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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Awesom-Tox: Detox Drink



With being in the throws of Tranform30, Burn Boot Camp, and well...life, I've been busy and sore but super energized. 

It's making a difference.

So far I've lost an inch around my waist, an inch around my hips, and a little less around my legs and arms. I can't really see a significant impact on the scale, though.  And that's ok. I'm building muscle. Then, that muscle will help me burn more calories every. single. day. 

I've also been able to lower my thyroid medication (I take Armour...it's a game changer) 15mg. This is huge, and totally part of why I'm doing this. True Health. Good endorphins. Level hormones. Boosted metabolism. WIN.

However, I have started getting little eruptions (ie, acne) on my face and shoulders, a sure sign that toxins are being released. A little TMI, but I've noticed my bowel movements aren't very regular right now, and I'm trying to remedy that as well.

And that means special attention to my liver & colon. They are clearly TRYING to detox. And I am dead set on helping that process. 

Enter: Awesom-Tox (like awesome sauce? maybe?)


A Juice Plus+ colleague of mine is a fitness instructor, and has been posting about a cranberry detox drink. Then at Burn Boot Camp, I noticed they had a very similar detox drink. One uses raw apple cider vinegar, and the other used dandelion tea, but both involve cranberry & lemon juice. So I'm trying all 4 ingredients. I see the  value in each. If anyone knows why I should NOT combine them all, please feel free to share!

Awesom-Tox

Recipe:
18oz spring or alkaline water
6oz unsweetened, organic cranberry juice- ONLY cranberry. No blends.
3 oz fresh lemon juice
3-4 tsp raw apple cider vinegar(with the mother)
dandelion tea

(pst! Many of these ingredients can be purchased at Vitacost.com at a great price. If you have never ordered there before, please take advantage of this $10 off $30 purchase coupon!)

Directions: Brew the dandelion tea in 6-8 oz of the water. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Juice 3-4 small lemons until you have 3oz. Combine tea, cranberry juice, lemon juice, vinegar & remaining water. Put in the fridge. Drink 6oz each before your 3 main meals of the day.

Why I like this drink:
- These are real food ingredients. Perhaps not whole food, but I'll take it.
- It's easy. There are many fresh juices you can make in your kitchen that will help with detox, but many of us are busy. This feels like a really good, simple, thing- Plus you can make it ahead of time!
- It will raise your blood pH. This is good- We want a blood pH level of around 6.5-7, if possible. This drink will help. It's good for your health, plus it has major benefits, like decreasing cancer growth rates, increasing fat metabolism, enhancing hormone production, enabling detoxification (via the liver, as far as I know), etc. Me likey.
- It's tasty. No sugar, so it's tart, but it's not SOUR. It's full of pleasant flavor!

Other ideas for detox:
Beets are also  known to be very good for liver health, and to help with detoxification. They are also helpful to the gallbladder, which can be affected when we are processing fats as we work out and lose weight. I love them raw & juiced, and also steamed and sliced on salads.
Carrot juice is really excellent, for me, at getting "things moving"- thus making it great for helping the colon. Much waste leaves through the colon, and if it's running smoothly, it can really be helpful in getting bad things out of the body. Carrot juice WORKS!
Greens are a HUGE one- Green smoothies, salads for and with meals, and in juices. Just be sure to rotate them. Each have different amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), and each have different properties that can build up and have negative effects on the body. So rotating them is very good!!

In fact, most vegetables & raw juices made from them will help with detox, balancing blood pH, and keeping things "moving"- It's just a matter of making them! They are best fresh and raw.
(I read a lot of research studies. And am a registered nurse. But sometimes I dont remember where I read something! So here is my reference for today, I think it about covers it: http://goo.gl/qdKdl)

Well so I'll REALLY like this drink if it actually helps me out- We'll see! I hear in 14 days, if I drink it before every healthy meal, I can get rid of some of this "fluffy" on my stomach- And that would  be awesome. But mostly, I want to get rid of my signs of toxicity, like the acne. And keep in mind, I'm pairing this with exercise, a healthy diet with no gluten & dairy, and full of fresh vegetables, including Juice Plus+. It's VITAL that you do all these things in balance, get all the antioxidants you need to maintain good health, and protein to build muscle and support your body.

Have you tried a detox drink like this? What did you think?

Enjoy!
~Megan
megansnaturals.com

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Walk in the Garden & Complete Bar Giveaway Winners!

A Walk in the Garden

I don't have much time to post today, I'm exhausted. I helped a friend with house cleaning this morning, ran to Aldi to pick up some items from their new gluten free line, and spent the afternoon mowing the lawn. 

Yay! These. Are. Amazing! Great ingredients too! I'll share soon, promise. 

 Reviews to come! 


But I just loved walking around our yard and garden! The planting areas need some work (and rain!) but it's looking wonderful! 

 Flowering bell pepper. I found a flower on one of the tomatoes too! 

 The start of some of my "Rocky Top" lettuce mix from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed co. This is a big time favorite around here! And this is one of the spotted  varieties. 

 Blueberry flowers...
And soon to ripen blueberries! 

 Transform30! It's working!

 We are in for a bumper crop of strawberries! Two huge beds lining our front walk look like this. 

This is the first year one of our plum trees have set fruit

Peaches! I hope I wasn't too late, I noticed some bugs had started boring into the fruits...time to whip out the organic spray! (or else I'll get nothin. Believe me...I've tried!)

This is also the first year our Apricot tree has set fruit! It's going to be a fruitful year! 

I can't wait to post more!



GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

In Tuesday's post, I was excited that my package of these new gluten free, vegan, whole food nutrition bars just arrived! I was so impressed that I did a small giveaway- And since only two people entered, I'm going to send you BOTH a little package with one of each of the bars. So Deanna send me your mailing address! (I don't need Alison's....she's my sister)  :D You can email me at megansnaturals@gmail.com

Enjoy!
~Megan


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

THEY'RE HERE & GIVEAWAY!! New Complete Nutrition Bars

Yay! Something new for me to wear!

This morning I started out my Transform30 day with the Dynamic Duo- Green Smoothies pre-workout, and Juice Plus+ Complete in almond milk for my recovery drink. WHEW! But Burn Boot Camp IS getting easier! It's working! I'm getting my measurements done next week to see how I'm doing.  I can't wait! 



After my workout, I took my son to preschool and LM & I ran down to have some work done on our van. They told me it would take an hour. TWO hours later, I was *a little* concerned I would be late to pick my son up! I was hoping I'd be able to squeeze in some sales calls on my excursion, and drop off flyers at a few chiropractor offices for my summer series of classes. So much for that. All in God's timing. 

But at least when we got home I picked our FIRST STRAWBERRY of the season! Yay! 


I washed it, lovingly handed it to my oh-so-excited son...and he dropped it right in front of the dog. Ahem. So we enjoyed the SECOND strawberry of the season. ;)

I did some work after lunch: 

And decided..."Hmm. I'm tired. And if I'm going to work out so hard, and get skinny healthy, I may as well get my tan Vitamin D levels on, to help my hormone levels & boost my killer good looks mood even more!" Ha.

(did I just laugh at my own joke?)


My son had other ideas. Yes, he's shooting HIMSELF with his water gun. He is so funny! I still was able to lie down, and I had some help staying cooled off in the heat. I love him. 


I stayed out for just half an hour. Then back to work, and dinner! We're having gluten free black bean tostadas. Mine will have avocado in lieu of cheese- YUM! 



Other Good Things! 

Some goodies came in the mail for me- and for you! Juice Plus+ just came out with a NEW Complete product (whole protein, whole foods based products): SNACK BARS! Perfect for the sporty types, busy types and hungry types, alike :). Do you see the picture on the left? That's right! Gluten free, vegan and NON-GMO. Very important.


I even emailed the company to ensure these products are truly gluten free & Celiac disease safe. Here was the response:

Hello Megan,

Thank you for your email!

All Juice Plus+ products are regularly tested using Tepnel ELISA methodology (AOAC
method 991.19) for the presence of gluten, and they meet the requirements proposed by
FDA for gluten-free foods; no wheat, barley or rye, and less than 20 parts per
million gluten.

Thank you,

Juice Plus+® Customer Care
140 Crescent Drive
Collierville, TN 38017



WOW!

We tried them both. First, the Whole Grain + Cranberry:


Then, the Apple & Raisin:


My son & I LOVED the Apple + Raisin, and Mr Incredible preferred the Wholesome Grain & Cranberry. My daughter didn't seem to care, as long as she had some stuffed in her face! 


~GIVEAWAY~

I thought it might be fun for one of YOU to get to try each of these new products, for free! No  fancy giveaway generator, just simply this: Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me ONE thing you like about these new snack bars, and you'll be entered to win. 

Giveaway closes tomorrow, Wednesday, May 7th at Midnight, so get your entries in by then! Winner should be announced Thursday, May 8th. 

Can't seem to get your comment to go through? Email me at megansnaturals@gmail.com, or message me on the Facebook Page! Be sure to check back Thursday to see if you're the winner! 
Enjoy! 
~Megan
What is: Transform30?