Posts tagged ‘Whole Foods’

January 29, 2014

Quality Maintenance

You’ve heard the terms high maintenance and low maintenance, but I’d like to introduce: Quality Maintenance! You can imagine the debate I’ve sat smack in the middle of for most of my adult life:

When is someone considered high maintenance?

Being “raised” on the Texas pageant stage doesn’t help grow my low maintenance perception… Neither does being a professional spokesperson. For that matter, neither does being a Healthy Housewives Team Member. (Especially on weeks where we have a photo shoot or appearance booked.) From the outside, I’d say some days I appear downright high maintenance. Not true! I’d like to share some of my Low Maintenance Momma Tips with you, so you can be high maintenance in disguise with me.

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Skin Care

I use Dial Bar Soap on my face. (I’ll pause for the gasps.)

A Dermatologist shared this tip with me as a way to detour breakouts and combat my combination  (I say, oily) complexion. When I travel, I cut the bar in half (or in fourths for smaller for quick trips) for easily packing and use on the road.  (I do use a super-secret face oil afterward that moisturizes and protects my youth. This is proprietary info at this time.)

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Body Care

Coconut Oil is my skin lotion, lip balm, teeth brightener, hair moisturizer, cuticle softener, foot scrubber (when melted to a liquid and mixed with sea salt). When I travel, I put a few scoops into a small container and I’m set.

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Hair Care

I try to go 3-4 days without washing my hair. Before you judge my nastiness factor, let me say that I have super dry hair. I’d even add a ‘duper’ to that. I wash my hair one day, style the next day, style the following day with a spray of dry shampoo on my roots, and if I need/can, I’ll even do an up-do the following day—then wash my hair again.  I use Kenra brand dry shampoo and hair spray. LOVE IT! No it’s not all-natural, but it works. If you find something all-natural that works as well, let me know. I’ll give it a try! (I haven’t found one yet.)

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Nourishment

I don’t have time to cook, or prepare food every day. Rather, I don’t make the time. It’s not worth it to me, because I know I can get the nourishment my body needs from blended nourishment (I am a juicing queen—it takes a total of seven minutes from start to finish, especially if you cut produce ahead of time and store in your fridge. I make time for this. It’s a self-commitment and conscious decision. I will hang up with you to get my juicing in.) and supplements. Call it what it is—it’s my life and it works for me. The Standard American Diet (SAD) hasn’t impressed me in a while, and sadly, it appears to be getting even more difficult to find convenient, organic options sprinkled among my daily activities and obligations. (I love traveling to the West Coast—most airports there have a few all-organic food stands to choose from.) OneBode whole foods supplements travel well and have a permanent spot in my luggage and purse. Lectro Life’s ImmuneCleanse and UltimateO2 products are also daily consumables. I find a smoothie or juice bar as often as possible when I am out and about. Drinking my ideal ratio of carbs, protein, and fat is fine with me. I have stuff to do!

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Be sure you receive a quality ionic foot soak. There’s too many cheaply made alternatives out there. I trust Lectro Life Technologies!

Relaxation

I exercise daily (I’m worth 30-50 minutes and so are you.) and yes, it’s a stress reliever. I love my Lectro Chi Premier Foot Spa and soak my feet while reading the mail, news, or a good book. (Let’s not lie, some times I am on a conference call… but it’s still relaxing if your feet are soaking in warm, ionized water.) Sometimes I’ll just stare into space and hold one of my pups. Depends on the day I’ve had. I do share massage swaps with my husband. He rubs my shoulders and neck, and I rub his back. We also give each other bonus points for quality time.

DISCLAIMER: I occasionally treat myself  to a massage or pedicure with a girlfriend or for special occasions (PMS). My hair IS high maintenance. I own that one.

Feeling and looking your best doesn’t mean you get a speed pass to high maintenance status. Be kind to yourself, be real with others, and invest your time wisely. As I learned just this week as I said goodbye to a loved one, life is way too short and you just never know what tomorrow will bring. Celebrate the moment right now—for this moment is your life. Maintain your quality, sassy self without stressing!   –Lacey

July 1, 2013

Mediterranean Delight

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Santorini, the land of legends and beautiful calendar pictures

Hi, everyone! Brooke here. When you think of the Mediterranean, do you think of warm ocean breezes and rocky cliffs overlooking seas of deep azure blue? Or do you imagine scenes of vibrant and joyful living with friends and family, ala Meryl Streep in Mama Mia? When I imagine what Greece must be like, all of these pictures crowd into my head! Once I calm down from the breathtaking vistas like the one above, I of course think of the delicious Greek food. Not only is it tasty, but it’s good for your heart. The traditional Mediterranean diet is renowned the world over for its wholesome simplicity and multitude of health benefits. For the past 50 years, health experts have been correlating the dietary habits of the people in Greece and Crete (specifically) with an increased life span and a virtual lack of chronic disease. That’s amazing! Now think about the current relationship of the average American diet to health and wellness in this country—depressing and frightening! But if we take a closer look at the classic Mediterranean diet, we can understand why it’s now considered a “gold standard” when it comes to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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The USDA’s Food Pyramid shares many similar recommendations with the traditional Greek diet—for good reason. A diet rich in plant foods, unsaturated fat, and a moderate amount of animal protein has been shown to reduce the risks of many chronic and lifestyle-related diseases, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s the kicker—nutrition is only part of the solution. The Greek model of healthy living combines regular physical activity with dining leisurely on whole foods. This combination is the key to managing weight and minimizing the risk of disease. Let’s examine why this diet has become synonymous with good health and vitality.

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The foundation of this diet is a virtual cornucopia of whole, plant-based foods such as leafy greens, fruits, beans, nuts, potatoes, seeds, and whole grains. As you know, these foods are abundant in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and healthy carbohydrates. Did you know that the typical Greek diet might include 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Wow! Another daily staple are grains—breads made from wheat, barley, cracked grains, and other seeds, as well as polenta (cornmeal), potatoes, couscous, and brown rice. Unsaturated fats such as nuts and olive oil, especially extra-virgin olive oil (instead of butter or margarine), are common. Fish and poultry are the main lean proteins and are eaten only about 2-3 times a week (red meat is occasionally enjoyed a few times a month). Dairy products like eggs, milk, cheese, and yogurt are consumed only moderately. For you wine lovers out there, here you go . . . a small amount of red wine is often served with both lunch and dinner. Dates, nuts, and berries are the desserts of choice, while those decadent delights like baklava and revani (a moist, sweet lemon cake) are reserved for special treats.

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Revani, a sweet treat

As you can see, Mediterranean cuisine can be wonderful for your heart, waistline, and even your spirit. I love trying new and wonderful foods that I didn’t grow up enjoying. One of my favorite sayings is “Life is a feast,” which means life should be tasted and breathed and savored joyfully. If you can’t fling yourself onto a departing plane anytime soon, you can still have adventures of a culinary kind close to home. Next time you dine out, go Greek! Keep in mind, just like any place in the modern world, Greece has its share of decadent, fatty foods and dishes full of cheese and salt. Just keep in mind the whole, unprocessed foods mentioned above, and you’ll be fine. Here are some healthy and not-so-healthy choices to keep in mind when you go adventuring at your local Greek cafe.

Healthy and tasty . . . perfect anytime!

  • Hummus with whole-wheat pita or veggies
  • Dolmades
  • Horiatiki salata
  • Couscous
  • Souvflaki
  • Stifado stew
  • Tzatziki (sauce)
  • Kakavia
  • Grilled/roasted fish with steamed vegetables

 

Is this your cheat meal? Well, then, ok . . .

  • Falafel
  • Baklava (this makes me sad . . . I LOVE baklava!)
  • Gyro
  • Spanakopita
  • Avegolemono (sauce)
  • Saganaki
  • Mousaka
  • Anything made with phyllo

 

Kali orexi, or “happy eating”!

XO, Brooke

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April 1, 2013

My Fast Food

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Morning, everyone! This is Brooke, and yes, I’m struggling today. It really feels like a Monday today, which works out well, since it IS Monday. But surely I’m not alone here. Here in North Texas (Dallas to be exact), spring has sprung forth joyfully—the tulips are gorgeous, the redbuds are crowned with purple-pink blossoms, and yellow-green pollen is beginning to coat everything. And while the weather may feel like California for the next few glorious weeks, allergy sufferers (like me) are likely sucking it up, mainlining eye drops and Kleenex for the foreseeable future. But at least it’s spring!

I know we’d all like to have everything under control, but I’m just going to be honest—I’m kinda sleep-deprived most of the time, including today. So when I have these draggy kind of days, I think what would help me feel more nourished and less depleted? Good food and fresh juice, of course! Thankfully, I have the perfect place for fresh, fast food strategically placed between work and home—Whole Foods! I swear I hear heavenly melodies every time I turn into the parking lot.

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My first stop is the juice counter to order the Sweet Tooth—a scrumptious mixture of apple, pear, beet, carrot, and ginger. A little of that ginger will clear your sinuses right out. Wow! Then onto the rainbow spread of the salad bar and prepared food—not only are the choices abundant, but they are (for the most part) healthy and conscientiously made. It makes my heart happy to partake of these delicious dishes, and the very best part is that I didn’t have to think about them or cook them. They are special for me—fast food that’s a little bit fancy. I load up on some starchy carbs as well as veggie carbs and tasty protein. Here’s a fun tip: If you need a nice, crunchy little salad and you’re in a hurry, pick up a Salad Shooter. It’s a small container with 5-6 layers of crunchy, tasty salad fixings, and when you add the little container of dressing, you put the lid back on, shake the whole thing up, and magic! Instant salad perfectly dressed.

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You can still make healthy choices for your fast food, even if you don’t have a Whole Foods or Central Market nearby. Find a lean protein, some slow-digesting healthy carbs (whole grains, sweet potato, quinoa, etc.), as much salad and green veggies as you like, and of course lots of water.

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Have a super week and happy eating—you deserve to feel great!

~Brooke