Thursday, January 20, 2011
Because everyone requested so nicely…..
Here are some raw recipes! My favorite is the Popeye Soup! I had it tonight for dinner. Enjoy and Be Healthy!
1 cup water or vegetable broth
2 cucumbers, unwaxed
1 cup of fresh raw spinach
2 green onions
2 cloves garlic
1/3 red bell pepper
Himalayan Crystal Salt or Sea Salt
Middle Eastern Spices (I like to add 1/2- 1tsp of Garam Masala,
1/2-1tspTurmeric, and 1tspCurry)
Fresh lime juice, to taste
In a blender, add avocado and half the water or broth and puree, then add the rest of
the veggies one at a time and blend to your desired thickness. Once all the veggies are blended,
add the spices in to taste. After all the spices are added, add the lime juice to taste. You can serve this soup cold or slightly warmed (to keep it raw and alkalizing don't heat it past 118F).
Yummy and great if you're doing a liquid cleanse.
1-2 cups broccoli, chopped
1-2 cups cauliflower, chopped
1 cup cucumber juice or veggie broth
1/2 cup soaked almonds (raw)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. curry powder
1 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice
1 Tbsp. Braggs liquid aminos
1/2 tsp. sea salt
In a food processor or blender, combine the almonds with the cucumber juice or brother and the garlic. Blend well. With machine still running, ad the broccoli and cauliflower and blend until smooth.
Finally, blend in a seasonings and lemon or lime juice, Bragg Amino, and salt. Add more brother or water to desired consistency.
Variation: Use avocado instead of the almonds and use this recipe for a salad dressing;)
Chunky Vegetable Soup
2 1/2 cups fresh carrot juice
6-8 celery stalks 2 carrots
1 summer Squash
Small bunch of arugula
Spice options: parsley, basil, or coriander
For broth, blend carrot juice, avocado, and 3-4 celery stalks. Grate squash, carrots, and remaining celery, adding finely chopped arugula and other fresh green spices last. Serve in bowl or cup, decorate with fresh herbs. Yum:)
Below I've also listed some cleansing juices and labeled their main property. Just juice in your juicer and drink up! ^-^
2oz water crest
Basic Cleansing Green Drink
4 cups alfalfa and or other sprouts
4 cups sunflower and buckwheat greens
1/2 cup carrots
1/2 cup sweet red peppers
1/4 cup parsley
1 cup cucumber
Add 1 bunch of wheat grass (about 3/4 inch thick), if desired
High Vitamin C and E Drink
2oz green peppers
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Detoxing is necessary for health, recharging the cells, and of course weight-loss. It is very common to have "Post Holiday Fatigue" or "Post Holiday Sickness." You may have noticed people around you sniffling or coughing and perhaps packing on a few (this time of year is when gyms typically get 1/3 of their annual enrollment).
So, I have a few tips of how to detox.
Ease into it:
Most people think of a detox as an extreme liquid diet with headaches, nausea, and frequent trips to the bathroom....and it can be, BUT it doesn't have to be. Detoxing can be gentle and gradual, it doesn't have to be a flush. Sure, after you've adapted some detoxifying habits and adjusted, a short flush (2 days or so) can really give you a boost, but if you're used to eating out all the time, frozen meals, and tons of meat, bread, sugar, and dairy, give your body a chance to adapt to your new found health habits.
Some good places to start: drinking water all day and drinking 32oz as soon as you wake up (this stimulates metabolism and gets your detox systems up and running), cleanse the colon by drinking 2tsp of psyllium husks in water in the morning and evening, eat two big salads a day (skip the heavy dressing and go for vinaigrette or better yet, make your own with fresh chopped garlic, sea salt, balsamic vinegar, and organic extra virgin olive oil yum:), take a quality multivitamin everyday, replace sugar and artificial sweeteners with Stevia.
Detoxing is not only for your body:
The objective of detoxing is to gain health, right? Well, you can live on vegetables, drink gallons of water, but if you let yourself get completely stressed and surround yourself with energy vampires, you'll never reach optimum health. Cleanse your environment, clean out the clutter from your closet, journal a few times a week, and take time for yourself. Engage in activities that allow you to be creative and relaxed. Take a walk to clear your head. The list goes on....
Try out a few of these tips for a week and see how you feel. Also, for when you feel like you're ready to progress to a full flush, I'll be posting some raw recipes and guidelines in my next blog.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Yep, it's cliché, but hey, I'm in fitness. The New Year is here and this is the time when people are rushing to gyms and signing up for 1 or 2 year memberships. I see it every year. The first couple weeks of the New Year are very busy. Then, come February or even March, the crowd thins out- classes go from barely being able to lift a weight without whacking someone in the head to cozy, then to spacious.
It's curious, isn't it? Everyone knows that exercise makes you feel good, help you to trim down and improve overall health and most people have accepted that diet can make or break your fitness plan. The basics are pretty simple. Exercise daily, eat lots of green vegetables, drink plenty of water, and repeat. Life gets in the way though. Sometimes we are rushing around and we cannot make it to the gym. Other times we forget our lunch and we shamefully pull in to a fast food joint or other quick fix.
Life is imperfect, that's for sure. Things don't always go as planned. What it comes down to though....there are excuses and then there are RESULTS.
As a former high school teacher and a fitness instructor, I have heard my fair share of excuses. Most of the excuses were by all means completely justified..."I got caught in traffic, can't make it tonight," "I'm feeling sick," and so forth. Life happens of course, but what happens when you're going down a path and you come up to a hurdle? Jump over it! Crawl under it! Blow it up with a bazooka!! (metaphorically speaking eh hem)
Do what you have to deal with your hurdle, then hop back to it.
To help you with your goals, I am offering some great deals on bootcamps and body rolling classes. Taken together, these classes will absolutely transform your body. I say this without reservation. With the bootcamps I also give nutritional advice and detox diet plans to follow.
So, if you have weight-loss or fitness goals, make the commitment. There is no better time than NOW so let’s do it! Happy New Year!