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Since the beginning of summer, I have amped up my health and workout routine to get in tip-top bikini shape for my cousin’s wedding in Cabo. And now that I’m engaged and there’s a wedding down the line (!!!), my routine has elevated to a whole ‘nother level. The best part about it is that I don’t have to starve myself or crash diet or go to spinning hell everyday like I used to do for Prom or silly events (and gain the weight and then some back the next week)… this is a semi-long-term body investment, just like my best friend Kristen’s blog in Los Angeles, “The Body Project“. Obviously you should practice healthy living everyday, but lets be honest… I’m getting married and I better look damn hot.

In addition to resistance/pilates training at least 3 times a week, and cardio 5 times a week, I (aim) to follow the Tone it Up Pescatarian Nutrition Plan which calls for a morning Beauty Shot to boost metabolism after a 30 minute jog. You totally thought it was beer at first, didn’t you? I love these little shots so much! They are making my skin glow and really curb my post-cardio morning hunger.

This beauty shot has Cinnamon and Apple Cider Vinegar to reduce hunger and balance blood sugar levels while the Cayenne raises body temperature, gets your blood going (aka beauty flush!) and boosts metabolism to help you burn more calories throughout the day.

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4 oz fresh pineapple juice

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 tsp honey

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of cayenne

Shake with ice, pour, enjoy!

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Red Juice: Beet Apple Carrot Ginger Juice with Grapefruit

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple (I like Pink Ladies in my juice)
  • 1/2 red beet, washed and peeled
  • 5 big carrots
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1/3 peeled Ginger Root
  • Lemon juice

Beets

Beets are incredible for beautifying and detoxifying your body with incredible anti-aging benefits.

Skin: Beets stimulate cell production/repair, protecting your skin from premature aging & wrinkles. The antioxidants in beets fight aging signs, keeping your skin firm and youthful. & because beets thin bile, they improve liver function and increase detoxification which helps with weight loss & gives you those appealing white eyes and glowing skin. (but be careful to only juice at least half a beet per day as it is very very strong and can be too hard on your body and make you feel sick)

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Dry Brushing

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This is my newest favorite tradition and one of the, if not THE best way to keep your skin clear of debris, soft, velvety and naturally glowing. People always ask me how I make my skin so glowing and baby soft, and this is my secret. Dry brushing helps us “detoxify” by loosening dead cells, stimulating acupressure points, wakes up your immune system by circulating your blood flow and it ultimately REDUCES the appearance of CELLULITE! Skin is our biggest organ and we often forget that, and neglect to care for it. A loofa to your skin is like fiber to your colon. Your body naturally sheds skin cells out from our skin and its important to scrub away this toxic build up, or else it will be reabsorbed back into our skin which leads to, you guessed it: breakouts! Did you know that 70% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our liver? This can create a very toxic body.

Look for a natural bristle brush and throw on some Hendrix and go to town, brushing all areas of your skin in upward circular motions (especially your thighs, bum and dimply areas). Don’t brush too hard and be kind to sensitive areas –> ( . Y . ) ;) . When targeting your face, use a washcloth. I like to use a baby washcloth because its softer and won’t tug at your skin (CVS). After you shower definitely lather up with lotion (try to use natural lotions, I love using coconut oil before bed – you smell and feel so amazing). Once you do this, you will be amazed at the feeling of your skin actually breathing and you actually feel lighter. I can’t stop feeling how soft my skin is after! Its seriously the best. Go try!

I’m really excited to get these loofah gloves! Makes it so much easier…

Terry Loofah Gloves $8

Ginger Lemon & Mint Detox Tea

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Ginger Lemon & Mint Detox Tea

Forget the tea bags, this free floating tea may be the best remedy for life. The medicinal properties of these ingredients flourish in the hot detoxifying purified water. Health benefits below:

LEMON WATER

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Good for Stomach
Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nauseaheartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and as a cleansing agent. The intake of lemon juice can cure constipation. It is even known to help relieve hiccups when consumed as a juice. Lemon juice acts as a liver tonic and helps you digest your food by helping your liver produce more bile. It decreases the amount of phlegm produced by your body. It is also thought to help dissolve gallstones.

Excellent for Skin Care
Lemon, being a natural antiseptic medicine, can participate to cure problems related to skin. Lemon is a Vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. Daily consumption of lemon water can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. It acts as an anti-aging remedy and can remove wrinkles and blackheads. Lemon water if applied on the areas of burns can fade the scars. As lemon is a cooling agent, it reduces the burning sensation on the skin.

Aids in Dental Care
Lemon water is used in dental care also. If fresh lemon juice is applied on the areas of toothache, it can assist in getting rid of the pain. The massages of lemon juice on gums can stop gum bleeding. It gives relief from bad smell and other problems related to gums. (But go easy, you don’t want to remove enamel because once it’s gone, it’s gone.)

Cures Throat Infections
Lemon is an excellent fruit that aids in fighting problems related to throat infections, sore throat and tonsillitis as it has an antibacterial property. For sore throat, dilute one-half lemon juice with one-half water and gargle frequently.

Good for WEIGHT LOSS
One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. If a person takes lemon juice mixed with hot water and honey, it can reduce the body weight as well by flushing out toxins, which rids water weight.

Controls High Blood Pressure
Lemon water works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. It controls high blood pressure, dizziness, nausea as well as provides relaxation to mind and body. It also reduces mental stress and depression.

GINGER

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Acts as a Blood Purifier
The diseases like cholera or malaria can be treated with lemon water as it can act as a blood purifier.

Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Morning Sickness
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.

Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.

Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.

Heartburn Relief
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.

Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment
Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.

Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.

Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage)

TO MAKE:

Simply pour boiling water over sliced ginger ginger (try 4 or 5 the size of quarters), let steep for about 5mins then add lemon juice and stevia to taste. Rub mint leaves in your palms to release oils and add to brew. Sip and enjoy!

I drink this the day after thanksgiving, for hangovers, migraines, pms, indigestion, to promote drowsiness, to clear sinuses, or just relax.


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The Book That Changed My Life

The Beauty Detox Solution (or as I like to refer to it as, “my Bible”) by Kimberly Snyder , has changed my life in so many ways. Her book not only cured me of my illness, gave me incredible health improvements and physical benefits, but it has breathed new life into my soul and led me to my true passion: nutrition. Kimberly Snyder started a fire inside of me that has caught on to every area of my life. I have since changed my major to a nutritional based curriculum, became vegan and a passionate chef. I have found my inner fire, my love for adventure and life. Most importantly, I have shared my love for nutrition and inner beauty to everyone around me, spreading health and life and creating more veg-heads (mwahaha). Like my brother, Chas, who now understands the inner peace, intuition, energy and happiness that comes from a holistic lifestyle. Check out his blog, My Quantum Life,  for more wisdom on inner health and peace as he begins his journey as a massage therapist.

Kimberly Snyder is a celebrity nutritionist for Fergie, Drew Barrymore, Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, Vince Vaughn and many more. She is best known for her “Glowing Green Smoothie”, which I will touch on soon!

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The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder