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Power Up Your Smoothie!

There’s a lot to love when it comes to delicious, healthy, healing and filling smoothies, especially when you are trying to lose weight. Smoothies can be used as a fabulous start to the day or a healthy snack or meal during the day. They’re fun to make and a tasty way to get more protein, fruits, and vegetables into your diet.

I have specific recipes for my clients depending on what they’re wellness goals are.  I would love to share with you some tips for making smoothies that I share with them when it comes to making smoothies.  Smoothies can be made with juice, water, yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or any of the other milk alternatives, they can contain veggies, fruit, supplements, herbs and spices. I suggest combining 1 cup of fruit or vegetables with 1 cup of liquid and two to three ice cubes. Adding a teaspoon of a spice like cinnamon or ground ginger can add an exotic taste plus a boost of phytochemicals.

Any fruit or vegetable can be mixed together, some are better than others when it comes to taste and nutrition. Here are some of the suggestions that I have.

  • Avocados add creaminess and thickness to smoothies. High in potassium and Vitamins A, C and E, avocados are also rich in essential fatty acids.
  • Bananas add a thick and creamy texture to smoothies. They offer a high level of potassium and help boost the immune system.
  • Dates add thickness and sweetness along with vitamins A, B1, B2, C and D.
  • Spinach contains fiber that can help clean the digestive tract of free radicals.
  • Strawberries provide vitamin c and cleansing actions for the liver. They also have antiviral and antioxidant properties.

To add a boost to your smoothie try adding one or more of the following to your smoothie for extra benefits including enhanced energy, joint repair, and toxin removal.

  • Cacao is a mineral- rich super food that offers energizing and anti-aging properties. It makes a smoothie taste like dessert!
  • Chia seeds have been consumed for energy for centuries. They make an excellent thickener for a smoothie when it’s left to chill for about half an hour after being blended.
  • Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil contain omega 3s that help the joints avoid the absorption of toxins.
  • Hemp seeds provide a nutty flavor, omega 3s and omega 6s, fatty acids, and protein.
  • Wheatgrass offers antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Once you start making smoothies you will love them because the process of making them puts you in charge of what you get to take into your body and that my friends it powerful within itself.

Wishing you peace, wellness & tranquility!

Namaste,

 

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS                                                                  

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Master Your Bad Craving Habits

In my last article, Master Your Cravings, (Master Your Cravings) I realized that not only do we have cravings that can wreck havoc on our waistline but also we have habits that help us to hang on to these cravings. This made me take a look at what I do when I get challenged by my cravings that add to the enticement of the craving. What I discovered is that there are certain habits that naturally fall in line with our cravings. So what I decided to do is to discuss how you can get rid of these bad habits that may be keeping you hostage to your cravings.

How many of you fall into this bad habit of Late-Night Snacking? What this actually may mean for you is that you are overtired and are using the “snacking” to keep you awake.  Hunger hormones like ghrelin, leptin and cortisol can all be affected by the lack of sleep. If there’s an imbalance it can change your satiety levels, causing you to crave carbs. Or hey, you just might be bored at night or looking to reward yourself after folding laundry or you feel you should have a treat as you watch your favorite TV show. I discovered that this was a major issue with many of those that I work with however most people were unaware that they even did this or why they did it.

To curb this bad habit is that when you feel yourself getting tired go straight to bed. If you truly can’t fall asleep, create distractions that don’t involve food. Try playing with your pet or doing something that keeps your hands busy. If you absolutely must have a late night snack try, warm unsweetened almond milk with a little cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.  To rewire your brain pathway to eliminate this bad habit make your breakfast to set yourself up for success before bed. Having a morning meal with at least 35 grams of protein may lead to less snacking on high-fat foods at nighttime, compared with starting the day with a low-protein breakfast, like cereal or skipping it altogether.

The other bad habit that seems to be a major problem for people is what I like to call “ Bad Days” or “Pig Out Days.” There are reasons for this. When you eat comfort foods, you get a boost of serotonin and dopamine, feel-good neurotransmitters that act like antidepressants. To curb this bad habit simply do something like order healthy takeout. You can call ahead to your go-to sushi spot and grab it on your way home. It ‘ll feel like a pick me up and help you to control what you’re eating. To rewire the brain pathway for this bad habit remember that your food is medicine and should be treated as so. Instead of eating something, change your clothes right away and go for a jog or do yoga. Or take a hot bath and sip a glass of your favorite healthy beverage while you get lost in a good book or podcast.

Lastly, if you must submit to a bad habit craving, take the time to make the thing that you are carving, as healthy as possible.

Wishing you peace, wellness & tranquility!

Namaste,

 

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS                                                                  

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

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Master Your Cravings

Cravings are a huge problem for many of us. I have even had to rebalance myself to master my cravings this year, which is a first for me. So when I was going through the struggle of getting my cravings in check, I realized for the first time that this is what many of those that I work with struggle with on a daily basis and it can be extremely tough to refrain from your cravings if you don’t know what to do.

So I decided to share some wisdom on how you can successfully master your cravings. Check this out, whether it’s your sweet tooth, which was my problem, or your woe-is-me-mood nudging you toward the goodies, there are some things that you can to get the urge in check, without depriving yourself. If you’ve ever been called to the cabinet by a bag of chocolate chip cookies or better yet enticed by a bag of Oreo cookies and if you are hormonal, it could be a bag of Lay’s potato chips, just know that you are a normal human being.  Even the most disciplined people can’t help surrendering to food cravings. To simply put it, a craving is just a habit that you have scored into your brain pathway.  For instance, if you tend to eat when you’re anxious or at a certain time of night, the behavior just continues on as part of your lifestyle. What’s worse is a lot of people turn to mindless super snacking when they’re really looking to comfort themselves or just find a distraction.

So here’s the deal, don’t beat yourself up because of your succumbed to your cravings, just follow the suggestions below to get yourself back on track.

Salty Cravings ~  This can be a sign of dehydration or a mineral or electrolyte imbalance.

To curb this craving reach for the spice rack Adding spices like turmeric, rosemary, basil, cayenne smoked paprika will help curtail this craving.

To rewire and kill the cravings keep yourself hydrated divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of water per day. Fill your diet with foods that are rich in potassium, like avocado and sweet potato. Potassium will bring water to your cells to hydrate you.

Sweet Cravings ~     Sugar is physically addictive, the more you eat of it, the more you want it.

To curb this craving grab a piece of fruit. Fruit contains natural sugar and carbs that are balanced out by fiber and other nutrients causing less dramatic blood sugar spikes.

Sweet Cravings ~  To rewire and kill this craving try going cold turkey on traditional sweets, for two weeks. Then over the next two weeks eat less of the not so obvious “sugar monsters,” like high sugar yogurt. By the end of the two-week cycle your sweet urges will be greatly diminished and by the fourth week your cravings will be dramatically reduced or none at all.

Here’s some more scoop for you, most cravings pass after about fifteen to thirty minutes so you also have the option of just waiting for them to pass.  A great way to distract your brain from the craving is to go for a walk, turn on some music and sing at the top of your lungs or dance around like there’s no tomorrow.

Wishing you peace, wellness & tranquility!

Namaste,

 

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS                                                                  

The Queen of Feeling Fabulous

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Can Omegas help you lose weight?

Losing weight can be a struggle, but incorporating more essential fatty acids into a balance diet may help you shed some pounds. Though it may seem counter-intuitive to say that adding more fats to our diets will help us lose weight, the science behind this seems to support this theory.

Essentials for Good Health

Omega-3’s essential fatty acids provide a wealth of health benefits. They are an important part of many processes in the body, and research suggest they can help prevent heart disease and stroke as well as help protect the body against cancer.

Are you wondering, So What’s The Catch? Well here it is; our bodies can’t make omega 3s so we must get them through food sources or supplements.

The three main types of these beneficial fats are Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which are typically derived from oily fish like wild salmon and tuna, and alpha Linolenic Acid (LNA), which is found in certain vegetable oils, like canola, soybean and olive oils, as well as in walnuts, flax seeds and green, leafy vegetables.  Another good reason to eat your leafy green vegetables.

Omega- 6 fatty acids work to reduce inflammation, protect against heart disease and help lower LDL (Bad) cholesterol levels. They also help keep bones healthy and aid the body in regulating metabolism. Omega 6s, like omega 3s, also come from food sources. Omega 6s can be found in safflower, corn and soybean oils.

In addition to all the wonderful things omega 3s, essential fatty acids do, they have been shown to support weight loss and weight management, as well. Recent studies have shown that obese women, who received a dietary supplement containing EPA and alpha lipoic acid (ALA) as part of a weight loss regime, lost significantly more weight than a placebo group.

In addition to weight loss benefits, omegas help to manage levels of stress hormones in the body and perhaps help us to be in a better state of mind when it comes to managing our weight. It has been found that people that take fish oil supplements have lower levels of epinephrine and cortisol. They also perceive themselves to be less stressed.

My word of wisdom to you are this; If you are on the fence about adding omega 3s to your diet, I highly suggest that you reconsider and give your heart a chance. The benefits of taking omega 3s far out weigh you not taking them, so do your body a favor, help it out by adding omega 3s to your daily intake of nutrients. Your heart, mind and waist will thank you.

Wishing you peace to your mind, wellness to your body and tranquility to your spirit.

Enjoy!

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

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The Top Ten Detoxifying Foods – Part 2  

 

In The Top Ten Detoxifying Foods part 1 article, you were introduced to the first five detoxifying foods The Top Ten Detoxifying Foods – Part 2 In this article, you are going to learn the remaining five detoxifying foods that naturally detoxify your body and how they work.

  1. Garlic – Garlic contains allicin, which is created when garlic is crushed and it converts into a sculpture-based compound when it enters the body. Toxins such as mercury, certain food additives and chemical versions of the hormone oestrogen binds with sulphur, enabling the body to excrete the whole package. Sulphur also helps keep the body alkaline which can help fight cravings caused by nicotine addiction.
  2. Kiwi Fruit – Kiwi contains the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C that helps the body manufacture the vital detoxifier glutathione. A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that when people were given 500mg of vitamin C a day levels of glutathione increased by 50% in just 2 weeks.
  3. Prunes – There are the ultimate antioxidant food, and provide twice as many antioxidants as blueberries, they’re nearest competitor. They are also important detoxifiers for other reasons. This fruit contains tartaric acid, a natural laxative and dihydropheyl isatin, which trigger the intestine to contract. This and tartaric acid combined reduce the time feces stays in the system, thereby reducing the risk of toxic reabsorption.
  4. Seaweed – Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, have shown that seaweeds will bind in the body with radioactive waste. These wastes can reach us via food that has been grown where water or soil has been contaminated. Seaweed contains in high doses the minerals of iron, iodine, calcium and magnesium. Seaweed also contains something called alginates that have ben shown to bind to heavy metals in our body and helps prepare them for excretion from the body.
  5. Watercress – Watercress increases detox enzymes in the body, and may act directly on particular toxins. When smokers were given 170g (6 ounces) of watercress a day at the Norwich Food Research Centre in the UK, they excreted higher than average levels of known carcinogens in their urine. Watercress contains chlorophyll, which helps builds healthy red blood cells and boost circulation.

In fact water is so important, I mention it again in this article.

Water – Water is needed to flush toxins through our system, yet most of us spend the day dehydrated. You have probably heard that eight glasses of water a day is the required amount, but just aim to drink a glass of something as often as you can. Remember that its not just plain water that hydrates you. Coconut water is an excellent source to utilize for hydrating the body. It is full of electrolytes that the body uses and needs and it is very cooling to the body. You can also eat high water containing foods such as watermelon, celery, cucumber, pears, and grapes to boost your water supply and to provide vitamins to your body.

When you begin to incorporate these foods into your daily diet, you help your body to maintain a state of balance that leads to a feeling of wellbeing. You will not only feel fabulous, fit and well you will look it too. (www.fabfitwellgiftpack.com) People around you will notice your vibrancy and will want to know your secret. And lastly, my favorite benefit is your waistline will thank you.

To further enhance and enjoy a natural detoxification check out: www.the7daydetox.net.

Helping you to enhance your well-being!

Namaste,

 

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

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The Top Five Detoxifying Foods – Part 1                  

Detoxifying the body can be a relative easy thing to do. In fact it is not necessary to starve yourself, do fad detoxes that may do more damage than good or have the detoxification be an extremely difficult thing to do. In fact you can detox your body by eating food that naturally assists your body with the detoxification process. Below is a list of the first five detoxifying foods and how they work.

  1. Apple – Scientist in the Ukraine have used apples to purify the area around Chernobyl after the nuclear leak. Apples contain Vitamin C and quercetin, antioxidant nutrients that lower fat/cholesterol levels. Pectin, a fiber also found in citrus fruits, beets and berries that binds heavy metals (such as lead and mercury) in the colon and encourages their excretion. It also helps the body excrete food additives, including tartrazine, which is linked to hyperactivity, migraine headaches and asthma in children.
  2. Avocado – Avocados contain Glutathione, an antioxidant that fights free radicals. This combines with fat-soluble toxins, particularly alcohol, to make them water-soluble. Levels of glutathione decrease as we age (one reason why hangovers worsen as we get older): researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, USA, found that elderly people whose levels of glutathione were higher, were healthier. They were also less likely to suffer from arthritis, which many experts believe is a disease aggravated by excess toxicity.
  3. Artichoke – The Artichoke increases bile production. One of the jobs of bile is to carry toxins to the bowel where they can be excreted. According to research, artichoke can increase bile flow by 127% 30 minutes after being eaten. Artichokes contain antioxidant nutrients that are shown to decrease damage to the liver caused by free radicals when the artichoke extracts are present in the system.
  4. Beetroot– beetroot has been used for many years by Roman civilizations as a blood-purifying tonic. Ingredients in it may also absorb toxic metals. At Leadville, a polluted mine site in Colorado, USA, beets and other crops such as carrot and banana are being used to filer 70% of pollutants from water. Beetroot contains methionine, which helps to purify natural waste products from the body. Batanin, which helps the rate at which the liver can break down fatty acids. This takes pressure off the organ, allowing it to fight more dangerous toxins.
  5. Cruciferous Vegetables – Cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, spinach and cauliflower all cruciferous vegetables and are very powerful detoxifiers that neutralize particular toxins. As study at Cornell University in USA found that brussel sprouts inhibited aflatoxin, a toxic mold linked to liver cancer. Cruciferous vegetables have also neutralized nitrosamines, produced by cigarette smoke. They also contain glucosinolates, which prompts the liver to produce vital enzymes.

Water – Water is needed to flush toxins through our system, yet most of us spend the day dehydrated. You have probably heard that eight glasses of water a day is the required amount, but just aim to drink a glass of something as often as you can. Remember that its not just plain water that hydrates you. Coconut water is an excellent source to utilize for hydrating the body. It is full of electrolytes that the body uses and needs and it is very cooling to the body. You can also eat high water containing foods such as watermelon, celery, cucumber, pears, and grapes to boost your water supply and to provide vitamins to your body.

Other Useful Detox Foods

Alfalfa, Asparagus, Bananas, Bran Cereals, Brazil nuts, Carrots, Eggs, Tofu

Have fun with this list and try to incorporate as many of the above foods as possible. Watch how your body responds by giving you more energy, vibrancy and clarity. You will feel amazing.

Wishing you healthy energy, vibrancy and clarity!

Namaste,

Rochel Marie Lawson, RN,AHP,CMS

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Super Foods for A Super You #2

I had so much fun sharing information about green super foods that you can incorporate into your diet that are naturally designed to improve your wellbeing that I decided to talk more about other super foods that are extremely beneficial to you, that you may not know about. In my last article “Green Super Foods” (post link here) I shared with you super foods that are designed to help you rock your workouts, improve digestion, build healthy bones, regulate blood sugar levels and fight off colds. In this article, I want to share with you foods that are designed naturally to protect your heart, protect you against cancer and keep you slim.

 

  • If you are looking for natural ways to protect your heart, then you will want to incorporate eating more leeks into your diet. This member of the onion family is loaded with flavonols, compounds that work to keep your blood vessels flexible and prevent bloods clots that can lead to a heart attack. One flavonol that is found in Leeks is kaempferol. In the American Journal of Epidemiology it is reported that people who consume the most kaempferol-containing foods are the least likely to die from heart disease. Leeks are also rich in the B vitamin folate, which plays a role in protecting your heart.
  • Protecting yourself naturally against cancer is not a difficult thing to do. You just need to know what to do to help your body increase its ability to fight off cancer. One thing that you can do is to eat more Watercress. Although Watercress may look a lot like spinach it is actually a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and Brussel sprouts, which are also packed with cancer fighting glucosinolates. These compounds are thought to prevent cancer by ridding our bodies of carcinogens before they can damage our cells. Since heat slowly destroys glucosinolates activity, these raw leafy veggies may provide an additional advantage over other cruciferous veggies that we eat cooked. Consuming three ounces of raw Watercress a day for eight weeks has been shown to reduce DNA damage in the white blood cells by up to 24 percent, documented in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  • If staying slim is one of your top priorities, then I suggest that you begin by eating more peas. Peas are high in fiber and protein and can help you eat less and still feel nourished. One cup of peas packs an impressive seven grams of filling fiber, plus green peas contain resistant starch, a special kind of carb that our bodies can’t digest thus leaving you feeling full for hours after you eat your meal. A cup of peas delivers eight grams of protein, which is more than one large egg. Protein takes longer to digest than carbs and it requires more energy so you naturally increase your metabolism and burn up more calories in the process. Like all green foods, peas contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help prevent chronic disease.

 

Most people don’t get enough vegetables in their diet and eating vegetables is such a great way to improve your health and well being naturally. If you have never tried these super veggies, then I suggest start slowly by incorporating one or two of them at a time into your diet. Check in with yourself and notice how you feel during and after you eat them. You may be surprised at how thankful your body will be to you for doing this by allowing you to have more energy, vibrancy and successful weight management. So go ahead and splurge by incorporating fresh, organic, GMO and pesticide free Leeks, Watercress and peas into your life.

I welcome your comments below.

Wishing you much health and wellness!

Namaste,

 

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