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“Coffee Talk With G”……. She said She Loves my Nachos? I don’t even cook Nachos!

This is my daughter Nicole, she is subtle as a train-wreck”.

That’s how my mother used to introduce me to people.  Because you never knew what was going to come flying out of my mouth.  It’s me. Don’t try and put me in a box. My dad will kick your ass if you try.  My dear husband sometimes cringes around his family because you never know what’s coming out of my mouth.

It’s not to hurt anyone, I am just real. And 99.9% of the people I am around tell me that’s the one thing they love about me. So, I am not changing my love, sorry.

Plant potatoes- get potatoes. Enter Gianna. She is a mini-me in every sense of the word. We struggle lots but when we are just “US” we crack each other up.  I decided I wanted to ask her a few questions about food, nutrition and do a “lively” as she puts it.

I love how REAL she is. Gianna just answers from her heart. Nothing fake or rehearsed. We have fun and laugh. Not to mention I found out that she likes my Nachos and I don’t even make Nacho’s. WTH?

 

When it comes to your kids, let them be them. Don’t try and change them. I have to admit that I used to want somethings a bit different. But it’s their journey, I had mine.

Enjoy the video and if you want to follow our Foodies on Friday, subscribe to my YouTube channel or find me on Facebook. YOU DO NOT want to miss this Friday! Links below!

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XOX,

Nicole

 

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Foodies On Friday- Lemon Bars

I had leftover lemons. Make Lemonade? No……we go Big. We tried Paleo Lemon Bars from the website posted at the end of this note.

The crust……amazing. Highly recommend it. I used Paleo flour by Bob’s, extra honey by accident and palm oil instead of coconut oil. The only change was that I had to cook the crust a bit longer. Awesome recipe, definitely can use for many other desserts!

The topping was easy or so I thought. Mine looked like her fail in the recipe. But it tasted really good so I will try again! And just like my monster said, it tastes like key lime pie!

Mangia!

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Summer Sizzle

I have found myself arriving back from vacation saying these words:

“OMG….I feel gross”

“Did I need that Prickly Pink Lemonade almost daily on vacay?”

“Why did I keep on picking on Giannas quesadilla……until it was GONE!”

“Yes! I am on vacation, bring me another loaf of bread.”

I did pretty well, I exercised daily (I mean look at those water weights in the pic below!) But I know I need to clean up my eating before the next beach trip. I know I’m a lucky gal this summa!!

Do you get what I am saying? Can any of you relate to this insanity. As a trainer, many of you may be shocked but come on peeps, I am human too! I like to indulge just as much as the next mama!

A few weeks ago I launched an online business and was able to coach amazing women. We learned a lot about one another, it was very inspirational. All of these women didn’t just change their workouts, they changed themselves. We became a little family for 14 days.

Because it was super successful we all decided we needed a little more UMPH in the challenge, a little more of what we are all looking for in our life. A little thing we like to call our INNER BADASS!

We agreed on a book called YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero. If you would like to lose weight, feel great and find your inner BADASS, message me for more info. This one is gonna be a blast!

Or, click on the invite below:
https://www.vimify.com/0cmkr

 

Summer Sizzle-2

 

 

 

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4 Tips To End Sugar Cravings

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1. Avoid Processed Foods. Here’s the skinny on this one: Food manufacturers spend massive amounts of money on resources on making their foods as “rewarding” as possible to the brain, which leads to over consumption. You know the saying, “You can’t eat just one?” This is true when eating processed foods. It seems as though most of you responded to my blog with sugar cravings as a problem in the evenings. It would be beneficial to you to not eat processed foods after 3pm.

2. Increase your Serotonin. What! Is! That! Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the body which is thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. How does this relate to my sugar cravings, you ask? Studies have shown when levels of serotonin are elevated, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets. Serotonin can be elevated through exercise, diet and the right sleep schedule.

3. Drink plenty of water. Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst. So you possibly may be dehydrated! Here’s a great tip for increasing your water AND have your sugar fix: 1. fill a glass with water 2. Squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon in water 3. add a little bit of Stevia. BAM! A refreshing healthy lemonade.

4. Make your plate mainly GREEN! Oh how my kids mock me when they fill their dinner plate. Eating greens helps boost energy and reduce your sugar cravings. What would be better than a huge green salad with a lemon vinaigrette and a large glass of refreshing fresh squeezed lemonade.

Bonus! Adding some protein to your meals also helps curb those cravings. Add some lentils or quinoa to your salad! YUM!

Please leave a comment, go ahead, leave one, let me know if this was helpful!!

Enjoy your week,

Nicole

Exercise Tips, fitness, Recipes, Uncategorized

4 Tips To End Sugar Cravings

SUGAR-ADDICTION.png
1. Avoid Processed Foods. Here’s the skinny on this one: Food manufacturers spend massive amounts of money on resources on making their foods as “rewarding” as possible to the brain, which leads to over consumption. You know the saying, “You can’t eat just one?” This is true when eating processed foods. It seems as though most of you responded to my blog with sugar cravings as a problem in the evenings. It would be beneficial to you to not eat processed foods after 3pm.
2. Increase your Serotonin. What! Is! That! Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the body which is thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness. How does this relate to my sugar cravings, you ask? Studies have shown when levels of serotonin are elevated, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets. Serotonin can be elevated through exercise, diet and the right sleep schedule.
3. Drink plenty of water. Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst. So you possibly may be dehydrated! Here’s a great tip for increasing your water AND have your sugar fix: 1. fill a glass with water 2. Squeeze 1/2 fresh lemon in water 3. add a little bit of Stevia. BAM! A refreshing healthy lemonade.
4. Make your plate mainly GREEN! Oh how my kids mock me when they fill their dinner plate. Eating greens helps boost energy and reduce your sugar cravings. What would be better than a huge green salad with a lemon vinaigrette and a large glass of refreshing fresh squeezed lemonade.
Bonus! Adding some protein to your meals also helps curb those cravings. Add some lentils or quinoa to your salad! YUM!
Please leave a comment, go ahead, leave one, let me know if this was helpful!!
Enjoy your week,

Nicole