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...
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...
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...
Junk food often tastes good going down, but leaves us feeling heavy, bloated, or worse, guilty.
Junk food is engineered (yes, you read that right, engineered) to make you eat more. Food scientists literally tweak hundreds if not thousands of versions of a recipe to get just the perfect blend of crunch, salt, sugar, fat, and chemicals to ensure you keep coming back from more. (Interested in learning more? Read the book “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss).
So, it’s really NOT your fault you can eat an entire family size bag of chips or cookies. They’ve been manipulated to make sure you won’t stop!
It may seem impossible to get over sugary or salty junk food, especially when you have intense cravings for it, but as a reformed junk-food-a-holic, I promise it’s possible.
Here are some of my top tips to stop junk food cravings:
Don’t Deprive Yourself, Make Better Choices
Whenever we hear the words “we can’t have,” we want it even more. If you feel like you’...
With so many colds and flu going around, thought it'd be a good time to remind you of my immune boosting smoothie. Not only will it help keep sickness away, but it tastes delicious too! Even the kiddos will love this one.
IMMUNE BOOSTING APPLE AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
Blend in high speed blender until smooth:
1 cup plain unsweetened almond milk (or water)
1 apple, your choice, cored and quartered
2 cups loosely packed spinach
2 teaspoons raw organic honey (local if possible)
1/2 inch knob of ginger, peeled and chopped (use an inch if you like it)
juice of 1 small lemon (about 2-3 tablespoons)
4 to 6 ice cubes
If you’re anything like me, you’re not wired for self-care.
As I see it, as women we’re trained to put others first … and to put our own needs last (if we even know what those are!). Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll get to what’s important to me, soon” and then of course you get busy handling everything for your partner, your boss, your kids, your friends? We readily sacrifice our body, our energy, and our own happiness as we serve others. In a way it’s a noble intention. But the consequences for us and others are profound.
We are maxed out, burnt out, exhausted, depleted, and in denial of just how fried we are. We imagine that someday we’ll look after ourselves. That one day this intolerably long to-do list that never seems to end will get completed AND THEN we can enjoy life.
The truth is that our running our lives “on empty,” and thinking it is best to put everyone else first causes all kinds of problems - for our health, our wellbeing,...