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Holiday Must Haves 2020

Holiday Must Haves 2020

My Holiday Must Haves 2020

The ultimate go to shopping list for any fitness and health fanatic in your life.

This year let’s make the most of this holiday season. We can shop from home and still enjoy what this season is all about….. shopping. Just kidding.

In all seriousness I hope you and yours have a Happy Holiday and much better 2021!

Below are my top 10 ideas. You can find more on my Amazon page here as well. Basically everything is on amazon so heres to free shipping with prime ūüôā

Happy Holidays!

Christmas gifts

1 – Five S Deep Tissue Massager

You can use this bad boy on your neck, your feet, your legs, your shoulders, your back, and it’s versatile. It works and its cheap. #WinWin

2- Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle

This is GREAT for anyone who may need to up that water intake. It lights up to remind you to drink up and it has a handy app to help you track it. LOVE IT.

3- For the At Home Workout Lover

I love this because it is versatile and does not take up a lot of space. Check out TRX as well.

4- For The Foodie 

This thing does it all, it air frys, it steams, sautes, bakes, and slow cooks plus more. I love NINJA products ūüôā

5- For the healthier foodie

Again I LOVE Ninja, they make things so much easier because they make all in one appliances. You only need one thing to do 4 jobs. This blender/pitcher is just that. Make smoothies, bowls, soups, and cookie dough plus more!

6- For the person who loves to be comfy

I do not care how goofy this looks I love this thing. It lives up to its name!

7- For the one who loves candles

They could burn this while wearing the comfy! lol This smells amazing and lasts for a while.

8- For the healthy one

Mushrooms?? May sound weird but I would love someone to get me immune boosting supplements- especially ones that help me relax with adaptogens and have stress support. This bundle is great and it is not just pills Рits coffee, vegan protein and more. 

Not to mention you can save more with code CANDICECFITNESS at checkout.

9- For the Book Lover

This is a great book to help us realize how much we need to slow down, and how much we can accomplish when we do. Check out more of my favorite books here.

10- For the Shoe Lover

These are SO comfy and they are actually pretty good for workouts (strength workouts not running). They come in a bunch of color combos too! I wear mine ALL the time :).

I have even more ideas on my amazon page! 

Hope you have a happy holiday!

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Easy Healthy Recipes

Easy Healthy Recipes

Easy Healthy Recipes 

These are some of my favorite go to recipes for when I am in a hurry but want to still make something my husband will eat.

AKA your kids and significant other will definitely appreciate these too!

Chicken Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Artichoke Spaghetti Squash

This recipe is simple and low in carbs and SO GOOD and filling for what it is. If you like creaminess and artichokes then this is for you. This is originally by the Paleo Running Momma and you can find the original recipe here.  Please note this is NOT my recipe and...

Healthy Chicken Parm with Cauliflower Gnocchi

Healthy Chicken Parm with Cauliflower Gnocchi

Who doesn't love Chicken Parm??  Who doesn't want all the calories and fat that normally come with it?? This girl lol This is something I make frequently that I find to be SUPER easy.  Please note I may receive a small commission from some affiliate links in this...

Macro Bowl Recipe – ONE OF MY FAVS

Macro Bowl Recipe – ONE OF MY FAVS

This continues to be a go to for me. I love it because it fills me up and is filled with nutrient rich food and lots of fiber. You can essentially use any dressing or marinade you like but I love Primal Kitchens Honey Mustard for this one personally, you could also...

Primal Kitchen Tex Mex Chicken Bowl Recipe

Primal Kitchen Tex Mex Chicken Bowl Recipe

I love this recipe because it is simple and tasty. Literally anyone can make it.   I prefer to use cauliflower rice vs. normal and I use Trader Joes frozen cauliflower rice on that note. Then I always use Primal Kitchen Marinade/Dressing and Oils. So for this one...

Stressed by what is best to get at the store?

Feel like you do not have enough hours in the day to finish working, take care of the kids, prep dinner, eat, take care of you, workout and know what to get at the grocery store?

Ever find yourself just throwing whatever seems appealing into your cart?

Well no more! 

I have helped so many women achieve the balance they want and need by taking the guess work out of workouts and meal prep. Get a FREE grocery shopping list to help decrease inflammation and try it this weekend!

Primal Kitchen Tex Mex Chicken Bowl Recipe

Primal Kitchen Tex Mex Chicken Bowl Recipe

I love this recipe because it is simple and tasty. Literally anyone can make it.

 

I prefer to use cauliflower rice vs. normal and I use Trader Joes frozen cauliflower rice on that note. Then I always use Primal Kitchen Marinade/Dressing and Oils. So for this one it is no different.

 

You can find the original recipe here. 

Please note this is NOT my recipe and all credit is due to Primal Kitchen- it is just one of my favorites.

What you need:

 

  • 1-2 Chicken Breasts or Thighs (whichever you prefer)
  • 1/2 Onion cut into strips
  • 1/2 bell pepper of your choice cut up into strips
  • 1 tsp Ghee
  • Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil (or another brand)
  • Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Marinade
  • 1 tsp Cilantro chopped + a few loose pieces
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup salsa

How to:

  • Take chicken and place in small dish and coat with salt and pepper and¬† Primal Kitchen Cilantro Lime Marinade
    • Allow to refrigerate for an hour or overnight
  • Prep rice as desired and add in lime juice and cilantro thats chopped and mix together
  • Use a cast iron skillet and heat to medium-high heat along with 1 tablespoon of Avocado Oil¬† –¬† .
  • Add in onions and peppers and allow to cook until soft¬†
  • Once they are cooked add a little more Avocado Oil and cook Chicken about 6-7 minutes/side with onions and peppers still in the pan – add salt and pepper as needed
  • Allow chicken to cool and then chop up and divide among bowls with rice, peppers and onions, avocado, and more cilantro lime dressing.

 

Please note that I may receive a small commission from some of the links within this post. Also note that I would never affiliate with any company or product that I do not believe in or use whole heartedly.

Stressed by what is best to get at the store?

Feel like you do not have enough hours in the day to finish working, take care of the kids, prep dinner, eat, take care of you, workout and know what to get at the grocery store?

Ever find yourself just throwing whatever seems appealing into your cart?

Well no more! 

I have helped so many women achieve the balance they want and need by taking the guess work out of workouts and meal prep. Get a FREE grocery shopping list to help decrease inflammation and try it this weekend!

Why Accountability is the BIGGEST Key in Reaching Your Goals

Why Accountability is the BIGGEST Key in Reaching Your Goals

Every person on this planet has had a year unlike any other. That is something I do not think any of us ever thought we would be saying….. 

We have gotten thrown for a loop in regards to how we live, how we interact, how we do life day to day. We have had to learn to adapt and learn more patience. Who knows maybe you have even had to lean into your faith more. I know I have.

Then there is our health and wellness. If there is any takeaway from this year it should be that we need to make our health a priority. We need to take care of ourselves NOW so we do not have to be at risk later. That means work on eating better, losing weight if were at an unhealthy level, and strengthening our heart and lungs, etc. 

Yet so many of us have fallen off track with our fitness routine. It could be due to gyms being closed, or maybe it is due to our mindsets and giving up amongst craziness. 

However, those justify all reasons why we NEED fitness even more. It is also why we need accountability even more. 

In this blog I am going to go over why accountability is so key, especially in tough times.

If you have fallen off track, do not lose hope, you can get back on! You just have to take that step and keep showing up after that.

WHY ACCOUNTABILITY  MATTERS DURING HARD TIMES

1- Stress is high and temptations are in front of you

When we get stressed out, it is normal for us to turn to something that comforts us- would you agree? When you are stressed, do you turn to food? Or alcohol? Or something else? It is human nature to go after comfort and relief. We want that anxiousness to go away, so we go for how ways to numb it.

Unfortunately that is also how we end up in worse shape than we started. Our stress hormones go up, then we are eating junk or putting some sort of toxin in our body. When that happens our body stores more fat (in basic terms) because it thinks we may need it later – this makes us pack on weight and then start to feel even more down on ourselves.

2- If you are alone in your choices your more likely to turn to old habits

When you have no one checking in on you, or anyone to hold you accountable, then it is more likely that you will turn back to your old ways. When someone is there you are less likely to do so because you will have to own up to them. It will make you think twice.

3- It gives you a purpose day to day

When you have some sort of accountability in place, whether a person or a plan you have a reason to go after it each day. One thing I have learned from myself, clients, and friends this year is that every day when there was a plan in place, we felt a little better. Even when working from home if you have a plan or schedule for the day it wouldn’t be as mundane. The same can be said for fitness. When you have a workout plan and you work at it, you will only feel that much better about yourself.¬†

WHY YOU NEED A PLAN

1- Because you need action steps

Without a plan in place, how will you know when you have succeeded at something? How will you know when you have made progress? How will you know if you missed a day? РThe plan makes ALL the difference. 

When you are working out you cant just wing it everyday or you will never succeed – you have to take it a step at a time, and get better over time. Plans make you accountable.

2- You need goals to work for

Why would you continue to show up every single time if you had no reason to? We ALL have something we want to work for, whether it is something like a race, or our health or just to lose weight or look good on that next trip. There is ALWAYS something. Setting an actual goal helps develop the plan of action to take to get there- hence a plan being important. 

3- To measure your progress

If you do not celebrate the small stuff then you are less likely to stick with it. You have to recognize when you do something you could not do before, or when you have lost that 1 lb. Those little things add up. A plan helps you see this. It helps you look back and see when you could not do something x amount of time ago and where you are now. It helps you keep moving forward.

This is motivation we ALLLLL need

WHY YOU NEED A PARTNER

1- An Accountability partner will help you show up when you do not want to. 

How many times have you not wanted to show up for a workout? How many times have you literally had to pull yourself out of bed or convince yourself for 30 minutes to go for that run or go to the gym?? We have ALL been there. When you have someone to push you, you’re more likely to show up.

2- To make you remember why you started

You may have had a bad week, you may have gained a little weight, or you just do not like what you see in the mirror today- so whatever you are doing is not working…. WRONG- that is definitely NOT always the case. SOOO many factors could go into why it is not working, but stopping is not going to get you anywhere. Pretty sure we have all been there too! That is even more reason to have someone in your corner. You need someone to remind you why you started in the first place.¬†

3- To call you out

Really no explanation needed- you need someone to call you out when you screw up or when you doubt yourself. Who better to do that than someone who has a job to hold you accountable??

 

Key Takeaways

During any sort of hard time, having someone in your corner is key. Whether it is a family member, friend, spouse, or coach it does and will make a difference. 

The quality of the people you surround yourself with and invest time in matters too. That is why it is important to have people who will be truthful and love and respect you as well as will motivate you to be your best, not bring you down. 

Accountability really is the key to success in all areas of life. You have to keep showing up – if you don’t you won‚Äôt get where you want to be.¬†

Hiring someone to help you in the area your lacking like a coach or professional can make all the difference. They can provide the knowledge and the plan you need to help you take those steps needed to get you to your goals. 

That is exactly what I provide with clients virtually and in person. We develop a plan and we implement it. Whether it is together or on your own. Or with my new 6 week #WORKOUTPARTNER challenge . We celebrate the small stuff and the big, and I call you out when needed too. It is how it has to be done to work. It is why I love what I do, I love seeing clients succeed. If you are someone who is needing that extra structure, that accountability, that guidance to help you get back in gear you can start today- simply download the free workout below. You can do it anywhere ūüôā

 

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Accountability help can start right NOW – start with this workout- get it done and get moving in the right direction.

New Fav Smoothie

New Fav Smoothie

My Recent Smoothie Obsession :

So no idea why this is my new thing. I go through phases, maybe you do too where you love something then you transition to eating something else (I am talking about food this time lol). 

I will get on routine where I eat the same thing for breakfast over and over and then some how be inspired to change it up. This is no different.

If you have followed me at all you know I eat alot of overnight oats. I love the texture and taste of that with fruit, my protein, and nut butter and flax seed, or other seeds etc. Maybe it is the summer time and heat but I recently started having more smoothies РI am talking fully blended (I still want that spoon action though). 

You may be familiar with the Fab Four smoothie RD Р@bewellwithKelly created for her clients and it went mainstream. Well this is very very similar- but I use my own stuff lol. 

I love this smoothie for a few reasons :

Taste (duh)

Its packed with healthy fiber to keep me fuller longer so no snacking.

I can eat it on the go (sometimes) and if I make it less thick I can totally drink it in the car.

I am getting all of my vitamins needs along with important antioxidants and immune boosting minerals.

I can easily change up the combo and still get the same benefits.

So what is in this thing I am now digging so much??

 

It consists of a breakdown that is pretty simple:

 Some sort of plant based protein or collagen/ bone broth style protein powder (I use my DNS every day!)

  • this is great for recovery and muscle and bone health as well as gut health if you are using a bone broth or collagen variety) – side note ALWAYS look at the ingredients if it is loaded with stuff you cannot pronounce then run! Here are some of my favorites.

Some sort of Fruit like a berry 1/4-1/2 cup frozen is preferred 

  • Berries like strawberries, blueberries and cherries are great because they are low on the glycemic index so they wont spike blood sugar like some can. They are also great for antioxidant health and benefits. Fighting free radicals and even skin!

Greens – about 1 cup (can be frozen or fresh) (anything like spinach, kale, even zucchini works well)

  • You know you need your greens (you could also use a greens powder if that is more your jam like this one – however make sure you pay attention to what is in it because the flavors of that plus the smoothie may not exactly um…. taste all that great.

Healthy fat – nut or seed butter or avocado or coconut oil (I alternate between sunflower butter, cashew and avocado)

  • We NEED healthy fats. They help support our joints, our digestion and can even help our blood and brain health too. With butters make sure to look at the label, the less sugar and the less added junk the better. You also want to steer away from any canola and even palm oil for some.

Fiber from hemp/flax or chia seeds (also good doses of omega 3’s too!) (love these)

  • Chia seeds can give you a crunchier taste and make it a little thicker, hemp and flax are both more nutty and hemp even provides a great plant based protein to the mix. I would aim for 1 TBSP of one of these.

1 scoop of collagen powder (unless you are using it for your protein)

  • ( I love primal kitchen foods collagen – you can save with code CANDICECFITNESS at checkout here )
  • Collagen is GREAT for our overall health – it supports our joints and ligaments and tendons and can help rebuild the gut lining too. Again like everything else – look at those labels!!

Stevia or natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup

  • Natural is always the best bet when it comes to sweeteners, however you still want to be mindful when using honey or maple syrup or something like agave- they are really heavy in natural sugars and too much of a good thing IS possible – aim for a tsp or so.

Milk of preference

  • I like milkadamia or califia farms – you can also use a soy or flax or coconut just pay attention so you are not overdoing one thing – like coconut milk then coconut oil, etc.

 

Overall smoothies like this are a great easy option to get nutrient dense foods in first thing in the morning. To set your day off on the right foot if you will. You should stay fuller longer due to all the fiber too! You can always get creative and add spices like cinnamon or turmeric or even ginger if that is more your jam.

 

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