Nourish

Aloha Aloe Gloe

So recently I’ve been on a kick drinking aloe water/juice. Last year, I found some aloe juice at a produce stand that was delicious, but came to discover it was packed full of sugars! I mean it was around 35g per serving! Obviously not healthy. So I stopped buying it.

The reason on got on this kick in the first place is because there are so many benefits of ingesting aloe (in moderation of course). Until recently, I finally discovered a new aloe water called “Aloe Gloe.” My aunt had a few in her fridge so I decided to test one out. I tested the Grape flavor and it was okay, but I’m not a huge fan of artificial grape so that explains it. The next week when I was shopping at Fresh Market, I noticed they were on sale so I said to myself, “why not get a few.” I grabbed a few Crisp Aloe and Lemonade flavors and OH MY GOODNESS! Nothing but pure joy! Since then I’ve been going back and buying them.

So I should probably explain why I’ve been drinking Aloe Gloe because I haven’t really explained myself. I have seen a dramatic difference in my complexion and digestion. I have super sensitive skin and breakout from everything. I mean seriously everything! And in rashes! But the aloe has helped keep my complexion nice and smooth due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. My parents even noticed when I went to visit them one weekend. I’ve also noticed less belly bloat and better digestion! All these benefits are listed as benefits of drinking aloe.

My next step is to blend my own aloe vera plants and cut out all the additives, but Aloe Gloe will do for now. It has minimal additives. I believe it’s a pretty decent product. I drink between 1/2-1 glass a day only.

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*Please be advised, if you have issues with your stomach, it may worsen it or consumption of too much can be damaging to your system as well!*

Check out this link from Livestrong for some more info and I also recommend doing your own personal research 🙂

http://www.livestrong.com/article/295284-what-are-the-benefits-of-aloe-vera-water/

 

For now, keep on glowing!!

-A-

Fit Talk

I’m Back!!!

So I’ve been gone for a loooongg time, but now I’m back. I’m going to keep it short and sweet and no need to update you about everything right now. I’ll be continuously posting (for real this time). I’m no a certified personal trainer through ACE so stay updated with my routines, meals, and fit talk!

 

-A

Fit Talk

What(s)upp??

If you’re a GNC, Vitamin World, Total Nutrition freak like me, walking into one of these stores is deadly and sometimes confusing. There are so many different products and companies to help boost calorie burn and muscle gain, but are you getting the right nutrients and minerals to be in tip-top shape?

supplements

Here are some different options of pre and post workout supplements that you should be taking to get that body you desire.

If you’re weight training try taking these:

  • 3-5 grams of arginine and 5 grams of glutamine 30-60 minutes prior to your workout.
  • Crucial amino acids from whey protein (20 grams) pre-workout.
  • 40 grams of slow-burning carbs such as a yummy sweet potato, oatmeal, bananas, or whole wheat bread 0-30 minutes pre-workout. (Try my combo: peanut butter and banana sandwich!)
  • 3-5 grams of creatine 0-30 minutes prior or sip throughout workout during rest. (I personally don’t take creatine, but I know some girls will take about half a teaspoon before working out).
  • 5-10 grams of leucine and 5 grams glutamine ASAP after your last set.
  • 40-80 grams of fast digesting carbs 30-60 minutes post workout such as white bread or table sugar.

Now what about cardio?

  • 200-300 mg of caffeine and 1-2 grams of acetyl-L-carnitine 30-60 minutes pre-workout.
  • 6-10 grams of amino acid mix 0-30 minutes pre-workout.
  • 20-40 grams of whey protein.
  • 40-80 grams fast digesting carbs.
  • (Replenish, Replenish, Replenish!)

What do all these “things” do for me and why do Ineed them? Well you technically don’t “need” them but they definitely do help!

  • Acetyl-L-carnitine: amino acid that transports fat into mitochondria where it’s burned for fuel.
  • Argininie: increases blood flow to muscle fibers pumping all your needed amino acids and oxygen to sore muscles.
  • Caffeine: increase your fuel source and frees fat from fat cells.
  • Creatine: helps fill muscles with water and gain strength.
  • Glutamine: increases energy and keeps  you from becoming fatigued.
  • Leucine: increases muscle growth and boosts release of anabolic hormone insulin.
  • Whey: keeps insulin levels down and helps burn more fat during rest sets.

Don’t feel exhausted and fatigued! Gear up, dose  up, and get ready!

 

 

-A

 

Lets Get Sweaty!

Hello CFF Peeps

Hey Everyone!

 

So I know this site is a little slow (or a lot) at getting started. I’ve just been soooooo busy with life right now and a bit under the weather, but I alway make time for a good, solid workout! Share what you’ve done today.

 

I did Ashley Kurtenbach’s Wednesday Chest/Bicep workout along with climbing 106 floors on the stairmaster and 10 min on the cross ramp trainer. I challenge you to top my floors! And skip steps (doubles)!

 

Drive on!

-A

Nourish

Try these Gluten Free Gooey Brownies!!

Don’t ruin your hard work with a craving for yummy brownies. Boxed brownies are easy and quick to make but filled with loads of sugar!! Instead, try this simple recipe that has minimal ingredients and takes only 25min to bake!!! You probably have half of the ingredients at home already!!!

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) jar of creamy almond butter [I get unsalted]

2 eggs

1 1/14 cups of agave nectar or honey [I use honey because agave nectar has been researched as an inflammatory 😦 ]

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of Hershey’s 100% cacao powder

1/2 teaspoon of celtic sea salt or himalayan salt

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 cup chocolate chunks [I use ghirardelli due to highest cocoa percentage of 60% in baking isle]

 

Instructions:

1. blend almond butter with hand blender until smooth

2. blend in eggs, honey/agave, and vanilla extract

3. blend in cacao, salt, baking soda, and then fold in chocolate chunks

4. grease 9 x 13 inch baking dish and pour batter in

5. bake at 325 for 25-40 min!!!!

 

If you find your batter super thick and dry, it’s ok, your brownies will come out cake like but still yummy. I found that by adding a dash of water (just under 1/4 cup) helps a lot. It makes it look very watery, but when they bake and come out they’re very gooey and delicious!!! Try out both was and perfect your own!!

 

I also add coconut flakes on top 🙂

 

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

-A

Vitalize

Get Your Fit On

Rise and shine fit freaks! It’s time to get a bit, or a lot, sweaty!! What’s on your plan today? Not sure what to do? Start somewhere!  It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re working as long as your working hard. Start with finding some encouragement today. Why do you want a better bod or how are you going to maintain yours? We all have our ups and downs on this insane roller coaster. I’ll be honest, I cry from time to time, get stressed and find myself becoming an emotional reck, but over what. I’ve decided a few weeks ago that I was going to change all of that. I find pleasure in training so I shouldn’t be stressed, I feel relieved! And now I do!!! Start with a walk, then jog, then a run and clear your mind of everything except positive self-loving thoughts.

Let’s start or restart this journey together! I’ve been working hard and you will be too! I’ll be training chest/biceps/calves and punching it out with this awesome HIIT routine for some killer cardio today. If you want to follow along on the plan I’ve been using then check out Ashley Kurtenbach!! She’s so awesome! Her plan is great, simple, and will make you cry for tylenol the next day. After that, I’ll be doing a little boxing to punch out my stress from the work day!! Take a peek and go get your fit on!!!

http://theathleticbuild.com/bikini-competitor-ashley-kurtenbach-workout-routine-and-diet/

 

Cardio Kick