Healthy Shopping List
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Healthy Shopping List: Condiments

Boy, can condiments be a hindrance to fat loss! Today I want to share with you the condiments that end up on my healthy shopping list. 🙂

We all know that eating for fat loss can get a little boring at times. For this reason, I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite condiments that I use to make my food taste delicious, but have little (to no) effect on my fat loss efforts.

Having foods that I enjoy is very important to me because I really want “living the fat loss lifestyle” to be sustainable for a lifetime. Some of the ingredients in my favorites may not fall in line with everyone’s goals (such as high sodium in the hot sauces), but for me, this is somewhere that I personally “give in a little” in order to make eating for fat loss more enjoyable.

It’s important to find this balance between making meal choices that will help you to achieve your goals AND preparing them in such a way as to make those choices sustainable. Here are some of my favorites:

Healthy Shopping List – Condiments

  1. Cinnamon – Great for flavoring oatmeal, oat bran, fruit, and protein shakes.
  2. Cayenne Pepper – Great on any meat or in soups if you like spicy things like I do!

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    Just do NOT get these 2 confused! 😉

  3. Vinegar (especially Balsamic and Red Wine) – I mix balsamic vinegar with mustard and stevia to make a delicious low-calorie salad dressing.  I use red wine vinegar on my ground turkey burgers on Ezekiel bread or in salads. Healthy Shopping List
  4. Yellow Mustard – Delicious on any meat or mixed with different kinds of vinegar and hot sauces. I’ve even dipped steamed broccoli in it. Yes, I LOVE mustard!
  5. Any no/low-calorie hot sauce – If you like spicy foods, put hot sauce in soups and on meat. I’ve even mixed it with mustard and dipped veggies in it or put it on salads. Sounds weird, but you should try it if you like hot sauce! My favorites: Frank’s Red Hot and Louisiana Hot Sauce
  6. Salsa – Use on chicken or shrimp and avocado salad (with Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime and a squeeze of fresh lime) and for dipping veggies into. Watch for added sugar, though. Healthy Shopping List
  7. Asian Chili Garlic Sauce, Thai Red Curry Paste, and Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce – I put just a tad in soups or in ground meat to add a little kick! If you like a BIG kick like my husband, then spread it right on top of your meat or add extra to your own soup bowl. Healthy Shopping List
  8. All the Mrs. Dash spices – I use these in place of or in addition to sea salt and black pepper on just about everything!  Healthy Shopping List
  9. Liquid Smoke – Flavor meat, soups, or veggies with this delicious condiment. Your food will have a whole new twist when you use a little liquid smoke. My favorite veggie to use this on is roasted okra. Yummmmm! Healthy Shopping List
  10. 100% baking cocoaBaking cocoa is my favorite! It makes my protein shakes more chocolate-y! I add 2 Tbsp, along with stevia, to my coffee or with just plain hot water to make a mocha or hot chocolate. This is great for craving control! I add it to plain Greek yogurt with stevia to make “pudding,” and I’ve even mashed a banana with cocoa powder, stevia, water, and a scoop of chocolate protein powder to make a post workout pudding. Don’t judge. 😉 Healthy Shopping List
  11. Stevia – I used Sweet Leaf flavored liquid stevia drops and Stevia In The Raw to sweeten anything in place of sugar. 🙂 Healthy Shopping List Condiments

I would love to hear some of your favorite condiments that are fat-loss friendly! Please comment below and let me know what condiments are on your healthy shopping list. 🙂

xo -Jill


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Exercise at Home
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Top 6 Tools You Need to Exercise at Home

When I made the transition from working out at a gym to working out at home, I purchased just a few things to make my home gym awesome! I’d like to share with you the top 6 tools I suggest you purchase to exercise at home successfully. You don’t have to invest a whole lot of money, but these few tools will make working out at home a breeze!

First, let’s get this straight. You do not *need* a gym to get a boot camp body! While going to a group fitness class or boot camp is super fun and motivating, it’s not always possible. With crazy schedules, it’s often convenient to fit in a few of your workouts at home each week (or month). If you’re not prepared with some minimum supplies, however, it definitely won’t happen. 😉

This is why I suggest that you have a few things in place at home so you can be successful even on busy days.

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Top 6 Tools You Need to Exercise at Home

  1. Weights – The most cost-effective way to add weights to your home gym is with dumbbells. They are very easy to find online and even at local stores like Target or Walmart. Kettlebells are my personal tool of choice. You can read why in these articles. 🙂
  2. Bench and or Stability BallThis adjustable bench has been a great asset to our home gym! It was affordable and has held up to many uses per week for a couple of years now!  A less expensive alternative to a bench is a stability ball. You can perform many of the exercises done using a bench with a stability ball instead. exercise at home
  3. Yoga Mat Yoga mats are nice to be able to exercise on the floor comfortably whether on your back or just to have something soft under your knees while stretching or elbows while planking. Plus, they roll up and go anywhere with you!
  4. Wall Clock – We do a lot of timed workouts and timed intervals. Having a nice clock that counts seconds is great! We have one similar to THIS that can go on the wall or sit on the floor (i.e. during a plank). Or you can go for a barbell plate clock to set the tone for your home gym! 😀
  5. Whiteboard – I love having my workout written on a whiteboard. We keep the whiteboard hanging under the clock so we can see both at a glance. It’s motivating to me to *see* the workout written out and be able to check off rounds. I love to check things off!
  6. A Workout Plan – Having a plan is KEY. When you head to your home gym, you want to be able to pull up your workout (on a pdf, video, etc) and get started! Free workouts are everywhere online, but if you want to follow a specific protocol or a program designed by a professional, you will most likely need to purchase a program that fits your needs, desire, and fitness level.

I have several plans that I can suggest! I’ve personally written a kettlebell program for busy women that want to workout at home. Find out more about that 8-week program called Simply Kettlebells here. Currently, David (my husband) and I are completing a 12-week program called Metabolic Prime.

The Metabolic Prime workouts are designed to be short (just 15 minutes!) and burn fat for 48 hours after! There are new workouts for each of the 4 phases. There are 3 workouts per week x 4 phases for a total of 12 video, follow-along workouts. Each phase also has a 5-minute burnout (or finisher) that can be done at the end of each workout. Some of the exercises use dumbells or bands (or you can use no weight at all – especially if you’re a beginner).

What’s included with Metabolic Prime?

  • Downloadable video workouts (or you can purchase the DVD version for the same price plus shipping charges)
  • A Workout Calendar
  • Progress Tracker
  • Accountability via a private facebook group with the other challengers
  • A 12-week metabolic meal plan with recipes, shopping list, and nutrition guidelines for the program
  • A Metabolic Blueprint Manual

If you have any questions about getting started with exercise at home or setting up a home gym, please comment below or contact me HERE. I’d love to answer any questions you may have.

xo -Jill


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