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Healthy Food of the Day – Coconut Oil

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At 240 calories per ounce, organic coconut oil is still considered one of the most healthy types of oil to be used in cooking as well as other holistic remedies. Coconut oil is great for the hair and skin and is a great replacement for dairy products in cooking and baking. While coconut oil is high in fat, it’s not necessarily a “bad fat.” It is also high in Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Iron. Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and anti fungal properties to help fight and prevent infection.

According to Organic Facts.net, It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.  Fortunately, coconut oil can also help with weight loss by increasing the body’s metabolic rate.

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Interested in cooking with coconut oil? Check out this blog about the uses of coconut oil at the Whole Foods Market website.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Sources for this article: Self.com Organic Facts.net

Dairy Free · Gluten Free · Healthy · Vegan

#IheartMatcha

I recently discovered matcha tea and I am in love. Lately, I have been consuming way too much coffee. Life has gotten crazy. I was doing a shoot in downtown Raleigh last month and stopped in at my favorite spot, Raleigh Raw. I decided to get a Matcha Tea Latte just to give myself a little boost. It was just what I needed. I ordered a matcha tea latte with almond mylk, organic maple syrup, cacao nibs, and mint. It tasted like a marvelous mint chocolate chip latte. matcha-green-tea-latte12-660x440

Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for the best latte. Sadly, it’s not offered at many spots here in Raleigh. I decided to pay Whole Foods a visit and found a great brand.


What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha powdered green tea is:
a mood-enhancing, antioxidant powerhouse a natural weight loss aid, pH balancer and detox agent a sugar-free coffee alternative without the jitters

It is a great source of balanced caffeine.

It contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind.

It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll.

What positive experiences have you had with Matcha Tea? x

Source: Matchasource.com  

#lifestyle · Inspiration · Random

Worry.

Worry can really put a damper on things. But we all struggle with it.

If you have an analytical personality, then you know exactly what I mean.

Sometimes, I wish I could go back to the exact moment in time that caused me to be such an over-thinker. Instead I manage it by keeping myself busy. Crossfit, fitness, cooking, art projects and helping others. Nothing makes me happier than to make another person smile. It doesn’t have to be debilitating!

I recently purchased this book in hopes to learn new tricks to keep my over-thinking mind in check. I feel that it’s important to always seek out ways to improve yourself. 

Has anyone read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Do you struggle with anxiety? How do you deal with it? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences 🙂

Have a beautiful day x

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up

#lifestyle · Dairy Free · Fitness · Gluten Free · Healthy · Holiday · Paleo · Recipes

Memorial Day Weekend, goodness

A little late on this post but better late than never….

Who doesn’t LOVE to grill out in the summer?

Prepared by yours truly – an amazing Hawaiian Kabob with chicken and a grape/avocado arugula salad. Recipe found on Pinterest – Cooking Classy

I made a few adjustments on the recipe. For the marinade, I used gluten free soy sauce, minced garlic, honey and olive oil. In the salad, we used balsamic vinegar and olive oil, Himalayan salt, and ground black pepper. The salad has arugula, grapes, avocado, purple onion and walnuts. I also got some goat cheese for the guys. It was absolutely delicious.

 

Enjoy x if you prepare it, let me know how it turns out!

#work · Fitness · Healthy

Do you have a desk job?

Let’s be honest, we all have a tendency to be a little lazy. What makes matters worse is that the majority of working professionals sit at a desk – all day. It’s a problem.

I love my job, but unfortunately it involves long hours at my desk. I’ve recently started having issues with my piriformis muscle. There are many reasons behind it, but ultimately it’s the combination of working out hard in the evenings and returning to my desk for about 9 hours the next day. According to the Yoga Journal , The piriformis is primarily an external rotator, one of a number of small, deep muscles that rotate the leg outward at the hip. It’s notorious for causing sciatic pain. If I don’t properly stretch and/or warm up before a workout, the pain is excruciating. I did some research on stretches to do at work and I thought I would share my findings!

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Web MD Article – Stretching Exercises at Your Desk

Shrug your shoulders — to release the neck and shoulders

  • Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them high up to your ears. Hold. Release and drop. Repeat three times.
  • Shake your head slowly, yes and no. You might as well amuse yourself while you do it to relax even further. Ask yourself silly questions: “Is your boss an idiot?” Move your head up and down, “Yes, yes, yes.” Side to side: “No. No. No.” (Shedding tension is as much mental as physical.)
  1. Loosen the hands with air circles
    • Clench both fists, stretching both hands out in front of you.
    • Make circles in the air, first in one direction, to the count of ten.
    • Then reverse the circles.
    • Shake out the hands.
  2. Point your fingers — good for hands, wrist, and forearms
    • Stretch your left hand out in front of you, pointing fingers toward the floor. Use your right hand to increase the stretch, pushing your fingers down and toward the body. Be gentle.
    • Do the same with the other hand.
    • Now stretch your left hand out straight in front, wrist bent, with fingers pointing skyward. Use your right hand to increase the stretch, pulling the fingers back toward your body.
    • Do the same on the other side.
  3. Release the upper body with a torso twist
    • Inhale and as you exhale, turn to the right and grab the back of your chair with your right hand, and grab the arm of the chair with your left.
    • With eyes level, use your grasp on the chair to help twist your torso around as far to the back of the room as possible. Hold the twist and let your eyes continue the stretch — see how far around the room you can peer.
    • Slowly come back to facing forward.
    • Repeat on the other side.
  4. Do leg extensions — work the abs and legs
    • Grab the seat of your chair to brace yourself and extend your legs straight out in front of you so they are parallel to the floor.
    • Flex and point your toes five times. Release.
    • Repeat.

Stretching at work will help keep the blood flowing and can also help with fatigue. Another thing to remember is to KEEP IT MOVING. Find any excuse to get out of your chair. Whether it is standing or walking – it is very important to change up your daily routine and keep the sedentary behavior to a minimum.

Have a great day everyone

x

#lifestyle · Gluten Free · Healthy · Juicing · Vegan

Newest Addiction…

Do you ever visit Raleigh? Or do you live in Raleigh? 

If so, you have to check out Raleigh Raw. Here’s just a few things they have to offer. The drink I’m holding [in the top photo] is Kombucha tea infused with coffee beans. They also have smoothies, juices, and organic coffee. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this place in Raleigh. There needs to be more of these! 

Raleigh Raw – check it out. #fuelthehustle #healthyliving #raleighraw

 

#dessert · Dairy Free · Gluten Free · Healthy · Random · Recipes · Vegan

Strawberry Mousse

So this post is coming a little late, but I just have to share. My boyfriend and I did a Ruck Run last month with NC State ROTC. After completing it in about 45 minutes, we went over to the Farmer’s Market. The weather was perfect. As you know, strawberries are in season and we bought a huge bucket. My goal this year [and hopefully forever] has been to eat as close to paleo as possible. With all the food allergies I have, it just makes sense. I immediately got on Pinterest to find a way to use these strawberries. Here’s what I found:

PALEO STRAWBERRY MOUSSE by Rubiesandradishes.com

1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled 10-12 large strawberries (enough to make between 1½–2 cups strawberry puree)
2-3 Tbsp. honey (to taste)
1 Tbsp. gelatin

  1. Chill the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator before beginning. This will help separate the layer of coconut cream from the liquid layer below.
  2. Scoop out only the solid coconut cream layer from the top of the can, and place into a chilled mixer bowl. (Keep the bowl of coconut cream cold in the fridge while working on the following steps.)
  3. Pour the remaining liquid from the can into a saucepan with the gelatin, and stir them together while heating over low to medium heat until the gelatin has dissolved. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the honey to the warm gelatin mixture and stir until it is well incorporated.
  5. Clean and cut the strawberries into small pieces and add them to a blender along with the warm gelatin mixture. Blend until smooth. The chilled strawberries should help cool the gelatin mixture, but if it is still warm, allow it to cool.
  6. Whip the coconut cream into a whipped cream using a chilled beater.
  7. Fold the strawberry mixture into the coconut whipped cream, and immediately pour the mixture into serving dishes.
  8. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

 

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I made a version for me (gluten-free) and a version for the guys. It turned out AMAZING.

Give it a try, enjoy and let me know what you think x