Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FAQs

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FAQs

 

As a Running on Balance reader, you’ve probably received my emails about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

I’ve been getting some great questions from people looking for more information. So I decided to just answer them all in one place in case you have the same questions.

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle FAQs

Q1: What am I going to do with 107 eBooks / eCourses? Yikes!

A1: There is no way on earth each of these eBooks / eCourses is relevant to where you are right now! Some of them will have a lot of appeal, and some won’t.

But in most cases, it only takes 3 or 4 eBooks or eCourses that you’re going to use for you to start saving money. So, even though you won’t use every resource in the bundle, it would still be really hard to not save a ton of money anyways.

My eCourse, Building Healthy Habits: Six Weeks to Wellness, normally sells for $57 all by itself!

Q2: With so many resources included, how will I even know where to start?

A2: That’s one of my favorite things about Ultimate Bundles! Each bundle includes a practical Getting Started Guide to help you identify which eBooks and eCourses are most relevant to you. Knowledge is power, but only if you can access it, right?

In addition to the guide, inside your bundle you can narrow down all the products by category or even keywords to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Q3: How do I know I’m actually getting good quality products and not just a bunch of “throw-away” eBooks?

A3: For one, over 80,000 people have purchased a Healthy Living Bundle in the last few years, with thousands of folks purchasing the newest edition every single year. That simply doesn’t happen if the bundle is stuffed with “garbage.”

More importantly, as a contributor to the Healthy Living Bundle. I guarantee I wouldn’t take part in something that I felt wasn’t up to my standards.

(And if you’ve known me very long, you know I love to overdeliver.)

Q4: OK, but what if I buy it and don’t like it?

A4: There is a 100% happiness guarantee refund policy. If you don’t love it, just email customerservice@ultimatebundles.com within 30 days to ask for a full refund.

Q5: Can I just wait and purchase it some other time? Isn’t this “limited time only” just a sales gimmick?

A5: You’re right, and I really dislike that gimmick. However, because of the unique nature of this sale (Ultimate Bundles does not have the perpetual right to sell the included eBooks and eCourses), the sale will truly end on September 25th.

That said, included in the author contract is the right for Ultimate Bundles to run one more 48-hour sale at some point during the next 12 months. Although it’s likely to happen for the Healthy Living Bundle (due to its popularity), it’s not guaranteed. The safest way to guarantee that you get your copy is to pick it up before the official expiry **tomorrow** MONDAY September 25th.

I hope that fully answers your questions!! In my opinion, there really is no downside, and there is a ton of upside. But I’ll leave that up to you. Just don’t wait too long, because the sale ends TOMORROW.

 

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Physical Wellness: Fitness, Nutrition & Hydration

Physical Wellness: Fitness, Nutrition & Hydration

The concept of wellness includes everything that affects the health and outlook of a person: physical, mental, and spiritual.  When we think about physical health in Western society, most of the focus goes to issues such as weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol markers.  As someone interested in holistic health and wellness, today we will look at the three components of physical wellness: fitness, nutrition, and hydration.

Aspects of Physical Wellness

FITNESS

As the first component of physical wellness, fitness relates to the body’s ability to carry out daily tasks.  How strong is the skeleton? How well do the muscles pull on the bones to move the body?  How easily can you do what needs to be done every day without getting tired?

Fitness includes cardiovascular health, which is the efficiency of the heart and lungs working together.  Exercise such as walking, running, swimming, biking, and dancing are all ways to improve cardiovascular fitness.

Resistance (or strength) training is another component of fitness.  Activities that build strength include weight lifting, using resistance bands, or aqua exercise.

Including both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training in your life improves your fitness.

NUTRITION

Food is the fuel your body needs to survive.  If you feed your body with high quality fuel, you’ll get high quality results.  Unfortunately, the converse is also true:  feed your body junk, and you’ll feel like junk.

Any quick Google search reveals the tremendous number of popular nutrition ideas.  While following a particular nutrition philosophy may have good science behind it, there’s a lot of nutrition information that is driven by fads.

Michael Pollen famously said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

As simple (and obvious!) as that sounds, it really is sound advice.  In a society of abundance, we have food around us at every turn.  As such, we tend to overeat.  Even worse, this food that is so readily available is usually non-nutritious.

Your physical wellness can be improved if you eat nutrient-dense foods and pay attention to your body’s cues about when it is full.  Again, it seems to simple to be true.  But sometimes we shouldn’t ignore the obvious.

HYDRATION

Water consumption can improve your physical wellness with little to no expense to you.  Huzzah!

If we drink enough water, we create in our body the optimal conditions for carrying out hundreds of basic and essential functions.  But if we are under-hydrated, we can experience all kinds of unpleasant issues: headaches, backaches (hello!  kidneys!), muscle fatigue, and brain fog.

But by staying well hydrated, our body can easily digest the healthy nutrient-dense foods we eat and can lubricate the joints we use in fitness activities.  Again, sometimes it’s the simple things that can deliver the biggest results.

When taken together, fitness, nutrition, and hydration contribute to physical wellness.  And because we live in our bodies all day every day, when our body feels good, our mood and interactions with others improve.  When you feel good, you feel good!

Hydration, Fitness and Nutrition - So important for women!
Product Review: Rally

Product Review: Rally

I’ve blogged about the stomach troubles I’ve faced while running. I bonked in both the 2014 NYC Marathon and the 2015 Dallas Marathon, due in part to stomach upset. Both times, I was drinking a full-strength electrolyte drink that made me nauseated.

So when I was approached to test a new-to-market electrolyte replacement drink, I knew I’d be reviewing it as a skeptic.  Rally promises low sugar (good!), B Vitamins (speedy recovery!), twice the potassium of most sports drinks (happy muscles!), and 2.5 times the electrolytes of leading brands (good for on the go).

I was intrigued by the concept of an electrolyte drink aimed at recovery rather than on-the-run hydration. As someone who logs a lot of miles during peak training, I need all the recovery help I can get.

Product Review Rally

Rally comes in four flavors: tangerine, fruit punch, lemon lime, and raspberry grape. Of those flavors, two seemed really appealing to me and two didn’t sound so tasty. But I was committed to trying them all. (In the name of thorough research, of course!)

Citrus flavors are generally my favorite, so I started with the tangerine Rally after a long run. Oy vey, it was tart! I could tell without a doubt that the sodium level was higher than in other electrolyte drinks. The tart saltiness wasn’t appealing to me, but I drank the whole bottle anyway.

I was pleasantly surprised to notice a real bump in my energy level that afternoon. Rather than feeling the mid-afternoon slump that generally takes place on a long run day, I felt quite energetic. Maybe this Rally stuff was on to something after all!

In the week that followed, I tried the other three flavors. Lemon-lime was next, again because of my preference for citrus. It was more appealing than the tangerine, but I still had to work pretty hard to get through the whole bottle. I was surprised by how strong the flavor was, particularly because the drink it clear. It is thick like an electrolyte drink, with a bit of the expected heaviness that lets you know you’re not drinking water.

I was pretty neutral going in to the raspberry grape taste test. Wow! I loved this one! It was a bit lighter tasting and less salty than its citrus cousins. I also experienced the recovery boost touted on the label.

Begrudgingly, I tried the fruit punch Rally. Please note that I really intensely dislike fruit punch flavored stuff. Even as a kid, I wouldn’t drink Hawaiian Punch. So my expectations were very low.

Needless to say, I was surprised when I found the fruit punch the most drinkable Rally flavor. It was the only one that, when I got to the bottom of the bottle, I wished there was more! (The bottles are each 20 ounces, so there should be no need for more recovery drink than that! It’s plenty!) The fruit punch had the lightest taste.

While I only liked two of the four Rally flavors, I recognize that taste is hugely subjective. When I think about the results I had when I drank Rally, they are all favorable. Not only did I experience more energy in the afternoons after hard run efforts, but I felt less day-after muscle fatigue as well. When you are results-driven, that kind of outcome is motivating.

Rally is available for purchase in select state. Click here for a map to see if you can purchase Rally near you.

Disclaimer:

I was provided four bottles of Rally for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and based on my experiences.

The Magic of Meal Planning

The Magic of Meal Planning

The Magic of Meal Planning

I hate waste.

Regardless of the resource– food, money, time, energy– I look for the most efficient way to do things.

My obsession began when I was nine years old, and my family took a vacation to the still-being-built-new-Urbanist-town Seaside, Florida.  When we were there, Seaside consisted of a few houses here and there, a post office, and a town market that had a bookshop.  It was in that bookshop that I bought “Cheaper By The Dozen” by Frank B. Gilbreth.  In this classic story, I met the Gilbreth parents and their twelve kids.  I also met the concept of efficiency as it was applied in everyday life.

I often tell people that I run because I prize efficiency.  I don’t need any equipment, and I can run anywhere.  I can get in a great workout by varying tempo and terrain depending on how much time I have.

But the real place my efficiency obsession shows itself is in my commitment to meal planning.

You see, people wrongly assume that I love to cook.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.

I neither have an adventurous palate nor a desire to develop one.  I also find no real joy in the cooking process, although I’m certainly grateful to be able to prepare meals for my family with little thought as to how I’ll have the time or money to make it happen.

I love to eat healthy, nutritious, delicious food.  I will spend money on high-quality ingredients, but I’m too frugal to eat out often.  And I hate, HATE wasting food.

Meal Planning

So, I’m a meal planner.  For the last 15 years– my entire married life– I’ve made a weekly meal plan.  I try to make dishes that use similar ingredients so that I can buy in bulk and eliminate waste.  Having a plan also saves time, since I can have all the ingredients I need on hand and can even do some prep work on days I have more time.  Over the years I have learned to order meals in certain ways during the week to capitalize on lighter vs. busier evenings and allowing for meals that create leftovers– well, they did until I had a 12-year-old boy to feed– to give myself a night off.

This year for Lent, our family sacrifice was to eat more simply at dinner time.  I used my Pinterest board of soups and stews as the basis for our two-month meal plan.  I filled in days with different salads or sandwiches.   I only included meals for Monday-Friday so that we could have one night of leftovers and one night to either eat out or make other plans. By the end of my planning, here’s what I had:

February 2016

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
ASH WEDNESDAY- lentil soup Taco salads Bean & Cheese burritos/salad
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Irish beef stew w/mashers Chicken noodle soup Quiche & biscuits Southwestern chicken salad Risotto
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Chicken fried rice Baked potato soup Sausage spinach carrot lentils Greek salads w/grilled chix Broccoli cheese soup
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Thai coconut chicken soup

March 2016

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5
Sausage penne bake & salad Coconut ginger chicken w/rice Chef salads Tuna Noodle Casserole
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Shrimp & corn chowder Chicken enchilada crock pot soup Roasted Veg Salad Lemon chicken orzo soup Quiche & fruit salad
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Chicken tortilla soup Pesto pasta primavera Tuscan chicken stew Taco salad French onion soup
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Bolognese Breakfast For Dinner & Fruit Creamy chicken stew Slow cooker potato & corn chowder Penne rosa w/shrimp

 

I know how hard it is to please multiple people’s palates night after night.  In the past, I have asked each kid for a meal suggest every week, so that I can assure them that if Monday night isn’t your favorite meal, your choice is coming later in the week.  For the Lenten simple suppers calendars, I didn’t ask for anyone’s input.  And here’s the miracle: no one complained!  Granted, my kids love pretty much any kind of soup or pasta, so these meals played to their strengths.

By planning out meals for nearly two months, I freed myself up on a weekly basis.  I am fortunate not to need to sales shop so closely that I can only buy goods on sale, but I have been there.  Meal planning using the sales flyers as a starting point is another way to approach this habit.  I do stock up on good deals when I find them, and keeping a stocked pantry of staples is another way of saving time.  Rare is it that we have to come up with a Plan B for dinner because of a missing ingredient.

See? MAGIC!

If you have never tried meal planning before, I know it can be daunting.  With the development of Pinterest and it’s seemingly endless options for recipes– some good, some terrible– meal planning has become even easier.  Feel free to search my Super Yum and Soup’s On! boards for ideas, including some of the meals on the above calendars.   My favorite food blogs for healthy, easy recipes are Iowa Girl Eats  (gluten-free recipes) and Damn Delicious.  Give yourself a few weeks of trying to plan your meals, and reap the benefits of more home-cooked meals in less time.

Good health and great happiness to you.

Guest Post: A New Mom’s Tip for Creating Balance

Guest Post: A New Mom’s Tip for Creating Balance

Today OnBalance features a post from new mama, experienced yogi, and fitness trainer Katie Painter.  Katie is based in Richmond, Virginia.  Find Katie on Facebook for more healthy living tips.

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“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

Is this not the most irritating quote you’ve ever heard? No? Just me?

I think this quote grates on my nerves because it sends me right into defense mode.

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As a new mom to a six-month old I like to say that parenting is easy… as long as you’re lucky enough to have a laid-back baby and you’re super organized. I am only one of those things and it’s not organized. (Though now that I’ve put it into writing I’m sure I somehow angered the Happy Baby Gods and my little one will now suddenly turn into a sleepless, teething hellion.)

So in an attempt to make life a little easier, I tried to get organized and started food prepping on Sunday nights. Because when I fail to plan, I fail HARD at eating well.

Food prep means different things to different people. For my family, food prep isn’t perfectly portioned containers stacked up in the fridge ready to go. That’s not necessary or practical for us, but I do like to get food cleaned and ready to go so at the end of the day cooking isn’t a time consuming challenge.

Here’s a quick peek at what food prep usually looks like for us:

  • Veggies sliced, diced and seasoned
  • Crockpot chicken (By far the greatest food prep hack! Place 4 chicken breasts in 4c water, let sit all day with some salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder then remove, shred with a fork and store.)
  • Baked chicken (We love Lowery’s seasoning)
  • Ground turkey in homemade taco seasoning
  • Mason Jar Salads

Lunches are the hardest meal for me because if the little one is being needy, I have to eat with one hand while she squirms in my other arm. That means I grab whatever is ready to go. Mason jar salads are the best thing Pinterest has ever given me.

There are really only two rules for building any kind of mason jar salad:

1) Use ALL the veggies. (The more veggies you can throw into your salad, the happier your body will be!)

2) Keep your dressing and leafy greens as far away as possible. (Harder veggies like tomatoes, peppers, etc. will soak up the dressing a bit without wilting so put those in first.)

Here’s my current favorite recipe:

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  • 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Grape Tomatoes (As many as you want… go ahead and load ‘em up!)
  • 1oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2oz Pasta (Please don’t fall for the PROTEIN label in the picture! This is still a starchy carb and does not count as a fat loss protein source… we just like the taste of this particular kind)
  • 2c Baby Spinach

Add ingredients in the order listed above starting with the dressing on the bottom of the jar. (I add a small paper towel square to help absorb water and keep my spinach crisp.) Then seal up the jar, pop it in the fridge, and flip upside down into a bowl when you’re ready to enjoy.

Add protein later by heating up chicken before adding the salad OR add your favorite protein source right into the jar.

Have you tried mason jar salads? Share with us your favorite recipe!

Kudos to the Kitchen Kid

Kudos to the Kitchen Kid

Last January, the greatest thing ever happened: my oldest kid took Culinary Arts in middle school.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t the greatest thing ever, but it certainly did change my life for the better in a real and meaningful way.

As someone who is committed to preparing fresh, healthy meals at home week in and week out, I know how exhausted many of you feel with the daily mealtime drudgery.  I mean, it’s like this family of mine needs to eat every.single.day.  And it’s not just the food prep and clean up that’s tiring; the meal planning is a job in and of itself.

In our home, we have the dreaded “Sunday Question,” which is: “What do you want to eat for dinner this week?” The way I figure it, if all five people in my family contribute a meal suggestion, I’ve just lightened the meal planning load I carry.  It also ensures that everyone will eat at least one meal without complaining.

It’s the little things, isn’t it?!

By cooking five meals per week at home, we have enough food for leftovers for lunch (both Mr. Balance and I work from home) and one other evening meal of leftovers.  This is our cost-effective way to eat as healthfully as possible.

Back to my kid….

When he took Culinary Arts last Spring semester, he learned not only practical kitchen skills, but he also got excited about helping to prepare family meals. He now fully prepares at least one meal a week by himself.  I’m usually around for him to ask questions, but as he has practiced his cooking skills, he needs me less and less.

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We’re now working on expanding his repertoire.  His favorite meal is a tuna, pasta and veggie bake, but he made that so much I had to limit it to every other week at most.  He’s been on a crustless quiche and fritatta kick lately.  I’m helping him feel more confident about veering off-recipe and finding the fun in cooking by combining flavors.

I could say that the best part about having a kid interested in cooking is the wonderful bonding experience it provides us.  Or I could tell you that the best part about having a kid interested in cooking is that he’s developing life skills that will serve him well once he leaves the nest.  But let’s be real: the best part about having a kid interested in cooking (and capable of doing it himself) is that I get a night off.

Of course, the look of satisfaction and pride on his face when his meal is ready, and he serves it up to his parents and siblings is pretty gratifying, too.

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Good health and great happiness to you!