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Fix your portions, fix your life!

autumn calabrese, portion control, portion containers, 21 Day Fix, clean eating, tosca reno, vanessa.fit, vanessa.fitness

Do a little Internet research on weight loss and you’ll probably find yourself neck-deep in a sea of unfamiliar words and phrases like “macros,” “amino acids,” “weight-loss plateaus,” “metabolism,” and “BMI,” and on and on.
Those are all important things to learn about, but if you want to focus on eating healthy foods in the proper amounts, that’s where the 21 Day Fix containers come in. The Fix eating plan helps you build a solid foundation for eating clean by taking the guesswork out of what to eat and how much. The plan’s color-coded container system makes meal planning and portion control easy and intuitive. (Vegan? There’s a plan for you, too!)

What Is the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan?

First things first: 21 Day Fix isn’t a diet — it’s a common-sense method for planning and eating healthy meals that you can sustain well beyond 21 days. (Don’t have the 21 Day Fix yet? Message me how to access it!)
It’s a portion-control eating plan, so no elaborate calculations or weighing — that’s what the containers are for: Each color-coded container corresponds to a type of food (more details on the containers below). If it fits in the container and it’s on the approved food list, then boom, you’re done.
You’re not going to feel deprived or hungry because each meal is roughly 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat — a balanced combination that won’t leave you craving junk food or empty calories.
Here’s the plan in a nutshell:
1. Calculate your caloric target. There’s a simple formula in the guide; all you have to do is plug in some numbers.
2. Find the calorie plan that corresponds to your caloric target. Each plan tells you how many of each container you can have per day. For example, if you’re on Plan A (1,200-1, 400 calorie range), you can have three green containers, two purples, four reds, two yellows, one blue, one orange, and two tablespoons of oils and nut butters a day.
3. Start shopping and cooking.
Here are the four calorie plans:

And each plan is flexible — you don’t have to hit an exact number of calories; you just have to stay within your plan’s caloric range. If you don’t know where to start, check out the FIXATE cookbook and watch Autumn and her brother Bobby prepare FIX-approved meals on their new cooking show.
You can also find meal prep guides for every calorie plan on the Beachbody blog. Bonus: All the meal preps and recipes include container equivalents, so all you have to do is check them off your list.
Watch Autumn explain how to get started on 21 Day Fix:


Why the 21 Day Fix Container System Works

You’re not counting calories

You only count containers — it’s a lot easier to keep track of three green containers than calculating the number of calories in everything you eat. The only time you have to do any kind of math is when you figure out which calorie category you fall into. That’s it.

You’re eating real, filling foods

When you first see the containers, you might be thinking, “What? That’s not enough food!” But once you start the program, you may actually find yourself feeling full before you’ve finished all your containers for the day. That’s because healthy food has more volume — and is more filling — than junk food.
If you can’t finish all your containers for the day, just eat what you can. Just make sure you’re eating a little from all the containers instead of filling up on what you like and avoiding what you don’t like.

It’s flexible

The guide provides recommendations on how much of one type of food can fit into a container, but you can mix and match foods in the same category. So if you don’t want to eat a whole green container of spinach, fill it with whatever combo you want, like half spinach and half carrots. That still counts as one green container.
And as convenient and transportable as the containers are, you don’t have to eat out of them. You can simply measure out portions in the containers, then put your portions on a plate or in a bowl.

What Foods Go into Each 21 Day Fix Container

Now that you know how and why 21 Day Fix works, let’s get down to the nitty gritty: What foods go into each container.
The guide includes lists of “approved” foods that are arranged according to nutritional value — the higher the food is on the list, the more nutritious it is.
The first rule of Fix containers is: As long as the lid fits, it counts. Now that doesn’t mean you can squash an entire chicken breast into a red container, but don’t feel like you have to be polite about leaving room — pack it in.
Below, we’ve listed just a few examples of the foods that go into each container; check out the guide to see all the foods you can eat.
The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Container Guide

Green Container = Vegetables

Your veggies can be cooked, raw, sliced, or chopped. It can be all one veggie or a mix of different kinds.
The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Container Guide

Purple Container = Fruits

Berries, grapes, and cherries are the perfect size to pop into your purple container, but you’ll want to cut larger fruits like watermelon, or fruits with pits, like peaches, into smaller chunks.
The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Container Guide

Red Container = Protein

Don’t limit yourself to animal proteins like chicken or red meat. You can fill your red container with any kind of protein, like yogurt, whole eggs, tofu, cottage cheese, tempeh, or protein powder.
The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Container Guide

Yellow Container = Carbs

These are foods like rice, beans, sweet potatoes, and whole-grain pasta. For foods that don’t fit into the container, the guide provides equivalents. For example, if you love a morning whole-grain English muffin, then half a muffin is the equivalent of one yellow container.
The Ultimate 21 Day Fix Container Guide

Blue Container = Healthy Fats

Hello, nuts, cheese, and avocado! You can also put in foods like hummus and coconut milk. But before you go, well, nuts with your nuts, the guide provides specific amounts: 12 whole raw almonds, 14 peanuts, eight cashews, etc. — so don’t try to pour a whole bag of nuts in there!
Understanding the 21 Day Fix Containers

Orange Container = Seeds and Dressings

This wee container is for calorie-dense foods like seeds, flaxseed, and 21 Day Fix-approved dressings. The guide includes recipes for dressings like Dijon vinaigrette, lemon-tarragon vinaigrette, and creamy herb dressing, so no bland salads for you.
There’s also a teaspoon measurement for oils and butters, such as olive oil and peanut butter. A teaspoon isn’t provided with the containers, so you can just use your own.

Can I Drink Coffee or Tea on 21 Day Fix?

Yes! But… (there’s always a “but,” right?)… here are the rules about coffee and tea:
Unlimited: You can drink all the coffee and tea you want, as long as you only use these FIX-approved add-ins: cinnamon, lemon, pumpkin spice, and nutmeg.
One or Two 8-Ounce Cups: If you like a little a little milk and sweetness with your caffeine, you can have one or two eight-ounce cups with these FIX-approved add-ins: one or two tablespoons of low or nonfat milk and one or two tablespoons of raw sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup, or stevia.

Can I Still Eat Chips, Cookies, and Drink Alcohol?

Yes! But… (sound familiar?)… here’s the rule: you’re allowed three indulgences per week.
Just some of the treats you can eat: kettle chips, tortilla chips, banana-oatmeal cookies, dried fruit, and chocolate. (Hallelujah!) If you prefer to drink your treats, you can sub in a beverage instead, like wine, beer, 100% real fruit juices, and kombucha.
And once a day, you’re allowed a Shakeology base such as milk, almond milk, or coconut water, allowing you to jazz up your daily dose of dense nutrition!

Free Foods

You also get “Free Foods,” which don’t count against your container count. (No “buts” here!) Freebies include:
  • water
  • seasonings/condiments (like garlic, lemon/lime juice, herbs, ginger, etc.)
  • spices (except salt)
  • vinegars
You can also “hack” your containers with modifications: Instead of using a yellow container for a treat, use a purple and a blue to mix walnuts, green apple, and cinnamon. It’ll taste like a apple pie, without all the unhealthy added sugar.

How to Avoid Plateaus on the 21 Day Fix

Stepping on the scale and not seeing proof of all your hard work can be frustrating. While plateaus are common, there are ways to avoid them. Autumn first approaches plateaus with tough love: “First and foremost, I always start with the tough love portion of this. I have people tell me all the time, ‘I’m really following it to a T, I swear. I’m also not even eating one of my yellow containers, so shouldn’t I be losing weight faster, ’cause I took one of my carbs out?’
“You’re not following it to a T,” Autumn says. “Because if I wanted you to have one less carb, I would have given you one less carb.” The 21 Day Fix nutrition planned is designed to be followed exactly as it’s written to obtain optimal results. If you fall into a category that calls for three yellows per day, you are meant to eat them all. And who doesn’t love carbs? It’s a win-win for everyone.
Next, Autumn stresses the importance of drinking enough water and getting enough sleep every day. Staying hydrated helps flush your system while getting the right amount of shut-eye helps your body recover and repair. “Eight hours, aim for it,” Autumn recommends. “Nine, if you’re lucky, but you’ve got to make sure you’re getting sleep.”
“The other thing to remember is that you are toning your body; you’re building lean muscle, you’re reshaping it. So I know we all love to get on the scale. I hate that darn thing, get rid of it,” she adds. “Look at your body, look at the way your clothes fit. Have you lost inches? That’s really important, take your measurements. It’s not just about the number on the scale.”
Autumn admits that she can get on the scale in the morning and weight 109 pounds, then weigh herself again in the afternoon and weigh 113, because she’s eaten, consumed water and her blood volume changes after she works out. “If you’re doing something really healthy for your body, like exercising and eating right, be proud of yourself, stay on the course, and your body will eventually respond.”
Watch Autumn answer more 21 Day Fix questions below.

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How to blend STRENGTH and HIIT training to get killer results!

Joel Freeman, strength training, HIIT training, tosca reno, autumn calabrese, beachbody on demand


Our bodies quickly adapt to the same workout over and over, which means we need to mix up our fitness programs if we want to continue to see results. This is why I use my Netflix of workouts, with over 50 different exercise programs, and thousands of workouts, the newest launching with VIP early access in July! LIIFT4 combines strength and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to keep the body from adapting and allowing us to reach our goals!

LIIFT4 Program Breakdown:

  • Trainer: Joel Freeman
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Program Length: 8 weeks
  • Commitment Time: 30-40 minutes, 4 days/week
  • Equipment Needed: light, medium & heavy weights (depending on your current strength)
  • Best For: toning and sculpting muscle, fat/weight loss
  • Release Date: VIP Early Access starts July 16th, available on Beachbody On Demand Oct 1st



What is LIIFT4?

The name explains precisely what you’re getting with this program.

LIIFT4 = Lift + HIIT 4 days/week

These workouts focus on weight lifting to build and tone your muscles, while HIIT cardio (high intensity-interval training) help you burn fat and lose weight more quickly!

And only 4 workout days per week? That means weekends off AND a break during the week—yes! By allowing 3 days off, it gives your muscles time to rest and rebuild, meaning you’ll be able to push harder and do better on your the workout days.
Joel Freeman, strength training, HIIT training, tosca reno, autumn calabrese, beachbody on demand
It’s the perfect program for busy people!

Not only do you get 3 days off per week but each workout is only around 30 minutes long! Just a half hour? Simple!

LIIFT4 Results

Check out some of these results from the program! I'll be running a Fit Club test group for VIP access. Check out how to join!

LIIFT4 FAQ!

What is the LIIFT4 meal plan?

If you've done any other Beachbody program, this plan uses the portion control containers!
There are TWO different meal plans depending on your goals: one to lose weight, one to build muscle.
Joel Freeman, strength training, HIIT training, tosca reno, autumn calabrese, beachbody on demand
And the burning question about the nutrition plan…

Is alcohol allowed on the nutrition plan?

The answer is YES! Unlike 80 Day Obsession, you’re allowed alcohol during your cheat day on the LIIFT4 plan (in moderation, of course).

What equipment do you need for LIIFT4?

  • 3 Sets of Weights (Light/Medium/Heavy)
  • OR Resistance Bands
  • A fitness or yoga mat and a foam roller are recommended, but not required.
There will be an option to use resistance bands instead of weights. And just like with all of our programs, the weights or resistance bands you use will depend on your current strength. If you’re not sure which size to start with, talk to your Coach!

What can you expect from the workouts?

The program is broken down into 2 phases:
Phase 1: Build
Phase 2: Shred

During Phase 1, the workouts will focus more on muscle building. While there will still be a HIIT component during Phase 1, the focus is more on lifting weights and building strength. As you move into Phase 2, more time will be allocated to the HIIT component to help you lose more weight and lean out.

Each day focuses of specific muscle groups and every workout starts with lifting first, then ends with some HIIT!

And you’ll never do the same workout twice.
You get a new workout every single day, so just like with 80 Day Obsession, you’ll never be following along to the same video more than once.

When does the program launch?

LIIFT4 is being released in 2 phases:
July 16 - VIP Early Access: Starting June 11 the program will be on sale on TeamBeachbody.com, this means Challenge Packs, Completion Packs, Accessory Bundles, or Stand-Alone Digital VIP Access. When you purchase one of the above VIP options, you’ll have access to all of the LIIFT4 workouts on July 16!
Oct. 1- Without Early Access: VIP Early Access begins July 16, all other BOD subscribers will have access to the program starting October 1st.

Are You In?!

With our last program launch, we SOLD OUT quickly! So, if you want in or want more details when the program launches, fill out the form below and I’ll keep in touch with you.
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Lose weight happily with the UN-diet!




If you're anything like me, life REVOLVES around food. You wake up thinking about what you're going to have for dinner. And as you're eating breakfast, you're dreaming of lunch. Sound familiar?!

It's no secret that I LOVE and LIVE to eat! But that food obsession has also given me a lifetime of weight struggles. I am a former yo-yo dieter, binge eater, fad diet hopper, carb cutter, and obsessive calorie counter. Which is why I am SO excited to announce our new mindful eating program, 2B Mindset!

The principles of this program are what helped me lose weight and I'm so excited Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ilana Muhlstein, has created an easy to follow program for YOU to follow too! This program is going to change your life!

IF YOU ARE SOMEONE WHO:


  • Is constantly "on a diet"
  • LOVES food
  • Starts every Monday on a diet and quits by Wednesday
  • Loves late-night snacking
  • Rewards herself with food
  • Punishes herself with food
  • Loves eating out
  • Loves ordering take out
  • Hates to cook
  • Beats yourself up over eating
  • Doesn't want to exercise
  • Doesn't like to exercise
  • Loves to exercise but struggles with nutrition
  • Falls off the "diet" wagon every weekend
  • Travels often but doesn't know how to stay on track
  • Feels emotionally attached to food
  • Not sure of what to eat and how to eat it in a sensible way
  • Gets excitement from food
  • Feels overwhelmed with food choices
  • Turns to food when anxious or stressed
  • Feels isolated when trying to lose weight because you can't eat with your family or go to certain restaurants
THIS IS FOR YOU!

WHAT IS 2B MINDSET?

This program was created by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Ilana Muhlstein, as a practical and simple weight loss solution after years of yo-yo dieting. 2B Mindset is NOT a diet – it’s about understanding how to lose weight happily, without feeling deprived or counting calories or cutting out entire food groups. You’ve heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen,” right? That’s why we are focusing on food as a means of weight loss while still keeping it enjoyable!

Instead of adopting the mindset of "I can't have that food for 3 weeks because I'm on a diet," you'll be focusing on what you CAN have and saying YES to the foods you want!

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?

This is simply a more positive and sensible approach to a healthy lifestyle that allows you to shift your mindset, adopt a more positive perspective on how you see food, overcome emotional eating, and make life-long changes with results that LAST!
You’ll get recipe ideas and meal prep help, plus tips for conquering emotional eating and more. Ilana has been working on this program with Beachbody for the past 2 years along with many years of researching and testing on her own to develop this program! She has taught 10 semesters of these concepts in a weight loss seminar at UCLA and helped thousands of people lose weight in her private practice in Beverly Hills.

And after a lifetime of weight struggles and summers at "fat camp" herself, she dropped everything traditional weight loss programs teach and lost 100 lbs with her own mindful eating concepts!

THAT is why I can't wait to share them with YOU!

The program includes 41 videos, ranging from 2 to 30 minutes:
21 short videos that explain the main principles of the program
5 videos to help you overcome common challenges
15 super-simple and satisfying recipes

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN THESE VIDEOS?

Ilana breaks down the core principles of the program and teaches you how to shift your mindset and implement research-based techniques that yield long-lasting results so you can ditch the diet and be happy while losing weight.
She walks you through every aisle of the grocery store to show you how to save money, read labels, plan for your week in an efficient way, and make the best decisions!
She also teaches you how to eat out, how to go to events, how to approach eating at a BBQ or party, how to order take out, how to conquer emotional eating, and more!

SUPERFOODS FOR A SUPER LIFE

An integral component of the 2B Mindset program is Shakeology, which is unlike any other shake because it's made from over 70 whole superfoods from around the world. It will replace your vitamin and probiotic, fill you up, give you natural energy (without caffeine), and tastes delish! Plus it helps your hair, skin, and nails! And it has nothing artificial! It's literally what gets me out of bed in the morning and keeps me going. And I really think it's why my sons rarely get sick (and why their nails grow like weeds and need to be cut twice a week!).

What sets it apart is that there are NO GMOs, soy, artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors, or preservatives! It's seriously delicious and improves your energy, digestion, cravings, hair, nails, and skin. The ingredients are sourced from all over the world and the Shakeology creators regularly visit the farmers to test the soil and ensure the best farming practices are being followed.
READ MORE ABOUT SHAKEOLOGY HERE

LET'S TALK EXERCISE!

This program follows a "food first approach" - meaning that you'll focus on the food first, shed some weight, then feel empowered to exercise. I know from personal experience that it's HARD to exercise when you have extra weight and feel disconnected from your body.

With the 2B Mindset approach, you are NOT required to exercise. Exercise is considered "extra credit," so you can do it, but you are not required to do it until you feel ready. And believe me, you will you will WANT to exercise when you have that positive relationship with food and love your body! Luckily, you will have access to our "Sweatflix" of workouts with thousands of different workouts to choose from at any time.

RESULTS

Check out these results (which were accomplished in 30-60 days with 2B Mindset)











ARE YOU READY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE, BODY, AND RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD? JOIN MY FOOD FREEDOM PROJECT!

I am going to be hosting a private accountability Fit Club, called The Nutritional Makeover, for my clients to help them navigate the 2B Mindset nutrition plan, to implement the strategies, and be there with them every single step of the process. If you are interested in locking arms with me and a group of women just like us, complete the form below and I'll be in touch!

SAVE YOUR SPOT IN THE NUTRITIONAL MAKEOVER!

Ready to win the weight loss battle once and for all? The 2B Mindset will help you lose weight happily – without depriving yourself, and without cutting out food groups, counting calories, or even having to exercise until you’re ready!

Let's lock arms and DO this! What do you say? Complete this form to save your spot and I'll be in touch!

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Honey-Lemon-Mustard Chicken Thighs

This roasted chicken recipe showcases juicy, flavorful chicken thighs with a lemony sauce that bakes itself in the pan. Roasted chicken thighs are quick and easy, and the ideal weeknight dinner for busy families. I served them with creamy cauliflower risotto and sautéed spinach.

INGREDIENTS
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1/2 cup olive oil
1 lemon juiced and zested
1 tablespoon grainy or dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of honey
salt and pepper
chopped parsley (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a bowl, toss chicken thighs with olive oil and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper and marinate 1 hour (or up to a day). 
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roast chicken, skin side down, in an oiled roasting pan, 20 to 25 minutes; flip and roast 10 more minutes. 
  3. Stir together grainy mustard and honey and season with salt and pepper. Brush glaze onto chicken and broil 5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
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Creamy Cauli-sotto (Cauliflower Risotto)

Cauliflower Risotto, 2B Mindset, tosca reno, autumn calabrese, Ilana Muhlstein, vanessa mclaughlin, vanessa.fitness, vanessadotfitness,, gluten free, keto
I love pasta, rice, bread, especially when pairing them with creamy, melted cheese! But, I'm on a new program that's easy to implement, and one of the principles is to make veggies the star, or the base of the meal. So, I've found delicious substitutes for these heavy carbohydrates, and in this recipe, used cauliflower rice in place of risotto rice. The addition of cheese wedges, gives it a zesty creaminess. I love serving this with any type of roast chicken.

INGREDIENTS
1 TBSP evoo
1 medium-sized shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced or grated
1 cup sliced baby portabello (cremini) mushrooms (optional)
1 (12-oz.) frozen cauliflower rice (approx. 4 cups) bag or fresh cauliflower rice
2 wedges spreadable cheese, broken into small pieces (.75-oz. ea.) like the kind from Laughing Cow
Chopped fresh chives (to taste; optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place oil in skillet along with shallots, garlic, and mushrooms. Saute on medium heat until shallots are translucent (about 3 mins).
2.  Add cauliflower rice; saute until rice is thawed (if frozen) and tender (about 10-15 minutes).
3. Add cheese chunks and mix well, until cheese melts throughout.
4. Mix in salt and pepper to taste.
5. Sprinkle with chives; mix well.

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Changing your mindset for weightloss

2B mindset, clean eating, keto, paleo, tosca reno, ilana muhlstein, binge eating, portion fix, autumn calabrese, vanessa mclaughlin, vanessadotfit, vanessadotfitness, vanessa.fitness, vanessa.fit,

FINALLY.
Finally, finally, finally.

A program that focuses on emotional eating.
A program that focuses first on the “Why” not the how.
A program that focuses on those triggers.
It’s like health and mindset collided in a HUGE beautiful way.

For me and my fellow recovering yo-yo dieters, and binge eaters there is a solution. No counting. No containers. No awkward weigh ins.

I have to admit something…

When I first heard about 2B Mindset, I was skeptical. Here’s why. I believe in exercise. I need my daily workouts, because I love the results. I didn’t know if I’d be able to embrace a new Beachbody program that solely focuses on nutrition — ZERO exercise required.

But then I heard what the creator of the program had to say. Her story.

Meet Ilana, Registered Dietitian & Creator of 2B Mindset

Ilana is the REAL DEAL. She understands the struggle of emotional eating, she knows what it takes to overcome it. To lose the weight. To build a new type of relationship with food. That’s because she went through it.

She struggled with emotional eating since she was a child. And she lost 100 lbs (and kept it off) by completely transforming her mindset!

You need to see her story.

Seriously, WATCH IT!

So, What is 2B Mindset All About?

2B Mindset is Beachbody’s first nutrition-based program. But it’s not a “diet.” It’s about changing your relationship with food and changing your mindset. If you check out Ilana’s Instagram, you’ll get a pretty good feel for what I mean!


You can still have BIG portions of food.

You’ll still be able to eat everything you love.

There’s nothing you “can’t” have.

And you’ll still lose weight!

It sounds too good to be true, but she started and researched this program at UCLA, and still runs it there!

In my experience, the only thing that has really worked for me, has been using the Portion Fix containers. They’ve taught me so much. But, I still have days when I want ALL THE FOODS!! Without portions!! Ilana describes herself as a volume eater....yep. That's me!! So, I'm excited for this program.

How do I know if it’s right for me?

  • If you want a healthy relationship with food. 
  • If you struggle with cravings.If you’re an emotional eater. If you want to lose weight. 
  • If you can’t exercise. 
  • If you’ve tried dieting and failed. 
  • If you’re working out and still not losing weight. 
If you can relate to ANY of the above (and, come on, we can ALL relate to the first one), then 2B Mindset is right for you.

Let’s get down to some great questions about the program…

What will I get with 2B Mindset?

Let’s talk about the intangibles. Sure, you'll get some getting starting booklets, progress tracker, water bottle, and a few other things when you sign up.

But let’s talk about the BENEFITS, the things that “diets” can’t provide.
  • Strategies for real situations (restaurants, parties, etc.) 
  • Advice to overcome common weight loss challenges 
  • You’ll learn nutrition basics from a REAL dietitian 
  • Discover plenty of new, delicious recipes 
  • You’ll get simple grocery shopping lists 
  • There will be time-saving tips for meal prepping 
  • Along with so much more!
Are there any 2B Mindset workouts?

Nope! There is absolutely no working out required.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t or can’t work out, it just means that working out is a bonus! If you DO want to work out while using 2B Mindset, talk to me and we can figure out the best fitness program for you.

How many days does 2B Mindset last?

It’s time to get things straight — there’s NO time-limit for this program.

Unlike 21 Day Fix or 80 Day Obsession, there’s no end date. That’s because it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet or a fitness program.

There may come a time when you feel like you don’t need the videos from Ilana for advice, or you can stop using the tracker sheet provided, but that mindset doesn’t end. It’s something that you will continue on with in your day-to-day life, not because you HAVE to — because you WANT to!

So how is it so different from dieting?

The main focus of the program IS NOT on the food itself, it’s on your mind. Most diets aren’t sustainable. They deprive you, they make you say “no” which makes you crave those foods even more!
  • You’ll never feel like you’re starving 
  • You won’t be counting calories 
  • There’s no such thing as “cheating” 
  • You’re encouraged to say YES to food 
Now we’re talking my language — yes to food!

What’s the difference between this and the Portion Fix containers?

Well, first, there are no containers.

I know. Ever since 21 Day Fix launched, the majority of our programs have been based around the Portion Fix containers. And they work great, but I’m sure most of us don’t want to live the rest of our lives with these containers laying around the kitchen! Right?!

21 Day Fix vs. 2B Mindset Meal Plan

  • 21DF: External controls (containers) 
  • 2BM: Internal controls (mindset) 
  • 21DF: Highly structured meal plan 
  • 2BM: Flexible eating 
  • 21DF: Portion-control eating rules 
  • 2BM: Plate-visualization 
  • 21DF: Calorie/macro based 
  • 2BM: Nutritional & behavioral guidelines

What results can I expect to see?

Check out some of these before and after's from the 2B Mindset Test Group!

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Easy Ground Beef Stir-Fry

Ground beef, dinner, stir fry, 21 Day Fix, Clean eating, whole 30, paleo, Autumn Calabrese, Tosca Reno, vanessa.fitness, vanessadotfitness, vanessa mclaughlin
Quick and easy. That's my motto during the week. Even when I plan and prep on Sundays, I still want fast weeknight meals. Kids activities, busy schedules, and a commitment to go to bed early, don't give me time to make complicated meals with lots of ingredients! I love this recipe not only because it's easy, but because my family thinks it's delicious!

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons ghee (or butter)
1 pound ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 yellow or white onion, sliced (I cook this separately because my husband doesn't like onions)
2-3 celery stalks, sliced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced (or 10 baby carrots cut in half)
1 small head broccoli, chopped (I buy pre chopped broccoli florets)
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger (use fresh or we love The Ginger People Brand)
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (use cononut aminos for Whole30 option)
juice of 1 lime
kosher salt, to taste
ground pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Melt butter/ghee in large skillet or wok over medium heat. When hot, add garlic and onion. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add broccoli, carrots and celery. Stir.
  3. Add ground beef and a little salt. Brown the beef, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until cooked through. About 10 minutes.
  4. Drain your stir fry to get any excess liquid from beef.
  5. Return stir fry to skillet over medium heat. Add your minced ginger, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), juice of lime and crushed red pepper. Stir to mix all ingredients together. Cook until most of your liquid has soaked up, about 5-10 minutes.
NOTES
I love to serve mine over a bed of jasmine rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice!
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Two Ingredient Bagels

bagels, everything bagels, trader joes seasoning, clean eating, tosca reno, autumn calabrese, 21 Day Fix, 80 Day Obsession
My sister texted me this recipe that she had found online. I wish I could give credit to the person who created this recipe, because it is AMAZING!

The basic recipe can be used for pizza dough, bread sticks, calzones etc. it’s a great basic dough. 

I decided to make some bagels with the dough, because I had several bottles of Everything But The Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's (if you haven't tried this seasoning, it tastes exactly like an everything bagel, and I use it on everything too: eggs, chicken, veggies; it gives them all a zestiness)! 

I have included the recipe for JUST baking and skipping the boiling, as well as some tips and frequently asked questions! However, the bagels turn out much better if they are first boiled. 

They are delicious sliced to make a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese, or just with a little butter. Enjoy!

Makes 2 bagels

INGREDIENTS
1/2 C fat free plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C self rising flour
Pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten for an egg wash
Everything seasoning

DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, add yogurt first, followed by salt and self rising flour. Use a rubber spatula to mix together. It will be crumbly at first which is totally normal. Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and preheat over to 450 degrees.
2. Flour your hands and work surface and begin kneading. I knead my dough in the bowl because its less messy. Knead until you can easily form a ball, about 20-30 turns.
3. Cut the dough in half. Roll each section of dough into a long rope about 1/2-3/4″ in diameter. Pinch the two ends together to form a bagel shape (see below for tips).

Boiling Instructions (If you boil first, the bagels will be much larger and fluffier):

4. Carefully drop the bagels into the boiling water using a spatula so it doesn’t break apart. Allow to boil for about 30-60 seconds (the bagel will float to the top) then flip it over using the spatula and boil for another 30 seconds.
5. Remove bagels and transfer to a parchment lined cookie tray (I use Sil-Pat silicone baking mats). 6. Using a basting brush lightly spread the egg wash over the bagel then sprinkle with seasoning of choice.
7. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes (give or take) until golden brown. You may want to broil them to get them a little crispy or crank your oven up to about 550 for 1-2 minutes to brown them a little more.

Baking Instructions Without Boiling:

1. In a large bowl, add yogurt first, followed by salt and self rising flour. Use a rubber spatula to mix together. It will be crumbly at first which is totally normal. (See tips if your dough is too sticky or crumbly). Meanwhile preheat over to 450 degrees.
2. Flour your hands and work surface and begin kneading. I knead my dough in the bowl because its less messy. Knead until you can easily form a ball, about 20-30 turns.
3. Cut the dough in half. Roll each section of dough into a long rope about 1/2-3/4″ in diameter. Pinch the two ends together to form a bagel shape (see below for tips).
4. Transfer bagels to a parchment lined cookie tray (I use Sil-Pat silicone baking mats). Using a basting brush lightly spread the egg wash over the bagel then sprinkle with seasoning of choice. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes (give or take) until golden brown. You may want to broil them to get them a little crispy or crank your oven up to about 550 for 1-2 minutes to brown them a little more.

Egg and Cheese Bagel Sandwich
FAQ:
  • If you dough is too sticky add more flour to your hands and your work surface until it is more typical dough texture. Add about a teaspoon at a time and continue kneading until its less sticky.
  • If your dough is too crumbly add more yogurt, a tsp at a time continuing to knead until you reach typical dough texture.
  • If you don’t have self rising flour you can make your own using the following recipe: 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp of salt.
  • If your dough is not coming together to form a bagel shape, you may need to knead the dough at the ends together by folding it into itself. This way the dough can stick together. You want the ends to be as stuck together as possible before entering the boiling water. OR you can form a ball of dough, flatten it a bit with the heel of your hand and cut a hole in the middle!
  • If you don’t want to boil the bagels, please see the baking instructions above. They’re just as good, but not as airy and fluffy as typical bagels.
  • Why do I bake mine at 450 instead of 350? When recipe testing, I found the bagels did not bake through when I baked them at 350.
  • Why do I boil them? Traditional bagels are boiled and then baked. It makes them airier and fluffier. They’re just as tasty baked alone, but why not have a better tasting bagel bagel?
  • If you want to make more this recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled.
  • If you want to store the bagels they last for up to 3 days in the fridge. I recommend storing them in an airtight ziplock bag.
  • If you want to freeze them, be sure to slice the first, then wrap them in foil or plastic wrap, then store them in an airtight freezer bag.
Olive Rosemary Bagels
TIPS:
  • Drain any extra liquid from the Greek yogurt or your dough will get too sticky!
  • Fage brand makes for the least tangy tasting bagels. Other brands you may find a more sour dough taste.
  • Make sure if you boil your bagels to have the water at a slow boil, not a rapid one or the bagels are more likely to come apart.
  • Like any bagel these are great toasted! Pop them in the toaster to reheat them and enjoy.
  • I've changed up my seasoning: add chopped olives and rosemary to make a savory roll-type bagel that I served with 40 Garlic Clove Chicken Soup.
  • Add a few tablespoons of honey to the yogurt, first, before combining with the flour, and first add cinnamon to the flour before combining with the honey-yogurt. This makes honey cinnamon bagels! 
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