Sugar Cleanse

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Do you think you are addicted to sugar? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a sugar cleanse may be for you:

  • Craving sugar and sweets at the same time during the day, every day
  • Sugar cravings ALL day long
  • Sweet tooth that is never satisfied
  • If you don’t eat sugar, you start to feel tired, nauseated, irritable, and/or anxious

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Kitchen Appliances

When it comes to the kitchen, that is the heart of our house. It’s where everyone gathers, everyone relaxes, and everyone is happy. But when it comes to the kitchen there are always things that you’d want to change to make it more functional or things that you would want to add.

I love the size and location of my kitchen, so I honestly wouldn’t change too much. Really I’d just like to add more appliances or conveniences to the kitchen. A few things that I eventually want to purchase for the kitchen:

  • A food dehydrator – this would be great when I have extra fruit on hand so it doesn’t go bad. Also it’d be nice to make homemade beef jerky and things like that, without added sodium nitrates added.
  • Shelving in storage – after moving I haven’t unpacked a lot of my small kitchen appliances yet. We have a great cold storage room where I want to add lots of shelves for canning supplies, small appliances, and of course cold food storage.

Some favorite things about my kitchen:

  • A big pantry – this makes it so much easier to see what food we have on hand and makes it very convenient when it comes to meal planning.
  • The openness – our kitchen opens up to the living room and dining room making it a great place to gather with friends and family. It’s so nice to be able to cook dinner and still socialize with the family in the meantime.
  • Gas stove – I love having a gas stove. I feel that they cook so much more evenly than an electric stove.

What are some of your favorite things in your kitchen? What is your kitchen missing?

Seasonal Detox Testimonial

Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 12.22.50 PMWhile you aren’t sure if a detox is right for your or not, maybe this testimonial will change your mind:

I had heard about doing a detox to help clear your body of toxins, but really didn’t want to do one where I needed to buy pills or go on a liquid diet. I did some research and came across the Seasonal Detox Guide on Amazon. I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to do it, but decided to do the Spring Detox to help me before summer hit. I was so impressed that there were recipes for every meal, snack suggestions, a grocery list, and other helpful items listed. I was also impressed that it had all of this information for EACH season, not just a combined overall list. I took the book to the grocery store, and got everything I needed. I started the detox on a Sunday and was done by the following Saturday. By the end of the detox, I had lost 8lbs and my skin had cleared up. I was so happy that I was able to eat real food while on the detox so my body was satisfied, but I wasn’t overly full either. It helped me really tune in to my intuition and realize what my body wanted. The first few days were a little hard because I was so used to grabbing junk food as a  quick snack, but with a little preparation, I was able to avoid any temptation. I am planning on doing the rest of the detoxes as each season approaches. One thing that is nice with this as well, is that even though I didn’t have a juicer for some of the recipes, I was able to use other recipes in its place so I wasn’t lacking any nutrients.

~ Jennifer G. – Atlanta, GA

Artificial Sweeteners – REPOST

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Unsure about artificial sweeteners? Here is an article that I wrote to help clarify why they aren’t the best things to put into your body – http://www.vitalmend.com/all-about-artificial-sweeteners/

You’ll find out some of the harmful side effects, and also find some suggestions on what to use instead. In our household, we haven’t consumed artificial sweeteners in about 4 years. We can definitely feel a difference in our mood. We are less depressed, more energized, and have a better feeling overall!

Kicking your addiction to sugar and artificial sweeteners can be hard, but this is something that I now cover in my coaching programs! For more information us here – http://elitehealthcoaching.com/health-coaching-services-prices/

Elite Health Coaching offers lots of programs to get rid of your sugar and artificial sweetener dependency like the sugar cleanse, junk food cleanse, one-on-one coaching, and more!

 

Shrimp & Sausage Boil

1150933_10200280511682965_2029710490_nThis was such a HUGE hit with the family that I had to share with everyone! 🙂 It was easy and SO good!

Shrimp & Sausage Boil

1 bag Zatarain’s Crab Boil Bag
2lb small red potatoes
2 onions, peeled and quartered
2 pork sausages, cut into 2-3 inch pieces
4 ears of corn, cut in half
2 lbs shrimp
Old Bay Seasoning

In a large pan, combine water and boil bag, then bring water to a boil. This needs to be a very large pan. If you don’t have one, split all the ingredients into 2 separate pans and purchase an extra boil bag. Once water is boiling, add potatoes. Bring back to a boil and boil for about 5 minutes, then add sausage and onion. Cook for 20 minutes, then add corn. Once corn has been in the pan for 10 minutes, add shrimp. Continue to cook everything together for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, then spread on large platter. Once food is on a platter, lightly sprinkle with Old Bay Seasoning.

14 Easy & Healthy Snacks – REPOST

vegetable-and-fruitWith school starting back up for many, here is a quick & easy list to reference for healthy & easy snacks! They are great for inside your child’s lunch or when they get home from school. Don’t forget about yourself either! Use these when you need a quick pick me up!

So what is a good way to keep everyone happy without having to stress too much? Snacks! Having healthy, readily available snacks prepared and ready to go will help you enjoy your visitors and be able to relax. Here are a few snack options that are easy to prepare and will store well:

–       Apples with natural peanut butter
–       Rice cakes
–       Hummus served with whole wheat crackers or veggies like carrots, celery, and cucumbers
–       Homemade smoothies
–       Dried fruit
–       Edamame
–       Organic cheese with whole wheat crackers
–       Homemade dips with veggies
–       Sliced fresh fruit i.e. pineapple, strawberries, grapes, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, etc.
–       Air popped popcorn
–       Pretzels
–       Mixed raw, unsalted nuts
–       Make your own trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit
–       Granola

This list of snacks can help you get through the holidays and the rest of the year. I know that my kids love cheese and crackers when they get home from school, along with having a lot of precut, fresh fruit on hand. They like the convenience of grabbing on the go, especially when we are running around to different extracurricular activities during the day or have homework where they really need to stay focused. Sometimes taking an hour a week preparing snacks and dinners for the week, can end up saving a lot more time throughout the week.

What are some of your favorite, easy to prepare snacks?

Easy Snack Recipe – Vanilla Banana Parfait

I love a good parfait, but with all the added ingredients in some of the store bought ones, it’s just easier to make your own. It’s easy, cost effective, and healthier! Here is a quick recipe that can be used for breakfast or a quick snack. My son loves this before soccer because of the calcium, protein, and potassium.

VANILLA BANANA PARFAIT

1/2 c. vanilla yogurt (feel free to use Greek yogurt if you’d like)
1 banana – sliced into 1/4 inch slices
Topped with your favorite cereal, granola, or nuts (I’ve been using vanilla Life or a local farmer’s market granola)

Place bananas at the bottom of bowl, top with yogurt, then cereal or granola. Serve immediately to avoid the browning of bananas.