Thursday, May 30, 2013

May Group Member Annie ROCKS out her TLC!

Before & After: 3 weeks & 11 pounds

Owner, SkinOwl Consulting
Traveling the globe little by little, hanging with my puppy, being outdoors, makeup artistry

Food Rewards
  • Weight: 11 pounds lost
  • Overall Energy levels throughout the day are very steady and high at "8"s where at PreProgram there was much more flux
  • Late Afternoon/Evening energy: Up from "5" to "8"
  • Cravings: Decreased from "5" to "0"
  • Anxiety: Reduced from "4" to "0"

New Favorite Foods

I am in love with the Superfood Shake. I add a half of a banana and it keeps me full for a good portion of the day! I also have to say that I'm in love with cranberry beans. Fun to cook with and filling.

I also fell in love with making tea. Having tea at night, after dinner, is still a part of my life. It nightcaps any stress in the day and relaxes me before I drift to sleep.

Food Discoveries
  • Nightshades: Swelling, fogginess, bloating
  • Spicy foods: Mild anxiety, swelling, bloating, confusion
  • Corn: Bloating, Addictive qualities

More From Annie
In the beginning, I was nervous. I hadn't had very good discipline in the past

when it came to diets and elimination cleanses, but I'm happy to report, this was unlike anything I had ever experienced. In sum, this program was one of the most hand's on, customized, supportive operations I've ever been a part of. Every day, I knew I had an arsenal of support, whether waiting for me in my inbox or within the Facebook Group. I felt encouraged daily and the amount of support I received never wavered. It is what got me through as I look back on the last three weeks. 

I just wanted to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for everything Kim, Erin, and this program has done to encourage me, push me, and motivate me. It goes without saying that I feel SO much more in control of my body, my mind and my overall level of discipline. I know what does my body good and what distracts my body from feeling its best. Its felt like a lot longer than 3 weeks, which a good feeling, There are routines and recipes I will indulge in for the rest of my life and lessons that will last a lifetime. 

Onward and upward! I have the knowledge and now I can have the results whenever I need them!" - Annie

Short on time? Dial ‘this’ in to get more!

As you know by now, we talk a LOT about food. And, there is no denying that discovering our personal diet, is a secret weapon to looking and feeling our best. 

But of course, there’s more to this story than how we fuel with food. We also fuel our body and mind with our daily activity levels. Exercises benefits are undeniable. 

Now, as a health coach you’d think I’d have no excuses, right? Up until 2 years ago that would be a resounding Yes! Since first joining my Dad at the health club when I was 14, I’ve been addicted to the power of movement and strength. 

However, recently, I’ve let things slide, and while I’m not overweight by any stretch (thanks to optimizing foods), I know how much better I feel when I’m active and fit.

So what’s MY excuse? Lack of time. 

But as we all know this is totally bogus. I am actively choosing to prioritize work over my health and well-being. 

Sound familiar?

Time is a sneaky excuse and whether it’s diet or exercise it’s too easy fall prey to this one. But we are worth more. 

Read on to find out how to tell Time who’s boss and to take the reigns on our motivation. I’ll be revisiting this tool with you!


Get out a pen and paper. Follow these 3 steps in a journal to take the reigns on your motivation.

Connecting with our source of motivation is essential. It all starts with “Why”. Without this, we are aimlessly pulled in different directions. 

What are your pain points? Write them down. 

  • For Diet: Maybe you are tired of having digestive issues. Or you’re tired of being tired and you know that food can help you. 
  • For Exercise: You are tired of not feeling strong or in shape. Or maybe you’ve gained weight and can’t fit into your pants. Perhaps you’re not sleeping as well. 
  • Free-Flow journal on what’s not working for ya and throw it all down. There’s no right or wrong. This is all uncensored and viewed only by you. 
  • While it is important to acknowledge what isn’t working, we also don’t want to dwell here, especially because chances are high that we already remind ourselves of these pain points, through negative self-talk.

Now that you’ve tapped into what’s not working, let’s move on to what you would rather create in your life. This is the fun part! Envisioning is key to success and is used by world-famous athletes like Michael Jordan to well known financial tycoons such as John D Rockefeller. Masters in their field know the value of envisioning and imagining your desired outcome. 

  • Close your eyes. Imagine how you want to feel. Run with it for 60 seconds or more. Visualize it. Feel it. 
Put it on your calendar. What can you move to tell yourself you’re worth it? As Stephen Covey says: “The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” 

KOR180's offer for You

Our dear friends and partners in health prosperity, KOR180, have a generous offer for you. Kor180 is way more than a gym! Their offerings include pilates & ryde to tunes to keep you jiving, healthy recipes, amazing green juice and sparkly happy people who believe that life is about more than fitting into size 0 jeans. We adore them. 

Kor offers a free week for all new clients but have even more for LoveLife clients and friends:
  • No contract
  • Cancel anytime
  • Free to freeze in monthly increments
  • Unlimited Ryde classes
  • Monthly member event
  • No enrollment fee when you use NOFEE promotion code at checkout (normally $100) 
  • $149/mo auto-pay when you use LOVE promotion code at checkout (normally $169/mo)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hemp Seed Kale Chips

My 93 year-old grandfather eating his first kale chip and loving it.
Corona Beer in koozy, not Phase 1 compliant. ;)

Are you in Phase 1 and looking for family weekend crowd pleaser? These will do the trick. There are tons of kale chip variations floating around the web but this one is a favorite for us because it uses Hemp Seed Butter - makes the chips especially satiating. But you can easily make them with Kale, olive oil, salt and a sprinkling of hemp seeds if you like. The trick is to be sure the kale is washed and thoroughly dried before putting in the oven and cook till they're browning on the edges for max crunch factor. 

*Update: Both Greenling and Whole Foods now offer pre-washed and chopped kale making this recipe even more of a snap! 

  • 1 head of kale, rinsed and thoroughly dried (or else chips will not crisp up)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Hemp Seed Butter or Tahini 
  • Himalayan Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roughly chop kale. Lay kale in a single layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Spread several dollops of hemp seed butter with the back of a spoon throughout the chips (it's okay if it's not entirely even). Roast chips in oven until crisp, about 10-15 minutes. Keep a good eye on the chips near the end as they can quickly go from crispy to burnt. Salt to taste as soon as you remove from oven. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Should you eat like a Caveman?

Do you feel confused by the endless bombardment of information about good vs bad diets? Camps are drawing deeper lines in the sand on their “sides”. 

Grains are good. Then they are bad. Oil vs No-Oil. Gluten vs No-Gluten.....

One of the largest divisions is around Vegetarianism vs Caveman (Paleo) Diets. Vegetarians insist we are all meant to thrive on a plant-based diet and shun animal proteins. Paleos proclaim we are all meant to exist on the diets of our ancestors in the old stone age which allegedly was high meat and no grains. 

This TedTalk enlightens! An anthropologist studied the Paleo claims compared to those of our true ancestors.

One of the key takeaways of her talk is that our ancestors' diets actually varied significantly based on where and how they lived. Some ate more plant-based materials with very little animal proteins while others ate high proportions of animal protein. Grains were even present in some of our ancestors’ diets, but not all. 

Bottom line: We are all unique! Our take-away: Find what works for YOU and take your life to an entire other level. 

Divisions aside, Paleo and Vegetarians share a lot more common ground than is often noted:
  • Eat lots of whole vegetables. Very few will dispute that a high percent of plants is a good thing.
  • Cut out processed foods and sugars. This is a tenet of the Paleo Diet and one of their strongest. This is also emphasized by some of the better Vegetarian programs as well.
  • Local, seasonal food is always in season. Enter shameless plug for Greenling Organics. Again, this is commonly emphasized in both Paleo and Vegetarian Diets and one most of us can agree is common sense.
  • If you do intend to eat animal protein, choosing consciously raised, sourced and well cared for animals is night and day. Grass fed, free range and preferably selected from your local farmers market or a reliable resource such as Greenling.

The Segars Find What Works for THEM, Together



Food Rewards
  • Weight: Lost 10 pounds
  • Sleep Quality: "5" to "9"
  • Waking Energy: "4” to “6”
  • 2-4 PM Energy: "4” to “8”
  • Cravings: "5” to “0-1”
  • Hunger: "5” to “0”
  • Bloating: "6” to “0”Anxiety: "3" to "0

New Favorite Foods
Breakfast has become our favorite! Now that we have incorporated more foods - our typical breakfast is quinoa, avocado, green onion, tomato, and hot sauce. So good!

Food Discoveries
I didn't have any major food intolerances - but I must say, now that my energy is up  and I feel better overall - when I do have a couple of glasses of wine, I definitely notice it the next day! I have also found that light snacks throughout the day really help keep my energy and metabolism up.

From Karen
Josh and I really enjoyed this program. The structure of it (and treating our bodies like a scientific experiment) really helped with our success. There were definitely ays that we were "h'angry," but luckily we tended to be offset from each other. So, while one of us would be grumpy, the other could keep motivation and will power up. Part of the appeal of this program is the length of time - it set us up to create good habits with 

We already incorporated some vegan meals in our diet, but now we rarely have dairy or meat (still have eggs somewhat regularly). Also, cutting out processed foods has inspired us to expand our cooking repertoire - from baking bread to making pasta and salad dressings from scratch - and we love it!” - Karen


Food Rewards
  • Weight: Lost 30 pounds
  • Heartburn: "10" to "0"
  • Waking Energy: "3" to "7-8"
  • 2-4 PM Energy: "2" to "7-8"
  • Overall Energy: “5” to “8”
  • Cravings: "4" to "0"
  • Bloating: "8" to "0"
  • Mental Clarity, Focus & Memory: "3" to "7-8"
  • Sinus Congestion: "5" to "0"
  • Itchy Eyes: “5” to “0”
  • Neck Pain: “4” to “1-2”
  • Back Pain: “5” to “1-2”

New Favorite Foods
Quinoa for breakfast! My wife and I add avocado, tomato and green onion. Sometimes we spice it up with an egg cooked over-easy or some black beans. Mmmm!

Food Discoveries
  • Nuts & Coconuts: These guys are killers for me. Within just a few minutes of eating, my energy tanks and I feel anxious, light-headed and queasy. I can't believe I never noticed it before.

From Josh
The first two weeks were very tough for me. I was questioning the potential effectiveness of the program and was really concerned it wouldn't work for me. Week three wasn't stellar but I started seeing at least some improvement. Unfortunately, fat, salt and processed foods were still haunting me to the point that I was literally dreaming about bad foods at night! By week four I was still struggling but I felt empowered to continue, and was becoming addicted to the weight loss, foods, and new found energy. Then, after sussing out nuts and coconut as intolerant foods, everything really lit up and I finished the program on a high.

The LoveLife Method resonated with me on a personal level before ever starting the program. I loved the methodical nature of it and its focus on the individual. It never made sense to me to follow a diet designed for the masses. Sure there may be data supporting a fad diet's effectiveness for a percentage of the population, but everyone is unique. LLM's approach was geared toward the individual. Even though my wife and I completed the program together, we both found our own intolerances and nuances, and adjusted our diets accordingly. Although my results did come quickly, the LLM wasn't just a
quick fix either. It laid the groundwork for a life long diet specifically tailored to my body and my tastes.

So the program was great, but what about the dreaded rebound? Well, as I write this over a month after completing the program, I am maintaining a 30 pound weight loss, higher energy levels and fewer allergy issues. My wife and I even enjoy an occasional splurge night without much guilt because we truly enjoy healthier options and easily revert back to eating our new favorites from the program. 

Kim and Erin, I can't thank you enough. The Love Life Method was a great experience that will stay with me a lifetime.” - Josh