How to Save on School Supplies

How to Save on School Supplies

The dreaded rush to get the kids prepped for back-to-school time is upon us. New clothes, new backpacks, new pencils – new, new, new. It all costs money and you might end up in an argument or two before the end of it.

Serious question – is wine an acceptable addition to a back-to-school list (for me, I mean)?

Fortunately, with a little preparation and planning, you can get everything your kids need, some of the things they want, and still have cash left in your wallet. And maybe a little sanity left in your mind!

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Seeing Results with Always Eat After 7pm

Seeing Results with Always Eat After 7pm

Tracking PixelIf you’re just joining me on my journey to lose weight and boost my energy levels with 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, you can read about how skeptical I was. Week two was enlightening, though, after an interview with Joel Marion. And I wrote about my thoughts after the 14-day acceleration phase, along with my absolute favorite recipe from the book (which I’m actually eating while writing this wrap-up). 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, and I’ve been following it for the last 30 days.

I do want to note that this is a piece sponsored by Always Eat After 7pm, but the thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

Always Eat After 7pm book review

After a month of following the dietary guidelines that Joel Marion writes about in Always Eat After 7pm, I have to say I’m extremely happy. Though I still eat bread, pasta and other foods I crave from time to time, staying on the diet has made me far more conscious about the things I eat. I’m not longer eating sugar and breads for breakfast – in fact, I’m not hungry in the morning at all and I’ve found that intermittent fasting makes me far more focused and energetic.

Seeing Results with Always Eat After 7pm

I have lost 17 pounds, and I’m still able to run every morning, though getting up at 5 fluctuates, but that’s more because I really just love sleeping. It’s also taking some getting used to running, getting up early and changing my diet, but that’s a lot all at once. I think someone who is just trying to use this book will have marvelous results, because I’m having incredible results and I’m certainly spinning a lot of plates.

As far as sticking with it, it’s incredibly easy.  The morning drink recipes provided in the book really do help suppress hunger and keep my blood sugar stable, and I love how fasting helps me focus. I often go long past the start of my feeding window without even realizing it. I’m both very focused on the work I’m doing and also simply not experiencing the hunger pangs I’m used to having, especially mid-morning.

For this next month, I’ve made sure to put one of these meals on each day of my meal plan. I’m still making the coconut cashew pancakes but there are a few other recipes which sound utterly amazing I’ve yet to try, and so far the Chocolate Very Cherry Ice Cream is another family favorite (I like sweets, what can I say). My husband found some recipes that are ketogenic or very close and he’s going to start this diet with me (of course, he’s starting on the 14-day acceleration while I’m in the main phase). I think the ability to eat a bit more freely at times is attractive to him, which makes sense.

One of my favorite parts from the book is:

Fact is, most diets are extremely narrow with regard to food choices and variety, and many even limit entire macronutrients altogether over the course of the entire program (think low-carb and low-fat diets). Three months with no carbs? No thanks. Such practices not only are entirely unnecessary, but make for a miserable, unsustainable experience.

Long Term Plans

Looking at this in the long-term as my husband starts, 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. While I have more weight I want to lose before I get to the Lifestyle Phase, the book allows you to extend the Acceleration or Main Phases longer if need be to really keep the weight loss benefits at their peak.

Continuing with This Lifestyle

I’m looking forward to the next few months as I stick to this plan effortlessly. Are there days when I want to wake up and eat breakfast or have a craving for donuts? Sure, but the book has answers to those cravings – indulge them, and expand your fasting window. There have been days where we had Chicago-style deep dish pizza and I woke up 2 pounds lighter the next day. You can’t eat like this all the time, but the diet makes allowance for human mistakes. It teaches you how to deal with slip-ups rather than feeling guilty and then binge-eating yourself into losing your progress, like many diets do.

Best of all, it’s so much easier to stick to this way of eating than traditional dieting and the benefits are extremely clear to me. I’m interested to see what my bloodwork looks like the next time I go to the doctor, because I certainly feel better.

I encourage you to give this way of eating a try, and you can learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

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. Give it a try and see how easy getting healthy can be, even if you’re flying in the face of traditional dietary guidelines.

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.

My Favorite Recipes – Always Eat After 7pm

My Favorite Recipes – Always Eat After 7pm

I am past the 14-day acceleration phase and I have to admit, I have never been so happy to be wrong. You can read about my initial apprehension in why I started this diet, or the interview with Joel Marion that soothed my fears about the science behind the diet.

My beliefs were always so grounded in traditional nutrition education but between the information contained in 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 and the results I’m having, I can honestly say that long-standing dietary guidelines are at least somewhat misinformed. I am thinking that dietary guidelines are really based on 50+ year old science, and not many people bother to look into it further.

My Favorite Recipes – Always Eat After 7pm

Before we get into the good stuff, I do want to mention that while this post is sponsored by Always Eat After 7 PM, the views within are my own.

Thankfully there are scientists out there doing the research that went into this book, because I have more energy, I’ve lost 10 pounds and I simply feel better. The biggest thing however is that I don’t feel deprived on this diet; if I’m hungry before bed, I eat something and I don’t feel bad. Skipping breakfast in the morning makes me more focused and I can more easily go from task to task in my workday.

The most challenging times to curb hunger are just before bed and in the morning. By following the Always Eat After 7PM program, you have the most willpower to stay on the diet because you are eating during the hours when you are most hungry. This also puts you into both intermittent fasting increasing testosterone and your metabolism, and into into ketosis. My husband is a huge fan of ketosis and I like to tease him that I am benefiting from ketones without sacrificing all the foods he is, though I think he’s considering trying this diet, too.

With my improved energy, I’ve found the strength to get up at 5 and start running, something I’ve always wanted to do but never had the will to accomplish. Not only am I getting healthier because of my dietary changes, but I’ve actually started exercising and I feel good.

I have found my saving grace in skipping breakfast to be this nugget of wisdom from the book:

“One of the simplest 3-Minute Fat-Burning Morning Rituals, lemon water is a glass of water mixed with the juice of one half of a lemon. This drink provides all the benefits of regular drinking water, which supports weight loss, digestive health, physical performance, and cognitive function.”

The Benefits of Lemon Water

Lemon water is amazing; I drink it at restaurants, sure, but consuming it when I wake up really does help suppress my appetite and get me ready for the day. Just drinking water in the morning when you first get up helps stimulate your system to get going, but the lemon water adds some extra punch to this ritual. I drink a full glass, grab my headphones and head out the door for a run in the quiet pre-dawn morning. It’s wonderful. Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance, which for me has always been wanting to snack at night (and eat carbs).

My Absolute Favorite Recipe

The book also has a ton of recipes and my absolute favorite are these coconut cashew pancakes. Eschewing white flour for healthy rolled oats, unsweetened coconut, cashews and stevia (among other things), these are the healthiest pancakes I’ve ever actually enjoyed. My kids love them, too, so I have to make huge batches but it’s a small price to pay because they are divine. Check back next week to see how I’m doing – I cannot imagine this way of eating will get harder, though, as I’m already loving it.

 

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.

Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed above are my own.

How Traffic Secrets Can Boost Your Business

How Traffic Secrets Can Boost Your Business

Tracking PixelI’ve been my own boss for a few years now, and while I’ve come a long way, it hasn’t been a linear process. Trial and error, studying, long nights working and more books than I can count went into building my business. While I’ve worked with different mentors, I wish I had the opportunity to read Russell Brunson’s Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers a long time ago.

Now before we dive into this, I do want to note that this is a sponsored post, but the view points and opinions written here are completely my own.

How Traffic Secrets Can Boost Your Business

I work with Pinterest to drive traffic to my client’s sites, but for people who don’t know Pinterest in and out as I do, getting traffic can be a real hang-up. For entrepreneurs, success is dependent on finding customers and increasing traffic; without traffic, your business won’t sell anything, and this is the main reason thousands of businesses fail every year.

With concise writing and clear diagrams, Russell makes the process of getting traffic plain and simple. For business owners, entrepreneurs and coaches, this information is vital for finding your ideal customer and grabbing their attention. As Russell puts it, “traffic is just people”, and this book helps you find your people.

The 30-Day Traffic Challenge

People who preorder Traffic Secrets get access to a 30-day challenge, which I am finding to be my favorite part of the whole experience.

What I feel sets this book apart from other, similar writings is the fact that it has actionable homework built right in. If you complete this book with the 30-day challenge, you’ll be taken, step-by-step, through his process of identifying and drawing in the right kind of customer for you.

I am liking the challenge so far, mostly because books like these often give great advice, but they leave you with a sense of wondering how you use what you’ve learned. Even without the 30-day challenge, however, Traffic Secrets provides some great enrichment work at the end of each section. This makes retaining and utilizing the information much easier.

Finding your people

Following this process made me realize there are opportunities for traffic that I had been ignoring. I liked that he explains how you can create ads that almost break even while creating a broad reach, setting up future traffic funnels. Information like this would have been great in the early days of my business when I was spending money boosting Facebook ads with little direction.

In fact, he’s got optimization protocols for Youtube, Facebook, Google, and Instagram, so if you’re relying on a single avenue to draw traffic, this book can teach out how to branch out. Because everything is so step-by-step, for someone just starting out trying to find their customers, it’s absolutely foolproof. Even though I drive most of my traffic through Pinterest, I found the exercises enjoyable and they bolstered my interest in using other channels.

I like what I’m reading

So far on my challenge journey, I have found ways to increase my own traffic and also to streamline processes I already had in place. Right now the book is being offered for free with a ton of extras thrown in, including the 30-day challenge that I’m loving so far. I really do feel that anyone who completes this challenge and uses this book will have the strategies and techniques needed to boost their traffic.

Since Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers is free right now – you only pay $9.95 for shipping and printing – the only real investment is your time, and it’s an investment that I feel will absolutely pay off in traffic to your business.

Reminder: This is a post is sponsored by Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers, but the view points and opinions written here are completely my own.