However, here we look at the merits of the diet and at how those who do not need the surgery can adapt it to their possible weight loss strategy. But either way consult your doctor.
1. Never skip a meal
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Mariana Fernandes is a born and raised New Jersey girl, but this IFBB Pro athlete has tropical Brazilian blood running through her veins. Ever since Mariana was very young she has always been very active and attracted to this kind of lifestyle. At the age of 8, she became a part of a local dance company and pursued ballet, modern, jazz for the following 10 years of her life. However, when she got to Rutgers University she put her dancing aside and began focusing on her studies where she earned her degree in Psychology and a double minor in Public Health and Women & Gender Studies.
Nevertheless, in order to stay fit, she joined a local gym and began exploring different ways of staying in shape. At first, as any typical rookie to the gym, Mariana was completely intimated by the endless sea of equipment, which caused her to only stick to her comfort zone of treadmills and ellipticals. But with time she began exploring weight training and preparing for 5k races and obstacle challenges. When she began to realize how she was able to shape and mold her body to her liking she wanted to push herself even further. This was when she reached out to Bombshell Fitness and began preparing for her first NPC show.
February 2014 marked that date she first began to seriously prepare for her first NPC Show. From the moment she stepped on stage she knew she had found her calling and completely fell in love with the sport. Mariana pushed herself not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well making her grow in ways she had never expected. Her first show was in April 2014 and by her 5th show on July 2014 she was on the NPC National stage and earned her IFBB Pro Card as well as taking the title of Overall Bikini Champion.
Mariana is determined to continuously push her limits to see how far she can go. Her heart is all about fitness, having fun, and being adventurous. She loves to be able to inspire others and the biggest compliment she can receive is when someone tells her that she was the one that caused them to change their lives for the better.
WBFF Pro Figure Diva/Athlete
Also being a figure competitor and doing Paleo has some people scratching their head, since it is considered a “low-carb diet”. Paleo is naturally low in carbs, but can be modified to suit your nutritional needs depending on activity level. I add additional carbs when necessary to help me with my training and performance.
100% confident in my program translates onto the competition stage and as long as I am happy with me then I am already a winner!!
Also another key to a successful healthy lifestyle is planning your meals and snacks. I cook and prep my food weekly and it takes all the guess work out of what to eat each day. If you have it planned chances are you will follow it since you went to great lengths to cook it yourself and you know exactly what you are eating. I think
many people have a hard time with this step, but if you plan ahead and design some really simple recipes then you have just made a huge leap to a positive change in your health goals. That is what I hope my meal plans will bring to people is the ease of cooking while enjoying some really yummy foods.
I have developed a Paleo meal plan and currently working on my website Paleofitchick.com WOW, had no idea of building a website is a big challenge, but it’s a dream and goal I intend to finish and so excited and worth every minute! Below are a couple of recipes I out of my meal plan I hope you will enjoy!
Paleo Immune Booster Power Bars
8 medjool dates, pits removed
¾ coconut flakes, shredded
½ cup of raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
¾ cup of nuts, (I used ½ walnuts and ½ pecans)
½ cup cacao nibs
½ cup dried goji berries
1 tsp raw unfiltered honey
½ tsp cinnamon
Kickin Chicken Thighs
3 pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
4 jalapenos diced (I use the jar jalapenos and just chop them up)
2 garlic cloves minsed
2 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp raw unfiltered honey
2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp fresh or dried Rosemary
1 tsp black pepper
In a bowl, combine all ingredients except lemon. Next pour in a gallon ziploc bag and then add your chicken thighs to the bag. Seal shut and then I take the bag and work the marinade around the chicken make sure it is good and coated. Place in the refrigerator overnight. Next day grill them on medium heat sealed up in aluminum foil for about 20-30 minutes. Next open the foil and squeeze lemon on thighs and seal back for a few minutes.
I feel so blessed to be at this point in my life and very thankful! My goals are to help and to inspire others, especially women my age. You are never too old to chase a dream whether to get on stage or just to improve your overall quality of life. I have a wonderful family, job and coach and wonderful teammates that are always
Also, a huge thanks to my coach, Greg Hasberry with Elite Fitness and Figure, for training me and believing in me.
He is passionate about health and wanting the best for all of his competitors. Greg is like family to me and I am so thankful he is in my life and is constantly guiding me and my other teammates the value of success. I have so many wonderful friends and teammates that are constantly supporting me as well as each other to reach their goals.
In conclusion, as individuals we all have dreams and to turn that dream into a reality is an absolute joy that cannot be duplicated. Wherever the road my lead you, I say go for it!!! You have nothing to lose other than not trying it at all. You just have to get up and get to that start line of that race and go!! Needless to say I have my challenges just like everyone else, but I get up each day full of new goals and hopes that are waiting for me to accomplish.
We are never promised a tomorrow, so embrace each day and live your life to the fullest!!
I invite you to my facebook fan page and other social media sites to get more great nutrition tips and recipes and my journey to the 2015 Worlds Figure Pro show August in Las Vegas!!
One thing that is so absolutely amazing about becoming a fitness freak, geek, or athlete is mastering weight loss and weight gain.
Yes, mastering these things are possible. A while there may not be one single diet or routine that fits everyone in every state of life (ie, simple fix,) There are some steps to follow to gain control.
Step 1: Acknowledge where you are currently.
- This includes weight, height, percent body fat
- A pound of body fat take up more volume than a pound of muscle. So you can weight more a look better if you focus more on fat loss and weight gain than wight loss and fat gain.
Step 2: Separate blame from character and apply it to food and exercise facts.
- You are not to blame, however your food might be.
- You are not to blame your current workout routine is.
Step 3: Take stock of what does not work first then what does work.
- Because most people focus on weight loss they often waste time on the search for what works and not was currently is not working.
- If the current foods or routine is not working for you find out which foods and routines are to blame and remove them.
- If it doesn’t help you loss body fat is it helping you gain weight.
- It as much about body fat loss as it is about gaining weight.
- If you can find what helps you gain weight then you know what to remove to lose weight.
Step 4: Try something new just for fun.
- While this might not be your first choice of diets or exercises routines give something new a try. You can learn just a much from what does work as from what doesn’t work. Just keep learning and a don’t be timid to find out why it does or more likely doesn’t work.
- Don’t start a program you really don’t intend to finish
- Finish the program even if you suck at it.
- What you can learn by completing the program will count for more when you have completed the program.
- Even if you suck at it; the confidence gained from completion will serve you more at weight mastery than moving on to something which may or may not be a more effective mastery tool.
In a Bombshell
Andrea L. Cox is a beautiful 5ft 10in blonde bombshell! She is a natural health guru, who lives in San Diego California. With an impressive and ever expansive resume currently behind her, Andrea has successfully branded herself as an extraordinary and authoritative published author, business woman, model, health guru, and holistic healer, in the health, fitness, and beauty industries.
|Andrea and her older sister sitting on what she refers to as “Satan’s” lap, aka, Ronald McDonald|
Andrea was born in a small town called Dayton, Ohio, Andrea is the youngest of three girls. Her father was an Ohio state trooper when Andrea was born and eventually started his own trucking company. Andrea’s mother worked for the local court house and took pride in raising three beautiful strong girls.
- the notoriously popular “Australian Pent House” Black and White edition series,
- “Playboy’s Book of Lingerie” series, and
- “Playboy’s Voluptuous Vixens” series.
Andrea has been in various magazine photo spreads, among a variety of powerful and well known men’s magazine. One of her favorite modeling jobs was shooting the billboards for “Red Bull Energy Drink”! She also shot their Pin-Up Posters. This goes completely against the grain of health that Andrea believes in today! Stimulants and diet drinks are a thing of the past for Andrea and her clients!
Andrea also was featured on “Cover Girls’ Magazine” and calendar, she became a spokes model for the Ashley Talent Agency in Cincinnati Ohio Moving over into a more expansive media exposure range, she also appeared in a segment of Passport to new homes and was the star of an Indiana State Lottery commercial.
Andrea’s work and photo-shoot profiles were featured on a personal modeling website AndreaLCox.com, where her work was showcased, and gained her notoriety with her online fans.
Muscles & More
With a strong passion for working out and the fitness lifestyle Andrea quickly realized that she wanted to begin creating a dynamic brand behind herself. Dropping her fake name, Andrea moved forward into the fitness model industry, where she became the “eye candy” to get the men to purchase the magazines. Soon after, magazine covers followed! Andrea has the largest spread for a female non-competitor in “Muscular Development Magazine” to date. She has shot for spreads and covers in over 20 fitness magazines to date.
During this same time, Andrea’s health began to fail, due her high protein diet, and on going battle with bulimia for almost two years, which had now, began to take its toll.
Health & Wellness
During that same year, Andrea decided it was time to follow her newfound interest in raw living foods, Andrea flew herself out to New York, to meet the author of a popular raw foods book, only to learn that the author of the book was not responsible for the advice that had been given, but rather, that it was the author’s colon hydro therapist who had the “real” knowledge.
This was the event that changed Andrea’s life forever! Little did she know it at the time, it was to become the driving force that would motivate Andrea onto a more influential path, after realizing that she would have to directly nurture herself with living foods, juices and intermediate fasting. This was a change Andrea had to make for herself and could not rely on another person to do that for her.
Inspired by the mere thought that she could change her health on a cellular level and Andrea underwent an intense self-induced journey into healing her body, healthily, and naturally.
A Raw Beginning
Andrea began a 40 day juice fast to detoxify her body, followed by a seven day water fast, she quickly realized the health benefits of raw foods and juicing, and began to immerse herself into the Raw Vegan lifestyle and world. Her raw journey had just began!
Andrea soon realized that both men and women suffered from eating disorders that often had a mental component to them. Andrea began concentrating her efforts on spreading her experience and knowledge, and became a powerful raw vegan and health guru.
Creating her first website, at the age of 29, www.TheHealthyHaven.net is an active health and lifestyle website, designed to help teach, and inform the public about healthy ways to maintain and improve their life and lifestyle by using food as medicine! Andrea is a firm believer in the mind body connection and has become deeply spiritual since finding the Lord a few years ago.
The Juice is loose
Her second book, titled “Juicing for Beauty”, is a collection of her favorite juice, smoothie and soup recipes, designed to help any health conscious individual eat more healthily and easily, with less time wasted in the kitchen.
Andrea also created a line of ‘humic and fulvic acid’ detoxification products called “Andrea’s Breakfast”
blend and “Evening formulas”! Both of Andrea’s humic and fulvic products have been successfully sold and shipped all over the world. She also has her “lower bowel balance” formula that will wipe out constipation naturally within an hour! Over the years, Andrea has been commissioned, to write for hundreds of publications over the years, such as “Dayton Daily News”, “The Chiropractic Journal”, “Fashion 5.0”, and “Natural Living Magazine”, due to her experience and knowledge in the health and beauty industry.
Andrea has accomplished a variety of high profile spreads, and shoots, and has graced a multitude of magazine covers, for both glamour and beauty, in the health and fitness industries. One of her most famed shoots being last year with the famous Maurice Rinaldi who has shot for magazines such as Vogue!
With all of the success she has experienced with her shift into the raw vegan lifestyle, she has created a solid audience and fan base following of health enthusiasts and spiritual students.
Andrea currently runs a YouTube video channel where she produces, directs and edits a daily You Tube video! This channel has drummed up close to 400,000 views in just the first year alone! Andrea also creates a steady flow of blog posts on her website www.thehealthyhaven.net where she reflects on the ups and downs of the daily life of a woman, who in her words, “Has undergone not just a health journey, but a spiritual one as well.”
Andrea has spent nearly a decade as a beauty, health and fitness expert who has overcome the obstacle of having a terrible eating disorder that takes the life of many. Andrea has firmly yet gracefully planted herself within the health, fitness, and beauty communities, as the “go-to girl” for cleansing and detoxification advice and guidance. Using her knowledge and experience, Andrea has begun hosting juice fast retreats, in La Jolla California, that have garnered the attention and praise of famous Hollywood performers and stars.
For the more serious client Andrea’s one on one and group retreats can be found on her retreat website at www.alkalizewithandrea.com
Light & Love
Her most recent program is The 30 Day Path to Enlightenment which concentrates on detoxifying the mind, body, and spirit for extended health benefits, using the approach of doing for others to get outside of yourself! Andrea was proud to be able to create this affordable program for people. At less than a buck per day, it is life changing!
Her powerful reach in the juicing and healthy lifestyles community, has cultivated Andrea an impressive media appearance resume, with appearances on numerous television appearances, including “Dayton’s Channel 2”, San Diego’s “KUSI”, “San Diego 6”, and “Fox 45” news stations. Andrea has been interviewed on national radio shows such as “The Patrick Timpone Show” on One Radio Network, the “Rawkin Radio” show, and the “Extreme Health Radio” and The Morning Ignition radio program.
As a powerful health advocate, Andrea continues to speak out for bulimia and anorexia, by using her media appearances to help educate others as to the dangers and realities of the disorder. Andrea has spoken publicly about her personal battles with bulimia, on the “The Anthony Anderson Show”, “The Cool Vegetarian”, and most recently at “The Global Health Summit”.
Andrea’s expansive knowledge on natural foods and cleansing have awarded her the opportunity to also work directly with celebrities, such as a Tony Award winning playwright and even a former Brady, Christopher Knight.
Shining Her Light
Andrea presently uses her bombshell image, glowing skin and fit healthy body, to teach audiences that they can attain and maintain a healthy lives, regardless of their age, health concerns, or other challenges.
Andrea’s coaching and guidance programs, allow her clients to naturally bring out their beauty, fitness, and strength, by using holistic empowerment and natural nourishment techniques.
A Brand in her Hand
Andrea’s solid marketing and branding growth has most recently landed her to be featured on the “Jason Spurlock’s Nation Wide” radio show, where her marketing talents and branding power were showcased. Andrea has solidly established herself as natural health and beauty powerhouse! She has proven that she is more than just a hot body with a beautiful face! With Andrea’s ever growing popularity becoming known nationally she has shown us she has the brains to successfully represent and build powerful brands, all while complimenting her craft with a beautiful bombshell fit physique.
JaVonte’ is currently a college administrator, coach and natural bodybuilder competitor that has figured out how to balance achieving his own personal goals along with helping others achieve theirs. His ability to work over 50 hours a week and still stay dedicated to his physique has caught the attention of and inspired many. He recently signed to Diamond Cut Supplements as an athlete where he will help market and promote their brand.
Elna Caravias is a 33 year old Nutritional Therapist and Cosmetic Laser Therapist in South Africa. Her passion lies in the slimming industry, specifically the ketogenic diet which is now very popular in South Africa, called banting.
Elna started banting to compete in body transformation competitions. The diet served her well and she soon developed a love for the medical side of ketogenics. Beating cancer with ketogenics is a passion for her and she continues studying in this field continuously.
As a young entrepreneur, Elna is also involved in the diving tourism industry. Ketogenics serves her well when she wants to go on a scuba diving holiday as not only is the diet easy to follow anywhere in the world but she also looks at her best when she needs to most. Slimming has become Elna’s passion in life and if she can help you become fit, healthy and even fight a disease with nutrition then she will put it all in and give you her all.