Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I'm Betting On You: Beachbody's Health Bet

Fitness, nutrition and peer support – the Beachbody Health Bet has all the ingredients for success and I know that means success for you too!  So when you join me in my Health Bet group you'll be part of a 4-week accountability group focused on working out, eating healthy, drinking Shakeology, getting results and winning part of the $1,000,000+ prize pot!  

Here's how it works:
  1. Participate in my challenge group using the My Challenge Tracker App from September 5th thru October 2nd, 2016
  2. Meet the minimum in-App weekly tracking requirements (and get great results in the process!)
    • Log a minimum of 3 workouts.
    • Log a minimum of 5 Shakeology's, plus post a photo of your Shakeology with your tracked activity.
  3. Win and share equally in the final cash pot
The action kicks off on September 5th in my group, so don't wait!  Email me today at Leslie.Kortes@gmail.com with your info to join.  I'll get you added and we can make September Strong! 

Gotta phone?  You can log in, get fit & win!

Monday, August 29, 2016

My 3-Day Refresh Recap

Last week I did a quick 3-Day Refresh because I had just been feeling off since getting food poisoning almost two weeks prior.  My stomach just wasn't 100% ever since.  I love the Refresh because it is so simple and I can easily work it into a normal week.  It's all whole foods based, so it's not like one of those cleanses that has you drinking weird liquids day & night, never eating any food and dying by day 2 only to binge on burritos and snickers.  To me, that kind of stuff is way too extreme and doesn't teach real nutrition.  That's starvation!

So this was my line-up of fresh fruits & veggies last week.  All normal, healthy and easy stuff to prepare!  And the 3-Day Refresh meal plan is easy.  It starts in the morning with a large glass of water, followed by a Shakeology smoothie and fresh fruit.  By mid-morning it's a swig of Fiber Sweep, which gently scrubs out your digestive track.  And no, you will NOT be running to the bathroom all day with this stuff.  Promise!  For lunch you can choose several options all featuring fresh veggies, fruits and healthy fats along with a Vanilla Fresh shake.  In the afternoon you get more healthy fats and veggies and then follow it up with dinner.  For dinner I usually pick the salad or one of the veggie options along with another Vanilla Fresh shake.  And of course lots of water throughout the day, so as you can see... you're eating the whole day!  No starving your body, this cleanse is all about nourishing your body!

On the last night of the Refresh I actually made my Vanilla Fresh shake into ice cream just by using less water and way more ice and then blended it up.  It was so good and a nice little treat for a warm summer evening.

And the results!!!  I was down 5.4lbs (in 3 days!!) and over 4" and 1.25" of that was just off of my waist.  The 3-Day Refresh isn't a lifestyle, but it can definitely be a jumpstart into healthier habits.  Whenever I finish the Refresh I'm always reminded how much I loooove fresh fruits & veggies and that reaching for some raspberries or bell pepper slices are so much better than processed food options.

And even when the Refresh is over I'm still craving my veggies and just adding back in more lean proteins and the next day I was still down another pound.  Just proof that healthy eating is the way to real sustainable results and of course the best example you could set for your family!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

My Journey to Gluten-Free

Oh gluten. I've been free of you for nearly 4 months now and I feel SOOO good.
For the past 9+ years I've suffered from horrible dermatitis & eczema. They gave me creams & ointments and suggested steroids, but nothing worked. I was still miserable. I started looking for all natural-based products thinking the issue was soaps or detergent.
Eventually I stumbled upon food sensitivities. Everyone thought I was crazy. Sure, I didn't have any of these issues growing up, but wow... our food supply has changed a lot in the last 30 years too. 
Soy is a huge trigger for me, it makes me itch & breakout like crazy, so that was 1st to go. And I'll tell you... as a kid soy was NOT in every food like it is today.
But honestly, I never wanted to give up wheat or gluten, that's hard!!! But when I tried it for a few weeks as an elimination experiment every blister on my hands disappeared. I was shocked. Could gluten have been a huge culprit this whole time? So, I cut it out as I started learning more about gluten intolerances. 
Symptoms of gluten intolerance / sensitivity are numerous – here is a list of many complaints that often clear up when gluten is removed from diets of gluten sensitive people, and clinical conditions linked with gluten intolerance: (Sources Dr Rodney Ford, Dr Alessio Fasano)
•Abdominal pain
•Eczema / rash
•Headache / migraine
•Foggy mind
•Numbness in the legs arms or fingers
•Joint pain
•Gastric reflux, heartburn
•Hashimotos / thyroid disease
•Subset of people with autism, schizophrenia
•Rheumatoid arthritis
•Auto-immune conditions
Crazy, right?!
I feel sooooo much better today than ever before. My skin has cleared, my digestive system works better and I have more energy than ever before. It's not the easiest lifestyle to live, but neither were the miserable skin issues I suffered before.