Have you ever felt consumed by food?
I’ve gone from one extreme to the other to finding a happy medium that generates a balanced lifestyle.
When I was five years old my little brother was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. As you can imagine my parents world was turned upside down with the stress of figuring out how to manage their four year old’s blood sugar levels. As the years went by my mom would do her best to keep the sweets and other foods that would spike Chris’ levels up out of the house. My dad was often on the road for work. As a kid I would love it when he would come home because usually that meant that the cabinet above our microwave would get replenished with Little Debbies! Holy, oatmeal cream pies! Not only did the cabinet get refilled with all these goodies but when my mother wasn’t looking I remember eating full boxes with my dad. I guess it was a little bit of a bonding thing as I loved binging on the “forbidden” items as much as he did and because of my naturally high metabolism I don’t think my dad ever thought it was a big deal for me to eat as much as I wanted. Unintentionally a habit of binging on sweets was developed that I took with me into my adulthood.
As a teen I use to think thank goodness it was my brother who had diabetes and not me because I loved sweets too much and could never live without them! But as an adult I often felt consumed but food and unable to control my portions when it came to anything sugar loaded. With obesity and diabetes scattered throughout my family history and a diagnosis of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in myself with a secondary issue of infertility due to the PCOS I know that my health is important and what I put into my body is a large indicator for it. My first accountability group was my first real attempt at really eating well and balanced. It was great! I got the results I was looking for, had energy, confidence, I felt so good! But 6 months or so into my journey I found my OCD “all or nothing” personality taking over. I recall crying in my kitchen because I had made the decision that my family needed to jump on board and we were ONLY going to eat clean, whole foods! Good bye all the junk and convenience foods. I hadn’t had a chance to get to the store to pick up our weekly produce and I seriously stood next my pantry staring some cereal and thinking “I have nothing GOOD to feed my kids!” I truly was drying myself crazy with thinking that our nutrition had to be all or nothing and I was struggling because of it—plus, I was driving those I loved crazy!
You can Change your habits and have balance!
I knew I couldn’t keep going with my natural behavior of it has to either be one way or the other when it came to my nutrition habits and my family’s. I wanted us to be healthy but I refused to live in extremes and not show my kids that they can be healthy and still enjoy the balance of good food and indulgences. I truly think this is the goal for so many families but the effort can get exhausting without some guidance and it is easy to either go to the extreme or just give up completely.
Insert a Nutrition Program that changed the way myself and so many others nourished out bodies! Hello, 2B Mindset!
When the Obstacle is food you need a program that focuses just on nutrition.
The 2B Mindset is the newest program from Beachbody that focuses on JUST nutrition so that you can gain an understanding of food as fuel instead of food as comfort.
It’s not a diet—it’s a mindset. Most diets have an end date. But because this program helps you by shifting the way they think about food, you can use the 2B Mindset principles for the rest of your life. Also, most diets require deprivation. The 2B Mindset shows you how to get to, and maintain, your ideal weight, while eating foods you actually enjoy, so you always feel full and satisfied—and happy!!
These reasons were why when I had the opportunity to became certified as a nutrition mentor I had to say YES!
The 2B Mindset is also extremely easy to follow:
• No counting calories, no measuring food, and no using food containers
• No cutting out food groups
• No deprivation or feeling hungry
• Ability to follow the program even when you are at a restaurant, a party, or on vacation!
• Exercise isn’t required, it’s “extra credit” #forreal
• You get to learn from one of the TOP Registered Dietitians in the health & nutrition sector, Ilana Muhlstein, MS, RDN
Meet my partner in crime…
Meet Illana, You have to hear her story!
Say hello to Ilana Muhlstein, Dietitian & Creator of 2B Mindset. The incredible thing about Illana is that she actually understands the struggle of emotional eating and overcame it herself. She struggled with emotional eating since she was a child and by transforming her mindset she lost 100 lbs and has kept it off even after having a couple babies!
I have so many clients who have no problem showing up for the workouts but it is the nutrition that constantly trips them up and prevents them from getting the results they want or maintaining their hard work + clients that are looking for a solution to get to their goals but are either unable or are not ready to commit to a fitness program. I am so grateful to be certified to mentor women through common struggles we face such as:
Feeling like you are constantly on a diet
Feeling like you are restricted
Counting Calories, Macros, and portion containers
Loving to eat lots of food AKA Volume Eaters
Late night snacking
Traveling/Dinners Out with friends
Meal Planning and Prepping
How does this program work?
It’s not a DIET- it is a MINDSET!!! Most diets have an end date. But because you are going to be shifting the way you think about food, you can use the 2B Mindset principles for the rest of your life.
There are 21 videos that teach you the basic principles of the program such as education on the food groups, what to eat and when, plus real life strategies for every eating situation (eating at restaurants, parties, while on a trip, for vegans/vegetarians, ect…).
5 videos to overcome common weight loss struggles and it includes answers to commonly asked questions and advice on weight loss challenges.
15 Recipe Videos where Ilana teaches you to cook time saving, delicious, easy and satisfying meals in no time.
Getting Started Guide: Which is an easy step by step instructional manual to help you get your journey under way.
My Go To Guide: This accompanies the videos and highlights the key takeaways, recaps the food lists, features grocery shopping lists, and more.
2B Mindset Recipes: Includes over 30 of Ilana’s favorite recipes.
90 Day Tracker for your progress and meals plus other key indicators that play a role in helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
Water Bottle: You are going to be focusing on “water first”. The goal is to drink lots of water through the day and she gives you tons of strategies on this.
Beachbody Nutrition+ App: This is your go to place to access the entire 2B mindset program, featuring all the videos, the tracker, downloadable and printable tools and resources, and 24/7 access to the 2B mindset community
Peer and Coach support + your choice of Coach Mentorship (SEE BELOW!)
2B Mindset Kits + Mentorship Package Options
Everyone is a unique person so I fully understand that there isn’t a one size fits all when it comes to learning and guidance! Some people are visual learners, some need to be walked through and hear it verbalized, some need to be able to repeat back what they believe they learned and ask questions right away. Which is why you have some options to choose from when it comes to YOUR 2B Mindset Experience!
First, Pick a 2B Mindset Kit…
Next, Pick Your 2B Mindset Mentorship Package…
These mentorships are the BEST accessory to the 2B Mindset program. The extra layer of accountability and support has been a game changer for so many of my clients. PLUS, I LOVE that I get to know my mentees that much more!! And because there are limited spots these babies are in a hot commodity!! So after you have made your choices apply below!
Tips for picking your kit + your mentorship—
Whoa, you made this far…are you feeling overwhelmed? I know, it seems like there is just so much and so many options!! So let’s break it down! Most of us (myself included) check out the prices and go for the lowest because…well, it is hard to invest in ourselves!! So here are a few key questions to help you decide the route to go—
Are you one that likes to figure it all out on your own or do you like to have some guidance? I totally get independent “I got this” mentalities, so if you feel confident in working through this on your own stick with the FREE mentorship and know you can always upgrade if you need to. But if you want to have someone who has been through and continuing to work on themselves with this program to help guide you through any bumps you may have consider doing Pack 2 or 3 for at least your first month of changing the way you think about nourishing your body with 2B Mindset.
Do you feel like you need to like you have tried so many things in the past and you stick with it or a few days or maybe even a full week, and then life comes up and whatever habit you were trying to build falls off your plate of priorities? If so, then I would suggest going with a mentorship that involves weekly progress/tracker analysis and feedback! The weekly knowledge of needing to own this program because someone is going to go over your work with you (providing positive feedback of course!!) to help you allow the way may be just what the doc ordered to help you stick with it.
When it comes to your digestion, do you feel like you are regular? I know personal question! The nurse in me has a hard time differentiating between personal and health history questions (btw-that really is a health history question and a REALLY IMPORTANT one too!). Also, when you become a mom it is amazing how obsessed you because with a little persons bowel movements. Right?! But I digress. If you are not I would suggest going with a 2B Mindset Kit that incorporates Shakeology. Being someone who was chronically constipated since infancy I can even begin to tell you how amazing it was to be able to drink this silly shake each day and turn my gut around! I can say that now I am actually regular! And that is a BIG deal!
Do you get random bouts of bloating or your body toggles back and forth between hard and loose stools? (Yep, I know—again with the personal stuff!) Again, I would suggest a Kit that incorporates Shakeology. This isn’t your run of the mill shake. I was hugely skeptical of it until I learned that it truly is a premium product! It isn’t just a protein shake that has one dimension. Nope, Shakeology is a recipe for good gut health. In addition to being a good source of protein it also contains digestive enzymes, pre & probiotics, fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and adaptogens—traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress. This is a multidimensional meal to help jump start good gut health for you! And when you gut is in check, you will have fewer cravings and more energy!
Want to incorporate fitness into your lifestyle while you a building a healthy relationship with food? I would suggest going with the Kit that had Beachbody on Demand (BOD). I use BOD daily! I love that there are always new programs being added so there is no workout boredom happening at my house! I enjoy that I can do the workouts wherever I choose from my living room to a campsite. Plus, there is something from EVERYONE. From yoga to weight training to cardio and dance to workouts designed to do with your kids for some family fun. It is all there! And as an added bonus-it is way cheaper than any gym membership that I have seen!