Level up your fitness and nutrition with Jamie Eason Middleton and Dr. Chelsea Axe and go from good to great!
This winter, Oxygen and our sister publication Clean Eatingare teaming up for the very first time to bring you one of the bestget-fit programs to date! After a melding of the minds, we divinedthat the perfect duo to create this comprehensive plan wouldbe two of the biggest names in the business longtime Oxygencontributor and trainer Jamie Eason Middleton and renownednutritionist Dr. Chelsea Axe.
Here is a little about each woman her background, her goalsand her beliefs as well as some fun facts they dared to share. Jointhese incredible women on your fitness journey and make this youryear to shine!
Jamie Eason Middleton's Background
Two-time cancer survivor. Fitness trainer. Mom. Professional cheerleader/dancer/figure athlete. Writer. Model. Motivator. Influencer.
Jamie Eason Middleton can be classified under all these headings,and she can now add 12-time Oxygen cover model to that impressivelist. I feel so blessed to have this [cover] opportunity now, at age43, and hope it encourages other women and moms to keep after it,especially those who got a late start with kids, she says. Our bodiesmost definitely change, but we can still be strong and should be proudof what our bodies can do.
Middleton is two kids deep into family life herself and does herbest to maintain a healthy routine but admits that family lifecan be chaotic. I feel like I went fromhaving all the time in the world to prepmy meals and work out to barely beingable to squeeze in just one or the other,she says. Ive had to come to terms withthe fact that my workouts wont alwayslook like they used to. Sometimes it mightbe playtime with the kids or a bike ridearound the block, dance parties, a swimin our pool, or a little obstacle course I dowith the kids with exercises like jumpingjacks, squats, push-ups and the like.
Her adaptability has made Middletonpopular with grown-ups, too, and a quickcheck-in with her Instagram page showsher doing quick and effective workouts,giving helpful exercise tutorials anddemonstrating creative ways to get yourfit on, such as using her kitchen table todo pull-ups.
Before She Was Fit
Though now a role model for womenaround the globe, Middleton wasnt alwaysin shape. In fact, it took a health scare tocatapult her into fitness. In 2005, I found alump in my breast that ended up being earlystage breast cancer, Middleton says. Thedoctor wanted to put me on Tamoxifenand some other drugs, but in lieu of that, Isought help from a nutritionist, Keith Klein.He served as the catalyst for my entirecareer, taught me about what to eat andwhat to avoid, but most of all, he taught meto step out and try hard things.
With his encouragement, Middletoncompeted in (and won) a figure show,which led to a modeling gig, which thensparked a career in fitness. The desire toget healthy created a love of health andfitness, so I left my career as a technicalsales trainer for a local homebuilder to pursue personal training and nutrition certifications, she says. Foryears, my message has remained the same to encourage people to beproactive about their health and live their best lives now.
Middleton has maintained this message for decades and continues to do sothrough social media. The fitness industry has changed for sure, and thepositive part that I see is how easily accessible health and fitness content is toeveryone, and with social media, there is no lack of information orinspiration, she says. But by the same token, social media has traded fitnesscredibility such as certifications and credentials for your number of likes andfollows. No one has to be a credible expert to teach or sell fitness contentanymore, and its not always easy to know who is or isnt legitimate.
But Middleton is more than qualified, and she can absolutely helptake your fitness to the next level. Oxygen women are like me theyre passionate about improving their health and arent afraidto put in the hard work, she says. These women will love The60-Day Metabolic Reset. With this plan, youll be able to build muscle,burn fat and push through thresholds. The food guidelines are a bitmore stringent because you have to do even better than before inorder to go from good to great!
Q&A: Quick-Fire Questionswith JamieEason Middleton
Q: What is your biggest fear?
A: Outliving my children.
Q: What is one thing most peopledont know about you?
A: Im extremely introverted.
Q: What is your favorite (clean) joke?
A: I have two: What does a vegan zombie eat?GRAAAAAAAAINS!Or What did the number 0 say to the number 8?Nice belt!
Q: What was the last series youbinge-watched?
A: Jack Ryan.
Q: Pepsi or Coke?
A: I havent had either one in over a decade.
Q: Chocolate or vanilla?
Q: Coffee or tea?
A: I love both, but they must be decaf.
Q: Dogs or cats?
A: We have two cats but want to get a dog whenthe boys get a little bit older.
Birth Date:April 10, 1976
Credentials:Master certified health coach
Kids:August (6),Beau (3)
Makes: 8 servings
Here is one of Jamie EasonMiddletons favorite family-approvedrecipes that isquick and easy to make.
- 1 lb shredded white meatchicken, cooked
- 1 (24 oz) container low-fatcottage cheese
- 2 (8 oz) packages FronteraRed Chile Enchilada SauceWith Roasted Tomato +Garlic
- 10 oz bag organic broccolislaw
- 8 organic wheat flour orsprouted grain tortillas
- cup organic Mexican blendshredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spraya 9-inch-by-13-inch bakingdish with nonstick spray andset aside. To a large bowl,add chicken, cottage cheese,1 package enchilada sauceand broccoli slaw. Mix untilthoroughly combined. Ifusing raw tortillas, heat themover low-medium heat untilcooked and lightly brown. Addchicken mixture to each tortillaand roll securely, placing allcomplete enchiladas side byside in dish. They will be snug.Pour remaining enchiladasauce over the top andsprinkle with shredded cheese.Bake 30 to 35 minutes untillightly brown on top.
Nutrition Facts (per serving):calories 342, protein 32 g,carbs 31 g, fat 10 g
Here is the sort of workout you can expect from fitness expert Jamie Eason Middletonin Oxygens new course The 60-Day Metabolic Reset quick, effective and fun!
Set a timer for eight rounds of 30 seconds ofwork and 10 of seconds rest. (Timer Pro is freeon iTunes and Android.) Repeat this circuitthree times, resting a minute between circuits.
Stand with your legs together and your arms parallel to the floor at shoulderheight, palms together. Jump your feet apart and open your arms to the sides,then quickly rebound and bring them back together to clap like a seal.
TIP: The goal of this move is to warm up your shoulders, so dont flail. Beintentional and control the movement.
Modification: Take side-to-side steps with seal-jack arm movements.
Intensifier: Perform a squatting seal jack.
Rear-Delt Dumbbell Lateral Raise
Stand with your feet togetherand hold a set of dumbbells withyour palms facing inward. Hingeat your hips and incline yourtorso forward about 45 degrees,and let your arms hang straightdown from your shoulders. Holdyour upper body here as youraise the weights up and out tothe sides to shoulder height orslightly above, then slowly lowerto the start.
TIP: Lead the upward motionwith your pinkies to really putthe work on your rear delts.
Modification: Bend yourarms 90 degrees and leadwith your elbows.
Intensifier: Raise the weightfor one count and lower for two.
Two-Arm Dumbbell Bent-Over Row
Stand with your feet togetherand hold a set of dumbbells withyour palms facing inward. Hingeat your hips and incline your torsoforward about 45 degrees, andallow your arms to hang straightdown toward the floor. Hold yourupper body here as you driveyour elbows up and back, pinchingyour shoulder blades togetherand keeping your arms in tight toyour sides. Pause briefly and thenslowly lower to the start.
TIP: As you lower the weightsand extend your arms, reachforward slightly to achieve agreater range of motion inyour lats.
Modification: Place your foreheadon a cushioned chair forsupport, and do half the numberof reps.
Intensifier: Raise the weight fora count of two and lower for acount of one.
Alternating Dumbbell Triceps Kickback
Stand with your feet together andhold a set of dumbbells with yourpalms facing inward. Hinge at yourhips and incline your torso forwardabout 45 degrees, then drive yourelbows rearward to pull your upperarms alongside your rib cage,elbows bent. Alternately extend onearm completely as you bend theother arm to the start.
TIP: The motion comes only fromyour elbows, not your shoulders.
Modification: Do one arm ata time.
Intensifier: Increase your speedand try to get as many reps as youcan during the time interval.
Two-Arm Dumbbell Hammer Curl
Stand with your knees soft and hold a set of dumbbells at your sideswith your palms facing inward. Bend at your elbows to pull the weights uptoward your shoulders, pause briefly, then lower to the start.
TIP: Keep your elbows pinned to your body with each rep. Dont letthem swing forward or backward.
Modification: Perform half reps.
Intensifier: Do this move with your back against a wall. This forcesyou to maintain a contraction at the bottom and prevents you fromusing momentum.
Two-Arm Dumbbell Overhead Extension
Stand with your knees soft andhold a set of dumbbells with yourarms straight overhead, palmsfacing inward. Bend only at yourelbows to lower the weightsbehind your head, keeping yourcore braced to prevent yourlower back from arching. Extendyour elbows to return to the start.
TIP: Dont let your elbowsflare out keep them close toyour head and squeeze themat the top without locking outyour joints.
Modification: Use a singledumbbell and hold an end ineach hand.
Intensifier: Lower for twocounts and extend for one count.
Get into a plank positionwith your hands underneathyour shoulders and your head,hips and heels aligned. Bendyour elbows and keep them inclose to your sides as you lowertoward the floor, keeping yourbody rigid. Extend your elbowsand press forcefully against theground to return to the start.
TIP: The closer your hands aretogether, the more youll targetyour triceps. The farther apartthey are, the more youll targetyour chest.
Modification: Perform thepush-ups on your knees.
Intensifier: Do the repsas quickly as possible whilemaintaining good form.
Dr. Chelsea Axe's Background
Dr. Chelsea Axe,in partnershipwith JamieEasonMiddleton,has designedthe perfect 60-dayprogram that willtake your fitness tothe next level andget you into the bestshape of your life.See what Axe hadto say about herrole in The 60-DayMetabolic Reset, howshe met the otherDr. Axe and hertrue life obsessionwith coffee.
Q&A: Quick-Fire Questions with Dr. Chelsea Axe
Q:How did you team up with Jamiefor this project?
A: I have been a big fan of Jamie ever since I used one of her Oxygen programs. Shewas a huge part of my introduction into weightlifting and one of the reasons I fellin love with all things fitness and nutrition. We share similar philosophies of eatingclean, so it seemed the perfect fit for a partnership, and I believe we created agreat plan that will help people burn fat and see physical changes, as well asreduce inflammation, improve digestion and balance hormones.
Q:How important is nutrition in the quest for gains,losses or body composition changes?
A:The saying you cant out-exercise a bad diet is 100 percent true. You could havethe perfect training routine, but unless your hormones and body support a healthymetabolism, you wont see results. Jamie and I worked closely to ensure that theplan complements the training program synergistically to maximize results.
Q:Can you explain that a little?
A:This is a carb-cycling (or keto-cycling) program, which Ive personally found to be themost sustainable way of eating that still gives you amazing body composition results.Youll adjust the amount of carbohydrates you eat on any given day to correspondto your training. For example, the high-carb meals will coincide with days when youtrain larger muscle groups and compound moves so you are properly fueled for bothrecovery and muscle growth. In contrast, lower-carb meals fall on days when youtrain smaller muscle groups and/or when metabolic conditioning is programmed.
Q:What is your athletic background?
A:I played competitive volleyball and basketball throughout high school and had plannedon playing volleyball in college but tore my ACL. A few years ago, I started getting intocompetitive CrossFit and loved it. Unfortunately, I reinjured my knee and was forcedto quit. Now I do weightlifting, vinyasa yoga and most recently started cycling on thePeloton. My husband and I also love to be outside hiking and paddleboarding andplaying with our dogs.
Q:Speaking of your husband how did youmeet the other Dr. Axe?
A:A friend showed me a YouTube video that Josh had filmed from his clinic, and ratherthan paying attention to the content, I started crushing hard on the cute doctor! Iended up visiting his clinic to shadow him for research, and nine months later, heproposed!
Q:Do the two of you work out together?
A:Sometimes. I have a hard time turning off the trainer in me, so I can go a littleoverboard correcting form. But hes a good sport and tolerates me!
Q:Who is a better cook?
A:Hes better at cooking, and Im better at baking.
Q:Fill this in: Never would I ever _____________ ...
A:Go a full week without coffee! I was a barista for five years, and I try not to be tooaddicted by taking a day off here and there from caffeine. But 48 hours is usually allI can manage I love it too much!
Credentials:DC, CSCS, CYT
Social Media: @drchelseaaxe (across IG, Twitter and Facebook)
Want a (literal) taste of the recipes that can reset your metabolism? Here are three to try.
BREAKFAST:Sage Chicken Breakfast Patties
Makes: 4 servings
- 1 lb organic ground chicken
- tsp black pepper
- tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground sage
- tsp onion powder
- tsp garlic powder
- tsp basil
- 1 tbsp parsley
- 1 large apple, peeled and finely chopped
- cup blackberries
Add all ingredients to a large bowl(except blueberries) and mix well withyour hands. Shape into 4 patties. Heata large skillet over medium-high andcoat with cooking spray. Add patties andcook 6 to 8 minutes on each side, or untilno longer pink in the center. Enjoy withblackberries on the side.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): calories210, protein 21 g, carbs 12 g, fat 9 g, fiber7 g, sugar 7 g
Lunch/Dinner:Cauliflower Fried Rice and Chicken
Makes: 4 servings
- 1 medium head cauliflower, cut intoflorets
- 4 tbsp ghee, divided
- tsp garlic powder
- tsp sea salt
- tsp pepper
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 eggs
- cup coconut aminos
- 4 oz chicken breast, cooked
Add cauliflower to a food processor andprocess until chopped into small, rice-sizepieces. Heat a large skillet over medium andmelt 2 tablespoons ghee. Add cauliflower,garlic powder, salt and pepper and cook 5minutes, stirring often. Add carrots and onionsand cook until softened. Add remaining ghee toskillet. In a small bowl, scramble eggs and thenadd to pan and cook, stirring often, until almostset. Add aminos and chicken and heat through.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): calories 400,protein 42 g, carbs 15 g, fat 20 g, fiber 5 g,sugar 9 g
Lunch/Dinner:Moo Shu ChickenLettuce Wraps
Makes: 6 servings
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- tsp sea salt
- tsp black pepper
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts,thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- cup green onions, thinly sliced
- cup mushrooms, chopped
- head green cabbage, thinly sliced
- head red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 6 large butter lettuce leaves
To a medium bowl, add sesame oil,balsamic vinegar, aminos, ginger,garlic, salt, pepper and chicken. Mixthoroughly and set aside. Heat alarge skillet over medium and addavocado oil, onions and mushrooms.Saute 5 minutes and then add chickenand cook until browned, about 8minutes. Reduce heat to low and addcabbage. Cover and let simmer 10minutes, stirring occasionally, or untilcabbage is soft. Spoon evenly intolettuce leaves and top with desiredgarnishes.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): calories178, protein 19 g, carbs 4 g, fat 9 g, fiber1 g, sugar 2 g
If youre looking to break the cycle of fad dieting, youve come to the right place! This 60-day total-body reset is specifically designed to rev your metabolism, burn fat and build muscle all in the comfort of your own home! With workouts that can be modified for every fitness level and a nutrition menu that can be maintained forever, this is more than just a fitness challenge. Its a health and fitness game changer created by two of the top professionals in the industry Jamie Eason Middleton and Dr. Chelsea Axe to help you adopt a lifestyle that will reap consistent results from the moment you start!
So what are you waiting for? Make 2020 the year you finally burn the stubborn fat, break through plateaus, build lean muscle and rev up your metabolism for good! Join The 60-Day Metabolic Reset today!