Tropical Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is SO easy to make, it literally comes together in minutes. I prefer it once it has set overnight in the fridge but you don’t have to wait that long (that’s why i have put 4 – 12 h in the cook time bracket) . Chia seeds are packed with fiber, essential fats, and calcium to boot!

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Mango is one of my favorite fruits and absolutely easy to find here in Hong Kong and Macau – in fact – Southeast Asia. It’s high in sugar, like most fruit from the tropics and has many nutritional benefits. Mango is great for the skin as it is loaded with antioxidants. It also fights breast and colon cancers and has vision protecting properties.

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Mango Chia pudding
Serves 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
12 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 sweet and juicy mangoes
  2. 1 cup of coconut milk
  3. 2 pitted dates
  4. 1/4 cup chia seeds
  5. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 cup of raw nuts and seeds
Instructions
  1. Start blending the mango until you have a thick sauce.
  2. Pour the mango sauce evenly into 2 glasses or bowls. Set in the fridge.
  3. Blend the coconut milk and two dates until smooth.
  4. Pour the sweetened milk into a small mixing bowl.
  5. Stir the milk, chia seeds, and vanilla until it becomes a thick pudding. Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes then let stand for about 5 minutes to thicken.
  6. Pour the chia mixture on top of the mango sauce in even portions.
  7. Allow to set overnight.
  8. Be sure to cover if you are storing over 1 day, it lasts 4 days in the fridge, covered.
  9. Serve with chopped nuts.
Notes
  1. If you have difficulty with tropical fruits like Mango, you can substitute with a fruit of your choice in this recipe. Fresh or frozen will work here. The consistency should be like a thick smoothie.
  2. If there is too much liquid in the mango portion it will not set up at all. If you are having issues add 1/4 cup of raw coconut meat, that should for sure make it set up and I’ve made it like that many times.
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Guilt Free Banana Pancakes

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These pancakes are vegan, gluten and sugar-free and it’s the best pancakes recipe I’ve ever tried, it’s so awesome and really easy to make. This is a healthy version of pancakes with less cholesterol and fat than other recipes. It tastes amazing, you’re gonna love it too.

Guilt Free Banana Pancakes
You’re gonna love these pancakes because they are soft, fluffy, sweet, healthy and your kitchen is gonna smell like heaven. They are addictive and you’ll always want more!!!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup rice flour
  2. 1 cup oat flour
  3. 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon salt (optional)
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1 cup almond milk
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  8. 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  9. 2 bananas
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl
  2. Mix wet ingredients in another bowl
  3. Add sliced bananas and blend until smooth. You also can add smashed bananas, so you won't need to blend.
  4. Combine dry and wet ingredients with a blender or with a wood spoon.
  5. Place ¼ cup of batter in a hot pan lightly greased (i use coconut oil) and cook for about two minutes for each side.
Notes
  1. Serve with sliced banana and maple syrup if you prefer.
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Thursday Quickies

Eating for Energy

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Without getting into the intricacies of nutrition, it’s really important to understand food on the most basic level.

Why do we eat? Outside of cravings, temptations, social customs, boredom etc…Why on earth do we actually consume food?

It ALL comes down to energy people. The hunger “hit” we feel is simply the body’s request for fuel, so that it can produce energy. We are instinctively attracted to calorie-dense foods to most efficiently propel our activities – including mental activities! Even the very definition of a calorie is nothing more than a unit of energy.

So the fact that our modern food choices often make us sleepy, mentally unfocused, fat or even sick, is a huge red flag: there’s something seriously wrwong with what we’re eating.

On the flip side, good food rejuvenates us. Good food supports our activities, keeps us healthy, strong and keeps us at our prime. And with this mind-set – preparing food with sight, smell, taste and energy all taken simultaneously into consideration – that you need to have a pantry filled with the freshest veggies, fruits, seeds and other plant-based foods.

How to choose Dried Fruits wisely?

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How many of us make the mistake of eating a handful of Dried Fruits whenever?Just because it’s fruit, doesn’t necessarly mean is healthy and that you should eat large amounts here and there…

But don’t take me wrong. Having a wide variety of dried fruits on hand is a great way to satisfy sweet cravings while making your snacks continually interesting and exciting.

When you are buying dried fruits, however, is very important to read the ingredients in the package – in fact, not only in dried fruits package – dried fruit should consist of only one ingredient: FRUIT. But, unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Here’s a few tips for choosing the best dried fruits for you.

Watch for added sugars:

Dried fruit is sometimes sweetened even further with extra sugar – buhuuu – exactly the type of thing we are trying to avoid. Make sure you purchase the non-sweetned choices.

Choose fruit sweeteners:

In a couple of cases of naturally tart fruits like cranberries you have to add something to make the dried fruits edible. So what do we do in these cases? Some manufacturers spare us the cane sugar and use apple or grape juice onstead to sweeten. This is a great “natural” way to heighten the flavour to the fruit without adding more sugar than you need.Look for these at the store as well.

Check the preservatives:

Not all preservatives are bad! Ascorboric acid, for instance, is simply vitamin C and extends the shelf life of the fruit.

Unfortunately, dried fruit is often pumped full of some other not-so-nice preservatives – like sulphur dioxide – to make the package items softer.

Sulphur dioxide is not easily digested, compromises the immune system and is often the culprit behind allergies.

Every time I pick up a product at the store and see sulphur dioxide on the package, it immediately goes back to the shelf…and you should to the same!

Xx

30-Day Slim Down Challenge

Just in time for your get-healthy, be-stronger, love-your-body resolutions, our Shape Slim Down Challenge has everything you need. Join us for this exclusive 30-day diet and workout challenge that will give you lasting results.

We want you to feel better than ever this year, and this Slim Down workout-and-eating plan can help you get there. You’ll repeat each exercise weekly, adding reps as you go along. Combine these mega moves with our healthy eating tips that challenge you to make small changes throughout the month, and you’ll be svelte and slim right on schedule for Valentine’s Day!!!

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Plyo Push-Up
Start on the floor in a palm plank. Push into palms to explode body off floor (feet stay planted), clapping hands if possible. Land in start position with elbows soft. Repeat.

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High-Knees Sprint
Run in place, pulling your knees toward your chest and vigorously pumping bent arms.

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Speed Skater Lunge
Standing, jump right foot to right, bending left leg and crossing it behind right to land in a deep lunge with right leg bent 90 degrees and on ball of left foot, leg slightly bent (keep butt as low as possible). Reach left arm across body to touch floor in front of right toes (to make it easier, touch right shin or just reach right). Switch sides; repeat. Continue quickly alternating sides.

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Jump-Switch Lunge
Standing, lunge forward with left foot, bending knees 90 degrees. Jump as high as you can, swinging arms overhead and switching legs in air. Land with arms by sides and right foot forward, immediately bending knees. Continue quickly alternating sides.

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Pilates Teaser
Lie faceup on floor with knees bent over hips and arms extended up with palms facing each other to start. Roll upper body up and extend legs until you’re sitting, body forming a V shape with arms parallel to legs. Pause, then slowly roll upper body back down, one vertebra at a time, keeping legs in the air. When your shoulders reach the mat, return to start position. Repeat. Continue slowly.

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Squat Jack
Standing, drop into a squat, bringing fists in front of chest with elbows bent at sides. Jump feet wide, straightening legs and swinging arms out to sides and up to meet overhead. Continue quickly.

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Burpee
From standing, crouch and plant palms on floor. Jump feet back to plank (keep abs tight), then lower chest and thighs to floor. Press up to plank, then jump feet toward hands. Lastly, jump as high as you can (make sure feet are under shoulders before you launch), clapping hands overhead. Continue quickly.

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Slim Down Your Diet

You can’t have one without the other—to see serious success this month, complete the fitness challenges simultaneously with these tips to get your diet it tip-top shape.

Day 1: Lose the Blame
Losing weight isn’t about blame or shame. So cast those feelings aside right away. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself—that only makes it harder.

Day 2: Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Goal setting is crucial to any achievement, but when it comes to weight loss you want to focus on making large goals (and mini ones within that) specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-based.

Day 3: Ditch Added Sugar
Sugar is lurking in unsuspecting places—think juices and dressings, and many people are already consuming way too much. All that extra sweetness adds up to an increased risk for heart disease—say goodbye!

Day 4: Avoid Refined Carbs
Nutritionists suggest being a little stricter with your diet in the beginning, but the truth is, refined carbs are diet disasters you’ll be happy you ditched. These quick-digesting carbs offer none of the fiber and nutrients you’d get from their unrefined cousins, and can cause blood sugar spikes and belly bloat.

Day 5: Put Down the Drink
Don’t freak out! You can slowly incorporate a glass of wine back into your diet here and there, but if you’re serious about results, it’s important to cut out alcohol completely for now—it can wreck your fitness goals.

Day 6: Plan One Indulgence
By planning ahead for your treat or snack of choice each week, you’ll be less likely to overindulge or binge.

Day 7: Allow Spontaneous Indulgence
Cravings happen, and while you shouldn’t give in to every one, you can cut yourself some slack to give in to temptation once a week (within reason of course).

Day 8: Keep Grains in Check
It can be tempting to fill up on whole grains because hey, they’re good for you, but there is something called too much of a good thing. Calories are calories no matter how you serve them. Limit whole-grains to three servings a day.

Day 9: Eat Only When Hungry
Sounds pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how often you mindlessly munch just because you’re bored, stressed, or for no reason at all. Ask yourself if you’re actually hungry next time you reach for the bag of pretzels.

Day 10: Go for a Walk
Speaking of eating out of sheer boredom—any well-intentioned diet’s worst enemy—when you start to feel antsy and temptation sets in, head outside and take a walk around the neighborhood instead.

Day 11: Never Skip Breakfast
Start your morning with a high-protein, high-fiber breakfast. Eating a substantial meal (or at least a balanced one) will set you up for more control and limit overindulging throughout the day.

Day 12: Say No to Junk Food
Even the strongest of willpowers are no match for the greasy junk food black hole. Studies show that junk food has an addictive quality that leaves you constantly wanting more…and more.

Day 13: NOP to Processed Foods
Processed food, which is often high in saturated fat and refined starch or sugar can cause inflammation that disrupts hormones responsible for telling your brain you’re full. A.k.a., you’ll eat a lot more.

Day 14: Shop for Whole Foods
You’re wiping your diet slate clean of junk and processed foods, so fill the void with clean whole foods. Think veggies, fruit, lean protein, and healthy fats. Spend most of your time around the periphery of the grocery store where fresh produce and dairy is shelved.

Day 15: Meal Prep
Whether it’s knowing what’s on the menu from breakfast through dinner or actual prep work like cutting, chopping, and packing meals—planning ahead is your secret to success. You’ll be much less likely to make a pit stop at the vending machine or grab a burrito for lunch.

Day 16: Reorganize Your Pantry/Fridge
Don’t “store” food on the counter—put cereal boxes away and keep bread out of immediate sight. Experts say you’ll eat what you see. On the other hand, healthy snacks and fresh fruits should be kept at eye level or in plain view so they’re convenient to grab.

Day 17: Keep a Food Journal
Jotting down exactly what you eat each day has long-been known to have eye-opening effects on food decisions. It’s a great way to identify nutritional holes in your diet, as well as noticing a late-night snack session that’s setting you back from reaching your goal.

Day 18: Ramp Up Protein Intake
If you’re feeling sluggish or aren’t seeing the results you’d hoped for, take a look back at your food journal. You may be falling short in the protein department. Incorporate more lean meats like turkey and chicken as well as tofu, legumes, and leafy greens.

Day 19: Put Veggies or Fruit on Every Plate
Lacking in the produce department? Make room for veggies at every single meal—in scrambled eggs, on a sandwich, as a side dish or main course. Research says the more fruits or veggies make an appearance on your plate, the fewer calories you’ll consume overall.

Day 20: Know Your Healthy Fats
It wouldn’t be called a well-balanced diet without some healthy fats, but the key word here is healthy. Fats from olive oil, avocados, and nuts will fill you up and give you the biggest bang for your nutritional buck.

Day 21: Keep Portions in Check
You know just the right size for a grilled chicken breast, but what about less obvious items? Extra calories from salad dressings, for example, can quickly add up, so instead of thoughtlessly pouring dressing on a bed of greens, portion 1-2 tbsp. in a small bowl first.

Day 22: Track Total Calories
While it’s important to know that everyone’s required calories for weight maintenance and weight loss are different, one thing that’s true across the board if you want to drop pounds: calorie expenditure should exceed calorie intake. Around 1,500 calories a day is an average sweet spot for weight loss.

Day 23: Eat at the Table
Experts say you can easily underestimate daily calories due to forgotten snacks or meals you ate while standing. So even if you don’t have long, take a seat at the table and have a real meal—we promise you’ll enjoy your food so much more.

Day 24: Eliminate Distractions
According to research, eating when you’re distracted results in consuming a significant number of extra calories a day. Turn off the TV and leave the smartphones on silent in the other room.

Day 25: Slow Down
Research found that women who ate lunch more attentively consumed 30 percent less when they snacked later. Tricks to keep in mind: Smell your food. Chew it slowly. Don’t put another bite on your fork until you swallow.

Day 26: Downsize Your Dinnerware
Swap serving spoons for the regular size, and research says you’ll dish out about 15 percent less. Trimming the size of your plate also helps keep portions in check—plus the same amount of food looks larger on a smaller plate.

Day 27: Bust Out the Scale
The scale doesn’t have to be scary. Weighing in every day has been shown to help people lose more weight, and keep it off long term. Aim to step on the scale at the same time each day for the most accurate results.

Day 28: Reduce Sodium
Frustrated because you still seem squished in your skinny jeans? Salt could be to blame. Sodium is bloat’s BFF, and can cause the scale to fluctuate unfairly due to water retention. Cut back, and be aware of the less obvious salt-traps like cereal and salad dressings.

Day 29: Sleep 7+ Hours
Logging less than the recommended seven hours of ZZZs can not only make you irritable and groggy, but lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your weight loss goals. Hormones that control hunger skyrocket, and those that tell the brain your full are suppressed. Double whammy!

Day 30: Cut 100 Calories
In the beginning, you felt lighter and the scale agreed, but now you’re standing stagnant—what gives? Battle the dreaded plateau by cutting an extra 100 calories or so a day—now that you’ve lost some weight, your body simply doesn’t need as much fuel.

Cheers to a Healthier, Fitter and Brand New you!!!There is absolutely no excuse..

Xx

The Autumn Detox Cleanse

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We think of spring as the staple season for cleansing—spring cleaning, spring detox, spring yard sales—but autumn is actually the more appropriate season to think about purging the old.

A fall detox cleanse will help to stave off seasonal colds, keep your immune system healthy, and prepare your organs for the colder months ahead. 

“In the fall, it’s about acknowledging that we’re overly busy, slowing down, and restoring the body.”

WHY WE NEED TO CLEANSE IN THE FALL

The fall detox should be all about the lungs and the large intestine. In both alternative and conventional medicine theory, these organs are linked to skin and breathing problems like asthma, eczema, rashes and dry skin—all of the most common things to ail us in the colder months.

To support the lungs and large intestine, I recommend (nothing new) cutting (0 tolerance) sugars, flours, dairy, cigarettes and alcohol for a healthy, mucus-free stomach. And for opening the nasal passages, drinking fenugreek tea. I love that warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves—the ones we use anyways in our fall baking recipes—actually support both intestinal and respiratory health, so it’s just perfect that they are good for both our health and the flavor of our foods during this season.

FALL DETOX JUICES

For a fall detox juice cleanse, stick with fall fruits and vegetables. Fall foods to use in your cleansing juices are apples, beets, leafy greens, and a hint of lemon (but don’t overdo the citrus). 

Sattva Juicery has 3 Cleanse levels where you can choose your own juices. Ask for more information at sales@sattvajuicery.com 

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FALL CLEANSE WITH FOODS (created by me) – 4 Days

Here is what you will need:

  • Twelve 500ml  of Sattva Juices – any flavor from our line of green juices
  • A wide variety of raw fruits
  • A wide variety of raw veggies and salad fixings
  • Your favorite organic green tea (Matcha for example)

The Basics:

Sattva Juicery  Cleanse Philosophy emphasizes the importance of detoxing your cells and nourishing your body gently and naturally. How? By combining Sattva Juices –  Green juices with an array of raw fruits and vegetables!
Each morning you will begin your day with a glass of water, a cup of green tea and a bottle of  Green juice. This morning mini-fast infuses the body with a huge flush of vital nutrients, while allowing the intestinal tract to continue to cleanse your cells of toxins. Moreover, green juice is the most effective and efficient way for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals.
Throughout the day, you will continue to hydrate your body with two more bottles of Juice. If you are feeling a little hungry, it’s okay to snack on raw fruit, which digests quickly and helps maintain a healthy blood sugar and sustained energy levels.
At dinner, it is time to equip your body with fiber and roughage through a large raw vegetable dinner. Fiber prompts the bowels to move and expel the day’s accumulated toxins. So while you continuously flood your body with large quantities of nutrients through green juice, you are simultaneously collecting toxins and getting rid of them!

DAY 1

Morning
Large glass of lemon water
500ml of Green Juice
Cup of organic green tea
Lunch
500ml of Green Juice
Grapefruit, or other raw fruit
Afternoon Snack
500ml of Green Juice
More raw fruit, if hungry
Dinner
Appetizer: Raw Carrot Soup – mix the following in blender until smooth, adding water (½-1 cup) as needed until desired consistency: 2 carrots, ½ de-seeded red bell pepper, 1 avocado, ¼ inch of ginger root, ½ handful of parsley leaves, sea salt and pepper (to taste); garnish with extra virgin olive oil and parsley leaves.
Main Course: Fall Fennel Salad – toss the following in large bowl: baby mixed greens, ½ finely sliced fennel bulb, ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes, handful of finely chopped tarragon (2-3 stems) and basil (5-6 leaves), ¼ cup of pine nuts, 2 tsp. lemon juice (½ lemon), 2 tsp. of almond oil; add sea salt and pepper (to taste); garnish with sliced avocado.

Nightcap: Drink a cup of hibiscus tea. Filled with antioxidants, it reportedly helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol while also supporting your digestive system. When buying at the store, make sure it is caffeine free as some brands blend with green tea.

DAY 2

Morning
Large glass of lemon water
500ml of Green Juice
Cup of organic green tea
Lunch
500ml of Green Juice
Mixed berries, or other raw fruit
Afternoon Snack
500ml of Green Juice
More raw fruit, if hungry
Dinner
Appetizer: Raw Salsa and Veggies – blend the following until minced: ½ peeled sweet onion, 1-2 peeled garlic cloves; add to blender and pulse until desired consistency: 4 roma tomatoes, 2-3 stems of cilantro, juice of ½ lime; add sea salt and pepper (to taste); enjoy with array of raw veggies, such as carrots, celery and red pepper sticks!
Main Course: Raw Guacamole Tacos – prepare guacamole with: 2 cubed avocados, 2 chopped roma tomatoes, ¼ finely chopped red onion, 1-2 chopped garlic cloves, ½ bunch of cilantro leaves, juice of ½ lime, sea salt and pepper (to taste); top 4-5 large romaine leaves with: 1 scoop of homemade guacamole, handful of sprouts, 2-3 tbs. raw pumpkin seeds; roll into a taco.

Nightcap: Drink a cup of hibiscus tea. Filled with antioxidants, it reportedly helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol while also supporting your digestive system. When buying at the store, make sure it is caffeine free as some brands blend with green tea.

DAY 3

Morning
Large glass of lemon water
500ml of Green Juice
Cup of organic green tea
Lunch
500ml of Green Juice
Fuji apple slices, or other raw fruit
Afternoon Snack
500ml of Green Juice
More raw fruit, if hungry
Dinner
Appetizer: Avocado Cup – on top of a halved avocado, sprinkle: 1 tsp. raw hulled pistachios, almond oil (or similar nut oil), and sea salt (to taste).
Main Course: Herb Salad – toss the following in a large bowl: baby mixed greens, handful of finely chopped basil (8-9 leaves), mint (2-4 stems) and cilantro (2-3 stems), 1 diced small avocado, 1 tbs. pomegranates, 1 tbs. roughly chopped raw almonds, 1 tbs. almond oil, 1 tsp. agave nectar, juice of ½ lime, sea salt (to taste).

Nightcap: Drink a cup of hibiscus tea. Filled with antioxidants, it reportedly helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol while also supporting your digestive system. When buying at the store, make sure it is caffeine free as some brands blend with green tea.

DAY 4

Morning
Large glass of lemon water
500ml of Green Juice
Cup of organic green tea
Lunch
500ml of Green Juice
Melon slices, or other raw fruit
Afternoon Snack
500ml of Green Juice
More raw fruit, if hungry
Dinner
Appetizer: Raw Butternut Squash Soup – mix the following in blender until smooth: 1½ cups cubed raw butternut squash, ½ medium avocado, 1 cup filtered water, 1 tbs. extra virgin olive oil, 2 tbs. maple syrup, 1 garlic clove, sea salt and pepper (to taste); garnish with handful of dried cranberries.
Main Course: Crunchy Rosemary Salad – toss the following in a large bowl: baby mixed greens, 2-3 finely chopped tarragon stems, 1-2 finely chopped rosemary stems, juice of ½ lime, 2 tbs. almond oil, 2 tbs. hemp seeds, sea salt (to taste); garnish with crumbled raw crackers and sliced avocado.

Nightcap: Drink a cup of hibiscus tea. Filled with antioxidants, it reportedly helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol while also supporting your digestive system. When buying at the store, make sure it is caffeine free as some brands blend with green tea.

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Enjoy!!!!

Xx

Note that cleansing/fasting may not be safe for everyone. We recommend consulting your physician prior to starting a cleanse or intermittent fasting routine.

Best Challenge Ever!!

It has been 4 months since we welcomed 2015 and for 4 months i have been dedicating 100% to my body, mind and soul. A promise i have made as soon as i welcomed the New Year, at 00 on that December 31st 2014.

I have promised to make this the healthiest year possible. Not that i haven’t been healthy in the previous years, but because i have been pregnant twice, i had certain limitations – food and exercise wise.

As soon as we welcomed January, I have been working out like mad!!!And felt soo good to finally concentrate in something that i really L.O.V.E. Working out! Sometimes solo, others with either Maya or Sienna … always with a stroller!You can find me jogging and do power walks in the streets and trails of Taipa at least 4 x a week. I have included my very own routines of Yoga and Fitness too.

A part from all this workout routine and breastfeeding Maya, i knew that something was missing, in order to increase my milk supply and the quality of my milk, increase my energy and feel lighter. I also wanted to recover faster from the pregnancy and c-section and be at my best for my family and loved ones. I have noticed – after a month of giving birth, that i was not digesting well/fast enough, and i always felt bloated at the end of the day, with a full stomach sensation..Something that i never had. I’ve been observing for 1.5 month. I knew i was eating well, but always wondered if  could be healthier…i knew i needed to be more consistent with certain things. I included Juices (of course) to my day and started feeling the difference right away – More Energy. It was no news…i know exactly the benefits of adding Juices to the Lifestyle…

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Since i am Breastfeeding Maya – non stop – i just can’t undergo a Juice Cleanse. I am dying to…(everybody has tried Sattva’s Cleanse Programs but me)…anyway, I knew i had to do a type of cleanse to renew, re-start, re-energize…

After my last post, I did research after research, read books, magazines and articles about Diet/Food…i start feeling that the key was to Cleanse my Body and Heal through Food!I thought why not give it a go?that could work for me…the more i learned the more i was sure that i needed to Spring Clean my Diet too. So, i decided to make a 20 Day Challenge to see the difference.

20 Days Challenge of Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (Mostly Raw). (You can follow my Journey @marianahedegaard)

 

What is a Plan-Based diet?

It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. A plant-based diet can be basically another way to say “vegan”, though many people do use the term to mean that you eat almost all plants with some animal products. I believe Veganism is the ultimate plant-based diet.

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There are many different types of plant-based diets. The three most common ones are:

Vegan: No animal products such as meat, eggs, or dairy products.
Lacto-vegetarian: No meat or eggs, but dairy products are OK.
Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: No meat, but dairy products and eggs are OK. – Mine as i eat eggs 1 x a week

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People ask me why this Challenge? my answer is simple. To change, to improve and to learn.

What’s the benefits of this Challenge? As a Nutritionist and being in this industry for some years now, i can’t get tired of sharing/advising that a good nutrition and a balanced diet is key to everything. Along with that, our bodies need a break every now and then. With that in mind, i always advise and insist on the same thing:

Fast at least once a week. You choose: Juice Cleanse, Water Fast, Raw food cleanse – for a day. And you will see the results right away!!Once you make it an habit, your body will be forever grateful.(Before getting pregnant Wednesdays were my Cleanse Days. I used to drink water or herbal teas for the whole day).

From my personal experience, my favorite benefits of a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle is the increased clarity of mind and energy levels. I can feel it that I am consuming what my body wants and needs on a cellular level. I love feeling overall so clean and good.

The benefits are endless: illness prevention such as diabetes and heart diseases, more energy, better mood, more positive thoughts, happier, lighter, less bloated, better circulation, less water retention, better skin, stronger hair and nails, more motivation, better digestion and of course weight loss.acai3

How often do i eat: Breakfast (8am), Lunch (12.30), Afternoon snack (glass of Almond milk or a small bowl of probiotic yogurt and fruits), Dinner (19). Times may vary, but it’s always a 4x a day meal including the afternoon snack. It works for me, but doesn’t mean it works for you. Check your G.P or Nutritionist for advise first.

What i eat: a variety of things. This challenge pushed me to learn new recipes and their benefits!!Eating Raw and Plant-Based food only never been this easier and tastier. I am not talking about the humble lettuce and tomato salad. I am talking about Kale salads, Rice salads, vegetarian screws, grilled vegetables, couscous, quinoa… wowwww,So much choice!!!Basically i am eating the freshest and cleanest whole unprocessed foods and as as much Organic as possible, i am adding tones of superfoods and Raw nuts to the diet, eating nothing but the best and healthiest oils including Coconut Oil, good fats,eating gluten free and lactose free too. I have swapped Cow’s milk for Almond, Cashews and Rice milks, i have lactose free cheese, i drink litres of water, organic and herbal teas only including Mother’s Milk Tea, Cold pressed Juices and Smoothies and my MUST HAVE Decaf coffee. I am so motivated that i don’t even feel tempted/crave to fish. meat or seafood. I have my soups every now and then too. I have Chia Seeds pudding and Açaí bowls too…i even managed to learn how to make it. So easy, so fast, so yummy and soo healthy…Come on…

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Do i Regret? NO

Do i enjoy? Yes

Do i love it? Yes

Do i recommend? Hell yeah!!!!!!

No need 20 Days like i am doing…start with 1 day and take it from there.I also recommend to follow this diet after you finished your Juice Cleanse program. This is a great way to break the cleanse and to keep with a healthy routine/lifestyle.

For me personally, it’s not a challenge because my diet – before this challenge – was very plant-based already. What really helps is not focusing on what I was giving up, but on the good things I could eat! Actually it’s very simple — you just learn to eat a variety of plants. If you slowly change your eating patterns, it’s not hard at all. Be flexible and don’t be too strict — you’ll find that it’s much easier if you allow yourself an occasional meal with animal products, especially in the first 6-12 months.acai-berry-bowl

Control your quality of life by consuming a plant-based diet. Filling your plate with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains is the best means for disease prevention and even disease reversal. Equally important, a plant-based diet is the best means for feeling good inside and out, everyday. While it keeps your arteries clean and your cells happy, it also brightens your skin, eyes, and hair. Weight management is just an added bonus.

Eat your vegetables! A few consistent musts for your grocery list: broccoli, spinach, apples, and blueberries.

If I could make a single dietary recommendation to people looking to get healthier, it would be to move to a plant-based diet, No doubts about it.

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Beat the Bloat

Uncategorized | October 15, 2014 | By

Eat the way your digestive system wants you to and you’ll feel better than ever.

Have you ever felt tired and slugish after eating? Or wandered why your stomach makes weird sounds? The answer could be that your meal contained too many complex food combinations for adequate digestion.

The most common health complaints are linked to poor digestion. Many people rely on antacids to curb digestive discomfort, while others simply resign themselves to living with these symptoms.

Understanding how to optimize digestive function is essential for greater health. And the good news is, it’s easy when you know how!

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There are four main digestive processes:

Digestion, Absorption, Assimilation and Elimination.

Has your mouth ever watered before eating something good? When we first see, or smell and begin to chew food, our mouths secrete digestive enzymes to break it down. Once the food goes into the stomach and depending on the type of food, the digestive organs release the appropriate enzymes.

Problems begin when we eat foods that are incompatible

How does this affect you? The body uses tremendous amounts of energy when it attempts to break down foods that are not compatible in the stomach. This, can create large energy dips after eating and can lead to the incomplete breakdsown of what you just ate. The end result is fermentation and even putrefaction in the digestive tract. This results in feeding undesirable bacterium, yeasts, moulds and fungus, which thrive in these conditions.

Candida overgrowth is a common health issue. It can easily spiral out of control when there is fermentation present, leading to a range of uncomfortable symptoms: bloating, depression, nail fungal rashes, among other things.

CC for Combining it Correctly

The solution to many health issues may be found in understanding that different foods digest in different ways; good digestion is possible when we learn how to eat healthful combinations as different enzymes are required to break down different foods. If too many foods that require differing enzymes are eaten together, it leads to indigestion, rancidity and fermentation all along the digestive tract.

Much greater digestive health is within reach when we learn to get back to the basics with simple food combining.

3 Golden Rules

1 – NEVER EAT PROTEIN TOGETHER WITH CARBS

Because different enzymes are required to break down these very different foods. Proteins require acidic enzyme secretion and take to 4 hours to digest!!!Carbs require alkaline enzymes and only take up to 2.5hours to digest. When eaten together, the foods do not get properly digested which leads to indigestion.

ALWAYS combine protein with plenty of low glycemic (low sugar) vegetables only. Carbs also go well with veggies, but remember never to mix both.

Examples for Proteins: lentil soup (protein) with salad and steamed green beans; celery and carrot sticks with humus (protein), salad with goat cheese (protein), quinoa (protein) served with salad and veggies soup.

Examples of how to eat Carbs: veggies risotto with salad, pasta with tomato sauce and a side salad, baked sweet potato with cinnamon and steamed asparagus.

2 – NEVER EAT FRUIT WITH ANY OTHER FOOD

Fruits digest very quickly and is pre-digested. On average, it takes one piece no more than 30min to exit the stomach. When eaten with other foods it can’t be digested, and the result will be fermentation in the digestive tract.

Watch out for melon – must be eaten alone. It digests rapidly and can cause fermentation it it is forced to spend too much time in the stomach.

Always eat fruits on an empty stomach and ideally early in the morning. Which is a fantastic way to “wake up” your digestive system.

Lemons, Limes, Tomatoes and Avocados are all technically fruits. However, they combine well with either veggies or fruits!

3 – AVOID DRINKING WITH MEALS

It’s best to avoid drinking large amounts of any fluids with meals otherwise the digestive enzymes will become diluted.

Try to stop drinking 30 minutes before meals and wait at least 2 hours to drink again after eating. A small amount of liquid with meals is OK. In fact, a small cup of warm water with ginger and lemon before meals can actually aid digestion.

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These food combining rules may seem difficult to follow first, but they are in fact very easy when adopted into a healthy eating program. The results with lead to enhanced digestion, improved energy levels, weight loss and a greater sense of well being.

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