SuperSonic Healthy Green Tonic

The S is for super and the U is for unique, the P is for perfection…I am talking about Green Drinks!

Swamp Juice. That is what most people think of when they look at green drinks. And to be honest that’s what they taste like sometimes too! BUT….they are oh so good for you!!! And there are ways to make them palatable and even good!

Due to the rate at which we grow food, we have depleted our soil of most of the vital vitamins and minerals it once had. Fruits and vegetables today have over 60% less vitamins and minerals than they did 60 years ago, even organic. This is a big, huge deal. We are all mineral deficient. The symptoms of mineral deficiency are endless, including thyroid & hormone disruption, muscle aches, fatigue and finally commencing with cancer. Not trying to scare anyone, but just trying to stress the importance of getting needed nutrients elsewhere. This is where green drinks come in to play. They are chalk full of amazing vitamins and minerals from an easily digested food source. They are hydrating and nourishing. They give you energy and make you feel alive and alert.  They have seaweeds and chlorella that provide high amounts of minerals and iodine that help to heal your thyroid/endocrine system and even your  intestinal lining, thereby correcting digestive issues.

AH-mazing.

Everyone needs  to add a green drink containing seaweed and chlorella to there regimen!

My favorite brand of green drink is Vitamineral Green.  I take a tablespoon, 2x a day (work up to that) mix it with 3/4 water (maybe 12 oz) and 1/4 unfiltered, organic apple juice and some crushed ice. I sip on it for a while. Love it. Love it. Love it.

If you are feeling especially motivated, my friend Karin’s favorite smoothie is yum. Run over to the farmer’s market or store and grab some fresh kale and throw it in the blender with frozen mango, a tablespoon of VMG, avocado and water. SOOO good, I swear!

Adios green goddesses!

S

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More Butter Baby

A dear friend once said “more butter, more better”. My sentiments exactly!
Butter is a heavenly food to eat, it doesn’t just taste good, surprisingly it is very nourishing for your body as well. What, no way you might say! But butter is bad, it causes heart disease doesn’t it? Warning- a little history and technical jargon coming up, but keep reading, it’s interesting stuff!


The butter/saturated fat condemnation campaign started in the 1950s. The theory was called the “lipid hypothesis”. A man named Ancel Keys was the author of a few epidemiological studies that supported the theory that animal fats caused heart disease. This theory was so wide spread and so prevalent that it became the one and only theory in regards to heart disease. Meanwhile, there were many other interpretations of the data collected in those studies that actually proved that saturated fat not only does not cause heart disease, but actually protects us from heart disease and a myriad of other illnesses. Some scientists were drawn to the lipid hypothesis theory because deaths from heart attacks had slowly risen from the 1920s when before that we did not see heart attacks. They simply could not figure out why, so based off of poorly done studies and pressure from lobbyists for oil (vegetable) companies, they attributed it to saturated fat. During this same time period, you had doctors such as Dr. Dudley White, President Eisenhower’s doctor (the most famous cardiologist in that day) note that heart disease had increased as a result of the over consumption of liquid vegetable oils (these were newly introduced in the 1920s) and the decreased consumption of the traditional diet of eggs, lard and butter. I could go on and on about the history, email me if you care to hear more, but here are some more thoughts on butter and saturated fats in general:


*your body produces it’s steroid (sex) hormones from cholesterol only. You can not consume enough cholesterol, your body has to produce more on it’s own in in order to function properly; repair arterial walls, etc.
*you can not properly absorb Vitamin D without the consumption of saturated fat
*the muscle of your heart uses saturated fat for energy
*your cell walls are made up of a percentage of all three fats including, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fat. Without the solidity of the saturated fat within the wall, the cell would have no integrity.
*the body actually uses fat for long burning energy, not carbohydrates
*your body does not store fat as “fat” on your thighs. Sugar takes care of that! Fat is used for energy.
*you and your children will not absorb minerals from vegetables without saturated fat. A baby’s brain is over 50% fat. A baby needs HIGH amounts of good fat fat to thrive.
*non-fat dairy is digested as if it were sugar. Always eat whole fat dairy unless you want to gain weight.


Symptoms of fatty acid deficiency:

  • Can’t lose weight
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • dry skin, wrinkles
  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Blood sugar drops
  • feeling hungry a couple hours after your last meal
  • Brain fog
  • Hormones feel “off”
  • Hyperactivity

…..and many, many more


Some things to remember when eating a higher fat diet:


*all of this only applies to fat from a good source!!!
Butter from a cow that eats grass and not corn has as many omega 3 fatty acids as fish. Eggs from chickens that roam the pasture eating various plants and larvae. Pigs that are raised properly. Coconut oil that is cold processed, unrefined and organic. Etc.


*if you start to eat a lot of fat and start to feel nauseous, that is your gall bladder in need some fine tuning. Email me for details.


In conclusion, I would like to share my own experiences with butter and fat in general. I have never felt more energetic and healthier since eating a higher fat diet. My skin is better and its easier to keep weight off. Good stuff.


Happy eating!


S

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Living the 80/20 Lifestyle



With all of the different fads and theories surrounding health it’s hard to feel like you can actually be successful at being healthy or acquiring health. It’s a self limiting idea to think that you have to be absolutely perfect at something to actually achieve success, this is where my rule of 80/20 living comes in to play. I don’t have to feel like a failure if say I want to get some Botox or fulfill my fanatical obsession for fountain soda and movie popcorn (did I just admit that at loud?). Instead I will enjoy my popcorn and my newly smoothed forehead and just eliminate other toxic items from my life. It’s all about living in balance and actually feeling like you are “living”. No one wants to live a life that is so outside the bounds of the rest of society that you feel like you are depriving yourself. But, (there is always a but right) you just need to balance it out with good choices elsewhere. So, I might eat what I believe to be a a healthy diet 80% of the time and then at times I will enjoy some chips and salsa and a few margaritas (100% agave tequila on the rocks with lime of course). I will wake up the next day, drink my super green drink, take my electrolytes and work out. Another personal example: I use divine smelling/very bad shampoo for my processed hair, but I also use all natural, non-toxic, body lotion, soap, toothpaste, moisturizer, make-up (most of it) and deodorant. 80/20 right?! So splurge without guilt, but be good to yourself as well.


This is a blog about learning to live in balance…without guilt!


Cheers-


S

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