New Year, No Bloat

Last Monday was January 1st, however most people I know were still on holiday mode and officially started their “new years resolutions” today!

So if you started working towards those fitness goals today, feeling that holiday bloat, this post is for you!  I for one went up exactly 8.8 lbs last month..oops!  Already dropped 4.6, working on that last bit to get back to normal this week.  How did I do this without cutting calories drastically?

  • I typically drink 1 gallon of water a day because that’s what my body asks for.  During the holidays however, I felt myself getting dehydrated because I was barely hitting half a gallon of water a day.  So this passed week I over did the water with 2 gallons every day.  Flavored it with lemon because blehhh I need flavor in my life. Peed my life away, got re-energized, got rid of a lot of the bloat! This week I am back to my regular 1 gallon a day
  • I worked out!!
  • I cut out all the processed junk and ridiculous amounts of sugar.  Basically went back to my whole foods, healthy diet.  Overdosed on antioxidants (fruits and veggies galore).
  • I caught up on my sleep.  Ironically, I didn’t get much rest during the holidays.  Catching up on sleep helps reduce internal stress levels.  When your body is less stressed it’s more inclined to get rid of weight.
  • Started my 21 Day Cleanse

Was the 8.8 lbs all fat?  Definitely not!  Last week the weight was honestly just bloat, water retention, backed up plumbing.  The weight I tackle this week to get back to my normal weight is more than likely going to contain some fat, and therefore may not come off as quickly.

Good Luck with the post holiday de-bloating and remember I am always here to help you!

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Abs and Fitness

These days if you don’t have abs, you’re not considered “fit.” thanks to the incredibly superficial fitness personas of social media.  Since when did that even become a fitness requirement?  Hate to burst your bubble, but ones likelihood of having a 6 pack has more to do with your genetics and your diet than it has to do, with the kind of workouts you’re doing.  This is why you see some people who exercise zero minutes a week, yet they have a 6 pack, while there are others who are eating clean, working out 6 days a week and all they can accomplish is a flat stomach (like me!).  Or there are others who do workout, but have the world’s worst diet, and there 6 pack never goes away.  It is what it is!

If you’re like me, don’t be frustrated.  I don’t have a six pack, but i’m in better shape and stronger than a lot of my friends that do have 6 packs! Abs don’t and should not equate to fitness.  I’m not saying, don’t workout your abs, you need strong abdominal muscles for posture, for proper squats, for deadlifts, and so much more.

Fitness should be about overall health, about loving yourself, about preventing diseases when you’re older (yes, certain exercise, done properly can help prevent disease!) Don’t stress or kill yourself at the gym for unnecessary endless hours because you don’t have abs.  Have fun with your workouts, have fun with your clean eating, and stop believing the people who make you feel like you aren’t fit because you don’t have a perfect 6 pack.

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Teas: Do they really burn fat?

These days we live in a world full of detox teas and miracle fat burning teas, but is there any actual truth behind it?

In this post I am going to briefly highlight the health benefits of Black, green, oolong, pekoe, camomille, lemon grass, white, and ginger tea.  Are these the only teas available on the market? Most definitely not, there are SOOOOOO many, but I chose these simply because I see them pop up most often. At the end I will be sharing with you guys the tea that I drink and why.

  1. Black Tea:  It is one of the highest caffeinated teas (the reason for your energy and focus going up), it reduces plaque formation because it contains polyphenols that kill cavity causing bacteria.  It is an antioxidant (detoxifies).  Amino acid L-theanine helps you relax and focus.  It contributes to bone health and it contains alkyl amine antigens that help boost your immune system.
  2. Green Tea: It is an antioxidant, it contains caffeine, which contributes to the claims of tea giving energy and detoxifying the body.  Because it increases your metabolism (mainly because of the caffeine) it is said to be a fat burner because a faster metabolism burns through energy (all food is converted into energy–some give you energy and some don’t) quicker.  Green tea is also good for oral health for the same reason black tea is.
  3. Oolong Tea: Is also rich in antioxidants, contains vitamins (A,B,C,E,K) and Minerals (Folic Acid, niacin, other detoxifying alkaloids).  Oolong tea activates certain enzymes in your body that help your body metabolize fat as well as contributes to skin and bone health.
  4. Pekoe Tea: Largest Grade black tea leaf (refer to black tea benefits above)
  5. Camomille Tea: helps with insomnia, anxiety, muscle twitches, stomach problems (menstrual crams, upset stomach, ulcers)
  6. Lemon Grass Tea: Is a killer source of vitamin A and C, folate, folic acid, magnesium,, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and manganese. It is also great for healthy skin and digestion because of its cleansing and detoxifying benefits (antioxidants).  Breast feeding moms can drink lemon grass tea to produce more milk (galactagogue properties), but it is said that during pregnancy lemon grass tea should be avoided.
  7. White Tea: Contains the same antioxidants as green tea, but in larger quantity.  It also protects the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.
  8. Ginger Tea: Contains high levels of vitamin C and magnesium.  It is great for relieving nausea and is good for digestive health.   It is an anti-inflammatory and contains vitamins and minerals that improves blood circulation.  Women can drink ginger tea to help relieve menstrual cramps.

When I drink my tea for the most part, unless I am looking to relax, my goal is to put antioxidants in me to help cleanse and detoxify my body.  I am also looking for an energy/metabolism boost so I look for caffeine.  I drink my tea with aloe vera for added digestive health benefits.  The cool thing about my tea is that it contains black tea, oolong tea, pekoe tea, AND green tea! Which, as you already ready contain a plethora of health benefits.

P.S. I apologize for going ghost yet again, it is ALWAYS for a good reason I promise! I just released my healthy snack and clean cheat ebook yesterday! It is available internationally and contains 25 recipes (variety of vegan, vegetarian, meat eaters get 2 recipes, gluten free, and dairy free recipes!) Heres the link to go and check it out! it,s only $2.99!

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