Wednesday, May 31

In Which I Took My Kid Off Sugar and Put Him On Fat

Hey friends! I hope summer break is treating you well! I'm writing you from my living room table. Nate and Little Man are on the floor in the living room with no less than one thousand lego pieces strewn all around like quicksand between them. It's a little bit overcast outside which is pretty much par for the course in Central Florida in the summer. We're trying hard to balance working from home with a kid around, coming up with fun things to entertain him, and also trying to inspire him to entertain himself. I will report back on how that goes. HAHA!

This letter isn't about our summer plans though. I want to tell you about a subtle shift we made that is making a huge difference in our family's quality of life together and that is that we took Little Man off sugar and put him on fat.

I know, it sounds weird. But stay with me.

He's been eating us out of house and home in some sort of early summer growth spurt and every 10 minutes I'm being asked for another snack. Then for the next 10 minutes, he's bouncing and climbing over furniture, climbing on me, knocking things over (because spacial awareness is not a 5-year-old's area of expertise) and generally whirling around our house like a tiny brown-haired tornado. I know he's a kid and that is just what kids do. But as moms, we also know our kids, and we know when their behavior is "off". You know?

A month ago my husband and I decided to start incorporating more healthy fats into our life and to cut all sugar, grains, and almost all carbs to see what happened. We'd been researching and finding some really interesting results with cholesterol and triglycerides (his struggle) and with hormone and auto-immune issues (my struggle) so we decided, why not?

A few weeks in, we were already feeling like new people, but we were still feeding our kiddo his normal meals. They were healthy (ish) to be sure. Way healthier than most kids. But we noticed he was struggling to stay full, struggling to sit still (ish) while he eats, struggling to not be a whirling dervish in our house climbing on everything and knocking everything over constantly...

(Now before you sick the mom blog police on me, I know he's a kid. I'm totally cool with him being his jumping, climbing, fun-loving little 5-year-old self. But I'm also his mom, and I knew this behavior was beyond the normal. I knew the way you just know when you're a mom.)

So... we decided to do a sugar audit. And MERCY! The sugar in normal, "healthy" kids stuff is astronomical. NO WONDER he couldn't sit still. No wonder his moods were all over the place. No wonder he was never full! In his breakfast alone he was almost getting his full daily amount of sugar. And this is in healthy oatmeals and healthy brands of cereal. I smacked my head. How did I miss this?!

So what we did was we started small. We swapped the vanilla almond milk for unsweetened. We swapped the oatmeal and cereal for eggs cooked in ghee and some ham or bacon. We swapped peanut butter and jelly on bread for meat and cheese roll ups with pistachios and berries on the side. We swapped goldfish for high-quality cheese cubes as snacks. We added coconut oil to "nice cream" for our afternoon treats. And he eats what we eat for dinner so it's healthy fat and protein and veggies.

And you know what? He went from taking an hour to eat his dinner getting up and hopping around every 2 minutes to sitting at the table peacefully enjoying his meal in one normal-length time period.

He went from asking me for snacks every 10 minutes to being full for an hour or so. He went from asking me for bread to asking me for roll-ups. He still loves oatmeal and goldfish but they aren't an everyday staple. His moods have balanced out. No more giant world-shattering temper tantrums all day. He can roll with the punches better. He's not crashing and burning on sugar all day!

It has been an incredible shift. And I'm sure I'm late to the party on this but I wanted to share because if it's helped us, maybe it will help you too! High-fat kids, who would have thought?! I knew that healthy fats were important for babies' brain development so I'm not sure why I forgot about it now that he's a kid. Probably just life and all the peer pressure of cheddar bunnies and gummy's and sandwiches for kids his age. But we are all loving upping our healthy fats and cutting our sugar this summer! Our house is so much more mellow, even-keeled, and happy!

Here are some of our favorite higher healthy fat things we've added into our days in case you need some ideas for where to start...

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So that's what's new with me this week! What's new with you friend?

xo, B


Monday, May 22

Beachbody is Expanding to the United Kingdom in Fall 2017!


Beachbody is officially launching in the UK in the fall of 2017! What does that mean? Well, that means if you're a Brit, you will soon be able to join my challenge groups, get Beachbody on Demand, Shakeology, the Performance Products, and all my FAVORITE products that you see me talk about!

And perhaps even MORE EXCITING, you'll soon have the opportunity to become a COACH! And since my Arrow Tribe of coaches is expanding into the UK, that means you'll have the opportunity to sign up with me as your mentor! You'll be able to join our team's world class New Coach Training, you'll be mentored via video chats by yours truly, you'll be able to crush your wellness goals while building an amazing business as a coach from home! YES YES YES!!!!

My biggest PASSION is helping women get unstuck. Unstuck from a body they don't feel comfortable in. Unstuck from limiting beliefs about what they can do. And Unstuck financially or in their careers by helping give you the tools and training to do what I do and to ROCK at it!

This fall you'll be able to apply to join our 2x Elite, 2X Top 50 ranked team!!!!! We are waiting for you! This is a pretty incredible ground floor opportunity to be one of the very FIRST coaches in the UK with one of the best teams at your back helping you learn how to be successful in this business!
Where my UK friends at?! We need to chat right now! Email me asap if you're interested so we can start chatting, I can answer your questions, and we can start brainstorming your launch plan for fall!
The Arrow Tribe is expanding to the UK! Who is going to be a ground floor member of my European Dream Team!?!


Wednesday, May 17

On Ditching Adult Bullies and Finding Your Tribe

Have you ever been bullied by another adult? We all think about bullies as being kids who pick on other kids on playgrounds. But adults can be bullies too. I know, I dealt with one. Bare with me, this one gets personal...

I remember it like it was yesterday. In my house, on my turf, pretending like she had good intentions. Pretending to care for me when I was at my most vulnerable. I had taken my life and flipped it upside down. I was making, at that point, the biggest and toughest decision of my life. I was choosing to walk away from a 7 year relationship. No one could understand why and they didn't try. (But they sure did judge!) No one supported it. But I knew deep down it was what had to be done.

Then there she was. In all her self-righteous bully glory. She looked me in the face and told me one of the cruelest things any human has ever said to me. Something no one should ever say to anyone else, let alone someone already in a vulnerable place. It was a knife that cut right through me.

And just like that, my faith in an entire sisterhood crumbled to the ground. 5 years of friendship with these women, of sharing secrets and rooms and all the memories of my college experience. Just like that it came crumbling down around my feet. I saw them all in a new light. I felt every wall in my heart shoot up to the sky. Women friends were not to be trusted.

Women friends were not to be trusted. That was the message I learned that day. They would only be your friend as long as you stayed in line, went with the status quo, didn't rock their pretty little boat.

I lived like that for years. Not allowing any women close to me. Having mostly male friends. Not caring to pursue any relationships with people that shared my extra X chromosome.

Then three and a half years ago something amazing happened.

I found myself plopped right smack dap into an organization of women. A sisterhood. And I felt the fear rise up again. I felt like I had been thrown into the deep end barely knowing how to swim.

I felt the fear, but I pushed forward anyway because I also felt a spark of hope. Hope that this time things would be different.

And you guys, it was! Three and a half years from deciding to give girlfriends another try and now I have an entire TRIBE of passionate, loving, giving, beautiful female souls that I get to connect with every day through our private team page you can see here in this photo. We share our hearts, our dreams, our struggles. We lift each other up. We speak life into each other's dreams. We don't give up on each other when someone rocks the boat. We dig in. We share more than just business ideas and advice, we share our lives. I'm on the verge of tears just writing about it because it is such a 180 from my experience before. This team, this tribe is so much more than my business. It's my heart. It's my lifeline. It's my community and my village.

If you've been broken by yours in the past like I was I hope you won't give up. I hope you'll keep a tiny part of your heart open. I know it's hard. Find the others. Find the ones not shaken by life's ups and downs, who love recklessly and tirelessly and who match your passion beat for beat! They are out there! My Arrow Girls are proof of that!

(Wanna join us? Talk to me about it here!) 

Tuesday, May 9

High Fat Low Carb Key Lime Cheesecake Bites

Do you have a sweet tooth like me? Or miss treats when you're trying to eat on plan? I hear ya! Recently I've been switching up my meal plan and experimenting with different things to find what works best for my body! Adding in some more fat and taking out grains and trying some high quality dairy (which I usually fully avoid) and just really being constantly trying to refine and get better at fueling my body! I encourage you to do the same!

I came across this recipe from a friend and instantly I knew I had to try it! Cheesecake is a FAVORITE dessert of mine! But it's normally got gluten and tons of sugar in it. Also, I can't not eat an entire slide when given the chance. So these little grain free, sugar-less treats that are muffin tin sized are so PERFECT for me! Plus they are full of good quality fat so they actually satiate you instead of leaving you craving more! It's crazy. After 1 I feel fully satisfied!

You could probably, pretty easily swap out the key lime for other cheesecake flavors. Just remember to avoid high sugar toppings (like jam or milk chocolate) because that will change the end result. Dark chocolate could work (especial if you make it by mixing cocoa with coconut oil!) Almond butter could be good too! Or maybe a little bit of fresh strawberries crushed up? Play around with it!

Mix 2 Tbsp salted butter (melted) and 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted) with 1 tsp Swerve, a few shakes of cinnamon and at least 1/3 cup almond meal. Keep adding until it's not runny. (I used closer to 1/2 cup) Line six baking cups and place in oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Just watch for it to brown slightly.

Squeeze 2 limes, add 8oz soft cream cheese, 1/4 cup Swerve, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract...mix it up with beaters and add to the bases in each of the 6 cups. Place in oven and cook 350 degrees for 20-25 min - just watch for the filling to rise a bit. If it's cracking it's definitely done! Place in the fridge to chill overnight then enjoy!

Saturday, April 22

Behind the Scenes VIP Access! Come See What Coaching is All About!

I'm going to be in the Dominican Republic for my 4th free all inclusive vacation that I've been able to go on because of coaching! And because I know that there's a ton of curiosity about what it is that coaches do, what these trips are like, what happens on them, what's it like to be a top coach, and how do you get started as a coach, I've decided to go LIVE from Punta Cana while I'm on this trip to share with you exactly what these free trips are like, the parties, the pool-side hangs, the announcements, and I'll be answering popular questions about coaching as well as taking questions from those of you who jump in to follow along! 

These trips are all about FUN! There's incredible parties, tons of poolside hangs with my coach friends and their spouses and kiddos, exciting announcements from Beachbody, and more! I know I was always SUPER curious what it was like to be on one of these trips when I was first researching coaching so I want to open up the doors and let you see for yourself!

Stop letting fear of the unknown halt you from following your dreams! Let me pull back the curtain and introduce you to my team, my passion, and the incredible potential before you! 

If you've been watching me for a while and wondering about coaching, how it works, if you'd be a good fit for our team, and how to get on one of these trips next year, then join now and make sure to turn on notifications so you don't miss a post! Click the graphic below and join!

If you live in the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, or the UK... I want you to come peek inside!
I'm opening up 10 spots in my May New Coach Mentorship just for people who come take a peek behind the scenes, get inspired, and decide they want to dive in with us and start building their dreams!

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