Book Review: Skinny B*tch

I have personally read this book twice now, and will probably read it for a third at some point in the near future. This is the infamous bestseller diet book that Victoria Beckham was snapped with (pictured below)…. The “No-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!” hit bookstores around the world in 2005, and was fast to be found a best seller (and a VERY controversial read).

t has been one of the most entertaining, and motivating books I have ever read. It certainly educates the reader on the process these companies go through with the food we then put in our bodies… If you feel you can NEVER go through life without meat, the book suggests what TYPES of meat and food products to steer clear of – Like product that has been pumped full of steroids and pesticides ECT. I have found it has made me more aware of what I am REALLY putting into my body. I firmly believe that what you put in, is what you get out… or to put in other terms… “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”.

Definitely worth looking into if healthy eating is something that interests you! 

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes

I typically drink a smoothie a day, and upon discovering “Green” smoothies, I have become literally obsessed. Fused with leafy greens such as spinach or kale, and adding fresh fruit, almond milk, and greek yogurt, I satisfy all my hunger cravings whilst maintaining a healthy and nutritious lifestyle! Also, if anybody is a fan of booster juice, I highly recommend their “Spinach is In It” flavour, especially if you are too nervous to make your first smoothie by yourself (some people are scared of the green colour!). 

Below I have shared a list of Green Smoothie ideas that I am definitely trying out soon, which I found on FitSugar. 

Yay for green smoothies.

Vitamix 5200

 

Avocado Aloe Spinach Smoothie

Detox deliciously with this green power smoothie. In addition to nutrient-rich spinach, this drink hydrates with coconut water and aloe vera juice and flushes out toxins with fresh lemon juice. The addition of creamy avocado brings anti-inflammatory omega-3s to the mix.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chopped spinach
1 frozen banana
1/4 cup mashed avocado
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon aloe vera juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 to 3 dashes of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup coconut water ice cubes

Chocolate Spinach Smoothie

Chocolate and spinach may not seem compatible, but this chocolate/spinach blend proves that they’re a match made in smoothie heaven. Enjoy this smoothie as a snack or as a replacement to dessert.

NGREDIENTS

1 frozen banana, chopped into pieces
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
1 cup chocolate almond milk
Pinch of cinnamon, optional

Glowing Green Smoothie

Made up of about 70 percent green vegetables and 30 percent fruit, this smoothie helps you eat far more greens than you ordinarily could. It’s the perfect replacement for an afternoon snack or second cup of coffee; this smoothie will help satisfy andenergize your body.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
3 to 4 stalks organic celery
1/2 head of a large bunch or 3/4 of a small bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 fresh organic lemon
Optional: 1/3 bunch organic cilantro (stems OK) and 1/3 bunch organic parsley (stems OK)

Spinach Mohito Smoothie

Alleviate hangover pains without any booze! This virgin, spinach infused drink is high in potassium, manganese, and B vitamins, three nutrients that get you back on your feet after a big night out.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup soy milk
1 frozen banana
1 cup baby spinach
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 small lime, juiced
1/2 cup fresh spearmint
Ice cubes

(DEFINITELY trying the one above)

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Adding two bananas makes this smoothie a satisfying breakfast option, while the Fall flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon marry nicely with the gourd’s. And as always, you can’t taste the spinach — so don’t be put off by the color — but including the leafy green adds a healthy dose of many essential vitamins and minerals. 

1 ice cream scoop of organic pumpkin puree (approximately 1/2 cup)
2 small- to medium-sized organic bananas (approx 3/4 cup mashed)
1 big handful of organic spinach
1 to 2 dates (based on how sweet you’d like it)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk
1 dash nutmeg
1 dash cinnamon
1 to 2 handfuls of ice

Retrieved From: http://www.fitsugar.com/Spinach-Smoothie-Recipes-32043217

 

Three Essential People

Better Successful People Around You

A mentor once told me that no matter how many close people you have in your network, if you want to be truly great, you must have three essential people in your life at all times: 

 

  1. A person who is older and more successful than you to learn from
  2. A person who is equal to you to exchange ideas with
  3. A person below you to coach and keep you energized
Every great person was, is, or will be successful because of the company he or she keeps. They will make an impact because of a successful network of driven peers who provide both inspiration and healthy competition.
If you want to be remarkable, you must constantly challenge yourself and surround yourself with remarkable people. So think about what your goals are, and take a look around you. Do you need to write a “make or break” list?

Do you have the kind of people who are going to lead you to live the life of your dreams?

 

Crave This, Eat that!

I personally suffer from intense cravings at complete random! Whether it is a bag of chips, sour candies, bread, I always wonder what my body is trying to tell me. Below is a list of common food cravings, what they mean, and healthy options to eat instead!

If you Crave…

Sweets

What you really need is…

Chromium, Carbon Phosphorus, Sulfer, Tryptophan

What you should eat

Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, chicken, fresh fruit, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, cranberries, kale, spinach

If you crave…

Bread

What you really need is…

Nitrogen

What you should eat

High protein foods, such as fish, meat, nuts, beans

If you crave…

Fatty Snacks (Chips, junk)

What you really need is…

Calcium

What you should eat 

Greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame.

If you Crave…

Coffee

What you really need is…

Phosphorous, Sulfer, NaCI (salt), Iron

What you should eat

Chicken, poultry, fish, egg yolks, red peppers, garlic, onion, legumes, muscle protein, black cherries.

If you crave…

Alcohol

What you really need is…

Protein, Avenin, Calcium

What you should eat

Seafood, poultry, meat, granola, oatmeal, kale, broccoli, cheese, raw cabbage juice, bitter greens, seaweed

 

 

All facts retrieved from : http://www.media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com

Lettuce Love in Burlington!

I have recently been scoping out healthy eating places within Toronto and the surrounding area. As a person whom loves to try new spots, especially with the nice weather around the corner, I tried out Lettuce Love in Burlington and it was delicious and definitely worth a share! They provide all natural, vegan, gluten free meals designed for clean eating individuals! A must go if you are ever in the area. 

Below I have shared some of their menu items that I am most definitely going to be trying in the near future! 

Beauty Salad

Beauty Salad

Kale and chopped radicchio, with goji berries, shredded carrots, diced red onions, orange and umeboshi plum vinaigrette topped with hemp seeds. Get it as a side for $7 or try it with avocado for $1.50 more.

Happy Buddha Bowl

Happy Buddha Bowl

Organic brown rice, tamari & olive oil, grilled sweet potato, diced red onions, diced tomato, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, dried herbs, cilantro & avocado. Substitute quinoa for $2 or add tempeh or tofu for $2.50

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Kale, spinach, banana, orange, and apple (loaded with cancer fighting antioxidants, calcium, protein, iron and fibre)

 
 
BENEFITS OF A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE:
 
1.       Energy levels rise
2.      You are constantly happy
3.      You feel motivated – Which then leads you onto being a much more positive and optimistic person.
4.      Your skin glows
5.      You gain an inner confidence
6.      Your immune system becomes more efficient which results in low level chances of catching a virus
7.      Your metabolism gets faster and faster!
8.     You body is getting the nutrients it needs and efficiently cleanses your insides which then shows on the outside giving you shiny hair, clear skin and stronger nails
9.      You look your best
10.  and you FEEL great!
 
More than often the emotional reasons that can really help someone change their outlook on their health and well-being. It might be the need to get the most out of their life, or the desire to fit into their skinny jeans. Whatever it may be for someone, we are driven by emotions. I believe if you are truly interested in improving your physical and general well-being, this should be enough motivation to help you achieve your goals…..

Keeping Hydrated

Keeping healthy on the inside is what makes us GLOW on the outside! By keeping well hydrated, practicing yoga, exercising and drinking green tea it gives me the essential energy I need to complete my day. I largely credit water and green tea for providing me with all their amazing benefits! 
 
 
Water

 


Keeping hydrated is extremely important to me – I drink from 1.5 -2 liters of water per day, w
ater plays a key role in every bodily function, circulation, transporting nutrients and oxygen,  including digestion, and regulating your body temperature. Water also keeps you feeling full. I almost ALWAYS add lemon or lime to my water, only because I am not a huge plain water taste person, I need that extra flavor. When you don’t drink enough water your body gets dehydrated and you begin to feel weak, shaky, drained and tired.. My best advice to all people who may get up at a very early time and find it hard to wake up is to drink HEAPS of water, it wakes you up and makes you feel refreshed and ready for your day. 
 
Green Tea 
 
I love Green Tea – I drink decaffeinated organic green tea. It provides my body with needed antioxidants, lowers cholesteral, assists in digestion, and fights aging! Green tea assists in keeping your metabolism working at a healthy rate, provides fiber, and by having lower cholesterol, increases muscle strength, and improves energy levels! I usually consume about two cups a day, in the morning and before bed.
 
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