One of the things that derailed my weight loss efforts early on was what I chose to eat when I was not drinking my NutriBlasts. Someone recommended that I keep a food journal to document what I ate, but I was too stubborn to do it. I was starting to eat healthier, but I was still in denial about some of food on my plate.

Although I love drinking my NutriBlasts, my body had to deal with constant flux. I was happy and energetic when I had my Blasts, but then I’d eat something bad and become slow and miserable. My body was confused and I couldn’t keep eating that heavy, fattening food on a daily basis. A treat here and there is fine, but when that food makes up the bulk of your diet, your body is not happy.

And, sadly, this way of eating doesn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of upset stomachs for me to finally realize that I needed to make a positive change. It would be hard, but I certainly wasn’t going back to my old ways!

Thankfully, I fell in love with fresh, locally grown food prepared with a lot of flavor. Instead of masking food with heavy cream, sauces, and fatting oils, I was shown how to enjoy food naturally with seasonings and great flavor.

Restaurants are starting to serve meals with healthier options, substitutions, and even entire gluten-free, vegan and non-allergenic menus. When I dine out now, I often ask waiters to recommend a healthy meal; it’s risky, but the wait staff has been right every time.

I’m thankful that there is a support network out there for people who want to eat healthier food without sacrificing taste. I see so many gadgets, gizmos and suggestions for losing weight, that it can be quite frustrating. I know that with exercise and proper nutrition, I feel better, I look much younger, and I have also managed to lose weight. I finally made the connection and it’s really made a big difference.

-Delores McCarter

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I’m amazed at the amount of energy I have lately. Since I’m finally getting back into exercising regularly, being able to put in a good work out has been a dream come true.

Not long ago, I was so out of shape that my workout sessions didn’t last long. I rarely made it to fifteen minutes. It was boring, and instead of enjoying the experience, I felt extremely uncomfortable. I didn’t get much out of going to the gym and soon discovered that it was a waste of my money. How did people get through this? Even yoga was too weird for me.

I remember once a guy stepped on the treadmill beside me. About fifteen minutes into his workout, he was covered in sweat, while I was more than ready to step off the machine and go home to eat dinner. I remember thinking to myself, “One day, I’ll work up a sweat like that.” I didn’t know it then, but what I really should have wished for was the energy to work out consistently without throwing in the towel.

Fast forward to today – I drink my NutriBlast every morning and I’m ready to go. I have a fun, high-paced job and in the morning, I hit the ground running like I have premium fuel in my body…because I do!

Now, I see working out with a different perspective. I exercise for about an hour, five to six days a week. Years ago, working out for two hours would have been too radical, but now, it’s something I love to do. I love putting all my energy into exercising so I can work up a great sweat. To me, that’s a great accomplishment. My parents would be so proud!

A friend of mine told me the other day that I had tons of energy. I couldn’t help but laugh and feel very grateful!

-Delores McCarter

Green smoothie

Energy Boosting Blast

Ingredients

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup mixed berries, frozen
  • 1 clementine
  • 1 Tbsp SuperFood Energy Boost
  • Coconut water to the MAX line

Directions

  1. Add ingredients to your Tall Cup and extract for 30 seconds, or until smooth.

I am a city girl who has gone country. Ten years ago, I wouldn’t believe some of the things that I eat now. Back in the day, I was a grab-food-on-the-go type of person. Every plate was a brown plate. No veggies to speak of, with the exception of a salad every once in a while, a salad topped with tons of cheese and drenched in salad dressing. Today, I won’t go anywhere near that salad!

My cabinets used to be filled with sugary cereals and snacks. I was hooked on Honey Buns for years and ramen noodles went beyond my college days. My fridge was filled with take-out containers. I would usually have some type of processed meat encased in plastic and loaded with salt. The cheese in my fridge wasn’t called cheese, but labeled a “product.”

Ironically, the best food in my house was the food that I ignored. A vegetable was usually rotting away in the crisper, no matter what it was. I’d get tired of wasting food, so I’d stop buying veggies, but I often had a feeling my parents and my grandma were looking down at me, peeping into my fridge from heaven, so I’d buy some vegetables for the crisper (never to eat them) and the process would start all over again. The cycle of life stopped at my refrigerator door in more ways than one. My food selection and I were a hot mess.

Fast forward to today and things are better, brighter and full of hope! Even now, writing this, I can feel my energy change from the last few paragraphs. I look forward to going to the market and buying my produce for the week. I give my strawberries a vinegar-water bath before storing them back inside the plastic container. Just a little cap-full of white vinegar in a clean sink of cold water can make my strawberries last for weeks. Blanching, roasting, and freezing my produce is fun while I plan my recipes for the week.

Today, I eat fresh food three times a day and I couldn’t be happier!

-Delores McCarter

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I admit that I have a vivid imagination. I drink two NutriBlasts a day, so it’s in my best interest to keep my taste buds happy.

Sometimes I use silly ideas to get the creative juices flowing. One day, I asked myself, “What if I am given fifty seconds and fifty dollars to gather everything I needed for fifty NutriBlasts?” The name of the game would be Fifty Ways to Fill Your Blast Cup. The final question always remains: Could I pull it off?

Sure I could. I’m a professional NutriBlaster!

I can easily imagine the moment when I would grab that cart and race straight for the produce aisle with my calculator in hand. In a few seconds, I’d toss kale, Savoy cabbage, beets, celery, a bag of apples, carrots, and a large bunch of bananas into the cart. Then, I’d run over to the aisle with the nuts and seeds and grab bags of walnuts, pecans, almonds, and sunflower seeds, tossing them all into the cart. I’d grab a few cartons of shelf stable almond milk, coconut water, and mango juice as I race toward the dairy aisle. I’d grab cartons of almond milk, some cottage cheese, and Greek yogurt and throw them into the cart before making my way over to the frozen food section, where I toss bags of strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, a few boxes of frozen spinach, and a couple bags of green beans and broccoli into the cart. I’d run, pushing the cart as fast as I could (it’s probably rolling on two wheels at this point) to the register before my clock ran out.

With all of the grocery items listed above, I’m sure I could come up with fifty delicious NutriBlast recipes!

Admittedly, it is a pretty silly game, but it demonstrates the variety of wonderful and flavorful NutriBlasts. There is a whole world of flavor out there ready for us to explore!

If anyone is stuck wondering how to switch up their Blast recipes, they should play Fifty Ways to Fill Your Blast Cup. It is a quick way to come up with a lot of recipe ideas.

-Delores McCarter

ginger peach

I’ve wanted to write this article for a long time now.

After many years of struggling to lose weight, I have finally lost my first twenty pounds. For a while now, people have asked me for “the secret” to losing weight. I have learned a few things along the way, but I’m certainly no expert!

The key for me is that there’s no secret; but there are some basic fundamentals to losing weight. These are the same bits of advice that have been given over and over again: eat right and exercise. While this advice rings true, it’s also vague. The diet industry has become so complicated and confusing that it’s frustrating, and no matter what you do, you eventually return to your bad eating habits.

Despite all the experts and diet books out there, I had to learn how to eat for me and nobody else. It was not just about eating tasty food or satisfying hunger. It was about fueling my body.

Today, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. For breakfast, I’ll start with my delicious NutriBlast and for lunch, I’ll have a delicious salad or meat with vegetables. For dinner, I usually have another NutriBlast.

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Not long ago, carbohydrates were my favorite things to snack on. Carbs were placed on an elevated pedestal in the culinary mantle at my house. But I finally realized that eating so much rice, pasta, potatoes, and all types of junk food on a daily basis just was not working for me. I was getting bigger and bigger.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t hate carbs. Now, I just choose to eat them differently. I save my favorite carbs for special days, like pancakes during a weekend brunch. The increase of fruits, vegetables, and lean meats in my daily diet has helped me stay fuller longer and stick with a good eating plan.

I have also increased my level of activity. My exercise routines have changed from a blah, lame workout where I watched the clock until my thirty minutes were up to something much more intense and captivating than that. I enjoy giving it my all and working up a sweat.

I still have more weight to lose and more things to accomplish, but now I feel encouraged and I know that I have what it takes to get lean and fit.

-Delores McCarter