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Cocoa Nut Truffles Balls

By, Jen Delgado No matter what time of the year it is, mostly everyone craves some time of sweets. The ingredient in these truffles are not only delicious, but they are sugar-free and best of all good for you.  These truffles are also, really easy to make and it makes for about 24 truffles. Drink it with  a Vanilla Eclipse Shake. Yummy!   INGREDIENTS: 1 cup of Raw Cashews, soaked for 20 minutes and drained well 1/3 cup of brown rice syrup ( you can substitute with raw honey, softened) Scant (meaning an adequate amount) 1/2 cup raw cacao powder) 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Pinch salt 3/4 cup dried coconut (unsweetened) To have a variety of Truffles you can add different toppings such as lime zest, orange zest, finely ground candied ginger, cacao nibs, or even dried coconut (unsweetened)   INSTRUCTIONS: Combine cashews and rice syrup in food processor, and process until smooth. Add cacao, Vanilla, and salt, and process until smooth. Add coconut, and process or pulse until well-incorporated, Taste and this way you can adjust the seasonings. Rest batter in the freezer for 20 minutes. Remove, and form into 1 inch balls, rolling each truffle thoroughly in coating, if desired. Store the truffles in the refrigerator.  


How Important is Prepping Your Meals Everyday?

By, Brett Bauer Whether if you are prepping for a show, or just wanting to maintain a healthy fit lifestyle, being prepared is one of the most important aspects. Having plenty of meals and snacks ready to go will help during a busy work week. Many times in moments of hunger is when one may reach for the first thing they see, which may not be the best choice of food. For some having a meal or two off of their plan will not be a big deal, to others this is what prevents them from reaching their fitness goals. If you have a busy work schedule, and don't have time to cook meals and pack snacks in the morning, try doing a prep on Sunday. Prepare lean meats such as chicken, fish, or turkey in a large batch. Bake potatoes or make some rice so then it is easy to grab a serving and pack for the day. For people who travel, packing separate meals in containers then freezing them is even an option. The less you have to do or think about will make staying on a nutrition program easier. With any goal fitness or non fitness related, it is always best to have a game plan and be prepared for that goal. Preparation has always been the key to success for any goal I was aiming for.


Post Cheat Day Tips

By, Brett Bauer Okay,  so you had a "cheat" meal, then that cheat meal turned into a day, or maybe even two. It can be hard mentally to get out of that mode and to not keep falling off your diet. Sometimes when you are on a disciplined diet for some time, a taste of sugar or calorie dense food you are not used to can make you crave more. This is why so many people can have a tendency to fall of their program and then not get back on. The day after you end up going off your diet ( whether it was a week, a month, or just a couple days long) it is always hard to get back on track. Your body is craving the junk or other food, appetite is up, you feel bloated, energy is low, and mentally might feel disappointed from the food debacle that might of happened. Well you have to break free of that slump at some point, so here are some usually "post binge" tips if you happen to had a food frenzy and are trying to get back on track:     That first day back is always the hardest, especially mentally. But just think in a few days you will feel better from once again eating clean and being on your normal routine. Your body will adjust before you know it. No one is perfect and most fitness conscious people go through it. Just take appropriate steps to get yourself feeling like yourself again!


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