A New Rule-Breaking Diet?

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My usual healthy eating routine has gone out the window with the coronavirus shutdown and stay at home order. I’ve been wanting to start a new diet but find most are too restrictive and kept putting it off til I received a review copy of a new book called 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. I receive a lot of books to review but the title of this one REALLY caught my attention.

Most diets, at least the ones I’ve tried, say that eating after 6 or 7 is forbidden. 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. The author explains in the very first pages of the introduction why you absolutely should rethink eating at night. In the introduction, Joel writes:

“I’m a science geek, so I dug through peer-reviewed journals and databases. I took a deep dive into the research to learn what really happens in our bodies if we eat late at night. I reached out to my circle of contacts in the natural health field—the doctors, scientists, and innovative experts I’ve built relationships with over the years, people who stay on top of the latest research studies and cutting-edge information. I even talked to my bodybuilder friends, who tend to be pretty lean. Even they were eating late at night, they told me, because it helps develop muscle! What I was discovering blew my mind. The research was crystal clear: eating your largest meals at night can actually be the hidden key to losing fat quickly and safely and won’t necessarily make you gain weight. I had to experiment on myself first to see if it would work. Well, the results were nothing short of remarkable. I dropped 12 pounds in under two weeks. My abs were significantly flatter. My cravings for unhealthy food vanished. After 16 weeks on my new plan, I had lost a total of 46 pounds. At my next medical checkup, my doctor was shocked at how good my blood work had gotten, so quickly.”

The introduction was enough to make me want to learn more and try it for myself. Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be sharing my experiences with the book and diet.

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.

After struggling to get back to a healthier weight for a while now, I’m excited to try something new and hopefully will drop some pounds and increase my energy levels, too. I’ll keep you posted on my progress, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out this intro video from Joel on his background and what motivated hi to write the book.

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.

Frenchie Sparkling Hydration Drink for Dog People

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Have you noticed that your favorite sparkling water or sports drink has been flying off the shelves? Seems like there’s a shortage on just about everything right now. Since I’m trying to #stayhome and avoid the stores whenever possible, I was super happy to find out about this sparkling hydration drink that’s healthy, reasonably priced, and can be shipped directly to us at home. And it comes in the MOST adorable cans!

It’s Frenchie Sparkling Water Premium Hydration Drink, and it’s in stock for fast shipping right now. We need to keep a supply of water and electrolyte drinks on hand because it’s super hot where we are right now, and Woof Woof Papa is an essential worker who has to be outdoors quite a bit. Hurricane season also starts soon, so now is a good time to stock up on essential supplies.

If you’ve been using your extra free time during the shutdown to up your fitness game, then this is the drink for you. And if you need to watch your calories (because too much quarantine snacking and baking) there’s only 15 calories and 2g of sugar per can so it’s a great alternative to soda pop.

Unlike some sports drinks and popular sparkling beverages, this one is all natural with no preservatives. The formula is based on the current WHO guidelines for an Oral Rehydration Solution. It’s got the right balance of ingredients designed to refuel, rehydrate and allow your body to make the most of the water you consume. And did I mention the can is adorable?!?

Frenchie is a Chicago-based company, and the brand’s name & design are based on the founder’s two beloved pets.

Reading the customer reviews, turns out this also makes a great mixer for cocktails so that is definitely a reason to stock up or have a case shipped to your favorite dog-loving human. Our first case arrived quickly and in perfect condition.

Current price for a 24-pack works out to $1.49/can with FREE 2-Day Shipping for Prime members. Use this link to read reviews and order.

Balance by bistroMD: Healthy Meals Delivered To Your Door (Because Pet Parents Should Eat Well Too!)

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Ever feel like you take better care of your fur kids than you do of yourself? You’re not alone! Whether you are too busy, or just tired of adulting, home food delivery has become a popular alternative to cooking. Woof Woof Papa and I love to cook but often get tired of meal planning, shopping and the prep-work that goes into making healthy meals. And our schedules mean that we don’t always have time to cook and eat at the same time. Sometimes it just seems easier to grab takeout or order delivery, and that isn’t the healthiest or most economical way to eat.

We were recently invited to try the meals from Balance by bistroMD. It’s the first meal delivery service to offer chef-prepared meals a-la-carte, without the constraint of minimums, memberships, or recurring orders. The top-rated diet delivery and weight loss program, bistroMD, created this subscription-free service to provide healthy meals with convenience and flexibility.

Balance by bistroMD fits health-conscious lifestyles, whether you’re trying to lose weight, adhere to a specialty diet such as gluten free, or just want to eat healthy without the struggle. When we went to their website to place our first order, we were impressed with the wide variety of over 100 meals and snacks available, and prices start at just $5.95.

The ordering process is super easy…the only hard part was deciding which meals to get, because they all looked so good! To narrow down the choices, you can filter meals by diet type, including Low Sodium, Heart Healthy, Gluten Free, Diabetic Meals and other options. We ordered a few breakfast items, because we are trying to do better at not skipping breakfast. And we also ordered a variety of lunches and dinners, too. Everything arrived within a few days, shipped in an insulated cooler packed with dry ice. Even though the box sat out on our porch in the South Florida heat for most of the morning, all the meals were still frozen when I unpacked everything.

In addition to doing the cooking and delivering your meals straight to your door, the folks at Balance by bistroMD also send the instructions and info you need to make the most of your food delivery. For example, although you can microwave the meals straight from the freezer, they recommend you move your upcoming day of meals to the fridge the night before to thaw for more even reheating. They also suggest that you place your entree on a plate because visualization is an important part of dining.

This was my attempt to plate the Ham and Cheese Frittata. It came with a side of peaches with a tasty whole grain granola crumble. I added avocado slices because I cannot go a day without eating avocado! Although I can see the logic in their suggestion to plate the meals to make the dining experience more enjoyable, most times we opted for convenience over aesthetics, and just ate our meals straight out of the BPA-free microwavable trays they came in. Less dishes to wash!

Overall, we were impressed with our order and happy to have a week of no meal planning or prep. The nice thing about the service is that there is no commitment or subscription required. You can order when you feel like you need a break from cooking, or need a little extra help with eating healthy. It’s also a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member, and would be great as a Housewarming present or Mother’s Day gift, too!

Balance by bistroMD Coupon Code

Right now is a great time to try it because you can get 20% OFF with Balance by bistroMD coupon code: SAVE20 at checkout. You also get Free Shipping on orders of $99+. Head on over to balance.bistromd.com to learn more about how it works and try it for yourself. Less time spent cooking means more time (and energy) to play with the fur kids!

Get Moving and Stay on the Right Track: Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker Giveaway

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Believe it or not, it’s already mid-November and we are headed for what I like to call the “Holiday Eating Season.” For me, it’s the time period from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, but for many it begins with Halloween. We all get busy and distracted with parties, dinners, shopping, baking, family activities, and end up staying up too late, eating more and exercising less. Sound familiar?

Rather than wait to make a New Year’s health, sleep or weight loss resolution, you can use a fitness tracker to help stay on the right track starting right now. The Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker is a stylish accessory that reminds you to move, tracks your sleep, lets you log your food and more.

Stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, and get credit for your workouts with Smart Track automatic exercise recognition. At night, track your sleep and set a silent alarm to wake better and get your best rest.

No matter where you’re headed, the easy-to-read OLED screen keeps your goals in focus with stats, time, and call or text notifications on display. It’s sweat, rain, splash proof and you can even wear it in the shower, so it’s always with you. A wide range of accessory wristbands in metal, leather and sport help you find the right style for every occasion.

The Alta also makes a GREAT gift for just about everyone on your holiday gift list. Check out the Fitbit Alta to browse all the band colors, accessories, features and learn more.

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As a thank you to all our readers and online followers, we want to help you stay on track with your wellness goals this holiday season by hosting a giveaway. One lucky person will WIN a Fitbit Alta Fitness Tracker! We’ve partnered with a small group of bloggers who’ve all kicked in to help make this giveaway possible.
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$30 OFF Arf Pets Automatic Pet Feeder Food Dispenser for Dogs & Cats

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Today’s Deal of the Day over at Amazon is the Arf Automatic Pet Food Dispenser Feeder, on sale for $89 ($119 reg). Free Shipping is included and the deal is on til midnight!

Having an automatic pet feeder is handy if you have a dog or cat who needs measured portions at certain times of day, and is great for helping to prevent over-feeding. No more wondering if someone else in the family has already fed the fur kid.

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Just fill it, set the clock, pick up to four meal times, customize the helping size, and worry no more! Plug the feeder into an ordinary wall outlet, or go cord-free with three D batteries.

You can even record a personalized meal call in your own voice! Dispenses and dry dog food or cat food. 66% gave it a 5-Star Rating. See it in action and read the customer reviews.