Progress Continues With Skinny Gut Shakes

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Don’t you just love that name?  Skinny Gut Shakes?  I love to think of my gut being skinny.  It’s been so long since I’ve seen a skinny gut on myself, but many times after I read the name, I visualize myself with a skinny gut.


Are you wondering how it’s going for me on this awesome, Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes program?  Well, it’s been fun, that’s for sure.  It’s a journey I’m definitely not done with and one that I’m glad that I gave myself some time to get used to.


I started with the shakes, expecting to feel different right away.  The truth is, I had to be drinking the shakes for several days before I noticed any changes in the way I felt.  But, once I got in the habit of having a shake every day, my digestion was so much better and my cravings became less and less.  I didn’t really notice the cravings change until after about a week on the program.  Once that change hit, it was much easier for me to say no to junk foods.  I had to be careful though.  If I got off of the shakes for more than a day, I would gradually start craving junk food and adding them back into my diet.


Having a Renew Life Skinny Gut Chocolate Shake helped me feel like I was getting a dessert when I added a little more cocoa powder to it to make it extra chocolatey.  Making a smoothie out of the Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake, adding in apples and greens, helped me to get out of any ruts I felt like I was in, by not having the same thing day in and day out.


My weight has been decreasing by about a pound every week since I began using the shakes.*  I had about 2 weeks where I got off track, while my daughter was having surgery and I succumbed to my bad habit of stress eating.  During that time, I gained a few pounds back, but that was my own fault for not staying on program.  I’ve also been exercising regularly and dropped several inches from the combination of diet and exercise.


Overall, I’ve noticed that I feel much better while I’m on the shake program.  I didn’t realize just how bad my digestion was, until suddenly my system is working just like it’s supposed to be.  I used to make runs to the bathroom after indulging in a meal that was less than optimal.  Now, I feel good!


I’ve managed to lose 3″ off of my waist alone!*  Here’s a picture to prove it!

As you can see, I still have a long ways to go, but I’m on the right track and love how just making some slight diet and exercise changes can get me this far.  The key is consistency and not giving up!  Of course, it doesn’t hurt to make sure to take before pictures and measurements, so that I can actually see the progress, too!


If you’d like to join me in my weight loss journey, feel free to join our Sidetracked by Weight Loss Facebook group.  Plus, you’ll want to follow #SkinnyGutShake on Facebook and Twitter to see more recipes and results from others around the web!


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*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Greens & Apple Smoothie or Coconut Heaven? More #SkinnyGutShake Recipes

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Hello, hello!  As you know, I’ve been doing the Renew Life Skinny Gut Ultimate Shakes to help me with my health and weight loss goals.  As time goes by, I keep experimenting with new recipes.  While, I still love my Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake, this time, I tried two of the recipes provided on the packaging on the Skinny Gut Shake mix.


The first one was the Greens & Apple Smoothie.  I’m a big fan of drinking your greens, as you often can’t even tell that there’s spinach (or kale) in your smoothie, but you still get the health benefits from it.


Greens & Apple Smoothie

  • 1 Serving of Renew Life Skinny Gut Vanilla Shake 
  • 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 Granny Smith apple, cut in chunks
  • 2 ounces plain yogurt (or kefir)
  • Small handful of spinach (or kale)

I mixed all of the ingredients into a blender, poured it into my glass and enjoyed the great taste!



Did I like it?  Yes.  Next time, I will add ice, as I tend to prefer my smoothies pretty cold, but I stuck it in the fridge to cool it down for a little while and it was perfect.  Isn’t it a pretty shade of green?


The next smoothie I tried was the Coconut Heaven smoothie, also listed in the brochure that is attached to the lid of the Skinny Gut Shake Mix.



Coconut Heaven Smoothie


Mix all ingredients in blender until nice and smooth.  Pour in a glass and enjoy!



This one, I liked even more than the first one.  I really love a coconut taste!  I made mine with vanilla, but I think having it with the chocolate flavor would be perfect, too.  The original recipe called for coconut butter, but our little town doesn’t have coconut butter, so I used the coconut oil I have in the house already.  I have been wanting to add more coconut oil to my diet, so this is the perfect way to do that!


I love how easy it is to grab a Skinny Gut Shake for breakfast or lunch and keep on moving.  I’ve been known to quickly throw it all into the blender and take it in the car with me to sip on my way to appointments.  When I’m in a hurry, it’s still very possible to get a nourishing meal in!


Have you tried Skinny Gut Shakes yet?  If so, have you tried either of these recipes yet?  How’d you like them?


Be sure to follow #SkinnyGutShake on Twitter and Facebook for more recipes and inspiring Skinny Gut Shake stories!  

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Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

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I love Easter!


I’m not sure if it’s because of Spring in the air, or the fact that I love to have potluck  at my daddy’s with all of my sisters.  Of course, watching all the kiddos looking for Easter Eggs is always the highlight of the day!


Being the baby of the siblings, I usually am the last in getting a say in my menu choices.  My sisters take the easy, no brainer dishes and that means that I’m left to coming up with something classic but with a twist.


This year I decided to go with the fail- proof deviled eggs, but I thought why not spice it up a bit.  That’s when I decided on Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs!


Everybody can use a little spice in their life, Right?


Deviled eggs are a staple food at any Southern get-together. I grew up standing in the kitchen watching my momma make a platter for family reunions and bbq’s.  These  Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs definitely aren’t my momma’s recipe, but I do believe she would approve 100%!!


And yes, I use fresh eggs from my hens!


Don’t they just look lovely in pictures?


Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

Southwest Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs

What you need:
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • .5 oz package of southwest ranch dry seasoning
  • 4 slices of bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
  • pinch salt & pepper
  • paprika (optional)
  • green onions (optional)


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What you do:
  1. Boil the eggs in a pot of water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Drain and cover in ice water for 10 minutes.
  3. Peal all of the eggs.
  4. Cut hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a small mixing bowl.
  5. Mash yolks with a fork, add sour cream, southwest ranch dry seasoning, salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon mixture into egg whites and garnish with cheese, bacon and green onions (optional).  
  7. Sprinkle with paprika.


* You can use a piping bag to add yolk mixture into egg whites. 

I serve with a side of salsa!  Believe your guests will thank you!


Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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 blog profile picMiranda, is a Crunchy, Country Mama giving her look on a Homemade Life of Homeschool, Good Eats, (Mis)Adventures, and Living Grace-Filled Everyday at GraceandGravy with a side of life! Miranda has been married to her sweet husband for 16 years and a homeschool mama to 2 kiddos at home. She loves her four-legged, fur babies and they make her life complete. Miranda is passionate about Guatemala Missions, Early Farmhouse Life/Decor, and learning to be a Self-Sufficient Homesteader!


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