ADVOCARE ALL-IN 24 DAY CHALLENGE 2016

Well, the gyms are about to be PACKED and FITNESS is about to become very popular again – not as trendy in Nov & Dec haha  That’s all fine and good, but the real KEY TO CHANGE starts in the kitchen. Once we get our eating under control and in order, the ‘gym part’ will have a greater payoff!

‪#‎truthbomb‬

So if you need to jumpstart

• weight management • energy • overall body composition • overall wellness

JOIN US for the NationWide Advocare ALL-IN 24 Day Challenge!

We are starting January 11, 2016
Order by January 4th for the special perks and free stuff!

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For more info on the challenge go to Advocare.com

Email me with questions
ashley@ashleybensonfitness.com

• My family has trusted and benefited from Advocare for over 10 years for our vitamin and supplement needs, and we’ve witnessed the greatest results from our clients through this program. I’m personally excited to do the challenge again because it dissolves my bad food cravings, boosts my energy and resets good eating habits!!

H E L L O NewYear
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JANUARY 2015 – BREAKING BAD EATING HABITS – JOIN US!

TRUTH RIGHT THERE.  IF YOU NEED HELP WITH KITCHEN PART, JOIN OUR GROUP IN JANUARY – WE WILL BE DOING THE ADVOCARE 24 DAY CHALLENGE TO RESET A HEALTHY EATING ROUTINE.  IT HELPS KICK THE BAD HABITS TO THE CURB AND ESTABLISHES NEW GOOD EATING HABITS.  IT ALSO CLEANS OUT THE SYSTEM – MUCH LIKE AN OIL CHANGE – SO WE CAN ABSORB THOSE IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS FROM THE FOOD WE EAT AND THE SUPPLEMENTS THAT FILL IN THE GAPS.

EMAIL ashley@ashleybensonfitness.com FOR A FREE EVALUATION.

MUNG BEAN PASTA – 24 DAY CHALLENGE FOOD!

I’m pretty pumped about this new food thing I’ve found.  I actually want to thank my Sis-In-Law, Amy, for introducing it and sharing some for me to try!  So, this is “pasta” that is really beans – and it’s great for all you 24 Day Challengers!  Many of us are doing the challenge this time of year to boost our immune system and see to it that we have control going into the holidays.  Ok, calm down.  I know… beans???  That doesn’t sound so yummy… so that’s why I decided to fall on my sword, try it first, and THEN give an honest assessment of it.

Today I cooked this one.  I cooked it like normal pasta, then seasoned with salt and pepper, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and drizzled with olive oil.  Kept it simple and I LOVED it!  Really really LOVED it!  I’m not lying.  Nothin’ wrong with this.

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It’s made of Mung Beans.  I’m sure I’ve eaten them before and just didn’t know it.  In all honesty, I really didn’t know what that was, so I googled it.  Good stuff!!!  Read about it here.

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Pretty cool.

There are other kinds of this “pasta” that I will try out and report back on!

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In the mean time, you really should get this food in your pantry ASAP.

You can order it below ::
Fettuchini, Mung Bean, 7.05 OZ Set of 6

 

MUSCLE INJURY REHAB

“Hamstring strain injuries are very common in sports.  They can become chronic, nagging injuries due to scar tissue formation with up to a 63% chance of re-injury.”  Dynamic Physical Therapy & Sports Enhancement

In high school – long, long ago – I injured my hamstring playing sports and have re-injured it many times since.  IT’S SO FRUSTURATING.  

Five months ago I developed a pinched bursa in my left hip → which led to spasms in my gluteus medius  – a TRUE pain in the butt! → and then the problem trickled down into my hamstring… because it will take any opportunity to cause me grief.

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First, I got K-Laser Therapy from Laser Therapy & Chiropractic Center for my hip.  This started helping immediately and paired with icing for a few weeks, inflammation was reduced without any medication.  Then I started doing pressure point therapy for my butt muscle – basically I would sit on a tennis ball holding for intervals of 3 minutes while crying from all the pain until the spasm released. Thank you Results Physiotherapy, Murfreesboro Tn for the torturous, yet effective instruction you gave me 🙂  And finally I started using a foam roller and Tye4® to rehab that stubborn hamstring.  

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My BFF.  Her name is Foam Roller

The Tye4 has been HUGE in helping me maintain/regain flexibility and maintain/build strength during this time.  Over the past weeks, when my hamstring is being a nerd and causing aches and pains, I have consistently found relieve after using Tye4!  

 I also kicked my nutrition into high gear by supplementing with a few products that the pros use when they are recovering from injuries.  I figure, if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me!  I’ve added Advocare BioTools and Post-Workout Recovery Drink to my daily intake.  This, along with my basic core nutrition, has done wonders for my recovery.  

Here’s one extra tip…
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Tennis ball + wall + back tension = much relief!!!
Give it a try!
When dealing with muscle injuries, we need to have patience, proper resources and common sense while recovering.  I just thought I’d share what’s been going on with me.  It’s easy to get discouraged, but we gotta hang in there and keep going!  
There is too much life to live to quit. 


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ADVOCARE PRODUCT REVIEW: 10 DAY CLEANSE

This week I’m highlighting the 10 Day Cleanse.  
I thought this would be helpful for you guys doing the 
24 Day Challenge with us!  
 
This cleanse is the first 10 days in the challenge.  It’s gentle, effective, and super doable even if you work and travel!

ADVOCARE PRODUCT REVIEW: MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKES

Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast”
What you put in your body first thing in the morning really does make a difference in your day.  Fuel your body proper, first thing, and kickstart your metabolism and give yourself what it needs to run efficiently!  
 
Because of the craziness of the morning rush, we need some easy solutions and that’s why I’m highlighting the Advocare Meal Replacement Shakes this week at the start of the school year.  This is my breakfast 4-5 times a week.  The other mornings I’m actually in the kitchen cooking something 
[Check out the video at the bottom of this post for the 3 minutes egg breakfast.  So good.  So easy.  And So not hard to clean up!]
 

REVIEW: ADVOCARE 24 DAY CHALLENGE [Day 1-3]

THE 10 DAY CLEANSE PHASE 
DAY 1-3
The 24 Day Challenge begins with a cleanse.  This is a gentle tune-up good to do every 90 days.  It’s the same concept as getting an oil change every 3000-ish miles in our vehicles.   This will allow our body to absorb nutrition and function efficiently for energy and repair.  
 
CONFESSION TIME
So, day 1 I mess up.  Yup and I only admit this to hopefully help others NOT do the same.  I know some of you have done this very thing so I realize it’s easy to do.
 
I rocked this cleanse all day until the very end and forgot to take the herbal cleanse supplement before bed.  Ok, stop laughing.  So for me, day 2 became day 1.  Or I might look at it like I am doing an 11 day cleanse.  So, if you prefer to do the 10 day cleanse, follow my lead from here…
 
THE REAL DAYS 1-3 
 
START THE DAY with a Spark drink (vitamin energy drink).  I do this everyday anyway.  During the cleanse I am taking 1 Catalyst 30 min. before each meal- a branch chain amino acid that protects your muscle from getting burned as energy.  Also good to take when exercising. 
 
* Let me nerd out for just a minute… On average, we burn 1 calorie per minute doing nothing.  Correction – even when we are doing “nothing” like sleeping, our body is working hard to rebuild and repair.  So, of that 1 calorie/minute burned, about 50% comes from carbohydrates, 50% from fat and 10-15% can come from muscle.  It’s preferable to keep the muscle and burn the fat. Can I get an amen?
 
30 MINUTES LATER drink a Fiber Drink followed by breakfast.  These days for me have fallen on busy early morning days, so I quickly mixed a Meal Replacement Drink.  
 
* Let’s talk a sec about this Fiber drink.  First, as you can expect, it’s thick.  My suggestion:  use a straw and drink it fast!  The first day I let it sit a minute and ended up using a spoon to “eat” it!  LOL  It was like apple sauce without the flavor.  
* When choosing the Fiber drink consider this –  Citrus is like gently scrubbing your intestines to remove build-up, which for many people helps minimize cravings.  Peaches & Cream stays in your system longer and is the great food for the gut.  A note from my Coach, Danielle:  “I typically suggest citrus for the cleanse because it is a little more thorough when it comes to scrubbing.   Peaches & cream is great for maintenance after the challenge since it feeds the probiotics and can help with feeling full.”  ~ Thanks Danielle that’s super helpful!
When it comes to this Fiber drink, listen to The Rock

SNACK TIME:  about 10 am I have a snack
 
LUNCH TIME:  Follow the guide – real, balanced food 
 
SNACK TIME:  I drink a Spark and then have a snack about 3:00
 
DINNER TIME:  Take 2 Omega-Plex with this meal
 
BEFORE BED:  Take the herbal cleanse 🙂
 
 
 
 
My grocery shopping before starting 24DC.
I’m not going to bore you with all the food I am eating, but I’ll share a few meals and snack here and there.  This is hormone free grass-fed lean ground beef, slightly grilled veggies (normally I cook them to the point of crispy… not so nutritious), avocado and salsa.  
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 Easy, quick and delicious snacks. 
This was my breakfast for the first 3 days of the cleanse.  Berry Meal Replacement is so good.  I also adore the chocolate 🙂  This is my “running out the door” version:  water and powder shaken and dumped into a cup with ice.  
 
And this is my “Oh cool I have 5 more minutes” variation – Blended with ice.  
One more thing…we need to drink lots of water!
Things on the cleanse change slightly for the next days. 
 
Be intentional in everything you do!
Stay healthy!

HEALTHY PEOPLE & PLACES AROUND NASHVILLE

The Juice Bar
Holistic Chef Laura Lea  – consulting, workshops & public speaking

H3O Aquatics 

 
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JASON WITTEN – DALLAS COWBOYS
DAVID STARR – MOTORSPORTS DRIVER
ADAM BURISH – NHL HOCKEY 
MICHAEL W. SMITH – SINGER/SONGWRITER/PRODUCER 
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ADVOCARE GUIDING PRINCIPLES 

WEIGHT LOSS & WELLNESS TESTIMONIES
HOLT MEAD – older and weight loss
BRIE WONG – lost 115 lbs
HEATHER HODGES – a tired mom 
MERRY SEDLAK – before/after
ROCHELLE KENNEDY – vacation w/out weight gain


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MIA FINNEGAN National & World Fitness Champion, mom to 3 
RICH FRONING –  3 time Competitive Fitness  Champion

 

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24 DAY CHALLENGE REVIEW
CATALYST, MNS, SPARK and PRODUCTS SAFE FOR KIDS 

 

FREE WELLNESS EVALUATION– no obligation 
This is the fun part!  I want to help YOU!  What are your goals?  What do you need to do to be the best version of YOU?  Every story is different and your plan needs to be personalized to YOU.  So, start the conversation by sending me an email.  We will chat and come up with a plan that fits your life – what is it that you need? Health, energy, time, a little extra $$$?  We will first lay the foundation for success, which is nutrition.  Real food and high quality supplements to fill in the gaps is key to reaching your goals.  Advocare has over 70 products and our team will find the perfect fit for you.  Your plan will be personalized to meet medical conditions as well.  We will coach you through it all 🙂  Once that’s in order, we will layer on the fitness.  Again, I am your coach and I will give you workouts that are sustainable in your life.  Your personalized program will depend on whether you workout at a gym with lots of equipment, spend your “fitness” time in group classes, or workout at home with little or no equipment.