As a species, we THRIVE on plant foods AKA greens. But don't let that scare you. Follow the Adding In or Crowding Out theory that I use with my clients to get more live food into your daily meals and reap the health benefits. The theory is simple, focus on adding in more good stuff versus eliminating. When we focus on adding in we create more of what we can have versus lack. Win!
But what kinda greens are we talking about and what's so special about them?
First, a substance that is found in all plants is Chlorophyll. It acts as a
blood detoxier, which helps increase circulation to all your organs. It does this by dilating blood vessels and it is also a natural deodorant helping to reduce
body orders and freshen breath. Wow, two in one...can’t beat that!
Also, plants have tons of nutrients in them including calcium, iron, protein and antioxidants. Did you know that super green foods are the only vegetables that can help animals maintai...
Our body is constantly working to dispel toxins and unwanted matter from its various systems. Over time, the body gets run down from unhealthy food choices, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, stress and environmental toxins that are a part of modern day life. No matter how healthy your diet or lifestyle may be, external factors still require us to give the body a chance to recharge and dispel anything that may be holding us back from experiencing superior health and long lasting vitality. When our vital organs are placed under too much pressure and unable to work efficiently, this is when illness and disease can appear. Taking time to cleanse the body and nurture these vital organs goes a long way in prevention, and also has immediate effects- greater energy, clearer skin, better digestion, mental clarity and so much more.
Most of us equate a detox with hunger, weird food and drinks, and colonics. In essence, a detox is really just about creating the perfect conditions to support our body in doi...
It's the Holiday Season. And with it brings cold weather! So it’s natural to crave heavier and warming foods this time of year. Combine those cravings with letting loose at parties and family gatherings and you’ve got yourself a recipe for...yes, overeating.
But don't fear! I've got you covered. You don’t have to rely on will power alone. All you need is a little bit of savvy planning.
These five tips will not only help you prevent overeating during the holidays, they’ll also make balanced eating feel effortless and satisfying.
Tip #1: Eat a protein snack before the big meal or party. Have you ever avoided eating for the entire day leading up to a big holiday dinner or party? If your answer is yes, then chances are you were cranky most of the day, ate way too much once you got there, and then felt terrible afterwards.
Hunger and deprivation followed by overeating or bingeing is extremely taxing on both your digestive and hormonal systems, and can lead to exhaustion, moodiness, bloa...
Want more energy to make it through your day without that mid-afternoon crash? Want to wake up earlier without feeling groggy? Want to get more done, play with your kids, and still have fuel left in the tank at the end of the day? Yes?? Well, it’s all about eating for energy.
Eating to have more energy boils down to eating nutrient-rich foods that create an alkaline environment inside your body that allows oxygen to easily be delivered to your cells to produce energy. It’s as simple as that.
It’s all about creating alkaline pH inside your bloodstream. Now I know you probably don’t want a science lesson right? You’re saying, “Marcella, I just want to know what to eat!”. So here’s the quick version...The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. 0 is considered highly ACIDIC while 14 is highly ALKALINE. 7 is neutral. Your blood needs to be slightly alkaline. Specifically, it needs to maintain a pH range of 7.35-7.45.
However, this becomes very difficult to do when your body is inundated by drinks and...
Can what you put on your plate affect what you see in the mirror? Absolutely! But a few tweaks to your eating habits can go a long way to keeping your skin youthful and your body healthy.
Poor-quality foods, like trans fats, cause inflammation -- and aging is basically a chronic inflammatory state. For example, eating too much sugar and processed carbohydrates (like pasta, bread, and baked goods) can lead to damage in your skin's collagen, which keeps your skin springy and resists wrinkles. Not to mention that these foods also are tied to diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Foods to limit? Anything that's deep-fried, aka potato chips, donuts, french fries, in oil can add to inflammation throughout your body. Especially avoid trans fats. It can raise your LDL "bad" cholesterol and lower HDL "good" cholesterol, which increases your risk for heart disease. Check food labels and avoid "partially hydrogenated oils" and "vegetable shortening."
Today I got to sit down with my friend Sabrina, plant-based model and make up artist. Obviously I knew her. But I wanted to share what I find so interesting, kind, and inspirational about her with you. As most of you know, my mission has always been to touch others lives in a positive way and if I can make a difference in just one person's life I've succeeded. Sabrina is on that same mission. I hope that her story can help you now and/or in the future. Visit her website for fantastic recipes and tips. Meet Sabrina...
Have you always lived a plant-based lifestyle?
No! Growing up we lived on fast food. I started modeling in 2009 and was given the book Skinny Bitch by a friend who was in the business. The goal was to get me to eat a little healthier because not everyone does when they're in that business. After reading the book, I went vegetarian. (If you're familiar with the book there's a lot of information about animal cruelty and suffering in food production.) The thought of eating an...
A flat stomach is made in the kitchen. Period. There is a common misconception that you can eat whatever you want as long as you workout, but that is absolutely not the case.
Food affects our metabolism and our blood sugar, and therefore how easily we gain (or lose) fat. By choosing the right foods, you can burn fat, without even doing one crunch (although it’s still a good idea to workout, but for other reasons like heart health rather than weight loss!)
Here are the top flat stomach foods to keep your waist small and tummy flat.
High in fiber and antioxidants, studies show apples help positively regulate your gut microbiome, resulting in less inflammation and weight loss.
Eat an organic apple as a snack, or slice and bake with a touch of cinnamon for a warm dessert.
While it’s full of fat, avocado most certainly will not make you fat. The healthy fats in avocado keep you lean and satiated. Plus, since it’s high in potassium, avocado will help you beat bloat or water retent...
If you are the type of person who bribes yourself over food and workouts: “I will eat this (insert junk food) and then run on the treadmill for an hour and it will be like nothing happened,” you may want to switch up your strategy. Science shows us that diet, not exercise is the key to losing weight more quickly and efficiently.
Numerous studies have shown that physical activity does not have a significant effect on weight. For example, a meta-analysis published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which included over 1,000 people, found that when diet stayed the same, increasing workouts from less than 1.5 hours a week up to 3-5 hours a week, over the course of one full year, lead to an average weight loss of 3-4 pounds. You could healthfully lose that in as little as two weeks by changing your diet.
There is no questioning that exercise is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle.
It has many proven benefits including:
supporting the immune system
balancing blood su...
Cherries, chocolate, dates, banana creaminess...what could be better? Adding in some spinach for plant power...you'll never know it's in there! Enjoy for breakfast or snack. Serves one.
1 cup unsweetened almond, coconut, or hemp milk (water works fine too)
1/2 large frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen cherries
1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
4 large Medjool dates, pitted
1 large handful spinach
People often ask me if I always buy everything organic. While I try my best to do mostly organic, it’s just about impossible to only eat foods labeled organic. Plus, when it comes to produce, it’s not always necessary. What really matters is how the food was grown. Some smaller farms use all organic practices but haven’t gone through the full organic certification process yet because it can be expensive for a small business. Get to know your local farms and stands and the farmers’ market and ask about the farm’s practices. Local can be more fresh than a certified organic product that's taken days to ship across country to get to you.
When deciding between organic and conventional, I refer clients to the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. They research what’s in our tap water, the safety of our cosmetics, genetically modified organisms (GMO), and the amo...