Showing posts from August, 2013

What You Need to Know About B12 Deficiency

Everything You Need To Know About B12 Deficiency s BY DR. AMY MYERS Vegetarians and vegans are not the only ones who can develop a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Whether you're young or old; a Paleo, gluten-free, or raw foods enthusiast, you too can suffer from this. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, one in every 31 adults in the US, age 51 or older, is deficient in vitamin B12.
What is B12? Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin required for many reactions in your body as well as for the health of your nerves, red blood cells, and DNA. Its most important role is as a methyl group donor, which is a crucial step in many of our main detoxification pathways.  B12 has many forms, and the most common are cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin (methyl-B12). Cyanocobalamin is commonly found in supplements and energy drinks. However, in order for our bodies to use it, cyanocobalamin must be converted into methylcobalamin.  To make matters mor…

6 Times To Wear Lipstick & 4 Times You Should'nt

6 Times to Wear Lipstick  Posted by

We’re firm believers that bold lipstick can make your life better. It’s an accessory cheaper than most, a confidence booster and the possibilities are endless when it comes to color options. Once you find your signature shade of bold lipstick, the world better watch out! However, there are a few choice times when bold lipstick can get in the way of life. To help you decide on when to wear and when to ditch bold lipstick, we give you this list of six times to swipe it on, and four times to put lipstick back in the makeup bag. MORE: 8 Reasons Bold Lipstick Can Make Your Life Better When It’s Perfectly Appropriate to Wear Bold Lipstick When You’re Wearing Glasses: Though eye makeup with glasses might be a bit tricky, lipstick can be your best friend when it comes to standing out in your spectacles. We especially lov…

BCX BOOTCAMP-Bonus Workout:The Fire

50 Sit-ups
25 Push-ups
25 Pull‐ups 1 Mile Run

The Waist Trimmer Workout


Bacon Wrapped Avocado Slices

Bacon Wrapped Avocado Slices

2 medium avocados, sliced into 12-14 slices
6 or 7 slices thin bacon, cut in half crosswise

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wrap each avocado slice with half a piece of bacon and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until bacon is crisp, about 26-28 minutes. Cool and serve with salsa, if desired.

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Here’s what you’ll need... 

* 1 LB Large Shrimp (Headless, but not peeled) 
* 1/3 Cup Honey 
* 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice 
* 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
* 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
* 1/2 TBSP Salt 
* 1/2 TBSP Cumin
* Cherry Tomatoes 

Here’s how you make it... 

1. Combine lemon juice, EVOO, garlic, salt, honey, and cumin into a large bowl. 
2. Thread the shrimp and tomatoes alternately onto the skewers. 
3. Place skewers into a shallow dish; drizzle 1/2 the lemon juice mixture onto both sides. 
4. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. 
5. Remove the skewers from marinade. 
6. Grill skewers 3 minutes on each side, or until shrimp are opaque. 
7. Brush the skewer with the unused marinade as you flip the shrimp on the grill. 
8. Serve with a light drizzle of the remaining mixture.

Tropical Detox Smoothie


BCX BOOTCAMP-Friday:Core & Upper Body Mission

FRIDAY: Core & Upper Body Mission BCX 
#1 Warm up: Watch Video 25 Butt-Kix (jog in place where your heels hit your butt)
25 Jax
(repeat 2x)25 Squats
25 2-Step Heismans
(repeat 2x)Jump Rope (2 minutes)
Stretch BURNT 3:Watch Video
Tools: floor mat, overhead pull up bar
Mission: 5 rounds for time 5 push ups
5 pull ups
5 sit ups
15 (2 Count) Mountain Climber BURNT 4:Watch Video
Tools: resistance bands and dumbbells, overhead pull up bar
Mission: 3 rounds for time 15 bent over dumbbell row
15 seated row (resistance band)
15 hang knee-ups (abs)
15 Burpees BURNT 5: Watch Video
Tools: dumbbells or resistance bands, jump rope
Mission: 3 rounds for time 15 thrusters (squat press)
15 lateral raise
15 Rear delt fly (bent over fly)
1 minute jump rope ARM-A-GET’N: Watch VideoTools: dumbbells or resistance bands, jump rope
Mission: 3 rounds for time 12 reps/12 pulses    Standing Bicep Curl (pulses immediately follow reps)
12 reps/12 pulses    Standing Triceps Extension
1 minute jump rope CORE: Watch VideoTools:…

Bikini Leg Workout


Strawberry Kiwi Chia Pudding

Ingredients - 1 serving 1/2 to 3/4 cup coconut milk (may substitute with regular milk, almond milk, etc)2 teaspoons real maple syrup2 T chia seedsCinnamon to taste1/2 kiwi, sliced3 strawberries, slicedSliced almonds, optionalDirections Place coconut milk and maple syrup in mason jar. Cover with lid and shake well to combine. Add the next five ingredients.  Cover with lid and shake well to combine.  Sprinkle with sliced almonds.  Refrigerate overnight. May be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.   *Note: This post contains affiliate links

Reduce Wrinkles W/Bontanical Extracts NOT Topical Creams

Want to Reduce Wrinkles? Look to Botanical Extracts, Not Topical Creams Posted onAugust 29, 2013byThe Alternative Daily The ads seem so convincing, don’t they? Just put this cream or that cream on your face one time a day and BINGO, the wrinkles will disappear. This is hard to believe, really, but many women, distraught at the skin changes that often accompany aging, are often desperate to make the lines go away. There is no clinical evidence of a topical beauty product’s effectiveness in scientific literature, no matter how hard you look. In fact, you are more apt to find research that explores the dangers of such personal care products. Numerous products that claim to reduce wrinkles and fine lines actually damage the top layer of skin, which leaves it vulnerable to damage from toxins and sunlight, according to Dr. Sam Epstein, chairman of the US Cancer Prevention Coalition.
Epstein says that creams should be more closely monitored in the United States and that many leading brands c…

3 Smoothie Recipes for a Good Poop

Is there really such a thing as a good poop? The answer is yes, and we should always strive for the healthiest elimination habits possible. Sometimes, due to things we have eaten, elimination is difficult, while other times it is difficult to stop. Proper digestion and elimination go hand in hand. Drinking healthy smoothies is a fabulous way to rebalance your digestive system and relieve any uncomfortable issues that you may be having with elimination. If your digestive system is in order, your elimination will be in order. Rather than reach for over-the-counter aids when things go wrong “down under,” try a healthier and safer alternative, a smoothie. No matter what your digestive malfunction is, there is a smoothie to rectify the problem. There is nothing healthier than a fresh smoothie made with whole food ingredients. For these smoothies, be sure to use organic ingredients whenever possible. This will reduce the chance that your produce is tainted with pesticides, and since organi…

11 Quick & Easy Paleo Snack Ideas by Neely Quinn

11 Quick and Easy Paleo Snack IdeasSnacks are a common conundrum in the Paleo world, especially for the beginner. We’re so used to eating granola bars, candy, chips, baked goods, or other grain products for snacks that it’s hard to imagine anything else. The vending machine is out of the question, so you have to think ahead about your snacks.
Paleo Plan’s Snack Recipes I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quick and easy snacks below, but I want to let you know that we have a whole section of Paleo snack recipes on Paleo Plan here. I would eat more of these more often – and they’re really delicious – but I don’t eat nuts and seeds. Here’s a smattering of what’s on Paleo Plan’s list of snack recipes:
All-Natural Fruit Roll-UpsAnts On A LogBacon Wrapped DatesBananas with Almond Butter and CoconutBerries with Balsamic Vinegar and AlmondsBerries with Coconut and LimeBetter-Than-Store-Bought Apple ChipsChard and Cashew Sautéand many others…

Time To Kick Your Butt Workout-HIITReps # 15

HIITReps #15

3-5 ROUNDS & 15 EACH


Sandbag Swing
Squat & Press
Jump Squats
Bridge Thrust

10 Second Recovery


TEN-FOUR BCx WORKOUT 10 rounds of the following 4 exercises for time with little to no rest. You can slow down, but try not to stop. 10 Jax 10 Burpees 10 Push-ups 10 Sit-ups 10 ROUNDS FOR TIME NoteTrack your time each time to track your improvement. Try more BCx Workouts on our BCx Youtube or Join in our online BCx Boot Camp program at FitStudio. FitFluential L

3 Ways To Choose Happiness

3 Ways To Choose Happiness
BY DR. DANIELLE DOWLING I believe that happiness is a choice. We choose our food, our clothing, our partners, our jobs. We can also choose how we want to feel. (Really!) 

I've written before about choosing happy and how to bring a bit more joy and calm into your daily life. But here are three more ways to bring happiness into your life.

1. Stop numbing yourself and feel your feelings. 
Attempting to escape from our fears and doubts has become a regular part of the human condition. And we have so many things to hide behind: over-spending, over-eating, over-working, over-analyzing. We’ll over-do just about anything to keep from experiencing anything negative!  To truly be happy we need to get in touch with our feelings—good AND bad.  A few easy ways do that: JournalingTalk it out with a friendListen to musicRun, walk, move your bodyGet into natureMeditateAsk yourself: When do you feel most li…

Apricots & Cream Mask

Apricots and Cream Mask Submitted by:  Vitamix Dietary Interest:  gluten-free
Yield:2 1/2 c (600 ml) Difficulty:Easy Total Time:10 Minutes Print:8.5x11 Save to:Recipe Book
Ingredients1 cup unsweetened dried apricots1 cup warm water2 Tablespoons nonfat milk powder2 Tablespoons uncooked oats DirectionsSoak dried apricots in warm water until soft.Place apricots with soaking water and the rest of the ingredients into the Vitamix container and secure lid.Select Variable 1.Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to high.Blend for 30 seconds.Apply to face and let mask dry, about 15-20 minutes.Wipe off with damp cloth