4- Week Holiday Slim Down Challenge!

28-day holiday slim down challenge!(1)

  HEYOOOO!

It’s been forever since my last post on here! My B! Life has been a BIT crazy. Hopefully you’ve been staying up to date on programs, promotions & sales through my social media accounts! Find me on IG at @Health_Patriot and FB at The Health Patriot. <3

I couldn’t take the chance on you guys missing out on this next SUPER FUN 4-week adventure we’re going to be taking on as a team starting the day after Thanksgiving! Here are the details for our 28-Day Holiday Slim Down Challenge:


Purpose: To establish healthy habits and get some amazing results in our health & fitness between two major holidays.
Results may include: healthy weight loss, loss of inches, increase in strength, decreased belly bloat, decreased inflammation, revelation of abs, reduced back pain, increase in energy,  improved digestion, increased muscle tone, increased metabolism, increased confidence, improved/more positive mindset.
When:
  • November 23-25th: 3 Day Refresh Cleanse to kickstart metabolism and get rid of belly bloat from Thanksgiving.
  • November 26- December 22: 4 week fitness & nutrition program
Description:
Fitness- We will be following a 4-week SHAUN-T mash up calendar! Shaun T is the celebrity trainer and creator of programs like: Hip Hop Abs, Insanity, Max:30, T-25, Rockin Body, and more recently Transform 20! All workouts in this challenge will be between 25-35 minutes. This challenge will also be setting us up to get ready for the Launch of Transform 20 which launches in December and will be available in January! (See slideshow below for some of Shaun T’s transformation stories…)
Nutrition- Participants will be following either portion fix or 2B Mindset, depending on goals, lifestyle, and coach’s recommendation. This will include recipes, sample meal plans, help with grocery lists, and all the support you need to be successful.
Shakeology/Performance Line: Each participant will drink Shakeology every day for 4 weeks. This will aid tremendously in physiological results as well as energy and stress management. Participants also have the option of incorporating our performance line which includes a plant based pre-workout (Energize) and BCAA’s muscle recovery formula (Recover).

*Special Details*

  • Getting Started Challenge Packs are $20 off through the month of NOVEMBER and the 3-Day Refresh is 50% off when new customers register with a coach/wholesale account and add it to their challenge pack purchase! It’s Black Friday Deals all month long!

  • PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded to top 3 transformation stories after these 4 weeks within our group!

  • $$$ PRIZES: You have the option of submitting your results to Team Beachbody for the chance to earn cash prizes and a guaranteed free t-shirt!

Shaun T is a big promoter of mental transformation. He literally tattoo’d on his arms- “Transform your mind, Transform your life”. 99% of this journey is mental. If you haven’t been successful in the past, it’s not because your body couldn’t hold up, it’s because your mind caved. We all struggle there. So, why not jump back in with us this holiday season for 4-weeks of incredibly inspiration and a program that will keep you engaged, keep you sustained, feed your taste buds and fuel your body in ways some of you have never before experienced?! Let’s see what kind of results we can get in just 4 weeks together!

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If you’d like to participate in this challenge, please do me a favor and complete this free health questionarre so I know how I can best help you based on your goals and lifestyle-

 

PREP WEEK STARTS NOVEMBER 19TH! IT TAKES 5-7 DAYS FOR SHIPPING, SO WE NEED TO GET YOU REGISTERED ASAP!

I can’t wait to chat with you and get you those results you’ve been looking for!

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Thank you for supporting our family's dream to make the world a healthier & happier place!
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Revolutionized Enchiladas- Gluten & Dairy Free!

Growing up, at every family celebration and holiday we had tons of delicious homemade mexican food. I LOVE it all, the problem is that some traditional Mexican recipes can be super fattening, heavy, processed, and high in calories.
Take one of my favorites, enchiladas, for example. In the original recipe, they would use white flour tortillas (GMO, nutrient depleted, refined flour and lard) and fry them each individually in refined oil (trans fats), then fill them with processed cheese (enough said), and commercialized ground beef (filled with hormones and antibiotics), and the sauce was made with refined oil and white flour. Sure, they tasted good- all greasy and fattening, but in no way did it nourish the body and leave the eater with a sense of wellness and health.

Well, I am SO happy to share with you the revolutionized enchilada! This sauce is passed down from generations in my family and my nana is known for making the best enchiladas ever! I am so blessed that she passed this recipe on to me and that now I am able to share it with you guys. Of course the original recipe calls for ¨a little of this¨and ¨a little of that…to taste¨ haha…like most of our family recipes do, but I took the time to get the measurements right so we could be guaranteed success every time. This sauce is SO good and SO easy!! I know you will love these as much as my family does!

Makes about 8-10 servings
Ingredients

  • 1-2 packs Gluten-Free brown rice tortillas
  • 1 c. Shredded organic chicken breast/ grass-fed ground beef cooked/veggies or black beans
  • 2 c. shredded Daiya vegan cheese or shredded organic raw cheese
  • 1 can sliced olives (BPA free or glass jar is best)
  • ½ onion diced (omit if you don’t like onions)

Sauce:

  • 2-3 Cups organic chicken or veggie broth
  • 2 Tb-1/4 c. Chili powder (I used ¼ c. And it did have a kick to it, if you don´t like it spicy, use less)
  • 3 Tb. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil
  • ¼ cup Pamela’s pancake & baking mix OR other gluten-free flour
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic powder (no other ingredients but garlic)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Spice (if you don´t have this, don´t worry)

 

Directions
You will need to get all of your ¨stuffing¨ingredients ready first for simplicity. For chicken, boil approximately 2 chicken breast, let cool, and then shred with hands into little pieces and put into a bowl. Drain olives, dice onions, and put each into their own small bowl.

SAUCE

  • Next we are going to start the sauce. Pour coconut oil into a medium sized pot over medium heat and add chili powder. Saute until you smell a ¨wonderful aroma¨, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add flour and stir until well combined.
  • Add Chicken broth and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn´t burn.

MAKING ENCHILADAS

  • If you want to do these the easy way, like I do, I choose to make a casserole out of it instead of rolling each enchilada. To do this, all you need to do is layer. I do a thin layer of sauce on the bottom, then tortillas, then sauce, cheese, olives, onions, veggies/meat and repeat all the way to the top. For the top layer, cover with sauce and sprinkle with cheese.

For those of you who would like to roll them here are directions:

  • Take your tortillas and if stiff, which most are, warm them up by placing them in a pan (not microwave!) for 10 seconds on each side or so until flexible.
  • Place tortilla inside pot of sauce, covering both sides with sauce. Be careful because the sauce will be hot. You can use a spoon or tongs to pull the tortilla out of the sauce.
  • Place the sauce covered tortilla in the short end of the pan with half of the tortilla up on the side and half laying flat on the bottom to make it easier to stuff. Place cheese, meat/veggies, olives, onions to moderately fill tortilla, then roll tightly. Place your next tortilla part on the previous now rolled enchilada and part on the bottom so you have an “L” shape and a valley to put stuffing in. Roll that tortilla like the previous.
  • Continue doing this with each tortilla until the pan is filled. As you get to the end of the pan, you can squeeze them together to make room for a couple more.
  • If you are making these in advance and are not ready to bake them yet, place them in the fridge. You can even make these days or weeks in advance and freeze them. It works perfectly for an easy dinner one night.

To bake, preheat the oven to 375ºF and pop the pan of enchiladas in until bubbly on top and all the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Hope you enjoy!!


 

FACTS ABOUT COMMON ENCHILADAS AND INGREDIENTS

1. Ingredients in Old El Paso canned enchilada sauce
Water, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Modified Corn Starch, Dried Red Chiles, Soybean Oil, Sugar, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Soy Protein and Wheat Gluten, Onion Powder, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Spice, Garlic Powder, Red Pepper.

Soybean Oil (and other soy products) is almost always genetically modified unless otherwise specified. It is also an unhealthy oil and fat for our bodies to process, so it is better avoided.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a known neurotoxin, endocrine disrupter, and carcinogen, yet considered ¨Generally recognized as safe¨by the FDA and used as a flavor enhancer in many products. Look for it in many potato and tortilla chips, soups, spices, chinese food, flavored meats, prepackaged rice mixes (Rice-a-Roni), broths, bullion cubes. HERE is a resource of all the names MSG may be hidding behind.
Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten definitely doesn´t sound like something you will find growing in your garden. But it actually is used as an HERBICIDE! This also yet ANOTHER source of MSG. It is a chemical, highly processed ingredient that causes adverse effects in the body and digestive system.
Soy Protein & Wheat Gluten. Who would have thought that buying enchilada sauce would mess up many people´s stomachs due to the gluten content. Soy protein is also very difficult on the body as it is an extract of the whole soy bean and again most likely genetically modified which is a whole nother can of worms.

Autolyzed Yeast Extract is actually a component of broken down bakers or brewers yeast and a cheaper version of MSG, so be aware of it. It is believed to contribute to many health issues. This kind of yeast also feeds candida albicans which many people are running around suffering with these days due to poor diet, so try to avoid this ingredient when doing your shopping.

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2. Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Enchilada Platter
Calories: 1030
Fat: 44g
Saturated: 14g
TRANSFATS!!: 1.5g—Not safe in ANY amounts!
Carbohydrates: 118g
Protein:41g
Fiber: 15g
Sugars 9g
Sodium: 3330mg- 139% daily value!

WOOOW! That is an eye opener!

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3. BAJA FRESH CHICKEN ENCHILADAS WITH SOUR CREAM
In 2 enchiladas, one serving
Calories: 800
Fat: 25.5g
Saturated: 11.5g
Carbohydrates: 92g
Protein:48g
Fiber: 20g
Sodium: 2655mg- 111% daily value!

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I think I will stick with my delicious, easy, and very nutritious homemade enchiladas thank you very much! Let me know how you like these delicious Revolutionized Enchiladas!

 

Jessica Aubrey

Integrative RN & Health Coach

Jessica@JessicaAubreyRN.com

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Valentines Day Special: Toxic Treats or Loads of Love

Hooray 2 days until Valentines day!!

I don’t know about you, but in my family, Valentines day has always been a MASSIVE holiday. One of the first conversations my mom had with my husband (new boyfriend at the time) was just how big of a deal Valentine’s day was and his responsibilities as the love in my life..haha. Poor guy. 🙂

Although Valentine’s Day can be a super fun day, it can also be incredibly toxic. Do you know what Cancer’s #1 Favorite food is?…..SUGAR!

Are you trying to love on your sweetheart or feed their cancer cells? Probably the first one, right? So, today I want to give you a few ideas and tips on how to show that special someone you care this year without harming them in the process.

 

Natural Aphrodisiacs

Obviously this day is a day of romance & love. Instead of giving toxic treats that will actually inhibit your loved one’s senses, energy, & libido, why not enhance them with natural aphrodisiacs? In today’s society, we are rushed and stressed to the max, leaving many marriages depleted of passion and energy in the bedroom Here are some ideas to relight the fire:

  • Cinnamon: Increases body heat & circulation.
  • Celery: Contains two chemicals — androsterone and adrostenol — which serve as a sexual attractant when ingested.
  • Avocado: The Aztecs called the avocado tree “Ahuacuatl,” which translates to “testicle tree.” Known for it’s aphrodisiac properties for thousands of years.
  • Ginger: Increases circulation & body temperature.
  • Chocolate: NOT the kind you’re thinking! 🙂 Organic, raw dark chocolate is the best kind you can get, igniting your sexual desire without adding to the muffin top. Chocolate stimulates the feel-good hormone dopamine in your brain and releases the same hormones as your body produces during sex. Get 73% cacao or darker for best results.
  • Pomegranates: Increase circulation and sensitivity.

Learn about more here: http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2011/10/03/25-foods-that-are-natural-aphrodisiacs/

Opt-out of Toxic Treats and Choose…

  • Organic Low-Sugar/ Sugar-free sweets
    • Instead of the typical candy-hearts if you want to get some sweets, it’s perfectly fine, just get high quality ones. Here are some examples:
  • Homemade Goodies
    • Homemade raw superfood chocolates- Find the recipe in my Superfood Infused Holiday Recipe Collection
    • Homemade gluten-free and sugar-free or naturally sweetened treats such as cupcakes, brownies, chocolate cake, etc.
    • Make a homemade “Edible Arrangement” with organic fruit! Cut shapes with a small cookie cutter if you’d like, get a Styrofoam ball, skewers, a basket or cute bucket to put it all in and create away!

Gifts Ideas For Men

  • Romantic homemade gift-certificates for massage, a date night, etc.
  • An engraved watch
  • Supplements good for male health such as Testrovida or Restore the Yang.
  • Tools or handyman toys
  • A hotel night away

Gifts Ideas For Women

  • Romantic homemade gift-certificates for doing the laundry, watching the kids, a massage, etc.
  • Gift card for her favorite store.
  • Jewelery
  • A romantic hotel getaway
  • Flowers
  • A salon day
  • A 1-hour Consultation with me! 🙂

 

I hope this helps in your Valentine’s day celebration. Even if you don’t have a special sweetheart, celebrate LOVE with family & friends. Remember, it’s all about your heart and being intentional about the time you spend with your loved ones. This year show your loved ones how much you mean to them by protecting them from the yuck out there! I want to know what you’re planning and what your plans are for Valentines day. 🙂 Leave a comment below! 

In Health, Hope, & Happiness,

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Me & my Valentine 3.5 years ago.

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13

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Homemade Dairy-Free Coffee Creamer

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I’m not going to lie…my taste buds love the taste of a rich creamy coffee. I don’t drink the regular ones, but I do love the flavor! Instead of getting the average latte at Starbucks, I like to make my own. Rich. Creamy. Sweet. Delicious. As I am writing this post, I am enjoying a creamy vanilla pseudo-coffee and loving every sip! What’s my secret?

Since I love you guys so much, I thought I’d share it with you. 🙂 First, if you are addicted to coffee you are stressing your body, aging faster, and worsening your energy levels, so you may want to integrate Dandy Blend into your daily routine. Dandy Blend is the first coffee alternative that I actually REALLY like! I’ve tried many different ones, and this is by far the best and the easiest! You can purchase Dandy Blend in various sizes on my Amazon Store here.

Next, for the sweetener, I always use stevia. I prefer to use my Sunrider Sunnydew stevia because you are getting an incredible amount of nutrients with how perfect it is extracted, but sometimes I want a little flavor, in which case I will have a vanilla or English Toffee stevia on hand. You can also find those in my Amazon Store.

And now for the creamy part…the coffee creamer. I was so excited to learn I can actually make this on my own! If you’re in a pinch, SO Delicious brand sells some delicious coffee creamers, but they do have synthetic vitamins in them which I’m not into. This recipe is incredibly easy, creamy, and delicious!

I got the idea for this recipe from http://www.crossfitcda.com/2012/06/23/dairy-free-coffee-creamer/.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Organic Egg Yolk
  • 1 can Coconut Milk (BPA-FREE OR use 1 1/2 c. SO Delicious Coconut milk unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
  • 20 drops Stevia liquid (Or to taste)

Directions

Step 1
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for at least 30 seconds or until completely combined and creamy.

* You can also change this recipe by using different flavor extracts or flavors of stevia. Peppermint mocha anyone??? Yes please!!

XOXO,

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Don’t forget to get your access to my Superfood Infused Healthy Holiday Recipe Collection!!

 

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 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.

~ 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

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My Superhero Concoction

 

Hey There!

Thanks for checking in on my site today! 🙂 As you may have seen, I just released my Superfood Infused Healthy Holiday Recipe Collection!!! 

I am SUPER excited about it, as I believe it’s my BEST recipe collection yet! All of that creating, writing, concentrating, sleep deprivation, and technological savyness I had to perform those last few days made me a bit crazy and I started to get foggy minded and sluggish. When I started feeling this way, I knew it was time to call in the Special Forces!

So, I went into my superfood stash and made myself what I refer to as the Superhero concoction. You know when there’s things that are super good for you but taste AWFUL?? Well, I don’t have bionic tastebuds…my tastebuds have feelings too, and sometimes they really don’t like the things I put in my mouth, but I know it’s good for me, so I do it anyways.

This superfood concoction is perfect because it goes down super quick and you feel AMAZING after! The trick is to put it in a very small amount of juice- preferably fresh, but GoodBelly Juice works perfectly as well.

Ready for the recipe?

 

 

 

J-Lo’s Superhero Concoction

  • 1/2 cup fresh juice, juice kefir, or Goodbelly Juice

  • 1/2 tsp Spirulina Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Chlorella powder

  • 1/2 tsp Kelp powder

  • 2 packets Sunrider Quinary- That’s a DOUBLE dose of 49 herbs each pack!

  • 1 tsp camu camu power or vitamin C powder

  • 2 pk Sunrider Vitadophilus or other powdered probiotic

 

  1. Mix thoroughly. I put it in a jar, put the lid on and shook vigorously. That worked the best. 

  2. Down your drink like a shot.

  3. Have juice nearby as the chaser to take the flavor away.

  4. Make a green mustache and take weird pictures (optional) :–)

Congratulations!!!

You have just done a beautiful thing for your body & mind and in a few minutes you are going to go into Superhero mode!!

Of course you can play with the ingredients in these concoctions and use your favorites, but remember these small instances in life don’t have to taste good. 🙂 You’ll forget about the flavor and be so thankful with the amazing energy you get afterwards!

HAVE FUN!!

 

XOXO,

 

“The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”

Ruth 2:12

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Superfood Infused Healthy Holiday Recipe Collection- RELEASED!!!

Hooray for the holiday season!!! We all know that normally the holiday season along with it’s fun and family time brings a dreaded expanding waist line! But the truth is you can actually LOSE WEIGHT during these upcoming months! Woohoo!!

 

I know thinking about cooking healthy during the holidays may sound daunting and even criminal! Haha…well, atleast I know some of my friends and family would have that reaction… It’s so silly how many people think eating healthy, nutrient dense foods tastes like cardboard! You know what I think is happening…people are buying the “health foods” at the store, like the cardboard high fiber crackers filled with junk, or the cereals & cookies that are so called “healthy”, but really are made with GMO foods, artificial sweeteners, and processed high fiber grains that are just gross. THESE ARE NOT HEALTHY FOODS!!! Those people are in desperate need for a TRUE healthy food mouth watering experience!

In attempts to make this holiday season much easier for you and your family, I’ve created a Superfood Infused Healthy Holiday Recipe Collection for you!!! All of these recipes are:

  • REFINED-SUGAR FREE- ONLY LOW GLYCEMIC SWEETENERS USED
  • FILLED WITH SUPERFOODS
  • GLUTEN FREE
  • DIRTY DAIRY FREE
  • ORGANIC
  • NON-GMO
  • FOOD-ALLERGY FRIENDLY
  • GRAIN-FREE
  • CARDBOARD-TASTING FREE
  • MOUTH WATERING DELICIOUS!!

GET YOUR SUPERFOOD INFUSED HOLIDAY RECIPE COLLECTION NOW!

31 MOUTH WATERING RECIPES FOR ONLY $12.95!!!!

Once you complete your payment through paypal, you’ll be redirected to a private page where you will have access to all of these recipes!

What your new Superfood Infused Holiday Recipe Collection will include:

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Superfood Super cute Deviled Eggs
  • Single serving Crudites & Tahini Dip
  • Sesame Salad Bites
  • Festive Stuffed mushrooms
  • Bean-free hummus
  • Sugar & Spice nuts
  • Cinnamon-nutmeg-maca Carmel Corn
  • Turkey-Veggie roll ups
  • Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet)

Side Dishes

  • Broccoli Stuffed potatoes
  • Fig Super Salad with Coconut-Sesame dressing
  • Brussels sprouts with Almonds
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes
  • Cranberry Apple Sausage Stuffing
  • Drop Butter Biscuits
  • Groovy Gravy
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Probiotic cranberry sauce

Main Dishes

  • Coconut-Herb Roasted Turkey
  • Kale stuffed turkey breast
  • Broccoli Stuffed Pumpkin
  • Macadamia encrusted salmon filets

Desserts

  • Raw superfood chocolate truffles
  • BEST-EVER Superfood Chocolate cupcakes with coconut frosting
  • Apricot-walnut-or chocolate chip- buckwheat cookies
  • Simply & Satisfying Pumpkin Pie
  • Buckwheat pie crust
  • Awesome Apple pie with crumble Topping
  • Banana, fig, & walnut bread
  • Peppermint raw chocolate bark

 BONUS: Top 5 Tips to Survive the Holidays!

 

I’m getting excited to fill my house with these dishes! The holidays are such a beautiful time of year to make the ones around you know just how much you love them. From my family to yours, have a very Happy Holidays. 🙂

 

XOXO,

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