Monday, July 17, 2017

Shift Your Nutrition with Shift Shop: Free eBook!

I just got back from Coach Summit in New Orleans which is probably a series of blog posts in and of itself, but this one is just about the newest program that I'll be starting next week, Shift Shop.  At summit we got to hear the creator, Chris Downing, talk about what makes this program (available NOW) so unique, including the meal plan.

There are a lot of rumors going around that this nutrition plan is no carb, or ketosis, but that's not quite true. The Simple Shift Plan is straightforward and simple to figure out: You take a quick quiz to find your calorie level, then find the corresponding plan that tells you how much to eat from a series of color-coded food lists.

While the Simple Shift isn’t technically a Portion Fix program, it can work with the Beachbody Portion Control Container System if you already have them. If you don’t, you can get them here, but it's not necessary to follow the program.

WEEK 1: The first week features a fairly standard balance of macronutrients with a moderate amount of starches and legumes (beans and peas).

WEEK 2: The second week cuts back the starches and increases the protein.

WEEK 3: Now it’s time to get serious.You’re eating starch- and legume-free so that all your carbs come from veggies and fruit. Comfort foods are gone.

It’s NOT a Low-Carb Diet

Keep in mind that The SHIFT SHOP nutrition plan is not a low-carb diet. At the start of the program, carbohydrates make up 40 percent of your daily diet, dipping down to 30 percent by Week Three.

It’s also not a ketosis diet, where carbs dip down to 10 percent of your diet. Ketosis diets also feature reduced protein, so as to force your body to utilize fat stores. Given protein is important in helping with muscle growth and recovery, the SHIFT SHOP doesn’t take that route.

If you had to align the Simple Shift with any diet trend, it’s not far off from Paleo eating, thanks to the progressive elimination of grains and legumes. The exception to this is the inclusion of diary, but thanks to the extensive list of choices in the protein food list, those foods can easily be left out.

As someone who has been following the 21 Day Fix style meal plan for a couple of years now, I'm looking forward to trying a new eating plan, and thankfully Beachbody gives me all the tools I need, including a recipe booklet with EIGHTY ONE recipes that I'm going to share with you!  And if you're looking to see results from Shift Shop, click here!  We have a challenge group starting soon with all the accountability you need to see results from this three week program!

Just click below to download!

Who is the SHIFT SHOP for?

Because of Chris’ “ramp-up” method, and because there’s an incredible modifier to follow, anyone can use the SHIFT SHOP to reach his or her next level of fitness:

• Men and women of any age or fitness level
• Beginners looking to start their fitness journey
• Graduates of Beachbody beginner programs, such as 21 Day Fix, and people of intermediate fitness levels who want a bridge toward more extreme workouts
• Those who enjoy athletic activities and want to become leaner, faster, stronger — as well as former high school and collegiate athletes who want to get back to where they were
• Anyone who wants to achieve significant results quickly

I hope you'll join us!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Seven Pinterest Worthy Valentines You Can Make (With Your Kids) in an Hour or Less!

I feel the mamas out there who want to do it all for their kids... I'm one of them.  But making Pinterest level Valentines for all THREE of my boy's classmates (not to mention my own students) is kinda low on the priority list.  And if that's you, then I've rounded up some super easy, but impressive looking Valentine crafts that you can make with your children in less than an hour.  All the supplies are fairly easy to come by and I particularly searched for those that you can get on Amazon Prime or your local Dollar Store.  Just click the photo to be brought to the instructions and free printable, if needed.  Feel free to add more easy ideas in the comments!

Much Love!

And my personal favorite....

These are the Valentines my boys are making.  I ordered these heart shaped glasses from Amazon and I'm sure they'll be a hit.

Oh... and as for my students?  We're currently reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio, so I think these will go over well. Lots of freebies on the site, so check it out!

We're also doing a super fun and creative Valentine box activity.  The students are using their imaginations to create the most unique boxes to catch their Valentines, and I'll be awarding superlatives using this file I created on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Each of the 30+ awards are available in both color and ink-saving black and white.  I like to print them on neon colored paper, the kids love them.  If you have an idea for additional superlatives, be sure to let me know in your feedback.