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spices help warm your smoothie up!

Brrrrr, it’s starting to get chilly out there, which means a vibrant, nutrient-rich smoothie may not sound so good.

But what if you could have all the yumminess,  health benefits AND convenience of a smoothie and not be left shivering and unsatisfied.

Well, allow me to introduce the “winter smoothie”. The winter smoothie uses ingredients that may be a little denser than your light summertime smoothie. The winter smoothie never uses ice, but instead uses spice! The winter smoothie uses secret immune boosters to help keep you sniffle free all season long.

So if you love healthy fast food as much as I do, read on for how you can give your smoothie a winter makeover.

How to winterize  your smoothie is 6 simple steps:

Fatten up. That’s right, adding healthy fats to your smoothie can create  luxurious mouth experience that helps insulate you from winter cold. Winter is not the time for a low fat diet, but it is also not the time to overindulge and feel like a bloated penguin. : ) With good fats like almonds and almond milk, avocado, coconut oil and coconut milk, you will be well on your way to looking and feeling a like winter goddess instead.

Spice is nice. Adding spices to your smoothie adds a whole new dimension of flavor and health benefits. Spices help warm things up, aid in digestion, can boost metabolism, increase immunity and stimulate circulation to give you a winter glow! Try cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, anise, cloves, black pepper, turmeric, cayenne, fennel, coriander and even curry. Keep it simple and experiment a little bit.

Not just for smell. Therapeutic grade essential oils can add an exotic depth to your smoothie. Oils in the citrus family like grapefruit, orange, tangerine and lemon can be especially nice at this time of year because they boost mood and provide concentrated vitamin C and antioxidants to ward off winter colds. Be sure to use ONLY pure, unadulterated oils for internal purposes. Do not buy just any oil. The only brand I work with for internal use is Young Living. To learn more or to order visit youngliving.us and use customer code 904207.

Add heat. When the weather is cold outside it is not a good idea to introduce cold food or drink into the body. It halts digestion (meaning you get digestive issues, low energy and fat storage), can make you spacey and unfocused, and just makes your body have to work that much harder to keep body temperature up. This is one of the many reasons I like the Vita-Mix Blender because it can gently heat whatever your blending when you keep it going for more than 2 minutes. Try a warm almond butter, cacao, almond milk, cinnamon and banana smoothie and you will feel like you are having something decadently naughty for sure!

Skip the dairy. Besides the fact that pasteurized dairy causes mucus, allergies, hormonal imbalance, digestive issues and much more, it is cooling. Instead go for coconut milk, almond milk,  young coconut meat or hemp milk. Add an avocado or soaked almonds or cashew for thick richness.

Think outside of the box. Use some new and different winter ingredients like sweet potato, pumpkin, beets, almond butter and even cabbage. All of these are warming foods, so they support your body in the colder times. The orange veggies provide much needed beta-carotene to help boost immunity. See the Pumpkin Pie smoothie recipe below.

Winter Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

1 cup peeled, cubed raw sweet potato

1/2 an avocado, peeled and pitted

8 oz. fresh carrot juice

splash (or more) coconut or almond milk

small wedge green cabbage (optional, but you won’t taste it & you’ll get a great nutrient boost)

liquid stevia to taste (try 2 drops to start)

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch Celtic salt

Put everything but the avocado in the Vita-Mix Blender and blend on high until smooth. With the blender running, drop in the avocado and blend another 30 seconds. Enjoy with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top.

Would you like to sail through the holidays with energy to spare and a slim figure to flaunt at New Year’s? Contact me for a special 20-minute complimentary Holiday Body Bliss Breakthrough Session through Dec. 29th. Just send an email to devana108@gmail.com to schedule this phone session today!

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Just in the nick of time to celebrate National Yoga Awareness Month . . .

Enjoy this simple yoga pose to tone your belly, energize your mind, open your lungs, cleanse your body, lengthen your spine . . . And so much MORE!

xox Ana

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OVitamin Pro

I love finding great health supportive resources and products that I can share with you, and OVitamin Pro is one recent find very worth passing on. With hundreds, if not thousands of online supplement stores, quality products, helpful customer service and reliable information can be tough to find. When I found OVitamin Pro, I knew I had stumbled onto something great!

A couple of my preferred professional-grade supplement lines, Apex Energetics and Biotics Research, are normally only available through health care professionals. And for good reason, they require guidance and knowledge to get the right benefits. Well, OVitamin Pro offers these two lines as well as other very high quality professional grade supplements, including Life Wave Glutathione patches, which are fantastic for detox and boosting immunity.

The really great thing about OVitamin Pro is the support and solid articles they provide to educate you about the products. And if shipping rates typically deter you from ordering online, OVitamin Pro offers the hard to beat $1 shipping on any order!

Being that I work with many of my clients from all over, often by phone or internet, I love that there is a resource for you to get the high quality products I use and recommend to get the results you desire. One of my favorites is Adaptocrine by Apex, an herbal adaptogenic complex that helps anyone keep stress response from wreaking havoc on their health.

If you are at familiar with my work, you  know the effects of stress can be so destructive to just about any function of your body from sleep and detoxification to healthy weight loss, blood sugar levels, heart disease, inflammation, digestion, immunity and even cancer.

I suggest checking out OVitamin Pro, cruising their user friendly site, and be sure to check out all the great articles and helpful information they offer.

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The single most important thing you can do everyday to effortlessly release weight (and keep it off), boost mood, balance hormones and support proper detoxification is to engage in daily “renewal rituals”.

Renewal rituals are activities that allow the body to release the negative energy and emotions from stress that actually build up in your body’s tissues. These are the emotions that leave you feeling depressed, anxious, craving sweets or junk, and holding onto fat.

 

If you don’t “process” these negative energies and stress build-ups, then your body will intuitively find another way. Nine times out of ten this involves seeking comfort from food (especially sugar and carbs), alcohol, cigarettes or other “drugs”.

Your body and brain are craving what I call a “rebooting”, and if you don’t provide the “renewal ritual” to clear the slate, you will find yourself emptying the cookie jar, ice cream container, bon bon box or whatever your comfort of choice might be.

The sugar will give a temporary lift, but then you will be back to square one, wanting more and more, and feeling horrible about yourself for your lack of “willpower”.

 

Over the course of the day our bodies, minds and spirits are like  sponges that soak up the messages, energies, emotions and psychic toxicity of all those around us. You may feel you do really well with your eating and self care until the end of the day when all self-control seems to go out the window. It’s not hunger or lack of willpower that knock you off the wagon. It’s stress!

 

A renewal ritual is something that connects you to your breath, body and soul. In holistic medicine, it is  known that when you connect to the soul or spirit, you release positive endorphins and reduce stress hormones. And excess stress hormones are what make your body hold onto fat and age more quickly.

I suggest you partake in a “renewal ritual” at least 1 time per day (ideally 2 times per day – morning and before dinner) since the endorphin boost lasts for only about 8 hours.

 

Your assignment:

 

Make sure to schedule some ME time for yourself daily.  Put it in your calendar, make it a priority. No one will do this for you, and yet you will be a better mother, employee, business owner, lover, friend, sister, basket weaver, whatever, if you commit to this ritual.

Try some meditation, Yoga, walking, deep breathing, prayer, dancing, bath time, tai chi, or whatever your spirit is calling for. Even just 5 minutes will do the trick, but 15 or 20 is even better.

 

Leave me a note below to let me know how it goes!

 

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Do you find yourself wanting something a little something sweet around 3pm?

Or perhaps you need something sweet after every meal?

Is it impossible to stop once you start eating the sweet stuff?

What about breads and pastas?

Your body is wise.

So just because you are having uncontrollable sugar cravings does not make you weak or your body the enemy.

Cravings of any  kind are a cry for help. A cry for balance.

It is the opportunity to investigate what might be off and give your body, mind, spirit what it really needs.

Sugar has many unhealthy consequences as you can read in my past blog post.

It also fogs up your clarity and purpose.

It darkens the light of the spirit.

If you are ready to take the sugar free challenge, here are some tips:

Eight Steps To Sugar Freedom:

  1. Add more leafy greens – nature’s magic food
  2. Add more sweet vegetables – carrots, sweet potato, yams, beets, cooked onions, parsnips, winter squash
  3. Monitor your protein– not too much, not too little
  4. Get more water – hydration heals sooo much
  5. Add natural sweeteners to your foods/cooking – stevia, xylitol, real raw agave, raw honey
  6. Call in more sweetness in your life! Get a hug, visit with nature, call a friend, get a massage . . .
  7. Eat breakfast. And make it a good one. Try some veggies for breakfast or a good quality superfood shake, you might be surprised!
  8. Feed your spirit. Connect with work or hobbies that inspire and nourish your being.

Bonus: Get support! I am so grateful to the counselors and health professionals who guided me along this path.

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Need support? Contact Ana to schedule your break through session today!

devana108@gmail.com (831) 601-3282

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Looking for a fabulously delicious way to stay healthy through the cold and flu season? This salad is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Make a bunch and enjoy the left overs.

For the Roasted Roots:

Choose at least 3 of the following:

1 large onion (yellow or red), peeled

3 large carrots

1-2 sweet potatoes

1-2 medium parsnips (looks like an off white carrot)

1 medium rutabega

2 medium beets*

1 medium daikon radish (looks like a big long smooth white carrot)

2-3 medium turnips

about 1-2 T. extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil

Real or Celtic salt and pepper to taste

Optional – herbs I like include oregano, thyme and rosemary

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scrub (no need to peel) your veggies of choice.

Chop into similar sized bite-sized pieces and collect in a large mixing bowl.

* note: if you are using red beets, you may want to prep and roast separately as they tend to color everything else.

Toss the vegetables with the oil and seasonings until well coated.

Line 2 (maybe 3) baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper (available at most health food stores), then distribute vegetables in a single layer on each sheet.

Bake for about 40-60 minutes (depends on the size of your pieces), until slightly browned on the outside and beginning to soften on the inside.

Serve on a big bed of fresh greens(below) while warm or once cooled.

Store the leftovers in the fridge for a quick nourishing snack or side dish.

Great for sweet cravings!

Bed of Greens:

½ bunch arugula, chopped if large

1 bunch spinach, chopped if large

½ bunch parsley, chopped

1/ bunch kale, chopped (lightly steam if you have thyroid issues)

optional: Fresh minced garlic to taste (this will give you an extra immune boost and keep the vampires away!)

Squeeze of lemon (optional)

Extra olive or flax oil (optional)

Add some other raw veggies like diced red bell pepper, chopped celery, grated carrot, etc.

Add a protein boost:

–       1-2 organic eggs

–       3(ish) ounces wild fish, organic poultry or 100% grass fed meat

–       3-4 ounces baked tempeh

–       ½ cup garbanzo, black beans or aduki beans

–       handful raw (preferably soaked) almonds or other nut or seed of choice

Make a bunch and enjoy this throughout your week.

And just wait to see how great you will feel!

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