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    How ICON Meals Saved Our Marriage: Team ICON Brittany and Travis Just

    How ICON Meals Saved Our Marriage: Team ICON Brittany and Travis Just

    Okay, so this may sound a little dramatic. My marriage wasn’t necessarily on the rocks, however, many arguments have ensued over what’s for dinner. My husband, Travis and I run a busy life. Who doesn’t right? He is a fast mover. Always on the go and ALWAYS HUNGRY. He loves to eat out. When we first met over the 13 years ago, we would hop on the Harley and find a great restaurant on our ride for some good food and drinks. We weren’t concerned about eating very clean then. Ahhh, those were the honeymoon days. A few years into our marriage, however, I started training for my first fitness show and was introduced to meal prepping. Suddenly we weren’t eating out as much, because there was no point for me. I had a strict diet plan I was following, plus I was SO new to meal prepping, I would only make enough for me. Many times in fact, I didn’t even make enough for me and found myself in the kitchen many hours a day trying to keep up the cooking. Here’s where things started to get complicated. Travis lost his dining out partner and there was no food in the fridge for him. He is not a cooker. He can be a great cook, but he just doesn’t make time for it. We had to find a solution.

    Our first thought was to just make more. Make more chicken, more fish, more ground turkey, more sweet potatoes, more rice, more asparagus and broccoli. So I did. I would cook all day and put them in large containers. One for the chicken, one for the fish, ect. ect. The fridge would get full of good, healthy, clean food. The problem now? The fridge stayed full. For one- Travis still likes to dine out. With or without me, he’d at least be going into Chipotle almost everyday. Two- he would open the fridge and stare at the containers, but it seemed to be too much work to pull out each individual container to make a full meal with a protein, starch, and veggies. Needless to say, much of the food would get wasted and have to be thrown out.

    If you’re a parent, I’m sure you can relate. No doubt we’ve all found frustration at some point in making food for our kids. We make something we thought they liked, and they all of a sudden can’t even stand to look at it. Or you make a large batch of something for the whole family, and the leftovers sit in fridge and get pushed to the back until you decide to clean things out and have to throw it away. After a while, you just get fed up with wasting your time, energy, and money on food that just goes to waste. That’s where I was at with my husband. For several years, we battled back and forth.

     

    Last year, in the beginning of 2019, Travis and I both got on a strict meal and workout plan to prepare for a couples fitness photoshoot. This was the first time he had to portion out his food and eat according to a written plan. I agreed to meal prepping for both of us again, but I didn’t realize how much work I signed up for. It was extremely time consuming. Between grocery shopping almost everyday, cooking, baking, portioning everything out into individual meal containers, actually eating the meal, and doing dishes… I was burning out quick. After our photoshoot, Travis wanted to continue to be consistent with his exercise and diet, but again, we needed a better solution to free up more of our time.

    During my time at WBFF Worlds in Las Vegas in 2018, I would watch my coach, Caroline De Campos, receive boxes of Icon Meals straight to the Bellagio. I thought, how convenient to be able to have meals shipped anywhere you are, that are clean enough to eat right up to show day. I checked out the website and realized you could customize your meal to the exact portion size of your choice of protein, starch, and veggies. They also had featured weekly meals with more variety, but we were mainly excited to try the custom meals. Once we ordered, they were at our doorstep within two days. They were also vacuum-sealed to a tray to keep them fresh with no preservatives. Finally- we tasted them. We couldn’t believe how fresh and clean it all tasted. We were sold.

    Since making Icon Meals our solution, the only argument we have is over who will run to the store to replace the bottle of Primal Kitchen Unsweetened BBQ sauce. We have now been relying on Icon Meals for over 14 months. We get 48 meals every two weeks to share as a family. The kids love the kobe beef burgers and the bison. We have been full-time traveling the country in our motorhome for 10 months now and to have something so healthy, that’s also quick and easy, and doesn’t take up a lot of space is invaluable to us. We do still enjoy dining out here and there, but we are so grateful to be able to come home and know we have icon meals in the fridge to keep on the 90/10 lifestyle diet. 90% of the time we eat clean with our Icon meals, and 10% of the time, we eat what we crave. Travis and I are the healthiest we’ve ever been and now we have more quality time than ever for the important things like making memories as a family. It’s been a marriagesaver!

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    ICON Meals Seared Salmon With Butter Herb Sauce!

    ICON Meals Seared Salmon With Butter Herb Sauce!

    Pan Seared Salmon with Butter Herb Sauce is one of the tastiest, easiest recipes you’ll ever try!  Tender salmon fillets are pan seared until perfectly golden brown then covered in a simple, vibrant and rich butter sauce. This will be your new favorite! Everything you need for this recipe can be found at ICON Meals!

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    Todd Talks: Play The Cards That Are Dealt And Win ♠️

    Todd Talks: Play The Cards That Are Dealt And Win ♠️

    A wise player can play a weak hand and win the game...

    For those of you that have kids, they're home from school and for extended periods of time now. I wanted to look at "how are you guys reacting to the situation?" Are you taking it as time for yourself to get better? How are you carrying yourself around the house with your kids or your friends? Are you engaging in the media blitz and full of negativity? Or are you harboring this time to really pull together with your loved ones and set an example for your kids?
     
    I want you to show them how you react to challenging situations and how you make greatness come from dark times. How your kids see you react is going to be a direct reflection of how they react.  If they see you harboring the victim mentality and "negative, negative, negative", what do you think is going to come out of them?
     
    While you are home educating your children and educating yourself, do they see you engaging in books? Do they see you engaging in activities with them?  Are you going online to Amazon or to school resources to get them the experiences, workbooks and things they need? Or are you just putting the iPad in front of them or giving them the iPhone then going about your day, just looking at them as a nuisance? Or are you really engaging in their lives and taking his time to bond together and come out on the other side stronger?

    Maybe you had some challenging times where you've had a job that you didn't really like. Maybe this is that defining moment in time when you do have time off? Or possibly where you're forced to have time off and really allow yourself to get rid of all your excuses. You know, those things that were road blocking you from having success and from stepping out and taking risks because risk was not imposed by yourself. This quarantine was not a choice. It was something that's been put into place and you're going to have to deal with it. 
     
    Maybe this is that kick to the teeth or that chance for you to really level up your life. Take this situation during turbulent times and turn it into tremendous times. Make these times full of prosperity and abundance coming out the other side, feeling fulfilled, feeling like you have a purpose. If you do have a family, make sure that you've really bonded and pulled together. Allow your children to see that sun really shine. Let them see all the opportunities that they have in their life and in your life, making it better.
     
    Fully engage with your children, give them that big hug in the morning. Tell them how grateful you are to have this opportunity to really spend time together. Appreciate the time with them and just soak it all in.  Be that example you want to see shine in your children. Like I've said in previous talks, for some of you, this is the first time you've ever seen this type of a situation, and probably the last time you'll ever see this situation. But it's going to pop up many more times in your children's lives.
     
    How are you preparing them for this? Set them up to really have this course in uncharted waters. I truly want you all to be present in the moment. You have this opportunity to play such an influential role in determining your own future. This is a pivot point for your future, for your kids future and for your legacy! This is not a choice that was made by you, so take that as an opportunity to better yourself.

    Step up. Put on a great smile and go crush today.