What is your name and where are you from?
Hey everyone my name is Lauren and I’m so excited to be a guest blogger on Jenny’s site. I was born in New York, raised in Vermont, attended college at Syracuse University in NY and
then moved to California. I have since called Orange County, CA my home for the last 11 years.
Tell us a little about your new blog. What can we find there?
My new blog is called www.heylaurenrene.com. You’ll find stories of my husband Greg and our two boys Nathan (3.5) and Shane (15months), Interior Design and simple home DIYS (I owned an Interior Design company prior to deciding to stay home with my boys), crafting….lots and lots of crafting, recipes and my newest interest of eating clean and trying to get in shape post babies!
You’ve recently taken the Advocare 24-Day Challenge. Tell us a little about your experience with that:
I knew I wanted to get down to weight loss business right after the holidays and I was open to trying something different since nothing else seemed to be working for me. After hearing about Jenny’s impressive results with Advocare, it sounded like it would be the right plan for me. It’s honestly been life changing. In 2 months of using their amazing supplements, eating clean, and exercising I have lost 20 lbs and 7″ off my waistline alone. I went from a size 8/10 to a size 4, feel full of energy, and have a whole new outlook on eating and exercise. I can’t say enough good things about it. So thank you Jenny and thank you Advocare!!
How are your children liking your new clean lifestyle? Do you have any must know mommy secrets for helping them to eat clean as well?
I don’t even think they have noticed! I love finding ways to take things they eat and “cleaning” them up. For instance a regular sugar-packed PB&J sandwich, can take on a new form when
I use organic sprouted grain bread, with raw natural peanut butter and natural applesauce for the jelly. Our breakfasts and dinners have been an easy switch, but I am still working on finding good, clean lunch solutions for them. Slowly our pantry is looking more and more sparse and our refrigerator is always packed, although we aren’t 100% there yet, I know this is a sign we are getting there!
What is your favorite go-to healthy food?
Fruits and veggies, fruits and veggies, fruits and veggies! I love having them sliced and ready to go! I’ve always been a grazer throughout the day, so if I have these on an eye level shelf in
the fridge right up front I will grab at them all day long and not feel guilty about snacking on them frequently!
Can you share one of your favorite clean eating recipes with us?
I have so many now, but I will have to say that my favorites always end up being the ones I can make in the crockpot. One I love most is a spin-off of a dish my Italian Grandma used to make but I’ve made a much “cleaner” version of it.
In a crockpot throw in:
6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
A lb of sliced mushrooms
1/2 of a yellow onion thinly sliced
1 jar of organic marina sauce
1 can tomato paste
Add some Italian spices. I like a good amount of oregano, basil, black pepper and parsley.
Cook on low all day long and serve over spaghetti squash! For the boys I serve over brown rice
pasta since they really aren’t fans of spaghetti squash yet (husband included haha).
What is your weekly workout schedule? And how do you find time to workout as a stay-at-home mom?
Finding time to workout was definitely the hardest part for me. We ended up buying a really inexpensive elliptical machine for under $200 that I could use at home. I try to get in 45
minutes on it every morning while Shane naps and Nathan plays or gets some iPad time. If I have enough energy left when my husband gets home I will go to a class at the gym (usually
Turbo Kickboxing or Bodypump), but this only seems to happen 1-2x a week. And then lastly I’ve been training for a 10k mud run. I have always hated running until recently, so early
mornings on the weekends have been my time to get in a long run. As a mom we all know how limited “me” time is, and I’ve come to view my workouts as something I actually look forward to (probably just because I get to be alone haha).
Thanks again for letting me be a guest blogger Jenny…Id love to have you over on www.heylaurenrene.com to share some of your tips as well! xo