PB & Banana Protein Cake by Erin Norcross

I can still remember the fresh smell of banana bread coming out of the oven. Growing up, mom would take the overly ripened bananas sitting on the counter and say, “These poor bananas are asking to be used. Let’s make some banana bread!” Years later, I still carry on that same tradition, but with a twist. I either peel the bananas and freeze them (for smoothies), or use the bananas in this healthier version of what I am calling banana “cake.” The “cake” is moist and delicate, tasting more like a coffee cake rather than a “bread”. I love combining bananas and peanut butter, which has led me to create my “Peanut Butter & Banana Protein Cake”.

My secret ingredient that gives the cake the peanut-butter flavor is peanut flour. It can be found at higher end grocery stores and online (I use netrition.com for many of my health food and baking needs). Peanut flour is a dry powder formed after the partial extraction of oil from the roasted peanut seed. It’s gluten free, low in fat and carbohydrates, and high in protein as the oil has been removed from roasted peanuts. I also use this product to make pancakes, sauces and thicken soups. It’s relatively inexpensive and a great addition to anyone’s cupboard! You can also use oat flour for this recipe.

The other ingredient that boosts the peanut butter flavor is my good old friend PB2, not to be confused with the aforementioned peanut flour. Peanut flour has a higher level of defattedness, causing it to be thicker and more dense compared to other flours. PB2 has a tiny bit of salt/sugar (nothing to be too concerned about folks…everything in moderation!) and can be added to anything in place of peanut butter. You can also use this product in place of regular peanut-butter. I have found that the combination of these two ingredients make up the peanut-butter flavor in this cake. The recipe is quite versatile and can be made chocolate, plain, or what ever you choose! Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas
3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup peanut flour
1/4 cup PB2
1 tbs. cinnamon
1 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
6 oz. nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1.5 oz almond milk
1/4-1/3 cup sweetener of choice: I used coconut sugar, but it’s really based on personal preference (taste your batter to measure level of sweetness here!)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
Optional: 1/2 cup nuts, raisins or chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mash bananas well and add in wet ingredients, followed by dry. I added the flour(s) last and mixed in gradually. Gently fold in nuts or optional add-ins and mix well by hand until you have a nice batter formed. Spread evenly in prepared 8×8 baking dish (I sprayed mine with coconut oil cooking spray). Bake for 28-32 minutes using the toothpick test to check the middle! Cut into 12 squares and enjoy!

*also amazing warm and topped with a tiny bit of REAL peanut butter!

Nutrition Facts per piece:

84 Calories, 1.4 g. Fat, 36 mg. Sodium, 11.2 Carbs, 2 g. Fiber, 4 g. Sugar, 8 g. Protein

Follow Erin on Instagram at @erin_fitfoodie

Clean Cheating

I’m proud to admit I’m a cheater. No not on my taxes or my husband, rather on the way I eat. People are often under the assumption that eating clean means depriving yourself of your favorite foods and eating nothing more than wheat grass and carrots. Pause. Take a deep breath. We need to clear this up before it’s too late!

As a health coach, I believe in the ninety-ten system. This means your meals are ninety-percent healthy and ten percent comfort. In fact, on the meal plans that I’ve designed for my clients, there is at least ONE cheat meal per week. If you are working out and eating right, one meal isn’t going to hurt you. It gives you the satisfaction you crave and teaches your body a thing or two about what it really wants. Often people come back to me and say the cheat meal tasted good, but they didn’t feel good afterwards. Point proven.

How does one go about cheating? There are really two forms of cheating on your food. The first is one weekly cheat meal consisting of any meal you want, combined with a clean meal plan and workout regimen. This does not mean you cheat for an entire day. If you know you are going out to dinner or going to splurge on a cheat meal, keep it extra healthy all throughout the day. A day of eating cheat meals could hinder your health goals and progress. The second form of cheating is to cheat while keeping it clean. Clean cheats taste like you are eating bad but are actually healthy. It’s like tricking your mind and body all at the same time. It’s really my favorite type of cheating. For example, we all love a good milkshake. It’s the sweet comfort that brings back your childhood memories. The problem? It’s filled with fat, sugar and unwanted calories. Not to mention, it usually has little nutritional value. Instead, you fill your craving with a smoothie that tastes good and gives you a surplus of nutrition needed to stay on track with your goals. There are so many way to take your favorite comfort foods and make them healthy. This is something I have loved experimenting with.

Enjoying the little pleasures in life will most likely help you stay on track with eating healthy and working out. It helps your body understand what makes it feel good and what makes it feel bad. It often helps you from feeling deprived while allowing your emotions to connect with the foods that bring back a certain memory or feeling. You can either squeeze in one cheat meal per week or cheat clean.

Here are a few clean cheating ideas to help you stay on track without feeling bad about the choices you made.

  1. Dark chocolate trail mix. Combine cashews, almonds and dark chocolate pieces together. This is simply one of my favorite snacks that satisfies my sweet tooth while giving my body a boost of protein, healthy fat and antioxidants!
  2. Smoothies! A go to staple to fill you up and offer you a taste of heaven with added nutrition!
  3. Clean eating cookies made without flour, eggs and sugar!
  4. Tea latte with almond milk or soy!
  5. Spaghetti squash. You get the pasta feel without all the extra carbs!
  6. QUESTBARS or any other healthy protein bar (look for low sugar). You feel like you are eating a delicious candy bar but without the sugar and nasty ingredients.
  7. Fruit parfait. Who needs ice cream when you have plain greek yogurt, fruits and other yummy super-foods?
  8. Kale chips. Close the potato chip bag. This treat comes in a variety of flavors and the main ingredient is KALE! You can buy these or make them at home.
  9. Veggie Burger. Stop running through the drive through when you get a burger craving. Instead, dress up your favorite veggie or black bean burger and trick your taste buds with this delicious meal!
  10. Sweet potato fries. Paired well with your veggies burger, you get a French fry without the fat and grease!

Whether you choose a weekly cheat meal or a few clean cheats, remember that cheating isn’t always a bad thing when it comes to your food. To try my meal plans with clean cheating options, head to www.JennaLento.com.

Best in Health,

Jenna Lento, Holistic Health Coach

Dear Twenty-Six….

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My 26th birthday!

Twenty-six, you have been good to me. In fact, I think it’s safe to say you have been the BEST year of my life. Everything changed for the better. 

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My last week as a news reporter in Toledo.

 

You closed one door in my career, and opened another. Next to marrying my husband, I would say it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Thank goodness for second chances and self-discovery.

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You took me back to school to get my certification as a health and wellness coach. At first I was concerned that I was throwing away my four year degree, but you made me realize, it has helped me more than ever before. You helped me to see it truly makes a difference when you are passionate about your work. 

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Cooking healthy meals on 13abc’s Full Plate alongside host Rebecca Regnier.

You taught me that it all comes full circle one way or another. Twenty-six, you made me realize it’s not about being the best or proving myself to others. In fact, you taught me it’s the opposite. If you aren’t authentic to who you are and what you love, you are wasting away your precious life. 

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Prayer and meditation

Twenty-six, you brought me closer to my future husband. If it wasn’t for Evan, I don’t believe I would have taken this leap of faith. Abandoning a salary and career to follow my true passion. God truly blessed me with this man. Twenty-six, you also made my faith stronger and gave me wisdom.

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Twenty-six, you blessed me with a husband and made me a wife. It couldn’t get any better…

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Happy … happy … happy!

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Twenty-six, you allowed some travel as we left the country for our honeymoon. 

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Twenty-six, it was you that made me realize I am surrounded by so many wonderful people. People who love and accept me for who I am. People who bring light and love to my life. All you need is love!

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With all that LOVE, you gave me the ability to start my very own business. 

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Twenty-six, you offered me so many opportunities throughout the year. I had the chance to host my first health workshop, became a contributing author to Sunny Social Network, appear on NBC’s Living Today, record a radio commercial for a local business, and have the honor of being the keynote speaker at The University of Toledo’s Fifth Annual Student Organization Gala.

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Twenty-six, I believe you are the year that I became authentic to who I am. The year I decided that no one will steal my joy. You are the year that has brought me the most love and light. You have taught me to trust in God, lean not on my own understanding and have faith. It is the year that I grew into the woman who I have longed to be. You are the year that peeled the layers of the onion, and have allowed me to come into my own. Twenty-six, you have taught me that I should love others, regardless of the love they give back. You have shown me forgiveness is key and laughter is essential. Twenty-six I will never, ever forget the year we had. I will forever cherish this year, for the learning lessons and many blessings. Twenty-seven, I look forward to meeting you! 

 

 

Spring into Green Cleaning

Take a GREEN Step Today

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Itʼs the buzz, green is better, go green. But where to start? Isnʼt there greenwashing,

and what is all natural anyway? With spring in the air, its the perfect time think green.

There are many options out there and just a quick comb of Google you and I can come

across many articles with varying opinions and options and easily become

overwhelmed. My goal is that this post will be a little ray of light, a bringing together of

some facts and a little less twaddle and opinions to help you sort out some of myths of

chemicals and cleaning and be able to start making some healthy cleaning options.

For me going green with my cleaning products was a no-brainer with 3 small children in

the house and my education background in Environmental Studies and Sociology. But I

know that itʼs not a no-brainer for everyone even with the abundance of information on

Pinterest and many like minded friends sharing on Facebook. It is however, easy to find

out how to make some of your own natural cleaners, there are essential oils galore, and

many companies jumping on the chemical free band wagon. With the abundance of

information it can be hard to sort out which direction to turn. And then the WHY and

how you can know what is really good for you? Does it even matter, what difference

does it make, I just want my house clean…and better yet, I might as well let someone

else do it. I hope to share a few reasons with you for going green, cleaning your own

house (or requiring your house cleaner to use green products) and a few simple options

that will help you make the switch and rid your home of common chemicals that cause

common issues for lots of folks.

Frost House Reasons for Going Green (these are my priorities, yours may be different):

1. Indoor Air Quality: Cleaning is not just a windows open sport. You should be able to

clean your home year round and not have to worry about breathing in chemicals.

Remember clean doesnʼt have to smell like lemons and if it does, it should be

because you cut one up and put it in your water! WebMD has an article about what

affects our Indoor Air Quality and what you can do about it http://www.webmd.com/

lung/features/12-ways-to-improve-indoor-air-quality

2. Train Your Children: I want my children to know that they can contribute to our family

and cleaning is not just some dreaded job for mommy to do with gloves on, windows

open and a headache when all is said and done. Cleaning is a glorious thing and a

clean home is relaxing.

3.Economics: It doesnʼt have to be expensive, there are products you can make

yourself or there are high-quality products with great warranties like Norwex

microfiber that will last you and save you from even going down the chemical/

cleaning aisle at the grocery store. The more you stay to the outside perimeters of

the stores, the less you buy, the less you spend and the cleaner you eat and breathe!

Common Questions: ʻ

*How can I require my house cleaner to use green products?

-Iʼve heard of cleaners requiring their customers to buy certain products, so why canʼt

the customer demand the cleaner to use certain products. Interview around and youʼll

find someone who has done their homework on the benefits of non-chemical cleaners,

they and their customers are happier. Check out this newscast about a green company

in California. http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?id=9405563

*But donʼt I have to use bleach when the really nasty stuff comes in to my home?

-Is the virus you are fighting worse than the chemical issues you will be contending

with? This warning for using bleach is from the Department of Health: “Bleach is a strong

and effective disinfectant. Its active ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, denatures protein in

micro-organisms and is therefore effective in killing bacteria, fungus and viruses. Household

bleach works quickly and is widely available at a low cost. Diluted household bleach is thus

recommended for the disinfection of facilities.

As bleach irritates mucous membranes, the skin and the airway, decomposes under heat or

light and reacts readily with other chemicals, caution should be exercised in the use of it.

Improper use of bleach may reduce its effectiveness in disinfection and also lead to

accidents which can be harmful to health. Overuse of bleach or using a bleach solution that

is too concentrated results in the production of toxic substances that pollute the

environment and disturb ecological balance.”

Children are not to be present when spraying bleach solutions in a room. Also another

article from human health services in California states, “All disinfectants and sanitizers,

by design, are potentially toxic. Young children are more vulnerable to toxins, they

breathe in more per pound and have more hand to mouth contact.” There is much

research that shows how quickly our skin, our largest organ absorbs chemicals, so you

choose. The safety precautions, proper mixing and even PRE-cleaning before bleaching

anything for effective disinfecting is time consuming and at times dangerous. (DID you

know that you must pre-clean a surface with organic matter on it before bleaching?)

Also check out this independent news source coverage of a simple Norwex cloth and

water and removing even e.coli from a surface (Norwex does not test their cloths up

against e.coli but rather they are called antibac cloths because of the microsilver

embedded in the cloth that goes to work against, bacteria, mold and mildew)

http://www.americanownews.com/story/23517214/andy-will-it-work-norwex-antibac-
microfiber-cloth

*Iʼve tried green products and they just donʼt work well.

- Youʼve been using the wrong products or using good products wrong (no seriously).

Stop and read the labels, especially if you have bleach products in your home. Think

about the residue you are leaving behind. Streaky floors? You are leaving residue

behind from the promised spray and clean products. Sticky feeling countertops?

Showers that never stay clean? All Chemical Residue that children, pets, and your

food are generally soaking up as you leave it behind from “cleaning”.

So what works? I know many people might think, well of course someone who sells

Norwex is going to tell you that you need to use Norwex….and well yes Iʼm going to

recommend that as well. But I also know that there are other great options out there.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a great checklist for a place to start

http://www.ewg.org/research/healthy-home-tips/tip-14-your-healthy-home-checklist They

even mention that getting some microfiber cloths in their laundry and cleaning closet

section is a great way to green clean. Some other good options are Mrs. Meyerʼs,

Seventh Generation, etc. Also if you noticed in the WebMD article listed above they

mention the use of microfiber mops to pick up the toxic dust particles on your floor.

Norwex has one of those and offers package deals. I donʼt want to go on and on here

about what product to use where, that is when you need look up your own local Norwex

consultant at http://www.norwex.com and have them come show you how you can switch

your home over to chemical free products and learn to effectively clean your home with

just water and a cloth! Or you can experiment yourself and just order directly from a

consultantʼs website http://www.jenniferfrost.norwex.biz As a teaser, just know that Norwex

offers 3 microfiber products that can rid your home of the most common chemicals and

even green cleaners which will save you money over time if you invest in 3 simple

cloths that have a 2 year warranty. No more spray cleaners for at least 2 years, are you

willing to take the challenge?

Also if you are ready to clean out from under your sink or closet and get rid of all the

chemicals make sure that you look up a local disposal center to get rid of them safely,

not just throw them in the trash where they will end up leaking in to the water supply.

Disclaimer: You need to know that Iʼm not a bio-chemist or any other scientist, but I am

an experimenter and over the last 10 years Iʼve tried many things, both for health

reasons and for economic reasons. When 6 months ago I was introduced to Norwex, a

company whoʼs mission is to radically reduce the use of chemicals in your home and

personal care products. I tried their products, fell in love and Iʼm now a consultant. Iʼm

not a consultant to just make money, Iʼm a mom on a mission, of 3 under 5, with an

environmental background and a passion for sharing things that make our lives

simplified, fuller and healthier. I know what works in my own home and have spent the

last 6 months educating others how to clean their homes effectively. Iʼve been blessed

with numerous testimonies of people having health transformations and being able to

clean their bathrooms without becoming sick with migraines and nauseousness. Iʼve

seen itchy inflamed skin be calmed by switching products. Everyone can make one

small change, its hard to make big changes all at once, but if youʼre ready, weʼd be

happy to help you start your journey. http://www.resourcedhome.blogspot.com

Budget Friendly Mini Chicken Meatloaves by Erin Norcross

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Many people are under the impression that eating healthy is boring and expensive. So, instead we go out to eat rather than taking the time to prepare for our busy week ahead. This recipe is one of my favorites and it’s so easy to make. Mini chicken meatloaves are versatile and packed with protein to stabilize your blood sugar as you push to get through the end of your day. It’s paired well with sweet potatoes, whole grains, green veggies, salad or piece of fruit. I try to add as much color as possible into every meal I have!

My secret ingredient in my mini meatloaves is a packet of ranch dip from “Simply Organics.” It has all the spices you would normally pack into a meatloaf with the perfect proportions: garlic, onion, carrot, celery seed, parsley and black pepper. I use half of the packet per batch of six meatloaves. The packet costs around $1.49, which comes out to roughly .25 cents per serving; much cheaper than having to buy an entire spice rack and its less work. I use oats to bind the loaves together, but you could also use bread crumbs. Be creative with this recipe and modify to fit your needs. I find myself tweaking this recipe every time I make it! Enjoy!

Erin’s Mini Chicken Meatloaves
Serves 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30-35 minutes

1 lb. ground chicken (or protein of your choice) = $4.99
1 egg white = $1.89 per carton
1/2 packet of ranch dip mix = $1.49 per pack
1/2 cup of rolled old fashioned oats = $1.99 per container
1/2 diced onion = $.99 per lb
1/2 diced celery stalk = $1.49 per small bunch of celery (use the rest in your salads or for munching!)
*sometimes I also add in diced carrot for flavor and color! Feel free to substitute any veggies of your choice! I have also used broccoli and spinach which works well too!

*comes out to roughly $1.18 per serving!Quite affordable if you ask me!
*Prices may vary

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and line with foil. Mix all ingredients into a large bowl until well blended. Form mixture into 6 individual loaves and bake for roughly 30-35 minutes (depending on your oven). Check after 30 and see if more time is needed until they are cooked through.

Nutrition per meatloaf: 127 calories, 1 g fat, 241 mg sodium, 8 carbohydrate, 1.06 g fiber, 19 g protein

Follow Erin on Instagram @erin_fitfoodie

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Detox Your Life

You’ve probably heard of it. It’s one of the latest health trends everyone’s raving about. I’m talking about a detox or cleanse. It usually consists of a three to seven day juice plan or the removal of all things processed.  The idea is to flush the toxins and junk from your beautiful temple. It’s out with the bad and in with the good. I’ve done a few cleanses myself and have supported clients through them as well. I think most would agree it’s never easy but certainly worth it in the end. The end result is what keeps you going.  Your eyes look brighter, your skin is glowing and those extra pesky pounds are flushed down the toilet, literally. While this type of cleanse can be great for your body, there’s another type of detox I want to introduce to you. It probably won’t change the number on your scale, but it will most likely help you feel lighter and happier in other ways. The message I’m sending is to detox your life. That’s right; it’s time to cleanse everything that is weighing you down. It requires you to remove or distance yourself from negativity, drama and a toxic atmosphere. Like a juice cleanse, it’s usually not easy but totally worth it.  Let me help you see the big picture. You have one life to live in this amazing and beautiful world, so ask yourself this, “Why am I allowing myself to get bogged down with nonsense that leaves me feeling bad about myself?” It’s not just with people; it’s also about how you think and treat your space. As a health coach, I believe this is a major part of living a happy and healthy life. If this part of your life is out of balance, it’s going to be difficult to be at your best every day. Health doesn’t necessarily mean eating clean alone; it requires a balance to all areas of your life. Here are a few steps I’m encouraging you to take to remove the toxins and smog from your life.

  1. Remove or distance yourself from negative people. You want to surround yourself with people who lift you up, help you to thrive and treat you with respect. They should be honest with you yet gentle towards your heart. Distance yourself from people who constantly talk down to you or make you feel as though you don’t have any worth. This should include networks, family, friends and personal relationships. This doesn’t mean you can’t be kind, but distance yourself until your relationship can return to a healthy state.
  2. Complain less. Your words can be weapons to not only yourself but to others. Do your best to speak with encouragement and love. It doesn’t mean you can’t express your feelings, but choose to do so only when necessary and be sure to think before you speak. Challenge yourself one day at a time. Try going one whole day without complaining and only speaking positive words towards yourself and others. You may not even know you are doing it.
  3. Upon rising each day, let all of your thoughts and feelings fall onto a piece of paper. Early morning thoughts are often the feelings you are struggling with from yesterday or what you have to face within the day ahead. Take a few minutes to write in a journal about how you are feeling. Releasing your thoughts, good or bad, helps you to take on each day without anything filling your mind or taking over your thoughts. It’s like starting fresh before you walk out of the door.
  4. Find your joy every day. This is something I preach to my clients. If you are just going through the motions and living for the weekends, are you really enjoying life? It’s all about joy! It doesn’t have to be something big, just something that brings a smile to your face with each new day. Take a luscious bath, light a candle, enjoy a dark piece of chocolate or go for a walk in the great outdoors. Find your joy and bring it to life.
  5. Remove the clutter from your space. Your home, car and office are a reflection of you and can affect your productivity. As we get ready to welcome spring, take some time to fit in some spring cleaning. Remove the items you don’t need or use and donate them to someone in need. Give everything a good deep clean and top it off with a fresh spring scent. Organize files, papers and drawers. It’s such a therapeutic exercise that can give your life a fresh look and energized feel.

 

Best in Health,

 

Jenna Lento

Holistic Health & Wellness Coach

www.JennaLento.com

Love Your Healthy Life

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You could say I’m on a healthy girl high. Yes, you heard me right, a healthy girl high. It’s real, and it’s beautiful.

For many, leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t sound like any fun. In fact, the thought of removing your favorite comfort foods sounds absolutely dreadful. Who wants to live a life filled with deprivation and bland foods? “Yeah, I’m good,” you say to yourself.

Going to the gym isn’t any better.  Dragging yourself there after an eight hour day at the office is the last place you want to be. You are tired and just want to get home. After all, the treadmill is not your friend, and the last time you jogged it out, you were bored out of your mind. “Yeah, I’m good,” you say to yourself.

Okay, I see where this is going, and I get it. You’ve tried a dozen fad diets that all turn out the same, with little to no result. “It’s not enjoyable,” you say. That’s because you haven’t exactly found a way to create your own healthy lifestyle. It’s kind of like putting a puzzle together. Certain pieces fit while other pieces belong to another puzzle. Until you find the right puzzle pieces, your picture won’t be complete. This same concept fits in with living a healthy lifestyle. You see, the diet that works for your best friend may not work for you. Want to know why? Your bodies are completely different. You have to find the foods that help you look and feel your best. It’s going to take a workout regimen that brings you joy and leaves you wanting more. You want to make this journey an enjoyable experience. Here’s how!

  1. Find healthy food choices and recipes that make your taste buds dance. Spice your healthy foods and meals with flavor and bold fun. If you have a sweet tooth, look for healthy protein or snack bars that are filled with raw deliciousness like cashews and coconut. There are so many to choose from!
  2. Grab a workout buddy to begin this journey. It’s always fun laughing and chatting while getting your sweat on. Head outdoors (bundle up if it’s cold), and embrace the beauty around you. Snow can be beautiful too! Find a type of fitness plan that makes you smile. If you don’t like running, don’t run. Walk on the treadmill, take a fitness class or try some yoga. Just move your body each and every day!
  3. Be hands on. The more you get in your kitchen and enjoy the food process, the closer you will get to the food that you are eating. Not a fan of the kitchen? Start off with your favorite hand soap, light a candle and turn on some relaxing tunes. Another way to spice it up is to grab your significant other and heat things up!
  4. Allow healthy foods to nourish you, and after a period of time, you will notice your taste buds beginning to change. Be patient; it doesn’t happen overnight. Fruit will become sweeter and a skinny pizza loaded with vegetable will taste like heaven. Trust me; it happens!
  5. Be in tune with your body. If you are tired, take a nap. Getting a headache or losing energy, jump on some water and a healthy snack. Listen to what your body is asking for. It will tell you. There’s no need to cover up your body’s request line with a quick fix. Make it last with healthy choices. Stressed? Get a massage, grab some fresh air or join a yoga class.

http://www.JennaLento.com

Naturally Healthy Hair

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Baby, it’s cold outside! While the snow may look pretty, dry and brittle hair most certainly isn’t. So, to make sure you are doing everything to keep your hair healthy (the natural way), we asked the beautiful Angelina Pyle (one of our favorite hair stylists) to answer a few questions, and give us a few tips.

Q: What’s the best way to keep your hair protected during the winter?
A: Hair can become dry and brittle during the winter months, and it doesn’t help when we are using more products to make up for static and wind. There are many ways to protect your beautiful locks, starting with this! Begin using an intense masque at least once per week (Eufora Damage Cure Clay masque), wear a hat when heading outdoors to protect from the cold and wind. Also, dont forget to schedule regular appointments to get your hair cut. This will help you maintain split ends. I suggest making an appointment every either to ten weeks.

Q: Should you switch up hair treatments and products as the seasons change?
A: Yes and no! We all have different hair textures and needs. Talk with your stylist if you begin to notice a change within your hair. Your stylist should be to diagnose what your hair needs and help you protect it and keep it healthy.

Q: Do products really make a difference?
A: Yes, using a professional products is a must. I use to question the difference between a professional salon product and a grocery store product. The honest truth, there’s a huge difference! A lot of the non-professional products have car wax in them, which causes build-up on your hair. I love professional products that use all-natural ingredients, with essential oils and certified organic aloe. You can find this with my favorite Eufora products that I use on myself and my clients.

Q: Is it okay to wash my hair every other day?
A: The longer you can go without washing your hair, the better! When you wash your hair on a daily basis, you strip away the natural oils. Natural oils are amazing for your scalp and hair. Some people get grossed out by not washing their hair every day, but honestly if you want long beautiful locks, try to go every other day and get your hair on a schedule. Dry shampoo is great to use between washes.

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Q: When using products, what ingredients should we stay away from?
A: The first few ingredients are so important. You should stay away from Parabens, gluten, artificial aromas, sulfates, and alcohol. There are so many fillers and products that are not good for your hair and skin. I heard a stylist tell a client, the products you use on your skin and hair should be safe enough to eat. That’s why natural products are best.

Q: Are there any ways to naturally improve dry hair?
A: There are many natural ways to improve dry hair. Again, refraining from washing your hair every day is one of them. There are also many home remedies right in your pantry or fridge! My favorite homemade treatments use egg yolk, mayonnaise and coconut oil. You can find all these online. Drinking a lot of water also hydrate your body and keeps toxins out. Supplements such as Biotin may also help your hair stay strong and healthy. Watching what you eat is one of the best ways to naturally improve hair, and this is were Jenna can help!

Thank you, Angelina! For more tips from Angelina head to http://www.angelinapyle.com. You can also find her on Facebook too!

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Gym Etiquette 101

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I consider myself a “regular”. I aim to work out at least six days week, and I usually do. Doing this helps me to stay on track and feel my best. Since I do spend a good chunk of time working out and running into many of the same people, I have something to get off my chest. People seem to forget their manners when they walk through the gym door. It’s like they put on their gym shorts, huge headphones and feel as though they are invincible. This brings me to my point. It’s time to refresh your gym etiquette 101. It’s about respecting yourself and others while getting fit! Here’s my little list to keep you on track.
1. Easy on the cologne and perfume. People are trying to breathe while running and exercising. Save your delicious smells for your date night!
2. It’s flu season. Wipe down machines before and after use.
3. Don’t hog three machines at one time. Share!
4. Stop trying to impress everyone with your loud moans and groans while lifting. It’s not pleasant and can be rather frightening.
5. If someone doesn’t want to talk, take a hint.
6. Lock up your personal belongings, and keep your goods close.
7. When using the sauna, remember you aren’t laying out on the beach. Move over!
8. This is not a dating site. Enough said.
9. Remove your weights from machines after use and put it back where you found it. It helps the next person out!
10. Be kind, courteous and respectful of everyone around you!
This is all in fun, but still so very true. The gym should be a place where you can release your stress and work towards your health and fitness goals. Stay happy and healthy my friends!