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Matcha mornings..


 
Japanese tea ceremonies have called upon matcha for centuries.  Associated with zen, this magical green powder offers more healthy benefits than you would think.

-Provides A,B, C and K vitamins

-Rich in catechin polyphenols, which have a high antioxidant level protecting against many cancers

-Fiber rich

-Practically no calories

-Boosts concentration

-Boosts immune system

-Source of chlorophyll, which may aid the body in detoxing

 

What is matcha?

Matcha is a green tea that is grown  and produced in Japan.  The leaves are shaded from the sun during the last few weeks of growth, helping to increase their chlorophyll content.  The leaves are then ground up into a fine powder with grinding wheels..

 

What makes matcha different?

Unlike other teas, you are consuming the whole leaf, thereby making matcha more potent than any other tea.


Preparation:

*Using a bamboo whisk and tea bowl

*1-2 tsp of match into a bowl*add ½ cup hot water. For best results use water just under a boil.*Whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy.*Heat milk of choice (my favorite is cashew and soy) add the heated milk to the matcha and enjoy!

Not all matcha is created equal.  You want to look for a high quality organic matcha. I got mine here http://physicalgraffitea.com/





I eat SO healthy but I can't seem to lose weight....

July 30, 2013


This seems to be the mantra of society today... well what's healthy is my question?

A few things I'd like to point out..

1. How much are you eating?
This one is not our fault, we've been fooled by restaurants, fast food chains, and supermarkets into thinking these giant portions are ideal. Portion control is huge issue when trying to shed some extra pounds.  It doesn't matter how "healthy", if your over eating your body needs to store it somewhere.  Unless it's a bag of lettuce (which isn't what I suppose most people are crunching on) then the calories do add up. Are you eating what the restaurants consider a "normal" portion?  Choose smaller plates while dining at home that way your eyes aren't being deceived.  And fill up that bad boy with a colorful selection of goodies.... which leads me to my next point..

2. What is on your plate?
I always recommend  that half the plate be covered in veggies (especially greens) then add in some whole grains and protein.  What does that look like? How about a plate of sautéed broccoli, spinach, butternut squash and onion, with some wild black rice, quinoa and white cannellini beans.  If your breakfast consists of cereal or toast and your lunch consists of pasta and your dinner has a huge serving of rice, you may not be eating as healthy as you think (yes even if it's all whole wheat.) If it's colorful and its a veggie you can't go wrong. My advice is find the ones you like most and cook them the way you like.  Are you a sweets person? Then go for sweet vegetables, squashes, onions (when cooked), sweet potato... open your mouth and your taste buds to a world they have never been.

3. How often are you eating?
Eat 3 meals with snack in between, well thats been hammered into our brains by now.  However thats not necessarily the case for everyone, snacks are a great way of adding an extra 250-500 calories to your daily intake (depending on the snack of course).  100 calories pack, fiber one, protein bars.... my advice- stay away, there loaded with chemicals and artificial flavorings that your body doesn't need.  You want fiber, or close to under 100 calories? Choose snacks such as raw vegetables and hummus, almonds and an apple, peanut butter and a piece of fruit, kale chips, baby carrots, or green smoothies. There chock full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that money hungry companies can't conjure up in their labs.  Mother nature just can not be replicated.
Still stuck on snacks?  Check out the store tab and shop from your own home!


5 weight loss tips to live by:
1. Start your day with warm water and half of a lemon.  Aid your body in it's natural detoxification process first thing in the morning.
2. Eat more greens! Aim for some at every meal! (always choose organic)
3. Ditch the packaged overly processed goods with ingredients you can't pronounce.
4. Raw veggies! Awesome, easy, no brainer snack.  Pair it with a nut butter or some hummus.
5. Quit the sugar addiction. Opt for fruits, sweeter veggies, fruit flavored water, or teas throughout the day to help curb that nasty craving.
6. (An extra one, I lied) Ditch the dairy!!! Opt for almond, rice, or hemp milk instead.  Choose cheeses that are less processed (ie. feta, goat).  Skip the yogurt and choose a brand such as So Delicious instead.


P.S I didn't mention it above, but to see any budge in the scale you need to add an exercise to you daily routine.  Find a way to sweat that you enjoy, and make it just as important as consuming greens in your diet. Aim for at least 3 days a week, even if you can only squeeze in 30 minutes.. it all adds up!
 

Honey Almond Butter Bites!

July 24th, 2013



Need an afternoon pick me up? A twist on cake pops!

Ok so it's not exactly a cake pop, but it is a MUST try!

Honey almond butter bites, with a coconut crust. These little guys pack a powerhouse of protein thanks to the almond butter and chia seeds. A sweet and satisfying treat packed with nutrients! Next time your craving something sweet, try one of these instead!

The best part? NO baking! 

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cup raw almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1 cup of raw organic honey
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut  (raw or toasted)
  • Dark chocolate 70-80% cacao (optional)

Directions:
  • Mix almond butter and honey together (becomes a bit messy, but so worth it!)

  • Blend oats and chia seeds until powdered and add to honey/almond butter mixture.
  • Shave dark chocolate and add half a cup to mixture
  • Roll into balls about 1/2 inch wide and roll in coconut (if you like toasted coconut better feel free to toast it first)
  • Refrigerate for an hour then ENJOY!

Did you know? Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, and omega 3.  They are helpful when your feeling your energy levels decrease, so they make a great pick me up!


 

5 items I am loving!

Posted July 14th, 2013



This months list of some of my favorite items, check them out!



1. Daiya Cheese
A fantastic substitute for cheese.  If your vegan or just experimenting with dairy free and looking for a delicious 'cheese' to throw in a meal, look no further.  Personally I love to mix the cheddar and pepperjack  for a unique delicious blend!!


2. Eternal Water!
This water not only has a smooth, crisp, satisfying taste but is unlike any other bottled water!

-Naturally alkaline water- helping to balance your bodies pH
-BPA free and 100% recycled bottles
-Natural source of electrolytes  




3.  Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
 Apple cider vinegar has been around for centuries.  Used for a myriad of different things because of its natural healing qualities.  Has been boasted about for its detox cleansing, energizing, healing properties. This drink its fantastic thirst quencher on a hot summer day!
 
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

    •    Rich in enzymes & potassium
    •    Support a healthy immune system
    •    Helps control weight
    •    Promotes digestion & ph Balance
    •    Helps remove body sludge toxins


Did you know… Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, in 400 BC treated his patients with natural apple cider vinegar for it's powerful cleansing, healing and germ fighting qualities.


 

4.   Green + Protein Bar

Looking for a protein bar with out all the added sugar, flavors and artificial garbage?  Greens + is one of my favorites!  It contains no processed sugar, salt, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, synthetic sweeteners, preservatives, or genetically-modified ingredients.  Not only delicious and good for you, but also packed with nutrient dense super foods.

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 Peanut butter chocolate is by far the best one! (in my opinion of course)


5.  Beauty Detox Foods

Chock full of great recipes as well as insightful information to back them up!  If your interested in learning which foods help boost radiant skin, increase your energy, and feel better overall, check out this book!









 

What is dry body brushing and why you should do it!




If your like me, morning routines are usually hectic.  However the extra 5 minutes it takes to dry body brush is well worth the investment!

Fast, effective, and enormous health benefits!

Our skin in our largest organ.  It plays a major role in detoxification and so it's important we take care of it.  (No this doesn't mean buying $90 creams that promise to make you look 10 years younger).  In fact, something as simple as dry body brushing can leave your skin silky, softer and more radiant!  Dry skin brushing has been practiced for hundreds of years in Japan and Greece, and is now beginning to gain popularity here.  The good news is that you don’t need to pay a hefty high-end spa price in order to get the benefits of dry skin brushing.


I personally like to do it first thing in the morning before I shower or at night before showering.  You can do it twice a day if you would like, but I find once a day is plenty.  Ever since I started adding this to my routine my skin is glowing and super smooth, I have even had people ask me, "what I do to get my skin to look the way it does".  Well here is my secret (one of them at least) .



Benefits of dry body brushing:

1. Cellulite be gone!  Increased circulation to the skin may reduce the appearance of cellulite.  

2. Helps remove dead skin cells which in turn leaves your skin looking brighter, smoother, and more radiant.

3. Opens the pores to release toxins

4. May help decrease bloating

5. Enhances the lymphatic system

6. Can help relax you before bed, yet invigorate you in the morning

7. Helps with even distribution of fat deposits

8. Can help stregthen immune system

9. Helps to tighten skin

10. Keeps skin soft, smooth, and younger looking



Here are some guidelines to follow:

-Use  a natural bristle brush (nothing made of nylon or synthetic materials)

-Start on dry skin before bathing

-Begin at the ankles

-Work in small gentle circular motion moving upward toward the heart (this is the direction lymphatic fluid flows in your body)
-Be easy don't press hard on the brush

-Never brush over sun burnt, or inflamed skin

-Take a nice shower to remove any impurities and dead skin cells

-Follow it up my lathering yourself in a natural oil (I like coconut and jojoba oil mixed with some lavender before bed)

-Wash brush to remove any dead skin cells 

Try it out for a month at least 3 times and week and watch your skin glow! Purchase one right from the SimpleSense store (under the beauty tab)!

Don't forget about your face!  I personally wouldn't recommend using the same brush on your face, but this one is fantastic!
 

Aspartame: A Deadly Diet Don’t!

Aspartame: A Deadly Diet Don’t!
Jessica Roberts




Still enjoying that diet soda? Time to seriously rethink your drink!

Aspartame is one of the most common artificial sweeteners in our food supply. The low calorie sweetener is found in more than 6,000 products and is consumed by over 200 million people around the world!

In the US, diet soda is the largest dietary source of aspartame. Americans consume over 5000 TONS of aspartame per year!

How can this controversial chemical continue to invade our food supply?

Aspartame was illegitimately approved as a food additive by powerful corporate influence. Most all drugs and food additives are approved by the FDA because companies essentially lobby the FDA with financial payoffs and complete the agency's multimillion dollar approval process.

So what does the science show?
That depends on who you ask.

According to the FDA, aspartame has been tested for more than 3 decades in more than 200 studies and determined to be safe.

What’s safe?

Two studies in 2006 and 2007 on rats showed that aspartame significantly increased the risk of developing cancer. The FDA reviewed these studies and disputed the conclusion that aspartame is a carcinogen. Currently the FDA supports the use of aspartame as a safe general purpose sweetener in food. Other health authorities continue to support aspartame’s safety such as the American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association, American Diabetes Association, Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission, and the regulatory bodies of over 100 countries.

The FDA says more than 20 cans of diet soda per day is safe for human consumption!

In a recent study, researchers analyzed aspartame intake in over 2 million men and women over a 22 year period. The results concluded that consumption of aspartame and sugar-containing soda are associated with an increased risk of developing blood cancers in men and women. The results of the study also showed that just ONE 12-fl oz can of diet soda a day may increase the risk of leukemia in men and women, and multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men.

Aspartame has no business in your diet. Period. Cancer isn’t your only concern. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Numerous side effects have been reported to include neurologic, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and psychological dysfunction and disease. The FDA has concluded that NONE of these side effects are related to aspartame consumption. Dr. Janet Hull is one health professional who has dedicated the past ten years sharing her experiences and natural recovery from the side effects of aspartame consumption. Read more on her story and aspartame here.

What about weight control?

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and encourage fat storage and weight gain. ANY sweet taste, whether from real sugar or artificial sweeteners, triggers the release of insulin and leptin. These are two hormones involved with fat storage, satiety, and your metabolism. High levels of insulin and leptin are two major contributing forces to obesity, diabetes, and chronic disease. Aspartame is more likely to ADD the pounds rather than take them off!   

Time to axe the aspartame! Aspartame isn’t just in your diet soda either. You will find aspartame in sugar-free, low or no-carbs products, salad dressings, puddings, flavored milk, and yogurt. Aspartame is also found in drink powders, children’s medicines, cooking sauce, and chewing gum.

Add in more whole, unprocessed foods and beverages to crowd out the aspartame filled food and drinks. Read food labels and get rid of the aspartame for good!  

Here are 6 tips to help you ditch the aspartame and other artificial sweeteners:
  • Still can’t resist that soda? Drink 8 oz water before your down your beverage.
  • Less soda usually means less caffeine. Try subbing a can of diet soda with green tea.
  • Mix a small amount of fruit juice with carbonated water for a refreshing drink or try Deanna’s Cucumber Mint Refresher below.
  • Drink MORE water!
  • Fill your meals with plenty of whole, unprocessed foods such as fresh greens, fruits, and vegetables every day.
  • Read all food labels. Aspartame lurks in more foods than you know!
Deanna’s Cucumber Mint Refresher


  • 6 cups of water
  • 6 cups of coconut water
  • 2 to 3 organic limes, thinly sliced (you can also substitute lemons or mix it  up…use a lemon/lime combination)
  • 1 small organic cucumber sliced
  • 10 to 15 organic mint leaves
 
Place all ingredients into a large pitcher and serve chilled.

Want more tips?

Try our FREE 10-Day Sugar Cleanse to help you get rid of artificial sweeteners for good and live your most radiant life!

 
References:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/06/aspartame-most-dangerous-substance-added-to-food.aspx

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/04/saccharin-aspartame-dangers.aspx

http://www.aspartame.org

http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm208580.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/028151_aspartame_sweeteners.html#ixzz2QaBGYJNj

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23097267

http://worldtruth.tv/aspartame-is-linked-to-leukemia-and-lymphoma-in-new-landmark-study-on-humans/
http://worldtruth.tv/top-10-worst-sources-of-aspartame/

 
 

Total Body Detox


 
Is it the cleanse we love, or just how we feel after?

I have yet to find a detox that I don't feel completely starved and unfilled with.  So INSTEAD on a DAILY basis I practice a few things that helps my bodies natural detoxification process.  We're human and can't be perfect therefore I'm a firm believer in the 80/20 rule.  Eat clean, healthy, natural, whole foods, 80% of the time and allow yourself to "indulge" 20% of the time.  

You don't need to starve or deprive yourself to cleanse your body, here are some tips to help you detox on a daily basis.  

Eat Clean:
Simple speaking if nature didn't make it, toss it or eat less of it.

A lot of boxed cereals, snacks, granola bars and canned goods contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health.  When in doubt don't buy it.  Always looks for organic and items with the least amount of ingredients (preferably ones you can pronounce).

STAY CLEAR OF THESE:

MSG- It's a super cheap additive that many food companies can use to enhance the flavor of cheap products.  Found mostly in salty foods, dips, and canned goods.  Side effects can include nausea, migraine, hives, headaches, asthma, and weight gain.

Sodium Benzoate- Found in sodas, fruit juices, baked goods, and salad dressings.  This preservative when broken down in the body is carcinogenic.  

Potassium bromate-  This wonderful chemical bleaches dough, and enhances its elasticity.  The end product is fluffy, soft and unnaturally white.  Banned in Europe, Canada, and Brazil…. and for good reason, it causes cancer in rats and mice.  But here in America we like to get things done fast and potassium  bromate is great at speeding up the leavening process thus increasing a higher quantity at a much faster speed.  There are a lot of bakeries and baked goods that are no longer using bromated flour, just do a little research before you buy it.  

Antibiotics-  Found in meat and dairy products.  They are used to kill bacteria and prevent infections mostly due to the unsanitary and inhumane conditions that animals are subject to.  In short? Ditch the dairy, or at the very least buy usda organic, grass fed beef, and free range whenever possible.


Breathe out toxins:

That's right the simple act of conscience deep breathing can actually help rid the body of toxins.  It brings vital oxygen to our cells, clears the lungs, helps ward off stress and get the toxins out through exhalation.

Try this exercise at home:

Dirga breath or three part breath-

1. Find a comfortable quiet place to sit.  You can sit on a pillow or blanket to prop the hips up a bit or you cab in a chair.

2. Begin by observing the natural inhalation and exhalation of your breath without changing anything (breathing solely through the nostrils).  If you find yourself distracted by the activity in your mind, try not to engage in the thoughts. Just notice them and then let them go, bringing your attention back to the inhales and the exhales.

3. Begin to deepen your breath breathing into the belly.  Feel the belly rise on the inhale and fall on the exhale.

4 Inhale. Gently now focus on drawing the breath from the belly to the rib cage as you inhale, exhale and let it go.

5.  Inhale. Breath into the belly- feeling the belly rise, then into the rib cage- feeling it expand and finally into the chest- feeling the chest rise. Exhale completely.

6 Continue this breath (for 5- 10 breaths) inhaling into the belly, rib cage and chest, and exhaling letting go of all that stale air.


Free the mind:


When we think of detoxing, mostly we think of our body, but what about our mind?  Detoxify the mind and let go of negative thoughts.  Your body can not differentiate between what you are thinking, and what is really happening.  Negative thoughts create stress on the body, and none of us need anymore of that.

Using your breath can be very powerful in drawing you back to the present moment.  Next time you notice thoughts that make you feel anything short of great, acknowledge them, and gently allow them to drift out with your next exhale.  This doesn't mean forget all your 'problems' but rather to notice unhealthy thought patterns that don't serve your well being.  Problem solving and negative thinking are completely different.  

Many great philosophers and public figures have written books, documentaries, and based their lives on the idea "Your thoughts create your world".  

In good health,
   Dee




References

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubme

http://www.naturalnews.com



 

Food shopping just got a little easier!


Take a sneak peek into our pantries and the food we can't live without! Here are a dozen of our favorites to stock into your pantry and use on a daily basis.




Dee's Pantry!

  1. Quinoa- Packed with protein, vitamins, and minerals- this is a no brainer-go to- must have! Easily cooked and added to salads or made as a meal on it's own!
  2. Wheat berries- The true meaning of 'whole grain'. These beauties have a chewy, nutty, earthy flavor that makes for a great salads such as my favorite Blueberry Wheatberry Arugula Salad!
  3. Nutritional Yeast- Looking for a cheesy flavor without the dairy? Nutritional yeast adds great flavor while providing vitamin B12 (great for vegetarians and vegans).
  4. Oats- My morning glory:) Every morning I start my day with a comforting bowl of oats topped with peanut butter, blueberries, and flax.
 

Summer is here!


We are more active and spend more time outdoors during the long, summer days. Our bodies are craving the light, fresh, hydrating, and energizing fruits and veggies of the season.  

Unfortunately, many of those lovely fruits and veggies in your market are contaminated with harmful pesticides. Conventionally grown produce can contain high levels of pesticide residues.

"One quarter of what you eat keeps you alive; the other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive."


Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. This especially goes for fruits and vegetables that don't have a protective skin on them. But unfortunately like everything else, organic comes at a certain price. However it's shown that it's more important to buy certain foods organically than it is others. The EWG has provided a super Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to help you shop for your fruits and veggies.  You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the “Dirty Dozen Plus” list and choosing produce from the “Clean Fifteen” list.
 

You are what you eat? You sure do feel what you eat.


TEN FOODS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD!

Take a bite out of happiness with these mood boosting foods!

Roller coasters can be fun, but not when they involve your emotions. The food you eat can directly influence your energy and mood.

The right food can be your best friend, giving you energy, and nourishing your body and mind. The wrong foods can leave you feeling miserable, moody, anxious, and agitated. 

Changing the foods in your diet can alter your metabolism and brain chemistry ultimately affecting your energy levels and mood.
 


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