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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Holistically (As Seen On Fox 32 Chicago)

Women’s Weight Loss Coach and Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour was featured on Fox 32  in Chicago to discuss holistic remedies for the upcoming cold and flu season. These are five simple things you can easily add into your existing daily routine to keep your health at a maximum.

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that every time colder weather rolls around, people start falling sick with the same bug. Whether you opt to get the flu shot or not, these natural remedies can help you fight inflammation in your body and they come with zero health risks.

Let’s start bright and early.

Are you an avid coffee or tea drinker in the morning? You don’t have to ditch your beverage of choice, but try getting in the habit of having a cup of hot water and lemon first thing in the morning. You can boil the water in the microwave if you’re short on time. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon in there, sip, and you’re good to go! The reason is twofold; lemon is very detoxifying and it’s going to help reduce inflammation.

Or, maybe you’re more of a morning smoothie drinker. If that’s the case, try adding one to two cups spinach to get the same anti-inflammatory benefits plus that boost of Vitamin C.

That Dreaded Midday Crash

Do you find yourself reaching for more coffee in the afternoons to keep yourself going? Let me introduce you to a better option, Bru Broth. Bru Broth is the freshest bone broth on the market and contains just the right amount of protein to wake you up out of that afternoon slump! It’s loaded with collagen which is great for your skin, and it’s amazing for your overall gut health.

They come in easy-to-pack, portable bottles, are available in a variety of fun flavors, and they’re 100% organic! Win, win, win! They also sell a line called RESET for anyone interested in doing a bone broth cleanse. Unlike most juice cleanses that can be pretty high in sugars, the Bru Broth cleanse boasts less than one gram of sugar per serving.

The Evening Meal

Dinner is the perfect time to play up the spices. Depending on your spice tolerance consider adding one of the following to your nightly stir-fry or soup: turmeric, ginger, garlic, or even some cayenne pepper.

What we’re looking for here is just enough spice to speed up your metabolism and keep that digestive system running smoothly. Gut health is essential, especially when trying to fight off or avoid the flu.

No Days off, Right?

Wrong. Like I always tell my private weight loss clients, it is absolutely okay to stop your workouts if you feel yourself getting sick. If your body is aching, kick back and treat yourself to some self-massage. You can use a foot roller, or roll out on a foam roller if you have one handy. Go easy on yourself.

Get That Healing Sleep

Right after fluids, “get some rest” is the top prescribed remedy for fighting off sickness. Motivate yourself to go to bed earlier with a cushy sleep mask and/or an aromatherapy ball. If you know a lush sleeping set-up is waiting for you, you’ll be more apt to hustle under those covers!

As a private weight loss coach and a private fitness coach for women, I specialize in helping successful women lose weight.

If you’re looking for a life coach, a wellness coach, or a confidence coach in Chicago and beyond, you’ve come to the right place! As a certified personal trainer for women, Yoga Instructor in Chicago, Pilates Instructor in Chicagoland, and certified professional life coach in Chicago, I work with successful women across the country as a private weight loss coach for women.

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Steph and Marissa in The Fresh Diet Digest!

This month’s Fresh Diet Digest features Steph and Marissa talking about the role of changing your views on food and your mentality in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Marissa lost 83 lbs in 12 weeks by using The Fresh Diet and starting a rigorous exercise routine.  She credits making these changes with giving her more energy and recognizes that a healthy lifestyle is a “lifelong commitment.”

Steph’s holistic approach to weight loss was crucial in helping Marissa attain her goal.  She encourages all of her clients to view food as fuel, to improve their body image, and to create a weight loss mantra — all key elements of starting a sustainable wellness plan.

Check out the feature below for more about Marissa’s success and Steph’s helpful techniques!


Changing STARTS with you.  Having the right mindset is crucial.  The 30 Day Workbook helps get you where you need to be mentally, so you can improve your LIFE!

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WHY Do You Want to Lose Weight or Get In Shape?

Weight. It’s one of the biggest complaints in America. Women across the country openly and privately condemn themselves for their weight, wonder how they gained so much weight, and desperately try to lose weight. It’s an on-going struggle that for some, signifies a very dim light at the end of the tunnel.

Many women say they want to lose weight so that they can fit into a bridesmaid dress, a wedding dress, or because they are jealous of their size-2 girlfriends. Other women say they want to lose weight because they feel like they should, someone else is telling them they are overweight, or because their doctor said that they are outside of the “normal” weight range for their height. But all of these reasons are often still not enough to push women to implement a regular exercise routine, healthier eating habits, or improved self-care…

If you’re trying to lose weight to impress someone, what happens when that person is out of your life? If you’re trying to lose weight to look good in wedding pictures, what happens when the wedding is over? If you’re trying to lose weight to show your doctor that you’re healthy, what happens after that last check-up?

The bigger the reason WHY you want to lose weight, the easier it will be to lose weight. The bigger the WHY, the easier the HOW. Similarly, the more EMPOWERED you feel to achieve weight-loss, the more momentum and strength you will have in doing so.

Here are some quick questions you can ask yourself to get to the core of WHY you want to lose weight:

1. How will you feel when you look at yourself in the mirror after you’ve lost weight?
2. What will you see in the mirror after you’ve lost weight?
3. How will you feel empowered and inspired to make other positive changes in your life once you’ve lost weight?

Notice how none of these questions have to do with other people or anything outside of yourself. These questions force you to dig deep to discover WHY you want to lose weight…for yourself.

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Motivational Speaking from Marissa’s Wrap Party

Last week we showed you Marissa’s Wrap Party video and inspiring words from Marissa.

Steph, Marissa, and Dr. Raby

This week, we’ve got exclusive footage of Dr. Raby from the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern and some words from Hope Jelinek-Berry, who did in-home massage and energy work for Marissa. Check it out!

Dr. Raby talks about how to honor yourself as a WHOLE – not just for weight loss or when you’re on a diet plan. And Hope talks about her joys of working with Marissa. We were so fortunate to have The Raby Institute and Hope Jelinek-Berry on our team – thank you!!

Hope Jelinek-Berry (middle) helped Marissa Step It Up!

Hope shares her journey with Marissa.

Dr. Raby showing her support for Marissa.

Stay tuned next week, when we hear what people are saying about how Marissa has personally inspired them!

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Marissa’s Dramatic Reveal: Down 83 lbs, Video & Pics!

As many of you know, my client, Marissa, from the reality weight loss TV show, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” hosted by Andrea Metcalf, hit her goal of losing 83 lbs in just 12 weeks!!

Steph, Marissa's mom, and the old Marissa!

The video below is footage from her dramatic reveal and some inspirational words from Marissa about how she accomplished this amazing feat.

Leave comments below to support Marissa and congratulate her – she lost the most weight out of anyone on the show, AND she’s maintaining this healthy lifestyle for the rest of her life! She is such an inspiration to us all!

Marissa breaks through her old self


And, if you aren’t already signed up to receive newsletter updates, make sure you do so below so you can hear exactly how Marissa did this in the weeks to come. One of the main tools she used to stay mentally on track was my 30 Day Workbook (see below). We will also be revealing all the other techniques we used to help her accomplish this goal!

Marissa with her uncles - a support system is KEY to achieving your goals!

Strutting her stuff with more of her wonderful family!

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Introducing the Step It Up with Steph Team!

For the new TV show, “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” airing in Chicago in February, I’ve put together my own Step It Up with Steph Team! Together, we will all be supporting my client, Marissa, through her weightloss journey to become more healthy and fit. (Click here to follow the show on Facebook for the latest updates!)

First, the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern (on Michigan Ave.) is supporting Marissa via Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine, and Health Psychology. The Raby Institute is the premier center for integrative healing seamlessly combining the best of science-based Western medicine with the time-tested, holistic healing approaches of ancient cultures to create a system of health and wellness that honors the whole person.We are SO excited to have them on board because their integrative approach to health and wellness fits exactly with the Step It Up with Steph approach! Marissa will be meeting with these practitioners as needed to determine the best line of care for her.

Next, our in-home massage therapist, Hope JelinekBerry, is providing weekly massage for Marissa! Along with relaxation and loosened muscles, Marissa will be receiving some energy work and chakra balancing from Hope. Hope is also my personal massage therapist and I couldn’t be happier to have her on board!

The food for Marissa is sponsored by the Fresh Diet. This company provides nightly delivery of fresh food for the next day. They control the portions, calories, and menu choices, and Marissa gets to sit back and enjoy delicious, gourmet food, and not have to think about anything! I like this because it takes the guess work out of food and eating for Marissa, and after 12 weeks she will have created a habit for herself to eat smaller portions, more frequently, and eat good healthy food.

We’ve also got some great Step It Up with Steph yoga mats and blocks donated by YogaAccessories.com! Their products are great!

Finally, Marissa’s sticking to a MENTAL commitment of being healthy and fit – she’s using my 30 Day Workbook!

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Do You Work Out on Vacation in Chicago?

Find out what random visitors to Chicago do while here – do they work out and look forward to running along Lake Michigan? Or do they have a totally different mindset about health & fitness while they’re away from home?

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How To Make Moving a Workout

I’m Stepping It Up and moving to a new luxurious apartment downtown! If you’ve ever moved before, you know that moving can cause many injuries and back pain. But in this video, I’m going to show you how random Chicagoans are turning moving into a workout!

What Does Chicago Eat For Lunch?

Watch as I Take It To the Streets to see what random Chicagoans are eating for lunch on Fridays! They’ve all got one thing on common – it’s considered a “cheat” day…

You know how much I despise labeling days like this! So make sure that just because it’s Friday, you are still making your food choices independent of each other, and totally dependent upon what you want and how your food will make you feel! 🙂

Elevator Stretches

Elevator Stretches

What happens when a good-looking guy walks into my elevator? I start to show him some elevator stretches! Watch this quick video to see what stretches you can do next time you’re in an elevator, without anyone even noticing!