Why Eating Fat Makes You Thin & How To Distinguish the Good From the Bad

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I have a love affair with fat. I must be making up for lost time in the 90’s. But sadly, many lovely people are missing out because of a silly fad that began in the 1980’s.

A little nutrition history:

In the 1980’s, fat was deemed the new enemy ,and the food industry was quick to jump to action. As a result, food corporations created a variety of fat-free and low-fat products that started spreading on the shelves of the supermarkets like wild fire. The mantra was “take out the fat and add lots of sugar”.

And you know what? We gobbled it up.

But this insanity stops here – no longer will be buy into this fallacy. Today we are more knowledgeable, and as numerous studies have discovered, fats are crucial for our health and for maintaining our optimum weight.

The caveat, however, is that not all fats are created equally.

Know Your Enemies:

Here is the golden rule: There are good fats and there are bad fats. The good fats are your friends and promote weight loss, brain health and normal levels of cholesterol. They also protect against inflammation, which causes disease and obesity. The bad fats on the other hand promote abnormal levels of cholesterol, weight gain, and inflammation.

Which one would you choose?

The Good Guys:

  • Unprocessed organic oils like coconut oil, avocados and avocado oil,
  • Organic butter from grass-fed cows, clarified butter, and extra virgin olive oil.
  • Raw nuts and seeds like chia seeds, flax seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.
  • Egg yolks from pastured hens.
  • Lean meat from animals that are free range and/or grass fed.
  • Coconut oil, which has special medium-chain fatty acids that promote a healthy metabolism, immune system, skin and thyroid.

 The Bad Guys:

  • Corn oil
  • Canola oil
  • Soy oil
  • Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats
  • Margarine and shortening

 So what makes the bad fats bad and the good fats good?

 It all comes down to the Omega 3’s And 6’s.

The good fats are full of healthy Omega 3’s and 6’s and the bad guys are overloaded with Omega 6’s. For optimum health the ideal ratio of Omega 6 to 3 is 1:1. However, thanks to the Standard American Diet (S.A.D), the average American has a 15:1 ratio. This is a direct result from highly processed vegetable oils and trans fat.

But won’t eating fat make me fat?

No! Not if you are eating the good, friendly fats. Eating healthy fats keeps you satiated longer, and gets your metabolism revving, enabling you to burn more fat and maintain a healthy weight.

But what about my cholesterol?

According to a study by one of the world’s leading cholesterol experts, Dr. Ronald Krauss, a low-fat diet changed healthy cholesterol profiles into heart attack-prone profiles with high triglycerides, low HDL, and small LDL particles.

As we have learned, it’s the type of fat you eat, not the quantity. The bad fats promote abnormal cholesterol levels, and the good fats improve the type and quantity of your cholesterol.

Plus, women NEED fats to produce cholesterol because cholesterol makes all of our hormones. If you are eating a low-fat diet, your hormones will suffer.

So pick up where you left off with fats in the 80’s or 90’s. You’ve been separated for way too long now.

Reunited and it feels so good,

Health Coach Jenna

 

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MILK. Does It Really Do the Body Good?

milkLet’s talk milk. Dairy is controversial and is the cause of many debates between health professionals. Some say dairy is healthy while others believe it should be avoided like the bubonic plague. The truth is, around 60% of the entire world is somewhat lactose intolerant, which means they can’t digest the milk protein, lactose.

If you are lactose intolerant and drinking cow’s milk, you could be experiencing symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, loose stools, and allergies that may lead to ear, nose and throat infections.

If your body can digest cow’s milk and you feel like it is the right fit for your body, by all means it’s your choice to stick with it. However, I encourage you to eliminate it from your diet for at least 10 days to see how your body feels without it. You might be surprised by the results.

I personally avoid dairy milk, as I feel lighter and more vibrant without it. I agree with Dr. Hyman when he says “cow’s milk is the perfect beverage…. for a baby cow”.

So what are my alternatives?

Switch to a dairy-free milk such as almond milk, coconut milk, hemp seed milk, or rice milk. I encourage you to pick one with no added sugars and to choose the organic version.

It’s also best to stay away from soy milk as it has high levels of phytoestrogens, which mimic the body’s natural estrogen hormones. For women, this can lead to estrogen dominance, which has been linked to infertility, menstrual problems, and cancer. For men, it can cause testosterone imbalances, low sperm count, and cancer.

Bottom line – soy is not healthy and its widespread use is destructive to the environment. *

But what about calcium?

Adults need 1,000 mg of calcium per and the fact that we need milk to get this daily dose is a myth created by clever ads to keep us buying milk products. In fact, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Animal protein leaches calcium from the bones, leading to its excretion in the urine.” This means that when you consume cow’s milk it changes the pH level in the body and turns the blood acidic, notifying the body to neutralize the damaging acidic protein before it reaches the kidneys. The only way to neutralize it is by using our stored calcium, which is drawn from our bones, causing a reverse and undesirable effect.

In reality, the best and most efficient way to get calcium is from dark leafy greens, and foods such as almonds, salmon, black-eyed peas, white beans, seaweed, seseme seeds, and oranges. In addition, most dairy-free milks found in the store are fortified with calcium. However, if you are making your own dairy-free milk this will not be the case.

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But what if I want to stick with cow’s milk?

If you would like to keep cow’s milk in your diet, then it’s crucial that you switch to organic. You should choose organic milk because it is free of synthetic hormones, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and GMOs. Studies have also shown that organic milk has higher levels of vitamin E, omega-3, antioxidants, and beta-carotene.

Non-organic milk contains harmful contaminants from antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides.  One of the most dangerous is the bovine growth hormone (rBGH). The bovine growth hormone is given to cows to make them produce milk faster to keep up with the increasing demands worldwide.

According to a study titled Monsanto’s Hormonal Milk Poses Serious Risks of Breast Cancer, Besides Other Cancers, “Drinking rBGH milk would thus be expected to significantly increase IGF-1 blood levels. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers.”

Cows that are injected with rBGH are more likely to form an infection called Mastitis, causing the cow to produce pus which ends up in your milk.

GROSS.

Even more disgusting is that in order to beat the infection, cows are given antibiotics, which also end up in your glass.

DOUBLE GROSS.

In addition, the cow feed used is most times genetically modified corn, creating a decrease in healthy Omega- 3 fatty acids, and an increase in Omega- 6 fatty acids.

Fat-free, low-fat, or full-fat?

If you are still set on drinking cow’s milk, it’s best to stay away from fat-free milk and choose either a full-fat or low- fat option. Healthy fats are our friends and they help keep us satiated, allow the body to absorb nutrients more efficiently, as well as promote brain health.

In the long run, it’s up to you to decide what is best for your body. I’m a big believer in bio-individuality, which means that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food could be another person’s poison, so it’s up to you to discover what works for you!

Cheers!

Health Coach Jenna

 

*2-3 servings a week of FERMENTED soy (tempeh, tofu, miso) is okay if your body can digest soy. If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease or any sort of endocrine system balance, it is best to avoid all forms of soy.

3 Tips To Write Kick -Ass Intentions

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Happy New Year Ladies and Gents! Have you set your intentions yet?

Setting intentions helps you manifest the changes you want to see in your life. I am a BIG fan of setting intentions and goals for myself. I find this helps keep me motivated and delivers huge results, as our thoughts turn into actions and our actions into reality.

Thoughts are POWERFUL things, folks!

Did you know that the Universe wants to see us get what we want?! Hell yes, it does! But the Universe can’t give you what you want if you don’t know what it is that you want in the first place.So project your intentions loud and clear for the cosmos to hear by writing your intentions today!

How to Write Your Very Own Kick- Ass New Year’s Intentions: 

1. Make positive statements, not negative.  

Instead of saying “I will NOT stress out so much” try reforming this into a POSITIVE statement such as “I will take life one breath at a time, and will remain calm through all the events this year brings.”

Start off the New Year on the right note by focusing on your new healthy habits this year, not on past habits that are old news and don’t serve you.

2. Be as specific as possible.

If your New Year’s intention is to lose weight, don’t just write “ I will lose weight this year”. Rather, ask yourself “How much weight will I lose? How will I lose weight?”leaving the final product looking more like “I will lose ten pounds by cutting my sugar intake in half, working out at least four times a week, and drinking more water”.

Remember that the universe will give you what you want, but it is your responsibility to first inform it of what it is exactly that you do want!

 3. Include how achieving these intentions will make you feel.

After writing your intention, try writing a sentence that describes how you will feel once  you have achieved it. For example, if your intention is to save enough money to pay off your student loans, then add a sentence saying “Once I have paid off my  loans I will feel as light as a feather, and my mind will be at ease knowing I am free from this huge debt that has been dragging me down!” Start to feel it NOW and it will come.

Now that you have some kick- ass intentions, write them down and keep them in a safe place so you can refer back to them during the year.

I wish you a prosperous New Year filled with light, love, and happiness!

Love,

Jenna

What are your New Year’s Intentions this year? Do you have any tips for writing intentions that work well for you? A penny for your thoughts!

A Survival Guide To Staying Healthy During the Holidays

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It’s that time of year for families and friends to get together to be merry! I don’t know about you, but I used to get stressed out over social holiday events due to the lack of control of the foods I could eat at holiday parties.

I was worried about hurting the feelings of those who went to the trouble to make their special desserts and dishes, and I’d usually end up being polite and eating things that my body didn’t do well with. I’d always gain about five pounds and my hormones would suffer.

Consequently, I acquired a little anxiety about going to holiday parties and would sometimes even skip going to them altogether. Stupid, right?! Thankfully today I know better.

I’ve realized that just because I choose to eat healthy, living foods in order to feel and look my best, doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice social events.

These events are not only fun, but are also a great opportunity to introduce new foods to people – and if they ask, a great opportunity to let them know why I eat the foods I do.

I’ve also learned to stand up for myself and say “no” to foods I don’t wish to eat.

At the end of the day, the most important aspect of the holidays is spending time with friends and families – the food is just an added bonus. And as much as I like spending time with my family,  it also brings me so much joy to share delicious and healthy dishes with the ones I love.

If you find yourself worrying about how to maintain your healthy lifestyle during the holidays, I recommend following these great tips I found the other day from Dr. Hyman. And they aren’t only for the holidays; they are great for all year round!

How to Succeed During the Holidays:

Restaurants, Business Luncheons, Social Events

• Be Obnoxious! Be clear about your needs and do not accept any food that does not nourish or support you. Do not assume you are being impolite; you are simply taking care of yourself.

• Choose the restaurant when you can.

• Tell the server you do not want bread on the table nor the alcohol menu. But do ask for raw cut-up veggies-no dip.

• Ask for water. Drink 1-2 glasses before your meal to reduce appetite

• Tell the server you will die if you have gluten or dairy. Not a lie-just a slow death.

• Ask for simple food preparation. Grilled fish with an entire plate of steamed vegetables with some olive oil and lemon drizzled on top. Always ask for olive oil and lemon in lieu of dressing. These often have hidden dairy and gluten as well as unhealthy oils.

• Skip the starches. Ask for double vegetables

• Avoid sauces, dressings and dips which are usually laden with hidden sugars, poor oils, gluten and dairy

• Follow “hari hachi bu.” Do as the Okinawan Japanese do and stop eating when you are 80% full. Instead of eating until you are FULL, eat until you are NO LONGER HUNGRY! Bring leftovers home as even too much of the right foods may spike insulin.

• Ask for berries for dessert.

 Create An Emergency Pack

• Buy a small hand-held cooler you can keep in your car, at work, trips etc. It’s your life pack.

• What’s in Dr. Hyman’s Life- Pack:

  • Small bag of raw almonds, walnuts or pecans
  • Small bag of cut carrots or celery
  • Small container of hummus such as Wild Garden single-serve packets –
  • Can of wild salmon or sardines
  • A container of chickpeas with olive oil, lemon, herbs, salt, pepper
  • Healthy whole food protein bar (eat half in morning, half in afternoon)
  • Bottle of water

 Be Prepared For Holidays and Special Events

Sometimes you will have to eat someplace where you perceive to have no control. Avoid food-anxiety by planning ahead and making your host aware of your dietary needs and:

• Eat a small protein-based meal before the event

• Bring your emergency pack as a backup in case there is nothing to eat. You can always eat after.

• Just relax and eat. Choose nourishing foods such as lean poultry, fish, beans and vegetables. Have as many vegetables as you want. Do your best and relax. Stress will decrease your metabolic power. And remember, there is always tomorrow to resume your routine in the morning!

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Happy Holidays everyone!

And remember, a little of what you fancy does you good. Food should never be feared, only respected.

Health Coach Jenna

 

 

Foods to Eat For A Trim Waist + The Ones to Avoid

TRUTH: You can do all the crunches in the world and have a poor diet, and your abs will stay in hiding forever.jackblacktacos

It doesn’t matter how many fancy tummy exercises you are doing, if you are still eating too much C.R.A.P (Carbonated drinks, Refined food, Artificial ingredients, Processed hyper-caloric Frankenfoods) then you are not going to have a trim waist.

If you are serious about getting in shape, you need to cut out:

  • Added sugar (be sure to even keep sugars from fruit to a minimum)
  • Vegetable Oils
  • Added salt
  • Alcohol
  • Fruit juice
  • Processed foods
  • Excess dairy
  • Gluten

Not only will these foods promote bloating, they will also spike your insulin levels, resulting in fat storage.

To bring those abs out of hiding, start eating:

  • Lean protein such as eggs, fish, hemp hearts.
  •  GREENS!!!!
  •  Sweet potato
  •  Blueberries
  •  Apples
  •  Walnuts
  •  Almonds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Lemon water
  • Beet juice

Also, make sure you don’t let yourself get too hungry! Timing of meals is crucial so make sure you are getting 3-6 small meals a day to prevent overeating. (We all have different body types so snacking is not best for all. Consult your health coach to tailor a individualized meal plan for you.)

And the good news is, you can still have the tacos. Just make sure they are made with veggies or lean meat, use corn tortillas, ditch the sour cream, and take it easy on the cheese, alright? 😉

And remember, a little bit of what you fancy does you good. Not a boatload of what you fancy, but a little. So I encourage you to look at these lists as guidelines, not as restrictions.

Viva Tacos!

Health Coach Jenna

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Your Quick Guide To Juicing

I love juicing. So much so, that I actually think I could drink my body weight in cold pressed juice. As a health coach, juicing is one of the top practices I would love to see my clients adopt, as it is the ideal way to consume the recommended daily serving of vegetables, and is a fast track to an overall sense of wellbeing.

Why should you juice?

1. Nutrient Dense

Juicing eliminates all the fiber and pulp, leaving you with a glass of nutrient dense vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Think of it as a shot of goodness that is instantly absorbed into your bloodstream. Store-bought juices do not offer the same benefits, because most of the nutrients are lost during the pasteurization process.

 2. Health Benefits

Juicing improves your energy levels, digestion and mental clarity. You will also notice clearer skin, weight loss, an improved immune system, and an overall sense of feeling groovy.

Added bonus, juicing is alkalizing.

 3. Efficient

Juicing is an efficient use of your body’s energy, as it separates the fiber and pulp from produce, which gives your digestive system a break from processing all of the fiber and pulp. This is a good thing, because it gives your cells time to rest and repair.

It’s also an ideal way to get a variety of fruits and veggies into your diet.

Okay, so I get it. Juicing is awesome. But should I juice fruit or veggies?

If you only take one thing away from this article, please take away this:

You should juice your veggies and eat your fruits.

I mentioned earlier that juicing separates the fiber from the juice. This is a good thing in the case of veggies, but for fruits it is not. The fiber in fruits makes it possible for the body to process the high amounts of sugar found in fruits. Without the fiber, your body is getting a shot of sugar that is instantly absorbed, resulting in a spiked blood sugar level. You do not want this.

However, it is okay to juice a few low glycemic fruits to sweeten the taste of your veggie juice. The golden rule is 1 part fruit to 3 parts vegetable.An example would be an apple with celery, kale, lemon, beet, and ginger root (click HERE for a list of  low glycemic fruits).

As for veggies to juice, think rainbow foods. I recommend as many dark green leafy vegetables as possible. Beets,carrots, cucumbers, broccoli stems, ginger root, and celery are excellent as well. Buy your produce fresh and juice within three days. A great way to keep your leafy greens fresh is to rinse right before consuming. Another trick is to line your refrigerator’s crisper drawer with paper towels to absorb excess moisture, which will keep them fresh longer.

What juicer should I use?

I recommend a cold press juicer because it lasts longer with enzymes staying active for up to 72 hours. Although more expensive, cold press juicers offer a higher juice yield (up to 35-50%), which ends up saving you money over the long run. Additionally, cold press juicers operate at a lower speed, which preserves more nutrients and enzymes. Another perk is that the juicing process is quiet.

I personally like Hurom juicers; they are the original and best slow juicer on the market hands down. Hurom juicers naturally press fruit and veggies without heat or friction, resulting in healthy, fresh juice that tastes divine. They are also durable enough to make nut milks, are 100% BPA free, and come with a 10-year warranty.

Of course, any kind of juicing is better than no juicing at all. So if the Hurom seems like too big of an investment right now,  I suggest finding a juicer that fits into your current price range and starting out there (Williams- Sonoma has a good variety of juicers starting  at US$100). Chances are you will become hooked and will want to step up your game in the long run.

Happy juicing!

Health Coach Jenna

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9 Things You Can Do NOW to Get Rid of Cellulite

Cellulite. All women have it. And if they say they don’t they are lying. Even the magazines are lying with all the Photoshop used these days. But the truth is, although the amount of cellulite you have can rely heavily on your genetics, you also have the power to turn off some of these genes with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

So stop blaming your mama and start following these nine steps today!

1. Stop eating vegetable oil! ASAP.

According to the LA Laker’s nutritionist, Dr. Katherine Shanahan, vegetable oil spreads out your fat and makes it have a more liquid like texture, thus being prone to cellulite. It also damages your collagen (the stuff that makes your skin tight, so pretty freaking important!). Normal fat should be compacted and have a healthy amount of collagen, which keeps skin smooth and dimple free.

So if you are cooking with canola ,soy, or any other type of vegetable oil, then I urge you to switch to a healthy alternative like olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.

Scary fact- I bet you thought cellulite was just for adults. Well, guess again. Some babies who drink baby formula are starting to get it, as many formulas on the market today are made with canola oil.

2. Dry brushing.

Dry brushing restores radiance and elasticity to your skin by stimulating circulation, eliminating toxins, rejuvenating the nervous system, and removing dead skin. When dry brushing, always brush towards the heart. The best time to dry brush is in the morning before you shower.

3. Drink half your weight in water in ounces.

Staying hydrated helps to eliminate toxins. Yes, those same pesky toxins that are creating fatty deposits, causing cellulite. So find a method that works for you to keep track of how much water you are drinking. Perhaps set a reminder on you smart phone every few hours to drink a glass. I like to drink half a liter first thing in the morning.

4. Exercise!

This is crucial, folks! Focus on squats and leg lifts that will tone. Yoga and Pilates are great, as are high intensity interval training exercises.

5. Drink warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.

Lemon water cleanses toxins from the blood, which keeps skin clear. They are also high in vitamin C, which helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemons also help flush out unwanted materials because they increase the rate of urination in the body. This not only flushes out toxins, but keeps your urinary tract healthy.

6. Eat REAL, WHOLE foods.

You will not have lumps of toxins gathering on your fatty deposits in your body if you are not eating junk food. A good rule to go by is if the food you are eating has more than five ingredients, it’s not real food. Stay away from hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners, “natural” flavors, and ingredients you can’t pronounce.

7. Massage with coconut oil.

Massage areas with cellulite with coconut oil after you shower, as the fat in the oil binds with toxins and draws it out of your bloodstream. Be wary of the special “cellulite removing” lotions for sale at the pharmacy! These are loaded with chemicals. If you have used them and seen results, it’s not the lotion that did this; it was your action of massaging the area. So do yourself a favor and use natural coconut oil to avoid applying toxic chemicals on your body. Also, if it is in your budget, consider getting a couple of professional massages a month.

8.Take Hot/Cold Showers.

Detox the body by alternating between hot and cold water at the end of your shower. At the end of your shower put on the cold water for 30 seconds to a minute, then switch to hot for 30 seconds to a minute. Repeat two more times. Not only will this help with cellulite, but it will facilitate weight loss as well.

8. Take Epsom salt baths.

Epsom salts draw out all those unwanted toxins!

I have been doing all of these things for some time now and I have personally found success. It’s amazing how eating healthy foods and exercising can make such a crucial difference. At 30, my skin looks better than when I was in my early 20’s because of my healthy lifestyle. Seriously!

So give these tips a whirl and please let me know how it turns out in the comments section below. And if you’re looking for a REBOOT to flush out those toxins, lose 5-15 pounds and diminish cellulite, I encourage you to sign up for my 20-Day Hormone Reset Detox Program!

Love,

Health Coach Jenna

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The Most Important Ritual For Your Health That You Can Start Today

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What is the first thing you do in the morning? Take a moment and think about it. We all have our rituals and routines. Perhaps you hit the snooze button a few times. Maybe you get up straight away and wash your face. Perhaps you snuggle up with your beloved dog or cat.

Now, think about the first thing you eat or drink in the morning. Is it water? Coffee? Tea?

It may not seem important, but every choice you make regarding your daily routine can either build up your resistance to disease, or burn the house down.

So what is the number one ritual that you can start today that will improve your health more than anything else?:

Drinking a big ole’ cup of warm water and lemon.

Yup, it’s that easy.

All you have to do is drink a cup of warm water with lemon (make sure the water is WARM and not hot, as hot water kills the lemon’s enzymes) BEFORE you ingest anything else besides water.

Benefits of drinking warm water with lemon:

1. Eliminates Toxins: Your organs work hard every night while you sleep to eliminate toxins from your body. By flushing them out with warm water and lemon every morning, you facilitate this process. Think of it as an oil change in a car. Flushing clean oil through the engine is essential to keep it working efficiently. Warm water with lemon does the same thing for us.

Lemons also help flush out unwanted materials because they increase the rate of urination in the body. This not only flushes out toxins, but keeps your urinary tract healthy.

2. Boosts Immune System: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.

3. Aids Weight Loss: Lemons help curb hunger cravings because they are high in pectin fiber.

4. Balances pH: Lemons may be sour, but surprisingly they are an alkaline food. Drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning helps to balance you pH, and an alkaline body is crucial to good health. When the body is too acidic, digestive disorders such as acid reflux and ulcers can occur. It can also result in low energy and fatigue.

5. Helps Digestion: Warm water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and lemons are packed with minerals and vitamins that help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.

6. Healthy Skin: Lemon water cleanses toxins from the blood, which keeps skin clear. They are also high in vitamin C, which helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Because they flush out toxins, they may also help in reducing cellulite. I’ve personally found success with this.

7. Balances Hormones: Warm water with lemon helps hydrate the body. When the body is hydrated, so are the adrenal glands that along with your thyroid create energy and secrete important hormones in your body. When these glands are dehydrated they can’t do their job, resulting in constipation, stress, fatigue, acne, etc.

The recipe is simple and the benefits worth the small effort. All you need is half a lemon squeezed in a cup of warm water in the morning, and you will begin to see big results.

Which one of these benefits are you most looking forward to experiencing once starting this ritual? Or, if you already drink warm water with lemon, what have been the biggest results you’ve noticed? Please share in the comments section below.

Enjoy Sipping Yo’ Lemon,

Health Coach Jenna

10 Reasons to Start Drinking Kombucha Today

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Kombucha is a fermented tea that is naturally carbonated and holds TONS of healing properties. The fizzy beverage is loaded with goodies like amino acids and probiotics (probiotics re-establish the natural ecology of your gut flora, boost immunity,  fight allergies, detoxify and rid the body of disease).

Kombucha is  the perfect beverage to aid in weight loss as it keeps your digestive system regular and boosts your metabolism.  

Kombucha does have an acquired taste which is similar to vinegar, but I find infusing it with fruit takes away the edge, and makes it quite tasty! [Click HERE to find out how to make your own kombucha] If you don’t like it on your first try don’t stop there. Give it another try, because it’s easy to get used to it if you drink it on a regular basis.

I personally LOVE the taste of kombucha and it is excellent to drink in addition with your daily probiotic supplement. I drink the stuff everyday (I like to have mine mid- afternoon for the energy boost) and here is why you might want to as well:

1. Chock full of healthy probiotics, so keeps your gut flora healthy and happy

2. Reduces inflammation

3. Detoxes the liver

4. Alkalizes the body by balancing internal pH

5. Increases metabolism

6. Improves digestion

7. Alleviates constipation

8. Boosts energy

9. High in antioxidants

10. Aids healthy cell regeneration

Hey you! Yes you! Have you tried kombucha? What is your experience with the beverage? Do you make your own or buy it from the store?

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The Kiwi Kick!

TheKiwiKickGreen smoothies don’t have to be boring or taste like a garden! The Kiwi Kick is packed full of nutrients, vitamins, greens, and healthy fats that will provide your mind and body with a steady stream of energy throughout the morning, and keep you satisfied until lunch. Even better, the ginger, cayenne pepper, chia seeds, and greens work to eliminate toxins from the body.

Yes, please!

The Kiwi Kick:

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen kiwi
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • handful of ice cubes
  • 1 inch of ginger
  • 2 cups spinach or kale
  • 4 half pieces of walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Dash of cayenne pepper

For an Optional Power Boost Add:

  • 1 scoop plant based protein powder (Non-GMO please!)
  • 1 teaspoon of chlorella powder which alkalizes the body, resulting in more oxygen giving you better skin, easier weight loss, and more energy.

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients into a blender, pour into your favorite smoothie glass, and enjoy.

Cheers!

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