Try It Tuesday – 3 Day Refresh

I dislike calling this a detox because that word has gotten a bad, bad reputation in the wellness community, mostly because its associated with extremes that cause your body to react, well… extremely!

Trust and believe I would NEVER do anything extreme to my body, certainly nothing that would have me taking up residence in the bathroom!

No, this is a gentle cleanse, you get to eat plenty of clean, whole foods, and you won’t be spending the entire 72 hours in the bathroom – I PROMISE.

I have done this several times, including the days leading up to my wedding (what bride doesn’t want to feel light, bright, and recharged right before one of the biggest days of her life?!) and I have loved how I felt after every single time. It helped to stabilize my sugars and clean the gunk out of me!

My team has a group starting on December 14th, and we finish December 16th! We would love to have you join us if you would like to tune yourself up to feel great for those holiday parties!

Here is the results from one of my 3 Day Refreshes!

If you would like to join us, drop me a message or a comment, or you can get your kit here!

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Tip Tuesday – Tired? Exercise anyways!

Yes, it’s hard to get motivated to move when you are tired. After a long workday, exercising can feel like the last thing you’d want to do, but getting your sweat on will actually energize you!

Along with mood and depression, fatigue improved after a single 30-minute moderate intensity exercise session, according to a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. “Everything we do uses oxygen, so when you exercise it helps you work more efficiently and you don’t tire as easily,” says Nutting. “You also function better mentally.”

Give it a try!

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Food Tip Friday – Energy Packed Foods

I know, sometimes that midday crash is inevitable, no matter how rested or well-fed you are. It’s especially prominent in the summer, when the heat and humidity, plus the go-go-go-ness can totally deplete your energy levels.

Luckily, there is no need for an energy drink or to mainline iced coffee… these foods will help naturally restore your energy levels!

  • Melons – 90% of their weight comes from water, so they play a key role in keeping you hydrated, which keeps your energy levels up.
  • Polenta – the feat here is that Polenta is loaded with complex carbs, which are broken down slowly, so they keep your blood sugar on an even keel, providing a sustained energy release that lasts for hours without that dreaded blood sugar spike!
  • Green Tea –  Green Tea is rich in L-theanine, an amino acid that makes you feel alert and invigorated without the jitters that some people get from coffee (I personally can’t stand that jittery feeling!)
  • Crab – these red pinchers aren’t just a tasty source of superlean protein, they are also packed with vitamin B12, which balances your mood and fights fatigue. B12 also keeps red blood cells healthy so they can ferry oxygen to our brains, helping us think clearly and stay energized!
  • Brown Rice – Packed with complex carbs, brown rice is also a great source of Magnesium, which help keep your bodies metabolism levels.
  • Lentils – Lentils have a powerful combo of slowly digested protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, which could very well make them the ideal energy food.

All Day Energy

There are plenty of others – do you know of any other good ones?

Superfood Saturday – Maca Root

You have likely heard of today’s superfood spotlight – Maca Root. It’s been around seemingly forever. It’s a natural source of healing nutrition, but it also has a long history of being a safe superfood that has been consumed for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years in regions of the Andes Mountains.

Another unique fact about maca root is that historically it has been considered a very potent aphrodisiac and a traditional fertility secret of populations living in the Andes. Clinical trials have shown that maca has positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood. Maintaining positive energy levels is related to having lower levels of anxiety and depression, both of which maca has been shown to positively help achieve.

Maca Root

Consuming maca often helps people feel more “alive”, energetic, and with a better sense of well-being, all of which are thought to be due to its ability to restore proper hormone balance and elevate “feel good” endorphins.

Plus, it significantly improves glucose tolerance, by lowering levels of glucose in blood. This is especially important for those who need to worry about heart health and conditions like Diabetes or metabolic syndrome.

Maca root is in my Shakeology, and so I get a dose of it daily – I am not sure how much (that information is proprietary to Beachbody) but I have no complaints, personally!