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July 17, 2014

This Will Be Controversial - I've Been Plexus Slim-ing...

I wanted to try it. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I wanted to see WHY in a matter of 2 weeks, I had been added to THREE Plexus Slim groups on the Face.
So. I did. I tried it for a month.
I got a bag of the pink stuff and the Accelerator from my buddy Jamie.  It's been a month - and here's what I think:

Did I lose weight?  No.  I mean - I'm not actually sure.  My scale broke and we haven't replaced it because I got a little cray cray and was weighing myself every day and in no way is that healthy.

Have I gained weight since the wedding?  Also No.  Not really.  I've cut down my working out from 5 days a week to 2 -so I've lost some muscle and am a little more jiggly around the middle, but I DO believe it could be worse if not for Plexus Slim.

Does the pink stuff really help my cravings?  For the love of pink, it actually does.  I drink mine in the morning, Jamie drinks hers at night....and don't you know, the 'ish works.

Does the Accelerator curb my appetite? Yup. It actually does! I can actually tell the difference on the days I forget to take it.  Honest!

Bottom line: I didn't want it to work.  I wanted to say "This is a pyramid scheme lie!" It may be a pyramid scheme - but, don't be a hater, I'm signing up for a 2nd month.

Is this a miracle cure for fat? Of course not. That doesn't exists.  You have to eat right. You have to exercise. You have to be accountable for what you put in your body.  Taking a pill is not going to replace an hour in the gym. It's not. Ever. No pill will ever do that. So stop taking pills for asthmatic horses. (In case you didn't know, that's how post-Simple Life Nicole Richie got scary thin..and other celebrities I can't think of right now.)  Does this help the overall cause? In my experience, you betcha.

I don't know the ins and outs of Herbalife - but I feel like this isn't much different.  As far as I can see, and everything I've read, tells me that this is plant-based.  There's no science to back up the ingredients. If that freaks you out - then your answer is pretty simple - don't buy it.  If you need something to help get you started on a healthy eating and fitness routine - try it for a month and see how you feel.

I'm not selling this stuff - and I'm sure you can ask the next 5 people you see and they will know 10 people selling it - so it's not hard to get.  But you can buy from my friend Jamie by going to and searching for Jamie Schneider.  If she has an actual website - I'll get that to you in an update.

So let the comments of people telling me how horrible this is begin. I'm ready for you, haters :)

*In other news: I'm signing up for some online nutrition classes, because ain't nobody got time for classroom sittin'. I'm working on expanding UFG into a local meal delivery service. This won't happen overnight, and will be a process.  I need a) nutrition classes b) a new website (will trade meals for a site! seriously!) c) access to a commercial kitchen and d) some funding and some guinea pigs.  
If you're up for being a guinea pig, let's meet and discuss!  Be on the lookout for some kind of kickstarter thang once I finish my classes, website and business plan.  So.. to be continued...*


January 21, 2014

Whole Wheat Pancakes

I'm baaaaaaaaack!
SO much has been going on! New(ish) job, 4 months until the wedding, and a new exercise routine! Friends - I've discovered spinning.  Big shout out to friends AK and Shannon for the introduction.  I'm hooked.  It's amazing.  I've never sweat so much in my life - and during last night's class, burned a not-to-shabby 850 calories! Can't beat it.   Changing up my routine has helped so much.  I definitely don't regret joining the YMCA.
Today's recipe! I love pancakes. Love love love.  These are great.  Just as easy as a box mix, and you've controlled all the ingredients! The Mailman doesn't love fruit pancakes, so we ate ours plain, but these are just screaming out for some blueberries or bananas.  (PS - don't forget to a - use REAL maple syrup - none of that gross sugar free stuff, it's chemicals! and b- limit the syrup you use! Try simmering the syrup with blueberries or other fruit to get more bang for your buck. )
Recipe after the jump!

November 08, 2013

It's not you...It's me.

I've been neglecting you (I've been neglecting a lot of things...) Sorry about that.  I'm riddled with excuses. They include:

  • I'm exhausted
  • I don't have time
  • My new job takes up the majority of my brain waves
  • I'm planning a wedding
  • I haven't written down my last 3 recipes and have now forgotten them (see bullet point 3)
We're at 6 months until "I do." I've been stuck at the same weight for 4 months.  I haven't gained - but I haven't lost.  Coincidentally, I've had my new job for 4 months.  Here's my hypothesis, and here's what I'm doing about it: 

September 09, 2013

Nectarine BBQ Sauce

Happy Monday, UFG'ers!
Today's recipe is a winner - such a great way to use any kind of stone fruit that is a bit over-ripe.  This past Christmas, I got The Mailman a selection of fancy artisanal mustard from Trader Joe's.  I'm always looking for ways to incorporate them into my cooking.  For this one, I used the Black Currant mustard - but you can just use dijon if you don't have something fancy.  But trust me - invest in some fancy mustard - it will change your life.  Add it to pork, chicken - whatever!  Stone ground mustard too - amazing.
I put this bbq sauce on chicken and on a turkey burger.  Absolutely amazing.  The perfect summer into fall sauce! Recipe after the jump - enjoy!

August 19, 2013

Balsamic Poached Chicken

Happy Monday!
I'm baaaaack! (at least for now)  I can come up with a million exucses as to why I haven't blogged in a month - but the bottom line, friends?  I'm flippin' busy\exhausted\don't feel like being in front of a computer at home after being in front of a computer at work!
But I'm still UFG - and I'm still bringing you mailman approved recipes!

UFG-Mailman Wedding update!
Engagement pics are done and we're obsessed with them!

Today's recipe is amazing.  You can find it in a lot of different places - and some of them add some extra ingredients - like soy sauce.  For me - simple is the way to go.  3 ingredients - chicken breasts, chicken stock, and balsamic vinegar.  It results in the most amazingly moist and flavorful chicken you'll ever have.   Please let me know if you try it!
Recipe after the jump:

July 15, 2013

UFG Banana Pudding Trifle

Happy Monday, UFG'ers! 
So much happening at the UFG household!
The UFG wedding extravaganza is officially on!  Deposit has been put down on the venue and I said yes to the dress!  Excitement abounds! All we have to do is firm up the menu and the big stuff is done - it's pretty much the best feeling in the world.
Today is week 2 at the new jobby and it's fantastic. It's going to be a lot of work, but it's a wonderful company and I couldn't be more excited!
On to today's recipe.  I had to make a dessert for a 4th of July with my sister and her family and wanted to make something in my new trifle dish - and thus, UFG Banana Pudding Trifle was born! The pudding is homemade and couldn't be easier - it's dessert after all, so there are a couple of splurges, like real whipped cream, but the stuf in the can is pure chemical, and in the end, it's healthier to use all natural ingredients.   I hope you enjoy this trifle as much as my family and I did! (The Mailman pretty much devoured it)  Recipe after the jump!