Intuitive Eating

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Happy Thursday loves! I know I have been MIA for a little while, but I recently moved to my dream apartment (blog post & pics to come soon). It’s taken a lot to get moved & settled in. But I am back now & ready to give you some more tips on healthy living icon smile Intuitive Eating

Today it is on my heart to talk about intuitive eating because this is a new concept I have recently embraced. This post will be super real & vulnerable for me to share from my heart & my weaknesses, but I want to because I just know there are others out there going through what I went through.

It’s been 5 years since I lost 60 lbs & almost every day since then I have continued to count my calories & track my macros. Over the last year, I decided to do really restrictive eating & basically followed a diet eating only egg whites, green veggies, berries, & Shakeology every day. Then that led to binge eating, which praise The Lord I have been healed from that.

Because of that experience there have been so many foods I have been afraid of. Pretty much any carb or any dairy product. So almost every day I felt completely stressed out feeling like there were all these rules I had to follow & all these guidelines I had to stay within. It caused me to have an unhealthy relationship with food. Then I found out about intuitive eating. It’s actually pretty simple.

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Seems pretty simple right? This is how we are SUPPOSED to eat as humans. But, we run to food (I know I do) when stressed or going through other things. Or because we are bored. Or because we have a sugar craving. But our society has caused us to crave foods because of the many many options out there. That is not how God intended for it to be. So we have to go back to our roots. And eat to live, not live to eat. I know I was definitely living to eat!

Now I am not saying there is anything wrong with calorie counting or watching those things. It works, that’s how I lost my weight! And I fully believe that it can help so many people as well. I advise may of my clients to follow a certain calorie guideline. But, it doesn’t work for everyone. And being healthy is all about finding what works for you. Intuitive eating is what is working for me.

It took me trying many things to get here. I did vegetarian, pescetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free, so many things!What I did learn is that our bodies operate best from eating a diet with lots of fruits & veggies. Dairy & grains (carbs) aren’t bad for you, but too much of it can make you bloated & low on energy. It’s all about moderation & balance.

It has been one week of doing intuitive eating & I feel so much peace & so free! I think I am actually eating less than I was before. Because I am not just eating to fulfill a craving or just because I feel like I’m supposed to. I’m not shoving meat (sorry I just don’t naturally crave protein) down my throat for the sake of having a certain amount of protein.

My body has been intuitively telling me what to eat. Sunday I did have 2 1/2 burgers (without buns) at a cookout, which means my body was telling me I needed more protein. But for the most part, I have been eating fruits, veggies, one grain a day (organic cereal or bread), smoothies, salads, Shakeology, burgers, & bacon. I have actually stopped craving sugar so much. I have an entire bag of dark chocolate in my freezer that I have not touched & I would usually have one small piece a day every day.

I don’t know if I’ve lost weight & I don’t care. I actually threw out my scale. But, I feel better. I woke up today & looked in the mirror & felt leaner. My pants are getting looser. So I think there’s something to say about that. It’s all about how you FEEL & healthy living is about being healthy & HAPPY! No need to be in food jail. If you’ve learned how to eat in moderation, then I highly recommend intuitive eating if you are in a maintenance phase.

Hope this helps someone & if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask! icon smile Intuitive Eating <3

End Food Cravings & Addictions FOR GOOD!

I am SO HAPPY that you are here to join the

Made to Crave Support Group on August 18!

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Just head over here to fill out an application!

I will be in touch with you soon so we can chat more specifically

about your goals so that I can help you pick the

program perfect for YOU & your goals! <3

I look forward to working with you & partnering

with you to do this together! <3 

- Jess

21 Day Fix: Real Results

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I am SO pumped to share an amazing Transformation Thursday with ya’ll of my great friend Ashlee! She just completed the 21 Day Fix & had AMAZING results!

Here’s a little about what Ashlee told me regarding her 21 Day Fix journey:

“I was tired of waking up every morning, putting on outfits, and not liking what I saw and knew I had to do something.  I researched the 21 Day Fix program like crazy before purchasing the challenge pack.  I stalked my coach for weeks trying to decide if this is what I wanted to do.  I finally made the decision and purchased!  It has been the best purchase of 2014 for me.  In the beginning I thought I wouldn’t have time to workout and couldn’t even begin to eat healthy.  Boy was I wrong!  I was so fired up when I received the program, I set my alarm every morning at 5:40am, hopped out of bed, and pushed play with my eyes closed.  By the end of the workout, I felt like a million bucks.  Okay, a little sore after day 3, but nothing I couldn’t handle! ;) Eating more healthy has been so good for me.  I’ve had less stomach aches, more regularity, and a better skin complexion.  Not to mention, this program helped me lose 4.8lbs and 8.5 inches!  I loved it so much I started working on Round 2 the day after the end of Round 1!”

This is why I do what I do, hearing these amazing testimonies that are changing people’s lives! I am so proud to be a part of this & it just makes my heart smile seeing her success & new found confidence.

If you’d like to join my next group & have the same results, fill out an application here & I will be in contact with you ASAP! <3

No Regrets!

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{No regrets} So, I was completely MIA most of the weekend with my workouts after a girls night Friday. I did have a tad bit too much wine, but you know what?! I ain’t regretting it!

After being on a restrictive diet & going through binging the last year, I’m proud to say I haven’t done that in a few months now! But I’m still trying to learn a healthy balance & remind myself that having a drink or eating certain foods aren’t bad, as long as I don’t do it all the time.

So instead of wallowing around in regret, I rested most of the weekend, drank lots of water, & ate super clean. I busted out two PiYo workouts just now & am feeling like myself again.

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Now by no means am I saying that drinking all the time is going to help you reach your goals. In fact that’s part of why I cut out the partying 5 years ago. But, I am saying that life is short! Go have some fun!

Living a healthy life is about balance, moderation, fun, & happiness.

Hope this helps someone, just smile & live a little! <3

Getting Back on Track

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Did your holiday weekend look a little like this? If it did, don’t fret! We all get off track sometimes! I had a few treats myself yesterday, but I am not going to beat myself up for it!! You are better than that, so DO NOT let defeat win, K!?

The most important thing to do for getting back on track with your fitness goals is to just accept it & move on. Today is a new day, a new chance, you can start over. I wanted to give you a few quick tips to help you towards getting back on track right away.

  1. Drink lots of water
  2. Eat lots of veggies & fruit
  3. Get moving & burn some calories!
  4. Get more steps in today by taking the stairs
  5. Grab an accountability partner to help you stay on track

Getting back on track is possible & you don’t have to feel bad! I promise if you do all of this, you will feel better by the end of the day!

I am also looking forward to getting that junk out of my system & feeling renewed, lighter & leaner, & full of energy! I am hosting a special group that will also be a detox where you DON’T STARVE! You get to eat lots of real food! I did the 3 Day Refresh after Vegas & lost 5 lbs just in 3 days.

 

Here were my results & a little more information on my AMAZING experience with it!

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I know you’re all super super busy & it’d be helpful if this saved you money & time. I thought it would be perfect for you to do both! If you want to learn more about it, head over here & then just shoot me an email to join us!

Get Your Kitchen Ready for PiYo!

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Happy Monday lovelies! I know there are so many of you out there starting PiYo or getting ready to start later this month. So, today I wanted to share with you how to get your kitchen ready for PiYo!

Your results from any fitness program or exercise you do are 80% nutrition, 20% fitness. Mind blowing right?! I always thought if I just worked out really hard I could lose weight (before I lost 60 lbs). I would literally take diet pills, eat like crap, drink a ton of alcohol, but workout & expect it to work. After losing that weight & learning a lot more about nutrition, I still didn’t understand the importance of this until last year. So because of all my struggles I’ve been through, I want to help you get your kitchen ready for PiYo.

I know that this part can be the most overwhelming. If you’re like me, you hate to cook. I love food, but cooking I mean who enjoys that?! LOL. Plus I keep so busy that it feels there’s no time for it. BUT I have embraced meal planning & prepping even though I hate it. Because it helps keep me on track, only takes a couple hours to do, & helps me feel stress free during the week when I’m busy because I can just grab & go.

piyo kitchen Get Your Kitchen Ready for PiYo!

So you may be thinking, “well how do I make time for it? I barely have time to sleep.” Well, I will just say that it’s all about priorities. You will make time for what’s a priority to you. So if you want to lose weight, get healthy, or get those abs that are hiding (like mine do so often :P) then you’ll figure it out. Take an hour off your time watching TV or playing Facebook games & just make it happen. So here’s how to get your kitchen ready for PiYo!

1. Figure out your daily caloric needs & then pick out recipes

2. Write out in a planner your meals for the week

3. Take an hour to meal prep everything for the week

I know this seems daunting, but I promise you once you do it you will feel so much better.

I also wanted to give you some of my meal ideas:

Breakfast
Egg white & veggie omelette with a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread
Oatmeal & egg white & veggie omelette
Oatmeal with Shakeology (chocolatey & full of protein!)

Lunch
Strawberry, avocado, spinach & chicken salad
Turkey sandwich with veggies
Taco salad

Dinner
Turkey chili
Tilapia tacos
Chicken fajitas

Snacks
Almonds
Fruit
Veggies & hummus
Shakeology

Here is also a video that I made explaining things in more detail if you prefer listening. 

These are just a few tips from the beginning of my PiYo journey. Today starts week 2 & I am SO IN LOVE with this program!! So I will DEF be sharing more tips with you as I go!

Don’t forget to grab my free grocery list here to make your shopping super simple!

Body, Mind, & Soul Work Together


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I’m super passionate about how the body, mind, & soul all work together, but sometimes I need to remind myself that as well.

As I’ve mentioned in my FB posts, I’ve had an off week. I am not beating myself up & I know I am human, but I am trying to show you something that will help you so hear me out.

Between feeding my body too many foods that aren’t good for me, trying to adapt to a new schedule, not getting enough sleep, & not getting in more than one devotion time a day I’ve been completely jacked up feeling! But, I was thinking & it all started with one thing being off.

I wasn’t feeding my body properly, so it affected me mentally. Because of that I felt more sluggish & not as motivated, so I didn’t care so much about doing extra devotion time or going to bed early (just being real). Even though I know those things are so good for me!

But just that one thing derailed me & had a domino effect. If one is off balance, the others will be as well. And I know when my spiritual life is off & I’m not putting The Lord first, everything else gets thrown off. The body, mind, & soul work together.

And honoring God with my body by eating healthy & properly IS part of my relationship with Him. No wonder the Holy Spirit has felt uncomfortable within my body because I haven’t been taking care of it like I normally would!

Again, I know I’m human & I know we all make mistakes. That’s what we learn from & that’s what I’m taking this last off week as; a lesson from God because He is my Father & is trying to show me I need to get myself together. The body, mind, & soul work together.

I just wanted to share this with y’all & be transparent about my struggles in hopes that it’ll help someone else. These were never things I understood before when I was 60 lbs heavier & not living for The Lord. But I’m thankful for my struggles because they make me stronger & most importantly it’s my testimony to share to help others. The body, mind, & soul work together.

If you ever have a prayer request or need help with something, don’t hesitate to email me or message me on Facebook!