Saturday, December 3, 2011

Protein Shake

My friend Kimberly shared the way she starts her day by "kicking it off" and "sipping it up" with good fuel for her body. Smart Girl! Thanks for sharing Kimberly!

Kimberly says...
I use about 8 oz of almond milk, one scoop of high protein whey powder, one scoop of super greens powder, about a quarter cup of Alaskan blueberries and a tablespoon of chia seeds. Sometimes I add almond butter or switch out the fruit. For a change of pace I use banana and scoop of Dandy Blend herbal coffee substitute and a spoonful of cocoa for a kind of mocha flavored smoothie along with the almond milk, whey, green pwd etc. I don't even need to add sweetener most times but I use raw agave when I do.

Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Coffee Substitute
Dandy Blend, a healthy herbal coffee substitute, similar to Postum coffee substitute... Gluten Free

Friday, December 2, 2011

Adrenal Fatique - Does it really exist?

Does Adrenal Fatigue really exist? My answer to that question is, “yes and no.”
Here’s why…
When I was in the very throws of not feeling well, every key hormone in my body was somewhat compromised and any compromise in one-hormone leads to compromises in other hormones. Our body is machine of sorts made up of a “perfectly combined chemistry” to ensure that we function properly. What’s the best FUEL for our body? Well, I am sure that it will come as no surprise to every SMART GIRL that reads this, so here it is…


Here are some things you can do to help get your ADRENALS back in shape and functioning in a way that helps BALANCE the rest of your HORMONES.
Sleep – enough of it, 7- 9 hours every night.
Exercise – this is good for encouraging good hormone production and great for stress relief.
Water – drinking half your body weight in ounces of water to help move toxins out of the body and keep you hydrated. We can live without food longer than we can live without water. Drink good “pure” water free of harmful chemicals that are found in our tap water, the solution; invest in a water filter, (you can find them at Target, Walmart or online), water machine or have a whole house filtration system installed to cover all your body’s water needs.
Eating small and frequent meals - consisting of proteins, organic veggies and fruits. Cutting out all processed foods, sugars and bad carbs that convert into sugars. It is KEY to keep our BLOOD SUGAR levels stable, this helps BALANCE the body, our moods and creates a basis for an overall well –being in a SMART GIRL’S world.
Cut out or cut back on all SUGARS and CAFFEINE. Sorry Starbuck Lovers, including me, I miss my lattes, and I miss drinking Dr. Pepper’s and eating Snicker bars, but I like feeling better and having more sustainable energy to get me through the day without this kind of ENTERTAINMENT for my mouth that compromises my body.
This is a good place to start. If I went into more detail than this right now, I know I would lose you and I don’t want to do that and change happens slowly. The only way to “Eat any Elephant” is one bite at a time and CHEW SLOWLY to ensure proper digestion. Our hormones, including our Adrenals didn’t become “unbalanced” overnight and that will not become rebalanced in a day, and it is KEY to remember; one-hormone imbalance leads to a DOMINO EFFECT.

I tell myself daily, “Take it one step at a time and if I “MESS UP” no need to “BEAT MYSELF UP.” Just pick myself up, dust myself off and get myself back into a rhythm of doing the best I can.”
That’s what any SMART GIRL would do, right?