First of all, how are you doing on your challenge?Great I hope, keep at it, remember that small actions taken every day soon become your life.We are a multitude of habits, and the only way to change your life is by making habits that support the change you want to see part of your daily life.So, the great news now is that real progress is finally being made regarding women and the metabolic effects of food on them.If you did not know, 95%+ of medical studies done regarding metabolic effects of foods and exercise are on college age men. WHY? Because they are monetarily efficient.When you pay for a study, you want some results. College age men typically out perform all other sub groups of people.However this seems to be a time when doctors, researchers and companies are waking up to the fact that women over 35 do not respond like a college age man to their suggestions. In fact, much of what might work for the men might actually make things worse for older women!!I'm not going to say its exactly cohesive research, but progress is happening.One especially exciting development, even though it applies to both men and women, is that medical doctors are finally waking up to the metabolic effects of food and drinks.Forever we have heard that a "calorie is a calorie" and like I've been saying for years now, a calorie is definitely not a calorie. In fact, sometimes I wonder how you could get something MORE wrong?Still we cling to this notion of calories, as if our body is some sort of gas tank. It's not. I know, this may be painful for some of you to really acknowledge, its even painful for me sometimes still, but calories really don't matter all that much.As the renowned nephrologist Dr Jason Fung states "Here’s the bottom line truth. ‘Calories’ is NOT a physiologic concept, just as ‘weight of food’ is not a physiologic concept. Both are unit borrowed from physics. Longing for mathematical precision, obesity experts have severe ‘physics envy’, and try to shoehorn the useless physiologic concept of calories into a human biology that does not accept it."If you'd like to experience true next-level food nerd science than you can read his full article: "The Useless Concept of Calories."So what does this have to do with tea? Quite a bit actually, because two of the main obesity promoting components of food are inflammation and insulin resistance.Both are caused in part by what you eat, and tea can help fight and reverse both of them as well.There are many other aspects that need to be addressed when dealing with both of these topics, but remember that small habits over time will yield exponential results. Keep drinking your tea and tomorrow I will be back with more about how you can tame the inflammation and insulin resistance that is causing weight gain and so many other issues.JenniferPS: Want to fight inflammation quickly? Our Sea Glass Beach Anti-C tea helps and its on sale , its our most medicinal tea and only for those who can handle it! Now available in 7 day size as well.
We all need fast, refreshing treats, here's two versions of low sugar jello both infused with jasmine tea! Jasmine tea is especially floral and soothing- I love to cook with it.VEGAN:
2 cups water
3/4 frozen blackberries
1 Tbsp jasmine tea leaves
1/4 cup agave nectar or use liquid stevia to taste
1 pinch sea salt
3 Tbsp agar flakes
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup blackberries, cut in half lengthwaysMake it
Add frozen blackberries, water and tea leaves to a small pan and bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and discard tea and blackberries.Add liquid back to pan, add agave nectar or other sweetener along with sea salt and agar flakes; bring back to a simmer.Cook for five minutes until agar flakes has dissolved. Take off heat and stir in lemon juice.Pour mixture into desired container and garnish with blackberries.Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm, serve with homemade sugar free whipped cream.Paleo (Grass Fed Gelatin)
2 cups water
3/4 cup frozen blackberries
1 Tbsp jasmine tea leaves
1/3 cup agave nectar or liquid stevia to taste
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 pinch sea salt
4 teaspoons grass-fed gelatin powder
1/3 cup cold water
1/3 cup blackberries, cut in half lengthwiseMake It
Add water, frozen blackberries and tea leaves to a small pan and bring to a simmer. Turn off heat and allow mixture to steep for 5 minutes.Strain and discard the tea leaves and blackberries. Return liquid to pan and add lemon juice and sea salt.In separate container dissolve the gelatin powder in cold water, stirring for about 30 seconds or until mixture has thickened. Allow to sit for one minute.Dissolve the hot blackberry mixture into the activated gelatin by stirring for 30 seconds and pour into desired container.Garnish with cut blackberries and chill in refrigerator until firm. Serve with homemade sugar free whipped cream.Interested in getting tea the features Jasmine? Our Unicorn Magic Happiness tea contains delicious jasmine flowers and would be amazing in this recipe!
First of all, I believe in you.I know you can do ANYTHING. Whatever. The. Hell. You. Want.What about you?Are you sure? Have you committed to YOU?Unless you are ALL IN, part of you is still expecting to fail. So here, let's make a pact together to really commit to ourselves and what we want.What do you want? Why do you want it?Mostly we want things that we feel will make us "happy" which never really seem to pay off. Have you noticed that external things and even people, never really seem to pay off the way you want them to?Happiness is an inside job, happiness is knowing YOU ARE WORTH IT.Worth it? Okaaaaayyyy says my inner 12 year old, raised on Loreal commercials and sarcasm...But its true, you are worth the time it takes, the money it takes, the attention it takes, the absolute effing and real loyalty, honesty, blood, sweat and tears it takes, the soul baring moment when you say THIS IS NO LONGER ENOUGH, I WANT MY LIFE TO BE THE SHIT!Your happiness is worth all of it, BUT ONLY YOU CAN CLAIM IT.And I'm not just talking, its my truth, its what was at the end of my rainbow and it is the POT OF GOLD you've been looking for.See, I know what its like to struggle, to settle, to wonder.... am I good enough? And to LOOK AND LOOK AND LOOK for the answer... OUT THERE.The answer isn't out there.As you can tell, I'm PASSIONATE about this topic.I'm passionate about YOU finding YOUR BODY, LIFE, SOUL SUCCESS- Whatever that means to you!No more waiting, No more wondering, NO NO NO there isn't time for that now, YOU need you and WE need you!!Commit TODAY, NOW, THIS SECOND To yourself!!! To really letting your light, your happiness, your BRILLIANCE shine through to this world that is dying for more of it.Much love and health to you
Jennifer XOXOPS Take this seriously, I know one moment in time can be LIFE CHANGING!
Newport Skinny Tea is designed to help you with your food cravings, but sometimes cravings persist... generally when I dig deeper, its because someone is trying to drink NST and keep eating a really poor diet that does not support their body at all, which creates what I call an awful CRAVINGS CYCLE...
If you think that your food cravings are only a result of your emotions, urging you to eat foods that are not good for your health then you need to think again. Nutritionists suggest that there is a lot more to food cravings than just emotional urges. According to nutritionists your cravings can also be the result of fatigue and stress that tend to lower the blood sugar and nutrient levels in your body. Your body is crying out for NUTRIENTS to balance itself.
This, in turn, causes your hormones to go haywire and you end up eating foods that contain high amounts of sugar to try to feel better. While, these foods can satisfy your cravings at the time, your body won’t be getting the essential nutrients that boost energy levels and repair itself. And when your energy is zero, you just end up eating more junk food. However, there are ways you can tackle your junk food cravings and get out of the negative craving cycle you may be stuck in:
Nutritionists suggest that food cravings usually last for only fifteen minutes and if you can convince yourself to wait for these fifteen minutes, the craving is likely to pass away. You can distract yourself by going out for a walk, reading a book or doing some light exercises that might compel you to eat something healthy after. Worst distraction: TV, which may have commercials designed to entice you to eat more. Best distraction: journaling about what is bugging you!
Knowing the Trigger
Before you start eating unhealthy foods it is important understand factors that trigger your appetite in the first place. For example, if you feel like eating 2 bags of chips, gulping it down with 3 cans of coke after work then you might be under a lot of job stress. Poor consumption of water can also trigger your thirst for carbonated drinks. You may also be skipping meals, to tackle your triggers it is important to have your meals on time along with eating natural fruit sugar to calm your cravings. It is also important that you deal with your stress rather than suppressing it, deep breathing, meditation, exercise and our Sunset Beach Relaxing Tea can help get your stress levels under control.
Keep a track of when your food cravings hit you if you notice that these have become a regular occurrence with you. If you notice that these occur after dinner around 8 pm at night then probably you owe these to an emotional factor. Figure out why you have been under stress lately, it takes some honesty but in the end you will become free of your emotional stress eating. Ultimately, you need to put yourself first, making sure that you are getting what you need from the people around you to feel supported.
However, if these occur somewhere around 3 pm then it may be a sign that your body’s nutritional needs are not being fulfilled. Look into your diet and try to figure out what is lacking, are you consuming the right amount of protein? Are eating fruits and vegetables? It is important to find the right balance in your diet, remember the hormonal influence of each meal lasts a maximum of 5 hours, then you have another chance to get it right. Don’t waste one minute feeling bad about what you have eaten, this will only lead to more stress, just plan to get it right the next time.
Allow Yourself to Indulge Occasionally
Telling yourself that you will never eat another Dorito or Krispy Kreme as long as you live will probably backfire on you, if you truly love eating a particular junk food, the best way to keep it under control is to plan to eat it occasionally, which means once a week or less. If you know that you are completely helpless when certain foods are in the house, only buy it when you go out, and do not bring it into the house. At holiday celebrations, make sure you fill up on the healthiest options first, then let yourself have whatever treat you want. One meal is not going to ruin you so enjoy your family’s celebration, just don’t let the indulging become consistent for you.
Sincerest wishes that this helps you during the holiday season!
Breakfast: Bacon & Root Veggie Hash, 2 eggs any style or 3 ounces protein
Lunch: Leftover Asian Style Meatballs, cabbage & Bok choy slaw
Dinner: Shepard's Pie with green salad and dressing of choice
Snack: Grain Free Banola + milk, coconut Milk or Full fat yogurt
Drink your tea!!
Short PEM workout5 minutes easy warm upOne to Two Sets Maximum Reps ofPush-upsSquatsPull Ups or LungesAbdominal PlanksCool Down Stretch
If you're on this journey with me, I know one thing about you- You're a HERO, you've stepped up to go through this new journey, to achieve something spectacular, to solve your problem and help yourself.
Heroes aren't just in movies and books, heroes are anyone that dares to put themselves into a situation where they are in danger, they risk revealing their own vulnerabilities, injury, peril and possibly failure. They are the opposite of victims.
Do you see yourself as a hero?
Having been where you are, I feel safe in saying the answer may be NO.
But its time to change that, even though I may not exactly be done with my journey entirely, I've seen enough to know that we are definitely HEROES and we need to start treating ourselves like the special people we are.
Our journey is important, and has the potential to change the lives of everyone around us, for the better. Think of the way you impact others when you encourage them to be healthier, simply by asking someone to take a walk with you can be enough to change their health and their lives.
I know how easy it is to underestimate your influence, especially when it comes to food & health, I challenge you to simply be an example of good choices and good health. To be the brave person I know you are, I don't think you ever even need to talk about what you're doing differently, people will see the positive change you are making and the belief you have in yourself, and they will be inspired, so don't be surprised when people start asking you what you are doing differently!
If you need to, create an alter ego Hero persona, I talked about that last challenge here on the blog. Until it becomes comfortable for you to treat your choices and your life as heroic. Its only one tiny decision, that can make a huge difference.
Don't forget to double knot your cape ;)
Drink your tea Daily!If you are using the 21 day Newport Skinny Tea, you should be drinking your daytime tea 30-60 minutes before your breakfast and lunch! Try to limit coffee to one in the morning before your tea, as it can affect your blood sugar levels and cravings.If you are using additional teas, use them when you want to, make sure that you are not having too much caffeine during the day. If you feel shaky or wired, its too much. Remember, you can adjust the strength to suit your individual needs.I find it easiest to set the alarm on my phone for my daytime tea. Make sure you drink enough water as well.Mindset :Changing limiting beliefsThis is one of the MOST difficult psychological exercises to do honestly, very few people will take the time to honestly look at what state they are living in daily, if you do it you take the time you will have a key to changing your life.
Where do you live emotionally on a daily basis? In depression, guilt or sadness? Disappointment? Anger?First step: You must identify the emotional climate you live in now, what you have come to believe is acceptable for you.Second step: Identify what is the antidote to this emotional climate?If you live in fear, courage is the antidote. Right now you are living in an emotional pattern or trying to get to that place that emotionally feels like "home." Whatever you believe is the "right" way to act based on your experience with environmental forces, generally you use that to guide you on a daily basis.If you are not finding the quality of life you want in the emotional state you live in, you can learn to live in a state that will produce the results you want. It requires figuring out your emotions and really being honest with yourself.You need to find the antidote to your unwanted state, and then you need to practice your new chosen emotion until you shift into feeling like that desired state is your new normal state. This is the way you create new patterns, this is the way to changing your life.Emotion is created through motion, remember you are in control of your emotions and motions, the easiest way to change your emotion is to start changing your motions.
In other words, Just Do It. Do the physical thing to change your state. Give your time to a charity, go for a run, clean out your closet or call up that old friend and ask them to lunch.Review your list of goals multiple times daily! Now link the emotional state those goals require you to live in. This isn't easy work, but you can do it! When you identify the state you want to live in, you will see how your current state is holding you hostage!Diet
Breakfast: Leftover Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins, Steamed Spinach, Avocado
Lunch: Leftover Mini Mexi Meatloaf, basic cilantro Cauli-Rice (under the chicken recipe)
Dinner: Broiled Salmon with capers & olives, Mixed greens salad
Snack: Beef or Turkey Jerky and nut mix
Link to weekly diet menuLink to 1 page info sheetsFitness Challenge ScheduleTuesday: Moderate duration aerobic workout plan 20-60 minutes of 55-75% Max heart rate, for most people this is attainable by moderatly paced walkingJenniferXOXOPS: I will be offering some free goodies for reviews with pictures this challenge!