It's summer, and that means the barbecues are open for business. I love the fact I can cook outside and don't have to turn on the stove and make the kitchen hotter than it is!
Maybe its time to liven things up with a few new recipes. Your coaches at Get Fit have pitched in to provide you with a cookbook filled with recipes to create oodles of different meals on the grill. Eating food good for you doesn't have to mean boring, and one of my favorite grill recipes is Salmon with Mango Salsa. (I wanted to give you this recipe just in case you couldn't get to the workshop. - find it below)
We love cooking on the grill, and we want you to love it too! Here's what we are going to do.
On Saturday, July 28th starting at 4:00pm and going until we finish grilling up some grub to eat, we'll talk food and nutrition centered around the grill.
Here is how it works, Coach Nancy will spend some time talking, answering questions, and sharing tips and tricks to use while grilling. Meanwhile Coach Dean will work his magic and grill us great grub to eat. You'll have to sign up quick as we don't have room for everyone at the picnic table. 🙂
As a bonus, when you sign up, you'll immediately get a pdf copy of our "Great Grub to Grill" recipe guide, packed with amazing recipes that will keep the grill fired up all summer long and beyond!
Come have dinner with us, learn some fantastic new recipes, and learn how great tasting food can nourish you - mind, body and soul.
Registration is only $30, and the 15 spaces available are sure to fill up fast - so don't delay!
Saturday, July 28th
4-6pm. or so
Let us know you'll be there. In the meantime grill up some Salmon and top it with mango salsa. You too will declare this as a favorite- guaranteed.
Salmon With Mango Salsa
1 mango peeled, pitted, and diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons lime juice (about one lime)
salt and pepper to taste
6 skin on salmon fillets (about 2 pounds)
Stir together the mango, cilantro, rep pepper, oil, and lime juice. Heat a grill to medium high. ( If you can hold your hand 3 inches above grill grates for 4-5 seconds its medium. If you can’t hold it there that long you’ve got medium high or high heat. Be careful when testing heat of grill this way.) Season salmon with salt and pepper and lightly brush with olive oil. Grill skin side down for 4-6 minutes. Turn them over and grill for another 4-6 minutes. Remove from grill and spoon salsa over top. Serves 4
(To make this prep time go faster, I've been known to buy fresh mango salsa pre made. I squeeze a bit of lime juice, add a bit of cilantro, and a few red pepper flakes to the premade salsa.)
If you're working at becoming healthier , here are some of the checklist items that you might have omitted:
It's easier than ever to start a nutrition plan but there needs to be a really good reason (and a lot of hard work in play) for you to stick with it. Here's to finding several.
To Your Best Health,
What does hunger feel like?
Everyone describes it a bit differently, how do you describe that feeling?
Some have described it as: "Well, when I am in a good, healthy eating pattern, hunger feels like a grumbly gnawing feeling, but bearable. When I have eaten too many carbs and sugars for a stretch, hunger feels like more of an empty, must shove food in now feeling, usually with some shakiness because my blood sugar has dropped. I can always tell the clear difference."
Others like this: "I'm not sure I know what hunger really feels like. When I'm being mindful, I usually need to stop and think, am I really hungry right now or is it something else? When it's hunger, there is an empty feeling. I often think I am hungry but in reality I am procrastinating on a job task that I don't want to do. Procrastination and then stress because I am not doing what I should be leads me to eating when I am not hungry.
What does hunger feels like to you?
Listening to our bodies is one of your biggest assets. Listening to how your body feels while you eat. Understanding the level at which you need to eat in order to remain comfortably full, not overstuffed, and yet ‘feel’ hunger before it is time to eat again sounds easy but is much more difficult to do.
Mastering this asset shows as we allow our body to talk to us knowing we will listen.
To Your Best Health,
Often times when I attend conferences, I wish there was a chance for me to get closer to those speaking. I know they have information and knowledge to share but I lack the opportunity to take advantage of it.
While I don't want to be known for tooting my own horn, I am pretty good at what I do. I am one of the nutrition coaches for Get Fit NH and the The Grateful Plate. I love to talk food and how we can use food to help you get healthier. I know that if you get healthier, you automagically get happier and the world needs more happy. Food is one way we can change the health of ourselves, our family, our workplace, our community, our state, and beyond.
I want you to help me create that change, by starting with you. On March 10, 17, and 24th, I'll be at Live Juice on Main St. in Concord to talk with you about that first step. The first step in changing the world is to change you through food.
You bring the topic, the questions, the notebook ready to take notes and we'll get you started. You can come for one Saturday or all of them. The choice is yours. The cost is free. (unless of course you buy something at Live Juice) I'll be there starting at 9am and we'll be done promptly at 10am.
Help me change the world!
See you at Live Juice from 9-10am on March 10, 17 and 24th.
Have you ever wanted to sit down with one of your coaches and pick their brain? Do you have questions you've wondered about? Or maybe I am just the coolest and you want to hang out with me?
Here is your chance to chill out on a Saturday morning and chat with me. I will be at Live Juice on Main Street Concord from 9-10am. It'll be a relaxed atmosphere we can hang out and talk. If you train in Epsom you KNOW I can talk. There won't be any of that awkward silence. 🙂
Here's the deal, I'm in Concord waiting for Drew as he trains in Athlete Academy. (if you have a teen they can train while you get some time chilling with others from Get Fit NH). I'll get to Live Juice as the doors swing open at 9am. We can chat while we order our coffee or a Funky Monkey or whatever else Live Juice can whip up. Then we can chat more in their cafe' atmosphere. I'll have to leave at 10 so don't wait until 9:47 to arrive.
This will start on March 3rd. This to be a trial run, if this works well for many of you, show up. If not we'll find a different venue and time. I'll be there March 3, 10, 17, and 24th, and I'd love it if you'd join me!
See you March 3rd at Live Juice!
Our crock pot freezer meal workshop is right around the corner. You cannot delay because spots fill up FAST!
These meals are another way to make dinner quickly and easily AND a different way to plan and prep your meals for the week or the month.
Sign up today for the "Crockpot Freezer Meal Workshop 3.0" on February 24th and we will do the hard lifting for you.
Here are some of the comments from students who participated in our last crockpot workshop:
"I loved the crockpot seminar. It was fun and has been feeding my family for the past several weeks. We loved the cashew chicken and beef stew the best! I liked how we were able to leave with the meal completed and participate. Thank you for putting this on!"
"THANK YOU so much for sending these. I just loved the workshop and look forward to the next one. What a great way to prepare healthy meals quickly."
"I LOVED the Saturday class on crockpot freezer cooking. My husband and I had the balsamic chicken last night and it was great."
"I thought the class ran smoothly. I liked the set up, and it was fun to work with people I had never met. I really had fun."
Here are the 5 meals we will be making together and you will be taking home:
Cool Ranch Shredded Chicken Tacos
General TSO's Chicken
Cilantro Lime Chicken
Yummy Italian Sausage
Each meal feeds 4 to 6 people, and they are yum-mee!
Space is limited to the first 15 that register, so get in on the "Crock Pot Freezer Workshop 3.0" by clicking the “Register Now” button below.
Crock Pot Freezer Meal Workshop
Date: Saturday, February 24, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 10:00am
Location: Get Fit NH Epsom
Cost: $90 (that's just $18 for each meal that feeds 4-6 people!)
I love football – Go Patriots!
You can party and keep your waistline intact. If you don’t want to look like a lineman after Sunday night, try some of these healthier choices for the big game!
Coach Nancy’s Guacamole
Half the avocados, remove the seeds and use a spoon to scoop the flesh into a bowl. Mash with a fork. Fold in the tomato, onion, lime juice and salt. Taste for seasoning.
Using Hester’s Grillin Spice Rub Create your own Spicy Chicken Wings
The amount of wings is up to you. I usually make 3 pounds.
Hester’s Grillin Spice Rub
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Rub wings with a little olive oil first. Add spice rub to a Ziplock bag and shake wings until well coated. Arrange wings on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn and sprinkle with more spice rub. Bake for an additional 20-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Coach Dean love's Buffalo Wings, find out how he makes them here.
Enjoy the game,
We often hear about getting rid of “stubborn fat”.
Read this quote from my friend and fellow coach Josh Hillis:
“Fat is actually the opposite of stubborn. If you think about it from a physiological perspective, fat needs to be maintained. If you don’t constantly feed fat, you’ll lose it. Fat is like a stray dog. If you keep feeding it, it will stick around forever. If you stop feeding it, it immediately goes away.”
This IS true, and since it is, why is it so hard for us to lose? I would suggest it’s not the FAT that is stubborn. It’s you. (and me) We will get to that a little later.
There are three ways food influences fat loss.
Quantity - how much we eat. While it’s sexy to say it doesn’t matter how much we eat, that is just not true. How much you eat is arguably the number one influencer of fat loss.
Quality - Our Jumpstart Nutrition Programs largely focuses on the quality of the food you are eating, and for some it will be a drastic change. That is purposeful during the Jumpstart, because this is a kick in the pants program. But this quote from Josh is so true;
“You need to move through levels of quality. If you’re eating Ding Dongs and Ho Hos every day, that’s the thing to handle. You don’t need to worry about not eating a turkey sandwich because it isn’t what a caveman would eat; you just need to stop eating Ding Dongs.”
In other words make the main thing the main thing, and seek constant improvement.
The last influencer of food on fat loss is Macronutrients. In other words the ratio of carbs, protein, and fat. All “diets” usually have some kind of ratio they focus on. Keto, Paleo, Zone,Sears, etc. all suggest different ratios. The take home here is that we are not all the same, and different ratios work better for different people. So how do you know what’s best for you? Josh says ask yourself;
Do I stay full and satisfied after a meal that’s mostly carbs?
Do I stay full and satisfied after a meal that’s mostly fat?
Do I stay full and satisfied after a meal that’s mostly balanced?
In terms of protein, almost everyone feels more satisfied with more protein in their diet.
What about you?
After which scenario are you “full” and don’t feel the need to eat for 3-5 hours between meals?
Quality. Quantity. Macros.
Those are the key influencers of fat loss. Do you know which one is hindering you? Attack that one first. Don’t know? That’s why your coaches are here.
One more thing. You are not a special snowflake, sorry. 99.9% of the time it’s not your genetics, or your age, or your sex, or any other such factor. It’s the 3 things we discussed above.
And the stubborn part? A quick glance in the mirror is often the answer to that one. Mindset, belief, attitude - when those three are in order, the “fat loss influencers” are a lot easier to handle.
So let’s dig in and think about it.
Which of the three fat loss influencers do you think is your biggest challenge?
What’s your mindset, belief and attitude around food, eating, and your ability to lose weight?
Answer those questions, and you are well on your way to solving the "stubborn fat" problem.
Starting on January 22, the Get Fit NH family together starts to bolster your own nutrition while encouraging others to do the same. The Challenge can be summed in in the three statements below.
1. MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF
Forget diet plans. counting calories, and pills and potions. Simplification is the key to getting focused - the less we have to think about it, the better. You'll learn how to setup your kitchen for success, shop only for the foods you need, and a step-by-step plan for getting the results that will keep you motivated.
2. LEARN TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Sometimes you don't know how bad you feel until you feel better. There are 3 common food categories that affect us more than we realize, and you'll discover which ones might be making you feel less than your best.
3. GET THE ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT YOU NEED
Expert Coaching, Daily Check-Ins, and our Online "Inspire" group is where the magic really happens. When you get stuck, we got your back.
There's no doubt that prepping and planning your meals is not only crucial to achieving your best body, but also extremely challenging! Today's hectic lifestyles make "grab and go" a lot more likely than "sit and relax".
Who's got the time to plan out meals?
In this seminar Coach Nancy (who is a mom of six, homeschools her kids and is a full-time fitness professional) will guide you every step of the way.
Have you ever stood in front of the fridge 20 minutes before dinner is supposed to be on the table and wonder what you will serve?
Do you need just a few tips to help you plan meals easier?
Nancy says "Achieving your best body AND eating great food can coexist. The key lies in your ability to PRE-PLAN and PREPARE. You must reorganize the way you eat. At “Meal Management To the Rescue” you’ll learn how to easily pull mealtime together for your family. You’ll walk away with a week’s worth of dinner meal plans plus the ability to expand that to a whole month, a cheat sheet for meal preparation, and 14 ways to make breakfast easy."
Date: Wednesday January 24, 2018
Place: Get Fit NH Epsom
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Put this date on your calendar now, Meal Management to the Rescue