Vacation is something we all love, and we should. It’s a time to unwind, eat delicious food, and drink our favorite cocktails. Enjoying our favorite things can put a dent into our fitness and diet regimen and can put on some extra unwanted pounds. If you are one that hits your vacation spots and finds a way to add in some fitness, that’s wonderful. If you don’t, there are ways to get back into shape once vacation has ended.

The last thing you want to do is fall off the band wagon like some people do. They go on vacation, eat bad food and drink highbrow calorie drinks, then get back and has lost motivation. Don’t let that happen. You will do your body no good. Here are my top ways to get yourself back in shape:

1. Eat at home- you just spent a whole week eating food from restaurants that is probably loaded up with some fats. It’s time to head to the store, stock up on greens, fruits, fish and good healthy protein and start making your meals at home. It’s healthier, and saves on the calorie intake. 

2. Get motivated to hit the gym. Take your body back to the gym.  Start burning those calories. If you aren’t a gym person, try a great app like SWORKIT . It will literally burn the calories in no time. You can’t lose that motivation.

3. Give the alcohol up- Alcohal is full of unwanted calories. IF you are trying to get back in shape, give up your cocktails for a while. Give your liver a break. It just adds to the unwanted caloric intake.

4. Take in the water. Water is the best thing we can put in our bodies. It clears out toxins and helps with breaking down inflammation. Have a water bottle with you all the time.

Doing these proactive concepts to your everyday living will get your body back in shape. Strive for 30-45 minutes 4xs a week for workouts. You will feel great!

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It’s time to throw away that pasta , and replace it with delicious zucchini noodles. You will replace the carb filled , non nutritious pats with antioxidant filled zucchini. The most amazing thing is, you will not taste a difference. Zucchini noodles are perfect for those pasta dishes that the whole family will love. 

If you are making this recipe, it’s best to use a vegetable spiralizer. It’s easiest that way to get gorgeous zucchini noodles. 

This will serve 2 people. If you want more, you can double the recipe. 

– 2 small zucchini

-2 cups shrimp

-1/2 cup pesto 

-1 cup Parmesan 

– Pepper to taste 

-2tsp olive oil 

In a medium skillet, pour the olive oil in and put on low to medium heat. Once it warms up, throw the zucchini noodles in and cook for about 5-7 min . Set them aside. Throw in the shrimp , until it’s cooked on both sides. Pre cooked shrimp is ok to use also. Throw in the pesto and Parmesan. Place the zucchini noodles back in and stir. Add in pepper. It’s so delicious. Enjoy! 

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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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Happy Monday! 

I have to share with you this wonderful recipe that I found in Optimum Nutrition. Its delightful as well as delicious. This is perfect to get those antioxidants through the fall season and winter months. I know a few of you think green soup, no way, but it’s delicious. 

This is a great recipe by Amelia Freer, nutritional therapist for people like Boy George and Sam Smith. It’s in her amazing recipe book, Cook, Nourish, and Glow. 

  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 handfuls of fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 small bag of baby spinach
  • 1 green chili, chopped to sprinkle on top
  • A small handful of fresh parsley, chopped to serve

For the cashew cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 3/4 water & 1 1/4 cups hot water 
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon

A few hours before making this soup, prepare the cashew cream. Put the cashews into a bowl, pour over the hot water, and leave to soak for atleast 2 hours. Once the cashews are tender, drain and put into food processor, along with 1 1/4 cups fresh water, the garlic, and lemon zest and blitz until completely smooth and creamy . Set aside. 

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a rage saucepan, and sweat the onion until translucent. Add the broccoli and peas to the pan, cook for 5 min, then add the stock. ( the vegetables should be just covered). Bring to the boil. Simmer until the broccoli is tender. ( roughly 4 min). Don’t over cook the vegetables or they will turn a full green. Using a stick blender, start blending the soup , adding a handful of spinach at a time, the spinach will cook as its mixed with the soup. Blend until the soup is smooth and thick, then stir through half the cashew cream. Serve in bowls with a swirl of cashew cream on top and fresh parsley and chili, if using scattered over. Yummy!!!

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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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