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Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

It feels good to be back on my little life journal here! I had gotten so frustrated with dealing with silly issues on my blog (hackers). It really had me just disappointed in general. But, as time has passed I have been thinking more and more about my little baby here. And I miss it!

Here is what I have to share with you today. In true Jenn style, I have another accidental recipe that I ended up loving! We had gotten home late from soccer and I was desperately trying not tin stuff my face with chips and makes some GOOD and healthy decisions. I also had no clue what I was going to make because I was really hungry (you know, right then) and also low on food options at the house. Enter ground beef, romaine lettuce and my new favorite ranch seasoning! And honestly my husband came home and he loved the ranch ground beef (darn it…that meant he was going to eat it too. I should have made more but I didn’t have any more meat). Give this a try and see how versatile this beef is!

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Ingredients

1.) 1 lb Lean Groun Beef

2.) 1 yellow onion, diced

3.) 2 Tbsp ranch seasoning

Directions

Add ground beef and diced onion to a pan or wok on stovetop with 2 Tbsp of ranch seasoning.  Cook meat until it is cooked through

Uses

Wraps: place on romaine lettuce leaves with avocado and mustard

Salad: place on salad greens and veggies to make a burger salad

Tortilla: my non Paleo husband wrapped his in a tortilla, added cheese and cooked it in our quesadilla maker

21 Day Fix: Red, Green (Avocado or cheese would add a blue and any tortillas would be yellow)

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

Paleo Ranch Ground Beef

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

I have a few favorite foods that are absolutely not “clean eating” and would also not be considered healthy in most opinions. (Pictures of pizza, chips, chocolate and ice cream are floating through my head right now) I’m not hating on these foods by any means. If I had the ability to be a moderator with my food, then by all means I would eat these! Moderation, however is not my strong point. I’m more of a person where eating a little turns into me going crazy and having to spend several days getting back on track. It’s not good.

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

BUT….what if we can start making healthy replacements for these foods that are actually not “bad” and taste good?  That would solve some problems wouldn’t it? I had been dreaming of ice cream this time. And also wondering what the heck the obsession is with Dole Whips when I decided to figure something out for me and my food allergy kiddos here!

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

I knew I wanted the base of this recipe to be frozen pineapple. I also knew I wanted to add some frozen banana to add some creamy texture. I tossed in strawberries because I needed to use them before they went bad. Enter the idea for Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream. Are you getting the picture that this is an EASY recipe? Because it was! And it was so good. I even had kid approval with this one. (They are picky little rascals sometimes)

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

Pineapple Paleo Ice Cream

Ingredients:

1.) Frozen Pineapple Chunks (I probably used about 2 cups)

2.) Frozen Bananas (I used 2)

3.) Strawberries (I used about 1 cup)

4.) Unsweet Milk of choice (I used approx 1/2-1 cup unsweet vanilla coconut milk)

Directions:

Just blend all ingredients until smooth. I had to stop the blender a few times and scrape the mix back down the sides.

I loved it right away as soft serve, but you could absolutely place the mix in the freezer and eat it later with making actual scoops.

21 Day Fix Equivalents: it may not be perfect, but I would measure 1 purple container and count it as that too. 

Pineapple Paleo ice cream

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

21 Day Fix Plan

Today marks the beginning of my final week for this round of the 21 Day Fix. I am getting very excited because I’m sticking with it and it’s WORKING (I lost 5 lbs last week!). Those are both two very major things!

I made the decision a few weeks ago to stop making excuses. I have final weight that I need to lose and had been letting life get in the way basically. I finally decided that one way or the other, whether I felt great or not that it was time for this weight to come off.

21 Day Fix plan

Afternoon Snack

I’m ready for my clothes to fit. I’m ready to drop everything and go swimming with my kids without freaking out about a swimsuit. It  is time. So now that I finally have the right mental attitude to just do this, there are some things that have remained consistent through these few weeks that have kept me on track. I am going to share my food schedule and why I have it planned the way I do. There are specific reasons I eat what I do and when I do.

21 day fix plan

21 Day Fix Plan

1.) Breakfast: Shakeology, water, ice, Unsweet coconut milk

-I like starting my day this way because it is fast, easy and only uses one container.  It’s a nice boost of nutrients that I usually drink on the go.  I am specifically keeping my fruit separate from my shakes and eating  it  as snacks.

2.) Lunch: I’m filling in the containers I have allotted for lunch usually with  leftovers or a quick lunch

3.) Snack 1: I’m specifically saving a Greek yogurt and full portion of berries snack for the afternoon. This is when I start to fall apart mentally and think I “need” more food.  So, I specifically have food allotted for this time. (I do add a little honey)

4.) Dinner: I just fill the containers with a nice size meal

5.) Snack 2: Apple slices and sunbutter, this is here for a reason too.  It’s that little something sweet or little something extra that I save for afternoon dinner when I feel like I want dessert.

*I’m adding in the orange container as needed as salad dressing or sunflower seeds

21 Day Fix plan

Guys, I have not been hungry.  The first week I had to work very hard to stop eating because of mentally what I felt like was enough food. I had gotten so used to over eating, because that was what I WANTED to do.  It was not necessarily what I needed to do.  I have specific snacks and foods in place for moments of weakness.  But, othere than that, my body has adjusted.  I’m not hungry or unhappy.  Actually, the opposite.  I finally have things under control and it feels good! I zipped a pair of capris last Friday that I couldn’t barely squeeze into last summer.  That’s a win in my book!

Are you ready to start your 21 Day Fix journey too? Contact me for more information and let’s do this together!  Let some start reaching our goals together.

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

The Easiest Meal Prep

This has got to be the easiest meal prep I have ever attempted. It all sort of happened without a plan and sort of by accident but I am already realizing the possibilities. And besides being so easy, I didn’t have even close to the cleanup that I usually have!! If you ask me, that alone makes it completely worth it.

Have you been eating clean and meal prepping and realizing how time consuming it can be? It’s worth it, but it can really take some work! Meal prepping definitely helps but what if we could make it even easier? I’m going to share exactly what I cooked and then I’m going to share ideas of what to do with it! I am trying to cook family friendly, so feel free to prepare less.  That’s the beauty of this one…just do what works for your family and make recipes YOU want to make.

The Easiest Meal prep

The Easiest Meal Prep

1.) Chicken: Place 8 chicken breasts (or less) in crockpot with a generous coating of adobo seasoning and about 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Cook on high for about 5 hours (until cooked through and can be shredded)

Once chicken is started in the crockpot, Start to boil water in a medium pot on stovetop

2.) Potatoes: when water is boiling add potatoes and cover with a lid.  Cook until easily pierced with a fork.

Now that the chicken and potatoes are cooking, start the ground beef.

3.) Ground Beef: Place 2 lbs (or less) in a wok or pan of choice on stovetop with a little water. Cover and cook through on medium heat.

-I specifically left this in bigger pieces instead of finely ground because I plan to make a burger one pan meal with it.

4.) Sausage: cook 2lbs of sausage (made into patties) using method of choice. I used a griddle, but a grill or stovetop would work as well. I made this in advance especially for my kids and their breakfasts.

– If I am not cooking sausage, I will bake a large amount of turkey bacon in the oven to use during the week

– also another great meal prep idea could be to make an oatmeal bake (there are several on Pinterest!)

While the meat is cooking, start preparing any vegetables or fruit so that you have some READY when needed.

5.) Fruit: just choose fruit in season or fruit that is easily accessible and pre slice what you can.

6.) Vegetables: carrots and cucumbers are staples in our house, pick veggies that you like to have around as snacks.  Sometimes I even go ahead and chop veggies like carrots, cucumbers and bell peppers to be ready for salads throughout the week.

7.) Other: keep a lettuce of choice on hand for any salads and make a salad dressing if desired, nitrate free Canadian bacon for snacks, wholly guacamole

Now we have a lot of food to work with! I am liking this because it is meal prepping but decreasing the amount of microwave use. The goal is to be able to get a meal together quickly by reheating the meat and adding some other ingredients in the stove or in the oven.

21 Day Fixers and Paleo people out there…this is perfect for you! Easy to portion out in your containers 😊

Chicken Ideas

Chicken Salads, chicken tortilla soup, fiesta lime chicken, chicken taco mix, chicken salad, fajitas

Fiesta lime chicken mix

Ground Beef

Salsa Unstuffed Cabbage, Hamburger Skillet, Unstuffed Pepper Soup. (Paleo …make cauliflower rice to add to the soup), Chili, Tacos, Spaghetti (with spaghetti squash if you choose), taco soup

Salsa unstuffed pepper soup

Potatoes:

Use as is, cut into fries and reheat in oven (with drizzle of oil and sea salt), slice and reheat on stovetop (think German fries…drizzle oil, sea salt, black pepper),  mashed potatoes, cut and add to vegetable soup

Breakfast/Sausage/Turkey Bacon

Typically I drink a shake, but my kids eat some type of meat and fruit or applesauce

Fruit:

For snacks or breakfast. Toward the end of the week I may peel and freeze the bananas. Also, before the apples go bad…think about peeling, chopping and baking them with cinnamon

Vegetables:

Snacks, bake carrots in the oven near the end of the week

Other:

Canadian bacon Rollups, guacamole as a dip for veggies

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Setting Goals and Accomplishing Them

Its a new year and that means big things depending on how you choose to go about it. It is one of my favorite times of year because it feels like such a great chance for a fresh start. It’s a chance to write a new story and start over! It’s a chance to improve on the story you were writing. Either way, I encourage you to take some time to think about what you WANT out of this year.

I made the mistake last year of making resolutions that were far to broad. They sounded great on paper.

I told myself that I wanted to:

1.) Be Happy

2.) Be Appreciative

3.) Be Present

Sounds great doesn’t it?  Aren’t those three major areas that would make someone have a stupendous year if they achieved them?  Do you see what is missing here?  It’s easy to say these things and it’s easy to day dream about how great they would be to have. But, the missing part is actually achieving them. I mean taking the specific steps that will actually make this happen.

I learned my lesson and I am doing things different this year. I’m going to let you in on exactly how I am going to do this and how you can to. It’s all about being very specific and actually taking steps (even if they are baby steps) in the direction of our goals.

Setting goals and accomplishing them

Setting Goals and Accomplishing Them

1.) Make a list of goals

-get paper and a pen and start brainstorming

-in your life: What is missing? What could you add? What would you like to accomplish? What could you change? What could you do differently? What are you happy/unhappy with? How are your relationships?

-be SPECIFIC

Thinking of goals is a great starting point, but we need to make them specific.  That is the mistake I made last year.  It needs to be an actual list of things that we can check off as we go to stay accountable. For example I said “be happy” last year.  Not very helpful.  What would make me happy? Specifically. Would it be running more? Reaching goal weight? Spending more quality time with family? Figure out WHAT it would be and then we can figure out the steps to get there.

Setting goals and accomplishing them

2.) Break it down

-time to figure out the exact steps to make this happen

-write each one of your serious goals on the top of a piece of paper and then start listing the steps to achieve it underneath

-these can be ANY small or big measurable steps that will get you closer to your end goal

– keep these papers in your planner, your journal or wherever so that you can refer back to them and check things off as they happen

For example

Goal: weight loss (but how is that going to happen?)

Here are brainstorming examples to put under this goal: join a health and fitness support group, go to the gym 3 times a week, try a new workout, use a home DVD workout 3 times weekly, start a couch to 5k program, make specific changes to your diet (portion control, remove a major culprit to a bad diet and then another, include one new healthy recipe each week), go for a walk, start a pounds lost jar, track your progress, track your food, get help if you need it (it’s nice to have support!)

Do this on YOUR level.  You know where you are starting, take steps that YOU can take to make a life change.

3.) Set a timeline

-If possible, set goals as to when these are going to happen. Start working on completing the baby steps now!

For example: one of my steps to reach goal weight this year was to start portion control with the 21 Day Fix, well…I started yesterday 👍🏻One of my goals was to wear a swimsuit this summer,  portion control was a part of that but I also started the fitness program Core De Force to specifically start working on my poor stomach 😜 I need to set a timeline because swimsuit season is going to be here before the end of the year!

4.) Make it Happen… no questions asked and lose the excuses

I’m leaving this at that.  I could make excuses and think of reasons all day long not to do something.  That’s hurting no on but us….just do it 😊 Decide what you really and truly want and decide that it is worth the struggles and choices that happen along the way to get there.

Are you ready?  I am.  Let’s make this a great year! Please always feel free to contact me, especially if your goals include health and fitness. Let’s get all of us on track to make this happen!

Setting goals and accomplishing them

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

We had our most recent meeting with my daughter’s nutritionist a few days before Chirstmas. And I have to be honest, I just finally got around to processing all of the information. We have been working since May to HEAL her little body. A little background is that we have been battling severe eczema and food allergies since she was 2 months old. And while food allergies stink, that darn eczema is more of a daily misery for her.

On the suggestion from some friends, we got her on a waitlist for a functional medicine team. They have been working with us in an attempt to heal her body from the inside out basically. What this means for her as far as eating is a super clean diet. Basically unprocessed or minimally processed, clean foods. Think meats, vegetables, fruits, fats and some grains. So…no dyes, additives, refined sugar, gluten etc. I will be honest, at times it has been tough for all of us (for so many reasons, a lot of them emotional). I can truly sympathize with those who have to basically change their lifestyle over for one reason or another. It’s hard.

But, finally this fall we turned a corner. She is getting better.  The before and after pictures are pretty amazing actually. I can see her sweet little face without red sores and wounds covering it. She hasn’t had an infection since this summer. And she feels better. The proof that there just might be something to healthy living and unprocessed diets is written all over her face (literally).

This most recent appointment brought some new information to us. We have some items to change and start including, but also some to exclude. It looks like she is going to have to give up all grains for awhile which means the loss of one of her few treats (Enjoy Life snack bars). This was definitely a mental setback for us. Not that she has to have them, it’s just nice to have one thing that is easy that she thinks is a treat. Oh well, time to move on and work around it.

Homemade snack bar recipe

The nutritionist and I decided to start researching home made nut free Larabar style snacks.  A Larabar is an awesome product that is made of natural ingredients and sweetened with items such as dates and fruit. We unfortunately can not purchase them due to food allergies.  I found two recipes that included items that I wanted to use as a starting place. What I found is that these bars are easy to make! Several of the ingredients seem like they can be changed or modified to make it work for you needs. For example, in my daughter’s case we needed to add some very specific items (like fats). We are really trying to pack a punch into these little treats. So, if you want less of a caloric load…feel free to omit items or lesson them.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade Snack Bar Recipe

Ingredients:

1.) 1.5 cups dates

-it helps to soak dates in water first for 10-15 minutes

2.) 1 cup sunbutter (or nut butter of choice)

3.) 1/4 c pumpkin seeds

4.) 1/4 c sunflower seeds

5.) 2 tbsp chia seeds

6.) 1 tbsp ground flax

7.) 1 cup shredded coconut

8.) 1 tsp cinnamon

9.) 2 tbsp coconut oil

10.) 1/8 – 1/4 cup coconut flour

11.) chocolate chips (optional, we buy these)

**we are trying to add healthy fats into her diet which is the reason for the coconut oil.  I added a bit of coconut flour to thicken the bars.  Always start with less coconut flour and add it a little at a time.  It takes the moisture out of things quickly…you could omit both of these items and be fine!

Directions

Using a food processor or immersion blender, process the dates until smooth.  I leave a little water with them from soaking (it seems like it helps while processing them).  Next add items 2-9 and process until smooth.  Add the coconut flour as directed above a little at a time and process.  Remove mix from food processor and stir in any chocolate chips.

Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper or press n seal and flatten the mix into the bottom of the pan.  This was enough for more than one layer, so add more lining right on top and press the remaining in. Freeze for 2 hours and then cut into bars. I cut those in half and wrapped them separately and put in a freezer bag.  Store in freezer.

Homemade snack bar recipe

Homemade snack bar recipe

These are so versatile, so experiment! I want to make some with fruit next. These bars are based in the original recipe from www.nutfreepaleo.com

Homemade snack bar recipe

 

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

How to Prepare for 21 Day Fix

I have big plans this holiday season and they specifically include NOT going overboard on food. Sometimes I just need to learn my lesson (again) and I really did last year. One bite of cookie dough turned into licking the icing, eating one cookie and then it spiraled out of control after that. I couldn’t stop!  Once I let myself think it was ok to eat some of those treats all heck broke loose.

I paid for it dearly. Mentally as well as physically. I felt like junk, my clothes didn’t fit and I was mad at myself. I gained weight that I have been working for a year to remove again. What the heck?! After those major mistakes from last year, I am going into this holiday season with new plans. I plan to be “good” most of the time.  However I do plan to indulge with some specific limitations.  I plan to eat and enjoy treats within reason on the specific holiday dates.

Prepare for 21 day fix

But what about those times where we do choose to indulge? How do we come back from that and how do we get back on the straight and narrow?  Well, it’s possible and at this point I make sure I do it quickly. I spend about one week taking steps to get myself back in order and this is exactly how I do it. And as a side note, I am making sure to exercise each of these days.  I don’t necessarily have a plan, I just make sure that I am getting at least some form of exercise in daily during this week.  Sometimes I feel like I am setting myself up for failure to jump straight into the 21 Day Fix without giving myself at least a little time to adjust.  I am going to lay out exactly what I do to get my thinking and my body back on track the week BEFORE starting the fix.

Holiday eating recovery

How to Prepare for 21 Day Fix: The Week Prior

DAY 1: I give up sugar and I make sure to drink half my weight in ounces of water (i.e. If you weigh 160 lbs, drink 80 oz water)

I pick one thing to give up, no questions asked. It is usually the something that is giving my cravings the most trouble. I do not restrict calories this day, my only goal is to cut that food item. I specifically drink a lot of water to help start flushing those toxins out

DAY 2: No sugar, lots of water, lots of healthy fats

I continue restricting sugar and drinking a lot of water. This day is basically like day 1. I eat as much as I want and I specifically make sure to add healthy fats like avocado and grass fed butter. I am lenient today still because this seems to be when my detox headaches show up and I’m just trying to survive!

DAY 3: No sugar, lots of water, lots of healthy fats, no wheat

I continue with my goals from before and then I pick another food that is causing me issues. I usually feel better by day 3, so it is time to reign things in just a little more! I still don’t restrict calories

DAY 4: no sugar, lots of water, lots of healthy fats, no wheat, no cheese

I am usually feeling pretty good here. I will decide to restrict another food that I have let get out of control. Keep in mind, I’m still eating lots of food here and staying happy. For me, I’m still enjoying my favorite treat popcorn!

DAY 5-7: no sugar, lots of water, lots of healthy fats, no wheat, no cheese, transition to a fully clean diet

Now that my problem foods are gone, I use these three days to work on getting my diet to the point where it is back to being clean and as free of processed foods as possible.

DAY 8: 21 Day Fix Portion Control

And this is when things get real lol. But, at this point I’m ready. After tackling one week of getting myself prepared mentally and physically, I am ready to tackle the big one that I know I NEED (portion control). I am generally feeling really good at this point, I have lost some bloat and maybe even some pounds, the headaches are gone and I am ready to tackle the root cause of my eating issues. It always comes down to portion control with me (yes, even with healthy food).

I love the 21 Day Fix because it is exactly that. It is clean eating and portion control with some allowed treats. I am so much more successful with this plan when I spend a week getting myself prepared. I have my treat yellow containers all planned out for this holiday season and I’m ready to go!! I officially start again on Monday and I’m READY. I am also looking forward to getting back to the workouts because I may not enjoy them during the workout 😂😂 but I love the results I get from all of the different types of workouts included. It’s a nice mix of cardio, weights, and strength.

Holiday eating recovery

My yellow container treat plans 😊

Feel free to use my tips to help you get back on track!  Here’s to a great holiday season with lots of love, family, some treats and health!

If you are not currently working with a coach, come join me and my friends for support and motivation on your 21 Day Fix journey.  You are welcome to contact me here.

**also, you pick the foods that are causing YOU problems.  Foods that you can stay out of, that you may obsess over, foods that are causing you problems (I shared the foods that cause me issues, yours don’t have to be the same!)

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

Ultimate Reset Tips

The time had come for me to make changes for the sake of my health. It was not just for my weight and not just for my clothes. I had been struggling with some chronic health issues for almost 8 months and getting no relief. And that was not for lack of trying to get help and make changes. I talked a lot about my reasons for starting the Ultimate Reset in this post.

Why reset? And what is the Ultimate Reset?

“We’re breathing air that’s far from pristine, drinking water that’s not even close to being pure, eating foods laced with things we can’t even pronounce-chemical additives, preservatives, and pesticides-and absorbing toxins.”

Basically if running properly, our body is resilient and made to filter these toxins out and try to eliminate these chemicals. However, when our bodies get pushed to the limit, things are not happening quite as effectively. This can be seen in symptoms such as “lower energy, weight gain and a weakened immune system.”  So, like I said in my previous post…I was at this point.  I had gotten so worked up thinking about portions and calories and cravings that I was failing to look at food for what my body truly needs it for.  Nutrients.  And although my diet was basically clean and healthy most of the time, I was still having episodes where I just cheated like crazy and I was missing out giving my body the NUTRIENTS it was desperate for.  I was eating way too much protein in the form of meat and I was cooking almost everything I ate rather than getting a mix of raw and cooked.  I was being “healthy” but sort of missing the boat.

Ultimate reset

“The Ultimate Reset was not designed to be easy. It was designed to be effective.”

This program was designed to “help your system eliminate waste, gently and naturally but it also helps revitalize your body and mind, and fuel your body with the macronutrients and micronutrients it craves.”

Ultimate Reset Phase 1: you RECLAIM your body and prepare for change. You gradually remove foods such as red meat and dairy

Ultimate Reset Phase 2: you RELEASE unwanted compounds that have been holding your system back and begin to start detoxification. The diet is fully vegan at this point

Ultimate Reset Phase 3: you RESTORE your digestive system to maximum efficiency by putting nutrients, enzymes, and pre/probiotics back into your body.

Ultimate reset

My Top Ultimate Reset Tips for Getting Started

1.) Have a GOOD reason for embarking on this journey.  It’s worth it, but it’s not easy. You have to have the commitment and a reason that makes you continue when you don’t feel like it.

2.) Pick a start date that works for YOU. I started on a Sunday and I’m glad I did. It gave me some extra time at the grocery store on Saturday and it gave me a day to prepare and get used to the schedule before being thrown into a hectic week

3.) Join the Facebook support groups for the Ultimate Reset. These were very helpful.

4.) There is a wealth of information in the “files” sections of these Facebook groups. I would recommend printing the “food substitutions list” “reset in a crunch meal plans” and there was also a guide for drinking water, tea and Shakeology recipes

5.) Print each of the phase grocery lists. I had to look through these before going to the store because I did not know what all of the items were (I had to look some up so that I had an idea of what I was looking for)

6.) Keep a journal.  I kept just a small journal to keep track of before measurements but more importantly daily symptoms to see what was making me feel better or worse

These tips were steps I took for my reset that I thought were very beneficial to my success. The reset booklet comes with tips for preparing some of your meals in advance as well. Now, just DO IT. Remember, you are doing this for a good reason. Have an open mind we are TRYING to eat new foods, try new things and get healthy! Stay strong and if you are looking for support or are interested in information about the ultimate reset, please don’t hesitate to contact me

Ultimate reset

Ultimate Reset Posts:

Before the Ultimate Reset

Ultimate Reset Tips: this post

 

 

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Note: items in quotations were derived from the Ultimate Reset booklet

Jenn Fehrenbacher

Before the Ultimate Reset

I first heard about the Ultimate Reset program at least a year ago. I looked into it a bit and thought “no way.”  It was a major diet overhaul. Quite honestly I just didn’t think I had it in me to stick with it and not quit. It was also more than I wanted to spend and then fail. See…we all have those feelings of self doubt. It’s human 😊

Ultimate reset

Now let’s fast forward to this year. I don’t know what I had done to myself. But I had spent too much time eating clean and then giving in on the weekends. I went crazy last December with the treats. Then I started thinking I couldn’t eat hardly any carbs. I was ALL OVER the place. Eating healthy, eating junk, overeating. I can only guess that all of this back and forth with my food choices had a profound effect on my body. It finally caught up with me I guess. What is scary is I thought I was being mostly healthy.  I guess it’s proof being a yo-yo with food really isn’t good for you.  I don’t think my body could keep up.

Before The Ultimate Reset

I ended up having some major trouble with my throat that was even radiating into my chest. My stomach was super bloated most of the time (like I looked pregnant quite often) and I was not losing any weight for anything. (And I know for a fact that I could lose 15-20 lbs from the point I was at). My body was just completely out of whack.  I ended up being diagnosed with gastritis, heartburn/reflux, and a candida overgrowth in my throat. What the heck!? I have been miserable for almost 9 months with this diagnosis. And I also can’t get any help with it. I’ve never been so frustrated. I just keep getting one prescription after another that is not helping. (And I would say they actually make me feel worse 😡). I don’t want to take these medications anyway. So, I feel like I am STILL bouncing from one thing to the next when I really just want sone help!

Anyway, that’s where I was at when I decided to rethink the Ultimate Reset. I read about people that were having amazing results with how they were FEELING. Things had finally gone so far and I was so frustrated that I knew I needed a major change. And THAT was what put me in the right state of mind to DECIDE that I was going to do this one way or the other. That was the frame of mind I needed to succeed.

I needed something to push me so far that I had no other choice but to do this right.  We all know I’m a delinquent at heart!  It was time that I stopped this terrible relationship that I have with food!  I needed a redo or a reset where I just started over.  Pounds and weight aside, I needed to feel better!  I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.  I was sick of barely making it through the day.  I was sick of being in a fog and telling my kids “mommy doesn’t feel good.”  How did I get myself to this point?

I made the investment in ME for once and decided I was going to take 21 days of serious meal prepping and grocery shopping and saying “no” to fix what I had done.  Have you ever felt like this? Are you ready to make major changes too?

Stay tuned….I am going to continue sharing my journey as it happens with you all. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Ultimate reset

 

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher

5 Quick And Easy 21 Day Fix Meals

So you are ready to eat clean. Or you started the 21 Day Fix and the first week was awesome! You are making progress. At the beginning you had all of this great motivation to cook and try new recipes and take extra time in the kitchen to make your healthy meals. And then, real life happened. You got busy or overwhelmed. Or maybe you just became stinking tired of spending soooo much time in the kitchen cooking and then cleaning up after. (That’s me)

Kitchen

Is there a way to find some kind of balance? Is there way to have it all? Meaning can you eat clean, healthy meals without spending endless hours preparing all of it as well as dealing with the aftermath in your sink and on your counters? I think there is a way. It starts with setting aside a chunk of time to meal prep. I have a day where I will spend 1-2 hours cooking most of my staples for the week. It gets easier and faster the more times you do this, I promise. I cook meat and vegetables and then wash and cut any fruit and raw vegetables. You can check this post out for my exact steps for clean eating meal prep. It is one of my most popular guides. And I keep it simple!

Here is the big question though…what do you do with the food? For example, is there a way to turn your meal prepped food into several different recipes throughout the week? Ladies and gentleman, yes there is. I am going to share with you some of my recipe breakthroughs. I like to call them 5 minute meals. My goal for these was to basically use food that I already had around the house and repurpose it into a tasty meal in 5 minutes.

And for all of my 21 Day Fix friends out there, you are going to love this. Simple meals AND simple portion measuring. No guesswork with your container amounts here. No casseroles to figure out (😁😜). The containers used for these recipes are straight forward. Clean eaters, I’ve got you covered too. Here are my 5 favorites so far. Enjoy!

5 Quick And Easy 21 Day Fix Meals

1.) Fiesta Lime Chicken

Fiesta lime chicken mix

 

2.) Greek Chicken Bowl

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3.) Tuna Bacon Salad

Bacon avocado tuna

 

4.) Mexican Chicken

5 minute Mexican chicken

 

5.) Balsamic Summer Chicken Mix

Balsamic chicken, beans, and veggies

**for this one, you will have to choose what you want to use for your blue container: cheese OR avocado (or a little of both..just measure it!)

 

Are you wandering what I’m talking about with the 21 Day Fix? It  is a specific portion controlled nutrition system that takes the guesswork out of clean eating. You get a certain allotment of color coded containers daily that correspond with different types  of food. You just fill the container for your portion and that’s it. Is this something you would like more information about? Or would you like support on your journey? Contact me here, I would be happy to help!

 

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Jenn Fehrenbacher