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Tips to Keep it Healthy During the Holidays

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Ahhh…It’s almost Christmas. And you know what that means–most of us tend to forgo our dietary goals in lieu of the Holiday season and promise ourselves: I’ll start after the New Years–promise!

 

I find it incredibly difficult during this time to stay very active and eat clean when it’s cold outside and am in the Christmas spirit. Something about these festive times tempt me to bake enough pies to feed 3 families and skimp out on the gym. My excuse? I don’t want to take my son out in the cold! Not a very good excuse at all. There’s a reason coats were invented.

 

With this being said, I want to offer my best tips on how we can all maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit during the holidays. Check them out!

 

Top Tips on Healthy Living During the Holiday Season:

 

 

  1.  Have at least one-two green smoothies or juices a day. This will ensure healthy digestion–even if you do “cheat” and have comfort foods, you won’t eat as much because you’ll feel sustained (especially a green smoothie) for a few hours. For my signature smoothie recipes, check out my Instagram. For even more delicious, healthy recipes, check out www.aloha.com/shop/recipes .

    My typical breakfast/lunch smoothie: Strawberries, blueberries, 4 handfuls spinach, yogurt, flaxseeds and 2 cups water.

    My typical breakfast/lunch smoothie: Strawberries, blueberries, 4 handfuls spinach, yogurt, flaxseeds and 2 cups water.7214d8da425311e3ae6922000ae902d1_8 26c80e58f4a911e2a52422000aaa0a0f_7 100_3158

     

  2. Drink at least half your body weight of ounces of water a day. That means if you weigh 140 lbs, you’ll need at least 70 oz of water. I always aim for 100 oz a day even though I’m about 140. The extra hydration aids in (again) healthy digestion which is a key component in weight loss/maintenance. (Not to mention a glowing complexion!)

    When I'm uber ambitious, I'll drink a gallon in a day.

    When I’m uber ambitious, I’ll drink a gallon in a day.

    Fist thing I drink every morning. Lemon helps with alkaline levels.

    Fist thing I drink every morning. Lemon helps with alkaline levels.

     

  3.  Stay active! It may be daunting to go to the gym when you’re off of work–it’s already dark and freezing in most places! If that’s the case, try a home workout. I have many on my Youtube, and there are hundreds of others you can do in 20 mins in the comfort of your own home. Win win?

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  5. If you’re cooking, try to substitute certain ingredients in your food–it’ll still taste good, but will digest easier and promote a healthier weight. For instance, I always swap white pasta for whole grain, I cook with tons of vegetables, swap out vegetable oil for coconut oil, and buy organic as often as possible. If you’re making pies? Whole grain crust and sweeten with agave instead of sugar. :)

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  6. Allow yourself some comfort foods! All in moderation :) The key is finding balance. Will I have some red wine? Yes. Will I have a slice of dessert? Probably. But I won’t eat what I eat on Christmas everyday leading up to Christmas. Social eating, especially in familial situations, can be very pressuring. Try sipping tea if you are full to avoid the temptation to keep eating. And don’t let anyone pressure you into stuffing yourself silly! ;)

Substitute tea for flavored drinks.

Substitute tea for flavored drinks.

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For more tips that I offered on KRQE for Thanksgiving, check out the video below. Happy Holidays!

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Family Traditions

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I love the idea of establishing family traditions. Love.

 

That was one of the reasons I knew I was born to be a mom–my inherent desire to pass my values on to my children.  And while my son is only two, we’ve already begun establishing some healthy, happy rituals in our little family :)

 

Whether it’s going to Abuela’s every Christmas Eve, driving to Santa Fe once a month on Sundays, or doing Albuquerque’s famous Run For the Zoo, Elvis (my husband) and I love the idea of setting Eliel up with a solid sense of identity by offering him family traditions.

 

Watch this episode of Parenting 411 to learn the importance family traditions and tell me: what are your most prized family traditions?

 

 

 

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These were delicious. And  easy. Lean ground beef (with onion, garlic, tomatoes, and spinach sauteed), shredded cheese, black beans, and avocado. BOOM!

Meal and Workouts–30 Day Challenge Update

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OK!

 

Today is day 21 in the Moms Wear Heels 30 Day Body Challenge!

 

I wanted to address the main questions I receive concerning fitness goals, and those are:

 

What the heck do you eat? And, how do you workout if you have no gym membership??

 

Let’s jump right on into it.

 

Below, please see some sample meal ideas:

 

My typical breakfast/lunch smoothie: Strawberries, blueberries, 4 handfuls spinach, yogurt, flaxseeds and 2 cups water.

My typical breakfast/lunch smoothie: Strawberries, blueberries, 4 handfuls spinach, yogurt, flaxseeds and 2 cups water.

 

Mmmm...my favorite breakfast: 100% whole grain oatmeal with cinnamon and berries.

Mmmm…my favorite breakfast: 100% whole grain oatmeal with cinnamon and berries.

 

 

Boiled eggs--a snack my son and I love.

Boiled eggs–a snack my son and I love.

 

 

These were delicious. And  easy. Lean ground beef (with onion, garlic, tomatoes, and spinach sauteed), shredded cheese, black beans, and avocado. BOOM!

These were delicious. And easy. Lean ground beef (with onion, garlic, tomatoes, and spinach sauteed), shredded cheese, black beans, and avocado. BOOM!

 

 

And here is my at home leg workout! (That works your entire body btw:)

 

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Try this and I guarantee you’ll sweat your tuckas’ off! ;)

 

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. And share this with your friends and fellow fit mamas! xoxo

 

Monica Bencomo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stress Free Holidays

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I don’t know about you guys, but I do not stress myself out during the Holidays. I mean, they’re supposed to be times of happiness, joy, and sweet potato pie. Yet many Americans have shifted Christmas into a time of mass consumerism which leaves many of us feeling overwhelmed and tapped out of cash trying to get the fanciest gifts for everyone.

 

 

Watch this episode of Parenting 411 to learn how you can save money and time this Christmas by keeping it simple and creative.

 

 

 

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Breakfast: Oatmeal (no sugar) w/ cinnamon, grapefruit, apple and black coffee.

Day 12 Moms Wear Heels Body Challenge

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Okay you guys!

 

It is day 12 in the Moms Wear Heels 30 day body challenge. Whether you’re just starting or have been with us since day 1, it is not too late to join and see results!

 

The majority of my workouts have been at home, and I decided to create a video for you guys showing my routine. I keep it simple, but I push my limits and sweat.

 

For this particular workout routine, I am using two fifteen lb dumbbell weights, but they are completely optional depending on your fitness level. If you’ve been working out with weights, go for it. If not, build up your strength, perfect your form, then add on the resistance (ps you can use anything for resistance–not just dumbbell–gallon of milk, sack of potatoes; get creative!)

 

 

The hardest part about a workout plan for me is the diet. I love to workout–so that is no issue. But I also love to eat everything. My faves are pizza, burgers, and our Cubano from my husband and I’s restaurant, Pasion.

 

I am not recommending being a clean eating fanatic, but I am recommending making subtle changes to your diet that can lead to lasting results. For example, I still have whatever dinner I choose, but my breakfast and lunch tend to be “clean” and completely energy inducing.

 

Breakfast: Oatmeal (no sugar) w/ cinnamon, grapefruit, apple and black coffee.

Breakfast: Oatmeal (no sugar) w/ cinnamon, grapefruit, apple and black coffee.

 

 

Don’t try to change everything about your diet overnight. Swapping out soda for water is a great start. Letting go of all fast food is a start. Implementing a green juice as a snack is a great start. And day by day, you’ll make more and more subtle shifts because you’ll be addicted to the results you see.

 

 

Ezekiel raisin bread and boiled eggs. So easy, yummy, and Eliel loves this too!

Ezekiel raisin bread and boiled eggs. So easy, yummy, and Eliel loves this too!

 

 

So I challenge you to try this workout video above, and swap out your typical breakfast with one of the above listed. If you do so, hashtag #momswearheels on Instagram, and tag me!

 

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You will see your body transform if you make these subtle, yet impactful shifts. I have already seen progress, and I can’t wait to show you what the official before and after is after 30 days. I still allow myself a glass of wine, cookies with my toddler, and other “cheats”. Life is too short to be uber-strict. But remember it is about balance. If you eat badly all the time, it will show. Aim for 75/25 healthy/cheat meal ratio. You don’t have to be perfect to see a transformation!

 

xoxo

 

Monica Bencomo

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Getting Picky Eaters to Eat!

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Happy Monday!

 

How do you get your kids to eat when they’re in their pickier moods? Join us on this edition of Parenting 411 on 2 Kasa Style where I give my top tips on how to make eating with your kiddos fun! Let me know in the comments below how you get your children to eat when, well, they’re just not in the mood.

 

 

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Day 9 Moms Wear Heels 30 Day Body Transformation

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PhotoGrid_1417305780254                                                                                                              When it comes to reaching your fitness goals, there are some key components you have to keep in mind. For instance, it can be helpful to think about:

1) What are my unique goals? (Lose 10 lbs, gain 5 lbs muscle, get stronger, etc.)

2) How am I going to measure my progress? (Progress pictures? Scale? Measurements?)

3) How will I stay accountable? (FB group, Instagram posts, creating a plan with a bestie?)

4) How will I stay inspired when I want to quit?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PhotoGrid_1417305984766

Taking the time to answer these questions thoughtfully can really help you stay committed to your goals. I recommend keeping a journal specifically for your body/spiritual goals. Since fitness is a way of life and not a destination, a journal can be used as a tool to help you stay on track.

Day 9 of this transformation, I am feeling tested, yet strong. Several things have occurred this week that could have made me quit like: Getting sick again, not having access to the gym, THANKSGIVING feasting, etc etc.

But if you know anything about me, you know I am ambitious. Driven. And when I know what I want–I get it.

So, asking myself these questions I listed above has served me in staying inspired to not give up. Today, for instance, I really wanted to be lazy since my husband needed to take my car to work (leaving me car-less and with no ride to the gym). But I drank my coffee, stared at my vision board, and got motivated to get my workout in.

Drinking green juice for natural detox!

Drinking green juice for natural detox!

My social media community really inspires me to stay committed. I realize there are always other people watching me; it is my duty to make my life inspiring, not only for my family, but for anyone my life impacts!

Was craving pancakes, but ate fresh fruit for breakfast with my boy :)

Was craving pancakes, but ate fresh fruit for breakfast with my boy :)

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Progress pic day 9.

Each new moment we live is another opportunity to “get it right”! Never give up on your goals in life because you made mistakes. It amazes me how people give up on their fitness goals in particular because they’ve lost hope. There’s always hope! You are the only thing between where you are now and where you want to be. Stay inspired, work hard, and results will be yours!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                xoxoxo                                                                                                                                           Monica Bencomo

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Black Friday Shopping for the Kids

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For Black Friday, I headed over to Crazy 8 in Coronado Mall to pick out some hot clothing items for the kiddos. Watch this special edition of Parenting 411 and let me know–what did you get this Black Friday for your children.

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Day 6 Moms Wear Heels 30 Day Body Transformation

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Hola!

 

So, I’ve learned a lot so far on this journey of revitalizing my mind, body, and spirit for this 30 day transformation. Wanna know what the main nugget of wisdom I’ve learned so far is? Go with the flow.

 

 

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Current progress picture.

 

 

Many of us get hung up on the plan, and forget that there are many roads and avenues to the same goal (especially concerning fitness). Many meetings I had this week ran over the scheduled time, and things had to change unexpectedly. I am not going to force myself to go to the gym if it is not conducive my other plans I “have” to do for that day.

 

So, I’ve been flexible. I had to supplement 3 gym workouts with home workouts, and that’s ok!  I admit that it is harder for me to get inspired to workout at home lately than at the gym, but I remember why I started, and it motivates me to move and sweat.

 

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Another thing to remember during your life’s fitness journey is that fitness goals are simple, not easy. You don’t need to buy any expensive drinks to lose weight, and you don’t have to buy the latest workout DVD to see amazing results. Move your body, challenge yourself, eat clean 80% of the time, and your body will change for the better.

 

 

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Dinner last night. Grilled salmon and asparagus.

 

 

 

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I will also stress the importance of starting your day off with proper nutrients. Oatmeal “sweetened” with grapes is one of my favorite ways to fuel my body for the day. Starting your day off with carbohydrates will ensure great energy levels, and not to mention, help with your gains! ;)

 

 

Substitute tea for flavored drinks.

Substitute tea for flavored drinks.

 

My last tip for day 6 of the MomsWearHeels body transformation is to swap out at least one flavored drink for a cup of tea. I love this Yogi Tea (and all their flavors mostly). Developing healthier rituals like a cup of tea at lunch instead of a latte is a great way to cut 300 calories and get glow-y skin too! :)

 

 

Make sure to follow me on IG for daily workouts and meals. Let me know if you have any questions below in the comments. And HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

 

Monica Bencomo

 

 

 

 

 

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Things No One Tell You About Parenthood

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We’ve all been there. We reflect back as parents and wonder, “If I knew then what I know now!”

But that’s the beauty of being a mom and dad. We learn as we do with everything in life–with experience.

I don’t think I’m the best, most conscious parent in the world, but I am damn proud of the progress I’ve made as a woman and mother since giving birth to my boy. :)

Now, tell me in the comments below–what did you learn about parenthood that you wish someone would’ve told you?

Monica Bencomo

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