So here we are… full swing into the summer. The kids have been home for what seems like an eternity and I can tell you this much… as hard as I’ve tried, I know I haven’t been eating as healthy as I could be. Call it a case of “the-kids-are-home-and-are-making-me-eat-more-junk-food-snacks-itis.” Yes, I have a serious case of it going on right now! So what’s a better time than now to think about doing a little detox juice cleanse… and do I have the perfect recipe for you!
What’s great about this recipe is that it’s a perfect way to recharge, rejuvenate and renew your body and flush out the toxins and jump start yourself to get back on the healthy train! It’s high in fiber… low in fat!
Now I’m not talking about doing a fasting cleanse… by all means I’m not saying drink this and don’t eat… I’m talking about making a fresh pressed juice that is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and all of the things that can keep you going and active throughout the day!
Your skin is going to glow, your metabolism is going to have a BOOST and you’re going to have boundless energy!! Yes, I’m guaranteeing you this!
One of my favorite almost guilt free swaps is VitaTops! They come in a zillion flavors and one of my favorites is Chocolate Mint! If you’ve never had a VitaTop… think of it as just the top of a super delicious muffin and the best part is they are:
So happy National Chocolate Mint Day! Don’t feel like you can’t be part of the fun. See…. Didn’t that make you feel better?
You’re exhausted… wiped out… You’re absolutely not getting enough sleep at night. You’re overwhelmed and the kids aren’t making it any easier on you. Your brain is on overload. Let’s face it, you’re stressed out. Most mornings before your feet even hit the ground you’re already thinking about packing lunches, who has their backpack? and did I throw that wet load of laundry into the dryer last night?!
Reading this will probably even cause your heart to start beating a little faster because you know it’s true.
So here’s the thing, most of us when we are stressed will most likely go for that tempting high carbohydrate & fatty comfort food. You know which ones I’m talking about… don’t make me go there. But while you might feel that you’re solving your stress and anxiety, it’s actually only a farce. That momentary feeling of relief is essentially doing more harm than good. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing more than I love than to dig into a chocolate cake! But sometimes you just need to listen to what your body needs and give it some help when it comes to de-stressing!
Take two deep breaths… come on, do it… breath in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out… and read on as your stress levels are about to fall into oblivion!
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Come two thirty, three o’clock when the kids get home from school I feel it coming on… you know, the WALL that you hit when you’re just like blaaaaahhhhhhh! It’s about mid-way through 3rd grade homework and starting to make dinner. Rather than go for that afternoon latte that’s probably going to keep me awake way longer at night than I wanna be and prevent me from getting a good night’s sleep, I’ve come up with my own fatigue fighting concoction that’s actually healthy, full of essential vitamins, protein and minerals… tastes amazing and will give me a natural boost of energy with out feeling like I’m on crack.
So come afternoon time today, go for this drink instead!
The kids are finally back in school after what seemed like an eternity of them being home! Doesn’t it seem like moons ago when you were shopping for Christmas gifts? Well, they’re outta the house for at least a few hours! While it may seem like the task you have at hand now is getting your household back on track or looking at that pile of work that you left hanging before the end of the year on your desk at the office… don’t feel like you have to tackle it all just yet!
This is what Michelle & I like to call the 10 Minute Recharge. It’s a great way to find your balance, get your mind in a good frame and just recharge your body to go out there and get ’em tiger! (I’m giving you my best Tony Robbins encouragement!) Now, GO GO GO! Try this easy fix this morning and go face the world!
Christmas. Oh the joy. Family visiting from out of town staying in you home. The endless entertaining. Cooking. Cleaning. Wrapping gifts. The cleaning from the wrapping of the gifts. The noise from the toy. The noise from family members overstaying their welcome. Your husband’s fabulous mood because of all of the above. Oh yes. Joy Joy Joy!
But alas…You’ve made it!!! It’s ova! Call it a wrap! Now lets talk about how to come down from all this endless happiness!
I’m an addict. A sugar addict. I suffer from the need to eat sweets at least once if not more than once a day. I have true withdrawal symptoms. I get irritable, grumpy and annoyed. Trust me, these are just a few of the emotions that come to mind if I think someone will take my sugar away from me. So for me Halloween is like my hall pass for eating endless sugar!
Well, as I type this I can honestly say, I’ve hit rock bottom. I’m pretty sure I say this every Halloween night, every year! But, I need a cleanse and I need one NOW!
I think I’ve just eaten about half my body’s weight in chocolate and candy over the last 3 days… YES! In my world Halloween is a 3 -day affair and I am entitled to consume massive amounts of sugar during this time! (Don’t look for rational around here, go to the other Michelle if you’re looking for that!)
So I’ve got this mass of sweets in my belly and I’m actually feeling like I NEED to get clean!
Generally, I’m not a big “cleanse” kinda person. I mean really, I’m “cleansing” my body of something? Am I that dirty? Actually I am.
THE CANDY CLEANSE
I know it’s not easy, but take the Candy Cleanse Challenge with me and together we can do this!
There are FIVE steps and two weeks to this cleanse. (I can’t do much more than two weeks of anything, so this is a commitment!)
You, (most likely I) might cry, go through mood swings, but, you’ll be doing the best thing for your body (and mine) and I’m pretty sure we’ll drop a few pounds in the process… not a bad trade off if you ask me! Your metabolism will also reset itself and you’ll feel energized!
STEP ONE: STOP EATING ALL CANDY, SUGAR, AND PROCESSED SUGAR.
Put the kids candy away- throw it away if you have to! It’s not all that good for the kiddos either, so you’ll be doing them a favor too! If the temptation isn’t there, you won’t feel like you’re breaking a rule and have massive guilt. THROW IT AWAY!!! This means anything that has: Fructose, Maltose, Cane Sugar, and Syrup
STEP TWO: FILL YOUR FRIDGE WITH HEALTHY FOODS!
I’m talking fresh veggies & fruits. Foods filled with fiber! Crunchy foods! Cold, crisp foods! Apples, Sliced Red Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Snap Peas, Zucchini. Also go for foods high in protein! Protein is filling, and the stomach breaks it down and absorbs it way better than any candy bar! Protein shakes are a great way to start the morning! They’ll give you energy and help you stay full and satisfied!
Berry Good Morning Protein Shake
1 Scoop Protein Powder 3 Strawberries Handful of Blueberries Handful of Raspberries 1/2 Cup Non-Fat Milk 2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Yogurt 1 Cup of Ice
STEP THREE: SWAP YOUR SWEETS!
Go for natural sweeteners like Agave & Lucuma Powder. If you must use a sweetener for your tea or coffee- go for Stevia or Splenda.
STEP FOUR: PLAN YOUR MEALS.
If you plan your meals ahead of time you’re more likely to stick to the cleanse. This gives you less “free” time in your brain to stare in the pantry or fridge at all of the foods you wanna be munching on!
STEP FIVE: BE PREPARED FOR THE SWINGS!
Mood swings that is. You most likely are going to suffer from irritability, headaches, fatigue & constipation.
IRRITABILITY: Try taking SAM-e. It’s an all-natural mood booster. You can find it in any pharmacy. Think of it like natural anti-depressants that aren’t addictive and can really help with your hormone levels- Candy Cleanse aside, I swear by SAM-e the week before my period! Helps massively with PMS!
HEADACHES: Most headaches are caused by the toxins in your body being released… in this case, all the sugars- so I’ll skip right over to CONSTIPATION: If you’re finding that you’re constipated, MIRALAX is a gentle laxative that I swear by! You can also go for something like Metamucil. Just keep it movin and get it all out! Lastly, FATIGUE: If you’re finding that you’re just in a slump, after you drop the kids off at school, go on that walk or hike… get your booty in the gym… SWEAT IT OUT! Make sure you sweat at least a few times a week!
Helpful hints; If you find that you’re hungry and you need to eat something or are craving something sweet… pour yourself a nice cup of hot mint or ginger tea! Add a teeny bit of Agave if you need a sweetener and sip it slowly! Not only will it fill your tummy, the craving should pass in a few minutes!
Lastly, WATER! WATER! & WATER! Keep drinking water! The more water you drink, the more you flush your system! Add a little lemon slices or fresh mint and it’s even better!
Before you know it, we’ll be doing a detox cleanse from Thanksgiving! So for now, start here…I’m on it starting today! So if my posts are starting to sound a bit grumpy you’ll know why!
I’d love to hear how you’re doing on THE CANDY CLEANSE CHALLENGE~ write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing’s worse than when you go to give your 5-year-old kid a little cuddle time and they say “YUCK! Mommy, you have bad breath!” Come on now… don’t act like your kid hasn’t ever said that to you! Your answer borderlines somewhere between, “Shut your mouth kiddo!” and “Oh man, who else did I talk to today that might have got a whiff of that?!”
Having bad breath can be pretty embarrassing both socially and personally. Halitosis (bad breath) usually comes from not brushing your teeth well enough… but not all-bad breath originates from your mouth. Sometimes it comes straight from your belly, in other words your digestive tract. You can brush-a brush-a brush-a all day long and you aren’t going to have much success! However, there are some natural remedies.
Look, between getting the kids off to school in the morning, three breakfasts, three lunches, making coffee for my husband & myself – I think my morning teeth brushing lasts somewhere between thirty seconds and a minute. I’ll tell you this, the USDA isn’t gonna come knocking on my door to congratulate me on proper brushing techniques! (Nighttime brushing is where I do my damage!)
Or maybe I ate something that might have had some garlic or onion in it… Hey, nothing is wrong with that, both are incredibly healthy for your body, but who wants to live with the smell all day…and seriously, nothing is worse than spearmint gum or tic tac breath. Not this mom.