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It Works!

So y’all have heard me talk about the It Works stuff so I’m here to expand! I don’t have personal experience with all of the products…yet. But I can report back on the most popular! 

Greens: One word – awesome. With eight full servings of fruits and veggies and lots of other good stuff, it’s like a multivitamin on crack. But like…..good crack? Read more about Greens here and make sure to click the view ingredients link! It has several FAQ’s that are really informational. I add two scoops (a regular serving size) of the berry flavor to my morning protein smoothie! I have definitely noticed a change for the good in being more energized in the morning and throughout the day. After coming off of a bad cold, it’s hard not to feel healthy after that but Greens definitely helped get me over the hump and I honestly feel healthier than I have since before the cold gave me winter-long congestion. 

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Wraps: The ultimate body applicator is also awesome. Four wraps is a full process but I’ve only done one so I’m going to wait until I’ve done another one or two. My SIL pics were grainy so it was hard to see the results if you weren’t there but as a woman who looks awesome after having FIVE, yes that is 5, kids you know it’s gonna take a toll on your tummy! She said the wrap tightened her tum and felt firmer, woo! I gave her and my brother one each but I think she might finagle her way into using both 🙂 Below are several before/after pics and there are plenty more where that came from! Read more here

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Defining Gel: They recommend using this stuff in between wraps and may I say, it’s a good recommendation! My tum doesn’t look awesome yet but it looks a lot better than when I started! Definitely lives up to its name and tighten, tones and firms! More here

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Ultimate Fat Fighter: First of all, this stuff is only $23 (loyal customer price) so that’s awesome. Second, you know when you have a really delicious meal, healthy or not and you just feel overstuffed and gross? The fat fighter has carb inhibitors and this stuff from cacti that block some of the carbs and cals you intake. So you just poop it out later! Cool! Haha all jokes aside, this stuff is great! Although, don’t take it after a morning protein shake with a bunch of other awesome stuff…you don’t want anything good getting blocked! Plus with breakfast being the most important meal of the day, you prob shouldn’t mess with breakfast. Read more heeeeere.

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I’m tired and have to cook chicken for this week’s food prep so since I just did my facial tonight, I’ll wait until tomorrow. Then I can tell you how this balsamic chicken turned out I’m about to make and inhale after or in between also doing an hour of yoga sometime tonight. This is what the dream is people. It’s not easy but it’s worth it! 

Here’s to livin’ the dream, 

Aud

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NUTS!

I probably shouldn’t give away how excited I am about this but I just put in an order for some awesome stuff from nuts.com! 

I want to start making some bomb ass smoothies for breakfast and being more creative with my healthy options, cook/bake more, etc. I tried to look for things that had a good carb/protein ratio. It’s probably impossible to get anything low carb on the site but there are some lower carb and high protein options. I would post all of the nutritional info on here but that would be really long plus they have all of that information plus more for each product on their site plus recipes!

Several interesting things here...we'll see how this goes :)

Several interesting things here…we’ll see how this goes 🙂

Organic Sunflower Butter: I’ve heard this is delicious so I’m excited to try it as a substitute for butter! This would probably be awesome on those flaxseed waffles I mentioned earlier too…Ingredients – Dry roasted organically grown sunflower seeds, organic cane sugar and salt

Sea Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips: I’ve been a little weary of this whole kale chip fad…I mean I remember when the only thing I knew about kale was that it was used as a garnish at Texas Roadhouse…BUT it has become more popular and these ARE salt & vinegar so they can’t be terrible! I’ll give a full report 🙂 Ingredients – Kale, raw sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, white vinegar, sea salt.

Organic Flax Seed: Very healthy addition to any diet! Lots of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans (antioxidant qualities) and fiber. Careful with this one though…excessive consumption without liquid can result in intestinal blockage AKA constipation. 

Organic Chia Seeds: Tiny seeds with big health benefits! Omega-3, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber. Fun fact: chia seeds gel when wet and the gel helps prevent some calories  from getting absorbed into our system and helps you feel full faster.

Black Currant Tea, Japanese Sencha Green Tea & Peppermint Tea: I’ve always been prettyyyyy good about not drinking pop but it was because I drank a lot of Crystal Light and other low cal drinks, which as we’ve heard, can actually be pretty bad for you. So recently, I’ve switched to water and tea and only drink pop if I go out to eat. This is one of my favorites and they have great inspirational quotes on their tea bags.

Organic Red Quinoa Puffs: I think these will be good for a snack or to grab quickly for breakfast (eaten like cereal with unsweetened almond milk!). I could probably season them as a snack to spice em’ up too! High in protein, dietary fiber, magnesium, iron & a pretty good source of calcium!

Gluten Free Rice Bran: When I first came across this crazy rice bran stuff I was a little skeptical if I would put it to good use because I thought it was just for baking but it can be added to smoothies and cereals and I guess whatever you want to add it to! Fun fact: Rice bran accounts for 60% of the nutrients found in each rice kernel. Low in fat & calories, good source of dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorous. 

Organic Hemp Seeds: Although on the expensive side, these are one of the world’s most nutritious seeds. High in protein and low in carbs, packed with omega-3. They have a nutty taste and can be added to pretty much anything.

Now of course I’m not saying go out and spend $80 on rabbit food but do some research, figure out what you’re not getting in your diet, what you need more of, etc., and grab some flax seed to throw in this week’s meatloaf or casserole. Put sunflower or almond butter on your toast instead of margarine. All of the little changes you make will add up!

As I depart for the gym, I will leave you with a great quote from my Yogi tea today:

“Patience gives the power to practice; practice gives the power that leads to perfection.”

No one is perfect but we can get close 🙂

Here’s to livin’ the dream,

Aud