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Why Cayenne Pepper Rocks My World…

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As a rule of thumb I typically say… the hotter, the better!I No, I’m not one of those people that carries around a bottle of Tapatio in her purse ( though I’ll admit I used to be ), but I’m not gonna pretend I haven’t pulled out a shaker of cayenne pepper a time or two… or ten. I definitely prefer things on the spicy side… esp my drinks! So, when it comes to heat, I say… bring it!

I like to drink a TON of water. Like, a ton. Good luck finding me without my favorite sippy cup in hand. I mean, we all know it’s pretty much the best thing you can do for your body, but regular old H2O can be SUCH a bore!! Like, Snoozefest 2014. I like to mix it up so that I’m sure to get in plenty of liquids, yet don’t die of boredom.

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My bevies of choice, you ask…? I have two! The first is water with a splash of lemon and a little bit LOT of cayenne pepper mixed in. It’s seriously such a tasty treat and packs some serious health benies. Number two is iced green tea, a splash of lemon, a couple drops of stevia extract, and a generous sprinkle of cayenne ← sooooooooo yum!!

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So… why should you incorporate cayenne into your diet. First and foremost, it’s freaking delish, but even more importantly it can majorly amp up your health game. Cayenne pepper contains hefty amounts of vitamins A, E, C, K, and B6. If that’s not convincing enough, check out some of its other insane benefits…

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So drink up and spill… what’s your healthy drink of choice?

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HIIT Me Baby

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You all know I loooooveeee a good run, and try to get one in on the daily. It clears my head, helps me manage my stress, and sometimes it just feels so good to SWEAT. However, I do think that cardio can be highly overrated… esp. when it comes to the ladies.

Our bodies CRAVE change… so you may actually be doing yourself a disservice by jogging the same old route, practicing the same yoga routine, or hopping on the elliptical daily. It may feel good, and yes, it’s obviously better than sitting on you a**… but your bod is saying “yawn, yawn, yawn”… been there, done that!

So, let’s talk about HIIT-ing the gym to work smarter, not harder ← well, maybe a little bit harder. I’m talking about HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. Here’s why it’s the bee’s knees…

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My fave HIIT workouts of the moment are the “HIIT The Beach” portions of the Tone It Up Beach Babe DVDs… yep, volumes 1 & 2. I’m seriously obsessed. They are about 40 minutes each and inspire a serious sweat sesh. They mix up HIIT segments with toning segments so you end up with a full body workout. They are perfect to pair with more targeted toning routines, a little cardio, or on their own if you’re short on time.

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Starting each day with a HIIT seems to be the perfect recipe for health and happiness :) So… what’s your favorite way to HIIT it??

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Bite Me: Coco-Nutz

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So, coconut milk may just be the best thing that has ever happened to my morning routine. I’m not talking the kind in the carton full of nasty chemicals and fake ingreds… I’m talking the kind in the can, ya know, the one that’s make of actual coconut and nothing more. ( My fav is Native Forest because the can lining is BPA free! Soops important. )

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Coconut milk is packed with some serious health benies. It’s packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Magnesium helps to calm the nerves ( a necessity for me ) and maintain normal BP. Coconut milk regulates blood sugar, making you feel fuller, longer and thus eating less throughout the day. Woohoo! Also, the vitamin C and copper content improves skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles making coconut milk one of the best anti-aging superfoods! Who doesn’t like the sound of that? It’s thick and creamy and makes the perfect addition to my morning tea ( this one’s my new fav ) and my morning green shake.

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Replace your current milk of choice with coconut milk for just one day and I swear your life will be changed! And let me know… what’s your fav new way to use coconut milk?

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Why You Should Freeze Your Nuts

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Ok… I know what you’re thinking. Let’s get our minds out of the gutter… I’m talking almonds (my fav), cashews, and any other nuts of your liking. You know, nuts. Those little gems that provide protection against diabetes, heart disease, and cancer!

First of all, try to buy raw, sprouted nuts <– they’re available in the raw section of your local Whole Foods or health food store. If you can’t find them already sprouted you can sprout your own by soaking them overnight.

Why should you sprout your nuts? Raw almonds naturally contain tannic acid. This enzyme inhibitor protects them from sunlight, moisture, etc. It can also make them extremely difficult to digest properly and inhibits your body from absorbing all of those awesome nutrients such as protein, fiber, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and lipase (an enzyme which digests fat) <– hello, who doesn’t like the sound of that?

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Why you should never roast your nuts… like ever! Roasting nuts destroys many of their nutrients and releases free radicals. It also destroys their naturally delish flavor, so nasty additives such as MSG and Maltodextrin ( which are both neurotoxins BTW ) are typically added to replace the lost flavor ( YUCK )!!

So let’s get to the point… why should you freeze your nuts? Do you ever notice how when nuts are left at room temperature for awhile the taste and texture get a little funky? NBD… that’s just your nuts going RANCID! Nuts are composed of delicate, healthy fats <– ya know… the kinds that actually help you to lose weight! These fats are somewhat volatile and do NOT do well at room temp.

In short… freezing your nuts will keep them fresher, healthier, and tastier for much longer… plus, taking about your frozen nuts may just be the conversation starter you’ve been waiting for ;)

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O-M-Ghee

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OMG… let’s talk about one of my favorite foods, ghee! You’re probably asking yourself, what the eff is ghee? (Either that or you’ve already hopped on the ghee bandwagon with me). Either way, let me break it down for you.

Ghee is essentially clarified butter. It’s composed of a short chain of fatty acids that is readily metabolized by the body. Ghee has been shown to reduce cholesterol, support brain health, treat constipation ( ya, I said it ), and help with digestion. It also promotes healthy bacteria in the intestine which can aid in weight loss (score!!). It’s packed with antioxidants and helps your body absorb vitamins and minerals from other foods. Oh ya, and also… it’s DELICIOUS!

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You can use ghee in place of butter, olive oil, or basically anything that calls for oils or fats. You’ll find it in the dairy aisle of your local Whole Foods ( if you can’t find it, just ask)! Ghee is a stable fat and can withstand super high temperatures ( meaning you can avoid those nasty free radicals many other oils release when they are heated ). I love sautéing my kale in ghee, adding my favorite garlic pink himalayan salt, pairing it with a chicken breast, and voila… a super easy, super healthy dinner.

P.S. I’m bringing you one of my favorite 10 minute meal makeovers next week featuring the one and only ghee… ( hint hint: it’s PERFECT for Fall ) you won’t want to miss it!

The Dirty On My 3 Day Cleanse…

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Sooo… that may seem like an oxymoron, but I want to give you the low down on the Mykos 3 day cleanse. To make a long story short… I LOVED it!!! Here’s why…

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First of all, let’s talk about the juices. I started each day with 16 oz of lemon water. This totally cleans out your system and preps you for the day. Throughout the day I drank 6: a green juice, spicy lemonade, nut milk (<– yum), alive tea, a second green juice, and last but not least a pink cooler. All of the bevies were delicious in their own special way. If you like green juice, you will love this one. It was super tasty and packed a real nutrient punch. The spicy lemonade was great. I like things spicy, so the cayenne pepper was a total bonus! The nut milk… where do I begin? I’m a huge fan of almond milk (it’s the only kind of “milk” I ever use), but this nut milk was seriously out of this world. I don’t know what it was that made it so special, but I’ve gotta say that breaking up all of the fruity-ness with this creamy treat in the afternoon really made my day! The alive tea was minty and refreshing, and the pink cooler was sooooo delish. It was infused with fruity goodness and I definitely ate the blueberries floating at the bottom (<– solids… score)!!

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For me, the first day was the toughest. I am prone to headaches as it is and I always get them when I am cleansing. Today was no different. I had a headache pretty much all day… not a terrible one, not a turn off the lights and don’t talk to me headache, just a dull, nagging headache. I didn’t take anything for it. Popping an Advil during a cleanse just seems wrong. I knew it would pass, and it did! Other than that minor annoyance, day one was smooth sailin’! I drank tons of water throughout the day and for “dinner” I had a small bowl of lettuce with 1/3 of a green pepper, 1/3 of a persian cucumber and some lemon juice squeezed on top (I ate this all 3 nights btw). Greens are allowed on this cleanse… hence my green dinner. Kermit would be proud.

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Day two was a breeze. I drank my lemon water and my juices as per usual. I felt great and I was already down 3 lbs.  I don’t necessarily think that weighing yourself on the daily is a healthy habit, however, I think that when you’re on a cleanse it is super motivating. Just keep in mind that part of your weight loss is water weight.

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Day three! Day three is always something to celebrate if you ask me. The finish line is in sight and you start to feel a sense of accomplishment. Day three’s menu was the same as days one and two with one exception. The second green juice was replaced with a second spicy lemonade. This gave me an extra cleansing kick! I may have been a bit to active on day three which led to a little dizziness and light headedness in the afternoon. I knew that it was no big deal, I had just expended way more calories than I had been consuming. A handful of raw almonds did the trick and I was feeling back to normal in no time. Raw nuts are permitted on the cleanse if you feel like you are totally famished, but I didn’t need them up until this point. I love almonds and I knew that if I had started them earlier in the cleanse I would be way too tempted to snack.  The rest of the evening was easy peasy. I kicked back with a Lifetime movie (<– my guiltiest pleasure) and thought about the healthy foods I would eat on day four!

It’s so important not to undo what you have just done. Post cleanse you should focus on small, nutrient dense, super healthy meals and tons of water. I mean, your stomach has shrunk and your bladder has grown so you might as well take advantage of it! I started my first post cleanse day with my lemon water (this will now be how I start each and every day). I made a smoothie with almond milk, berries, and some Perfect Fit protein powder for breakfast and it was so tasty! I continued my day with small, healthy snacks like nuts, fruits, and veggies. I found that I was getting full really easily and drinking water like a fiend. It was awesome. I think it’s important to choose something other than food to reward yourself for finishing the cleanse. I rewarded myself with some new running shoes followed by an awesome workout! All in all, I absolutely loved this cleanse! I lost 6 lbs in total, but more importantly I feel great! I am bursting with energy, my head feels clear, my skin looks and feels amazing, and I am super motivated to keep up the good work!

Here are the deets on Mykos… They are a locally based San Diego company that makes delicious juice! Their website is not up and running quite yet, but here is the link. You can input your information and receive an email just as soon as it is. In the meantime, visit their Facebook page!

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