Hey guys! I put myself on an active-wear shopping ban last year and it is still ongoing, why? Well I have more than enough workout clothes. I was however very sad to see these new fun workout clothes because I know I cannot get any right now. If you are however on the market for new active-wear, these are my TOP picks so enjoy! These are brands that I shop for so I know it’s good stuff.
This year I really want to stay on top of my health and fitness update. 2016 was a great year for me fitness wise, I don’t think I missed a single workout unless I was sick or traveling. BBG has been amazing as far as keeping in check, because it is so organized it’s just an easy program to follow and it really challenges you. I finally received my Strong & Sweaty DVD set by Cathe and holy hell! They are really challenging and I’ve been sweating bullets during all of them so far. Now I can finally say I highly recommend the Strong & Sweaty DVD set. I’ve been doing it for a week now and after each workout I’m drenched in sweat, I actually have to take several breaks to wipe myself because I’m sweating so much. If you are doing BBG I would advise finishing BBG2 before trying out Strong & Sweaty, it is not a beginner or intermediate workout in my opinion. I’m kind of following the BBG training method and doing a mix of low intensity cardio and Cathe’s workouts. I may alternate between Cathe and BBG every 3 months, I’ll keep you guys posted.
What I really want to talk about is FOOD, that’s the area I need to improve on. Don’t get wrong I don’t think I did terrible but I could do a lot better. Hello alcohol! This year I did a great job at meal prepping and I kept it up every single week unless I was on vacation. One thing I did do over my holiday break is really learn about food, thanks Netflix. I think I watched every single food related documentaries out there and it was really an eye opener. I seriously considered becoming vegan but I knew deep down I wouldn’t stick to it. So I’m taking a more realistic approach, by limiting the amount of animal products I consume. I’m limiting myself to have meat one meal per day, and I have about 1/3 of the amount I would normally consume. So here are a few steps I’m taking along the way:
- More veggie/fruits smoothies, I usually do eggs every single morning, I kid you not. Well I started introducing a fruit/veggie smoothie with an avocado toast to switch it up.I’m also planning on doing a sweet potato hash with red peppers and onions for days I don’t feel like having a smoothie or eggs. I am just starting so in future posts I will give you more breakfast ideas.
- No dairy, the main way I consume dairy is through yogurt, cheese and coffee creamer. I do love ice cream but don’t have it all that much. I pretty much stopped buying yogurt, I may try the almond milk ones but if I don’t like them I will just let it go, I can live without yogurt. I replaced my creamer with a coconut milk one and so far so good, honestly I can taste the difference but I’m tolerating it for now. Hey I’m just keeping it real! My main issue is cheese, I’m making a conscious effort to not make recipes where I will be tempted to have cheese, but on weekends if I feel like it I’m allowing myself to have some because I know myself enough to know that I have to ease into this. Cold turkey just doesn’t work for me, I’m not 100% sure I want to be vegan I just know that I want 90% of my diet to be filled with unprocessed food.
- Less alcohol, for this I mostly blame the holiday festivities. So I’m getting back in the habit of not keeping wine at my place, hey more money to buy Kombucha right. I’m allowing myself a glass or two during the weekend though.
- Less sweets, compared to where I was 1-2 years ago I’ve made a lot of progress. I used to always have chocolate at home and this past year I did good. I actually gave away all the sweets I received during the holidays, somebody gave me a giant box of macarons. I just don’t crave sweets as much anymore unless it’s that time of the month. I found that when I include more whole foods in my diet I have less sweet cravings, so this part should be fairly easy for me. I will however keep a box of Yasso in the fridge just in case. That’s my go-to treat.
Like I said before I will share more smoothies and meals ideas with you but for now this is my favorite smoothie. I will go back to sharing my meals on my Instagram fitness account @_fitrach.
Banana Spinach Smoothie Recipe
1/2 frozen banana, 2 handful of baby spinach leaves, 1 scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein, 1 tbsp of Almond butter and 1 cup of Almond milk (or whatever kind of milk you prefer, I personally use the Almond/Coconut blend). That’s optional but I always add 2 tbsp of Collagen Hydrolysate to my smoothies. Throw all that in my ninja and it’s absolutely delicious.
Some of the benefits of Collagen Hydrolysate
- High protein content
- Maintains mobile and healthy joints
- Restores bone density
- 19 specific amino acids
- Glossy hair and healthy fingernails
- Promotes feeling of alertness
- Improves concentration
- Creates balanced mood
- Increased sense of well-being
- Unique Amino Acid Spectrum
- Increases athletic performance