Focus on Food

Quick question...

Do you feel like your eating is out of control? You resolve to eat healthy (again) but by 8pm find yourself Netflix and chillin' with wine, Doritos and Double-Stuffed Oreos?

Or maybe you know you need to start exercising. Or hitting 10,000 steps a day. Or adding some stretching to your routine. But somehow another day or week or month goes by and you still aren't moving like you should.

If you feel like you need a health and fitness re-start, I can help.

When I need to get back to basics and focus on taking care of me, I don't leave it to chance. No wishful thinking "I'll eat healthier tomorrow" or "next week I'll go to the gym." No.

There is strength in numbers, and I believe in the power of support and accountability. Together, we  log our water intake, stay positive, and identify all the excuses.....And find ways to overcome those excuses.

Because support and accountability has helped me, and hundreds of other ladies, I am giving away a free gift of a lunch tote and 21 Day Fix cookbook to the first two people who register by Monday, September 18.

We will focus on food, because health and weightloss comes down to 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. I will provide meal plans, recipes, and motivation on your fitness transformation. We will help each other succeed!! AND, we will do this, without feeling deprived, but having a glass of wine, or dessert, now and then.

We start Focus on Food on Monday, Sept 18!!. #NoMoreExcuses

What you will get:
  • Cookbook and insulated lunch tote to the first two registrants.
  • One on one nutrition and fitness coaching.
  • Exclusive membership in my private online community
  • One month of nutrient dense superfoods
  • Meal plans
  • Recipes
  • Meal prep tips 
  • Support and accountability
  • Access to streaming workout programs, like having a personal trainer in your home
  • Motivation
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Chicken Cashew Stir Fry

We don't eat a ton of Asian food in our house. I could eat rice and noodles EVERY day and never get sick of it, but my husband and kids generally don't eat food that touches!!

But, when I find a healthy Asian dishes that packs flavor and spice, I like to try it. I hate feeling gross after eating a meal and that usually happens to me when I eat MSG-laden take-out! Plus, most Chinese sauces are filled with sugar as well, so eating Asian food can definitely derail your fitness goals!  AND, bonus, hubby and one son loved this dish!

I found the inspiration for this recipe on Buzzed, but altered a few of the ingredients, omitting honey, and soy sauce, substituting Braggs acids for the soy sauce.

This Chicken Cashew recipe was perfect served over zucchini noodles! You could also serve it over cauliflower rice. It fills your mouth with an explosion of flavor, but doesn't leave you feeling greasy and icky afterwards!

It will now go into our monthly recipe rotation, and I hope you'll like it too! It's a definite take-out take DOWN!

Serves 4


6 Braggs amino acids or coconut aminos

1 tablespoon hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

½ tablespoon ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

¾ pounds chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon sesame oil

4 cups broccoli florets

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

¾ cup raw cashews

½ cup water

zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice


1. In a medium bowl, combine the amino acids, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, season the chicken with salt, pepper, and cornstarch.

3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add sesame oil.

4. Add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the chicken begins to brown.

5. Remove chicken and set aside in a separate bowl.

6. Add the broccoli and bell peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes.

7. Pour in the sauce and add the cashews. Stir together and allow sauce to thicken.

8. Remove from heat and serve over zoodles or cauliflower rice.

9. Enjoy!

If you’re looking for some new recipe ideas, or meal planning tips or maybe just some accountability to stay ON TRACK especially when times get tough – then join my next online Health & Fitness accountability challenge! My next group is now forming and I am looking for more women who would benefit from the support network and accountability of achieving their goals TOGETHER! Fill out the form below to reserve your spot.
There’s Power in Numbers

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Are you ready for a week of Hard Labor?

I had so much fun doing Shaun T Week with my customers, and I'm ready for the next week-long challenge! This time it's a week of HARD LABOR with the Beast himself, Sagi Kalev. Sagi is the creator of Body Beast and co-creator of Hammer & Chisel. After serving as an Israeli paratrooper, he became a world famous bodybuilder, and now helps people gain muscle and shed fat.

I've loved the Body Beast program, because there is no impact on my knees, and it helps me tone up and lean out!! I feel strong and badass!!

What Is A Week Of Hard Labor?

A Week of Hard Labor includes five new Sagi Kalev workouts, to kickstart your health and fitness goals, or break a plateau. Starting on September 5 (so just after the Labor Day weekend of BBQ's and end of summer celebrations), Sagi will release a new workout on Beachbody on Demand every day for five days. He will target a different muscle group each day and work it until it can’t work anymore! During this 5-day program we will work on your chest and back, legs, shoulders and arms, total body, and core.

A Week of Hard Labor is perfect for anyone interested in weight training, people who don’t like heavy cardio, and fans of The Beast!! Sagi will whip you into shape with 25-45 minute workouts and I will keep you on track with daily motivation, accountability, and support. Plus, I’ll get you set up with a 5-day meal plan designed for optimized performance.

How to get access to these amazing new workouts?
You need to make me your FREE coach and get Beachbody On Demand for FREE through me as your coach.

This program is starting right after the long holiday weekend, so it’s being released RIGHT when we need it most! I know Labor Day is the time to end the summer with picnics and cookouts which obviously throws a wrench in our health and fitness plans!! Even the most disciplined and dedicated people can get a little unfocused when there are a ton of temptations in front of you.

What equipment do I need?

So after Labor Day, it will be time to get back on track! You will need dumbbells, resistance bands, and a stability ball to make the most out of this week with The Beast. A Week of Hard Labor is one of Beachboy’s toughest weightlifting workouts, but we are going to conquer this program together! There is always a modifier if you are having difficulty with any of the moves.

I am also going to be kicking things off with an optional 3 Day Refresh if you feel like you really need a cleaning out of your diet. I know that the summer for me is full if drinks by the pool, vacations and visiting with family and friends. It has been quite a challenge to stay on track and I’m sure you feel that in some way too. The 3 day refresh is a simple and very easy way to get back on track, clear out the sugar cravings, and get back to the basics of clean eating. The 3 day refresh is a plant based cleanse that will not leave you starving, you get to eat real food, and you won’t be on the toilet all day (LOL). It is simply following the day to day plan that comes with the product to get the results you want. It can help you with getting rid of bloating, clearing the sugar cravings, helping you shed the first few pounds and laying the foundation for clean eating and a shift in your lifestyle. Would you like to do this with me? Check it out here: 3 Day Refresh

How Do I Register?

If you’re interested in learning more or participating in A Week of Hard Labor, fill out the application below! I will contact you in the next 24 hours with a response on how to get started.

Back to School, Back to ME!

Well, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of end of the summer parties, BBQ, and a feeling that I'm surrounded by FOOD! 
AND, since I decided to fulfill my other passion of teaching, and had to complete a week of full-time orientation, a week of lesson plans, and then thrown right into the fire, I haven't been faithful to my workouts.....yep, I skipped two each week!! 
This week the boys go back to school, and it's time to get back to ME!
So, I've recommitted, made a meal plan, scheduled my workout times for the week, and I'm READY! If it's not on the meal plan, I'm not going to eat it!! Well, except for my birthday coming up. I will have a small slice of cake, and maybe a glass of champagne, and that's all I need. I DO NOT NEED FOOD TO CELEBRATE me!

In fact, a better way to celebrate me is to feel great by treating my body to loving movement, and foods that love it as well. I'm committing to a weightlifting program, which is easy on my knees - no impact, and leg exercises without lunges or squats!

I'm sharing my meal plan with you this week. As you can see I'm honoring my autoimmune disease by omitting grains, and sticking to fresh veggies, meats and completely omitting anything processed! BUT, it's FILLED with FOODS I LOVE and enjoy. I'm not into deprivation!!

Do you want to get back to you? Do you want to recommit with me? I can help you create a meal plan with foods you love

If you: 
Want to lose weight
Gain energy
Be awesome
Join my tribe of sexy fit people 
Hit me up NOW! Help me HELP you. 

Complete this form below to be considered to join Back to School, Back to YOU!

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Beachbody Summer Sale!!

Just a few times a year Beachbody offers a killer sale. They mark down programs and products upwards to 75% off. While I am not one to post often about sales, I can't resist sharing this one with you. This promotion is going to kick off on Monday June 5, 2017 for US residents and Tuesday June 6 for Canadian residents. The sale will last for one week. Items will sell out quickly and will not be restocked at this price so I recommend grabbing them while you can. The sale pricing will launch no later than 3:00 pm pacific time and could be earlier in the day depending on when Beachbody loads everything to the site.

If you have questions about a particular product and would like more info before ordering please email me using the following address:

If you are already a customer of mine or would like to be, and wish to place an order you can use this LINK.

Happy Shopping friends!

* Sale prices listed are for US residents. Canada resident pricing will vary slightly.

SHAUN WEEK is coming!

Shaun T is back!! Creator of Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, Insanity Max 30, and others, Shaun T is launching SHAUN WEEK To Beachbody On Demand on June 12, 2017.  SHAUN WEEK includes one week of new workouts, but also focuses on transforming your mind and body. This program motivates you to connect to your fitness, to your mental journey and to continuing on with your progress and reaching your health and fitness goals.

When Does It Start?
The group starts on June 12 and it goes day by day with new daily workouts live on Beachbody On Demand. You will not be able to look ahead at the workouts. Each workout will post live each morning, throughout the week. We are all on this journey together!! Just in time to get ready for summer!!

How to get access to these amazing new workouts?
You need to make me your FREE coach and get Beachbody On Demand for FREE through me as your coach.

Insane Basics: Go Slow, form over speed, work through it.
Pure Cardio Part 2: If you liked Pure Cardio 1, this is the progression!!
Insane Weights: This workout is hitting the weights in an Insanity format.
25 Abs: 25 minutes of abs.
BrickSanity: Asylum strength and T25 mixture and a lot of insane craziness!
Speed 4.0: Speed workout similar to what you did in T25 Speed 1.0 and 2.0
Dig Deep is how you end the week with a bang!

AND, there is a great modifier so even if you don’t like being down on the floor you can modify with Shaun T and he gives you that option. While the workouts are new, they are the BEST of Shaun T, his greatest hits!

It won’t stop at the end of 7 days. There is a lot more in store for you after those 7 days!

What are your next steps?

I am putting together an exclusive group for this program, and I want to do it with you! Are you in?? Do you want to join me?

Complete the application below to get the details on how you can join.

I must be your assigned coach through Team Beachbody, and I can give you the directions for how to do that in the application process.

You must be willing to participate everyday for the entire week.

If you would like to join me in Shaun T Week fill out the application below and I will walk you through the process of getting involved.

I can’t wait! Let’s rock our first full week of summer together!!

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Glowing Green Smoothie Bowl

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Switch up your smoothie routine by combining your favorite greens into a delicious and vibrantly colored smoothie bowl. I used spinach, but you could swap in arugula, watercress, or kale. Shakeology makes it even more nutritious, so you can feel extra good about your morning meal or your afternoon snack. Eating your veggies has never been so easy, or so tasty!

1 cup almond milk
1 cup ice
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology
1 cup raw spinach
¼ large banana, cut into thick slices
1/4 mango, peeled, cut into chunks (I used 1/4 cup of frozen mango)
2 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut

1. Place almond milk, Shakeology, spinach, and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
2. Place smoothie in a medium bowl. Top with banana, kiwi, and coconut; serve immediately.

Want more indulgent, healthy recipes that fit in your nutritious food plan and support in your health and fitness journey? Fill out the application below to be considered for one of my virtual fit clubs!

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