Monday, August 3, 2015

HEALTHY, LOW-CARB ZUCCHINI RAVIOLI RECIPE


While Anthony & I were on our mini-moon in Las Vegas, we literally ate our way through the strip. We kept it pretty healthy, but still enjoyed a lot ((and I mean a lottttt) of calamari and bread! I started noticing uncomfortable lower stomach aches each night from all the carbs and processed foods. I vowed that when I got back home, I would focus on eating natural, real, whole foods that I could make from scratch.

Still, as you know, I'm not about a complex food prep and I'm all about a tasty, satisfying meal.  

Ingredients:
1 zucchini
3 ounces lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 handful spinach, chopped
2 mushrooms, chopped
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup low fat or nonfat ricotta cheese
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup natural, low-sodium red sauce
1 tb

Instructions:
Begin by cooking the ground beef or ground turkey on the stovetop in a medium-heat skillet. Personally, I like to really "chop" up the ground meat with the spatula so that it's very finely ground in the ravioli.

In another skillet, sauté the chopped spinach, mushrooms and garlic in 1 tsp of olive oil on low heat, stirring as needed.

While the meat is cooking and veggies are sautéing, cut the zucchini in half length wise. Then, shave it into thin slices using a slicer. For me, one zucchini makes 15-18 slices. While shopping for the zucchini, try picking ones that are thick in the diameter for the most slices!

Once the meat is cooked through and the veggies are tender, combine them along with the ricotta cheese in a bowl, mixing well. 

Form the zucchini ravioli using 4 slices. Place 2 slices vertical, making sure they're slightly overlapping one another. In the center of those slices, place the other two slices horizontal as shown in the photo below. Again, make sure those slices slightly overlap.

Scoop 2 tablespoons of the filing onto the zucchini ravioli center. Then, start at the "top" and fold the zucchini down into the center, working in a clockwise direction to fold up the zucchini. 

In a medium-heat skillet, add 1 tsp of olive oil and carefully place in the zucchini ravioli with the seam down.

Cook for 3-5 minutes each side. If you need to add in extra olive oil at this point to keep the ravioli moist, do so! Carefully, transfer the raviolis from the pan to a plate

Warm the red sauce and top it over the zucchini ravioli. Bon appetit!

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Upper Body Workout + Why Processed Foods Get You Down

^^If you need a quick, home workout today, substitute this for today's lift^^

#LGSummerFitcation Phase 3, Week 2A

Daily Workout: Back, Arms, Abs + Cardio
Today's workout is found in Fit For Life (home workouts - page 19)   
& Total Body Transformation (gym workouts - page 18)
 

What is #LGSummerFitcation? Read more here  

Tip of the Day: It's tasty Tuesday...I know you're going to absolutely love the Zucchini Ravioli, but I also want you to know why you and your body are going to love it so much. As you'll read, my desire to create this recipe came from feeling a bit yucky on vacation after eating a bit too much processed and refined food items. I had a bloated belly and an uncomfortable feeling in my lower abdomen. Why?? First off, the term "processed food" is a little bit overdone ((we can understand that almost all foods require some process... apples are cut from trees, for example)), but when I use it, I'm referring to foods that are chemically processed by adding in refined ingredients and artificial compounds. Refined, simple carbohydrates, such as some pastas and breads are quickly digested within the body, causing quick spikes in blood sugar and insulin. Have you ever experienced additional cravings a few hours after a treat ((is that even really a question lol)) Many of us have and that's the result when our blood sugar levels drop...it's also known as the blood sugar roller coaster. This can lead to chronic disease and contributes to highs and lows in energy levels. The best types of carbohydrates are those that come from real, wholesome food items! If this topic interests you, be sure to read "The Science" section in Eat Your Way Lean for the full science-based nutrition approach. This was my motivation behind creating the Healthy, Low-Carb Zucchini Ravioli recipe! It's a meal that will feel amazing in your belly and look even better on your fit and lean body!

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Leg Day - Glute Activating Strategy

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Glute Activator Movement: A lot of women struggle to activate and therefore target their glutes ((booty)) in a leg workout. This is common when other muscles, such as the hamstrings or quadriceps are the dominant muscle in which case they will try to take on the work load first in a compound movement. A strategic plan to get around this is to begin the leg workout with an exercise to "activate" the glute muscles. If you're looking to sculpt, lift, and tighten that backside, try beginning today's workout with the movements below.
 

#LGSummerFitcation Phase 3, Week 2A

Daily Workout: Legs + Calves
Today's workout is found in Fit For Life (home workouts - page 18)   
& Total Body Transformation (gym workouts - page 17)
 

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Tip of the Day: Can you believe it's already August?! August gives me the same feeling that having 2 days left on vacation provides: that feeling where you know it ((the vacation or summer)) is nearing the end, but you're still trying to enjoy what's left. Do you get that too?! Staying focused this month will come from setting goals. I like to set goals in these categories: personal, career and health (broken down into fitness & nutrition).

3 August Goals of Mine You Can Adopt Too:

(1) COMMIT TO CARDIO: Phase 3 of LGSummerFitcation, or more specifically the workout that are found in Fit For Life & Total Body Transformation increase in intensity and incorporate more cardio. Phase 3 is the results phase and revealing results comes from a decrease in overall body fat, which this phase is particularly helpful at. Therefore, I need to trust in the process and commit to the cardio instead of skipping out on it!

(2) AIM BIG: I write goals each month as I know a lot of us do. Have you ever looked at your goals and realized they're things you will most likely accomplish? For instance, a goal of running 3x per week isn't that out there if you're someone who already runs several days per week. Let's get in the habit of stretching our goals to really push us! I read that we should only hit our goals 50% of the time...it's an indication that the goals are big enough but not too far-fetched. Here's to a month of BIG goals!

(3) WEBSITE FACELIFT: Here's a BIG personal goal of mine. August 12th is LaurenGleisberg.com's birthday. Each birthday, I gift her a facelift consisting of little tweaks on the website for a more updated look with a goal of it being even more user friendly. It's typically pretty time-consuming and well thought out. However, this year, I have made zero plans. Pulling this off during August is a huge goal for me! What is a biggg goal of yours??


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

LIFESTYLE JOURNAL: LAS VEGAS MINI MOON

As I ((not so patiently)) wait to receive all the images from our wedding, I'll do a little recap of the "mini moon" Anthony and I took this past week to Las Vegas. 

"MINI MOON"
We are taking our "real" honeymoon to Europe in a few months, but we still wanted that just married getaway experience. So, the day after our wedding, we booked the trip and 36 hours later we were on the plane heading to Las Vegas...I've never planned such a last minute getaway but it's the exact reason I love Las Vegas! Everything you need is all on one street...you can wake up, work out, go to the pool, shop, eat, eat some more, see a show, and go out for drinks/dancing and you never even have to leave your hotel! It's fun yet relaxing! 

...and that food :)
We enjoyed such delicious meals!

My favorite appetizer was Calamari ((always a fav lol)) mixed with onion strings too! I've never had that combination but it was to die for! We ordered it at Le Cafe in Paris

We did a bit of splurging at Ben & Jerrys...that salted caramel blondie ice cream though :)

Anthony is not a relax at the pool/beach kind of guy, but on this trip, I think I started turning him over to the dark ((or tan lol)) side. We stayed at the Bellagio hotel, which is in the ideal location and so gorgeous. I just love all the landscaping especially out by the pool. 

Las Vegas hotel gyms are pretty pricey per person per day. We were quite thankful that Anthony's M Life card let us workout complimentary because it was such a great start to the day and that Bellagio gym is like the ideal LG girls meet up! Lets..please?!



View from the gym...

We also started a new tradition... the nightly soaking of the tootsies in a warm Epsom salt bath while sipping decaf tea ((me)) and coffee ((him)) We were too excited at the end of the night to go home and start up the tub ((hey grandma and grandpa)). Then again, who wouldn't with a hotel bathroom this gorgeous! Now, our nightly baths don't seem as amazing haha.

OUTFIT DETAILS
I had requests for outfit details from the pictures I posted to Instagram while I was in Las Vegas. When Anthony and I *temporarily* moved to Wisconsin this summer, I brought about 2 suitcases worth of clothing with me ((1 + 1/2 contained workout clothes lol)) so I don't have very many fun outfits to work with. An hour after we booked our trip, I booked it to the mall! I went into Forever 21 and didn't leave until I had an outfit for each day, but it worked and almost everything I wore is from Forever 21...

Swimsuit: Forever 21

Sports Bra & Crops: Lululemon | Top: Forever 21

Jumpsuit: Forever 21 | Shoes: Old Navy


Hat & Cover Up: Forever 21 | Mrs. Necklace: Kate Spade

Dress: Forever 21 | Sunnies: Prada

BOB PROCTOR <- O.M.G.
We all have people whose work we admire and follow. For me, Bob Proctor is totally one of my idols. He's like the king of personal development and positive thinking. So, when Anthony spotted him in the casino, I had the biggest fan girl moment...my heart started racing and I was initially too nervous to say hello. We even began walking away, making the excuse: "we don't want to bother him." Thankfully, Anthony looked at me and said, "Lauren, when are you ever going to have an opportunity to meet Bob Proctor." After about 10 minutes of wandering through slot machines to find him again, I jumped at the chance to meet him!

Side note - when I meet fellow LG girls in person, most of you say, "I didn't want to bother" or "I don't want to intrude so I almost didn't come say hi," which is totally how I felt!  Trust me when I say, I am 100x more excited to meet you than you are to me, so pleaseee don't ever hesitate to interrupt me if you see me! I reminded myself of this as I pranced over to Bob Proctor in the casino!

Anyways, I introduced myself to Bob and I was absolutely delighted when he jumped up out of his seat and talked to Anthony and I for nearly HALF AN HOUR! Seriously! Bob asked all about what I did and about the LG community/website, giving me advice on things I could do to make an even greater impact. He told stories of the successes of individuals he has worked with as inspiration ((the names he dropped on a first name basis were people I've only read about lol)) Bob Proctor was truly one of the most genuinely interested and thought-provoking individuals I've e-v-e-r met!



While Bob gave such amazing advice that I need to write down and frame, I wanted to share one nugget that really stuck with me. 

I first discovered Bob back when I decided to give up my seat in dental school ((remember that? lol)) For those of you who don't know, I graduated with a BS in Biology and moved to Texas to attend the University of Texas's DDS program. While I was in college, I began blogging and turned that blog into a business, which I ran while going to school. It became more than a full-time job and one that was my true passion. However, I am ((or was)) such a safe, traditional individual; I did a lot of what was expected of me and not enough of what my heart desired. Every day, I fought the voice within telling me to just "go for it" ((the "it" being my passion of providing women with the resources to look better & feel better)). Eventually though, that's what I did. A week prior to the start of dental school classes, I gave up my seat.

((I wrote about that decision, here but if you ever want me to share more on that, making a career in the health & fitness field or taking that leap of faith to go for a dream, let me know with a comment anywhere & I certainly can share more))

In that Las Vegas casino, Bob Proctor told me: "spend 30 minutes every day thinking of your goals and thinking of ways you can reach them. Do that every day."  

Now, many of us ((including me)) would say spending 30 minutes each day thinking is a luxury, but when Bob Proctor gives you that advice above all, you start planning how you could fit that 30 mins into your day lol. Coincidentally, I happen to see Bob Proctor's August affirmation on Facebook: "I am so happy and grateful now that... I am disciplined, persistent and focused on achieving the life of my dreams." 

That's just it... living the life of our dreams will take a bit of work but the payoff is grand. We are all capable of living the life we desire...it's not something granted exclusively for certain people. It all starts with positive changes within ourselves. It's why we're hooked on health and fitness; it helps us become better people, which translates into better lives! Needless to say, I'll be spending 30 minutes per day just thinking of my goals and the route to getting there...I hope you will too! What do we have to lose?!

That's all I have for my mini-moon! I get my wedding pictures back at the end of the month, and I cannot wait to share them! Thank you for being so amazing and excited about this special time...it means the world to me!