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How To Dress Up Cottage Cheese

One of the biggest obstacles you face when going on Metagenics is figuring out what to eat. Peggy, is a great help with that. 

One of the items on the protein list is Cottage Cheese. When I was growing up and saw my mom or sister eating that I had to quickly walk away. It looked like curdled milk and made me sick. 

Then at our first meeting, Renee brought in this egg dish from the Metgenics Recipe Book that included Cottage cheese. Okay, it wasn’t THAT bad. Yes, I couldn’t taste it but I was eating cottage cheese. Wanting to make that same recipe I went out and bought the dreaded cottage cheese. 

After baking, I had ½ of a container left. I did not want it to go to waste, as I hate having to throw any food out. Without dressing cottage cheese up, I find it gross and a really bad texture. 

So I decided to put together a list for you on ways to dress up cottage cheese. One of the best things about this meal plan is trying new items you would never had tried before. Once you find something you like, stick with it! Share your ideas with us!


1) Whip cottage cheese can be spread on toast. You can mix this with some fresh fruit, jam or top with an egg for extra protein.

2) Mix it with nut butter. Stir a tablespoon of your favorite nut butter into a half cup of cottage cheese. Use it to stuff celery or spread on whole grain toast or crackers.

3) Spread it onto an apple and drizzle some honey or cinnamon on it. 

4) Eat with fresh fruit. I found melon is delicious with it. 

5) If you are eating a category 2 veggie (baked potato or regular potato) instead of sour cream go for cottage cheese and top with some salsa! 

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Guide To Prepping Meals

The key to success with the Metagenics 12 Week Nutrition Program is preparing. If you are not prepared with the right foods, it is a struggle. 

This past week I was not prepared. I can feel it. I am bloated, tired, eating the wrong things. But we all have those weeks. When you go through the program you will learn about the ups and downs. There are downs. We are all human, but it is if we get back on that horse and try again that counts. 

1) Plan out your meals. Yes, everyone tells you this. But on Saturday sit there and plan out what you or your family will be eating for the next week. It may be hard to do but it is the best idea. This way you are taking the thinking out of cooking during the week when we all are so busy. 

2) If you have a crockpot - live by it. It is super easy to cut up veggies and protein and put them into bags. Then in the morning just pop them in a crock pot with some spices and approved fat and oils. Then when you get home 8 hours later you are all set! If you simply google online or go to Pinterest there are a ton of ideas. 

3) Cook in abundance. After going to the store on Sunday or Saturday, cook a huge amount of protein and veggies. Cook your rice and oatmeal. Cook whatever you can in bulk so you do not have to worry about doing it during the week. 

4) Lunches are hard. If you do not get up early enough you won’t be prepared. If you are too tired at night. You will have to eat out. So if you can cook your lunches before, or make sure you are prepared to take left overs as a lunch do it. 

5) Car Snacks are the best. Have some almonds in the car or a Ultra-meal bar. Everyone if on the go. This will help curve hunger and keep you on track. 

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Kids Fitness Clinic

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Kids clinic is full and ready to start for today. Want to get your kids involved for the next session? Go to our website to find our more information or ask Patty, Renee or @makoski22 who runs the clinics! Next session begins the weekend of March 20 and we are now offering 2pm Saturday and 1pm Sunday sessions.



 

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It May Not Always Be Easy But It Will Be Worth It

Hi all! Its Emily. 

I am 2 weeks behind on everyone else in the program. If you read Renee’s blog post below (if you have not - Go Read It Now.. :) you will know that she is already on week 4. 

Its been two weeks since starting this program. I just started my third week. It was not as easy as I had thought but not as hard either. Let me explain. 


It is not easy because I have terrible impulse control. I see chocolate, I want it. I want that latte from Starbucks. So it’s not easy to say no to things. Especially since the last two weekends I have been traveling. First to a food festival and next to a ski mountain. Was I perfect? Absolutely not. I won’t lie. But I stayed on track as much as I could. What surprised me the most was that after only a week on the plan I could look at a meal and estimate what categories I was hitting and if this was okay to eat. When I did not eat correctly, I felt it. I am still trying to get back from eating not on track this past weekend. What did I find out? It is not worth it. Pack Snacks. Find the healthiest things on the menu. It may not always be easy but it will be worth it.
 

It is not hard because the list Peggy gives you, helps you out so much. It takes the hard part out of it. You are given a list of foods that are approved and you can make tons of different recipes from that. If there is something you don’t really like on the list, she will work with you to meet your needs. A huge help is the Metagenics bars and shakes. These are great because you can eat these as a snack or meal if you really wanted to. To give you an example of why I think having a bar is great lets take the 6:00 AM classes that I attend at Taylor-Made Fitness. They are early, but this fits my busy schedule because it is a struggle to try and get to the gym after work. However, on this plan you have to eat 30-60 mins after you wake up. I may be nuts for getting up at 5:30 to go work out but I am not that nuts to get up at 4:30 or 5 to make sure I have time to eat. So by grabbing a bar on the go and eating it as I am walking to my car to leave or getting dressed is easy. This morning I tried to substitute my bar for some grapes to hit a fruit category. I felt it at the gym. I could not push myself as hard and I started to get nauseous and stomach cramps. I am not one for buying into bars and shakes but let me tell you, these are the real deal and work great! I would highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for a nutrition snack. You won’t be disappointed. 


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Prepared two lunches the night before with fish, veggies and dairy

One of the key things is preparing your meals. Prepare. Prepare. Prepare. This will help you get to those early classes and stay on track with your meals. The hardest days I had were when I did not prepare my food. It may take some time but plan your meals out on Sunday for Monday-Wednesday and then again on Wednesday for the rest of the week. It helps. Everyone on the plan is there for each other. It is easy to just pick up the phone and text or call to find out different ideas for food or if your struck Peggy is right there helping to figure out what you can do. Not to mention the bi-weekly meeting we all have as a group to discuss different topics and ideas. 

Stay tuned for a blog entry highlighting the talk component about this plan. 

Also, look out for some healthy recipes blog that you can make for your family while on this plan! 

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Eating Healthy and A Good Night Sleep

Trying to eat healthy makes me feel great! What I realized about eating healthy is that I struggle to make good choices when I do not get 7-8 hours of sleep. It is weird how my body craves those carbs and sweets when I am not rested. It must be because I didn’t feed my body those zzzz’s, my body then wants those high glycemic foods for the pick me up all day!!! So ALERT! Get a good nights sleep and then your body will have less cravings! I promise you!

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