This is a great time of year to talk about struggles. Speed bumps, obstacles, stumbling blocks, etc. I prefer the term speed bump because that's really what it is; it isn't a roadblock - you're not stopping. Rather, it's an obstacle that slows you down temporarily. Whichever way you name them, they're a part of everyone's journey. Regardless of your goal: struggles will happen.
This time of year tends to be tough on those of us following a healthy lifestyle because the holidays always bring out the goodies. Baked goods and purchased goods alike.
"Just one" turns into "just one more" turns into "I'll get back on track tomorrow." There's almost always a well-meaning family member nearby nodding in agreement with a kind smile saying, "You're allowed to cheat!" only further crumbling your wall of resolve.
They're never malicious in their intent. Rather, they just want you to feel comfortable with whatever decision you make. If you were to put the treat back and not eat it, they would still genuinely pat you on the back and tell you, "Great job!"
I'm closing in on two years with Nutracelle, and there were times throughout my journey that I isolated myself from my family to make it easier for myself. It took me some time to find that balance of what to expect from my family with this journey, and what to ask for.
I cut out carbs, sugar, and junk out of my life. I told myself there would be no cheat days because I knew historically that cheat-days lead to cheat-weeks... which lead to cheat-months... and then I was back where I started - except heavier. Being around my family was hard. They never pushed junk food on me, of course, thankfully they've always been very supportive. However, one of my struggles came from just being around the food they were eating. Donuts, chips, chocolate, candy. Being surrounded by people eating bad things when you're the only one focusing on eating the good things is hard.
How dare they? I begrudgingly drank my delicious shakes, thankful to have my healthy option. No one offered me the junk food but watching everyone enjoy their treats was hard. My goals were worth it, but... still.
I contradicted my own annoyance by coaching myself: "They aren't required to give it up just because you are." I told myself this over, and over, and over again. It became my mantra in my head when I was around temptations. I can remember sitting in the corner spot of my sister's sectional one evening while my parents & I visited her in Petawawa, Ontario, as three people on my right enjoyed donuts, and three people on my left did too. I remember staring straight ahead repeating that mantra in my head, telling myself that one donut would be a slippery slope. At this point, I was only a few months into my journey and I had already lost over twenty pounds. I knew in my heart that this would pass, and I would adjust to my new lifestyle while I was around them (and others).
Talking it out with them, ensuring I always had my shakes and keeping low-carb snacks around for me, too.
The best and most successful plan I've followed yet has been to find new recipes for both snacks and meals to make with my family. Low-carb cookies, desserts, dinner options, and more. My family was always supportive, I just had to find a way to incorporate them into my new lifestyle the right way.
Now we make low-carb recipes all the time - both Protein Treats recipes, and other ones we find online. Sometimes we're successful, and sometimes we're not. We learn every time, and more importantly, I've included them in my lifestyle. Instead of isolating myself, feeling annoyed and struggling... now we're doing it together.
My mother has since joined the Nutracelle family and has had her own amazing successes both weight and other (I'll write about that in a different post! #mombrag coming up).
No, and that's totally fine. They celebrate my accomplishments, they make game plans for my struggles, and they are always willing to try new things with me. That means more to me than I could ever explain. Even my 16-year-old nephew, 8-year-old niece, and 7-year-old nephew love my shakes and will try every recipe we make. They're also brutally honest... seriously. Ha!
Check out some of the delicious food we've made together! Each picture is either a Protein Treats recipe or a low-carb recipe with Natural Nutralean thrown in! (even the Christmas dinner plate! Protein stuffing and cauliflower fauxtatoes instead of mashed potatoes!)
If you're reading this post and thinking, "Yep, I've been there." Just know that you're not alone and that it doesn't have to be hard. Remember that these are your people. The number one thing they want is to see you succeed. Trust them to be your support when you need them, and they won't let you down.
Maybe it's not your family, maybe it's your roommates or your significant other, your children, etc. Temptations are everywhere. The best part of this journey is overcoming these speed bumps and giving yourself a pat on the back for choosing YOU every day.
Here are my top 5 tips for overcoming your speed bumps:
Losing weight is hard, but the reward is so worth it. I've grown closer to my family through this process (and we were already super close!), and hearing their praise about my success makes it even more worthwhile.
I also know that sometimes the struggle is not having anyone. If you're alone, please read this paragraph to yourself as many times as you need it: YOU HAVE US. You have NutraTalk which is full of like-minded people all focusing on their health, too. You also have us 'head office' folks. We are all here to help you succeed. Everything we do is with you in mind. Don't ever forget that.
& above all, you have me. You know my story; you know my struggles. No one understands your journey more than I do - the good times, the bad times, the ugly times, the embarrassing times, and everything else in between. If we've never chatted before, don't worry - just call me. 1-877-229-1207.
Did you know you can schedule a call with me? Use this link. I'm ready to help you overcome whatever speed bumps you run into.
Talk to you soon
P.s Shout out to these amazing people who have had my back since day one. I wouldn't be where I am without you all.
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I love this product. Other Whey protein powder upsets my stomach. This doesn’t!
Love this stuff! Love that it keeps the bloat down, it’s a great meal replacer for promoting fat loss. It’s a great way to keep your protein intake up, most of us don’t get enough, and this is a yummy way to make sure you do. I always get the bundles now it’s a great deal! It’s has become part of regular
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If you have teens, you can symphatize...they like what they like and are hard to crack to get them trying new things, so I thought! My teen daughter is first year resident away from home, needles to say sometimes I worry about the eating habits she results to. I convinced her to try the SALTED CARAMEL on her last visit at home, and showed her how EASY it is to make, literally add water, shake and go! She loves SALTED CARAMEL ICE CREAM nad belive me I was blown away when she made a remark that this tastes JUST like that. THANK YOU NUTRACELLE, it's one step at a time, but this was a HUGE ONE FOR US!!!
I love the salted Caramel in my coffee .
I mix my strawberry with almond and coconut milk, add a coulpe of extra berries to it and I sweat it tastes like a milk shake and it is actually good for you! The whole family is hooked on it! THe nutra bites are my "not so guily pleasure" treats, love them!
takes no time at all, simple ingredients, LOVE IT! made chocolate bread topped with nut butter and fresh berries. No left over - says a lot!
I’ve made the chicken wings now twice getting my book I just love it. The smoothies are are very delicious
All flavours are sooo good! Cafe Mocha is my Favourite by far though!
healthy and delecious lunch on the go!
I have been using Nutracelle for a few years now. It is by far the best protein I have ever tried! I love how nice and smoothly it mixes and that it tastes great in water.
I have been using Nutracelle products for about 3-4 years and haven't strayed to date. It is by far, without a doubt, the smoothest, most delicious tasting fulfilling protein on the market. We would run out and be lost without it. It is not only a daily part of our diet but in most cases part of our childrens diet. Couldn't be happier with our most resent order. The bites are so convenient and tasty!!!.
Just received my latest order of Vanilla Cream and Coffee Mocha. These two are the top of my favourites list. I ran out and had to order more. Thanks for the quick delivery and the great taste. 👍
I love love love this protein powder.. It mixes sooo well into everything I make. I use the natural a lot & put it in every meal I make
Vanilla Cream is one of my favorite flavours! Water and whipping cream and it tastes like a vanilla milkshake!!
There are few sugar free, gluten free, soy free.... and GREAT TASTING GUMMIE VITAMINS out there. I've got my family to try and everyone's loved them!
More Than Smoothies Cookbook digital download cook book - We tried the chocolate bread last night with the family topping it with some nut butter and raspberries, I guess that tere is no leftover a 5 satr review that speaks for itself! THANK YOU!
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Really enjoying the easy to make recipes in the cookbook. Plenty of great ideas and uses with your Nutralean Powders
I'm loving using the Natural Nutralean in recipes and smoothies. These powders are amazing
I’ve never been a big fan of protein powders, most of them made me nauseous and I hated the taste. So I was a bit skeptical waiting in my Nutracelle order. I thought I’d try the salted caramel first and oh my goodness, I loved the taste and actually look forward to having it each morning. I’m already noticing after 2 weeks that my tummy flab is slowly going away!
I ordered Chocolate and Vanilla along eith the 2 flavours of Nutrabites and I’m addicted to it all.
ok, I have tried Strawberry and Chocolate dream, and don't get me wrong they were both really yummy, BUT the Salted Caramel is my ABSOLUTE FAVE! I do share it with my teenage son (sparingly) and my spouse, who both agree it is very decadent and satisfying! Just like a creamy dessert in a shake form. I do find it is very palatable, keeps us full for hours gentle on our gut and super easy to consume even on it's own just mixed with water. I am very greatful and fan for sure!
Already thinking about the Holidays and indulging and I was a bit frightened "to fall of the wagon" with all the temptations the season brings....These bites are perfect to curb that sudden urge to snack on something sinful :) they are perfect size and I fell great about munching on them, guilt free! I don't find them satiating, however as I said just perfect to satisfy my senses when the urge hits!
It took a while for me to choose my next flavour as I am a bit anxious of trying "new flavours" but I must say I am glad I did. So refreshing, easy to blend, add a couple of mushed berries to my shake some plant based milk and oh so yummy!!
I’ve been using nutracelle for about 4+ years now,( not consistently I must confess). I really like the chocolate and mocha espresso. I usually mix 1 scoop of each with 1cup if almond milk & ice & blend well with blender. It is satisfying & filling, (but does give a gassy feeling a few hours later). Symptoms settle once used for awhile😊.
Connie keeps me on track, I don't know what I would do without her! I gained almost 40 pounds back after losing over 125 pounds at my lowest and I was devastated. Connie not only helped me see where I was eating more than I realized, she created a meal plan that is super easy for me to stick to. And because she had weight loss surgery she really knows what works and what doesn't. I had tried a dietitician through my doctor, but they just kept telling me to exercise more and eat more meals and I was getting depressed. Connie showed me how to change my thinking and she keeps me accountable and motivated. She is always there and and I finally feel in control again. THANK YOU CONNIE!!!
I promised myself to include protein at every meal. Not as easy as it sounds! This protein powder tastes great and makes my protein intake easier. I use the coffee mocha with almond milk in my daily coffee. I use the vanilla cream in my smoothies. I have more flavours on the way to try and recently received the cookbook so I am looking forward to trying some new ways to use NutraLean.
All I can say is the Chocolate Dream is life, I’ve been eating the Keto way since June and it didn’t take me long to find the monotony of eggs for breakfast every day frustrating. Then my sister gave me a bag of Chocolate Dream and I started to look forward to breakfast. When I joined the gym in August the trainer asked me what my favourite Keto meal was and I said my Chocolate Dream shake from nutracelle, he was quite surprised by my answer, but it’s true sometimes the thought of my delicious shake is just the motivation I need to get out of bed in the morning. I love it.
Great taste, no fuss when it comes to my kids taking them. Thank you!
Dear Nutracelle Team, I can't begin to tell you how many protein powders, drinks, bars etc I have tried over the last couple of years, and none of them stayed in my life permanently...the taste, texture or versatility was always off, so I was left with barely used containers that I had spent quite a bit of money on and was left feeling guilty for not using them, but even that wasn't enough to make me stick to the plan. I have to be honest with you, my first purchase was the Salted Caramel protein powder through Amazon.ca. I came across it just by accident searching for a prebiotic protein powder and viola! I figured what the heck if I can't consume it for what ever reason I'll just use it up baking...WELL, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I AM HOOKED!!! The taste, texture and what it does to my body, I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH! My Teens LOVE it too which I am sooooo grateful for as well! My next purchase was the Chocolate dream with the same intention, if not f=great on it's own I'll just use it up in my baking or dessert recipes. I find the taste mild so I added some raw cacao powder and a touch of peppermint oil and oh yummmm! Thank you for all the care and research you out into your products, I am one satisfied, returning customer!!!
I bought the Vanilla Cream flavour of Nutralean protein powder and I love it! So creamy, not chalky like some other protein powders I’ve tried. I will definitely be buying more in other flavours.
Nutrabites Protein Balls
Easy to take, melt in your mouth, and taste very good.