $ 24.99. D you see now why I am such a MAXXINISTA?! Great stuff for super cheap.

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Sandals: Aldo no sale..$39.99
(Leather and super comfortable) Aldo now carries 1/2 sizes, which makes things a whole lot easier. I never quite fit the 7 perfect, and the eight was too big. I always asked the same ol’ question…. ” will they stretch out?” Haha

The belt:

A beautiful, thick, leather belt found at the local goodwill. Stoked on this find. Pretty much goes with anything high waisted. Don’t be afraid to hit up your local thrift shops, second hand shops are great places to find amazing accessories, etc. Someone’s trash may be someone else’s treasure eh!

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Today’s “WORKOUT” inspiration:

I found this on pop sugar and thought, “I need this in my life”.You all hear me complaining all the time about there never being enough hours in the day, so this is the solution. An effective, quick workout that will have you burning calories all day!

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I saved the best for last y’all! I am soooooo excited and proud to announce that, yours truly, will be attending this years Blend Retreat! Where bloggers and friends meet for a fun, fit weekend. This years event is held in Utah! It’s gonna be fantastic, and I can’t wait to get to know my fellow bloggers! Wooohooooo!

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What are some of your plans this year that include being fit and active?

FRESH START to the week & FLAX-BANANA SQUARES RECIPE!

In clean food, cleanse, polar, popular recipes, protein, Uncategorized, zumba On January 28, 2013 2 Comments

Happy Monday my lovelies! Great start to the week so far! Lots to do today! A lil’ cooking, a bit of baking,errands…and a gnarly 2 hr workout tonight.

This morning I tried out a new “milk” for my coffee, and I’m pretty much all smiles about it cuz it LA BOMBA! It’s only 45 cals for one cup! I only need 1/2 cup to froth, so I’m completely stoked on it. It’s almond freakin coconut. Doesn’t that sound outrageous? Happiness in a cup. Every Damn morning:)

You know me… I wake up starrrrving! And I almost always forget to take my pills first on an empty stomach, because my first reaction is to have a spoonful of almond butter or something right away. So annoying. I hate pills on an empty stomach, but I’m a rule follower. It is what it is. The cleanse is over Tuesday. Honestly, it’s been easy. I eat pretty much like this anyway, except for the occasional binge….or maybe the cheese thing… Yeah, I need to cut that down a bit. Hi my name is Paula, and I’m obsessed over the creamiest, stinkiest, ripest cheeses out there. That may or may not be my actual calling in life. Lol

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Anyway, As I was researching healthy recipes ( daydreaming about cheese;), I stumbled across this lil JEM! Oh my HEALTHY and oh my GOD! This is a recipe adapted from bodybuilding.com and it’s full of protein and fiber, with practically no carbs!

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Hungry girl got to baking by 6:15 am. I get the most inspired to be in the kitchen first thing in the morning, it’s really the darnedest thing. It’s my “me” time:)

All that fiber I was taking about, come from this. My favorite flax meal. Carrington Farms Flax Meal.
A great source of omegas too!

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And all that protein I was goin on about, comes from this: my favorite banana, all natural, 0 carb About Time Protein

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Alright let’s get you going on these Banana Flax squares!
I always, always make sure that I have this in my pantry for baking. It adds beautiful flavor.

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Just look at these! It makes me want to have one, every hour, on
The hour! Heavenly breakfast this morning. And… NO, I didn’t eat all of these. Display only babes.
I did have two though;)

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INGREDIENTS:

• 2 cups flax seed meal

• 5 egg whites

• 2 whole eggs

• 5 T olive oil (can use coconut or other oil) you may also cut the oil in 1/2 and replace with nonfat Greek yogurt for less fat. (Haven’t tried that yet, but I’m sure it would work)

• 1 T baking powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup water

• 2 packets Stevia

• 1- 1&1/2 servings of about time protein. Banana works well for a low carb banana muffin/bread flavor.

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet in a separate bowl. Combine mixtures well and add together. Be sure to get out the lumps from batter.
This recipe, originally was used to make muffins, but, since I used a square pan, the timing will be different.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease an 8×8 pan. ( could also use a loaf pan, but may need a few extra minutes to cook)
Pour in batter and bake for 11- 16 minutes. Bakes pretty fast. So watch it. We don’t want that ish dry!

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After my breakfast of champs, I was off to run my errands. First things first…get all the crap out of my car! It’s amazing how much you accumulate in the trunk! Geez. My first stop, was the body shop to drop off my sad lil crashed VW.

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Anddddd. Here I am. At Enterprise. Just, what I wanted to be doing on my day off. Luckily my insurance covers a rental, otherwise…oh hello nahhhh!
Somebody got a Chrysler Sebring… OH SNAP! Hollaaaaa. Hahaha. I feel like I should be driving in the carpool lane on my way to a PTA meeting in that thing! My god. Lol

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I took willy with my to enterprise, and they tried pulling the whole ” I’m sorry ma’am, but, we don’t allow dogs in the rentals. Mostly due to shedding…..
I said” “b*#%h, he’s hypo-allergenic! He don’t shed!” Ok, we’ll… I didn’t so much say that, but made it very clear, that my dog would be getting in the vehicle. Thanks byyyyeeeeee

We then took a little trip to his. Favorite place. PETCO. I got him some busy chews, cuz you know… He’s got the crazy in him.
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Soooo stoked. He just wants to run wild in there!

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Got home and munched on a few snacks.
Theses yummy raosted edamame
A handful of almonds,

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And….some spicy kale chips from Brads raw foods.

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I had a late lunch. I didn’t have anything quick to eat, so I decided to play around with some chicken I’d been wanting to make to get ready for my packed lunches during the week. Chicken breast can get a bit BORING if you ask me. I’m all about the thighs! But, as we know, the darker the meat, the higher in fat, so I tend to stick to the breast. It can also very easily dry out when cooking, so I think now, I finally got it down:)

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The 3 MARINADES are:

1. GINGER/GARLIC/LEMON /RED CHILI

2. GRAINY DIJON MUSTARD

3. PESTO
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I marinaded them separately. Literally just smothered them. Let them sit for 20 mins to ensure more flavor within.

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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil (or any other HIGH HEAT oil. Allow to melt in the pan on med- high heat. (The key is to first brown/sear the chicken underneath just enough to get that intense flavor and texture.)
Add your 3 chicken breasts to the pan. Doesn’t matter, right next to each other is fine.
Cook in pan for 5-6 mins. Check for searing/browning underneath.
Then remove from stovetop, cover with a lid, and stick in the oven for 15 mins.
Now, this will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breast, so be mindful of that.

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I enjoyed a few pieces of each, along with some steamers baby broccoli and a side of arugula tossed in Sea Clear.

So worth the wait. Super easy, yummy, NOT dry, and now I have loads left for the next 2-3 days.
This ends up saving you big time you guys!
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After lunch, I thought I deserved a treat ;), so I had another flax-banana square. I just can’t help it. They are so good and hearty. No pic though;)
I had one more errand to run then I had to get back home to clean my mess of a house up.
That’s right…my passport is expiring in march, and I’m planing to take a trip at the end of may, so I HAD to send for a new one. Oh, and finally, a new picture! My old one was like, no joke, HIDZ!. It was a bit of a process, but, glad it’s done. Phweeeeee!
As I checked out my ID, I also noticed that, that also expires soon. Like, freakin THIS WEEK!
Ugh, FML.i totally didn’t realize that it expired that soon, and, on my bday! Do you understand what it’s like at the DMV?

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I managed to get a whole lots of organizing and cleaning when I got home, put away the laundry. Playing catch up, really.

Mondays night is my Power Workout night. 2 back to back classes with Sandy Campy Fitness.
At 7:00 & 8 p.m.
So, an hour before, I made my BCAA water, stuck it in the fridge, and had a small dinner. I don’t like to eat anything heavy right before a workout, but I also don’t like to eat at 9p.m, so since I had a late lunch, dinner consisted of 3 hard boiled egg whites, a few cut up pieces of the chicken from lunch and a 6 almonds.

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ZUMBA KILLED IT Tonight! Fresh faces, new choreography, and lots of energy in that room! That’s what drives y’all!
Jess and I like to snap sweaty, “after Zumba” fit pics! Haha
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Tonight was the first time using my Polar Watch to monitor how many calories I would burn during both classes.
Generally, with Zumba alone, it tends to be 600 calories burned, so I was excited to see what an extra hour of strength training would do!
Check out all the girlies ready for some BODYSCULPTING!

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This class is killer! And , with the combination of both Zumba, and bodysculpting, the results are almost instant. This is what takes your body to the next level. The cardio+ targeting and isolating of each muscle group on its own is what makes those changes that we are all looking for.
I get sore in muscles I didn’t even know I had or existed! That says A LOT for me, and I imagine, even more so, for those people who are new to getting fit.
In the end of my 2 class circuit, I burned a total of 900 calories. Such a happy girl! 😉
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Remember: YOU WILL NEVER REGRET GETTING UP AND WORKING OUT.

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

How do you start your your week off: are you planning meals or signing up for a new class?

MONDAY INSPIRATION:

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SELFIE Sunday;)

In Breakfast, clean food, cleanse, Sunday funday, Uncategorized, WOD On January 27, 2013 3 Comments

Let me just say that I LOVE MY WEEKENDS! who doesn’t really!?
Never fails though, up at 5:30 a.m. Lol. I can’t sleep in to save my life. I watched drive last night, and fell in love with Ryan Gosling all over again 😉 I managed to also make it to my bed instead of passing out on the couch. Hallelujah.

This morning I woke up to a foggy morning, and a cuddly pup. So nice. Got a bit of stuff done on the computer, took my cleansing pills, and reheated my two leftover AMAZEBALL pancakes!

I topped them with a bit of natures hollow sugar free honey and a few fresh raspberries. Yummmmmm.

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Had my morning espresso, and the pup and I headed to the salon to do a client for the SAG awards at 8:30 am. No, I usually don’t take the pup to work, but the salon is closed on Sunday, and it was just us, so no bigs:) it was bring your pup to work day:)

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I just love how dense these are…a bit of a pound cake vibe. So no hatin on that! They are gorgeous in my eyes. A bit food obsessed… Yes:/

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Get ready for Sunday Selfies!! lol.
I had loads of plans today, in which most fell through, but I got to see some old friends and that was awesome! Headed to the folks house to drop off the pup.

Selfie #1.
I’ll admit it…I’ve become that girl.

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I don’t know what’s come over me lately, but all I want all day everyday, is breakfast food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What a freak!
Today’s lunch was at my Favorite Brunch spot. Egg Plantation. The best. THE BEST!

I’m admitting now…I had cheese…and a couple bites ( ok, more like 4-5 bites) of the most decadent peanut butter stuffed French toast.. I KNOW! Ahhhhh so naughty. I had to c’mon.
I ordered an egg white omelette. ( which came yellow. Hmmmmm…I wasn’t about to send it back though) with turkey sausage, mushrooms,spinach, tomatoes, and CHEEEEESE! So much for no dairy on my cleanse! I’m sorry, I just love that shit wayyyy to much. But…. I have cut back, and that really should count for something, no?
Oh, andddddd, a side of fruit…annndddddd gluten free Udi’s toast.
Wow, now that I’m writing this….looking like a BIG girl right about now…

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Best part of the day! Meeting up with ol’ friends, catching up, and this lil munchkin. I haven’t seen him since he was like 3 months old! He is the cutest, and sooooo smart. No, I’m not just saying that cuz I luv em’….
He already knows some sign language, he know kisses and hugs and sooo much more! Ahhhhhhh
I’m getting baby fever !! Omg!

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Haha! Every time you say “kisses” he keeps his mouth open like “make out seshhhhh” haha. The absolute BEST!

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SELFIE #2

Thank got we sat and chatted for a bit and allowed for the monstrous lunch to digest, otherwise I don’t think I would’ve made it to the gym!
On my way to LA fitness for a serious
Workout.

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I had a couple days off from working out, and I was getting the itch! I headed straight for the elliptical for a 60 min interval cardio session.

Alternating between resistance 5 incline 9 to resistance 10 incline 5. Cardio alone, I burned 571 calories.

Today’s strength training consisted of:
ABS-
crunches
Leg lifts
Stability ball raises
Planking

BACK-
Superman raises
Row
Dead lifts
Back flys

Overall: 743 cals burned. Hopefully some of that stuffed French toast left my body! Lol
I felt fantastic!

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A little word of advice….
“Don’t think about all the other things you could be doing with your time, just get your workout in, and then enjoy the other things. I promise, you won’t regret it” you’ll enjoy the day so much more knowing that you built strength within yourself physically and mentally.

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SELFIE #3

Sweaty Nettieeee!
Shower time.
I promise… Last one. 😉

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Super relaxed, and ready for some major protein in my life!
Dinner was CLEAN!
Roasted turkey breast
Egg white scramble with garlic and spinach
A small side salad with olive oil and lemon.
The turkey was a bit dry, but whateves.
DE-vourrrred.

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Check out the creeper…..
Being SUCH a begger.
Ew… I hate when he does this, but, look at that face!
Dry turkey for the both of us. Haha!

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DESSERT:
A handful of sweet grapes.
I won’t tell you what I really want. Ahhhhhhem..( lemon meringue pie )
A girl can dream.

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I now am in a protein coma and need rest….
Clean eating cleanse is going fantastic! Lots of movement going on in the tummy! Happy girl!
Stoked for another day off mañana.

How was your Sunday?
Did you get a workout in today?

REMEMBER:
It’s not about being skinny, it’s about being healthy.

Ohh SNAP Saturday! Coconut Flour Pancakes

In clean food, cleanse, popular recipes, protein, protein shakes, Uncategorized On January 26, 2013 0 Comments

Hi friends! Hope your Saturday is going great! While all of you have today off, I’ve got a full book of clients today at the salon! All good, but I’m ready for the weekend. Last night was a blast at the Laker game. I’m sure all of you noticed my late post.

So far the cleanse is going really great. My stomach feels flatter, I feel full of energy, and my intestines are happy:) today will be the 4th day, so this morning… I started off with ,y 2 liver organ cleanse pills on a empty stomach…along with my acacia fiber powder mixed with water.( I sound like a broken record, sorry. But repetition= habitual=results.

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BREAKFAST:

2 mini chia protein muffins(same as yesterday)

1 Scandinavian bran crisp with RAW pumpkin seed butter and sugar free honey. These crisps are fantastic because they are loaded with fiber and have no sugar! A great, clean option for while in a cleanse.

One thing I can’t NOT have, is coffee. I mean, I’m not having sugary, creamy coffee. It’s just espresso, a stevia packet, and 1/2 cup frothed unsweetened almond milk. That’s not bad right??
Anyway… I had two cups today:) don’t judge.

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SNACK 1:

A handful of raspberries

A handful of RAW almonds.

A few blueberries.

A mix of antioxidants,fats, and proteins.

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LUNCH:

Ok, I promise, this is the last salmon lunch picture I will bore you guys with! Lol. Remember, I don’t like to waste food, so I’ve been having it everyday till its gone. I LOVE SALMON. High in protein, and a great source of essential fatty acids which actually help to aid in weight loss. Healthy fats are good babes! Plus, sometimes chicken just doesn’t cut it for me. In fact, I’ve been getting a bit annoyed of it lately. I guess I’ve played it out…hmmmm, like I do with many things in life.

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SUPERDRINK ALERT!

Green tea with lemon.
green tea’s health benefits are astonishing! Research shows that it has potential to fight cancer and heart disease . Also, some studies have shown that green tea may play a role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

I try to drink at least one small cup a day:)

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SNACK 2:

A very ripe persimmon. (My faves) at least it’s natural sugar;)

(Not pictured)
A few slices of cucumber

Another handful of nuts.

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Before finishing up my last client of the day, I was feeling a bit tired and slow, so I had a small strawberry protein shake. 1/2 a packet of About Time strawberry whey, water, and ice.
Just a little pick me up:)

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Tonight’s plan was to do absolutely NOTHING!
I very rarely just sit, relax and have no plans. I’m starting to realize how nice it is! If I’m not cooking, I’m walking willy. If I’m not working out, I’m at work. If I’m not posting, I’m sleeping! I mean, sometimes I really feel like there are not enough hours in the day to just sit and maybe enjoy a nice movie. That time should also be valued and not taken for granted.

Got home, took willy out, and decided that I wanted breakfast for dinner:)

Now, I’ve made plenty of different types of low carb pancakes, but I think this one is the easiest and super duper tasty!

When I found this recipe, I tripped out….because, guess what?

It’s only got 4 ingredients!

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I originally found this on bodybuilding.com, and I doubled the recipe, but once I made them, I realized I really didn’t need to for a single serving. You will find that they are quite dense.
2 pancakes were really enough.

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INGREDIENTS:

(For 2 people)

8 egg whites. I use the cage free egg white cartons cuz I hate wasting the yolk.

4 tbsp coconut flour

2 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste

2 pinches of cinnamon

Optional: stevia to sweeten if you are not gonna top them with anything sweet in the end.

You can really play around with what you want to use as toppers. I’m always a big fan of PB2 mixed with a little water, a sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut, and sugar free honey, you could also add fresh berries. Whatever!

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Grease your pancake pan ( I use either coconut spray or smart balance spray)

In a bowl, mix all ingredients.

Use a spoon to dollop onto pan. The mixture may be a bit thick, so you might have to form them a little. Ugh, these were the BOMB, and healthy and appropriate for my cleanse. So satisfied right now.

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I’m about to finish my post, and enjoy some Ryan Gosling in the movie “Drive” . I’ve been wanting to see this forever! S I’m gonna sit my ass down on this couch and enjoy my no gym day today;)
Tomorrow, I’ve got a client first thing in the a.m for the SAG awards, and then hitting the gym!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT BABES:

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I want to KEep In Touch!! I want to see how you stay motivated, it helps me stay on track too! Follow me and I’ll follow you!

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ASAIN SESAME NOODLE SALAD RECIPE! Don’t miss it:)

In clean food, cleanse, popular recipes, Uncategorized On January 26, 2013 0 Comments

Who loves NOODLES!! I DO!
But… As we all know, I don’t really eat traditional pasta or starch noodles anymore, soooooo this is the BEST alternative. You guys, seriously…you’ve got to get into the craze of the fiber noodles. Whether it be “miracle noodles” or “pasta slim“, they take on whatever flavor you add to them, and the best part being that they are ONLY 25 calories per serving. I’m sorry, but you can’t beat that. If you know my blog, you know that these puppies are always on my grocery list. They fill me up, and I never feel guilty eating a couple servings of this.

This particular recipe is for a COLD ASAIN SESAME NOODLE SALAD.
you can whip this up in no time. Under 10 minutes.

When you open the package, they usually have a strange smell to them, but not to worry. What you will do, is stick them in a colander and run them under water for a few minutes.

The next step. Boil them for 3-5 mins, to soften texture and to get rid of the fiber smell.
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Once boiled, let the noodles sit out to cool.
During that time. Get out your ingredients.
Thinly slice the cabbage ( I prefer the Chinese cabbage for this recipe)

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Add the chopped green onions and finely minced garlic…

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Add the sesame seeds…
( raw or toasted)
I prefer the toasted, more of a nutty flavor.

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Throw the noodles to the bowl.
Add your Asian sauce consisting of:

sesame oil,

rice wine vinegar,

siracha,

fish sauce,

liquid aminos

Get your hands in there and toss!

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This noodle salad gets even better after sitting in the fridge for a bit. Soooo delicious. And NO carbs folks!
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This is a great option if you are cleansing as well. I’ll be having this for din din!
Enjoy my lovelies!
Xo,
P
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Cleanse day 3, and the Lakeshow!

In clean food, cleanse, Fridays, friends, protein, Uncategorized On January 25, 2013 0 Comments

Good day beauties!
I am feeling SORE from the combination of my last 2 days of working out. Feeling good though!
Taking tonight off, cuz guess who’s going to the LAKE-SHOW! Meeeeeeeee:)
My and my bestie Amy are headed to the Laker vs. Jazz game at the Staples center tonight. Sooooo stoked. I haven’t been to a basketball game in ages.

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I guess my birthday is getting an early start, cuz look what I got in the mail today! yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!

About Time Protein heaven!

Love my new shirt! Great to work out in.

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36 packets of different flavor protein powders! I tried the strawberry one this morning. Delicious. Sometimes you just don’t feel like vanilla or plain chocolate, you know?!

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This morning, I took my 2 pills on an empty stomach and fiber blend mixed with water after my real fast.Since I wanted to try out my new strawberry protein powder, I made some mini protein chia muffins adapted from, again, my girls at Purelytwins.

These little cakes are amazing. I made them in mini muffin tins, so that I would be aware of how much I was eating. I had a couple for breakfast, along with my morning joe. I also took 2 more to snack on for my after lunch snack:)

These are really easy and the best part is that you can use any flavor protein powder,

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup your choice protein powder. ( I used About Time strawberry flavor)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp water

1/4 tsp stevia (drops)

Bake for 7 minutes on 350*
For the bigger muffin tins, a few more mins.

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SNACK 1:

Green protein juice. (Same one I made yesterday) I’m loving the combo! I’m gonna turn green if I keep this up. I think tomorrow, I may switch it up for the sake of boredom.

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Lunch was again my favorite type of lunch, a mish mosh of everything healthy I could think of. Lol

Leftover salmon from last night.

Cabbage kimchi

Baby kale salad with sea clear probiotics as dressing

Roasted brussel sprouts

My poor co-workers were dying in the staff room.
Salmon, and kimchi= smelliest room ever. Another thing I need to do while on this cleanse, is try and not eat so damn fast. That is a HUGE issue I have. If I was out to dinner with you, I swear, I would be finished before you even lay the napkin on your lap. Yes, that bad. It’s like a train is chasing me. It’s been something that I’ve always known of myself, but always, either forget to slowdown, or I just simply can’t. Ugh.
It’s such a bad habit because I’m literally barely breaking down the food, so my body is working over time to do it for me! Annnnnndddd…..then I wonder why I have such a slow digestive track.
Again, the struggle is real, sighhhhhhhh.

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SNACK 2:

My sorry ass paleo coconut wrap that dried up and cracked. Womp woooomp.
Whatever it was still delicious. I topped my cracked lil triangles with some almond butter. Super tasty little treat.

Also, had 7 raw almonds.

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Tonight was a special night! It was the laker game against Utah jazz, and I was gonna be there! I absolutely love sporting events, so I was stoked! Even if you aren’t a fan of the sport itself…there is something in the air, a vibe, that just forces you to get into it, right?

GO LAKERS!
They haven’t had a win in like 2 wks!

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The bestie & I. The guys in behind us were probably like ” look at those girls, takin selfie shots at the tip-off” so embarrassing.
For the record.. I don’t care. I blog b*#ch. 😉

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We both managed to stay away from all the naughtiness that comes with sporting events. You know…chips, popcorn, beer, candy, fries, burgers.
Instead, we opted for a lighter dinner:

I had a picnic salad. Which I ate with no dressing and left out the corn. (Cuz it has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever)

Butttt……. I may or may not have eaten the shaved Gouda cheese on top…:/
Oops.

Amy had a delicious barbecue veggie burger without the bun.

Healthy girls;)

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Super fun night! Someone mentioned to me that I may be their Lucky charm
CUZ THEY WON!
Wooooohoooooooo!

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I got home, and poor willy was just dying to see me! I took him out for a potty, took my vitamins, had a spoonful of peanut butter, and passed out on the couch while writing this. That’s why you’re not getting it till this a.m….. I never pressed pUBLIsh.
Such a dummy.
Have a great day guys! I’ll be logging today as well, so be on the lookout tonight for the days eats & things:)

Xo, P

DAY 2: Foods+Fashion+Exercise

In clean food, cleanse, fashion, get the look, popular recipes, protein shakes, thursday things, Uncategorized On January 24, 2013 5 Comments

Hey all!
It’s day 2 of the Body Flush, and I’m feeling like a champ! The difference has been outrages. My digestive system is very happy with me:) it’s a rainy day today in LA., so we’ll see if I am able to go running tonight. I am definitely not missing ZUMBA though. I’m off from work a bit early today! Yipppeeeeeeee

Today’s morning start:

2 cleanse pills on an empty stomach.
1 shot espresso with frothed almond milk.
1 scoop fiber blend with 8 oz water
8 oz green protein smoothie:

Kale
Chard
Spinach
Bee pollen
Water
Flax milk
1 scoop protein
1/2 tsp vanilla bean
1 tbsp hemp seeds

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Life changed when I found hemp seeds!

Here are some helpful facts that you may not have known about hemp seeds.
I love sharing nutritional info! Lol

* All 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce.
* A high protein percentage of the simple proteins that strengthen immunity and fend off toxins.

* Eating hemp seeds in any form could aid, if not heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. This conclusion is supported by the fact that hemp seed has been used to treat nutritional deficiencies brought on by tuberculosis, a severe nutrition blocking disease that causes the body to waste away.

* Nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, with more essential fatty acid than flax or any other nut or seed oil.

* A perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Omega-3 Linolenic Acid – for cardiovascular health and general strengthening of the immune system.

* A superior vegetarian source of protein considered easily digestible.

* A rich source of phytonutrients, the disease-protective element of plants with benefits protecting your immunity, bloodstream, tissues, cells, skin, organs and mitochondria.

* The richest known source of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids.

(Source:thenourishinggourmet)

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A I read my daily dose of morning bloglovin, I came across this little hot cake from purelytwins. I immediately grabbed a ramekin and whipped one up in 3 minutes.
When you cleanse, you crave stuff like this. This was PERFECT this morning. I can totally have these in the a.m. during my cleanse.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp carob powder or unsweetened cacao powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 1/2 tbsp water

15 drops stevia

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract

Mix all dry ingredients in ramekin, add water, stevia, and vanilla bean. Mix very well, It’ll be quite thick. You could also dab a bit of coconut oil on top. Microwave for 60 seconds, and you’ve got your very own HEALTHY morning dose of cake without additives, sugar, or high carbs.

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Before leaving for work , I roasted some brussel sprouts with a bit of coconut oil, cayenne pepper, and sea salt. I may or may not have completely over cooked these bad boys, but whatever. I little crunch won’t hurt nobooooooody!

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Snack 1:

A handful of cherries:)
Agua Fresca:

Water
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 small orange
Shaved ginger

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Today’s LUNCH:

Roasted Brussel sprouts

Baby kale with chia seed oil and liquid aminos.

Kabocha sqaush

Radish kimchi

1/2 avocado

Adding the squash in there helped to plump up the lunch, otherwise this wouldn’t of filled me up at all. I would’ve been hungry in 2 seconds. Pretty much the ultimate snacky plate:) the flavore all went really well together. I made enough brussel sprouts to take some to work mañana as well. I am leftover queen.

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Snack 2:

RAW trail mix.

Pepitas

Flax seeds

Cacao nibs

Sunflower seeds.

Best snack ever! I usually munch on a string cheese or an apple, remember….NO dairy, NO sugar for 7 days, so this really was a treat. I love cacao nibs. Super high in antioxidants and dietary fiber. They kinda remind me of espresso beans. Simiiiiiilllarrrrrrrr.

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I’ve got ZUMBA at 8 tonight, so I made a quick, easy, and delicious dinner an hour and 1/2 before.
I was craving some protein!

Salmon is on the plate tonight ladies.

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Super easy!
First…. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.

Make boats out of aluminum

Place a handful of spinach leaves at the bottom

Place the salmon on top.

Rub with crushed garlic

Sprinkle with salt and pepper

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

3 thin lemon slices on top

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Close the boats, leaving room for salmon to steam inside, but make sure the seams are shut.
Cook for 20 minutes and 350*

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I love , absolutely love cilantro, so this part is optional. Chopped cilantro makes everything better to me. Oh, and a bit of siracha is always lovely too;)
I ended up only eating 1/2 of this, which was a actually one serving. About 5 oz. ( the size of your palm). Along with a a handful of homemade curry, turmeric pumpkin seeds. That last thing I wanted was to feel full during class. Not a good idea. Ever. My stomach is in high digestion mode. Everything is going right through me. Really, It’s a blessing and a curse, if ya know what I mean.

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Tonight’s class was booked. A solid hour of “shakin what yo mama gave ya!”
Sooo fun tonight, we learned a new dance! Woo-hooooo. My happiness continued when I realized I had burned 580 calories. I love seeing new faces in the crowd. Makin it happen ladies.

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Oh bye…. Sandy Campy Fitness is offering new students a “CAN’T PASS UP” deal!
For new clients, she is offering 10 zumba classes for $55 dollars, and $75 for 10 buddy sculpting.
Even if you are already a Zumba student, you are still eligible for the new client rate to body sculpting, and vice versa.

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580 calories thinner, me and my homie J fit decided to take a 3 mile run. We were dripping sweat I class, so we tried to bundle up as much as we could.

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Feeling accomplished and whole. My insides feel fantastic!

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Welp, yep, it rained on us the whole run home. Just lovely. Thank god I was warmed up.
We ran for Charity Miles ( Stand up to Cancer). Just under 3 miles. I started getting a cramp so when it was over, I wanted to pass the efffff out.

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Andddddd for my favorite part of the week….

Outfit inspirations:

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Relaxed slouchy, black on black.
Mixing textures of fabric within the same color

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Top: Laundry: by Shelli Segal

Skirt: urban outfitters black slip skirt

Tights: maroon fishnets by Betsy Johnson

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Cuff: by: Club Monaco

Boots: black shiny rain boots with rubber heel. By: Aerosoles.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What are your fitness goals for the week? Are you on the right track?

I’ll check in mañana!
Goodnight guys!
Xo, P

THE 7 DAY CLEANSE STARTS NOW! What I ate Wednesday:

In clean food, cleanse, fashion, life, Reviews, Uncategorized On January 23, 2013 0 Comments

Alright guys! I hope you liked the recap of my weekend with the girls. I really went all out though with the eating and drinking. I am not usually one to encourage cleanses, I always felt that your body did enough cleansing on its own, but…… In the case of this weekend, it was definitely needed. I really liked the idea of this particular cleanse because it didn’t involve starving for 14 days.
I absolutely hate the idea of the “Master cleanse”.
I mean, please. You are just drinking sugar water ladies. Get real.
With the Total Body Rapid Cleanse you continue with a very clean diet and incorporate the 3 steps that provide your body with the natural fibers and herbal extracts to healthfully cleanse your body from the inside out. I will be doing this for 7 days. Wish me luck cuz it’s my birthday on the 31st! Leave it to me to want to cleanse during my bday week. What the hell’s wrong with me. Oh we’ll, this is totally in order right now!
Let me give you a tid bit of info so that you can get a better idea of what exactly this cleanse provides and to see if it’s the one for you:

Fast, effective body cleansing formula

Soy-free, gluten-free

Great 7-day pre-diet cleanse

8 grams soluble daily dietary fiber

3-part advanced colon cleanse formula

Designed for fast body cleansing, healthy elimination and bowel health

Natural organ detoxification support

Total Body RAPID Cleanse™ is a 7-day, deep-acting total body & colon cleanse and metabolic jumpstart program

The liver is the most important detoxification organ in the body, and Total Body RAPID Cleanse Part 1 supports this critical organ with 4 amino acids and 6 herbal extracts. 7 herbal extracts are included to support the rapid and deep detoxification of the lungs, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, blood. Contains potent herbal extracts, amino acids and Vitamin C for powerful antioxidant and deep-cleansing support.

Part 2 provides 8g of soluble fiber daily. For this 7-day, deep-cleanse, we have included 100% soluble acacia fiber. Acacia fiber dissolves completely when mixed with water and has no taste or gritty texture. Fiber is a critical component of colon cleansing, as well as organ detoxification and purification.

Part 3 is formulated with magnesium hydroxide (a mineral that helps to hydrate the bowel) as well as cape aloe and rhubarb to promote bowel contractions. Triphala, marshmallow and slippery elm are soothing herbs included to comfort the bowel during this critical cleansing step.
(Source:renew life)

Purchase here.
(On the right, under “specialty foods”

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So.. I started last night. Easy does it.

Sautéed onions, garlic, Swiss chard, kale
With a side of kimchi (great for probiotics)
A few raw kale chips.
A scoop of the acacia fiber powder mix with 8 oz water
2 colon cleanse pills.

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This morning:
2 morning pills on an empty stomach.
1 tbsp Raw pecan butter
1 scoop fiber blend with 8 oz water mixed well.
1 shot espresso with 1/2 cup frothed organic flax milk

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This morning I also made a green juice to drink throughout the day, along with lemon/orange/ginger water.
Lots of fluids…all day.

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Agua Fresca:
24 oz mason jar.
Water
1 juicy lemon
juice of one small orange or tangerine
1 tsp shaved or grated fresh ginger

Cleansing Greens:
24 oz mason jar
2 small kale leaves
1 large green chard
1 large red chard
2 handfuls of spinach
1 pinch bee pollen
1 tsp vanilla bean extract or paste
1/2 cup purified water
1 cup unsweetened flax milk ( organic)

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While I was getting ready this morning, I tossed some cauliflower in a tiny bit of coconut oil and salt & pepper and threw it in the oven for 20 min at 350*. Easyyyyyyy.

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My lunch was leftover sautéed greens from last night. Roasted cauliflower, and a side of 1/2 an avocado.

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I love eating clean like this. Especially at work. I hate when I feel super full during my lunch break, and have to. Do clients 20 minutes later. No thanks. So I think what works best for me, is smaller, cleaner portions, 5x a day.

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Snack time around 3 o’clock.
Fresh cut cucumbers with 2 tbsps hummus.
With a bit of pepper of course.

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Snack # 2:

3 Lydia’s organic Green Crackers
With kimchi
5 raw almonds

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After work, I was dying to get a workout in, so I ran out the door to try and make the 7 o’clock ZUMBA class, but unfortunately missed it. Womp wooooooomp. But, GREAT NEWS…. I ended up staying and taking Body Sculpting instead. Sandy also teaches this class. ( check out instructor spotlight) This class is killer. I love it because we really focus on isolation, technique, posture, and of course, strength training. The way the class is broken down, is genius. Since I do cardio 4 days a wk. it’s nice to break it up with some serious strength training. Plus, it’s way more fun than lifting weights in the gym by yourself. The class was pact, but I managed to get right up in the front and focus on my posture. Tomorrow is ZUMBA, followed by a 3 mile run. Maybe 3.5 miles..depending on how I feel.
You see, this is why this cleanse works for me, or anyone who is really active. I can’t just, not eat, you know… Those starve yourself cleanses are a joke, I need energy and focus to get through workouts, so I have to replenish my body with clean and nutrient enriched foods. ESPECIALLY since I haven’t been on my best behavior the last few days… Tisk Tisk Paula.

The supplements slowly remove toxins, prepare and refresh your body right back to a healthier state.

This was dinner. Can you tell I’m on a cauliflower kick? I can’t help it sorry. You are more than welcome to switch it out for broccoli.

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1 scoop fiber blend with 8 oz water
2 night eliminate pills
2 hard boiled egg whites
Cucumber slices with Sea Clear probiotics
Roasted cauliflower

Craving:
A spoonful of raw pecan butter

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Ok, now…lets talk fashion.
Today’s outfit inspiration….
SPARKLES & SPIKES

Necklace by: .meggie $48
Vest by: Vintage. Thrift store find. $10
Spiked red Shoes by: Zara on sale $20

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Blouse by: Calvin Klein. A Marshall’s find. $29
Jeans by: Forever 21 $13.50
A smile…. Priceless. Lol

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Today’s mantra. Words to live by, really.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY:

How do you cleanse after a full weekend of too much food and booze??

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This seriously great article about how SUGAR IS ADDICTIVE.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-2108262921082629

PLEASE READ GUYS!

Xo !!!