Wednesday, October 1

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce For I Quit Sugar October

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For the month of October I decided to take on an extra challenge, to quit sugar. I know, I know. You're thinking, "But Becka what about halloween? And pumpkin spice lattes? Do you hate all things happy and joyful?!"

I get it. Fall is all about sweet treats. But for me, those sweet treats end up becoming more of a daily indulgence and before I know it I'm in full-fledged sugar addict mode! Has that ever happened to you to? One piece of candy turns into 3 and pumpkin spice lattes go from a treat to a daily routine. And when that happens I notice my weight loss plateau (and sometimes I even GAIN weight!) and my energy levels nosedive and my moods become unpredictable. If you actually look into sugar, you'll learn how bad it truly is for us and all the negative affects it has on our bodies!

(If you're really curious, go rent the documentary Fed Up on iTunes. It is informative and really eye-opening!)

I recently learned some sneaky places that sugar can hide, even in a Paleo diet like mine! And marinara sauce is a HUGE culprit! My husband and I were shocked to learn that some of our favorite brands (even organic ones) have about as much sugar as a pop tart! WHAT?! I know, right? But rather than throw a pity party about how we'd never be able to have pasta sauce again in our lives we decided to give making it ourselves from scratch a try. And we were blown away by how easy and delicious it was! Bonus... it makes your house small like garlic and herbs for hours! Mmmmmm.

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I encourage you to make as much of your own food as you can. Even when you are eating healthy things, buying pre-cooked and packaged foods increases your chances of adding sugar, chemicals, preservatives and other not-so-great additives to your body without really meaning to. If you can cook it yourself, you'll already be ahead of the curve!

This is so stupid easy you guys! You'll never need to buy jar sauce again. And it tastes amazing. And the best part is, you can doctor it up as much or as little as you like, play with the spices and veggies, maybe add some meat. The options are completely limitless! Have some fun with it!

INGREDIENTS: 
➳ 1 28oz can organic crushed tomatoes (I like this brand and we got the fire roasted ones! Yum! Ps. Just 2 grams of sugar in these bad boys and all of it is just natural in the tomatoes. Booyah.)
➳ 1 cup organic chicken broth
➳ 1 medium yellow onion, diced
➳ 2 stalks celery, diced
➳ 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
➳ 1/4 c. mushrooms, diced
➳ 1 tbs. cumin
➳ 3 bay leaves
➳ red pepper flakes
➳ salt and pepper
➳ your favorite italian spices

METHOD:
1. Saute the onions, celery, mushrooms, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until soft (about 5-10 minutes)
2. Add the crushed tomatoes and chicken broth
3. Heat to a low boil while stirring in the spices
4. Once you get the flavor where you like it, turn it down to a low simmer and let it go for 1 hour.
5. Remove from heat and serve!
6. Store the extras in an air tight container in your fridge for up to a week or freeze!

Want to try quitting sugar in October too? I'm running a FREE support group on FB! Come join us (it's totes free!) by clicking the banner below and requesting an invite! Then grab the badge to share on your own blog, FB, and IG and be make it known to the world that you're going to crush this challenge! Remember to hashtag #iquitsugaroctober if you post stuff outside of our group so we can all stay connected when we share!

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Tuesday, September 23

On The Right To Choose...


I need to talk to you about something today. Because it's important. I love all the articles and videos and blogs that advocate loving yourself the way you are. I do! I think it's a super important thing.

But ladies...

As much as you should believe that you don't have to be constantly dieting to be valuable or attractive, trying to force your body into some sort of stereotype of beauty, you should also know that you have EVERY RIGHT to pursue a strong and healthy body without feeling shame that your pursuit is shallow or vain.

Let me say that again...

Pursuing health and fitness goals and wanting to improve yourself is not something to feel shameful or embarrassed about.  You are not less of a woman for wanting to feel good about yourself. You are not less of a woman for enjoying the way your body looks and feels in your favorite clothes and working towards goals having to do with that.

Listen to me my loves, it's your body. YOU get to make the decisions about it. As much as you have every right to decide to break free from the media's stereotype of "beauty" and decide to accept your body as it is, you also have every right to decide to improve upon yourself to heal your body through nutrition and movement, to work towards a sense of strength and confidence and to change it.

Neither woman is less enlightened than the other. 

Support each other. Love yourself now and during, and at your goal. Go do your thing and feel proud either way! xo.

Sunday, September 21

Get Your Flex On | 5 Tips For Yoga and Piyo Beginners!

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Yoga and piyo are quickly becomming a favorite way to workout. Not only are they challenging physically but they are challenging mentally and can help you feel centered and flexible and at ease. I know that I find a lot of refuge in my yoga and piyo practices. And while the two are not equal, they have a lot in common and beginners in both can deal with a lot of the same pitfalls.

So today I want to share with you 5 tips for YOGA and PIYO beginners! 

1. Think of Yoga and Piyo As A Tool. Yoga and Piyo doesn't have to be your end all be all workout. You can use them for a season or in addition to other things and still get great benefits. You don't have to get certified or become a yogi to reap the benefits! Both yoga and piyo are great strength and flexibility enhancers which can be good for both men and women of all fitness levels! It's also great for runners, body builders, and athletes whose training might be really rigorous and not allow for a lot of stretching and flexibility training! So you don't have to want to be a yoga instructor at an ashram in India to dedicate some time to yoga or piyo and enjoy their benefits!

2. Wear Clothes That Move With You. It may sound silly but if you are in clothes without any give you're going to find yourself limited in some moves and frustrated in others. Also, wear clothes that you be bending over and lifting your legs and twisting your torso in without worry of any "wardrobe malfuntions". You know what I mean ;)

3. Shoes Are Optional.  You don't need shoes for yoga or piyo. If you take a yoga class at a studio they might ask you to remove your shoes. If you're practicing at home it's up to you, but you'll likely find that you can have better balance and grip with your bare toes free!

4. Yoga is Not a Religion This may sound silly to some of you but I have heard friends tell me they can't practice yoga or piyo because they don't believe it eastern religions. Listen, yoga is for everyone, and while it does have roots in India and the far East, you can enjoy the practice no matter what your personal religious preferences. Going to a yoga class does not mean you are signing up for a Buddhist internship. ;) And piyo has even less of that. There's no OM's in Piyo so you'll be especially safe! HA!

5. Yoga and Piyo are Not MAX OUT Practices Yoga and Piyo are not meant to be workouts where you are in pain, pushing yourself to the point where you collapse onto the ground. While some movements, poses, and stretches are challenging, it is not a workout where you have to worry about what other people will think of you if you stop mid-move to take a breath in child's pose. Both these practices are extremely personal journies and you are encouraged to LISTEN to your body and go with it's flow! 

I hope that helps you feel inspired to give these a try! If you want to join me in October committing to Piyo for the month as well as intentional, clean eating and working on healthy habits! My October challenge group is forming! Fill out this form and I'll send you more info on getting registered! It's going to be a lot of fun! 

Saturday, September 20

WHAT IS BEACHBODY COACHING?

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I'm hosting a LIVE CHAT on Monday night (September 22nd)! I'll be sharing about my own journey as a coach, about what coaching is, about how I make it work in my life, explaining what you do daily as a coach and how that creates an income that you can grow to match your goals, and about the amazing culture on our team! You'll also get to hear from coaches on our team about their experience as well! We'll talk about how to make a business out of it without being one of "those people" (you know what I mean! HAHA!) and we'll have an open Q&A time at the end where you can ask me questions!

It is my joy to get to wake up each day and challenge and inspire people to live their best lives. Paying forward all the amazing experiences I've personally had taking control of my health to others who are ready to do the same! And it's just a ridiculous bonus that Beachbody pays me to do it.

Join us this Monday night at 8PM EST! It's zero obligation, all you have to do is RSVP so I know who to expect! Just click on the image above to email me your RSVP! I'll be sending out the link to the live video chat to everyone who RSVPs! I'd be honored to have you there hanging out with us!

** Outside of the coaches on TEAMBTFP, this chat time is going to be limited to people who are non-coaches only. Thanks for understanding!

Friday, September 19

FINDING MY GIRLTRIBE

I've never been the type of girl who had lots of girlfriends. Not for any real reason. I've always had one or two really close girlfriends at any given time in my life. I've just never really felt like the type of girl that can be thrown into the mix with a big group of girls and feel at home.

The closest I ever had was in high school sports. Being part of a team, spending years with the same girls, blood, sweat, and tears as we worked hard together to become a TEAM and to work toward the same goals. I loved it. And I think that was the only (and last) time I had that girltribe vibe in my life.

In college I wasn't in a sorority or any sports. Afterward I've always been self employed. So girl tribes have been missing from my life for years. For so long, in fact, that I didn't even realized I needed on or missed it! I thought I was just one of those people who has a few close friends but never a group of girls. I would get sad over it when movies like Sex and the City would come out. Why didn't I have that group too? And then... I found them!

I wasn't expecting to get an entire GIRLTRIBE when I signed up as a Beachbody coach. I wasn't expecting to feel such a deep sense of pride and community and team spirit and acceptance and support when I joined as a coach. I wasn't expecting to find what I didn't even realize I was missing. But I did!

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These women inspire me and encourage me and answer my silly questions and ponder over deeper ones with me. They lead lives of example and give so much of themselves to help others succeed. They make me proud to be a coach and to be part of this amazing community.

And then I found my core group! It happened kind of on accident. We didn't really expect to get as close as we have. These ladies in the photos below are my success partners. What does that mean? It means that we are a little tribe within a tribe. We all started growing our businesses at about the same time and we met in training groups! Since then we've bonded over ups and downs both in our businesses and our lives. We've shared ideas and brainstormed solutions. We've held each other up when we needed support. We've celebrated victories and shared sadness. They are my core GIRLTRIBE and I am a better person for knowing them! These 4 women inspire me every day and I am so happy to have them in my life! I could gush over them forever but for now I'll just leave you with some photos and say that I get to hang out with ALL OF THEM in November and I'm literally counting the days till we are reunited. We are all spread out between the US and Canada so we only get to see eachother a few times a year. I cannot wait to be reunited with my GIRLTRIBE!

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If you are feeling that pull when you're reading this like "I want that too!" Fill out this quick application to join my team! We have a really tight knit family vibe and I think you'll find the community you might not even realize you've been looking for! Coaching can change your life in ways you didn't even expect, be open to it and amazing things will happen!
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