[HOW TO] Manage Cravings + Recipe Inside 😍

Managing your cravings may seem like an impossible task, then toss in the the stressors of everyday life, and you might be feeling completely defeated 😕

But by knowing these 5 things, you can make a game plan and be one step ahead of your cravings!

 5️ Things that can lead to cravings:

✔️Not eating balanced meals – Prepare meals that include protein, complex carbs (brown rice, quinoa, squash, sweet potato), and high-volume veggies like broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, etc.

✔️Skipping breakfast – When you eat a healthy, balanced breakfast you’re more likely to make healthier food choices throughout the day. Include a source of protein with your breakfast to help you stay fuller longer.

✔️Nutritional deficiencies – Craving chocolate? You might need more magnesium. How about soda? You might need more calcium. Eating meals that are more balanced and eating regularly throughout the day, can help you obtain the vitamins and minerals you need to help you reduce cravings.

✔️Lack of sleep – When you’re tired, you might crave foods that will give you a quick boost of energy like pastries, cookies or candy. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Create an evening routine that signals to your body that it is time for bed.

✔️Extreme restrictions – I promise that you do not need another detox, juice cleanse, low carb diet, or laundry list of “bad” or “off limit” foods. When you follow these unsustainable trends, your body will eventually rebel and crave large amounts of that food you’ve been restricting. A better approach? Try a portion controlled amount of what you want! Eat it slowly and mindfully. Enjoy it and then move on! You can have what you want, just not all of it , all of the time.

How do you manage your cravings?


Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Women’s Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC



You Should Do This More Often….Relax

I know life can get insanely busy  and you might find yourself feeling like this 👉🏽🤯 or let’s be frank, like this 👉🏽😭

So, what can you do? RELAX

I know that sounds obvious. But oftentimes, we get so caught up in day-to-day life, that we neglect the basics.

Why should you learn how to relax fast? Because stress is more than just unpleasant. It’s also dangerous. Many diseases are now known to be caused by or made worse by stress. And what else happens when we get stressed, WE EAT! 🍩 🍪🍫🥨 🍟 🍕

Trust me! I am not judging, because I have eaten my fair share of Ben & Jerry ice cream pints back in the day!

Since I know you have goals, and because I am rooting for you, I want you to know that you can do something to manage your stress.

Just try these relaxation techniques today, and use them whenever you feel that tension coming on.

How To Relax Fast

1. Have a hot shower- The hot water relaxes your muscles, and the break from more stressful activities helps too.

2. Play relaxing music– Experiment to see which music relaxes you the most effectively. Then keep your favorite relaxation music on in the office, at home, or wherever you’ll need it most. Two of my favorite Pandora stations are Smooth Jazz Allstars and Instrumental Christian Songs!

3. Go somewhere else- This really helps if the things stressing you out are in the room or associated with it. Why not get out for a little while?

4. Have a cup of chamomile tea- Chamomile seems to have a calming effect on the nerves, and hot drinks in general can help you relax.

5. Watch your mind- If you can spot the stressors lurking just below the surface (hunger, worry, a phone call you need to make), you can resolve them and feel more relaxed.

6. Have a laugh- Of course, you know from experience that this helps you relax, right? Watch a short YouTube Video or watch a Netflix comedy special.

7. Breath deep through your nose- Just close your eyes and pay attention only to your breathing while doing this. Five slow deep breaths will provide a mini-mental break.

8. Take a walk- Walking is one of the best relaxation techniques if you have at least ten minutes to spare. Find a pretty place to walk while you’re at it.

9. Give someone a hug– As long as it’s from somebody you don’t mind hugging, this really can be very relaxing.

10. Interrupt your routine- Stop to talk to that new co-worker or strike up a conversation with the store cashier. Anything that breaks you out of your habitual patterns can relieve stress.

Over time you can change to be more relaxed. The relaxation techniques above really aren’t difficult, so why not try a few, and learn how to relax fast. Which techniques will you try this week?

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Women’s Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC



Mind Over Matter: Key Strategies for Weight Loss Success

I wonder if you are feeling the same way I felt back in 2008 when I was stuck on the dieting rollercoaster? If you are feeling that way now, then I have some encouragement for you this week 😍

I want to give you some strategies that aren’t shared that often. The key to long-term weight loss success is not just in the body, but the mind. Research shows that those who have a positive outlook on life are more likely to lose weight—and maintain it. But you might be wondering how you can have a positive outlook when you’ve tried so many times? Is it possible that changing your mindset is the key to unlocking weight loss success?

Mind Over Matter: Key Strategies for Weight Loss Success

1) One technique that has been proven effective in sports training is something called visualization. For instance, a baseball player might visualize his bat connecting with a ball, leading to a homerun. A soccer player might visualize kicking the winning goal in a soccer match. And a golfer might visualize sinking the winning putt in the Masters Tournament.

You can use the same technique. Visualize yourself as your ideal weight. How do you look? How does your daily life improve? Picture yourself in those jeans that might be a little snug for you now. Imagine stepping onto the scale or looking in the mirror and being pleased with the image staring back at you. Visualize yourself saying “no” to that extra slice of chocolate cake. Or saying “no thank you” when offered the breadbasket.

2) Maintain a positive attitude. Be forgiving of yourself. If you veer off track, simply get back on track with your next meal. Don’t waste time “beating yourself up” over your decisions you can’t change. Instead, celebrate your successes—by incorporating non-food related rewards. For instance, when you reach a milestone—say you’ve lost ten pounds—reward yourself with a trip to an art museum or to your favorite coffee shop (but skip the cream and add some Stevia). Marking milestones will give you a sense of accomplishment, a sense that you are triumphing over food.

3) Another helpful technique is prayer. The Bible App has Bible-based weight loss devotionals that use scripture verses to help inspire and see the deeper meaning behind your goals. By handing your weight loss concerns over to God, this will give you sense of peace and hope. Try praying over your goals at the start of your day. This can help you feel refreshed and ready to handle whatever challenges may come your way that day.

4) The last technique you might consider is role-playing. Grab your spouse, sibling, or a friend and ask him or her to act out a situation in which you might be tempted to overeat. You’ll be forced to come up with strategies to fight temptation. This rehearsal could prove to be quite helpful when a real-life dilemma comes your way.

Mind over matter is not just a clever saying. It can actually be the solution to your weight loss challenges. By using your brain power, you can develop the techniques needed to make healthy food choices. When your mind and your body are both healthy, you have the best of both worlds.

​If you found these tips helpful, then I would love to know which tips you plan to try!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Women’s Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC



[Maintenance] Why Aren’t More People Talking About This?

So, what happened once I reached my goal weight?

How have I maintained my 60lb weight loss since 2009?

Maintenance is not something many people talk about. It’s easy to become consumed with losing the weight that you don’t consider what it might take to maintain that goal weight.

Weight regain is a real possibility. But is it inevitable?

Weight Loss Tips for Women: 5 Solutions to Staying Snatched

Follow these five tips, and your scale will stay put:

1. If you gain a pound, lose it! People who are successful at maintaining weight loss weigh themselves at least once a week. Pick the same day and time each week to weigh yourself and keep track. If you don’t see any changes in a month or your weight is steadily increasing, get back to basics. Dial in on your nutrition. Follow a structured meal plan with nutrient-rich foods until you start seeing progress.

2. Have planned snacks instead of grazing. To combat spontaneous snacking, plan a couple of balanced snacks every day that you can measure out and enjoy. Be sure to include some protein and complex carbohydrates in your snack. If you eat more frequently during the day, you will be less likely to graze mindlessly.

3. Balance your treats with healthy choices. You can have an occasional treat, but you can also have an occasional healthy choice. Keep the treat portion-controlled so that you don’t experience a huge blood-sugar spike. If your treat is something sweet or an unrefined carb like pasta, eat a little protein with it so that your blood sugar doesn’t crash and cause cravings.

4. Admit your trigger foods. Your trigger foods are the ones where you all you have to do is eat one and the one turns to two and two turns to ten! 🍩 🍪 Avoid keeping any snack foods in plain sight. Put them away. Out of sight, out of mind. If you find yourself going to the pantry or refrigerator to find those snack items, I suggest keeping the trigger foods out of your house altogether.

5. Experiment and use the tools that work for youI wrote down what I ate for visibility and accountability. I found ways to stay active – both planned workouts and non-exercise activity. I weighed and measured my food to help me practice portion controlI enjoyed treats in moderation. I pre-planned them whenever possible, enjoyed them, and then got back on track. These basic tools are highly effective. Be open to experimenting until you find what works best for you.

Weight regain is not inevitable, but you need to take action to avoid it.

How can you apply these tips to your journey so that weight maintenance can be easier and more satisfying? Leave a comment and let me know ✍🏽

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Women’s Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC



Feeling Overwhelmed? Read This!

Let me guess. Your mind is all over the place, because you’re trying to do all of the things. Am I right?

You’re juggling competing priorities with your work life, home/family life, and your personal life.

It can all seem so overwhelming and that you can never catch a break.

But there can be relief in sight. Conditions will never be perfect, but they can get better. I want to encourage you as you head into this week with some tips on how to reduce overwhelm so that you can show up in life with more energy, clarity, and confidence!

6 Tips to Reduce Overwhelm

1. Stop what you are doing for a few minutes and take a break. Go for a short walk, sit outside under a tree, pray, breathe deeply, go to a movie, read, journal, call a friend to have coffee and share what is going on.

2. Get a piece of paper and make two columns. In one column, list urgent things you need to do this week. In the other column, list those tasks that you can delegate or hire help to accomplish.

3. Eliminate, eliminate, eliminate. Unfollow toxic people on social media, organize your work space to decrease clutter, stop saying “yes” to things you really don’t want to do, get off committees and decrease volunteering at fundraisers unless you have a total passion for the organization and the cause.

4. Do not spend time with people who drain you. Assess your relationships, both business and personal. Do they support and honor who you are? If they are negative and unsupportive, you don’t have to spend another minute with them.

5. Decide what is most important in your life. If you want a balanced life, you will have to make changes in your life to allow this to happen. That takes some time and planning but it will be worth the improvement in your life!

6. Take an action step today to make change in your life! Call a friend who will support you, take an online course to help you in a particular area, or work with a coach (like me 😍) who will support and motivate you to have a more balanced life.

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC


📌PS. Do you want to learn how to take a non-dieting approach to your health so that you can lose the stubborn pounds and keep the weight off this time? Then I invite you to check out The Fab Academy Small Group Coaching Program! I designed this program for women like you who want more hands on support, community, and personalized accountability to help you reach your weight loss goals. I incorporate a holistic approach to weight loss, which is missing from most weight loss programs. By improving your nutrition through meal planning, implementing strategies to help you move more, and strengthening your mindset, you can build a strong foundation for long-term, empowered, sustainable change! Imagine what it would feel like to finally ditch dieting, have more energy, regain your confidence, and fit into your favorite jeans again…..What would that mean for you…..


The Basics Still Work: 10 Healthy Eating Habits

I’ve been saying this for the longest time…..THE BASICS STILL WORK!

Diet culture is pervasive and would have you think you need to go to extremes just to get results!

You don’t have to be extreme; just consistent with the basic

You make weight loss harder than it has to be when you add in all of these foods rules and make unnecessary, unsustainable changes.

So, No! You don’t need to do ANY of these:

(1) Cut carbs or go keto

(2) Intermittent fast

(3) Take an appetite suppressant

(4) Go on a juice cleanse

(5) Follow the cabbage soup diet

(6) Stop eating your favorite foods altogether

(7) Cut out meat

Ditch the overwhelm and adopt these habits instead!

The Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits

(1) More home-cooked food, less eating out. This will help you save money, too!

(2) More fresh fruit as snacks.

(3) More fresh vegetables as snacks and with meals.

(4) More beans as sides or in stews.

(5) More whole grain or sprouted bread, less refined white breads. Yes, you can eat bread and still lose weight!

(6) More fish, skinless chicken/turkey, less red meat.

(7) Smaller servings of red meat, larger servings of vegetables.

(8) Eating low fat dairy foods.

(9) More low-calorie condiments, such as mustard, hot sauce, salsa, low-sugar ketchup, sugar free BBQ sauce and using non-stick cooking spray. Adding less fat in the form of butter, mayo, and sour cream.

(10) Stocking up on healthy snack foods to keep at bay. By including more nutritious snacks, you will be less likely to want the processed snacks that being hungry makes you crave. As far as weight management goes, hunger remains Public Enemy Number One. Don’t let it happen to you!

What are 2-3 habits from this list that you can try implementing? Let me know! I would love to hear from you!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC


PS. Do you need help mastering the basics? Then I invite you to check out The Fab Academy Small Group Coaching Program! I designed this program for women like you who want more hands on support and personalized accountability to help them reach their weight loss goals. I incorporate a holistic approach to weight loss, which is missing from most other programs. By improving your nutrition, finding movement that you enjoy, and strengthening your mindset, you can build a strong foundation for long-term, sustainable change! Imagine what it would feel like to finally ditch dieting, have more energy, regain your confidence, and fit into your favorite clothes again…..


Metabolism – What is it? Why should you care about it?

Let’s just get to it!

Your metabolism…more specifically, what it is, why you should care about it, and how it effects weight loss.

Here’s a test: define metabolism. Go ahead, what is it?

If you said it’s how fast you burn caloriesyou’re partially right. Your metabolic rate does determine the number of calories your body burns. But your metabolism controls more than just your metabolic rate. It also keeps everything in balance – like your blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure.

When metabolism goes wrong….

In ideal circumstances, your metabolism works like a well-oiled machine. You eat energy in the form of food. The body breaks the food down into sugar. The sugar is transported out of the blood and into the cells by the hormone insulin. Simple. Right?

But if your diet is high in simple carbohydrates (like white bread, rice, and pastries), these foods cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. In response, the pancreas secretes loads of insulin. That’s okay occasionally, but when we consistently eat simple carbs, so much insulin is flooded into the system that we can eventually become resistant to it. In fact, one in five Americans suffers from insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes and metabolic syndrome – both of which increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s why it’s important to learn how to lower blood sugar.

Balance your blood sugar

There are several things you can do to support normal blood sugar levels. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet top the list.

When you balance your blood sugar, you’re investing in your long-term health. But you also get short-term benefits, like higher energy levels and an easier time losing weight.

Love your heart

If you become resistant to insulin, chances are it’s putting a strain on your heart. That’s why you should also be working to improve your cardiovascular health. How? Again, exercise is key. Your heart is a muscle and, as with any muscle, exercise is what strengthens it. Also consume heart-healthy foods like salmon and avocado and reduce stress.

Give yourself a good foundation

Fill most of your diet with fruit, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, eggs, whole grains, beans, lentil, nuts, and seeds. Give your metabolism an opportunity to really thrive by regularly supplying your body with essential vitamins and minerals – in just the right quantities.

PS. If you need help creating a good foundation for your health so that you can improve your metabolism and maximize your weight loss efforts, then check out the Fab Academy Small Group Coaching Program! Follow a simple and sustainable approach to weight loss – no restrictions or fad diets. I teach you the same methods that helped me lose 60lbs and keep it off since 2009!😍

​Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC



10 Small Steps to Lose Weight without Dieting

I know you set some goals for yourself to finally shed the unwanted pounds. How are things going with that?

It’s ok to be honest and say things aren’t going well and that you might need some help.

Perhaps what’s holding you back is not knowing HOW to start and then keep going after you started. Am I right?

If that sounds like you, let me help you move past that roadblock, get out of your own way, and start getting results…consistently!

While it is common to set high goals, experts say that setting smaller goals could do more for our health.

“Small steps are achievable and are easier to fit into your daily routine,” says James O. Hill, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. “They are less overwhelming than a big, sudden change.”

10 Small Steps to Achieve Your Weight Loss Goal without Dieting:

1. Try breaking your larger goal down into smaller goals. For example, my goal was to lose at least 50 pounds. I ended up losing 60! But, I took that and broke that down into wanting to lose my first 5 pounds, then my next 5 pounds, and on from there until I reached my end goal. It was less overwhelming to think of 5 pounds at a time instead of the whole 50 pounds.

2. Take more small steps. Use a pedometer to count your daily steps; then add 2,000, the equivalent of one extra mile. Keep adding steps, 1,000 to 2,000 each month or so, until you take 10,000 steps on most days.

3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and are more likely to make better foods choices throughout the day. For a filling and nutrition-packed breakfast, make overnight oats with fresh fruit and nut or seed butter, green smoothies with protein powder, egg scrambles with veggies and a side of fruit or whole grain toast.

4. Switch to whole grains. Whole grains are less processed, so they include more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This means they will keep you fuller, longer. Whole grains include barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, popcorn, whole-wheat bread, pasta, or crackers.

5. Have at least one green salad every day. Eating a salad with protein, lots of colorful veggies and low-fat or fat-free dressing, is filling and may reduce overeating later in the day (ex. Those late-night munchies!). It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruits.

6. Trim the fat. Fat has a lot of calories, and calories count. Purchase lean meats, eat poultry without the skin, switch to lower-fat cheeses, use a nonstick pan with only a dab of oil or butter.

7. Consider calcium by including two or three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt. Dairy calcium is good for bones and may also aid in weight loss. For non-dairy sources of calcium, choose chia seeds, almonds, soy milk, tofu, white beans, kale, sweet potatoes, or broccoli.

8. Downsize. The smaller the bag, bottle, or bowl, the less you will eat. Practice portion control by using a digital food scale, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.

9. Lose just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. The health benefits are huge-lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides.

10. Keep track of your eating. Write down what you eat over the next couple of days and look for problem spots. Often, just writing things down can help you eat less. You can use an app such as MyFitnessPal or you can use a journal to record your meals. Tracking your meals is a great tool for accountability, awareness, and education.

Do you need help implementing these steps?

My *NEW* Fab Academy VIP Group Coaching Program is an intimate group coaching program for women wanting more hands on support and personalized accountability to achieve their weight loss goals. Over the next 90 days through weekly group coaching calls, weekly check-ins, and monthly 1:1 support calls, I will help you take a holistic approach to weight loss that focuses on nutrition, movement, and mindset so that you can transform your lifestyle, finally ditch dieting, and fit back in to your favorite jeans again!

Here’s some of the things that we’ll cover:

● A weight loss eating approach that doesn’t make you feel deprived.

● Exercise strategies to maximize results.

● Tactics for troubleshooting and conquering cravings.

● Tips for reducing stress.

● Mindset and habit shifts so your transformation sticks.

● And more!

>> Click here to learn ALL about The Fab Academy!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC



8 Sustainable Weight Loss Tips

Do you want to know something I wish I would have avoided when I first started my weight loss journey?

I wish I would have avoided going on a diet and looking for a quick fix method instead of creating a sustainable lifestyle change.​

While the quick fix dieting approaches continue to spread, they do not provide lasting results. More often than not, dieting methods which involve eliminating food groups (like carbs), time-restricted eating (intermittent fasting), supplements or pills, do not work. If they do, the results are just temporary.

What should you do instead?

Rely on a healthy weight loss method which will provide lifetime results. You have to set realistic goals. You can’t expect to lose the weight overnight when you didn’t gain the weight overnight.

Here are some tips on how you can lose weight in a sustainable way:

1. Do not starve yourself.

The key to a healthier way of losing weight is: Do not diet.

You may seem happy and feel that you are losing weight by skipping meals. But remember that this will not last long. Your body cannot tolerate having insufficient food to fuel the energy that you use up everyday.

If you get used to skipping one or two meals a day, your stored calories will be used up instead of the energy that should have been provided by your meals. So if you just eat one huge sandwich in one day, it will end up straight to your problem area (i.e. thighs, tummy, hips).

2. Start your day right.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Have a healthy meal in the morning, with protein, to jump-start your metabolism.

Your food intake after you wake up will be used to burn fat all day long.

3. Eat frequently throughout the day.

Eating more frequently throughout the day can prevent overeating. This will also increase your metabolism and help you burn calories faster.

4. Decide on how much weight you want to lose.

Keep your goals realistic. It is virtually impossible for you to lose 40 pounds in 2 weeks. Have a mindset that you want to eat healthy to stay healthy for the rest of your life.

Once you have decided on a weight loss plan, stick to it and make sure that it is something you can realistically follow.

5. Drink lots of water.

Your body needs sufficient water to burn fat and keep your cells hydrated and healthy. Adequate water intake also improves your digestion and reduces belly bloat.

6. Reduce sugar intake.

Plan your meals around lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plus lean meat and protein rich-foods. Sweets, sodas and pastries should be once-in-a-while indulgences.

7. Watch your fat intake.

Fat is not the culprit to being overweight. Your body needs fats to help you absorb certain vitamins.

There is such a thing as healthy fats. Olive, peanuts and canola oil have them. Tuna, salmon and mackerel have omega-3 fats which is good for the heart.

8. Exercise.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator, jog, or cycle. Use these activities and other home chores if you can’t make it to the gym and take exercise classes. Make sure that you do this regularly and you will not even notice that you are already shedding pounds with these mundane activities.

It does not matter how much weight you plan or need to lose. What is important is that you set realistic goals for yourself.

Go slow.

To sum it up: Eat healthy, drink lots of water, have enough sleep and exercise. By sticking to the basics, you are more likely to lose weight and improve your health, which would result in a new, healthier you!

Were these tips helpful? Comment below and let me know 💗

P.S. If you need help setting goals with realistic action steps by following my holistic approach to weight loss, then grab my eBook and Meal Plan “Your Best Year Yet! A 90-Day Goal Setting Guide on Nutrition + Movement + Mindset!”

​Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC



Weight Loss Strategies that Work!

Over two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. That’s quite a high percentage of adults who might be looking to shed some extra weight. But the only way to do this is one pound at a time!

With our quick-fix society, it can make some people wish and hope for a quick solution to their weight problems. They’ll try anything that promises instant results! Unfortunately, these ‘miracle weight loss’ products are a waste of time! Why? Because the rapid results followers experience mainly comes from losing water weight and not actual body fat.

For those of you who have tried weight loss diets or are thinking about trying one, consider all the dieters who have tried the same diets and didn’t see long-term results. The number one reason for permanent weight loss failure is the inability to stick with the diet!

Many individuals become ‘yo-yo’ dieters. They try one diet for a while, lose a few pounds, quit the diet, gain back the weight (and then some), and move on to another diet. The process is repeated. With each new attempt, there is often more weight to lose than there was initially!

Successful Weight Loss Strategies

If you want to lose weight successfully, you must realize, first, that there are no miracle diets or products that will blast away the fat! You didn’t gain the weight overnight! You aren’t going to lose it overnight, either! You will have to put forth effort to lose weight, one pound at a time! Even after you’ve shed those extra pounds, you will have to continue to work at controlling your weight, if you wish to keep the weight off. That’s why this journey needs to be about a lifestyle change!

In an article on Consumer Reports.org which rates various popular diets, Cathy Nonas, R.D., M.S., (an obesity researcher at North General Hospital in New York) states, “The best diet is the one you can stay on.” Consumer Reports goes on to say that “adherence is important…To maintain lost weight, dieters must permanently reduce their calorie intake, because they will need fewer calories to fuel their now-smaller body.”

Fad diets typically fail in the end. From my own personal experience, I have found that eating sensibly works best!

If you want to lose weight (one pound at a time), keep it off, and feel good, too, why not try cutting down on the empty calories found in most American diets? Eat more raw vegetables and fruits and whole grains. Go easy on the saturated fats and processed sugary or salty snacks. Limit yourself to smaller portions and avoid having second helpings. This type of diet is one that you CAN stick with and live with for the rest of your life! #Sustainable

Yes, you’ll have to make some lifestyle changes, and you’ll have to work on being more disciplined in your eating habits. But, in the end, it will be worth it! You’ll look better! You’ll feel better! Your confidence will return, and you’ll believe that there isn’t anything that you cannot do!

P.S. If you need help creating a sustainable action plan to help you consistently lose weight, one pound at a time, then you need my 90-Day Goal Setting Guide on Nutrition + Movement + Mindset! So that you can have your best year yet!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC


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Eight steps to achieve your weight loss goal this year

Will this be the year you go from talking about your goals to actually making them happen?

I’m not talking about making them happen for a day or a week, or even a month, and then getting off track. I’m talking about you having a plan in place, executing to the best of your ability, and being consistent throughout the year.

Consistency does not mean perfection. It means you show up, no matter what. It means when life throws you an inevitable curve ball, you pivot instead of pausing on your journey!

If you didn’t reach your weight loss goal last year, it was most likely because you didn’t have clearly defined goals.

Since I know how crucial goal setting was for me on my path to losing 60lbs and keeping if off for 13 years, I felt the need to share these 8 steps with you to help you reach your goal!

Eight steps to achieve your weight loss goal this year

1. Know exactly what you want

This may sound obvious but unless you know exactly what you want, how can you achieve it? The more details, numbers, dates you can plan the better. You need a very clear focus of what you do want in order to achieve it.

2. Write down your goals

This is one technique that sorts out the people who succeed and the people who fail. We are constantly reminded how important it is to write down your goals yet very very few do it. According to research you are 95% more likely to achieve your goal if it is written down. Enough said. Do it!

3. Believe

If you try and achieve a goal that you don’t truly believe you can achieve, your subconscious mind will not allow you to achieve it. You’ll only succeed in sabotaging yourself. As Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

4. Remind yourself constantly of the goal

The more you repeat it to your subconscious mind, the more it will be programmed in. If you spend a lot of time on your computer I recommend using software that flashes messages on your screen that only the subconscious can pick up.

5. Be passionate about your goal

You’re far more likely to achieve your goal if it excites you. Why do you want this goal to happen for you? Think about all the benefits to you once you have achieved your goal. Imagine how you would feel, how would your life be different.

6. Break it down into bite size chunks

If you have 50+ lbs to lose like I did, don’t get discouraged. Take your end goal and break it down into smaller intermediate goals. What helped me was thinking about it 5lbs at a time. For you, it might be less overwhelming to break it down further into 1lb at a time. Do what works for you! It makes it easier for you to believe it’s possible and it helps you maintain your focus in the long run.

7. Reward yourself along the way

Every Time you have some success make sure you reward yourself. Remember that success happens both on and off the scale. Try to reward yourself in ways that do not involve food. I would buy myself a cute pair of jeans, a new purse or lipstick. You could treat yourself to a massage, new workout clothes, or running shoes. Rewarding yourself will help to keep the desire and enthusiasm burning. It will also tell your subconscious mind you’re achieving your goals.

8. Stay positive at all times

Ultimately the only person who can stop you achieving your goals is YOU. Fear and self doubt are common enemies but are only created in your mind. You must also make sure that you are concentrating on what you do want, not what you don’t want.

The only way you will fail is if you give up.

I want to hear from you! Reply back and let me know your goals for this yea and how you plan to achieve them! If you’re struggling. It’s ok! Let me know what’s going on and I am happy to provide tips!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health & Weight Loss Coach + Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC


I help millennial career women who struggle losing weight create a sustainable lifestyle so they never have to diet again! Learn more about my 1:1 Health + Nutrition Coaching or my Personalized Meal Planning Service!

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3 Powerful Tips To Help Manage Everyday Stress

I know you’re a busy career woman trying to juggle it all and with the holiday season here, you might be experiencing a range of emotions from excitement to stress!

But how do you typically cope with stress?

If you’re anything like how I was, then your typical coping mechanism is most likely food. So how can you start managing your stress in a more productive way?

3 Powerful Tips To Help Manage Everyday Stress

Stress Busting Tip #1

Resolve right now to release every thought from yesterday and be only mindful of the now…. this thought only…this breath…this moment. Take in three very deep breaths and slowly release each one.

At the same time feel each and every concern, each and every problem, and each and every unresolved moment, begin to dissolve. You can deal with them at a later time. For now, you are only to be in this very moment.

Now go to your inner quiet place. Go deep inside to a place where you feel that you are at peace and then just relax and breathe in deeply and enjoy the feeling of being at one and at peace within yourself.

Use this special time and place to be calm. Free your mind and body of all worry, all regret, all disappointment, all anger and grief.

Stress Busting Tip #2

Next, think of one particular act, such as rocking your baby, taking a quick stroll, raking the leaves, etc. and do that one simple thing. All the while, your mind is quiet and calm and you are in your own special place within.

Practice this act of quiet and calm each day and you will see that you will accomplish so much more. At the first sign of being stressed, go back to this mindful, quiet place and start all over again until you have reached your inner place of calm.

Stress Busting Tip #3

The very best thing that you can do for yourself is to eat, drink and rest – to your health!

Stress is easily brought on by not eating and drinking properly. When you don’t get the number of hours of sleep that you need each night, you are only setting yourself up for additional stress.

Limit the amount of salt, sugar, caffeine and alcohol in your diet. Drink plenty of clean, pure water each day and do at least moderate exercise 3-5 times per week. This will breathe new life into your skin, hair and will nourish all of your vital organs.

When we are content and living a balanced life everyday stresses seem to pale in comparison. We are better equipped to deal with the unexpected.

You can take control today! Isolate only one particular stressor in your life and then work on it until you regain control. At the very least, have some new hope!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Weight Loss & Health Coach + Blogger

I help millennial career women who struggle losing weight create a sustainable lifestyle so they never have to diet again! Learn more about my 1:1 Health + Nutrition Coaching or my Personalized Meal Planning Service!

If you aren’t a member already, make sure you join us in the Fab + Fit Facebook group for community, support and accountability!


How to Ditch Sugar Cravings for Good + 2 Delicious Recipes!

At one point, I couldn’t stop myself from reaching for a cookie or a chocolate bar, even though I knew it wasn’t doing me any good. I think everyone has those days (or months or years) but those days are over. For you it might be running to Starbucks praying they didn’t run out of Frappuccino’s or hoping there’s one more M&M in the bag.

But when I learned about how destructive sugar is to our cells and energy levels, I made the choice to kick it to the curb. My days of riding the sugar addiction roller coaster are over and I’m here to help you in ending yours too. I know that liberating feeling of not having to rely on something external to make you feel good.

Sugar leads to sickness, and it ages you well beyond your years. Cells cannot thrive in an acidic environment, and sugar creates just that. It feeds bad bacteria in your body and throws off the delicate symbiosis that keeps you glowing and happy. Recent research has even shown that sugar lights up the same areas in the brain as cocaine. It’s highly addictive and destroys our brains.

Sugar robs you of energy and leads to weight gain or extreme weight loss due to malabsorption. When I’m craving sugar, I know my body is out of balance. It’s a signal for deeper nutritional deficiencies, yet it can never fill those gaping holes. Only wholesome nourishing foods and lifestyle strategies can do that.

Sugar occurs naturally in nearly all foods. When in its most natural state, for example fruit, honey or maple syrup, it contains enzymes, fiber, vitamins and minerals. But refined sugar depletes the body of its minerals and enzymes and creates an acidic environment leading to digestive problems, sinus congestion, cellulite, headaches, mucus in the stool, and allergies.

When we consume refined sugar, it has a negative impact on our blood sugar, which leads to irritability, anxiety, wrinkles, poor sleep, hormonal imbalance and can also lead to more serious health problems.

Here are some ways you can add sweetness to your life instead of consuming sugar:

• Journaling

• Exercising

• Reading for pleasure

• Adult coloring book

• Listening to music or a podcast

• Calling a close friend or loved one

• Taking a walk

• Taking a bath

• Getting a pedicure

• Shopping

• Getting a massage

Here are a couple of my favorite naturally-sweetened recipes!


1 cup cashews

1 cup protein powder

1/4 cup cacao powder, plus extra for dusting

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

5 tablespoons honey

1/2 cup light coconut milk

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut flakes, plus more for coating

Blend all ingredients, then form into balls and roll in coconut and raw cacao powder.


1 avocado, mashed

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 cup dairy free milk

1 tablespoon maple syrup or another sweetener (optional)

*You can use stevia instead of maple syrup

Mix all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth, let sit for 15 minutes in the refrigerator, then serve.

How is your relationship with sugar?

Is it time for you to finally kick that habit to the curb? If yes, then what are some ways you can add sweetness to your life that don’t involve sugar? Comment below and let me know!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger

Text FABFIT to (877) 660-2651 for practical wellness tips + inspiration

I help career women who struggle losing weight create effective and sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy! Learn more about my 1:1 Health + Nutrition Coaching or my Personalized Meal Planning Service!

If you aren’t a member already, make sure you join us in the Fab + Fit Facebook group for community, support and accountability!


5 Ways to Get Fit with a Busy Schedule

We all have one common enemy—TIME

For most of us, the #1 challenge to get fit and lose weight is not exercising itself but being able to actually fit an exercise program into our busy schedules.

So how do you do it? How do you balance the demands of family, career, important errands, relationships, organizational responsibilities, and working out?

I have found there are five keys that will help you fit a consistent workout plan into your already hectic life:

1. Commit to a specific schedule

When you fail to plan you plan to fail. Don’t try to haphazardly fit your workouts into your schedule without any rhyme or reason.

Therefore, right in the midst of all of your appointments, “to-do” lists, etc., should be a written plan for your weekly workout routine, so that you will never be in the dark as to when you committed to yourself to do.

To set yourself up for success, you will need to take the time to write your workouts into your weekly schedule. A reasonable starting point is 150 minutes of moderate cardiovascular activity per week. This could be walking, running, hiking, the elliptical spin class, boxing, etc. The key is to find something you enjoy! And yes, that is possible! lol

2. Utilize the weekend

Take advantage of the fact that it only takes 3-5 days per week to put together an effective, results-producing workout plan. One trick to help you pull it all off is to workout on the weekends. One of the benefits to this is that your schedule is more flexible.

What it also means is that when the hectic weekdays roll back around, you will only be responsible for working out 1-3 days during the work week.

3. Keep your workouts as a high priority

One of the biggest mistakes that even many people who have scheduled a workout program into their schedule make is allowing it to be bumped off of their schedule too easily.

Although things will occasionally come up that will cause you to have to reschedule the workout you had planned, you must be persistent in making sure that only the most important emergencies are allowed to temporarily take you off of your plan.

In the event that one of those important emergencies does happen and you can’t make it to your workout, reschedule with yourself to make it up on the next possible day that you are available to do so. If your own health, fitness, and efforts to lose weight are not a priority to you, they certainly won’t be so to anyone else. That was said in love 🙂

4. Enroll others in your goals

Don’t go at this alone. Let the important people in your life know what you are up to. Your spouse or significant other, parents, children, co-workers, or close friends will often pitch in and help you to meet your fitness or weight loss commitment to yourself if you make them aware and ask for their support.

Leverage these relationships to delegate some of your normal responsibilities or even allow you to shift appointments that you have with them as you restructure your schedule for your workout. If any of them are into exercise or trying to lose weight themselves, don’t hesitate to form a buddy system with them as you move forward with your program.

5. Don’t beat yourself up

No matter who you are, there will be times in your workout program that you just aren’t able to keep it up as you would like due to factors you cannot control. Don’t be too tough on yourself when that happens.

Remember that it is what you do consistently over a long period of time, not what you do in spurts, that truly counts. Just make sure that you get back to business as soon as you can and continue to press forward, doing your best to keep your momentum!

No matter what goals you have for health, fitness, or weight loss, you CAN fit an effective exercise program into that hectic schedule of yours and be amazingly successful at getting the results that you want!

Comment and let me know which tip was most helpful to you!

If you need support and accountability to maintain consistency in your fitness and nutrition goals, then click reply and let me know you want to learn more about 1:1 Health Coaching with me!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger

Text FABFIT to (877) 660-2651 for practical wellness tips + exclusive recipes!

I help career women who struggle losing weight create effective and sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy! Learn more about my 1:1 Health + Nutrition Coaching or my Personalized Meal Planning Service!


The 10 foods stressed out women should be eating

When you’re stressed out, the foods that you’re more likely to turn to are traditional ‘comfort’ foods – think large meals, take-out, fatty foods, sweet foods, and alcohol.

While turning to these foods can make you feel better temporarily, in the long run, they can make you will feel worse. When your body isn’t getting the right nutrition, you can begin to feel less energetic, more lethargic, and in some cases less able to concentrate and focus. All of this can lead to even more stress.

Foods that Fight Stress

If you’ve been feeling more stressed out than usual lately, it’s important to know which foods are best to choose and which to avoid when it comes to combating stress and helping you to deal with feelings of stress and anxiety. The best way to fight stress is to have a healthy, balanced diet which includes a moderate amount of each of the different food groups.

Filling up on foods such as whole grains, leafy vegetables, and lean proteins as the basic staples of the diet is the best way to ensure that your body gets the optimum amounts of nutrients to fight both physical and mental health problems. When it comes to choosing the foods to eat, some have a range of great properties which help the body to combat stress. Choosing these stress-busting foods will help to heal and calm your mind in the long-run rather than providing a temporary fix.

Some of the best stress-fighting foods include:

  • Avocado – Avocados are a creamy and versatile fruit which can be eaten in a range of different ways whether you enjoy it raw, made into sauces, dressings and dips, or in a smoothie. Avocados contain higher levels of vitamin E, folate, and beta-carotene than any other fruit, which boosts their stress-busting properties

  • Blueberries – Blueberries have some of the highest levels of antioxidants, which means that this berry has been linked to a wide range of health benefits including sharper cognition, better focus, and a clearer mind – all of which can help you to better deal with stress.

  • Chamomile Tea – Drinking liquids which are high in sugars and caffeine, such as coffee, energy drinks or soda, can actually increase your stress levels if consumed regularly. Chamomile tea has long been used as a natural bedtime soother, and it has also been used in clinical trials, which determined that chamomile tea is effective in reducing the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

  • Chocolate – Dark chocolate in particular is best for you, as it contains more flavanol’s and polyphenols, two hugely important antioxidants which can help combat stress

  • Beef – Grass-fed beef has a huge range of antioxidants, including beta-carotene and Vitamin’s C and E, which can help your body to fight stress and anxiety.

  • Oatmeal – As a complex carbohydrate, eating oatmeal causes your brain to produce higher levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin, helping you to feel calmer and less stressed.

  • Walnuts – If you’re looking for a healthy snacking option which will help you to stay better in control of your stress levels, walnuts are a great choice. There is no denying the sweet, pleasant flavor of walnuts and they can be a tasty snack for in-between meals or as part of a desert.

  • Pistachios – Studies have found that simply eating two small, snack-size portions of pistachios per day can lower vascular constriction when you are stressed, putting less pressure on your heart by further dilating your arteries. Along with this, the rhythmic, repetitive act of shelling pistachios can actually be quite therapeutic!

  • Green Leafy Vegetables – Leafy, green vegetables should be a pivotal part of anyone’s diet. Along with helping to combat stress, leafy greens are full of nutrients and antioxidants which help to fight off disease and leave your body feeling healthier and more energized. Dark leafy greens, for example spinach, are especially good for you since they are rich in folate, which helps your body to produce more mood-regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is a ‘feel-good’ chemical.

  • Fermented foods – Last but not least, eating fermented foods such as yogurt can help to keep your gut healthy, which actually in turn will help to improve your mental health and reduce stress levels.

Putting Together Your Diet Plan

Planning your meals wisely is key to not only staying physically fit and healthy, but also to staying mentally strong and being able to best manage your levels of stress. Knowing which foods to avoid and which are the best to reach for to snack on when you’re feeling worried and anxious is important to helping you get control over your emotions and fears.

A good example of a healthy, stress-busting menu would be:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with berries or a fruit smoothie with avocado and berries

Mid-morning snack: Greek yogurt with fruit or a handful of pistachio nuts

Lunch: A whole-grain pasta salad filled with plenty of leafy greens

Afternoon snack: Dark chocolate

Dinner: Grass-fed beef with vegetables

Before bed: Chamomile tea

Of course, you don’t need to stick to this menu – but it gives you a good idea!

Remember to practice portion control when eating foods such as nuts, chocolate, yogurt or avocado! As the saying goes, you are what you eat – so make sure that first and foremost, you’re filling yourself up with foods which are good for your mental health.

Which foods will you try? Reply back and let me know!

P.S. Just in case you missed the exciting news, I just released my Summer Shape Up Recipe Book! 40 delicious, summer-inspired recipes to help you stay Fab + Fit this summer and beyond! Get the yummy details here!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger

Text FABFIT to (877) 660-2651 for practical wellness tips + exclusive recipes!

I help career women who struggle losing weight create effective and sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy! Learn more about my 1:1 Health + Nutrition Coaching or my Personalized Meal Planning Service!


Edge Naturale’s Hair Vitamins: What were my results?!

It takes all of maybe 30 seconds of scrolling on social media for an ad to pop up. You might be tempted to scroll past them, but if you’re a product junkie in the making like myself, you slow down and read the caption, then the comments to see the real deal – is the product worth the hype or not?

One of the ads that stayed in my rotation was from Edge Naturale’s. Their ads caught my eyes because of the raving reviews and thousands of views and shares! So imagine my surprise when the lovely owner, Shantel reached out to me and asked me to try Edge Naturale’s Hair Vitamins for 30 days and share my honest feedback!

I’d taken hair vitamins before, but often stopped because they caused breakouts no matter how much water I drank. But I was willing to give these a try since it had been a few years since I tried hair vitamins. Plus, I wanted to support a small, female owned business!

Some may look at my pictures or have seen me in person and wonder why I would want to take hair vitamins in the first place. But I experienced hair breakage around my nape because I wasn’t giving that section of hair the TLC it needed. Like most naturals, my hair is full of different textures and curl patterns. The hair in my nape area has tighter curls that tangle easily and are more prone to dryness. The other sections of my hair are pretty healthy, but I haven’t experienced as much hair growth over the last year or so, which made me believe my hair was close to terminal length

Before accepting the opportunity to review the vitamins, I made sure to check out the ingredients. I was impressed by the quality of the ingredients! Beyond the standard Biotin, the plant-based formula contained 28 vitamins and minerals that support healthy hair growth, stimulate hair follicles, increase hair density, and reduce hair loss due to mechanical damage –  Selenium, Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin E, Hydrolyzed Collagen Type 1 & 3, and Vitamin B!

Incorporating the vitamins into my daily health regimen was pretty standard – take 2 tablets daily with a meal

Unlike other hair vitamins, I did not experience skin breakouts. At the end of the 30 days, my strands were denser and longer! My hair was also shiner and softer due to the extra vitamins and minerals. An added bonus was that my hair were growing faster too!

What’s my recommendation? I would definitely recommend Edge Naturale’s Hair Vitamins if you are looking for a formula with no added fillers, doesn’t cause breakouts, and allows you to see a noticeable difference after just 30 days!

If you’re interested in trying out Edge Naturale’s hair vitamins for yourself, click here!

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Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger



5 Ways to Manage Cravings + Your Next Favorite Banana Bread Recipe!

Managing your cravings may seem like an impossible task. With every day stressors and temptations, and simply not knowing how to make better choices instead, your cravings might seem like they will always overtake you. But that doesn’t have to be the case

Even after being on this lifestyle change journey since 2008, I can honestly say the cravings haven’t gone away completely, but they have been greatly reduced. I do not give in to them nearly as often and I have developed a healthier relationship with food!

What have I learned along the way? I put together my top 5 Tips to Help You Manage Your Cravings plus a delicious recipe!

1. Eat balanced meals – One of the main reasons that you have cravings is because your body is not getting the nourishment it needs. Cravings are your body’s way of saying it is out of balance and lacking in one or more areas. Overconsumption of fast food, fried foods, sugary and processed foods leaves you nutrient-deficient because you’re filling your body with “empty calories”

To create a balanced plate, make 1/2 your plate green veggies, 1/4 of your plate a lean protein, then the remaining 1/4, a complex carb. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of a healthy fat on the side for a little something extra!

2. Make breakfast – When you eat a healthy, balanced breakfast, you’re more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day. Allow your breakfast to set the tone for the day. What are your healthy intentions for the day? Establish that with the first meal of the day. Some easy options include overnight oats, green smoothies, egg muffins, casseroles or frittata’s

3. Fill nutritional gaps – If you’re craving sweets, then you need more glucose. But opt for fruit or naturally-sweetened foods. Craving chocolate? You might need more magnesium, found in nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. How about soda? You might need more calcium, which you can find in cheese or dairy foods (ex. yogurt or cottage cheese), green leafy veggies or sardines

4. Get some rest – When you’re tired, you might crave foods that will give you a quick boost of energy, like pastries, cookies, or candy. Establish a night time routine and aim for 7-9 hour of sleep per night. Your body needs to receive signals that it’s time to wind down – a warm bath, listening to soothing music, un-plug from social media one hour before bed, or read a book

5. Avoid extreme food restrictions – THIS is why I am anti-diet. Diets are restrictive and are essentially set-up to cause you to fail. “How do I know if I’m on a diet?” When you have a laundry list of “bad” or “off limits” foods, then eventually your body will rebel and you will begin to crave those foods more and more. I promote balance, moderation, and creating a sustainable lifestyle. Instead of constantly removing food from your daily diet (with the exception of food sensitivities and intolerances), find more calorie-conscious ways to satisfy your cravings

To help you with that, I’m sharing what I call your next favorite Banana Bread Recipe!

I hope you found these tips helpful! Comment below and let me know which tips you plan to try!

Don’t forget your recipe!!

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Have you found an activity you enjoy…or at least something you don’t dread?

I know not everyone enjoys exercising. Many people see exercise as a chore. Sometimes it’s about time, convenience and/or simply finding something they enjoy.

If you aren’t sure where to start, let’s look at some options and see what you discover! Once you discover the formula of time-convenience-enjoyment and realize the benefits of exercise, you won’t want to stop!

Find what moves you!

Exercise actually gives us energy!

Exercise has also been shown to be great for reducing stress, anxiety and depression, as well as keeping us looking and feeling younger.

Think about how you feel after you’ve been sitting around for hours, versus how you feel when you’re up moving around. You feel better when you’re active, right?

You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to get the benefits of exercise.

If you’ve taken a break from exercise, start with something simple like a 20-minute walk.  Look at ways you can add more activity into your day – a short walk during your lunch break, another walk after work perhaps.  If finding 20-30 minutes at a time is challenging, see how you can break it up into smaller chunks of time.  10 minutes, here and 10 minutes there – it adds up!

The key is to start with something, and COMMIT to it.  It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

What gets measured gets done. 

Having an activity tracker like a Fitbit or pedometer is a great way to see how active you are.  Activity trackers can give you an idea of how many calories you burn during the day, and it can be motivating to see your progress.

You can also use an app like RunMeter or WalkMeter to track your walking pace and distance.  There are more and more fitness tracking devices coming out on the market all the time, but for starting out, a basic pedometer might just be perfect. 

It helps to have a goal of 10,000 steps per day and see how close you get to that each day.  If you are just starting out, a goal of 5,000 per day for the first month may be more realistic. Remember to check with your doctor before you start a new exercise routine. 

Find a friend or coworker that has similar goals and figure out something you can do together to help keep each other accountable. For many people, this can be a huge help and a great motivator.  Studies show that when there is a support system in place, people do much better sticking to their goals.

Do you prefer to work out at home? Great! There are endless options for workouts to choose from for every fitness level. Options include exercise DVD’s, YouTube workouts, fitness apps and more. Let me know if you need suggestions.

Joining a gym is a great option too.  If you can invest in a personal trainer to get you started, you’ll see results quicker and be assured that you’re using proper form to prevent injuries. 

There are plenty of exercise options available – find something you enjoy so you’ll look forward to it rather than considering it a chore. Here are just a few:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Dancing
  • Biking
  • Rowing
  • Swimming
  • Strength training
  • Group exercise classes at the gym
  • At-home workout DVD’s
  • Online workouts
  • Pilates
  • Kickboxing
  • Boxing
  • TRX suspension

So what will you start with this week?  Put the days and times on your calendar just as you would for an important appointment. 

Tip:  Get your workout clothes ready the night before and have them laid out all so you’re ready to go.  Put them where they’ll be one of the first things you see when you wake up.  If you work out in the morning, put your workout clothes on first thing, before you do anything else. 

Make sure to compliment your workouts with the food you’re eating. You can’t outwork an inconsistent diet and you don’t want to undue all of your hard work, do you?

If you need help in this area, then I invite you join my 28-Day Total Body Clean-Up Challenge!

Learn how to develop healthier habits, eat clean, detox and gain the energy you need to be your confident and fabulous self!

Register here before we start on Monday, February1st!!

Yours in wellness!


Nutritionist + Health Coach +Blogger

Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC

I help career women who struggle losing weight create effective and sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy!

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6 Ways to Improve Your Health + Mindset for Success in the New Year

You have the intention and desire to lose weight. You’re tired of feeling sluggish, not fitting into your clothes comfortably, lacking confidence, running low on energy, or receiving negative doctor’s reports concerning your health. I have definitely been there so I understand how you feel. You want to make changes, but you aren’t sure where to start. All of the information online seems conflicting and overwhelming

Or perhaps you have started, but have fallen off track due to the holidays, traveling, family obligations, etc. But now you’re ready to get back into the swing of things and pick up where you left off

No matter where you’re at on your journey, this blog post is for you!

I’m covering 6 ways to improve your physical health and 6 ways to improve your mindset so you can be successful in the New Year and beyond!

You need to focus on improving both along the way if you want to achieve long-term, sustainable changes! No magic potions or quick fixes here!

So let’s get into it!

Since you can’t outwork a poor diet and 80% of your weight loss results will come from making changes, here are some easy healthy eating habits you can begin with

Start with 1-2 that seem feasible for you. Once you are consistent, add another, and then another…

  1. Plan the following day’s meals & snacks– when you have a plan you’re more likely to eat foods that are in line with your goals and the office doughnuts and fast-food on the way home, will be less appealing. If you feel you could benefit from receiving a weekly personalized weight loss meal plan, I proudly offer that service! Click here to learn more!

2. Eat green veggies at 2 meals + 1 snack – I call this the “Volume Method.” This method adds fiber to your meals, which promotes fullness. You also receive vitamins and minerals that aren’t available through processed foods. This could look like filling ½ your plate with green veggies at lunch and dinner. Tossing in a couple of handfuls of spinach in your morning omelet, or enjoying a delicious green smoothie for a meal or snack

3. Take a 20 minute walk on your lunch break – getting in more non-exercise activity is highly underrated. Non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT, can help you burn more calories throughout the day. Plus this short break can help you feel refreshed and less stressed. If walking outside is not feasible due to the weather, you can follow along to a YouTube indoor walking video

4. Eat protein with each meal of the dayprotein is the most filling macronutrient in comparison to carbohydrates and dietary fats. A portion of protein could be 2 whole eggs or 4 ounces of chicken, turkey, fish, pork loin, or extra lean ground beef. Adequate protein intake of 0.8-1 gram per pound of body weight is recommended to preserve lean muscle mass. Muscle helps you burn more calories at a resting heart rate throughout the day

5. Eat more natural foods (less packaged food) – Eat more foods with ingredients you can pronounce, such as the lean proteins listed above, whole grains, beans/legumes, nuts/seeds, and low-fat dairy. If you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients on the back of the package, chances are your body will not recognize it as food; meaning the body cannot use it for energy. Packaged foods are highly processed (stripped of nutrients) so they offer very little nutritional value. They are mostly filled with sugar, sodium, chemical additives, and saturated or trans fats. These foods are manufactured to be highly palatable so they become addicting, which fuels your cravings for more

6. Drink more herbal tea & water for liquids – the liquid calories from soda, juice, alcohol, and specialty coffee beverages, adds up quickly and does not help you feel full and satisfied compared to solid food. Sparking water and fruit-infused water are both great ways to increase your water intake without the extra calories. Ideally, you should be drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day

Now that you have some starting points for easy ways to dial in on your nutrition, what will keep you focused when the journey gets a little tough?

Make these 6 mindset shifts to keep you from yo-yo dieting and saying to yourself “I’ll start over on Monday”

1. This is a marathon and not a sprint – You have to be committed to a long-term lifestyle change. What approach can you take to eating healthier that is sustainable for you? You didn’t gain the weight overnight, so you can’t expect to lose it overnight

2. Take your focus off the scale – Yes, weight loss is the goal, but there are so many other ways you can gauge your success that are also important – do you have more energy? Better sleep? An improved mood? Better eating habits? You can lift heavier or workout with more intensity? Has your digestion improved?

3. Progress over perfectionProgress is not liner. Some weeks’ you might lose 1 pound, the next week ½ a pound, and for a couple of weeks, the scale might stay the same. The point is to keep moving forward. It is part of the journey you need to embrace because it happens to us all. The process may seem slow, but quitting surely won’t make it happen any faster

4. When you get off track, it’s not the end. You can begin again – Don’t stay stuck. Evaluate where you’re at and why you’re there. Then make changes. When in doubt, remember your “why” to keep you focused and motivated

5. Small changes add up – No change is too small. Forward is forward; no matter the pace. Consistency is the name of the game. When you’re consistent with your habits, you will see positive changes

6. Abundance instead of restriction – Avoid thinking in terms of foods you “can’t have.” Why? Because truly all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. You can have what you want, just not all of it all of the time. Instead consider what you can add – discover new foods, spices/seasonings and new food preparation methods (hint: get an air fryer!). When you restrict the foods you eat, that only leads to frustration, burnout, and you wanting to return to your old pattern of eating that wasn’t working for you. It’s also important to consider how much of a blessing it is to have access to fresh, healthy food!

When you get your body and mind aligned, you’ll actually start working for change in some way on a daily basis. You’ll build resiliency overtime so you won’t give up when life throws you a curve ball!

How are you getting your mind and body prepped for success?

For the ultimate new year reboot + reset, check out my 7-Day Real Food Reset Program where I show you how to detox naturally in 7 days by eating whole foods! Learn more here!

Yours in wellness,


Nutritionist + Women’s Health Coach + Blogger

Owner of Fab + Fit Health Coaching

I help career women who struggle losing weight create effective and sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy! Learn more about my products and services here!

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10 Tips to Enjoy a Balanced Holiday Dinner

Are you wondering how you will achieve balance between enjoying holiday meals and achieving your health goals? Sure, this is the time of year when most people gain weight. But that doesn’t have to be your story.

I can understand how the holiday’s might make you anxious and wonder if you should just throw in the towel and begin again January 1st. Before you even think about quitting, check out my top 10 tips that will help you achieve balance at your next holiday meal!

1. prepare a healthy dish so you have an option. Don’t feel embarrassed to kindly ask what is on the menu so you can plan accordingly

2. eat before you go. Have a light snack so that you’re not ravenous and tempted to overindulge. A piece of fruit and nut butter, a low-sugar protein bar, or veggies and hummus are all great options

3. have a balanced plate. Start by filling 1/2 your plate with veggies and the other half with foods you enjoy. Consider taking small amounts of some foods you don’t typically eat throughout the year

4. hydrate! You might be eating foods that are higher in sugar and salt than what you’re used to. Avoid bloating and constipation with plenty of water. Ideally, drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily. I also like drinking water before a meal and during the meal to fill my belly and prevent overeating

5. wait 20 minutes before going back for seconds. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to send the signal to your brain that you’re full. If you allow your food time to digest, you might realize you don’t want anything else or at least not as much

6. enjoy the festivities for more than the food. Enjoy time with family and the opportunity to relax. Try not to make the holiday all about food

7. eat slowly and mindfully. This relates to tip 5. When eating mindfully, you’re engaging your senses and really taking the time to slow down and savor your food. Food is meant to be enjoyed!

8. movement. Try to stay active through the day with a workout, brisk walk or volunteer for kitchen clean up

9. have a post-holiday plan. Have a plan to get back to your normal eating habits the next day. Hydrate and get in some movement too

10. be kind to yourself. Never, not just during the holiday, feel bad about anything you’ve eaten! No one is perfect. You didn’t fail. The only time you fail is with you stop trying. So no matter what, learn from it, give yourself grace and keep moving forward!!

Of course, this journey is yours. So take what you want and leave what you don’t!

Which tips will you use this holiday season?

I’m here to help you make this holiday season your fittest and most fabulous holiday yet without sacrificing flavor. Keep the momentum and finish the year off strong!

My Healthier Holiday Favorites e-cook book includes 50 healthier holiday classics for delicious dinners, scrumptious sides, and decadent desserts!

  • Pumpkin Mac n’ Cheese
  • Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
  • Savory Breakfast Biscuits
  • Roasted Broccoli with Pecans
  • Crispy Pork Tenderloin
  • Cajun Collard Greens
  • Dark Chocolate Turtles
  • Pumpkin Tarts

Just to name a few!!

Drooling Yet?!

This e-cook book will help you stay on track this holiday season with crowd-pleasing main dishes that are more elaborate than a roasted turkey, seasonal sides that will make your guests want a little bit of everything, and of course desserts that will entice and are naturally sweetened!

Ready to start cooking?

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Yours in wellness,


Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger

I help career women who struggle losing weight create effective and sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy!

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IAm Transformed Podcast Interview!

I was recently interviewed by Dr. Veronica Outlaw of the IAm Transformed podcast! I had the honor of being her first guest!

I shared my 10 year journey to a healthier me and how I used that transformative process to launch my health coaching practice where I empower and equip career women to create healthier habits and eat in way that is satisfying and sustainable!!

If you’re struggling with weight loss, then listen 🎧 to discover how you can lose the physical and mental roadblocks that have been holding you back from achieving long-term success!!

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Thank you in advance for tuning in!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA, FNS

Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger

I help career women who struggle losing weight create effective and sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy!

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How did I lose 60 pounds?

So….how did I lose 60lbs? Check out my podcast interview with Christian J Evans of Christian’s Weight Success!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-christians-weight-success-podcast/id1400562968?mt=2&uo=4 

Google Play: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80ZjM5OGIwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz 

Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/2P6IPtGVA8NSiz9MBKPPKn 

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA

Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger

Helping career women who struggle losing weight create effective + sustainable lifestyle changes while eating food they enjoy!


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Want results? I’ll show you how!

Have you tried diet after diet, but haven’t been able to KEEP it off?

If so, check this out:

>> Get fit and healthy…for good <<

If you want a weight loss strategy that allows you to maintain your results, it needs to cover 3 critical bases:

1) It needs to be right for your TASTEBUDS. It lets you enjoy your favorite meals (in a balanced way) so that you never feel deprived.

2) It needs to be right for your BODY. It helps you feel your best so you actually feel MORE energy while following your lifestyle plan. No more constant hunger and fatigue.

3) It needs to be right for your LIFE. Unless you have a personal chef, you can’t have 3 hours of food prep go into your meals each day. You probably can’t spend 2 hours at the gym each day, either. Nor would you want to! I know I wouldn’t…

My 28-Day Total Body Clean-Up Challenge will give you everything you need to create healthy habits that work for you and take the next step towards being fit and confident.

This online program is designed to help you lose the stubborn pounds, detox, and add nutrients to your day!

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I hope you check it out and experience the impact that easy-to-implement eating and lifestyle habits can make for your health and weight! 🙂

Yours in wellness,
Sharae Jenkins, MBA
Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger

P.S. The reason that all the “quick fixes” you’ve tried in the past didn’t work is because you can’t turn a quick fix into a lasting fix. Lasting weight loss requires a different approach… one that is effective AND sustainable.

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Why most people FAIL at losing weight…

Have you ever gone on a diet, only to end up gaining all of the weight back (and more)?

I’ve been there too and I know how frustrating it is.

You start off excited, filled with motivation.

Maybe you lose some weight right away…or maybe you don’t.

Sooner or later, you just reach a breaking point.

The boredom. The feelings of deprivation. The hunger.

You tell yourself “I’ll get back to my diet on Monday”.

Then Monday comes and it becomes “Next Monday”.

Next Monday” becomes “The 1st of next month”.

On and on it goes until you forget all about your plans to return to the diet.

That is, until you hear about a NEW diet.

“This diet lets me eat sweet potatoes on Sundays before 6pm, so maybe this one will be different!”

Of course, it isn’t different. The cycle repeats again and again.

The fact is that weight loss is relatively easy. The tough part is KEEPING it off.

There are many so-called “quick fixes” that promise to deliver weight loss.

The problem is they don’t help you keep it off.

That’s because losing weight and keeping it off are completely different.

“Quick Fixes” don’t work long-term because they’re not DESIGNED to work long-term.

If you’ve been tempted by the promise of sudden and dramatic results in the past, I don’t blame you.

Who WOULDN’T want fast results?

It’s natural to want to free yourself from a problem as quickly as you can.

But there are two problems…

1) It doesn’t really work that way. Having an extra few dozen pounds isn’t like having an ear infection. A short-term treatment plan is not going to give complete relief.

2) People who sell restrictive “quick fixes” know you WANT to believe that it DOES work that way. They know it’s not true and quite frankly, they don’t care.

They lie to make money off of you, claiming things like “You’ll lose 20 lbs in 4 weeks…AND you’ll keep it off”

You pay up, experience an initial rush of excitement, and then end up mad at yourself for gaining the weight back. The truth is they’ve set you up to fail.

Meanwhile, they’re laughing at the way to the bank.

And the unfortunate reality is that diets do NOT prepare you to keep it off.

You don’t need to turn a rigid 21-day detox into a 365-day detox year-after-year.

You need a radically different approach.

Instead of hard-to-follow diet rules, you need easy-to-implement eating and lifestyle habits

The easier a habit is, the easier it is to stack OTHER habits on top of it. This allows you to radically change your eating habits (without feeling like you’ve made any big changes at all).

And, since it doesn’t feel like a strain or a burden to keep these habits going, you’re able to keep at them for the long-haul…allowing you to keep the weight off.

You need effective changes to reach your goals… but if you want sustainable success, you need sustainable habits.

Does that make sense?

Yours in wellness,

Sharae Jenkins, MBA

Nutritionist + Health Coach + Blogger


P.S. I’m curious… what was the craziest diet you’ve ever been on? Hit “reply” and let me know. 🙂


How I Built My Health Coaching Business Around Empowering Women

I recently had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by Ashley Sauve’, The Growth Lead at That Clean Life! That Clean Life is a female-owned online software company designed for wellness professionals to empower our clients to eat smarter. This platform allows me to serve my clients by providing them with delicious weekly, personalized meal plans that are nutritious and gets them excited about eating healthy! My clients succeed in their weight loss goals and I can also grow my business!

That Clean Life conducts monthly interviews with their community members. During the interview, I was able to share why I started my health coaching business, Fab + Fit Health Coaching, LLC, and how I almost allowed fear and comparison to keep me from pursuing my passion and ultimately, my purpose in life! My purpose? It is to empower women and equip them with the tools they need to achieve their goals so they can go from merely surviving to thriving!

Read the full interview here!

Yours in wellness,


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7 Practical Ways to Form Healthy Habits that Stick

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You’ve probably heard is takes 21 days to build a habit. However, more recent studies suggest that it could take up to 66 days based on your ability, motivation, and external environment. But don’t get discouraged! Even though habits aren’t formed overnight, I can assure you that over time with patience and consistency, you can develop the habits you need to create a lifestyle that works for you and helps you crush your goals!

1 – Start simple, start small – you don’t need to change everything at once. I know you’re ambitious and hardworking, but this is one area where you don’t want to necessarily hit the ground running and overwhelm yourself. If you attempt to change too many things at once, that could lead to burn out and actually cause you to get discouraged. It’s better to start off by mastering 1-2 habits at a time and then moving on from there

The best place to start is with implementing habits that help you eat better like adding a green veggie to your dinner each day, taking lunch and snacks to work, including a lean protein with each meal, looking up restaurant menus online beforehand so you arrive at the restaurant with a game plan, or choosing sparking water over soda

2Environment is key – the environment that you have the most control over is your home. To make your environment work for you, have healthier options readily available. Pre-cut your produce so you can quickly grab it for a snack or add as a side dish to your dinner. Leave a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter as a reminder to grab a piece if you need a snack. If you’re storing your produce in the fridge, keep it at eye level so that you’re more likely to reach for that first

Keep trigger foods out of the home or in hard to reach places. If you live with someone, tell them about your goals, why they are important to you, and ask them if they can hold you accountable

3Be kind to yourself – How would you speak to a friend who slipped up? Would you scold them for the choices they made? Or would you encourage them to stay in the game? Don’t beat yourself up. You formed these habits long ago, so it will take time to change them. Remember that repetition builds mastery. Habits are formed when you work towards them daily

4Be proud of yourself every step of the way – don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal weight to celebrate. Celebrate those small wins and non-scale victories, along the way. When you learn to celebrate more often, this will keep you more motivated in the long run. Don’t just focus on the end goal, but also find ways to enjoy the process to reaching the goal

5 Get accountability – I touched on this a little in step 2! Accountability could come from a family member, close friend, co-worker, a workout buddy, online fitness community, or a coach. When we tell someone else about our goals, we are more likely to stick to them because most of us do not want to disappoint other people. When we commit to just ourselves, it’s easy to brush off what we should be doing. But when we add that extra layer of support, we are more likely to succeed!

If you’re looking for accountability, you can join my Facebook Group! Or if you’re looking for 1:1 support from a health coach, I am accepting personal coaching clients. You can click here to learn more about how I can support you!

6Find an activity that makes you happier – physical activity is important, but you don’t have to follow an exercise regimen you don’t enjoy. Find various ways to get active that you like! This could be running, kickboxing, CrossFit, Yoga, boot camp, dance fitness, etc. The key is to find what you like so that you look forward to actually doing it

7 – Manage your stress – when we are less stressed, we are more energetic and we are also more likely to eat better. High levels of stress could lead to emotional eating, which isn’t the most productive way to handle stress. Stress is unavoidable. So what we can control is how we respond to it. Write out a few tools you can use the next time you are tempted to eat to soothe your feelings. This could be deep breathing, journaling, going for a walk, calling a family member or friend, painting your nails, reading, an adult coloring book, watching a movie or YouTube video, or sometimes you simply need to give yourself permission to rest

Sometimes what keeps us from moving forward is not even knowing where to start. But I am confident that as you start implementing these habits, you will be well on your way to not just losing weight, but strengthening your mindset and developing a healthier relationship with food!

Yours in wellness,


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How to Stock Your Clean Eating Pantry + 14 Recipes You Can Make Today!

I know first-hand how important your environment is to your success and commitment to a healthier lifestyle. While there may be factors that are outside of your control, your environment is the one thing you can control to make it conducive to your goals. You may be wondering “How do I begin changing my environment?”

This Ultimate Guide to a Healthy Pantry is your go-to resource to help you stock your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer with staple items that you can have on hand to easily whip up a delicious healthy meal! Having these foods on hand will also help you avoid constant trips to the grocery store throughout the week, because who has time for that? With your busy schedule, I know you don’t!

In this guide, I’m also showing you how to put together some of these ingredients to create meals you will actually enjoy! These 14 recipes rely heavily on pantry staples, dry foods and frozen produce. I included these specific recipes because there may be instances where you have little to no access to fresh food. I want you to still feel empowered to eat healthy and make the most out what is available to you at that time!

These recipes are full of flavor and nutrients while still being accessible and affordable!

  • There are enough recipes to make three meals and three snacks for 7 days for lots of variety if you wanted to use these recipes to create your weekly meal plan
  • An itemized grocery list to make shopping quick and easy if you choose to make all 14 recipes for the week

And don’t worry! These recipes are perfect for both new and experienced home cooks because they are simple and can make enough to have leftovers for a few days!


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If you would like more support from me in the area of accountability, goal setting with specific and realistic action steps, and a weekly personalized meal plan, then I invite you to schedule a FREE 30-minute discovery call with me to learn more about my 1-on-1 private health coaching and Meal Planning programs!

I hope you enjoy this pantry essentials guide and the recipes as much as I enjoyed creating this resource for you!

Yours in wellness,

Sharae, MBA, FNS


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Divine Purpose Magazine Contribution

I had the amazing opportunity to be a featured writer in the April Edition of Divine Purpose Magazine!

Divine Purpose Magazine is an international, online Christian magazine designed to help men + women of God understand how to walk in the divine purpose God has for their lives

The magazine is a quarterly publication with a record reach of 10,000 persons since the magazine began in 2017. It promotes persons from around the world who have accepted the call to live for Jesus Christ + are doing all that it takes to do what He has called them to do

The theme for April is “She Soars!” It features women of God who are currently walking in their divine purpose + covers topics, such as financial prosperity + business development + living a balanced life + women’s health + wholesome fashion!

I had the pleasure of contributing to their women’s health section where I shared how you can take care of your mind + body + spirit in 2020 so you can soar!!

Click the link below to read the April edition + check out my contribution on page 33!!


Yours in Wellness,


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5 Breakfast Must Have’s for Fat Loss

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! It also sets the tone for the rest of the day. You’re more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day when you start off with a well-balanced, tasty, nutritious meal. Breakfast also kick starts your metabolism. The function of your metabolism is to serve as your internal engine that keeps you burning calories

If you want to know how to create a breakfast that you enjoy eating and that fits your lifestyle, then keep reading!

  • I plan my breakfasts first around a protein option. Protein plays an important role as a key energy source for the body and it helps keep us fuller longer. As often as possible, “prioritize protein” in all of your meals. Especially if you’re incorporating strength training into your exercise regimen. Consuming adequate protein can preserve lean muscle mass, which can be loss during weight loss. Lean muscle helps us be more metabolically active throughout the day, which means we burn more calories even while at rest. As in, I am burning calories right now as I draft this blog post while sitting at my desk!

Great breakfast protein options include eggs, because they are inexpensive and can be prepared in a variety of ways: scrambled with veggies, made into egg muffins, a frittata or an egg casserole. Non-fat plain Greek yogurt is packed with protein and it’s low in fat. It can be naturally sweetened with stevia, monk fruit or fresh fruit. Lean protein breakfast meat options like chicken sausage, turkey sausage or turkey bacon are low in saturated fat and high in protein

  • Second, I include healthy, complex carbs. Carbs are not the enemy! Carbs are actually the body’s preferred source for energy, which is why low-carb diets leave you feeling so weak and irritable. Carbs are especially necessary to include in my breakfast, because I work out in the morning and have used up some of the carbs stored in my body to power me through my workouts. My body also used carbs while I was sleeping. So as a side note, you burn some calories while you sleep. I also love oatmeal sweetened with honey, maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, or fresh fruit. You can even add some pecans, walnuts, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds or nut butter and you are golden! But just a little side note that the pre-packaged oatmeal usually has added processed sugar so try to avoid those as often as possible

If you like bread, make sure it is whole grain or sprouted. I love the Food for Life Baking Company Brand A.K.A Ezekiel Bread and the Dave’s Killer Bread. Carb options that aren’t as filling include fruit juice, most cereals and other refined carbs like white bread, muffins, doughnuts, bagels, or croissants, because they breakdown rapidly in the body and cause blood sugar spikes followed by a crash

  • Include high fiber foods like fruits and veggies, which help to promote fullness. Women should consume an average of 25 grams of fiber per day


  • Eat your calories instead of drinking them. Fruit juice is high in sugar and low in fiber. If you’re a juice drinker like I was, start by diluting it with water. So half water, half juice. Then add less juice from there as your taste buds adjust. An exception to this is if you make a green smoothie, since those are typically made with water, whole fruit, veggies, a protein source and a healthy fat. If you want to learn more about how I make filling green smoothies, check out my Ultimate Green Smoothie post here!


  • Eat on a plate. Our goal at every meal should be to slow down and eat mindfully – meaning we are focused on what we are eating, engaging our senses and not eating while stressed or distracted. I understand we’re all busy and mornings can be hectic, but allow yourself time to digest and enjoy your food. Did you know it takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to send the signal to your brain that you’re full? If you’re scarfing down your food in less time than that, then you may end up eating more food because you didn’t allow yourself to experience fullness before going back for seconds


If you’re looking for a breakfast recipe that includes my must haves, check out one of my newest breakfast obsessions! Sweet Potato Chicken Sausage Egg Bake!

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What breakfast must haves would you add to this list?

P.S. If you haven’t heard the exciting news yet, I’m now offering 1:1 online health coaching! Who is my coaching program for? It’s for busy and ambition women who struggle losing weight and want to finally ditch dieting, create healthier habits, and strengthen their mindset while eating food they enjoy! Yes, that is possible! If you want more of the juicy deets, then click here and make sure you schedule a FREE 30-minute discovery call with me! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Yours in wellness,




7 Ways to Master Your Mindset


The most popular New Year’s resolution people set is vowing to lose a certain amount of weight usually by a certain time. While they may have the right intentions for wanting to lose weight, up to 90% of people who lose weight do not keep the weight off over a year. They end up gaining back what they lost, and more, in most cases

So why is long-term weight loss so difficult for so many people?

It’s because they lack the proper mindset. They have a fixed mindset that has been shaped by diet culture that includes obsession with the scale and ridiculous food rules

Diets are often based on restriction and focusing on what you can’t have instead of focusing on what you should try to add more of. To set yourself up for success, you have to change the way you think about wellness and define what that looks like for you

With these 7 tips, you can start making mindset shifts that will lead you to effective, sustainable, long-term weight loss success!

  • Focus on your wins – Focus on what you’re doing well; the areas where you are improving. These are things like getting in more activity, trying a yoga class for the first time, and getting adequate rest and hydration


  • Change your language – There are no “good” or “bad” foods. Instead, take an all-foods-can-fit approach, which promotes a balanced way of eating. When we restrict, we eventually rebel. We tell ourselves something is off limits so we ignore our cravings and eventually end up overeating and feeling guilty for what we’ve eaten. I’m not saying have a dozen cookies, but if you are craving cookies, have one, enjoy it, and then move on. 80% of the time focus more on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, nuts/seeds, beans, legumes, and cooking more. Then the other 20% can be for those fun foods like a scoop of ice cream, a candy bar or a slice of cake. It’s what you do most of the time that matters the most



  • Change your goals – Aside from the amount of weight you want to lose, what are some other goals you can focus on? Did you eat 5-6 servings of fruits and veggies in a day? Did you get 8 hours of sleep? Did you choose to journal your feelings instead of eating a slice of cake to self-soothe? Or perhaps you ate breakfast every day of the week when you typically skip it and eat the break room doughnuts


  • Find your tribe – Surround yourself with positive people. Doing so provides you with an encouraging, emotionally healthy environment. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support. Mention to them how important this is to you. You aren’t asking them to change, but you would just like some encouragement along the way


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  • Rethink rewards and punishments – Keep in mind that making healthy choices is a way of practicing self-care. Food is not a reward and exercise is not a punishment. They are both ways of caring for your body and helping you feel your best. You deserve both!


  • Throw out the calendarPatience will definitely be a virtue. You did not gain the weight overnight, so you can’t expect to lose it overnight. Patience is key to losing weight in a healthy and sustainable manner. Every 24 hours brings about the opportunity for success. Focus on what choices you can make that day that will best support your wellness


  • Handle yourself with care – When you think about your body image, do you speak in positive terms? If no, would you say that same thing to a close friend? We deserve the same love we give to others. You are worthy of living well


I would love to hear from you! What mindset shifts have you made that are helping you reach your wellness goals?


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If you haven’t done do already, snag your FREE Clean Eating Resource Guide. It’s your ultimate source to help you jumpstart your weight loss journey! Click here!

Yours in Wellness,

Sharae, MBA, FNS



6 Quick Tips for Losing Weight on a Budget

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The idea of a lifestyle change can seem overwhelming at first. At least it was for me. One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome was thinking it was going to be super expensive to take better care of myself and eat healthier to reach my goals. But through a little trial and error, I found ways to save some coins! I’m going to help you skip some steps in the process by sharing these 6 quick tips you can start implementing right away! In no particular order, here we go!

Have a Plan – Arriving at the store with no plan in mind probably isn’t the best idea. Find one day out of the week that works for your schedule and spend some time, around 30 minutes or so, planning out your meals for the following week – breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner. What will you need to create those meals? What do you already have on hand? Whatever you don’t have goes on your grocery list. Having a grocery list cuts back on unnecessary spending and impulse buys. It keeps you focused on what you need, not just what sounds good in the moment. I go into MUCH MORE detail about my meal planning and prepping in this blog post series!! Plus, I share my weekly meal prep in my IG & Facebook stories each Sunday evening around 7:30PM PST. Follow me on Instagram! @mypassion2purpose

Buy in Bulk – If you’re single women like me, buying a large canister of spices means it will probably clump up before you can use it all. So for all of my spices and seasonings, I buy just what I need. This is especially helpful if my recipe calls for a small amount of something I don’t use often like ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger. This is also helpful for more expensive spices like curry, cumin, and turmeric

Bulk bins are also great for your dry foods like oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, nuts and seeds. Foods like almond flour or coconut flour can be found in these sections, which is great because I usually see a bag of almond flour go for around $8.99 when you can get a couple of scoops for a fraction of that price

Eat in Season Produce – When you buy produce in season, you benefit from cost savings plus the produce is at its peak freshness! I eat fruit 1- 2 times a day as an easy snack and to curb that afternoon sweet tooth. You know the one that hits around 3pm and has you contemplating a Snickers from the vending machine. You can search on Pinterest or Google for a list of what’s in season for a particular month

Buying a Value Pack – Value Packs are not just for families! Single ladies like myself love them too. I can just use what I need and then freeze the rest to eat later. These extra’s make for a quick and easy dinner on the weekends when I don’t have dinner already prepped

 Free YouTube Video’s or Groupon Specials – With the emergence of boutique gyms, you may experience a little sticker shock when you check the monthly class rate or even the drop-in rate. Or you may be dealing with a little gym-timidation. That’s when you find the idea of going to gym intimidating because it’s an unfamiliar place for you, you feel like you don’t belong there because you aren’t “fit enough”. I avoided the gym just like I tried to avoid PE class in school. Ugh! So I made my home my gym. Before I purchased my treadmill, I bought workout DVD’s and followed free, full length YouTube workouts. Then Groupon became popular and I was introduced to hot yoga! Groupon allows you to try a variety of different fitness class, usually for 30 days, for a super low price! Sometimes as much as 90% of the usual price

By the way, here are some of my favorite YouTube fitness channels!

Sydney Cummings


Jessica Smith

Pop Sugar

Fitness Blender

Purchasing workout clothes from a Thrift Store – Cute clothes can motivate you to workout. But they don’t have to cost you half your paycheck! You can find plenty of workout gear at thrift stores like Value Village from brands like Nike, Under Armor, REI or H&M. Just make sure you wash them before wearing. There were even a couple of times I found clothes that were new with tags. Forever 21 and Ross have cute options as well as Walmart that carries the Danskin brand, which has been around forever

I know these tips were short and quick! But trust me, over time, you will definitely see how these tips will save you money! Of course I can share more tips, but these are a great starting point

Which tip was your favorite? Do you have one you can share?

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P.S. – For more health, wellness, and inspiration, subscribe to my Purposeful Living Newsletter!

You can also join my FREE Facebook Fitness Community Group! Come join us to be a part of the Fab + Fit movement!!

If you haven’t done do already, snag your FREE Clean Eating Resource Guide. It’s your ultimate source to help you jumpstart your weight loss journey! Click here!

Yours in Wellness,



How to Eat Out and Still Lose Fat

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Life is meant to be enjoyed! A healthy, sustainable lifestyle is marked by balance. There’s happy hour, birthday celebrations or dinner out “just because.” No matter the occasion, we can still enjoy ourselves and make choices that reflect the goals we hope to achieve. But it can be overwhelming with so many menu options and perhaps not knowing what’s really healthy or just healthy in disguise.

I like to choose my indulgences. Meaning, if I have two events in the same week where I will be eating away from home, I determine which one of those events is worth splurging a little on and which one is not. Because we can have what we want, just not all of it, all of the time.

Here is how I’ve been eating out over the past 10 years that I’ve been on this healthy and wellness journey. These go-to tips will help you have an enjoyable experience while still working towards your goals!

My Pro Tips:

  • Don’t go starving! Have a light snack before you go so that when you arrive, you aren’t super hungry. Some great choices would be a piece of fruit, string cheese, Greek yogurt, protein bar, handful of nuts, hard-boiled egg, tuna packet, or carrots and hummus
  • Check the menu online before you go so you can arrive with a game plan. Most restaurants have a “Skinny Menu” or menu options under 500 calories
  • Request for sauces and dressings on the side. That way you can control the amount you consume since restaurants are notorious for drowning your food in sauces, which really packs on the calories
  • Skip the fried appetizers. Begin your meal with a broth-based, veggie soup, such and Minestrone. Avoid heavy, cream-based soups, such as Clam Chowder
  • Replace fries with a small side salad or steamed veggies
  • Skip the bread basket
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Restaurant food can be saltier than the food you prepare at home. With this, also try to limit liquid calories from lemonade, soda and alcohol
  • Choose your indulgence! An appetizer, alcohol or a dessert, not all three
  • Never be afraid to politely ask for substitutions. This is your meal, your money, and your health
  • Have fun! Try to make it less about the food by engaging in conversations with others at the table

If you see these words on the menu, skip it:

  • Fried
  • Battered
  • Crunchy
  • Creamy
  • Smothered
  • Breaded
  • Buttery

If you see these words, pick it:

  • Broiled
  • Steamed
  • Blackened
  • Baked
  • Roasted
  • Fresh
  • Grilled
  • Sautéed

Practice leads to progress. If you’re just starting out, try to make the best choices you can. Don’t exclude yourself from social settings just because you’re afraid of making the wrong decision. As eating healthier becomes more of a lifestyle for you, these changes will start to become easier and more natural for you. And you never know, your choices may influence someone else to make healthier eating choices. Why not be the example?

How do you make healthy choices while eating out? Share your best tips with us!

Be sure to connect with me on social and let me know you liked this post! Instagram: @mypassion2purpose!

P.S. – For more health, wellness, and inspiration to help you say engaged & empowered along your journey, subscribe to my Purposeful Living Wellness Newsletter!

You can also join my FREE Facebook Fitness Community Group! Come join us to be a part of the Fab + Fit movement!!

If you haven’t done do already, snag your FREE Clean Eating Resource Guide. It’s your ultimate source to help you jumpstart your weight loss journey! Click here!

Yours in Wellness,




The #1 Question I Get Asked About Weight Loss – Guest Blog by LadyFIT

“What should I eat to lose weight?”

It is a GREAT question, but misses the point. I don’t blame you for asking this because the amount of information available about diet fads is overwhelming and unnecessary.

It adds more confusion than clarity, more opportunities to quit to try something new than to remain consistent.

The reality is, most people who opt for diet fads (yes that includes Paleo, Vegan, and Keto) and lose weight end up gaining the weight back. Some studies suggest up to 90% of people regain weight after a weight loss transformation based on diet alone. Pretty discouraging huh?

But that’s because most “diets” are simply not sustainable and don’t account for weight loss plateaus. I’ve seen people choose a diet that they saw online, eat smaller portions because that’s what Kelly said to do on her blog, get duped by the GNC salesman into buying $100s of dollars in supplements (fattening his paycheck while your waistline does the same), without KNOWING what their end FITNESS goal demands of their food lifestyle.

The real question you SHOULD be asking is what does your TRAINING look like?

I made the mistake of trying to choose a food lifestyle without accounting for my fitness goals. This was when I was trying to be “fad healthy,” not truly for myself, but because I got caught up in the diet craze.

STORY TIME: In 2018 I started the ketogenic diet in an effort to prevent the likelihood of getting diabetes since it runs in my family, curb what I thought was a sugar addiction, and gain energy. As noble of an effort it was, I was very naive to what my real food issues were and how to account for them given my goals.

I embarked on this food lifestyle when I was trying to get stronger. If you know anything about Keto, and anything about strength training, you’ll know that Keto removes almost all carbs from your diet, and strength training, and most exercise for that matter, DEMANDS carbs for energy.

I also would learn that I didn’t really have a sugar addiction. What I did struggle with was EMOTIONAL EATING.  Keto did help me figure this out, so at least I can thank it there. But this was a solution to the wrong problem.

I also was not anything close to pre-diabetic. My doctor damn near neglected any health concerns I had at my yearly physical, lauding me as here healthiest patient. Problematic as it was, she wasn’t wrong.

My clients didn’t understand this choice in the least, and wondered why anyone with my physique would voluntarily give up carbs. Well when they put it that way…

I also ended up getting sick trying some new Keto-approved snacks during this ambitious endeavor. Dried meat bars…never again.

Not to mention the initial onslaught of headaches, extreme fatigue, and nausea.

I had gone off the deep end, and ended up doing myself more harm than good. Despite the lauded health benefits, I was choosing a diet that didn’t even match my needs.

Keto was the WRONG food lifestyle for me. I failed to let my training guide my eating choices. There were surely other ways to get to a healthier way of eating without making this drastic shift.

Your training, and just your activity level in general, will determine what and how much you eat, what time and when.

Your food lifestyle is a reflection of your exercise lifestyle and simply a preference. There are no hard and fast rules to what this should look like EXCEPT when it comes to training for weight loss. Even then, you certainly do not have to cut out food groups.

Ask the questions:

  • “How active am I?”
  • “What does my training routine look like?”
  • “How can my nutrition routine accommodate my training routine?”

Unless you are suffering from dis-ease, or have specific nutrition guidelines based on allergies or doctor recommendations, elimination is not necessary and can even negatively impact your weight loss causing a yo-yo effect: lose weight, gain weight, hate the scale, develop a poor relationship with food, binge, rinse, wash, repeat.

So don’t ask, “What should I eat?” Ask instead, “How does my current training routine inform how I should be eating?” The answer to the latter question will begin to inform the former.

If this is something you’d like to learn more about, join my free LIVE webinar on How to Lose Weight for Life: How I lost the weight and my simple lifestyle to maintain it.

During the webinar, you’ll learn:

  1. How not to kill yourself in the gym 5x/week to lose weight, and the only 2 workouts you need for results
  2. How to eat the foods you love and lose weight without eating smaller portions
  3. My PS Training Method that trumps High Intensity Interval Training any day of the week to help you maintain your weight loss
You can save your spot for the webinar here –> https://buildbyladyfit.lpages.co/lose-weight-masterclass/. It’s happening November 6th at 8PM EST/5PM PST.
Hope to see you there!
Shari a.k.a. LadyFIT is a certified Personal Trainer and Women’s Weight Loss Coach. She helps women lose weight by building a sustainable fitness lifestyle. For more tips and advice, follow LadyFIT on all social media platforms at @buildbyladyfit

“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”

“-Napoleon Hill”


Stop Eating Boring Salads!

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I’ve made it a mission to try to convince people that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be centered around what you “can’t” have. But instead shifting your focus to all of the foods that you can and should have, in abundance!

Salads are a great way to eat the abundant foods available to us and to also incorporate flavor, nutrients, color, and texture into our diet. When I first started my weight loss journey, I committed to eating a salad a day, because I rarely ate vegetables. I was the fried food queen!

Even now, well over 10 years later, I still try to eat salads as one of my daily meals. If I don’t eat a salad per se, I still aim to eat at least 5-6 servings of fruits and veggies per day. I noticed that when I haven’t eaten fruits or veggies for most of the day, my body will crave them, which is actually a good thing

But if you were like me and a little apprehensive about how you’re going to fit more servings of fruits and veggies into your day, then I think this blog post will give you some great ideas on how to eat more salads and make them more appealing!

Essential Components – How I Build My Salads

Green Leafy Veggie –I typically choose romaine hearts. You can also go with iceberg lettuce, butter lettuce, red or green leaf lettuce, spinach, collards, kale, arugula, or a mixture of any. You can choose whatever you’d like

Macronutrients – These are your body’s sources of fuel and include, protein, carbs, and fat. When a meal contains all three macronutrients, you’re more likely to feel full and also get the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to execute body processes and physical activity. Below are some of my favorite add-ins for these nutrients. Of course, you can include your own. The key is to make the salad appealing to your palette

Protein- Hard-boiled eggs, lentils, beans, deli turkey meat, shredded chicken, chicken sausage, tuna, salmon, turkey pepperoni, diced ham, crumbled turkey bacon

Carbs –Beans, roasted butternut squash, corn, roasted sweet potato, roasted parsnips, roasted carrots, roasted eggplant, tomatoes, roasted yellow or green zucchini, mushrooms, peppers (red, orange, yellow, or green), banana peppers, olives, radishes, beets, olives, sliced apples, pears, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries

Fats – crumbled blue, feta or goat cheese, and Parmesan cheese. I love cheese! But if you choose not to eat it due to a particular diet or a food intolerance, avocados are also a great healthy fat to add that also has a lot of flavor. With fat options, it’s easy for the calories to really rack up. So for my salads, I find that two tablespoons of cheese are enough. For Avocado’s, aim for about ¼ of an Avocado or less

Color – Eat the rainbow! We eat with our eyes first. So when a meal is more colorful, it is more visually appealing to us and we’re more likely to be satisfied eating it. Foods that are different colors provide different essential vitamins and nutrients. Foods are a specific color for a reason.

Blue/Purple – contain anthocyanin’s which may help protect the body against heart disease and prevent blood clotting

Green – Excellent source of vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, Vitamin A, Omega-3 fatty acids, reduces blood clot formation and lowers blood pressure

Yellow/Green – Contain Lutein which is beneficial for eye health

Red – Contain lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants reduce the risk of cancer and can protect against heart attacks

Yellow/Orange – Contain vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. They also contain vitamin A, which is an important nutrient to support vision, immune function, as well as skin and bone health. They also may contain omega-3 fatty acids

Salad DressingMost store bought brands have added sugar, sodium, and preservatives. But there are a couple of brands that have a pretty decent ingredient’s list, such as Bolthouse Farms, which has a Greek Yogurt base. Other options include Annie’s or Walden Farms. I choose to make my using Dijon Mustard, Red Wine Vinegar or Rice Vinegar, and Liquid Amino’s (soy sauce alternative)

Salad Benefits

Inexpensive – Especially if you buy your produce in season. You can search Pinterest or do a Google search to find out what is in season for a particular month

Easy to Prepare – During my Sunday Meal Prep (Click here  and here to check out my Meal Prep Posts!), I roast and chop up my salad ingredients. Then during the week, I put my salad ingredients together the night before. It takes less than 10 minutes

Nutritious – Not only can they give you the macronutrients (fuel) your fabulous self needs, you also get vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients, such as fiber. Fiber keeps you full and regular!

What do you enjoy adding to your salad?

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