Top Ways To Get Your Spring Fling On

Spring is here, and there is no better time to get your Spring Fling on. When I say Spring Fling on, I mean get your Mind, Body and Spirit in check with some good organization . We all feel better when we get stuff done, and everything around us is in sync. We feel good in the Mind, and our Spirits are full. It is that A-HA moment when you feel that you can truly enjoy Spring because everything is running smoothly. I have some Great Ways to get you there.

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THROW OUT THE OLD, AND BRING IN THE NEW

This is a great time to go through your closets, drawers, and pantry. Discard anything that doesn’t fit you, or you haven’t worn in 6 months. If you haven’t worn it in 6 months, you probably never will. This is a great time to get some bags , and start clearing out. You can give your gently used items away to many places that will accept clothing or food. There is always someone in need. Throw out all the items that have reached their expiration date. I promise you the minute you clear the unused, your mind will feel so much better. This makes more room for newer spring wardrobe staples.

CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN

There is no better time to get your house cleaned, and let that new energy in. A clean home isn’t just for smelling fresh and clean, but it clears out the old energy, and lets way for the new energy. I love having my house cleaned, then going through each room and burning Sage. I feel this enlightens my home, and discards any old , unwanted energy out of the home. I mean who doesn’t love the smell of a clean home. This is a great time to change out any pictures for newer ones. A new set of sheets always does the trick for me. I LOVE new bed sheets.

SET UP A NEW WORKOUT SCHEDULE FOR YOURSELF

Working out is so important for our bodies, minds, and spirits. If you are wanting a change in workouts, or adding a certain type of workout, this is the time. You will feel so much better after devoting time to yourself and giving yourself time . We all owe ourselves that . Trying a new yoga class or barre class is a great way to see if something new is for you. Walking outside for just 10-15 minutes a day is a game changer. Breathing in fresh air and being outside is so good for your soul.

INVEST IN A GOOD SPRING MANI/PEDI

Once you feel you have gotten yourself in order, and the organization is complete, go treat yourself with a beautiful mani/pedi to start off spring right. There is nothing better than taking time for YOU. A good hour in the salon is the perfect way to start Spring off the right way. I know it can be a luxury for some, but just giving yourself an hour every day is so life changing. This can be done with a massage, salon appointment or just sitting and reading a book or magazine.

The best way to get your Spring Fling on is make a list of the things I just mentioned, and try to take April and challenge yourself in getting those things accomplished. You will love yourself later.

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My Spring Break Shape Up

Happy Thursday !

The Spring Season is just around the corner, and that means Spring Break is right behind. I don’t know about you, but feeling good and feeling in shape during that time is just as important. I have some of my favorite tips for getting in a Good Spring Shape Up.

Get that booty in Shape the Right Way

It’s really easy to get in a rut during the Winter with your diet and exercise routine. I know f or me personally that I love to fully enjoy the Holiday and that means great food and Good Wine. I always make note at the beginning of the year is when my health habits kick back in. This Winter I have switched to a full Plant based diet and I absolutely love it. I don’t think I will ever go back. I’m not saying that works for everyone, but with these helpful tips, I believe you will be back in shape in no time.

-Make sure you are Drinking Loads of Water Every Day. I start in the morning, and don’t end my H20 intake until night time. Replace any drinks with water. It truly helps your body stay hydrated and to flush those toxins out. It also keep you energized through out the day. WATER IS A MUST!

-Make sure you are adding in 30-45 minutes of Exercise each Day. If this is not doable for you , then start out with 15 min and work your way up. Even adding in a walk or run is great for Cardio. I toss my workouts up. I tend to get bored very easily. I get in at least 2-3 days of yoga a week. ( Yes I absolutely Love Yoga). I do weight training and cardio every day almost. It just makes me feel so much better and stronger. I do add in a Pilates class here and there. Working out is a huge Passion of mine. If you can’t make it to the gym, try checking out some quick videos at http://www.youtube.com

-Stick to a Healthy Diet Always! I’m not saying you cant have a cheat day, but don’t make it weekly. Try to stick to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and Whole Grains every day. You can add so many amazing recipes to your daily diet by getting creative with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. If this seems hard for you at first, start out small. Try to have one to two meals or snacks healthy a day. If you are wanting a quick shape up , it is vital that you watch your portion controls along with your food choices.

-Try to fix you own meals more often. I find that making my meals at home is so much more healthier. You don’t get the hidden oils and fats that a lot of the restaurants use. I love cooking wholesome meals at home and eating with my family. I’m not saying that you cant enjoy a night out. It’s imperative that if you do eat out, pick healthy choices.

-Stay away From the Alcohol while getting in your Shape Up. Alcohol has so many empty calories and a lot of those drinks are loaded with sugar. I love Wine, but I have it Sparingly these days. If you want to have a cocktail, use substitutes so that its not so fattening.

If you follow these tips to a T, I know you will get in the Best shape Up For Spring Break. It is very important to realize what you are putting in your mouth. Staying away from fattening dressings, alcohol, fried foods, refined sugars, and preservative filled foods will get you there quick, with plenty of exercise. If you need to keep a journal of your eating, always write it down. Start now and you will start feeling and looking your best.

xo

Melissa


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The reasons you should add mushrooms to your diet daily.

Mushrooms have long been around as a great cleansing agent. They not only are used in cleansing your systems, but amazing for your digestion among other things. 

I try to add in a mushroom tonic weekly, and you truly can feel the benefits. Mushrooms help ward off the flu( which none of us like), and helps really calm the spirit. There are many types of mushrooms, as Reishi being one of my favorites. They all play an important part in keeping our immune systems balanced, and in tact. Keeping our immune systems strong in the colder months is essential in keeping those colds and flus as bay. I have included a great mushroom tonic below, and it’s not only great for your health, but pretty delicious.  I use a great Gynestemma as the base for this tonic. Gynestemma is great for lowering your cholesterol and immune regulation. 

  • Steep one bag of Gynestemma tea
  • 1/4 tsp. Hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • A few drops of vanilla stevia to taste. You can also try to use raw honey if you prefer. 

Pour steeped tea in the blender before adding the powdered herbs. Blend on high until creamy. Add a dash of cinnamon. 

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Does organic food make a difference? 

Many people these days believe organic food to be healthier for you. An estimated 70 billion has been spent on organic products and the number is growing. 

When it comes to non organic farming, many of the pesticides have been linked to many cancers, and neurodegenerative diseases. Non organic produce has shown to have toxic metals and pesticide residues. This is pesticides you ARE ingesting. 

In a recent study, it has been determined that organic produce had superior nutritional content, and organic tomatoes had shown a 20-30 percent richness in lycopene, and higher levels of antioxidants. When organic strawberries were tested, they had shown a higher nutritional value in terms of antioxidants, and had a richer color than non organic. I’m sure a lot of you are asking yourselves, ” what does organic mean? It really comes down to respecting our environment, and keeping our people healthy. Organic farmers do not use pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones or GMO’s. Your basically paying more for a higher nutrient product that helps in promoting good health. 

As I feel, organic is the ultimate best. There are some foods that you can get by with buying non organic, but there are the ” dirty dozen”, and these foods are best bought organic. 

  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Sweet peppers
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes

These are best bought organic. It doesn’t just stop at fruits and vegetables. Meat should be bought organic . They have higher amounts of linoeic acid and higher omega 3 fatty acids. I know it can be expensive to shop organic, but in the long run , it pays for better health. That’s what we all want correct? 

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Grain free Pumpkin Bars

Hi ladies! It’s pumpkin time, and that means get to baking your favorite pumpkin desserts , but keep it healthy!

I recently checked out the detoxinista.com, and came across an amazing recipe. Talk about yummy! I love making  desserts each fall season. Pumpkin is loaded with tons of vitamins A,C,K, and E. It’s filled with magnesium, potassium and iron.

This is a great recipe to serve at your fall party, or just make for your family to enjoy. I made mine this weekend, and they were a hit.

This recipe fills one 8×8 pan

1/2 cup pumpkin spice

1/2 cup almond butter

1/3 cup honey

2 eggs

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease your 8×8 Pan with coconut oil or butter. Combine all your ingredients in a medium bowl . Mix well until a smooth batter forms! Enjoy! 

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