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First Goal for 2018: 80 Days of Healthy Living

As I sit and reflect on all the changes 2017 brought , I am eager to start a little goal setting an getting back to a routine.

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I have enjoyed many a holiday cookie and party appetizer and washed it all down with a hefty cocktail these last few days of the year, and now I am looking forward to re-focusing back on my overall health & fitness!! Who is with me??

If you have been looking for an easy way to jump-start the process for you this month, look no further! Advocare has just introduced an 80 day system designed to not only kick start your journey, with their 24-Day Jumpstart, but it includes an easy maintenance plan as well. It’s called Advocare One/80. It’s a common-sense eating and exercising plan, with additional supplements to support your overall health.

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It’s simple- you choose your flavors and the packages are set to ship to your doorstep. You are now ready to start 2018, with at least 80 straight days of supported nutrition and community with the Facebook Group I have started . We can all keep each other motivated, share clean-eating recipes, know-how, great ideas,  and I can give you any product help- or I can point you in the right direction if I don’t know the answer!

I was pretty much on my own when I did my first challenge and for the months that followed it, not partnering with anyone who was doing it at the same time.

It was a lot of experimenting and finding out what I thought worked best for me. When I look back I really wish I had some guidance and someone to keep me accountable and just tell me what to do next. If someone says DO THIS and shows me how it’s worked for them….I am ready to go!! I don’t want any of you to stop at day 25 (After the 24-Day Challenge is over) and find yourself giving up because you felt totally lost and not knowing what is next.

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I will be posting here throughout the challenge but if you want to follow along, I highly encourage you to join the Facebook Group => Hardly A Goddess Healthier Living with Advocare

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Well be talking meal planning, recipes, exercises, product information, and just generally bouncing ideas off each other and learning and sharing a lot of great information! I so look forward to the routine of this planned 24 days, and beyond, in keeping my healthy self on track and motivated.

If you want to order your challenge or the One/80, Check out my separate Advocare websiteor email me at hardlyagoddess@gmail.com, or leave a question in the comments for more information.

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Why do I love it? It focuses on good nutrition and physical activity. This is a common sense approach to living a healthy lifestyle and I have had great results with several of their products.

I hope you’ll join me in getting healthy in 2018 and I look forward to seeing you on Facebook too! And, as always, it’s never ever too late to join in!

Disclaimer: This information does not constitute nutritional advice or counseling. Please see your doctor before starting any nutritional program. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health.

15 clean eating dinner ideas for advocare

15 Clean Eating Dinner Ideas for Advocare

Following a new eating plan is hard enough without having to re-create new recipes for your family that you can actually eat too. I do not want to make more than one meal a night if I don’t have to!

I find that these are good recipes to use for the Advocare plan, but are also easy to adjust to make for EVERYONE. Eating on Advocare is really just eating what I normally do except limiting the dairy, sugar, and white-bread- I still have potatoes and rice on the plan, in portion control, but if I need to add a carb for the kids like pasta, I will make that and adjust what I am eating. Here are my ideas with links to recipes that I have on the blog:

  1. Healthier Baked Meatballs & Sauce with sauteed kale

  2. Pulled chicken breasts with BBQ seasoning (not sauce) over a baked sweet potato

  3. Veggie ratatouille over spiralized noodles

  4. Crockpot Balsamic Chicken Breasts over rice

  5. Indian Curry Chicken & Veggies over rice

  6. Chicken “No-Parmesan” with sauteed zucchini

  7. Bunless Burgers with baked potato fries

  8. Turkey Chili

  9. Roast Chicken with vegetables

  10. Steak on the grill with Grill Potatoes

  11. Baked Fish with quinoa salad

  12. Sheet Pan Pork with roasted vegetables

  13. Skillet Double-Pepper Pork Chops with roasted cauliflower

  14. Cajun Shrimp & Veggies with Rice

  15. Skillet Cabbage with Rotisserie Chicken

You can also follow my Advocare Pinterest Board, which includes a lot of great recipes that you can use for Weight Watchers, 21-Day Fix, Whole30, Paleo or other plans without too much adjusting.

If you’d like to check out more about Advocare, I outlined it in this post, and you can also check out the full 1-7 day meal plan to get you started, or as you know I sell it too (see full disclosure), so you can check out all the products on my site. 


Healthier Baked Meatballs & Sauce with sauteed kale (just leave out the pasta!!!)

Healthier Italian Meatballs

Veggie ratatouille over spiralized noodles

Ratatouille

Of course, you will wonder: there is spinach in this? No…but I added it, because I had it and it is green and pretty, and I loved it. Feel free to add it too if you have it, but it isn’t required for the recipe!

Bunless Burgers with baked potato fries

Kid-Friendly Baked Potato Fries

Turkey Chili

whole 30 chili

Whole 30 Chili

Sheet Pan Pork with roasted vegetables

pork loin filet

Skillet Double-Pepper Pork Chops with roasted cauliflower

double pepper pork chop

Skillet Cabbage with Rotisserie Chicken

cabbage saute

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Easy Cabbage Saute & Advocare 24-Day Challenge Meal Plan

fast and easy cabbage sauteI thought since, I have been following my Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link) all week, that I would share my meal plan for the week along with a super yummy, and vegetarian dish to make, Cabbage Sauté. This is a go-to side dish that I make a lot, but particularly now on the 24-Day clean eating plan. You will love it as a side dish too, but you can add some brown rice and a protein like tofu (or chicken) and this is a complete and delicious meal.

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

Easy Cabbage Saute

Easy Cabbage Saute

Under 5 ingredients, and minimal chopping make this a great vegetable to serve up for a weeknight dinner!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp.olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 head of green cabbage
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp.Bragg Liquid Aminos or Coconut Aminos*
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Rough chop the cabbage into chunks. Add to the pan.
  3. Peel and shred the carrots. Add to the pan.
  4. Peel and dice the onion. Add to the pan.
  5. Add the aminos and pepper and cover, continuing to cook until wilted and lightly caramelized, for about 10 minutes, stirring half way through.
  6. If you need to, continue to cook with the lid off for 5 additional minutes until done.
  7. Serve.

Notes

*Bragg's Liquid Aminos and Coconut Aminos are soy-sauce alternatives. You can certainly use soy-sauce, or tamari if you prefer.

**Make it a meal: Serve with grilled chicken or tofu, and rice.

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This is a good go-to recipe, because, even if you don’t plan for it, cabbage keeps in the refrigerator for a really long time, and everyone has carrots and onions around most of the time. I like this recipe for breakfast with an egg on top, or if I add Addell’s chicken sausage with apple (no dairy). Or for dinner, if I am eating only this, I would add grilled chicken, or the chicken sausage, or tofu and whatever leftover rice I have. I like that it is great to just have around so I am not worried about what to make. It is perfect for clean eating, Whole-30, Advocare, or Paleo eating.

Now some background on eating while doing the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link), because they want you to eat every 3-4 hours. That is 3 meals, and 3 snacks. Lots of food, so you have to be ready to know what you can eat!

The basic dietary suggestions of the challenge are the following:

Eat More:

  • Veggies: salads, steamed, roasted
  • Fruit: fibrous and low glycemic choices (apples, grapefruit, berries)
  • Healthy Fats: avocado, nuts/seeds, olives/olive oil
  • Clean Proteins: feed muscle and reduce appetite (tuna and salmon will aid in cleansing: eggs/chicken/beef would be secondary options; stay away from processed lunch meats)
  • Clean Complex Carbs: rice, hummus, oatmeal, sweet potato

Avoid or Minimize:

  • Fried foods, refined sugars, corn or white starches
  • Refined wheat products: bread, crackers, etc.
  • Dairy: cheese, yogurt, milk, white sauces or dressing
  • Alcohol: you’re on a cleanse…hold off if you can
  • Coffee or soda: drink water or SPARK

And without further ado, I give you an easy to follow plan for the first week of the Advocare® 24-Day Challenge (affiliate link):

PRINTABLE VERSION  from GOOGLE DOCS

I also have these 15 Meal Ideas for Advocare that you might like- all clean eating and great on the challenge while being totally adaptable for your family- like adding pasta, where you’d leave that out for you!

I try to keep it planned ahead, keep it as simple as possible, make a lot of food ahead of time:

  • hard boiled eggs
  • brown rice
  • cut up veggies for snacking
  • buy lots of fruit
  • grill a bunch of chicken breasts
  • make a pot of soup

Great condiments:

  • salsa
  • hummus
  • Coconut aminos
  • Oil and Vinegar
  • Rice cakes

Simplicity and planning ahead are key when following any eating plan, and this is the same idea. I use some recipes that are crockpot, and some make-aheads for say, salads. I do a big grocery shop for all the pantry items and basics (like chicken breasts or lettuce) so I am ready for the week. Let me know if you have any questions, and I will be 100% honest. If I don’t know the answer, I will direct you to someone who does!

What do you think? Would you follow a plan like this?  I put the supplements and Advocare® products in bold in the plan, so you could still follow it as a clean eating, protein-strong, small meals throughout the day type of plan no matter if you use the products or not!

Have a great rest of the weekend, my friends~ and consider joining along for next week’s eating plan too, for days 8-14!

cabbage saute is easy and fast!

I am sharing today’s post with fitness and food over at Ilka and Angela’s blogs and including it in tomorrow’s Meatless Monday posts with Deborah and Ann Marie. Go check these bloggers out!


Disclaimer:  I am not a nutritionist, doctor or expert and everything I share in this post is my experience or links from others also sharing their experiences.  I am a distributor for Advocare® and this post does contain affiliate links, so if you order from any links here, your costs NEVER change, but I will receive compensation.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.