Showing posts from February, 2013

Weekend Detox the Right Way

Detox the right way restore your body’s natural balance Although most doctors think they’re unnecessary and often unsafe, detox diets to eliminate harmful toxins from the body are still all the rage.
Barring extreme fasts like the Master Cleanse (a regimen restricted to a mixture of lemon juice, filtered water, organic maple syrup and cayenne pepper), do detox diets that include a balance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fiber and lean protein work? We picked four different regimens you can try over the weekend and judge for yourself.
Marilyn Diamond, author of the seminal detox diet guide Fit for Life, says the most successful detox is one that provides plenty of nutrients.
“Your body cannot achieve balance or maintain health without them,” says Diamond. “So make detox a time to cleanse [and] build. Make it so enjoyable and effective you look forward to it, not dread it.”
A balanced diet detox In her latest book, Young for Life (April 2013), Diamond outlines a simple det…

DIY HairSpray & Detangler

Let’s start with the hairSPRAY:
Homemade Hairspray
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
2 Tablespoons rubbing alcohol
6-8 drops essential oils (optional)
Heat water to a boil and turn off heat source. Add 2 tsps of sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Then add 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol and 6-8 drops of your favorite essential oil scent (optional). Once again I chose Lavender…because I love it! :-)   And THAT ladies and gentlemen…is it!
However, according to Diane at there are 3 SIMPLE but KEY TIPS to make this work:
1) Find the right concentration for you.
2) Use a spray bottle with a very fine mist.
3) Wait for it to dry 20 – 30 seconds between applications.
I followed these 3 steps to the letter and was quite literally amazed at how well this stuff works! I figured I would have to use 4 or 5 applications before it was a strong enough “hold” (after all…it’s basically SUGAR WATER!) but after just ONE misting…it held my hair in place quite nicel…

5 Primal Meals in Just 35 Minutes

5 Primal Meals in Just 35 Minutes

Shopping List by Item
1 1/2 pounds boneless beef (tenderloin, sirloin, flank steak, strip steak) (680 g)
4 salmon fillets (6 ounces and about 1 inch thick) skinned. To save time, ask the fish monger to do this for you. (170 g, 2.5 cm)
4 bell peppers (red, yellow and/or orange)
1 head of broccoli
1 large cucumber or several small Persian cucumbers
3 limes
5 to 8 ounces of salad greens (enough for 4 individual salads) (142 to 227 g)
2 avocados
16 ounces frozen chopped spinach (455 g)
6 eggs
1 can coconut milk (13.5 ounces/400 ml)
olive oil
black pepper
powdered cumin
chili powder
dried dill
coconut aminos or tamari
Shopping List by RecipeSteak with Creamed Spinach
8 ounces boneless beef (tenderloin, sirloin, flank steak, strip steak) (227 g)
8 ounces frozen chopped spinach (227 g)
1 can coconut milk (13.5 ounces/400 ml)
1 bell pepper (red, yellow or orange)
1 lime
olive oil
Steak …

At Home Workout


Recipes For Vitamin Waters by Zain

Liquid Sunshine
This vitamin water is ideal for those dark, gloomy days when you are feeling low on energy and need a boost of vitamin D.  For those who experience  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this vitamin water is the one for you. Fruits such as strawberries, pineapple & pear are high in B and D vitamins and St. John’s Wort will ease the feelings of depression and help to lift your spirits.

1/2 Cup Strawberries
1/2 Cup Pineapple (sliced)
1 Cup Pears (sliced)
5ml Borage Oil
Vitamin D (1200 IU, open capsules)
Vitamin B Complex (7-10 drops of tincture)
St John’s Wort, (1 open capsule)
1 Tbsp Wheatgrass (fresh or powder)
1 Tsp Raw Cacao Powder
Pinch Himalayan Crystal Salt
750ml – 1 litre Filtered Alkaline Water (or Purified water + 1 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice)
1. Muddle strawberries, pineapple and pear in a small bowl and add to a large 1 litre glass or mason jar, add remaining ingredients and stir
2. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours

This vitamin wa…

Know Your Greens

Getting To Know Your Greens: A Nutrient Content Comparison Face-Off By Samantha Samonte Knowing your greens is an essential tool for maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet, because there’s more to your greens than meets the eye.
Just as the color green comes in different shades, saturation, and hues, so does the green on our plate, grocery list, and menu. Here are a few cases that show a comparative analysis of similar greens that, upon closer investigation, have vital distinguishing factors you should keep in mind before you choose.
Zucchini vs. Cucumber First off, cucumbers are usually eaten raw, while zucchinis are cooked—preferably roasted or lightly sautéed.Although there isn’t much difference in their carb and fat content, a cup of zucchini has .5 grams more protein and dietary fiber than a cup of cucumber.The zucchini also has more vitamin C and B6 compared to the cucumber. A cup provides about 27% of Recommended Daily Allowance, or RDA, while a cup of the latter a…

Jump Everywhere Workout-12 minute

Jump Everywhere Workout

Workout equipment: Workout type: 12 minute
Set your timer for 18 rounds of 10 and 30 seconds. Complete three rounds in the 30 second work interval:
1. Box jumps
2. Push ups w/ double knee touch
3. Kettlebell high pull
4. Pistols
5. Burpees
6. Plank pike jumps
Bonus: 10 T plank twists / side

Protein Diets Better Than Ever

High protein diets are hotter than ever, and now there’s mounting evidence that more protein may make it easier to peel off pounds.
Protein is considered the “building block of life,” and it may be the major ingredient for fat loss too. But how much protein do you need?  What are the best sources of protein? Here’s everything you need to know about protein in your diet.
Protein provides the essential amino acids that are the building blocks of muscles, hormones and much more. Every cell in the human body needs protein and it’s a major component of our muscles, bones, skin, organs and glands.
The main roles of protein in your diet is to:
Build and repair musclesProtect immune functionHelp maintain fluid and electrolyte balanceAid in digestion and absorption of foodHow Much Do You Need? The National Academy of Sciences has set the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for protein at 10 to 35 percent of their daily calories from protein or 45 grams per day for women and 52 grams for men…

How to Eat For Your Kidneys

How To Eat For Your Kidneys By Danielle DuBoise The ORGANic series will focus on eating for your organs. Each installment will discuss a different organ, signs that it’s out of whack, and how to help remedy the symptoms with food and lifestyle choices. Every organ in the body plays a role in your overall health, and it’s important to learn how to pick up on the subtle (or obvious) signs that it’s time to take action. Today we'll examine how to eat for the kidneys.
What the kidneys do: Sift through about 200 quarts of blood to get rid of waste and toxins pumping through your bodyRelease REALLY important hormones that regulate bone and blood functionsHelp control blood pressureRegulate several minerals, such as potassium, sodium, and calciumHelp keep your blood alkaline  How I know it’s time show my kidneys some love
I’ve had a crazy work week and wake up more tired than when I went to bed. I’ve been stressed and in a fearful place about something which forces my adrenals (th…

RAW Chocolate Hazelnut Lava Cake

Chocolate Hazelnut Lava Cake
recipe by:Chef Tina Jo.♥

3 cups hazelnuts (unsoaked)
16 whole medjool dates, rough chopped
2/3 cup cacao powder
1/8 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg 1
8 tsp cinnamon


3/4 cup coconut nectar (or substitute agave nectar)
3/4 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1. Place the hazelnuts and salt in the food processor and process until nuts are finely ground into a nice meal.

2. Add the dates, then process again until the mixture begins to hold together.

3. Then add the cacao powder, nutmeg and cinnamon

4. Process again until the cacao is well blended throughout the entire mixture.

5. Place 1/3 cup of the cake mix in each of the ramekins and press the mixture down with your fingers to compact.

6. To make the ganache, place all ganache ingredients in a blender and process until creamy and smooth. (This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator …

Spice Up Your Metabolism

Looking to stay lean? These 5 spices can help to boost fat loss!
1.    Cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar.
2.     Black pepper boosts digestion and actually helps you make the most of nutrients as you eat.
3.     Ginger helps in relaxing your stomach and in digestion.
4.     Mustardseed boosts metabolism.
5.     Cayenne pepper helps burn fat through the capsacin content.

You can use all of these in a variety of recipes such as sprinkled onto Yara's egg white omelet or okra everyone will love. If you’re a chai tea fan, great news! It contains both cinnamon and black pepper.

2 Ingredient Cookies

2 ingredient cookies – plus the mix-ins of your choice! by Lauren

Yes. For real. Two ingredients. (Yes, you can add other things if you want… but you don’t HAVE to!) I made this up after seeing a “healthy breakfast cookie” that wanted me to add eggs, applesauce, baking soda, etc and I said NO!
And also, I hate those “two/three ingredient” recipes where one of the ingredients is a boxed cookie mix. and the other is a can of pie filling. CMON PEOPLE.
2 large old bananas
1 cup of quick oats
Mix those two together. Old bananas are amazing for this, but you can use fresh ones too. I buy a bunch of bananas, let them get old on my counter, and then stick ‘em all in the freezer.
Then add in what sounds yummy to you! (or nothing!) We love:
-a handful of chocolate chips
-crushed walnut pieces
Since all bananas are different sizes, the needed measurements can vary. If it seems too runny and the cookies would…

Simple Tips for Renourishment

Simple Tips For Renourishing Your Depleted Body By Pauline Hanuise Learning about nutrition and how my body worked played a crucial role in my recovery from a 15-year struggle with bulimia. I started to do lots of research, and became so passionate that I ended up studying Holistic Nutrition and becoming a Holistic Health Coach. I specialize in working with women who suffer from eating issues and poor body image.
That’s why I would like to share a few quick and easy tips to help you improve your nutrient intake. Eating issues such as bulimia and chronic dieting are a kind of deprivation. One of the main keys to recovery is to re-nurture your body, which reduces the intensity of the binges and makes them disappear. Obviously it doesn’t happen overnight; this is a long process, but with motivation and commitment, recovery is possible. And you deserve it!
So here are a few tips to help increase your nutrient intake easily:
-Drink some coconut water. The best is to drink it f…

6 Pack Abs 6 Minute Workout

6 Pack Abs in 6 Minutes – Coach Kozak’s Best Ab Exercises at Home Without Equipment
Intermediate Difficulty
6 pack abs in 6 minutes! Get lean and ripped abs with these abdominal exercises at home! For best results combine with our six pack diet. Complete all 6 movements for 1 minute each.

1. High Plank Knee to Elbows
2. Lying Leg Raise + Crunch
3. High Plank + Shoulder Touches
4. Lying Leg / Knee Twist
5. Double Crunch + Leg Spread
6. Russian Twist