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Thursday, September 12, 2013

#36 A Healthy Lifestyle Is A Goal In Itself

Welcome to the Cleanse & Fitness home remedy detox program #36 :-)


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(note: this post is the longest one i've done so far with informational ingredients details. The other posts are not this long.)

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1) My day begins:
On an empty, drink this liver detoxifier I kind of created in order to jump start my metabolism & so that it balances my ph. Not the greatest taste in the world, but I'm already used to it. This mixture not only starts to get out all the toxins you've put your body thru, but it alkalizes your ph level (first thing in the morning when you wake up on an empty stomach). The reason for this is to alkalize your body & prevent it from becoming acidic. When your body is alkalized, it's easier for your body to balance your hormones, take out toxins, & it's easier to shed off the pounds. But most important, remember that an acidic body is asking for disease, weight gain, it means that your nutrition deficient, & you'll always be sick and out of shape because of it, not to say that you'll be feeling lethargic all the time. So keep your body alkalized with this tonic along with the green drinks i've been posting on this blogg on this post as well as my other blogging posts. 

Ingredients in one 8 ou of water: filtered water, 1 tsp of baking soda, three sprinkles of cayenne pepper, squeeze half lemon, 1 tsp of molasses organic, 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar. Mix all together in a glass and drink up on an empty stomach first thing when you wake up. This will alkalize your body and get it ready to start metabolizing your system to detoxify itself. A clean stomach lining that has an alkalized body will always burn fat easily and help rid of any ailments you got going on:

~One cup of filtered water: H2O in the morning on an empty stomach cleans the colon, produces new blood cells & muscles cells, great for weight loss as it accelarates your metabolism, your skin will look healthy making your skin glow & look clear & smooth because H2O helps elimate toxins from the blood, & water helps you execute your usual day to day functions because it balances your body fluids & fights infection (this certain procedural function is called you Lymphatic System). So before you drink this liver detoxifier I personally drink three to five days out of the week, first have a glass of water. Lately, I've been drinking my morning detoxifier everyday. Below are the benefits of each ingredient I use in my detoxifying mix.

~One tsp of baking soda (bicarbonate): drinking baking soda alkalizes your tissues. Your blood must be kept ng alkalined in order to effectively exchange oxygen. Therefore, disease-causing microorganisms can't survive in an oxygenated environment (an alkalized body). Alkaline is the opposite of Acidity. When the body has too much acid caused by sugary foods, coffee, soda, processed foods & junk foods on general, your body then starts to become acidic causing diseases such as osteoporosis - arthitis - & cancer.

~One or 1/2 organic lemon:
boosts immune system, prevents cancer, increases energy, improves digestion, balanced ph (to keep your body alkalized), lowers blood pressure, improves liver function, reduces oxidative stress (lemons contain antioxidants, bioflavanoids, & phytonutrients), detoxifies, & regulates your bowel movement.

~One tsp of organic molasses: 
it has a high mineral content, contains 20% of daily recommended calcium (so please don't drink regular milk as commercial milk cause the illnesses it claims to prevent), contains 22.5% of the daily recommended intake for magnesium & 40% of the daily recommended intake for iron. Molasses's medicinal benefits are that it cures: 
chronic fatigue syndome, 
depression,
chronic ailments like arthritis & rheumatism,
tumors & fibroids,
constipation,
heart palpitations,
anemia,
& acne.

~One or two sprinkles of cayenne pepper powder:
Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhea. Aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows.
It is an anti-fungal property. 
Prevents migraine headaches, an anti-allergen, digestive aid, good for chronic & degenerative conditions, maintains optimal oral health. Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.  It is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms. By heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is streamlined. Cayenne also causes us to sweat, another important process of detoxification. It's a joint pain reliever. It has anti-bacterial & anti-cancerous properties.  Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.  And last but not least, it promotes heart health by keeping blood pressure levels normalized. It also balances the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

~Two tsp of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar aids in - 
Weight loss  studies show it  increases metabolism, generates energy and reduces hunger; 
Helps control blood sugar levels,
It helps to detoxify the liver which plays an important role in weight loss,
Relief  for rashes, stings and burns,
Relief for aching joints,
Battles yeast infections,
Sore throat reliever,
Helps upset stomach,
Useful in flu or chest congestion,
Sustains bone mass because it has magnesium, silicone and calcium.
Lowers cholesterol  and controls blood pressure,
Helps clear skin irritations, like acne and contact dermatitis,
Great for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from  fresh produce.
My breakfast: Good ole fashioned oatmeal!
Poured boiled hot filtered water over my gluten-free oatmeal (waited a few minutes to get soft)
Then I added blueberries, goji berries, almonds, walnuts & pecans. Then i added almond milk.
A yummy, healthy cereal for champs. Can't beat that.
Benefits of each ingredients in my ostmeal bowl mix are:

~Oatmeal -
 Low calorie food; 
stops cravings;
Provides high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein;
Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces risk of diabetes (type 2);
Removes your bad cholesterol (without affecting your good cholesterol);
Gluten-free safe;
Contains lignans which protect against heart disease and cancer;
Reduces elevated cholesterol levels; 
Aids in weight-loss;
Packed with soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates, oatmeal has a number of key health benefits. From curbing appetite to reducing cholesterol. The list can go on & on, but you get my drift, right?
I enjoy eating my oats in the morning as it jump starts my day with the healthiest carbs of the day (there are good carbs & there are bad carbs. Oatmeal are the good ones).

~Goji Berries -
They contain all essential amino acids, & also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals.  This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji is said to act on the Kidney and Liver meridians to help with lower back pain, dizziness and eyesight. They are most often consumed raw, made into a tea or extract, or as an ingredient in soups.

~Almonds -
They reduce heart attack risk.
They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol.
They protects artery walls from damage.
Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.
They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss: (don't eat a whole bag though. A day, if you must have sum, have only 3 finger sized amount of almonds).
Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
They help provide good brain function.
They nourish the nervous system.
They alkalize the body.
Did you know that Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches? I love almonds. 

~Blueberries - 
The highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit.
Neutralizes free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body.
Aid in reducing Belly Fat.
Helps promote urinary tract health.
Been proved to preserve vision.
Promotes good brain health.
Protects against heart disease.
Aids in digestion to relieve constipation. 
Anti-cancer property.
Other benefits & facts: They keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good anti depressants. You also need not spend a lot on medicines, neither are there any side effects. Remember, the deeper the color of the Blue Berries, the more they are rich in anti oxidants and other medicinal values.

~Walnuts -
1. They can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
2. They're packed with omega-3 fatty acids
3. They can reduce risk of diabetes
4. They contain antioxidants that boost heart health
5. They can help you deal with stress

(I'll come back & list more benefits of walnuts)
My other oatmeal mix breakfast bowl was alsi yummy. Ingrdedients: gluten-free oatmeal, almond milk, bananas, blueberries, grounded flax seeds.

~Pumpkin seeds -
-high in the sleep-enhancing amino acid tryptophan that converts to serotonin in your body and helps ensure a good night’s sleep
-high in the heart-healing mineral magnesium
-helps stabilize blood sugar when eaten as a snack throughout the day.  Stable blood sugar means weight loss if you’re trying to lose.
-reduces the incidence of benign prostatic hypertrophy (aids in reducing an enlarged, ill prostate; high in the prostate-protecting mineral zinc)

Pumpkin seeds (pepita) are edible kernels of fruit pumpkin. The seeds, in-fact, are concentrated sources of many health-benefiting vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and all important essential amino acids like tryptophan and glutamate.
Watch how much of them you consume as they are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g (that's why when I eat them, I make sure I only eat 3 finger sized thr amount of these nutritious seeds).
 however, they are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants.

Their high caloric content mainly comes from protein and fats. On the positive side, the nuts are especially rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like oleic acid (18:1) that helps lower bad LDL cholesterol and increases good HDL cholesterol in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet, which is liberal in monounsaturated fatty acids help to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favoring healthy blood lipid profile.

The seeds contain good-quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g or 54% of recommended daily allowance. In addition, the seeds are an excellent source of amino acid tryptophan and glutamate. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is a beneficial neuro-chemical often labeled as nature's sleeping pill. Further, tryptophan is a precursor of B-complex vitamin, niacin (60 mg of tryptophan = 1mg niacin).

Glutamate is required in the synthesis of γ-amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA, an anti-stress neurochemical in the brain, helps reducing anxiety, nervous irritability, and other neurotic conditions.
Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of anti-oxidant vitamin E; contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol-gamma per 100 g (about 237% of RDA). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant. It prevents tissue cells from the free radical mediated oxidant injury. Thus, it helps maintain the integrity of mucus membranes and skin by protecting from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

Pumpkin kernels are an also excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates. These vitamins work as co-factors for various enzymes during cellular substrate metabolism in the human body. In addition, niacin helps to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels in the blood. Along with glutamate, it enhances GABA activity inside the brain, which in turn reduces anxiety and neurosis.

Furthermore, its seeds contain very good levels of essential minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Just as in pine nuts, pumpkin seeds too are very rich in manganese (provide 4543 mg per 100 g, about 198% of daily-recommended intake). Manganese is an all-important co-factor for antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. It is therefore, consumption of pumpkin kernels helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

~bananas -
-6-inch banana has a minimal 90 calories, about one-fourth of the calories you would get from a chocolate candy bar. Additionally, about half of the fiber content in bananas is soluble. When soluble fiber reaches your digestive tract, it absorbs water and slows digestion. Food is forced to sit in your stomach for a while, making you feel full. If you have a banana before lunch, you'll be less likely to overeat when your food comes to the table.

-One 6-inch banana has more than 2.5 grams of total fiber, about half of which are insoluble. As insoluble fiber travels through your digestive tract, it sweeps up waste and helps push it out. You'll have more regular bowel movements that are soft and easy to pass. 

-Bananas are rich in a mineral electrolyte called potassium. When potassium enters your body, it absorbs directly into your bloodstream through intestinal walls. Potassium travels around to cells all over your body and dissolves in fluid inside of cells. It travels across cell membranes if needed to keep fluid balanced in and around cells. This process keeps electricity flowing throughout your system, which is required to make your heart beat. 

-Bananas have a small amount of vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that is vital for protecting your eyes and normal vision. The term "vitamin A" refers to a series of compounds, including beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. These compounds preserve the membranes that surround your eyes and are a component of one of the proteins that brings light into your cornea.



My workout:
I did a pure Pilates apparatus advanced workout using the reformer, cadillac, chair, barrel, & even spine corrector. Plus, I used the magic circle & small pilates ball to add variation to the intensity.  This was done on my own in between my sessions with the Pilates enthusiasts I train (aka clients, but I really don't like using that word, so i'll call them students). 
I targetted every muscle & ligament as well as raised up my heart level (yes, with the righy trainer, you can get a little cardio out of Pilates). 
Also, know that when your stomach lining is clean from eating healthy, it's easier for the body to burn fat faster and more efficient. Why? because when you exercise, but you eat unhealthy, your body only works on trying to filter out the bad stuff and it tries to look for the good stuff. However, if it doesn't find the stuff, nutrients, there's no way your body will burn fat. It's too busy trying to take all the bad stuff out because you didn't take responsibility to eat clean/healthy in the first place. 
So you can do all the exercise you want, but it won't work if you don't combine it with healthy eating. Exercising doesn't mean you can eat what ever you want. On the contrary, you'll make it worse because not only will you always be sick, but you won't lose the calories you need to burn in order to lose weight, your immune system will always be down, & your energy level will always be low. So don't cut corners and don't be lazy, eat healthy whole fresh organic foods like raw veggies, lightly cooked veggies, fruits, avoid white flour & sugar (they spike up your insulin level causing your energy to crash fast while making you even hungrier). 
Also, come check out the class I teach every Tuesday & Thursday 11:45am to 12:45pm in Atwater Village at Heartbeat House Studio (I also personal train not only in Pilates but with weights/calisthenics/machines in the Silverlake/Atwater area as well. I measure your body from head to toe to see the chances in your body as you progress):
Snack time:
On the Nutri-Bullet, I juiced up kale, parsley, beets, green apple, broccoli, celery, & i added spirulina powder, blueberries, & one lemon. 

Lunch time: Kale Salad, cucumbers & Kabocha squash. Yummy!
The Kale I simply added salad dressing which I made myself (dressing: squeezed lemon & lime, olive oil, sprinkle black salt, and mix up with the salad). 
Benefits of Kale (as well as when you juice it): 
  • Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat
  • Kale is high in iron. 
  • Kale is high in Vitamin K.
  • Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants.
  • Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food.
  • Kale is great for cardiovascular support.
  • Kale is high in Vitamin A.
  • Kale is high in Vitamin C.
  • Kale is high in calcium.
  • Kale is a great detox food.
Benefits of black salt (only to use lightly on your salad. sprinkle the salt on your salad with your fingers & not the shaker not the shaker so that way you know that you're not sprinkling too much salt):
  • treats arthritis issues
  • treats paralysis troubles
  • cures high blood pressure problems
  • aids with impotency issues
  • Besides being a laxative & curing intestinal disorders, it improves your eye sight as well. 
  • It doesn't enhance the sodium content of your blood. due to its high sulphur content, it can lower the gastric fire & cause weak digestion. so consider using this salt in the balanced amounts (don't over do it, because after all, salt does retain water only if you abuse its use)
  • It works magically for cracked feet, swollen feet, athlete's foot, warts & sprains. in short, it'll heal away all your pain & worries while you enjoy a pure & natural salt bath. 
  • Black salt contains a lot of essential minerals, it helps boost your hair's natural growth. what's more, it strengthens your hair & treats split end issues as well. in case you have dandruff problems or acute hair fall, consider taking black salt with tomato juice, at least once a day. it not only improves your hair growth & thickness, but also enhances its sheen lustre.
Cucumer benefits:
Good Vitamin B source, cucumbers are 95 percent water keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins, the silicon and sulfur in the cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth, fights cancer, relieves bad breath, hangover cure, aids in weight loss and digestion, cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure, and promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain.
1. Kabocha is like butternut squash, sadly underappreciated sister. A single cup of kabocha has forty calories compared to butternut squash's 60, and has less than half of the carbs of butternut squash (7 grams vs. 16 grams). But, it tastes better... the perfect substitute. 
2. Kabocha squash is an excellent source of beta-carotene, owing to it's bright orange flesh, which can be converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is important for healthy white blood cells, good immunity and for vibrant eyes, skin and hair. A single serving of kabocha squash provides 70% of the day's recommended requirement!
3. Kabocha is also a good source of iron, vitamin C and some B vitamins.
4. In addition, it contains fiber, which we could all use a little more of. To boost the fiber content even more, cook it with the edible skins on.
5. Which brings us to the next great advantage: You can eat the peel! And it is soft and delicious. 
6. Who needs cornstarch? Thicken your soups with kabocha. Simply take a fork to your cooked kabocha and mash it up until you reach your desired consistency.
7. Kabocha is a dieter's delight. Make a whole pot of kabocha stew mixed in with other veggies (I like leeks and fennel) and eat it for the whole week. You're bound to drop a few, so long as it's not accompanied by bread slathered in butter. 
8. Can we say versatile? Kabocha can be roasted in the oven simply (perhaps with a dusting o fcinnamon) or can create a creamy base for any soup. The world of desserts can also be explored with this 'pumpkin'.
Note: Purchase your kabocha locally and organically at a farmers market, that way you ensure it has not traveled halfway around the world to get to you. 

SNACK TIME:
 Small salad with a green drink: (i'll come back later to list the ingredients of my 2nd snack salad & green drink)


Dinner time: organic grilled asparagus, zuchinni, green onions, & red & yellow bell peppers. 
 Part of my din din time included fresh from the sea salmon sashimi - my cheat meal of the week - but somehow I don't feel guilty at all ;-) (that asian beer is my boyfriend's. he had to be bad for at least this meal. I definitely don't drink beer, but an occasional glass of sweet soft merlot won't kill).
-I'll come back later to list the benefits of fishes that don't contain mercury and are freshly brought straight from the sea into our kitchen. Our friend Matt MacCroskey went fishing and caught so much tuna and gave us a bit, so now we eat it as sashimi.-


It's 11pm & I just got home from the dance studio. Was coming up with choreography for a fitness class. 6 hours just coming with new stuff. 
I'm hungry still, but glad i had this green drink ready in my fridge just in case. I has kale, spinach, 1/2 green apple, parsley, lemon (the whole lemon), spirulina powder, bladder wrack powder, grounded flax seed, a scoop of protein powder. I never eat this late, but when you're at a dance studio, alone, & trying to come with choreography for 6 hours straight, none of the din din i had & snacks were enough. But this is okay, i feel good getting something accomplished:


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