Friday, July 25, 2014

The End of Detox Week

I'm in Costa Rica and having the time of my life, soaking up the sun and the local fare. Today is the end of detox week and I'm pretty happy with all of my results. I feel fresh, rejuvenated, and super charged. 


We went over detox baths, smoothies, teas, today we are looking at pre-made detox products that you can purchase at your local grocer.


Suja is an awesome product, the juices are specially designed to cleanse your entire body and give it an added natural boost. 
3 day Juice Cleanse
Glow - Green apple, cucumbers, celery, collards, spinach, kale, spearmint
Fuel - Carrot, apple, pineapple, orange, lemon, turmeric
Purify - Carrot, apple, celery, cucumber, lemon, beet
Fiji - Apple, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, collard greens, lemon, ginger
Green Supreme - Kale, green apple, lemon
Vanilla Cloud - Almond milk, coconut milk, vanilla bean, honey, filtered water



This product is based on solar nutrition. Solar nutritionist believes consuming foods certain times during the day enhances your health mentally, emotionally and physically
7 juices per day for 3 days straight
Sun Salutations, Tropic Powder, Citric Boost, Veggie Marius, Berry Merry, Green Clean, Funny Beets


You can get this detox/cleansing product at local pressed juicery cafes or by mail
They have a few different detox plans 
Go to there website and check it out


None of these products are cheap, that's why I usually always go the natural Do It Yourself route

That's it guys! You successfully made it through detox week. I hope you tried a few recipes and continue to try them throughout the year. 

That's all today folks
Enjoy your weekend!
Blessings,
Mary 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Detox Smoothies


Smoothie Detoxes are the most common natural detox that I know. I like to mess around with different fruits in my smoothies, different combinations effect the body in different ways. 

Smoothies are delicious and pretty easy to make, they take more prep than detox waters and teas, but they are worth it. Check out these recipes and the benefits of each detox concoction below. 
*Try all recipes at your own risk

Lets get to Blending 


Mint Lime Detox Smoothie

1/2 of a lime, peeled
2 frozen bananas
Juice of 1 orange
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/2 cup coconut water
Blend and Enjoy

Benefits of this detox smoothie

  • Can lower cholesterol naturally
  • Prevents formations of kidney stones
  • Has anti-aging properties
  • Prevents certain cancers
  • Naturally purifies blood

Blueberry Spinach Detox Smoothie
1 cup blueberries
1 cup spinach
1 banana
1 avocado
1 cucumber
Blend and Enjoy

Benefits of this detox Smoothie



Pineapple Detox
1 cup cubed pineapples
1/2 cup spinach
1 inch nub fresh ginger
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp honey or agave nectar
1/4 cup coconut water
Blend and Enjoy


Benefits of this detox smoothie
Strengths internal organs
Helps detox and cleanse your body
High in natural sugars
Promotes healthy digestion system

Kale Baby
Handful of Kale
1 apple
1 cup coconut water
Blend and Enjoy

Benefits of this detox smoothie
High in fiber, iron, vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, 
Good for cardiovascular support
Has natural anti-inflammatory properties

Berry Smoothie
1 cup frozen or fresh mixed berries - blue berries, raspberries, blackberry mixture
1/2 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1/8 cup rolled oats
Blend and Enjoy


Benefits of this detox smoothie
Full of antioxidants
Can prevent cancer
Can prevent heart disease
Has Anti-Inflammatory properties
Full of healthy fats

This was a fun week. Tomorrow I'm sharing detox drinks that can be found at your local grocery store. Sometimes you don't have the time to purchase fresh ingredients. You can get some of the same result by purchasing detox juices. 

Blessings,
Mary 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Detox Tea

I like teas because they are easier to put together than smoothies, plus you don't need any extra equipment. Tea is warm and yummy especially if you put a lot of honey in it. I was pleasantly surprised with how tasty these detox teas were. 
Time to dig in


Natural  Liver Detox
2 tbs freshly minced ginger or powdered ginger
2 tbs freshly minced turmeric or powdered turmeric 
pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp raw honey
1/4 cup almond milk, or any other nut milk
Boiling water
Fill mug 1/2 way with boiling water
Add turmeric and ginger
cover and let steep for 10-15 minutes
Stir in cinnamon, black pepper, vanilla, honey
Fill rest of mug with almond milk

Benefits of this detox tea
  • Treats ovarian cancer
  • Prevents colon cancer
  • Helps with morning sickness
  • Reduces pain and inflammatory issues
  • Helps prevent and treat cold and flu symptoms
  • Can relive migraines

Green Tea Detox
2 slices cucumber
1 slice lemon
1 tsp ground or freshly minced ginger
1 tsp ground or freshly minced turmeric
2 strawberries
1 tsp honey
1 green tea bag
Seep green tea for 3-5 minutes
Add cucumber, lemon, strawberries, honey and ice
Enjoy!

Benefits of this detox tea
  • Has fat burning properties 
  • Aids in digestion
  • Can alleviate headaches
  • Alleviates congestion

Cucumber Lemon Detox
2 lemons
1/2 cucumbers
10-12 mint leaves
3 quarts filtered water
Add all ingredients to a pitcher and allow to brew overnight
Enjoy!

Benefits of this detox water
  • Helps flush impurities out of body
  • Helps maintain a flat belly
Lemon Lime Detox
2-3 slices of lemon
2-3 slices of orange
Place ingredient in mason jar 
Fill with water
Allow to seep for at least 1 hour

Benefits of this detox water
  • Aids in digestion
  • High in vitamin C
  • Protects immune system
  • Can alleviate heartburn
Cucumber Citrus Detox
3-5 Slices cucumbers
2-3 Slices of limes
2-3 Slices of lemons
2-3 Slices of grapefruit
Add all ingredients to mason jar
Allow to seep for at least 1 hour before drinking


Benefits of detox water
  • Helps with weight management
  • Aids in digestion 
  • Helps bloating
  • Hydrates the body

That's it guys!
Enjoy these yummy recipes and your detox week.
Notice I'm not giving you any crazy instructions about fasting or only consuming these detoxes. Since we are naturally  riding our body of impurities there is no reason fast or stop eating. I would suggest consuming a clean diet consisting of lots of water, salads, raw fruit, raw veggies, and lean protein. I would stay away from carbs or anything else that makes your body work to digest it. 

Tomorrow is Smoothie Detox Day!
Blessings,
Mary 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bath Detoxes

It's Detox Week
We are starting with detox baths because I like soaking my toxins away. I workout a lot and my body is always sore, I've been using epson salt to relive my aches and pains for the last few years, that's what got me thinking about bath detoxes. The recipes below naturally rids your body of toxins. 


Detox Bath Tips
  • Hot water opens up pores of the skin and will make you sweat
  • Keep a towel handy to wipe off excess sweat
  • Do not soak for longer than 30 minutes
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your bath
  • Your body might continue to sweat after your bath
  • Don't be surprised if you keep sweating after your bath
  • Detox Baths are very relaxing make sure not to fall asleep in the tub
  • Detox baths help remove toxins from the body while allowing you to relax in a nice hot bath
  • Detox baths have been around since Shakespeare times
  • Detox bath encourages the body to efficiently flush out toxins
Salt Detox Bath

1/4 cup sea salt
1/4 cup epson salt
1/4 cup baking soda
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

Dissolve salt, epson salt, and baking soda in 2 cups boiling water

Store in quart sized jar while you fill the tub with hot water
Add apple cider vinegar and salt mixture
Soak up to 30 minutes

I found this recipe on www.wellnessmama.com

Benefits of this Detox Bath

  • Good for irritated skin
  • Boosts magnesium levels
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Soothes aching muscles
  • Aids in muscles strain
  • Helps cold and sinus congestion
  • Reduces inflammation 
  • Relieves cramps
  • Helps circulatory system
Oxygen Detox Baths
2 cups (or more) Hydrogen Peroxide
1 tbsp fresh ginger minced

Add peroxide and ginger to a hot tub

Soak up to 30 minutes


Benefits of this detox bath
  • Helps clear congestion
  • Alleviates body aches
  • Good for allergy relief
  • Improves skin
  • Helps with cold and flu symptoms
Apple Cider Vinegar Bath Detox
Add 1-2 cups of pure apple cider vinegar to a hot bath
Soak up to 30 minutes

Benefits of this detox bath
  • Good for arthritis
  • Can alleviate gout
  • Aids Inflammatory issues
**I am not a physician, try all detoxes at your own risk. If you feel lightheaded get out of the bath immediately. 

Tomorrow I'm sharing some tea recipes.

That's all folks
Blessings,
Mary 

References:
www.healthylivinghowto.com
www.examiner.com
www.mindbodygreen.com


Monday, July 21, 2014

Challenge Monday

Fitness challenge
I challenge you to complete my 
360 plank exercise everyday this week

Challenge Synopsis

  • Planks are hard and they target your entire body 
  • You will complete planks, side plans, and kneeling planks in this one simple exercise
Why Why Why Why

  • Planks strengths shoulders, chest, abdominals, glutes, quads, and endurance, it pretty much targets your entire body
  • Planks keep my stomach tight and flat, need I say more?
Materials

  • Will power
  • Water
  • A little extra time
  • Disciple
  • Strong body
  • Strong mind
Directions
Complete my 360 planks 
5 times a day everyday this week
Start on elbow or hands positioned directly under your shoulders, balancing on your toes shoulder width apart,
Hold in plank position for 10 seconds
Rotate to the left, lifting your left hand towards the sky stacking your feet, 
Once you find your balance hold side plank for 10 seconds
Rotate to the right, lifting your right hand towards the sky stacking your feet
Once you find your balance hold side plank for 10 seconds


Bring arms down, make sure they are still under your shoulders
Bring both knees in and out, complete 10 reps
Hold in plank positon for 10 seconds
Done!

My take
I love planks and being this close to my beach vacation I'm pulling out the big guns. I've been doing this plank exercise for the past year and it works. What else is there to say about this awesome results driven exercise. 

Nutrition Challenge
It's detox week

Challenge Synopsis

  • I challenge you to participate in my detox week
  • I'm leaving for Costa Rica in a few days and I'm ready to knock out the extra toxins inside my body
  • I want to glow from the inside and out 
  • There will be no crazy sickly detoxes on this blog, I'm not going to starve you or put your health in danger
  • We are going to naturally detox our bodies slowly and safely 
Why why why

  • Why detox
    • Long night
    • Long week
    • Jump start for diet 
    • Realign your body, mind, and spirit
    • Getting your body ready for the beach 
    • Improve skin, hair, and nails
  • Detoxing can boost your energy, rid the body of excess waste, strengthen your immune system, and help jump start weight loss
Material

  • Detox recipes - I will be featuring recipes on this blog all week
  • On open mind
  • Willpower and disciple 
Directions

  • Different ways to naturally detox
    • Smoothies
    • Drinks
    • Baths
    • Tea
My take
I like the idea of detoxing my body, but detox has become a four letter word in the healthy and wellness community. There are too many dangerous detoxes to count. Good thing I won't be featuring any of those on this blog. We are going to naturally detox our bodies over the next 7 days. Are you with me?

Self Improvement Challenge 
I challenge you to create a new, positive, habit

Challenge Synopsis

  • We all have habits, good ones, bad ones, and terrible ones
  • This week I challenge you to create a new positive habit, one that will help you become a better person

Why Why Why

  • Most successful people have successful habits, they create and maintain religiously, like exercising everyday, or eating healthy
  • Self improvement doesn't come over night, you must adopt disciple to improve your life
  • Habits = disciple = success

Materials

  • Open mind
  • Patience
  • 21 days
Directions

  • Scientific research proves it takes 21 days to change a habit
  • Write down a few "good" habits you would like to adopt
    • For example:
      • Drinking 3-4 cups of water a day
      • Eating fruit and vegetables daily
      • Getting up early
      • Exercising daily
      • Cooking 
      • Saving money
      • Positive thinking
  • Take it one day at a time and slowly change your current routine to reflect your desired outcome and stick with it for at least 21 days


My Take
I had a horrible habit of eating at McDonald's everyday. The drive thru was on my way home from work, and I love french fries, enough said. When I made the decision to change my life and become healthier I knew I was going to have to cut back on my McDonalds visits. Since I was going 7 days a week I challenged myself to indulge only 5 days a week, once I was used to that I went down to 3 days a week, then 1 day a week. It took about a month for 0 days to actually kick in and I hated it, it was hard, I actually cried when I passed McDonald's for the frist few weeks. It took a while but I successfully changed my McDonald's habit, and I haven't been to through a drive thru in over 6 years. It was hard, but it helped me become a better person. Take this challenge seriously and change something in your life for the better.

That's all today folks!
Blessings,
Mary 

References:
www.huffingtonpost.com
www.99u.com

Friday, July 18, 2014

DIY Nails

Last week I got a migraine that lingered for a few days and was unable to post on Friday :(  

I like to keep it light on Fridays and this one is no different.

I can't really afford to get my nails done anymore. I'm fine with the sacrifice, I've been getting my nails done, on and off, for the last 10 years. 

Just because I can't go to the nail salon doesn't mean I can't have beautifully designed nails on the reg 

I look at nail tutorials on Instagram all the time, snapshot(ing) my favorite designs to try.

I figured I should share these step by step directions with all of you.

Most designs can be accomplished with a few extra tools. I went to Sally's beauty supply and purchased a pack of doters for $5.99 and a pack of thin paint brushes for $3.99. That's all you need to accomplish these creative designs, that and a great top coat.

I hope you try a few of these tutorials, they are much easier then they look.

I like this design but I don't like the color, I think I'll try this with a pretty pastel pink 
Found on Instagram @fashionpop_101

This design looks hard but with a few different sized dotting tool and some patience you can create a nail masterpiece
Found on Instagram @itreyalessandra

Sexy leopard spots, I think I can give this one a try
Found on Instagram @wackylaki

How cute are these watermelon nails? I want I want I want. I'm going to try this design tomorrow 

Found on Instagram @thesammersaurus

I like plaid, this design is looks simple enough, I don't like the gold color, I think pastel blue would look a lot better
Found on Instagram @msnaildecor

I love this idea, I actually tried it today. My nails came out great, and it only took 20 minutes, start to finish 

Found on Instagram @minervasworld

Drip drip dip??? YES YES YES
Found on Instagram @coilsandacrylic

That's all folks!
Enjoy your weekend
Blessings,
Mary


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Famous Vegans & Vegan Recipes

Hi Friends,
This has been an emotional week for me, I promised yummy vegan recipes and always try to keep my word.

I didn't have time to make these recipes but they look absolutely divine. I hope to try a few of these out after my vacation.

Salt and Vinegar Chickpeas
Vegan Tabbouleh
Spicy Vegan Peanut Butter Tofu with Sriracha
Vegan Peanut Stew
Long Beans with Tofu, Potatoes, and Pepper
Vegan Pot Pie

Now that we have all the recipes out of the way, I figured it would be fun to look up a few famous vegans. The list is pretty impressive and surprising. 
Enjoy!
Famous Vegans

Bill Clinton
Age: 68
After suffering his fair share of healthy scares he changed his eating habits and lost over 20 pound. Mr Clinton admits to sneaking a piece of meat every now and then

Ellen Degeneres
Age: 56
After watching Earthlings, Ellen stopped eating all meat and meat by products. She served only vegan food at her wedding, is planning on opening a vegan restaurant, and maintains a vegan blog on her Day Time TV show website.

Alanis Morissette
Age: 40
Alanis changed her life after reading the book Eat to Live, she say she has no more aches and pains since the lifestyle change

SteveO

Age: 40


SteveO refused to risk his health by consuming animal or any animal by product. That sounds a little strange when you look at his body of work. 

Ozzy Osbourne
Age: 65
Ozzy switched to a vegan diet after watching the documentary Forks over Knife
This Metal Rock God used to digest bats

Joaquin Phoenix
Age: 40
Joaquin's life was changed forever after a fishing trip where he felt remorse and empathy for the animal. He also narrated the documentary Earthlings 

Alicia Silverstone
Age: 38
Alicia created a vegan empire and wrote a vegan cook book called The Kind Life

Russel Simmons
Age: 57
Yoga taught Russel the importance of a "non violent" lifestyle. He decided his had to stop contributing to animal suffering and consumption

Is it me or does everyone look great for their ages? I found current pictures of these famous folks, vegans age well.

That's all today folks!
Blessings
Mary

References:
www.laweekly.com
www.ohsheglows.com
www.theveganstoner.com
www.thekichn.com
www.cookeasyvegan.com
www.kalynskitchen.com