March 28, 2021

I’m very thankful to Carla Delgado for the opportunity to have contributed to Insider on the topic of belly fat. Here are some of the highlights from the article:

“Maintaining healthy levels of visceral fat is beneficial to your health,” says Maricris Lapaix, a NASM-certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. Excessive visceral fat is a major contributor to cardiovascular diseases and other health conditions, so losing belly fat is important.

Since there’s no way to control where your body loses weight, to lose belly fat you have to  reduce overall body fat.  “The best practices to lose belly fat will be a balance of an active lifestyle, a nutritious diet, and maintaining low stress levels,” says Lapaix.

“It is important to reduce the consumption of foods high in trans fat, refined carbs, and highly processed foods with added sugars,” says Lapaix. However, avoiding food groups to burn belly fat is only a temporary solution caused by a caloric deficit, and the real key to keeping belly fat off in the long run is to create an individualized balanced diet that you can maintain long-term, she says.

“A mix of resistance and aerobic training will be beneficial to increasing one’s total body strength, and help reduce overall body fat,” says Lapaix.

Click here for to complete article for Insider

January 18, 2021

I tried a new meal that I want to share with y’all! I’ve really been trying to mix up my regular routine with new recipes and incorporate new vegetables and play with what I already and in my fridge and cupboards. And I really enjoyed this one!

When trying to find new meals I like to pick my protein, and then search the Internet for ideas. When I find one I like, I look up a couple versions of the recipe and sometimes even combine a couple of elements to make it my own.

For this meal, I used the left over wild shrimp I had in my freezer and sautéed them with Cajun, onion, and garlic powder and lemon juice. I don’t have measurements on the powders, I just season to my liking until it tastes just right!

For the zucchini, I found a recipe on @pinterest from @ellie_krieger . The ingredients included cooking spray, 2 medium zucchini (about 1lb), 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (I used my shredded I had in the fridge), 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs (I used my panko crumbs I already had), 1/8 tsp salt, freshly ground pepper. And for my personal preference I also added garlic powder to the mix.


1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, and coat baking sheet with cooking spray

2. Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch think rounds. In medium bowl, toss zucchini with the oil. In small bowl, combine the Parmesan, bread crumbs, salt, and a few turns of pepper. (I added garlic powder too). Dip each round into the Parmesan mixture, coating evenly on both sides, pressing the coating on to stick, and place in a single layer on the prepared backing sheet

3.Bake zucchini rounds until brown and crisp, 25 to 30 min. Remove with spatula. Serve immediately.

Are you going to try this recipe? Tell me one of your favorite shrimp recipes I should try below!

December 16, 2020

When we have our health, we have EVERYTHING! One of the ways I’ve kept my body functioning at its best is by adding @goligummy to my daily routine! And I definitely enjoy the full daily recommendation, which is up to 6 a day! I truly have to remind myself to stop because it tastes like candy, and satisfies my sweet tooth. But the biggest treat is that it’s been beneficial to my health! A few of the many benefits of apple cider vinegar include improved energy, healthy digestion, and improved gut health!

And as I’ve said before, the biggest key to keeping consistent healthy habits is finding things you enjoy, whether we are talking about workouts or nutrition. If you’re looking to add a little taste of health into your Christmas stocking this year, use my code “maricrislapaix” to get 5% off your order. Click here to learn more about Goli Nutrition and to order some to start off 2021 as the healthiest version of you! I promise…HEALTH TASTES SWEET!

November 18, 2020

Sometimes we don’t always have time to cook from scratch and meal prep all of our food, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put together something quick, easy, and nutritious! All of these picks from Trader Joe’s are ready to eat, and just require to be chopped or heated in the microwave. Depending on who is being served, or how you portion your meals for meal prep, you can create 3-4 meals with one of the Ready Made Grilled Lemon Chicken packages. This is a great meal for an individual looking to make more health conscious decisions, while still being delicious enough for all family members to enjoy!

This bowl is ready to eat in less than 10 min! Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

TJ Mediterranean Chicken Bowl
Ready Made – Grilled Lemon Chicken (Dice into small chunks)
Brown Rice Medley (Frozen Section)
Fresh Organic Veggies – Spinach, Persian Cucumber, Grape Tomatoes
Optional: Topped with Feta Cheese, Tomato & Basil Hummus & Tzatziki Sauce, or pick your favorite hummus!

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October 5, 2020

Y’all know if I can find a balance of a healthy, quick and easy, and tasty meals I’ll do it. We got a lot on our plates (no pun intended) and sometimes we gotta get creative with our meal plans. Depending on my schedule, I can’t always do whole and fresh foods, so I’ll mix them up with some frozen items from time to time. I like to find recipes, and freestyle to my flavor palette and use them as guidelines. So please excuse my loose measurements haha. Feel free to try this recipe out if you’re looking for something new! Let me know how you like it!

3 Bell Peppers

Gardein beefless ground (or substitute your choice protein ️)

Trader Joe’s Rice Medley (Frozen Section)

1/2 cup Organic Chicken Broth

8oz Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Veggies: Broccoli, Onion, Mushrooms Parsley, Minced Garlic

Season to your liking: Cumin, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder

Optional: Sprinkle Sharp Cheddar

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut bell peppers in half, vertically, and remove seeds. Microwave one bag of the @traderjoes rice medley for 3 min. Dice your choice of vegetables. Sautee beefless ground, veggies and rice with chicken broth and fire roasted tomatoes. Spoon the stir fry into bell peppers. Optional – top with cheese. Pour the rest of the chicken broth in pan. Cook for 45 min, then enjoy! Use extra stir fry in pan as extra meal prep – Veggie Rice Bowls.


August 2, 2020

“If you’re looking for that one person that will change your life, look within.” – unknown

“The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything you want, you already are.” – Rumi

I absolutely love learning from others’ experiences to help expedite the time for me to reach my goals. And while there’s always something to learn, I have experienced burnout in the process. It’s as if I’ve reached a limit on learning another business strategy. I lose the motivation. And these experiences made me realize that when I reach that point, the work that has to be done next is within myself. I have to look to myself for answers. It’s probably why I loved school so much, and why I’m so coachable. It’s easier to be given instructions than figure it out myself. However, at the end of the day whether you’re in school, or you have a coach, the final work has to be done by you. For me, 2020 has been about getting to know myself more. Accepting my dreams and desires, and trusting myself to make the right moves for me. It’s about trusting the process, and everything that comes into my life as part of my journey, and I’m grateful for each moment. There’s no end destination. As we reach each goal, we will want to move on to the next desire. So with that in mind, it’s important to trust yourself for this journey of life. You’re the one who has to take each step. So the best thing you can do now is trust that you’re capable of whatever you desire. You can’t go wrong – have faith.

August 11, 2019

Food Diaries


Keeping track of your food seems like a daunting task right? You have a hard enough time eating regularly, and now you’re supposed to track it?! Well here’s why I think you should give it a go for a few days at minimum.


Writing down your food consumption, or logging it into helpful apps like MyFitnessPal helps you discover things you didn’t even realize you were doing, and learn about what’s in your food. Commonly what my clientele have been able to discover is:
    1. They may be making healthier choices, but they’re not consuming enough of these healthier choices to fuel their body with their level of activity, which can be hindering their results even though they feel stronger
    2. Foods that you thought were healthier options, actually aren’t that healthy when you check out what’s beyond the calories and in the macronutrients
    3. When you log food, your competitive side for consistency comes out and you may find that you make better choices because you don’t want to record unhealthy options. You want to keep your healthy streak going!
    4. You start to learn about your food, make more conscious choices, and improve your portion sizes because you understand how to have better balanced meals and snacks to meet your macronutrient goals
I agree that food logging may not be a long-term, sustainable habit for a BUSY BODY, but when you are first beginning your fitness journey, it’s helpful to at least try and log 3-days of meals.


Here’s my task for you! Log two weekdays and one weekend day of meals and snacks to see what you do naturally. You may surprise yourself! Self-awareness is the key here. From there, either seek out professional help to analyze your habits, and/or start to make more conscious choices based off what you find. Try out new habits for 2-weeks to catch a rhythm for your new eating habits, and then check-in to determine if any progress has been made on your end. If there has been, great! Keep going! If not, no problem! Now you know! Determine small new changes that can be made and adjust as needed. This is all about trial and error to create habits best for YOUR lifestyle. And once you catch a routine that works, and connect how you feel internally with your results, you can start to back off your food log, and check in every so often to reasses.


Remember, these strategies are meant to be helpful and not daunting. These small efforts outside of your comfort zone will help benefit you in the long run, so it doesn’t feel like work to make healthier choices. You got this!


Remember, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progression. 
Enjoy the journey!
Wishing you Health & Happiness,
Maricris Lapaix