Sweet winter treats that you don’t have to feel guilty about

During the holidays…and the winter months in general…sugary treats and beverages are EVERYWHERE!

When you visit friends and family, typically there is some sort of desert to tempt you.

Also, a lot of the classic holiday items tend to be full of sugar and other ingredients that sabotage your diet efforts and cause inflammation and stomach problems.

I have a couple different treats that save me this time of year, and help stay on my clean eating journey to control the autoimmune disorder that I have.

My first thing I want to share with you are baked apples! This treat can be made in so many ways, and it never gets old.

Heres my favorite recipe for them:

  • You will need Honeycrisp apples (or the apple of your choice if these are too sweet for you), cinnamon, butter, crushed walnuts, chopped up cranberries.
  • Cut the apples in half and scoop out a little in the center. In the center you will put some crushed walnuts and cranberries. Cover the top with cinnamon and a small shaving of butter.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F, and then place the apples on a pan in the oven. Let them bake for an hour. When done, let cool and then serve. It tastes so good and makes the house smell AMAZING!

Another recipe that I have come to love is my fizzy cider! This drink is pack with vitamins and minerals, and gives you energy to keep going through a busy day.

Heres my recipe for this yummy drink:

  • You will need water, a mug, cinnamon, and a stick of green apple fizz. (You can order your fizz sticks HERE)
  • Heat up the water, pour into the mug, and add a dash of cinnamon. Then pour in the fizz stick and watch the bubbly goodness. Tastes just like warm apple cider!

Keep you health on track and get ready for another amazing year!

Until next time 🙂

Consistency will bring results

Your efforts will shine through.

I keep telling you that my mentor is doing another course. It hasn’t even started yet and I am already getting results from the things that she is teaching us to do.

I had created a post in our group to celebrate my successes and so many people were cheering for me.

Then, I went to check my email this morning, and I found this!💥

My post was emailed out to our entire tribe‼️

I can’t even explain the excitement I feel from all of this.

I know you would be excited if your company was telling everyone about you too!

Everyday I work on being consistent and taking action.

It’s all coming together now.

I’m so great-full to the people have helped me on this journey.

I want to help you do the same❗️

I want to invite you to learn with me so you can start executing now👉http://BrookeOakes.myexecutionrevolution.com/

I know what’s possible.

I know you the passion you have in your soul.

I know that you want to take your business to the next level.

If you’re struggling, let’s chat and see how I can help!

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Hot chocolate and candy canes

My favorite treat in the winter months is hot chocolate.

It’s that one thing that just brings all the warm childhood memories to life again.

I have been making time specifically to watch some favorite movies and think about things that I did as a child.

Making sugar cookies, building snowmen, having snowball fights, and jumping in the snow with the dogs and my little brother.

We had these sleds that we use to pull each other around on…

and when we got to the top of the hill we would race to the bottom.

We always had candy canes on our Christmas tree.

We always had marshmallows in our hot chocolate.

Memories like these bring so many feelings.

This time of the year do yourself a few favors…

  • Spend time with your family
  • Enjoy the moments that you are in now
  • Create memories that you will cherish
  • Remember to relax and destress as well!

I started making my protein shakes as a hot chocolate with cinnamon an some candy cane crumbles.

Yummy, healthy and good for the soul.

It’s moments like these that I wish I didn’t live so far from my family.

There are a lot of miles between Tennessee and New York.

Hopefully sooner than later, my parents will be living so much closer.

I can’t wait!

I hope you have a happy holiday my friend.

Stop putting your goals on the back-burner!

Meeting your goals is all about taking action💯

One step at a time you can move forward…

But you have to take that first step.

When I started my health journey I was so worn out and frustrated.

I felt like the world had given up on me.

No one had answers as to why I could not stay awake, everything hurt and I could barely even eat. I felt like I had been run over by a truck.

Doing the same things everyday got me no where.

Then I learned about holistic healthcare and nutrition.

I found my way out.

✅I have more energy

✅I can do the things I love again like hiking and riding the horses

✅The brain fog is gone

✅I’m feeling so much better

Through the clean eating challenge I have been helping people find who they are and enjoy life again.

If you have been struggling and looking for answers…

If you just want to lose some weight and feel better physically and mentally….

Let’s chat and see how I can help👉 https://m.me/brookeoakeshealth

One change could be all you need to get your health on track.

#youaremadeformore

Holiday Temptations

Do you feel like during the holidays that everyone feels the need to bake all sorts of goodies?

Each treat is so pretty and you just want to try it because you feel that it is expected of you…and everyone else is eating it as well!

You have three choices….

  • One is that you can eat it and be mad at yourself later.
  • One is that you could eat half of the serving that was offered….but you still feel guilty later.
  • Or you could just say no. Did you know that this is acceptable?

Why is it that you find it so hard to say no? This is not only with food, but also whenever someone asks you to do something.

The word “NO” makes us feel like we are doing something wrong.

In reality you are doing something RIGHT!

I read this book called “Breaking Your Own Rules” by Jill Flynn with several co-authors. It is hard for women especially to say no to anything.

In reality you are standing up for yourself, preventing overwhelm, and helping your mental health.

Do you realize how important this little work is to your mental health and well-being?!

Peer pressure all to often controls what we do.

When you are placed in a situation where you know that you will be frustrated or overwhelmed after the event, step back and remember that you matter too.

Is it really going to matter to the other person after the fact if you said no? Maybe…

Will they shun you forever? Probably not…

So if you are working on your health goals through the holidays, remember that it’s OK to say “NO”. Other people are capable of eating the treats for you.

Your mind matters. Remember self care this holiday season!

Until next time 🙂

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What happened in my first clean eating challenge!

I know I didn’t cover my first challenge as often as I had wanted to in the beginning.

There are some great changes that came out of it though.

When I first started the challenge, my goal was to eliminate the sugar cravings and reduce stress eating.

I am a horrible stress eater. Sometimes the cravings are for chocolate, sometimes for salt, and sometimes just for something super crunchy.

I didn’t really notice much until just into my second week.

Normally around 3-4pm is when my cravings kick in.

In the middle of my second week, I realized that I hadn’t eaten the chocolate hummus that was in my fridge. I had bought it specifically for my cravings as a healthier option.

I had been drinking my fizzy stick as I was getting ready to take the dogs for a walk.

The fizzy sticks had taken place of the stress eating that would normally happen. Since these little gems are jam packed with vitamins and minerals, they were giving me the energy I needed to keep going without coffee.

When you give yourself good nutrition, there are so many amazing benefits!

Not only did I see a change in my eating and cravings, but I also had some visible effects on my body.

I had taken some measurements before the challenge…I should probably invest in a scale, but I don’t have one.

Before the challenge I was a size three with the following measurements:

  • Butt – 37 inches
  • Middle of my waist- 28 inches
  • Bust- 36.5 inches

After the challenge I am still a size three…but with some changes:

  • Butt- 37 inches
  • Middle of my waist- 27.5 inches
  • Bust- 36 inches

That’s pretty cool, especially since I didn’t add any strenuous exercise into it!

My skin also has it’s own changes!

I tend to get some acne on my forehead…it’s gone! I’m not someone who likes to wear makeup on my face, so everyone would always see when I’m having a breakout.

Now they get to see me without makeup…and without the acne!

After Thanksgiving I will be starting my second clean eating challenge.

My plan is to update you once a week on my progress.

If you want to take it with me, click here to contact me…or you can get started with the link on the side.

Until next time!

Day 14 of the clean eating challenge

I probably should have done more coverage over the past two weeks, but I wasn’t sure that there was enough to talk about at the time…

I am almost 2 weeks into the clean eating challenge now 🙌🏻

I had some trouble in the beginning as everyone does when they start changing their diet or introducing new supplements. I was a little bloated and my stomach just wasn’t cooperating.

I doubled up on my probiotics for a couple days and this definitely solved the problem! Things are back to normal again.

Because of all the antibiotics that I was taking for almost a year, my gut health is not the best.

I’m on my way to making it much better though!

Things that I have noticed so far…

I’m not snacking as much through the day

I’m drinking more water

I’m not as groggy when I wake up

My skin is clearing up in problem areas

Many health conditions are created or even made worse when your gut isn’t functioning properly.

I know clean eating sounds like a difficult thing to do.

Making gradual changes to your diet can make the transition easier. I was told that in the beginning to adjust 1-2 of my meals per day.

As time goes on, I have found that I’m not craving the sweets and snack that I was. This is because of the good nutrition going in and the build up of bad stuff being removed.

What’s holding you back from feeling better in your own skin?

Doubt is the thief of joy.

Let’s talk about how the 30 day clean eating challenge can transform your health and empower you to be your best🧚‍♀️

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Day 2 Clean eating challenge

Day 2 of the clean eating challenge 💖

We had a busy day of cleaning and barn chores.

It was so sunny and nice today! The dogs and I went on a three mile walk to reward ourselves for a productive morning.

I also got some pony time in and rode moose for a couple hours.

I was a little tired… but my fizzy sticks helped me get through the rest of my day ☀️ Now it’s time to enjoy the night!

What’s great about this challenge is that I love the people I am doing it with.

We each have things going on in our lives, but we are here for each other.

Keep the motivation flowing and always surround yourself with people who will support you💯

You will never see results unless you take the first step to get you there.🧚‍♀️

Day 1 Clean Eating challenge

If I want to be able to take care of those that matter to me, I need to take care of myself first!💯

whether you have children, or animals, or needy spouses… They all count on you to be there for them.☀️

I don’t want my health today to be what keeps me from caring for them or doing the things I love!🙄

So yesterday marks day one of my clean eating challenge!🧚‍♀️

even with the busy schedule there are ways to fit in healthy eating.

👉 Premade meals

👉 easy to make shakes

👉 water is your best friend

And if you think it’s too much work just remind yourself what it would be like to not have pain or if you could lose those inches that just won’t go away.

I will share with you my journey over the next month and if you feel like you want to tagalong just let me know! 💖

It’s time to recharge before the holidays!

☀️I am so excited☀️

On Monday I am starting a 30-day clean eating challenge with some friends😍

We got together and decided that we want to be able to enjoy the holidays without our health getting in the way.

There were many holidays where I just didn’t have the energy to keep up with the hustle and bustle. I didn’t want to spend time cooking for everyone because I wanted to sleep.

There were even days where I regretted the foods I ate because I felt so uncomfortable after it all.

Some of you may or may not know that I have been battling an autoimmune disorder😔

👉Joint pain
👉Fatigue
👉Brain fog
👉Stomach problems
👉Skin problems

For the next 30 days I will be eating clean and eliminating certain foods to improve my health.

I am so excited to see how much better I can feel!

I have been slowly getting my energy, muscle tone and stamina back to where it was before I was sick…but there are still days that I just struggle.

Now I will be working on cutting out the junk from my diet.

Certain foods can

😳make you gain weight
😳make you feel bloated
😳prevent you from fighting colds or the flu!

I’m looking forward to feeling better so I can enjoy the holidays and not worry about missing anything because I’m in bed sick.

This challenge is not about starving yourself, or eating foods that you hate. It’s about making smart choices and focusing on fueling your body with the nutrition it needs.

I know my girl Sara loves our time together and I plan on enjoying everyday.

I love hiking with her. I love going on long rides with the horses. I want to enjoy the things that I love.

Come watch us on our journey and let me know if you want to tag along 💖

 

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