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My Brothers Journey through the Ultimate Reset Cleanse.

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Recently my brother has hit some unexpected road bumps. He lost his partner of 10 years, got laid off from his job, and had to move cross country all in a 3 month span. Needless to say he was pretty down. Not only was he down, but his health was suffering. He needed something to lift his spirits and health at the same time. I did the Ultimate Reset Cleanse in October of 2012 and felt amazing after. I had bought another Ultimate Reset Cleanse with the intention of doing it again, but I hadn't. When I first started noticing my brothers health decline (before any of his road bumps hit), I had decided that I was going to give it to him to do. It sat there for a long time. Finally about 3 weeks ago he was ready. I was so excited for him, because I knew it was the kick start he needed to get himself back together. This blog post is a little look into his journey.

The Night Before:
I knew I had to get Jason mentally prepared for what was about to go down. This isn't a walk in the park…

Ultimate Reset Moroccan Carrot Salad

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INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving)
3 medium carrots, grated2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley) 1 clove garlic, chopped1/4 tsp. ground cumin1/2 tsp. ground paprika 1 dash cinnamon 1/2 tsp. Himalayan Salt1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (to taste; optional)
DIRECTIONS 
Combine carrots, oil, lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne (if desired) in large bowl; mix well. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving. 



Ultimate Reset Asian Cabbage Salad

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INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving)
3 Tbsp. rice vinegar2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice2 Tbsp. sesame oil1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped ginger root2 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos 1/2 head Napa cabbage, shredded (4 cups)1/2 medium carrot, shredded1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced2 green onions, thinly sliced2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantroHimalayan salt (to taste; optional)

DIRECTIONS
Combine vinegar, lime juice, oil, ginger, and Bragg Liquid Aminos in a small bowl; mix well. Combine cabbage, carrot, red and green onions, cilantro, and salt (if desired) in a large bowl; mix well. Drizzle with dressing; toss gently to blend. Let salad marinate, covered, in a refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!

Ultimate Reset Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

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INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving)


1 cup water1 medium sweet potato (or yam), peeled, cubed1/4 medium red bell pepper1 tsp. finely grated ginger root1 1/2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 tsp. miso paste, mixed with 2 Tbsp. hot water1 cup vegetable broth (or water)Bragg Liquid Aminos (or himalayan salt, to taste; optional)Herbal seasoning blend (to taste; optional)
DIRECTIONS
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat; add sweet potato; cook for 5-7 minutes. Drain. Set aside. Roast bell pepper on grill or gas stovetop. Turn frequently until skin is evenly charred. Place in medium bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel for 10 minutes. Peel skin under running water. Remove seeds. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes. 
Place sweet potato, bell pepper, ginger, oil, miso, and broth in a blender or food processor, in 2 or more batches if necessary; cover with lid and kitchen towel. Blend until smooth. If consistency is too thick, add water. Heat soup in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring f…

Ultimate Reset Avocado-Cucumber Soup

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So good! It can be served hot or cold and either way was delicious!
INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving) 1 Medium cucumber,  peeled, coarsely chopped1 Medium ripe avocado, cut into chunks4 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro (reserve 1/2 tsp. for garnish)4 tsp. fresh lime juice1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt1/4 small jalapeno, seeded, diced (optional)3/4 cup water (or more, if needed)Bragg Liquid Aminos (to taste; optional)
DIRECTIONS
Place cucumber, avocado, 3 1/2 tsp. cilantro, lime juice, salt, jalapeno, water, and Bragg Liquid Aminos in a blender or food processor, in 2 or more batches if necessary; cover with lid and blend until smooth. If consistency is too thick, add additional water. Pour into a large bowl. Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours before serving if desired. Garnish with cilantro before serving. 

Join My Team!

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So I know that most of you see my health and fitness related posts and recipes, but did you know that I actually make a living doing it? When my coach Melanie approached  me about becoming a coach I had every excuse in the book why I shouldn't do it. I was not at my fitness goal yet, I did not have a background in fitness or nutrition, I didn't believe that anyone cared what I had to say. Although I kept telling myself all of those things, something kept pulling me toward becoming a coach. I felt a passion deep inside me that I just couldn't ignore. 


The thing is, to be a Team Beachbody coach you don't need to have the perfect body, or be a trainer, or nutritionist. All you need is to lead by example, be a positive influence, and motivate others. My own fitness transformation was great, but I can honestly say what really changed me for the better, was becoming a coach. I now get paid to help other people achieve their health and fitness goals. I love my job, and feel li…

The Number On The Scale Isn't All That Important

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The first people think about when it comes to weight loss is stepping on a scale. Everything they do is usually based around how to get that number down. Shows like biggest loser focus mainly on the scale (don't get me wrong I love that show), but the scale does not tell the full story. I am here to tell you why I don't believe that the number on the scale is all that important. 




In the first 90 days of my fitness journey I only lost 3 pounds....yes 3! I was extremely frustrated and haunted by that number. I didn't understand how I could have made such a huge change in my eating habits and workouts, but see little change on the scale. Luckily I had a coach who convinced me to stick with what I was doing. Had I focused on that number, I would of assumed my plan wasn't working and quit. Thank god I took pics and measurements in addition to stepping on the scale. Had I not taken pics and measurements, who knows where I would be today. Although the scale wasn't budging,…

Ultimate Reset Heart Vegetable Miso Soup

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INGREDIENTS (makes 1 serving)
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion1 clove garlic, chopped1 medium carrot, cut into thin diagonal slices1 medium celery stalk, cut into thin diagonal slices1/2 tsp. finely grated peeled ginger2 cups water1/4 cup broccoli florets2 Tbsp. chopped fresh green beans1/4 cup shredded bok choy1 Tbsp. wakame seaweed1/2 tsp. sesame oil1 Tbsp. green onion, sliced1 Tbsp. miso paste (mixed with 2 Tbsp. hot water)

DIRECTIONS 
Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, carrot, and celery; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Add water;cook at a gentle boil on low for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add broccoli, green beans, bok choy, and seaweed; cook, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until tender-crisp. Remove from heat. Add sesame oil, green onion, and miso; mix well.

Ultimate Reset Roasted Root Medley

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I am definitely breaking out this recipe at Thanksgiving next year. I might be a little obsessed. It combines beets and yams which are two of my favorite veggies. Easy to make, tastes amazing! 

INGREDIENTS
1/4 medium yam, cut into 1-inch chunks1/2 medium carrot, cut into 1-inch chunks1/2 medium beet, cut into 1-inch chunks1/4 medium onion, peeled, cut into large wedges2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oilHimalayan salt (to taste; optional)
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine yam, carrot, beet, onion, oil, and salt (if desired); mix well. Arrange vegetables in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes, or until tender, turning once or twice.