HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH TO ME! Gifts For You Starting With Level 3 Active

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I’m having an Oprah moment (LOL) and want to give away some of my favorite things during August, my birthday month! We’re kicking off the first week with an amazing pair of Limited Edition workout/yoga/pilates/bar/date with hubby/dancing with girlfriends/hanging at home leggings by LEVEL 3 ACTIVE, founded by my powerhouse girlfriend Melissa Rountree. She’s a fellow multi-passionate entrepreneur (thanks for the term, Marie Forleo) and after years of teaching fitness classes and never really finding the perfect unique workout clothes– she decided to design her own! Melissa selects fun, stylish, limited edition prints so you won’t see yourself coming and going in the gym. She also has thought-provoking statement tank and tee’s, tunics, sweatshirts, jumpsuits and MORE! If you like to stand out in your workout class and want to show off how good your bootie looks after all those squats, then you will love her leggings. They fit fantastic! $75. VALUE. 

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To make it a complete outfit, I’m adding a #TIFFIRMATION TEE of your choice!

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS:

  1. Share this blog post on your Social Media account (Twitter or Facebook)
  2. “LIKE” the Level 3 Active Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/level3active
  3. Post a comment on her FB page saying which leggings are your favorite! For example, “I love the red leopard leggings!!” 

GIVEAWAYS RUNS Aug 1st – 7th, 2016

WINNER ANNOUNCED Sunday 7th.

Good Luck and look for a new giveaway each week through August! It’s my way of giving thanks for ALL of your support this year.

Love & Ladyballs,

Tiff

 

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How to Start 2015 with More Confidence by Guest Blogger Tina Hamilton

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There are a lot of excitements and pressures that women feel at the beginning of a new year. Every woman feels the need to instantly dump bad habits, make a lot of New Year’s Resolutions and suddenly be a different person once that clock strives twelve. Of course, this is just not realistic. Goal setting is a great idea to help any woman achieve her dreams, but no one can change completely overnight.

One of the most important traits that any woman needs in order to set realistic goals and achieve those goals is confidence. So many women struggle with not feeling like they are important or capable of achieving greater things, but this is not true! Every woman should create the power within herself to make 2015 her best year yet.

Here are some tips to help you gain more confidence in 2015:

Start with positive self-talk

Every woman is guilty of it from time to time. Putting oneself down and saying negative things is simply not productive. Every woman should focus instead on building herself up, not tearing down with negative self-talk. This can be a difficult process for a lot of women, but it is something that everyone should be working on constantly in order to become the best version of themselves.

Create a comfortable and expressive style

It may sound silly, but dressing cute actually does help a woman’s self-esteem. More importantly, the saying ‘dress the part’ still holds true. If a woman wants to be more confident to impress a man, get a promotion at work, or for any other reason, she should dress appropriately to help get to that goal. Women should forget about following trends and wear things that make them feel beautiful and comfortable, investing in t-shirt bra styles and well-fitting items that will last a lifetime.

Move every day

Exercise is an important aspect of staying healthy and happy. People who get regular exercise are not only happier with their lives, but they are also more confident and outgoing. Everyone should make a point to get up and move every single day. This can range from a ten minute walk around the block to a 2 hour sweaty yoga session.

Find a teammate

Women often feel like they have to do everything on their own, and there is no one out there who would be willing to help them even if they asked. This is an unfortunate misunderstanding. Every woman can and should work to find a teammate or partner who can help them feel better about themselves and achieve their goals this year. This can range from a life coach to a good friend.

Try something new

It sounds a little ironic, but it is true that one of the best ways to feel more confident is to do something that one is not confident doing! By getting outside of their comfort zone and trying new things, women can empower themselves and gain the confidence they need to take on any new challenge 2015 has to offer.

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Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. Look for her on Twitter

STARTING YOUR DAY LIKE A QUEEN: Tiff’s Morning Menu [New Webisode]

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Hey Ms. Fit & Fab,

If you watched some of my webisodes from 2012, you will notice I was a bit fluffier. With the combo of stress and out-of-whack hormones that year, I packed on an extra 8-10 lbs. Some of you may not think that’s much weight, but on a smaller frame– it means I had to go up two jean sizes! OUCH! I got so sick of hearing myself complain about it and not being able to wear half my wardrobe- I had to make some changes.

As we get older, our metabolism and hormones change- who feels me– so we have to change our eating, exercise and supplement regimen along with it. 

On a daily basis, I began tracking everything I was shoving in my mouth with the awesome app called “Lose It!”. Do you have any idea the true amount of calories you eat in a day? I also knew that my power walks 4 times a week weren’t cutting it if I wanted to get serious about losing that 10 lbs. The app also helps you keep track of how many calories you burn during specific workouts, too. I used the app diligently for about 60 days and amped up my hikes and got back into power yoga, which I prefer for strengthening instead of weights. I had always lived a healthy lifestyle, but with the changes in my hormones and stress levels– I had to make the necessary adjustments. I remember the day I sheepishly went into my closet and decided to try on “THOSE JEANS”… you know that pair of jeans you have that you need be at your best goal weight to fit into? Yep, those! I had not worn them in two years. They went up over my hips and then the button fastened and VOILA- I zipped them right up!

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I guess the results are showing because I’m getting lots of comments on the last 3-4 webisodes asking how I stay so fit and trim. Well, thank you! *wink*  So, I decided to take you into my kitchen and give you a rundown of what I eat in a day. The morning is definitely the most important and will determine your energy levels throughout the day and how well you stay sharp and focused.  WATCH THIS:

Now, there a million and one recipes for making yummy protein shakes and smoothies. Many people like adding fruit and ice along with the protein powder in a blender. I’m just too lazy for all that and prefer just shaking it all up and downing it. If it’s too cold or icey- it takes me longer to drink, but to each her own, right. I consider this my jet fuel for the day and not a tasty treat. I’ve grown to like the funky flavor, especially when I started adding the apple cider vinegar.  Here’s a list of what I mention in the video:

1) TRADER JOE’S WHEY PROTEIN POWDER

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If you do not have a Trader Joe’s near you, check out your local health food stores and just start doing taste tests to find the one you like. Also, if you are a vegetarian and do not want to use whey (which is derived from an animal source, milk) then try hemp protein (which is a vegetable source derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant. No, it won’t make you high! Of course, I had to say that!) Here’s a great article on LIVESTRONG explaining both types.

2. ALMOND MILK

silk-light-almond-milk-couponThere’s much debate about Soy VS. Almond milk and when my hormones when crazy a few years ago, I learned that soy did not work for me. Supplementing with soy can be great for women of certain ages, but it can interfere with progesterone production. Both, soy and almond milk are great vegetarian alternatives to dairy milk. As I mention in my Hormonal Acne webisode- dairy products can increase hormones as well.

3. SUPER GREEN POWDER

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Various brands can be purchased at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and several online vitamin stores. The brand I show in the video is by Premier Research Labs which is recommended by my Holistic Doc, but I actually prefer the Trader Joe’s Super Green Drink Mix the best!

4. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

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You can add ACV to your shake or if it’s just too tart, you can also hold your nose and down a quick shot of it on it’s own. It has so many health benefits from anti-aging to slowing the growth of cancer cells to weight loss. I actually make a homemade salad dressing with it using olive oil and basic spices! Yumm!

5. FIBER

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Fiber is also a MUST for women (and men) because it supports our gastrointestinal tract. So many women have IBS due to stress or simply not eating enough fiber rich vegetables. I love this one by Genesis because of the additional supplements like Noni and probiotics.

6. RESVERATROL

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7. VITAMIN C POWDER

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Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid is the most powerful form of Vitamin C and is clinically more potent in fighting infections and strengthening the immune system. Several brands can be purchased on Amazon!

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I had to share this comment from YouTube! These are also great breakfast options. My hubby loves the protein pancakes. Thanks Ally!

“I usually have egg whites with spinach in the morning with either a piece of toast with peanut butter, a piece of fruit like an apple with or without peanut butter, or oatmeal with a mashed banana, apple, or alone with some cinnamon, too. Some days when I’m not usually low on the protein powder (like this week :/) I’ll make a version of protein pancakes. I’ll mix an egg white with half a mashed banana and half a scoop of protein powder, cook it like a pancake and top it off with some peanut butter and the other half of the banana sliced on top.”

I would love to hear if you have a yummy breakfast recipe.

COMMENT BELOW.

If you have girlfriends who complain of low energy or they skip breakfast, please share this info with them! Like I’ve said a million times now–

IT’S LIFE- CHANGING!

Love, Tiff

Ready to Lose the WEIGHT and the DEPRESSION? with Guest Blogger- Health/Weightloss Expert Rayo Cole

I am excited to be on this  journey with you towards better health!   I promise you that by giving yourself 30 days to TRY ON a new way of eating, you will lose weight and feel great!  As you know, I lost 70 pounds without surgery  or weight loss pills.

I no longer suffer from depression, anxiety, body pains and allergies.

This wasn’t my reality two years ago. I was angry, depressed and very overweight!  My diet plan changed my life and I am now eager to help many people solve their health issues by changing their diet. If you are suffering from obesity, low body weight, allergies, depression/anxiety or any other ailments, my diet plan is the answer you have been looking for! I am committing myself to you! Only thing I ask from you is to be 100% committed to your health and fitness. Are you willing to take the challenge? If YES, please proceed to the diet plan below.

Below you will find a sample diet plan and a healthy food list.  You have to commit to eating 5 small meals a day (eat every 3 hours), stay away from gluten laden carbohydrates (barley, wheat, rye, white flour products), high glycemic sugars ( agave, high fructose corn syrup, honey, evaporated cane juice ), soy, milk products, alcohol and processed foods. We are cutting these foods out because they have been found to cause: depression and anxiety, bloating and gas, inflammation, fatigue, headaches, aching joints, weight gain, poor concentration and mood swings.  These foods also cause cancer, liver issues, high blood pressure and many other health ailments. You will also have to commit to drinking 8-12  8 oz glasses of water per day, working out 5 times per week and taking a daily multivitamin. I recommend eating organic and non GMO products.

You will learn how to properly combine your foods to stabilize your mood and keep your blood sugar balanced. You will feel more: energetic, happier, no more inflammation/congestion, better digestion, no more skin issues, no more depression, mood swings and anxiety. You will finally feel what real HEALTH feels like!

Diet Plan For Women

Each of your 5 meals should contain proteins, gluten-free carbs, non-starchy vegetable and a fat.

How To Combine Each Meal:
*For weight loss, do not eat the starch at dinner time. *

1)Healthy Protein Options
4 oz or 28grams for breakfast, lunch and dinner and 2 oz or 14 grams for two small in between meals or snacks.

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Chicken
Beef
Turkey
Pork
Lamb
Eggs
Fish
Hemp Protein

2) Healthy Carbohydrate Options
1/2 cup  or 28 grams per serving for main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and 1/4 cup or 14 grams for two mid day snacks.

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Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Yams
Quinoa
Gluten free bread
Gluten free brown rice pasta
Brown or wild rice
Buckwheat
Beans
Lentils
Fruits
Plantains
Squash
Peas
Carrots
Corn
Beets
Pumpkin

3) Healthy Non- Starchy Vegetables Options
2 cups cooked or 4 cups raw for main meals and 1 cup cooked or two cups raw for snacks.

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Sprouts (bean, alfalfa, etc.)
Greens – lettuces, spinach, chard, etc.
Hearty Greens – collards, mustard greens, kale, etc.
Radicchio and endive count as greens
Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.
Bok Choy
Celery
Radishes
Sea Vegetables (Nori, seaweed)
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cabbage (or sauerkraut)
Mushrooms
Jicama
Cucumber (or pickles without added sugars)
Peppers (all kinds)
Scallions or green onions
Asparagus
Bamboo Shoots
Leeks
Brussels Sprouts
Snow Peas (pods)
Green Beans and Wax Beans
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Artichoke Hearts
Fennel
Onions
Okra

4) Healthy Fat Options
Fats: 1tsp liquid(oils) , 12-15 nuts, 1 tbsp nut butter or 1/4 avocado. For in between meals, make sure you divide a regular serving by half.

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Flax seed oil ( mix in smoothies, oatmeal, not good to cook with)
Olive oil ( best not to cook on high heat because it destroys the healthy properties)
Coconut oil ( great for cooking on high heat or eating it right out the jar)
Grape seed oil ( great for cooking on high heat)
Avocado ( 1/4 of a whole fruit)
Nuts ( 12 -15 nuts) No peanuts because it is a high allergen food
Nut butter ( 1 tbsp) ( eliminate if you want to lose weight)

Example of a typical day:

Breakfast:
2 eggs, 2 egg white
1/2 cup cooked plain oatmeal cooked
1 tsp flax seed oil
2 cup steamed spinach

Mid Morning Snack:
2 scoop  hemp protein
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tsp coconut oil
blend above items w/ ice for an amazing smoothie!
1 cup steamed broccoli

Lunch:
4 oz turkey/lean beef burger wrapped in lettuce and topped w/ lots of veggies
1/2 grams cup baked potato
2 cups sautéed cabbage in grapeseed oil
1/4 avocado

Mid Day Snack:
Same as mid morning snack

Dinner:
4 oz Grilled Salmon
1/2  cup brown rice
2 cups Brussels sprouts sautéed in
1 tsp grape seed oil

Desserts/treats:

Check out my previous blog on healthy  desserts and dig in!

You can still have your favorite foods! Just substitute them with better alternatives.

Other Healthy Habits:
Vitamins: Take a multivitamin
Drink 8 cups of water per day
Exercise 5 times a week (cardiovascular,weight lifting, and flexibility workouts)

I am here to support you! Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Rayocole@gmail.com

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Pizza, Pasta & Cheese…YES PLEASE! By Guest Blogger- Health/Weight Loss Expert Rayo Cole

Last month, I talked about healthy dessert options to satisfy your sweet tooth!  After losing 70 pounds on a gluten, refined sugar and dairy free diet,  I learned how to recreate my favorite foods and can eat cake, cookies, and ice cream without the guilt.  How about savory, starchy and salty foods? What are we supposed to do when we are craving pizza, macaroni & cheese and bread? Should we cheat and break our diet? These foods are a NO NO when it comes to losing weight, right? WRONG! This is a myth, the good news is you can have your cake and now pizza too! Recreating your  favorite dishes and removing the junk will keep your mouths happy without the extra pounds.

Remember to combine the following items with a protein source, non-starchy veggie and a fat at every meal. Combining foods and eating 5-6 times a day will keep your metabolism high and your fat burning machine revved up! The purpose of combining your food is to balance your blood sugar and keep it stabilized to avoid cravings, fatigue, irritability and mood swings.

Here are my favorite no guilt savory dishes.

Amy ‘s Rice Macaroni  and Cheeze:

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Macaroni and cheese is an all-time favorite because it is  yummy and an amazing comfort food.  While dieting, mac and cheese is usually avoided because of it’s fat, carbs and all of that gooey high calorie cheese. No worries, “Amy’s Rice Macaroni and Cheeze”, is gluten and dairy free! It will tantalize your taste buds without adding inches to your waistline. It is made of rice flour pasta with dairy free cheddar cheese. Your taste buds will not be fooled because it tastes like the real thing! It is cheesy, creamy and tasty without the guilt!

Z Pizza’s Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza

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Pizza is tasty,salty, greasy and very starchy.  It is  one of the guiltiest dishes to eat.  While dieting, pizza is usually  avoided  because one slice can rack up over 500 calories per slice!  Ouch! “Z Pizza”‘, makes gluten and dairy free pizzas which are less  calories than it’s  full fat cousin.  You can call your local franchise and they will deliver this tasty goodness right to your door!

Food For Life’s Gluten Free Breads

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Enjoy English muffins, tortillas  and  sliced breads with,  “Food For Life”, gluten  free  breads.  This line is great because their bread contains minimal ingredients and taste just like real bread without the  high levels of carbohydrates.  Enjoy burgers, wraps, toast, sandwiches and more!

Eating healthy and losing weight  while enjoying your favorite foods is easy! Enjoy pizza, pasta and breads without the added calories and guilt. Stock up on gluten free pastas, breads and flour and recreate your favorite dishes. Remember to keep it sugar and dairy free. A healthy cheese substitute is called, “Daiya Cheese”. You can find it in your local health food stores. Daiya comes in many flavors such as, cheddar and mozzarella.

Create your favorite gluten and dairy free recipes and submit it below. The winning recipe will be featured in my next  blog!

Enjoy Beauties!

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FITNESS FRIDAY: No Sarong Zone!

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Hi Fab Friends!

Swimsuit season is officially here! Did anyone cringe having to get into a swimsuit for the 4th? Well, we can stay covered up in our sarong OR we can get our butts outside for a run/powerwalk OR to the gym OR do a workout video from the comfort of our living room. I love my sarongs and will always wear them because it’s classier to cover up a bit then to let it all hang out. But, with that being said– I believe we should set the necessary fitness goals so we can walk around the pool confidently, no matter what.

A few days ago, I tried a new workout spot called Pop Physique.  (Thanks Julianna. I can barely walk today!) It’s very similar to Bar Method and Pure Barre. They have locations throughout Cali and are opening new locations all over the US. I had to share it with you because these moves will tighten and tone those jiggly areas super fast giving you more confidence to drop that sarong sista. If you want that long, lean look instead of bulky muscles, this workout is for you! I had to get up the nerve to go into the full hour class so I tried this 10 minute video at home a few times first. Check it out and get ready to feel the burn…

 

Here’s a few other effective workout videos I like.  This arm workout by Tracy Anderson is unlike anything I have EVER done before. It looks easy, but whoa mama- the burn starts immediately!

 

I love these Tone It Up girls!  Their videos are fun and you feel like you’ve escaped to the beach. This ab workout is fantastic!

 

As always, I love sharing things I find helpful. Let me hear your thoughts!

Like, comment + share this post if it inspired you.

Enjoy the long weekend sistas.

Love, Tiff