Weight Loss Struggles – Stress!

I have heard from so many of you lately and I am finding it to be an issue for myself too.  Stress!

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What makes us stress eat?  What makes us find comfort in food? I know it has to do with the chemical balance in our brain and how certain foods trigger pleasure sensors that produce different sensations.  That is the extent of what I know on the subject except that this is just a short term fix.

I have found for myself, that I crave my comfort foods and sugary foods.  I love Mexican food and could eat it daily.  It is my comfort food, and yes you can eat vegan at a Mexican restaurant.  Again, this is just a quick fix.  I enjoy it while I am eating but then I leave feeling overly full and bloated for the next day or so.

Sugar is something I try to keep out of my house because I know I won’t be able to hide it from myself and it makes me feel even worse.

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What are your comfort foods? Comment below I want to hear from you.

For others stress often puts us in a place of not being in control.  There is an outside factor causing the stress.  So they do something they can control and that is eating.  In my opinion, just the way someone who has an eating disorder such as anorexia believes to be in control of their body I think others do the same on the opposite spectrum.

So what can we do?  I wish I could say that this was going to be easy.  If it were I would not be writing this post. Cravings are usually disguised addictions.

First, get all trigger foods out of your house.  Do not have anything that will cause you to overeat, sneak just one or encourage a midnight feast.

Second, keep a journal.  When you feel the urge to eat something you know you should not write out what you are feeling.  Are you anxious, overwhelmed or sad.  Write it out and see what emotion seems to be the biggest trigger and what food you are wanting.  Then find other ways to deal with that emotion.  Sometimes if you continue to write that will help or go for a walk or talk to a friend.  Try to find something that will bring you relaxation other than the temporary food fix.

Lastly, try to eliminate the stress.  I recently read a book that said to look at your daily to do list and see what are you doing that is benefitting you the most and what are you doing that is really just wasting time.  He said 80% of what you do is really not useful.  So find the 20%, get rid of the 80% and be more successful at what you do.  I do realize that some stress cannot be removed.  What our family is going through is nothing we can control, but I have eliminated other things that would intensify the stress.  I workout and try to laugh, both are great stress relievers.

I really hope this helps and I would love to hear your comments of things that have helped you overcome stress eating.  I would also like to hear other areas of struggle so I can address those.

Keep moving forward.

Jen

 

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A Must Read – 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart

I love this book.

Everyone should read it.

This book, by Dr. Neal Barnard, will teach you how to lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, reduce or eliminate your chance of heart disease and possibly even cure yourself from diabetes.  I love this book it truly could save your life.

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In this book Dr. Neal Barnard helps you to understand the value of a plant based diet.  He then teaches you how to make an easy transition and then into a nutrition plan.  I have made several of the recipes in this book and they have been great.

January Fitness Challenge

This January I am putting together several different challenges to help you make 2014 your healthiest year yet.  The challenge groups, aka accountability groups, are  “secret” FaceBook  groups made up of 5-10 people that help each other stay accountable.  In the groups, each day I post challenges, fitness and nutrition tips, keep you motivated and many other things.  Most importantly in the group we encourage each other through the ups and downs that come with getting in better shape.  If there is a group that interest you contact me and I can get you the info you need to get started.  Please do not wait these groups will fill fast and you do not want to miss out.  If there is a group that I am not offering but you think would be helpful to you please make the suggestion and we can see what we can do.

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P90X3

Join me for a 90 day P90X3 Challenge. P90X3 is the newest program released by BeachBody. All workouts are 30 minutes.  For more info click here and watch here.

To be part of this Challenge you will need to P90X3 Challenge Pack.  If you have purchased a challenge pack in the past contact me and I can send you a different link.

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T25

All workouts are only 25 minutes! This group will run for 30 days with the option to go 60 or 90 days.  T25 is a fun energetic workout that is one of my favorites.  For a preview watch here.

To be part of this Challenge you will need the Focus T25 Challenge Pack.  If you have purchased a challenge pack in the past contact me and I can send you a different link.

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The Ultimate Reset

The Ultimate Reset is 21 days of resetting your body.  In 21 days you can lose weight, lower cholesterol, lower your blood pressure and have overall better health.  In 21 days you will feel like a new person.  This is a great way to start your health and fitness journey or to recover from intense training such as marathon training.  For more info watch here.

For this Challenge you will need the Ultimate Reset Challenge Pack.  If you have purchased a challenge pack in the past contact me and I can send you a different link.

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Combo Challenge

This will be a 30 day Challenge made up of various different BeachBody programs.  There are over 20 different programs and I would love to help you find which one would work best for you.  Contact me and I can get you information.  To look at the variety of programs visit my site and click on “shop” and then “programs”.

I look forward to making 2014 a great year with you.

Make me your free coach.

Shakeology – The Healthiest Meal of the Day

We now have Vanilla!

I have now been drinking Shakeology for a year.  I cannot say enough about how much I love this stuff.  I can’t say that I feel a drastic change after I drink it, but I can tell a huge difference on days I do not drink it.

As a vegan I love having it because is has ample amounts of vitamin D and B12.  I have even been able to stop taking my other vitamins which saves me money.

I now have my husband and son drinking it.  Without changing any other aspect of his diet or daily routine, my husband dropped 10 pounds in the first three weeks of replacing breakfast with Shakeology.  For my son, I love knowing that at breakfast he is getting everything he needs for the day.

Here are some videos to give you a little more info.

You can go to my website http://www.myshakeology.com/milesforacure to read all you would ever want to know about these 5 fabulous flavors, Vanilla, Chocolate, Greenberry, Vegan Chocolate and Vegan Tropical Strawberry.

Shakeology compared to other leading brands.

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Here are a few more links for information.

1o Reasons to try vegan shakeology.

http://www.shakeology.com/web/shakeology/the-blog#10_reasons_vegan_shakeology_06_27_12

Shakeology as a post workout drink.

http://www.shakeology.com/web/shakeology/the-blog#welcome

Shakeology Success Story

http://www.shakeology.com/web/shakeology/the-blog#welcome

Want to try Shakeology before you buy?

When I send out samples it cost me about $6 – $10.  I do not mind doing so, but please only ask if you are serious about wanting to try them before purchasing.  Before I send you one to try, I ask that you make sure you are one of my BeachBody costumers, go to www.beachbodycoach.com/milesforacure and register for a free membership.  Make sure my name, Jennifer Knight, is who you select for your coach.  Once you have done this please email me, jen@milesforacure.com to request the flavor you want to try.

If you are already my costumer email me at jen@milesforacure.com to request your flavor.

Bottom of the Bag Guarantee.

BeachBody believes so much in their products that they are willing to offer you all your money back within 30 days.  That gives you time to use the entire bag and if you do not feel it has done anything for you they will give you all of your money back.  It does take about a month to really feel the benefits so this is a win win way to try the healthiest meal of the day.

Did you know…

If you order Shakeology as HD (home direct) they will automatically ship it to you once a month.  I now do this with most of my grocery store items.  It saves me so much time.  Plus, you get free shipping.

I look forward to hearing from you.

A Vegan’s Christmas Wish List

Since I did a list for runner’s I thought I would do a list for my other love, being Vegan.  Here are some of the things I think any vegan would love to have.

Any item from Farm Sanctuary.  I love Farm Sanctuary and what they are about.  They have many different gifts you can choose from.  Just go to their website and look around the shop.

www.farmsanctuary.org

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No Meat Athlete.  Since I am a runner and Vegan I would love to have this shirt.  Hint Hint.  Plus it is a fun website to check out.

 

http://www.nomeatathlete.com

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Something else I would love to subscribe to is the snack box by Vegan Cuts.  They are a website similar to groupon but for vegans.

 

http://www.vegancuts.com

 

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One of my absolute favorite vegan brands is Susan Nichole Handbags.  I love love love the purses I have from her.  She is on facebook and often does free giveaways.

 

http://www.susannichole.com

 

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Vegan Chocolate or Tropical Strawberry Shakeology.  I have one of these everyday for breakfast.

www.myshakeology.com/milesforacure

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My favorite Vegan Cookbook and the reason I became Vegan.

www.thekindlife.com

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http://www.thekinddiet.com

 

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Gift Card for vegan restaurants are great too.  Just go to www.happycow.com and you can put in the zip code and find vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants and stores in that area.

Amazon carries a huge selection of vegan cookbooks and vegan guides.

For handmade items, Etsy, offers a huge variety of vegan items.  Just search vegan on their website.

This is just a short list.  You can find many more by googleing vegan gifts.  I hope this helps.

Have a great and compassionate Christmas.

Missing My Dad

I cannot believe that next week will be the second anniversary of my Dad’s death.  Over the last couple weeks he has been on my mind and yesterday all I wanted was my comfort food that he use to make me.  His specialties were waffles, that we had on the morning of any special occasion, grilled cheese, nachos and chocolate cake. Now don’t let me mislead you he did not have a special recipe or secret ingredient.  It was the secret ingredients of Betty Crocker and a few others.  But as Marie Berone from “Everbody Loves Raymond” would have said, “It was made with love.”

So today I had to do my best to fulfill my comfort food needs. I really wanted Nachos and Chocolate Cake.  My Dad’s nachos were always the tortilla chips or nacho cheese Doritos with spicy Velveeta cheese, green olives and salsa.  I went to Dandelion Communitea Cafe and found these amazing Nachos, the “Macho Libre.”

Dandelion Café documentary from Anna Miller on Vimeo.

Then I moved onto my favorite bakery that I have mentioned before, Raphsodic.  Here I got my chocolate cake or as they call this cuppy cake, the “Feaxstess.” Yes their was yummy cream in the middle.

It was all so good.  Thank you to these two great restaurants for having awesome vegan food.  If you have not tried either of them I encourage you to do so.  You will not be disappointed.