Most of us enjoy being organized, and others of us want to be more organized. Some of us fit into both of those categories. Better organization and a more simplified life is at your fingertips…look no further than your smartphone.
There are a few apps that have proven indispensable to our family and I’d like to share them with you.
1. Cozi family organizer (free, premium version available)
2. Spotify Family
I was already a Spotify Premium user and I originally tried to share my account with family. This worked great until we all wanted to listen to something different at the same time. For less than $20, you can have up to five members on one account…not much more than one Spotify Premium account. We also take advantage of their under 12 account, where you can block explicit content and see what your kid listens to.
4. My Macros
What apps do you use to keep your family, food and fitness on track? Comment below!
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Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion. Why I chose this book: a review
I’ve tried a lot of diets over the years, and most of them didn’t go so well. Like most people, I do enjoy eating desserts, even if they aren’t on my diet plan. Many times when I failed at a diet, it was because the diet itself was too restrictive and didn’t allow for occasional treats. I’d feel guilty about eating the food, and as a reaction to failing at my diet, I’d eat a little more. Before I knew it, I’d be completely and totally off my diet. Another reason I failed at my many diets is that I was constantly hungry, which led to a lot of snacking…and lot of that snacking was late at night.
Most of us know that if we truly want to lose weight and keep it off, diet and exercise are both key pieces of the puzzle. It’s also important that we understand treating ourselves in moderation is OK and doesn’t mean you’ve failed. And eating dinner after 7 doesn’t impact your weight loss as so many of us have believed for years!
I know what you’re thinking. There are thousands of different diets out there, and most of them are fads. How is this one any different? When Joel Marion, a six-time best selling author, was asked this question, he said, “You’re a six-time best selling author, what is different about this book compared to your others?Although many of the concepts are similar, the biggest difference is that you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. You don’t have to deal with the burden of eating every few hours. And you don’t have to skip the carbs at dinnertime or avoid eating before bed.”
Doesn’t that sound a lot more realistic than the diets we are used to reading about?
When asked why he chose to write this book, Joel Marion said, ” After authoring 6 best selling books it was glaringly obvious there were 2 huge misconceptions about dieting that needed to be exposed. The first is that you can’t eat late at night or before bed, which science now shows is NOT true. And second, you can’t eat large portions that satisfy your natural instinct. This book solves both these problems by providing an evidence-based, enjoyable approach to dieting that can be used by any person to quickly achieve their weight loss goals.”
Yet another misconception Joel Marion addresses in Always Eat After 7 P.M. is the misconception that carbs are bad and will cause you to gain weight. In his book, he writes, “You’re probably thinking, ‘But I thought going low carb was the way to burn fat and lose weight.’ Not according to important scientific evidence. So that’s another misguided diet ‘rule’ that I encourage you to break on Always Eat After 7 P.M. You see, low-carb dieting interferes with leptin, a hormone that is produced in the body’s fat cells and monitors incoming energy as well as total body fat stores. When either incoming energy or body fat stores start to decline (as is often the case on low-carb or low-calorie fat loss diets, a series of reactions is set off in the body. As your leptin levels decline, you’ll experience a downward spiral of negative side effects.”
This is another reason I often failed at dieting. I did not take in enough carbs and experienced a major crash in energy. With Always Eat After 7 P.M., I am already noticing a change in my energy level and I haven’t gained any additional weight.
Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance. Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.
Basically, the Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.
That sounds so simple and so easy, right?
Many of us have grown up believing that if you want to manage your weight, eating after 7 P.M. if off the table. In the beginning of the book, Joel Marion addresses this thought. He then shares how his own experiences with weight gain and loss research from various studies helped him to form the theory that eating after 7 doesn’t have negative effects on your weight, but actually positive effects. After his research, Joel put his theory to the test and the results were awesome! In his first two weeks, he lost 12 pounds, and after sixteen weeks, he had lost 46 pounds. He also noticed an increased energy level and flatter abs. Don’t these results sound like results we would want to achieve?
We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal. In the book, Joel writes, “Always Eat After 7 pm is a three-phase program that teaches you how to lose big by strategically eating big when you are naturally hungriest—in the evening. This may sound too good to be true, but let me assure you it is no gimmick. It’s all about making strategic and smart food swaps, and you can still eat your favorite foods.”
Out of everything Joel said, this is what resonates with me the most:
“At my next medical checkup, my doctor was shocked at how good my blood work had gotten, so quickly. And let’s not forget the most important part: for the first time in months, I had the energy to keep up with my little girls.”
Having the energy to keep up with my children is certainly at the top of my list! I’m so excited to accept the challenge and dive in! Stay tuned- I’ll post an update next week.
In the meantime, check out this video on Joel’s top tips for success.
In 2014, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. Although he had turned 50 the year before and had already survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he had put off his colonoscopy. My mother convinced him to get his test one year later, even though he really didn’t want to.
His routine colonoscopy resulted in doctors discovering a blockage and he had to have a colon resectioning. It was after his surgery that we learned he had colon cancer. Over the next three years, he had aggressive chemo treatments, radiation, seed therapy, and many more surgeries. Despite having excellent medical care, he passed away in 2017. He was 54.
Although my dad didn’t survive cancer, he was able to live three more years after his diagnosis. I believe if he hadn’t had his colonoscopy and discovered his cancer when he did, he would not have lived as long as he did.
Colon cancer is now the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third most common cause of cancer deaths. More than 142,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, and while 90% of them are 50 or older, colon cancer is on the rise for people in their thirties and forties. Typically, a person doesn’t get their first colonoscopy until they are fifty, unless they have a family history.
There are three things that automatically increase your risk of colon cancer- having a family history, being a carrier of the Lynch syndrome gene, or having an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s Disease. The following lifestyle changes can drastically reduce most people’s risk of colon cancer: maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, exercising regularly, eating a high-fiber, low-fat diet and limiting your sugar and red meats, and getting a yearly physical and blood work. If you are fifty or older, you should get a colonoscopy yearly, but if you carry a high risk of developing colon cancer, you will need to get your first one before age 50.
If you are unsure about what age you need to get your first one, consult your doctor. Consult the infographic below for more information.
Colon cancer is a difficult and often deadly disease, but if caught early, it’s treatable. Making smart lifestyle choices and getting your yearly health screenings can make a huge difference.