Breaking the Detox- Retox Cycle

I want to introduce you all to my gorgeous friend Amanda McArthur. By day, she’s wheeling and dealing social media technology in her high-powered career like it’s nobody’s business. Off the clock, she’s into living a healthy, balanced lifestyle with a focus on nutrition and how that affects our metaphysical well-being. Lucky for me, she’s an adoring friend and always up for long chats. She is constantly pumping me full of great, healthy tips, not just for the body, but the mind too! I couldn’t think of a better way to share all her knowledge than for her to say it herself! Without further adieu, here she is folks!

“Now that SXSW is well behind us, you might still be feeling tired and sluggish from an amazing 2 weeks party-hopping, discovering new apps and technologies, and uncovering new bands. You’ve accomplished all of this on a diet consisting of coffee, food trailers, and vodka sodas (all while feeling lucky if you managed to get even 4 hours of shut-eye).

In a nonstop city like Austin, it’s easy to live to the extreme. Your first instinct might be to jump to the opposite extreme: DETOX! FAST! JUICE CLEANSE!

While I’m offering some suggestions to definitely rid the body of all the toxins, let’s shift the way we think about a detox and instead of taking away, let’s focus on adding for the purpose of rejuvenation.

1) ADD a green juice in the morning: an amazing source of nutrients and protein-packed food from raw sources. We’re lucky to live in a city that LOVES our juices! My favorites are the Pineapple Popeye from Daily Juice and the Tri Pinnacle from Juiceland .

2) Coffee: Let’s get real. Your body will probably go into shock if you were to choose right now to cut out all caffeine. Instead, focus on subbing the dairy out for coconut or almond milk-based creamer and switch your yucky chlorinated Splenda’s with a Stevia or Agave sweetener. Limit to one cup a day and maybe pour a smaller cup. (Maybe.)


3) Vitamin B supplements: You can get these in natural drop form from Whole Foods or any vitamin shops. Your body has probably been stripped of this natural form of energy after a week(s) of putting not so healthy things in your body. On top of natural energy, Vitamin Bs are essential for good rest, minimizing anxiety levels, and helping your body get back on a natural sleep rhythm. Look for a well-rounded formula as each B works together to provide maximum benefits!

4) Milk Thistle: Liver detox. Enough said.

5) Eat clean! Switch out your traditional meats for grass-fed, organic, hormone-free ones. Switch processed energy drinks and bars for all natural options like local faves Thunderbird Energetica and Bearded Brothers or Kombucha teas.

6) Add your fruits and veggies. (Organic, when possible) Snack on low glycemic options like berries, apples, carrots, and cucumbers all day long – no limit!


7) Try a new workout class! So many amazing fitness studios in this city! My favorites: YoStrong at Wanderlust, Cardio Barre at MOD Fitness , or spin at RIDE.

8) Power down: Artificial light tricks our bodies in thinking it’s still daylight and we never get the signal that it’s time to start falling asleep. Turn off the TV and your iPhone about 30-45 minutes before bed and keep the lights dim. Take an Epsom-salt bath or read a book with low lighting. Prepare to wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated! ”
For gorgeous snapshots of food and travel, follow Amanda on Instagram .

I’m feeling refreshed just reading that post! What are your favorite ways to ADD health into your lifestyle?

How to Make Juice Without a Juicer: Carrot Ginger

I’m not a huge juice drinker, hence why I don’t have a super expensive juicer. But juicing is all the rage. So I’ve tried different juices with friends… I’m not really into crazy juice fasts or fad diets. I really prefer to actually chew and eat my meals. Go ahead, call me a foodie, but there is something about sitting down to a meal that brings me the utmost pleasure.

I have yet to find a green juice that tickles my fancy, but I did fall totally in love with Snap Kitchen’s Carrot Ginger Elixir. After trying a few other carrot ginger juices here and there, I decided it was time to make my own!

I love a good ginger drink, I think that’s why I love this particular juice so much. I made my juice extra ginger-y but you can adjust that according to your tastes.

You’ll need:

2 cups chopped and peeled carrots (about four large carrots)
2 cups cold water
4 tablespoons chopped and peeled fresh ginger root (about one three inch piece)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (the juice of half of one small lemon)

Yields approximately 16 ounces of juice.

Kitchen supplies:
Cheese cloth
Runner band

You can find cheese cloth in the baking or kitchen supple aisle at the grocery store for $2-$3. I have used this method to make iced coffee before with great success! I have not tried it yet, but I think you green juice lovers will be able to use this set up too.

Start by peeling the carrots and ginger.

Give everything a good chop!

Put everything into the blender and add the water.

Now squeeze in the FRESH lemon juice. It must be fresh, muy importante.

Blend for three to four minutes. You want everything to be as smooth as possible.

Cover the top of the pitcher with the cheese cloth. Attach it tightly with the rubber band. Make sure it’s secure or the weight of the pulp will cause it to fall and you’ll have to start all over.

Pour the content of the blender over top the cheese cloth.

Squeeze the pulp in the cheese cloth. You’ll be surprised how much extra juice you can get out of there!

Now you’re ready to drink up! I think carrot ginger juice is best served extra cold.

I think this is a great way to make juice at home without a juicer. What’s your favorite juice?

Have you tried out the new Vine app yet? Click to see this fun video I made of carrot ginger juice!

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