Monthly Archives: December 2012

New Year, New You and a good Detox Drink

It’s almost 2013!!! New Year’s Resolution time! Lots of people try to give up an addiction like smoking, chocolate, french fries or soda. For some it’s a new beginning, a career change, moving to a new city, perhaps a new love. For many it’s to lose weight and be healthier. For health clubs and gyms across the US, January 1st is their Black Friday. Now is the time to join a club! Many gyms have reduced or no cost membership fees and some even offer free training with a personal trainer when joining. Get moving! Get healthy!

My New Year’s Resolution is simply to ‘Smile, breath and go slowly’ ~Thich Nhat Hahn.  We live in a society that moves 90 miles an hour, eats in their cars while driving and cursing at other drivers in rush hour traffic, addicted to caffeine, stressed out, medicated to the max etc…..STOP!!! Breathe.

Everyone wants a magic pill to lose weight,  to wave a magic wand and the fat will disapear, to drink a magic potion that melts away fat….STOP!! That doesn’t work. Breathe.

I have had several friends ask if I had a good detox drink for them to get rid of the holiday food blues and to kick start their New Year’s Resolution and guess what?!? I do. This is my favorite:

Chamomile tea with Lemon, Honey and Cayenne Pepper.

Lemon juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps the immune system. Lemon also acts as a purifier and supplies potassium and may also boost fat burning. Cayenne pepper has many healing properties and ingredients, such as capsicum, which helps with stomach problems, circulation, and heart problems and provides B and C vitamins.

The directions are simple (because I like simple) brew a cup of hot chamomile tea and let steep for 3-5 minutes.  Add a tablespoon on honey, 1/4 of a fresh squeezed lemon and as much cayenne as you can handle, without sneezing haha! I like it cold too. I brew a gallon of tea, put it in a pitcher, toss in a few cubes of ice and save it in the refridgator so that way I can sip on it all day.

DO NOT use a cleanse.  Although this may help you to lose weight, you shouldn’t just drink this beverage without eating. Detox diets can cause harmful side effects including dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown and blood-sugar problems. Consult
your doctor to determine if following a detox diet for any length of time is
safe for you.

Check out these sites for more detox recipes:

http://life.gaiam.com/article/5-natural-detox-drink-recipes (I love everything Gaiam!)

http://www.justcleansing.com/recipes.htm

http://healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/sites/default/files/home_made_detox_drinks.pdf

Here’s to a New Year, a new you and great health! Peace!

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Mmmm…Tilapia and Tomatoes

I love to cook and am pretty good at it if I do say so myself 🙂  When I cook, I try to keep it simple and healthy, and use fewer indgredients and to bring out the natural flavors of the food. Whatever is in my fridge or pantry is what goes into the pan and today it happened to be tilapia and local grown Florida tomatoes, yum!

Tilapia and Tomotoes:

4 Tilapia fillets

3-4 Tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

3/4 cup chicken broth

Himalayan salt and pepper

(Easy right?!?)

Add the onions, celery, green pepper, and garlic to a pan and saute over medium heat until onions began to get soft. You don not have to use olive oil or water, onions are naturally moist and produce liquid. This saves on fat and calories 🙂

Then add the chicken broth and tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the tilapia fillets and toss them into the mixture. Simmer until the fish is flakey. Eat and enjoy!

Two great side dishes for this dinner would be fresh green garden beens and quinoa. Mmmm……

 

 

Tips for a Healthy Digestive System

Do you have indigestion, heart burn, sour stomach or that awful bloated feeling? Are you bowel movements infrequent? If yes, then I need to help you get your digestion system back on track! It is possible and easy to have a healthy digestion system. Foods that are hard to digest like fried and fatty foods, dairy and gluten will be easier. The benefits are not only reducing or eliminating indigestion, heart burn, sour stomach and bloating but you’ll have better moods, increased brain function and energy levels will improve. Follow  these steps to a HEALTHY DIGESTIVE SYSTEM:

1) WATER! Drink 1-2 glasses of lemon water before meals. A hydrated stomach will produce the necessary acids to digest food properly.

2) GREEN TEA helps to burn fat, aid digestion, balance blood sugar and has many antioxidant benefits.

3) OIL & VINEGAR on salads will start the digestion process and balance blood sugar.

4) SPICES! Jump starts the digestion acids, slows the absorption of sugar and increases the amount of calories burned during each meal. Try peppers, ginger, turmeric and cayenne.

5) BEETS & GREENS (my favorite!) helps to move the bile and boost the digestion process.

6) S & P Sip salt and pepper before a meal to increase stomach acid. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of each in and 8oz glass of water

7) NO COLD DRINKS! They reduce the digestion fire.

8) DO NOT EAT LATE AT NIGHT!

9) GINGER helps boost digestion and stomach acid

10) RELAX! Sit down to enjoy your food. Avoid standing or driving while eating.

‘If you eat standing up, death looks over your shoulder’.

~ Old VEDIC proverb

Update on my crazy thyroid:

This week brought more unwelcome changes to my body, the biggest change being a spike in my insulin levels. Until I get all of my hormones, thyroid and insulin under control, there will be no fruit or sugar in my diet for 1 month! 1 month with no fruit?!? My precious Juiceman juicer has been packed away and shut up in the closet. And what about those delicious candy cane cookies that I look forward to every holiday? No cookies either. How will I ever survive?!? Well…my health is more important so I’m just gonna do it 🙂

Peace!

Hypothyroidism

Let me begin by saying that I am one of millions of women that struggles to maintain a healthy body weight. Yup, me. A health coach! And I feel the word agonize is better than struggle. My whole life, almost 36 years have been an agonizing struggle of huge weight losses and gains. Estatic when the weight is shed and miserable when I realize it’s back again. This time has been the worst, but the way I see it, life changing!

Until two months ago, my lifestyle was a vegan/vegetarian diet that I enjoyed. I loved to read vegan books and cook with fresh veggies and make warming soups on cold days and then one day I caught myself red handed eating tons of GMO laced soy products out of convience. What a mess! I screwed up my metbolism, threw off my hormones and gained an unbelievable 24 pounds in almost four months!!! 24 pounds! Ouch! I eat well and exercise 5-6 days a week….

I began my research. ‘Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?’ by Dr. Sanford Siegal proved to be an easy and informative read. Many of his chapter summaries were descibing me! For example: 1) Many overweight people do not overeat, 2) Hypothyroidism may be triggered by a variety of factors such as age, pregnancy, or medications, 3) An indicator of low thyroid function is lower-than-normal body temperature and 4) Blood cholesterol level is usually elevated in those with hypothyroidism. A week of testing my basal temperature proved a very low normal; 96.3 and my cholesterol is through the roof!

Enough of being fat and buying larger, uglier jeans….I went to the doctor to get my blood checked and to obtain a ‘natural’ thyroid medicine. The very pleasant doctor took one look at me and said ‘You need to lose weight’. Duh. I told her of my plight. She listened with kind eyes and told me neck was swollen and that I could benefit from a medication. After reading Dr. Siegal’s book I opted for Amour thyroid, a natural medication, not the typical sythetic drug. The doctor happily wrote out the prescription and sent me on my way with instructions to return in 3 months for more lab work and possible medication adjustment.

So check out the book and follow me on my last weight loss journey, for good. But don’t worry, I won’t bore you everyday with weigh-ins and mundane details, I have plenty of stories, articles, recipes and this and that to keep you coming back for more!

Peace!

http://www.amazon.com/Your-Thyroid-Making-You-Fat/dp/B001Q3M6ZW

Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat: The Doctor's 28-Day Diet that Tests Your Metabolism as You Lose Weight