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Should I Buy a Fitbit? Does Fitbit Work?

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Should I Buy a Fitbit?

Should I buy a fitbit

Does a Fitbit work?

Yes Fitbit works, and they are definitely a great tool to help you reach your activity goals, and help you understand your movement!

 

Recently I was talking to a friend, and she was telling me all about her ‘Fitbit’ and I found myself being intrigued wondering “should I buy a fitbit?”

 

I decided that I needed a FitBit!

Using my fitbit over the last 3 weeks I have discovered a few things.

First off I bought the Fitbit Flex. Click the Link below to get yours with FREE SHIPPING!
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black

I thought this would be the best for me since you wear it much like you would a watch.

You can add interchangeable bands to personalize your FitBit on your wrist.

I found this amazing deal on Amazon for a beautiful black and white polka dot FitBit Holder.

I have found  the information the FitBit tracks to be very helpful in understanding my activities better, and providing me a resource that is trackable to measure my activities by.

I love how the FitBit tracks the quality of my sleep!

Some days I wake up thinking my sleep was Horrible… and I can’t wait to sync my FitBit and see how it said I slept.

So far the results are fantastic.

I have tested my FitBits ability to track my steps while getting my Christmas shopping done, and also while doing work outs.

 

Should I Buy a Fitbit?

I think the question should be what FitBit should I buy?

I choose to buy the Fitbit Flex because it was affordable (just under $100) and it is water proof to 30m.

I can wear it all the time! I don’t have to take it off to do dishes, shower, or swim!

 

You can buy your FitBit here from Amazon – Click this link below.

How Long Before I have to Charge a FitBit?

 

I can go for about 7-8 days before my FitBit needs to be charged.

I like to charge my FitBit while I am sitting at my computer writing a blog post, or doing some other non active task.

It takes approximately 3 hours to get a full charge.

 

I have enjoyed my FitBit, and perhaps one of the best parts of the FitBit is the ability to challenge others in your circle of friends!!

 

So if you are now going to buy a FitBit and you are looking for a challenge, I would love to have a friendly competition with you.

Click Here to Friend me on the FitBit Platform… and lets Step our way into a healthy 2015!

 

Amanda Evans

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Why Drink More Water? Are you Drinking yourself FAT?

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Why Drink More Water? Are you Drinking yourself FAT?

why drink more waterIts important to learn why drink more water!

Is it possible you are drinking yourself fat?

Are you rigid with your ‘food’ but have never thought of the calorie content of your beverages?

Why Drink More Water?

There are several reasons to drink more water.

First off water is Calorie FREE! Zero, zip, no calories!! Woo hoo!!

If that alone is no a great reason for you here are a few more.

Our bodies are made up of 70-85% WATER! In order for our body to function optimally, we NEED water, good clean water!!

While there is water content in the high calorie laden drinks we can drink our body has to do a lot of work to process the drink and the water content is not readily available to our bodies!

Do you Want to Look Younger?

Why drink more water to help you look younger of course! Since our bodies are mostly water, our skin (being our largest organ) also needs water to stay hydrated, and keep it supple!  I want to hold onto my youth as long as possible… and drinking water is a great way to keep our skin healthy naturally!

Your Brain – Needs Water!

Another great reason to drink water, and lots of it…. our BRAIN requires water to function properly! If you find you are struggling to think clearly, your mind is foggy, or you seem to have memory loss… it could be lack of water!

Because our brain is made up mostly of water it needs water to function properly!

Your Diet and Workout Needs Water!

Why drink more water when you are working out? When you are expending energy to work out your body is eager to drink in water, to keep operating at optimal temperature, and hydrate your cells.

Your body craves water, especially when working out… because your body NEEDS water!

Give your body what it wants, and make it a goal to drink 1-2 Litres of water during your workouts (depending how intense they are)

Do not confuse water being a no calorie beverage with commercial beverages loaded with artificial sweetener, etc (that often tout themselves as a healthy alternative to their sugary counterparts) as a good beverage choice!

Water is water is water! There are NO Substitutes!  If you substitute just 2 glasses of a HIGH calorie beverage for WATER, you can create that 500 calorie deficit in your diet and start to lose weight!!

Now while I have you craving a glass of the good clear stuff… run and grab a tall cold glass, and enjoy!

 

Make it count!

 

Amanda Evans

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PS. I love a tasty espresso beverage (from Starbucks)… and I have a great recipe that I love that tastes like expensive coffee shop beverages, but is actually healthy for you, doubling as a meal and a treat!! Score!!  Check it out…

 

Easy Tuna Avocado Salad Recipe

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Easy Tuna Avocado Salad recipeI had two ingredients I wanted to use for dinner tonight, tuna, and avocado… I am trying to make healthier food choices, and carb cycle!

So I knew I wanted something with healthy fats, hence the avocado, lean protein, which was the tuna, and some veggies… I had an orange pepper that I thought would add a nice crunch and sweetness to my dish.

So I cut up the Orange pepper in fine squares, cut up 2 ripe avocados, added 2 cold cans of tuna, one plain, the other jalapeno (drained), and cut up to dill pickles to add flavor and crunch.

Then I took this picture to show you how easy this is, and how you can easily make this salad, its great for a make ahead as well… perfect for lunch!

So then you mix everything together, and enjoy on lettuce leaves, or just as it is, or its also great with tortilla chips and a bit of salsa.

To store you left overs make sure to top with plastic wrap, and press it tightly on top of the tuna avocado salad so that the avocado does not brown from the air.

Alterations to the Tuna Avocado Salad Recipe

In future here are some things I will add to this, as you can really make it with anything you have on hand.

This tuna avocado salad recipe is very easy to add, or delete items as you see fit.

Some Add in to consider, not necessarily all at one time:

  • Red Onion
  • Celery
  • Cilantro
  • tomato
  • Black beans
  • corn
  • salsa
  • mayonnaise (if you like it, personally I don’t like it – and the avocado does a GREAT job of helping it all stick together)
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • Red Pepper
  • your favorite salad dressing

This recipe is a great starter for you to make it to your liking.

If you are interested in Carb Cycling, and want some encouragement and support along your journey, please click here, and join my free facebook group with motivation, work outs, recipes, and more.

Find more great Recipes here:

Carrot Fries – Easy in the Oven

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

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How To Do Carb Cycling For Weight Loss

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How To Do Carb Cycling For Weight Loss?

carb cycling for weight lossCarb Cycling for weight loss, is for sensible people, who want to eat, and not starve to lose weight!

Carb Cycling is a great way to learn healthy boundaries with food, and eat many of the foods you love.

Its not about giving up all your favorite foods and dieting for the rest of your life to be healthy!

There is nothing worse than going on a diet, only to find out that to maintain it for the rest of your life you will never be able to put a mouthwatering piece of Cheesecake in your mouth! Not only is that NOT fun, its also not motivational!

2.5 years ago I was looking for the solution to being fat, out of shape, and to finally lose my excess weight. I had not heard of carb cycling, however, it is nearly what I did!

I found 5-6 small meals each day was the ticket for me to finally get healthy and shake this lifelong weight battle.

I also got active and worked out in the gym for 30-40 minutes per day, 5-6 days a week. But I did not use a treadmill ever! I learned to do bodyweight exercises, that challenge my muscles, in a fashion similar to what I demand of them on a daily basis!

I trained my body to do the everyday things better, simple things like grocery shopping, bending down to pick up the kids, cleaning the house, stamina to take my kids for a walk. All the things that so called ‘skinny people’ take for granted!

I wanted to train my body to be better, so I focused on doing simple exercises that you can even do at home, and eating better.

Now that I have lost and kept off 80 pounds I would still like to tone up more, and lose probably another 20 pounds. I am doing that with daily exercise not longer than 12 minutes and eating better. I am Carb cycling and love how much energy I have, how tasty my meals are, and how I can have the foods I love and not feel guilty.

Carb Cycling Weight LossI have already dropped 3 pounds! I love to encourage my readers to find their solution to a lifelong struggle with weight issues.

Carb cycling for weight loss is an idea that simply makes sense. This solution will work for every body type, and the great news is the whole family can eat this way!

How aweful is it when you go on a diet, and you have to make one set of food for yourself, and something entirely different for your spouse and kids!

That feeling sucks! Its hard to maintain, and its not showing your kids healthy eating either.

Sometimes the biggest challenge is not finding a life time solution, but finding the recipes and the motivation to make your change a lifelong change, vs a temporary diet.

For a simple to follow carb cycling for weight loss solution that is easy click here.

A lifestyle choice is so much different than a diet! Learn how you can use Carb Cycling as the answer to your life long weight struggles and create your best life this year!  Here is the link to learn Carb Cycling for Weight Loss.

As always I am here for any questions, and of course I love to hear about your journey, and help you overcome this battle once and for all!

 

Amanda Evans

 

Carrot Fries Recipe – Easy in the Oven!

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Carrot Fries Recipe – Easy in the Oven!

Carrot Fries RecipeLooking for an easy  alternative to potato fries? This easy oven made Carrot Fries Recipe will be a hit with the kids, guests, and anyone looking for an alternative to traditional fries!

Easy to make at home.

Use 1/2 pound carrots per person you want to feed. I used organic carrots. Peel the carrots, and cut of both ends. Then cut your carrots into similar pieces, in size and shape, making none longer than about 4 inches.

Preheat your oven to 425F.  Do not put the carrots in until your oven is hot!

In a Ziploc bag combine 3 Tablespoons Johnny’s Seasoning (you can buy this at most Costco Stores), if you don’t have Johnny’s use {2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, and 1 teaspoon salt},

 

Johnny's Garlic Spreadthen add 2 Tablespoons olive oil, and 2 Tablespoons water.

Add your carrots to the ziploc bag and coat evenly in the mixture. Slide out of the bag onto a cookie sheet.  Place in the oven and cook for 25 minutes or until the largest carrot is easily pierced with a fork.

Enjoy with pretty much any side you want. Get creative with your seasoning. You can put pretty much whatever you want on the veggies. You can also use this recipe to make other veggie fries. This would be great on Parsnips, turnips, sweet potatoes, zucchini, or any root sort of veggie you like.

I paired the Carrot fries recipe with Lemon shrimp and Edamame beans. Simple, delicious, and so good for you! My kids gobbled them down, and my husband and I loved them as well.

Let me know how you liked this. For more recipes, healthy eating, and a healthier you come be part of my private Facebook Group. Click here for access.

See you on the inside.

 

Healthy Carrot Fries

 

Amanda Evans

 

Quinoa Black Bean Salad – Recipe

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Quinoa black bean saladThis Quinoa Black Bean Salad is easy to make, tastes great, and keeps well for great leftovers for lunches!

So here are ingredients you will need to make this dish:

This makes enough for 4-6 servings, more if you are having other food with it.

  • 5 cups cooked Quinoa (precooked and chilled see below)
  • 1/2 medium sized onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup rice or white wine vinegar
  • 1 medium size fennel bulb, very finely diced
  • 1 can drained and rinsed kernel corn (341ml)
  • quinoa black bean salad2 1/2 cups cooked black beans or equivalent canned. Rinsed and drained. (recipe for making your own black beans from scratch included)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard (if you don’t have regular yellow mustard works fine)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 heaping teaspoons Honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I use organic sea salt)
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (or more to taste)

quinoa and black bean saladInstructions:

Quinoa – To cook the quinoa, combine about 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa with 3 cups water in a medium pot. Over medium heat, bring it to a boil.  Turn it down, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the water is completely absorbed. DO not open. Turn off the heat and leave on for an additional 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa and set aside. The Quinoa can be made up to 2 days in advance and just stored in the refrigerator.

To Make the Quinoa Black Bean Salad:

Put the onions in a small bowl, cover with the boiling water, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Drain the Onions and cover them with 1/2 cup vinegar.  Let them sit like this until you are ready to use them.

Grab a bowl, a large size bowl as this will eventually hold the entire salad. You will make the dressing in this bowl, and add everything as you go. Whisk together the vinegar, basil, and mustard in the large bowl. Slowly drizzle the oil, whisking constantly, until the dressing has thickened slightly. Whisk in the honey, salt and cayenne, and then taste. Add a bit more oil if the vinegar taste is too pungent.

Drain the onions, squeeze out the vinegar, and add them to the dressing, add the corn, fennel, and black beans. Toss well, then add the quinoa and toss well. Taste for salt, and add more if necessary.

Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from one I found in Shape Magazine

How to Cook Black Beans in a Crockpot From Scratch!

I like to make extra, because once these are cooked, they FREEZE beautifully to add them to soups, chili, and more.

This is the ratio for soaking the beans.

3 cups dry black beans

6 cups cold water

Refrigerate for at least 24 hours prior to cooking up to 48 hours drain and rinse after 24 hours if you plan to let them soak for more than 24 hours.

When you are ready to put the beans in the crockpot I like to rinse them, and then add quadruple the water so in this case it would be 12 cups.  Put your crockpot on high and cook for 6 hours. Your beans should be perfect, at this point. Give them a good stir, and try some, if you find any hard ones let them cook on high for another hour.

Simple just beans and water. Do not add any spices of any kind when cooking the beans it will alter their ability to cook.

Once you are done, set aside the beans needed for this recipe, and the extra beans can be drained and stored in the fridge for future use, or stored in freezer bag for several months for future use.

Hope these tips were helpful.

Would love to know how you like this recipe for Quinoa black bean salad.

Amanda

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Green Smoothies – That Even The Kids Will Drink!

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Green Smoothies – That Even The Kids Will Drink!

 

green smoothiesEver made some Green Smoothies that were so ‘green’ tasting that even you were cringing…. and choking it down?

Have you tried all kinds of nasty tasting green smoothies.

Today I made a green smoothy that was delicious! My daughter (pictured) devoured what I gave her and wanted more.

My 5 year old drank a full glass and asked for more, and my husband who will was feeling a fever coming on and needed the smoothie the most, also loved it!

So I wanted to share the recipe with you, because its easy to make, and so darn tasty!

So here we go:

Green Smoothies – For the Whole Family!

In Blender combine:

2 cups filtered water
2 cups organic baby greens (or spinach)

Then Add:
2 cups organic frozen fruits (I used Peach, Mango and Strawberry)

Blend until smooth, and then add juice of 1 lemon (pulse just enough to mix it in)

last add 1 Vemma Thirst – and blend until just mixed.  (you can buy Vemma Thirst here)

Pour and serve! Delicious! This recipe makes enough for 2 adult servings.

 

Note: 1 Vemma Thirst contains a full 2oz serving of the Vemma Formula which helps to make it even better for you!

I am anxious to hear how you liked it, so please comment and let me know if your kids, yourself, and your spouse liked it.

What is the Secret to Making these Green Smoothies not taste so Green?

Green smoothies are yummyTry it I am sure you will have your kids begging for more green smoothies! The secret to making these Green Smoothies so good (besides the Vemma Thirst) is the lemon!

Lemon is a great way to reduce the ‘green’ taste in your green smoothies. So if you have another recipe that you love for making green smoothies, yet your kids just won’t eat it, try the secret lemon! It works!

To a Healthier you!

 

 

Carb Cycling – What is it? and How Can You Do It?

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Carb Cycling – What Is It? and How Can You Do It?

Carb Cycling

 

Carb cycling is a great way to eat, to lose weight, and to have a healthy body! Carb cycling simply put means that you you alternate between low and high carb days.

There is a lot of research that indicates that because you have high carb days, and low carb days you put your body into an optimal state to lose excess fat, and unnecessary weight! You do this by boosting your metabolism one day and then burn fat the next.

What Can You Eat While Carb Cycling?

The great news is that you can eat many of the foods you already enjoy. All kinds of meats, vegetables, fats (from good sources), and fruits. If you follow a Carb Cycling program such as Chris Powell’s new Bode Challenge program, you will have access to grocery lists, menus, meal planning, and even enjoy one open day once per week, where you can still enjoy the foods you love that don’t fit into a low or high carb day .

How Can I get Access to Chris Powell’s Carb Cycling plan?

There are a few ways you can get access to Chris Powell’s Carb Cycling plan, he has a great book called, Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution, and then you will create your own meals, and your own program. Many people that have bought this book felt it was a great resource but felt they needed more information to reach their goals.

To provide people with more support, more motivation, and better results. We have created a FREE Facebook group which provides all this and more, please click here, and join me in our FREE Facebook group.

Motivation from others just like you, and support are all included for FREE.

 

I look forward to seeing you in our group, and working with you to reach your goals!

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4 Minute Workout Burst Video

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4 minute workoutIf you ever wondered, Can you get any benefit from just a 4 minute workout? Here is your chance to discover the answer for yourself.

I just did a quick 4 minute work out with no equipment and I recorded it, this is raw footage, of exactly what I did – all you need is a sturdy kitchen chair or bench, and BIG glass of water.

Anyone of any level can do this 4 minute workout with me because you will go at YOUR pace. So join me now, get up off your chair, clear some space, and lets get to work!

If you have been here for a while you know I have lost 80 pounds and kept it off for 2 years… so if you are overweight, and out of shape, I know how you feel! I was there!

I have new goals now, and one of them is to help those who were just like me get results!! With some encouragement, and a plan!

For today, here is the quick 4 minute workout, jump up make space where you are, or take you tablet, or laptop to your living room and lets get started!

I would love to have you in my FREE Facebook group where you can get daily tips, motivation, and recipes, as well as access to the 7  minute workout that will change your life!  Click here for access.

It’s time you made a plan, to get healthy, reach your goals, and make health a lifetime goal. Lets make 2014 your year for success by working on it together!

See you on the inside.

Amanda Evans

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