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Protein Bars: Reading Beyond the Labels

Most folks will look at an ingredient label and immediately gravitate over to the “Fats, Carbs & Protein” categories to compare. While that is a great start, those numbers only tell a small portion of the story.

For those of you wanting to level up your nutrition sophistication, I’ll share what ELSE to look for and WHY.

Protein Bars Healthy Comparison

PROTEIN 101:


Most folks don’t realize that as a society, we are more deficient in fiber and nutrients than we are in protein. Which makes it super ironic we are all in search of more protein sources in foods, shakes and bars. When in reality, we desperately need more fiber and nutrients per calorie.

Do you know how much protein you need each day? The average for a sedentary man is 56g and for the average sedentary woman…..46 grams per day. The more active you are, the more you should consume, but I’m guessing the majority of us are just fine with our daily protein consumption.

Also, protein isn’t just found in animals. Many plants, nuts, and legumes contain protein. In some cases, even more than animal products. Plant based proteins are beneficial because they contain more vitamins, minerals and fiber than animal protein. Calorie for calorie, plant based protein packs way more of a protein power punch in its nutrition profile.

Where companies cheat with protein…is with processed SOY. Not only is processed soy very similar to its GMO-franken-food cousin corn, processed soy is also very, very cheap for food companies to manufacture, which increases their profit margin.

Nutritionally, processed soy, also known as soy protein isolate, has none of the carbs, fat or fiber that makes natural soy so healthy. What it does have is a high concentration of isoflavones, which can increase human estrogen levels. The studies go back and forth on the saftey of soy. The concern is that the increased estrogen levels may increase/exacerbate breast cancer, thyroid problems, and dementia. Because soy is so cheap to manufacture in food, like corn, it is found in many sources of food you may not even realize. Personally, I prefer to choose companies and products that avoid processed soy and choose a cleaner plant protein source.


CARBS/ FIBER 101:

Not all carbs are created equal.

In fact, we need FIBER carbs! The minimum ratio is for every 10 carbs there should be at least 1 gram of Fiber on the label. The more fiber/ carb, the better!

The average man requires a minimum of 35 grams, and woman, 25 grams of fiber per day. On average, we consume 5-6/ day. Personally, I shoot for 50-60 grams of fiber per day.

Why the fuss with fiber?

One, fiber is an appetite suppressant.

Two, it keeps your bowels moving.

Three, its acts as a “scrub brush” cleaning out the processed trash that gets lodged in our GI tract.

Four, nutritionally, high amounts of daily fiber has been shown to reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Many fibers, are packed with nutrients/minerals and vitamins as well as….PROTEIN.

Here’s a list of fiber packed foods, and all the additional benefits of consuming fiber.

If you have ever done a low carb diet before, you have heard “Deduct the fiber from the total carbs for your net carbs”. Fiber isn’t digested. It goes THROUGH you, not IN you. So the carbs from fiber don’t get absorbed.

Bottom line when it comes to carbs, the more fiber…the better, baby! The higher the ratio, the stronger the product!


SALT 101:

Like carbs, fats and proteins, not all salts are created equal either. Himalayan salt’s unique process of crystalization aides in the elcotrolites opening the cell walls to aide in you absorbing minerals. Unlike cheap iodized table salts, Himalayan salts have a list of health benefits.


So back to the “protein bar” comparison. There is much more nutritional quality & balance in the Beach bars. The fiber/ carb ratio, the protien source and the salt source, specifically.

Are they more expensive? Well…yes. They weren’t designed to be cheap. They were designed for the nutitional geeks that know how to read beyond the basics & happily pay for that sophisticated quality.

Consuming a snack like this is ideal, because like any of the best quality foods, you ideally want to get the most nutrition per packed calorie, possible. The beach bars make it super simple and ridiculiusly delicious.

There are many choices of bars on the market. I hope after reading this that you too are more savvy in reading beyond all the labels in making the best choice for you, without being duped by what these companies are hoping, you don’t know!

Cheers to great health & sustained vitality!

Seay

Certified Holistic health Coach, IIN



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What to consider when you start your own business

Where can you be FINANCIALLY, four years from right now???

You are here because you have a desire to earn more income.   Like me, your probably are willing to WORK and SACRIFICE for that lifestyle, but you also want to know that it is affordable, brings significance, freedom of lifestyle and/ or  can create success.  

I share this breakdown with you, because I have TRIED ALL FOUR of the major ways to build a lucrative career.  This is important because you will have people DOUBT the network marketing business model.  I had those people.  heck, I even was one for a very long time.  

Let's look at the four main options you have to build the rest of your life in four years...

COLLEGE,

CORPORATE AMERICA,

PRIVATE BUSINESS OWNER and

NETWORK MARKETING

I’ve done them ALL so can first hand- share this insight and experience with you……

<< And this perspective may completely change the way you invest in how you spend your next four years. >>

I want to take you on a look back on how I have invested four years.  You may even be doing some of these RIGHT NOW.... 

COLLEGE:

In this four year investment I earned a Bachelors degree. I gained knowledge, life long friends, and graduated with a career at a psychiatric hospital making 20% over minimum wage. I was lucky- most of my friends spent months looking for employment after graduation. I had 80k in student loan debt and it took me ten years to pay it off. I would do college all over again, as it helped me become who I am today, but as far as the return for those four years, it was a financial loss. I don’t even USE the specialty I spent four years learning.

We go into college committing to a 4 years plan, with dreams to find a good career working 40 hours a week for the next 40 years…..which leads me to:

A CAREER:

After college I worked for several Fortune 500 companies. First, Enterprise Rent A Car earning my up to Branch Manager, and then most notably, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals. They gave me a free car, fuel, and computer. They also gave me a good salary and incentive for bonus. All the perks were luxurious and appreciated. The luxury perks also tightened the "corporate handcuffs" on the lifestyle I grew to expect. So I stayed....
They also owned my time and knew I needed this career with all of it's perks. The longer you stay, the harder it is to walk away. So you sacrifice. 

I missed a lot of my two daughter’s little years. They were in daycare from 6 weeks old. When I was home, I was usually too tired to play with them.

We had money for vacations, but rarely had the time or energy to take them. My husband and I took “stay-cations” to catch up on projects around the house and just relax. I also used most of my vacation days to stay home with my sick daughters as day care often made them sick more often, than healthy. It also took a toll on my marriage. My then husband and I were “burning the wick” at both ends and eventually, we became emotionally disconnected. 

Additionally, in those four years, every time there was a company re-alignment, merger or buy out, I never knew if I’d keep my job. As co-workers, we were competing against one another for promotions and it got really ugly and cut throat at times. It wasn't always a positive environment. I pushed to be a high performer strictly out of fear, not inspiration. I knew the best chances of job security came from being a top producer. So I had to do more than the others were willing. And even with great numbers, top corporate producers earn an average of a 3% raises every year. 

I will add this, change is inevitable in ANY industry. Many of us are being replaced by technology. For my industry, the FDA created more restrictions on pharmaceutical reps, and I wasn’t secure my industry would be around. I realized no jobs are ever “safe”.
I have never been a slacker, but I remember the thinking after four years waking up to the alarm clock in Corporate America, could I really live like this for another 40 years? 

SELF EMPLOYED:
After the sun set on my corporate career I was highly motivated to run a business on my own terms. I didn't want a BOSS and I wanted freedom and to call my own shots. By societies standards, my husband and I did the next most accepted option….
In 2010 we launched our own business, Stanford Motor Vehicles. It was a small used car lot. 
That business cost us 30k to start by the time we leased a building, paid for the license, insurance, accountants, furniture, tags, advertising and of course, buying a few cars to sell. 
Our over head every month was several thousand before we earned a penny profit. There were some months that we lost money and couldn't pay either our business or personal bills. That sucked. 

We had a ton of financial risk and we had to be there all the time. If we didn’t work, we didn’t get paid. And we couldn’t afford to outsource anything. We did everything from washing the cars, the paperwork, the advertising, going to the auctions to find cars, customer service, website, etc. 
We had autonomy, but it took years to finally earn money after paying back the 30k loan and all the credit card debt we accrued for all the months of losses in the beginning.
Four years later, although Stanford Motor Vehicles is finally profitable, it hasn’t given us the freedom or income we had hoped owning a private business would.

So where did I find the highest return for my time, while creating the quality of life I longed for? The next four years....

NETWORK MARKETING:
Ok- I’m going to be brutally honest. 

- I once thought network marketing was for losers that couldn’t get real jobs. 

- I thought the model was a joke. Not because I knew it to be, but that I had heard it to be. (People that fail in this industry create the most vocal noise and spread more negativity and excuses than successful people. Why? The successful people are too busy WORKING on their BUSINESS!!!)

- I thought people couldn’t really make decent money. I mean, not like the “REAL” money I was earning at my pharmaceutical career.

At my FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY in my Network Marketing Investment and compared to my previous “four year investments” I can say this:

- Network marketing doesn’t give a CRAP what you did in your past. Whether you are a college educated top performer in corporate America or a high school dropout waiting tables. It doesn’t care if you are 25 or 75. If people have the vision, passion, consistency and drive, I’ve seen them succeed. Your past and age does not define you. 

- Compared to what I experienced with Stanford Motor Vehicles (and college), the start up cost in Beachbody is minimal. Like under $200, period. You can start earning from your very first sale. To think of what I spent on my degree and starting up our car lot, that little amount is negligible. So even if you don’t plan on leaving your current career, or if you are a stay at home mom, you can still augment your household income by several hundred dollars a month, and who couldn’t use that?

- My family has more FREEDOM than we ever imagined. So much to the point that we lived in Europe for THREE MONTHS the winter of 2015, while continuing to run my business. Just because we COULD. WHO ELSE DO YOU KNOW HAS DONE THAT????

- Unlike college, after THIS four year investment, I have no debt and a great business to show for my four years of effort. And, an income that with time and consistency, has grown into the top 1% in all of American households. And here I thought pharma was the dream income….

- Network Marketing has changed from what it USED to be. As medicine, technology and hopefully YOU have evolved over the years, so has the network marketing industry. It’s truly a brilliant business model now. 

I am not sharing this to brag or dis what you do. I am sharing to ENLIGHTEN you on what is out there. I’ve BEEN THERE- I’ve invested four years of my life for a degree, for a career and for a dream of owning my own business. I can say from my own PERSONAL LIFE EXPERIENCE, that an opportunity to have TIME, MONEY and FREEDOM exists in a way that you may not realize. It’d be selfish to not share what’s possible, with you.

Let’s pretend that today could be your DAY ONE. You are going to be FOUR YEARS from now anyway. Are you investing your time and effort into something:

- that gives you purpose and are passionate about?
- has unlimited earning? 
- you can pass on to your children? 
- you can build all from your mobile phone?


If you answered “No” to any of the above, and want MORE out of life, I want to be a part of your next FOUR YEAR JOURNEY. My entrepreneur training is TOP NOTCH and the Success of my team speaks for itself. 

Where will you be four years from now?

Asking questions and showing interest is FREE, so why not ask…that’s what entrepreneurs do

👉🏼 Each month my team looks to mentor 15 people that are DONE with sitting on the bleacher's and are ready to do the work and BE IN THE GAME.  

If you want the freedom of running your own business with training by experts to help you succeed, and the support of an entire group of like-minded entrepreneurs, fill out the application below and I will connect you with a leader.

Seay Stanford

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Tastey Tuesday and Artificial Flavors ⚗️

TASTEY TUESDAY!!!
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Hey Loves :-)
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By now as we near an end of this group you've hopefully found some pretty amazing recipes that TASTE fabulous!
Taste is such a HUGE part of satiation and I wanted to share what many food companies do to foods, drinks and candies and sauces do to "Cheat" or "heighten" the taste of their products. 
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If you've ever thought "Eh...heathy food tastes BORING" that's because your taste buds have been duped into thinking food is supposed to taste like a chemically made "blueberry" flavor. 
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ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS are cleverly added to it to create that "POP" of flavor in your mouth, and keep you coming back for more. Its been cleverly, DESIGNED that way.

The GOOD news is that you can retrain your taste buds to know what real food tastes like, by phasing out the artificial flavors, resulting in more of an appreciation and desire for the real thing. If you've ever done a natural food cleanse, you'd find that the natural foods you eat actually start BURSTING with flavor. :-)
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Now for the science dork, nutritionist, prior pharmaceutical rep and health advocate in me to chime in so this may only be of interest to some of you -and that is Ok :-)
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You may think, "WHO CARES that my food has artificial flavors!!! Im not concerned about knowing what real vanilla or strawberry tastes like!" That's understandable, but maybe some of the health problems RELATED to these artificial flavors may an interest or explain a few symptoms to you and your littles. 
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Artificial flavor chemicals can cause different allergies and conditions such as hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder in people who are sensitive to specific chemicals. Foods containing these additives can cause asthma, hay fever and certain reactions such as rashes, vomiting, headache, tight chest, hives and worsening of eczema. 
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They may affect RNA, thyroid, and enzymes (affecting RNA can cause tumor growth). I know that part feels alarming but most have NOT been studied for safety or toxicity.

Artificial flavors are synthesized chemicals that don't even have common names. Most artificial flavorings are derived from petroleum and contain many chemical ingredients, not just one. Unfortunately, many of those chemicals can be volatile to our health.
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Here's the take-a-way: Its not likely you will be able to eliminate all artificial flavors in your food choices. 
I don't. 
But you can be way more STRATEGIC and reduce them in your family's food, candy, cereals and drink. :-) And you will notice, with the right ingredients and spices, REAL food will DAZZLE your taste buds and keep you rockin your YOUTHFUL HEALTHY VITALITY :-)
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PS- Remember that all natural superfood shake I keep raving about??? Yep- NO artificial flavors ;-)
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Happy HEALTH and TASTEY Tuesday <3

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Be AUTHENTIC...

⭐️For better or worse- Be totally AUTHENTIC.

🙈 Ha- if you know me, you know I suck at conformity. Even as a kid, I'd dance my own dance, even if it wasn't not popular. I have always preferred doing things by my own terms and inspiration.

Being in a leadership role for the majority of my life, through sports, careers and projects, I understand the importance of leading with one's strengths. I enjoy helping you discover your strengths so you that you develop those.

🏆 I WANT to see you embrace your unique thoughts and intellect, because I know those will EMPOWER you. I want to support you while failing forward and help grow into your own confident leader.

🏆 I want to hear what you have to say, not what you THINK I want to hear.

🏆 Insecurity is bred when you are not authentic and lack of originality stops you from SOARING. My intent is for you to become a more REFINED and stronger version of YOURSELF.

🏆 I want you to create a VISION for your life, and choose friends that fuel your soul, regardless of rank, profession, looks, popularity or financial worth. Know that- if someone wants you to be like them, do as they say and have you do things their way, IT WILL HOLD YOU BACK.

🏆 Give yourself credit to the value you can add to others, when you believe in and TRUST your own thoughts. There is little else that gives me greater reward than seeing you embrace your unique God-given strengths and applying them to achieve your OWN greatness.

🏆 Leadership isn't about doing it one way, being popular, or being agreeable, its about helping you discover and trusting YOUR VOICE so you can achieve your own VISION of GREATNESS.

👉🏼 Be the VOICE, not the Echo.

😶 Do you feel you've lost your voice somewhere along the way in life or maybe that your voice hasn't been fully discovered because no one has BELIEVED in you.

🏆 My vision of leadership is not just about you growing a business and having freedom, it's more about GROWING YOU as a PERSON. Because, let's face it, the business grows---> when YOU DO.

👉🏼 I'm looking to mentor people that are DONE with sitting on the bleacher's and are ready to do the work and BE IN THE GAME.

#RefineYourLife

Seay Stanford

Seay Stanford

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A soccer mom, looking back..

Seay Stanford Soccer

⚽️ Hello old friend. It’s been four long years since we’ve hung out.

⭐️ Ya’ll may or may not know that I played soccer most of my life. A little known fact about me is that in 1992, my sophomore year of college I was the 3rd leading scorer in the Nation, in Women’s Soccer, NCAA. I played for a Division 2 school in Charlotte, NC. 🏆

I was kinda a little 5’2” badass back in my day.

🇬🇧 The LOVE for this sport was what INITIALLY connected my British hubby Neil and I in conversation when we met randomly at a bar 10 years ago. 
💗 We later played club TOGETHER for several years until in 2014 when I started dealing with pain & fatigue from Breast Implant Illness and gaining too much weight.

This week, in our online couples fitness group, we had to share our first BIG GOAL and what achieving that goal, would mean to us. 🧐

🎯 My answer came to me in a NANOSECOND …. my LOVE and LONGING for this little black and white beauty was the FIRST THING I saw me returning to and felt in my heart.

Maybe it was because of world cup, but gosh I felt me missing this game so much. 😢
Right now I’m too heavy for my joints to play, but...my first BIG goal when I lose 20 of my 40 pounds is to reunite with this old friend.

Even if it’s just briefly.

If you’ve grown up competitively playing a certain sport your entire life you KNOW EXACTLY what I mean.

There is NO FEELING quite like the one your heart feels after lacing up and stepping back on the old pitch, track, field, ice, court, ring or whatever space you once FREAKING OWNED. 🏆

Two months. That’s my goal. I’m laser focused on YOU.

We WILL reunite, once again my dear ole friend.

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Pesto Spaghetti Squash

Pesto Spaghetti Squash 2B Portion fix recipe

Pesto Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Total Time: 16 min

Prep Time: 5 min

Cooking Time: 11 min

 

1 Large Spaghetti Squash (3 to 4 pounds)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped tomato

1/2 cup Parmeseam Cheese

1/3 Cup fresh chopped basil

1 to 2 tsp fresh lemon 

1 TBL prepared pest sauce

1)  Place whole spaghetti squash in microwave, cook on high for 3 min or until tender enough to cut length wise

2) Once sliced in half, use a fork to remove the seeds from inside of spaghetti squash halves; discard seeds

3) Place both halves of spaghetti squash in microwave; cook, on high for 6-8 minutes or until you can easily remove spagehtti strands with a fork.  Drain.  Place in large bowl with onion, tomato, cheese and basil.

4) Combine lemon juice and pesto in small bowl; whisk to blend. Pour over cooked spaghetti squash.

 

 

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Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

This sinfully delicious Spaghetti Squash Lasagna is made with all-natural marinara, part-skim ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, and healthy spaghetti squash.

 

 Prep Time 15 mins

 Cook Time 1 hr 17 mins

 Total Time 1 hr 32 mins

 Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small spaghetti squash (approx. 3½ to 4 lbs.)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 cups all-natural marinara sauce
  • 3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups lean meat of choice
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  3. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membrane. 

  4. Place spaghetti squash, cut side down, on baking sheet. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until tender.   I like to drain it so its not so watery after baking.

  5. Reduce oven temperature to 350º F.

  6. Scrape spaghetti squash flesh into stringy noodles.

  7. Lightly coat 4-quart baking dish with spray. 

  8. Evenly layer half spaghetti squash, half marinara sauce, and half ricotta cheese in baking dish. Repeat with second layer.

  9. Evenly top with Parmesan cheese.  

  10. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

  11. Garnish with basil (if desired).  

Spaghetti Squash
2B mindset Portion Fix Lasagna
Seay Stanford

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