Eat Regular Meals

Do you skip meals?  Did you know that this actually hurts your metabolism?  Your body needs a steady flow of fuel and nutrition to keep it running properly.  Get in the habit of eating a good breakfast when you wake up and drinking a full glass of water.  This should include a healthy protein and carb with fruit or veggies.  I like oatmeal with blueberries, a veggie and cheese omelet or a protein smoothee.

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There are so many benefits and reasons as to why you need to eat regularly through the day.  Here are a few …

  • Eating regular low fat meals reduces total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduces resistance to insulin – reducing the overall risk of developing heart disease.
  • Regular meal eaters tend to have a lower energy (calorie) intake compared to those who eat irregularly – crucial if you’re looking to maintain or lose weight.
  • By eating regularly (meals and snacks) you will help keep your blood sugar levels stable. Why is this good? Because this will help prevent strong feelings of hunger, which could result in you over-eating the next time you eat (which is usually the time you reach for that chocolate bar, latte or muffin – or all 3!).

What has helped me the most is planning ahead.  I plan my meals and grocery shop weekly.  I even have done freezer meal  planning.  I also keep stocked on fresh fruit and veggies, drink lots of water throughout the day and keep almonds and protein snack bars handy in my purse and car.

The biggest benefit?  Eating with family!  Regular meal times together to connect with each other.  It sets such a healthy example and I just love the time together.

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Do you skip meals?  How do you feel when you do?  What do you like best about eating meals together?

Share in the comments and then let me know on facebook!

xoxo,

Claire

Eat more Fruits + Veggies

Last year, I purposed to eat more veggies.  The fact was that I did not eat enough.  I was fueling my body with way too many processed foods.  So I decided to increase my veggie and fruit intake.  Here are a few things that work for me and my family.

I eat an apple every morning for a snack.  By pairing it with some protein like cheese or peanut butter it makes a really great healthy snack!  I also try to eat veggies everyday for an afternoon snack.  I really like sliced tomatoes with a little cheese or cut veggies dipped in humus.  Yum! 

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If you cut it up they will eat it!  So true with kids and hubbies.

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I have also been using more veggies when I cook dinner.  Chopping up onions or peppers or mushrooms and adding them my meals gives me extra nutrition and fills me up.

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Another awesome way we get more fruit is using it in smoothees!  I chop it up and freeze it.  So good!  The kids really love them for snacks and I drink it with a quality, non GMO protein to make it a meal.

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These eating habits have helped me drop 4 lbs and 5 inches last month. You can see my pictures here.

Lastly, my family and I take quality, pure. whole food supplements.  This has helped keep us all healthy.  NO prescription meds here for us.  Plus because of it’s purity we are getting an abundance of vitamins and minerals found in real food.  Here is a visual of what I take.

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Start eating more fruits and veggies today.  Fill up your body with real food and you will feel so much better.  You might even drop a few pounds too.


What are your favorite fruits or veggies?  How do you eat it?  Do you eat them everyday?  Do you find creative ways to ‘sneak’ them in for your family like I do?

xoxo,

Claire

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Drink More Water

This may sound like a no brainer, but stay with me.

Ask yourself:

How much water have I had to drink today?

Do I measure how much I drink daily?

Is it enough?

What is your answer?  Is it good or bad?

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Ok, now ask yourself this:

“Do I feel hungry?”

“Do I have lots of energy?”

“Am I  fatigued?”

“Do I have a headache?”

“Do I have a dry mouth?”

“How many times do I go to the bathroom each day?”

“Do I have dry skin?”

“Do I get dizzy?”

If you answered YES to some of those questions, you may be dehydrated.  In fact, if you are thirsty today it is because you did not drink enough water yesterday! 

The rule is to consume at least half your body weight in ounces of water each day.

Water has so many awesome benefits for your body.  Water moisturizes the air in the lungs, helps with metabolism, helps our organs absorb nutrients better, detoxifies, protects and moisturizes our joints and helps with weight loss.

I recommend using a good water purifier.  I like this one because it also removes lead.

Are you getting thirsty yet?  Are you inspired to drink more water? 

Here are some tips to help you drink more water:

  • Drink a full 8 oz in the morning when you wake up.
  • Drink a glass of water with every snack and meal.
  • Get water bottle so you can measure your daily intake.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.

Now, go get your water and drink up!

xoxo,

Claire

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30 Days to Better Health: Take the 180 Challenge

My jeans are finally fitting better. I have more energy. I feel better from the inside out.

Last year I purposed to take care of myself.  I ate more veggies, drank more water, supplemented with a high quality multivitamin, consumed less processed foods, drank a natural, non GMO protein smoothee and exercised more.  I lost 15 pounds and I gained more energy, got off my allergy meds and just felt great!

Then for the last 6 months our family has been on an amazing US tour in our 5th wheel and all that heavy travel and sitting in the truck equaled tight jeans for me.  [sad face]

I had to make the choice to buy new jeans or lose weight.

So January, I decided to take care of myself once again and gain better health! 

I joined a team of people for a 30 Day Challenge and I implemented all the great things I was doing last year again. I ate more veggies, drank more water, supplemented, consumed less processed foods, drank a natural, non GMO protein smoothee and exercised [a little] more.

I am an imperfect work in progress.  Meaning, I messed up quite often and ate more than I should and I really didn’t exercise that much.  But I kept moving forward and didn’t give up!  Imperfect progress. I had to make a choice that even when I messed up I didn’t bag the whole month.  Keep on keeping on.  Remove the guilt from my thinking. 

The results???  Better than I thought! 

My jeans are finally fitting better. I have more energy. I feel better from the inside out.

I lost 5 lbs and 4 inches off my body!  I notice it especially in my stomach.

Here are my before and after photos for the 30 days.

30 day before and after

 

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I also have a team of over 100 people that are on our 30 day Health 180 Challenge + online course to Get Your Body Back. Go HERE to apply and get more information in joining us.

Here’s to better health for all of us!

xoxo,

Claire

 

 

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Sand Dunes + a Birthday Party

This past Saturday was my middle son’s 14th birthday!  I keep telling my boys to stop growing and getting older but they don’t listen to me.  lol  Seriously, though, the time just seems to fly.  I can clearly remember this sweet little 4 year old riding on the vacuum like it was yesterday.   We are currently in Arizona visiting family and we took a trip out to the sand dunes at the border of CA for a weekend of riding toys.  So.much.fun.!

Here are a few pictures of our weekend trip….

This is Carter, the birthday boy, helping pack up my brother in law’s toys and super excited!

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This is my brother in law and my niece going riding in the razor.

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This is hubby and my two other boys in the rhino.

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Here is the birthday boy driving the rhino.  He loved driving!

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Hubby was just as excited as Carter about the weekend.  He has been missing his days of motorcycle riding.  Good to have a big brother with all the gear!

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This is our 5th wheel and where we camped.  There is no hook ups so we ran off our battery and generator.

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Here is my brother and sister in law’s motor home.  They have a trailer to pull the sand toys on.

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The dune hills are steep!  A few of us decided to hike it one day.  Such a good work out!  The view is just gorgeous…isn’t it?

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My youngest boy, Caden ran down to the bottom first and then hiked back up.  We all did this a couple of times.

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I love this picture!  The colors and the sky is just amazing!

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So beautiful isn’t it??  Have you ever gone riding in the sand?  This was my first time in the four wheelers.  The last time I went was 20 years ago when hubby and I were dating!  We rode his dirt bike.  The boys had a great time and it was especially fun going with family.  We had a campfire with s’mores both nights and Carter requested ice cream pie for his birthday ‘cake’.

Happy 14th Birthday, Carter!  I love you and am so proud of you.

claire

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