Turmeric & Ginger Tummy Tamer Smoothie

turmeric smoothie recipeI’m one of those ladies with a super sensitive tummy, I have to be so careful about what I eat or else my stomach literally blows up, especially during PMS! This is smoothie is my savour during those times. Note-  This recipe makes a large smoothie, at least 3 cups- make sure you have a big glass!)
1/2 inch chunk of ginger (a powerful anti-inflammatory)
1/2 inch chunk of turmeric (turmeric is one of nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatories containing curcumin, the potent substance within turmeric, helps stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile in order to combat indigestion, bloating and gas.
1/4 cup pineapple (pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that aids in the digestion of proteins)
2 cups coconut water
Splash of 100% pure OJ (adjust depending on your sweetness preference
1/4 of a cucumber
Handful of spinach
1 tbsp acai berries (optional but it does give a powerful boost of antioxidants)

 

Glowing Goddess Smoothie

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Get drenched in Vitamin C with this DELICIOUS Glowing Goddess smoothie recipe!

1 cup coconut water

2 Tbsp cashew nuts

2 Tbsp goji berries

1/3 of an avocado

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1 small navel orange peeled

Keys to success- make sure your pineapple is frozen, if it’s not definitely add in  a couple of ice cube!

PECAN PRALINE BARS with SALTED CHOCOLATE

PECAN PRALINE BARS with SALTED CHOCOLATE

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Cookie base:
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup rice flour
1/4 cup cacao powder
Pinch sea salt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup gooey pitted dates

Praline cream:
1 cup full fat coconut cream
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup pecan butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon melted cacao butter
Pinch sea salt

Salted chocolate:
2 tablespoons cacao powder
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel

Find the Full Recipe at this Rawsome Vegan Life! RECIPE VIA THIS RAWSOME VEGAN LIFE 

7 Habits for staying effortlessly slim

1.) Don’t count calories 

Eat when they’re hungry and don’t obsess about food. In the beginning of any weight loss journey tracking your calories and nutrition is a good idea, it gives you a chance to evaluate your diet but after a month or so you should have a good idea nutritionally what’s what. Eating shouldn’t be a mind fuck, it should be intuitive- until you get there focus on eating whole foods and listen to your body

 2.) Don’t eat processed foods

 To follow up to point 1 above- avoid packaged food when possible. Ditch the pre-made boxes and sauces- food companies want to make money and they do that by adding the cheapest ingredients possible, even the organic and “natural” brands use these tactics. Fill your fridge with vegetables, spices, beans and grains, and protein rich foods-  then learn to cook, unless you can afford to buy all your food prepped. 

 3.) Don’t sit for hours on end

 Just because you have an office job doesn’t mean your destined to sit down at a desk all day. You can use a standing desk, take walks during phone calls or even have walking meetings. Another option is to go for a short 5 minute walks every hour- or even do a set of lunges or squats, anything that will activate those muscles.

 4.) Have fit friends or partners

 Being active is a lot more fun if you’ve got a buddy! Plan your social activities around fitness. I always look forward to a workout when I know I have a friend to meet, it keeps you accountable but more importantly it’s fun.  I go with my cousin, we plan mini challenges and afterwards if time permits meet up for coffee (ok… or sometimes a drink.)

 5.) It’s a lifestyle not a diet

You have to give yourself enough time to actually adapt to a different style of eating and living. Make small changes over time, overhauling your life at once generally leads to very short-term success and long term failure. Several years ago I decided to cut sugar from my coffee, at first it sucked- it took the pleasure out of drinking coffee. I stuck with it and after about a month it became my new normal, now I sincerely dislike the taste of coffee with sugar in it. Changes are uncomfortable at first, but sooner then you realize they will become your preference.

 6.) Indulge in moderation

Slim people still indulge. It’s all about moderation, I like wine so I choose that over dessert at night, and I love chocolate but I only buy a small amount of really high quality chocolate from a specialty shop. Follow the 80/20 rule and it’s hard to go wrong, 80% of the time eat clean and indulge 20% of the time.

 7.) They don’t keep junk food in their house!

 If you’re going to indulge do it when you’re out, i.e. an icecream cone from an icecream shop, fries or dessert from a restaurant, chocolate from the chocolate store. Who can resist treats in their house, NO ONE!

Learn to do a Handstand- 3 mods to build up strength

I’ve been practicing headstands for a while now but have yet to master a handstand. Handstands are amazing at building strength throughout the entire body but more specifically they really work the core, shoulders, arms and chest. The good news is you don’t need to be able to actually do a handstand before you start seeing some increases in your strength simply by training for them. Here’s a link to the best video I’ve seen on how to do an actual handstand, it’s by Eionn Finn who is a world renowned yoga teacher, he really gets into the alignment which will make this pose very safe to practice, here are a couple good exercises topractice in the meantime to help get you there.

WATCH TUTORIAL HERE Eionn Finn How to Do a Handstand

1. Hand Stand Against the Wall

Start with your palms shoulder width apart and climb your feet up the wall, stop once your body makes a 90 degree angle from there practice lifting one leg off the wall at a time  hold for 30-60 seconds per side. handstand against a wall

2. Against the wall shoulder taps.

So in this exercise your going to want to come into a handstand but use the wall for support. Then alternate each hand taping the opposite shoulder, when you place the hand back down try to do it as quietly as possible (you’ll see in this video I’m not very good at that!)  Click here to open video

3. Pikes

You can do a pike with either a TRX or using a swiss ball like in the video below. This exercise is  an advancement from a regular plank so before you try make sure you can already hold a regular plank for at least a minute.