Keeping your head up and getting back on track during the pandemic

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I may not be where I want to be, but I think that it’s important to remember how far we have come especially in moments that we are feeling discouraged. ⠀

I know that this is a difficult time for everybody and most of us are feeling lost, discouraged, and frankly unmotivated. Most people downplay how critical the mental aspect of fitness and a healthy lifestyle. During these times of uncertainty we are challenged with so many things that can slingshot us into a bad headspace. It’s like a snowball effect, maybe you picked up a few bad things at the store and all the sudden you have reflected back and it’s been weeks since you’ve been active and your whole kitchen is stocked with only junk food. ⠀

There are things that we are unable to control and I think it’s time to let that go and come to terms with it and focus on what you can control. After reading all the messages I received here is some information if you are feeling lost and discouraged.⠀

1. PURGE THE JUNK FOOD- next trip to the grocery store have a specific list of foods that you know are going to help you work towards your goals. Don’t deviate and get rid of those foods you have been binging on⠀

2. INCREASE YOUR ACTIVITY – Even if it means going on a walk around the neighborhood and then slowly increasing to home workouts. Each day committed to a specific time and activity and hold yourself accountable.⠀

3. SET GOALS- Specific and measurable goals with a timeline. Make sure you write them down and maybe even post them somewhere where you see them every day. If you need more accountability them share them with your family/friends or post them on social media.

4. LOVE YOURSELF a little bit more – Social media can be a great tool but it also can be something that is extremely toxic when we are constantly scrolling and comparing ourselves to others. The only person you need to be better than is who you were yesterday. But remember progress is never linear. We are human, we have our setbacks but it’s important not to dwell and keep moving forward.⠀

By this time next week you’ll thank yourself if you can start to move yourself towards the right track.

Roasted (Air Fryer) Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Quick, easy, clean, and tasty! First time roasting peppers in my air fryer and it turned out great. You can cook more than one pepper in the air fryer at a time, the time might need to be adjusted.

Ingredients

1 poblano pepper

Meats2u Shredded Chicken

1/4 avocado

1/2 lime

Optional:

Salsa

Bolthouse Farms Cilantro avocado yogurt dressing

Instructions

1. Prepare crockpot Chicken ahead of time recipe here but don’t add sauce after cooking.

2. Cook pepper 400 degrees for 6 min, flip and cook another 6 min.

3. Peel off skin and cut slit down center from stem to bottom (don’t cut through both layers.)

4.Stuff with chicken and top with avocado slices and squeeze fresh lime on top. Add other fixings you see fit and enjoy!

Crockpot shredded chicken

This has easily become one of my favorite and quick ways to prep a good amount of chicken for my boyfriend and I especially since we are so busy with our hectic work schedules

It was nice to dust off my crockpot that I was not using at all anymore and it’s gotten to the point where we actually think we want to get a second one just to make even more!

This recipe can be used with basically any sauce that you like depending on what you were going to be adding your chicken to our use the shredded chicken on top of salads, tacos, rice, etc. Because it is extremely versatile and easy to eat cold if you are one of those people who are always on the go.

Ingredients:
Instructions:

1. Place defrosted chicken breast in crock pot. Add as much broth to fully cover chicken and a little bit more I usually use about 3/4 of a carton

2. Cook on high for about three hours or low for six just depending on how long you are going to be leaving your crockpot.

3. Once cooked, drain excess liquid and let it cool down. You can either use a hand mixer or two forks (pull forks in opposite direction)to shred the chicken.

4. Transfer to a large container add your favorite sauce, salsa, or leave unseasoned and add sauce later!

Mix well and store for up to about 3 days.

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Seared Scallops and Cauliflower Risotto

I was looking for a relatively clean meal to enjoy on a Sunday evening while my boyfriend and I are both home to enjoy a meal that’s not in a melaprep container. Keith had never tried scallops before but absolutely loved this recipe! Traditionally risotto is made with quite a bit of fat and it would be way more carbs if I didn’t use the cauliflower rice so the substitution fits your macros while still having a savory meal.

If you don’t like scallops you can also substitute shrimp or chicken.

Ingredients:

Seared Scallops

• 1 lb Meats2u Jumbo scallops

• 3 Tbs avocado oil

• Salt and Pepper

Cauliflower Risotto

• 4 cups of riced cauliflower

• 2 tbsp avocado oil

• 3 garlic cloves minced

• 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

• 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

• 1/4 tsp

• 1/4 tsp

1 bunch asparagus

Lemon

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375. Cut off ends of asparagus and place of a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for 9 mine while prepping the rest of meal.

2. Bring a medium skillet to medium heat

3. Add garlic and green onions to the skillet and cook ~3 minutes

4. Add the riced cauliflower to the skillet and continue to cook until the riced cauliflower is almost tender (~3 minutes)

5. Stir until the parmesan cheese is well incorporated. Lower the heat so that the rice does not stick and cook until the cauliflower rice reaches your desired level of tenderness. Turn off the heat.

6. Pat the scallops with a paper towel. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top (about 1/4 tsp of each if you’re not sure about sprinkling)

7. Bring a frying pan to medium heat; Add avocado oil and wait about 30 seconds for it to heat up

8. Add scallops to the pan and cook for 3 minutes per side. Remove from the heat and pan so that they do not continue to cook.

9.Add a large spoon of risotto to a plate. Top with asparagus, scallops, green onions.

Inspired Supps

So one of the most frequently asked what supplements I take and how it works in conjunction with my thyroid medication.

For those of you who do not know me….Hello my name is Kelsey and I am a thyroid cancer survivor! I take armour thyroid to replace the thyroid hormones my body can no longer produce due to the thyroidectomy I had 5+ years ago.

One of the first questions I asked my Endrochronologist post surgery was if I was allowed to take any supplements and if so, how long did how long do I have to wait after I take my thyroid medication to have any. His response was that after I waited the 45 min whatever I wanted to take after that he was okay with. Now, I am not a medical professional and I will advise it’s up to you to work with your doctor if you have any questions. I am just sharing what supplements I take from Inspired and how they have worked for me.

What I take BEFORE THE GYM:

I am a busy thyroid-less girl. I have a full time Business Career in addition to the other companies I am involved with, my workouts, and this thing called life so best believe I NEED a preworkout stack that will give me that boost I need to power through my workouts without that “cracked out” feeling because I already drink coffee throughout the day. I mix 1/2 scoop of the two following powders 30 min before the gym

1. 3MBER

http://www.inspirednutra.com/collections/fat-burner/products/3mb3r-1?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

This is a Thermogenic.Think of your body as a campfire the hotter the fire the more you burn! Thermogenic fat burners do exactly that. Heat up the core temperature in burn more calories throughout the day.

Why you need it:

  • Increased energy
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Increases focus
  • Helps curb your cravings and appetite

2. DVST8

http://www.inspirednutra.com/products/dvst8-worldwide?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

This is my favorite pre-workouts that I have ever taken.

Why you need it:

  • Increases focus
  • Massive pumps
  • Energy

3. LGND

http://www.inspirednutra.com/collections/pre-workout/products/lgnd?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

This is an all natural plant-based performance booster that hits just about every single category to up your output in the gym.

Why you need it

  • Improve natural testosterone levels
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Mental focus
  • Increased stamina

During my workout:

BCAAS/AMINOS

http://www.inspirednutra.com/products/bcaa-fermented-vegan-amino-acids?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

http://www.inspirednutra.com/collections/just-in/products/amino?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

You don’t want your hard earned gains to go to waste. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Three of these leucine, isoleucine, and valine are muscle building power houses. BCAAS help you preserve lean muscle mass, recover quicker, and replenish vital minerals lost during training.

Why you need it:

  • Reduce fatigue during your workouts
  • Preserve lean muscle mass
  • Triggers protein synthesis

These are also great to add to your water for flavor throughout the day if you have a hard time getting your water intake daily!

GREENS

http://www.inspirednutra.com/blogs/news/supercharge-your-immunity?rfsn=1990854.1fcc7

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Low Carb Lemon Pepper Chicken “Fried Rice”

So I know that utilizing cauliflower instead of rice is not headline news but I feel like I do often forget how much it is a great filler when you are on a low-carb diet and looking to fuel up!

I am not a huge fan of cauliflower unless it’s roasted, mashed or riced. A lot of people who are on the keto diet or just in general are looking to keep their carbs low definitely should take advantage of incorporating “Riced cauliflower” into their meals. I find it at Trader Joe’s or Sprouts!

I decided to make a lemon pepper fried rice and seriously it was one of the best things I have made since I have been back on my meal plan! A great guilt-free way to enjoy fried rice! If you enjoy making more of a classic version, you can always add peas, carrots, & liquid aminos instead! I will probably make another version of this with some shrimp in the future!

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Pre-cook your chicken. I decided to cook it in a crockpot or you can go ahead and bake it however you please! Chop or shred and set aside to add at the end. It’s also to just add top if you are counting your protein intake After the rice is cooked to your own portion (that’s what I do)

2. In a large skillet heat olive oil. Then add package of Riced cauliflower. Cook on high heat too quickly crisp up the cauliflower so it doesn’t get soggy for about 2 min.

3. Drizzle in egg whites and once they are not translucent, stir in broccoli with any other veggies you would like to incorporate!

4. Add Chicken and enjoy!

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Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna

I love the cheesy carb-loaded goodness of my Italian family roots just as much as the next person BUT my waistline, not so much!

I have substituted zucchini noodles previously when I made an enchilada style dish and it was absolutely amazing so I decided to try it with a lasagna dish!

Although I am I’m not sure what my grandpa would think about me subbing zucchini for noodles but for me it was absolutely delicious! I was worried about the dish being too soggy because there is a lot of moisture in the zucchini but I didn’t have any issues.

Traditionally I like to make my family recipe tomato sauce but I’m trying to make these recipes short and easy!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 3 large zucchini
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 20 oz ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pack of Meats2u House Seasoned Chicken*
  • Pink Himalayan salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Basil
  • Olive oil cooking spray

*Pre-cook your defrosted Meats2u Chicken in a crockpot for about 2.5-3 hours, drain, and shred with an electric mixer

You will also need a 9×13 baking dish and a Y peeler

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl combine ricotta cheese and egg with fresh basil, 1/4 tsp oregano, and pinch/salt pepper. Refrigerate until ready to assemble

2. Using a Y peeler make thick noodle like strips with your zucchini, set aside.

3. Lightly grease your deep 9 x 13 pan and preheat your oven to 375°

4. To assemble have your chicken, Baby spinach, cheese mix, and sauce ready to go. Starting with the zucchini noodles line them along the bottom of the pan (2 Columns lengthwise seems to work best). Then top with ricotta cheese and spoon the pasta sauce over the top. Add your shredded chicken and top with baby spinach. Repeat one more time.

5. Your final layer should be a layer of zucchini topped with a bit of pasta sauce and sprinkled lightly with the mozzarella cheese. You can add the shredded cheese to each layer but I am trying to keep this low fat! Who doesn’t love cheese though?

6. Top with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake for an additional 25 minutes to allow cheese to brown. Serve warm!

 

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CryoSpot: Heatin’ things up

Typically when I go to the Cryospot, its to cool down in the whole body Cryotherapy chamber but now they added a couple Infrared Saunas to their already amazing line up of recovery options. Now, if you know me then you are aware that I am not a fan and quite frankly a whimp when it comes to heat tolerance. When the owner Vic told me about the benefit’s of the sauna I agreed to give it a shot. After all, I am always excited to try out new things anyways.

So what is so special about this sauna? Well it uses a combination of chromatherapy lights and infrared heat. Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust the body’s vibrations to frequencies light colorsthat result in heath and harmony. This sauna has 12 colored light options that each poses frequencies of a specific vibration. Each vibration is related to different physical symptoms. You can have the lights cycle through all the colors or select a specific color with the remote from within the sauna. An infrared sauna feels milder than a traditional sauna therefore you are able to stay in the sauna for a longer session of 40 min. The infrared sauna’s heat ability to warm at a cellular level allows for a much more beneficial sweat sesh.

Benefits also include:

  • 7X more detoxification than normal sweating
  • Aids in weight loss, burning as many calories as a 2 mile run (ummm #yasss )
  • Proven skin purification relieving acne eczema, psoriasis, burns, lesions, and cuts
  • The soothing therapeutic heat promotes relaxation & stress relief
  • Aids in pain management, relieving sore muscles/joints, and healing soft tissue and muscle injuries.
  • Helps lower high blood pressure over time maintaining heart health

IRSauna

Each of the saunas are located in a private room where you can lock the door for peace of mind because you are not going to want to wear any clothing. I chose to go in my sports bra and panties because I was documenting the experience but they were drenched by the time I was done. If you are going to wear any type of clothing inside I would highly recommend bringing a plastic bag to put damp clothes in and a change of clothes. They provide clean towels, a clean bath mat inside the sauna, and a TV. You can also play music over the speakers from your phone but the Netflix, Cable, and Hulu keep me preoccupied! Your session can be anywhere form 30-40 min depending on your tolerance.

IR Room

Overview of process

Before:

  • Drink at least 20oz of water
  • Eat a light snack 30-60 min prior

During:

  • The infrared heat will warm up your core temperature 2-3 degrees, which causes a array of health benefit’s
  • You are able to adjust the heat/lights to your choosing
  • I always bring a water bottle in there with me
  • TRY TO RELAX

After:

  • Refresh  with a towel
  • Hydrate

IRSelfie

 

Overall I did really well with the heat and managed to relax (and take and embarrassing amount of selfies) but the last 10 min was when I started pouring out sweat! One of the things a love about the Cryospot is their cleanliness and when it comes to saunas this is so key! I have been traumatized by the ones at the gym but Cryospot has restored my faith. The glass was doors were spotless and the wood in the sauna was well kept and overall the unit felt clean to be in.

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Tupperware Gang: Not just for the gym rats anymore

From leftovers to now calling it “meal prep” there has been a dramatic shift in the attitude towards eating out of tupperware and how it is viewed from society, but in a positive way. I remember the first time I ordered meal prep back in 2015 when I was staying with one of my coworkers at the time waiting for my apartment to be ready and I did not want to burden her with cooking in her kitchen since I was a guest. Cue On Season Meals, who had just recently opened their doors and was conveniently located on my commute to work

 

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After a few weeks of ordering I had felt so spoiled that I didn’t have to lift a finger to prep anymore and around that time was when I started getting into health and fitness so I continued to order my meal prep. I honestly could not cook my food every single time I ate and just thinking about the amount of cleanup and dishes already makes me tired and stressed!

Meal Prep during my salon visit

Along my journey I have run into so many people who are embarrassed and uncomfortable to bust out to tupperware in public. Meanwhile I am sitting over here with a plastic fork and a container in my purse ready to eat, always! People always tease me about this but I don’t mind at all! You have to unapologetically take the steps to align yourself towards your own goals. Whether that goal is weight loss, eating healthy, or building muscle its going to take discipline and most of all stepping out of your comfort zone.
I eat my mealprep on the beach, in the movies, on the plane, and I even bring it while I’m getting my hair done at the salon. And guess what? Nobody cares or even asks me about it.

Beachin it

When you really think about it isn’t it silly to care so much about what other people think? But I completely understand and often find myself falling into that pattern.
If you eat out a lot and your goal this year is to start fueling your body whether or not you want to lose weigh explore ordering meal prep. I still need help getting my food prepped even though I am extremely efficient in making my own meals but it gives me time back in my already busy week. Meal prep can range anywhere from $7 to $16/ meal but you need to consider on average how much do you spend when you eat out even if it is fast food. Here are some things the consider when choosing a meal prep company:
1. Location – Is the meal prep company conveniently located or will they deliver?
2. Do they have any special membership pricing or perks?
3. Do they have a good variety and the ability to customize your order according to your goals?
4. Is it easy for you to order?
5. What meals do you need to order that fit your lifestyle? I currently order breakfast, lunch, dinner. In the past I also ordered five extra meals that had just protein and vegetables as well.
Onseason Meals just launched their new program called club OSM where they send you a weekly email for you to choose your meals so you don’t forget and you can have it delivered right to your door! Check it out here and first time issues can save 10% with my code KELSEYFITCHIC20
So whether you are a competitive athlete, a parent on the go, or someone trying to live a healthier lifestyle remember there is no shame shame in being a member of the Tupperware gang!