3pm slump

DIRTYLEMON. Part One. detox.

I recently came across Dirty Lemon on Facebook of all places.  I did some research and just had to get my hands on their drinks ASAP.

Why?

I’ve heard a lot of rumblings about this company lately.  From blogs like this one and this one.  Oh, and this one.  And namely I was just curious.  Curiosity can be costly, however.  At $65 a case (six bottles) this stuff isn’t cheap. But I am all about trying the latest and greatest if it’s going to encourage my already pretty healthy lifestyle.

What?

There are several options of drinks depending on your needs.  I liked the idea of detox first as I was coming off of a Vegas trip and thought, you need this.

Photo: Dirty Lemon

 

The ingredients are listed as filtered water, cold pressed lemon juice, dandelion root, ginger root, and activated charcoal (from coconuts).  All great things right?  Can’t hurt.  And the nutrition info looked pretty good too.

 

Photo:Dirty Lemon

 

Plus you’re instructed to drink it after a big meal (no problem there) so I chose to drink it each night before bed.  One night I even had wine with dinner (gasp!) and then had my detox.

The taste to me is fantastic, sort of earthy and lemony.  BUT be aware that I will drink anything if it has some health benefits. I have been known to chug algae if I am in the mood and algae tastes like…well, algae and most people steer very, very far away. “But think of the benefits, babe…”, I say to my husband as he looks at me like I have just licked a dirty diaper.

Anyway. That’s neither here nor there.

I did this for five nights and honestly can say I felt very “flushed” out in a good way.  I felt more energized, more focused, more able to take on the day (and an 8 month old!).  I did not wake up looking like J Law unfortunately but I still have Skin + Hair to try next week, so, there’s hope (keep your fingers crossed for me). Oddly, I also felt like my teeth looked whiter (could be the result of the charcoal).

The only negative I could see is I take a prescribed medication at night and charcoal can bind to meds rendering them ineffective so be weary of that before you guzzle your juice…you may have to adjust your med sched.  NBD in my case.

I will plan to order this again, probably quarterly (hey, at least the shipping is free!).  Some of the benefits of detox mentioned on the website: it calms the stomach, supports liver/kidney function, and traps impurities before they can be distributed through the body.  I’ll take it!  Stay tuned for my remarks on Skin + Hair next week.

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The Healthiest Foods on the Planet

 

My husband and I used to have “Superfood Monday“.  When I say we used to, I think we did it like once. Maybe twice.  But it was a great idea! For dinner on Mondays our whole meal consisted of superfoods. So we are bringing it back.  This inspired me to google what are the healthiest foods on the planet.  You will find a lot of differing opinions in the search results but I liked this list from Fitness Magazine. There’s nothing crazy, everything is accessible to everyone, and the items all seem to be pretty tasty and satisfying.

So..stock your fridge and pantry and have these items around you all the time.  It’s sort of a no brainer.

Lemons– according to Fitness Magazine just one lemon has 100% of your daily Vitamin C requirement. Squeeze some in your smoothie, enjoy with warm water first thing in the morning, and add to your homemade salad dressing at dinner.

 

 

Broccoli– There is a massive amount of Vitamin K up in those stalks!  Enjoy it steamed, make a broccoli salad, or roast them with EVOO and salt and pepper.

 

Dark Chocolate– You’re welcome.  Great for reducing blood pressure and loaded with antioxidants. I have a piece after dinner, add some to my smoothie bowls, and put bits of dark chocolate in my oatmeal in the mornings.

 

Avocados– I eat an avocado almost every day. Loaded with healthy fats, fiber, and folate…it’s a superfood powerhouse.  Make guacamole (duh), avocado toast, or just add a little pink salt and eat the delicious meat straight from it’s own jacket.

 

 

Salmon– Right, we all know salmon is soooo good for us.  So eat more of it.  Wild caught is best and loaded with Omega 3s which we want and need.  Grill it, steam it, eat it raw at a great sushi place, whatever.  Up your intake of salmon ASAP.

 

 

For the complete list of the ten healthiest foods on the planet, click here and follow Fitness Magazine on instagram for more inspiration!

xo,

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Is it too Early for Spring Cleaning?

I’m not talking about your house.  I’m talking about your insides.  Something about the post holiday/warm winter weather/multiple gatherings/reasons to celebrate/having a six month old and I am feeling sluggggggish.

I have never done a juice cleanse.  Ever.  As much as I am a fan of “juicing” and love my juicer, I have never lived on juice alone for a period of time.  Even a day.

But I think I’m ready.  I am trying to decide between these three:

Pressed Juicery– This one stands out to me because in addition to the six juices you will have each day, for a small fee they recommend adding Chlorophyll and Aloe Vera Cleanse waters to aid in digestion and raise alkaline levels.

 

Photo Cred:Pressed Juicery

 

BluePrint Organic- I admit it, I want to try this one because your final juice of the day, your treat juice, is called Cashew Blueberry Boom. ‘Nuf said.

 

Photo Cred:BluePrint

 

 

Suja Juice is already one of my favorites.  I always have two or three in my fridge but their Green Freak Cleanse appeals to me for a number of reasons.  It looks the healthiest, I know I already like their stuff, and their founder Annie Lawless is a true BEC Badass >>>look her up here, you will die<<<.

 

 

In the mean time, shoot me a message if you have any advice, insight, recommendations, warnings, or prayers!  

I will be sure to let you know which one I choose and how it goes.

Thanks guys!

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Another Vinegar Post…

I know, I know.  I post a lot about vinegar.  Its multiple uses.  How it remedies so many things.  How it is SO good for you. Blah, blah, blah.  If you aren’t as in to Apple Cider Vinegar as I am (what?) and don’t want to take a few shots of it each day (yes, yes I do) there is a new way to #drinkyourvinegar thanks to our friends at Suja.

Photo Cred: SUJA

 

My favorite is the Grapefruit Jalepeno that uses coconut vinegar (cool!) but there are so many tasty ones, you really can’t choose wrong.  Think: Strawberry Balsamic or Lemongrass Lime?  Yummmmm.

But wait, why do you want to drink your vinegar again?  I won’t make you relive all the glorious specific health benefits but…

Straight from the gospel (Suja’s website, obvi):

“Our Drinking Vinegars were born from Suja’s obsession with nutritious cold-pressed juice and gut health. Blends of organic Apple Cider Vinegar or Coconut Vinegar with the mother still intact, plus four billion live probiotics in every bottle will leave you wondering how they taste so good.”

You keep hearing about gut health, drinking your vinegar is just another way to keep that gut healthy.  And your gut “manages” the health of so many other parts of your body.  It’s the same reason we should eat more fermented foods, take a (good) probiotic everyday, and avoid crap that kills our gut flora.

This is one of those things where I say, just do it.  You’ll be glad you did.

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