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My Isagenix Experience and Cleanse Day

 

I started my Isagenix program on Friday a week ago. I have to say the first few days took a bit of mind control. It was not that I was hungry, it was that I love my food, and am a nibbler so the two shakes for two meals was a bit of a mental struggle for me. Determined, I persevered and looked forward to my meal in the evening with a glass of wine of course. Protein and a plate full, and I mean a plate full of delicious salad, which included everything but the kitchen sink. Avocado, carrots, onions, spinach, lettuce, mung beans, beetroot, fresh broccoli, feta cheese, coriander, basil, parsley, chilies, covered with balsamic, and Lesley’s secret dressing which I will give to you at the end of this story. After an hour I would have a piece of fruit which last week was lychees. I ate around 6:30 PM so it would be at least 16 hours before I would start again. I guess you could say I am incorporating intermittent fasting with it if you count the hours between evening an morning meals.

Yesterday I did my cleanse day which involves drinking this concoction from Isagenix called “cleanse for life” every four hours with heaps of filtered water. I was drinking Kangen water of course.  It is not a laxative which entails purging  it is a cellular nourishing and detoxifying  powder which you drink with filtered water so you are not purging  you are actually supplying your cells with antioxidants and fabulous plant botanicals

Well, that was interesting because I mentally was not looking forward to it but once again determined to do it properly. I was surprised that although I struggled mentally for the first few hours I found I did not get hungry and as the day went on I really found myself not missing the food. The hardest bit was not having my evening meal but got through that with watching a J Lo movie and an Aussie movie then it was time for bed.

Now to my surprise I actually had a great nights sleep which I have not done in months and I feel energized and clear-headed which also was interesting as I thought I would have felt a little sluggish this morning but no, I feel fantastic.

Have I lost weight? I think so, I don’t have scales and have not stood on scales in years so I cannot prove it.  Body wise I do feel lighter if that is any indication and I do believe my clinging dress is not so clingy.

So on to the next week a few more distractions next week so will power required.

Oh, my secret recipe for my dressing well I think I will keep it a secret a little while longer.

 

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Kangen Water Machine in the Kitchen – Its A Must💦

 

Almost 70 percent of non-organic fruit and vegetable  samples tested positive for at least one pesticide. (In many cases, the numbers were much higher.) And get this: A single strawberry sample harbored 22 different pesticide and pesticide breakdown residues.

While spinach nutrition is loaded with calcium and vitamins, there’s one reason to always try to choose organic. Researchers found DDT, a neurotoxic insecticide banned in the U.S., in an alarming number of samples. (A whopping 40 percent of nonorganic spinach samples, to be exact.)

It is quite amazing that a lot of the pesticides found on fruit and vegetables in America are banned in other countries. The disturbing bit is that a lot of the pesticide regulations are outdated and do not violate the US laws.

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So where possible and financially viable buy organic or biodynamic (which is the very best). Better still grow your own vegetables and fruit if that is at all possible.

Also where possible purchase the Kangen Water machine💦 – really, it has a great acid vegetable  washing cycle that literally washes away the pesticides. You are able to see the change in the water color and allows the fruit and vegetables to last longer.

To find out more  about the Kangen Water machine 💦 go to my website http://lesleyvoth.kangendemo.com if you are in Australia, or Davids website http://lifechanging-water.com USA or worldwide

Another thing to consider is that a lot of fruit and vegetables sold in the United States are GMOs, so choose organic to avoid GMO versions of these crops.

Happy eating💦

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8 Ways to Upgrade Your smoothie

Upgrade Your smoothie

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Flaxseeds

These tiny little seeds really pack a punch. “High in fiber and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds can help keep you feeling fuller longer,” says Cording.

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Cinnamon

“Sprinkling a little cinnamon into your smoothie may help you stay satisfied longer,” says Cording. “Aside from tasting great, cinnamon has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels, which is great if you have a long stretch between your breakfast smoothie and lunch.”

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Coconut Water

Go for an easy swap. “A lot of people think fruit juice is a healthy addition to smoothies, but it comes with a lot of calories, mainly from sugar,” says Cording. “Unflavored coconut water provides around 40 calories per cup versus about 100 calories per cup of fruit juice, and is a great source of potassium and other electrolytes, which promote hydration.”

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Spinach

It’s not just for salads anymore. Cording says, “Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and even a little protein, spinach is a no-brainer for smoothies. If you’ve been hesitant to add veggies to your blended drinks, it’s a great first step. And the best part is, you can barely taste it!”

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Chia Seeds

Another seed also packed with fiber and omega-3s are chia seeds, which Cording says are a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.

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Matcha

Looking for a boost? Try Matcha. Cording says, “This powder made of ground green tea leaves offers a variety of health benefits from powerful antioxidants, potential weight loss, and even a concentration boost.”

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Plain Greek Yogurt

If your looking to add a little protein to your drink, Cording suggests trying greek yogurt, which provides around 20 grams of protein per cup. “The creamy texture can make any smoothie taste like a rich treat and the probiotic bacteria in it promotes good digestive health.”

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Wheat Grass

Wheatgrass has twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio. Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and more. It has about 20% of total calories coming from protein. This protein is in the form of poly peptides, simpler and shorter chains of amino acids that the body uses more efficiently in the blood stream and tissues.

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Healthier Sport Watching Snacks

Instead of the usual chips and Pizza here are a few ideas for some snacks that are healthier and tastier to eat while watching the footy. You are more likely to eat less and feel more satisfied.

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1.  Mini chicken meat loaves With tomato chutney ( 610kj /145.24 calories). Warm , savory, protein (12g) snack.

2. Sesame oven chips (1 serve) –  A healthier version of hot fries. Share a bowl of these high fibre (4g) chips in front of footy. Don’t over indulge as they are high in calories (810kj/ 192calories)

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3. Pop Corn 2 cups, ( 430kj/102.38 calories ) 

4. Spinach and Feta rolls (2) . Look for the ones that are low in calories and salt.

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5. Toasted sandwiches Grated reduced fat cheddar cheese, tomato and extra light cream cheese between two slices of grainy bread. Cut into quarters.

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6. Pastrami on pumpernickel bread  – with reduced fat mayonnaise (490kj/116.67 calories ).  Cut into bite size and not too many.

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Poem Friday On Thursday – Happy Birthday Rich

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Happy Birthday Rich
Author – Lesley Voth

What can I say about my friend who is a ‘Rock Star’
We have together had many a beer at many, many a bar

I love and cherish his friendship, would trust him with my life
Loyal and faithful to his friends and especially his lovely wife

We have been on many long rides together on our motorbikes
Smoked a cigar, whisky or two, got to know some of his dislikes

His long hair, like very long hair, is his pride and joy
Longer than most men in the shower, conditioning, to protect not destroy

Yep our boy he is a bit of a flirt, but the entertainment we totally enjoy
The girls love him, they give him that come hither smile, smooth our charismatic playboy

He has no love for water, you can be sure you will never see him in a pool
Doesn’t like to be splashed, will enjoy watching with beer in hand on a bar stool

He goes to the gym and has muscles like Popeye who ate all his spinach
Speaks fluent spanish, good-looking Dad, appears to come from a strong lineage.

We know you are bike less at the moment and that is a bitch
But you are very special to us and we love you.
Happy Birthday Rich

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Spinach And Its Health Benefits

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December 21, 2012 · 12:59 PM

Breakfast This Morning

We had this for breakfast this morning. Probably not as healthy as this one as I had no spinach in the fridge but I did replace the spinach with left over potatoes. Hmm, I know it may not be good for the figure as I did fry them crispy in olive oil. Tasted delicious though and after all it is the holidays and we will work it off at the gym next year.

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