Posts tagged ‘water’

March 19, 2014

Ocean Freeze; Still a Breeze

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We are at the beach house for Spring Break this year, and it’s freezing. Ok, not freezing, but around 40-55 degrees, and NOT laying-out-in-the-sun weather. Despite the Cape Cod-like days, I’ve retreated to my daily jogs on the beach. I don’t usually do the same exercise on back-to-back days (it’s healthy to shake it up and there are so many activity options!) but somehow, being close to the water helps me loosen my grip on my rules and routine. I’ll shake it up, so I am not working the exact same muscles every day—sometimes sprint drills, other days it’s a beach boot camp routine, and some times it’s a sand jog and then Yoga. It’s tough to beat a steady-paced therapeutic run along the shoreline, but most of us can’t stop what we’re doing and run to a beachside town somewhere.

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Just sayin’

If you’re in a spot where a coastline isn’t accessible, check out these meditative, beach-like artists for your playlist:

 

  • Jimmy Buffett (duh)
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Colbie Caillat
  • Sheryl Crow
  • The Beach Boys
  • Elvis (I’m serious. Must be all of those old Elvis movies I watched.)

 Or simply search the words: top. beach. party. songs. 

Another tradition at the beach house is smoothies. Despite the cooler temps, I still made my favorites that I share below. There’s several farmer’s markets in the area, so fresh, organic produce is easy to find, and I pack my vanilla Advocare protein powder. (I also mix half a scoop of protein powder into steel cut oats with cranberries for a morning meal or snack. Yum.)

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Add some cinnamon if you want. I’m a cinna-addict!

1 cup spinach

1 cup frozen mango or peaches

1 cup freshly-juiced carrot juice (or store-bought organic carrot juice)

1/2 cup almond milk or coconut water

Shot of wheat grass

1 scoop of protein powder

 

 

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1 cup spinach

1/2 cup coconut water

1/2 cup kale

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup raspberry or cranberry

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Squeeze one lemon on top and blend. Enjoy!

ImageFor you fellow Holistic hotties out there, download some Enya and take your meditation or Yoga practice to the beach at sunrise or sunset for a boost in your spiritual health walk. I’ve never felt closer to God than I do at these moments. This past trip gave me an especially relaxing session as I reflected on the Water Element. Symbolizing spirituality and wisdom, this therapeutic combination got me thinking about how the ocean is like life… or maybe it just reminds me of my life.

Read on and let me know if you can relate.

 

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  • Changes, like waves, are coming whether you want them to or not.
  • Sometimes, diving in is your best bet; then, you can start focusing on something else.
  • Let it go. It’ll drift where it’s supposed to go on its own.
  • The tide rises and falls by someone higher up than you. Why are you trying to control it?
  • The water is blue; the water is green, too. It depends on where you’re standing.
  • An overcast day at the beach is still a day at the beach.
  • It’s okay to spend some time by yourself. Some else may block your view.
  • Powdery, white sand is beautiful, until you have to run in it.
  • Protect yourself—remember the sun can burn you even if you don’t see it.
  • The ocean doesn’t belong to you, but the memories you take from it are all yours.

 Peace y’all, Lacey

 

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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

June 21, 2013

Drink More Water and Shed the Weight

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Maybe my Grandma has been on to something all of these years.  My 85-year-old Grandma drinks more water than anyone I’ve ever seen. She also has a very specific way she likes her water. She prefers it slightly chilled, no ice, in a glass, and filled up only halfway.  So cute! Grandma has always preached to me the benefits of water. And yes, I do know there are lots of benefits to drinking water. It can make your skin look youthful and pretty, help headaches, help with digestion, and so much more. However, she never told me that by drinking more water I could actually lose water weight! We are right in the middle of swimsuit season; so what better time to pass on to you what I do to help me ignite my body into getting rid of water weight and to help jumpstart my system to losing weight fast.

When I was competing in the bodybuilding world I would walk into the gym or go to a competition and see those people carrying around their huge jugs of water.  I would always think this looked funny and wondered to myself why drinking that much water was really necessary. I finally get it.  Truth is that by drinking a lot of water, you are actually tricking your body into ridding the water more efficiently.  Just like when your body shifts into starvation mode and starts storing fat when you have a food fast, it also starts holding water when you don’t drink enough of it. So by changing up how much water you intake, you can teach your body to get rid of water instead of storing it. Studies actually show that drinking water before meals makes you eat less because you feel a little fuller.  The Public Health and Water Research went a step further and did a study to see if weight loss was also sustainable.  They split the study into two groups. One group drank two 8ounce glasses of water before their meals for 12 weeks and the other group did not.  At the end of the twelve weeks, not only did the patients who drank the pre-meal water lose an average of 4lbs., they also sustained the loss over time. Also, studies showed that when you couple drinking about two glasses of water before you consume a low caloric meal, you lose more weight than when are just solely on a low caloric diet alone.

For example, say I have a big event in a few weeks that I want to look my best for, there are a three things that I focus on in order to kick-start my system.  I have to strategically plan out my 1.) low caloric diet, 2.)water consumption and 3.) my workout routines. In this blog I am only going to focus on the water consumption part. So as far as the water part is concerned, not only do I just think to myself that I need to drink more water, I plan it out strategically.  It seems like a lot at first but after a few days I usually start getting more used to it. So here it is…I drink 2 full (16ounce) glasses before each meal and then two more glasses at my mid morning and then mid afternoon snack time. Think that sounds like too much? So did I. But when I am really getting serious about jumpstarting my system, this is one of the things I implement.  Obviously, it flushes me out pretty good and I end up going to the restroom more times than a pregnant woman. It gets annoying, but I try to keep in mind that it’s a good thing because I am shedding the water weight.  I’m not going to lie, remembering to drink all this water can be hard, so here are several ways that I try to keep it top of mind.

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  • Keep your water visual. Keep it in your cup holder, on your desk at work, by your bed, or on your side table as you watch T.V. 
  • Keep track of your intake.  Studies show that any time you start tracking your diet plan the chances that you stick to it improve.  So I like to make a little chart and track my water as I go.  It’s one baby step at a time!
  • Set reminders.  Sometimes I get going so fast throughout the day so I set my alarm reminders throughout the day remember to drink my water.  I set it about 30 minutes before each mealtime, one for mid-morning, and then one mid-afternoon.
  • Carry it with you.  I try to carry it with me everywhere.  I am a sales rep so I drive around a lot.  I always keep one water bottle in my cup holder, then at least another full one in my car.
  • Change it up a bit.  If I get bored with the plan taste of water, I add a little lemon or lime juice to the water.  Or I add no-sugar, flavored club soda and make a no calorie drink.

 When I have a big event a few weeks away that I want to look my best for; managing my water intake is a key factor for me to look my best.  It’s just as important as sticking to my diet and workout plans. Don’t forget that if your really wanting to shed water weight, it is also important to watch your salt intake and stay away from alcohol. Both make your body actually retain more water weight and create a bloated look. Like I always say, this is what I do and this is what works for me.  So you might have to alter or play around with what works for you.

Happy Drinking!

Loren Silas

June 17, 2013

The Simple Life

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Hi, Friends! Do you ever have those moments where everything is working really well in your life? When events are spinning themselves out so smoothly that you swear (sassily and a bit smugly) that you really can do it all? I feel this way one day maybe every other week, if I’m lucky! Mostly I feel like the pieces of my world are like errant socks on laundry day—I reach down to grab a pile of dirty clothes to take to the washer, trying to gather all the whites, say, at one time. It’s a weird, OCD-ish game I play with myself, but if I manage to grab all the clothes at once without dropping any bits on the journey across the house, I win! Usually I end up dropping a sock or two, so then I lean down to grab the escaping footwear and more socks (unmatched, of course) jump out, along with a few panties. Aaaaack!

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We live in a busy, fast-moving world, and we are juggling a ton of things. Our days are filled to bursting, and sometimes just glancing at my calendar the night before makes me so anxious and panicked that I just wait until I’m back at the starting block the next morning, when I’m more mentally stable and armed with caffeine. Then the day starts, and GO, GO, GO! Things are moving along nicely, and then you remember you were supposed to call so-and-so. Then you make the call, and forget to allow for construction on your way to work. You miss your turn, and now you’re about to be late for a meeting. Lunch comes along and you haven’t packed a good lunch because you meant to go to the grocery store last night after leaving the gym and you just forgot. And so it goes. Before long, your equilibrium is off kilter and things snowball from there. If I find myself in a cluster like this late at night or for several days in a row, I quickly reach the end of my rope—tearful and exhausted, unable to cope with the smallest setbacks.

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In trying to help myself find my way back to sanity during these times, I’ve come up with a little TLC checklist—I call it my Love List. I use it to quickly check to see if I’ve taken care of myself well enough and to figure out where I’ve veered off course.

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1. Nutrition: Have I eaten well enough today? Have I had healthy meals at the appropriate times? Did I get my snacks in? How do I feel right now? Have I eaten enough healthy food to get me through all my activities?

2. Exercise: Have I moved enough today? Have I enjoyed living in my body today? How does it feel? Have I challenged it enough? Does it need rest and care instead of unrelenting activity? Do I feel strong?

3. Sleep: Did I get enough sleep last night? How did I feel this morning? Did I feel rested or was I dragging? Am I feeling good now, or am I in a fog?

4. Water: How much water have I had so far? What’s my goal? How do I feel? Would having more water help me feel better right now?

5. Care of the Soul: Have I prayed today? Have I had enough uninterrupted time to think or dream? Have I done at least one thing that has nurtured my soul? What do I long to do? What would make me happy?

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The answers to these questions provide clues to what’s out of whack in my life. They also give me a structure to do one thing at a time to heal my crazy ways. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t go step by step, I soon get lost in the rat’s nest of mental and psychological chatter in my mind. By reviewing my Love List, I can breathe easier and get my grip back. Maybe this list (or your own special creation) will come in handy when you find yourself adrift.

Have a wonderful and simple week,

Brooke

April 15, 2013

HEALTHY HOUSEWIVES TEAM UP WITH ESSENTIA WATER

The Healthy Housewives Huddle!

The Healthy Housewives Huddle!

Exciting news!

The Healthy Housewives team up with Essentia Water!

As Healthy Housewives we are very picky with who we team up. Our mission is to pair up with quality food, nutrition, or fitness companies. We want a product and company who has the same belief system we do.

Why Essentia?

Essentia’s super hydrating water™ has the best available pH at 9.5 to help facilitate your healthy, active lifestyle. Most bottled waters offer purity but not additional benefits. With Essentia, you get added electrolytes as well as a much higher pH level,  providing  superior hydration. Essentia  is created in a highly controlled environment using sophisticated technology that starts with 99.9% purity and results in  uniform content and blend in every bottle.  Essentia Water exceeds all EPA, FDA, and IBWA standards for purified drinking water.

The plastic bottle is BPA free! We live in a day where plastic bottle water is everywhere. Yes, we recycle and yes we use recycled water bottles, but if you have to chose a plastic water bottle, why not chose a quality plastic bottle water where the chemicals don’t leach onto the water! BPA free is where it is at. As mom’s we use BPA free bottles for our baby, why not have our children drink BPA free plastic bottles of water. Let’s take that extra step to ensure our children and ourselves are in great health. Every little bit counts!

This water taste different too. One of our HH girls Kathy Hamilton has been drinking Essentia water for over a year now. She will come in with a HUGE bottle of Essentia everytime I see her. Kathy has been raving about Essentia for some time now. I myself had to get taste this water. So I went to Whole Foods and bought a pack to test it out. I was pleasantly surprised. Essentia had a sweeter and smoother taste than most water I have tasted in a plastic container. I was liked it! You can definitley taste the difference. If you get a chance to taste it, I am sure you will love it too.

The taste of this water quenches your thirst!

The taste of this water quenches your thirst!

All the HH girls will give you their feedback on our social media. Here is our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Healthy-Housewives/221907394505946?ref=tn_tnmn

If you would like to check out Essentia Water and learn more, here is thier website: http://www.essentiawater.com/

Let us know your feedback when you try it! Also, take a picture and tag us or Essentia water in it!

Be Healthy,

Marzia Prince