Body pH & Apple Cider Vinegar Lemonade

A few weeks ago I discovered that my body was not alkaline.  For some reason, my body’s pH balance was off and the acidity levels in my blood had gone up.  A wonky pH balance like mine, known as acidosis, is very common in our society and could lead to a variety of problems if left unchecked; problems such as bladder and kidney conditions, weight gain, chronic fatigue, immune dificiency and premature againg.  None of that is ok with me so I talked to both a nutritionist and a friend (who is also a nutritionist and former figure competitor) and they both suggested a simple solution: adding magnesium supplements and lemon or apple cider vinegar to my diet. Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.

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Skin Deep & Sexy

Tomorrow morning my lovely friend and training partner Toneka Pires will be hosting an ONLINE class about becoming the healthiest and best ‘you’ that you can be!

I’ll be calling in at 9 am Pacific / 12pm Eastern and I recommend you do too. Register at www.transformingyousummit.com

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Toneka will teach you the tools needed to live a clean healthy lifestyle through eating whole natural foods that not only nourish your body, but help you achieve physical beauty and pure radiant glowing skin from the inside out!

You will learn how to:

  • Uncover bad habits and learn to adopt clean eating habits.
  • Eat for radiant glowing skin. You will learn nutrition tips and secrets that will help you achieve pure beauty from within.
  • Understand the foods you eat. You will learn more about food and their purpose
  • Prepare recipes from whole natural foods. You will be given great recipe ideas that you can try and enjoy
  • Quick snacks-to-go. You will learn different snack ideas and options that are quick to prepare where you can grab and go
  • Read food labels. You will learn the importance of food labels and will have a better understanding of what to look for
  • Learn portion sizes and learn how measure food easily
  • Create nourishing facial masks from whole foods

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Green Smoothie

I am a lover of (most) fruits and vegetables, but I know not everyone is. Yet I don’t know anyone that isn’t a fan of a sinfully sweet beverage. My favorite green smoothie features fresh veggies and fruit, and is my favorite way to sneak nutrients into my diet. In fact, I’m a little upset that I don’t have the ingredients left to make some more

My Favorite Green Smoothie




Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients

    • Spinach (2 big handfuls)
    • 1/2 C Frozen Mango Pieces
    • 1 Orange (peeled and chopped)
    • 1 Scoop of ProFusion Pea Protein in Vanilla (or any unflavored protein you have)
    • 1 C Water

    Instructions

      • In a large blender, blend all ingredients until a smooth consistency.
      • Enjoy!

      Notes

      The frozen mango is what gives this that slushy, smoothie consistency so that you don’t have to add any ice!

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      Produce and Clean Eating

      Ive mentioned time and time again ‘clean’ eating and that I’m reeling the snack monster within me in as I train for my next competition.  Plenty of you have asked what that means, so I figured I’d share with you a list of ‘clean foods’ that was given to me by my nutritionist.  Mind you, as I near competition date, the list of foods that I can eat gets extremely limited, but this my basic guide to remaining healthy and in shape year round:

      85 % of your nutrition should come from A list foods.  The other 15% should come from the B list of foods. All these foods should be unprocessed:

       PROTEIN:

      A:  chicken/turkey breast–skinless, extra lean ground turkey/hamburger, 1% cottage cheese (FF has too much Na+), protein powder (pp), egg whites, tuna, tilapia, haddock, cod, shrimp, scallops, lobster and game meats such as bison, buffalo and venison.

      B:  Eye of round, flank steak, yogurt (non processed, preferably organic or Greek), egg yolks (no more than 1 per meal), skinless dark meat—poultry.

       CARBOHYDRATES:

      A:  Lentils, Beans—all (kidney, red, black, lima, cannelini) , Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Red Potatoes, Barley, Quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal-slow cooked, shredded wheat—real.

      B:  100% whole grain anything (bread, pasta, cereal, waffles, etc.), Brown rice in a bag, oatmeal packets (unsw.), Oroweat 100% WW bread, oat bran/whole wheat tortillas or wraps, brown rice pilaf, wheat pilaf, couscous.

      *Bet you’re surprised to see beans as a carb. Yep, once your body digests them and breaks them down, the macronutrient breakdown of them is mostly carbohydrates*

      FRUITS & VEGGIES are all A list! Which means they can and should be eaten with pleasure and frequency.  Again, near competition time some get cut out due to sugar content, but I dare you to find a fruit or veg that is not good for you!

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      I’m one of those people that has always loved fruits and vegetables but I understand why some people don’t. I think the issue is seasonality and availability. And Melissa’s Produce which happens to be one of the largest produce distributors in the country is addressing both those problems by providing seasonal fresh fruit and vegetable options to super markets across the country.

      These 2 good eggs were thoughtful enough to introduce me to Melissa’s and through this introduction I learned that Melissa’s not only provides non-GMO products to their supermarkets, but that their staff also retains a Rainman-like knowledge of every single produce factoid known to man!

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      Thanks to Melissa’s, I’m able to do this giveaway that will help encourage you to try new fruits and vegetables and to live a healthier lifestyle:

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