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.

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!]
 

Tye4@ INNER THIGH WORKOUT VIDEO

Strange thing:  The past 2 weeks, I have had a number of you ask  what you need to do to tone your inner thighs.  Funny that this seems to be a theme in my life right now, so I thought I’d help you out and give you some exercises that WILL TONE UP those thighs!  In this video, I am using a Tye4@ which I find to be so much more effective than doing the same exercises with body weight alone. Take a look…

If you live in the Nashville Area, you NEED TO COME TRY OUT ONE OF MY TYE4 CLASSES!!!  I’m starting new classes in Brentwood next week at
 I’ve got limited space, so don’t wait to sign up.
Questions?  Email me!
 
Follow my Tye4 Facebook Page
 
Tye4 Pictures and Review HERE
Tye4 Launch in NYC this summer HERE

Photos by Jene’
GO CHECK HER OUT!

Flat Abs – No More Bloat!

Tosca Reno, author of The Eat-Clean Diet, wrote an article on her blog about Apple Cider Vinegar and  ab definition.  
You should read her post HERE if you experience intestinal discomfort, bloating, or other related symptoms after eating.
ashley benson flat abs
ashleybensonfitness.com

See how I use it to make the BEST ITCH MEDICINE ever!
Click HERE to read about the history and numerous benefits of 
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

The winners of the Slow-Carb Challenge are…

Suzi Richardson!!!
 Winner of the SLOW-CARB CHALLENGE Biggest Results
and
Casey Milleson!!!
 Winner of the most intense SLOW-CARB moment
CONGRATULATIONS  
WAY TO GO YOU GUYS!!!  

Suzi’s Story


After stumbling upon the Slow-Carb Challenge here on the blog, Suzi was encouraged to pursue a healthier lifestyle. The past few weeks have taught her to prepare food that is healthy and filling.
Wait for it……. so far, 
Suzi has lost 22 pounds!!!!! 
 She says she is not done: 
 “I look forward to the next couple of months…stay tuned.”
AWESOME JOB Suzi!!!

Casey’s Story

WHAT WEEK OF THE DIET WERE YOU IN? 

Week 5
WHERE WERE YOU? 
 Panera Bread
WHAT FOOD WAS THE TEMPTER? 
 French baguette…the amazing crunchy outside with a soft inside….mmmm!
HOW DID YOU DISTRACT YOURSELF? 
 I ended up leaving!
DID OTHERS ENCOURAGE YOU TO RESIST THE NON-SLOW CARB FOOD, OR WAS IT ALL YOU? 
 Just me.
HOW CLOSE WERE YOU TO CHEATING? 
 About one nano second away.
“Here’s what happened.  I met a friend at Panera for her to show me some logos she created for my new etsy shop.Panera was convenient.I just posted earlier in our Facebook group about how much I wanted bread.  I was supposed to go to a friend’s house immediately after this meeting, so I decided to order a salad to go. Went up and ordered it sans cheese.  Then the lady said, “Would you like chips, bread or an apple with that?”I hesitated for a moment and chose the healthy option… apple.  Then I realized I couldn’t have that and said never mind.So I pay and go wait for my salad sans cheese.  )I’m not bitter about not having cheese or anything!! Haha)My buzzer goes off and I went to grab my salad.  Before the lady gave me the bag, she said, “Do you want a baguette or another side with that?”  At that moment, I ALMOST just gave in.  I really wanted bread.  I’ve done a great job lasting this long.  I deserved bread!  But I quickly declined and left before I could change my mind.  Whew, cheating diverted.”

What Casey did is SO hard… just say “NO” and walk away.  When you’ve been SO good, when you are SO close to the end… why not?  Well, because she set a goal and did not quit short of the finish line!  
A HUGE WIN FOR CASEY!
I know that Casey is a rock star for 2 reasons:

1] The first time I did the Slow-Carb Diet, about 2 years ago, I didn’t make it to the 6 week.  I stopped in the 5th week :/
2] I have eaten at Panera while on the Slow-Carb Diet, and it was NOT GREAT!  I really missed the bread!  This fall (I believe) they actually had 4 salads that were slow-carb and REALLY good!.. still miss the bread.

I hope you guys enjoy your prize package!  May you continue with  momentum as you walk in your new healthy lifestyle.

thePRIZES
I want to give a shout out to ALL of my new friends who took this 6 week journey with me.  You ALL are winners 🙂  I apologize about the big jeans that have to be replaced, the belts that need more hole, and all the clothes that just don’t fit anymore. 🙂 The past 6 weeks has set us on the right path to live out a healthy lifestyle for the rest of our lives!  

“My habits are completely different…I’m adding fruit back into my life (fruit, glorious fruit) and I’m finding it feels more like a treat… I still love chocolate but when I have some it’s only a couple of bites, instead of the whole pan of brownies in just 2 or 3 sittings!…My portions sizes are also much smaller… I fill up much quicker on much lighter food…If I’m still hungry when I’ve finished my meal… I find something that grows in the ground or that is high in protein to satisfy the hunger… I have confidence again!”  Rochelle 

“This has been the easiest way of eating for me.  I DO NOT CRAVE anything.  I DO NOT get up in the morning thinking of where we can go eat today.  I am not obsessed with food anymore.”  Carole

Carole has lost 11 inches and her hubby Chris has lost 14 lbs!  
WooooWhooooo!!! 

“I decided to let my clothes do the measuring for me.  I have a favorite belt I wear.  When I started I had it in the first hole, now I wear it in the 3rd hole.”  Teresa

Teresa lost 10 pounds on the 6 week challenge! 

Read Jamie’s Slow-Carb Results HERE!
Read more SLOW-CARB QUOTES & CONVERSATIONS HERE
For tips on moving from the Slow-Carb Diet to “real life”
read THIS.
STAY HEALTHY FRIENDS!

WEEKEND WORKOUT – Lunge and Lift

Try this workout this weekend!  Do it at HOME OR AT YOUR GYM!
                                 
                                    theWORKOUT
  • Remember to warm-up & stretch 5 minutes before you begin.
  •  Be sure to use good form with each exercise.
  • Be creative with the resistance… if you don’t have dumbbells, then use something from your home like a gallon of water!  
 
1. Back Row w/Dumbbell – 30 sec.
2. LUNGE to the next exercise
3. Bench Dips – 30 sec.
 
4. LUNGE to the next exercise
 
5. Bicep Curl – 30 sec. 
 
6. LUNGE to next exercise 
 
7. Push-Ups – 30 sec.
 
8.LUNGE to next exercise
 
9.Squat Jumps – 30 sec.
 
10. LUNGE to next exercise
 
11. Up-Right Row w/Kettle Bell – 30 sec.
 
12. Sprint back to the beginning.
 
Repeat 3-4 times!
 
 the PHOTOGRAPHERS 

SLOW-CARB DEVILED EGGS… w/AVOCADO

My friend, Teresa, brought deviled eggs to the Healthy Food Sampling Party we had at my house last Friday.  They were SO good and I had to try it out myself.  Teresa found this recipe on Pinterest that led to a cute website My Kitchen Of Love.  To make it slow-carb, we left out the mayo and tweaked the seasoning a bit.
My girl Taylor wanted to take this project over last night, so I must give her credit for the eggs “we” made.  SHE actually made them and they were GREAT!
 
what T A Y L O R did…
 
 She made 12 hardboiled eggs and peeled them after they were cool.

She cut the eggs in half length wise, scoop out the egg yoke and put them in a mixing bowl. She smashed the egg yoke, along with an avocado, and seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and olive oil.
Just like traditional deviled eggs…she transferred the mixture to the egg white halves and then sprinkled them with paprika.
We didn’t take the time to make these look pretty, 
but in the end it didn’t matter that much… they were gone in seconds!
Taylor added mustard and loved it.
INGREDIENTS:
12 hard boiled eggs
1 avocado
salt and pepper
garlic powered
olive oil
paprika 
Thank you TAYLOR for helping out in the kitchen!

9 FOODS TO EAT IN JANUARY

ORGANIC GARDENING put out a list of 
 
9 BEST FOODS TO EAT IN JANUARY.
Be sure to add these IN SEASON foods into your diet!
Click on each food to find out why these foods rock!
  1. GRAPEFRUIT (eat on DGW day)
  2. BEETS
  3. BRUSSELS SPROUTS
  4. TURKEY
  5. CAULIFLOWER
  6. PUMPKIN SEEDS
  7. AVOCADOS
  8. EGGS
  9. YOGURT (eat on DGW day)
 
Let’s build these foods into our meal plan this week!

3 MINUTE MEAL

Watch how I spend less than 3 minutes making a Slow-Carb meal with little clean up!  Serious.  There are no more excuses about not eating breakfast in the morning! Make sure you are getting your first meal with in the first hour of waking up!