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Do you know what time it is?

on September 4, 2014

It’s just about that time again. Time to clean the “cobwebs” (aka toxins). We’ve played around all summer (ate out, treats here and there) but now it’s time to break out those jeans (uh oh). How do you feel about that? The best way to prepare yourself for the coming “holiday” season is to join me and baby girl for the 10 Day Herbal Cleanse

The AdvoCare® Herbal Cleanse system can help rid your body of toxins and waste with its unique blend of herbal ingredients.* Using a systematic approach, this 10-day system guides you day by day through the steps for thorough internal cleansing and improved digestion.* Herbal Cleanse supports the body’s metabolic systems and general health during the detoxification process by helping to keep energy levels up, aiding in removing impurities and supporting the immune system.* Some people who use Herbal Cleanse for the first time experience an encouraging weight reduction and/or reduction in inches when they pair the system with the recommended diet and exercise.

Each Herbal Cleanse system includes these three key products:
ProBiotic Restore™ ULTRA: Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that confer health benefits on the host. Our bodies must maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria to work at its best. When this balance is disturbed, it can have significant negative effects on our health. ProBiotic Restore ULTRA contains a superior multi-strain probiotic complex that provides four billion colony forming units (CFU) of freeze dried friendly bacteria to support your body’s overall health by main-taining the normal, healthy balance of microorganisms your body needs.* This probiotic complex with six high potency strains – three species of Lactobacillus and three species of Bifidobacterium ensures full coverage of both the small and large intestines. ProBiotic Restore ULTRA helps strengthen and support our immune system, supports intestinal health and function, aids in digestion and enhances your weight loss program.*
Take on days four through 10.

Fiber Drink:: Fiber Drink is rich in the mixture of fibers your body needs to work at its best.* Each serving contains 10 grams of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber to help add the fiber your diet may not provide. As part of the Herbal Cleanse system, Fiber Drink also helps move the toxins and waste material through the digestive tract while scouring your intestinal tract to support improved nutrient absorption.* Take on days one through three and again on days eight through 10.
Herbal Cleanse Tablet: The Herbal Cleanse tablet provides herbal extracts that help rid your body of the impurities that may be obstacles to achieving better health.* One ingredient, senna leaf extract, is known for its use to relieve occasional constipation, as well as to encourage the movement of waste through the intestinal tract.* Beet root powder and wheat grass juice are included to aid in the reduction of metabolic by-products in the blood and liver.* Cranberry juice powder helps cleanse impurities from the kidneys and aid in excretion through the bladder.* The Herbal Cleanse tablet also contains milk thistle extract, which has the active component silymarin. Silymarin has been traditionally used to aid in eliminating toxins from the liver and is also an excellent hepaprotectant and antioxidant.* Echinacea, astragalus, garlic, zinc and vitamin C help support the immune system.* Herbal Cleanse tablets also contain a wide range of B-vitamins to help maintain energy levels during the detoxification period.* Take on days one through seven.

I know what you’re thinking, it sounds like too much BUT going through the cleanse with us, you’ll get all the support you need…meal plans (suggestions), recipes, encouragement and helpful tips. Now, who needs to order? Message me or visit http://www.chellespark.com

The key to any healthy diet is variety (AND preparation!!). A diet of pasta and french fries certainly wouldn’t be a nutritional meal, filling to say the least but not the vitamins and minerals needed to flourish optimally. Variety means adding fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts/seeds and legumes. Don’t be afraid to stray outside your comfort zone of broccoli. You may not have liked peas growing up but give them another try (“roasted crunchy peas” or put them in a salsa), surprisingly enough you’ll find that your taste buds really do change over time. Variety also means having a combination of foods at each meal (protein AND veggies, not just carbs/pasta **keep in mind that anytime you do have carbs, you should pair w/ a protein). Consider serving several small plates instead of one main course with a side. Don’t be afraid to add spice and flavor (chipotle peppers, paprika, curry, ginger or jalepenos). Be leary of “sauces” as most will be loaded w/ sodium, causing water retention and/or bloating (can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease…these are the very issues we want to avoid by learning to eat right!).

It’s important that you focus on eating nutritious foods. You CAN lose weight eating “junk” (white bread, chips, juice and soda) but it’s NOT a healthy way to go. It will catch up w/ you at some point. Nutritious calories (fruits, veggies, whole grain, high quality proteins) will keep you in shape!
Eat healthy fats (olive oil, avocados, flax seed oil, many nuts)!
Eat good/complex carbs (fruit, sweet potato, brown rice, oats)!
You need calcium to ensure your muscles can contract and relax properly. You need fiber to help move food through the digestive tract. You need iron to carry oxygen to your cells and create energy.

Fruits recognized as the healthiest are apples, bananas, blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and pineapples (keep in mind that bananas are high “sugar” and oranges/pineapples are acidic so be careful)

Vegetables often recognized as the healthiest are asparagus, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions and eggplant (not in that list which I consider to be THE healthiest is kale!!!).

Some people have a hard time giving up their unhealthy eating habit (sugar and junk food are addictive, the more you’ve eaten the more you feel you need to eat it). Once you start replacing those cookies, chips and soft drinks you’ll start to feel better than you have in a really long time. You’ll find that you have more energy, less mental “fog” and eventually you’ll see that those things you craved before you’ll no longer have a taste for (I assure you I speak the truth and this is not just garbledy-goo I’m spewing…just wait and see) 😉 You will actually start to ENJOY healthy foods!

ALMONDS are a high-protein, high-fiber snack but they can be added as a “topper” to just about any vegetable dish. Toasting them adds to their flavor and crunch. You can use them to make fresh almond butter, almond flour (GF) and MILK! I have even made a replacement for “alfredo sauce” w/ almond “cream”. Almonds provide calcium, fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, and B vitamins. Like other nuts, they are high in fat but most of it is the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind. They are one of the top sources of the cancer preventing antioxidant vitamin E (vitamin E, hello, can you say healthy skin?, protects from free radicals…UH, SLOWS DOWN AGING!!). I don’t know about you but I just reached for a handful haha 😀

ASPARAGUS is delicious and nutritious for a finger food, added to a main dish, soup, salad or as a side. It provides vitamins A, B, and C, antioxidants, folate and fiber. Not only is it considered a diuretic, it’s also a powerful detoxifier! Being a fantastic source of folic acid some consider it to be a tonic for the reproductive system. I find when choosing asaparagus that the skinny stalks are best mainly due to the fact that after I wash it, I hold both ends and break wherever the “bend” is. Tossed w/ coconut and/or EVOO and sauteed w/ S/P is a simple and yummy side (throw in some cooked quinoa for load of added nutritional benefits).

BLACK BEANS are versatile and full of flavor. They are a good source of protein (but I do not replace animal protein w/ beans, just add to it as a side dish), fiber, iron, calcium, zinc and B vitamins. Presoaking beans will make them easier to digest and shorten cooking time. I add black beans to several “mexican” style dishes (crockpot chicken enchilada casserole) and I even make black beans brownies that are amazing!
to be continued….

NEXT UP BLUEBERRIES (I ain’t gonna lie, I don’t LIKE blueberries but after learning about the health benefits I’m planning to TRY AGAIN) 😉

 

**I am an Independent Distributor of AdvoCare nutritional supplements and when purchasing through my website www.chellespark.com I will receive a commission.  I’d love to talk to you about how you can save 20-40% off retail prices 🙂   **I am an Independent Distributor of Essential Oils and when purchasing through my website I will receive a commission.  I’d love to be your guide through the journey of essential oils, let me tell you how to save 25% on all your essential oil purchases ❤

The information on this site is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations is at the choice and risk of the reader.

 

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