Sunday, December 27, 2015

Vegan for the Holidays

vegan holiday recipes

I used to deprive myself of one thing: NUTRITION

When I was a "vegan" back in high school for 2 years, I carbed it up, and stuck to processed "fake" products. I remember one time I was trying to get out of class so I went to donate blood on campus. I found out I was iron deficient so they turned me away. That was a wakeup call, but I didn't know what to do. After a ton of trial and error, 12 years as a vegetarian, weight gain in college, weight loss my 5th year of college, then a 21 day whole foods, vegan cleanse, I had an epiphany.

I was literally starving myself from what my body NEEDED. I was not eating what vegetarians should be...VEGGIES! That 21 day cleanse was the reboot I needed to cleanse my palate, start fresh, and figure out what I could teach my body to love--real food. 

This holiday season, I'm so happy to say that I had no trouble at ALL finding meals to eat. I was a little nervous with all the events I attended since there are no other vegans in the family, but surprisingly, there are a TON of options out there. Yes, I brought my own asian stir fry to one of my dinners, and an Amy's non-dairy burrito to another, but the sides are where it's at!

Here are just a few of the dishes I consumed over this break. Mind you, I did indulge a little with a pumpkin vegan donut (whole foods) and 1 vegan cinnamon roll from Trader Joe's, but I basically kept it clean. I've weened myself off sweets so I never crave them (thanks to my daily chocolate superfoods), and I'd rather have carbs any day. I'm happy to say that starting January 1st, I'll be going full vegan when it comes to my diet, even though I basically have been for months, and I'm very confident in this decision :)

Meals (left to right):

-Vegan stir fry with rice noodles, pre-cut veggies from Trader Joe's, tofu, bok choy, and soyaki sauce

vegan breakfast

-Vegan cinnamon roll from Trader Joe's, with black coffee, mocha almond milk, topped with Soy Whipped topping

-Chocolate vegan superfoods smoothie with 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup almond milk, ice, 1 tbsp almond butter, handful of spinach, blended and topped with coconut flakes

-Berry Salad

-Cold Brew and Pumpkin donut

-Whole Wheat bagel with Avocado 

vegan salad

-Raw Spinach salad with pomegranate seeds and Fig Balsamic Dressing (this is my new FAVE from Whole Foods)

-Salad Bar on Xmas eve with veggies and avocado

Vegan Meatballs

-Homemade Vegan Rigatoni (Whole Foods) with homemade tomato sauce and Italian Vegan Meatballs topped with Nooch

See? It's not just wheat germ and leaves  ;) Have questions about the workout program I'll be starting January 4th? Vegan Meal Prep? Joining me for extra accountability come 2016? Check out my other blog posts or, shoot me an email at LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com :)

#WhatVegansEat #BetheChange #VegetarianToVegan

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

You are Your Only Competition

Feminist


Look in the mirror, not in magazines. Listen to your heart, not what the media says. YOU are your ONLY competition. 


Bright Nikes
 
I used to compare myself ALL the time to the girls on ads, in workout classes, wherever. Let me tell you this: it got me nowhere and continued to lower my self esteem. While confidence can be learned, it should start from a young age. Do yourself a favor, and tell yourself daily that you are amazing, beautiful, and have so much to offer to this world. 


What is Feminism


Words are extremely powerful, fakeness in the media isn't. Love yourself, be yourself, and only ever compete with yourself. 

If I can make a recommendation to help you starting working on yourself NOW, it would be to read or listen to the audio Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. It changed everything for me, and I highly recommend you begin every single morning with the steps he describes in his book <3

Let me know if you decide to read it :)


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Master's Hammer and Chisel Private Test Group

Hammer and Chisel

What is this new home workout program?

The Master's Hammer and Chisel JUST launched and it is the newest home workout program. For the first time, two celebrity trainers are coming together to give you the best results possible in 60 days. The workouts are anywhere from 30-40 minutes to get you ripped and toned for the new year! 21 Day Fix creator, Autumn Calabrese, and Body Beast creator, Sagi Kalev have teamed up to make this program more oriented towards ALL genders--not just a focus on lifting OR cardio.



What makes this program so effective?

Besides the trainers' well-known titles and accomplishments in the fitness industry, The Master's Hammer and Chisel has a new resistance-training system that incorporates three muscle-sculpting phases--Stabilization, Strength, and Power - or SSP Training. You're not just pumping iron and you're not just bouncing around mindlessly doing cardio. I've done two sneak peeks of this workout, and I enjoyed the multiple rounds each class had. 

When is this program available?

Tuesday, December 1st!

Hammer and Chisel Test Group

What Do the Workouts Involve?

The workouts are performed on a daily basis, for 30-40 min classes. Again, they are designed on the foundation of SSP training, which stands for Stabilization, Strength, and Power. Unlike most workout routines which contain different phases, Hammer and Chisel contains all three. This helps with muscle sculpting, burning fat, and increasing muscle power...and who doesn't want that?!

Hammer and Chisel workouts

What is Included in the Hammer and Chisel Base Kit?
Hammer and Chisel Sale
12 Workouts on 6 DVDs
1 Shakeology Shaker cup
7 Portion Control Containers
Full Hammer and Chisel Recipe Book and Nutrition Guide
Quick Start Guide
60 Day Wall Calendar
Bonus DVD: 10 Min Abs Hammer
Bonus DVD: 10 min Abs Chisel
My Coach Exclusive: The Master's Cardio--Sagi and Autumn team up for a Quick Fat Burning Cardio

**The Deluxe Kit Includes The Base Kit Items Plus**

8 lb Medicine Ball
4 Bonus Medicine Ball Workouts
Bonus Set of Portion Control Containers

**The Challenge Pack Includes the Base Kit Items Plus**

A 30 Day Supply of Shakeology
Free 30 Day Trial to Beachbody on Demand so you can stream your workouts from anywhere, and have access to meal plans AND thousands of dollars worth of older programs as well :)

What is the Investment?

I do require the Challenge Pack in order to get your BEST results possible. It is $180 USD.

Hammer and Chisel Results
These are some of the phenomenal results taken from the Corporate Test Group!

Who is this program for?

Anyone wanting to take charge of their nutrition, their physique, and overall health. If you have a busy schedule, the workouts are short and effective. This is for anyone who is not afraid of a challenge and wants to tone up!

What Equipment do I need?

You only need a small amount of space, about 6 feet which is super convenient if you travel often, or have a small space to workout. You do need free weights (the weight depends on your fitness level, but anywhere from 5-40 lbs). There is also the option of a chin up bar OR resistance band with a door attachment (which is what I use). You also need a bench OR stability ball. Both the band and ball options are shown in the workouts so you can follow the modifier but still get killer results!

Lauren's Hammer & Chisel Test Group:
Hammer and Chisel Test Group

The Master's Hammer and Chisel has officially LAUNCHED!! In order to help you get the best deal possible THIS month and start 2016 STRONG, with tons of momentum, I'm so excited to announce my Hammer and Chisel Private Test Group!

This is for anyone wanting to crush their fitness journeys as a TEAM using this brand new program. Get a start on your New Year Resolution with your bff, significant other, or make a commitment to yourself and your HEALTH.

We start Monday, January 4th and the deadline to purchase your challenge pack is Sunday December 27th so you get all your tools on time to succeed!
If you are interested in joining, and are not already working with a coach, please fill out the form below to apply! :)

You are also welcome to email me at LaurenMcHugh14@gmail.com <3


Hammer Workout

Please Fill out the Form Below if you want to be FIRST in my Test Group--I am only taking on 20 applicants to help work with you 1 on 1 to succeed! :)





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