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Zoodle Salad

 

I love how easy this salad is to make. It is perfectly simple but still packs a flavorful bite.

Zoodle Salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed off
  • 1/2 medium avocado, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 c frozen peas
  • Small handful of cilantro, minced

 Dressing:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Use a spiralizer or a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade and cut the zucchini into thin spaghetti-like strands. Trim the strands into bite size lengths and place them in a large work bowl.
  2. Combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add to zucchini and toss.
  3. Add the remaining veggies to the bowl.
  4. Serve right away and enjoy!

Goji Berry Bliss

goji berry

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. of goji berries
  • 1/2 c. of yogurt
  • 1/4 c. of granola
  • 1 t. of maca root powder
  • 1/2 c. fresh berries

Directions:

  1. Stir above ingredients until all maca powder is absorbed. Fold in 1/2 cup of fresh fruit.

Lorin’s New You Strategy #4

Lorin’s New You Strategy #4

Body-Detox

Keep Your System Clean

There is no denying that we live in an ever-increasing toxic world. We are constantly exposed to toxins, chemicals, and carcinogens (cancer causing substances). Many of the toxins abundant in the environment today did not exist 30 years ago, including certain pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals that can enter our bodies through the food, water, and air supplies. Formerly nutritious foods have been denatured to the point that they have very little benefit, and air and water have become dangerously polluted. Personal care products are not regulated by the government and aren’t required to conduct health studies or pre-market testing of the chemicals even though everyone uses them.

What is even more staggering is exposure to the toxic substances begins before we are even born via the placenta. In a 2004 study lead by the Environmental Working Group in collaboration with Commonweal, on average 287 chemicals were found in umbilical cords of 10 babies in US hospitals. They found that of the 287 chemicals 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The combination of these carcinogens have never been tested.

Toxins can become trapped in our body’s organs and tissues, which over time can negatively impact health, reduce vitality and eventually contribute to the development of chronic diseases. Our body’s have the ability to detoxify on their own, however, as the toxicity of modern life increases, the needs to detoxify are also increased. Sadly, our body’s ability to detoxify hasn’t accelerated at the same pace and therefore gets backed up and we become toxic.

How do you know if you are toxic?

Do you identify with any of the following concerns:

  1. Lack of energy: fatigue, frequent afternoon slump, or always tired.
  2. Digestive issues: bloating, gas, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, IBS/IBD, or constipation.
  3. Weight fluctuations: easily gain weight, can’t loose weight even if you follow a healthy/clean diet and exercise,or can’t keep on weight.
  4. Mental clarity and mood: foggy mind, difficulty concentrating, or frequent mood swings.
  5. Immunity issue: seasonal allergies, colds and viruses every year, congestion, or mucus.
  6. Deeper health challenges: skin breakouts (redness, rashes), muscle pain and joint stiffness, bad breath and body odor)

If you have or experience any of the above symptoms, then it is time to give your body some TLC. Please read on to see what you can do.

11 Reasons to Detox

There are several reasons to detox. When done in a healthy, controlled environment following a reputable program, cleaning out the gunk can provide numerous health benefits. Here’s 11:

  1. Remove toxins, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and carcinogens from the body
  2. Prevent chronic disease
  3. Enhance immune system function
  4. Lose weight
  5. Slow premature aging
  6. Improve quality of life
  7. Increase energy
  8. Improve skin quality
  9. Mental and emotional clarity
  10. Restore balance to our body’s systems
  11. Enhance digestive system and improve nutrient assimilation

Keep Calm and Go Detox!

If you want to be healthy, you must live like a healthy person. This may seem like a logical statement but how many people do you know exude health? In order to enjoy health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit, it is critical to remove anything that could hinder this from our lifestyles. Okay, this may sound good in theory but if we were to try to rid our lives of all the sources of toxins it would be nearly impossible. So what do we do? My answer is simple: follow the good ol’ 80/20 rule and participate in a detox program 1-4 times a year to give your body the break it needs and a chance to repair and rejuvenate. Done and done.

When a new client comes to see me, a common recommendation is for them to try a 14 or 21 day detox program. The reasoning behind my recommendation is the fact that we several of the symptoms I see are caused by a toxin overload. As you saw above, fatigue, weight loss resistance, brain fog, allergies, digestive disturbances are all rooted in a toxic environment.

When I think of a “detox” several words come to mind. Some are positive and some are not. Sadly, the most popularized detoxes are associated with the words: hunger, liquid, juice, water, headaches, fatigue, and boredom. What if I told you detoxing doesn’t have to have a negative connotation? I happen to know of a fabulous program that is 14 or 21 days depending on your needs. My clients have associated the following words with the program: easy, fun, tasty, energizing, freeing, healthy, and thinning. For more information please click here.

keep calm and go detox

 

If you aren’t ready to dive head first into a detox (although I highly recommend it) you can start with the following:

START HERE:

  • Consume naturally detoxifying, liver-boosting foods and drinks. Ginger, lemon, leafy greens, cayenne pepper, dandelion tea, parsley, cilantro, and milk thistle are all great for this purpose.

    Get a proper amount of water in your system (1/2 your body weight in ounces of water, or more!); this will assist in flushing toxins out of your body. The solution to pollution is dilution!

  • Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Exercise gets the circulation moving, helping to move toxins along, plus it primes your body and overall health.
  • Consume probiotics every day. You can find probiotics in foods like kombucha, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, tempeh, and kimchi. I also recommend my clients take a high quality probiotic, you can read more here.
  • Brush and scrape. Start dry brushing your body with a specific body brushing brush to get rid of dead skin cells that hold toxins. Our skin is the largest detoxifying organ so take care of it. Also start scrapping your tongue to help with immunity, digestive health and get rid of bad breath.
  • Start deep breathing to rid the toxins from your lungs.
    • Try it: Sit with your feet on the floor, hands resting on your legs and eyes closed. Breathe in through your nose for four counts, hold for four then exhale through your mouth for eight counts.
  • Consume whole, organic foods.
  • Keep your colon clean through colon hydrotherapy. You can increase immunity, bowel movements, nutrient assimilation, increase energy and kick start weight loss with colon hydrotherapy.

AVOID:

  • Medicines such as hormones, acid blockers and antibiotics
  • Polluted environments: air, water, strong chemicals and fumes, etc.
  • Artificial chemicals: colorings, flavorings and preservatives
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Stop buying Processed foods
  • Non-organic meats
  • Cigarettes
  • All purpose cleaners
  • Chemical-laden skin care products. Use EWG- Skin Deep as a resource.

 

References:

Smith-Spangler, C., et al. 2012. Are organic foods safer or healthier than conventional alternatives? A systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine, 157 (5), 348–66.

Environmental Working Group analysis of tests of 10 umbilical cord blood samples conducted by AXYS Analytical Services (Sydney, BC) and Flett Research Ltd. (Winnipeg, MB).

Skin Deep: The essential guide to what’s in the toiletries and cosmetics you use (Pat Thomas)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23140444

Lorin’s New You Strategy #3

Lorin’s New You Strategy #3

Intermittent Fasting

Incorporate Intermittent Fasting

Okay, it may seem strange that a nutritionist is recommending you stay away from food, but trust me, it’s for your own good! Fasting, as it turns out, is associated with a number of health benefits that most people strive for such as: improved cardiovascular health, reduced cancer risk, improved hormone response and longevity.

In general we are an overfed, undernourished nation. Part the problem is the fact that we have constant access to whatever our little hearts desire at any given point of the day. When we are constantly eating, our bodies forgo much of their natural processes like repair, rejuvenation, and detoxification.

Now I am not advocating you stop your five to six small meals a day, or whatever it is that works best for you. However, it can’t hurt to give fasting a try if you are looking for increased health benefits or want to change your body composition. Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term that covers a wide array of fasting schedules. Generally, it involves cutting calories either a couple of days a week, every other day, or daily.

I know the last thing you need is another fad diet to keep track of. But don’t think of intermittent fasting as a diet but rather think of it as a lifestyle change. We are essentially mimicking the way our ancestors ate with this schedule. They didn’t have food readily available 24/7. Instead, they would eat for some days then fast until they were able to eat again.

Research

Research shows intermittent fasting produces several biochemical benefits. We are in total control of our health and by altering how much and how often we eat, we can dramatically alter how our body operates. How cool is that?

Science has confirmed there are many good reasons for fasting, including:

1. Positive effects on the hormones insulin, leptin, and as well as insulin sensitivity

  • Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to use fat as its primary fuel. When your body becomes adapted to burning fat instead of sugar, you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease.

2. Normalizing ghrelin levels

  • Ghrelin increases hunger.

3. Promoting human growth hormone (HGH) production

  • Fasting can raise HGH by as much as 1,300 percent in women, and 2,000 percent in men. HGH plays an important role in health, fitness, and slowing the aging process. It is also a fat-burning hormone, which helps explain why fasting is so effective for weight loss.

4. Lowering triglyceride levels and improving other biomarkers of disease

  • Interestingly, one recent study that included more than 200 individuals, found that fasting increased the participants’ low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL, the “good” cholesterol) by 14 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

5. Reducing oxidative stress

  • Fasting decreases the accumulation of oxidative radicals in the cell, and thereby prevents oxidative damage to cellular proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids associated with aging and disease.

6. Prevention of dementia

  • Ketones are released as a byproduct of burning fat, and ketones (not glucose) are actually the preferred fuel for your brain.
  • Also, intermittent fasting boosts production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neural health and protects brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Research by Dr. Mark Mattson, a senior investigator for the National Institute on Aging, suggests that alternate-day fasting, can boost BDNF by anywhere from 50 to 400 percent, depending on the brain region.

7. Increases lifespan

  • Studies have also shown that decreasing calorie consumption by 30 to 40 percent (regardless of how it’s done) can extend life span by a third or more.

 Give it a GO!!

Okay so know you know why you should do it, but do you know how?

I came across www.jamesclear.com who has personally seen several health benefits from intermittent fasting as thus, has created a fabulous beginners guide on the subject. He also compiled some graphs based on three different schedules that are easy to use (see below).

Honestly, which one you choose is up to you. What works best with your schedule? What time of day can you afford to skip a meal? What is your favorite time to eat? Experiment to find what works best. And rememberconsult with your doctor first.

Let me know what works best for you. I’d love to hear about your experience! lorin@lovetolivenutrition.com.

 

Alternate Day Intermittent Fasting

 

Alternate Day Intermittent Fasting

Weekly Intermittent Fasting

 

Weekly Intermittent Fasting

Daily Intermittent Fasting 

 

Daily Intermittent Fasting

 

Make Sure You Are Fit to Fast

Avoid fasting if you meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Hypoglycemic or diabetic
  2. Living with chronic stress or have adrenal fatigue
  3. Cortisol dysregulation
  4. Pregnant or nursing mothers
  5. Struggle with or have struggled with an eating disorder

 

 

Resources:

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. January 2005: 81(1); 69-73

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. November 2009: 90(5); 1138-1143

http://www.ncrponline.org/Press_Rel/Rept_160_Press_Release.pdfInternational Journal of Obesity May 2011: 35, 714-727

International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. December 2008;18(6):617-27

Eurekalert, Study finds routine periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart, April 3, 2011.

http://jamesclear.com/the-beginners-guide-to-intermittent-fasting

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-intermittent-fasting-might-help-you-live-longer-healthier-life/?page=3

Get Your #Detox On!

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  😉

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

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.

 

Homemade Chocolate Energy Bars

Homemade Chocolate Energy BarsWho doesn’t like chocolate? If you know someone who doesn’t they probably don’t like puppies either which means you should probably stay away from them! 😉 Hahahaha, just kidding. But seriously, if you like chocolate these bars are for you. I came up with this scrumptious recipe because several clients were asking for a gluten free/dairy free bar. It can be difficult deciphering the ingredients of some of the bars on the market. Invertase, ferric orthophosphate, erythritol, disodium phosphate anyone? So why not avoid highly processed bars all together and make your own? I can be a control freak especially when it comes to what I put in my body and these bars only contain 12 ingredients, all of which I can pronounce.

 

Chocolate Energy Bars are a fantastic pre or post workout snack. The ratio of carbs to protein is perfect for muscle building and quick energy. If you don’t feel like exercising that day, grab one for an afternoon snack or a healthy dessert. Really you can eat them anytime! I suggest refigerating them in an air tight container. They also freeze really well so you can enjoy them at a later time.

IngredientsEnergy Bars

  • 1 can adzuki beans
  • 1/4 c. flaxseeds soaked in 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. coconut nectar
  • 1/4 c. chopped dates
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. sea salt
  • 1.5 c. gluten free oats
  • 1 c. pea protein
  • 1/4 c. cacao powder
  • 1/2 c. walnut
  • 1/2 c. coconut shredded

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine beans, binder, sweetener, soft fruit, extract, spice, and salt until smooth.
  2. Add the oats and dry base ingredients and pulse just to combine.
  3. Add stir-ins and pulse again just to combine.  If the consistency seems spreadable, you’re good.  If it’s too dry, add 1/4 cup of water; if it’s too runny, add an additional 1/4 cup of the dry base ingredient.
  4. Grease 13×9 pan with baking spray or rub with 1 tablespoon oil, then spread mixture into pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Nutrition Facts Calories: 142 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 126mg Total Carbohydrates: 20g Sugar: 2g Fiber: 6g Protein: 6g

Colon Cleansing Juice

Experiencing gastrointestinal distress? If so, try this juice to help alleviate symptoms like constipation, bloating and gas.

Colon Cleansing Juice

Ingredients ****All organic****

  • 1 bunch carrots
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 peeled lemon
  • 1 inch of ginger root

Directions:

  1. Toss your ingredients in your juicer in the order listed.
  2. Juice and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 184

Fat: 1.3 g

Carbs: 59 g

Protein: 4 g

 

Photo credit: Plant Powered Living

Detox Time!

In need of a change? Try starting a detox to help jumpstart your routine. I am a huge fan of the Designs for Health Paleo Detox. They offer a 14 day, 21 day, and drum roll please…. 28 day detoxification program. For those of you just looking to get back on track the 14 day is right up your alley.

The 14 day detox changed my life! The positive eating habits required to complete the program stayed with me. I feel great and can’t wait to detox again. – 14 day client, Sausalito

detox shakes

This detox program will help with digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, and often provides allergic relief. Another bonus is it’s easily worked in to your regular routine. Each day consists of two meal replacement shakes, one regular meal, and snacks. Foods that are allowed include: lean protein, unlimited vegetables, fresh fruit, legumes, and gluten free grains. Foods that are eliminated include, but are not limited to: alcohol, gluten, caffeine, dairy, and processed foods.

I lost 8 lbs and have never felt better! – 14 day client, San Francisco

Why wait? Order your kit today! It will ship directly to your doorstep for only $145+shipping and tax. Call Lorin @ (949)338-2201 or send an email to lorin@lovetolivenutrition.com.

This 2-week Program Includes:

  • 28 high-quality, nutrient rich meal replacements (a total SAVINGS of $224.00 in meal costs during the detox (using a value of $8.00/meal))
  • All the necessary professional supplements:
    • PurePea protein powder
    • PaleoCleanse powder
    • Amino D-tox capsule
    • Plant Enzyme Digestive Formula capsules
  • Shaker bottle
  • Reusable tote bag

 

 

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