Zen Fixes


Who doesn’t love chocolate?

Who doesn’t love Chocolate? We all have the craving for something sweet from time to time! (some of us more than others!) Don’t be so hard on yourself … turns out a daily dose of dark chocolate (3.5 oz) can avert 85 heart attacks per 10,000 people. So not only does it improve cardiovascular health but it’s an an incredible antioxidant! Consider yourself part of that number and go for a nibble! No really, it’s that good for you! Dark chocolate.. yay or nay?

 

Spiked Spiced Apple Cider

What says fall more than apple cider? What says cozy comfy mommy and daddy on a couch snuggling after the kids go to bed more than a cup of Spicked Spiced Apple Cider?

Give this one a try and sleep like a baby tonight or make one.

Spiked Spiced Apple Cider

  • 1 Gallon Apple Cider
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 2 Tablespoons Light-Brown Sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Allspice
  • 4 Whole Cloves
  • ½ A Vanilla Bean, split in half or ¼ tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg

Optional

  • If you want this to be just for the adults add ½ cup Calvados (Apple Brandy) or Brandy into the pot.

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Sweet Benefits from Sweet Potatoes


Like most information in my life, I base it around what Dr. Oz says.  Yes, this great and all mighty Oz had me sold on the health benefits of sweet potatoes long, long ago and to this day I carry this valuable information with me and share it with as many moms as I can.

Did you know that if you eat just ONE sweet potato a day for the rest of your life, you will not only add YEARS to your life, but you will reduce your risk of  lung & skin cancer by 40%. Read more »

The Joy of a Vajacial At Stript Wax Bar – Los Angeles

A Vajacial… a WHAT????

When it comes to the bikini area, everyone (or at least everyone I know!) wants to be neat and clean for as long as possible so as to avoid the excruciating pain of waxing. For busy moms, simply knowing that you’ve taken care of yourself ‘down there’ is a stress-reliever in itself since it’s one less thing to think about when you cuddle up to your partner at night.

If you’re used to shaving, normal waxing or Brazilian (which is, for those of you who don’t know, the removal of all the hair in the bikini area except for maybe a small landing strip), you’re probably used to the occasional annoying ingrown hairs that appear a few days after waxing. Well, ladies, I’m happy to report that help is here! Read more »

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Foods to Fight the Red, White & Mostly Blues Post Election Dinner

This is it! Here we are, Election Day! Are you ready for your President, America? Well, whether you are or you aren’t, sometimes when you least expect it, your expectations might not be met and with that comes depression or mood swings.  Depression & mood swings are a brain disorder that affects more than 20 million people in the United States according to The National Institute of Mental Health. In that 20 million, they have also stated that women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime.

I can tell you this much, I haven’t revealed to many people which side of the political fence I’m leaning on! (c’mon now, you know who I’m rootin’ for!)  That being said, I know if my guy isn’t elected, I might be feeling a little red, white & mostly blue!

Food can absolutely affect the way you feel both emotionally and physically.  They wouldn’t call it comfort food for nothing, right?

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FALL back into these great fall favorite recipes!

Spring forward! FALL back!  With the time change happening today, not only are we gaining an hour of extra sleep (you’d never know it, my kids were up at 6:15AM this morning, WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM?!)  but it means that we are officially full swing into fall!

So since I have an extra hour, I’m gonna give you three of my favorite fall recipes with three of my fave fall ingredients!

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Bees Knees Cocktail Get Your Buzz On

 

This drink originated in the Prohibition Era, as far back as the early 1920’s… It’s name comes from a slang term from the same era that the flappers used to describe something of the utmost excellence… and ladies which one of us doesn’t think we are the bees knees!

Now I’m not a gin drinker at all, but this truly is the bees knees when it comes to a drink with gin in it.  It’s simple, only has 3 ingredients and who knew they could taste so good together!

Get ready to get your buzz on.

The Bees Knees Cocktail

  •  2 oz. Gin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey mixed with 1 Tablespoon Warm Water

 Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake shake shake!

Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with Lemon.

 

 

CONFESSIONS OF A SUGAR ADDICT- THE CANDY CLEANSE

CONFESSIONS OF A SUGAR ADDICT:

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 michellekaram@momsgonezen.com

 

Berry Good Morning Protein Shake

Berry Good Morning Protein Shake
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in blender and mix away!

Snack Time! Avocado & Hummus Thins

I’m always hungry.  Always.  It just is a plain and simple fact. Most of the time, I don’t have time for a full meal, and this ladies, comes as close as you’re gonna get to it!  Sometimes that’s all we have time for, truth be told.

This is a low fat & low calorie, high protein snack that’ll give you that energy boost that you need come 3 pm when the kids come home from school AND it won’t make you feel like a chunk ass afterwards!!  Hello… UNDER 250 CALORIES!! Read more »

A Cocktail Made for Mondays!! Blue Monday Cocktail

Ok Moms out there! I bet you were thinking to yourself, well, it’s Monday… I probably shouldn’t drink today…You know, kids have school tomorrow, I need to be alert for the week… can’t be sporting a hangover on Tuesday…   Well, I’d normally agree with you but maybe I can convince you to give this one a try.  I mean hell, it wouldn’t be in the bartenders manual if it weren’t really meant for Mondays, right?

This drink is called a Blue Monday!  How appropriate.  I mean if anything could lift my spirits on a Monday, it’s this spirit!  It’s traditionally made with Blue Curacao but I really don’t know that I can stomach too much of that stuff so I made a little twist of my own on it to add a little freshness and well,  I think you’re going to love it!

So whether it’s Monday or ANY day of the week, give this a try and I can assure you… you won’t be so blue after this one!

Blue Monday Moms Gone Zen Style

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/4 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1/2 oz. Blueberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with lime.

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