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My Favorite Teas, Tonics, and More!

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I believe that everyday your body has the opportunity to cleanse and heal itself.  Through mindful practices that soon become habits, your body can instantly start to change for the better.  From the inside out, you may experience more energy, better skin, and overall better feeling about not just your body.

Here are some of my tried and true favorites.  For only a week, to maybe a consistent healthy ritual, how long is up to you and how you want to feel.

Morning:

Warm Lemon Water with ACV and Turmeric

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric

Green Juice

  • kale
  • spinach
  • parsley
  • apple
  • ginger
  • lemon

Smoothie

  • kale
  • pineapple chunks
  • mango
  • almond milk/coconut water
  • avocado
  • flaxseeds

 

Day:

Cleansing Water

  • Slices of cucumber
  • fresh parsley
  • lemon
  • pitcher of water

Beet Juice

  • beets
  • carrots
  • apple
  • ginger
  • lemon

 

Night:

Tea Packets (or fresh)

  1. Milk Thistle (liver cleansing)
  2. Dandelion (spring detoxing)
  3. Ginger (gut health)

Turmeric Latte

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • cinnamon
  • raw honey

PS.  What are your go to superfoods??  What would you add?  Take out?  I think this is a basis, but feel free to have a little *healthy* fun!

 

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The Skinny on Keeping Healthy on a (very) Low Budget

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Straight to the point, no?

I decided to this post, because quite frankly, I’m living it.  Moving takes a tole on everything front the mental and physical aspects, to of course the material financial parts.  It’s a crazy adjustment for myself to get used to, and I think there are plenty of people who are trying to get both themselves and finances put together.

Everyone I believe chooses the lifestyle they live.

That is were this post comes in.  Whether you are new to this healthy living movement, trying to lose weight, or want to feel better about your footsteps among this earth, this post is for you.  Healthy-living gets a bad rap for being too expensive, which I find is one of the top reasons which turn people off.  Well, I’m here to tell you it can be, but I start with this first piece of advice on staying healthy,

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1.  Where are your priorities?  As someone who openly speaks about health and nutrition, I get a lot of people who come to me and say, “Wow, I want to be/eat healthy, but I love cake.” or “I would love to be healthy, but all these healthy things are too expensive.”  Well, my response to both types of remarks is usually “If you want it, you can make it work.”  What is important to you?  Is it your own health?  The health of your family?  I find that people who only want to lose weight tend to lose track a bit more often.  Start with why?  And keep on asking.

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2.  Whole foods become every week staples.  It’s all about the basics.

  •  Whole grains for fiber which keeps your digestion happy and yourself full long.  Brown rice, quinoa, organic pasta, and sprouted whole wheat bread are some of my favorites.
  • Fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges, tomatoes, and avocados, give you an array of vitamins, fiber, and energy to keep you healthy and GLOWING.
  • Greens are a great source of calcium and vitamins D, C, A… etc. to add to your diet.  Kale, chard, romaine, spinach (great source of iron), and broccoli are great to rotate into your meals.  Color vegetables such as carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes are amazing for your health and skin as well.
  • Proteins.  I swear by eggs, yogurt, nut butters, and beans as an everyday staple.  With healthy fats, bacteria, and protein, you can not go wrong with these vegetarian staples.  They are cheap and affordable, even the pastured raised organic versions!
  • Limit red meat and cheese.  I try to buy one kind of cheese a week.  It may be cheddar slices for a sandwich or crumbled cheese for salads or fancy egg breakfasts.  Red meat can get expensive.  I ask that when you do buy meat, please, please, make it grass fed and organic.  Not only is it more nutritious, but you learn to really appreciate the life on your table and therefore don’t abuse the power of energy, the life of the animal GAVE to you.  Yes.  I went there.  The occasional wild caught salmon is a big thumbs up as well.

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3.  Buy a whole chicken!  Not only are you saving money buy avoiding the precut, skinned parts of the animal, but you are gaining a whole lot of nutrition.  I love it when you can just roast a chicken and can become a meal for a family, or made for different days of the week.  My family may have had some for dinner, and then they would take a part the rest for toppings on salad or a chicken salad.  It’s a rewarding and cheap way to bring a more sustainable way of everyday meat into your diet.

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4.  Treat yourself to a different superfood every week.  Almost how we like to have the Friday night drink or buy ourselves a new pair of well deserved heels, treat your body to something amazing as well!  Cupboard basics such as coconut oil(antibacterial), apple cider vinegar(alkalizer), flax and chia seeds(omega 3 and fiber), etc… are items that last and definitely have amazing nutritional benefits!  You don’t have to spend a fortunate your first grocery trip!  Little by little your kitchen will be filled with healthy delicious items and condiments.  Splurge on an organic green juice or a a couple kombuchas (probiotics), which by the way, can sometimes cost less than two Starbucks lattes… ouch!

5.  Keep active.  Whether you have an active job or an active exercise routine, that’s all you need.  To be honest, I’m not a very athletic person.  But my job is on my feet, running around sometimes to get stuff done.  I don’t like to be sitting down bored pretending to work.  If you do have a job where you sit, make sure to do a run before work or a walk in the evening.  I know for most the weather is COLD now.  Best thing to do?  Stretches and movement in the morning are your best bet if you don’t go out for exercise.  Seriously, the skinny is you don’t have to spend crazy money with excise.  Abs are made 70% in the kitchen, 30% in the gym 😉

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For me, I live a healthy lifestyle for how it makes me feel good inside and out.  When I feel good about myself, I can do my best and be a better person.  I want to smile at people.  I want to try and make other’s feel good and smile too.  I want to show people you don’t have to be a skinny rich model to feel and look amazing.

We are all people with different means and beliefs, and if you read this, than I assume you might have some sort of belief in healthy living.  These are just a few of my tips on staying healthy and fit.  What are yours?  You don’t have to start doing all of these, but maybe may try something new.  Share or think it through!  How can you make a healthy lifestyle with what you already have?

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PS.  Keep it organic if possible.  No greed or gluttony.  Always choose avocados.  Pure enjoyment always.

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Food Allergies And Intolerances

Hey guys!

Hope you all had a great Monday!  Even more so, a spectacular weekend!  Mine was pretty good and extended till today too.

Quick rundown:

IMG_5907Thai vegetarian red curry takeout!  How I broke my raw food cleanse.  Uh-mazing.

IMG_5908When was the last time you saw this bad boy?  OIAJ!

New York City fun!  Went to an amazing restaurant with the family.  We went to this place Sauce and I was really impressed.  Reason number 1:

IMG_5909Local grass-fed beef.  Pretty awesome.

But I got:IMG_5915Absolutely divine.  Fried crispy egg with potato linguine and fried sage.  Really tasty.

Every one really enjoyed their meal, from the pork to the beef.  I had a fresh squeezed orange juice as well.  So good.

Once we left we went to Whole Foods, where I enjoyed a delicious cappacino

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and then to come home and have some takeout pizza with the familia:

IMG_5925Mushroom and spinach.  Fresh garlic.

IMG_5930Mami’s Birthday Goodies!  Tiramisu and biscottis!  Yummy.

STOP!  This is where the lesson comes in!

I officially have some sort of food allergy.  Lately, when I eat really heavy foods, or have some wine, I get a red face heated face to go with it.  It’s something that has been happening for maybe 4/5 months now.   Definitely happens with the wine.  Food, it can be the spicyness, to the hotness, or even just going out for a hearty meal.  I once had some eggplant parmigian, which ended up with my face flared up!

After yesterday’s meal, I officially had enough.  I looked it up and learned that I may have an alcohol intolerance to an allergy with drinks containing sulfites.   That part is actually hereditary, which both my mom and aunt do have.  Also heavy or high caloric meals may play a role.  I figured that one out myself maybe a couple months ago.  The energy from digesting the food may make the blood rush to the head.  Also any cooking that uses MSG.  Restaurants are something not afraid of that ingredient.

So it’s sad to say, that I can’t take the heavy foods.  I actually broke one of my Weekend Lessons.  Eating out twice probably wasn’t the best choice, but I learned why it wasn’t best for me in this situation.  It may take a little more experimenting, but I’m determined to figure it out.  Hopefully, to even go to some holistic doctor.  Last week this never happened, so we can cross out raw foods and juices as the problem 🙂

As for today, I tried to keep it healthy!

IMG_5932Green Juice

IMG_5937Green Detox Salad

IMG_5943Mid-day Cold Care tea… and some inspiration 😉

IMG_5947Mama’s eggplant mushroom quinoa pasta with bread and butta.

*Forgotten photos of those bad-ass biscottis with almond milk.*

Feeling a little better, but actually having a love-hate debate with the fact of going back to work today.  I got a good amount of work done and a lot of bonding with my family.  I didn’t even leave the house (or my pj’s) all day, so it will be bittersweet going back to work.  Wish me luck!

Have a good night lovies!

yesenia

PS.  If I spelled any of the Italian words wrong, sorry in advance.  Spell check wasn’t up for the challenge…