Christmas Gift Ideas to Empower your Family

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It’s the time of year where we spend. We spend more than we usually do to make the important people in our life feel special. I wanted to put together some ideas to help you in your special gifting. You’d be simultaneously supporting my family and my mission to make the world a healthier and happier place AND giving a powerful gift to your loved ones that could change the trajectory of their future! I meeeeean that’s pretty big, right?! Here are some ideas:

  • 1-Hour Virtual Health Coaching Session

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    • I have taken these sessions off the table for a while as I work on other areas of my business, but I decided it’s time to bring these back. My 1-hour health coaching sessions are back and at 50% off for this holiday season. These sessions include:
      • A full body strategy questionnaire and workup including digestion, energy, hormones, skin, drive, respiratory, circulation, mental/emotional state, stress, a full health history, supplement evaluation and any other pertinent topics the client would like to talk about. At the end of the session, the client will receive a video recording of our appointment as well as an email full of recommendations and notes from our time together. These are done over video conference and work for anyone around the world as long as they have internet. They can also be done over the phone if that is preferred.

 



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  • Performance Line Preworkout & BCAA’s Performance Stack

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    • Do you know someone who loves working out and going to the gym? Chances are they’d LOVE this gift! They’re most likely using a preworkout and a BCAA’s muscle recovery formula already that they don’t realize is hazardous to their health. OR they’re not using these supplements but would love to! This option is called the performance stack. It includes our plant-based preworkout and Clean BCAA’s muscle recovery formula. Both have been involved in clinical trials that have  proven their powerful effects for athletes of all levels. Check it out here.

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    1 Year Beachbody On Demand Membership

    • This is a little tricky to gift someone because if you want it to be a surprise, you’ll need to purchase it under your email and then switch it to theirs come Christmas time. BUT it’s a great idea! This is considered an online gym or the “Netflix” of fitness and nutrition! Learn more here.

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  • Beachbars

    • OMGeeeeee…these are delicious!!!! Gluten-free, certified Low Glycemic, Jessica approved ingredients! (Which is a very hard certification mind you!). They come in flavors chocolate peanutbutter or chocolate cherry almond. BOTH are amazing. Nutritional highlights: 150 calories, 10 gm clean protein, 4-5 gm organic cane sugar, 4 gm fiber. THAT’S AMAZING!

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  • Transform:20 Membership & Challenge Pack

    • This would be the ULTIMATE gift! It comes with VIP access to our newest program that was just released and starts January 14th! 20 minute workouts, powerful and easy to follow nutrition program, Shakeology, one full year of Beachbody on Demand, a Beachbody power step to do the program with, and my coaching the whole way through as well as membership to our premium training virtual groups and competitive challenges launching in January! To gift this to a friend or family member, you would input their information but your email again to keep it a surprise. If you have any questions, shoot me an email here.

Have a very Merry Christmas and an incredible holiday season with your family! Thank you for supporting me, my business, my mission and my vision to make this world a better place!

 

Let’s Do This!

– Coach Jess

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Special ‘Merica Promotions & Workshops!

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IT’S AMERICA’S BIRTHDAY OF FREEDOM!!!

If that isn’t a reason to celebrate, I don’t know WHAT is!! SOOOO in true Health Patriot fashion, we are going big this week with exciting announcements, opportunities, and promotions! To get the DL in a video check out my live video recorded this morning…

 

 

-HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS-

Image result for american flag Summer Wellness Workshops!

Starting this month I will be teaching our team all they need to know about the foundational function and healing related to:

  • Digestive health & wellness
  • Hormonal Balance
  • Stress Management

I would say….100% of the population would benefit from learning about these topics! We live in a crazy time in the world where pretty much everyone struggles in these areas if they’re not already intentionally addressing them. Guess what?!?!?! They are FREE to be a part of if you join our team with a challenge pack! That means all you need to do is invest in the tools you need to feel better and get results and you get the coaching and training for FREE! This is unheard of! These kinds of workshops usually cost hundreds to participate in and that’s just for the information. It took me YEARS to learn all I have in these areas. Now I want to be the solution I was praying for years ago and never found.


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BESTSELLER

2B Mindset is getting people incredible results in their weight loss efforts WITHOUT DIETING and for many WITHOUT EXERCISE! The most common responses I get to this program are…

“Wow! I’m eating a lot of food!”

“I feel so FREE! This is such an easy program to follow.”

“I’ve never been able to lose this much weight without dieting in my life!”

I personally dropped the last 5 pounds of baby weight I struggled to lose with my previous approach and I dropped it in 2 weeks! That is HUGE for me! All while still breastfeeding exclusively! So, here’s what I’m doing for you…

When you choose to get started with a Challenge Pack that already saves you $130 (I’m not exaggerating!), I’m tacking on an additional $15 off when you register with a wholesale membership! With this membership, in the future, you get everything including your future Shakeology at wholesale pricing! EPIC!

Your Challenge Pack Includes:

  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology
  • The 2B Mindset Kit, which includes:
    • 21 Learn the 2B Mindset Videos
    • 5 Ask Ilana Videos
    • 15 Recipe Videos
    • Getting Started Guide
    • My Go-To Guide
    • My Tracker
    •  2B Mindset Water Bottle
    • Recipes
    • Beachbody Nutrition+ App (iOS only)
  • 12 months of streaming access to over 40 programs on Beachbody On Demand, including:
    • 800+ proven workouts
    • Step-by-step program guides, nutrition tools and recipes, workout calendars, expert advice, and more
  • Shakeology Shaker Cup
  • Free Access to ME! Your personal coach plus our team accountability programs.
  • AAAAND FREE ACCESS TO OUR SUMMER WELLNESS WORKSHOPS!

ON SALE

LIIFT4 is getting everyone SOOO EXCITED about this revolutionary approach to sustainable fitness…get ripped, get shredded in only 4 days a week of workouts, simple nutrition, with a built in cheat day! This is an 8-week fitness program with 30-40 minute workouts that combine HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) + Heavy Lifting to help you burn fat and build muscle in the most efficient way possible! ALL FROM HOME! Or the Beach…or a hotel…or the park…or anywhere you want to workout really!

When you purchase this challenge pack, you will get $10 off PLUS $10 back for a total of $20 of additional savings! This is on top of the $110 savings you get with this challenge pack already!

Your Challenge Pack Includes:

  • VIP Early Access to LIIFT4 as early as July 16 (a $39.95 value!)
  • 30-day supply of Shakeology
  • 12 months of streaming access to LIIFT4 on Beachbody On Demand
  • 32 unique LIIFT4 workouts
  • LIIFT4 Program & Nutrition Guide, Workout Calendar, and Weight Progression Tracker (Printed & Digital PDFs)
  • Access to hundreds of other world-class Beachbody workouts from fitness programs including 80 Day Obsession, FOCUS T25®, 21 Day Fix®, P90X®, SHIFT SHOP, INSANITY®, 22 Minute Hard Corps®, and CORE DE FORCE®  on Beachbody On Demand
  • 2 Resistance Bands
  • 2 Band Handles
  • Shakeology Shaker Cup
  • Free Access to ME! Your personal coach plus our team accountability programs.
  • AAAAND FREE ACCESS TO OUR SUMMER WELLNESS WORKSHOPS!

***There are additional challenge pack options that include our performance line supplements such as our proprietary BCAA’s formula, energize plant based preworkout formula, and muscle recharge formula. Ask me for details!


Image result for american flagEXCLUSIVE COACH TEST GROUP WITH TRAINER JOEL FREEMAN!

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CHECK. THIS. OUT.

When you take advantage of the above PROMO with your wholesale coach membership, you get access to a private LIIFT4 TEST GROUP with the trainer Joel Freeman himself! You can have first hand access to ask him any questions along the way, get inside training and tips, and see what your body is really capable of achieving in only 8 weeks! How epic is that?!


UPCOMING LOCAL SONORA EVENTS!

SUPER SATURDAY IS HAPPENING ON JULY 7TH!

For more info, check out our event page here- https://www.facebook.com/events/216950082434030/

THE COLOR BAR SALON VENDOR EVENT!

Come visit me on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Between 9am-12pm at The Color Bar Salon! I’ll have lots of samples you can take home and you can come ask me any questions about what I do and how I may be able to help you reach your health & fitness goals!

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14751 Mono Way
Sonora, California 95370

So….there you go! LOTS of exciting info! There has never been a better time to join our team! So much momentum happening to help you be successful! Feel free to email me at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com or text me at 209-840-0900 (just tell me who you are when you do!). Let’s get you moving towards being the happiest, healthiest, strongest version of yourself!!
Love,
Coach Jess
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Our Natural Birth Story

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Our sweet little babe made his arrival on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 12:37pm after a 6 hour labor. He weighed 7lbs 12 oz and was 20 3/4 inches of perfection!

Every birth story is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. This birth was so….weird for lack of a better term. 🙂 Let’s start at the beginning…

December 29th was my due date. I set myself up for frustration by having high expectations of an early birth. With my first pregnancy I was put on bed rest at 29 weeks pregnant because of preterm labor complications. He was born 2 days after his due date. With my history, I thought for sure, this baby would be early- no question about it! At 37 weeks pregnant I started to pick up my exercise intensity and started researching which natural remedies I wanted to use to help my body prepare for labor. 39 weeks hit. I was 60% effaced and dilated to about a 2. Baby was head down in my pelvis and ready to come out! So, I started some acupuncture treatments to help encourage my uterus along….40 weeks hit and I was a grumpy panda! I continued with acupuncture and homeopathic remedies. I was having sporadic contractions but they never turned into labor. 41 weeks hit…and I felt like I was going to be pregnant for forever! Physically, my body was holding up just fine, but mentally and emotionally, I was struggling!

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Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018 my husband woke me with a kiss good bye as he left for work at 0530. I noticed some slight contractions but I didn’t think anything of them since I had been having contractions off and on for a month at that point. I fell back asleep and they woke me up again at 0600, again I didn’t really think anything of them. At 0630 they were still there about every 10-15 minutes. At 0700 I decided to give my husband a heads up that they were continuing, but I didn’t let myself believe I was going into labor…I thought I was for sure going to be the first person in history to be pregnant for forever…ya, dramatic I know. Haha… At 0730 they were still there and about 8 minutes apart. I told the hubs it was time to come home just in case since my last labor was so fast (start to finish 4 hours). By the time he got home at 0800, I had already messaged my midwife, doula, and our birth photographer. Sorry if this is TMI…but you’ll have to get over it if you want to keep reading. 😉 Haha… By that time, I had some bloody show and lots of mucous when I went pee. Due to my history of fast labor, my midwife had me come in at 0830.

My contractions were every 5-8 minutes. Nothing too intense and nothing I couldn’t breathe through. I was full of smiles because this baby was FINALLY coming out of me!! I have to admit, when I got to our birth center (Side note…Sierra Natural Birth Center is AMAZING! It’s a house that was converted into a birth center with several birthing rooms with birthing tubs and neonatal/maternal “crash carts” available in case of emergencies) I have to admit, I felt a bit…weird. Other than my contractions that would come and go, I felt great! I was walking around, bouncing on the birthing ball, joking with my husband, doing squats…you name it. I asked my midwife to check me. I was already at 8cm dilated! Everyone was surprised…I didn’t feel like I had gone through tough enough labor to be at an 8!

About 1130 rolled around and I was getting frustrated that my labor didn’t feel like it was progressing. My contractions were staying at 5 minutes apart and were getting slightly stronger, but I was still walking around and having conversations between contractions. When I arrived, I peed in a cup and we found I was peeing ketones. This meant that my body was hungry. I forgot to eat in the craziness of the morning. I remember learning from my midwife that the uterus can get fatigued and labor can stop dead in it’s tracks if the body is hungry. We totally forgot to pack food! Thankfully I threw some Shakeology in my bag, so I downed a strawberry Shakeology. It was delicious! Immediately my contractions kicked up a knotch. I decided to get in the birthing tub to see if it would help my body relax so we could get this whole labor thing over with! Yes…that’s how my brain works. I’m incredibly impatient…haha.

I got into the warm water, which felt amazing. About 15 minutes in, they checked me again. I was at a 10! I was told to reach down because I could feel the babies head, he was so low! I was seriously shocked… My contractions never got any closer than about 5 minutes apart. I never felt the “urge” to push. I distinctly remember that overwhelming feeling with my first! I was told with my next contraction, if I wanted to, I could try and push. Mind you at this point, my water still hadn’t broken yet! So…I used those core muscles I had been working on strengthening for 2 years with the next contraction…and I felt a burst! WTF?! Did his head just pop off??? No…no…that was my water bag. Phew! What a bizarre feeling! The next push his head came out…then of course he turned weird and his shoulders got stuck…the next push was his shoulders and finally the rest of his body. Ouch…those shoulders! (Ok…you guys are going to laugh at me. You know that game, “Watch ya mouth” where people where those mouth pieces that stretch their mouth open?? Ya…that was exactly what I was thinking about when I was pushing his shoulders out…That’s how my hoo-ha felt! HA!) But FINALLY he was here!! And I got to hold him in my arms! He immediately latched on and started chowing down (and he hasn’t stopped eating constantly since that day!). We got to soak up those first minutes of his life together right there with him on my chest, my hubs right by my side without any other interruptions. It was such a beautiful moment. 6 hours of labor and I was finally at the end! <3

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We then decided it was time to move me to a bed for the next phase of birth…the placenta. This is where things got a bit…complicated. I was told with the next cramping I had to try to push to deliver the placenta. It took a few pushes and some assistance from my midwives, but it finally came out. And it was huge…I feel like it was twice the size of my first son’s. Placenta’s are SO BONKERS to me! It’s a disposable sack of nutrition to grow your baby that comes out of essentially no where! SO AMAZING! Anyways…so, placenta was delivered, daddy got to cut baby’s cord after it had stopped pulsating and all the blood from the cord went back into baby’s body, and I was soaking up my newborn. A few minutes later I felt a gush of blood…midwives checked me and massaged my uterus. That seemed to do the trick. Until 5 minutes later when I felt another gush… They checked me again, massaged my uterus and once again seemed fine. On the 3rd gush I felt, they decided to give me a shot of pitocin in the thigh. With the next gush, I had an IV started with IV fluids and PIT, and they had to go “digging”… ya…I know…to make sure there weren’t any clots or placental tissue causing the bleeding. In that moment I felt my midwife pull out 4 handful of clots & blood…that is when the nurse brain in me flipped on and started to be concerned. I had another shot of Methergine in my other quad, and another drug given to me elsewhere to help my uterus pull it together and clamp down. At this point, I had lost quite a bit of blood and due to the adrenaline, my body started shaking like I had the shivers. I wasn’t scared, I was concerned, but not super anxious. I felt super cold and I knew my poor husband was quite terrified although he held it together great. My next question was, “At what point do I need to go to the hospital?”At that point I had lost about 1300-1500 mL of blood.

My amazing midwives explained to me that we weren’t to that point yet. The clots that were removed seemed to do the trick. My uterus hadn’t efficiently contracted to get all the clots out and it was causing excess bleeding, but once they were removed, my body finally cooperated. Thankfully I had an incredible birthing team who knew exactly what to do to keep me safe.

The rest of the evening consisted of resting, EATING!, drinking beet juice, drinking BB Hydrate to restore my electrolytes, and soaking up our new little love. You were worth the wait baby Liam!


Many mama’s ask me what my “secrets” are to having a natural childbirth and getting through the pain. Here are some of the lessons I learned and tools that worked for me:

  • Fear=Pain and a longer labor. Do whatever you need to in order to feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed. Know that your body was created to give birth. Yes, it will hurt, but only for a short period of time.
  • Take each contraction as it comes. Get through one at a time and try not to think too far ahead into the future. Definitely don’t watch the clock. You need to be as relaxed as possible.
  • A doula is really great support for both mom and dad. They can be there to hold pressure points, get heat packs, massage, anything needed to get you through labor.
  • EAT something healthy & nutrition as soon as labor starts. You don’t want to end up with a fatigued uterus like I did! Or a fatigued mind & body for that matter! Shakeology was CLUTCH for me through labor!
  • Music is SO powerful to help keep your mind off the pain and in the zone. I listened to Lauren Daigle Pandora channel throughout our entire labor and it was incredibly helpful!
  • Do the best you can to minimize the people in the room. This is about YOU feeling as relaxed and comfortable as possible as you bring a tiny human earth side. Don’t feel bad if you need to ask family to stay in the waiting room.
  • HYDRATE yourself throughout labor. This is also very important to keep labor progressing. I chose to drink Hydrate from the Beachbody Performance Line throughout labor and that really helped me! It also gave me a great jump start on my milk supply! I will drink it all through nursing my baby.
  • Stay as active as possible throughout labor. It will really help you progress faster and it helps mentally to change strategies often unless you find something that is really working for you.
  • Heat packs helped me SO much with both of my labors. Use them on your belly or back, whatever provides more relief.
  • If you can relax in a tub during labor, it’s really awesome! It’s been known to be referred to as “nature’s epidural”.
  • Your MIND is the biggest obstacle in labor. Keep your eyes focused on holding your sweet baby in just a short amount of time. Talk to them through contractions. You and baby are a team to bring them earth side. <3
  • The one book I took the most from even though I didn’t necessarily follow everything in it was “Hypnobirthing” by Marie Mongan. I highly recommend the read!

For more photos, check out our album on FB.

Thank you for reading our story! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions on natural labor. <3

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Is Shakeology Safe for Pregnancy & Nursing Mama’s?

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Oh sweet teeny tiny humans…they bring out a ferocious protective instinct within us to do everything in our power to protect them from the day we know they’re conceived. We’re created that way intentionally. This “mama bear” or “papa bear” instinct unfortunately can cause us to take opinions at surface value without looking into the evidence behind the opinion. If you’ve had a baby and done any kind of research into what is potentially harmful or beneficial for your growing nugget, you know that there are a WIDE range of opinions out there. Raw milk for instance…some say it’s the most dangerous thing you can drink while pregnant and others stand behind it’s healing and incredible nutrient density for mama and baby. The list goes on regarding conflicting opinions and beliefs.

Today, I wanted to set the record straight regarding the safety of Shakeology during pregnancy and breast feeding. First, let me say, I am not your OB Doctor. I am not a midwife. I know nothing about you or your specific situation, so please don’t take this as medical advice. It’s always smart to get the opinion of a medical professional and make your own educated decision for you and your babe.

Here’s a quick background on me and why I even have an opinion.

I’m a Registered Nurse with my Bachelor’s in Nursing. I am a certified Health Coach. I have spent the past 8 years researching holistic health, nutritional therapies, integrative medicine, Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and how to heal the body at a foundational level. I also have an 18-month old son who I stopped breastfeeding one month ago and I am 12 weeks pregnant today growing our next tiny human. So, my heart is in this with you because the health of my babies depends on me doing the best research possible to protect them. I don’t take this lightly.


Shakeology & Pregnancy

First, let me address the most common 4 reasons I hear as to why someone should NOT drink Shakeology while pregnant:

1- Too much Vitamin A or (Vitamins in general)

This is probably one of the more common questions I get. Studies have shown that too much Vitamin A in the form of retinol are correlated to birth defects. This is where most people stop researching and throw the baby out with the bath water (no pun intended). They see that each serving of Shakeology contains 100% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of Vitamin A at 5000 IU. Let me specify the HUGE difference here. The Vitamin A found in Shakeology is in the form of Beta-Carotine from a whole food source, NOT from Retinol. There is no correlation of birth defects with beta-carotene. If there was, that would mean we should have warning labels on eating too many carrots during pregnancy. See more on this here. untitledSo, when people use this reason as an argument as to why they won’t drink Shakeology during pregnancy, they should also be worried about carrots.

For those of you “sciency” peeps like me, you can refer to the U.S. Government’s official research on the difference between preformed Vitamin A (retinol) vs. Beta Carotene Vitamin A related to birth defects on the NIH (National Institute’s of Health) website here.

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It should also be mentioned that the vegan formulas of Shakeology are probably the best and most gentle during pregnancy for a couple reasons. One is that it’s the most gentle on the digestive tract. Pregnancy comes with it’s own set of digestive issues, so we need all the help we can get in this area. The second reason is because the vegan formulas are unfortified. A fortified food means it has vitamins, minerals or other nutrients not normally present in the food added to it during processing. Since the vegan formula is unfortified, it ONLY has the vitamins and nutrients that are naturally present in the whole foods that they used to formulate Shakeology. We don’t go around counting the vitamin content in the food we’re eating, afraid that we’re going to overdose on our vitamins, do we? Of course not because it’s pretty much impossible!  In fact, the Beachbody website has a specific note regarding this topic-

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On a completely unrelated topic of nutrition and safety, the vegan formulas also TASTE DELICIOUS! They’re now available in Tropical Strawberry, Chocolate, Café Latte, & Vanilla. Taste is a big deal for a preggo woman. Our taste buds have a friggen’ mind of their own! I literally cannot eat vegetables…which is SO weird for me. I’m so thankful I can drink a chocolate milkshake and get all my nutrients in that way!

I will say, I personally use my Shakeology in place of my prenatal vitamin and I supplement with folate. Some mama’s choose to supplement with added iron as well. I would say talk to your doctor about this decision and see where your blood levels are to see if you need a supplement. Your daily dose of nutrition in Shakeology is equivalent to a prenatal vitamin minus the added folate. That’s amazing news for me!


2- Ashwagandha

I know you might be thinking…what the frick is “Ash-wa-what?”. Lol… Ashwagandha is an amazing superfood! The argument regarding safety during pregnancy here basically comes down to Western Medicine opinion vs. Ayurvedic/Holistic/Herbology Medicine. In Western Medicine and on the NIH website, there is a warning that if this herbs is consumed in very high doses it may cause premature birth (Please resist the urge to go gnaw on all the ashwagandha bushes you see all around you, k?). Note that this opinion is based on HIGH doses of Ashwaganda. The amount in Shakeology is nowhere near the doses necessary to cause preterm labor. This herb traditionally has been used for thousands of years in countries like India to actually strengthen the uterus before and during pregnancy and prevent miscarriage. It is also interesting to note that Ashwaganda is used in India as a galactagogue—a drug to increase milk production in breastfeeding women!  Traditional herbalists who have used this herb for years with no side effects say that it actually helps prevent a miscarriage. Another major benefit is the stress balancing effects of this herb. Ashwaganda is known to be an adaptogenic herb. Herbs that fall into this classification help the body return to baseline (when you’re anxious or fatigued) and become more resilient to stressful situations, which pregnancy itself can be. When it comes to fertility and pregnancy, this herb is also considered an aphrodisiac, helping improve the health of the reproductive tissues and to awaken and enhance sexual energy. This is beneficial for obvious reasons when trying to conceive. 🙂 Lastly, studies have shown ashwagandha has anti-inflammatory and immune-protecting properties and antioxidant activity, reducing damage from free radicals in the body. You can read more about all of these benefits here.


3- Moringa

Moringa is another exotic superfood most people don’t know about. Western Medicine warns that Moringa can cause miscarriage through stimulating the uterus to contract. It is important to note that “Moringa” may be referring to Moringa leaf (as in Shakeology) or Moringa bark/root. All the studies I reviewed regarding Moringa’s use as an abortifacient or contraceptive was when Moringa BARK/ROOT was used, not the leaves. I couldn’t find any studies linking Moringa LEAF to either of these uses. In fact, once again, I found evidence of use of Moringa throughout pregnancy both in Ayruvedic medicine and African medicine as well. In a US study, Moringa leaves have been recently proven to be safe during pregnancy and lactation and to even decrease cholesterol. Refer to the study here. In fact, there are phenomenal studies that can be found on this superfood at pubmed.gov. In a separate study, Moringa was proven to be effective at safely increasing a mother’s milk supply, specifically after giving birth to a premature infant before 37 weeks. For the full study, visit TOXNET here.

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Moringa leaves are known to contain over 90+ nutrients, many of which we are lacking, either due to poor diet or the need to heal our bodies because we are not absorbing nutrients properly. From what I can find out it seems to have seven times the vitamin C found in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots (beta-carotene, not retinol) three times the iron in spinach, three times the vitamin E of almonds, three times the potassium in bananas, and two times the protein in milk.  (source)

As you can see, this one superfood in Shakeology is pretty badass and could be incredibly helpful to anyone, including a pregnant or nursing mama.


4- Don’t use a meal replacement or cut calories while pregnant

This is fantastic advice. When you’re growing a human, you need all the healthy meals and nutrients you can get. It wouldn’t be smart to be on a diet and use a meal replacement while pregnant or breastfeeding. The solution? Don’t use Shakeology as a meal replacement. Use it as a supplement on top of your meals. For my clients who are continuing to exercise using the Beachbody programs and who are trying to still follow the meal plan programs, we bump them up a calorie bracket to ensure adequate calorie consumption while maintaining a clean and nutritious lifestyle.


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Now that we have all of that out of the way, I have a couple more points I’d like to make in my pro-Shakeology during the human growing process argument. 🙂

1- Delicious, Convenient, & Easy nutrient density for mama and baby.

Let me just say as a currently pregnant woman: Hormones. Are. Powerful. Just ask all the baby daddy’s out there! Haha… I have always been a health nut, choosing quinoa, sauerkraut, and broccoli over pizza and ice cream any day. Since my super hormones kicked in to grow this babe, I haven’t been able to eat quinoa, salad, or most vegetables. I’ve been craving Cheetos, pizza, and chocolate shakes. My husband literally looked at me in disbelief and thought someone else had taken over my body. Well, someone did! It’s my tiny baby boy who is currently the size of a small plum, but wow is he powerful! It can be TRULY DIFFICULT to eat healthy foods only when you’re preggers. I have very strong will power, but even I succumb to the pizza cravings. The fact that I can have a chocolate peanut butter shake that provides my body with over 72 incredibly dense ingredients is MAGICAL! Why would you NOT want to drink this daily?!

2- There are MUCH more dangerous and harmful ingredients in the foods most preggo mama’s crave and eat every day.

This is not to “mom shame” ANYONE. Nor is it intended to scare you, but to inform you. I guarantee probably 90% of baby growers are not scrutinizing every single thing they put in their body. Back to the hormones…they’re powerful suckers that can empower you to down half a pizza and half a bag of Cheetos in record time. It’s ridiculous. Those who are worried about the ingredients in this nutrient dense formula should be much more worried about the fast food, processed food, high sugar, preservatives,  hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients they’re eating usually on a daily basis. GMO’s are a real threat to our growing babies and they’re in pretty much ALL processed non-organic food. Artificial sweeteners as well as high sugar diets can lead to diabetes for mom and baby. Aspartame, MSG (monosodium glutamate), excess fluoride, mercury, and aluminum are all neurotoxins (they’re toxic to brain cells) that people consume daily that can effect the growing baby inside of you. We haven’t even touched on the chemical pesticides on non-organic produce or the hormones and antibiotics in all non-organic animal products. Ya…I know. Overwhelming.

Aside from food & drinks, chemicals that we put on our skin go to our blood stream, and can also effect baby. It’s SUPER important when pregnant to use as pure, natural, and non-toxic products as possible. Here’s a list of top toxins to avoid while pregnant. It’s a great idea to start switching over to non-toxic alternatives while you’re pregnant, so when baby arrives, you can use all non-toxic products on their little bodies. A great resource and website to check the safety of your cosmetics and skin care products is www.ewg.org/skindeep

3- Don’t be discouraged if your doctor says not to drink Shakeology during pregnancy and nursing.

While, I always encourage talking to your doctor before making any changes to your health regimen. Know that most medical doctors are very smart and educated in MEDICINE. That’s what they know. In medical school, you get 1 small basic course on nutrition, that’s it. The rest is pathophysiology and pharmacology. Usually, they don’t take courses on herbology, integrative medicine, preventative health, and more holistic modalities, so this may be out of their comfort zone. When it comes down to it, you are your best advocate. Do your research and you make the best decision for you and your growing babe.

4- New perspective on “Eating for Two”

One of my biggest pet peeves is when I hear women say “I can eat for two now!” as they shove not one but two McDonalds double doubles down their throat with a diet soda and super sized fries followed by 10 snickers bars. There are cravings…and then there is a lack of knowledge on what’s best for baby. Again, I don’t say this out of judgment, but out of passion to grow healthier babies in our country. When you find out your pregnant, it isn’t an excuse to eat whatever the heck you want. It’s a reason to get as many nutrients into your body as possible and to do the best you can to avoid all potential toxins. Granted, I am not perfect at this, but I do try. What you put into your body are the building blocks of your baby’s insides and outsides. That realization alone should make you want to down all the superfoods possible! Yes, eat for two in the BEST way! You are now your baby’s advocate. It’s up to you starting NOW on what your child’s foundation of their health will be built of. Ya..that’s a crap load of pressure! Welcome to parenthood! That feeling never goes away! Haha…


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I hope this analysis was helpful for you and maybe helped clarify some incorrect preconceived notions flying around out on cyberspace about Shakeology and pregnancy. Here are some additional blogs that I found helpful on this topic:

If you’d like to know more about the ingredients and contents in Shakeology, you can check out my Shakeology research here.

If you’d like to try Shakeology yourself or if you have any questions, I’d love to talk with you! You can contact me at thehealthpatriot@gmail.com Usually I can respond within 24 hours.

 

Have an awesome day and thanks for reading my research! 🙂

  • The Health Patriot
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Shakeology Test Group: Registration OPEN

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I’ve been inspired and I’m going to follow that inspiration. My team is absolutely CRUSHING their goals! People are dropping pounds and inches left and right. Mommas are still pushing play even when they have babes who don’t sleep through the night. People are FEELING better than they have in YEARS! Some are off their medication for the first time in years…blood pressure is dropping, resting heart rate is dropping, chronic high blood sugar is being reversed. I’m telling you, LIVES ARE CHANGING!

Did you know in 2014, Beachbody paid for a third party clinical trial to be done on Shakeology? An actual science based, controlled study on the effects Shakeology alone had on participants. This study consisted of 50 participants who were selected after a rigorous selection process. The requirements? To drink Shakeology twice a day for 90 days. That’s it. No change in diet, no change in exercise.

The RESULTS? AMAZING!

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Shedding pounds.
Turns out, when participants drank Shakeology for breakfast they had a significant reduction in the desire to eat lunch. Over the course of 90 days participants lost an average of 9.3 pounds, with the highest weight loss coming in at 24 pounds. WOW—losing that much weight in 90 days is quite impressive!

Another interesting fact about the results is that participants continued to lose weight throughout the entire study. This shows that the continuous use of Shakeology resulted in the healthy type of weight loss—slow and steady. And those are the kind of results that are sustainable for the long haul.

Cholesterol plummeted.
In addition to lowering the digits on the scale, another very important number that shrunk was participants’ cholesterol. The average total cholesterol reduction was 7% with the maximum reduction being 50%.

Lowered blood sugar.
The study also monitored participants’ blood sugar levels. And rather than testing just a single day’s blood sugar (which can vary based on what you ate that day or even the day before) the study evaluated the average blood sugar for each day over the 3-month period (also known as HbA1c). Turns out, participants reduced their blood sugar (HbA1c) by an average of 5% while some reduced their numbers by up to 19%. And keeping your blood sugar levels steady is important in helping reduce the risk of diabetes.

For complete details on the study, refer to the Shakeology website here.

 

For those of you interested in the science/medical opinion of these superfoods, you should check out “100 Doctor’s Don’t Lie”, where 100 medical doctor’s were interviewed about their personal opinion of Shakeology. Pretty fascinating! www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg1AaAbQ3J4

 

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WOOOOOOW!!!!

So, in light of my team inspiring me with their results…in light of this amazing study, I’ve decided to do a smaller shorter version and conduct my own test group. Here are the details:

DATES: July 1- July 14th- 2 week duration

TEST GROUP REQUIREMENTS: No change to nutrition or exercise necessary. Drink 2 Shakeology shakes each day. These can be used as meal replacements or snack replacements.

ACCOUNTABILITY: I can’t watch you drink your Shakeology every day, so instead we’ll use the Challenge Tracker App as well as a private FB group where you will log BOTH Shakeology drinks each day. You can use these groups to also ask questions along the way.

SUPPORT: If you participate in this group, you will receive daily health tips, recipes, and encouragement from me to keep you on track and support you through these 14 days. We will also have a weekly call available to call and ask questions.

TRACKING: You will be required to take the following measurements before and after the test group:

  • Full body photo in exercise clothes
  • Blood pressure
  • Resting pulse
  • Waist circumference
  • Fasting Blood Sugar * Optional
  • Complete a health survey addressing digestion, energy, hormone balance, drive, and stress levels.

Shakeology-worksIf this is something that interests you, please email me ASAP (TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com) so we can get you registered, added to the group and plugged in. If you are not a current member of our team or if you’re an inactive member and need to order your Shakeology, the last day to register or place your order is JUNE 24th! You won’t get your Shakeology in time if you order after that date.

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You can still take advantage of the HUGE sale with Beachbody’s biggest challenge pack yet here (It’s only $30 more than Shakeology alone!)

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I wanted “abs” for my 40th Birthday

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The following inspirational transformation story has been shared from the Team Beachbody Blog. Check out the original post here.


Steve Valenzuela lost 18 lbs. with 22 Minute Hard Corps, Shakeology, and the Beachbody Performance supplements. Here’s the story that he shared with the Beachbody Challenge contest.

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I wanted to see my abs for my 40th birthday, so I took the 22 Minute Hard Corps challenge and finally found my abs. I work long hours as a medical sales rep going from hospital to hospital, eating like crap, and not having any energy to go to the gym. I was turning 40 and needed to change my life lifestyle so I picked up 22 Minute Hard Corps and it literally kicked my butt. Shakeology was my go-to shake everyday. I am now 40, nowhere near being a borderline diabetic. I’m in the best shape of my life. Thank you, Tony.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I have a family history of diabetes. My father died when he was 42 years of age due to diabetes and an unhealthy lifestyle. I had to make a change for my family and myself. I literally was unable to bend down and tie my shoes without losing my breath. I was so out of shape.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Trying to follow the meal plan while traveling for work was hard. I had to watch my portions and take my 22 Minute Hard Corps meal plan book with me. It helped make the best choices for me on the road. Beachbody On Demand along with Shakeology helped me stay on track and work out either at home or in a hotel room.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I liked the boot camp like style workout. You get in and out in less than 30 minutes a day. Push-ups, pull-ups, squats, and burpees are my favorite kind of workouts. Gets the heart pumping, and you’re sweating like hell every time.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Being able to stop eating processed foods was the major win for me. Of course revealing my abs is something I am proud of at 40. I’m also proud that I stayed on track with my meals and I finished the program.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I wake up with more confidence and energy every day. I feel like a million bucks and my family and friends are now trying Beachbody workouts and Shakeology. I’m also a Beachbody Coach now.

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Checking in on me and lots of words of encouragement.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology or Beachbody Ultimate Reset) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
All of the above. Shakeology and the Beachbody Performance Line helped me recover and achieve my results. My mood has changed for the better. I’m a way happier person today.2

Tell us about your experience with Beachbody On Demand. If applicable, how has it helped you achieve your goals?
Beachbody On Demand helped with my workouts while I was traveling for work. 22 minutes was the perfect workout on demand!

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes. What program are you committing to next?

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Results vary depending on starting point and effort.
2These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

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Ultimate Reset Diaries: His & Hers Journey through 21 Days of Cleansing- Weeks 2 & 3

 

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To read more about this fabulous couple and their week 1 recap click here.

Our reset in a crunch plan for week two was:

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For Breakfast we picked:

  • Fresh fruit plate. Our choices for fruits: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, honeydew melon nectarines and peaches

For lunch and dinner we could alternate recipes this week: meaning we can make extra for dinner one night and eat if for lunch-SCORE!!

  • Hearty vegetable miso soup with microgreen green salad, toasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Quinoa-Lentil pilaf with half cup steamed broccoli (we swapped the broccoli out for mixed vegies)
  • Pinto beans and rice with steamed zucchini and green beans

Snack: ½ a green apple with almond butter

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I was super excited to try the Detox powder after having that power greens powder (which my husband likened to horse poop) all week last week. Too bad we are not rid of the power greens just yet!

 

Ya…my excitement was turned into gagging the first time I tried it. OMG I’d rather have the power greens three times a day than this stuff!! I have even tried it in warm water and it is equally gross. But Hubs likes it so I guess it’s just a personal preference.

I’d like to point out this caddy that comes with the ultimate reset kit. It is so handy to carry all the packets of powders and the optimize pills that we have to take throughout the day. I even take the mineralize with me so I can add it to the bottle of water everytime I get a new bottle- I think I go through about 5 bottles or 2 1 liter bottles each day!

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Since breakfast was a plate full of fruit, I was actually hungry before lunch time came around. I made a note to drink even more water tomorrow so I could feel filled up.

Lunch was microgreen salad with pumpkin seeds and ¼ of an avocado and pinto beans and rice. Let me tell you something, this Indian girl was dancing with joy because I get to have cumin and coriander with the beans!! I miss Indian food and the spices and flavor!

And even better- dinner was Quinoa-Lentil Pilaf and it had turmeric in it!! Now we are talking. This was so good that our ten year old kidlet asked to take it to lunch the next day!

 

Hubby –  I was doing pretty good days 8 through 10. I was determined to continue with this process to see if anything improved for me. The food was getting a little old around day 10 & 11, but I noticed that my joint pain in my hands, shoulders, knees and especially feet was considerably less. On day 12 I stopped taking pain meds. I also notice my over all energy level was up. Typically around early evening I could easily fall asleep in a chair if I sat still for more than 5 minutes. I have had blood test and sleep studies to try and find the cause for my lack of energy. I really think that I am gluten sensitive. Meaning I have some of the standard side effects of having a mild reaction to gluten. By day fourteen, I was sure that gluten has affected me for years. I can remember about 12 years ago going to arthritis specialists because I could barely make a fist or hold tightly on to my fishing rod (that is a huge problem for me). Now with two weeks of being on the Ultimate Reset and going gluten free, I know that I will stay away from it from now on.

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Day 9 and Day 10

6These two days are a blur since I was in a training both days an hour away from home. I did notice that I got hungry and thirsty more often. I was not drinking enough water and people at the5 training would give me strange looks as I swirled my detox powder and power greens in Styrofoam cups to mix and down it as fast as I possibly could! So my meals were on the go and prepped the night before. My energy was crazy! I could work all day, come home and do housework and get assignments done (remember I’m in Grad School?!), wake up and do it all over again!

AND this is the last week of duck hunting so hubby took the whole week off!! I’m so excited, not because he’s off but it’s the last week for me as a water fowlers widow 🙂 . Haha…

This was Breakfast on the go for him- again proving you can do this no matter where you are or what you are doing!

 

I also wanted to show y’all a picture of my miso soup! Seriously I’m in love with this thing. Hubby is not a big fan but this was dinner on Day 9!

 

 

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Day 11- Friday

On usual weeks, by Friday I am done. My brain is foggy, I don’t feel like going to work and just want to call in sick! Not this Friday. I woke up with an abundance of energy, worked like crazy all day, came home, took the kidlet shopping and dropped her off to a sleepover and then decided to make something other than what we had in our plans for this week. Hubby had made a couple of remarks as this week went by that he was tired of eating the same things so I opened the ultimate reset book and tried to see if I can mix and match or make something else for him! There’s a recipe for Kabocha Sqaush with garlic Tahini filling and steamed broccoli or your favorite vegetable. I surveyed the kitchen and saw a spaghetti squash laying on the counter- close enough!

Plus, we both are not big fans of broccoli! There was no Tahini sauce at home, but I had a jar full of white sesame seeds!  So… I was resourceful! I roasted them and then went all frontier woman and grinded them on the stone grinder (all Indian homes have one of those for grinding spices and I’d rather use that than the electric one because it’s easier to clean 🙂 ). I’m telling you the energy high is great! I feel like I used to when I was in my 20’s!

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I filled the spaghetti squash with the tahini sauce, garlic and miso paste like the recipe asks and placed tomatoes in the middle and baked for 30 minutes! The end result was so delish- definitely a recipe we are keeping. As hubby was scarfing this down he comments, “This would be a great side dish with chicken.” LOL we really do miss chicken since it is one of the few meats we eat.

Day 12 and 13 (Weekend)

Before we started the Ultimate Reset, I used to wake up about 6-7 times a night to go pee. Almost two weeks into this I have noticed a significant change, I only wake up once a night or some nights not at all!! This makes a big difference to me since I have insomnia and waking 6-7 times a night was really giving me very little sleep. In the past, I had all sorts of tests done but no one could ever find anything physically wrong with me. What I think I figured out is that I didn’t drink enough water throughout the day, feeling dehydrated by 4 -5 pm and was chugging water like crazy in the afternoon and therefore peeing all night. Simple thing right- but ultimate reset made me realize how to change this habit and routine.

Weekends are usually hard since I always have visitors over and I’m always cooking massive amounts of Indian food. This weekend my Dad was going to be here so it was extra hard. I made dhal (Indian lentil soup- key ingredients, turmeric, cumin, spinach, carrots and of course lentils!) and rice (brown for us) and some salmon (cooked Indian way), but hubby and I stuck to dhal and brown rice- so good.

Day 14

Still lots of energy and I feel like we are in a routine now. Food wise we didn’t really do anything new. All prepped to start Week 3 tomorrow!!

WEEK 3

Our reset in a crunch plan for week 3 was:

Breakfast:

  • Fresh fruit plate

Lunch and Dinner we alternated between:

  • Bakes sweet potato with garlic veggies
  • Curried cauliflower (Yay- this is a Indian dish which I totally know how to cook!!)

Snack : ½ a green apple with almond butter (yeah we are creatures of habit)

I’m so glad I don’t have to drink that Detox powder. This week we had to add another set of capsules called Optimize!! No worries, we got this.

 

Day 15-21

Murphy strikes again. This week I had to be out of the office for three days due to a big contact investigation ( I work in infectious diseases). Being out in the field, I missed meals and water and felt tired and dehydrated. I still took all the supplements like I needed to but with so little intake of calories I wasn’t keeping up.

My breaking point came at Day 19 when I had to travel two hours away from home for a training that I had completely forgotten about! I wouldn’t even have made it if not for my outlook calendar. Since I was expecting to come home for lunch, and had to leave last minute, day 19 was the first day I broke away from the ultimate reset and ate regular food- which consisted of salad and a sandwich and potato salad (the yogurt in the pic is not mine).

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I felt like such a failure and texted my hubby about this.

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He made me realize that through this process, we DID learn new things about our bodies! My husband learned that his body did not tolerate gluten. After having years of pain in his joints, countless sleep studies, and x-rays confirming Arthritis, he is now 90 % pain free (he does need to have surgery on his knees and shoulders due to old football injuries)! I learned that I need to drink water throughout the day in order to not wake up 6-7 times to run to the bathroom at night (Previously, I was drinking the bulk of my water in the evenings and dehydrating myself all day)! Also something I had been to multiple doctor’s about and had tests done on…who would have thought it could be so simple?! We both also learned new recipes that we are keeping and to incorporate more vegetables into our diet.

 

HUBBY – (Days 15-21) I am still feeling a million times better with the joint pain. I’ve taken maybe a couple extra strength Tylenol over the 3 weeks of the Ultimate Reset. Before this program I was using daily low level pain meds throughout the day, pain cream, and Extra-Strength Tylenol. I am getting tired of the food though. By the third week my appetite was growing. Eating almost a vegan diet with limiting portions was starting to be too much. I am thrilled though that I met my goal of discovering the reason behind my years of consistent pain! I started easing back towards normal food prepared and cooked like the foods in the reset. I had some chicken around day 18 and some chicken salad on day 19. I didn’t work out the numbers but I would be willing to bet the max calories for a day would barely get to 1000. That is too low for me. I started at a hair less than 232lbs and ended up 215.2 pounds on day 18. That is almost 17 lbs in 18 days. It was not my goal to lose weight. I really feel good between 222 and 225 and I felt considerably weaker with no stamina. I increased my calories and slowly increased my chicken, nuts and peanut butter.

I would strongly encourage friends and family to try the 21-day Ultimate Reset. I would advise to have specific goals in mind and track your progress. Don’t feel like you failed because you slightly veered off course, understand that to get the best results you should stay on track though. Give yourself a fair chance to be successful and work towards your goal.

 

A month after reset: We are still keeping at eating healthy, Chris has separate bread, bagels, and tortillas in the refrigerator that are all gluten-free. We are still keeping our energy levels up! Good thing because we have added another responsibility to our list of being full-time employees, parents, and part-time students…WITH 7 PUPPIES!!!

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WOW! How amazing is that, right?! It  blows me away how much of a MASSIVE difference this couple saw in their 21 day journey! Could you imagine living for YEARS with chronic pain and inflammation…going to multiple arthritis specialists thinking you were one of the “unlucky” ones to get Arthritis at such a young age…and then to take a leap of faith and do this crazy program your wife wants you to do with her for 3 weeks, and 2 weeks in to be 90% FREE OF PAIN and off your pain pill for the first time in YEARS?! I mean THAT is life changing people!!!!

What about Suzie and her insane energy levels!! I know this woman personally and let me tell you…she is the BUSIEST person I know…working full time in an extremely hectic environment, full time mommy to a very involved little girl, part time college professor, AND going to school to get her Masters PLUS now PUPPIES!!! That doesn’t include the daily things that come up with bills, shopping, meal planning, cooking, cleaning, homework, and being a WIFE! I don’t know how she does it… It was so rad to see how her energy soared through this program!

If you were inspired by this couple’s story, if you’re looking for a way to press the “RESET” button, I would love to speak with you. I would absolutely LOVE to be reading your transformation story after your journey through a program like this. Think of how different your life could be if you decided to finally put YOU first. To take care of yourself and be the BEST version of yourself…to have amazing energy, feel strong and athletic, to feel confident, to be free of pain…who in your life would benefit from you being stronger, healthier, happier? Your spouse, your kids, your career, your family, your clients, your friends, THE WORLD! You were created with a purpose my friend. You can’t fulfill that purpose if you are burdened with chronic fatigue and poor health. I’d love to work with you and help give you the resources you need to transform into the best version of yourself. Because…well, why the heck not?!

Email me today! TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com

 

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MMA-Style Challenge Starting 11/21!

 


TEAM BEACHBODY
CORE DE FORCE: Challenge Pack The Ultimate Combination
Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Results
And now you can save over $85 for a limited time only
 
I am SO excited about this kick-ass program! Our team will be crushing this workout together starting November 21st! What if you could get STRONGER, HEALTHIER, & LEANER through the holidays instead of what usually happens?? JOIN US in the fun!

Getting a knockout body takes the right combination of fitness and nutrition. And with the CORE DE FORCE and Shakeology Challenge Pack, you get the superfood nutrition in Shakeology along with the mixed martial arts-inspired workout designed to slash inches off your waist, attack belly fat, and carve total-body definition in just 30 days!*

Here’s what you’ll get with the CORE DE FORCE and Shakeology Challenge Pack:
  • A 30-day supply of ShakeologyYour Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition®—delivered through Home Direct.**
  • A Shakeology Shaker Cup.
  • 8 MMA-inspired workouts that combine Boxing, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai combinations with cardio spikes and bodyweight training.
  • 2 BONUS workouts—5 Min. Core on the Floor and Core Kinetics.
  • Your Team Beachbody® exclusive workout—MMA Mashup—featuring Joel and Jericho’s favorite knockout moves.
  • Eating Plan, 30-Day Calendar, and Quick-Start Guide, so you can hit it hard on Day One.
  • A Set of Portion-Control Containers to make your meal prep even easier.
  • A FREE 30-Day Premium Trial Membership to the Team Beachbody Club, giving you access to stream CORE DE FORCE workouts on Beachbody ON Demand®.**
Learn More
Your Coach,
Jessica LaNier
(209)840-0900
thehealthpatriot@gmail.com
  
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
**With Shakeology on Home Direct, you’ll be enrolled in our monthly autoship program, and with your free 30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club, you’ll be enrolled in our monthly Premium membership. You may cancel either at any time. Please see website for full details.
Consult your physician and follow all safety instructions before beginning this high-intensity exercise program and nutrition plan, or using any supplement or meal replacement product, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any medical condition, or are taking any medication.
 

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The Truth Behind Shakeology’s Pricetag

Fact- I am not a bazillionaire (not yet atleast! Ha!). My family, like many other families, is on a budget and we refuse to spend more than we make. We refuse to work so hard at our jobs and live lifestyles that don’t allow us to save a certain amount of money each month.
That being said, while we know our health is our most valuable and important investment, I’m not one to go spend a ton of money on something I don’t believe in whole heartedly or on the latest fad going around. For me to invest my hard earned money in a nutritional anything, there can’t be one thing I disagree with, and it better have multiple health benefits.

If you’re comparing Shakeology to other protein powders, or even other meal replacements, I can almost guarantee you that Shakeology has more than what you’re comparing it to. That’s not to say there aren’t other amazing products out there because I know there are! But when comparing, look at the ingredients and formulas, and the quality of those ingredients, not just the nutritional facts.

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Let’s break down what’s actually inside a bag of Shakeology, shall we? Well yes Jessica, I never thought you’d ask! 😉

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1. Super Protein Blend

  • This part of your shakeology will change depending on if you order the vegan formula (as shown above) or if you order the regular whey protein. In both cases, there is a protein complex used to develop the protein aspect of this shake. Even in the whey protein shakeology flavors, the other superfood plant based proteins are included. And NO SOY! Woohoo! The whey that is used is exclusively from pastured, grass-fed cows and processed at a low-temperature to ensure nutrient retention. This is AWESOME and often overlooked in most protein formulas.

2. Super fruit/ Antioxidant Blend

  • I’m sure you’ve heard of antioxidants, they are popular for their anti-aging, cellular regenerating, and heart health properties. I wish I had the time to explain to you the benefit of each of the ingredients listed in this category. Just know…your vitamin C tabs have NOTHING on these superfood powerhouses! Beachbody has included the ALL-STARS of immune boosting antioxidants in this blend. Camu Camu ALONE is insane not to mention goji berry, acerola cherry, and then there’s ROSE HIPS which SPECIFICALLY are paired with high vitamin C herbs to enhance our body’s ability to absorb all that C goodness! See you got me started…this stuff is so fun!! (insert nerd emoji here).

3. Super Green/ Phytonutrient Blend

  • “Phyto”= plant – “nutrient”= the stuff that makes you a super human! Super greens are like miniature gift bags exploding at the seems with all sorts of benefits for your machine of a body. I’m such a weirdo, I get SO excited about these incredibly nutrient dense foods! These supergreens aid in detoxification, purification, and alkalinization of the body. They feed our cleansing powerhouses (liver and kidneys) to function optimally and create homeostasis in our body. Let me also note here how critical pH balance is in the body… did you know in 1921 Dr. Ottoman won a NOBEL PRIZE for discovering that cancer cells cannot survive in oxygen-rich, alkaline environments, but THRIVE in oxygen deprived, acidic environments?!?! Say what? Why isn’t this all over the news?? Ya…I know!

“All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.

4. Adaptogen Blend

  • This formula, I am SO excited about. America has the special characteristic that most other countries don’t quite have….we are all freaking stressed out all the time! We’re so stressed that we don’t even realize we’re stressed because stress is our “normal”. Go to Europe, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. We all move at a million miles a minute, are worried about deadlines, dates, projects, work, appointments, etc…we rarely rest. Well, guys, when we live these awesome lives of ours, we burn out our hormones, especially our adrenal glands (The adrenals control the release of the stress hormone cortisol and have a domino effect on the rest of our sex hormones as well as our thyroid). The herbs in this formula are in a class of their own called adaptogenic herbs. This essentially means that they help bring us back to baseline. If you are stressed & anxious, they’ll help bring you down; if you’re lagging, depressed, and have no energy, they’ll help bring you up. It’s that simple. These amazing herbs help NOURISH our hormonal system to find homeostasis, which in turn revs up our metabolism and helps us (especially women) lose that dreaded belly fat! These adaptogenic herbs go above and beyond helping with hormonal balance and stress management, but you’ll have to look them up individually on your own time to see what I’m really talking about. I could go on for hours…they’re SO incredible!

5. Prebiotics, Probiotics, & Digestive Enzymes

  • The superstars of gut & immune health, these suckers are vital to decrease belly bloat and improve digestive function, moving out the gunk and creating a health flora within the intestines for optimal absorption of key nutrients. I could do a whole class on the importance of this area alone. There is a theory that all disease starts in the gut. The gut is where we absorb our nutrients and where we can create toxic sludge. If damaged, the digestive system can make our lives miserable! 70% of the immune system resides within the digestive system, which also makes addressing this area HUGE in preventing disease and illnesses of any kind. It simply cannot be overlooked in order to achieve optimal health. The probiotics available in Shakeology are specifically chosen and designed to survive the stomach acid and make their journey to the small intestines where they are really needed to clean house and heal the intestinal lining. Enzymes are also SO very important in aiding the body with absorption, decreasing inflammation, and so many other important benefits. THIS formula is why so many find digestive aid when they start Shakeology. It’s bomb.com.

Now that I’ve addressed the various formulas available in Shakeology, I also want to inform you that the QUALITY of these ingredients are held to an incredibly high standard. All ingredients are continuously tested to make sure they are not contaminated by GMO’s (SUPER IMPORTANT TO AVOID!), and that they are grown in nutrient rich soil free from toxins and pesticides. Do you know how HARD that is to find these days?! If you haven’t noticed already, the price of this bad-ass formula is incredibly reasonable for what you’re getting in each serving. If you were to purchase each of these 5 formulas seperately, even ON SALE, you’d spend WAAAAY more than what you’d spend on Shakeology, even before the coach discount!

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If you’d like to try out Shakeology or have any other questions, I’d love to talk with you! Feel free to contact me at TheHealthPatriot@Gmail.com I understand that finances can still be tight for some people. However, if you WANT this nutritious goodness in your body, my recommendation is to become a coach, help other people get healthier, and EARN your protein superfoods!! It’s that easy! I’ll tell you exactly how I did it too!

Check out Shakeology yourself here!

 

It’s time for you to start investing in yourself, living our your purpose, and finding the energy and vitality to do the things you love!

Let’s Do This,

The Health Patriot

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The Mom Bod

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One of THE biggest fears in our society surrounding pregnancy, is “The Mom Bod”…stretch marks, extra weight that hangs on for days… I’m not going to lie, I was nervous about that too!

My fears got even bigger when at 28 weeks pregnant I was put on bed rest because of preterm labor concerns. That meant all my exercising had to stop…I was NOT excited about that, but of course I’d do anything to keep my baby boy cooking full term. My entire pregnancy, optimal nutrition and exercise were a priority for me, not just in attempts to avoid excess weight gain, but because my goal was to grow a super baby! With clean eating habits, I gained about 28 lbs with my pregnancy. I was very happy with that. My body responded great to pregnancy, which I am SO thankful for! The human body, you guys, is UH-MAZE-ING!!!! It seriously blows me away that a woman’s body can grow a tiny human and return back to relatively normal afterwards!

Fastforward 3 months, and my body is starting to bounce back, but not as fast as I’d hoped. Guys, I feel weak. Super weak… My back is NOT happy with me due to a weak core. Everything feels out of shape, and I’m ready to feel STRONG again.

While breastfeeding, it’s SUPER important to keep calories and nutrition up. This is NOT a time to have a super low caloric intake. Baby will suffer, so that is not going to be my avenue of choice. BUT I will tell you what I’m about to do, and why I’m SO excited about it!

Let’s be real, going to the gym is NOT a possibility for me right now. Unless, I put my baby in my Tula Carrier to lift weights and jump on the eliptical, only to be interrupted by cries and poopy dipers and hunger pains…ha! Could you imagine walking into a gym and seeing a crazy lady breast feeding and doing shoulder lifts with the other arm?? Haha…that actually would be awesome, but I don’t have the lady balls to do that. But, I so badly want to get strong again for me and my family! This is why I’m SO excited to share with you guys the challenge group I’m about to enter for a 22 Minute military-style workout AT HOME!

Check this out…

INTRIGUED??? IF you want to join and become a stronger, leaner, healthier you in 8 weeks all by working out only 22 minutes a day, I want you to join me in this adventure!! We’re going to do this together and keep eachother accountable! BUT! We start in 1 week!!! So I need you to email me ASAP if you’re interested! Email me at TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com

Here were my coach Elizabeth Hartke’s AMAZING results!

Read more on her story here- http://www.dropthecookie.com/22-minute-hard-corps-challenge-pack/

What is 22 Minute Hard Corps

Legendary trainer Tony Horton has created a challenging but simple-to-follow workout program inspired by training techniques used by the military. Each workout in 22 MINUTE HARD CORPS is a quick—and intense—calorie-blasting drill designed to get you “boot camp fit” in just 8 weeks. You just show up, keep up, and get in shape!

22 Minute Hard Corps Challenge Pack- $140

  • 22 Minute Hard Corps 8-weekout Workout DVD’s & Meal Plans
  • 1 military-style sandbag to workout with
  • 1 bag of Shakeology flavor of your choice
    • Café Latte, Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Greenberry, Tropical Strawberry Vegan, or Chocolate Vegan
  • 1 Month FREE Premium Beachbody membership (with free online access to various meal plans and workouts) *
  • A Discount Coach -OR- Active coach membership! (This means you will receive 25% OFF any future orders from Beachbody, including all workouts, shakeology, cleanses, or supplements) This membership usually costs $40 to sign up, but it’s free with this challenge pack!**You can cancel these at ANY time- no questions asked*

Guys, this is a MASSIVE discount! 1 regular priced bag of Shakeology alone is usually $130!

Time is of the essence, if you’d like to join me and my accountability team, PLEASE email me asap! TheHealthPatriot@gmail.com.

Don’t want to be a coach, but still want to join our challenge group? Click the link below!

<—OR REGISTER NOW —>

It is my goal for my “Post Babe Bod” to be even BETTER than my “Pre Babe Bod”. And let me clarify, this is NOT a vanity issue… I want to be strong for my son. I want to be confident in my health and my body, and live to my FULLEST potential in the woman that God created me to be. Wanna join me?

LETS DO THIS!

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