10 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid

We all make mistakes in our journey to becoming healthy and fit but the more we are aware of the most common mistakes the easier it will be to avoid those mistakes.

1. Protein is important, but eating to much can cause your body to store the excess protein as fat.

2. Veggies are very important. Did you know it is recommended to have at least 2.5 cups of veggies per day?

3. Most juices have added sugars which raise our blood sugars so make sure have the 100% juice options and also limit how much juice you drink. Those natural sugars will mess with your blood sugar as well.

4. Most people loose a bunch of weight in the first couple weeks and then get discouraged when the progress slows and sometimes stops. Don’t get discouraged, your body is just experiencing a change and once it gets used to the change you will start to loose weight again.

5. Sleep is very important. Sleep regulates the appetite and hormone balances in your body, so make sure you research how much sleep you need per night and make an effort to meet that goal.

6. Binge eating is common when you go on a diet because your body convinced you that you are starving because of the change. Fight the urge to binge and don’t let yourself waver on a healthy diet just because you walked that extra mile.

7. Life is busy and it can be hard to find the time to get your workout in. Don’t make unreasonable goals. Set a workout routine that you know you will be able to stick to. For instance, I recently set up a 12 week weight training workout routine for myself. The weight training portion is quick enough I can have it done in 15 min or less. Then I choose to walk on the treadmill for 20 min. This workout routine works great for my schedule and I am able to achieve my workout goals daily. In addition, the program is only 12 weeks and it switches up the routine every four weeks. This way I don’t feel as if there is never an end to the routine.

8. Routine is important but switch it up so you don’t get bored. Remember what I said in number 7, my routine is 12 weeks and switches up every four weeks. I definitely won’t get bored.

9. Many people think that cardio is the go to when it comes to weight loss when in reality there is no research that proves this. Don’t get me wrong, cardio is important but be sure to pair it with weight training. Weight training improves your strength and your body needs strength to keep your metabolism in high gear. Keeping your metabolism high will result in more weight loss and better health.

10. Often the excuse “I’m too tired” results in the giving up on your routine for the day. If you do feel tired don’t give in to the urge to skip the gym routine. Try walking for 10 min and you will likely find yourself doing your full routine because the exercise has helped your energy level increase.

Bottom line is, never give up. Believe in yourself and your goals. If you believe in yourself, your goals are always within reach.

Repair Your Sore Muscles

If you are just starting a new gym routine you may experience sore muscles. There are many way’s one can curb this soreness. Stretching your muscles prior to working out helps warm up your muscles. Warming up your muscles prior to exercise prevents the damage that causes the soreness. Hydration is also very important. It can help prevent cramping and inflammation. For more information visit: https://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/quick-fixes-for-sore-muscles.aspx

Workout Facts!

There are many benefits to exercise! You may know the basic benefits like better health, sleep, and blood flow. But have you considered the other benefits? In the picture attached, you will see 12 facts about exercise that many may not consider a benefit.

One benefit that I found interesting was that music improves workout performance. This is no joke, your exercise routine can be improved by 15% if you listen to music. This means that music may help you increase the effectiveness of your routine, so get your jazz on. 💃🏼🕺🏼

We All Love Ice Cream!

Did you know that the existence of Ice cream dates back to the ancient Greeks in 5th century B.C? Then in the 1300s Marco Polo brought it to Europe and it came to America in the 1700’s. This ancient delicacy is the most popular desert in the world. In 2015 an estimated 898 Million Gallons of ice cream were sold in the US alone.

If it is so popular, why should we have to give it up while we are on a diet? Shouldn’t it be diet friendly? 😂 no? Oh, come on!

Well I have found the most amazing diet friendly substitute and it tastes just like the real deal. The recipe link provided in the attached picture is for Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream but you can adjust it to make chocolate, vanilla and so many more. For this recipe I stuck with the Mint Chocolate Chip, since it is my favorite. I had to adjust it a little since I had no liquid Stevia on hand. I doubled the recipe and added 1/2 cup of granulated Stevia and 1/2 cup granulated xylitol. I also added more peppermint extract because it wasn’t minty enough for me.

It was just like soft serve when it was done in the ice cream machine and froze to a soft churned ice cream consistency overnight. It turned out perfect and delicious. Tasted just like Tillamook Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Goodbye, Ice Cream cravings!! 👋🏻

Are you a coffee drinker?

Many of us rely on coffee to get us through our day. In fact, many of us drink coffee cup after cup throughout the day. The problem with this is coffee does not really add any nutritional value to our diets. Those who choose to add creamer to their coffee are then adding an unhealthy amount of sugar to their diet. Why not choose to drink coffee that has a high nutritional value and that has a very low sugar content? It’s guilt free!

The best thing about this coffee is you will only need one cup and it will keep you going throughout the day. The estimated $2.5/day cost for this healthy and nutritional coffee will also save you money as you will find no need to visit Starbucks or Dutch Bro’s on the way to work. The decision to start drinking this coffee was the best decision I ever made. See the picture attached for more information.

Zoodles

I am a vegetarian! This means that, before I went on a low carb diet, I ate pasta as my main meal nearly every day. I miss my pasta but I have managed to find the next best thing. Try making these amazing Garlic Parmesan Zoodles. I could have cooked the zoodles a bit more to avoid crunchiness but it was still delicious.

Before adding the zoodles to the sauce make sure you set them aside for an hour with some salt to pull some of the moisture out. Then pat dry with a hand towel or paper towel. This will result in a much more noodle like dish, rather than a slimy mess.

Recipe: https://www.momendeavors.com/creamy-garlic-parmesan-zoodles/

My Website: https://chandracrow92.thrive2point0.com/

S’mores

Does anyone like s’mores? I love s’mores. In fact, I am one of those people that would love to have a s’more Frappuccino, from Starbucks, every day if they were diet friendly. Recently I found diet friendly s’mores bars. Yes, I said s’mores bars! They are amazing! You can cut them into small 1″ x 1″ squares and they are the perfect size to help that sweet craving while keeping you on your diet.

Recipe: https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/low-carb-smores-bars/

My Website: https://chandracrow92.thrive2point0.com/

Thrive K

Did you know that Thrive also makes a daily supplement for your child? This quick morning drink has all of your child’s necessary daily vitamins. Of course, a healthy, well balanced breakfast, is always important for your child, but this supplement will help fill in the nutritional gaps that their breakfast may lack, especially if everyone is in a rush to get to school.

More information: https://cdn.le-vel.com/en/Documents/THRV013.pdf

My website: https://chandracrow92.thrive2point0.com/

Low Carb Desserts

Low Carb Desserts are difficult to make because that usually means you have to use Almond or Coconut flour. In my experience, it is difficult to make a moist dessert with either of those flours because they are really dry. I have been searching for months to find a delicious low carb dessert to make for dinners and I finally found the perfect one. These Low Carb Brownies turned out perfect and tasted just like the ones high in carbs. I made a KETO whipped cream to dollop on top and it turned out amazing!

KETO Brownies: https://www.lowcarbspark.com/keto-brownies/

My website: https://chandracrow92.thrive2point0.com/

Spaghetti Squash Casserole

I have a difficult time with spaghetti squash due to it crunchy texture but I have recently found a couple recipes in which I love the use of spaghetti squash. This week I tried cooking the spaghetti squash a new way as well and it allowed for the squash to have a softer texture. I poked holes in a Spaghetti Squash and placed in the oven on 400 for 20 minuets. Then I cut the squash in half and backed face down on a cookie sheet with a small amount of water for another 40 minuets. It turns out almost as soft as cooked noodles. Try putting the following recipe together after cooking the Squash as directed above.

The recipe: https://peasandcrayons.com/2017/08/cheesy-vegetarian-spaghetti-squash-casserole.html

My Website:

https://chandracrow92.thrive2point0.com/