Sweet, Somber November and a @NOWFoods Giveaway!

‘Tis the season to get back to it.

As a personal trainer and a fitness instructor who has been in the industry for over a decade, I know that sounds like an oxymoron.

I’m talking to myself.

When I tell ladies at the gym, “Girl, I get it.  The struggle is real!” I’m not just making small talk. I feel that with EVERY part of my existence.  My struggle has been real, private and public, challenging, back-breaking, earth-shattering, faith-testing, depressing and it has made me question everything about my life; including what I do every day which is love people back to holistic health and wellness. It wasn’t just the emotional stress of my personal life that took me down through there.  It was what stress and heavy activity and age did to my body and my soul.

And now I’m sitting over here recovering from shoulder surgery.

Guess who’s over here like, “Are you serious right now, God?”

And so, as I sit back (literally, I’m at home because I’d normally be teaching Zumba and Piloxing and I can’t so…..) and think, “what do I have control over?” The truth is my hormones have a mind of their own and I cannot stop the aging process (I actually kind of like the freedom that comes with your forties) but I can do activity that keeps me moving, eat food that heals my body and doesn’t work against it, find practices that soothe my soul, mind and heart and eliminate people, places and things that threaten that.

Confession #1: I am STRUGGLING with letting go of Starbucks.  It’s not good for my wallet and the sugar free syrup and caffeine is not good for me over time but the experience of having my latte is so good for my soul.  I have cut back but I feel like life is just too short to not go in and talk to my baristas and have my cup in hand while I drive around town.  I’ll get back to you on this one.

Now, to the food.  And to the supplements. And to one of my FAVORITE companies and group of people in the world, NOW Foods.  I am an ambassador with this company not in some attempt to just get as much “exposure” as I can. I, literally, adore these people and everything the company represents.  I’ve been to the facility and have watched how the products are made and listened to head people talk about the integrity of what they do so I’m SUPER confident when I take something that comes from them. My house is FULL of NOW products (and if you’ve been over to visit you know what I mean), from my essential oils (my bedroom, my bathroom, my kitchen, my yoga bag), to my cabinets (my oatmeal, my quinoa, my pasta) to my supplements (let’s not even go there) to my refrigerator (flax oil, stevia, probiotics, etc.).  However, since I can’t share the one million products I use, I want to share a few of my favorites with you and how they are helping me get back on track.

  • Plant Protein Complex: I am vegan.  I lift heavy weights.  I also stop eating when I am stressed.  Having protein powder is a MUST for me.  This one is completely soy free (the jury is still out on whether soy is good or not good so I just don’t do anything in excess….well, except Starbucks) with 22 grams of protein per serving and no sugar.
  • Multi-Food 1 Vitamins: Even on my best day, I can still miss the mark. Taking a vitamin daily (and I only have to swallow one of these) is just comfort knowing I have tried to supplement my nutrition the best way I can.  None of us is perfect.

  • A probiotic: After basically eating the lining of my stomach out with excessive use of Ibuprofen ibuprofen and then going through years of ulcers and gastritis and irritable bowel, I will do anything to help balance my gut. A probiotic has definitely been helpful in maintaining a healthy balance of gut flora.*

  • Lavender essential oil: It would probably be easier for me to tell you what I DON’T use this for than how I use it. I have found lavender to be very soothing and calming when I use it as part of my shower and nighttime routine.  When I feel very tense and stressed, I just inhale a little of it and I also use it during my yoga practice just to wind down.  I have been known to put a drop in my laundry. I just like the way it smells. 😊

  • Liquid Stevia: If you’ve spent some time with me on any time on my Instagram, you know two things: 1) I love cake and 2) I love this stuff. Cinnamon vanilla is probably my favorite this time of the year (and I just ran out this morning ☹) and I use it in my smoothies, coffee substitutes, oatmeal, muffins, protein shakes and everything. It’s a great alternative to me caving in to those cravings that I have for “something sweet.” I may have four or five bottles in my possession right now but that’s not a really big deal, right?
  • Turmeric: The day I found out this may help with pain from overuse is the day I started taking it.*  Turmeric (yes, the spice) is categorized as an immune system-supporting herb  and I use it as part of my daily routine to keep my muscles cooperating.  At this stage in the game, I, honestly, can’t see myself living without it.  I actually started ordering it and sending it to my friends.

And because I believe in these products so much, I want to give you the opportunity to win ALL of them and try them for yourself! Just leave a comment below letting me know your plan for getting or staying on track during this challenging time! Winner will be announced Tuesday, November 21st!

November and the holiday season can be hard on a lot of us.  Keep one foot going forward and focus on how you can make the best with what you have right now.  Every day won’t be good and you won’t feel your best every day but just make a commitment to show and keep moving, now is the time for us to take our lives back. It can be a sweet November no matter how somber it’s been in the past.

Here’s to us!!


**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.**

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20 Responses to Sweet, Somber November and a @NOWFoods Giveaway!

  1. Wow! What a Great Health arsenal. My health plans for the rest of 2017 going into 2018 is to keep on top of my high blood pressure. Keep it down to reasonable levels.
    Reduce stress. Get my weight up . I tend to be underweight especially when I get sick.
    I also want to build up my immune system. Control the effects of menopause.
    With your support and encouragement I can do it.

  2. Valencia says:

    Hey! I’m Soo glad you’re back! Anywho, my plan for getting and staying on track this season is to a.) Follow through on my current elimination diet/lifestyle change, b.) Gradually increase my daily exercise, but maintain current consistency at the bare minimum and c.) Incorporate self care via a Hobby (craft), primping, or my personal favorite…yoga! Here’s to us! Let’s do this! 😉

  3. MY plan for staying on track his holiday season is not walking it out alone! With my husband doing the whole clean eating thing with me, it makes things all easier! Planning to switch up exercises so I’m not bored! Then, enjoying the occasional holiday treat to celebrate the season, while decorating of course :)))

  4. Sandy says:

    I signed up for a 5k on Thanksgiving, in December, and I will run one on New Years Day, this will keep me accountable to ensure I continue to train through the holidays and ring in the new year on the right track.

  5. Cheryl S says:

    Over the last few years, I have lost 60 lbs. With food I try to focus on eating fresh, more protein, and smaller portions (especially sweets and processed foods). I’ve taken a lot of time to focus on myself too–making time for things I enjoy.

    During the holiday season, I try to be more “on track” than I am the rest of the year. It’s a struggle, but I am constantly playing a food/drink/fitness game in my head. In general, what I eat has to be worth it and in moderation (for many things one bite is enough for me). I’m a weight watcher, so for all the days leading up to and after thanksgiving, I track everything and stay within my daily points (eating fresh, though…. I’m never deprived!) I also signed up for a Thankgiving 5K in my hometown at the beginning of the year.

    We had our work Thankgiving potluck yesterday… I made my favorite pie (chess) and enjoyed 1/2 a slice of it. No guilt!

  6. steph says:

    I always put my loved ones first, which is great, but I am learning that I can be a better mom/wife/daughter/sister/friend when I take care of myself. That is my goal!

  7. Melorie Poteat says:

    Planning my workouts on Sunday are key to me not letting my fitness fall to the wayside. I don’t meal plan per say however tracking every bite or lick helps me see where I am and if I’m about to fall off the wagon.

  8. Michelle Maynor says:

    Good Morning!! The holidays are here and i decided to start my health and fitness changes NOW..during this time let’s just say I enjoy ALL the holidays goodies. So instead of waiting for the holidays to be over, I’m starting now by:
    1) Dedicating at least 3 days a week to working out; incorporate more strength and introducing yoga (I need that stretch)
    2) Taking stimulants; especially iron
    3) My Diet, the plan is to have 5 meals during the day and have a high protein diet.

  9. Gabrielly says:

    I try to exercise and eat healthy.

  10. Erin Rose says:

    My plan for staying on track this season is making sure I allow myself some me time EVERYDAY. Whether it’s to meditate, get my work out on, or just read a book, it’s so easy to cut my time out of the schedule in order to get other things done. I’m shooting for just 30 minuets a day. We’ll see how it goes.

  11. Victoria Johnson says:

    I plan the continue my healthy eating and workouts daily and if I have a holiday party or event, just have a few indulgences there but not derail my whole day when I am home too

  12. Michelle Polk says:

    Plan for staying healthy? Keep moving forward no matter the challenge or road block. Keeping this mindset has allowed me to maintain and improve for the last 8 years.

    I like to try new things whether it is nutrition or workouts or rests.

  13. Harry Schiller says:

    I plan on continuing to eat no sugar and weaken my candida and parasites enough so that oil of oregano and black walnut oil will kill them!

  14. Jen says:

    I’m planning to stay consistent with eating right and working out

  15. Harry Schiller says:

    I plan on continuing to eat no sugar and weaken the parasites and candida enough so that supplementing with oil of oregano and black walnut will kill them! I’m feeling better than I have in a long time and I’m going to keep going!

  16. Ny says:

    I am working on me and refocusing. I ate a completely vegan diet for three months and felt better than I have in a very long time! I got distracted and derailed by a turkey leg at Disney World and struggling to get back to the clean eating and amazing feeling from the Spring. I’m starting a detox and hopefully I won’t fall off again!

  17. Alicia McLaughlin says:

    I’m avoiding all sugary products and exercising more. It’s so not easy with all the delicious holiday food whiffing it’s aroma around me. I just had surgery in October and it’s taken me weeks to get up to 45 mins of Zumba (usually I can do an hour easy) Plus I’m a stress eater and the holidays are so stressful!

  18. JJ says:

    My plan is to SHOW UP. It’s that simple. Show up…but it’s so hard to actually do. I have a new challenge coming up at my gym starting Monday for 5 weeks. I can do that. 5 weeks. 25 early mornings. 50 minutes of challenging myself each day. I. Can. Do. That. I can.

  19. Dawn Bradley says:

    My plan is to start each day with some type of exercise. I have arthritis and some days I just don’t feel like it but i am going to push myself.

  20. Dee Johnson says:

    I plan to avoid gluten foods and high carb foods. I am planning to eat more veggies, drink lots of water, and walk a lot more.