Posted by Ellen Bennett
June 26, 2017
Happy Monday!!! So excited to announce something that I think is going to be pretty damn awesome... @bewellbykelly and I were talking about how it's damn near impossible to take care of yourself when you're busy running around taking care of everything else so we brainstormed and came up w/ a 🚨30 day challenge🚨 for us that will work for everyone's busy ass schedule 🙌🏻💃🏻😱... Starting tomorrow we want you to start your day with 30 minutes of exercise - get outside, ride a bike, try a new workout class, anything works! Post workout, make one of Kelly's smoothies loaded with nut butter, almond milk and other good proteins. 👌🏻⚡️Small steps towards big progress 🙌🏻 Below is how you join us to be a part of it: Follow @bewellbykelly @hedleyandbennett+ @ellenmariebennett so we can check out your progress and tag #bodylovebookchallenge and #apronsquad. At the end of the 30 days, one lucky follower will win a @vitamix, a 1-on-1 nutrition appointment with kelly, a @hedleyandbennett apron, @staub_usa cast iron Dutch oven, $100 dry bar gift card, and 5 @soulcycle classes + grocery gift cards! We'll be posting every day on Instagram stories everyday so we are in this together guys!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 We're so excited to have Kelly as a guest writer -- check out her blog post below to get started!!!
My first book Body Love launches this Tuesday, June 27th and to celebrate I am hosting my first ever BODY LOVE CHALLENGE!! Body Love isn't about deprivation, restriction or dieting. Body Love teaches you to live in balance (blood sugar balance), eat to satiety so you can weigh what you want and ditch the food drama forever.
Loving your body means feeding it to shut down hunger hormones instead of fighting not to eat. Body Love is about self care and it starts with your morning routine!
So, when Ellen of Hedley & Bennett called me....yes, she is so dope like that and she picked up her phone, dialed my number and we had a real conversation with our human voices. LOL
Ellen wanted to be held accountable and pitched me on hosting a challenge. It needed be attainable for overworked entrepreneurs, traveling professionals, busy parents and managble through real life, vacation and holidays like the 4th of July. It couldn't be an anxiety inducing diet or cleanse that required hours of prep either. (duh, not my style!)
For most of my busy clients, I spare them the science and ask them to move a little in the morning and simply enjoy a Fab Four Smoothie for breakfast. It works because they aren't trying to change their whole life but modify only 1/3 of their day by adding to it. You can make a quick smoothie at home or grab one on the go as long as you know the #fab4smoothie formula. (.....this is imperative!)
For the next 30 days, I am challenging you to join me and a bunch of my busy girlfriends as we embark on the first ever #bodylovebookchallenge!
Who is ready to join the sweat and sip challenge???
- Sweat: Move for a minimum of 30 minutes each day, preferably first thing in the morning before you sip. Choose your favorite workout; from a neighborhood walk to a sweaty hot yoga or HIIT class.
- Sip: Enjoy a post workout #fab4smoothie! Follow the formula, making sure to include all Fab Four components and keeping fruit to a 1/4 cup or less.
THE GOODS: Oh, and we're picking a winner! (OVER $1000 Value)
- One-on-one nutrition session with me!
- A Hedley & Bennett Apron
- A VITAMIX A3500 Ascent Series
- A Staub Dutch Oven
- $250 Whole Foods Giftcard
- $100 to Dry Bar
- 5 SoulCycle Classes
- Follow @hedleyandbennett & @bewellbykelly
- Use the hashtags #bodylovebookchallenge & #apronadventures to share your smoothie and/or workout.
- Share via IG, IG Stories or Facebook as little or as much as you like just make sure you tag us!
- I suggest taking a few pictures or measurements when you start!
WHY THE FAB FOUR? (Protein, Fat, Fiber & Greens) Fab Four meals turn off hunger hormones, squelch inflammation, and provide the body with the perfect complete meal of essential nutrients. The Fab Four is the light structure for eating healthy without “eat" and "do not eat" lists. Simply look at your plate and ask yourself do I have all four components? Protein ups collagen, muscle tone, and metabolism; fat benefits hormones, skin, and cellular health, fiber promotes gut microbiome proliferation and detoxification; and greens (or veggies deep in color) provide cancer and inflammation fighting phytonutrients. This combination is a fail-safe to turn off over 8 hunger hormones in the body so you stop fighting not to eat and instead easily go 4-6 hours without thinking of food or snacking on processed foods.
WHY FAB FOUR SMOOTHIE: I created the Fab Four Smoothie formula to help my clients learn how to build a low sugar meal replacement smoothie. This is very different from the many juice shops, grocery smoothie bars and smoothie recipes online, which can be, loaded with sugar, specifically fructose sugar from excess fruit, agave, dates, and juice. When it comes to energy, skin health, and weight loss the #fab4smoothie is the key! For some new clients, I spare them the science and simply ask them to start every day with a Fab Four Smoothie and within the first week I am getting exciting texts about how their skin is glowing, energy is high and the scale is down. The Fab Four smoothie limits fruit and instead helps you fill up on protein, fat, fiber and greens which naturally help to elongate and balance your blood sugar curve.
This combination keeps you from crashing before lunch and sabotaging your healthy eating efforts. When you arrive at your next meal "alive" you can easily make conscious decisions to put the Fab Four on your next plate.
Looking to kick chocolate cravings? Start with a Chocolate Collagen protein, almond butter, and flax seed smoothie, sneak in a handful of spinach you won’t event taste it! Looking to increase nutrition? Make my spa smoothie the recipe includes vanilla pea protein, avocado, chia cucumber, spinach and a squeeze of lemon. Not a fan of super green smoothies? Opt for a small handful of microgreens they contain up to 14x the nutrition of the full grown plant without the bitter flavor. Looking for better Gut Health? Constipation? You need to keep things moving! Choose MCT oil to kill off candida or Flax oil to alleviate constipation.
Looking for more smoothie recipes? My book Body Love has a whole chapter of #fab4smoothie recipes including a number of completely fruit free smoothies too!