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Detox-

 

 

Over indulge on Thanksgiving? Feeling sluggish? Then get your #detox on! This two week program is perfect for anyone looking to trim down, eliminate excess waste, or to just get back on track. Why wait for 2015??? Get your #detox on now! Your body will thank you! Don’t my word for it, see what clients are saying on my testimonials page.

Sample day:

  • Rise and shine with warm lemon water and a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Breakfast, 7 am: 2 eggs, topped with pico de gallo, 1/4 avocado
  • Snack, 10:30 am: small handful of almonds, 4 celery stalks
  • Lunch, 1 pm: large green salad with mixed greens, beets, cucumber, 1/2 c. quinoa, shredded carrots, red onion, etc… (or whatever you wish to add)
  • Snack 4 pm: green juice
  • Dinner, 7:30 pm: shake and capsules- detox powder (Pea Protein, PaleoCleanse, see below), 1/4 c. blueberries, 1/2 c. strawberries, 1 handful spinach, 1 tbsp. flaxseeds and 1 c. liquid (water, hemp milk, almond milk)

What you get:

  • 28 high-quality, nutrient rich meal replacements
  • All the necessary professional supplements:
    • Non-GMO pea protein powder
    • Detox powder
    • Amino D-tox capsules
    • Protein digestive enzymes

Also includes:

    • 14 day meal plan
    • Delicious detox friendly recipes
    • Helpful handouts to make your experience effortless!

 

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ProBiophage Probiotics

  • Four types of phages (as the proprietary bacteriophage blend PrePhage™)

  • Five strains of probiotics

  • This product is formulated to support the proliferation of beneficial bacteria throughout the small and large intestines in order to promote healthy GI and immune function. This dairy-free formulation is featured in a delayed-release capsule to increase intact delivery to the small intestine by protecting these organisms from stomach acid.

  • Bacteriophages, or simply phages – whose name means to eat or devour in Greek – are benevolent viruses that exclusively infect bacteria. Phages are the most abundant naturally occurring organisms on earth and are relatively benign. We are surrounded by phages, as they can be found virtually everywhere, including in soil, food and drinking water. A single drop of seawater can hold millions of phages and the human body contains billions of them. They prey only on bacteria, never human cells, and bacteria have trouble becoming immune to them.

Email me for more information: lorin@lovetolivenutrition.com  😉

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

How to NOT Overeat this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

We have to mentally prepare ourselves for the holidays. Sometimes we prepare ourselves for the dinner conversations, “Now Lorin, why aren’t you married yet? It’s been 10 years, I just can’t believe it…” Other times we psych up for the amount of food that is consumed this time of year, specifically Thanksgiving Day. It may be a tradition to stuff your face like it’s nobody’s business but why? Do you take pleasure in feeling like a balloon about to explode? Do you enjoy feeling sluggish and paralyzed from your self-induced food coma? I sure don’t. Which is why I have some helpful tips to get you through this Thanksgiving dinner without feeling like a glutton.

Eat before

  • Don’t arrive famished. Have a well-balanced snack 1- 2 hours prior to arrival.
    • Snack options: half of a sandwich on sprouted whole wheat bread, greek yogurt with berries and 1 tbsp almonds, salad with protein, or a protein shake.

Avoid temptation

  • Steer clear from the hors d’oeuvres table. Why fill up before the main event? You don’t want to waste your appetite on silly finger foods. This is why you take a preemptive strike and have a snack before. Socialize instead.

Hydrate with some good ol’ H2O

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Often times we mistake thirst for hunger. And careful with the alcoholic beverages. Overindulging in booze can cause overindulgences elsewhere such as dessert, seconds or really anything within arm’s reach.

Plate well

  • Choose your food wisely. Take a minute to observe your options. Take it all in, admire the beautiful spread and then decide what you truly feel like. Take a little serving of each dish and enjoy every bite.
    • Start with salad.
    • Use a salad plate instead of dinner plate.
    • Fill your plate with ½ vegetables and ¼ starch and ¼ protein.
    • Use gravy and butter sparingly.
    • Avoid boxed stuffing.
    • Eat slowly- aim for 15 chews per bite.
    • Stop when you are 3/4 full, if possible! Actually save room for dessert instead of stuffing it in there.
    • Remember there are always leftovers…

Enjoy yourself

  • Participate in conversation.
  • Don’t totally deprive yourself of all things yummy.
  • Eat a piece of pumpkin pie but go easy on the whip cream.
  • Drink some wine or enjoy your cocktail of choice, just don’t have the entire bottle. Unless, you feel you absolutely can’t get through another, “Are you ever going to get married? You know you aren’t getting any younger!” comment from Aunt Marie. 😉

Most importantly… BE GRATEFUL! 

Life Happens

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I’m baaaack….

Yes, it is true. I have been MIA. These past two months have not only flown by, but they have been some of the craziest months I’ve endured in quite some time. For starters, my boyfriend and I found out we were living in a mold-infested home for the last year. After some deliberation and months of looking for a new home to no avail, my boyfriend and I decided to move to South America. Yep, we packed our belongings, shipped our dog, and moved to Colombia. Except for a couple of suitcases full of clothing and necessities, our lives are in storage.

And that’s not even the craziest part! Apparently, our landlord was aware of the mold when we moved in. How awful is that? Now it all makes sense, the headaches, sinus problems, dog’s allergies, bad energy… black mold. Crap! From the time we moved in there was a dark energy that was palpable. I haven’t been myself pretty much all year, my boyfriend developed some bad sinus issues and our dogs were literally allergic to the darn place. Although the house was charming, it was literally poisoning us.

During the last couple of months, all I could focus on was getting out of the tainted home. Mold is a serious matter. How could someone knowingly put another being (let alone four) in that living situation? I think that was what was eating at me more than the move itself. Needless to say, my work and personal life took a beating. I was so preoccupied with the situation at hand I omitted some areas of my life that are normally very important to me.

Finally, I can let go of the stress and tension I was holding on to and get back to what really matters. Do you know how hard it is to concentrate when your life is in boxes and you don’t have a place to live? Mentally, I was blocked. I was under an incredible amount of stress which is also debilitating. At last, I am where I need to be. I am open to new experiences. In fact, I am welcoming change. How often are you presented with an opportunity to move to another country or immerse yourself in a different culture? If it wasn’t for my awful landlord I would still be living in the small town of Corona del Mar instead of experiencing all of what Colombia has to offer.

It’s okay to get derailed every now and then. That’s just life. The key to moving forward is to embrace the situation at hand then let it go. Today is a new day, why hold on to yesterday’s baggage? As a famous fish likes to sing, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” Which is actually great advice if you think about it, thanks Nori 😉

“Changes are inevitable and not always controllable. What can be controlled is how you manage, react to and work through the change process.”
Kelly A. Morgan

 

Control

CaptainI am a huge fan of varying my workouts. I tend to get bored easily with the same old routine. I like to change it up and my muscles thank me because of it. Muscle memory is a real thing. When you continue with the same routine, you muscles stop changing and you stop seeing results. Isn’t the whole purpose of exercising to feel great, ward off disease and to look AMAZING? I sure think so 😉

After taking an eight-month hiatus from spin I decided to give it a go again. The workout itself is incredibly difficult. It isn’t like riding a bike, even though you are literally riding a bike. You can’t just pick up where you left off, you need to really work at it. Luckily, I have found some amazing instructors to help me do so. One thing my instructor said today that resonated with me was, “you are the captain of your own ship. You are in control.” That’s right, I am in control I thought. Although I was already well aware of this fact, it helps to hear it again from someone else. I think we get so caught up in our daily lives that it becomes difficult to look at things from a far. When shit happens, we can control what to do next. Yes, when life gives you lemons, make some bomb lemonade!

When you are having a tough day and feel like you have lost control when it comes to food, realize that you haven’t. Take a break, pause, and inhale deeply. Fill those lungs with all your stress and worry then release. Now start up right where you left off. I have bad days too. There is always monthly overindulgence of my favorite dark chocolate covered raisins. Or that stressful night where I have one glass of rose too many. But it is all good. I am only human. I like to live!! I also value my health so I get centered again. I control what I do next. As do you.

Just remember, you take your ship where you want to. If you want to eat like crap and feel like crap, you can. Or on the other hand, if you want to treat your body like the treasure it is, then eat well, and live well.

After Party Time, Comes Detox Time!!

Detox

Summer is a celebratory time of year. There really is no reason not to celebrate. The weather is beautiful, moods are naturally boosted due to higher levels of vitamin D and there always seems to be an event to look forward to. I know I did my share of celebrating this summer. Weekly BBQs, week long vacay in Tahoe for the 4th of July, bachelorette party in Cabo, engagement party in SF, weekend long celebrations in San Diego, fun filled days at the beach, and much much more. Needless to say, my body was begging me for a nice deep cleaning.

My body isn’t used to partying like I was. My liver was angry, my kidneys were overworked and my skin was in need of some care. Not to mention all the brain fog. I am still not thinking clearly! Alcohol really takes it’s toll. You may be thinking, “Lorin, aren’t you supposed to be holistic and clean?” Well my friends, life is about balance. On occasion I go overboard but 90% of the time my life days consist of veggies and serious circuit/HIIT training. Every now and then I enjoy drinking martini’s and dancing the night away! Hey, I’m only human.

Personally, I think this is a great time of year to detox. In Ayurveda, it is tradition to make adjustments as the seasons change. Our bodies tend to hold everything from the season before. If we do not clear our systems and detoxify then the accumulated environmental elements can cause imbalances as our environment around us changes. Enter detox-time!

What is this cleanse all about?

I am now on day 7 of my detox. Day 1 was of course the hardest. Now I am feeling energetic, cleaner, and lighter (not only physically but spiritually as well). This cleanse great because anyone can fit it in their schedule. You drink two shakes a day and have one “clean” meal. By “clean” I mean sans wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol and basically all processed foods. For only $149 =tax, you get 28 packets full of liver cleansing powder mixed with hypoallergenic pea protein (a full 18g per packet). The program combines this exceptional detox shake with capsule packets that deliver two important benefits:

  1. Digestive support to improve digestion and elimination during the program.
  2. Extra support for Phase II detoxification to reduce the accumulation of intermediate metabolites and thereby minimize the possibility of negative ‘detox’ side effects.

What’s even better is, you can actually exercise while detoxing. Depending on how severe your toxicity level is, you can maintain your normal exercise regimen. It varies for each person as well as each time you cleanse. For example, the first four days I had a headache, achy neck, and felt fatigued. The last time I cleansed I didn’t experience any of these symptoms. Exercise, water and sweating help alleviate detox symptoms. Even if it all you can manage is a short walk around the neighborhood, it’s important to break a sweat and be active for at least 20 minutes. The more you encourage the release of these toxic compounds the better you feel and the more results you will see! So what are you waiting for? Get your detox on!

 

Happy cleansing my friends… email me at lorin@lovetolivenutrition.com

Happy First Day of Fall

Perfect Fall Body

 

Don’t want to have the perfect autumn body? Get your detox on! Yes it’s nice to layer comfy sweaters, but wouldn’t you rather be covering up a hot bod instead of an a figure you’re not 100% stoked on??? Start your 14 day detox today! Why wait? It’s only $149 +tax, add your new favorite probiotics for only $30 more…a $12 savings! Email me for more information: lorin@lovetolivenutrition.com

Happy First Day of Fall! 

Maple Granola Recipe

Maple Granola I grew up baking with my mother for special occasions, holidays and some days for no reason at all. To give you an idea of how often we baked, about seven years ago I was invited to my boyfriend’s friend’s Christmas party. I would be meeting everyone for the first time (including parents) so naturally, I wanted to make a good impression. I brought beautifully decorated, freshly made sugar cookies packaged nicely in bakery boxes with holiday tissue (presentation is everything!). The funny thing is, they were convinced I bought them … not to toot my own horn but let’s just say they looked as great as they tasted 😉 Quite hysterical if you ask me! For my mother and I, baking was really about spending quality time together, talking, sharing stories and bonding. Heavenly desserts just happened to be a by-product. Thus, waves of nostalgia sweep over me each time I bake, taking me right back to my mom’s kitchen.

Unfortunately I can’t stick to the same recipes I grew up with. Now that I am aware of the health dangers granulated sugar, wheat and dairy, I look for alternative ways to bake. If I can’t find recipes, I create them! This is no easy task either. Baking sans white sugar, wheat and sometimes eggs can be a recipe for disaster. That is why my kitchen becomes a little test kitchen so I can actually see how well these new age recipes hold up before I decide to share them. This one I tweaked and made it scrumptious and nutritious.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 c. GF oats
  • 1 c. nuts or seeds of your choice (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pepitas…)
  • 1/2 c. flaxseeds
  • 2/3 c. coconut, shredded
  • 1/3 c. maple syrup, grade B
  • 1/3 c. sesame seed oil
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 2 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Whisk honey, maple syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and sea salt in a small bowl.
  4. Combine with dry ingredients. Spread evenly on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.

 

Detox Water

#detoxwater

I just returned from my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas and my body is in serious need of a deep cleansing. Whenever I travel I usually feel icky when I return, flying in germ filled airplanes and not cooking my own food always takes its toll. You can only imagine the extra burden my body endured from five days of bachelorette shenanigans! Since I have a four-day engagement party weekend coming up in two days, this really isn’t the best time to start a full-blown detox program. Therefore I decided that instead of waiting to do anything, I would fill my life with cleansing foods and turn up the intensity when I get home.

Life is about balance. Yes, I may have overindulged in Cabo but I wouldn’t change a thing if I could go back in time. It was marvelous and I enjoyed every second of it! As for the weekend ahead, I am not about to miss out on creating amazing memories with some of my best friends because of poor timing. Rather, I am looking forward to enjoying delicious Napa wine, incredible Indian food, and the company of my besties. Allowing myself to have fun and live will only make it easier to get back on track when I return. I didn’t name my business “Love to Live” for no reason! You have to enjoy yourself, besides, you only live once, #yolo 😉

To start the detoxing process I made some detox water. Follow the recipe below for some hydrating yumminess!

Ingredients:

  • 1 T grated ginger
  • 2 lemons: juice 1 and thinly slice the other
  • small handful of fresh mint, about 1/4 cup
  • 2 L filtered water

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pitcher with water. Mix and let all flavors blend in the refrigerator for about an hour before consuming.

 

Cherry Recovery Shake

 

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Talk about a power shake! This post workout lifesaver is full of body repairing nutrients that are bound to get you on your feet in no time. As you know, exercise should be a part of your normal routine. But did you know supplying your muscles with ample nutrients is just as important? Do you even know what nutrients your muscles need?

We need to take in several minerals, amino acids, and vitamins in order to repair, recover and grow muscle tissue. If you are lacking in this department then you will not see the growth you want. Whether your goal is to define, shred, or build muscle tissue; your muscles need the same nutrients just in different quantities and times. But let’s not get too complex. Below are some of the required nutrients needed for muscle health and the good news is you can find them in this shake:

  • Cacao is full of magnesium, which plays a number of roles in the body. It is required for more than 325 enzymatic reactions. Some include: fat synthesis, protein and nucleic acids, neurological activity, muscular contraction and relaxation, cardiac activity and bone metabolism. It is also necessary to make ATP, your body’s energy currency.
  • Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as minerals and antioxidants. Increased omega-3 concentrations in the blood are associated with decreased levels of pro-inflammatory markers.
  • Cherries are full of vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants. Researchers believe that tart cherries’ antioxidants protect against attacks by exercise-induced free radicals, which can lead to painful inflammation. The anthocyanins (antioxidants responsible for red, purple or blue pigments in fruit/veggies) activate a molecule that helps rev up fat burning and decrease fat storage.
  • Branched chained amino acids (BCAAs) are a group of three essential amino acids: l-leucine, l-valine, and l-isoleucine. An essential amino acid (there are nine of them) is any amino acid that can’t be manufactured by the body naturally, meaning that they have to come from protein intake. BCAAs are the only amino acids metabolized inside of the muscle itself (all of the others are metabolized in the liver), and make up about 35% of muscle tissue. They are necessary for the development and maintenance of muscle tissue.
  • L-glutamine is a non-essential amino acid, that we obtain through food and we also make it internally. However, sometimes we need to supplement with L-glutamine since it is so widely used in the body and we often deplete our stores. L-glutamine is needed for brain, digestive and immune health as well as removing waste products from the bloodstream. L-glutamine also plays a major role in helping your muscles repair themselves after stress as it brings nitrogen to your muscles to stimulate muscle repair. 
  • Oats help to replenish muscle glycogen, your muscles main energy source. During hard bouts of exercise our muscles deplete glycogen so it is critical to replenish the source for your next workout. Eating quickly digested carbohydrates spikes insulin and gets amino acids into your cells (which is what you want). Oats have fiber, minerals, and vitamins a nice super food!
  • Your muscles are primarily made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. During exercise, you tear down your muscles so that they can become bigger and stronger. This happens in a process called muscle protein synthesis. In order for protein synthesis to occur, you need protein.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. tart cherry juice, organicCherry Recovery Sake
  • ½ c. frozen dark cherries, organic
  • 1 T cacao
  • 1 scoop branched chained amino acids
  • 1 scoop glutamine or 5g
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • ¼ c. quick oats or oat bran, GF
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 sc. protein

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients except protein. Pulse in protein.
  2. Sip slowly and enjoy.
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