Elite Edge Transformation Center - January 2020



A year ago, Jena Vasquez was sleeping in her bed when she was forced awake by a pain in her chest — she was having a heart attack. For Jena, this was, as she says, “a rude awakening.” At the time this scary incident happened, she weighed around 219 pounds. Recovering from her heart attack, Jena knew she needed to take action for a healthier lifestyle.

Help Your Kids Achieve More This Year

Early in 2019, she was browsing Facebook when an advertisement caught her eye. She remembers, “The ad was for an Elite Edge challenge called the ‘Hot Mama Challenge.’” She signed up and, after four weeks of challenging herself, won. This was a turning point for Jena. “After that, I started feeling stronger and just started seeing the muscle definition, and I got my membership.” Jena loves coming into Elite Edge “every single day.” She adds, “It’s the only thing throughout my day that I look forward to.” She shared this love with her family and now comes in with both of her daughters, who are also active members. Having the opportunity to grow herself and watch her EASY Tomato Soup Who doesn’t love a bowl of tomato soup on a cold winter’s day? This recipe packs a lot more flavor — and a lot fewer additives — than your average store- bought soup without requiring hours of hard labor over the stove.

With Simple and Actionable Goals

With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self-improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’ New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals. Practice what you preach. You are your children’s role model for almost everything, including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track too. Keep things simple and achievable. When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind” or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a good resolution might be for them to clean their room once a week or take responsibility for one household chore every day. Don’t do all the work for them. While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way.


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2 tbsp coconut oil

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1 cup chicken broth 8.5 oz coconut milk

4 leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced 6 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt

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Freshly ground black pepper

1 28-oz can roasted and diced tomatoes (Muir Glen Organic is a good brand)


1. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté leeks in coconut oil until softened and translucent, about 7–10 minutes. 2. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat. 3. Meanwhile, in a blender, purée entire can of tomatoes, including juice, until smooth. 4. Add sautéed leeks and garlic and purée again. 5. Transfer purée to a saucepan and add chicken broth and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then drop to simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

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