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Have you Eaten your Veggies Today?

It is commonplace to hear a parent tell his/her child to eat their vegetables when at the dinner table.  Since vegetables are an important part of the Personal Trainer Food™ program, I felt it prudent to delve into the significance of these foods in your daily diet.  And what better place to find those fresh fruits and vegetables than the Southside Farmers Market.

Have you Eaten your Veggies Today?

Last week, I discussed the importance of water, as well as how crucial it is to keep hydrated.  I hope you were able to take stock in my words, and added more drinking water into your daily diet.  In doing so, you are changing your lifestyle for the better.  Vegetables are just as important.

When you enroll in the Personal Trainer Food program, your main concern is to lose weight.  As my Personal Trainer Food coach said, “weight loss is all about consistency and habit.  It is “making something sustainable for yourself long term.”  It is adapting a new lifestyle for yourself as you learn what foods burn fat, so you take off those extra pounds, as well as which foods you should eliminate from your diet all together.  Vegetables play an extremely important part in your diet.  On the REV plan, I eat three portions of vegetables a day:  one for lunch and two for dinner.  However, federal dietary guidelines recommend that you eat at least nine servings per day. Now, I care for most vegetables, okay not really most, but a lot, but to eat nine servings of vegetables a day would mean that I would be eating all day long.  I do not find those guidelines attainable for the majority of American families.

I have heard it said that variety is the spice of life, and it is definitely true with vegetables, as you have a choice on a daily basis.  The majority of the day-to-day used vegetables are very low in calories, and saturated fats.  These low-calorie but nutrient-rich foods help the human body stay fit, and free from diseases.

Did you know you should always purchase small quantities of your vegetables, so they will keep their freshness for a day or so?  Of course, you want to buy your vegetables that are bright in color and flavor, and feel heavy in your hands.  Look for blemishes, spots, fungal mold and signs of insecticide spray.  Buy whole vegetables instead of sections of them, also.  Buying your vegetables fresh ensures you receive the health benefits.


  • Reduced risk of many chronic diseases;
  • Dietary fiber from vegetables helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease;
  • May reduce risk for stroke, cancer, and type-2 diabetes;
  • Vegetables have generous amounts of vitamins to regulate metabolism as well as used to convert the fats and carbohydrates into energy;
  • Green vegetables have health-promoting benefits;
  • Can help to reduce high blood pressure and protects against cataracts and macular degeneration, the major cause of loss of vision among people over age 65;
  • Vegetables also have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check;
  • A vegetable rich diet can help protect you from arthritis, dementia, and can even help slow down your body’s aging process;
  • Your yellow and orange color vegetables are rich in Vitamin A, whereas dark-green vegetables are a good source of minerals, as well as anti-oxidants;
  • Vegetables hydrate your skin, helping to reduce wrinkles.

The aforementioned list is just a sample of the reasons why you need to eat your vegetables daily.  Vegetables provide a lot of the vitamins and minerals you need in your daily diet.


Week Three

This program is simply terrific!  I am so happy, even though I lost less weight this past week than in former weeks.  I learned from my Personal Trainer that this process is normal since my body needs to adjust to being at a new weight.  He stated, “weight loss is a nonlinear descent that requires necessary periods of equilibrium.” 

Although I have not taken any measurements throughout the program, I know I have lost inches, especially in my upper body.  I am able to detect this easily when selecting a blouse that I have not worn for a while, and after trying it on, I find the sleeves are loose on my upper arms.  My lower body is the hardest area for me.  This is the area where I usually gain the weight or inches first, and always the last area to lose the weight, or inches.  For health reasons, I cannot do any strenuous exercises, but I believe the more exercise that I can receive on a daily basis, the more toned my body will become.  Therefore, I am continuing to exceed my required 20-minute walks, or 2000 steps daily, when possible. 

I am pleased that I have lost a total of 13.8 pounds to date, which is a great start to my new lifestyle.  I feel good, and best of all, I think I look better, as well.  I contribute my great stride to the information that I am learning to live a healthier lifestyle from the Personal Trainer program, as well as the delicious food I received at the start of the program.  I would be remiss if I left out my Personal Trainer Coach, who has been a tremendous help, also.  He is always available by email to answer any questions I might have, as well as taking a genuine interest in my progress.


For my dinner or the supper meal, I have 2 serving of vegetables.  Two of my favorite vegetables are Green Beans and Lima Beans, although I find it hard to resist the Broccoli and Cauliflower, as well.  The Personal Trainer Food has a good selection of various vegetables from which to choose. 


The Garlic Butter Sauce that I received along with my food shipment from Personal Trainer Food spices up my plain vegetables.  Since I am not a gourmet cook, I just sprinkle a bit of the Sauce on my veggies for a change of pace.

Learn more about Personal Trainer Food™ through their social media sites:  Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

Keep positive.  If I can lose the weight, I know you can.  Check out the Personal Trainer Food website today, and take the first step to becoming a new you and living a healthier lifestyle.  In addition, do not forget to eat your vegetables today for all the health benefits they offer.


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How Do You Clean Your Salad Greens?

For our convenience, we can buy salads already prewashed in bags at the store but I wash mine anyway just to be safe.  Then there are times I go out to the garden and pick lettuce and other greens to make my salads.  It is always a hassle to wash the lettuce and then let it dry which takes much longer when you have a lot of salad greens. Ozeri has solved that problem with the SS1 Swiss Designed Fresh Spin Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl.

How Do You Clean Your Salad Greens?


For the purpose of this review, Ozeri sent me the GreenEarth Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl. I am kind of a nut when it comes to salads in that I like to wash the salad greens prior to eating.  When I do that though the lettuce is usually way to wet to serve straight away so it has to sit and dry for a bit but with the GreenEarth Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl, I can have the salad ready in a snap.

The Ozeri GreenEarth Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl was designed in Switzerland that has an ergonomic pump handle that requires no more than 2 or 3 pumps to reach its smooth maximum spinning velocity.  The salad spinner is a unique two-in-one BPA-free design features a removable colander and bowl that doubles as a food-safe elegant serving dish and features a non-slip base and handle that locks in place for storing.  The size of the colander is 4.24 qt and the serving bowl is 5.5qt size big enough to hold all you salad greens.  Has a non-slip base, made of food safe materials, bowl and colander are dishwasher safe and is super-fast to use.


The Ozeri GreenEarth Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl has a locking handle for storing the spinner and it is easy to operate simply by pumping the pump handle 3 to 4 times then if you want to stop the spinner from spinning you just push the stop button.  Gather your greens and place in the colander then wash with running water, place in the spinner bowl and attach the lid.  Unlock the lid and pump it up then let the lettuce spin all the water out.  When you have finished that, simply lift the colander out and drain the water from the bowl.  Then place your clean lettuce greens into the bowl and serve.  Simple huh?


Ozeri has several helpful products for your kitchen including, weight scales for measuring flour, sugar and the like,  thermo insulated glasses, Wine openers and more. The GreenEarth Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl has a 2 year warranty from the date of purchase against defects in materials or workmanship under normal use.

Check out Ozeri GreenEarth Salad Spinner and Serving Bowl and some of the other products available.  I know you will agree with me, the salad spinner is even better than sliced bread that every kitchen should have available.  Don’t forget the holidays are coming up.  Some like to receive gifts for their kitchen so why not get yours today.  Besides you could always drop a diamond ring down in the spinner as a real surprise.


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Personal Trainer Food Celebrates Super Bowl in Style

Personal Trainer Food Celebrates Super Bowl in Style


A Foodie’s Guide to a Fat-Burning Super Bowl

Are you ready for Super Bowl 50 this weekend? We can help keep you in the fat-burning zone without skipping the buffet!  Yup! With the big game coming up we all want to sit in front of the telle and eat especially if we are wondering if Payton will win and there is only a short time left before the final buzzer goes off.  You get nervous and start eating.  Below are a couple of wing recipes that you can enjoy during the game along with some of those wonderful fresh veggies we all love.  I have to say wings are a favorite of mine so I do plan to eat a few and the hotter the better.  Personal Trainer Food generously sent me the recipes for all to enjoy.  Thanks Personal Trainer Food!

Super Bowl Wings


1/2 C Vegetable Oil
1/4 C Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 t Onion powder
1 t Garlic powder
1 t Pepper
2 Pounds Chicken wings

Instructions:                                                                                                                                                                        Place the oil, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper in a large reseal able bag. Close the bag and shake to combine. Season to taste with pepper.

  1. Put the chicken in the bag with the marinade. Seal it, eliminating the air, then turn turn to coat the wings evenly. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Prep BBQ grill or oven grill for medium heat. Oil your BBQ grill or the pan you are using to grill in the oven so the wings don’t stick.
  3. Remove the wings from the bag, shaking off the excess. Grill, turning occasionally until the wings are cooked through and browned; about 20 minutes.
  4. Place the cooked wings in a large bowl. Set aside while you prepare the Fiery Sriracha Sauce (below).

Fiery Sriracha Sauce

1/2 C Butter
4 T Sriracha sauce
1/4 C Cilantro (optional, for garnish)
1/2 C Cool ranch dressing (for dipping)


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan. Whisk in the Sriracha sauce. Continue whisking until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  2. Pour the sauce over the wings and toss to coat.
  3. Arrange wings on a serving platter, garnish with cilantro, and serve with cool ranch dressing.

Savory Herbed Wings & Lemon Aioli Dipping Sauce


Savory Herbed Wings

Serves 4, can be prepped for the grill a day ahead.
4 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
2-4 T Chopped fresh oregano
2-4 T Chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 C Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Pounds Chicken wings


  1. Place the garlic, oregano, rosemary, and vegetable oil in a large resealable bag. Close the bag and shake to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Put the chicken in the bag with the marinade. Seal it, eliminating the air, then turn turn to coat the wings evenly. Chill in the fridge for one hour or overnight.
  3. Prep BBQ grill or oven grill for medium heat. Oil your BBQ grill or the pan you are using to grill in the oven so the wings don’t stick.
  4. Remove wings from marinade bag and grill, turning occasionally until they are golden brown; about 20 minutes. Arrange on serving dish.

Lemon Aioli Dipping Sauce

This easy sauce can be whipped up in 5 minutes while the wings are marinating or on the grill.
3/4 C Mayonnaise
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 t Grated lemon zest
1 T Fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:  Stir everything together and place in small dipping bowl.

Thai Wings & Fusion Dipping Sauce


Thai Wings

Serves 4, it takes only 30-minutes to marinate, so make these just before putting them on the grill.
1/2 C Oyster sauce
1/2 C Soy sauce
2 T Splenda Granulated Sweetener or Stevia in the Raw (or season to taste with your choice non-caloric sweetener)
2 T Vegetable oil
2 t Pepper
2 Pounds Chicken wings


  1. Prep BBQ grill or oven grill for medium heat. Oil your BBQ grill or the pan you are using to grill in the oven so the wings don’t stick.
  2. Place the oyster sauce, soy sauce, sweetener, vegetable oil, and pepper in a large resealable bag. Close the bag and shake to combine. Season to taste with pepper.
  3. Put the chicken in the bag with the marinade. Seal it, eliminating the air, then turn turn to coat the wings evenly. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. (This marinade is too salty to marinate any longer.)
  4. Grill, turning occasionally until the wings are cooked through and slightly charred; about 20 minutes. Arrange on serving dish.


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That is a loaded question and the answer is basically NO.  If you are wanting to stick with the program and lose the unwanted weight you need to follow the program.  Sure you can have a cheat day but you will pay for it in the long run.  You could gain weight which comes back on much quicker the cheating way than normally, you forget your purpose for trying to lose weight in the first place.  So if you don’t even consider cheating and it won’t be an issue and you will continue to reach your goal weight.  But you might want to read what the trainers are saying about it.

Fusion Dipping Sauce

1-2 T Chili pepper flakes
1/3 C Fish sauce
1-2 Cloves garlic, minced
1-2 T Thinly sliced green onion
1 T Lime zest
1 T Fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 t Splenda Granulated sweetener or Stevia in the Raw (or season to taste with your choice sweetener)


  1. Mix together the chili flakes, fish sauce, lime juice, and sweetener.
  2. Season to taste using sweetener or add more lime juice to balance flavors.
  3. Place in small bowl for dipping.

Meats are unlimited when you eat the Personal Trainer Food way– so eat ALL the wings you want!


So enjoy the game and may the best team win and you all know who I am rooting for!  Remember to keep up on your Personal Trainer Food Program because before you know it you will be ship shape and will wonder why you didn’t do it any earlier.   Until next time.  Think Thin!


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Weight Loss Essentials

Have you been struggling with your weight since the new year? Did you make a new year’s resolution to lose weight and you just can’t seem to get started?  Nutribuddy’s Weight Loss Starter Kit can help you get started and stay in the groove and finally lose those unwanted pounds.

Weight Loss Essentials


Nutribuddy sent me the Weight Loss Starter Kit that included a package of Nutribuddy Sculpting Whey, Nutribuddy Multivitamins, Nutribuddy Hunger Fix, Glucomannan 500mg Capsules and The Little Book of Weight Loss for the purpose of this review.

I have always been a firm believer that protein is the best thing you can do to build muscles and lose weight and the Nutribuddy Weight Loss Starter Kit can do just that.  I too have been struggling with my weight and wanted an extra kick to get started and the Nutribuddy Sculpting Whey as done the trick for me.  I simply mix one scoop into either water or milk to make a shake and drink it on the way to the gym in the morning.  I really like putting one scoop into 12oz of chocolate milk because it then resembles a chocolate shake you could get at the ice cream store.  It is so yummy.  I have noticed that it does help with my exercising and I seem to have so much more energy than if I would eat just eggs before I go to the gym.


I think that if you exercise, you need as much energy as you can get to get you through your workout.  I have been swimming and that uses several different muscles all at the same time so you are depleting your energy much faster.  But if you have a good start like drinking a Nutribuddy chocolate shake before you go and workout you have enough energy left over for other things once you are done at the gym.  The shake I make is about 33 grams of protein in just one shake.  The milk is 12 grams of protein and the milk is 21 grams for protein.  I only use whole milk because to me the other stuff just resembles water.


Then on top of that Nutribuddy shake you want to take one of the multivitamins which are good for your immune system plus there is energy to gain from those as well.  Multivitamins help to produce healthy blood cells and maintain healthy skin and eyes.  Nutribuddy Multivitamins have vitamin E, A, B1, B2, B6, B7, B12 and Folic Acid Zinc and Copper giving you a well-rounded multivitamin.


The Nutribuddy The Little Book of Weight Loss has a eating plan to help you achieve your weight loss goal.  There are recipes to help you plan a 5-day meal plan and a list of Do’s and Don’ts like do drink at least 2 litres of water a day, eat fresh vegetables and seafood, eat on a smaller plate and eat high fiber foods.  Some of the don’ts are don’t eat fast foods, don’t skip beakfast, don’t drink fizzy drinks (pop) and don’t eat refined carbohydrates.

Checkout Nutribuddy and look at Facebook for other testimonials and look at Twitter.   If you have been struggling with your weight since the new year and you made a new year’s resolution to lose weight and you just can’t seem to get started?  Nutribuddy’s Weight Loss Starter Kit can help you get started and stay in the groove and finally lose those unwanted pounds.


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Twenty-Eight Days & Counting is getting closer

Friday January 8th will be my 28 days of Personal Trainer Food Program and I am anxious to see how I have progressed over the time period.  I know that I have done quite well considering it was during the holiday season and I had to resist a lot of seasonal foods but I know that it has made a difference because I feel it in my energy level and how my clothes fit.  I even went out and purchased some new clothes which always make you feel good when you can purchase that smaller size.  Last week I gave you a before picture and a picture on the 20-day mark showing quite a difference in my size.  I am hoping to possibly drop another size if I can swing it.  I will just have to walk a bit more which always helps but I have to stick to eating all the right foods and not be tempted to have a donut or candy bar.

Now tonight I plan on having a burger for my supper.  I will fix my husband just a hamburger like he likes his and I will have the better 100% Angus beef burger from Personal Trainer Food Program. It is one of the best burgers I have ever had.  For a side I might add some broccoli or cauliflower and possibly a lettuce salad to complete my meal.


I have always enjoyed my breakfasts with egg and maple sausage or an omelet with maple sausage or bacon.  I haven’t even missed the bread because the breakfast is very filling and the maple flavoring on the sausage adds a bit of sweetness.


Have you thought about making your New Year’s Resolution and getting hooked up with Personal Trainer Food Program?  It is one of best ways to kick start your weight loss and you do it is such a way that you are not trying to do too much too soon which always makes you fail.  I know from experience that the Personal Trainer Food Program has helped me loose more weight than I thought could be possible and it was not that hard to follow the program.


This is the Teriyaki Chicken and mixed vegetables which was absolutely to die for.  That by the way is a regular size plate so the portion size is quite big.  Another one of my favorites was the meatballs which you can make a soup with or just eat them plain with your choice of vegetables.


One thing to remember is you always have a Weight Loss Coach that is ready to help you if you need it and you can eat a meal out occasionally.  Just remember to eat meats, eggs, leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables which means you can eat off most menus without worries.  That is what is so fabulous about Personal Trainer Food Program is the steps are easy you just have to follow them and you will succeed in losing weight and inches.

I plan on following Personal Trainer Food Program until I reach my desired weight and size of clothing I want to get back into.  I will follow up with you closer to Friday and let you know exactly how I did with the program.  Until then.