Posts tagged ‘detox’

May 6, 2014

How to Undo an Overdo

ImageYou did it–rather, you overdid it. You ate too much, drank too much, or simply had two desserts you didn’t need and fell asleep on them. This morning, you feel well, frumpy. Don’t fear, you didn’t do as much damage as you think. Remember a pound equals 3,500 calories. So, even if you ate the entire box of donuts, and washed them down with a jug of whole milk, you’re out a pound. Despite the sugar shock you placed on your body, you’re going to be okay. In the whole scheme of things, it’s really not a big deal. Chock the day up to an “off day” and gear up for a new day. Here’s the game plan:

Image#1. Spend the day drinking (guzzling) water. Drink water as often as possible. You need to literally flush your system of the toxins you consumed during your indulgence.
#2. Eat 24-30 grams of fiber throughout the day. Do not go to sleep until you’ve ingested this fiber. Fiber works as a broom within your system to “sweep” out toxic buildup which makes it easier for fat cells to move through your body.
#3. Get 30-1 hour of activity. Literally, go sweat out the toxins. (Are you noticing a key word?) If possible, book an ion cleanse to help move toxic debris along. 
#4. Stick to stuff from the earth: grains, water, fruits, vegetables, beans as much as possible. Grab most of your calories from these foods.
#5. DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF or limit your calories below 1,000 calories. Depending on your height, weight, and age, you need a certain amount of calories to keep the fire burning within your system. Think of your metabolism as a fire. Think of these foods as lighter fluid, which boosts flames. On the contrary, foods that are high fat, highly processed, high sodium, or with many preservatives act like dirt/sand which puts a fire out. Trust me, you don’t want your fire to burn out. If it does, your body stops burning fat and calories as efficiently. This tip is especially important immediately following a day of over-indulgence.
#6. Drink tea once or twice throughout the day. I say caffeine is a-okay!* It’s my experience that caffeine also helps keep things moving–if you know what I mean. That is exceptionally important after a splurge as well. (*I want to make it clear that there is zero scientific research attached to this statement. It is purely my personal opinion.)
#7. Your taste buds may feel a little deprived since they got a mouthful–literally–yesterday, don’t give into them. Remember that the first bite of anything is the most savory, so if you are feeling weak, just have one bite of the indulgence. One small bite will not derail your efforts.Image
#8. Get a good amount of sleep. Your muscles and digestive system regenerate as you sleep, so give your body time to do this. Also, if you’re asleep, you’re not consuming anything
#9. Plan out tomorrow’s meals. Planning ahead ensures that you’ll have the supplies needed and fuel yourself appropriately.
#10. Spend a few minutes looking in a full length mirror before you go to bed. Say three nice things about your body and appearance. Smile at yourself. heck, even blow a kiss!

For more tips like these, or for personalized, goal-specific wellness coaching, email: lectrofit@gmail.com. Love yourself! 

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February 19, 2014

What’s in your Water?

If you’ve been following me on social media, you probably see some glamorous stuff (I’m a corporate spokesperson),  some sweaty stuff, (I’m a runner, fitness trainer, and sweater), some health and wellness stuff (I’m passionate about holistically caring for one’s health), and then you see some tubs of murky water and funny bio-electricity tools (I’m a certified LectroChi practitioner). One word to describe my life lately is: versatile! My husband and I joke that we are living the “not-normal” life, and my career has definitely followed along that journey. Despite the variety of my roles, and my activities, there’s one constant: WATER!

Image If I was ever on one of those reality TV shows and asked what one item would describe me, without using any words, I would show a good ol’ water bottle (BPA-free.) Water is a life source, meaning, we can’t live long without it. If we go dehydrated too long, our quality of life suffers—and if we keep letting ourselves get to a dehydrated state, overtime, our health suffers.

I’ve recently become aware that not all water is created equal. Check out: www.kangendemo.com. Ouch! I didn’t realize how acidic our water can get. After being introduced to several different brands of alkaline water, I researched the benefits of a higher pH water and reasons to alkaline your body ASAP! To take it a step further, and to fill my own bottles while I am not traveling and at home, there’s alkaline water filters like Kangen. My friend, Misty introduced me to Kangen water filters and how it can change the way you hydrate, beautify, and even clean your house! All with water! I’ve always known water is important–I just didn’t know how powerful it is!

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How acidic are you?

Sure, drinking the right water is a great first step; however, with an increasingly toxic environment, poor food options, and higher stress levels, we need to detox at the cellular level, hence my recommendation for ionic foot spa sessions and laser treatments. If you’re interested in learning more about Kangen water, contact:  Misty Scarbrough, Authorized Product Specialist Enagic USA Inc. at Toll Free 877-734-3858. Or message me and I’ll get you connected.

Water can benefit your stress levels in many ways you may not know. Starting your day off with warm lemon water engages your metabolism and works as a light liver detox. Over time, this practice can lead to clearer skin, less digestive issues, and of course, detoxification. Soaking in an Epsom Salts bath soothes my mind as much as my muscles these days.  I  make my own mix of coconut oil, essential oils and Epsom Salts to add to the jet tub and soak my daily worries away. Ahhhh…

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It’s been an interesting week of client sessions, and I can tell there’s some sickness going around town. When someone says, “Ew, that’s gross,” I love reminding them how they are cleaner and beautiful on the inside. Soaking in ionized water with a good book is easily a favorite holistic health remedy of mine. Let’s find a practitioner near you ASAP!

Water can be magical for your body and your overall health, so drink up, soak, steam, sweat, and repeat!  –Lacey Pruett

January 1, 2014

Happy Detox Day!

I’m kidding… Happy New Year! If you’re considering a detox diet this New Year’s Day, you’ve come to the right place. As a Healthy Housewives Team, we are your online source for all things healthy and fit. I won’t speak for the other girls, but I am a big supporter of periodic detoxification. The operative word there is PERIODIC. Like most other things, if you detox too often you risk not absorbing enough nutrients for your body to grow and thrive. That’s no way to live.

Detoxing for up to 30 days is not only healthy, but it’s becoming required to maintain optimal health in such a toxic society. I’m not talking just food either—your cell phone, pollution, stress, smoke, and yes, the chemicals in our food supply all lead to over-toxic bodies. As part of a detox, you’ve probably purchased your choice detox support product, a bunch of organic produce, and several jugs of water. Good for you! Here are some recipes that will fit into most detox plans, and won’t drive you bonkers with time in the kitchen. (Who has extra time to spend? Not me.)

ImageCran-Quinoa Salad

Serves 4

Salad:
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 scallions, finely chopped
2 cups mixed greens such as spinach and arugula

Dressing:
1/4 cup cashews
1/8 cup pine nuts
2 tsp miso paste
1/4 tsp agave nectar
1/2 cup water
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

COOK quinoa according to package instructions.

While quinoa cooks, COMBINE all dressing ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Add water if dressing is too thick.

In a large serving bowl, COMBINE cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, scallions and mixed greens; gently toss with olive oil and garlic-infused vinegar. Serve chilled.

ImageBasil Avocado Salad

Serves 2

1 large fennel bulb, slice stalks and bulbs into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups fresh baby arugula
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 large carrot, finely chopped
Juice from 1 organic lemon
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp lemon zest
4 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cashews

FILL a large bowl with ice water.

BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add fennel and cook for 3 minutes. Drain fennel and immediately submerge into ice bath. Set aside for 3 minutes. Drain.

TRANSFER fennel to a large serving bowl; pat dry. Add avocado and carrot.

DRIZZLE salad with lemon juice, lemon zest, oil, basil, sea salt and pepper.  Gently toss to coat.

DIVIDE salad between 2 serving dishes. Top with ground chia seeds and cashews.  Serve at room temperature. Eat husband’s if he doesn’t finish it.

ImageSweet Pea Juice

Serves 2

2 large McIntosh apples, cored and diced
1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup sugar snap peas, peeled
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp stevia powder (if desired)

PULSE apple, orange juice, peas, cilantro and stevia in a blender until liquefied.

POUR into serving glasses; serve chilled.

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My last grocery list:

veggies, avocado, salsa, eggs, fish, spices, coconut water, almonds, grass-fed beef, and wasabi peas (LOVE them.)

Success Tips: Choose veggies you’ll eat. Try out different spices to shake up flavor! Don’t let one set back kill your goal—get back on track asap. Warm lemon water or herbal tea is more satisfying than you think. Spend time alone to really feel what your body is feeling. Get and stay in tune with your body! Celebrate small wins with a new playlist, book, or a massage—not food.

SMILE! A game I play with myself is to ensure nobody knows when I am detoxing. I’m still as energetic, joyful, and productive as always. I’ll be leading a detox support group via Instagram @LectroFit and via email at: lectrofit@gmail.com if you’d like to join.

Stay glued to what the Healthy Housewives will be doing in 2014—you’re sure to be inspired, educated, motivated, and perhaps a bit entertained along whatever health journey you are on.  Happy detoxing!  –Lacey

September 25, 2013

All About Energy

Need more energy? Everywhere I turn, someone somewhere is asking for tips for more energy. As a wellness professional, I’m wondering why nobody asks about their lack of energy, and about probable causes for little get-up-and-go.

Alas, most people are in need of more energy, especially as we move through the hectic fall season and into the—gasp—holiday season. No fear. Abundant energy is awaiting you. Choose your favorite source and move forward with gusto!

Stock Your pantry!

Bananas

In addition to providing valuable nutrients, including potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, bananas are a good source of carbohydrates. A plain banana makes the perfect preworkout snack. For something more substantial, mix one into a smoothie, spread one with nut butter.

Peanuts, Peanut Butter, and other Nuts and Nut Butters

Nut butters have been called an athlete’s best friend: Because they provide “fuel and sustained energy,” they’re a great sports food and actually one of the “best diet foods around.” Nuts and nut butters are good recovery foods because they have a combination of protein and carbs, while their healthy, heart-protecting fats keep you going over the long haul.

A Favorite Go-To Energizing Recipe:

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Roll a banana in your favorite wrap. Drizzle a little honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add dried fruit on top, if desired.

Spinach

Combine leafy greens with a lean protein and you have an athlete’s power house for sustained energy and muscle repair. Toss in some carbs, too, for a high-energy meal.

Beans

Legumes are a great source of both protein and carbs in a heart-healthy and inexpensive package. Toss them into salads, soups, stews, chilis, and pasta dishes, or serve with quick-cooking brown rice and jarred salsa for a superfast supper.

Oranges

When you exercise, your muscles receive tiny tears—the vitamin C in oranges and many other fruits helps repair them.

Dried Fruit

People sometimes shy away from dried fruit because it can pack a lot of calories, but its portability, nutrient density, and easy-to-access carbs make it a healthy choice for longer workouts such as hiking and biking.

Stock Your Supplement Cabinet

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For early morning workouts, clients, or appointments, I use Advocare’s Spark. As a coffee lover, I appreciate the caffeine and blend of vitamins and minerals to jumpstart my day. The amino acids support the aggressive workout I’m about to put myself through.

Ultimate O2Ultimate O2 (from LectroLife Technologies) is a spray that promotes the transfer of oxygen into the bloodstream. I keep it in my purse for daily use. One to two sprays directly on my tongue provide atomized energy, oxygen, and peppermint oil to support an energized perspective to whatever I am doing,

Essentia Water—never underestimate the power of a hydrated body. When in doubt, chug a glass of water.

Stock Your Night Stand

Lavender

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. I like to close out my day with lavender oil on my temples and the back of my neck. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.

A cool eye mask

I use mine because my husband falls asleep after me and sometimes watches the television. The night mask ensures a better chance of uninterrupted sleep.

A Journal

Sometimes my mind won’t turn off, so I jot down everything that pops into my mind and leave it on the nightstand. If it’s on the paper, it’s out of my head. I can deal with it tomorrow, after I am fully rested. 

In health, Lacey

July 17, 2013

Therapeutic Bodywork and Detoxification

Dry Saunas, Low-Level Laser Therapy, Stretching, Massage, Foot Soaks, Hydrotherapy, Detoxification, Herbal Cleanses… oh my!

 

EnerChi System

EnerChi System

I’d like to chat for a bit with anyone who has recently completed a fitness challenge or pushed themselves physically with any sport, activity, fitness class, or anyone who has been under extreme stress. Did I include everyone reading this? I’m here to discuss personal wellness outside of the gym—Therapeutic Bodywork and Detoxification Strategies to help you maintain a pain-free and fit lifestyle.

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Stefania Molinari-Lee, Therapeutic Massage Therapist

I’m lucky to live close to Stefania Molinari-Lee, a therapeutic massage therapist, who has helped me maintain aggressive strength endurance training the past six months. If you know me, you know I am a runner at heart, but that I recently implemented challenging “boot-camp” style workouts and strength endurance training into my physical fitness routine. I set out to change my physique, and in doing so, was reminded that my recovery time and needs changed too

The soreness and stiffness in my muscles had some to do with the aggressive training (uneven running surfaces) but also with my internal inflammation levels and stress levels. Through therapeutic bodywork, Stefania was able to re-align muscles and tendons, and relieve pressure points with built up strain.  If you’re thinking, “a massage sounds relaxing,” think again? Therapeutic bodywork isn’t the relaxing, nap-time you may be used to with your current massage therapy. You’re awake and fully-engaged with each muscle release.  Although some parts of therapy bring temporary uncomfortable pressure (depending on what’s happening in your body and to specific parts), it’s short-lived and provides a beneficial part of recovery.  Don’t fret, deep breathing gets you through everything.

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After a session, I feel like I grow two inches, and my body is ready to go again… this time operating on all cylinders and soreness/pain-free. Of course, with all of the toxic debris released during one bodywork session, you should chug-a-lug (with water) for the next 24 hours and refuel with alkaline foods.

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I’m getting better at making time for stretching, yoga, deep-breathing exercises, and detoxification foot soaks; however, now I will make time for periodic visits to Stefania for therapeutic massage therapy.

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There are many post-workout therapies to assist you with staying on you’re a-game. Aside from fueling with anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, alkaline foods, hydration, and adequate rest, consider checking out therapeutic massage therapy and foot detoxification soaks. Also, if it’s been a while since your last herbal detox, consider cleaning out your systems so you can recover effectively and continue performing your best!  –In health, Lacey

 

For more information about Therapeutic Bodywork, contact Stefania Molinari-Lee via Facebook, or check out http://pedersonchiropractic.com if you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Separately, if you’re interested in other pain relief strategies, detoxification foot soaks or herbal cleansing solutions, contact me at info@laceypruett.com or via Facebook! We’ll find something that works best with your body and your goals.

 

June 20, 2013

Celebrity Skinny Wraps

Before and after 1 wrap

Before and after 1 wrap

Skinny wraps are all the rage these days. Pictures circulating on the internet show amazing before and after pictures claiming visible results in as little as 45 minutes. Do they really work? Or is it a scam?

To give you a little bit of background about my experience with wraps. As a fitness model, I usually do the expensive spa wraps to detox right before a fitness shoot or competition. Professional spa wraps smooth out the skin, extract water weight, and takes off inches. I love how lean and smooth I look after one. Exercise and nutrition are my top priorities and choices to live a healthy lifestyle and be fit. But I would be lying if I said that is all I do to get my body. I love detoxing products and services to rid toxins like massages, endermology, and foam rolling. Spa wraps are part of my health and wellness regimen too but they can be quite pricey. I usually pay around $125 plus tip.

This is what I typically look like when I do a body wrap!

This is what I typically look like when I do a body wrap!

I personally had never heard of these “skinny wraps” or had seen any images circulating until a few weeks ago. I had a distributor contact me through Facebook wondering if I was interested in trying an at-home body wrap. Being the beauty junkie that I am, I was curious to try this wrap. So I said yes and she sent it to me right away.

What they look like

What they look like

After I got the product, I emailed the distributor back and told her I got the wrap. She told me to measure and take pictures. I love a good science experiment so I couldn’t wait to see if it worked. I read the directions and checked out the ingredients. I try to live an organic holistic lifestyle so I watch what chemicals I put in my body. The wrap is made of an herbal formula so I was willing to try. I was skeptic at first, but a willing participant.

This is how it works

This is how it works

Now as some of you know, I am very fit. I work out 5-6 days a week and eat a plant based lifestyle. As a fitness professional, I don’t believe in a quick fix or miracle products. Bottom line, it is a consistent healthy lifestyle that gets you to your goals. But, I do believe in products and services that will help aid you through your journey. So here I go, wrap time!

I put on my latest fringe bikini that I bought for my Mexican vacation, took measurements and pictures, and then pulled out the skinny wrap from the package. It looks small, but unfolds 4 times larger than the package. It said to place the lotion side on desired area and then wrap plastic wrap around to keep it in place. I was feeling bloated that night at 9 pm so I decided to put on my ab area. I placed the wrap on and then finished the wrapping by putting plastic wrap to secure the skinny wrap. It says you can keep it on for a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 8 hours. I decided to go for the 45 minutes. So I set my timer on my iphone and then finished work on my laptop. 45 minutes later, I unwrapped the plastic to see my stomach; I have to say I was quite shocked at the results, it worked! I snapped my pictures and did a side by side comparison. Wow, I was in shock. Really? This product worked on my bloated fit self. I was a believer.

Wrap Instructions-very easy to do at home

Wrap Instructions-very easy to do at home

I bought some more to try on friends and family to see if they got the same results, and guess what, they did. I was sold. I contacted the distributor from Facebook who originally gave me the wrap to learn more. I was so impressed that I recently became a distributor too. I thought this would be great for my clients. As a fitness trainer I train a lot of models, pageant girls, and fitness competitors. They could use this to help them right before they compete on stage or go to a photo shoot. I was also impressed by the price. One wrap is about $25. Very affordable!

On the website they call them the Ultimate Body Applicator. Anyways, it is worth the $25 for this product. If you would like to give it a try, here is the link to the product. www.CelebritySkinnyWraps.com

Or if you want to come to a wrap party in Dallas, here are the details:

Come join the Healthy Housewives at Lift Pilates Studio for their first healthy lifestyle seminar and wrap party! Sip on fresh pressed juices and alkaline water while dining on healthy horderves while being wrapped. Tighten, tone, and firm in as little as 45 minutes wearing the wrap!
Learn why Pilates is important to add to your workout routine and watch a live Pilates demo!
Date: Friday, July 12th at 7-10 pm.
Attire: Please wear something casual preferably a pants, shorts, or skirt with a top. We will be wrapping your stomach area. We will also be measuring and taking pictures of your results right there on the spot so you can see your results.
Cost: $25 per person
*Please RSVP and let us know how many people you are bringing with you. Marzia_fitness@yahoo.com
Thanks!
Can’t wait to meet you! Marzia & Kathy
Sponsors for event:
Roots Pressed Juices
Essentia Water
Lift Pilates
Pure Plates Inspired Eating
Healthy Housewives
Come to our wrap party at Lift Pilates!

Come to our wrap party at Lift Pilates!

Yours in Health,
Marzia

May 29, 2013

Time to Detox?

It's not a glamorous topic, but it'll make your health shine!

It’s not a glamorous topic, but it’ll make your health shine!

Hello friends… it’s your personal Detoxing Diva here, eager to help you move quickly from some not-so-great food and beverage choices this past weekend. I’ll start by professing: You didn’t do as much damage as you think, and it IS reversible. (Repeat often the next few days.) That said; let’s get to the good stuff.

Amazingly, I received an increase in orders for our Herbal Cleanse Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The fact this time period is right as folks are winding down there holiday weekend celebrations or making the challenging transition from “weekend mode” to “work mode,” leads me to think that lots of you are trying to un-do the weekend and get back on track with your clean eating and mean training. Let me help!

The reason I said our Herbal Cleanse is because I have a long-standing relationship with Advocare nutritional products, and the Herbal Cleanse product is an all-inclusive herbal detoxification system to “right-set” your body to cleanse itself of unnecessary toxins and to welcome the nourishing attributes of your diet and supplement choices. Good fats, bad fats; wholesome carbs, simple/bad carbs… who cares if it all gets stuck in your gut and intestines to rot?

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors--citrus and peach.

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors–citrus and peach.

Advocare’s WELL, TRIM, and ACTIVE lines helped me move from a flabby, skinny chick to a lean, mean, competitive machine. Okay, I’m not a machine, but I was a pretty good pageant competitor for several years, dropped 10 pounds of fat and gained muscle strength, completed two marathons and 12 half-marathons, and excelled in the corporate world for 12 years fueled with Advocare—and I’m not done yet! I retired my corporate heels to focus full-time on helping others find, create, and live their healthiest life. It’s now my job to make you aware of how important it is to detox your body regularly (among how to implement other healthy habits.)

Becoming an informed nutritional enthusiast, and an Advocare Advisor, helped me represent myself well whether I was on the marathon trail, the corporate stage, or the pageant stage—and everywhere in between. Advocare is one of several great supplement companies available to you, but I can only speak to the scientific research, NCAA-approved, athlete-endorsed attributes of Advocare’s products. For these reasons and more, I trust Advocare for myself, my family, and my clients.

        If an all-inclusive detoxification system isn’t your thing, here are some helpful tips to help your body rid itself of unnecessary toxins you may be carrying around. As for that over-indulging that may have occurred (you don’t have to tell me), don’t beat yourself up. Part of living life is enjoying the moment and not worrying about occasional slip ups. Dust yourself off and get back on the healthy road.Implement positive talk ASAP! Do not let one bad meal (or one day of forgetting you’re a health god or goddess) send you spiraling into a well of woes. Accept the past and fill your week with good, clean decisions.

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      Pick up some Essentia Water and chug-a-lug. People under-estimate the power of good clean, high-pH water and its ability to flush toxins quickly through your systems. Water is fuel for your digestive system. Don’t ever let your tank register empty!

      Put on your favorite workout attire and get moving. Exercise and sweating are both excellent detoxification strategies. This is the week to challenge yourself. Get after it!

      Detox your mind. When cravings hit, and you recall some of the treats you consumed over the weekend and start to miss the tastes—STOP! Food is not anyone’s true source of emotion. Something else is making you happy, sad, joyful, somber… figure out what it is and get to know yourself a little better. Consider jotting down some of your thoughts.

      Be fiber-friendly. Most Americans do not get enough fiber. Make it your mission to consume more fiber this week. An added perk will be speeding up the detoxification process for your body. Yay!

To check out Advocare’s Herbal Cleanse product, go to: www.fitandfunlifestyle.com. You can learn more about the system, ingredients, and what makes it so great for your body. As a treat for you, here’s one of my favorite fiber-friendly recipes using Advocare’s fiber drink powder. (You can also substitute your own favorite powdered fiber.)

A yummy way to get your fiber!

A yummy way to get your fiber!

Fiber Muffin Recipe

DRY INGREDIENTS

6 packages Fiber drink

1 3/4 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix dry ingredients together. Then add the following ingredients:

1/3 cup honey

1 cup applesauce- the kind without sugar added

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk

Fold in one large chopped apple.

Spoon into a non-stick muffin pan or use paper muffin cups in your pan. This makes 12 muffins, and you may pile the batter up as they do not raise much. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes.

Happy detoxing, friends!  — Lacey

May 2, 2013

Health Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths: Relax and Detox

With summer fast approaching, I’ve stepped up my workouts and you probably have to. Tired and achey muscles pretty much sum it up for me.  To get feeling better and moving around a little faster, I do what I always have done and take a relaxing Epsom salt bath.  But what are Epsom salts anyway and how exactly do they help? And do they really detoxify the body? After researching the Epsom Salt Council website this is what I found out.

Epsom Salt

Epsom salts are not really salt at all.  It is a mineral made up of the compound magnesium and sulfate.   Magnesium and sulfate both play essential parts in our body function and can be easily absorbed through the skin. In an Epsom salt bath, the magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin which aids in the detoxification process.

The Process

A detox bath is one of the easiest at home therapies that can be done to aid and jumpstart our body’s own natural detoxification process. The skin is the largest detoxification organ in which toxins can be drawn out through perspiration. The detox bath stimulates your lymph system and increases oxygen and blood flow to your body.  This detox bath coupled with the absorbtion of the magnesium sulfate do wonders for the body and relax the mind.

Directions for the Bath

2 Cups Epsom Salt found in most drug stores

Tub of warm water – the warmest you can tolerate

Stay in for 20 minutes and drink plenty of water before and after

Optional – add baking soda to the water to dechlorinate for improved health benefits

As listed on the Epsom Salt Council website, researchers and physicians list these health benefits:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, preventing hardening of the arteries, lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells,
  • Easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation.
  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Improved oxygen use.
  • Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.

Great How-To Detox Bath

http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/01/detoxification-part-i-healing-waters.html

Epsom Salt Council Web Page

http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/about/

Enjoy your relaxing detox bath!

Kathy, Fit Fashionista

April 27, 2013

Enhance Your Rest Time!

Hey busy momma, hurried corporate gal, and sassy working, college student–this is for you too! I don’t know about you, but I can’t decide which part of my wellness regime I love more: my long run days or my R&R days. I want to chat about the options for your rest and relaxation portion of your overall wellness focus. Many folks hear the words, “health and wellness” and automatically find themselves in the gym, hungry, and frustrated. Not the case, my sassy skeptics. Wellness is sexy, entertaining, and enjoyable. Your grandmother’s wellness strategies have no place in our new enlightened and energetic world. Your mother’s opinion of how to stay trim, fit, and lady-like has received a B-12 shot, and we are now collectively changing the way women care for their bodies, minds, and spirits. If we were chatting together right now, I would insist on a group toe-touch, in celebration.
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You’ve started implementing exercise and activity into your weekly routine. Great job! You’ve taken inventory of your pantry and refrigerator and are nourishing yourself with alkalinizing, anti-inflammatory foods. Go you! And you are supplementing with high-quality vitamins and products when necessary to give your body what it needs to optimally perform. High five, friend! Now, give it a rest from time-to-time! You are busting tail to sculpt your tail into its sexiest shape, and you’re finally fueling your temple like a princess. Let’s look at some ways to honor your hard work and give yourself the bear hug you deserve, wrapped in a big, Tiffany-blue bow!

1. Essential Oils/Aromatherapy: retreat to a private area of your home and soak or rub away the day with pure essential oils. Practice one of my favorite deep-breathing techniques by reciting the following: (breathe in) “I am grateful, thankful, and joyful.” (breathe out) “I toss out anger, hate, and shame.” Of course, this is your ritual and your day of rest so change up the words to fit your life’s blessings and challenges. The point is to breathe in goodness and push away toxic emotions. All the while, breathing in tantalizing collections of lavender, lemongrass, or eucalyptus depending on your personal favorite scents. Check out: www.youngliving.com for some fabulous pure oil options.

2. Dry Brushing: again, best if you find a relaxing, private area to brush, simply take a natural-bristle bush or loofah glove and gently rub away dead cells, circulate your lymphatic system, wake up your immune system, and support your circulation all while reducing cellulite and softening your skin. As the largest organ of your body, don’t you think it deserves some TLC? When your skin is unclogged, you’ll release more of those nasty toxins you’ve collected through the years.

3. Therapeutic baths: Find a practitioner you trust and enjoy an infrared sauna session or steam bath. You’ll be detoxing heavy metals, chemicals, and other poisons while stimulating water-based organs like your kidneys, bladder, and lungs. Consider an ionic foot soak (yours truly prefers the LectroChi Ionic Foot Soak from www.lectrochi.com) if you don’t have time to de-robe for a full-on body bath. I’ve have numerous lunch hour foot soak clients who simply need a quick re-energizing pause in their day. If you don’t have access to a practitioner, drop a few lavender essential oil droplets and some Epsom salts into your bath tub and crank up the Frank Sinatra, Adele, Enya, and Michael Buble’ playlist you titled “Me time.”

4. Yoga and Stretching: I just can’t get enough of this stuff. Carve out the time and make it count. Seclude yourself to a cooler, quiet area or room; light your favorite candle (does it get better than the scent “Breezy Beach?”); play some light-classical music. Practice your deep breathing when diving into each pose or stretch. When negative things come into your mind, say “no” and find a happy visual. Visualize a person or place that brings you joy. Set your mind thee and when it strays, simply whisper “no” and go back. When the pose or stretch is challenging, recite blessings as you hold the pose/stretch.

5. Sleep: Sometimes you’ve given all you can for the day and its time to hit the gluten-free biscuit. Why not dress in your favorite pajamas, and rub some essential oils on your pulse points. This will tell your body it is time to calm down, relax, and chat with the man in the moon a bit. Grab that fuzzy, girlie, eye mask that your husband and children make fun of and block the world (and stimulating light) from your sight. Goodnight, sweet friend!
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Honor your rest time. It’s part of your overall health and wellness, and will make those sexy muscles and your sassy physique look even more stunning! Joyfully, Lacey