Eating Green Is Eating Clean

Yes we are now officially in Spring. Spring has sprung, though my partner argues it’s not truly here until September 23, at the time of the spring equinox, but that’s another story!

As you may or may not know, my Eat Clean Reset Your Body 14 day programme is ready for you right now and I’d love you to join in the fun if you feel inclined (dare I say you desperately need?) to give yourself a makeover from the inside out.

Another way you can give yourself this kind of makeover is by including more greens.

I know you know eating  greens are good for you but have you considered including these in your daily diet?

Hungry for Change is a website I admire so I’m very happy to share their fabulous info!

1. Seaweed

eating greenOften overlooked because it is not a land-dweller, seaweed is insanely good for you. While providing a whopping amount of vitamins and minerals, seaweed’s golden ticket is iodine. Iodine is found in very few foods and is essential to a healthy thyroid. With more people avoiding iodised salt for a slew of reasons, mild iodine deficiency is growing more common. When deficient, a person may have difficulty losing weight, feel fatigued, perhaps depressed — experiencing general thyroid malfunction. Whip up a tasty seaweed salad for lunch to keep your thyroid chugging along.

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2. Micro greens

Move over regular arugula (commonly called rocket)! Micro greens are simply mini versions of your favourite produce, and man do they pack a punch! As “toddler plants,” they contain more vitamins and flavour than their mature counterparts. There is an endless variety of micro greens from which to choose, from mustard and watercress, to turnip and sunflower — each with a unique, tantalising flavour. As an added bonus, micro greens are crazy easy to grow in your kitchen, and will supply your meals with some tasty, uber healthy green nutrition.

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3. Lacinato Kale (aka Tuscan/Dinosaur kale)

This is your grocery-store-kale’s dark, jurassic-looking cousin. With 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamins A and K, and 88 percent of your vitamin C requirement, the rich compounds of kale have been linked to cancer prevention. It is a little sweeter and nuttier than your regular kale, so go ahead and experiment!

4. Moringa

Recently growing in popularity, moringa is a leaf that is chock-full of goodies. It assists with blood sugar stabilisation, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, is loaded with energising and depression-fighting B vitamins, and containing 90 nutrients that benefit the human body. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich. Cook with the oil, or flavour meals with the leaves. Never heard of it? Discover all of the wonders of moringa here.

5. Avocados

OK, so you may be pretty familiar with avocados, but they are so delicious and nutrient-dense that they deserve a mention. They are full of monounsaturated fats, which increase satiety and can assist with weight loss. Avocados are anti-inflammatory, blood sugar regulators, and may even prevent strokes. Buy them once for the high amount of potassium, fibre, B vitamins, and vitamins K and C; keep buying them for their glorious, creamy texture and your newfound obsession with guacamole.

Green foods are good for you, but they don’t have to be boring. Trying a new green every week can keep your meals interesting and your body healthy.

As you add more and more vegetables into your diet you’re actually crowding out other foods that may not be as nutritionally dense as veggies and you have the added bonus of less calories.

Avocados are my absolute favourite, and happy to admit I eat most days! Can you see the benefits of more greens in your diet?

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing! 

Caroline x

Spring’s almost sprung! It’s time to detox, reset and renew!

 

In my Melbourne town, it does feel like Spring is in the air. It’s almost like every second day the weather shows us a glimpse of what it to come, teasing us, then quickly hides behind another rain cloud!

Spring is time for spring cleaning, and I know I get the bug and in my house a few rooms get a complete and long overdue overhaul!

Have you ever thought that maybe your body could do with the same?

Spring is the time for growth and renewal and your body is energizing itself for the busy summer months to come. It is the perfect time to get rid of the toxins in your body and gain some rejuvenation after the colder months.

There is no hiding that many of us pack on a few kilos/pounds physically and emotionally from the heaviness of winter. Same for me too!  I can feel it right now, smugly sitting on my thighs! So now is the time for a cleanse. I like to call it a Reset.

Let’s Reset our bodies together, remove unwanted toxins and drop some unwanted winter weight that is hanging tightly onto your waistline or my thighs or your but…your back….or…..?

Interestingly many cultures have historically fasted or cleansed during the spring months, and all in radically different fashions. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a spring cleanse, but it is something everyone can benefit from. You need to choose one that is the best fit for you and your health. Your body may tell you what kind of cleanse it needs and for how long!

Spring as a season supports a Reset, as its the time nature produces many fruits and vegetables that are perfect for a natural detox. This includes berries, sprouts, greens, and bitter roots that also help improve your immunity and fight off toxins and diseases. Your body should crave different foods to prepare for and get in sync with the new season.

You know I’m a big advocate for listening to our bodies and and if you’re feeling vaguely sluggish and lacking in energy, then it’s more than likely that you will benefit from a spring clean!

There are so many benefits to cleansing your body. A Spring detox will help get rid of the toxic waste that has built up in your organs and cells which keep them from doing their job properly. As the snow melts, a detox can help you shed some added weight as well! Other benefits of a cleanse include healthier skin, improved digestive system, MORE ENERGY, improved immune system, clearer thinking, improved movement and flexibility, and the general feeling of renewal and rejuvenation filled with motivation as you feel lighter.

Some other ways to enhance your Spring cleanse is by taking some probiotics, antioxidants, massage therapy, saunas, aromatherapy baths, and exercise (sweat it out!).

Foods, ideally in their organic raw natural form, that you should focus on with a Spring cleanse include:

  • lemons
  • spinach
  • radishes
  • pineapples
  • artichokes
  • green tea
  • green peas
  • coriander
  • celery
  • sesame seeds
  • turmeric
  • cabbage
  • dandelion roots
  • citrus fruits
  • berries
  • asparagus
  • garlic.

During your cleanse, be sure to:

  • Hydrate: As you become more active you will need to drink more water
  • Practice clean eatin
  • Practice mindful eating
  • No caffeine, sugar, or alcohol.
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Try to eliminate animal protein, eggs, wheat, gluten, corn and soy for the duration of your cleanse. These products have allergens, and you want to be as clean as possible.

If this is your first detox, you will need support from a health coach like mmmm me! I can walk you through a whole foods based detox program. Not only is it important to plan your detox, but planning your post-cleanse is just as important. You want to be sure to continue a healthier lifestyle by eating clean, hydrating, and limiting sugar, caffeine and alcohol intake.

And drumroll…….

If you’d like to make your life very easy and have all the work done for you, then I have what you need!!

My Eat Clean Reset Your Body 14 Day Program is ready now and I’d love you to take a look. I know it works as I’ve run this Reset twice now with great results for all of my Resetters. We have great fun along the way, there is a private supportive Facebook forum is available to you and the best thing about it is it all happens in 14 days!!

Surely you can give your body just 14 days of devotion and nourishment?

Join me …if not now….when?

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Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

Healthy Smoothies Recipes For Breakfast And Your Waistline!

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If weight loss is on your agenda and your desire for a slimmer waistline is high (the summer months are coming….!) then healthy smoothies for breakfast are a great place to start.

Shedding the kilos is no longer about reducing your calories or kilojoules. The foods you choose to eat send messages to your body – there will be foods that nourish and nurture or foods that deplete and drain your body.

If you start your day with a healthy protein packed breakfast, like a smoothie, then you’ve made the right choice to nourish your body and sending it the right messages for weight loss.

Here are two yummy smoothie recipes for you to add to your everyday, that are part of my Eat Clean Reset Your Body 14 Day Program – you can check it out here.

 

THE RAW LOVE SMOOTHIE

 

  • 1 ½ cups dairy free milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 drops of vanilla extract (optional)

 

THE CLEANSER SMOOTHIE

 

  • 1 ½ cups dairy free milk
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • ½ cup berries, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Juice from one lemon

METHOD: If you have a high-speed blender, add all of the ingredients

For each smoothie, simply blend all of the ingredients in the order they are listed. Blend until smooth. If you want your smoothie to be colder, add ice cubes. You can use a high-speed blender or normal stand up blender. Feel free to add water to reach your desired thickness. Use organic produce whenever possible. Each smoothie recipe serves two people.

Protein, as I’ve mentioned is a very important ingredient in your healthy breakfast smoothies, to start your blood sugars off in a good mood! You can add extra protein to any smoothie by including a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Try hemp protein /pea protein. You can also use 3 tablespoons of hemp/other seeds.

If these smoothies sound delicious, you should see the rest, join my Eat Clean Reset Your Body, and you’ll have over 50 delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline.