Category Archives: Healthy living

2014 Gluten & Allergen Free Expo

gfgI am so excited to attend this year’s Gluten Free Allergen Free expo at the Cobb Galleria Center on May 17&18. I am looking forward to the workshops & educational sessions. The 150+ vendors,Samples from the vendors, Discounted products,Free reusable bag to carry your goodies and more!!!!

 

 

if you want more information about you can attend please visit their website at  http://www.gfafexpo.com. On how to enter to win free tickets. You can also use code BLOGATL to receive a 35% discount on your ticket!

I hope to see you there!!!!!!!

 

The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo

I am so excited to announce that I am an official  GFAF expo blogger!!!!! If you are interested in joining me please visit their website at www.gfafexpo.com  for more information on how to purchase your ticket…

I hope to see you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GFAFBloggerBadgeWhen

May 17-18, 2014
9:00-3:00 pm

Free Parking!

Where

Cobb Galleria Center
Two Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
Tel: 770-955-8000

 

 

 

 

Sarah Orrico weight loss story

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Check out Sarah’s story and see how she lost weight and took control of her health.
Sarah Orrico’s Weight loss Story
Basically I have always been overweight, ever since I can remember (I am 20). I have struggled with my weight all my life and tried basically everything. From fitness camps for two summers,  WeightWatchers, NutriSystem, and a personal trainer. I basically tried everything that I could at such a young age and nothing worked. I would lose weight with a  few of the above but I could never keep it off. Growing up as an overweight teen was really hard because I was bullied a lot and had horrible self-esteem issues.
Around Christmas time last year I was at my heaviest weight and I didn’t even want to leave the house or see my friends because I was really depressed.I heard about a weight loss surgery from my mom I was really apprehensive about it and did not want to do it because I had heard bad things from other people who had it. I did a lot of research and made the decision to met with a surgeon and he told me that it was definitely a possibility to do the surgery. He recommended the Gastric Bypass surgery because I was so young and overweight that this would be the best option for me (I was considering the Sleeve).20140324-145242.jpg I remember crying when we decided to do it because I could finally see a light at the end of the tunnel I finally felt like there was hope for me. We set a date for  (July 31st 2013).
I started working out and eating healthy to prepare myself for my new lifestyle.  I started  my weight loss journey on June 5th and lost 35 pounds before the surgery.
I had surgery on July 31st and I have lost a total of 129 pounds (98 pounds since surgery). I honestly am so happy with the decision I made. I don’t like telling a lot of people because I’m afraid people will think I “took the easy way out”, but you know what, I have honestly been through hell doing this. I have tried to lose weight the natural way and I just couldn’t succeed no matter how hard I tried I really needed an extra push. It has been one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life. It is definitely NOT easy. I am so proud of myself and how far I’ve come. I am still continuing on my journey and can’t wait to see what happens in the future.
Thank you Sarah for taking the time to share your weight loss story  I wish you much success on this journey. If you would like to follow Sarah on her social media platforms for inspiration here are her handles
Instagram: sarahorrico and Twitter: _loud and
proud you will become

 

 

Lov’n it live vegan restaurant review!

Me and my brother Scott Lane at Lov'n it live resturant

Me and my brother Scott Lane at Lov’n it live restaurant

I had a meeting with my brother (Scott Lane ) to help him setup his blog(look for it soon it will be very inspirational) so I asked if he mind going to a vegan restaurant to create his vision?

He didn’t mind!…..(He lives a very healthy  non-vegan lifestyle) So I wanted to check out LOV’N IT LIVE vegan restaurant. It is located at 2796 East Point St. East Point, GA 30344.You can also visit their website at www.lovingitlive.com for more information.

The restaurant has great accommodations for your wi-fi needs and the waitress was very nice and welcoming. I bought the grape apple juice and my brother bought the stuffed avocado and the sea moss juice. Be aware that they will add a $5 dollar fee to your bill for dining in ….:(…..we were not ready for that I have not seen that before. The appetizers, soups and salads range from $12-$16.50. I would recommend LOV’N IT LIVE If this post influences you to check out this spot I would love to hear about your experience. You can send me an email @journeyofachocolatechic@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Weight training and diet is everything!

514_400x400_Peel (2)I know I stated that I was going to continue my juice fast for breakfast and lunch well…..WHAT HAD HAPPEN WAS……lol….. I started  taking my weight training really serious and in doing so I have to eat at least 6 times a day and work on eating enough protein to gain muscle. So I have canceled out the juice fast for right now so that I can channel my energy into eating a healthy high protein vegan diet. This new diet will give me more energy so that I am able to build muscle and lose fat. I have found that this journey  has not only transformed my body but it has also transformed my mind. The funny thing is weight training was never apart of my journey  it just happened, and at first I struggled with it and thought yea/nah and then I said to myself phuckit let’s do it ….. I know that sounds strange and it feels strange because everything about this weight training journey is nothing that I thought that I was or that I could be. This journey has been an amazing journey because again it has shown me how weak/strong I really am so please stay tuned there is more to come because I have only just began.

See my menu for the week below I found this food plan on http://veganbodybuilding.com/ check it our if you are vegan or non vegan it’s a really great site with amazing information.

7AM
Large bowl of oats
Vega Smoothie Infusion (protein, fiber, greens, essential fats)
2 Bananas
Vitamin and mineral supplements
24oz water

10AM
Protein or Meal Replacement shakephoto
2 whole pieces of fruit
20oz water

1PM
Veggie sandwich
Bowl of potatoes, broccoli, carrots.
24oz water

4PM
Mixed raw nuts, unsalted (cashews, walnuts, almonds)
2 energy/protein bars (Organic Food Bar, Vega Bar or Pro Bar)
20oz water

7PM
Vegetable stir-fry with quinoa and mango chutney
Spinach, lettuce, cabbage salad w/kidney beans/chickpeas
12oz chocolate almond milk
24oz water

10PM
Protein or Meal Replacement shake

Apples or dates with coconut oil
16oz water

Who said a Vegan can’t be a body builder?

If you have been following my post the last few weeks then you know that I am currently into week 11 of a 12 week weight training program. So I begin researching vegan body builders and I found Jehina Malik Check out her story it will inspire you vegan or non-vegan.

“She lifts do you?”

journeyofachocolatechicA few weeks ago I started a 12 week online weight training program and it has been hands down one of the most challenging fitness journey to date. This training has shown me how weak/strong I really am. I started the program because I wanted to build muscle so I started researching weight training programs online. I also begin to  ask friends for suggestions and one of friends shared this website http://www.bodybuilding.com/.  So I begin to check out all of the trainers on the site and choose the Jamie Eason program. Jamie’s program promises to help you to lose body fat along with gaining muscles and this is exactly what I was I was looking for. A few thA4HT4Q21weeks into the program and I begin to noticed that I was getting stronger and leaner…YES…… but don’t get me wrong I have not arrived I am still a work in progress.  I often think what if I would have started this program along with my weight loss program would I have reached my fitness goals by now?  Then I think “She, I ,her was not ready then. Every season comes with new challenges and this weight training program is my new challenge so please stay tuned for the good/bad and the ugly. If you have any questions please leave your questions below within the comment section or you can send me an email to journeyofachocolatechic@gmail.com.

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