Detox Month | Week 1 Review

IMG_1351 Whew, we made it a week! I figured being one week in, I’d write an update on how this week has gone without sugar, alcohol or caffeine. Overall I think it’s been fairly…dare I say it…easy. The first few days were rough with no caffeine, I was so close to a migraine on day 2 where even my vision was blurry that I broke and had a half a cup of watery, black coffee. That at least allowed me to get to sleep, but after that night it’s been fine. Alcohol has definitely been the easiest to give up, and while I am definitely looking forward to a big glass of wine (or champagne) at the end of this challenge, I don’t feel a big loss there. Coffee for me is just as much about ritual as taste I’ve discovered, and while I miss coffee for sure, a cup of hot tea or water with lemon in the mornings wakes me up pretty well now.

And lastly….sugar. Guys, did you know sugar is in almost EVERYTHING? I consider myself a very health conscious person, and don’t eat candy or drink soda, or consume those types of things where sugar is obvious. But it’s in everything else! Spaghetti sauce, mayo, canned soups, salad dressings…it’s everywhere. If nothing else, this cleanse is definitely opening my eyes to how we’ve snuck it into everything. And you think you know that from watching documentaries like Fed Up and such…but let me tell you, you really don’t realize the full extent until you read every label on every jar, can, and package. That said…I really don’t miss it. I’ve been playing around with a bunch of fun, sugar-free recipes this past week that I’ll be sharing in the weeks ahead. If you make nearly everything from scratch, you don’t have to worry about sugar sneaking in because you have full control.

Health wise, I feel great. I’ve noticed I have a much steadier supply of energy, I’m not dependent on sugar highs and lows. I really feel like my blood sugar has leveled out, and I don’t experience any sharp hunger pangs like I did before, which I suspect were really just my brain craving caffeine or sugar and communicating that through feeling hunger. And I eat less! My brain is able to better register when I’m actually full, and I can eat less of the more nutrient dense foods on which we’ve been relying.

So, overall I have to say I’m excited about these week one results, and can’t wait to see how the next three weeks go!

xo. Brie

Product Review: St. Ives Moisturizer

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So I usually don’t bother reviewing products because I usually go through them so fast or change because I can’t make up my mind if I like them. But this one has definitely been a winner, so I figured I’d share! St. Ives Facial Moisturizer, Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin, 10 Fl Oz” has made my face so soft and clear…I don’t even wear foundation anymore. And for me that’s a big deal, I’ve always had really sensitive skin and struggled with acne most of my life. But honestly since beginning a more regular regimen with this, my face feels great and my complexion is clear. And at only $5 a jar, it doesn’t break the bank either! Try it and let me know your thoughts.

xo. Brie

Detox Challenge: My Month of no Sugar, Caffeine, or Alcohol

IMG_1323 Being that we’re heading into February (as evidenced by Valentines day decorations popping up everywhere), it seems 2015 is well underway. This year, instead of making grand and probably unattainable resolutions, I’ve decided to break up the year into 12, one-month segments. Seems, well, obvious, but for me it breaks things down into manageable chunks. Each month, I want to add or subtract something for my health. Each month I want to go on one grand adventure. And of course, each month I want to chronicle all of it here.

February: No sugar, caffeine, or alcohol

Ah yes, the big three. Sugar is in everything, coffee is life, and wine makes me a happy girl. So why cut them out? I got the idea from a food blog I love, Feed Me Pheobe. She does a great job explaining how our livers need a break from the hard work we put them through breaking down these three things. So, in the interest of good health and happy livers, away they go for February. Adora has gracefully agreed to join me, and we’re bringing our husbands along for the journey. Misery loves company, right?

Kidding…kind of…

So stay tuned for how this turns out. And leave a comment if you want to join us!

Stay healthy,
xo. Brie

Juicing again, and it feels so good…

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I have an on-again, off-again relationship with juicing. don’t get me wrong, I love it. However, once I go through all my veggies, I forget to buy more, and juicing slips away again for a few months…only to be re-discovered time and time again!
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Lately, in the spirit of becoming more healthy and getting in shape for my upcoming half, I decided to start juicing again for breakfast. You’d think a glass of veggie/fruit juice would leave you hungry for more, but it’s surprisingly filling! All those nutrients I guess.
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When I can, I always try to get organic produce, but at the end of the day, juice is alwys better than no juice. So do what you can, but don’t stress out over only juicing organic. It’s all good man…enjoy that juice!

xo. Brie

Everything in the fridge juice
2 small apples
large kale leaf
large chard leaf
5 carrots
1/4 beet
small piece of ginger

Juice everything and pour into a large glass. Toss in a few ice cubes and enjoy!

Smoothies make the world go round

smoothie_psI love smoothies. I love to mix things most people would never put in smoothies into smoothies and let someone try it before gleefully shouting that they just drank kale or spinach or chia seeds or kefir. Yes, I’m a little bit evil. But I’m also concerned about everyone getting proper nutrition, so I think it’s a wash.

Here are a few of my favorite homemade smoothie recipies:

Kale & Fruit Smoothie
1 banana
1 handful fresh kale leaves (spinach is also fantastic, I use them interchangeably)
1 cup frozen fruit, such as pineapple, mango, peaches, or a mixture
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon Maca powder
1 squirt of raw, local honey
Almond milk (enough to cover about half the contents of the blender)

Chocolate & Spinach Smoothie
1 banana
1 handful fresh spinach leaves
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1 squirt raw, local honey
Chocolate milk (enough to cover half the contents in the blender)

Blend, enjoy, and be healthy!

xo, Brie