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Tempt the Tastebuds & Tame the Flames

Tropical Smoothie


If there’s such a thing as a multipurpose smoothie, I’d have to say this is it! If the hot summer heat has a hold on you, then the yummy tropical flavors will help ease your senses and have you dreaming of a tropical getaway in no time! If inflammation is creeping up in your body and you’re looking for a delicious, nutritious way to tamp down the flames, then this smoothie is for you! If you want to give a little boost to your natural detoxification process, then you’re looking at an excellent smoothie to add to your week!

What I love about this tropical green smoothie is that not only does it check the box for anti-inflammatory goodness, it also promotes detoxification. The pineapple is amazing for digestive support, thanks to the enzyme bromelain, is loaded with vitamin C, enhances weight loss and is packed with anti-oxidants among other things. Ginger has a long list of amazing properties including being loaded with antioxidants which helps give inflammation a big one-two punch, fight infections, eases nausea, known to reduce menstrual pains and decrease cholesterol, just to name a few. Not to be forgotten are the spinach and chia seeds, they bring in a massive dose of fiber to help things ‘move along’!

This smoothie is the perfect choice for starting your morning out on the right foot. With a nice balance of macronutrients, it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, healthy fat and carbs. You’ll be happily satiated all morning long!

You’ll find this smoothie as part of the Real Food, Real You 5-Day Whole Food Cleanse program, This summer cleanse launches Monday, July 15, 2019. You can read more about the program and register here.

Here’s to inflammation fightin’, tropical dreamin’ and detoxifying days ahead! If you try this smoothie, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!



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Two Health Mindsets

Did you know every time you go in to see your doctor about a symptom there are two paths or mindsets you can choose from in terms of taking care of your health? For years, many of us haven’t given it a second thought, but times are changing and so is our health. As the rates for cancer, autoimmune, diabetes, memory loss, pancreatitis, arthritis, and so much more continue to rise, we have to take action. It’s time to make some changes.

Over the years, we’ve all become accustomed to a ‘have an ill, take a pill’ mindset.

On this path you seek out whatever pill will take care of your symptom, be it over-the-counter or prescribed. The problem with this mindset is you’re only taking care of symptoms. At the end of the day, you’re still left with the unknown root cause lying within you. What does this mean? The pill you take will help alleviate symptoms for a short while. But not long after going off them, inevitably, your symptoms will come back. Think about how often you have a headache and reach for an Advil or Aleve. Did you know sometime headaches can be caused by lack of hydration, stress, lack of sleep, certain foods, skipped meals, etc.? If your first action is to reach for the ibuprofen, you’re missing out on a crucial opportunity to take care of the root cause that driving your headache. And this leaves you open to the potential of having bigger problems down the road.

Does that Mean I’m Anti-Medicine? No.

All that said, I want to be clear and state that I’m not anti-medicine. I believe medicine serves a vital purpose in our health care. The problem is, we as a society have become conditioned to wanting everything fixed quickly and choose to reach for the medicine cabinet first before taking a step back to look at our lifestyle. Often there are changes we can make there first and foremost. In many cases, when we reach for the pill first, we‘re essentially masking the problem, making it harder in the long run to discover the true issue. With this mindset, we take medicine, then many times find we have new problems creep up that develops as a side effect to the medicines we take! So you see it starts a vicious cycle of trying to take care of symptoms instead of taking care of the root cause. How many of you are on nine, ten, eleven different daily medicines? Friends, there is a better way!!

Enter the PILL and SKILL mindset. Here you take an active role to learn more about what YOU can do to improve your health.

While doctors work to help make us feel better, ultimately, the responsibility for our health falls on each of our own shoulders. While in a lot of cases there’s a true need for medicine, especially acute care, often there are other things we can do ourselves to improve our health. What if, instead of asking your doctor “Do you have a pill for that?” you say “is there a skill I can learn to improve my health?” More often than not, there is! While taking the time to look at your lifestyle can seem daunting at first, its usually the best place to start. Most of us already know the things we need to change, we just get caught up in the feeling of being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start.

This is where I come in as a health coach

So many people struggle with excess inflammation in their lives, leading to achy joints, stomach issues, added weight, eczema/skin irritations, high blood pressure and cholesterol, trouble sleeping and so. much. more. This is the first layer…the ‘signs’ that your body is trying to get your attention. Left unchecked, you may find yourself with a more serious diagnosis. Friends, we live pro-inflammatory lifestyles. We don’t move as much as we should, drink enough water as our body needs, we rely on processed, fast food, sleep just a little, then get up and start all over again.

Maybe you’re already in a place where your doctor has told you to make changes in your lifestyle or maybe you’re tired of being tired, achy and sleepless and you’re ready to do something about it. If either of these describe where you’re at, keep reading!

Many have found transitioning to an anti-inflammatory lifestyle has been a game changer for their ‘itisis’. By making changes that reduce the inflammation in their body, they regain control and get back to living life! I have a huge heart and passion for helping others who are ready to do the work so they can achieve the same freedom and get back to living life to it’s fullest! In my practice, I work with clients who want to achieve a more vibrant, healthy life. They may or may not already know they things they want to change. I walk alongside them in the process helping discover areas for improvement, uncover their strengths, help set goals and hold each accountable along the way. As they start to find success in achieving small goals, the big end-goal seems less daunting and transformation starts happening.

Are You Ready for a Fresh Mindset?

Which mindset do you have in your health journey? If you’re a pills and skills mindset, keep doing you and spread the news! If you’re in the pill-for-an-ill camp, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The great majority of us have been going along with the flow. It’s only as we’re getting sicker and sicker that we started to question some things. And now that I know better, I want to make sure others know better. Are you ready to take charge of your health? To enjoy the freedom that comes from living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle? What’s one change you can make this week to start your journey? Don’t know where to start… Let’s talk!