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Recipe Contest! VOTE FOR ME!

I am so excited to tell you guys that I entered a recipe contest and I've advanced to the 2 round! This means that with your help, I could WIN $5,000! 

It would mean so much to me if you could take just a few minutes, share my recipe, and vote! See below for details on how! 

All you have to do is VOTE for my CHOCOLATE GREEN MACHINE CUPCAKES anytime now through December 31st! 

Then, share with your friends and get them to vote too! 

Here's how to vote: 

  • GO HERE!
  • Find the Chocolate Green Machine Cupcakes
  • Vote by sharing
  • You can vote up to 4 times by sharing using the buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

Thanks so much!! 

Merry Christmas, 


How to stay healthy during a season of sickness

This time of year can be full of illnesses....and if you have kids, it's usually double time. It's gets passed from one kid to the other in school, then you are lucky if you can keep a kid quarantined in your home without passing it around to all your kids, the husband, and yourself! 

That's when antibiotics come in so handy! But did you know that after being on a string of antibiotics, your health can actually be compromised. Not to mention it can also impact how our body processes food, and how much fat we store from the calories we eat!

Check out this video I did this week teaching you ways to stay healthy during a season of sickness. That way next time you are on antibiotics, you can use some of these tips to take extra care of your body and health overall. 

Here are some of the links I mentioned in the video: 

For more info, read my previous blog post

Get your FREE Elevated Plan from Silver Fern Brand by going HERE and signing up

SHOP their line of pre/probiotic products and yummy baking mixes HERE

Stay Healthy,


The Fit Gift Guide 2016

You guys! I love this time of year! 

This time of year I like to put my fuzzy boots on, drink way to much coffee, watch all the Hallmark movies (judge me later), and admire the sparkling Christmas tree lights. Oh and bake...I bake a lot! 

And as much as I like enjoying the season, and fun activities with my family! Hey that's why I'm hosting the FREE 12 DAYS OF FAMILY FITMAS CHALLENGE (starts the 12th FYI)! I also love giving gifts....and receiving them sometimes! So I've decided to put together an amazing gift guide for the fit person in your life. Or trying to be fit person in your life. Or the cares about taking care of their body person in your life!

Oh, and the great thing about this list, is that it's not all about THE STUFF! A lot of it is very functional, useful things. So if you have someone that "has everything they need," check out this list for some things that they can enjoy, or cook, or eat, without adding to their collection of things! 

This FIT GIFT GUIDE definitely hits lots of areas, so enjoy, and get to shopping! 



1) My Cookbook-obviously this is the BEST GIFT for everybody on your list! Get it on Amazon in a few days! 



Use code: Suell10 to get 10% off!

Use code: Suell10 to get 10% off!


2) WINE! -For the wino in your life! This wine is made by people who love fitness and appreciate the healthy lifestyle! They go the extra mile with fermentation to make sure all the bad stuff, like lingering sugars, are out of it, and the good things like antioxidants stay in it! Plus it tastes amazing! Use code: SUELL10 to get 10% OFF all your orders! (This is the perfect gift for a boss or white elephant exchange)




3) Baked Goods -Gluten Free, Sugar Free, and full of goodness! Plus hello, did someone say Double Chocolate Chip Brownies! Silver Fern Brand has a collection of amazing baking mixes that you can't find at a store! Get these for that person that you don't quite know what to get! (hint hint.... mother-in-law!)



4) COOKIES! -Okay, so if a box of baked goods isn't going to cut it...get a little more personal with this PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE! GET IT HERE! and make them for EVERYONE! Wrap them up cute, and even print the recipe so they can make them again and again! (perfect for all the ladies in the office, the kid's teachers, and your neighbors)

5) The Gift of Working out at Home! aka the "Netflix of Workouts" aka Beachbody on Demand! -Seriously, it's such a busy time of year it's hard to always make it to the gym. So when you can't, you can use Beachbody on Demand (which is less than $13 a month) to stream your workouts! Plus you get a selection of amazing workouts from awesome celebrity trainers! (This is perfect for busy moms and dads in your life! Or the business man who is always traveling and could use this in a hotel!) *Plus tey can try it FREE for 30 days! 

Top:  Old Navy    Bottom:  Prana

Top: Old Navy   Bottom: Prana


6) Workout Clothes! -Well that's a big DUH! But if you are wondering where from, here are some of my favorite brands to get workout clothes from! Prana, (they also have amazing pants/jeans in super fun colors). Lorna Jane, everything they have is super amazing! From leggings to fun graphic tanks, it's all cute and incredible quality! And if you need to run in somewhere more local, Old Navy is doing amazing in the fitness wear department! 



7) Subscription Box-it's the gift that keeps on giving. There are tons of health and fitness boxes that come once a month. You could send just one month and leave it up to the receiver to continue if they like it. Or most have the option for 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions. There are things that involve snacks and food, to accessories and clothing. Here's a few to take a look at: Nature Box, Vegan Cuts, Fabletics, Yoga Surprise, The Runner Box, and Wantable.

8) Qalo Ring---These make for a GREAT stocking stuffer! Plus, anyone who works out weekly needs one of these to protect their nice rings. And they come in super cute colors! 


9) Probiotic Drink Mixes--- These are from Silver Fern Brand too, and also work great as stocking stuffers! Now I'm not going to go into why we all need to have lots of good pre- and probiotics, but I will say these have some great flavors, are incredible for your health, and are sugar free! So win, win, win! Perfect for everyone's stocking! Little kids, big kids, adults! 

So if you didn't know what to get that special person on your list, here's a variety of options to choose from! And in my opinion that are great choices that are practical, not just adding "more stuff" to someone's adult toy box! 

Get to shopping, and let me know what you decide to go with! 

*Also, don't forget to sign up to participate in our FREE 12 Days of Family Fitmas Group that starts on Monday, Dec. 12th! GO HERE to sign up! 

Merry Christmas, 



Disclaimer: This article may contain affiliate links, however, all opinions are my own. 

Protecting the Gut May Help With Fat Loss

First off...let's talk about how unattractive the word GUT is. It's probably the least sexy word out there especially when referencing a body part. So when you say you have a bad gut....which many people do, it's really unappealing. 

Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about how a bad gut affects your body, fat storage, and how to get a GOOD GUT! 

"[Our] gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, provides protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system."    -Chris Kesser

The gut is home to lots of bacteria, but not all bacteria is bad. In fact, we need a good balance of good and bad, but due to a lot of foods we eat, and medicines we take, many people are walking around with bad gut health, which causes many of the issues they may be having, including fat storage.  

Obviously we know that sugar isn't good for us, yet it is in so many of our foods. Plus, sugar helps to increase the bad bacteria found in our gut, and because of the overuse of sugar, many people are walking around with leaky gut. 

Sugar feeds bad bacteria (which is what we have too much of when we have an unhealthy gut flora), which causes your body to take in more calories from the food you eat, and store them as fat, plus create digestive problems, gas, and bloating! 

Chris Kesser also says that..."Nearly every patient [he] treats with a blood sugar issue also has a leaky gut, a gut infection, or some other chronic inflammatory gut condition." That's because the health of your gut determines how the body stores the food that you eat, how easy it is for you to lose weight, and your metabolism.


Signs you have too much BAD BACTERIA IN YOUR GUT: 

The key thing with gut bacteria is making sure that we have the right amount of good bacteria when our body needs it. That's why we need to focus on supporting our gut's immune system and promoting good bacteria and at the same time keeping the bad bacteria back. 

One of the best ways to do this is, along with eating whole, non-processed foods, is by taking a probiotc supplement. These are made specifically for supporting the gut and good bacteria to aid in healthy digestion. Especially if you take a lot or have gone through a period where you have been on antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria, so you always want to follow up any antibiotic treatment with probiotics. You also have to be aware of foods these days that have antibiotics in them. (Dairy for example), so taking a daily probiotic to promote a healthy gut is a great idea! 

If you are ready to take the steps to make your gut as sexy as possible....then you definitely want to find a great pre/probiotic! I love using the Silver Fern Brand version. All of their products are made from clean ingredients, and I have already felt better since taking them! 





Disclaimer: I received these probiotics via my partnership with Tress Marketing in exchange for an honest opinion of the product. All opinions are my own.