The Best Way To Keep Energy Levels Up All Day

Summer is finally here and that means late summer nights and lots of fun. One thing that can really make you crave your bed earlier is tiring out early. Energy Levels can fluctuate up and down if you are not taking care of yourself the way you should be. If you are eating lots of sugar or drinking way too many cocktails, that can really make your energy levels linger day to day. I have a few tips on how to keep those energy levels up throughout the BEST season of the year.

DRINK PLENTY OF H2O

I can’t tell you how much hydration helps with energy levels. I can always tell when I need more water. I start to hit that late afternoon rock. I try to keep water with me all day and drink all day. I even add fruit to it so it doesn’t seem so boring. Hydration is key to any healthy lifestyle. We lose so much water just through movement alone. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be working out to replace water. The best thing I do is make my water each morning before walking out the door. If you are busy in the mornings, make it the night before. It will be nice and chilled for you when you wake up.

Healthy Breakfast Option

EAT A HEALTHY LIGHT BREAKFAST

I am not going to sit here and tell you that I eat breakfast every morning. I usually do a 16 hour intermittent fast. This keeps my energy levels up like no other, but that doesn’t always work for everybody. I recommend eating a light breakfast such as a healthy juice, or smoothie loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. I find that the heavier meal you eat first thing in the morning wears your energy levels down. Everyone is different so choose wisely. Avocado toast is always a great choice.

EXERCISE IN THE MORNING

I find that exercising in the morning really helps my energy levels. I truly love fitness and I feel it’s key when wanting to live healthier and happier. I feel exercise helps keep energy levels stable all day long. If you are a yoga crazy like me, that is a great start to any morning. If you are a runner, try to hit your running in the morning. I feel that exercising in the late afternoon or evening really doesn’t help keep your energy up. It makes me want to go to bed. I try to avoid any exercise late at night, especially if I have a summer fling to go to or any plans made with friends.

KEEP THE COCKTAILS TO A MINIMUM

I am the first to admit, I LOVE my wine. I really do. I just have really cut back on my cocktails. I feel at times, depending on the wine itself, that many make me feel tired early. A few have me tossing and turning at night. I don’t like not getting a good amount of sleep. I go hard through the days and I love my nights up in the summer. If I have wine, I hydrate well in between and cut back on the amount of glasses I allow myself. I actually love it. I do splurge on my vacations. Alcohol can wreak havoc on your sleep and health. Keep it balanced. You will feel so much better.

Summer is about having fun. We are avid travelers, but I love spending summer nights listening to music, hanging with my friends and family and eating amazing summer cuisine. Take care of your health and you will have loads of energy to make many more great Summer Memories.

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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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