There's more than one kind of stiff drink, and you won't learn about this one from your local bartender. We like to pack our drinks full of dark, leafy green vegetables like kale, swiss chard, beet leaves and watercress. Those stiff greens turn into a smooth, delicious drink in the blender!
Healthy Stiff Drink Recipe
Chop and Blend (use water or almond milk to desired thickness):
Drink right away! The nutrients are at their peak immediately upon blending.
Drink up and enjoy!
We're excited about this year and a renewed focus on the 5 Key Elements!
This stiff drink is a fun reminder that any foods or habits that have been a part of your life can be replaced with something healthy, energy-boosting, and weight-busting!
Let us know in the comments what you're replacing this year! We want to support you in these changes! Woot!
Tell us what your favorite green drink is
Eating is one of those activities that keep us in a routine. Part of discovering your optimal wellness is observing the highs and lows of your day and week, and making positive changes to the pattern.
Let's take a look at the first meal of the day. This one has to be quick and convenient, or else it just won't happen.
I recommend making a big batch of the Hot Breakfast Cereal--enough for the work week. Freeze in single servings and warm it up while you're getting ready for the day!
-1/2 Cup of your favorite grain, cooked (millet, quinoa, brown rice)
-1 scoop of Protein Powder
-1 Tablespoon of your favorite nut
-1/4 Cup of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries or sour apples
Heat with 1/2 Cup unsweetened rice milk. Top with nuts and fruit!
With such versatile toppings, this breakfast can be different every day, and is sure to please the whole family.
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It's summer time and that means a change in activities and weather, and a change in appetite! A trip to the beach, a hike and even the commute to work in the sweltering sun can make your body ask for different foods.
Summer Eating Hacks to Discover Optimal Wellness:
WATER: Pick up several BPA and Phthalate-free, glass or stainless steel water bottles. Fill with water and put in the fridge. When you're on your way out the door, you'll have nice, cold water ready! Going to the beach? Throw in a handful of ice cubes to ensure the water stays fresh.
FAUXITO: Find the recipe for this healthy take on a mojito in Susan's Recipes!
SHAKES: Summer is probably the easiest time to get into the habit of eating soy-free vegan Protein Shakes. Liquified meals go down so nice on a hot, sunny day! Experiment with freezing your favorite shake into a popsicle or ice cream substitute. Our favorite: Creamsicle
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KEBABS: No need to feel left out at the neighborhood BBQ. Skewer shrimp and vegetables for a healthy alternative to hot dogs and burgers.
SLICE AND DICE: Children and adults alike are opportunistic eaters. We eat what's readily available. Make your vegetables easy to get to by slicing and dicing as soon as you return from the grocery store. Try Susan's Dressings and Dips to make those veggies a fun treat! Going on a picnic? Our vegan dressings will last longer in the sun than what you'd typically find at the store.
MEALS: We have a tendency to have a snacking mentality when we're trying to lose weight, or when we're mixing food with activities. Try something different this summer; try MEALS instead of SNACKS! Instead of eating a handful of veggies, go for our vegan gluten-free Fajita or Thai Quinoa burgers. Get satisfied so you can get back to enjoying your summer!
Want the step-by-step recipes for a tasty summer menu? Join one of our upcoming programs and Discover Optimal Wellness this summer!
You get home from the grocery store, all excited with your new found items from the produce aisle. You start putting things in the refrigerator and OH NO! this thing wasn't made for my diet! The shelves are misplaced, the drawers are too tiny. Oh, refrigerator, methinks you were designed for the Average American diet, with your soda can dispenser and baby vegetable drawer.
You probably have two drawers at the bottom of your refrigerator. One is low humidity, for fruit, and the other is higher humidity, for vegetables. These drawers were designed to promote or limit ripening.
If you're Discovering your Optimal Wellness, you'll find it impossible to cram all your scrumptious whole nutrients into these drawers.
Here are some strategies for making your refrigerator a supportive tool in your wellness:
We are excited to assist in this journey! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you are overwhelmed or frustrated with the list-making, grocery-shopping, food-finding or fridge-filling! We are here to help!
The days are counting down to Christmas, but for many of us that means the pounds are counting up! Oh no! The holidays are difficult for even the most strong-willed, health-conscious bodybuilder, much less for the every day person!
At Discover Optimal Wellness we have compiled a list of gifts that you could put under your tree this year, for yourself and for your family and friends, that will give you a head start on those New Year's Resolutions.
We want to give a special congratulations to everyone going through the program right now! You are a superstar! This experience will make the rest of the year a piece of...apple!
Before you read further, really think about the people you're gifting this season. What kinds of health goals have they confided about with you? We never want to force our friends or family into a lifestyle they're not ready for, and we don't want to be accused of calling anyone overweight or unhealthy!
Ok, now you're ready. Look at the list and think about what would your gift recipients LOVE, rather than what you think they really need! We are all moving toward wellness at our own pace! Also, note that many of these gifts are intended for children and teenagers (but please feel free to be young at heart!).
Great Gifts that will help you and yours Discover Optimal Wellness:
We are also happy to put together a gift package for your friend or family member that includes recipes and coaching and much more! Please contact us for more information.
This holiday season is bound to be filled with family, fun and oh yes--temptations! There is nothing more challenging than eating well when tradition and family have something else on the menu. Whether you're in the middle of a Discover Optimal Wellness program, or just looking to get started, these tips will help with your holiday well-being.
Share your recipe finds, tradition ideas, and ingredients of life you're thankful for below! :)
It's time to load up on candy so you can hand out lots and lots of sugar to all the neighborhood kids!
Halloween is one of few holidays that centers around celebrating with complete strangers. This is a great time to show your neighbors that you value health--and you value their health, too!
What can you do to help your neighborhood Discover Optimal Wellness?
Hand out fun toys and prizes instead of candy or food.
After going from house to house and getting one piece of candy after another, your house will be the highlight of the evening. Trust us, kids are not as crazy over candy as we are led to believe. They will be more excited about any of the following:
But this is an age-old tradition. I don't want to be the bummer on the block.
Consider that more and more children are suffering from Diabetes and are allergic to Halloween treats and cannot participate in the fun tradition of trick or treating. You can offer these kids a reason to be excited on this holiday.
Maybe I should just turn off my lights and watch a movie.
Health and wellness is not just for you; it's for our whole community. It takes each one of us to do things a little differently in order to experience a shift in perception, and an improvement in our health. Take the next few weeks to brainstorm, purchase or create fun candy alternatives. Include your children in this process; show them how much you value being healthy, and how fun it can be!
What about my kids? Should I keep them home that night?
Being healthy is FUN. We don't recommend that you let your children associate being healthy with missing out on the excitement. Here's one idea for turning the traditional fun into your own healthy version:
As your kids are putting their capes and crowns on, let them know that the Halloween Monster is in town and is really HUNGRY for sugar. He is willing to make a trade. He has toys for candy. He will offer one toy for every 10 pieces of candy (adjust the numbers according to your neighborhood!). When your kids return have them count out their candy, and then let the wheeling and dealing begin! Put the toys into a bag and let your kids reach in the bag (without looking) to claim their winnings. This will build the excitement and anticipation and make the toys seem much more special than the candy.
Have ideas you would like to share? Please comment below! We would love to hear your ideas!
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We've run into our fair share of Calorie and Carb Counters, and hey--we've probably been there once ourselves. Many diets are focused on carbohydrate and calorie counting to the point of requiring a calculator alongside your fork, knife and spoon. It's easy to get into these diets at first, because that mental requirement certainly gives us a feeling of control and a sense of accomplishment. While the pounds may remain, we at least feel like we're now in charge.
The biggest problem with these diets is that the focus is not on overall wellness. Rather than learning what ingredients are involved in a healthy diet, eating is turned into a math equation. And when you're away from your cheat sheet, you're back to where you started: completely unaware of what to eat, what will satisfy you, and what will truly make you feel good.
With the Discover Optimal Wellness weight loss programs, we focus on foods that don't come with nutrition labels. That's right--foods that grow from the ground without any logos, marketing or numbers adhered to their sides.
Rather than learning how to count, you'll learn how to shop for and cook with whole foods: grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts. You'll learn how to listen to your body rather than the pressure of advertising. You might realize that spinach and kale are your favorite foods. You may even start wishing that your favorite characters on your favorite TV shows were holding a green smoothie, instead of a Diet Coke--so that you can really get behind their choices in the story line.
Ok, that might be a bit ridiculous.
But truly we want you to be in tune with what you're eating and how it's affecting you. We want you to know exactly which foods were responsible for your weight loss, rather than thinking you hit the magic math equation.
With our 5 Key Elements you'll be able to restore common sense to your every day diet and wellness plan. No more calculators. No more panicking over the numbers. Just load up your cart with the whole foods, learn which ones you love, and enjoy!
The next time you're looking for a snack, we hope you remember the silly picture above. Go for the snack with NO nutrition label; the one that someone picked!
Sweet Rewards: Cracking the Code of the Cupcake Culture
From an early age we are taught that sugar is related to good behavior and good times. Cake is held hostage until we finish our greens. Special occasions on the calendar dictate if we may indulge in candy. And suddenly the good behavior and the good times become so frequent that eating healthy is a punishment to be reserved only for a chaste time of cleansing and detox.
Our American culture is hooked on sugar. Not wanting to be alone in our addiction, we pass it on to our children, we share it with our co-workers, and we make sure our spouse is right there next to us with every slice of pie and every drink of soda. We make excuses and exceptions for our behaviors, and everyone nods in agreement.
We claim that we ate that way as kids, and it didn't hurt us--forgetting the United States suffers from an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes.
Legislation has been passed, mandating that children eat better at school; and yet the federally subsidized breakfast and lunch program is still packed with empty carbs and high fructose corn syrup.
We are a society at risk.
Sugaraholics Take-A-Step Program
Admit there's a problem. On a piece of paper brainstorm with your family or co-workers about all the different opportunities you have each day or each week to partake in sugar.
This list should get you started!
Stage an intervention:
Start with yourself (that is the only person you can really change). What changes are you willing to make? Start small.
It's almost impossible to cut out habits or foods. Focus instead on replacing bad with good:
Start replacing feelings, too.
Notice the excitement that you have for a frappucino. Could you also have that excitement for a smoothie?
We are trained at Discover Optimal Wellness to work through the addiction with you! If the thought of eating vegetables makes you truly grumpy you will benefit greatly from our program. Your body quite possibly cannot process vegetables yet. We need to take careful steps to restore your organs so that you can enjoy these vitamin-packed treats. And your mind may need some work, too! Too many memories of being forced to eat terrible green beans? Ugh! We can help!
Guess what! Even the government is noticing the dangers of many weight-loss programs, foods and supplements. The USDA made a notice earlier this month about the dangers of:
The FDA is asking consumers not to purchase or use the products above that are promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites and in some retail stores.
These products contain sibutramine. Sibutramine is similar to an amphetamine, and results in increased cardiovascular problems, and strokes. Phenolphthalein was found in Mix Fruit Slimming. Phenolphthalein can cause cancer. Items with sibutramine or phenolphthalein have been pulled from the shelves in most of the world, including the United States.
These products pose a threat to consumers because sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. These products may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking. Studies have that indicated that phenolphthalein presents a cancer-causing risk. --FDA
"Many of the people who go through my course are suffering not only from obesity but also from high blood pressure. That's why the 'quick-fix' weight loss products are so dangerous," Susan Hood, Wellness Coach comments. She explains how people who follow her program not only lose weight, but can often times get off of their medication for high blood pressure.
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