On the go

I think I hit the snooze button 5 times on my alarm this morning, so I was running a little late. But really, when have I not been a little behind the clock lately. It’s come to the point where I just leave my oatmeal, toppings, dried fruit, and breakfast bowl at work. I grabbed my green juice from the fridge that I made the night before, and a crate of raspberries to munch on with a sprinkle of stevia. It’s the only way I’ll keep myself from visiting the vending machine during this detox when I’m a morning hungry bear.

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Raspberries & Stevia

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Day 1 Breakfast: Gluten-Free Oatmeal

I never got turned onto oatmeal as a kid. I absolutely hated the texture and the blandness. All I wanted was my sugary cereals for breakfast. Growing up does a funny thing to your taste buds though. I actually like oatmeal now. The nice thing about it is, you can add whatever you want to create a different taste. Maple syrup, cinnamon, and apples; honey and strawberries, raisins you name it. I like to skip the instant oatmeal because it normally has some other added ingredients that I find hard to pronounce so I stay away. I like to get organic rolled oats. Any brand will do. I switch between Trader Joe’s and Bob’s Red Mill.

How to cook rolled oats:

I usually fill 1/3 of my bowl with the rolled oats and pour in boiling hot water to where it just barely covers the top of the oats. DON’T pop in the microwave like you do with instant oatmeal. These oats expand and will get all over your microwave.

After the oats have cooked, remove the plate/cover and add your choice of sweetener and whatever else you want. I’m staying away from sugar during detoxing so I like to add in Stevia. For this morning’s breakfast I added ground flax seeds loaded with omega-3s and fiber to keep me full, cinnamon, cacao nibs, blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries.

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Health Motivation Tips For Success

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Whether this is your first time going on a cleanse/diet or your nth time, motivation is key to keeping yourself on track with any type of diet or fitness goal.

Here are some sure-fire tips I used when I went on my own personal elimination diet:

Go public!

Share your journey by telling your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, and your friends. It shows accountability. If Susie at work knows you’re going on a health cleanse, but sees you stuffing your face with a handful of fries at lunch you’ll look less credible. We tend to break the promises we make for ourselves, but when we know another pair of eyes are watching us we’ll most likely stick to our goals. It may seem scary at first, coming out so openly, but you’ll be surprised with how many people will actually cheer you on in full support. So forget about the judgement. If anything, you might just inspire someone to start their own detox or fitness journey and they’ll be the ones coming to you for advice.

Use social media

Share your fitness pictures or recipe ideas. Just be careful not to spam your friends’ Facebook walls everyday. In this case I would use Facebook sparingly, and use a blog, or Instagram to document everything. These platforms are great for documenting lifestyle changes because they’re niche-specific. If you don’t feel like you have the time to blog, definitely go with Instagram. Don’t underestimate the value of a good hashtag. They’ll help direct you to the categories you’re interested in, and lead you to connect with other like-minded people that can inspire you. I suggest using or searching tags like #fitness #cleaneating #healthy #recipe.

Trust the process

Expect that there will be setbacks. There will be days when you don’t see progress, and you’ll feel like giving up, but that’s when you need to push through it the most because after that hump you’ll see the results. Once you start to see the progress, you’ll feel too good to go back to feeling bad again. If you fall off the wagon, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Start where you left off the next day. I mention this in Making time for a Detox:

It took me nearly 3 months to get myself ready to fully commit … One week I would cut down on my sugar and wheat intake, and the next week I would see a piece of strawberry shortcake beckoning my name and I would cave…The following week when I felt like I was ready, I would start up again and this time I would try to cut out a said food for 2 weeks. I did this on-and-off-again for the next 3 months, gradually increasing from 2 weeks to 3 to 4, etc. until I felt like the changes I had made would allow me to fully commit…

Stop counting

Leave that to your accountant. No more counting calories. As long as you’re keeping your processed foods to a minimum and have less than 30 grams of added sugar a day, you really can eat all the healthy food you want.

Document

Write down what you’re eating. If you’re at work, fill in your calendar while you’re on a break. At school? Jot it down in your planner if your teacher’s putting you to sleep. If you’re always on your phone, there’s apps like MyPlate among others that help track what you’re eating, and even breakdown the ratio to carbs, fat, and protein you are consuming.

Most importantly stay positive and enjoy the process. Have fun with creating new meals and recipes that you would never pair together before. You don’t have to be a great cook…I know starting off I certainly wasn’t. I could get by with the basics, but I had no clue until I started to really get dirty in the kitchen of how I could play with different flavors. Good luck and as always…

How to make Almond Milk

Almond Milk is a great alternative to dairy if you are lactose intolerant. It is also free of gluten, soy, low in calories, and tastes great in smoothies. But why would you want to make your own almond milk if you can just buy it from the store? Sure you can forgo the hassle and pay $3 for a carton yourself, or you can get the most out of your almonds if you’re going on a detox from dairy and wheat by making your own milk and flour from the leftover pulp. It’ll also save you some money in the long run.

I recently took a trip to the grocery store and was curious to see what ingredients lay in a typical carton of almond milk. The two popular brands were Blue Diamond Almond Breeze and Silk Pure Almond. Both had nearly identical ingredients lists: Continue reading

How to start a ‘Detox’ : The Basics

So you want to start eating clean.

Remember all those years ago when Cover of you were a teenager and all the grown ups said they envied you because you could eat whatever you wanted and not have it affect you? Well fast forward a couple years, the sand glass is running out and you’re probably starting to realize you can’t eat the way you used to anymore either. You’ve lost that spring in your step, you’re constantly tired, or sluggish, your allergies seem to be getting worse every season, bloating after a meal is a common nuisance, you’re not satisfied with your body as much as you’d like, and your skin is showing signs of gulp AGING! What is HAPPENING?! Years of bad eating habits is what is happening. For me, college happened. Late nights spent guzzling down energy drinks and cups of coffee, 4th meals at Taco Bell, eating out more than cooking in, tailgating every weekend during football season, and way too much ramen.

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