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Trick to Skip the Treats

by shawne on October 24, 2015

in Detox, Fab Foods, Featured, Lifestyle, Wellness

With Halloween approaching quickly I grabbed a few ginormous sized bags of mini candies to dispense to the neighborhood kiddos. Through the years I have bought “healthy snacks” instead or bought them too early and eaten my fair share before October 31st. It was hard to control myself and then I would either wait until it was too late to grab the goodies in time or I simply bought candy that I didn’t want or like so that I wouldn’t be tempted…..until I WAS tempted.

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Sugar is a real B-I-T-C-H! Luckily, I finally found the solution to kick my sugar cravings to the curb!

“Americans eat far more added sugar—white sugar, brown sugar, corn syrups and honey, among others—than is recommended. The average person consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or 355 calories. Boys, ages 14 to 18, take in 34 teaspoons, or roughly 550 calories, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers say children and teens should follow recommendations for adults of no more than 9 teaspoons a day for men and 6 teaspoons for women.”

This legal white substance is more addictive than that illegal white substance and many other assorted substances. A highly cited study in the journal of Neuroscience & Behavioral Reviews found that sugar meets the criteria for a substance of abuse and may addictive to those who binge on it. It does this by affecting the chemistry of the limbic system, the part of brain that’s associated with emotional control.

Avoiding sugar completely seems like a close-to-impossible task but we can certainly try to do better. One simple and effective way is to go through an easy sugar detox by following a program like the OliveFab Fab Fall Detox. That was my lucky solution! Following a simple, elimination diet just like this one abolished my cravings for junk. If you’re concerned that your best efforts to eat clean will be derailed on Halloween, you can grab the program today. In just a few short days your cravings for sugar will be yesterday’s news and you can focus on the costume and not the crap. Fall cleanse book

Grab your OliveFab Fab Fall Detox and start when you are ready. Join our private online group for daily support. If you want to know how to feel energized, vibrant, alive, slimmer, have glowing skin, and hair without pills, bars, and powders, I encourage you to check out this REAL food, clean eating, gentle detox that will set you on the path to begin or continue your health journey. Look and feel amazing throughout the holiday season and and choose a different New Years’ resolution!

A safe, happy and healthy Halloween to all!

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60 Seconds to Better Health

by shawne on October 6, 2015

in Detox, Fab Foods, Lifestyle, Recipes

We are all super busy and I used to think it was during certain times of the year only. Well, that has expanded to every single day all throughout the year.

I haven’t been talking health quite as much these days but the “Remember Balance in September” group set me on a good path to mindfulness. When people tell me that they just don’t have the time to devote to their wellness each day, I really do understand. I truly get it because I used to think and say that. I don’t know anyone who isn’t really busy. But, I realized that almost all of the OliveFab principles that helped me turn my health around are truly things that take almost no time at all!

I also realized that if I didn’t carve out small amounts of time to work on my health that my energy, my mood, my weight, my thinking, and my sleep were not quite where I wanted them to be for me to feel like my best, productive and happy self.

Without further adieu, I would love to share my favorite 5 tips to help ramp up your health. Each takes 60 seconds or less:

1. Start your day with warm lemon water. Warm lemon water first thing in the morning balances your pH, aids in digestion, acts as a natural diuretic, helps to purify your liver, aids in weight loss, and boosts your immune system, which is especially helpful as we enter the cold and flu season.

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2. Smoothie for breakfast. This can be a super fast breakfast that I have definitely prepared in literally one minute. You can make smoothie freezer packs in individual bags to keep in the freezer or conveniently keep your fresh and dry ingredients within easy reach. It takes 30 seconds to throw my non-dairy milk, protein powder, frozen fruit of choice, greens of choice, and healthy fat (think almond butter or avocado) into the blender with some ice then another 30 seconds to blend, blend, blend. That’s it. Healthy, satisfying breakfast in under a minute. Great for on the go!

3. Make your own dressing. We all know that we need to do a better job of getting our servings of veggies in each day. There are so many ways to get the job done but salads seem to be an easy staple for everyone. The problem is we can often undo our well intentioned eating with really bad- for- you store bought salad dressings that can be loaded with sugar, preservatives, and sodium. If you don’t have a blender, throw your simple ingredients into a salad shaker or a mason jar. Olive oil, vinegar, lemon, and S&P is all you need. Vary the flavor by adding some of your favorite herbs. Keep it in the fridge and now when its salad time you know you’re truly eating exactly what you prepared with no hidden ingredients.

4. Take a probiotic. Probiotics are good bacteria. The bacteria in our gut can be out of whack when we eat processed foods and sugar, take antibiotics, and live in a world that is polluted with chemicals, and deal with daily stress. In less than a minute we can consume good bacteria daily as our first line of defense and support our immune system. You can try one and look for decreased stomach gurgling, increased energy levels, better skin, better sleep, and weight loss if you need to lose weight. You can find a good quality supplement and take it about 30 minutes after your morning lemon water. Another good way to get your probiotics is through cultured and fermented foods and drinks.

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5. Detox. In less than one minute you can grab a super clean eating program like the Fab Fall Detox. Every now and then you need go a little deeper and figure out what foods and practices serve you best and which ones don’t exactly agree with you. By eating simply and embarking on an elimination diet you will learn so much and painlessly figure out how to reach your wellness goals. In under 60 seconds you can click here and take a look at what a gentle real food detox can do for you. Then grab it!

I hope you can start right away by employing one, some, or all of these tips to help improve your health in just 60 seconds.

Fall cleanse book

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Remember Balance in September

by shawne on August 31, 2015

in Featured, Lifestyle, Wellness

Hello Blogosphere.  Sorry to have neglected you for a while.  I’ve been out enjoying the beautiful summer.  I’ve also been working on our family’s new biz which opened its doors this past February.  There has been so much change this past year in terms of career, family health, and the kids both moving up from their schools that I found myself losing some of the balance that I had worked so hard to achieve in the past several years.  Mostly, I have strayed from some of the routines that I have adopted along the way that keep me feeling happy, active, organized, and operating like a well oiled machine.  Why does that always happen, huh?  The simplest non-analytical answer is: that’s just life!  We’re all human.  There’s ebb and there’s flow.  Sometimes we climb and sometimes we camp.  Even when we KNOW what to do we don’t always DO it.  And that my friends, concludes my philosophical rant.   Onward…….

Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, often brings me down.  Way down.  The easy breezy days of summer will quickly be replaced by what feels like 8 long months of unrelenting winter (at least here in the Northeast).  I know there used to be Fall and Spring but I haven’t seen much of those guys around these parts lately.  Labor Day also brings about a major schedule change if you’re a parent or caregiver to school-aged children.  Early mornings, rushing around, homework, playdates, after school activities, carpools, religious instruction, sports, times one, two, three, or more are some of the things that are waiting just around the bend.  And it gets dark early.  Real dark.  Real early.  Yawn!  The fact is that even if you’re a planner or an organized type, summer finds a way of letting you just let go a bit.  Everyone sleeps in and everyone stays up late and there’s so much learning that goes on outside the classroom.  It’s just a magical time and my happiest time of year.

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I have no control and I complain that I’m not ready for Fall but itsa comin’ so I have to have a plan otherwise its down in the dumpsters for me and that’s not so good for anyone.  I’ve been thinking back on all of my OliveFab principles that I spoke so passionately about.  I imagine that time in my life when I felt so strong, energetic, and positive.  I imagine the time when excuses went out the window and I got everything into my day that I wished to achieve, no matter what season it was or how cold and dark it was.  I imagine the time when I was intrinsically motivated no matter what was going on around me.  I realized that I got to that wonderful place by doing some REALLY basic things.  It wasn’t so hard after all.  Simple routines and sound daily choices got me to looking and feeling my best.  Some simple tweaks and having a plan is really all I needed then to get my moxie back.  So, instead of dreading the onset of September and fearing the changes that lie ahead, I’m choosing to REMEMBER (cue Earth, Wind, & Fire) what has helped me the most: education, support, accountability, community, and planning.

Do you remember a time when you felt on top of your game?  You can again.  Let’s get there together.  Join me for a FREE 3 Day “Remember Balance In September” private Facebook group.  This group is for support, accountability, and for helping us adopt or get back into practicing daily healthy habits.  Your body and mind will say THANK YOU!  This group can help if you:

  • feel tired
  • feel cranky
  • feel bitchy
  • feel anxious
  • feel bloated
  • feel like you’ve over indulged this summer
  • feel moody
  • feel lost in the health department (personally, NOT THE Dept. of Health)
  • feel like you would like to start losing weight

If these feelings resonate with you, lets get back on track together.  Join me starting right after Labor Day beginning, Tuesday September 8th.  There will be simple food suggestions for the 3 days but *This is not a Detox or a Cleanse*.  It is a FREE 3 Day private Facebook group to “Remember Balance in September”.  Simply reach out to me at shawne@olivefab.com or go to OliveFab on Facebook and message me there if you wish to be added to the group.

Enjoy the beautiful last days of summer!

Shawne

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Eating Healthy When You Are Crazy Busy

by shawne on December 22, 2014

in Fab Foods, Lifestyle

Busy?  Who isn’t this time of year?  I feel like I’m constantly complaining about it.  December seems to be the time when we’re kickin’ it up a few notches from our typical running to hysteria level.

I wanted to share some tips with you for when you are really busy but still want to eat healthy – because it makes you feel GREAT to keep eating healthy, right?!

And we aren’t going to let “being busy” stop us from feeling great, right?!

Well I have some tips for ya on what you can eat to stay healthy when you are busy!

So fast, just pour some coconut water, rice milk or hemp milk into the blender, then throw in your fruits AND some veggies (spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce just to name a few). Add some protein if you like (hemp seed or chia seed, or maybe a scoop of hemp protein powder) and some healthy fats (avocado, coconut milk – and the proteins I mentioned before also have you covered on the healthy-fat front!).

For extra flavor add some vanilla extract, or dash of cinnamon.

This can be accomplished in a New York minute!  OR…….

justbreatheChop up a bunch of lettuce – romaine or red leaf – and add some spinach. Pile on some other veggies – tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, sliced beets, bell peppers, onions…. whatever you like.

Add some protein. Choose pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cooked organic chicken breast, kidney beans, sprouts, a hard boiled egg, or salmon or tuna.

Make a quick dressing with stone-ground mustard, olive oil, and a couple sprays of Bragg’s Amino Acids (or just a bit of sea salt if you don’t have Bragg’s or can’t find it). Toss it all together and eat.

If you chop the veggies in bulk you can make a couple salads at a time, don’t add the dressing to them yet, and they usually last a couple days.

Know where you can get healthy take-out.

This could be from a nearby restaurant (I love my local Japanese restaurant and it’s really close and inexpensive) or you could find a place like a local market that prepares fresh healthy food to go. I stopped by this morning and picked up a couple dishes to tide me over the next few days. They have organic and locally sourced produce, organic chicken, and free-range grass-fed beef and bison. Their portions will keep you on track and the high quality ingredients help you crowd out the junk that’s lurking everywhere!

No it’s not quite as cheap as buying and preparing it yourself but if you are a busy person (OR you just don’t enjoy cooking) and would just spend the money on junky fast food or pizza delivery, then it’s a much better value.

It’s always the small habits that add up – don’t let yourself fall back into old habits that cause you to not feel so great! Enjoying the busy season is about sharing the holidays with friends and family.  It doesn’t mean you can’t fit quality and healthful foods into your hectic schedule.  Do the best you can to get your daily dose of nutrition and remember to have fun.  I’d love to hear from you, too – what do you like to eat when you are really busy?

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Gazillion Diets Madness

by shawne 30 March 2014

Long ago (5 years ago) and far away (okay, not so far) I wrote a little bitty blog for my friends and fam called Smorrr Fabulous and Fit.  The concept was simple.  I had seen a morning TV talk show about ways people held themselves accountable on their weight loss journey.  At this time I […]

Why You Should Start Juicing Now!

by shawne 12 March 2014

Juicing:  Fad or friend?  Lately, I admit that I’m on a bit of a juicing kick.  This winter kicked my butt and I have been feeling depleted of nutrients which means I’ve been feeling depleted of energy.  The quickest way to get a jolt of energy AND nutrients (so no, its not a double espresso) […]

Healthy Snacks Ideas

by shawne 14 February 2014

An old friend accused me of being “snow bored” today.  I sent her a very silly text message.  The truth is I was trying to distract myself from stuffing my face on what seems to be the 57th snow day we have had in the past month.  Okay, maybe it’s only the sixth.  On these […]

Balls

by shawne 5 February 2014

Yes, Balls.  As the only female in my male-dominated home, I can tell you that the word “Balls” elicits belly laughs no matter the context.  And it never seems to get old.  Its right up there with bathroom humor.  So, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  When you try to get your guys to […]

Two Nights of Learning

by shawne 8 January 2014

We’re kicking January off with some awesome happenings! OliveFab’s Winter Detox is on!  This season there is rolling registration which means you get to choose your start date.  Simply pick the time that’s right for you and get your action plan for clean eating and healthy change.  Get the support you need and join the […]

Your Story

by shawne 30 December 2013

One year ago, I wrote my very first blog post on this platform.  It was called Resolutions: This Again?  Check it out to find out a bit about my own little journey with New Year’s Resolutions and for tips on making your own resolutions stick.  Go ahead, take a look, I’ll wait. I have tried […]