2/28/13

The Green Smoothie

The Green Smoothie

If you have an Instagram or Twitter account, I am sure you have seen pictures detailing the recent Green Smoothie trend. They are everywhere!

Kimberly Snyder, a registered dietitian and nutritionist for celebrities says, "Ongoing cleansing is a critical way to reach your highest potential of health and beauty. The Glowing Green Smoothie retains all of the fiber of the greens and fruit, rather than removing it. Blending helps make greens’ full spectrum of nutrition readily available to the body. Nutrients are encased inside plant cells and getting their benefits requires these cells’ walls to be ruptured."
 
How stinkin cute is she??

I have to admit that I could definitely use a few more greens into my diet, and I am thinking that a green smoothie is the way to go. I have made them before, but I would like to incorporate them into my diet on a more frequent basis.

Kris Karr is another green smoothie advocate who claims that green juice is what helped her overcome stage 4 cancer. 

 KrisCarr.com

She writes on her blog:

"My backstory and why the heck I know a thing or two … On Valentine’s Day in 2003, I was diagnosed with a very rare and incurable (yet thankfully slow-growing) stage 4 cancer. This whiskey tango foxtrot moment (that’s military lingo for WTF?!) sparked a deep desire in me to stop holding back and start living like I mean it! I wanted to feel better, love harder and enjoy my life more fully. So I hit the road on a deep healing pilgrimage and have never looked back. Nearly ten years later, my life is truly, madly magical–even with cancer. If I can pull that off, just imagine what YOU can do!" (source)

After perusing her website for 2.5 hours, I decided that I really need to cut sugar out of my diet for good.

It's just SO BAD. SO SO SO BAD. It is food for cancer cells (literally).

And I don't want to get cancer, or make a way for cancer to grow on my body. Although I can't completely prevent these things from happening, I can be pro-active by making good choices! It's amazing how FOOD, not medicine made her cancer go away, and her incredibly healthy lifestyle
Curious how a regular juicing and smoothie practice can transform your life? Behold …
  • zippy energy
  • glowing skin
  • cellular detox
  • less inflammation
  • boosted immunity
  • mental clarity
  • restful sleep
  • leaner body
  • more sizzle between the sheets
  • random bouts of happiness
  • increased longevity
  • ability to wear tiny bikinis long after it’s appropriate!
- See more at: http://kriscarr.com/products/crazy-sexy-juices-succulent-smoothies/#sthash.G3r2CEBB.dpuf

Curious how a regular juicing and smoothie practice can transform your life? Behold …
  • zippy energy
  • glowing skin
  • cellular detox
  • less inflammation
  • boosted immunity
  • mental clarity
  • restful sleep
  • leaner body
  • more sizzle between the sheets
  • random bouts of happiness
  • increased longevity
  • ability to wear tiny bikinis long after it’s appropriate!
- See more at: http://kriscarr.com/products/crazy-sexy-juices-succulent-smoothies/#sthash.G3r2CEBB.dpuf
Want to try Kimberly's Glowing Green Smoothie??? See the recipe below. 

The Glowing Green Smoothie 





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If you like a creamier/icier smoothie, try this one from Two Peas and Their Pod.

It's so pretty :)
 




1 large orange, peeled and segmented
1/2 of a large banana, cut into chunks
6 large strawberries
2 cups spinach
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Chobani 0%)
1 cup ice


Blend :)

Go drink some greens and have a happy Thursday!

2/27/13

Busy? 10 Ways to Maintain "Healthy" While On the Go

Let's get right down to it, shall we?

While I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas and sipping on Mint Iced Tea...


I am actually in North Orange County moving apartments and trying to squeeze in a few cardio sessions this week. Trying. At the moment Joel and I have no electricity and I can't cook, which means we are eating loads of fruit, celery, bell peppers, and cans of tuna.

Blah.

So here are some things that help me stay "healthy" when I am on the go and super busy.

1. Drink tons of water. Hydration helps in so many ways (and not just weight loss!). I try to drink my weight in ounces every day. 135 pounds (my weight) = 135 ounces per day. Of course, I am not able to drink this much water every day, but because my aim is high I usually get at least 100 ounces in, and I notice a huge difference in my energy levels and my skin when I do get the proper amount.
    • "Consume part of the water required for proper daily hydration before your meals to control your appetite, according to a study by researchers from Virginia Tech and reported at the 2010 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Drinking 16 oz. of water before meals three times a day over a 12-week period increased average weight loss by about 5 lbs., compared with those who did not increase water intake" Livestrong  
    •  "The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately five pounds. They note that up to 40% of the increase in calorie burning is caused by the body's attempt to heat the ingested water. The findings are reported in the December issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism." WebMD
2.  Eat every three to four hours. If you're like me and have a naturally slow metabolism, you have to learn to "trick" your body into speeding its calorie-burning process. I like to pack veggies, fruit, and almonds in my purse to ensure that I always have something to snack on throughout the day. This also helps me to NOT overeat when dinner roles around. Of course, when eating frequently you have to consider what you are eating frequently...those 100 calorie packs that are full of sugar, salt, and chemicals are going to do you NO GOOD WHATSOEVER.
  • Women's Health Magazine has a great article that features when to eat throughout the day. Check it out by clicking here.
 3.  Fill your fridge with lean protein, veggies, coconut water, cranberry concentrate, lemons, fruit, quinoa, almonds, almond milk (unsweetened), fresh tea, and hummus. Throw away all of the sugary and processed stuff...the more you see the stuff the more your taste buds will crave it.

4. Minimize grocery shopping time by making a list of what you need and sticking to that list. This will also help you save money! Don't wander down the cereal section (even the "healthy" cereals are usually loaded with chemicals/sugar), the chips section, or the ice cream section. Stick to the outer edges of the store.

5. At the beginning of each week, cook all of your meat and chop all of your veggies to save in prep time for your meals. This can seriously save you SO MUCH TIME. In the summer I also like to make a pitcher of green iced tea that I can pour into water bottles and take anywhere (this will also save you a ton of money from going to Starbucks in the middle of the day).

6. If you don't have time to drive to the gym, get your butt outside and go for a run, or follow along to any of the videos from these You Tube channels (click on the names to go to the links). Most of the videos are under 10 minutes and are totally do-able.
7.  If you must eat out, pick a restaurant you can trust. Try Chipotle, Jamba Juice (although READ the ingredients of the smoothies very closely. Some of them are just awful), Corner Bakery, Mothers Market, Whole Foods, Yard House, Cheesecake Factory (because they have every veggie and lean protein in the world and you can create your own meal), any organic fast-food place (they are here in Cali at least), Cafe Rio, or Flame Broiler (but stick to brown rice and no sauce with sugar in it).

8. Buy a few Lara Bars and keep them in your car for emergencies- these are all natural and have NO added sugar. They are made purely from fruit and nuts!

9. Plan out your meals! This will help you shop efficiently and also help you in deciding what you are going to eat that day/night. If you already have it written down your meals in a calendar you are probably less likely to splurge.

10. Just do it! Eating healthy can be difficult but it is so worth it, and your body will thank you in so many ways. 







2/25/13

I can't fit into my dress!!! AHHHHH!


Well hello there! 

I have been M.I.A. and super, super busy. 

Joel and I are moving, a couple girls and I just planned/executed a Bridal Shower, still doing youth ministry stuff, blogging elsewhere...

I have simply been on the go for six weeks straight!



My sister-in-law (pictured above) is getting married in four weeks. 
While this is all very exciting, I have one slight (okay, huge) problem: 
My bridesmaid dress doesn't fit!!!!
I ordered it in a size six, my normal size, but when it came in the zipper literally won't go all the way up by about 3 inches.
At first, I was worried.
But then I remembered that since the 30-day-Paleo challenge ended the last week of January, I have gained about four pounds (dang you gluten!!!!), so I know I have some weight I can lose to make the dress fit. 

And lucky for me, my fellow bridesmaid and sister in law is facing the same problem with her dress, so I concocted a nutrition/work out plan that will help our dresses zip all the way to the top :)





Below is a great view of the culprit that has created my most recent problem.






OPERATION: FIT INTO BRIDESMAID DRESSES BY MARCH 22 @ 3 PM

By Bethany Thompson

Basics of the Eating Plan:

1.      Clean Eating – NO processed sugar, alcohol, empty carbs, or saturated fats
2.      Water – DRINK 100 OUNCES PER DAY
3.      Green Tea (no honey) at 3PM every day (if possible!)
4.      Eat every two hours
5.      Main meals should be eaten until full (do not starve yourself!)
6.      No carbs after 6 pm (unless berries)
7.      Drink “Metabolism Boost” every morning upon waking up
8.      Exercise 5 days per week
9.      Sleep at least seven hours every night
10.  Go-to warm drinks are green tea and hot water with lemon (try to cut coffee out if possible)
11.  Don’t think about what you can’t have. If you have a craving, go for a walk, drink some tea, or just walk away.
12.  Try to dispose of all sugar/tempting foods – the less you have to see it the better (Emily – maybe ask your mom to put the dessert pile inside the cabinets so that you don’t see it every time you walk into the kitchen?)

Basics of the Workout Plan:

1.      Try to work out for at least 30 minutes six days per week. Three days of hard cardio, two days of strength training, one day of easy cardio/abs.
2.      Try to incorporate high intensity interval training (HIIT) into every workout. The higher your heart rate goes, the more calories you burn.
3.      Try to work out until exhausted (aka until you absolutely CANT do another rep or another jump, etc), give yourself a 30 second rest, and then go for it again.
4.      EVERY MORNING when first out of bed, hold the plank position for as long as you can. This will awaken abs, arms, butt, heart, and will get your metabolism going immediately, which is ideal for calorie burning throughout the day.
5..      Stretch your back, spine, and abs every day to slim the waist and make it smaller!



MEALS FOR WEEK 1


Breakfast Snack 1 Lunch Snack 2 Dinner Snack 3

Sunday 2 Eggs w/ Fruit of choice Fruit of choice  Chicken, Romain Lettuce, lemon juice, balsamic vinigar, 1 tomato, cucumber Vegetable of Choice & Cup of Green Tea                Out w/friends - some kind of protein and vegetable Herbal Tea










Monday Oatmeal w/almond milk, Greek yogurt, Banana, and Cinnamon  Fruit of choice  Open faced Sandwich: Ezekiel Bread, Chicken, hummus, spinach, tomato, cucumber, mustard, seasonings w/ side of raw veggie of choice Vegetable of Choice & Cup of Green Tea                Veggie-tomato-sausage stew Herbal Tea










Tuesday 2 Eggs w/ Fruit of choice Fruit of choice  Leftovers Vegetable of Choice & Cup of Green Tea                Baked lemon chicken w/steamed broccoli and brown rice Herbal Tea










Wednesday Smoothie: Almond milk, banana, cocoa powder, spinach, berries, Greek yogurt Almonds & Fruit of choice Leftovers Vegetable of Choice & Cup of Green Tea                Protein-style burger w/ romain lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, hummus & half of a sweet potato  Herbal Tea










Thursday Oatmeal w/almond milk, Greek yogurt, Banana, and Cinnamon  Fruit of choice  Leftovers Vegetable of Choice & Cup of Green Tea                "Taco" salad - Romain lettuce, lemon, salsa, peppers, black beans, ground beef taco style, corn, red onions, olives Herbal Tea










Friday 2 Eggs w/ Fruit of choice Fruit of choice  Open faced Sandwich: Ezekiel bread, Chicken, hummus, spinach, tomato, cucumber, mustard, seasonings w/ side of raw veggie of choice Vegetable of Choice & Cup of Green Tea                Pizza! Whole wheat crust, tomato paste, skim mozzerella cheese, peppers, olives, broccoli  Herbal Tea






***EQUIP is this weekend. DO NOT eat all the snacks!!! Pack 


Saturday Equip Conference: Fruit & Protein. NO yogurt as the yogurt they serve has tons of sugar Bring some almonds to snack on Whatever is healthiest at Equip. Preferably a salad and a protein (meat) Vegetable of Choice & Cup of Green Tea - there will definitely be green tea at Equip            Out w/friends - some kind of protein and vegetable Herbal Tea










***NOTE: You can eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want!!! No limit. 






  
I also put Emily on an AT-HOME workout schedule. It is a compilation of the best You Tube workout videos and running :) No weights, no cost, and it is super convenient.

YOU CAN TOTALLY GET IN SHAPE AND NOT HAVE A GYM MEMBERSHIP!!

Below is her workout schedule for the week :) Enjoy!


Week 1: February 25-March 3

Monday:  Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
                  Run 15 minutes

Tuesday:  5 of any videos from this link: http://www.dailyhiit.com/videos
                  Run 20 minutes

Wednesday:
Running Intervals – try doing these at a park or treadmill so you can sprint on grass (5 min warm up jog, run 2 minutes, sprint 1 minute, walk 30 seconds, and repeat that cycle for 30 minutes. Cool down: walk five minutes. STRETCH.)

Thursday:
Do these three videos:

Friday:
1.      Pop Pilates: HIIT / Abs
2.      If you have more time, try to do a 30 minute interval run (same as Wednesday), or even a 10 minute interval run if limited on time!

Below is a random picture I found on Pinterest and absolutely LOVE. 



If you want to participate with us and slim down in the next four weeks, comment below or email me and I will get the meal plan/workout plan to you!


DISCLAIMER: I am not a dietitian!! Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutrition program. It is very important that you take precautions when changing your dietary and exercise habits! Everything I post is purely based on experience and my own personal research and therefore is NOT professional advise. 

SIDE NOTE:

 Joel and I recently celebrated our one year anniversary! Below are some pictures from our wedding day and our anniversary getaway to La Jolla ;)





















































Have a happy Monday!

<3 Beth