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Spring Newsletter.

Spring is in full swing!

We’re recovering from Easter, hoping all y’all enjoyed family fun festivities and that you loved yourself most importantly. After all, He died for us & has Risen!

Check out our Spring Newsletter here:

Winter Newsletter

Stay caught up on all the new things we’ve got going on & get excited as we move into summertime and bikinis!

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What it means to change your lifestyle.

So you want to lose weight.

You want to be healthier.

Really, you just want to be happier.

Our society is saturated with different ways to do these things. Unfortunately, we want someone else to lose the weight for us. We want to wake up 30lbs lighter. We want to be able to take a pill that makes us pee out all the fat we don’t want. Our lifestyles are not conducive to lose weight, be healthier or happier. Something’s got to change.

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 It takes 21 days of consistently eating healthy for those choices to become a habit. But it takes 90 days for those choices to become life style changes. I know you’ve heard it before. 3 months. That’s how long your body takes to realize what’s happening to it. For it to forget what you’ve previously taught it. But also, for it to heal.

But how do you do it? How do you transition to healthy choices? What are our healthy choices?

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The most important thing you can do to set yourself up for success in life is plan ahead. This decision is no different with your health. Find a nutritionist or do your research, decide what you need in your life to be healthy, set your goals and plan to reach them.

Grocery Shopping.

Make your meal plan and shop for each week. Pick a day you can do this every week. When you get home from grocery shopping, chop up your veggies and divide your meals up so they’re ready to go. Some people go so far as to do all the cooking that day and freeze their meals, if you have the time – that’s a great option! Groceries & prep are a big deal, you’re less likely to make bad decisions if the food you need is easily accessible.

Snack your heart away.

There is a huge misconception about weight and how to lose it. The best way to lose weight and to keep your metabolism functioning at optimum rates is to continually feed it with nutritious foods. Really, you should be eating about every 3 hours. But these meals aren’t huge and they should keep you satisfied. Again, talk to a nutritionist. Do your homework. Chips aren’t NOT a snack. Actually, you shouldn’t eat anything that comes prepackaged. Imagine that. Depending on your lifestyle goals your snack options will vary. But SNACK, if you feel hungry – your metabolism is slowing down.

H2O Baby.

Just drink it. It doesn’t really matter if you like it or not – your body thrives when you give it water. It’s just that simple. Water makes your skin look great, clears acne, replenishes your bodies ability to heal, helps every organ do it’s job. Water aids in digestion, helps prevent high blood sugar, strokes and heart attacks. Do I need to continue?

Accountability y’all.

Find someone to hold you accountable. Someone who has the same goals as you do, enjoy the same foods you do. Or who can at least encourage you to stick to your goals. Knowing that you’ll have to eat something not on your plan in front of someone who will know your cheating yourself is enough of a deterrent for most of us. But having someone to cheer you on is also a reason we excel in life. These people – your accountability partners- will help you make these new changes for life.

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What if I fail?

You’re going to trip and fall. You’re going to break and cheat. It’s not easy to transition away from addictive foods like SUGAR. But you can do it. Just remember, one mistake is a small set back. It’s not a failure. Pick yourself back up and give it another go around. The only time you’ll fail is when you stop trying. When you no longer care about your health. So, let’s get this show on the road!

Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Salsa

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Marinade

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • zest from 1 lime
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 packet Truvia
  • sea salt and pepper if desired

fresh strawberriesIngredients for Salsa

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 chopped jalapeno pepper (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 5 chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice from 1 lime

Directions

  • Put olive oil, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, Truvia, salt and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • Gently pound 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts using a meat mallet until chicken is about ½ inch thick. Put chicken breasts in a large bowl cover with cilantro lime marinade. Marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  • For the salsa, toss the ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Grill the chicken to your preference.
  • Plate the chicken and spoon strawberry salsa on top. Serve.

Grilled Chicken with Peach, Red Onion and Basil

Ingredients

  • 2 sliced peaches
  • ½ sliced red onion
  • ½ c. chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • ¼ c. olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Directions

  • Heat grill and lightly oil. In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Add peaches and red onion and combine. Lightly mixed in basil. Set aside.
  • Rub chicken with a small amount of olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through.
  • Spoon peach, red onion, basil mixture over the chicken. Serve.

Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • green tea smoothie3/4 c. chilled green tea (made with 3 tea bags)
  • 1 c. frozen unsweetened mixed berries
  • 1-2 packets of Truvia, depending on sweetness of berries

Directions:

Brew the green tea and chill overnight. Mix all ingredients in blender. (If you use fresh berries, add ice cubes when you blend.)

*This is good blended with a dollop of Greek yogurt, too.

 

Citrus Shrimp Kabobs

Ingredients

  • citrus shrimp kabobs1 tsp. paprika (smoked if you have it)
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 2-3 limes
  • 2 lb. shelled , deveined shrimp
  • olive oil
  • skewers

Directions

  • Combine paprika, sea salt and cumin in small bowl.
  • Slice lemons and limes.
  • Skewer shrimp and citrus slices, alternating between lemons and limes. Brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle lightly with seasoning mixture and squirt with a bit of the citrus.
  • Grill 2 to 3 minutes per side until shrimp are opaque.

*If you are not on the Arize weight loss program, this can be served in tortillas and topped with a mixture of cilantro, sliced radishes, salsa and a squirt of fresh lime.

Grilled Lobster with Peachy Lime Sauce

Grilled Lobster Tail

2 peaches
1 scallion (red onion is a good substitute)
Juice of 3 limes
1 lime
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. chopped, seeded jalapeño pepper
4 lobster tails

  • In a food processor, puree peaches, scallion, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt and jalapeño pepper. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Heat grill to medium-high. In a small bowl, whisk remaining lime juice, olive oil, and salt together.
  • Split lobster tails lengthwise, remove membrane if desired, and brush meat with the lime-oil glaze.
  • Place lobsters on grill, meat side down, and roast for 4 minutes; turn over to shell side and grill until meat is opaque and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes more. Transfer to a platter, garnish with lime wedges, and serve with reserved peach sauce.

*This recipe is great using chicken instead of the lobster.

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Sauce

Cilantro-Lime Sauce

  • citrus shrimp kabobs1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp finely minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Shrimp

  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 3/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

Directions

For the Cilantro-Lime Sauce:

  • Whisk together sauce ingredients. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to use.

For the shrimp:

  • In a medium bowl, mix chipotle chili powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, sea salt and pepper.
  • Add shrimp and toss until coated.
  • Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook until opaque, about 3 – 4 minutes. (Flip once while cooking.)
  • Layer cabbage and shrimp over lettuce shells.
  • Drizzle with Cilantro-Lime Sauce.

Chocolate Berry Shake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 scoop of Chocolate Essential
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 8-10 frozen raspberries
  • 1 packet Truvia

Directions:

Put everything in the blender or Vitamix and blend. You may want to add a bit more liquid depending on how thick you want it.

Chocolate Cherry Cola Float

Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop of Essential Chocolate
  • 10 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 6 oz of Zevia Black Cherry
  • 1/2 cup of ice cubes

Directions:

Place all ingredients in your blender or Vitamix and blend on medium setting for 30 seconds. When using ice, blend on high setting for 30 seconds.