Thursday, August 15, 2019

Let's talk Intermittent Fasting!

What is intermittent fasting? Have you heard of it?

I have done A LOT of research on this topic. And the biggest take away that I can tell you is this: it is NOT a diet. It is truly a eating pattern.  

This is not to say that you can eat candy and go hog wild on this eating pattern - because some things are just not good for you regardless of any eating pattern or mindset. Breaking it down as simply as possible, Intermittent Fasting is eating in a certain window of time. There are many hours, ways, and schedules that you can incorporate this eating pattern -- but, let's get to the bottom of the situation: WHY do this and WHAT are the benefits?

*SOME* of the benefits:
  • increases life span (!)
  • increases body resistance to stress
  • increases brain function
  • aid in preventing cancer
  • helps clear skin
  • lowers risk of deadly disease
  • helps body maintain lean muscle tissue
Crazy, right?  And, intermittent fasting doesn't mean you are fasting for long hours -- you can reap some of the benefits as early as 12 hours of fasting.  Think about it, that is not eating from 8 pm until 8 a.m.  or something similar.  I do the 16:8 hours but you can start and swap and change your schedule without losing any of the benefits.  Another bonus!

Listen to this podcast for more on Intermittent Fasting, the benefits, how to do it, and where to begin. If you have questions or are interested in learning more, please message me! I'm always here! And I'd love to plug you into my Intermittent Fasting group starting in a few days!!!!!
Your friends

Jen & Darren Delvaux

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Greek Zucchini mason jar salad!

​I ​want to share a tasty mason jar salad with you - this recipe makes 4 grab-and-go salads that can be eaten straight out of the jar or upended into a bowl so it’s easier to toss the ingredients with dressing!! It's pefect for your meal prep and staying-on-track nutrition needs!
  • A spiralizer is an inexpensive tool that cuts fresh veggies into noodles. You can use a spiralizer to cut the zucchini in this recipe.

  • If you don’t have a spiralizer, using a vegetable peeler, cut each zucchini into lengthwise strips about ⅛-inch thick. Turn zucchini slightly after cutting each strip to work evenly around the outside, stopping when you hit the seeds at the core. Discare the cords and cut slices lengthwise into ½-inch ribbons.
  • ½ medium ripe avocado, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped (or 2 Tbsp. red onion)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ cup sliced celery
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red bell peppers
  • ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ cup sliced cucumber
  • 6 cups shredded raw spinach
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2 cups medium zucchini, spiralized (approx. 2 zucchini)
  1. Place avocado, yogurt, garlic, shallot, lemon juice, and parsley in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Evenly divide dressing between 4 one-quart Mason jars. Set aside.
  2. Evenly layer celery, bell peppers, onion, cucumber, spinach, tomatoes, cheese, olives, and zucchini on top of dressing in jars.
  3. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Shake before serving.
Container Equivalents: 2 green, ½ blue, ½ orange
2B Mindset Plate It: A great veggie and fats accessory as part of lunch or dinner.

Your friend & coach,

Jen Delvaux

P.S. Can you believe it is almost August!??! Which means that fall is around the corner! Last year, the Pumpkin Spice protein shake FLEW off the shelves and sold out fast -- interested in learning about this and want to make sure you get your hands on some??

Thursday, July 25, 2019

It's almost PUMPKIN SPICE time!

Now you can enjoy the delicious taste of fall — without derailing your health and fitness goals!
This rich and creamy vegan shake features notes of pumpkin spice — cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It’s incredibly tasty on its own, mixed with milk or almond milk for a creamier version!
And best of all, you get to enjoy Pumpkin Spice Shakeology guilt-free, because it has all the nutritional benefits of Shakeology you’ve come to know and trust.
It’s meticulously crafted with a potent blend of protein, probiotics, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. No need to stop by the coffeehouse for a sugar-loaded calorie bomb this year! This limited-edition Pumpkin Spice Shakeology sold out in record time last year, so mark your calendar and get ready for all things pumpkin spice made the healthy way with Shakeology’s nutritiously dense and delicious plant-based vegan formula
There’s no limit to how much Pumpkin Spice Shakeology you can purchase, but there is a five-carton limit per order. Available while supplies last – and they will go fast – so fill this form below so you will be in the first to know when it is available!

Your friend & coach,
Jen Delvaux
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

{get ready to laugh} Darren's top brain fails...

Laughter is the best medicine. What is better than an all out belly laugh? Although cancer is NOT funny and absolutely no laughing matter, there are things you have to simply laugh at.  That's not to say that there are times of frustration but we firmly believe that finding the joy in situations comes in many forms!!! 

We are sharing Darren's top brain fails with you - and we truly hope you listen so you can hear them direct from Darren's side/perspective! I promise you will be laughing along with us!!  

1. Toilets are not the only thing for peeing.   You read that right.  We are talking peeing in something other than the toilet.  One would think that no matter how bad chemo brain is, one would never forget which bathroom fixture to urinate in.  EVEN - or ESPECIALLY - after having to aggressively jump up onto the counter to use it. Where do you think Darren was trying to go???

2. This one isn't as embarrassing as it is dangerous. And, it's happened at least 10 times. Have you tried brushing your teeth with a razor?!?!  Need I say more? Listen to hear how this comes into rotation several times....

3. Darren is not a thief but, unfortunately, he has several times left grocery stores -- full cart -- without paying. One would think he would be on their security cameras or on the Most Wanted List. *He may be on Target's list for sure.

4. Let's go back to #1. Bathrooms are just difficult for Darren...and apparently Forest Hills Foods is a reoccurring incidence. So, locals, if you grocery shop there, just be warned you may have a visit from Darren. The best part? Darren gets mad at the women!! You have to listen to this story!!!!!

5. Stranger Danger. Running into people or standing a bit too close to strangers is Darren's M-O. He isn't a close-talker on purpose, he literally doesn't have vision in part of his eyesight! We apologize to everyone he may has plowed down or stood a *little* too close to!  

6. Darren leaves things everywhere. Thankfully Egypt Valley knows him and know he leaves his stuff in locker rooms, sand traps, etc. 

7. How do you take your medicine?  You put the pills in your mouth and you grab the water to wash it do you drink water or chuck it in your face?  Drinking it seems like the logical choice but when you have short term memory issues, you try to make anything work. 

8. Short term memory issues, chemo brain, brain cancer, and beers....this is not a formula for success. I trust Darren's friends but, again, not when you throw in all the above items. Listen to hear how Darren navigated Detroit ALONE after a Tiger's game. 

This is a fun and light-hearted episode and we truly hope you take the time to listen! Again, as serious and gross as cancer is, I hope that you listen and share in our stories. We strive to look beyond the diagnosis and LIVE with everything we are facing. Are you struggling with something? We hope that you can search out and find the joy that is in your life...hold onto it and embrace it. Let the joy rise and be bigger than whatever you are facing. Don't let the πŸ’© win.  Listen HERE.

Your friends

Monday, July 22, 2019

What is collagen and why should you use it?

Restore Your Beautiful Skin from Within
Do you know what collagen is?? Maybe you have heard about it but are not currently using it? Or maybe you have it but are not sure why you should be using it? Well, let me share with you WHY you should start/continue/use the Beachbody Collagen Boost TODAY!
The key to healthy skin and nails
Beginning in your 20s, collagen—the protein that supports healthy skin and nails—begins to decline, leading to more lines and wrinkles, duller skin, and weaker nails. The optimized peptides in Beachbody Collagen Boost work deep below the exterior to help unlock youthful-looking skin from within
Topical lotions and serums can treat skin at the surface, but the optimized peptides in Beachbody Collagen Boost impact skin on a deeper level, working below the exterior to help increase skin elasticity from within. With daily use, it starts working in as little as 30 days!* Its patented ingredient delivers select collagen peptides scientifically shown to help stimulate the body’s own collagen production.*
Each targeted, 1 scoop serving is formulated with a key ingredient to help:*
  • Increase skin elasticity
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Support healthy nails
What’s in Beachbody Collagen Boost?
Unlike some other collagen powders, Beachbody Collagen Boost is formulated with optimized bioactive collagen peptides shown to help stimulate the creation of collagen and elastin—in one small but powerful 2.5-gram serving. And because it only contains 10 calories, you don’t have to think twice about adding Beachbody Collagen Boost to your daily self-care ritual.* This unflavored collagen peptide powder dissolves quickly and mixes easily with hot and cold beverages—your daily shake, morning coffee, or even foods like yogurt or a warm soup. No Artificial Flavors, Sweeteners, Colors, or Preservatives Our collagen is made without gluten or dairy ingredients and there are no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives!
One tiny scoop is all it takes
It’s easy to make Beachbody Collagen Boost a part of your routine—just add it to Shakeology or your favorite beverage for the ultimate self-care solution…a daily foundation for your nutrition and skin.
  • 2.5 grams of bioactive collagen peptides. Not all collagen is created equal—choosing the right type and amount can make all the difference. That’s why our formula is optimized with specific bioactive peptides shown to help deliver a number of beauty benefits in one targeted 2.5-gram serving, unlike some other collagen powders that require at least two to eight times the serving.
  • Beautiful skin and nails, backed by science. Women in various studies who used the same bioactive collagen peptides in Beachbody Collagen Boost saw improvements in skin elasticity. Beachbody Collagen Boost can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and support healthy nails.*
  • Made without gluten ingredients and doesn’t include artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. The flavorless, odorless powder dissolves quickly and mixes easily with both hot and cold liquids—your daily Shakeology, morning yogurt, even a warm soup.
Got any questions for me? Let me hear him them!!
Ready to order?? Click HERE!
Your friend & coach,
Jen Delvaux

6 rules to kick-ass in life (& an update on Darren)

Go ahead, admit it. Like a lot of people, you have a favorite number. Maybe your favorite number is your birthday, or the jersey you wore in high school. Or maybe it is your significant other’s birthday. (That would be smart, because then you would never forget it.)

What is your favorite number? Do you have one? Why is it that number?
Well, Darren's number is 6. I mean, it is his all-time favorite number and he is passionate about it! So passionate that he just had it tattooed on his arm!!!

Maybe you’re not as extreme as Darren about your number, but regardless of your passion about your favorite number; we are bringing you 6 tips to kick ass in your life since Darren is kickin' some ass with cancer!

This podcast is for everyone - and we would love to hear from you about these tips. What would you add? What has worked for you? Where do you need more help? {Or give us suggestions on Darren's next tattoo he should get!!} So, please, listen & subscribe today! These are the tips that we share but we go into more detail (hilarious detail!!) in the podcast!

1. FAIL FORWARD ALWAYS!!  So many people don’t dream big enough because they’re so scared of failing…. But where will that get you?  Exactly where you are.  I'd rather try and miss -- but learn an amazing lesson instead of not doing anything at all. Failing is not bad; it is a lesson and that lesson provides growth.

2. If you don’t go after it, you wont have it. It's as simple as that. Period. End. Of. Story!  What are the things that you dream about - that you crave about, that you are constantly thinking of or wishing for?? NOTHING will happen if you don’t do something about it!! My go to tips on not letting fear stop you for going for it are:
  • Write it down first. Visualization is key!
  • Affirmations are everything.  (It's easier than you think, but personal development helps. Join my Mindset/Personal Development group if you need help)
  • Share with other people what you’re thinking about doing to create accountability!
  • Create some accountability for yourself by goal setting (I'll have this part of my plan done by *insert date*).

3. Always do MORE than what is expected of you - ALWAYS!!!  For your parents, for your boss, FOR YOU!!!!!!!!! Think about when you have something on your to do list, the thing that never gets done - everyday you just look at it, but never quite get to it.  It's always there and is like a reminder of not accomplishing your goals/to-do list/work. Who are you letting down when you don't accomplish this goal??? YOU!!! Why hinder your own success? Get it done and keep moving forward!

4. Make peace with the past or you’ll pay for it. If you’re struggling with something in the past, you have to let it go. Maybe it's something tragic and it's not allowing you to become the person you want to be? Here are my top tips to help:
  • Get therapy.  It's not a sign of weakness to ask for help or to go to a professional. It's a sign of your strength and power. It's a sign of your desire to move forward and use the tragedy or tough time to help you be stronger. How amazing is that?
  • EXERCISE! This has been a HUGE thing for me. It's not the physical transformation it is the emotional one. The release of stress and an outlet to do something that will only better yourself. (Need motivation? Message me)
  • Surround yourself with people who lift you up. This is vital! Energy of all kinds (negative and positive) is contagious!!!! Be with those who lift you up and continue the wave of empowerment!

5. Stop thinking so much and start doing!!! Everyone waits for things to be perfect before going....or the perfect time. Honestly, there will NEVER be a perfect time AND it will never be perfect.  I literally start doing things before they’re even complete!! And from my personal experience, once you finally start doing it (and maybe even failing a few time), it gets easier and easier to keep going & making that progress. The only regret you will have is wondering why you never started it sooner!

6. Teach others what you know and what you have learned along the way. If you think you have to be an expert, you don't!!  It's your personal experience and what you have learnred that helps others. Even if you have an idea about something but know nothing about it; LEARN IT and then SHARE IT. You have the power to learn ANYTHING. And YOU CAN LITERALLY GOOGLE ANYTHING!!! Get your facts straight, make it personal to you/your story, and you have just become an expert in the situation!!! What speaks louder than a personal testimony??

What would you add? What works for you? What do you struggle with?
Your friend & coach,

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Top 10 list: why work out?

1. I will have more confidence.⁣
2. I will be one step closer to my fitness goal.⁣
3. I will be more mentally alert.⁣
4. I will be happier.⁣
5. I will have a desire to eat healthy foods.⁣
6. I will be more motivated to do it again tomorrow.⁣
7. I will burn more calories the rest of the day.⁣
8. I will have an increased amount of energy.⁣
9. I will be doing something for me.⁣
10. I will be healthier.⁣
Are you gettin you’re move on today? Need accountability with it? Join my Virtual Gym - message me for detailsπŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻

Your friend and coach,
Jen Delvaux

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