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Shakeology Recipes

Shakeology, my favorite supplement!

Over the last few months I have sent out Shakeology Samples (To get yours, send me a message here) in order to spread the word about how good “The Healthiest Meal of the Day” is. After people receive them they always ask me, “How should I make it?”, or “What do you mix it with?” And I send them personal favorites, but that is limiting. You may not like my favorites.

Maybe you want something different.

So I am posting some recipes for you to look over and try for yourself. There are also some others on the Beachbody website.

Feel free to add to any of these, or make up your own concoction.

A few tips though:

  • Always use cold liquids
  • Frozen fruits are best
  • Fruits will sweeten the shake, but if you want to add sweetener, use stevia

Enjoy!!

Chocolate Bananas Foster*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut, or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen bananas
5 big dashes cinnamon
1 splash rum extract

Frozen Mocha*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1 tbsp instant coffee
Ice to taste

Black & Blue*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries and blackberries

S’Mores
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
Ice to taste
Topping – 2 slivers of graham cracker and 2 tbsp of Marshmallow Fluff

Cinna-Mocha*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut, or soy milk)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp instant coffee
Ice to taste

Nutty Banana
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp PB2
1/2 cup frozen bananas

Chocolate Covered Strawberry*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Malted Peanut Butter Cup
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp PB2
2 tbsp Malt Powder
Ice to taste

The Inferno*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
5 big dashes cinnamon
3+ dashes of Cayenne Pepper
Ice to taste
(This is actually pretty good, believe it or not!)

Chocolate Cake Batter
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut, or soy milk)
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello Cheesecake pudding mix
Ice to taste

Chocolate Malt
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp malt powder
Ice to taste

Triple Chocolate Decadence
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup chocolate almond milk
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello white chocolate pudding mix
Ice to taste

Chocolate Pistachio
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or water, nut, or soy milk)
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello pistachio pudding mix
Ice to taste

Chocolate Banana Split
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup water
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello banana pudding mix
1/2 cup frozen strawberries

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
2 tbsp PB2
Ice to taste

Black & White Malt
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup water
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello vanilla pudding mix
2 tbsp malt powder
Ice to taste

Chocolate Covered Cherry*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
1/2 cup frozen cherries

Nuts for Chocolate
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup vanilla almond milk (or water)
1/4 pkg sugar free Jello pistachio pudding mix
1 1/2 tbsp PB2
Ice to taste

Mexican Chocolate*
1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 cup skim milk (or nut or soy milk)
5 big dashes cinnamon
Ice to taste

* = Shakeology Cleanse Friendly if made with water instead of milk (if recipe has fruit in shake, use as 1 fruit serving)

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Exercise Before Breakfast: Beneficial?

Recently, I was asked a question about what the body uses for energy in an early morning workout, before breakfast, fat or muscle protein. Oddly enough, I still had my old Anatomy & Phsyiology book from undergrad and I felt that instead of answering by reasoning all of my knowledge, I should refer back to that book to find the correct answer.

The scenario: It’s 4:00, 5:00 , 6:00am, you just woke up and you are going to exercise on an empty stomach, having had your last meal the night before, we’ll say 9 hours ago. What is your body going to use for energy in this fasting state to power those muscles and get your routine done?

It’s the body’s job to maintain an constant level of blood glucose (sugar) because your nervous system can only run off glucose and ketone bodies for energy. When you eat, the majority of the glucose comes from your GI tract as the food is digested. But in a fasting state, where you haven’t eaten in over 4 hours, the body has to get its energy from storage. That can be fat tissue, within the muscles, or the liver. Your muscles prefer to use glucose as well, but since the nervous system needs it, that energy has to come from something else.

So what does your body use in this fasting state? The answer is Fat AND Muscle protein. The first reaction that skeletal muscle has is breaking down some of the proteins into amino acids that go into the blood to be broken down by the liver into usable energy. While that is happening, the muscles use fatty acids from adipose tissue (fat stores) first. The last source used is the muscle glyogen stores, which is more stored glucose.

Ok, so now you know what is breaking down, and what is fueling your body. So what? What does this mean for weight loss and body composition?

If you are solely looking to lose weight and drop your body fat percentage, this is a decent way to deplete the fat storage, thereby shrinking the size of the fat cells. And because you have exercised before eating, you body will continue to use these areas for energy until your GI tract is digesting food again, then it will reload those storage places in the muscles and liver before the adipose tissue.

If you are looking to gain size/muscle mass this is not the way to do it. By breaking down muscle protein, you in turn break the entire muscle down. It has to be rebuilt before it can grow. Those that want growth don’t want breakdown, they want breakage, where the muscle has to be repaired in order for hypertrophy to happen. And when you have adequate amount of energy in your blood where you don’t have to break the muscle down, size comes on more quickly.

Be sure to think about what your goals are before you exercise before eating. Make certain that you aren’t hindering your progress instead of enhancing it.


A Note From Tony Horton, Yes, THAT Tony Horton

Boys and girls,

I’m unaware of your financial situation but I do believe that you’re reading this page because you care about your health and fitness. If you have plenty of income and love your job then what I’m about to tell you might not be for you. If you’re not thrilled with the way you make a living, would like extra income, love Beachbody products, like the way they make you look and feel, enjoy helping other people feel and look better, enjoy setting your own hours, get excited about being the captain of your own ship as opposed to working for the man – then listen up.

The reality is, your health and fitness moves beyond you. It impacts the people around you. You (whether you like it or not) have the power to change lives based solely on your own personal transformation. Inadvertently you become a catalyst for change. This is how I got started. I was clueless, asked a few questions based on my need to be strong and healthy, stayed with it and people in my life wanted to know what I was doing. Simple yet powerful.

If you want to share what you’ve learned with people in your life who want better health (and could use extra income in the process) then you should consider becoming a Team Beachbody Coach.   I felt so strongly about this program that I’ve encouraged many of my friends to become coaches, even my own sister.  She is doing great (even though my contract with Beachbody won’t let me help her).  She is a perfect example of someone who had plenty of doubt and hesitation regarding the coaching opportunity and still found a way to make it work for her. A busy working wife and mother with three very active kids doesn’t sound like a good candidate to start an in-home multi-level marketing company. Did you say multi level marketing? What? Ick! You mean pyramid scheme right? Okay chill out. All these fears would be true if BeachBody were selling hats or kitty liter, but this is Beachbody people! The number 1 in-home fitness company on the planet! P90X is steadily becoming the most popular fitness system in US history. Shakeology is the revolutionary replacement meal on the market today. We sell life-altering change – not soap. Tens of thousands of regular folk around this country are doing something they love because of this coach opportunity.

The unemployment rate still hovers around 10% but it doesn’t have to be that way if more people were willing to see that new opportunities exist all around them. The Team Beachbody Coaching opportunity is one of them. Health care companies, pharmaceutical companies and our government are not capable of solving this obesity crisis and we can’t wait around for them to do it. The crisis is now and the answer is YOU! I know that sounds a bit Rah Rah but it’s true.

Cynics don’t need to apply, but if you’re sick and tired of the status quo and want to make a difference in your own life and in the lives of those around you, then open the door.  The two major issues of our time – the health care issue and unemployment rate could be resolved if a million more people in this country decided to get healthy and share the wealth. This is a brand new industry waiting to explode. It’s not happening in boardrooms or factories – it’s happening in the homes of tens of thousands of Team Beachbody Coaches and in the homes of their customers.  With a tiny investment (actually the company is waiving the enrollment fee through the end of 2010) and a willingness to help people the sky’s the limit.

TH-


Do You Know Where You Are Going?

I was recently in a bookstore and came across a memoir of Yogi Berra. I figured I’d thumb through it and find his zany quotes that I had forgotten about. It turns out, each chapter was a quote of his, so I read down the table of contents and came across the last chapter, and this quote was there:

“If you don’t know where you are going, you might not get there.”
Yogi Berra

Now, as silly as that sounds, it makes a ton of sense. I began to place it in context of my fitness and business. If I don’t know where I’m going, I might not get there. Here’s what I came up with:

Fitness: Do I know where I want to go? Did I set a goal? If you want to have a successful outcome in your fitness, you must know where you want to end up, right? So I began thinking about what I am doing for myself. I am still doing P90X and having much success with it. My goal hasn’t been met completely, but the path I’m on is taking me there. This path I’m on is taking me to my destination. I chose the path of P90X to achieve my fitness destination. So yes I KNOW where I am going.

Business: I applied the quote to my business as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach also. Where do I want to go? What do I want to accomplish? The all important question: How do I get there? I want to achieve so much with my business, but what is going to take me there? Well the amazing thing is, I have help! Team Beachbody gives me so many resources to be successful, all I have to do is cater them to my needs. I follow the Game Plan, by letting people know about this business, and show them they can be successful too. Plus I have an awesome resource in my Team. Team Genesis is one of the most successful teams with Beachbody, and they have helped me through so much already, along with my mentor Kevin Kane. I am still traveling on this path to my destination, but again, I KNOW where I am going.

What I ask is this: Do you know where you are going? You can apply this to every aspect of your life: family, finances, fitness, work, etc. Look for the path that will lead you to where you want to go, and you will get there, every time.

J


Go from Regular 2 Ripped!!

Welcome!

Thank you for your interest in our workout group! Our goal is to create a group that will help keep each other both accountable and motivated to Keep Pushing Play over the next 90 days using the proven system of P90X! Whether it’s your first round or your fifth, we welcome all who are wanting to go from Regular 2 Ripped!

Regular 2 Ripped has had successful groups already this year. In fact that is where I got started with my P90X workout. Thanks to that group, I Kept Pushing Play and got results. I lost 30 pounds, 3 inches off my waist, dropped my body fat percentage 5%, added 1″ to each arm, and 2″ around my chest. Some others have had similar success with our Regular 2 Ripped group from March and April.

We are beginning our 90 day Regular 2 Ripped transformation in August, and that means ANY day in August, not just August 1st. We know that schedules are different for everybody, so if you start on Aug. 2nd, Aug. 12, or Aug. 31st, you can be part of the group. We are running on all cylinders already! Come along for the ride with us!!

So here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Get P90X!
We’re so sure you’ll love this program, we’re giving you our 90-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not completely satisfied, simply call Customer Service to return P90X within 90 days for a refund of the purchase price, less shipping and handling. But keep the Ab Ripper X routine and the 3-Phase Nutrition Plan as our gift just for trying P90X.

Order here and get TWO FREE WORKOUTS from Tony Horton’s P90X ONE on ONE series!

  • Fountain of Youth – Tony’s favorite yoga moves in less time. Perfect for when you don’t have the time to complete Yoga X.
  • Mammoth UML – Tony’s ultimate Upper-Middle-Lower workout. Great for when you’re on the road.

If you already have it, go to Step 2. If this is your first time to go through P90X, you can get it here.

Step 2: Sign up for your FREE membership at TeamBeachbody.com and fill out your profile..
This is one tremendous resource to helping you get results. It’s not just our group, but a whole online community there to help you achieve your goals. Then there are the nutrition guides, tips from Beachbody Trainers like Tony Horton, and the chance to win money and prizes just for working out. You can also sign up for a Team Beachbody Club Member and get 10% discount on your P90X and all other products. Both memberships are eligible to win money and prizes by working out in the WOWY Gym on Beachbody.com, but the Club membership allows you to use an invaluable resource in the daily meal planner that you can specify to your needs. After you sign up…

Step 3: Get involved with the message board thread.
The thread is where we will post info to help you achieve your goals and ask you to post daily after your workouts to stay accountable, not only to yourself but with the rest of the group. You will find that there are so many others going through it with you, experiencing the same things that you are, and you will be amazed at how much that keeps you wanting to Keep Pushing Play everyday!

That’s it! No more necessary! But if you have questions, please feel free to email me at kineticcoach@beachbody.com

If you want to be in the Regular 2 Ripped group and also save 25% on your P90X order, click here before you go through the steps above to learn about becoming an Independent Team Beachbody Coach!


My Take on “The Truth About P90X”

For those who haven’t seen, Men’s Health Magazine Fitness Editor Trevor Thieme wrote in a blog back on May 21st his views of P90X. (Update: His blog post has since been taken down by the editor.) In it he states that it is another fitness fad-type workout that has managed to stick around much longer than other home-based workout systems, and “it’s likely not the total-body fitness solution that most people are looking for.”

Trevor calls on a strength coach to help back up his claim that P90X isn’t introducing anything new, and that can actually hinder muscle growth. The strength coach and Trevor are both Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists or C.S.C.S. And if you are serious about being in the bodybuilding business or work with others who want to get fit, a C.S.C.S certification is a good thing to have. I, myself have looked into it with my background of being a Certified Athletic Trainer, but I found that I already received most of the training necessary, and have similar knowledge, but I didn’t want to pay MORE money, and spend MORE time getting continuing education for something I didn’t need. I only bring this up because while he has a very good background knowledge to base his claims on, I also have a similar basis of knowledge, and my opinion is completely different.

It seems to me, and the comments on the blog confirm it, that Trevor has never done the P90X workout. Yes, it is a little different from your typical free weight workout, and it does influence a lot of fat loss. I agree with their comments there. What I disagree with is that they state that muscle growth does not happen while using P90X. I just finished my first round with it, and while I did not get the results you see on the infomercials, I lost weight, lost inches from fat loss (like Trevor’s blog states), but I gained inches in my upper arms and chest. How did I do that? MUSCLE GROWTH.

In the blog, they say that confusing the muscles to prevent the plateau effect actually hinders growth. These C.S.C.S. folks say doing the same routine to make your body adapt to it is what gets the results and growth. They are right to a point. If you work the same exercise the same way, over time your body will adapt to it and it will become easier due to the environmental stimulus you put it under. But for them to say that P90X is counter-productive is just ridiculous. If you look at the exercises done in P90X, you see that the same muscles are worked by 5-6 different exercises throughout a 3 week span, and what muscles depends on the workout. Then, these same muscles are doing 5-6 other exercises for another 3 weeks. THEN, for the next 4 weeks, you combine the 5-6 from the first 3 weeks with the 5-6 from the second 3 weeks!

While P90X calls it confusion, I call it “muscle growth.” I didn’t gain inches on my chest and arms by doing bench press and preacher curls. By doing some exercises for an amount of time and then working the same muscles using a different exercise but same motion, I was doing what the Strength Coaches in the blog were saying to do, work the muscles by giving them “multiple exposures to the same stimulus.” Sure, it isn’t the same EXACT stimulus, but a pull-up is a pull-up as far as your lats are concerned, a push-up is a push-up as far as your pecs go. Why? Because in both cases, the muscle is performing the same motion. Variations of the pull ups and push ups are actually what cause the help in growth. Trevor even says that in his post, “Variation is key to any good training program….”

Yes, I know, they also said “…as long as it’s not too frequent.” Well, I don’t think once every three weeks is very frequent. In fact, that is what I loved about it. I was struggling with some exercises, and then, BOOM I had to change to a routine that isolated certain muscle groups so you weren’t working competing groups at the same time. And what happened when Phase 3 came around when you go back to the first set of exercises? I could do more because they were easier. My muscles went through the sarcoplasmic hypertrophy during the second phase that caused a change in growth and strength.

So, while no results are even typical with any workout, I find that “The Truth about P90X” didn’t get all the facts in. Yes, there was accuracy in that post, however, I found that this is just one more blogger who doesn’t think that P90X does as much as they advertise.

You want to find out for yourself? Take the P90X challenge!


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Welcome to Get Kinetic!

Remember you high school physics class where your teacher explained the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy?

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