I LOVE my job as a personal trainer*! I get to wake up every day and help people build healthier lives. I’m also a mother, wife, and competitive athlete. A few years ago, on the surface it looked like I had it made. It looked like I was making my own hours. It looked like I had a solid list of clients, and it looked like I was balancing work and life just perfectly. But guess what? I was failing at all of it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I really do love what I do. But I wasn’t making my own hours. My days started way to early, and I was simply unable to train in the afternoons and evenings because I needed to pick up my kids from school and ready for school. I did (and still do) have an amazing clientele, but when their lives got a little busy and they couldn’t do their session, I didn’t get paid. Yay for a few weeks off, boo for no money. And I was constantly stressed about where I was going to find my next client, and even if I did find them, where was I going to put them on my schedule??
Even with those complications, I had no desire to change careers. I was born to help people feel amazing!! I decided to find a way to increase my income without increasing client training hours. The little voice in the back of my head told me that was impossible and that I was crazy. I almost listened but told it to shut up instead.
I realized that every single day, to every single client, in almost every session, I was making nutrition recommendations. I was doing research and then sending them to the store to hopefully follow my advice and not get sidetracked by the salesperson at the counter. I finally asked myself why I was doing all the hard work and then sending all the income to the vitamin store and letting the vitamin store keep all the profits. Hm, not good.
Here’s the deal, every time I sent a paying client to buy something at the store, it was a lost opportunity for me to build a financially solid business. And I’ll be honest, losing money meant I was losing other things. I was losing morning snuggles with my kids because I felt it was the only time I could cram in training sessions in. I was losing myself, trying to work unpredictable hours around my family’s schedule, unable to get in my own workouts, and I was losing my purpose being spread so thin.
So, I did a little research. I found a way to turn my recommendations into a steady stream of income. I started an online health and wellness business and told them them shop directly from me. Money they were already spending now goes directly to MY online store and their products are shipped directly to them. I’ve turned my recommendations into a paycheck. My clients get a great discount and access to the best freakin products out there. It’s a win-win for everyone. Oh, and did I mention I’m home now more mornings for morning cuddles?
If the idea of building a financially solid training business without increasing training hours is interesting to you, we should chat. No obligation. It might be a fit for your and it might not. And think about it, has anyone ever died from just getting more info? Email me to set up a time to chat, it just might be the solution you and your family have been looking for.
Written By: Amanda Allen; Owner of Amanda Allen Fit
* This concept works for anybody within the fitness industry including but not limited to yoga instructors, group fitness leaders, crossfit instructors, kickboxing instructors, dance teachers, cycle instructors, pilates instructors, etc. All of these industries love to serve and help others feel better from the inside and out. Yet, they can not help if a client moves, can't attend class, stop committing to their health journey. But, by including a Nutritional Plan like the 30 Days to Clean Eating + Detox Program they can continue to serve their clients virtually. So, let's START increasing your income without increasing your client hours!!!! Start your Nutritional Virtual Franchise TODAY...like these other industry leaders!!!
Heather Haycock, Dance Instructor
Alex Settler, Yoga Instructor
Cynthia Roten, Health and Fitness Group Trainer
Erica Darensbourg, Bootcamp Trainer
Erica Leo, Dance Instructor
Bryanne Knight, Kickboxing Coach
1. The caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation, and this makes you feel lousy. Inflammation is also linked to many diseases.
2. Habituation to caffeine decreases insulin sensitivity, making it difficult for your cells to respond appropriately to blood sugar. High blood sugar levels lead to arterial deterioration and increased risk of mortality related to cardiovascular disease.
3. Unfiltered coffee has the highest amount of beneficial antioxidants yet also leaks the most diterpenes into your system. These diterpenes have been linked to higher levels of triglycerides, LDL and VLDL levels.
4. The helpful chlorogenic acids that may delay glucose absorption in the intestine have also been shown to increase homocysteine levels -- an indicator for increased risk of cardiovascular disease, which tends to be elevated in diabesity.
5. The acidity of coffee is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut flora).
6. Addiction is often an issue with coffee drinkers and makes it really difficult to rely on the body's natural source of energy. Ask any coffee drinker about how it feels to withdraw from coffee, and you will mistake their story for that of a drug addict's...
7. Associative addictions trend with coffee -- who doesn't immediately think of warm, frothy sweet cream and sugar when they picture coffee? Surely the business of coffee has inspired a culture addicted to the sugary, fatty tastes of what has become more of a meal than a drink! That morning latte is the epitome of food lacking nutrition density yet packing energy!
8. 5-HIA, an organic acid and component of the neurotransmitter serotonin (the happy chemical) seen in the urine tends to be elevated in coffee drinkers, which means they may be at risk for lower levels of serotonin synthesis in the brain. Serotonin is necessary for normal sleep, bowel function, mood, and energy levels. It is a vicious cycle, as caffeine can disrupt sleep and promote anxiety and depression. We all know someone who tends to be tired, wired and over-caffeinated!
9. Elevated urinary excretion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium have been noted in coffee drinkers. An imbalance in your electrolyte status can lead to serious systemic complications.
10. Constituents in coffee can interfere with normal drug metabolism and detoxification in the liver, making it difficult to regulate the normal detoxification process in the liver. Another issue to be aware of with coffee intake is how certain medications such as levothyroxine (thyroid) as well as tricyclic antidepressants are poorly absorbed, making symptoms curiously worse for patients.
It's a wise experiment to provide yourself a break from coffee intake and see what it feels like to live your life on your own fuel. Remove coffee and caffeine safely from your system and see how authentically energized you feel!
How to Avoid Withdrawal Symptoms
Those who consume the most caffeine, alcohol and sugar, and those who have the highest toxic load, tend to have the most difficulty initially. In any event, symptoms of withdrawal usually disappear after three or four days. It is best to slowly reduce your intake of caffeine and coffee.
Make sure you drink at least six to eight glasses of filtered water daily. Instead of coffee in the morning, take some warm water with freshly-squeezed lemon juice.
The best water to drink is water that has been passed through a filtering process. Common and inexpensive filters are available, such as carbon filters like the ones Brita makes. The best filter is a reverse osmosis filter that puts the water through a multi-step process to remove microbes, pesticides, metals, and other toxins. This can be installed under the sink. It's a great filtering system and cheaper over the long run. Avoid water in plastic bottles, which contains phthalates, a toxic petrochemical. Mineral water or still water in glass bottles is also acceptable.
To prevent headaches, make sure your bowel movements are regular.
If you are tired, allow more time for sleep.
Take 1,000 mg buffered vitamin C with breakfast and dinner.
Make sure you exercise daily to help fight off fatigue. Even simple walking is good -- 30 minutes daily.
Some people rely on substituting coffee for real food. When you are hungry make sure to eat and do not let your blood sugar get low. Have some protein in the afternoon such as a handful of nuts or seeds like almonds, pecans, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds, cooked beans, or a piece of steamed or baked fish.
Take a sauna or heat therapy in a bath.
Practice pressing the pause button. Withdrawal can be stressful and research has shown that meditation and other mindful activities can help calm an overstimulated and stressed system while boosting the immune system.
Keep a journal and track your symptoms. Note the difference in quality of energy you experience while off of coffee.
Consider a complete elimination program and avoid all refined sugars, flours, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, gluten and any other addictive substance. By allowing certain triggers to stay in the diet the body stays on the vicious cycle of cravings and addictive behavior. Reset your biology by eliminating all these dietary triggers for inflammation and fatigue.
I know this is a difficult goal, but I assure you that your body and mind will thank you. The sense of calm, clarity and restful sleep will reward you with the simple pleasures of innate health and an energy that is rightfully yours.
Seeing that it’s now Fall and many of you haven't started your new years resolutions, especially around the arena of FOOD, I thought I would help you out with the WHY around doing a detox.
As many of you have heard me say, we aren’t plants, we don’t photosynthesize, and that we have to consume things from the outside world.
We are also omnivores, which means we have to consume a variety of things to make our vessel, our body work OPTIMALLY.
And the super cool thing about being an omnivore is that we have CHOICE, and yet, the super CHALLENGING thing about being an omnivore is that we have…well, CHOICE.
And if you put garbage in, you’ll get garbage out. When you set your body up with the right information (food, air, water and love) ONLY health, vibrancy and joy can show up.
So what to do when life has gotten so full of fast, quick and easy foods and mindset?
When you have become so numb to what you’re putting in your mouth, or so confused by it and you know there’s a better way but are intimidated as to the “how.”
The next few paragraphs explain the WHY and the IMPORTANCE of doing a GENTLE detox to allow YOU to start paying attention to how foods that you are choosing are affecting your body and mind.
The program that I use is through Arbonne International, it’s my favorite by far, and if you’re familiar awesome. If not, it’s still worth the read because I talk about the WHY.
On your mark. Get set. Read.
Arbonne found me in 2010.
Their 30 days to fit program was launched in 2011 when I was still a brand new consultant. And to be honest I was skeptical. Not only about the formulations, but skeptical about the whole DETOX mentality. Many of us when we hear DETOX we think extremes, we think starving, we think olive oil, cayenne pepper and lemon juice.
That’s not at all what I discovered that day with Arbonne. The philosophy around the 30 days to fit was to do a few things:
1. focus on whole foods eating
2. focus on avoiding inflammatory, triggering and addictive foods like gluten dairy soy sugar alcohol and caffeine
3. focusing on the importance of absorbing our foods…as Arbonne so beautifully put, we aren’t what we eat we are what we absorb
4. helping the organs that allow our bodies to detox –the lungs, the GI/liver, the skin and the kidneys.
We use the analogy of a bathtub that I was taught in Dental Hygiene School
Ok, so imagine your body as a bathtub and the drains are the organs of elimination: the kidneys, the liver and gastrointestinal system, your skin and your lungs, and when you turn the faucet on you’re adding THINGS like water, food, air, thoughts, and things you’re putting on your skin…all of this is stuff the body has to SORT THROUGH and THEN hold on to what it needs to build your body and then LET GO of the things that’s not serving the body to be as healthy as it can.
And just for the sake of argument I’m going to make a sweeping generalization and say that MOST people’s DRAINS, or DOORS or ORGANS OF ELIMINATION in Western societies are not functioning optimally.
So then what happens to the drains?
Right, they get clogged.
And then toxicity builds up in the body.
And then we experience symptoms.
To name a few:
PMS, weight gain, headaches, migraines, osteopenia, joint pain, thinning of nails and hair, hormone imbalance…the list goes on.
And then if we keep doing what we’re doing we will keep getting what we are getting. So the toxicity continues to build up. And then the body says, “I have to DO something with this,” and where does the body NOT want to put toxins?
Right, in the VITAL organs like your heart, liver and brain. They are called vital for a reason.
So the body came up with a brilliant plan. It said, “lets create an inert place that we can keep the toxins away from the organs. Hmmmmm, I know! Lets stick it in adipose tissue.”
Fat is like bubble wrap for toxins. And again, if we keep doing what we are doing we will keep getting what we’re getting and the toxins/or fat cells will keep BUILDING.
And simultaneously wreaking havoc on the hormone system and then eventually, the vital organs.
And we will then most likely end up with a diagnosis.
So what to do when we get caught in this?
Before Arbonne came into my life and the 30 day plan, I was SEEING this pattern in my dental patients. And I was advising them to avoid the foods that were triggering inflammation, fat storage and disease and decay.
But I was finding that when I would look at a single mother of 3 and tell her to avoid gluten and dairy and soy and sugar, she would look at me with that look of NO WAY THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE. It was like I pulled the rug out.
Arbonne is the rug. It’s the tool kit to hand to people to say “here, here is a SIMPLE DOABLE plan to allow you to put the cereal down, put the pasta down, put the pizza down for a bit, AT LEAST 30 days, and give the body a time to begin to heal, begin to clear the smoke, to begin to say…hmmmm, maybe cheese DOES affect me in a negative way.”
This program, or others like it, are not about forever. It’s not about how you can NEVER EAT pizza again, it’s about pressing pause. Waking you up into how foods may be affecting you. It’s about eating consciously.
So you can then LIVE consciously.
I always tell people this is not a perfection game it’s a progression and consciousness game.
So how does it work?(and this is referencing Arbonne's plan specifically)
The plan has a protein powder that serves a complete meal replacement that you can do for lunch and dinner and post workout.
The plan has flavored fizz sticks that you can add to water that can serve as a soda or coffee replacement.
The plan has a detox tea to drink 1-3 times a day to support the liver and the kidneys to GENTLY let go of toxins.
The plan has a probiotic to help with digestion, absorption, immune support and elimination.
It has a fiber supplement which is crucial for detox and health as fiber acts like a SPONGE for toxins…so as your body is allowed to again, gently let go of toxins, the fiber is there to grab on to it and put it in the stool so the body can let go.
There are fit chews that are little chewy snacks designed to help balance your blood sugar, support your adrenal glands-which are the two glands that sit on your kidneys responsible for a lot of things, and they play a huge role in blood sugar control and hormone balance.
The greens are a part of the plan in that they are adding all those fruits and veggies and antioxidants and phytonutrients that your body as been craving and you haven’t maybe taken the time to eat the amount that your body needs based on your busy schedule.
This program, and others like it, is set up to not only make you and your body win, but to allow you to feel the best you’ve ever felt. So that you can get clear about who you are and why you were put on the planet.
Imagine not waking up and being distracted by migraines or back pain…you can start to ask the questions like if you could do ANYTHING what would you do, who would you be and whose lives would you change.
And it all starts about getting conscious about what we’re putting in our mouth and how it’s affecting our every inch.
And who wouldn’t benefit from that.
This is 30 days that can transform your life.
And everyone around you.
Bring it on!
Ready to get started? Have other questions about the 30 Day Challenge?
With all of protein sources available, it turns out that the pea protein + rice protein combination yields the best combination of all while being 100% hypoallergenic! Rice protein is high in cysteine and methionine, but tends to be low in lysine, and pea protein is low in cysteine and methionine, but is high in lysine. By combining the two, you get a protein source that yields a complete protein comparable to whey and eggs.
Arbonne Fit Essentials Protein is the best protein for daily use, and for a detoxification diet. It contains pea / rice protein combination, along with the addition of cranberry protein. Cranberry protein is a fantastic addition to this formula because it is a complete protein source, and is antioxidant rich!
Fit Essentials protein is 100% vegan, and is vegan certified!
It also contains a powerful blend of Coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 is a fantastic vitamin like supplement that has powerful effects on the cardiovascular system, including the ability to lower blood pressure and prevent congestive heart failure. IT has also shown a positive effect on increased HDL cholesterol, and alleviating migraine headaches!
In addition, this protein contains absolutely no trans fat, no artificial color, no artificial flavor, no soy and no whey! Finally, unlike most protein supplements available today, Arbonne's protein contains 0 Sucrolose. In fact, it is sweetened with all natural Stevia and sugar cane! It also has a complete amino acid profile for muscle building.
But what about the taste? The first thing you will notice is that this protein smells delicious. Both the vanilla and the chocolate have very natural aromas! The next thing is the texture. This protein mixes easily in a shaker cup, and is as smooth as silk even when mixed with plain water. I like to mix it with unsweetened almond milk and it has the consistency of a recently melted milk shake! The flavors are both delicious! I do serve the shakes to my kids and they LOVE it! They actually fight over who gets the biggest serving! Adding frozen berries can change the flavor and make for an awesome smoothie treat!
Milk Thistle is unique in its ability to protect the liver.
Milk thistle acts in a similar fashion to detoxify other synthetic chemicals that find their way into our bodies, from acetaminophen and alcohol to heavy metals and radiation.
Milk thistle was approved in 1986 as a treatment for liver disease and it is widely used to treat alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, cirrhosis, liver poisening and viral hepatitis.
The active ingredient, or liver-protecting compound in milk thistle is known as silymarin. This substance, which actually consists of a group of compounds called flavonolignands, helps repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances by stimulating protein synthesis. By changing the outside layer of liver cells, it also prevents certain toxins from getting inside. Silymarin also seems to encourage liver cell growth. It can reduce inflammation (important for people with liver inflammation or hepatitis), and has potent antioxidant effects. Antioxidants are thought to protect body cells from damage caused by a chemical process called oxidation. Our Milk Thistle is not standardized to an exact amount (as it is made from pure dried natural herbs.
This herb benefits adrenal disorders and inflammatory bowel syndrome, and is used to treat psoriasis (increases bile flow).
This herb is a must for cleansing and for anyone with any sort of liver dysfunction or exposure to toxins.
Some studies have found milk thistle to increase the milk supply for lactating women.
Many DETOX teas contain this herb and can be consumed daily for a delicious dose!
Find your tea by checking out the site of your preferred Arbonne Coach and search for detox tea, allowing you to buy the tea directly from their site! You won't regret it!